Ganja has been considered a sacred herb by mystics cross-culturally since time immemorial.
Even mystics who don’t smoke (myself included) recognize its many virtues. And mystics with an eye towards our national politics, law enforcement, and economy are often greatly saddened by its status of illegal narcotic. There were 872,000 arrests made for marijuana in 2007, 90% of them for simple possesion. Most of the people arrested are under 30. It is estimated that our government spends between 7.7 and 10.5 billion per year.
Through the legalization of the holy ganja of love, we could not only save that money, we could also save a good portion of our young people the pain and stigma of having to go through our legal and prison system. Revenues from taxing the production and sale of jah herb could range anywhere from 6.1 to 31 billion dollars.
On top of all this, there is the wonderful fact that weed can be grown in an enviornmentally sustainable fashion.
President Obama made a promise to “eliminate spending for programs that don’t work.” We think that this is a big one.