Previously on “Marijuana, the Four Letter Word”… (If you don’t need a re-cap, skip the first ten paragraphs)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” -Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
“We hold these truths to be self-evident…” (If you can’t figure out what “self-evident” means, stop reading, I can’t help you.)
“…endowed by their Creator with certain UNALIENABLE rights.”. Conservatives, these rights are non-negotiable. Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness (maybe a life free of pain without relying on narcotics for example).
God gave us free will, His law is set, the consequences of breaking those laws is set, but we still have the choice, we can do things God’s way, or pay the consequences.
If your child broke your household rule, does your mayor have the authority to come into your home and discipline your child for it? What if your mayor decided to come into your house and lay down some ground rules with a set of consequences for your children, based on the rules you already had set in place?
So, my answer, personally, for my family, is NO. If your answer was “yes”, quit reading, I can’t help you.
How can a government that has only been granted permission to protect our rights, come into God’s “house”, and start telling God’s children what they can and cannot do?
We have the right to free will, as a result, we don’t have the right to be free of the natural consequences of exercising that free will. We cannot walk up and harm someone because we feel like it, and not expect a consequence…
If nobody is harmed, no property is harmed, why should the government get to doll out consequences?
Why are “conservatives” voting on legislation that grows government and gives the government control over our lives that it doesn’t have a right to? One more thing, the government doesn’t have rights, the people have rights. So the government doesn’t have the right to anything. They have ONE JOB: To Protect Our Rights.
And now, “Marijuana, The Four Letter Word, Part II”…
… We have the fundamental right to life, the government needs to protect that right, and protect all rights that allow us to defend that right, the government cannot pass legislation (like gun control) that is contrary to those rights, conservatives generally agree on this and is why most include Pro-Life and Pro-Gun on their campaign literature.
We have the fundamental right to Liberty. Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, has ten definitions for liberty; here are the first three, emphasis added by yours truly:
LIB’ERTY, noun [Latin libertas, from liber, free.]
1. Freedom from restraint, in a general sense, and applicable to the body, or to the will or mind. The body is at liberty when not confined; the will or mind is at liberty when not checked or controlled. A man enjoys liberty when no physical force operates to restrain his actions or volitions.
2. Natural liberty consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature. It is a state of exemption from the control of others, and from positive laws and the institutions of social life. This liberty is abridged by the establishment of government.
3. Civil liberty is the liberty of men in a state of society, or natural liberty so far only abridged and restrained, as is necessary and expedient for the safety and interest of the society, state or nation. A restraint of natural liberty not necessary or expedient for the public, is tyranny or oppression. Civil liberty is an exemption from the arbitrary will of others, which exemption is secured by established laws, which restrain every man from injuring or controlling another. Hence the restraints of law are essential to civil liberty.
The liberty of one depends not so much on the removal of all restraint from him, as on the due restraint upon the liberty of others.
In this sentence, the latter word liberty denotes natural liberty.”
Does legislating which products the people can and cannot buy, sell, possess, or consume sound like Liberty to you?
We have the right to the “Pursuit of Happiness”, and yet, those who wish to explore alternative means medically, who out of desperation or a lot of research want to try medicinal marijuana, sacrifice their second amendment rights if they are written a prescription for medicinal marijuana, yet a person can be prescribed HIGHLY ADDICTIVE synthetic heroin (Oxycontin/Oxycodone) and their gun rights are unaffected.
How can the medicine we are prescribed override fundamental rights?
Again, the hypocrisy is astounding, the state of Wyoming owns the state liquor warehouse. Alcohol is addictive, families and lives are ruined because of alcohol related issues, people die, and properties are destroyed because of alcohol related issues and incidents. Yet, the same legislators are not calling for prohibition (and rightfully so).
If “marijuana” is taboo because it is bad for people, then alcohol, cigarettes and other tobacco products, McDonald’s and Velveeta Cheese should all be illegal in the State of Wyoming.
If you support Liberty, you should support the right of the people to make their own decisions concerning their health, well-being, and how they want to relax, unless they negatively impact the Life, Liberty, or Property of another person why should the government decide to intervene?
If you, Conservative, are opposed to gun control, and consider yourself to be a “small government” individual, how can you support anything that interferes with the individual rights of another person?
Until someone else or the property of another is harmed, let God deal with the consequences of things that you perceive to be harmful or morally wrong.
Conservatives, I will say it again, because repetition is the key to learning, when you are reading legislation, as a citizen, as a voter, even as an elected representative of the people, replace whatever you are reading about with “firearms” … If the bill good or bad, is about marijuana, hemp, or CBD, replace those words with firearms and see if it changes your support (or lack thereof) or how you would vote for that legislation.
Liberty can be messy, after all true liberty is dependent upon personal responsibility, but liberty is not subjective, liberty doesn’t just apply to people who think like we do. Liberty must be allowed, and until Life, Liberty, or Property of another is adversely affected a crime really has not been committed.
Let’s quit creating criminals through prohibition… Especially the prohibition of hemp and CBD products that are not even mood altering. If the Legislature is willing to contemplate making Hemp and CBD products illegal, coffee won’t be that far off, and I promise nobody wants coffee made illegal, caffeinated coffee saves lives, can I get an amen?
Prohibition always fails, and always creates more criminals, we already have an over crowded prison system, do we really need to create more criminals because of assumed to be well meaning, do-gooders who think Police need to protect us from ourselves?
Liberty is messy, but simple. Don’t harm other people’s life, liberty, or property, and live your life, no harm, no foul, right?
by Michelle Sabrosky