The war on drugs is far from over, but fortunately for cannabis supporters the war on cannabis is in most states in the USA as far as my own personal research indicates. Not so fast, some will say, there are still a ton of cannabis arrests. In fact, The nation continues to have thousands of cannabis arrests.
Even in states like Colorado and Washington State where recreational cannabis is legal, cops continue to use what's left of the law to fine and arrest cannabis users. The truth is while cannabis arrests are still occurring, when you take the time to research cannabis news like I do, day in and day out, you find that by all of the cannabis arrest articles in the news are due to irresponsible use, recklessness, and blatant disregard for the law. No longer are you hearing about police using undercover NARCs and detectives to bust the small time dealer for pot. All the articles I have been privy to over the last several years have involved occurrences such as:
Cannabis users need to face the facts that the majority of the population is still uninformed of the benefits of cannabis and many people may never be for cannabis legalization due to its psychoactive properties. As a responsible open-minded person I have to respect the points of view of the opposition that cannabis is not for everyone and they should not have to be subjected to cannabis being a part of their life, I feel their privacy deserves as much respect as the cannabis user. Most if not all of the circumstances above are situations which could potentially interfere with the lives of non-cannabis users. As laws ease up, marketing vamps up, and use of cannabis is increasing steadily. Police are now focusing their concentrated on other narcotics but if cannabis users are going to be careless, they can still be arrested. My message to cannabis users is this "don't be sketchy, be safe, and respectful to your neighbors's rights not to be exposed to the cannabis culture, it's not for everyone."
Another topic I want to discuss is the Pope Francis recently coming out to condemn cannabis. (Article found on the NEWS tab) The reason I am not religious are many, but when I read about the Pope condemning medical cannabis it reminds me that one of the main reasons I am not religious is the use of guilt in order to control members of religions. Guilt is one of the most powerful ways to manipulate people to do what you want and stay engaged and it has always been a staple in religion from the beginning. Here you have a plant made by nature being condemned for medical purposes by a mere mortal. I don't care if you are the Pope, if a mere mortal is going to challenge a natural substance which is proven help save peoples lives you are dealing with cult like tactics in my opinion. Guilt will keep people coming back to ask "God" for forgiveness, it will keep people donating money to "atone for their sins", and it will keep people praying. I am actually personally quite pleased with the Pope's position, again reminding me why I think religion is not for me.