"Laws are changing everything around us as well as the world that cannabis lives in. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues. Well then pick it back up, politics is stressful..."
Recently a cop from the organization LEAP or Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, testified in Victoria, British Columbia in opposition to the S-10 bill, which would create new mandatory minimum sentences for drugs. The speaker, David Bratzer is actually a cop with Victoria and his concerns are up to date and well documented. There are 'some' cops out there, who see the hypocrisy of drug enforcement and the lack of use of the schedule system for what it was meant for, like David Bratzer. If everything is Schedule I, then why do we even have other categories? In the United States the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) sets Schedule I to include Marijuana, Heroin, MDMA, Psilocybin, Peyote, LSD, Mescaline, 2-CB, etc... As a reminder though, a Schedule I Drug is one that:
(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. (B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision."

Any semi-intelligent being could see that a fair amount of those drugs do not nearly propose the amount of damage that they are made out to. Hell, a fair amount of them have been noted for having medicinal value in certain circumstances (such as MDMA for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Schedule II drugs include, Cocaine, Opium, Methadone, Oxycodone, Amphetamines, etc... Oh sorry government, I was not aware that cannabis was worse than cocaine even though one physiologically can create dependence and the other one cannot (guess which). Obviously they have their priorities out of line, but it is a question of who has the means and what are the politicians drugs of choice? Hmm... I wonder. This is why Scheduling drugs in general is stupid in my opinion. If a person should choose to ingest a substance it should be of their own accord and of their own personal livelihood. I do not see a bunch of federal funding going into stopping the increasing suicide rate that we are experiencing because of economic downturn. Nor do I see industrial hemp being utilized in the US, even though it is highlighted as being a miracle resource for building, rope, twine, nets, paper, etc... over 25,000 products. But yet government's throw away tax payer's dollars to chase their Utopian dream of curing this "affliction" of drug abuse from their countries. Well maybe the politicians are the true affliction, the people who are not even listening to the people who put them in office.
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I commend David Bratzer, a current police officer, who had the courage to step up against his employer (the government of Canada) and say what he thought about the situation at hand. Mandatory Minimums are a shame because they allow people to go to prison for years just because there is not a consensus on where or how a drug should be scheduled. It is a stupid idea. Mandatory Minimums could make the difference between me or you serving a sentence of 5 to 10 years... just because some stuck up asshole of a bureaucrat decided that he thought he had heard that Cannabis killed brain cells. Wake up America, Wake up World. It is time for a new beginning.
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I will end this one with some information about David Bratzer's representative organization, LEAP:
"By continuing to fight the so-called "War on Drugs", the US government has worsened these problems of society instead of alleviating them. A system of regulation and control of these substances (by the government, replacing the current system of control by the black market) would be a less harmful, less costly, more ethical and more effective public policy. Please consider joining us and helping us to achieve our goals: 1) to educate the public, the media and policy makers about the failure of current policies, and 2) to restore the public's respect for police, which respect has been greatly diminished by law enforcement's involvement in enforcing drug prohibition."

For more information about LEAP or information pertaining to this story, check out their Website.