Exactly a century ago the Prohibition in the United States began. When it failed hopelessly, the government started banning other drugs, such as opium, marijuana, and cocaine. But the war on drugs has totally failed: drugs are everywhere and cheaper than ever. And everything the government undertakes against drugs explodes in our face.
On March 7 of this year, around midnight, a few police officers came to search the Nolan Sously hospital room. Sously has terminal pancreatic cancer and is currently in the Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri. A hospital employee smelled marijuana and called the police.
Sously decides to film the search of his hospital room and put it on Facebook. He explains to the agents that he has terminal cancer and is taking pills with THC oil for medical reasons (one of the active substances in cannabis). His doctors know about it.
He pointed out to the agents that the population voted for legalizing medical marijuana in Missouri last November and that it will be legally available from January 2020. “It’s still illegal,” one of the agents responds. They search for everything, cannot find anything, and leave in a more professional way.
The Irony is That Large Parts of the United States Now Have a More Progressive Drug Policy Than The Netherlands
The video reaches more than half a million views. There are so many angry reactions that the police district must temporarily remove its own Facebook page. Seriously, after his release from the hospital, he is still stripped, he tells the local Bolivar Herald-Free Press: “I am sick of this country as it is today. I’m not behind the rules. I use cannabis to save my life. “The pills help him with hunger, pain, and inflammation:” I have the right to try anything. Where do they get it from me that I don’t like that? “
The incident is described so extensively here because all the madness of the war on drugs has been brought together. Why does the police invade the hospital room of a dying man?
Protecting public health is the official argument for the prohibition of drugs. But why a ban on cannabis, which has never killed anyone, and not on tobacco, which has already killed millions of people? Let’s find out anabolic research to search the truth.
The countless responses on Facebook show that many people are fed up with drug policy. Missouri is the 33rd American state to legalize cannabis for medical cases. The irony is that large parts of the United States now have a more progressive drug policy than the Netherlands.
A few years ago, MS patient Jean-Paul’s Gilde was evicted from his home in Middelburg because he was in possession of fourteen grams of weed and three ounces of leaves, from which he makes tea. It helps him against spastic tendencies and cramps. He uses the soft drugs on the advice of his doctor and neurologist, told Gilde to RTL, but the police and the municipality had nothing to do with it; they thought it was a trade quantity and so his house had to be nailed shut.
The reasoning that crime fighters and politicians want to protect their citizens against dangerous drugs is rattling on all sides. The choice made by the government between legal and illegal is completely arbitrary, as the cannabis tobacco example shows. And if health protection is the goal, why are hundreds of thousands of people already confused about drugs?
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