We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The Hood Collective came out to Delta-9 House & Studios to film that short video above. I was only reciting the Preamble to the Constitution because it’s something I do for a microphone check instead of “check… check… one… two…” It’s a parlor trick anybody who is Gen-X can do from childhood memory. The hard part is not singing it.
It’s remarkable what you can remember through the use of music as a mnemonic device. To this day, from memory I can tell you that following the death or incapacity of the president, the vice president, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate President Pro-Tem, the cabinet secretaries’ line of succession to the office of the presidency runs through the departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, HHS, HUD, Transportation, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security, all because one day my high school government teacher, Mrs. Rosenbaum, taught us the “S-T-D, J-I-A, C-L-H-H, T-E-E” song (I’m old enough that there were no VA and HS departments in the line of succession back then).
To the point…
I fight for marijuana legalization to protect the Constitution of the United States.
I know that sounds grandiose and these days there are far greater threats to our constitution. However, I believe that marijuana prohibition in the 20th century was kind of a trial run on the unpopular and powerless for the enemies of our constitution to size up how much more surveillance, seizure, corruption, and malfeasance from our government we would put up with.
In Order to form a more perfect Union.
Marijuana prohibition means the degree to which some sick and disabled Americans must suffer is determined by their zip code. No American should be denied their unalienable right to life because their state accepts the government’s fraudulent prohibition of cannabis.
Fraudulent, I say, because the Supreme Court decisions such as Gonzales v. Raich should be accorded the same respect as other misjudgements, such as Dred Scott v. Sandford, Plessy v. Ferguson, or Bowers v. Hardwick. The idea that the Interstate Commerce Clause gives Congress the power, through the Controlled Substances Act, to ban someone from growing small amounts of cannabis for personal medical reasons, engaging in no commerce and remaining wholly within her state, means, as Justice Thomas argued in his dissent, “the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.”
To establish Justice.
The 8th Amendment provides that we shall not endure “cruel and unusual punishment.” How can any sane person think the imprisonment of a citizen for cultivating a non-toxic houseplant is anything but unusually cruel?
The 4th Amendment guarantees freedom from “unreasonable search and seizure.” How can the mere smell of an herb empower the state to violate our privacy?
To insure domestic Tranquility.
By definition, prohibition gives rise to crime. We cannot repeal the law of supply and demand. We’ve seen the violence that arose from the criminal prohibition of alcohol. It remains the only amendment we’ve had to repeal.
We also live in a stressful society. Over-reliance on alcohol and pills to reduce our stress is causing disastrous results. The more access there is to an herb known to produce calm, tranquil effects is a benefit to our nation.
To provide for the common defence.
So long as our economy is dependent on fossil fuels, our national defense is at risk due to our dependence on unstable Middle East nations. Hemp provides one answer for reducing our need for foreign oil, as a renewable source of biodiesel and biodegradable plastics and building materials.
The farming of hemp can be carbon neutral if processing is close enough to manufacturing to reduce shipping distances. Climate change is an existential threat to our national security. New technology in hemp fiber processing promises a revolution in battery technology that can make wind, tidal, and solar power far more economical.
To promote the general Welfare.
Securing our citizens access to cannabis would go far in promoting our general welfare, from addressing the opioid overdose crisis to providing thousands of new jobs in a burgeoning field, in addition to all the medicinal benefit provided to sufferers of numerous ailments.
Ending prohibition would also address the denial of religious comfort to practitioners like Rastafarians who believe cannabis (“ganja”) is a sacrament given to them by their Creator.
To secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.
Our Declaration of Independence states that we were “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;” “among these” telling us there are many other unalienable rights.
Our 9th Amendment holds that “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
How could our Founding Fathers, with their agrarian economy and love of booze, not have understood sowing crops on one’s own land and using the harvest to alter one’s mood to be unalienable rights not enumerated yet vital to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
And for Me The People, it’s personal.
I’m a tall, intelligent, able-bodied, middle-aged, cisgender, heterosexual, white American male. I’m just a Bible short of winning the Privilege Decathlon. When I was denied my golden ticket up the ladder of corporate success because a test of my armpit hair revealed the presence of marijuana metabolites, it was the first time in my life I had ever experienced any sort of discrimination. Like a superhero origin story, from that day I vowed I would use my powers of privilege to ensure nobody ever again had to be harassed, searched, prejudged, disqualified, arrested, jailed, or killed over marijuana.