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Monday, April 12, 2010

March 28, 2010

Dear Sis~

California voters gathered sufficient signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot to legalize marijuana; if it passes, you'll be able to possess up to one ounce and grow a "small number" of plants in your home (I later heard the number of plants is 20, not very small at one to two pounds per plant).  My guess is that the inititative will pass.The folks who organized the ballot measure were smart enough to title it "Tax on Cannabis Act", thereby emphasizing the revenue gathering aspect, which will help Californians dig their way out of the enormous deficit crater they've driven their state into.  There will be real tension between the new state law and the federal statutes making weed illegal, but as long as the feds (read: DEA) decline to pursue and prosecute it will all be good.  Repubicans, and law enforcement are naturally opposed to the measure.  Republicans claim to be all about "states rights" and "the voice of the people", until the state or the people decide they want something the Republicans are against (e.g., assisted suicid, decriminalization of drugs), then all the states' rights talk goes out the window.  And, law enforcement is simply a cog of the great prison industrial complex, which has a vested interest in keeping jails and prisons full (that translates into a lot of jobs for prosecutors, cops, prison guards and all jobs related thereto).  If it passes, the initiative will dissolve all marijuana smuggling overnight (at least as far as California goes; nation-wide legalization would, of course, eliminate all marijuana smuggling nation-wide) and put them all out of business.  That would be a good thing by social standards, right?  But of course the law enforcement cabal is dead set against it.  If it passes, this will be the vanguard of eventual legalization across the land.  It will take time, but it will happen.  And it's long past due.  The idea of keeping hundreds of thousands of citizens in prisons for yearsand years, ruining their lives forever after (try getting a job as an ex-convict if you don't think your life gets ruined) for the "crime" of smoking weed is immoral, outrageous and counterproductive, as anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows.  It's way past time for America to grow up, get a life, and leave people alone (why aren't the Republican/Tea Party folks behind this?  They claim to be all about "personal freedoms" and "getting the government out of our lives").  And don't even get me started about the Biblical injunction, the book of Genesis which declares that God put all plants, seeds and herbs on the earth for mankind to cultivate and use for man's benefit.  Where are all those fundamental preachers when you need them?!!!...

Saw a good movie on TV today, Life as a House; sad, uplifting, poignant, a tear-jerker, well worth watching...

Tomorrow is canteen day;  in the joint canteen day is the centerpiece of the week, the day everyone looks forward to (this is for maximum security, lockdown joints.  Guys in open population go to the canteen window every day).  Tomorrow we get our little goodies, from cookies to honey buns, from potato chips to coffee, from pens and paper and flip flops to slim jims, tuna fish and the old standby, instant soup in a cup.  Of course, that's only for guys with money.  Most guys on the row have very little money, or none at all.  Some guys never get canteen at all, ever.  Guys in a bare cell, with no TV, no radio, no visits and no letters at mail call - a very lonely existence for 15 or 20 years, until they drag them to Q wing and kill them...

That's it for now, Sis

Love, Bill

1 comment:

Bob Rogers said...

you are the wisest man i've ever known, you shouldnt be in death row.