It’s the economy, stupid
Bill Clinton said that, and he was right. So why do I bring this up now, almost 21 years later? America has a new cash crop, hemp, also known as marijuana. Legal to farm for the first time since 1906, hemp farming is off and running. Hemp is slightly different than marijuana, the difference being that hemp is bred to not include Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC. Cannabis, otherwise known as pot, is also being harvested for the first time in the US.
With the evolution of the medical marijuana laws now moving towards legalization for recreational use, we now have a new form of income that was previously only available on street corners and back alleys. In theory, this should help to eliminate some of the drug-related violence as it pertains to marijuana sales.
So this begs the bigger question for our society: Why not legalize all drugs? Why would we limit the huge profits being made to criminals only? Could our bureaucracies come up with a system of regulation that would be acceptable in a civilized society? It is my opinion that the way some municipalities, like Venice, California, for example, regulate the sale of pot is not acceptable.
The glamorization of drugs is dangerous to children. This has been proven to be the case by the results of lawsuits against big tobacco. Any advertising or “in your face” sale of drugs is not responsible for a society that calls itself civilized.
Commonsense spirituality would tell us any behavior that negatively impacts others is not coming from who we really are. The economy can benefit from our allowing our fellow man to choose freely what he or she puts into their body. The economy should not be the primary reason for legalization; our inalienable right to choose should be. Ultimately, allowing for free choice in society will increase the speed in which we evolve into our next grandest form and vision.
Having a flourishing economy will also expedite human evolution. As it stands, the wealth being created by the sale and distribution of illegal drugs is being hoarded by the ruthless, dark side of mankind. Once mainstreamed, the profits and tax money will help our governments provide more services to more of the world’s people in need.
The financial impact from this alone could create the space for the majority of our population to experience financial security or at the very least giving us the upper hand in eliminating poverty and malnutrition.
Some will say that we are not responsible enough to manage this without it becoming the downfall of society and having everyone strung out on drugs. May I point out that alcohol is legal and nobody seems to have a problem with that?
I trust that by giving the people freedom to choose and experience the results of their choice we tend to find our own power. When we remember that we are the source of our choices and the resulting consequences, we begin to see the world in a new way.
Money is the method we have chosen to be our energy exchange for goods and services. It is not the root of all evil, as some would say. It is merely the means for us to experience some of the opportunities life has to offer.
Bill Clinton had it right, it is the economy. When the people experience abundance our happiness, the group is lifted. When we are happy and abundant, we tend to be more giving of our abundance to others. We have been in this period of greed and hoarding known as recession for far too long. It is time to experience the truth – we have enough for everyone.
(Kevin McCormack, C.A.d ,is a certified addictions professional and auriculotherapist. He is a recovering addict with 26 years of sobriety. Kevin is a practicing auriculotherapist, life coach, and interventionist specalizing in individual and family recovery and also co-facilitates spiritual recovery retreats for the CWG foundation. You can visit his website here for more information. To connect with Kevin, please email him at Kevin@TheGlobalConversation.com)