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Folks, it is about darn time that we take a good, hard look at ending the national prohibition on marijuana…and not because everyone should be smoking it.

Far from it.  We should end this arcane tradition of nonsense for three very specific reasons.

The first is that marijuana really should never have been illegal in the first place.  The entire campaign to criminalize the plant was based on racist hysteria from the early 20th century that no longer applies to our society.

Secondly, Americans are extremely in favor of legalization, and our public servants are supposed to be working to make our plans comes true.  (I won’t be holding my breath on this point).

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Finally, and this is the kicker:  It would make us all very, very rich.

So, what happens when Americans begin to realize all of this?  They start taking matters into their own hands…even in the deliberation room.

It’s illegal to grow marijuana in Georgia, meaning things didn’t look good for Javonnie McCoy when police busted him with nearly a pound of home-grown pot in his residence. Things surely looked worse for him when he got in front of a jury in Dublin, Georgia, and flat-out admitted that the pot was his and, yes, he did grow it. The jury’s decision was seemingly a no-brainer because the law is crystal clear—and yet jurors found him not guilty last week. As Bill Torpy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explains, it may have been because of an unusual legal strategy used by McCoy’s attorney called jury nullification. Essentially, attorney Catherine Bernard told the panel that a jury has the power to “nullify a law it disagrees with—at least as it pertains to the specific case under consideration,” per a post at FitsNews.

McCoy admitted to the jury that, yes, he grows marijuana and that, yes, he uses that marijuana as medicine.

The jury tossed the charges, and McCoy walked free that day.

It seems that, despite their best efforts, the bureaucrats can’t keep us all under their thumbs, all of the time.

 

 

 

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