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WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL?
(Author's Notes 1)

As I stated in Chapter Eighteen, the entire subject of why marijuana is illegal and the damage this has done to our country is hard for me to wrap my head around, so I took the time to research and report the history of how marijuana became criminalized in 1937. I hope you will find it as interesting as I did!

This topic had particular relevance to me, since for the most part I was living with a bunch of drug dealers. Since they were at the camp, they were non-violent drug dealers by definition. Most of them were nothing like I had pre-conceived, which was a bunch of low-class, dirty, pockmarked slimers. I was shocked to meet so many well-groomed, intelligent, educated and personable men instead. Men who liked to smoke and sell weed, for which they were inordinately punished. None of it sat very well with me, so I set out to understand it. Easier said than done.

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PERPETUAL PRISONER MONEY MACHINE
(Author's Notes 2)

For those of us who are still wearing rose-colored glasses, believing that we are living in a free country, try having a smoke in an open-air stadium, or driving to the 7- Eleven in the middle of the night for an ice cream without wearing a seatbelt. Or try sipping a beer with a friend on a public beach on a hot summer day, or living off the grid in solitude with your own self-sustaining solar power and running water sources... which is already illegal in parts of Florida. Many states have even outlawed rainwater harvesting. Things that wouldn’t warrant a second look in Europe get residents of the Land of the Free fines, administrative violations, sanctions, jail, or all of the above.

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