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Today I’ve chosen to waiver a bit from my usual cannabis related writings to touch on another subject I feel very strongly about which is the current state of the United States “Justice” system.

I’ll start with the details of my specific case and then get to the points I’d like to touch on. Through my experience growing up in San Jose, CA I have seen countless numbers of my friends fall victim to the outdated and destructive laws of the California prison system. I myself have been nearly bankrupted by court fees, lawyer fees, fines, court ordered classes and in my specific situation airfare between Vancouver where I live and California where I was committed for a first offense DUI. I am currently working at firearm training facility for which I am required to pay 20$ a day for the privilege of spending 8 hours being disrespected and having orders I don’t understand barked at me by over supplemented and or overweight police officers. As far as I’m concerned this is no less than slavery I am forced to buy myself into.

Now let me explain the process through which ordinary citizens are forced into poverty and crime. The laws set up by our government are designed to force people into the prison system and keep them there. When an individual such as myself, either by misfortune or poor judgement, commits a “crime” as defined by the state they are given two choices either prison or bankruptcy. Let me mention that about two days ago while at my work site I found that the jail I could have been in was just locked down for a series of stabbings with one death, which leans my decision towards the bankruptcy rather than the possible death. Now If you so choose to stay out of prison, and hopefully alive, they take you for every bit of money you can afford or not afford to pay them. If you can not afford to pay your fees out right then the state collection agency holds the right to take your paychecks in full until you have payed your debt. Now the biggest issue with this is the fact that if you are in fact convicted of a felony it makes willful employment damn near impossible and leaves you with the mentality of “why fight for a job if they’re just gonna take the money”. With the current state of economy and the lack of jobs in the state of California there are little to no employers who are willing to pick a convicted felon over the abundance of alternatives. Now this means that even if you so choose to try to rejoin society as a law abiding and contributing member the state will continue to rape you for what little capital you have to live by. This leaves only a few options for these people to ever support themselves or their families which the easiest and most obvious options include the sale of drugs or theft related crimes. Now if you have been convicted of a felony you will also have been assigned a parol officer who’s sole purpose in life is to catch you if you ever commit another criminal offense. This means that when you do you will be forced straight back into the vicious circle that is the California system and effective establishing not only California but the entire United States as a prison state.

You would think that the key purpose of the prison system would be to rehabilitate criminals, however from my experience it does simply the opposite. For myself, had I chosen to pay my time in jail rather than the work program, it would have been an advanced education in drugs and crime to spend 30 days with the criminals in the Alameda County jail. I would be sent in as a young man who made a mistake one night while drunk, and come out scarred and bitter with the knowledge and experience of those in there who wish to share their tales. Not to mention that about two days ago while at my work site I found that the jail I could have been in was just locked down for a series of stabbings with one death.

Our government has gone too far with their punishments, as I see my friends and families being pushed further in to ghettos and forced into poverty I know that it is time for a change. I know that it is time that our government sets up a system to help further the progress of our citizens and society. Its time that we abolish these ridiculous three strike laws and jail time for non violent offenders. Why lock someone up who is of no threat to the general population? The current system is destroying our communities and our country and we need to see a change before our once prosperous cities fall into conditions beyond repair. For we know what happens when governments take everything from their citizens, the only possible outcome is a civil uprising and ultimately a revolution.

Please write your politicians, let them know of the injustices being performed and taken out on otherwise law abiding citizens. The laws should be put in place to protect the people, not destroy them. Whatever it is that you have seen as an injustice we have to be made known. So please, please write to your officials and push for change; or we will see the true power of the people united against their government.

“The people should not fear their government, The government should fear their people.”

I take this quote very strongly to heart, and I think its time that we show the government just what it is that they need to be afraid of. They need to be afraid of what they are doing to us, because we can only bend over and take it for so long.

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Hey everybody, so Thursday morning I caught wind of a quick action protest that was being set up to march through the streets of Vancouver to show our support for Marc Emery and to spread the message that his wrongful incarceration must be dealt with and remedied by the Canadian government.

The march started with the rallying of the troops down at the CC headquarters where we met in the intersection of Cambie and Hastings, dawned our “Free Marc shirts”, picket signs, posters and flyers, lit up some spliffs and began our march through the city chanting and handing out information. We started through the city and stopped to post and light up at all the major intersections while our police escort held up the surrounding traffic. We received some good coverage from CTV who was filming us from their balcony.

The whole while we made our rounds through the city Jodie Emery was on the phone doing interviews with radio stations, newspaper and street level camera crews. All in all it was a great success and a good precursor to today’s world-wide rally for Marc Emery’s freedom. It starts at 2 today at Victory Square in Vancouver, across from the CC Headquarters on Hastings and Cambie. I hope to see a lot of support out there today as well as from the rallies across the globe.

For my friends down in Nor Cal, there will be a rally held in Vacaville at the corner of Marshal and Peabody (Across from the High School). It would be a great display of support for one of my and the rest of the cannabis communities’ great heros. For everyone else in the world have a look HERE at cannabisculture.com to see if there is a rally going one near you. I know its a bit late to plan big but any support is good support.

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