The Big “If” – What If Marijuana and Hemp Had Never Been Prohibited?
1st February 2016, By Ethan Indigo Smith, Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
The Big “If”
The history of marijuana and hemp prohibition is a dark and shady story with all the makings of a diabolical thriller. In a dystopian world, shady oligarchs institute prohibition in order to benefit their institutions in the short term, leading to the inception of a police state in which sustainable agriculture is ridiculed, shamanic medicine is scorned, and generations are forced into punitive situations as a result of the plant’s contraband status.
Now, I don’t normally dwell in the “what-if’s” and rarely speculate about the “what-might-be’s” either; I think it’s more important to consider the “what-is”. But in fact, if we concentrate on the “what-is”, we can more easily ponder the “what-if” (our potential) and, importantly, more decisively define “what-will-be” (our future).
In order to understand what the prohibition of marijuana and hemp has led to, and in order to understand the beautiful potential of this suppressed plant, I think it’s important for supporters of marijuana and hemp prohibition (and even supporters of its legalization) to understand the “what-if’s” of legalization — by asking the question ‘What if marijuana and hemp had never been prohibited?’