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Much debate currently exists around the Confederate flag. Opponents claim the flag is simply a symbol of hate and that it has no place in society, while a handful of supporters view the Confederate flag to be a symbol of southern culture. I, for one, do not believe the rebel flag should ever fly on government property, however, an individual has the right to display whatever flag they choose on private property.

Currently the majority of “Union” northern states support legal medical marijuana and several northern cities now embrace legal recreational marijuana while no “Confederate” southern states have yet to enact laws that recognize the drugs use medically or recreationally. It is a war.

According to the ACLU, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the approximately 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana. Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, blacks are 4 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.

When a society forms around any institution, as the South did around slavery, it will formulate a set of arguments to support it. The Southerners held ever firmer to their arguments as the political tensions in the country drew us ever closer to the Civil War.

Grants to states and localities are not contingent on increasing drug arrests, but federal officials acknowledge that many police chiefs and sheriffs believe racking up arrests bolsters their case for money they have come to depend on.

Rita Murphy
Rita Murphy
I treat my rheumatoid arthritis with marijuana. Sometimes I write about it.

4 Comments

  1. Avatar Dennis Pielack says:

    The Confederate flag raises two issues: Freedom of Speech and States Rights, both of which fell under the pressure of the black racist community citing the flag is a symbol of hate- to them. Obama, of course, sided with the objectors, the media and the liberally brainwashed college students to raise emotions in support of a racially motivated error.
    The people of my parents era were brainwashed by the media and government to fear and hate marijuana and it became illegal erroneously; three subsequent generations suffered from that malicious stupidity. The Confederate flag fiasco is another mistake- and expect to see restricted and censored Speech, and a further erosion of States’ Rights.

  2. Avatar Bob Lee says:

    The flag represents hate plain and simple. I like how all these northerner racist have recently come out to show their support for something they never cared about previous. I think blacks have objected to the flag for some time now.

    Raise your racist flag and show your real colors. I will stick with old glory.

    A Proud American!

  3. Avatar Gene says:

    Save the flag and cannabis

  4. Avatar stacey says:

    I’m Southern born and bred. It irritates me that the majority of southerners don’t realize that its the Confederate “Battle” flag. so yes it represents WAR. Sadly I live amongst folks that are closed minded. I would never ask my family to leave the south but days like today when my pain and nausea is so bad I’d leave forever. Maybe one day I can medicate with marijuana as I sit on my front porch sipping sweet tea.

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