It never ceases to amaze me how the government is legally able to repress and ruin lives every day. From allowing citizens to die without healthcare, to outlawing abortion, legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ people, sanctioned state violence and, yes, our for-profit prison system, we are far from the land of the free that so many like to think we are. That doesn't mean we should "love it or leave it," as some would scorn, but that we need to keep working towards a better tomorrow by combatting these issues, just like our ancestors did for us.
Many states are starting to get rid of marijuana convictions, which is a big step in the right direction. These convictions are a ridiculous way to oppress people. Anyone who has researched the issue knows that pot isn't nearly as harmful as cigarettes or alcohol, which both cause thousands of deaths every year, yet it's the drug that people are penalized for! States like Illinois, which has legalized pot for recreational use, are now eliminating marijuana convictions from people's records, which is outstanding. All states need to follow suit.
What are the marijuana laws like where you live? Is positive change being made, and if not, how can you help? Share your thoughts in the chat.