Pubdate: Tue, 09 Aug 2011 Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Copyright: 2011 Chico Enterprise-Record Contact: http://www.chicoer.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/861 Author: Jay Bergstrom MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION WILL HAPPEN In response to Tuesday's editorial, "Full-court press in forest needed," yes, a full-court press is needed. Albeit not in our forests, but in our legislatures. We need to unshackle ourselves from this weight of the past, this mistake. Until we let go of the horse's tail, we are going to continue to get kicked in the head. There was nothing wrong with cannabis when it became prohibited, except those who prohibited it didn't like the people using it: Mexicans, stealing whites' jobs, and black musicians, luring white women for sex and getting otherwise "uppity." The edifice of the prohibition has had many decades of improvement and fortification. It will not fall easily. What did it take for the wets to overcome the drys? Not so much a showing of the benefits of demon rum, but rather a showing of the price exacted by the prohibition. History indicates that change is not just possible, but inevitable. Jay Bergstrom Forest Ranch - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.