I’m a good citizen. I think I am a good person. I’m probably the kind of person you’d want living in your community or right next door. I am always looking for ways to be a good neighbor to help anyone and everyone around me. I am a responsible adult who pays taxes and I have never been convicted of any crime. I follow almost every law that our lawmakers have put forth, except one. I have on occasion used a substance safer than alcohol – cannabis (I don’t call it marijuana anymore).
If my use of cannabis had ever been discovered, I might have been given a hefty fine, a prison sentence and a felony conviction. Do you think that punishment fits my crime? Do you think I am a bad person? Do you honestly think that taking away all my money and sending me to jail for years would make me into a better person? With a felony conviction I’m certain that the execution of this wrongheaded law would make me into a weaker individual since I would not be as able to provide for myself and my family. Also, how does my suffering help make my community stronger or better? I want to speak to President Obama about this.