Bob Marley Questions the Motivations of Prohibition
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/15/2015 in Medical Marijuana News
“Herb, herb is a plant. I mean herbs are good for everything. Why, why these people who want to do so much good for everyone, who call themselves governments and this and that. Why them say you must not use the herb?”
“Them just say, ‘no, you mustn’t use it, you mustn’t use it because it will make you rebel.’ Against what?” – Bob Marley
The legend that is Bob Marley will forever live on in his music, his ideals and his charismatic personality. It is no secret that while alive, Bob Marley frequently spoke out against the ‘establishment’ and was considered a fierce opponent of those who tried using marijuana as a vehicle of oppression.
In the above statement, Mr. Marley brings to our attention two very important questions; If the government is supposed to be ‘looking out for us’ why would they prohibit a beneficial herb and if cannabis is meant to make us rebel…rebel against what exactly?
The Politics of Hypocrites
Answering the first question, we must look at why those who allegedly work for our benefit does not want us to use such a beneficial plant. While the answer is much more complex than what I can explain in a simple blog post, I will attempt to outline some of the main motivators.
- Pharmaceutical companies monopolized medicine – Pharma does not want people growing their own medicine. Especially when cancer is one of the most lucrative sectors of Big Pharma income. Pain management is another aspect where they bank big. With cannabis, you cut out the intermediary and have direct access to medicine for a wide array of conditions and illnesses.
- Bread and Circus – Secondly, if you are to rule without any real opposition, you need a docile nation, hooked on booze and cheap entertainment. While this is certainly not true for all people, in my experience cannabis users tend to question the status quo, they tend not to be easily duped into mega events like sports events, mainstream television and so on. This means they ‘think’ differently than their alcoholic counterparts.
- An Excuse to create slaves – Slavery was abolished…well more like transformed into our current prison system where we take non-violent offenders and stuff them in a cage to work for next to nothing supplying goods to the government. Why hire illegals when you can simply criminalize a group of people and make them your state owned slave?
Rebel against what?
The rebellion is not physical but rather a rebellion against the proposed idea of what ‘society should be like’. “The system” as some refer to it, is nothing more than a figment of our imagination. It is a utopian idea of justice, equality and liberty yet when you see it in practice; it seems more like covert tyranny in the works.
I think the establishment is afraid that if enough people ‘un-plug’ from the illusion presented by those in power, that they would surely lose all authority and cooperation. I personally believe that cannabis helps shape a person to look behind the curtain, to analyze the strings that hold our society together. They tend to question those in power and do not easily digest political rhetoric and rather scrutinize each promise for what it is; the illusion that “We Matter.”