Since the beginning of prohibition great people such as yourselves, whose ancestors’ shadows we now stand in, have been blinded and restrained by the governments in which we have put so much faith. This restraint is as discriminatory as it is unlawful and by prohibiting a harmless plant, they have risked the wellbeing and health of entire generations.
So here we stand at the dawn of a new age with our opponents staring smugly at their own achievements, ignoring and turning away from the destruction and poverty which has been the cost of their goals. They have prohibited man’s greatest aid, the calming herb that clears the mind and heals the sick, replacing it instead with manmade sedatives and mind numbing poisons. My question for you is this, will you stand and watch as the wise men and women of the world are crippled by the manacles of prohibition and the chains of discrimination? Will you allow future generations to be criminalised and segregated in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity? How much longer must we languish in the corners of society, exiles on our own land? We must come together today to dramatise this appalling condition.
It is obvious today that the prohibitionists argument is flawed, the science and facts which consistently support our cause are now simply ignored. Instead of honouring our sacred herb the world has given up, tarnishing us with the brush of criminality. But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe in the propaganda and lies which have been spread by the powerful and the corrupt. So now we must stand together, all those who benefit from the use of Cannabis, in the face of the ignorant to re-educate the confused majority and demand the riches of freedom not just for us but for future generations. We have now arrived at this hallowed point in time to remind the people of the world of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling or to accept the profitable drugs of capitalism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of prohibition to the sunlit path of social freedom. Now is the time to force a new way, allowing man to partake in the herb without fear of prejudice or retribution. Now is the time to lift the people of this world from the quicksand of intolerance to the solid rock of understanding.
It would be fatal for the world to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate our determination. This winter of prohibition and our legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating spring of legalisation. Two Thousand and Thirteen is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that we will be content with medical classification will have a rude awakening if the world returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquillity in the world until we receive full recreational freedom. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of society until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to the people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of freedom. In the process of returning to us our recreational rights we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds, we must prove we truly are the better men. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
Martin “Reefer” King
A Cannabis inspired adaption of Martin Luther King’s famous I Have a Dream speech.
I had fun with this and hope it inspires more people to get involved in the movement to legalize. We can do this all it takes is people.
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” Martin Luther King