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Cannabis activists don’t deserve harassment and discrimination

Cannabis activists deserve the harassment and discrimination they receive due to their involvement in the marijuana community; that’s the line of thinking for many people, even those who think the laws need to be changed.

Not only will they tell you that getting involved will ruin your life and decrease the prospects of good employment and increase your chances of being picked on by law enforcement, but that you deserve exactly what you’re getting.

A poll came out recently, and it comes as sort of a shock, but sixty-four percent of those polled believe that a person shouldn’t be fired for off the job marijuana use in states where it is legal to consume it.

Yet, many people fear even openly supporting changing the law because they believe it might lead them to lose their job, friends, or standing in the community. Some of these fears are justified, especially the further south you go.

It’s a tough road for activists, especially those who are very vocal about it. People are likely to be discriminated against in their job, whether it is getting one, keeping one, or getting a promotion. They also draw extra scrutiny from police, and have to put up with a lot of criticism from family and friends.

Likely a timeless impediment to positive reform, is society making it very difficult for people to openly support righting wrongs, especially if it involves a touchy subject such as cannabis legalization.

People will say that activists asked for the troubles that come along with being involved. No, they didn’t ask for trouble, they only asked for people to consider a better way. Just accepting the way things are is not an option.

For those who are out leading the charge of reform, they recognize the destruction and suffering caused by the war on a plant and are willing to commit themselves to the trials and tribulations of such an endeavor while others watch from the shadows. They don’t deserve to be harassed and discriminated against, yet they are.

There are those who have the ability and the passion, and to ask them to stand aside and allow such an atrocity to go unchecked is downright horrible. Asking for them throw out their principles and be complicit in the matter is unacceptable. Rather than aid these people in any way possible, others are very content to show them nothing but contempt, even if they agree that things need to be changed.

These people are putting their lives and resources on the line to make the world a better place. They are plunging themselves into a righteous cause where many others dare not tread. Please, show these people some compassion and love, and help them in any way you can. At the very least, do not be a part of those who seek to push them down.

By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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