As the Marijuana Policy Project reported on Friday, New Hampshire is on its way to becoming the 19th medical marijuana state in the US. Governor Maggie Hassan has released a statement expressing her approval of House Bill 573 and her intention to sign the measure. Although this is a compromise measure, under which home cultivation of marijuana will continue to be prohibited, it is still a major step forward for a state which has seemed to lag behind the rest of New England in marijuana policy reform.
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The Voluntary Team
The people warning of tyranny were right. As [Senator] Mike Lee said, our worst fears have come true. The government is lying to, spying on, and harassing the people it is supposed to be representing. Even Piers Morgan, generally known as a supporter of government, has admitted publicly that the recent scandals have shown the government is behaving “vaguely tyrannical.” A good week for the truth is inherently a bad week for the government. So we have seen.
The American government has its hands in almost every manner of daily life. The steady increases in surveillance and control have enabled the government to take what it sees as the next step: utilizing its power to not just “keep an eye on things” but to promote what they like and suppress what they don’t. We are free as long as we stay within the boundaries of what the government finds appropriate; a selection of options that continues to decrease in size. The slightest infringement on such unspoken controls could have you targeted by the IRS, harassed by the police and slapped with unfounded charges, or get you involuntarily detained based on a government employees analysis of your mental health. Anti-government movements have even been infiltrated with the intention to spark violence and arrests.
It’s not a free country if we’re not free to challenge our government. We are beginning to see routine targeting and suppression of people and movements that challenge the status quo of big government. It is a tyrannical environment when otherwise “regular” people are being treated like criminals and stripped of their rights for simply standing up for what they believe in."