Have you heard? There's a petition going around to put the issue of re-legalizing cannabis hemp, also known as "marijuana," on the ballot. So why should you, especially those of you that don't smoke pot seek out and sign this petition?
The answer comes in the form of a question, "Who owns you?"
If you answered, "The state owns me," then you most certainly should not sign this petition. But may I point out to you that this is an answer someone living under socialist rule would give. For under authoritarianism or socialism (the two are the same thing), the individual is considered the property of the state, with the state granting privileges rather than respecting natural individual rights.
On the other hand, if your answer is that that "I own myself," and you resent being considered property of the state, then it's imperative you find and sign this petition of you are a registered voter and help push back the rising tide of socialism in our nation, city and state.
I've long held the belief that marijuana laws not only violate natural law but also violate the intent of the First Amendment. Thomas Jefferson's goal was to keep us from imposing our opinions of each other through law. We really only have the right to retaliate against those who have committed a tangible, obvious act of theft or violated the real property rights of another. They are one in the same.
Growing, selling or simply smoking marijuana is in no way a tangible act of theft, although some have tried to claim smoking pot is some sort of act of theft. Their vision is an imaginary one at best. As it turns out, the real act of theft is the pot prohibition itself.
So, with all this and more being said, if you still won't make the effort to seek out and sign this or the other "return our natural rights" type petitions, then you have just conceded to and have willingly become and will remain property of the state.