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Why a New Constitution is our Best Hope and Marijuana/Hemp Legalization is our Second

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Month of May--Official count of voters in each political party is reported by the National Election Committee 

June thru August--Public speeches, forums, and written responses from all parties that captured at least 1% of the vote

September thru December--Speeches, debates, and written responses from the top 7 political parties only

Second week of January--Each American voter chooses just one of the top 7 national political parties to identify with for this purpose only

March thru May--The 3-month duration of the Constitutional Convention

October 1--The new government under the new constitution will be implemented  

(End of 23-Month Timeline and Timeline Summary)  

The spoken and written words of the delegates must be publicized, and citizens will be allowed to voice their own opinions in the process.

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The US Congress, the President, and the US Supreme Court will not have the right to control a Constitutional Convention.  They can, however, express their opinions and recommendations in the process. 

(End of this Twenty-Eighth Amendment Proposal)

If the above Twenty-Eighth Amendment proposal is passed, many citizens on the political Right and the Left who have felt helpless, hopeless, and alienated about making any significant political changes, will, maybe for the first time, become animated by citizenship and politics.  If a new constitution can be simplified, shortened, modernized, easily amended, and easily abolished--a lot more people will feel empowered about making political changes that matter. 

Part 2: Why Marijuana/Hemp Legalization is our Second Best Hope

One of the biggest ironies of all time is the fact that the most versatile plant on the planet was made illegal in 1937--the marijuana/hemp plant.  Congress at the time was convinced that individuals go into murderous rampages under the influence of cannabis or pot.  It was made illegal for political reasons--its cultivation and uses cut deeply into the profits of certain corporations eager to sell alternative products. 

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Jack Herer, author of  classic book Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy: The Emperor Wears No Clothes, argued that hemp could save the planet!  Cars, houses, rope, paper, clothes and about 20,000 other household products could be made from this weed that does not require the artificial chemicals that growing corn and cotton require.  Birds prefer hemp seeds over all others.  When the seeds are made into a food, like porridge, it has more essential amino acids than any other plant.  As a medicine, it is an effective treatment for several diseases and ailments, especially glaucoma.  Terrence McKenna, prominent author in the psychedelic movement, said "If the words "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on."  

During the Vietnam War, the anti-nuclear, anti-war, peace and love, civil rights, and feminist movements were all contemporaneous with the marijuana and psychedelic movements.  When a person has the proper mental set in a therapeutic, supportive setting, marijuana and psychedelics like LSD and peyote can cause the person to have a spiritual experience that provides self-understanding, which can lead to self-improvement. 

Graham Hancock gave a recent TED talk about the ayahuasca psychedelic plant brew, which when given to alcoholics and drug addicts in a controlled, therapeutic environment in South America, helped 50% of the patients overcome their addictions and turn their lives around as a result of a spiritual transformation. 

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Roger Copple is 65 years old. He retired in 2010 from teaching general elementary, mostly third grade, and special education at the middle and high school levels in the public schools of Indianapolis. He now lives in Bradenton, FL. He is (more...)

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