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How The Law Is Unfair To People Who Don’t Have Money

We all know how unfair things are, and while it’s never going to be a fair fight, the law has never been fair when it comes to helping those who can’t afford it. Let’s help the most vulnerable people in our society stand as strong, self-sufficient, and resiliently determined as we can today. And tomorrow, let’s make changes across the board.

When you’re dealing with the legal system, one could argue the current system is unfairly tilted towards those who have the funds to keep up legal fees — while those who often have no means are at a much greater disadvantage. But that can only continue long enough to be of any benefit to anyone. We’ve already seen how an overwhelming demand for medical marijuana has resulted from the war on drugs. As the demand increases for these products, the price will likely go down dramatically. In the meantime, a growing number of states continue allowing for these products to be freely accessed, thus providing these patients with much more access than they currently have.

That is, when the law allows for it.

In the eyes of the law, these products are illegal, a product which isn’t even legal yet. In the eyes of those in control, these products are a medical necessity. The current system is a mess, especially in light of the recent court ruling which allows those with preexisting prescription conditions to legally purchase cannabis through the state-regulated dispensary system. But if you need medicinal marijuana as a form of treatment, then you should be able to get access to it. That is how a responsible government and economy should work. That is how Americans should be treating each other, regardless of class. And that is how we should treat ourselves, regardless of our financial situation. I’m convinced that we can do better, and this is what we must do.

When it comes to ending America’s war on drugs, everyone can agree that we should stop wasting taxpayer money on arresting and imprisoning people for a drug we all know to be less dangerous than alcohol, and which most of us use frequently anyway. However, we must also begin focusing on changing both the laws and what the system offers. Our current system of prohibition does not seem to be working. Despite a massive increase in arrests and prosecutions, the number of people arrested for drugs in the United States is still significantly lower today than when Nixon first declared a war on it.

We know from the recent report from the US Sentencing Commission that drug use is declining worldwide as more people see the negative impacts of prohibition on people, especially poorer people and those of color, even in countries such as the United States. The US should be investing in finding a more effective approach to this problem and allowing our law enforcement efforts to focus on actual criminals — not on those they claim to be working to protect.

In our nation, it is important to consider how our system could be improved to help us better serve the needy. This is why I believe in the right of all Americans to be able to help those who can’t help themselves. To achieve this I believe that everyone has the right to be able to legally, responsibly use whatever products they want to without fear or repercussion. When we have a more inclusive society and we treat our fellow citizens as they ought to be treated, we will see more money and resources being allocated to helping the deserving. And when we have healthier, more diverse, and more prosperous communities, then I know America will be a better place to live.

This article originally appeared on  The Huffington Post.