Who Supports the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy?

In 2008, it was time for marijuana reform, but not in the manner in which reform had come in years past. A new committee was formed, this one advocating the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and for diminishing the severe, life-altering consequences given to those found to be in possession of the drug. As it stands today, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I narcotic, the same category as heroin and cocaine. The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy made changes to the consequences that took effect in January 2009.

The Committee is supported by many different organizations, who also felt the punishment for a marijuana conviction was too severe. The change first occurred in Boston, but has now been established by many different states and communities, at their own discretion. The Committee gathered over 100,000 signatures in a petition that helped reduce these penalties. Now, instead of a penalty of up to six months in jail, those who are found in possession of marijuana are not charged criminally, but instead it is considered a civil matter. A fine of $100 is paid if found guilty, and the money raised is used for various community programs throughout the Boston area.

As mentioned, there is a long list of organizations that support the committee fully. Those organizations include:

Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy

·    Criminal Justice Policy Coalition

·    National Association of Social Workers

·    Union of Minority Neighborhoods

·    Marijuana Policy Project

There are dozens of other organizations that support the committee and the efforts they are putting forth to abolish the severe consequences of a conviction. There’s even hospitals, doctors, religious leaders, journalists, and others that support the organization. And, of course, those who consume marijuana are definitely excited that changes are coming their way.

Over the years as more marijuana research has taken place, many people are understanding that it is a plant far more beneficial than harmful. They understand that it has medicinal properties and is now used across the country to treat a variety of conditions and health concerns. And so, the time for change had come. With so much evidence in support of marijuana benefits, the committee felt assured of their decision, and come out on top as the result of that decision. People support the use of marijuana more than they do not these days and these changes ensure fairness throughout the area and elsewhere, too.

The Committee does not receive any type of compensation for the work they do. They are simply marijuana and criminal advocates who believe in fairness and equality, and who felt the punishments were too severe. Someone caught in possession of a small amount of marijuana could go to jail, lose their job, pay excessive fines of up to $1000, and face a tarnished record for the remainder of their lives. Now that has changed, and so many are thankful for the committee and the great accomplishments they are making toward marijuana legalization.


Celebrities Who Spread the Wealth

There is something so amazing about a person who has a rags to riches story. Even though we can all become a little bit envious of those who already have more money than we are ever going to see in our life, there is some perspective that we need to put into place. The ones who come from humble beginnings, work hard, show their talent, and find a way to ensure their talent is going to make money are the ones that we have to respect beyond anything else. And those are the type of people that we need to look up to a lot as well.

But, there can be a little bit of negative feeling towards celebrities in general, especially when things like net worth go into the conversation. We go on sites like and we see how all of these people are making mad amounts of money. And naturally, we can feel a little bit bad about the whole situation. It is not because we think they do not deserve the money, but we feel bad because we are not in anywhere close to that type of position in our own lives. But what you have to do is separate your own story from the celebrity whose actions and money that you are trying to judge.

Another thing that we must take into account is the way that celebrities are putting their money towards good causes. There are so many different charities around the world that simply would not exist if there were no celebrities, or if these celebrities were not earning as much money as they do. And the many people who are helped by those charities would have suffered, as they would not have been able to get the help that they needed.

And before we talk about celebrity charity donations some more, what you also need to know is that not all of them are publicized. So just because you have not heard about a celebrity putting millions towards a certain project, it does not mean it is a lie. In fact, you may not hear about this until much later, because they do not want you to know. The only reason it becomes public is when most charity organizations give out their financial information at the end of the fiscal year. Then you can see who donated and how much they donated!

So, when you are on those sites where they tell you how many millions a celebrity is earning, take a bit of time and consider whether they are doing some good with that money. Now if you know that they are putting some of that money towards good things, and you also know they are the type of person who worked so hard to earn what they have, there is no reason for you to be envious of them. In fact, those are the types of celebrities that we will want to respect and admire, because they are a success and they are doing good things with their success.