MR. LAUN’JUEL: You said we have two representatives for
SENATOR RICE: Yes; you have one from your company, and
one from his.
MR. LAUN’JUEL: Okay.
SENATOR RICE: Yes.
MR. LAUN’JUEL: All right.
SENATOR RICE: We’re trying to move; we’re beyond time. I
have deficit people--
MR. LAUN’JUEL: My name is LaQuay Laun’Juel; I’m President of Obsidian Elite Investment Association. I’m an Atlantic City native; this actually is what I would consider my family’s church. My cousin recently passed away -- and her services were done exactly where you guys are sitting -- due to opioid complications and misapplication of some medications that she was given. So this is apropos for me to be here today.
Thank you to Reverend Days; and much respect to Council President Marty Small and all the other officials from our city.
So, welcome to our city, Senator Rice.
Esteemed ladies and gentlemen, I am speaking to you today as a pro-cannabis legalization advocate that does not believe in smoking as a
method of delivery. We have been the victims of a pernicious lie with insidious intent, the creation of the cancer industry. Cannabis, unlike heroin and cocaine, requires no modification to receive the God-intended benefits of the plant. The other two must be processed and modified by man to achieve their deadly end products. Cannabis is not a drug as we think of itin society; it is a plant that has been among humans, without ill effect, from the inception of farming itself. It’s even in the tombs of the pharaohs,emperors of China, and in the teachings of the Talmud.
The biggest fear of cannabis is not medical, but social. A social class stigmatization has been placed on the plant, because many associate
lackadaisical and aimless behavior with people who smoke cannabis. While
not uniformly true for the latter, we, in some misapplied logic, view this as
inferior to drunkenness and the violence that often accompanies it.
We’ve all heard of the reefer madness produced by the propaganda of Harry Anslinger during the 1930s; and not much has changed for many whose generations were reared on such babble, as people become murderous, and white women sexually crave black men and Mexican men when smoking cannabis. This idiotic racism was fuel and concealment of the real goal to begin prohibition of cannabis, and here is why.
Cannabis is not some random plant that humans have had in almost every civilization from ancient times until now, on a massive level. It’s a fundamental component to our life cycle. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the preeminent Israeli chemist who discovered the endocannabinoid system,
helped to expose one of the biggest lies and greatest breakthroughs in
medical history. While we all are dreadfully terrified of cancer, as if it were
a virus that you catch, it’s actually a basic malfunction of the body on a
cellular level, because of toxins and other repeated chemical irritants that
damage cells’ nucleus and mitochondria. Cancer exists in us all at some
level; but for most of us, our immune system removes these damaged cells
or they die naturally.
A very telling and interesting note is that while we all are aware that the immune system is what fights away viruses, bacterial infection, and some toxins; the majority could never tell you what system in the body is
responsible for the regeneration, reconstruction, and healing of the body.
Well, it’s the endocannabinoid system. While we feed our immune system
Vitamin C to strengthen and preserve it, what vitamins, minerals, etc., do
we feed the ECS? It just so happens that cannabis is the only source,
meaning both THC and CBD, among other cannabinoids, to strengthen
and enhance this vital system. The very plant that we have allowed to be
demonized has the components for healing and maintaining our bodies
from cancer and countless other ailments.
It was Rick Simpson, of Canada, in 1998, who peaked my interest in cannabis as a possible treatment for cancer. I was familiar with marijuana as weed, ces, skunk; that thing we smoke to get high, and totally thought his claims were bogus. I was a profuse smoker of cigarettes and cigars for a decade during my stay in the United States Marine Corps as a Captain; at least two-and-a-half packs of Newports a day, and a pack of Black & Milds every single day.
When I began to quit this gross habit, I became very aware that developing cancer, at some point, might occur in my life. I was then on a hunt for a preventative treatment. I found several plants, fruits, etc. However, the most prevalent and easily obtainable has been cannabis. If you notice, for those who are researching thoroughly, there is an inverse relationship between the cancer treatment industry and the development of the prohibition of cannabis. The one plant in abundant supply to the masses, and capable of self-medicating for cancer prevention and treatment, as well as other ailments, was systematically removed from the U.S. human environment. Additionally, this policy was spread through the U.S. foreign relations policy departments to all our allies as a global policy.
The research is conclusive; and when the public gets the full knowledge of what has been perpetrated against us all -- with the many of those who have died from cancer -- I hope justice will be served.
We have watched so many of our people die from diseases and conditions that could have been treated or prevented. But for the myopic and short-sighted view of men, they had to die.
I watched my own father wither away from liver cancer in 2015, myself still hopelessly ignorant of the access to medical marijuana. But in retrospect, he didn’t have the money to see a cannabis doctor, to get a card, and then pay for the oils he would have needed. In truth, he shouldn’t have needed to do any of that.
For those who say they are for medical, but against recreational, you are sadly misinformed. The plant, in its entirety, is medicinal. Its use, even when smoked, is still medicinal; although this is not in any way the optimal or advised way to utilize this plant. Nothing should be smoked as a means of use by humans.
Cannabis should be accessible without a doctor’s prescription. It should be available to all adults. We don’t demonize THC over CBD either, because both are necessary to achieve the beneficial medical results.
We cannot allow our social inhibitions to steer us in a direction that creates even more problems by ignoring science and wise judgement. Statements like babies being born with THC on the brain are examples of gross ignorance of a subject that requires better-versed minds.
THC is naturally occurring in humans under the name of anandamide, which is responsible for every moment of joy or euphoria you have ever
experienced in life. It’s a natural hormone.
We have a unique opportunity to right many wrongs when we legalize this industry, the greatest among them being the medicinal damage that has been done against us all.
The second -- social injustice has incarcerated 80 percent more melanated people than whites for the same illegal behavior. Without
question, a universal pardon or expungement is in order without additional
cost; hence, automatically for all marijuana-related charges. The policy was nefarious in its inception and execution. While it was legal, it was not
lawful or righteous.
And thirdly, we must not transfer wealth from a financially disadvantaged class and demographic to an already financially abundant demographic. The cannabis industry is 99 percent male elite businessmen.
This is the result of past class disparity and social bias; therefore, creating
rules that demand a high capital bar of entry and unrelated level of above
reproach social record is prejudicial. While it’s the normal way of doing
business, it’s time to for cultural disruption, because our normal way of
doing things is glaringly insufficient.
Thank you for your time.
SENATOR RICE: Thank you very much for your testimony.