Steven Epstein’s Prepared Remarks
Hello sons and daughters of Liberty, how’s everybody this afternoon?
We are here once again on the historic Boston Common because after twenty-one years of protesting prohibition those folks under that golden dome over yonder and under the marble dome in Washington DC still haven’t heard our call to repeal the unconstitutional prohibition of cannabis.
Are there any history buffs out there who know what happened on this date in 1787?
That’s right, it is the day the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia finished its business and issued the proposed constitution of the United States. A document that proclaims its purpose to be the formation of a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty.”
Is it just to prohibit cannabis?
Does it promote the General welfare to prohibit Cannabis?
Does prohibition secure to you, dear sons and daughters of Liberty, the blessing of Liberty?
Our own state constitution informs us that the purpose of government is to to furnish the individuals who compose it with the power of enjoying in safety and tranquility their natural rights, and the blessings of life.
What are your rights dear sons and daughters of Liberty?
You have the right of enjoying and defending your lives and liberties; acquiring, possessing, and protecting your property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining your safety and happiness.
The non-commercial cultivation of cannabis for personal use is a right and is not to be taxed.
The commercial cultivation of cannabis is also a right. It is contrary to the General welfare to prohibit a plant that can provide us with so many benefits from its nutritious seeds and whose oil is the best source for bio-diesel; or for the high cellulose content of its inner stock which is an ideal feedstock for transformation into most products currently derived from petroleum, coal, natural gas and trees, or for the durable fibers of its outer stalk which can be spun into rope or fabric for clothing as found in my pants and shirt; or for its medicinal qualities, and yes, its ability to alter consciousness. It is as Jack Herer, of blessed memory, whom I met at the very first Freedom Rally in 1989, teaches in his book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” can save the planet.
Sons and daughters of Liberty, it is time we restored our rights and ended the oppression. To accomplish our goal we must be vocal with our elected officials. As Congressman Barney Frank noted at a forum he held this past Monday in New Bedford, write them in your own words to sponsor HR. 2306 the bill he and Ron Paul have filed to repeal the federal prohibtion and contribute money to Mass Cann today by putting at least one dollar into one of these buckets (hold up a bucket) before you leave the common.
Before I go, will the people on Mount Mary Jane please shout Repeal. I can’t hear you. People on Mount Mary Jane please shout Repeal. That’s better but I know you can be louder shout it again. Now the people on the field, please shout prohibition. That’s good but I know you can be louder shout it again.
Now so it will echo under the golden dome until our rights are restored:
Repeal Prohibition, Repeal Prohibition, Repeal Prohibition.