“It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.”  Carl Sagan

Due to outdated and misguided governmental policy, getting high and smoking cannabis on the beaches of Oahu, in Hawaii, is a pleasure that relatively few get to enjoy. Currently, people are prosecuted for enjoying one of earth’s most valuable and sacred flowering herbs. Luckily, the majority of people in Hawaii are liberal leaning and activist prone. Moreover, the people of the islands continue to smoke weed regardless of the law. While it remains illegal in Hawaii to possess or consume cannabis, the sticky sweet aroma of this flower is often in the air at most beaches.

 

Since 1959, when Hawaii officially became the 50th state, the islands have become increasingly militarized. With seven military bases, Oahu has the most prevalent military presence of all the islands. This point becomes relevant because the state capitol and much of the states government offices are located in Honolulu. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that state laws are influenced by the military and their agendas. It seems, perhaps, this heavy military presence is standing in the way of cannabis legalization in Hawaii. Historically, the people of Hawaii have a long cultural heritage with cannabis as a medical and agricultural crop—dating as far back as before 1842.

Actually, the people of the islands desire legalization. Sixty-six percent support a measure to legalize cannabis. Thus, the state of Hawaii should immediately give up on this nonsensical and impractical: “war on drugs”. Allow those who choose to consume cannabis, partake. Legalization is far overdue, the legislation needs to change. Let the people enjoy a classic Hawaiian sunset in an elevated psychedelic mind-state.