As I developed my abilities in, and explored, the various forms of photography, I found myself intrigued by capturing a womans natural beauty.
I wasnt alone. I soon found myself in a network of talented photographers and models from all around the world who were working, many times for free, in the name of creativity.
Now I needed a platform from which to exhibit these nude models from all over, as well as the work of the various photographers, beyond just myself, who had captured the natural beauty of these women. That platform is Natural Instinct Magazine and its web presence, naturalinstinct.us
But wait! Ive just spoken to the photography side of things, but what about marijuana? Well, its simple: Ive been breaking the law for 14 years by smok-ing it, and quite frankly, Im fed up.
It was a very easy decision to dedicate Natural Instinct Magazine as a tool for legalization. As things stand now, when I buy marijuana, I instantly cre-ate violent turf wars in our poorer communities. The Mexican cartels kill 10-100 per day, all in thename of collecting our U.S. dollars. People are killing innocent people in Mexico for my $20 bag of weed. You dont have to be a Poli Sci major, or an activist, to know theres something wrong with that picture.
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As things stand now, when I buy marijuana, I instantly create vio-lent turf wars in our poorer communities. The Mexican cartels kill 10-100 per day, all in the name of collecting our U.S. dollars. Peo-ple are killing innocent people in Mexico for my $20 bag of weed. You dont have to be a Poli Sci major, or an activist, to know theres something wrong with that picture.
Young people, especially minorities, who are involved with mari-juananot necessarly selling it but merely toking itare tainted with criminal records. Theres something wrong with that picture, too.
Our magazines message is simple: Legalize now! We are not sati-fied with simply downgrading the crime to a lesser charge that brings just a ticket. That means toking grass is still illegal. This even though Mary Jane is far less harmful than alchohol, and far less addictive than coffee or cigarettes. Think if it were legal, and we taxed it: We could easily give health care to those who need it with the proceeds from the taxes. Teachers and schoolscould benefit, We could feed our homeless, or help our tens of thousands of animals who need adequate shelter and love until they find a home... Just to name a few really worthwhile uses to which marijuana tax money could be put.
Although we at Natural Instinct are on a mission to legalize mari-juana, we feel its most important for us to focus on the good, the positive, the peacefulness, the fun, and the fellowship of our mari-juana community of over 30 million in the U.S. alone.
Well be coming at you every month from now on, with the best in pictures of natural women, and the best in words about that natural product you, and I, and the rest of us all love. Join us on our mission.But for now, just sit back, fire up a bowl, and enjoy Natural Instinct!
Medical MarijuanaA Dicey PropositionBy Jesse Leaf
Where is medical marijuana legaland just how legal is it? It isnt cut-and-dried. The line between a pat on the back and 20 years doing time can be a thin one, indeed.
The highly debated question of whether medical marijuana should be legalized has been complicated by both sides. There is a difference between outright legalizationof medically employed cannabis, legalization of allmarijuana use, and decriminalization of marijuana. Those supporting the legal use of medical cannabis see it as a proven and legitimate therapeutic agent in the treatment of many illnesses, including AIDS, chronic pain, multiple scle-rosis, anxiety, and insomnia, not to mention relief from the nausea that commonly accompanies chemotherapy treat-mentsand there are other suggested medical uses as well.
Opponents make little or no distinction. They dismissthe medical claims as just an excuse for people to legally and easily obtain their recreational drug at will, labeling it as a dangerous gateway drug to more dangerous narcotics.
As the population, a great proportion of which used oris using mj, became more accepting of the drug, politicalinitiatives to allow its medical use were passed in a growing number of states. As of this writing, 15 states and the District of Columbia allow its use, if under a variety of rules and regu-lations, and despite the overall umbrella ban of the Federal government, which remains in place.
Medical or not, outright and total legalization is the holy grail of marijuana advocates. Open availability makes all other ca-veats moot. The goal seems distant. There is no place in the United States, or indeed on the planet, where cannabis is ful-ly legalized. Fully legalized. No matter where you are on the map (and that includes. Mozambique and the Netherlands), there is a bewildering bevy of local laws, regulations, caveats, restrictions, rules and regulations, if, ands, and buts covering local use, consumption, cultivating, selling, and possession of marijuana. It behooves the aficionado to make damn sure he or she knows them inside and out. The line between a pat on the back and 20 years doing time can be a thin one, indeed.
In the United States, medical marijuana use, albeit witha stunning variety of legal small print, is legal in Alaska,Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia,Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washing-ton. But there is little reason for celebration or complacency. Conservative forces in several of these states continue the fight to roll back these laws.
The move is being spearheaded by Montana, subject of much media play including a long article in the New York Times. As this was being written, the recently elected Re-publicandominated legislature was close to repealing the medical marijuana statute approved by voters six years ago. But many Montana towns are not even waiting for that eventuality. In Bozeman, for example, the City Council has enacted several restrictive regulations aimed at curtail-ing what has become a vibrant economic machine that has sprouted around the medical marijuana market.
Construction companies, electricians, gardening supply houses, even bakeries are due to suffer in the constricted environment, hurting the local economy as well as the pa-tients who depend on cannabis. Following Montanas lead, New Mexico is also seeking to roll back decriminalization in that great state.
In addition to the 15 states that allow some form of medical legitimacy for cannabis, there are many other jurisdictions that have decriminalized the use of cannabis for everybody. This poses a whole other set of problems for the user, medi-cal or not. Typically, but not all the time, decriminalization means no prison time or criminal record for first-time pos-session of a small amount for personal consumption. It is common practice for local jurisdictions to place enforce-ment of criminal marijuana laws on the low police priority list. But that may be a dangerous foundation on which to conduct your life. Decriminalization still poses the risk of ca-pricious enforcement. It can mean unpredictable confronta-tions with the justice system (police encounters, arrest, court, and jail time). You never know if your arrest will be treated as a minor traffic violation or a Schedule 1 abuse.
Local jurisdiction really matters. States where cannabis is de-criminalized in certain local areas but not statewide (watch those borders) are Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Mis-souri, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The legal use of medical marijuana remains a fiery topic in state legislatures. Laws allowing prophylactic use of canna-bis are being argued in Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennes-see, Texas, and West Virginia. Some form of decriminalization legislation is up for debate in Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Maine, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont.
Full legalization is a tougher nut to crack, and not many politician are anxious to append their name to legislation that would allow free and open use of cannabis. In the Pa-cific Northwest, a bastion of marijuana law reform (Oregon was the first state to decriminalize cannabis in 1973; it was recrimina