On this day, 11 years ago, our nation suffered a terrible loss of life when we fell victim to the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. As one of the many New Yorkers on the Weedist staff, I have to say that this day takes on even more importance to me. My father, along with another Weedist staffer’s father is one of the many men in blue that served the city of New York.
Selfishly, I am thankful that my dad was retired on 9/11, because I know that he would have been one of the many police officers to rush to ground zero to help. The images of that day still bring both sadness and make me supremely proud of my father. All of our hearts go out to victims of 9/11 and to the families of the men and women who lost their lives in service of the public on that day.
This day also inspires me to make one clarification about our coverage here on Weedist. We are not anti-law enforcement in any way. There are tens of thousands of police officers who have dedicated their lives to protecting and serving the public. What Weedist abhors are the laws that make it illegal to grow, buy and use a natural medicine. We want safe and legal marijuana access for those adults who choose to partake. Along with those laws and the hypocritical propaganda that purports marijuana to be dangerous, we are also against the overzealous and sometime corrupt enforcement of those laws. The vast majority of law enforcement does their job above all moral reproach.
Our “corrupt cop” stories cover the bad apples in the bunch; but we are well aware that this is not the vast minority of law enforcement professionals. We also celebrate the men and women of law enforcement who want to end the hypocrisy that is the “War on Drugs.” It is for that reason that we include a pro-bono link to LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).
Weedist remembers 9/11 and honors the loss that we suffered as a nation and sends a heartfelt “Thank You” to the men and women who serve our nation by wearing a badge and upholding the law.