Friday, May 21, 2010

Are America's Police Addicted to Marijuana?

Norml posted a really interesting article asking if law enforcement was addicted to marijuana arrests, this is serious question that needs some real scrutiny. Now at this point both local and federal law enforcement are going to tell you crime and danger would follow legalization of marijuana. That is just plain and simple FUD, Fear Uncertainty, and Doubt just part of the way leaders keep the herd going their direction. Now if you believe that our Government would not lie Google Drug Czar Must Lie a little reading and you will find out that the office of the Drug Czar is required to lie by congress.

From wikipedia:

Anti-legalization Policy

By law, the drug czar must oppose any attempt to legalize the use (in any form) of illicit drugs.[11]. According to the "Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998"[12] the director of the ONDCP

(12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that-- 1. is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and 2. has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;

Application of Anti-Lobbying Laws to the Office of National Drug Control Policy's Open Letter to State Level Prosecutors, B-301022, March 10, 2004


Ok that trip to Wikipedia was fun but lets get back on track with the NORML


by George Rorbacher,

In America since 1965, there have been 21 million arrests for marijuana, 9 out of 10 for quantities of an ounce or less. Over 800,000 were arrested for pot last year, with people of color and the young being arrested and incarcerated in hugely disproportionate numbers.

Through my own recreational use, I discovered marijuana the all-natural non-toxic pain medicine with far less severe side-effects than the prescription alternatives. I believe cannabis should be legal for medical, recreational, food and fiber uses. Cannabis should be legal for American farmers to grow. If cannabis is legal for all, sick people will be able to get it. Ending this prohibition, America must also wean law enforcement from its 70-year-old marijuana arrest addiction. Cannabis use didn’t turn either Michael Phelps or Barack Obama into a couch potato or a loser. It’s time to legalize it. Tax and regulate marijuana…Now.

George Rohrbacher is a retired cattle rancher, former WA state senator (R), former Commissioner of Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, currently serving on the NORML Board of Directors



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