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City attorney, Pulitzer-winning Seattle paper call for marijuana legalization

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, February 21, 2011 16:54 EDT
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Last year, many hopeful drug reform advocates expected California to be the first state to officially overturn the prohibition of marijuana. But after Prop. 19′s failure on the state-wide ballot at the end of 2010, few would have expected the next major push for reform would come from Washington.

Yet, here they are: the Washington legislature is poised to consider House Bill 1550, which would legalize and regulate cannabis, and apply taxes on sales.

The effort was enough to prompt a Seattle city attorney and The Seattle Times editorial board to come out in favor of the measure, urging legislators to make Washington State the first in the union to move for a repeal of prohibition.

The legislation would allow for specific licensing of cannabis farmers, producers and sellers, limiting sales to otherwise age-restricted venues like liquor stores. It would also permit local municipalities to use the electoral process to set restrictions or other determinations on sales of marijuana.

Under the proposed laws, the Department of Agriculture would also regulate farming operations and mandate certain growing techniques in order to maintain potency standards, which would be clearly labeled on product packaging.

The full document was available online (PDF).

The times, they are a-changin’

“In 1998, Washington was one of the earliest to vote for medical marijuana. It was a leap of faith, and the right decision,” the Times opined. “In 2003, Seattle was one of the first places in America to vote to make simple marijuana possession the lowest police priority. That, too, was a leap of faith, and the right decision. A year ago, City Attorney Pete Holmes stopped all prosecutions for simple possession: the right decision.

“It is time for the next step. It is a leap, yes — but not such a big one, now.”

The editorial specifically called out sympathies toward people whose impulse is to avoid marijuana altogether.

“We understand the feeling,” they explained. “We have felt it ourselves. Certainly the life of a parent would be easier if everyone had no choice but to be straight and sober all the time. But an intoxicant-free world is not the one we have, nor is it the one most adults want.

“Marijuana is available now. If your child doesn’t smoke it, maybe it is because your parenting works. But prohibition has not worked.”

The day prior, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes leveled a similar argument in the paper, telling readers that marijuana is much more akin to alcohol than other hard drugs, and that prohibition is “ineffective” at reducing its negative effects on society.

“Instead, I support tightening laws against driving while stoned, preventing the sale of marijuana to minors, and ensuring that anything other than small-scale noncommercial marijuana production takes place in regulated agricultural facilities — and not residential basements,” he wrote.

“It is critical that we get these details right. Ending marijuana prohibition isn’t a panacea, but it’s a necessary step in the right direction, and the specifics of a rational regulatory system for marijuana are important.”

Were marijuana legalized in Washington and made available for retail sales, it could generate over $300 million in new revenues and displace over $25 million in costs to law enforcement, a state analysis said.

The bill was being considered by the Washington State House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee. It was seen as unlikely to pass, as the same committee voted down a similar measure last year. All but two or the Democratic members voted against legalization.

The Seattle Times won a Pulitzer prize in 2010 for its coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers.

Another effort, led by legalization activists at “Sensible Washington,” filed last week for placement on the next statewide ballot. The group said it would begin circulating petitions soon.

Even if Washington legalized marijuana, it would remain against federal law, but it was unclear what action, if any, the Department of Justice might take. President Barack Obama has said he does not favor legalization, but called drug reforms a “legitimate” issue worthy of debate.

This video is from news station KONG HD 5 in Seattle, as snipped by Mox News.

This video is from a public hearing of the Washington legislature’s House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee on Feb. 8, 2011.


Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    “Panama Red”

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  • Anonymous

    Laws don’t effect what I do or don’t do. They only effect how quietly I do them.

  • irrumabo

    my gosh, do it already!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JBOYM7U5CPER73JX57LWIMKHJU Jillian

    Marijuana has been repeatedly proven to NOT cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or overdoses, and its addictive potential is about on par with coffee. The DEA is 100% misinformed when it calls marijuana “extremely harmful”!

    The marijuana prohibition empowers drug dealers and the cartels, and makes our children LESS safe! Because of the failings of the prohibition, our children now have easier access to marijuana than to alcohol! We parents have been patient long enough, we must speak up and demand that marijuana be legally sold to adults in gas stations and supermarkets just as beer and wine are today!

    We need laws based on logic, not ideology! We need to put an end to Richard Nixon’s marijuana prohibition and Legalize Adult Marijuana Sales!!

  • Anonymous

    This story gives me the munchies.

  • Anonymous

    God bless the state of Washington !

  • http://thepoliticalbandit.com/ William Cormier

    Let’s not forget that even if the State of Washington does legalize marijuana I’m relatively sure that Obama’s DOJ would again state that they would prosecute anyone and everyone that grew, sold, or was in the supply chain of legalized pot. They made their threats prior to the California election, just a couple of weeks before the vote (which had the effect of disillusioning thousands of voters whom decided not to vote…) and they will use the same tactics on Washington.

    Until we force the government to change, freedom and liberty are carefully crafted illusions.

  • Sandi

    Hmmmm. . . I thought Oregon would be the first. But, Washington was my second guess. Both states are perfect for growing hemp. Soon, the tobacco states are going to wish they’d been more progressive.

  • gypski®

    It gonna happen in Washington. First president, first state to legalize through the people, not the government. But the city attorney’s view and the law will not be passed. The people want the right to grow in their backyards or basements. The legislator’s law is badly flawed and gives in one hand and takes in the other.

  • Sandi

    Constitutionally, the Federal Government does not have that much power over the states. If the state lawmen like Governors, Mayors, and Sheriffs have the guts, the Feds have no power in their communities. Remember–all politics is local. Take care who you vote for in your little vicinity. Judges, District Attorneys, and Commissioners count more than you realize.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    Hillary said there is too much money to be made off the drug war though…what a snake she is.

  • Anonymous

    Help end the corruption that is based around the OPINION of a past president that marijuana is a schedule one narcotic (after his dea at the time said marijuana in it’s pure form is harmless). That little white lie has run us down the road to financial ruin. Another president came along with a wife that thought if we redoubled our efforts and made these great zero tolerence laws we could win, so now in Washington state there is a MANDATORY (cannot be reduced) minumumn sentence for pot possesion (one day in jail). Now we must let out a possibly violent offender to make room for this non violent “criminal” to be scared straight. We must push from the state level back on the feds. I am with the American Medical Association and Oregon state, we need to declare at the state level that marijuana is no longer a schedule one narcotic.
    The first president, whom we named our great state after, smoked the stuff. The last 3 presidents voted into office admitted to possesion and/or using (I think just to get our swing vote). We are just teaching our kids to hide things and be subversive with the mentality that if you get caught with pot you go to jail, lose financial aid, etc. If you don’t get caught you can still become the president. End the big lie.

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson

  • YeaSayer

    As a Washington resident, I wish we’d go all the way and secede from the union.

  • Anonymous

    Eventually pot will be legalized, but it will be a long, protracted, tough battle — there are just too many powerful organizations (the CIA to name one, our privatized for profit prison system to name another) making too much money with things as they are.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    “…marijuana is much more akin to alcohol than other hard drugs…” except you won’t be as likely to beat your wife, gamble your entire paycheck on a single hand of five card stud or fail to show up at work the next day.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    But they affect you if you get caught, which is what this is about.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    “The DEA is 100% misinformed when it calls marijuana “extremely harmful”!”
    They aren’t “misinformed”, they are disinforming.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I forget what you just said.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    what was the story about again?…

  • Guest

    I guess since no one is going to card a kid for buying something that is already illegal, it is easier FOR A KID to buy pot instead of beer. Great point.

    But what we have to look at is how many forces are at work here against legalization.

    This all started in the 30s when a little corporation named DuPont, was freaking out because hemp produced as much woven cloth in a 1/4 acre as cotton could in a whole. Not to mention, the little invention that that they were about to announce, was gonna go down the crapper, had the Hemp Lobby had it’s Druthers. The little invention was called NYLON and along with the Timber Industry (primarily owned by the Hearst Corporation and ALL those newspapers using print rag made from TIMBER instead of the more efficient hemp) made sure hemp was portrayed as something evil. Hence, “Refeer Madness” and the campaigns that followed.

    So combine big corporations, along with a prison industrial complex that has 10% of the nation behind bars, and makes sure PLENTY of Democrats get disenfranchised when they are convicted of felony, I think the time before we see the legalization of pot is a lot later then sooner. So much infrastructure has to be dismantled first and all those lawyers have to get paid too.

  • Anonymous

    We seem to have own little uprisings.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, Jillian, it’s not on a par with coffee. When I’m coffee-deprived, I get a really bad headache – and I get in a pissy mood. When I’ve leaf-deprived, I just mellow out in the afterthought.

  • Anonymous

    And join Canada? I hear they have a great health plan.
    Or at least better than ours.

  • Anonymous

    Re-legalize it!

  • Jaimie11

    We are directed by the constitution that we’re empowered to declare and reserve rights, not yet enumerated,
    for ourselves to enjoy and that the government is directed to protect.

  • Anonymous

    A long time ago they basically legalized marijuana growing in Humbolt County. They simply stopped taking any federal crime fighting dollars and they didn’t let the DEA in. there was just too much money in the pot that the local residents were growing. The new car dealers were selling plenty of new cars and the local eateries were always busy, the economy boomed and the sheriff and the court system didn’t bust anyone. It was pretty easy, as far as I know, it is still that way there! This is just a ploy by the state government to tax and regulate marijuana, I’m not sure this is the preferred solution–I like the Humbolt County solution better.

  • Guest

    The “Killer Weed” should truly be named “The Salvation Weed” given all the good it does when tested and studied without prejudice.

  • Guest

    New Riders of the Purple Sage…right?

  • Sandi

    That’s because you’re not ADD. I know many people who were put on ritalin as children who only use marijuana today. It has fewer side-effects, is not physically addictive, and the only problem they have without it is that they get easily frustrated with day-to-day structure. Marijuana allows them to adjust their own dose and keeps them focused on the job at hand.

  • Anonymous

    That’s them. The hard part is trying to figure out which band members sang the songs!

  • Anonymous

    Screaming Yellow Zonkers, anyone?

  • Anonymous

    I wrote it down here somewhere. Oh crap, I used it for rollin’ papers.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t that fascist rossi already try that? Of course, it was only the part of the State where the “Butlers” use to live.

  • Anonymous

    I just got back from there. I had to get out of my car and move the sick people out of my way, so I could drive back to Oregon. We don’t know how lucky we are. The first thing I did when I got back was to pray how fortunate we are living on the compound.

  • Anonymous

    I have a hard time risking having pot in my house, thinking the FEDS have no power in breaking the doors down, beating me up, destroying the plaster walls, etc. and hauling me off to jail, maybe forever. Remember, in Wisconsin the tories have lists of Union members and their families that they can harass. Suppose you have a nephew or niece that works for one of them. They could just fire them. Be smart. Don’t give them any ammo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WDCRZLG2KHQVYSWCN4POSUAKWU Michelle Beach

    The War on Drugs cost the US Tax Payer 40 Billion + Per Year.
    Plus, Marijuana Gets Ya High for a Couple of Hours, than your Sober again, with no Hangover.Completely back to Normal.
    A Nonbelligerent High . No Fighting, No High Speed Auto Crashes.
    Just Stay at Home and Relax.
    Why is this Illegal??
    Why is Alcohol, and Tobbaco Legal??

  • Guest

    In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. – Hunter S. Thompson

  • Anonymous

    Mixed wires, here, Sandi. I am ADD – or so I was told. But other than that, I agree with you 100%. Cannabis mellows one out.

    And no headache.

  • Anonymous

    And no hangover.

  • Anonymous

    The pros of legalizing marijuana far outweigh the cons of it. Look at how horribly Prohibition worked, and how smoothly things are now after it was repealed. It’s the same thing for marijuana, come on people.

  • Anonymous

    Everything’s legal in Jersey as long as you don’t get caught.

  • Anonymous

    I have that album.

  • Anonymous

    Three cheers for hemp.net: Clint Fisher and the late great Robert Lunday. Robert is smiling on us today. Robert was a dear friend and a great man, I miss him terribly.

  • Anonymous

    The Red Sox would certainly miss their home away from home. They have a better record in Seattle than they do in Boston.

    And many Californians would just explode if they lost their escape from the madness.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    Clintons, Bushes and now their poodle Obama are the drug dealers.

  • gypski®

    Legalization is dead through the legislature in Washington the initiative is going to make it happen.

    The editorial was for show: Monday was the deadline for policy bills to move out of their respective committees in the state Senate – and many didn’t make it. Among the measures that are effectively “dead” this session include Senate Bills 5598 (marijuana legalization) and 5111 (privatizing liquor sales). Seattle PI

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    soooooooo frikkin good.

  • Anonymous

    ‘If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.’ ~Thomas Jefferson

    “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security”. Benjamin Franklin

    The fact is, Federal marijuana prohibition is illegal! When alcohol was prohibited at the Federal level, that required an amendment to the US Constitution because the Constitution gives NO authority to the Federal Government to regulate drug use! There has been no amendment allowing marijuana prohibition!

    Judge Andrew Napolitano: “Ignoring the Constitution” 17 Constitutional powers
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gfDwx9H_rA&feature=player_embedded
    (This guy needs to be sitting on the Supreme Court!)

    “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson.

    Here’s an example of what happens when We The People allow Government to ignore the Constitution and get out of control: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/video-outrage-utah-police-kill-marijuana-smoker-in-own-home

    What % of marijuana consumers beat their wife because of the effects of marijuana? What % of marijuana consumers go to a marijuana party and end up in a fight? What % of marijuana consumers get in a drunken stupor and spend the night in a gutter? What % of marijuana consumers pass out and stay right where they fell long after they soil their pants? What % of marijuana consumers end up choking to death on their own vomit? Exactly 0% ! Marijuana is no different than alcohol? Who are you kidding? No one that knows the truth!

    No matter where you stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana everyone should read:
    MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril, WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither and the free online book: The Emperor Wears No Clothes, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy Against Marijuana. Click the links to those titles on this webpage:
    Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/home
    All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/index.html

    If you think marijuana prohibition has anything to do with the imaginary, false, fabricated, alleged harms from using marijuana as a recreational drug, YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED!

  • Iconoclasm

    Marijuana, or its cousin hemp, was targeted in the 1930′s by none other than the Hearst empire along with the criminal Dupont Corp. This came about when the hemp industry was about to explode by the mechanization of the industry via a machine that would seperate the pulp from the fiber which would allow for the simple creations of literally thousands of products. Hemp is without a doubt the most valuable and versatile plant on the planet! Unfortunately the greed of the forementioned and payoffs to our corrupt officials in CONgress resulted in its criminalization via the usual lies, propaganda and brainwashing. Nothing has changed much here in America.

    Go here here to read all about it:

    http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/chapter-four/

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ODHDTSN5TFE24TZS22LJWXHO6I Rash Lameballs

    Love your post,especially the quotes but you forgot one
    “The secret to freedom lies in educating people,whereas the secret to tryanny is in keeping them ignorant” Maximilien Roerspierre

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ODHDTSN5TFE24TZS22LJWXHO6I Rash Lameballs

    Instead of going after us users,here is who they need to go after

    WANTED
    For the production and the distribution of illegal plants
    GOD
    Claims to have created everything,including illegal plants.We have evidence in writing,
    “I have given you every herb bearing seed,which is upon the earth”, Genesis,the Bible
    Also wanted as a person of interest and co-conspirior
    JESUS CHRIST
    Claims to be the son of GOD and religious cult leader,sought for interview in regard to knowledge of fathers activities.Already nailed to the cross once,reports suggest he may have risen again.
    Report sightings to 1-800-POLICESTATE

  • Anonymous

    Will never happen ever. Just more “talk” with no action. Nothing to see hear. Move along. The police state must go out and nab more growers and stoners to keep the prison planet industrial complex alive and well.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad you liked it, your name is great!… almost made me roflol!

    Let me know what you think of this:

    The prohibitionists have been running around thinking they were saving the world from the “evil weed”… a plant that’s safer than aspirin and every other over the counter drug on the market. The so called ”potheads” have been enjoying life, staying under the radar, ”maintaining” and waiting on the drug war’s money to run out, the prisons to fill up, the courts to get so clogged they’re a joke ORRRRRRR for the majority of the voters to learn the truth about marijuana and marijuana prohibition and put an end to the prohibition.

    This war was won by the so called “dumb potheads” before it ever started and the “dummies” knew it all along! LOL!!!

    The really funny thing is the prohibitionists have been calling the so called “potheads” stupid, crazy, lazy, dumb and every other demeaning name they could think of. I wonder if they’re going to need a few rolls of paper towels to wipe all that egg off their faces?

    I know we haven’t quite won the drug war yet but just like we always knew we would… one day we will and that day seems to be getting closer very quickly.

    The movement doesn’t need to cave and opt for ridiculous restrictions, regulations and taxes. It’s already been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that, if necessary the so called “dumb potheads” will find a way to get their herb untaxed, unrestricted and unregulated, even if uncle SHAM declares war on them… not too shabby for a bunch of “lazy dummies”. I read an article the other day about people flying pot into prison on carrier pigeons! There’s a multi-million dollar annual marijuana trade INSIDE the prison system! One guy I read about gets busted on purpose because he can make so much more money selling pot in prison than he can on the street!

    SOOO, ladies and gentlemen of the prohibitionist’s persuasion… are you still feeling all brainy and superior?

    This will be the only war uncle SHAM ever lost on the home field and a bunch of “dumb potheads” will win, imagine that! Which brings a tune to mind that everyone should listen to at least once… ESPECIALLY THE PROHIBITIONISTS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_u-VFdd8_k Okay two songs: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/880bb91cb1/devil-went-to-ja …and a cop story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW5trBzVAzE&feature=player_em …and a great report about a major eradication operation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_hrR_oDlGU

    Can’t we all just get abong?… YET?

    No matter where you stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana everyone should read:
    MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril, WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither and the free online book: The Emperor Wears No Clothes, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy Against Marijuana. Click the links to those titles on this webpage:
    Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/home
    All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/index.html

  • Anonymous

    I’m stealing your post! LOL

    It’s amazing who’s speaking out these days!

    Cops and Clergy, Kyle Vogt, and the War on Drugs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxtXW_edjqI

  • Anonymous

    The most powerful force in this Country is WE THE PEOPLE! It takes a lot to get us fired up but once the fuse is lit, look out:

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, DERIVING THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED —

    That WHENEVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE OF THESE ENDS, it is the RIGHT of the PEOPLE to ALTER OR ABOLISH IT, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. BUT WHEN A LONG TRAIN OF ABUSES AND USURPATIONS, pursuing invariably the same Object EVINCES A DESIGN TO REDUCE THEM UNDER ABSOLUTE DESPOTISM, IT IS THEIR RIGHT, IT IS THEIR DUTY, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  • Buford2k11

    Go Washington! Now if we could get the DA’s and AG’s to go after the real criminals, bankers and wall streeters, a couple of corrupt supreme court justices, and a few of the worst politicians, the Kochs who believe they have won.

  • Anonymous

    Cool stuff Brandt! Thanks! Keep up your good fight!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Caffeine is physically addictive, cannabis is not. You can die from too much caffeine (easily done with those “energy pills” and “energy drinks”), you can not die from too much cannabis.

    So, no.. pot and coffee are not on par with each other.. coffee is a much more dangerous drug. Imagine that.

  • Guest

    What are they smoking??

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    You need a vaporizer.. easier to keep track of your notes. .. you really don’t want to blaze up that cool drawing you just made, do you?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    The article indicated that “small, non-commercial grows” will not be regulated. Meaning, if you smoke a plant a day and want to grow your own, you can still have a basement full of plants. You just can’t sell it :)

    From what I read, it looks like they have the right idea. To sell (what you grow), you have to have it tested and properly labeled. We demand our milk be labeled with any extra contents (mBGH, for example), we like knowing the “proof” of our alcohol, and it makes sense to label our pot as well. You also want the process checked by authorities on occasion so you know your pot isn’t being laced with something. … and if you’re growing your own, you’re free to do that regulation and tax free.

    I’m looking for a new home at present. If I still haven’t found a job before some of these progressive states make changes, I’ll be looking for something like Washington for their cannabis law, or Vermont for their Single Payer health care. I’m also looking at BC-Canada (they may legalize before we get around to anything here, who knows).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    or die from a drinking/smoking game. Playing quarters won’t kill you, but the game will end once no one remembers where the quarter is ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JRBJ4PCICLE2LKWF2USZSQWGG4 Jim

    Its about time some people found their brains.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JRBJ4PCICLE2LKWF2USZSQWGG4 Jim

    The DEA is 100% misinformed when it calls marijuana “extremely harmful”

    An intentional, cynical lie designed to keep the funds flowing. There are huge economic interests behind the “drug war.” People will lose their jobs if the jails aren’t packed with pot-smokers.

  • Guest

    It is long past time for the criminal drug war to end. Treat addicts as patients, provide voluntary assistance to help them if they wish to have help, remove the dangers of an unregulated black market for drugs of recreation, remove the profit motive generated by this unregulated underground market which fuels dangerous violent gang activity. Remove the incentive for private prisons to house nonviolent drug offenders, for which they receive taxpayer money. End the war on drugs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JETED5IFXLBHDCPATGS3JUS5HU Dip Stick

    Look at California and Colorado. California is in general decline and the weed industry is still picking up steam. Weed doesn’t make people lazy or apathetic. It just makes them realize that instead of going to a job that kills their soul amongst people they hate, they could stay home, smoke a jay, play the banjo and get a tan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M5FLH5JI4ZXJM422NAD6M5SS7U wc fields

    exactly. it doesn’t matter if if 100% of the american people want it. if the pharmaceutical companies, hmos, drug lobby and prison industry don’t want it, it ain’t happenin’. just like the public option, or getting out of iraq and afghanistan. if big money donors stand to lose revenue, their political puppets will fall into line. and now with a republican house, anyone who thinks that legal marijuana is on their agenda, needs to put down the bong.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    You see this is the irrefutable evidence. This is the legal document of and for the people. the document that prescribes the medicine for a sick government that is no longer by nor for the people. This is the guide for american conscientiousness. This is the root document of the republic. This is the RIGHT that transcend presidents and government. Fear must not be a factor for saving the republic., but Duty to perserve her for future generations.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M5FLH5JI4ZXJM422NAD6M5SS7U wc fields

    good luck. americans just voted in a House whose agenda includes ending medicare, social security, public education and privatizing everything in sight, including prisons. ending the drug war just became priority number ten thousand. the drug war is another cash cow for the federal government. americans just took a huge step backwards in the last election, as we are seeing in wisconsin now. citizens united is solidifying the privatization of america. americans are going to have to stand up and fight, or lay down and take it, but nothing is going to be done by politicians based on what we want, or the good of the people. based on the past actions of americans, i’m not counting on a fight.

  • Anonymous

    I agree but what we have governing us right now is so far removed from the Constitution that it needs to be torn down and rebuilt. NOT the “form” of government but rather ther office holders.

    We also desperately need to put an end to crooked corporations buying crooked politicians and elections! Corporations ARE NOT people!… No matter what the Supreme Court says!

    “The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Verite-Laide-lImbecile/100000472938032 Vérité Laide l’Imbécile

    The DOJ doesn’t pose much threat if the sheriff of a given county doesn’t cooperate.

  • WaStConcerned

    …..how juvenile….

  • WaStConcerned

    I agree! The pharmaceutecal industry will squash it due to not being involved in any profits as well as the decline of many of their manufactured drug sales that are aleviated by marijuana negating the need for some of those much more dangerous drugs (and their attendant profits).

  • http://twitter.com/capkanada Adam Potter

    Considering how popular cocaine seems to be in our representative government, probably crack.

  • Anonymous

    re: “telling readers that marijuana is much more akin to alcohol than other hard drugs”

    Except there’s no hangover, people don’t miss work the next day, they don’t die by the thousands in car wrecks, it doesn’t wreck your liver, your marriage or your life, you don’t get in alcohol-fueled fights, it doesn’t make you obnoxious.

    Yeah, other than everything, it’s just like alcohol.

  • Anonymous

    You’re all preaching to the choir here and, while fun, accomplishes nothing. I’m not a user but I’m on your side.

    With the same effort you could have written your government representatives. Because you just google ‘write my president, representative, senator.’

    It is currently, the Obama administration that needs to hear from you. Look at who President Obama chose for the DEA chief. She is absolutely committed to arresting Medical Marijuana users. Obama knows this.

    “Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), expressing concern about all that legalization talk in the air, gave Leonhart the opportunity to assure him that she and the DEA stood steadfast. She obliged him. “I have seen what marijuana use has done to young people,”"

  • Anonymous

    You really think that our government ignores the blogosphere?

    They complain about it ALL THE TIME so clearly they must be reading it.

  • Anonymous

    Fran,

    Write your representatives anyway. Because in the time you just took to explain why you don’t feel you need to, you could have done it.

  • Anonymous

    The really stupid thing is that there is more money to be made when it is legal than when it is illegal.

    Any “true” conservative would realize that commerce trumps “morality”.

    These people are not even greedy. It is just pure power and control.

  • Anonymous

    The stupid thing is that the pharmaceutical companies could make billions by packing it in unique and consumer friendly ways. With low prices and high quality they could rule the market. Why go to the bother of growing it yourself when you can buy it at the store? 90% of us buy our vegetables at the store even though we could grow our own.

    See it is not even about money. If it were, they would be all over legalization. No it is not about money at all. It about having excuses to beat up on the lower class.

  • Anonymous

    Unless thousands write in, it does little good. I’ve been writing letters to Congressmen since we still used letters and things have only gotten worse. My entire lifetime has been spent watching oligarchs and their wanna-bees slowly destroy the world. When Carter proposed we move to solar he was ridiculed just as rational people are nowadays. ‘We’ could have moved to thorium reactors, the safe alternative to uranium, way back in the 50′s but ‘we’ wanted to build more bombs. Are we any smarter now then we were then? I’d say no, it fact the opposite. I’d say most Americans are completely brainwashed, shaped from birth by the TV, skewed and distorted for the benefit of mega-industries and the financial parasites of Wall Street. I’d say the vast majority of the people you suggest we write are well paid whores whose hubris and narcissism prevents them from doing what is right.

    They bought the big lie from the TV that government is like a household or even a state in that it must balance its budget. Where do these people think government spending goes, or should I say ‘used to go’? Government spending equals private savings. Every penny the government has ever spent is in someones bank account (except what the government has taken back in taxes of course). The problem is that less and less has been going to the middle class for the last 40 years. Where did that money go? We know exactly where that money went, into the pockets of those who are extractors of wealth without producing anything. And into the campaign coffers of the legislative/lobbyist revolving-door fraternity.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KHUGSYMRDZ635QMFO5P6UA5MTM nunya

    The DEA is also 100% misinforming when it comes to marijuana. Unproven propaganda repeated over and over that is a joke to most any scientific or medical mind.

  • Anonymous

    “Unless thousands write in, it does little good. ”

    Then WHY THE FUCK are you trying to discourage people from writing???

  • Anonymous

    The more the merrier

    And as was stated above I would be preaching to the choir. I already know how my rep feels on this subject.

  • Anonymous

    What matters more is if you vote. When you send your congressperson a letter, they look you up in the voter registration database to see how often you vote. If you don’t vote, they ignore your letter completely. If you do vote, they might actually read it.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Their little invention, crack.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Oh, you beat me to it.

  • Leonard Krivitsky, MD

    When we advocate against Cannabis prohibition, we must stress not just the “denial of good” which it entails, such as the remarkable medicinal properties of the plant, its violence-suppressing potential, or its ability to induce calm and relaxed state which is “worlds apart” from the effects of alcohol and many “legal” prescription drugs. Cannabis Prohibition is an unadulterated evil, as it pushes the people to engage in a dangerous substance use, such as the stories with alcoholic caffeinated drinks just explicitly demonstrated. The cruelty and senselessness of the prohibitionists have also been made obvious recently, when an Oklahoma mom received 10-year sentence for $31worth of Cannabis, when the medicinal Cannabis providers and patients continue to be raided and harassed. What more evidence of political piracy can be presented than when the dogmatic “politicos” want to directly trample the Will of Montana voters with respect to Medicinal Cannabis, which Citizens lawfully enacted in their state, or when Las Vegas police and DEA continue to harass the Medicinal Cannabis establishments? To what level of hypocrisy and spiritual degradation can one descend when the medicinal Cannabis patients are persecuted in the city where alcohol abuse and compulsive gambling are rampant?! My only hope in the midst of all this prohibitionist outrage is that its collapse is philosophically inevitable. In particular, when the DEA and its allies blackmail politicians into voting against Medicinal Cannabis, they do so on the basis of an unreal “entity”, the so-called “gateway drug” theory that is fully discredited by now as “half-baked”! The Cannabis prohibitionists will get their own “Tahrir Square” sooner or later, and I would give a lot to be a witness to THAT!

  • Leonard Krivitsky, MD

    When we advocate against Cannabis prohibition, we must stress not just the “denial of good” which it entails, such as the remarkable medicinal properties of the plant, its violence-suppressing potential, or its ability to induce calm and relaxed state which is “worlds apart” from the effects of alcohol and many “legal” prescription drugs. Cannabis Prohibition is an unadulterated evil, as it pushes the people to engage in a dangerous substance use, such as the stories with alcoholic caffeinated drinks just explicitly demonstrated. The cruelty and senselessness of the prohibitionists have also been made obvious recently, when an Oklahoma mom received 10-year sentence for $31worth of Cannabis, when the medicinal Cannabis providers and patients continue to be raided and harassed. What more evidence of political piracy can be presented than when the dogmatic “politicos” want to directly trample the Will of Montana voters with respect to Medicinal Cannabis, which Citizens lawfully enacted in their state, or when Las Vegas police and DEA continue to harass the Medicinal Cannabis establishments? To what level of hypocrisy and spiritual degradation can one descend when the medicinal Cannabis patients are persecuted in the city where alcohol abuse and compulsive gambling are rampant?! My only hope in the midst of all this prohibitionist outrage is that its collapse is philosophically inevitable. In particular, when the DEA and its allies blackmail politicians into voting against Medicinal Cannabis, they do so on the basis of an unreal “entity”, the so-called “gateway drug” theory that is fully discredited by now as “half-baked”! How can our so-called “representatives” be talking about massive cuts in social programs when these same people continue to waste tens of millions of dollars on the so-called “marijuana enforcement” opposed by most of the country? The Cannabis prohibitionists are guilty of crimes against humanity, they will get their own “Tahrir Square” sooner or later, and I would give a lot to be a witness to THAT!

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