Appeal: New Times Bring New Opportunities for Drug Policy Reform

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Dear drug law reformer:

New times bring new opportunities. (DRCNet) is a nonpartisan organization, and no major US party presidential nominee has supported enough of our mission to date for this to change. That said, the views on drug policy and criminal justice expressed by President-Elect Obama in his books, speeches, and campaign appearances add up to a platform that is mostly positive, and which if enacted would make a major difference in our issue helping many thousands of people.

These include causes near and dear to the hearts of drug reformers: Stopping the raids on medical marijuana clinics; Repealing unjust mandatory minimum sentences, including the infamous crack cocaine penalties; Decriminalizing marijuana (sort of); Ending racial profiling; Lifting the federal needle exchange funding ban; Eliminating barriers to integration faced by ex-offenders, to name several.

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Might I respectfully disagree

When it comes to Marijuana Re-Legalization the time for compromised solutions should be over. Obama has made it pretty clear that he will do nothing to end Marijuana Prohibition despite the fact that it would destroy gang and cartel activity and provide some counterbalance for the loss of liberties suffered through two Bush terms (e.g., the Patriot Act and varous executive orders).

For nearly two decades I have sought funding from Soros, Lewis and Sperling to embark on a concurrent strategy to completely Re-Legalize Marijuana for ALL adult Americans over the age of 18. But not a dime has been offered. Meanwhile DPA (Nadleman) and MPP (Kampia) waste millions, each year, fighting for non-solutions such as Medical Marijuana Initiatives.

This stupidity reminds me of a football metaphore where "our team" continually fumbles the ball or immediately runs off to the sidelines despite the fact that there are no real opponents to stop our player from running for that touchdown we have all benn anticipating for decades.

If MPP, DPA, NORML and others would support the MERP Model I believe Re-Legalization could be achieved within the year. There is over 50% support on both coasts and the middle states would easilly be brought over the 50% mark if money were directed at educating the public about the folly of Marijuana Prohibition.

As much as I respect Dave Borden I cannot legitimately endorse a strategy that does not hold Obama's feet to the fire when it comes to Re-Legalizing Marijuana. Note my use of the term "concurrent." I am not suggesting they give up all these sub-projects: I'm just insisting that the immediate Re-Legalization of Marijuana reciieves equal focus. But for some strange reason this never seems to be happening.

Here are a few links that should expand on my analysis of the problem as well as providing a "sketch" of the solution through the MERP Model.

Marijuana: Past, Present and Future from Bruce Cain on Vimeo.

Why Lou Dobbs Should Support Marijuana Legalization

The MERP Project
The Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy (MRP) Project

Yours in Freedom,

Bruce W. Cain
Editor, New Age Citizen

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