The Mainstream Media Wishes You a Happy 4/20

NYT celebrates the annual marijuana holiday with a cheerful piece about how everyone loves marijuana and wants it to be legal. At least that's what I picked up from the article. No quote in there from Calvina Fay warning that the fun will soon be replaced by great misery.

Better yet, The Hill has a piece noting some support for legalization in Congress, namely from Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), and Ron Paul (R-Texas). Well, that's a start I guess. When these courageous leaders are re-elected, perhaps others will finally get the message that working to fix bad drug laws is something a lot of people support. Here's an interesting quote:

"There are a lot of people who understand that [the current war on drugs has been a failure], but they are afraid to politically say so," Rohrabacher said. "If it was a vote – a blind vote where nobody knew who was voting – you would have overwhelming support for legalizing marijuana out there, but they will never vote for it because they are afraid of taking on a controversial issue."
After all the heat Obama has taken for opposing legalization, we're finally on pace to turn that logic on its head. Rohrabacher's theory underscores the important point that the challenge for us lies not so much in convincing politicians to change their minds about legalization, rather we must get them to act on what many of them already know in their hearts.

And best of all, our friends at NORML are launching a national TV ad campaign. It's about damn time.

Oh, and Steve Bloom has "The Real Story of 420" in case anyone's confused about that.

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Rohrabacher Floor Speech

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher-CA speaking on the floor of the U.S. House on

THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF PROHIBITION

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from California (Mr. Rohrabacher) is recognized for 5 minutes.

Mr. ROHRABACHER. Madam Speaker, December 5, 1933, December 5, 2007.
So, tomorrow we mark the 75th anniversary of something, and most people will just pass it by and not be aware that tomorrow marks the end of America's great and noble experiment. It is the 75th anniversary of the end of the national prohibition of alcoholic beverages.

With the repeal of prohibition in 1933, that was 75 years ago tomorrow, the United States ended a social planning policy that created organized crime in America, crowded our jails with nonviolent prisoners, corrupted our police, increased urban violence, and destroyed the lives of thousands of victims of unadulterated and poisoned substances, substances which if they were permitted would have been subject to normal market protections of fraud and quality standards. However, during prohibition, these substances which were consumed by the American people often poisoned them and caused them to lose their lives.

Philosopher Santayana told us that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Have we in Washington learned the lesson of prohibition that ended 75 years ago?

Why did America reject the prohibition of alcoholic beverages? Well, when government attempts to control the peaceful behavior of its citizens, it often sets in motion forces that are more dangerous than the social evil that they are trying to control. Today's war on drugs is perhaps an example.

The war on drugs has resulted in a multimillion dollar network of violent organized crime. The war on drugs has created the deaths by drive-by shootings and turf wars among gangs in our cities. The war on drugs has overcrowded our prisons. More than half of Federal prison space is occupied by nonviolent drug users. The war on drugs has corrupted our police and crowded our courts. We apparently did not learn the lesson of the prohibition of alcoholic beverages.

Today, on the campaign trail we hear new calls for prohibitions on cigarettes, on fatty foods, and even more money should be spent, yes, on the war on drugs.

But, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, let us have the courage to learn from the mistakes of the past. Perhaps it would be better for us to focus our energies not on the supply side of drugs just as they were doing with the supply side of alcohol, but instead to focus our efforts on trying to help those people who are addicted to drugs; perhaps to try to help our young people, deter our young people from getting involved in drugs; perhaps to take a whole new approach on this, rather than this monstrous war on drugs that has done nothing but create havoc in our inner cities, making so many young people who have been arrested and their lives destroyed because they will never be able to get a decent job after one arrest being a teenager.

So many people have been hurt by the war on drugs; yet we keep it because we want to supposedly help people. Well, I would suggest that this 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, which was the greatest failure of American social planning in the history of our country, let us try to commit ourselves to help ensure that our young
people are dissuaded and deterred from the use of narcotics.

Let us work with those who are, indeed, addicted to narcotics and help them free themselves from this habit. But let's end this notion that we can try to control the use of narcotics in our country by simply controlling the supply. Simply controlling the supply will not work. We've got to look at the demand side, try to treat people humanely, and use the limited resources that we have in a much more constructive way, rather than just creating more police who are committed to drugs and interdiction and all the rest of the major expenses, court expenses and others that go into a war on drugs rather than an attempt to help people who are susceptible to the use of drugs.

I call the attention of my fellow colleagues to this the 75th anniversary of the repeal of the prohibition of alcoholic beverages.

[Congressional Record: December 4, 2007 (House)]
[Page H14135]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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The Hill failed to note that

Barney Frank has been sponsoring legalization legislation for the past five years at least.

Also John Conyers, now the chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, is on the board of the Drug policy Alliance in an honorary capacity. A coordinated effort to support Conyers in a Committee action for legalization could break this wide open. Something like having Conyers introduce a House version of Jim Webb's Criminal Justice Commission and schedule hearings in Judiciary. Webb introduced the legislation in the Senate but if it does not get scheduled in committee it goes nowhere.

This stuff has great potential if we can work out how to best inspire and support these legislators.

Now is the time and the congress is the place to bring this to a head. And quickly.

Paul Volcker, former Federal Reserve Chairman, is on Obama's economic advisory committee. He is also another honorary member of the Drug Policy Alliance board. For whatever that is worth.

Well said...

Rep. Maurice Hinchey and of course Dennis Kucinich as well.

At the very least the public will have an opinion....

I gave money to NORML for this; I know this can help people stop hating marijuana smokers. Pot smokers are a huge untapped market for the mainstream. When this goes live I wonder what the Partners for Drug Free American come up with to counter these? I hope mainstreams goes with the money instead of the old drama. If the mainstream fights these ads we are looking at a conspiracy, kinda like the Lock Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and UFOs.

I hope future TV spots have more races of people. The world smokes pot, and America (California) or Mexico will start a center and dominate a market at least as plentiful as the alcohol beverage market. This market also extends as an alternative to tobacco use. The market is huge. Especially when everybody finds out that pot is as safe as chocolate, but with out the calories; unless of course you give up and succumb to the munchies. I guess it all depends on how one wants to view the world; I like to see it sober and I also like to see it high on marijuana. Once you try it you wonder why this stuff is illegal?

What politicians believe has little to do with anything

When their constituents pester them, that's when the ball rolls.

Stating your opinion

> There are a lot of people who understand that [the current war on drugs has been a
> failure], but they are afraid to politically say so," Rohrabacher said.

Just do it. If everybody would, there wouldn't be anything to be afraid about.

May 2, 2009 - 2009 Global Cannabis March

Masses of assertive Americans out in the streets is the only thing that will change the minds of congress. Getting as many people as possible to any and all drug reform related rallies and protests is the way to change the minds of congress. The larger the crowd the more likely the media will cover it. The bigger the crowd the better pictures for the media to publish.

Philadelphia, PA

The 2009 Global Cannabis March, or Philadelphia Cannabis Festival, will be taking place on Saturday May 2, 2009. The event is still being planned, so more information will be posted as it becomes available. The GCM is an annual event that brings out hundreds of supporters, patients, and onlookers. It's an excellent opportunity to show just how popular legalization is, and to have a lot of fun. In 2008 we had our biggest one yet with over 400 people. This year we hope to top 1,000. Check back often for updates!

Saturday, May 2, 2009
Meet at Broad St. and South St. at 3:30 - 4:00pm
March towards Headhouse Square at 4:20pm
Arrive at Headhouse Square by 5:20pm
Speeches - done by 6:30pm

Seattle May 2nd March

Seattle Volunteer Park at Noon

We will march to Westlake Center about 1pm.

Spread the word and FREE the herb!

NO, NO, NO...

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? YOUR LOGIC IS BASED ON FACT AND LEGITIMATE REASONING. THEREFORE, THIS WILL NEVER GO ANYWHERE. WE LIVE IN A NATION THAT HAS NOT EVEN LEARNED PROHIBITION DOES NOT WORK. WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS SIMPLY COMPLY WITH GOD'S WILL FOR US TO LIVE FREE AS ACKNOWLEDGED IN THE CONSTITUTION. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS TOO IS ONLY BASED ON FACT AND LEGITIMATE REASONING.

This is why

"There are a lot of people who understand that [the current war on drugs has been a failure], but they are afraid to politically say so," Rohrabacher said. "If it was a vote – a blind vote where nobody knew who was voting – you would have overwhelming support for legalizing marijuana out there, but they will never vote for it because they are afraid of taking on a controversial issue."

This is why I believe that it is so important to pound hard and pound daily at the United States Congress. They are under siege and we can give them alternatives or we can leave them hanging.

Huh?

NO, NO, NO,
Who are you disagreeing with? Is it 'My 420 Letter to the Editor'? I agree with that poster 100%.

you will find that drug cops are perverts

iv known many in my time they are all the same.bust people for weed then commit sex crimes .if you catch them doin these crimes just kill them .a 22 bullet through the ear is the best medicine for rapiest murders and child molesters only if you catch them in the act.its amazing judges put up with these animals sniffing a 9 year olds underwear is a death penalty offence in my book.

Families Integrity & Safety Is Collateral Damage

Eying your wife and children naked through the blinds is part putting you dangerous pot smokers where you belong. It's a tough job but, someone has to do it.

Everything about the war on drugs goes against everything americans have always believed in. This war is pure evil hypocrisy. The really sad,amazing and appalling part is that a large majority of the country has been convinced this is a good thing.

The traitors will sift through your trash,property and curtains without a warrant, throw flash bang grenades,kill the puppies,possibly kill dad and either throw mom in the street or jail for not violating her marriage vows and turning dad in. Then the kids are sent off to DSS. Then on top of that there's the plethora of opportunistic activities by individual officers named in above posts. All the while they preach this is all for the children.

What part? I see nothing in the above situation that helps anyone but, the gov't and it's agent's agendas. These activities are more likely to traumatize children for the rest of their lives. Not failing to mention the sick sadistic activities that are considered icing on the cake by our leaders.

I mean damn! how stupid is the amerikan public? Nothing they do is even remotely american or legal under the U.S. Constitution and I still meet morons that believe it's all good. It's easy believism when it's not your family isn't it traitor?

How about all these cops with american flag patches sewn on their shoulders? Are they going to blindly execute their mothers when told they too have become evil like a plant? Remember Mr Cop, they are going to need some verification of loyalty. Killing strangers may not be enough. Don't laugh. The powers that be aren't concerned with any death but, their own.

Congress and the president are totally ignoring the wishes of the american public in most every front and the majority still thinks that they were even remotely sane when establishing a drug war?

The only hope I have is seeing the medical marijuana movement flourish. That's the only sanity I see.

I fully believe that if this country fails it will be because of the undermining of freedom started through the war on drugs. You have every ingredient. Loss of family structure,property,civil & constitutional rights and no respect at all for human dignity and life.

I believe we are at war for our country. Just like in the civil war here and the terrorism war here and abroad...we don't know who exactly is our enemy cause everyone looks like us.

Maybe we need to heed Jefferson's Tree of Liberty being sprinkled with the blood of tyrants but, You can't just start shooting cops or congressmen as I have heard some say. Many are on our side.

The best route for now is to keep fighting through the electoral process however, if we don't get rid of the 2 party system and get some alternative voices in Washington we are wasting our time.

I don't find it unusual that the same people that claim God as their guide also outlawed God,the Holy Bible,prayer and respect for human life have also outlawed his creation...a plant. ...and in the process hired men of little integrity to enforce these ideals.

I guarantee you that, no true Christian has any part in any of the above activities. That's why I always despised George Bush. He was the biggest fake I ever saw and yet, as a Christian I got blamed for him over and over.

Bloodthirsty,freedom hating men don't love God. They destroy families ,freedom and then shoot puppies and sniff lil girls panties.

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