How Much More Proof Do You Need That Lying About Marijuana Doesn’t Work?

No matter how many lies they tell, no matter how many lives they rip apart, the brave soldiers in the war on drugs wake up everyday in a country where marijuana is part of a healthy lifestyle for millions of responsible adults:

In 2002, 94.9 million Americans admitted having used marijuana at some point in their lives. In 2008, that figure had grown to 102.4 million. In percentage terms, that’s an increase from 40.4 percent in 2002 to 40.6 percent in 2008 – unchanged, statistically speaking. [MPP]

For all the insulting, outlandish, and just plain stupid propaganda that the drug czar's office has been shoving down our throats, nothing has changed. Nothing, that is, except public support for legalization, which continues to climb.

The drug czar hasn't said a word about the latest data on drug use rates, and it's fitting that the smartest strategic move to come from that office in a long time was the decision to just keep their mouths shut for once.
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ONDCP is a joke

Scott,

You are exactly right. If only the media would be critical of what ONDCP doesn't say as there is just as much to analyze then as when they do speak up.

- George

They act like trapped animals with their backs against the wall!

They act like trapped animals with their backs against the wall! And most species, including humans, get more primal and aggressive right until the bitter, but reasoned, end. A purely self-defensive instinct... often called 'fight or flight' by kops and soldiers! Obviously in war you keep the fighters up front and the flighters in the rear guard... doing other vital work for the troops!

Scott have you heard anything about this years total arrest numbers... curious if the obama admin. has made a differnece or we're looking at record numbers again?

Cheers,
TPIVXX

B.S. Between what they say and what they don't.... I hope we can declare VM Day before I expire... or to old to dance in the street?

Marijuana arrests

When the government says "we can't possibly track down and deport the illegal aliens because there are too many" ask them why they continue to arrest marijuana users as a means to stopping it's use when there are far more of them than illegal aliens.Why don't they take the same stand, there are just too many us?

Noam Chomsky on Deception in Government

Returning home, it is worth noting that the more sophisticated are aware of the deceit that is employed as a device to control the public, and regard it as praiseworthy. The distinguished liberal statesman Dean Acheson advised that leaders must speak in a way that is 'clearer than truth.' Harvard Professor of the Science of Government Samuel Huntington, who quite frankly explained the need to delude the public about the Soviet threat 30 years ago, urged more generally that power must remain invisible: 'The architects of power in the United States must create a force that can be felt but not seen. Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate.' An important lesson for those who want power to devolve to the public, a critical battle that is fought daily. 

By World War I, business leaders and elite intellectuals recognized that the population had won so many rights that they could not be controlled by force, so it would be necessary to turn to control of attitudes and opinions.” 

-Noam Chomsky 

Source:   http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/09/04-5

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off-topic comment

I deleted a comment that was completely off-topic for this site, except for its recommendation of a book that I've heard good things about: "Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market" by Eric Schlosser.

David Borden, Executive Director
StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network
Washington, DC
http://stopthedrugwar.org

I wish

I wish someone would start a boycott of liberal MSM like msnbc.Recently there have been a couple of "debates" about legalization on "Morning Meeting" that show that the MSM,even liberal leaning station,.still have no intention of airing serious debate.We have seen enough of Barry McCaffrey to know he is still just an uninformed propaganda tool.At least the MSM is starting to figure out that they can air a segment on legalization without including a lame Cheech and chong joke on a story about hemp.
Liberals used to be the champion of unpopular issues...now some ,like democrat strategist Karen Finney and of course Hillary. sound just like the moral crusader Reagan republicans of the 80's.Enough with the eye rolling snickers every time legalization is mentioned Democrats!

Most United States citizens

Most United States citizens and the entire US government all operate/live/exist/conduct business/raise their families on more and more LIES on a daily basis. Lie after lie after lie after lie.

To hundreds of millions of people just a few more new lies every day is nothing but standard operating procedure.

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