"This Administration firmly opposes the legalization of marijuana"

From the new National Drug Control Strategy, here's our government's official position on why marijuana must remain illegal:

We have many proven methods for reducing the demand for drugs.  Keeping drugs illegal reduces their availability and lessens willingness to use them.  That is why this Administration firmly opposes the legalization of marijuana or any other illicit drug. Legalizing drugs would increase accessibility and encourage promotion and acceptance of use.  Diagnostic, laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological studies clearly indicate that marijuana use is associated with dependence, respiratory and mental illness, poor motor performance, and cognitive impairment, among other negative effects, and legalization would only exacerbate these problems.

Oh yeah? Well, empirical studies also clearly indicate that marijuana prohibition is associated with drug trade violence, funding of dangerous criminal organizations, environmental destruction, unsustainable criminal justice costs, suppression of evidence regarding medical benefits, among other negative effects, and continued criminalization would only exacerbate these problems.
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"Diagnostic, laboratory,

"Diagnostic, laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological studies clearly indicate that marijuana use is associated with dependence, respiratory and mental illness, poor motor performance, and cognitive impairment, among other negative effects, and legalization would only exacerbate these problems."

You can just replace 'respiratory' with "key organ failure" and have an argument for Alcohol prohibition. This is malarkey, hypocrisy, and blatant disregard for the rights of U.S citizens to do what they please.

Why not marijuana?

Alcohol is regulated, controlled and taxed. Why not marijuana?

Tobacco is regulated, controlled and taxed. Why not marijuana?

Hundreds of over the counter medications are regulated, controlled
and taxed. Why not marijuana?

This list of reasons all apply more to alcohol than to weed

and they are only the start of the problems caused by alcohol. But to give these bad boys a little credit, they didn't claim that cannabis kills or causes violence, so they are leaving themselves wide open for the argument that drawing the line at cannabis after allowing America's drug is a bizarre way to fight violence, empowering violent black market operators to a fantastic extent and forcing people to use alcohol to get high even if alcohol is poison to them (or to their fetus).

more nonsense

The administration can oppose it all it wants but the fact is people are using it, will continue to use it and all the arrests in the world won't stop people from using it. They are trying to prevent it's use. It won't happen. If people can't get legit they will get it the way I and everyone else is and has from the beginning, from a non-taxed and illegal source. Wake up you will never stop people from enjoying it and benefiting from it's therapeutic properties. We need someone if office to look at the facts and not dismiss them because they're afraid to test new waters. Where are the reformers. Vote Ron Paul and Barney Frank in the next election. I'm Canadian and we've got our own moron's to deal with. Having read Marijuana is safer I know where I stand. I'm going to drink myself into a stupor and throw up on all of them.

Citations Needed

All these random cancers and illnesses arent linked to drugs, they're linked to your "natural flavorings" and other "flavor enhancers"... aka. free glutamic acid which is NOT natural in any way shape or form.

I'd like to see their sources for these studies. As in who organized the studies, what population pool they used (this goes on to what class and race of individuals and social status). In short... I'd like to see these studies they're referring to.

I'm calling BS on their "Diagnostic, laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological studies ". I have a hard time believing a plant, both natural AND organic, that has been used by the human race since CREATION creates mental illness among other crap.

I call bullshit, the flag is raised and flying high.

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Associated: The much weaker version of causation

"marijuana use is associated..." Associated: The much weaker version of causation. They cannot say marijuana causes these things because that would be an outright lie.

Causation used in sentence:
Alcohol abuse while pregnant causes physical abnormalities and mental impairment in the baby. Long term alcohol abuse causes liver disease, heart disease, pancreatitis, damage to the brain, nerve damage, bleeding in the esophagus, erectile dysfunction in men, insomnia, and depression.

As you can clearly see, marijuana is the much SAFER choice. Google the Henningfield Benowitz chart.

Marijuana Acceptance

Legal marijuana shows a 56-percent favorability on the left coast.  This is higher than the current job approval rating for the President, which stands at 49-percent.  Does Obama consider himself and his administration unacceptable?

President Obama made a good political call when he backed medical marijuana as a states’ rights issue.  He can make another good call by acknowledging the critical threat posed by prohibition, and the virtual lack of threat posed by recreational marijuana.  If Jimmy Carter could accept the distinction, so can Barack Obama.

Giordano

The Union

I am writing a political science paper on a government issue, and i chose the legalization of marijuana. I found a really great documentary on a lot of these issues, its called "The Union: the business behind getting high" and I highly recommend the film. If you cant find it look on phase4films.com.

I agree.

The Union is a great film about the hypocrisy of marijuana prohibition. It explains the dangers of the black market as well as the positive effects of marijuana smoking. The fact that our government subscribes to such stupidity sickens me. Marijuana is far less harmful to the body than tobacco products and alcohol. There are no deaths associated with marijuana use, but thousands die of preventable illnesses caused by alcohol and tobacco.

With such growing support for the uses of marijuana and hemp, it is inevitable that it will one day be legal and regulated. However, in the mean time, we must endure the hypocrisy and outright stupidity expressed by our leaders. If this is a representative democracy, it is certainly not representing the ideas and interests of an ever- growing group of marijuana supporters. It really does make me sad.

When Obama is willing

to do prison time for his own admitted use of illegal drugs, then maybe he'll have the standing to demand that others do so. Drug warriors like to talk about the kind of message they're going to send to our children; the message from the White House is loud and clear: It's only a crime if you get caught.

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