If You Think Marijuana Isn't an Important Issue, You're Dead Wrong

The newest tactic of legalization opponents is to roll their eyes and pretend that reforming our drug laws is a frivolous issue. My latest Huffington Post rant attempts to demolish that argument. Let me know what you think.


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Your 100% right Scott. The

Your 100% right Scott. The war on Cannabis costs Billions in ancillary damage, & actually effects every facet of our lives in one small way or another, even in the lives of non-consumers . But regardless, Americans have to realize that holding a gun to tokers heads ( lets admit it that's all LEO is, "the long gun of the law") to get them to change their personal beliefs about cannabis is flat out Tyranny. Its time to stop.


Well said. You did a great job, and should really be proud. Keep up the good work and thank you!

Scott, You couldn't have made

Scott, You couldn't have made a better case.  When it come to this nations "War on Drugs", the only idiots out there are the ones who continue to leave their heads buried up their ass.  Our government has stood in the way of unlocking this plants potential for far to long.  Now other countries like Israel and the United Kingdom are going to reap the benefits while we stand back and wipe the egg off our collective faces.

Ought to be read on the floor of Congress

It's amazing how much of a lynch-pin cannabis prohibition has become for the entire justice system's machinery. Pull it out, and that machinery would collapse upon itself in its' shrinkage literally in days.

Vast hoards of LE and Federal agents would have to find something better to do with their time and our dime...like chase down murderers, rapists, child molesters, BANKSTERS, etc. You know, the real threats to society. The kind that shoot back. Think of all the cold cases that could be reopened, and maybe the loved ones of those who've gone missing might finally know some peace in their lives courtesy of the closure they'd have. Now, that's worth paying for. But that would take real police work...which requires real police.

I also wonder just how many would voluntarily remain in their chosen (few taxpayers asked them to take on these) careers if they knew there was not going to be any more 'easy pickins' of the safely-collected, low-hanging fruit, anymore. Especially when the next tier of branches have the kind of 'thorns' that can cancel the need for a pension with a single bullet.

Yes, the 'justice' system certainly does have reason to fear drug law reform, and that's why it fights us tooth-and-nail...with teeth and nails supplied by those very same taxpaying reformers. But how much longer can they expect to do so when unemployed Joe Citizen, who's got a wife and kids to feed and house, needs the money being pissed away on drug prohibition?

I am afraid we'll get to see the answer if things get worse economically. And then woe betide the foolish pol who thinks he can do the same old prohibition song-and-dance about how that money is needed to 'save the children from druuuuuuugs!'  when those kids are facing hunger and homelessnes...and angry parents who have more reason than ever to vote out such idiots.

Spot on!

"Drug Policy and the incarceration of low-level drug offenders is the primary cause of mass incarceration in the United States.  40% of drug arrests are for simple possession of marijuana. There is also evidence that drug enforcement has diverted resources from law enforcement of violent crimes and other threats to public safety" - page 2

"Criminalization has resulted in increased use of harsh punitive sanctions imposed on drug offenders and dramatic increases in rates of incarceration. These policies have had limited impact on eliminating or reducing illegal drug use and may have resulted in adverse consequences for social and community health" - page 2

"Criminalization of possession and illegal use of drugs compounded by mandatory sentencing and lengthy prison sanctions for low-level drug use has become the primary cause of mass incarceration. The global prison population has skyrocketed in the last three decades with ten million people worldwide now in jails and prisons. The extraordinary increase in the number of people now incarcerated has had tremendous implications for state and national governments dealing with global recession and a range of economic, social and political challenges. Research indicates that resources that would otherwise be spent on development, infrastructure, education and health care have been redirected over the last two decades to incarcerating drug offenders, many of whom are low-level users." - page 3

"Sociologists have also recently observed that the widespread incarceration of men in low-income communities has had a profound negative impact on social and cultural norms relating to family and opportunity.  Increases in the imprisonment of poor and minority women with children have now been linked with rising numbers of displaced children and dependents. Drug policy and the over-reliance on incarceration is seen by many experts as contributing to increased rates of chronic unemployment, destabilization of families and increased risk of reincarceration for the formerly incarcerated." - page 3

"In the United States, drug arrests have tripled in the last 25 years, however most of these arrests have been for simple possession of low-level drugs. In 2005, nearly 43% of all drug arrests were for marijuana offenses.  Marijuana possession arrests accounted for 79% of the growth in drug arrests in the 1990s. Nearly a half million people are in state or federal prisons or a local jail for a drug offense, compared to 41,000 in 1980. Most of these people have no history of violence or high-level drug selling activity" - page 4

"With over 5 million people on probation or parole in the United States, drug use on parole or probation has become the primary basis by which thousands of people are returned to prison. These technical violations of parole or probation account for as many as 40% of new prison admissions in some jurisdictions." - page 6


"The “war on drugs” has also generated indirect costs that many researchers contend have undermined public safety. The federal government has prioritized spending and grants for drug task forces and widespread drug interdiction efforts that often target low-level drug dealing. These highly organized and coordinated efforts have been very labor intensive for local law enforcement agencies with some unanticipated consequences for investigation of other crimes. The focus on drugs is believed to have redirected law enforcement resources that have resulted in more drunk driving, and decreased investigation and enforcement of violent crime laws. In Illinois, a 47% increase in drug arrests corresponded with a 22% decrease in arrests for drunk driving. Florida researchers have similarly linked the focus on low level drug arrests with an increase in the serious crime index."

Drug Policy, Criminal Justice and Mass Imprisonment, by Bryan Stevenson


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Think of the message to the adults

The majority of prohibitionists profit on the drug war,
and that is their only motive.


Forfeiture $quads

Money Grubbing Dung Worriers
President Ronald Reagan, at the urging of then Vice President George Bush, appointed Carlton Turner as the White House Drug (czar) Advisor in 1981. Soon after Drugczar Carlton Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty. Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing.❞ ~ Jack Herer

Potential Prohibition Profits Outweigh Citizens Benefits

Prohibition Profiteers

Slave Labor Means Big Bucks For U.S. Corporations

Relax Your Muscles as Much as Possible

Kochroach & Aleech Today many have had their eyes opened regarding the huge profits made off of what is commonly called the "Prison Industrial Complex." Suddenly awareness has turned from disbelief to anger as taxpayers realize the screwing private prison companies, their lobbyists and elected Legislators have been giving them for more than three decades now.

Bush. Religious drug treatment Police recently took the unusual step of arresting a supervisor after teenagers complained that they were beaten and roped to a bed, all in the name of Christian discipline. More arrests are anticipated, authorities say. These are some of the results--expected and unexpected--of Gov. George W. Bush's "bold new experiment in welfare reform." With his conviction that religious groups can transform lives in ways government can't, Bush sponsored laws in 1997 that allow churches to provide social services their own way, outside the intrusive glare of the state. The new laws exempted faith-based drug treatment programs from all state health and safety regulations followed by their secular counterparts, a list contained in a rule book as thick as a Russian novel that covers every detail from fire detectors to frayed carpets. Counselors in religious treatment programs now may skip the criminal background checks and hundreds of hours of training required of their state-licensed peers.

Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie

Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage

Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc. Calvina Fay is the Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.) From 1976-1985 it was known as Straight, Inc. and had a reputation for abusing kids as a drug rehabilitation program. Mel Sembler and his wife Betty founded Straight, Inc. In 1985 it changed its name to Straight Foundation, Inc. in order to protect its money and its principals from civil suits. In 1995 it was changed again to Drug Free America Foundation. DFAF is a national and international drug policy think tank and provider of services for drug free work places. Kids Helping Kids began as Straight-Midwest and over time was incorporated into Pathway Family Center (PFC owns/owned 4 known programs). Pathway Family Center was founded by Terri Nissley, a "satisfied" Straight, Inc. cult parent who wants to continue in the torturing and brainwashing kids for profit industry. Kids Helping Kids (a PFC) has closed or is closing according to recent reports. Closing after years of protesting against fraud, abuse, and torture. Tragedy in the Wilderness At least 10 children have lost their lives as a result of their participation in a wilderness therapy program (AKA "Brat Camps") who failed them in the worst way imaginable. These are their stories as told through media reports, opinion and commentary.

Profound Hatred for Democracy

Stealing America: Vote By Vote

The Ganjawar Comes to the The Rez
When they try to get off of welfare the tax paid DEAth helicopters bring
the black flack jackets and chain saws. Isn't that a waste of tax? Thrice.

Hemplastic or Fossil Fools Crud

Al Capone and Watergate were red herrings to divert the countries attention
from the Fascist acts of eliminating competition..Booze/Ethanol or Ganja//Hemp.


OK, (1969) I wanted to know what getting high was all about...so I smoked some pot with friends -->nice, fun, silly, and ah.... a much more interesting and beautiful world I live in, what soon followed: I lost my job for admitting so. I realized then what the marginalized part of society has lived with - forever! i became politically awake, my sense of spirituality expanded --> I recognized that the PLAN has been, has always been, control of the masses ("the 99% or more) for the use, benefit of the very few. And in that very few, only some are consciously, deliberately, and most importantly INTENTIONALLY, aware that the PLAN has always been about this. I stopped smoking pot because my short-term memory (where are my keys? what was I saying?) was effected. No matter if you smoke still, have stopped, or never have, please get off the drug/s that keep you from recognizing this TRUTH my brothers and sisters. Avoid TV, avoid sugar, avoid processed food and its "additives" - let's not neglect to mention the pharmaceuticals!. Nothing will be solved by politics, only by becoming awakened to your true and mighty full potential. They need us to remain asleep. (think - movie "Matrix") Let's keep waking up!! Let's keep waking up each other.

Cop kills 18yr old.


This is why its important, so the cops don't keep killing our kids.  NYPD officer indicted for shooting death of unarmed Bronx teenager. Officer Richard Haste has reportedly been indicted on manslaughter charges in death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham.  Chttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/11/nypd-indictment-shooting-bronx-teenager?INTCMP=SRCH

Nicely put!

Nicely put!

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