âThe fact is, today, people don't go to jail for possession of marijuana. I know you like to pretend it does, and there's a lot of misinformation about that. But finding somebody in jail or prison â for a first time nonviolent offender â for possession of marijuana is like finding a unicorn ... It doesn't exist.â
--John Walters, Bush White House drug czar
September 4, 2008
Drug warriors love to claim that marijuana prohibition doesn't cause harm to otherwise law-abiding citizensÂ â because if they acknowledge the truth, their public support falls apart.
When we're able to present the stories of real people who have suffered under marijuana prohibition, we find that public indifference to the issue dissolves â and laws change.
If you yourself have been a victim of the war on marijuana users, I'd like to ask if you're willing to share your story. For instance...
- Have you ever been arrested or jailed for marijuana possession?
- Have you ever been arrested for marijuana possession and later charged with a more severe crime, like intent to distribute?
- Did your arrest result in additional suffering, such as losing your job, home, custody of your children, or school loan?
- Have you ever taken a drug test that resulted in a false positive?Â
- Are you a patient in one of the 13 states where medical marijuana is legal who has been arrested or harassed by law enforcement agents despite your state-legal status?Â
- Do you lack safe access to or are too afraid to use medical marijuana because of state or federal laws, although it could alleviate symptoms of your serious medical condition?
If so, please e-mail me at [email protected] to share your story. Please be sure to indicate what state you live in. We will not use your story or your name without your permission, and if you'd like to be anonymous, just indicate that when you e-mail.
While MPP can't offer individual legal help, we can turn your experience into ammunition as we campaign to change laws. Many Americans truly don't realize the impact that marijuana prohibition has on their neighbors, and individual stories are a powerful tool in helping change minds â and laws.
And if you don't have a personal story to share, but you'd like to support our work, please consider becoming a member of MPP today. We're 100% dependent on contributions from people like you to continue our work.
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