Pres. Obama’s Proposed 2011 Budget Bolsters War on Drugs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                               February 9, 2010

Pres. Obama’s Proposed 2011 Budget Bolsters War on Drugs

Obama administration to expand drug war by tilting funds heavily toward law enforcement and away from treatment

CONTACT: Aaron Houston, MPP director of government relations …… 202-905-2009 or [email protected]

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to 2011 funding “highlights” released this week by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Obama administration is expanding the war on drugs and focusing its funds toward law enforcement over treatment. The budget puts America’s drug war spending at $15.5 billion for fiscal year 2011; an increase of 3.5 percent over 2010 and an increase of 5.2 percent in overall enforcement funding ($9.7 billion in FY 2010 to $9.9 billion in FY 2011). Addiction treatment and preventative measures are budgeted to increase from $5.2 billion to $5.6 billion.

         Furthermore, President Obama chose to continue funding the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, which is run by the drug czar’s office and has for years emptied its coffers on absurd anti-marijuana ads that veer far from the truth. One such ad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9B-h_bU-uI) released in 2006 insinuates that marijuana use can lead to rape, a particularly dishonest claim considering that alcohol, a legal drug, is a factor in a huge majority of sexual assaults.

         “This budget reflects the same Bush-era priorities that led to the total failure of American drug policy during the last decade,” said Aaron Houston, MPP director of government relations. “One of the worst examples is $66 million requested for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign when every independent study has called it a failure. The president is throwing good money after bad when what we really need is a new direction.”

         With more than 29,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit mpp.org

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Time to March to Washington, D.C.

Refusing to legalize marijuana in the United States should spark civil unrest among us like Martin Luther King did in 1950's and 1960's. They caused large civil unrest and riots. We should do same for Marijuana users. We have an American Dream to free marijuana users from being prosecuted, jailed, fined and prohibited. We have to turn it into real one. We are tired of dreaming about it. We have to live our dream. We have enough of anti-marijuana laws. They have to go.
Only way to force them to legalize marijuan is to march to Washington, D.C. and sit down and have arms locked on April 20, 2011. Spread words to all people.

The American Drug War is a total failure!

 

   This is a looong comment in favor of ending marijuana prohibition but I promise it is worth reading... Many months have been devoted to the research and writing of this article.  The events and circumstances I present here are well documented in The Congressional Record, The Library of Congress, Medical journals, The Encyclopedia Britannica and other trusted publications.  My opinion as stated here is shared by millions of intelligent, productive, tax paying Americans.        Everyone knows that the American Drug War is a total failure. Having spent a trillion dollars in the last 40 years, we now find that marijuana is cheaper, more potent and readily available to anyone who wants it.  During the last ten years, polls show that public school students consistently say that marijuana is easier to get than cigarettes or alcohol.  It is high time to end the insanity. Prohibition didn't work with alcohol and it won't work with drugs either.        The Drug War is all about greed, power and control... The government and law enforcement lose more credibility every day that they maintain their irrational, narrow minded stance against legalization. We The People need to stand up and speak out for full legalization of marijuana and industrial hemp as soon as possible.  Marijuana should be legalized for several good reasons. We need cannabis hemp for medicine, food, fuel and fiber. Marijuana really is good medicine for many different ailments and lately has been shown effective against cancer.       We should stand up for our rights. We should be allowed to light up a joint for relaxation and recreation.  It's no different than the average Joe kicking back and having a couple of beers after a long day's work.  What we do in privacy is our own business, not Big Brother's... No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose; it is not toxic to the human body. Alcohol and tobacco ARE bad for you, and addictive too... but still they are legal. Think about how many people die each year due to alcohol and tobacco abuse. Cannabis is no more addictive than coffee! Ever wonder why marijuana is illegal?       Greed, yellow journalism, racism, outright lies and vicious, misleading propaganda were used by W.R. Hearst (newspaper publication,timber and paper industry), the DuPonts(plastics made from oil), the Rockefellers (big oil) and our government to get hemp banned in the first place. They were afraid of the competition then and they still are! The Drug Czar at the time The Marihuana Tax Act was passed, Harry Anslinger, used lies, racism and underhanded politics to further the agenda of the Rich and Powerful. Every Drug Czar since then has followed in Anslinger's footsteps. Nowadays, 15 billion dollars is wasted each year on marijuana prohibition. Our government forces marijuana prohibition on other nations, causing hardship and increased crime.       Want to talk about addiction? Our government is addicted to the profits from the Drug War. It is a sad fact that our own government no longer has the best interests of the American People at heart. The federal government's insistence that we must not grow hemp because there is no way to discern industrial hemp from marijuana is absurd; they have different growth habits and appearance. Inspectors in other nations which do grow industrial hemp have no problem figuring out the difference. The federal government is admitting to ignorance if they pretend otherwise.       Stand up for your rights. The Powers That Be who are pulling the strings that control our federal government are doing everything they can to keep knowledge about the benefits of marijuana and industrial hemp from you because Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Lumber, Big Law Enforcement, Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol realize that their cash cow (the lost Drug War) is at stake. Big Pharma knows marijuana is good medicine but they don''t want you to have it unless they can control it; they're after the MONEY. But they can't patent a natural plant. Many medical organizations agree that marijuana is good medicine for a wide variety of ailments.       Big Brother knows that legalization would put the power and the money back in the hands of the people and they hate the very thought of that happening. They are quite willing to be heavy handed, to use blackmail and to lie to the American public in order to keep marijuana from being legalized. All those hundreds of thousands of men and women (many of them very young) who have been incarcerated for cannabis should be released so that they can resume their productive lives. Within three or four years, we can be making enough alcohol from hemp to allow us to almost completely quit using gasoline. Fuel prices will go way down. Hemp oil is an excellent lubricant.       Big Oil fears cannabis hemp mightily. It will cause them to lose their stranglehold on us and nations of the world. Hemp will grow anywhere, from deserts to mountains to rain forests... It is much better for our environment than other crops, such as cotton and makes much better products. Small farmers will have a way to make a better living. We can stop cutting down our old growth forests. The huge amount of money being made by organized criminals will suddenly be reduced significantly, crime will decrease, Mexico can finally be allowed to legalize. The drug cartels in Mexico will lose a huge portion of their business overnight. Crime down there will decrease dramatically. Mexico DID LEGALIZE IT a few years back but backed off quickly from that after much pressure was applied by the U.S. government... I could go on and on.       If you still are not sure whether cannabis should be legalized, do the right thing, inform yourself; study everything you can find out about it, then you will be convinced that legalization is The Right Thing To Do... God put this herb on the earth for us to use. Let's use it wisely. Cannabis hemp is the world's premier renewable resource.  Legalize it, regulate it, tax it at a reasonable rate. Keep it illegal for minors, just like alcohol. This new income would provide a much needed boost to our economy. Be wise. Pray about this. Listen to your heart. Then support legalization. Your country needs this. The world needs this. Our damaged environment needs this desperately. Support NORML, The Marijuana Policy Project, stopthedrugwar.org and other organizations working for legalization. Contact your representatives in the legislature (state and federal) and let them know how you feel. The time to stand up is now. It is no longer a question of IF cannabis will be legalized but WHEN...Big Brother is scared and getting desperate!       If you are still skeptical about what I'm saying here, please understand that the events and circumstances I've presented here are well documented in The Congressional Record, The Library of Congress, Medical journals, The Encyclopedia Britannica and other trusted publications.  Recent CNN polls show that close to 95% of all Americans are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana and the latest Gallup poll shows that 46% of all Americans favor full legalization of marijuana and that support is growing. Thank you for listening. Please feel free to copy, quote, repost, forward or use these comments in any way that you like. This article has already been posted on various websites on the net.  The book you need to read for a more detailed explanation of the real reasons why cannabis hemp was banned in the first place is "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" by Jack Herer.  The full text of this book is available online at www.jackherer.com/thebook/  This book is fully documented and will open your eyes to the truth about marijuana and hemp. "Make the most of the Hemp, and plant it everywhere!" -George Washington “Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself.”—President Jimmy Carter, August 2, 1977 

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