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The Hill (Round Three): NORML vs The Drug Czar

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 23, 2008

    UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!!

    Well, it’s only been 24 hours, but so far 100+ readers have posted comments to The Hill‘s blog telling John Walters to either tell the truth or get out! (I’d be more than happy with the latter.) Keep the feedback coming.

    Also, many of you may also wish to stop by the Huffington Post, where my essay has just been re-posted here.

    Like The Hill, the Huffington Post is a highly influential political website — and it is one of the most visited sites on the Internet. Yet their reporting is seldom critical of the war on (some) drugs. Please send The Post a message that their readership supports marijuana law reform by commenting on this story, “digging” it, and disseminating it widely. Thanks!

    Drug Czar John Walters believes he can lie with impunity.

    He’s wrong.

    Today NORML responds to the Czar’s outrageous claims that few, if any, people are arrested or incarcerated for marijuana violations — and we do so in John Walters backyard: The Hill‘s influential Congress blog.

    How Can We Discuss Marijuana Policy When America’s Top Drug Cop Won’t Even Acknowledge The Facts?
    via The Hill

    If denial is the first sign of addiction, then Drug Czar John Walters is hooked to the gills. He’s addicted to targeting and arresting marijuana consumers, and he’ll do and say anything to keep this irrational and punitive policy in place.

    The Hill is providing reformers with a valuable service by bringing our message prominently to Capitol Hill, and acting as a mediator in a high profile debate with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In the past, the Drug Czar’s office has outright refused to debate spokespersons from NORML or other marijuana law reform groups, but the office has felt obligated to respond to our posts on The Hill, which remains the paper of record for members of Congress and their staff.

    Because The Hill is widely read by lawmakers and by the national media, it is vital that we demonstrate the popularity of this issue by commenting prolifically. Please post your feedback to The Hill and make a point of disseminating this essay to your friends and colleagues. Previous posts by NORML to The Hill‘s blog have received hundreds of readers’ comments — virtually all favorable toward marijuana law reform. Editors at The Hill inform NORML that it’s the highest volume of readers’ response they’ve ever received on any commentary on any topic!

    The Hill is getting our message; will Congress or the Drug Czar?

    31 Responses to “The Hill (Round Three): NORML vs The Drug Czar”

    1. Dizil says:

      You know the more i know about our country CIA NWO, and the way things are the more i think that drugs are illegal for a reason so that the elite can have there prisons and there money and there little foreign countries. I don’t think things will get much better with Obama. I think this country is done for we are making dumber and dumber people because it’s too hard to educate yourself on the truth.

    2. Monty says:

      Hey NORML, how about taking advantage of the situation? We’re about to get screwed with the MegaBillion-dollar bailout and it’s going to cripple an economy already down on its knees.

      If we were to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis with similar restrictions to the ALCOHOL industry, we’d could help the struggling American people. This bailout save the corporations, your focus should be the citizens of America.

      It would be nice to see an article or discussion on this, as now is the time, more than ever before, where legalization is not only the right thing to do, but it is also NECESSARY under the given economical circumstances.

      Get people thinking about this. Lets see some charts, numbers, etc. Financial support for our economy is a strong argument for the reform of cannabis laws, something I hope NORML takes seriously. Thank you.

    3. seraph_pinion says:

      I don’t get it. We tried having cannabis as ‘acceptable’ for about 10,000 years, worked out well. Now, for about 80-90 years, cannabis is ‘evil’. And otherwise ordinary folks are criminals. Don’t these lawmakers realize that making a perfectly legal business criminal does far more damage than legalizing this so-called crime? Just ask Al Capone.

    4. ZAC FROM SANTA CRUZ says:

      WHY CANT WE ASK HIM SOME LIGIMATE QUESTIONS WHILE HE IS UNDER OATH. IT SHOULD BE OUR RIGHT AS AMERICANS, HE IS OUR “ELECTED OFFICAL”. WHY CANT HE FACE THE REALITY THAT WE SEE EVERYDAY. STAY MEDICAL CALI!!!! STAY 10TH AMENDMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5. leaving florida soon says:

      One is One too many!

    6. clint says:

      As long as forfeiture laws continue, marijuana arrests will continue. You always hear about the war on drugs and a nation wide crack down on drunk driving, but when was the last time you heard about the big crack down on violent offenders? I can’t recall anybody saying it’s time to put all of their efforts into stopping violent crimes in my state. The government needs to get their prioritys straight. Knowing someone that was arrested and given the maximum sentence of 90 days,fines and probation, for smoking a joint in his own home, while 3 theives in court with him all got 30 days suspended and sent home, I can garauntee you people are still being arrested for minor offenses.

    7. Robert says:

      I really think every one of these articles are the best chance we have to be heard on capitol hill.

      Cheers to you Mr. Pierre

    8. Robert says:

      excuse me… and cheers to you as well Paul Armentano!

    9. John says:

      Just like last time, my comment would not be posted…what is the deal?

      I wrote…
      “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” -Abraham Lincoln

      Over the years, I have read and heard countless lies unapologeticly spewed forth from the Office of the Drug Czar under the “leadership” of John Walters. It is a travesty for a high level governmental official to blatantly speak untruths about well documented facts in an attempt to push a certain agenda. I could go on and on about the lack of integrity within Mr. Walters’ department, but when is this dishonesty going to end?

      “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual.” -Thomas Jefferson

      The Founders would be disgraced at what has become of their once honest and beloved government…

    10. Dave says:

      Walters needs to read the Bible, God put that plant here for a reason, with all the new medical findings I dont see how he can lie like he does. Maybe one day he will need it for help himself, has he ever thought about that?

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