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Ending The Bipartisan War On Pot!

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 2, 2009

    For far too long the federal government’s war on cannabis consumers has been a bipartisan effort.

    At worst, politicians of both political persuasions have proactively lobbied for tougher pot penalties (or actively opposed efforts to amend such laws); at best, leaders of both major parties have done nothing at all.

    When will this situation change? When the core constituency of both major political parties — Republican and Democrat — compel their leaders to make drug law reform a primary part of their legislative platforms.

    In practice, this means that Republican leaders need to know that their base cares just as much about marijuana law reform as they do about shrinking the size and scope of government. Conversely, Democrat leaders need to be made aware that their supporters are just as passionate about ending the war on cannabis consumers as they are about addressing issues like climate change and health care.

    Is this day coming?

    NORML Advisory Board Member Norm Stamper believes so. Writing today on the Huffington Post blog he proclaims, correctly, that a record number of influential progressive publications and pundits are now calling for fundamental changes in drug law reform. A quick review of conservative-leaning websites and periodicals identifies a similar trend.

    For decades conventional political wisdom has dictated that drug law reform is the so-called ‘third rail’ of mainstream politics, when in fact just the opposite is true. American voters of all political persuasions are ready to embrace common-sense marijuana policies.

    The question is now: Are they ready and willing to demand them from their political leaders?

    60 Responses to “Ending The Bipartisan War On Pot!”

    1. claygooding says:

      The opponents of marijuana legalization,the drug cartels
      (growers and entrepreneurs),the anti-drug cartels(D.A.R.E.,Drug Free America,and any organization whose livelihood depends on marijuana and drugs remaining illegal,the Pharmaceutical industries,even though there is a chance that with proper testing and lab work,new medicines will come from the marijuana plant,the loss of many of their dangerous drugs will hurt them immensely. And in the end,when man keeps messing with any safe substance long enough,he can make it dangerous. The prison industry. The DEA. Both of these make their money off keeping prisons full,and if marijuana is legalized,the prison ind will lose millions releasing a majority of peaceful,non-violent prisoners. And the DEA loses their easiest bust,as they say,they can go anywhere in America and bust grows. And if statistics were released,I wonder how many law enforcement personnel have been killed in pot busts,versus other drug busts,versus how many pot offenders have been killed by police. Pot is probably the safest bust for them.

    2. R.O.E. says:

      There are lots of things needing demanding from our leaders. All you have to do is surf the web,look at te tv news or ..most importantly…look what they have done to YOUR life lately. Is the pot(no pun inteaded) boiling enough yet? Give our leaders time .. if it isn’t..they will make sure it is. The thing is,when the demand is great, they will lable us all nuts or extremists and ignore us all the more in my opinion.
      What do I know…nothing as far as our leaders are concerned.

    3. THESEUS FROM ATHENS says:

      DEAR MR OBAMA

      IT’S SUCH A PRIVILEDGE TO ADRESS TO YOU THIS… I AM SURE THAT YOU READ NORML.. IT’S THE HOTTEST SPOT NORTH OF HAVANA …! AS THE SONG SAYS…
      MR PRESIDENT I SENT AN AGONY MESSAGE TO NORML FOR THE POLITICIANS SOMETIME AGO ABOUT THE PANDEMIC FLEW…
      I SAID THAT THE TIME THAT THE BIG MONEY INTERESTS TREAT THE PEOPLE AS SHEEP AND CATTLE IS OVER…
      NATURE IS REACTING AS A VOLCANO… AS A TSUNAMI…

      I PROPOSE TO YOU TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR PEOPLE AND IN EXTENTION TO THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH THAT THERE IS A HIGHER RISK AND WE DONT HAVE TO DIE ONE BY ONE TO THE LAST TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING…

      LEGALISE MEDICAL CANNABIS FOR PATIENTS WITH PRESCRIPTION AND ALSO PROPOSE TO OUR LEADERS TO DO SAME.

      LET’S ALL CALL IT A SACRIFICE… AN OFFER TO NATURE…. TO SOFTEN ITS RAGE … LIKE THE ANCIENTS DID..

      OF COURSE HATE AGAINST THE INTERNATIONAL HERB, THE NATURAL MEDICINE, IS NOT THE ONLY REASON FOR THE RAGE OF NATURE BUT IT IS A VERY VERY GOOD ONE..

      IF YOU MAKE SUCH A UNIQUE, EVOLUTED MINDED MOVE I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT THE VIRUS WILL … RELAX…

      BUT IF YOU IGNORE THIS SECOND MESSAGE (I CLIMBED ON THE TOP OF THE ROOF AND SCREEM FOR THE SAKE OF ALL)
      WE WILL NOT EVEN BE ABLE TO SAY ..MY GOD SAVE US…

      A U TURN IS VERY NARROWLY ANY MORE, BUT STILL POSSIBLE..

      WITH RESPECT
      I WAS AND STILL AM YOUR SUPORTER

      A YOGI FROM ELLAS (GREECE)

    4. Jerry Moler says:

      I write to my elected officials on a regular basis about this issue. I have also written to the demcratic national committee. I asked if they had position on lifting prohibition. I did not receive a reply. They kept sending me letters asking for a donation. I replyed that I would like to help but would no longer support them unless they could tell me their official position on this matter. I got no reply. They quit sending me letters asking for money. I guess that is an answer of sorts. Which party will be the first to support lifting prohibition? The $64,000,000 dollar question.

    5. Manford Mantis says:

      Not only am I an American…born in the U.S.A…I am a native Californian and a Angeleno (Los Angeles).

      Today California announced that it would be paying their bills with I.O.U’s and it would be back on furloughs.

      Well O.K. here I go…”I don’t want your fucking I.O.U’s…your fucking broke!” What I want is for you to get your shit together, stop the fucking excuses for bad management, and realize that there is a “wonder drug” for our recovery. If you’re not calling for emergency sessions to work this situation out…you’re failing once again. I’ll bet the Californians that made California great…but are longer with us…are rolling over in their graves.

      You need to get real..and…face reality…no matter what. Arnold…you’ve read many scripts…I know because I seen every one of your movies…but…I can’t tell you what zeal I’m going to have…seeing
      how this script plays out. Come on man…get your
      legislators in line…and…be the director I know you are. Medicinal cannabis is the “magic pill” Do it!
      Remember…You’re in charge of Democrats, and Republicans. You’re the executive producer.

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    7. PressureKook says:

      rhetoric!!!!

    8. jab says:

      Maybe by 2037, after 100 years of prohibition, something will change. Maybe.

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