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BREAKING NEWS: Marijuana Arrests For Year 2008: 847,864

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 14, 2009

    Washington, DC: Police arrested 847,864 persons for marijuana violations in 2008, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. The total marks a three percent decrease in marijuana arrests from 2007, when law enforcement arrested a record 872,721 Americans for cannabis-related violations.

    Marijuana arrests now comprised one-half (49.8 percent) of all drug arrests reported in the United States.

    Of those charged with marijuana violations, approximately 89 percent, 754,224 Americans were charged with possession only. The remaining 93,640 individuals were charged with “sale/manufacture,” a category that includes all cultivation offenses, even those where the marijuana was being grown for personal or medical use.

    Marijuana arrests were highest in the Midwest and southern regions of the United States, and lowest in the west.

    The 2008 marijuana arrest total is the second highest annual total ever reported.

    Commenting on the 2008 figures, NORML Director Allen St. Pierre said: “Federal statistics released just last week indicate that larger percentages of Americans are using cannabis at the same time that police are arresting a near-record number of Americans for pot-related offenses. Present enforcement policies are costing American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars, ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and having no impact on marijuana availability or marijuana use in this country. It is time to end this failed policy and replace prohibition with a policy of marijuana regulation, taxation, and education.”

    NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano added, “According to a just-released Rasmussen poll, a majority of American adults believe, correctly, that marijuana is less harmful than booze. The public has it right; the law has it wrong.”

    137 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Marijuana Arrests For Year 2008: 847,864”

    1. Chrokee Fred Jesus says:

      Want to know who runs this country? Look at the health care debate 76% of Americans are for a public option. The legal drug companies are against the public option. Who is winning? It ain’t the people. Same deal with cannabis the major loser in legalization would be the legal drug companies losing an estimated 544 billion. YOU CAN BUY A LOT OF SENATORS FOR LESS THAT 544 BILLION…

    2. Stompedonmyrights says:

      I too was once locked away for 3 years on a 5 to 20 years sentence. I did not hang my head low, I fought, I had a jury trial where I got the same time as I would of had I made a plea arrangement. I went to jury trial because those are my pearr. Bottom line is the laws which are used against us are a fraud. The evidence is out there, history has recorded the contractual fraud upon the people. We are unlawed culture within our society. Look up Mr Harry Anslinger and you will find the animal that started this fraud.
      A special writ to the Supreme Court claiming that the legislation is based upon fraud, a fruad does not grant abrogation of our rights, the law is wrong. It is the duty of those 800,000 plus people who are arrested demand a jury trial, Do not plea out. Those of us not cuaght up in the fruadulent justice system must apply the class action writ to the High Court. The legislators can take a flying leap for all I care. The fight is in the court, so lets bring it to them in stead of waiting to fight after the fact. We must strike them in their home base, in the court room on the floor of the Supreme Court. Writ after writ class action or not will fill the Court and the people will be heard. Legislators and Judges will take notice, Jury will be educated and act like the one in Colorado. The civil rights movement faced the very same lawless government we are faced with now. It time to fill the Court house around the country, it is time to make 7 judges think about the people, fraud, and the constitution.

    3. Stompedonmyrights says:

      O, by the way. 20 years after I did my time I was working as a fire chief, saved 7 people from drowning in the local river at great risk to my own live and I was fired due to my history. After 20 years! I lost that health care plan and my step-daughter died of cancer.
      Million of people like myself have suffered way beyond our convictions.

    4. CKDK29 says:

      Cngress an the senate need to quit putting it off n putting it off jus face the fact AMERICA WANTS IT LEGAL.I thought mr. Obama wanted to hear from US he did n here we still r fighting for OUR Right

    5. CKDK29 says:

      Makes me wonder if he would listen to n e thing else we all suggested???

    6. Samson says:

      I just find it extremely Ironic(our “gov’t”).
      A House Divided can not stand( metaphorically or Literally). YET, we are under the rule of two parties that argue and remain consistantly DIVIDED on COMMON political issues/policies. What gives???!

    7. JJ says:

      Hey, I have a new Tshirt slogan….

      WELCOME TO AMERICA…PLEASE TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AT THE DOOR AND LEAVE YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES BESIDE THEM!

      THE FACT IS THIS: IF MJ HAS ONLY ONE MEDICAL PURPOSE, FIGHTING CANCER CELLS, THEN IT JUST BECAME A MEDICAL NESSESSITY. WHY THEN IS IT STILL A SCHEDULE ONE AND WHY ARE WE NOT TESTING THIS PLANT TO SEE IF IT IS IN FACT THE CURE FOR CANCER?

      I want to know if Obama has ever watched someone die from cancer. Has he ever seen a 90 year old man walk out into a field and blow his brains out cause he didnt want to suffer from “treatment”. Has he ever watched his grandma cut herself 140 times because she is a schitzo and thinks there is someone living inside her? Has he ever watched a Meth head rape a 10 month old baby cause he was strung out? Has he ever really seen pain and suffering?

      He will….My next question is WHAT OH WHAT ARE WE THE PEOPLE OF MJ SMOKERS AND TOKERS GONNA DO TO THE PROHIB’S WHEN POT BECOMES LEGAL. IM PRETTY SURE THAT ANYONE KILLING AMERICANS IS CONSIDERED TERRORISM AND TREASONISTS! AND IM PRETTY SURE THAT THE PUNISHMENT FOR TREASON IS TO BE HANGED!

    8. JJ says:

      HEY..SOMEONE IN CALIFORNIA…OR ANYONE THAT WANTS TO DEBATE WITH A LOSER PROHIB GO TO THIS WEBSITE…IF YOU HAVE FACEBOOK!

      http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=9751&post=38152&uid=9269711759#post38152

    9. ol tex says:

      After much study, this is my basic understanding of how THC fights cancer. I wanted to share it with you all. Correct me if you understand it better.

      Every second of your life 50,000 cells in your body die and are replaced by new ones. This is “programmed end of life” on the cellular level. There are approximately 100 trillion cells in your body. Occasionally, one of these cells does not die, but instead mutates. This mutation seems to be caused by the CB1 receptor (cannabinoid receptor 1) being “switched off” randomly. The survivin protein is produced as part of the process and may be infectious to healthy cells and spreads the cancer.

      What this means is, when the CB1 receptor is off and the mutated cell is in close proximity to healthy cells, the healthy cells in turn switch off their own CB1 receptors.
      Over time, a lump of these cells form. This is the cancerous tumor(s) your doctor informs you about. Cancer is the presence of mutated cells. Cancer screenings look for the presence of survivin, a protein. Malignancy means the cancer is spreading. If the cancerous tumor(s) can be killed (chemo-radiation) or surgically removed, you get rid of the cancer through conventional means.

      The newest method simply “switches on” the CB1 receptor again (via THC infusion) and the cancerous tumors burn themselves out through a process called “autophagy” in which they literally eat their own cell walls. The healthy cells are not affected. No more tumors or “CB1 off” cells means no more cancer.

      The Cannabinoid receptors in the human body are like light bulb sockets. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) plugs in like a missing component. There are several naturally occurring compounds in cannabis which plug in this way and several receptors.

      You can’t cure cancer by smoking a joint as burning the compounds make them ineffective. It has to be ingested in a high enough quantity to permeate the body, hence the THC oil. It can cure cancer and other diseases caused by mutating cells in a way not currently understood or accepted by the mainstream medical community.

      This also raises the question; Should cannabis be part of our diet? Cancer was not prevalent in the previous century. Hemp fields were everywhere. It seems to have multiplied since prohibition began. Is this a coincidence?

    10. R.O.E. says:

      #104CKDK29:

      YES They(congress/Obama) want to hear from you!….AS LONG AS IT FURTHERS THEIR AGENDA!

      Anything that doesnt further their agenda you are labled a racist,nut job, extremist,terrorist….ect ect ect.

    11. Cannabis Meditator says:

      i think We need to make a record breaking collaborative movement.

      Has there ever been a march with millions of people in front of the white house protesting our marijuana laws?

      If we could get a small percentage of America in Washington D.C., we can make a huge city/world wide strike and demand Cannabis law change.

      It’s fucking insane that marijuana is still illegal after 70 years and I don’t see why this wouldn’t be possible . I feel like the marijuana movement is going to reach a breaking point soon and we best take advantage of the times………….

      The economy has gone to shit in America and I would say at least 25% of America is smoking marijuana on a weekly basis. I want to be able to buy my sour diesels and purple kush’s from a nice and legal cannabis shop in my town or where ever I travel to. I’m sure many people would like this.

      It would be really messed up if marijuana is still illegal 20 years from now…………..

      Let’s start the next revolution!! but this time we can be smarter than the way it was handled in the 70’s……..

      If anybody has some better ideas, feel free to share them- I am really high right now and bothered that I can be arrested for doing so, when it is actually something I use to motivate myself to get out and do something- not the other way around, although it’s fun to sit around occasionally with a Cannabis Edible

    12. Mark says:

      R.O.E. #96:

      Corruption touched me in October 2008.

      I was pissing on a tree at a rest stop, next thing you know I got a gun pointed to my head by a New Jersey pig named Burgess who says: “Get out of the car, I smell weed!!” I wasn’t smoking, so it must have been my pony tail that tipped him off – hippie profiling…

      The police video clearly shows I was parked next to a gas pump, but the (falsified) police report says I was slumped over the wheel and the car was parked on a berm….(the car certainly WAS on a berm – AFTER the pig returned me to my car after booking – I got a ticket for that too.. and a fucked up muffler…)

      I was not charged with intoxication however,because I wasn’t intoxicated, but possession of a pipe and a bag I had hidden under the seat. My lawyer (recommended by NORML) could have done better…..cost me 2 grand for him and another grand for the fine and conditional discharge, not to mention the reoccuring problems I have from staying clean as I am a medical qualifier…….in California………..It won’t be long before I move to a more cannabis friendly country…..

      EVERY COP IS A CRIMINAL………….

      [Editor's note: NORML does not make lawyer recommendations (it provides a public listing of NORML members who're lawyers for folks to peruse) and every cop is not a criminal.]

    13. neil says:

      in the hindu scriptures, cannabis was given to man from shiva himself for a “casual past time”. There was no alcohol then? There was a prohibition of alcohol, what has alcohol given to society? Many car accidents and deaths i could recon? What has cannabis given to society? It has given a possible medical aid, and yes people do abuse it but it will not cause there death and there is no reasonn to lock these people up. It is a god damn waste of tax payer money and only furthers a bureaucracy where we reward the individuals who lock these people up and the prisons that they put these people in. It is a new form of slavery and you should be god damn ashamed. Cause i know i would it is an injusttice to every man.
      In this alcohol staturated society which i have come to hate. Morons prevail rather than reason. It is costing our tax payers dearly to enforce these laws while the criminal gangs and cartels continue to make our country unsafe and violent. Thomas jefferson himself would be ashamed. It is about the rights of man, the god given rights of liberty and free will. Rather we trample on freedom and make every man our common enemy. When we in our
      selfs should establish a common cause for liberty.

    14. PressureKook says:

      Cannabis users with chronic ailments lobby City Council
      About 150 people show up in Lake Forest to ask city officials for compromise on marijuana dispensaries.

      The next day the city council initiated legal action to remove the collectives in Lake Forest despite the efforts by those 150 people.

      Please read the article and remember the Lake Forest city council is reading the comments left by supporters so speak up and show your support this may be Lake Forests patients last chance: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-marijuana-medical-2568038-forest-council

    15. A says:

      @#92

      I know their is more than one bill. I’m talking about one in particular. So if I want to say something about it I will do so. Doesn’t exist? Ok. Whatever you have to tell yourself. People read an article from a paper or online and their experts. Guess it would be to much to ask you to look into it instead of just posting something you’ve learned from reading for 5 minutes.

    16. Stompedonmyrights says:

      Forget the bill writing, forget about Marching on washington. Time to file writ after writ in the court. Time to demand a fast and speedy trial, no pleas. If your in prison it is time to strike, refuse to do anything unless you are released. Time to educate the juries who will sit and judge each case. Time to hang the jury and refuse to convict anyone involved with the cannabis plant. Time to say NO to big unlawful brother. The time is NOW, not tomarrow, today. Let the legislator and law enforcement know we will not convict anymore cannabis users, your laws, your arrests are all just a waste of time. It is time to take back what is ours, our liberty! Not open for negoiation by the hired help. Next election send those folks packen. 40,000,000 plus Americans make a political party. Your motivation should be to stop the next 800,000 people from suffering under these unjust laws that have no regards to human life. Remember they have been doing this for 70 years, unlawful act is an unlawful act, there are millions who have suffered just waiting for their day to take back what belongs to the American people. I can’t afford to go march in washington, but I can file writs from where I am. I can use my CPU and the internet to band together as Sons and Daughters of Liberty and refuse to step back, but march forward in the courts. Please if your asked to sit on a jury, asked to convict a pot grower, just say Not Guilty, the law is wrong not the person. We can refuse to aid the system in it’s presecution of our people. We don’t have to sit to the back of the bus! We can refuse to ride the bus.
      Another way to protest this unlawful act and support your local growers is to seed the land. Yes don’t throw those seed away, plant them in ever open space in your city and county. 40,000,000 plus people throwing seeds out into the face of government. We can over run them if we just think, we do not need to subject ourselves as earily civil rights workers did. Remember the government killed some of those folks. Let your seeds do your marching, let your seeds stand for us all.

    17. Stompedonmyrights says:

      It is time to put up or shut up. Are you all ready to take the next step and turn this crap around? Or will we continue to be like sheep and allow the wolf to get us one at a time? Will you wait until they come for your children? The time is now, like never before, this is the moment to fight back in every legal way available. We have been here before and we have always won.

    18. JJ says:

      Im kinda getting tired of thinking a “movement” will get our point across…look at how they are treating the people of this country that KNOW the proposed health care bill is a bunch of shit. they are calling people that want real government and big business to START FOLLOWING THE WAY OF WE THE PEOPLE, they are calling us TERRORISTS, EXTREMISTS, ANARCHISTS, UNAMERICAN, RACISTS, etc. but isnt the term terrorist included in the definition of killing americans? I am really beginning to believe that history is about to repeat itself many times. You guys know what I am talking about, the one where immigrants came to north america cause English were taxing without representation, killing anyone that didnt beleive the way they did, and even worse, does the name HITLER ring a bell? Killing millions, yet billions, of innocent americans FOR ANY CAUSE IS UNJUST AND CONSIDERED TREASON…I SAY FUCK THE MOVEMENT and enjoy the revolution!

    19. Samson says:

      FUCK VOTING!!!!!

      BOYCOTT—–WAY more Powerful!!!

    20. Chrokee Fred Jesus says:

      Fellow slaves help I have sent the following to the huffington post drop them a support follow up at

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

      To The Huffingtonpost,

      Before you me off due to your programing. I am not a stoner I am 60 retired from a top fortune 500 company and now work part time. I am also a volunteer serving my country during the Vietnam war. So please read what I have to say and help our cause it is the number one cause in our nation. That gets no main stream media attention. Due to billions of corporate money working to keep the facts secret. It was number one when our leader ask for input, then blown off. It is number one on every poll site, I see, it was double the second issue on change.org.

      My name is — —- Cherokee Fred Jesus (Internet alias)

      I fight the racist war on drugs. I have seen it destroy so many young people and the wasting of almost 100 billion a year. There are so many facets to this war it could reap head lines for years.

      I started reading you paper and find it is honest. So the first thing that comes to mind is they can help. All I ask for is publish the truth if you need facts I will provide them to you. At no cost I will do anything you ask as a volunteer. I have a score to settle with our country. My small home was raided by a team of, “Drug Task Force” types they found nothing. But the disrespect and pure stupidity of this action still haunts me. I wake up at night and think I hear “NARCS” outside my house. I have been violated and it will not go away. They took this action based on an anonymous tip place by someone I upset using. My sons now X wife overheard me telling my son she was a bar whore. Then used her get back book full of trailer park things you can do to people. Since that night I have read everything about this war. The facts are plain and easy to find for anyone that looks for them.

      THE BIGGEST CONSPIRACY PLAYED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN HISTORY “THE WAR ON DRUGS”

      THE CORPORATIONS BEHIND “DRUG FREE AMERICA FOUNDATION” THEY MAKE BILLIONS

      FOR PROFIT JAILS BRIBING JUDGES TO INSURE THEY MAXIMIZE PROFITS

      OUR LAWMAKERS TAKE MILLIONS EVER YEAR TO ENSURE OUR ENSLAVEMENT

      WE PAY OTHER COUNTRIES BILLIONS TO SUPPORT OUR FAILED WAR ON OUR OWN PEOPLE

      FEDERAL COURTS INSURE CONVICTIONS STAY AT 99% USING THE LAW TO STOP FREE SPEECH

      THE WAR ON DRUGS WAS CONCEIVED BY RACIST AND GREEDY CORPORATIONS

      CANNABIS BEFORE PROHIBITION WAS A POPULAR “CURE ALL” IT HELPS MANY PEOPLE TODAY

      THE DEA AND DRUG CZAR = THEIR JOB IS LIE NEVER TELL THE TRUTH AND INSURE THE WAR LAST FOREVER

      LOCAL COMMUNITIES ARE STARTING TO VIEW THE WAR ON DRUGS AS A CASH COW

      WHO BENEFITS THE MOST FROM BILLIONS WASTED ON THIS WAR ON US

      WHERE DOES 50% OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT MONEY GO?

      THE INFLUENCE OF GEO CORP A FOR PROFIT JAIL CELL PROVIDER AND GROWING

      CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT CANNABIS PROSECUTION

      HATE FOR A SEGMENT OF OUR POPULATION BY THE RIGHT FUELS WAR ON DRUGS

      GROW ONE HERB PLANT GO TO JAIL FOR FIVE YEARS GUARANTEED

      DYING PEOPLE, SICK PEOPLE PUT IN JAIL FOR SEEKING RELIEF

      I could go on for days and write a factual article on every one of these headlines how about you?

      Cherokee Fred Jesus

    21. REBEL WITH A CAUSE says:

      95,96 R.O.E.

      The entire world knows that San Diego has a drug problem on the U.S./Mexico border…but…raiding sitting duck medicinal cannabis dispensaries “DOES NOT” convince We the People of San Diego county that the new Sheriff in town has even a recognizable plan to solve that problem. Instead, the Sheriff’s political tactics only create bigger problems…of which undoubtedly medicinal cannabis will be the “PAWN.”

      San Diego, once again, has poignantly eclipsed the will of its citizenry, the laws of the State of California, and the American Policy…even though we all speak with a loud and clear voice. Perhaps the real truth is that the new Sheriff Gore has publicly announced that “HE INTENDS TO MAKE SAN DIEGO THE SAFESTR COUNTY IN AMERICA.” That’s a tall order, and sounds like a bunch of hot air, artificial eloquence, and the usual B.S. political rhetoric. Frankly, personally, I view that as an objective I could lend my alligiance to…but…fails to get my alliance by
      using medicianl cannabis as a “PAWN’ to achieve his fame. The fact is…it’s already made him infamous, and not in a good way.

      To add insult to injury…the San Diego County Board of Supervisors have extended their moratorium on medicinal cannabis dispensaries for an additional ten (10) months, directly after raiding nine (9) dispensaries. As if San Diegans can’t see through this “SKULLDUGGERY,” this leadership will no doubt come up with another “PUNY EXCUSE” to defy the people, the law, and the nations policy at the end of those ten (10) months. Who needs this kind of nonsensical leadership?

      The county prohib’s…”ACE UP THEIR SLEEVES”…which clearly identifies and exposes that caliber of leadership…if one can call thatleadership…is “ZONING.” When opening a dispensary
      …one can do “EVERYTHING CORRECTLY AND LEGALLY”…
      but…can’t get “ZONING.” Talk about restricting free or fair trade. Thre’s got to be some anti-trust issues here. The city is more than happy to tkae one’s money for, and issue a city business license
      …”LULLING ONE INTO A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY”…but then…one can’t get “ZONING.” Talk about the old shell game/three card monty.

      If a revolution occurs, my guess is that it will appropriately start in San Diego.

    22. Joseph "Ironman" Siler says:

      I have to wonder. A friend was pulled over, for what exactly I have no idea. During his conversation with police he told them he had some cannabis in the car. They told him, “we don’t care”, and sent him on his way, without a ticket. He was later pulled over, and arrested for possession. He told the judge that he was an Iraq veteran, and used cannabis to control his PTSD. The judge told him, “If you can show me proof of this, the charges will be dismissed. This is in Texas, there is NO medical marijuana program in Tesas. Wasup? I use cannabis to treat skin cancer, and prostate cancer. If I get caught with cannabis in my possession, will it all be dismissed? Actualy I would hope not. I would love to take it to court, and be found Not Guilty by Reason of Medical Necessity. Not being a lawyer I don’t know for sure, but wouldn’t that make me immune from prosecution for possession, provided the amount did not excede that which was necessary for me to continue my treatment? The police cannot come right out and say it, but could the rediculous number of people being arrested for simple possession be a way of sending a message?

    23. General-Jake says:

      Stompedonmyrights: Wow man your story is sad…im sorry about your daughter. Its sad we live in such times. However much as id like to agree to all your saying about the writs and the like sadly it wont do crap. The freedoms built by our forefathers are long dead. Our own government has militarized against us. They use assault rifles to shoot plant growers and smokers. This is because those who have the power to change are too corrupt and the people who could vote in change are to brainwashed into thinking its poison. Our government has more bureaucracy than it does anything… we are all goin to suffer far more from our gov before our time on earth has expired.

    24. SB says:

      GRRRRRRR! We need a healthy dose of civil disobedience to fix this. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, y’all.

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    26. Stompedonmyrights says:

      My story may be sad, but I am still standing, refuse to shut-up! I understand that you all may not know the power behind the writs, but it will be like a great wave and wash over them before they can run. It would only work if we all band together, no pleas, just jury trials, prisoners boycott working for the system, civil disobedience forces the issue upon the government, they will not be able to ignor it. Again I think it is wrong to argue with the hired help, we as their employers nedd to think outside the box to bring change. I told my story not so you a sorry for me, please don’t, I am a warrior for the creator and these events are but life leasons. Even under oppression by my society I refuse to shut-up, I refuse to stop my writing, be nice if I got paid for it but I will go the distance, take this fight to them even if they take my life. For I have lived, and fear not these monkeys still slinging their shit upon us. I am just one of millions.
      There once was a man in my area who was arrested by the feds, they took all the wild pot around his area and piled onto his crop, said he should go to prison for the rest of his life, pushed him to his end, he went to the Fed Building in Topeka, Kansas and killed himself upon them, he killed one of them too. Do not agree with him but understand that he had been bullied enough to cause him to use violance. If we use violance then we have become just like them, and I for one will not ride that bus, I rather face creator with a clean heart, not one of evil. We can stand against evil without become evil ourselves. After all they will see the same maker as I in the end. Let us agree to stand and be counted, let us come at them head on, face to face. Lets teach the juries of America Jury Nullification and Jury Lawlessness and put an end to their reign over us. I am a Son Of Liberty! Liberty lives in my heart and soul. No human, no law, no act of legislation, no lie, no fruad, no Judge can remove it, only I can let it die, and I will let this human body die before I surrender my heartfelt liberty. I am under God’s law not these monkeys still slinging their shit at me and calling it good. I refuse to be obedient to unjust laws.

    27. James Quinn says:

      arresting people for having weed is probably the stupidest thing i’ve ever heard of.

      it’s like arresting someone for having a morning cup of coffee.

    28. FROM THE GARDEN says:

      IF YOU BELIVE IN GOD…cannabis is a divine benevolance
      …a gift from God of Holy Sacrament. To deny me my sacrament… is to deny me my God and my Faith. As I can only be judged by my God and my self…at communion
      …which is a common Faith, experience, and expression
      shared by a family of believers, as well as their intimate relationship with God…I examine my conscience, and make atonement with God. The prohibiton of my sacrament is a violation against my Faith, and the “FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.” By prohibiting my sacrament…I am denied the ability to judge my self, and hold my self responsibile for the results of my actions. Therefore…I declare that any law prohibiting my Faith, and “THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF” is voidable.

      References:

      Article I, Constituttion of the United States of America.
      Religious Freedom Protection Act.
      Holy Bible, Genesis I:11,12 Genesis I:29,30,31 Genesis IX:3

      I have read and understand these liberties, and I declare, I am who they say I am, and I can do what they say I can do.

      Manford Mantis

    29. albert l menefee says:

      I’m here, Hello from Oragon. I’ve been away from ya’ll too long. I will tell how to rock the boat. First, Change your W-2 form, You can do this at any time, Just ask the I.R.S. This is how to fill it out to un-volenteer. Fill out Name Address, Other pertenant info using all capital letters. But when it call’s for you to apply numbers to determine your deductions apply a hyfen – to all spaces availible till no numbers can be applied. Then, “CIRCLE” that great big “EXCEMPT” in the corner. Then, In the signiture space,(this how you sign your name).”Without Prejugdice U.C.C 1-207″ YOUR SIGITURE HERE. THATS IT, TURN IT BACK IN. You are no longer a volenteer to pay income tax. Dont let them tell you nothing cause you no longer volenteer to be the patsy and a robot for the rich and evil country we became with the power god let us weild. Do something for your family. BE FREE.LIVE FREE. DIE FREE. Let Freedom Ring and the Martyers have began to die for Freedom. Whom will be next?. PEACE…. AL…

    30. albert l menefee says:

      YEA NO SPELL CHECK TODAY.

    31. Stompedonmyrights says:

      Teach Juries to nullify the law

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    35. The Drug Counselor says:

      I am an ex-drug addict/alcoholic who became a drug couselor after a near death experience. I see countless of patients nearly everyday who are addicted to marijuana and other drugs. I have had the opportunity to work in the public school systems for almost twenty years. My observations with working many students who began using marijuana was that many of them gradually developed an “I don’t care attitude” and with time began losing interest in things that were once important to them. Many of these students liked the marijauna so much that after awhile all they wanted to do was get high and chill. Many of them began skipping classes and entire school days just to go and get high. The results of that was that they got behind on their school work and lost complete interest in their education and eventually dropped out. Some of these students ended up on the streets because their families could no longer tolerate their addictive behavior to marijuana. I was raised in a family of alcoholics and drug addicts which included most of my relatives. I have personally seen and experienced the devastation associated with the abuse of marijauna and other drugs. Most of us started abusing marijuana and then went on to harder drugs, that’s probably the reason that marijuana in considered by many to be a gateway drug. I was a Hippie in the late sixties and early seventies and I was there when the drug epidemic started to transpire. There is much more that I can say about this issue from first hand experience. The fact that so many people want to legalize marijuana just sends chills up and down my back. I know what marijuana did to me and what it has done to many others and it is not good. Respectfuly, The Drug Counselor.

      [Editor's note: Your abuse of cannabis was your problem....but prohibition is a totally failed policy (for example, where did you get your cannabis?) that, thankfully, fewer and fewer of your fellow citizens support.

      You may get chills up your spine that a majority of Americans no longer support the prohibition that failed to keep you from having personal problems with cannabis, but thousands of citizens across the country are working harder every day to finally end the failed policy of cannabis prohibition.]

    36. Anonymous says:

      its hard to believe that you people believe anything thats on this website. the UCR does not record anything drug related. Everything on this blg is false

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