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Seattle To Brazil: Marijuana Law Reformers Support Victims Of Prohibition

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director December 30, 2009

    Like the dutiful activists in Seattle protesting cannabis laws and supporting the victims of such outside of the local jail for nine straight years of Christmas days, Brazilian cannabis law reform supporters cheer the cultivator’s release from jail, celebrating, not condemning him.

    A strong social indicator of governmental laws that do not enjoy mass public support–along with jury nullification–is when supposed ‘criminals’ are embraced and heralded as heroes.

    NORML salutes the activists who not only slavishly work for cannabis law reforms but who also never forget about the tens of thousands of cannabis consumers, cultivators and sellers incarcerated in the United States.

    Our brothers and sisters.

    Christmas protest targets marijuana laws

    SEATTLE – Protesters outside the King County Jail say non-violent drug offenders should be home this Christmas.

    Vivian McPeak organized the pro-marijuana vigil.

    “Hopefully it lets them know that they’re not languishing in there without attention,” said McPeak.

    The past nine years on Christmas day, 5th Avenue and James Street in Seattle has been at the crossroads of marijuana legalization controversy.

    Check out the video here.

    Protestors held signs and waved down traffic. They say those staring down from county jail cells serving time for non-violent marijuana offenses should be with family.

    “We just think that otherwise law abiding American should find alternatives to incarceration for marijuana use,” said McPeak.

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    Inspired By American Citizen Activism To Reform Marijuana Laws, Brazilians Start Publicly Protesting Prohibition

    I recently met William Lantelme at the Drug Policy Alliance’s conference in New Mexico and he has a popular cannabis-related webpage in Brazil (growroom.net) that he is starting to convert to a non-governmental organization to rally Brazilians to reform their American-like cannabis laws. He acknowledged being blown away at how organized, active and funded law cannabis advocates are in the US.

    Inspired upon his return to Brazil, William organized the first of many planned pro-reform protests and public rallies where fans of Growroom.net recently came out to support a cannabis consumer who was busted for cultivating 10 cannabis plants.

    “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
    -Ben Franklin, In the Continental Congress just before signing the Declaration of Independence, 1776

    14 Responses to “Seattle To Brazil: Marijuana Law Reformers Support Victims Of Prohibition”

    1. The very first thing you’ll see when after entering Oaksterdam U. is pictures of Families . So you say……..so what…. except the pictures are there for a purpose . These show the Father’s that were once part of the family unit now seperated because of
      ” marijuana crimes “. Below the photos tell a story of why each one was incarcerated , their sentence & in detail tells how several of these men either have killed themselves or have been killed while in prison .
      Their is now no Farther .The family has been broken apart .
      How can the Mother work when she takes care of her Children ?
      Furthermore the Children are now worse off than ever before . For what purpose does incarceration serve for what otherwise is a victimless crime ? Cannabis helps rather than it hurts .
      People are being executed , imprisoned , prosecuted and persecuted against all because of lies & money . They call this , America ….land of the free .
      Another lie .
      This ridiculousness needs to stop .

    2. law enforcement is the real enemy says:

      correct and some may ask why they kill them selves here is a video that illustrates this point very well.
      and all law enforcement and those in charge only ignore these issues watch the video you will be shocked and appalled
      this is what happens in prisons around the country

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MOtz-eJlPE

    3. a friend told me that european activists are now using the term “war prisioner” for those arrested and sent to jail for “war on drugs” reasons… we in brazil sincerely hope this new decade arrives with new and fresh air of changes on the stupidity of those laws…

      long live to norml and growroom alliance!
      we are all togehter!!!

    4. CKDK29 says:

      I myself can not wait till 4/20/10 I think it will be very very interesting.

    5. stompedonmyrights says:

      As I have said all this year, JURY NULLIFICATION! It is the key to getting our liberty back. It is this act that the citizens can use to rule over or overrule their wayward government agents/employees. We/employers must teach this important American concept to every American, young and old alike, if we wish to free those held unujustly by our wayward government.

      We as a society or sub-society must force this wayward government to chance to the will of the people. we can do this peacefully by taking our seeds that we throw in the trash and plant them in the face of this wayward government. By passively and peacefully planting your hemp seed in the face of the unjust will help bring this issue to a head. Media will not be able to ignor the tens of thousands of plants popping up on main street, court house lawns, and other government held property sitting in plain view.

      After this issue is pushed into the main media focus by the two acts listed above we as a sub-culture in this society file a Class Action Writ and a Class Action Title 42 1983-1986 in every Federal Judicial District in the United States. It will not matter if we win these cases or not, we will load down the Court System forcing them into open debate and Jury held cases over this Constructive Fraud placed on the people when our Congress unlawfully abrogated our liberty and misunderstood our Constitution.

      2010 should be the year we set the goal of freeing our brothers and sisters from these unjust acts of government. 2010 should be the year we set to push harder and faster upon the branches of government to correct this injustice.

      2010 is the Year of Jury Nullification on Cannabis. This should be the year we free ourselves from the tyrants who act so unjust and lie about the facts.

      Please send the word out this New Years, let the Americans know that the change is now, this coming year, no more tomarrows, it is today. Lets make the New Years resolution to be not for ourselves but for those unjustly held in our prison system. This year we as a sub-culture of American Society will make space in our overcrowded prison systems by freeing all those unjustly held for their part in the unlawful Cannabis laws.

      Lets make some noise, lets charge down the tracks with the truth in one hand and our Constitution in the other.

      Just think about what I have said here, we can bring this issue to a much needed close and we can and will have our liberty as we define it not how the wayward government defines it. Are you out there? Do you hear this cry for change? Then let US act as one voice and change this situation once and for ALL of US.

      Stomped On My Rights is a Son of Liberty and will settle for nothing less.

      The time is TODAY!

    6. gypsyb says:

      Re LE is the real enemy (Please check out LEAP) I went to the youtube link and was equally appalled by the ridiculous statements people made in the comments!
      I use to have the attitude animals make better company to be around, and after reading some of their garbage I’m tempted to go back to it. Some humans are not only ignorant, but so cruel!

    7. stompedonmyrights says:

      If we look at the second paragraph of Article VI in the United States Constitution, our Contract between US / Employers & our ?elected? government / employees we find the following agreement made and still binding; “ This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof: and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”
      Take a moment to look at the above words in bold / Italic, ….. take the words Shall be which appears four times in just this paragraph written by the founding fathers, this word construct and pairing together was intentionally done by the founding fathers to form a command statement of performance between contracted parties, between employers directing and defining the employees actions. “ Every word appears to have been weighted with the utmost deliberation and its effect to have been fully understood.” Wright vs. United States, 302 U.S. 583 (1938), “ The Constitution is a written instrument, as such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.” South Carolina vs. United States, 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905).
      Our binding contract (Constitution) clearly states the Laws of the United States will be in line (Pursuance thereof) with the Constitution and that the Constitution and all Laws created shall be in accordance with said contract and are considered to be the Supreme Law of the Land. And that it is further clearly stated that any Thing that falls outside the Constitution and the just laws therein are notwithstanding or binding on the people. It is the duty of ever Judge in all 50 States of our Union to hold to their bond “bound” with the Articles of the Constitution and give full compliance with the word structures of the Constitution.
      Now take a look at the Bill of Rights, Article III, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridge the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievance.”
      In the Holy Oil handed down to Mosses is the ingredient Cannabos, or Cannabis. This means that Congress is in violation of the Constitution of the United States because it enacted a law in respect to religion and has prohibiting the free exercise thereof while blocking the citizen(s) ability to properly petition the Government for redress of grievance. “All laws which are repugnant to the constitution are null and void.” Chief Justice Marshall in Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 174, 176 (1803) “If the legislator clearly misinterprets a constitutional provision, the frequent repetition of the wrong will not create a right.” Amos v. Mosley, 74 Fla. 555; 77 So. 619. (Congress) “Where rights are secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491.
      “When any court violates the clean and unambiguous language of the constitution, a fraud is perpetrated and no one is bound to obey it.” State v. Sutton Minn. 147, 65 NW 262, 30 L.R.A. 630 Am. St. 459)
      It is clear we, the Citizens of these United States have been abused by the very government sworn to protect our history, our beliefs in Freedom, our welfare and safety. It is even more clear to most that this wayward government needs US to apply the breaks and stop their criminal acts against the People of the United States. Jury Nullification was a gift from the past to the present.

    8. …………then some will say , ” that man commited a crime & that’s why he in prison ” .
      It is not the man that commited the crime rather ” a crime was commited against the man “.

    9. We are all together , Neco .

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