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Confirmed: CNN Goes NORML Tonight

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director November 6, 2010

    The Good: I’m confirmed to appear this evening live on CNN to discuss the political aftermath and strategies for future Cannabis Prohibition law reforms around the 7:30 PM  hour (eastern).

    The Bad: Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske will appear live around 5:30 PM (eastern) to discuss cannabis legalization efforts post the close defeat of Prop 19 this week in California.

    Update: Watch NORML on CNN here.

    Regrettably, because of longstanding protocol at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the so-called drug czar will not appear live and/or debate with a representative from NORML. Instead, viewers and taxpayers are deprived of the opportunity for a civil discussion from two opposing viewpoints over a long-simmering public policy debate that’s been underway for over 40 years in America.

    Instead, the drug czar’s media protocol dictates that he/she generally appear first in public discussions on TV or on the radio (live debates in front of an audience are verboten!), and then the advocate addresses their remarks in a later live or taped interview.

    That’s what will happen on CNN tonight on what will be a painfully short, 5-7 minute live interview with Don Lemon.

    See you on the Groove Tube!

    95 Responses to “Confirmed: CNN Goes NORML Tonight”

    1. They know the truth and their afraid to admit it. little girls in freakin suits.

    2. Tom says:

      Doesn’t this speak volumes? The drug Czar is a chickenshit liar who would lose any debate on the subject of cannabis.

    3. 2Wicked says:

      I think its bs that nobody from NORML can confront the drug czar what so ever durring the interview.
      We as americans should have the right to debate the toppic with him when after all he wouldn’t even be in office if it wasn’t for we the people, yet he keeps shoving his head further where the sun don’t shine and ignoring us and our nation wide demand for legalization.

      COME ON Y’ALL I’M FED UP WITH THIS DRUG WAR!!!
      WE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER N MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD ‘CAUSE JUST REMEMBER WE HAVE POWER IN NUMBERS AND THE GORVENMENT CAN”T ARREST US ALL WITHOUT RUNNING OUTTA JAIL SPACE. AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS THEY”D HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SHOW THEIR TRUE COLORS BY ETHER LISTENING TO US OR KILLING US ALL!!!

    4. Deb says:

      Anslinger got hemp outlawed by attacking marijuana. We need to take a page from his book and legalize marijuana by legalizing Hemp and all that it can do. The American people are fed up with Big Oil, we need to show them that there is a better way. Instead of all these folks setting up dispensaries and grow farms they need to start cultivating Hemp. When the harvest is in and sold to Canada and other foreign countries then we’ll see who has the last laugh and just how much revenue America has been missing out on. If Henry Ford can build a car made with plastic from Hemp and powered by bio-fuel made from Hemp back in 1941 why can’t we do it today?

    5. Cuzzin Kenny says:

      Get em’ Alan! Tell the people the reason it failed is because people have been taught to FEAR the Reefer. If they REALLY want to see it work, go see an actual pt. in person! Or see what it ACTUALLY does, compared to EVERYTHING else.
      We (You)’ve got THEM scared. They know it’s just a matter of time.
      Thank Alan…Good Luck !

    6. Fort Worth, Tx says:

      5-7 minutes….that’s all we can get on tv? we’re never going to fucking win….americans…if we want change…we need to move out of the U.S.

    7. Don’t tell them the strategy, that provides them with counter-inteligence. Instead, talk about the medicinal benefits and make a point about how other off the shelf medicine like asprin and tylenol are more dangerous and un-natural. Then make a strong point about the billions made annual from taxation and how much they would save not having to incarcerate innocent pot smokers..

    8. chadkelsey says:

      go get ’em!

    9. Paul says:

      Make sure to mention that LIVE, so that people are more aware of these dirty tactics! Nobody will realize this is going on unless you out them and say on live tv that they are afraid to debate etc. Please do mention this.

    10. Permanentilt says:

      Technically, this SHOULD be an ok way for the Drug Czar to speak, because he should NOT BE AN ADVOCATE. He should merely talk about policies and the way they are implemented. He should not speak about an opinion, or spin policy. He should speak as though he “doesn’t make the laws just enforce them”. It should be like arguing with a cop why speeding is illegal, not really the point because you are getting a ticket no matter what he thinks.

      However we all know that he touts ridiculous lies in order to justify his multi-billion dollar budget….

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