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NORML’s Russ Belville vs. former ONDCP’s Dr. Kevin Sabet on Marijuana Legalization at James A. Baker Institute (VIDEO)

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator March 11, 2012

    DFW NORML's "Truth Enforcement Vehicle" was parked out front of the Baker Institute flashing the green lights to lead people to the event.

    My undying thanks go out to The James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy for the invitation to participate in this illustrious event. I learned so much from the incredible presentations of Rev. Edwin Sanders, Sen. Larry Campbell, Prof. Alex Stevens, Dr. Ethan Nadelmann, Prof. Michelle Alexander, and everyone who participated.

    I also thank the crews from DFW NORML, Houston NORML, and NORML of Waco Inc. for showing up with the Truth Enforcement Vehicle, putting on a great fundraiser, and showing me a NORML (if a little traffic-laden) good time in H-town.  (Once again, like last year, wherever I go, Portland-like rain follows me, leading Professor Bluntston to exclaim, “Russ ‘Break It Down’ Belville done brought the rain!”)

    Debating Kevin Sabet was fun.  Before we went up, he thanked me for devoting half of my show to him (it was only a quarter, but whatever) and suggested that maybe it isn’t a good idea for me to give up my whole debate strategy before the debate.  I told him that when you have truth, facts, logic, and reason on your side, you don’t have to have much of a strategy.

    Please take the time to watch the other videos from presenters at the Baker Institute.  I’m flattered by all the hits my video is getting, but you’ll learn a whole lot more from the learned people on the other videos.

    159 Responses to “NORML’s Russ Belville vs. former ONDCP’s Dr. Kevin Sabet on Marijuana Legalization at James A. Baker Institute (VIDEO)”

    1. Psu says:

      If i were to write the state referendum for medicinal use of marijuana, i would make the penalty a 150$ fine. Dont take up jail cells with people smoking marijuana… its that simple…if we want blood for smoking pot y dont we tar some people up good RENDELL?

    2. Psu says:

      how about probation for medical use? you piss in a cup once in a while or give them blood once a month and if its only marijuana wouldnt that be okay? is that a gray area?

    3. Psu says:

      i wonder if the bus would play a cypress hill song for me… i will make that request from here. Psu would love it.. its called insane in the brain

    4. Pedro says:

      Why isn’t NORM all over Willie Gadara Jr who is under indictment for drug trafficking charges? He was a big proponent of Prohibition so he could keep his profits high.

      http://www.policymic.com/articles/5664/war-on-drugs-is-to-blame-for-government-corruption-in-el-paso-texas/category_list

      War on Drugs is to Blame for Government Corruption in El Paso, Texas

    5. Qman says:

      Russ you are my hero!

    6. When George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin he became a victim of the “drug war” violence! Unending prohibitionist propaganda out of bloodthirsty Washington is claiming a vast number of lives! We need to recognize, & recalculate the true amount of casualties & deaths caused by the “drug war”! Then we must demand, KILL, NO, MORE ! ! !

    7. […] “End the ‘War’ But Not the Fight Against Drugs”.  You’ll recall I debated Sabet back in March as he continued what I call his “Kinder Gentler Drug War” marketing.  He’s at it […]

    8. […] a piece entitled “End the ‘War’ But Not the Fight Against Drugs”.  You’ll recall I debated Sabet back in March as he continued what I call his “Kinder Gentler Drug War” marketing.  He’s at it again, […]

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