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This Week in Weed: April 22nd-28th

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director April 27, 2012

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    A week of federal officials with their heads buried in the sand. President Obama clarifies his stance on medical marijuana and the drug czar reiterates the administration’s opposition to industrial hemp.

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    24 Responses to “This Week in Weed: April 22nd-28th”

    1. jed says:

      Flip Flop Obama?

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    3. Ted says:

      So Obama, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (for what, who knows), supposedly clarified his stance on hemp and psychoactive cannabis in a Rolling Stone article.

      “What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana,” Obama said. “I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana — and the reason is, because it’s against federal law.”

      And Obama went to Harvard? This is not an argument or a half-decent reason or justification. It is an example of fallacious circular reasoning.

      If the reason for continued human rights violations is that cannabis is (already) against federal law, that being sufficient as a so-called “good reason” to maintain cannabis prohibition, then it’s time to elect a someone who can make a point, instead of talking around the issue with rhetoric (Ron Paul).

      Federal law used to allow for slavery, segregation, and public executions. To claim that slavery and public executions should be continued because of existing federal law is nonsense.

      It’s like saying a draft to recruit 18-19 year olds into forced conscription to fight in Vietnam was justified–even if conducted to maintain an unprovoked war against poor rice farmers in Vietnam. This, while the Pentagon Papers summarily described the “war plan” as soldiers marching blindly in circles with no real goals, against a background of napalm, agent orange, and carpet bombing to enrich the weapons dealers. Domino theory. What a crock. It was genocide because one or more bureaucrats “said so” in the form of a “federal law.” The Domino theory was similarly a non-argument, a non-reason.

      The existing federal cannabis prohibition came directly from Nixon’s Controlled Substances Act, at the whim of Nixon. His single attorney general arbitrarily placed cannabis in schedule I. These stupid federal laws were decided by a couple of people. A president came up with the CSA, not the congress. It was Nixon’s scheme of absurdity; a travesty. One person who thumbed his nose at his own commission’s recommendation that cannabis should not be illegal created the CS Act. Then one attorney general ignorantly and capriciously pigeon-holed cannabis into a non-scientific, unfounded, and stupid scheduling system that has nothing to do with safety. Why isn’t bleach considered schedule 1 then? Or cancer causing tobacco?

      Because it’s “federal law” he is afraid to question it? Oh no, he can’t just examine a federal (unjust) law which is founded on lies and corruption, he’s only the leader of the free world, not someone with the authority to do much. He can’t even openly ask “does prohibition even work at all? Does it justify the creation of organized crime? Or all the wasted money and damage to free Americans? Does it change behavior or demand at all? Then what is it good for?” (It’s good for wasting money and giving the finger to the Constitution, that’s why he won’t really address the issue.)

      Even though prohibition of cannabis is like a Communist mandate that destroys market competition by removing of one of the most useful plants from the free market, it shouldn’t be questioned because it’s “federal law?” Even though it is one of the safest substances known to man and myriad cultures refer to it primarily as medicine and an invaluable source of textile fiber and nutrition, some fabricated “Federal law” that was decided by one individual (the most unethical and disgraceful presidents of the twentieth century) such that Obama is basically stating that he is too powerless or too afraid to even question policy akin to the fabricated rules of tyrants.

      This is like saying child marriage should remain the law of the land and unquestioned because certain people like it and continued the practice for a long time. He could use the same flawed reasoning to justify female genital mutilation.

      Is he saying because it’s illegal because it’s wrong. Or is he saying it’s wrong because it’s illegal? It does not matter, because it is inane circular reasoning, a non-argument.

      The president continued: “I can’t nullify congressional law. I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, ‘Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.’ What I can say is, ‘Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.’ As a consequence, there haven’t been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes.”

      Discretion? Prosecutors measure their career “success” by the number of convictions, not by sound judgment in every case. Ironically, if they would “properly prioritize [their] resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage,” they would go after prohibition and all its stupidity. The resources of which he speaks, is wasted taxpayer money; might as well flush it down the toilet.

      It’s the unjust and arbitrary cannabis prohibition, not cannabis, that’s doing folks damage. Isn’t this what the feds claim they have been doing during the 40 year failed drug war? Ineffective for 40 years, the longest war in American history is an ongoing LOSS, a DEFEAT, a disgraceful FAILURE.

      Poor policy that is inherently corrupt, destructive, and unjust will never succeed, not after 400 or even 4000 years. Drug raids, arrests, confiscation, property seizure, imprisonment, killing–these do NOTHING to change the demand for medicine, safer recreation, or entrepreneurial use of industrial hemp. It may be a “federal law” but referring to prohibition in those terms trivializes all other federal laws into arbitrary busy work that terrorizes the citizenry itself.

    4. jbkorn02 says:

      After hearing so much of what the public wants and Obama still ignores us. He can change it from a schedule 1 on his own so he straight out lied in this respose that he couldn’t change the law.

    5. Jason says:

      What are the things that are really doing folks damage?

      Federal officials who tried to catch drug runners with guns and lost both

      A secret service agency that behaves like a college fraternity

      A lobbyist style of government that is not run for the people any longer

      A banking debacle that no banking exec ever suffered repercussions

      A Workforce Investment Act that is intended to help displaced Americans become trained for jobs is in financial decline

      We need jobs and tax revenue, California is remarably close to being short in revenue what it made from Cannabis taxes the year before. Does anyone not see the correlation between sales and raids?

      A civil war is coming and everyone is pretending they don’t notice

      These are the things that should be sticking to our brain’s. Instead our attention is diverted to World Peace… The freaking basketball player!

      Bottom line, the government is designed to serve the people not the other way round. Obama better pray that another candidate does not identify with the public on this issue.

      Basically I have to choose between evils at this point. Romney is more evil than Obama, but shockingly, Paul is less evil than Obama.

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    8. PUFFER says:

      I want to know why we are seeing fda approval on all synthetic marijuana etc while there is no fda appoval on advertized meds from big pharma on tv commercials? it does’nt make sense that they trust physicians with that deadly poison and not cannabis which has proven to be far healthier.

    9. Don M says:

      @Ted: I commend you for how well you summarized the insanity that prevails within the Federal Govt and which Obama is very much a broken part of!

    10. jed says:

      legalize it and i’ll advertize it-Peter tosh and bob marley

    11. jed says:

      Judges smoke it…lawyers smoke it?

    12. PUFFER says:

      It’s just a plant, let it go feds before it destroys all your evil intentions.

    13. JD says:

      @ted, wow you really put a good view out there I wish more people across this country could read that. I feel that one of the reasons the government doesn’t legalize it is that know they are basically a cooperation trying to line their pockets and stay in office. Almost all of our politicians in this country recieve donations to support their campaigns, these donations come from mainly large cooperations with a large amount of money to throw around, i.e. the pharmasuitical industry, liquor industry and so on. If cannabis was to be made legal these industries feel that their products would suffer and they would lose profits. Unfortunateley this country is based on one thing and that is how much money can I make before I die. If somehow the government was no longer able to accept these donations(bribes) the agenda may finely start shifting to what the government should be doing represting what the public wants not what big business wants. Unfortunately, we as Americans are stuck with our government and their policies because there are only 2 main parties that are supported by bribes that we can vote for. I understand anyone can run for office but the true people we need in office to change our society do not have the money to advertise themselves. The people who want to chage our policies will have a hard time getting elected into office because they will never have the support of the 2 main parties. We as Americans really need to start pushing for a political change, try to bring back a government that was origanally designed to be run by the people and for the people not run by the coorperations for the coorperations.

    14. normalguy says:

      why do they keep feeding us all these man made drugs that cause more harm than good… when there is a plant out there mad by the lord that is all natural that helps with so much… we found a plant that helps fight one of the worst killers in the world “CANCER”.. yet they still wont legalize it… ?????

    15. David says:

      As much as I feel like he went back on his word, Romney WILL close all the shops. He is opposed to MMJ and wants people to use synthetic THC manufactured by the pharmaceutical companies. Obama is still the lesser evil here. Ron Paul offers the most freedom, but very little chance to get elected.

    16. Jacob Mitchell says:

      recreational use is a worth while trade off for medical use right? mental health is not always a good way to label all recreational use. real terrorism should be stopped for sure all users pray for that. what would be really cool is if the military tested for drugs besides cannabis as a screening tool. patriotism is universal over here

    17. ohnojoe says:

      Federal law is putting an innocent 20year old individual into prision for 5-10years. Honestly dont know if i’ll make it by no means am I cut out for prision. My entire life i have stayed out of trouble, been academically above average, worked like a slave 50+ hours a week. Finally something was starting to work for me i was literally helping people from all ages 21 to individuals in there 60’s and 70’s, and in return they were helping some one who had nothing. I never lived lavished or abused anything. Finally life was getting better for me and my best friend(who both parents passed away at a very young age, leaving him with no family and/or life). I was able to rent a very small meager home for us an our animals 1 dog and 3 cats, feed all of us(which at one point was a serious delima living in america going to sleep starving at 18,19,20 years old…great), i was able to provide transportation to get my friend and I to work,every penny went to a positive place. Life was looking up we were finally expierencing a somewhat normal life for indivuals of our age and demographic. For the first time in years my anxiety was going down and i was becoming happy, but as of right now im looking at 5-10 years in state prision because of marijuana. My life for right now is absolutely destroyed. My friend who has no one and suffers from mental illness soon will have no home and will be hungry because $8.00 an hour is not anywhere near substantial to survive in New Jersey totally on your own, our animals will have to go to someone who can afford them which breaks my heart, and all the families i have been helping are all out luck… Personally I have totally broken down and I am deadly afraid of the future. I have absolutetly nothing with a grim future instore. I have worked as a sucessful mechanic since the age of 16 but now due to my charges and liscence I will never be able to work in a legitimate garage. Thanks uncle Sam……

    18. Alpo says:

      As much as I dont want to vote for this guy I have to, because romney is worse. Whoever comes out and will legalize marijuana, who isnt a rampant homophobe like ron paul, will become president. With that being said, vote for me, I’ll legalize it, gauranteed. A major issue with the cannabis user population is that we tend to be less motivated, and over medicated, if we mobilized, deployed, and were as pro-active as the small NRA fanatical population, weed would already be legalized. The best way to get this done, is to focus on your school work, save up your money, always vote, find out who your local reps are, harass the f out of them, and be so successful you can influence small changes. Legalizing marijauna hurts the pharmaceutical industry, THATS why its being prosecuted. They have powerful lobbyists, and tons of slush funds and they are keep weed out of our hands. The writing is on the walls, its not Dupont anymore, its Pfizer…

    19. Hailing from Florida! Anywho…

      For the Ron Paul fanatics, I remember when I was talking to a guy that fully supported Ron Paul. He would tell me why I needed to vote for him, using marijuana as one of his central reasons to vote for Ron Paul…

      Eventually, we quit speaking to each other and I began a Milton literature course. During this course, I found out that John Milton is one of the founding fathers of Libertarianism and was hugely optimistic in the natural virtue of man, supporting laws that would (to paraphrase) lift all environmental laws. This, in modern times, would legalize marijuana, but would also leave places, like the Florida Everglades, left wide open for big corporations to pave it over.

      I personally haven’t looked into Libertarianism enough to really know much about it, but that little fact quickly deterred me from voting for Paul.

      Js…

    20. Bob says:

      OK folks its time to make a stand.

      The only thing that can get things done is money and votes. Most of us have voting rights, some have money. Email this message to your elected officials and stand firm. Also send to like minded friends and family:

      To the President, Members of the US Congress, State and local elected officials:

      Criminal marijuana prohibition is a failure. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965 with over 800,000 arrests in 2010. The problem is getting worse – not because of the benign plant, but because of the obsolete laws. The time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.

      I can no longer vote for elected officials that support the the current laws. I have decided not to vote for any politician that does not publicly support the removal of all penalties for the private possession and responsible use of marijuana by adults, including cultivation for personal use, and casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts.

      Signed

      Voting Citizen
      & Member of the Movement

    21. Anonymous says:

      well, stop the tunnel vision, come on. there is the biggest issue of all at stake, and it is not pot (and i want pot fully legalized). you better start looking at who is going to be appointed by the next president to the supreme court, that is the critical and BIGGEST issue of our times. the pot legalization issue will all come down to the courts, and by that i mean, the supreme court of the united states of america. open your eyes, we need democratic justices, that is how pot will win in the end. please, dont deminish yourself by being a one issue voter, there are way bigger fish to fry. so, romney will eliminate every medical mj despinsary. that leaves Obama, who i will vote for, for reasons stated above. there is at least a small chance with Obama, none with romney. when u go to vote, justices will not be on the ballot, but keep them closest to your mind. peace

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