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This Week in Weed: April 22nd-28th

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive 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?

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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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    7. 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.

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