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It’s Time for Obama to Have His “Marijuana Moment”

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director May 26, 2012

    The internet was ablaze yesterday with talk of President Obama’s youthful pot use. Which is odd, considering the only thing atypical about Obama’s high school years is how common and relatable they seem.

    Recent polling has shown support for marijuana legalization growing exponentially. Just this month, 56% of people responded in favor of legalization in a survey from Rasmussen Reports, with only 36% opposed. This is just the latest in a continuing trend of polling data demonstrating majority support for regulating cannabis. In October 2011, a Gallup poll had 50% support amongst those polled. Ending the war on cannabis consumers is no longer a political liability, it is a political possibility. President Obama should use this opening to embrace reforming our country’s marijuana laws and encourage Congress to pass laws to facilitate ending the arrest of 850,000 American citizens a year.

    It is time for Barack to get in touch with his inner “Barry” and advocate for ending this country’s war against responsible adults who choose to consume cannabis. The majority of this country is waiting for your opinion to “evolve” on this issue, this could be your chance.

    We encourage you to make your voice heard as an American voter and let the White House know this is an issue you consider to be of importance in this election. It is time those in Washington realize supporting rational reforms to our country’s marijuana laws can win them support at the ballot box.

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    150 Responses to “It’s Time for Obama to Have His “Marijuana Moment””

    1. 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

    2. Kirk Perry says:

      I agree Bob. We threw our permanent-status mail-in ballots in the trash. We won’t be voting, because none of the candidates running support safe local access to medical marijuana. Having posted such on the Rhode Island NORML blog, May 30, 2012, “Regular Joe” posted this opposite view, and while a valid opinion years earlier, we’ve been stalled by politicians for 75 years. DO NOT VOTE THIS JUNE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. WE’LL GET NATIONAL PRESS…WORLDWIDE!
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      Kirk,
      If you don’t vote at all, it’s one less vote that a prohibitionist has to worry about. it makes it easier for them to stay in office. say for instance that both parties are opposed to any form of legalization…well, choose the lesser of the two evils. say one candidate is hard nosed and unwilling to listen or compromise on the issue and the other candidate is opposed, but willing to hold audience and at least listen to the pro arguments – that’s a foot in the door. we need someone who will give our voice a public forum to be heard. it’s all about education. you, i, and everyone else on this site knows the facts…but the general population is still subject to all of the old propaganda that comes from those 3 letter agencies you speak of. not all will listen, we want to speak to those who will, or at least those capable of being objective.

      simply not voting is not the answer. in fact, it may serve to lengthen prohibition. – Regular Joe
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      Again, Joe’s got a point, but it’s not urgent enough. Play hardball with the political process. DON’T VOTE THIS JUNE PRIMARY and spread the WORD. NO VOTE!

      Your form letter posted on Steve Kroft’s Blog – 60 Minutes. It gets read:

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8618-500495_162-13544.html?assetTypeId=30&messageId=12434117&tag=contentBody%3BcommentWrapper

    3. richardb says:

      The “money is no object” war on weed cannot be out of ignorence in the 21st century. It is money. Big Corrections needs to fill its cells and 850,000 arrests at about $125 a day to fill a cell is good money.

    4. Kirk Perry says:

      IF WE STICK TOGETHER AND DON’T VOTE TODAY … it will be recognized tomorrow and CONTEMPLATED BY THE PROHIBITIONIST WHO DICTATE TO “THEIR” CANDIDATES WHAT “THEIR” POLICY WILL BE BEFORE NOVEMBER.

      Some of these races will be run-offs and SOME OF THE SURVIVING CANDIDATES FROM TODAY, will jump on the MEDICAL MARIJUANA wagon BECAUSE WE REPRESENT VOTES THAT COULD TIP THE ELECTION IN THEIR FAVOR OF A LANDSLIDE OF SUPPORT.

      USE OUR POWER WISELY NOW!!! and then hold our cards in Reserve until we garner their support.

      TRY IT OUT TODAY. NO VOTE !

    5. Kirk Perry says:

      Bob Filner needs to be elected as mayor. He supports MMJ.

    6. Kirk Perry says:

      And if NORML decides to back Bob Filner for mayor of San Diego, it should be only after he is vetted by NORML, when a NORML representative stands up in a public forum and ask Bob point-blank how his actions will speed-up safe access for tested medical marijuana (and how he will refute the federal class-A Narcotic assertions of “non-measured doses”, being one of only two issues, preventing federal down-grading of MJ to a Controlled Substance.
      Dosage does not matter, since under normal one or two, or even 25+ toke ingestions will not kill you or even make most persons sick).

      Having Bob Filner in a run-off with Carl DeMiao (s.i.c.) is NORML’s invitation to put our hat in the ring as well. We need a local San Diego NORML representative to be at every press conference from now until November and be actively asking questions and putting candidates on the spot.

      My wife signed a petition in front of the market this morning – to obtain a dispensary here in Encinitas, and she doesn’t medicate. She signed, to gain a dispensary that was closer to home than a 46 mile round-trip for me.

      Time Moves Forward. Do something little towards Permanent Safe Access and you’ll feel a lot better – and part of a righteous movement.

    7. Kirk Perry says:

      Were the Bob Filner team to craft an MMJ information message that included a “blitz review” of MJ history in 1800’s America (no one person turned crazed from hash-oil and it was sold by the gallon jug) including the fact that the DEA has yet to broadcast one iota of residual harm from even smoking MJ on a moderate-use basis, and in fact, OTHER countries are making inroads into MJ’s healing-benefits and no one country has found definitive harm in cannabis yet.

      MJ is a big tax haul. Where’s the state tax of $15.25 going that I paid $212.00 in a pot transaction Bob? If 100 people go into that shop and 8 grams of pot, that’s $15,000. of tax income in one day.
      How much if any of that state tax money stayed in San Diego? If it all went to Jerry Brown, what did he do with it?
      How can we re-direct the tax flow river, Bob?

      Luckily for team Bob, there’s boodles of past information and current information available abroad – and crafting such a message in a way that can be used by candidates from the other states suffering under prohibition. More bang for our buck. When the same message gets repeated in many states it becomes saturated and the new norm.
      The more public awareness nation-wide, the quicker for mass acceptance.

    8. Kirk Perry says:

      Do regular cannabis smokers (canabaholics) experience fewer colds (MJ is an expectorant) and miss more work-days because of common colds?

      Yes! on fewer common-colds.

      No! on more missed work-days.

      Compare those assumptions with the “cold”-facts of sole alcoholics (those who have at least one or more drinks a day). Somebody. And get back to us. Thanx!

    9. Kirk Perry says:

      “Bob says:
      June 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      OK folks its time to make a stand.”
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      Truer words were never spoken so urgently as today.
      Imo, we need to FIRM COMMITMENTS OF SUPPORT TODAY from legislator/ive hopefuls that need our “collective” vote in November – because Obama will be lucky to escape impeachment (did you see the “rat” demeanor of DAVID AXLEROD on CBS this morning when he spoke with Charlie Rose? No wonder stocks plunged -149.
      Get Democratic commitment now on MMJ or lose-out completely when Mitt Romney takes office.
      What’s his stand on MMJ? Need we ask?
      I vote republican because of prop 13. I know how they think. There’s not one Republican that sides with anything EXCEPT British-inhalent for AIDS and hospice sufferers only.

      Isn’t that in the fine print of the pending? Rep. back bill?
      It’s going to get taken away if we don’t act. The dispensary owners have learned that fighting the city on re-locating MMJ shops to industrial sites was a mistake. No grandfather to fall back on. Greed got you that. The patients had no input. The dispensaries didn’t support the city.
      Right?(in part at least?) I don’t live in San Diego).
      Doomed to repeat?
      Better get hard-nosed organized (and no yelling at the DEA in the street to get it done either). Get federally minded or plan on driving to Santa Ana for decent OG meds – right after November.

    10. […] drug policy reform advocates have tirelessly petitioned Barack Obama to have his “marijuana moment“. And for good reason – during the 2008 presidential campaign Obama said that he would […]

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    12. Kirk Perry says:

      Message from Congressman Brian Bilbray (50th Congressional District)
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:16 PM

      Dear Mr. Perry :

      Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts regarding the Rohrabacher amendment to H.R. 5326, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2013.

      As you may know, the Rohrabacher amendment to H.R. 5326 would prohibit the Department of Justice from using federal funds to prevent the implementation of state laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana. Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing the use of marijuana for the treatment of diseases from cancer to AIDS.

      Under current law, specifically the Controlled Substances Act (P.L. 91-513), marijuana is considered a Schedule I narcotic meaning that its cultivation, use, or possession is a federal crime.

      Marijuana, because of its organic nature, cannot be placed into a proper dosage for the patient and must be smoked – which is harmful to the patients lungs. As a result:

      “I am working to encourage the Food and Drug Administration to approve a drug currently available in Europe and Canada that distributes a real cannabis extract through a spray which addresses the very real concerns that have been raised. To this end, I have introduced H.R. 5334 with Congresswoman Diana Degette (D-CO), which would expedite the development and review of new drugs which affect people with cancer and AIDS among other diseases.”

      Considering the fact that the authority to regulate controlled substances such as Marijuana resides with the federal government and that there are other treatments available to treat cancer and AIDS,

      I voted against the Rohrabacher amendment when it came before me in the House of Representatives. The amendment failed by a margin of 84-335 and as a result was not included in the final bill when it passed the House on May 10, 2012.

      Please be assured that as we continue to discuss issues related to medical marijuana, I will keep your thoughts in mind.

      Sincerely,

      Brian Bilbray
      Member of Congress
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      Folks, this is the same rubber-stamp “NO” issued by both Bilbray (R) and Feinstein (D) since 2010 and a dictionary example of what bi-partisan means.
      It doesn’t matter who gets elected…no body is going to be able to force the DEA to re-classify cannabis to a controlled substance and NOT a NARCOTIC.
      Forgetaboutit, unless the MMJ issue gets put to a vote in a federal election and the people vote the DEA DOWN.
      You will not find any Republican that supports anything but the inhaler and that will be strictly enforced for all but the terminally ill.
      If NORML is without direction, how about keeping status-quo on dispensaries in San Diego now, like SDDC (next to the strip joint) on Midway.
      How about standing up in both republican and democratic fund raisers and demanding some answers.
      Don’t let the politicians bully our unorganized masses. Make some noise or we won’t be heard well before November. The only thing we “can be assured of” is Mr. Bilbray and Ms. Feinstein are in lock-step because they party orders them so. Both are canned in D.C. and worthless to change. Barbara Boxer like Filner are sympathetic but what else?

      I would have scheduled an appointment with Ms. Feinstein as NORML requested, until I received Bilbrays email.
      Either one of those puppets would nod their heads, but they don’t care, unless there’s an opportunity to act like they’re “empty-sponsoring” just for votes.
      Bob Filner’s power to do anything is limited. No one person can get past the DEA and that will continue to be used as their excuse. Boo!
      NO VOTING and we’d better make a NATIONAL SLOGAN OF IT or create a unifying slogan that will keep people away from the polls in November. THREATEN NOW – to get the media jitterbugging about the “Voting Boycott” before July.
      Yes? or What then? Whatchagot?

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    15. Kirk Perry says:

      San Diego U~T – Editorial Center-Page Fri. 6/15
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      “Uninformed citizens & low voter participation are silent threats to our democracy.” – June/7/12, Tony Young, S.D. City Council President

      “Voter participation for the previous 10 presidential primary elections (40 yrs.) is only about 50-percent.
      Final figures for June 5, 2012 are not yet in, but drew barely more than 29-percent of voters statewide.
      San Diego County turnout was somewhat better, at about 36-percent. The city of San Diego, where a mayor’s race and two contentious ballot initiatives, had only 38.4-percent.
      And more astounding because 67-percent of very hip voters, do so by mail, natch.
      Voters respond to stimulus and all the ballots and initiatives had an anti-stimulative effect.
      That’s the real threat to our economy” – (truncated text for brevity) Editor, San Diego U~T.
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      So, the candidates are deathly afraid of low voter turn out.
      And this is why we need to organize cannabis users to NOT VOTE in NOVEMBER.
      Doing so is going to wreck the politicians vote forecast. If NORML gets a No Vote Campaign started, I will post the news on Cyril’s site, which is the Biker World’s “morning paper” (broadcast from Florida daily at 4:30 a.m. (EST).

      http://www.cyrilhuzeblog.com/

      I need to be selective in what I say (Florida is controlled by the church), but when I find an “In” that blends with a topic, and I’ve been occasionally allowed to “bend” into a topic, in the past, then I will post it (them).

      So, NORML has the biker world in their pocket. Biker’s are a reliable world of people, who know the value and effectiveness of petitions. That would be biker’s from all the (17) states and D.C. on our side.
      Create a “No Vote” plan and count us in.

    16. Kirk Perry says:

      Does anyone know? Is any one alive from the year 1937, that remembers why Marijuana was determined to be a Class-1 Narcotic?

      Cannabis was available everywhere between 1850-1936. Did the government find that people who used cannabis stayed home and refused to work a regular 40-hour week?
      Was reefer madness real? Did students smoke pot and then break the necks off of Pepsi bottles and jab the glass-shard necks into their faces as the film depicts?

      What happened to make cannabis OK during pre-1936 and not in 1937?

      Is everyone in America stupid to why we lost the right to use cannabis?

      We’re sure that’s why the DEA won’t allow hemp for commercial use. Too hard to spot the real thing from the fiber thing.

      Alcohol is the same chemical composition today that is was in the year 1.
      What made alcohol different that deterred the alcohol prohibitionist? Nothing, except the will of the people (over 50-percent we’d guess).

      I think NORML should “reverse engineer” the “Alcohol Prohibitionist Failed Attempt” at keeping poison out of dad’s reach and harming the family structure, and do the same with marijuana. Find out what worked with the “alcohol-fiends” that got them their liquor back and play it back on the cannabis prohib’s.
      Sounds like we need a lot of pro-cannabis voters.

      Clothing made of hemp is softer than cotton and lasts 3 times as long.

      I think we’re getting close to the reason(s)the alky controlled population have the country in a death-grip . It’s all about money and control.

      It’s always about money, so let’s roll out how much marijuana brought to the tax table in California. HOW MUCH TAX MONEY DID POT CONTRIBUTE IN 2011 TO .

    17. Kirk Perry says:

      THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALWAYS HAS A STEAM-RELEASE MECHANISM…
      that’s why the DEA not only, cannot close-down ALL dispensaries in San Diego, they MUST provide the same highest commercial quality-meds at $50. maximum 1/8 price.
      THERE IS NO WAY THE DEA CAN CLOSE DOWN THE SDDC® DISPENSARY ON MIDWAY DR. (next to the strip joint). Period. If they do, then they have to open another one, before the SDDC closes.
      We don’t hear S.D. city attorney Jan (I’ll close every dispensary in S.D.) Goldsmith complaining do we? Not a peep from city hall.

      Another federal steam-release mechanism is the VA. The MMJ (civil) WAR can be won through the Armed Forces Veterans Administration.
      I personally made an in-road towards the VA’s accepting marijuana-use admissions from Vets, without disqualifying the Vets from federal medical treatment programs in 2010.
      My participation in the Veteran’s Hep-C program put me in the position to challenge the La Jolla branch of the VA, to accept marijuana as a (here’s the key folks, listen and plan) PROVEN ANTI-NAUSEA deterrent and remedy.
      Note: Currently in the the world at large, there is no pill for nausea that works without making the patient tired. Prilosec® [s.i.c.] is useless against the nausea of chemotherapy (weekly interferon injections). Marijuana use enables a patient to overcome nausea (even the slightest trace of nausea will wreck your day completely from the start. You “day” it’s over before it began).
      AND, because the V.A. accepted the NAUSEA REMEDY, they passed a law that protected Vets from MMJ persecution. THAT WAS A FEDERAL WIN. Do you understand?
      Because the V.A. accepted MMJ for nausea relief, they HAD to prescribe me GUAIFENESIN (guaff-fin-nee-son) to thin-out the excess Phlegm cause by interferon, which helped with the phlegm caused by the expectorant marijuana.
      Do you see the connection?
      Well there is one. The VA now cannot disqualify MMJ users within the VA system. That’s federal. That’s an unlocked door that has been left cracked-open.
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      Side note: Marijuana smoked is an expectorant. The body produces mucous non-stop daily, gallons of the it. In the morning, if you smoke, be SURE and first drinkl tow full glasses of water. Reason? When expectorating the mucous is only semi-soluble in water. There are other reason for that, but when it comes time to expectorate, if the mucous isn’t pre-thinned, you’ll spend valuable time trying to “hack one up”. Not so with proper water consumption – the mucous gets thinned and runs down the back of your throat like it should. Hep-C patients should drink one gallon (but no more) of water a day to “run-right”. Mass water intake daily makes you feel good and most of the good stuff in you is all slightly-soluble, so it takes alot of water to release those.

    18. dave says:

      It don’t matter if a person is (R) or (D) they will say what you want to here untill there in office. I, say vote then all out and it’s time for the people of Americia to stop this B.S. and start a revolution. other wise there never will be a change. the rich will still get richer and the poor will stay poor.

    19. Kirk Perry says:

      June 19, 2012
      Thank you for taking time to contact my office and share your thoughts on Senate Bill 1182 (Leno). I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.

      SB 1182 would guarantee that business entities operating within guidelines set by the Attorney General shall not be subject to prosecution for marijuana possession or commerce. This bill also provides that the employees, officers and members of business entities operating within the Attorney General’s guidelines shall not be subject to prosecution for marijuana commerce. This measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Public Safety by a vote of 5-2 and will next be heard on the Senate Floor however, no hearing dates have been scheduled at this time. Should this measure come before me, I will be sure to keep your concerns in mind.

      Thank you again for contacting me. Should you have another concern related to state government, please do not hesitate to contact me again in the future.

      Sincerely,

      MARK WYLAND (Republican)
      Senator, 38th District

    20. Kirk Perry says:

      Attack the foundation of the 1937 Marijuana Narcotic designation Harrison Act.
      At exactly what point in time:
      What day, what hour, what minute, and WHO was in the room, on or before 1937, to make the decision that Marijuana was a (now in 2012) Mortal Threat to Society? We’re pretty sure Harrison signed-off on the “Act”.
      What else now 75 years later?
      What made Marijuana a narcotic?
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      When will all of the “Human Behavior Statistics” (including a listing every violation of any kind), from all registered patients, garnered from the SDDC® MMJ dispensary be made available to NORML??

      NORML needs those stats to rail against “Dead Harrison Act of 1937? and it’s underpinnings which provided the “NARCOTIC” handle that Pot got.

    21. Kirk Perry says:

      ~ SDDC $50. “Top-Shelf” Dispensary Closed ~
      Their site http://Sandiegodiscountcaregivers.com/
      is down.
      I called and was told, “We’re no longer in business, but keep trying our site and we’ll let you if we re-open at another location”.

      Methinks, as out-front and nonplussed as the staff at SDDS were, it still seems to be a DEA operated business.
      Methinks, they will re-open at another location and that the closure was related to mobs of people, and was the reason for not accepting new patients, then accepting new patients the last couple of weeks and establishing a 21+ policy.
      Those were the best meds, humanely priced and manicured pre-packs.
      WTF DEA?
      Leave us in one place goddamnit.

    22. […] may have been a lot of things, to a lot of different people, but one thing is for sure he loved smoking his marijuana. Rodney’s legacy will live on in infamy as many of the local medical marijuana collectives in the […]

    23. Kirk Perry says:

      ~ Medical Marijuana Annual Parade ~
      Back to “As the Marijuana World Turns in San Diego County”: After being forced-out of my 4th MMJ Home at the SDDC, by using WeedMaps®, I found a local delivery service that provides $50. top shelf buds, locally grown, for a $45. one-eighth price. The Green Nectar is behind the beach cities petitions to operate MMJ storefronts.
      Iron Lung is deliver in SDNC. Both deliver to San Diego North County.
      Both have a portion of their menu’s devoted to “Tested Meds”.
      “Tested” $45. 1/8 meds are becoming the demand amongst patients. We don;t see that price in Orang COunty and L.A., many are still pricing meds at $60. and $65.
      As the DEA forces store front dispensary’s to close in S.D., more delivery operations are springing-up. And, the delivery services operate in farm practices, where one dispensary will buy from another grower, add $5.00 and sell for $50. just to keep their menu fully stocked for deliveries.

      The DEA’s plan now has morphed into propagation of delivery services, because they reach more people and more growers get legally established. It’s not illegal to be a grower if you play by the rules. Everyday, more people are growing.
      If everyone in California grew a couple of plants, it would be hard for the DEA to be Syrian about cannabis.

      What NORML lacks after 35 years of existence is a state-wide “Medical Marijuana Day Parade”.
      No one is really aware of Medical Marijuana because we do not have T.V. coverage.
      If we organize a state ” Medical Marijuana Awareness Parade” we will, because stations will compete, because we will educate the truth, that MARIJUANA IS NOT A CLASS-1 NARCOTIC.

      Floats in the parade will include one from the Veterans Administration. The floatees will stage an “operations” theme, where one vet at the front of the float is taking a once weekly injection of Interferon, the second-staged vet would be nauseous and throwing up into a bucket. The 3rd vet would be smoking a bong-load of weed, and the 4th vet on the float would be gorging on fresh fruit and smoothies packed with protein and smiling.

      Bob Filner can lead the parade.

      Does this make any sense at all?

    24. Kirk Perry says:

      June 2, 2012 –
      “Last month, Ms. Leonhart (DEA) testified before Congress that she believed that heroin and marijuana posed similar threats to the public’s health because, in her opinion, “all illegal drugs are bad.”

      – More lying fraud from the DEA, dictating an outdated law, never backed-up with a shred of scientific reason, other than pressure from alternative substance commerce and the church.
      Boo!! The DEA is an un-American institution.

      Vote them down or don’t vote at all.
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      How much longer will MMJ patients allow the DEA to stonewall on the Heroin-MJ connection?

      Another (4) years?

      Once Bob Filner leaves his post in Washington, his power to accomplish anything on the federal level relating to pro-marijuana is DONE. No fork needed.

    25. Kirk Perry says:

      ~ Stop the DEA ~

      Don’t Vote in November

      “Last month, DEA director, Ms. Leonhart, BA (Criminology), testified as an unqualified medical spokesperson for the DEA before Congress, that she believed that heroin and marijuana posed similar threats to the public’s health because, in her opinion, “all illegal drugs are bad.”

      – NORML 7/2/12
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      That’s it. Ms. Leonhart, who is not a medical doctor, and holds a 4-year degree in criminology, somehow has “channeled” every legal and health related issue, and every single crime status report from all over America, to arrive with an empty-handed conclusion, and without a shred of medical evidence, that:

      “Heroin and Marijuana pose similar threats (similar? What frickin’ threat?) and that all illegal drugs are bad.”
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      Well….how are you going to argue with that? It’s a drug-lord dictatorship. The DEA won’t come clean about cannabis, so you KNOW they have something to hide, along with the ATF, who’s problems are forever buried from public scrutiny. Same old story, year after year after year.
      Ms. Leonhard is TOLD WHAT TO SAY, BY ANOTHER ENTITY. She has no real knowledge about cannabis, only the same old boilerplate of a Stonewaller, protecting the interest of alcohol producers.
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      Here is what scares them deeply to the core of their existence, even NORML:

      The THREAT OF NOT VOTING. No one in VOTING in November GETS THEIR ATTENTION.

      IF NORML DOES NOT HAVE A “Type-1 Narcotic re-classification” BALLOT IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS, THEN THREATEN NOW….NOT TO VOTE.

      Believe that then…… your “voice” will be heard loud and clear.

      ~ NO VOTING in NOVEMBER ~

    26. Kirk Perry says:

      Thank you for taking time to contact my office and share your thoughts on Assembly Bill 2312 (Ammiano). I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.

      AB 2312 would create a nine-member Board of Medical Marijuana Enforcement to regulate the medical marijuana industry and to collect fees from medical marijuana businesses to be deposited into a new Medical Marijuana Fund. In addition, it would authorize local taxes on medical marijuana up to 5%. This measure was approved by the Assembly by a vote of 41-30 and will next be heard in the Senate. Should it come before me, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind.

      Thank you again for contacting me. Should you have another concern related to state government, please do not hesitate to contact me again in the future.

      Sincerely,

      MARK WYLAND
      Senator, 38th District

    27. steve evans says:

      The only reason i would vote Obama is
      If stated he could repeal prohabition.

    28. Kirk Perry says:

      Where’s WeedMaps® online?

      What are the dispensaries plans to deal with the L.A. closures pending? All close but a “steam release valve” few….. to serve many?

      Don’t Vote in November, if the DEA does not have co-existing plan for L.A., announcing limited dispensaries that will operate in Los Angeles, just as they do In San Diego.
      As forewarned earlier this year, San Diego was the “testing ground” for the DEA’s weed management program.
      San Diegan’s listen up! Here’s the breakdown of my last MMJ sales ticket:
      7/26/12 • Dispensary transaction: # 17,3818
      (27) employees
      1/8 Mack-10 (2) @ $46.40 – Extended….. $92.81
      State & Local Tax….. 7.19
      —–
      Total……$100.00
      (The dispensary paid the tax for us. We’re getting 23.3/.45/na/ meds for $46.40)

      You can see that I was transaction # 17,338. If those customers only donated for a 1/4 oz. then…let’s multiply……and get….wow…$,24975.14 !! Really? Tax money that goes to San Diego? Any? None? We can change the direction of tax flow dollars and the minds of the public, but we need a National Forum perch other than this site or WeedMaps®.
      Does NORML have a delegate that will attend press conferences and ASK Mitt R. and Barack O. what they plan have for ending the Civil Rights-War between MMJ patients and the DEA? Face to face for all to hear.
      How much longer will the “Cat & Mouse” go on as a national distraction?
      ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
      Thanks to the DEA for removing the poisons

      “Bath Salts” and “Spice” from warehouses in

      North County, and helping sieve the opinion of “Cannabis” from “Chemicals”, to a society kept in the dark for 75 years, still fearful and steeped in lies about the so-called “Killer Marihuana!”.

    29. Kirk Perry says:

      Are we prepared for the Romney Administration?

      My most recent reply from Diane Feinstein was that she was “concerned” about trace amounts of tHc in Industrial Hemp, which is old guard speak for “show me how IndyHemp can be genetically altered to have zero tHc and I’m on board”.

      Hemp is THE plant that will re-introduce cannabis to society. Once the public becomes saturated with how long clothing lasts, the blenda-bility with other fabrics, seed oil as fuel. The first Levi’s were hemp.

      Hemp (even Gen-Hemp) should be a combined target with MMJ.

      Look out for the USA Cotton Council and the pesticide mfgrs. – and start looking for Hemp Support now, before November.
      The more you read about the benefits of hemp, the more it makes sense, and why was Industrial Hemp abandoned in 1938?

      Press the issue at press conferences.

    30. Kirk Perry says:

      Okay, well it’s August 22, 2012 and unless the current administration slides us into aerial combat above Syria, B. Obama’s term is over. Thanks to him, imo, (and not G. Bush) we established a network of pesticide-tested 23.8+ % tHc medications that work for us.
      How will we be accepted by the Republican party GOP? By face to face.
      How are the Washington D.C. collectives preparing for the new Republican administration? Montel WIlliams is a principal in a prominent MMJ dispensary, according to CBS. He’s a public figure. How about him meeting with Mitt Romney today and ask those questions. Doesn’t even need to be televised, just “quoted” from transcript.
      Why should we not know what the Romney-Ryan’s administrations plans are for directing the DEA in the future? We’re being lured into status-quo complacency, imo. Once Romney wins, do we?
      How many years of investment do you have monitoring and participating in the fight for the truth about MMJ?
      Have we ever been told an exact reason for the federal law against marijuana?
      We’ll be in Washington D.C between October 20-27 as tourist. If I can help NORML in any way, let me know, as I am eager to ask the questions myself, and then report what I’ve learned.

    31. Kirk Perry says:

      Steve Kroft Blog
      by Hydra-Glide August 29, 2012 2:57 PM EDT
      ~ The GOP hasn’t announced their position on Medical Marijuana. ~

      I’m a “permanent status” absentee voting Republican and ex-felon (hashish importer), and medical marijuana user. I do not drink alcohol.

      The Republican Party stands for two things (regardless of our individual opinions):
      1. Less government spending.
      2. A human moral “bottom of the barrel” code that must continually try and protect every fetus before conception.
      That’s it.
      Concerning #2, if there was no group that spoke for the unborn, then no one would. We as Republicans must stand firm on this foundation that protects even slightest possibility, that “life exist” at any time beyond that “instant” of conception (which in turn gives our group a foundation base to operate from, see? We can be “under-cut from our moral stance before that “instant”.) We fluff our pillows up at night with that security.
      The reality of everyday living for Republicans, is that we’re glad that a “moral foundation exists”, but 95% of us would be relieved to have that abortion-option open for unwanted pregnancies if a need arose, and in concert with the morals-thing, Do Not as a “group” want the federal government to subsidized abortion 100%, so we gotta say we’re against abortion. Does that make any sense? We hope so, because this also ties in to #1 of less government spending.
      ——————————————————————
      What you’ve just read above represents the newest branch of the Grand Old Party, known collectively as the GNP (Grand NEW Party). We’re the group of disenfranchised Medical Marijuana patients and users, who have insight enough to “see through” the political-speak b.s. and we’re not going to be given the continued “run-a-round” that deprives us of our civil rights, and has since marijuana was demonized in 1937.

      What-Was-The-Reason-For-Outlawing-Marijuana-in America in 1937?

      What-Was-The-Reason-For-Outlawing-Marijuana-in America in 1937?

      Alcohol ruins lives. Marijuana does not.
      Alcohol causes fetal-damage syndrome. Marijuana does not.
      Alcohol makes people dangerous. Marijuana does not.
      Marijuana is reported to be destructive to pre-18 yr. old DAILY USERS.
      What does repeated ALCOHOL binge/ingestion cause in pre-18 yr. old brains? Sis-boom-ba…rah,rah,rah. Have another “kegger” nitwits. Get stupid. Who’s footing the bill for that line of thinking? Does it hurt?

      Marijuana has not been given a fair shake since 1937.

      What-Was-The-Reason-For-Outlawing-Marijuana-in America in 1937?

      Alcohol leads to Heroin use, not Marijuana. Think about it. Alcohol breaks down inhibition and sound judgement (i.e; vehicular accidents, not Marijuana).

      Marijuana, especially that of a 24+% tHc content provides insight and introspection, not meanness.

      What’s (Mr. TeaParty), PAUL RYAN GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT today at the convention?

      Here’s what I have to say to you.

      If I ever read another slant-article about Republican Mark Wyland in the Union Tribune, criticizing his lack of being present for a vote, for which he gave good reason, (by not being redundant in voting for a bill being covered in future amendments, where he will be present to vote, and or excluding him from the “loop”, for his supporting the “States Right to Choose Medical Marijuana Policy”, then you’ll be hearing from me, @ CBS, again.

    32. Kirk Perry says:

      I’m telling you something you already know, but now more people do.
      •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
      http://www.cbsnews.com/8618-500495_162-13544.html?assetTypeId=30&messageId=12840750&tag=contentBody%3BpostComments

    33. Kirk Perry says:

      Now is the time to roll the largest Joint in History and “bring Marijuana into the home” of T.V viewers all across the world.

      ZigZag® can produce the rolling paper (12′ long) for the King Size splif.

      Front loaders and bulldozers will collect the weed off the warehouse floor and dump it in the center of the paper.

      10 people will create the “fold-over”, and with a synchronized effort continue the “roll”. The glue-line on the paper will be moistened with a huge sponge.

      A “filer” cap will be constructed that has 100 toke hoses attached.

      The joint will be lit with a blow-torch.

      We will be seen. We will be heard.

    34. Kirk Perry says:

      SteveKroftBlog:

      ~ Paul Ryan and Cannabis Strategy ~

      If the (my) Republican Party is WISE, they will allow Paul Ryan to

      convince Mitt Romney that “States Should Decide” on the Cannabis issue;

      follow Paul Ryan’s “early-lead on state’s choice” (before the Demo’s

      can comment) and convince the fence-sitting public (me included) to

      vote Republican in November and “move on” to the dire needs of the

      country (which aren’t going to be affected one way or another by

      cannabis… except for the tax revenue).

      The (17) free-states have already proven that they can handle the

      situation – don’t let the Federal Government continue to muddle-up

      the marijuana issue. The DEA cannot win the Marijuana War. Make the

      DEA use our tax money on eradicating hard drugs and precursor

      chemicals. The DEA Can DO That Job Well.

      We the people own the DEA.

      Do not let the DEA control our suburban living. CHANGE THINGS BEFORE

      NOVEMBER. Make them go away – or continue to suffer under the “deck

      shuffling” tactics… of the little predators. Wake Up!

    35. Kirk Perry says:

      “Seventeen states – including Colorado – and the District of Columbia have enacted laws that allow for the limited legalization of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

      Immediately following Ryan’s public remarks, however, campaign aids told reporters that Ryan “agrees” with Presidential candidate Mitt Romney views opposing any liberalization of cannabis prohibition. Romney has previously stated: “I would not legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. … I know there are some on the Democratic side of the aisle who will be happy to get in your campaign. But I’m opposed to it, and if you elect me president, you’re not going to see legalized marijuana. I’m going to fight it tooth and nail.”
      – Mitt Romney (prohibitionist)

      •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

      • Don’t Vote for Romney-Ryan.
      • Ryan is a party puppet.
      • Romney will destroy everything NORML people have worked for.

      If Obama doesn’t support states rights to choose, and say so before November, then DON’T VOTE at all.
      NO Representation…NO VOTE AT ALL.

    36. Kirk Perry says:

      The DEA estimates that 1,000 to 1,500 people use medical marijuana in San Diego County.

      Actually we believe the number of prescribed patients to be thousands higher.

      San Diego needs to create a Medical Marijuana Rally in a stadium. The attendance would rival that of a yearly Jehovah’s Witness gathering.

      The voting public needs to be aware of the support our organization has. We are a voting block. If NORML has a rally in San Diego, it will let the public know who we are and that we’re prepared to fight for our state voted right to smoke weed and have tested meds available 365 days of the year.
      And, we will keep fighting for our rights and vote or not vote at all accordingly as a “group”, so our support will have an impact.

    37. Kirk Perry says:

      Concerning the Sept. 14, 2012 raid/closure of SDDC:
      The effort made of recurring DEA raids is to keep our supply of cannabis upset. Please help convince NORML to hold a rally for Medical Marijuana in a stadium event, with a spokesperson, that will concisely deliver the message that we want the voting public to hear. Maybe our rally will help support Colorado in their November challenge. If we do nothing as a dispersed group of taxpayer/voters we will not be heard. Think “HomeOwners Association”. If you quack LOUD and LONG ENOUGH, a deal will be struck that we can all live with. If we let Ronmey-Ryan take over, they will devote all of their energy into destroying all we’ve worked to build and Romney will act fast. Now we can act. Later it will be harder. We can act NOW at a bargain rate.

    38. Kirk Perry says:

      Mitt Romney’s neighborhood is going to be a big circle that encompasses the Mormon Temple/Steeple on the east side of I-5 (south).

      Anyone who surfed “Trestles” or “Cotten’s” knows what Nixon did to the neighborhood and beach access. There was none.

      Romney will be another Nixon. Neither would/will allow a medical marijuana dispensary where they live.

    39. Kirk Perry says:

      Keep us up to date about which candidate is making concessions for medical cannabis and let us know whether to vote for Obama or Romney.

      If neither, why vote at all. We’d only be electing the same old guard. Old and out of touch.

      Were it a RYAN-Romney ticket, it might be a different story. Ryan initially told Coloradans he was for “states rights to choose”, then later that afternoon, Romney pounced on him and made him retract the statement about his personal feelings.
      Romney is as poison as Dick Nixon, and an evangelist to boot. Who needs a preacher as president?
      Unless we get a commitment of cannabis support, then why support either one of them?
      For what? The country’s not going to fail..ever. It’s the U.S.A. for cry-yi, it doesn’t matter whose president. Does it. Did any one of them ever ruin the country for very long? No. Vote for hemp or not at all.

      Yesterday, a group of black religious enthusiast threatened NOT TO VOTE AT ALL, over Obama’s approval of same sex marriage, and it made team Obama nervous…. Nelly.

      It’s the only TOOL we have. USE IT.

    40. Kirk Perry says:

      Please consider being a permanent status “Mail-In Ballot” voter.
      We’ve been mail-in’s for 27 years, and have never gotten in our car and burned gasoline to motor over to a voting station and stand in line and wait to vote.
      Many people do not become mail-in-voter’s because they feel they’re not worthy.
      You are. It’s your right and today, it’s a green thing to do.
      Vote in your pajamas – and this year cast your vote for whichever candidate has the courage to support medical cannabis, no matter which party they represent.
      If we don’t gain ground in November and be recognized as a united group, the next four years are going to be the same misery of periodic DEA deck-shuffling, cannabis supply delays, angst, stress, or worse.

      DON’T LET THE DEA CONTROL YOUR LIFE-STYLE.

    41. Kirk Perry says:

      DeMaio (R) & Filner (D) On Same Page in Push for Marijuana Dispensaries” – Union Tribune, Monday 9/24/12.

      “For now, the two candidates are asked about medical marijuana at nearly EVERY debate.” – Union Tribune, Monday, September 24, 2012

      Great! Nice job NORML

    42. Kirk Perry says:

      ~ H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act ~ At House Energy & Commerce

      9-24-12 Thank you for taking the time to contact me about H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.

      As you know, HEMP is a variation of cannabis sativa with low-grade tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) strains. Today, hemp is used for industrial purposes such as paper, clothing and bio-fuel. Earlier this Congress, Representative RON PAUL (Texas-R) introduced H.R. 1831, the INDUSTRIAL HEMP FARMING ACT.
      This piece of legislation AMENDS the (75 yr. old) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ACT to EXCLUDE industrial hemp from the DEFINITION of “MARIJUANA”.

      H.R. 1831 also defines “industrial hemp” as any part of the Cannabis plant that meets the THC concentration limit of NO MORE than 0.3 PERCENT.
      If a person grows or processes it for purposes of making industrial hemp THIS WOULD BE in accordance with state law.

      H.R. 1831 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

      Please rest assured, should this or similar legislation comes to the House floor for a vote, I will keep your thoughts in mind. Thank you for contacting me. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or my office at (202) 225-0508. – Congressman Brian Bilbray (R), 50th district, California
      —————————————————————-

      Please Americans!(and the world at the same time)..Hemp for Fuel/Clothing..Corn for Cattle.

    43. Kirk Perry says:

      The hemp act is sending the DEA into a mad scramble this morning. It’s been 75 yrs. since the federal government made the (5) leaf plant an evil symbol.
      Hemp looks too much like marijuana, and the DEA does not want the serrated (5) leaf plant to become commonplace, much less an energy savior for the USA. That’s a big plate of CROW to swaller’.

      DEA jobs are on the line in November 2011. If even one (1) state like Colorado legalizes marijuana, other states will follow and the DEA is sweating over it. Big time.

      If you have a moment to send A.G. Eric Holder a message we would all benefit from your effort in the future.
      Not since the Vietnam War has their been so much muted public upheaval about a social lie.
      Imagine, (9) retired DEA executives attempting to persuade Eric Holder to “cancel out” pro-voters ballot decision by federal decree.

      Help win the 37 year battle today, if you haven’t already on this secure petition site:

      https://secure2.convio.net/dpa/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=881

    44. Kirk Perry says:

      Last night’s debate was the “hand-off” from Obama to Romney. Obama is through, unless the United States goes to conflict overseas.

      NORML’s report of a hoped 15,000 letters of petition are puny, compared to actual marijuana users in California.

      Petition Eric Holder absolutely, but he’ll leave as A.G. after November.

      SDDC dispensary on Midway is closed.
      Delivery is the only “tested-menu” option in North County.

      L.A. dispensaries were sent DEA notices last week.

      What happens when Mitt gets his mitts on marijuana?

    45. Kirk Perry says:

      Rep. Bilbray Has No Position On Industrial Hemp

    46. Kirk Perry says:

      Contact your representative now through this petition. It only takes a minute to register and there’s a “remember me” box for pre-filled out petition forms in your future.

      http://capwiz.com/votehemp/callalert/index.tt?alertid=51919501

    47. Kirk Perry says:

      The “new marijuana reform” hand-out circulating throughout my fellow Republican party incumbents is the, “marijuana only to the terminally ill” boilerplate, and only available through DEA chosen pharmacies, with prescriptions filled out in (narcotic) triplicate copy recordings.

      San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith penned a Union Tribune article, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2012 that suggested so, taking credit for being one of three who originally fought for prop. 215, only to now side with this ridiculous republican solution to ending MMJ dispensaries. Grandstanding, Jan used “fake” MMJ i.d. cards” in the past as part of the problem. Hardly. He’s grasping at any hand-hold he can, to remain in the political spotlight. His narrow focus on MMJ now is to keep his job and stay aligned with the new Romney righteous.
      I wrote the Union Tribune editor yesterday asking him/her what about the other 5,000 people in San Diego that use marijuana daily? What about those people? Do you think they will just stop medicating with marijuana? Or, do you think that they will return to the underground market and reverse all the progress we’ve made towards regulation?

      I’ll get no answer from the editor at the UT. All of the news media is locked. All the republicans are in lock-step with the MJ for the terminally ill only. What will happen?

      How many DEA agents are there in the USA devoting their time to eradicating Marijuana?

      What is the base salary for a DEA agent?
      I think there’s one agent too many, and the DEA needs to have their projected “drug focus” brought out into the daylight. How about you?

      Let’s open up the closed doors at OUR DEA.
      Who are these guys and what are they doing about Bath Salts and precursor chemicals TODAY…. and TOMORROW?
      The DEA needs GUIDANCE from the public.

      Where’s Bob Filner in all of this? :) Trying to win an election for Bob that’s where.
      Haven’t heard an MMJ word from BoB to date.

    48. Kirk Perry says:

      Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7:00 p.m. PT

      Correspondent Steve Kroft starts us off Sunday with an eye-opening report on the status of medical marijuana in the U.S. He goes to Colorado’s “green rush” to see some of the state’s 537 medical marijuana dispensaries. Colorado is one of 17 states where it’s legal to grow and sell medical pot. But there’s one hitch: it’s still illegal in the eyes of the federal government.
      ——————————————————————
      Finally, a voice! :)

    49. Kirk Perry says:

      Well done! The public has all the facts they need to know to make a rational decision.

      Key statement from Colorado’s Pot Czar, Ex-Narc, turned positive thinking believer, when asked by Steve what the impact-outcome of Marijuana was on the State of Colorado?

      “Nothing!, replied the Ex-Narc.

      WE TOLD YOU SO!

      ——————————————————
      Thanx Steve Kroft and 60 Minutes.

    50. Kirk Perry says:

      D.C. Senate and Hemp Tour, from the office of 5th District Brian Bilbray (R) October 24-27 2012:

      http://vintagetwin.com/topic.php?id=294#post-1055

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