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Voters Have Spoken, But Drug Warriors Aren’t Listening

  • by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel February 2, 2015

    6_8_NORMLK.StroupPortrait_zThe drug warriors — led principally by law enforcement and their handmaidens in the state legislatures — continue to do everything within their power to prolong marijuana prohibition, even in those states in which the voters have approved full legalization.

    I am referring specifically to a legislative proposal introduced last week in the Alaska state legislature, allegedly to implement their recent legalization initiative, under which possession of one ounce of marijuana and the private cultivation of six plants was legalized for everyone over 21 years of age. Recreational marijuana use will be totally decriminalized effective February 24, although the state has until the end of the year to implement the regulations for licensing recreational growers and dispensaries.

    Senate Bill 30, and it’s House companion bill, HB 79, initially considered by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees last week, would have kept any amount of marijuana illegal, causing users to be arrested and brought to trial, when they could then raise an affirmative defense by proving they were over 21 and their conduct was protected under the new initiative.

    To read the balance of this column, please go to Marijuana.com.

     

    31 responses to “Voters Have Spoken, But Drug Warriors Aren’t Listening”

    1. William says:

      an odd and scary coincidence pointed out to me. It appears that the states with the most draconian laws also have the highest numbers of private prisons with guaranteed occupancy rates

    2. Dave Evans says:

      “Senate Bill 30, and it’s House companion bill, HB 79, initially considered by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees last week, would have kept any amount of marijuana illegal, causing users to be arrested and brought to trial, when they could then raise an affirmative defense by proving they were over 21 and their conduct was protected under the new initiative.”

      More dyslexia!!! How can anyone that lives in this country and is familar with our laws possibly think a law like this is remotely legal??? What is with people that want to keep writing illegal laws???

      “Yeah, we know marijuana is legal now, but we just really, really want to keep arresting people, just to be arresting them so we can continue to knock people out of the job market.”

    3. Fat Freddy says:

      J Edgar Hoover thought that pot would make people revolt against (his) authority and users should be persecuted. This is a common thread in dictatorship, the conservative’s choice of government.

    4. thomas says:

      hahaha. ok, ok, we cant convict them of any ‘crimes’ but we can still arrest them and get our taxpayer sponsored bonuses right?

      police think they have a right to make legislative choices more than normal americans and they have had major control for a long time. maybe somebody should remind them that we the people pay their checks not the unions. btw can anybody tell me why on earth public officials are even allowed to have a union… they are aldeady part of the union of the united states which is after all who hires them pays them arms them and gives them the obsurd pay they already receive.

    5. Just An Observer says:

      What happened to “we just enforce the laws, we don’t write them”? Well, I guess you get ahold of those who write the laws so the deck is stacked in your agenda’s favor. That’s the American Way…LOL!

    6. TheOracle says:

      Keith is spot on!

      Drug warriors already have their minds made up, and they certainly are NOT listening to the voters and are NOT basing their decisions on good science. The experts are people in that field who are up to date on the scientific evidence, and that means you don’t base your decisions or comments on junk science or the opinions of the DEA or law enforcement organizations or other zealots, religious or corporate, whose mission is to maintain prohibition.

      That 1990 study linking vaccinations with autism was debunked, and Dr. Wakefield lost his license to practice medicine because of his junk science. It’s along the lines basing the opinion to maintain cannabis prohibition because of the Heath Tulane monkey study from 1974.

      Chris Christie and Rand Paul and some other prominent national politicians have been in the news recently sounding off about the measles outbreak. Is Rand Paul only the friend of industrial hemp but quite the prohibitionist when it comes to legalizing adult recreational? What is Rand Paul doing to help medical marijuana become legal in Kentucky? Anything at the federal level to help out his home state to legalize?

      The nurse Christie quarantined in New Jersey has criticized him on his foot-in-mouth comments about parents having a say whether to get their kids vaccinated.

      She said:

      “I think this is a good example of Gov. Christie’s making some very ill-informed statements,” Hickox said. “We heard it a lot during the Ebola discussion, and now it seems to have happened again.”

      “I think the unfortunate thing or the scary thing is that I want a leader who consults experts and thinks about all of the different sides to an issue before making statements and policies that are unfounded in science,” Hickox said.

      http://www.mediaite.com/tv/ebola-nurse-trashes-christies-vaccine-comments-unfounded-in-science/

      Related topic:

      Any chance major newspapers in Washington, Oregon and Alaska will be doing for their necks of the woods what The Denver Post is doing via The Cannabist? Select columns put out via the Associated Press or Universal Press or something to local newspapers nationwide is easy copy, easy filler, and gets the pro-pot message out there. It’s easier to pooh-pooh one source, like if you just had The Cannabist or Denver Post doing it, but if you also get The Seattle Times and other big city papers in adult recreational states, even just MMJ states, you can educate the public, you reach more of those who need to be brought up to the times, educated in a pro-cannabis way. My 2 cents.

    7. Todd says:

      Maybe these legislators are standing their ground for some other issue than pot plants. Maybe the phrase “smoking pot” means “having a bad attitude towards America” to someone who doesn’t understand that weed is a plant that grows in the earth from a little seed.

    8. Galileo Galilei says:

      BIZARRE!

    9. Voice of the Resistance says:

      @ Thomas, about the police: little boys like to play with fireworks…..

    10. Mark I says:

      This is not a game and law enforcement reaps the rewards of their own behaviors. They are not all takers, some have been and always will be givers. Their leadership is corrupt and teaching their cadre to continue the abuse.

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