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Alternative Fact: Marijuana Causes Violence

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director February 27, 2017 [caption id="attachment_14095" align="alignright" width="300"]Attorney General Jeff Sessions Photo by Gage Skidmore Attorney General Jeff Sessions
    Photo by Gage Skidmore[/caption]

    Speaking to the press this evening, Attorney General Jeff Sessions doubled down on his infamous reefer madness rhetoric. Sessions stated:

    “We’re seeing real violence around that. Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

    Sessions’ latest comments describe a reality that only exists in the world of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not lead to increased crime or violence, but rather is associated with lowered youth use rates and access, increased tax revenue, and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens. The truth is that legalization is working as voters have intended and that the new US Attorney General’s opinions are reckless, irresponsible, and outright false.

    These statements are not only out of touch with reality and public sentiment, but they also go against President Trump’s promise on the campaign trail to leave marijuana policy to the states. If you support legalization now is not the time to be silent. Now is the time to stand up and fight back.

    The only way to ensure our progress continues in light of this proposed push back is to pass federal legislation that makes certain that the Attorney General can’t intervene in states that have enacted adult use regulatory laws. We need to pass the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017. This legislation would prevent the federal government from attack state approved legalization and medical marijuana laws.

    Click here to write your elected officials in support of this legislation

    This is a true test of our movement. Stand with is against these threats because together we are unstoppable. Together we will legalize marijuana nationwide.

    Are you with us?

    60 Responses to “Alternative Fact: Marijuana Causes Violence”

    1. Todd says:

      Prohibition of homegrown violates quite blatantly the Bill of Rights which is the real law of this land. Weed is a religion in Jamaica and peaceable assembly anywhere, and needs to be redressed since identified as medicine (Amendment 1), micromanaging our homes and families is not allowed since we are not at war with plants (Amendment 3), seizure of assets for growing medicine is unreasonable (Amendment 4), compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor is not taken seriously (Amendment 6), common law applies since most people have long favored legalization (Amendment 7), cruel punishment for growing medicine (Amendment 8), and the right to new vices (Amendment 9).

    2. Jeedi says:

      See how Sessions is holding up his hands in the picture to this story? Now keep imagining those hands with blood on them. He is bleeding like a wounded animal; and it is only a matter of time before the wolves catch their prey.

    3. Miles says:

      To an extent I agree that there is some violence and crime associated with cannabis. However, neither the cannabis itself or the typical user, are NOT the problem! The problem are the laws that cause cannabis to be a rare and valuable commodity.

      The laws that make it expensive and result in big cash flows give real criminals, NOT the average recreational or medicinal user, reason to commit crimes in order to get it.

      IF cannabis was to be made 100% legal across America, like it should be, I believe that practically all crimes associated with it would disappear very rapidly.

      Jefferson Beauregad Sessions III only sees the violence resulting from harsh laws and, being the kind of cretin he is, blames the cannabis. He would say that the person that was beat and robbed at a medical dispensary is an example of the violence caused by cannabis. He would call every single incident of someone using, growing, or selling marijuana an example of the crimes caused by cannabis when, in fact, they are only crimes because of ignorant laws.

    4. Jeedi says:

      The other person we have to watch out for is Steve Mnuchin. This guy is the one who most likely is pushing Trump to use a marijuana crackdown as a way to raise funds, get his money for his wall and things. This freak most likely sees an untapped revenue stream of forfeitures, IRS collections, etc to harvest money legally because of existing Fed laws. Here is another un-natural, bleeding, wounded wildebeest for natures predators….

    5. Tim Holmes says:

      Does Sessions hint at the Robberies of the dispensaries and farms, and could this be because of the Banking rules preventing use by marijuana businesses?

    6. Julian says:

      Cracking down on commercial operations while states continue to legalize and decriminalize will create an enormous black market demand, making illegal cartels from Mexico to local corrupt law enforcement, double agent informants and agencies within the DOJ (or out like the ATF) all the way up to AG Sessions more powerful and violent than ever. Asset forfeitures are not about stopping violence or solving violent crimes; they incentivize and recruit local law enforcement to pick off the competition while major cartels are literally in bed with DEA l, FBI and CIA agents as what happened in Cartagena during the 2011 Summit of the Americas when the DEA took the Secret Service to Colombian cartel prostitutes. The reason we know is because the DEA agents kept checking their weapons and sensitive briefcases off to hotel management and creating so much noise during their sex parties the management, Colombia government and its people are sick of it. Its all manipulated through USAID and the DOJ. Then the US government wants to blame the violence on LATAM when its US drug demand, policy and behavior at fault?
      Its time to recognize that so long as marijuana is scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 the violence and THE cartel of the world is our own government.

      • Julian says:

        To be specific, I wouldnt give a shit about the DEA having sex parties except that the violent consequences are families being separated by prohibition, drug wars perpetuated by these agents just to seize property from the next slush fund because the point of prohibition is not to ever end it or even solve crimes but to but allow the DOJ and law enforcement to milk the forfeitures. The CSAct turns cops into criminals. And the majority of the US knows this now; were just either on the predatory target of black markets, asset forfeitures and private prisons or were the ones profiting from it all. The masks are coming off. Sessions isnt fooling anyone.

      • Anonymous says:

        Another great thing about Asset Forfeiture is it’s a dandy legal way to bribe Law Enforcement.. We had a local Drug Task force where I lived back in the 90’s. Every couple of weeks you could read in the papers about a big drug seizure. And stories were almost always the same.. Police pulled over a luxury car like a Lexus for speeding ( because of course if you had 50 pounds of weed in the trunk you’d be speeding.) Officers Seized the Lexus, the drugs and usually a briefcase full of cash. The driver was later released without charges.
        This went on for years…

        • Julian says:

          When I was 19 I worked at a bar and grill on 6th street in Austin. Next door there was a club run by a short little Arab guy named Akrim. Always had a harem of tightly dressed women around him. He had a racket going with our bar; he got the general manager hooked on crack and the bartenders started trading stolen booze for drugs.
          Around that time a friend of mine got busted with a bunch of coke by the DEA and they took his Mexican passport and turned him into an informant with what the DOJ calls a “J” visa. I never got busted cause for one, I didnt like coke, I just stuck to beer and weed. But I also had an instinct about people. A stranger offers me some free drugs and the hairs stick up on the back of my neck. “No thanks. Have fun.”
          As the years went by I watched all these low level pushers get busted while Akrim got milked for the money. And my friend turned informant (we’ll call him Al) went through one marriage after the other. Can’t tell the wife what he does at night for a living dodging bullets so the marriages don’t last too long. Sometimes dealers pull empty triggers to his head. One night he got spotted at a gas station and they filled his car full of lead. He survived, but he’s drinking like a fish. Im worried about him. He cant go back to Mexico, he’ll get killed. A J visa is effectively modern day gang-pressed slavery. The state department probably doesn’t even know Al exists.
          10 years went by before Akrim finally got put in prison. Not because the DEA “finally built a case” on him… they had enough evidence day one. Another bigger dealer moved into town. Time to get the milk machine going on a new ca$h cow.
          (to be continued…)

        • Julian says:

          And Al? He’s tried everything to get out… even joined the military. Every promise the DEA makes “just one more job and you can apply for residency.” But it’s just a dangling carrot. They’ll never let him go. He’s too good at what he does. He told his 3rd x wife the truth about what he does at night but it’s a little hard to get back together when youve got the car in the shop lookin like swiss cheese.
          So forget the Hollywood glamour of informants in movies like The Departed or even Goodfellas. Since the CSAct of 1970 the “mob” cartel IS the DOJ.

          There’s that scene in Scarface where the cop shakes down Tony Monatana. “You know how this works?” Realistic until the glamour kicks in and Tony shoots the cop. It makes good theater when Montana tells the cops bodyguard “You wanna job?” Manolo’s famous line, “Heeey, ju gotta a JOB main!” But then I think about my friend. Thats no job. Thats extortion. But then I guess a 2 hour movie about how depressing an informants life is while the DEA squeezes cash, drugs and weapons for years while their marriages go to hell doesnt sell a lot of popcorn. So we narrate a selective or “alternative” reality where the DEA agents are somehow the “good guys” while the “bad guys” mysteriously get away again. The villain has to survive for the sequel, right? Otherwise the DEA has to trap another informant and start all over again.
          For years, the DEA has even forced scripts on Hollywood. Ask Billy Crystal. Or the producers of “La Viuda Negra.” Cant tell the truth about the DEA or say marijuana is good in showbusiness. They’ll shut you down… So Again;

          …the CSAct and asset forfeiture turns law enforcement into the villains. That fact has never been made more clear than the Batman villains in Drumphfurer’s cabinet.

          • Evening Bud says:

            Julian,

            An interesting and tragic story.

            I’ve got a cousin who I believe was a major MJ dealers in Las Cruces, NM. He’s been in and out of the pen, three times, I think. And I heard from other cousins that he was also an informant. (I believe he was involved in far more serious dealings, too, tho I won’t elaborate.)

            When those jackanape prohibitionists in Washington finally learn or admit that their very prohibitionist policies are keeping our country far more violent than it might otherwise be, we might finally get national legalization. ‘Course, we’d still have to tear a helluva lot of ’em away from their cash-cow milk teats.

    7. Denny Strausser Jr says:

      Sounds to me like Jeffery Sessions is way behind. Marijuana causing violence? More like calms people, and making them get along with others easier.

      The sativa sometimes stimulates a person to do things. Good things, like reading up my computer desk. Something it doesn’t do, if make me violent.

      Ever hear of people smoking a lot of pot, and then beating up their girl friend or wife? No.
      Drinking too much, and then beating someone up? Yes. Alcohol is legal, but has caused violence on many occasions. In fact, alcohol causes crime. It costs millions per year, and police resources.

      Alcohol causes crime.
      Marijuana nearly does the opposite. In many real ways, it actually prevents crime. About the worse effect of Marijuana is the laws. The laws are not preventing a thing. I have found needles around our place. There actually was one inside our apartment on the doorway of one of the open doorways.

      The opioid epidemic is getting worse. And cannabis doesn’t lead to Heroin. That was an old Harry J Anslinger lie to prevent change of law back then. Of course there wasn’t as many people back than supporting legalization. They were too apt to believe the myths and lies.
      People know the truth theses days, and know cannabis is not dangerous.

      Anyways, I believe it should be De-Scheduled completely, or just placed at the same level with alcohol. Regulate and tax it.

      My Two Pennies Worth.

    8. Sean says:

      America, you made your bed last November, time to lie in it. America knew that Trump would be willfully ignorant on cannabis but through the electoral college embraced Trump anyways. Enjoy your 8 year drug war. Serves you right America.

      • Four More Years says:

        I think you meant 4 year drug war, right… If Trump is reelected in 2020,, I give up on this country… hell,,,, planet..

        • Denny Strausser Jr says:

          I think you are right, it’ll last four years, and someone else will be elected. I just hope they do something right then.

        • Bebo says:

          Need better people for him to run against. This last batch of Democrats were some of the worst choices that could have been made. They acted like egalitarianism could ever be anything other than being the antithesis of happiness. I like to earn what I keep and keep what I earn.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            “Egalitarianism” is not what’s wrong with Democrats, that’s retarded. People want to be free; primarily this means not getting “fucked over” by other people. But if you’re not equal, then you’re getting “fucked over” because getting “fucked over” is the natural consequence of inequality. And if you’re getting “fucked over,” then you’re certainly not free.

            Nature can and will kill us; there are viruses and asteroids that can leave us fucked forever. But we only get “fucked over” by other people. That’s why you’re wrong about equality. Our freedoms are threatened only by other people — it’s not the squirrels and the pigeons that threaten our freedoms; it’s not the sun or the moon or the stars that threaten our freedoms; it is other people that threaten our freedoms. It is precisely inequality between people that generates power, and then violence in order to protect that power.

            Money is what’s wrong with Democrats… they’re bought off. They sell their principles for cash. (Republicans can’t sell their principles, because they’re already demonic, and they don’t have any principles to sell. They wouldn’t know a principle if it sat down on their fucking head!)

            So actually, your “What’s mine is mine, and the hell with everyone else” attitude is part of the problem here.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            @ Bebo,
            “Egalitarianism” is not what’s wrong with Democrats, that’s retarded. People want to be free; primarily this means not getting “fucked over” by other people. But if you’re not equal, then you’re getting “fucked over” because getting “fucked over” is the natural consequence of inequality. And if you’re getting “fucked over,” then you’re certainly not free.

            Nature can and will kill us; there are viruses and asteroids that can leave us fucked forever. But we only get “fucked over” by other people. That’s why you’re wrong about equality. Our freedoms are threatened only by other people — it’s not the squirrels and the pigeons that threaten our freedoms; it’s not the sun or the moon or the stars that threaten our freedoms; it is other people that threaten our freedoms. It is precisely inequality between people that generates power, and then violence in order to protect that power.

            Money is what’s wrong with Democrats… they’re bought off. They sell their principles for cash. (Republicans can’t sell their principles, because they’re already demonic, and they don’t have any principles to sell. They wouldn’t know a principle if it sat down on their fucking head!)

            So actually, your “What’s mine is mine, and the hell with everyone else” attitude is part of the problem here.

      • Julian says:

        http://www.thebestdemocracymoneycanbuy.com

        The election was stolen through voter suppression. We dont deserve this $#!+.

      • Julian says:

        No, GOP voter supression made its bed;
        http://www.thebestdemocracymoneycanbuy.com

        The Crosscheck Program continues to knock out last names like Martinez, Jackson and Wong, who vote %90 Democratic, by using false equivalency and made up criminal records on remotely similar names from other states, according to evidence presented by investigative reporter Greg Pallast in the link above.
        When we add voter ID laws, gerrymandering and disproportionate mass crinalization of marijuana consumers who happen to have more melanin in their flesh, it all adds up to a stolen economy by billionaire GOP doners and Sherrif’s Associations who use asset forfeitures and racial profiling in order to hide legalized theft and acquisition of resources and property.
        And the GOP made their bed with every vote on voter supression, Sessions confirmation and their support pf Trumps fascist policies.
        So no, America does NOT deserve this. Click on the Act tab, visit your local representatives and lets fight for the freedom our ancestors bled for.

    9. Dana Morris says:

      Congress needs to change the law. Federal law needs to change. Then Sessions can focus on actual violent crime.

      • Four More Years says:

        Well there’s two ways to do that,,
        You can change the current congress’s mind..
        I’m guessing sometime around the establishment of the Third Unified Galactic Empire..
        Or
        You can change the membership of congress..
        I’m guessing
        Four More Years.

        • 2 more years says:

          2018 Federal Congressional elections are more important than the Presidency. And state level legislators need contacting which we can do by clicking on the green Act tab on this webpage.

    10. Four More Years says:

      “We’re seeing real violence around that. Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”
      Well yeah all that’s stuffs true..
      You send in a SWAT team on a family’s home in the middle of the night, throw a flash grenade in a baby’s crib,, that’s a lot more violence than one would think was necessary.. and yeah when you take property like cash cars and homes from private citizens without any burden of proof or due process,, I’d call that big money…
      The man speaks the truth.
      Gee,, I hope Trump leaves marijuana laws up to the states like he said he would… I mean, after all, would you expect any less from the ” least racist, most respectful of women,, blue collar president, ever elected, or whatever..

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