The Irony And The Idiocy

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 16, 2008


    You can now listen to the archived audio of my Sept. 16th appearance on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s radio show by visiting: westwoodone.com or by clicking here. We discuss the record number of pot arrests for 2007, the presidential candidates’ positions on drug policy, and debate whether Drug Czar John Walters is a “reasonable” man.

    Just days before the FBI released statistics indicating that police in 2007 arrested over 872,000 Americans — the most ever reported in law enforcement history — for violating pot laws, reigning Drug Czar (and pathological liar) John Walters alleged on C-Span, “We didn’t arrest 800,000 marijuana users. … That’s [a] lie.”

    (Watch the video of Walters’ remarks here.)

    The Czar’s nose grew another six inches when he uncorked this whopper: “The fact is today, people don’t go to jail for the possession of marijuana. Finding somebody in jail or prison for possession of marijuana is like finding a unicorn. It doesn’t exist.”

    (The video can be seen here.)

    Question: Why does the Drug Czar feel obligated to go to such absurd lengths to hide the fact that the criminal prohibition of cannabis is responsible for the arrest of hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding Americans every year?

    After all, the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy typically issue chest-thumping press releases when they achieve record busts for offenses involving cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine? Why then do they shy away from making similar proclamations for pot?

    Perhaps it’s because, deep down, even the Drug Czar knows that the use of cannabis does not pose anywhere near the health and safety threat as does the use of other intoxicants, including alcohol, and that most Americans — rightly — would be outraged to learn that our nation’s so-called war on drugs is really just an assault on young adults caught with small bags of weed.

    33 responses to “The Irony And The Idiocy”

    1. Rick says:

      Apparently, this lying drug punk is calling the FBI liars.

    2. Lee L. Lacker says:

      We see people being arrested on a regular bases on COPS for simple marijuana possession, so how can John Walters lie when we see it happening right in front of our faces just about every time we watch COPS?

    3. David says:

      Again, his claims are ridiculous. You don’t need to serve a year in prison to experience the devastating effects of a possesion charge. Being convicted of possession of even a small amount of marijuana will shoot down your chances of receiving federal aid, loans, or housing, as well diminish your future chances of getting a job, or even lead to the suspension of parental rights. It doesn’t matter if the people who are arrested for marijuana use serve time. Even if NONE of the people arrested served time, the problems caused by their conviction would last much longer that a prison sentence. A criminal charge will stay with you for life. That’s far worse of a consequence than spending a year in prison.

    4. Phil E. Drifter says:

      It may be a ‘war on young adults’ now but the first laws were written with pure racism in mind, to recover the slave labor lost when the north won the civil war, replacing it with prison labor.


      The real question i have to ask, is “when are these dimwits going to stop getting caught with minute amounts of cannabis?” I know cops sometimes plant drugs, as in the tragic case of that Atlanta grandmother who got narced out by a repeat offender, but I have trouble believing cops across the nation are so corrupt as to have planted more than a few of those 800,000.

      And besides, you’ve already pointed out its in his job description to lie; wouldn’t you feel uber-powerful if that were included in your job? I think even the most moral of us (me) would be tempted to lie here and there if it were included in our job descriptions to ‘fabricate the truth.’

    5. i think i just threw up a little… in my mouth… That is absolutely disgusting. I can hardly believe the down right, moronic tendencies of our leaders and higher ups… People, need to know the truth. People HAVE to know the truth. Is there any way we can get this in the mainstream media? Is there anyway we can bring this to the forefront? Putting the truth out there, and making sure it keeps going should be our goal. People should write to congress more often. People should write to congress, daily, if not hourly. We have to push this…We just have to…

    6. Mikmo6 says:

      Wow, that’s some pretty blatant contradiction of facts there. I think somewhere in the confusing web of deception that Mr. Walters is attempting to weave there is an attempt to say that marijuana leads to a lifestyle of violence. Where are the facts to back that up?

      How is he able to dismiss the FBI crime report data as a lie? Exactly what are these bullshit Mickey Mouse studies that he does rely on instead? He was mentioning some studies or other there about teens, blah, blah, blah that are obviously the gospel to the NDOCP while meanwhile the rest of us “crazy pot smokers” must have been “hallucinating” about the 800,000 plus arrests reported by the FBI.

    7. With a nose like that he could make Disney movie and get and a new csreer, instead of trying to lie to the American people about the number of victims being put in jail for marijuana use. That is a lot of tax dollars going down the drain, WHAT A WASTE. He needs to smoke a doobie to get his mind back to reality, with the comment about people not being put in jail for marijuna use or possession is like smoking meth.. I guess the DEA (dead end atrocities) does not exist either. This is a election year and all the lies about statistics and surveys are trumped up. WHEN WILL THE SCOURGE OF THE SO CALLED DRUG WAR END. And by the way John Walters how much guilt do you carry on your shoulders when you go bed at night going day in and day out spreading lies and deception to the AMERICAN PEOPLE. I WONDER HOW YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT. Dreaming about UNICORNS.

    8. Patricia says:

      Has Walters read the Bible recently? Lying is on the top ten list of things you’re not supposed to do. Smoking marijuana is nowhere on that list.

      Does that list mean anything to him? Or has the Drug War usurped Christianity when it comes to establishing public standards of morality?

    9. homebrew says:

      uh uh uh…why is this guy focused solely on teenage kids smoking pot? maybe because the thought of kids smoking pot hits a nerve with parents and makes his ridiculous claims seem acceptable… but he fails to look at the bigger picture, which is the fact that responsible adults are much more likely to go to jail for smoking, possessing, or growing cannabis. honestly, what’s going to happen to a 15 year old kid who gets caught with a bag? He won’t go to jail! he’ll get sent home to his parents or get put in a drug awareness program.

      then you have the hundreds of thousands of adults who get screwed over for no reason, and who are expected to sit around and listen to this idiot babble about the non-existence of the reality that is jail time for possession! give me a break. someone needs to put this guy on a sinking ship and float him out to sea. with people like this running our government we’re going to have to miraculously vote them out of office or wait another 20 years until they die off.

    10. John Doe says:

      I must have a big horn on my forehead cause spending some time in the slammer for a possession arrest last year was a reality for me.

      Man, im off to find one of those Leprechauns…Now that i know they HAVE to exist.