Is It Time To Start Using The “M” Word? (And No, I Don’t Mean Marijuana)

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director November 3, 2008

    With less than 24 hours until Election Day, Michigan’s Proposal 1 is supported by a 2 to 1 margin, according to the latest polling results. No wonder our opponents are desperate.

    Currently, more than one-in-five Americans reside in a state that recognizes the use of medical cannabis under a doctor’s supervision. If Michigan voters approve Prop. 1 on Tuesday, that percentage will be just shy of one-in-four (23.5 percent).

    To put this percentage in proper perspective, consider this: In 2000, virtually the same percentage of voting age Americans (24.5 percent) voted for George Bush. After a slightly higher percentage (28 percent) re-elected Bush in 2004, the President and the mainstream media claimed a “re-election mandate.”

    Why then will neither the media nor politicians in Washington — including our allies in Congress — declare a similar mandate regarding the medical use of cannabis?

    Clearly America has spoken. Why isn’t Washington listening?

    29 responses to “Is It Time To Start Using The “M” Word? (And No, I Don’t Mean Marijuana)”

    1. Dwight says:

      I believe that the reason our congress won’t listen to the people is simple, they don’t care what we think.
      In their eyes we don’t matter. All we’re supposed to do is pay our taxes and shut up!!! Look what we’re doing with our war on drugs, for example, we’re going into countries, Jamaica, Columbia, Holland, etc. that
      5 to 10 years ago we never would have interferred
      with their country(s) policies on drugs.
      Yet, because of an old 1928 U.N. resolution on drugs
      this is where we are today, the U.N. being mostly
      communist anyway. We don’t need this anymore.
      Vote out the Congressmen/Senators, even the President
      who won’t listen. The Constitution stills says:

      WE THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

    2. tim says:

      A photo in the Los Angeles Times the other day had the past 5 governors of the state hob knobben each other in opposition to prop. 5 which will fund redab. and parole for nonviolent inmates. Their sponsors in the prison guard union who have grown big and fat over this endless supply of nonviolent small time dope peddlers. There aren’t many jobs for these young men who would really try to do something different if it were available. They are young business men and most are pretty smart and they’re not going to sit around and wait. I was sickened by the govs. photo I will vote to fund any and all rehab. and I want to be taxed so that there are programs for our youth to have real hope. Please comment If I’m wrong.

    3. Stewe says:

      I am also a habitual marijuana user. I have a masters degree and a very good job. By the way Dustin it is proposal 1…not preposition 1. Other than that all great posts thus far, it is time that we speak up about the government fobidding us to do something in the privacy of our own home. It’s not like I am asking to light up a joint in a movie theatre or a restaurant. THe benefits far outway the drawbacks, I am a perfectly functioning human being, with a normal life and an education that smokes every day, several times a day and does not infringe on anyones’ rights. What exactly has it done so far????Make me happy, NOT turn me into a criminal.

    4. Stewe says:

      sorry dustin i meant christian

    5. Rick says:

      If the M word is “Michigan”, USE IT, BABY….Prop 1 passed!

    6. hemphrey says:

      Steveyboy, I’m with you. I am going to try to get something going in Florida. Go to http://christianscan.wordpress.com and leave a message there so we can keep in touch.

    7. Tim says:

      washington doesnt wanna listen becuase every motherfucker in there is old and half retarded and they are all paraniod something bad is gonna happen if they do it,, but in all reality american people want this now that obama is in the big seat i think he will listen to the people we just have to make our voice heard! i think michigan and mass.had there voice heard yesterday its about time other states follow suit

    8. Paul says:

      In the article it is said that “Michigan became the thirteenth state to legalize the physician supervised possession and use of cannabis”. The link in this statement leads to a list of thirteen states but Michigan isn’t one of them. Doesn’t this make Michigan the fouteenth state?

    9. Laura Judy says:

      To Paul:

      It’s because Maryland — unlike the other twelve states — hasn’t legalized the medical use of marijuana. Maryland is not a medical marijuana state, but it did enact an affirmative defense law, which is described on the page — hence the confusion.

      We will update the NORML website when these laws go into effect.

      Laura @ norml

    10. Eric Johnson says:


      Obama chose joe biden as his VP. Biden is the architect of the some of the most draconian aspects of our current drug war.

      Obama “doubts the efficacy,” of medical marijuana, and he is not sure if he will stop medical marijuana dispensary raids and patients prosecutions.

      Do not believe for a second that the Obama administration will deliver or even propose or even discuss any change to the status quuo.

      You will hear, again, this would be sending the wrong message to children.

      This will probably be said over and over by biden, as VPs need an assignment, and Obama wants to distance himself from your belief that he was going to ring in a new period for cannabis and its users.

      Forget it. It isn’t going to happen.

      And for all you people who blame G W Bush for the status-quo, please remember that it was Clinton and his incredi-lying drug czar who tripled marijuana arrests during the first 3 years of his administration through a program of grants that militarized police forces across the country for the purpose of conducting a war on cannabis and its users. They were successful.

      The annual numbers have been only marginally increased yearly during the Bush administration.

      So Clinton tripled arrests, and Bush just improved on the year on year totals.

      But what role does the Congress play in drug law creation and lack of reform?

      When were most of the draconian drug war measures passed? And which party was in control when that happened?

      You people who blame the Bush admin or Republicans have been caught in a trap set for you by both Democrats and Republicans, who, working in a bi partisan fashion, want we in the reform movement to be pointing fingers at each other and trying to blame the other and his/her party.

      This fix-the-blame (on Republicans) game diverts the energy of reform advocates and the volunteers and contributors it needs to do just that… fixing blame on one party.

      The fact is that continued prohibition is supported and loved and cherished by both parties equally.

      Go look up who was in control of the congress in 1961, 1971, 1986, 1989, and during the Bush Administration.

      Then try and blame Bush (whom I am not a particular fan of, as I need medical marijuana, and his lie about what he thought before 2000 that the states should be allowed to do with it was not matched by the actions of the Bush administration while in office.)

      This threat to my personal safety drove me from the USA to the Netherlands from 1993 to 2007, when I decided that Medical Marijuana in California was here to stay.

      Notice I left in 1993, when the tripling of marijuana arrests and the militarization of the local police forces through federal grants began.

      People. Stop wasting your time trying to blame the other party. That is what they want us to do. Why dance to the music they set on?

      They are both equally responsible.

      Eric Johnson

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