NORML@40: Marijuana Advocates and the Shafer Commission

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director March 23, 2011

    The third installment of ‘NORML@40’ is now available for viewing on our YouTube Channel, NORMLtv. (Note: For easy navigation you can now access NORMLtv through our new domain norml.tv)

    ‘NORML@40’ is a retrospective video series that documents the trials, tribulations, and accomplishments of America’s marijuana consumer lobby from those who kept the movement going for the past four decades.

    In this episode, founder and legal counsel Keith Stroup looks back on the first years of NORML and how the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse provided him with a clear mission.

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    23 responses to “NORML@40: Marijuana Advocates and the Shafer Commission”

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    2. cj says:

      Great job Keith, Nixon, what a douche!

    3. Derrick says:

      Interesting…one of my old college professors let me have a few of his books. In my search I was able to get a copy of the report signed by Marvin Wolfgang.

      If NORML is interested, I would be willing to give it to you.

    4. Mia Garcia says:

      I love these!

      Could listen Keith speak all day long!

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    6. David762 says:

      This video clip with Keith Stroup explaining the parallel formation of the Shafer Commission and NORML is pretty cool. Both the Shafer Commission Report and it’s government-funded predecessor the La Guardia Commission Report found and published recommendations for de-criminalizing cannabis. Both Commission Reports were suppressed, shelved, and ignored. Well, not so much ignored as used as the target of regurgitated fear-mongering propaganda initiated by Harry Anslinger and his gang of thugs. Exactly how many more rational science-based taxpayer-funded studies must be conducted before the War on Drugs is ended?

      It is hardly credible that the very same original rationale behind “Reefer Madness” could survive 70+ years of cannabis prohibition through sheer inertia. There must be another continuously reinvigorated source of inspiration for the persecution of cannabis and its’ proponents. Follow the money, as a good journalist once stated.

      Many of the “independent” organizations in opposition to decriminalization or re-legalization of cannabis get their funding from captains of industry. Those very same industries that helped initiate prohibition in the first place are still at financial risk from the prospect of cannabis|hemp re-legalization.

      Henry Ford built his “Hemp Auto” to illustrate that an environmentally friendly vehicle could be largely constructed of, and powered by hemp. It is perhaps not so coincidental that the unveiling of his revolutionary vehicle was timed so closely with the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Just as today, with the DEA “green-lighting” Big Pharma to re-engage in the preparation of extracts of natural cannabis medicines as a counter argument to the groundswell of States legalizing Medical Marijuana and de-criminalizing of cannabis.

      Blatant government intercession in providing economic advantage to favored crony corporatist special interests to the detriment of the health, wealth, and well-being of that government’s citizens is a central hallmark of State Corporatism, also known as fascism.

      The DEA is again ramping up persecution of marijuana and it’s proponents, now targeting the “low-hanging fruit” of State-legal MMJ dispensaries and co-operatives. They are using legislation intended for the War on Terror to attack MMJ, including their new intel gathering powers, civil and criminal asset forfeiture, and violating Federal HIPPA laws protecting physician-patient confidentiality. Please remind me again — who are the “terrorists”, the people or the government itself?

      How many more States will have to follow the path of instituting MMJ programs before the Federal government relents and ends the persecution of cannabis|hemp and their draconian “War on People”? Push-back from the Federal government against the rights of States violates the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution. If “our” Federal legislators cannot find the time or inclination to pass legislation that ends this repressive madness, then a revolution at the ballot box is required in order to turn these politicians out of office, permanently. Repairing the damage already done to the Constitution will take far longer, imvho.

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    8. Mark says:

      Donald Trump says he would legalize cannabis and tax it.


      He might actually have a shot at winning if he runs.