If There Were Ever A Pro-Marijuana Video To Go Viral, This Is It

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director November 18, 2011

    THE BEST 4 MINUTES ABOUT MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION YET SPOKEN—Do your part—Help this piece go viral! G.R.

    By George Rohrbacher, NORML Board of Directors, medical marijuana patient

    In the decade that I’ve been on NORML’s board, I’ve worked with scores of bright, accomplished and passionate advocates for ending America’s 74-years of marijuana prohibition. Like never before, these voices are building into a chorus calling for the end of this cruel prohibition, whose penalties are suffered most by the poor, the young and people of color. This disastrous prohibition has led to the arrest of over 22 million Americans on marijuana charges since 1965.

    Last week, dripping with irony, at the very same time the Obama Administration was stiffing the American public’s most popular action petition (for marijuana legalization) and was declaring all-out war on medical marijuana through the DOJ, IRS, etc., at this very same moment in history, we saw the huge verification of the success of NORML’s steady approach, the fruit of decades of work changing public opinion on subject of pot legalization. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1969, WHEN GALLUP POLLS STARTED ASKING THE QUESTION—50% OF AMERICANS NOW BELIEVE MARIJUANA SHOULD BE LEGAL!!

    Reflecting on achieving this auspicious milestone of public opinion, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell gives America the very best 4 min. on marijuana legalization we have ever heard. He asks the question, how public opinion could have grown to 50%, while support in the US Senate for legalization still stays at 0%. How, he asks, can America’s politicians, law enforcement and judges callously stand by while millions of young lives are wrecked by marijuana prohibition?

    O’Donnell, formerly chief of Staff for the Senate Finance Committee, has gone toe-to-toe with the movers and shakers in government many times before. But this time, on the subject of marijuana legalization, O’Donnell does some of his finest work. With arguments as razor-sharp as a battle axe, he relentlessly chops away at the system that gives us marijuana prohibition and enforced by alcohol-sodden public officials stewing in hypocrisy. O’Donnell’s piece should be linked to all marijuana-related communications you send out in the coming year, sent to everyone on your email list, every single public official.

    Please, help this piece go VIRAL, where it belongs!

    134 responses to “If There Were Ever A Pro-Marijuana Video To Go Viral, This Is It”

    1. Chris in WI says:

      I had already seen this… It just about gives me a joy boner (see John Stewart last week for the reference) watching it.

      THIS is what we need… Credible people calling the govt lies out!

      Make a commercial out of this NORML!

    2. wash-voter says:

      Seems so obvious a child could grasp it. Oh, I forget, the children want it to stay illegal, so they can still buy it.

      If the GOP hopefulls are advertising on this page…we’re getting money from the GOP to advance our society.Funny that.

    3. Deedra says:

      If I can give O’Donnell 100 thumbs up, I would.I couldn’t help but cheer him on for his choice of words directed towards the Obama administration. Its hypocrisy, there are people in the government who are getting high and not just on Marijuana.One of the politicians in Los Angeles got busted for smoking Heroin! But they classify Marijuana with Heroin?!?!WTF Heroin you can over dose, MJ you can’t. So a lil confused why there in the same category.Anyone can figure that one out. Its more that MJ, it’s about money = Greed.I feel things are going to change pretty soon. The people are tired and restless.

    4. John Wolf says:

      I have a chronic pain condition and have gone through all the legal OTC and prescription “pain killers”; all of which had to be discontinued ‘due to adverse reactions’. My only hope for relief is medical marijuana. Unfortunately Republicans got control of the Iowa House this session and Iowans’ hope for the legalization of medical marijuana in the state was dashed. My doctor is willing to prescribe medical marijuana (MMJ) for me if and when it becomes legal. I know of many people with pain conditions who use marijuana to get by. And if you ask any law enforcement officer (LEO) if s/he’d rather go on a call to bust up a party with alcohol or with marijuana, virtually all LEOs would choose the latter. To have alcohol and cigarettes/tobacco products legal and marijuana illegal is incongruent, aside from just being stupid. Politicians need to stop being stupid and be realistic and legalize marijuana at the federal level. That is the opinion of the majority of American People – WE, THE PEOPLE want marijuana legalized. Can you hear us, Mr. President?

    5. vicki says:

      Its a class a drug yeah right there with cocaine n other stuff that’s stupid but the govt can sale legal heroin hmmm.mmm.m the American people have got to stand up prescriptions are killing more people now then alcohol which kills more people 2nd we can only ruin our lives with their drugs

    6. Matthew says:

      anyone who reads this, click that big Herman Cain banner and write his campaign telling him if he wants a tax plan to include MJ. MJ’s tax revenue potential is phenomenal and im sure a shrewd businessman like Cain wouldnt be able to resist.

    7. privacy says:

      This guy hit it on the nail perfectly. These guys will continue to get high on alcohol A much more harmful and violent drug. But Marijuana will remain illegal. Why you ask because it is not in the interest of big pharma to have marijuana legal. Imagine if marijuana were legal and we didn’t need half of big pharma’s drugs because marijuana can work more effectively. They stand to lose money.

      It also a shame that veterans like Montel Williams is denied medicine that helps him, by our federal government. But at the same time our government is still giving marijuana to 5 patients every month. That is hypocrisy at it’s finest.

      Our government is sick in the head. Following these fascist polices will lead to a revolution and a new form of government. A government that leaves people free to make their own choices as long as those choices don’t infringe on the rights of others. A government that is not bought out by big corporations. One that serves the people, A government for the people by the people. Only when people are free to live their lives the way they want can we begin to be prosperous. We must fight harder. I call for 10 million people to march Washington and protest in front of congress and the white house. They will not stop us and we will win. America can be great if we are willing to fight for it. We may lose some lives but those people will not be forgotten. They will be remembered like those who fought the first time for freedom. It will be a long fight but we the people of the United States of America will take back our government. Who is with me!!!

      Vive la Revolution!!!!!!

    8. Jim says:

      No president ever going to legalize MJ.

    9. b00u says:

      I’m posting this everywhere. It’s freaking beautiful. I feel like I have never seen a mainstream journalist ever bring up that drinking is exactly another form of drug abuse/use (AND that weed is healthier on top of that! It’s like a multiple orgasm by proxy a 4 minute clip!) and I’m just… moved with many emotions of joy and yay and FINALLY THANK YOU.

    10. jake says:

      Its a good video pointing out the difference between public opinion and that of elected officials. Although I rarely drink, I feel they came down a little hard and those who like to drink, but I suppose it does sound harsh when you define alchohol use in the bluntest of terms. (No pun intended)