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New York Times OpDoc: A True Satire Of The War on Some Drugs

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director April 27, 2013

    While there is nothing genuinely funny about a seventy-five year prohibition on cannabis that has arrested over 25 million cannabis consumers, making fun of the failed policy never goes out of style, especially when done right, with aplomb, which the NORML staff occasionally highlights on an otherwise serious-minded public policy blog.

    While over a week-old it would seem a crime itself not to share this New York Times so-called OpDoc (where videos rather than guest columns are submitted). The Gregory Brothers, a quartet of video artists from Brooklyn, absolutely skew the disparity between American society’s hypocritical legal vs illegal drug paradigm.

    They accomplish this by very humorous employment of auto-tune and eye-rolling use of politicians’ own words about the now near universally acknowledged failed war on some drugs.

    Check out former Congressman Ron Paul, New York governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey governor Chris Christie (with intentional help from Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes of ‘Jay and Silent Bob’ fame) sing in a way, about a subject matter, they surely didn’t intend t00 when they opened their mouths and spoke the truth about an unpopular public policy (which, ironically, is what elected policymakers are supposed to do in democracies).

    You can watch the video here.

    Enjoy!

    14 responses to “New York Times OpDoc: A True Satire Of The War on Some Drugs”

    1. Ben says:

      America…

      Colorado is looking at possibly overturning and reverting to pre-legalization status. This is because the system has utterly failed to deal with this commodity properly, and because some fools are still either bought in on the ‘Reefer Madness’ or hoping to continue profiting on the fact that others are.

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      HERE is what America needs to do:

      1 – INSTANTLY realize that all these governmental costs can be minimized if they stop farking around and make all financial, tax, and licensing issues equal-to or within the realms of alcohol/tobacco. Stop farking around.

      2 – FIX THE FAILED CONCEPTS OF OUR SYSTEM.
      While it is reasonable to presume that many people might have issue driving safely after toking copious amounts of some good stuff-
      the testing concepts I have understood are a pathetic illogical mess, and need to be handled and identified properly.

      DUI (Driving Under the Influence [of alcohol])
      is fairly easy to test for. The problem with testing for cannabis is that they do not test for ITS presence, they test for metabolites.

      Metabolites are what cannabinoids are CHANGED INTO after varying levels of our body processing. The most common cannabinoid they test for is almost completely without effect upon the person – unlike a fresh toke which is BEING metabolized.

      I submit that, while ugly at first, we should opt for legislation regarding driving such as this:

      As current police officers interacting with potential traffic offenders ask the driver if they have had anything to drink, (which they NEVER believe anyway), and so they check the eyes and breath- AS they do these steps
      they should also check for paraphernalia=
      to verify ‘probable cause’.

      IF there were reasonable suspicion that a driver had been a part of an automobile event BECAUSE of cannabis then they should take the driver to a hospital and get their BLOOD TESTED. (yes, I know.) As this is, as I understand it, the best way to ascertain if they are CURRENTLY effected, vs last month.

      BUT this process must have required reasoning for doing so.
      AND there should be a reasonable penalty for the officer,
      and a reward for the driver
      IF the driver is found to be clear of current cannabinoids in their system.

      This concept of the blood test is,
      however unwieldy, the only concept I am aware of that will accurately detail whether a person is impaired NOW.
      AND we have to get this legalized while we have momentum – we can fix this much smaller issue in the future. We should not lose the war because of an ugly battle.

      [Paul Armentano responds: Blood testing for THC in DUI cases is already commonplace.]

    2. Timothy V says:

      Great vid showcasing the inept law enforcement practices.

    3. Julian says:

      At the heart of this tragic irony is Michelle Leonhart, Director of the DEA, our Tragic Heroine, whose hubris and hamartia was her testimony that “marijuana is not a medicine.” Please sign my petition at the white house “we the people,” site to eliminate the ability for any executive agency to legislate. Cops should not write law. Cops writing marijuana law is the climax of our tragic irony under the Controlled Substance Act.
      Asset forfeiture.
      Funds to deny that marijuana is a medicine. Corrupt amendments like these and more are in the C.S. Act and we must stand together to end this violation of our freedom. Here is the link:
      http://wh.gov/tdk1
      End prohibition: End Cops writing law.

    4. Ted says:

      Great video. Wow.

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