As the debate over marijuana legalization continues to heat up, those who'd rather duck the discussion are increasingly incapable of concealing their discomfort. We recently saw Mitt Romney snap at a reporter for asking about marijuana in Colorado, and in a recent segment, CNN contributor LZ Granderson went further still:
... CNN's Carol Costello asked contributor LZ Granderson to respond to any of the Colorado voters who might be less likely to back President Barack Obama because he does not support marijuana legalization.
... "Well, they're idiots" Granderson explained. "If you're voting for a president, any president, on one single issue -- especially one issue that is so peripheral such as marijuana usage -- you're a idiot. I don't want to mince any words here. We have way too many more important things to talk about as Mitt Romney said earlier, as the president has said earlier" Raw Story
One scarcely knows where to begin unraveling such an arrogant and self-righteous statement about what other people should and shouldn't care about. To call it a "peripheral" issue makes a mockery of the millions of Americans who've had their lives turned upside down by a marijuana arrest. It's an insult to innocent victims of rampant racial profiling brought on biased and brutal drug enforcement practices. It dishonors the memory of the tens of thousands who've lost their lives at the hands of violent cartels to whom we've handed a huge stake in the lucrative American marijuana trade.
On a daily basis, the war on marijuana destroys families, ends lives, destabilizes communities and diverts limited resources away from the people who need them and into an endless cycle of drug war devastation. Either that, or it prevents all these horrible things, as its defenders continue to claim. In either case, the question of how we as a society choose to deal with marijuana is more than just a serious issue, it's a matter of life and death. Of course it is. There's no such thing as a multi-billion dollar question that isn't worth asking. continued
High On Romney Will Cannabis Advocates Cast a Protest Vote? "While Obama is definitely the worst president by far when it comes to respecting medical marijuana," argued Morgan Fox with Washington, D.C.,-based Marijuana Policy Project, "it's arguable that Romney could be worse." full story
Mitt Romney: Medical Marijuana Not 'Issue of Significance', Is a 'State Issue' Yesterday, a Denver, Colorado CBS affiliate got some face-time with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The interviewer asked questions important to local voters: gay marriage, college tuition for illegal immigrants, and medical marijuana. full story
The majority of prohibitionists profit on the drug war, and that is their only motive.
Money Grubbing Dung Worriers President Ronald Reagan, at the urging of then Vice President George Bush, appointed Carlton Turner as the White House Drug (czar) Advisor in 1981. Soon after Drugczar Carlton Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty. Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing.❞ ~ Jack Herer
Kochroach & Aleech Today many have had their eyes opened regarding the huge profits made off of what is commonly called the "Prison Industrial Complex." Suddenly awareness has turned from disbelief to anger as taxpayers realize the screwing private prison companies, their lobbyists and elected Legislators have been giving them for more than three decades now.
Bush. Religious drug treatment Police recently took the unusual step of arresting a supervisor after teenagers complained that they were beaten and roped to a bed, all in the name of Christian discipline. More arrests are anticipated, authorities say. These are some of the results--expected and unexpected--of George W. Bush's "bold new experiment in welfare reform." With his conviction that religious groups can transform lives in ways government can't, Bush sponsored laws in 1997, as governor that allow churches to provide social services their own way, outside the intrusive glare of the state.
The new laws exempted faith-based drug treatment programs from all state health and safety regulations followed by their secular counterparts, a list contained in a rule book as thick as a Russian novel that covers every detail from fire detectors to frayed carpets. Counselors in religious treatment programs now may skip the criminal background checks and hundreds of hours of training required of their state-licensed peers.
Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc. Calvina Fay is the Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.) From 1976-1985 it was known as Straight, Inc. and had a reputation for abusing kids as a drug rehabilitation program. Mel Sembler and his wife Betty founded Straight, Inc. In 1985 it changed its name to Straight Foundation, Inc. in order to protect its money and its principals from civil suits. In 1995 it was changed again to Drug Free America Foundation. DFAF is a national and international drug policy think tank and provider of services for drug free work places.
Kids Helping Kids began as Straight-Midwest and over time was incorporated into Pathway Family Center(PFC owns/owned 4 known programs). Pathway Family Center was founded by Terri Nissley, a "satisfied" Straight, Inc. cult parent who wants to continue in the torturing and brainwashing kids for profit industry. Kids Helping Kids (a PFC) has closed or is closing according to recent reports. Closing after years of protesting against fraud, abuse, and torture. Tragedy in the Wilderness At least 10 children have lost their lives as a result of their participation in a wilderness therapy program (AKA "Brat Camps") who failed them in the worst way imaginable. These are their stories as told through media reports, opinion and commentary.
It's not just us that can be educated. As Gary Johnson says, a 100% tax would still leave it at 1/10th the price it is now. The benefits of these tax dollars are 1 part, & the pot industry would create many jobs. This leaves cannabis users with 90% of the money they would have spent, to stimulate other areas of the economy.
Also, if people knew of all the cannabis treatments and cures for over 100 medical conditions, they should be joining our side. 25% of Americans are in chronic pain. This speaks volumes about failures of docs & Big Pharma. GWTJ