William F. Buckley, Jr. Requiescat In Pace.
Without Bill Buckley,
There Would Never Have Been A MarijuanaNews.com
Or Whoever Richard Cowan May Ultimately Be.
Posted by Richard Cowan on 2008-02-27 16:20:00
God bless you, Bill, and thanks for everything.
And I do mean everything of value. Read Full Story...William F. Buckley, Jr. RIP
DWR: Wednesday, February 27, 2008William F. Buckley, Jr.
died today at the age of 82. You may have loved him or hated him, but one thing is clear -- more than anyone else, he made it cool to be a conservative against the drug war.
My first real exposure to his drug war views was this 1996 issue of National Review (I still have my copy). He regularly spoke out for legalization, particularly of marijuana, and will always have a home in the drug policy reform community.
WE ARE speaking of a plague that consumes an estimated $75 billion per year of public money, exacts an estimated $70 billion a year from consumers, is responsible for nearly 50 per cent of the million Americans who are today in jail, occupies an estimated 50 per cent of the trial time of our judiciary, and takes the time of 400,000 policemen -- yet a plague for which no cure is at hand, nor in prospect. [...]
I leave it at this, that it is outrageous to live in a society whose laws tolerate sending young people to life in prison because they grew, or distributed, a dozen ounces of marijuana. I would hope that the good offices of your vital profession would mobilize at least to protest such excesses of wartime zeal, the legal equivalent of a My Lai massacre. And perhaps proceed to recommend the legalization of the sale of most drugs, except to minors. (link)
I'm in favor of legalization of marijuana not because I'm in favor of people being allowed to do what they want to do but because I think that the war against marijuana is not worth it, that more people are suffering on account of that war than would suffer without it... (link)
The War on Drugs Is Lost.... The cost of the drug war is many times more painful, in all its manifestations, than would be the licensing of drugs combined with an intensive education of non-users and intensive education designed to warn those who experiment with drugs. (link)
William F. Buckley, Jr.'s latin logical fallacy pun about the gateway theory of marijuana (link):post pot ergo propter potWilliam F. Buckley, Jr.'s eulogy to Peter McWilliamsBuckley also made famous Richard Cowan's quote:"One of the problems that the marijuana-reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in tbe middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."William F. BuckleyIncludes...Perjury everywhere? By William BuckleyPublished Jan. 22, 1999Lost political causes By William BuckleyPublished March 24, 2000"On the Right - Lost political causes By William BuckleyIs marijuana fear a myth? By William Buckley(Published October 15, 1997)McWilliams at bat By William BuckleyPublished Feb. 24, 1999ON THE RIGHT: THE DEA STRIKES BACK!by William F. Buckley Jr., August 3, 1993The Conservative Argument for LegalizationNational Review: AN END TO Marijuana ProhibitionBuckley Writes On McWilliams And Kubby Cases
MarijuanaNews.Com with Richard CowanThe Murder of Peter McWilliamsPeter McWilliams R.I.P.
Eulogy - June 2000 By William F. Buckley, Jr. The Pot Wars Go On - local initiatives concerning marijuana"Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. ...
The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents."-- William F. Buckley,
Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495William F. Buckley: 'Legalize drugs'