So, with the small victory of the California Assembly Public Safety Committee voting in favor of marijuana legalization, some real characters have emerged to express their… concern.
Scott Morgan brings us this video story about the vote.
In this video, we have Bishop Ron Allen, of the International Faith-Based Coalition saying:
I don’t think they understand how many lives are going to be lost. Are you kidding me? Seriously. In our community, legalizing drugs â€” I don’t think they clearly understand the carnage.
Yep. He’s talking about pot. Lost lives and carnage. You know, that worked back in Anslinger’s day, because not that many people knew anything about marihuana. But today, when just about everybody’s been exposed to it in some way, it’s hard to convince people that legalization is going to mean death.
And take a look at the Bishop’s quote again. “In our community, legalizing drugs â€” I don’t think they clearly understand the carnage.” Shouldn’t African-Americans be outraged by this? It sounds pretty offensive to me. It sounds like he’s saying that black people can’t handle pot and if it’s legal, it’ll make them all go wild and kill people and tear stuff up.
Once again I ask: where the hell is the African-American leadership when it comes to the damage of the drug war to African-Americans? Why is it that the lily-white faces of Jack Cole and Ethan Nadelmann are the ones we see fighting for the end of racist policies?
Now we turn to the truly bizarre [Thanks, Tom]…
Check out the domain name: www.nipitinthebud2010.org, with the banner “Taxing California by intoxicating Californians with Marijuana is un-American!”
The site’s leader, Alexandra D. Datig, is a little confused about her position. At one point she’s giving “A message from initiative proponent” and elsewhere she’s giving “A message from the Proponent of the Opposition to the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative of 2010,” which is pretty awkward and apparently means that she is the person who is in favor of being opposed to the initiative.
Let’s see what she has to say:
… I want to reach out to voters, and I want voters to really think about the consequences of legalizing marijuana. What quality of life issues are we going to have with legalized marijuana? What national security issues will we have? How will our children look at their parents, watching them smoke marijuana, and cultivating it. Let’s really think about the consequences of legalizing marijuana. I think there are more responsible ways to tax California …
I’m fascinated by the idea that kids will somehow be horrified or harmed by watching their parents… garden.
And, of course, the national security issues. Elsewhere on the site, under a “Never Forget 911” banner:
Will legalizing Marijuana place our National Security at risk? We think so.
It has been proven that Marijuana use causes memory loss. How will California defend itself in a newly intoxicated condition? – Not very well.
Marijuana use causes poor judgment and forgetfulness. Marijuana blocks pain receptors, causing emotional and metabolic instability. Can we afford to be this irresposnible and have a casual attitude about Marijuana in a world haunted by the lessons we have to learn each day from terror?
You know, if we aren’t afraid, terror doesn’t work. Just sayin’
Seems to me the poor judgment isn’t coming from marijuana use.