U.S. House passes resolution calling upon Drug Czar to legalize marijuana

OK, well they may not think that’s what they passed, but I don’t know any other way to accomplish this.

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

  1. declares that drug trafficking organizations cultivating illicit marijuana on Federal lands in the United States pose an unacceptable threat to the safety of law enforcement and the public;
  2. affirms that it is the responsibility of the Federal Government to confront the threat of illicit marijuana cultivation on Federal lands; and
  3. calls upon the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy to work in conjunction with Federal and State agencies to develop a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to permanently dismantle Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating on Federal lands.

Via LEAP, who were ready with a great response:

“No matter how many grow operations are eradicated or cartel leaders are arrested, there will always be more people willing to take the risk to earn huge profits in the black market for marijuana,” said Richard Newton, a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who is now a speaker for the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “My years of experience in federal drug enforcement tell me that only when we legalize and regulate marijuana will we put a stop to this madness. After all, you don’t see too many Mexican wine cartels growing grapes in our national parks, and that’s because alcohol is legal.”

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33 Responses to U.S. House passes resolution calling upon Drug Czar to legalize marijuana

  1. denmark says:

    Resolved, That the House of End Prohibition Now

    1. Declares that drug trafficking organizations cultivating marijuana on Federal lands in the United States are a direct result of Prohibition; and that Prohibition is an unacceptable threat to the safety of the public;
    2. Affirms that it is the responsibility of the Federal Government to END Prohibition now and only monitor the responsible cultivation of legal marijuana on Federal lands;
    3. Calls upon the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy to apply for Unemployment immediately.

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  3. claygooding says:

    Another empty meaningless shaking of the spear and rattling
    of their shields because they have already had 2 or three resolutions for a drug-free America since 1969.
    All this does is allow Kerli to ask for more budget to build a bigger army for the war on marijuana.

  4. strayan says:

    The British are apparently going to solve the drug problem by “ending addiction”


    Which resolution do you think will be more effective?

  5. kaptinemo says:

    It’s always so interesting to watch: they keep trying to add 2 + 2 and they keep coming up with 3.89 or something along those lines. Always racing to the finish line, only to fall face-down just short of it. They just cannot, cannot bring themselves to (publicly) admit to the obvious. And that’s largely due to receiving a paycheck; few DrugWarriors are as blind as they officially must be.

    Well, they should take a look around. Congress is so hard up for money, they’re making noises about cutting Social Security.

    That’s how bad it is, folks. The legendary ‘third rail’ is being touched with impunity. Once-sacred cows are being sized up for the budgetary butcher’s knife. And if anything qualifies for such treatment, it’s the DrugWar.

    Eventually, things will get so bad you will have some very vocal, very angry people asking why we have to spend so much on the DrugWar when there are families in this country who are facing their own personal fiscal Armageddons, and it’ll be awfully hard for a Congresscritter to make those tired old noises about ‘saving the children’ from inanimate objects when those kids need saving from homelessness and malnutrition.

    Then, and only then, will it become politically fashionable to admit that 2 + 2 does indeed equal 4, and that drug prohibition just cannot be allowed to be the fiscal black hole it’s always been.

  6. darkcycle says:

    Be it then resolved to pursue the same idiotic course of action that has yielded no results whatsoever for the last seventy years.And:
    Be it then resolved to throw yet more money down that endless black hole, in a time when the same people screaming about austerity for the government squeal like stuck pigs at the prospect of not getting a huge tax cut. And:
    So forth and so on, on and on and on.

  7. pt says:

    This is, of course, ridiculous, but the “new” strategy in England, from the article posted above,……….just WOW! rofl

  8. Servetus says:

    The irredeemable character of prohibition is such that no one favoring it has the intelligence to go beyond its most basic, elemental philosophy, which is to destroy and punish.

    Getting prohibitionists to legalize or regulate drugs is like hiring former Gestapo officers to run nursing homes. Sure, you’ll get results, but not the results you want. We’ve seen what happens when hardcore prohibitionists take control of drug treatment programs. Chambers of horrors emerge, such as Straight, Inc.

    Prohibition attracts a peculiar breed to its ranks. Some realize the error of their ways and move on with their lives. Those left behind remain true believers—Kool-Aid addicts to the end.

    Prohibition offers the opportunity for puny intellects to disparage urban culture, to decry the scientific community that exposes their drug mythologies to international ridicule. Prohibition is the last refuge of the angry white man. Prohibition and its rampages bestow a false sense of security and comfort upon suburbanites who believe rousting drug users will save the suburbs and rural areas from the encroachment of racial minorities living in urban ghettoes. Prohibition is a way for non-drug users to feel superior to drug users, even though no such moral superiority has ever been proven. On the contrary. Scratch a radical prohibitionist and expose a POS.

    Fighting prohibitionists means understanding what makes them tick. What produces the prohibitionist mindset? Where do these people come from? What are the social demographics of DEA and ONDCP personnel? We know it’s possible to find people willing to do anything, to commit any crime against humanity—the Nazis proved that. But why does a supposedly democratic society allow itself to decay into a prohibitionist state? The answers point to strategies for victory against prohibitionism.

  9. Saladin says:

    I have a feeling that weed will be legalized sooner rather than later, releasing Pandora from the box.


  10. Duncan20903 says:

    We should chip in together and buy some regulation dictionaries for our elected and appointed authorities. You know, one’s with the definition of “legalization” “tolerance” and “honesty” intact and definitely not one published by Humpty Dumpty Lexicon Publishers, LIC.

    (LIC = Limited Intelligence Corporation)
    Servetus, didn’t that Calvina Fay woman have something to do with Straight Inc?


    Saladin, where did you get that lovely tin foil hat? You did make sure to get it in tin foil, right? Aluminum foil isn’t any good and it actually amplifies the radio waves that the CIA uses to control people. That’s why the government ran all the tin foil manufactures into bankruptcy and replaced it with aluminum foil.

  11. denmark says:

    The article strayan linked us to reminds me of Stop smoking cigarette campaigns. It only works if the person really wants to quit. And they’re going to gather together former addicts to coach the poor soul’s coming into the CRC program. That rarely works as the ego becomes swelled with false pride and cruel judgement towards the drug user. (just talk to any ex cig smoker who is enthusiatic about saving other smokers).

    The pharmecutical companies are more dangerous than the Drug Cartel’s.

    The pharmecutical companies are more dangerous than Kerli-boy.

  12. Saladin says:

    Duncan, is that a lack of research on your part or are you being facetious?

  13. Duncan20903 says:

    Here’s something interesting albeit a little out of date. A survey of perception of trustworthiness for various occupations in 1980, then again in 1995.

    1. pharmacist
    2. clergy
    3. firefighter
    4. teacher
    5. police officer
    6. doctor
    7. dentist
    8. accountant
    9. stock broker
    10. lawyer
    11. funeral director
    12. politician

    1. firefighter
    2. pharmacist
    3. teacher
    4. dentist
    5. clergy
    6. Stockbroker
    7. doctor
    8. accountant
    9. funeral director
    10.police officer
    11. lawyer
    12. politician

    Rankings listed on page 12 of:

    Messrs Raygun and Bush the 41st managed to oversee a time period when the trust in police officers fell off a friggin’ cliff. Way to you “law and order” guys, heckuva job. At least they didn’t make politicians fall any lower on the list.

    The PDF that I linked above is actually very interesting. Written by a cop with ethics (i.e. a black swan) it actually makes a boatload of good points.

    Page 15: In this survey I asked fifteen questions to a total of sixty-nine police officers (Appendix F). The results of the survey will be shown with graphs and percentages. I will attempt to show how much knowledge and understanding a police officer has about his oath of office. There are also a few ethical questions that I pose to the officer.

    Page 24: Officers should be educated and trained in early detection of ethical issues. Self-interest tends to impede one’s ethical awareness. As I mentioned in my paper, when people realize that we are placed on this earth to help and assist others and not serve our own special interest, only then are we behaving ethically (doing good).

    The paper is very Michigan-centric because I was having a discussion with a Know Nothing about a Michigan police officers duty to enforce Federal law and he swears that’s part of their oath. When I pointed out to him that evasion of Federal income taxes is perfectly legal as far as the State of Michigan is concerned, and asked why the cops weren’t out busting tax cheats he had no answer, just called me a stoned pothead or some such other nonsense.

    It’s more fun with California Know Nothings pulling out their State Constitution to show them that California authorities are precluded from enforcing Federal law over State law unless a Court of Appeals has found the law to be unconstitutional.

    Anyway, from the survey below I think we need to get some more pharmacists on or side. The Michigan and Iowa Boards of Pharmacy are a good start.

    Amusing how the author dumbed down “behaving ethically” to “(doing good)” for the cops reading the paper.

  14. darkcycle says:

    Two possibilities, Saladin. One, he is being funny. Two: he genuinely admires your hat.

  15. Duncan20903 says:

    Saladin, I’m 100% sure that tin foil will keep the radio waves out of your head, and that aluminum foil amplifies the effects of the government mind control, and that’s why they shut down the tin foil manufacturers.

    Feel free to say any psychotic nonsense that you like to me, it won’t make your position any less looney tunes than it is. I really feel sorry for you if you think anyone’s going to take your nonsense conclusion seriously.

    I do mean this with all due respect.


  16. Oh good god.... says:

    ….We are surrounded by insanity. I think its time for some lobotomies ! That’ll cure their ills.

  17. Duncan20903 says:

    Woo-hoo! USA Today explores the current glut of cannabis in North America.

    As medical marijuana proliferates, pot prices decline


    Virginia and Georgia have the highest cannabis prices? Who’d a thunk it?

  18. Duncan20903 says:

    I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

  19. denbee says:

    The reasoned and sane approach to cannabis will need to directly come from the people. Asking or expecting the current entrenched lawmakers to address reality and make the desired changes is a joke. In 2012 California will once again vote for legalization. I suspect they learned a few things about what went wrong with the last vote and we will finally see the first State in the nation to prohibit prohibition! The Genie will truly be out of the bong then! Voter referendums will be the train that legal pot rides into town on…one State at a time. With Marijuana legal the DEA will find itself with 70% less work and can be eliminated altogether, saving billions of dollars and a more than a few homes being invaded, ransacked, and forfeited. In the mean time, VOTE! Ask your candidates what their stand is on cannabis and why? Use your vote and let them why you voted for or against them. Email, call, write, pester your congress folks for change. Tell them how important this issue is to you.

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  21. Justa Guy says:

    I really don’t want to spend even one minute on this . I favor cannabis legalization. More Americans were arrested & imprisoned for cannabis possession during Clinton’s admin & The Obama admin is on track to do the same. Every federal drug prohibition law was crafted by Democrat lead US Congresses & signed into law by Democrat Presidents. The exception being the CSA was crafted by Democrats & signed by Nixon. Please, read up on drug prohibition before you harsh the GOP too hard. We have a better chance of ending cannabis prohibition with the Tea Party. Democrats know prohibition means big government & they’ll never end it, as shown by the resolution they just passed. Think Barbara Boxer as the Chairwoman opposing Prop 19. Cannabis prohibition will be ended by the States, just like alcohol prohibition (Volstead Act) was ended. Wake up & stop giving the double dealing Democrats a pass.

  22. kaptinemo says:

    Justa Guy, can you tell me who here says the Dems are saints when it comes to drug prohibition?

    As any long-time readers know (if only because they have, indeed, done their own research) drug prohibition has always had ‘bipartisan’ support. Been that way since 1914 and the Harrison Narcotics Act. ‘Both’ (yeah, right, they’re not wings of the same Oligarchy, oh, noooooo) ‘parties’ have been culpable; neither is worthy of trust on this issue.

    Yes, change will have to come from literally ‘grassroots’ (no pun intended) levels, like the way a tree root can buckle a concrete sidewalk over time. And that change will come because of the economic implausibility of maintaining the costs of drug prohibition in a time of de facto economic Depression.

    Sooner or later, the hoary old ‘it’s to save the children’ will be shouted down by angry, desperate people who need the money being squandered on the DrugWar to feed and house those same children the prohibs cry so many crocodile tears over as they cash their paychecks.

    But I place no faith in any political movement that does not, up-front and unreservedly, call for an end of the DrugWar on the basis of not only economic reasons but for ones involving freedoms and liberties. The Tea Party has not said much about the DrugWar at all…and since the issue is so incredibly integral to the ideal of recapturing those freedoms and liberties, that silence on their part is both deafening and disturbing.

  23. Common Science says:

    I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
    -Tom Waits

  24. David Klein says:

    Legalization is inevitable but will take more time. Law enforcement spends far too many resources unjustly targeting the modest, recreational user of marijuana, often with dire consequences for good citizens. For a dramatic and page-turning look at this issue, check out the novel STASH published by Random House at http://www.bydavidklein.com.

  25. Ryan says:

    At least one representative endorsed Pete’s view of the bill at hand:


    The only way to keep marijuana from growing in national parks is to legalize it and regulate production for consumer use, a Colorado Democrat told the US House of Representatives on Tuesday.

    The House was in the midst of a debate on HR 1540, a bill which declares that the cultivation of marijuana on federal lands is an “unacceptable threat to law enforcement and to the public.”

    “I have no doubt that marijuana plantations, as the resolution states, pose a threat to the environmental health of Federal lands, that drug traffickers spray unregulated chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers, but I submit that the best way to address that is to incorporate this into a meaningful and enforceable agricultural policy for the country with regard to the regulatory structure for the production of marijuana,” Rep. Polis said.

  26. DdC says:

    No self respecting grower will ruin their crop pollinating it with hemp as a camouflage. This is undoubtedly over the heads of the Drug Thugs or they might think of eradicating so called Mexican Cartels Grow Ops in the National Forests with Hemp. Then process it into food and wood and clothing, giving jobs to millions.

    Hemp and Marijuana: Myths & Realities

    Botanically, the genus Cannabis is composed of several variants. Although there has been a long-standing debate among taxonomists about how to classify these variants into species, applied plant breeders generally embrace a biochemical method to classify variants along utilitarian lines. Cannabis is the only plant genus that contains the unique class of molecular compounds called cannabinoids. Many cannabinoids have been identified, but two preponderate: THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient of Cannabis, and CBD, which is an antipsychoactive ingredient. One type of Cannabis is high in the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, and low in the antipsychoactive cannabinoid, CBD. This type is popularly known as marijuana. Another type is high in CBD and low in THC. Variants of this type are called industrial hemp.

    Myth: Hemp fields would be used to hide marijuana plants.

    Reality: Hemp is grown quite differently from marijuana. Moreover, it is harvested at a different time than marijuana. Finally, cross-pollination between hemp plants and marijuana plants would significantly reduce the potency of the marijuana plant.

    Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage

    “We’ve got a national campaign by drug legalizers, in my view, to try and use medicinal uses of drugs and legalization of hemp as a stalking horse to get in under the radar screen.”
    ~ Gen. Barry McCaffrey – Former Drug Czar

  27. Saladin says:

    Snark is always helpful, especially for those who don’t even bother to read or research what is posted. Here’s a novel idea Duncan, why don’t you post something relevant to refute my article? That Monsanto is always at work trying to patent everything under the sun is nothing new, but your smartass commentary says nothing beyond the fact that you really have no argument. I am an ardent supporter of weed in all ways, shapes and forms and I certainly don’t want to see those lunatic scientists doing to pot what they’ve done to every plant they’ve gotten their hands on. So come on, prove it wrong.

    My blog for today:
    What a Legal Pot Economy Would Look Like
    A Parable

  28. Jose says:

    The Drug Czar will simply dig in deeper. Instead of ending Prohibition, they will bunker down with $billions more down the drain. Look at Mexico with more casualties than the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan together and Mexico isn’t flinching.

    The drug war business is too lucrative to simply let it go. It will take at least 100 times more booby traps in the National Forests before drug enforcement becomes unprofitable and I’m afraid that’s what is going to happen.

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