The group acknowledges some health risk associated with marijuana use and proposes that it be regulated along the lines of alcohol and tobacco. But it says the consequences of criminalization outweigh the hazards.
Lyman says current laws have “proven to be a failed public health policy.” He cited increased prison costs, the effect on families when marijuana users are imprisoned and racial inequalities in drug-sentencing cases.
DEA Global Holy Warriors Take On Iran – Jeralyn Merritt takes on the DEA
The DEA has become a menace. Someone needs to rein them in. A good starting point would be for Congress to start cutting their budget. They are supposed to be addressing drug crime in the U.S. not policing the world and creating international crime and terror plots. […]
It’s time someone put the brakes on the DEA’s global holy wars.
Some reactions to the latest multi-pronged crackdown by the feds.
Barack Obama, drug warrior by Debra Saunders at SFGate.
Nadelmann cannot understand why the Obama Justice Department is willing to alienate real estate agents, property owners, gun owners and the Democratic base. “Typically, as an advocate,” he said, “your best opportunities emerge when the other side overreaches.”
I’ve talked to folks in law enforcement who stew over medical marijuana businesses serving as fronts for criminal enterprises. But now the administration is threatening to go after cancer patients who own guns and small businesses that rent to marijuana shops. They are going after people whom they do not consider to be criminals.
That’s why some states decided to pass medical marijuana laws in the first place. They do not want the heavy boot of federal law enforcement stomping on the wrong people.
It’s a good point. This over-reach could very well be a tipping point.
Not only will this program be as hopeless as its predecessors, it is yet another continuing example of the arrogance, hypocrisy and bullying of the federal government in this area. […]
Thus, calling marijuana a “controlled substance” is the biggest oxymoron of our day. Prohibition leaves governments with no controls whatsoever over things like age restrictions, quality, quantity or place of sale. Those important issues are left in the complete control of Mexican drug cartels, juvenile street gangs and other thugs, which is where most of the customers will go once the dispensaries are closed down.
Here’s a ridiculous reaction from the Christian Science Monitor: Fed crackdown on California medical marijuana: Does Obama mean it?
A year ago, Californians voted against legalizing marijuana, and last week the Obama administration decided to help them mean it. […]
The Obama administration â€“ after appearing soft on marijuana two years ago â€“ is doing what state law enforcement refuses to do. And the Justice Department is being smart about it by going after large-scale growers, landlords who rent to large pot dispensaries, or banks that finance growers. […]
Keeping a lid on marijuana isnâ€™t like Prohibition, as PBS documentary filmmaker Ken Burns points out. Alcohol has long been too widely consumed to ban completely. Pot smokers are a small minority. They are containable…
The big question now is whether President Obama will buckle to political pressure from pro-pot forces and ease up the federal pressure on Californiaâ€™s pot industry. A short-term clampdown wonâ€™t dampen the momentum of the pro-legalization crowd that uses almost any ruse on the public.
If this were any other drug, the researchers would probably be organizing or conducting trials now. But this isnâ€™t a new chemical compound dreamed up by a pharmaceutical company. Itâ€™s marijuana, and the anti-marijuana forces in the federal government are powerful. […]
It is time for government officials to take this nationâ€™s veterans off the medical marijuana battlefield. NIDA should grant the researchersâ€™ request to purchase marijuana and allow the FDA-approved PTSD study of veterans to move forward. These brave men and women donâ€™t have decades to wait for relief.