34 National and State Organizations Send Sign on Letter to Administration Regarding Enforcement of Federal Marijuana Laws
Dear President Obama:
We, the 18 national and 16 state organizations below are writing to commend your Administration for its efforts to enforce federal drug laws, and strongly urge you to reject any calls to revise the United Statesâ€™ policy on illegal drugs that would legalize marijuana or other illicit drugs. We urge your Administration to remain steadfast in its efforts to enforce Federal drug laws in states that allow â€œmedical marijuanaâ€ and to reject any calls for outright legalization of marijuana and other drugs anywhere in the United States.
The supporters, of course, include a lot of the major drug war profiteers, such as National Sheriff’s Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Troopers Coalition, National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, along with the major funded (some by government) anti-drug orgs like Drug Free America Foundation, The Partnership at Drugfree.org, CADCA, etc, and weirdo groups like Save Our Society from Drugs, plus, oddly, 5 groups from Arizona.
I hope the President is happy with his core supporters.
Note that those who support prohibition make money from it, while those who oppose prohibition do not.
No conflict of interest here. Nope. Nothing to see here, move along, go back to your jobs so you can pay your taxes which fund our salaries. Don’t force me to “save” you with this club.
Is there any remaining doubt about where the real threat to America comes from?
Protect & Serve (Themselves!)
Ah, but don’t forget the “well-funded legalization lobby” we keep hearing about….
The Zionazi terrorists printing currency are our best friends…
The Lie Factory owned and operated by the truth hating terrorists always tell us what we need to know…
The children of the devil will always make a mistake in your favor..
a plant is still the enemy of the braindeadgoy..Genesis 1…
The crackhouse in DC has the best crack …heads.
Responding to Dante, above:
Sadly, It seems we’re we’re living up to Lincoln’s famous Lyceum speech:
“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” (Emphasis mine – k.)
We’re doing it to ourselves, a quarter-turn turn of the screw at a time…and it began with drug prohibition.
These are the people that Obama is so terrified of being politically attacked by(law enforcement, prosecutors, DA’s), that he has decided to let the full force of government fall down on marijuana smokers anywhere and everywhere.
Talk about having “paid” friends,,not one of those organizations is free of a conflict of interest because they all lose funding and some go out of existence when prohibition ends.
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit.
LOL,,these do-goodies are bullshit.
Having a knock down drag out with a very possible drug warrior here,,,;<)
Remember when I mentioned the other day about how the Ignorati was more prevalent in stories about sports figures?
I am not on Facebook so I could not reply over there, please feel free to post this for your friend David if you like.
Norman – I just slipped over here from drugwarrant to see this entertaining conversation your having. I do find it amusing. Why? Because David has the same disease as most any drug warrior in our country…he believes that using marijuana is a “crime.” He believes it so strongly and with such determination that no amount of reason will change his thought process. He’ll tell you its the “law” and the ugly things hes seen it do to “other people.” It will never be their fault though, it won’t be their lack of self-discipline or self-control – it will always be “marijuana’s” fault. I heard an old analogy before and it can be used with any substance – take any substance, in this case marijuana, place it on the ground and watch it. Watch it for as long as you like, it will never harm any one and it will most definitely never kill anyone. As a matter of fact, it will amazingly do nothing at all. The substance is not the culprit, it is the user and it always has been. People who “abuse” and don’t “use responsibly” are those who are at fault – but you go ahead David and keep blaming the substance. If more people took responsibility for their actions, you’d solve 99% of the problem…
Of the list of 34 supporters, the only organization appearing to have a link to science or medicine calls itself The International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse. It publishes The Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice. The organization is actually a subdivision of the Drug Free American Foundation (DFAF).
The DFAF has this to say about its â€˜scientificâ€™ subdivision:
“The International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse is a brain trust of the worldâ€™s leading researchers involved in drug-related research and physicians concerned about the drug abuse problem. This group helps to dispel misinformation related to current drug issues in the media.”
What this â€˜brain-trustâ€™ actually does is formulate and spread disinformation about marijuana and medical marijuana dispensaries. No surprise, of course. Some of the articles have a bizarre, John-Birch-Society quality to them, like this one, Pawns of Pot: The Coexistence of Marijuana and Animal Crimes, in which the author, a veterinarian, laments the marijuana innuendos he perceives in TV episodes of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo.
Hereâ€™s a list of contents for previous issues of The Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice. Have yourself a laugh.
Wow. I also found this article from 2009 by Andrea Barthwell, formerly of ONDCP and GW Pharma (Sativex). It’s basically a blueprint for how Obama might go back on his campaign statements about medical marijuana without, you know, actually breaking them. Prophetic:
Yep , you can smell the “But we’ve got this expensive “Sativex” we’ll you take instead – of ‘smoking a dangerous weed’ – whatever lets Big Pharma keep the $$ in their pockets!
Just like some folks have done with “Marinol” – a Bullshit non-weed, *expensive as hell* — wait for it — “Medicine”…
DFAF are the same people who once operated a highly abusive “treatment” outfit called Straight, Inc.
“…I’m shocked, I tell you! Shocked!”
“Monsieur, your winnings”
i can’t wait for someone from the re-elect obama campaign to call me asking for a donation
I wonder how they’ll spin it…
Recall what happened when the nicotine patches came out? I recall the early NicoDerm commercials in which a very pretty Carolyn McCormick emphasizing how the poisonous, addictive drug nicotine…was ‘medicine’. Heavy, very heavy emphasis on the word.
So, after the Obama Administration and its’ low-rent corp-rat muscle in the (ha-ha-not-funny) ‘Justice Department’ have destroyed the dispensaries, and Big Pharma introduces its’ reblended cannabis as something ‘new’, what will we hear then? That’s it’s just as good as weed?
Nicotine does have medicinal values, actually. It is one the best known substances to increase the production of dopamine in the brain. That is beneficial for people with brain disease and injury, such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers. And, of course, nicotine can be found in a range of plants including lettuce. Poisonous? In the form of smoke, or incredibly high concentrations, maybe, but very rarely. It would take a LOT of raw tobacco to kill anyone. Don’t believe the biased government science please, since you know what they do to cannabis science.
It makes a heckuva good, inexpensive pesticide. You know, from time to time I wonder why health insurance won’t pay for smoking cessation drugs, if tobacco smokers really cost so much extra.
My point was to illustrate the inherent hypocrisy that generally goes unchallenged, thanks to the ‘reality gatekeeping’ of corporately controlled media. Bad enough tobacco is marketed by people intent upon addicting you to it; worse that the ‘cure’ is also provided by the same people. The paper-thin rationalization is that by calling it ‘medicine’, the inference was that it was somehow different from the same damn thing those wanting to quit were trying to get away from.
As far as toxicity goes:
The LD50 of nicotine is 50 mg/kg for rats and 3 mg/kg for mice. 40â€“60 mg (0.5-1.0 mg/kg) can be a lethal dosage for adult humans. Nicotine therefore has a high toxicity in comparison to many other alkaloids such as cocaine, which has an LD50 of 95.1 mg/kg when administered to mice. It is impossible however to overdose on nicotine through smoking alone (though a person can overdose on nicotine through a combination of nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and/or tobacco smoking at the same time). Spilling an extremely high concentration of nicotine onto the skin can result in intoxication or even death since nicotine readily passes into the bloodstream from dermal contact.
Unicorns, tooth fairies and Pegasus has fans too.
so did Medusa butI don’t want to sleep with her,,,or around any on that list.
A few things I have learned in my life… all people are self serving, expect it. All people take the path of least resistence, exptect it. Lies, repeted over and over for 70 plus years become the truth for many, many people and are very tough to put to sleep. But as poll after poll show marijuana legalization is more popular than ever my question is…at what point does the majority opinion matter? I believe that we are being ruled by the minority at this point. Next year it will even be a greater majority. Again, in a democracy, is it acceptable for the majority to be ruled by the minority? A majority of the People in Amemica want legal marijuana. Why are we pussyfooting around? Let’s get it done and move on to the next big thing…like the budget.
I usually get blowback when I explain that we are a democratic republic, not a democracy. There is a difference. But then again, I’ve found that most folks are clueless when asked if they know the difference. In any event, it is crony capitalism and corrupt government that are responsible for our current condition. And since I seem to be a glutton for punishment, I’ll say that the solution for our condition lies more with the Republicans than the Democrats, notwithstanding Gary Johnson.
Daniel, it certainly seems to me that there are lots of people that are starting to understand that the Democrats might talk the talk, but they don’t walk the walk.
You’re either for invasive central government or you’re not. We just can’t have it both ways.
Mr. Johnson is the least Libertarian candidate to get the party’s nomination, and by a very wide margin. One could argue that Bob Barr came nearly as close but he was enough of a whore that he might have acted as if he were actually a true, hardcore Libertarian. Hey, the client is always right.
When choosing between two evils, I pick the one that will get me spanked the fastest.
Spanking ‘brings couples together’
Here’s some core support – Gary Johnson.
Gov. Johnson only supports legalizing cannabis, he’s not for completely ending the war on drug(user)s. Ron Paul is the only one who is proposing that, and if elected he WILL do it. Third party voting is only going to get us more of the same we have now, voting Ron Paul would bring about real, beneficial, and necessary change.
I picked this up over at Huff Po from the comments on this article (Paradigm Lost: Why the rEVOLution Has Not Been Televised) to spread around, got permission from the author to post it where ever:
iamaqt commented on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-koerner/paradigm-lost-why-the-rev_b_1455069.html
I think the paradigm shift has made a lot of people lose their math skills as well.
All I saw after the 4/24 primaries were articles talking about Romney’s “big win” in 5 states. The glaring reality of that big win is that the media has created apathy.
In Rhode Island, for instance, only 14,488 people voted. There are over 1 million people in that state. Most of the states that voted on 4/24 had less than 2% of the state population actually get out and vote. Pennsylvania was the only exception with 6.3% of that state’s population voting.
So, even with the media effectively brainwashing most people that Romney is the only alternative to Obama, people still did not want him. Instead of doing the math, people just took the media’s word that it was a “sweep”. That kind of sweep will never, ever beat Obama.
All five states that voted on 4/24 held closed primaries, meaning only registered Republicans could vote. In Romney’s only voter base, there was glaring apathy.
The rEVOLution consists of disenfranchised Democrats (that’s me), true conservatives within the Republican party, and Independent/Libertarian voters.
If people really are wanting Anybody But Obama, they better jump on board with a candidate that appeals to more than just apathetic neocons, that’s for sure.
This was the permission response:
Anyway, yes, you can share this wherever you like. It’s public information, it just takes people doing the math. One correction though….Delaware had 3.2 of the state’s population get out to vote so PA wasn’t the only exception of being under 2%. Still pretty pathetic though!
Ron Paul has a much better chance at winning the nomination than the media reports and most people think; and if he wins the nomination he WILL win the presidency.
I look for Obammy to feint to the right with a request for congress to investigate medical marijuana appx mid August,,and requesting the report results for the week after the vote.
It will be some kind of holographic carrot on a stick to blow more smoke up our ass with and unless Hominy has a debate with Gary Johnson at some point that clown will never mention marijuana.
Anyway,,I am excited about an election for the first time since I started voting,,and I hope society doesn’t have to wait that long for another exciting election,,they should all be exciting.
Could use some comments. What a bunch of idiots and paid shills. Shame on the NyTimes.
Doesn’t the White House have central air conditioning?