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In 1936 one of the most incredible pieces of propaganda ever created in America was released to the public.
"Reefer Madness" is a movie that proclaims at the onset that marijuana use will "cause the loss of all power to resist physical emotion .. leading finally to acts of shocking violence .. ending often in incurable insanity".
Much more remarkable than that written declaration being shown at the start of the movie, are the mammoth efforts made by the actors to bring this nonsense to life during the movie. It is both laughable and horrible.
You can watch it on youtube.
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As of January 1, 2018 there are more states in which marijuana is legal in some form or another than states in which it stubbornly remains illegal.
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Fifty Year Study of Marijuana Use Concluded!
This exhaustive study reveals that long-term marijuana use is not harmful to its users in any way. The test subjects are consistent in the opinion that marijuana is a pleasant complement to their lives, jobs and families.
The varied profile of the marijuana user, including every demographic, ethnicity, religion, and economic status in this vast nation, along with the consistent happy results and lack of negative issues that plague opiates, pharmaceuticals, alcohol and tobacco over the span of five decades and beyond combine to yield the only logical conclusion possible:
compares pot to heroin!
Apparently Sessions is basing his assertations on "someone" claiming that the way to solve the heroin problem is to legalize marijuana,¹ and if indeed someone did say that, they too are a moron.
The thing that is always evident when old white guys start talking about marijuana is that they are scared of it, have never tried it, never been around it, and know not one thing about it first hand (except of course for Clinton).
It seems as if because the legalization of pot in a growing number of states has brought the issue to the forefront the DOJ thinks this is a new issue! As if over the course of the past sixty years or so a fully functional supply system has not been meeting demand; as if all those people in California that rushed to the pot stores were not already getting pot from someone else; as if he can single-handedly stop people from getting high any more than Prohibition stopped people from drinking. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ²
>And as for liquor, it is highly addictive, kills thousands every year from both the disease and auto accidents, destroys families and marriages and lives, and is legal. From what we hear, it is quite popular on 'the Hill'. On the other hand, marijuana is not addictive, kills no one, and mellows people out.
When you get drunk, things like throwing up on a friend, or ruining a relationship by running your mouth, or getting in the car and killing someone and/or yourself are all very distinct possibilities. It can be embarrassing and maybe dangerous to be told the next morning about your too-close-to-naked table dance, or to wake up in a room you’ve never before witnessed in daylight.
It is difficult to smoke too much marijuana because you get to a point where you are 'good' and you just naturally stop. Marijuana users don't get high and then become belligerent, or syrupy-sappy "I love you man", or turn into assholes and beat their wife or kids. Marijuana users listen to music and make love (not war) and watch TV and hang out. The worst thing that will happen to an over-endulgant marijuana user is that he may only too-late realize that he just ate an entire box of cookies, before plopping on the couch to get a few zzzz's.
How is it that we have someone in our government that can affect laws that
1) is so completely ignorant about the things he is trying to legislate against, and
2) ignores the raging alcohol problem in this country, which is magnificently more detrimental to our nation than marijuana use, while witch-hunting innocent pot-smoking Americans who are harming no one?
And let's be clear: this bullshit "War on Drugs" is a war against American citizens. A war on drugs would involve efforts to stop importation and production, but apparently we suck at that. So all we can do is go after the Grandma that takes a couple tokes to help her sleep, and the Viet Nam vet that served his country better than his country served him upon his arrival home. It is a war against people any way you slice it. Why is our government at war with us? Why is the Attorney General of the United States of America turning on his fellow citizens?
How could we possibly be a better country with even more Americans in prison or with criminal records that can derail careers and lives, for imbibing in something so much less dangerous, less addictive, and less harmful overall than alcohol? How?
¹ Newsweek article
²George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
The La Guardia Report - 1944
New York Academy of Medicine issued an extensively researched report declaring that, contrary to earlier research and popular belief, use of marijuana did not induce violence, insanity or sex crimes, or lead to addiction or other drug use.
This report was rejected and ignored.
Shafer Commission - 1972
The bipartisan Shafer Commission, appointed by President Nixon at the direction of Congress, considered laws regarding marijuana and determined that personal use of marijuana should be decriminalized.
Nixon flatly rejected the recommendation.
1977 - 1981
U.S. President Carter along with Dr. Peter Bourne, who was his assistant for drug policy, lobbied for decriminalization of marijuana. The president himself asked Congress to abolish federal criminal penalties for those caught with less than one ounce of marijuana.
Congress rejected the request.
U.S. DEA administrative law Judge Francis Young finds, after thorough hearings, that marijuana has a clearly established medical use and should be reclassified as a prescriptive drug.
His recommendation is ignored.
The American Office of National Drug Control Policy commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a comprehensive study of the medical efficacy of cannabis therapeutics. The IOM concluded that cannabis is a safe and effective medicine, patients should have access, and the government should expand avenues for research and drug development.
The federal government completely ignored its findings and refused to act on its recommendations.
It is both easy and fun to put devil horns on Attorney General Sessions. However, if you wanted to be objective about it, you could say that by moving to enforce federal law he is just doing his job. You could also say his is being a major jerk.
This law has been on the books since 1972 when Nixon defied all logic and the commission that he himself authorized, and declared war on drug users. Either way, repealing the federal law would be the one-stop solution we'd all love to see.
At the time of this writing there were only 15K signatures on this petition. There needs to be millions. Please do your part. Sign the petition and get all your friends to sign the petition below.
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