Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 2009
Source: Salmon Arm Observer (CN BC)
Copyright: 2009 Salmon Arm Observer
Author: Ralph Givens


Re: Candidates quizzed on pot, Observer, April 29.

One question about marijuana determines whether candidates should 
hold office. Will they govern marijuana based on modern science or 
continue with a policy founded on racist fictions?

The pot laws many politicians hold in such high regard are based on 
racism and outrageous lies:

"...persons using this narcotic smoke the dry leaves of the plant 
[marijuana], which has the effect of driving them completely insane. 
The addict loses all sense of moral responsibility. Addicts to this 
drug, while under its influence, are immune to pain.

"While in this condition they become raving maniacs and are liable to 
kill or indulge in any forms of violence to other persons, using the 
most savage methods of cruelty without, as said before, any sense of 
moral responsibility." Janey Canuck  (Emily Murphy 1920)

"Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, 
step on white men's shadows and look at a white woman twice." (Hearst 
newspapers nationwide, 1934)

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are 
Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, 
jazz and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana can cause 
white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and 
any others."

"The primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."

"Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, 
criminality and death."

"Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind."

"[Smoking] one [marihuana] cigarette might develop a homicidal mania, 
probably to kill his brother." (see US Government Propaganda To 
Outlaw Marijuana - )

Anyone who believes this nonsense should never hold public office.

Ralph Givens, Daly City, Calif.
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