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1 US GA: PUB LTE: Prohibition IIWed, 29 Jun 2011
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:43 Added:06/29/2011

A Harris poll released in March revealed that a whopping 74 percent of American adults support legalizing medical marijuana in their state. Are you listening, Gov. Deal? As you might expect, the numbers were lower for people endorsing legalized recreational use in their state - -- 42 percent. Over 3,000 adults across the U.S. were surveyed in Feb. 2011 to obtain these results, which reflected an ABC News-Wasington Post poll this past January that arrived at similar numbers.

A stat breakdown reflects regionalized values. New England is rapidly becoming the new hue for medical marijuana in the U.S.: East Coasters vocalized the highest support for legal medical use in the nation at 80 percent, and just as impressive, 50 percent supported legal recreational use. The politically open-minded West saw the second-highest level of support for legal medical pot at 76 percent, as well as 50 percent in favor of legal recreational use. Support in the Midwest was slightly lower, at 74 percent for medical, 59 percent for recreational use, but higher than the conservative South, which nonetheless surveyed at over 69 percent for medical and 34 for recreational.

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2 US GA: PUB LTE: Decriminalization Effort A Good First StepMon, 24 Aug 2009
Source:Albany Herald, The (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:45 Added:08/26/2009

Lest there be any confusion, NORML strongly favors marijuana legalization over decriminalization. period.

Instructively, an eye-popping 73 percent of Americans surveyed support decriminalizing cannabis, while only 42 percent support outright legalization. So while we build support for the ultimate goal of legalization, it's also important to support efforts at decriminalization, like HR 2943, the act to remove federal penalties for the personal use of marijuana by responsible adults, reintroduced in Congress this June by co-sponsors Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Ron Paul, R-Texas.

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3 US GA: PUB LTE: We Need Marijuana DebateWed, 24 Sep 2003
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:26 Added:09/27/2003

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) responded to White House Drug Czar John Walters' call for "a national debate" on marijuana policy by offering to debate the drug czar on national television as soon as possible. As reported in the Seattle Weekly, Walters told the press conference, "The real issue is should we legalize marijuana?" Let's have a national debate about that. If you would like to see a national debate on marijuana, then please e-mail your comments to Drug Czar John Walters at ondcp@ncjrs.org.

Buster Jones

Albany, Ga.

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4 US GA: PUB LTE: More Drug War LiesTue, 24 Jun 2003
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:30 Added:06/25/2003

In an "open letter" to America's prosecutors (dated November 1, 2002), ONDCP Deputy Director Scott Burns insists, "Nationwide, no drug matches the threat posed by marijuana," and urges law enforcement officials to "aggressively prosecute" marijuana violators.

The Bush Administration's latest rhetoric does not qualify as mere exaggeration; they are flat-out lying to the American public. They are purposely misrepresenting the available research in an attempt to justify federal and state policies that result in the arrest of more than 650,000 Americans annually on minor marijuana possession charges. NORML has decided it is time to blow the whistle on this shameful exercise in government propaganda by launching our own marijuana "truth" campaign.

We invite all to NORML.org to read the Drug Czar's letter, and then read NORML's rebuttal, and decide for yourself who is lying about marijuana and why.

BUSTER JONES, Albany

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5 US GA: PUB LTE: A Reason To CheerMon, 09 Jun 2003
Source:Macon Telegraph (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:36 Added:06/15/2003

On June 4, medical marijuana supporters had reason to cheer when a federal judge essentially acquitted Ed Rosenthal, a medical marijuana grower, by sentencing him to one day in prison. But the battle is far from over.

Medical marijuana patients still face the threat of arrest by federal agents every day. In response to the federal government's continuing assault on medical marijuana patients and providers, we have introduced a new medical marijuana bill (H.R. 1717) that would end the federal government's gag on medical marijuana defendants in court.

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6 US GA: PUB LTE: A Sick JokeFri, 28 Feb 2003
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:34 Added:02/28/2003

I think Attorney General John Ashcroft is a member of one of those snake-handling religions because he certainly had snakes in his head when he called a press conference at the Justice Department to go after bongs. Members of the press started giggling.

Bongs do not kick down doors in the middle of the night the way DEA does, but nothing is too extreme for cops who handcuff paralyzed patients to their beds while they cut down their medicine. We are about to go to war, and yet the Bush administration is being run by people who think bongs are a threat to our country.

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7 US GA: PUB LTE: Pot ProhibitionTue, 04 Feb 2003
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:24 Added:02/05/2003

Why would an administration with an attorney general who anoints himself with Crisco be the most obsessed with demonizing marijuana? Here is a man claiming to be a Christian, who then violates the most basic tenets of Christianity in the suppression of the plant that was used to anoint Moses and the prophets and Jesus. His Christianity is as counterfeit as his anointing oil.

Prove me wrong, Mr. court-appointed President. And remember that Freedom is NORML (www.norml.org).

Buster Jones, Albany

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8 US GA: PUB LTE: Police, Not Drugs, Are the ProblemTue, 10 Dec 2002
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:39 Added:12/14/2002

We really don't have a "drug problem." We have a police problem, because the police have a problem with the truth.

Suzanne Pheil, a partially paralyzed post-polio patient who was handcuffed to her bed by the DEA, says we are not the victims of drug traffickers; we are victims of the DEA. With a gun to her head, the DEA stole the medicine that over 250 sick and dying people worked to grow.

Our marijuana policy is the use of state violence, even against paralyzed women, to maintain prohibition at all cost. Narcs with only a high school education are regularly quoted as authorities on child psychology, psychopharmacology, botany, medicine, social policies, economics, and above all else, the motives of those who criticize them.

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9 US GA: PUB LTE: Double Standard?Sun, 15 Sep 2002
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:22 Added:09/19/2002

Noelle Bush was found with two grams of crack cocaine, which carries a five-year mandatory sentence.

Mr. appointed president, I'll bet she won't go to prison. But you'll go after the sick and dying in California who need medical marijuana, and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. Where's the justice in that?

BUSTER JONES, Columbus

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10 US GA: PUB LTE: Approve Medicinal PotFri, 22 Feb 2002
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:30 Added:02/22/2002

The administration of George W. is now trying to stop a political movement on medical marijuana in California. But after all the latest busts in San Francisco, we want to bring the issue of distribution back to the voters. In a poll cited by the California Medical Association approximately 75 percent of all Americans support medical marijuana, a much higher proportion of the populace than voted for President Bush.

This initiative would require California, and any of the other seven states where medical marijuana is legal, to first petition the federal government for a legal source of medical marijuana. The initiative would not permit interstate distribution, in order to avoid conflict with federal laws regulating interstate commerce.

BUSTER JONES, Albany, Ga.

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11 US GA: PUB LTE: What's Wrong With Pot?Thu, 20 Dec 2001
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:34 Added:12/23/2001

President Bush and his administration have come out and said if you do drugs you're helping the terrorists.

Is our CIA a terrorist organization? From the Golden Triangle, they moved heroin during the Vietnam War. In the 1970s, they were moving cocaine out of South and Central America. And I believe this administration, along with the CIA, is again moving heroin out of Afghanistan.

Simply put, our government deals drugs, gets you addicted, then when you get caught puts you in prison.

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12 US GA: PUB LTE: Use FBI, DEA AgentsWed, 26 Sep 2001
Source:Macon Telegraph (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:25 Added:09/26/2001

I read that many DEA agents were pulled off their task of watching the sick going in and out of West Coast medical marijuana buyers' clubs last week and rushed to take part in the investigation of terrorists. To help secure our travel safety, sky marshals are now to be recruited and then trained. FBI background checks conducted --- a task that will take many months. But already well qualified DEA, FBI and other federal agents are busy watching or busting marijuana users. They could be moved quickly, with the same pay and status, to permanent anti-terrorist tasks, including being sky marshals.

Buster Jones, Albany

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13 US GA: PUB LTE: Transfer the AgentsMon, 24 Sep 2001
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:37 Added:09/24/2001

I read that many DEA agents were pulled off their task of watching the sick going in and out of West Coast medical marijuana buyers clubs last week and rushed to take part in the terrorist investigation.

To help secure our travel safety, sky marshals now have to be found, then, after FBI background checks are conducted, trained and put on our commercial airlines - a task that will take many months if new persons are hired. But already qualified DEA, FBI and other federal agents busy watching or busting marijuana users could be moved quickly, with the same pay and status, to permanent anti-terrorist jobs, including being sky marshals.

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14 US GA: PUB LTE: No Hemp SupportWed, 01 Aug 2001
Source:Macon Telegraph (GA) Author:Jones, Buster Area:Georgia Lines:36 Added:08/04/2001

President George W. Bush does not favor lifting the Congressional embargo on domestic cultivation of industrial hemp for the purposes of fuel or fiber, according to comments from his spokesman Ari Fleisher at a July 16 White House press briefing.

Fleisher responded to the question: "Does the president favor the legalization of industrial hemp?" by stating that Bush has not made "any statements. . . that would lend one to reach that conclusion."

At present, some 30 nations, including Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Japan, license farmers to grow hemp. Since 1996, twelve states have passed laws or resolutions endorsing hemp, which belongs to the genus Cannabis sative, but contains only negligible amounts of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Since the Bush family has major holdings in oil and pharmaceuticals I would expect no less.

Buster Jones

Albany

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