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
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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
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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 email@example.com.
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
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
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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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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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
Prove me wrong, Mr. court-appointed President. And remember that Freedom is
Buster Jones, Albany
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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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
BUSTER JONES, Columbus
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.
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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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.
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
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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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.