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Marijuana is much less dangerous than alcohol. [2] Marijuana is not a "gateway" that causes the use of any other drug. Making marijuana illegal may lead to the use of other drugs, the reverse of our intentions. [3]

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Kit B (276)
Monday April 9, 2012, 7:26 pm

Within this article there are many links to other short articles and a great amount of information.

The Basic Facts About Marijuana

Marijuana is much less dangerous than alcohol.

Marijuana is not a "gateway" that causes the use of any other drug. Making marijuana illegal may lead to the use of other drugs, the reverse of our intentions.

Laws and punishment have not deterred the steady spread of marijuana use. Experience with decriminalization both in the US and around the world has shown no significant impact on use or attitudes.

Government commissions have repeatedly observed that the risk of damage to the user from a prison sentence is much greater than any risk from the drug itself.

Marijuana laws constitute an enormous drain on the criminal justice system. Almost half of all drug arrests are for marijuana alone and are more than the arrests for murder, rape, robbery and armed assault combined.

Marijuana is the key to the credibility of all drug education, which, in turn, is a major key to all drug policy. Currently we are destroying our most important tool.
Please note the DRUGSENSE Drug War Clock - look at the ever changing dollar amounts being spent on this corrupt and senseless so-called WAR on DRUGS! Right hand side - mid page.
Again I thank MJ M for directing me to this article.

Susanne R (234)
Monday April 9, 2012, 8:47 pm
I agree that marijuana is much less dangerous than alcohol --to the user and those affected by the user. Many good points are brought up in the article. It's not surprising to read that more people are in a position to make money if marijuana remains illegal. That's why it IS illegal and will remain so.

Great article! Thanks Kit and MJ M!

Past Member (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 9:17 pm
Thank you for posting this Kit. You're the greatest!

Anonymous Announces OpCannabis, Phase 1

The online activist organization Anonymous has begun Phase 1 of OpCannabis, its effort to educate the public and work on behalf of cannabis legalization worldwide.

In announcing OpCannabis, which officially launches on April 20, Anonymous released the following statement:

Dear Citizens of the World

For far too long cannabis has been oppressed by big corporations, big pharma and governments when it could be benefiting all of mankind on many different levels. We have heard and we have watched your government lie and deceive you on all the dangers of cannabis. Show support by making your profile pictures green this April 20th on your social network profiles.

OpCannabis phase 1, initiated. We are Anonymous.....Expect us.

Attention individual people, governments, companies and fellow Anons!

Operation Leakspin

We are Anonymous and we have an important message for you:

Plato said that it was ok to tell a lie ONLY if it truly benefits all of mankind. Plato called this lie the "noble lie." For far too long there has been a lie that has been perpetrated but it is neither noble nor does it benefit all of mankind, actually quite the opposite... the cannabis plant is one of the world's oldest and best medicines that has been known as beneficial for thousands of years!

It can replace many medicines and can be made into many different things such as plastics and fuels and paints etc. The bounds of this plant are limitless, we ALL are effected by illness such as cancer, diabetes, Crohn's disease, chronic pain, mental illness, alcohol abuse and a myriad of other physical and mental disorders. Cannabis had been proven over and over to help or even cure and reverse the effects of these diseases that will affect us all at some point in our life!

Yet it is kept from the people who need its curing powers by governments, big corporations, by big pharmaceutical companies because it is a threat to the money they make! They make more money off you being sick so they do not want you to have a cure, these people do not truly care about your wellbeing only the money they will make from your illness!

Since it is an easily grown plant that can be grown freely by anyone they have made it an illegal Schedule I drug. Cannabis has been oppressed by the powers that be that are afraid of its true benefits, and these benefits do help all of mankind!

So cannabis fits the criteria for Anonymous' support. We ask that all Anons and individuals please support the legalization efforts in any way possible! Even simply signing a petition or sharing info or even just having an open mind about the subject will help!

We ask you to please educate yourself on its many benefits and share these benefits with your sick or injured friends. We all know somebody that has cancer or diabetes and cannabis has helped or cured both and many other disorders!

Anonymous will begin its support for the legalization of marijuana on 4/20/12. So please show your support by educating yourselves and making your profile pic or timeline banner on your social services accts green or 420 friendly.

We have all seen the power of the SOPA blackout so Anonymous feels that we can help cure the world simply by everyone showing their support for this most beneficial plant! We must end the prohibition of cannabis!!

These oppressors make trillions of dollars off of the war on drugs by keeping their privately owned jails overcrowded with nonviolent drug offenders! We are approaching the 11 billion dollar mark that the government has spent on the drug war this year alone and have put millions of nonviolent offenders behind bars. This is a true crime against humanity and needs to end!

Saying cannabis is a dangerous drug and is not a medicine is NOT a noble lie... it is simply a lie!


WE ARE LEGION for legalization!

WE DO NOT FORGIVE the crimes of the War on Drugs.

WE DO NOT FORGET our brothers + sisters locked up because of it.





Tom H (37)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 7:55 am
The classic question: Cui bono?

Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 8:12 am

Someone is probably getting a bonus, mostly the US is making big bucks from the Drug War. If that is what you meant by Cui bono- or did you address something else my spanish is lousy.

Keep in mind that the border states are not the only ones affected by this, the cartels are not just a bunch of thugs. These owners and operators of the cartels have expanded their business to include kidnapping for the sex trade and copy and use of YOUR credit cards. Think of $10.00 a day on 500,000 credit cards. Most will never question or report the transaction, figuring they forgot or if they do the bank will write it off.

Almost everyone knows the name Al Capone, few understand that with out prohibition he would have remained a low level thug all of his miserable life. It is prohibition that creates crime and the offenders are those who are caught with a small amount of marijuana on their person, the big guys at the top are left alone. We the USA, nah, we don't go after them there is just too much IGG money involved and our country gets it's "kick-back".

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:11 pm
So true Kit - our country get;s it's "kick-back" - the cartoon says it all.

Mary L (132)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 5:38 pm
It's genuinely stupid. Legalized and taxed would save money, reduce the population in prisons and provide a new tax revenue stream. It makes good economic sense, so it will never happen in my life time.

Melody Long (1)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 9:07 pm
Follow the money with this issue. And so it goes.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 9:13 pm
Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?

"Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success," says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. "It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does."

Our 40 year war on drugs is proof of failure. Portugal is an example of an alternative. It is time for an exit strategy from our longest, costliest war!

Ten Years Ago Portugal Legalized All Drugs -- What Happened Next?
When the nation legalized all drugs within its borders, most critics predicted disaster. But a decade later, drug use has plunged dramatically.


Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 11:06 pm
In a sane society, an increase in arrests would be seen as a sign of failure.
We treat it like scoring points in a basketball game and give out bonuses.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 11:39 pm
Most people know that the “drug czar” — the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) — is an advocate for the government position regarding the drug war. But not everyone knows that he and his office are mandated to tell lies as part of their Congressional authorization.

'Now, let’s take as a simple example, the issue of medical marijuana. If the government finds that marijuana Has “currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States” or “accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision,” then by law, marijuana cannot remain in Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, which would immediately legalize it for medical purposes.

But by law, the drug czar must oppose any attempt to legalize the use (in any form).

Therefore, despite the fact that there is extensive evidence of medical marijuana’s safety and effectiveness (including the fact that even the federal government supplies it to patients), and clearly the drug czar would know about all this information, he is required by law to lie about it.

The job description also means that since he must oppose any attempt to legalize, he has no choice but declare that the drug war is working, that legalization would fail, etc., regardless of any… facts.'

There’s something horribly, treasonously wrong in a country of the people, by the people and for the people, where the government functions by lying to the people.

Teresa Cowley (274)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 1:26 am
That cartoon is dead-on!!
Failing to legalize marijuana is good for the Mexican drug cartel, and therefore excellent for a government who enjoys kickbacks!!!

wendy webber (28)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 1:28 am
The substance is not the problem.When will we ever get this through our head?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 1:45 pm
A murder every half hour in Mexico's drug war

'Total deaths stand at over 47,515, according to the government tally.'

"As long as it stays south of the border, I think most people won't care," Sabatini said. "The vast majority of U.S. citizens are not going to reconsider U.S. domestic drug policies or gun policies, tragically, on the basis of Mexican deaths."

What has America turned into?

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 4:47 pm
Thanks, Kit. Unable to send another green star yet.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 4:56 pm

Our greatest obstacle to decriminalization of drugs, no matter the benefit to society; is the privatization of the criminal justice system. As Tom mentioned - who benefits? The government of course, and those very large corporations that now own a large piece of the justice system. If jails and prisons are not a part of the Constitutional instruction that the government is to promote the general welfare, what then is, just the military? Well, that too has become privatized.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 7:06 pm
America’s Police State for Profit

'Here’s a simple fact. Americans are either the most evil, wicked and criminal people on Earth or the United States is a bona fide police state. One of those two statements, based on the facts, has to be true. For years, the US has been the world’s leader in imprisoning its own people. We not only incarcerate the most people by percentage, but by shear volume as well. And while the corporate media tells America how authoritarian the Russians, Iranians and North Koreans are, Wall Street corporations are making millions off of it.'

Incarceration, Inc.

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world at 760 people per 100,000.


Past Member (0)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 2:23 pm
How the drug war hurts everyone

'From Wall Street to Oakland, recent events prove the campaign isn't just futile. It's a deadly waste of resources.

Something as massive and amorphous as America’s War on Drugs can be difficult to imagine in concrete terms. This web of failed policies is so huge, so persistent and so deeply woven into the fabric of our nation that it’s hard to envision an alternative — or even appreciate what the conflict is currently siphoning resources away from.

That’s why the past week has been so important for the cause of ending the drug war — because it has provided three tragic examples of how that war harms not only its dead and/or incarcerated victims, but also how it makes society as a whole more susceptible to horrific crimes.

In Boulder, Colo., for example, the Daily Camera reports that “the University of Colorado announced a new plan to snuff out the Boulder campus’s 4/20 smoke-out, warning that police will ticket pot smokers at this month’s event.” In a state whose police forces have faced serious budget cuts, this decision clearly reflects a hardcore War on Drugs ideology by removing finite police resources from safety and security operations and instead focusing them on punishing pot use.

That’s a key point: Focusing police resources on safety is distinctly different than focusing them on the drug war. As the Camera notes, the new policy is “a more aggressive enforcement tactic than in years past, when officers mostly monitored the crowd for safety reasons.” Underscoring that point, notice that one day after the CU announcement, the same newspaper reported that the area near the university campus is experiencing an intense wave of burglaries. Rather than announce a serious crackdown on that crime wave, though, the university is choosing to spend taxpayers’ limited police resources on stopping pot smokers.

Back on the East Coast, there’s a similar trend. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi reports on new evidence that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not only used CIA tactics to target ethnic communities, but also marshaled his massive police force to expand the so-called “Clean Halls program” in which police enter private apartment buildings to conduct preemptive surveillance. Coupled with Bloomberg’s expansion of racially charged “stop and frisks” aimed almost exclusively at prosecuting minorities who smoke weed, the “Clean Halls” program looks like yet another instrument of the War on Drugs.

As Taibbi says, this is not just a problem for the people being harassed by Bloomberg’s storm troopers, but for all Americans, because it takes finite law-enforcement resources away from fighting crime in other parts of New York — specifically, on Wall Street:

We have two definitely connected phenomena, often treated as separate and unconnected: a growing lawlessness in the financial sector, and an expanding, repressive, increasingly lunatic police apparatus trained at the poor, and especially the nonwhite poor. In recent years, as Wall Street firms turned into veritable felony factories, we had pundits and politicians who cranked out reams of excuses for one white-collar criminal after another and argued, in complete seriousness, that sending a rich banker to jail “wouldn’t solve anything” and in fact we should “tolerate the excesses” of the productive rich, who “channel opportunity” to the rest of us. On the other hand, we’ve had politicians and pundits in budget fights and other controversies railing against the parasitic poor, who are not only not “productive” enough to warrant a break, but assumed to be actively unproductive (they consume our tax money and public services) and therefore sort of guilty in advance.

Finally, there was Oakland, Calif. — one of the most blatant examples of how resources fueling the drug war could have been used to try to prevent a tragedy. Recounting two near-simultaneous events in the city last week, retired police officer Neill Franklin relates how law enforcement officials were swarming to crush medical marijuana oulets at the very moment innocent civilians were gunned down on Oikos University’s campus only a few blocks away:

As I sit and watch video after video of Monday’s senseless federal raid of Oaksterdam University and other medical cannabis-related facilities managed by Richard Lee, the orchestrator of California’s historic Proposition 19, a few serious concerns come to mind.

I noticed agents from at least three federal agencies: the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Internal Revenue Service. I’m not talking about two agents here and a couple more there. There were several dozen federal agents spending their day on the scene.

Meanwhile, just blocks away, a deadly shooting was taking place. While federal agents were using a battering ram, a sledgehammer and power saws to break into a business that complies with state and local law and pays taxes, a gunman was murdering seven people at Oikos University, just three-tenths of a mile away.

Obviously, nobody can say the shooting could have been prevented. But it’s fair to say there would have been at least a better chance of that tragedy being averted had our government devoted the same resources to community security that it devoted to pulverizing medical marijuana facilities.

What’s particularly horrifying about each of last week’s examples is how they show the drug war intensifying even as the public’s support for that war precipitously declines.

In Boulder, the university is conducting its crackdown in a state where the majority of citizens voted to legalize medical marijuana and now, according to polls, a near majority support legalizing pot for everyone. Shocking as it is, such defiance of the public will is now the norm in Colorado. Here, state Attorney General John Suthers has backed federal raids on medical marijuana facilities despite the state’s vote on the matter and despite his incessant paeans to “states’ rights.” Meanwhile, the Denver police force has openly defied voter mandates to make pot arrests the lowest priority.

The same goes for New York — in a state where polls show strong support for some form of marijuana legalization, the Guardian reports that police officers are nonetheless ignoring orders from superiors to reduce arrests of those possessing small amounts of marijuana.

At the federal level, this hostility to public opinion is most overt. The Obama administration has ignored the president’s campaign pledges and initiated a new round of marijuana raids at the very moment Gallup finds that a majority of Americans support the effort to fully legalize pot. Additionally, at the same time the administration is decrying budget deficits, the White House is pushing for a big increase in drug war funding, specifically preserving funding formulas that send far more money to the war’s militaristic endeavors (interdiction, law enforcement activities, etc.) than to more humane harm-reduction and treatment programs.

Put it all together and we see that the ascendant concept of an “era of persistent conflict” (read: permanent war) is not limited to our foreign occupations. Right here at home, governments at every level are waging a never-ending war without regard for — and often in brazen defiance of — what their constituents want.

Sure, pretending that only harms those directly ensnared in the combat may be vaguely comforting — but as last week proved, that’s a fantasy in the age of finite resources.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 3:44 pm
Thanks Kit, again.
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