Ideas For Change: Legalize Marijuana

The website change.org is offering folks an opportunity to send an unmistakable message to the incoming administration. By logging onto the website here, visitors can “vote” on whether to “legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana.”
Having gained over 1,800 votes so far, pot legalization is currently the top vote getter in the “criminal justice” category.
UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!!
A few folks have written NORML in the past 24 hours expressing difficulty logging on to the change.org website. If so, try cutting and pasting the following url into your browser:
http://www.change.org/ideas/view/legalize_the_medicinal_and_
recreational_use_of_marijuana

I’ve also listed instructions in the comments section below to help folks better navigating the site and vote.
According to the website:

The ‘Top 10 Ideas for America’ will be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day.
The ‘Top 10 Ideas for America’ will be determined through two rounds of voting. In the first round, ideas will compete against other ideas in the same issue category. The first round will end on December 31, 2008, and the top 3 rated ideas from each category will make it into the second round. The second round of voting will begin on Monday, January 5, and each qualifying idea will compete against the qualifying ideas from all other categories. Second round voting will end on Thursday, January 15.
What happens after voting?
Our work does not end with the voting process or the delivery of the top 10 ideas to the Obama administration on Inauguration Day. That is rather the end of the beginning. Instead of passively hoping the administration accepts each top idea, we will select a formal nonprofit sponsor for each idea to help create a nationwide movement to lobby the administration and Congress to turn the idea into real policy. … We will then build a national campaign to advance each idea in Congress, marshaling the resources of Change.org, MySpace, and our dozens of partner organizations and millions of combined members.

Want to assure that marijuana law reform is one of the “Top 10 Ideas” presented to President-Elect Obama? Then take five minutes to log on to the website and vote.
Please note that change.org is not affiliated with the with the Obama transition team website change.gov. If you have not yet done so, please take a moment today to contact the Office of the President Elect and demand that our next administration engages in a national dialogue on marijuana policy.
Here are three suggested ways that the Obama administration can take immediate, practical steps to reform America’s antiquated and punitive pot laws.
1. President Obama must uphold his campaign promise to cease the federal arrest and prosecution of (state) law-abiding medical cannabis patients and dispensaries by appointing leaders at the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Department of Justice, and the US Attorney General’s office who will respect the will of the voters in the thirteen states that have legalized the physician-supervised use of medicinal marijuana.
2. President Obama should use the power of the bully pulpit to reframe the drug policy debate from one of criminal policy to one of public health. Obama can stimulate this change by appointing directors to the Office of National Drug Control Policy who possess professional backgrounds in public health, addiction, and treatment rather than in law enforcement.
3. President Obama should follow up on statements he made earlier in his career in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana by adults by calling for the creation of a bi-partisan Presidential Commission to review the budgetary, social, and health costs associated with federal marijuana prohibition, and to make progressive recommendations for future policy changes.

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  1. Marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. Around 50,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning. Similarly, more than 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to tobacco smoking. Marijuana is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose. The smoking of cannabis, even long-term, is not harmful to health. The government would make millions if not billions of dollars off taxes. If marijunan was legal, we the tax payers could save billions of dollars a year just in lowering the prison population.

  2. The country does need to legalize marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes.The so called war on marijuana is nothing more than a scam.The amount of money given to the drug enforcement branch compared to that given to branches such as the FDA etc.. is appalling to say the least.These people have been given free acess to way to many billions of dolars and you can bet it’s not all being used for their so called war on pot.The corruptness that lies within that branch of the government both federaly and local is way out of hand.We need to take a firm stand and do everything in our power to see that this is stopped

  3. Amen, Amen, Amen.
    The ordinary citizens of this country have more discernment and understanding than most of the politicians in Washington. We must control the drugs with legalization, and take the control out of the hands of drug cartels and the streets. Cartels are not afraid of the DEA and the Drug Czar, they are afraid of loosing their money. Hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook and get control of all drugs.
    For a real change let us save our children from the bad influence and decisions of our politicians and let us hope that the new President-elect will be a true statesman and do what is sensible and honorable and bring 40 years of bad drug policy to an end.
    SAVE OUR CHILDREN BY THE LEGALIZATION OF ALL DRUGS and get it all off the streets for good.

  4. If I had legal access to marijuana, maybe my horrendous neuropathy pains caused by 39 years of Type 1 diabetes would be alleviated.

  5. its a GOD DAMN PLANT MADE BY GOD yes God wants you to get high to deal With life SO get high and start dealing with shit oh yah and Dont do drugs every one i talk to in canada have no problem with weed they have more of a problem with the idea of kids smokin it to get high but whats better crack , E or a Spliff imm sure if weed was legal it wouldent even give drug dealers a reason to sell weed at school like when i go to school kids want weed then they get offered other shit E 5 cents – 10 $ a pill Most people use
    addictions to deal with problems
    whats your addiction
    were did u get this from how When ware who what why
    this stuff normal starts a school when a kid is in there prime years of growing up
    If you could buy weed at a gas station
    If u new they could get weed some ware else y would this guy be passin around dime bags well he oviously aint sellin weed Bust him

  6. i got the top 1 Idea sell it at coffee shops keep it at the shops 16+ Put the coffee shop around the corner from the school let kids smoke weed in this shop servalence the shop Keep these kids with problems away from the other kids let them have there owne place to chill sort out there problems Uhh no smokin pot on the street cant be high in public Keep it at the coffee shop
    even are tim hortons are fillin up with drug dealers as a meeting spot
    the fact that weed is illegal makes you think how dumb humans are lol

  7. I have a man made vertibra inthe midle of my spin, a broken neck, sholder blade, color bone, and over half my ribs. Four skull fractures and am taking oxycotin, percocet, valium, nexium, lisinopril, andlactulose, I still hurt and can’t hardly eat. The only think that really helps is Marijuana that my Doctor said would be the only thing that could help and it does by giveing me a little quality to my life now and help my apetite better. It would be alot cheaper on disability if I could grow my owen or buy it from a dispensery than what the disableity is paying for all my meds. Why dosen’t anyone in goverment know how much money could be saved on Medical Marijuana would save the goverment by legaliseing Marijuana, when its saver than the drugs I’m on and it is safer than tabaco, alchole to. why not illegallise them? I need something to help me not hurt me more! We need to legallise Medical Marijuana and give the pepole who relly need some quality of live instead of S.S. wasting all this money on things that hurt you worst than a little Marijuana for pepole like me owe are killing there selfes slowly by takeing all the expensive drugs that are legal with a prescription! When are you pepole going to wake up and see the benafits by legaliseing Marijuana. Please help the pepole that really need it, and save money to.

  8. i have to quit cuz it costs to much 10 $ a gram u get e’s at my school for 5$ s pill WTF OBama start acting faster kids need ur help
    so far i have been working since i was 16 so far most my money has gone to pot y am i paying into this y cant i just have pot for free i feel the price i pay for pot has set my life back a bit i cant save for a car cuz im always useing money for pot i cant feel good about smokin it cuz its ilegal and i have to pay out the ass for it and i have a mental disability

  9. why are pot smokers constantly being prosecuted and yet we continue to let the crooks run the country. We just gave the banks a bailout of what somewhere in the billions and yet we constantly lock up pot smokers. Because we want to relax. This country really is becoming a facist state. Which aired on PBS.

  10. i think it is important to reform these laws.we could save millions of dollars every quarter just in prison costs.paper work for law enforcment and lost time at work for people arested for the possesion and use of marijuana.
    the fact the we could get a better handle on who has access to it through the regulation and taxation of it as we do with tabacco and alcohol.
    it seems like a no brainer,income for states,better control.less prison beds full of people who could be productive in the work force.less cost all around.

  11. I would like to see Obama tell his new drug “czar” to work with Dr. Bob Melemede at the University of Colorado http://www.uccs.edu/~rmelamed/Evolutionism/medical_uses_of_cannabinoid_2/ for advice in reforming marijuana laws.
    I would also like to see the law include the legalization of all things hemp.
    Hemp and marijuana are inextricably bound, and one won’t go unless the other goes also.
    The DEA has been working these two (hemp and marijuana) against one another for decades. Hempsters have been slow to catch on to that.

  12. “Legalize It.Legalize It, Don’t Criticize It” Legalize it,ye-ah,ye-ah,and I will advertise it”
    God Bless Your Soul,Peter Tosh.Love ya,Rastaman.

  13. The so-called “war on drugs” is insane, cruel, barbaric, and criminal. And the ‘waar’ on pot is even more insane – if that’s possible. That whole farce is one main reason that I have no respect for our judicial system.
    But marijuana should NOT be “legalized” – just as breathing air should not be legalized.That word implies that we somehow need the governments permission to use it. It should be decriminalized – in the original meaning of that term. Get government out of our bedrooms, our medicine chests, our food, our recreation etc.
    Stop this sham that we call the drug war. It is not only the correct and sane thing to do – it will even save tons of money and free up valuable prison space for murderers, robbers, rapists, and corrupt polliticians.

  14. Dear President Elect Obama,
    Kindly take it from an old hipster who was born in the Haight/Ashbury in 1950 before the Korean War.
    We need three things:
    1. De-schedualize Medical Marijuana in the Hall of Congress as the Supreme Court suggested. This would allow things to change real quick. Synthetic THC could be prescribed in all 50 states, giving the only means to travel safe to other countries and within the USA.
    2. Let Police and Sheriff in all 50 states have first pick of putting together dispensaries with their own non-profits, working cooperatively with NORML.
    3. Privatized Agricultural Penal Colonies in the desert where the jailer, victim and inmate get paid and counseled.
    Finally, if you want to get in the black fast, recycle confiscated medical pot and re-sell it. Work this with the Health Depts. of each State.
    The final solution to the war on drugs is to buy out the cartels. Let them grow for money. Then get the medicine to those in need worldwide. It is a cooperative and doable solution to hard crime.
    I spent 17.5 years in the system because of crystallized dogma. If there is to be peace in this world, those rocking the boat will need to be thoroughly convinced that peace is best for their material welfare. Let the new mantra be “Commerce over Sophistry.”
    One of the last real hippies of the 60’s suggests as does The Urantia Book that indeed there is “Nothing New Under The Sun”. What would Jesus say?
    God Bless America and may people realize that it is the “I am”, Making Happiness a Duty and not a Destiny and “Physician Heal Thyself.” Help us America to do this legally. Creativity and Originality comes from being free in the mind. Free from pain that is unnecessary.
    As Spike would say: “Do The Right Thing.”
    Sincerely,
    James Patrick Lacy

  15. The fact that 30 years has passed and cannabis is still demonized by the federal government is a testament to the power the D.E.A. has. No one with that much power wants to give it up.
    I think first and foremost we need to convince the government to re-classify cannabis. Given the criteria for it’s current classification alcohol should be on the same list as LSD, etc….This would allow unbiased studies to be conducted in this country, there have been many positive studies done outside the united states.
    Drug use should be handled as a public health issue not a criminal one. The government should not be allowed to tell people what to do with their own bodies, it is after all our property… measures however should be in place to punish those who put others at risk while under the influence.
    It is much easier for underage kids to get illegal drugs than alcohol because they are not regulated…This is a fact.
    The money collected from the sale of cannabis should be used for drug treatment(heroin addicts,meth addicts,persciption drug addicts)and drug education and awarness programs.
    we can not afford to lose this battle, it is a war on free will waged by the government and I refuse succum to it.
    Cannabis for me is an all encompassing entity,I enjoy it’s effects recreationally, it is a source of spiritual awarness, and it’s medicinal properties lower my anxiety and bloodpressure…more people are killed by fast food and aspirin than cannabis…
    It is high time common sense was brought to the debate table…
    Thanks for listening

  16. I am an adult, m.j. is a plant. If, as an adult I choose to cultivate a plant put on this earth by God, care for it, nurture it and use it as I choose, who’s business is it? Criminals are manufacturing dangerous substances that get people hooked and can kill them, from the street to the pharmaceutical companies. I’m a nurse for 30 years and have seen more crime involving narcotic prescriptions, have seen more disease and death caused by alcohol and have never seen a patient in the hospital because of pot use. Except when someone is sentenced to rehab because they got caught buying the stuff. It serves in a medicinal way (helps me with depression),it’s a personal choice and calling it illegal doesn’t make it go away, it just pisses off those of us who believe in personal freedom. This country could be debt free by the end of Obama’s first term just off revenue/taxes generated by legalized pot.

  17. right on all these things are taking too long.. all it takes is one person—–the right one—-and you know who that is.

  18. oh and I work in the emergency room and you know how many ppl have come in on a cannabis overdose? ZERO!!
    Alcohol and prescription drugs however are another story!!

  19. My wife and I are both unable to vote at this “change” website.. every computer we try LOCKS UP on us as the page loads. its getting VERY frutrasting…

  20. It is about time to legalze marijuana and hemp, too many lives have been damaged by the prohabition. Prohibition is only a cover for the DEA and ONDCP to have and keep their high paying jobs while putting people in jail for possession of pot. This is a health problem not a criminal one. Legalization would help the economy and remove many users from jail.

  21. I find it disheartening when people moving for true change look to someone who has explicitly made even medical marijuana legalization very low on his priority list. Go ask the small business folks, who Obama has already abandoned despite earlier promising to give them a certain % of government contracts.
    -David Carlson
    http://www.davidcarlsonpolitics.com

  22. NORML’s been alerted that some folks are having difficulty linking to the change.org link highlighted in the post above. If that’s the case, try cutting and pasting the following url into your browser window:
    http://www.change.org/ideas/view/
    legalize_the_medicinal_and_recreational_use_of_marijuana
    If that doesn’t work, try this:
    Go to change.org.
    Click on “Ideas”
    http://www.change.org/ideas
    Then click on the cause “Criminal Justice”
    http://www.change.org/ideas/browse/criminal_justice
    The banner: “Legalize the Medicinal and Recreational Use of Marijuana” will appear as the #1 Idea in this category (1800+ votes so far!)
    Hope that helps!

  23. I have asked myself, of what am I accused, have I injured any man or offended my Lord God. There is no man before me that I have injured and have not offended my Lord. But the Lord has kept his promise, for the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. { ACTS 2:39}
    What is the promise and the Covenant, In my understanding; and God said; Let the earth bring forth grass, and herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and God saw it was good.
    Man’s wisdom alone without the Father’s wisdom is a shallow and usually wicked and self serving of man. The Father’s wisdom is given to men, so he may live well in his garden, and in his garden the Father put all things that are good, of him, not of man.
    It is not the herbs that are evil, the Father saw it was good green and seed bearing. Its man’s law that makes greedy and evil men try to make the Lord’s promise a lie.
    But the Lord said that no promise of his will be made a lie.
    And God said, Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepth upon the face of the earth.
    So God created man in his own image, In the image of God he created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in the which
    is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. { GENESES 1:26-29 }
    These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. And every plant of the field before it it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew. { GENESES 2:4-5 }
    The Lord God is of all things and had all things before it grew.
    For the earth which drinkth in the rain that come oft upon it, and bringth forth herbs meet for them by whom it was dressed receveth blessings from God.{ HEBREWS 6:7 }
    Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputation. For one who beliveth that he may eat of all things; another who is weak eateth herbs, Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth; for God hath received him.
    { ROMANS 14:1-3 }
    And God blessed Noah and his sons; and said unto them. Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the face of the earth. And upon all of the fishes of the sea, into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even the green herb have I given you all things. { GENESES 9:1-3 }
    The herb that has offended the State, not a man, a thing, a faceless system that is somehow offended by the benign herb marijuana, promotes strong drink and its sin to humanity is not in question. For it makes money for the State in more Police, Lawyers, Court cost, and most important fines, ruining lives. I do not know how many marijuana users you know of, but I am sure you all know a drunken fool or worse someone killed by an alcoholic.
    What makes you think that the Lord would dwell in anything created by the hand of man.
    The righteous perish and no man lay it to his heart; and the merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil that is to come. { ISAIAH 57:1 }
    The only way the herb marijuana has ruined lives is when man in his wisdom has decided that the Father’s wisdom that God said; It was good. Man said; It was bad and passed a law on a benign herb from the Father, openly given in Scripture.
    Arrested and ruined countless lives with an unjustifiable prosecution of the innocent. The Teacher
    The Lord Jesus the Christ said; Judge not according to the appearance, But judge righteous judgment. { JOHN 7:24 }
    The State, not a man, a thing, not the Lord says that I have done evil, but no man injured by me accuses me. The Father is not offended if I have his gifts. I have done no evil, I am blameless before my Creator and man. The scripture says, My defense is of God which saveth the upright of heart.
    { PSALM 7:10 }

  24. I’m 53 yrs. old, and have been smoking pot since I was 16 yrs. old. The negative propaganda surrounding the smoking of marijuana is so far-fetched, it’s truly laughable. It does NOT kill off brain cells. I have homeschooled my kids thru graduation, been extremely active with all their extra activities,(dance, TaeKwonDo,4-H,etc.),and my kids test in the upper 90% on their SAT’s. All of my friends that smoke pot are all extremely productive people that take care of their families, pay their bills, and are totally law abiding citizens, with the exception of pot smoking. You see pot smokers, in TV ads, portrayed as dead-beats that never have any purpose or direction in life. I know people like that and they aren’t pot smokers; THEY are DRUNKS!!!

  25. My wife and I were unable to log onto the site that is listed. But NIK has a link on there comment that my wife and I went to and voted on each question.
    http://change.gov/openforquestions#9/e=8&t=marijuana
    before you can vote on any questions you have to register and sign up on the site.. than after you sign up do a search for the word “marijuana” in the second search listing. this will bring up all kinds of questions you can vote on.. right now their top question has over 1000 votes and the top question for MJ had only a little over 100 votes.. come on guys/girls lets change this.. I bet there is enough caring individuals to vote on these questions. to raise it up the list and get it looked at FASTER!!!
    http://change.gov/openforquestions#9/e=8&t=marijuana

  26. I finally got to vote with the new link, although trying to read comments or see the article still locks up the site. I DO find it strange that all other areas of the site that i poked around in are running fine. it seems to be with this one issue that the “servers” are having a problem with!

  27. I have consumed cannabis for the last 11 years of my life, I’m presently 25 years old. I reside in a very small town in the Pacific Northwest. I graduated high school and went on to obtain a degree in accounting while working to take care of my 2 small children on my own. I have also done a lot of my own research into the benefits of cannabis when used medicinally and recreationally. My level of research unfortunately, is probably comparable to the efforts put forth by our own government regarding cannabis. It is completely absurd that no matter how many studies over the last 200+ years have proven the multiple benefits related to cannabis, our federal government still insists on maintaining an ignorant front by grouping this wonderful plant with other Schedule I drugs such as heroin & crystal meth (cocaine, however, is only a Schedule II drug, meaning according to studies, our government has found some medicinal benefits, and it can be prescribed to patients in various forms by a doctor)!!!!
    I am very sad to say that our federal/state governments will do everything they can to prevent/postpone the legalization of cannabis for one simple reason……….MONEY!!!!! Period. Oh yeah sure they can regulate it and tax it and dispense it to us no different than tobacco, alcohol, and the ever impressive list of synthetic, man-made prescription narcotics, some of which have only been in existance long enough to be “evaluated & approved” by the FDA.
    I want to be optimistic about seeing a legalization in my lifetime and with more people speaking out and becoming accurately informed about cannabis and its possibilities, that goal seems more and more achievable. However, there is a level of greed and corruptiveness within the establishment that will keep this from happening.
    I was “busted” with a dub (1.6 grams) of cannabis about 2 years ago after being pulled over for not signaling within 100 feet of a stop sign. I live in Oregon and in 2004 we as a state voted in favor of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), which reduced my crime to a misdemeanor offense punishable by mandatory diversion classes as well as a nice little fine for $1500. All for my $20 bag of weed that was found and confinscated by means of illegal search and seizure by a hot-head cop in my small hometown. I did not qualify for a court-appointed attorney, and I was unable to retain one I could afford, so I was found guilty and received a misdemeanor citation for possessing less than on ounce of marijuana. In addition to this judgement I was also court-ordered to be evaluated by an agency chosen (“approved”) by the court for diversion classes. The one hour evaluation was $200, then strictly based on this persons interpretation of my “drug problem”, determined that I wasn’t a threat to myself or society, but their policy required anyone undergoing a court-ordered evaluation to complete atleast 4 diversion classes at another agency chosen (“approved”) by the court. Each class I was required to attend, most of which focused alcohol addiction and DUI convictions, cost me $75. Not to mention each urine sample I was required to submit (2 total) cost and additional $25. According to the math my $20 bag of weed ultimately made my state government around $2,100. Not to mention loss of money due to missing work for court, and classes, having my name in the local newspaper proclaiming my drug charges to everyone in my hometown, or the amount of harassment from the local cops that still continues to this day.
    All this for a violation under considerably relaxed state laws. The majority of our 50 states aren’t so “forgiving” though, I could easily be a convicted felon right now if I were somewhere else. Those states are really making bank off good people; people who have college degrees, careers, families, etc. I still smoke pot though and I know I’m just like hundreds of thousands of people in this wonderful country who have had to deal with the same injustices as I. My point is that our government knows the truth about cannabis, they know “Reefer Madness” does not exist, they know it is a legitimate form of medication, but they also know that legalization is no where near as profitable as the alternative. Both state and federal governments, profit tremendously from the criminalization of marijuana.
    We as a country CAN change this path of greed and manipulation by voting out all the hoards of Political Prostitutes, locally and nationally, whose only obvious talent seems to be sucking Corporate dick for cash.
    Live GREEN.

  28. Please allow me to correct myself:
    The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act was actually passed in 1998 by voters, not 2004.

  29. Just Recieving Marihuana for Medicinal Purpose IS NOT ENOUGH. B Balanced Complex in dose of ~150 mgm daily is required. To Prevent Fatique. Stop Marihuana useage for 3 weeks to 4 months Several times yearly to rest your poor body & continue with B Balanced Complex entire time.
    Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART von DRASHEK M.D.

  30. legalize marijuana and fix the budget and health care reform and it would start new jobs and ecomany make it happen. At least we could stop flling our prison system with none violante crimanimals and petty pot possesion………

  31. New Zealand has passed into law (royal assent, Nov 6th 2008) Ministry of Health administered regulations for the sale, storage, labelling, advertising and age (R18)restrictions for recreational psychoactive ‘soft’ drugs. The required ‘due process’ to consider the shift cannabis from class C prohibition to Class D ‘partial prohibition’ under this world first in ‘legal regulation’ is scheduled to commence in a few months. The world needs a New Holland, only this time.. du jour! We have the rules… we have the due process. If New Zealand can do it right and show the world ‘the wheels havent fallen off’ then the domino theory may well be a reality…..
    The New Zealand Law Commission is even examining from first principles the international drug coventants and conventions. This is history in the making. Everyone’s view is welcome. Even you (yes you, reading this!)
    Google them and write a note encouraging the Commissioners to see the big picture and make a global decision for ‘Drug Peace’. It’s actualy that easy. Every voice counts.
    see http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/2008/11/royal-assent-given-to-d-grade-soft.html

  32. Aspirin is more dangerous than pot – it can kill – pot can’t. I tried to teach my daughter that pot was ‘little’ – DARE changed all that. She had me busted and lives with guilt about it now some 15 yrs later. SHAME on a system that reeks this kind of havoc in good peoples’ lives. SHAME on those who put themselves on a pedestal in judgment of pot smokers – the Bible says ‘judge not lest you be judged’ – your pedestal will fall someday. These have no more right to judge me than I have to judge them for being a non-smoker – or a drinker – or a pill-popper, etc. The pills advertised on TV are dangerous – look at the disclaimers! No one has ever died from marijuana use! Neither guns nor pot kill people – people do! Most pills do. Please ask yourself very seriously if you have ever heard actual facts that PROVE different. I have also never heard of a robbery or other crime for money just because someone needed another ‘hit’ of pot!

  33. Guys how can we connect to all our brothers and sisters who don’t have access to the internet but are strongly affected by the laws of ganja? I mean how can we mobilise people at all levels?

  34. Let’s see. . . Billions in brand-new from-the-ground-up industry? Check. Many thousands of new jobs? Check. Millions, if not billions, in taxes generated by this new industry? Check. Taxes paid by those workers who are no longer being put in jail? Check. Taxes saved in law enforcement and prisons? Check. Allowing law enforcement resources to focus more on important crimes (Like, maybe, people running big corporations into the ground?)? Check. Families no longer being destroyed by Drug War paramilitary raids, nor by parents and children being sent to prison? Check!
    How much more of a win/win can you get?

  35. I am a law-abiding citizen in my sixties, and yet I was arrested, forced to the ground, handcuffed and put in jail; charged with violating marijuana laws.
    A lot can be said about the benefits of marijuana–a lot has been said already–and there can be arguments about it forever, but the real tragedy is that good law-abiding citizens are maligned, mistreated, and criminalized by these absurd laws. It is time to make a change and put an end to laws that discriminate against a person’s right to the pursuit of happiness that does not hurt or victimize anyone.

  36. Change.org will be presenting president elect with a list of things to change on inauguration day. This is you chance to get out and vote currently there are marijuana listings on the following pages.
    In Criminal Justice “Legalize the Medicinal and Recreational Use of Marijuana” it is in 1st place
    http://www.change.org/ideas/browse/criminal_justice
    In other “End the war on drugs” is 4th place
    http://www.change.org/ideas/browse/other
    In Government Reform “end the prohibition of marijuana” is in 6th place
    http://www.change.org/ideas/browse/government_reform
    In Economy “The War On Drugs has Failed- Decriminalize Marijuana” is in 3rd and 4th
    http://www.change.org/ideas/browse/economy
    In Agricultural Policy “Save family farms growing hemp for methanol production” is in 3rd and 4th
    http://www.change.org/ideas/browse/agricultural_policy
    In health care “End DEA classification of Marijuana as having no medical benefits!” is in 5th position
    http://www.change.org/ideas/browse/health_care
    It is second in Environmental conversation “Stop Deforestation, Use Hemp For Paper Instead of Trees” is in 2nd place
    http://www.change.org/ideas/browse/environmental_conservation
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