Want To Know Why Pot Is Illegal? Ask Your Governor (Again)

Nearly eight months ago I posted the following essay to NORML’s blog, entitled: “Want To Know Why Pot Is Still Illegal? Ask Your Governor.”

Marijuana law reformers, myself included, have spilled volumes of ink commenting on the numerous reasons and vested interests responsible for the continued prohibition of cannabis. But while these lengthy writings may be worthwhile intellectual exercises, I fear that they overlook the obvious.
That’s why, right now, I’d like to give you seven specific reasons why the use of cannabis by adults — including seriously ill patients — remains a crime in America. Ready? Here they are:
Governor Donald Carcieri (R-Rhode Island)
Governor James Douglas (R-Vermont)
Governor Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii)
Governor John Lynch (D-New Hampshire)
Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-Minnesota)
Governor Jodi Rell (R-Connecticut)
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-California)
Each of these Governors have single-handedly opted to kill marijuana law reform legislation in their states — either by the stroke of a pen (Carcieri, Lingle, Rell, Schwarzenegger) or by applying enough legislative pressure to abruptly halt ‘pro-pot’ proposals from ever reaching their desk.

Why am I reposting this now? Simple, because the more things change the more they stay the same.
On Friday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed legislation that would have allowed terminally ill patients the legal right to possess and use (but not grow) medicinal cannabis. That’s right, I said ‘terminal.’ Apparently Gov. Pawlenty — who cynically remarked “While I am sympathetic to those dealing with end-of-life illnesses and accompanying pain, I stand with law enforcement in opposition to this legislation” — would prefer to have patients at death’s door rely on the medical judgment of a prison warden rather than that of their physician.
But Gov. Pawlenty is hardly the only state governor up to the same old tricks.
In New Hampshire, lawmakers are trying to work out a last-minute compromise with Gov. John Lynch, who has threatened to veto any measure that allows for seriously ill patients to grow or use medical cannabis in their homes. And in Connecticut, Gov. Jodi Rell’s veto threat of legislation that sought to prevent minor marijuana offenders from being saddled with lifetime criminal records certainly did proponents no favors.
In Hawaii and Rhode Island, legislation pertaining to the medical use of cannabis is now on both state’s governors’ desks. If past is precedent, can vetoes be far behind?
And what about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who earlier this month announced, “[I]t’s time for a debate” regarding taxing and regulating the sale of cannabis for adults. We expect to learn more about the Governor’s position in mere minutes, as he will be elaborating on his stance in today’s Digg.com chat — which you can access here.
Want to know why pot remains illegal in America? You can start by asking your governor — again.

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  1. When are we going to have the debate???
    Come on NORML. I want to see a debate scheduled tomorrow. How much money do I need to donate??

  2. This should be no surprize that these governors are against this. The political climate needs to change more then it already has. When politicians start to feel pressure from the voters this will change. It would be nice to see a political figure lose a election for being against marijuana reform. Then things will really start to change.

  3. Why wasn’t the issue raised in the Live Digg Dialogg with Schwarzenegger? Did I miss it?

  4. I guess that
    Governor Donald Carcieri (R-Rhode Island)
    Governor James Douglas (R-Vermont)
    Governor Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii)
    Governor John Lynch (D-New Hampshire)
    Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-Minnesota)
    Governor Jodi Rell (R-Connecticut)
    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-California)
    are more towards supporting the cartel doing more harm to our nation than any thing . Talk about hypocrits and yet they are suppose to be for the people yet are letting our constitutional rights in under the 1st amendment regarding descrimination yet they allow much dangerous substances like tobaco and alcohol which is known to cause more death and violence than marijuana. What happened to “Land of the free” and “We the people of the usa”? I mean don’t we get a say on our rights to preserve freedom with out fear of persicution? Oh that is right it is not “we the people” it is “We the ignorant Govt that is against and at war with the people.” I know when election time comes around what I will do and that is simply not vote to put the same people in office when they run and I would urge every one else to do the same after all we did not put them in to office to not be listened to while they get a fat pay check from the tax payers money yet do nothing good for the people but sit on their buts and complain about viloence , crime and our economy when they have a logical option that would help our nation save Billions up on Billions of taxpayers money. Personally if their is some one from MPP , NORML or an orginazation that is for the people I would cast my vote for them as so would thousands of other Americans. This being said let us take back our country and give it back to the people instead of giving it to the poloticians who only care for fame , fortune and make bad decisions for us (the people of the USA).

  5. I guess that
    Governor Donald Carcieri (R-Rhode Island)
    Governor James Douglas (R-Vermont)
    Governor Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii)
    Governor John Lynch (D-New Hampshire)
    Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-Minnesota)
    Governor Jodi Rell (R-Connecticut)
    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-California)
    are more towards supporting the cartel doing more harm to our nation than any thing . Talk about hypocrits and yet they are suppose to be for the people yet are letting our constitutional rights in under the 1st amendment regarding descrimination yet they allow much dangerous substances like tobaco and alcohol which is known to cause more death and violence than marijuana. What happened to “Land of the free” and “We the people of the usa”? I mean don’t we get a say on our rights to preserve freedom with out fear of persicution? Oh that is right it is not “we the people” it is “We the ignorant Govt that is against and at war with the people.” I know when election time comes around what I will do and that is simply not vote to put the same people in office when they run and I would urge every one else to do the same after all we did not put them in to office to not be listened to while they get a fat pay check from the tax payers money yet do nothing good for the people but sit on their buts and complain about viloence , crime and our economy when they have a logical option that would help our nation save Billions up on Billions of taxpayers money. Personally if their is some one from MPP , NORML or an orginazation that is for the people I would cast my vote for them as so would thousands of other Americans. This being said let us take back our country and give it back to the people instead of giving it to the poloticians who only care for fame , fortune and make bad decisions for us (the people of the USA).
    The main reasons why marijuana is illegal are:
    From a prohibition-based perspective, marijuana is illegal in the United States primarily for these reasons.
    1. It is perceived as addictive.
    Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug on the basis that is has “a high potential for abuse.” What does this mean?
    It means that the perception is that people get on marijuana, they get hooked and become “potheads,” and it begins to dominate their lives. This unquestionably happens in some cases. But it also happens in the case of alcohol–and alcohol is perfectly legal.
    In order to fight this argument for prohibition, legalization advocates need to make the argument that marijuana is not as addictive as government sources claim.
    FACT:Marijuana is not physically adictive. Alcohol and tobaco are more adictive and deadlier than marijuana will ever be.Heince this is a BS excuse to keep marijuana illegal.
    2. It has “no accepted medical use.”
    Marijuana seems to yield considerable medical benefits for many Americans with ailments ranging from glaucoma to cancer, but these benefits have not been accepted well enough, on a national level. Medical use of marijuana remains a serious national controversy.
    In order to fight the argument that marijuana has no medical use, legalization advocates need to highlight the effects it has had on the lives of people who have used the drug for medical reasons.
    FACT:Marijuana does have medical properties and can be debated with facts on NORMLs web site. Heince this is another BS excuse to keep marijuana illegal.
    3. It has been historically linked with narcotics, such as heroin.
    The first piece of federal legislation to formally regulate marijuana was the Narcotics Act of 1914, which regulated heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. The only trouble is that cocaine and marijuana are not technically narcotics; the word “narcotic,” when used in English, has historically referred to opium derivatives such as heroin and morphine.
    But the association stuck, and there is a vast gulf in the American consciousness between “normal” recreational drugs, such as alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, and “abnormal” recreational drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Marijuana is generally associated with the latter category, which is why it can be convincingly portrayed as a “gateway drug.”
    FACT: Marijuana is no more a gateway drug as milk is to alcohol and tobaco . Heince is another BS excuse to keep marijuana illegal.
    4. It is associated with unfashionable lifestyles.
    Marijuana is often thought of as a drug for hippies and losers. Since it’s hard to feel enthusiastic about the prospects of enabling people to become hippies and losers, imposing criminal sanctions for marijuana possession functions as a form of communal “tough love.”
    FACT: This is against our 1st amendment in the constitution and is a BS excuse to keep marijuana illegal.
    5. It was once associated with oppressed ethnic groups.
    The intense anti-marijuana movement of the 1930s dovetailed nicely with the intense anti-Chicano movement of the 1930s. Marijuana was associated with Mexican Americans, and a ban on marijuana was seen as a way of discouraging Mexican-American subcultures from developing.
    Today, thanks in large part to the very public popularity of marijuana among whites during the 1960s and 1970s, marijuana is no longer seen as what one might call an ethnic drug–but the groundwork for the anti-marijuana movement was laid down at a time when marijuana was seen as an encroachment on the U.S. majority-white culture.
    FACT: This is against our 1st amendment in the constitution and is a BS excuse to keep marijuana illegal.
    6. Inertia is a powerful force in public policy.
    If something has been banned for only a short period of time, then the ban is seen as unstable. If something has been banned for a long time, however, then the ban–no matter how ill-conceived it might be–tends to go unenforced long before it is actually taken off the books.
    Take the ban on sodomy, for example. It hasn’t really been enforced in any serious way since the 18th century, but most states technically banned same-sex sexual intercourse until the Supreme Court ruled such bans unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas (2003).
    People tend to be comfortable with the status quo–and the status quo, for nearly a century, has been a literal or de facto federal ban on marijuana.
    FACT: IF this is so then why was alcohol illegal and is now legal yet alcohol kills more people than marijuana can ever do yet marijuana is safer yet is kept illegal. Heince this is also a BS reason for marijuana to be kept illegal.
    A much better argument for marijuana legalization, from my vantage point, would go more like this: “It makes some people happy, and it doesn’t seem to be any more dangerous than alcohol. Do we really want to go around putting people in prison and destroying their lives over this?”

  6. You know at least he didn’t backpeddle on his “debate” comment, but obviously now we need to get support more than ever from the voters (The PEOPLE….imagine that…) in California to keep this from becoming a backburner issue…
    If this passes, the rest of the nation will see how well it works and will push their state legislation to follow suit…
    C’mon!!! Yes we can(nabis)!!

  7. It is Unconstitutional, cruel and inhumane to deprive people of treatment that works for them. It is also in direct violation of God-given rights acknowledged in the Constitution of the United States. When guards in Nazi death camps were finally brought to justice, they claimed they were “just following orders,” and “it was the law.” I expect no better from prohibitionists when they are finally brought to justice for their horrific crimes against humanity during a “war” of choice they started more than seven decades ago. When truth and justice finally prevail, I also expect many lengthy prison sentences for those responsible, as well as full “war” reparations for the millions killed, robbed, assaulted, arrested, humiliated, incarcerated, kept from needed medicine, fined and deprived of their full rights as American patriots, among many other injustices, all in direct violation of God’s will and the Constation. God may forgive prohibitionists, but I doubt history will. Their days of trying to run other people’s lives is finally coming to an end. God bless America and all true freedom loving American patriots.

  8. I sent a very critical e-mail to my douchbag governer of Minnesota, stated he is as corrupt as the law enforcement he supports! By the posts on local newspaper websites he has lost many votes for his decision.

  9. The Reason Why Cops Dont wanna Legalize
    iS because they dont want Citizens having Freedom
    Fuckin Communists…Go Move To North Korea
    America Stands FoR Freedom
    Freedom Of Choice…Freedom Of Drug…Freedom Of Life
    Leave Us Alone…Aint Life HarD Enuff Already???
    Tryna FinDs jobs

  10. FREEDOM iS NORML~
    thas not youR opinion
    thas A FACT………….
    Learn iT
    Live iT
    Smoke iT

  11. I believe decriminalization in our country will be driven by the states. If voters start pressuring their state legislatures and everyone examines why marijuana was made illegal in 1937, change would surely follow.
    What is the federal government going to do when half of the United States have medical marijuana laws? They would need to respond. We are in the information age; President Obama has made a vow to lead by science, we need to hold him to that promise when it comes to marijuana.
    Our history has made it impossible to properly investigate marijuana’s potential benefits. As more states continue to contradict the federal marijuana laws, pressure grows on the federal government. Look at how much this issue has exploded since the Michael Phelps incident, it could potentially be a factor in our next Presidential election.

  12. News Alert: Illinois Senate just passed medical marijuana 30-28. Whaoooo!!!! 🙂 Now its off to the house and governor Quinn’s signature. Support patients and liberty by contacting your IL house rep and call the governor at 312-814-2121 or 217-782-0244 and lets become the 14th state.

  13. its simple…republicans are the party of prohibition. their remaining base is now almost soley southern baptists. they are dying as a party and rightfully so as they have become nothing more than exremists. within 1 or 2 election cycles they will be in the history books and logic and reason will prevail. can’t happen soon enough.

  14. I too sent a very critical to our power hungry veto pen governer, the funny thing is, I also sent a letter, prepaired by myself regarging HF-292 before it came to his desk. Well I got a canned email back stating that my letter would forward to proper channel, never got any other reply, I wonder where my letter was actually forwarded to? Knowing this prick it was probobly sent to his buddies in law enforcement. My letters to public officials are a little more cordial than the way I talk about them on here. Anyone want to venture a guess as to Tim Pawlenty’s chances of getting my vote in his next election? I bet you’re right.

  15. OK, Listen to this. Are you a truly free Sovereign National American. Let’s see, Do you carry a drivers license, have a birth certificate, ssa #. then you are NOT FREE!!! Reclaim your sovereignty and then we can make a REAL CHANGE, in the way this country IS ran. To just be commercial property of this Admiralty government is beyond my understanding. The TRUTH be KNOWN of all men and this will no longer be just conspiracy theory, but the truth hitting you in the head, then you say huh what happened.DO over i wasn’t looking. PEACE

  16. The best thing other than get more coverage on our issue is to have all of us contact our represenitive and ask them to support us through means of presenting to congress a bill to help uphold our 1st amendment by the taxation and legalization of marijuana. The prohibitionist may stop one or even two bills how ever if there are 50 bills for it they can not ignore or stop it it is all about numbers , voices and actions “for the only way good people will fail is to do nothing at all.” We are good people and in such we must fight and fight hard to uphold our constitutional right.

  17. I was actually getting excited with the talk from all of those states. In a flash, they just disregarded. We can throw all the facts and statistics at these guys, but it looks like it’s not helping. There has to be a different approach…this is not working.
    P.S. Maybe a month ago I informed my mother on the new stances legislators are taking on cannabis. She simple chuckled and said, “They have been trying to legalize since I was a kid. Unfortunately it’s never going to happen.” I insisted that things were looking up and she insisted that it ment nothing. It looks like she was right.

  18. Ya know whats really funny the people in this country are too afraid to give the government a BIG FUCK YOU.
    I mean we do have that freedom of speech thing right? I was almost certain we did. But I guess they pretty much shut that shit down after they started realizing that the people had a mind of their own. Aren’t we supposed to govern ourselves? Anyone? Isnt that what we wanted? Our forefathers gave us these rights and today the gov’t has taken the foundations that held this country together and all but shattered them.
    People if we band together, we can stop this. We can have our freedom back. We just have to take it. Its there dangling in our faces. So lets take it back. lets do this the american way.
    Ladies and gentlemen, this opression will cease soon. We have to make it.
    WE WILL ONE DAY SMOKE IN PEACE
    FOREVER, AND EVER AMEN
    this is the wolf man, howling away till next time
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaoooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  19. Pawlenty I hear wants to make a run in 2012. Vote no on this dime-a-dozen Republican tool.
    He is against the insidious Real ID Act, but this veto costs him any respect I had for him.

  20. This smacks of conservative politicians protecting their own interests. As soon as these politicians believe that supporting MJ reform will get them reelected, they will jump right on board. Not only that, they’ll claim that they’ve ALWAYS sopported reform. Hypocrites and liars every one!

  21. IF PROGRESS CAN”T BE MADE NOW, IT NEVER WILL. OBAMA WILL ONLY RESPOND TO NEGATIVE ATTACKS ON HIM PERSONALLY. HE WANTS TO BE LOVED.HE THINKS WE LOVE HIM,THEREFORE, HE DOES NOT HAVE TO GIVE US ANY RED MEAT.
    MAKE OBAMA FEEL THAT MMJ MOVEMENT DOESN’T THINK HE’S COOL AND HE WILL THROW US A BONE OR TWO. THAT IS OUR ONLY HOPE. WE NEED TO THROW A TANTRUM AND HE WILL GIVE IN.
    THE LAWS WERE MADE BY SCUMBAGS. WHY SHOULD WE BE HAPPY WITH ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. WE ALLOW THEM TO IMPRISON AND PERSECUTE PEOPLE THAT GROW PLANTS. IT WOULD BE FUNNY IF IT WASN’T REAL. WE NEED TO PUT THE PRESSURE ON NOW.

  22. Very good article and much needed !
    Any idea’s that will work………..spread the word !
    At this time there are 5 current/common severe permenant health afflictions, solely caused from moderate drinking of stiff liquor. All carried in silence from shame/embarressment. None with any forewarnings nor cures. Our youth have answered a USA Survey just this last April, showing that 7.3 Million of them admit to drinking alcohol daily. Imagine if you will, what the truth must be !
    That doesn’t even begin to tackle drunk drivers, fights, abuse, blah blah blah.
    Now………..why is Marijuana Illegal ???
    Hhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm !?!

  23. Lick your stamps people. Send them every printed ad you can find showing the side effects of common prescription drugs on the market today, suck as bloody stool, black outs, sleep driving, comma and quite often death. None of which is associated with marijuana, and for gods sake use a spell checker or at least proofread it when your not stoned. Burn long and prosper, SCOOTER

  24. You left out Governor Corzine in NJ, he said he would sign a bill to legalize medicinal cannabis use for chronically ill patients, but he didn’t outright support it. However, since the NJ Senate passed the act in February he and every other politician who supported the bill-including the vice-chair of the committee to which the bill had been referred-haven’t mentioned it because Corzine is up for election.
    I noticed you also mentioned medicinal users who have been arrested for cannabis possession. I think NORML lobbyists should push for stipulations in medicinal cannabis laws that would give pardons to people who were arrested for cannabis possession at a time when existing health records show that they could have been eligible for a medicinal cannabis prescription.

  25. The Governator pretty much said no. And that the debate was pointless because there is no data …
    So he’s all set to kill it regardless of voter support.
    His tune could change if that number got a little higher and something actually was getting close to his desk of course. Some point here the “test” of introducing 390 might actually go somewhere.
    I’ll be surprised if 390 makes it to the light of day while you have this sort of potential opposition at the top of the food chain. :S

  26. If we repeal the 17th amendment,we could change this and many stupid laws. The problem is…congress wont ok the repeal because it gives them power to do as they wish. It would take 2/3s vote from states to get it done. While we are at it repeal the 16th amendment too, stop them from raping our wallets.
    Its a war people, us against them. We have to rclaim the power they took so long ago. We need to reclaim not only our freedom,but our country,from these corrupt politicians.

  27. This is basically what Schwarzenegger said in his interview about legalizing marijuana-
    -he likes the law that is in place
    -he is not in favor of legalizing but acknowledges that others feel differently and is interested in looking at debates about it. he wants to look how other countries have been affected by legalization but feels that that information is not available to him
    -he doesnt think that most people agree with it and for that reason will not legalize it just to make a quick buck. he thinks that many people that are pushing for it are really just looking at the money benefits
    Arnold’s home country of Austria has already legalized the growing and selling of marijuana! How can he say there is no information?? Just call up mom or dad or uncle frank!

  28. I just hope that i live to see the day when marijuana is finally leagalized. I can’t imgaine what a relief it would be it would… no wait it will be a day to remember. So please would someone stand up and fix this BS and give me something i can belive in.

  29. I’m sure the alcohol, tobacco, and plastic companies have NOTHING to do with marijuana being illegal. We need to show these politicians that THEY too can make their own little profit from legalization.

  30. Isn’t this crazy? It’s an up hill battle all the way and we’re earning more and more MJ support everyday. Now we’re being told that there is no war on drugs or it should be ended. Don’t you see how every aspect of marijuana is being avoided. Avoidance is their weapon. It’s time to scream at State Reps. till their ears bleed.

  31. I sucks because then you have states with Ok Governors, even like mine that supoport hemp and would support a medical law, I believe, but these states cant get the legislators to compose any bills or the state has no means for the average citizen to bring forth legislation at all.
    From my understanding and research, here in Kentucky, we can overturn legislation by petition and vote but we can not enact anything? I think thats right.
    So it just blows that we have to live in states that a single man or a majority party can turn up their nose at a group, basicly disciminating against them, keeping them in a situation of suffering due to illness and due to the criminal tag they have placed on Citizens!
    Hell I cant even get my Senator to read a book to learn that Hemp isnt a Drug! Mitch McConnell, yes lovly Mitch, he believes the hemp Bill in Congress “will only increase criminal activity” and for our state to have a hemp industry “would cause issues for the police and DEA” Same answers when asked about about Medical Marijuana support. All BS but what would you expect from Mitch.
    These guys have no plan on ever letting go, they know what it means to all the people they owe, they cant even consider it, even in the face of dying and sick people.
    They have sold their soul at some point to; Big Petro Chem and Oil, Big Alcohol and Tobacco, Big Pharm and Grain, Big Textile and Woodo or the FBI, CIA, DEA, ATF, local and state Police, Private Prison and Enforcment Emploment services, Testing and Treatment centers, it goes on and on and on.
    We elect these people that owe something to these industrys and they all know dam well what Marijuana is and its basicly harmless. They know dam well the problems that prohibtion brings about and the suffering that goes on. They also see the profit that all these places get because of Prohibition and they are tied into that profit.
    Yes soon one of these A-holes will lose because of their support of prohibition and when that happens watch the flood gates open and all these legislators will be forced to speek truthfuly about Marijuana and thats what we really need, just the truth so we can at least have the debate!

  32. As long as we allow our lawmakers to accept millions in what I call bribes ever year we will have tyranny. The corporations that contribute (what they call it) the millions pass laws that benefit them and their greed. We are sacrificed as part of the deal. And they will continue to enslave us and destroy our lives unless we band together and put a stop to it.
    So many Americans do not even realize how our system works today. It is all about money and power our leaders and lawmakers lie and spread propaganda to cover the truth. They are bought and paid for by the major corporate conglomerations. Lets put a stop to the bribery or selling of our rights toady please help…
    VOTE TO STOP OUR REPRESENTATIVES FROM SELLING OUR RIGHTS!!
    http://www.change.org/actions/view/step_one_end_special_interest_in_washington
    Thanks CFJ

  33. i wonder, how many of these governers drink alcohol to excess or, use pain meds frequently. how many of them like to kick back after a frustrating day of governing? how can we help people like them see that herb is easier on our bodies then alcohol or pain killers. if they would just give herb a chance. for thirty two years ive used marijuana. i had to quit because of hair testing in feb,this year. i didnt have any “withdrawl” as i waited for. but, after three months, im a miserable ole boy. i have some a.d.d. issues that just multiplied in the last month or so.as i knew it would. ive tried to say, ok, ill knock a few beers back after the long day. thats not worth a shit folks.alcohol buzz is so heavy and so unmotivating. dammit! no i dont NEED to get a buzz. i can handle life like it is. but marijuana is so reasonable to use. onlt takes a little, my function is only enhanced.my mind slowes down just a little and my thoughts can collect, finally.
    we must find a way for this to end governers….i wont subject myself to alcohol, its wrong.that shit should be illegal,not herb. the people against marijuana just dont have the balls to see both sides to make a factual based decision for the people around them. we got to donate more money to our friends at norml so, we can get some siutable info on the friggen tube to everybody. i know ill be donating.

  34. just remember we do have the right to vote these people out,, so when they come up for relection we need to all get together and vote theses guys out… simple we must all stand strong and when they see enough of us vote speak be heard they will listen then… weed is cheaper than tobacoo.. so how can they say what there doing is working.. they can’t…it’s just common sense… which our government don’t have much of….it is a shame..by the people for the people.. what happened too that?????

  35. When and where is this supposed debate happening in California? What’s the hold up?

  36. It’s interesting that Schwarzenegger said he doesn’t think marijuana ought to be legalized and that he thinks the laws “work very well” when we’ve all seen pictures and/or video of him smoking pot. The laws didn’t stop him, did they? What makes him think they are stopping so many others from smoking pot?

  37. ALL RIGHT MY FELLOW REBELS. So their tryin to silence us an sweep us under the rug. SO WAT. they said it themselves, its a war on drugs. That means a war on us. Chek it ppl we already kno this country enjoyes a level of corruption unmatched compared to other ‘free countrys. And we are the freedom fighters with TRUTH and RIGHT on our side. We will win if we keep fighting. Just cuz we dont use guns or bombs dont mean the stakes are any less for us. other soldiers die on the battlefield and our soldiers die everytime their ncarcerated and chained. For those of you losin heart, reform your ranks and yor resolve. Fight harder yell louder. And remember just ask the old French Aristocracy wat happens wen a bunch of peasents becomes the whipping boy of an oppresive govrnment. ps keep howlin wolf!

  38. Come on just take a good hard look at what the gov (local, state and fed) have been doing to our rights. Every day they’re eroding them and we’re just sitting on our butts doing nothing about it.
    NYC has banned trans-fats, and is now trying to cut back on sodium.
    I’m not a cig smoker and don’t really like it but I’m against taxing the hell out of people who do smoke. Why are we punishing people (who are mostly working class poor) with higher taxes on something that is next to impossible to quit?
    NYS is in talks about taxing all kinds of crap that I consider taking away freedoms. Like soda. They want to tax soda because it’s bad for you, but not tax diet soda. What that doesn’t cause cancer, or how studies say causes weight gain too. Why not tax whole milk too and make people drink skim? Or tax red meat and not chicken because it’s bad for you? It’s f-ing insane how these people want to tax us for everything!
    I’m so tired of what’s happening on all levels of government! Our rights are eroding, our freedoms taken from us, we’re being taxed up the butt, etc…. But what do we get out it? No help for health care, sub-par education, millions of jobless, billions in debt, gov buy-outs that are secretly taking control of companies. It’s insanity and it HAS to stop!

  39. And as for the health aspects?
    my list of side effects from the drugs I currently am prescribed:
    lymphoma
    lupus
    MS
    cancer
    severe infections
    severe dizziness and light-headedness
    weight gain (I know one who gained 15lbs in 1 week)
    hair loss
    nausea vomiting and just feeling crappy
    headaches
    debilitating fatique
    death by any or all of the above or just from the drug
    And this is only a tenth of the list! Some are more severe and some less. Some I’ve experienced a lot.
    All this is supposed to help the progression of my disease. Well guess what after all that I’m getting worse. I’m slowly (well maybe quickly, I’m not sure) killing myself with these drugs. All in the name of big pharma and the people who won’t allow me to smoke pot to help ease the symptoms.
    Nah they’d rather see me suffer and not be able to help myself because then they won’t be making $4000 a month off me from my drugs. yup you read that right! It costs $4000 a month for my Rxs, that’s not counting the drs visits or testing they do. And I’m only 32 years old!

  40. ya know…the civil war was over state rights…not so much slavery..just state rights…just FYI for those who think states have to do legalization instead of federal..

  41. Idea lets have some one from NORML run for president and vote him/her in to represent us.

  42. I’m a first time voter i’m 51 years old I love Obama to death but if he doesn’t want to legalize marijuana I will not vote for hinm in his next election. I will vote for who will legalize marijuana. Not just medical but for home cultivation.

  43. A Broken Record TAX,REGULATE= MONEY UNLESS OF COURSE THIS GOV. WANTS TO BUILD MORE PRISONS AND I DONT THINK WE HAV THE MONEY FOR THT EITHER. LMAO

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