'The Law and Marijuana' Chronicles: Why Marijuana Remains Illegal

Last week Breckenridge Colorado joined the growing chorus of municipalities across America seeking to create a sensible cannabis policy (one, that in principle, is similar to that of alcohol in the recognition between acceptable, responsible adult use and abuse). Even though Colorado is already one of the 13 states that have decriminalized possession amounts of cannabis, following Denver’s lead, Breckenridge voters will soon be asked to make cannabis both a lowest law enforcement priority and the ‘penalty’ for possessing it– nothing. Nada. No fine, no criminal record.
A bright and enthusiastic lawyer with a young and growing family in Breckenridge is one of the chief advocates for this initiative, and in an ongoing ‘The Law and Marijuana‘ series of essays submitted by attorneys from the NORML Legal Committee to be exclusively published by the organization, Sean McAllister opines about why he thinks cannabis prohibition has lasted over 70 years.
-AStP
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By Sean T. McAllister, Esq., Member, NORML Legal Committee (Breckenridge, CO)

Marijuana remains illegal even though public attitudes are clearly changing on this topic. It is illegal even though 100 million Americans have smoked it and suffered little if any negative side effects. It is illegal even though 40% or more of Americans currently support legalization. It is illegal even though it is not physically addictive; you cannot overdose on marijuana; and the dependency rate of marijuana is lower than alcohol.
Marijuana remains illegal even though prohibition is incredibly expensive. The federal government spends at least $10 billion per year specifically on marijuana prohibition. Approximately 60,000 people are in prisons in America on marijuana violations only. If all 15-25 million Americans who smoke marijuana monthly were imprisoned, the country would spend $365 billion per year to incarcerate these people. Considering the country could reap approximately $6.2 billion per year if marijuana were taxed and regulated like alcohol, the war on marijuana easily costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 billion per year.
Marijuana remains illegal even though prohibition has miserably failed. After 35 years of a war on drugs largely targeting marijuana, the same number of high school students now say marijuana is easy to get and they had used it as answered those question in the affirmative in 1975. It remains illegal even though the Obama administration has declared an end to the “war on drugs,” while at the same time laughing off marijuana legalization.
Marijuana prohibition continues even though it empowers Mexican drug cartels. Approximately 60-70% of the profit of Mexican drug cartels comes from marijuana sales. If marijuana were taxed and regulated, this black market would virtually disappear, Mexican drug cartels would be much weaker, and our border would be much more secure.
Despite these facts, most politicians continue support marijuana prohibition. Commission after commission and newspaper editorial board after board may endorse marijuana legalization, but it continues to be ignored in state capitals. Grassroots activism does a great job keeping this issue in the press, but politicians continue to ignore it. Few politicians see it in their narrow interests of reelection to come out in favor of legalization of marijuana.
What follows is a brief analysis of some of the factors that continue to propagate the inertia of marijuana prohibition:
Facts don’t matter
When it comes to marijuana, statistics don’t seem to matter. Costs don’t matter. As noted above, no matter how many billions per year it costs to enforce marijuana prohibition, there seems to be no cost too high to prohibit it. Prohibitionist seem to be saying that there is no cost to high to attempt to limit marijuana use.
Overall use and teen use is lower in countries that have legalized (Amsterdam) or fully decriminalized marijuana (Portugal, Spain, Britian) than in the United States. There is no real evidence that marijuana is a gateway drug (in fact research shows that marijuana is largely a terminus drug – meaning people use nothing more than marijuana throughout their lives).
In Colorado alone, 13,000 people are arrested every year on marijuana charges. Another few hundred are in prison on marijuana charges. In total, Colorado spends around $85 million dollars per year on marijuana prohibition. If Colorado taxed and regulated marijuana, the net gain for the state coffers would be $150 million per year.
None of this seems to matter to those in favor of prohibition. Instead, the debate turns on value judgments and justifications not tried to any empirical data. While those favoring legalization should continue to insist that we deal with empirical data, facts alone will not legalize marijuana.
Prohibition is a hangover of the 60s culture war
By far the greatest impediments to living in a world where marijuana is not criminalized are the left over stereotypes and culture wars from the 1960s and 70s. Those where the decades when the counterculture made widespread marijuana use synonymous with alternative lifestyles and an implicit rejection of mainstream traditional American values.
The classic narrative of drug use in America is that while it may have started out as an innocent and idealized behavior in the 60s, the 70s and early 80s saw the “drug culture” deteriorate into a narcissistic world of selfishness and excess. The irresponsibility of some early users saddled the next several generations with the general notion that marijuana users were not good citizens and their lifestyles did not produce healthy communities and families. Simply put, prohibitionist have succeeded in branding marijuana users as irresponsible and not serious. That perception must change, even if it means more people “coming out of the closet” and showing that marijuana use can occur in conjunction with healthy, intelligent lifestyles.
Marijuana Prohibition Criminalizes Youth and Leads to Skewed Electoral Results
The classic pattern of marijuana use is that people begin experiment with marijuana near the end of high school. Experimentation steadily tappers off through their late 20s and for most people by their mid-30s, marijuana use is a rare or nonexistent experience. As people acquire more responsibility (marriage, children, mortgage), they find less room in their lives for marijuana.
This trend also explains why political change is so hard. As marijuana withers from adults’ habits, they are less likely to pursue or advocate for reform. By a person’s mid-30s, he or she has already quit using marijuana so they have no incentive to seek its legalization. This leads to the general atmosphere of marijuana reform, which is that too few people remain directly affected throughout their lifetimes so as to care about changing marijuana laws. Those that continue to “care,” perhaps care too much and are seen as radicals by the establishment. The reform movement needs to engage past users to help change marijuana laws.
Free rider problem and Selective Enforcement
For those that will continue to use marijuana throughout their lifetime (perhaps 6%-10% of users), there also is little incentive to advocate for legalization. As few as 2 in 100 people ever suffer criminal justice sanctions as a consequence of their marijuana use. Because so few stakeholders feel the effects of prohibition, those with the most at stake in legalization are not in the streets demanding change. The difference between the gay rights movement and marijuana proponents is that by advocating for marijuana rights people immediately subject themselves to criminal prosecution – something no longer possible for gay activists.
Related to the free rider problem is the low stakes involved in most marijuana arrests. With the exception of a few states in the deep south and Utah, in most places marijuana arrests result in a small fine and perhaps community service and/or drug counseling. The popular stereotype that our prisons are filled with people who only smoked marijuana cigarettes is not accurate. Small time users generally do not go to jail, but cultivators and distributors do. Therefore, the lack of serious sanctions has also deflated the potential movement against injustice because the stakes are so small. Why would a doctor or lawyer risk his or her reputation seeking to legalize marijuana when the sanctions are already so slight? Again, these free riders need to be convinced that advocating for marijuana legalization is a “gateway issue” to reforming the larger failed drug war and that they may not avoid prosecution forever.
Inability to have an honest discussion about drugs – lack of acknowledgement of responsible use
Another barrier to societal acceptance of marijuana is the inability to have an honest dialogue about the potential positive benefits of marijuana use. Universally, when drugs and marijuana are discussed in public, the frame of debate is that marijuana use is a self-destructive and unhealthy activity. There is little public acknowledgement that for millions of people occasional and responsible marijuana use has greatly enhanced their lives, such as by making a walk in nature powerfully introspective, by resulting in riotous laughter, or by making their sex lives more fulfilling. Instead, those who are usually the most outspoken about marijuana’s positive aspects tend to preach in a manner that makes marijuana use out to be an unmitigated good, refusing to acknowledge any negative consequences of abuse. The message of legalization must be that while legalization may marginally increase some irresponsible behavior, the savings from ending the war on marijuana will far outstrip any harms.
Just say no is an easy message for parents
Parents have always had a hard time discussing drug use with their children. Many parents are conflicted on this issue because a large percentage of parents once experimented with marijuana. Keeping marijuana illegal gives parents an unassailable reason why their kids should not use it: because it is illegal. The simplicity and utility of prohibition is a major reason that many parents passively support it, even if they privately don’t believe marijuana is harmful. Parents need to be shown alternative methods for keeping their children away from marijuana, such as science based drug education.
A long term minority without a constitutional right protecting them
The main Constitutional defense to marijuana prosecution is that it violates rights to privacy under the 5th and 14th Amendment. Unfortunately, other than Alaska, most experts believe that state privacy rights are not strong enough to protect marijuana use in your own home. There are no other significant constitutional guarantees that can be expected to protect marijuana users. Unlike racial minorities or gays and lesbians, it is unlikely that marijuana users can seek refuge in Constitutional clauses for their activities. With only 15-25 million regular users, about 10%-15% of all adults in America, it is unlikely that a majority of American adults will ever use marijuana on a regular basis as long as it is illegal. Without a constitutional right to protect them, it is unlikely they will be able to muster electoral majorities in the next 10-15 years to end their persecution.
Discomfort with Freedom
Despite America being the “land of the free and home of the brave,” in practice there appears to be a significant resistance and discomfort with giving people the freedom to make potentially bad choices. Regardless of how many can use marijuana safely or responsibly, if some abuse it, many will oppose legalizing it. This inherent discomfort with the actual practice of freedom is a major cultural hurdle to legalization.
The many have always paid for the poor choices of the few. Marijuana prohibition is by definition a preemptive war which seeks to criminalize all who use marijuana because a few may abuse it. While America seems to recognizing the futility of preemptive wars, there is still a strong undercurrent of support for this type of reaction.
Discomfort with Marijuana Intoxication Compared with Alcohol
There is no principled distinction between alcohol and marijuana intoxication. The Attorney General of Colorado says that people can drink alcohol in “sub-intoxicating doses,” which seems only possible for those chronic users of alcohol who are not affected by small amounts. Of course, the mild psychedelic or psychological aspects of the marijuana are different than alcohol. The paranoia resulting from marijuana use in a small number of users is among its most common psychological negative effect. While most people experience great insight and pleasure from the use of marijuana, others experience this paranoia. The general discomfort with psychedelic or spiritual experiences related to marijuana use lead many to a conclusion that it should not be widely used. Again, this is the many paying for the negative consequences of the few.
Conclusion
Marijuana legalization is gaining steam. I believe firmly that in my lifetime it will be legal for both medical and recreational purposes. What seems necessary at this point is to build a movement of tolerance for responsible marijuana users’ rights to be left alone. This tolerance will also need to acknowledge that a small minority of people may abuse their freedom if marijuana is legalized and that society will need to deal with those negative effects. Surely all the money saved on incarceration and prohibition would cover the costs of any negative effects of legalization. Rather than spending another generation toiling under a failed system, I hope we can end this failed preemptive war on marijuana soon. However, it will not end until the reform movement addresses the above concerns and transforms the debate back into a human-centered fact-based dialogue which focuses on reasonable solutions rather than ideology.
Sean T. McAllister, Esq.
McAllister Law Office, P.C.
PO Box 3903
Breckenridge, CO 80424
970-453-6594
www.mcallisterlawoffice.com

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  1. AND FURTHER DOWN SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO FIGHT THEIR OWN DEMONS..
    SORRY FOR THE MISTAKES..

  2. To Editor..no i think the article is great….for the people who already know the truth though its pretty pointless tho. Although I appreciate you telling me my opinion is negative…it’s still valid…NORML not doing ANYTHING is wrong. Posting the same recyled facts accomplishes what? Yeah Fwd. that article to Obama, im sure thats just the info he needs to change his mind about laughing us off. Oh I have to go write a state sen now who will trash my email … good thing you guys r making headway!
    [Editor’s note: Your posts are not being deleted…you’re too paranoid…and self-evidently NORML is doing a heck of a lot to end prohibition. Again what SPECIFICALLY are you doing to end prohibition other than disparaging NORML and genuine cannabis activists working in their communities to end prohibition?]

  3. Grassely is retiring? WoW ! What was it you said Mr Grassely about taking a bow and commiting suicide? See ya dont need ya.

  4. Well,I see there are a few unknowing (persons) out there. Let me give you a little info so you can decide the truth for your selves.1.You have a [birth certificate], that has a NUMBER on the surety bond that this registered certificate is. Stamped with,your state seal. This makes you a bonded (person) to the state that has a value from your (worth) in your lifetime. This is why you had better not say anything about the Constitution or the Bill of Rights in a court of law or you will be found in contempt of that court. You may only use that LAW that the court recognizes as the standard of LAW. Which is either Common Law, Admiralty Law, Universal Commercial Code, or Martial Law, is the only LAW, they recognize. The only thing we can do is, free ourselves by papers of writ, That REVOKE there legal jurisdiction of our entity. The {free will man}is staking claim of the property that is in his possession of said claimed right of the state. Or government of your choice

  5. This longstanding unconstitutional WAR on mostly productive citizens is akin to the early witch hunts. As such, since rational arguements seem to breeze by our representatives like the wind, perhaps it is time to use our jury nullification rights when at all possible. I don’t mean when breaking the law is witnessed by the public, etc., but when the often used, “I smelled it…their eyes were red, etc., so I searched them or their car.” Those scenarios are at times a cover for a plant, since prohibition historically promotes corruption, right? This was true in Capones’ day as well as today. Start convicting only when the evidence is beyond the possibility of corruption and ones civic duty is still being done but the change may make prohibition too costly when not as rewarding to the courts.

  6. I thought I’d read no new topics or points, I’m way too plugged into this movement over the last 25 years to be surprised.
    Instead, they are all points that made me think. While some may not be new per se, the discussion of each brought forth many new aspects.
    Incredibly well written!!

  7. am i being edited? OK, where was I. You carry a drivers License, this gives the power to those who wish to protect everyone from everything that might harm their property. (YOU). A TRULY FREE MAN should not need papers of travel, As you may not know a license is a permission form that is voluntary,as are income tax, a birth certificate, what ever document you (submit) to them for a said privilege granted. YOU ENSLAVE YOURSELVES with these documents then think you have the rights of A FREE WILL MAN, SOVEREIGN, GOD GIVEN LIFE,LIBERTY,and PROPERTY. This is where they don’t want you to believe what you may have a inclination of the obvious. Give the power back to the people. If we can. There are unlawful assembly laws that just kill us, then again NUMBERS will all-ways make the real change, that is forced upon the down trodden (person). A FREE WILL MAN has a right to defend himself when threatened with damage to ones LIFE, LIBERTY, OR PROPERTY. YOU decide how you live, under the rule of commerce or FREE TRADE among fellow FREE WILL MEN. Good luck in your decision. GOD bless. peace luck

  8. Sadly i live just shy of 2 hrs. north up in wyoming. as I was looking throught the locale paper today 21 of 40 police records were for pos.of the plant.I wish Wyoming would follow suit with it’s brother states like colorado and montana and new mexico.I Have become a bigger supportter of this wonderful plant that has helped me in recent years with pain, ptsd, and frightmare resulting from two sever accedents. it has also opend my views in the religon world as well. To bad we must be locked up or looked down upon for our views as free americans.

  9. Please if anyone has info to help us in wyoming let me know for if we need some to stand up in wyoming I will gladly help lead the way all I ask is for some help. (pointed in the right way) Thank you for any and all help

  10. I know from a personal note that when I was younger and in high school a friend who was making strait F’s until he started smoking MJ and when ever he smoked MJ he hit the books while high . What the result was is simple he went from a F stuident to an A and AB honor stuident. I even did that when I saw what he did and saw the results and I even went from C’s back then to A’s and B’s. It deals with how the mind relaxes my frined told me that when your mind is relaxed it makes it easier to study and get the information down. I am much older today and believe that MJ is a hell of a lot safer and bennifitial to our nation another example is say you have social problems it does helpp with that I know that being I use to not be the social type and now look I am more social even today than I was prior to ever trying MJ.
    I am glad we have people who are not afraid to fight to get MJ legalized and taxed… And when/If it does it will do good and will prevent violence and crime while helping out our nation …

  11. Texas has the most back-asswards laws about MJ. A misdemeanor here will get you up to six months jail time, a $2000.00 fine, community service and that’s if you are lucky. Many times for a second offense, you get up to six months house arrest (ankle monitor) and pay them for the priviledge. Jail time is not uncommon. I see cops searching vehicles all the time here. They are actually trying to stiffen the penalties here. The law must change. I saw in the paper recently where a woman got 5 years prison for 5 pounds. Wow. 5 years in prison for possession of A PLANT. Norml and MPP, when are you going to take on Texas??? The sooner the better!

  12. Its weird coming back to Colorado from a state where possesion is 1 year in jail. Things have changed a lot and they are still changing. I’m proud that the laws and society are moving in the right direction. Dispenseries are finally opening even on the western slope. Denver passed that law. I hope this law passes. good work.

  13. The current rhetoric being spewed these days is that cannabis is so much stronger in potency then in the past, and that this is somehow harmful. What we need to do is educate the public to the fact that THC is non toxic. Also, much is made of the harmful effects of smoking in general. Vaporizers solve this problem, but yet, the public is uneducated about them. We need to state these facts far and wide. That’s my best suggestion.

  14. AS FAR AS PROHIBS ARE CONCERNED.
    If any politician thinks they’re going to get re-elected”supporting medical cannabis prohibition,” their re-election interests have become narrow enough to get them voted out of government. They’ve convinced me and everyone I know that they’ve got rocks in their head. We don’t need “rock mentality” making laws. Medicine needs compassion…not “rock mentality.”
    AS FAR AS “NO COSTS TO HIGH TO PROHIBIT CANNABIS” IS CONCERNED.
    Well there ya go! I/we can’t say it enough. I’ll wager
    they would sing a different tune if the bucks had to come out of their own pockets…but…it doesn’t…so
    …the flat lander says “let’s spend it.” Now who does that sound like?
    Everyone uses cannabis…from the President (many Presidents) to the prisoner…and…everyone in between…including the prohibs. Hypocracy ssems to be the prohibs platform.
    AS FAR AS HONEST DISCUSSION IS CONCERNED.
    Hearing is believing…and…proceed with caution. Keep in mind…they are the law breakers…they break their own rules.

  15. lets not forget the drug testing..i know more people than i can count on my fingers and toes that because of drug testing it has led them to harder drug use such as Oxycontin or heroin. It is very sad to see this occur because they became completely different people. Such drugs as Oxycontin are only in your system for a few days unlike marijuana which the THC can be detected for almost 1 month. Most of this was caused by simple marijuana charges and were set to probation. A lot of them also constantly took alcohol, ecstasy, LSD, and magical mushrooms very frequently in effect from drug testing as well.

  16. Whoa… That dude in the picture would win a unabomber look-alike contest. He looks just like him!

  17. I agree with everything in the article. It is well written but
    Texas can’t beat Tallahassee, Floridas punishment for simple possession, DEATH! Read about Rachael Hoffman.
    There are 64 post at the time i’m writing this and I can almost assuredly state that 80% of these individuals have done “Nothing” to help the cause ie: email government reps, call local TV/newspaper or start a petition. other than whining .
    As far as court jury duty goes “I will never convict for anything to do with marijuana” NEVER!
    In summary:
    The only reason it is still illegal is the government does not want to admitt they were wrong!!!!!!

  18. Just came back from a concert at Red Rocks in Denver. Very cool, smoke was everywhere! I don’t know able Cal. but Colorado is looking better.Maybe it’s time to move to the mountains. You know Rockey Mountain High.

  19. It needs to be brought up that, in fact, big Pharma is playing a big roll in keeping it illegal by lining the pockets of politicians! It is all BS! It’s time that we quit being so sheepish and demand that this happens! Viva la revolution!!!

  20. Greetings
    I wanted to thank you for your well thought out article on the NORML web site. I will follow the news from Breckenridge and wish you success in your efforts to make Personal Possession of Cannabis a low priority for law enforcement . I would like to see this type of movement in my small Northwest town of Port Townsend , and will endeavor to make it so.
    Another issue I wish would become more of a reality is that Medical Marijuana patients fight back , by filing law suits against law enforcement agencies who persecute them , even though they are in compliance with State Laws. I read all the time about citizens who are busted by the LEO, property taken,sometimes damaged, lives turned upside down. Usually these cases are thrown out , or the defendant wins, which is proper , but I wish there were serious repercussions for out of control over zealous LEO / DEA. If the citizens saw a few large settlements awarded to MM patients maybe they would be more willing to join movements such as yours / ours.. A ongoing case in point is Charles Lynch of Moro Bay Ca.
    Well , keep up the good work. Respectfully,

  21. #71 Mike P. Says:
    June 24th, 2009 at 11:16 am
    I agree with everything in the article. It is well written but
    Texas can’t beat Tallahassee, Floridas punishment for simple possession, DEATH! Read about Rachael Hoffman.
    RE:
    Mike,
    – How could I ever forget about Rachael?!?
    She died one week after the internationally-acclaimed
    Swiss-chemist Albert Hofmann,
    (who discovered LSD).
    EXCEPT
    Rachael died 79 yearas TOO SOON!!!
    AND then…
    TPD Police-chief Jones had the audacity to
    brand her a “criminal”,
    when in fact, she was merely an “outlaw”!!!
    (For something that ought NOT be illegal in the first place…)

  22. #71 Mike P. Says:
    June 24th, 2009 at 11:16 am
    I agree with everything in the article. It is well written but
    Texas can’t beat Tallahassee, Floridas punishment for simple possession, DEATH! Read about Rachael Hoffman.
    RE:
    Mike,
    – How could I ever forget about Rachael?!?
    She died one week after the internationally-acclaimed
    Swiss-chemist Albert Hofmann,
    (who discovered LSD).
    EXCEPT
    Rachael died 79 years TOO SOON!!!
    AND then…
    TPD Police-chief Jones had the audacity to
    brand her a “criminal”,
    when in fact, she was merely an “outlaw”!!!
    (For something that ought NOT be illegal in the first place…)

  23. There is one more reason that the powers to be, like cannibus illegal. When you have enough canni in your possession, you will be a felon. and this is how they hope to circumvent, the right to bare arm’s of the people they bust. Also for a domestic violence charge you will not be allowed to possess a fire arm, usually 2 or more will result in the loss of your ability to protect yourselves from them. So look at it this way, if you are a [FREE WILL MAN] then they have no jurisdiction to say anything to you about anything,except when you damage others or there property. As is should have stayed that way, our history is full of dictators that ruled and made this type of tyranny possible, it’s up to us to MAKE them obey our demand’s as [FREE WILL MEN of the past had to do to get from under the rule of the mother land. Oh by the way, Rome is still in control of the world with there favorites being the rulers. Have faith on the proper day,{Friday, sun down till Saturday, sun down]. This is the true Sabbath of GOD, please take the Lord’s MARK, not the devil’s Mark, by observing HIS day on the wrong day. GOD made pot, Man made beer, whom do you trust, with your LIFE? Peace Al.

  24. Hey Mike P, what have you done for the right to tend to your own self , against the the EVIL empire. Do not Judge, till you judge ones self. GOD be with you brother.

  25. A very well thought out article!!! All who have the right to vote need to know where their legislators stand on ending prohibition of Marijuana first, then all drugs next, to end this war on intoxicants and Religious Plants and all Medicinal Plants as well. Aren’t 2 wars overseas, an economic depression at home and Drug Cartels in all Americas Major Cities not a good enough reason to stop making war on the American People for enjoying life and freedom? Don’t get caught!!! Get yourself a Doctor’s Recommendation to use Marijuana for your chronic Pain like I did and live with more freedom. a friend of mine finally got his legal status only after being busted for not having a Medical Marijuana Card and now he is serving 18 month probation, and yes he will have to take drug testing. So learn by someone else taking the hit. Be smart. Protect your FREEDOM!!!!!

  26. As long as we have Politicians who say they are for Cannibis/ & or medicial cannibis & when they get in Office laugh it off & give the impression of being oppossed to it the Laws will never change. To wit the last Presidential Election.
    Gary

  27. why is it never going to be legalized? hmmm
    a= maybe it’s all part of the plan, get everybody on the personal freedom of choice bandwagon so the man can secretly do something we would be even more outraged about behind our backs.
    b= then again maybe it is as simple as the possible loss of business from so many different industries.
    on a separate note, i feel very uncomfortable with the fact that this website had my secret username from a seperate website already in the name field. i do not have my automatic field entry option turned on my computer. now THAT makes me paranoid! so am i on a naughty list for my opinions now or what.

  28. #81 naturehd Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 2:09 am
    …on a separate note,
    i feel very uncomfortable with the fact
    that this website had my secret username
    from a seperate website already in the name field.
    i do not have my automatic field entry option turned on my computer. now THAT makes me paranoid! so am i on a naughty list for my opinions now or what.
    RE:
    naturehd,
    – Auto-complete / automatic-entry field info is
    sometimes stored as one or more browser-cookies.
    – You can delete these by opening your web-browser’s
    internet options, and delete cookies specifically for
    blog DOT norml DOT org, as well as setting your WB
    to delete cookies at end of browser-session.

    – Additionally,
    ®avoid Micro$oft IE™.
    If possible, use an open-source,
    customizable / user-configurable browser,
    such as Mozilla, instead.

  29. #81 naturehd Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 2:09 am
    …on a separate note,
    i feel very uncomfortable with the fact
    that this website had my secret username
    from a seperate website already in the name field.
    i do not have my automatic field entry option turned on my computer. now THAT makes me paranoid! so am i on a naughty list for my opinions now or what.
    RE:
    naturehd,
    – Auto-complete / automatic-entry field info is
    sometimes stored as one or more browser-cookies.
    – You can delete these by opening your web-browser’s
    internet options, and delete cookies specifically for
    blog DOT norml DOT org, as well as setting your WB
    to delete cookies at end of browser-session.

    – Additionally,
    avoid Micro$oft® IE™.
    – If possible, use an open-source,
    customizable / user-configurable browser,
    such as Mozilla, instead.

  30. Now see this guy is kikn ass and taking names. Those of us with negative attitudes need to take heart with this guys actions. Ive been a naysayer before here. but guys like this prove thre is still hope for legitimate and peacefull protest.

  31. Thats our government- spend billions of tax dollars to “fight” a war that cannot be won and that the majority of people do not want to fight in the first place. Our politicians need to go, NOW. We the People are the government- they must do what WE choose to have them do or resign.

  32. im 54 i like to burn one a couple times a week Thanks for telling them (prohibs)to leave me alone

  33. I have had muscular dystrophy for a life time of 53 years and used cannabis untill entering my chosen profession and having to go to so called legal meds. sense becoming to handicapped to continue working, I have dropped the so called legal med’s because of the horrible side effects, I HAVE REPLACED 3 MED’S FOR ONE [CANNABIS] AND NO LONGER HAVE MY BRAIN SNAPPING TO THE POINT OF VOMITING FROM MISSING A COUPLE OF DOSES,NO LONGER HAVE DIARRHEA RIGHT AFTER EATING,NO LONGER HAVE SEXUAL PROBLEMS,AND I COULD GO ON AND ON. EVERY SINGLE PERSON SHOULD STRIVE FOR CANNABIS BE PUT BACK IN THE PHARMACYS FOR YOUR AND YOUR FAMILY’S OWN GOOD .P.S.CANNABIS IS TRULY A GATEWAY DRUG IT HAS KEPT ME FROM HAVING TO GO THROUGH THAT GATEWAY TO OPIATE’S AND ADDICTION. INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S OF THE WORLD DID NOT CARRY CANNABIS AROUND FOR TEN THOUSAND YEARS JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT.

  34. A great message. I too believe that I will see it legalized in my lifetime, both medically and for recreation. I just hope to see it sooner than later.

  35. If these politicians want our vote…and…it’s been said that they would kill their grandmother to get a single vote…they’re going to have to earn our “RESPECT” first.
    They are going to have to “EARN THAT RESPECT” in more than just the issue of cannabis. If they can’t get cannabis right…just how many other issues have they NOT demonstrated sound judgment. As Louie says…”Trow da bums out!”

  36. P.S. By the way…tomorrow is the 4th…Independence Day.
    You want to tell me just what Independence we are talking about.

  37. Hello to Mr. Sean T. McAllister, Esq., Member, NORML Legal Committee…you look like a happy man. It’s nice to at least see your face instead of the Czar’s or Lingle’s popping up now and then as these discussions linger on…and no I’m not malingering neither!

  38. Anyway
    People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered, Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motive, Be kind anyway.
    If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies, Succeed anyway.
    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.
    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.
    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous, Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have, And it may never be enough. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
    You see, in the final analysis, It is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
    From a sign in the wall of Shishu Bhauhn, the Children’s home in Calcutta.
    Mother Teresa: A Simple Path, c 1995 Compiled by Lucinda Vardey
    (8 Paradaxical Commandments by Kent M. Keith, 1968, c 2001)

  39. The ACLU AND THE DEA FBI AND RESPECTED PRESIDENT BUSH
    CITY, COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL….AND CHURCH
    ALL NEED A BIG SHOVE NOT JUST A PUSH.
    CANABLISS CLUBS HAVE BEEN TRODDEN ON HARD AND
    QUITE CERTAINLY LONG ENOUGH. Amen.
    Hello my friends, guess who just drove by my house?
    Hey. Hey-e-e-y I noticed the federal emblem on the
    truck and just smiled. So did they. Smile American!
    We Won!

  40. I am one fourth of the way through my courses to become a legal transcriptionist.
    I have come quite far since the Great State of Utah has loaned me this computer and paid for the on-line school.
    Manny, these here youngsters now a days…got it made.
    They can and magnificantly do train at home and work at home. We are the generations of many.
    Yes a home business has always been my dream.
    Let’s hear some others….?

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