BREAKING NEWS: Marijuana Arrests For Year 2008: 847,864

Washington, DC: Police arrested 847,864 persons for marijuana violations in 2008, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. The total marks a three percent decrease in marijuana arrests from 2007, when law enforcement arrested a record 872,721 Americans for cannabis-related violations.
Marijuana arrests now comprised one-half (49.8 percent) of all drug arrests reported in the United States.
Of those charged with marijuana violations, approximately 89 percent, 754,224 Americans were charged with possession only. The remaining 93,640 individuals were charged with “sale/manufacture,” a category that includes all cultivation offenses, even those where the marijuana was being grown for personal or medical use.
Marijuana arrests were highest in the Midwest and southern regions of the United States, and lowest in the west.
The 2008 marijuana arrest total is the second highest annual total ever reported.
Commenting on the 2008 figures, NORML Director Allen St. Pierre said: “Federal statistics released just last week indicate that larger percentages of Americans are using cannabis at the same time that police are arresting a near-record number of Americans for pot-related offenses. Present enforcement policies are costing American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars, ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and having no impact on marijuana availability or marijuana use in this country. It is time to end this failed policy and replace prohibition with a policy of marijuana regulation, taxation, and education.”
NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano added, “According to a just-released Rasmussen poll, a majority of American adults believe, correctly, that marijuana is less harmful than booze. The public has it right; the law has it wrong.”

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  1. Pot is only a pawn. A pawn used to divide “them” from “us”. Unfortunately pot proponents allow themselves to be dragged into this “them or us” mentality when no such thing could ever exist.
    Believing that all cops are mean-spirited evildoers is not different from prohibitionists believing that all pot smokers are reprehensible scumbags. We’ve been fed too many lies for too long by prohibitionist to allow ourselves to fall for the “all cops are bad” lie.
    People are people and sane people do not enjoy hurting other people. It’s got to be psychologically easy, even satisfying for a cop to justify the arrest of a child molester or a thief or a violent drunk. Contrarily it must be psychologically burdensome for a cop to invade the home of law-abiding peaceful citizens simply because they are are growing some pot in the basement, while knowing that this action will destroy their lives and the lives of their children. The cop knows that those arrested are about to enter a world of torture. The cop knows a child molester deserves this treatment and knows a public predator has been taken off the street. That cop can sleep well once off duty. But the cop tasked with destroying the lives of peaceful productive citizens hurting no one must regret those actions. If a cop actually enjoys arresting people doing no harm to others that cop is a sociopath and little better than the child molester.
    The trouble is that as we teach more and more cops to arrest nonviolent people who have hurt no one, we end up torturing the cops who we pay to protect us.

  2. Ignorance is bliss right? Keep in mind the negative image cannabis has been tagged with over the last 70 years or so. Those who are opposed to cannabis probably know nothing more about it… other than what has been preached to them (ie: “reefer madness”). Some realize it is harmless, but if they admit that they face the possibility of losing their jobs, (especially if you’re L.E.), or being ostracized. So is it a surprise that some people think cannabis is an awful, dangerous substance? We need to continue the education of the ignorant, and correct the negative perception.

  3. All i know is im 37 yrs old……and have 1 charge on my record and just got fired again due 2 background…this is my 5th time trying 2 be a member of society..for a manufacturing weed felony….It has ruined my life… I give up trying 2 even get a job..cause i cant get a job even at mcdonalds…it’s not fair.. im a damn hard worker..and good guy…and that 1 charge is all i have ever had in my life…yeah we need change..And the only way things will change is when we the people vote some of the sob’s out….We have 2 vote….And i can vote again now may not can get a job but bygod i will vote all the way…it’s been 5 yrs since my conviction..will be soon filing motion for appropate relief…wish me luck..

  4. I have read somewhere that there are over 60 lobbyists for each and every member of the US Congress that represent the medical profession. I would assume that includes Doctors, Insurance and Pharma. Even if my memory is wrong and there are only 6 per member, that’s STILL a LOT OF LOBBYISTS!
    Now I ask you, how will our message be heard over the din of these lobbyists representing only ONE industry. There is only one way I can think of, and that would be to hire our own lobbyists.
    How will we hire lobbyists to help legalize Marijuana? There is only one way I know this is going to happen. We have to donate to an organization(s) that will lobby for us!
    Please donate to NORML!

  5. #16, GREN DOOR REFERENDUM: Voting does no good, sorry. If anyone can prove to me that it does please do.
    #41: It IS NOT possible to nail Obama in an interview, they’re all orchestrated and planned carefully.
    Besides MSM, state run media actually, hasn’t done a thing to help end the ridiculous Prohibition.

  6. I don’t buy the stats. They lie about everything and spin every truth. They know the heat these high numbers bring about. They also have a new plan to put people on probation forever. Then if popped again they get big time. A friend of mine just failed a piss test for a misdemeanor probation and they locked her up for 90 days. They said sigh away your right to a court trial. Because she would have to wait 90 day to get to court then go to jail so she was black mailed to sigh because she could not post bond…
    The legal system is rigged big time against the ones that advocate freedom….
    CFH

  7. As a college student I have seen a lot of problems.
    None of them involved pot, except for when the police were literally knocking on our door.
    We need to change this policy. Right now every potential youth about to see success is the target. Do we really need to be holding our youth down right now?
    SSDP

  8. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,”If every cannabis consumer & sympathizer out there would send just $1 to NORML,they can buy an end to prohibition.”
    And when a million of youns get serious about lighting up in D.C. all at once, I’m there!!

  9. While the House spent today disciplining each other all acting like they are still in highschool… they COULD have been having meaningful debate on marijuana reform. Vote out every incumbent in 2010 and 2012. Freedom.

  10. I’m trying to establish myself in self-employment so I can do just what Johnny D is suggesting, but for now I have other lives I’m responsible for so I can’t afford to lose my job and potentially my house. But the point is, that if all of us, myself included were to commit to a certain amount, NORML could overtake the NRA or AARP as the most vocal special interest group in Washington.
    I have a feeling support for legalization is reaching a critical mass and will soon teeter the lever in our favor.
    The truth always bears itself out.

  11. I also read something about them destroying a massive ammount of crops this year. One official was quoted as saying, in bad economy more people grow to make ends meet, especially those in poorer areas of the Appalachians, where they said they have felt the bad economy longer than the rest of us. So they feel good about squashing these people who have to somehow feed their families, they feel good about this, like they really helped society out. Its sickening to me the way these out of touch pricks go out of their way to destroy people in the name of public safety. And its disgusting to see how precious tax dollars are wasted in these tough times. Who in the hell are they saving us from? What is to save us from them?

  12. I AND MY OLD LADY WILL BE THERE TOO REV. STEVEN. ILL HOLD YOU HAND AND SING CUM-BY-YA AND LIGHT THAT FUCKIN JOINT THEN BLOW THE SMOKE UP OBAMA’S ASS…ASKING IF HE LIKES IT AS MUCH AS I DID!@!!!!!!!!!!

  13. I’ll say it again and again marijuana will never be legalized in the USA. With the type of dictatorship we all are part of in this country the heads of this tyranny group would never want people to start thinking open minded. Put it this way if that day comes anytime soon consider us all in very big trouble because you no something isn’t right. This is how the top officials get their humor at night always laughing at the peasants. Just consider yourself blessed if you live in California or somewhere out west because I would put my life savings on states like Georgia and Florida you will never even see decriminalization come into effect. I am a 420 supporter all the way however the powers that rule us will never accept marijuana being readily available this is a proven fact. I’m still praying for a miracle……….C!T!B!~

  14. Everyone sits and wonders why it’s illegal lol…..(maybe if you stopped sitting in front of the computer all day and actaully stood up in the masses america would get somewhere. This is why in america it’s a total child’s game for the higher ups. It is so easy to brainwash americans. So who watches the 6pm news every night, better catch the football game, o wait did you catch the o reilly factor gosh i missed it. O Obama congrats on going back on your promise and humiliating millions about medical marijuana…..WE LOVE YOU TO

  15. Funny how in 99% of government building’s,court’s,ect have a bible they want everyone to place their hand on and swear to tell the truth.But the government refuse to OPEN the book and see that Genesis 1:29 clearly state’s what our right’s are concerning seed bearing plant’s and the instruction’s given.Guess the bible mean’s nothing to these dip’s? ALL translation’s say the same.How could this not mean anything?But swearing or placing your hand on the bible doe’s?

  16. exactly. we’re not all just a bunch of potheads trying to get what we want, but that’s exactly what the government is thinking of all of us. sure, most of us, including me, smoke weed on a regular basis, but it doesn’t change the fact of us trying to reform the economy, especially in this time of need. WE’RE NOT JUST POTHEADS TRYING TO GET WHAT WE WANT, WE’RE REFORMERS TRYING TO SAVE THE MILLIONS OF LIVES BEING RUINED BY EITHER SMOKING POT AND GETTING CAUGHT, OR JUST THE MILLIONS OF NON-STONERS WHO HAVE TO PAY SO MUCH IN TAXES! an old cliche for the old u.s. of a. might be in order at a time like this, IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ‘EM, JOIN ‘EM!

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  18. The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.
    Carl Sagan

  19. Harrison Narcotics Act – 63rd US Congress 1914
    Marihuana Tax Act – 75th US Congress April 14, 1937, signed August 2, 1937
    The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act – 91st US Congress October 27, 1970
    The Legislative Branch of the United States, sitting past & present, lacked / lacks the constitutional privilege or right granted to Congress by the United States Constitution in which to abrogate the natural inalienable rights secured by the people unless the U.S. Legislative branch has reviewed valid evidence, held fair, impartial, and publicly transparent hearings which showed, or shows, that our nation’s health and or welfare would be, or is, negatively effected should the United States peoples’ continue to execute their natural inalienable right of access to the cannabis plant can it be outlawed. Absent of these reasonable conditions Congress can not, may not use it’s privilege or right of abrogation of Constitutional Rights secured by the people.
    It is only upon the reasonable presentation of scientific evidence which presents a valid social claim, and or an individual claim of harm that negatively impacts upon the whole, or part of, the Nation’s people does Congress have the responsibility to secure the nation’s health and welfare by use of it’s congressional privilege or right of abrogations by due process to secure said health and welfare of the Nation. But no U.S. Legislative body, past or present, has the congressional privilege or right to abrogate the natural inalienable rights secured in the United States people based on distortions, fanciful conjecture, and intentionally misleading medical and legal information. No where in the people’s founding contact adopted by the people and sworn to by this elected government does it allow deception, criminal and civil fraud, intentional misinformation, purposely tainted testimony, and the denial of any expert testimonies as bases for granting any elected and sworn U.S. Legislative body present or past with the misuse of it’s privilege or right of abrogation which allows the outlawing of the inalienable rights of the peoples’ of these United States without proper due process of law.

  20. Mr. Broun, my name is Joshua DeVere and I am absolutely disgusted that we have lawmakers like Tommy Benton. Mr. Benton declared that minor marijuana offenders should be caned and dealers of the drug should be executed.
    My questions are these, If Georgia was the first state to legalize medicinal cannabis in 1981, then why dont doctors prescribe it to people who would ultimately benefit?
    If Georgia is a tax stamp state, where can i get one?, because under georgia law, a holder of a marijuana tax stamp can posess up to 3.5 grams legally.
    Lastly how can we allow someone who is completely ignorant to the studies of cannabinology, historical documents promoting cannabis cultivation, by our first four presidents, and the all too numerous societies in which cannabis has played a vital role for thousands of years,
    to make caning a punishment. Literally beating someone to the point of severe hemmoraging, with wounds that are bone deep, and taking months to heal ALL FOR A PLANT THAT IS NOT HARMFUL, ADDICTING, OR DEADLY IN ANY WAY.

  21. Therefore the foundation laid in Congress to abrogate the natural inalienable rights of the people lacked any real evident that the cannabis plant is or was, ever a safety issue which negatively impacted the health and welfare of the American Society, in part or as a whole. Furthermore, the U.S. Congress did not, can not, and still does not have the privilege or right granted in the United States Constitution to write any such legislation that would abrogate the American people from their natural inalienable rights to use the cannabis planet for reason of traditional medicine, or as a traditional food supplement, as an alternative fuel source, for the making of clothing, used as a replacement for wood, used in the making of traditional paper, and or for the peoples’ ancient spiritual, religious, or cultural practices of which is clearly protected for all time sake by our founding fathers’ constitutional preamble and the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution.
    Hence, the United States Legislative actions known as the Harrison Narcotics Act of the 63rd legislative session, the Marihuana Tax Act of the 75th legislative session, and the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of the 91st legislative session and all those sub-action therein, which abrogate the natural inalienable rights of the people to have unfettered access to the cannabis plant is built upon a fraudulent act and therefore unconstitutional because these legislative foundation is based on fanciful propaganda which lacks any real legal scientific evident that demonstrates any negative impact on society by the use of the cannabis plant. The three legislative action listed above do adversely effect the safety and welfare of the America. These fraudulent acts of congress continue to harm the nation and drain the people of their valuable resources. Most importantly these acts have eroded the relationship between all three branches of government and the people they are suppose to represent.
    Our Federal Congresses in the above named sessions have acted upon the U.S. constitutional provision involving the American peoples’ natural inalienable rights and have unlawfully abrogated those natural unalienable given rights of the United States people based solely on questionable congressional witness testimonies, a bombardment of fraudulent media presentations, and grossly misquoted medical and legal data, of which is still pervasive today in the minds of the American people. There is however an overwhelming, and ever growing mound of world-wide scientific data that demonstrate to the contrary the fraudulent education material perpetrated upon our society as well as the 63rd, 75th, and 91st United States Congresses. Our U.S. Congress therefore lacked then and still lacks now it’s constitutional privilege or right to abrogate the cannabis plant from the American people. All legislation, status, and laws written and enacted from these fraudulent act of intentional misguided legislation should be ruled by the Supreme Court in the land as null and void because they are repugnant to the foundation of the United States Constitution.
    The Constitution is a written instrument, as such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.” South Carolina v. United States, 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905)

  22. Mr. Broun, my name is Joshua DeVere and I am absolutely disgusted that we have lawmakers like Tommy Benton. Mr. Benton declared that minor marijuana offenders should be caned and dealers of the drug should be executed.
    My questions are these, If Georgia was the first state to legalize medicinal cannabis in 1981, then why dont doctors prescribe it to people who would ultimately benefit?
    If Georgia is a tax stamp state, where can i get one?, because under georgia law, a holder of a marijuana tax stamp can posess up to 3.5 grams legally.
    Lastly how can we allow someone who is completely ignorant to the studies of cannabinology, historical documents promoting cannabis cultivation, by our first four presidents, and the all too numerous societies in which cannabis has played a vital role for thousands of years,
    to make caning a punishment. Literally beating someone to the point of severe hemmoraging, with wounds that are bone deep, and taking months to heal ALL FOR A PLANT THAT IS NOT HARMFUL, ADDICTING, OR DEADLY IN ANY WAY.
    Now, you are obviously an educated man Mr. Broun as am I. but as an American you and your collegues, are as cold as a winter snow, and completely oblivious to your duties to uphold MY wellbeing and the wellbeing of this state.
    In conclusion Mr. Broun, i would like you to contact me via email and i will leave you my email adress at the end of this message, but because of the futile “war on drugs” our children are suffering. All of the taxpayers dollars that guarantee a spot in jail for a cannabis users could be spent on healthcare for our children, and get this, it would mean more money in your wallet. It is a win-win situation. finally Mr. Broun, my email adress is josh.devere@yahoo.com feel free to contact me at any time. In the meantime tell Tommy Benton to pick up a book and read it sometime. He can get one at this great place called a library. These books are normally hard on two sides and have a lot of paper in them. but the thing that he needs to look for as well as yourself, is behind the paper, its a little thing called a spine.

  23. ladies and gents i just sent this in to my district rep, maybe it will do some good, so i encourage all of you to send similar letters to your reps.
    FOR A VOICE TO BE TRULY HEARD IT MUST BE MADE UNMISTAKEABLE, AND UNFORGETTABLE.SO RISE UP CHILDREN, AND LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD.
    this is the wolfman singing off.
    Till next time, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

  24. Here is just a little of my legal support in my statement above. Forget the Legislators, we as a people need to class action writ to the high court to attack these unlawful acts against the American people once and for all! What if you are the next 500,000 arrested? Time to attack before being arrested to make the courts change everything, remember check and balance.
    “To disregard such a deliberate choice of words and their natural meaning, would be a departure from the first principle of constitutional interpretation.” “Every word must have its due force and appropriate meaning; for it is evident from the whole instrument, that, no word was unnecessarily used, or needlessly added.” Chief Justice Taney in Holmes v. Jennison, 14 U.S. 540, 570-1
    “ Every word appears to have been weighted with the utmost deliberation and its effect to have been fully understood.” Wright v. United States, 302 U.S. 583 (1938)
    “All laws which are repugnant to the constitution are null and void.” Chief Justice Marshall in Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 174, 176 (1803)
    “If the legislator clearly misinterprets a constitutional provision, the frequent repetition of the wrong will not create a right.” Amos v. Mosley, 74 Fla. 555; 77 So. 619. (Congress)
    “Where rights are secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491.
    “When any court violates the clean and unambiguous language of the constitution, a fraud is perpetrated and no one is bound to obey it.” State v. Sutton Minn. 147, 65 NW 262, 30 L.R.A. 630 Am. St. 459)
    “The due process clause of the Fifth Amendment guarantees to each citizen the equal protection of the laws and prohibits a denial thereof by any federal official.” Bolling v. Sharpe, 327 U.S. 497
    Black’s Law Dictionary:
    Fraud: “An intentional perversion of the truth for the purpose of inducing another in reliance upon it to part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right; a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive another so that he shall act upon it to his legal injury.”

  25. This is a civil rights movement, we need to stop going to the back of society (Bus). This unlawful acts come from the Jim Crow laws and need to be legally attack in the highest court.

  26. “If you like your plan then you can keep it.” Well sort of. Now that everyone is looking this new health care bill in the face I hope that each and everyone of you look at what is being presented. They play with peoples lives and they wonder why people get so upset. We don’t need you telling us what’s best for us or our country. If it felt right then I don’t think they’d be having any trouble but if it feels wrong in your gut then it shouldn’t even be a question on what’s right and what’s not. Although, not everyone has a conscious and they allow their instincts to be clouded by material possessions or beneficial promises. Let me get this straight. 13% increase for a tax depending on how much the family makes total? Even though no one really knows the exact numbers/percentages. Then we are told that if we like our coverage then we can keep it. No, not really. So why would a middle class family pay for two separate insurances. One being a tax and the other being by choice? Sounds like we’re on a hook. I don’t believe you would. So when they say we have a choice in deciding what coverage we want and who we want it with the wording is askew. It would push people to drop their existing coverage plain and simple. Unless this plan is as great as some of the dems say and their will be no need for our previous coverage? But none of us really know what’s going to be in the bill, now do we? Keep writing and calling your reps. You may think that nothing will come about when you place your time and energy into trying to change this country. You do have a voice and an opinion and I ask that you use it in a way that is respectful but at the same time gets your point across. Send the same letter once per week. Call and ask tough/detailed questions. Do anything. It’s a lot better than doing nothing and watching our country collapse. I know that you’ll say this isn’t the place for talking about HCR but it’s important and if they have their way you will want to know what new laws you have to abide by. What happened to our country? “If the govt. fears it’s people; their is liberty. If the people fear it’s govt.; their is tyranny.”

  27. This is absurd…all those lives ruined. I am one of those 847,864 that got arrested last year. I was arrested for possession of 0.01 gram (one hundredth, not even a whole gram). I have had a damn hard time finding meaningful employment after my arrest. And with the economy in the shape its been in, I ultimately lost my house, my car, and ended up living on the streets for about a month until I was able to save what little money I made working temp jobs to get myself another residence. I thank God everyday that I was able to somewhat bounce back like I have. But I fear that this year will be just as bad for private marijuana smokers.

  28. In the present legal climate against our culture there is no forgiveness and we are forever abused due to misinformation by the media. Where are they now?

  29. So basically nothing has changed except people are smoking less weed because of the depression, so there are less arrest. I thought Obama was going to call the feds off. I tell ya Bush’s third term is moving right along. Same crap different president.

  30. Lets place the legislation below against the ideas of the original draft of the Declaration of Independents written by Thomas Jefferson. Let see how these legislative acts create peace, respect, and honor in the relationship of the people with their elected government. Let see how these acts of legislation promote liberty and justice which is the very essence of the founding fathers’ spiritual dream for a country without tyranny and persecution. These legislative acts are known as the Harrison Narcotics Act of the 63rd US Congress (1914), the Marihuana Tax Act of the 75th US Congress (1937), and the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of the 91st US Congress (1970). VS. “We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these ends, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government shall become destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, & to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles & organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness.”
    Does these acts of congress preserve the inherent & inalienable rights of the people? How are the inherent & inalienable rights preserved by the government for the people? Among those rights are the preservation of life, liberty itself, and the very pursuit of happiness as an equal and independent person / people. Where has this elected government respected the preservation of life? Where is our liberty today, are we free to pursuit our independent happiness as long as it does not step on the rights of others? To secure these ends, governments are in instituted among men, driving their just powers from the consent of the governed. The Governed want a change in the cannabis law not a negotiation with the hired help. It is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to the shall most likely to effect their safety and happiness. So how does the present cannabis prohibition laws effect our safety and happiness. Do we not as a people have the right to alter and or abolish laws and aspects of government that we the people no longer have any use for. As we learn and are better educated should we have to maintain the fraudulent information of the early 1900s or will we be allowed our liberty to case off that which is untrue and create a better and safer America?
    Can the American Government continue to unjustly defraud the American People of their inalienable rights to the cannabis plant even after the lies are exposed? Why? Why would the American People let this government, knowing there is no real safety issue with the use of the cannabis plant, allow 800,000 plus fellow Americans be labeled as criminals? Why will we Americans, the employer, let our government, the employees, spend billions of dollars, we don’t have to spend, on incarcerating these cannabis plant users?(average cost of prisoner $23,500) How does taking Americans who have had their inalienable rights unjustly abrogated away from them, placed in prison, or placed on probation and forced to attend drug treatment, how does this make these folks a better person? Or for that matter where is the benefit to society? If we harden a person’s heart do we get a better citizen? Will it make for a better republic?
    TIME TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, TIME TO ACT! TIME TO STOP THIS FRAUD!

  31. #85 this site is about the legalization of cannbis your fears about a bill that doesn’t acctuly exist on health care and is acctuly 5 seperate commitee bills only 4 of which are completed is kind of pointless. Wait untill the bill gets to the floor and then find a better avenue to speak of actual grivences of it.

  32. I am one of their statistics. I got busted for a personal grow earlier this year and now have two D felonies pending against me. I live in the midwest and its terrible here. So far I am in the hole for over 3 grand and havent went to court yet.

  33. just submitted my longwinded question to BHO..thanks for the link to abcnews!
    Mr President, after the citizens of CA pass the http://www.californiacannabisinitiative.org in 2010 legalizing Marijuana & Hemp what is going to be your response? You do know this will defund 70% of cartel profits (cash&Guns), help prevent forest fires & further damage caused by rogue marijuana grows in national forests, create a whole chain of jobs with quite a few taxes collected, drastically reduce overtime and better focus our cops, jails, prisons, re-hab clinics, pee testers, etc. But i doubt you know that blacks make up 7% of CA population yet 33% of all marijuana felony arrests? EXPLAIN THIS NOW MR PRESIDENT
    Cannabis Meditator Says:
    September 16th, 2009 at 11:44 am
    Everyone please submit your questions for Pres Obama before Sunday!!!!
    http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/question-president-barack-obama-email-george-stephanopoulos/story?id=8578184

  34. found this of interest…
    Green Soul Jah { 09.14.09 at 1:26 pm }
    MPP : Sounds like Canna-Politics is delaying your endorsement of one of the 3 proposed initiatives.
    I understand if you don’t want to endorse any of them, but I think it’s only fair to at least notify or discuss the initiatives to the visitors of your website and it’s donors. To think you guys even made a commercial to Tax & Regulate yet don’t want to endorse any of the 3 or even present all 3 of the initiatives??
    Keeping a lid on it will not help any of the 3 initiatives and will only leave them struggling to get the word out and time is running out. I’d rather have at least one of them make the ballot instead of none of them.
    To wait another 3 years is senseless, we need to strike while the iron is hot. The 2012 election will only suck out all the momentum from initiative. We thought things would change when Obama came in office as he tried to appeal to cannabis users, and look what happened!!!
    It’s a very unwise move on behalf of MPP to stand on the side lines and see who comes out on top without encouraging anyone to sign up for any of the 3 initiatives….I hate Canna-Politics because it causes division within the Cannabis Community, that should have one goal in mind : LEGALIZATION!!!!
    This is a time to draw out our guns, not keep them holstered for another day. We’ve had way too many “maybe next time” moments in the cannabis legalization movement.
    We must act on the current voter’s emotions while we have their attention. Who knows what kind of event that may happen in 2012 that would overshadow our cause to be placed on the back burner for another “maybe next time” moment………

  35. I wish “mars attacks!” would really happen, just a buncha nut bar aliens from space come down an zap congress, the senate and john q president.

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