Obama's new Drug Czar budget tilted 2-1 for law enforcement vs. treatment

(The Raw Story via InfoWars.com) “We’re not at war with people in this country,” [US Drug Czar Gil] Kerlikowske told The Wall Street Journal in May.
However, if the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) budget for fiscal year 2011 is to be believed, Kerlikowske was full of hot air.
According to 2011 funding “highlights” released by the ONDCP (PDF link), the Obama administration is growing the drug war and tilting its funds heavily toward law enforcement over treatment.
The president’s National Drug Control Budget also continues the Bush administration’s public relations tactic of obscuring the costs of prosecuting and imprisoning drug offenders. “Enron style accounting,” is how drug policy reform advocate Kevin Zeese described it, writing for Alternet in 2002.
The budget places America’s drug war spending at $15.5 billion for fiscal year 2011; an increase of 3.5 percent over FY 2010. That figure reflects a 5.2 percent increase in overall enforcement funding, growing from $9.7 billion in FY 2010 to $9.9 billion in FY 2011. Addiction treatment and preventative measures, however, are budgeted at $5.6 billion for FY 2011, an increase from $5.2 billion in FY 2010.
In short, the Obama administration’s appropriations for treating drug addiction are just short of half that dedicated to prosecuting the war.

The problem, of course, is that when you have declared drugs to be illegal, you must expend resources to arrest, try, and convict the people who manufacture, transport, sell, buy, and use drugs. It’s really less about the the people who use drugs than it is about the people whose jobs depend on arresting the people who use drugs.
We’re in the middle of a recession. Jobless numbers are through the roof. If marijuana were regulated like alcohol or tobacco, you suddenly add a whole bunch of DEA, police, prosecutors, wardens, guards, and more to the unemployment line. Then add in the young people who have found marijuana growing and dealing to be the only living wage job they can find, now suddenly unemployed by marijuana re-legalization, and you’ll see unemployment figures that would guarantee an Obama re-election defeat in 2012.
Yes, a legal marijuana market would open up many jobs and industries and tax revenues heretofore unrealized, but transitioning to that market is going to take time. In the meantime, what jobs are open for former drug cops and pot dealers?
We bring this up to temper our disappointment in a man who in 2004 said our “War on Drugs is an utter failure and we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws” but in 2010 has turned into just another prohibitionist president.
(Find more information on this contradiction between the Obama Administration’s lip service toward treatment over incarceration, complete with quotes and informative graphs, at Pete Guither’s informative DrugWarRant blog.)

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  1. Randy, according to the current gallup poll, congressional approval right now is at 18%!! Think outside the box, the democrats and the republicans are nearly identical on the economy, the wars, and the drug war.
    So does your incumbent politician really represent you? How do they vote when it comes to marijuana reform and the drug law? How do they vote on other issues you feel are the most important? Some of us, although very few, are lucky enough to have a good representative. Obviously you should stick with your ideals if you feel they really are doing a good job.
    But with a 18% approval rating, clearly we have some work to do. We need to be conscious voters in 2010 and 2012.

  2. “Voting for someone who does not promote my ideals just to unseat someone who does not promote my ideals???”
    Oops, I see what you are asking. Many people claim voting 3rd party is a waste of a vote, and because that attitude is pretty embedded in a majority of people it becomes truth.
    Last election congress had a 20% approval rating yet we elected 90% of incumbents. NINETY FREAKING PERCENT!! They clearly don’t care about our approval of them because they know they still have a great chance of winning their reelection. We need to break this awful trend and prove to them that they will lose their jobs if they do not take it seriously and actually REPRESENT us.
    If we can break career politician club sitting comfortably in congress right now, we will start giving honest populist politicians more of a chance because we are breaking the incumbent safety net.

  3. We’re in the middle of a recession. Jobless numbers are through the roof. If marijuana were regulated like alcohol or tobacco, you suddenly add a whole bunch of DEA, police, prosecutors, wardens, guards, and more to the unemployment line. Then add in the young people who have found marijuana growing and dealing to be the only living wage job they can find, now suddenly unemployed by marijuana re-legalization, and you’ll see unemployment figures that would guarantee an Obama re-election defeat in 2012.
    Yes, a legal marijuana market would open up many jobs and industries and tax revenues heretofore unrealized, but transitioning to that market is going to take time. In the meantime, what jobs are open for former drug cops and pot dealers?
    In earlier times this logic would have gone something like this: “If Ford starts building those automobiles all the horses and farm hands will be out of a job! We can’t let that happen!” or “If Bell gets that telephone on the market, Samuel Morse’s telegraph company will be out of a job! Sure, they can all work at the telephone company, but that transition will take time!”
    I hope this analogy helps the progress-nazis see how backwards they are.

  4. HA! This website and other legalizing pot websites should’ve listen to Ron Paul. Its litterly Obama’s dooms day. there is no way in hell obama is gonna be president for another term of office. Keep up the Revolution!!!!

  5. Brian; I’m with ya on voting out incumbents–I don’t feel that they should even be allowed to serve for more than 8-10 years but I would rather “throw my vote away” than to support a candidate just I dislike the other one more. People voting against certain candidates is what keeps the power in the hands of the two major parties.
    If more folks actually voted with their conscience instead of their fear we might start to see some real change.

  6. Oh, and by the way…
    Editor; I’m no consipricy nut but I do believe our current cannabis laws are one instance that the conspiricy angle actually makes a lot of sense, more so than mere “momentum” in this day and age.

  7. This has been illuminating to read. Okay… back to your corners!
    NORML, I have been rather disappointed by your replies on here. They seem very antagonistic toward the libertarians while hiding behind a wall of non-partisanship. It’s fine to be non-partisan, and you’ve certainly said it enough times to convince anyone not positive. However, phrasing such as “delusional” and “Johnny One-noters” is antagonizing. Your position is clear. Your persistent e-fighting with the libertarians you’ve riled up has only weakened your cause. I came to this board hoping to find a serious movement for marijuana reform. I am mostly impressed by what I’m seeing, but these comments are a tremendous black mark against your credibility. Everyone with sense gets it: Ron Paul will never be President. You continuing to shout it from your bogspot does NOTHING to promote your non-partisanship. Neither does your decision to comment on the “delusion” of supporting Ron Paul, and NOT on the delusion of using weed as currency, as another commenter suggested. It makes you look unprofessional, particularly when you’re using such snide, antagonistic language. A cause such as marijuana reform DESPERATELY needs a mature voice to lead it. Please be that voice.
    To the angry libertarians. CALM DOWN!! We’re all on the same side. All this editor was trying to get across (albeit in a very unprofessional manner) is that we cannot lay our hopes in the presidency of Ron Paul. The editor is absolutely right. Though there IS a chance of it happening, the odds against it are astronomical. There is far too much political sway and green (not the sort of green we love) in Washington for it to be possible for America to wake up, oust the government, and replace it with a perfect one. This sentiment is empty. It will not happen. Therefore redirect your energies into something useful. Take the time that you used to tear into the editor and defend Ron Paul to write your congress-people. That’s what Paul would tell you to do!! When people come to this site hoping for real MJ reform, seeing this petty, rhetorical argument is disheartening.
    Now then… I read somewhere that Obama’s “official” stance was that it would be “irresponsible” for us to legalize a drug that 80% of the world considers illegal; that it is not a good message to send to our children to legalize marijuana. This is a moral value judgment fallacy. It was the DARE program and Nancy Regan who taught our children that marijuana was as bad as cocaine. In the face of so much medicinally-relevant evidence, is it not our responsibility to re-educate? Facing an 8 billion deficit for marijuana law enforcement, and a possible 14 billion in revenues per year, is it not our responsibility to at least investigate a solution? The President is hiding behind a moral stance. He has without a doubt been a disappointment to many; another silver-tongued politician to teach us another hard lesson. We are told to be patient. But patience is wearing thin…
    [Editor’s note: Sorry that you see replies from the editor as unprofessional, etc…However, NORML’s webpage is not a recruiting ground for unpopular political causes and spreading misinformation. There are hundreds of other genuinely immature and commercial webpages for folks to proselytize about their favorite political personalities, desires to destroy the government, kill cops, etc…]

  8. Sorry, I forgot a few points. It’s just my opinion, but…
    To the argument that marijuana law enforcement officers will lose their jobs:
    I can’t see this being the case whatsoever. Just because marijuana is legalized does not mean that all other drugs are. A program will have to go into effect with the decriminalization which transfers these officers into other departments. This will allow the doubling of efforts again real drugs and criminals. Thousands of MJ boutiques will open across the country, each needing law enforcement officers on site. National marijuana grow stations will emerge, also needing security. Headshops will start popping up everywhere. There is more than one solution here. It takes only a critical mind to identify them. We HAVE to do something right?? The system is broke the way it is now. Even IF they all lost their jobs, it would be far less a burden on society than the cost of enforcement and interdiction.
    Secondly… to the marijuana pot dealers who may lose their jobs… well… they ARE pot dealers! You’ve had a good run living as a loophole in society. Time to get a job. It’s not like they’ve been tax paying American citizens who will show up at the unemployment lines. The truly successful ones will apply for grower’s licenses. If the argument is that these unemployed pot dealers would create a significant enough burden on society that this should be a sound argument against reform, then we need to see serious research supporting that theory. In my opinion, that claim is laughable, and you’ll have a hard time selling sympathy for dealers, particularly when smokers are getting bled dry by their dealers.

  9. 2008 was the first time…and the last time…I’ve ever voted. I truly believed in my heart and soul that this was it. This would be the guy who would change it all. I should’ve listened to my gut instead of my stupid heart and soul.
    I’ve always been an incredibly level-headed person, and I’ve always believed that, even though this country has it’s faults, it is a good place to be and I wouldn’t want to change much. I am now thinking differently.
    I genuinely believe that we’ve reached a point in society where things are NOT going to change, unless the PEOPLE…not the government, make it change. I’m talking Revolution. It’s in the air and it’s all around us. Forget voting. Forget lobbying. Forget protesting. This shit is NOT working. We are all being ignored (“we” meaning the general populace who are not rich and therefore not profiting off of how this system of government works). Too many people have suffered horrendous pain, sadness, and poverty because of this government. It is NOT working for the general populace anymore. Something is about to break.
    [Editor’s note: Revolution? Not voting or participating in a democracy is one sure way to make sure the political system does not work. The last thing…the worse thing for cannabis law reform is talk or actions of violence or armed revolution.
    One thing is for sure, such will not be promoted on NORML’s webpage.]

  10. I’m sorry to not jump on the hate wagon, but I actually looked at the document and don’t see where it shows that there will be less money for treatment and more for law enforcement. In fact it looks to be the opposite to me. I’m just saying to look at the stupid document before jumping off a cliff.

  11. re;
    “Editor’s note: Politics 101: Losers of political contests don’t have much impact on policy making.”
    bullshit. eat facts.
    40 hr. workweek, woman’s right to vote, end of slavery, child labor laws, civil rights laws, the “new deal”, and ENDING PROHIBITION,
    or the major party gets displaced.
    of “eligible voters”
    20% vote dems
    20% vote reppie
    AND 60% DO NOT VOTE, because they feel both parties are corrupt and/or are not representing their positions / best interests.
    you admit the dems and reppies are not going to do anything for us. (duopoly).
    that leaves three options;
    1. third party candidates (which you are against)
    2. violent bloody revolution (which you are against)
    3. just continue the status quo
    (which you SEEM TO BE FOR ???)
    [Editor’s note: Despite your examples of some social changes brought about by third party agitation, the statement that losers of political elections don’t have much policy-making influence is an undeniable truism in democracies.
    >that leaves three options;
    >1. third party candidates (which you are against)
    >2. violent bloody revolution (which you are against)
    >3. just continue the status quo
    (which you SEEM TO BE FOR ???)
    Are there only three options? Are you correct what NORML favors? No, in both cases.
    With well under 1% of cannabis consumers politically involved in their own liberation, a strong argument can be advanced that when (or if) cannabis consumers choose to be fully engaged with the current political duopoly controlling state and federal governments, then they’ll affect the necessary degree of change needed to effectively end cannabis prohibition.
    No bloody revolution, third parties or suffering with status quo politics are necessarily needed to end cannabis prohibition.]

  12. just some quotes of this countries founding fathers, and a few others…. i just think people need to know these, and should fight the system with these quotes as well.
    “If we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education”
    ~Thomas Jefferson
    “When even one American who has done nothing wrong is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril.”
    ~Harry S. Truman – Former U.S. President
    “Make the most of the Indian Hemp Seed and sow it everywhere.”
    ~George Washington
    “The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.”
    ~Albert Einstein “My First Impression of the U.S.A.”, 1921
    “Our youth can not understand why society chooses to criminalize a behavior with so little visible ill effect or adverse social impact… These young people have jumped the fence and found no cliff. And the disrespect for the possession laws fosters a disrespect for laws and the system in general… On top of this is the distinct impression among the youth that some police may use the marihuana laws to arrest people they don’t like for other reasons, whether it be their politics, their hair style or their ethnic background.” “Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.” ; “State laws should make the public use of marijuana a criminal offense punishable by a $100 fine. Under federal law, marijuana smoked in public would merely be subject to seizure.”
    ~President Richard M. Nixon’s National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse “Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding” March 1972 (funny how Nixon stated this before going balls deep into the drug war eh?)
    “Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana… We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society.”
    ~Dan Quayle U.S. Representative and Vice president under President Bush March 1977
    “Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marihuana in private for personal use… Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce [28g] of marihuana.”
    ~Jimmy Carter U.S. President Message to congress 1977
    “The greatest service that can be rendered to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson
    “In any civilized society, it is every citizen’s responsibility to obey just laws. But at the same time, it is every citizen’s responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
    ~Martin Luther King Jr.
    “If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson
    “Most marijuana users do not go on to use other drugs.”
    ~”Marijuana: Facts for Teens.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Washington, D.C. 1995, p.10.
    (the govt stated this, but still backs up greatly the gateway theory)
    “Prohibition… goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans’ appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes… A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our Government was founded”
    ~President Abraham Lincoln (December 1840)
    “We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”
    ~John Adams
    “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson
    “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson
    “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson
    “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson (ask yourselves, who is more afraid? us, the people, or them?)
    It is my opinion that, we the people, need to take back our rights, and put the government back in their place as being nothing more than civil servants, what they were intended to be in the first place. We should no longer allow them to decide what is best for us, but instead tell them what is best for us. It was once said, long ago that, For any country to truly be free, there must be a revolution every 15-20 years. Sadly we are long over due. I believe it is our duty to ourselves, and to our country mates to prove to the government who is in control of this country. Please keep in mind that, we the people, outnumber the government by a great deal, we have millions to their thousands. If only we could all band together, and with peace, show to them that we will not take it any more (i.e. impeachment, boycott, and voting) i feel as though we could succeed without the need of violence. However i do fear that a violent end of tyranny (in this generation) is near. Those in power will not relinquish this power without a fight. Therefore it is our duty to fight back, and take the power back, in which we will then again be free. Our founding fathers fought a war against the British 240 years ago to be free of the tyranny that we are faced with today. Ask yourselves if you truly feel free. Ask yourselves if you are in fear of the government. Ask yourselves and those around you to ask themselves, how much more are we going to take? I truly hope we can find a peaceful solution to this dilemma we are currently faced with, however i fear that it may not be possible, but first we must exhaust our options before we result to violence. Take back your rights America. We need to be free.
    [Editor’s note: 1) There is not going to be any violent revolution against the government fueled by the less then 1% of citizens involved in cannabis law reform. 2) Neither cannabis law reform or the country as a whole is near the edge of violent revolution. 3) Are citizens free in the US? Of course they are and can always ban together to create positive political change. One of the primary reasons over a third of the US population has decriminalized or medicinal laws for cannabis is because an ever-increasing number of citizens are involved with cannabis law reform groups like NORML.]

    or the major party gets displaced.
    in a 2-party race, you need 51% TO WIN
    in a 3-party race, you need JUST 34% TO WIN, AND BECOME A MAJOR PARTY !!!
    THEY (the major parties) WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPEN.
    so 15%-20% support is all we need to be a “swing vote” for a major party to pick up the issue.
    of “eligible voters”
    20% vote dems
    20% vote reppie
    AND 60% DO NOT VOTE,
    because they feel both parties are corrupt and/or are not representing their positions / best interests.
    if just HALF of the non-voters, voted third party,
    the THIRD PARTY would WIN !!
    if just a small fraction of the non-voters, voted third party, we wouLd be a “swing vote”.
    sun tsu (a legendary strategist) said; “attack your enemy where he is weakest, not where he is strongest”
    they are strongest with dems/reppies. (they “own” them)
    they are weakest with third parties.
    –it just hasen’t sunk in yet.
    BUT IT WILL !!!
    we will have legal weed, by 2012, just in time for the end of the world. (as we know it).
    -oh yeah !!

  14. re;
    40 hr. workweek, woman’s right to vote, end of slavery, child labor laws, civil rights laws, the “new deal”, and ENDING PROHIBITION,
    [Editor’s note: social changes brought about by third party agitation…
    you call it “agitation”,
    -people doing what is best for PEOPLE,
    not what is best for the big money corperate interests or for political gains.
    your bias os clear.
    [Editor’s note: NORML is non-profit, non-partisan and pro-democracy.]

  15. to the editor and whoever read my previous comment. I was not just talking about people who are going for cannabis law reform, and if you read what i was saying, i hope for a very peaceful resolution to the constant injustices done to the american people on a daily basis, this does not only include cannabis smokers, it includes everyone. However if you in fact read the quotes you will see that the government is in fact going against what this country was founded on. If in fact we are free, than why do I and so many millions of Americans feel as though we are not truly free? They do step all over our rights, and ignore the initial 10 amendments to the constitution. This is rather prevalent in the case of Tommy Chong where in the court documentation one of the reasons he was imprisoned was due to the character he portrayed in his fills with “Cheech” Marin. of all 55 people who were popped in that sting, only Tommy Chong went to jail, and as stated before one of the reasons was in direct violation of our first amendment right to freedom of speech. If we truly are free why do I, along with so many others, have to be afraid of what we say, and what we do? Why is it that we cannot practice in a peaceful manor what so many people consider to be part of the holey sacrament? Is that not also a direct violation of our first amendment right to freedom of religion? Also i would like to ask why they consider the ninth amendment to be nothing more than a guideline, rather than take it with it’s literal meaning? It states
    “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
    The meaning of that being that we the people are entitled to other rights that are not explicitly mentioned in the constitution, however it has been ruled that it is more so a guideline to back up other rights listed in the constitution and bill of rights. I ask you this, what rights would they want to be protected? I feel as though what they intended was rights they considered every american at the time to posses. In colonial times it was illegal to refuse to grow hemp when called upon. Our founding fathers grew hemp and insisted that it was an invaluable resource that should never be overlooked. however that amendment did not exclusively encompass that, it most definitely included other rights, mostly rights that include personal freedom.
    With this statement i am more so trying to clarify my last comment, rather than initiate an argument. However, i truly do not feel free, i do not feel as though i am allowed to practice an unalienable right (as described in the declaration of independence) to pursue happiness. Maybe i am wrong, however i ask this, why are so many people getting increasingly angry at the system for invading our rights? I do believe in democracy, however right now i do not feel as though it is working in the benefit of the people. They know what public opinion wants, however they shun public opinion unless it coincides with what they want. This being the primary reason i ask the people to stand up for themselves, and fight back for their rights.

  16. I’d like to see an amendment to the ‘Failed Drug War” philosophy. The drug war has not failed. In fact, anyone can see that it has been successful beyond measure…if you take a moment to look at it from the perspective of private interests. Case in point, the American Prison System (and those who profit from it) has seen enormous success from Prohibition. Not only do they get government funding to incarcerate cannabis users, they also get a workforce composed of free labor by granting early release for ‘good behavior’ (those who work for the counties, cities, and states holding them hostage, but gain no wages). It has also been extremely successful for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to profiting from medications that relieve symptoms that cannabis could combat, they also have the drug testing market cornered. Billions of dollars a year are spent hunting and persecuting citizens who have committed no crime against their fellow man. Big oil is making record profits, in part because cannabis can’t be produced for bio-fuels. Big tobacco has no competition at all as long as smokers are denied the choice to partake in recreational cannabis use. The timber industry is still deforesting the countryside with no fear that cannabis will compete and alcohol producers continue to rake it in while cannabis remains elusive to those who would rather smoke a joint than have a beer. Yes, my friends, the War on Drugs has been a huge success. So I ask when they come for you will you go quietly into that dark night, or will you stand strong, shake your fist in the face of tyranny and proudly/courageously demand” Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!!”

  17. I feel that Cannabis is so overdue to be rescheduled.I was screwed by the conservative faction of Solano county but The State Appeals Court made things right.I can not believe that we still hold people like Eddie Lepp in Prison when we let the Banking fraudsters get bonuses.Eddie is my age and will not fare well in Federal prison,but thank GOD it is not as bad as THE STATE system.I won my appeal because I am not a criminal.I was fed drugs by THe VA shrinks at they did not work,poisonous drugs with bad side effects like,Nuerontin,Buspar,Trazadone,Klonopin,Diazapem,Chloral Hydrate(for sleep),Wellbutrin,Xanax,Depakote,Seraquel and some other crap I really can’t remember the name of but I do know it is CRAP.I use CANNABIS for medicine and if someone can’t handle that reality I really don’t Give a SH_t,so THERE!The self righteous drug Nazis are a strange lot,they seem to believe that the drug makers can do better than GOD when it comes to making medicine.The drug makers are trying their best to mimic the effects of cannabis and all they do is fail.Mother Nature is not to be Improved on,she is already PERFECT.Google my Name Tim Giangiobbe OCBC and read the Find a Case Peoiple Vs Giangiobbe.I have had some folks make the comment to me,”you act like It’s you against the World”and I tell them it was Me against The World and I Won so read my case and shut that pie hole on your face that keeps spewing SH_t you don’t have a clue about.I just love it when some uneducated dogma spewer trys to make me out to be an Ignorant pothead.I enjoy using disarming facts with a little false sincerity and my own dogma while subtly insulting them with sarcasm to make my point and sometimes they do not even realize I am insulting them while they agree with me.I Love Cognitive Therapy,sarcasm and Just plain LOGIC.They are very useful tools.Time to TAX TAX TAX and regulate cannabis and then THe Stigma will GO AWAY and maybe the Naysayers will see the light or finally INHALE and just enjoy Gods gift.GOD BLESS ALL

  18. Tac Cannabis 2010 will Pave the way for LEGAL Harm Reduction Outlets.The Medical Cannabis Laws Created a Black Market anyway.The Age Limit Being 21 is Shortsighted.This will be ammended.The 18 to 21 year old adults have rights.I Will Still Vote Yes.Thanks Oaksterdam.I Was Working there in 2003 with Ken Estes and I can Clearly remember the call for Non Profits then.Jeff Jones, Richard Lee,Ed,Duncan,Clare and the Rest of Oaksterdam University Players.They are all working hard to keep Cannabis Commerce Ethical.Ajnag is working to Spread the Good Word on the internet..

  19. That is TAX CANNABIS 2010.What a TYPO!! Time to Tax and Put the Cartels out of Business is Now!!Man can I Let Some Bad Typos Get By.Oh Well! TAX TAX TAX and That will work instead of the Ignorant Status Quo.Too many Citizens are being Jailed for Non Violent So Called Crimes.We can Ammend the Law Later to Improve it!!Vote in November and Let’s get this Passed.

  20. These Citizens need to go to Oaksterdam and get an Education. I Lived the Hell after Prop 215 was passed. The Nebulous Law was Abused By Rogue DAs and we Hope that Does not happen after the Cannabis tax Act.The fact that no County will be forced to Do anything at all is a Positive note.This is Fair! They will still get to benefit from the counties that do Implement the Tax act.That is Win/Win for the Conservatives too! They Probably have not Read The Law They just Criticize it.READ IT!! You May Like It!!! Tax Cannabis 2010 PEACE

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