America’s Marijuana Prohibition Apologist-in-Chief: John Walters

Someone should clue in neo-con John Walters (who Drug Policy Alliance director Ethan Nadelmann aptly described once as Bill Bennett’s ‘Mini-Me’) that he no longer is compelled by statute to lie about cannabis any more seeking to thwart the will of American citizens. Blessedly, taxpayers are no longer paying him high wages to lie to beat the band. But, apparently the ‘Weakly Standard’ and Hudson Institute are willing to pay up for Walter’s anti-pot prevarications.
Walters—a political operative who revolves in and out of government jobs when Republicans control the executive branch—in a gratuitously written essay attempts to both praise the Democratic president while condemning him at the exact same time. A difficult feat to achieve, and Walters only disappoints with petty partisanship and self-promotion.

Obama Just Says No to Soros
From the March 22, 2010 Weekly Standard
by John Walters
For anyone who feared that the Obama administration would abandon efforts to control illegal drugs, the president’s first year in office has been on balance reassuring.
The anti-antidrug camp had high hopes that Barack Obama would end “drug prohibition.” Last year, George Soros, a leading proponent of drug legalization and perhaps the most generous financial backer of the president, seemed in a position to get the change he wanted. In fact, Obama drug czar Gil Kerlikowske made it his first order of business to tell the press he was ending “the drug war.” More significantly, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that federal enforcement regarding “medical marijuana” would be dialed back, which caused the number of storefront marijuana shops in Los Angeles to skyrocket.
Things are looking a little different a year later, however. Kerlikowske turned old school and proclaimed that drug legalization was not in the administration’s “vocabulary.” The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to enforce marijuana laws in California (although without vocal support from Holder). And the Obama administration just released its first drug control budget requesting a fully funded, well, drug war. At the end of the Bush administration, federal drug control spending in fiscal year 2009 was $15 billion—65 percent of it devoted to border security, law enforcement, and other supply control efforts. Obama wants $15.5 billion in 2011, 64 percent for supply control—an increase of $100 million over Bush’s final year.
President Obama did not speak of the importance of drug treatment in his first State of the Union address as his predecessor had, but he requested a bit more money for it—all to the good. And he even tried to avoid adding these funds to the most unaccountable federal treatment programs.
Last year, Congress and the administration cut prevention funding 17 percent, the only significant change from 2009. This year, the administration is seeking to restore some, but not all, of that cut.
The drug-legalization zealots may be singing “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” But with the exception of the Carter administration, when some senior members of the White House staff favored legalization, every president from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama—Republican and Democrat—has sought to attack both supply and demand. It was during the Carter administration that the drug problem exploded, leading to the worst destruction from substance abuse in living memory and the enduring root of the smaller problem still with us today.
It is very important that President Obama has not listened to George Soros on drugs. Should we expect anything more? Are there any signs that the president cares about the drug problem? Will he actually show some leadership on this issue? If he wanted to, he could teach young people something. He could say that illegal drugs make people sick, and his generation did not understand this and paid a horrible price for its ignorance. Now we know better, and we should act like it. If he wanted to show real courage, he could say we know that marijuana makes people sick and that marijuana is the illegal drug causing the greatest dependency and addiction by far. He could even say it is time to stop several decades of lying to ourselves about marijuana and teaching that lie to our children.
President Obama as no other president before him could use his appeal to youth to end, almost overnight, the cultural dogma that drugs are cool. It would be easy for him to become the greatest contributor to drug abuse prevention since Nancy Reagan—and he could explain how difficult it is to stop using these substances even when you know better, as he has found with cigarettes.
Of course, none of this is likely to happen. The Obama administration has shown itself willing to spend to support antidrug programs, but it probably will not lead at home and abroad in the areas where truly historic gains are possible.
President Alvaro Uribe in Colombia has all but taken his country back from drug trafficking terrorists. One result of Uribe’s victories is that dramatically less cocaine reaches American cities. Is that not important to President Obama? The Obama administration could draw attention to this magnificent example of turning the tide against drugs and terror and explain how it happened—a great drug war victory led by Colombia’s president and supported by both the Clinton and the Bush administrations. If similar efforts are led, adapted, and sustained in Mexico and Afghanistan, the damage caused by cocaine, heroin, and marijuana in the United States and globally can be dramatically reduced. The changes would be profound. Does President Obama see this? Thus far, there is no evidence he thinks about it at all.
The president surely did not need Charles Lane of the Washington Post to tell him “medical marijuana is an insult to our intelligence.” But the president and all his key officials—Eric Holder, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Margaret Hamburg, and even Gil Kerlikowske—are playing dumb as “medical marijuana” is brought to Washington, D.C. The agencies of the federal government know what a dangerous fraud this has been in California and particularly in its large cities—Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco. It is beyond question that “medical marijuana” fosters rapid rises in abuse, addiction, and crime. The Post has reported this in detail. Does the capital of the United States need a bigger drug problem? Are all these Obama administration officials really too busy to make the obvious argument that “medical marijuana” is a stupid and dangerous fraud?
We are fortunate that President Obama has resisted the wrongheaded advice of George Soros. But it is not enough. Today, leadership is needed on curbing use of marijuana, helping Mexico defeat the traffickers, and working to integrate the battle against terror and drugs in Afghanistan. On these issues the new boss is failing, and there are already troubling survey results indicating youth drug use may be about to rise. Attitudes about drugs are a product of teaching, not mere spending. The annual reports of historic rates of substance abuse among aging Baby Boomers should have taught us by now that exposing our children to these substances is not dangerous for them only as teens. All too often, substance abuse lasts a lifetime.

Truth and history vs. Walters’ polemical
>Kerlikowske turned old school and proclaimed that drug legalization was not in the administration’s “vocabulary.”
Of course Walters fails to inform the reading audience that Kerlikowske has abandoned Walters’ overblown rhetoric by dropping the term ‘war on drugs’ from the fed’s vocabulary.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced that federal enforcement regarding “medical marijuana” would be dialed back, which caused the number of storefront marijuana shops in Los Angeles to skyrocket.
Is this true? Or, is it more accurate to admit that the massive increase in the retail outlets for cannabis for medical purposes happened under the Bush/Walters tenure, specifically between 2001-2008? Even with the executive branch winning two US Supreme Court decisions against medical cannabis in 2001 and 2005, Bush and Walters (along with fellow Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger) utterly failed to stop the massive proliferation and increased popularity of retail cannabis dispensaries in states like California and Colorado.
It was during the Carter administration that the drug problem exploded, leading to the worst destruction from substance abuse in living memory and the enduring root of the smaller problem still with us today.
Is this historically accurate or another pathetic partisan attack? Were there not massive increases in the use of heroin (under Nixon), cocaine (under Reagan), crack (under Bush 1.0), ecstacy (under Clinton) and meth (under Bush 2.0 and Walters)?
He could say that illegal drugs make people sick, and his generation did not understand this and paid a horrible price for its ignorance. Now we know better, and we should act like it. If he wanted to show real courage, he could say we know that marijuana makes people sick and that marijuana is the illegal drug causing the greatest dependency and addiction by far.
Apparently Walters looks to Obama to be as dishonest as he was in misleading and lying to the public and Congress about cannabis. Walters’ absurd and unscientific claims that cannabis ‘makes people sick’ and that cannabis ‘causes the greatest dependency and addiction by far’ in a country that sells and taxes alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceuticals demonstrates how out-of-touch this man really is and how manipulative Walters tries to be with the distracted ignorance of the general public (and elected policy makers).
He could even say it is time to stop several decades of lying to ourselves about marijuana and teaching that lie to our children.
Talk about self-delusional! Who exactly has been lying for decades about cannabis? Was it not Walters who wasted taxpayer dollars on rank propaganda like ‘Stoners in the Mist‘? Is Walters to have his reading audience believe that government (federal and state executive branches; Congress and state legislatures; the DEA, ONDCP, NIDA, FBI, NIH, etc…) has been lying for decades to the general public in favor of cannabis, and now, Obama has a chance to retard decades of pro-cannabis government propaganda? Does this make any sense to sane people?
But the president and all his key officials—Eric Holder, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Margaret Hamburg, and even Gil Kerlikowske—are playing dumb as “medical marijuana” is brought to Washington, D.C. The agencies of the federal government know what a dangerous fraud this has been in California and particularly in its large cities—Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco.
Once again, resistant to democracy and the will of the voters, Walters is vexed by the fact that voters–not politically-appointed technocrats like him–are determining their fates and public policies, and  childishly bemoaning  current federal officials for not acting in the same reckless, elitist and anti-democratic manner that Walters chose to look down his nose at the public. Obama and Kerlikowske will be as successful as Bush and Walters were at thwarting the public’s will for long overdue cannabis law reforms, which is to say, not at all.
It is beyond question that “medical marijuana” fosters rapid rises in abuse, addiction, and crime. The Post has reported this in detail. Does the capital of the United States need a bigger drug problem? Are all these Obama administration officials really too busy to make the obvious argument that “medical marijuana” is a stupid and dangerous fraud?
I think Walters meant to write ‘It is beyond question that prohibition laws fosters rapid rises in abuse, addiction, and crime.’
Walter blissfully cites the Washington Post as some kind of paragon of clarity against medical cannabis, when in fact the Washington Post editorial board and its columnists over the years, like most of the country, has come to embrace medical cannabis research and law reform.
Irony as rich as a Sara Lee poundcake
In what really is little more than a nakedly partisan, Soros-paranoid attempt by Walters to chide Obama (and by extension the entire presidential field of Democrats in 2008 as all of them supported medical access to cannabis; contrastingly, Republican candidates other than Ron Paul did not) for 1) the audacity of agreeing with approximately 80% of the US public on the question of allowing physicians to recommend cannabis to sick, dying and sense-threatened medical patients, and 2) more importantly, for upholding a campaign promise to back the federal government off of state autonomy on the issue of medical cannabis.
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Obama, a real politician, can’t ignore 14 states (with 90 million citizens) who’ve provided legal protections for patients who use cannabis, whereas Walters, near a life-long political appointee who couldn’t get elected local dog catcher, and his duplicitous boss, for eight years, embraced a strange form of anti-democratic elitism as their way to ‘solve’ the failure of cannabis prohibition (President George W. Bush claimed as both governor of Texas and presidential candidate in 2000 that he, along with the rest of the GOP, strongly support states’ rights against a highly centralized, all-controlling federal government in big bad ol’ Washington, DC, but when the editorial board of the Portland Press Herald effectively asked candidate Bush ‘you claim you support states’ rights against encroaching federal supremacy, here in Maine voters elected to pass medical cannabis laws that run counter to federal laws. If elected president, what are you going to do regarding the increasing number of states that are rejecting federal anti-cannabis laws in favor of medicinal access for qualified patients?’ Bush’s reported reply: If elected president I’ll strongly encourage states’ rights, but will rigorously enforce existing federal laws.).
Walter’s obscene boast in his bio at Hudson of reducing teen drug use 25% during his tenure is hard to comprehend and belies any credibility to speak publicly on the topic of cannabis prohibition, as he well knows that government drug surveys do not accurately measure drug use. Is it not ironic that when Walters is in government the monumentally unachievable is claimed, but when out of government, he is hypercritical of those in government for taking scientifically sound and politically popular decisions?
Mirabile dictu
Rather than salivate and snipe in such a partisan way at Democrats who’re responding to the will of the American people on medical cannabis, I suggest Walters and his fellow neo-cons at Hudson (like Lewis Libby, Robert Bork and Norman Podhoretz) should instead pay much more attention closer to home as his fellow conservatives are increasingly abandoning Nixon and Reagan-era policies intended to deter drug use.
How much must it sting for Walters to read about the recent reversal in thinking and advocacy of John Dilulio about drug policy reform? It can’t feel too good when a respected co-author abandons and rejects, for all good and obvious reasons, long-claimed theories and advocacy, and Walters (and Bennett) is still clinging to bogus data, racist criminal justice enforcement and cultural elitism as their justification to continue a self-evidently failed public policy like cannabis prohibition.

The former director of President George W. Bush’s White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and the co-author with former Drug Czars Bill Bennett and John Walters of the book “Body Count: Moral Poverty…And How to Win America’s War Against Crime and Drugs” has just come out in favor of medical marijuana and serious consideration of marijuana decriminalization.
[In a] 1993 book review for The New Republic, he implied that [drug users] were getting off too lightly. “It is not unreasonable to argue,” he wrote, “that the problem with the ‘get-tough’ approach of the last twenty-five years is that it hasn’t actually been followed. Despite mandatory sentencing laws, most drug offenders and other felons continue to spend only a fraction of their sentences behind bars.”
In a recent article in Democracy his prescription for reducing crime addresses marijuana thusly…
“… legalize marijuana for medically prescribed uses, and seriously consider decriminalizing it altogether. Last year there were more than 800,000 marijuana-related arrests. The impact of these arrests on crime rates was likely close to zero. There is almost no scientific evidence showing that pot is more harmful to its users’ health, more of a “gateway drug,” or more crime-causing in its effects than alcohol or other legal narcotic or mind-altering substances. Our post-2000 legal drug culture has untold millions of Americans, from the very young to the very old, consuming drugs in unprecedented and untested combinations and quantities. Prime-time commercial television is now a virtual medicine cabinet (”just ask your doctor if this drug is right for you”). Big pharmaceutical companies function as all-purpose drug pushers. And yet we expend scarce federal, state, and local law enforcement resources waging “war” against pot users. That is insane.”

One has to wonder what Walters thinks when he witnesses dyed-in-the-blue conservatives like Wall Street Journal columnist Mary O’Grady speak out this week against the obvious, tax-draining, border-destabilizing and ineffective public policy of prohibiting so-called recreational drugs like cannabis?

Revolving government door-types like Walters—who was paid over $1 million by taxpayers to, in the minds of many critics, twist scientific data and oppose democracy in his tenure as ‘drug czar’—should try to minimize their hypocrisy less they may reduce their value next time the political winds change and they, again, get to be a highly paid political apparatchik.

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  1. Why…do I get this gutt wrenching feeling that government’s direction is to [assassanate] gramma and grampa. What is more disturbing is their complicity to [assassanate] our Constitution and liberty itself. Whatever the case, what is most recognizable is government’s propensity to [dominate a free society]. If one has never had compassion for lab animals, now is the time to change one’s point of view – because – we’re all fast bcoming lab rats.
    If you make laws contrary to the Constitution, the Constitution has [no effect] and you are stripped of your Constitutional rights. If you make laws that oppose freedom, you [assassanate] freedom. If you [invade] our Constitution, you [invade] our country, and you [invade] me, and you can fill your hand you son of a bitch.

  2. This guy is fucking crazy. He makes no sense at all. I didn’t miss all his lies and misinformation. I guess if your job could be at risk in some way then you will say and believe all the BS you spew. If he was smart and made sense he could be dangeous. But he is a RETARD. So no threat here. There is no way the president would ever listen to this nut job.

  3. I must say this is embarassing that people in Europe and Aus are gonna read this and think that Americans are idiots…..
    Hell with people like that in charge of ANYTHING higher than digging ditches its a wonder we havent been conquered by some other country……

  4. A Genesist’s Holy Sacrament is one of five (5) sacred plants. It contains a prayer asking our creator to deliver mankind from disaster, disease and evil. Through its use in CDXX Communion, mankind is cleansed. Who would deniy us our prayers, but evil.

  5. The Republicans said over and over during the debate on health care that we don’t want the Government between the people and their doctor. It is time to tell this to the DEA. They are a branch of the Government.
    Get your nose out of my doctor and my business. Let him/her treat me the way he/she sees fit. It is none of your business.
    I am sending this to my congressmen and senators. I would suggest you do the same, especially if they are republican like mine are.

  6. Comments like the one above just help to assure that we will never be taken seriously. Kellin, stick to your Mad magazine collection and let those with intelligence fight the battle.

  7. No one need get to angry at Walters. History will deal him a just hand. Words like ignorance & stubbornness will sure crop up as adjectives used to describe him. For all we know the man might think he truly is justified in his position. His ideas are likely rooted in religion right wing conservative type ideals. I guess Jesus would just toss them all in jail till they clean up!! It seems to work for Walters.

  8. Lying to Americans made Walters and Bennett wealthy men. Oh by the way it was your money that made them wealthy. As these two assholes burn in hell for their sins we can all rejoice in knowing that true justice has been done. They will meet with their predecessors Hearst, Anslinger, DuPont, Nixon and anyone else guilty of this most horrible law. You can feel the evil in these bastards as it festers and spews from their lips.

  9. Prohibition doesnt work. Failed policies are Wrong. The amount I pay someone for my “medicine” could be helping me live a better life, as well as spreading that money towards things that may even be taxed.
    This is a no brainer. A serious portion of the country has undiagnosed and untreated psychiatric illness… weed can help, if not directly, than through funds for other programs.
    Stop the lies. We need weed.

  10. The picture makes Walters look like he’s trying to appeal to God Almighty. Got news for Mr. W, God is pissed off at you and you will pay a hefty Karmic debt because of your continued lies.
    You will, Mr. W, eventually regret your actions.
    Love the analysis Allen. You put the likes of Walters to shame will managing to remind me how horrible these brain dead individuals continue to be.

  11. Mr Walters you are certainly right about one thing… Drug dependency does have the potential and often DOES cause life-long problems. However, it has been my experience that these ‘problems’ are often legal ones not physical one’s as far as marijuana is concerned. Just ask any addict which he would rather suffer- Marijuana addiction? Or prison time for use? Anyone who’s been to prison can tell you the conditions are far from healthy. So why then Mr. Walters would we prefer mass incarceration of marijuana users? It does happen, and you know it happens. It’s happened to ME. While I was serving my time in jail for a minor marijuana related offense, another inmate offered me cocaine, I refused knowing that it would only get me into more trouble. I was brutally attacked and severely beaten. I was labeled a Narc for the rest of my incarceration. All because I decided to smoke pot. You know what? I still smoke it. I have also prayed that god may forgive my attacker. It’s time to reevaluate your policy Mr. Walters. Good people are using marijuana as well as the bad people. The good people are being thrown into jail with some of the worst people society has to offer. Now you tell me, how is this helping? How is this safe? How is this a better alternative? How?? While I certainly support marijuana legalization, I can also see the problems this may cause. Yes, I do think more people would use it. Yes, I do think it would be easier to obtain. We would see history repeat itself when alcohol prohibition was lifted. One thing is for sure though, the physical health problems would NOT be as severe. We have to do something about the current policy. It may not be wise to LEGALIZE pot, but I think it would be very wise to at least DECRIMINALIZE IT. There is no reason bright people with good futures should be rotting in jail because of their decision to engage in it’s use. Once you are released from jail, it can be very difficult to rejoin society as a functioning member. You could argue that perhaps people will need to think about that before smoking pot BUT Most people like to think that their government are the good guys, and wouldn’t directly put them in harms way. You tell people that pot is bad for their health, and then you send them to jail for use? To Jail? Since when is jail good for someones health? I don’t understand your logic Mr. Walters. People are getting assaulted behind bars and sometimes even murdered. You’re right about another thing Mr. Walters the marijuana laws are allot more lax then they were in your day. Instead of getting 20 years for possession one might only get 30 days… That’s 30 days in very harsh environment for indulging in a rather peaceful activity. Just because someone goes to jail does not mean that they will be subject to the same conditions as every other inmate, but as long as theres that possibility, we have a very grave problem and also a public safety issue I might add. Once your convicted of a marijuana related offense, you can’t get a good job, you can’t go to school, you can’t even join the Army. It’s not fair Mr. Walters. Here in America, we like to be fair. Don’t we?

  12. “Faith the anti-drug?” Please. Jesus Christ would never take a marijuana smoker, condemn him, and then throw him in jail. The lines that define your faith are quite blurry John Walters. Yours is the road of accusation, judgment, betrayal, and condemnation. You are no christian. Do not lie to the people anymore, even YOU will answer to the almighty God someday. I hope you led a loving forgiving life.

  13. I alone could help and make a difference. I might go so far as to say that I can end the demand for drugs. It’s too bad I don’t have the $$$ and the resources to do it. It’s too bad the government doesn’t know about me, or that I even exist. It’s too bad that for the rest of my life Ill have to watch policy after policy fail. Its too bad that Ill have to watch mankind evolve ever so slowly because they can’t get beyond their stupidity. (Especially in Washington D.C.) It’s too bad the “good guys” are actually the bad guy’s and the American public has been deceived to such an extent. Its too bad. Because if I honestly thought the U.S government was making a positive difference in this world, Id help them and they would win.

  14. Hahaha. I could help and make a difference too. It’s too bad I was convicted for marijuana possession in the United States, and now I can’t get a loan to go to college so I can become a politician. Now my 4.0 GPA means NOTHING. Ah well, Who would want me anyway? Im obviously not perfect. Don’t you have to be like you know, ‘perfect’ to get elected as President of the United States? Just a question.

  15. Yeah! Me too! I wanted to be the next drug czar! I know I can do a better job then John Walters! Can somebody pay for my schooling? I got busted with pot like 7 years ago, and I haven’t been able to get money for school because marijuana convictions are against the student loan policy. 🙁 What ever happened to forgiveness? Faith my ass!

  16. there is an element that has invaded our government…a small group of contemptible men have made us a contemptible nation-woodrow wilson. it was the thought process, a virus injected into the computer of democracy. the rich mans version of trickle down economics…and policy. they do whats best for them, and they know whats best for you. there was nothing constitutional about the criminalization of marijuana and there remains nothing constitutional with its continued criminalization, but with the rich in control of government and the supreme court they will continue to deprive all americans the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. i’m afraid it’s all downhill from now on, the nazi’s infiltrated years ago and they will not relinquish the power they’ve obtained. when they take your bullets away, very soon, you will be herded like sheep into complete passivity. not just over marijuana, which is the tipping point. with 80% of all americans recognizing its medical uses, and 0ver 50% recognizing legalization, when does the voice and vote of the majority count? when the tree of Liberty is refreshed with the blood of tyrants( who stole the wealth of america with our tax dollars to bailout and give outrageous bonuses for failed business practices and we don’t have enough money to pay social security) just how much more will americans take from politicians and lawyers? they’ve destroyed the nation and robbed the children of any happiness or liberty. and don’t take this little tyrade as anti-obama. he was in office 2 weeks and the leader of the republican party stood in front of the camera and told americans he knew just how to fix all that obama had done to ruin our country. the sad part is most americans are just dumb enough to believe him. that’s what the media does today, our government is in the process of collapsing on purpose. you the american taxpayer are now a slave to the world government that has led you,like a sheep, to the slaughter. the rich have stolen the supreme court and can now fund any candidate, or multiple candidates, for any office in america. the tipping point,it just so happens, will be marijuana, and the ballot initiatives brought forth by petitions. this, the most unlikely of choices for self determination, will determine the fate of democracy. does the nazification continue, or does the voice and vote of the majority count? this really is an epic moment in the fate of our nation, and it all hinges on washington, oregon, california, and south dakota. educate and get out the vote, the drug nazis are doing there very best, and they control the media. we can all hang together, or we will all be hanged separately.

  17. I like when anti-pot reps use “this is beyond a doubt”, “it goes without question,” or “that’s a fact.” judiciously. As if trying to quell any naysayer prior to actually making misinforming statements. Those prefaces speak volumes for all those politicos, in that they simply don’t like people asking questions.

  18. “Faith. The Anti-Drug,” eh? How’s this for faith, ignoramus: The sacred anointing oils used in the rituals, from which baptisms were conceived, consisted primarily of the ‘Kaneh Bosm’ substance, which is now believed to be cannabis. That’s right–‘Christ’ (Which means anointed one) became so when he was drenched in cannabis oil. Baptism was then performed to wash away the oil. Why do you think Jesus saw the heavens parting when he came back up out of the water? He was high, tripping on a massive dose of THC.

  19. Whatanut Says: “Faith the anti-drug?” Please. Jesus Christ would never take a marijuana smoker, condemn him, and then throw him in jail.
    Jebus baptized people in cannabis oil. No wonder they felt better after being baptized!
    But uh, sorry to break it to you, he was pigeonholed into being ‘the massiah.’ And all the tales they told about Jebus were in fact older tales of the egyptian god ‘osirus’ who also was born of a virgin, had 12 followers (apostles), healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, etc.

  20. Its people like this guy that have ruind the US. He openly tells people to lie to their children and every body els for that matter, Our goverment has lied to us long enough, their lies and propaganda need to end. ALl scintific evadince gatherd thus far indacate that canabis is vary safe, not 1 reported death in thousands of years id say that pretty safe. Many people want to keep canabis iligal, because of gread, and complete stupidaty, check this video to see how the US goverment made canabis iligal, Ps I KNOW that I Cant spell FOR shit SORRY. Heres the Vidio link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVOUMiB0pvw&feature=related

  21. I shouldn’t have said “Fuck him”. I was having sort of a bad day when I read that delusional article. Everyday I pray for the very people who wish to do me harm and incarcerate me because of my choice to use Cannabis as a Sacred medicine and Sacrament. I also pray for the lawmakers of my state to have the compassion and decency to change the archaic and unconstitutional laws regarding Cannabis. Its just a little more than frustrating when every one of my letters to my elected officials goes unanswered. So I guess here in Utah prayer is my only HOPE.
    Instead of cursing John Walters, I should of shared this with the NORML community.
    Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
    -Psalm 41:1
    I think that one pretty much sums it up!
    p.s.
    If you are interested in the religious or spiritual use of Cannabis as a Sacrament or meditation tool, and how the U.S. Constitution guarantees you these Rights, then check out Our Peace Church below.
    http://www.myspace.com/OurPeaceChurch
    Love & Light

  22. Excuse the rantings of a stoned man. I’m sittin here streamin Amadeus and listenin to some Led Zep and I’m a little curious about somethin.
    While this is not a democracy it is more like a republic our voices still count for something.
    I dont think if everyone is so against this new healthcare that no one is out campaigning that they will vote against it. Either campaign for a special election or just start sayin when they get elected they will vote against it.
    Nationwide what is the % of people that would like to see the legalization of weeed. Is it close enough that we could see it ever voted on? Is there anyway we could convince people on the fence that if things go haywire we will hold another election in 3 months, 6 months, 12 months. Hold out .01% of all weed tax to pay for it. We are not a bunch of criminals even though you make me break your rules. I dont break any other laws that would send me to jail or cost me my job. Hell why cant we get a vote on why I risk my job by relaxin after work gettin ready to do it all over again tomorrow.

  23. As time goes on, there will be less acceptance of the position that Walters embraces. Things are changing, slowly but surely. He may very well feel he is justified in his position, but he sure couches it in demeaning terminology. So, I agree that history will deal with him as a delusional, possibly lying, bureaucrat looking to keep a job and sell some books. Generally, though, I wish festering boils upon him (and Barry McCaffery too)

  24. The podium that Johnny Boy Walters is speaking at should read “Faith” The ultimate drug”

  25. “If [Obama] wanted to show real courage, he could say we know that marijuana makes people sick…”
    Ironically, reading Walters comments made me sick; taking a toke from the bubbler while reading Allen’s comments made me feel better.

  26. “It was during the Carter administration that the drug problem exploded, leading to the worst destruction from substance abuse in living memory and the enduring root of the smaller problem still with us today.”
    Strange, I was under the impression the crack epidemic of the 80’s under the Reagan administration was the worst instance of “destruction from substance abuse in living memory”.
    Silly me, how could I forget nothing bad ever happened under the all mighty Reagan. Crack, HIV, and let’s not forget the great idea of trickle down economics which lead to our current economic woes. None of that happened at all.
    “”The president surely did not need Charles Lane of the Washington Post to tell him “medical marijuana is an insult to our intelligence.””
    No. Spouting biased unscientific rhetoric is a insult to our intelligence.
    If one were to examine all the facts, use reason an logic, and scientific data, then one can only conclude cannabis is one of the safest substances on the planet.

  27. Thousands upon thousands are jailed for minor pot offenses each year. Jail was intended to keep dangerous criminals off our streets. Yet millions upon millions of dollars are spent to further these draconian laws. I myself spent 45 days in jail and away from my family unable to provide for them because of a fraction of a joint!!! The whole experience was one where I was no longer proud to be an American. Land of the free my ass. Most regulated country in the WORLD!!! United States of ME & “MY LUNGS”.

  28. I was going to comment on John”liar” Walters but, the rest of you have said what Is in my mind for the most part.
    Logicdefied @ #20 Wrote a post very much like many I have wrote. Our current policies are like, get a ticket for jay walking , lets cut your leggs off. A bit of an extreme dicription but hey, which is worse for you, the sickness or the cure?

  29. I say we arm a team of the best 13 year olds we can get with a list of the best political defenses against every piece of crap the media and government has tried to throw against us, and put them in a forum debate against the anti-drug members of the war and see how they do… because I think the simplicity of this back and forth arguing is enough for just that, an argument for 13 year olds. We’ve done the studies, we’ve shown the results, we’ve gone to our political figureheads and said “Hey! This shit you’ve had going for almost half a damn century isn’t working… cut it out!”
    We need to get the media involved, and on our side. We all know about the recent success regarding CBS’ board in Times Square, but is that enough? We need commercials during prime time hours, on channels broadcast nationwide, during shows that promote the positive use of marijuana. Is this likely to happen? Probably not, but it’s what we need.
    The first step in being victorious over the war on drugs is education. Educate yourselves, educate your neighbors, educate your kids, and write in to educate your government officials, because once everybody knows how bogus the system we have now is, all the other pieces will fall into place more gently.

  30. Why is it that the Hudson Institute has added JohnnyPee to the roster? He is an exec-vp for them in what capacity, faith? FAITH,THE ANTI-SCIENCE. History will not be kind to ol’JohnnyPee.

  31. Americans better stand up and get these socialist mined characters out of gov. Take away my collards so they wont give me the runs.Thanks doc.//don’t tell me what i can eat or drink. I LEFT HOME A LONG TIME AGO .If I want to use cannibas I will and I don’t care what you stupid know-it-all pricks think. Arrest obama for smoking on the whitehouse primises. Criminals should’t be on the primises. He confessed to using all kinds of drugs. Shouldn’t he give himself up to the authorties. He could be the 801,000th marijuana arrest for this year. He can’t give up his tobbac but his mr walters is his new advisior. Does he smoke blunts. Can’t ever tell. All polititions are chronic liers. I guess Mr Walters is our new Bigbrother.

  32. Anonymous Says:
    March 27th, 2010 at 1:41 pm
    “I must say this is embarassing that people in Europe and Aus are gonna read this and think that Americans are idiots”
    Ha! Don’t worry, here in Australia we’ve got our own peddlers of fear-based misinformation. If you google NORML here the sponsored link is the government’s anti-pot website with this dire warning for users: “Smoking Marijuana Wastes Potential. What a waste.”
    That’s it?!? That’s their ace in the hole? Cops can kick the door down for something that “wastes potential”???? I love the way they deal with that too: by giving users criminal convictions. Yeah that’ll do wonders for their potential, with a criminal record the world is now your oyster!
    Anyway I know you Americans have enough of your own worries without hearing about ours, but your government’s policies shape ours (it’s true!) – and it’s great to see groups like this speak out against the saturation of propaganda fuelled by the alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical and right-wing christian lobbies. I’ll enjoy it until our wonderful government brings in its ‘internet filter’ which may affect my ability to view this site.

  33. Let me see if I can put this in a way one would understand it and [accept it]. No matter what your religion, [if one believes in God and pot] one is considered a Genesist -but- [only] if one claims to be a Genesist. That’s our distinction as a Faith, one’s declaration of the Faith.
    Now! Let me see if I can inspire one to [declare] one’s self a Genesist. There are 3,141 counties in the United States. If there are 3,141 counties in the U.S., there are [3,141 Genesists colonies] that bear the name of that county. If there [is only] one (1) indidvidual who believes in God and his gift of cannabis as Holy Sacrament in each of those counties, Genesists are represented by [at least] 3,141 individuals. That’s a huge base, and one to be reckoned with. Now! Take a wild guess as to how many [other] individuals in each of those 3,141 counties believe this to be so. Better use a calculator, the number will amaze you.
    They all laughed at the original thirteen colonies. They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round. Prohibs…just keep laughing, and soon they will be overwhelmed by a simple drop of water settling in a crack and freezing.
    Genesists define [is]. What [is] it to exist? To say that something exists, [is] to say that it [is]. To state something’s essence, [is] to state [what it is]. Existance cannot be reduced to essence. To exist, [is] simply presence, to be there. “Where ever I go…there I am.” What exists, appears, lets itself be encountered. One common denominator [exists] between all Genesists…”We are here.” Genesists are [here] holding to the customs of one people, and the traditions of one people. “We are a family of one people holding to one Faith;” that faith [is] “God’s gift of cannabis/Manna as Holy Sacrament.”

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