NORML Freedom Card: Self-Preservation Still Needed During Marijuana Prohibition

Supreme Court: Suspects must say they want to be silent
June 1, 2010
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The Supreme Court says suspects must explicitly tell police they want to be silent to invoke their Miranda protection during interrogations.

A right to remain silent and a right to a lawyer are the first of the Miranda rights warnings, which police recite to suspects during arrests and interrogations. But the justices said Tuesday suspects must tell police they are going to remain silent to stop an interrogation, just as they must tell police that they want a lawyer.

The ruling comes in a case where a suspect remained mostly silent for a three-hour police interrogation before implicating himself in a murder. He appealed his conviction, saying that he invoked his Miranda right to remain silent by remaining silent.

For more information about the case, read the New York Times reportage.

In the wake of this week’s SCOTUS ruling, NORML recommends all cannabis consumers download and possess NORML’s ‘Freedom Card’ to present to law enforcement during any interaction where police may seek a criminal charge.

Forewarned is forearmed: In the face of a Supreme Court decision that appears to favor the government over citizens, citizens must assert their constitutional rights to maximize legal protections against the government.

Keith Stroup, Esq.
NORML Legal Counsel
legal@norml.org

Partial text of the card
THE NORML FOUNDATION FREEDOM CARD
The U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from interfering with your right to remain silent, to consult with an attorney, and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. However, it is up to you to assert these rights. This NORML Foundation Freedom Card will help you do so effectively.

If you are confronted by a police officer, remain calm. Be courteous and provide your identification. Politely refuse to answer any further questions. Ask to talk to an attorney. Do not consent to any search of your person, your property, your residence or your vehicle. Tell the officer you would like to give him or her this card, which is a statement of the constitutional rights you wish to invoke. Do not reach for this card until you have obtained the officer’s permission to do so.

If the officer fails to honor your rights, remain calm and polite, ask for the officer’s identifying information and ask him or her to note your objection in the report. Do not attempt to physically resist an unlawful arrest, search or seizure. If necessary, you may point out the violations to a judge at a later time.

THE NORML FOUNDATION
1600 K Street, NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC  20006-2832
http://www.norml.org / 202-483-5500

49 thoughts

  1. Your gonna get people killed trying to do this in certain states..there very crooked cops that would use this for the right to shoot people.Its worth a try in cali,nyc,maybe nj..but its still risky.

    [Editor’s note: Citizens are not killed by police for asserting their constitutional rights…even in New Jersey.]

  2. Mr.Stroup is correct.
    Do not EVER resist a police officer.
    Play along with whatever they put in front of you.
    You can get things squared away later.
    Cops are looking, some fairly begging for you
    to diss their authority and resist…

  3. I have spent the better part of 20 years as an avid smoker, and without Norml, I don’t believe that I would be aware of my rights. When we attend school as a child, we are never told about these rights, and our own government demands that we study and commit to memory so many laws that it is near impossible. Most lawyers and police officers spend a lifetime learning and studying the federal and local laws, but the “average joe” doesn’t have the time to spend. We have jobs and families that take up most of our time, so I’d like to thank Allen St. Pierre and Paul Armentano. Without the tireless and dogged support for education and reform of our citizens, most of us would never have the opportunity to learn about marijuana. I thought at one point in my life that simply “stickin it to the man” and burnin whenever I can would be enough. I now know that it is not. For the past year and a half I have been writing to my elected officials in Florida and abroad. I have utilized your “contact your elected officials” forms, and I think what you guys have accomplished so far is worth more than I can say. Thank You. Without people like you, our sick and dying would be needlessly suffering. Without you, more than half of our nation would still believe the government’s propaganda. Without you, thousands more possession arrests per year would go unnoticed. I have never donated to any cause besides being an organ donor, but I will donate to NORML this year, and every year thereafter. We owe you our freedom, and our happiness. Thank You.

  4. I pick up one of these cards at Marley Fest in Austin. It is awesome!! I have not yet had the opportunity to use it (thank god). My favorite line on the whole card is “if I am not presently under arrest, or under investigatory detention please allow me to leave”, I giggle every time I read it.

  5. ive been pulled over in a vehicle for speeding when we were on our way back from picking up some green i refused the search they gave me a speeding ticket and left its possible but not always because they can bring in the dogs for any reason now in the state of Illinois and if they “suspect” anything they have a right to search..as of last January

  6. Verry impressive information!! But I still don’t understand why there is so much work to want to relax your mind. People don’t like to be joked around my stoners or wat?

  7. I think its really cool this card. Many are not aware how to properly exercise their rights as an American and since most of us are to lazy to research it you guys takin out the crayons and in the simplest terms advise us how act around the souless pigs.. o my fault law enforcement is handy.

  8. This card was very helpful for me. I got one when I got my first dr’s note/ prescription here in CA. n the wall there was a large ersion of it, and small cards for your wallet. After recieving permission, I gave officer both papers and he looked at them, looked at my cannabis, and handed all back to me and told me to have a nice day. You could tell he was upset, but he knew there was nothing to get me for.

  9. I think it’s a good deal…I will Invoke my Miranda rights IMMEDIATLY upon any kind of “you’re under arrest” BS…Just let the cops know you ARE AWARE OF your rights because if you dont they just think we’re all dumb.

  10. IF YOU GET ARRESTED

    -Do not answer any questions. Do not make any statements except to say that you want to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.
    -The amount is not set in stone. Contact a lawyer and ask that lawyer to try to have your bond reduced. Your bond may be reduced dramatically or you may not be required to post any bond. If you make a deal with a bonding agent, you will not get any of the money back that you give that agent.

    KNOW & EXERCISE YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WHEN DEALING WITH THE POLICE

    -Do not answer questions or make statements. You always have the right to remain silent. Anything you say “and sometimes things you do not say” will be used against you in court.
    -Ask for a lawyer. When you ask to talk to a lawyer, the police officer knows he is supposed to stop asking you questions. Ask for a lawyer and keep asking until the questioning stops.
    -Never give permission for search, anywhere, any time. You waive your 4th amendment right against unreasonable searches if you give permission for a search.
    -Never open your door to the police. If you open the door an officer may claim to see or smell something which gives him/her the right to order you out of your home while he/she tried to get a search warrant. If you do not open the door/ they will not have the opportunity to do that.
    -If you see signs on a road saying “Drug Check Point”. “Drug Dog on Duty” or anything similar DO NOT EXIT the roadway. Just keep driving and you will never see the drug roadblock. It is at the next exit after you see these signs.

    Published by: Missouri NORML, 15 North Tenth Street, Columbia, MO 64201, norml.org

  11. It’s sad that we even have to do this for any kind of Marijuana bust . Of course , if your drunk you can tell the arresting officers to Eff off & that’s OK since it’s perfectly legal to be a drunk out of control but oh no , Marijuana is illegal and a menace to society .
    Such B.S.

  12. According to the polls soon this ridiculousnes will be over come November at least in California .

    A poll released Wednesday showed a majority of

    Californians now support legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

    California was the first state to approve medical marijuana, in 1996, and has been the hub of the so-called “Green Rush” to legalize marijuana — a decision California voters will make in the November election.

    In the poll, conducted for CBS 5 by SurveyUSA, it found that 56 percent of Californians support legalization and just 42 percent oppose it. Only three percent were unsure.

    Support for legalizing marijuana was the strongest among young voters, according to the poll. Three out of every four people in the 18 to 34 age group favored legalization.

  13. Huh, I love how the cops have became more disobedient to the law and the US citizens that have the real say so in the country are suppose to adapt to the ASSHOLES “upholding” the law. I will take this card and put it in my wallet. NEXT TO MY OATH KEEPERS AND FREEDOM FIGHTERS CARD.

  14. In Pa we aledgedly have “inherent rights” in our Pa.constitution,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_Constitution,and the definition of Inherent rights are in this link, http://freecountries.org/inherent-rights.html. These inherent rights include “The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness includes the right to make one’s own health decisions, including self-medication”. To date, no one has used this defence that I know of.

  15. To the editor, here in Arkansas if you pulled this card the law enforcement would make you go away for a long time before you got you day in court. Things are a little different here in the south pertaining to this subject. But who knows it might work for some folks.

  16. As an ex-government agent myself, I still think the government gets away with too much, no accountability and they can do whatever they damn well please and they’re sheltered completely especially in cases where interrogations are used and shouldn’t be after a suspect has exercised their right to remain silent. The attitude by cops is arrogant and a blatant disregard for playing by fare rules of engagement. Throughout history civilizations have always destroyed their own governments over injustices or other Countries viewed them as ripe for taking over or invading them cause they make themselves weak and vulnerable to attack.

    Summary: When will Americans rise out of all this bull shit from our greedy and corrupt government that brings upon it’s poor citizens nothing less than hell, the ultimate control of humans. I can understand the saying, “Freedom or death,” by early Americans in the light of our current circumstances. We’re tired!

  17. they will search you anyway even if you tell them no later in the report it will say youm gave them permission and who will the courts beleive you or the cop. Good luck with this one.

  18. Lol, its a nice card to have for how to interact with a cop, but I don’t think I’d ever give it to a cop. If they haven’t searched you yet and you give them a card that says “marijuana” all over it, I think that removes any doubt that you have weed in their mind.

    [Editor’s note: When the cop’s dash cam is rolling, nothing like asserting one’s rights for the district attorney to watch…as they either drop the case, or begin the plea bargaining process in earnest.]

  19. these need to be passed out on the streets and in schools everywhere.

    [Editor’s note: NORML and its chapters have passed out hundreds of thousands of these cards at events around the US…many more downloaded…]

  20. its about time someone points out that we have a Constitution. Now if we all stand up and assert our rights we can begin to turn this around. Read that whole “pursuit of happiness part”, that might be pertinent to our whole argument.

  21. Don’t reach for the card, the trigger happy cops would reasonably react with blasting you away with a few bullets. Instead remember a few key phrases, the most important being, “I do not consent to any searches” so they cannot search.

    The others are “I choose to remain silent” so that you actually retain the rights associated with that. The third is “Am I free to go officer?” since they have to arrest you or let you go. They can hold you for a while without arrest, but just be sure to remain silent, other than acknowledging the officer initially and providing valid ID. More info can be found at CannabisTV.org

  22. Never talk to an officer without an attorney present. If not only for the most important reason that while anything you say can and WILL be used against you in the court of law, anything you do say on your behalf will be considered hearsay and likely thrown out before the officer even has a chance to “disagree” with what you said. So why bother? It CAN’T help.

    Do a search for “Dont Talk to Police” on Youtube.com to watch a two part hour long lecture by an attorney and and officer. They list many reasons to stay mum, and even give an example of why the 5th amendment is to protect those that are innocent, not guilty. (forefathers knew how words can be twisted)

  23. I don’t mean to sound rude but what is this piece of paper going do for someone and the law breathing down your neck for growing a natural plant that does no harm at all no matter what our government tells us. Hemp is a natural medication and the 60’s culture of hippies has done nothing for Marijuana at all. It has hurt Hemp much more than it has helped. Marijuana is not something that is just cool because it gets you high. I think Marijuana which is Hemp is the safest natural plant know to man. How much more safer can you be. Why not try that Liberal global warming back in their throats when they talk about Man made problems while all they want to do is get richer off the gullible and blind. If Global warming was slightly real then they would go to 100% Hemp production all across the US. Hemp could be used for paper therefore no more cutting down trees. The loggers could stop cutting down tress and grow hemp. Farmers could sell it for food, medication, building supplies, rope, fabric, and thousands of other products. The liberals and the US drugs are waning to use Marijuana in pill form instead of allow people to grow their own and vaporize it. Please if you care anything about this planet stop talking about Global Warming unless you included Hemp in the discussion. If you do not mention Hemp you are liars. Thanks Buford from SC

    [Editor’s note: As noted by random commentators here, asserting one’s rights may not prevent an aggressive or dumb ass cop from arresting a cannabis consumer in violation of their civil rights, but, most cases that can be defended are virtually given away by the accused–often while still on the side of the highway at the initial law enforcement stop–because they do not EFFECTIVELY assert their 4th and 5th Amendment rights.

    NORML supporters have called the national office thankful that, after getting pulled over by police ‘dead-of-center’ busted, so nervous that they couldn’t read the card to police through shaking hands, they handed the police the NORML Freedom Card and insisted that they ONLY wanted to speak to a lawyer. Do the police still find the stash sometimes? Yes. However, post arrest, when the district attorney’s office is made aware by either testimony or video camera that the defendant asserted their rights and police disregarded them, the case is either dismissed of minimal charges are agreed upon as a plea bargain is tendered by the DA’s office.

    What can a piece of paper do, even in states like AR/SC/GA? It can be the difference between freedom and incarceration, between felony-for-life or minor misdemeanor.

    Carry the NORML Freedom all of the time…and just try not to shake too much when handing it to police!]

  24. Xe, formorly called Project blackwater are the biggest murderers. Here in america I know they have found there way as police deputised in New Hampshire especially Keene to stop Ron Paul activisom.
    They have found there way to Manchester in Vermont truck so look out 420ers and read up on the enemys of our next war when New Hampshire says ha ha and does not legalize and will be the only state in New England
    that has not. Why because Lynch want a Linch mob of pot heads not to ever go legal. You computer geeks out there remember this when you log on your prints are on the mouse pointer so the computer overlords and they are real are always watching, I know, I know.

  25. What would life be like in this country if law enforcement concerned itself only with “real” crimes where there were “actual” victims? I live in Missouri where many consentual sex acts between a married man and his wife in the privacy of their own home are felonies. Law enforcement currently responds to these laws by simply not enforcing them, laws that officers have sworn to uphold. The truth is that laws are written so that virtually everyone is in violation of many laws almost all the time. That way, they can come get anyone at any time, and put them in jail, and it be perfectly legal and within the “the law.” This is the way it has always been and will always be in all police states. In a free country, people can not be criminalized for doing or not doing anything that does not violate the God-given Constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms and liberties of another. The current police state in the United States of America is a gross violation of human rights that will continue as long as the majority of citizens continue to submit to the un-Godly and Unconstitutional will of others and finance government that has made them criminals. If I do not say or do anything when they come for my neighbor, it is only a matter of time until they come for me too. Then again, I suppose sheeple (sheep/people) deserve the lives they are allowed at the whim of others, as are all other slaves.

  26. We have seen Rights violations first hand, When it came to verifying exactly what was said that night, The dash Cam, For some mysterious reason, Had Video But NO AUDIO! How Convenient for THEM, So it was the word of the Officer that the Court accepted, Surprised? I`m NOT!!!!!
    Crooked Bastards!!!!!!!!!

  27. This card is a great concept, but what about the K9 units?
    Dogs are the loophole to our constitutional rights against illegal search and seizure. An “open air” search with a dog does not technically violate your rights. That is when they run a dog around your vehicle. If the dog alerts (even a ‘false alert’ where the cop agitates the dog to alert) they then have probable cause to search, card or not.
    This is how our system “works” for us.

  28. IT IS ABOUT TIME PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO WAKE UP TO THE GOVERNMENTS BULLSHIT AND I HAVE NO FEAR OF THE THUGS I MEAN FLAW ENFARCEMENTAND UNCLE SAMS OTHER GOONS THEY KILLING PEOPLE STEALING FROM PEOPLE POISIONING PEOPLE AND LYING TO PEOPLE AND WORST OF ALL THEY ARE VIOLATING THE CONSTITUIONAL LAWS AND TRYING TO GET AWAY WITH IT TIME TO STAND UP AND ALL OF US GO ON STRIKE FOR 1 MONTH AND SHUT THE BULLSHIT DOWN IF WE ALL SAID NO WE ARE NOT GOING TO WORK FOR 1 MONTH THEN THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO CUT THE BULLSHIT AND WE ALL KNOW THAT OUR SOLDIERS WOULD NOT KILL THEIR OWN FAMILIES AND OBAMA IS A LIAR ALL OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE LIARS TIME TO KULL THE HEARD RID THE NATION OF THE SHITBAGS THAT ARE FUCKING UP THE PROGRAM IF THE GOVERNMENT THINKS THEY HAVE ME BY THE BALLS THEY ARE GRAVELY MISTAKEN BECAUSE I WILL FIGHT THEM AND I WILL USE VIOLENCE IF I NEED TO GET MY POINT ACROSS I AM NOT AFRAID TO DIE FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IN I AM SICK OF SEEING RICH PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH WHATEVER THEY WANT THEY ARE RUINING THIS GREAT COUNTRY LOOK AT ALL THE BULLSHIT GOING ON NOW THE WAR ON TERRORISM IT WAS OUR OWN GOVERNMENT THAT PLANNED AND CARRIED OUT THE 9/11 ATTACKS GEORGE BUSH JR&SR AND THE ILLUMINATI IT IS TIME TO MAKE OUR STAND PEOPLE FUCK THE POWERS THAT BE THEY ARE VIOLATING THE LAW WORSE THANYOU CAN IMAGINE SO STAY INFORMED WE THE PEOPLE HAVE THE ULTIMATE SAY SO ON WHAT GOES IN THIS COUNTRY NOT THE POLITICIANS OUR GOVERNMENT WAS FOUNDED BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE REMEMBER THAT MOST OF THE LAWS IN THIS COUNTRY WERE MADE TO BENEFIT THE ULTRA RICH ONLY AND ARE IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION MOST PEOPLE DONT EVEN REALISE THAT WAKE THE FUCK PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WE ARE BEING SLOWLY KILLED OFF BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT STOP THE BULLSHIT AND LIES HOLD THE ULTRA RICH AND POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR VIOLATIONS OF THE LAWS IF WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY THEM SO DO THEY AN EYE FOR AN EYE THANK YOU FOR A CHANCE TO BE HEARD

  29. They may not shoot you, But lapd loves to rip your car locks off and rip your door open throw you up against you vechile and search the shit out of you then throw you in the back of his car and search your car. btw he pulled me over for not signaling when i turned into my housing track. BTW last time i said i dont concent to searches i was pulled over 6 times that month for BS. Thankyou for the card… But it would be better to concentrate on police reform so we acualy have rights that wont be walked all over.

  30. At some point, groups like leap.cc must become more aggressive to promote pig… er i mean police reform.

  31. WOW!!!, people are pissed off about this subject of protecting one’s rights. Why do I get the feeling this Freedom Card is not going to help with so much distrust against the police forces in all Americans. Our only hope is to vote non-supporters of MJ out of office like Colorado. No one and I mean NO ONE has been busted for MJ in years in Colorado! They voted correctly and that my dear friends should be repeated in all states. If you don’t vote you can’t or shouldn’t complain. It’s the only power recognized by politicians, isn’t it!

  32. Take Note

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/us/02scotus.html

    “A suspect who has received and understood the Miranda warnings, and has not invoked his Miranda rights, waives the right to remain silent by making an uncoerced statement to the police,” Justice Kennedy wrote. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. joined Justice Kennedy’s opinion. ”

    .

    “In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor said the majority had created a kind of paradox. “A suspect who wishes to guard his right to remain silent,” she wrote, “must, counterintuitively, speak.”

    .

    Mat 26:63 But Jesus kept silent. Then the high priest said to Him, “By the living God I place You under oath: tell us if You are the Messiah, the Son of God!”

    +

  33. I seriously dont give much more than a rats ass anymore about the medical marijuana marches, campaigns, etc etc. AND I NEED IT MORE THAN MOST. Rather than trying to get marijuana use legal for my own use or for even the use of smoking ie to get high, I now want marijuana legal becuase HEMP. PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP IN THIS COUNTRY. OUR NEED FOR OIL WILL NOW BE THE DEATH OF US. DO THESE PEOPLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE NOT SEE THAT THIS OIL SPILL WILL THROW THE BIGGEST KNOT INTO THE FOOD CHAIN EVER SEEN? WE HAVE JUST KILLED THE ENTIRE GULF OF MEXICO IN A FEW MONTHS. THERE IS ALGE IN THE WATERS THAT GETS SUNLIGHT. SMALL, MICROSCOPIC FISH EAT THIS ALGE, IN RETURN, NEXT SIZE UP FISH, SUCH AS SHRIMP AND SMALL SIZE FISH EAT THOSE. WE EAT THIS SIZE OF FISH AND UP. SHARKS, WHALES, 1000+ POUND FISH EAT THESE AS WELL. THESE WILL ALL DIE BECAUSE HEMP IS NOT LEGAL AND USED AS A CLEAN SOURCE OF FUEL.
    NEXT FOCUS POINT, WHEN THE OIL BEGINS TO EVAPORATE INTO THE AIR AND CLOUDS, MY FRIENDS, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT WILL CHANGE. THE FIRST BIG CHANGE WILL HIT MEXICO, THE LOWER PART OF NORTH AMERICA AND UPPER PART OF SOUTH AMERICA. THIS IS WHERE SOME, IF NOT MOST OF OUR RAIN FORRESTS ARE. I CANT BEGIN TO TELL YOU THE LIFE LOST. FLORIDA EVERGLADES—GONE. ALL NATIONAL FORRESTS, THAT OUR TAX MONEY PAYS TO MAINTAIN AND HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED SINCE 100+ YEARS AGO—FUCKIN GONE.
    THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING STAGE.
    ONCE OIL RAIN HAS STARTED TO SOAK THE LAND AND WATERS OF THE WESTERN EQUATOR, IT WILL BEGIN TO SPREAD SINCE ALL THE WATER IN THE WORLD IS CONNECTED. I CANNOT TELL YOU WHAT THIS WILL DO. I CAN ONLY TELL YOU AGAIN THAT LIFE AS WE KNOW IT WILL CHANGE MORE THAN ANYONE THOUGHT.
    OH, AND THE WORST THING OF ALL FOR US AMERICANS. SINCE OUR GOVERNMENT HAS DONE THIS, AND SINCE OBAMA IS NOW DRILL BABY, DRILL, HE, ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER POLITICIANS, WILL MAKE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER 1. ALL OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD WILL NOW SEE THAT 5% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION JUST POSSIBLY HAS RUINED EVERYTHING FOR THEM TOO. IF THE OIL GOES EAST, THEY WILL BEGIN TO SEE LONG TERM EFFECTS TOO. DO YOU THINK THAT THE OTHER 95% OF THE WORLD COULD NOT TAKE DOWN THE OTHER 5% JUST IN SELF-PRESERVATION? I THINK PEOPLE LIKE CHINA, USSR (RUSSIA WTF EVER), NORTH KOREA, ETC WILL JOIN FORCES JUST TO GET RID OF US.
    WE NEED TO STOP USING ALL OF OUR OTHER FIGHTS FOR MARIJUANA. WE NEED TO START USING THIS FIGHT AND MAKE IT OUR MAIN FOCUS. THIS IS THE ONLY WORLD WE HAVE AND IF THE PEOPLE ON CAPITOL HILL CANNOT SEE THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS DOOMED BY OIL GREED, THEN WE MIGHT AS WELL BOMB OURSELVES JUST OUT OF RESPECT TO MANKIND. ITS NO LONGER ABOUT FREEDOM PEOPLE, THIS IS NOW ABOUT BEING ABLE TO LIVE. SELF PRESERVATION. FIGHTING A FIGHT FOR LIFE.
    IF YOU CANT SEE THAT, THEN I WILL PRAY TO MY GOD, BECAUSE I DONT EVEN KNOW IF GOD, YOUR JESUS, MOHOMMAD, GAHNDI, BUDDHA, ETC WILL SHOW YOU PITY AT JUDGEMENT.
    PLEASE HELP US GOD, WE ARE THE ONES THAT MADE THE WRONG CHOICE BY NOT USING HEMP AS FUEL. LEGALIZE AND SAVE THE WORLD.

  34. I like the idea of the card but I would say study it over and over again, Rather than hand a card over. Cops and D.A are going to find anything and everything they can to make you look like the guilty. They will not stop until someone is accounted for. As for changing Marijuana laws I still say the majority of the population will have to grow it use it smoke it.

  35. One night in Boise Idaho i was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, upon being asked to step out of my car a flashlight was shinned in my face and i was told to open my mouth and stick out my tongue. These two clowns then informed me that i must have been smoking marijuana because my tonuge was green. Stand up for your rights people! No sir, there is nothing you need to know about in my car. No sir, there are no drugs, guns, or knifes in my car. No sir you may not serach my car. No sir i am not lying to you. And so it went on for a while. They let me go with just a warning. So marijuana makes your tonuge turn green. I wonder how many teenagers these two lying jerks-cops i mean scared out of their sacks with that one,

  36. Thank you very much NORML for providing us with this much needed help!!!

    I want to pass on some info that I found someone else suggesting in another post since I think it sounds very reasonable. That post advised that if you get busted, that you should insist on a trial by jury. Then, of course, you need to persuade as many jurors as possible to vote in your favor. The poster suggested that if everyone did this, that the law would become ever more reluctant to keep enforcing the anti-marijuana policies since it would become very time consuming and expensive for them. Also, your chances of getting off would be significantly improved!

    I’d be very curious to know what other NORML members think about this idea.

    One more thing I’d like to share to whomever is reading this: I recently bought a DVD titled: “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High”. I HIGHLY recommend it. Much of it will already be known to an educated aware group like yourselves, but I think I can promise that some of it will be truly enlightening for all of you!

    Fight the Good Fight Everyone!!!

  37. “..the pursuit of happiness…” fairly included is our receational enjoyment.
    1 Tim 4: 1-4 everthing made by JAH (GOD) is good for food and those evil hypocrites tell us to abstain from things he created for our health, happiness, and consumtion (ie fuel, papper, clothing, rope, etc.).
    Cannabis is Human Freedom; cannabis legalization is a win for Human Freedom!

  38. I was NOT read my Miranda rights before being place under arrest. I live in Northern Michigan an would like some kind of advice on what actions I can take. I can not find ANY laws stating what actions I can take If my rights are not read!

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