Ex-Governor Gary Johnson: "Yes, It Is Time For Pot Legalization, Mr. President"

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is no stranger to marijuana law reform. Johnson was the keynote speaker at last year’s national NORML Conference (listen to his remarks here) and the topic of cannabis legalization is a prominent plank in his Presidential exploratory campaign.
Today he takes to the Net in response to the President’s artful dodge last week regarding the need to federal drug law reform. And he doesn’t mince words.

Yes, It Is Time For Pot Legalization, Mr. President
via Huffington Post
The Web is humming with stories and discussion from the aftermath of President Obama’s response to questions about drug legalization during last Thursday’s YouTube forum. While his words this time around are a bit more encouraging than previous signals from the administration, I would strongly suggest that we all, including the president, cut through the platitudes and get to the truth about marijuana prohibition.
If, as the president suggests, it is time for a “serious debate” about legalization, let’s get to it, starting with a few questions that beg for truth:
Why, with record federal deficits and states teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, are we spending billions on yet another failed Prohibition that is accomplishing nothing other than making criminals out of millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens and fueling drug cartels that threaten our fundamental national security? Is it not time to try something different?
Despite lip-service, about the need for treatment, harm-reduction and other strategies to address drug use as a health issue, why do the federal government’s actual policies and budget still treat the situation as almost entirely a law enforcement problem? Let’s end the unworkable marijuana prohibition and put our money where our mouth is. Let’s solve the problems like border crime. We can do it with pot legalization.
We need to deal with some simple truths. How do we reconcile the fact, that in a supposedly free society, it is legal for a responsible adult to purchase and consume alcohol, while purchasing and consuming marijuana is a crime? I, along with millions of other Americans, are still waiting for a credible answer to that one.

You can read the full text of Mr. Johnson’s remarks here.

62 thoughts

  1. its kind of hard to be president of the world…. yes the world, be pro education, and pro recreational drug use. While yes prohibition is silly. There are much larger issues at hand… Its not that we are better off with legal weed. It comes down to perception. We really need a society that is free of substance. Now what he can do is use his power to back off federal prosecutions, except where necessary. There are a lot of people involved with marijuana trade in America that are criminals and ought to be locked up. Your dealing with drugs and drugs tend to attract people with low morals.. yes that is being general. But what we need to focus on is the local and state levels for creating medical marijuana laws. Yes its convoluted, messy, But i am21 and i dont want the herb i grow to wind up on the streets of chicago for some 10-15 year old to smoke. He needs to focus on school and being social without drugs. And if obama says he believes in legalization(which i genuinely believe) then that will be a signal for every child in america to say ” well the president thinks it okay, so screw you mom and dad.” It would be utterly irresponsible to promote legalization from the mouth of the president. Medical marijuana can put the cartels out of business without creating such a rouse. Unless you can organizes a protest like that of egypt its going to be some time until we get federally legal weed

  2. Even if recreational use is not legalized having the federal government formally declare that there is an accepted medical use in the United States would go a long way in correcting injustice that the current unfair marijuana laws have created.If there is an accepted medical use in the U.S. than marijuana could no longer be a schedule 1 narcotic which would force lawmakers to reorganize penalties for use and possesion of marijuana. Several government studies have determined marijuana has medical use. It’s time we put our money where our mouth is.

  3. the statement “it is legal for a responsible adult to purchase and consume alochol.” Well first off. most of the alcohol consumers are ignorant irresponsible people. Marijuana has its own negative culture… It has it positives too dont get me wrong. So does drinking.
    But that is a misleading phrase.. How do we determine who is responsible and who is not… Age does not determine responsibility. If these “responsible adults” were so responsible we would not be seeing 20-40k people killed in drunk driving accidents every year. WAY WORSE than 9/11 or how dangerous it is to live in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan combined. We need our troops here at home, locking up irresponsible drinkers.

  4. The US Government should overcome its own “denial” with respect to Medicinal Cannabis, which can serve as a safe alternativ­e to many pharmaceut­ical chemicals on the market. I believe it is very positive that the President acknowledg­­es the “validity” of this debate. Whenever the validity of the debate is recognized­­, such a “recogniti­­on” invariably implies that our side has a “valid argument”; this being so, it follows that our side (in favor of Cannabis/M­edicinal Cannabis Legalizati­on) has a very real possibilit­­y of winning this “perfectly legitimate debate”, for otherwise it would not be a “debate”. For example, to even suggest that Cannabis Plant has no medicinal properties is not even a “logical” thing to do; as a “recreatio­­nal” substance, Cannabis is incomparab­­ly safer than alcohol! And if all this were not enough, it is scientific­­ally proven that Cannabis use (as opposed to alcohol use) suppresses violent urges and behaviors. All this is true even if the President is “personall­­y opposed” to legalizati­­on (at least for now). But we cannot sit on our butts and passively expect positive developmen­­ts to occur. We must participat­­e actively, write comments at the news articles, write to politician­­s, sign petitions, register to vote, etc. I specifical­­ly urge all the young people to talk to their parents and grandparen­­ts and educate them about Cannabis vs. alcohol and hard drugs. As the logical evidence in our favor inexorably accumulate­­s, the “qualitati­­ve shift” will occur in our common consciousn­­ess, and we will win this “perfectly legitimate­­” debate!

  5. Finally a leader and a real Republican. I trust him.
    He can take away the majority of votes away from Obama and win by a landslide.
    Yep I’m optimistic, and it is a great feeling.
    No political trade-offs. The 2012 election will be the best.

  6. “When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”
    Obama
    The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.
    Carl Sagan

  7. Who else in prominence would pen their name to this open letter?
    Full page ads of this letter and variations of it in various newspapers around the country over a sustained period of time.
    Government needs to go for the money-grab to control the world cannabis market by trading it in U.S. dollars and having the main exchange based in the U.S. It’s money the country needs and didn’t have before.
    The Beat Goes On
    by Sonny & Cher

  8. Artful Dodger [that’s funny] but pretty much reality. So is the Tale of Two Cities – one city for and, one city against. I think that the bridge [the law too far between] is the dividing factor. These politicos “have to” follow the law in place [ONDCP]. So don’t we have to change the ONDCP, Health and Human Services [FDA], DEA, and what other multi-medely [too many] of drug departments. How many drug related departments do we need. Getting rid of all but one drug department would sure wack a big hole in our deficit.
    Genesis the Faith
    Ventura, Ca. Colony

  9. you have my vote, and my full support. as a disabled veteran with total body damage over 35 years ago, all these years of prescribed pharmacy drugs have taken a marked toll on the kidneys and liver functions, unfortunately all vets know when you test positive for marijuana just once, you get the nazi dictatorship when it comes to any further pain meds, regardless of diagnostics. with this one candidate, and a clearly spoken platform we the people have been given a voice.

  10. Former NM Governor Gary Johnson “gets it”. The time is overdue for the Federal government to treat the bipolar disorder that it has itself been afflicted with for the past 40+, nay 70+ years. All medical and scientific data to the contrary, with numerous medical patents including #6630507 owned by the Feds themselves, and even the V.A. acknowledging the medical use of cannabis, the Feds are so obsessive compulsively driven to continue this War on Drugs (War on People).
    The “reefer madness” that has been for so long attributed to the consumers of cannabis is actually a hallmark character trait of the authoritarian oligarchic tyrants persecuting this harmless plant and its’ users. Projection of their own weaknesses upon their victims is hypocrisy — to redouble their tyrannical efforts at subjugation and suppression is hubris.
    That it took President Obama 2 years to even acknowledge that there are real arguments in favor of re-legalization of cannabis has been treated as some major victory by some. But imagine the alternative future that would have unfolded for an ambitious young black man who carried a felony conviction in Illinois for cannabis or cocaine — no public sector job as a community organizer, no college education, perhaps not even a private sector job — certainly no job as a US Senator, or a US President.
    No future for Barry Obama would have been the result. But Obama has, with that same recent public acknowledgement, also rejected the end of Prohibition 2.0, or the War on Drugs.
    Considering the number of people across this country who either use cannabis, or recognize the futility of continuing this insane War on People, it is astonishing how few politicians from either the Democratic or Republican Parties support the end of this injustice. Those few that do publicly support reform and re-legalization of cannabis need to be recognized and supported. Every other politician is not worth their weight in dry powdered shite, let alone our campaign dollars or our votes. Perhaps the Teapot Pot Party, as a single (wedge) issue political revolution has more merit that support of a left-of-center USA Green Party that turns off many voters.
    Kudos to Gary Johnson, and raspberries to Barack Obama.

  11. Hell yea ……Lets do this Gary, its time we take our freedom on what we put in our bodies without causing crime ,an without being harrassed because u wanna grow for personal jus to smoke cuz……….u decided u didnt feel like drinking tonite.

  12. We need to have a ‘serious debate’ about our demands.
    Suppose we demand ‘legalized’ marijuana. We get this:
    A. The legalized part.
    16. “The term “marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin.”…
    B. The unlegalized part.
    …”Such term does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other
    compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.”
    We still need to legalize the second part.
    Suppose we demand a simple definition of marijuana. We get this:
    16. “The term ‘marijuana’ means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis Sativa L.”
    We still need to legalize smoked cannabis, ie. marijuana.
    Compare, choose your demands carefully, and let the debate begin.

  13. Mr. Johnson you are a cherub. A mind of great intelligence with a charisma that is oft-not seen in today’s society among our leaders and representatives. Your poltical affliation means absolutely nothing to me, yet your ideas mean the world. I once got caught up in the group think that was Obama’s presidential campaign, and subsequently suffered from the results. So know that as a lowly college student from Ohio, I respect you as a person, an Ex-Governor, and probably as a father “not sure if you have children.” Know that while I may not be single-hand idly responsible for getting you elected in the next campaign, know that I support you 100% in whatever it is you choose to do next. Here is hoping to a better a future, one in which we create for ourselves.
    Peace Always,
    Jonathan Bick

  14. I totally agree Paul the president totally dodged the question. i dont know what was worse: laughing at the matter (last time) or talking rubbish?
    thank you norml you are helping us get our freedom

  15. Go Gary Johnson! I believe that you have more courage and moral integrity in you than the rest of our nations political leaders combined. Sir – you will definately get my vote and the vote of (probably) everyone I know!

  16. First: Every post – is some individuals opinion – what that individual believes in and has to say about it. Fact or opinion – that’s free speech!
    Second: Here’s a question. When we say or hear “feds” – why do we think of “the feds” as some enigma related to We the People. We the People are “the feds.” We’re in charge of all tree branches of government. Where the hell does it say “the tail wags the dog?” We the People are the dog – the alpha male.
    Now!: Here’s something you can hang your hat on – even take to the bank. Americans – will absolutely think for themselves – and – they will act on their thoughts and beliefs – no matter what that may be – even though they are at opposite ends of the totem pole. Americans – “will and do go at each other” – over their beliefs, as contrary as that may be – but – whenever, whoever, whatever threatens America [their right to oppose], Americans will hang together like a sack of balls.
    So!: if you are pro-cannabis – there’s nothing [need be said] to convince you. If you are anti-cannabis there’s nothing [that could be said] to convince you. But – if you are an American – what I will say is that “YOUR FREEDOM IS ON THE LINE.” Think for yourself – and – ask yourself – “WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT.” 1. Cannabis needs to be re-scheduled. 2. Compelling Justification, and Competing Prior Governmental Interests needs to be judged unconstitutional and void. 3. All fifty states need to hang together like a sack of balls.
    This is a personal individual opinion made with the First Amendment of the Constitution in full force and effect.

  17. If we have been able to adress serious social issues such as homosexual rights and abortion, it is almost idiotic that the issue of pot has not been put to bed.

  18. Mr. Johnson I will do whatever it takes to get you elected if you choose to run for office..lets start now..I want to be responsible for what I put in my body..I dont want to be discriminated for smoking weed on my own property(urine -test) and I do not want to be chronically -ill to have that right (medical MJ) the more medical mj that is allowed the more votes you will have against legalization..medical mj growers dont want it legal because that’s their liveleyhood so they will vote against legalization..I am an adult..i pay 300/week in taxes I deserve to do with my body what i choose..i do not drink..it makes me mean, slow, and dangerous..and i can get such a poison whenever i want, it is so destructive..mmj growers..step up and vote for humanity..not your wallets..shut the liquor stores, and the bars, let’s be human!!

  19. My Georgia state senator said the following in response to my question about legalization :
    “Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding legalizing marijuana. I appreciate hearing from you.
    According to research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana use has negative effects on the cardiovascular system, the lungs, the brain, and even social behavior. The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Scientists have learned a great deal about how THC acts in the brain to produce its many effects. When someone smokes marijuana, THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries the chemical to organs throughout the body, including the brain. Studies have indicated that a user’s risk of heart attack more than quadruples in the first hour after smoking marijuana. Marijuana use also has the potential to promote cancer of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract because it contains irritants and carcinogens. In fact, marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke. Furthermore, marijuana use has also been linked to social disorders such as depression, anxiety, and personality disturbances.
    At a time when illegal drug use is a major problem for many Americans, legalizing marijuana would send the wrong message to young people across our nation that marijuana is not harmful. I do not believe marijuana should be legalized.”

  20. 6. Leonard Krivitsky M.D.
    and all readers [FYI]
    Dear Doc,
    I’m sure your aware of this, but if not, it will explain why politicians “IN FAVOR OF LEGALIZATION” act against it – besides satisfying their anti-drug base. Politics, politics, politics. They obviously have a external disorder of a internal manifestation.
    The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy – ONDCP states, “The ONDCP is required to “OPPOSE ANY LEGISLATION EFFORTS” of cannabis for any purpose, including medical. They are “MANDATED TO TELL LIES” as a part of their congressional authorization according to Title VII, Office of National Drug Controlled Policy Re-authorization Act of 1998: H 11225.
    Responsibilities – Director.
    (12) shall ensure that “NO FEDERAL FUNDS” appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for medical use or any other uses) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and “TAKE SUCH ACTION NECESSARY TO OPPOSE ANY – ‘ATTEMPT’ – TO LEGALIZE” the use of a substance (in any form) that is listed in schedule I, of section I, of section 202, of the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and has not been “APPROVED FOR USE” for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration – FDA.
    Solution: move it out of schedule I – replace it in schedule III.

  21. 30 Jon, 31 Genesis the Faith, and all other readers here:
    The Federal government (previously By, For, and Of the People) is spending vast sums of money to lie to the American people about the medical benefits of cannabis. This propaganda is then used by the Federal government to justify spending (at last tally) $1+ Trillion USD since the beginning of the War on Drugs.
    A significant portion of that $1+ Trillion USD is going into the pockets of private for-profit government contractors, who also donate a significant portion of their proceeds to fund “our” politicians re-election campaigns. Factor in the “beneficial” aspects of the War on Drugs to favored corporate interests such as Big Pharma, and it should be obvious that our political “leaders” have created a Frankenstein’s Monster that is out of control.
    In the fable about Frankenstein’s Monster, the populace armed themselves with torches and pitchforks to overcome this abomination. I do not condone violence, but it is perhaps time for our populace to rise up against the creators and proponents of the War on Drugs monster — our politicians. Corporations may control many aspects of our lives, including “our” politicians, but They Still Cannot Vote (yet).

  22. the idea of gary johnson and ron paul as running mates, running on a platform of complete legalization of all cannabis, with the development of industrial cannabis for green technologies and marijuana for patients or adults 21 or older under the tobacco and alcohol guidelines would win hands down, they’d just have to endure the grueling campaign trail, but the 2 of them standing firm on this one issue would win, i have no doubt. just look at the support on all the blogs and commentaries. somebody should listen….

  23. 35. russell bailey, and all other readers here on NORML blog:
    I am wondering why the voting age is 18, but the age to buy alcohol is 21. We have active duty soldiers fighting overseas who cannot legally buy alcohol.
    Let’s re-legalize cannabis, and lower the age of majority for the purchase of alcohol AND cannabis to age 18. It’s more fair. It is also likely to bring many many more 18 year olds to the voting booth, since they will have a “dog in the hunt”.

  24. 36 David762
    They lowered the age limit to capture a block of votes. So you can easily see that they can do anything.
    X’ers [born between 1960 to 1980] are the largest voting block in the country. X’ers can have anything they want -“if”- they vote -“if”- they’re non-felons. Felonizing our youth is the biggest [call it what you want] government-made tragedy ever perpetrated on the American people.

  25. Does anyone know if it’s true the ONDCP is forbidden by law to take on alcohol and nicotine?
    [Editor’s note: Neither the DEA or ONDCP have alcohol and tobacco in their enforcement mandate.]

  26. I am writing this in the hope that people reading this will feel that I am, open, honest, and speak bravely with the opinions and information that I put forth here for all to see. It is also my hope that you will see that I have some first-hand knowledge and experience about what I speak of. Enough so, that it is my hope that you will consider my opinion’s with enough seriousness so as not to just dismiss them immediately offhand. This is going to be quite lengthy. Perhaps I should take this moment to state that although I do not necessarily believe in god as written in the bible, I do believe there is a god. I am a deist.
    I think the best place is to start at the beginning. When I was still a child, my mother remarried. Before long my new stepfather wanted to adopt me, and I wanted him to adopt me as he seemed like a nice enough man. That turned out to be, essentially, at least in the end, an incorrect assumption. Over time, years, it became apparent that my stepfather was an extreme alcoholic. He was nice enough when he wasn’t drunk. The problem was, there was never a time when he wasn’t drunk. I won’t go into what happened between the time that he adopted me, and when he killed himself with his alcoholism. I’ll just leave it to suffice to say, he was an alcoholic ogre and the time with him was neither good nor fun.
    Some years later I was convicted of possession and distribution of marijuana, and vehicular assault. (I had dealt marijuana off and on for several years.) Due to the closeness in calender dates of these criminal acts I received concurrent sentencing. The vehicular assault was due to the fact that I was driving very very drunk, and I hit and hurt someone with immediate and physical force causing, physical injury. With the marijuana case, I tried for a very long time to think about who I had harmed, but had a great deal of trouble coming up with anything. Then, one day not long ago, I was reading what NORML had to say were the reasons for ending prohibition on drugs and I came up with the answer. As a marijuana dealer, I did not discriminate based upon age. Although I was an adult, I was still pretty young at the time and therefore I did not consider it to be all that unusual to sell to young folks, high schoolers. Even though I had waited until I was eighteen to try pot myself. I knew the young high schoolers I sold to, as well as the adults. They weren’t just some customer, they were my friends.
    The above is one of the reasons I strongly believe in ending the prohibition on drugs. Legalize, tax, and regulate. If legalized and regulated, I really believe that it would bring an end to the black/underground market and make it much more difficult for young people to be able to acquire harmful drugs. And if I’m not mistaken, there’s a lot more harmful drugs that young people can acquire right now than marijuana.
    I could probably stop right here. But I have more. I am sure that what I am about to go into here will cause quite a few people to pull out their judge’s gavels on me, if they haven’t already done so for being a convicted criminal. I myself make judgements based upon my perceptions. It’s a requirement of life. But my perceptions are open to change, as I am an open-minded person. Just a word of warning for those who do start to pull out their gavels, I am going to be giving you quite an earful.
    Not only do I believe in individual liberty, I also believe in paying the price for it, which is individual responsibility. If I take a marijuna seed and plant it in my back yard, let it grow to maturity, chop it down and bring it inside, let it dry, and them smoke it, whom have I harmed? Have I harmed any other sentient being in the universe in any way, shape, or form? Unless you really go out onto some nonexistent branch that I am unaware of, the answer is… No one. Do I owe something to someone for that action? Does someone owe something to me for it? No. But the Government wants to fine me or put me into jail for taking this action that causes no harm to any other person. This to me, is an absolute affront to my god given, not man/government given, liberty and freedom.
    Is legalized alcohol ok with you? I watched my stepfather kill himself, over time, with alcohol. I found my body does not like alcohol. It made me feel sick to my stomach, I hated the morning hangover if I drank too much. I am certain, after watching how other people talk and act when they get drunk, that I must have appeared as stupid, idiotic, and at times had plenty of trouble pronouncing my words without slurring my speech, and was making a fool out of myself whenever I drank too much. And, I personally went to prison over alcohol because, although unintentionally, I harmed someone while irresponsibly high on it. I don’t drink at all anymore. I stopped shortly after being released years ago and I feel much better for it.
    As far as I know, no person has ever died from an overdose of marijuana, and it’s one of the most innocuous drugs known to humans. I am not going to say it’s good for you or helpful, but for some it might be. I find it relaxing, it takes the edge off. Anyway, just don’t look to me to try and tell you something that isn’t the truth. But it’s my choice, not some other person’s or the government’s. In my eyes, it’s a god given right to have the freedom to choose as an adult. And as I said before, as an adult, I believe in individual responsibility. I have never ever been in trouble for marijuana, other than for posessing and selling it. I have never taken an action that has caused any harm to another after smoking pot. I have never been to jail over marijuana other than for simply having it and distributing it, albeit irresponsibly and wrongly distributing it to minors.
    I was out on a $50,000 bond for ten months prior to my conviction date. Did I try and run? No. When the day came to go to court I went in knowing that I would be going to prison. And the victim of my vehicular assualt was in court and I had to face them. I told them I was sorry, because I was. I did not mean to hit them and cause them injury. And I wish that I could turn back the hands of time to undo the harm that I had done. They could tell I was sincere and accepted my apology. Then I was sentenced to my time and sent away. While I was doing my time, did I try and escape or run? No. I took responsibility for my actions by serving my time, paying my debt in full (in my eyes anyway), and then become a law-abiding citizen in my return to society. I do not recognize the Government’s intervention between me, and rights that were given to me by the creator.
    Not only is the Government trying to take away my right to choose the safer choice of marijuana, they are also taking away my economic freedom in the price of marijuana. Although I suppose it’s pretty much inclusive, can you imagine how much more money I would have to put into the economy if pot didn’t cost an arm and a leg due to it being a black market product? I recently ran out of money for my little marijuana habit. So what does a responsible adult do? He quits purchasing it until such time that he can afford it again if he wishes to consume it. Am I just dying for a hit? Nope, I’m fine, thanks. No delirium tremens here. Having alcohol legal, while having marijuana illegal, has to be the biggest hypocrisy I have ever seen. Right now, I feel that the elite ruling class in this country look down at me from their glass tower, with their glass of distilled, fermented, and processed alcohol and cigars in hand, knowing that I have to go through them if I want 100% natural marijuana. I know that is not necessarily true, but I hope it gives some people an idea of how some of us feel about the way we are being oppressed and robbed of our freedom of choice.
    In case you can’t tell, I am angry at the Government and the ruling class for trying to take away my god given right to choose, and taking away my economic freedom. The Government cannot not give you anything unless it has taken it from someone else, or taken it from god himself. The people of this country have a choice. We can tell our Government to protect our freedoms, or we can tell them to take them away from us. We can hide behind Government protection and have them coddle us from cradle to grave. Or we can restore individual liberty, responsibility, and restore peace on the border, in our homes, on the street, and actually live a life of freedom. Government intervention between humans and god given rights is not the answer, it is the problem.
    You go Gary Johnson! I hope you have some legitimacy and influence that us common folk do not seem to possess(just look at Jon’s post above, it’s post #30.), so I hope your message is heard.
    Libertarian for life.

  27. 41 OneTinSoldier
    Great post! You sound like a perfectly good Genesist to me. If you haven’t forgiven yourself, I’m sure your Creator has. By the way – It’s not a habit – it’s a Sacrament – and your free choice to maintain “Equilibrium of your Soul.”

  28. He is absolutely right too.There is not one single viable reason for marijuana not to be legalized in this country.The majority of the people of this country are all for it,not against it.The tax revenues alone would rid the country of it’s deficit within 2 years tops and would also take care of all of the states who have been crying that their broke and or going bankrupt within 1 year easily.Mor peole would stop using meth,cocaine,heroing and prescription pain killers which would be a major plus all the way around.Every 37 seconds in this country somebody is being arrested for using marijuana,thats not dealing or growing but merely using it.It’s 100 times safer than alcahol and tobaco products and no it does not cause any mental illness contrary to the government propoganda machine.It’s healtrh benefits far out wiegh narcotics and tranqs and sedatives as well.It’s most helpful in everything from cancer to chronic pain to a host of mental prolems from PTSD to anxiety attacks,panic attacks etc…It’s time for this country to step out of the dark ages and nto the 21st century

  29. This plant is far more than just medical, I have just spoke my mind on My fox 2 comments on the medical pot debate, where do I start to say it all again, what needs to be said, I have wondered since 1972 why if we have a plant that can do so much to save the whole world why it is treated like some evil thing that needs to be stopped when in reality this plant is the major competition to the petroleum industry,and now has so many others that don’t want it to succeed like pharmacueticals, paper, alchohol any thing it will create competition for. they have talked bio-mass energy since 72 that I know of telling us the price of food will go up (sugar cane, corn ete…) just give me the truth, I think everyone should read the book by Jack Herer ” the Emperor wears no clothes” that will save me alot of words or go to My fox 2 detroits site under medical marijuana debate to read what I have already wrote and all I say is just give me the truth! my last thought on fox 2 was ” to know everything good that we know about this plant and to know why the puppet masters want to stifle this plant, to know all the good we can do with this plant , It is the annually renewable natural resource that would create the cash flow product that we desperatly need today not tomarrow or two years down the road to know all these things and still not use this plant for all it’s potential is the true substance abuse that I see In AMEREICA!!! I even wrote my song ” Girl of stone” I feel that strong of the lies about this plant have to go! mainly my mission from God( good orderly direction) Is to get back Mary Janes good name so I can get back my good name, even though I will never get back the best job I have ever had because I had the slightest amount of cannibinoids in my system! I love America and I want her back!! I am happy to see other americans sounding like my words! if I didn’t know better I thought Gary Johnson was the same words that I sent to honorable Barack obama some four years ago when I wrote to Oprah and him! I don’t care dem. or rep. lets just bring on the truth and show the potency of public demand on this issue and get america going again keep families together in their homes create competition through out which should lower prices and let us all have a shot at a good life! All hard working Americans that is this plant is competition to fuel, paper, medication, the oils are the most in the plant kingdom these essential oils are responsible for our immune responses to clean our arteries of colesteral and plaque, I would think as good or better than flax seed oil but I don’t have a constitutional choice there either or I’ll loose a job for having cbn”s or cbd”s in my system and even though those are good and fight disease and help my immune system to fight disease but I can’t dare use it . Your 80% made of copper, you say you have a heart of gold but as the puppet masters pull their green strings now, it seems you’re blood is made of oil!! thank you for your time and co-operation I have so much more ro say but I will end by agreeing that what ever it is now that we are spending of a prohibition that is sensless and doesn’t work any way could and should be going to our deficit ( my last count went from 7.5 to 10 million to over 40 billion) and it is all based on lies! I say again “wake up america, lets get that ANSLINGER propaganda wool off our eyes and America you go girl!!!!

  30. 43 Charles Queen, Somerset, KY.
    Kentucky has “sworn” to be “the last” state to legalize cannabis. When someone swears to be “the last” – it usually doesn’t turn out that way. Good luck and happy hunting. I can tell you this for sure – you have all the Genesist Colonies [counties] in the State of Kentucky behind you. Then will you hear me now? Come on brethren – rise to the occasion – the time is ours. “Nothing happens unless we make it happen.” Fortunately – “we can” make anything happen.
    The Reformation

  31. 44 J.C. advocate for Hemp.
    Am I plagiarizing you – or – are you plagiarizing me? We are sure playing the same tune. It certainly seems that we are both playing on the same field [on a mission from God] to redeem Manna [a Genesist’s Sacrament]. J.C., may I say, you have the support of 3141 Genesist Colonies in the U.S. – but especially in our Michigan Colonies.
    The Reformation
    Manny

  32. Some would say we are already debating the cannabis issue. We are already going over the facts and discussing them. This is true only to a degree but we the citizens can not stop the death, the 900,000 plus arrest this year unless we pull this horrid falsehood completely out from the darkness and into the light of day. The government will never be properly confronted and made accountable unless we get a forum, a National Debate, a transparent public debate between those who continue to write, arrest, enforce, and refuse to yield their point of view over the will of the people, the Prohibitionist and those who claim that the actions of the government violates some if not all the basic concepts of liberty, justice, freedom, due process, and equal protection guaranteed by the Constitution. Further that the Anti-Prohibitionist claim that the 1937 & 1970 US Congresses did not have the right or privilege to abrogate the rights of the people because no threat to the Nation’s welfare & safety existed for them to act on. Signing the petition put the cannabis issue back into the President lap. The Government has no real evidence, it is a fraud, fables and myths. But by signing you the American people are saying Shut up! or Put Up!

  33. We started debating the cannabis issue when Arnold said we should. Everyone in California opened up their pocketbooks to make Prop 19 possible. Where has Mr. President been? Oh that’s right, he has been busy buying time for his “agenda”. What is really going on here is what he said before, “Cannabis Legalization” is not in the agenda. There is something else really big behind all of this. Why wouldn’t they want people mellow instead of hostile? It’s called Big Brother.

  34. reply to #46 (Gensis the faith)
    Plagiarizing is a strong word, I sure don’t mean to steal anothers words and call them my own if that is what you mean by that word! I say where I get my words from is the Hemperor Jack Herer! read his book “the emperor wears no clothes” for the truth of this plant, I speak from my heart and my heart is controlled by heaven so in essence my words come from Jesus through Jack Herer”s hard work that I do not want to see taken lightly or in vein!! or maybe we are both preaching to the choir!! We the people can make this happen if we all unite for this major common cause!! I fight for what is right the unjust injustice against Mary Jane is very wrong and needs to be rectified today not 2 years down the line !!!!! thank you all for your co-operation !!!! again I would like to say lets show the world the potency of public demand on this issue , I want to see it go as far as to take it off the drug test and lets get America back to work doing jobs that one is best to do like welders should be welding not flipping bergers because of a rediculous drug test that doesn’t even test for hard drugs!

  35. 49 J.C.advocate for Hemp.
    J.C. “Plagiarizing [the word] each other,” was a little humor, in that we are both, so much, on the same page, saying the exact same words. We’re echoing each other. That’s a good thing!!! That is why 3141 Genesist Colonies are 100% behind you. We need every American to echo the cause. We need to get in every prohibs ear with the message and sound like tinnitus, ring, ring, ring. We are not preaching to the choir – we are asking the choir to get on key and sing the gospel [truth] in harmony. We are welders – welding Americans back together. That’s what the “Reformation” is all about – reforming the Genesis Faith and its brethren in God and God’s Sacrament. Anyway – I’m sorry if I confused you with the word – but – in this case – plagiarize away my brother – “Be the bunny” with my, and God’s, words – Genesis I:29,30,31.
    Yes! I’ve read Jack, and may I take the time to remind everyone that Eddy Lepp [a Rasta Minister] is still enduring his time, and loss of religious freedom. Best wishes to Eddy and Linda.
    Have a great CDXX Communion.
    Manny
    Genesis – San Diego, Ca. Colony

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