US Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO): "A lot of members of Congress privately agree" with drug law reform

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From our interview with Colorado’s US Rep. Jared Polis on NORML SHOW LIVE, Feb 7, 2011 – questions and answers have been abbreviated for clarity.
NORML SHOW LIVE: How has your stance on marijuana reform affected your interactions with your colleagues in the House [of Representatives]?

REP. JARED POLIS: You know, I find that a lot of members of Congress privately agree that we need to change our drug policy, they’re just still too timid or scared to come public with it.  That’s kind of what I find.  I find very few that are ‘hard core’ on the other side.

NSL: Have you been working with Rep. Barney Frank and Rep. Ron Paul and do you have plans to introduce federal legislation?
POLIS: We really have a growing group that support decriminalization at the federal level and changing the schedule of marijuana.  It’s not a majority yet, but it’s growing rather than shrinking.  One of the things I’m working on the political front is FearlessCampaign.com [Polis mistakenly says “dot-org”]. If you go to FearlessCampaign.com you can sign up. We’re basically creating  a grassroots movement towards changing our federal drug laws.
NSL: Coming from an area that has so embraced medical marijuana, what are you telling your fellow legislators on Capitol Hill as far as what they can expect from medical marijuana in their state?
POLIS: Well, they can expect jobs, reduced crime, increased tax revenues, and reduced suffering of patients.  When Colorado voters overwhelmingly passed the medical marijuana law, the legislature took their responsibility pretty seriously and passed laws to implement that.  So there’s a very… I mean, it’s far from perfect… but compared to where other states are there’s a decent regulatory structure here and there’s specific rules that the marijuana dispensaries have to play by and it’s truly allowed them to grow and flourish in the communities that allow them.  We’ve had some communities that exercise their local discretion and have chosen not to allow those kind of businesses as well.
NSL: Recently some of those regulations that have been passed in Colorado include Senate Bill 1284 that came up with a lot of of these new rules for dispensaries.  How do you see these regulations playing out in Colorado and do they bode well for other states that are looking to pass medical marijuana?
POLIS: You know, I think  some of the fears of people that are opposed to medical marijuana they’re just worried that you could have these stores anywhere and what’s the control on whether they’re doing it right.  We’ve had a regulatory structure for liquor stores for a long time and also for pharmacies. I mean, we know how to do this kind of thing, it’s just a matter of doing it right.  Having background checks for the people involved, we have the video cameras monitoring the premises, audits to make sure people have the right medical permission, so, it’s not as difficult as it sounds and in many ways it’s easier than some of the other substances that are already regulated.
NSL: We’re curious about your background.  How did you come about the marijuana reform issue: was this personally important to you or just what shaped your views on this issue?
POLIS: Well, it’s important to a lot of my constituents. It wasn’t really an issue until Colorado passed the medical marijuana law.  That was the will and law of the voters of Colorado so at the federal level I try to back that up.  I try to make sure that we don’t have federal agents coming in and arresting law-abiding people in Colorado.  We’re trying to open up the banking resources for Colorado dispensaries that have really faced a lot of discrimination and difficulty with normal banking services.  We’re really just trying to support local businesses and my constituents.
NSL: You were the first openly gay man elected to the House as a freshman representative.  In marijuana law reform we’ve often heard that cannabis consumers need to “come out of the closet” and admit that they are just regular law-abiding folks that use cannabis.  Of course that’s a reference to the whole “come out of the closet” in the gay rights movement that has led to so many positive strides in that area.  Do you see a comparison between the two movements in that respect?
POLIS: Yeah, I do think they need to.  It’s been something that wasn’t talked about, something that was secretive, even though, oddly enough people would frequently brag about or talk about being on much harder-core substances, they say, “oh, my doctor gave me morphine or something to kill the pain,” or “I had to take a Percocet after my dental surgery,” but yet they don’t talk about using medical marijuana.  Like any other issue, the visibility helps, because it helps people realize “Oh, it’s my friend, it’s my neighbor, it’s my cousin,” rather than just something abstract, and once they have that human face to go with it I think it really helps shift their attitudes.
NSL: One of the things we’ve been disappointed with in the Obama Administration is that they said they would base their decisions on science and bring science back to the fore, and we’re finding, though, in the area of marijuana research and medical marijuana that doesn’t seem to be the case.  If you had the chance to speak with Mr. Obama and educate him on the issue, what would you tell him?
POLIS: I think first of all the scientific jury is very much still out.  There need to be a lot of double-blind studies to look at the different impact of different substances.  There’s still a lot of science that needs to be done and it is being done.  Part of the problem is the laws have gotten in the way of the science.  It’s very difficult to conduct research with marijuana and still is, by the way, compared to many other substances.  So we need good science, but we need the laws to allow the good science to occur.  That’s the type of policies and we try to give some backbone to our members of Congress which is why we launched the FearlessCampaign.com to try to move the country forward.  We’re at this point where close to half the country supports medical marijuana and it’s close to that for marijuana legalization, it’s probably on the order of 40%.  And yet, far from 40% of Congress supports it, I mean you only get a handful of members, myself included, who are willing to say that, but it’s nowhere close to where society itself has evolved on this issue.
NSL: On Mr. Obama’s answer to the LEAP question on YouTube on ending the War on Drugs, and Mr. Obama responded with talk about more treatment and more education and shifting that, but of course our federal budget doesn’t recognize that at this point – it’s still two-to-one in favor of incarceration and interdiction.  What kind of political obstacles are in our way from moving toward a budget shifted more toward treatment?
POLIS:  I think the budgetary pressures – and there’s going to be cuts across the board in every area – do provide a good entry for discussion of decriminalization because not only do you have the savings from the reduced incarceration and the ability of law enforcement to focus on criminals rather than users of medical marijuana, you also have increased revenues from the taxation of the legal and regulated sale of marijuana.  It’s something that as we’re looking at this budget situation, it can actually reduce costs and increase income.  I think that will be more desirable for most people in our country than having tax increases or having cuts in programs that they care about.
NSL: It’s like the call we’ve seen from a lot of our organizations to the new GOP majority that if you’re looking to cut wasteful inefficient government spending, look no further than the DEA.  Is that something you’re on board with?
POLIS: You don’t have too many people running around saying “Please tax me!” but I think that’s something the marijuana industry is saying “Please tax us rather than sending all the cops to burst down our doors!”  I think the least we can do is tax it.
NSL: What’s your take on and what are you doing for industrial hemp?
POLIS: I think industrial hemp has a lot of economic opportunities for farmers in our area and nationally it’s a very durable crop and a very strong market to be in yet we still have laws that prevent it from being cultivated in any areas.  I’m actually very much involved with trying to get that legalized as well – I’m a co-sponsor of that bill – we’ll continue to push for hearings on it as well.  I think it’s a much easier case than anything else that we’re talking about.  It doesn’t make any sense to prevent the industrial cultivation of hemp.
NSL: Congress has allowed DC to proceed on its medical marijuana program.  What’s it going to be like in DC with yourself and your colleagues walking around town and perhaps happening upon a medical marijuana dispensary or two?  Can you imagine that looking forward?
POLIS: The visibility is good.  Just as we were saying, it really is.  The fact that people will be your staff people, your friends, they will see the world doesn’t end.  Hopefully crime in DC will go down because of it, tax revenue will go up.  Still, the majority of members come from areas that don’t have medical marijuana, so they don’t have any exposure to it like the people from California, Colorado, Nevada do.  At least they’ll get exposure to it in DC and I think that will be a positive thing.
NSL: What are your plans for the future?  Running for re-election to the House, maybe moving to the Senate, or just a couple of terms and then return to private life?
POLIS:  Well, one thing at a time, I just got elected to a two-year term… it’s a fun job, it’s an exciting job, and I’m honored to be able to serve the country.  We have a ways to go on this issue, marijuana legalization, and we have a ways to go on a lot of other issues.  If everything that I wanted that I supported happened tomorrow then I wouldn’t have any need to be in Congress anymore, but I don’t see that happening.  We’ve got to work hard to make it happen and we’ll get there eventually.
Contact Rep. Polis at http://polisforcongress.com or by calling 303-381-0121.

71 thoughts

  1. Bless you and thank you Jared Polis. I’m happy to say I live the beautiful state of Colorado and I am proud to have someone like you representing the people.

  2. I have a question for the people that are, still trying to keep pot ileagl, Did you ever stop to consider the fact, that leagalized and regulated pot, that is grown, distributed, taxed, and controlled pot sales specifically here in the US and Canada, could put a serious dent in the Mexican drug cartels relations with the US?

  3. And don’t tell me you can’t find me if you want to talk to me. We live like in the information age and I know better.

  4. Excellent! Here is yet another brave representative that is not on board with the status quo! Even before reading this I was seriously considering moving to Colorado since they seem to be very progressive compared to other states – including California. After reading this article, I’m thinking even harder about relocating from Virginia where most of our Reps are perfectly happy to keep locking people up – Rep. David Albo in particular has no sympathy for someone who smokes pot! Drink all you want, but get caught with pot and you’re probably going to jail…

  5. I personally don’t think we are close to the level of legalization (but hopefully im wrong and it’s sooner than expected) but decriminalization is right at the door. I think within a couple of years its gonna be just a fine and confiscation instead of throwing pot users in jail like animals. I KNOW THAT MOST POLITICIANS DON’T CARE AS LONG AS THERE MAKING THEIR MONEY BY BUSTING PEOPLE BUT WE NEED TO STAND UP AND LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD. WE NEED TO BE CONSISTANT WITH IT AND NOT GIVE UP! ONE DAY MARIJUANA WILL BE LEGAL AND I WANT EVERYONE WHO READS THIS TO KNOW. LETS ALL BE OPTIMISTIC AND LOOK AT THE BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF US BECAUSE I AM DECLARING THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA FOR THE FUTURE NOW!!

  6. I do need your support and I need it today. Please don’t brush me off like the legislaotrs do in this nation. The president call for a debate on cannabis, I want to hold him to it, don’t you? I ask you to sign this petition and demand an open deabte on this issue that has harmed us all. Join me, join the fight to bring these lies into the light. Time to share and show and tell with the evidence.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-for-a-national-debate-between-cannabis-prohibitionist-and-anti-cannabis-probitionist#signatures
    Here my lastest brush off from the Kansas Legislators.
    Connie O’Brien View
    Anthony,
    Medical use of cannabis is hard to control, look at California where it was misused by doctors. I am sure if it did all of the things you said the p…eople who have abused it would not have any medical problems. My sister had a stroke at the age of 39 from misuse of drugs and she started with cannabis. Until it can be controlled very strictly I will not support it use. Thank you for contacting me.
    Rep. Connie O’Brien
    Kansas State House 42nd District
    The Kansas Legislator’s behavior “shock the sense of fair play.”
    From: Susan
    Wagle View Contact
    Anthony
    Thank you for your e-mail. The thoughts of my constituents and all Kansans are always important to me.
    The 2011 legislature session is well under way. I can’t always personally respond to each and every e-mail but each communication is read and taken into consideration as I make important decisions and vote on each issue.
    If you have urgent, more specific concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office at 785-296-7386.
    Again, thank you for taking the time to write and share your concerns.
    Susan Wagle
    State Senator
    Here yet another brush off response from the Kansas Legislator.
    From: Annie Kuether View Contact
    To: Anthony
    I understand your plea and think there is a place for the use with canc…er patients. I… just don’t thiank with the makeup of this new legislature, this issue has as much of a chance as a snowball has in hell. Sorry to say that. Annie
    Bottom line is our State Legislators don’t care. They don’t care if the sick die. They don’t care if this herb will heal or not. As my House of Representartive said above, “as a snowball has in hell”, Death due to the Kansas Legislators willfull ignorance.
    Please sign my petition and lets drag these fools into the street. Lets put a light on their lies.

  7. i wish they would do there job then and help out the normal americans that could really use there help and support. if they agree with it and still just “waiting” for what????????????? god damn do something NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. So, in conclusion what Rep Jared Polis is really saying about the United States Congress is that most of them agree and are too chicken sh&t to do or say anything about it. Those are definitely the kind of leaders we DO NOT need. If I’m not badly mistaken those are called COWARDS. We better be thankful the same people that occupy our fighting forces are not made from the same red white and blue cloth. Isn’t it comforting to know that citizens all over the country to the tune of over 700,000 per year are put in jail and lose what CONGRESSMEN say are the most important possessions known to mankind, their liberty and freedom simply because their elected representatives are such a bunch of sissy gutless and embarrassing COWARDS. They are truly shameless…

  9. As we slowly replace career politicians with representatives like Mr.Polis are government will become more of a true representative type of government. My fear is that the status quo has a lot more financial backing then we do. It is very refreshing to hear someone like Mr. Polis.

  10. 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!

  11. The Reformation
    Now hold on! just for a Minute. This is much bigger than a fight behind the high school gym. What we don’t need is a big crowd rushing to watch it. What we need is a crowd alright – but – a crowd going to fight the good fight. What we don’t need is a fight between ourselves. What we need is a common message/slogan that we can “all get behind” – and – not waiver/give one inch from it when we deliver it. Then – we need a physical presence to show that we mean business [everyone in all 3141 counties in the U.S. sitting on their representatives doorstep – at the same time – like on National Hemp Day – April 20th]. What we don’t need is “violence.” Violence will be our weakness and destroy the cause. We need a strong message, a big crowd [army], and no loose canons.
    For now – and – we can act now – we could get the ball rolling by supporting Stompedonmyrights. His petition is a preamble to our message and action. What we need to do is call prohibs out [choose them off] to a national debate, and make them “prove” what they say – put up or shut up once and for all.
    More to come.
    To all – have a great CDXX Communion.

  12. Let me tell you who else “privately agrees” with cannabis. First let me say that the youngins’ think the grays [seniors] have old timers disease and are dead headed against it. Think again! – “it’s the old people’s friend.” I’m 73 years old. Everyone I know or have known has used cannabis, or at least have been in favor of legalization, even if they haven’t used it. What us old farts are opposed to is abuse [but then] we are against the abuse of anything. We’ve learned from experience [sometimes hard, life altering experience], that you can’t beat your body up and expect good results, or at least make it past the insurance company stats – duh!
    We old mindless creatures “come from a different world” [but at the same time] we can say – “When you get to where you are going – you’ll be where we have gone.” This world hasn’t done anything we haven’t seen or done – once, twice, or even three times over. What we have learned from all of that, and is fundamental in our make up is, “shut your mouth, and don’t draw attention to yourself.” But – BIG BUT – don’t think we’re against reform. Just remember! – “We were the ones that won the war against the squares – Circa ’57.” And let me say this! “It’s time for us old farts to lead the way again.” Why? – because – “we don’t have anything to lose at our age – except for our grand children’s right to be free – and – you can bet we will protect that.”

  13. /snip
    REP. JARED POLIS: You know, I find that a lot of members of Congress privately agree that we need to change our drug policy, they’re just still too timid or scared to come public with it.
    /snip
    So, now I am wondering: “… if many members of Congress privately agree, but are too timid or scared”, who are they scared of:
    (1) their constituents, a majority of whom may have polled in favor of changing drug laws;
    (2) their corporate & special interest campaign contributors, many of whom may be fiscally harmed by changing drug laws;
    or
    (3) of the very same Federal police state infrastructure that they themselves have helped to empower?
    More constituents are inclined to vote only every 4 years when there is a President running. In the mid-term elections when 2/3 of Senators are running, or all Representatives are running, it is usually only an energized highly motivated minority of constituents go to the polls. Which group would be most highly motivated to support their Congress-critters, those seeking reform or those seeking the status quo?
    This is a dynamic that we pro-cannabis voters could change.
    Thanks to recent SCOTUS rulings, corporations and special interest groups have more influence than ever over our Congress-critters, and our pro-cannabis special interest group cannot compete with the “big boys” when it comes to campaign contributions.
    But so far, corporations still cannot vote — only people can: don’t our Congress-critters understand that?
    Our Congress-critters (with a lot of help from the Executive & Judicial Branch) have created a Frankenstein’s Monster in the form of the Federal police state infrastructure. No one, citizen or politician, is really safe from the machinations of the police state — no one.
    But what our Congress-critters have created, they also have the power to curtail or destroy — defunding would be a good start.
    As advocates of change in current drug laws, we have our hands full. Hopefully, we can affect those changes without evoking the ire of our supposed masters in the police state infrastructure.

  14. I’m not gay,but there something i have to say:
    Some gays are a lot more “macho” than many who critisize them.
    God bless you Jared

  15. As a result of the “War on Drugs”, the prohibition of the Cannabis/Hemp plant and the ever persistent DEAs misclassification as a harmful substance containing ‘no medicinal values’, scientific and medical research on cannabinoids (the highly beneficial active ingredients within the plant) is limited and persistently blocked by federal authorities.
    As a DIRECT result of the illegal-classification of Cannabis, research is restricted to groups only approved by the federal government. This inevitably and overwhelmingly biases development of the Cannabis plants body of knowledge and as a direct result, skews the public eyes perspective of the plant.
    My opinion as to why most politicians don’t see it this way is simple. Being federally employed, they are blind sided by the persistent mis-information provided by the DEA and FDA, both of which are federally funded organizations. From a politicians viewpoint any health-science or medical research organization that is not federally funded does not have the proper equipment, intelligence or procedural know-how to fully support their information and findings. Thus, they must not hold publics best interests at heart.
    Cannabis is a strikingly misunderstood plant yielding almost limitless medicinal and economical uses. It’s amazing chemical diversity enables many medicinal and therapeutic properties, unlike any other living organism on Earth. When we, as intelligent coexistent beings of Earth, can break down and admit our own ignorance to possibly one of the planets most important renewable natural food, material, and healing sources, only then can we truly say that we are making progress.
    When we stop allowing a group of 545 border-line elderly people dictating to billions of individuals what is good for them and what is not, only then can we truly say we are making progress.
    When the denial of HUMAN RIGHTS stops, only then can we truly make progress!

  16. As a result of the FDA and the DEAs misclassification of the Cannabis/Hemp plant as a harmful substance containing ‘no medicinal values’, scientific and medical research on cannabinoids (the highly beneficial active ingredients within the plant) is limited and blocked by federal authorities.
    As a DIRECT result of the illegal-classification of Cannabis, research is restricted to groups which are only approved by the federal government. This inevitably biases the development of the Cannabis plants body of knowledge. As a direct result this skews the weary publics perspective of the plant. Most people like to believe the federal government is out to protect them. Most people like to believe that they do sound research to provide the results that make the important decisions that affects all of our lives, right from the roots of our livelihood.
    However, more often than not, it is becoming increasingly evident that none of that is true.
    My opinion as to why most politicians don’t see it this way is simple. Being federally employed, they are blind sided by the disgusting mis-information consistently provided by the DEA and FDA, both of which are federally funded organizations. From a politicians perspective, any health-science or medical research organization that is not federally funded does not have the proper equipment, intelligence or procedural ‘know-how’ to fully support their information and findings. Thus, they must not hold the publics best interests at heart. So the information they provide and the amazing findings they discover get erroneously debunked and dismissed.
    Cannabis is a strikingly misunderstood plant yielding almost limitless medicinal and economical uses. It’s amazing chemical diversity enables many medicinal, therapeutic and economical properties, unlike any other living organism on Earth.
    When we, as intelligent coexistent beings of Earth, can break down and admit our own ignorance to possibly one of the planets most important renewable natural food, material, and healing sources, only then can we truly say that we are making progress.
    When we stop allowing a group of 545 border-line elderly people to dictate to billions of individuals what is good for them and what is not, only then can we truly say we are making progress.
    When the denial of HUMAN RIGHTS stops, only then can we truly make progress!

  17. I have news for all of you. Okay!
    1. Jesus says,”I am the Way, the Truth & the Life no man comes to the father except by me.””If we confess our sins He is faithful & just to forgive us our sins & cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
    2. Marijuana only yields Edomite terms-condemned by Adam & Eve!
    3. The Bible says to live “soberly, righteously & Godly”
    4. Drugs & including the pharmacy are a sin according to the scripture.
    5. I have had to seek pain relief with fire activation of Shechem & burned dung, urine & blood rags with a meat meal made above it. In the keeping of the laws of Moses there was great reward.

  18. “… oddly enough people would frequently brag about or talk about being on much harder-core substances, they say, “oh, my doctor gave me morphine or something to kill the pain,” or “I had to take a Percocet after my dental surgery,” but yet they don’t talk about using medical marijuana.”
    Enigma? Citizens from Reps down seems to know that there is an entrenched vindictive enemy that will attack them with greater fury over confessed favoring of martijuana than over “hard drugs”. Follow the money: cannabis is a greater threat to Big 2WackGo becauwse (a) it alone, among all “drugs” (slander) really threatens to replace tobacckgo in the lives of millions, and (b)– even worse– it trains its users, who are NOT suicidal like nicotine (negating) addicts, to prerfer gentleness and moderation, thus it was first among cannabis users, not tobacckgo users, that the VAPORIZER and the ONE-HITTER became popular as a replacement for the 500-mg. hot burning overdose (giant) “joint”.
    If cannabis users, with this truly Conservative attitude, proceed unpunished, it could embolden millions of nicotine slave $igarette buyers to desert the 700-mg.-every-time-you=-want-“a-smoke” $igarette marketing format and instead serve themselves a 25-mg. one-hitter toke or a draw on the vaporizer. Bye bye profit margin in the Tobacckgo Industry!
    How enigmatic, then, that “Conservatives” in the House and Senate and legislatures across the nation receive twice as much campaign gift money from Big 2WackGo as “Liberals” (or do you say “reps” and “dems).
    Rep. Polis, I assume you have met the Speaker, Mr. Boehner, maybe even conversed with him, maybe even know of his reported “low tar” $igarette habit which he has not publicly indicated a readiness to quit.
    Perhaps you know of reports that he has an advisory council on which sit John H. Fish, Vice President for Legislative Affairs (sic) at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Bruce Gates from Altria/Philip Morris. (What do you think those guys get as salaries for schmoozing with Mr. Boehner and his staff and other Congresspersons?) What do you think Messrs. Fish and Gates advise Mr. Boehner to do about cannabis legalization, or about 800,000 arrests per year and an arrest record apartheiding any known cannabis user out of the highest paying career track?
    Do the above reflections contribute anything to understanding why it is safer in this country to admit taking morphine?

  19. Those,(chicken shit) members of Congress are lobbied too,not vote,their opinions.There is WAY too much money being made from Prohibition.

  20. Reps like Polis make me proud to be a resident in the Mile High state. We’re still leading the way. And in 2012 we’ll take the biggest step forward ever on this issue.
    CO: Legalize 2012!

  21. “When you want to sell something – something everybody wants – have an auction.”
    We the Genesist People – mandate that you – the prohibitionists – present your evidence, and prove your case, beyond a shadow of doubt – and – without obstruction – allow us to express our Constitutional right to present our case and evidence to a candid audience, to the people of this great country. That’s what we are selling – and – that’s what everybody wants. The truth is what we are auctioning off. This is your invitation to prove yourself a truthful participant of the law. Our Genesist hearts told us to invite you. A jury of truth seeking Americans are waiting – what’s it going to be?

  22. How many citizens have used “drugs” ?
    How many citizens feel comprimised, The DEA/Gestapo is blackmailing The American Congress.
    Throw the bastards out and hang them.
    Have a Blessed Day

  23. This why we should have a National Debate were we can bring forth the evidence to this wayward behavior our government continues to display. I don’t know what the rest of you have been doing but I tired to talk with my Kansas Legislators and my Federal Congress, they repeat one thing over and over to me, they don’t care. Sign this petition and lets make them care. Lets push them to present that evidence they been hiding.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-for-a-national-debate-between-cannabis-prohibitionist-and-anti-cannabis-probitionist#signatures

  24. In another 10 years we will be in the same place saying the same thing. There will be no change. This story is complete bullshit. If lawmakers actually listened to the people who voted for them, it would be legal by now. The thing is, THEY WANT YOU TO DIE!!! There is no question in my mind anymore. If you aren’t willing to steal from, screw-over, hurt, rape, kill poorer Americans, you are worthless to them. That is what they are doing to you all, and all you do is sit at your computers.
    You know how I know? Because this same thing has been going on for the better part of 70 YEARS and you still havn’t wised up yet. You’ve been lied to, cheated, wrongly-imprisoned, and still you take it like a good little bitch America. Well YOU DESERVE IT!!! Until you are burning effigies on their lawns, chasing them with pitch-forks and ill-intent, they will continue to lie to you, cheat you, and throw you in prison for not further enriching their friends!!!
    -Oz

  25. 39. Ozlanthos
    You’re absolutely right in your analysis of the long national disgrace, and we Americans should be ashamed of our “do nothing response to the tyranny” – but – who in the fuck are you calling a “good little bitch America?” By the way – what the hell have you personally done to save victory? Just be careful who you’re calling a bitch – but – keep up your vigilance – we do appreciate your input.

  26. 39 Oz – The wizard of Oz
    You’re the same Wizard that wanted out of this fuckin’ country! So! have you followed the yellow brick road out of here yet?

  27. 42 Nic
    Maybe you could ride shotgun with The Wizard of Oz on the way out of town. The Oz sounds totally detached from America and talks [at us] like Americans are stupid and he would rather be somewhere else. America – love it or leave it! He’s got the right idea.

  28. time to ligalize it tax it and let us be a free country with the right to choose like we do with alcohol cigarettesect…

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