Oh The Irony: Speaker Of The House John Boehner Continues To Support Marijuana Prohibition

Unlike Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen (who favors America having a fair and constitutionally consistent cannabis policy…), the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, simply does not get how hypocritical he is by favoring another 74 years of the failed federal Cannabis Prohibition, while at the same time, being a frequent consumer (and longtime political ally) of far more dangerous and deadly drugs like alcohol and tobacco.
A NORML supporter from Ohio named Todd recently used NORML’s webpage to contact his elected representative in Congress, who just so happens to be the Speaker of the House John Boehner, to encourage him to become a co-sponsor of the Ron Paul/Barney Frank bill to allow states to legalize cannabis for responsible adult use.
What Todd did was exactly what tens of thousands of other like-minded NORML supporters have done since late June, when H.R. 2306 was introduced: they contacted their member of Congress and asked them to support the passage of H.R. 2306.

What cannabis reformers and consumers really need to do now is to send hundreds of thousands of letters and emails to their members of Congress, and to, like Todd, not take ‘no’ for an answer, especially from hypocrites like Speaker Boehner, who maybe one of the capital’s most notorious tobacco addicts and consumer of hard liquor.

Roll Call photo from a Sept. 2010 event capturing then Minority Leader John Boehner using society's most deadly and addictive drug: Tobacco
Last October at a fancy Washington restaurant in a section of town called ‘Barracks Row’, a week or so before his ascendency to the Speakership of the House, High Times’ associate publisher Rick Cusick and I watched Mr. Boehner (and five or six of his fellow Republican colleagues from the House, and one from the Senate) continuously leave their table–after rounds of shot glasses of hard liquor were consumed–to stand out in front of the establishment in a circle to smoke cigarettes. We witnessed this kind of excessive ‘drug’ consumption from Congressional leaders for over two hours.
Mr. Boehner, the son of a bar owner in Ohio, needs to get real and quick regarding losing his Reefer Madness about cannabis and to start treating cannabis consumers with the same respect and dignity that he wants afforded to him as a tobacco and alcohol consumer.
If not, then, based on his unscientific and non-sensible reply to his constituent in Ohio found below, the man should 1.) stop buying and consuming clearly deadly and dangerous drugs like hard booze and cigarettes and 2.) pass federal laws banning these unhealthy and unsafe products from people who’d be foolish enough to consume them.
NORML thanks ‘Todd’ from Ohio for being a stand up cannabis law reformer who is not keen to be governed by a hypocrite (who would have him consume drugs much, much less safe—and toxic—than cannabis. Just like him….).
Boehner writes below: “I am unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug.  I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol.”
Maybe the Speaker of the House is speaking for himself here as both the science and my own personal experience is crystal clear here: When adults consume cannabis products they consume less—or no—alcohol products.
I, for one, have always publicly acknowledged that I consume far less alcohol (and don’t binge drink at all) if I have access to cannabis products.
Further, in the twenty years I’ve worked at NORML and convening dozens of major pro-reform conferences, fundraising parties and events I’ve watched bar managers, restaurant owners and hotel catering managers from coast-to-coast do major double and triple takes on our alcohol consumption bills, insisting that there must be some kind of billing error. When, in fact, if 500 cannabis consumers are attending a NORML soiree, we as a group consume 50%-75% less alcohol than similar size events.
At a large and famous San Francisco waterfront restaurant that hosted a NORML event a few years back, when I went into the manager’s office at the end of the night to settle the final bill and remit payment, he too was flabbergasted at the dearth of our large group’s alcohol consumption tab and wryly remarked to me: “No wonder ya’ll can’t get pot legalized, because, you’ll cut too deeply into the alcohol industry’s bottom line.”
Please join Todd and tens of thousands of other citizens who do not support Cannabis Prohibition anymore by contacting your member of Congress and insist that they co-sponsor H.R. 2306.
The process to lobby your member of Congress is easy, free and necessary to finally—and once and for all—end Cannabis Prohibition in America.

Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 1:19 PM, Congressman John Boehner wrote:
Dear Todd:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the legalization of marijuana.  I appreciate hearing from you.
On June 23, 2011, Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced H.R. 2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011.  H.R. 2306 would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to provide states with jurisdiction in the regulation of marijuana.  H.R. 2306 has been referred to the House Committees on the Judiciary and Energy and Commerce for consideration.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), “research shows that marijuana use in its raw form is harmful and its average potency has tripled in the past 20 years.”  ONDCP goes on to say that “studies also show teens are using the drug at earlier ages and the earlier a person begins to use drugs, the more likely they are to progress to more serious abuse and addiction.”  In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services stated that “marijuana dependence in the U.S. population is higher than that for any other illicit drug and over 150,000 people who showed up voluntarily at treatment facilities in 2009 reported marijuana as their primary substance of abuse.”
As you know, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified marijuana, together with heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, hashish, and a number of other drugs as Schedule I drugs.  According to the FDA, these drugs carry a high potential for dangerous abuse.  To date, no clinical study of marijuana has progressed to the level required for approval by the FDA.  Even more, the Department of Justice has reiterated its intent to enforce the Controlled Substances Act in states who have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes.
I am unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug.  I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol.
Thank you again for contacting me with your thoughts.  Please don’t hesitate to inform me of your concerns in the future.  To sign up for email updates, I invite you to visit my website at http://johnboehner.house.gov.
Sincerely,
John A. Boehner

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Dear John Boehner,
Wow thats a mouthful did someone write that for you.  Your seriously trying to tell me that marijuana is as harmful as lsd, crack, methamphetamines, cocaine,legal sildenafil,merinol and other “chemicals” when marijuana is a plant which is nearly impossible to overdose. You sir are uninformed as are most of our “representatives”, who, are supposed to represent the interest of the people, but end up representing their own interests entirely. I would think that given our current economic crisis, it would be ideal to look objectively at every opportunity to decrease frivolous spending, and increase revenue. By legalizing and taxing marijuana on a federal level, the taxes alone are estimated at billions of dollars annually. Given the annual cost of the failed war on drugs and incarcerated nonviolent marijuana users, the annual savings plus revenue could reach in the hundreds of billions of dollarsNot to mention the tens of thousands of jobs legalizing marijuana would create. This is common sense knowledge and neither you nor the “F.D.A.” can tell me otherwise.
As for your statement ” I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol.” Please elaborate as I do not understand how the legalization and regulation of marijuana on a federal level, will result in increased abuse of other drugs and alcohol. Regulating marijuana will not only decrease it’s availability on the black market, but will also decrease its value, therefore being less available, and of less interest, to teens and other underage people.
On the subject of the Department of Health and Human Services statement that “marijuana dependence in the U.S. population is higher than that for any other illicit drug and over 150,000 people who showed up voluntarily at treatment facilities in 2009 reported marijuana as their primary substance of abuse.” What this statement does not tell you is that roughly 97% of these 150,000 people “voluntarily” showed up because they were given an ultimatum by the courts when found in possesion of marijuana, rather than face probation, or even worse, jail time.
How about the statement made by Francis Young, the D.E.A.s’ own judge, “Marijuana in it’s natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”  If marijuana is considered a schedule I narcotic with no medicinal benefits, why do we have Marinol, the  synthetic form of T.H.C. (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psycoactive substance found in marijuana?.  And why is the “chemical” Marinol a schedule III drug, meaning it is considered to be non-narcotic and to have a low risk of physical or mental dependence, when it is another form of T.H.C.?. There has never been a documented human fatality from overdosing on tetrahydrocannabinol or cannabis in its natural form. However, the synthetic T.H.C. pill Marinol was cited by the FDA as being responsible for 4 of the 11,687 deaths from 17 different FDA approved drugs between January 1, 1997 to June 30, 2005.
I would appreciate a personal response from you, rather than one of your pre-writen responses. Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Todd

123 thoughts

  1. Nothing is going to change until people like this are voted out of office because of their position on marijuana prohibition.

  2. I wonder what the response would have been if he suffered an ailment that leaves him desperate due to the fact that perscribed medicines cause side-effects and can cause scenarios like liver failure, diabetes and on and on and on. Also, some of medicines do’nt even work or stop working after some time. I’m tired of the BS. Awesome post! Thank you! Lets keep the pressure on!

  3. I got a similar response from my idiot Senator… Minority Speaker Mitch McConnell. If I can find the letter, I’ll scan and send it in to you NORML. It’d be nice to have a central collection of these type of letters so we know where each politician stands. It would provide a reliable resource so voters would know the on-the-record stance of the politicians they are voting for. NORML… lets try to get this up and running, let me know if you need help.

  4. @25 – Unless a lot of money goes their direction, there isn’t much chance any major news networks will ever carry this or any of the other stories that NORML regularly write. Sad, but I believe it to be true… I continue to wonder why more rich people aren’t trying to help this cause. My theory is that they have what they want and “screw the rest of us…”. There are a few exceptions but certainly not many. We all know that Lady Gaga has admitted she regularly uses cannabis but has she ever made a contribution to the cause? I don’t know, but at least she spoke out about it so I do give her credit for that.

  5. Wow so many great ideas and opinions and john # 25 has a point. This country is so much tv based or driven, maybe for ever letter that goes to the politicians we should send one to every news channel.
    Also i just would like to thank everyone for their time and involvment, i am not a great speaker but read alot and try to talk to people about all these subjects as much as i can (respectivley and while told its not a good idea to let people know my opinion.)
    Thanks for the help. Its just great to hear some sane thoughts among all the insane or crazy.

  6. @ 25 & 55. Right, how to get info out to those who don’t read NORML. Bill to remove federal schedule is being stalled. Question why a discussion is not valid when so many are harmed by prohibition and so much is being spent. We want a discussion, and not some bs one-sided affair. Send a copy to the press…then send it again when they reply…then address it in the letters to the editor if it is ignored.

  7. To follow-up on several folks mentioning redundant, rhetorical letters from their elected officials: I’ve got one too, in GA, it was a letter responding to my pro-hemp legislation e-mail (thru NORML), and in that letter he basically said that because marijuana is illegal, and hemp is a cousin plant, that hemp should continue remain a part of the War on Drugs.
    OK, I simply cannot logically understand how marijuana is illegal today; but more astoundingly I absolutely cannot even remotely understand why HEMP of all things is illegal.

  8. @ mrsmac: he/she writes: “I have used it since 1972; in that time, I have quit drinking alcohol other than the occasional beer with my pizza. I smoke 1/2 a pack of cigarettes a day. When I drank, I could smoke a whole pack in one evening! And, I hate to say, I would drive home drunk. DUI MJ is never on my list because it is too scary, I am waaay to cautious and paranoid, and if I wait an hour, I know I’ll be good to go. That is not the case with alcohol.”
    I applaud and second that, Mrsmac. I would also say that I have not had any MJ for the past three days after having a hit or two every night for the past year almost, and guess what? I’m not suffering from any ill effects and I don’t have any cravings for it, whatsoever.
    I don’t know what they are talking about when they say it’s addictive and “dangerous.” They either lie or are badly mistaken (look at Marc Emery! Does he look like he’s suffering from not having access to it?)
    I only wish I could quit my cigarettes cold turkey like that! I’ve been praying for a cure from tobacco addiction. (Yes, I’ve heard of Chantix, but I’d rather not experience the potential suicidal thoughts and depression, if you don’t mind.) I cannot believe those things are still on the market.
    Truthfully, with all of the hoolah-balooh about it being so “addictive” and “dangerous” I’m always a little surprised when I go off of it cold turkey and I don’t even miss it.
    It has its time and place and purpose.
    One more anecdotal piece of evidence: I had a relative in their teens who was smoking it to gain weight from the ill effects of CF and, in fact, it caused them to gain a good amount of weight — something that they had never, ever previously been able to do with all the prescription meds (even marinol — which only made them dizzy and overly high because they couldn’t titrate the dose properly). They looked happier and healthier in that time than they’d ever looked their whole life because they were indeed happier (eating has a way of doing that to a person — I know, I’m anorexic), and I’m not a doctor but I would be so bold as to say they were indeed healthier than they’d ever been in their whole life, only to have a pharmaceutical company come along and screw up a prescription med, that they actually did OD on. My relative was dead within months after that. It still saddens me to think they might possibly still be here. They were so cool and intelligent and not lazy. They wanted to do all these scientific things with the knowledge they’d gained from their love of science, not to mention their love of dogs, and birds and reptiles. I’m not saying they would have lived to 60, not with CF, but stranger things have happened!
    What Dr. Grinspoon said is true (don’t know if he was the first to say it, but): (paraphrased) The most harmful aspect of the drug is the fact that it is illegal because a person’s life can be drastically and badly altered after an arrest/conviction.
    Please, please, take MJ out of the hands of the drug lords and street dealers and put it in a legalized setting where it can be properly controlled/regulated/sold. Education is the key.
    Thank you for reading.

  9. Great Job Todd! You did an exceptional job of pointing out how little he has to back up a such a hypocritical opinion. Keep it up man!

  10. I’m watching “Hardball” on MSNBC. Chris Matthews is talking about Boehner and showed a film clip of Boehner talking about how he (Boehner) held two freshman congressmen “hostage” with regards to a vote on a bill.
    Boehner: “Boys, we can sit here for 30 minutes or 3 hours, but that door isn’t going to open until you say yes. I have A WEEK AND A HALF OF CIGAREETES in that cabinet over there………”
    So there you have it. Boehner uses his addiction to drugs to get his way!!!!!!!

  11. vote the hypocrite out. Boehner is in my district and you can bet your last dollar that me and my like minded friends will not support his sorry ass next election. Then he can sit in the bar all he wants. We are the majority and we will rock the vote in 2012. If you are not registered to vote do it now! Lets tell Washington how we want this country ran, Enough is enough. If they will not support the will of the people put them in the unemployment line. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW WASHINGTON, ASS HOLES. Do they realy believe this bull shit. This goes for you too Obama!

  12. I hate hypocrits. Politicians that smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol while supporting marijuana prohibition are hypocrits. Keep pushing for the rescheduling of marijuana. Push for medical marijuana. Push for Hemp legalization. Push for marijuana relegalization. We need to come out of the closet. Talk about it with your family and friends. Write your politicians and tell them how important it is for you. Get active!

  13. In a letter to my Congressman dated 8-8-2011:
    Here is my 2nd letter sent 8-8-11.
    Dear Congressman:
    I received a response to my recent inquiry, and I thank you for taking the time respond. However, I am not able to determine whether or not you, Congressman, support this resolution. Your promise to share my support with your colleagues, while comforting, does not aide me in knowing your position on this resolution. Do you have a position on Medical Marijuana?
    I would like to know your views: Do you see MMJ as a criminal or a healthcare issue?
    You must be aware by now that marijuana is a Schedule I drug. Schedule II drugs, for which physicians are permitted to write prescriptions, include opium, LSD and even meth. If I ever had a doctor that prescribed one of the latter, I’d stop seeing him/her immediately. But, I can’t help but wonder if I might try MMJ if my doctor suggested it.
    It is important to me to know your position on this issue. While I am blessed with ‘good’ health now, I can’t help but wonder what the future holds. I am beginning to believe there is more therapeutic value to cannabis than previously thought.
    Also, the drug companies are doing an ‘end run’ around marijuana’s Schedule I status by filing patents (they have, you know,) on developing ‘cannabinoid-like’ drugs, the active ingredient in marijuana. There must be medicinal value and it is lucrative or they would not be wasting there time.
    As you know, the issue of dispensaries in the valley is a hot topic these days. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors will, again, try to impose a ban in the next few days. I have read the AG memo regarding SB215 and SB420. The dispensaries appear to be legal by California law. It is a shame to think that the Federal Government our Congress, will wait until every state in the Union legalizes marijuana for their citizens before it capitulates and admits to 63 years of misinformation.
    I am thanking you in advance for a thoughtful reply.
    Sincerely,
    Deb McKinley
    ===============
    And, here is his thoughtful reply:
    8-22-2011
    I appreciate our continued conversation on the legalization of marijuana. I welcome the opportunity to respond.
    A myth contributing to our nation’s drug problem is that we could benefit from legalizing certain drugs, including marijuana. If marijuana use were completely legal, it would be next to impossible to regulate or tax, as proponents argue. Quite simply, illegal growth of marijuana would continue in an attempt to avoid all taxes and regulations.Our country would still be flooded by illicit marijuana and plagued by criminal, including gang, activity.
    This view has been corroborated by the law enforcement community. I have met with many members of our local police force, who insist that legalization would increase crime, not lower it, and would harm their efforts to prevent the spread of all drugs into our communities.
    A responsible government not only prohibits the drugs known to have serious health risks and a high potential for abuse, but educate its citizens about the negative health effects of casual drug use. There are no safe drugs, including marijuana and the federal government should not be telling Americans otherwise.
    Thank you again for contacting me. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to get in touch. The best way to reach me is through my website at http://www.nunes.house.gov.
    Sincerely,
    Devin Nunes
    Member of Congress
    I plan on writing again and asking for answers to the same questions I had before his non-responsive response arrived.

  14. Congressman Nunes is of Portuguese ancestry. Wonder what he thinks of the homeland legalizing everything?
    September 16, 2011
    Dear Congressman Nunes:
    On September 1, 2011, the DEA rejected a 2007 ruling from the agency’s own Administrative Law Judge that it would be ‘in the public interest’ to grant the U of Mass a license to grow marijuana for federally regulated research. In 2010, a spokesperson for NIDA told the NY Times, “We generally do not fund research focused on the potential beneficial medical effects of marijuana.”
    So the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says marijuana has no accepted use for treating diseases. U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507 states that cannabinoids are useful in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases. The patent, awarded in 2003, is assigned to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    Perhaps you can appreciate the disparity in what these agency’s are doing and saying regarding cannabis, and how it sounds when the opinions seem to be so diametrically opposed. In addition, Portugal decriminalized all drugs a few years ago, and their crime rate did not rise as expected. I have included a link here to the article. Decriminalizing Drugs in Portugal http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html
    From your response to my last letter, I must surmise you think of marijuana as strictly a criminal issue, since you did not answer me directly. I must also surmise you are patently against the use of medical marijuana (MMJ). I suggest you take a walk across the aisle and ask Congressman Steve Cohen why he thinks marijuana should be re-scheduled. It is interesting to note that while Tennessee is not one of the states that has passed MMJ laws, he still speaks out. And, I appreciate him doing so, because it represents my point of view much better than yours.
    I also wonder if you could tell me what the Republican Platform says regarding cannabis. What is your party’s stance? What do you think of Ron Paul’s endorsement of cannabis, and why do you disagree?
    In closing, I hope you can give me some direct answers to my direct questions, and comment on your thoughts regarding Portugal’s position. I would also be interested in your thoughts regarding the patent held by HHS in the face of the DEA’s latest move to keep cannabis on Schedule I.

  15. Apparently, the Drug policy Act passed in 1988, establishing the ONDCP (look it up) is in charge of Drug Policy. The Drug Control Act of 1971 is still in force, as I understand it, but is strengthened with the 1988 Act.
    This being known, it makes cannabis prohibition a government function, which we already knew, but now it suggested a multi-layered merge, with truly eccessive mixed party mis-check and no blance.
    I got this info from the 3RD Senator I had e-mailed who just got back to me, in a letter where I suggested that the DEA get cut back to reduce the national debt. This Senator however was all for the DEA, hard on “drugs”, and it would be pointless to talk to her.
    If I argued that alcohol and tobacco are drugs, and tobacco itself is one of the number one killers in our country, or that cannabis is not only safer than legal drugs, but beneficialo. To see the US Patent.

  16. I’m perplexed to see Mr. John Boehner inhaling poison into his lungs that kills over 450 thousand Americans every year that the FDA permits, then explains to millions of patients being helped by medical marijuana why they are illogical about using a medicine that has been utilized for over 5,000 years by billions of people around the globe without one single death. Keep smoking John, but please blow you’re BS back up the pigs asses that bribed you’re very soul.

  17. THIS GUY IS A WALKING AD FOR THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY WITH THAT COFFIN NAIL HANGING OUT OF HIS MOUTH. SHOWS YA WHAT A DUMB ASS HE IS. IF HE IS A PROHIB – VOTE HIS STUPID ASS OUT OF OFFICE – AND – HE CAN BE SPEAKER IN HIS OWN HOUSE – NOT OURS.

  18. @ TheOracle. LOL, it’s truly maddening what our governments are doing, but sans the invective you make some valid points. Along that vein, recently I sent a note to NORML Foundation urging them to adopt some of the behavioral psychology principles outlined in Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point’ to further the cause’s push into mainstream debate. I suggested a billboard campaign and even some phrases I thought would be effective (e. g. Do drug dealers card pot smokers? Be NORML.org).
    In a very nice reply I learned that NORML lacks the serious funding needed even for a simple billboard campaign in one major market. While they could seek out interns for graphic design, and donations for materials and equipment to execute the campaign, they still need funds to put the message out, assuming that’s the optimal use of limited resources to begin with. (I think it’s terrific if timed for the primaries and general election.)
    Given our nation’s and the broader global economy’s Keynesian state, with all the stimulus to de-leverage the credit bubble and prevent asset deflation, the need to redistribute resources at federal, state and local levels is acute. Trenton, NJ just laid off some 120 or so officers this week, citing budget constraints. While I wondered if Trenton’s remaining officers would make MJ arrests their lowest priority, I focused more on the opportunity this represents to tip this issue further into the mainstream. With this development in Trenton, there have to be other municipalities and states facing the same choices with both staffing and priorities. I hope NORML takes this story and runs with it using all the resources they can.
    So, I also recommend those interested in helping tip this issue also read Dr. Robert Cialdini’s ‘Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion’, and use the principles outlined there, along with the ideas in ‘Tipping Point’ to push this issue into primary debate. Like [former White House Chief of Staff, and current mayor of Chicago) Rahm Emanuel has said, ‘Never waste a good crisis’. Those serious about this cause should capitalize on the budget woes locally and nationally, expose the personal habits of opposing politicians, and froth this to a head just in time for the general election.
    One other thing is clear, and vitally so: NORML needs funding, and they need it more than ever. They also need others like you and me to seek donations on their behalf. I encourage all those serious about this cause to donate as generously as they are able, to urge others to donate and become active in the cause, and I thank NORML for their 40 years of grassroots advocacy for our liberties.

  19. I’m not a drinker – haven’t been for about 20 years – but I do like my reefer.
    I’m also a seasonal truck driver, with a chronic (no pun intended) sprain in my back from having had a bridge collapse out from underneath my loaded truck in 1995.
    I can’t take Vicodin or similar drugs for the pain, as they prevent me from sleeping – a bad thing when you’re piloting 50,000 pounds of truck. Cannabis, on the other hand, works wonders – relieves the pain, relieves the cramping and spasms, allows me to sleep.
    Dimglows like J. Boehner have decided that I am a safer driver when I’m sleep-deprived and in pain – talk about counter intuitive.
    The point of my ramble is this: recently, in an effort to get enough sleep at home that I’m not falling asleep at the wheel, I’ve started drinking again – just a couple of beers after work, but drinking nonetheless. I hate being reduced to this. I recently got a recommendation from my Primary Care Physician for Medical Cannabis (I live in California), but it does me no good as far as my commercial license goes – I’ll still lose my license if I fail a drug test.
    This is insane.

  20. Pure closed mind ignorance. Abundant in Washington D.C. Proof this country needs total slate cleaning once and for all.

  21. I write this looser constantly as well as the other un-Americans we have in The-Communist-State-of-Ohio, my home state.
    I had just invited Speaker John Bonehead to a debate on Marijuana and I agreed to go live on public tv with the interview,, but he declined, again….
    The Long Distance Truck Drivers have been calling Ohio that for 40 years, ever since I first stated driving a truck, they still call it that today.
    I quit the trucking business when they started the anti-American drug testing.

  22. this is why we need to VOTE RON PAUL in office in the 2012 election. I have faith that he will actually follow through with supporting the legalization of marijuana not just talk about it and then back down once in office like our current president. OBAMA IS A LIAR! VOTE RON PAUL!!

  23. I got exactly the same response from my “representative”Rick Crawford-R in Ar. When are they gonna wake up to the fact that there are millions of us that are saying “please stop this madness and please tax us” !!!!

  24. Our society is run by people who love to impose onto others their point of view as to the way life down here on Earth should be. Those supposedly leaders are no better than you and me.
    Cut their heads off and put them on a pole like they did in the middle ages.Far fetched ? Wait and see.

  25. “Unalterably opposed?” Even if his constituents support it? No one anointed Boehner king. He’s supposed to represent the people who elected him.
    He’s so concerned about our debt and he’s happy to see billions of dollars circulate in an underground economy, tax free? All that alcohol and nicotine must be destroying his brain.

  26. Todd makes many good points, but I must take issue with the above comment that it was “well written.” If we want to be taken seriously, it is beneficial to make use of the education we received to proofread and correct what we have written. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are essential tools for building an effective written argument, and failure to utilize these most basic language skills demonstrates that we have drained the American taxpayers by not paying attention in school.

  27. The man does not even pronounce his name right, how can anyone expect to hear the truth fron him. If you have a Govt that will lie to you about a WEED, What else are they telling Lie’s about? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  28. 77. Anonymous I
    Prick on a Stick is not a bad thought – but – as far as being ruled – you bet your ass we are – by the Committee of 300 – or – The Olympians as they now call themselves. England wants her colonies back – and – so does Mexico.

  29. It is of great concern after reaching the age of 58 to know our government has not followed the path the United Kingdom has done in the Netherlands. I am certain that Country is having no major problems selling their products and providing small smoke shops for those to enjoy a Marijuana smoke.I would be amazed of the profits it makes to their Government. Also I note I never hear of any major problems from the Netherlands either. Come on get with this Approve HR2306. This Country is going to change Government and its going to be real soon. Take that Boehner.

  30. Hey guys, thanks for the comments. I still have not recieved a reply from John Boehner, even after sending multiple NORML letters. For those comments about the grammer, it was late at night when I wrote the letter, so it was not proofread as well as I would have liked. For that I apologize. I am going to give him until the end of the month to send another letter. My hope is, if I flood his email with letters, he will eventually respond. Thanks again, and I will continue to try to represent myself, and the pro-marijuana reform community professionally.
    [Editor’s note: Thanks again for engaging your elected representative, John Boehner, and not taking no from someone in no moral position to be telling his constituents that he is against dangerous drugs, when he is such an avid consumer of genuinely addictive and deadly drugs like alcohol and tobacco.
    BTW, this too from a member of Congress, so captured by big tobacco companies, that he was admonished for handing out tobacco lobbyists’ checks to his fellow members right on the House floor!]

  31. Hey Boner! – “Smoke, smoke smoke that cigarette. Smoke, smoke smoke until you smoke yourself to death. Hey ya’ll – we have a Speaker of “OUR” House that’s trying to commit suicide. Think he needs a little intervention?

  32. Ron Paul is the only candidate running for election in 2012 that openly states that he will end the war on drugs. Anyone who is serious about stopping prohibition needs to vote for Ron Paul. If you are a registered democrat or Independent, you have to change your party affiliation to Republican to vote for him in the primaries. It’s real simple and you can change it back after he wins the primaries. He is our ONLY chance. Obama lied and is no longer supporting our cause. Ron Paul has been trying to pass legislation for years and is serious about making a change to the marijuana laws. We need Ron Paul in 2012!!
    [Editor’s note: Ron Paul is not the only candidate pursuing the GOP nomination who supports major drug policy reforms as former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is just as full throated in favor of ending Prohibition.
    Unfortunately, neither Paul or Johnson at this point in the GOP beauty parade appear to have any chance at all to win their party’s nomination as the GOP and America–to the chagrin of many citizens–is not libertarian.]

  33. Question for the Editor:
    Like most NORML supporters, I truly wish we had the opportunity to elect Ron Paul or Gary Johnson but I’ve come to accept that it’s not going to happen; at least not in the upcoming election. My question is whether John Boehner has anything to do with the fact they are not contenders at this point in time. I think it does! I saw him on TV one night and he was going through a list of potential Republican candidates and totally dismissed those two because of their stance regarding marijuana legalization. He clearly would have none of that while he was there!

  34. He is an ass, just like the rest of the politions in this country. This will go no where as long as this goverment is in charge! This will never change, this goverment wants to keep us under their thumb!!!! This is my opinion, are you going to print it????

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