“That’s about as vivid an expression of the President’s agenda, and his sense of justice, and the state of the Rule of Law in America, as one can imagine. The same person who directed the DOJ to shield torturers and illegal government eavesdroppers from criminal investigation, and who voted to retroactively immunize the nation’s largest telecom giants when they got caught enabling criminal spying on Americans, and whose DOJ has failed to indict a single Wall Street executive in connection with the 2008 financial crisis or mortgage fraud scandal, suddenly discovers the imperatives of The Rule of Law when it comes to those, in accordance with state law, providing medical marijuana to sick people with a prescription.”—Glenn Greenwald - Obama Justice and medical marijuana | Salon
Amsterdam, famous for its coffee shops where marijuana and magic mushrooms are dispensed to just about anyone who can pay for it, is about to harsh the buzz of tourists everywhere.
A judge ruled this week that the nation’s “weed pass” law, which would restrict drug-buying to Dutch citizens only, can be implemented in some regions starting May 1.
Some lawmakers have pushed back against the ban, but it does not seem likely that a challenge will succeed before the law is implemented, The Associated Press noted Friday morning.
Amsterdam, however, has until next year before they will be required to issue “weed passes,” so officials are still hoping to iron out a compromise before it takes effect nation-wide.
Coffee shop owners who brought a legal challenge against the law argue that tourists hoping to buy marijuana will only be funneled into the criminal drug market, and many expect to see a decline in tourism dollars if the passes are mandated in Amsterdam.
Concerning the question you received earlier about Ron Paul and DUI's on marijuana...I find it really hilarious when people ask him questions about marijuana since I know that his grandson smokes hella weed. Also, I've definitely cruised blunts with him multiple times. :}
For a minute there I thought you were saying that you cruised blunts with Ron Paul.
Why do more people not know that the number one fear of the cartels and narcotics traffickers is legalization? Wouldn't this be helpful information, especially with legislators concerned about border violence?
I suppose a large part of it is that it doesn’t fit into the typical “reefer madness” type narrative that people have been bombarded with since the Thirties. Legalization isn’t an option in lot of people’s minds because they sincerely believe it would cause our society to dissolve into chaos. Instead of realizing that most crime and violence are a result of drug prohibition, most are quick to blame the drugs themselves. I think most people are paralyzed by all the fear-mongering. It hinders them from thinking about real solutions.
I can’t decide if it would or wouldn’t be hard for me to believe that our politicians aren’t aware of this fact. There’s a lot we don’t know about what goes on behind closed doors within our government. Isn’t it amazing that the drug war is rarely mentioned when the mainstream media discusses border issues? Maybe it’s intentional. I don’t know.
“Obama is not some hapless victim whose actions on this issue are constrained by congressional law. The truth is pretty much the exact opposite. Under current law Obama effectively has the power to unilaterally make medical marijuana legal. Obama is not legally forced to wage a war on medical marijuana; it is something his administration is actively choosing to do.”—Obama Lies About Federal Marijuana Law to Rolling Stone (via socialuprooting)
Arkansas group collecting signatures to place initiative on November 2012 ballot
The Arkansas Legislature never took up medical marijuana in 2011, and there’s little optimism that it will do so in 2012. Fortunately, Arkansans for Compassionate Care (ACC) is working to make sure the voters of Arkansas get a chance to do what the legislature has been unwilling to – remove criminal penalties for the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel certified the initiative in April. ACC has until July 6, 2012 to collect 62,507 valid signatures to place the initiative on the November 2012 ballot, and the latest reports have them roughly one-third of the way toward that number.
The initiative would allow patients with serious illnesses like cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and PTSD whose doctors recommend medical marijuana to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. It would also allow patients to purchase marijuana from one of up to about 30 dispensaries in the state, though patients who don’t live near a dispensary would be able to grow their own or designate a caregiver to grow it for them.
So what can you do to help? First and foremost, we need patients to get involved. If you or someone you know is suffering from a serious illness and could benefit from such a law, please send us an email. If you are a law enforcement officer, physician, or clergy member, you too should get involved, as you can also have a powerful impact on the debate.
“No drug causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs— we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.”—PJ O’Rourke (via symphonyofthecosmos)