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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:20 PM

 

40 Years Ago Today, Feds Denied the Truth About Pot

40 Years Ago Today, Feds Denied the Truth About Pot -- Now It's Obama's Chance to Act
A congressional commission on US drug policy did something extraordinary 40 years ago: it told the truth about marijuana.
March 20, 2012

Forty years ago today, the members of a congressionally mandated commission on US drug policy did something extraordinary: they told the truth about marijuana.

On March 22, 1972 the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, chaired by former Pennsylvania governor Raymond P. Shafer, recommended that Congress amend federal law so that the use and possession of cannabis would no longer be a criminal offense. State legislatures, the commission added, should do likewise.

“he criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use,”concluded the 13-member commission, which included nine hand-picked appointees of then-president Richard Nixon, “It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only with the greatest reluctance.

“… Therefore, the Commission recommends ... possession of marijuana for personal use no longer be an offense, casual distribution of small amounts of marihuana for no remuneration, or insignificant remuneration, no longer be an offense.”

And then the lies started: http://www.alternet.org/story/154613/40_years_ago_today%2C_feds_denied_the_truth_about_pot_--_now_it%27s_obama%27s_chance_to_act/

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:23 PM

1. Obama has been disappointing on this topic. Basically avoiding it at all costs!

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Response to Logical (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:31 PM

2. Pretty much every logical person knows exactly why he has to wait until after the election.

There is no downside with no election to worry about.

He'll make the move in 2012-13, hopefully with help from the new Congress.

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Response to tridim (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:32 PM

3. And what "move" would that be?

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Response to Upton (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:43 PM

10. A move toward legalizing Cannabis, as a majority of the people want.

He can NOT do it now because the idiot R's would use it to win the election -- "The pot-head-in-Chief wants your kids to smoke dangerous narcotics!!!11"

Obama is not going to give them that gift.

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Response to tridim (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:42 PM

4. That's what I believe as well.

He cannot make any REALLY big moves until after this election.

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Response to tridim (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:43 PM

5. I do not think he will be any different after the election. He just does not seem to....

are about Pot Users. Being arrested, being sent to prison.

I do not think he will magically change in 2013.

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Response to Logical (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:48 PM

6. You're right..he won't change

Despite claims to the contrary, Obama is a drug warrior. Heck, during campaign 2008, he claimed if elected, he was going to leave MMJ users alone, and look how that's worked out.

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Response to Upton (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:00 PM

7. He has left users alone...

 

it is the suppliers s and growers that he has busted.

Semantics I know, but he is doing what he said he would do in that regard (Still think it is horsehit)

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Response to tridim (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:53 PM

9. do these "logical" people also expect different results from the president who's done the same thing

repeatedly?

because, if so, then "logical" might not mean what you think it means.

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Response to tridim (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:07 PM

11. You expect Obama to legalize marijuana?

If Obama takes action to legalize marijuana before his term ends, I will give you a bag of weed. Good, Sonoma County organic sun-grown. But I suspect you're not going to be able to take me up on that offer.

What evidence do you have that Obama favors legalizing it?

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 08:36 PM

12. I won't need a bag after he legalizes it.

Obama will never overturn DADT. Never ever, never.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:34 PM

8. kick n/t

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