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The law is applied in a racist manner and contributes to stereotypes and, worse, denies access to education for those who are TARGETED by stop-and-frisk and labeled, early, by such an arrest for such a nothing offense that contributes to the continuation of a cycle of racism in this nation. This needs to stop. Now.

Harry Reid joins doobie brothers

j/k... cross post from this thread for reference: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014699466

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told the Las Vegas Sun Thursday that he supports legalizing medical marijuana use.

"If you'd asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other stuff," he said. "But I can't say that anymore."

Reid says its time to address legalization, as he thinks there are good medical uses for the drug.

"I think we need to take a real close look at this," he said. "I think that there's some medical reasons for marijuana."


I want to congratulate the House Democratic leader for recognizing that the majority of the American people (in the 70 percentiles and above) have supported medical marijuana for DECADES.

SO PROUD to see the Democrats are at the forefront of an issue!!! What clarity of vision! After only THIRTY YEARS!!!!! wooohoooo! LEADERSHIP!

That's why we elect people to Congress, to provide leadership on important issues that REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT FEDERAL BUREAUS THAT WANT TO PROTECT THEIR TURF.

The House is supposed to be most responsive to the fickle whims of the American people, as our founders noted when they set this great democratic experiment in motion.

Harry Reid supports mmj, after thirty years of this fickle whim of the American people to have the freedom to use one of nature's oldest remedies for a variety of ills. Cannabis has been part of the pharmacopeia for 5000 years. It has been illegal, world wide, for around 80 years.

Thirty years of this massive waste of dollars could have been avoided if the Democratic Party had listened to reason instead of playing the game of conservatives with their Nixonian enemies list of people to persecute with prohibition. That list included "the goddam Jews," as Nixon so sweetly said, "the psychiatrists," the anti-war protestors, African Americans, Latin Americans... the CORE CONSTITUENCY of the Democratic party, who, with labor, women, GLBT and other minority populations want to stop using marijuana as a means of voter suppression, denial of student loans, protection for outmoded industry, and especially as a "jobs bill" for the prison/industrial complex.

This last issue results in accruing power to rural areas in Republican majorities, while harming Democratic constituencies by increasing population numbers (prisoners) who have no right to vote. They are, literally, being held in bondage and denied the right to vote for possession of a substance safer than aspirin. Where have I seen that before...

Thank you for honoring your pledge to do your job and support the will of the American people in the legislature, and, as a Democrat, to bring YOUR VOTERS' concerns to the House. (actually, Harry, I think you're doing a great job and it was a pleasure to see you kick the shit out of the teabaggers when they wanted to default on our obligations and precipitate a world-wide depression...smoooooooth, Harry.)

But, let's let this moment be a teaching experience for Democrats, Harry. Don't make people wait another thirty years for the House to finally ignore idiots like Nancy Grace saying marijuana makes people bite off the heads of chickens and engage in odd, strange dances of the devil and eat Ding Dongs.

Be a healer of this nation, please, and put your considerable clout behind resurrecting the Polis and Blumenauer legislation to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. And anyone here on DU who agrees with me - please contact Reid to politely and lovingly ask him to represent the will of the American people on full legalization, as well as medical marijuana.

At the very least, Congress should remove cannabis from the drug schedule. If alcohol isn't there, marijuana shouldn't be there either. Those who have followed this issue know that the alcohol industry has financed anti-marijuana propaganda and lobbied to keep its product off the controlled substances act. Just say no to frat boy culture, Reid.

Say yes to the use of hemp, as well, and the promotion of the same for alternatives to fossil fuel products, for the best source of insulation for houses, for the most complete EFA profile of any plant - that can be used to combat world hunger if we just say no to the drug warriors.


Aaron Neville and bassist Rob Wasserman

This is another GREAT song that RLJ's dad wrote - on the same cd. (Rob Wasserman, Duets)

This is my favorite version by Hoagy

(who, fwiw, like Carl Sagan, enjoyed some reefer from time to time)

New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana (x-post link only)


Maryland: Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced


Lawmakers in Maryland have introduced The Marijuana Control Act of 2014, which aims to legalize the possession, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis to adults. The proposed legislation removes all criminal and civil penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and the personal cultivation of up to 6 marijuana plants by those over the age of 21. The bill would also create a system of retail cannabis outlets, cultivation facilities, and marijuana product manufacturers. Versions are expected to be filed in both the state Senate and the House of Delegates.

"Our experiment with marijuana prohibition has failed,” stated Senator Jamie Raskin at the press conference announcing the bill, “We got ourselves out of alcohol prohibition by regulating and taxing the product, and we should employ the same exit strategy with marijuana. If we can regulate alcohol, we can regulate marijuana.”

According to a 2013 ACLU report, Maryland possesses one of the highest rates of marijuana possession arrests of any state in the country. Maryland arrests over 23,000 individuals for simple marijuana possession every year, at the cost over of 100 million dollars. Despite only constituting 30% of the state's population and having similar use rates to their white counterparts, African Americans account for 58% of the state's marijuana possession arrests.

Polling data, commissioned by the ACLU in 2013, found that 53 percent of Maryland voters support making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol. Only 38 percent said they were opposed to this change.

CBS Baltimore link to announcement: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/01/16/maryland-marijuana-bill-will-regulate-tax-cannabis-like-alcohol/

Indiana: New bill would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

just got this email alert from MMP - passing it along. pass, pass...pass.

Dear Supporter,

Senator Karen Tallian has taken an important step towards improving marijuana laws in Indiana by introducing SB 314.

This bill would reduce the penalty for possessing a small amount of marijuana to a civil fine. Please contact your state representative and senator and ask them to support her bill.

Link to the MPP petition site: https://secure2.convio.net/mpp/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=9037DAA691A3B8B44A19EC7EBA5AD9E4.app253b?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2217

Currently, a person who possesses up to 30 grams of marijuana in Indiana faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Indiana’s penalties are some of the harshest in the country. SB 314 aims to fix that by establishing a more reasonable approach. Under the bill, a person who possesses up to 2 ounces of marijuana could not be arrested or jailed and would only be subject to a fine of up to only $500. Importantly, a civil infraction is similar to a speeding ticket and is not considered a criminal offense — which could affect employment, housing, or student loans.

This legislation is a major step in the right direction for Indiana’s marijuana laws. Please take a moment and tell your legislators to support SB 314.

Then, please pass this message to friends, family and relatives in Indiana!

Medical marijuana bill introduced in Pennsylvania Senate (Tues)


But don’t count on the bill becoming law anytime soon. Gov. Tom Corbett has refused to sign any such bill until the federal Food and Drug Administration approves cannabis for medical purposes.

Nevertheless, the bill’s bipartisan sponsors — state Sens. Daylin Leach, D-17, of Upper Merion, and Mike Folmer, R-48, of Lebanon County — are lobbying hard for its passage.

Leach has launched a social media campaign highlighting children who could benefit from medical marijuana. Folmer plans to hold a public hearing designed to educate his fellow legislators on the benefits of medical cannabis.

“This is a drug we need to get to these kids,” Leach said. “If it were a derivative of a yucca plant, it would be in every CVS in the country.”

Will Marijuana Decide the Florida Governor's Race?


Democratic and Republican insiders are saying that marijuana law reform may decide the Florida governor’s race, according to a recent Bloomberg report. As activists in Florida work on a ballot initiative that would make it the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana, Democratic candidate Charlie Crist could benefit from supporting medical marijuana in his closely-anticipated match-up with incumbent GOP Governor Rick Scott.

Although Crist approved increased penalties for marijuana possession as governor, he – unlike Gov. Scott – supports the proposed medical marijuana ballot measure. Crist held the governor’s office from 2007-2011 as a Republican, before switching parties. No Democrat has won a governor’s race in Florida since 1994.

A medical marijuana victory at the ballot box in Florida would certainly be a breakthrough in the South, a breakthrough in one of the most populous states in the country, and a breakthrough in a bellwether state in American politics. But if the measure plays a deciding role in the outcome of the governor’s race, it could also finally put to bed the misperception that drug policy reform is a third rail in American politics.

Although marijuana reform is often compared with marriage equality as another emerging political issue on the cusp of mainstream acceptance, support for marijuana reform (especially medical marijuana) is actually much stronger. While support for full marijuana legalization has skyrocketed to 58 percent in recent years, support for medical marijuana has consistently remained way up in the 75-80 percent range since the 1990s.

Louis Armstrong

said he smoked gage, or ganja all his life because he grew up in the U.S. and had to deal with racism on a daily basis. A creative, happy, boundary-breaking genius of a musician - who was arrested for possession at one point. As was his wife. Luckily he was acceptable enough to white America because, beyond his path breaking work, he was so happy all the time. So he didn't end up serving prison time.

The rumor was that Louis Armstrong had Richard Nixon smuggle in some pot for him at one point. Even if the story isn't true, I sure wish it were...


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