Driving Home An Unprecedented Victory — Cannabis FACTS Are Undeniable, Even at the White House

In response to a recent guest commentary which appeared in The Tennessean, the White House released a statement titled:  Movement for legalized marijuana ignores dangers .  Below is, in my opinion, the most impressive paragraph I have ever read anywhere; written by David Mineta, deputy director for demand reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington.

Mr. Mineta probably has the most frustrating (i.e., impossible) job on the planet.  Which might just explain his real reason for the following gem:

“..Would marijuana legalization make Tennessee healthier or safer? One needs to look no further than Tennessee’s current painful experience with prescription drug abuse. In Tennessee, prescription drugs are legal, regulated, and taxed — and yet rates of the abuse of pain relievers in the state exceed the national average by more than 10 percent…”

Out of context, doesn’t this sound like he is actually arguing that marijuana legalization will make Tennessee healthier and safer?  Given the overwhelming statistics which prove marijuana’s safety relative to all other drugs, legal or otherwise; it is easy to understand why a truly dedicated government official might publish such a contradictory statement.

Not only is this reasoning obviously illogical, it suggests that the individuals entrusted with upholding the constitution and protecting the interests of the citizens whom they represent are sadly incapable of making rational decisions.   Either they fail to understand plain English and common sense, or they are lying through their teeth for the sake of some hidden agenda.  Both of which are absolutely unacceptable excuses coming from public servants whom are purported to be held at the highest levels of scrutiny and accountability.

How much more of their insanity do they think the public will endure before declaring an open revolt?  Or is this merely their latest attempt to incite violence and impose martial law?

Either way, the most expedient method of legalizing marijuana is likely through the court system rather than relying on the political circus.  Because in a court of law, with a jury who has been well informed of their duties and privileges, the facts are still ultimately what matter.

After all, a large part of what finally brought down alcohol prohibition was jurors who openly questioned the validity of our brutal government policies.  Something I learned about only last year, when a jury right here in Missoula, Montana told a District Judge they would not convict a man for possession of cannabis.  The case was thrown out and the judge speculated that it would have a definite impact on future cases..

Click below for Paul Armentano’s recent article discussing the escalating war of words:

Drug Czar’s Office to NORML:  ‘We Can’t Legalize Marijuana Because Some People Abuse Prescription Drugs!’  Wait, Huh?


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