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    Four decades of drug war tyranny may come to an end with Ron Paul's new effort to legalize marijuana
    by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

    (NaturalNews) Four decades of the so-called "War on Drugs" has led only to the suffering of millions of innocents, the crowding of our prisons with non-violent citizens, the utter waste of billions of dollars on law enforcement and the (in)justice system, and the enriching of underground drug gangs who thrive on violence. The outlawing of marijuana in America has been a disastrous political policy and an insane medical policy. It has labeled biochemical addicts "criminals" and thrown them in prisons to be treated like dogs.

    The War on Drugs, through interdicting street supplies of drugs, has only made the drug gangs wealthier by driving up the value of the drugs that remain readily available. And it is now admitted that the ATF actually placed tens of thousands of weapons directly into the hands of Mexican drug gangs, giving rise to the very gang violence the agency claims to be preventing (Archive News & Video for 2011 | Reuters.com...).

    The U.S. government, it turns out, is actually contributing to the drug war violence!

    Ron Paul, Barney Frank join forces to end the insanity
    In an effort to end the insanity, Rep. Ron Paul has joined forces with Rep. Barney Frank to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in America. President Obama, you may recall, promised voters on the campaign trail that he would do this, too, but it seems he's been too busy bombing Libya and using the U.S. Constitution as a floor mat to bother keeping any actual promises. (GITMO is still open for business, too, in case you haven't noticed...)

    Of course, the War on Drugs is a very effective tool of tyranny to be used against the American people. It empowers the DEA and the federal government to conduct surprise searches of any home or business for any reason whatsoever (even without a warrant), it keeps the prison industry overflowing with endless cheap human labor, and it grants the big drug companies a monopoly over all those recreational drugs that are now sold as pharmaceuticals.

    "Speed," for example, is now sold as an ADHD treatment for children. Big Pharma is also going after THC chemicals in marijuana and hopes to sell them as prescription drugs. By keeping the War on Drugs in place, Big Pharma is assured a monopoly that even the drug lords haven't been able to accomplish.

    An issue that crosses political boundaries
    One thing that's especially interesting about the so-called War on Drugs is how the best-informed people on both the left and the right now see it all as a complete fraud. Perhaps that's why Rep. Ron Paul (Republican) and Rep. Barney Frank (Democrat) are the perfect sponsors of this bill. Each has staked out positions on the opposite ends of the political spectrum for some issues, yet they both agree that it's time to end the failed Nixon-era policies that have only brought this nation suffering and injustice.

    Ending the failed War on Drugs is not a conservative idea nor a liberal idea; it's a principle of liberty whose time has come in America.

    Because in observing the War on Drugs, the prison crowding, the drug underground economy and all the other unintended consequence of marijuana prohibition, we must ask the question: Is society served in any way by criminalizing marijuana smokers? How does taking a medical addict and throwing them behind bars accomplish anything at all?

    The prohibition against marijuana accomplishes nothing for society
    For starters, it halts the contributions of a tax paying citizen. Most pot smokers actually have jobs and pay taxes. They are functioning citizens -- lawyers, accountants, musicians, administrators and more. By throwing them in prison, you're destroying their own ability to participate in the economy while actually placing a new cost burden on the rest of society.

    Secondly, from a moral perspective, pot smokers need medical support, not criminal indictment. If someone is suffering from a substance addiction, how does throwing them in prison and surrounding them with other addicts and hardened criminals serve any positive purpose whatsoever? Today, U.S. prisons actually function more like criminal training camps where people come out as far more violent criminals than when they went in. So the justice system actually ends up capturing people who are relatively peaceful, tax-paying citizens and then turning them into hardened criminals who are eventually released onto the streets.

    How insane is that?

    Wouldn't it make more sense to allow them to continue to function in society but help them with their drug addiction through a medical / health perspective? Addicts need support, not incarceration. And today's justice system does absolutely nothing to rehabilitate prisoners. It only makes them far worse criminals.

    And finally, from an economic perspective alone, can any U.S. state really afford to continue incarcerating people for non-violent crimes that have no victims? Who is harmed with a guy down the street lights up a joint? No one. There are no victims. There is no crime, either, other than the fictional crime the State fabricates to incarcerate people.

    A "real" crime is a crime that has a victim: A rape, a burglary, a mugging, or a murder. Those crimes deserve proper consideration by the justice system, and people who commit such crimes are precisely the kind of people society can justifiably put behind bars. But carrying a few ounces of marijuana in your pocket -- or even lighting up a smoke -- violates no person or property. Nor does it violate any moral or ethical principle. It is, in every way, an act that is improperly and unjustifiably criminalized through legal fictions engineered by the state.

    The solution to marijuana prohibition is finally at hand
    It is time to end those legal fictions and end the War on Drugs in America. The solution is to:

    #1) LEGALIZE marijuana across the country.

    #2) REGULATE marijuana and allow it to be sold through licensed retailers.

    #3) TAX marijuana sales and use the tax proceeds to fund addiction support programs for those small percentage of users who end up addicted.

    The results of these actions will be:

    #1) A COLLAPSE of the drug gangs. If marijuana is suddenly legal, who would bother buying it from a street dealer?

    #2) A COLLAPSE of drug profits. If it's legal, the price goes down. Suddenly there's no more money in trafficking the drug, either, so the drug gangs are instantly out of business.

    #3) A HUGE INCREASE in revenues to the states from collecting taxes on the legal sale of marijuana.

    #4) A REDUCTION in young people trying the drug. What teenager wants to try something if it's LEGAL? Legalizing pot takes all the "fun" out of it for many young people. It's no longer cool. Kinda boring, actually. And it makes you cough.

    #5) A SAVINGS of billions of dollars off all the money states are right now spending arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating people for possessing marijuana. This money could be used to build schools, roads, job re-education programs and more. And don't court judges have better things to do than sentence pot smokers?

    #6) AN END to prison overcrowding. End the sentences for those incarcerated merely for marijuana possession. Set them free and end the prison crowding. Save the prisons for the real criminals such as murderers, child molesters and Wall Street bankers.

    #7) A FREER, more just society that respects human dignity. If you treat addicts like criminals, you take away their dignity, and your entire society suffers a net loss. By recognizing the humanity behind the addiction, we can restore human dignity to the entire process of how we deal with drug addicts in society today.

    Action item: Call your Congressman to support this bill!
    Here's what you can do right now to help support this bill: Call your Congressman in Washington D.C. and tell them you want to support the bill to end the federal ban on marijuana.

    The switchboard number is 202-224-3121.

    If you live in the U.S. or are a U.S. citizen, call this number now, ask to be connected to your Congressperson, and verbally express your support for the bill to legalize marijuana across America.

    It is time to end the failed War on Drugs, stop the useless incarceration of millions of innocent people, and halt the tyranny of the DEA and other federal agencies that waste billions of dollars every year stalking and assaulting people who merely want to smoke a weed.

    I don't smoke weed, by the way, but as a person who believes in the principles of freedom and liberty, I fully support the rights of others to smoke marijuana if they so choose. Similarly, I don't drink alcohol, but I support the rights of other to drink alcohol if that's their decision. As a nation, we tried prohibition with alcohol and it was a disaster. Now we're living through the era of marijuana prohibition, and it is a disastrous failure as well. Isn't it time we grew up as a nation and allowed people to take responsibility for their own actions as long as they aren't harming anyone else in the process?

    Smoke all you want, folks! I'm gonna have a superfood smoothie instead.


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    This is an amazing article and spot on, imo, but I'd feel a lot better if the reporter was someone with the mainstream media and that CBS/ABC/CNN was announcing this news rather than "NaturalNews".

    The so-called war on drugs is a war on people and common sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    Four decades of drug war tyranny may come to an end with Ron Paul's new effort to legalize marijuana
    by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

    (NaturalNews)
    Four decades of the so-called "War on Drugs" has led only to the suffering of millions of innocents, the crowding of our prisons with non-violent citizens, the utter waste of billions of dollars on law enforcement and the (in)justice system, and the enriching of underground drug gangs who thrive on violence. The outlawing of marijuana in America has been a disastrous political policy and an insane medical policy. It has labeled biochemical addicts "criminals" and thrown them in prisons to be treated like dogs.

    The War on Drugs, through interdicting street supplies of drugs, has only made the drug gangs wealthier by driving up the value of the drugs that remain readily available. And it is now admitted that the ATF actually placed tens of thousands of weapons directly into the hands of Mexican drug gangs, giving rise to the very gang violence the agency claims to be preventing (Archive News & Video for 2011 | Reuters.com...).(snip)

    Smoke all you want, folks! I'm gonna have a superfood smoothie instead.

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    Great read!

    A common sense approach, but hey, it's worth a try!

    Afterall, this is America. Home of the brave, but led by the feckless & greedy!

    "Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

    -Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) U.S. President.

    Phuq Joe Dimaggio!

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    LOL. Hippie news sources crack me up.
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    Yeah great article, good information, an better journalism.. But this sane thing has been said in more and fewer words time an time again.. Our government is like a mom and dad with more kids and therefore responsibility. They have too much on there plate. Let's start getting this shot in afghan over with before we start the process of legalizing mary j. As for the criminals in jail being released, that's a no.. It's not about which crime, it's the principle of the matter. They broke a law an were sentenced. Maybe reduce ther sentence at best...
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    Quote Originally Posted by M4A3 View Post
    LOL. Hippie news sources crack me up.
    is legalizing MJ really about hippies?


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    how can we keep minorities down if weed is legalized?.....this goes against the vision of the illuminati......it won't work.....

    obviously i'm just joking here
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    Quote Originally Posted by M4A3 View Post
    LOL. Hippie news sources crack me up.
    NaturalNews? I noticed that, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    is legalizing MJ really about hippies?
    I wish it was about making a profit and keeping innocent people out of jail. But the news source is certainly not CBS or anything mainstream, unfortunately.

    This seems to be more mainstream. Just saw it in my inbox.



    Friend,

    Normally we don’t send out two petitions in a week. But what happened today is so special, we needed to call on you to take action now.

    Earlier today, Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011, legislation that would allow states to tax and regulate marijuana -- ending federal marijuana prohibition as we know it.

    This is an historic opportunity -- and we've got to seize it. So we’ve created a simple online contact form where you can easily urge your Member of Congress to support this bipartisan legislation. Will you take a moment to be heard?

    Tell your Member of Congress: Support marijuana legalization now!

    We worked so hard together to try to pass Prop 19. A big reason we didn’t quite cross the finish line in November is because Attorney General Eric Holder pledged publicly that the Department of Justice would vigorously enforce the nation’s broken marijuana laws.

    This new federal legislation would completely change the game. By making it the law of the land that regulation of marijuana would be at the discretion of the states, the door would open for states like California to responsibly regulate marijuana like alcohol -- free from bullying by the federal government.

    This is precisely the way alcohol became legal again after prohibition: after clearing the way for states to make responsible decisions, most did exactly that. And we as a nation were better for it.

    I can’t overstate how important it is that we tell our U.S. Representatives how much we care about this issue. Let’s seize this opportunity to demonstrate the strength of our support for cannabis policy reform.

    Click here to send an email to your U.S. Representative now, urging him or her to support this legislation!

    In the United States, we arrest 850,000 people per year for simple marijuana possession. That’s more than we arrest for all violent crimes combined.

    In 1980, 10 percent of California state’s budget went to higher education and 3 percent to prisons; in 2010, almost 11 percent went to prisons and only 7.5 percent to higher education. How long will we allow this to continue?

    This is our moment to tell our Members of Congress how we feel about our federal marijuana laws. Click here to urge your Representative to do the right thing and support this common-sense legislation today.

    Thanks so much for your support.



    Sincerely,


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    Preaching to the choir here. This is something that should have been done long ago. Interesting marriage of the minds between Ron Paul and Barney Frank, by the way. I no longer smoke pot or even drink, but this is an idea whose time has come. People should be able to make up their own minds on whether ot not to smoke marijuana, and the government has far more pressing concerns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M4A3 View Post
    LOL. Hippie news sources crack me up.
    Funny that you say that, looking at your signature.
    Your a backwards [expletive deleted].
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    legalize this sheeeet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by myCATpowerlifts View Post
    Funny that you say that, looking at your signature.
    Your a backwards [expletive deleted].

    Looking at your signature, where you use a term like "[expletive deleted]", you seem like you'd be someone that is an [uh, not an expletive, but...], who would try to [...] me in a parking lot, but instead would end up [...]

    And you can take your [expletive deleted] neg and [...] it [...].
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceazur View Post
    Yeah great article, good information, an better journalism.. But this sane thing has been said in more and fewer words time an time again.. Our government is like a mom and dad with more kids and therefore responsibility. They have too much on there plate. Let's start getting this shot in afghan over with before we start the process of legalizing mary j. As for the criminals in jail being released, that's a no.. It's not about which crime, it's the principle of the matter. They broke a law an were sentenced. Maybe reduce their sentence at best...
    But if the law was idiotic...

    And reduce their sentence to time served.

    Plus, if they legalized marijuana perhaps those bajillions could be spent to finance moar warz! grrr

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    It is about time the feds are looking into doing something that makes sense.

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    AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN! Ron Paul, bless him for his clear minded knowledge of the Constitution, has been trying to do this for decades. There is waaaay to much money to be made by any number of people inside and outside of government for that to ever happen. Marijuana is a public relations crop for the federal alphabet agencies. They use pictures of pot seizures to justify their bloated and un-Constitutional budgets. You ever see a million bucks worth of pot? It is a semi-trailer load. Compare that to to a million dollars worth of coke. Which do you think have a bigger visual impact on mom and pop Kettle back there in HeeHaw, Kansas?

    As far as collapsing the drug cartels, WTF? What happened to the bootleggers after prohibition? The cartels will just increase their cocaine and other drug activities while selling legal pot to American distributors and wholesalers.

    This whole drug war thing is a shame. I say legalize everything. The idiots that can't handle the responsibility will over dose and die, adding a little chlorine to the gene pool.

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    I quit smoking a while back but I feel it would be in the best interest of the nation to legalize it.

    it would take millions out of the hands of cartels, allow farmers to grow a crop that is very profitable and would help in the neighborhoods and cities where kids are turning to harder drugs.

    Think about it. When generations grow up with the knowledge that they were lied to about the "dangers" of marijuana it makes the information they were told about harder drugs irrelevant to them. We need real, factual info taught to these kids so they know what is what.

    I also feel that if pot were legal and readily accessible it would keep people from wanting to experiment with drugs like meth and other "homebrew" drugs. Those kids shooting smack and doing meth may have never tried those things if there was a safe, legal alternative.

    I support and donate to the D.A.R.E program every year. I feel it is very important for youths to be educated about the real dangerous drugs out there. Let's change things now before the rampant hard drug use destroys this country. Law enforcement is not just going to shrivel up and die if funds from prosecuting innocent marijuana smokers stops rolling in.
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    A local radio talk show was discussing legalization of pot this morning. There was a professor from the government policy center as a guest. He stated that one third of the total federal law enforcement budget is dedicated to drugs. That my friends is a shit load of money for what can be a victimless crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROID View Post
    why drink and drive when you can smoke and fly
    a little blotter before a cross-country flight adds a nice twist to the "trip"...
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