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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Frustrated Marijuana Legalization Supporters Head For The White House

white house marijuanaBy Phillip Smith

A demonstration headed by the DC Cannabis Campaign and Weed for Warriors is set for the White House Friday after the Obama administration failed to respond to the groups’ requests for “higher level consultations” following an initial meeting with White House staffers last month.

Headed by longtime DC political gadfly Adam Eidinger, the DC Cannabis Campaign is the group behind the District’s successful 2014 marijuana legalization initiative. The campaign’s White House demonstration last month led to that initial meeting and to the campaign’s call for further meetings.

Weed for Warriors is a group dedicated to working with the Veterans Administration to ensure that vets “have the freedom to use medical marijuana as a recognized medical alternative to harmful psychiatric drugs.”

Organizers are saying the event won’t be a smoke-in, but it will come close. “This will be an unpermitted event with mass cannabis consumption and escalated civil disobedience,” demonstration promotional materials say.

“Support veterans risking arrest!” the groups say. “They will lead a mass die-in calling for an end to the war on drugs.”

The groups are calling on the Obama administration to deschedule — not reschedule — marijuana before the president leaves office in January. But they are also clear that the ultimate goal is ending prohibition.

“You should understand our protests are not just for medical research into cannabis, but ending cannabis prohibition once and for all,” the DC Cannabis Campaign said in its letter to the White House earlier this month. “You have the opportunity to heal the national wound of unjust cannabis policies that have always targeted minorities, hurt patients and corrupted policing in America for nearly 80 years.”

The date, May 20, is no accident. It’s the birthday of arch-prohibitionist Harry J. Anslinger, who, as head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics for decades in the mid-20th Century, was a founding father of the modern war on drugs. The protestors note that Anslinger built support for pot prohibition by resorting to racist and xenophobic justifications, as Anslinger’s own words make clear:

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

… the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

“Marijuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing.”

“You smoke a joint and youre likely to kill your brother.”

“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

The bigotry and racism behind Anslinger’s attack on marijuana have remained embedded in prohibition, with black people being arrested at a rate nearly four times that of whites. And five million people have been arrested on marijuana charges since President Obama has been in office — nearly 90% of them for simple possession.

“Given the compelling and staggering facts as to why these failed cannabis policies harm Americans, we are sure you can understand why we cannot tolerate your inaction on these important issues any longer,” the groups said in their letter to the White House. “We simply cannot stand on the sidelines and watch while everyday more Americans are harmed by what is clearly racist and unconstitutional failed drug policies. This is why we are requesting a formal response regarding the above from your administration before May 20th.”

That formal response didn’t happen, so Friday’s demonstration at the White House is happening.

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  • saynotohypocrisy

    Maybe these comments from very, very bad boy Anslinger should start getting plastered on billboards, and quoted early and often by spokespeeps for reform. The original explanation for banning cannabis needs to be shoved in the face of prohibs. Prohibition is starting to totter, and this is one more way to keep reform momentum going, methinks.

    • kycountry

      very, very, good idea………peace

    • Gentlhart

      Very well said. One thing I can add is to say relegalize it instead of legalize it to get it into people’s minds that cannabis was very legal before.

      • saynotohypocrisy

        Yes, I like relegalize too. It might have particularly resonance with conservative lovers of tradition who might not remember that traditionally cannabis was legal, and it was the liberal New Deal that unleashed demon Anslinger.

    • jason

      I agree completely…I’ve been saying for years…the prohibs..need to own the racist history of prohibition. They need to be called out on it and either defend it…and lose big time…or admit it and try to somehow…legitimize prohibition..which we all know they have no legs to stand on any longer…

  • mbunker2007

    stop the madness and the lies! LEGALIZE! Join a better FUTURE!

  • skoallio

    Screaming “LEGALIZE!!” won’t help.

    • wowFAD

      You’re not exactly an expert on what is and what is not effective, are you?

      You’ve been trying to make people afraid of SAM for years, now. Since you got started, two MORE states have legalized and half a dozen more have safe, legal access to medical cannabis.

      So here we are again, and here’s the same question. Why are you trolling TWB?

      • moses

        Legalize.

  • familyguy

    Boys, I think we are SOL, when Obama leaves office. The incarcerations will continue, private prison industry will gain more power, pharmaceutical companies will continue to line pocket of politicians and another generation of young people will spend much of their lives in prison or have criminal records preventing them from access to jobs, all this over a benign plant. The problem will continue to be ignored. Time to go back underground.

    • Jason Samuelson

      It’s not time to go underground, it’s time for the People to stand up for liberty and secure it for our children. Government in our Republic is supposed to serve the People, not control us and impose tyranny. Prohibition of cannabis is unconstitutional and it is our duty to defend our constitution. It is not our position to beg for liberty, it’s our responsibility to demand it.

      • familyguy

        You changed my mind, Keep pushing and fighting hard does not matter who POTUS is.

        • Gentlhart

          I heard that prosecutors in Colorado are getting frustrated because they are having a hard time getting cannabis DUI convictions. Jurors are using jury nulifications resulting in no convictions.
          This power is directly in the hands of we the people and they are using it to defy corrupt laws.

  • Cog

    Allow me to send digital tar and feathers to take along.

  • Jason Samuelson

    This is exactly why our founders knew that the only way the People could preserve liberty was by being armed. Our Declaration of Independence states that when “government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish that government”. When government no longer respects liberty or the people for which it serves, rebellion becomes the duty of the People. John F. Kennedy once said, “when peaceful resolution becomes impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable.” It’s time for the People to demand liberty instead of begging for it, and it’s time for the People to give government an ultimatum instead of options.

  • Johnny Bloomington

    What the hell is “mass die-in? “

    • BongRipsForJesus

      I took it to mean that veterans requiring medical treatment would either be dying in quantity from their illness and/or from the side-effects of man-made drugs – all because grown men are afraid of a benign plant.

  • Cog

    Another day another bother.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Are you defending the certifiably demonic Harry Anslinger?
      Who the fuck is Gruber?

      • BongRipsForJesus

        I think the child is a Saturday Night Live fan.

        • saynotohypocrisy

          thanks

    • BongRipsForJesus

      How do you define hate speech?

    • BongRipsForJesus

      Lol… So you changed your comment? To that? (SMH) Some people’s children…

  • Sharon Taulbee

    I would love to be there and join in….walker and all….my momma was a hippie and my daddy a vet…..hell they both used marijuana….dad for PTSD from serving in Nam….and mom….well….just because she liked it….medical and recreational….dad didn’t wake up screaming anywhere near as much when he smoked weed before bed….with out it…he’d not only wake up screaming but drenched in sweat and looking like a wild animal ready to fight….it was safer for mom and me when he smoked weed….we were his wife and daughter….not the Vietcong….he never really came home….marijuana was the only thing that helped

  • Sinclair

    Every time I read this word’s by Anslinger I am sickened that a high ranking government official let alone any American and or any person would say such lies. But even worse that the people in power would continue to back up those lies. It’s like they are afraid to admit that yes your government lied to us Americans and the entire world that we forced our lies on to. Hey guess what! We know our government lies to us all the time. They lie and then try to make us believe it’s for our own good. Hey Federal government all our politician’s, police and all types of anti legalization entity’s. STOP THE LIES. Stop the corruption

    • jason

      why are you sickened or surprised?? the civil rights act was not signed until the 60’s by Johnson…back in the 30’s when ole’uncle Harry was spouting off his racist BS..the majority of the congress agreed with him…they may not say it out-loud..but they did…hence them spending the next 30 years allowing unfettered discrimination to be the rule of the day…

  • HK_EXPAT_IN_NEW_ZEALAND

    As long as the Semblers are still involved in the Republican Party ending prohibition will be a very hard feat to do. Anyone remember Orrin Hatch well he is a henchmen or shill for Betty and Malvin Sembler and there are other senators who i suspect is in the same line. Straight Inc now Drug Free America Foundation and Project SAM started by Kevin Sabet who lied about his relationship with Drug Free America Foundation and Betty and Melvin Sembler have a heavy presence in international and domestic drug policy.

    Also the CPB (Center for Public Broadcasting) is refusing to broadcast any exposure on Straight Inc or the people who allowed the abuse mainly Betty and Melvin Sembler, the prohibs are only living on borrowed time, once Sembler’s henchmen and shills are removed from the Center for Public Broadcasting, the prohibs will be exposed for endorsing child abuse and any form of abuse