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Marijuana Opponents Are Clearly Losing, So Why Don’t They Give Up Already?

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lemon diesel marijuana strainI just read a great article with quotes from one of my favorite activists, Tom Angell of the Marijuana Majority. The article essentially suggested that there is one area that marijuana opponents and marijuana supporters can agree on – marijuana opponents are losing. There have been numerous marijuana reform victories in the last twenty years, with the number of victories increasing every election and every legislative session it seems like. 2015 could prove to be the biggest year for legislation on record, and 2016 will no doubt be the biggest election in the history of marijuana reform.

Marijuana opponents’ attempts to fight the momentum of marijuana reform is futile. They cling to old arguments from the past, such as ‘we need more research.’ That is something that marijuana supporters would like to see too, although marijuana supporters are the only ones that truly want to see actual research performed. Per the Washington Post:

“We both see the same effect, we see what is coming down the line,” Angell said, referring to changing marijuana laws. “We like it, they don’t like it. We’re winning, they’re not.”

There is one more area in which Angell and drug reformers side with the senators. In the Grassley and Feinstein letter to Holder, they ask that Justice compile data on the “overall effect” of allowing states to legalize marijuana – such as whether it’s easier for minors to get pot.

“Yeah, we’d like to see that data all compiled in a nice neat package,” Angell said, predicting that it would show that legalizing pot generates tax revenue, reduces the size of the drug black market and would generally support the case for legalization.

Marijuana opponents like Grassley, Feinstein, and Kevin Sabet need to give it up. What do they have to show for their work, other than piles of cash from industries that profit from marijuana prohibition? When will they move on and start doing real, meaningful work? Marijuana reform works, and it’s here to stay. The sooner they realize that, the better off America will be because they just muddy up the conversation and are arguing on behalf of a public policy that has clearly failed in every measurable way.

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48 Comments

  1. Sheryl Cohen-Alexander on

    As long as pharmaceutical companies are in business there will be a strong lobby fighting against marijuana use. Of course until they develop their own products. Then it’s system go for cannabis medicine.

  2. I don’t see the connection between hemp and taxes on recreational or medicinal weed – what am I missing?
    And they seem to be able to grow hemp in some countries in Europe without profit destroying security. I think the only regulation needed is that police know about and can check your crop at any time

  3. Heroin? But aren’t those addicts peaceful enough as long as they have their drug? My impression is that cocaine and meth have more of a connection to violence, beyond the need to commit crime to pay black market prices.

  4. They ALL refused to look at it? There are plenty of politicians that are coming to their senses. The ball is rolling… it takes time.

  5. It’s about POWER! If you think Science and Education are going to WIN this war. I think you’re sadly mistaken. It’ll be over before then. It’s great to SAY the things she said but it’s a little naive knowing that Science and Education haven’t really made a DENT in the views of politicians. The SCIENCE is there, but if they WON’T LOOK at it (and so far they have ALL REFUSED to do so… BOTH sides) it’s as if the Science doesn’t even exist!

    As far as education goes, the populous has been educated for 76+ YEARS that marijuana is evil! That it causes crime, that we ALL abuse our children by giving a 2 yr old a joint and posting it on Facebook! They’ve been led to believe that ALL this science we speak of is nothing more than a fast track to legalization, that it’s not real science, etc…

    They’ve been educated for 76+ years now on the EVILS of marijuana even though they were MADE UP! The Press helped to perpetuate these myths as well, so they’re just as complicit! They speak of “Mayhem on the Highways”. Then they try to SCARE people with the “What about the kids?” argument. It’s ALL about POWER! They want the POWER to dictate whether YOU can use cannabis or not.

    Police warn the UNINFORMED public, of people not working anymore and HUNDREDS of them standing on EVERY street corner, just getting STONED all day! Again we go back to the POWER argument! Policeman and Police Unions as well as ALL of the affiliated industry’s like the Private Prison industry and their Guards Unions, County Prosecutors and Police Chiefs are ALL concerned they’ll LOSE the POWER to put someone in jail for POT, just b/c they don’t have PROOF of something ELSE they suspect a person of. It’s been nothing but a catch all for 43 years for the Police. I mean if Marijuana’s legalized, they probably don’t NEED all those cops they have on the street. Therefore costing them jobs and diminishing THEIR POWER as a “collective bargaining unit”.

    They’re ALSO concerned about losing the money they receive from CATCHING people with cannabis. Asset Forfeiture laws in this country are CRIMINAL and on the verge of being revised! Reducing the amount of money they need, causing their budgets a warranted CUT. Cutting out the ability for them to buy ALL these fancy toys they get at Surplus Auctions that they deploy against us. In THEIR eyes diminishing their POWER!

    Let’s get real honest here… It’s only been over the past 5 years that the public opinion on marijuana has DRASTICALLY shifted across the country. That’s due to the advent of the internet. It has allowed the legalization movement to reach the masses. It’s allowed them to get people to question the gov’ts authority on cannabis. People were FINALLY able to look the answers about Cannabis up on GOOGLE for themselves, but that’s taken a lot of time. This war will be OVER before we could ever educate enough people on the truths of cannabis. It’ll take the same 76 years we’ve WASTED w/prohibition to educate the people differently from what they’ve been taught.

    This also had very much to do with the almighty $$. After fighting this fight as long as I have, the hypocritical Politicians opposing legalization would ASTOUND you! Their reasoning on their stance of opposing marijuana would make you shake your head.

    It’s easy to say, “vote them out”. But the reality is that EVERY opponent of legalized marijuana will be on their “donor lists”. Unseating an incumbent is ALMOST impossible!

    My point being… If it WERE about ANY of the things I stated in my response. We wouldn’t be fighting FOR legalization b/c Science, Education and Personal Freedoms would’ve stood IN THE WAY of this “Unconstitutional Prohibition” in the first place.

    Follow the money and you’ll find politicians views rooted DEEPLY in their campaign contributors! They’ll even be TOTAL 100% HYPOCRITES to support the views of their donors over their own!

    Over 56% of Americans and upwards of 70% in some polls, believe Marijuana should be legal. So if it were about “constituent wants”, this wouldn’t be an issue either.

    It wasn’t so much of a slam on her at ALL! It’s an statement of how people mischaracterize what Marijuana Prohibition really is about! There’s only ONE thing that gets politicians ears to perk up (and its the same one that’ll win THIS war). It’s called TAX REVENUE! Politicians are now seeing what Colorado brought in and they’d like a piece of it. I’m not saying that it’s RIGHT or WRONG but tax revenue is what’s going to push legalization.

    Even State Legislatures (Arizona, Florida, etc…) are moving to write recreational legalization bills in order to get out FRONT of Citizen Initiatives. Why? Again, POWER! They want the power to write the rules instead of Citizen Initiatives where the language of legalization is written in stone! In many States the legislature can’t alter the language of the Bill AFTER it passes on initiative status. That way they’re STUCK with the law! Good bad or indifferent.

  6. Kathy Hastings on

    So, what is it about then “Jetdoc?” Difficult to intelligently discuss a topic with such a sarcastic response.

  7. Cannabis? Yes. But heroin is the most demon drug out there. That is a pretty extreme position for a former drug warrior. But maybe he has been listening to LEAP.

  8. Anyone who’s been to California recently doesn’t need a degree from Stamford to see which way the wind blows. Even a windbag like eye of Newt.

  9. Best to put your effort in where there is likely to be profit. And some people will never change.

    However, if you want to change one or none while I change 20 I have no objection.

    And I’m over 70. My mother is over 95.

  10. You might want to take a close look at who is for it and who is against it and why. Do those who say they are against it have anything to lose if it is legalized? What about those who are for it? Let’s take an example like The American Nurses Association (just one of MANY health related organizations that are for it) who are for it’s use as a medicine…what do they have to gain or lose by legalization? On the other hand, lets take a look at The National Sheriffs Association who is against legalization for any reason…what do THEY have to gain or lose? How about NIDA….do they stand to lose funding if it is legalized? How about the Rehabs and the drug testers…gain or loss? Drug companies, alcohol companies, nicotine companies and many others stand to LOSE…a lot. This is not about science, truth or public welfare my friend, but that is what they want you to believe. It is about MONEY…plain and simple. Those who have nothing to gain don’t really want to fight this war anymore.

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