Government Commission Recommends Decriminalizing Marijuana
I did a blog post on DWIDude.com today about the Minnesota police that allegedly provided marijuana to Occupy Movement members so they could test them under the DRE protocols. In that post I discussed what these allegations - if proven true - mean about the DRE program and what it means about marijuana users in that area. Simply put, it means the government is creating the image of a problem where there does not appear to be one currently.
It is no secret that I seriously doubt the government's claims that marijuana users are a serious threat to society. In fact, I think alcohol users cause far more damage, and commit far more crimes than do marijuana users. Since our government, through their actions in Minnesota, have seemingly confirmed the suspicions of many criminal defense attorneys about the veracity of the government's claims about marijuana impaired drivers, perhaps now is the time for them to come clean to us all.
The fact is marijuana users do not go out and start bar fights, have less incidents of fatality or injury accidents, and fewer incidents of domestic and other types of violence. The government outlawed alcohol from 1920 to 1933. What they learned is that people were going to drink alcohol regardless of what the law said. And, unfortunately for the people who lived through Prohibition, we learned that banning what the public wants leads to black markets, violence, and full jails and prisons. Prohibition was an unmitigated disaster for the American government, American public, and American families.
Many have speculated that the reason Prohibition lasted so long is that Prohibition was actually a Constitutional Amendment. Thus, it took far longer for Congress and elected leaders around the nation to overturn that Amendment than it would take to overturn the law that bans marijuana. President Nixon's National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse recommended in 1970 that marijuana recommended decriminalizing marijuana. Yet, President Nixon failed to follow the Commission's recommendation before leaving office.
The Commission found that there was an "absence of adequate understanding of the effects" of marijuana, and that "lurid accounts of [largely unsubstantiated] 'marijuana atrocities' greatly affected public opinion and labeled the stereotypical user as "physically aggressive, lacking in self-control, irresponsible, mentally ill and, perhaps most alarming, criminally inclined and dangerous." Despite public opinion, the Commission found that marijuana in fact inhibited aggression "by pacifying the user...and generally producing states of drowsiness, lethargy, timidity, and passivity."
Still, 42 years later we hear the same government sponsored rhetoric that led to the formation of the Commission in the first place. Isn't it time for our government to tell the truth? Isn't it time we educate ourselves and quit believing government lies?
If you want to read the entire Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, then visit this link. I encourage you to read for yourself what years or research by top government officials found about marijuana users, and about the government created hysteria surrounding marijuana usage. Get informed, and get politically active. If you don't, then you can't complain that the laws won't change.
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