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"States can pass whatever laws, or constitutional amendments, they want, but it won't change the fact that marijuana use and possession remains a federal crime."
In 1932, a number of states passed initiatives that repealed their alcohol prohibition laws and left enforcement up to the Feds. It was immediately obvious that the Feds didn't begin to have the resources necessary to enforce the law on their own. Alcohol prohibition was repealed at the national level in 1933.
Oct 10, 2012
Why is marijuana illegal? It has nothing to do with any of the reasons mentioned above, and never did.
Marijuana was originally outlawed for two major reasons. The first was because "All Mexicans are crazy and marijuana is what makes them crazy." The second was the fear that heroin addiction would lead to the use of marijuana - exactly the opposite of the modern "gateway" idea.
Only one medical doctor testified at the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The representative of the American Medical Association said there was no evidence that marijuana was a dangerous drug and no reason for the law. He pointed out that it was used in hundreds of common medicines at the time, with no significant problems. In response, the committee told him that, if he wasn't going to cooperate, he should shut up and leave.
The only other "expert" to testify was James C. Munch, a psychologist. His sole claim to fame was that he had injected mj directly into the brains of 300 dogs and two of them died. When they asked him what he concluded from this, he said he didn't know what to conclude because he wasn't a dog psychologist.
He also testified in court, under oath, that marijuana would make your fangs grow six inches long and drip with blood. He also said that, when he tried it, it turned him into a bat and he flew around the room for two hours.
Mr. Munch was the only "expert" in the US who thought that mj should be illegal, so he was appointed US Official Expert on marijuana, where he served for 25 years.
The excuses for prohibition that you see in this article were only made up because people stopped believing that marijuana will turn you into a bat. There have been a long list of excuses for the law, all of them nonsensical.
The marijuana laws are, and always were, absolute lunacy, passed by lunatics. You can read a good short history of the laws at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm The real reasons for the law are so stupid that people just laugh out loud when they hear them today. Oct 10, 2012
I have a simple question for John Redman:
Can you name any significant study of the drug laws, from anywhere in the world, in the last 100 years, that agreed with you?
Legalization isn't a new question. Over the last 100 years, there have been a number of major government commission reports around the world that have studied the drug laws and made recommendations for changes. They all reached very similar conclusions, no matter who did them, or when, or where, or why.
The largest of these was President Nixon's US National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse. You can find the full text at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/nc/ncmenu.htm
The most readable of the studies is Licit and Illicit Drugs, by the Editors of Consumer Reports at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/cu/cumenu.htm This book will give you a good summary of what you would learn if you read all the other major studies. It has been used as a basic college textbook for decades.
The full text of all the other major commission reports can be found at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer under Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy.
If you haven't read these books then you simply don't know the subject.
Oct 10, 2012
According to statistics from the Colorado Department of Education, one in six children who try marijuana before the age of 18 become addicted. “It is absolutely physically addictive,” Redman said.
You can find the NIDA rankings of the addictive qualities of the major drugs at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/basicfax5.htm In short, it is about as addictive as caffeine.Oct 10, 2012
How can you instantly tell when someone is not telling the truth about marijuana? When they tell you that today's marijuana is X times stronger than the mj in the 1960s. X may be any number they choose. Here it is 4 to 9 times stronger. Sometimes they claim it is 25 times stronger.
The reason you know they are lying is because the means to test the potency of mj didn't even exist in the 1960s. There are no potency tests from the 60s.
There were potency tests in the 1970s, but there were lots of problems with those. Like, for instance, most of the weed they tested was probably a year old by the time it got tested.
The prohibitionists just make these numbers up. It is not unusual for them to claim that today's marijuana is so much stronger that the plant is actually 120% THC. That is, every pound of plant contains 1.2 pounds of THC. This plant is truly a miracle of botany, and physics.
Never mind the fact that very potent forms of marijuana have been available for hundreds or thousands of years. Google "The Hashish Eater" from 1001 Arabian Nights.Oct 10, 2012