Section 811. Authority and Criteria for Classification of Substances (a Rules and regulations of Attorney General; hearing
The Attorney General shall apply the provisions of this subchapter to the controlled substances listed in the schedules established by Section 812 of this title and to any other drug or other substance added to such schedules under this subchapter. Except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) of this section, the Attorney General may by rule,
(1) add to such a schedule or transfer between such schedules any drug or other substance if he–
(A) finds that such drug or other substance has a potential for abuse, and
(B) makes with respect to such drug or other substance the findings prescribed by
subsection (b) of section 812 of this title for the schedule in which such drug is to be placed; or
(2) remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule.
Rules of the Attorney General under this subsection shall be made on the record after opportunity for a hearing pursuant to the rule making procedures prescribed by subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 5. Proceedings for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of such rules may be initiated by the Attorney General (1) on his own motion, (2) at the request of the Secretary, or (3) on the petition of any interested party
If I continued to post this law in all it’s glorified jargon you, along with me would be dazed and confused. But bear with me for a bit as I try to make sense out of the nonsense that has plagued Americans for the last hundred years at least. (I will put this in common english as much as possible.)
From 1920 to 1933 Americans were in the grip of prohibition brought on by the Volstead Act. The 18th amendment was upon our ancestors. This law was a national ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol. During this black period of our history private ownership and consumption of alcohol was not made illegal. Trying to enforce this law proved to be more of a challenge than expected and resulted in a growth of vast criminal cliques and generated corruption among many politicians and police forces. President Woodrow Wilson vetoed the Volstead Act but Congress passed it into law on October 28th, 1919. With little federal enforcement, by 1925 in New York City alone there were up to 100.000 speakeasys offering organized and widespread criminal activity. While the 18th amendment was supposed to reduce crime the result brought us such acts as the “Saint Valentines Day Massacre“. Crime in the first years rose 24% and when Prohibition was repealed in 1933, organized crime lost nearly all of its black market alcohol profits in most states (states still had the right to enforce their own laws concerning alcohol consumption) because of competition with legal liquor stores selling alcohol at lower prices.
Lets take a step back to go forward!
1914 brought us the Harrison Act which was a glorified law for the IRS to use in such a way as to bring revenue in from taxing drugs like coca leafs, opium, and opiates. (marijuana was not even considered a drug at the time.)
Harry J Anslinger was born in Altoona Pennsylvania in 1892 and became the first head of the Federal Bereau of Narcotics on August 12th, 1930. Harry citied a memory from the age of 12 that affected his outlook on drugs as traumatic and appalling which he claimed would define his character for the rest of his days. Hearing the screams of a morphine addict being silenced by a boy running to a pharmacy and bringing back morphine to ease the pain unsettled Harry who would develop a hatred for drugs rather than compassion for the help he saw the other child administer. When he became head of the FBN [Federal Bereau of Narcotics] the trade of alcohol and drugs was considered a loss of revenue because as being illegal products they could not be taxed. In 1937 the FBN launched two major steps. 1st- they sought from Congress a new law that placed marijuana and it’s distribution under federal control and 2nd- Anslinger started his campaign against marijuana on the radio. Receiving support from William Randolph Hearst enabled Anslinger to use mass media and push his anti-marijuana beliefs from a state level to a national movement [the power of the pen!]. Here’s a quote from Harry himself:
“Marijuana is a short cut to the insane asylum, Smoke marijuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing more than a storehouse of horrid spectors.”
The La Guardia Committee, promoted in 1939 by New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, was the first in-depth study into the effects of smoking marijuana. It systematically contradicted claims made by the U.S. Treasury Department that smoking marijuana results in insanity, and determined that the practice of smoking marijuana does not lead to addiction in the medical sense of the word Released in 1944, the report infuriated Harry Anslinger who was campaigning against marijuana and he condemned it as unscientific.
And On We Go:
Richard M. Nixon was the next Quacker to have a hard-on for marijuana. In a 1971 press conference he announced his “war on drugs” campaign, signed it into law in 1972 and in 1973 he saw birth of the DEA. Prior to this drug prohibition was still in the hands of the state and local governments as part of their constitutional police powers. In the 70′s the “parquet pot” program was launched by the U.S. Government to spray the marijuana fields in Mexico. The problem with this “government logic” was that most of the pot sprayed with this poison was being smoked by americans. Nixon portrayed our youth as criminals attacking the moral fiber of the country. Now what I want answered is this. In the 1970′s I along with most of my generation was smoking marijuana and relaxing. Nixon was corrupting our country [we have the tapes!] Who was the real criminal and why didn’t he serve time in prison?
And This: [didn't really work either]
**A personal side note from me to Jane Fonda**
Although I am not a veteran of the Vietnam war, I do remember how you treated our POW’s when you went over there and you will not live down that disgrace or the nickname you so rightly deserve “Hanoi Jane”.
Back To The Top:
And this my friends is the roundabout that brings me back to the present conflict we are having on the governments lack of ability to correct its mistakes and ability to keep creating new ones on a daily basis. I will not go into the national debt, healthcare, or the disgrace Obama brings upon himself each morning when he wakes up but instead I will wrap up with a few thoughts on the reform of marijuana laws.
Tell our government to get off the bandwagon that isn’t going anywhere and put the money it has been wasting to better use. Free up the prison space you have tied up with people who committed no crime other than enjoying life’s pleasures and stop funding government black ops like gun running and supplying cartels. President Obama, tell Attorney Holder the truth, You know smoking marijuana does not stop you from achieving your goals, I mean you smoked and your President of our nation. Use common sense and legalize NOW!
until next time, peace beibe
It’s true. I use cannabis.
First I used it to treat neuropathy in my feet and now it provides incredible relief from the severe and sometimes debilitating pain caused by a late stage cancer strangling the nerves in my lower back.
As the first elected official in United States to openly use medical cannabis — and belong to a collective in West Los Angeles — this “coming out of the cannabis closet” is a moment for me to encourage others to openly share their amazing success stories.
Unfortunately for many patients this coming out is a problem. The legalized marijuana industry — and the thousands of patients who benefit from the plant’s medicinal use — still deal with the stigma of pot as a form of dope. There are people who still view the use of medical marijuana as just another reason to enjoy marijuana under the guise of medicine and pain management.
There was a political risk in sharing my personal health care choices. I finally arrived at my decision based on personal experience, listening to constituent concerns, and reading their email about the need to protect those patients who feel their voice doesn’t matter. Staying silent on treatment meant keeping someone else from a life-changing experience.
I’m seeing dramatic improvements in my health. I’m walking without the stinging pain in my feet from neuropathy. I walking more freely and faster without assistance. I can sit longer than five minutes without pain. I’m getting pretty close to feeling like the old Bill Rosendahl.
I represent 275,000 constituents on the Westside. In my eight years as Councilmember, I have learned that my title has a tremendous amount of responsibility and power, especially when I speak.
There is a real need for alternatives to the powerful and highly addictive pain medications currently on the market. Medical marijuana is that alternative and cities are making tough policy decisions that are only making the situation for patients even more problematic. Every voter who publicly comes out of the cannabis closet will positively influence our representatives in Washington.
Please ask your congressional representatives to make marijuana a Schedule 2 drug and reduce the severity of the punishment for crimes involving marijuana. We also need to push our elected officials to allow universities to receive federal funding for medical marijuana research.
I encourage every person who is living in the cannabis closet to “come out” and fight for our medical rights. When it comes to this herbal and non-addictive pain remedy, it’s good to hear when patients feel great.
Rosendahl serves the constituents of the City’s westside coastal communities and is the first openly gay elected official in City government. As chair of the Transportation Committee, Rosendahl is working to ease gridlock and create even safer roads for all forms of transportation. During his early career, Rosendahl served as a social worker for veterans during the Vietnam War and continues to fight for supportive services for those returning from war and facing homelessness.
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Los Angeles, CA: Subjects who regularly inhale cannabis smoke possess no greater risk of lung cancer than do those who consume it occasionally or not at all, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy for Cancer Research.
Investigators from the University of California, Los Angeles analyzed data from six case-control studies, conducted between 1999 and 2012, involving over 5,000 subjects (2,159 cases and 2,985 controls) from around the world.
Researchers reported, “Our pooled results showed no significant association between the intensity, duration, or cumulative consumption of cannabis smoke and the risk of lung cancer overall or in never smokers.”
Preclinical studies have documented that cannabinoids possess potent anti-cancer properties, including the inhibition of lung cancer cell growth. To date, however, scientists have yet to conduct clinical trials seeking to replicate these results in human subjects.
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: email@example.com.
More food for thought. until next time, peace beibe
I had planned to tear into Osluma again today and even had the blog wrote on paper but as I woke this morning I had a change of heart and decided to just ramble through this altered mind today instead. Got the coffee brewing and smoke drifting up from the ashtray and nothing clear to say. I found the All-Star race last Saturday night to be rather mundane and was surprised to see that nobody took their aggressions out or even got upset with another driver. I was not surprised however to see Danica Patrick win the Fan pick and be allowed to enter. Who else could be voted in? Stienhouse was a clear choice but he got in by the old-fashioned way, placing 2nd.
Danica puts me in mind of another driver that has a following based not on accomplishments but rather on who they are. Yes, I am referring to Dale Jr. The “Jr. Nation” has supported him based on his father’s career instead of his own. This is plain to see as his fan base grew quickly after his dad hit the wall in Daytona. And Jr. has not impressed anyone including his fans as far as wins go, let alone championships earned. So back to Danica, She won 1 race in the Indy circuit and had limited races available last year in cup racing. If by leading laps @ Daytona built her fan base that large that quick, I’d bet dollars against biscuits that the drivers who have passed into the great race beyond are all making right turns about now. I know that times change things [this is obvious by the change to cup rules that made Jimmy Johnson a household name] and having a woman in the cup is great PR but shouldn’t she have to earn her fame like other drivers? As far as that goes, Jimmy has not earned any respect by being the arrogant, self-centered person he is. If not for Chad, Jimmy might be average at best. But alas, like everything else these days people don’t earn their fame, it is delivered to them on a silver platter via TV instead of the tried and true way of winning races. Footnote: Had Davey Allison not died in that terrible accident by helicopter This fan believes he would have been a better and bigger known driver than dale Sr.
NEXT: Growing Old
In the year 2000 35 million people were of the age 65 and older. the age range of 85 and older was at 4,160,561. My parents generation has lived long satisfying lives and from growing up in the “boomer” age I can testify that they didn’t have the comforts we have today. For instance, air conditioning. Nope wasn’t there. A fan pointed outwards to pull the hot air out a window worked ok and doors were left opened at night with no worries of someone coming into your house causing alarm while you slept. [and no I didn't grow up in the suburbs but rather the inner city.]
This generation had a lot going for it as far as getting things done right with simplicity. They had a law put on them forbidding pleasure [prohibition] they fought for their right and had it repelled. A great depression happened, they struggled through it and moved froward. They were involved in a great world war and ended it with a double punch that showed their moxie and the soldiers came home to praise and then got on with their lives rebuilding the country and giving us the rights we abuse today. They weren’t perfect but they weren’t cry babies either. They ate green beans with bacon grease instead of chickens pumped full of hormones to make them grow faster, they believed in working for what they wanted instead of getting in line for a government hand-out. They taught their children things like morals, values and to treat their elders with respect. They are still growing older and smoking cigarettes,eating bacon and shaking their heads in shame because of the way our government is being abused. [ok some of the head shaking might be from parkisions]. The point is this. We can age gracefully without all the BS we are being fed today by Doctors, lawyers, and the government. Let’s overturn the prohibition we are faced with [marijuana], make our government help us get out of this depression, and put an end to these bullshit conflicts that are crippling our soldiers. Let us get back to the basics of exercise along with having and earning respect. Can we please come together as a nation and hold our heads high instead of just letting our government do as they please. Let’s be a nation for the people by the people once again.
And Then This:
This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention www.norml.org as being a righteous group looking after our rights for more than 30 years. A big ATTA BOY to the folks at norml.
by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director
Reason-Rupe has just released new polling data that revealed only a minuscule percentage of Americans believe that marijuana use and possession should result in jail time. When asked which approach they thought the government and law enforcement should take toward someone found smoking marijuana or in possession of a small amount of marijuana, only 6% responded that they should be sent to jail. 35% of respondents said that these individuals shouldn’t be punished at all, 32% responded they should pay a fine, and 20% said they should have to attended [...]
until next time, peace beibe
Today is one of the most important holiday’s our nation has and so I want to wish all you Mothers out there a Great Mothers Day!
The ancient Egyptians are considered one of the earliest society’s to celebrate a mother deity by honoring the Goddess Isis. It is told that after Isis’ brother/husband was slain and dismembered by their jealous brother Seth, Isis re-assembled Osiris’ body and impregnated herself giving birth to Horus who she then hid among the reeds to prevent Seth from finding and murdering him. When Horus grew up he defeated Seth and became the first unified ruler of Egypt thus earning Isis the stature of being the “Mother of the Pharaohs”. Isis also became a foreign deity of the Romans as they honored her with the festival of Isis to mark the beginning of winter. The festival centered around female dancers, singers, and musicians and went on for three days.
By the 16th century Christianity replaced roman worship in Europe and minor Asia and the fourth Sunday of lent was celebrated to honor the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ. The church they were baptized in was also celebrated as their Mother church. The place of worship would be decorated with flowers, jewels, and other offerings. Nearly 100 years later England decreed that all mothers be honored declaring this Sunday Mothering day. *Note how similar the Egyptian and Christian stories run.
Anna M. Jarvis’s Mothers Day in 1908.
When her mother passed Anna Jarvis petitioned for an official Mothers day in remembrance of her mother and for peace. On May 10th, 1908 the first official celebration of Mothers Day took place at Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia and a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event in West Virginia drew a crowd of 407 and arrangements were made for her mothers favorite flower the white carnation to be passed out to every Mother in attendance. Today white carnations are used to honor deceased Mothers while red and pink are given in respect to living Mothers. Nebraska Senator Elmer Burkett on behalf of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) proposed to make this a national holiday but was defeated. By 1909 forty-six states as well as Canada and Mexico were celebrating Mothers Day. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson passed the law observing Mother Day on the second Sunday in May.
So Again “Happy Mothers Day to all you Ladies out there reading this”. Now on to Part II of the story.
1964 found Frank Zappa joining a band called “The Soul Giants” and turning the R&B band into “The Mothers of Invention” insisting they perform only original music. Playing the underground circuit of California they released their first album “Freak Out in 1966. Following were some acclaimed albums including “Were Only in it for the Money” and “Uncle Meat”. Zappa disbanded the Mothers in 1969 and in 1970 formed a new line-up. Frank Zappa’s final album using The Mother’s of Invention was “Bongo Fury” which was released in 1975.
That’s all Folks!
When a police officer asks you for permission to search your belongings do what they have been preaching for twenty years and “Just Say NO!” Normally when they ask for this permission they don’t have enough evidence for a search warrant and by giving them your permission you are saving them the time and hassle of trying to obtain a warrant. They always deploy intimidation strategies to scare you into letting them have their way much like a bully would do in grade school to get your lunch money or whatever else you had that they wanted. You didn’t have to put up with it then and you surely don’t have to put up with it now. Remember that you are paying them to protect and serve, not intimidate and arrest.
When you say no the officer must get a warrant from a judge or magistrate and must have probable cause. They can detain you while trying to obtain this but must let you go if not successful. Remember, don’t say any more to the officer than you absolutely have to! The more information you provide them is the more information they have to use against you. Evoke your Miranda rights before you are arrested and use them in your favor. “You Have The Right To Remain Silent” means just that.
Always respond politely with this:
“I do not consent to a search of my [person, baggage, purse, luggage, vehicle, house, blood, etc.] I do not consent to this contact and do not want to answer any questions. If I am not under arrest, I would like to go now (or be left alone).”
Also I encourage everyone that reads this to copy and print the following card courtesy of NORML.org
THE NORML FOUNDATION FREEDOM CARD
The U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from interfering with your right to remain silent, to consult with an attorney, and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. However, it is up to you to assert these rights. This NORML Foundation Freedom Card will help you do so effectively.
If you are confronted by a police officer, remain calm. Be courteous and provide your identification. Politely refuse to answer any further questions. Ask to talk to an attorney. Do not consent to any search of your person, your property, your residence or your vehicle. Tell the officer you would like to give him or her this card, which is a statement of the constitutional rights you wish to invoke. Do not reach for this card until you have obtained the officer’s permission to do so.
If the officer fails to honor your rights, remain calm and polite, ask for the officer’s identifying information and ask him or her to note your objection in the report. Do not attempt to physically resist an unlawful arrest, search or seizure. If necessary, you may point out the violations to a judge at a later time.
THE NORML Foundation
1600 K Street, NW, Mezzanine
Washington, DC 20006-2832
www.norml.org / 202-483-5500
The war on marijuana has proven to be a failure. Like many conflicts this country has engaged in it has resulted in monetary loss along with too many people’s lives being ruined by arrest records that haunt you throughout your lifetime. We as a whole can force the government change these rules by electing representatives who are not willing to bend over for a cushy house or bonus but will instead stand up for our rights. From the president on down, everyone in this country knows that marijuana is not the dangerous drug it has been portrayed to be for the last seventy-five years. Tell U.S. Attorney Holder and Obama to admit defeat and put this useless spending of our money to better use.
Check out the following sites to help in letting your representatives know you care about this change in law:
There are many more sites available to help protect our rights but these should get you started. Remember that now is the time for action my friends, as the wave of reality is crashing upon our elected officials right now!
I thought this video might add a little humor today but it is not intended to make light of the fact that we need to stay on top of this issue and get it resolved in our country’s best interest instead of continuing to let Anslinger’s outdated beliefs control us any longer!
I trust Cousin Brucie to spin some great tunes on friday night. I trust Life Lock to keep security tight on my information. I trust that my followers will leave honest opinions of this site either good or bad. And I trust my judgement enough to have a firm belief in my inner strength.
With that said, I am changing this site once again so that you, my readers can trust in the fact that you will not find mis-informative articles here. I am basing this on the simple fact that there are sites on the web that are written by people who have a-lot more knowledge in the areas I am dropping from this site. As of 4/28/2013 I will be dropping the famous Quotes and government issues from this site as I feel that I need to focus on what is important to me and what I enjoy writing about instead of being “mainstream” and “trash talking” our government. I will continue with the attitude of believing our future is in danger with the way our elected officials are running this country but will no longer be bashing them as I believe I am not informed enough to do so justly. So bear with me and I hope you like the new direction my altered opinions are heading
United States Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with a bipartisan coalition of three Republicans (Reps. Rohrabacher, Rep. Justin Amash [R-MI], and Don Young [R-AK]) and three Democrats (Reps. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR], Steve Cohen [D-TN] and Jared Polis [D-CO]) today introduced House Bill 1523: the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act.
The measure would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exempt from federal prosecution individuals and businesses, including marijuana dispensaries and/or retail outlets, who comply with state marijuana laws.
“This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states’ marijuana laws,” Rohrabacher said in a news release. “It does so by keeping the federal government out of the business of criminalizing marijuana activities in states that don’t want it to be criminal.”
The proposal is one of several marijuana law reform bills now pending before the United States Congress, including House Resolution 499: The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, House Bill 689: the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, and Senate Bill 359: the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.
by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach CoordinatorOctober 24, 2011
Gallup Polls Support and Opposition to Marijuana Legalization 1969-2011
As 50% of Americans now support marijuana legalization, the prohibitionists are coming out in full force with hysterical propaganda to once again terrorize voters about cannabis. We intended to scour multiple sources to compile the five most common scare tactics they use, but Joseph Summerill, director of the Summerill Group LLC, a Washington, D.C.- based law enforcement think tank and general counsel for the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, made our job easy by using all five in one op-ed piece published today in the Washington Examiner entitled, “Facts on medical marijuana are stubborn things, too“.
Lie #1) Marijuana’s not really medical. The government says so!
[M]arijuana is a Schedule I drug… a high potential for abuse or dependency… no accepted medical value… unsafe to use, even under medical supervision. [M]arijuana has not passed the rigid scrutiny of medicine proposed by the FDA.
- National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA) puts the lifetime dependence rate on cannabis at 9%, same as caffeine. Alcohol has a 15% rate of abuse and Tobacco’s is 32%.
- One third of federal jurisdictions (16 states and DC) accept the medical value of cannabis.
- The federal government is supplying four Americans with this “unsafe” medicine with no medical supervision.
- Cannabis has been used medically for 5,000 years without a single human death – a far greater safety standard than an FDA that approved phen-fen and Vioxx.
Lie #2) Doctors and scientists don’t approve of smoked medicine; they do approve of Marinol.
Institute of Medicine and the American Medical Association acknowledged the lack of data to support the use of smoked marijuana for medicinal purposes.
What is scientifically approved by the FDA and accepted by the medical community is a medicine called Marinol, a legal, widely prescribed drug currently in pill form containing synthetic THC, a main constituent in marijuana.
- The American Medical Association said, “smoked cannabis reduces neuropathic pain, improves appetite and caloric intake especially in patients with reduced muscle mass, and may relieve spasticity and pain in patients with multiple sclerosis.”
- Marinol is 100% synthetic THC (the psychoactive component) suspended in a sesame oil capsule. Cannabis flowers are around 5%-30% natural THC combined with CBD (a component that moderates psychoactivity) and other beneficial compounds.
- Inhaling cannabis is a superior delivery mechanism for it allows the patient to self-titrate (adjust dose) and get immediate relief. It’s especially helpful to inhale cannabis rather than swallow a Marinol pill when one is vomiting. We recognize many inhaled medications (think: steroid inhalers for asthma patients) and when vaporized, any harms from smoking cannabis are eliminated.
Lie #3) Marijuana smoke is much worse than cigarette smoke!
[S]moked marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals, many of which are identical to the most harmful chemicals and carcinogens found in cigarette smoke. The fact is that a marijuana cigarette contains four times as much tar as a tobacco cigarette.
- My pencil contains five components, two of which are identical to the graphite found in golf clubs and the wood found in golf tees. This does not make my pencil a golf club or a tee. Water contains hydrogen and oxygen. This does not make water flammable or breathable. Many recipes call for the same ingredients; it’s how you put them together that matters. Joints aren’t cigarettes, they’re far safer than that.
- Dr. Donald Tashkin went looking for that “marijuana causes cancer” connection and found quite the opposite, that cannabis smokers had lower incidence of head, neck, and lung cancer. We even have compelling evidence that cannabinoids may be instrumental in unlocking the cure for cancer.
- Very few tokers smoke 20 to 40 joints a day, but even if they did, where are these marijuana smokers with the tar-ravaged lungs filling up our hospitals? Again, we have zero recorded deaths from cannabis smoking and over 400,000 annual deaths from tobacco use. Joints aren’t cigarettes.
Lie #4) Marijuana is the gateway drug to cocaine, meth, and heroin!
[L]egalizing marijuana leads to the use of more dangerous and harmful drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine…. [T]eens who smoke marijuana were found to be 85 times more likely to use cocaine than those teens who do not smoke marijuana.
- Teens who ride bicycles were found to be 85 times more likely to join an outlaw biker gang than teens who don’t ride bicycles*. So we should outlaw bicycles? Sure, most cocaine users may have started first with pot, but they also probably started with alcohol before that and milk before that.
- That same Institute of Medicine report Mr. Summerill referenced in Lie #2 said, “There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.”
- According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 100 million American adults have tried cannabis. There are currently about 1.5 million monthly cocaine users, 430 thousand monthly meth users, and 192 thousand monthly heroin users. So for every 46 people who’ve ever tried pot, only one went on to become a monthly hard drug user. A gateway that only affects 2.1% of the people isn’t much of a gateway.
* OK, that one we just made up.
Lie #5) Marijuana legalization leads to carnage on the highways!
[M]arijuana use, including its use for medicinal purposes, is directly related to motor vehicle accidents and reckless driving, as cannabis affects psychomotor functioning.
In a study of fatally injured drivers in Washington state, a state with legalized medical marijuana, about one every eight tested positive for marijuana.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said of marijuana testing of drivers, “It is inadvisable to try and predict effects based on blood THC concentrations alone, and currently impossible to predict specific effects based on THC-COOH concentrations” because “[d]etection time is well past the window of intoxication and impairment.” Finding pot in some drivers’ systems following a crash just tells you some people smoke pot.
- From 2008-2009, fatal crashes in the states that had medical marijuana declined overall 9.34%. Only one medical marijuana state, Rhode Island, had an increase greater than 3%, which resulted in 18 more deaths. Four other states had 1%-3% increases, leading to 9 additional deaths. Of the remaining eight states that saw declines, half saw double-digit declines, including the laxest medical marijuana state, California, which had 353 fewer traffic fatalities.
- Legalizing marijuana does not legalize DUI. People who smoke pot and drive now are busted in all fifty states and legalization doesn’t change that.
When it comes to medical information and the safety record of cannabis, we’ll trust real doctors and 5,000 years of historical use. Not the ramblings of a law enforcement think tank director desperately trying to save asset forfeiture proceeds, federal grant money, and overtime hours for state and local cops and job security for prison guards.
A special thanks to the Norml folk for all their hard work over the years. If you’ve never been there go check them out-peace beibe