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@Ed Jenkins Dangerous? - What harms - or dangers - do you imagine marijuana has? It is the fraudulent, counter-productive prohibition that PUTS marijuana into children's hands - in their schools, parks and playgrounds. Legal, licensed vendors won't sell to minors. The monstrously destructive marijuana prohibition has never accomplished one positive thing. It has ONLY caused vast amounts of crime, violence, corruption, death, and the severe diminishment of everyone's freedom.
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Of course, Attorney General Bondi is against marijuana reform. No other group has seen their power so obscenely bloated by the fraudulent marijuana prohibition as have prosecuting attorneys. SAMHSA research shows more than 100 million Americans have consumed marijuana. That means D.A.s have their jackboots on the necks of near HALF the of-age population - giving them unimaginable, near life and death power that rivals the kings of old. The attorney general who directs them then, is the King of Kings! Naturally, these power-drunk parasites are hanging on to the monstrously destructive prohibition with a death grip. They should no more be given a voice on the issue than a coach should be made the referee of his team's ball game. The foxes are all up in the henhouse! One of the reasons we desperately need to end the counter-productive prohibition is to dry up the deep well of corruption that has swallowed our country - and world. The truth will bring these charlatans down. Recently, a congressional inquiry pinned down Deputy U.S. Drug Czar Botticelli, asking him: >>>"when we look at deaths or illnesses -- alcohol or other drugs are certainly -- even prescription drugs -- are a threat to public health in a way that isolated marijuana is not. Isn't that a scientific fact? Or do you dispute that fact?" "No, no, no," Botticelli responded. "I don't dispute that fact." Gotcha! - And all the vicious, power-mad witch-hunters.
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My, my. Myths sure die hard - especially when they support people's bigotry. The Drug Czar's own 1999 Institute of Medicine Study of Marijuana concluded the "gateway" theory is just a myth that does not operate in reality. This has been confirmed by every legitimate study since then. SAMHSA statistics back this up also. They show for every 100 people who try marijuana, only ONE goes on to become a regular consumer of the next most popular "illegal" drug - cocaine. Clearly, instead of being a gateway, marijuana is actually a TERMINUS drug, being the last one the vast majority ever consume. Further, Every major government commission on marijuana concluded it is less "addictive" than coffee and FAR less harmful than alcohol. That includes Nixon's 1972 Shafer Commision. The findings of all these major commissions can be read here: http://www.druglibrary.org/SCHAFFER/Library/studies/studies.htm The DEA's own administrative law judge, Francis Young, concluded after an exhaustive review of the evidence: "Marijuana, in its natural state, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man." Alcohol directly kills more than 50,000 Americans every year. It kills many thousands more in highway deaths and from alcohol-induced violence. The preponderance of the research shows marijuana consumption is neither a signficant cause of auto accidents, nor violence. NO ONE has ever died from ingesting marijuana - in all of recorded history. - That makes it safer than aspirin, coffee and peanuts! Any sane society would clearly prefer it's members choose marijuana over alcohol.