White House Responds to Online Marijuana Petitions

CANNABIS CULTURE – The Obama White House has officially responded to overwhelming calls for marijuana legalization in its We the People online petition drive. The answer: Marijuana will not be legalized because it’s bad, m’kay.

The U.S.’s top propagandist on the subject, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, penned an official response to eight petitions calling for changes to marijuana laws, including the top petition that had 74,169 signatures.

Kerlikowske’s answer is full of the same old mistruths and deceptions you would expect from the Drug Czar’s office, and drug policy reform groups like Law Enforcement Against Prohibition have already issued critical responses.

No word yet from the White House about the Pardon Marc Emery petition, which also gained enough signatures for an official response.

Here’s the Drug Czar’s response to eight petitions calling for marijuana legalization:

What We Have to Say About Legalizing Marijuana
by Gil Kerlikowske

When the President took office, he directed all of his policymakers to develop policies based on science and research, not ideology or politics. So our concern about marijuana is based on what the science tells us about the drug’s effects.

According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health– the world’s largest source of drug abuse research – marijuana use is associated with addictionrespiratory disease, and cognitive impairment. We know from an array of treatment admission information and Federal data that marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions and visits to emergency rooms. Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, raising serious concerns about what this means for public health – especially among young people who use the drug because research shows their brains continue to develop well into their 20’s. Simply put, it is not a benign drug.

Like many, we are interested in the potential marijuana may have in providing relief to individuals diagnosed with certain serious illnesses. That is why we ardently support ongoing research into determining what components of the marijuana plant can be used as medicine. To date, however, neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoked marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition.

As a former police chief, I recognize we are not going to arrest our way out of the problem. We also recognize that legalizing marijuana would not provide the answer to any of the health, social, youth education, criminal justice, and community quality of life challenges associated with drug use.

That is why the President’s National Drug Control Strategy is balanced and comprehensive, emphasizing prevention and treatment while at the same time supporting innovative law enforcement efforts that protect public safety and disrupt the supply of drugs entering our communities. Preventing drug use is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences in America. And, as we’ve seen in our work through community coalitions across the country, this approach works in making communities healthier and safer. We’re also focused on expanding access to drug treatment for addicts. Treatment works. In fact, millions of Americans are in successful recovery for drug and alcoholism today. And through our work with innovative drug courts across the Nation, we are improving our criminal justice system to divert non-violent offenders into treatment.

Our commitment to a balanced approach to drug control is real. This last fiscal year alone, the Federal Government spent over $10 billion on drug education and treatment programs compared to just over $9 billion on drug related law enforcement in the U.S.

Thank you for making your voice heard. I encourage you to take a moment to read about the President’s approach to drug control to learn more.

Resources:

Gil Kerlikowske is Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Jeremiah Vandermeer is editor of Cannabis Culture. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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37 Comments

  1. Ozlanthos on

    There are things he would be able to do as president, such as end programs and entities created via executive mandate. But, unlike Obama or any of the other republican candidates, Ron Paul will abide by his executive mandate, rather than fantasize about ways to circumvent the Congress. As to killing the EPA and the deregulation, it spooks me too, however, I do believe that the solution he puts forward in their stead would work better for the individual states. For too long the fed has been used to push the agenda of private interests. If the fed has no say over it, they cannot be used to push the agenda of private interests concerning it!

    Think about it. How much different do you think the last oil spill would have been handled if the EPA wasn’t there to tell the gulf states what they can’t/could/should do? BP would be on the verge of bankruptcy now if the gulf states had been allowed to attend to the issue themselves. But because the EPA was involved, they received a one-time settlement that was disbursed among everyone (including people who don’t even live in the gulf states).

    You’d think having one large and powerful group in the fed would be enough to keep all actors playing nice, but all it has meant for us has been fewer individuals special interests have to bribe to get there way!

    -Oz

  2. Ozlanthos on

    Not all of the candidates want to continue the military/prison industrial complexes. Ron Paul has said hundreds of times that he would A) Bring the Troops home from as many of the 900 bases we have around the planet as he could manage to close, and B) END THE WAR ON DRUGS!!! What convinces me that he will do what he says he is going to do, is that he has been saying we should do these things for DECADES!!!

    So, before you go off on the GOP candidates and assume that your only choice is a man who has clearly shown that he has no intention of stopping this unconstitutional war on Americans(Obama if you hadn’t already guessed), go to Youtube, and watch any two videos of Ron Paul and you will find out why he should be our next president!!!

    -Oz

  3. CommonCitizenOfTheEarth on

    Hermain Cain said: “China is developing nuclear capability.”
    China has had nukes since 1964.
    Its clear these candidates are interested mostly in artificially propping up the military industrial complex.
    The powers that be have always relied on fear and paranoia of the unknown to gain total control of an ill-informed populus. The argument is valid on both sides (Russia/US during cold war as example). The SYSTEM becomes OBSOLETE when this fear of someone you have never even met thousands of miles away is gone.
    CIA, FBI, TSA, Homeland Security, Patriot Act, 1.5 trillion in 10 years on wars.
    Our president has no real power anymore, he listens to appointees and does what they ask. He has become a puppet tool like the rest of them, a victim of the MACHINE.
    We are the “freest” nation on earth with 5% of the world population, but house 25% of the worlds prisoners in our privatized prison system, where people profit when more prison cells are filled, it becomes evident that these companies would be interested in filling said prison cells in the name of the all holy bottom line.
    Unite against the machine, or be destroyed by it.
    Tear it down bolt by bolt, for our children.
    The time is now. Occupy.

  4. CommonCitizenOfTheEarth on

    Hermain Cain said: “China is developing nuclear capability.”
    China has had nukes since 1964.
    Its clear these candidates are interested mostly in artificially propping up the military industrial complex.
    The powers that be have always relied on fear and paranoia of the unknown to gain total control of an ill-informed populus. The argument is valid on both sides (Russia/US during cold war as example). The SYSTEM becomes OBSOLETE when this fear of someone you have never even met thousands of miles away is gone.
    CIA, FBI, TSA, Homeland Security, Patriot Act, 1.5 trillion in 10 years on wars.
    Our president has no real power anymore, he listens to appointees and does what they ask. He has become a puppet tool like the rest of them, a victim of the MACHINE.
    We are the “freest” nation on earth with 5% of the world population, but house 25% of the worlds prisoners in our privatized prison system, where people profit when more prison cells are filled, it becomes evident that these companies would be interested in filling said prison cells in the name of the all holy bottom line.
    Unite against the machine, or be destroyed by it.
    Tear it down bolt by bolt, for our children.
    The time is now. Occupy.

  5. CommonCitizenOfTheEarth on

    Hermain Cain said: “China is developing nuclear capability.”
    China has had nukes since 1964.
    Its clear these candidates are interested mostly in artificially propping up the military industrial complex.
    The powers that be have always relied on fear and paranoia of the unknown to gain total control of an ill-informed populus. The argument is valid on both sides (Russia/US during cold war as example). The SYSTEM becomes OBSOLETE when this fear of someone you have never even met thousands of miles away is gone.
    CIA, FBI, TSA, Homeland Security, Patriot Act, 1.5 trillion in 10 years on wars.
    Our president has no real power anymore, he listens to appointees and does what they ask. He has become a puppet tool like the rest of them, a victim of the MACHINE.
    We are the “freest” nation on earth with 5% of the world population, but house 25% of the worlds prisoners in our privatized prison system, where people profit when more prison cells are filled, it becomes evident that these companies would be interested in filling said prison cells in the name of the all holy bottom line.
    Unite against the machine, or be destroyed by it.
    Tear it down bolt by bolt, for our children.
    The time is now. Occupy.

  6. Roberto on

    So wait let me get this straight Gil both laughs at the idea that cannabis would ever be legalize and in the same statement admits they are committed to doing more research on the plant. HAHAHAA. that is so laughable because if they were really committed to doing research they would do something about taking it off schedule I, what stupid people who fall for such lies. This is total injustice as usual. Obama is a sellout to all the industries that stand to lose a lot for marijuana and hemp. This is one of the important issues of our time. So many non marijuana smokers brush it off as if it were not significant to anybody else but the potheads, but this issue affects everything in a very interconnected way first and foremost we need legalization for the good of sustainability and the environment. Saving our planet would be worth legalization even if weed grew crystal meth, its doesnt, therefore its definitely worth legalizing. not only is it not meth but its the safest, most harmless, and most useful single medicine on the planet. Pharmaceutical companies need to BURN.. long live cannabis culture dont let the tobacco companies ethnically cleanse our people through the popularization of blunts. BLUNT ARE POISON . peace to everyone
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8j9wnFpiiI

  7. Anonymous on

    Prescription drugs don’t harm? Maybe not the lungs. But stomach, kidneys, and liver? Not to mention other side effects. There are drugs much worse than cannabis being prescribed.

    “It is very simple. they were supposed to trial other methods of delivery to check the safety of those. they dare not because it will be found safe enough.”

    Exactly, what’s their argument against vaporizing or eating cannabis?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToyQcxMedyg
    Forward to 7:40.

    I suggest people watch the whole show.

  8. Anonymous on

    Actually it was on October 7, 2003 that The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services was assigned U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    However and in fact, while application for said patent, “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” was filed in 2001, the Department of Health and Human Services made an international Patent Cooperation Treaty filing on April 21, 1999, nearly two full years before the DEA omitted this and other facts that contradict the demonstrably false statement that cannabis has “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States” in “Notice of Denial of Petition” (DEA 66 FR 20037), which ostensibly contained HHS and DEA scientific reviews of all relevant contemporary literature to the scheduling of cannabis (marijuana), as well as their reasons for declining to reschedule cannabis.

    See: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/notices/2001/fr0418/fr0418a.htm

    and: http://www.drugscience.org/lib/bib_tl.html

    Note that the law provides for financial penalties and prison time for anyone who disburses or accepts federal funds on the basis of a false claim, so:

    any person who—
    (A) knowingly presents, or causes to be presented, a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval;
    (B) knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to a false or fraudulent claim;
    (C) conspires to commit a violation of subparagraph (A), (B), (D), (E), (F), or (G);
    (D) has possession, custody, or control of property or money used, or to be used, by the Government and knowingly delivers, or causes to be delivered, less than all of that money or property;
    (E) is authorized to make or deliver a document certifying receipt of property used, or to be used, by the Government and, intending to defraud the Government, makes or delivers the receipt without completely knowing that the information on the receipt is true;
    (F) knowingly buys, or receives as a pledge of an obligation or debt, public property from an officer or employee of the Government, or a member of the Armed Forces, who lawfully may not sell or pledge property; or
    (G) knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the Government, or knowingly conceals or knowingly and improperly avoids or decreases an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the Government,
    is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of not less than $5,000 and not more than $10,000, as adjusted by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note ; Public Law 104–410 [1]), plus 3 times the amount of damages which the Government sustains because of the act of that person.

    Note that scores of millions of dollars in penalties have been recovered in individual cases under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–3733, under which the first whistle blower who files a lawsuit without filing complaints with an agency is due a portion of such recovered funds with the caveat that that complaint should not have been reported in the press. If the government declines to intervene or participate in a “qui tam” action under the False Claims Act, the United States Supreme Court held that under the Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a)(1)(A), petitioner’s appeal in such cases must be within 30 days to be timely.

    see: http://www.justice.gov/usao/pae/Documents/fcaprocess2.pdf

    Note also that the Sherman Act provides felony penalties for and prohibits monopolization, attempts to monopolize, and conspiring to monopolize or price-fixing, which occurs when a company or companies within a given market artificially set or maintain the price of goods or services at a certain level, contrary to the workings of the free market. “A monopoly conviction requires proof of the individual having intent to monopolize with the power to monopolize, regardless of whether the individual actually exercised the power.”

    source: http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/antitrust

    The Sherman Act provides that price-fixing is an illegal restraint on trade, regardless of whether a vertical scheme, among parties in the same chain of distribution or a horizontal scheme which occurs among competitors on the same level.

  9. Jose on

    From my submission to http://www.whitehouse.gov/advise

    Mr. President,

    With much respect, and as it is provided for in TITLE 21 – FOOD

    AND DRUGS CHAPTER 13 – DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND

    CONTROL, SUBCHAPTER I, Part B, I hereby petition You to initiate

    proceedings for the repeal of Rules of the Attorney General under

    the Authority and criteria for classification of raw and un-smoked

    Schedule I cannabis, which, contrary to as is stated in the law but

    which may not be denied under oath without perjury, does in fact

    have currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United

    States at least since 2003, when The United States of America as

    represented by the Department of Health and Human Services was

    assigned U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507 by the United States Patent and

    Trademark Office.

    Entitled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”, that

    federal document finds “cannabinoids useful in the treatment and

    prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such

    as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

    The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as

    neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage

    following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the

    treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s

    disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”

    Dozens of supporting references and many patents establishing

    cannabis’ accepted medical use in treatment in the United States

    were cited in that U.S. patent and many others, including U.S.

    Patent No. 4,876,276 which is assigned to Yissum Research

    Development Co. of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for

    pharmaceutical compositions that “are of special utility in cases of

    acute and of chronic pain” and U.S. Patent No. 7,968,594,

    assigned as recently as June 28, 2011 to GW Pharma Limited for a

    1:1 “combination of the cannabinoids cannabidiol (CBD) and

    delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).”

    While the SINGLE CONVENTION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS “(d)

    eclares that one of the most effective methods of treatment for

    addiction is treatment in a hospital institution having a drug free

    atmosphere” and “(u)rges Parties having a serious drug addiction

    problem, and the economic means to do so, to provide such

    facilities”, and “(c)alls attention to the importance of the technical

    records on international traffickers”, recommending “records be

    completed as far as possible by all parties and be widely used for

    the circulation of description of the traffickers by that

    Organization”, and that while Parties may “(c)ontrol under licence

    (sic) the import and export of drugs” and “all persons and

    enterprises carrying on or engaged in such import or export”,

    nowhere in that document is any Party required to arrest any

    individuals or seize any assets in any case.

    Note that the treaty requirement of medical prescriptions for the

    supply, or dispensation of drugs to individuals “need not apply to

    such drugs as individuals may lawfully obtain, use, dispense or

    administer in connexion (sic) with their duly authorized therapeutic

    functions.”

    What can community groups, non-profits, state and local governments, companies or individuals do to help achieve this goal?

    Demand laws that provide reparations for any arrested or

    otherwise harmed cannabis users and mandate harsh penalties

    including prison time and heavy fines for any prosecutor, agent,

    attorney or judge that fails to disclose to the accused or

    suppresses from the record or jury any such material, exculpatory

    evidence of cannabis’ accepted safe medical use in The United

    States contrary to as is stated in Title II of the Comprehensive Drug

    Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970.

    File multiple suits requiring the federal government to reschedule

    raw cannabis with less than 50% THC to Schedule V or remove it

    from scheduling as it is demonstrably safer than Schedule III

    synthetic dronabinol, which is chemically an analog to 100% pure

    THC.

    Boycott cannabis’ legal, dangerous, addictive and deadly

    alternatives including but not limited to gasoline and diesel fuels,

    alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals and genetically modified,

    irradiated, pesticide laden or otherwise toxic foods and food

    additives.

    Note: We can’t wait for Congress to do it’s job, if they won’t act, we

    will.

    Sincerely submitted in peace and good faith and seeking relief

    under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of (the)

    Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and all

    other applicable U.S. laws.

  10. Anonymous on

    For how many years are they able to stand behind the “smoked marijuana is not a medicine”.
    It is very simple. they were supposed to trial other methods of delivery to check the safety of those.
    they dare not because it will be found safe enough.

    Then he says it is not a benign drug and lists some reasons. well the same can be said for alcohol.

    what a lame response.

  11. urnrg on

    Don’t tell me you didn’t see it coming.

    We get the answers because we give them a chance to set the tone. Response should have been immediate – a large outcry. “We’re stoned as hell, and we’re going to keep tokin’ it!”

    Fuck, read their language. Child’s play. Blah, blah, science, blah, blah, young minds. I’m a man who tokes under his own volition. Fuck you, Obama, you had a chance to make history and you’re presidency is ass. Obama, you have no clue, fork tongued orator, what you do, science is made for enlightened minds, even for minds like yours.

  12. Samson on

    I SO called this sh!t,…like as soon as the petition was started. Too bad we can’t get enough cannabis consumers to put the bong down so as to have an “occupy” style protest of our own. We are already being arrested for our use of the herb –why not protest; and make those arrests mean something??.?

  13. Anonymous on

    Marijuana is a plant!

    Alcohol is far worse than marijuana. 10 times more addictive and bad for you.

    But we live in a place where the government say they care and don’t.

    Thats why cigarettes and alcohol is poisoning are nation and youth.

    Before they can fight this diesease, man has created. ( cigarettes )

    But isn’t halloween bad? Lots of kids go missing, abducted for child rape and satanic rituals.
    Still the government won’t ban it, instead they support it.
    Yes the government support evil over good.

    Well when the government criminalized cannabis.

    They realised they did a grave sin against man, then when they realised they have no way to fix all the problems man/government created.

    So they tend to naturally go off on that way of evil, if you ask me.

    ———————–

    Then again isn’t guns bad?

    Why don’t they ban guns?

    Because every cop owns a firearm. And all cops are willing to abrupt and conjure the law by their own means or by taking matters into their own hands.

    But how do guns go from cops pretending to protect, to on the streets, to youth of today.
    Many youth in america do have guns. We in canada do not experience harmful acts like in america. As we try to be law abiding citizens.

    Which is misrepresented! A misrepresentation of what a canadian citizen is?

    A misrepresentation is using harmful marijuana laws to define who a people are!

    Reminds me of the war on terror…..

    Reminds me of slavery, rascisism , racial profiling.

    GUNS ARE A REAL TERROR TO SOCIETY

    The people in control of north america are the ones making daily life, turn into terrors people face in society.

    Get your facts right! The white house never helped anyone except theirself!

    Wikileaks is evidence about that.

    False accusations, racial profiling.

    False acts to make others look worse than they really are.

    Because americans look in the mirror and think they see snow white.

    But REALLY they like looking at the devil inside themself.

  14. Anonymous on

    Here’s how they get the ER figures.

    “In 2009, there were nearly 4.6 million drug-related ED visits nationwide. These visits included reports of drug abuse, adverse reactions to drugs, or other drug-related consequences. Almost 50 percent were attributed to adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals taken as prescribed, and 45 percent involved drug abuse. DAWN estimates that of the 2.1 million drug abuse visits—

    27.1 percent involved nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals (i.e., prescription or OTC medications, dietary supplements)
    21.2 percent involved illicit drugs
    14.3 percent involved alcohol, in combination with other drugs.”
    nida.nih.gov/infofacts/hospitalvisits.html

    Notice that it includes “reports of drug abuse”, which accounted for 45%. That’s where they ask you “have you taken any drugs lately?” and you say “yeah, I smoked a joint, and then I tripped on my cat and fell down and banged my head. Also note that most cases are the result of prescription pharmaceuticals.

    The voluntary admission to treatment is probably people trying to get reduced sentences or they went in for heroin and mentioned that they also used Cannabis. And potency has not tripled in the last 20 years. I could get better weed then than I can now. Panama Red, s’what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

  15. Anonymous on

    its time to take arms against the controlling class. let the streets run red with there blood…its all they understand.

  16. joe on

    I work 7 years and 0 people ever came to the E.R because of pot. I have seen only 4 people for opium in 7 years 179,000 people per year who came for other than drugs so the Governments are full of shit.
    Pot THCis what the Government are scared of because all science found that THC kills cancer cells and tumers. The pill company`s do not want to lose all that business. Profits is all that matters to them.
    Fact – THC kills Cancer in lab rats and in humans also but the government always pulls the plug on the studies before making the leep to humans.

    Here is a nice tune for the people who die needesly every year so the pill company`s can make there yearly proffits.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVXDp_zX-K8

  17. Anonymous on

    Why do you think more government is the answer?

    The quality of education has actually gone down since the creation of the DoE. Education along with most other things should be left up to the states to decide, if even that, so that the laws are more inline with what the local people want. The more money that is thrown into these unconstitutional federal programs the more bureaucracy is added, and it becomes ineffective and inefficient.

    He wants to help our environment by stopping the government intervention.. they take our money though taxes and setup things like the EPA and FDA that end up picking winners and losers in different markets, and regulating things that shouldn’t even be regulated. Just like the govt should not be allowed to tell us we cant enjoy marijuana, why should they be able to tell us we cant take certain nutritional supplements, vitamins, or even drink raw milk!

    The EPA hurts our environment more than it helps. Those that right the regulations and laws are bought off and swayed by lobbyist and big companies so that they can continue polluting. There are EPA mandates allowing certain amounts of toxic chemicals and such into the environment, and the companies polluting cant be held responsible regardless of the damage they do.

    Without the EPA protecting those corporations and industries that are basically buying them off.. people, businesses, cities and such will be able to use the courts to make companies pay for damages they’ve caused to the surrounding environment.

    You seem passionate about this, if you read up closely on Paul’s policies and his sound ideas on personal freedom, and economics, I think you’d become a supporter. Check out his book The Revolution, or Liberty Defined.. and ofcourse theres lots of info on the net. :)

  18. Dave on

    “We know from an array of treatment admission information and Federal data that marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions and visits to emergency rooms.”–

    Let’s see here, maybe light can be shed on Kerlikowske’s fantasy? About 10 months ago, I finally was able to give up a life-long addiction to tobacco. Easily put the bud aside while working on the tobacco addiction. Unfortunately in the process, I managed become addicted to coffee.

    So the way it sits, I can easily pass on my daily doobies but not the four or five cups of coffee. I really don’t like the way coffee makes me feel but, for the likes of me, I can’t stop it; where can I find a treatment program for that nasty coffee addiction?

    I swear, especially in the morning, if it was more expensive and wasn’t readily available I’d probably do crime to get that first cup. Like I’ll get dressed just to walk to, almost get run over by those in the drive through then wait in a line up to get that fix; never did that and never will for our Sacred Herb.

    So Kerlikowske if you drink coffee maybe I’ll see you in treatment?

  19. gstlab3 on

    IT IS HIGH TIME FOR OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO BE EMPLOYED.

    VOTING DOES’NT DO SHIT AND THE CAMPAIGNS ARE PAID FOR AND BOUGHT WITH WALL STREET AND CORPORATE DOLLARS THAT HAVE SOLD OUR COUNTRY OUT TO THE CHINESE AND COMMUNISM.

  20. Anonymous on

    !Dennis Kucinich!

  21. bonghornleghorn on

    He also said:

    “The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.” – Albert Einstein

  22. Anonymous on

    over the years gov agencies have built up a level where people are now conditioned to a “Gov is our Father figure”. Is it just me or what, I think the canadian gov and usa gov talk down to the people like infants and imbiciles. They act like the “strict dad”, no you cant have that, no you cant go out tonight, your grounded! lol.
    On a subconscious level i believe they impregnated these ideas. Now the term “Big Daddy” has another layer…

  23. not just what you want to hear on

    –“We know from an array of treatment admission information and Federal data that marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions and visits to emergency rooms.”–

    How are they defining voluntary? As an alternative to being treated like a criminal? Why the need to continue treating addiction like a criminal issue rather than a health issue? I don’t think anyone is against true voluntary drug treatment. If someone needs help with any substance there should be rehab facilities available for people, not prisons.

    What people need is standardized and uninterrupted access to their medicine, like any one else who uses prescription drugs. Not be made to feel guilty and seek “voluntary“ treatment otherwise get kicked out or arrested/jailed (side effects of prohibition). Also these so called forms of “treatment” usually don’t last long, especially if they truly need it for a medical reason and cannot find relief elsewhere or the currently legal pills are too hard on their bodies.

    –“Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, “–

    I thought they said smoking was bad? Now people don’t have to sit there and roll “fatties” and choke down all that smoke. Are there not 2.5mg, 5mg, and 10mg pills? If someone needs a 2.5mg dose they can cut the 5mg in half with a pill splitter. If someone’s body weight is a bit higher or they require a higher dose they can just take one 5mg pill instead. There’s different potencies for a reason. Peoples bodies are different. Doctors know this, police/politicians don’t I guess?

    –“raising serious concerns about what this means for public health – especially among young people who use the drug because research shows their brains continue to develop well into their 20’s. Simply put, it is not a benign drug.”–

    They make these claims yet at the same time these so called experts continue to prescribe Ritalin/meth to kids and young adults. Nice smoke screen to continue a prohibitionist policy and keep feeding people pills. They’re really concerned for our kids, yeah right. Keep on with your fight for lobbyists like big pharmaceutical corporations and others who benefit from these policies.

    What positive qualities does cancer causing alcohol or tobacco possess? Cannabis, even if smoked, is not only a safer alternative to those harder non-medical drugs, but is a virtually non-toxic medicine when consumed other ways. It helps people. What’s going on here??? If they truly cared they should be concerned with regulating these things, making sure the public isn’t consuming contaminated items. Or would they rather people continue to medicate with whatever is on the street?

    Yeah they are really concerned for us.

  24. Anonymous on

    Ya right after he defunds and shuts down the department of education, the EPA, and all other government based department, oh and don’t forget deregulating….basically everything.

    so ya we can have our pot, but in exchange for getting rid of all the rules and regulations that prevent our environment and people from getting completely steam rolled for a few $.
    I for one will not vote for Paul just because he wants cannabis legalized, not with all his other policies.

  25. Castklearr on

    Vote for Ron Paul the only guy that will stop the “war on drugs” and Wants Marijuana legal!

    Ron Paul America VOTE RON PAUL IN AS PRESIDENT!

    ONLY SOLUTION!

  26. bb54 on

    People wake up !
    stop listening to what Kerlikovske has to say.
    He should be defending the patients suffering from gastric ulcers because of this damn legal aspirin tablet.
    Its clear Kerlikovske is there to perpetuate an ideology of reefer madness.To all those whose marijuana provide any comfort or relief be it physical or moral please continue to walk proud and go on with your life and WHAT you think is right not what others think are right for you !!! Trust the force in you !

  27. Anonymous on

    People didnt sit on their ass and just hope for the bullshit policy of alcohol prohibition to go away. Nor did it end over night. Those that pass laws in their states are making a difference. When prohibition became unpopular states had to stand up and repeal these policies. The federal government wont be able to ignore this issue once enough states have told them the people have had enough of this. Thirty six states (plus) ratified the end of alcohol prohibition.

    Not only should we keep voting and petitioning. But, more importantly, we need to keep inspiring people to get on board with us and keep growing!

  28. Wild Child on

    Even if the entire population of the U.S. signed the petition, it would have made no difference. The U.S. will continue to deny any thing that will legalize cannabis. Even if the evidence bites them on the ass.

  29. Wild Child on

    “In fact, millions of Americans are in successful recovery for drug and alcoholism today.”

    Really? Is that why the CDC just released a report stating that, “More people die in America every year from prescription drug abuse than die from heroin and cocaine combined.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/11/01/prescription-drug-deaths-skyrocket/#ixzz1cU7XqwiH

    It just goes to show what the government’s priority is — itself. They want to take the $19 billion on this futile strife the call the “Drug War” and do what? Buy/make weapons and give them to the very people they are in “war” with? Keep on waging war in the middle east? Bailout giant corporations? Hoard the last remaining of the Earth’s resources? Or maybe they just give it the 1%. It’s definitely not for fighting the “war on drugs,” for it shows how great it’s going.

  30. George McIntyre on

    Maybe 30% of that 50% of the nation who wants pot legalized should have made the effort to sign the petition .
    Then I’m sure there would be a different response

  31. Anonymous on

    there aren’t more signatures because people know it is a joke.. 50% of the nation wants to see pot legalized. sadly, our government isn’t answering to the people who vote them in. they are answering to the lobbyists, big pharma etc who line their pockets with thousands of dollars. if they wanted to see more numbers they would have required say 200’000 signatures for an answer.. this topic had more signatures than anything else on there which should show the amount of support for it. also the time frame it took to get to this number was amazing.. again, they know what the people want. this, like all the obama forums etc say to the people, we don’t give a crap about what you want.. end of story.. please don’t try to pawn it off as enough people not signing the petition. that has nothing to do with it…

  32. George McIntyre on

    The problem is there isn’t enough people participating in petitions like this one or any other kind of protest to help the cause.
    To me 74000 signatures is a joke!

  33. Anonymous on

    that pretty much summs up the last 4 decades of of the pot movement

  34. Enlighten pot smoker on

    This article proves to me that our goverment polices have become insane. Albert Einstein(who is one of the smartest human beings ever) said Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

  35. Anonymous on

    instead of addressing the issue, they mock us saying we are all addicts who need treatment. well played, oh wait, not really.. very ignorant actually.