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The Time is Right for Marijuana Law Reform

November 13th, 2008 by Perry

According to recent blog posts by NORML, never before has there been a more perfect time to push for marijuana law reform.

The election of Barack Obama, coupled with Democrat control of both the House and the Senate, presents a unique and critical opportunity for federal marijuana law reform.

A good point, and remember… electing a good politician is only half the battle. You still have to stay on top of them in hopes they don’t get too politician-y on you. Don’t forget, people liked Bush at one time too and now his approval rating is in the low 30s range.

Being the helpful and forward-thinking organization they are, NORML created three prepared statements you can send here, directly to the new administration… Something we touched on earlier in another recent post.

The statements prepared by NORML:

Statement #1: President Obama must uphold his campaign promise to cease the federal arrest and prosecution of (state) law-abiding medical cannabis patients and dispensaries by appointing leaders at the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Department of Justice, and the US Attorney General’s office who will respect the will of the voters in the thirteen states that have legalized the physician-supervised use of medicinal marijuana.

Statement #2: President Obama should use the power of the bully pulpit to reframe the drug policy debate from one of criminal policy to one of public health. Obama can stimulate this change by appointing directors to the Office of National Drug Control Policy who possess professional backgrounds in public health, addiction, and treatment rather than in law enforcement.

Statement #3: President Obama should follow up on statements he made earlier in his career in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana by adults by calling for the creation of a bi-partisan Presidential Commission to review the budgetary, social, and health costs associated with federal marijuana prohibition, and to make progressive recommendations for future policy changes.

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Allow Your Voice to Be Heard

November 13th, 2008 by Perry

Barack Obama wants to hear what you have to say.

As his transitional team prepares for the next four years in office, he has set up a website to hear your thoughts on what he’s doing or what he should be doing when sworn in.

It’s a simple, easy way you can become involved in the political scene. By sending an e-mail to www.change.gov, you’re in direct contact with president-elect, or at least one of his staffers, so send along your thoughts or causes and allow your voice to be heard.

Progressive Moves Planned For Drug Policy

November 7th, 2008 by Perry

With the recent power shift in the White House, pundits are expecting a departure from the last eight years of drug policy, which has seen an aggressive revival of Reagan’s War on Drugs through Bush and his cabinet’s abuse of executive authority.

Obama is already committed to abstain from using federal resources to raid state-legal marijuana dispensaries. Furthermore, for the drug czar position, there has been mention of Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton.

While all of us over at theFreshScent would have preferred maybe someone a little more liberal, like Cheech Marin, I think it’s time to save our “boos” for the time being. Bratton has shown support for medical marijuana before, not only in interviews, but also by respecting Jerry Brown’s wishes in reducing the crackdown on dispensaries.

With several elections still undecided or still re-counting, the Democrats are likely to pick up 22 new seats in Congress, 17 of which belonged to medical marijuana opponents in the last Congress. And every single Democratic incumbent who lost Tuesday was a medical marijuana opponent.


POTUS: Barack Obama

November 4th, 2008 by Alex

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I’ve seen a lot of political speeches. I’ve been deluded. I’ve been lied to. I’ve been told partial truths. I’ve heard promises that were never kept.

Tonight is the first time I can remember ever having the hint of a tear approach my eyes as I watched a President-elect accept a resounding victory.

I want to congratulate Barack Obama, not in the context of this blog, but in the context of hope & change that he offers the American people. After 8 years of mismanagement, it’s time to change the historical course of this great nation that we all love.

I also want to applaud John McCain for his gracious speech, and acknowledgement of the epic presidential campaign that he fell short in. I know it’s been hard, and caused more than enough family & friend arguments, but this is a period that the American public needs to endure in order to make our democracy stronger.

Let’s hope that Barack Obama delivers on the uplifting speech that Chicagoans were blessed with this evening.

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The Weed Bandwagon Always Has Room For One More

September 25th, 2008 by Perry

Check out this 2007 video of Obama wearing a yellow, black and green beret, wrapped in a hemp blanket and singing “Get Up, Stand Up.” Just kidding, but it’d be pretty sweet if he did.

Until that day comes, I’ll take more answers like, “That’s the point.”

Not so sure about the next question though, easy answer, I’d be on the $1,000,000 bill.





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