|This is a response I received to my petition for Marijuana legalization from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. I am going to take the time to annotate this response in red letters inside brackets [like this] so I can offer some commentary on the ridiculous nature of this response and why we the people deserve more from our government (and by more I mean more freedom)|
The White House <email@example.com>
|date||Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM|
|subject||Petition Response: What We Have to Say About Legalizing Marijuana|
[Prof Byron: I dispute this very first sentence of this first paragraph, They couldn't even get this right!
An Obama spokesperson in 2008 said " Obama supports the rights of states and local governments to make this choice - though he believes medical marijuana should be subject to (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) regulation like other drugs"
This is much different than saying he directed all his policymakers to develop policies based on science not politics. He is a politician, so really all his policies are based in some way on politics.
[Prof Byron: Okay, here we have this last little phrase "not a benign drug". Compared to WHAT exactly? We don't do things in a vacuum so to what are we comparing this non-benign drug? Nicotine? - perfectly legal and highly cancerous,
Alcohol? - also non-benign; given our nations history with prohibition on this one might think we have learned something.
- this one is used to make meth and it is LEGAL!
This list could go on, my point is that we could make all kinds of things illegal in the name of making the world safer. Heck, make driving illegal if you really want to save lives. So what exactly is there in the science of marijuana use that makes this one stand out? I submit to you the reader that NOTHING really makes marijuana stand out except the bogyman mentality that people have been given based on all those years of taxpayer funded anti-drug advertising and propaganda. Smarten up and use your brain on this one, marijuana is no more harmful (and most likely less harmful) than a lot of things already out there - who are you protecting and at what cost are you going to continue to pay to "protect" people from evil marijuana? ]
[Prof Byron: I plan to make my voice heard by Voting! Don't let anyone tell you that your vote does not count, we have this great tool in our country that is vastly underutilized.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Posted by profbyronbrainard at 6:52 PM