If you haven’t heard already, Ex-presidents, ex-prime ministers, eminent economists and the Big Dudes of the business community will be meeting to discuss how the World’s drug policies, “just ain’t working.” The quote is mine.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy will host a press conference at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York later this week, to pull the trigger on their findings that describes the drug war as a failure and calls for a "paradigm shift" in approaching the issue. The commission will demand that the focus changes from criminal justice towards a public health approach. The global advocacy organization Avaaz, which has nine million members, will present a petition in support of the commission's recommendations to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
The commission cites such factors as the cartel-related violence in Mexico, President Barack Obama's comments that it was "perfectly legitimate" to question whether the war on drugs was working, and the wider global economic crisis, has the world leaders questioning whether it is time to change our course when it comes to the War on Drugs.
I think they’re saying, it’s not working, too.
Danny Kushlick, head of external affairs at Transform, the drug policy foundation that has consultative status with the UN said, "What we have here is the greatest collection thus far of ex-presidents and prime ministers calling very clearly for decriminalization and experiments with legal regulation," he said. "It will be a watershed moment."
As of today, the pollsters including Nate Silver says Obama has about forty-six percent of Americans voting for him. And get this; he has forty-six percent of Americans voting against him. This will be an election, as the way it’s been for the last few election cycles, it will be a run for the independents. Those crazy undecided voters who usually live in a retirement community in Florida or are slugging slag in Ohio, who by default usually choose our elections for us.
Even with Ken PlasticGenitalia, Mitt Romney, Sarah “I’ll show the kids but not the husband’ Palin, Tim ‘Wake me up when I’m over’ Pawlenty, and the Betsy Ross of the Tea Party sampler, Michelle Bachman running, President Obama doesn’t have a lock on this race if the economy doesn’t start handing out some new jobs soon.
So where is our president who had the intestinal fortitude to stand up and say confidently to the lamestream media when asked, “Of course I inhaled? That was the point!”
Why is President Obama, who with a real understanding of the cannabis culture, allowing the Feds to run rough shod with ‘Operation Shake and Bake’ (my terms), over the rights of Medical Marijuana community and businesses in America?
Why are world leaders and Richard Branson (I bet he’s bringing the herb) meeting, discussing a changing globe and the need to change with it, including statements made from our president for the need to transform? So why is our president somewhere in another universe allowing the Feds to create a State of Fear when it comes to Marijuana?
In the last ten days, the Feds have amped up their behind the scene attacks on Medical Marijuana community throughout the States. Starting with financial institutions, the Feds pressed for audits of banks that do business with dispensaries and the like. Then there were the closing and limiting of dispensaries up and down the State of California. Credit card companies canceled service. In Arizona, their attorney general wrote a You-better-watch-out letter. Warning the fledgling Medical Marijuana industry that if you open your doors, we’re going to be there to shut you down, or worse…Even their wacky, Arizona’s higher than Chong governor Janny Brewer, is trying to rescind Proposition 203, voted on and passed by the people, because…she doesn’t like it.
Even as a few doors of opportunity and progress open for Medical Marijuana patients and the industry, more and more are activists fighting the Drug War on two fronts; locally and Federally.
It might be time for us who are trying to make a change, not to go backwards, but to say, as most oppressed groups eventually reach, “We’ve had enough. We’re Fed up!”
Then the question persists, “Who side is the Feds really on?”
In the last weeks my people (don’t ask) have found connections between Big Pharma owning fields and gardens full of raging cannabis all over America. They’re gearing up like other outlaws for the possible Green Rush profits coming their way.
While Medical Marijuana activists, patients, new dispensary owners stand in lines, fill out forms for the latest regulations that change daily and jump through the state’s hoops in order to move ahead. Big Pharma has the cooperation of the Feds to look the other way when they grow. Plus, I’m guessing when Bristol-Myers mines the earth for a garden; they’re impregnating for more than ninety-nine plants at a time.
It is Life in prison for making Hash in Oklahoma. A birdwatcher in Florida spends a night in jail after getting the major TSA treatment with the more than personal pat-down and the standard alien probe. State’s rights are being trampled on like Snookie in Italy. The number of marijuana busts is up in some major cities even when progressive bills and ordinances are passed. California releases murderers, rapists and carjackers most Mondays through Fridays now. But pot smokers, those sly, evasive bumps-on-a-logs that commit the sin of self-medication, those are the people who need to go behind bars. Like Dr. Molly Fry and her husband, who were locked up doing a nickel over a bogus federal charge?
What more do we need to hear? How much more can President Obama do to let the people down who voted for him?
For a while there, it was looking good. After eight crazy years of the complete dismantling and the selling off of America, we had hope in the fresh young senator from Illinois. You could feel that there was change in the air. The markets were falling and homes were burning in escrow and Vegas, but it felt like he could get us through.
Then he said this thing about Medical Marijuana on the campaign trail. Something about Medical Marijuana being a low-priority item and we have better things to do than to go after these people. Dispensaries open up, hiring thousands of people throughout the state. And you know what? Crime didn’t break out at these dispensaries. The Johnny Dillingers didn’t come in with guns blazing. Neighborhoods weren’t shot up. Children still went to school and didn’t become beach bum stoners. Okay, there was an occasional magic brownie Wednesday morning treat mix-ups. Oops.
Life was good. For a moment, it looked like real change.
Then there were busts, bank audits, strip searches, Doctors in jail, Big Pharmville games going on, Feds amping up raids, all the while as cities take taxes and activists pay. And that’s since May 1st.
I want my president back. The one who was full of hope, change and smoke (and I mean that in a good way.)
Mr. President, who side are you on? There are men and women with much more world experience than you meeting in New York this week to tell the world that they way we’ve been doing business, isn’t working.
43 million Americans experience marijuana on some level, according to NORML, yet the President smiles and smirks when asked about Medical Marijuana in townhall meetings. It was the first question asked by the MTV-crowd when he did a sit-down with them. We’re concerned. Yet it feels like he’s not taking us serious.
So listen to the straights. There’s a whole bunch of world leaders who don’t know a bong from a gong, and they’re saying there needs to be a change.
We’re changing. We’re coming out. We’re paying taxes and filling out forms with our names and addresses on it. We’re doing what we’re supposed to do for change.
Mr. President. Barack. I love the old you.
Please don’t change. Or change…whatever.
Just let us have our medicine before you give it over to Big Pharma.