Calif. marijuana initiative irks Washington

California voters will have the chance November 2nd to decide whether to legalize the use of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older.  The measure, known as “Proposition 19,” will not even be voted on for another six weeks; but already there are those urging the federal government to take action against it. 

 If voters in the Golden State decide to thus liberalize their state’s laws, the United States Supreme Court will almost certainly be called upon to decide whether the so-called “commerce clause” in the Constitution has any limits at all to reach even purely personal behavior that has no effect whatsoever outside the boundaries of a single state.  Ironically, this would be the second time since 2005 the Court has used a liberalized California marijuana law to extend federal power to criminalize personal behavior. 

Five years ago, in a 6-3 opinion, in which only Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, William Rehnquist and Clarence Thomas dissented, the Court struck down California’s medical marijuana law that similarly had been passed by voter referendum.  Of those three, only Justice Thomas remains on the Supreme Court bench now.  As the only sitting Justice who votes consistently to limit federal power regulating personal behavior (especially measures enacted under the guise of the commerce clause), he can be counted on to support the rights of adult Californians to smoke a joint in the privacy of their own home.  Beyond Thomas, however, finding Justices willing to limit the reach of the commerce clause will be a difficult task.

Since the late 1930s, the Congress repeatedly has passed legislation using the commerce clause as the “hook” with which to justify all manner of mandates on state governments and limits on personal behavior.  Republican and Democratic presidents alike have shown virtually no hesitancy in signing such legislation into law.  And, with precious few exceptions, the federal courts have upheld such measures.  In this manner have all three branches of our government conspired to twist a single phrase in the Constitution — designed originally to guard against any one state from impeding commerce with or into any other state – beyond all logic.

In a clear illustration of the disdain which many in this country have for limited federal power, every one of the nine former administrators of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – the agency primarily responsible for enforcing federal drug laws – sent a letter last month to Attorney General Eric Holder, sounding the alarm bell over Proposition 19.  In their letter, the former DEA heads urged Mr. Holder to assert the commerce and “supremacy” clauses in the Constitution as grounds from which to actively oppose the pending California measure; and on which to base a lawsuit challenging it. 

In their letter also, the DEA bosses likened the brewing California marijuana crisis to the situation in Arizona, where the Attorney General currently is prosecuting a lawsuit against that state to enjoin its enforcement of an immigration law empowering state officers to stop, question, detain, and arrest individuals if they think they are here illegally. 

In fact, these two cases have nothing in common.

Unlike immigration laws — an area in which the federal government enjoys explicit and plenary constitutional power — the feds’ power to jail individuals for using controlled substances is at best a power shared with state authorities.  It is a power based not on any express or implied authority in the Constitution, but only tenuously on the power to tax and – you guessed it – to regulate interstate commerce.

What is at stake here is not protecting an exclusive federal power against usurpation by a state. What is involved here is nothing loftier than preserving the raw power of Washington to enforce personal behavior norms by the citizens in California or any other stat

87 comments Add your comment

mtlasagna

September 20th, 2010
3:57 pm

been tokin and recently vaping the blessed and righteous herb since ‘67.

looks like NOW is the time to end the vile drug war on people and bring some much needed healing to the nation.

this is all about our constitutional right to life liberty and the pursuit of hippieness.

I look forward to fussing over some beautiful backyard plants and sharing with friends.

magog

September 20th, 2010
6:13 pm

reminds me of the abortion debate, if you don’t support abortion don’t have one, if you don’t support marijuana use then don’t use marijuana, don’t tread on me, leave me be to do as I please….it’s called freedom!

Brian Cuban

September 20th, 2010
9:16 pm

This is a terribly researched and written article. Lets take the most glaring misstatement. The Supreme Court has NEVER “struck down” California law on this issue. The Supreme Court Case you referred to ,Raich v. Gonzalez held that the federal government, under the Commerce Clause can reach into purely local state activities as to the enforcement of FEDERAL LAW. It had no effect on the viability of Proposition 215. What’s more, this will likely NOT be a commerce clause issue if the federal govt sues. The Commerce Clause has nothing to do with validly enacted state statutes. It has to do with the ability of the federal govt to use Federal law to reach local state activities. This will be a supremacy clause and preemption issue. The issue will be whether the Federal Govt intended to completely occupy the Drug Enforcement field as they intended in for example, Immigration.

Sincerley

Brian Cuban
http://www.briancuban.com

Jimmy James

September 20th, 2010
9:30 pm

Basically marijuana should be legal and regulated for adult use because it is not harmful and is in fact useful for a number of medical problems. Then the question becomes why won’t the government reschedule cannabis and allow its sale?

We know the federal government has been wiping its feet on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights since at least WWII, and especially the cold wars for the last 60 years. Either the government is corrupt or the Constitution is meaningless and void.

What actions does each result demand? Shall we be governed by an illegal government or shall we write a new Constitution?

Kerry Wolf

September 20th, 2010
10:50 pm

In response to Binnie Norwood’s comments regarding methadone clinics–you are completely wrong in your assumptions. Methadone is not intended as a quick detox aid, to be taken for a few days or weeks and quickly tapered off to achieve a “drug free” state. That is not and never was the purpose of the treatment. Patients in methadone clinics have usually already been through countless abstinence based rehabs without lasting success–that is why they are there. The problem is not getting through the withdrawals–if it were we could throw them all in a holding cell for 3 to 5 days (the time it takes the body to rid itself of heroin) and they would emerge cured, never to use again.

But as we all know, that does not happen. This is largely due to permanent changes that often occur in the brain chemistry of long term opioid addicts–changes in the brain’s ability to produce endorphins, our NATURAL opiates. Without this chemical, patients who are abstinent experience severe depression, anhedonia, anxiety, physical exhaustion and extreme irritability. This often drives them to relapse as it is an extremely miserable way to go through life.

Methadone corrects this imbalance in the brain chemistry without causing any euphoria or high in stable patients. It enables them to feel normal, to function normally, and to go about their work and activities normally. However, it is not a cure for endorphin deficiency–there is no cure. It only works for as long as it is taken, just like with any other medication for a chronic brain chemistry imbalance. Many if not most require long term–even life long–treatment to maintain their recovery.

As for it being too strong–that is also untrue. Methadone is appropriate for both heroin addicts and those heavily addicted to Rx opiates.

goran

September 20th, 2010
11:04 pm

unbelievable. legalization is obviously the only that this whole charade will ever be set free. condemnation does not liberate…it oppresses. legalization is the only way people will be set free.
http://www.howtogrowweed420.com

Eric Glasgow

September 21st, 2010
12:44 am

Dear Mr. Barr: The Constitution does not mention immigration. You may be thinking of naturalization, which is something entirely different.

shaggy

September 21st, 2010
6:36 am

Scooby,

At least you know that you are a moron.

Jimmy 62,

Yes, the fabled “ditch weed”, left over from WWII Hemp production. However, I am not commenting on just letting it grow “wild”. That strain was originally grown for rope, with long fibers, and no attention to flowering. It is still grown today for the same reason.

It’s cousin Maryjane, will grow just a hardy as a weed, except the characteristics are reversed. Lower growing plants that are less useful for fiber and posessing more, resinous flowering parts. Then, the males are removed from the patch, and the remaining females put even more energy into the flowering parts. The fabled sinsemillia.

Jimmy62

September 21st, 2010
8:54 am

Shaggy: I bow to your superior knowledge. But I’ll put my hand rolled joints up against yours any day!

nelson

September 21st, 2010
9:02 am

The commerce clause gives Congress the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations, the states and with Indian tribes. Now, let us say that Indian tribes were growing marijuana, Congress can regulate that. Now, let us say that a foreign nation like Mexico was bringging in Marijuana to the U.S., Congress could regulate that. However, what about home grown marijuana, it is not being transported any place except from the marijuana patch to the consumers lungs,that is not interstate commerce, or import commerce. Congress is overstepping their authority in my humble opinion. Now don’t quote me, big brother is aaaaaalllllllll oooooover.

Scooby

September 21st, 2010
9:19 am

Shaggy…you reveal yourself as a typical neophyte that when you don’t have the brains to be able to support your position, the fall back response is to call the other party names. Put down your Game Boy and go have some cereal toddler.

shaggy

September 21st, 2010
10:37 am

Scooby,

No, the difference is, I made my point…then named you for the nitwit that you are. You then were reduced to babbling, because you really couldn’t form a cohesive argument. I am done with you. Go make some profit or something.

Scooby

September 21st, 2010
11:23 am

Will do…don’t get any cereal on your bib or drop your sippy cup.

light

September 21st, 2010
11:47 am

Let God will be done thru this blog http://lightoftheearth.blogspot.com/

Tim

September 21st, 2010
11:55 am

Was this column published in the print edition?

I hope so. The AJC acts as if marjuana legalization isn’t a hot topic across the nation.

Cheech Philosophy

September 21st, 2010
12:06 pm

Does anyone know how to spell the onomatopoeia that describes the “Swish” sound of somebody toking on a joint, man?

mtlasagna

September 21st, 2010
1:51 pm

sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

kaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh …….

Sharon Ravert

September 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

Is this article in the print version? There are many good points here. I am a Christian republican/independent mother of two very successful and intelligent independent thinking daughters that I could not be more proud of. I am a small business owner and I am a proud member of Georgia NORML. Mothers need to learn about this subject. Although Cannabis is not addicting, learning about it quickly becomes addicting. We must protect our children and grandchildren from these insane drug laws. I was born in Atlanta and grew up here so I feel I have a good perspective about the changes that have happened in my 45 year life span. In the 60’s 70’s and 80’s we had lots of drug rehab centers and almost all of the churches helped tremendously with addicts. Now we have changed our ways and closed down most of these places and replaced them with prison cells, (for profit prison cells) and large courthouse. People that are for less government and people who have an opinion in favor of abortion- should both take a hard look at their core principles. How can someone who is okay with abortion tell me I can’t not put what I choose into my own body as long as I do not cause anyone else harm or commit a crime while under its influence? How can someone who is for less government be for military-like police squads busting down your door because someone your kids brought home from school got busted after leaving your house? Do we not own our home and our own bodies in this country anymore? Why is it that nobody uses their real names or emails on here when discussing this issue? I liken this movement to the Gay rights movement somewhat. Everyone is scared to come out of the closet. I guess I should be afraid of retaliation, but I am so sick of this war on our young people, I just don’t care anymore some ones got to say it. We are losing an entire generation of our young people to this war. Please join me in the spreading of knowledge and please continue looking for the person that does not agree and change their minds. The internet has too much information on this subject to stay ignorant. The prohibitionists are saying the same thing they have been saying for 70+ years. It is getting old. I sometimes wonder if President Obama knew what he was doing when he laughed at the most asked question in his first “Town Hall meeting” concerning legalizing taxing and regulating marijuana. I would like to think he is smart enough to know that by laughing it would awaken the “sleeping giant” and the “mothers”. Women played an integral part in the repeal of prohibition of alcohol. I hope our President wanted this to happen. I hope he wanted to have this discussion as he did before he became President when he said the drug war was an utter failure. It is a sad day in my town when another child is kicked out of college because he or she chose to smoke a joint instead of taking an adderall, a xanax or chugging a beer or doing a shot of liquor. How can it be okay if you rape and kill someone and do your time and can apply for Federal Financial aid to go to college as long as you didn’t smoke a joint after you are done killing them? It is a sad day when another neighbor loses their kids to the foster care system or gets shot over this weed. We in Georgia can play a critical part in this change. People in the country joke about Georgia and say that we are so backwards and we will be the last state to do anything. Let’s be the next one. Consider this– If you have a child in college, every President of this great country of ours has admitted to smoking pot, since our children have been alive. The only difference in becoming President and being a non-productive member of society that cannot get financial aid to better themselves and cannot get a job because they have a marijuana conviction, is the difference in getting caught and not getting caught. Please explain that to your children. You can overcome an addiction, but not a conviction. I have raised my children by always speaking the truth and being as non-judgmental as humanly possible and I plead with you parents, do not lie to your children. They will more than likely try cannabis one day and know that you lied to them and don’t forget they have access to the internet. They are not stupid. If you lie to your child about marijuana, they may think you are lying about meth, adderall, alcohol… etc… all of the things they can overdose on in less than 24 hours and die. There has never been a single death of overdose of marijuana. The LD 50 is astronomical. Educated yourself Georgia and then educate everyone you know. Don’t be afraid. I have been talking about this for years and have found only one person that didn’t agree. She is 70 years old and will be coming with me to the next meeting. You will be surprised who agrees. Talk in your church, talk to your local judges. Get the conversation going and keep it going. On the economic side we have spent 70 years and billions on this “War on Drugs” and they can’t seem to keep it out of our kid’s schools. They can’t keep it out of the prisons. How will they ever keep it out of every house in America? This war is very expensive and has no end. They will just keep asking for more money from the tax payers. Drug dealers do not pay taxes and they don’t care about or card our children….Let’s have a common sense rational discussion on this. For me this is not about getting high. This is more about protecting my future grandchildren at this point. If I find a joint in my child or grand-child’s bedroom, I want to handle it with my family, friends and church and professional doctors. I don’t want them to be put into a system and called a criminal for the remainder of their lives by someone who has to uphold the laws in order to keep their job even if they don’t personally agree with them. The most recent polls show that 78% of Americans think that medical marijuana should be legal federally and depending on the polls you look at 48%-51% of Americans think is should be legalized for recreational use for those over 21, like alcohol, the much more dangerous, yet socially acceptable drug. So why is it that 100% of our congress and our President will not even consider it? Join the discussion. Get active..

Brian Cuban

September 21st, 2010
2:39 pm

Eric-True the Constitution does not mention immigration BUT the Supreme Court has ruled that the Congressional power to regulate naturalization, in Article 1, Section 8, also includes the power to regulate immigration

Harm Reduction

September 21st, 2010
3:05 pm

Marijuana and anabolic steroids should be legalized. Neither have been PROVEN to be more deadly than alcohol or tobacco.

Tim

September 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

@Sharon

Great post.

I just have one bone to pick……..

Could you divide it up into paragraphs next time? It just makes it easier on the eyes when reading long articles.

Again, CAN SOMEONE TELL ME IF THIS ARTICLE WAS IN THE PRINT EDITION???

I’m just wondering, because it seems like every AJC article about marijuana is INTERNET-ONLY.

Sharon Ravert

September 21st, 2010
5:21 pm

Sorry Tim. I agree. After seeing it. I thought the same thing. Next time my friend.

Alice

September 21st, 2010
6:57 pm

Here are 2 excerpts from ‘Why We Must Fix Our Prisons’
PARADE – March 29, 2009
(For the full story, search Google for the title above.)

“Justice statistics also show that 47.5% of all the drug arrests in our country in 2007 were for marijuana offenses. Additionally, nearly 60% of the people in state prisons serving time for a drug offense had no history of violence or of any significant selling activity. Indeed, four out of five drug arrests were for possession of illegal substances, while only one out of five was for sales. Three-quarters of the drug offenders in our state prisons were there for nonviolent or purely drug offenses. And although experts have found little statistical difference among racial groups regarding actual drug use, African-Americans–who make up about 12% of the total U.S. population–accounted for 37% of those arrested on drug charges, 59% of those convicted, and 74% of all drug offenders sentenced to prison.”

“In 1984, Japan had a population half the size of ours and was incarcerating 40,000 sentenced offenders, compared with 580,000 in the United States. As shocking as that disparity was, the difference between the countries now is even more astounding–and profoundly disturbing. Since then, Japan’s prison population has not quite doubled to 71,000, while ours has quadrupled to 2.3 million.”

* * *

And from CBS News:

Sarah Palin Calls Marijuana “Minimal Problem”
June 17, 2010
(For the full story, search Google for PALIN and MARIJUANA)

Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday night that law enforcement should not focus its energy on the “minimal problem” of marijuana.

Palin made the comment during an appearance on the Fox Business Network with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

The libertarian Paul said enforcing marijuana restrictions specifically and the war on drugs more generally is a “useless battle,” a point Palin somewhat agreed with, though she was clear that she does not support legalization.

“If we’re talking about pot, I’m not for the legalization of pot,” Palin said. “I think that would just encourage our young people to think that it was OK to go ahead and use it.”

“However, I think we need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts,” Palin added. “If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems we have in society.”

Palin then urged law enforcement to “not concentrate on such a, relatively speaking, minimal problem we have in the country.”

Barring Logic

September 21st, 2010
9:20 pm

Barr – Do your fellow conservative republicans agree with you? I am guessing that the Tea Party folks will agree, but the religous republicans are very against recreational drugs.

I think you lose a number of your ‘followers’ on this one.

So California legallizes pot. Let them. They can collect all kinds of tax money and maybe balance their budget!

Mehiko

September 22nd, 2010
3:21 am

Mexico should just legalize marijuana farming and export to the USA. They are missing out on the medical marijuana opportunity. They could be earning a lot of money right now. Mexico does not need to legalize pot use. But at least legalize pot export to the USA because many Americans are dependent on POT. This will create many jobs for the Mexicans. Mexico should do this NOW and take advantage of the legal export of pot to the USA. The USA would not have to stink up their lands and can get the pot for real CHEAP wholesale prices from Mexico.
Here is the deal:
1. Vote yes on Prop 19.
2. Mexico legalizes production of marijuana for export.
3. USA uses Mexico as wholesale supplier.
4. Repeal Medical Marijuana Program SHAM
5. FDA investigates use of marijuana for treatment and approves whatever can be approved.
6. Bug Congress to make marijuana legal.
7. Everyone’s happy – the entire USA is stoned. Perfect.

You really want to vote Yes on Prop 19?

shaggy

September 22nd, 2010
6:19 am

Mehico,
Just why would we want to out source something that will be just as cheap if done right here in the US by US citizens?
How do you see pot farming as “stinking up their lands”? Cannabis is kind of like clover, in that it fixates nitrogen in the soil, making the soil more fertile and requiring much less fertilizer.

If the Mehicans would just stop bowing to the Catholic church and wear a condom, their people problems would be solved. They breed like violence loving flies, and the machismo illusion causes even more babies that need some place, plus resources, to live.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really have anything against Mehicans…as long as they stay there and fix their own country.

Duncan20903

September 22nd, 2010
2:13 pm

Wow, for a lobbyist with the Marijuana Policy Project Mr. Barr is confused. Prop 215 was not struck down by Raich v. Gonzales. Also it didn’t particularly extend the scope of the commerce clause because the precedent in Raich came from a 1941 SCOTUS ruling in Wickard v. Filburn. In Wickard the farmer that was the principle in the case was arguing that the Feds had no jurisdiction over wheat that was grown for non-commercial purposes, and the SCOTUS found that it was using a mind bending set of logic to give the Feds power over just about anything they decide they want to

For a former lawmaker it is stunning that Mr. Barr believes that the Feds will take any action against Prop 19. The fact that Prop 215 remains the law of the land despite the SCOTUS having 3 opportunities to strike it down, which they most certainly did not do.

C’mon Mr. Barr, what in the world would be the grounds of such a suit by the Feds? Will they next sue all 50 states to make them pass a law punishing Federal income tax evasion?

The Arizona immigration law is stepping directly on a Constitutional power assigned to the Federal government.

Prop 8 is a violation of Constitutional mandate of equal protection of law in the 14th amendment.

Prop 19 is something the Feds don’t like. [game show buzzer] Sorry Bob, the Federal government disliking something isn’t grounds to strike down a lawfully passed ballot referendum. Perhaps the Feds can come up with some novel, twisted theory that ballot initiatives are unconstitutional and strike Prop 19 along with every other ballot initiative passed in California or the other states that have passed laws using the ballot initiative. That’s just not going to play in Peoria if they try such absurdity.

As with Prop 215 the Feds can’t be stopped from coming into California and enforcing their law using their (borrowed) resources. But there is absolutely no way that the Feds can get Prop 19 overturned after it passes. It is cut and dried black letter law and the precedent dates all the way back to the 1920s when the State of New York ‘opted out’ of the 18th amendment by repealing all its state laws against the manufacture and distribution of drinking alcohol.

Perhaps I’m missing something? Well ’splain it to me.
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from a post above: “Pot would already be legal, except for the gubment’s inability to tax and control.”

The California Board of Equalization reported collecting between $50 million and $100 million in 2009 from sales tax imposed on medical cannabis. All patients under the protection of Prop 215/SB420 are legally entitled to grow their medicine. Now what was that flapdoodle that everyone would grow it so there would be no tax revenue? http://www.canorml.org/news/100mil.html Aside from that you’ve most likely have never tried to grow top shelf cannabis. It is far from easy. Oh, it’s also absurd nonsense to claim that cannabis is a weed. The definition of a weed in simply ‘an unwanted plant’. The definition of a weed doesn’t require a plant to be large to be a weed. Algae is a weed and that plant is microscopic. Soleirolia soleirolii also called Mind Your Own Business is a weed and is extremely slow growing. Another thing to consider other thing to consider is how it came to be called a weed. This came about in the early part of the 20th century and was used as propaganda to promote the criminalization of cannabis.

David Staples

September 22nd, 2010
4:46 pm

Marcos – I’m a Libertarian, but I don’t smoke pot. I do support the legalization of it though. I especially support the legalization of industrial hemp. They grow it in Canada, make products out of it and then export them to the US. Why can’t we just grow the raw materials here?

shaggy

September 22nd, 2010
5:55 pm

Duncan20903:

When someone makes an analogy, using “like a weed”, it does not equate describing something “as a weed” you long winded dope.
Weeds grow fast, with very little care. Some of them are better known as “wildflowers”, because they have pretty flowers.
Yes, cannabis grows LIKE a weed. It IS that easy to grow good stuff on marginal land.

Something that is SO EASY to grow, pray tell, where is the revenue coming from. The price will plummet to what it has always been worth, maybe the price of a few ears of corn. There will be no money in it, and all of the criminal element instantly dissolves or moves to meth, coke, politics, or anything else that has a hyper inflated price that makes it worth it to them.

That is how it should be. Now if stupid and lazy people want to pay for inferior government or commercial issue, by all means let them pay. The price of that will still be cheap. It’s called supply & demand. However, it does not change the characteristics of the plant.

IT GROWS LIKE A WEED!

mtlasagna

September 23rd, 2010
12:55 am

shaggy,

I know what it takes to grow superior herb, which is the only kind worth tokin. It isn’t that easy to grow aaa herb unless you are dedicated.

oakland looks like they have a good working model. the bigger ops are unionizing and paying a living wage to their workers to grow top grade stuff.. these are necessary built in costs to prop the oz price but mj’s price should be at least half of current market value and win win win all around. most people will likely prefer to let the pros grow.

personally, i am looking forward to perfecting backyard strains and sharing.

just sayin

shaggy

September 23rd, 2010
6:33 am

mtlasagna,

I think your “personally” statement will turn out to be the rule, which will induce free market, supply & demand prices. Cheap.

I stand by the plant characteristics that make weed, like a weed. I don’t doubt any dedicated gardener’s ability to amp up the plant, however I do know that good, better than commercial grade crops, can come from marginal land, with little effort.

Think digging a hole in the middle of a thicket, putting a few clones in some readily available potting soil, come back in late summer, early fall. If the spot is right and enough water is available, you will have done something very easy that far surpases anything coming via Mexican cartels. Now, if you are able to better care for a similar configuration, because it is legal (no thicket, just a 4′ X 8′ minimally amended plot), you will easily have enough superior backyard bud, for you and plenty to trade. That’s easy.

barking frog

September 23rd, 2010
7:11 am

Californians must comply with Federal Law. That’s
why we are the United States.

mtlasagna

September 23rd, 2010
1:09 pm

shaggy

you do know what you are talking about for sure. i continue to vape the best.

looks like cali is going to legalize, and we shall soon see about prices.

peace

mtlasagna

September 23rd, 2010
1:12 pm

barking frog

real life is much more complex than that.

Joe

September 24th, 2010
2:51 pm

@barking frog
According to the Tenth Amendment, the government of the United States has the power to regulate only matters delegated to it by the Constitution. Other powers are reserved to the states, or to the people (and even the states cannot alienate some of these).

TotallyPropogandized

September 25th, 2010
7:06 pm

I for one am completely against this terrible drug. I’ve seen the studies that I and other taxpayers funded that show unequivocally that this dangerous drug causes white women to seek sexual intercourse with negroes. I mean what kind of world would we live in if it were popularized for WHITE women to seek sexual intercourse with NEGROES????!!!!! The only thing worse than this awful drug is that awful, satanic JAZZ music!!! I mean there is no way in AMERICA there is anything more dangerous than WHITE women who listen to JAZZ and then smoke MARIHUANA with NEGROES!!!

Any other argument is just plain wrong, you see, because the above is the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD!!! They wouldn’t ever base a law on something flat-out false or disregard testimony from licensed medical doctors. I mean, they wouldn’t base a decision on testimony from someone like, say, Stephen Colbert!!!

If you live in California and you DON’T support this measure then you are flat-out an enemy of humanity. No ifs, ands, or buts. Come up with any argument that you like. ALL the real (i.e. peer-reviewed) science shows that this is perhaps the most innocuous substance people ingest on the entire planet.

The only reason that this and other substances remain illegal is it’s government’s way of showing you that even if they can’t possibly police something, that still doesn’t mean they won’t use every angle they can to ass rape their own population. Specifically ass raping the black population in the same manner that they’ve legally done since 1492. God bless America. That isn’t hyperbole, by the way. What do you think happens in prison? ASS RAPE.

gixxer guy

September 27th, 2010
7:59 am

Thinking. It’s always the same thing. To think is to go crazy.