A survey released this week by the publication Law Officer revealed that a majority of law enforcement officers want to see our country’s marijuana laws reformed.
The poll, which questioned over 11,000 law enforcement officers regarding their opinions on drug policy, revealed that just over 64% believed our marijuana laws needed to be relaxed in some form. When asked “Do you believe possession of marijuana for personal use should…” and presented with several options, 35.68% of respondents stated that marijuana be legalized, regulated and taxed, 10.84% chose that it should be be legalized for medical reasons and with a doctor’s prescription only, 14.24% said it should continue to be illegal but only punished via fines (no incarceration), and 3.68% said marijuana should simply be decriminalized. Only 34.7% believed marijuana should continue to be illegal with the criminal penalties that are currently in place.
“This poll reveals that support for marijuana prohibition is eroding even amongst those who are serving on the front lines enforcing it,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “When a majority of the American people and most of those tasked with implementing a law disagree with it in principle, it is time to change that law.”
You can view the full results of this survey here.
“Prohibition cannot be enforced for the simple reason that the majority of the American people do not want it enforced and are resisting its enforcement. That being so, the orderly thing to do under our form of government is to abolish a law that cannot be enforced, a law which the people of the country do not want enforced.” – New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia on alcohol prohibition.
The enactment of medicinal cannabis laws is not associated with any rise in statewide criminal activity and may even be related to reductions in incidences of violent crime, according to data published online in the journal PLoS ONE.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas tracked crime rates across all 50 states between the years between 1990 and 2006, a time period during which 11 states legalized marijuana for medical use. Authors reviewed FBI data to determine whether there existed any association between the passage of medicinal cannabis laws and varying rates of statewide criminal activity, specifically reported crimes of homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, and auto theft.
Investigators reported that the passage of medical marijuana laws was not associated with an increase in any of the seven crime types assessed, but that liberalized laws were associated with decreases in certain types of violent crime.
“The central finding gleaned from the present study was that MML (medical marijuana legalization) is not predictive of higher crime rates and may be related to reductions in rates of homicide and assault,” authors reported. “Interestingly, robbery and burglary rates were unaffected by medicinal marijuana legislation, which runs counter to the claim that dispensaries and grow houses lead to an increase in victimization due to the opportunity structures linked to the amount of drugs and cash that are present. Although, this is in line with prior research suggesting that medical marijuana dispensaries may actually reduce crime in the immediate vicinity.”
Researchers concluded: “Medical marijuana laws were not found to have a crime exacerbating effect on any of the seven crime types. On the contrary, our findings indicated that MML precedes a reduction in homicide and assault. … In sum, these findings run counter to arguments suggesting the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes poses a danger to public health in terms of exposure to violent crime and property crimes.”
Full text of the study, “The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Crime: Evidence from State Panel Data, 1990-2006,” appears online here.
Deluded… Delusional… Are we all simply deluded? Were we programmed from birth, by pre-formatted parents? Were our grandparents and their parents beliefs, morals and ideals forged from governmental guidelines and religious rules?
Sounds far-fetched, I know. Just the title screams “conspiracy theory” without making a sound! I think many of us can relate to the thin line between delusion and reality! This is the space that is widening for middle-class Americans. Our country is now the ultra rich and the poor. There is a war on the poor happening in America right now.
Forty years ago, President Nixon started the “War on Drugs”. We know this war has only been effective in destroying the lives of the poor. We know this war has been a racist war on the poor as well, affecting people of Color, disproportionately so from Caucasians.
This war has affected the poor and people of color more than any other group in the U.S. Please see the informative graph below. It simply explains the racism involved in this broken, immoral war that has been going on for 40 years. It is time to end this racism and incarceration. We need education not incarceration for drug abuse and non-violent drug offenders.
Recently, a man in a southern state, was sentenced to 13 years in prison, with 5 of those years being hard labor for possession of 2 marijuana cigarettes. Mandatory minimum sentences are killing families in America.
Americans, it is time to end this horrible, human-rights violation, called the War on Drugs. This war has proved to be a racist war that has actually increased the amount of illicit drugs used and has caused the destruction of millions of families over 40 years. The War on Drugs has not protected people. It has been a huge waste of money, resources and life. Thousands upon thousands of Americans and others in surrounding countries have been killed by cartels, law enforcement and black market drug deals and it is all linked back to the terrible, failed War on Drugs! Let’s also not forget all those police officers killed in the line of duty and the innocent victims of the war on drugs.
It is early in Colorado’s legalization movement, but so far, crime rates have gone down substantially and the state’s tax revenues from legal marijuana are in the millions of dollars. This is a win/win situation so far for Colorado. Take away the demand by decriminalizing, regulating, taxing and educating citizens on marijuana and the benefits and dangers. Anything in excess is bad, whether it be alcohol or allergy medication.
Please add your name to the petition below by clicking on the icon and sign the petition to end the prohibition on Marijuana. It is time to take this first step. 13 years in prison for 1 or 2 grams of a natural plant? This is real, click the link above for the news story. this just happened! The man charged with this will be over 60 years old when he gets out of prison, if he gets out of prison. His family life, his job, his everything is gone because of 2 little cigarettes of marijuana… for his own personal use. He wasn’t doing anything violent or assaulting anyone. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now his life is ruined for the time being. Also, tax-payers will be paying for 13 years of his life in prison for 2 marijuana joints! This is insane. End the police state that we all live in!
Please, if you have empathy for your fellow Americans, help end the suffering from this immoral, human rights travesty called the War on Drugs!
Are we doomed? Does Wal-Mart lurk right around your corner? Does Wal-Mart enhance your community? Does it attract diverse and…er…uh….(whatever this person below is doing) type of people?
Makes me almost cry when I see such intelligent Americans just strutting their stuff. We call these Americans, “Stinky-Finger” Americans.
See, Wal-Mart totally has all types of Wal-Mart Americans! This woman clearly graduated from the School of Beauty…mmmm….She smells like sweet success… :)
See…rhinestone does make your ass look twice as huge! Double Butt Wal-Mart America. They smell funny!
A “Party without Sluts is NOT a party, Wal-Mart American” This type is dangerous. If you run into this type of American…You might get sucked in to a long and stupid conversation…This may cause you to realize you are doomed to a world of sluts…that make parties funner…
Goddamn right girl!!! So what your gigantic back titties are a wiggling and jigglin…Let those back titties goooooo girl! This is definitely “let them tittays go Wal-Mart Americans”! Caution, these types have been known to kill with the Wal-Mart carts they ride on!
I sincerely hope you learned about these troubling times. Wal-Mart Americans are being lumped into unfair, yet true, categories, offering scientific evidence we are not evolving but devoloving!
PTSD Sufferers are physically and emotionally “changed” from the trauma and/or abuse they suffered from, even if the trauma was from an isolated event such as a tornado, natural disaster, car wreck, etc. you get the picture. The point is, both physical changes to the brain have been proven scientifically and subsequent changes to the PTSD victim’s health and quality of life are affected in various ways on the spectrum of PTSD symptomatology.
Eric Holder Would Be ‘Glad To Work With Congress’ To Reschedule Marijuana
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal government considers the most dangerous drugs, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.
“We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at and reexamine how the drug is scheduled, as I said there is a great degree of expertise that exists in Congress,” Holder said during a House Appropriations Committee hearing. “It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made.”
Several members of Congress have called on the administration to downgrade cannabis on its own without waiting for congressional action. Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, the attorney general has the authority to “remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule.” Holder didn’t indicate Friday that he would be willing to do that unilaterally.
Several Republican lawmakers at the hearing questioned Holder’s decision to allow Colorado and Washington to legalize and regulate marijuana and to take the states’ actions into consideration when prioritizing federal marijuana prosecutions. But Holder said that he was “not sure that you’re going to see a huge difference” between the cases the Justice Department was bringing before and after guidance went out to U.S. attorneys on which cases to prioritize.
“We’re not blazing a new trail,” Holder said of the decision to prosecute only certain cases based on the department’s limited resources, noting that much of marijuana law enforcement happens on the state and local levels.
Any move to reschedule marijuana would probably face resistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, which Holder oversees. DEA chief Michele Leonhart said this week that the growing acceptance of marijuana only makes her agents “fight harder.”
Veterans of our military are returning from war in desperate need of PTSD treatment. The problem is, there really is no medication that can be prescribed to truly treat vets and adults suffering from this terrible psychological and physical condition. Typically, a medication and counseling regimen is prescribed in victims that seek help. Effectiveness varies in individuals of course, but many have turned to the effects of cannabis and report this is “the only thing that helps”.
PTSD sufferers also avoid ANY stimulus that may cause flashbacks of the trauma experienced, whether it be war, child abuse, molestation, rape, assault and any other traumatic experience which may have happened.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
“Reliving” the traumatic event through thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares (Flashbacks can be triggered by anything that causes a memory of the trauma. For example, a war veteran might experience a flashback after seeing a low-flying helicopter).
Experiencing a rapid heart beat and sweating while “reliving” the traumatic event
Feeling emotionally detached from other people
Avoidance of anything associated with the trauma
A strong response when shocked
Extreme vigilance – Always feeling “on guard”
Difficulty with social situations
Inability to properly care for loved ones
Every day in America, 22 veterans end their lives because living with PTSD is just too much for them to handle. It is not uncommon for the PTSD sufferer to have irritability, sadness, feelings of worthlessness and shame. Many PTSD victims never express or have a very difficult time expressing their emotions and especially, expressing the trauma. Very high percentages of PTSD victims have tried to commit suicide and many are successful. It is a huge public health issue in America.
There are many triggers for the individual with PTSD. If the adult was molested or raped as a child, then perhaps, a violent scene in a movie may start the flashbacks. It’s the same for vets returning home from war. They may have flashbacks of the horrors of war. They may have flashbacks of dead bodies, piles of human parts…it really is a nightmare. The flashbacks leave a person fatigued, yet anxiety ridden, stealing any quality of life.
Nightmares are another common symptom of PTSD. These nightmares can be so bad, that the PTSD sufferer tries purposely, not to sleep. The insomnia exacerbates the PTSD and the cycle starts all over.
Studies have actually shown brain changes in the right temporal lobe of the brain in adults abused as children. The changes, are similar to those that would be expected in a person with epilepsy.
Recent research has shown that the human body’s endocanabinoid system is different in people suffering from PTSD. Researchers in Israel, think they may have actually found a medication that works with the human endocannabinoid system. Cannabis! Otherwise known as marijuana.
Cannabis contains THC and CBD. It is a complex plant to explain without getting very technical. The American Government has just allowed studies to be conducted on treating PTSD with cannabis.
Many veterans already treat the condition with cannabis, as it is much safer than the antipsychotic medications such as Seroquel, Abilify, Geodon, Thorazine and many others. Antidepressants can actually increase suicide risk in PTSD sufferers more so than in depressed individuals without PTSD.
Veterans and many other PTSD sufferers are reporting relief from almost all of the symptoms of PTSD and a reduction in obsessive thoughts and suicidal ideation. Science is backing this up in the studies that have been done thus far in other countries by Neurology researchers.
Hopefully, veterans and all PTSD sufferers will be allowed safe, medical access to a medication… a natural medication that does not elevate liver enzymes, cause life threatening syndromes such as Serotonin Syndrome and even death.
Victims of PTSD are not “bipolar”. They have ups and downs, sometimes several in an hour. PTSD victims are not crazy. They need love and support. Trust and empathy. PTSD affects so many children and adults in America. It’s time to address this epidemic.
For more technical research, please visit this link. Click Here.
Please click the “sign the petition” below to support the veterans and all who suffer from this terrible condition. The majority of PTSD sufferers are children that were abused at a young age during the development of their young brains. The symptoms slowly start to manifest until it becomes unbearable for the PTSD victim at times. Unfortunately, the suicide numbers are very high in PTSD victims. Please sign the petition and help those without a voice.
Please, again, sign the petition for all who suffer.
Article by Emery Myers RN, DON-CLTC, Marine Corps Veteran.
These are real quotes that I have copied and pasted. I have left the people’s names off for anonymity.
We all know the hypocrisy of the government allowing cigarettes and alcohol to be taxed and regulated. Both of which have NO medical applications, yet Cannabis is kept a schedule 1 drug, along with Heroin and PCP. Cocaine is considered a schedule 2 drug. Xanax and Lortab are schedule 3 drugs. Schedule 1 drugs are considered to have NO medical benefit. 20 states have enacted medical marijuana laws and many more are working on medical marijuana laws right now…except KANSAS!
Please click and sign our petition to decriminalize a medicinal plant, cannabis and allow patients safe access to a medicine that has been used for more than 5000 years by humans.
Politicians argue that Cannabis is “so much stronger now”. Well, what about 190 proof Everclear…which is an alcoholic drink that…
The Real England is a concise, direct, and not-so-gentle window into the depths of the leftovers of the world’s once greatest empire. It is told from the perspective of one lone (or not so lone) long term visitor. It informs one of the dregs of the country and helps to explain quaint British oddities such as the crack addicted chav.