There is a light at the end of the tunnel for us

By renegades · Feb 11, 2007 · Updated Feb 12, 2007 · ·
  1. renegades
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    The Democratic sweep in the 2006 mid-term elections has done more than finally install a woman (who is a dingbat) as Speaker of the House. It also has put one of the most vocal critics of the ill-starred "war on drugs" in a position to affect federal drug policy. On January 18, Ohio Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, one of the most progressive Democratic voices in the House, was appointed as chair of the new House Government Reform and Oversight subcommittee on domestic policy, causing drug reform organizations coast-to-coast to rejoice in hopes that a moment for significant change may have finally come.(time to celebrate)
    This subcommittee replaces the now-defunct Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources subcommittee, which was headed up by staunch drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder (R-Indiana)(BOO). Kucinich will assume many of his oversight duties, including policy oversight of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and appointed Drug Czar John Walters. (awesome) One commentator on crowed that "the responsibility of overseeing the ONDCP has effectively been transferred from Congress's most reckless drug warrior to its most outspoken drug policy reformer." (cool)
    "He is certainly the polar opposite of his predecessor, Mark Souder," says Allen St. Pierre, spokesman for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML. "Since the time the [ONDCP] was created in 1988, there have always been friendly people in that subcommittee and the ONDCP has always been able to get what they want under the guise of protecting children and saving America from drugs. But Kucinich doesn't believe any of that. Any of it!"
    For instance, St. Pierre notes, Kucinich is a supporter of industrial hemp, the non-psychoactive product of the cannabis sativa plant. He is also a supporter of medical marijuana and of the federal rescheduling of marijuana, where it is currently illegal as a Schedule I drug, classified as having "no medical value." This classification clashes with states such as California (there's a dozen in all), which have legalized medical use of marijuana, and leads directly to the current rash of raids on medical marijuana dispensaries by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Kucinich is expected, St. Pierre says, to be a sponsor of a new bill to be introduced in March that would decriminalize pot.
    Washington insiders, however, are not holding their breath for great upheaval in federal drug policy. Sources close to the appointment, who asked not to be named, say that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the Democratic leadership have effectively embargoed major crime or drug policy legislation for the next two years, to avoid looking soft on crime in the 2008 election.:mad:
    Nancy Pelosi the time for change is now not two years from now. Reeducate Americans about how treatment is better than more prisons as what happen in California. So upset with Pelosi 1 wanting to wait two years so as to capture the White House instead of tackling the biggest problems facing this country. she won't have to take sides and piss off a block of voters. That shows poor leadership. Does she not have principles, morals and values that guide her decision making. You cannot govern by polls and playing favorites.

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  1. Riconoen {UGC}
    Kick ass, but the end was kind of a downer.
  2. renegades
    Sorry for the bummer ending. Sometimes swim get bent out of shape with somebody because swim wants them to act now if swim feel it is urgent not later, 2 years later. How many more are going to be arrested over the next 2 years and imprisoned because someone doesn't want to appear soft on crime before the 2008 Presidential elections. AH swim is doing it again. swim will just forget about Pelosi so swim don't go on these tirads. But still swim is still pretty angry when swo, saw that comment in the article. Oh well, it could be worse, Congress could be expanding it's role, but now with Kuncinich running the House Committee, it should be more quiet than usual over at the DEA. Mr. K obviously does not want additional drug laws he feels we already have enough. Now lets see the DEA go up to him and ask him to approve the scheduling of 240 new compounds to CSAs. What an mess that list would become and swim thinks Mr. K might just be that person to put a stop to this scheduing ol these RCs especially if they are unusual like the DEA says they are. Someone want to call his office at the House to find out where he might stand on the issue.
  3. zera
    Here's a video of the aforementioned Rep Mark Souder, being torn apart by Tucker Carlson

    The video starts out with Tucker basically tearing apart the ONDCP anti-drug ads, pointing out evidence that they actually increase drug use. Souder then tries to claim that the study (done by the General Accounting Office of Congress) was "secretly hijacked by liberals." Later douchebag drug warrior Souder goes on to explain how modern marijuana is much stronger than the "Cheech and Chong ditch weed" and hence is more like "cocaine." Can you imagine the staggering ignorance of a man who's basically in charge of US drug policy making this assertion? How the hell does higher THC content make something like cocaine, a substance that has a completely different pharmacological profile. That's like saying "Vodka has a much higher concentration of alcohol than beer, it's nothing like the Miller Light I drank in college, it's much more like heroin."

    Souder also claims that all marijuana users eventually use other drugs, except in the "very early phases of addiction." When grilled by Tucker over how many people have ever died of a marijuana overdose, Souder weasels out of the question by saying that that's impossible to determine because marijuana is almost always mixed with other drugs and that there's no such thing as a "casual marijuana user." The last line in the show Tucker says "Well I know plenty of casual marijuana users, so that's wrong. Good bye congressman."

    Anyway great video, that helps explain why the drug war is still going on in this country: our public officials are idiots.
  4. Riconoen {UGC}
    You hit it right ont the head zera.
  5. El Calico Loco
    Cynical as I am, there have been various events lately that have given me hope. The FDA approved a study on the befenits of MDMA for PTSD sufferers. Daniel Pinchbeck appeared on The Colbert Report. The LEAP video on youtube has had almost 30000 views and a 4 star rating. There is hope.

    Little known fact: the most vocal opponent of the drug war is a Republican from Texas. He introduces bills to decriminalize marijuana all the time. I love that guy.

  6. Lunar Loops
    Not wishing to sound like a pessimistic old git (but I am about to anyway), it is merely the headlights from the oncoming prohibitionist juggernaut that is about to mow down your hopes and dreams.

    The problem is much money and much time has been devoted to the war on drugs. Politicians have an aversion to admitting that they were wrong (take a look at Iraq) even if they know they were. Add these two little facts together and you get.....NO CHANGE IN POLICY.
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