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Marijuana Policy Project has a new video out with positions from the candidates.  The war on drugs will not stop on January 20th, so lets hear how Obama, McCain and the rest would proceed with medical marijuana, decriminalization, and the folly of prohibition.

Please contact your Representatives about reforming marijuana laws!  Support H.R. 5842 and H.R. 5843.

One day, maybe the major parties will get the courage to speak the truth as well as the minor ones.  It is sad when Nader is making more sense than the other candidates.  

I noted Obama's shift to the middle on this issue in another diary, but I have hope that after election day, he and Jim Webb can start solving problems.  As one who has inhaled (and admits that was the point), he is our best hope for change.  They should make that a slogan or something.

MPP is chock full of good video lately.  Check out the Drug Czar in action!  You always wondered what a multi-billion dollar drug war administrator looked like up close, didn't you?  Yes, it is that scary.

(paraphrasing) Governor Palin said she smoked pot legally under Alaska state law, should that disqualify her?

(paraphrasing) Why do you distort statistics, and fail to observe that other countries without our prohibition show similar drug use trends?

He's talking Unicorns?  Is that probable cause?

Originally posted to Jamaste on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 10:56 AM PDT.

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  •  Legalize now! (8+ / 0-)

    DARE to stop wasting taxpayer money on the bogus "War on Drugs!"

    "In a time of universal deceit -- telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

    by MA Liberal on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 10:58:47 AM PDT

  •  The Cindy opiate story (8+ / 0-)

    can be used as a hook to highlight McCain's hypocracy. He supports draconian sentences lor OTHER PEOPLE.

    This is a test of the Emergency Free Speech System.
    This is only a test.
    If this had been an actual emergency, I'd already be locked up.

    by ben masel on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 11:02:01 AM PDT

    •  Like the weepy Duke Cunningham when his (4+ / 0-)
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      Cedwyn, trashablanca, Jamaste, RepTracker

      son was busted with hundreds of pounds of marijuana crossing State lines...

      Son of lawmaker sentenced to prison

      Randall Cunningham gets 2 1/2 years for smuggling marijuana

      Source: San Diego Union-Tribune. 18 November 1998, pp. B-1, B-10.

      By Bill Murphy

      BOSTON — Randall Todd Cunningham was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison yesterday for marijuana smuggling, after his father, the Republican congressman from Escondido, made a tearful plea for leniency.

      The term was half the mandated five years and was supported by the prosecutor. In imposing sentence, Judge Reginald C. Lindsay noted that the 29-year-old Cunningham had no prior convictions and had provided information that led to the arrests of higher-ups in the smuggling operation.

      It was the first time Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham had come to the court in Massachusetts since his son and several others were charged with smuggling 400 pounds of marijuana from the San Diego area to Lawrence Airport on Jan. 17, 1997.

      In August of last year, the younger Cunningham pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and conspiracy.

      The congressman has supported the death penalty for drug kingpins and has supported erecting a fence at the Mexican-American border to keep out drug smugglers.

      In a tear-choked voice, Cunningham wondered whether he had some responsibility for his son’s having fallen into difficulty. He said he had not spent much time with the boy when the child was growing up.

      During those years, he said, he piloted 300 missions in the Vietnam War. “I was shot down,” said Cunningham, a highly decorated Navy pilot.

      He and his first wife adopted Randall Todd, but the couple later divorced. The boy lived with his mother in St. Louis, Cunningham said, and spent one month a year with him.

      “This is . . .” Cunningham said, as his voice trailed off, “This is difficult.” He began to cry.

      “I’m sure you see people from broken homes here every day,” he told the judge.

      He said his son is basically a good person who made a bad decision.

      ... the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

      by Tirge Caps on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 11:07:47 AM PDT

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      •  bad decision? (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm sure he didn't decide to get caught, he decided to make some money.  That's good old American capitalism, and imho better than the cronyism and kickbacks that sent 'Duke' to the pen.

        •  Agreed. But what I think about is, a lot of (0+ / 0-)

          the prison population is people who, essentially, made a bad decision. Cunningham, like the rest, wants forgiveness but not to forgive.

          ... the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

          by Tirge Caps on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 11:36:50 AM PDT

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    •  the DFH lobby has spoken (4+ / 0-)

      ; P

      thank you, jamaste!  even if we don't exalt them to the rec list as often as we should, your diaries are very important and appreciated!  the drug war thing is, sadly, third or fourth tier for most.

      * sigh *

      "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

      by Cedwyn on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 11:10:25 AM PDT

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  •  God Put That Weed On Earth for a Reason (2+ / 0-)
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    Who are these people to question God?

    This is CLASS WAR, and the other side is winning.

    by Mr X on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 11:04:38 AM PDT

  •  Action Alert: Ask Ahnold to Protect the patients (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Did you know (1+ / 0-)
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    Palin doesn't support legalizing marijuana, worrying about the message it would send to her four kids. But when it comes to cracking down on drugs, she says methamphetamines are the greater threat and should have a higher priority.

    Palin said she has smoked marijuana -- remember, it was legal under state law, she said, even if illegal under U.S. law -- but says she didn't like it and doesn't smoke it now.

    "I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled."

    http://dwb.adn.com/...

  •  Thanks for your diaries btw (1+ / 0-)
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    There are a number of others who diary on this issue, but their tone is exceptionally offputting (even irritating) and may be one of the many reasons as to why the issue doesn't get further traction here on Daily Kos. Yours is not, it's reasonable and doesn't harsh my buzz.

    I know that sounds rude to those others, but hey man, I don't care. :-)

    •  thanks man, i appreciate it (2+ / 0-)
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      A euphoria assassin, I shall not be.

      I'm all for responsible delivery of the message.  The facts are so overwhelmingly on my side of the issue, delivery is everything.

      •  they are indeed (1+ / 0-)
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        I mean I won't lie to people and tell them it's a wonder cure for everything, and it has side effects (although mild, however I really hate the time dilation) like anything else, but it won't kill you, it won't damage your liver and you do it at home anyway where you won't have to drive home.

        did you see that report that it causes psychosis? I believe it was a Spanish study that's in one of the journals of psychiatry. I'm not going to go and say it's a flat out lie, but I don't think it fucks with anyone's mental capacity unless they already had an underlying condition.  It seems to have unleashed an anxiety disorder in me---easily cured with a kava drink or pill (and THOSE, especially if made from the root from scratch!) don't cause liver failure no matter what the Europeans keep trying to say!)

  •  Wisconsin will pass a medical bill next year. (2+ / 0-)
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    The more pro-cannabis candidates took 6 of the 7 Assembly Primaries I was tracking Tuesday. Last year the Republican Speaker blocked any action on both medical and agricultural hemp bills. His 3 seat majority will fall. Already down to 2, as the sole Republican to cosponsor the Med bill filed for re-election as an independent. There were a dozen more GOPers who'd told me privately they'd vote for the Med bill, but 5 of those retired.

    This is a test of the Emergency Free Speech System.
    This is only a test.
    If this had been an actual emergency, I'd already be locked up.

    by ben masel on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 11:54:43 AM PDT

    •  that is good news (1+ / 0-)
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      trashablanca

      The Feds look increasingly foolish as the State reforms mount.  Opinions are changing.  The old hippie-haters aren't dead yet, but some of them have aids/cancer/glaucoma/neuropathic pain and/or a rational opinion of the failed drug war.

  •  Cut the crime rate by at least half overnight... (1+ / 0-)
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    legalize drugs. Cut the deficit; tax them.

  •  My daughter was jailed for taking one hit (1+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca

    My daughter was camping with two friends out in the middle of the national forest at 11:00 pm on a Saturday night when some local Barny Fife from the local Drug Enforcement Team (Not an officer) sat in the woods for 30 minutes spying on them and busted them when one of them rolled a joint and passed it around.

    She spent a 1 1/2 days in jail as we were out of town.  I had to put up $1100 in cash bond, $1250 for a lawyer and another few hundred $$ for drug/alcohol evaluations and pre-trial programs.

    All for taking one hit off a joint.

    illegal or not, that is complete overkill and helps no one except the lawyers and the county via the fines.

    •  sad state of affairs (1+ / 0-)
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      Perhaps the biggest problem with the drug war is that is turns private, peaceful interactions between citizens into targets for the police state.

      I'm sorry about the ordeal your daughter went through.  I hope you'll click the link in the introduction to contact your Representatives about pending legislation and support the causes in the first comment.

      We can and will stop this idiocy.

  •  okay...i so did not just say this (2+ / 0-)
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    but this diary needs to be reposted.  maybe sometime over the weekend, when things are a little calmer.

    ; P

    "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

    by Cedwyn on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 12:59:13 PM PDT

    •  and make sure (2+ / 0-)
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      to throw in something about mccain's hypocrisy with it all regarding his own wife's addiction-fueled crimes and subsequent lack of any punishment whatsover.  his egregious cover-ups, etc.  

      maybe add a blurb about wasilla being the meth center of the yukon...they'll have to rec it!

      ; P

      we're going to do this...there will be a drug war diary on the rec list, dammit!

      "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

      by Cedwyn on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 01:02:44 PM PDT

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      •  content and reposting (2+ / 0-)
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        I feel like there is way MORE content out there on the folly of prohibition than I can keep up with.  I'll keep this video in mind in the near future.  I hope this story about McCain strong-arming the DEA gets some traction.

        •  me too (2+ / 0-)
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          and it's why now is the perfect storm for getting this diary up on the rec list.  it's about the candidates and drug policy is in mccain's face right now in a big way.

          i know it sucks; there is a lot of other content to be posted.  but this candidate diary has the best chance of hitting the rec list with this topic.  and one such diary on the rec list will move the debate, at least here on dkos, far more than other diaries with very important points about the drug war.  sad, but real.

          "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

          by Cedwyn on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 01:34:51 PM PDT

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          •  say... (2+ / 0-)
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            I don't think you've posted one about this yet.

            ;)

            Rock on with your bad self Cedwyn.  I know the MPP folks would love another voice of reason over here on Kos.

            •  okay fine (2+ / 0-)
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              dadanation, trashablanca

              i'll repost this, with your permission and a few add-ons.  

              ; P

              "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

              by Cedwyn on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 01:46:37 PM PDT

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