Marijuana Petition Reply: Old Lies by a Legally Bound Liar

Marijuana Petition Reply: Old Lies by a Legally Bound Liar

On Saturday the White House issued its official response to the marijuana petition on their We The People website. This petition not only beat out all others by gathering over 70,000 signatures, it was accompanied by 4 other marijuana-related petitions in just the top ten submissions. While nobody was particularly optimistic about the marijuana petition’s potential for real change, especially given the Obama administration’s ongoing attempts to kill off medical marijuana with no regard for state law or civil rights, the answer we got was little more than a meaningless bureaucratic statement; peppered with lies and devoid of compassion or common sense.

Choosing to go with their usual chief deceiver, the White House had its drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, respond to the marijuana legalization petition. To say that the man’s job is literally to tell lies is not hyperbole either; the 1998 Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act actually directs whoever the drug czar is to “ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I… and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of [such a] substance.” By law, Kerlikowske has to oppose marijuana legalization and he is free to make things up to support this position as the Government Accountability Office does “not see a need to examine the accuracy of the… Director’s individual statements in detail.” Your government at work.

To break down the statement into all the separate lies that make it up would frankly take too long and show nothing new about the federal government’s absurd, unsustainable and fundamentally un-democratic position on marijuana. The opening paragraph truly says it all:

“When the President took office, he directed all of his policymakers to develop policies based on science and research, not ideology or politics. So our concern about marijuana is based on what the science tells us about the drug’s effects.”

And with that, the nation’s top drug warrior launches into a tirade of bunk science and outdated ideology, never really addressing the actual words of the marijuana petition. After linking to some National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) “facts” about marijuana’s negative effects and addiction potential (from an agency that expressly refuses to fund any studies that do not portray marijuana in a negative light), Kerlikowske dusts off the old chestnut about super potent modern marijuana. He also trots out the correlation between marijuana use and voluntary drug treatment admissions and emergency room visits. This is, of course, a meaningless fact since a majority of “voluntary treatment admissions” are a result of court plea deals for marijuana possession cases. As for emergency room visits, this statistics is a result of the high likelihood that someone admitted for an actual drug overdose has probably smoked marijuana sometime in course of the previous month.

The Drug Czar insists that the Obama administration will “ardently support ongoing research into determining what components of the marijuana plant can be used as medicine,” but that smoked marijuana is not the answer. Wouldn’t that make make edibles and vaporizing perfectly fine then? Should that have been a separate marijuana petition? Sadly, this research into “components” is just code for handing the industry over to Big Pharma.

A few more choice doublespeak moments:

“I recognize we are not going to arrest our way out of the problem.”

The crackdown on medical marijuana in California says otherwise.

“Preventing drug use is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences in America.”

There is NOTHING cost-effective about 40 years of a failed War on Drugs.

This is how much President Obama cares about the marijuana petition and the will of the people; not only is the answer a completely hollow rehash of old unfounded claims, it is given by the one person legally authorized to lie in defense of prohibition. Enough is enough, change will only come from the people, our leavers truly have abandoned us.

By: GreenerPastures

Disclaimer: These opinions and statements made in these posts are solely the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinion of 420 Petition and its parent company.



5 Responsesto “Marijuana Petition Reply: Old Lies by a Legally Bound Liar”

  1. flowergirl89 says:

    The Private prison companies rely on marijuana violations to fill their prisons for profit. They have become very powerfull and put alot of money into politics, and lawmaking. Look up followthemoney.org and see where the CCA has been putting their money. Reports Results

    Policy Lock-Down: Prison Interests Court Political Players
    by the Institute on Money in State Politics, May 02, 2006

    Companies involved in building, financing and operating private prisons gave $3.3 million over two election cycles, channeling nearly two-thirds of the money to candidates and party committees in states with some of the toughest sentencing laws. This report looks at overall giving, as well as contributions by the companies and their lobbyists in 10 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

  2. UFeedMe says:

    50% of the US population wants it legal. Millions use it successfully to treat illness and improve the quality of their life. Bit of a stretch to call it anecdotal evidence at that point, wouldn’t you say?

    Why doesn’t anyone mention the emergency room visits from the dangerous synthetic “spice” cannabinoids still being sold across the US? Has anyone stopped to think that there would be no market for these products if marijuana were available legally? Go ahead Mr. Drug Czar, explain that. Tell me why it is OK that a teenager can buy synthetic cannabinoids and get sent to the hospital but an adult cannot legally purchase marijuana and use it safely of their own home? Do you mean to imply that marijuana sends a significant portion of users to hospital? Simply not true. Let’s see the stats. Open the books. Explain how your drug policy did not create this far more dangerous alternative to natural marijuana? These drugs did not go away with the recent ban of several chemicals (out of thousands of possible) and will continue to made and sold. Keep in mind ALL of these substances have absolutely no history of any human use (much less safe use)! Maybe people wouldn’t be choosing to make themselves into lab rats for fear of adverse consequences caused solely by prohibition? Just a thought.

    They take the statistics of every person with marijuana in their bloodstream without consideration for actual cause of hospital or rehab visits and lump them together to manufacture an at best super shaky statistic. Don’t we ALL know better than that?

    Then we have all this rhetoric about super potent marijuana and lack of standards and quality control – and guess what? Still no overdoses. Still no deaths. For something so rampantly out of control it still seems pretty damn safe to me. Name JUST 1 other widely used drug or chemical you can say that for! Still resorting to rhetoric from the 80′s and standing behind gagged figurehead politicians. “Standards and quality control” = “we want control” – of the whole thing. “Super potent” marijuana is actually SAFER because you only need to use much less (which people do) than in past years.

    To the Americans who don’t smoke: Stop and listen. You are being lied to just the same as the people who wish to have the freedom to use this plant without fear of persecution and arrest.

    Are we really going to stand by as a country and watch the government hand over marijuana to big pharma, charge us astronomical amounts of money to get it, force us to see and pay expensive doctors to get their version of it, force us to justify why we use it, force us to try several synthetic medicines before being allowed to use it – and continue to stand by and watch our fellow Americans get arrested and thrown in jail for recreational use while we guzzle down the state-sponsored alcohol?

    “Arresting our way out” is not the way, but that is what we continue to do every day! So what is the way? “Buy components of it from big pharma”? Oh you don’t have insurance? Tough luck. What about the people who use it for recreation? Keep throwing them in jail for using the same drug that is contained in your future big pharma patented approved product?

    This is about control and money. Period. This situation exposes the American government for what they really are. A rich, money-hungry regime with no care or consideration for democracy or their citizens wants and needs. You don’t hear anyone debating the accuracy of the recent Gallup poll do you? That’s because if they did they know the results would only show an INCREASE in the support of legalization.

    Our politicians are bought and paid for in full. That is a fact. Why do we need permission to use one of the safest plants on the planet? Why must the plant be stripped apart for “components”? Why must we be forced to believe our neighbors are criminals? Prohibition of such a safe substance could only be motivated by greed and control. What would happen if MJ was legalized? People might start to think about other things they want to change, they might actually feel they should have a say in the laws of the country in which they live. The people in charge might have to answer for their lies, abuse, and deceit.

  3. Robert Esposito says:

    Hey Obama, Stop being the lying bastard you are and LEGALIZE cannabis. You said you would, so DO IT! Fuck congress. Be a man and do what more than half of the country wants. We the people are SICK of your lies. Legalize, Legalize, Legalize. Stop wasting money and the cops time to bust GOOD people. WE fucking WANT IT. RPE

  4. Robert Esposito says:

    One more thing that asshole Gil Kerlikowske looks like he could use a toke himself. Where did you find that piece os SHIT. RPE

  5. Jack Gunner says:

    My God, look at him! If anyone needs cannabis–BADLY–it’s this clown!

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