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June 06, 2012


So how do the two candidates, President Obama and ex-Governor of MA, Mitt Romney, stack up when it comes to the "War on Drugs", cannabis reform and legalization of recreational drugs? It's a hot topic, though seriously, Americans polled have had enough of this war... enough of the whole Reefer Madness thing.

The truth be told, and I know this will be hard to believe, but Reefer Madness is a myth! Yeah, the Reefer Madness of the 1930's and all that "marijuana will make a person insane", sort of stuff, lead to harder drugs, "destroy our youth". There are far worse things out there hurting youth than marijuana! And why do I say this? Because in the upcoming Presidential election, legalization of cannabis, whether for medicinal, recreational or for both uses is a priority topic, whether the candidates know that or not, well, lol, they should. One of many, latest polls, show 56% of Americans favor legalizing cannabis. Source: LEAP (56% Approve).

The basic question is, why is cannabis illegal when compared to alcohol and tobacco which can be or are seriously harmful, legal, and cannabis is not, and people don't die from it's effects? Why would the government continue to criminalize a plant like cannabis? Why would the government lie? What truth is there in cannabis being a threat to public health. As I said before, there's far worse out there and meanwhile people are being locked up, or charged with a misdemeanor or worse for possession of a plant.

And of course the age old argument, if cannabis/marijuana has no medical benefits, then how is it possible to have synthetic versions of cannabis marketed as beneficial drugs? And to add sand in one's face, the ONDCP recently released a statement that cannabis research is ongoing, and when new drugs are found they will be properly handled... What??? Cannabis is a Schedule One drug, no research into potential benefits is permitted by law. Look it up.

Obviously something doesn't add up, and hasn't for quite some time. So...

Let's take a look at the two Presidential prize-fighters dueling it out in the ring?

Mr. Mitt Romney and current US President, Barack Obama. Their positions on legalizing cannabis. Their knowledge of the subject. Past histories with regards to personal experience.

I'll begin with Mitt Romney, ex-governor of Massachusetts - I used to live in MA., so feel roots, though he wasn't governor then, I should note. He passed health care reform in MA, I know that... and though it seems to be working, Mitt distances himself from that decision. That troubles me. He is opposed to Obama's health care law, modeled in part on his own, in fact I'm finding he has a way of distancing himself from whatever her doesn't want to deal with. Like the boating incident where Mitt was about to put his boat in the water, but a law officer saw a violation, and requested Mitt fix it before putting the boat in the water. Mitt, stubborn as he is, decided to ignore the officer, and was not only fined but charged with misdemeanor refusing the orders of... of course Mitt fought the charges in court and had them dismissed.

Fact remains, he doesn't seem decent, even by basic standards. Can't respect the cops and fix your boat???

Well, Mitt is running on the Republican ticket for President of the US, 2012 - 2016.

Mitt Romney's position on "marijuana" is quite clear. He is completely ignorant of cannabis reform, benefits, and the harm prohibition is doing to our country. At a town-hall meeting in response to a question about marijuana, Mr. Romney replied:

“People talk about medicinal marijuana. And you know, you hear that story that people who are sick need medicinal marijuana. But marijuana is the entry drug for people trying to get kids hooked on drugs. I don't want medicinal marijuana; there are synthetic forms of marijuana that are available for people who need it for prescription. Don't open the doorway to medicinal marijuana.” July 25, 2007, Romney speaking at a town hall meeting in Bedford, New Hampshire

He doesn't have a clue! I think, a Thomas Jefferson wannabe, without the brain but with a lot of arrogance and self-confidence - the latter we like, but the rest of the story, well, makes me cringe.  

For the record, there is no indication Mitt Romney ever used marijuana, nor had any friends that used marijuana, nor knew much about marijuana, medically or otherwise. Which means, to me, he has limited knowledge of history, though who doesn't?, however cannabis was used both as a common/popular and safe medicine until about 1940, as well as recreationally, called ganja. It listed in the US Pharmacopea (The MD's bible) until 1940.

Then there's his claim that "synthetic forms of marijuana are available". As President, let's think about that. "Marijuana" is classified as a federal, Schedule One narcotic... absolutely no medicinal value, and being as it's a S1, it's a violation of federal law to spend any money on research into anything Schedule One. That's Death Row... nothing gets out, ever!

Yet recently I read, and probably posted, ONDCP's Gil Kerlikowski, the Drug Czar, claims the NIH - National Institute of Heath and others are actively researching potential uses (as in pharmaceutics}, and safer ways of administration of marijuana, as in, pharmaceutics. The federal government is steering cannabis in the direction of being as tightly controlled as morphine. It loves the fact it can lie about the dangers of pot and steer all the lemmings towards the cliff.

Fact: Pharmaceutics Are Drugs. Plants are Not. 

Regardless, since it's illegal to spent federal money on a plant listed as Schedule One, either Gil is lying, or the feds are again, breaking the law.

Mitt Romney knows little if any of that, or about drugs. His "wisdom" is based on myths. Yet he appeals to a lot of people right now. People who I think, will be ultimately very disappointed. 

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being very well informed, knowledgeable about the Constitution and law; Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness for all Americans; I give mitt Romney a 2.

In PART TWO: President Obama/Barry Obama, and the Choom Gang. So why is President Obama still waging a War on Drugs? Excellent question.  

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