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"Thank you for spreading the truth. I was born and raised a Catholic and always taught the general public opinion that pot is bad. When I started to smoke pot my opinion was quickly changed. All the lies that I had been told by the adults in my life were revealed to me. Instead of destroying my relationship with god (like many adults had told me it would) it strengthened it and actually gave me the courage to express my beliefs and spread the good word. Keep up the work of God, free the weed we shall prevail."
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Dangers of Cannabis

The DEA's Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young concluded: "In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.:

Source: US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency, "In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition," [Docket #86-22], (September 6, 2022), p. 57.

Drug Courts -
by American Anti-Prohibition League

Instead of the search for truth and justice, judges and prosecutors now claim to possess the ability to define
the use (all use) of certain drugs as a "disease", - albeit still illegal - while compelling something called "treatment", (President Bush calls it "coerced abstinence".) Isn't it illegal to practice medicine without a license?

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Drug Courts - Filling "Treatment Gap" or Treatment Trap?

It is bad enough conservative and liberal lawmakers alike have conspired these last 100 years or so to distort the traditional definition of "crime" (violating someone else's rights). Well over half of the 2 million American prisoners today are non-violent "drug offenders" for which no victims can be identified. Under federal and some states' "mandatory minimums" many of them are doing more time than murderers, rapists and child molesters. Now some of those same lawmakers who brought us mandatory minimums and replaced social welfare with prisons, have suddenly seen the light, aka "compassionate conservatism." In their "new" enthusiasm for fighting "drugs" - now on the demand side - they want to turn the very function of our already disgraced justice system on its head, once more. Instead of the search for truth and justice, judges and prosecutors now claim to possess the ability to define the use (all use) of certain drugs as a "disease," - albeit still illegal - while compelling something called "treatment", (President Bush calls it "coerced abstinence"). Isn't it illegal to practice medicine without a license? Not in the new "therapeutic state," as the scholar and libertarian thinker, Thomas Szasz identifies it in his stunning tour de force, 'Our Right to Drugs.' Of course the free wheeling Szasz wants nothing to do with either government licensure (involuntary contracts), or drug prohibition (sovietizing). Yes, when it comes to some plants and drugs in America today we might as well be living in the old Soviet Union. That heaven of bureaucratic insanity, perpetual food shortages, black-markets, endemic corruption, rampant nepotism and the widespread use of "civil commitment" to repress those who dare protest the whole mess. I agree 100 percent with Szasz, government has no legitimate authority whatsoever to prohibit or needlessly restrict the commerce of any drug. Any drug. Caveat Emptor, buyer beware. Although at this point it may seem we'll never break these federal shackles, remember it is always darkest just before the dawn. Ironic the real answer to our "drug problem" was THE major plank in Bush's own election campaign, nothing less than the Rosetta Stone of the Republican Party itself, (or so they would have us think) and is - sans drugs - all around us at this very moment. And while it's certainly not perfect, it is what makes us Americans the most prosperous, well fed, clothed and housed society to ever occupy this beautiful little planet. It's called the Free Market. Accept no substitute, or else take your "treatment" and das vadaanya. ***************************************** There can be no civil society in America without Drug Peace! Protect kids, respect adults, end Prohibition. Again! Floyd Ferris Landrath, 1992 founder, current director American Antiprohibition League 1994 co-founder Portland NORML Office: Phantom Gallery see "Shattered Lives," portraits from America's Drug War FREE PHOTO EXHIBIT, Tues-Fri 4-8pm, Sat & Sun noon-6pm 3125 SE Belmont Street Portland Oregon 97214 503-235-4524 [email protected] For vigil info in Vancouver, WA., check out: "America's drug war is so stupid that if you pay close attention to just how stupid it is -- it'll drive you to use drugs." -- Jim Hightower

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