The Idiocy of Anti-Drug Groups
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 12/23/2014 in Medical Marijuana News
A few days ago, I stumbled across an article by a prominent anti drug group in Iowa about the ‘dangers of legalizing marijuana’.
It is no surprise that the group pulled out their classic drug war rhetoric to influence gullible citizens into thinking that legalizing marijuana is a bad idea. Peter Komendowski, president of partnership for a drug free Iowa spoke against some of the claims from marijuana activists.
The first claim that they attacked relates to racial disparities in marijuana arrests targeting minorities at a much higher rate. According to them race has nothing to do with legalization and is merely a political card activists use to gain favor for their cause. Yet statistics shows a completely different picture. There is factual evidence that marijuana arrests have been at a much higher rate to minorities than their white counterparts. He says that there is discrimination and society, but that it’s shortsighted to think drug policies as discriminatory.
But then again he doesn’t understand that race played a pivotal part in making cannabis illegal in the first place. If you don’t believe me, just search for Harry Anslinger quotes. Race was one of the core strategies in swaying public opinion against cannabis.
Of course, no prohibitionist can debate without bringing up the children. He warned that legalization will increase child use however, he selectively cites his sources. A vast majority of studies have found absolutely no correlation with an increase in teen marijuana use in states that have legalized and in fact, states with the most stringent marijuana laws usually have higher teen use.
He went on saying that the marijuana debate is a waste of time and he would like a ‘voice of reason’ to say ‘time out’.
However, marijuana stretches over many social issues including racial profiling, health, finances, organized crime, civil liberties and much more.
We’re sorry that the cannabis debate is becoming an annoyance for you guys, but there are millions of people who have been negatively affected by prohibition and one cannot ignore all the damage caused by prohibition. Trillions of dollars have been spent on keeping cannabis illegal…this can no longer be justified.