National Lawyers Guild says Repeal Prohibition and Legalize
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 07/05/2013 in Medical Marijuana News
It seems that the players of the judicial system are getting tired of dealing with Drug related cases…and about time too. The War on drugs has a horrific effect on the judicial system creating a schism between “would be normal citizens” and creates a criminal population based on consumer choice.
The National Lawyers Guild stated the following about their Report;
“The NLG believes that ending the prohibition of cannabis would offer multiple benefits. Legalization would help transform the marijuana industry … into a stable regulated one. It would significantly reduce infringements on civil liberties and lower the arrest and incarceration rates of people of color. Changing the criminal status of marijuana would lower the costs of law enforcement and protect people from entering the criminal justice system. Finally, legalization would remove restrictions currently impeding [the] study of medical marijuana and allow more users to acquire treatment if necessary. Each of these goals is consistent with sound economic, criminal justice, and public health policies.”
The argument in itself is solid and undeniable but then again what do you expect when Lawyers drafted it. The fact that the NLG is now ready to take on Prohibition and is calling for repeal means that we are certainly coming to a turning point in terms of marijuana legalization.
In fact the entire approach to Drug Policy is looking more and more likely to change in the near future. As more organizations jump on the band wagon the political resistance to marijuana legalization and drug legalization for that matter is becoming ever more imminent.
Sooner or later our Federal Masters must comply with the will of the people and once that occurs something else might happen as result as well. Repeal means that the American people after 75 years would have admitted they were wrong. The action would say that “prohibition” doesn’t work and rather a more rational educated approach is the best course of action. This also means that politicians who continue to support prohibition will become ever more unpopular and it might even mean that accountability clauses might be written into law.
The decision to conduct a war on drugs has cost trillions of dollars, thousands of lives, millions in prison and a world that is suffering as consequence. Those who dreamt up prohibition and those who escalated it and all those who willfully participate within its enterprise one day will have to answer for their crimes against humanity. Similar to genocide, the drug was in itself is a crime against humanity, individual and whole.