In reporting made public today by Buzzfeed News: “The White House has secretly amassed a committee of federal agencies from across the government to combat public support for marijuana and cast state legalization measures in a negative light, while attempting to portray the drug as a national threat.”
Those who seek to maintain the oppressive policies of cannabis criminalization and undo our progress need to realize that reform is inevitable. We have come way too far over the last several decades for them to counteract the hearts and minds of millions of Americans (including you!) who support our work.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been a lifelong advocate for the failed policies of the ‘Just Say No’ era — which has resulted in the arrests of millions of otherwise law abiding citizens who possessed personal use amounts of marijuana.
If these bureaucrats possessed any sincerity whatsoever, they would be clamoring to support the recently introduced, bipartisan ‘Marijuana Data Collection Act’, which tasks the National Academy of Sciences to compile an unbiased, comprehensive federal report on the effects of various state experiments with medical and retail marijuana regulation.
When NORML was founded in late 1970, only 12% of the country supported legalizing marijuana; 88% were opposed to our goals. After decades of hard work by thousands of committed advocates like you, we have gradually won the hearts and minds of a majority of the public.
Now, in an era where 31 states regulate marijuana sales and where more six out of ten voters endorse legalizing the plant’s use by adults, it makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or cultural perspective to try to put this genie back in the bottle. It is high time that members of Congress take action to deschedule marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and comport federal law with majority public opinion and the plant’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status.
The NORML Team
I am a sustaining member of NORML and always pester my Communist “representatives,” who are most definitely part of the problem.
Please help if you can. This plant is vital for its medicinal prowess and the fact that it can give a real jump start to the economy.