Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Smokin’ Some Weed with Ron Paul « Doug Wead The Blog

I agree with Doug Wead and Ron Paul.

According to one source, the United States has 2 million people in prison. Only Rwanda has a higher percentage of the population. Much of it is due to these drug laws...

... scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue...

Among the finding of the Senate report? Marijuana is not a gateway to the use of hard drugs. Marijuana use does not lead to the commission of crime. Marijuana users are unlikely to become dependent. Marijuana use has little impact on driving. Liberalizing marijuana laws is unlikely to lead to increased marijuana use. Marijuana prohibition poses a greater risk to health than marijuana use.

Clearly, in our attempts to get it right, to wage war on drugs and minimize their impact on our children, we overstepped and got it wrong. And we’ve hurt a lot of people in the process. Now we haven’t the political courage to face down public ignorance on the subject and begin the tedious, thankless work of re-education. Once more Ron Paul is the voice crying in the wilderness, calling us back to our senses and speaking out for those thousands of forgotten men and women behind bars who have no voice or no hope. They are the victims o[f] our good intentions, our human sacrifices to keep the demons from our own doors and our own children. But it is wrong.

Smokin’ Some Weed with Ron Paul « Doug Wead The Blog

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