We have hundreds of young black men, black boys, being locked up, for simple possession of a couple bags of marijuana. We don’t want to be proud of the wrong kind of thing here. We need to stop that kind of injustice from happening.D.C. City Council member Marion Barry • Discussing the city’s renewed push to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, something driven largely in part by the high disparity of arrests between black and white D.C. residents. In 2010, blacks were eight times more likely to be arrested as whites, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
It is economically and socially just to tax it. We can eliminate some of the criminal nature that surrounds the drug and obtain revenue from it.New York City Comptroller (and mayoral candidate) John Liu • Suggesting that the city decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, tax it, and use the legalization as a revenue-generating tool. The plan would have to be approved by state legislators, but that’s certainly a nice big talker for Liu’s campaign—something he announced exclusively to the Associated Press. The Sanjay Gupta effect continues.
Respect for the principles of democracy; respect for the states to make decisions on matters that primarily affect the residents of those states; the chance to conserve scarce federal financial resources — these we believe are many strong reasons for you to defer to the state decisions.Rep. Barney Frank and Rep. Ron Paul • In an open letter to President Obama, asking that his administration not interfere with recently passed ballot measures that legalized the recreational usage of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. The retiring House members have both long been advocates of reforming existing drug laws, and have repeatedly introduced federal decriminalization legislation in the past. The Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency have remained relatively mum on the new laws, outside of signaling disapproval, though many expect to hear some word on the federal government’s stance in the days and weeks ahead. source
» Will we reach a tipping point? Quite possibly, the study suggests: “If this current trend on legalizing marijuana continues, pressure may build to bring the nation’s laws into compliance with the people’s wishes,” the summary noted. Considering the current state of affairs in California, public outcry is completely understandable. Think it’ll eventually happen?
Marijuana may not work for everyone, but what it has done for me is it’s given me my life back.Former talk show host Montel Williams • Speaking to Delaware lawmakers, Williams made an emotional and full-throated appeal for medicinal marijuana legalization. He claims that nothing else still works to ease his severe neuropathic pain from multiple sclerosis, with which he was diagnosed in 1999. source (via • follow)
We will vigorously enforce the (federal law) against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law.Obama Attorney General Eric Holder • In a pledge he made to uphold the nation’s marijuana laws even as California appears to be heading towards legalization with Prop 19. Yo, Eric, you wanna get a hit of this? You need to mellow out, man. It’s not that bad. source (via)