THE MODERN UTOPIAN

SOLVING THE WAR ON DRUGS

FIRST STEP: Congress must immediately pass a law to "decriminalize" marijuana useage.  (Thus, they will no longer prosecute people in states where marijuana is legal in one way or another.) 

Border patrols must concentrate on the import and export of drugs and guns, rather than people.Those involved in faciliating drug imports and gun sales must be caught and given jail time. (This includes, in particular, government agents and polticians.)

 

We constantly hear about the huge expenditures by our government to fight against illegal drugs. We hear about violent behavior by drug users and drug cartels. We know those drug cartels rake in billions of dollars. Much of that money could provide tax relief for the USA, if drugs were legal, controlled

and TAXED!

I created a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate and President Barack Obama, which said:

"I support the following solutions to the "War on Drugs" in the USA:

1) Legalize, control and tax all drugs, starting with marijuana.

(We already do this with alcohol and cigarettes.)

2) Prohibit the production and distribution of all weapons, starting with assault weapons.

(There is no need for weapons made only for killing human beings.).

3) Release or give parole to all persons incarerated because of non-violent use or distrubtion of drugs.

(Keep prisons for violent criminals, not non-violent drug users.)"

 

I have no personal interest in marijuana but possession and
use being illegal is criminal. There are 5 anti-legalization groups: 1) Police Unions 2) Private Prison Corporations 3) Alcohol and beer companies 4) Pharmaceutical companies &
5) Prison Guard Unions.
It's time for us to demand legalization. 
 
From the feedback I received I made this inital petition too complicated - controversial by including t
he banning of assault weapons and eliminating prison sentences.
The following petition is simple and straight forward:     Legalize, control, and tax marijuana,      just as we do alcohol and cigarettes. 
 
Copy and paste this link to your browser and sign the petition - PLEASE!

http://signon.org/sign/legalize-marijuana-11

Here is the original petition if you want to sign that one

as welll:

http://signon.org/sign/the-war-on-drugs?source=c.fwd.in&r_by=30865

=======================================================

1) Legalization of marijuana in California could be a first step. (Medical marijuana is already legal.) The government must still control its distribution and provide taxation. Once one state shows it to be successful, other states will follow and the federal giovernment will follow that lead as well. A federal tax would be just fine. Taxes can not be too high initially, otherwise a budding black market would ensue. (We will get the black market anyway, but that wll be more easily controlled than under the current "war on drugs", and with much less violence.)

SMOKING - I AM NOT AN ADVOCATE OF IT

Cigarettes are legal and they cause cancer.

Marijuana is illegal and not known to cause any disease. 
Instead, marijuana can be helpful to relieve pain in severely ill people.
 
            Here are some facts: 
*    Cigarettes cause 1,200 deaths in America every day!
*    Globally, about 5 million people a year die from smoking cigarettes according to the World Health Organization.
*    Marijuana arrests of 20 million Americans have occurred in the last 40 years.  Yet, marijuana use has increased 10,000% since the 1950s.
    Between 2005 & 2006 the pharmaceutical industry had spent 133 million dollars lobbying politicians; they are not lobbying for legalization. Wonder why?   Only they and, of course, the Mexican Drug Cartels, or the insane can be opposed to legalizing marijuana.     
A new study reveals that since 1996 New York City has spent from half a billion to over a billion dollars arresting people for less than an ounce of marijuana.
 
DRUG TESTING?
How does a "mandatory drug test" do anything besides impose on a person's civil liberties?   For example, say I take drugs (you pick one).        I want that welfare check.  I stop taking the drug, so I can pass the  test.   I get the check and then continue with the drug.   Are they going to test me every day?   There are much better alternatives than drug testing.  There are social services that can operate much better and with less negatives.
There needs simply to be more careful vigilance on who is doing what to whom.  That can happen if we have adequate, well-funded, social service operations. This government by the people (!) wants everything
to be punitive rather than rehabilitative. That is why the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world!
FLORIDA'S DRUG TESTING LAW
How does a "mandatory drug test" do anything besides impose on a person's civil liberties?   For example, say I take drugs (you pick one).       I want that welfare check.  I stop taking the drug, so I can pass the  test.   I get the check and then continue with the drug.   Are they going to test me every day?   There are much better alternatives than drug testing.  There are social services that can operate much better and with less negatives.  NOTE:  Arbitrary drug testing is unconstitutional and the
ACLU is taking them to court!