This is an issue that affects all of us. We spend billions of dollars enforcing marijuana laws, and distract good cops from enforcing real crimes. Almost a million people are arrested for marijuana possession each year. Many of them end up with permanent criminal records and are barred forever from receiving federal student aid. People don’t just have their lives ruined; some have even died as a result of marijuana law enforcement (e.g. shot to death in paramilitary style raids – yes, it happens.)
The criminalization of marijuana was pure foolishness driven by racism, hysteria and corporate special interests.
These laws – in place now for nearly a century – have caused enough tragedy. And all of the laws’ damage is our fault because we’ve allowed them to stand unchallenged. Before us is a new opportunity to change that.
Congressmen Barney Frank and Ron Paul have introduced the first marijuana decriminalization legislation in a generation – H.R. 5843, the “Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008.”
So, take a couple of minutes to express your support for this bill to your Congressperson. It will make a difference.