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  •  Republican War? (5+ / 0-)

    Do you honestly believe this? It was Bill Clinton who filled the Federal penitentiaries with drug offenders. If there is a difference between R's and D's, the difference is minor. Just look at the aggressive, coordinated campaign against state-legal dispensary operations in Montana and California by the Obama administration. More aggressive than Bush, though it may only be because it took time to for the bureaucrats to organize. Check out this review of Joe Biden's ongoing role as intrepid drug warrior at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 07:31:37 AM PDT

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    •  war on marijuana is GOPs baby. (19+ / 0-)

      Dens just constantly roll over and support whatever those fuckers do, terrified of being called soft on crime.

      Demos are just stupid where the GOP is vicious.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 07:41:15 AM PDT

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    •  Too many otherwise smart people still think (4+ / 0-)
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      it's good idea. You forgot to mention Jimmy Carter - he's also one of them.

      That doesn't lessen the fact that it's yet another failed Republican war.

      "Drug warrior" Joe Biden - nor anyone else in the current WH - have yet to lift a finger against the free marijuana states, and there's ample evidence that they will not. There is a difference.

      They're not a serious party anymore. -Kos

      by thenekkidtruth on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 07:46:01 AM PDT

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      •  Jimmy Carter has come out for legalization (0+ / 0-)

        if marijuana. The Obama administration has significantly ramped up the war against state-legal marijuana operations over the Bush administration. They have not yet made their true intentions known in Colorado and Washington as the ever-cautious Obama tests the wind (as he did with same-sex marriage). Most people here in Colorado who want to jump into the state-legal marijuana business are having to wait, because they don't want to make significant investments and end up having them confiscated as is being done in California or Montana, or worse, having to plea to 5 year prison term to avoid one of those notorious RICO convictions that end them up in prison for life. I also find it strange the you put "drug warrior" in quotes regarding Joe Biden.  

        As for the war on Drugs, Zeese says, “Pick a drug law you don’t like from the last 25 years and thank Sen. Joe Biden. He deserves a lot of the credit for the U.S., with 5% of the world’s population, having 25% of the world’s prisoners —-and the racially disproportionate impact of the drug laws.”
        This is just one person's opinion, but any casual research on the web will show his reactionary role in US drug policy.

        "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

        by shmuelman on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 09:48:05 AM PDT

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    •  Richard Nixon (may he rot in h3ll) (11+ / 0-)

      created the DEA and launched the "War on Drugs" so yeah, Republican War.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 08:06:22 AM PDT

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    •  Kind of half right on Clinton, I guess. Though (1+ / 0-)
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      the prison filling thing did happen on his watch, also, it actually resulted from The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. And, yes, a chief sponsor of said bill was Teddy Kennedy, but all evidence points to the fact that he had hoped for an entirely different result than the one  created by the first Sentencing Commission (appointed, of course, by that notorious "Drug Warrior" Pres. Ronnie Rayguns.)

      For instance, the federal "guidelines" for my 26,000 pounds of pot  went from 40 months (which my Richard Nixon apponted sentencing judge managed to subvert) to to over twenty years (with only 54 days per year of "good time") for subsequent offenders.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 12:37:55 PM PDT

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