originally posted by: RedDragon
Alcohol is already legal. We don't need to add any more temptations to that list. Marijuana is dangerous like all drugs. I don't buy that it has
medical uses either.
The LaGuardia Committee was the first in depth study into the effects of smoking marijuana in the United States. An earlier study, the Indian Hemp
Drugs Commission, was conducted by the colonial authorities in British India in 1893-94. The reports systematically contradicted claims made by the
U.S. Treasury Department that smoking marijuana results in insanity, deteriorates physical and mental health, assists in criminal behavior and
juvenile delinquency, is physically addictive, and is a "gateway" drug to more dangerous drugs.
The report was prepared by the New York Academy of Medicine, on behalf of a commission appointed in 1939 by New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia who was
a strong opponent of the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. Released in 1944, the report infuriated Harry Anslinger, who was campaigning against marijuana.
Anslinger condemned it as unscientific.
Anslinger went on an offensive against what he saw as a "degenerate Hollywood" that was promoting marijuana use. After high-profile arrests of actors
like Robert Mitchum, Hollywood gave Anslinger full control over the script of any film that mentioned marijuana.
After more than five years of research the members of the committee drew up a catalog of 13 salient points with the conclusions they reached.
Marijuana is used extensively in the Borough of Manhattan but the problem is not as acute as it is reported to be in other sections of the United
The introduction of marijuana into this area is recent as compared to other localities.
The cost of marijuana is low and therefore within the purchasing power of most persons.
The distribution and use of marijuana is centered in Harlem.
The majority of marijuana smokers are Blacks and Latin-Americans.
The consensus among marijuana smokers is that the use of the drug creates a definite feeling of adequacy.
The practice of smoking marijuana does not lead to addiction in the medical sense of the word.
sense of the word.
The sale and distribution of marijuana is not under the control of any single organized group.
The use of marijuana does not lead to morphine or heroin or coc aine addiction and no effort is made to create a market for these narcotics
by stimulating the practice of marijuana smoking.
Marijuana is not the determining factor in the commission of major crimes.
Marijuana smoking is not widespread among school children.
Juvenile delinquency is not associated with the practice of smoking marijuana.
The publicity concerning the catastrophic effects of marijuana smoking in New York City is unfounded.
Therefore, according to the LaGuardia Report, the gateway drug theory is without foundation (points 7 and 9).
The DEA has decades of experience at scratching for justification for a hemp and marijuana ban, without a single justifiable reason that survives peer
The DEA approved every dangerous drug that was ever repealed. (Remember Vioxx a few years back? And in England Thalidomide was used for nausea during
pregnancy and resulted in babies born with no arms? Well, it's now legal in the US for different problems)
And the cops have the better perspective of marijuana.
"Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an international 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal
witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies."[/i]
One state trooper noted that "drunk drivers drive too fast and kill themselves and others. Drunks who do get home beat their wives and children, and
factor into a majority of domestic violence crime reports.
Marijuana users drive slowly and carefully and when they get home they laugh and roll on the floor with their kids and family dogs."
Drunks puke and die. Pot users fall asleep.
Drunks punch holes in the walls. Pot users eat the yummy snacks.
Drunks riot and engage in bar fights. Pot users listen to the music and talk with the chicks.
Drunks pay child support to tattooed skanks and barflies they didn't even know the next day. Pot users take girls to the mountains and parks and camp
under the stars.
And it's not a question of need, It's a question of rights, as the govt learned when they passed the 18th amendment (Alcohol Prohibition- effective in
1920) and repealed it with the 21st amendment some 13 years later.. Women pushed Prohibition while millions of men were in Europe fighting WW One. Men
came home (after defending The right of the French to drink) and spent over a decade educating the govt, not vice versa. Some folks educate the
govt and some folks just do as they're told, unless they're drunks who live in dry counties....Not a problem for the ol' Red Dragon, I'll bet! The
crime families that provided bootleg liquor remained even after repeal. And the drug cartels created by govts will also remain and diversify.....
We now have two amendments that stand as permanent proof of govt's "decades of experience".