Legalization

Fiction:  “medical” marijuana will not lead to legalization of marijuana.

“Medical” marijuana laws
are about medicine and helping sick people and not legalization.

Fact:   Labeling marijuana as a so-called medicine is part of an overall plan to normalize and legalize marijuana use.

Marijuana legalization advocates have tried to legalize marijuana in one form or another for three decades and have employed a number of political and legal strategies. Between 1972 and 1978, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) successfully lobbied eleven state legislatures to decriminalize the drug, reducing penalties for possession in most cases to that of a traffic ticket. Also in 1972, NORML began the first of several unsuccessful attempts to petition the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II on the grounds that crude marijuana had putative use in medicine. These attempts failed.

In the 1980s NORML and other similar groups led a second lobbying campaign aimed at states, this time to legalize crude marijuana as a so-called medicine.  Some 35 states passed such laws but, because these laws were written by state legislative counsels and stayed within the framework of federal law, establishing statewide research programs under FDA guidelines, advocates failed to get freely available marijuana.

Since the 1990s, NORML, the Drug Policy Foundation (DPF), the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the Lindesmith Center (TLC), and the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) renewed the effort to legalize crude marijuana as medicine, this time using the state ballot initiative process, a process that allowed advocates to circumvent state legislative counsels and write their own laws. NORML, DPF, DPA, MPP and TLC persuaded their most generous supporters to create political organizations such as Californians for Medical Rights and Arizonans for Drug Policy Reform - and to finance the “medical” marijuana initiatives.

Ed Rosenthal, senior editor of High Times, a pro-drug magazine, once revealed the legal strategy behind the "medical" marijuana movement. While addressing an effort to seek public sympathy for glaucoma patients, he said, "I have to tell you that I also use marijuana medically. I have a latent glaucoma which has never been diagnosed. The reason why it’s never been diagnosed is because I’ve been treating it." He continued, "I have to be honest, there is another reason why I do use marijuana . . . and that is because I like to get high. Marijuana is fun!"

In 2000, The New York Times interviewed Ethan Nadelmann, Director of the Lindesmith Center. Responding to criticism that the medical marijuana issue is a stalking horse for drug legalization, Mr. Nadelmann stated: "Will it help lead toward marijuana legalization? . . . I hope so."

Loopholes in “Medical” Marijuana Laws

Fiction:  The “medical” marijuana laws are working well.

Advocates of the scam to legalize marijuana as a so-called medicine claim that the laws, particularly in California, have eliminated ambiguities and that there is a broad consensus in California that the law is generally working well. They claim the laws are set up to avoid recreational marijuana use.

Fact:  State “medical” marijuana laws are full of loopholes and are widely abused

Ten years of experience have demonstrated that state “medical” marijuana laws breed abuse, confusion, and crime. The following consequences have resulted from the passage of State-based “medical” marijuana laws:

“Medical” marijuana laws make it easier for young people to use drugs. In California, high school students have been witnessed openly smoking marijuana in class under the protection of California’s “medical” marijuana laws. The teenagers were easily able to get “medical” marijuana cards for conditions such as sleeplessness and stress.
         
“Medical” marijuana laws generate citizen outrage. Citizens in states which have passed these laws have grown tired of the marijuana-related crime, noise and abuse which marijuana dispensaries bring to neighborhoods. Since California passed its “medical” marijuana law, more than 117 cities and 8 counties in the state have had to pass moratoriums or bans on the distribution of marijuana in their communities.

States that have passed “medical” marijuana laws have witnessed widespread abuse of the system. In Los Angeles, California alone, there are now more “medical” pot clubs than Starbucks outlets. In 2007 there were 187 dispensaries in operation, today there are 966 dispensaries registered in Los Angeles.

The founders of the U.S. “medical” marijuana movement have reversed key positions of their support for marijuana as a so-called medicine. 

Rev. Scott Imler, co-founder of Prop 215 the California “medical” marijuana law, has lamented the passage of the law stating that, “We created Proposition 215 so that patients would not have to deal with black market profiteers. But today it is all about the money. Most of the dispensaries operating in California are little more than dope dealers with store fronts.” Imler also said that “medical” marijuana has “turned into a joke.”

Steve Kubby, another co-founder, stated in a letter to supporters on April 14th, 2006 that “Marinol is an acceptable, if not ideal, substitute for whole cannabis in treating my otherwise fatal disease.”