War on Drugs

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Ron Paul opposes the War on Drugs.

On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:

“[...] the federal war on drugs has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime. But if you question policy, you are accused of being pro-drug. That is preposterous. As a physician, father, and grandfather, I abhor drugs. I just know that there is a better way — through local laws, communities, churches, and families — to combat the very serious problem of drug abuse than a massive federal-government bureaucracy.”

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1,233 responses to “War on Drugs”

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    Watched some great information about marijuana today, did you know Henry Ford was running cars on marijuana fuel and the body. Was lighter than steel and stronger too. Just more suppressed information from the past long forgotten. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6eJzbY_V3g
    I’ll bet you the petroleum industry and big pharma had something to do with the suppression?

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    1. Brad

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29BoqCMRBFk
      Don’t think this way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHpGvRWakhY
      Marijuana is so much more don’t wreck it for everyone! LOL!

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    2. Brad

      Great thing about a marjuanna car it if your in an accident and smash it up you can roll up the damaged pannels and smoke them…
      Sorry bad joke ):-I

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  4. Citizen

    Well the Govenor of Colorado signed the marijuana amendment 64 into law Dec 10th.

    So welcome to Colorado for a great Rocky Mountain High!

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  5. Brad

    Who won that war? Certainly not Americaas we keep our heads in the sand on the issue wouldn’t legalized contol be good for everyone. Marijuana was used for clothing and industrial uses but I am sure someone rich and powerfull wanted control of something else so had it banned, you know the American way! As the monetary value is being realized as well as the state freedoms, in the very near future many will have it legalized to some extent…

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    1. Citizen

      Of course legalization of ALL drugs would be the right thing to do.
      The “problem” of drug use is serious and must be dealt with directly.
      Making drungs illegal just pushed the problem underground and gives the government police state powers over our young people.

      Legalizing treats the problem, criminalizting hides the problme.

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  6. Mister Mann

    The reality is no matter what or how you classify it – what side of the fence your on for or against – Its going to be there!
    It was proven with prohibition in the 20′s.
    Tell me I cant do something?
    Only the criminals benefit! (And I still get what I want)

    Legalize it – Tax it – Make it ‘age appropriate’ like alcohol or other smokes.
    There will always be users – some that are recreational – Some that are abusers.
    The same can be said for ANY mind altering substance – no matter how you fight it. (Read – waste OUR money trying)

    For those of you that say all smokers are ‘potheads’ I will say this….
    Your logic tells me that if you have ever taken a drink (beer, wine, et al)…
    you MUST be an alcoholic?

    Of course your not. Well…most of you arent anyway…

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  7. Ashleigh

    All the potheads I know are extremely intellectual, and it has helped me, I don’t feel as dumb as I used to anymore I feel like the world makes more sense. It is for some people, but not for the closed minded it will close your mind more and make you dumb those who understand are great people :) Also, there is different types of weed, they all are not good for cancer. Do some research.

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    1. Joy

      I see how it really elevated your use of grammar and punctuation.

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  8. alexandr

    I think people are extremely misguided as to what Marijauna contributes, alot say it’s not a drug, including many on this page. However, by text book definition it is a drug hands down. It’s normal to feel strong towards that opinion it’s not harmful, it’s a plant, it’s this it’s that, in all actually the reason most people support it are because they get high off it, they’re not generally concerned with any of it’s – “benefits”. I will say this, I haven’t met one smart pothead, nor have I met one pot head that has ever had cancer. I’ve had cancer, I did chemotherapy, no pot was involved. It would’ve been a terrible mix, I’ve smoked before and I know what it would’ve done. I would’ve been sick, more tired, more prone to infection, I could go on but I really don’t see a point. I think that pot isn’t in itself dangerous, besides inhaling carbon monoxide and the link between testicular cancer, but it’s the concept of it being alright to smoke. Potheads attempt to justify smoking weed; usually no evidence is brought to the table besides it makes you eat. relaxed, etc. I hardly see a reason to make it legal, it shouldn’t be because you want to get high so you represent everyone who has cancer and uses pot, that is not a good thing. Speak on your own behalf, I know for me pot isn’t right, and I take it very seriously. I don’t want my kid becoming and inept derelict. Those statements being said, it’s not the United States responsibility to do anything outside of the constitution and so I support legalizing drugs. I have mixed feelings about the potheads, but I would not let my government speak on behalf of 300 million people, whom a lot of use pot for whatever reason. So, there’s my two cents, I morally oppose it, but I think that your liberty is yours, do pot if you want, it’s your life, your body, your mind, your choice and NOT the governments.

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    1. alexandr

      **I meant it’s not the governments responsibility

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    2. Amy

      Your comment is so full of ignorance. I am going to attempt to address the issues in the order that you raised them. Yes, Marijuana meets the criteria for being the textbook definition of a drug – but so is caffeine and caffeine is still very legal. In fact, caffeine is one of the most (if not THE most) wide-spread and widely accepted Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulants out there – it is estimated that up to 90% of the world’s population uses it. Like Marijuana, it is also natural. Caffeine is known and *proven* to have addictive properties and has also been *proven* to cause withdrawal symptoms if a person decides to “quit” it. Marijuana is shown to have some addictive properties but it takes much more including a psychological (not necessarily physiologically) addiction in order to cause withdrawal symptoms after cessation. CBS News just posted an article about the dangers of caffeine, including the high likelihood of it causing death in extreme cases. The article even points to a death which the coroner attributed to “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity that impeded [the deceased's] heart’s ability to pump blood.” While there have been numerous fatalities on record that had marijuana as a contributing factor (or at least present on the toxicology screen), there is not a single death recorded that was caused solely by the drug (and that is also from the same textbooks and government funded organizations that defined it as a “drug”). It is also important to note that Marijuana can stay in the blood stream for up to 30 days – long after the effects and intoxication wear off – so the fact that it was present in the tox. screen in the above recorded fatalities, does not mean that was even related to the death at all. As far as benefits go, it is proven to be a natural pain killer, it is a proven antiemetic (anti-nausea), and has far fewer and much less severe side effects than ANY pharmacological drug on the market. Fox News put out a good article on the “Health Risk Myths and Benefits” (http://www.foxnews.com/health/2010/10/19/benefits-marijuana/). From personal experience and knowledge, I also know many people who have mental illnesses which are improved because of Marijuana. Depression and Bi-polar are the ones that seem to benefit most. Though, I could see how acute paranoia patients might want to stay away from it. You stated, “I haven’t met one smart pothead, nor have I met one pot head that has ever had cancer. “ I have met and personally known many intellectual “potheads.” In fact, I have known people from all walks of life including: highly-esteemed journalists, store managers, top-of-their-class graduates (both undergraduate and post-graduate levels), farmers who own and operate their farm – including the marketing/business side of things, and several others. I also have a friend who survived breast cancer 3 years ago and used Marijuana to relieve the nausea and headache side effects of chemotherapy. These people exist whether you know them or not. As far as Marijuana use during chemotherapy goes – you’re right. Smoking while going through chemo is almost sure to make your side effects worse. However, smoking is not the only way to go. In fact, it’s the only real dangerous method to use. When Marijuana is used for medical purposes, it is through a vaporizer. With that method you get all of the *beneficial* chemicals without the harmful toxins. The friend I have who used during her treatments utilized this method and suffered no harmful side effects but rather a relief of the nausea and headaches she experienced. As far as pot being dangerous, refer back to the Fox News article – most points are addressed there. And as far as it being linked to testicular cancer is concerned, more research is needed. When talking about that study done at USC, they always talk about people who had *smoked* the drug. What about using it through a vaporizer? There are no carcinogens (the thing that has been linked to cancer) in Marijuana – it comes from *smoking* it. It was also pointed out by medical professionals that men only have a 1% chance of developing that form of cancer in their lifetime – even with Marijuana usage. There was also a study done that showed that acetaminophen (Tylenol) increases your risk of Lymphoma and other forms of blood cancer. In fact, that study showed that people who use the drug 4 times a week increase the chances of developing those cancers from 1% to 2%. So, by your logic, Tylenol is just as dangerous (if not more) as Marijuana. Yet it is still legal and heavily used across the global population. You said, “Speak on your own behalf..” I am. But not only that, I am speaking for the many others who suffer from migraine headaches with no relief. I am speaking for those with fibromyalgia and in near constant pain. I am speaking for those who are fully functioning, highly esteemed, contributing members of society who are afraid to mention their Marijuana use in fear of losing their jobs. I am speaking for my dear friend who used the drug illegally during her cancer treatment just to find a little relief. Your next statement deeply upsets me, “I don’t want my kid becoming and inept derelict.” First off, “an” does not have a “d” at the end of it – that was not my typo, it was yours. Now to the real issue of that statement. I don’t know how old your “kid” is, but chances are (based on statistics) that your child will, in fact, use the drug at some point – especially with those percentages increasing every year. Secondly, using Marijuana does not make you an “inept derelict.” Do some homeless people use it, sure. But the majority of users that I know and have met are far above that level. If my children ever use Marijuana, I will punish them appropriately for breaking the law (if it is still illegal then) and make them aware of the potential risks associated with it. However, I would greatly prefer them to use Marijuana than become addicted to caffeine, drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or use any other street drug. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I would prefer them to use Marijuana instead of pharmacological drugs if it is legal and if it was for something like pain. At the end of your post you said that you support legalizing drugs because it is not the government’s place or right to control it. So you would be okay with legalizing heroin and cocaine? I support legalization of Marijuana, but that does not mean that I would ever support the legalization of harsh, dangerous, deadly drugs. All this to say, if you are going to argue your side, don’t be ignorant about it. Research the facts, don’t go on personal constructs and thoughts. It makes you look like an inept derelict.

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    3. Brad

      Sorry about your cancer, even sorrier about the chemo, what you are saying and the way you say it must be the chemo talking. Your here and you sound smart yet you were dumb enough to go the chemo way. The pot head analogy it a true and fair one but you mentioned prostate and smoking pot and that is dumb for 2 reasons; prostate cancer is rarely fatal (but with chemo/radiation it is) and marijuana is known to help cancer in various shapes and forms.
      With legalization of marijuana then it could be controled and used the way it was intended & 100 years or so it was and used for everything from clothes to rope to cars.
      Personally I don’t do it and nowadays knowing what I know I’d use Vitamin B17/Laetril is the best option but only 1 of about 9 cures.
      Laugh, love and don’t sweat the small stuff and now get the damb toxin you allowed your Dr’s poison you with.

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      1. Brad

        My message was for Alexandr and hey should chemo be government controled, WTF Alex!

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  9. the truth

    Pot is a drug. Its so not part of the mint family as it grows 12ft tall. And the word drug has been contorted into a bad thing when the word drug is a very positive thing all together. Marijuana alters the mind so yes its a fucking drug. That being said, i smoke the shit out of it eeerrrday.

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    1. MaryJane

      thetruth?
      Obviously, you did no research before you opened your ass and expressed your opinion. I did, however, and cannabis IS a member of the mint family. That makes it HERB, not drug. Enlighten yourself. Your ignorance is showing, especially in your last statement.

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      1. terpenetime

        Semantics point- being an herb and a drug are not mutually exclusive. The definition of drug is “a substance used as a medication”, or “substance intended to affect the structure or function of the body”. Clearly marijuana is both an herb and a drug. It’s cousin hops are a drug, so is caffeine etc. Peppermint relaxes the smooth muscles in the esophagus and stomach and increases bile flow (but can exacerbate reflux)-so mint is a drug too!

        That is according to the commonly accepted English definition of the word drug- not the government definition of a drug. That being said- it is one of the most unjustly maligned drugs (and herbs) around. Prescription and over the counter drugs cause significantly more morbidity and mortality than cannabis. It absolutely has positive benefits for certain conditions as well. I am hoping common sense triumphs in Colorado, Washington and Oregon in their efforts to legalize it at the state level…..

        But it is a drug :)

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  10. MaryJane

    First of all, everyone should stop referring to marijuana as a “drug”. It is not. Just because the powers that be say it is, doesn’t make it so. They can call the sun the moon, and vice versa, but that won’t make it true.

    Marijuana/cannabis is an herb, a member of the mint family, along with peppermint, spearmint and catnip. So why aren’t mint teas illegal? Why is it legal for me to drink mint teas and grow catnip for my cat, but I can’t grow cannabis for myself?

    People who have fallen for the idea that cannabis is a drug have been duped by government propaganda. Boomers don’t refer to cannabis as “herb” for shits and giggles. They refer to it that way because that’s what it is.

    On the other hand, tobacco is a member of the poison sumac family, along with poison oak, poison ivy and naturally, poison sumac.
    Ask yourself, which one should be illegal?

    Not one death has ever been attributed to cannabis. Studies have shown that it kills cancer cells. The government didn’t like that report, and made the people who did the study change it. Cannabis also reduces inflammation in the body. It has many other health benefits, but the powers that be continue to hide that information. Wouldn’t want to put the poison pharmaceutical companies out of business.

    If people were allowed to cultivate their own cannabis, there would be no drug cartels growing in our national forests, or bringing it across the borders. They would be out of work and people could enjoy the forests again without fear of running into an illegal grow operation and getting killed.

    People who use cannabis don’t rob anyone when they run out. They might call a friend, but they don’t rob stores or the pizza guy or little old ladies to get it. People on meth, crack and other real drugs will rob their own granny to get more. People who use cannabis can still work and contribute to society. You would be surprised to know how many “normal” people use it. You see them every day, but they don’t stand out because they can indulge and still function, unlike real drug users. They are doctors, lawyers, police (yeah, for real-I know for a fact-worked for 2 different police depts.), soccer moms and government employees, including politicians in Washington.

    The older generation was subjected to government propaganda like “Reefer Madness” and fell for it because they were naive and trusted the government. There are too many thousands of people in prison for marijuana use, including US veterans. Why? Because the police are too lazy to bust real criminals…murderers, rapists, pedophiles and the like. It’s easy to bust a kid with a joint, a lot harder to bust a real criminal. They still get credit for a bust and they don’t give a flying f*** that they are ruining a life.

    All people who are in prison for cannabis use should be considered political prisoners and released immediately. Gotta go, the DEA is at the door.

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    1. Amy

      I agree with everything that you said except for Marijuana not being a drug. The definition of “drug” is “a chemical substance that affects the processes of the mind or body.” Would you not agree that Marijuana affects those processes? It is very much a drug! Caffeine is a drug, prescriptions that help cure ailments are drugs, alcohol is a drug.. so is Marijuana. The problem is that people are ignorant about the facts pertaining to the plant and its affects. Awareness and education are the only solution.

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      1. Pistol

        I am for legalization. With that said, I believe that Amy is correct in her definition. That doesn’t mean I like the classification. Marijuana is not a man made chemical and there are no chemicals used in cultivating it. Yes, prescription drugs are made with chemicals and are obviously a drug. In my opinion alcohol is definitely debatable as it does not ‘grow’ naturally. Because of the prohibition era it is NOT classified as a drug.

        Moving on….the Oleander is planted along freeways, homes and in places where water conservation is important. Did you know they are highly poisonous and can actually kill you, your children and/or your pets? Maybe the Oleander should be illegal since its toxic? How about the toadstools that grow wild in your front yard? Perhaps you should be fined for having poisonous mushrooms and not preventing them from growing?

        Point is…..the line needs to be re-drawn. The list of what is and isn’t considered a drug needs to be revised. The fact that it is a plant and no man made chemicals are used in its processes should EXCLUDE it as a drug. Cigarettes, yes. Alcohol, yes. Etc….. Not to mention the lack of evidence that states it is related to any deaths. Can the same be said about alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drugs? I think not!

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  11. Drugs

    If someone wants to get high and stay home then they can lick a toad, smoke this,inject that,drink this, swallow those or do all of them.

    The only time others should have a say is when they are involved. If they are driving for example THEN they get judged by peers as they threatened them. Until then they are free people doing what they choose – irregardless of my taste, your taste,etc.

    The only war on drugs I want to wage is against the one the government is using on the people. Fluoridation of water, forcing/going along with forced vaccinations for jobs/insurance/kids in school.

    Drugs as a choice fine. Not smart but not my decision or anyone elses but the users. Drugs forced.. sure roll out the tanks.

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    1. think outside

      A humans main purpose is to survive. If somebody does anything that is in direct opposition to that purpose they are no longer mentally healthy. Just like a person that will kill somebody or rape somebody must be stopped because they are harming an individual, so too must a drug user who is harming themselves.

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    2. Ed

      Dude, irregardless? Really?

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  12. Citizen

    It is hardly news that we have LOST the War on Drugs.

    But our Government will continue to pursue EVERY losing war because it gives our Government CONTROL over our lives.

    Taxes * Regulations * Security * Warfare * Welfare * False Money = TYRANNY

    Ron Paul speaks the truth
    But the “Statist” Quo isn’t listening

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  13. Doug LeVander

    The war on drugs has been a complete waste, the laws hurt people more often than not. In the United States we put more people in prison pre population than any other county in the world. The penalies for drugs are harsh, large fines and long prison sentances. Over 1/2 of our federal prisoners are in prison for drugs and that might be true for state prisons as well. The prison industry is a huge private sector employer and for many eastern and southern towns a major section of the economy. We need to reserve prison for violent criminals and white collar pension theives and other forms of fraud. We need to make marijuana as legal to grow and own as spearmint. No taxes, no regulations.
    Drug laws need to be softened, no one should get years of prison time for posession or use of a contraband substance. Peoples lives are being ruined by these harsh laws, you don’t come out of prison a better person than when you come in. Marijuana, legal as a tomato plant and release of anyone in prison for just marijuana, that’s what I want!

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    1. Citizen

      The punishment does not fit the crime.

      The War on Drugs is an un-principaled War on America…

      But the Total State seeks total control, drug laws are just another tool of the Tyrant State to control the people.

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    1. MaryJane

      WTF?

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  17. Alex

    if he doesn’t get in we should revolt to get him in

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    1. MassCentral

      We will at the polls this year.

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  18. JustAnotherMinority

    I compeletely support Ron Paul, but he won’t win. Why? Because the way he thinks and the way his supporters think is the minority. The rest of America is so brain washed from the media because they just take everything at face value and can’t do anything for themselves. It makes me sick. Becoming president is a popularity contest anymore, not doing what’s right and what should be done. Its sad. RONPAUL2012

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    1. FatBob

      Couldn’t disagree with you more.

      I generally think that the majority of Americans have classical liberal leanings, and that the issue has since been not that the public is disinterested in radical changes, but that the choice for such changes isn’t readily available.

      How do you think a Debate between Obama and Ron Paul would really go at the end? How many Americans, actually hearing him speak, would decide he’s the nutjob most media wants to portray him as?

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    2. Eldon

      If you think he can’t win then you just bought the lie the media told you. If you and everyone else ignored that BS, they’d vote for him, be delegates and he’d win.

      You can’t win if you quit before you get to the finish. Don’t quit just because the other guy has cheerleaders saying he already won.

      Oh, and LEGALIZE dope. It was never a problem or on the streets before the law got involved, and propaganda made it a moral issue when it never was before.

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  19. Kimberly Ransdell

    All mandatory minimums sentencing guidelines should be abolished! Ron Paul is our man! President Obama promised to abolish them and he hasnt done squat with them or his commutation or pardon status sucks!

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  20. BONNIE REED

    ASK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND ONCE THEY HAVE ANSWERED MAKE IT THE WAY THEY VOTED.
    I’M 44 YRS OLD AND NEVER WANTED ANYTHING TO DO WITH POLITIC , BUT WHEN YOU COME TO A CERTAIN POINT WHERE NO MATTER WHAT DIRECTION YOU LOOK IN THERE ARE MASSIVE UNHAPPY PEOPLE IN A SINGLE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT , I WILL NOT STAND IDLELY BY WHILE OUR RIGHTS ARE DEVOURED BY CORPERATIONAL HOGGS GET FAT AS I WATCH THE BLUE COLLAR WORKER’S OF AMERICA FIGHT FOR A CRUMB SO TO SHARE WITH THE FEW THEY CAN HELP.
    I WONT STAND BY ANYONE BUT RON PAUL , HE FEELS THE WAY I DO AND WILL HELP ALL OF US HAVE THE AMERICAN DREAM AS OUR REALITY.

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  21. Devil's Advocate

    Stop the war!! Prohibition doesn’t work; persuasion does.

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    1. MaryJane

      devil’s advocate-

      Persuasion works? Really? As in Nancy Reagan;s “Just say ‘No’ ” campaign? Funny.

      People should be able to do whatever they want in their own homes, as long as they cause no harm to anyone else. If it proves to be detrimental to them, well, they suffer the consequences, like all the tobacco users who die from lung cancer.

      Marijuana is NOT a drug! It is food! It is medicine! It is a lot of GOOD things, but it is NOT a drug.

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  23. James

    ron paul should be top ticket.. he has every capability to be the president if people would open their eyes, and the media wasnt so damn…. unfair and unbalanced…

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  25. I Storngly Dislike Obama

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    1. MaryJane

      LOL! Was it Obama or Barry Saetoro? Which face was he using?

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    I don’t think the Gov. should be in our lives period. that’s not what their in office for,and we have sit back and let them put shit in our water,our food, and take prayer and the pledge of elegance out of our schools… I mean the pledge of elegance for gods sake, and teach our kids a false history and a hundred other things that we all know they’ve slipped by us and made these petty laws,But its what I want to know is, we all know that in a REAL election Ron Paul would win by the biggest margin ever in the history of the U.S. Every where I look people are going crazy over Dr. Paul and for good reason, he wants to put the federal reserve (out of business) and the government(out of our business) in their place. So every where I look the other candidates ( even obama) don’t have a lot of supporters like Ron Paul does. I mean even the military has donated more to Ron Paul’s campaign than all the others COMBINED!! So what I want to know is if you guys are prepared to stand behind this great man? Because in a honest race the other guys don’t have a chance in Hell of beating Ron Paul…But , they WILL WIN , Because they have all the power to cheat us out of what ever they decide to cheat us out of, and if we don’t stand up to these psychos and do it now while we have a great man in front of us …. Well we are going to lose this WAR and I’M afraid we will all look back at this missed opportunity to have kicked their Ass’s out of the tight choke hold they have not just on us Americans but the whole world. We MUST stick together and put ALL our difference’s aside to fight for this great change. Thank You All.

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  32. Bob Neil Huston

    think of how much money is being put into the ecomomy from illegal marijuanna sales. the drug dealers sell the product, and spend the cash. lets say the war on drugs works and tomorrow every single pot dealer is prosecuted. think of how much money would be taken out of our economy! the national goverment would be hindering their own economic growth.

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  33. Isaak

    I would just like to say that weed is a very good thing, I’m 18 and love weed to the max. The only thing I dont understand is why it’s not legal yet. It is probably the most helpful plant on this earth and people think it’s the devil. Just like people eat a salad to lose weight, I smoke weed to ensure I don’t get Gloucoma. It needs to be legal and that’s a fact. I would release my last name, but where I live it’s not legal I’m not trying to go to jail over a gram of marijana. I’ve set my mind on legalizing weed since I was 15 and relized how good it is for you and how F**ked up the govenment is. If you really want to help me and other people share how we feel about weed put this on the Twitter, the news, something.I did this while sitting in ISS because I missed after-school.

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    1. Informed Constituent

      totally agree man. Im 19, work a full time job, am smarter than 90% of this population and weed has never hurt my work ethic, my morals, or my right-or-wrong mentality. The reason weed is illegal is because its so much easier for people to say its WRONG, then explain WHY??????????????? Because there actually isn’t anything WRONG with it, it’s wrong to them. For no reason. Everyone has smoked pot before and what happened to them? NOTHING. This is again what Ron paul is saying. Enough is enough!! Who is the government to tell me what I can and can’t do. This is the land of the FREE? No, It’s the land of greed. Big businesses lobby against hemp because it would absolutely crush the timber industry. It would 100% WIPE out the pharmaceutical companies because let’s face it, Weed has so many good things that it helps with that there would be like no pills ever. War on drugs? More like make people kill each other cause they will do what they want regardless of if someone tells them no they cant. So lets just let the cartels make money and kill people in order to keep doing so. We all remember prohibition of alcohol, MOBS TOOK OVER. Fucking horrible corrupt scumbags only looking out for their next paycheck. Thats our govt right there.

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  34. Arcangel

    what about Obama signing the National Defense Authorization Act!? I wish people would just wake up! What happened to freedom and independence…Silence equals consent so how long are we going to be silent and not speak up? To let the one’s who think they are God’s continue ruling this nightmare of a reality we call life! I’m a pothead and call me stupid if you want, but my eye’s have opened while most of yours are still shut…

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  35. Dan

    I think Ron Paul’s choices on this matter are great. The government currently spends way to much money on fighting the war on drugs, when there are other things we should be worried about such as our debt to China, gas prices, so on and so forth. I am not saying being a crackhead is a good lifestyle choice, but that is up to the individual, that is what is called freedom. Be it an alcoholic, a pot head, or a meth addict, that is a choice that that person chose, not for others to dictate. And plus if you look at other countries other then the United States, and look at their drug laws, almost all of them have more leniant drug laws and yet there is less drug abuse. And the logic behind it is simple. When people are told not to do something, especially kids, they tend to do it anyway. Look at Germany. The legal drinking age is 16 I believe. When I was in high school a group of German student came to our school for a month and none of them got why we drank so much. I am 18 right now and would just like to point out a truth. To the person who wrote about how bad marijuana is and wouldn’t associate themselves with druggies, the cannabis plant used to be found in grocery stores, was required to be grown by farmers, and used to be smoked by many of the early presidents. Abraham Lincoln admitted in a letter written during his presidency that one of his “favorite things” was “sitting on [his] front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp” (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_politicians_who_admit_to_cannabis_use). I guess you don’t like old Abe then do you? It wasn’t until one person who had a little power didn’t like it decided to change marijuana’s name into a bad one. I am not condoning its use, but I just don’t like hearing people complaining about others choices in life. Some people don’t like hunting, greed, fast cars, etc, but that doesn’t mean you should stop others from liking those things. Isn’t this the land of the free? well it used to be, and could be if you Vote Ron Paul!

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