Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 128 through Page 132

Page 128: Marijuana was made illegal only 7 decades ago by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Hearings on this law took a little over two hours. Very little actual evidence was presented showing that Marijuana causes adverse health effects. Exactly two health professionals testified at the hearings. One was a professor who claimed that he had injected 300 dogs with THC. He testified that two of the dogs had died as a result. His testimony could not have been true as THC was synthesized for the first time in Holland years after he gave his testimony. The second expert was a representative of the American Medical Association who denounced the legislation as unsupported by scientific evidence.

Quote (William Woodward of the American Medical Association): “The American Medical Association knows of no evidence than marihuana is a dangerous drug.”

Page 129: The debate in congress over whether to make marijuana illegal took about a minute and a half. The speaker of the house falsely claimed that the American Medical Association was in support of the bill even though William Woodward of the American Medical Association clearly testified that the opposite was true. After the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 had already passed, Harry Anslinger, the head of the federal Bureau of Narcotics called a national conference focusing on the ill effects of marijuana. The vast majority of attendees didn’t even understand why they had been invited. Three people stood up and talked. Two were the same people who testified before congress: the AMA representative and the professor who claimed to have injected dogs with THC, James Munch. After the conference, James Munch was named the official expert on marijuana at the federal Bureau of Narcotics.

Quote: “One person agrees with the government’s position and he is appointed the official expert. If that doesn’t sum up how government operates, I don’t know what does.”

Page 130: Harry Anslinger claimed that marijuana “is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.” As a result of this claim, many murder suspects were able to successfully defend themselves by claiming that they were made temporarily insane by the use of the drug. In one trial James Munch testified that he tried Marijuana once and it turned him into a bat. By 1970, the federal government stopped prosecuting users of banned substances as tax evaders and started simply banning a number of substances outright. Alcoholics aren’t treated as criminals. Alcoholism is looked upon as a medical problem.  Drug abuse should be treated the same way.

Quote (James Munch):  “After two puffs on a marijuana cigarette, I was turned into a bat.”

Page 131: It is the job of families, churches, and communities, not the federal government, to take care of drug addicts. By prosecuting people caught with small amounts of illegal drugs, we are clogging the courts and jails and diverting resources away from going after violent criminals. Perhaps the must stunning evidence that the war on drugs is a complete failure is the fact that law enforcement can’t even keep drugs out of prisons. Anybody who really wants drugs can get them. Obtaining drugs on the black market means that those who really want drugs will have to do business in a much more dangerous way. Black markets also provide the criminal element in society with increased wealth and resources. No matter how one feels about drug use in general, it is unconscionable to be against medical marijuana for those who are suffering extreme pain.

Quote: “Over the past two decades more people have been imprisoned on drug offenses than for all violent crimes put together.”

Page 132: It harms nobody at all to allow suffering patients the pain relief that they need. The push against medical marijuana legalization is bipartisan in nature. The Clinton administration threatened to prosecute physicians who prescribed medical marijuana. Two Clinton supreme court appointees upheld the federal government’s right to override the states’ legalization of medical marijuana. To claim that the federal government can ignore medical marijuana  laws passed by the citizens of a state by a ballot initiative is a slap in the face of the American people.

Quote: “If you’d like to see how the issue is dealt with by someone who actually cares to consider the original intent of the constitution, then treat yourself to Justice Clarence Thomas’s eloquent dissent in Gonzales v. Raich (2005).”

 

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