The Democratic Party Committee Abroad, otherwise known as Democrats Abroad, passed a resolution on April 25 recommending the legalization of marijuana in all 50 states.
The news appears to have gone completely unnoticed by all mainstream outlets.
The Democrats Abroad are considered a state party by the Democratic National Committee, which affords them eight elected, voting members. They help U.S. citizens who are traveling and living outside the United States cast ballots in national elections.
The DNC maintains a pool of 200 voting members divvied up by individual states’ populations.
The resolution was first put forward by the Japanese branch of Democrats Abroad. After only minor debate, according to Daily Kos diarist YoYogiBear who says he created the resolution, it passed, moving up for debate by the Democratic Party Committee Abroad, where it was met with some resistance.
“Once the resolution passed our country committee, it was put on the agenda with the rest of the DA resolutions for consideration at our global meeting in DC,” he wrote. “A couple of members of the leadership of DA seemed to think that this issue was not an area of ‘core competence’ for our organization and questioned vigorously whether we should be considering any resolutions that contradicted President Obama’s position at all. Our primary function as a part of the DNC, according to the opponents, was to support the President and his agenda and to help elect Democrats. Implicit in their argument was that this issue would somehow hurt the Democrats and Obama though no evidence was ever presented to backup that assertion.”
The resolution was put to a voice vote during the Democrats’ Abroad April meeting in Washington, D.C.. After two attempts, it was passed.
In the 2008 election, Democrats Abroad aided the votes of American citizens in 164 countries, according to Toby Condliffe, a Democrats Abroad superdelegate to last year’s DNC.
President Obama opposed, but…
Although President Barack Obama made light of a question about marijuana legalization repeatedly promoted on his Change.gov Web site, efforts to topple marijuana prohibition have reached a fever pitch.
The president’s position on the matter, however, is unclear.
Obama, as a candidate for state and national office, said repeatedly that he’s in favor of decriminalization, but during a Democratic primary debate he raised his hand in opposition to decriminalization. (His campaign later said he was confused by the question and still supports decriminalization.) The campaign later added that he does not support decriminalization, but feels that current laws are sending too many to jail.
Obama has written about his experiences with marijuana and cocaine as a young man. In January, his half-brother was arrested in Kenya for possession.
Drug policy reform activists were given a small dose of hope with the nomination and confirmation of Gil Kerlikowske, the former Seattle police chief, as the nation’s drug czar. In Seattle, he was a strong proponent of treating addiction as a medical, not criminal, problem.
Shortly after his confirmation, Kerlikowske declared an end to America’s “drug war,” although substantive policy changes — apart from ceasing police raids on legal medical marijuana patients — have yet to arrive.
Another possible route by which marijuana policy may change during the Obama presidency is by the proposed commission on prison reforms, sponsored by Sens. Jim Webb (D-VA) and Arlen Specter (D-PA). Sen. Webb said the commission, which would make recommendations on how to lower US prison populations, will examine drug criminalization.
Sen. Webb told CNN in April that with this commission, marijuana legalization would be “on the table.”
“We are not protecting our citizens from the increasing danger of criminals who perpetrate violence and intimidation as a way of life, and we are locking up too many people who do not belong in jail,” he said.
Full text of the Democrats Abroad resolution follows.
The Obama Administration has wisely stopped Federal prosecution of marijuana sold for medical purposes in a manner compliant with state regulation, thus alleviating the suffering of cancer patients and others who would benefit from medical marijuana.
Only thirteen states regulate the sale of marijuana for medical purposes.
Criminalization of non-medical uses of marijuana continues to contribute needlessly to organized crime at home and abroad, illicit drug trade, overburdening of the criminal justice system, and diverts valuable criminal justice resources away from more serious crimes.
The Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy heavily criticized U.S. drug policy and called on the U.S. to decriminalize marijuana in a report coinciding with increased drug-trade violence in Mexico;
The dominant argument against liberalized marijuana regulation, the gateway theory, has been consistently disproven, most recently by a RAND Corporation study commissioned by the British Parliament;
According to a World Health Organization survey conducted in 2008, the United States of America has the highest rates of marijuana use in the world.
In the Netherlands, where adult possession and purchase of small amounts of marijuana are allowed under a regulated system, the rate of marijuana use by both teenagers and adults is lower than in the U.S.
55% of Americans believe possession of small amounts of marijuana should not be a criminal offense, according to a 2005 Gallup poll.
In the U.S., almost 90% of more than 9.5 million marijuana-related arrests since 1995 were for simple possession – not manufacture or distribution.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT
We praise the Obama administration for its bold step to make marijuana available for medical purposes,
We call upon states that do not yet provide the reasonable regulation of medical marijuana to do so as soon as possible, to alleviate suffering wherever possible.
We recommend replacing the current policy of marijuana prohibition with a taxed and regulated system modeled on how alcohol is treated in the U.S.
Today is our day. Today is the day we reflect on those who have suffered and died because of those who oppose Marijuana.
Those who have died for lack of medication, those who have died while anti-Marijuana laws, and those who support them, make drug cartels richer and more powerful.
We remember this day those who languish in jails and prisons for no reason whatsoever and those who lay in sickness as we speak without access to the medication that relieves their suffering. Those who are persecuted for daring to change things for the better.
Those who are murdered in cold blood in the name of "Drug Intervention" and those who are cannon fodder for merely possing Marijuana. LINK
We are tens of millions in America. Hundreds of millions throughout the world. Today is the day we renew our resolve to continue the fight for our rights and our well being.
If you have not yet taken a stand for Marijuana in your life, today's a damn good day to start.
We at TN420 salute all those of our culture as well as those who do not indulge or need, yet help us anyway just because it's the right thing to do.
SB 0209/HB 0368, Senate and House Bills carrying the legislation that will legalize Medical Marijuana in the state of Tennessee have both advanced to committee.
In 2008, Senate Bill 1942 was offered by Sen. Steve Cohen D-Memphis and House Bill 968 was sponsored by Reps. Shepard D-69 and Briley D-52. Following a senate deadlock, then speaker and Lt. Gov. John Wilder D-Mason agreed to establish a committee to study the legislation. This committee, naturally, never convened. However, Sens. Cohen and Wilder still support the Bills.
Now, Senator Beverly Marrero D-Memphis and Rep. Jeanne Richardson D-Memphis have taken up the torch and are attempting once again to install some compassion into the way Tennessee looks at the suffering and infirm.
Those of us in East Tennessee commend these two fine ladies and great statespeople for having the brains and courage our East TN Reps simply do not have.
Our good friend Robert has alerted us to the fact that some really fine State Representatives out of Memphis have filed HB0368 in the Tennessee House of Representatives. The Tennessee Medical Marijuana Act of 2009.
Gotta love it when real Democrats stand up and take the initiative to do what's best for the people of the state. Advocating for Medi-Pot is an activity that is done out of wisdom and foresight. A practical, non-partisan endeavor that is undertaken by smoker and non-smoker alike. To advocate for Medical Marijuana is to advocate for the infirm and the suffering. It is to advocate for wellness and relief.
So it is with great pride that we thank Senator Beverly Marrero, D-Memphis and Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis for their courage and resolve. This is quality leadership and it is badly lacking in the great state of Tennessee.
We at Ablogination ask that you, especially if you blog or are a member of the Main Stream Media, make lots of positive noise about HB0368.
The suffering of Tennessee need that which will relieve them of their pain. Those POW's of the Drug War need their freedom.
The Science of the Shills
In light of the recent row over the marijuana use of Olympian, Mike Phelps, the news is now awash with bought and paid for pseudo-science and other such propaganda.
A handy example of the age old lie that "Marijuana causes Cancer" is seen in this disgraceful display from some place called The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle Washington, which makes the erroneous claim that marijuana is linked to Testicular Cancer.
Now, wait just a minute...
Testicular Cancer is one of the most uncommon forms of the disease there is. A male's risk of contracting this ailment over his lifetime is about four tenths of a percent.
Only about 1 in 100,000 actually contracts a malignant form.
Now, since the authors of this "research" admit themselves that the research is not definitive, why did they do it in the first place? Why did this report come out now? Which liar commissioned this study?
From the FHCRC's own release...
QuoteEstablished risk factors for testicular cancer include a family history of the disease, undescended testes and abnormal testicular development. The disease is thought to begin in the womb, when some fetal germ cells (those that eventually make sperm in adulthood) fail to develop properly and become vulnerable to malignancy. Later, during adolescence and adulthood, it is thought that exposure to male sex hormones coaxes these cells to become cancerous.
Now let's see, it begins in the womb? Doesn't that make the FUCKING SHIT HEREDITARY?!!!!!
That many factors and all of a sudden Marijuana causes it?
This "study" (in blatant ONDCP propaganda) hinges on one tiny factor. The unproven belief that Marijuana affects the male hormones and the relation between those hormones and TC.
"Science" could not get any more weak if it stated the moon was the sun at night.
QuoteBy Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 26, 2006; Page A03
The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer.
The new findings "were against our expectations," said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.
"We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use," he said. "What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect."
Federal health and drug enforcement officials have widely used Tashkin's previous work on marijuana to make the case that the drug is dangerous. Tashkin said that while he still believes marijuana is potentially harmful, its cancer-causing effects appear to be of less concern than previously thought.
The lifetime trials of individuals, such as myself, who have smoked pot regularly for over thirty years speak much louder than solicited anti-Marijuana propaganda-as-science ever will.
Also...They conveniently forgot to mention that Testicular Cancer has one of the highest cure rates of all Cancers. Over 90 percent. 100 percent if it has not metastasized. Even for the relatively few cases in which malignant cancer has spread widely chemotherapy has a success rate of 85 percent.
Fortunately, though lagging far behind the rest of the country in caring for the infirm, Tennessee has a chance to move out of the dark ages and into the light.
We ask all concerned to call their State Reps and encourage them to support this all important measure.
As if Mike wasn't having it bad enough with the hypocrites on his back, now he has yet another manifestation of shitbird to deal with.
A Right-Wing punk known as Richland County Sheriff, Leon Lott. And after reading Sheriff Lott's bio, I have to have a genuine concern as to whether or not Mike Phelps may be facing a focused attack and political prosecution.
These things are to be expected from a Sheriff who's history reads like a Taliban resume'.
If you're unaware of the mike Phelps issue go to High Witness Report. The link is in the column to your left.
The focus now is the uncalled for and inexcusable way that a zealot Sheriff from a Klan infested county in South Carolina has stepped in to threaten a national hero with still more persecution.
The Associated Press brings us news that this Sheriff Lett...Lott...whatever, has threatened to persecute Phelps because of his admission to having hit the bong as captured in the "infamous" photograph.
The fact that Phelps chose not to lie when discovered blazing obviously means nothing to this Sheriff. The world was satisfied, what makes this two-bit Marshall Dillon wannabe better than the rest of us? No telling when dealing with what appears to be a twisted mind.
Sheriff Goebbels appears to fit the profile of a genuinely dangerous person....
* Right Winger disguised as a Democrat. (Typical for the area)
* Narcotics Agent, Lieutenant and Captain of Narcotics Division (Shows a possible bias against Marijuana due to lack of genuine, first hand knowledge of the effects.)
* An elected official. (Making him just another politician when it comes right down to it and subject to virtually no oversight whatsoever.)
* Recepiant of the 2004 "Strom Thurmond Award of Excellence in Law Enforcement". (What's that tell ya?)
* Member of the Fundamentalist First Baptist Church of Colombia, SC. (Could indicate a potential for erratic behavior and thought.)
I mean, good Lord. This man calls himself a Christian yet he's more than comfortable with plans to wipe out countless people in his own jurisdiction? A belt fed machine gun? Who's it for, Sheriff? Pot Heads? Negroes? Just uppity folk in general?
Looks like "Carolina's Toughest Cop" ain't so tough. Seriously, only a scared little punk would keep a killing machine like that around.
Yep, get a real good lawyer, Mike. Because it looks like the Fundi Freaks are coming for ya. Machine guns and all.
McCain/Palin are whores. Simple as that. Big Oil Whores with only their Big Oil lobbyist's best interests in mind.
Sex, Oil, and Ethics. This is the depravity that Big Oil represents in America and throughout the world. The time has come for them to pay. It is our sincere hope that the Ken Lay's of the Oil Industry meet with a similar fate.