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4/20 – Roseanne Barr calls for legalization of Marijuana

Roseanne Barr for President campaign announced her support for the immediate legalization of marijuana. The controversial candidate points in part to her endorsement by The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and to the disproportionate number of Black men who are jailed under the current prohibition.

PRESS RELEASE: ON 4/20 GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROSEANNE FOR PRESIDENT 2012
4/20 Legalization of Marijuana
4/20/12

Green Party Presidential Candidate Roseanne Barr is the first and only candidate that endorses the immediate legalization of Marijuana. Her campaign has already been endorsed by NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). In a Barr administration, non-violent offenders of Marijuana arrests would be released from incarceration immediately.

“The legalization of marijuana is number one – the end of all Drug Wars,” Candidate Roseanne Barr on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, February 2012.

The War on Drugs has become a war on those of color as young black men make up most of those arrested and are meted out much stiffer sentences for non-violent crimes involving Marijuana. From a recent article from Colorlines.com, “…close to 87 percent of those arrested for marijuana were black or Latino, while only 10 percent were white.”
See: http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/02/nypd_shoots_and_kills_third_young_male_this_week.html

One of the biggest expenditures for the government and the taxpayers is the current Drug War and working in tandem, the subsidized Prison System. According to Candidate Barr, the State makes huge profits and those incarcerated are victims and are used as cheap slave labor by the State and the Corporations. Protecting victim’s rights would be an important part of the legalization process.

The most recent news stories indicate that the legalization of Marijuana could save the United States between $7.7 and $13.7 billion per year. If Marijuana was legalized, there would be no need to spend the exorbitant sums of money to enforce the ongoing 60 year prohibition.

“Drug laws need to be rewritten to make them sane and people based,” Candidate Roseanne Barr on the Wise Women Media Radio Show, March 2012.

See more about NORML at: http://www.norml.org
See more about the Green Party Platform at http://www.gp.org
Visit the campaign website at http://www.roseanneforpresident2012.org

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2 Comments

  1. Alcohol prohibition in the US ran from 1919 to 1933 – Now google ‘The Great Wall Street Crash’ and see when that happened!

    To support prohibition is such a strange mind-set. In fact, It’s outrageous insanity! –Literally not one prohibitionist argument survives scrutiny. Not one!

    The only people that believe prohibition is working are the ones making a living by enforcing laws in it’s name, and those amassing huge fortunes on the black market profits. This situation is wholly unsustainable, and as history has shown us, conditions will continue to deteriorate until we finally, just like our forefathers, see sense and revert back to tried and tested methods of regulation. None of these substances, legal or illegal, are ever going to go away, but we CAN decide to implement policies that do far more good than harm.

    During alcohol prohibition, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?

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