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.


4/20 Legalization of Marijuana

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. Continue Reading


Clifford W. Thornton, co-chair of the Green Party of the US: Ending the drug war will undoubtedly reap benefits

An excerpt from a blog on The Hartford Courant’s website:

But in the United States the drug reform movement is sharply focused on marijuana and not on drug prohibition as a whole. Unfortunately, this focus ignores three other longstanding and devastating social issues.

  • First, drug war policies have needlessly taken potential taxpayers out of the community and spent tax money to keep them in prison.
  • Second, twenty million children have been orphaned because one or both parents have been sent to prison on drug related charges.
  • Third, in that process of economic and family disintegration, public and higher education have been dramatically shortchanged.

As a result, billions of dollars that could have funded education and health care have been consumed by law enforcement for punishment that has worsened community safety and health. Inner city business investment has been thwarted. We have taken countless young people out of our community on drug charges and wonder why they and their contemporaries no longer have faith in our criminal justice system. Our children are not stupid; they see two forms of justice, one for the well-connected, and one for the poor.  Society will pay for this perception of injustice for decades to come.


The War on Drugs

In the York County (SC) Green Party’s most recent monthly column in YC Magazine, writer Liz Smith-Anderson wrote about the War on Drugs, which rages on under the Obama administration despite hope for change. Here is the column.

The War on Drugs

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit in on magistrate’s court here in York County. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to witness. Young adult after young adult being sentenced for having a beer, a joint, and being under the legal age of 21, wherein the people over the age of 21 were then convicted and fined for providing the alcohol and or drugs to these “minors.” There didn’t seem to be much burden of proof, only the word of the officers who issued the tickets. Isn’t it sad that an 18 year old can own a gun but cannot legally consume alcohol? We ship these kids off to kill for our country but punish them severely for drinking a beer. Continue Reading


Green Party: Obama Needs To Reject Bush-Cheney Policies

From the Green Party:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders challenged the Obama Administration to reverse the failed policies and reject the agenda of the Bush Administration, citing as examples the war on drugs; torture, illegal surveillance, and other Bush-Cheney abuses of power; and cuts in Social Security.

“The Clinton Administration accomplished what the Republicans had tried to enact but failed — welfare ‘reform’, NAFTA and other antidemocratic international trade authorities, deregulation of credit markets and telecommunications giants. Will Barack Obama deliver what George W. Bush promised?” asked Budd Dickinson, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

Greens said that the Democratic Party’s retreats, betrayals, and capitulations on so many major issues proved the failure of the two-party status quo and the need for the Green Party’s emergence.

WAR ON DRUGS The bipartisan war on drugs has proven disastrous on two fronts, said Greens. Domestically, it has resulted in the incarceration of record numbers of Americans, especially young African Americans, Latinos, and poor people on nonviolent drug charges, with one in 31 Americans now in prison or on parole. South of the border, US drug prohibition has led to the breakdown of civil order, with powerful drug cartels, corrupt law enforcement, and a spike in killings most recently in Mexico, and similar long-term effects in Colombia and other Latin American countries where drug production serves a US market.
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