Stop The Prohibition

Stop The Prohibition
Posted by CN Staff on May 07, 2006 at 10:09:41 PT
By James Faulk, The Times-Standard 
Source: Times-Standard
Arcata -- Cars driving on LK Wood Boulevard just before noon Saturday were greeted by a strange and odoriferous chorus of protesters who offered packed marijuana pipes and broken bits of song to all passers-by. The participants were taking part in the local version of the national Million Marijuana March. The clamored against what they said is the criminalization of the innocent, and the prohibition of a drug that is less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes.
They weren't shy about their drug use. Lighters sparked pipes and marijuana cigarettes while red-rimmed eyes squinted against the sun that came out just in time to escort the marcher through town. Two men offered pipes to cars that passed along the road, and made only minimal effort to hide their contraband when two police cars in a row raced by the scene. Humboldt State University student Terra Kopf said the government has it's priorities wrong. ”I don't feel like I should be labeled a criminal,” she said. Marijuana doesn't kill anyone, she said. Instead, it's being suppressed by the government because national leaders have all their time and money staked into alcohol and cigarettes, she said. ”It just doesn't make sense that people should go to jail for it,” she said. Fellow student Melissa Gussin said a slew of injustices accompany marijuana enforcement. Critically ill patients are thrown into jail despite the voter-approved laws that declare marijuana a legitimate medicine, she said. As someone who smokes marijuana, she said she has been stereotyped as dumb, and as being a burden on society. She said she maintains a high grade point average. ”The point is, marijuana doesn't hurt anyone,” she said. Even if it did, it would only be hurting the users, and no one else, she said. Before departing on their march, the crowd held colorful signs and collected in small groups listening to the slightly atonal music coming from an apparently impromptu flute-and-drum band. ”Stop the prohibition,” one man shouted. ”Legalize marijuana,” answered another. Source: Times-Standard (Eureka, CA)Author: James Faulk, The Times-Standard Published: May 7, 2006Copyright: 2006 MediaNews Group, Inc. Contact: editor times-standard.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on May 07, 2006 at 12:58:37 PT:
If you can't denigrate their facts, heap scorn
on the messengers. Oldest tactic in the book, and still, too many fall for it.But the reality is the attack on reformers is being exposed; take special note of the title:THE WAR ON DRUG REFORM :
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on May 07, 2006 at 11:03:05 PT
I think that the activists in California are the best in the whole USA. They say what happens in California will spread thru the whole USA in about 10 years. Well it is almost 10 years since Prop 215 passed. Californians have stickability and I love it. The east coast is way different. 
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Comment #1 posted by Truth on May 07, 2006 at 10:54:56 PT
March on
A Truth March.
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