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  Restore Sanity To Drug Laws at Stewart Rally 

Posted by CN Staff on October 25, 2010 at 17:44:49 PT
By Yair Tygiel  
Source: AlterNet 

Washington, D.C. -- The Daily Show’s Rally to Restore Sanity presents us with an enormous opportunity to unite with friends, family and allies in the name of sensibility and reasonableness. One of the least sane American policies is the war on drugs – and especially marijuana prohibition. As Californians prepare to vote on Proposition 19, we have an opportunity to take a great leap forward on this momentous issue.
Join the drug policy reform movement at The Daily Show’s Rally to Restore Sanity, a mere three days before Proposition 19 goes to a vote. A whole range of students, civil rights and drug policy reform organizations will stand together to remind the nation that sanity means repealing unjust marijuana laws. As long as parents believe that prohibition -- rather than education and regulation -- keeps their kids safe, our country is not sane. As long as over 750,000 people are arrested for marijuana possession in the U.S. every year – most of them Black and Latino men who use and sell marijuana at the same rate as Whites -- our country is not sane. As long as foreign-born residents of the U.S. can be deported for a marijuana law violation – no matter how long they have lived in this country – our country is not sane. As long as millions of people on parole and probation are thrown back through the revolving prison doors for failing a drug test, our country is not sane. As long as the U.S. black market for marijuana fuels rampant violence in Mexico, our country is not sane. When it comes to restoring sanity and reasonableness, repealing marijuana prohibition is a natural. The desire to end marijuana prohibition crosses ideological and partisan boundaries, and it’s not just radical liberals and libertarians who say it should be legal. There is no archetypal marijuana law reformer because we come from across the entire political and social spectrum. To reinforce this message and counter stereotypical media portrayals we will be donning business attire at the rally while holding signs that call for marijuana legalization. If you support the cause, please join us at the National Mall in Washington, DC at 4th St. NW at 11am and on Facebook here: Rally to Restore (Drug Policy) Sanity. Check the event page frequently for updates. We are so grateful to the Daily Show for creating the space for sane discourse about what is in the interest of our country. Let’s use that space to champion the repeal of the most insane of all policies.For details about related events before, during and after the rally, please visit: http://www.rally.ssdp.orgSource: AlterNet (US)Author:   Yair Tygiel Published: October 24, 2010 Copyright: 2010 Independent Media InstituteContact: letters Website: -- Cannabis Archives

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Comment #10 posted by FoM on October 27, 2010 at 15:16:23 PT
President Obama on The Daily Show Tonight!
I am really looking forward to seeing it!
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on October 26, 2010 at 10:25:47 PT
Jon Stewart Voted Most Influential Man for 2010
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on October 26, 2010 at 09:46:04 PT
I agree with you. They do not fool me one little bit.
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Comment #7 posted by dongenero on October 26, 2010 at 09:24:24 PT
My opinion is that rank and file political muscle of the the Republicans will get behind legalization only when the party completely collapses and they all become Libertarians.Until then they are primarily driven by big, moneyed corporate and financial interests and by moral conservatives. The practical agenda is about furthering the transfer of wealth away from the middle class, not bringing weed to the masses.Yes, from their sometimes stated ideology, one could think legalization should fit Republican's platform. Small government, less government intrusion blah, blah, blah. The problem is, that ideology is only a campaign ideology, not their political practice. They don't mean less intrusion on your cannabis. They mean less intrusion on BP, Enron, Blackwater.In other words, Cannabis and the Grand Old Party, or the Tea Party for that matter, isn't happening anytime soon. Just an opinion.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on October 26, 2010 at 05:52:17 PT

Medical-Pot Backers Target Martinez in Ad
October 25, 2010New Mexico -- An organization that lobbied the New Mexico Legislature for years to get a medical marijuana program started is running an emotional ad against Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez.The 30-second TV spot features program participants pleading "Don't take away my medicine."Martinez, the district attorney in Doña Ana County, has said she would try to repeal the medical program, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Bill Richardson in 2007. Her Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, has said she favors keeping the program.URL:
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on October 25, 2010 at 21:24:01 PT

We are important
Is the Republican party at a cross-roads? If Repubs stick to their core issues I would relate to them more.As they have allowed the worst Christians to shape their party, they may make them walk the plank. Send the disobedient Christians off and they become more reasonable. (if it were Christians who actually obey the Christ Jesus and love one another things would be different)Then what if cannabists take over where those fundi Christians leave off??? The cannabis issue more closely meshes with core Repubs.A new generation of Repubs would be good.And it seems more and more the Dems are stringing us on and on. If the Repubs get hip they could steal the show.There will always be issues I don't care about no matter how good one political party is or changes. The Repubs may not ever become totally acceptable but they may become more acceptable than the Dems if they get rid of their zombies. US CA: PUB LTE: God Sez Yes On 19 US CO: PUB LTE: How Legalizing Pot Fits The Republican Platform US CO: PUB LTE: Cannabis Prohibition Just Doesn't Make Sense-0-It serves Us well to apply the pressure to both Dems and Repubs.In 2 years, cannabis legalization IS GOING TO BE ON THE BALLOT AGAIN. -Colorado for certain. California again if needed. Many states have their gears turning. How politicians face that is going to be even more important then than it is now. We are not going away; We are just arriving.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on October 25, 2010 at 19:32:50 PT

John Tyler
I don't think that Republicans can change. We always hear about a few that are for change but when the election time is over we don't hear anymore from them. 
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on October 25, 2010 at 19:10:58 PT

saw this on MSNBC
I read an article on MSNBC today, which I can now not find the link to, that was reporting the fact that some of the new breed Conservative, Tea Bagger, Republicans are starting to have a change of heart with regard to cannabis re-legalization. They realize that the old time GOP anti-cannabis stance is wrong and counter-productive, blah, blah , blah. Anyway, my point here is that if the Dems don’t watch out the new non-traditional Republicans will steal the cannabis re-legalization item right off of their agenda if they don’t watch out.  
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on October 25, 2010 at 18:55:51 PT

profound thank you man
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 25, 2010 at 17:47:14 PT

The Rally To Restore Sanity This Weekend
What a breath of fresh air it will be! 
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