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U.S.: Attorney General Jeff Sessions War On Cannabis Needs To End, Says ALCU

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Our top law enforcement official is a criminal justice dinosaur who has a history of endorsing ineffective policies and racist political rhetoric, says American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Forty-six years ago, when President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse to be “America’s public enemy number one”, decades of harmful and misguided rhetoric began. In an op-ed last Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions touted misleading statistics and called for tougher sentencing. The propaganda is AG Sessions latest effort to escalate the War on Drugs and undo medical and recreational cannabis laws.

U.S.: Nixon Aide Admits War On Drugs Was To Suppress Left Wing, Blacks

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Former Nixon Administration policy advisor and Watergate defendant John Ehrlichman admitted in a recently unearthed 1994 quote that the War On Drugs was invented to suppress the anti-war Left and African-Americans.

"At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition," Dan Baum writes at Harper's. "I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away.

"'You want to know what this was really all about?' he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect," Baum writes.

"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people," Ehrlichman told him. "You understand what I’m saying?

"We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities," Ehrlichman said. "We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

"I must have looked shocked," Baum writes. "Ehrlichman just shrugged. Then he looked at his watch, handed me a signed copy of his steamy spy novel, The Company, and led me to the door."

U.S.: New TV/Internet PSA Unveiled; Designed To Highlight Hypocrisy Of Marijuana Laws

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HOBO Unveils Latest Effort In Continuing PSA Campaign To End Prohibition Of Marijuana

Creative Audio/Content Production House Releases “Very Presidential” -- New TV/Internet Spot Designed To Highlight Hypocrisy Of Current Marijuana Laws.

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A new TV/Internet PSA spot has just been unveiled which is designed to expose the federal government’s fraudulent handling of marijuana as a Schedule I drug (considered most dangerous, equivalent in danger to heroin and more dangerous than cocaine and methampetamine, both of which are considered Schedule II).

The spot was produced HOBO – the creative audio post and content production company led by company Founder/President Howard Bowler. The PSA will be available to grassroots organizations for use on websites, social networks and during live community events.

A version of the spot "will target states such as Ohio where marijuana legalization measures are on the ballot," according to a HOBO press release, although one finds oneself wishing other states would be spotlighted, since Ohio's legalization measure is easily the worst in the nation, as it hands control of commercial growing in the state to the 10 wealthy investors who financed the campaign.

U.S.: Bill To Establish Federal Marijuana Commission Introduced In Congress

(Photo of Rep. Steve Cohen: JackHerer.com)National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy would review current marijuana policies and explore ways to reconcile state and federal marijuana laws

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on Thursday introduced legislation in Congress today that would establish a federal commission to review current marijuana policies and explore ways to resolve the conflict between federal laws prohibiting marijuana and state laws that make marijuana legal for medical or personal adult use.

In a December television interview, President Obama said going after marijuana consumers will not be a priority of the federal government in states where voters have made it legal for adults. He also highlighted the need for a discussion in Congress about how to reconcile state and federal marijuana laws.

“We have clearly reached a point where the American people want marijuana prohibition to end,” said Steve Fox, national political director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “The states have been taking the lead, but the federal government must catch up.

“It is no longer a question of whether the federal government should allow states to enact their own marijuana policies,” Fox said. “Of course, it should. The question now is how to reconcile state and federal laws. This Commission bill proposes a study and a discussion that is long overdue.”

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