Why did the government lie to us about benefits of marijuana?
Wisconsin Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner stated that the frontrunner in Mexico's presidential election, "sounds like a reversion to PRI policies of old." The PRI being the dominant political party in Mexico over the last 100 years.
The fact is, this candidate, Pena Nieto, has pledge great usage of force against the drug cartels. Which up to now, hasn't worked. Mexico is awashed in violence and headless corpses are dumped in the streets of Mexico by drug cartels.
But, since Nieto stated he wanted to reduce the violence in Mexico, that angered Sensenbrenner. The question is, how can a policy goal of reducing violence be something to anger a member of the U.S. Congress?
Sensenbrenner got a negative 20 rating by NORML, or the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, in its' most recent ranking. He has received a negative 30 ranking in the past. He is the reason our Constitution is reguarly violated by the War on Drugs. He is the reason Mexico is so violent. He is the reason millions of marijuana users have criminal records. Him.
He is not just a random member of our congress but was chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee for 6 years. His district, unfortunately, has people with strong support for keeping up the drug war. Until that segment of the American public changes their views on this issue, the violence will continue.
Oh, in 1974, federal grant money designed to build up a case why marijuana should continue to be illegal found instead that it slowed breast, lung and a virus induced form of leukemia in mice. So, why have results that date to the time when disco was just gaining fame, not been used to treat Americans today? Well, the DEA or the Drug Enforcement Agency, repressed them. All further public cannibas was ended by the federal government through either the DEA or President Ford. So, the worse thing he did was not pardoning Nixon.
Why do we tolerate our government covering up medical advances? So, the legal drug companies can make profits on synthetic THC drugs that don't work as well as real THC? Maybe.
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