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Educating MADD: Cannabis Is A Weapon Against Drunk Driving

Posted on  January 16, 2013 by  News Admin

  In 2010, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was one of the most vocal and powerful voices opposed to Proposition 19, the failed ballot effort in California which would of legalized cannabis. In 2011, MADD furthered this misplaced opposition by partnering with the ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy, headed by our nation's Drug Czar) in a nationally coordinated effort to combat "drugged driving." In other words; joining forces to oppose efforts to reform our failed cannabis policies, working towards unscientific per se driving laws, and continuing to spread the same misinformation the ONDCP has become famous for. In taking this approach, MADD is counteracting their own agenda. By working to defeat the legalization of cannabis, they're directly responsible for fatalities that could of otherwise been avoided. It's unfortunate that they won't examine recent research: A study released a little over a year ago by the Institute for the Study of Labor found that states which have legalized medical cannabis saw a drastic 9 percent decrease in overall traffic fatalities, including an even higher decrease among young adults. The largest contributor to this drop, was a decrease in alcohol consumption. In reality, legalized cannabis could be one of the largest weapons to combat drunk driving. In 2012, MADD was noticeably quieter with regard to cannabis related ballot initiatives in Washington, Colorado and Oregon. However, we can't take this as a sign of their future absence, since a much larger national push against cannabis law reform is in the works. In speaking with a...

Want Cannabis Reform? Be Vocal

Posted on  December 27, 2012 by  News Admin

  By Anthony Martinelli Communications Director Sensible Washington One thing that's easily noticed when working in the cannabis reform movement is that there's an embedded fear in many individuals when it comes to standing up for supporting legalization, and working publicly to get it done. On one hand, it's hard to blame these people: Cannabis prohibition is a very real, very dangerous beast. The government has spent a lot of time, and resources, to put this fear into the public. On the other hand, free speech is a constitutional right, and standing up for what we believe in should be a core principle of being an active citizen of our great, yet ever-progressing country. It's easy to forget that in relative terms, we're a young nation, and we have a lot to improve upon -- we can't let complacency be an enemy. With the ever-expanding reform movement rapidly crushing the pillars of prohibition, prohibitionists are sure to up their game. This, of course, will include more of the usual: Fear-based propaganda, screams of "what about the children", and more laughable rhetoric. These efforts towards maintaining the status quo of a devastating prohibition are easily counteracted with facts, science and logical reasoning. The key to bringing this all together is a public that's vocal and consistent in their support for reform. If you want legalization to happen, you're in the majority. It's well beyond time we stop acting like we're not. With the public shifting on an issue that already has...

End The Drug War!

Posted on  December 03, 2012 by  News Admin

  By Anthony Martinelli Communications Director Sensible Washington In a recent article published on our website, we explain the key reasons for ending our failed prohibition on cannabis. Doing so would bring untold benefits, and deal a huge blow to our failed war on drugs. However, even if cannabis were legalized, our nation would still be waging the widespread and devastating humans rights violation that our drug war has become. Even if you don't condone the use of any drugs, it is difficult to argue that throwing someone into prison alongside murderers and other violent criminals -- for simple drug possession, spending taxpayer money along the way -- is anything other than bad policy. The global conversation has opened up immensely over the past several years. United Nations reports have declared the war on drugs a failure (and multiple national leaders have called for an end), and more than 80 percent of Americans have the same opinion. Times are changing. As the conversation heightens, and with the need for reform ever-growing, here are a few of the primary reasons we believe that we should quickly and effectively end our war on drugs: • Our war on drugs is not economically feasible, and cannot be maintained. More than a trillion dollars of taxpayers' money has gone into fighting a massive war that the government can never win. A hardline approach to drug use has not diminished their presence in our society. Instead, it has enriched the criminals who choose to sell them, done nothing to decrease usage rates,...