Obama’s marijuana prohibition acid test by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman

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by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
The Free Press
January 14, 2009

The parallels between the 1933 coming of Franklin Roosevelt and the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama must include the issue of Prohibition: alcohol in 1933, and marijuana today. As FDR did back then, Obama must now help end an utterly failed, socially destructive, reactionary crusade.

Marijuana prohibition is a core cause of many of the nation’s economic problems. It now costs the U.S. tens of billions per year to track, arrest, try, defend and imprison marijuana consumers who pose little, if any, harm to society. The social toll soars even higher when we account for social violence, lost work, ruined careers and damaged families. In 2007, 775,137 people were arrested in the U.S. for mere possession of this ancient crop, according to the FBI’s uniform crime report.

Like the Prohibition on alcohol that plagued the nation from 1920 to 1933, marijuana prohibition (which essentially began in 1937) feeds organized crime and a socially useless prison-industrial complex that includes judges, lawyers, police, guards, prison contractors, and more.

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2 thoughts on “Obama’s marijuana prohibition acid test by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman

  1. If Obama can do to marijuana what was done with alcohol, then I will know his intelligence is real, and not just a facade. If marijuana is decriminalized and regulated like tobacco, and alcohol, it will not only alleviate much suffering, but will help to solve the dire money shortages in all levels of government. Keeping it a crime is tantamount to admitting that the existing laws are only serving the corruption in law enforcement, and allied industries. I pray that Obama is the intelligent and wise person that I think he is. I am waiting to find out. Yes, we CAN.

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