3 responses to “AG Kilmartin is lobbying RI municipalities against legal cannabis”

  1. jeremy.IndivisibleRI

    It is time to end the mass incarceration for drug abuse. It’s time to stop vilifying people who use a vice like marijuana which is comparable to tobacco or alcohol. Tax it, regulate it, criminalize inappropriate behaviors resultant from it’s abuse (like DUI or selling tobacco to a minor), but it’s time to make it legal. The number of people incarcerated in the US is staggering. 25% of the world’s incarcerated are in US jails and we have only 5% of the world’s population.

    “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people, 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, 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.” -former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman

    Let’s end the injustice started by Nixon and expanded on by Reagan and every president since. The right way to deal with drugs is to treat their abuse as a health issue. No one should go to jail for using illegal drugs. They should be put in a treatment program that deals with the issues they have that had them turning to drugs. The black market for Drugs is enormous. If we were to eliminate or reduce it’s power we would do a lot more to reduce crime in the US than we do now with the mass incarceration policies.

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  2. cailin rua

    Fascinating, the arrogance of anyone who happens to think they’re old enough to decide for themselves what is good for them and what is bad for them. Fascinating that there are so many who are Bokononists in name only. Bokononism is our state religion, and it saddens me deeply to know there are so many so heedless of the nasty consequences in store for anyone who would dare violate its dogma, fools that they are. Fascinating that the foolish hippies who, in their drug induced delusion, fail to comprehend how upending the profitable arrangement that has been enjoyed, for decades, by law enforcement and Big Pharma, alike, not to mention those laundromats affectionately referred to as banks would probably mean the end of civilization, itself .

    To quote Steven Pinker from Decivilization in the Sixties:

    “When rock music burst onto the scene in the 1950s, politicians and clergymen vilified it for corrupting morals and encouraging lawlessness. (An amusing video reel of fulminating fogies can be seen in Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.) Do we now have to – gulp – admit they were right?”

    And, hark, I hear an echo, Steve Pinker’s disciple and acolyte, the other Steve, or another Steve, but not Stephen Miller, or maybe Stephen Miller, too(not quite sure but I suppose it is quite plausible that he may be of the same mindset!) I’m not referring to Steve Miller, that midnight toking millionaire Space Cowboy ne’er-do-well, either. Of course, I’m referring to that Pinker plunker, Steve Bannon. Quoting now from Thomas Frank’s How Steve Bannon captured America’s spirit of revolt, from the Guardian:

    “Deregulation is not the problem.” . . . “The current economic crisis is not a failure of capitalism, but a failure of culture.”

    “What culture do you think Bannon means? The buccaneering culture of the Wall Street traders? The corrupt culture of the real estate appraisers or the bond rating agencies? The get-rich-quick culture of the mortgage originators?
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    No, no and no. He means … the counterculture of the 1960s. Bell bottoms. Drum solos. Dope. That’s the thing to blame for the financial crisis and the bailouts. Not the deregulation of derivatives in 2000. It was those kids having fun at Woodstock in 1969.”

    ECHO . . . ECHo . . . ECho . . . Echo . . . echo . . .

    Ah, yes, they all agree, Steven and Steve, and probably Stephen, too, and Joee and Peter; and, of course, Jeff, Sessions, that is. Asset forfeiture is healthy for the economy of tired academics, despots, ambitious young professionals, militarized police forces and racists. So nice, so very nice, so many people caught in the same de – vice. Good people don’t smoke marijuana. Only evil vermin such as Carl Sagan would ever go near the devil’s lettuce.

    Great minds think alike, so it’s no surprise that A G Kilmartin, along with former A G Sheldon Whitehouse, is against ending cannabis prohibition. They seem as vehemently opposed as Jeff Sessions and probably Joe Arpaio, too, not to mention Sherriff Hodgson who would like to bust a few of those “illegals” for wacky tobacky so as to have the help he needs to build that wall down in Arizona because it is the right thing to do, after all. Those damned hippies and the chromosome damage resulting from that damned LSD. . . I think Donald Trump wrote his senior thesis on the extent of that tragedy when he was at the Wharton. It was a really, really, huge, huge tragedy is what I think he had to say about it. Time to wake up America!

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  3. Fred

    So, AG Kilbuzz has his Assistant Joee Lindbeck running around our state spreading propaganda. Isn’t there something better they could be doing with their time?

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