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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “Now is the time to legalize and regulate marijuana, says new report”

  1. salgal

    Let’s stop with the silly reasons NOT to regulate. It’s not a gateway drug. Colorado tax coffers are robust to say the least, post-regulation. We can use that revenue for so many worthy projects. Get onboard legislators. It’s 2017.

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  2. Johnnie

    “About 128,000 people die [yearly] from drugs prescribed to them. This makes prescription drugs a major health risk, ranking 4th with stroke as a leading cause of death.”
    These deaths occur despite patients taking these medications according to their physician’s instructions.

    “A statement from a July 1998 issue of The American Journal of Medicine states the following:
    “Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone.  The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated.”  
    And again a year later (June 1999) in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine there is a similar statement:
    “It has been estimated conservatively that 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur among patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis every year in the United States.”
    These NSAID’s are sold over-the-counter and they include drugs such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. People are not only hospitalized, they die from liver failure.

    Does anyone think the FDA, Congress or the Rhode Island General Assembly will sponsor legislation or form a study commission to investigate and protect us from the harm caused by these federally and state-sanctioned pharmaceuticals? Has anyone ever died from a cannabis overdose or from liver failure?

    “it is important that we provide lawmakers and the public well-sourced data and evidence” —
    Jared Moffat

    No, it’s not! The decision of the GA will not be driven by data, evidence, science or reason. If that were the case, cannabis would already be legal. It will be driven by politics and money, as it is with everything. Spare me from the theatrics of those feigning concern for the “public safety.” They are full of shit.

    I can remember when the state police warned people about having Super Bowl pools at the office, reminding people they were illegal. The RI Lottery wasn’t illegal but the office pool was. Today, we have gambling 24/7 and the casinos have become a jobs program for retired cops. How many people have destroyed their marriages, lost their homes and businesses, or have embezzled from their employers is all kept secret. Suddenly, they are no longer concerned with protecting us from gambling, in fact they are in the business of inducing us to gamble by expanding it.

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