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Vote out most Republicans and their cannabis war. See also: Under Trump, wages are not just flat, they are falling. And: Happy alternatives to Republican-led poverty, mass incarceration, food insecurity, debt, ill health, intense concentration of wealth, endless wars.

It's not just American Republicans who lead the Reefer-Madness war on cannabis. See UK: UK: Prime Minister Theresa May (Conservative Party) Claimed Cannabis Leads To Heroin And Suicide. By Steve Elliott. May 18, 2017. And: UK: MP’s backing for epileptic boy, six, to use cannabis. March 26, 2018. Conservatives block medicinal cannabis legislation.

These Cannabis Growing Nuns Answer To A Higher Power. [168][169][170]. Facebook. Video. [171][172].

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Denver's International Church of Cannabis

Denver's International Church of Cannabis.

Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver. April 20, 2017. New York Times. [174][175].

Barry Goldwater on Republican fundamentalists
Trillions of dollars spent on this Republican holy war.
Jesus' first miracle was allegedly changing water into wine.

Holy war

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Jeff Sessions and Granny from Beverly Hillbillies

Jeff Sessions and Granny [19].

This article was written by Timeshifter. See also: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. And: Drug War, mandatory minimum sentencing, handguns. And: Number of cannabis arrests and prisoners in the USA.
A or F? How Congress scores on marijuana. 2. By Danielle Keane, NORML political director. 2016. "Of the 233 Democrats in Congress, 208 members (89.3 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher. Of the 302 Republicans in Congress, 102 members (33.8 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher." For your state see: Congressional Scorecard. NORML. Grading was based upon members' voting records.

Why is everything a "war" or a "crusade" to Republicans? Like the war on drugs. We need cures, not wars.

See: Cost of Republican-led U.S. drug war.

Trenton 2017 June. New Jersey. The plant is winning

"After a 40 year trillion dollar war against a plant, The Plant Is Winning". Trenton, New Jersey.

The drug war is a religious war against a spiritual plant. That old-time religion. Religion imposed by law or force. Republican Holy War against the Evil Infidels, drug users.

Global Marijuana March animated Cures not wars 4 Herbie Leaves of the tree for the healing of the nations Tree of life Wikipedia: Tree of Life. A common motif in world mythologies and philosophies.

Just Say No. Nancy and Ronald Reagan 2

Nancy and Ronald Reagan

US incarceration timeline

Total U.S. incarceration peaked in 2008. Obama helped turn it around since he became President in 2009.

New Attorney General. Republican 'Drug War Dinosaur' Jeff Sessions. Existential Threat to Cannabis Reform.2. Most Americans want legalized recreational marijuana, a higher minimum wage(2)(3), and an end to mass incarceration. All blocked mainly by Republican politicians in state and federal legislatures.


Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6). In 1986, President Reagan called for a "nationwide crusade against drugs, a sustained, relentless effort to rid America of this scourge." 1.

Richard Nixon

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America's mass incarceration
Nixon Aide Admitted Drug War Was Meant To Target Black People and Hippies. Intense racial targeting associated with the drug war wasn’t an unintended side effect — it was the whole point. And GOP mass incarceration helps in enforcing income inequality.

1980. Reagan presidential campaign

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The American Drug Panic of the 1980s. Chapter 12 of Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance.

Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech 1: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass, whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."
See Reagan say it at 1 minute 7 seconds into this video clip narrated by Woody Harrelson.

"Nashville ... on the cusp of joining the long roster of American cities, including New York, that have decriminalized the stuff. ... The fear in Nashville was palpable once. In October 1980, the city’s police chief, Joe Casey, declared in a front-page article in The Tennessean that marijuana caused people to rob and kill. Anyone caught growing or selling marijuana three times, Mr. Casey said, or selling it to minors once, should be executed." - From this article: Following Its Country Music, Nashville May Loosen Up on Marijuana. By Richard Faussetsept. Sept. 18, 2016. New York Times.

Some Congressmen and police who prosecuted the War on Drugs believe it caused a large increase in the United States incarceration rate. See Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and large chart with sources.

1982. Reagan's drug war escalation

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"Each was fighting its own separate battle against drugs. Now, for the very first time, the Federal Government is waging a planned, concerted campaign. ... We're making no excuses for drugs—hard, soft, or otherwise. Drugs are bad, and we're going after them. As I've said before, we've taken down the surrender flag and run up the battle flag. And we're going to win the war on drugs."

Chart below covers prison inmates only. See also: timeline combining prison and jail inmates.

State and federal prison incarceration rate timeline with highlights

The U.S. incarceration rate peaked in 2008.

1986. The "crusade against drugs"

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See also: Drug War, mandatory minimum sentencing, handguns.
Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6). In 1986, President Reagan called for a
"nationwide crusade against drugs, a sustained, relentless effort to rid America of this scourge." 1.

See cannabis polls.

Timeline of U.S. polls on marijuana legalization

See Reagan's war on cannabis. Above timeline is adapted from one of the charts in this article:

Latest Gallup Poll Shows Only 2-in-5 Americans Oppose Marijuana Legalization. By Russ Belville. October 21, 2015.

1989. Papa Bush's escalation of the drug war

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Some think there won't be room for them in jail. We'll make room. We're almost doubling prison space. Some think there aren't enough prosecutors. We'll hire them, with the largest increase in Federal prosecutors in history.

Republicans like wars and crusades

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George Carlin: Youtube: George Carlin: "We Like War!" 1992. "Especially if your country's full of brown people." (1 min 20 sec in. Direct link there). Bush's "crusade".
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    George Carlin "We Like War!"

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See also: Race, ethnicity, and drug war.

It started with Nixon in 1971

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The Big Lie in the War Against Drugs. By Thom Hartmann. December 30, 2015, on Alternet. From the article:

America's mass incarceration
Before he died, Nixon counsel and former assistant to the president, John Ehrlichman, told author Dan Baum that:
"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."
Drug war and rise in incarceration rate

People incarcerated for drug-related crime

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See main article: People in prisons and jails in the USA for drug-related crime.
And: Number of marijuana prisoners in the USA.

The Drug war is the cause of the high U.S. incarceration rate.

The majority of people incarcerated in prisons and jails in the USA are in due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. Wikipedia: Drug-related crime. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. It peaked in 2008. Obama's Democrat landslide in 2008 turned the incarceration rate around. But the USA still has the highest incarceration rate of any nation (b c). The cost of the U.S. drug war is at least 1.5 trillion dollars. Cannabis is safer! Share link.
Number of people in prisons and jails for drug offenses, 1980 and 2011

The Sentencing Project News - Drug Policy.

Reagan, Drug War, and Trickle Down

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See Wikipedia: Trickle-down economics.

The drug war causes the high U.S. incarceration rate, and is part of the Republican war on the poor and middle class.

Reagonomics. Give rich people money

1/3 of Americans have a criminal record

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"The FBI currently has 77.7 million individuals on file in its master criminal database—or nearly one out of every three American adults." - Wall Street Journal.

The Republican Party is controlled by the 1%. They need the prison-industrial complex, and a permanent lower class of one third of adult Americans with a criminal record to keep wages low, and to keep people in line.

See Wikipedia: Comparison of United States incarceration rate with other countries. And: List of countries and U.S. states by incarceration rate.

News

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2016

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Articles written before the November 8, 2016 election in the USA:

Republicans are busy filing retrograde drug bills across the land. Jan. 20, 2016. And: Supreme Court rejects conservative challenge to Colorado marijuana law from Republican states. 2. March 21, 2016.

USA Today: 11 states least likely to legalize marijuana. Republican states across the nation.

Marijuana in the South: A State-by-State Guide. Republicans created a THC-free south.

2014 election

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See: Cannabis and 2014 U.S. election.

2012 election

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The American states of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize cannabis, and Massachusetts became the eighteenth state to approve cannabis for medical use. See 2012 vote for cannabis. Prohibition, your days are numbered!

Marijuana Majority

www.MarijuanaMajority.com - See larger image.

Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney, July 2012, New Hampshire. Graphic from NORML Facebook. See video and full quote. The initial question was about medical marijuana. It takes a 2/3 majority in Congress to override a Presidential veto. The U.S. is unique in this among Western democracies. Share this graphic. Share full article on Mitt.

Why did U.S. Republicans get their asses handed to them in 2012? Well, besides their idiotic rape comments, maybe it is because their support for "freedom" was a sham. For example; at the time of the election very few Republicans had cosponsored H.R. 6335 (see section on cosponsors). That bill would not have done anything more to legalize marijuana or medical marijuana; it would simply have allowed medical marijuana centers operating legally under state law to continue to do so. It would have amended the Controlled Substances Act so as to exempt real property from civil forfeiture due to medical-marijuana-related conduct that was authorized by State law.

Colorado, Washington Legalize Marijuana! By Phillip Smith, November 7, 2012. More Drug-Related Election Results, Good and Bad. By Phillip Smith.

It's on! Drug Policy in the 2012 Elections: The Initiatives. By Phillip Smith. See: NORML page on November 2012 election issues. See: Vote Medical Marijuana. A Record-Based Voter Guide. See: Steph Sherer: Medical Marijuana Is on Your Ballot. See: Election 2012 Resource Page. See: Florida Election Guide 2012 by Florida Cannabis Action Network. See: 2012: I-502 (Marijuana). Fact Check Washington. See: Make Phone Calls To Pass Marijuana Legalization Now! See: 7 Simple Ways YOU Can Help Legalize Marijuana. See: Mitt Romney strongly opposes marijuana for any use, and will fight it "tooth and nail". Share link.

Some more 2012 news

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Richard Posner, Federal Judge, Slams 'Absurd' Laws Against Marijuana, Other Drugs. By Nick Wing. Posted: Sept. 11, 2012. The Huffington Post. From the article:

He recently expressed displeasure with the current direction of the GOP, telling National Public Radio that he has become "less conservative" as the Republican "crowd of lunatics" became increasingly "goofy."

Republicans leading the drug war:

US criminal justice cost timeline

$228 billion total in 2007 according to BJS data. $36 billion in 1982 (not adjusted for inflation). Detailed yearly costs timeline is here (scroll down). See inflation-adjusted chart. BJS is U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. The majority of prisoners are incarcerated due to the drug war. See drug war charts and maps. State prisons averaged $31,286 per inmate in 2010. See: Costs of U.S. drug war.

Of course there are some clueless Democrat incumbents too that need the boot:

Fortunately, it looks like some Democrats are pulling their heads out of Republican asses.

"Earlier this year, the Colorado Democrats announced their support for marijuana legalization in their 2012 party platform. On June 9th, the Texas Democrats endorsed marijuana decriminalization. Last weekend, the North Carolina Democratic Party added resolutions supporting medical cannabis and industrial hemp. ... Also worth noting, on June 2nd, the Washington State Democratic Party built upon their earlier endorsement of their state’s legalization initiative, I-502, by adding support for full marijuana legalization and medical cannabis as planks in their party platform."

2012 Republican presidential candidates

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Romney on marijuana and medical pot

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See also: 2012 vote for cannabis. See: Cannabis and the illusion of democracy in the USA. See: The U.S. Drug War. Republicans lead.

Mitt Romney will fight marijuana "tooth and nail".

Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney, July 2012, New Hampshire. Graphic from NORML Facebook. See video and full quote. The initial question was about medical marijuana. It takes a 2/3 majority in Congress to override a Presidential veto. The U.S. is unique in this among Western democracies. Share this graphic. Share full article on Mitt.

Romney is a wimp and a fanatic at the same time. He said he would fight marijuana "tooth and nail". He means it. Most people grow out of early religious militancy, and moderate their views. Not Romney. From the article, The Wrath of Grapes, April 21, 2012 by Timothy Egan of the New York Times:
We know from a rare personal admission that Mitt Romney experienced a faint whiff of alcohol, a long, long time ago. “I tasted a beer and tried a cigarette once as a wayward teenager,” he said last November [2011], “and never tried it again.”

From Mormon.org: Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?
More on Romney's history: Wikipedia: Mitt Romney.
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Quote from the New Hampshire event in late July 2012 (emphasis added): "The idea of medical marijuana is designed to help get marijuana out in the public marketplace and ultimately lead to legalization of marijuana overall. And in my view that's the wrong way to go. ... I'm opposed to it, and if you elect me president you're not going to see legalized marijuana. I'm going to fight it tooth and nail."

Romney Really Doesn’t Want to Talk About Medical Marijuana. Article and video. By Jon Walker. May 11, 2012. Just Say Now. "While in Colorado, local CBS Denver reporter Shaun Boyd asked Mitt Romney about his position on medical marijuana and the candidate was not happy. Romney became visibly upset about the question. He repeatedly interrupted the reporter and chided her for even asking him about it. ... When Romney did finally get around to answering the question he said that he does think marijuana shouldn’t be legal in this country and that he believes it is a gateway drug. ... With 77 percent of the country believing medical marijuana should be allowed Romney is in a tiny minority on this issue. If I were a politician and my position on a particular issue was extremely unpopular, I, too, would hate being asked about it."

"I'm not in favor of medical marijuana being legal". Oct. 6, 2007. In New Hampshire Mitt Romney responds to a man in a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy. Romney refuses to answer the man when asked if he would arrest the man and his doctors. Youtube link. See here for closed-caption version. Don't forget to hit the [CC] button to activate them if you don't have them enabled by default (or click the button for interactive transcripts - it's to the right of the flag button).

Media on Romney and marijuana

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Mitt Romney: Marijuana 'For Recreational Use' Is Bad, But I Also Oppose It For All Purposes. By Nick Wing. October 2, 2012. The Huffington Post. A spokesperson said. "He [Romney] opposes legalizing drugs, including marijuana for medicinal purposes. He will fully enforce the nation’s drug laws, and he will oppose any attempts at legalization."

Creepy Romney

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Mitt Romney confronts a cannabis user in the summer of 2011 on the beach in La Jolla, California. See Gothamist article. Romney impersonates police officers in high school and college. Romney leads a pack that forcibly cuts off the long hair of a bullied classmate in high school. See ABC News article, and Washington Post article. See 2007 and 2012 videos from New Hampshire where Romney discusses and opposes medical marijuana.

Newt Gingrich calls medical pot a joke

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Gingrich's 1995 death penalty bill for pot

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See Newt Gingrich. In contrast, see: Lowest enforcement priority for cannabis offenses.

Newt Gingrich, West Georgia College professor

Newt Gingrich, 1970 ?. Image info. Largest size.

Mike Myers as Austin Powers

Mike Myers as Austin Powers.

Newt Gingrich (see his Wikipedia article) as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives proposed a bill in 1995 to give the death penalty for importing 2 ounces of cannabis. He introduced it in 1996 as H.R. 4170 (Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996) to the House of Representatives.

Photo to the top right: Newt Gingrich at West Georgia College (which later became the University of West Georgia). According to his Wikipedia article Gingrich was professor there from 1970 to 1978. He left when he was denied tenure. The image source says: "That's not Austin Powers dressed for a job interview... it is Newt Gingrich as a young professor at the University of Georgia." Lol. A comment says: "Short sleeved shirt (?) and a suit : not a good look....."

Newt Gingrich 12 August 2011 Des Moines, Iowa

Newt Gingrich on August 12, 2011 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of the Ames Straw Poll.

New York City 1998 MMM

Million Marijuana March, now known as Global Marijuana March and Worldwide Marijuana March, was the Fifth Avenue Pot Parade expanded worldwide by Dana Beal and Cures-Not-Wars. May 2, 1998 was "Phase 1" with no other known cities (yet) except New York City. See image info and larger version.

Gary Johnson rips Gingrich about pot

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Gary Johnson rips Newt Gingrich about Marijuana Death Penalty Idea.

YouTube link.

Gatewood Galbraith on Newt Gingrich

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Gatewood Galbraith. January 23, 1947 – January 4, 2012. See more about Gatewood here.

He reserved special ire for Republicans, most recently calling former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell "aliens, not conservatives. They never met a bloated police state they didn't like."
- "Iconic Kentucky political figure Gatewood Galbraith dead at 64." Jan 5, 2012 article in Lexington Herald-Leader.
Gatewood Galbraith in cannabis garden

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Gatewood Galbraith (younger)

A younger Gatewood Galbraith. Enlarge image.

See: Template:Gatewood Galbraith on Newt Gingrich. And: Newt Gingrich's deadly Drug War.

Music video. Death Penalty for Pot

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Death penalty for pot

Death penalty for pot

Music video cartoon about our dynamic duo, Dana Beal and Aron "pieman" Kay. Video was created in 2003 (see notice at end of video). The music is by Benedict Arnold & The Traitors. The song "Death penalty for pot" was written in 1981, and recorded around 2002 according to the info on the Youtube page.

2011. Senate votes 60 to 38 for indefinite military detention of Americans

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See also: Newt Gingrich's deadly Drug War, extraordinary rendition, and Brutality and the Drug War. Also, "Night and Fog", the Nazi Germany program of disappearances, and indefinite military detention. Also, follow the money: Private prisons and private power.


See: Template:Senate votes for indefinite military detention of Americans.

U.S. marijuana history

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Reagan propaganda. Incarceration nations

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See also: Reagan's war on cannabis. And: Trickle-down Reaganomics, a child's course in economics.
Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech 1: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass, whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."
See Reagan say it at 1 minute 7 seconds into this video clip narrated by Woody Harrelson.
U.S. incarceration timeline 4

Obama helped turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, mass incarceration. See: US incarceration peaked in 2008.

Propaganda of incarceration nations. Reaganism is about drug war, code-word racism, hate radio, mass incarceration, and above all, trickle-down economics (Reaganomics).

Drug war + Trickle-down Reaganomics, = mass incarceration and mass control.
See article: Trickle-down economics plus drug war.
Just Say No. Nancy and Ronald Reagan 2

Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan of the USA. The "Just Say No" campaign.

Stalin and child

Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union.

S.A. brownshirt

S.A. brownshirts in Nazi Germany.

Cult of Personality. (2).
by Living Colour. Music video.
Living Colour - Cult Of Personality

Living Colour - Cult Of Personality


Youtube link. See lyrics.

See Wikimedia Commons: Category:Government propaganda. Note the "glorious mission" or "glorious war" nature of much propaganda. Like the Republican-led Holy War, the "War on Drugs". See Wikipedia: War on Drugs. It is really a war on some drug users. This particular glorious war was reinvigorated by the cult leaders, Ronald and Nancy Reagan. The B-movie actor Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6) is still worshiped like a God (or idol) by some segments of the Republican Party.

National Rifle Association history of pushing for mandatory minimum sentencing

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See: Drug war, mandatory minimum sentencing, handguns, homicide rates.
Some people don't know that the National Rifle Association had a large part in causing the huge increase in the U.S. incarceration rate. The NRA strongly lobbied state-by-state for mandatory minimum sentences (also known as "Truth in Sentencing"), and "Two and Three Strikes" laws. Mandatory-minimum sentences are the root cause of the astronomical US incarceration rate according to a New York Times article. The majority of people incarcerated in the U.S. are in prison or jail due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations.
See list of incarceration rates by country (b c). Compare the rates. Due to the Drug War and long mandatory sentences the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world. See cost of U.S. drug war: 1.5 trillion dollars!

The Reagans and Just Say No

Brownshirts

The elephant is the mascot of the Republican Brownshirts. See: Holy War on Drugs, Republican-led mass incarceration. Share link.

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November 1980 election to now. The Reagan Revolution. "Just Say No" and massive U.S. incarceration increase. U.S.-aided, government-sanctioned, drug-war death squads in Colombia, Mexico, Thailand, etc.. Reaganomics 101: Lower taxes on the 1%. Tax the poor and middle class. Especially by regressive taxes and fees. Such as sales taxes, and non-means-tested property taxes, and user fees. Spend exorbitant amounts on "freedom" (doublespeak for more prisons and jails). See Wikipedia: Ronald Wilson Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and the War on Drugs. See also: commons:Category:Just Say No.

Just say no to years of lies

Cannabis is safer

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See longer article: Cannabis is safer.

Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire 2

Obama on medical marijuana and drugs
Above quote is from Sanjay Gupta interview of Obama on April 15, 2015. Interview aired on CNN on April 19, 2015. [187][188][189].

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Obama helped turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, mass incarceration. See: US incarceration peaked in 2008.

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