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Elected Officials Beginning to Speak Out Against Marijuana Prohibition

Sam Sabzehzar 2011-08-27 4 comments

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Rep. Rangel (D-NY) testifying to another failed war, the War on Drugs.

Our friends over at Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) shared this video and we at Medical Marijuana 411 thought it was important enough to repeat.

We applaud the Representatives from Tennessee, Texas, California, and New York, but would like to respectfully remind Rep. Rangel that New York City has one of the highest stop and search rates in the country because of marijuana prohibition and the duty law enforcement has thrust upon them for upholding such outdated laws in developed nations.

This testimony was sought by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), who seems to be well versed in marijuana prohibition history, while discussing the harms of drug prohibition with other members of Congress.



  1. Chris in WI

    It’s funny how Rangel says nobody is being arrested for Cannabis in NYC, when just recently the city showed stats on how their arrests went up 10 fold from 30k in 10 years to 300k in 10 years. NYC is the arrest capitol in the US for cannabis possession. BUT he’s right in that there are rules that state the cops are supposed to be ignoring the cannabis, they just don’t when you are a minority and they do ignore it when you’re white (only 1 in 10 arrests for cannabis possession in NYC are white)… don’t believe me… no seriously please don’t, go read for yourself like I did.

    Start here: Google “Shafer Commission”

  2. Jillian Galloway

    The federal marijuana prohibition is a bad law from yesterday. As someone who lives in this age and sees the prohibition harming so many people without returning any benefit back to us at all, I say END it. End it – it’s old, useless, doesn’t work and causes massive harm. End it and let our supermarkets sell legally-grown marijuana to adults at prices too low for the drug dealers and cartels to match. END IT!!

  3. markus

    They got to do something to win those elections. at least this is becoming more of a divided subject.

  4. christopher

    Legalize Marijuana and America Will be more mellow.