California: Green Party U.S. Senate Candidate Calls for the Repeal of Federal Laws Criminalizing Marijuana

ANAHEIM, Calif – Duane Roberts, Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, calls for repealing federal laws prohibiting marijuana from being used for “medicinal, recreational and industrial purposes.” Roberts urges passage of Prop 19 saying it will send a message to the political establishment:

“As I officially kick off my campaign for the U.S. Senate today, one of the first declarations I make is to call for the repeal of all federal laws on the books which make it a criminal act for people to grow, sell, and use marijuana for medicinal, recreational, and industrial purposes.

“According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 800,000 people are arrested each year in this country for using a plant of which the evidence suggests is far less dangerous to consume than alcohol, tobacco, and some well-known prescription pharmaceuticals.

“This is a tremendous waste of taxpayer money. Not only does this clog the court systems and fill up the jails and prisons with non-violent offenders, but it diverts the limited resources of police, prosecutors, and judges away from pursuing individuals who engage in violent crimes against others.

“Repealing federal laws criminalizing marijuana will save the U.S. government billions of dollars it spends trying to eradicate this plant and give the people of each state an opportunity to experiment with different models of legalization, as California is doing with Prop 19.

“Recent polls suggest a majority of Californians support Prop 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. If this initiative passes, it will be for the first time since 1913 that it will be legal under state law for people to possess marijuana for personal consumption.

“Despite some flaws in the way it is written, I strongly urge all Californians to vote ‘yes’ on Prop 19. Don’t make perfect enemy of the good. Its passage will create huge shock waves throughout the entire political establishment — everywhere from Sacramento to Washington, D.C.

“By casting your ballot in favor of Prop 19, you’ll be sending a strong message to politicians across the nation that the one hundred year old witch hunt they’ve been waging against persons who grow or use marijuana — fueled by racism, fear, paranoia, and utter stupidity — is over with.”

One thought on “California: Green Party U.S. Senate Candidate Calls for the Repeal of Federal Laws Criminalizing Marijuana

  1. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    No matter what the state and federal law(s) are, it is the city and county folks that are the ‘leading edge’ of public response to medical marijuana.

    Look no further than San Diego County and the City of Sandy Ego.

    Female GOP lesbian and cat lover, Bonnie Demanis is anti pot, anti pot, and anti pot. and has no problem breaking the law in order to provide a tuff, go along, right wing persona.

    Both the city and the county are mounting grossly prohibitive qualifiers on the locations of pot ‘pharmas’. Shame ful and illegal.

    Who votes in America? It is old white males, often former military, often living in the past, fondly remembering the ‘good ole daze’ that never were!

    Local government, like Louisiana automotive confiscations and Georgia speed traps, often caters to such anti progressive ‘locals’.

    Medical Marijuana’s best political friend! I have never personally used pot and have never smoked any thing. I continue to be amazed concerning political types whom refuse to let the facts get in the way of an ‘interesting story’!

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