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Why Do Mainstream Media Outlets Try To Spread Anti-Marijuana Propaganda?


statesman journal oregon marijuanaThe Statesman Journal’s Reefer Madness

The Statesman Journal, a daily newspaper out of Salem, Oregon, has released their editorial opposing Measure 80, Oregon’s attempt to end the failed policy of cannabis prohibition.  Like The OregonianThe Statesman Journalseems to be infected with Reefer Madness, adhering to debunked theories and taking the word of law enforcement officials as gospel, instead of depending upon scientific evidence and facts.  You can read their editorial here.

I encourage you to add your comments as well because the news publication (and many news publications) need to be educated about the importance of relying upon facts and science instead of depending upon debunked propaganda.  My response:

Richard Nixon’s National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse did indeed recommend ending marijuana prohibition and adopting other methods to discourage use. The RAND Corporation study of the “gateway theory” certainly didn’t declare the theory “accurate” like your news publication irresponsibly claims.

Further, can you please list the scientific study that declared marijuana addictive and not just rely upon what law enforcement officials happened to say this week? And which law enforcement officials are you referring to? You clearly aren’t listening to decorated officers like Neil Franklin and Jack Cole who spent years fighting the Drug War only to eventually realize that prohibition is the real problem.

If you are truly concerned about marijuana use among minors, which can hinder their brain development, then you should support regulating marijuana, instead of supporting the status quo. Teens report that marijuana is easier to obtain than alcohol and cigarettes and this will not change under the status quo. Only by ending cannabis prohibition, just like we did with alcohol, will we be able to implement proper policies and programs to prevent use among minors. By supporting the status quo, you only support the underground market that enriches criminal cartels (today’s Al Capone) and endangers our youth.

If you want less children using marijuana, then support ending marijuana prohibition. Vote YES on Measure 80.

Republished with special permission from the National Cannabis Coalition


About Author

Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.

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