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Gov Gary Johnson - One of the greatest offenses against liberty over the past several decades is the failed War on Drugs. Millions of lives have been adversely impacted by arrests and convictions for simple possession of marijuana, and billions of tax dollars have been spent prosecuting Americans for a simple choice that even President Obama admits is no more harmful than consuming an alcoholic beverage.
What many don’t realize is that the President and the Attorney General have the authority right now — today — to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Taking this common sense step would effectively end the criminalization under federal law of simple marijuana possession.
I have advocated this overdue “reclassification” for years. With a majority of Americans now favoring the legalization of marijuana, two states having voted to legalize it, and several others considering doing so, the time has come for the President to act. As I have said many times, the American people are ready to do the right and smart thing, but where are the politicians? To date, with few exceptions, they have been “missing in action” on this issue.
Refreshingly — and finally, last week, 18 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives actually did something! They signed a letter to President Obama urging him to remove marijuana from Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act — precisely what the Our America Initiative and I have long advocated.
This is an effort that deserves our wholehearted support. Go to Our America’s “End Marijuana Prohibition” page today and add your name to our petition calling on Congress and the President to take an important step toward ending the failed War on Drugs.
The politicians in Washington, DC, need to know that millions of Americans are ready to end marijuana Prohibition. The Our America Initiative is working hard to deliver that message — and we need your help. In addition to signing our petition, I urge you to go to Our America today and make a contribution that will help us keep the pressure on the politicians to come out of hiding on drug law reform and act — NOW.
Liberty means being free of government prosecution for simple personal choices that do no harm to others. More than 100 million Americans have, at one time or another, made the simple choice to use marijuana. Isn’t it time to stop calling those Americans criminals?
Thank you for your support! Go to Our America today and help end modern-day Prohibition.