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Arianna appeared on Monday morning’s edition of “CNN Starting Point With Soledad O’Brien,” joining a roundtable to discuss singer Tony Bennett’s call to legalize drugs. Bennett’s comments came on Saturday evening after singer Whitney Houston died at 48.
“First it was Michael Jackson,” Bennett said. “Then it was Amy Winehouse. and now, the magnificent Whitney Houston. I’d like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs — so they’ll have to get it through a doctor, not to some gangsters who just sell it under the table.”
Arianna weighed in on Bennett’s view, pointing to the United States’ struggles in containing the war on drugs.
“The point I think is absolutely fair — that the war on drugs has failed and we are not acknowledging it. We are spending over $50 billion a year fighting a war that has become a war on our own people, especially among African Americans and minorities in general. All the distinctions between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, we are seeing our jails filled with non-violent drug offenders.”
In an article put out on the Huffington Post this week another poorly crafted strategy by the Weed Wars famous DeAngelo brothers was announced that confirms the desperation and lack of principle that their previous “I do not support legalization” bullshit alluded to. They are willing to say or do anything that will protect their own asses, regardless of if it destroys the world or not.
The article begins:
Medical marijuana activists have a message for President Obama: Defend us from the federal government’s crackdown, or else.
That seems as if we, as a group, somehow decided something. I am a medical marijuana activist and I can assure you I have no “or else” empty threat that includes the crazy shit these two are talking. So it is a bit disingenuous for the author, Lucia Graves, to make the reader believe that somehow we all are on board with these jaycats. Nothing could be further from the truth. I wouldn’t follow these dudes to the 5-o’clock free weed giveaway. So please, Ms. Graves, next time try the term “two nutjob activist brothers who run the world’s largest dispensary on the planet and are eligible for three death sentences according to the intro to their nationally televised show Weed Wars have a message for President Obama….” That is much more accurate and does not lump the rest of us level headed folks in with this insane hyperbole about all being Republicans for Ron Paul because we are “one issue voters.” What a shallow fucking existence, and one I will NEVER be a part of.
Here is what Stevie-D said that I found so disturbing:
“I will be voting in the Republican primary in California, and I will be voting for one of the candidates who supports our position on medical cannabis. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of other medical cannabis patients join me,” he told The Huffington Post. “There’s a real opening here for Republicans.”
A real opening? In California? You wanna put some money on that? You are basically promoting so much of what is wrong with our society as okay because at least some asshole promised to protect medical cannabis. Fuck the EPA. Fuck a woman’s right to choose. Fuck any regulation of business. End the Department of Education. End Medi-Care, Social Security, and any chance at single-payer health care. Fuck civil rights. Screw you all; every man for themselves and anything goes, just so long as you promise unequivocally to protect medical cannabis? HUH?
He goes on to state:
“Look, we are one-issue voters,” Steve DeAngelo said. “I’m not going to vote for anyone who thinks I’m a criminal and wants to put me in prison. I will vote for any one of the presidential candidates who will defend the rights of medical cannabis patients. If that person ends up being a Republican, I will vote for them. If they end up being a Democrat, I will vote for them.”
“We are one issue voters?” Are you fucking serious? Do you have a mouse in your pocket? Who is this “we?” You have seriously lost your mind if you think cannabis is the “one-issue” that makes or breaks your election, regardless of what the candidate thinks about the rest of our society. That is such a bullshit shallow statement I do not think I can even ever look at you as an even mildly decent human being again. It is so self-centered and crazy that is makes me want to scream.
And for the man who said “I do not believe in the legalization of cannabis for recreational use” on National TV, it is a bit odd for you to be all “who thinks I am a criminal and wants to put me in jail” when your statement basically says the same thing about all recreational, or adult enjoyable, users.
No, asshole…we are not one issue voters. First off, our lives and our major focus point are NOT more important than the sanctity of our nation or our planet. To disregard issues like human rights, civil rights, education, healthcare, income equality, fair practices, and any host of other SUPER IMPORTANT ISSUE facing our communities in the name of medical cannabis only is unacceptable. You can be a stupid one issue voter if you like, and you can end up with another George Bush shitting on the entire world for another 8 years. I am just not that big of an asshole to promote the Republican Party, just because one of them says he thinks people should be allowed to use medical pot. Mind you, Dr. Paul has NEVER said he supported cannabis, or medical cannabis, as good or positive things. He just said, as a freedom issue the Federal Government should not be involved, and it should be left up to the states. Newsflash: Leaving things up to the States in the long run will still result in many people going to prison. Not all States are cool like California, yo…..geez. One issue that is cool in my State, and fuck the rest of you losers.
But the now famous brother of the now famous Stevie-D, Andrew Deangelo could not let his brother’s hyperbolic bullshit stand on its own. He had to up the ante.
Here is what he said:
Andrew DeAngelo says he’d like to take it a step farther, mobilizing patients to “vote Republican, if that’s what it takes to get movement on our issue, to get the Feds off our back and to stop raiding places to stop doing these crazy things.
First off, Andy…this is California. If you think your 94,000 patients mobilized to vote Republican would even make a dent in the deep blue State of California I got a bridge in Florida to sell you. Now if you were talking all this shit from Colorado or New Mexico, definite swing states, you may have a better argument; but Obama won California before he was born in Kenya. LOL. Your idle threats and declarations of blind allegiance to whoever promises to love weed the most is just crazy talk. Also, remember…the last time a Republican was in office “these crazy things” were also happening.
I LOVE WEED MORE THAN ANYONE….but I am not even that blind to the rest of the world to declare it as the sole issue that we should base the future of our society on. I would not even call it the most important issue by far, even though my livelihood likely depends on it. I am not even sure it is a top 5 issue. Let me see….. Poverty, Education, Healthcare, War, and then maybe Drug Policy. The Republicans, including the Ron “say some crazy shit to get people to send money” Paul phenomena would be a disaster for this Nation. Obama has plenty of issues, but you are off your rocker if you think throwing the baby out with the bathwater is the best idea.
What is funnier is that you believe these public idle and super shallow threats that the world sees right through as evidence that our movement s nothing more than folks who care about weed, and weed only, are actually going to matter in any way whatsoever to Obama. Who they do matter to are the people reading, many who we will be asking to vote for cannabis reform in the future, because these one issue threatening statements clearly say that we are willing to sell everyone else’s issues down the river to save our own. That is bad policy. These statements say to the rest of these activists fighting for the many other causes that “Your issue is not as important as ours and we will ‘mobilize’ for candidates that will shit all over your issue, just to possibly, maybe, kind of have some sort of acceptance of our own only and most important issue.” Fuck you environmentalist. Fuck you women’s rights advocates. Fuck you immigration reform proponents. Fuck you Occupy. Fuck everyone except for “MEDICAL cannabis.” And not even to save all of cannabis, because we know the DeAngelos “do not support legalizing cannabis for recreational use.” So whichever candidate lies to them the best about “MEDICAL cannabis” is who they will be telling people to vote for regardless of if it would destroy the rest of the world. Super.
San Francisco ASA coordinator David Goldman had the MOST AWESOME STEMENT EVER at the end of the article:
“Obama risks many people, in California especially, sitting on their hands in the election,” said David Goldman, a core leadership group member with the San Francisco chapter of Americans for Safe Access. “But I would never vote for a Republican,” he added. “The Republican party is beyond hopeless.”
Yeah…What he said….
NOTE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD:
I AM NOT WITH THESE FUCKING “VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAINST LEGALIZATION FOR RECREATIONAL USE” ASSHOLES!!!! I HAVE NO IDEA WTF THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. MOST CANNABIS PEOPLE I KNOW ARE NOT ONE ISSUE VOTERS AND STILL CARE ABOUT THE REST OF THE WORLD. I AM SORRY FOR PEOPLE LIKE THIS AND I ASSURE YOU THEY DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME OR MOST OF MY COLLEAGUES.