40 Years Ago, A Congressional Commission Told The Truth About Marijuana

Marijuana PlantSo you think the government has been lying to you about the effects of cannabis (marijuana)?

Well, are you aware that the United States Congress concluded with the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, a.k.a., the Shafer Commission:

“…that the] possession of marijuana for personal use no longer be an offense, [and that the] casual distribution of small amounts of marihuana for no remuneration, or insignificant remuneration, no longer be an offense.”

Paul Armentano writes a brief synopsis on NORML’s blog on how the U.S. federal government has ignored its own fact-finding in favor of doing the opposite and counter-intuitive for the past forty years.

Also, for those of you that would like to read the Shafer Commission report, “Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding,” you can check it out here at the Shafer Library of Drug Policy.

17 Comments on "40 Years Ago, A Congressional Commission Told The Truth About Marijuana"

  1. Mr Willow | Mar 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm |

    In related news: Nixon was a slime ball who regularly lied, withheld, and distorted information to suit his needs. 

  2. The synopsis is awfully brief, but it’s worth remembering this one.

  3. The 1975 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice came  to similar conclusions.

  4. GoodDoktorBad | Mar 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm |

    I would tend to believe that the overall comprehensive and intelligent nature of this report must have flown over the heads of the average politician who read this report.

    Frankly, I’m a bit shocked at how COMPLETE the report was. I didn’t think the government was capable of such intelligence and thouroughness……oh wait it was a private institution (the Shafer Commision)….that explains a lot…..lol

    •  And yet, forty years latter the US government is still in denial, a denial that destroys the life of millions.

  5. That plant badly needs staking.

  6. MoralDrift | Mar 25, 2012 at 12:52 am |

    One can simply not publish enough on the idiotic and shameful prohibition of Cannabis. 

  7. 1. Cannabis competes with drug company profits. 
    2. The “war on drugs” finances the police and prison industries (military industrial).
    3. Cannabis is a fascist tool to criminalize and control a segment of society.

    And there you have it.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Mar 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm |

      Segments of society such as ethinc minorites ie. African Americans, Latinos. And cultural minorities ie. Free-thinkers, radicals, hippies, activists, rebels, freaks etc.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do | Mar 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm |

        Edit: Political and cultural minorities. (Many of whom are more likely majorities but still a threat)

  8. the war on “drugs” and flagrant disregard for the constitution goes back way further than nixon


    • DeepCough | Mar 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm |

      Indeed, it could be argued that the “War on Drugs” started with the 18th Amendment.

  9. ::reads article, calls pot dealer::

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