White House Drug Czar’s Office: Marijuana is the “safest thing in the world”

MarijuanasmallDavid Sirota is a one man marijuana promotion machine. Again writing at Pando Daily:

In my syndicated newspaper column this week, I follow up my recent Pando report about marijuana legalization by firing up the flux capacitor and taking readers back to the front lines of the drug war circa 2006. It is worth taking a moment to go a little deeper in this space, because there is a key “you gotta see/hear it to believe it” revelation that doesn’t fully translate in a written recounting of that era.

Back then, in a precursor of what was to come under President Barack “Choom Gang” Obama, President George W. Bush was intensifying the federal government’s specific crusade against marijuana, a drug Dubya had suggested he personally used. Yet, in their eagerness to demonize cannabis and make it seem uncool, Bush and the hard-core prohibitionists in his drug czar’s office accidentally admitted that marijuana isn’t all that dangerous.

In fact, that’s understating it — in a national television ad called “Pete’s Couch,” the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy suggested that using marijuana is “the safest thing in the world.” Yes, that’s a direct quote. If this seems hard to believe, watch the ad for yourself, and listen carefully to the government’s teenage narrator:

Now sure, you can try to claim that the drug czar was merely saying that sitting on Pete’s couch is the “safest thing in the world.” But…

[continues at Pando Daily]

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  • Rhoid Rager

    After Colorado and Washington, double consciousness can only be reinforced by reverse psychology. Now get out there in the real world and make yourselves lively, because smoking weed makes you a couch potato; And this Republic doesn’t like people staying on the couch, watching TV and not being active in the real world!

    • Jin The Ninja

      i walked onto the ttc during rush hour yesterday (madness, i know) and everyone- was cramming into the cars like cattle (human chattel?)- i, of course, wishing to preserve my dignity waited until a train with breathing room finally rumbled down the tracks, and everyone on this train appeared completely miserable with a determined grimace on their faces. i suppose the dignity of ‘free range’ has its limits…but long story short, the sheer unhappiness was palpable, tangible and suffocating. the ‘real world’ is so overrated.

      • Rhoid Rager

        I feel ya. On the morning train I used to take from Yokohama to work in Tokyo, the stench of pharmacy cologne, hairspray and tsukemono would waft through the crowded cars often. The worst were the rainy summer mornings (monsoon season), where they would seal the windows, but not turn on the A/C because ‘people would catch colds because it’s raining'; the evaporated sweat/humidity in the air would condense on the windows, and the sweat would roll down my back. Don’t miss those days. But I always felt public transit would be so much more livelier without all the burdensome safety measures of doors and handholds.

        • Jin The Ninja

          i will admit there is something about taking the subway in tokyo that is somewhat magical. however, cologne is one of the absolute horrors of male culture anywhere. the humidity aspect reminds me of singapore- the difference being in the MRT, the air con is always blasting a frosty 60* air – which actually does give me a cold/sinus. the thing about japan that i was unprepared for, was the maritime climate, how wet and damp everything is and becomes. i have a collection of indie art manga that i bought in tokyo that still smells as if the rainy season were upon us (sickly calcium, mildew smell) rather the nippon kodo incense i burned profusely to rid my clothes of it.

  • Damien Quinn

    I’ve cycled through the woods stoned, hadn’t been my intention but it was pleasant. Doing stuff stoned is like doing it normal, only funnier.

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    • American Cannibal

      did you write this comment… on weed?

  • BuzzCoastin

    the war on pot was never ever about medical safety
    among its many uses, the war was about

    putting people of color in profitable jails
    keeping free-thinking white kids quiet
    money for drug lords posing as gov cops
    more gov jobs for obediant pigs
    weapon sales to arm drug pigs
    social control
    the beat goes on…

    • jasonpaulhayes
      • American Cannibal

        Cocaine makes me happy too, Nancy.

        • jasonpaulhayes

          Colorado is actually reporting Marijuana shortages… take that Reagan you human paraquat !

          • American Cannibal

            Reaganomics really needs to step-up here and let the magical free market forces go to work bailing out the Centennial State. Then let the Supply Siders start deregulating pot nationwide, starting with New York.

          • jasonpaulhayes
          • American Cannibal

            Burns. heh.

          • Steve Ball

            The “magical” free market is not allowed to function by State law. The new law freed demand, yet specifically limited supply.

            The laws of economics are magical only to people who don’t have a clue about how economics actually works.

            This group includes idiots, progressives, leftists, most government employees, and (of course) university professors (also of the proggie/leftie persuasion).

          • American Cannibal

            Oh, I apologize for being unclear for you. I thought the post was in support of supply siders on this issue. You know, get in there and do their whole deregulation thing, let people buy, grow and smoke weed without some dickhole like you standing in their way.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Are you sure about that? A friend of mine took a couple hits a few years back and got these fits where he spontaneously started slamming his head into some cop’s fist.

    • Juan

      I hate it when that happens.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        I’m reliably informed that it hurt the cop more than it did my friend.

        • Juan

          Our brave police officers sacrifice so much for our safety. God bless them all.

          • Jin The Ninja

            i give you a mental ‘upvote’ b/c the sarcasm is truly terrific, but i cannot upvote if for some reason god decides to actually bless them…

          • Juan

            Understood:)

          • Justin_Khase

            That was sarcasm ??? I thought it was irony.

          • Jin The Ninja

            “a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual ”

            v.

            “the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny”

            because the two are synonyms of each other, i would argue it was both. and both could used interchangeably in this context (and in my above post).

          • Liam_McGonagle

            We really ought to take up a private collection to do something special for them.

            Like pay them not to beat the sh*t out of us.

          • kowalityjesus

            I was just today considering what kind of possible legal recourse there could be for citizens brutalized…How people can get together and pass a law against shitty cops.

            I guess I’ve been in a cloud of innocence ever since I watched this Nader interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onmrRlkLAjM&list=FL3IL7vbbkEypuiahgZcyoVg&index=14 It’s hard to believe a man can spend 40 years in Washington and still believe in the American system as sincerely as he does. An inspiration, if not a beneficial delusion…

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