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Published by AJ Weberman
Lamar Smith and Newt Gingrich are to two greatest enemies of pot
Lamar Smith and Newt Gingrich are to two greatest enemies of pot

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 At Tulane Gingrich helped lead a march 700-strong to the home of the UniversityPresident, protesting administration censorship for banning "obscene" photos in theschool paper, at which Tulane’s chief was hanged in effigy. Other demonstrations byNewt’s leftwing counter-culture activist group targeted the New Orleans offices of MerrillLynch, a department store and a local bank, all of which had executives sitting on theTulane Board of Administrators. Newt became a fan of Alvin and Heidi Toffler andsmoked marijuana. Newt Gingrich introduced a bill to ease federal restrictions onmedical marijuana in 1981. On March 19, 1982 he wrote in the Journal of the AmericanMedical Association,To the Editor,The American Medical Association's Council on Scientific Affairs shouldbe commended for its report, "Marijuana: Its Health Hazards andTherapeutic Potential" (1981; 246:1823). Not only does the report outlineevidence of marijuana's potential harms, but it distinguishes this concernfrom the legitimate issue of marijuana's important medical benefits. All too
often the hysteria that attends public debate over marijuana's social abusecompromises a clear appreciation for this critical distinction.Since 1978, 32 states have abandoned the federal prohibition to recognizelegislatively marijuana's important medical properties. Federal law,however, continues to define marijuana as a drug "with no acceptedmedical use," and federal agencies continue to prohibit physician-patientaccess to marijuana. This outdated federal prohibition is corrupting theintent of the state laws and depriving thousands of glaucoma and cancer patients of the medical care promised them by their state legislatures. OnSeptember 16, 1981, Representatives Stewart McKinney and I introducedlegislation designed to end bureaucratic interference in the use of marijuana as a mendicant. We believe licensed physicians are competentto employ marijuana, and patients have a right to obtain marijuana legally,under medical supervision, from a regulated source. The medicalprohibition does not prevent seriously ill patients from employingmarijuana; it simply deprives them of medical supervision and denies themaccess to a regulated medical substance. Physicians are often forced tochoose between their ethical responsibilities to the patient and their legalliabilities to federal bureaucrats. Representative McKinney and I hope theCouncil will take a close and careful look at this issue. Federal policies donot reflect a factual or balanced assessment of marijuana's use as amendicant. The Council, by thoroughly investigating the availablematerials, might well discover that its own assessment of marijuana'stherapeutic value has, in the past, been more than slightly shaded byfederal policies that are less than neutral.Newt GingrichHouse of RepresentativesWashington, DCThis is why Newt Gingrich blames the counterculture for Afro-American crime byaccusing us of breaking down moral standards in the 1960's. Newt was once in theunderground and is a convert to conservatism. Converts are the greatest zealots.Gingrich introduced a bill mandating the death penalty for drug smugglers. He introduceH.R. 4170 (Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996) to the House of Representatives,which sought to
“provide a sentence of death for certain importations of significant quantities of controlled substances.
Section 2: Increased Penalties for International Drug TraffickingSection 1010 of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act (21U.S.C. 960) is amended by adding at the end the following:(e)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the court shall sentencea person convicted of a violation of subsection (a), consisting of bringinginto the United States a mixture or substance—(A) which is described in subsection (b)(1); and(B) in an amount the Attorney General by rule has determined is equal to100 usual dosage amounts of such mixture or substance; to imprisonmentfor life without possibility of release. If the defendant has violated thissubsection on more than one occasion and the requirements of chapter 228 of title 18, United States Code, are satisfied, the court shall sentencethe defendant to death.(2) The maximum fine that otherwise may be imposed, but for thissubsection, shall not be reduced by operation of this subsection.'September 25, 1996, 104th Congress (1995 - 1996), H.R.4170Gingrich’s bill would have required execution for anyone attempting to bring 2 ounces or more of pot into the country twice. This is how he rationalized his calling for the deathpenalty and having smoked pot himself:See, when I smoked pot it was illegal, but not immoral. Now, it is illegalAND immoral. The law didn’t change, only the morality That’s why youget to go to jail and I don’t.In 2009, Gingrich agreed with Bill O’Reilly’s call for Singapore-style drug laws inAmerica. O’Reilly was also once in the counter-culture, had long hair and was sent tointerview Jerry Rubin at 9 Bleecker Street. In Singapore, the police can force anyone tosubmit to a urinalysis without a warrant. They’re permitted to search you without awarrant. And if you’re seen in a building or in the company of drug users, you’reassumed to have been using drugs as well, unless you can prove otherwise. They alsohave Gingrich’s favored mandatory execution of anyone possessing over a specifiedamount of illicit drugs. Gingrich:“I met with General McCaffrey two months ago andsaid, ‘I want a World War Two style victory plan-a decisive, all out cataclysmic effort tobreak the back of the drug culture’.” Gingrich invented the War on Drugs. PresidentClinton (who Gingrich labeled a counterculture McGovernik) and House Speaker NewtGingrich sparred over drug policy in separate radio addresses Saturday, the presidentlaying out plans to reduce illegal drug use by 50 percent in the next decade, the speaker 

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