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Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in SAMUEL in the News | 2 comments

Kevin Anslinger Sabet, Co-chair of SAMUEL, talks as HuffPostLive’s Ryan Grim politely abstains from demolishing his arguments

Kevin Anslinger Sabet, Co-chair of SAMUEL, talks as HuffPostLive’s Ryan Grim politely abstains from demolishing his arguments

Ryan Grim, author of the book This is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America, allows SAMUEL Co-Chair Kevin Anslinger Sabet to present our case for continuing marijuana prohibition with a kinder, gentler enforcement without using his superior expertise on the subject to demolish our talking points.

Well, except for that part about the RAND Study estimating that 15%-26% (not 20%) of the Mexican cartels’ income derives from marijuana trafficking. But we suppose it’s a start when a pro-drug socialist liberal like Grim only lets slip one prohibition-damning statistic while shilling for the George Soros-funded drive-by media.

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  1. For some strange reason; the flowing won’t post to the SAM site……Hmmmmmm, “honest discussion” my ass!

    Cannabis, Tobacco and Alcohol Use in Canada; Comparing risks of harm and costs to society
    Gerald Thomas, Chris Davis

    Yearly Statistics:
    Number of users/substance: 3,560,3691/cannabis, 5,302,710/tobacco, 20,024,043/alcohol

    Costs/substance (per user in Canadian dollars):
    Enforcement costs: 328/cannabis, 0/tobacco, 153.43/alcohol
    Health costs: 20.50/cannabis, 822.26/tobacco, 165.11/alcohol

    Conclusion
    The harms, risks and social costs of alcohol, cannabis and tobacco vary greatly. A lot has to do with how the substances are handled legally. Alcohol and tobacco are legal substances, which explain their low enforcement costs relative to cannabis. On the other hand, the health costs per user of tobacco and alcohol are much higher than for cannabis. This may indicate that cannabis use involves fewer health risks than alcohol or tobacco. These variations in risk, harms and costs need to be taken into account as we think about further efforts to deal with the use of these three substances in Canada. Efforts to reduce social costs related to cannabis, for example, will likely involve shifting its legal status by decriminalizing casual use, to reduce the high enforcement costs. Such a shift may be warranted given the apparent lower health risk associated with most cannabis use. (Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal, 2009, Vol. 5 No. 4, p. 11 )

  2. Of course some one named Anslinger, the person most esponsible for the war on drugs, destroying the lives of countless millions of Americans and costing coutless billions, can only resort to name calling like “pro-drug socialist liberal like Grim only lets slip one prohibition-damning statistic while shilling for the George Soros-funded drive-by media.
    Of course he wouldn’t want to hear more prohibition damning statistic …or any other scientific/ Sociologcal evidence contrary to his false assumptions .
    Also disregard the statement by the president of one of the few countries that legalized it, Portugal, where in he teaches us that legalizing leads to;
    A DROP in Hard Drug and Alcohol use, and the deaths associated with such usage
    A huge drop in crime associated with such usage
    An increase in psycholgical help for the addicted instead of destructive expensive incarceration.

    A huge drop in costs to the criminal justice system.

    A huge benefit to society at large.

    But then Plutocratic, Hard Right Leaning [bordering on surfdom in the guise of capitalist] self agrandizing people like Anslinger seem to always disregard scientific facts and evidence

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