‘It Would Be Devastating to Your Islands.’ Anti-Marijuana Activists Say They’re Not in Hawaii to Villify Marijuana, But…

This week, the anti-marijuana group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is peddling its talking points at a “drug summit” in Hawaii, warning of “big marijuana” in a state where medical marijuana is regulated. According to a special narcotics agent from the state that joined the summit, the state legislature apparently saw more than 60 bills related to marijuana presented this session. Only four made it out of committee; those dealt with expanding who could recommend marijuana for medical use, preventing evictions for being a medical marijuana card-holder, and setting up task forces. It makes SAM happy. From The Garden Island:

John Redman, executive director of Californians for Drug-Free Youth and a member of SAM’s national team, said his intent is not to vilify marijuana, but to encourage a real discussion of unintended consequences before reforms or legalization is considered.

“We are really pleased after talking to legislators to see that Hawaii is taking a very careful and cautious look,” Redman said. “That is difficult for them because they are getting such political pressure from people that want to legalize it and form a commercial industry here. I think that would be devastating to your islands.”

For the narcotics agent at the summit, Keith Kamita, the legislative kibosh on legalizing marijuana wasn’t enough. “Decriminalization is dead, and legalization is dead, but we still have the resolutions,” he lamented. Six different bills to regulate or legalize marijuana didn’t pass committee.

The Hawaii legislature is dominated by Democrats. There are only eight Republican members, and just one in the state senate. 

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  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    said his intent is not to vilify marijuana, but to encourage a real discussion of unintended consequences before reforms or legalization is considered.

    I'm quite certain Mr Redman was equally supportive of "real discussions" about the unintended consequences of prohibition.

  • Rich||

    his intent is not to vilify marijuana Obamacare, but to encourage a real discussion of unintended consequences before reforms or legalization is considered.

    Smart Approaches to Whatever ....

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    The Boats! The Boats for every fucking one of these motherfucking anti-drug crusaders:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaphism

  • ||

    The Hawaii legislature is dominated by Democrats. There are only eight Republican members, and just one in the state senate.

    Well, there's your problem right there. Too many republicans with their secret cabals secretly running things from behind the scenes with their secret corporate money. How could any democrat majority ever overcome that?

  • ||

    The only unintended consequence this motherfucker is worried about is the blow legalization would deal to the police state.

  • R C Dean||

    Who said that's an "unintended" consequence.

  • SIV||

    The Hawaii legislature is dominated by Democrats.

    The socially liberal Party of Pot.

  • Duncan20903||

    Dianne Feinstein.

  • Robert||

    Yeah...Pol Pot.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...they are getting such political pressure from people that want to legalize it and form a commercial industry here.

    A commercial industry? Ptooey! How un-American.

  • datcv||

    Damnit, I really want some Kona weed.

  • Rich||

    Another would void a rental agreement provision that allows for eviction of a tenant with a valid medical marijuana card. The exceptions would be if an eviction for smoking tobacco is in the agreement, or if the property is a condominium or planned community association that prohibits medical marijuana.

    WTF?

  • SusanM||

    Anyone else get the vibe of "it would be a shame if something happened to your islands"?

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    "There was this young man in Hawaii who believed the propaganda that marijuana was harmless. He was always hanging out with his 'choom gang' and getting high. Now he's a serial killer and a pathological liar and he preys on innocent businesses."

  • Jordan||

    +8%

  • Tim||

    "My fear is that the whole island will become so overly marijuanerd that it will tip over and capsize."

  • GILMORE||

    "The Hawaii legislature is dominated by Democrats. There are only eight Republican members, and just one in the state senate"

    "I again find this disproportionate criticism of Democrats unseemly for an ostensibly 'Libertarian' publication such as Reason. Why has the Social Conservative angle here not been highlighted?"
    - BCE

  • rudehost||

    In this case it is because Hawaii is run by Democratic authoritarians not Republican ones.

  • GILMORE||

    God knows what might happen if people in Hawaii started smoking marijuana!

  • Zeb||

    I think that would be devastating to your islands.

    I imagine that is referring to environmental impact (though I suppose it could be a veiled threat). It would almost certainly be less of an impact than sugarcane or pineapples have been.
    Another case of people stupidly assuming that problems caused by prohibition would continue under legalization. The only reason people grow pot in fragile wilderness areas is because it is illegal.

  • Aresen||

    There have been zero deaths due to smoking marijuana.

    There have been tens of thousands of deaths due to the criminalization of marijuana.

    There have been millions of lives blighted by convictions for possessing or using marijuana.

    I cannot despise these lying drug warrior slimeballs enough.

  • Sevo||

    ..."And all of a sudden, if there's advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world's pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert,"...

    OK, who said that?
    Answer at 5:30.

  • Rich||

    Someone who "made a lot of mistakes" in "his foolish youth"?

  • Sevo||

    Nope. A guy who has never made any mistakes! Just ask him.
    "California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said Sunday that he is not convinced legalizing marijuana is a good idea because the population needs to "stay alert."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....85455.html

  • Brandon||

    The population needs to work hard to fund Jerry Brown's grand vision! Trains everywhere!

  • Duncan20903||

    Be alert! The world needs more lerts you know.

  • Duncan20903||

    SAM is the brainchild of an unholy collaboration between Kevin Sabet and Patrick Kennedy. "Prof" Sabet is the Mozart of prohibitionism having become a successful prohibitionist with his goal to be named the US drug czar when he was something like 5 years old. I refer to "Prof" Sabet as Kev-Kev because he reminds me of one of those vicious little purse riding ankle biter dogs. Mr. Kennedy has a famous name. I also maintain that SAM stands for Stupidpatricks Against Marijuana. Notice: when I say we or our below I'm referring to the fans of cannabis.

    I don’t have a clue anymore why people have such animosity toward Kev-Kev. I’ve developed a genuine fondness for the man. He may well be our very best friend. I know some might argue that our best friend is Patrick Kennedy and it’s a very valid position. But we don’t have to argue because we got lucky in the extreme and somehow managed to bag a BOGO. How in the world could you not be pleased to have the loyal opposition be represented by a vicious, ankle biting, bald faced liar (a very bad one too) and someone who is visibly brain dead? We’re talking about a real life, flesh and blood Ren & Stimpy. It’s enough to make any lesser atheist believe in gods that love him.

  • Aresen||

    If the two were treated with even half the vilification heaped on the Koch Brothers, I would agree with you.

    Instead, the Socons and the Nanny Staters both treat this pair with the sychophantic deference by the MSM, who accept without question that the pair are 'doing good'.

  • Duncan20903||

    Why would I care about the opinions of knuckleheads with tunnel vision? It's the fence sitters I care about.

    It really doesn't matter who the spokespersons for the continued embrace of proven failure are to those sycophants of prohibition. They're going to genuflect to whoever gets the job. Want proof? Look at the way that they're genuflecting to Ren & Stimpy for crying out loud.

    The mania is imploding, and when these things go, they go fast. It's time to unbunch your panties and get back to your life.

  • Curtisls87||

    sooo, I have a feeling that those Democratic legislators are already on the payroll of the companies, Maui Wowie, and Kona Bud, and thus don't want their current secret cash cow from being sacrificed.

  • RishJoMo||

    That makes a lot of sense dude.

    www.GotzAnon.tk

  • Paul Pot||

    SAM are murderers.

  • Paul Pot||

    Prohibition has been totally devastating to the whole world.

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