It's time for the nation's largest drug education program to get its facts straight when it comes to the world's two most popular recreational substances.
In a guest column in opposition to the marijuana reform initiative on the ballot in California, DARE America Chairman Skip Miller goes off about how marijuana "mushes up your brain," "lowers inhibitions," and "makes users engage in risky behavior." Meanwhile, the DARE America website discusses how "[s]ocial drinking is an acceptable and pleasurable activity for millions of Americans," which "relaxes you, curbs stress, and chases away inhibitions."
DARE instructors from across the nation are gathering this week for the DARE International Training Conference. We can't help but assume they will be instructed to continue spreading this misguided and potentially dangerous message that alcohol is an acceptable form of intoxication for adults, yet marijuana is just too harmful, cannot be consumed responsibly, and thus should never be allowed as an alternative.
As a result, SAFER and Chelsea Green Publishing are offering every DARE instructor in the nation a FREE copy of Marijuana is Safer: So why are we driving people to drink? In order to reach Mr. Miller and the DARE organization as a whole, however, we need your help...
Take action today and send DARE a message!
CLICK HERE or visit http://tinyurl.com/3yfsw5e to send DARE America Chairman Skip Miller an e-mail, calling on him and DARE to admit that marijuana is safer than alcohol and incorporate this important fact into the DARE's curriculum.
In fact, Mr. Miller essentially challenged you to do so in his column:
As the chairman of DARE America... I have yet to see one [e-mail from a marijuana reform supporter] that overcomes the body of scientific research demonstrating that smoking marijuana is harmful and does just one thing well: It gets people high...
We have provided you with an editable e-mail to Mr. Miller that includes links to all the information he should need to arrive at the conclusion that marijuana is far safer than alcohol. We hope you will take a minute to fill out the quick form, send him an e-mail, and then encourage others to do so, as well. Needless to say, SAFER will also be sending Mr. Miller a complimentary copy of Marijuana is Safer.
In the age of TMZ-like set ups and 'Gotcha Politics' ala ACORN we are either gonna see more incidents like this or we're gonna see an attempt to pass a law limiting when one can or can't film both elected officials and law enforcement.
On the surface this sounds far fetched until you understand that police departments in three states including Maryland and Illnois are already pushing to get bills passed to stop you and me from filming them or risk facing some sort of charge.
Personally I think these guys were out to agitate the Congressman and do some Fox news ambush type stuff..Hence I can understand the anger although I don't condone it.. Here's what happened..
You can't escape the nut cases they're all around... On one hand you don't wanna give away too much power on the other hand, you don't wanna complete ignore folks especially when some of them carry badges, spent time in the military or they're running for office ina politically charged climate that likes to scapegoat those who see most vulnerable.Case in point is Pat Bertroche, the blowhard running for Congress in Iowa. He wants to put microchips in immigrants.
The Marijuana Policy Project is calling upon shoppers across the country to join in a boycott of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in order to protest the unjust and potentially unlawful firing of Joe Casias, a 29-year-old medical marijuana patient and sinus cancer survivor who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor.
After dutifully working at a Wal-Mart in Battle Creek, Michigan, for five years, Casias was suddenly terminated because he tested positive for marijuana during a drug screening administered after he sprained his knee on the job. To make matters worse, Wal-Mart is contesting Casias’s eligibility for unemployment, and Michigan has the nation’s highest unemployment rate, at almost 15%.
MPP is asking shoppers to demand that Wal-Mart abandon its discriminatory policy of firing employees who are legal medical marijuana patients under state law.
We need to send a strong message to Wal-Mart and other businesses in medical marijuana states that it is not acceptable to fire sick people for trying to get better by following their doctor’s recommendation and obeying state law. Marijuana is a legitimate medicine, supported by science and protected by law in 14 states, including Michigan.
To send Wal-Mart an email saying that you disapprove of its policy and will refrain from shopping at Wal-Mart stores until it changes, click here.
Needle exchange programs in the US - watch our movie to learn how harm reduction protects communities from death and disease!
After two decades, the U.S. Congress has voted to lift a ban on federal funding of needle exchange programs in December. This historic decision signals a new area for harm reduction in the United States – our new movie shows why and how needle exchange programs protect communities from the unintended harms caused by drug use and drug policies. The New York-based Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) is a longtime ally of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union: we always admired the courage and creativity of these folks to speak up for harm reduction in a country that declared a war on drug users. This movie is a result of our cooperation. Most of the interviews were filmed in Albuquerque, at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, while the footage from the NYC Lower Eastside Harm Reduction Center were filmed by Matt Curtis, a tireless harm reduction advocate.
A lot of people don't realize the extent Sarah Palin will go to to make her point. We captured a rare behind the scenes glimpse of the way she handled Senator McCain during their campaign. Here they are talking about messaging. We heard she is taking the polar bear with her as an adviser at Fox.
“Because the community is what makes the future for the kids. If the kids are well rounded then they will make more well rounded citizens. The children are what make this city, the state and a better world. We need to start in the community, if we're going to change the way the world works, we need to start in the community one person at a time.”
– Gwen Johnson, Alief Community Leader