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O.C. Congressman Blunt about Marijuana Use

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, along with a retired law enforcement officer and former Superior Court Judge, move to regulate marijuana like wine.

Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) is in full support of the "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" initiative. He recently spoke at the Newport Beach Vineyard and Winery where a fundraiser for the initiative was held.

Rohrabacher is blunt about his use of marijuana in the past. According to an article in OC Weekly, "Rohrabacher has long acknowledged that he frequently smoked weed in his younger days, and that he's grateful he was never busted, given that back in the late 1960s simply possessing a joint could land you in jail for six months."

There are a few more unusual suspects actively involved in the movement to get this initiative passed. Retired Superior Court Judge Jim Gray and Retired LAPD Deputy Chief Stephen Downing were also in attendance at the fundraiser.

Diane Goldstein, who is a mom, a retired police officer and speaker for law enforcement against prohibition (LEAP) also spoke at the event. In a statement on MedicalMarijuana411.com's The Daily Dose Goldstein offers a mother's perspective:

"I know that those that favor the current drug policy will view this as harmful, but as mothers helped end the devastation of alcohol prohibition, it is now time for mothers to end the drug war as well."

RMLW supporters cite that Californians do not benefit from criminalization as is evident from the costs to our state and federal prisons. As stated in the website's video, they claim that more people are incarcerated for drug use than murder and other violent crimes.

In his speech, Rohrabacher added, "This idea, that in our society, which is based on individual rights and freedom and respect for people living their lives in the way they choose to live, that for us to be taking people for smoking weed and putting them in prison and jail, for that, is a travesty. It’s against everything our Founding Fathers believed in, and somehow our country got away from that."

Shripathi Kamath September 14, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Funny how we do not see more people stomping their foot down and saying "I want the government out of my private life." Or a blowhard yelling on the airwaves "Get away from my french fries, Mrs. Obama, First politician that comes up to me with a carrot stick, I've got a place for it. And it's not in my tummy." OK, if he is willing to fight for his right to stick a carrot in his own behind, surely a similar appeal would not be out of the ordinary regarding pot.
Julie Flores September 14, 2011 at 07:08 PM
It is funny how people get like idiotic Palin say "How dare Mrs. Obama tell us what to eat." No one is telling anyone what to eat but they are attempting to educate the populace on good health and healthy eating habits. Its ironic that good information on nutrition is demonized. Patient rights are demonized. Affordable, and effective healthcare are demonized. Sex education is demonized. But its followed up, "don't you dare get an abortion, don't you dare have a baby you can't afford cuz I don't want to pay for it, don't you dare get sick and show up in an emergency room cuz I don't want to pay for it, don't you dare mandate medical insurance. Just eat crap all day long, let insurance companies drop you and your kids that you can't afford and just shutup about it and die quietly so I can spend my time making laws on who you can marry and what you can and cannot smoke.
Dan Avery September 16, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Oh I get it..."blunt"...very funny!
Rebecca Goddard September 16, 2011 at 03:23 AM
I might not stop laughing
Dan Avery September 16, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Rebecca, out of curiousity...to Frank's comment or mine? :)

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