The Americans Civil Liberties Union founded in 1920 has a mission statement of:
“The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.”
Yet in the last 75 years, since prohibition of cannabis started at a federal level, and before that in state legislation, the ACLU has not once supported or initiated any cannabis freedom initiatives. Despite having some very good initiatives to support, endorse or even fund. The ACLU has not once before 2012 helped out with any of these, including a few in Washington that received hundreds of thousands of signatures. But yet we are supposed to believe that they care about our cannabis liberty?
Now with the introduction of initiative 502 in Washington that would give very little freedom, and at the same time it would repeal freedoms of many who drive. We are supposed to believe that they aren’t just in this to thwart other efforts to fully legalize cannabis? Why didn’t Alison Holcomb or the ACLU back Sensible Washington’s initiatives that received hundreds of thousands of signatures?
Why introduce non-sensical driving policies that are not only redundant since Washington already has cannabis driving restrictions, not to mention Reckless driving laws, but also offers even more strict provisions for driving?
This seems like a half-assed attempt to stay relevant in civil liberties issues, while at the same time ensuring job security in defending people against criminal cannabis charges such as these new, and un-scientifically backed DUID provisions.
My words to the ACLU. Just keep doing your job of persecuting Christians, and anyone who is on the right. And leave the cannabis activism to the REAL cannabis activists who care about FREEDOM, not just your retirement.
If you want an example of Alison Holcomb’s work in cannabis rights. Take a close look at SB 5073, which took rights and protections away from both doctors and cannabis providers while offering nothing in return.
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Why in 75 years has the ACLU never supported a cannabis law reform?