"if i am elected president of the united states, i'm going to pardon all non-violent federal convictions for marijuana," said former nm governor gary johnson in an address to the international drug policy reform conference last week. the conference was hosted by several advocacy groups, including l.e.a.p. (law enforcement against prohibition) and the a.c.l.u.
"50% of americans support legalizing marijuana. amongst the universe of
politicians, 0% of the universe of politicians support this
notion....can you think of any other area of public policy where there
is that kind of disconnect? i can't."
the chasm between policy and popular opinion has widened exponentially in the last year, since the obama administration spun away from the official tolerance articulated in the ogden memo, in favor of drug enforcement policies from the bush era. adopting a fusion of anti-drug and anti-terror policy, a venomous hydra of prosecution that now includes
military-trained d.e.a. squads of dubious international legality and the domestic targeting of state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries.
all this, as gary johnson notes, against the backdrop that a record majority of americans are now in favor of legalization. last year, another gallup poll found 70% of americans in favor of prescribed medical marijuana to relieve pain.
yeah, the american people get it. in a world where this kind of hypocrisy reigns, sometimes you got to light one to ease the pain.
here's the new video, "pliers," by gnash quintet, gusher. the track is off the upcoming release, drought valley gruncle core, which drops next week. pick up your copy at the album release party saturday, november 12th 8pm at outerspace (albuquerque, 309 washington se) experience gusher live, performing alongside abq grind godfathers, ronoso, and wet witch (from jersey).
"pliers" by gusher
video directed by stephen turselli