Why Gun Owners and Pot Smokers Need Each Other

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Why Gun Owners and Pot Smokers Need Each Other

by Ralph Shnelvar

[The following article appeared in an e-mail Shnelvar sent to his supporters June 26. It is reprinted here with his permission.]

Political calculus
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I know that most of you reading this email want to get marijuana legalized. I'm here to tell you that the ONLY way we will be able to secure marijuana rights is to team up with another victimized group: gun owners.

So you walk down the street minding your own business. Some cop sees you with a big bulge in your pocket. Is it pot? Is it a gun? It doesn't matter. You are "in possession" and maybe he's thinking that he's got probable cause.

If he manages to find out then you're in jail.

The war on drugs and the war on guns are just two faces of the same war: the war to control people. The War on Rights. The War on the American People by an oppressive government.

Those in power are absolutely terrified of us. The vast majority of you know that marijuana isn't the horror story that D.A.R.E. and the government make it out to be. But the government is so scared that if the truth be generally known then all the other lies and distortions will come out.

Like that guns and gun owners are evil. That's not true, either. Gun owners are nice people, too. Gun owners know something that many marijuana users need to learn: the government lies about guns and gun owners, too.

So, folks, you need to know this: I am the strongest supporter of marijuana rights. I am the strongest of supporter of gun rights. This might just be magic.

30% of the people in this state are very strong marijuana legalization advocates. In all likelihood you are one of them. 30% of the people in this state are very strong gun rights advocates. Both groups are more-than-wary of each other... which is exactly what the government wants.

In 1914 the Harrison Narcotics Act, the government, in effect, registered doctors who prescribed narcotics and mandated careful record keeping. Only five years later - on March 3, 1919 - in Webb et al v. United States, 249 US 96, the Supreme Court ruled that doctors who prescribed narcotics could be sent to prison.

So the sequence of events was, first, demand good record keeping then, second, register the producers and distrobutors of the drugs, and then, third, criminalize the producer, distributor (the doctors), and the patients. All of this in just five short years between 1914 and 1919.

Sound familiar? First demand good record keeping then, second, register the guns and then eliminate the right to use the guns or even own the guns. Make criminals of everyone involved. SO far the process has taken more than five years. Maybe someone, somewhere has learned something about how government works.

If we can team up the marijuana rights people and the gun rights people, everyone in the state of Colorado would be safer. We'd free up space in our prisons. We'd free up the police to do their real work.

But mostly, if we can team up the marijuana rights people and the gun rights people then we can win this election and take our state back.

We'd have a flat-out majority. Please help me keep this fragile coalition together.

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