Rally Promotes Marijuana, Hemp

Rally Promotes Marijuana, Hemp
Posted by FoM on May 07, 2000 at 16:58:16 PT
By Associated Press 
Marijuana and hemp should be legalized to clear the nation's prisons of many nonviolent inmates convicted of drug law violations and provide an alternative crop for making construction materials and paper, said supporters at a Statehouse gathering.Officials estimated between 300 and 400 people at Saturday's "citizen's rally."
Speakers said the American prison and jail population passed the 2 million mark in February. More than half imprisoned are nonviolent and the largest category of inmates is drug law violators."From its inception, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was a racist law; we can see that today," Boise State University sociology professor Martin Orr said of the law prohibiting pot."African Americans and Hispanics combined are about 20 percent of the marijuana users, but they comprise 55 percent of the marijuana offenders sentenced under federal law."The Legalization of Marijuana Club in April became an official student organization at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene.Its goal is drafting a statewide voter initiative to legalize pot for personal use under a state-licensing program. It also supports legalizing industrial hemp as an Idaho crop and creating a system of state-regulated marijuana stores, like liquor dispensaries.Boise, IdahoPublished: May 7, 2000Copyright: Spokane.netRelated Articles & Web Sites:Millennium Marijuana March 2000 National Million Marijuana March Fans Urge Freedom for the Fettered Weed Arrested In Pot-March Bust March Unites Advocates Call for Legalization of MMJ In Texas Speak Against State's Drug Sentencing Advocate Announce Creation of Federal MJ Party MJ - Medical Pot Sparks Park Rally Draws A Crowd 
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