Written By: Bud Goode

FACT! NOT OPINION!!!

While the Controlled Substances Act was being drafted in a House committee in 1970, Assistant Secretary of Health Roger O. Egeberg had recommended that marijuana "temporarily " be placed in Schedule I, the most restrictive category of drugs, pending the Shafer Commission's report. Mr. Egeberg was for decriminalisation! On March 22, 1972, the Commission's chairman, Raymond P. Shafer, presented a report to Congress and the public entitled "Marijuana, A Signal of Misunderstanding," which favored ending marijuana prohibition and adopting other methods to discourage use.

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Prologue:

Added October 6, 2011

The Federal Governent Proclaims the very people that are called upon to lend their medical and pharmacological expertise, when giving all other drugs a Schedule classification, are somehow completely unqualified and not to be trusted when it comes to Classification of Marijuana - LIKE ROGER O. EGEBERG! Unbelievable! A Schedule I drug can have no known medical use. And yet Big Pharma synthesized THC, as Marional. They patented it, and gave it a Schedule III classification. At any other time in the history of the FDA, has a drug that has no known benefit, ever been synthesized, patented, and resheduled? More importantly, is a patern of behavior not spelling out deliberate intention to subvert the will of the people, in favor of the fat lobbyists provided to our governing body, Care of the Giant Pharma companies trading down on Wall St.

We sometimes trust doctors we have never met before with our very lives. Whether it's stitching up your wound, removing your apendix, or delivering your child - A doctor has this level of responsiblity his entire life. But when it comes to MS Patients getting relief from smoking ( proclaimed by the American Medical Association to give the best relief), suddenly the Politician, and the Healthcare industry Are where we go for expertise? - If they truly were not just concerned with lost revenues from patients who have already abandoned their prescriptions after trying cannabis once, then what is their angle? Protecting our health? Please! The FDA has become nothing more than a public dislaimer to protect big Pharma from a law suit, in the event their medications kill you. But still taking Lunesta, and risking driving your car while you are sleeping is perfectly acceptable, but don't you even think about getting relief from cannabis!

And Cigarettes and Alcohol have governments Tarrifs on every bottle, can and pack sold in America.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin were hip deep in hemp, during the formation of this nation! George and Thomas Farmed it. Ben had a paper mill that ran exclusively on hemp! Would they be seen as criminals? The founding fathers? How can the truth get so twisted?


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Written In June 2010 By : Bud Goode

Raymond P. Shafer & The Shafer Commission

The 1st Official Word from the Federal Government on Marijuana
Submitted to Congress
On March 22, 1972

"Believe me, the only excuse for government is to give service to the people." 

Raymond P. Shafer

From the Patient-Members perspective, the statement made by the Shafer Commission rings even true today:

Excerpt:

The current law implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only 'with the greatest reluctance.

It is huge class struggle. Regarding MMJ, The Conservative belief is that they are correct, and the whole world needs to see it the way they do. In the name of American Freedom!

Regarding the controlled substance abuse Act - October 27, 1970

Part F of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 established the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse—known as the Shafer Commission after its chairman, Raymond P. Shafer—to study marijuana abuse in the United States.

Raymond P. Shafer - A Brief History of the Man

His Father was pastor of the 1st Christian Church. He was a Eagle Scout As a Boy. As an adult he was Presented the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. He attended Allegheny College. There, he was Member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He later attended Yale Law School. His classmates at Yale included former President Gerald Ford, & William Scranton.

In 1942, Shafer Joins the Navy as a Naval Intelligence Officer and later serves on PT boats.

He served in over 80 combat missions in Worlds War II as PT-359 boat Commander. Later he became and executive officer of Squadron 27, and was one of the 1st PT boats to penetrate the defenses of a historic battle at Manila Bay. During his tour in the Pacific Theatre, he earned the Bronze Star, & The Purple Heart.

After the war, Shafer returned to the states and began a private law practice. In 1948 he was elected the DA of Crawford County, PA. In 1958, he was elected to the state Senate. In 1962, he was elected Lieutenant Gov. of PA.

In 1966, Shafer was victorious by a margin of nearly a quarter of a million votes and became Gov of PA. as Governor, Shafer was best known for championing reforms to the state constitution. By the beginning of Shafer's term as Governor, a constitutional convention was meeting to overhaul state government. Shafer was bound by the previous rules and was limited to one term. After leaving the state government, he became a major player in national Republican politics as the unofficial leader of the third largest Republican state party in the country. His contribution to The Republicans, and true Bipartisanship continued for years after leaving the governors mansion.

 

In 1970, President Nixon appointed Shafer as chairman of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, also known as the Shafer Commission. He was criticized in this role by many conservatives after the panel recommended the decriminalization of marijuana use.

The Shafer Commission Report

While the Controlled Substances Act was being drafted in a House committee in 1970, Assistant Secretary of Health Roger O. Egeberg had recommended that marijuana temporarily be placed in Schedule I, the most restrictive category of drugs, pending the Commission's report. On March 22, 1972, the Commission's chairman, Raymond P. Shafer, presented a report to Congress and the public entitled "Marijuana, A Signal of Misunderstanding," which favored ending marijuana prohibition and adopting other methods to discourage use.

Specifically, the Commission recommended "a social control policy seeking to discourage marijuana use, while concentrating primarily on the prevention of heavy and very heavy use." The report noted that society can provide incentives for certain behavior without prosecuting the unwilling, citing the example that "the family unit and the institution of marriage are preferred means of group-living and child-rearing in our society. As a society, we are not neutral. We officially encourage matrimony by giving married couples favorable tax treatment; but we do not compel people to get married."

The Commission recommended decriminalization of simple possession, finding:

The criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use. It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only 'with the greatest reluctance.

The Commission found that the constitutionality of marijuana prohibition was suspect, and that the executive and legislative branches had a responsibility to obey the Constitution, even in the absence of a court ruling to do so:

While the judiciary is the governmental institution most directly concerned with the protection of individual liberties, all policy-makers have a responsibility to consider our constitutional heritage when framing public policy. Regardless of whether or not the courts would overturn a prohibition of possession of marihuana for personal use in the home, we are necessarily influenced by the high place traditionally occupied by the value of privacy in our constitutional scheme.

 

 

The Commission also recommended that the distinctions between licit and illicit drugs be dropped, finding that "the use of drugs for pleasure or other non-medical purposes is not inherently irresponsible; alcohol is widely used as an acceptable part of social activities"[1].

The Nixon administration did not implement the study's recommendations. However, the report has frequently been cited by individuals supporting removal of cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act[2].

 

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Needless to say, Shafer did not last at this position. Despite an inspiring life of service to his country, and to his party, because he was not endorsing the war on Marijuana, he did not last long at his position as Chairman of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse.

After Shafer left that position, He still had more to give. he served a brief stint as CEO of financially troubled Teleprompter company. Following Watergate, he returned to public service after being named special counsel to new Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller, a position he held from 1974 to 1977.

From 1977 to 1988 he was a partner with the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand. He also served briefly as president of his alma mater, Allegheny College, from 1985 to 1986. He has also served on the Council on Foreign Relations.

A section of Interstate 79 in Pennsylvania is named "The Raymond P. Shafer Highway" after him, as are residence halls at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the auditorium at Allegheny College.

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How is it that The Shafer Commission Report, the 1st official statement from the US Government regarding marijuana, has been forgotten? This OFFICIAL document, Submitted by a life long American patriot, appointed by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT who served his country with distinction as a Republican maverick, should be the foundation of today’s defense, as was as the founding argument toward legalization.

In closing, I would like to say that capitalism mixed in with public servitude / politics does not mix well. A certain group of people who feel compelled to force there beliefs and opinions on people who think so entirely different, is a futile attempt to mold the world in there own image. It confuses me as to what the definition of freedom is to some Americans?

The relevance of the Shafer commission needs to be brought to the forefront of this fight. It is the most relevant document regarding marijuana that the federal Government has ever written.

Even moreover the fact that Shafer concludes it is not dangerous, he clearly states that it is a struggle between a group of people who think it is okay to use, and people who think it’s the “Devil’s Lettuce”.

Take what Chairman Raymond Phillip Shafer, and the Federal National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, also known as the Shafer Commission has concluded. Then take what The medical association and thousands of very smart doctors are saying. People that it’s pretty safe to say, more than likely far exceed the intellectual capacities of a paid public observer who is not going to accept change, or a politician serving his own selfish interests.

The time to approach this issue with a solely reality based approach has come. The era of technology is awakening the masses and getting them involved! The argument that the government is worried about the health risks is absolutely laughable. Cigarettes & Alcohol kill more Americans every year, and every bottle of booze or pack of smokes has a government Tariff stamp on it. The FDA has become nothing more than a Federal disclaimer to protect the people making the pills that will help your ailment, if they don’t kill you 1st. And if they do kill you, you have no recourse. Warning of death was on the label!

In the history of humankind, ingesting marijuana in any form has NEVER be attributed EVER to a single death. And the government still can’t determine whether it’s a danger??? - It should be illegal in government for someone’s bullshit agenda to trump the facts, and most of all , the will of the people.

Websites Resourced:

http://shafer.allegheny.edu

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controlled_Substances_Act

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_P._Shafer