Fourth of July report from Reverend Ryan

We had a great time at Riverfront Park in Spokane

I was able to freely speak my mind at the Tea Party assembly at the park today (without a permit).  That was refreshing after going to jail for the doing the same thing in Utah a few weeks ago.

I also spoke to Ozzie Knezovich who is running for re-election for the office of County Sheriff.  I am convinced now that I will not vote for this man.
He is a fanatical supporter of this “Drug War” and I can not stand for that.


This is an email that I sent to the sheriffs campaign directors:


I spoke to Ozzie today about ending prohibition and what his opinion is on that.
He cited a lot of statistics from the Netherlands.  I made this video to rebuke these false claims.

I will campaign against anyone in favor of prohibition. 
I think Ozzie is a nice guy.  But if he plans on “protecting and serving” the people of this county, he must realize “The Drug War” is not a war on drugs.  Its a war on the American people.

This is my response to Ozzie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf_n4Nj0KvE

Ozzie should check out “Law Enforcement Against Prohibition”   http://www.leap.cc

Thanks for your time!

Sincerely,
Ryan Thompson

http://xCannabis.com
CANNABIS CURES CANCER


There is currently no one running against him.  However, there is some unrest with a lot of his deputies, and there was a potential candidate that decided against running former Sheriff Mark Sterk.

I will say this, that if Mark Sterk runs next time on a campaign that includes ending prohibition I believe he will have a lot of support.


This is the news report on the complaints and the political movement within the Sheriff’s department:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omft7F0Ub10

This is the list of candidates running. Click Here


I will be writing them and asking them all their stance on prohibition.  It looks like many of them are running as republicans, so I can almost predict the responses from them.  But because Ron Paul renewed my hope in that party as a whole, I will give them all the benefit of the doubt.



Happy Freedom and Liberty day!



More references:


Comparing Important Drug and Violence Indicators

Social Indicator Comparison Year USA Netherlands
Lifetime prevalence of marijuana use (ages 12+) 2001 36.9% 17.0%
Past month prevalence of marijuana use (ages 12+) 2001 5.4% 3.0%
Lifetime prevalence of heroin use (ages 12+) 2001 1.4% 0.4%
Incarceration Rate per 100,000 population 2002 701 100
Per capita spending on criminal justice system (in Euros) 1998 €379 €223
Homicide rate per 100,000 population Average 1999-2001 5.56 1.51
Source:
1: US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Volume I. Summary of National Findings (Washington, DC: HHS, August 2002), p. 109, Table H.1.
2:  Trimbos Institute, “Report to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point, The Netherlands Drug Situation 2002” (Lisboa, Portugal: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Nov. 2002), p. 28, Table 2.1.
3:  Walmsley, Roy, “World Prison Population List (fifth edition) (London, England: Research, Development and Statistics Directorate of the Home Office), Dec. 2003, p. 3, Table 2.
4:  Walmsley, Roy, “World Prison Population List (fifth edition) (London, England: Research, Development and Statistics Directorate of the Home Office), Dec. 2003, p. 5, Table 4.
5:  van Dijk, Frans & Jaap de Waard, “Legal infrastructure of the Netherlands in international perspective: Crime control” (Netherlands: Ministry of Justice, June 2000), p. 9, Table S.13.
6:  Barclay, Gordon, Cynthia Tavares, Sally Kenny, Arsalaan Siddique & Emma Wilby, “International comparisons of criminal justice statistics 2001,” Issue 12/03 (London, England: Home Office Research, Development & Statistics Directorate, October 2003), p. 10, Table 1.1.

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