Media Versus the War on Drugs: Google + and Public Debate
All the news feeds are buzzing about the recent cannabis exchange that allegedly went down at the White House between Obama and Sir Richard Branson this past week. Before the crazy anti-Obama haters get stirred up let me point out that the statement was meant in jest as a way to bring light to Bronson's recent increase in involvement with Global Commission on Drug Policy.
Sir Richard Branson went to the White House this week to attend a state dinner. It's reported that when he got a chance to speak to President Obama he asked him if he could have a spliff (joint).
If you don't know what the Global Commission on Drug Policy is then let me fill you in about the groups international work toward legalization and the ultimate end to the failed "War on Drugs". The group is comprised of leaders from across the world like the former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, and the former heads of state of several countries that are currently carving a path for progressive compassionate drug policy integration.
Marijuana advocates from across the world are increasingly using technology, open debate and social media to rally up support and inform the public about what our current state of affairs are. We can't necessarily trust the media and we have witnessed the governments willingness to ignore the pubic push back as we demand answers for why our laws are currently counter-productive and damaging to certain colors and class of people.
The Youtube channel Versus: The War on Drugs held a public debate over the issues involving marijuana on March 14, 2012 that has since been viewed over 350,000 times. Branson who is lord and master of the Virgin Group is a media conglomerate and an international philanthropists who used his company's website and his personal blog to invite the entire internet to join in a public discussion via Google + during the live Youtube broadcast.
With public support coming from the four corners of the world and with allies that actually have power, resources and knowledge at their disposal I can't help but to get excited by this. I'm a geek, for sure, and any mention of politics and technology and weed together in the same sentence is my version of strapping on my sparkly Chucks and dancing on the Moon!
I know I'm not the only one out here so follow me on Google + to stay up to date as I keep an eye on all things cannabis and politics. I know it's not like the underground railroad or anything but we can still pretend, right?