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The Power of Truth — Famous D.A.R.E. Cop Now Lobbies to Legalize Pot — After it Saved His Life


Albuquerque, NM — Doing business with former drug war enforces might make the average cannabis enthusiast a bit concerned, but many of them “describe dramatic conversions borne from seeing the benefits of marijuana for the sickest of patients, including children with epilepsy or cancer-stricken relatives.”

I’ve done a total about-face on my views,” said Ben Percy, who worked as an Illinois State Police officer for 27 years and says they “took quite a bit of money, drugs and criminals off the road.” Percy is now general manager of Trinity Compassionate Care Center in Peoria.

While it certainly is noteworthy to see former cops do an about face on the drug war, when a top figure — who devoted their life to telling kids marijuana will kill them — is now lobbying to legalize that same plant, something must be said.

Officer Darren White of the Albuquerque police department spent the better part of the 90’s traveling around the state and singing to kids in the ‘hottest DARE band’ out there about the dangers of Marijuana. Even into the new millennium, White remained obstinate and refused to change his mind on the harms, or lack thereof, of this plant.

“I’ve never supported medical marijuana,” White said in a 2007 interview with the newspaper the Albuquerque Tribune. “I’m very sympathetic to the patients. I watched my father die of cancer, and it’s the most difficult thing in the world, but I don’t think you have to smoke marijuana to gain the comfort and relief that’s provided by the THC.”

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However, White’s mind would soon be opened when he was prescribed a regimen of painkillers to treat two major surgeries.

“I have had my leg reconstructed, I have had back surgery and I know firsthand the struggle that patients face dealing with chronic pain,” White said. “Consuming a steady diet of painkillers doesn’t equal a quality of life.”

Opioid deaths in America are increasing at an alarming rate thanks to Big Pharma’s push to create a nation of addicts.

However, as the Free Thought Project previously reported, 80% of Americans are dropping their pills and picking up their pipes. Medical marijuana is proving to be far safer and effective for long-term treatment of pain.

“I know that medical cannabis works, and it’s also the reason why I’m a cardholder.”

The truth shall set you free.

Coming out from under the blanket of tyrannical and hypocritical deceit, which is the epitome of the war on drugs, is no easy task. Admitting guilt or wrongdoing is one of the hardest things a person can do — especially when your bosses, your co-workers, and the rest of society, in general, believe in the same lies. However, White is finally breaking through.

“I had reasons for why I believed what I did,” White said. “I’m not ashamed to sit here and tell you I was wrong.”

Now, this former drug warrior is still a drug warrior, but instead of locking people in cages for this amazing plant, he is lobbying for it to be legalized — for medicine.

Old habits are hard to break, and while White has seen the benefits of medicinal use, he’s yet to realize that all cannabis use is medicinal and isn’t for full legalization.

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“I think we can all agree that day is gonna come,” White said in regards to full legalization. “That day for New Mexico is not now.”

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  • Still an asshole

  • lol

  • Some people learn the hard way, I bet when he was a kid learning to play softball he wondered why the ball was getting bigger….then it HIT him!

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  • im sure some ppl think they are cured by crack cocaine too

  • I mean if that doesnt make a statement, nothing will.

  • There are billions at stake. The war on drugs is a business. Just like every war is

  • The important thing is he wised up. What more can you ask human being then to learn from their mistakes and try to do better?

  • If only more cops would do this! (y)

  • Right but good ol Darren wants to keep all the weed for himself, he is still against recreational legalization.. Hey Darren pass that shit over here quit hogging it all!

  • Theres a mothers for cannabis club which claims it calms the crazy bitches.Well it did for a while but they are going banzai now, but fortunately police have a helicopter up trying to help them remember where they left their kids.

  • William Clark

    No one should promote the canard that marijuana is dangerous, like pharmaceutical drugs. Or even that it is a ‘drug’, except in Merriam-Webster’s third and broadest definition, as something which alters the mind. By that definition, religion and television (‘the plug-in drug’) should also be included. In truth marijuana is a medicinal herb, cultivated, bred, and evolved in service to human beings over thousands of years.

    “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that had two enemies: the anti-war left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting people to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, break up their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” –John Ehrlichman

    Prohibition of marijuana is a premise built on a tissue of lies: Concern For Public Safety. Our new laws save hundreds of lives every year, on our highways alone. In November of 2011, a study at the University of Colorado found that in the thirteen states that decriminalized marijuana between 1990 and 2009, traffic fatalities have dropped by nearly nine percent—now nearly ten percent in Michigan—more than the national average, while sales of beer went flat by five percent. No wonder Big Alcohol opposes it. Ambitious, unprincipled, profit-driven undertakers might be tempted too.

    In 2012 a study released by 4AutoinsuranceQuote revealed that marijuana users are safer drivers than non-marijuana users, as “the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving”, which “is arguably a positive thing”. Despite occasional accidents, eagerly reported by police-blotter ‘journalists’ as ‘marijuana-related’, a mix of substances was often involved. Alcohol, most likely, and/or prescription drugs, nicotine, caffeine, meth, cocaine, heroin, and a trace of the marijuana passed at a party ten days ago. However, on the whole, as revealed in big-time, insurance-industry stats, within the broad swath of mature, experienced consumers, slower and more cautious driving shows up in significant numbers. A recent Federal study has reached the same conclusion. And legalization should improve those numbers further.

    No one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. It’s the most benign ‘substance’ in history. Most people—and particularly patients who medicate with marijuana–use it in place of prescription drugs or alcohol.

    Marijuana has many benefits, most of which are under-reported or never mentioned in American newspapers. Research at the University of Saskatchewan indicates that, unlike alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or Nancy (“Just say, ‘No!’”) Reagan’s beloved nicotine, marijuana is a neuroprotectant that actually encourages brain-cell growth. Researchers in Spain (the Guzman study) and other countries have discovered that it also has tumor-shrinking, anti-carcinogenic properties. These were confirmed by the 30-year Tashkin population study at UCLA.

    Drugs are man-made, cooked up in labs, for the sake of patents and the profits gained by them. Often useful, but typically burdened with cautionary notes and lists of side effects as long as one’s arm. ‘The works of Man are flawed.’

    Marijuana is a medicinal herb, the most benign and versatile in history. “Cannabis” in Latin, and “kanah bosm” in the old Hebrew scrolls, quite literally the Biblical Tree of Life, used by early Christians to treat everything from skin diseases to deep pain and despair. Why despair? Consider the current medical term for cannabis sativa: a “mood elevator”. . . as opposed to antidepressants, which ‘flatten out’ emotions, leaving patients numb to both depression and joy.

    The very name, “Christ” translates as “the anointed one”. Well then, anointed with what? It’s a fair question. And it wasn’t holy water, friends. Holy water came into wide use in the Middle Ages. In Biblical times, it was used by a few tribes of Greek pagans. But Christ was neither Greek nor pagan.

    Medicinal oil, for the Prince of Peace. A formula from the Biblical era has been rediscovered. It specifies a strong dose of oil from kanah bosom, ‘the fragrant cane’ of a dozen uses: ink, paper, rope, nutrition. . . . It was clothing on their backs and incense in their temples. And a ‘skinful’ of medicinal oil could certainly calm one’s nerves, imparting a sense of benevolence and connection with all living things. No wonder that the ‘anointed one’ could gain a spark, an insight, a sense of the divine, and the confidence to convey those feelings to friends and neighbors.

    I am appalled at the number of ‘Christian’ politicians, prosecutors, and police who pose on church steps or kneeling in prayer on their campaign trails, but cannot or will not face the scientific or the historical truths about cannabis, Medicinal Herb Number One, safe and effective for thousands of years, and celebrated as sacraments by most of the world’s major religions.

  • so he’s still for the drug war

  • MMR

    There is a non-judgemental community of people using cannabis as a form of recovery for their substance dependence or as a substitute for other harmful substances. You can visit their website here and join the support group if interested: mmrecovery.org/support-groups/facebook

  • Vincent D’Emidio

    Officer White is wrong…today is the exact right time for legalization in New Mexico…and throughout the entire nation.