Maricopa County, AZ -- A video was submitted to the Free Thought Project Sunday, which illustrates the brutal insanity of the state's War on Drugs.
The video was taken during a heated debate on whether or not to legalize marijuana in Arizona. Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery, and Attorney Marc Victor went head to head on the topic of prohibition. Victor advocated to end prohibition and Montgomery held the position to continue locking people in cages for a plant.
At the end of the nearly 2 hour long debate, the two debaters took questions from the audience. That is when Vietnam veteran Don Ream stood up to explain to Montgomery how calling people who use marijuana for medicine, "Pot Heads," was offensive.
Ream explained how he has been a patient for four years, and he is off all of his pharmaceutical medicine. All he uses for his symptoms is his medical marijuana. He then politely invited Mr. Montgomery to come and learn about the benefits of the substance and how safe marijuana actually is.
As Ream began to close his statement, Montgomery took to the podium ready to fire back.
"There is a difference between medical application of marijuana and recreational use of the substance," said Montgomery, who is an attorney, not a doctor.
Ream then admitted that he uses his marijuana recreationally as well.
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“Well, then you’re violating the law, and I have no respect for you,” Montgomery said. “I have no respect for someone who would try to claim that you served this country and took an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect against all enemies foreign and domestic – because you’re an enemy.”
Montgomery was then met with several "Boos" from the audience.
How exactly does ingesting a plant make you an enemy?
The person who wants to ingest a substance for medical or recreational reasons is not the criminal. However, the person that would kidnap, cage, or kill someone because they have a different lifestyle is a villain on many fronts.
The only "enemy" in the interchange below is the person who would deprive someone of their freedom by using government violence to enforce their personal preference. Shame on you Bill Montgomery.
Below is the entire debate: