My response to the lies and racism that Rachel O’Bryan of SMART Colorado is promoting

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Hi Rachel,
My name is Wanda James and I am former Naval Intelligence Officer, a former marketing director at two Fortune 100 companies and I served on Barack Obama's National Finance Committee. I was also a part of the Amendment 64 campaign and task force work group. And I'm Black.

As a Black woman, I am more concerned with the arrest of black and brown children over cannabis. Clearly this is a racial issue. The NAACP and the ACLU have clearly outlined the destruction of the black and brown communities over cannabis arrests. I find your misinformation and flat out lies truly disturbing.

I watched in horror as you and your counterparts presented a series of misinformation and political spin in Florida. It is sad to watch. Yes, 94% of people on the Marijuana registry have pain. I'm sure you know that pain is the leading condition for the over prescribed, Oxycodone and it is killing our population. As a matter of fact Colorado has the second-highest rate of prescription-painkiller abuse in the nation, according to a new federal report, boosting the urgency of various state efforts to curb rampant overuse of the pills.

Six percent of Coloradans said they used prescription painkillers — such as Percocet or OxyContin — for nonmedical purposes in 2010 and 2011, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That was second only to Oregon, where the rate was 6.37 percent. And BTW, over 500,000 children have been prescribed this drug.

So, if people choose a plant that has NO ability to kill them, isn't that a better choice. Facts Rachel, you must address the facts.

Secondly, since when hasn't food been considered medicine? And where did you get your MD from? According to the Hopkins University, food is apparently the best medicine of all. Dr. Oz has said the same; if medical scientific studies are too difficult understand. There is also this little tidbit from a guy in ancient times….
“Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine." — Hippocrates

And lastly Rachel, as for the person that took an edible and jumped out of a window, truly a tragedy. Not unlike the kids that die each year at CU Boulder and other American universities from guzzling whiskey. And I am sure that you are aware that Colorado tops the list of alcohol related deaths. 1 in 7 adults die from alcohol in this state.

So, I implore you to stop with the reefer madness and give people facts. The fiction created by you and a bunch of racist law enforcement officers for the purpose of continuing to harass black and brown people, and lock up their children for the purposes of slave labor, will not go unanswered. But of course, the idea of parenting for white women is obviously not the answer. You are happier with black and Latino mothers losing their children to life in prison, than the simple idea of white women teaching their children how to deal in world full of temptations, like alcohol, sex and too much sugar. Your White Privilege does not trump facts. Nor does it trump our right to Freedom.

Wanda James

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Whiskey Lima JulietWhiskey Lima Juliet says:

    I can't figure out how to embed the youtube video of Rachel with the Florida Sheriffs.  Will change it if i get some instruction from you fine tech savvy folks….


    • Ralphie says:

      In Youtube, click "Share" then "Embed."  Copy the Embed code to the clipboard–it should be an "Iframe" tag.

      In Pols, go to the Reply screen and click "Source."  Paste the Embed code that you copied to the clipboard.

  2. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Nice post. I personally would like everyone to do the time warp and deal with realities on the ground in Colorado now.  Rachel, SMART, and others trying to roll back marijuana legalization in Colorado are still promoting the anti-drug rhetoric from the failed 1980s "War on Drugs".

    1. People in Colorado will continue to use both medical and recreational cannabis.
    2. Property crime, violent crime, incarceration has declined since the laws were put into place.
    3. Dispensaries are not selling recreational cannabis to kids without medical needs.


    All Rachel has to contradict this are anecdotal reports of teens passing around edibles in high schools. While there probably are incidents of this, the big picture is that cannabis has legitimate medical uses, which far outweigh whatever harm abuse may do.

    I am not a cannabis user myself- but I have family members and friends who need it to be available for medical conditions they have.  Misinformation such as Rachel's testimony in Florida helps no-one, and is a disservice to potential medical patients in Florida. 

  3. Whiskey Lima JulietWhiskey Lima Juliet says:


    The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

    We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.


  4. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Excellent post, Wanda…Thanks!

    I first began to distribute literature for NORML in 1970. It has been a long time…

    The wave of reform sweeping the nation is, I predict, going to continue and gather momentum at a dramatic pace. I just spent two years on the road, talking to the masses, and I believe the people will make it happen. It warms an old guys' heart. Thank you, too, for your activism on this subject, Wanda.

  5. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Wanda – great post – and Don't. Stop. (I know you won't).  The ignorance (and in Rachel's case, willful deceit) is stunning. 

  6. Andrew Carnegie says:


    Black and brown people get arrested over cannabis. So do white people.  If you had children, because you have served on the Obama National Finance Committee, no worries.  Your children could be black, brown, white or green, they would have a get out of jail free card, just like Mark Udall's son.

    The real difference in treatment in 21st century America is due to class, not race.

    For all of the cannabis causes no problems crowd, the recent Denver Post article suggests otherwise.


    • Curmudgeon says:

      Always a fave;



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  7. Whiskey Lima JulietWhiskey Lima Juliet says:

    Andrew, that has to the most uniformed comment of the month…  Maybe the ACLU can school better than i can…

    And if you choose to hide behind class not race, well maybe we should discuss what "Class" of people are targeted by privatized prisons.

    Then of course there is this…."~~An overall increase in marijuana possession arrests from 2001 to 2010 is largely attributable to drastic increases in arrests of black people, the ACLU said."

    "~~But the extent of the disparity between the rate of arrest and the rate of use for white and black Americans may surprise you. The ACLU has an absurdly comprehensive new report tracking marijuana possession arrests for blacks and whites at the national, state and county level. Sure enough, they find that black and white people use marijuana at roughly the same rates"

    So it appears that just about anyone with half an understanding of pot, race and the privatized proson system is well aware that this has nothing to do with class and everything to do with race. 

    And the best you can come up with is a stoned kid decides to live on the street instead of moving home with his mother!  Good God! Man!  Please bring some insight to the discussion.


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