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Drug Warriors Won't Play Cannabis Reformers In Softball
By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in Culture
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm
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The One Hitters are already kicking the Drug War's ass -- now they want to beat the drug warriors in a softball game
Once again, the softball team representing the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has backed out of playing a softball game against the One Hitters, a team consisting of members of several drug policy reform organizations and others who want to end the "War On Drugs."

A game between the two teams had been scheduled for May 25, but the ONDCP Czardinals chickened out shortly after scheduling the game, with ONDCP public liaison coordinator Quinn Staudt claiming an "accidental double-booking."

This is not the first time the Czardinals have refused to play the One Hitters.

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The One Hitters dominate the Congressional Softball League
​In six years, the team of drug warriors has managed to find one lame reason or another to avoid taking the field against the One Hitters, made up of individuals dedicated to reforming the out-of-date and ineffectual policies promoted by the ONDCP.

This behavior is being mimicked on the national stage by the ONDCP as well, according to the reformers.

While Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske claimed he would no longer use the rhetoric of a "War On Drugs" and President Obama said he wants to treat drug abuse more as a health problem than a criminal justice issue, little has been seen in the way of action in that direction.

The President has also said he does not support the legalization of any drug -- even marijuana -- despite the inarguable damage marijuana prohibition does to society, individual users, medical patients that benefit from cannabis treatments, governmental budgets, and respect for the rule of law.

"It is really disappointing that the ONDCP not only refuses to have an honest debate with drug policy reformers about the absolute failure of drug prohibition, but also keeps ducking out of softball games with us," said One Hitters team captain Jacob Berg.

"We think it would be a great opportunity to advance the discussion between drug law reformers and the people ostensibly in charge of drug policy in this country," Berg said. "I wonder if they are afraid to have that conversation."

"The drug czar said 'legalization' isn't in his vocabulary, but it's just a friendly softball game!" Berg said.

The One Hitters still hope that Czardinals will put aside ideological differences and accept their invitation to play a softball game this summer on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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The mighty One Hitters strike fear into the hearts of the ONDCP Czardinals and drug warriors everywhere.

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