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From High Times Magazine:

LSD Legend Dies

Owlsley "Bear" Stanley, the legendary sound engineer who cooked up some of the finest LSD of the 1960s, died in a car crash in his adopted homeland of Australia. Stanley was 76. He discovered the recipe for LSD in a chemistry journal at the University of California at Berkeley. His Purple Haze inspired Jimi Hendrix's classic hit, and the Greatful Dead - whom Stanley briefly managed - wrote about him in their song "Alice D. Millionaire." The band Blue Cheer took it's name from another of his acid concoctions. In a San Francisco Chronicle interview from 2007, Stanley said: "What I did was a community service, the way I look at it. I was punished for political reasons. Absolutely meaningless. Was I a criminal? No. I was a good member of society. Only my society and the one making the laws were different."

Equador legalizes the possession of 8 plants for personal use (read here, in Spanish).

Lo obtube de un post.. el cual dice lo siguiente El Frente Amplio (FA) acordó un proyecto de ley para regular el consumo de marihuana. El nuevo texto se ajustó entre el Movimiento de Participación Popular (MPP), el Partido Socialista y el Nuevo Espacio (NE). La iniciativa, que será aprobada el martes 26 de abril por la bancada del FA en Diputados, permite la plantación, el cultivo y la cosecha así como la industrialización y el comercio de hasta ocho plantas de cannabis por hogar. Sin perjuicio de ello, "se entenderá como cantidad destinada al consumo personal, hasta 25 gramos de marihuana", según se establece en el artículo 3 del proyecto de ley al que accedió El País. (More...)

Also, this month's High Times has an interview with Marc Emery, the Canadian cannabis seed provider and marijuana activist, who is stuck in a for profit prison in Georgia, making 12 cents an hour. US law considers 'all parts of the marijuana plant' 'drugs', including the roots, stalks, leaves and seeds.

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I do not use marijuana, but I do think that it is nobody's business. People are dying everyday from alcohol and tobacco, why outlaw marijuana?

"Choice is more than just choosing, it is creating new options when the ones given are unacceptable."

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(Telegraph UK) Massive Marijuana Grow in Mexico
Thursday, 14 July 2011 14:28

A huge marijuana plantation was discovered by Mexican police in Baja California, about 200 miles south of Tijuana. The 300-acre pot crop had black netting to protect the plants and was easily visible from the air. Fifty-eight people have been arrested. Mexican authorities say the mega-grow was the work of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Watch clip below

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War on Marijauna is for the job security for law enforcement and prison guards. Save the economy....LEGALIZE!

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There is even a role for psychedelics in interrupting addiction to narcotics - like ibogaine, and lsd. They are a little intense for me, but taking them once in a while doesn't hurt. What I do think is that psychedelics can and have had a huge influence on science (like the invention of the double helix structure of dna by Watson and especially Crick), culture, and 'progress'.

Single Dose of 'Magic Mushrooms' Hallucinogen May Create Lasting Personality Change, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2011) — A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called "magic mushrooms," was enough to bring about a measurable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 percent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it.

Lasting change was found in the part of the personality known as openness, which includes traits related to imagination, aesthetics, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness. Changes in these traits, measured on a widely used and scientifically validated personality inventory, were larger in magnitude than changes typically observed in healthy adults over decades of life experiences, the scientists say. Researchers in the field say that after the age of 30, personality doesn't usually change significantly.

"Normally, if anything, openness tends to decrease as people get older," says study leader Roland R. Griffiths, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The research, approved by Johns Hopkins' Institutional Review Board, was funded in part by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

The study participants completed two to five eight-hour drug sessions, with consecutive sessions separated by at least three weeks. Participants were informed they would receive a "moderate or high dose" of psilocybin during one of their drug sessions, but neither they nor the session monitors knew when.

During each session, participants were encouraged to lie down on a couch, use an eye mask to block external visual distraction, wear headphones through which music was played and focus their attention on their inner experiences.

Personality was assessed at screening, one to two months after each drug session and approximately 14 months after the last drug session. Griffiths says he believes the personality changes found in this study are likely permanent since they were sustained for over a year by many.

Nearly all of the participants in the new study considered themselves spiritually active (participating regularly in religious services, prayer or meditation). More than half had postgraduate degrees. The sessions with the otherwise illegal hallucinogen were closely monitored and volunteers were considered to be psychologically healthy

"We don't know whether the findings can be generalized to the larger population," Griffiths says.

As a word of caution, Griffiths also notes that some of the study participants reported strong fear or anxiety for a portion of their daylong psilocybin sessions, although none reported any lingering harmful effects. He cautions, however, that if hallucinogens are used in less well supervised settings, the possible fear or anxiety responses could lead to harmful behaviors.

Griffiths says lasting personality change is rarely looked at as a function of a single discrete experience in the laboratory. In the study, the change occurred specifically in those volunteers who had undergone a "mystical experience," as validated on a questionnaire developed by early hallucinogen researchers and refined by Griffiths for use at Hopkins. He defines "mystical experience" as among other things, "a sense of interconnectedness with all people and things accompanied by a sense of sacredness and reverence."

Personality was measured on a widely used and scientifically validated personality inventory, which covers openness and the other four broad domains that psychologists consider the makeup of personality: neuroticism, extroversion, agreeableness and conscientiousness. Only openness changed during the course of the study.

Griffiths says he believes psilocybin may have therapeutic uses. He is currently studying whether the hallucinogen has a use in helping cancer patients handle the depression and anxiety that comes along with a diagnosis, and whether it can help longtime cigarette smokers overcome their addiction.

"There may be applications for this we can't even imagine at this point," he says. "It certainly deserves to be systematically studied."

Along with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this study was funded by the Council on Spiritual Practices, Heffter Research Institute and the Betsy Gordon Foundation.

Other Hopkins authors of the research include Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D, and Katherine A. MacLean, Ph.D.

From the Journal of Psychofarmacology:

Mystical Experiences Occasioned by the Hallucinogen Psilocybin Lead to Increases in the Personality Domain of Openness

Abstract

A large body of evidence, including longitudinal analyses of personality change, suggests that core personality traits are predominantly stable after age 30. To our knowledge, no study has demonstrated changes in personality in healthy adults after an experimentally manipulated discrete event.

Intriguingly, double-blind controlled studies have shown that the classic hallucinogen psilocybin occasions personally and spiritually significant mystical experiences that predict long-term changes in behaviors, attitudes and values.

In the present report we assessed the effect of psilocybin on changes in the five broad domains of personality – Neuroticism, Extroversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness.

Consistent with participant claims of hallucinogen-occasioned increases in aesthetic appreciation, imagination, and creativity, we found significant increases in Openness following a high-dose psilocybin session.

In participants who had mystical experiences during their psilocybin session, Openness remained significantly higher than baseline more than 1 year after the session. The findings suggest a specific role for psilocybin and mystical-type experiences in adult personality change.

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Making pot a schedule 1 drug is crazy (purely political).. When I was a kid everyone smoked pot (same as alcohol today).. I know from real world experience pot causes much less problems than alcohol.. Alcoholics get violent, while pot heads say "hey mann." In a nutshell, thats it..

I have seen it in real life; the same people who get hooked on alcohol (or pot) tend to get hooked on other drugs too.. Alcohol is definitely much worse than pot for making people violent.. I am skeptical about health problems from pot too (and probably could be avoided by not smoking it).. Alcohol does indeed cause serious health problems..

As usual, I am not surprised obama is playing the role of a conservative (BECAUSE HE IS A CONSERVATIVE)!

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From Marc and Jodie Emery's publication, Cannabis Culture Magazine:

(CANNABIS CULTURE MAGAZINE) TODAY: Marc Emery's U.S. Prosecutor Joins Jodie Emery to Call for Marijuana Legalization
By Cannabis Culture - Wednesday, April 18 2012

CANNABIS CULTURE - John McKay, the former U.S. attorney who prosecuted imprisoned pot activist Marc Emery, will appear at a press conference today with former B.C. Attorney General Geoff Plant and Emery's wife, Jodie, to call for an end to marijuana prohibition.

Stop the Violence BC a newly-formed activist group that has had major success in acquiring high-profile signatures organized the event. From the Stop the Violence press release:

John McKay, the former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington State who prosecuted B.C.’s Marc Emery, will join former B.C. Attorney General Geoff Plant and Jodie Emery, Marc’s wife, to call for the legalization and taxation of marijuana in Canada and the US during a lecture and media conference on Wednesday, April 18.

During the lecture, organized by Stop the Violence BC, McKay will share insights on the impact of B.C.’s marijuana industry on drug-related crime and violence in the Pacific Northwest region. A professor in the Faculty of Law at Seattle University, McKay is an avid supporter of the Washington State ballot initiative for the November election to implement a regulated, taxed market for marijuana.

He was a U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2007, when he resigned along with eight other U.S attorneys.

"Following the lecture, McKay will participate in a news conference with Geoff Plant, Jodie Emery and Dr. Evan Wood, physician and founder of Stop the Violence BC.

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For the full article on John McKay, former prosecutor (long), read this from the Seattle Weekly from sept. 2011:

(SEATTLE WEEKLY) The Evolution of John McKay
How a Republican aristocrat and loyal Bush soldier turned into a marijuana activist and public pot-stirrer.
By Nina Shapiro Wednesday, Sep 28 2011

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"a regulated, taxed market for marijuana" is a ridiculous idea for marijuana in that all that would do is create other conglomerates that would grow to be bigger than the tobbaco giants and they would be a drain on society similar to how the criminalization of marijuana works now, only in a slightly more refined way. It would give more power to the government in a sphere in which they have no right to be involved in the first place. No person has the right to tell another what they can ingest into their body, provided said person is of sound mind and of legal age. That is a lifestyle choice in no way different than if you like apples or oranges.

The best possible solution for marijuana, and the only practical one, is to leave marijuana to be grown by the people who smoke it and if anyone wishes to buy instead of grow then they should be free to do so without any interference from, or connection to, the government. The idea that the government should be allowed to prosper from the legalization of the harmless herb marijuana, after they have ruined the lives and caused the death of so many in their evil war to control the population through their immoral "war" on drugs, is obscene. Rather, the people who are responsible for implementing such an unjust police action against the population through their surrogate drug war should be held accountable for their past actions and be punished to the full extent possible and be incarcerated in the very prisons to which they have condemned untold thousands of innocent people who were simply exercising personal choice in their lifestyle behavior.

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The Vaults of Erowid

Dr. Andrew Weil of the University of Arizona College of Medicine states, "There is not a shred of hope from history or from cross-culture studies to suggest that human beings can live without psychoactive substances." Bees drop to the ground after having nectar from certain orchards. Birds get drunk off berries and then fly into windows. After cats sniff certain plants they swing at imaginary objects. Certain range weeds will make cows shake, twitch, and stumble back for more. Elephants purposely get drunk on fermented fruits..."

Weil Says LSD Cured His Allergy

Andrew Weil on medical uses of Ecstasy, MDMA, by Dan Skeen

From Chocolate to Morphine

Dr. Andrew Weil

No Bad Drugs: The Newservice Interview: Dr. Andrew Weil

"I, as a responsible adult human being, will never concede the power to anyone to regulate my choice of what I put into my body, or where I go with my mind. From the skin inwards is my jurisdiction, is it not? I choose what may or may not cross that border. Here I am the Customs Agent. I am the Coast guard. I am the sole legal and spiritual government of this territory, and only the laws I choose to enact within myself are applicable"
Alexander Shulgin, PhD,
Chemist and author, at the DPF Conference, November 1996

The Counterculture Colonel
Nuthin' like your Grandma's Pot..

The Schaffer Library

People have a right to get stoned. They have a right to think and explore their own minds. This is as intimate a part of their being as their sexuality. Any culture which mitigates that is clearly afraid of a full and fair and open dialogue about what reality is and what real human values ought to be.
Terence McKenna

Drug Library.Org

The Partnership for Drug Freedom in America supports the preservation and protection of the natural human right to freely choose our food, drink, spice, medicine, sacrament, fiber and other nourishments from the bountiful harvest of planet Earth.

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I don't think you can tax any vegetables, including raw tobacco.

If it was processed into joints maybe... As long as it isn't adulterated like cigarettes with hundreds of added chemicals as Reagan said, for your smoking pleasure.

The parallels are there for those with eyes to see... Joseph Goebbels - Adolf Hitler's propaganda minister is no different than OxyRush Limbaugh or any mediocre Drug Worrier, Tzar and DEAth Merchant. Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering could have penned the words Attorney General John Ashcroft's spewed warning of terrorists. Bush Sr and his entire Klan of UnAmerican activities. Obama follows like a puppy. It's all there including the TV media reading memo's and the NeoCongress are reduced to being employes of Wall St.

"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."
Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Nazi Air Force (Luftwaffe) commander, the Nuremberg Trials

"Terrorist operatives infiltrate our communities, plotting, planning and waiting to kill again....To those who scare peace loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: your tactics only aid terrorists."
United States Attorney General John Ashcroft

Is The DEA Legalizing THC? or Why we can't grow...

They grow it, roll it and have patents. Barthwell and Bayer are set to distribute their sublingual spray, no doubt with the same pot.

So, in other words, if a pharmaceutical product contains THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would be a legal commodity. But if you or I possessed THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would remain an illegal commodity.

Wait, it gets even more absurd.

Since the cannabis plant itself will remain illegal under federal law, then from whom precisely could Big Pharma legally obtain their soon-to-be legal THC extracts? There’s only one answer: The federal government’s lone legally licensed marijuana cultivator, The University of Mississippi at Oxford, which already has the licensing agreements with the pharmaceutical industry in hand.

Older Americans Overwhelmingly Support Legalizing Medical Pot

If the roots of the drug war are poison, so be the fruit.

Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List 2010

Ganja 4 PTSD & Depression

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Quote jmacneil:

The best possible solution for marijuana, and the only practical one, is to leave marijuana to be grown by the people who smoke it and if anyone wishes to buy instead of grow then they should be free to do so without any interference from, or connection to, the government.

I agree. The same should have been done with alcohol.

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The War on Drugs is a way for the CIA to make money. I thought those stories were crazy until I heard about Frank Lucas. It wouldn't surprise me if the CIA was involved in the Afghanistan drug trade. I remember the news reports of the flood of heroin entering the UK right after the war started. I think Hollywood was trying to wake people up to it with The Expendables.

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The War on Drugs is a way for the CIA to make money. I thought those stories were crazy until I heard about Frank Lucas. It wouldn't surprise me if the CIA was involved in the Afghanistan drug trade. I remember the news reports of the flood of heroin entering the UK right after the war started. I think Hollywood was trying to wake people up to it with The Expendables.

Iran-Contra should have really been called Iran-Contra-Los Angeles, because it was a triangular trade: missiles to Afghanistan, small arms from Iran to Nicaragua, cocaine from Nicaragua/Panama to Louisiana (Barry Seal) and from there to Los Angeles (Freeway Ricky Ross).

There was a tv movie from 1991 with Dennis Hopper and Robert Carradine, called Doublecrossed about it.

Journalist Gary Webb wrote articles and a book called Dark Alliance about it too.

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Testimony in Washington State, from among others Jody Emery (wife of Marc Emery, the 'Prince Of Pot'), and former US Attorney John McKay, whose prosecution convicted Mark Emery.

(YOUTUBE) Must-Watch: Marijuana Legalization Hearing in Washington State Part 1

(YOUTUBE) Must-Watch: Marijuana Legalization Hearing in Washington State Part 2

(YOUTUBE) Must-Watch: Marijuana Legalization Hearing in Washington State Part 3

(YOUTUBE) Must-Watch: Marijuana Legalization Hearing in Washington State Part 4

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This comes from the Huffington Post today titled 'Obama Defends Weed Crackdown':

Amid an increased crackdown on medical marijuana producers across the nation, including a recent high-profile raid on a California training school, President Barack Obama faced questions in a new interview with Rolling Stone about the seeming disconnect between his 2008 campaign rhetoric and his administration's actions since he took office.

"I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws [on medical marijuana]," Obama promised in 2008, according to an earlier Rolling Stone report. But Attorney General Eric Holder announced in 2010 that federal authorities would continue to prosecute individuals for marijuana possession, despite its legalized status in some states.

The Huffington Post's Lucia Graves reported recently on subsequent enforcement activity:

Since then, the administration has unleashed an interagency cannabis crackdown that goes beyond anything seen under the Bush administration, with more than 100 raids, primarily on California pot dispensaries, many of them operating in full compliance with state laws. Since October 2009, the Justice Department has conducted more than 170 aggressive SWAT-style raids in 9 medical marijuana states, resulting in at least 61 federal indictments, according to data compiled by Americans for Safe Access, an advocacy group.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, the president tried to explain his original comments, claiming that the recent pressure on dispensaries and providers was in line with his intent.

"What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana," Obama said. "I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana--and the reason is, because it's against federal law."

The president continued: "I can't nullify congressional law. I can't ask the Justice Department to say, 'Ignore completely a federal law that's on the books.' What I can say is, 'Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.' As a consequence, there haven't been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes."

Obama then shifted gears away from marijuana, saying that a "broader debate" on drug laws was warranted.

While the president appears to believe that his administration's actions against medical cannabis don't conflict with his earlier statements on the issue, some lawmakers around the country disagree.

Lawmakers in five states that have legalized medical marijuana recently wrote a letter to Obama criticizing him for a supposed "contradiction" on the matter and calling on the federal government "not to interfere with our ability to control and regulate how medical marijuana is grown and distributed."

Actually, if you use American history as an example, Obama does have more power than just 'obeying laws passed by the Congress'. Thomas Jefferson made an executive decision to remove the Alien and Sedition Act as being 'un-constitutional'--and freed all prisoners that were placed in prison because of that law no matter what any particular circumstances involved were. By such an action and example, Obama could do the same with the federal laws banning medical marijuana (as that constitutionally being a state issue)--but won't. Why?

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Young Turks video of same:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/campaign-2012-1/fat-chance-of-change-in-the-war-on-drugs.html

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Having this idea that the drug war has been an utter failure is the furthest thing from the truth and reality, and all progressives should abandon that false notion and start thinking and speaking about the war on drugs in real terms, because if you don't then you are merely continuing to play the hand that the criminal capitalists have dealt you, which you are meant to lose because they always cheat.

The "war on drugs" is literally the most successful program ever iniciated against the general populace and it has fulfilled it's promise beyond the wildest dreams of the criminal capitalists in that it has allowed them to impose a police state which keeps a tight rein on everyone and anyone that they wish to go after. They knew the drug cartels would arise and they planned on them being the bogeyman. Their previous best program for dominating the general population was the trench warfare of WW1 in which they set up a duelling firing squad to bleed both sides as quickly as they could round up the undesireable and superfluent men that littered their society. And compared to that the Vietnam war was a weak effort in it's ability to bleed the rabble but it had the secondary consolation prize of destroying several decade worth of development of a competitor nation, and that is always a worthwhile goal to the criminal capitalists as that type of behavior is what has made them and the U.S. so rich.

So one thing that everyone should be aware of is that the criminal capitalists will never end the "war on drugs" so long as they are in power because that would mean they would have to relinquish their control mechanism and dismantle much of that police state which is the only thing they think they can depend on now that they have overextended themselves so blatantly and anti-constitutionally. Therefore to beat them and finally get rid of that immoral trash it is necessary to approach the problem from a real perspective because the "war on drugs" is only a corrollory to their true, never-ending purpose which is a war on the general population.

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jmacneil may have a point. If you think about it, almost all the federal laws (as well as most state laws except this particular part involving medical marijuana--and look where it's going) have been to imprison more--not less--people. What has occurred also because of the federal drug laws is that the non-violent drug possession crimes come with mandated prison times so that when prisons get overcrowded or short on funds it is the violent criminals that get prematurely released. Can't let the marijuana users out too early because the federal lawmakers have a 'point' to make--but murderers, rapists and assaultive robbers can go back out into the population.

So, a police state's premise is not 'innocent until proven guilty' but more like 'guilty until we say you're innocent'--basically just the opposite of the original premise to American law--but, right in line with the Original Sin tenets to politics.....as authority gets to dictate dogma at 'their' discretion....how 'un-constitutional' are we willing to go?

Sort of as an aside, I read a comment in another Huffington Post article today (Robert L. Borosage: Romney's Big Lie) quoting Upton Sinclair as saying "it is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." And, there is a lot of money being funnelled into 'the private prison industry'--just another form of 'corporate-government collusion'.....

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Both of you are spot on. Also the govt controls what drugs are legal, the pharmacutial ones, and which ones are not legal, the natural ones. This applies to hemp as well. Anybody can grow hemp, not everybody can make synthetics and cotton. The CIA is a drug running company, ask Manual Noriega and Hamid Karzai's brother in Afhanistan. Drug money is laundered through Wall St. Banks, ask Catherin Austin Fitts and others. Corporate ownership of our government is called what again . . .?

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Quote Kerry:

Thomas Jefferson made an executive decision to remove the Alien and Sedition Act as being 'un-constitutional'--and freed all prisoners that were placed in prison because of that law no matter what any particular circumstances involved were. By such an action and example, Obama could do the same with the federal laws banning medical marijuana (as that constitutionally being a state issue)--but won't. Why?

What do you think would happen if all of a sudden all marijana war prisoners were released into this economy with it's high unemployment? There would be a spike in crime, and the president would be blamed for it.

Are you there to take down Fox News Channel, or rightwing talk radio and their constant stream of lies, distortion, and sedition? They are ginning up the public for a race war at every opportunity they get, or they just make up stuff themselves.

Are you there to demand an end to the drug war, single payer healthcare, or an end to all wars for profit?

Voting is not enough. It is time to 'Occupy The Whitehouse'.

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Marijuana could reduce suicides, German Study

From High Times, High Witness News, p. 25, June 2012 edition:

(HIGH TIMES) Stoned & Alive

For many people, pot instills a sense of euphoria or at least optimism, but a new study shows that it can go even further, linking medical cannabis to a noticeable reduction in suicides. Germany's institute for the study of Labor recently issued "High on life? Medicla Marijuana Laws and Suicides", which assessed the data for the years 1990 to 2007.
The researchers estimated an overall 5% decrease in the suicide rate in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Even more encouraging was the solid 11 percent decrease in suicides among men ages 20 to 29, and a 9 percent drop among men ages 30 to 39.

Experts theorize that this decrease could be due to the fact that marijuana consumption helps users cope with the kind of 'negative life shocks - divorce, the loss of a job, the death of a loved one - that can trigger suicidal inclinations. Also, pot users consume less alcohol, a drug that is highly associated with suicide. More research on the subject is required, especially regarding female suicide rates in med-pot states. But even so, the study gives scholarly credence to something that all pot lovers already know: It makes you feel better!

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What do you think would happen if all of a sudden all marijana war prisoners were released into this economy with it's high unemployment? There would be a spike in crime, and the president would be blamed for it.

That's if you are to assume that marijuana users are more likely than anyone else to commit a violent crime.....or, are you being facetious here, Roger Casement? It's hard to tell without seeing your gestures going along with this statement--but, I assume facetiousness is involved considering the rest of your statements.....8^).....

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More from the Huffington Post. These excerpts come from Chris Weigant's article "The Marijuana Vote" concerning the previous statements of Obama as identified above in the previous article and some of Jimmy Kimmel's comments in this weekends banquet between the media and the White House. This starts after reporting that Kimmel asked a show of hands of people who had not tried marijuana:

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Parts of this (medical marijuana issue by the Obama Administration) crackdown can only be properly called "draconian." A state, for example, passes a medical marijuana law, and the state's top legal officer then attempts to create some common-sense rules and regulations to implement the new law, which was passed by a direct vote of the state's citizens. The Obama Justice Department reacts by threatening to prosecute the top state attorney as a major drug trafficker, using law passed at the height of the Drug War hysteria (the "Nancy Reagan years"). Got that? The voters pass a law, the top state attorney tries to implement the law, and the U.S. Justice Department threatens him with 20 years or more in federal prison if he does so. In another state where medical marijuana is legal, the Justice Department threatens weekly free newspapers with prosecution for running ads for medical marijuana services. So much for freedom of speech and the press, eh?

These are just the most disgusting and disgraceful examples of the marijuana crackdown that has been ramping up in the past few years. But one has to wonder: Why is Barack Obama doing this? As Barney Frank pointed out in a recent interview on the subject: "I think it's bad politics and bad policy." Usually, when presidents put on their Drug Warrior hat, they are pandering to what used to be called the "law-and-order" demographic of the American electorate. Obama, strangely enough, does not even seem to be doing this. He has not made an issue of the raids and has not even attempted to score any political points with his actions. He virtually never mentions the frequent raids and only reluctantly answers questions about them.

He attempted to do so in a recent Rolling Stone interview and gave an answer this is patently ludicrous:

"I can't nullify congressional law. I can't ask the Justice Department to say, 'Ignore completely a federal law that's on the books.' What I can say is, 'Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.' As a consequence, there haven't been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes."

Oh really, Mr. President? Then please explain what you are currently doing on the Defense of Marriage Act, which you have instructed your Justice Department to ignore. Please explain why you chose not to prosecute any federal employee who possibly might have broken U.S. and international laws on torture. You do indeed have such discretion, and you are quite simply intensifying to war on medical marijuana for some reason or another, which you refuse to share with the American people.

I saw a show by another comedian a while back: Bill Maher, who summed up the legalities surrounding medical marijuana thusly, more or less: "You can't grow it, you can't buy it, you can't even get it for free, but if a joint should suddenly drop from the sky into your lips, then you are allowed to smoke it." That seems to be the goal Obama's Justice Department is striving to achieve.

The truly sad part is that it does not have to be like this. Attorney General Eric Holder--singlehandedly--could change the law. It wouldn't have to go through Congress, and it wouldn't have to be signed by the president: Holder himself could make one regulation change and move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the list of dangerous controlled substances. Schedule II drugs may be prescribed and used legally. Schedule I drugs may not. He even admitted this to the Huffington Post at the dinner at which Kimmel performed. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia--one third of the 51 state-level governments in this country--have passed medical marijuana laws. The federal government refuses to recognize this reality, but it doesn't make it any less real.

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Schedule II drugs are supposed to be those that have 'serious potential risks of abuse' but may still have some 'medical therapeutic use'. Drugs like morphine, demerol, oxycontin, Ritalin, even plain codeine and hydromorphone (I'm going to make a point with these last ones), etc., are in that category. In the state of Texas, they require 'special triplicate prescriptions' (that were started during the 'Nancy Reagan war on drug' years). Triplicate prescriptions are just that--a prescription that is to have three copies. Two are to go to the pharmacist who is to send one to the state regulatory board--and one is to stay with the prescribing physician. If any one prescribing physician seems to inordinately prescribe too many Schedule II drugs, the state regulatory board can come down on that physician and make that physician show written evidence justifying such 'excessive use' of such drugs. If that physician doesn't have such requirements in writing, that physician risks sanctioning (especially having his or her 'Schedule II prescribing capacity' removed or limited)--or sanctioned even to the point of having their own licenses completely revoked.

Now, let me get back to even just plain codeine and hydromorphone being in Schedule II because it will point out just how irrational some of these 'regulatory drug laws' are--and, remember, this scheduling is supposedly done to those that contain the 'highest risk potential in its abuse'. Plain codeine and hydromorphone are in Schedule II--but such combinations as acetaminophen (or ibuprofen) and codeine or hydromorphone are not. Drugs like Tylenol #3 or Vicodin are Schedule III--and they do not require such triplicate prescriptions and such 'close monitering' by such 'state regulatory agencies'. However, when there is an overdose of drugs like Tylenol #3 or Vicodin, which agent do you think medical personnel are most concerned about killing you? It's NOT the codeine or hydromorphone--it's the acetaminophen that can cause acute liver failure.

So much for the 'rationale' used to 'moniter drug use'. Then, when you add marijuana which has never had one documented death due to any overdose, you can see that the impetus behind them being 'monitered' may not be as directly related to its 'potential risks of abuse' as claimed.....but, that doesn't stop such 'state regulatory agencies' from making such claims....like much of what goes on as being rationally based, it's not really all that 'rational'....but, it is 'authoritative', nonetheless.....

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What do you think would happen if all of a sudden all marijana war prisoners were released into this economy with it's high unemployment? There would be a spike in crime, and the president would be blamed for it.

That's if you are to assume that marijuana users are more likely than anyone else to commit a violent crime.....or, are you being facetious here, Roger Casement? It's hard to tell without seeing your gestures going along with this statement--but, I assume facetiousness is involved considering the rest of your statements.....8^).....

I'm not at all saying marijuana smokers are more criminal (I smoke and grow weed and have for almost a decade, and I've never committed a crime), but once you have a criminal record for anything, good luck trying to get a job, let alone compete against all the unemployed college graduates who don't have a criminal record.

That is all that I am saying. I could have said the same thing for the military. If all wars ended today, there would be a million more unemployed, including from the likes of Blackwater Corporation/Xe.

Republicans - the gift that keeps on giving.

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I'm not at all saying marijuana smokers are more criminal (I smoke and grow weed and have for almost a decade, and I've never committed a crime), but once you have a criminal record for anything, good luck trying to get a job, let alone compete against all the unemployed college graduates who don't have a criminal record.

Or, considering the likely possibility that putting nonviolent offenders like marijuana users in with violent offenders like murderers, rapists, or assaultive robbers, are more likely to make the nonviolent offenders violent than it is the violent offenders nonviolent......'nature's law' rules more in such instances than 'natural law'....

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Speaking of 'nature's law' vs. 'natural law', in the ongoing issue of the 'war on drugs', it application has done more to remove any 'natural law' as the 'law of the jungle' becomes more and more intrusive in Mexico's ongoing war between opposing drug cartels. Just this weekend, more murders were broadcast on the border:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/187819/nine-bodies-found-hanging-off-mexican-bridge

And, if you can get to the Mexican newspaper, Zocalo, as is typical for the Mexican press, you can get more graphic pictures of that occurence--and the banner it is talking about. 'More likely to make nonviolent offenders violent than violent offenders nonviolent'.....and all of this is happening just across the river where I live....

Mexico's president has already been quoted as saying that the only thing that will end this warring drug cartel violence is making drugs legal....and, then, perhaps, have their transactions more conducive to 'natural law' than 'nature's law'....

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Here's the Zocalo version of that story (warning, it's graphic):

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/05/nine-bodies-found-hanging-off-nuevo.html

That was the front page picture (inclusive of the banner) and the front page story of the local Zocalo newspaper....notice that four of the bodies are women--I guess they don't have 'chivalrous men' (and, if any of the killers were women, 'dainty females', either)...so, no more honor among thieves anymore.....and it sort of gives 'equality' a new meaning, doesn't it? This is blatant and pure 'law of the jungle' tactics (all they need to do now is start sucking their brains out, right? They are decapitated in many instances...one instance in a local Zocalo showed where an investigating reporter's face was sewn onto a soccer ball...)....'law of the jungle', equally applied with equal opportunity (but all the leaders of these cartels are still male--this is Mexico, after all)....

Now you might understand why the Mexican president believes the only way to stop this is legalize the drugs....

I guess you could have the United States military send in drones (but, it would be hard to tell who the good guys are from the bad guys--like the corrupt Mexican government, which cartel would the U.S. support?).....by the way, almost all the weapons that are confiscated from these cartels came from the U.S. military.....they have thousands and thousands of U.S. military weapons in a country that doesn't allow gun possession at all with its civilian population....

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Just to keep you up to date, the 'war on drugs' takes in some more casualties in Mexico:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/05/14/mexico-4-headless-bodies-is-third-massacre-in-ten-days-in-triangle-death/

This time, of the 49 decapitated victims, 6 were women. The 'warriors' must be getting soft....they need to add some children--maybe rape and murder them--to help in extending their 'terrorist cause'....

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Jon Edwards redeems himself, Ben Dronkers opens Cannabis Museum in Barcelona:

Rhode Island Governor signs Marijuana decriminalization bill
22/06/2012 20:18

This law will take effect until April 1, 2013 from which the posession of one ounce of marijuana will not a crime.

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has signed legislation to decriminalize marijuana, making Rhode Island the 15th state in the nation to sign similar legislation.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Warwick) and Representative John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth), eliminates the criminal charge for carrying 1 ounce or less of marijuana and instead impose a civil penalty of a $150 fine, plus forfeiture of the drug. A third offense within 18 months of the previous offense would be treated as a misdemeanor.

“I’m very happy the governor has decided to support this legislation,” said Representative Edwards. “I am hopeful that this will allow our law enforcement officials to do what they do best – solve real crimes. I’d also like to thank Senator Miller, who worked with me on this legislation and on the Senate study commission, and all the groups that helped us bring about this change.”

Senator Miller said there are some unique components to the new Rhode Island law that could eventually serve as a national model for decriminalization of marijuana.

“This legislation maintains the spirit of the policy with adjustments that factored in concerns from the judiciary, law enforcement officials and the community,” Senator Miller said. “That’s why we have the third strike turnover. If you possess an ounce or less within 18 months of a prior offense, it gets treated as a misdemeanor. Additionally, half of the revenue we make with these fines goes toward education and treatment programs for youth. The community much prefers to have our young people in those types of programs as opposed to incarceration, and it’s important that we preserve their access to education and employment. I’d also like to thank Representative Edwards. We couldn’t have done this without strong efforts from both sides of the rotunda.”

Under the provisions of the new law, offenders who are minors would also have to complete an approved drug awareness program and community service. The Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal would have jurisdiction over these cases. The law will go into effect on April 1, 2013.

Previously, possession of even very small amounts of marijuana would be considered a misdemeanor under state law and was punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $500.

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Open in Barcelona Hemp Museum Gallery, dedicated to the culture of cannabis
15/05/2012 22:10

Open in Barcelona Hemp Museum Gallery, dedicated to the culture of cannabis

The Hemp Museum Gallery, dedicated to the cannabis culture, will open its doors next Friday, May 11, in a sixteenth century palace in the historic center of Barcelona, the Palau Mornau, which has been restored and fitted out to house the museum center.

Barcelona, Reuters May 7, 2012
Abre en Barcelona el Hemp Museum Gallery, dedicado a la cultura del cannabis

As reported today the promoters of the initiative, the Hemp Museum Gallery, opens with the intent to "inform and bring visitors about the past, present and future of the cannabis plant as a versatile source for industrial, nutritional , medicinal, sacramental and recreational."

This space dedicated to the cannabis culture opens the image of the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam (Netherlands), opened in 1985 by Ben Dronkers, founder and main driving force, and was the first in the world on this subject.

Ben Dronkers discovered in 2002 Mornau Palace, located at 35 Ample street, and felt it might be a good location for a new museum in the Catalan capital, so the building has been restored for nearly a decade collaboration of the architect Jordi Romeu.

The museum center will exhibit paintings and prints depicting the use of cannabis throughout history and some antiques, with different tools and instruments used to transform the hemp rope, paper and fabric.

The museum includes original paintings by artists of the seventeenth century, as David Teniers the Younger, Cornelis Decker and Herman Saftleven, completed with a botanical collection of eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and a medical section which exhibits one of the largest collections the world of medical cannabis bottles of the nineteenth century, as "proof the widespread use of medical cannabis in the past."

On Wednesday, as a prior to the opening of the museum, will be held at a ceremony Hemp Museum Awards of Cannabis Culture 2012 (Cannabis Culture Awards), awarded to individuals and organizations that are distinguished by promote the acceptance of cannabis in all its forms and the reintroduction of medical marijuana.

According to organizers, will be present at the ceremony the winners of the first Spanish edition of the awards, as Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group entrepreneur, on behalf of the Comission on Global Drug Policy, the American photographer Todd McCormick, psychiatrists Frederick Polak and Lester Grinspoon, and cannabis activist Fernanda Spanish La Higuera.

The gala will feature as special guest of Bernat Pellisa Mayor Rasquera (Tarragona), who promoted the transfer of an estate of 7 hectares of land bank beach at Barceloneta Cannabis Association of Subsistence for planting cannabis for Using his associates in two greenhouses.

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(YOUTUBE) Michelle Alexander on the War on Drugs and the Politics Behind It

Linking the War On Drugs to the Republicans' Southern Strategy.

Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow, speaks about the political strategy behind the War on Drugs and its connection to the mass incarceration of Black and Brown people in the United States. If you think Bill Clinton was "the first black President" you need to watch this video and see how much damage his administration caused for the black community as a result of his get tough attitude on crime that appealed to white swing voters. This speech took place at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on January 12, 2012.
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(WALL STREET JOURNAL) Joint Effort: Reefer Roadshow Asks Seniors to Support Medical Pot
Silver Tour Targets the Over-65 Set

By ARIAN CAMPO-FLORES

* The Wall Street Journal
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* May 28, 2012, 10:32 p.m. ET

Robert Platshorn served nearly 30 years in prison on federal drug charges. Since getting out four years ago, he's been promoting medical marijuana use to seniors in Florida. Video and reporting by WSJ's Arian Campo-Flores in Lake Worth.

LAKE WORTH, Fla.—Selma Yeshion, an 83-year-old retiree here, says she long considered marijuana a menace. "I thought it was something that was addictive" and "would lead to harder drugs," she says.

Then she attended a presentation at the local L'Dor Va-Dor synagogue in April put on by a group called the Silver Tour. The group aims to persuade seniors to support legislation to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in Florida. A series of speakers, including a doctor, a patient and several advocates, argued that pot was just what the silver-haired set needed to combat conditions like chronic pain and insomnia.

Robert Platshorn told Florida seniors about medical uses of marijuana.

Ms. Yeshion was sold. "I want to get some cannabis," she said afterward, with a big smile. "I have pain in my back, so it would be nice. Damn it to hell, I want to try it once in my lifetime."

Count one more convert for the Silver Tour, which has been delivering its pot pitch at retirement communities and places of worship around the state.

The group was founded in 2010 by an unlikely activist: Robert Platshorn, who served nearly 30 years in federal prison for his role in what drug-enforcement officials call one of the biggest marijuana-smuggling rings of the 1970s.

Pot promoter didn't top Mr. Platshorn's list of preferred careers upon his release in 2008. But he says that after meeting numerous older patients whose conditions would be relieved by cannabis, but who had no access to it, he felt moved to champion their cause.

Mr. Platshorn, 69 years old, decided to focus on his fellow seniors—a group that isn't exactly high on the idea of medical marijuana. People who are 65 and older helped sink a 2010 ballot initiative to legalize pot in California, voting 66% against it, more than any other age group, according to exit polls.

"Nobody in the marijuana movement is talking to seniors," Mr. Platshorn says. Yet "seniors are the only damn people that go to the polls." In Florida, people 65 and older represent 24% of eligible voters compared with 18% nationally, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, says Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, an advocacy group. Six more states debated legalization bills in legislative sessions this year, he says.

According to a 1999 study by the Institute of Medicine commissioned by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, cannabis can potentially help with pain relief, nausea reduction and appetite stimulation, among other things. The study also noted that possible adverse effects include diminished motor skills and dysphoria, or unpleasant feelings.

The Silver Tour, which is funded by small donors, faces stiff headwinds in Florida where Republicans, who control the legislature, have opposed marijuana-legalization measures. Democratic state Rep. Jeff Clemens, who represents Lake Worth, introduced medical marijuana bills in each of the last two legislative sessions, the most recent of which ended in March. But they went nowhere.

Now running for a state Senate seat, Rep. Clemens says he plans to introduce the bill once again next year if he wins. He feels compelled to promote the legislation after meeting many people with terminal illnesses who told him they could benefit from cannabis, he says. Rep. Clemens, who often speaks at Silver Tour events, says he ignores the occasional ribbing from fellow lawmakers. "When 4:20 rolls around, people say, 'It's your time, Jeff,' " he says. (Pot enthusiasts have long used "420" as code for cannabis.)

Silver Tour organizers say the response from seniors at their events has been overwhelmingly positive. The key is to get them in the door to sit through a presentation. Mr. Platshorn says he has two words that usually work for them: "free buffet."

At the Silver Tour event here in April, some 40 seniors showed up. Barry Silver, the congregation's wisecracking rabbi, told the audience that his board was a little nervous about having a group promote medical marijuana at the synagogue. "Don't worry about it," he says he replied. "Why do you think the holiest day of the year is the High Holy Day?"

Among the speakers was Irvin Rosenfeld, a Fort Lauderdale-based stockbroker who has been legally smoking 10 to 12 joints a day for the past 30 years to treat a bone condition. He is one of a few remaining participants in a federal program that provides him with government-grown cannabis for "compassionate use."

The program, overseen by the Food and Drug Administration, was shut down in 1992, but Mr. Rosenfeld and a handful of others were grandfathered.

All that cannabis hasn't dulled his market-analyzing and number-crunching abilities, he says. "If anything, it enhances my practice," he says. "It keeps me calmer."

Audience members responded favorably afterward, as they noshed on a buffet of hummus, cheeses and brownies (regular ones, not laced with pot). Roberta Feinman, 76 years old, said the presentation had dispelled some of her misgivings. "I thought marijuana was only for kids that are, you know, pot heads," she said. "I would consider [cannabis] to go to sleep if it were legal."

Evy Shareff, 85, said she was ready to hop aboard the Silver Tour. "Hearing this tonight made me feel I have an obligation to be much more supportive," she said. "It is wrong to keep this from people who are benefiting without any crime, killing or hurt to anybody."

Not everyone was convinced. Lita Paritsky, 76, said she still worried that pot was a "starter drug" that could lead to more harmful substances. "I'd like to weigh" medical-marijuana legislation, she said.

Mr. Platshorn says seniors interested in cannabis often get turned off by the idea of smoking it. There are a host of alternatives, he says: "vaporizers, lollipops, cookies, oil tinctures, pills, cannabis drinks—I mean, there's no end."

Only 0.4% of people aged 65 or older in the U.S. used marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes in a 2009 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. But 6.1% of those aged 50-54 used it, suggesting that use among seniors could rise as baby boomers age.

Rabbi Silver says he is all for it. He even wrote a song that he says was inspired by the Silver Tour, a riff on the Johnny Nash classic. "I can see clearly now, my glaucoma is gone," it goes. "Gone is the pain that comes from chemotherapy. Gone are the symptoms that had kept me down. It's gonna be a bright, bright, bright day thanks to THC."

Write to Arian Campo-Flores at arian.campo-flores@wsj.com

A version of this article appeared May 29, 2012, on page A1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Reefer Roadshow Asks Seniors to Support Medical Pot.

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Should Grandma Smoke Pot? Final Cut
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juVwqdNJlpU

From Robert Platshorn (Square Grouper).
www.thesilvertour.com

Voiceover/appearance by Nicole Sandler.

From Youtube:

Called by one media critic, "Genius". Produced by famous smuggler, author/activist Robert Platshorn and the award winning film maker Walter J. Collins. This made for TV version of Roberts Silver Tour stuns viewers with medical and legal facts long kept from the public. Robert's tour teaching seniors the benefits of medical marijuana have drawn world wide praise for all branches of the media. Front page in the Wall St Journal, featured on CNN Money, praised by News Week's Daily Beast and coming soon to The Daily Show!
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My 420 Story by Steven Hager (interview with Alison Stewart on MSNBC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL1Lcy1RqmA

If you have health issues, also check out:

The Power Of Raw Cannabis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgEP9FdIzT8

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Heads up, less than 3 weeks to the 25th Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. You can still get tickets or become a judge, and even open a stand.

Here is a list of last years' winners.

Good news too, the new coalition government has done away with the idea of the 'weed pass' - so everyone over 18 can buy weed in any coffeeshop - for now.

Wietpas scrapped but coffee shop entry rights a grey area
Monday 29 October 2012

The new cabinet plans to press ahead with restricting access to the country's cannabis cafes to local residents but is dropping the introduction of compulsory registration of users via a membership card system.

'The wietpas will go but entrance to coffee shops will be restricted to residents with ID or a residency permit and a local council statement of residency,’ the coalition agreement published on Monday afternoon states.

However, the coalition agreement goes on to say that determining how this residency requirement is applied will be done ‘in discussion with the local councils concerned and if necessary phased in’. This will allow a tailor-made approach per locality, the agreement states.

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Edward Forchion, the New Jersey Weedman, has just been acquitted of marijuana possession through jury nullification, in an 0-12 verdict.

RETRIAL 10/18/12 - verdict - NJWeedman Found Not Guilty In Pot Distribution Case
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApSKyDneg6w

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(Channel 6 News Online, Philadelphia Enquirer) ‘Weedman’ acquitted after using medical marijuana argument as his defense
Written by MCT News Service // October 19, 2012 //

PHILADELPHIA — A flamboyant, longtime advocate of marijuana legalization was acquitted Thursday of drug-related charges, even after admitting that he had a pound in his car when a New Jersey state trooper stopped him two years ago in Mount Holly.

Ed Forchion, known widely as “NJ Weedman,” told a Burlington County jury that he holds a license to use medical marijuana in California and needs the drug to alleviate pain associated with bone cancer.

He is believed to be the first to use such a defense in a criminal case in New Jersey.

“I’m not a weirdo anymore; I’m a hero,” a jubilant Forchion said after the jury found him not guilty of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute. “Other patients should use the Weedman defense.”

The prosecutor’s office had no comment on the verdict.

Forchion was being retried after a jury in May deadlocked on the drug-distribution charge. That jury convicted Forchion of a lesser charge of possession, but he says he plans to appeal while he is out on bail.

In January 2010 — three months before Forchion’s arrest — a law was signed in New Jersey allowing marijuana to be sold to patients who have certain serious illnesses, including cancer and multiple sclerosis. The law restricts the drug to state residents who are issued special identification cards after their doctors certify they have such ailments. Only licensed dispensaries may sell the drug.

After several false starts in launching the program, the state this week began mailing out ID cards. No dispensary has yet opened for business.

Forchion, 48, a Rastafarian and a longtime Pemberton resident who had moved to California, was visiting family when he was stopped for a traffic violation. He said in an interview that he thought the New Jersey law would protect him because it recognized medical marijuana.

Prosecutors, however, say that the state has a criminal law that prohibits marijuana possession with intent to distribute and that it applies to all situations outside the medical-marijuana law.

“It’s straightforward,” Assistant Prosecutor Michael Luciano said during this week’s three-day trial.

Forchion defended himself, with the assistance of public defender Don Ackerman. Forchion tried to argue that the criminal-marijuana law conflicted with the medical-marijuana law and was unjust.

When he began to tell jurors they had the power to nullify the criminal law by acquitting him, Superior Court Judge Charles Delehey stopped him. The judge said jurors could rule only on the facts of the case, not the law, and warned Forchion he could be held in contempt if he continued.

Luciano asked jurors to honor their oath and not use their verdict to demonstrate their “opinion on the war on drugs.”

The jury of 10 women and two men deliberated roughly two hours before returning its verdict. When jurors left the courtroom and entered the lobby, six Forchion supporters applauded loudly and thanked them.

Jurors, mostly young or middle-aged, smiled and nodded. But they kept walking, saying they would have no comment.

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So far, it looks like two pro marijuana initiatives have passed.

(SLATE) Begun, These Marijuana Wars Have
By Matthew Yglesias
Posted Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at 11:40 PM ET

The marijuana legalization initiative that seems to have passed today in Colorado (and a similar one that may well pass in Washington as well) is, I think, a bigger deal than people realize. Unlike jurisdictions that have "decriminalized" marijuana, this aims to create a genuine honest-to-God legal marijuana industry. It goes even beyond what the Netherlands has done, where small scale marijuana retailing is permitted but large-scale production and wholesaling is really existing in a gray area.

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I voted for amendment 64, my wife voted for it and I've convinced a couple of senior citizen friends to vote "yes". Finally, Americans are starting to make sense on the issue of marijuana.

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I was going to vote in favor of legalization of marijuana here in my home state of Washington, but I got too stoned and forgot to vote. Damnit, I hate it when that happens . . . . wait, what were we talking about?

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(YOUTUBE, ABC NEWS) Marijuana Legalized in Colorado, Washington - Referendum Allows Adults Possession Up to an Ounce
Published on Nov 6, 2012 by ABCNews

Referendum allows adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. For more on this story, click here:

'The goldfish' would be a 'bowl' or bong (water pipe), for the non-smokers.

(ABC NEWS) Colorado, Washington Become First States to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
By CHRISTINA NG (@ChristinaNg27) , ABBY PHILLIPS and CLAYTON SANDELL (@Clayton_Sandell)
Nov. 7, 2012

In a groundbreaking move, Colorado and Washington voters have passed referendums legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The drug is still banned under federal law.

Colorado's Proposition 64 to the state's constitution makes it legal for anyone over the age of 21 to possess marijuana and for businesses to sell it.

"The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. "This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don't break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly."

Amendment 64 legalized marijuana for anyone over the age of 21 at certain retail stores. Proponents believed the bill could generate millions in revenue for the state government.

A similar measure on the ballot in Washington State legalizes small amounts of marijuana for people over 21.

Even though the issues have passed, they are likely to meet legal challenges very quickly.

In 2005, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that legalized medical marijuana in the state. The Court said Congress had the power to criminalize marijuana under the Commerce Clause.

A similar ballot issue to legalize marijuana in Oregon did not pass.

In Massachusetts, voters approved legislation to allow marijuana for medicinal reasons, joining 17 other states that allow it.

In addition to making a presidential pick, voters in states across the country voted on polarizing issues including same-sex marriage and physician- assisted suicide.

In another historical first, Maine became the first state to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote and Maryland voters also made the decision to allow same-sex marriage by referendum.

It was backed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is widely believed to be a potential presidential contender in 2016.

The outcome in Maine broke a 32-state streak, dating back to 1998, in which gay marriage had been rebuffed by every state that voted on it.

Minnesotans rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The vote doesn't allow same-sex weddings but it opens the door to possible legislation to allow it next year.

Dozens of state-wide ballot questions were posed to voters, and their implications could reverberate across state lines.

Additional reporting from ABC News' Terry Moran.

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Just in case anyone is in any doubt that the 'War On Drugs' is a massive violation of civil liberties.

From Crooks And Liars (VIDEO):

A federal lawsuit filed by two Irving women claims that Texas State Troopers humiliated them by performing illegal cavity searches on the side of the road after a cigarette butt was thrown out of their car window.

State Trooper David Farrell called in a female trooper to perform cavity searches of Angel Dobbs, 38, and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley Dobbs, because he said that he smelled marijuana and the women were "acting weird," attorney Scott Palmer told KTVT on Tuesday.

Angel Dobbs recalled that the female trooper, Kelley Helleson, asked for her permission to perform the search and then told her to "shut up and just listen."

Dashcam video shows Helleson searching the anuses and vaginas of both women with the same latex gloves in full view of other passing cars.

"At this point, I’m in clear shock. I can’t even believe this is happening," Angel Dobbs explained. Turns me around goes down into the front of my pants into my inner thigh and at which point she goes up with two fingers. I just look at her and say ‘oh my God, I’ve just been violated.’”

And then the trooper performed the same procedure on Ashley Dobbs without changing her gloves.

"She went down, then turned me around, and went down my front and then she actually dug," Ashley Dobbs said. "I didn’t know what I could say, what I could do. I felt hopeless."

After the body cavity searches turned up nothing, Angel Dobbs was given a sobriety test, which she passed. The women were then given a ticket for littering and allowed to leave.

"It’s because someone’s a daily smoker in that car, you can attribute it to that," the trooper can be heard telling Angel Dobbs in the dashcam video.

"I was molested, I was violated. I was humiliated," Angel Dobbs insisted to reporters, adding that the trooper also took a bottle of Vicodin that had been legally prescribed to her.

When the women filed a complaint with the Texas Department of Public Safety, they said they were told that they would be charged with lying if they filed an affidavit.

For its part, the Texas Department of Public Safety claimed it had "conducted an inquiry surrounding the events" and then provided the findings to the Dallas County DA’s office.

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From the High Times, on the LA Times attitude toward the late investigative reporter Gary Webb's expose on the CIA-Contra cocaine connection, which was part of the Iran-Contra(-Los Angeles) affair.

High Times October 2013

High Witness News

Late Apology

Nine years ago, investigative journalist Gary Webb exposed the connections between the CIA, the Nicaraguan Contras and the cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles.

He then saw his professional credibility destroyed by specious attacks from the mainstream media, which eventually drove him to commit suicide.

Now, a posthumous apology has been extended by one the establishment hacks who helped to ruin his career.

Jesse Katz, the primary reporter beind the Los Angeles Times' smear campaign against Webb and his groundbreaking 1996 "Dark Alliance" series for the San Jose Mercury News, admitted on public radio station KPCC-FM in May that the paper's attacks were "overkill"-which is something of an understatement, considering that The Times assigned 17 reporters to pounce upon the slightest mistake in Webb's reportage.

The Times spread outright lies, writing that Webb had claimed the CIA purposefully tried to get African Americans hooked on crack, which Webb never wrote.

Katz conceded to KPCC: "We really didn't do anything to advance [Webb's] work or illuminate much to the story, and it was a really kind of tawdry exercise."

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On the police's reaction to the legalisation of hemp:


(HUFFPO) Police Groups Furiously Protest Eric Holder's Marijuana Policy Announcement

Ryan Grim
Posted: 08/30/2013 10:02 pm EDT
ryan AT huffingtonpost.com

WASHINGTON -- A broad coalition of law enforcement officers who have spent the past three decades waging an increasingly militarized drug war that has failed to reduce drug use doesn't want to give up the fight.

Organizations that include sheriffs, narcotics officers and big-city police chiefs slammed Attorney General Eric Holder in a joint letter Friday, expressing "extreme disappointment" at his announcement that the Department of Justice would allow Colorado and Washington to implement state laws that legalized recreational marijuana for adults.

If there had been doubt about how meaningful Holder's move was, the fury reflected in the police response eliminates it. The role of law enforcement is traditionally understood to be limited to enforcing laws, but police organizations have become increasingly powerful political actors, and lashed out at Holder for not consulting sufficiently before adopting the new policy.

"It is unacceptable that the Department of Justice did not consult our organizations -- whose members will be directly impacted -- for meaningful input ahead of this important decision," the letter reads. "Our organizations were given notice just thirty minutes before the official announcement was made public and were not given the adequate forum ahead of time to express our concerns with the Department’s conclusion on this matter. Simply 'checking the box' by alerting law enforcement officials right before a decision is announced is not enough and certainly does not show an understanding of the value the Federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partnerships bring to the Department of Justice and the public safety discussion."

The missive was signed by the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association,
the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Narcotic Officers Associations’ Coalition, the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Law enforcement, the police groups said, "becomes infinitely harder for our front-line men and women given the Department’s position."

The Justice Department declined to respond.

Local law enforcement agencies rely heavily on the drug war for funding. Police departments are often able to keep a large portion of the assets they seize during drug raids, even if charges are never brought. And federal grants for drug war operations make up a sizable portion of local law enforcement funding.

The letter warns that marijuana can cause suicidal thoughts, impairs driving and is a "gateway drug." The missive does not, however, address the failure of law enforcement generally to reduce drug use, even while tripling the number of people behind bars. Instead, the police warn that liberalizing pot laws will lead to an increase in crime.

"The decision will undoubtedly have grave unintended consequences, including a reversal of the declining crime rates that we as law enforcement practitioners have spent more than a decade maintaining," the officers write.

Worse, they warn, more states are likely to follow Washington and Colorado.

"The failure of the Department of Justice to challenge state policies that clearly contradict Federal law is both unacceptable and unprecedented. The failure of the Federal government to act in this matter is an open invitation to other states to legalize marijuana in defiance of federal law," they write.

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It’s always the money

The cops depend on drug war money from seizures and drug war funding… prisons, treatment centers, drug testing companies, federal agencies, politicians, and more all profit from prohibition.

So it should be no surprise…

New Study Finds That State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction

How dare we take this away from them?

Delightful article from Ryan Grim on the reaction from some police groups… Police Groups Furiously Protest Eric Holder’s Marijuana Policy Announcement

WASHINGTON — A broad coalition of law enforcement officers who have spent the past three decades waging an increasingly militarized drug war that has failed to reduce drug use doesn’t want to give up the fight.

Organizations that include sheriffs, narcotics officers and big-city police chiefs slammed Attorney General Eric Holder in a joint letter Friday, expressing “extreme disappointment” at his announcement that the Department of Justice would allow Colorado and Washington to implement state laws that legalized recreational marijuana for adults. [...]

Local law enforcement agencies rely heavily on the drug war for funding. Police departments are often able to keep a large portion of the assets they seize during drug raids, even if charges are never brought. And federal grants for drug war operations make up a sizable portion of local law enforcement funding.

The letter warns that marijuana can cause suicidal thoughts, impairs driving and is a “gateway drug.” The missive does not, however, address the failure of law enforcement generally to reduce drug use, even while tripling the number of people behind bars.

Obama's Perplexing Potpocalypse ecp
The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies

California Governor Proposes Massive Prison Expansion
To Avoid Freeing Inmates

Iran Contra Anniversary
The Lost Opportunities of Iran-Contra 25 Years Later

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I come from Mendocino county (NorCal) and I know from firsthand experience that Marijuana is not a destructive drug by itself.

What is destructive is the illegal drug trade in general.They say Marijuana is the "gateway drug" -- well it is because it exposes people to the illegal drug trade. I know many younger folks that are my brother's age (20) and that never even would have started chronically using pain killers, MDMA, and other party drugs if they had never been exposed to the black market when they were attempting to score some pot. Drug dealers take advantage of people and offer them other types of substances because most drug dealers sell stuff other than just marijuana.

Not saying all drugs should be legalized -- just marijuana, because it will take it off the black market and make it not a profitable business anymore for drug dealers.

And what the heck is wrong with wanting a little release from reality? Stress is one of the worst killers of all, and smoking a little weed can help alleviate some of the bad side effects of stress. Being high helps give a person perspective on their problems and look at things in a more positive, less judgemental light. It's better than doping people up on anti-depressants or making alcohol the only option for fighting stress. Because ya know... Marijuana has been known to have sooooo many bad side-effects. :P

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(YOUTUBE) Dana Beal's entire sentencing testimony 36 Minutes

Dana Beal was sentenced September 20, 2011. This is his entire testimony that day, in Dodgeville, Iowa County, Wisconsin, more than 36 minutes of Dana putting on the record his work, ideals, thoughts, some history and particularly his dedication to getting people off of hard drugs. He will be inside for another 1.5 years and his work in setting up clinics for ibogaine treatments will be set back at least that long as his subsequent probation will also keep him from doing his work.

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From Barry Cooper, at CannabisCulture Magazine. Canadian Marc Emery is still in jail for selling in Georgia the seed part of the hemp plant - from Canada.

(CANNABIS CULTURE) "We Taught That Ni**er A Lesson": Jamaican National Serving 30 Years In US Prison For Marijuana Seeds
By Barry Cooper, Cannabis Culture - Thursday, January 31 2013

CANNABIS CULTURE - Forgive the racially offensive headline, as it should inflame and anger the reader and cause an outcry for the crucifixion of the reporter, but the fury should instead be directed at two other parties: a West Texas juror who uttered this phrase and the US federal court who sentenced a Jamaican National musician to 30 years in prison for possessing marijuana seeds. For sixteen years, his story has gone unreported.

And you may remember Federal District Judge Robert Junell who vacated Yolanda Madden's sentence after a notorious NeverGetBusted investigation titled "KopBusters" caught the Odessa Police Department raiding a trap house set by this reporter and his team of investigative journalists. Keep reading.

On November 11, 1996, Dalton Knight Wilson, 40, and his brother were traveling through a West Texas border patrol checkpoint situated approximately seventy miles from the Mexican/American border when they were stopped by a DEA agent. While interviewing the travelers, the agent stated he could smell the odor of burnt marijuana. The passenger, Wilson, explained he and his brother were moving from California to Florida and admitted to having a small amount of marijuana for personal use. Both men were detained while a timely search of their furniture-loaded pickup was conducted. During the search, officers discovered a baggie of marijuana seeds along with some aged and dusty hydroponic growing equipment that had been sitting idle in a storage shed for several years.

Although Wilson had earlier given the agents the small amount of marijuana, one-quarter ounce, he was unaware of the seeds tucked away that had gone unnoticed in the pile of old furniture and boxes that were stashed in a shared storage building. Before leaving for Florida and while Wilson was en route with the truck to load his belongings, he telephoned his brother to move the belongings out of storage for loading. This explanation seems plausible because a person is unlikely to voluntarily give the police marijuana and not admit to the seeds. Most people understand possessing seeds are usually classified as a lesser offense than possessing marijuana and in Texas, possessing seeds is a Class "C" Misdemeanor (equal to a traffic ticket) and the possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is a Class "B" Misdemeanor, a slightly higher-level offense.

Since Wilson took full responsibility for the two state misdemeanors, his brother was released and Wilson was transported to the El Paso County jail. After three days of waiting for a bond, to Wilson's disbelief, he was served with a two-count federal indictment in the Western District of Texas:

Count One of the federal indictment read:

"On or about November 11, 1996, in the Western District of Texas, Dalton Knight Wilson, knowingly did possess marijuana seeds with intent to manufacture marijuana."

Count Two read:

"On or about November 11, 1996, in the Western District of Texas, Dalton Knight Wilson, knowingly did attempt to manufacture and attempt to possess with intent to distribute marijuana."

Although Wilson is thankful his brother was not arrested, it is difficult to understand why his brother was not charged if the crime was serious enough to cause such a harsh reaction from the government.

Wilson was transported to a Pecos County, Texas jail where he remained for one month before being released on a supervised bond. Soon afterward, a one-day trial-by-jury was completed and Wilson was found guilty on both counts and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment by the now deceased federal judge, Lucius D. Bunton III. After serving 16 years, Wilson remains behind bars as a model prisoner at the Federal Correctional Institution in White Deer, Pennsylvania.

It is a common habit of the United States Government, the fairest and most just regime in the world, to charge and cage its citizens by pretending the possession of marijuana seeds is the same as possessing fully grown marijuana plants. This perfect rationalization was allowed by judges and used by prosecutors in two recent cases where both men are now serving five- and six-year prison sentences. In 2010, the famous freedom activist, humanitarian, scholar, and former owner of Cannabis Culture, Marc Emery, lost an extradition tug-of-war between his home country of Canada and the United States. Marc is now serving five years behind bars for selling tens of thousands of marijuana seeds to US citizens via an online seed company. In the same year, a Fort Wayne, Indiana judge sentenced 30-year-old Jesse Groth to six years in federal prison for selling marijuana seeds online from his northeastern Indiana home. Both of these men sold marijuana seeds, while Wilson was found only in possession of seeds.

It may seem like a dirty journalistic maneuver designed to inflame the reader by pulling the race card when arguing Wilson was treated unfairly because he is black (especially since racism completely ended in 1968 when the US decriminalized being a Black American by allowing them to drink from the same fountains as whites), but long after these two white men are released for possessing AND SELLING large quantities of seeds, a black man will remain in jail for more than 10 years longer – and had already served over 10 years before the seed dealers spent their first days in jail. Although unrelated to this article, it is interesting to note the former federal prosecutor, John McKay, who aggressively persecuted Marc Emery, is now an outspoken activist in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana.

NeverGetBusted obtained the court transcript of the jury selection process in Wilson's case and noticed four of the twelve, all-white jury members were closely related to law enforcement.

Juror Fred Pina testified, "My brother is a sergeant in the Odessa, Texas police."

Gloria Lujan testified, "I have a son working for the criminal Justice."

Donna Yadon testified, "My father was a city policeman."

Terry McAnally testified, "I have a son on the Midland Police Department."

During the year long NeverGetBusted investigation of Wilson's case, a reliable source in West Texas who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of government retaliation, reported that while attending a church picnic shortly after the trial, she heard one of the jurors proudly boast, "We taught that nigger a lesson." This statement was not shocking to NeverGetBusted because in the mid 1990s, this reporter worked in the West Texas towns of El Paso, Pecos, and Odessa as a narcotics officer and can attest to the rampant racism that still infected that region during the time of Wilson's trial. Although black people in this region were allowed to drink from the same water fountains, the "N word" was still widely used among law enforcement and citizens alike.

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Not only was Wilson's jury racially tainted and biased in favour of police, but according to court records, there were five significant legal errors that denied Wilson due process of law:

1. To date, Wilson has not received "Discovery", which is a legal term used to describe a defendant's right to obtain and examine all the evidence the government intends to use against him or her during their trial and sentencing. Discovery is crucial because it is the only way the accused can completely prepare arguments in their defense. According to docket records, Wilson's public defender ordered Discovery but it was never given. After firing his public defender, Wilson obtained a paid lawyer who failed to file for Discovery and only requested to review the evidence two weeks before Wilson's sentencing and after he was convicted. The Discovery was still withheld from Wilson and he was sent to prison for 30 years without the right to examine the government's evidence that was used to send him there.

2. Due process would require some notice by statue or guidelines prior to the commission of the offense or sentencing that every seed possessed is the same as possessing a full-grown marijuana plant. The indictment did not allege nor did the evidence show Wilson possessed marijuana plants. The defense informed the courts, "Wilson received no notice of the nature or cause of the accusations in violation of the 6th Amendment." In reaction to this statement, the presiding judge explained, "Three learned judges at the appeals court level would know more about that." Or in other words, "I know I'm wrong but you must appeal to get any relief." Furthermore, the government failed to allege the drug quantity in the indictment. The court's failure to submit this issue to the jury is another violation of due process.

3. Later, during an appeal to the "three learned judges", Wilson argued the government was in error to charge and sentence a person with possessing marijuana plants when only seeds were possessed. Although the appeal was denied, the three-judge panel agreed that seeds were not plants and ordered a re-hearing for Wilson. Wilson's lawyer missed the hearing deadline and in an attempt to rectify the grave error, the attorney filed a Motion To Continue where he stated, "I missed my client's hearing date because I was in a conference learning how to be a lawyer." The motion was denied and Wilson lost his chance to present oral arguments to the appellate court.

4. Throughout the trial, plants were never mentioned and during the jury selection the judge told the pool of jurors, "This case is about marijuana seeds." In the end, the judge sentenced Wilson for plants yet the jurors thought the case was entirely about seeds.

5. By treaty and according to the US government's website, it is a law when a foreigner is arrested on US soil that the Consulate for the country of the accused be notified. During the course of Wilson's arrest, hearings and trial, Wilson was never advised of this right and the US failed to report to the Jamaican Consulate that one of its citizen's was under arrest and being tried.

In a NeverGetBusted interview with prominent and famous Washington State defense lawyer, Jeff Steinborn, who serves on the National Board of Directors for NORML (National Organization for the Reform Of Marijuana Laws) Steinborn stated, "This is an ugly one. But in the scheme of things we are accustomed to imposing unthinkable punishments on people for very minor crimes, particularly if you do the wrong crime in the wrong place. Even so, I can't understand how this could happen. The racist jury didn't impose the sentence. It's just the same old racism that's been there from the very beginning of our country."

When speaking with Texas super-lawyer Bobby Mims, the President-elect of the prestigious Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Mims stated his opinions don't necessarily reflect that of the TCDLA but, "Presently, there is bi-partisan movement in Congress to stop the criminalization of Federal laws. The USA incarcerates more of its citizens than any country in the world. Wilson is a casualty of a system that is not only broken but also bankrupt. I hope that Wilson can obtain the services of a qualified "Habeas" attorney and obtain relief. If history is any guide then the fact that you [NeverGetBusted] and your audience are interested in his case makes Wilson a lucky man."

During the past 16 years of incarceration, Wilson has been a model prisoner receiving an Associate's Degree in Psychology, a certificate from the National Restaurant Association in the safe preparation and serving of food, a Certificate of Competence and Skill In Employment from a South Carolina institution, A Computer Literacy Certificate from the State of Florida and has been participating in the Prison Companion Suicide Program for approximately 5 years, for which he was awarded several certificates of excellence. According to prison records, Wilson has only been disciplined once during his imprisonment when a newspaper was found in his cell.

During the past year, NeverGetBusted has corresponded with Wilson extensively. After preparing this article and moments before publishing, Wilson notified NeverGetBusted of a recent and bizarre turn of events that could get the condemned's case back in court. Acting as his own lawyer, Wilson filed a Request For Discovery. To Wilson's surprise, a federal district judge answered the request by giving Wilson a February 4, 2013 deadline to re-plea his Motion For Discovery; apparently to properly document the reasons why Wilson is entitled to Discovery after sixteen years. And the name of the magistrate willing to review Wilson's pleadings is none other than the Honorable Federal District Judge, Robert Junell.

While the community is still debating whether KopBusters was a waste of law enforcement's time or a clever humanitarian operation designed to free a mother of two, many have fairly decided Judge Junell acted honorably and with justice by vacating Yolanda Madden's sentence and ordering a re-trial (ultimately leading to a plea bargain that promised Yolanda did not have to return to prison). This reporter cannot help but notice the irony of both Madden and Wilson having the same judge.

HOW TO HELP DALTON KNIGHT WILSON

As a certified expert witness and criminal case consultant, this reporter has adopted Wilson's case Pro Bono (no pay) and is asking a qualified lawyer to do the same by becoming Wilson's attorney of record and filing the re-plea for Motion For Discovery in Judge Junell's Court. The answer must be handled by a professional instead of Wilson, since this could be the last chance Wilson has to terminate his cruel and unusual punishment. He has fourteen long and harsh years left to serve. If you are a lawyer interested in this humanitarian cause, please email: info@nevergetbusted.com. Wilson has been punished long enough.

Wilson has three adult children awaiting his release. Two of his sons are college graduates and the third is a musician.

For the reader to help free Wilson, place two polite yet firm phone calls asking for justice. Never underestimate the power of a thousand calls and what it can accomplish. Be one of the thousand who freed Wilson by calling and/or emailing the two persons below:

Federal District Judge Robert Junell

Politely and respectfully ask Judge Junell to vacate Wilson's sentence and deport him back to his home country of Jamaica.

Phone: 432 686 4020
Email: Shannon_LaForge@txwd.uscourts.gov

Jamaican Consulate, Stacy Green

Politely request the Jamaican government to open conversation and legal channels to have Wilson released and deported to Jamaica.

Phone: 202 452 0660

Please write Dalton Knight Wilson letters of encouragement and support

Dalton Wilson #76331-080
L.S.C.I. Allenwood, P.O. Box 1000
White Deer P.A. 17887

Donate money to Wilson

Please help make his prison life more comfortable by sending a money orders or personal checks to:

Federal Bureau of Prisons, Dalton Wilson 76331-080
P.O. Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947

If you agree 30 years for possessing marijuana seeds is too long, CALL OR EMAIL NOW.

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Barry Cooper is a former Texas narcotics officer and current marijuana activist, filmmaker, entrepreneur and regular contributor to Cannabis Culture. Find his work at NeverGetBusted.com.

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High Times, March 2014, page 87:

Could this be the first actual marijuana ad?

It shows a cigarette package, of "California Finest, 100% organic hydroponic, Blue Dream Hybrid premium grade marijuana cigarettes", 5 count - 1 gram each.

www.CaliforniaFinest420.com

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Rising Acceptance

maybe not the first...

SMOKABLE PRODUCTS
1,000 pre-1937 medical Cannabis products on a brand or trade name basis;

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("Acapulco Gold and Vietnam blend";)

Marijuana’s Rising Acceptance

In the “medication area” of the nation’s biggest marijuana exposition, scantily clad young women hand out marshmallows they’ve dipped into a rushing fountain of pot-laced chocolate. A few steps away, Anthony Ramirez offers free hits from a bong filled with the waxy marijuana extract that his family started producing when a friend’s mother needed relief from the pain of lupus.

Across a vast outdoor plaza lined with hundreds of booths, this month’s Cannabis Cup gathering in Southern California has attracted more than 10,000 visitors at $40 a ticket. By midafternoon, some of them are sprawled on overstuffed couches that merchants have thoughtfully provided. Others move from booth to booth, sampling wares from businesses that have risen from the underground economy to create a burgeoning industry of hazy legality.

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A small child taken away from her parents because they smoked weed ends up dead.

(YOUTUBE) Toddler Beaten to Death by Foster Mother - YouTube

From NORML:

(NORML) Marijuana Prohibition Responsible for Death of 2-Year-Old Girl
* by Sabrina Fendrick August 7, 2013

Marijuana prohibition has taken yet another innocent life. In January 2013, two- year-old Alexandra Hill was taken from her home in Round Rock, Texas because her parents had admitted to smoking pot after their child had gone to bed. As a result, she was placed with an abusive foster mother, who subsequently beat her to death.

According to her father, Joshua Hill, who spoke with KVUE, a local ABC affiliate, “She would come to visitation with bruises on her, and mold and mildew in her bag. It got to a point where [he] actually told CPS that they would have to have [him] arrested because [he] wouldn’t let her go back.” A few days later, the Hill family got a call informing them that their daughter was in a coma, and they needed to get to the hospital right away. Two days after that, Alex was taken off life support. Up until she was snatched from her family in January, the 2 year old had never been sick or gone to the hospital.

“When a parent who responsibly consumes marijuana after hours is seen as neglectful in comparison to a parent who responsibly enjoys a glass of wine, then the system isn’t just broken, it’s deadly,” said Sabrina Fendrick, Director of Women’s Outreach at NORML. Little Alex’s fate was sealed the minute the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) determined that such behavior qualifies as “neglectful supervision,” and put her with a foster mother who had not been given a proper background check.

This is just one more tragic casualty of marijuana prohibition. However, the practice of child snatching by CPS from marijuana-using parents is by no means unique to this story. Current policy gives state agencies the right to legally kidnap minors and infants from their loving parents’ home (simply for the fact that they are cannabis consumers), and place them in an unknown, possibly dangerous or truly neglectful environment. Hundreds of similar CPS cases pop up around the country every year. Only when the government changes its view, and policies on marijuana can we truly protect the rights and integrity of good parents who responsibly consume cannabis after hours and out of their child’s view. It’s time for CPS, the state of Texas and the federal government to step up, take responsibility for all of the damage they have caused, and commit to ending this disastrous and fatal policy.

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The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

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