So the vote in the House was 163 in favor and 262 opposed for the Rohrabacher and Hinchey amendment that would have prevented the DOJ from expending any funds for the purpose of interfering with state medical marijuana operations.

A similar bill in 2006 lost 163 to 259.
In 2005, it was 162 to 264.
In 2003, it was 152 to 273. dwr

Medical Marijuana Raids to Continue
After House Defeats Defunding Bill
By The Huffington Post - Thursday, May 10 2012
The legislation, introduced by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.), and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), was part of the appropriations bill to fund the Department of Justice for fiscal 2013. It failed 262-163. full story

High On Romney
Will Cannabis Advocates Cast a Protest Vote?
"While Obama is definitely the worst president by far when it comes to respecting medical marijuana," argued Morgan Fox with Washington, D.C.,-based Marijuana Policy Project, "it's arguable that Romney could be worse." full story

Mitt Romney:Medical Marijuana
Not 'Issue of Significance', Is a 'State Issue'
Yesterday, a Denver, Colorado CBS affiliate got some face-time with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The interviewer asked questions important to local voters: gay marriage, college tuition for illegal immigrants, and medical marijuana. full story

Will Oregon's Attorney General Election
Send a Crucial Message to Dispensary-Busting Feds?
If the candidate who ordered raids on medical pot growers in Southern Oregon loses the election, the loss may reverberate with US Attorneys around the country. Medical marijuana has become a major issue in the Democratic primary for attorney general in Oregon. The candidates have staked out starkly different positions on the issue, with former judge Ellen Rosenblum supportive of patients’ right to safe and legal access to medical marijuana, and former Interim US Attorney Dwight Holton sharply critical of the program. full story

DRUG CRIME SENDS FIRST-TIME OFFENDER
GRANDMOM TO PRISON FOR LIFE
Houstonian, Who Has No Secrets to Trade,
Is Doing More Time Than Drug Lords
The U.S. government didn't offer a reward for the capture of Houston grandmother Elisa Castillo, nor did it accuse her of touching drugs, ordering killings, or getting rich off crime. But three years after a jury convicted her in a conspiracy to smuggle at least a ton of cocaine on tour buses from Mexico to Houston, the 56-year-old first-time offender is locked up for life - without parole. [Remainder snipped]

African-americans Unfair Target In The War On Drugs
The totally ineffective War on Drugs has made a bad condition even worse, especially for African-Americans. The 40 million drug convictions, since the appointment of the first drug czar in 1971, has disproportionately targeted and imprisoned young black males. It has destroyed the lives of 1 out of every 4 young black men because of felony convictions at an early age. full story

Arizona Medical-Pot Ruling May Reverberate

Patients Ask Garden Grove To Keep Pot Dispensaries Open
"Let the DEA know to stay out of Garden Grove," Richard Gould told the council.

Activists Plan To Protest Pot Prohibition
Pro-marijuana legalization activists plan to gather in Shreveport and five other cities across Louisiana on Saturday to march in favor of ending prohibition.

Words Latest tweet from NIDA News, which presents itself as a leader in science-based efforts in drug policy. ❝National @RecoveryMonth is coming up in September – learn more from @SAMHSAgov about substance use treatment: 1.usa.gov/2EptfH Substance use treatment?

Taking Care With Cannabis Education
by David Malmo-Levine - Thursday, May 3 2012 To the editor of the “Taking Care With Cannabis” pamphlet from Vancouver Coastal Health, Regarding your new pamphlet, "Taking Care With Cannabis": It's better than anything else that has come out of an official source, but in hindsight, I have a concern. Since it is only about risks and does not admit any benefits this material may seem to be less than fully credible to the vast majority of users who have not experienced a downside to cannabis use, and it may also become a tool of prohibitionists and cannabiphobes to help foist stigma upon users where none should exist. continued...

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Drug War Victims - Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)
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DdC's picture
DdC 2 years 31 weeks ago
#1

Why can’t we legalize drugs?

In what will likely be seen as something of a Freudian slip by the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said recently in a Mexican news interview that the United States cannot legalize drugs as a means of fighting the black market because "there is just too much money in it." Feb 22 2011

Why can’t the US legalize drugs?
There’s ‘too much money in it, ~ Hillary Clinton

FIGHT TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA POSSESSION IN DETROIT HITS ROADBLOCK
Detroiters who tried for two years to get a proposal on Detroit ballots that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana hit a roadblock tonight when the city's law department appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court to disqualify the measure.

Forfeiture $quads

US to increase drugs war spending

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged more funding to fight drug cartels in Central America. Mrs Clinton said funding for the fight against transnational organised crime in the region would be increased from $260m in 2010 to almost $300m this year.

The Obama Admin's Anti-Marijuana Manifesto

Is The DEA Legalizing THC? or Why We Can't Grow
Feds grow it, roll it, pack it, and ship it. Feds have patents. X Dept Dawg Dung Czar Grubbs Barthwell and Big Pharma Bayer are set to distribute their sublingual spray, no doubt with the same Feds pot. We the Sheople can go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

US or Canada to increase drugs war spending means... Dung Worrier Corporations and Cops to increase drug war profits and bloated budgets. Small towns getting Federal money for SWAT tanks. One trillion spent means one trillion into someone's pockets... Their "end" is perpetuation, that, justifies their means. Lies win elections, only election winners get to legislate. Legislation brings profits fighting police actions. With Neocons it's always selling "treatments" and prevent cures or prevention that would end the profits. Treating crime or disease or war always pays much more than preventing or curing profits. They profit on the misery of their own countrymen and women. I call that a traitor. They have no allegiance outside of the G-20 1%. The drug war is just another cold war to profit on until a hot war can be mustered or fabricated in most cases. Sick sick sick, damn sick. Spraying poisons on the cotton crops that aren't required for Hemp loses them money in spite of health risk of the poisons. Or Mid Eastern OPEC crud oil. Or nukes etc. Make em sick then sell em pills while outlawing competition. Can we use the "F" word yet? Fascism.

DAREyl SWAT Gates LAPDog Perversions

SWAT (special weapons and tactics)
The first SWAT team was established by inspector Daryl Gates in the Los Angeles Police Department in 1968.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education, better known as DARE,
Founded by Daryl F. Gates in 1983.

“Casual drug users should be taken out and shot.”
– Daryl DARE Gates – Former LAPD Chief

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Another drug epidemic. Think of the children! dwr
From the wonderful folks at The Onion…

Nation’s Moms Invent New Recreational Drug To Worry About

DENVER—A new illicit drug that is incredibly cheap, highly addictive, and extremely easy to produce is appearing in school yards across the country, the fevered imaginations of the nation’s mothers who need something to fret over confirmed today.

The totally contrived drug that in no way exists in any objective reality and is only real in the minds of mothers is known by its street name, “scramp,” and according to moms who previously did not have enough actual things to worry about, a batch can be made from everyday household supplies such as sugar, window cleaner, and petroleum jelly.

Wait ’til they hear about Dihydrogen Monoxide.

Think of the message being sent to the kids?

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Katshores 2 years 31 weeks ago
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A few years ago a Train Engineer was high on drugs and caused a major train accident near Baltimore Maryland. Their were deaths related to the crash due to the Engineer on drugs. So do you feel we should legalize them? Oh by the way, that Engineer, who was a union member kept his job. How about the auto workers smoking pot on their lunch time? Its ok for them to take drugs? No wonder why we have so many recalls in the auto industry.

DdC's picture
DdC 2 years 31 weeks ago
#3

That was a ridiculous point when it happened. The individual abused his position. It had nothing to do with legalities or lies causing them. Legal or not the engineer is to blame not the substance. You are saying it would be just fine and dandy if he killed people while legally drunk. Ridiculous and the more people see the more will agree that all you do is profit on lies to maintain your profit. Your job or keeping renewable resources out of competition. Bloated cop budgets and fossil fools running their vehicles and offices around the globe. Now your gossip is boring, bring some fact jack. Unions also protect the corporation from law suits for faulty urine tests by eliminating them beforehand. Or discrimination suits based on profiling and targeting employees for negative test results. Politically eliminating competition or just competition. How do you think we could have survived as a species without cannabis? Thousands of years of use, making ship sails, building materials or clothing or nutritional seeds and oil. Medicine or organic deterrents to other weeds and pests. Non crud oil alternative to OPEC and this is what you prohibit by perpetuating this redneck herring gossip.

"We have spent over a trillion dollars trying to eradicate the world's most beneficial plant off the face of the earth. Imagine what a better world this would be if that money had been spent on treatment, education and studying the medical benefits of marijuana."
-- Steve Hager - High Times Editor (1988 - 2003)

Un-American paranoid dung worriers have cost us one trillion dollars eliminating the most versatile plant on the planet. How many trains wrecked due to sleep deprivation or legal booze and Pharmaceuticals, bad hair days and emotional trauma. PTSD? ADD, ADHD all treated successfully with cannabis and all contributing to train wrecks when it isn't. Shall I continue? Lets try to find something prohibition hasn't fucked up, I think it would be easier. Ganjawar Prevents Brain Tumor Treatment I have to wonder how many train wrecks are from brain tumors interfering with performance. US Asked To Stop False Information on Medical Pot but would they listen? Noooo. More at stake for the D.E.A.th Merchants than reputations as liars and tax thieves. No money for the kids schools or nutrition or shelter but you want to toss more at this gossip war. If the root of the tree is poison so be the fruit and the Czar proves it everytime it speaks. It's his job. The Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie

The bottom line is The majority of prohibitionists profit on the drug war, and their only motive is Policing for Profit. Forfeiture $quads have a problem giving up free christmas gifts and cash looting and pillaging families. Sometimes naive enough to turn in their own siblings resulting in homelessness, Puppycide and unemployment. They are obedient thugs serving the Prohibition Profiteers. It amazes me how many conservatudes still cling to the old reefer madness when its obvious why prohibitions are never reliable means of stopping abuse. As Lincoln and the Woman's Christian Temperance League advocated temperance not prohibition. The only reason today is the same as 1920 removing farmers home stilled tractor and heating fuel and 1937 removing Hemp and Ganja and GanjaRx. Prohibition is not the answer unless you believe the streets provide quality assurance and consistency over a regulated market then you should stop the gossip and isolated insolents as if they were the norm. The Conservative Argument for Legalization

"Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. ... The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents."
-- William F. Buckley,
Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

Cannabis use and Safer Driving

Ass.Woman Torre' Drudged Driving Bill profits on piss tasting

If you can't tell if someone is inebriated, you are asking for bankruptcy or recalls. Not from smoking pot, especially off the job while the metabolites remain for weeks it has no bearing on performance. Again the gossip you bring has no bases other than perpetuating the Ganjawar on innocent sick people, children and the poor, mostly people of color. While the elitist sit in their ivory towers toking their brains out. Screwing thousands of lives outsourcing to India. If you were serious about stopping inebriated drivers or workers there are non-invasive tests like the FIT 2000 30-second impairment test. "FIT 2000 is directly relevant to employers interested in high quality, exacting, detail work, as well as general safety and quality, without violating the privacy of the employee'

If I instituted drug testing at Cypress,
I would get a brick through my windshield, and I would deserve it.
--T.J. Rogers, President, Cypress Semiconductor

Toke-A-Day May Keep Old Memory Functioning

The ACLU said that the federal government spent $11.7million to test nearly 29,000 workers in 1990. Only 153 employees flunked, putting the cost of finding each user at $77,000.

More progressives lying to support Obama’s drug war dwr

American High Society a subchapter from "Hemp: Lifeline To The Future," by Chris Conrad. Dr. Burke, president of the American Historical Reference Society and a consultant for the Smithsonian Institute, counted seven early presidents as cannabis smokers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor and Franklin Pierce.

The Indian vadas sang of Cannabis as one of the divine nectars, able to give man anything from good health and long life to visions of the gods. The Zend-Avesta of 600 B.C. mentions an intoxicating resin, and the Assyrians used Cannabis as an incense as early as the ninth century B.C.

Book: HASHISH! Robert Connell Clarke
The First Cultivated Crop
Ancient and modern historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and philologists all agree that cannabis is one of mankind's oldest cultivated crops. The weaving of hemp fibre began 10,000 years ago, at approximately the same time as pottery making and prior to metal working. Not surprisingly, records of the use of cannabis as both a drink and an incense can be traced back to some of the earliest civilizations and cultures, as we shall see with a look at cannabis incense in the Ancient World.

Cannabis as an incense was used in the Temples of Assyria and Babylon `because its aroma was pleasing to the gods.'
Ancient Temple Hashish Incense! Did Jesus Inhale?
The Tree of Life...

Unpleasant Thoughts
This information clearly documents the use of cannabis incense to the very beginnings of recorded history, and shows that it could well have played a pivotal role in the development of the wonderful mind that so many of today's people take for granted and don't use. You need only look around at the sorry state of our once pristine planet to see that most modern people have lost the ability to think for themselves, and are more than willing to be led around by despicable leaders, and work their lives away in the name of consumerism.

"This evidence serves to project the origin of
hashish back to the earliest beginnings of history."
~ Dr. Robert P. Walton,
an American physician and authority on marijuana,

The Scythians High Plains Drifters
It could well be that in later times the cannabis smoke had somewhat mellowed the Scythians, and their spiritual leaders directed them towards becoming a more civilized people. The ancient Greek historian Ephorus wrote in the fourth century BC that the Scythians 'feed on mares milk and excel all men in justice'. His comments were followed in the first century BC by Strabo, who wrote that 'we regard the Scythians as the most just of men and the least prone to mischief, as also far morefrugal and independent of others than we are.'

Galen wrote in the second century that it was customary to promote hilarity and happiness at banquets by giving the guests hemp (Reininger, 1967: 14-15).

Practical, inexpensive fire-resistant construction material. Isochanvre, a rediscovered French building material made from hemp hurds mixed with lime, actually petrifies into a mineral state and lasts for many centuries. Archeologists have found a bridge in the south of France, from the Merovingian period (500-751 A.D.), built with this process. Hemp has been used throughout history for carpet backing. Hemp fiber has potential in the manufacture of strong, rot resistant carpeting -eliminating the poisonous fumes of burning synthetic materials in a house or commercial fire, along with allergic reactions associated with new synthetic carpeting.“
“The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer

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