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Shame on the Drug Worrier Profiteers

Stop the Drug War has done a follow-up of this blog post: Fast Talking Has Started

Network media fail (updated)

Some of the network media have been trying to cover the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington and clearly are in catch-up mode, not really knowing how to talk about it. And they’re completely thrown by the fact that the DOJ, for the most part, isn’t coming right out and commenting. So they’re all forced to turn to… Kevin Sabet.

Check out this ABC piece by Christing NG: Marijuana Legalization Celebrations May be Premature, Lawmakers and Experts Say.

The experts on what the federal government will do appear to be… Kevin Sabet.

What’s that – something like a dozen paragraphs out of a not particularly long story dedicated to total speculation by a former employee of the federal government about what the federal government will do... Pete Guither

Go to Hell Dung Worrier Sabet, You'll be among lots of friends.

A Bad Trip for Democrats

Tuesday's election was a victory for the marijuana lobby: Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize recreational use, while Massachusetts will now allow doctors to recommend it as medicine.

I’m a lifelong partisan Democrat, but I’ve also spent 25 years as a doctor treating drug abusers, and I know their games. They’re excellent con artists.

“We can't be so fixated on our desire
to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.”
- Bill Clinton

The Obama Admin's Anti-Marijuana Manifesto
Multiple DEA Raids Target Marijuana in Hawaii
Obama: Drug Legalization is "An Entirely Legitimate Topic for Debate"
Hil and Gil on the Drug War
Obombo's Sublingual Attack on Ganja
One Drug Arrest Every 19 Seconds Oh Gilligan!
President Obama takes a dump on California

Ed Gogek is an addiction psychiatrist and board member of Keep AZ Drug Free, which opposes medical marijuana laws.

Does President Obama need treatment?

Comments about ‘Ed Gogek:
Legalizing recreational use marijuana a bad trip for Democrats’

Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding
The Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse

The vast majority of prohibitionists
profit on the drug war,..
... and that is their only motive.

Ed Gogek is an addiction psychiatrist

DEAth Merchants
POLICING FOR PROFIT

and board member of Keep AZ Drug Free,

GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab 'Torture' Centers
Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc.

LEGALIZATION? GET REAL!
Some years ago I wrote a column in this paper suggesting it might be time to consider legalizing marijuana since it probably isn't any more harmful than beer, a legal drug. But I have come to see I was wrong.

Proponents of legalized marijuana make the point that it is not as harmful in its health and social consequences as alcohol, and they might be right.

No doubt, we have lost our own war on drugs. But, in my opinion, legalization or decriminalization isn't the answer. So what is, better law enforcement?

George B. Reed, Jr. is retired from AT&T and a former history teacher in the Hamilton County school system. He lives in Fort Oglethorpe and can be reached at reed1600@bellsouth.net or 706-858-3501.

Weed Beat the Recession in Denver vs 60,000 Dead Mexicans

40 Years of Drug War Failure Represented in a Single Chart

MARIJUANA RESEARCH STIFLED BY DRUG POLICIES

The choice facing voters on Issue No. 5, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, is complicated by key points that are not widely known. A common argument is that more research is needed to prove marijuana an effective medicine, and if that research could be done, and Food and Drug Administration approval granted, then everything would be fine.

In fact, this is a classic Catch 22. The scientific community has struggled for years to gain permission to conduct this research. Such studies are never approved. Approval must come from multiple federal agencies including the Drug Enforcement Agency, which has billions of dollars of vested interest in the status quo.

FDA approval requires millions of dollars in studies with test subjects, including humans. Not only are such studies blocked by federal policy, no pharmaceutical company will make that investment for financial reasons. How could they recoup their cost when the drug in question can be grown by the patient at almost no expense?

After state medical marijuana laws began passing in the 1990s, increasing pressure for scientific information caused the federal government to commission a study through the National Academy of Sciences, which produced "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base," a thorough investigation of all scientific research on marijuana from before the federal bottleneck. The study concluded that while "there is a broad social concern that sanctioning the medical use of marijuana might increase its use among the general population ... at this point there are no convincing data to support this concern." continued

The Effect of Controlled Substances Scheduling on Research

FDA-Approved Medical Marijuana Research Blocked

Congressional Research Service Report on Medical Marijuana

Scientists Re-Re-Re-Discover
Cannabis Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers!
"What we found was that his Cannabidiol could essentially 'turn off' the ID-1," Desprez told HuffPost. The cells stopped spreading and returned to normal.

Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74
The ominous part is that this isn't the first time scientists have discovered that THC shrinks tumors. In 1974 researchers at the Medical College of Virginia, who had been funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system, found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice -- lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia. The DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further cannabis/tumor research,

Just pathetic...

High on Hemp

Endocannabinoids

Starving Babies and Illegal Food

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Is David Frum a harbinger of Idiocracy?

Conor Friedersdorf has a delightful retort to David Frum’s nonsensical article that we discussed here.

Would Legalizing Marijuana Be Too Hard on Simpletons?”

Conor takes apart Frum’s seeming need for simple social rules like “Just Say No,” and points out that the Project SAM approach isn’t about simplicity at all.

There are several problems with his argument.

1) Most obviously, under every proposal for legalizing marijuana it would remain illegal for minors, and perhaps for adults up to age 21. Parents won’t be deprived of the ability to say, “Marijuana is illegal, stay away,” until their adolescents are in college or living in an apartment and working.

2) Legalization advocates actually favor the simpler policy apparatus: everyone understands that you can vote at 18 and that you can drink at 21. Making marijuana legal for all adults, or all people 21 or older, is about as simple as it gets, and its laughable to compare a standard age rule to zero-down-adjustable-rate mortgages or the complexity of an open sexual relationship.

3) Using illegality as a heuristic for “most dangerous” is itself going to turn out badly for some people who aren’t very smart. Marijuana abuse isn’t anything to take lightly, but the substance is less dangerous than alcohol in many ways, less dangerous than huffing paint, less dangerous than lots of prescription drugs, and less dangerous than hang gliding.

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Legalizing Of Marijuana Raises Health Concerns?
"It's much more potent marijuana, which may explain why we've seen a pretty dramatic increase in admission to emergency rooms and treatment programs for marijuana," said Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. "When we hear, 'Well, I smoked and nothing happened to me,' we need to think about the context of when these people started to take it, how frequently they used and how active the marijuana was."

Prettier, more expensive, less seeds but I tend to agree. Someone should tell these tax leeches 25 million are toking just fine in spite of illegalities. Ending prohibition would only improve quality assurance and measured potency labeled the same as booze. This lie among many lies is mostly so drug worriers can maintain their paychecks and corporations can breath easier without the threat of competition. Pathetic. Nora Vulture should be in jail along with the other liars and gossip mongers. I Still haven't found anything near what the Vets were bringing back from Nam. Meshmekon¿ out of lake Alice Gainsville, Pennsylvania, some huge choker lids at the May Day demo's, duffle bags out of Indiana. Sinsemilla in Fla and Maui, Kona, most Hawaiian. Chicago Green, talkin' 'bout Black Lebanese, Black napalese, it's got you weak in your knees. No MM sentencing just 30 days, 30 days in the hole... Pinrolls.

Pot Potency? Boomers' blissfully unfazed by mere facts - 06/18/08

Marijuana potency increased last year to the highest level in more than 30 years. 9.6 percent level represents more than a doubling of marijuana potency since 1983, when it averaged just under 4 percent.
-- John Pee Walters

"Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days --
Hashish goads users to bloodlust."
Hearst newpapers nationwide circa 1936

"Marijuana is ten times more dangerous than twenty years ago."
-- Presidential candidate Bill Clinton 1992

"[Marijuana] is highly intoxicating
and constitutes an ever recurring problem
where there are Mexicans or
Spanish-Americans of the lower classes."
New York Times- Dec. 3, 1933 - Pg. 6, Sec. 4.

"Parents are often unaware that today's marijuana is different from that of a generation ago, with potency levels 10 to 20 times stronger than the marijuana with which they were familiar."
John P. Walters, US Drug Czar
01 May 2002 Washington Post, p. A25.

Panama Red.jpg

"Is Marijuana Stronger Than It Was Back In the '60s,
When Everyone Thought It Was Harmless?"

Analysis By Richard Cowan (MarijuanaNews note: The prohibitionists like to claim huge increases in marijuana average potency make it much more dangerous today. That is simply not supported by the official data. Amusingly, I found this on the web site of the Swedish prohibitionist propaganda organization, Hassela Nordic Network. Obviously, they dont understand how devastating this is to the party line. Quite often that is the case. They are blissfully unfazed by mere facts.)

Drugwar Distortion 11: Marijuana Potency False.

Federal research shows that the average potency of cannabis in the US has increased very little. According to the federal Potency Monitoring Project, in 1985, the average THC content of commercial-grade marijuana was 2.84%, and the average for high-grade sinsemilla in 1985 was 7.17%. In 1995, the potency of commercial-grade marijuana averaged 3.73%, while the potency of sinsemilla in 1995 averaged 7.51%. In 2001, commercial-grade marijuana averaged 4.72% THC, and the potency of sinsemilla in 2001 averaged 9.03%.

Source: Quarterly Report #76, Nov. 9, 2001-Feb. 8, 2002, Table 3, p. 8, University of Mississippi Potency Monitoring Project (Oxford, MS: National Center for the Development of Natural Products, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2002), Mahmoud A. ElSohly, PhD, Director, NIDA Marijuana Project (NIDA Contract #N01DA-0-7707).

Rare Vietnam Brisk Tea.jpg
("Acapulco Gold and Vietnam blend"

NORML Responds To White House's 'Potent Pot' Scare Campaign
April 26, 2007 - Washington, DC, USA

Responding to the "potent pot" scare by Paul Armentano
CN Source: Cannabis News April 25, 2007

Talking points responding to the "potent pot" scare may be found in the 2005 edition of the NORML Truth report

ALLEGATION #10 Average THC levels rose from less than 1% in the late 1970s to more than 7% in 2001, and sinsemilla potency increased from 6% to 13%,
and now reach as high as 33%

TRUTH This statement is both inaccurate and misleading. No population en masse has ever smoked marijuana averaging less than one percent THC since such low potency marijuana would not induce euphoria. In many nations, including Canada and the European Union, marijuana of one percent THC or less is legally classified as an agricultural fiber crop, hemp. Continued...

Average Pot Potency No Stronger, Study Says
July 1, 2004 - Lisbon, Portugal
The overall strength of marijuana available in Europe has remained stable despite claims from US officials and others that it has increased significantly in recent years, according to a study released this week by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

Don't Buy The 'Potent Pot' Hype By Paul Armentano
CN Source: Huffington Post June 16, 2008 USA

Government claims of highly potent pot must be taken with a grain of salt. As is the case with any black market commodity, definitive facts are difficult if not impossible to come by. That said, even by the University of Mississippi's own admission, the average THC in domestically grown marijuana -- which comprises the bulk of the US market -- is less than five percent, a figure that's remained unchanged for nearly a decade.** continued...

Is marijuana more potent today than in the past ?
Potency is a red herring. Average use today may be of marijuana that is about 2 to 3 times as potent as decades ago but users simply use less to get the same effect with less smoke.

Even 30 years ago, much more potent strains than are normally used today were available, but were seldom used. As with alcohol and tobacco, users generally prefer milder versions.

A respected annual University of Michigan study (MTF) asks respondents about levels of intoxication:

'The line for marijuana is flat as a pancake. Kids who get stoned today aren't getting any more stoned than their parents were. That ought to be the end of the argument.' - UCLA professor Mark Kleiman

In users who develop a dependence or addiction

Nixon's Treason

"You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob?

"You're enough of a pro," Nixon tells Shafer, "to know that for you to come out with something that would run counter to what the Congress feels and what the country feels, and what we're planning to do, would make your commission just look bad as hell."
- Richard Milhouse Nixon

"Marijuana does not lead to physical dependency, although some evidence indicates that the heavy, long-term users may develop a psychological dependence on the drug"
~ The Shafer Commission of 1970

1972 US Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding
US National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse

“Once moneyed interests are involved, this trend will be difficult to reverse,” she added.

❝The majority of prohibitionists profit on the drug war,
... and that is their only motive.❞
~ DdC

Policing For Profit

Money Grubbing Dung Worriers
Forfeiture $quads
THE DRUG WAR'S HIDDEN ECONOMIC AGENDA

Arianna Huffington: Drug War a 'War on Our Own People' 02/13/2012
"[W]e're spending over $50 billion a year fighting a war that's become a war on our own people, especially among African-Americans and minorities in general."

The Drug War Industrial Complex April, 1998
Noam Chomsky interviewed by John Veit

"A great deal of intelligence
can be invested in ignorance
when the need for illusion is deep."
-- Saul Bellow

Who Profits From Drugs February 21, 1989
Illegal drug traffic adds up to one hundred billion dollars a year.

Who Really Profits From Drug Cartel Wars? February 21, 2011
Follow the money on the "War on Drugs" and it will expose a frightening truth: the drug cartels depend on a network of guardian angels and backers who come from where else: the ruling elites.

Rolling Stone
How America Lost the War on Drugs March 24, 2011
After thirty-five years and $500 billion, drugs are as cheap and plentiful as ever. An anatomy of a failure.

The War Next Door 11-03-2008

INSTITUTIONS THROUGH WHICH CONTROL IS EXERCISED 1992
Yet we successfully overcame all problems. Why then is it impossible to defeat a well-defined enemy, far smaller and weaker than Germany, given the immensely improved weapons and surveillance equipment we have today? The real reason that the drug problem is not eradicated is because it is being run by the highest families in the entire world as part of a coordinated gigantic money-making machine.

"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

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Marijuana Debate Isn't Just Legalization
By Patrick J. Kennedy and Kevin A. Sabet

Quote Kevin A. Sabet:And they are both wrong.

Got that right...

Your Government Is Lying To You (Again) About Marijuana

ALLEGATION #6
As a factor in emergency room visits, marijuana has risen 176 percent since 1994, and now surpasses heroin.

TRUTH
This statement is intentionally misleading as it wrongly suggests that marijuana use is a significant causal factor in an alarming number of emergency room visits. It is not.

Federal statistics gathered by the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) do indicate an increase in the number of people “mentioning” marijuana during hospital emergency room visits. (This increase is hardly unique to marijuana however, as the overall number of drug mentions has risen dramatically since the late 1980s – likely due to improved federal reporting procedures.)44 However, a marijuana “mention” does not mean that marijuana caused the hospital visit or that it was a factor in leading to the ER episode, only that the patient said that he or she had used marijuana previously.45

For every emergency room visit related to drug use (so-called “drug abuse episodes”), hospital staff list up to five drugs the patient reports having used recently, regardless of whether or not their use of the drug caused the visit. The frequency with which any drug is mentioned in such visits is generally proportional to its frequency of use, irrespective of its inherent dangers.46

It is foolish for anyone – especially those in the administration’s anti-drug office – to imply that marijuana is in any way potentially more dangerous to one’s health than heroin. Marijuana is mentioned to hospital staff more frequently than heroin, not because it’s more dangerous, but simply because a far greater percentage of the population uses marijuana than uses heroin. It is also worth noting that alcohol is by far the drug most frequently reported to DAWN, even though it is reported only when present in combination with another reportable drug. Moreover, marijuana is rarely mentioned independent of other drugs.

DAWN
Drug Abuse Warning Network

Shame on the Drug Worrier Profiteers

Where are all of the Taxbaggers and Norquest?

Quote Sabet:today's highly potent marijuana include 400,000 emergency room visits

Logic states if something is done and results are maintained over decades, even centuries, nay thousands of years. Then when political opportunity knocks results start changing. Some one is behind it. Not a stronger pot leading to more ER visits. There has always been stronger pot. More expensive and harder to get. The governments own synthetic cannabinoids since the 50's. Nothing as potent as what came back from Vietnam to this day. Better groomed, besides its a pure red herring in that you just smoke less. Regardless the hospital visits are pure manipulation, as many of the DEA fabrications and the wannabes like sabet. No one more over jealous than a convert. First they want the junkies to be pharmacologist' and now writing policy on drugs? Ain't that America or rather is that America? A DEA subsidiary called DAWN records every admittance in hundreds of hospitals. Every one who admits to using pot has their private information taken without their permission and is put on a list. Saying a half a million pot users all of a sudden started showing up in ERs because of stronger pot is pure fiction. If you break a finger skateboarding and smoked a joint once three years ago you go on the list.

Quote Sabet:Science-based drug education for parents and kids needs to become a top national priority.

Diane Feinstein – the best argument for term limits
"Several generations of high school students have grown up ignoring and disbelieving everything they've heard from government and police about drugs, including information that was factual and valid, because they discovered for themselves that most of what has been taught to them was simply not true."
Ann Shulgin, PhD, Therapist and Author, Lafayette, CA,
at the DPF Conference, November 1996

Quote Sabet:So if neither legalization nor prohibition, then what? Community coalitions that engage in multiple community sectors, and drug courts that leverage the criminal justice system with treatment must be brought to scale. Strategies that implement job and stable housing programs should also be more widespread.

This third rail baloney over the drug war is rehashed McCaffrey conversions from prison to asylum treatment centers. All costing tax payers and most for profit private investments. Along with subsidiary urine testing, probation, court cost, lawyers, missed work. Then mandatory Califony rehab on what science says is not addictive. Just to make statistics claiming more seeking help from pot. In the looney-bin world of the DEA merchants there is no safe use of cannabis. None, not a toke. So no one can escape without their expensive "treatment". They call it drug abuse only to sell their product of war on American citizens.

Quote Sabet:And marijuana use and sales remain illegal under federal law.

And marijuana sales remain illegal under federal law. Reasonable amounts grown by individuals without exchanges are state jurisdiction. Dependent on state laws, sometimes more draconian than the Feds. How does one grow an ounce or less? The Feds have established what is reasonable. Selling pot by anyone is a Commerce Clause issue enforced by the IRS. Obama isn't going back on his word or being compassionate to individuals. He has no authority, the 10th amendment gives citizens use to the states. Before the Commerce Clause sales would have been a states right. Now it seems only those wanting the bucks want to blame and even short change individuals on what they already have as in CA's prop 215. Anyone for any reason. No amounts are determined leaving it to the Fed precedent of under 100 plants or 300 joints every 25 days or 12 per day, as legislated by the Feds IND program and continuing to this day. MMJ states have more prohibitive restrictions on individuals but no states are authorized to over ride Federal law established by Raich v Gonzales to sell or exchange freely as with charities. Regardless drug worriers profit on the war and that is their motive. Lies and manipulation of reality is their creed. Reefer madness to modern number crunchers misleading the public for their own selfish addiction to media spotlights and print.

Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc.
A Drug Warmongers Toll on Americans

Or the justification for billions of tax dollars because they are keeping it out of the hands of kids in their silly wasteful eradication programs. Costing millions to Feds and states when the vast majority is nothing but ditchweed, wild unkept hemp. Saving the kids from burlap and canvas.

Cannabis Eradications 99.28% Ditchweed

These liars should be the ones in a Koch cage, not the public servants growing or selling pot. The audacity of ignoring 25 million regular users in this country who have no problems choosing a more benign natural stress reducer than beer or wine. 150 million around the world daily toking without problems. Decades of use and you can't even tell unless you disregard the 5th amendment and steal their bodily fluids. The fact that it resides in fat cells should red flag someone that means it can't be toxic as the pharmaceutical white powders that flush out of the body in days.

The vast majority of prohibitionists
profit on the drug war,
... and that is their only motive.

WHAT DOES $2,000 MEAN TO YOU?
Tell Congress: We Need Jobs, Not Cuts, Got Hemp?

As sir Hilary said...

QUESTION: In Mexico, there are those who propose not keeping going with this battle and legalize drug trafficking and consumption. What is your opinion?
SECRETARY CLINTON: I don’t think that will work. I mean, I hear the same debate. I hear it in my country. It is not likely to work. There is just too much money in it,

Shame on the Drug Worrier Profiteers
Trillion spent is a Trillion earned.
POLICING FOR PROFIT
GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab 'Torture' Centers
Money Grubbing Dung Worriers
Forfeiture $quads
High on Hemp

The profiteers lie simply as a way to perpetuate the war. Their self imposed moralities are forced upon millions of citizens without a victim to name. Including Hemp and more lies when it is being sold on the internet and many of us wear it and eat it and buy it in local groceries. Just because of these lies by these naive x junkies or professional propagandists like sabet and frum. When the Reichwing neocons spout nonsense, we almost expect it No different if its a blue dawg neocon. They all end up tinkling down into the same G-20 pockets.

The DEA has patents on cannabinoids. The x deputy drug czar is CEO of sativex sublingual whole plant marygwanna. RvG decided what was commerce leaving individual growers with intent to sell and buyers clubs as outlaws. As well as keeping Hemp away from the family farmers. And fossil fools competition. Plastic to biodiesel and biomass. Sabet is nothing more than a liar doing bogus commercials for the booze industry. Just like those twins...

Note. CA's Compassionate Use Act not the MMJ Act
A reasonable amount for Anyone for Any reason...
Just can't sell or give it away.

"Our problems stem from our acceptance
of this filthy, rotten system." ~ Dorothy Day

Is The DEA Legalizing THC?

You betcha, 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.

NeoCon Flicts of Interest Bush Barthwell & Drugs
Health regulators have sent an uncompromising message that smoked cannabis will not be approved for use by MS sufferers, leaving the way open for GW's under-the-tongue spray version of the drug. Justin Gover, the managing director, said GW's shares had attracted attention from private investors.

Quote Kennedy:Finally, studies show that the average "medical" marijuana user is a 32-year-old with no life-threatening illness. Less than 5 percent have cancer, HIV or a terminal illness. But that doesn't mean components of marijuana are not medicine. There are ways to deliver its medicinal potential without compromising public health. A pill containing marijuana's most active ingredient is available at pharmacies. We need more research into marijuana's other components, since many have begun to show promise.

What an ass...
No Medicinal Value $$$
Homegrown in the herb garden...

The 'Virtues' of Ganja
The Politics of Pot
The Counterculture Colonel
Bud Beats Mairdinol for Pain

Granny Storm Crow’s MMJ Reference List for July 2012

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Legalization’s Biggest Enemies dwr 1.17.13

Krysten Gwynne in Rolling Stone: Meet the drug warriors working to roll back hard-won advances in marijuana policy.

1. Kevin Sabet
2. Mel and Betty Sembler
3. Michele Leonhart
4. Gil Kerlikowske
5. David Frum

Kevin is going to be insufferably gleeful over this.

Shame on the Drug Worrier Profiteers
Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc.
GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab 'Torture' Centers
Bush. Religious drug treatment in Texas

WE ARE speaking of a plague that consumes an estimated $75 billion per year of public money, exacts an estimated $70 billion a year from consumers, is responsible for nearly 50 per cent of the million Americans who are today in jail, occupies an estimated 50 per cent of the trial time of our judiciary, and takes the time of 400,000 policemen -- yet a plague for which no cure is at hand, nor in prospect.
Wm. F. Buckley Jr.
...asked by the New York Bar Association to make a statement to the panel of lawyers considering the drug question.

Regarding the evidence on pot-smoking making you stupid…
Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns uconn.edu.pdf

Mark Kleiman is 100% correct.
Any opponent of liberalizing cannabis laws who cites the Dunedin results showing persistent IQ declines in people who start to use cannabis heavily as adolescents and keep using heavily for the next 20 years and doesn’t:

(a) point out that what’s being studied is long-term drug abuse, not the mere use of cannabis and

(b) acknowledge another analysis, published in the same journal, showing that the results of the Dunedin study may not reflect a causal link from cannabis abuse to IQ decline

is trying to persuade, not to inform. continued...

Panama Canal Zone Report, 1925:
"There is no evidence...
that any deleterious influence on the individual using [cannabis]"

Marijuana Link to Lower IQ is Disputed
A new analysis is challenging a report that suggests regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ.

Cannabis in Costa Rica: A Study of Chronic Marijuana Use
; Institute of Human Issues.
"No significant health consequences to chronic cannabis smokers"

Reply: A Day in the Life of A Dementia Sufferer
Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia
Carl Sagan: A Life in The Cosmos

Schaeffer: A Neuropsychological Evaluation; A Case History
"...I.Q.'s of Zion Coptics increased after they began to use ganja"

Judge Blocks Restrictive Parts of Montana's New Medical Marijuana Law

Senator Leahy:
After Spending Billions on the War on Drugs…
Well, We’ve Lost

Leahy: Abolish Mandatory Minimum Sentences
NRA's Mandatory Minimum

US Jamaican Study 1974
"... as a multipurpose plant, ganja is used medicinally, even by non-smokers. ....There were no indications of organic brain damage or chromosome damage among smokers and no significant clinical psychiatric, psychological or medical) differences between smokers and controls." "No impairment of physiological, sensory and perceptual performance, tests of concept formation, abstracting ability, and cognitive style, and tests of memory"

Did Richard Nixon Finger Louis Armstrong's Wife for a Pot Bust?
Pot incident sparked "stunning" letter from Armstrong, composed in San Francisco.

Tight Like That Gage By Louis Armstrong
American High Society

An often-told story relates that Armstrong once prevailed on Richard Nixon to carry his valise containing pot through an airport for him. A trumpeter in LA told me that Satchmo laughed heartily every time he told the story, pinpointing the locale as Japan. Both Armstrong and then-VP Nixon toured Japan in late 1953, just before Lucille's arrest. The timing begs the question, did Nixon figure out he'd been used for a drug courier and fail to see the humor in it?

The House I Live In dwr
Programming note: Eugene Jarecki’s documentary about over-incarceration in the United States and the drug war is the video of the week on iTunes and so is available this week only for a 99 cent rental.

The House I Live In

As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.

While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.

Drug Worrier Kevin Sabet Gets Punk'd

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If You Smoke It, You Will Become Addicted!
By Amanda Reiman, Drug Policy Alliance
Huffington Post January 18, 2013

USA -- In recent weeks, we have seen a shift in how drug war proponents are talking about marijuana. No longer able to convince the public that people who use marijuana should go to jail, they are singing a new tune; they should all go to treatment. This is a shift we have seen before. When marijuana first came on the scene in the U.S. in the early 1900s, reports of marijuana induced violence among Mexicans fueled the nation's fear about the little known plant. When the general population started experimenting with the herb in the 1920s, it became clear that the claims of violence were fabricated. Losing the ability to instill fear in the public around marijuana use, the message was modified. The new message tied marijuana use to insanity and mental illness, which were highly stigmatized conditions, and continue to be. Being labeled as mentally ill frightened the white, middle class, marijuana consumers, and this fear led to the support of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937.

Fast forward to 2012. Public support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high and the government acknowledges that a change is being considered. No longer able to convince Americans that marijuana consumers are dangerous criminals who deserve to be locked up, history is repeating itself. We are seeing a shift in the message, from marijuana consumers as criminals to marijuana consumers as sick people who belong in treatment. It's a propaganda shell game and we can't fall for it again.

A recent article in the New York Times quoted Dr. Nora Volkow, the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse as saying that 1 out of 6 adolescents who try marijuana will become addicted. That is akin to saying, if you keep making that face, it will freeze that way. In fact, a mere 2.8% of 12-17 year olds who used marijuana in 2010 entered treatment for it, and many of those cases could be the result of an agreement between the courts and the defendant in lieu of involvement with the juvenile justice system. When looking at the broader landscape of marijuana use, we see that 1.1% of marijuana users 12 and older in 2010 went to treatment for the substance. We also saw twice as many arrested for simple marijuana possession that year than enter treatment for marijuana dependence (750,000 vs. 335,833). The claim that marijuana causes mental illness, or that all marijuana consumers are addicted and in need of treatment undermines the efforts by mental health and addictions professionals to address the serious illnesses and addictions that pose real threats to persons and society.

Dr. David Nathan, a clinical associate professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and recently elected as a distinguished fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, wrote in a piece on CNN.com, "Throughout my career as a clinical psychiatrist, I have seen lives ruined by drugs like cocaine, painkillers and alcohol. I have also borne witness to the devastation brought upon cannabis users -- almost never by abuse of the drug, but by a justice system that chooses a sledgehammer to kill a weed."

Recently, former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy announced the formation of a new group, SAM, which stands for A Smarter Approach to Marijuana. Kennedy and his group recognize that the argument of jail for marijuana is no longer salient with today's population, so they have repackaged the message for a new generation: marijuana use is a mental illness and requires treatment, every time. This sentiment is echoed in his group's project list, which includes, "Increased funding for mental health courts and treatment of drug dependency, so those caught using marijuana might avoid incarceration, get help and potentially have their criminal records cleared."

On its face, this statement is not so outrageous, but upon closer look it is frightening for two reasons. First, although increased funding for mental health services and substance abuse treatment can be beneficial, according to a 2008 report, 90% of those who currently need substance abuse treatment do not receive it, this compares to 24% of diabetes patients who do not receive treatment. It is estimated that 23 million people need addiction care, and only 2.3 million receive it. Forcing marijuana consumers into an already overloaded system will reduce the likelihood of care for those with serious, life threatening addictions. Furthermore, since approximately 37% of treatment referrals come from the criminal justice system, initiating a pipeline from the courtroom to treatment will result in a tidal wave of first time, young marijuana offenders entering substance abuse treatment to trade the label of criminal for addict. Secondly, Kennedy's group refers to treatment for those "caught" with marijuana. This implies, that, under his plan, the U.S. will continue to seek out marijuana users, presumably via law enforcement. Or, perhaps Kennedy et al will institute a special marijuana task force charged with roaming the country in search of marijuana addicts. Whatever the case, SAM's plan involves the active identification of marijuana consumers, followed by forced involvement in the system. Don't be fooled, this is not a "new way" for marijuana, but rather a regressive old approach dressed in new clothes.

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"Be on gaurd against science without humanity,
Politics without principle, Knowledge without character,
Wealth without work, Commerce without morality,
Pleasure without conscience, And worship without sacrifice."
~ Gandhi

mccaffreycancertrmnt.jpg
A Drug Warmongers Toll on Americans

"In politics, nothing happens by accident.
If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Your Government Is Lying To You (Again) About Marijuana

ALLEGATION #3
“60 percent of teenagers in treatment have a primary marijuana diagnosis. This means that the addiction to marijuana by our youth exceeds their addiction rates for alcohol, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and all other drugs combined.”

TRUTH
This statement is purposefully misleading. Although admissions to drug rehabilitation clinics among marijuana users have increased dramatically since the mid-1990s, this rise in marijuana admissions is due to a proportional increase in the number of people arrested by law enforcement for marijuana violations and subsequently referred to drug treatment by the criminal justice system. Primarily, these are young people arrested for minor possession offenses, brought before a criminal judge (or drug court), and ordered to rehabilitation in lieu of jail or juvenile detention. As such, this data is in no way indicative of whether the person referred to treatment is suffering from any symptoms of dependence associated with marijuana use; most individuals are ordered to attend supervised drug treatment simply to avoid jail time. In fact, since 1995, the proportion of admissions from all sources other than the criminal justice system has actually declined, according to the federal Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS). Consequently, DASIS now reports that 58 percent of all marijuana admissions are through the criminal justice system. Referrals from schools and health care/drug abuse care providers comprise another 15 percent of all admissions. By comparison, only 38 percent of those admitted to treatment for alcohol and only 29 percent of those admitted to treatment for cocaine are referred by the criminal justice system.

'Reefer Madness' Slowing Cancer Research By David Downs
Meanwhile, the DEA declares cannabis has no medical value.

Doctors and Patients as Reefer Madness Victims
31/12/2012 by K.C.C.S Communications Committee
I had hoped that Oregonian reporter Noelle Crombie had run out of ‘bad’ incorrect things to say about Oregon’s very successful medical marijuana program, but she continues with more vehemence than helpful information.

The Effect of Controlled Substances Scheduling on Research
A war that keeps hurting sick civilians

Like the Red Menace of the early 1950's,
the current drug hysteria has led to a loyalty oath,
this time, the urine test. ~ Abbie Hoffman

Dare has stranglehold on Drug education!
Communities should have alternatives to using the DARE program, becuause of it's ineffectiveness. There are other programs out there infinitely more effective, but DARE has a stranglehold on drug education. DARE has, you stated contributed to increased drug use, and should be replaced with a more effective program. DARE gets some of it's funding from Pharmaceutical companies, so there lies a dubious fact right there. ~mamas.org

Mothers Against the Drug Czar’s War on Kids
One of cannabis's greatest advantages as medicine is safety

"Medicines often produce side effects.
Sometimes they are physically unpleasant.
Cannabis too has discomforting side effects,
but these are not physical they are political"
The Economist March 28th 1992

Why Do You Think They Call it DOPE?
* Cannabis Hemp: The Invisible Prohibition Revealed
* The Elkhorn Manifesto
* Marijuana and Hemp: The Untold Story
* The Nation of Apathetic Puppets By John Pilger
* Maintaining Dysfunction

Cannabis and Drug Policy Atlantic Monthly

Marijuana and the Law by Eric Schlosser
The Atlantic Monthly Volume 274, No. 3
September 1994 [Page] 84
Nowhere are the perverse consequences of mandatory-minimum sentencing more apparent than in the enforcement of marijuana laws. Minor offenders now crowd federal and state prisons, at a time when many of those convicted of violent crimes are quickly returned to the streets. NRA's Mandatory Minimum

Reefer Madness by Eric Schlosser
On February 8, 1992, Mark Young was sentenced by Judge Sarah Evans Barker to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. There was so much talk in the 1970s about the decriminalization of marijuana, and the smoking of marijuana is so casually taken for granted in much of our culture. that many people assume that a marijuana offense these days will rarely lead to a prison term. But in fact there may be more people in prison today for violating marijuana laws than at any other time in the nation's history.

Drug Policy Central/Propaganda

"Marijuana causes far more than mere moral degeneration--
it breaks down the mentality of its slaves."
THE KEYNOTE - Jan/Feb 1941 -
Detroit Federation of Musicians Union

Hate Drugs? You Should Want to End the Drug War
counterpunch - Fri Jan 18
Just Say Yes to Legalization Most families have had a loved one with a problematic relationship to alcohol or other drugs.B People who struggle with drug problems can cause incredible pain to themselves and their loved ones.

Dr. Heath/Tulane Study, 1974
The Hype: Brain Damage and Dead Monkeys

"Permanent brain damage
is one of the inevitable results
of the use of marijuana."
~ Ronald Reagan 1974

How the Drug Companies Want Us to Be Sick
By Stan Cox, AlterNet May 16, 2006
The pharmaceutical industry has a dream: at least one disease (and more than one prescription drug) for every American.

Valeant acquired Cesamet from Eli Lilly & Company in 2004 and currently sells Cesamet in Canada, where the product has an 86% share of the cannabinoid market, according to IMS Compuscript data from February 2006.

Reefer Madness By Abbie Hoffman
It is time to rethink a complex problem like drug abuse and disregard the simplistic nonsense of the Reagan antidrug campaign, which has ignored scientific evidence and overridden fundamental values of privacy and due process.

The Great Marijuana Hoax By Allen Ginsberg
7:38 P.M. Nov. 13, 1965
San Francisco, California, USA, Kosmos
How much to be revealed about marijuana especially in this time and nation for the general public! for the actual experience of the smoked herb has been completely clouded by a fog of dirty language by the diminishing crowd of fakers who have not had the experience and yet insist on being centers of propaganda about the experience. And the key, the paradoxical key to this bizarre impasse of awareness is precisely that the marijuana consciousness is one that, ever so gently, shifts the center of attention from habitual shallow purely verbal guidelines and repetitive secondhand ideological interpretations of experience to more direct, slower, absorbing, occasionally microscopically minute engagement with sensing phenomena during the high moments or hours after one has smoked.
continued

"Having reviewed all the material available to us we find ourselves in agreement with the conclusion reached by the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission appointed by the Government of India (1893-94) and the New York Mayor's Committee (1944 - LaGuardia) that the long-term consumption of cannabis in moderate doses has no harmful effects" "the long-asserted dangers of cannabis are exaggerated and that the related law is socially damaging, if not unworkable"
~ 1968 UK ROYAL COMMISSION,
THE WOOTTON REPORT

The Silly, The Stupid, and The Just Plain False:
The Top Ten 'Reefer Madness' Stories of 2011

CASA’s Joe Califano blames marijuana for Arizona shooter
Gee, Joe, what do you think we ought to do? Make marijuana illegal? Lock up people who use it? Break down their doors at night and shoot their dogs? Use helicopters and infrared to eradicate the plant wherever it’s grown? Throw billions at American and Mexican law enforcement for armor and weapons to fight its traffickers? Train dogs to sniff it out? Drug test employees, high schoolers, even middle schoolers to detect its use?

CU NORML's ongoing mission to make sure that the Center for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research at Columbia University is held accountable for its research practices.

In November 2011, the Columbia Spectator editorial board published an piece titled "Cut ties to CASA", stating that "the methods that CASA uses to research substance abuse are shoddy and questionable, and reports of CASA’s “findings” are often misleading and sensationalized" and that "Califano’s outlandish claims reflect on the integrity of the organization, and unfortunately on Columbia’s as well." Contrary to the claims made in the Spectator article, the organization’s research staff has published more than 190 articles or book chapters in professional and peer-reviewed publications...

Victims of Teabog rhetoric?

"Marihuana influences Negroes
to look at white people in the eye,
step on white men's shadows
and look at a white woman twice."
~ Hearst newspapers nationwide, 1935

Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage

The facts are that 1% of the population exhibits schizophrenia, whether it is 1979 and 60% of high school seniors have tried marijuana or it is 1992 and 33% have tried it. A study of 186 UK mental hospitals found no increase in schizophrenia or psychosis admissions, despite use rates of cannabis increasing greatly during that decade.

Weeding Through The Hype
Interpreting The Latest Warnings About Pot and Schizophrenia
Marijuana/Schizophrenia Study Debunked, Nobody Surprised
Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia

"Marijuana leads to homosexuality ...
and therefore to AIDS."
~ White House Drug Czar Carlton Turner 1986

Marijuana and AIDS by Peter Gorman, from the December 1994 High Times. Virtually the only medicine capable of treating the entire spectrum of side effects without causing harm to the user is marijuana. Naturally, it remains illegal.

Making Sure Drugs Kill
"You Can't Stop AIDS Without Ending the Drug War"

Investigator found abandoned in fields in Iowa and Minnesota between 12,000 and 15,000 pounds of harvested hemp -- enough to make thirty billion [Marihuana] cigarettes and to drug the whole population of the United States.
THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY - June 29, 1938

POLICING FOR PROFIT

"President Ronald Reagan, at the urging of then Vice President George Bush, appointed Carlton Turner as the White House Drug (czar) Advisor in 1981. Soon after Drugczar Carlton Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty. Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing."
~ Jack Herer

DEA Confirms Grounds To Remove Cannabis From Sch#1 - 08/04/00
US: McCaffrey's Brain On Drugs - 05/04/00

“Authorities Warn Against Spread of Marijuana Habit -
Insanity, Degeneracy and Violence Follow Use of Weed”
BELOIT DAILY NEWS (Beloit, Wisconsin) Feb. 10, 1938 pg1.
(Actual front page headline)

Drug Czar Seeks To Ban All Hemp Products
White Plume Hemp Crop Destroyed Again
High on Hemp

"The DEA premises their objections the potential for hemp farmers to slip in a few rows of marijana into their acreage. A ridiculous objection since cross pollination would render marijuana plants useless for drug use. Their real fear is that the public would recognize the value of the non-psychotropic plant and thus soften their objection to the use of marijuana, eliminating their easiest target in the war on some drugs."
~ David Monson,
farmer, school superintendent and state legislator

Prescriptions For Medical Marijuana Usage From Okalahoma City County Jail
Today in Oklahoma City, --- if you’re caught with Medical Marihuana, they put you in the county jail. But there was a time before The Marihuana Tax Act Of 1937, when you went to jail first, AND THEN there they gave you Medical Marihuana.

Oklahoma
James Geddes-90 YEARS-5 PLANTS!
Will Foster 93 Years For MMJ

"Marihuana leads to pacifism
and communist brainwashing"
Harry J. Anslinger, 1948
Federal Bureau of Narcotics Chief

Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie
Drug Czar Manipulating Data in a Report to Congress

Dr. David Nathan, a clinical associate professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and recently elected as a distinguished fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, wrote in a piece on CNN.com, "Throughout my career as a clinical psychiatrist, I have seen lives ruined by drugs like cocaine, painkillers and alcohol. I have also borne witness to the devastation brought upon cannabis users -- almost never by abuse of the drug, but by a justice system that chooses a sledgehammer to kill a weed."

Marijuana: The Taboo Medicine

As Bad For Your Lungs As Smoking 20 Normal Cigarettes? 20 times more likely to cause cancer than tobacco? Why does the US Government make cannabis researchers use only Government-issued marijuana?

U.S.Fort Schwag Mississippi

"Arbitrary and capricious" is legal language that was used by DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young in 1988 to conclude that DEA was obligated under the Controlled Substances Act to reschedule marijuana as a prescription medicine. DEA Chief Administrator Robert Bonner proceeded to arbitrarily and capriciously disregard Judge Young's well researched and reasoned decision, which the Act allowed him to do.

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Patrick Kennedy Sees Mad Rush To Legalize MJ

By Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times
Source: Washington Times

Denver -- Not all Coloradans appreciated former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy harshing their buzz Wednesday with his anti-marijuana effort. Mr. Kennedy received a mixed reception at the unveiling of Project Safe Alternatives to Marijuana, known as Project S.A.M., which seeks to spread information about the medical and public-health drawbacks of legalizing marijuana.

“Project S.A.M. was created because we were concerned about the mad rush to legalization in this country and the false dichotomy presented as policy,” Mr. Kennedy said. “Incarceration or legalization. Lock ‘em up or let ‘em use. This is not where we want this debate to devolve to. … We need a more enlightened, thorough and thoughtful discussion and policy debate.” Read More...

Protest Meets Kennedy's Launch of S.A.M. Project
By Megan Mitchell, Denver Post
Source: Denver Post

Colorado -- Before former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy Jr. could introduce his new national initiative to educate the public and policymakers about the health risks of pot use, he was asked to step down as head of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

"If Patrick Kennedy and his new organization want people to be educated about marijuana, he should start with himself," said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project and a leader in the successful campaign to legalize recreational pot use in Colorado . "The evidence is clear — marijuana is far less addictive and less harmful to the body than alcohol." Read More...

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The extreme of Legalization dwr

Kevin Sabet, Patrick Kennedy and Project SAM have been trying to convince the public that there’s a false dichotomy pitting the “simplistic” options of incarceration vs. legalization, when, in fact, there should be some kind of moderate third way between those.

They act like “legalization” is the scary extreme point of chaos and anarchy at the far end of the spectrum (See Zelazny’s “Amber” series “The Courts of Chaos”).

Well, I thought it would be a good idea to see if any other human endeavors were “legal,” and, if so, how that worked. Was it simply a structure-less free-for-all, or was it more complicated? Since marijuana is so desperately dangerous (or rather, is desperately claimed to be dangerous by some), I thought it would really be interesting if I could not only find a legal activity, but one that had some dangers of its own.

I actually found eight substances or activities that are already legal (and there may be more)! That’s right, they’re actually legal and there’s been no attempt to find a third way between legalization and incarceration with them. Yet it turns out that, despite some very real (and not overhyped) dangers, there’s a wide range of regulatory options that are used for these within a non-chaotic, non-anarchic legalization system.

Gasoline. Status: legal. Controls: anyone may purchase and posses; strict regulations on manufacturing, storage and transport. Dangers: Very poisonous (even the fumes) and exposure can cause death; highly inflammatory and can be used as a dangerous weapon.

Aspirin. Status: legal. Controls: anyone may purchase over-the-counter and possess; manufacture and labelling regulations. Dangers: Can lead to internal bleeding, stomach ulcers, kidney disfunction, and death.

Sex. Status: legal. Controls: age and relational limits and cultural restrictions. Dangers: addiction; heartbreak that can lead to suicide; sexually transmitted diseases; children.

Strawberries. Status: legal. Controls: anyone may grow, purchase, or posses; agricultural regulations. Dangers: can cause allergic reaction in some people, leading to life-threatening conditions.

Bungee jumping. Status: legal. Controls: varies by state, including equipment safety regulations and licensing. Dangers: gravity.

Home ownership. Status: legal. Controls: anyone may own a home; detailed building, utility, and zoning regulations; heavily taxed (yet somehow does not result in significant black market). Dangers: termites, freeloading relatives, a lifetime of debt.

Convertibles. Status: legal (despite providing no practical advantage over hard-top cars, while presenting increased dangers). Controls: same as other cars. Dangers: Bugs in your teeth, getting nearly decapitated by your scarf (see Isadora Duncan).

Blog reading. Status: legal. Controls: none. Dangers: can lead to being informed and angry about the state of things.

You may be able to come up with more.

So it turns out that there are quite a number of things that are legal, and that legalization is not some kind of extreme option, but rather an entire range of human experiences, with a variety of options of regulating, controlling, and organizing.

Not only that, but it turns out the so-called “third way” — a means of providing help to those who need it — is actually better able to be realized within the extraordinary range of options that is legalization.

Don't Step On The Grass, S.A.M. u2b
Steppenwolf "The Second" 1968
Words and music by John Kay

Starin' at the boob tube, turnin' on the big knob. Tryin' to find some life in the waste land. Fin'ly found a program, gonna deal with Mary Jane. Ready for a trip into hate land. Obnoxious Joe comes on the screen. Along with his guest self-righteous S.A.M. And one more guy who doesn't count. His hair and clothes are too far out.

Patrick Kennedy Sees Mad Rush To Legalize MJ

While pushin' back his glasses S.A.M. is sayin' casually."I was elected by the masses". And with that in mind he starts to unwind. A vicious attack on the finest of grasses.

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty. (Don't step on the grass, S.A.M.). And it will ruin our fair country. (Don't be such an _, S.A.M.). Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny. (You're so full of bull, S.A.M.). All will pay that disagree with me. (Please give up you already lost the fight, alright).

Protest Meets Kennedy's Launch of S.A.M. Project

Misinformation S.A.M. and Joe. Are feeding to the nation. But the one who didn't count counted them out. By exposing all their false quotations. Faced by a very awkward situation. This is all he'd say to save the day.

Weed Beat the Recession in Denver vs 60,000 Dead Mexicans

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty. (Don't step on the grass, S.A.M.). And it will ruin our fair country. (Don't be such an _, S.A.M.). Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny. (You're so full of bull, S.A.M.). All will pay that disagree with me. (Please give up you already lost the fight alright).

You waste my coin S.A.M., all you can. To jail my fellow man. For smoking all the noble weed. You need much more than him. You've been telling lies so long. Some believe they're true. So they close their eyes to things. You have no right to do. Just as soon as you are gone. Hope will start to climb. Please don't stay around too long.
You're wasting precious time.

40 Years of Drug War Failure Represented in a Single Chart

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty. (Don't step on the grass, S.A.M.). And it will ruin our fair country. (Don't be such an _, S.A.M.). Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny. (You're so full of bull, S.A.M.). All will pay that disagree with me. (Please give up you already lost the fight alright).

Safe Use of Cannabis" by Tod H. Mikuriya, M.D.
Drug Wars: Menace to America by Tod Mikuriya, M.D.
Social Policy Writings
AAMC US CA: The Other War by Tod H. Mikuriya, M.D.
Mikuriya site/links down...

Benefits of Marijuana : Grinspoon Speech in Washington DC

Teddy Kennedy RIP
Cancer in the Family
Scientists Re-Re-Re-Discover Cannabis Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers!

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"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

Legalizing Pot Wont Make It Any Safer
US: OPED: Jan 20 2013

I wish they would list their investment at the beginning of the article like the horde of latest rehabilitationists cashing in on early prison releases. Can't give up the prostitution racket of selling out citizens then cashing in on it with plea bargains avoiding mandatory minimum sentencing if the gaged jury finds a guilty plea. Literally lying to perpetuate a war on millions of law abiding citizens choosing a safer method of reducing stress. Shame on the drug worrier profiteers like Phoenix House. Not enough funding for real junkies but they're happy to waste space on Ganja. For the sake of the kids who commit suicide because of forced abstinence by self appointed moralists scapegoating non pharmaceutical competition. How low can they go?

Dr. Rosenthal, a child psychiatrist, is the founder of Phoenix House, the nation's largest nonprofit substance-abuse treatment and prevention organization.

GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab 'Torture' Centers

shrinks on pot.jpg
One of marijuana's greatest advantages is remarkable safety
One of cannabis's greatest advantages as medicine is safety
Ganja safer than not toking..
Safe Use of Cannabis" by Tod H. Mikuriya, M.D.
Cannabis Users Are Safer Drivers Than Non-Users, New Study Shows

Marijuana hasn't achieved its present status of relative social acceptability by virtue of its virtues, but rather despite mounting evidence of the dangers it poses

The 'Virtues' of Ganja/The Politics of Pot

potential harm to adolescents
Pot's potential for harm has as much to do with the nature of adolescence

So, kids do foolish things that are often risky-and get so much riskier when teenagers are high.

Michael Phelps, Hypocrisy, & American Drug Policy
NFL's Buzzkill/The Hypocrisy of the NFL

mounting evidence of the dangers it poses, especially to young users
and even more to users under age 18.

Reply: A Day in the Life of A Dementia Sufferer

effects of pot on a juvenile brain.

Jeffrey's Journey

While adults may be at risk, too

smoking marijuana is by itself a risky enterprise,

Organic Cannabis/Tobacco vs Chemical Cigarettes
Cancer risk in relation to radioactivity in tobacco

Smoking Ganja
Cannabis is the best natural expectorant to clear the human lungs of smog, dust and the phlegm associated with tobacco use. Marijuana smoke effectively dilates the airways of the lungs, the bronchi, opening them to allow more oxygen into the lungs. It is also the best natural dilator of the tiny airways of the lungs, the bronchial tubes - making cannabis the best overall bronchial dilator for 80% of the population (the remaining 20% sometimes show minor negative reactions). (See section on asthma - a disease that closes these passages in spasms - UCLA Tashkin studies, 1969-97; U.S. Costa Rican, 1980-82; Jamaican studies 1969-74, 76.)

and most addictive for the young

If You Smoke It, You Will Become Addicted!
"Throughout my career as a clinical psychiatrist, I have seen lives ruined by drugs like cocaine, painkillers and alcohol. I have also borne witness to the devastation brought upon cannabis users -- almost never by abuse of the drug, but by a justice system that chooses a sledgehammer to kill a weed."

The Shafer Commission of 1970
Marijuana does not lead to physical dependency, although some evidence indicates that the heavy, long-term users may develop a psychological dependence on the drug"

Pot smoking puts the user at risk of psychosis,

Dr. Heath/Tulane Study, 1974 (Jack Herer)
The Hype: Brain Damage and Dead Monkeys

"Permanent brain damage
is one of the inevitable results
of the use of marijuana."
~ Ronald Reagan 1974

The facts are that 1% of the population exhibits schizophrenia, whether it is 1979 and 60% of high school seniors have tried marijuana or it is 1992 and 33% have tried it. A study of 186 UK mental hospitals found no increase in schizophrenia or psychosis admissions, despite use rates of cannabis increasing greatly during that decade.

Weeding Through The Hype
Marijuana/Schizophrenia Study Debunked, Nobody Surprised
Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia

changes in the anatomy of the brain,

Allegations that marijuana smoking alters brain function or has long-term effects on cognition are reckless and scientifically unfounded. Federally sponsored population studies conducted in Jamaica, Greece and Costa Rica found no significant differences in brain function between long-term smokers and non-users.
Your Government Is Lying To You (Again) About Marijuana

"Having reviewed all the material available to us we find ourselves in agreement with the conclusion reached by the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission appointed by the Government of India (1893-94) and the New York Mayor's Committee (1944 - LaGuardia) that the long-term consumption of cannabis in moderate doses has no harmful effects" "the long-asserted dangers of cannabis are exaggerated and that the related law is socially damaging, if not unworkable"
~ 1968 UK ROYAL COMMISSION,
THE WOOTTON REPORT

and damage to the heart and lungs.

The Official Story: Debunking “Gutter Science”
* Wasting Time & Lives * Doublespeak * Brain Damage Reports * Lingering Effects * Lung Damage Reports * Radioactivity in Tobacco * Nahas’ Studies * & So On * Alcohol * Studies the Feds Don’t Talk About * Coptic Study * Jamaican Studies * Costa Rican Study * Amsterdam Model * Bush Strikes Again * Corruption/Carlton Turner

British medical journal, The Lancet, acknowledge: “The smoking of cannabis, even long-term, is not harmful to health.26 … It would be reasonable to judge cannabis as less of a threat … than alcohol or tobacco.”27 Indeed, by far the greatest danger to health posed by the use of marijuana stems from a criminal arrest and/or conviction.

It retards maturation

"The primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."
- Harry J. Anslinger - America's 1st Drug Czar (FDR - JFK)

and impairs learning, memory and judgment
no small matters during the adolescent years.

Toke-A-Day May Keep Old Memory Functioning
Cannabis Blocks Irreversible Brain Damage

Among the many thousands of adolescents we have treated at the programs of Phoenix House over the past four decades, the overwhelming majority have...

Been court ordered plea bargains?

The vast majority of remaining
prohibitionists profit on the drug war,
... and that is their only motive.

Money Grubbing Dung Worriers
Forfeiture $quads

[quote]“60 percent of teenagers in treatment have a primary marijuana diagnosis. This means that the addiction to marijuana by our youth exceeds their addiction rates for alcohol, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and all other drugs combined.”[/quote]

TRUTH
This statement is purposefully misleading. Although admissions to drug rehabilitation clinics among marijuana users have increased dramatically since the mid-1990s, this rise in marijuana admissions is due to a proportional increase in the number of people arrested by law enforcement for marijuana violations and subsequently referred to drug treatment by the criminal justice system.
Your Government Is Lying To You (Again) About Marijuana

Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie
Drug Czar Manipulating Data in a Report to Congress

"Be on gaurd against science without humanity,
Politics without principle, Knowledge without character,
Wealth without work, Commerce without morality,
Pleasure without conscience, And worship without sacrifice."
~ Gandhi

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"If we keep together we shall be safe,
and when error is so apparent
as to become visible to the majority,
they will correct it." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Belville to Sabet to Chapman Pete Guither dwr

Russ Belville: A Response to Kevin Sabet's '
A Response to Steven Chapman's
'The War On Pot: Not a Safe Bet'' huffingtonpost
An entertaining takedown by Russ Belville. He hits all the top Sabet talking points quite nicely. dwr

One of these things is not like the others

Anthony Johnson at National Cannabis Coalition catches this one:

When asked by HuffPost Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim why we keep marijuana illegal, Chabot responded: “Why do we keep heroin, LSD, prostitution, child pornography illegal?”

If Paul Chabot doesn’t know the difference between laws against marijuana and laws against exploiting children to make child porn, then perhaps he needs to be placed on one of those registries.

And in case you were wondering, the title of this post refers to child pornography, not marijuana. For what should be obvious reaasons.

Advert dwr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVf0xrVMU6A
Clearly the UK is no better at making anti-drug ads than the ONDCP. (Frank, BTW, is essentially the UK equivalent of an ONDCP mascot.)
Check out these others.

The weakness of anti-legalization arguments dwr
This is a comment by Transform’s Steve Rolles in response to a particular article, but it would be appropriate as a response for just about any argument against legalization.

Neil McKeganey’s key concern with legalisation and regulation of drugs appears to be his assumption that use and abuse would rise. This is a legitimate concern, but itself assumes punitive prohibitions are an effective deterrent – the evidence for which is strikingly weak.

McKeganey provides none. Comparisons between countries with different enforcement regimes show no clear pattern, nor is there evidence that increasing penalties decreases use, or vice versa. The influences on drug misuse appear to be mostly social, cultural and economic; with enforcement policy having, at best, a small impact.

And this, of course, is the heart of the matter. After eliminating those whose arguments in favor of criminalization are self-serving, every other argument against legalization boils down to the assumption that legalization, regardless of the levels of regulation involved, necessarily means significantly higher levels of abuse than a criminalization model.

And we are somehow supposed to ignore the fact that after decades of experimentation with criminalization, there is no hard evidence of this supposed fact.

On our side of the argument, on the other hand, are reams of documented evidence of the harms of criminalization.

It’s really a no-brainer.

Drug War Rages On the Edge of Mexico City

Medical Marijuana Law Goes to Arizona Supreme Court
Maricopa County is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to decide if federal drug laws pre-empt Arizona's medical marijuana laws.

Overkill In The War On Pot
Obama has since "clarified" those promises, but it still makes no sense that Matthew R. Davies, a business school graduate who set out in 2009 to create a medical marijuana dispensary that would be in full compliance with California law, is facing up to 15 years in prison - with a mandatory five-year sentence.
NRA's MM Slavery, Another Fine Product Still Made in the USA!
Mandatory Minimum for Marian "Mollie" Fry, MD March 19, 2008
U. S. District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. said federal law left him with no choice but to impose the mandatory minimum sentence in each case.

Waterloo Regional Police Officer
Gets House Arrest For Stealing
A judge rejected calls Friday to give a local police officer a break for stealing two ounces of marijuana while on the job.

Will Cigarette Manufacturers Jump Into The Pot Market?

Oregon Bill Would Make Cigarettes Controlled Substances
Organic Cannabis/Tobacco vs Chemical Cigarettes

Med Pot Changes Burn Licencees, Says User

NCAA to Tighten Up Marijuana Testing, But Reduce Penalties
The NCAA is reducing the threshold for a positive result for marijuana, meaning that student athletes who smoke pot are more likely to be caught. At the same time, however, it is recommending reducing the penalty for those testing positive for marijuana.

Victory in Caswell Motel case dwr
Owner wins court battle against feds trying to seize his Tewksbury motel

A federal magistrate judge has rejected federal law enforcement officials’ attempt to seize a Tewksbury motel due to drug activity that had taken place there over the years.

“After careful consideration of the evidence, pleadings, and argument of counsel, this Court concludes that the Government has failed to meet its burden of establishing that the Motel is subject to forfeiture,” US Magistrate Judge Judith Dein wrote in a ruling today.

This was one of the textbook cases of outrageous overreach (AKA federal theft of valuable property) in forfeiture, and fortunately, this judge saw through it.

My thanks go to those who represented the Caswells and thereby represented the American people against the corruption of their government.

Drug Exposé u2b
Brilliant film.

It’s hard to be more dysfunctional dwr
than the federal government and drug policy
This is dysfunction brought to the heights. ddc

Shame on the Drug Worrier Profiteers
US Civil War Generals Were Hash Heads

“I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”
~ Tolstoy

CC Most Legalization Rawks,
Most Decriminalization Sucks
If the Roots are Poison, So be the Fruit.
If You Find Yourself Going Down the Wrong Road, Turn Around!

Will States Lead The Way To Legalizing Marijuana?

Ending Marijuana Prohibition in 2013
Rob Kampia
Executive director,
Marijuana Policy Project
Ending D.E.A.th & Pillage Incrementally

CO MMJ Rules Rewrite Seeks Efficiency, Simplicity
When Colorado rulemakers drew up regulations for the state's medical-marijuana industry in 2010, they put in a requirement that video-surveillance systems in stores and growing facilities be able to connect to the Internet. The intention was that state auditors — day or night, in their office or on the go — could sit before a computer and remotely monitor every minute detail of a medical-marijuana business to ensure full compliance. Someone would always be watching. Three years later, the state has quietly acknowledged it hasn't been looking. In a draft of new rules for medical-marijuana businesses, rulemakers have pulled the Internet-connectivity requirement for surveillance systems.

WA Officials: Challenges Still Exist on Marijuana
Pat Kohler, director of the state Liquor Control Board, told lawmakers on the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee that those concerns include continued uncertainty about what the federal government will ultimatley do about Washington and Colorado's voter-approved marijuana legalization laws.

Washington State Tries To Keep Legal MJ In State
So far, no one is suggesting checkpoints or fences to keep Washington state's legal pot within its borders. But Gov. Jay Inslee insists there are ways to prevent the bulk smuggling of the state's newest cash crop into the black market, including digitally tracking weed to ensure that it goes from where it is grown to the stores where it is sold.

Is it ever about getting good quality cannabis to the American citizens. Without someone trying to make a buck in the process? DdC
Money Grubbing Dung Worriers
Forfeiture $quads

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Ah so, my friend. Thanks for the extensive public education project and curriculum you have provided.

I will simply add a field tester's perspective, and other than some issues about brain developmental effects of weed for youth, I find it beneficial rather than harmless. Smoking quality bud does not even mess with my breathing. Dust mites and dust and lots of other allergins do that, but ganja actually helps as it relaxes and has been linked with cancer prevention in some studies.

It has some demonstrable positives in older brains, particularly in lowering the possibilities on Alzheimers and stimulating creativity. As a musician, I can provide a testimony to the widespread performance enhancing contributions made by weed for jazz. The Green Room is where we say, "this bud's for you."

What I find is that it helps with pain and stress. It can bring focus on things one needs to do or distract us when we really don't want to do what we are doing. That's good. Clarifying motivation is hardly the worst side effect.

I am for decriminalization of a garden plant. Were it not "illegal," it would have little teen cachet. If some kid needs to rebel and is going to use something, this is the safe alternative to the bad crap. Alcohol and tobacco are far worse. When college kids need to take a year off, they might stay stoned at the expense of their studies. Back to motivational clarification. I know next to no "potheads" who are not functional, contributing members of society, and weed is not what is holding those few back.

The War on Weed is expensive folly in every way. Unfortunately, the first laws passed to break this addiction to Prohibition are loaded with the legalistic and managerial phobic crap that needs to be eliminated. Blood tests for ganja for drivers are scientifically invalid, but the law will use them to prosecute. The evidence on weed and driving is mixed to begin with. Experienced users are not zoning out, so may actually find the relaxation of muscles without drowsiness useful. I am not advocating driving stoned, but I can see people getting royally fucked for smoking a legal substance at a temproral distance from driving that the law does not recognize.

Just saying, we don't need an Oregon Marijuana Control Board.

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Thanks for that breath of fresh air. Its so comforting to hear others plain old common sense when so many just abandon it and go along with what they're told. It does seem that merely hearing positive things about cannabis does make prohibitionists crazy. It's like being in one of those brown acid trips they said to avoid at Woodstock, the movie. I think the dung worriers actually believe cheech and chong make documentaries on drug use. Like the original reefer madness seems so silly today but was a documentary in the 30's. The latest shows exactly how fascist this Ganjawar is. I don't use that word as ad hominem either. A merger of state and corporations using lies and diversions to perpetuate the war and profits on the war. No other reason and yet leave it to these numbnut politicians to create something out of thin air and then make it the law. The latest is that someone actually took time out of their day to think about what happens if WA pot leaves the state. Oh my, GPS the baggies? Maybe dye bombs that go off if you cross the state line like banks use for stolen money.

As I predict the states are in charge of individuals while the IRS is taking down Commerce or exchanges. Since they are doing it in CA to business people I have no doubts its coming to the other states. So making laws limiting amounts believing they can buy it is naive imho. If I'm right and the Feds won't go after less than 100 plants or a reasonable amount an individual might use without intent to sell. Then the states can with these bogus state initiatives including mmj crap, conditions and amounts one can not possibly grow. You can't grow an ounce or less and any more would be against state law. Never have I seen so many politicians wanting initiatives in their state and I have no doubt they are not in favor of using pot. Just more shuck and jive catch 22 BS to perpetuate the trillion dollar Ganjawar and keep corporate competition off the market shelves.

Nixon disregarded the Supreme Court decision that piss tastes are UnConstitutional under the 5th amendment as Leary proved in 1969. Plus lumped in Hemp and medicinal cannabis that were never listed as banned under the Marihuana Tax Act. Hoops a plenty, tax stamps required and pretty much had to be grandfathered in but it was legal. Now its all drug trafficking and such a bogus insult to Americans being treated as third world peasants and lepers. One thing illogical about making corporations human in cit.united. Now corporations can disregard the Constitution and test anything they want any time on anyone. If you let them. I've never taken one and the only way I'd give a sample is for them to taste. The only way to fight corporatism is by not buying their products. I'm not holding my breath. As a matter of fact I am, but just long enough to savor this toke.

Quote DEA Reality 101...:

The DEA requires cannabis to pass a test that does not exist in federal law dwr January 29th, 2013

An excellent post at the New Amsterdam Psychedelic Law Blog: The meaning of the DEA’s recent victory in ASA v DEA

The article posits that petitioners made a mistake by attempting to show that the DEA’s requirements for determining that marijuana had an established medical use had been met, when in fact, the DEA makes that threshold impossible to meet through a procedure that is not legal. They should have instead attacked the DEA’s capricious rules.

Once you accept the standard designed by the DEA to keep cannabis and other psychedelics prohibited forever, just give up. Such an approach is a disaster, as the Court’s holding demonstrates. The DEA operates in a parallel universe of legal sophistry, a labyrinth of obfuscation and denial, the purpose of which is to maintain cannabis prohibition as an expression of an ideological position as to the nature of “mental health” and “mental illness.” [...]

The DEA promulgated a regulation requiring that a petition to reschedule cannabis show that there is a CAMUIT [currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States]. There is no basis whatsoever for that standard anywhere in the Controlled Substances Act. The DEA created it out of thin air. It is actually directly contrary to the CSA. The CSA does not require proof of medical use before conducting a hearing. It’s an obvious matter of logic: whether there is a medical use is determined at the hearing on the petition and therefore it cannot be the threshold issue in the petition for initiating the hearing. It is the conclusion to be reached through consideration of evidence.

Interesting. Worth doing a little more reading on the subject. I’d love to see the DEA challenged directly on the arbitariness of it procedures in a willing court.

Is The DEA Legalizing THC? Yes they have patents on individual cannabinoids and deals aligned with GW and Bayer to grow pot for sublingual sprays. Keeping homegrown illegal along with Hemp. Won't need buyers clubs just go to the drug store like any med. Not terrible for patients and individuals in CA can still grow their own stash. MMJ states with MMJ laws will have it worse since these politician initiatives have given away their individual rights. Greed is a terrible thing no matter what side you're on. More worried about selling pot than having it available for especially sick and dying people. Keeping up with making it harder on the poor unless they have medicare pay for it and then the tax bogars get upset. Meaning more poor moving to CA I reckon. That should help our budget problems... (sarcasm)

Ending D.E.A.th & Pillage Incrementally

Most Legalization Rawks,
Most Decriminalization Sucks

If the Roots are Poison, So be the Fruit.
If You Find Yourself Going Down the Wrong Road,
Turn Around!

It all seems, and is so very unnecessary. So easy to remedy in just letting it be a weed. If you sell it pay tax. If Pharma wants to specialize in specific cannabinoid research, goferit. If someone wants to open a Ganja restaurant, same controls as meat without risking food poisoning. Hemp is over obvious as to why it is banned and off the market shelves in a fair competition. Why the red state family farmers don't raise holy heck is beyond logic. Especially in the biblebelt gullible Pro Life? Not even anti abortion. A cash crop that grows wild and unkept to make up most of the DEA eradication's. Must be a reason I suppose, I dunno, they wouldn't lie, they're the guvmint and its on the internet. Or to be grown to produce acres and acres of jobs. I hear Uruguay is legalizing. Might have to brush up on my Spanish or maybe Portugese, Spanugese? Be well...

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Woman, 79, jailed for 'selling marijuana'
A 79-year-old Atlanta woman has been jailed just a few days before she her scheduled appointment for hip surgery because police found more than more than 9 pounds at her home.
Toke-A-Day May Keep Old Memory Functioning
Throwaways
UK Grandmother Gets 18 Months Probation
Grandma Says She Used Pot To Ease Pain
Grandmother Escapes Jail

"The next time they designed such a system, the gangsters and their allies were more clever. With Prohibition II, they skillfully made Americans believe the war on drugs was in the public’s interest. The consequences of Prohibition II, which targets drugs other than alcohol, have been exactly the same as those of Prohibition I, including bloodshed and the widespread corruption of public officials. The main difference is that the cabal has been far more effective in keeping it going."
~ Paul Carpenter
Marijuana legalization bill may threaten fabulous Prohibition II profits

Older Americans Overwhelmingly Support Legalizing Medical Pot
Nixon Lie Keeps on Killing
Granny Storm Crow's MMJ List
Granpa's Marijuana handbook

The Granny Purps Dispensary offered a complimentary marijuana cigarette for every four cans of food a patient brought during the holiday season. Reports show that Granny Purps took in 11,000 pounds of food and handed out 2,000 joints between November and Christmas Eve, when the promo ended. All the food was donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Redding Charity Turns Down Pot Dispensary’s Food
“The Lord impressed on me to tell him thanks, but no thanks,” he said, adding that he does not regret that decision. “I feel good about the decision. It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.”
~ Chris Solberg, director of Loaves and Fishes
Still, he noted, food and monetary donations are very much needed because of the poor economy.

India man busted selling herb out of temple
By William Breathes in Culture, Global, News
Friday, February 22, 2013
Meet 37-year-old Amol Bhattacharya, better known to his friends, neighbors and customers at Mantubaba. Mantubaba is a pretty popular guy in Angul. Not just for his awesome name, but for his alleged profession in the import-export business. Notably, cannabis import-export. More >>

Ancient Temple Hashish Incense! Did Jesus Inhale?
Theoriology is Theoriology
Blasphemy and The Tree of Life

Scythians High Plains Drifters
Cannabis was an integral part of the Scythian cult of the dead, wherein homage was paid to the memory of their departed leaders. After the death and burial of their king, the Scythians would purify themselves by setting up small tepee-like structures which they would enter to inhale the fumes of hemp seeds (and the resinous flower calyxes surrounding the seeds) thrown onto red-hot stones.

In a famous passage written in about 450 B.C., Herodotus describes these funeral rites as follows:
...when, therefore, the Scythians have taken some seed of this hemp, they creep under the cloths and put the seeds on the red hot stones; but this being put on smokes, and produces such a steam, that no Grecian vapour-bath would surpass it. The Scythians, transported by the vapour, shout aloud.
It is most likely the seeds described by Herodotus were seeded buds, and that the charred seeds found by archeologists are what was left over from the burnt buds.

Feinstein war on allergy and cold sufferers
Now Feinstein wants to make you get a prescription from a doctor before you buy these drugs.
Diane Feinstein – the best argument for term limits

"Several generations of high school students have grown up ignoring and disbelieving everything they've heard from government and police about drugs, including information that was factual and valid, because they discovered for themselves that most of what has been taught to them was simply not true."
Ann Shulgin, PhD,
Therapist and Author, Lafayette, CA,
at the DPF Conference, November 1996

Supreme Court proves it has absolutely no understanding of the real world In yet another boneheaded ruling – this time unanimously – the Supreme Court has ruled that mistakes made by dogs in the field don’t count and that police have no interest in going on fishing expeditions in your car.

Wow.

We cannot depend on the Supreme Court for protecting citizens at all when it comes to the drug war. All we can do is make them irrelevant by legalizing drugs.

Jacob Sullum does a fine job of discussing 3 myths that Justice Elena Kagan and the rest of the Court accepted without… thought.

It’s OK; don’t worry. People hardly ever go to prison for cannabis. dwr

Teenage sports star hanged himself over 50p worth of cannabis

Edward Thornber, 17, played lacrosse for England and planned to teach it in the US, an inquest heard.

But he feared a court appearance would ruin his American dream after he was caught smoking cannabis on holiday in Newquay, Cornwall.
He originally accepted a warning, which would not mean a criminal record.

But his case was put in the wrong file by cops. They sent him a court summons, which should have gone to his parents because of his age.
Edward’s body was found at a park near his home in Didsbury, Manchester. The summons was found nearby.

Coroner Nigel Meadows said: “Young people are particularly vulnerable.” Verdict: Suicide

Now this tragedy is merely a single anecdotal item and it can’t be fully laid at the feet of prohibition — the police screwed up, and young people are often susceptible to feeling things are hopeless when they are not.

However, this is an example, a data point, of millions of people whose lives have been ruined, or dramatically damaged, by the criminal prohibition of cannabis, even though they did not go to prison.

So when someone says to you “Why are you so concerned? Hardly anyone goes to prison for pot,” you should tell them about the people who lost their financial aid, their careers, their children, their possessions, or their lives due to criminal prohibition.

Let’s go for a drive dwr

Lee Rosenberg makes sure we continue the important discussion of the nuances of cannabis and impaired driving in a post that discusses both what’s happening in Washington, and his own experiences driving.

It’s well-written and worth reading. I know we’ve had quite a few similar discussions here, and it will be a tricky battle that we’ll continue to have as we work through legalization.

A critical part of the discussion, as Lee notes, is that there are fundamental differences between alcohol and cannabis impairment, and attempts to treat them, or measure them, the same way will not serve the goal of public safety.

The point of my story wasn’t to argue that stoned driving is good or bad, but to recognize that the issue is a lot more complicated than many people initially assume. From a regulatory standpoint, doing things that have worked or been accepted for drunk driving may not be the correct approach at all for stoned driving.

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Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't they pass a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth.
-- Will Rogers

US OH: Anti-Drug Groups Lining Up Against Medical-Marijuana Amendment

Indiana House Approves Welfare Drug Test Bill
The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted overwhelmingly Monday to approve a "reasonable suspicion" drug testing bill for welfare recipients. House Bill 1483 advanced to the state Senate on a 78-17 vote.

Indiana Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Likely Shelved for 2013 Session

MJ Friendly Colorado Debates Blood-Level Limits
Colorado Pot Task Force Ponders How To Tax MJ
Pot Task Force Recommends Special Marijuana Sales

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The drug war creates most of the evils it seeks to combat dwr

A very powerful and fascinating read in Spiegel Online: Failing Drug War: When Cops Become Criminals

When you follow the story of Martinez and his journey from fresh DEA agent to prison convict, what’s really fascinating is his own perception of right and wrong…

In prison, Martinez developed his own opinion of his actions. Today, he says that he was innocent. What he did wasn’t right, but it also wasn’t wrong, he says. He was simply applying the methods he had learned.

It really points out how little difference there is between the hard liners on both sides of the drug war. The drug war corrupts them both, making them believe that what they’re doing, while maybe not right, isn’t really wrong.

And we keep pouring fresh meat into that grinder.

Why Are New York's Pot Laws So Awful?
The progressive capital of the nation doesn't need a draconian marijuana policy.

New York City to stop arresting people for limited marijuana posession

NYC Plans To Stop Many Marijuana Arraignments

NYC Marijuana Arrests Down 22 Percent

Just how much stupid can you squeeze into two sentences? drugwarrant

This account of Mayor Bloomberg’s opposition to legalizing marijuana sure seems to indicate that he’s trying for the record.

Bloomberg: I Oppose Legalizing Marijuana huffingtonpost

Bloomberg says he opposes legalizing marijuana because it’s stronger than it used to be. He added that if marijuana were legal, those dealers would just start selling something else, like cocaine.

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Mark Kleiman * Jonathan Caulkins * Botec

Interesting…
March 18th, 2013 by Pete, dwr

Washington State Selects Botec Analysis Corp. as Finalist for Marijuana Consulting Contract

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will announce tomorrow that it has tentatively selected Botec Analysis Corp. to provide cannabis-related consulting services tied to the emerging recreational marijuana industry, according to information obtained by MMJ Business Daily. [...]

Little public information is available about Botec, at least on the Internet. A Botec Analysis Corporation based in Massachusetts has conducted studies on various issues – including substance abuse treatment and domestic violence – for several states. Mark Kleiman – a professor of public policy at the University of California in Los Angeles and co-author of the 2012 book “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know” – reportedly heads up Botec, according to an author profile on Amazon.com. More here

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Do Alcohol and Marijuana Mix?
"A small change in alcohol has a bigger social impact than a large change in cannabis," said UCLA professor Mark A.R. Kleiman, one of the authors of the book "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know." "So it ought to matter a lot whether the change is in the right direction or wrong direction."

The legalization of use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for those 21 and older in Colorado and Washington will provide researchers worldwide with the best chance ever to study the interplay of alcohol use and marijuana use. The topic is what academics refer to as "cross-price elasticities of demand." It basically means how changes in the price and accessibility of one substance impact the use of a different substance.

US: Experts Warn On Impact Of Legal Pot
Jonathan Caulkins, co-author of "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know", said one of the main reasons for outlawing the drug is to make it riskier to produce and sell, driving up prices and curbing use. A price collapse after legalization in some states could undermine marijuana laws nationally.

Caulkins said Colorado's proposition would allow residents to obtain a grower's license fairly easily, making the state a good home for exporters of marijuana.

"They would be able to provide marijuana to New York state markets at one quarter of the current price," he said, predicting similar price declines in other states.

Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, said his advice to federal officials would be "to sit down with the governor of the state and say, 'Look, we can make your life completely miserable - and we will - unless you figure out a way to avoid the exports."

One option would be to impose strict limits on how much of the drug retailers could sell to each customer.

'The line for marijuana is flat as a pancake. Kids who get stoned today aren't getting any more stoned than their parents were. That ought to be the end of the argument.' - UCLA professor Mark Kleiman
Is marijuana more potent today than in the past?

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Impeachment: The Difference Between Nixon & Trump

Thom plus logo There is a very simple reason why some Republicans participated in the impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon, but none have so far broken ranks against Trump. That reason is the US Supreme Court.
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