Ignorant Jeff Excluding the National Commission on Forensic Science

"Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts
when you have forgotten your aim."
-- George Santayana,
"The Life of Reason"

AG Jeff Sessions and his sidekick Steven Cook are refusing to let science stand in the way of incarceration. Sessions is creating a non-justice department by excluding the National Commission on Forensic Science, an agency funded to enable independent scientists to study and counter forensic laboratory methods or problems that might lead to false criminal convictions:

“The reliance of law enforcement on questionable science and the overstatement of the reliability of that science has been a leading cause of the wrongful conviction of innocent people,” said National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) president Barry Pollack on Monday. “The reason the National Commission on Forensic Science has been so important is that it includes leading independent scientists, allowing an unbiased expert evaluation of which techniques are scientifically valid and which are not. NACDL is terribly disappointed that even while acknowledging the crucial role played by the National Commission on Forensic Science, the Attorney General has chosen to disband it.”

"By far the most numerous and most flagrant violations of personal liberty and individual rights are performed by governments ... The major crimes throughout history, the ones executed on the largest scale, have been committed not by individuals or bands of individuals but by governments, as a deliberate policy of those governments ... that is, by the official representatives of governments, acting in their official capacity."
--John Hospers

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Executive Director

The difference between a policy and a crusade is that a policy is judged by its results, while a crusade is judged by how good it makes its crusaders feel.
-- Thomas Sowell

The Big Picture 4-7-17 Trump's Syria U-Turn
with Dr. Stuart Titus

Sam discusses marijuana legalization and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement to review marijuana policies with Dr. Stuart Titus of Medical Marijuana, Inc.

LEADERSHIP
We envision a future where cannabis and hemp have become a cornerstone of society. A future where hemp is a staple in diets, and cannabinoids are the source of medicines that are used to conquer some of the most debilitating diseases in the world. Hemp will be one of the most abundant crops in the world, from mass agriculture in the United States to community farming that sustains the developing world. Through cannabis, our people and our planet will achieve a healthier existence.
Dr. Stuart Titus, Chief Executive Officer of Medical Marijuana, Inc

Terpenes
http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/2084

Steven H. Cook is absolutely convinced drugs and violence are inseparable, that extreme measures targeting drug offenders work to reduce violent crime. His approach to drug crimes makes him resemble an apostle of Bill Bennett and Bennett’s superpredator meme:

Cook, a former police officer, has worked for 30 years as a prosecutor. He currently is chief of the criminal division of the U.S. attorney’s office in Knoxville. But he has taken vacation time to lobby against sentencing reform measures backed by his boss, President Barack Obama.[…]

He calls a “myth” the idea that most offenders in federal prisons are nonviolent drug pushers and says racial bias plays no role in who gets federally prosecuted.[…]

Like Antonin Scalia, Steven Cook is a member of the Federalist Society, an organization whose legal philosophy is unabashedly fixated on Scalia’s originalism: …it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

Other Supreme Court Federalist members include Thomas, Alito, Roberts, and Neil Gorsuch, who some say “Was Hatched in a Federalist Society Lab”.

Federalists and assistant federal prosecutors are attracted to drug prosecutions like moths to a flame. They never seem to learn, despite charring their wings. Thirty years ago it might have been possible to build a political career on the back of drug prosecutions, but no more.

Study: Patients Drop ‘Benzo’ Pharmaceuticals with MMJ
The orange glow of an I-502 cultivation site in Washington state.An observational study from Canabo Medical Inc. found that 40 percent of patients prescribed medical cannabis to treat pain and anxiety stopped using benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, within 90 days and the percentage increased 45 percent within a year of cannabis treatment. The data was drawn from more than 1,500 patients in Canada where Canabo […]

The difference between a policy and a crusade is that a policy is judged by its results, while a crusade is judged by how good it makes its crusaders feel.
-- Thomas Sowell

Milestone study shows dramatic reduction in pharmaceutical reliance among Canadian medical cannabis patients

Quote DdC: The status quo Beauregard Sessions Preferred Treatment of a 4 yr old girl using cannabis for Epileptic seizures is to take her from her parents and feed her Aptiom. While the 1952 Webster's Dictionary states Cannabis has been used medicinally for Spasms. It made liitle sense how the DEA could maintain no medicinal value. That determines its scheduling status. That is the base for every cop and doctor policy. Obama simply lowered the enforcement priority that Sessions is trying to repeal and make the old lame unfounded case of causing crime and violence. The only crime is prohibition, as well as the causal connection to most of the violence.

Sessions Moves to Roll Back Civil Rights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdSDn4tsdnE

I don't know of anyone who can make a dollar go further than policemen and dry agents. By frugality, after a year in the service, they acquire automobiles and diamonds. -
- Rev. Marna S. Poulson,
superintendent of the New Jersey Anti-Saloon League,
in a May 1925 address to a prohibition rally in Atlantic City,
as reported in the New York Times and the
Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings of 1926
on National Prohibition.

Stupid is as Stupid does... Beauregard.

Municipal legal adjustments appear more about the money saved by decriminalization than humane treatment of citizens by their government:

APR 9, 2017 — …Kansas City is just the latest major city in the U.S. to adopt more progressive laws to deal with marijuana use. Houston, Memphis, Nashville, Tampa, Orlando, Milwaukee, Toledo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.[…]

According to Chris Goldstein of Philly NORML, Philadelphia has saved $9 million in public safety costs since it decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Ignorant Jeff. Miner's Lullaby Drug Overdoses & MMJ
http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1161

Egregious and Well-Chronicled Abuses of Civil Asset Forfeiture
http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1160

Marijuana saves a California town:

…Desert Hot Springs, a city of 28,000 people that has struggled in the shadow of Palm Springs for decades. As the city tilted toward municipal bankruptcy in 2014, it decided to embrace marijuana as a revenue source. Voters approved local ballot measures allowing the city to tax marijuana dispensaries and growing operations, and the city reclaimed a vast tract of mostly vacant industrial land to allow indoor marijuana cultivation.

Last year, Colorado pot retailers raked in $996 million in sales and turned over more than $135 million in taxes and fees to the state, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

California’s Pot Makes More Money Than the Next 5 Largest Crops Combined

Make That $1.2 Billion and Rising:
Colorado Marijuana Sales Keep Climbing

Report: Legal Marijuana Industry Has Created 123,000 Full-Time Jobs

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“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

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