When it comes to issues of law enforcement, the one thing that drives me absolutely insane is continually seeing this false narrative that there are good police. There are no good police officers. As long one officer can stand by while another commits crime after crime, that officer can not be considered good because he commits only one less crime than the corrupt, criminal officer.
For example, if an officer murders a man, woman, or child in cold blood, he is guilty of murder and all the other crimes that follow to cover up his illegal actions. But, that cover up can not take place without the actions of his partner who is witness to the criminal activities, a captain who chooses to “playvestigate” the crime, and a commissioner who lies to the media.
To make matters worse, this is compounded by union reps that guide lies and followed by a union boss who will “Pat Lynch” the dead victim. Then, the DA that hides behind a grand jury. And, politicians who enacted violent policy try to placate the hunted.
Where in all this corruption of justice does a “good cop” exist? Where are the police officers that will STOP a criminal cop BEFORE he commits a crime? Where are the police officers who will arrest the criminal cop when he brags about how he murdered a man? They get ostracized and fired meaning they’re no longer a good cop, just a decent human being without a job.
I support good police officers. It’s too bad there aren’t any to support.Read more...
It’s a pretty obvious play on words between “cop” and “cocksucker”. A copsucker is a moron and anti-citizen who blindly supports law enforcement no matter what wrongs they’ve done. A copsucker lives in a bubble where police brutality has not affected them and they imagine that as long as you don’t do anything wrong, police won’t harass you. In the long run, many copsuckers have their bubbles burst when they finally come into contact with typical police officers and find out that even when doing nothing wrong, you can be harassed, beaten, and even murdered. Unfortunately, for the copsucker, they have to face police aggression before their bubble can be burst. They have no empathy for the countless millions harmed by police aggression.
I came up with this term however, it’s quite an easy term to put together. I am sure I am not the only one who may have thought of it. But, I didn’t see it in use before I used it.
Another obvious play on words between “play” and “investigation”. Thats when law enforcement claim they’re investigating their own crimes. After the their investigation, they issue a report which turns out to be a fabricated story that only the most stupid copsucker can believe. These playvestigations always clear police of any wrongdoing. The most recent example of a playvestigation is the murder of Freddy White by Baltimore police. Baltimore police claimed that Freddy Gray beat himself to death in the back of a police van. Freddy Gray had a spinal cord injury. How he managed to further beat himself being unable to move will be a mystery since there was no real investigation, just another playvestigation.
I came up with this term recently. I haven’t seen it used yet.
Doctors, today, need to learn how to embrace other methods of diet and treatment because the fact is, science, as they want it, refuses to give credit to 1000s of years of “unorthodox” remedies until they need it. They think that because it wasn’t tested in some lab that it automatically means it doesn’t work. That’s nonsense. Consider, we don’t need a science journal to tell us that hemlock is poisonous. We don’t need a scientific study to tell us that staying hydrated is important. We learned these things through the very non-scientific methods that has created thousands of non-scientific remedies that these doctors reject.
Try reading more than a science journal for a FULL education. It’s your duty. For example, science can’t figure out how to combat MRSA, effectively, but an old remedy did the trick. Further proof we can’t trust today’s doctors is marijuana. Besides the thousands of years of recorded history and even with the thousands of modern studies around the world, we still have doctors stupid enough to go against marijuana as a treatment. The point is, science can be used to prove and disprove. But, you can’t throw out thousands of years of medicine just because science has proven it yet. Those thousands of years should be more than enough to say, “Hey, we should give this a chance!”
The real problem is that these doctors don’t have minds of their own. They’re waiting for someone to tell them what to do. Sorry doc.. people are out there hurting and even dying and waiting on you to be told which medicines MIGHT work isn’t good enough. Clearly, people are dying regularly and there are treatments and cures that work but we’ll never find out because we’re taught to reject old world remedies and wait for pharmaceutical companies to pay you to make us buy their chemicals concoctions.
Doctors like Mehmet Oz have an important place in society. He may be wrong at times. But, instead of complaining about not having evidence, why not focus on proving or disproving his claims? Use science to be useful instead of using the lack of science to useless.
Lastly, people need to start considering these old world remedies. Those “witch doctors” didn’t weren’t recording data and writing down ingredients and methods because they thought a thousand years from now, it’d be funny to see someone mash some crap in a bowl and put it on a wound. Just like some doctors today, they were doing their own tests and their own studies on what worked and what didn’t work. And, a good portion of the time, they were right. Keep in mind, quite a few of today’s’ treatments and remedies come from the work these “witch doctors” did hundreds and thousands of years ago.Read more...
This gave me hope: Government approves medical marijuana research
“The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug.”
The article makes it sound all gravy. As I’m reading, I’m getting quite excited about it. Finally, the US government is allowing marijuana research. However, when it comes to marijuana research in the United States, history gives me reason to pause, reason to be skeptical, and reason to be pessimistic.
I’m sure my marijuana advocate friends already know – but did YOU know that there are well over 10,000 studies on marijuana outside of the United States. I know, in our little American bubble, we’d like to think we’re at the forefront of all things, including research. But, when it comes to marijuana, the US only registers in the amount of lies and misinformation
Consider the Tulane/Heath study, famous for making the connection between marijuana and brain damage, and also famous for being completely fabricated and ultimately debunked. This was, and in many areas, still is, a major tool for prohibitionist liars. Who here hasn’t heard of marijuana causing brain damage.
Well, that fabrication, although debunked, has morphed into damaging children’s brains but there’s no proof of that either. I wonder how even marijuana advocates fell for that one. Granted, marijuana does something to all of our brains. We have to have the sense to question whether it’s damage or actually fixing or just altering the brain.
Consider the number of children being helped by marijuana for things like autism, epilepsy, attention deficit disorder, and the list goes on. Is marijuana damaging these young brains? Clearly not, if the marijuana is the reason they’re living normal lives. Does that equate to brain damage or even the fear of brain damage? Come on people. The answer is NO!.
The US government has found more than one researcher to falsify reports. They’ve developed and perpetuated a campaign of misinformation for decades. As they’re clearly losing the war on marijuana, I would guess they’re looking to revisit this old tactic.
Perhaps, the Hail Mary pass of marijuana prohibition is another fake study.The new Tulane/Heath study for the 21st century might be the Arizona/Sisley study. I hold out hope for better but I have far too much reason to have my guard up. I think, if the US was finally interested in medical marijuana, why are they only approving this one study when there have been so many requests in the past? Why aren’t they considering the 11,000+ studies that already exist elsewhere? Why aren’t these studies still being ignored? Why is history still being ignored?
Why?… Why?… Why?…Read more...
Check this out: Caricom Leaders to Debate Marijuana Legalization
I love it. It’s a smart move for so many real reasons.
Let’s just get down to it. Marijuana will be legalized in the United States of America. I’m predicting Obama finally makes it happen with the swing of a pen in the latter half of 2016, just as he’s ready to say goodbye. The Interceptor in Chief has one more interception to complete before he’s done and it will be a marijuana grab. If it happens before that, US Congress but it’s a lot more likely than the DEA deciding to lose jobs, believe that.
Aside from that, when marijuana is legalized, other countries better be in position to take advantage of it. Beyond the recreational and medical utility, it has tons of practical uses – food, clothing, rope, fuel, etc. Do your own research. I don’t want to get any more boring.
The point is, other nations need to be in position to take advantage of this developing developed market (smoke something and think about that if you thought I made a mistake). Outside of the US influenced marijuana prohibition, the Caribbean is flush with the sweet leaf. You just have to know where to find it, as usual. It’s just a matter of opening the doors to those already in position to grow and those who want to be in position to research, develop, and manufacture all that’s cultivated. Lastly, consider exports. The US market, being the Caribbean’s #1 buyer, will want that “grown under the Caribbean sun” feeling. It has value.
On a low note: “However, many in the Caribbean still consider it a dangerous drug….”
That’s the US influence I’m talking about. Marijuana has never been and will never be dangerous. These attitudes weren’t developed naturally. (long sentence warning) They were embedded through US propaganda in support of the Single Narcotics Convention, a UN Treaty developed by US bureaucrats, signed by Kennedy in 1961, acted upon by Nixon with the creation of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 which spawned the creation of the DEA who have directly controlled the type of information we could have about marijuana through a de facto medicinal research prohibition which resulted in nothing but lies.
Why is marijuana dangerous? It’s just not dangerous. And, that’s the simple truth.Read more...
Here’s a nice tidbit from our favorite CNN doctor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta
“I apologized for my own role in previously misleading people, and I feel very badly that people have suffered for too long, unable to obtain the legitimate medicine that may have helped them.”
[read more @ CNN]
You think Holder, Leonhart, Obama, or the countless bureaucrats at the local, state, and federal level will ever have the kind of respect for human life to apologize for terrorizing American people over a plant for so long?? All the raids. All of the homes trashed. All the lives lost – Kathryn Johnston, Alberto Sepulveda, Alberta Spruill, etc. All of the families broken up. All the little dogs murdered in cold blood to bring a smile to the face of some cop. You think someone like Kevin Sabet will apologize for all of the lies and lives destroyed to justify his false efforts of helping people with marijuana addiction (which doesn’t really exist).
One by one, the marijuana movement is knocking them all down and in every case, they’re having a hard time getting back up. It’s hard to admit when you’re wrong. I guess, it’s impossible when you’ve lived and breathed that lie for so long.
Here’s some advice from someone who’s been wrong. Admit it and do all that you can to undo the damage you’ve caused. When it’s all said and done, you don’t want to end up on the losing side, especially when it’s so very very very wrong!! And, I know I won’t be getting some large statue of myself in the future – at least, not for writing a bunch of blog posts. But, I wouldn’t want to go down in history as someone who aided or remained complacent in the destruction of others.
Obama is the worst of them all. Mr. Choom Gang. Interceptor-in-Chief. Ol’ Red Eyes. It’s one thing to play it safe. But, to be a pothead, know it’s not bad, AND be in a position to do something about it directly…. come onnnn!!Read more...
Check this tidbit from ThinkProgress.org
New Jersey Family Relocates To Colorado So Their Severely Ill Daughter Can Get Medical Marijuana
In short, this family has decided to uproot their lives for the sole purpose of giving their daughter a better chance at life. They’re not moving to get high. They’re not moving for the “green rush”. They’re moving for medical reasons. Like many others out there who actually care enough to investigate, they know that marijuana is a medicine.
Here are some other people who also know that marijuana is medicine:
I could spend a year on this list and still not cover everyone but I’m trying to stay short and sweet. Check out Patients for Medical Cannabis. But, if none of this does it for you. If you still have trouble believing true life stories and you still side with the government, here’s a steel-toe boot kick in your behind…
US Patent 6630507 – Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants
This patent is owned by the Department of Health and Human Services, an agency of the US Government… since Feb 2001.
How can the US government tell all of us that marijuana has no medical value but turn around behind our backs and have Health and Human Services secure a patent for this specific medical use?
I’ll leave you to ponder that hypocrisy.Read more...
It’s supposed to be common knowledge that marijuana is an addictive substance. However, most marijuana users, potheads, will say that marijuana is not addictive. So, who’s right about that? Who’s being honest and who’s lying about the addiction potential of marijuana?
Well, I’d like to point out to something that potheads do that addicts, who suffer from real addiction, can’t do. It’s called a tolerance break.
See, when using marijuana, you get to a point where your tolerance for the substance becomes so high that the marijuana will not affect you as much as it did when you first used. So, you end up using more. If you ever hear of a pothead saying, I’m taking a break, a tolerance break, or a t-break, it means they’re allowing the THC in their system to diminish.
This is special because no other drug using group can claim to take any kind of break as if it were food. Marijuana users are the only group that can stop using marijuana as easily as one who wants to stop eating fast food. A choice exists. Real addicts don’t have a choice.
I’ve never seen a crack head, get off his dirty mattress to say, “hey, I think I’m gonna take a break from all this crack because it’s costing too much and I’m not getting the same high.”I’ve never seen that with a heroin addict. I’ve never seen that with a meth head. Alcoholics Anonymous exists for people who are addicted to alcohol. Nicorette gum, nicotine patches, and more exist to aid people addicted to tobacco.
Not one in any of these groups can claim that they’re taking a break, completely without help, from their addiction with the intention to continue using at a later date. That’s real addiction.
When a man can say, I’m going to take a tolerance break from marijuana use, that’s a clear sign that addiction is not a problem for the marijuana using community.
As for me, I’ve taken breaks plenty of times, 30 day breaks.
If marijuana is addictive and users are addicted, then explain the concept of tolerance breaks. What’s so special about marijuana, that its users have the luxury of thwarting addiction so easily when marijuana is supposedly so addictive?
The answer is quite simple. The nature of marijuana is such that it sits in your fat cells. Over time, it slowly releases into your body. This is why it takes 30 to 45 days to rid your body of marijuana. While this feature has become a negative as those in our modern society use it to hurt people, it’s really a life saving mechanism that helps keep marijuana users from ever getting addicted to the substance. No other substance has such a feature.
So, is marijuana addictive? Absolutely not.If you used it once, would you want to use it again? Most likely. That doesn’t make marijuana addictive. It makes it enjoyable. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying yourself. And, while I may not be the most credible source on marijuana addiction, I can guarantee you won’t end up like that guy in the image above (Menace II Society).Read more...
As long as people in this nation are comfortable with harder and more dangerous drugs like alcohol and tobacco being legal and regulated as well as easy-to-get hardcore pharmaceutical drugs, they better get used to marijuana joining the ranks.. get used to it fast. This nation is changing.
Marijuana will be legalized.
You can still have your little groups. Do a little protest here and there. But, who remembers MADD anymore, even when someone gets hurt? Come on. Alcohol kills 75,000 people per year in the US. Tobacco kills 440,000 people per year in the US. You’re getting a BARGAIN with a “drug” like marijuana which has ZERO deaths attributed to it. Even when the news reports of someone hurting themselves using marijuana, you ALWAYS find out later that there was another drug involved.
What is it that you fear?
Are you scared your son might prefer to be a starving artist over a safe accountant? Maybe a bunch of hippies will be hanging out in a group and one brings you a flower. That’s pretty scary. Maybe, it’s really because “This marijuana causes White women to seek sexual relations with Negroes…” (Harry Anslinger).
I think this United States of America, that you people desire, has an addiction to control and money. If anything is destroying American society, it’s our “neighbors” using rolled-up dollar bills to snort “control” to the point that they can’t even function without harming other people.
Where are the rehab programs for those diseases?Read more...
…you’ve seriously got to stop drinking the law enforcement alcohol.
A lot of times when I talk to people or read comments, they imagine that using marijuana is a way to escape or forget about things. It’s as if marijuana will make the problems go away.
Where do they get these ideas from about marijuana?
The truth is, most people don’t know what it feels like to be high on marijuana. Their only image of being high comes from whatever interactions they’ve had with anti-drug warriors like the DEA and DARE programs while growing up. These programs create an image that is applied to all people using any illegal substance. As a crack/meth/heroin user is trying to escape or forget their problems so are marijuana users.
But, marijuana is not crack. It’s not heroin. It’s not meth. And, it doesn’t help you escape or forget anything.
So, the real question is, what’s a marijuana high really like?
That’s a hard question to answer for many reasons. Not all marijuana is the same. Unlike cocaine, marijuana is not man made. The good thing about being man made is that it’s standardized and controlled. The quantity and quality should always be the same. The effect of the substance will always be the same. Marijuana comes in different ways. It’s like wine or tobacco. Different wines from different grapes and different methods are going to have many different results. Tobacco has growers around the world which is why if you smoke cigars, you’ll see green leaf, light brown leaf or a dark brown leaf. There’s even different thicknesses to the leaf.
Everyone is going to have a somewhat different high depending on their mood, environment, strain of marijuana, and amount of use. Personally, I’ve experienced a number of different highs from the many different types of marijuana as I’ve been in different moods and situations. It all depends. On one side of the spectrum, I’ve felt either relaxed or energetic. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve fallen into very good and deep sleeps and other times I’ve mildly hallucinated. I’ve never had a bad experience using marijuana. At the end of it all, the effects will wear off very soon, within a few hours.
As far as escape, it’s the last thing I see myself doing while high on marijuana. Most times when I get high, I think about my problems and how to solve them – social, physical, business, family. How do I deal with a crazy girlfriend? I really need to lose some weight and tone up? How will I approach this design for the client? Maybe the answers will come and maybe they won’t. But, I never escaped. I never forgot.
In fact, I’m gonna roll a joint right now or maybe I should roll a blunt! See, problems need solutions. Too bad I’m not high right now, right? It’s a weekend, nothing to do… BLUNT!!Read more...
I consider this article to be an addendum to the previous article: Marijuana Legalization. You’re Failing At It. I want to be very clear from the start, this addendum is how marijuana can win.
Currently, marijuana is in a pseudo-legalization state. I consider it an entrapment scheme, ignorantly developed by local activists and purposely ignored at the federal level. Considering how difficult it was for the law enforcement, local and federal, to bust marijuana growers and distribution, it makes sense, to some degree, to allow these people this level of legalization. The reason is simple. Growers and distribution networks are basically snitching on themselves.
Think about it. Your state has legalized medical marijuana. States have set up registries for users, growers, and distributors. This directory of criminal activity never existed before. To make matters worse, these people are advertising their activities. “Come here, come now.. free joints.. discounts”. Now, federal law enforcement doesn’t have to do any work at all. They don’t even need to do investigations. The criminals are screaming, “HERE I AM! ARREST ME, PLEASE!! TAKE MY MILLIONS TOO!!” It’s never been so easy for the DEA.
As a citizen of these various states, you can easily alert the DEA to large operations which are sanctioned by the state. What are local law enforcement, from state attorneys to local cops to prohibitionist citizens, doing? They’re giving Uncle Sam a call, every single day. Dispensaries are getting shut down and growers are getting busted all the time. This is the current state of pseudo-legalization. Should we be mad at the federal government or ourselves? Well, I’m not mad at myself. I’m not the one with the imagination that it’s ok to set up large scale operations.
The question becomes, how do we continue on this path? In my opinion, this is the path to failure. Marijuana advocates are leading citizens to believe that it’s ok to set up these businesses and it’s ok to set up these large grow operations. The federal government is letting you know that it’s NOT ok to set up these businesses and grow operations in words and actions. Before, my answer was to simply “STOP IT!”
But, then I got to thinking. I looked back at previous articles and documents and did some more thinking. The facts are:
1) Marijuana activists are clearly too narrow-minded to see the big picture and
2) Federal government is content on letting the marijuana activists continue to snitch on themselves
I’ve come to the conclusion that, considering the path we’re on, the state by state strategy can win. However, we have to be mindful of being “too big to win”. What’s that even mean? Simply put, pay attention to who the federal government is going after: the big boys – dispensaries and large growers. The DEA doesn’t have the manpower to conduct low level arrests so they’re not going to conduct low level arrests. They admitted to that reality in 2009. But, they do have more than enough manpower to shut down large operations. And, they admitted to that reality as well.
How can this state by state strategy actually be a win for patients? The answer was always right in front of me: Stay small. It’s not a new concept. It’s something that I’ve been advocating for years along with many other people who talk about it and do it themselves. But, the great flaw of too many marijuana activists, whether it’s greed or righteousness, is that they want to be the end all. They want to be large scale providers. While it makes sense; what business doesn’t want to be large and successful? Unfortunately, this is exactly how you end up in a federal prison. So, perhaps the marijuana industry, as it is now, should want to be successful but not large – collectives and smaller grow operations. Basically, you don’t want to show your behind to the federal government. Clearly, they can shut you down and they will shut you down.
If we take a second to actually think about it, shed those wild egos and silly righteousness and actually consider this state of pseudo-legalization for what it is and not what activists imagine, it all makes perfect sense. Local authorities won’t arrest us because what we’re doing is legal at the state level. At the same time, federal authorities won’t touch us because we’re not worth the expense. The patients win because they can still be provided quality medicine from reputable people. At the end of the day, it’s all about the money. If you’re a DEA agent, are you going to push on small low-level operations or are you going to expand your federal wallet by following the big money?
While maintaining an off-the-federal-radar state by state strategy, the federal strategy to legalize should get the most focus.. and funding. That federal strategy has multiple approaches – voting for the right people in the US Congress (something we all can do) and bringing the DEA to the US Supreme Court (something Americans for Safe Access is doing).Read more...
As I read article after article regarding marijuana legalization, general and medical, I’ve come to the conclusion that it simply is NOT going to happen. Don’t get me wrong. It can happen. But, with the current mindset of marijuana legalization advocates, I have to admit, failure is inevitable.
First of all, who am I to say anything? Well, I’m a user (10 years). I’m also a grower (7 years). I’m a US citizen. I’m someone who doesn’t care to go to jail over a plant. And, I’m all for legalization. But, my question is not whether or not it should be legalized. And, some people have actually accused me of being for the criminalization of marijuana because I admit to being a grower. They make themselves believe that I want to keep prices arbitrarily inflated. I can only guess they imagine my three to five plants in the closet somehow supplies the entire Eastern US, go figure.
What I have a problem with is the WAY in which the legalization fight is being carried out. Basically, there’s a state to state effort to push medical marijuana. On its face, it’s good. It’s good for the terminally ill to be able to secure some pain relief. But, let’s be honest. A lot of people aren’t using medical marijuana for medical purposes. In fact, I don’t even use marijuana for medical purposes. Medical marijuana has become a pathetic toy tossed between advocates, who act like people aren’t going to abuse the system, and opponents, who think everyone is going to abuse the system. The truth is definitely somewhere in the middle.
Unfortunately, as any honest lawyer will tell you, even medical marijuana is still illegal under federal law. If it’s illegal under federal law, it’s illegal under state law. But, you have “activist judges” going against the grain with nonsensical opinions that amount to nothing more than an affront to the US Constitution. It’s pathetic. At the end of the day, people are still being imprisoned and/or outright murdered for a plant by people sworn to protect them.
The medical marijuana agenda has done more harm than good. It gives individuals the feeling that they’re protected. No one’s protected; they’re just ignored locally. It gives potential businesses the idea that they can operate with impunity. They’re being shutdown as I write this. Finally, it gives growers the idea that what they’re doing can’t be stopped. Plants are getting yanked daily. This is happening because this pseudo-legalization atmosphere has created the perfect climate for law enforcement to act.
In other words, medical marijuana has become nothing more than a scheme for entrapment at the national level. Sad to say, many of you have fallen for it, hook, line, and sinker. Law enforcement doesn’t have to spend time in a helicopter searching for farms. They don’t have to build relationships with growers on grow forums like ICMag or 420Magazine. They don’t have to catch distributors in large scale deals. All they have to do is sit back and wait as user, grower, and dealer all out themselves in news articles, documentaries, and Youtube videos.
But, I’m not writing this to be against medical marijuana. I’m condemning some marijuana advocates who don’t tell the truth to the users, growers, and dealers. The very reason many of us think medical marijuana is ok is because of the constant misinformation these people pass around. They talk about the 10th Amendment or State’s Rights to justify pseudo-legalization. They tell you to sign up to these registries. They tell you it’s ok to set up these businesses. They tell you it’s ok to grow within state law. None of it is true or honest. In fact, medical marijuana movement has done nothing more than help the DEA develop an environment of entrapment. I question some advocates’ motives, in whole. Seriously, since when do people need to sign up for registries to use medication? I can get a prescription for dilaudid (painkiller) just as easy as albuterol (asthma) but the government needs to know who I am and where I live if I want to use marijuana?
But, don’t assume that I think this is some grand conspiracy. My belief is, and I truly think this, these marijuana advocates, who have been leading the way, are stupid and short-sighted!! They’re so blinded by their own agenda that they don’t even realize they created a system of pure entrapment. If you’re law enforcement, it’s the best time to take advantage of the situation. This is why I refuse to listen to these advocates anymore. They’re not intelligent people. We can all sit here and talk about what we want to see happen. It’ll be a fun exercise in imagination. But, I prefer to see what’s happening not what I want to happen. People are dying over a plant. That’s what I see.
So, if the states’ rights strategy is an inevitable failure, how do we go about legalization, medical or recreational? What are the obstacles? And, how can we overcome those obstacles? First, we have to understand how we came to this point? Where does it really start?
It starts with a very mind-blowing realization about our US Constitution. For a long time, I thought, to alter the Constitution, you needed an amendment. Federal government doesn’t have any rights to do anything that’s not provided for by the US Constitution. For example, want to prohibit alcohol, you needed the 18th Amendment. Wanted to legalized alcohol after the fact, you needed the 23rd Amendment. So, how can the US government prohibit various forms of drugs without and amendment? Easy. It’s in the US Constitution, Article IV, Section 2, the Supremacy Clause. Let’s just take a look at it.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.
Yes, the US Constitution, the laws that US Congress makes based on the Constitution (including amendments), AND ALL TREATIES shall be the supreme law of the land. That doesn’t sound right. I don’t remember Mr. Roberts mentioning anything about treaty agreements becoming the supreme law of the land in Government class. They definitely don’t teach you that in college if you’re not in law school. But, this is important because it’s that tidbit that completely changes the game. A treaty has the power of an amendment. That means when the treaty is agreed upon, US Congress has to create legislation/laws to that effect. So, just like the 18th Amendment brought about the Volstead Act, the Single Narcotics Convention brought about the Controlled Substances.
WAIT WAIT WAIT.. I went too far ahead. Single Narcotics Convention? That’s the treaty that the US government agreed to with the United Nations in 1961 which brought about the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. I know, it doesn’t sound like a treaty. Usually, a treaty has the word treaty in it. But yes, that’s a treaty. You’d be smart to ask if there were any other treaties in which the US Congress is in agreement. Yes, there are countless treaties in force.
Quickly, why would it be more beneficial to agree to a treaty as opposed to pushing for an amendment? It’s the requirements. A treaty only requires 2/3 of the Senate to be in agreement. However, to ratify an Amendment to the US Constitution, you’ll need 3/4 of all individual state legislatures to agree to the Amendment, a much hard task to accomplish. With that, our Social Studies lesson is over.
Now, we have a better understanding of the obstacles that we face. We see, it’s much deeper than some states’ rights fight that some advocates ignorantly talk about. It’s why I think most marijuana advocates are stupid. It’s why I think state judges don’t do their job when they come up with pathetic opinions that clearly ignore the US Constitution. If this is how advocates think marijuana is going to be legalized, with the knowledge that it’s against federal law, they’re not just failing us all but they’re setting up others for failure unwittingly.
What are our REAL options for legalization? Like I’ve said, if marijuana is going to be legalized, it’s going to take place at the federal level. Either, US Congress opts out of the treaty agreement or we can find a way to work within the agreement, meaning a push for rescheduling of marijuana. This is why I am following four developments.
First, Americans for Safe Access vs DEA. This is another important case to watch because it directly targets the obstruction to re-scheduling of marijuana by the DEA. It could lead to a forced rescheduling of marijuana especially considering all of the medical evidence that proves marijuana is not only safe but effective as a treatment for various ailments. Once marijuana gets pushed into a lower schedule, it can be prescribed in all 50 states. See why I don’t care about state-level strategies. With one stroke of a pen, all 50 states can have medical marijuana programs instead of the ugly state by state nonsense through marginally corrupt judiciaries.
Second, USA vs Steele Smith. This is an important case to watch because it’s essentially the first time the courts will allow a medical marijuana defense. See, since Congress has taken the stance that marijuana is a Schedule I substance (no “accepted” medical value), the courts have generally been unable or unwilling to allow a medical defense. It’s moot. It’s a banned substance, can’t talk about. So, I am eager to see what happens when the court “unmoots” the medical defense. Unfortunately, the US government is dragging their feet as this case has been going on for years now.
Third, alter the original treaty. See, the Single Narcotics Convention and Controlled Substances Act might as well be copies of each other. The US, being the main proponent of the convention, is following it word for word. If marijuana is banned in the treaty, it’s going to be banned in the CSA. But, this method is probably more of a longshot than amending the US Constitution. There are powerful forces behind this treaty
Fourth, general international pressure. South America is turning the tide, nation by nation. As these nations push out their old Friedmanite regimes and consolidate their power, they’re becoming just as influential as the US, Russia, or China. That kind of power doesn’t simply get ignored. Crime and violence are major problems in the US-led international war on drugs. Trying to fight a major war, US-style, has always been a dumb idea. Uruguay is leading the way by offering to sell marijuana directly from the government. With this kind of pressure mounting in South America, the world is going to have to make some serious adjustments to their policies.
Personally, I believe marijuana will be legalized in the near future, probably within the next 5 years. Pressure is building within nations and between nations. The fact remains, you can not outlaw nature. Until legalization happens, my advice to all in the marijuana community, recreational or medical, go back underground. Don’t sign up to any registries. If you own a dispensary, shut it down. If you’re a patient, grow your own or find reputable dealers (they exist).
If you’re a grower, you need to think outside of the box and completely change the game. The future of marijuana growing (if we remain on this current course of self entrapment) is small indoor grow operations. That means, no more large grow facilities that can be targeted by a DEA shutdown, harming hundreds or thousands of other patients. It means, setting up grow operations in people’s homes. If the patient is not physically able, manage the grow op for them.
Lastly, if you’re a marijuana advocate pushing a states’s rights agenda, STOP IT! The states do not have any rights where the federal government already has laws. You are helping to create an environment where American citizens are getting hurt, en masse. Your focus should be ON getting marijuana out of the CSA so that it can be treated like alcohol and tobacco, not making others believe the nonsense you’ve come to make yourselves believe. It’s a delicate situation and you’re messing it up for all of us. People are getting hurt because of YOUR entrapment scheme. STOP IT!!
If you truly believe that, let US Supreme Court rule on it and stop hiding behind activist state judges that have sympathy for the cause and choose to ignore the US Constitution in their decisions.Read more...
I’ve been doing marketing, specifically advertising and branding, for longer than I’ve been smoking marijuana. And, I just was not persuaded by this New Approach Washington‘s ad for marijuana legalization. However, the composition of the piece was perfect. I love the idea of this young Barbra Bush crossed with a bit of Sarah Palin. She looks more like America’s typical soccer mom – somewhat conservative and harmless. But, she’s waiting at the coffee shop, not at home or a park bench with the kids.
Well, she’s White; you’ve just appealed to 65% of the US Population. She’s a mother; that scores well with a huge demographic of mothers, people who love their mothers, and women who want to be mothers. The iconic coffee shop; that’s for the hipsters. She’s talking about marijuana legalization; it’s picked up a lot of steam, become a hot topic.
It’s all of these little mirrors that reflect so many parts of America.
It’s the writing, acting, and direction that loses the most points. I believe it could have been done better. The writing was just talking points. The woman seemed to change facial expressions from goofy smile to stern disapproval with each point. Basically, the ad is cluttered. There’s no singular focus. After watching it a few times, I still can’t remember the talking points. I don’t want to remember them. It’s too much, too fast.
It’s like rolling a fat blunt and being forced to smoke it quickly when it’s better to spread it out over the day. That’s my point.
The ad should have been ads, one main commercial and the rest posted up at the main site and/or Youtube. The concept is to show a series of lifestyles around marijuana. There would be a group of women. I could imagine it as a group of friends or a family – young adult, mother, grandmother. They’d either be at the coffee shop, at home, or even in the car driving. The idea of a family is powerful because of the generational intersection and everyone is over 21 (young adult 22, mom is 40, grandma is 61). That’s the perfect “location” for the conversation.
They’re at a coffee shop. Ellen (mother) brings up her disapproval of her (young adult) daughter, Danni using marijuana. Danni dropped a sizable baggy of it when she went to hug her mother. Ellen looks to her mother (grandmother), Jody, to be on her side of things. Danni doesn’t have to defend herself to anyone; she’s the model marijuana user. She’s got a good job as a paralegal and lives on her own. They don’t drug test at the law firm so her job is safe. Who said she smokes marijuana? She cooks it.
While the series would start from the “Hug” scene, the main commercial ad would have been the final scene, the conclusion piece. Mother decides her daughter’s marijuana use isn’t so terrible. Grandma told a story about catching Mother smoking as a teen and confesses to being a beneficiary of Daughter’s cooking.
It needs to be formatted into script form. I’ll get to it later.
By the way, to all those in Washington, vote “Yes” on I-502.
This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.
An often overlooked casualty in the War on Drugs is the American family. The US government promotes this heightened level of violence against American families with the false explanation that they’re trying to protect the American people. It’s nonsense. To this day, no one can justify the violence enacted when a man’s home is raided and the “authorities” find what turns out to be a few grams of marijuana or a few plants.
How many fathers have been senselessly murdered? How many mothers have been killed? How many children have had their lives shortened? Damn it, how many pets have been viciously put down? Over what – a few grams of marijuana, a couple of plants, a rumor from a neighbor? Then they claim they’re trying to protect the community. When you sit down and THINK about it all, WHAT DANGER IS THE COMMUNITY FACING? Did dad mow his lawn too early in the morning? Was mom taking her kids to the park too often? Did the children sell sour lemonade at the lemonade stand? What’s the justification for law enforcement to murder innocent people?
How exactly are Americans being protected here when we are all under threat from criminals and criminal police officers?
On one side, we have thugs with guns, selling drugs, and killing each other in the street with stray bullets finding bystanders. On the other side, we have thugs with badges, selling drugs, and killing us in our homes. I guess it’s better because the guns are aimed at innocent men, women, and children so no stray bullets. The sad part is that the only consolation we will ever get is that maybe the first set of thugs will be arrested, indicted, and convicted. When it comes to the badged thugs, there is no justice. So, they have MORE incentive to do it again and again and again. It’s not going to stop.
The simple answer to the question is: We aren’t safe. We aren’t protected. In fact, because of law enforcement we’re in more danger than ever before.
Consider this hypothetical: I’m a marijuana grower. I grow for my own personal use. I use products from American and Canadian companies. I’ve earned a BBA in Marketing Management. I develop marketing plans and do design work. I go out once in a while but I mostly prefer to stay home. I don’t drink alcohol nor do I smoke tobacco. I like to relax with joint of marijuana.
What threat do I pose to you? How much safer are you if I am shot dead in cold blood? Who’s more of a threat to you/your family – a hungry pothead that’s half asleep or a SWAT team that doesn’t have a problem blowing an 11yo child’s heart out of his chest with a shotgun to the back and will get away with it? If you think I exaggerate, look up “Alberto Sepulveda” and welcome to America.Read more...
I just peeped a little tidbit about marijuana use on the rise…
“Overall, 8.9 percent of the U.S. population or 22.6 million Americans aged 12 and older used illicit drugs in 2010, up from 8.7 percent in 2009 and 8 percent in 2008, according to the survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration…. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the United States, said increases are especially prominent in states in which medical marijuana use is legal. [LINK]“
Well, it would seem that marijuana use is on the rise acoording to statistics. But, is it the rise in use or the rise in people willing to admit that they’re users? See, my thinking is, because the rise is mainly in medical marijuana states, these people are people who feel comfortable admitting to using marijuana as some states’ laws provide a safety net against the detrimental effects of marijuana – arrest records and employment termination.
So, is it that marijuana use is up or the amount of people willing to admit they use is on the rise?
So, yes, marijuana use is definitely up, on the rise, skyrocketing, if you will. But, there are still so many people who have not admitted to using marijuana, understandably. Personally, I think at least 25% of this nation smokes marijuana regularly whether it be daily, weekly, or monthly.
So, prepare for that explosion in marijuana use when it’s legalized. Most “new” users will be full of longtime tokers and ex-smokers. Then, you’ll have a bunch of truly new users finally jumping on board to try it out. I would love to see the numbers then.Read more...
Law enforcement, in a good year, may seize 5% of the total marijuana this nation imports. Hundreds of thousands of people are arrested each year for minor possession of marijuana. Homes are invaded on a regular basis. Families are torn apart. People have lost their lives. Billions in taxpayer funds are slotted for this campaign against marijuana use
Yet, finding marijuana is actually a rare concern for many people in the US. Billions are spent yearly for a paltry 5%. People arrested have become nothing more than mild-mannered, non-threatening, financial burdens on society. How many innocent people have been harmed by raids on the wrong home or just misinformation.
If someone is to win this War on Drugs, then who would be winning if it’s pretty obvious that law enforcement has been losing?
Sounds like WE are winning the War on Drugs and we haven’t used fear or murder as a tactic to do it. We use our brains. They shut down airports, we drive it in. They shut down roadways, we burrow it in. They collapse tunnels, we swim it in. They catch our boats on the water, we go under water. All the while they’re losing the border war, we’re growing it on window sills, in pc cases, mobile closets, basements, attics, whole homes, freight bins, underground bunkers, etc etc etc.
The war on drugs is very winnable. We just don’t see that we – growers, tokers, and advocates – are the ones winning it.
Let’s stop looking at it from the point of view of law enforcement. That’s been the problem with this nation so far. We’re too individually annoyed at law enforcement’s ankle biting to recognize how far marijuana has come. We are way bigger than them. That’s why they’ve been losing.
You can’t beat a plant that can grow anywhere!!
Imagine that in 1937, marijuana was essentially criminalized. It was near impossible to get and not widely spread. They’ve set up laws, set up agencies, institutionalized and terrorized generations of Americans for some 75 years. And 75 years later, you’d be hard pressed to find a person who hasn’t come into contact with marijuana or someone who uses it.
Is the War on Drugs winnable? Absolutely. Just look at the record!!
They may never cave in or give up. Marijuana might not be legalized for a long time. But, this war will end some day. It will not end with the eradication of marijuana. Marijuana will be legalized. History is on our side.Read more...
Mind you, I type this with a half-burnt, unlit joint between my lips which I will relight as soon as I find my lighter….
I have just had the most smoked out weekend I’ve ever had in my life, absolutely, the most smoked out weekend.
So, I went down south with some friends. And, we’re keeping actual identifying details to a minimum here, of course. Anyway, it was two days of good friends and good bud. There was some other kinds of bud there but nothing was better than what I ‘had brung’ from up north, that OG Kush to be exact.
I know most of my readers are bong smokers but we roll blunts around here. So, get your cringing out now if you’re inclined to do so. I do understand but it’s a way of life up here.
We smoked all the time. The only time we weren’t smoking is when we were asleep. There was always a blunt in rotation.
I actually got tired of smoking marijuana. So, I need to take a break… 30 days! My tolerance was already way too high and I definitely need to give my lungs a rest anyway. And, they say marijuana is addictive.. what a joke!
Special thanks to…
Well, here we are in the United States, not quite on the advent of legalization but the movement is steady in that direction. We’ll truly be on the advent of legalization when the US Congress starts having the guts to challenge the status quo. But, I doubt that will happen until this treaty business with the UN is addressed. But, I will address that at another time when all my information is gathered.
Anyway, there seems to be a major problem within the marijuana growing community in regards to legalization.
Some folks simply don’t want it legalized. We’re not talking about the maniacs who’ve drinking that DEA juice. We’re talking about the growers who are persecuted AND prosecuted by the very laws they want to protect.
Well, what really happens if marijuana is legalized? It means that the local and illegal market will have to contend with the world market as well as large money interests who can eye a new major industry.
In other words, COMPETITION.
It’s easy when there isn’t much marijuana to go around and millions of users. You can pretty much charge what you like. If you’re a student of business, as I was (BBA in Marketing), you understand that price can dictate demand if there isn’t enough product to go around. However, demand will dictate price if there is too much product on the market. When marijuana is legalized in the US, you’re going to have entire nations clamoring to supply this hungry market. The situation reverses.
The idea of paying $50 to $65 for an 1/8th (3.5 grams) of marijuana is out of the window.
But, is it?
Absolutely not. I want to let my marijuana growing friends know that it isn’t out of the window at all. The game just changes. And, you will have to learn to adapt with those changes. Let’s look at the tobacco market which, I believe, is identical to what a marijuana market will look like if and when legalized.
Sure, you have companies like Marlboro who sell cigarettes by the ton. But, what do they do to that tobacco? That’s right. We all know that story. The tobacco industry tuns tobacco into smokable bullets. Take enough hits and you will die. It’s as simple as that. However, who says you have to buy tobacco from Marlboro?
I always remember going to Nat Sherman in NYC on 42nd Street. It’s an amazing tobacco shop. They don’t sell crap either. I don’t smoke tobacco at all. However, if I did, Nat Sherman would be the only place I would visit. You go inside and you see jars of loose tobacco on the counter. It looks like a dispensary would look like today. As old as Nat Sherman is, I’d bet they were the model for many of these marijuana dispensaries today. But, they sell tobacco.
Simply put, there are pockets of tobacco aficionados out there. And, I know this doesn’t alleviate your fears but let me show you why you shouldn’t be fearful of a legal marijuana market. Keep reading…
At the same time, you have Mexican drug cartels who sell marijuana by the ton. We all should be familiar with Mexican grown marijuana (see pic). It’s basically the same as corporate tobacco – mistreated and trashed. And, who exists among those large corporations to bring customer high quality marijuana??
Just as folks at spots like Nat Sherman don’t care for the low-cost poison that companies like Marlboro deliver to communities around the US, we don’t care for the low-cost poison that Mexican drug cartels deliver around the US. Just like Nat Sherman, you will and have always targeted folks who could afford, and would pay for, a high quality product.
Will things change? Absolutely. But, the change simply means you’ll be able to come out from hiding. You will find it easier to attract better clientele. It’s like the wine industry, the cheese industry, the beef industry and so on. They all have low quality producers and high quality producers. Someone looking forward to a nice wine isn’t going to the corner liquor store for some Yellow Tail.
If you want to stay competitive in the future, worry about the quality of your own product. Don’t worry about the large corporations, the Mexican drug cartels, or nations in Asia, Africa, and so on. They’ll all be thinking about high profits by increasing production and cutting costs. That means, just as they do with tobacco now, they’ll gladly shred up seeds and stems in your future marijuana cigarettes as well as poison them.
They won’t be able to produce a high quality product like you and therefore won’t be able to compete at your level nor for the same customer base. It’ll be the right of the people to choose their poison. And the same market that goes after high quality marijuana right now will be looking for you tomorrow. This is why I say worry about the quality of your product.
Do you think the likes of Marlboro can compete with this when marijuana is legalized?
They can’t even compete with other quality tobacco today!!
Also, differentiation and specialization will become important. Since we may be a few years away from legalization, it’s not a bad idea to shed the European breeders and start some breeding programs of your own right here in the US if you haven’t already. For example, I grew out some Princess Diesel. But, who can’t get Princess Diesel through a quick visit to the Reservoir Seeds or some other seed site. Imagine if I had a strain of my own. Sure I could grow out other stuff. But, this strain would be mine and no one would be able to grow it but me.
So, stand out even more by creating your own strain and stabilize the phenotype (grower talk). We have a few years before marijuana is legalized. It won’t hurt to start now. Just make sure that when you’re finished, you keep seeds in a safe location for the future.
That changed my view of medical marijuana. Granted, I am indeed a recreational smoker. I have no medical need unless you count the slight bouts with insomnia. Marijuana has always helped me get to sleep and regulate my internal clock. But, I don’t need marijuana to do that. So, yeah, I am totally recreational with it. I grow for my own personal use. I have no problem admitting that.
However, that doesn’t mean I can’t have and show some respect to the people who actually do use it medicinally. So, it bothered me to see this guy on The Weed Report acting like a pure fuckin idiot in regards to medical marijuana. That’s why I posed the question to him.
Simply put, how are other people supposed to think about marijuana after seeing this stupid ‘sumbitch’ on YouTube completely disrespect medical marijuana by claiming VIP patients. I just wanted the guy’s point of view. And, he dodged the damn question. Like I alluded, he lost a lot of points for that.
First of all, how does it look to people who don’t know much about marijuana or who are brainwashed by the government? Let’s keep in mind that in many states, those people are in the majority. We need their support. Second, if medical marijuana is a stepping stone, then why destroy the step before we get to the next step of legalization?
You want to run a medical marijuana business, at least act like medical is somewhere in there and has some importance. Have some respect for the cause. There are a lot of sick people out there that really need marijuana and many who don’t need it taken away from them by stupid, arrogant stereotypes.
I truly hope that when it comes down to it, there are enough of me – professional, self-employed, successful potheads who give a damn- out there to keep clowns like that in the shadow long enough to make his influence insignificant. What’s sad is that at the end of it all, the clown thinks he’s being brave. Go figure.
I am just trying to imagine any pharmacist raving about the potency of the medication they’re giving people.
“Oooooo Anthony, this Albuterol Inhaler hits like a dream man! You’ll be breathing like a champ in no time. Check me out while I take a few pulls…. AAAAAAHHHHHHHH GOOOOOD *cough cough* SHIT MAAAAN.. HIT THAT, HIT THAT! Albuterol is wild stuff.”
Would you take your pharmacist serious if they had that attitude about the medication you’re buying?
Quick Update 5/28/10
As predicted the coward deleted the last three comments and blocked me from commenting on his video. I only went back because someone else commented to what I said. Make up your own conclusions.
Yet, there it is. Life.
I wonder if the proponents of prohibition understand this level of resilience and strength.
Sure, the building’s superintendent will probably scrape out those plants as he cleans up the sidewalk. Law enforcement is no different. They’ll scrape out whatever marijuana plants they can find. As both the super and law enforcement know, it’s a plant and it’ll be back.
Even if you tear up the foundation of the building and tear up the sidewalk, the plant will be back. It’s not going anywhere. If you think about it, to get that sidewalk and build that foundation, plants were already destroyed.
That’s the marijuana movement folks. We’re just like that plant. You feel we don’t belong. You feel we should be eliminated. You’ll get a few here and there. But, even without the light, without a true foundation, and without a source of food, we’re still here. Even if you get every last root, we’ll be back with the wind.
70+ years later, we’re still here, old plants and new plants. We’re all still here.
Nope. Prohibition won’t win. You folks simply don’t understand the resilience and strength of a plant.