Marijuana Does NOT Cause Psychosis

So, I’ve been pretty much inundated with nonsensical articles about marijuana causing psychosis. While many people have set the record straight on this issue in the past, it keeps coming back as some new article. Simply put, someone put together a half-assed study and somehow came to the conclusion that marijuana caused psychosis – schizophrenia, etc.
Well, let’s set the record straight again…

No, marijuana does not cause psychosis. This is more prohibitionist, drug war lies to keep marijuana criminalized. They purposely confuse causation and correlation. In other words, does marijuana use cause psychosis or is it the case that people who are predisposed to psychosis seek drugs most likely as a way to cope with their psychosis?

Instead, the authors of articles, most likely inspired by prohibitionists, purposely leave out many facts. For instance, what other factors in their lives may have affected the subjects mentally?

For example, you may see a 65yo man with mental problems claim he’s been using marijuana for 20 years. And, that’s pretty much all the study took into consideration – marijuana use. Well, what if that 65yo man was a Vietnam War veteran? Wouldn’t the hardships of war contribute to a psychosis? What about potential exposure to chemicals used by the military during the Vietnam War such as Agent Orange? How do you factor the possibility that 65yo man’s other habits may have included alcohol and cocaine abuse?

These factors are NOT considered in these studies. That is why, many times, these studies are debunked and ignored (yet again).

Yet, prohibitionists pick them up and sensationalize them to make our friends and families seem like they are crazy animals instead of decent human beings. The prohibitionists are losing the war on marijuana and they know it. So, they trot out these old, tired arguments that have been debunked time and time again because for many people, this is new information. As I know, this is not new information nor is it a “new” study.

Even before these studies came about, during prohibition’s early days, marijuana was painted as causing psychosis. Documentaries developed in the 30s portrayed marijuana users as everything from out of control young girls to crazed murderers. Law enforcement tried to blame many crimes of that time on marijuana use as is the case with Victor Licata. So, there is a long history dating back to the initial days of prohibition in which law enforcement tries to connect psychosis to marijuana.

The more you educate yourself and educate one another against the misinformation campaign by prohibitionists, we find more and more that marijuana is not the dangerous killer drug that it’s made out to be.

Education is legalization.

Enforcement of marijuana prohibition costs American taxpayers approximately $12,000,000,000 (billion) per year (which goes directly into the pockets of prohibitionists). With politicians interested in cutting spending, wouldn’t it be nice to cut $12,000,000,000 from the budget by legalizing marijuana? Imagine the tax revenues that can be received if marijuana were legalized in the form of new businesses and jobs that can increase tax revenues across the board.

Law enforcement could also do more to solve real crime instead of wasting their time and tax payer funds on petty marijuana arrests.

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Never Tax MEDICAL Marijuana
1 comment, 27/02/2010, by in Opinion

How do you go about telling a terminally ill person that they’ll have to pay more for their medicine? Do you just pass the tax without so much as speaking with them? Do you ignore their hardships and pain? Have they ever even bothered to visit someone in true pain?

With that said, what kind of no-soul-having-black-hearted-son-of-a-bitch would seek to tax the medicine of someone suffering from AIDS, cancer, or a multitude of other terminal diseases?
In passing medical marijuana legislation, politicians admit the medical utility of marijuana while rejecting recreational use. They may not understand how marijuana helps but they only need to know that it does help. This is why they gave marijuana the respect of “medicine” as it deserves. If you respect medicine, especially the kind that truly helps the worst of the worst, then you shouldn’t seek to worsen a terminally ill patient’s overall condition by increasing the cost of their medicine even further.

In taxing marijuana, politicians show it disrespect as a medicine. If they don’t respect marijuana as medicine then why pass the medical marijuana legislation?

What’s happening here is that politicians are playing a game. Unfortunately, this little game they’re playing is on the backs of dying people. I’d rather see marijuana re-criminalized than to see greedy politicians seeking to tax terminally ill patients’ medicine.

It’s just not right.
If politicians want to tax marijuana, then legalize it completely. You can’t have it both ways. Unfortunately, that’s coming from a person with a heart. It might not be a heart of gold but it isn’t blackened and hardened to the world around me.

Unfortunately, this is coming from some very cowardly politicians who want to try to juggle the lives of the constituency between rabid law enforcement, a not-much-better criminal element, and budget deficits. This is totally NOT the right or honest way to go about it.

You do NOT close your budget gaps on the backs of the sick.
That is just filthy.
At least if you legalize marijuana you could affect a lot of positive change in the US. For starters, we could free up law enforcement funding to fight true crime – rape, murder, battery, robbery, and so on. Instead, police officers are busying themselves with petty marijuana arrests simply because it’s easier and safer to do. At the same time, it makes them look like they’re doing their jobs which they rarely do.

You can allow an entire industry (that already exists) to be legitimate. Businesses can open up, employees can be hired. You can also protect the citizens by regulating for quality control. And, you can collect taxes on it all – newly developed businesses, purchases, imports/exports, and so on.

I am not saying that legalization will save the economy. But, it can not hurt us more than the mess we’re in now. And, you won’t have to do it on the backs of sick and dying people.

Either, respect the medicine or legalize the “drug”!!
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Thoughts on Medical Marijuana in NY
Comments Off on Thoughts on Medical Marijuana in NY, 25/02/2010, by in Opinion

Yeah. You read the title. On Feb. 23rd, the NY State Senate Health Committee passed medical marijuana legislation. I’ll admit, I don’t fully understand all of these political procedures that NY State government must go through before a bill becomes a law. It seems a bit more complicated than the cartoon of the bill on the steps of Capitol Hill (ha, I’m a rapper now) in DC.

Wait.. it was Capitol Hill right?

Anyway, on the surface, I am happy that NY is finally coming to its sense on medical marijuana. Honestly, it should have happened at least at the same time as California who passed their medical marijuana legislation in 1996.

However, as I read the bill, I am quite upset with the language.

Read for yourself: S4041B: Provides for medical use of marihuana

Low Limits

It would seem NY politicians want to be super strict and allow for tiny amounts of marijuana for seriously ill patients. While they get the gist of medical marijuana, they need to fully understand that they are NOT patients or doctors. Even most doctors don’t understand how to prescribe marijuana. The amounts allowed under this bill – 2.5oz – don’t factor in the need of the patient or the tolerance of the individual.

Some patients are known to use up to an ounce of marijuana a day. I am not talking about the typical recreational user. As a recreational user myself, I don’t think I could do more than a gram a day which amounts to an ounce per month. But, I am talking about seriously ill patients for which this bill is intended. On top of that, the “caregiver” is not allowed to care for more than 5 patients. (Sections 3362 and 3363)

It’s like saying you’re only allowed 10 regular strength Tylenol pills per month for serious migraines. Of course, you can buy a box of Tylenol, thousands of pills, and no one will think twice about it. Unfortunately, you can’t have enough marijuana for terminal illness.

I don’t need ID for Tylenol

The other thing that bugs me is the registration for ID cards. Basically, you’re getting a driver’s license for medical marijuana – name, address, picture, etc etc etc. It says that the Dept of Health will keep the information confidential, that is, until they have a reason to snitch on you which could be as simple as a DEA or FBI or even some local cop requests it.

If marijuana is to be considered medical, why do you need to alert a government agency that you’re using it? It’s medicine, right? I am sure we all, at some point in time, visited a pharmacy to fill a prescription for various medications from asthma pumps to antidepressants to oxycontin and percocet. Did any of us have to register with the government to use these medications? Did you have to stand in line at the DMV to get your picture taken?

I can understand the caregiver, much like a pharmacist, needing registration as a business. But, I don’t see why patients need to be registered with the government to take medicine. It’s an unnecessary invasion of privacy.

No Plant Limits?

The other problem that I have with it so far is that I don’t see any specific information as it pertains to cultivation. For example, how many plants would someone – patient or caregiver – be allowed to grow?

Section 3364 defines “registered organization” as a pharmacy, a licensed facility, a non profit corporation, the department, a local health department, or a registered producer. However, the registered producer, which seems to be the grower/cultivator/manufacturer, can not provide directly to the patients. Such a designation completely separates the grower from the potential role as a caregiver.

Edit
After re-reading this section, it looks like I want plant limits. As far as I am concerned, the more the better. No plant limits is great. However, I am afraid that it will be addressed and severely limited by politicians. If they think that 2.5oz is good for a seriously ill person, I can’t imagine what they would believe is acceptable in a grow operation.

At any rate, there is a lot missing from this bill and far too many limits. I have to question politicians that wrote this bill. I wonder if they had any input from the patients that use marijuana. Did they even bother to look into the other 14 medical marijuana states and their provisions. This bill is so very incomplete. If it passed, as is, it would cause more trouble than it’s worth.

If Senator Tom Duane ever reads this or any senator that has to vote on this bill, I’d beg him and them to please talk to patients from other states. Do not ask police or the DEA for their input as they are not doctors nor are they patients. They aren’t even growers/botanists. Speak with the people who need the medicine, not the people who benefit from its control. It would not be unreasonable to allow for more marijuana per patient and to allow patients to grow their own. It would be sensible to allow caregivers to also be “registered producers.”

As a marijuana grower and user, myself, politicians have a lot to learn about the use of marijuana. If they are willing to admit to its medical utility, at some point, they will have to be willing to learn and comprehend why different strains exist outside of the cute names.

I think I need to make some phone calls.

Just as a reminder.. marijuana should be legalized, regulated and taxed. Medical marijuana is nice but it still leaves the door open to the black market and violence against citizens from gangs and police.

Legalize it.
(It’s been 70+ years. It’s obvious you can’t stop it.)

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Marijuana Patients Need Future Protection
2 comments, 16/02/2010, by in News

The one thing I never liked about Obama’s memo regarding medical marijuana is that his memo is nothing more than a memo. It’s not a change in the law. I’ve always stated the memo doesn’t really mean anything. If the DEA decided to ignore it, they’d be in the right. They are a law enforcement agency. Last time I checked, there were no “memo” enforcement agencies.

Today, 14 states and Washington DC (not a state) have legislated some form of medical marijuana. In most of these states, the patient and/or “caregiver” need to register with the government to be considered “legal”.

I have a major problem with all of this.

First of all, have we forgotten that the law has not changed? The good thing about being in New York City is that we have some serious problematic politicians (ie Bloomberg) so medical marijuana hasn’t come here… yet. So, I haven’t forgot. I am sure many of us haven’t forgotten either. While Obama’s love letter to the DEA suggests they concentrate on commercial business that somehow remains illegal, it’s obvious from various news reports that the DEA is still doing the same damn thing. Obviously, they aren’t giving President Obama much attention.

Aside from the obvious fact that Obama’s memo doesn’t mean much outside of a toilet stall, I have to wonder, how many people in these states (and territory) are registered with their local governments? Is it over one million or maybe less than 100,000?

Now, another question comes about. What is going to happen when Obama is not the president anymore? Does his memo still stay in tact?

Simple answer.. NO.

The memo goes in the trash along with all of Obama’s other “middle of the road” policy. Of course, it depends who the next in charge will be and what they will do. Maybe this nation will luck out and get someone whose common sense outweigh special interest money. Chances of that happening or low. Chances are much higher that this nation will have to further waste its time with another drug warrior.

The question becomes, when this new president gets into office, what will be the state of registered patients and their caregivers? What protections will they have from the US Government? Will the Department of Justice draft subpoenas for the names and addresses of all the “caregivers” and their patients? Will local and state governments help the people that they’ve registered or sell them out in the long run?

These are real questions that I believe should be addressed for the sake of those that are truly ill and find benefit from the use of marijuana. As far as I am concerned, my policy has always been to keep my mouth shut regardless of the state. I’ll change when the actual law changes. Until then, I am keeping well below the radar.

Perhaps my paranoia is getting the better of me. I do truly fear that one day in the future, there will be mass arrests of medical marijuana users. When you think about it.. what would stop the DEA from carrying out mass arrests? Is there some law in place that would prevent it? No. In fact, they’d be well within their right to do everything I just mentioned.

I hope it doesn’t come to that. I just don’t see any reason why it would not come to that. Perhaps some of you have more faith in humanity. I don’t have that kind of faith when it comes to law enforcement.

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New Marijuana Growers Beware


Germination

I’ve been pretty quiet lately, just interested in handling my own business and keeping my finger on the pulse of grower community through forums and the people I know. I want to speak on something that’s bugging the hell out of me (which is usually the only time I speak).

Who the hell is behind BCSeeds.com?

Vegetation

Marijuana seeds are a huge and important commodity to the grower community. As a grower and connoisseur, I know that marijuana is not all the same. Ask any grower, medical user, or connoisseur. A typical person, using or not, wouldn’t understand the nuances of marijuana to appreciate the different effects.

Once you get to the point where you’re looking for specific traits, that’s when you start paying attention to the names and how they differentiate from one another. You can tell by the leaf structure that a plant is either sativa or indica or which side is most prominent in a hybrid. You can smoke marijuana and relate to it beyond the typical comment, “This is good shit!”

Flower

As a grower and connoisseur, I am extremely pissed off at BCSeeds.com for attempting to take advantage of marijuana growers. They claim their marijuana is the “world’s strongest” alluding to its high percentage of THC. Take a look at some of their seed stock… [link]

  • Pickle Bud @ $2,995 CND ($2850 USD)
  • Oracle Bud @ $1,995CND ($1898 USD)
  • Labrynth @ $1,495 CND ($1,422 USD)
  • Euphora Express @ $1,495 CND ($1,422 USD)

If you’ve already looked into purchasing seeds, you know these prices are upwards of 10 (ten) times higher than normal pricing for the more popular strains of marijuana…

While I want to say that BCSeeds’s claims are total bullshit, I will give them a chance to prove it. I want to see diaries/journals of their marijuana plants from seed to harvest with pictures. I want to see video of the THC testing by an independent party.

In other words, I want justification for these ridiculous claims and outrageous prices.

Also, I want to point out that these strains – Jack Herer, NYC Diesel, and Trainwreck – are popular due to their numerous awards. In other words, the men behind these strains of marijuana had the guts to compete against other breeders. Where are BCSeeds’s awards that may at least help justify these outrageous prices?

Harvest

If you have $2,850 to purchase “pickle bud” seeds, I suggest you go to Canada and pick them up personally. It’s not to insure that you receive your product. It’s to make sure that you have a face and concrete location to associate this nonsense WHEN you want your money back.

Cure/Smoke

Don’t buy from BCSeeds until they do a better job of proving their claims. Don’t get ripped off by these people. Stick with the award winners. They’ve won awards for a reason.

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Obama’s Medical Marijuana Memo Means Nothing
1 comment, 19/10/2009, by in News

Background

Today, President Obama released a memo in regards to states with medical marijuana laws. Basically, this memo is telling federal prosecutors along with the DEA and FBI not to waste their time and energy on [destroying the lives of] medical marijuana patients and their suppliers IF they conform to the state’s laws.

Feds Can’t Touch This
Justice shifts course on medical marijuana prosecutions
Feds: Medical marijuana prosecutions not a priority

Reality

This memo is nothing more than a piece of paper. It doesn’t change anything. Think of this policy change as a mother asking her child to do his chores five minutes earlier at 5:55 PM instead of 6 PM. Although, it would be nice if you did it five minutes earlier, it’s not anything you have to take into consideration. It just would be nice.

Think about it.

What laws were changed with this memo? Did marijuana, all of a sudden, become legal? Was marijuana removed from the Controlled Substances Act? Will the federal government begin recognizing marijuana’s medicinal utility?

NO!

This memo hasn’t changed anything. As long as prohibition remains the denominator in the nation’s marijuana equation, this memo is nothing more than words on paper. Without the protections and consequences that come with actual changes to the law, nothing has changed.

Problem

President Obama has failed to alleviate or even address the problems that millions of marijuana users, medicinal and recreational, face against violent law enforcement. Well over 800,000 people are arrested and incarcerated yearly. Billions of dollars are burned by law enforcement officials that are only interested in playing ‘Judge Dredd’ with the lives of nonviolent people. When President Obama has the courage to face these gun toting animals, that’s when the memos and speeches will stop. That’s when laws begin to change.

Until then, I’d rather President Obama just shut up and leave it alone if he doesn’t plan on truly changing anything or helping us. I’m used to the status quo and it’s how I operate. It’s how thousands of us operate on a daily basis. I won’t change how I do things because of some useless memo. I would hope that my grower friends, especially those in medical marijuana states, keep their heads low as well. I don’t want them falling for this nonsense.

Just know one thing. Marijuana is not going anywhere. No matter how hard the prohibitionists push against us, we’ll still be here – growing, smoking, and teaching!

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Marijuana, the New Gold Rush
Comments Off on Marijuana, the New Gold Rush, 22/09/2009, by in Opinion

Question

What do you get when you tell a population of 300 million people that you can get between $2,000 and $15,000 per marijuana plant?
Answer: You get a population of 300 million people believing that marijuana is worth somewhere between $2,000 and $15,000.

What do you expect when upwards of 20% of this population are desperately looking for a job?
Answer: A 20% of this population willing to do just about anything to feed their families and save their homes.

Now, here’s the big question…

What do you get when a large number of people willing to do just about anything read or hear in the news that a simple marijuana plant can bring them between $2,000 and $15,000 each?

Answer

More people selling pot as economy goes up in smoke

Out of work? Some folks are trying pot. Not to smoke — but to sell.

That’s the route increasing numbers of people are taking amid the worst recession in decades, according to law enforcement officials based in ganja-rich regions around the country.

Marijuana farming rebounds in economic hard time

“A lot of that, we theorize, is the economy,” said Ed Shemelya, head of marijuana eradication for the Office of Drug Control Policy’s Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. “Places in east Tennessee, eastern Kentucky and West Virginia are probably feeling the recession a lot more severely than the rest of the country and have probably been in that condition a lot longer than the rest of the country.”

The Problem

Well, if you didn’t click on the linked “$15,000” in the first question, the answer is there (along with the story of Georgia cops who came up with that wild figure).

Prohibitionist Idiot #002: Lies Cops Tell

In short, purely idiotic local, state, and federal authorities that severely exaggerate the value of marijuana and the media that propagates their nonsense. It seems the value of marijuana is subject to any idiot’s imagination. If you’re ignorant of marijuana value, you’ll believe it. If you’re desperate, you’ll look for information on how to grow it.

These conditions, created by idiotic police, have backfired in the worst way possible – for prohibitionists. Now “everyone” wants to grow marijuana like it’s the gold rush of 1849 all over again. And, I am happy to help.

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Is marijuana legalization working? Yes it is!
Comments Off on Is marijuana legalization working? Yes it is!, 21/09/2009, by in Opinion

Economics 101

In any economics class, even in high school, we learn that the more supply there is, the more the prices will drop. In fact, that lesson was hard-learned during the Great Depression. Manufacturing companies produced so many goods that they couldn’t get them sold fast enough. If everyone in the US already has a television, then it will be difficult to sell new televisions. Seriously, this is Economics 101.

Well, listen to this.

No government agency is going to be able to tell you what I am going to tell you right now. They don’t have their fingers on the pulse of marijuana growers in the United States – not like I do. There’s no article to link to that will tell you what I know. There aren’t any reporters who can be this close to the situation. So, sit tight and pay attention.

Marijuana growers are hurting in California. Let me repeat this fact so everyone can see it in plain English.

Marijuana growers are hurting in California.

The level of competition has gotten so high that prices have to come down across the board. It’s literally flooding the market. And, the customer base is NOT going up so there’s no one there to “consume” all of that extra supply. Think about it. Marijuana is so easily and readily available. Who couldn’t get it? How many more customers are going to try marijuana beyond the ones who are already using it?

Also, it’s the harvest season between late September, through October, into early November. That means MORE marijuana is going to flood the market thus lowering prices in the next few weeks.

The growers are looking forward to local, state, and federal authorities’ eradication programs. They want the eradication programs to take place because that lowers supply thus decreasing competition and keeping prices high.
The big problem are SOME of these “compassionate” clubs. They still charge street prices even though many of them are low-balling the growers on wholesale prices. Can you blame them? With all the increased supply, they have a right to demand lower prices. I just think it’s sick that some of them would knowingly have lower costs and still charge people street prices. But, this is a function of prohibition and greed. It’s a middleman’s market and these clubs are taking advantage in a big way.

For the record, in less than a year, legalization is doing what prohibition could not do in 70+ years. It’s taking the profit out of the crime.

It’s still early, but I will wait to see what this season’s harvest brings.

On another note

This is specifically why I promote personal marijuana growing.

If everyone had their own grow operation, they wouldn’t need to buy marijuana from anyone else, or less often, thus curbing crime and freeing up the burden on police to do the impossible. Until marijuana is legalized, regulated, and taxed across all 50 states, I will continue to promote personal marijuana grow ops.

It’s easy. I’ll start you off. Anthony’s Marijuana Growing Advice

Honestly, I have a feeling I’ll still support personal marijuana growing even after legalization. Can you imagine what the tobacco industry would do if marijuana became legal. We already know what they do to tobacco – adding carcinogenic chemicals beyond the stuff the plain tobacco will do to you. I can’t imagine seeing anything good out of Marlboro Marijuana cigarettes. Nope, I’ll keep growing my own.

If marijuana is regulated, I would hope the regulations include a “NO CHEMICAL ADDITIVE” rule, law, statue – whatever. The tobacco industry relies on these chemicals to process tobacco into those cancer sticks. However, today, we grow marijuana without these harmful chemicals and there’s no reason that practice should ever change.

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Why wait until you’re suffering to care?
1 comment, 09/09/2009, by in Opinion

I just read a story over at 420 Magazine via Wacotrib News and it pissed me off so much that I had to say something. Enough with the formalities, let’s go.

Waco Man Teams With NORML in Push for Medical Marijuana

Alan Caruthers, of Waco, says he was 18 years old the first and last time he tried marijuana. It didn’t do much for him. Until this year, he saw no reason to try it again, and he dismissed arguments for decriminalizing it as pothead talk.

It took a four-year struggle with myelofibrosis to change his mind. His leukemialike bone marrow disease gives him constant bone pain. The chemotherapy gives him nausea that makes him vomit daily. The Vicodin, Ativan and other drugs he’s taking to relieve those symptoms are losing their effectiveness, and he’s afraid of getting addicted to them.

So now, at age 44, this Christian family man and lifelong Republican is considering medicating himself with marijuana. And he has become an unlikely advocate for the right to do so legally.
(click title for the rest of the article)

Here’s my response to the article:

This pisses me off.

“It took a four-year struggle with myelofibrosis to change his mind.”

Why in the hell do you wait until it’s YOUR problem before you actually give a damn about people suffering?? That, to me, is the most selfish reason for advocating for medical marijuana. You don’t need to be in the “crap” to give a damn about those already living in it. What’s next? His healthcare costs are going to bankrupt him so he’ll be advocating for the public option or even universal?

Or, worse. What’s going to happen when his issue is resolved? Will he go back to not giving a damn because he’s out of troubled waters, so to speak?

The most that medical marijuana advocates and legalization advocates would ask of people is that they listen and get all of the facts. But, he was not that kind of man. Many people in this nation aren’t willing to listen. I have absolutely NO respect for people like that.

I hope he gets his marijuana. I just want to see how he acts after he gets the treatment he requires.

That’s all I am going to say at this point. I am just severely disgusted.

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The Myth of Marijuana Potency
4 comments, 19/05/2009, by in Opinion

Intro

I’ve been keeping up with marijuana news more and more and something has gotten to me. It seems that the government has decided to rehash another long dead lie about marijuana in an effort to scare people into their way of thinking. The big lie is that marijuana is now more potent than it was 40-50 years ago. This is an old lie, debunked time and time again. The people that fall for it, the citizen drug warrior whose too stupid to know any better, makes it worse by extrapolating various absurdities from government-sanctioned drug DEAlers.

One of the great liars is the former drug czar, John P. Walters. Here he is lying about marijuana’s potency via TheFreshScent.

The Great Marijuana Lie

One of the greatest lies, and my personal favorite, happens to be that marijuana growers are somehow genetically engineering some kind of super weed to explain why it’s more potent. First of all, genetic engineering as a science is still very much in its infancy. To apply it to marijuana cultivation would be very costly and I doubt your local grower has that kind of money and the Mexican drug cartels are far from interested in delivering more potent marijuana. If they cared at all, Mexican cultivated marijuana wouldn’t be some of the weakest marijuana available after hemp.

Do you really think “El Diablo” wants to drop his fortune trying to genetically modify marijuana when he could easily use it to buy another yacht, hotel, bank, federali, or military person? If you’re one of these citizen drug warriors, you’re probably stupid enough to believe that one. I wouldn’t be surprised.

The reason people come up with these outrageous lies is because:

  1. the naive don’t know who to get the truth from and
  2. they have to figure out some way to justify the lies.

Well, that’s what I am here for.. to tell the truth about marijuana potency. Marijuana is NOT any more potent today than it was back in the 1960’s. Allow me to repeat that…

MARIJUANA IS NOT ANY MORE POTENT TODAY THAN IT WAS BACK IN THE 1960’s.

Fish Analogy: Explaining different potencies

People have to first understand that there are different kinds of marijuana out there. It’s like the different types of fish. Fish have developed these traits over the last few million years long before genetic testing was so much as a glimmer in anyone’s eye due to their environment. Just as environment can produce all kinds of cool, weird, beautiful, big, and small fish species, the earth’s differing environments have produced different kinds of marijuana plants from small to tall to bushy to lanky with light green to purple colors. The potency ranges from less than 0.5% (hemp) to upwards of 20% (skunk). It’s simply been this way for thousands of years. No one has done anything different to marijuana other than search and grow the best kinds.

As a grower, of course, I am going to look for strains that have the highest potency. It’s no different than a home owner choosing which type of flowers, shrubs, and small trees he or she wants in their backyard. You want the best, so you look for the best. If you can have the most beautiful garden with a large variety of plants, what would you do?

Lacing the Truth

Although the government is blatantly lying about the potency of marijuana at every turn, there are some nefarious types out there. They do modify marijuana after it’s already grown and harvested. These people will spray marijuana with chemicals that are harmful, if not fatal.

However, this can be compared to the lack of regulation that existed in the meat packing industry. Unregulated, you’d find all kinds of substances in your canned food from metal shavings to rats. It took the creation of the Food & Drug Administration to clean up the meat packing industry.

So, what are we to expect when it comes to a wholly unregulated marijuana industry? In the UK, people are spraying marijuana with some kind of silica to increase weight. In the US, almost everything is used to lace marijuana from roach spray to formeldahyde. If we want to protect ourselves, we’re going to have regulate the marijuana industry to eliminate violent drug cartels as well as limit the danger that is inherent to a black market system.

Last Word

Unfortunately, the US government continues to leave the marijuana industry unregulated and dangerous. This is why I advocate growing your own marijuana. You can control the quality as well as keep money out of the hands of violent drug cartels. Unfortunately, growing your own marijuana, no matter how much it actually helps save lives, is a crime where men like Eddy Lepp and Charlie Lynch go to jail for providing good, clean, quality-controlled marijuana to various patients.

8 decades later and the best this government can do is continue lying about marijuana instead of controlling it.

Good job, America.

One More Thing

While the government is claiming that marijuana is reaching some kind of dangerous potency, pharmaceutical companies have created a synthetic (fake) 100% THC pill called marinol. And, it can’t get any more potent than 100% pure. As long as marijuana remains illegal, drugs like marinol can be created so that pharmaceutical companies can make as much money from prohibition as possible.

If marijuana doesn’t have any medical value then why would a pharmaceutical company develop synthetic marijuana in pill form? The sad and pitiful part is that it doesn’t even work because it’s too strong. Patients on marinol report of incapacitation for days at a time and terrible hallucinations. On top of that, marinol does not contain any of the helpful substances like Cannabinoids (CBDs) and Cannabinols (CBNs) which specifically help relieve nausea, alleviate pain, and relax you. Natural THC degrades into those CBDs and CBNs. How is unnatural, synthetic THC in pill form going to degrade into CBDs and CBNs? It won’t which is why it does not, will not, and can not work.

But, thanks to the US government, terminally ill patients who can actually use natural marijuana can’t get their hands on it. Their only option is a pill that doesn’t even work.

Once again, good job, America.

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You Can’t Stop Marijuana!!
1 comment, 09/05/2009, by in Opinion


Honestly, I don’t even care about legalization anymore.
Maybe, I shouldn’t say that but that’s the best representation of how I feel. It’s just that the debate has become moot to me at this point. I’m not finished with the fight and I still support legalization. I just choose to fight and support in a different way. See, I’m a grower. Yes, I grow marijuana. I have a small closet grow that I am upgrading right now to provide a better environment for my future plants. You’d be amazed at how many of “us” exist in the United States, well under the radar save for the foolish ones who pop up to speak on the issue like myself.

I don’t care because my grow is personal. I grow what I want and yes I do share with friends. The products I buy to grow my marijuana can be found at any typical, run-of-the-mill garden shop – lights, soil/soil-less/hydro, nutrients, etc. The seeds, I can get from any of the other growers I know in the United States – princess diesel, super silver haze, sour diesel, northern lights, and so on. Yes, there are more of us and we’re connected in some way like a large, loose co-op!

The money I spend doesn’t go to any Mexican drug cartels. I don’t buy their cheap marijuana anymore, anyway. The money I spend doesn’t go to any terrorist organizations in the Middle East, either. In fact, the money I spend growing marijuana supports American business and keeps another person employed – Home Depot (lighting, buckets/flower pots, soil, timers, nutrients), Petland (air tubing, stones, pumps), etc. The marijuana I grow isn’t sold to, nor shared with, any children. In fact, all of my friends are well above the age of 21.

So, who am I harming? Who am I stealing from?
Who’s life is being destroyed by my decisions and activities?

NO ONE!

Folks, the future of marijuana under prohibition is small, “undetectable”, personal grow operations – closets, wardrobes, grow boxes, etc. If you want to learn how to grow marijuana as well, just ask me. Or, look for an online grow forums (ICMAG is a great resource). Or, go to your local bookstore. I got my book from Barnes & Noble.

Legalize it. Prohibition has already lost the war. The game’s long over. Even if I get caught tomorrow, I’ve already set up dozens of others and many more know I am available when they’re ready. I’ll continue leaving my mark, one grower at a time.

Each one, teach one – it’s exponential!

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So, how was your 420?
1 comment, 21/04/2009, by in True Story

My 420 pretty much sucked to be honest.

I had it all set and ready to go. I was attending a grower’s party. While I was invited to go to other spots, there’s nothing better than a grower’s party. Imagine about 20 people getting together and bringing their finest homegrown for everyone else to try out. And, it all fell through.

Sure, I could have done something else, gone somewhere else.. but I had my mind set on this party. Oh well, what can ya do?

I know. I realized something.

I don’t need one day for it to be 420. I don’t need the clock to hit 4:20am or pm EST for the call to “light it up”. I realized a long time ago that 420 is every day and every minute. As long as I have marijuana, which I always do, I’ll be celebrating 420 forever.

Yup!

And, I need to be the one having a 420 party next time.

One last thing,

where did so many people come from that smoke marijuana? I have friends who’ve told me all the bad things about marijuana come up to me and ask how they could get some? The way they bad-talk marijuana users, I’d think they’d be against it. NO WAY. They’ve done it before and they just wanna get high again. But, I don’t blame them. Everyone has a public face and in this “unemployment” climate, it’s best they speak against it. Sure, see me private, email me, text me. I’m here for you.. if I already know you. Come on out the woodwork.

I have friends that I know will call me first when they’re ready to smoke. I love that. When you think you can’t go any further with people, they end up coming to you! And, I welcome them all. They know me and they know if they’re going to do any marijuana, I will make sure they enjoy themselves to the fullest in a safe environment.

I always wonder if my friends’ willingness to try marijuana for the first time is a function of my influence through honest re-education or their own curiosity. I know at least one vote for decriminalization in Boston was my influence. Each one, teach one. Keep it going.

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Obama Fried Chicken.. so what!?
4 comments, 09/04/2009, by in News

Well if I knew it would have been news or even blog-worthy, I would have posted this picture two months ago:This Obama Fried Chicken is on 115th and 7th Ave/St Nicholas Ave. It’s sort of an intersection there. I was looking for parking and parked right in front of it without realizing the name of the spot until I got out of my car. As soon as I saw the name I pulled out the phone and took that picture. I thought it was hilarious. My friends got plenty of food there during that late night spades party.

My friend told me as soon as Obama was elected, they changed the name. So, this spot may have been up since November.

Check out fellow blogger Rippa @ The Intersection of Madness and Reality for a post about the Brooklyn location where the community seems to be protesting. Leave it up to us African American folk to get upset over small things. Or, maybe it’s just Brooklyn folks that are always uptight about something. I wonder if they’re going to go crazy over this Harlem location even though it’s been up for months without so much as a peep from the Harlem community.

In an effort to support Black business, there’s a great restaurant on 116th street, close to Lenox Ave and I am not talking about the overrated Amy Ruth’s. It’s across the street from Amy Ruth. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the spot but the title of it has the word “supreme” in it. Make sure you get the candied carrots. It’s worth it!!

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Marijuana Gives Cancer the Munchies
1 comment, 03/04/2009, by in Opinion

I just came across this article in my RSS from Spain via Cannabis Culture magazine: New Study Shows Marijuana Helps In Battle Against Cancer. I thought it was pretty significant. Yet, another study showing how marijuana can be used medically. When I hear anything like this, I want to know how it works. How does marijuana help battle cancer? I thought the answer was so funny:

The authors from the Complutense University in Madrid, working with scientists from other universities, found that the active component of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), causes cancer cells to undergo a process called autophagy — the breakdown that occurs when the cell essentially self-digests.

I thought about it. I just repeated that term: “Self-digests!? So, it literally eats itself to death. Then I came to the conclusion that marijuana causes the cancer cells to get really hungry and since it can’t go to the corner store, it has to eat itself.

But, then I got all philosophical about it..

well if it gives cancer the munchies, am I a cancer. don’t we all get the munchies. WE’RE ALL CANCER

..so now I stop.

Take another puff

But, seriously. This nation spends billions on cancer research and billions on prohibition. Isn’t it this nation’s own stupidity and fear that keeps us realizing this potential cure is right under our noses? My mother had her breasts removed because of cancer. Why did we have to suffer? I’m done.

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Budget cuts? Police first!! Episode 2
5 comments, 11/03/2009, by in Opinion


Episode 1: Budget cuts? Police first!!

I thought I’d relay a comment I left on an article I’d just read: Suspension for 3 Cops in Facebook Flap. In short, a few dumb ass cops were canned from their jobs due to racist and sexist comments on their Facebook pages. Here is my response to that article:

It’s the economy people. You really think these officers would have been fired for these comments if states weren’t looking for ways to cut down on the budget. Some of the greatest costs to cities and states happens to be bad police policy, where crooked cops get slaps on the wrist for the crimes they commit while badged.

Think about it. Look at the Oscar Grant murder. The family is suing the city for $50M. Ask yourself, how many of these lawsuits exist in your city, state, and across the nation? How many of them have been settled or already judged on? How many millions are these areas losing because of police misconduct?? Finally, police are being let go left and right all of a sudden where they’d just be placed on desk duty or something like that. It should have been this way all along.

Unfortunately, it takes a bad economy for people to think straight and start making cops accountable for their actions. Why should innocent taxpayers have to fork over millions to people that should never have been hurt in the first place only to continue paying some creep who was never good at his/her job in the first place?

Truthfully speaking, I hope more terminations of police occur throughout the nation. For far too long, the police have been more of a liability than an asset. It’s time certain officials start taking this burden more seriously. In times when we can’t provide decent school books to our children or afford to keep a hospital open, there’s no reason why any county, city, or state should tolerate the arrogance and willfullness of crooked police officers. How many more millions do we taxpayers have to shell out to victims of police misconduct or outright brutality before we come to our senses??

New York City

  • $8.75 Million for brutalizing Abner Louima – 218 jobs (@ 40k/year for 1 year)
  • $3 Million for the murder of Ousman Zongo – 75 jobs
  • $3 Million for the murder of Amadou Diallo – 75 jobs
  • $3 Million for the murder of Anthony Baez – 75 jobs

Chicago

  • Loevy & Loevy, civil rights law firm, claims to have won $80 Million in settlements – 2,000 jobs

And we’re not even discussing general court costs as well as any other costs associated with incarceration.

If I was getting paid to write these posts, I’d continue looking up this information. But I think my readers get the point. This nation can save a lot of money and a lot of jobs if these “officials” do something about police brutality.

I think Harrison officials are smart for getting rid of these officers BEFORE they create greater liabilities for the town!

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Why marijuana regulation is important?
3 comments, 09/03/2009, by in Opinion

Intro

There are different kinds of marijuana users around the world. Most people tend to fall into the category of people who don’t really care about what kind of marijuana they smoke as long as they’re getting high. And, most marijuana will cover that part without a problem.

Then there are people like myself, the “marijuana connoisseurs” as I’d like to think. I have been compared to a sommelier (wine expert) more than once. I understand and respect that there are different kinds of marijuana and they affect people differently. For example, Michelle Rainey, a marijuana activist in Canada, prefers Afghani Bullrider to help with her Crohn’s disease. On another note, if you were looking for something that would help with sexual arousal, a nice sativa strain will do that such as Mikado. You won’t find these strains at the “corner market”. Michelle Rainey grows her own medicine and Mikado is available as seed, cheaply because it’s not one of the more famous fast moving strains.

There are plenty of other strains, some “land race”, or naturally occurring, and some created or bred by crossing different strains. Some are pretty much the same while others express different qualities in potency, smell, taste, effect, color, and so on.

Talkin Regulation

This is why I was happy to read this article: Is Cutting-Edge Marijuana Lab the Future of Legitimate Pot?. The tagline beneath the title reads,

“If pot is truly medicine, shouldn’t it be standardized? A lab has big plans to test the potency of Cali cannabis sold in dispensaries.”

The article itself is five pages long. Someone, Stephen DeAngelo, has had the sense to provide potency percents to let people know the potency of their marijuana.

“At downtown Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the hairy green buds have numbers. The new nomenclature beckons viewers from within seven gleaming glass display cases. Antiseptic white placards boast authoritative black digits. Each stands erect next to a Petri dish of high-octane “White Rhino” or “Afgooey Super Melt.” They read: 7 percent, 11 percent, 18 percent, or 21 percent. Even 80 percent.

For the most part, we have to go by what we know or what we hear from others. Most of us accept that Mexican-grown marijuana is usually the weakest (more on that later). But, what’s the strongest? I’ve had good experiences with Hempstar and Hush. They were, in my opinion, the strongest marijuana I’ve tried. But, were they the strongest? I couldn’t tell you to be honest. Maybe Stephen DeAngelo can.

Marijuana Safety

He also gives a damn about the safety of the marijuana they sell. Most of us know and accept the fact that marijuana itself is rather safe. However, when we purchase marijuana, we don’t always think about the environment or the grower which directly affects the marijuana we smoke.

For example, on the streets, you’re more likely to find marijuana from Mexico. I don’t know how many times I’ve pointed out how careless Mexican growers are with their marijuana. All of it comes seeded and seeds limit potency so the marijuana they grow naturally comes weak, the absolute weakest on the market. It’s also packaged tightly into large bricks hence the term, Mexi-brick. The process of packing the marijuana so tightly increases the opportunity for mold to form especially if the marijuana hasn’t been dried properly. Forunately, Mexican grown marijuana is usually so dry you have to rehydrate it just to make it smokable. Other problems include the long distances, time it takes to travel, and the conditions the bricked marijuana may go through to get from one point to the other. Anything can happen in that time to affect the marijuana.

The article points out:

“It’s expensive to test every single thing that comes through the door — that’s the price you pay with a decentralized supply system,” Dave said. “But that’s what you’ve got. You’ve got five pounds coming from here and two from there and one individual. I mean, a dog walks in the grow room, and wags its tail — anything can be coming off that dog’s tail. It’s gross. Fertilizers with E. coli. Compost teas that they don’t make right, anaerobic tea that has elevated levels of E. coli and salmonella. It has to come. There’s no way that this is sustainable. All it takes is one story of immune-compromised people dying from aspergillus infection. The myth that cannabis hasn’t killed a single person in 3,000 years is allowed to go on. Well, it’s not cannabis that kills people, it’s all the shit that’s in it.

Legalize and Regulate

Isn’t it better, smarter, cleaner that someone has the sense to test for these things in the products they sell. Does anyone remember being taught about meat packing reform in the United States. Most people take it for granted these days. However, back then, it was not uncommon for canned meat to be spoiled green, contain whole rats or just parts, and be mixed with various other things that may not even be edible. It took government intervention to bring some safety to the meat packing industry.

Maybe if the US government gets its collective head out of its behind, perhaps it will legalize and regulate the marijuana industry, at least, for the safety of its own citizens. Let’s just hope the government doesn’t go too far.

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Thought: Petition DEA to schedule alcohol AND tobacco!
2 comments, 05/03/2009, by in Opinion

Intro

In 1970, Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act. At the time, no one knew enough about marijuana (although it has been in use around the world for thousands of years) to know where to schedule it. For the mean time, it would be considered a “Schedule I” substance until more research of the plant could be conducted.

Reference Note
Schedule I is the placement for substances that:
(A) has a high potential for abuse.
(B) has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
(C) lacks accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
There are also Schedules II, III, IV, and V which are just lesser forms where Schedule V substances:
(A) has a low potential for abuse compared to Schedule IV.
(B) has accepted medical use in the United States.
(C) may lead to limited physical or psychological dependence.
This is why the DEA thinks cocaine (Sched. II) is safer than marijuana (Sched. I).

President Nixon commissioned the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse also known as the Shafer Commission after the chairman Raymond P. Shafer. In 1972, Shafer presented the report, Marijuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding in which recommended that marijuana be decriminalized and treated as a social concern which means its use would, at least, be discouraged.

“[T]he criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use. It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only ‘with the greatest reluctance.”

And this was in 1972. We’re still fighting this war almost 4 decades later because the Nixon Administration ignored the very report they commissioned in the first place, not the first nor last time this has occurred.

With all of that information under our belt, couldn’t, or maybe shouldn’t, one agree that if there are any substances or drugs that should have Schedule I status, they would be alcohol and tobacco. Let’s analyze this fairly. According to Schedule I, a substance should have a high potential for abuse, no medical utility, and lack accepted safety for use.
Source: Wikipedia

Petition to schedule tobacco

Is tobacco addictive?

Yes. Most smokers use tobacco regularly because they are addicted to nicotine. Addiction is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, even in the face of negative health consequences. It is well documented that most smokers identify tobacco use as harmful and express a desire to reduce or stop using it, and nearly 35 million of them want to quit each year. Unfortunately, only about 6 percent of people who try to quit are successful for more than a month.

Is there any medical utility for tobacco?
I tried to find some information that would promote the use of tobacco for medicinal purposes and I could not find any evidence. However, I found this:

Cigarette smoking kills an estimated 440,000 U.S. citizens each year—more than alcohol, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fire, and AIDS combined. Since 1964, more than 12 million Americans have died prematurely from smoking, and another 25 million U.S. smokers alive today will most likely die of a smoking related illness.”

Well so far, it satisfies two out of three requirements for Schedule I. Shall we go for a third? I think so!

Is there any accepted safety for use?
I didn’t find much on accepted safety for use but I found this nifty list of surgeon general warnings that may help:

  • Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health
  • The Surgeon General Has Determined that Cigarette Smoking is Dangerous to Your Health
  • Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, And May Complicate Pregnancy.
  • Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health.
  • Smoking By Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, And Low Birth Weight.
  • Cigarette Smoke Contains Carbon Monoxide.
  • Cigar Smoking Can Cause Cancers Of The Mouth And Throat, Even If You Do Not Inhale.
  • Cigars Are Not A Safe Alternative To Cigarettes.
  • This Product May Cause Gum Disease And Tooth Loss.
  • This Product May Cause Mouth Cancer.
  • This Product Is Not A Safe Alternative To Cigarettes.

I figure the accepted safety of tobacco would be before you’re negatively affected by any of these ailments and the others that weren’t mentioned.
Source:
National Institute on Drug Abuse and Wikipedia

Petition to schedule alcohol

Is alcohol addictive?

“Yes, alcohol is highly addictive. About 18 million adults are addicted to alcohol. This means they need to drink alcohol in order to function normally, and their drinking causes problems in their lives.”

Is there any medical utility to alcohol?

“Various meta-analyses have established alcohol’s causal role in a wide range of physical, mental and social harms, with practically no organ in the body immune from alcohol related harm.”

Is there any accepted safe use of alcohol?

This really all depends on what you consider safe, of course. It takes only ONE drink to be considered impaired. Depending on your weight and history of intake, it may take a lot to actually kill you. But, it can kill you.

Sources: WebMD and World Health Organization (PDF)

But, WHY?

There are numerous reasons why I want the DEA to schedule alcohol and tobacco.

  1. Appropriate: Both alcohol and tobacco fit the definition of a Schedule I substance
  2. Hypocrisy: If the DEA didn’t schedule these substances, they’d be contradicting their own policy
  3. Destruction: Imagine using the Controlled Substances Act to criminalize alcohol and tobacco. Sit back and internalize what would happen if alcohol and tobacco were made illegal!!! It’s my guess that the CSA, along with the DEA, would be dismantled long before alcohol and tobacco were ever made illegal. I fear for my life just thinking about clicking on “publish post”.

Instead of fighting a government that comfortably views and accepts marijuana’s criminalization, force them to confront, not only their own addiction to self-inflicted death, but also the contradiction of this sick, twisted, disgusting, and backward drug policy. The only issue for me to figure out is how does one petition the DEA to schedule these dangerous drugs so they can be removed from society? Just a matter of time before it’s all figured out.

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Legalization: By Any Means Necessary?
4 comments, 02/03/2009, by in Opinion

After I wrote the last post [link] on why I believe marijuana won’t boost the economy, I got a lot of support and a lot of flack. I got support from people who understand what I am trying to do. I got a lot of flack from people who, I find, don’t give a damn. I find myself between two evils, both stemming from greed. Unfortunately, most people probably won’t bother reading. They’ll ignore common sense because for them legalization is the only thing that matters.

Marijuana legalization advocates, specifically, seem to not care about HOW marijuana is legalized, as long as it is legalized. This exhibition of “weed greed” is a major problem for me. Advocates don’t have a problem quoting big numbers to entice politicians who are suffering from “tax greed”. California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano proves my point. He claims that California can reap in $1.3 billion in tax revenues per year [link]. And, I know this is a number that’s been quoted by legalization groups in the past [link]. I also believe that those numbers are not at all feasible.

Don’t get me wrong. I do believe that legalization will be a boost to the economy. I simply do NOT believe in the exorbitant numbers quoted by marijuana advocates and politicians who believe in those numbers. At the same time, I don’t blame advocates for appealing to political greed on this issue. Greed seems to be the ultimate driving force of this economy anyway.

Assemblyman Ammiano proposed a fixed tax of $50 per ounce of marijuana. While I can appreciate the opportunity that he brings in opening the floor to debate, I find this tax to be completely reckless and a danger to legalization efforts. While it may cause politicians to salivate and froth at the mouth, it’s not an honest number to start with in a real debate. However, that’s what a debate is all about. We can’t have a real debate with people willing to misinform the public.

In my previous post [link], I did something that may have pissed off fans of legalization. I discussed common sense economics. My argument is simple to anyone who has taken freshman level economics. It must have been scary to them to see a serious argument based on real numbers and the precedent of alcohol prohibition. Comments to my post seem to almost make up the idea that potheads will drive this economic revolution.

We seem to forget that potheads are human beings. We seem to forget that marijuana is not addictive. We seem to discount the idea of competition. And, we seem to discount any concept of supply vs demand. It’s these misconceptions that allude to these large numbers. It seems very obvious to me that typical potheads don’t understand, don’t care to understand, or are just willing to misinform anyone on their willingness to pay these prices.

If we adjust pricing for competition and increased supply vs demand, $50 per ounce ammounts to extortion. A commenter mentioned that potheads wouldn’t have a problem paying 75% in taxes, that is, after pricing adjustments. Well I am a pothead and grower and I will NOT pay $50 per ounce extra. While it may seem necessary to keep up that farce to get what we want, it’s a thin veil, easily broken. Once the real economists see these plans, they’re not going to agree at all.

It’s very much legalization by any means necessary.

It’s my view that if marijuana is to be legalized then we ought to legalize it for the right reasons. Greed is never the right reason to do anything. As I’ve mentioned before, there is greed on both sides of the issue. Legalize marijuana because it’s safe. Legalize marijuana because it’s helpful. Legalize marijuana because it’s the smart thing to do.

If we usher in legalization based on greed, we do more harm to national efforts than we will ever realize.

I don’t believe marijuana will bring in over $1 billion in tax revenues to California. Simply read my last post as to why I believe it [link].

  • What will happen if marijuana doesn’t bring in $1.3 billion in taxes?
  • What will happen nationally if California doesn’t perform as expected?
  • What will happen if legalized marijuana doesn’t beat prohibition-era pricing?
  • Would one still pay $50 more if they can get the same marijuana for $50 less?
If I am right, we go back to combating the same arguments as before because we stopped combating them due to greed. It won’t be worth it to legalize marijuana if people still think that it’s a dangerous substance. It won’t be worth it to legalize marijuana if high taxes drive the black market. And, there will be various groups supported by the DEA, tobacco companies, alcohol companies, and pharmaceutical companies as well as others who will make every effort to prove legalization is a failure. Advocates and politicians have been blinded by greed to the point that they don’t even care to further address these issues.

It’s silly that one kind of misinformation, spurred by greed, is overriding another kind of misinformation, spurred by fear. I feel that we’ve come a long way as it pertains to general public opinion. Marijuana is more widely accepted. This legalization for economy push, although in the right direction, is for the wrong reasons. Legalization is going to be based on a weak foundation of money that may not materialize rather than the strong foundation of common sense and intelligence.

I am not an opponent of legalization. I am an opponent of weak policy, greed, and stupidity.

I am for marijuana legalization. It’s the right path for the United States. It will bring in some tax revenue and will also save a lot of money on police expenditures. However, if California messes this up by NOT meeting demands or expectations, I believe it will push national legalization efforts back by a lot. I already believe they won’t meet those expectations. I’d rather have an honest debate about the nature of marijuana than a misinformation campaign about a boost to the economy that will disappoint.

We ought to have an honest debate with doctors, scientists, and researchers instead of this silly war of words we get caught up in between advocates who can only quote unnamed experts. Is it so wrong of me to ask for honesty in the debate. Is it so wrong of me to question motives? Is it so wrong of me to be so honest? I suppose to many fans of legalization, it is wrong of me to be honest. Unfortunately, they sound a lot like the DEA who routinely misinforms the public about marijuana.

I want to be wrong. I need to be wrong. But, I will not ignore history. I will not ignore other precedents. I will not ignore the lessons of alcohol prohibition. Legalize marijuana the right way. This is not the right way.

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Reality Check: Marijuana won’t boost economy
22 comments, 01/03/2009, by in Opinion

Intro

First and foremost, let me say that I would love to see marijuana legalized in the United States. As a user, with some growing experience, I believe it will be the best thing in the long run for this nation. Let’s continue…Now that I am down from the high – that is, the high I got from hearing that California may legalize marijuana outright and NJ’s attempt at medical marijuana – I realize or at least believe that marijuana will not be that great of a boost to the economy. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that it’s the worst idea yet regardless of what side your on – for the economy or for legalization. In fact, I believe, if anything, it may be a boost to anti-marijuana groups in the long term when it does NOT work to boost the economy as many expect.

Problem One: Fallacy of Worth

Today, marijuana is the number one cash crop valued at about $40 Billion in the United States alone. No one argues that figure. California alone expects to reap in $1 Billion of that in tax revenues if they are successful at legalizing it. But, anyone with any business acumen, if they think about it carefully, knows that is not true. When gauging the worth of a product, we take in all factors – costs, supply vs demand, taxes, profit margin, etc.

Cost
If we discuss the costs, all one needs to remember is the very reason marijuana is such a high value cash crop is due to prohibition. The fact that it’s illegal drives up the price considerably. Take away the prohibition and the prices plummet from cultivation to trafficking to the final point of sale. No prohibition = no risk = lower operational costs.

Supply vs Demand
Also, it’s a given that growers will not only grow more marijuana but will be less likely to lose crops to DEA/police raids and theft. Factor in the long term potential that marijuana may have foreign suppliers from all over the world. All of this leads to a greater supply and much lower costs of cultivation along with the competition from many different suppliers from around world. Any kid, after a high school economics class, will tell you all about that supply vs demand chart. Granted, once prohibition is lifted, demand will increase but it will be wrong to imagine that competition alone won’t drive down the prices especially if US growers are competing with South Africa or Zimbabwe where you can get damn good landrace sativas for around $20 USD per pound.

Taxes
Califorina Assemblyman Tom Ammiano proposed a fixed tax of $50 per ounce of marijuana. How feasible is this when marijuana prices hit rock bottom? You get more than an ounce of tobacco in a carton of cigarettes which you can buy online for $10-$20. Imagine paying another $50 for marijuana that not only costs considerably less but probably isn’t even rolled for you.

When NY started to increase the taxes on a pack of cigarettes, it opened up a black market. I recently gassed my car at a Hess station off the University Heights bridge and there was a sign stating $7.56 for a pack of cigarettes, “lowest price allowed by law.” You can get the same pack on the street for $4. While I believe in taxation, we need to be equitable and reasonable in taxing policy, something the United States has not done very well intelligently.

All one needs to do is look up information on the 1920 and 1930’s era of alcohol prohibition to understand the TRUE value of marijuana as a cash crop [Wiki].

When [the] repeal of Prohibition occurred in 1933, organized crime lost nearly all of its black market alcohol profits in most states (states still had the right to enforce their own laws concerning alcohol consumption), because of competition with low-priced alcohol sales at legal liquor stores.

We’ve been here before. Let’s not act “new to the game”.

Problem Two: Smoker Beware

As a person with growing experience, I know what it takes to plant, care for, and process marijuana properly. One thing we don’t do as growers is use chemicals in the drying and curing process of marijuana. While I expect that to continue in the short term, in the long term, we WILL have companies like Altria (Phililp Morris/Marlboro) who infest their tobacco products with all kinds of manmade chemicals. This is to be expected if marijuana is actually legalized.

Also, let’s mention the idea that when the regulations hit, the potency will be controlled. As a user and grower, I will NOT be purchasing marijuana when they begin this practice especially when I can grow my own more potent marjuana and it should be legal for me to do so if they’re legalizing marijuana. Or, maybe I’d just get my product direct from the grower. That’s how everyone does it now, technically.

Problem Three: What about hemp?

We’re talking about legalizing marijuana but where’s the conversation about hemp and all of its benefits. It seems as though these politicians are counting on the potheads to rescue the economy without making any mention of the use of hemp as a cash crop. I’d like to assume that if the consumption of marijuana is made legal then also hemp itself, a very low-thc version of marijuana which can be used to produce food, clothing, and a million other things. I just hope my assumption isn’t far from reality.

Problem Four: Greed is always a bad idea

Legalizing marijuana because you think it will be a boost to the economy isn’t a smart reason; it’s a greedy reason. People who are greedy don’t think carefully about the actions they take. While I do believe it will be a boost in the short term as demand will increase faster than supply, in the long term, legalized marijuana will be a huge disappointment.

Legalize marijuana because it’s the right thing to do to repair the backward drug policy that does more harm to the United States than good. Even if people believe marijuana is dangerous, prohibition is a great deal more harmful to society than the substance itself. And I think with the fact that no one has ever died from marijuana use, we can safely assume that it just might be safer than drinking too much water [Water Poisoning].

Anti-marijuana ammo
In forgetting about the safety and benefits of marijuana and ignoring anti-marijuana groups’ concern for the love of money, we may give these fringe groups all the ammo they need to recriminalize marijuana in the future. Why should it be legal if it doesn’t boost the economy? It’s a pitiful backdoor attempt at legalizing marijuana, much like the people who have the audacity to piggy back onto medical marijuana efforts. I am NOT for it. NOT THIS WAY!

One Benefit: Lower Law Enforcement Costs

The greatest benefit of legalizing marijuana is the cost savings associated with the paring down of law enforcement expenditures. I’ve written about this recently [Budget cuts? Police first!]. I’d rather the United States, or California, make the smart decision to legalize marijuana instead of thinking it will be a major boon to the economy.

Perhaps, the short term boost is all this economy requires. But, then what?

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30 Days, No weed. Can I do it?
8 comments, 26/02/2009, by in Opinion

Intro

Many people think that marijuana is addictive. This idea is very much wrong. The concept of marijuana addiction comes from one of two places: lies/misinformation or addictive personalities. As I am properly informed and I do suffer from an addictive personality, quitting marijuana for 30 days should be no problem for me.

Misinformation is one thing. Lying is another.

Sometimes, we as a people, have to rely on sources that we believe are credible due to their position, title, stature in the community. A great example of this are police officers. Society, in general, usually has the belief that police officers have the community’s best interest in mind. This is usually why most police officers aren’t questioned when they make false statements. No one is saying that this person is lying to us outright. The officer may very well believe what he’s telling the people. This is why we have to question the messenger.

Imagine some random person comes up to you claiming your significant other cheated on you. You’d question them: How do you know? Unfortunately, as it is human nature, we don’t question who we believe is credible. Well, where does this police officer get his information from? We don’t know do we. But, because this person has a badge and blue uniform, we’re supposed to believe him. Right? Wrong. I am not asking anyone to never believe another police officer. I am asking people to question the messenger.

Pseudo-Addiction

I have a friend who told me outright that he couldn’t quit marijuana. I thought this was very weird. I’ve stopped using marijuana in the past personally and without any adverse reactions. I’d go for a week or two and not have any “crave” or withdrawal problem that’s been popularized in the past. My own situation made me think about why my friend couldn’t quit, yet I could with no problem.

In talks with him, others, and reading accounts of fake-addiction, I came to the realization that he was weak. I’ve yet to see someone who admits to being addicted to marijuana not come out and say they’re addicted to other substances as well. He not only smoked marijuana, but he also smoked cigarettes, drank liquor, and had other problems stemming from long before he smoked marijuana. While watching the news regarding California’s legalization issue, a woman called in claiming she was addicted to marijuana. Before I could wonder what other addictions she had, she admitted using a variety of different drugs but didn’t name them all either.

One day, my friend and I were talking about quitting again and I confronted him when he claimed he was addicted to marijuana. He admitted he knew marijuana was not addictive but that he indeed had an addictive personality. In other words, he’s one of those people that has to be attached to something. Once he had a girlfriend, he completely quit marijuana turning it down at one point leaving me to smoke by myself. However, the minute they broke up, he called to tell me that he started back up again. Interestingly enough, the woman who called into the news program was a born again Christian. Let’s be honest, those types scare the hell out of most normal people. They’re personalities are way overboard. But, let’s not get anything twisted, they replaced one “addiction” for another. That’s the sign of an addictive personality, not addiction to marijuana.

Truth? Find out for yourself

Unfortunately, my “truth” about marijuana not being addictive is simply my own personal story, empirical evidence so to speak. It won’t be enough for some people. Most police officers and especially DEA, masters of misinformation in my opinion, would trump up every rebuttal in the book including lies and deceit. I can bring out a million other pot heads, and former pot heads, to help me prove my point but it may still not be enough. Why not trust people of a higher or stronger reputation? “Who?”, you ask. How about doctors and researchers who have actual experience studying marijuana and its effects. And, all I am asking is that YOU get proof from actual studies, not uneducated police officers and not even from marijuana users like me (although we have actual first hand experience). I am very much certain that my information is 100% correct.

Can I do 30 days?

There are some people who are never going to accept this reality. The answer to the question will be a resounding “NO!” They truly believe that marijuana is addictive. Going 30 days without smoking marijuana would be inconceivable.

Their attitudes are HILARIOUS.

For the record, I am currently on day 6 of not smoking marijuana. If anyone knows anything about TRUE addiction, there’s no way in hell I could go 6 days without smoking marijuana unless I am getting “professional” help. I must be going through some serious withdrawal symptoms. Well, no! I do not exhibit any withdrawal symptoms, none at all. I do not have the shakes of a cocaine addict. I do not have the irritability of a caffeine or nicotine addict either. Actually, I am pretty calm, relaxed, and functioning very well if I do say so myself. This is because I know for a fact that marijuana not addictive. Why?

Hold on to your pants folks!

The last time I took a hiatus from smoking marijuana was starting June 1st (technically mid May) and ending November 1st of 2008. Yes, that is 4 months of not smoking marijuana. Why? How? Simply put, I had gotten food poisoning in early May. I couldn’t smoke anything for the whole time that I was sick. Everything pretty much aggravated my stomach. Only thing I could handle was tea and eating very small meals. When it was finally over, I realized that I went about two weeks without using marijuana. I simply didn’t want it anymore. My friend, the same one with the addictive personality, invited me over since I was back from the dead. He had a blunt rolled and waiting. I told him that I wouldn’t be smoking because I didn’t have the urge anymore. He said, “We’ll see about that when you get here!” After hours of XBOX360, I went home as sober as I walked in, as sober as a a born again Christian, which isn’t saying much, I know.

For me, 30 days of not smoking marijuana is as easy as Lance Armstrong riding his bike one New York City block. And, I only have another 24 days to go. It officially ends on March 22nd. That’s when I’ll smoke marijuana again.

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