Saturday, August 20, 2016

The drug war is leaving kids without moms at a record rate

 by Bonnie Kristian at Rare

 

 "There are a lot of reasons to support ending the war on drugs: It’s expensive, ineffective, and counter-productive. It’s inhumane to the sick and dying. It fosters violence and is blatantly unconstitutional."


"Now, we can add another reason to that list: It leaves kids without moms." ...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jesse Ventura: 
The DEA has just been ‘toying with us’ on legalizing marijuana
 by Jesse Ventura, the former governor of Minnesota at CNBC

Jesse Ventura says it's time to give the people what they want and legalize pot - even if that means getting rid of the DEA completely.
Justice Department says it will phase out using private prisons
 By Devlin Barrett at WSJ

U.S. plans to phase out deals by letting contracts expire

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gary Johnson correct that most Americans support legalizing marijuana
By Louis Jacobson at Politifact
Federal court ruling: DOJ can’t prosecute medical pot cases
By Paul Elias and Gene Johnson, Associated Press

A decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says if no state medical marijuana laws were broken, feds can't pursue drug cases. The court rejected the argument that individuals are fair game for prosecution for violating federal law

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Study of Identical Twins Shows Marijuana Use Does Not Negatively Impact I.Q.
By GrantOliver at Weedhorn 

The study, conducted by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that cannabis DOES NOT have a negative effect on one's intelligence, including the intelligence associated with I.Q. scores.
Marijuana Advocates to DEA: Talk to the Hand
 By: Kyle Jaeger at ATTN:

 "The Drug Enforcement Administration says marijuana lacks medical value. So why did the U.S. government file a patent for cannabis — specifying that the plant has multiple therapeutic benefits — as far back as 1999? "

Friday, August 12, 2016

Health Scientist Blacklisting and the Meaning of Marijuana in the Oval Office in the Early 1970s

 by Sunil Kumar Aggarwal MD PhD

 

Unpacking the Nixon Tapes: The Meaning of Marijuana for the U.S. Presidential Administration Which Created and Placed It in Schedule I

Tell Congress: Deschedule Marijuana
 https://secure.everyaction.com/Pi9rrC-YkUCcmW-1dMLPmA2

Obama Is Letting the Drug War Rage on Pointlessly

 

 

 ... "The dangers the government insists on associating with marijuana are, in fact, dangers caused by prohibition itself."

Thursday, August 11, 2016

POTUS or Congress Must Stop The DEA To End The War On Marijuana And Anyone That Uses It
by: Thinking Clearly
  
“The Drug Enforcement Administration was created by President Richard Nixon through an Executive Order* in July 1973 in order to establish a single unified command to combat “an all-out global war on the drug menace.” At its outset, DEA had 1,470 Special Agents and a budget of less than $75 million. Today, the DEA has nearly 5,000 Special Agents and a budget of $2.02 billion.” http://www.justice.gov/dea/about/history.shtml 

The DEA's  purpose is to keep marijuana illegal. No government agency is going to voluntarily put themselves out of business. To think that the DEA actually cares about the facts is a fairy tale. 

On March 21, the day before the Shafer Commission released its report, Nixon said, "We need, and I use the word 'all out war,' on all fronts ... we have to attack on all fronts." Nixon and his advisors went on to plan a speech about why he opposed marijuana legalization, and proposed that he do "a drug thing every week" during the 1972 presidential election year. Nixon wanted a "Goddamn strong statement about marijuana ... that just tears the ass out of them." 

Nixon's private comments about marijuana showed he was the epitome of misinformation and prejudice. He believed marijuana led to hard drugs, despite the evidence to the contrary. He saw marijuana as tied to "radical demonstrators." He believed that "the Jews," especially "Jewish psychiatrists" were behind advocacy for legalization, asking advisor Bob Haldeman, "What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob?" He made a bizarre distinction between marijuana and alcohol, saying people use marijuana "to get high" while "a person drinks to have fun." 

 In 1969, President Richard Nixon announced that the Attorney General, John N. Mitchell, was preparing a comprehensive new measure to more effectively meet the narcotic and dangerous drug problems at the federal level by combining all existing federal laws into a single new statute. The CSA combined existing federal drug laws but it also changed the nature of federal drug law policies, expanded the scope of federal drug laws and expanded Federal law enforcement as pertaining to controlled substances. The Drug Enforcement Administration was established on July 1, 1973 and signed by President Richard Nixon on July 28. 

Until the President Of The United States or US Congress stops them, the DEA will always do what it was meant to do: "tear the ass" out of marijuana users and prosecute an unreasonable and unrelenting war on drugs - especially marijuana. 

The drug war and the mass incarceration of America will never end until the US Congress or the President addresses the DEA and stops them from prosecuting the still continuing War On Drugs and the people that use them.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Senate Tried to Overturn ‘Citizens United’ Today. Guess What Stopped Them?

By John Nichols at The Nation

... "Fifty-four senators, all Democrats and independents who caucus with the Democrats, voted Thursday for the amendment to clarify in the Constitution that Congress and the states have the authority to do what they did for a century before activist judges began intervening on behalf of wealthy donors and corporations: enact meaningful campaign finance rules and regulations."

"But forty-two senators, all Republicans, voted no. As a result, Udall noted, the Republican minority was able to “filibuster this measure and instead choose to support a broken system that prioritizes corporations and billionaires over regular voters.” ...

 

Monday, August 8, 2016

WikiLeaks: Alcohol Industry Bribed Congress To Demonize Marijuana

By True Activist at Mint Press 

 Newly leaked information reveals that officials in some of the top alcohol companies in America spent money on persuading members of Congress to pay attention to the alleged problem of “marijuana-impaired driving."

Saturday, August 6, 2016

DEA should stop stalling on reclassifying cannabis 

By The Denver Post Editorial Board 

 

"... without the kind of scientific research that prohibition shackles, it is difficult to see how that debate could be well-informed.

The DEA should step up and look past its ridiculous hard-line approach."

 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Who profits from keeping the drug war going? Law enforcement

author of “How the Drug War Ruins American Lives.” at News&Observer

National Guard, DEA, State Police Raid Elderly Cancer Patient Over 4 Pot Plants

 by Matt Agorist at MintPress News

 

 "Jackson was in his backyard last Tuesday when plainclothes men and a helicopter descended on his property. With no warrant, and without showing identification, these heroes ripped Jackson’s plants from the ground."

Barack Obama's Marijuana Legacy

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Cops Raid Legal Cannabis Companies Despite Upcoming Recreational Vote

  By Will Yakowicz - Staff writer, Inc.

 Med-West, a medical THC extract company in San Diego, was raided in January and again in June. It's one of a number of cannabis companies targeted for asset seizure--but with no attendant criminal charges being filed--by California authorities.
 
 


Friday, July 29, 2016

Russia’s war on drugs is hurting America

 By Danielle Allen at The Washington Post

 ... "At this point, our situation is already crystal clear. The drug war is not solving the problems of either addiction or crime. It is, however, tearing our social fabric, and that weakens us as a country, including within the geopolitical order. Trump and Putin are on the same page here. With regard to the war on drugs, they are aligned in pursuing a policy that makes America weaker."

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Devil Weed"—How the Newspaper Industry and Nylon Played Shameful Roles in Criminalizing Marijuana

by Steve Panovich at The Influence


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016

City of Hugo terrorized by false tests for THC in City water supply - field test kits are junk
info at: Yakima Herald  and The Denver Post

Yakima Herald: 23 July 2016

 "Authorities said Saturday that new tests show there is no evidence of a marijuana chemical in a Colorado community's tap water and they believe the initial tests were false."

"Warnings not to drink the water were lifted Saturday after multiple tests confirmed there was no THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, in the water."

 ... "Commercial marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing, testing facilities and retail marijuana stores are banned in Hugo, although they are legal elsewhere in the state."

Denver Post: July 21, 2016

"multiple preliminary tests of the water came back positive for THC...

... "the company, which he did not identify, had been getting inconsistent results and decided to test a vial of tap water, expecting it to be negative. Instead, the test came back positive, and the company called authorities.

... Lincoln County officials conducted 10 other field tests, using two different types of test kits, on the town’s water and six came back positive."...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ex-Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols

Norm Stamper at DemocracyNow!

  ... " I think what accounts for it—there are several factors, one of which is that in 1971 Richard Nixon famously proclaimed drugs public enemy number one—drug abuse—and declared all-out war on drugs, which was really a declaration of war against his own people. And overwhelmingly, young people, poor people, people of color suffered, and have continued to suffer over the decades as a result of a decision to put America’s front-line police officers on the front lines of the drug war as foot soldiers. And then we wonder why there’s such a strain in the relationship between police and community, and particularly those communities that are entrenched in poverty and other economic disadvantage, communities that historically have been neglected or abused or oppressed by their own police departments. So we really intensified and escalated the country’s war against poor people with that drug war. And we have spent $1.3 trillion prosecuting that war since the 1970s, incarcerated literally tens of millions. Please hear that figure: tens of millions of disproportionately young people and poor people and people of color. What do we have to show for it? Drugs are more readily available at lower prices and higher levels of potency. It’s time for us to end that drug war. That began the militarization of policing, without a doubt.

9/11 is another milestone, for obvious reasons. The federal government began throwing military surplus at local law enforcement agencies, such that, in terms of how they look, in terms of how they’re equipped, in terms of how they are weaponized, America’s police forces look more like the military than domestic peacekeepers.
" ...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cops Fight For Their Right to Bust You for Weed



... "Marijuana is a good excuse for them to search cars and maybe find other things. Prohibition is a crime creation program whose only benefits are for law enforcement and drug dealers and not tax-paying citizens."...

... "Corney of the police chiefs association disagrees. His opposition stems from the ways in which he believes legal weed would affect everyday Californians.
"Enforcing the law isn't what police agencies do anymore," he says. "We enhance quality of life." ...

Monday, July 11, 2016

How the war on drugs affected incarceration rates

 By Lauren Carroll at Politifact


... "There is a challenge with America where we have invested, unfortunately, in a war on drugs, which has been profoundly painful to our nation, with a 500 percent increase in incarceration in our country, disproportionately affecting poor and disproportionately affecting minorities," (Sen. Cory) Booker said.

President Richard Nixon launched the war on drugs in the early 1970s, and about 10 years later President Ronald Reagan strengthened the effort. We decided to look into Booker’s claim that these stricter drug policies led to a 500 percent increase in incarceration.

We found that the number of people incarcerated for drug-related offenses has increased dramatically in the past 40 years, as has the overall incarcerated population." ...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs 

Shefali Luthra  at NPR

 

... " The study, which appears in Health Affairs, examined data from Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013. It is the first study to examine whether legalization of marijuana changes doctors' clinical practice and whether it could curb public health costs." ...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer's proteins from brain cells 

Salk Institute - Eureka Alert 

... "The researchers found that high levels of amyloid beta were associated with cellular inflammation and higher rates of neuron death. They demonstrated that exposing the cells to THC reduced amyloid beta protein levels and eliminated the inflammatory response from the nerve cells caused by the protein, thereby allowing the nerve cells to survive."

"Inflammation within the brain is a major component of the damage associated with Alzheimer's disease, but it has always been assumed that this response was coming from immune-like cells in the brain, not the nerve cells themselves," says Antonio Currais, a postdoctoral researcher in Schubert's laboratory and first author of the paper. "When we were able to identify the molecular basis of the inflammatory response to amyloid beta, it became clear that THC-like compounds that the nerve cells make themselves may be involved in protecting the cells from dying." ...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Study: Mandatory treatment not effective at reducing drug use, violates human rights

Eureka Alert - Boston University Medical Center 

 

... "In an analysis recently published in BMJ, which coincided with the UN High Level Meeting on HIV in New York, Boston Medical Center (BMC) clinician researchers assessed current global evidence and found that mandatory treatment for people with substance use disorders is not effective in reducing their drug use. In addition, mandatory treatment, which is defined as treatment ordered, motivated or supervised under the criminal justice system, done without a patient's informed consent violates their human rights and does more harm than benefit to the patient."...

 

 ... "The evidence presented in this article provides additional argumentation supporting the position of all UN organizations that mandatory treatment settings do not represent a favorable or effective environment for the treatment of drug dependence," said Fabienne Hariga, MD, MPH, senior adviser to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime during the recent meeting in New York. "The United Nations therefore calls on States to transition from mandatory drug treatment and implement voluntary, evidence-informed and rights-based health and social services in the community.''...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

 On Legalizing Medical Cannabis: The DEA Responds [EXCLUSIVE]
 
... "The DEA is “an enforcement agency, we don’t make policy, we enforce the law … the Controlled Substance Act (of 1970) delineates what our concerns ought to be … and we follow it in every instance,” he said, remarking that “everyone thinks the DEA can do anything to anyone at any time. But it can’t. We have to act with the authority vested to us by congress, and it’s all described in the CSA.”

"The supposition that the DEA can just summarily go in and change the legality of this or that drug is a big misconception the media seems to have right now, he said. The DEA follows the law, not the other way around." ...

Johann G. Fichte, (1796—1879) and THE SCIENCE OF RIGHTS
Sonia Sotomayor's devastating defense of civil liberties
by Scott Lemieux at The Week

  ... "Do not be soothed by the opinion's technical language," wrote Sotomayor. "This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding traffic warrants — even if you are doing nothing wrong." ...
D.A.R.E. Ends Anti-Pot Campaign By Quietly Removing Cannabis From Gateway Drug List
By Matt Agorist | Free Thought Project

... "If the CDC calculated the number of deaths inflicted by police while enforcing marijuana laws, that number would certainly be shocking and could even be deemed a risk to public health. Marijuana is, indeed, dangerous, but only because of what can happen to you if the police catch you with it." ...

 ... "The propaganda wall is crumbling in the war on drugs, and this cannot happen fast enough. Depriving tens of thousands of people of their freedom is not only poor judgement but it's a crime against humanity — and should be treated as such." ...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

No, the DEA will not Legalize Marijuana on August 1
By Scott Gacek |  The Daily Chronic

... "Under the AP’s guidelines, which are considered the standard by which most reputable news organizations operate, material from anonymous sources should only be used if all three of the following conditions are met:

   1.  The material is information and not opinion or speculation, and is vital to the news report.
    2. The information is not available except under the conditions of anonymity imposed by the source.
    3. The source is reliable, and in a position to have accurate information.

Based on the Observer’s article — and lack of substantiating information from the Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, and major media outlets — the cannabis community should not be duped by this misinformation." ...

Saturday, June 18, 2016

U.S. Gov’t Will Legalize Marijuana on August 1 – Santa Monica Observer
by Stan Greene Santa Monica Observer staff writer 

... “The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration will make marijuana a “Schedule Two” drug on August 1, 2016, essentially making it legal in all 50 states with a prescription, said a DEA lawyer with knowledge of the matter.”
 
“When questioned, the DEA lawyer was forced to admit the truth to our reporter, because he had told the lawyer for a DEA informant of the DEA’s intentions: Pot will become legal nationwide on August 1, 2016.” ...

What's Worse Than Pot Staying Illegal? Pot As An FDA-Regulated Drug


... "The trouble is, the marijuana industry as it exists today simply isn't prepared for the rigors of transforming into a pharmaceutical industry."...

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The First Big Company to Say It’s Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft.

Time to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act

By Paul Armentano at The Hill 

 

 ..."These goals can only be accomplished by federally descheduling cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco, thus providing states the power to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal intrusion. If the DEA fails to take this opportunity to take such action, then it is incumbent that Congress does so posthaste."

Nation’s Biggest Pro-Marijuana Group Endorses Gary Johnson For President
 by Guy Bentley at Daily Caller

... "The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), whose mission is to reform federal laws to ensure states can determine their own marijuana policies, said Johnson was the obvious choice as the most pro-legalization candidate on the ballot." 

"MPP made clear its endorsement was on the sole issue of marijuana reform and did not amount to an endorsement of the candidate’s other policies."
“We don’t take a position — and we therefore don’t take into account a candidate’s position — on other issues, such as abortion, guns, gay rights, Iraq, taxes, or Social Security,” said MPP’s Executive Director Rob Kampia." ...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The DEA is a police and propaganda agency

by Pete Guither At DrugWarRant

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REPORT: DEA Has Spent 4 Decades Obstructing Science On Marijuana 
  Matt Ferner at HuffPost politics


... “The DEA is a police and propaganda agency,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said Wednesday. “It makes no sense for it to be in charge of federal decisions involving scientific research and medical practice.” ...

..."Nadelmann said the DEA has “demonstrated a regular pattern of abusing its discretionary powers.”


“We believe this authority would be better handled by another government agency in the health realm, or even better still, by an organization that is truly independent, perhaps something that involves the National Academy of Sciences,” he said. “We will be working to encourage greater congressional oversight and also to call for reforms of federal law.”

Monday, June 13, 2016

Group pushing for marijuana legalization in MI could have huge impact on future ballot campaigns 


"...the Michigan Constitution - Article 2, Section 9 - adopted in 1963 that allows for citizen-spearheaded initiatives to adopt laws, does not have a 180-day requirement for collecting signatures."...
 

... "The MI Legalize campaign expects to file a lawsuit this week. The group’s leader and attorney Jeff Hank says the 180-day rule violates Michigan citizens’ right to initiate laws. “This is a fundamental check and balance in our system, and it’s meant to be there to check the Legislature when they won’t do what the people want,” Hank told reporters last week."...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Mexico Accused of Crimes Against Humanity in U.S.-Backed Drug War; PRI Loses Hold in State Races

Democracy Now!


"A new report accuses Mexico of committing crimes against humanity as part of the U.S.-backed drug war. The report, due out Tuesday from the New York-based Justice Initiative, marks the first time an international organization has publicly argued Mexico’s pattern of killings, torture and forced disappearances constitutes crimes against humanity. The news comes as violence has marred gubernatorial elections held in 12 Mexican states. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ruling PRI party appears to have lost power in Veracruz and a number of other states where it has ruled uninterrupted for nearly 90 years."

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Chronic marijuana use is about as bad for your health as not flossing, researchers find


“Researchers led by Madeline H. Meier of Arizona State University tracked the marijuana habits of 1,037 New Zealanders from birth to middle age to see what effect those habits have on some common measures of physical health, including lung function, systemic inflammation, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, body weight, blood sugar and dental health.”

“What they found was surprising: After controlling for other factors known to affect health, especially tobacco use and socioeconomic status, marijuana use had no negative effect on any measure of health, except for dental health. People who smoked more weed had a higher incidence of gum disease.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cannabis Prohibition is a Human Rights Violation

by Jeff Siegel

... "Now I don't know Mel Sembler personally, but I know that his quest to deny sick people their medicine is nothing short of a human rights violation. And while Mel isn’t the only one looking to continue this human rights violation, he’s certainly one of the most influential. Therefore, his efforts must be countered with the efforts of those who embrace compassion, tolerance and rational behavior.

The bottom line is that any individual who seeks to deny sick people their medication - and then gleefully boast about it - is an individual that needs to be stopped. Especially one who profited off a “drug treatment” operation that allegedly kidnapped and abused children." ...

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Judge Compares Drug War To Slavery, Bravely Refuses To Put Convicted Drug Felon In Prison

By MintPress News Desk

 

... "While the larger issue of the unjust War on Drugs remains, it is heartening to see that some within the system understand the draconian nature of the existing criminal justice system. And they’re doing something about it." ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline 

 Washington University School of Medicine

 

 A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased.