Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Unintended victims in the drug war
By Leonard Pitts

...  “Ask your local law enforcement officials if they will be following Holder’s lead. And if not, why not? Because — and this should go without saying — in a nation with a constitutional guarantee against “unreasonable searches and seizures” there is something obscene about a practice that incentivizes police to, in essence, steal money from law-abiding citizens and leaves said citizens no reasonable recourse for getting it back.”
                                                                          ~ ~ ~

We need more than a memo from Eric Holder to stop this asset forfeiture abuse. Holder’s memo sounds good, but how will it actually stop this? The truth is that it won’t. Cartel bosses and their minions are not the ones suffering from this ill conceived policy of letting Law Enforcement take property without a charge or conviction.
 
Add drug sniffing dogs for a final insult and you have a winning formula for harassing the public in search of treasure. If this is all that we can expect from the Supremes, and the congress keeps sitting on its thumbs, we can resign ourselves to this new “Bill of Wrongs”. 

Just don’t ask me to salute.
 
Does anyone feel safer? I think some reformers are right about the creation of a police state. These unusual solutions, which were meant to win a drug war,  have destroyed our constitution. 

We want it back.   -TC

Thursday, January 22, 2015

 President Obama:
"...We've treated this (marijuana) exclusively as a criminal problem, and I think that its been counter productive"...   
- (at 11 minutes into video)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think 
 by: Johann Hari - Author of 'Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs'
at Huff Post politics the blog

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Drug war fueling racial unrest

by Joseph Galeani 

...    "How much more damage must our society sustain before we embrace the inevitable and end this ill-conceived war on drugs?"

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Study shows Cannabidiol is protective against a widely used chemotherapy drug
EU pub med

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Marijuana Tax Millions? Hallucinations Up In Smoke, Yet Feds Propose 50% Federal Tax Too

by Robert W. Wood at FORBES

Saturday, January 10, 2015

How Police Departments Can Mend the Rift With the Public

by: Frank Serpico


... "The “war on drugs” is not working. In fact, it’s really a war on the disenfranchised. Recreational marijuana use should be legalized nationwide, and all nonviolent drug offenders should be released from prison. Small-time dealers should no longer be penalized. Marijuana arrests should not be a make-work program for corporate prisons, where people of color are grossly overrepresented for such offenses, engendering recidivism and mistrust of the system. Enforcement of marijuana laws drains police resources that would be far better spent investigating serious crimes. It’s no secret that this generally benign plant was criminalized as a means of control. It is time for this to end." ...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Which State Saw The Greatest Rise in Pot Use? Not Colorado or Washington!

 by Russ Belville

Sativex Fails In Cancer Pain Study, GW Pharmaceutical Shares Plummet

  by Johnny Green at Weedblog.com

Grand Rapids' marijuana decriminalization law upheld by the Michigan State Court of Appeals
by John Agar at MLive 

“In sum, the Charter Amendment is not preempted by state law,”

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

One Hundred Years Ago, Prohibition Began in Earnest—and We’re Still Paying for It

 By Maia Szalavitz

  "If the media starts doing its job and informing us of the true facts, perhaps we won’t have to wait another hundred years to end the terrible legacy of the Harrison Act."

Friday, January 2, 2015

Feds stick to court argument that marijuana is dangerous

 By Bob Egelko at SFGate


"Two weeks after President Obama signed legislation prohibiting federal interference with state medical marijuana laws, his administration has told a federal judge in Sacramento that pot is still a dangerous drug with no medical value." ...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The surprising story of medical marijuana and pediatric epilepsy | Josh Stanley | TEDxBoulder
10 Ways the US Government Used the Crack Epidemic to Justify the War on Drugs   
by Nick Chiles at AtlantaBlackStar

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Uncle Sam stoked to hash out marijuana in 2015

Reuters -  By Daniel Indiviglio

 ... "It’s probably not their first order of business, but stoners may be surprised to see their pastime liberated in the coming year.

Cancer and cannabis: How I learned to stop worrying and love medical marijuana

 - For cancer patients, the “medical” part of marijuana is no joke. Cannabis is a magic plant. And it helped save my life.

By Xeni Jardin at BoingBoing

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Victory: Congress Ends War On Medical Marijuana
by David Downs at Smell The Truth

In a landmark moment for cannabis law reform, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Thursday night to de-fund the federal war on medical marijuana. 
...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

GOP needs to evolve on state and local marijuana laws

 By Alexandre Padilla at The Hill

 

 ...  "Congressional Republicans may be well-intended in their desire to “protect us,” young and old, from marijuana and drugs in general, but it’s time to examine the hard data and put outdated urban legends to sleep."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Open Thread   - (about Ferguson)
at DrugWarRant by Pete Guither 
  ...

"Our anger, and more importantly, our active commitment to change, should be aimed not at Officer Wilson’s fate (over which we have no control), but rather at the broken system that so easily puts lethal force into play, that increases the necessity of putting lethal force into play, and actually fuels both this kind of confrontation and the setting for this kind of confrontation.

We have an out-of-control drug war that actually causes violence, a prison pipeline that can make our streets less safe (through ridiculous laws, we have 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prison population), a broken judicial system that can’t handle the load and has therefore, for all practical purposes, given prosecutors complete power to charge, try and sentence. And we have a police structure that has associations lobbying for tougher laws, more militarization, and more ways to extract increased budgets from the people they serve.
 
These are the things we need to address."


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Marijuana fights Alzheimer’s disease, new study indicates

 by David Downs in Smell the Truth

... "The main active ingredient in pot “directly interacts” with amyloid-β, “thereby inhibiting aggression”. THC was also effective at lowering other key Alzheimer’s Disease markers. Furthermore “no toxicity” was observed from the THC. The researchers also found THC “enhances” the function of the cell’s energy factories — the mitochondria." ...

... “What we found was that not only did the single puff a day reverse the memory impairment but also restarted neurogenesis,” ...

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Silk Road, Online Freedom, and Why the Prosecution of Ross Ulbricht Should Worry Us All

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hemp oil cured man's stage 4 pancreatic cancer
What Are Phoenix Tears? Quite simply, Phoenix Tears are a potent, concentrated form of the cannabis plant. This therapy is also known as R.S.O (Rick Simpson Oil), Cannabis Cure Oil, Run From the Cure Oil, F.E.C.O (Fully Extracted Cannabis Oil), Ronnie Smith Oil, Jamaican Hash Oil (like you used to get “back in the day”) Cannabis extract, or simply hash oil. Whatever you call it, it is strong medicine that cures most cancers and can treat many disorders/diseases in the body.