C is for Cannabullshit

Canabullshit. Who distributes it, how? where?
who benefits? Fairness, openness, tollerance?
Good for all humanity?
What Science? who’s Scientific research?
Business between who? faith-based research? profit?
Non profit.

Freedom to farm? Freedom to distribute? Competition? Where?natural vs. Sythetic? Medicinal Marijuana and Industrial HEMP? Citizen Cane? H.J Anslinger? why? The 1937 Marijuana tax act? The war on some people who use some drugs? who? Prohibition? Legalization?

I have lots of questions and not many answers, in fact i have no answers, the solution, i guess, lives within the language used as communiction. The following then, are copied and pasted from some recent news articles (so called) – i also provide some wiki links so that if you like you can look deeper into the matter.

Cannabis, like other drugs, but unlike other drugs too, can be commodified, packaged and retailed, patented and sold to the highest bidder. But the sacred experience – the high and the altered states of consciousness will remain the shared space of like minded individuals, priceless, formless – what you might call spirit.

The war on some people who use some drugs is a war on language. To fight back is to write back, i guess?

–steve “fly” agaric.


Although its capital is notorious among stoners and college kids for marijuana haze–filled “coffee shops,” Holland has never actually legalized cannabis — the Dutch simply don’t enforce their laws against the shops. — http://www.dailyevergreen.com/story/28633

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canabis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marijuana_(etymology)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Randolph_Hearst

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1937_Marihuana_Tax_Act

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp_for_Victory

Learn from Dutch drug policy

Decriminalizing marijuana may work better than the War on Drugs

Chase Gunnell

The Daily Evergreen

Published: 04/23/2009


AMSTERDAM ­– This isn’t a column filled with cliches about Amsterdam’s infamous drug culture, nor is it an account of the greatness of legally buying marijuana. Not wanting to add any skeletons to the closet of a future political career, I’ll leave my personal experiences on the sidelines for this one.

But during my visit to Amsterdam, I hoped to use this column as an inquiry into how the relaxed Dutch laws have provided a progressive solution to the problem of drug use and trafficking. Amid America’s vastly ineffective War on Drugs, the discussion of legalizing and taxing marijuana for revenue in several states and Mexico’s bloody drug battles spilling across our border, it’s a topic the U.S. can no longer afford to ignore.

First, a simple overview of Amsterdam’s soft drug laws: For customers who are at least 18, possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana or hashish is decriminalized, but these products can only be consumed in specially licensed “coffee shops.” Unlicensed sale or trafficking of cannabis products is prohibited. Additionally, coffee shops may only keep a limited supply on hand at any time and cannot openly advertise their drugs. Hard drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, and recently, hallucinogenic mushrooms, remain illegal and heavily punished.

Amsterdam’s marijuana laws are by no means straightforward, but rooted in the ideas that adults can decide for themselves the choices of their own health, and that simple prohibition is not an answer to society’s woes. Instead, they have provided tangible results. And positive results are something America’s drug policy is sorely lacking.

Walk into The Bulldog, Amsterdam’s first marijuana café, and you will see people lighting up everywhere, at tables with friends, at the bar with a newspaper and coffee. But you won’t see marijuana advertised. The drug menu is on the counter behind a black screen, only to be revealed at the push of a button by those in the know.

One of the highest priorities of the country’s policy on soft drugs is to limit their visibility and nuisance to the general population. By shepherding cannabis consumers into designated cafes and outlawing advertising, those who choose to get high can be left to do so without disturbing those who’d prefer to refrain.

The concept of checking IDs seems unknown in Europe. I’ve seen girls who look to be 16 drinking in bars all over the continent. But upon entering any of Amsterdam’s smoking parlors, be sure to have ID ready as patrons are regularly carded. This practice of working to prevent minors from smoking goes hand-in-hand with another success in Dutch drug policy – significantly lower percentages of users.

A 1999 study by the University of Amsterdam found that only 15.6 percent of Dutch people age 12 and up had tried marijuana, compared to 32.9 percent of Americans. At first glance, it wouldn’t seem that decriminalizing a drug would lead to a decline in use, but in regulating marijuana, taxing and making it harder for minors to reach, that’s exactly what the Dutch have successfully done.

Whether you’ve chosen to steer clear of drugs, or you spent Monday’s 4/20 as high as a kite, it’s widely apparent that America’s drug war is not working. Like alcohol before it, prohibition is an utter failure.

It’s time to rethink our country’s marijuana policies. The demand for the drug needs to be taken away from violent cartels and the supply out of the hands of children. And those responsible adults who choose to indulge should have regulated and taxed means to do so, just like alcohol or tobacco. Immediate and outright legalization may not be the answer, but America’s marijuana laws could take some serious advice from the Dutch.

http://www.dailyevergreen.com/story/28633


Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?

By Maia Szalavitz Sunday, Apr. 26, 2009.

Pop quiz: Which European country has the most liberal drug laws? (Hint: It’s not the Netherlands.)

Although its capital is notorious among stoners and college kids for marijuana haze–filled “coffee shops,” Holland has never actually legalized cannabis — the Dutch simply don’t enforce their laws against the shops. The correct answer is Portugal, which in 2001 became the first European country to officially abolish all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

At the recommendation of a national commission charged with addressing Portugal’s drug problem, jail time was replaced with the offer of therapy. The argument was that the fear of prison drives addicts underground and that incarceration is more expensive than treatment — so why not give drug addicts health services instead? Under Portugal’s new regime, people found guilty of possessing small amounts of drugs are sent to a panel consisting of a psychologist, social worker and legal adviser for appropriate treatment (which may be refused without criminal punishment), instead of jail.

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The question is, does the new policy work? At the time, critics in the poor, socially conservative and largely Catholic nation said decriminalizing drug possession would open the country to “drug tourists” and exacerbate Portugal’s drug problem; the country had some of the highest levels of hard-drug use in Europe. But the recently released results of a report commissioned by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, suggest otherwise.

The paper, published by Cato in April, found that in the five years after personal possession was decriminalized, illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled.

“Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success,” says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. “It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does.”

Compared to the European Union and the U.S., Portugal’s drug use numbers are impressive. Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U.: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%. Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.

The Cato paper reports that between 2001 and 2006 in Portugal, rates of lifetime use of any illegal drug among seventh through ninth graders fell from 14.1% to 10.6%; drug use in older teens also declined. Lifetime heroin use among 16-to-18-year-olds fell from 2.5% to 1.8% (although there was a slight increase in marijuana use in that age group). New HIV infections in drug users fell by 17% between 1999 and 2003, and deaths related to heroin and similar drugs were cut by more than half. In addition, the number of people on methadone and buprenorphine treatment for drug addiction rose to 14,877 from 6,040, after decriminalization, and money saved on enforcement allowed for increased funding of drug-free treatment as well.

Portugal’s case study is of some interest to lawmakers in the U.S., confronted now with the violent overflow of escalating drug gang wars in Mexico. The U.S. has long championed a hard-line drug policy, supporting only international agreements that enforce drug prohibition and imposing on its citizens some of the world’s harshest penalties for drug possession and sales. Yet America has the highest rates of cocaine and marijuana use in the world, and while most of the E.U. (including Holland) has more liberal drug laws than the U.S., it also has less drug use.

“I think we can learn that we should stop being reflexively opposed when someone else does [decriminalize] and should take seriously the possibility that anti-user enforcement isn’t having much influence on our drug consumption,” says Mark Kleiman, author of the forthcoming When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment and director of the drug policy analysis program at UCLA. Kleiman does not consider Portugal a realistic model for the U.S., however, because of differences in size and culture between the two countries.

But there is a movement afoot in the U.S., in the legislatures of New York State, California and Massachusetts, to reconsider our overly punitive drug laws. Recently, Senators Jim Webb and Arlen Specter proposed that Congress create a national commission, not unlike Portugal’s, to deal with prison reform and overhaul drug-sentencing policy. As Webb noted, the U.S. is home to 5% of the global population but 25% of its prisoners.

At the Cato Institute in early April, Greenwald contended that a major problem with most American drug policy debate is that it’s based on “speculation and fear mongering,” rather than empirical evidence on the effects of more lenient drug policies. In Portugal, the effect was to neutralize what had become the country’s number one public health problem, he says.

“The impact in the life of families and our society is much lower than it was before decriminalization,” says Joao Castel-Branco Goulao, Portugual’s “drug czar” and president of the Institute on Drugs and Drug Addiction, adding that police are now able to re-focus on tracking much higher level dealers and larger quantities of drugs.

Peter Reuter, a professor of criminology and public policy at the University of Maryland, like Kleiman, is skeptical. He conceded in a presentation at the Cato Institute that “it’s fair to say that decriminalization in Portugal has met its central goal. Drug use did not rise.” However, he notes that Portugal is a small country and that the cyclical nature of drug epidemics — which tends to occur no matter what policies are in place — may account for the declines in heroin use and deaths.

The Cato report’s author, Greenwald, hews to the first point: that the data shows that decriminalization does not result in increased drug use. Since that is what concerns the public and policymakers most about decriminalization, he says, “that is the central concession that will transform the debate.”

Dutch court upholds ‘magic mushroom’ ban

Apr 14, 2009

THE HAGUE (AFP) — Dutch “magic mushroom” vendors lost a court appeal Tuesday against a December 1 government ban on the hallucinogenic recreational fungi.

“The magic mushroom ban is not unjust,” the Appeals Court in The Hague said, dismissing a challenge by the owners of the so-called “smart shops” that sold the drug.

“The effect of the ruling is that the magic mushroom ban, effective from December 1, 2008, remains in place.”

The ban was introduced by Health Minister Ab Klink, who believes consumption of the fungi “can lead to unpredictable and risky behaviour”.

It followed the death in 2007 of a French teenager who had taken mushrooms before jumping to her death from an Amsterdam bridge, reigniting a national debate over tolerance of the substance.

The ban, approved by lawmakers, forbids the cultivation and sale of 186 species of “shrooms” or “paddos”, which also grow naturally in the wild.

The dried variety has been illegal in the country for several years.

“We are deeply disappointed,” Paul van Oyen, a spokesman for the magic mushroom vendors’ association VLOS, told AFP. “The court is allowing the minister to get away with lies.”

VLOS maintains there is no proof that magic mushrooms are dangerous and is demanding compensation for the loss of income.

Before the ban, there had been six magic mushroom growers in the Netherlands, 180 smart shops, and a few hundred employees in an industry with an annual turnover of 15-20 million euros (20-26.5 million euros), according to the VLOS.

Authorities say about 90 percent of the 1.5 million to two million doses consumed in the Netherlands every year were bought by foreign tourists.

“We will not pursue this in the courts,” said Van Oyen. “It is too expensive. We will retire to lick our wounds.”

The magic mushroom ban is seen as part of a hardening stance on recreational drug use by the traditionally liberal Dutch, who have also been closing some cannabis-vending coffee shops.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iDNFC_E88smsXJmBIUY2pU3JcfQg

Coffee shops in Limburg turn members only

Published: 24 April 2009 16:51 | Changed: 24 April 2009 17:14

From our correspondent

Starting next year, all coffee shops in the Dutch province of Limburg will become private clubs; only registered members will be able to buy soft drugs.

The new rule is an attempt to curb nuisance from the sale of cannabis and the drugs tourism from neighbouring countries. The private club idea originated with Maastricht mayor Gerd Leers

pril 17, 2009

Marijuana: good medicine for Sonoma?

Walt Williams | Special to the Sun

It is Friday evening, you are done with a hard week of work and you are looking to relax. You pull into the local liquor store and select your grade of marijuana from the list next to the counter. The clerk weighs out the buds, charges you $30 for an eighth of an ounce, and off you go.
Fiction? Maybe not if AB 390 passes. Democratic State Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation last month that would legalize marijuana and allow the state to regulate and tax its sale. Ammiano says it could take up to a year before it comes to a vote for passage. A few days after the bill was introduced, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that states should be able to make their own rules on medical marijuana and those federal raids on pot dispensaries in California would cease. Ammiano explained, “If we’re hemorrhaging money and doing all this wink-wink, nod-nod all these years, it’s about time we start harvesting this. And admit to the fact that it’s going to be around and if we regulate and tax it, and decriminalize it, we could not only have an economic benefit but a policy benefit.”

Financial impact
Marijuana is California’s biggest cash crop, responsible for an estimated $14 billion in annual sales. The possible tax windfall for the state is estimated at $1.3 billion in revenue (about 1.5 percent of the budget). “The state of California is in a very, very precipitous economic plight. It’s in the toilet,” said Ammiano. “It looks very, very bleak, with layoffs and foreclosures and schools closing or trying to operate four days a week. We have one of the highest rates of unemployment we have ever had. With any revenue ideas people say you have to think outside the box, you have to be creative, and I feel that the issue of the decriminalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana fits that bill. It’s not new, the idea has been around, and the political will may in fact be there to make something happen.”
It is estimated that legalizing pot will also save the state an additional $1 billion per year by ceasing to arrest, prosecute and imprison non-violent offenders. Retired Orange County Superior Court Judge James Gray explained, “We couldn’t make this drug any more available if we tried. Not only do we have that problem, along with glamorizing it by making it illegal, but we also have the crime and corruption that go along with it. Unfortunately, every society in the history of mankind has had some form of mind-altering, sometimes addictive substances to use, misuse, and abuse or get addicted to. Get used to it. They’re here to stay. So, let’s try to reduce those harms, but right now we couldn’t do it worse if we tried.”

Marijuana as medicine
When California voters passed Proposition 215, The Compassionate Use Act, in 1996 it morphed pot from contraband to medicine. Jewel Mathieson, wife of Sonoma Mayor Ken Brown, is a member of the Sonoma Patients Group and has been very active in the movement to establish a medical marijuana dispensary in the city of Sonoma. “I understand the city process; I’ve watched a lot of projects so I understand why it takes so long. I just want to provide safe access to local patients who can’t drive. There is lots of education needed about this topic, but no one came to our educational forum.” The Sonoma Patient Group operates one of the three dispensaries in Santa Rosa.
In California and twelve other states, medical marijuana is available for anyone suffering from such ailments as cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, epilepsy, insomnia, depression, post-traumatic stress, PMS and alcoholism. There are marijuana dispensaries nearby in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Guerneville, Fairfax, Vallejo, and Novato. In Sonoma, a draft ordinance to allow dispensaries with city limits has been approved by the planning commission and is on the agenda for the May City Council meeting.
David Goodison, Sonoma Planning and Community Development Administrator, said in a report from the March planning commission meeting, “There are supply questions. Must the pot be supplied by a member of the cooperative? Who grows it? Is it safe? How is it checked? How will it be offered? How do you regulate potency?” These are big questions, as marijuana comes in many forms with varying levels of the active ingredient, THC. Sonoma planning commissioner Robert Felder cast the one vote against moving the ordinance forward, explaining, “I see a deeper issue. I would not like to see a center in the city of Sonoma. It adds a dimension to the city I just don’t want to see.”
Others agree.
The Dutch have reduced the number of coffee shops that sell marijuana particularly near schools and is considering various measures to limit “drug tourism.” In August of last year, California Attorney General Jerry Brown ordered a crackdown on medicinal pot clubs that are selling the drug for big profits. “The voters wanted medical marijuana dispensaries to be used for seriously ill patients and their caregivers – not million-dollar businesses,” Brown said.
In most dispensaries, according to Mathieson, “Cleanliness, purity and safe access are stressed; we inspect the properties and have longstanding relationships with vendors. We maintain an organic product free of pesticides and common impurities like dog hair. We have a grading system, as do most dispensaries, with different quality levels to suit patient needs.”
Legalization for recreational use
A Rasmussen poll in February showed 46 percent of Americans are opposed to legalization, with 40 percent supporting and 14 percent unsure. Many opponents to legalization say that it will compound substance abuse problems, that it is a gateway drug that leads to use of harder drugs and that legalization would send the wrong message to children.
David Ford, the local marijuana proponent who has written two books and lectured to millions about the benefits of marijuana, says, “In ten thousand years of use there is not one recorded death from the overdose or toxicity of cannabis. Compare that to alcohol that kills more than 100,000 Americans each year. Nicotine products kill more than 400,000. And FDA ‘safe drugs’ in the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) cause the death of 100,000 each year and puts 1 million Americans in the hospital annually due to toxicity or overdose.” Ford is totally for the legalization of what he calls “nature’s tranquilizer” but he is against use by kids. “Legalization would get drug dealers out of the business, free up prisons from minor offenders, and stop the demonization of marijuana and hemp. What I tell people is to have an open mind and learn.” He encourages people to visit his website for more information.
In 1937, the federal government passed the Marijuana Tax Act and the Marijuana Transfer Tax Bill prohibiting cultivation, industrial and medical use of marijuana and hemp. Defined as a Class 1 narcotic and classified in the PDR as a hallucinogen, marijuana consumption is considered to cause psychological effects including alterations of mood, memory, motor coordination, cognitive ability, and self-perception. It may impair sensory perception, concentration, and information processing. It enhances the senses of touch, taste and smell. In higher doses it can lead to delusions, paranoid feelings, anxiety and panic. It increases the heart rate and systolic blood pressure and is three times more potent when smoked as when taken orally.
Opponents say legalizing pot will only add to social woes. “The last thing we need is yet another mind-altering substance to be legalized,” says John Lovell, lobbyist for the California Peace Officer’s Association. “We have enough problems with alcohol and abuse of pharmaceutical products. Do we really need to add yet another mind-altering substance to the array?” Many think easy availability will lead to a surge in use similar to what happened with alcohol when it was allowed to be sold in venues other than liquor stores, and others worry about a possible increase in use of methamphetamine and “crack” cocaine once marijuana itself is legalized.
This issue continues to play out on the local political stage. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declined two years ago to authorize a medical marijuana dispensary just outside city limits, but the Sonoma City Council is expected to consider that prospect, inside city limits, very soon.

Poll shows a majority of Californians support legalize marijuana

May 4, 6:09 PM

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Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco.

For the first time ever in a statewide Field Poll, a majority of state voters expressed support for legalizing and taxing marijuana. A poll released last week showed 56 percent of Californians support legalization.

Earlier this year, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation that would tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. The Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education act (AB 390) would create a regulatory structure similar to that used for beer, wine and liquor, permitting taxed sales to adults while barring sales to or possession by those under 21.

“With the state in the midst of an historic economic crisis, the move toward regulating and taxing marijuana is simply common sense. This legislation would generate up to $1.3 billion in much needed revenue for the state, restrict access to only those over 21, end the environmental damage to our public lands from illicit crops, and improve public safety by redirecting law enforcement efforts to more serious crimes, Ammiano said. “California has the opportunity to be the first state in the nation to enact a smart, responsible public policy for the control and regulation of marijuana.”

The poll bolstered the call for legalized marijuana that has stirred since Ammiano introduced his legislation and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the government would no longer raid and prosecute legal marijuana medical dispensaries.

“One of the most respected research firms in the country has confirmed other recent polls and our sense of the groundswell that followed the introduction of AB 390 by Assemblymember Ammiano,” said Stephen Gutwillig, California State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Californians are ready to end decades of failed and wasteful marijuana prohibition. Just as we led the nation in the compassionate adoption of medical marijuana, this state will set the standard for common-sense regulation, generating substantial new revenue for California and enhancing public safety.”

Though Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he would not sign legislation legalizing marijuana, the state’s ongoing billion-dollar fiscal crisis is making the idea of taxing legal marijuana to raise revenue, while reducing the strains of the grossly overcrowded prisons, more worthy of consideration for other legislators and voters.

“We are seeing a real sea-change in public attitudes; public opinion has reversed itself; this year marks the first time that polls have shown a majority for legalization; the economic crisis is making people question whether it makes sense to spend more money on marijuana prohibition,” said Dale Gieringer of NORML.

Last month a San Francisco supervisor said the time had come for the city to consider legalization as well.

http://www.examiner.com/x-4106-California-Statehouse-Examiner~y2009m5d4-Poll-shows-a-majority-of-Californians-support-legalize-marijuana

Mexico’s illegal-reefer madness

In the face of a crisis in drug-related violence, Mexico should reconsider its policy criminalizing marijuana.

By Isaac Campos
May 4, 2009

Last month, Mexico’s Congress convened a special forum to consider marijuana policy reform as a remedy for that country’s current crisis of violence. The forum bucked a century of staunch prohibitionist history in Mexico, a history that has contributed to the continued criminalization of marijuana use throughout North America.

From early on, marijuana was portrayed in Mexico as a frightening substance that produced madness in its users. In 1897, Revista Medica, one of Mexico’s leading scientific journals, reported that marijuana produced “pleasant visions and hallucinations,” an “expansion of the spirit that leads to exaltation” but also an “impulsive delirium” with often fatal consequences: “It is true that in other regions the delirium that is produced by marijuana is a turbulent one, but in our country it reaches the point of furor, terrible and blind impulse, and leads to murder.”

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Although use of the drug was not widespread at the time, the plant was increasingly seen as a national menace and, in 1920, was banned. Gradually, the idea that marijuana was dangerous seeped into the United States, fostering American notions of “reefer madness” and eventually helping to inspire marijuana prohibition here as well (in 1937).

Since then, Mexico has continued to be tough on marijuana, even in the face of softening U.S. attitudes toward the drug. The last time widespread sentiment for marijuana policy reform emerged in the U.S., it was Mexico that leveled some of the harshest criticism against the trend. “We don’t accept that marijuana is less important than heroin,” Mexican Atty. Gen. Pedro Ojeda Paullada declared in 1974.

A few years later, a scandal over use of the herbicide paraquat on Mexican marijuana fields produced a similar response from Ojeda’s successor, Oscar Flores Sanchez. Paraquat spraying, which often failed to completely destroy the targeted crops, led to the sale of poison-soaked pot to unknowing consumers in both countries.

Public outcry in the U.S. inspired congressional action that threatened to eliminate funding for the program if the paraquat spraying continued. Behind closed doors, Flores went ballistic, warning that if the United States refused to back Mexico’s war on marijuana, Mexico might go soft on heroin, the major U.S. priority of that era.

Mexico is now being forced to reevaluate these policies. Ironically, decades of being “tough” on drugs has produced a new link between marijuana and violence, but of a different kind. Indeed, the nation’s “drug-related” violence today might more accurately be termed “drug-policy-related” violence.

The mafias behind the current tsunami of killings — more than 6,000 last year — are a product of the extraordinary black-market profits that drug prohibition generates. And because 60% of the profits earned by Mexican traffickers come from marijuana sales, legalization in both Mexico and the U.S. would deliver a potentially debilitating blow to these powerful gangs.

Unfortunately, the Mexican public remains overwhelmingly opposed to marijuana legalization, with only 14% in favor, according to a February poll by Parametria, a public opinion research firm based in Mexico City. According to CBS News, by contrast, nearly 40% of Americans say they would favor legalization if the drug could be taxed and proceeds used to fund state budgets. Given those numbers, it is hardly surprising that many Mexican legislators chose not to attend last month’s forum.

Indeed, full legalization apparently had few supporters at the forum in April. Instead, many delegates backed half-measures, such as the formal decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Such measures, though a significant departure from the past, nevertheless promise to do very little to alleviate Mexico’s current crisis of violence.

Although decriminalization would free up law enforcement to concentrate on trafficking, this would merely exacerbate the fundamental paradox at the heart of drug policy — that by raising prices, law enforcement increases the economic incentive to traffic in drugs.

Thus, unless decriminalization is accompanied by a successful program of “education” that persuades people to abstain from using a drug that is relatively innocuous in comparison with, say, alcohol or tobacco, it won’t do much to stem the violence. Education efforts should instead focus on undermining old prejudices that prevent meaningful reform in Mexico and the United States.

Last month’s forum at least opened a dialogue among Mexicans. That is certainly a step in the right direction. But if we hope to use legislative reform to reduce Mexico’s drug-policy-related violence, Mexico and the United States need to go all the way on marijuana legalization.

Isaac Campos is an assistant professor of history at the University of Cincinnati and a visiting fellow at UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-campos4-2009may04,0,6470843.story

VANCOUVER — B.C. Liberal Leader Gordon Campbell said Sunday night’s debate was a good discussion, but he doubted it will change anyone’s minds.

“It was actually a pretty good opportunity for people who wanted to follow the discussion,” he said.

Campbell accused James of mis-stating the Liberal positions on the budget, such as cuts to police and prosecutors, when the Liberals have added resources to fight gang crime.

“I thought we were trying to answer directly to those viewers,” he said. “I heard some mis-information there, and so I can’t imagine that she would want to deliberately mislead.”

“We are increasing the prosecutors to fight gangs,” he said. “We are increasing the number of police that are fighting gangs. The opposition voted against it.”

Campbell said he wants $1.9 billion in administrative savings, to protect healthcare and education in the economic downturn.

Campbell didn’t know how many people would watch a TV debate on a sunny evening, but he said those who did were informed by the exchanges.

“This is a really critically important election,” he said. “There are literally thousands and thousands of jobs at stake, based on the decision of May 12.”

NDP Leader Carole James said that Campbell showed he was out of touch with, and disrespectful to, working families, on the minimum wage, the loss of forestry jobs in the B.C. Interior.

James defended going after Campbell’s record over the past four years, rather than sticking with the answers to viewers’ questions.

“I think it was important to really put Gordon Campbell’s record out for the viewers to be able to see,” she said.

James said she put the question to Campbell on what he would change in the B.C. Rail scandal, but was not surprised that he didn’t answer it.

“Once again, he didn’t answer anything, didn’t say that he would have done things differently,” she said. “I just we don’t have to hope for another election to get answers.”

James said she heard more from Campbell last night than she did in the entire Spring session of the Legislature, when, she recalled, Campbell rose only twice to answer NDP questions.

“It was a little nicer than Question Period, because Gordon Campbell actually had to have an opportunity to respond,” she said.

“It was a good opportunity for viewers to see the record,” she said of the debate. “Viewers had a right to know.”

“The issues I hear on the campaign trail were the questions that came forward from viewers,” she said.

“I think that showed that people are really engaged in this election.”

“I think it was a great opportunity for people to be able to see the issues first-hand, to see that there are very alternatives in this campaign.”

James said it was “nice” to have Green Leader Jane Sterk in the debate, but the election is between two parties, not three.

“It’s very clear in this election there are two parties running for government,” said James. “I appreciated having Ms. Sterk there. I think she offered a number of issues and a number of ideas.”

Green Leader Jane Sterk said B.C. should be legalizing drugs, and the government should be controlling their production and distribution.

“Prohibition is the primary cause of the violence we see in the Lower Mainland and elsewhere in the province,” said Sterk.

Sterk said marijuana should be legal, as well as other substances she did not name.

“I believe that everything should be controlled, in terms of both its production and distribution,” she said.

“That’s the only way we are going to rid our streets of this.”

“Get them out the hands of the bad guys, and it would provide us with a whole bunch of tax revenue.”

The State of California is talking about getting $1.5 billion Cdn. in tax revenue by taxing the sale of cannabis in liquor stores. And in Europe, Portugal and the Netherlands have seen their rate of problem substance abuse and recreational drug use have gone down.

Sterk said police officers and several police chiefs also support her ideas, and 65 per cent of British Columbians, according to a weekend opinion poll.

“It’s creating this condition where we have this violence inherent in our system,” she said. “It’s not safe for police officers.”

Sterk said the two big parties in the provincial election would not be discussing policy if it wasn’t for the Greens.

“It would all be about the leadership qualities of the leader of the NDP and the leader of the Liberal Party.”

“It’s their strategy to pretend the Green Party doesn’t exist, because they don’t want us to be successful at getting seats in the legislature,” she added. “Quite frankly, I think it’s tiresome. The Green Party is 25 years old.”

Sterk said 10 per cent of British Columbians support the Greens, but the Greens get no seats because of an “unfair voting system.”

The Greens support a single-transferrable voting system (STV). “We don’t have a two-party system,” she said.

“We have a multi-party system.”

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EDITORIAL: Grass is greener

On the campaign trail last year, Barack Obama expressed refreshing opposition to the Gestapo-like tactics the Bush Justice Department had used to undermine the popular will on the issue of medical marijuana.

Despite voters in a dozen states — including Nevada — having overwhelmingly approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the DEA continued launching heavy-handed raids and prosecutions (particularly in California).

“I think the basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors (is) entirely appropriate,” Mr. Obama told the Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune a year ago. “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.”

Despite that, two days after President Obama was sworn in, DEA agents raided a South Lake Tahoe medical marijuana dispensary, seizing five pounds of pot and a small amount of cash. No arrests were made.

Presumably the new president, who had other matters on his plate, was not consulted before the SWAT team donned its bulletproof vests that winter day. Finally, on April 22, new Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. outlined a shift in the enforcement of federal drug laws, saying the administration will effectively end the Bush administration’s frequent raids on distributors of medical marijuana.

Speaking with reporters, Mr. Holder provided few specifics but said the Justice Department’s enforcement policy would now be restricted to traffickers who falsely masquerade as medical dispensaries and “use medical marijuana laws as a shield.” Mr. Holder said the new approach was consistent with statements made by President Obama in the campaign and was based on an assessment of how to allocate scarce enforcement resources. He said dispensaries operating in accord with California law would not be a priority for the administration.

The remaining distinction — nonprofit “co-ops” are fine, while “drug dealing for profit” is still illegal — is a little silly. In a free-market economy (the only kind that really works), the willingness of those in need to pay for a medicine is the surest guarantee that entrepreneurs will keep supplies — and quality — high enough to meet demand.

That said, Mr. Holder’s announcement is a big step in the right direction.

Not only does the move put this administration in closer compliance with what Mr. Obama promised on the campaign trail, it also combines common sense with at least a partial rehabilitation of the 10th Amendment, that long-neglected article of the Bill of Rights that makes it clear that any regulation of drugs and medicines — because such matters are not mentioned in the delegation of powers to the federal Congress — remain matters where sovereign authority rests with the several states, or with the people themselves.

http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/44041167.html



Norm Stamper

Retired Seattle police chief, member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Posted April 20, 2009 | 11:01 AM (EST)


420: Thoughts on Pot vs. Alcohol from a Former Police Chief


As 5:00 p.m. rolls around my interior clock starts chiming. I’ll have an ice-cold, bone-dry martini, thank you. Jalapeno olives and a twist. If the occasion calls for it (temperatures in the twenties, a hot political debate on the tube) I may substitute two fingers of Kentucky sour mash. Four-twenty? Doesn’t resonate. But with April 20 approaching and Waldos of the world gearing up to celebrate their favorite day of the year, it’s not a bad time to consider, yet again, the pluses and minuses of alcohol vs. cannabis.

First, a disclaimer: I am a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, but I don’t officially represent the organization in this forum. That said, I can’t very well check my affiliation, or beliefs, at the keyboard when I sit down to blog for HuffPost. We at LEAP are current and former cops and other criminal justice practitioners who have witnessed firsthand the futility and manifold injustices of the drug war. Our professional experiences have led us to conclude that the more dangerous an illicit substance–from crack to krank–the greater the justification for its legalization, regulation, and control. It is the prohibition of drugs that leads inexorably to high rates of death, disease, crime, and addiction.

Back to booze vs. pot. How do the effects of these two drugs stack up against specific health and public safety factors?

Alcohol-related traffic accidents claim approximately 14,000 lives each year, down significantly from 20 or 30 years ago (attributed to improved education and enforcement). Figures for THC-related traffic fatalities are elusive, especially since alcohol is almost always present in the blood as well, and since the numbers of “marijuana-only” traffic fatalities are so small. But evidence from studies, including laboratory simulations, feeds the stereotype that those under the influence of canniboids tend to (1) be more aware of their impaired psychomotor skills, and (2) drive well below the speed limit. Those under the influence of alcohol are much more likely to be clueless or defiant about their condition, and to speed up and drive recklessly.

Hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur annually. There has never been a single recorded marijuana OD fatality.

According to the American Public Health Association, excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of death in this country. APHA pegs the negative economic impact of extreme drinking at $150 billion a year.

There have been no documented cases of lung cancer in a marijuana-only smoker, nor has pot been scientifically linked to any type of cancer. (Don’t trust an advocate’s take on this? Try the fair and balanced coverage over at Fox.) Alcohol abuse contributes to a multitude of long-term negative health consequences, notably cirrhosis of the liver and a variety of cancers.

While a small quantity, taken daily, is being touted for its salutary health effects, alcohol is one of the worst drugs one can take for pain management, marijuana one of the best.

Alcohol contributes to acts of violence; marijuana reduces aggression. In approximately three million cases of reported violent crimes last year, the offender had been drinking. This is particularly true in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and date rape. Marijuana use, in and of itself, is absent from both crime reports and the scientific literature. There is simply no link to be made.

Over the past four years I’ve asked police officers throughout the U.S. (and in Canada) two questions. When’s the last time you had to fight someone under the influence of marijuana? (I’m talking marijuana only, not pot plus a six-pack or a fifth of tequila.) My colleagues pause, they reflect. Their eyes widen as they realize that in their five or fifteen or thirty years on the job they have never had to fight a marijuana user. I then ask: When’s the last time you had to fight a drunk? They look at their watches.

All of which begs the question. If one of these two drugs is implicated in dire health effects, high mortality rates, and physical violence–and the other is not–what are we to make of our nation’s marijuana laws? Or alcohol laws, for that matter.

Anybody out there want to launch a campaign for the re-prohibition of alcohol? Didn’t think so. The answer, of course, is responsible drinking. Marijuana smokers, for their part, have already shown (apart from that little matter known as the law) greater responsibility in their choice of drugs than those of us who choose alcohol.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/norm-stamper/420-thoughts-on-pot-vs-al_b_188627.html

Alchohol awareness month

April 22, 9:39 AM. Bottom of Form

April is alcohol awareness month, and since drinking is the focus of many of this column’s articles, its important to understand the affect alcohol has on our society as a whole, and how to prevent the abuse of what can be an extremely harmful substance.

According to The Journal of Studies on Alcohol,

  • The alcoholic-beverage industry relies on heavy and addicted drinking for the
  • largest share of its profits. Hazardous drinking (5 or more drinks at one sitting)
  • accounts for more than half of the alcohol industry’s $155 billion market, and more than 75% of the beer industry’s market.

While Seattle offers plenty of outdoor activities for singles to get involved in, many singles still gravitate towards bars to meet people. So how do you know when you’re drinking too much? Alcoholscreening.org has a questionnaire anyone can complete who wants to know if they are drinking too much.

http://www.examiner.com/x-4153-Seattle-Singles-Guide-Examiner~y2009m4d22-Alchohol-awareness-month

Alcohol, drug offenses keep police busy

Some attending proms are among those arrested

By Mitchell Kline • THE TENNESSEAN • May 5, 2009

FRANKLIN — Police in Franklin made 26 arrests between Friday and Sunday for alcohol and drug offenses.

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Four were juveniles and 14 were between the ages of 18 and 20.

All of the arrests came from regular patrol operations, according to the Franklin Police Department. Some cases were tied to after-prom parties.

Seven men, all under 21, were charged with underage consumption of alcohol while attending a gathering at 667 Watson Glen Drive on Sunday at approximately 1:15 a.m.

About an hour later a 16-year-old girl and three men under 21 were caught drinking a bottle of rum in a vehicle driven on Mack Hatcher Parkway, near South Royal Oaks Boulevard.

At approximately 4:20 a.m. the same day, an officer stopped a driver for speeding and for failing to signal a turn. The driver and two other men under 21 were charged with underage consumption of alcohol.

A woman staying at the Cool Springs Marriott was charged with public intoxication at 9:20 p.m. Sunday after allegedly yelling at other guests and throwing candy at them. Officers first escorted the woman, Rhonda Mullins, 38, of Elizabethton, Tenn., to her room, then 30 minutes later were called back to the hotel when employees reported she was creating another disturbance.

There were two people charged with possession of marijuana on Saturday. One was a 17-year-old Franklin boy who an officer observed failing to yield near the intersection of Highway 96 and Jordan Road. The second was a 16-year-old Franklin boy who was observed blocking traffic then driving erratically on Natchez Street. Officers detected the odor of burnt marijuana and found marijuana in the vehicle.

“The Franklin Police Department will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to keep impaired drivers off of our roadways,” Sgt. Charles Warner said.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090505/COUNTY090101/905050308/1327/Alcohol++drug+offenses+keep+police+busy

Marijuana legalization no joke, guest says

by Mark Silva

Cinco de Mayo celebrations get underway this evening at the White House, on the eve of Cinco de Mayo.

If President Barack Obama wants to have some fun with one of his guests — the way the president did with the question of legalizing marijuana in a recent online “town hall” at the White House — he might consider a little side-debate with Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan in the East Room tonight.

“As most things in life, you need two to tango,” Sarukhan said in a recent appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation. He was talking about combatting the flow of drugs and weapons across the border. Host Bob Schieffer asked if legalizing marijuana would help.

“This is a very divisive issue,” Sarukhan replied. (See his overall comments above, and see the specific ones here:)

“There are proponents and opponents on both sides of the border… Those who would suggest that some of these measures be looked at understand the dynamics of the drug trade, that you have to bring demand down…. But there are many others who believe that by doing this you would only fan the flames… This is a debate that has to be taken seriously, that we have to engage in on both sides of the border…. It is a debate that has to be taken on with seriousness.”

Obama wasn’t talking too seriously about it in the most recent on-line chat that he conducted at the White House. He interrupted at one point to note what one of the most popular questions was, judging from the votes that had been recorded online.

“We took votes about which questions were going to be asked. and I think 3 million people voted or ….3.5 million people voted,” Obama said. “I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy… and job creation.

“And I don’t know what this says about the online audience,” Obama said to laughter, “This was a fairly popular question. we want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is, no, I don’t think that is a good strategy… to grow our economy.”

http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2009/05/marijuana_legalization_no_joke.html

Legalization can financially stabilize economy

Letter to the editor

Heather Healy, healy.9@wright.edu, HST 103

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Published: Sunday, May 3, 2009

Updated: Sunday, May 3, 2009

If the U.S. government were to legalize marijuana, I believe that it would help financially stabilize our economy. The U.S. government is making about $7.7 billion from the sale of cigarettes alone. Imagine how much our government could add to this by legalizing the production and sale of marijuana.

Drug reporter Bruce Mirken states, “The alcohol poisoning death rate in the United States is shockingly high, consistently between 300 and 400 a year. It’s zero for pot.” This proves that alcohol, which is legal for anyone over the age of 21, is far more dangerous than marijuana. Legalizing marijuana does not mean that the government would have no control over the sale and use. I believe that there should be regulations such as an age limit to buy, and strict DUI laws.


Our country is at a loss for jobs and by legalizing marijuana it would produce many different jobs. Farmers and factories will benefit from the legalization. In Nevada alone, over 5,000 people were arrested on marijuana related charges in 2005. We as tax payers are wasting our money on locking up people who just have possession charges, instead of saving it and putting it towards our country’s debt or any other money related problems. I asked for someone else’s opinion, so I interviewed a daycare provider/owner. This was her take on the issue:

“My personal opinions of “pot” are as follows. I believe with the country of United States being in the trouble that we are, a productive way to ease a lot of the problems would be to legalize the growing and production of marijuana. Pay farmers with land sitting empty to grow this product, and organize factories to manufacture cigarettes of marijuana, just like regular cigarettes. The government could tax the sale and distribution of this product, and common businesses like gas stations and carry outs could benefit from the sale. Even those with actual medical problems that need marijuana (like glaucoma) would no longer have to get a prescription for pot. The taxes would ease the country’s deficit, would put farmers back to work, put factories back in small towns, and ease the burden in prisons from the pot sales. Most studies have proved pot is no more harmful than alcohol, and alcohol has been linked to many body diseases that kill humans every day (as well as cigarettes). Make laws that are similar to alcohol intake. An example would be drinking and driving. Enforce the same penalties for driving under the influence, which most states currently have already. This is my opinion only,” said Deanna Troutwine, aged 46 mother of five and not a current pot smoker.

http://www.theguardianonline.com/opinion/legalization-can-financially-stabilize-economy-1.1742655

The debate on legalization of marijuana is getting attention today in St. Louis. Many are saying in these tough economic times, taxing legalized pot could be a way to bring in more money. But others say it’s not a good idea.

For decades the term 4/20 has been a hush, hush code word for smoking pot. Now 4/20 is going mainstream. Venues are hosting 4/20 parties for those trying to proclaim an end pot prohibition.

“We’re not saying that 13 and 14 year olds should be able to go out and get marijuana cigarettes, there should be age restrictions but it should be available if you need it.” Christine Hall – Marijuana Advocate

Supporters claim cannabis could be the cure all for the economy.

“We could legalize and tax and put restrictions on it and we could introduce an entirely new industry in the United States.” Curtis Wells – Marijuana Advocate

Others say they need dope to get through the day. When Mark Pederson’s prescriptions couldn’t give him relief from chronic pain. He turned to pot.

“The pain from the fibromyalgia started to go away immediately and the migraines became less and less severe.” Mark Pederson – Cannabis Patient Network

And now he’s piping up about what he says are benefits from medical marijuana. Pederson is among a growing group of vocal supporters who want to see pot decriminalized, if not legalized. But Dan Duncan of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse says their claims are puffed up.

“The smoke contains cacinogenic carbons which seems to be ignored by people who use it.” Dan Duncan – Nat. Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Duncan says marijuana is addictive and dangerous. However, he does think reform is coming.

“We probably are seeing a trend toward decriminalization and I don’t think that’s all bad because we don’t need lots of people locked up for using marijuana.” Dan Duncan

In fact, this petition to decriminalize marijuana is circulating around the city of St. Louis.

http://www.kplr11.com/news/kplr-420-legalize-pot-st-louis-042009,0,3338930.story

The Point: Marijuana should be legal, and left alone

Long-ago pothead favors repealing the laws, but now regards reefer- toking as not-such-a-good idea.

By Mark Bowden

Inquirer Currents Columnist

I knew when I saw my father sitting at the kitchen table that I was in trouble.

I was a teenager, returning home late from a night out with my friends. I was high. As we did most nights, my friends and I had been smoking pot. It was 1970. Nearly everyone I knew my age smoked pot.

My father was usually asleep long before I got home. I took a quick inventory of my state of mind and concluded that so long as my conversation with him was casual and brief there was a chance he wouldn’t notice that I was cockeyed stoned. One of the virtues of pot, or so I thought then, was this ability to play it straight. Fear was especially useful. It could straighten out your thinking in a hurry.

As was his style, he confronted me head-on.

“Mark, do you smoke?” he asked.

I could not lie to my father. Even to this day, I’m not sure why exactly; I hope it was because I respected him and knew he did not lie to me.

“Yes,” I told him, and then braced myself.

He was furious, but not about my marijuana use. He had not even considered the possibility of an illicit drug. He was worried that I was smoking cigarettes! I nearly swooned with relief.

I was not a cigarette smoker. They gave me a headache and left a god-awful taste in my mouth. They were addictive and caused cancer. No way. My father had been a heavy smoker in his youth, and he had quit cold turkey when the first of the surgeon general’s warnings had come out. So he could not comprehend why one of his own sons would even consider flirting with the habit.

I did not disabuse him. While I might not have been able to look my father in the eye and lie, I was expert at withholding the complete truth. I bore the cigarette scolding manfully, expressed agreement and contrition, and gave the old man my word I would never smoke another cigarette. I have kept that promise.

It took me a little longer to stop smoking dope. Having raised five children of my own and entered upon grandfatherhood, I can report two things: (1) I think we ought to repeal laws against marijuana possession; (2) I no longer think smoking pot is a good idea.

Tomorrow, April 20, or 4/20, has become an unofficial national holiday for lovers of weed. There are supposedly 420 chemical elements in cannabis, or something like that. The reasons for 4/20 becoming the toker’s special day are suitably confused, about as certain as most trains of thought under the influence. The revelry both celebrates the substance and protests its illegality. I’m with them on the latter issue, not so much on the former.

Marijuana smoking is, if anything, more commonplace today than when I was a wannabe hippie 40 years ago. My sons, now grown, tell me that it was easier for them to get pot in high school in Chester County than it was to get beer. Generations of Americans have grown up getting high, long enough for everyone to know that all the old horror stories about its use are ridiculously exaggerated. No one I knew who smoked dope as a kid – and, as I said, just about everyone I knew did – turned into a heroin or cocaine addict.

I do know some folks who became alcoholics, and a number of them are no longer around. I believed then and I believe today that alcohol is a far greater public health and safety threat than marijuana. Tobacco, also legal, is an even greater curse.

Yet the war on weed rages on. Thirty-seven years after a special commission formed by Congress and President Richard Nixon concluded that punitive marijuana laws cause more social harm than the drug itself, nearly half of the drug arrests in this country are for pot. The numbers grow annually. More people were arrested for pot possession in America last year than ever before in our history, more than 800,000. In Pennsylvania, possession is a misdemeanor, and the possible prison sentence goes from 30 days to a year, depending on whether the amount is more or less than 30 grams. Although there are horrific exceptions, most of these offenders, unless they were involved in serious drug trafficking or some other illegal activity when arrested, do not go to jail for simple possession. Still, what a tremendous waste of money and manpower! One of the strongest arguments against such misdemeanor drug laws is that they are completely ineffective.

More than that, the prohibition of marijuana gives police an undue amount of leverage over average citizens. When something as widespread as pot possession is illegal, police can use it as an excuse to harass whole classes of otherwise law-abiding citizens. It should come as no surprise that the majority of those possession busts were young black and Latino men, even though surveys show that most of the marijuana users in this country are white.

I stopped smoking dope many years ago. I have always urged my children not to use it, just as I have counseled them to avoid using other drugs and getting drunk. The effects of pot use are more subtle than drunkenness, which leads many to conclude that marijuana is a less dangerous intoxicant than alcohol, but its very subtlety poses a unique threat. Because you can go to class high, go to work high, drive high, and otherwise function with apparent normality, it is easier to abuse marijuana constantly than alcohol, and that “normality” you feel isn’t the truth. Marijuana doesn’t make you out of control. It just makes you stupid. And while I haven’t surveyed the most recent medical reports, I suspect the health effects of inhaling pot smoke are likely to be at least as harmful as the substance that so concerned my dad.

For me, as with most users, getting high was a symptom of boredom and rebellion. Once I grew up and found work that I loved, competitive work that demanded real effort and mental clarity, I realized that the effects of getting high, the confusion and silliness, were a disadvantage. When I had children, the responsibility I felt for them weighed on me in a nice way, but also in a way that ruled out getting high. Weed began to induce less joy than worry. What if, feeling temporarily silly and indifferent, I failed my family in some way, large or small?

I know I am not alone in this. These are the kinds of decisions adults in our society make every day about their health, their responsibilities, and their happiness. Lots of people don’t agree with me, including some of my friends. That may make them misguided, in my view, but it certainly shouldn’t make them criminal.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20090419_The_Point__Marijuana_should_be_legal__and_left_alone.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canabis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marijuana_(etymology)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Randolph_Hearst

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1937_Marihuana_Tax_Act

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp_for_Victory

PIM is for Pharmacratic Inquisition on Marijuana.

ROBERT ANTON WILSON: What I’m really afraid of is when they decide to legalize it and they come up with a pill, some squib, probably Eli Lilly – as the Bush family own a lot of Eli Lilly – they come up with a pill that contains the derivative of cannabis that kills pain, but it doesn’t get you high and then they’ll charge about 50 dollars a pill, so for real relief from pain it’ll be out of reach for most of the population and they will still go on suffering or buying from black market dealers, meanwhile they’ll have a better excuse to close down the medical marijuana cooperatives – “Hey we got a legal form here and it doesn’t produce that terrible euphoria that’s bad for you” [laughs, smiles] They all complain about euphoria as one of the bad side effects of cannabis, apparently you’re not in your right mind in this country unless you feel vaguely miserable, apprehensive and depressed. If you start feeling euphoric there must be something wrong with you, what the hell! I think euphoria is part of the treatment! There’s a hell of a lot of evidence and a hell of a lot of books starting with Wilhelm Reich on, Prescott, DeMeo, oh there’s ton’s of evidence that feeling good is good for your health. So their attempt to take the joy out of marijuana just means they want you to take longer to heal whatever you use it for if your using it for medical purposes. — RAW.

FROM WIKIPEDIA…2009

“Synthetic THC is known as dronabinol. It is available as a prescription drug (under the trade name Marinol[46]) in several countries including the United States and Germany. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced on June 29, 2008, the U.S. launch of the authorized generic version of dronabinol in the 2.5, 5 and 10 mg once daily dosage strengths. Dronabinol is the generic version of Marinol(R)(dronabinol) CIII Capsules. In the United States, Marinol is a Schedule III drug, available by prescription, considered to be non-narcotic and to have a low risk of physical or mental dependence. Efforts to get cannabis rescheduled as analogous to Marinol have not succeeded thus far, though a 2002 petition has been accepted by the DEA. As a result of the rescheduling of Marinol from Schedule II to Schedule III, refills are now permitted for this substance. Marinol has been approved by the FDA in the treatment of anorexia in AIDS patients, as well as for refractory nausea and vomiting of patients undergoing chemotherapy, which has raised much controversy as to why natural THC is still a schedule I drug.[47]
An analog of dronabinol, nabilone, is available commercially in Canada under the trade name Cesamet, manufactured by Valeant. Cesamet has also received FDA approval and has began marketing in the U.S. as of 2006; it is a Schedule II drug.
In April 2005, Canadian authorities approved the marketing of Sativex, a mouth spray for multiple sclerosis patients, who can use it to alleviate neuropathic pain and spasticity. Sativex contains tetrahydrocannabinol together with cannabidiol. It is marketed in Canada by GW Pharmaceuticals, being the first cannabis-based prescription drug in the world. — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahydrocannabinol

 

C is for Cannabis: Dutch English American comparisons

Dealer McFly Agaric 23
Amsterdam. Netherlands.

It takes a great deal of faith, blind faith in the government to believe that by taking medicine away from sick people they’re doing something to protect us from terrorism which is their official line, and I have the feeling this is gonna – clearly I’m overly optimistic, I often am – but, I think this is gonna bounce back in their faces. They raided the Women’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana which distributes marijuana to about 300 cancer and AIDS patient’s, and a few with muscular dystrophy and post polio syndrome and other problems which are clearly helped by Marijuana very clearly and obviously, and they – the D.E.A – swooped down and arrested the two people who own the farm where most of it is grown and chopped down all the plants and carted them away to destroy them presumably, many believe they sell them on the black market, that’s the most popular belief in the counterculture; they only seize them to resell on the black market at higher prices. –Dr. Robert Anton Wilson, 10th September 2002.

The Big Question: Is it time the world forgot about cannabis in its war against drugs? By Michael McCarthy Friday, 3 October 2008.Why are we asking this now? Because yesterday a British think-tank published a report for next year’s United Nations Strategic Drug Policy Review, suggesting that a decriminalized, regulated market in cannabis would cause less harm than the prohibition of the drug currently in force across most of the world. —http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-big-question-is-it-time-the-world-forgot-about-cannabis-in-its-war-against-drugs-949662.html

http://www.beckleyfoundation.org/seminar/seminar2008.html

The Cannabis Commission Report has been authored by a group of the world’s leading drug policy analysts. The seminar’s first day will see these authors present their findings to the public, followed by further presentations on, and a wider discussion of the cannabis issue. The second day involves presentations on some of the high-level policy reports that will help inform policymakers in the build up to and during the UNGASS review. This will be followed by a debate on the position Europe should be taking in this UNGASS review.

Hi level policy indeed! In 32 years here, i have lived for a considerable time in the three Nations that are most active in the war on some people who use some drugs. Britain, U.S.A and the Netherlands. Although the Netherlands takes a different practical approach to the so called soft drugs problem with their tolerant policy and progressive experiments with the Cannabis coffee shop for example, they too are still very actively involved in the Global War on drugs and have been since the beginning of official international trade and spice-drug wars and business enterprises, such as the Dutch East Indian Tea Company.

But leaving aside the more Global scope of the wild wars on some people who use some drugs, and the wars to secure the land on which some drugs are cropped, i want to take a look into the methods of Government research and Government handling of some drugs, how policy is made and how the questions and problems are COMMUNICATED to the public and the rest of the world. And how they might be re-selling confiscated drugs on the so called black market. Why not?

Although Britain is a part of Europe along with the Dutch just a few miles across the English Channel; their approach and resonably sane kind of logic regarding prohibition and the war on some people who use some soft drugs seems vastly different, as if Britain were still under the hammer of a medieval mad King or maybe looking at it the other way around that the Dutch civilization came here from another planet in a distant galaxy where tolerance and civility are practised in somehwat harmony, compared with the rest of planet prohibition.

One way to begin this kind of study into psychosis might be to compare the related figures and statistics associated with some drugs in the Dutch English American territories. but you would surely need a few ounces of skunk to get through such a long winded and boring endevour. So, to help refine my study, i am going to direct my focus upon Cannabis here for a little clarity, but, i feel strongly now that its critical to reason and sense to remember that a comparative study with Alcohol, LSD, Sugar, Cocaine, Coffee, Heroin and Tea would provide an array of differential information, more data helping to define the drugambiguation of drugs problum. A fair comparative research based study. Here’s a recent example taken from the British Daily Mail newsrag highlighting how some bad statistics and bad figures and terrible conclusions regarding the war on some people who use some drugs, helps to sustain a dreary confused fog of drug madness in the British Mindset, and by default the worlds news media, trumped only by the American hyper mystical tsarist madness.

“Very few people of all ages entering treatment programmes in England left them entirely drug-free. The figures showed that 7,324 (11%) of the 69,612 people discharged from treatment during the year left because they were drug-free. This meant they had overcome their dependency on the drug they were treated for, were not using any other illegal drugs, and some were also meeting demands imposed on them not to use alcohol. Overall, 19,591 people dropped out or left treatment in 2007/08. A total of 35,441 completed their treatment successfully. —http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jgFAgknLNHmyWBc0Kxj7XgLjapgQ

No human being can really be drug-free, thats a myth, not even an olympic champion. I bet you. Human beings are full of drugs of many different kinds, so bite me, by design and evolutionary genius we all contain lots drugs. Many make us feel high too! yey, Some of them are classed as Illegal by the mystical tsars and their faith based research, BOOOO’ The word drug’ has become a popular multi-ordinally minced term used as a powerful weapon of disinformation deployed on the public by crooked tsars and their greedy army of corporate media minced disciples. Marching to a religious fundamental madness that they still collectively call ‘The war on drugs”.

Harry J. Anslinger was Americas first drug Czar and makes up the generalized fascist blueprint for every prohibitionist up until the present day, in the U.S, UK, Europe, China, South America, Russia and everywhere else on planet earth. A “Law And Order” evangelist Anslingers policy of prohibition and deceitful warfare was a thin pretext for a racial and economic fascism that continues to this day, particularly in America highlighted by the murderous and criminal Tsarist Bush mob. You can detect the psychological madness and hatred for humans who use some drugs in the empty words of Europeans too, such as Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Jacqui Smith, Antonio Maria Costa, and most other prime ministers, presidents, Kings and religious leaders; all the sick heirs to Anslingers Zero tolerance policy of prohibition and war. A mindless trillion truffleskin war on some people who use some drugs, and the funding for the madness never seems to stop.

“If you start feeling euphoric there must be something wrong with you, what the hell! I think euphoria is part of the treatment! There’s a hell of a lot of evidence and a hell of a lot of books starting with Wilhelm Reich on, Prescott, DeMeo, oh there’s ton’s of evidence that feeling good is good for your health. So their attempt to take the joy out of marijuana just means they want you to take longer to heal whatever you use it for if your using it for medical purposes. –Dr. Robert Anton Wilson, September 10th 2002.

Hijacked America under the faith based terror regime of George Bush Jr., handed on from his father and his grandfathers, the Bush crime family has helped influence and support a crooked global network of terror spook-korporations that influence many foreign governments, much foreign policy and lots of foreign business and banking. Just take a random stab at most big American pharmaceutical, telecommunication and/or oil companies and you’ll find a terror spook somehwere in the slime trail. Just take a peek at the ripples sent throughout the world financial labyrinths by American financial confidence trickery sold to the rest of the world as real value; in September 2008.

The history of the Dutch English American drug trade and business parallels the general trend of imperialist greed and institutionalized slavery in their pirating practices throughout history. Some drugs such as Opium, Cocaine, Sugar, Hash, Coffee and tea were pirated from other environments (territories) on planet earth, different and foreign land from that which the traders lived upon, far away from home. The next step involves using drugs as psychological weapons and secret chemical agents, deployed to baffle, bewilder and control various sectors of the parish population. Some drugs used as black trade currency between contemporary pirates throughout history. The latest worldwide war on some people who use some drugs operates upon similar principles and faith as it did 400 years ago. Firstly secure the areas where the treasure lies with as much military force you have, second you control all the trade routes and means to distribution with more violent military enforced fear and then thirdly you enact hundreds of complicated laws and friends as judges to protect and ensure total monopoly over any given treasure (Opium, Cocaine, Cannabis, MDMA, Gold, Oil, Cash Money too?).

I might add that usually at this point a silly see-saw game begins between the bi-polar lawyers and their crazy guilds and their mad-god given sovereign rights to total truth and total justice, in which small steps are made for-and-against an issue, therefore making the forbidden treasure (drugs that actually work) not available to the public at all. With each alternating up and down movement of the sickening see-saw the penalty and the inhuman punishment for those already suffering under brutal drug-police and party pooper troopers, increases. And furthermore it seems to me that this alternating flux – although an interesting phenomena when studied methodically through Taoism – creates something 50 times more dangerous (my figures) than any chemical based drug found in an illegal grow room. The political militaristic industrial media of 2008 creates disinformation and lies, its their job. Partly due to its greedy sovereign interests in controlling the information sphere of some drugs, partly due to the nature of mainstream communications and corporate business in 2008. “Keep your mouth shut, and just do what your told because we pay your wages”. etc. And as every expert and mouth piece seems to avoid this dogmatic elephant in the clinic when talking of psychosis and cannabis induced illness, i feel i must shout it loud. Look at your sane world of guns and germs and death and war. And all we wish for is to commune with a few harmless plants for crying out loud, again.

I think the scientific evidence from the early 60’s – before the government banned all scientific research and revived the inquisition – there were quite a lot of scientific studies published and I think it clearly indicates that psychedelics are good for almost everything they were used for – almost every disease – with some kind of positive result in one study or another and certainly produces religious experiences with only minimum suggestion to get them moving in that direction. –Dr. Robert Anton Wilson, Sep. 10th 2002.

Yes, cannabis seems to induce an alternating force you could say which mimics a disassociation of ideas process, and various modes of Zen meditation process, producing a de-patterning of sensory sensual and neurological systems. But this of course is modified by mind set and environment setting, best described by Dr. Timothy Leary. You will get very different results and indications from a pot smoking soldier fighting a cold blooded war in Afghanistan than from a 60 year old pot smoking Yoga-Tai Chi instructor from Marin county. This set and setting principle highlights the current UK US police-state type of prohibition policy and violent action against some sacred plants and medicinal herbs and they’re users as being inhumane and paranoid, and so this may partly be a causal factor amongst cases of schizoid breaks and the feeling that your head is caving in. As Brendan Hogan puts it:

“Leading the anti cannabis charge, the Daily Mail has been extraordinarily successful in herding the rest of the media flock into its corner. The success of the new Reefer Madness is such that even the most liberal sections of the media give credence to the false notion that cannabis causes mental illness. In the name of balance, many previously credible news sources have turned into gibbering wrecks of anti cannabis hysteria. –More Cannabis Madness In The UK, Soft Secret 2008 #4.

We will not let the dull sense-sucking newsplebs and TVangelist media empires and their intelligence whips dictate what medicinal compounds we can and cannot use. We must somehow bypass the front line of sensational journalism entirely. Why invest your time in a writer/editior who’s on a pretty cushy pay roll and has a limited interest and limited freedom to communicate to you my dear and beloved reader, what’s going on in and around the world. In 2008 through internet and other public resources good researchers can find many source materials published by the government; transcripts from parliamentary sessions, PDF documents of various speeches and presentations from those who actually did some proper research and present it to the politicians. You’ll notice that good researchers and scientists generally seem interested in balanced and objective modes of writing, or the closest approximation of such a goal. Operationalist language and mathematically precise terms are massacred by the dribbling corpsemanure that pours from 95 % of the worlds popular media sewage outlets. Take your pick, there are thousands to choose from. And the politicians seems happy with this terrible compulsion for miss translation, especially when it comes to anything about drugs, drug laws and drug science. Just turn on and tune into any major media apocalypse channel. The madness and deception so rampant in the area of drugs is now unveiling to the public another area of government disinformation and wrong doings, mass waste of useful funds to enforce a never ending war dictated by the spook Korporations and their double crossing servants of confusion and chaos.

“If the immigrants don’t steal your job and leave you penniless in the gutter, your led to believe you’ll probably die in the squalor of a dirty hospital, having been run down by joy riding anti social teenagers whose recklessness was fueled by cannabis induced psychosis. Naturally, your life threatening happy car-slapping can be seen on youtube.–Brenden Hogan”

Umm, i would like to try and distinguish the difference between the very bad social chaos and confusion perpetuated around the world by the tsarist war on some people who use some drugs, and other cruel means to divide and conquer the people; from the good chaos and confusion perpetuated around the world by anarchist poets, guerrilla ontologists and Zen teachers. Maybe compassion and a sensitive tenderness are what’s missing from the proponents of social chaos and war, chaos and confusion used by a skilled writer who has compassion can do a lot of good to the human nervous system and so as a result the social environment as a whole. There seems to be a culture war going on between compassionate poets, and ignorant journalists. And although ignorance and corporate bias has held back the poetic renaissance over the last 50 years, the new means to communication and to knowledge will bring about the dawning of a poetic revolution. A Breakdown of alphabetical communications into insanity and ambiguation may force humanity to perceive the infinite flux of being more like the way an ancient Taoist poet might perceive the Universe; questioning everything, especially authority, fundamentalism, dogma and greed. To accept the current status quo from any government authority might leave you in mental and physical danger. Especially their corporate sponsored line of total unwavering prohibition of some drugs. A disastrous policy that cause Billions of people suffering worldwide. Economically and psychologically the war on drugs has become a meaningless failure and cancer on the growth of humanity. One example is made clear by Robert Anton Wilson, who was a regular Cannabis user and foundation stone of the semantic reform of the term “war on drugs” to the more sensible and meaningful “war on some people who use some drugs.

Steven Pratt: In 1972 the drug war budget was 100 million dollars, by the beginning of 2000 the figure was 20 billion dollars, yet there seem to be more drugs available?]

RAW: There’s more of everything, the more they fight it the more drugs appear, it’s like Lao Tzu said “The more laws they pass the more criminals they create and the more weapons they create the more terror stalks the land” – the more clearer the explanations the more frogs fall out of the sky. Yeah, when they made marijuana illegal in 1937 according to sociologists who have studied the growth of the thing, there were around 100,000 – 500,000 pot smokers in the United States, most of them in Texas and New Orleans, now the estimates run between 20 million and 70 million after all this money that’s been spent, and it’s the same with heroin – there are more heroin users in the country now than there were when that was illegalized, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a good drug or a bad drug, make it illegal and people get attracted to it, and of course the damage increases. I forget who said that “no drug is known to science that becomes purer and cleaner, safer or easier or better to use when turned over to the criminal classes” – The United States has taken a whole variety of drugs and turned them over to the criminal classes and of course they have bad results, you don’t expect criminals to be as careful as doctors do you? And doctors don’t have all that good a reputation, somebody on e-mail a month or so ago sent an article claiming that more people die in hospitals from wrong prescriptions than die of all the illegal drugs combined, so even doctors aren’t infallible and were gonna trust criminals! We’re not supposed to trust them but – leaving aside the medical marijuana – the people who just want pot to get stoned and get high and relax, they’ve got to go to the criminal classes. Why? Well, actually when it comes down to it I trust the Mafia a little bit more than I trust the United States Government. [fly laughs]” –Robert Anton Wilson, sept 10th 2002.

(again)

The Big Question: Is it time the world forgot about cannabis in its war against drugs?

Forgot? eh. what war? who fighting man…

Smoke and Mirrors and Cannabis. SMOKE THE LAW!

To the States or any one of them, or any city of the States:
RESIST MUCH, OBEY LITTLE,
Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved,
Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this Earth,
ever afterward resumes its liberty.
–Walt Whitman.

The NEW MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION SHAKE DOWN. JULY 4TH 2008. BY FLY AGARIC 23. 0.0.0 MPHDJ.

The un-expansion of environments and free-spaces for human beings to smoke (ANYTHING) has been rapidly expanding in its constrictive powers over the last 3 years. On a global scale, a new mushroom cloud or umbrella of zero-tollerance has formed–like the terrifying image of maybe 40 thermo-nuclear war-heads exploding over all over these territories and spaces, they are blanketed with the FOG of law in this sense if viewed from outer-space. The BUTT of the joke about any kind of smoking ban clings to the THC in the toke. You’d have to be stoned to put up with this insult to human intelligence and sensibility. Laughing Crying Screaming LCS!

Interestingly every smoking ban does NOT cover non-human entities such as motor vehicles, turbine engines, Nuclear power stations, factories, media-stations, smoking Bazookas et cetera. Which produce a HELL OF A LOT of smoke! Didn’t you know by now that where’s there’s SMOKE, there’s fire, and Mirrors.

What is a smoke these days, what does this NO Smoking sign really mean in your city? A Smoke could be:

  • a. A MARIJUANA CIGGARETTE,
  • b. A hit of TOAD SLIME from a pipe.
  • c. A sauna with 3000 rashes of smoky bacon
  • d. A Blow job (as in many places to smoke pole means to suck on a Blair-pipe)
  • e. A Tabasco laced Tobacco cigarette. (Reputedly smoked by James Joyce. c.f)

But i am causing confusion here where there should be more clarity, i suppose you must have a common faith and reasonable restraint, some common horse-sense and to have a common council and sensibility to read and believe what NO SMOKING means within the many different contexts a,b,c,d,e; et cetera; and then make such judgement and action as one would see proper and fit. But one glance at any Drug Prohibition programe shows them to be playing a similar game of confusion. But without any jokes or interesting footnotes.

DAMNBIGUATION seems an appropriate new word to describe the problem of the Smoking Ban getting taken seriously by any thinking individual capable of catching an elevator. How can Tobacco and marijuana be both legal and illegal at the same time, as seems to now be the case, the legal case at least at the present time here in the Netherlands? What of the rest of the world?

THANKYOU FOR BLO SMOKING.

DAMNBIGUATION. a. Tobacco. b. Marijuana. (What is SKUNKweed?) The pop media and all the big pharma marketing and magik companies know all about DAMNBIGUATION it seems. They use ambiguity every moment of every single fresh day to keep the masses breathing exhaust fumes and paying for wars in their hall of mirrors, in the HAZE. The FOG OF The LAW. The word-corpsemanure camp. And the war on some people, and some animals, that use some pharmacological compounds, to accent the greek PHARMAKON seems the most absurd of all their absurd quasi-mystical law-spell-word magic law-spell-binding. Today for me the word PHARMAKON would be a far more informative and helpful word to use as a substitute for DRUG so as to kick that DAMNBIGUATION drug-word habit in the BUTT, right NOW! I am styling myself here a bit like the BBC Newsnight culture correspondent Stephen Smith who says, “We’ve been trying to penetrate the fog surrounding cannabis to sort a few facts from the myths.

But, lets not ramble too far from smell of scent of the shit here. Something is very very exciting to me about the prospect that establishments around the world can unite in allowing MARIJUANA to be consumed inside their establishments as an ILLEGAL substance is not covered in any Tobacco ban or other law that prohibits consumption in public places such as cafes, bars, and restaurants. Put up a sigh that says. MARIJUANA SMOKERS AND SMOKE TOLLERATED HERE. Thankyou for POT smoking.

The Dutch double bind here seems to me to be in the relationship between Coffee-shop Authorities and the seperate municipality Authorities. Some but not all of the Dutch Municipality authorities overlook with toleration a limited amount of establishments and a limited amount of people to bend the law a little bit to provide a little environment in which people can buy and smoke a little bit of quality MARIJUANA. In a safe environment.

But even this tentative relation-shop between different authorities seems under threat these days, in 2008 with some but not all coffeeshops folding due to less business and more regulations and crippling laws to abide by such as. NO ADVERTISING. NO ALCHOHOL. NO TOBACCO. NO DANCING. And the list of things you can’t do inside a building in most–but not all–of Europe and America reels out in comparative length with the receipts from all the international trade in arms, sugar, oil and more terrible steel; reeling for miles and miles. When was the last time a LAW was passed that increased the individuals freedoms, or i might say when was the last time a law was abolished that gave individuals greater freedoms to live and love as they please. (Gay Marriage?).

I SMOKED THE LAW.

No matter how you look at it the passing of more laws creates more potential criminals, and in a shady would where everybody is a potential criminal for one reason or another, the passing of more laws just increases the possible amount of criminal psychological impressions often associated with paranoia, illness and depression. And the popular phrase’s used worldwide like “we are passing these laws to protect YOU the public, YOU the employee and YOU the human being” echo throughout the lands. LIES! The more laws they pass the more criminals they create. THEY in this context referring to TSOG (TSARIST OCCUPATION GOVERNMENT). CCTV. DNA database Church of deception.

We the people are simply asking the question to all authority, why, why do you think you know so much and so rightly that you can mediate and moderate what we do, how we choose to live life, how we remain healthy and happy? If life, happy-ness and love are what we choose for our lives then WHY do you think that YOU know so much about MY life, OUR lives, the people. I often think that they should just leave US alone and let us get on with living. And living is what I choose, and living is what we the people choose. Let the death monsters and hate filled war mongers have their death matches, and let them have their laws all for themselves. But please, have the common human sense and dignity to let those who choose life choose for themselves how they live their life. Sharing, caring and remaining open for communication.

BLUETOOTH SMOKING PROHIBITED!

In contrast to snooping, greedy and closed-minded government, private profit based economic and business practices in 2008 it seems easy to expand on my point here that the reverse of these mental health problems afflicting most of the worlds powerful institutions and governments are our greatest weapons. To walk tall and be seen. With a flower in your mouth a every human being in your heart. WE THE PEOPLE. Of a general heart march into our life. Our free choice. We march into ourselves and our life and continue questioning everything, especially authority. Yet living our lives as if a UTOPIA is right here right now, in our sensory, sensual world. AND NOTHING CAN EVER STOP THE REVOLUTIONARY HUMAN MIND AND NERVOUS SYSTEM FOR REVOLUTIONIZING. All Empires have fallen in the mind indestructable. So mote it be.

–Fly Agaric 23.

Legalize Herb ECONOMY! BY FLY AGARIC 23:

Legalize. Make new markets.
Marijuana Markets. End the recession,.
Make more jobs. Legalize the weed, man!
The only economic option for any country 2008

A Stimulant package, for the economy.
Upswing, and gains for the brains canabinoid receptors
Swings and curves, relaxing nerves.

New marijuana markets.
Rebuild the US economy with weeds
Thats all you needs
Seeds no need to be bleeding for oil.
Plant the herb in the soil

Green economics without Grass seems like
A Copyright infringement.

Marijuana markets to boost the economy
Of all nations, more jobs, cropping,
Sewing seeds, fiber, paper fuel,
Foods, culture of Cannabis.–Fly Agaric 23

The Fuming Ban.
July 1st 2008.

Tobacco. Firearms. And the War on some people who mediate some Pharmakos’

I arrived back into Amsterdam today at 11:45 am. By 11:45 pm i was contemplating the proposed “smouldering ban” which according to some media outlets–took effect–today, here in the Netherlands. CNN, Channel four and other popular media gas stations had apparently, according to what people were telling me at work, included my workplace (Coffeeshop 420) in the some of the news items. CNN is a familiar gas-station to your present author and so is the BBC in an equal and opposite way. I have observed much spin and semantical distortions from these gas stations overe the past 15 years, and the “fumming ban” here in the Netherlands seems to have attracted the big media DOGS! But still, i’ll wage my bacon that most but not all major media “telecommunications GAS Stations” have a vested interest in semantical distortions, especially and most OBVIOUSLY to thinking individuals, in the puffed up category of newsmedia speak “DRUGS” the ultimate haze. A media created HYPER SKUNK. ILNNES MADNESS and Hyper-CRIMINAL. No purple. Without any Green. A grey noun in the paper print world of unimaginable darkness and squalid suffering. The NEWSPEAK word DRUG, Drugging itself and its faithful readers.

“Every citizen will choose the type of health care he or she wants,” –Guns and Dope Party.

I have found the word “DRUGS” to be maybe the most misused, abused and mistyfying catch-phrase that the major media corportaions–some, by the way who are in business link projects and stock-ties and bonds with giant pharmacological corporations–are in my opinion exhausting our human sensibility and our sanity with these meaningless, structurally inconsistent NEWSPEAKINGS. (To use one of the most common catch phrases for a deceptive and inherently snaky language).

Dr. Robert Anton Wilson suggests the semantical update of transforming the phrase “war on drugs” used in the worlds popular mainstream news media gasphere into “The war on SOME people who use SOME drugs”. I agree with Bob that this kind of semantical approach to “drugs” at the very least might make us find a theasaurus and look up the word drugs and discover the array of meanings possibly associated with drugs. Not to mention the mostly negative impression of drugs and crime as a sprawling monster that stalks our streets like a giant squid in the fog of night! I need not go on here about more examples of semantical distortions and ill-defined gossip column style reports revolving around “The war on some people who use some drugs” its everywhere, like a black Death resurrected by Burroughs. A Word Virus int he matrix. ‘DRUGS’.

It has to be legally defined in human language to make a law of it. DMT is an example of this kind of unknown legal status, until quite recently. How do you make something unknown illegal? make new categories?
POT IS DEFINED AS BEING ILLEGAL BY THE LAW AND SO CANNOT BE ILLEGALIZED BY A SMOKING BAN ON TOBACCO, in the Netherlands. as long as cannabis remains illegal it will be possible to smoke it inside a coffeeshop according to dutch law in 2008.

PUT UP SIGNS IN YOUR HOUSE THAT READ THINGS LIKE:
SMOKE ONLY PURE CANNABIS INSIDE. PLEASE OBEY.
TABACO AND MARIJUANA TOGETHER TOLLERATED. MAKE SOME SMOKE SIGNALS.

Global legalization and full scientific help, medical support.
Fly Agaric 23 addresses the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

The whole world has been portrayed and re-represented in a new dream language, wake up. It seems to me that language is our closest and most powerful ally in the war on some people who use some drugs. The only political, poetic and consciousness research based GAME in town these days, where fair, scientific, logical and responsible and balanced methods seems to fail and pale at the EXPERIENCE itself, and so medieval dogma and religious superstition move forward, trying to take over, monopolize and police language, meaning and THOUGHT> This appears to me as the cutting edge, a place for me to take a stand against the Tsarist/Nazi Occupied Governments around the world and their illegal “Drug Fnord” wars, and disinformation campaigns against the citizens of planet earth so as to continue with THEIR business selling germs and steel to Gangsters. Crime against GOD. Crime against Nature! Have some decency common man!

Until the global police, who reinforce the single-sighted, irrational and meaningless “War on drugs” bust into Monsanto, GalaxoSmithKiline and the other worldwide “Phamacological Dope Dealing Syndicates” and/or violently shutting down every supermarket and “Drug” store, only then can we have a sensible meaning to any “War on Drtugs” and also only then can we equal intelligent conversation and rational discussion about “The War on Some People who use Some drugs.” Communication is only possible between equals. I am your humble servant, fly agaric.

Before The United Nation’s and/or any other political authority wishes to fight a war on something i suggest that their experts and strategic agents first define what DRUG means, to them. Their “The War on drugs” appears to me as an example of the very very bad language used and perpetuated by Officials, Agents, Police, Politicians and then fanned and propagated outwards by convenient News Media. What they are trying hard to avoid is defining this smart business strategy as the “War on some people who use Some drugs.” Accentuating the HUMAN doer and the ACTION user in the sentence.

A better way to fight the 51st “War on drugs” maybe to replace Police with Poets, or people with a better understanding of neuro-semantics. Linguists and Novelists, magicians, independent journalists, warrior-poets etc.

When you can internalize and realize that the war on drugs is more precisely the “War on some people who use some drugs”. Questions start to arise from the increased semantical data provided by the additional words: “some people” and “use some drugs”. Who and what might be the next question. These questions are a key to breaking through the veil of disinformation surrounding the fake and fantastically expensive “War on drugs” and also the more recent Tobacco laws.

Drug still means what Hippocrates and Galen understood it to mean: a substance that instead of being overcome by the body and assimilated in nutrition is instead capable of “Overcoming” it.

A war on the above statement shows the neglect and abuse of language and sensibility towards possibly the greatest revolutionary force known to mankind: the human brain-body nervous system, an interaction between an array of other forces–neural semantic forces–and your interacting nervous forces and a third interacting “Interaction” force of the two. Mixed in space/time to produce the moment. A moment. Moments of YOGA you might say. The Coming together of two things, and all this experience being dependent upon all the varying conditions and sensory data available. When, where, how and why you made your reading. That some drugs involved in this interactive biological process, evolving over hundreds of thousands of years by interacting with other biological neural networks. To suggest humans are somehow involved in a “War” with this seems to me like saying you have Billions of villains running through your body-brain interface. Insurgent chemical criminals.

Yet, “The War on Drugs” continues, and to the fundamentalist materialist maybe the crazy poet and his dream language are a deranged monstrosity, resulting from loosing one’s mind to those very drugs. Yet, be that as it may, crazy poetry continues to be the most powerful weapon in the “War on Some peole who use some Drugs.” Have you read the Mainstream corporate headlines today and compared them with Blake or Li Po?

–Fly Agaric 23
MPHDJ
JULY 4th 2008.

Marijuana Is In, Tobacco Is Out Under Netherlands’ Smoking Ban.

Passing more laws makes more criminals,
But i am going to try and make good of this law and
Smoke only Marijuana after July 1st!

–fly

“Marijuana Is In, Tobacco Is Out Under Netherlands’ Smoking Ban

By Martijn van der Starre

June 20 (Bloomberg) — Starting July 1, marijuana will be the only leaf that can be smoked in public places in the Netherlands. Cannabis devotees aren’t celebrating.

Local pot smokers, who usually cut joints with tobacco, and owners of the “coffee shops” where they are allowed to light up will have to change their habits when the nation implements the indoor tobacco ban. Puffing a pure marijuana cigarette in public will still be permitted; smoking one with tobacco will merit coffee shop owners a 300-euro ($466) fine for the first offense and 2,400 euros for a fourth.

“Every customer will have to learn how to smoke pure,” said Robert Kempen, co-owner of The NooN and Mellow Yellow in Amsterdam, which sell marijuana and hashish. The rule makes him “sick to death,” he said, rolling himself a joint.

Coffee-shop proprietors say the ban will put some of them out of business as smokers stay away. The nation’s 720 outlets that serve marijuana smokers generate a large portion of their revenue from selling drinks, food and rolling papers to their patrons. Dutch sales of cannabis alone totaled 1.2 billion euros ($1.86 billion) in 2001, according to the most recent figures available from the nation’s statistics bureau.

To permit tobacco smoking, shops will have to build separate, unstaffed rooms, and many say they don’t have the space or money to do so. Others are investing in water pipes and $400 vaporizers, initially intended to aid people with lung problems inhale medicine, to help smokers light up without tobacco.

`Times Have Changed’

“It’s a bad year for marijuana smokers,” said Gwydion Hydref while smoking in Coffee Shop Johnny. The Welshman works for Wickedtrips, a company that offers vacation packages, including a “`no holds barred’ weekender” to Amsterdam ahead of the smoking ban. “Times have changed.”

The Netherlands follows other European countries in banning tobacco. Ireland was the first country in the region to forbid smoking in public places in 2004. Sweden, Italy, Malta, France, Belgium, Finland, Lithuania, Portugal and England and others have followed, with full or partial restrictions.

The Dutch ban, which prohibits tobacco smoking in all public places of employment to protect workers’ health, is only for tobacco and makes no change to marijuana policy, said Saskia Hommes, a spokeswoman for Dutch Health MinisterAb Klink. The government will have to see if the law is enforceable, she said.

The Netherlands decriminalized the use of marijuana in 1976, though it stopped short of fully legalizing the drug because international treaties prohibited it from doing so. The country’s first coffee shop, named after Donovan’s song “Mellow Yellow,” had opened its doors four years earlier.

`Bloody Awful’

Government policy toward the shops has become less lenient in recent years, with the number dropping by 39 percent in a decade as authorities cracked down on sale to young people and revoked the licenses of owners who commit crimes.

Still, the shops have devoted patrons who are upset about the latest development.

The ban is “bloody awful,” said Nima Gani, a musician smoking at The NooN. Gani plans to stop visiting The NooN and smoke his “Blueberry” marijuana and tobacco joints on the street.“I feel like my freedom is getting smaller and smaller,” he said.

To enforce the new policy, the government has more than doubled its number of food and consumer product inspectors to 200, said Bob Kiel, a spokesman for the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. The agents will make unannounced visits to bars, restaurants and cafes, as well as coffee shops. There are no guidelines to help inspectors distinguish between a mixed joint and a pure one, he said.

Hashish and Joints

Coffee shops sell everything from pre-rolled joints for 3.50 euros each to hashish for as much as 18 euros a gram, said Mark Jacobsen, chairman of the Amsterdam Association of Cannabis Retailers. The ban will make it even harder for the shops to stay in business as visitors and revenue will drop, said Jacobsen, who is building a wall to divide The Rookies, a shop he co-owns.

“Sales will definitely fall,” said Rida Oulad, who works behind the counter at Ibiza in Amsterdam. “Why would you go to a coffee shop where you can’t smoke and the only remaining activities are sitting and watching television?”

Gani, for one, isn’t happy about the changes. He says he can’t smoke at his real home because his mother would hit him “over the head with a pan.”

Still, he has no plans to stop rolling joints mixed with tobacco: “Smoking pure grates my throat.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Martijn van der Starre in Amsterdam at vanderstarre@bloomberg.net

Fly Agaric 23 love’s his pot

The war on some people who use some drugs

Seems to me a war without an end in sight, as long as the crooked funding holds out.

Or as long as the most unknown, unrecognizable drug, the one that i call “Mhoney”

Keeps the funding in a cyclical motion.

Its like Vico Las Vegas.

So take your highs and cherrish them….

Create your value systems and gather concrete poetry from them.

Language vs. The Equation
Meanwhile, the war on some people who use some drugs…
And the funding never stops…