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November 2009



Something terrible must be about to happen…

Item #1: Boomers see views relaxing on marijuana

“There’s gotten to be greater tolerance, that’s for sure,” said Lee, the son of one-time acting Maryland governor Blair Lee III. “I know literally hundreds of people my age who smoke. They are upright citizens, good parents who are holding down jobs. You take two or three puffs, and you’re good to go. I’m not a Rastafarian; I don’t treat this as some holy sacrament. But pot is fun.”

Item #2: US opens its first marijuana cafe

The Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is the first to give certified medical marijuana users a place to obtain the drug and smoke it, as long as they are out of public view, despite a federal ban.

The cafe was formerly a speakeasy and adult erotic club, Rumpspankers. Technically it is private, but is open to any Oregon members of Norml – a group pushing for marijuana legalisation – who hold a medical marijuana card. It has no drinks licence.


Clearly, such a casual approach to such a dangerous drug means we should expect some serious ramifications.

What do you think will happen first? The fall of civilization, the forced marching of all our children off the edge of a cliff, or a plague of locusts?

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43 comments to Something terrible must be about to happen…

  • Spacewyrm

    What will happen first? The forced marching of all our children off the edge of a cliff, of course. But, the DEA only did it to keep them from smoking pot, you see.

  • glarbl_blarbl

    Mr. Guither, I think you underestimate the insidious nature of the cannabis narcotic! The very Earth will be rent asunder with the smell of brimstone as Beelzebub himself takes dominion over the World!

  • R.O.E.

    Oh my god, grab your children…RUN RUN RUN!! This will bring the apocolypse in 2012!!!!! Dogs and cats will sleep together. Al gore will stopp eating meat!! Nacy Pilosis face will actually move!!! OH the HORROR!!!!!


  • R.O.E.

    OPPS! * Nancy Pelosi*

  • Brucee_boy

    Takes ten of me working full time to pay the tax to fund the wage of just ONE of the roadblockers.
    I resent that. baa , baaa

  • kaptinemo

    “Takes ten of me working full time to pay the tax to fund the wage of just ONE of the roadblockers.”

    And that, right there, should be the tack that reformers take. Keep making that point, again and again and again. The money, the money, the money. Something to bring up next time you get the chance:

    “How many millions of people were on the knife’s edge this past Unemployment Insurance cycle, only a couple weeks ago, when the money was running out? How many unemployed parents could have easily fed and housed their kids on what’s being wasted this very minute pursuing and incarcerating ‘pot-heads’?”

    “Don’t we have better things to do with our tax dollars than that?”

    Hint, hint, hint…at every opportunity. Because nothing makes it more personal than being hit in the wallet…

  • Jon Doe

    Oh, verily I say the LORD will come and smite the wicked in Oregon. For surely any who use a plant created by the LORD shall suffer for the presumption of obeying His word. For is it written:

    “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.” (Genesis 1:29)

  • Kozmo

    So it was the four horsemen of the Apocalypse I saw on the horizon this morning. Should have known somebody was smoking pot legally. Dirty rotten hippies !

  • Duncan

    Pepsi will spin off Frito Lay, and the new CEO will be the next Bill Gates.

  • ezrydn

    They’ll have to activate SKYNET sooner than expected.

  • kaptinemo

    EZ, for all we know, it’s already online. But I guess so long as there’s a few sane people around, trying to change things for the better, it won’t unlock the launch codes.

    Seriously, though, this is exactly what had been predicted years ago, that cannabis would experience a resurgence as its’ palliative qualities are re-discovered by more and more former tokers joining the ‘aches ‘n pains’ set as they age.

    The generational shift regarding attitudes towards cannabis has been underway for a while, and we may not need to wait to ‘legalize when Grandma dies’, for many ‘Grandmas’ have just reached the age where they’ll need those palliative properties. And all it takes is for someone to introduce them to the information available on the Internet.

    And as that happens, increasing support for re-legalization will tip the scales politically, for when the prohibs start busting older people for analgesic cannabis use, the political fat will be in the social fire.

  • claygooding

    It ain’t over till it’s over. I don’t want relaxed,I want comatose. And as long as the cartels are our source of marijuana,the violence and crime surrounding the black market will continue.
    And we will continue spending billions of dollars supporting illegal drugs.
    If our government wasn’t making money off the illicit drug market,they would have bought the 2009 opium crop in Afghanistan and napalmed it instead of allowing it to be sold on the black market. END of prohibition will occur when we remove all the senators and representatives of congress as warning to the future legislators that this government is for the people,by the people.

  • jayrollinhippy

    LOL make em pay. From A personal note. I was busted just A little over twoyears ago for ” manufacttturing 5 plants lol in flower pos. It took twelve men 8 vehicles cars and four wheeles A helocoper and 3 crewmen. And all they got was an ounce of leaves LOL. I refused to plead guilty and drug the case out for A year. LOL I caught the states prosecuter in an uneithical act and by the time I stood before the judge They reduced the charge from felony manufacturing to smple pocession. I had to pay A fine of $565.00 and loss of my drivers lience for six months. LOL All in all cost the state at least $15,000 to get A misdomeanor conviction or an ounze of herb.
    Now thats how you make em pay. OH yhea I did spend ten days in jail while I raise bail but the state had to ffed me pay for my meds too. LOL

  • kaptinemo

    From the first article:

    “Drug counselors bemoan the softening views on marijuana, saying that it complicates their efforts to steer addicts away from illicit substances.

    “It’s more of a struggle for us when the parents just see heroin or cocaine as the dangerous drugs and sort of turn their heads with marijuana,” said Carol Porto, who runs an inpatient drug treatment center in Calvert County.

    Awwwww. Methinks I hear the sound of a wallet being opened, and the vacuum in it being replaced by air. The drug treatment scam has always been dependent upon ‘referrals’ of captured cannabists (no diff from POWs in my book) as ‘easy meat’ to maintain themselves when your average cannabists needs no ‘treatment’.

    Whereas, your average meth ‘tweaker’ might pull out a knife and start slicing at imaginary mental horrors and take out a few ‘therapists’ in the process. Much more trouble than a docile ‘pot-head’.

  • Brucee_boy

    The Fashissm Bibble
    Revealations 13;22
    The Fascist is your BEST friend.
    UNTIL its time for him/her to reciprocate.

  • Buddy Lumbo

    The gates of hell have opened in Oregon! Evil hippie doper commies are having some enjoyment and relaxing! *gasp*

  • Cliff

    “The drug treatment scam has always been dependent upon ‘referrals’ of captured cannabists (no diff from POWs in my book) as ‘easy meat’ to maintain themselves when your average cannabists needs no ‘treatment’.”

    War on certain drugs depends on testing to unfairly target cannabis users for possessing certain metabolytes in their bodies. It also forces those who refuse to pee for employment to become economic and political refugees.

    I get so sick of hearing someone say, “If you don’t like the fact that we drug test, well, you can go work somewhere else.”

    Really? Who’s hiring who isn’t drug testing? I worked for the same company for 15 years (made it through 2 buy outs) and now I can’t find anything but the janitor gig I’m doing.

  • Bailey

    Wasn’t Oaksterdam’s Bulldog Cafe the first in the U.S.?

  • …u.m.m…maybe the black hole will freeze over!

  • ezrydn

    I think Hillary Clinton should have coffee with Sarah Palin in the new Portland establishment. Sarah would feel right at home and Hillary could see how her life is about to change.

    But, wait a minute. They’re not allowed in. No NORML membership and no patient’s card. Sorry.

  • claygooding

    Last weeks announcement from the American Medical Association
    — calling for a federal review of marijuana’s legal status — has been well received in the media, reaching the pages of The Washington Post, LA Times, and other publications.

    One group that hasn’t got the message is the Drug Enforcement Administration. This is no surprise, as the DEA has been ignoring recommendations to research marijuana’s medical benefits for decades.

    But this example is particularly egregious. On the DEA Web page “Exposing the Myth of Smoked Medical Marijuana,” the agency writes, “the American Medical Association recommends that marijuana remain a Schedule I controlled substance.” That statement directly contradicts the new policy that the AMA issued last week.

    The DEA also has a contact page where you can call them out on this (likely) willful ignorance of recent news:
    Here is some more spin for you.

  • Here’s another natural stress remedy that helps me alot;

    HUBBLE TELESCOPE PICTURES 2009 – kind of heavenly.

    There’s no back-tracking now; S.L.C. is even honestly stating facts about Colorado’s fresh new breathe of air of MMJ’s tax donations.

    Very cool…makes me one happy camper.

    You peeps are the groovey-man-cool-crowd for sure.

  • kpj

    I love what’s going down in Oregon, but the first such cafe in the U.S.? Hardly! There are dozens in California, including, as noted above, the Bulldog.

  • I heard growing up that The Mormon Church owned Coca-cola a long time ago.

    Even in the day of having cocaine in it.

    I wonder if they ever consider allowing cocoa safely back into their bubblies someday upon a time (wish wish).

    I surely did get a pep from it long ago too; a healthy pep.

    I think the whole schmoozel schmangle is over finally! Hooray!

    Industry, medicine, cloth, oil, on and on and on . . .

  • ..and let’s never forget..the little green men from Mars.

  • OMG Wendy! They banned cocoa too? Damn, I love my dark chocolate. I know, just a spelling error, but it gave me a smile.

    And you know what I really love? … the sound of falling walls. Wait… I think I hear one now. It really is pile on time. Wherever you are, whomever you are, write those letters (and Opeds!), speak those talking points and keep the wave rolling. Now is when we expose again – publicly – the lies so long used to keep the truth at bay. A lying government is a criminal one. Our indignation is rightly earned and deserved, as is the contempt for legislated bigotry and the legislators who legislate bigoted legislation.

  • Hope

    Really, Leslie?

    I thought Narconon was about not taking drugs.

  • Hope — “Leslie” was a spammer, and so her post was deleted. It amazes me how some of these drug treatment folks are spamming all over the place, trolling for hits and google rankings. Tells you something about their business.

  • Hope

    Oh Thank You, Pete!

    I thought I was losing my mind… or at least had somehow posted on the wrong thread.


  • kaptinemo

    “It amazes me how some of these drug treatment folks are spamming all over the place, trolling for hits and google rankings. Tells you something about their business.”

    It also tells you that they are very much aware that this site is highly effective at anti-prohibition communication. Think of it as a complement that they’d be so concerned about that efficacy as to show their ‘faces’ here. Most prohibs are terrified of doing so…as well they should be. Rhetorically, an icicle hanging from Hell’s ceiling would stand a better chance…

  • Carol

    kaptinemo, another thing to realize. We now have a critical mass of people who started 40 years ago and who never really stopped. Back when I was a teenager, they could say anything they wanted about pot and nobody really knew how it would affect people long-term, because the only old pot smokers back then were old jazz musicians and other types you didn’t know about. At 52, I can now see that the older people ahead of me who smoke pot are doing just fine, and I certainly am not seeing a lot of people at my doctor
    s for whom pot and their medications are an issue either.

    Another thing that’s loosening is the hold of workplace testing. A lot of people stopped to pass employment drug screens. Once you’re retired, that’s not relevant anymore. Even if you go back to work, it’s probably not going to be full-time, or for a job that requires testing.

    Let’s not forget all of the free time to smoke, watch tv and just lay back and rest some more.

  • Richard Steeb

    The First? I think the Third Floor had ’em beat by a number of years. Until the DEA raid… Bulldog, too.

    Viva Oaksterdam!!

  • I think I heard a small meteore shower was over Dugway Proving Grounds last night.

    It’s those little green men throwing rocks at us I tell ya.

    Some dumb-ass left the gas valve open in 1960 in Dugway, leaving the sheep laying dead.

    What a bunch of toe-heads that still have their personal fairy tale belief that they are our fearless leaders! HA!

    Not on my watch anyway!

    See-ya see-ya Markie Shurtless; wouldn’t want to be ya!

    Four down and only ninety-six left being named in conspiracy of John Doe-Heads in a federal prosecution.

    Did ya all read what I posted this a.m.?

    Mormom Church better take a stand upon their own doctrines, wouldn’t some think so? h.m.m.m?

    I’m just biding my time while the glow from the wine makes a fool of them. Tee Hee…Hee!

  • If I want to rub cow-dung on my own fore-head YOU won’t stop me!

  • allan420 – no they love the sugar and its by-product of high-fructose corn syrup instead of a ‘coco’ leaf.

  • ..and then they dump this lice killer on your head in jail while you’re under the shower; kind of NAZI if ya ask me.

  • allan420 ‘our contempt for…legislated bigotry and the legislators of whom legislate bigoted legislation.

    That’s what I tried to say the other day; the crooks, and the crooked and the crooke-crooks.

    Now, I’ll give ya $10,000 to name this tune;

    ..there was a crooked man

    ..who walked a crooked mile

    ..he smiled a crooked smile he walked his crooked mile. (somethin’ like that)

  • – they say 2,000 kids are starving and suffering in this crazy world as we ‘speak’.

  • ..and the name ‘basteeds’ without a country echoes in my mind.

  • …self-correction; kids are dieing as we ‘speak’.

  • It’s a tough thing to figure, but the fact that it’s taken marijuana around 40 years to gain acceptance as a mind-altering substance is just about on par with the history of other drugs that were once considered “culture-alien” in Western society, like tobacco and coffee. A rational appraisal of a substance’s merits vs. perils plays less of a role than the simple persistence of its popularity. Some 40 years after Woodstock, John Lennon’s pot bust, and the recommendations of the Shafer Commission, marijuana has evidently stuck around long enough to obtain the necessary respectability to be here to stay.

    Cannabis has withstood the test of time- to a degree that even I find surprising, in fact. (Who would have thought 40 years ago that cannabinol compounds would eventually be found in various medical studies to demonstrate anti-carcinogenic, neuroprotective, and antioxidant properties?)

  • p.s. to Pete, I accidentally thanked instead of your site one of those past days on KSL.COM.

    Thanks Pete and thanks Bruce Mirken and thanks everyone for my sanity and a safe place to vent.