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And the Drug War continues

This has been a much-needed break, along with a whole lot of work keeping up with these college students.

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71 comments to And the Drug War continues

  • darkcycle

    And, irony of ironies; the ATF smuggled the gun that killed a Border Patrol Agent into Mexico deliberately. Yes, while they are blaming civilian straw man purchasers for smuggling the guns South, it turns out it’s them all along.
    Rhetorically, is anybody surprised? Does anybody else here doubt that there were only ‘1800’ firearms involved? Does anybody else here STRONGLY suspect this operation is still going on? Whatever, here’s the link:
    http://www.jointogether.org/news/headlines/inthenews/2011/us-allowed-smuggled-guns.html

    • tintguy

      “…the ATF smuggled the gun that killed a Border Patrol Agent…”

      I didn’t see that in the article you posted.

      • malcolm kyle

        Two of the weapons ATF are alleged to have allowed to be smuggled over were recovered at a fire fight that killed U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Brian Terry last December.

        Immigration officer Jaime Zapata was killed and colleague Victor Avila injured when they came under attack in on a busy main road near San Luis Potosi.

        Authorities discovered one of the weapons used against them was bought in Dallas, Texas.

        The Justice Department turned down a request from Grassley for copies of communications between ATF headquarters in Washington and the agency’s Phoenix office after Terry’s death in south eastern Arizona.

        It said: ‘We are not in a position to disclose documents relating to any ongoing investigation.’

        The ATF has said it will review its procedures in complex firearms trafficking investigations.

        Daily Mail

      • darkcycle

        Thanks Malcolm

      • tintguy

        thanks MK

      • They Live

        The ATF has said it will review its procedures in complex firearms trafficking investigations.

        LOL, reveiw…is that code for cover up what they can to limit blow back from Mexico and US citizens?

        Another example of creating a problem so they can offer the solution.

      • They Live

        The ATF has said it will review its procedures in complex firearms trafficking investigations.

        LOL, reveiw…is that code for covering up the best they can to limit blow back from Mexico and US citizens?

        Another fine example of creating a problem then offering the solution.

    • darkcycle

      Here’s the original link that I used at stop the drug war .com:
      http://stopthedrugwar.org/news/2011/mar/09/us_allowed_smuggled_guns_mexico

  • Brandon E.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12547366

    Wait…so the guy wasn’t going to profit, and he didn’t buy anything…how do they have a leg to stand on? The informant made a quick $50,000 after the arrest, and then a co-defendant gave the informant $135,000! Man, ruining lives is profitable.

    • tintguy

      No, the $135K was part of the deal that made up the case. Sorry

      • Brandon E.

        “A co-defendant later gave the informant $135,000 (£83,705). He and another man have pleaded guilty to drug charges in the case.”

  • Duncan20903

    .
    .
    They busted Snoop from “The Wire!”

    It seems that TV Show may have been a bit more true to life than we realized.

    Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, known for her drug-assassin character on “The Wire,” was taken into custody at a downtown apartment on a state warrant, officials said.

    The actress has a troubled past, having been convicted at age 14 of second-degree murder. More recently, she refused to testify as a witness at a murder trial and was arrested at her then-Northeast Baltimore home.

  • Duncan20903

    Hawaii! I guess I could get used to calling it pakalolo.

    Is Hawaii one step closer to legalizing marijuana?

    by Staff on March 10, 2011

    /snip/
    Given our current economic condition, the drastic state debt, the money spent on arrests and prosecutions, and the proven benefits of medical marijuana, it seems high time to consider learning from Colorado’s lead in decriminalization. If our state government and law enforcement agencies put their efforts into properly taxing rather than prohibiting and prosecuting users, growers, and distributers, marijuana could provide the revenue needed to bail us out of the massive debt we are in. And the recent support from the Senate is a sure sign that several lawmakers agree.
    /snip/

    http://www.hawaiiislandjournal.com/2011/03/is-hawaii-one-step-closer-to-legalizing-marijuana/

    • tintguy lookalike

      It may be a sign that several of them agree, but it’s not total proof that they do, sorry!

      • Duncan20903

        .
        .
        Yes, it isn’t over until the fat lady sings but it certainly is indicative that we’re winning the hearts and minds of people. I don’t see it as being reasonable to expect the people to overcome almost a century of propaganda in one fell swoop. I can tell you that we’ve mad serious progress to our goals. When I compare the environment today to that in the early 1990s we’ve moved forward by several orders of magnitude. George Bush the 41st put an end to the Compassionate IND program in 1992 (IIRC) and there was nary a peep from the citizens. If they tried that same nonsense today they would certainly hear about it from the people. But back then HIV/AIDS was a “gay” disease and unfortunately there is a significant majority of the country who don’t give a flip about bad things happening to gay people. Oh, I bring that up because the people living with HIV/AIDS are unquestionably benefited by medical cannabis, and it was the fact that the the Compassionate IND program was going to expand by leaps and bounds because of that which led Mr. Bush 41 to get the program closed to new patients.

        Didn’t you know that the Hawaiian legislature was the first body of lawmakers to approve a workable medical cannabis law? It was another several years before the legislatures of New Mexico (2007), Rhode Island (2006), Vermont (2004) and (allegedly) New Jersey (2010) signed their States up as medical cannabis States.

  • Windy

    Here’s the LP’s comment on darkcycle’s 2nd link:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 9, 2011

    Contact: Wes Benedict, Executive Director
    E-mail: wes.benedict@lp.org
    Phone: 202-333-0008 ext. 222

    War on Drugs leads to gun smuggling nightmare

    WASHINGTON – According to CBS, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been involved in undercover operations to smuggle high-powered weapons into Mexico, probably as some sort of tracking operation. Now many of those weapons are in the hands of ruthless drug traffickers, which they are using to intimidate and kill people.

    Libertarian Party chair Mark Hinkle issued this statement today:

    “This is another sad chapter in the long story of the terribly destructive War on Drugs. Now our own government is apparently involved in smuggling weapons to drug lords in Mexico. This story is as bizarre as it is depressing.

    “The War on Drugs has caused far more death and destruction than it has prevented. The War on Drugs is a failure in almost every measurable way. The War on Drugs should end.

    “It’s becoming more and more unclear whether the U.S. government even wants the violence to decrease. More drug violence means more jobs for federal drug agents. More drug arrests mean more jobs for prison construction and management contractors. There are a lot of people whose income depends on a big, thriving, unsuccessful War on Drugs.

    “If the War on Drugs were halted, there would no longer be any such thing as ‘drug trafficking.’ Violence in Mexico would decrease very dramatically, as drug lords would quickly go out of business.

    “A lot of liberals and libertarians were hoping that President Obama and a Democratic Congress might at least tone down the War on Drugs, but they have done nothing of the kind. They have kept this war going as strong as ever.

    “It looks like those of us opposed to the War on Drugs can forget about help from the Democratic Party. Only the Libertarian Party will fight to end the misguided, wasteful, and destructive War on Drugs.

    “One of the things that saddens me is that our foolish and unjust drug laws are leading to the deaths of thousands of Mexican citizens. Those Mexicans can’t vote in our elections to change our drug laws — they just have to wait and hope they aren’t the drug lord’s next victim.

    “We Libertarians call for an end to the War on Drugs: an end to federal prohibition of the possession and sale of narcotics. Would that lead to increased drug abuse? It’s hard to know — probably not much — but nothing could be worse than the death and destruction our government has unleashed with its War on Drugs.”

    For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP Executive Director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.

    The LP is America’s third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets, civil liberties, and peace. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website.

    ###

    P.S. If you have not already done so, please join the Libertarian Party. We are the only political party dedicated to free markets and civil liberties. You can also renew your membership. Or, you can make a contribution separate from membership.

    • darkcycle

      When Hillary said “there’s too much money in it to legalize it.” I think that’s what she really meant.

    • This is not my America

      Glad to see this story is finally getting some attention. I’ve known about this for several days, even posted it here and it seemed like no one was interested or cared in the slightest (except a few of you regulars here). Eh enough of my wining, now lets bring this news to the rest of America.

      Those of you who charish your gun rights take note…this involves you.

      I think its high time people really consider whether or not our government really does have our best intersets at heart…whether or not they really do want this war on drugs(War on the AMerican people and those around the world) to end.

      Stop this maddness ! Our government is corrupt !

  • darkcycle

    Tint Guy, read, don’t “skim”.

    • tintguy lookalike

      I don’t use capitals, so that should read: tintguy, read, don’t “skim” -sorry!

    • tintguy

      Actually DC I read the atricle twice thinkink I had just overlooked it the first time and still didn’t see it.
      And whoever my doppleganger is… WTF?

  • kaptinemo

    I have said so many times, and will continue to do so: Uncle doesn’t care if ‘little brown brother’ gets whacked in the DrugWar.

    Uncle doesn’t care if said little brown brother gets whacked with US-taxpayer funded and supplied ordinance.

    Uncle doesn’t care, period.

    It’s just that, this time, it was US Hispanics on Uncle’s (meaning our) dime being killed with that same ordinance.

    The DrugWar was racist from its’ inception. It continues to be racist in practice. And it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that a great many of those at the top of the bureaucratic pyramid implementing it harbor racist tendencies; sadly, a lot of LEOs do.

    • This is not my America

      Its a terrible thing this racist greedy drug war…whats more terrible, more people arent standing against it. I guess those who believe government propaganda think they wont be effected. Same for those who dont consume cannabis or any drug.

      People just dont understand that taxes = your life debt paid by taxes = slavery.

      I dont mind my dime going to a strong defending military, schools,police,firefighters and such.

      I do mind my dime being used to kill people for what they put in their body and all the other ugly thimgs our government use my dime for.

      So should the rest of America.

      Wake up people !

  • darkcycle

    Ah, they do that to me all the time…darkcycle, not Darkcycle, so sorry tint guy lookalike 😉

  • vicky vampire

    I have a T=shirt that says Pakalolo from Hawaii go there every two years for vacation, will be there later this Summer I love Hawaii would live if I could temperature is perfect.
    Yes I agree Kapetinemo Drug War is so ingrained Racist.
    Not kidding here in Utah if your were White Mormon, they were handing out pain meds like candy did a series of articles on it in Salt Lake Tribune so finally they tightened up laws here cause more overdoses in Utah Skyrocketed I’M half- hispanic look can’t prove it but felt a little like I was under a little more scrutiny regarding obtaining pain meds not from most Docs just two of them most Docs have been great here. Yeah whole Drug War all around encompasses Racism and still does in so many ways.
    The TV show 20/20 has done some shows on how blacks and Latino’s are treated especialy differently and might not recieve pain meds or over other treaments because of stigma that they are druggies and such true somtimes these shows.
    exaggerate not always.
    Look I don’t try to see racism around every corner either,but it does sadden and surprise that it still exists despite education in schools against it I thought.

  • malcolm kyle

    Voters support 79 – 17 percent allowing adults to use marijuana if a doctor prescribes it for medical reasons. Support is over 70 percent among every group in the survey.

    Connecticut voters also support 65 – 32 percent decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. Support ranges from 53 – 45 percent among Republicans to 70 – 27 percent among Democrats, from 70 – 28 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old to 58 – 38 percent among voters over 65 years old. No group is opposed.

    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1296.xml?ReleaseID=1566

    http://www.courant.com/health/connecticut/hc-q-poll-marijuana-0310,0,3743833.story

    • Duncan20903

      Well it sure didn’t make the Connecticutians mellow out, it seems almost as many are in favor of the death penalty.

  • I tell ya… things are gonna be changing:

    Cannabis Science Updates Cancer Patient Progress As It Receives Verbal Confirmation By A Physician That Both Sites Of The Former Lesions Are Free Of Cancer Cells; Official Physician Documentation To Follow

    Dr. Robert J. Melamede, the CEO and President of Cannabis Science Inc., stated, “The photographic documentation in our last press release, demonstrated that cannabis extracts appeared to be effective against what seems to be the patient’s third incidence of basal cell carcinoma. For accuracy, it should be noted that a before treatment biopsy of the lesion on the nose was not been performed. It is obvious that there was a lesion-centered response to the application of the cannabis extract. This patient had a previous surgically removed lesion, as well as a biopsied basal cell carcinoma on the right cheek. The lesion on the cheek was also self-treated and resolved with cannabis extracts over a half year ago. This deeper cheek lesion did not visually respond like the lesion on the nose, hence there is no photographic record.”

  • yang

    Invent a name for DPA’s upcoming 40th year anniversary campaign: http://dpa.convio.net/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=4501&s_src=homepage

    Now to rant a little bit… I think Hillary Clinton was right when she said there’s too much money in it. Not that it can’t ever end but the fact that the Drug War is so tenacious is exactly because like with any war there is a huge industry behind it and it is very productive for those involved in it. In my opinion all the words, lies and claims of the drug warriors should just be ignored, they inevitably represents the interests of institutions much bigger than themselves, else they are booted from their office since they’re under the pressure of a large population that depends on the industry.

    The talk of men is largely meaningless before the economic force of a war industry and make no mistake, we are in a true war no matter what PR move the administration tries to play. Wars are justified by all kinds of means and they all have very different overt reasons for coming into being, but I think that the single thing that makes them so prevalent in the world is their economic power. Every war employs a big population in a huge industry that maintains itself through the use of violence.
    This particular war is, I think, the most perverse of all wars in that instead of targeting some outside subject it targets a constant presence in society itself: mind-alteration. The costs of the violence are much the same as in any other war, there’s ruined lives, families even ruined nations by which the industry reaps profits as its public funding is increased every time drug-related violence and destruction increases.
    It doesn’t need to be the conscious intent of the drug warriors or anyone involved, economic forces are much more powerful than the intentions of single individuals. It wasn’t the Nazis intention to be what they were but the results of their actions were undeniable and I hope that some day prohibitionists will be hanging in The Hague too. At least one can fantasize 🙂

  • vicky vampire

    Yeah Allan good on Dr.Robert J.Melamede.and effectiveness against carcinoma,I linked to it and printed it out. I keep a few good science cannabis print outs like this in my purse, cause I know one of these days one of my many Docs will make an idiot comment about pot not having any Medical benefits at all and I will whip out paper show him. yeah he might read or take and throw it in trash but its worth a try to get through to ignorant in denial, speaking of denial, the Fucking evidence is overwhelming of pots wonderful healing its so beyond SHOCKING.

  • Its about time the States recognize that medical marijuana is not going away and that they need to start planning for it’s use. Laws like these will help get medicine into the hands of patients safely and consistently. Not to mention, it will create jobs and produce millions in tax revenue.

    So far, Arizona has tried to learn from the other States that adopted medical marijuana laws, but we still have yet to see how it will play out. The final rules aren’t released until the end of March, and from the looks of the draft rules, there will still be a lot of gray area that patients, growers and entrepreneurs will be operating in.

    Help support the movement in Arizona at http://www.AZmarijuana.com or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AZmarijuanacom/173033339405241

  • and we thought the US drug war was nuts, Check out wots happening down in Oz:

    There are drugs at the bottom of your garden

    Innocent gardeners could find themselves charged under federal drug laws if a proposal to add hundreds of plants to the same prohibited list as cannabis is implemented. The plants contain minute amounts of illegal drugs.

    Those caught by the proposal include many common cacti, Australian native wattles, many common lawn and pasture grasses and the highly admired ornamentals Angels Trumpets (Brugmansia and Datura).

    The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department is promoting the proposal apparently with the intention of targeting the illicit drug trade. The problem is, it will do little to control criminal activity but will make criminals of a lot of innocent people.

    Funny that… Australia – I do believe – is one of the nations growing opium poppies for opioid meds. But ya better not grow a lawn! I guess some folks just realllly hate grass…

    I saw this story developing a cuppla weeks ago and missed posting it for y’all.

    • This is not my America

      Allan, the world has gone insane I tell ! Or is it just the worlds leaders that have gone insane…with power…

    • Servetus

      Allan, similar drug substitutions are taking place in Lower Saxony, where the Germans are smart enough not to ban hydrangea, even though people are stealing the blooms and smoking them to achieve a high similar to cannabis (note: hydrangea contains a cyanide compound). Stealing the flowers is still illegal, however.

      A serious shortage of weed must exist for this to be happening.

      Full story at: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20110311-33661.html

  • darkcycle

    They have a very special kind of freaky prohibitionist in Austrailia. DMT is found in minute concentrations in these plants. Problem is, it’s present in minute quantities in EVERY LIVING THING ON EARTH. ……and if you told them that, they would try to ban life. I’m really not kidding.
    I despair for our drug policy, but in some ways, Aussies have it worse.

    • DdC

      “We’re playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiosity can legitimately send its attention and where it cannot. It’s an essentially preposterous situation. …

      … I should mention that DMT is an endogenous neurotransmitter. Yes, DMT, the most powerful of the hallucinogens occurs in the human brain as a normal part of metabolism. It also is a Schedule I drug, so you’re all holding and this might be the basis for some kind of case. To just show what absolute poppycock all this nonsense is: People Have Been Made Illegal!”
      ~ The Non-Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric of Terence McKenna

      T e r e n c e M c K e n n a L a n d

      DMT (Dimethyltryptamine)
      How do they keep the lid on it? Terence McKenna U2b

  • and meanwhile…

    Mayor, police chief, others in NM village arrested

    The mayor, police chief and a trustee of a tiny border community known for its attack by Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa nearly a century ago were arrested by federal agents Thursday.

    Luna County sheriff’s Capt. Arturo Baeza told Deming radio station KOTS the officials from the village of Columbus were being held on drug and weapons charges. No details of the charges have been released.

    Eleven people were arrested Thursday in the community 70 miles west of El Paso, Texas, according to Albuquerque television station KRQE. They include Mayor Eddie Espinoza, Police Chief Angelo Vega and council member Blas Gutierrez.

    The raid in the community of about 1,800 people included agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, KRQE reported.

  • DdC

    Ron Paul: Hemp for Victory
    America’s most famous libertarian talks about making hemp legal again—and what budget cuts he and liberals can agree on. full story

    There is No Such Thing as a Safe Level of Alcohol Consumption
    The idea that drinking small amounts of alcohol will do you no harm is a myth, claims Professor David Nutt full story

    ACLU: DEA’s Politics are Keeping Cannabis-based Medicines Off Shelves
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) does not commonly take an active role in matters pertaining to the drug war, but in the case of Dr. Lyle E. Craker, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, outspoken is certainly one way to describe their position. full story

    Bill Threatening to End NM Medical Marijuana Program Will Not Advance

  • This is not my America

    Whats with the ad to the side ?! Synpatol? for ADD/ADHD?
    Never heard of that.

  • malcolm kyle

    “It wasn’t the Nazis intention to be what they were but the results of their actions were undeniable and I hope that some day prohibitionists will be hanging in The Hague too. At least one can fantasize 🙂

    We don’t string people up here, but we do have something special for those servants of tyranny and hate who run roughshod over our rights in order to “protect us from ourselves” – It’s usually inserted where a cotton swab would be far kinder.

    http://lh4.ggpht.com/_p8fpCV2ICPg/TRXkErQY_II/AAAAAAAADeg/HNBcyuoY9lM/s800/DSCN1708.JPG

  • vicky vampire

    Yeah,WOW,TALK about Ides of March 8.9 Eathquake,Tsunami in Japan,Yeah after Kobe Quake in 1995 there buildings after were made very strong on sliders,rollers so Tokyo shook violently.
    They are say possibly strongest quake ever to hit Japan.
    The video is horrific.
    IDES OF MARCH FOLKS AND MARCH IS NOT OVER WITH YET.

  • vicky vampire

    Oh I wish I was at Seattle Cannabis Farmer’s Market damn I’m living in wrong fraking state.

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/03/an_inside_look_at_the_seattle_cannabis_farmers_mar.php

  • vicky vampire

    Unfortunately darkcycle Hubby has a very good paying job in Dead Zone that he enjoys, although I’m working on it nothing is impossible.

  • Servetus

    DEA operations in Colombia appear to have a few more sinister motives than just keeping tabs on President Chavez and Venezuela’s oil fields:

    From a March 10, 2011, article by Dan Kovalick—“Colombia Sinks into the Abyss” http://www.counterpunch.org/kovalick03102011.html

    Colombia just reached an ignominious benchmark – it is now the country with the largest population of internally displaced persons in the world, surpassing The Sudan which had held this position for the past several years. Colombia, with a population of around 44 million, now has 5.2 million internally displaced persons, meaning that almost 12% of its population is displaced – most of them by violence.

    …half of the 5.2 internally displaced were displaced during the presidential term of Alvaro Uribe, and as a direct consequence of his “counterinsurgency program” – a program funded in large measure by the U.S. As CODHES noted, in a significant proportion of the municipalities impacted by this program, there has been large-scale mining and cultivation of oil palm and biofuel. CODHES is clear that this production is directly responsible for the violent displacement of persons from their land Indeed, it appears that the “counterinsurgency program,” as many of us has said for years, was in fact largely intended to make Colombia safe for multi-national exploitation of the land at the very expense of the people the program was claimed to be helping.”

    On September 10, 2010, in an article by Laura Carlsen—“Plan Colombia for Mexico”, http://www.counterpunch.org/carlsen09162010.html
    Ms. Carlsen quotes Hillary Clinton:

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated Wednesday that Mexico and Central America were facing an “insurgency” that requires the equivalent of a Plan Colombia in the region. Her comments immediately raised the ire of the Mexican government and sparked fears of expanded U.S. military intervention.

    Citing Clinton: “…we face an increasing threat from a well-organized network drug trafficking threat that is, in some cases, morphing into or making common cause with what we would consider an insurgency in Mexico and in Central America,” Clinton said. She added that “these drug cartels are now showing more and more indices of insurgency; all of a sudden, car bombs show up which weren’t there before.”

    • kaptinemo

      (Sigh) A decade ago I was yammering at CannabisNews.com that that was exactly the point: displace the mainly indigenous tribes sitting on the mineral wealth the multinationals (led by Occidental Petroleum, in whom Al Gore’s family were major shareholders) wanted. And they succeeded. If there’s no one there because they’ve been scared off by terrorism from all sides, then the multis claim ‘squatters rights’.

      How convenient…

      Oil and illegal drugs, illegal drugs and oil. Every place you find one, you find the other.

      • oil is the drug of choice… and I don’t see us kicking that addiction any time soon. Unless mother nature alters our lifestyles dramatically…

        I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the Altai mountains (the cradle of cannabis) and a few years ago some indigenous Altai folks visited tribal folks in the US (Oklahoma and some of the Publo tribes) and they told about how the Russians made them cut their long hair and forbade them to speak their native tongue. That was 250 years ago. It became policy here in the late 1800s and in Indian schools across the country tribal and was kept up until 50 years ago or so.

        Indigenous folks are really under the thumb. A lot of knowledge disappearing with ’em.

  • ezrydn

    Obama said “”you’ve got to balance costs versus benefits, and I don’t take that decision lightly.”

    Ya just know, from that sentence, he’s NOT talking about the Drug War.

  • This is not my America

    Seems the evil of men knows no bounds.

    • I posted this quote from Canadian artist Robert Bateman yesterday on my blog:

      “I believe that humanity is master of its own fate… Before we can change direction, we have to question many of the assumptions underlying our current philosophy. Assumptions like bigger is better; you can’t stop progress; no speed is too fast; globalization is good. Then we have to replace them with some different assumptions: small is beautiful; roots and traditions are worth preserving; variety is the spice of life; the only work worth doing is meaningful work; biodiversity is the necessary pre-condition for human survival.”

  • DdC

    They closed the beach do to the Tsunami,
    Surfers were out in it. Nothing to see here…
    Small waves with big splashes against the cliffs.

    Oh btw, Now Japan’s Nukes might meltdown…
    Another job for Hemp!
    Except using Hemp biomass and biodiesel,
    wind, solar and ocean waves in the first place,
    would have been more prudent at this juncture…
    Jail for smoking pot but spreading radia-active pollution is standard.

    Stiff Drug Penalties Are Tough on Youth, Students Tell MPs
    Drug policies focused on criminal convictions and prison terms overwhelmingly target young Canadians and should be modified to include alternatives to simple punishment, a national students’ group is telling federal politicians on Thursday.

    LA Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Notified They Must Close Immediately
    The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has stepped up its drive to close illegal medical marijuana dispensaries, notifying operators and landlords of 140 pot shops that they must close immediately.

    You can pay tax but you can’t stay in business…

    Voters OK Measure to Tax Pot Dispensaries
    The cash-strapped city of Los Angeles will soon have a new source of revenue, with voters backing a measure (Measure M) to tax medical marijuana dispensaries.

    1, 2… 1, 2, 3, 4, Ow!

    People moving out, people moving in.
    Why, because of the color of their skin.
    Run, run, run but you sure can’t hide.
    An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
    Vote for me and I’ll set you free.
    Rap on, brother, rap on.

    Well, the only person talking about love thy brother is the…(preacher.)
    And it seems nobody’s interested in learning but the…(teacher.)
    Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration,
    Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to our nation.
    Ball of confusion.
    Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today. Woo, hey, hey.

    The sale of pills are at an all time high.
    Young folks walking round with their heads in the sky.
    The cities ablaze in the summer time.
    And oh, the beat goes on.

    Evolution, revolution, gun control, sound of soul.
    Shooting rockets to the moon, kids growing up too soon.
    Politicians say more taxes will solve everything.

    And the band played on.
    So, round and around and around we go.
    Where the world’s headed, nobody knows.

    Oh, great googalooga, can’t you hear me talking to you.
    Just a ball of confusion.
    Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today.
    Woo, hey, hey.

    Fear in the air, tension everywhere.
    Unemployment rising fast, the Beatles new record’s a gas.

    And the only safe place to live is on an Indian reservation.

    And the band played on.
    Eve of destruction, tax deduction, city inspectors, bill collectors,
    Mod clothes in demand, population out of hand, suicide, too many bills,
    Hippies moving to the hills. People all over the world are shouting,
    ‘End the war.’

    And the band played on.

    Great googalooga, can’t you hear me talking to you.
    Sayin’… ball of confusion.
    That’s what the world is today, hey, hey.
    Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya.
    Sayin’… ball of confusion.
    That’s what the world is today, hey, hey.
    Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya,
    let me hear ya, let me hear ya.
    Sayin’… ball of confusion.

    Ball of Confusion U2b
    (That’s what the world is today)
    Writers: Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong,
    by The Temptations

  • James Little

    The Powers that be will never allow such a miracle drug to be given to the common folk who are nothing but slaves to the system which chooses to abuse them and feed them dog food. We are not your slaves, we have our bodies, we have our will, we have our life, the freedom to choose our own destiny whether you believe that or not. You cannot control us or this miracle plant that treats so many diseases and can be grown with nothing but dirt, sunlight, and piss… The fight will go on till our people are free and you release the non-violent offenders from your prisons of industrial complex. Please release them from the prisons of destruction …
    Om Namah Shivaya

  • DdC

    It’s a good thing they won the drug war, just think how bad this would be if it was illegal. Wait a damn minute. It is illegal. So why don’t we listen to the Czar and his mindless minions? They’re trying to show us how bad things are during prohibition. They even make shit up and its all during prohibition. All of the side effects mentioned are during prohibition. So doctor it hurts every-time I do this… Don’t do that… parumpum! So logically we should stop doing that. Stop the disease, thereby stopping the side effects… by legalizing it. The Czar is pointing out that Prohibition is deadly, pollution spewing violence. Keeping safer alternatives off the market and promoting cage labor, in conjunction with Koch roaches scab labor and outsourced labor, just no jobs here. Destroying beneficial plants when people have voted to legally use them seems unlawful, wasteful and stupid. At least use the resources. Selling them to fund gutted programs. End Prohibition for the sake of the chillums.

    Over 75,000 Plants Destroyed, Drug Enforcement BC

    The vast majority of people who have been arrested are not from the Cariboo region; in fact, many of the people arrested have ties to the Lower Mainland. Do to Prohibition, they have an incentive.

    Do to Prohibition Massive amounts of electricity are often provided by leaky, highly-polluting diesel generators. Structures are built with no regard for safety codes or fire hazards.

    Do to Prohibition A large percentage of the grow-ops found by the CRIME Task Force feature one or more toxic ponds containing what may be a mix of herbicides, pesticides and diesel fuel. Those ponds can present a real challenge to RCMP investigators because disposing of toxic materials is not our specialty.

    Oh hi, Trolley. Is it time to go back to reality now?
    ~ Lady Aberlin,
    Mr. Rogers Neighborhood (the trolley approaches)

  • yang

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12708877

    “The police chief, the mayor and a local politician of a small town on the American side of the US-Mexico border have been charged with gun running.”

    Hopefully it won’t be as easy to go with the cop-out “Don’t commit crimes!” when the corruption isn’t happening just in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Columbia, Afghanistan, Laos, Thailand, South-Eastern Europe, Ghana etc.

    • darkcycle

      Well, of course they were arrested. Smuggling Guns South to fuel the drug war? That’s the ATF’s Gig, and don’t you dare try to horn in. Please see my link, beginning of thread. Just so you understand how it is supposed to work. ATF smuggling guns to Mexico, = Good. Citizens smuggling guns to Mexico, = Bad. Got it? NO?! O.K…..I’ll try again….CIA smuggling Cocaine and Heroine into the U.S. and Europe to fund secret black ops, = GOOD. Ordinary people smuggling drugs into the U.S. or Europe to make ends meet, = Bad.
      Like Hillary said, there’s too much money in it to legalize.

  • Windy

    DdC, it is “due to” not “do to”. This is intended as constructive criticism; I’m not putting you down, I want your efforts to succeed. The more reformers who succeed, the better for ALL of us. And darkcycle, it’s heroin, a heroine is a female hero. Same disclaimer.

  • DdC

    Benefits of Marijuana: Acute radiation syndrome

    Nukes, another scam for alternatives clean energy? Would Ganja help prevent harm from radiation exposure. Yup. iodine pills? If there’s a meltdown its unchartered water as far as I know. Radiation poisoning seems similar to radiation treatments side effects. Ganja would most likely help in the short term and long term. It already sounds like a media blackout and the Japanese “experts” and politicians aren’t admitting anything. 50k evacuated. So it’s doubtful if the cowards and Ganjawar profiteers are going to implement RxGanja. They covered up results and banned research. George Orwell would be envious. So they won’t, but we can. Maybe coordinate with Japan’s Ganja reform groups and if need be send some “supplies”. Even leaves as polstices extracted into Hemp oil for skin burns and problems. Nausea and pain, sleep aid, lung cleaner. This is above and beyond politics and greed of the prohibitionists. Even if its just a truce in the war to relieve stress. Don’t let the people suffer just to stay hard-assed on ideology, especially when its profit based. Get the People some Ganja!

    • DdC

      Could Hemp Help Nuclear Clean-up in Japan?

      I’ve been glued to the television and internet reports about the unfolding disaster in Japan. First an 8.9 magnitude earthquake strikes near the island nation, then a tremendous tsunami washes ashore and leaves an estimated 10,000 dead and thousands more missing. Now the failure of power and back-up cooling units has led to potential meltdowns in the country’s nuclear reactors. full story

      NORML stash: By “Radical” Russ Belville on March 13, 2011
      CC: By “Radical” Russ Belville, NORML – Tuesday, March 15 2011

  • Windy

    You’re welcome. And your most recent comment in this thread is a VERY good idea.

  • Thud!

    Mexico Drug War a Lost Cause as Presently Fought

    There’s a powerful new piece of evidence that, the way it is being fought, the war on drugs on the Mexican-American border is a lost cause. It comes in a report issued by the Council on Foreign Relations, a highly-respected foreign policy think tank, that recommends that, as an experiment, the federal government allow states “to legalize the production, sale, taxation and consumption of marijuana.” The report says authorities should redirect scarce law enforcement resources to stopping the importation of more dangerous drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

    -snip-
    […] the spokesperson adds that in her four years with the council she cannot recall its issuing any other report recommending legalizing marijuana. The report also recommends a commission to study the advisability of legalizing drugs generally.

    Phil Smith at StoptheDrugWar has a short piece on the CRF report (and links to the report):

    Council on Foreign Relations Report Urges US Embrace Drug Reform

    “Mexico’s security crisis illustrates the limitations of current anti-drug strategies and offers an opportunity to shift the paradigm to a more sensible approach,” Shirk wrote. “Over the last four decades, the war on drugs has lacked clear, consistent, or achievable objectives; has had little effect on aggregate demand; and has imposed an enormous social and economic cost. A state-driven, supply-side, and penalty-based approach has failed to curb market production, distribution, and consumption of drugs. The assumption that punishing suppliers and users can effectively combat a large market for illicit drugs has proven to be utterly false. Rather, prohibition bestows enormous profits on traffickers, criminalizes otherwise law-abiding users and addicts, and imposes enormous costs on society.”

  • DdC

    I got a chuckle out of this…

    We did host the full text of Howard Zinn’s book here, but unfortunately lawyers for the publisher HarperCollins sent us a threatening letter demanding that we remove it. Consequently, we have had to take it down.

    However, you can still read the full text for free online here: A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn

    No chuckle out of this…

    Chapter 21: Carter-Reagan-Bush: The Bipartisan Consensus
    It was a quick victory. Noriega was captured and brought to Florida to stand trial (where he was subsequently found guilty and sent to prison). But in the invasion, neighborhoods in Panama City were bombarded and hundreds, perhaps thousands of civilians were killed. It was estimated that 14,000 were homeless. Writer Mark Hertsgaard noted that even if the official Pentagon figure of several hundred civilian casualties was correct, this meant that in Panama the U.S. had killed as many people as did the Chinese government in its notorious attack on student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in Beijing six months earlier. A new president friendly to the United States was installed in Panama, but poverty and unemployment remained, and in 1992 the New York Times reported that the invasion and removal of Noriega “failed to stanch the flow of illicit narcotics through Panama.”

    “If the people knew what we had done,
    they would chase us down the street and lynch us.”
    ~ George H.W. Bush to journalist Sarah McClendon

    American High Society

    My realist’s logic minded rendering of History. In the later years Jefferson had little money, sat around his octagonal house on a hill, over looking his Hemp fields, happily contemplating the universe. Passing a bowl to Adams, bud originally from seed of the Chinese Emperors Kyndbud, smuggled by Marco Polo at the risk of beheading. Sounds like Bennett. Johnny Q was always bitching about the Christians, but this calmed his nerves. Franklin got blitzed at the Paris Hashish Exposition, Started thinking about harnessing lightening and did crazy shit to prove it. Tying keys to kite strings during storms. I think he started going US postal.

    The rich planned the revolution to absolve themselves of the Kings rule and taxes, but it was Ganja that brought some of the forefathers around to the reality of lighting up, formalized into the “en-lighten-ment. Including the rights of the downtrodden masses the rich had no inkling of care about. Madison coined Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness after Ben’s French Hash in a bowl he got from the Indians. A Liberal mindset would still today protect the working stiff’s from the Naked Neocon Emperor’s oppression. Apply Justice to the Koch roaches and Supply Food for the hungry, clothing for the naked, shelter for the homeless and medicine for the sick. All btw, brought to us by the makers of Homegrown, in both varieties, Ganja and Hemp.

    Staples of the forefathers and the planet of civilized groups discovering protein and textiles. Without covered wagons, canvas satchels and burlap gunny sacks, fine woven flour bags and clothing. Ropes, ship sails bringing Columbus and the drunken sailors. Army tents. How could we have Imperialized and Pillaged? Today, blended with just about anything to create Lingerie to blue jeans. The seed was nutritional then as it is now, only they didn’t hide it. Plastic from veggie oil is as good as OPEC, Without tankers and rigs spilling, or wars protecting it. Farmers broke so they outlaw a cash crop.

    Seeking Rest From the Terrors, New York Pops Pills 01/05/02
    The aftermath and each aftershock will be terrorizing. Along with the devastation and loss of life. One town of 9500 is missing. The status quo after 911, was hit the white powders and taverns to deal with it. When Ganja clearly treats more symptoms, less harmfully. Reducing stress with Ganja is not partially comotose forgetting as with pills and alcohol. New Orleans could have used a Ganja care package. As well as letting them grow Hemp to remove the decades of toxic waste pile up. And every Military base.

    REFRESHING COMMON SENSE ON MARIJUANA
    The Quebec judges wrote, “The tribunal is well aware of controversial attitudes regarding the therapeutic use of marijuana.” But then they added this important message: “There is no medical consensus for this type of treatment. Therefore, we must rely on personal experience of the people involved in order to appreciate the benefits of marijuana use.”

    The result is that Quebec’s auto insurance agency has been ordered to pay $5,000 to patient X. This will enable him to build a greenhouse in his home to grow marijuana, pay for water, electricity, plants and soil expenses. And he can smoke marijuana in his own home.

  • just gotta love NarcoNews’ Al Giordano and Bill Conroy… here’s Conroy’s latest on Mexico and the ATF:

    ATF’s PR Gun Busts Perpetuate Drug-War Fairy Tale

    I’d call it a must read…

  • well hell… how high you may ask, does the corruption go? Well in Nigeria, apparently pretty high:

    Why Americans must clean up their own stables first in war on drug trade

    But the question of who are the real drug lords in the country remains unanswered. Even police say they do not know who trafficks drugs.

    US ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger recently accused prominent Kenyans of being the kings of the drugs underworld.

    -snip-

    Mr Ranneberger has stood his ground though. He has even announced that his government intends to establish a Drugs Enforcement Administration (DEA) office in Kenya.

    I’m sure the DEA will find fertile terrritory in Africa…

  • DdC

    Owsley Stanley, Artisan of Acid, Is Dead at 76
    Owsley Stanley, the prodigiously gifted applied chemist to the stars, who made LSD in quantity for the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Ken Kesey and other avatars of the psychedelic ;60s, died on Sunday in a car accident in Australia. He was 76 and lived in the bush near Cairns, in the Australian state of Queensland. full story

    Reggae Star Smiley Culture Dies In Drugs Raid
    British reggae star DJ Smiley Culture has died during a police drugs raid on his home. full story