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Doctors who lie: Ken L. Williams

The Orange County Register prints this “Reader Rebuttal” from Ken L. Williams, physician, member of the Orange County Board of Education, and law enforcement officer.

Judge Jim Gray is an honorable man but, unfortunately, once again is leading a statewide effort endorsing a tragic public policy position for the unrestricted use of marijuana.

First sentence! Not bad. I don’t believe that Jim Gray has ever come even close to endorsing the unrestricted use of marijuana.

Marijuana laws present a significant problem for law enforcement officers because of the chemical stimulant in and of itself…

Stimulant? Yes, it does stimulate pleasure, appetite, and has some other similarly healthful benefits, but is rarely classified a “stimulant” in terms of illicit drugs.

Over the past few years since the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana possession from misdemeanor to an infraction, while on patrol I also have observed a distressing increased use of and societal dysfunction caused by the abuse of marijuana laws.

“the abuse of marijuana laws”? Ah, now I see what bothers him. Interesting phrase.

From a health perspective, marijuana smoke is a highly toxic substance and associated with an increased risk of lung cancer.

Wrong again. Time to turn in your internet doctor’s certificate.

Advocates of marijuana decriminalization believe drugs don’t negatively impact society.

Name one. Seriously. One.

Proposition 19 was rejected by California voters in November, and the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act of 2012 should also be opposed. We can’t further dilute the “Just Say No to Drugs” school-based, anti-drug campaigns in place. We can’t send a two-faced and double-standard message to our children and society.

The use of automobiles must be opposed. We can’t further dilute the “Give a Hoot! Don’t Pollute”” school-based anti-pollution campaigns in place.

Have your own fun with this.

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28 comments to Doctors who lie: Ken L. Williams

  • Hope

    “We can’t further dilute the “Just Say No to Drugs” school-based, anti-drug campaigns in place. We can’t send a two-faced and double-standard message to our children and society.”

    His beloved, misguided “Message To The Children Law”, is pretty danged “Two-faced” and “Diluted” already by the “Schools” that force parents to give their children drugs against their better judgment, and that said mandatorially drugged students have to line up to get their drugs from the office.

    Yeah right. “Say “No” to Drugs”.

    It must be “Blind spots”.

    And, “Society” has pretty much had enough of your “War” on so many people.

  • Hope

    Their “War”.

  • ezrydn

    I was always taught, the old school way, that when you use the word “but” anywhere within a sentence, you automatically NEGATE anything that preceeded it. Do they still teach that concept? Look at that first sentence again from the fine doccop.

  • Hope

    Ken L. Williams

    I always ask myself, “Do they know they’re lying?”

    I think Ken L. Williams is, perhaps, not so “Honorable” a man as Judge Gray. Ken L. Williams is obviously adept, an artist, even, at practicing deception. So, yes, he knows he’s lying.

    Of course, somehow, he may really not know about the Tashkin study… which doesn’t speak very well of him as a Doctor, keeping up and all. But the rest of it. I see the cunning application of deception to his choice of words.

  • thelbert

    youthfederation.com has the antidote to this bullshit. i don’t think it’s all that imperitive to tax and regulate hemp. why support the police state any more than necessary? if the police state needs a bribe to do right by its citizens, i say fuck ’em. no taxes, no bribes, i’ll grow my own, thank you.

  • Voltear

    Spot on, thelbert and youthfederation. I think that we give away too much, potentially, when we advocate taxation and regulation as our alternative to the CSA/WOD. Regulation could be a nightmare. It will be needed, of course, but we’d do well to put them on notice that we won’t stand stand for the kind of over-regulation that, say, methadone-maintenance treatment labors under today.

  • Nick

    Here’s another ill informed doctor for you Pete.
    “Marijuana causes memory problems and long-term brain damage.”
    http://www.petoskeynews.com/gaylord/opinion/ght-e-koby-olson-031211,0,243907.story

  • darkcycle

    I don’t believe these doctors are ill informed. I suspect, like thousands of doctors all over the U.S., they are either directly or indirectly employed and enriched by (in his best Ben Stein imitation)…anybody?…anybody?..the pharmaceutical industry.

  • ezrydn

    I wonder what all these savior-type doc SLASH cop gonna backpeddle with after they read this: http://bit.ly/dNT3Ly

    Kennie has not only proven he drank the Kool-Aid, it also proves he swallows.

  • thelbert

    when i wore a “just say now” t-shirt to the va hospital last september i got the feeling that the whole building was hating on me. the aristocracy doesn’t want any guff from the peasants.

  • Tim

    This reminds me of the current strategy in Canada to co-opt fire chiefs into spreading growopaganda. Len Garis, Jim Jessop, and a few more, keep your eye on them. What is striking is that nearly all of the pro-growopaganda fire chiefs have law enforcement backgrounds (and are hated by rank and file smokeaters).

  • DdC

    I’m thinking about sueing this lying bastard for misleading the public as an official “expert” to the common public. Enough of these Quacks. Hit them where it hurts. No proof just his word? They took Oprah to court for bad mouthing beef. This liar is doing far more harm, especially to patients having to wonder each day if they will b e raided or jailed. As a doctor his first and foremost duty is to do no harm. Liar!

    Endocannabinoids

    Benefits of Marijuana: Acute radiation syndrome

    Proven : Cannabis is a safe medicine by Ian Williams Goddard
    BOSTON, Jan. 30, 1997 (UPI) –
    CANNABIS DOES NOT CAUSE CANCER

    The U.S. federal government has failed to make public its own 1994 study that undercuts its position that marijuana is carcinogenic – a $2 million study by the National Toxicology Program. The program’s deputy director, John Bucher, says the study “found absolutely no evidence of cancer.” In fact, animals that received THC had fewer cancers. Bucher denies his agency had been pressured to shelve the report, saying the delay in making it public was due to a personnel shortage.

    The Boston Globe reported Thursday (1-30-97) that the study indicates not only that the main ingredient in marijuana, THC, does not cause cancer, but also that it may even protect against malignancies, laboratory tests on animals show. The report comes on the heels of an editorial in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine that favors the controlled medical use of marijuana, and calls current federal policy “misguided, heavy-handed and inhumane.”

    The Clinton administration has said that doctors prescribing marijuana could be prosecuted for a federal crime. Marijuana has been reported to ease the pain, nausea and vomiting in advanced stages of cancer, AIDS and other serious illnesses, but the federal government claims other treatments have been deemed safer than what it calls “a psychoactive, burning carcinogen.” However, The Boston Globe says the government’s claim appears to be undercut by its own $2 million study.

    Study Finds No Cancer, Marijuana Connection By Marc Kaufman
    CN Source: Washington Post May 25, 2006 Washington, D.C
    While no association between marijuana smoking and cancer was found, the study findings, presented to the American Thoracic Society International Conference this week, did find a 20-fold increase in lung cancer among people who smoked two or more packs of cigarettes a day.

  • kaptinemo

    “I’m thinking about suing this lying bastard for misleading the public as an official “expert”…”

    Yes, and that’s is EXACTLY what it will take, too.

    I’m dead serious. Every reformer knows that drug prohibition was founded on lies. Racially bigoted ones, at that.

    But the lies continue to be propagated by the (professionally paid!) liars because they have never been challenged to prove their lies in a venue where there are penalties for lying.

    The longer they are allowed to avoid a date with a court docket, the longer they will continue to lie. It’s that simple.

    • This is not my America

      That applies for most anything our government officials on down do. Putting that spot light on their lies and holding them there til truth shows them for what they are…LIARS !

  • Servetus

    That people are expected to take an oath to tell the truth in a legal proceeding says much about the sorry state of truth in America. Lies are generally protected under the First Amendment’s freedom of speech and press rule, unless someone is a drug czar who lies so much they need their very own law to protect them from lawsuits.

    Criminal activity typically follows government lies, so it’s safe to assume that government lies can constitute a framework for committing crimes against humanity, such as torture, persecuting minorities, stealing the land of indigenous peoples using the drug laws as an excuse, or as a funding source, etc. Prosecuting government officials for such crimes is best achieved in the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is typically approached after all other domestic legal remedies were tried and have failed, or justice is no longer possible because of a government’s neglect, corruption and so forth.

    Under universal jurisdiction, lawsuits get filed with the ICC all the time. The rulings of the court can be unenforceable in certain countries, since the enforcement of international law relies heavily on the cooperative efforts of all the nations involved. Sometimes a symbolic victory is better than none at all. Plus, no one I know of has tried this approach yet with respect to drug war crimes.

    For now, it might be possible to get help from the ICC in restricting the international reach of the DEA and other professional prohibitionists.

    For instance, if a government official is suspected of being a war criminal, and they show up in the EU, a lawsuit can be filed to detain the war criminal and try them in a national court. Spain has always been good about this, noting their prosecution of Argentina’s mass killer, General Pinochet.

    In fact, Spain’s excellent observance of international law is the reason George W. Bush and his fellow torture cronies can no longer set foot in Europe.

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

  • ezrydn

    Kap’n,

    Do you honestly believe a court envoironment would make a bit of difference to any Prohibitionist? Of course not! To them, the ends truly justify the means and that trumps all other conditions. Have you forgotten how hard it was to quantify “what ‘is’ is?” Not to mention the Kool-Aided judges who would give them all the leeway they needed to produce said lie.

    Prohibitionists are inbred liars that know no other means of communication. Lying is all they know, all they’ve done or will ever do. You’d have better odds at making a gay person straight than making an honest person out of a habitual Prohibitionist Liar.

    You have to accept that there are “some” things in this world that will NEVER change and their lying is at the top of the list.

  • kaptinemo

    EZ, when it comes to dueling studies, which is what this would become in a court of law, if you were to print out every one of the studies that support our case, you’d need a fork-lift to haul them in…and the prohibs would need kiddie’s a beach bucket for theirs. If that. Such a demonstration alone would be dramatic enough.

    And, that is exactly what’s needed: drama. The drama that ensues when the prohibs realize that to lie in court is to risk not only personal consequences for perjury, but that the entire policy of drug prohibition itself is riding on what they do. they wouldn’t be sweating bullets then, they’d be sweating daisy-cutters.

    I am well aware of the fact that prohibs are inveterate, hopeless liars…so long as those lies have no consequences. However, imagine if you, will what effect the disclosure of cannabis prohibition’s origin alone would have on the jury and the gallery. Such a disclosure could only result in an uproar when it sinks in that racist bigotry and not a single scrap of science was the source of so much misery…misery visited upon mainly minorities, as the entire enterprise was designed to do.

    The prohibs have for decades successfully used the power of emotion to cloud facts. Imagine what would happen if that power were instead used to reveal facts. The outraged jury and the gallery would want to know more and more about how this abomination came to be…and why it was perpetuated, in essence nullifying all the hard work and sacrifices made during the Civil Rights movement.

    Which is why I keep saying that drug prohibition itself must be made the subject of the trial. I can only hope that somebody from the ACLU is reading this and agreeing.

    • “Which is why I keep saying that drug prohibition itself must be made the subject of the trial.”

      Steve Allen would have made a TV program and brought in famous people from throughout human history… oh wait, he already did, just not putting the WOD on trial. Well it’s time someone else did it and put the drug war up for prosecution!

  • Duncan20903

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    I think the smoking issue is a guaranteed failure. The Know Nothing prohibitionists don’t have enough buffer space in their brains to hold more than “smoking is bad. mmm-kay?”

    When I run into one of these clowns I start out mentioning that they don’t have a grasp of even the basic facts of the issue. Smoking is not required, and this is conflating the potential health hazard of smoking with cannabis. Vaporization is proven safe and preferred by a margin of 7-1 over smoking in peer reviewed research published in 2010.

    The analysis suggests that the blood levels of vaporized marijuana are similar to those of smoked marijuana. However, blood concentrations at 30 minutes after drug administration and beyond were significantly higher in vaporized marijuana as compared to smoked marijuana. In addition, the carbon monoxide levels were significantly reduced with vaporization compared with smoked marijuana. Fourteen participants preferred vaporization, 2 smoking, and 2 reported no preference. No adverse events were observed.

    In this study, vaporization of marijuana was found to be a safe mode of delivery. Participants had a clear preference for vaporization over smoking as a delivery system for the marijuana used in this trial.

    http://www.cmcr.ucsd.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149:vaporization-as-a-qsmokelessq-cannabis-delivery-system&catid=41:research-studies&Itemid=135

    Aside from smoking there’s edibles/drinkables, sublingual tinctures, topical salves/transdermal patches, inhalers like asthmatics use, eyedrops and suppositories. The latter is the most efficient delivery method after inhalation.

    The other suggestion I like to make is that they study a little history and look at what the environment was like in the 19th century when cannabis was enjoyed and very popular. It was such a non-problem that it seems like there aren’t many people who don’t believe that cannabis was invented in 1964 by an unholy collaboration of Bob Dylan and the Beatles.

    To find out what things looked like in America in the 19th century you should get a copy of “The Hasheesh Eater” by Fitz Hugh Ludlow, published in 1857. Less than $15 at Amazon. It also details the popularity of hash parlors that operated in every major US city in the middle 1800s. These people weren’t buying patent medicine at the drug store, they went to these hash parlors to get high. Why in the world would the environment be more than marginally different today than it was back then?

    • DdC

      Vaporization is proven safe and preferred by a margin of 7-1 over smoking in peer reviewed research published in 2010.

      Idiots are everywhere,
      you’ve proven that. Stop lying.

      Fuck the know nothings, how about that for an answer.
      Stop the gossip. You want to impress know nothings do it with known facts. Not appeasers gossip. Besides with your attitude they ain’t gonna like ya anyway. 7 to 1 prefer fighting over switching Viceroys, all idiots. The analysis suggests, laws of physics are not suggestions sport. 14 people? Oh, now that’s science fer ya mr wizard. Vapor is moisture, putting it in the lungs is bad, mmmkay. Ganja smoke has been inside of lungs for 5000 years. No problem mon. Stop the gossip. You can’t meter edibles as you can hits of smoke. Or enema’s. I’ve had Ganja patients for 20 years in Santa Cruz. 10 years of which vaporizers were novelties. Then tossed aside as ineffective. Can’t even tell if you get a hit. Then congestion, from the vapor I suspect. Duh sucking in moisture and it causes moist congestion, well imagine that. Quadreplegics with breathing problems prefer bongs over joints due to its a milder smoke. Those who smoked cigarettes prefer bowls or joints. Vapes are also more paraphernalia to get busted with. More pollution making the contraptions. It has proven to be good for rip offs to sell the (ash/bony? left over material) to tourists in Hawaii. Know nothings can smell lies a mile away. Its a natural odor for them. But wait whats that smell on you? You sellinjg Vapes?

      Benefits of Marijuana: Acute radiation syndrome

      Endocannabinoids

      These are your “know nothings” naive twit. They know they just don’t give a rats ass. They know you will fall in line too. Just as you have.

      Corporate Supreme Authority over the Environment

      Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution
      Now they know. They also know that for nearly 40 years, while producing the now-banned industrial coolants known as PCBs at a local factory, Monsanto Co. routinely discharged toxic waste into a west Anniston creek and dumped millions of pounds of PCBs into oozing open-pit landfills. And thousands of pages of Monsanto documents — many emblazoned with warnings such as “CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy” — show that for decades, the corporate giant concealed what it did and what it knew.

      Organic Cannabis/Tobacco vs Chemical Cigarettes You Don’t flavor Ganja.
      The flavoring chemicals, known as alkenylbenzenes, are found in tobacco additives used to enhance the taste of cigarette smoke. Until now, no one knew how much of the compounds entered cigarette smoke, according to lead author David Ashley, Ph.D., at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

    • DdC

      In Ludlow’s endeavor to end his “addiction” to hashish we today are puzzled. After all, the intoxicating chemicals in marijuana and hashish are not considered addictive in the strict sense of the word, and are only thought to be habit-forming in the same way that tennis, ice cream, or soap operas can be said to be habit-forming. Yet Ludlow was utterly sincere in his description of the horrors of withdrawal,…

      Ludlow’s account was probably flavored by the account of opium addiction which formed the model for his book: Thomas DeQuincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. But Ludlow’s “addiction” is curiously missing signs of physical withdrawal symptoms – terrible nightmares are about the worst symptom he specifies. He takes up tobacco smoking to help him through his “suffering,”

      The Fitz Hugh Ludlow Hypertext Collection

      “If a man wishes to rid himself of a feeling of unbearable oppression, he may have to take to Hashish.”
      * Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

      Perilous Play, by Louisa May Alcott
      “If someone does not propose a new and interesting amusement, I shall die of ennui!” said pretty Belle Daventry, in a tone of despair. “I have read all my books, used up all my Berlin wools, and it’s too warm to go to town for more. No one can go sailing yet, as the tide is out; we are all nearly tired to death of cards, croquet, and gossip, so what shall we do to while away this endless afternoon? Dr. Meredith, I command you to invent and propose a new game in five minutes.”

      The Hasheesh Eater — the book by Ludlow, first published in 1857.

      “In the midst of my complicated hallucination, I could perceive that I had a dual existence. One portion of me was whirled unresistingly along the track of this tremendous experience, the other sat looking down from a height upon its double, observing, reasoning, and serenely weighing all the phenomena. This calmer being suffered with the other in sympathy, but did not lose its self-possession. Presently it warned me that I must go home, lest the growing effect of the hasheesh should incite me to some act which might frighten my friends.”
      – Fitzhugh Ludlow, “The Hasheesh Eater”

      Hashish stories from The Arabian Nights.

      “I advise any bashful young man to take hashish when he wants to offer his heart to any fair lady, for it will give him the courage of a hero, the eloquence of a poet, and the ardour of an Italian”
      — Dr Meredith in Louisa May Alcott’s Perilous Play

  • DdC

    Well, just strolling along checking on a totally different matter,
    when low and behold… Look what finds me.

    Antique Cannabis Musuem

    7.3 — ANTI-ASTHMA CIGARETTES:
    Because of our present day disgust for the tobacco industry, one is tempted to dismiss the idea of a medical (life saving) cigarette altogether. But that would be a mistake: Cannabis, in its smokable form, has been known to quickly stop full-scale asthma attacks. A medical fact that, while only scientifically proven in the late 20th Century, did not go unnoticed by 19th Century medical practitioners. To quote a major medical journal of its day:

    CIGARETTES OF CANNABIS INDICA.
    Medical Times and Gazette. Medical News; Oct 1870; 28, 334;
    “The cigarettes of Cannabis Indica, made by Gremault, of Paris, have been found most efficient in the treatment of affections of the organs of respiration and circulation, no less than in affections of the central and peripheral nervous system. The unpleasant effects which so often follow the internal and subcutaneous use of opium and of Cannabis Indica are not produced by the cigarette. There use is recommended (1) in spinal neuroses, and epilepsy; (2) in neurosis of the sensory nerves, neuralgia of the teeth, branches of the fifth pair, the sciatic nerves; (3) neuroses of the motor nerves, spasm of the throat air passages; (4) affections of the sympathetic nerves, hysteria, and other diseases not attended with plethora, and congestion of the head, heart, or lungs. They are especially useful in asthma, peruses, spasm of the stomach and intestinal canal, nervous palpitation of the heart, and exert a quieting influence over the whole nervous system. ”

    Jack Herer’s “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”
    11th Edition table of contents
    Therapeutic Use of Cannabis
    # Asthma # Glaucoma # Tumors # Nausea/Cancer Chemotherapy # Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Back Pain & Spasms # Antibiotics & Antibacterial CBDs # Herpes, Cystic Fibrosis, Arthritis & Rheumatism # Expectorant # Sleep & Relaxation # Emphysema # Stress, Migraines # Appetite # Salivation

    Cannabis is the best natural expectorant to clear the human lungs of smog, dust, and the phlegm associated with tobacco use.

    Cannabis Medicines From Pharmaceutical History

  • Jason

    D.A.R.E.
    To Resist Propaganda
    and make your own informed decisions.

    This article also appeared in the paper on the same day an article about a teenager who overdosed on prescription meds was reported. The parents were concerned with the child’s marijuana “abuse” (he smoked mj because he was a teenager and depressed; his friend had just passed away) The parents had him sent to a psychologist who eventually prescribed him anti-psychotics and opioid like sedatives. The teen passed away on the night of his friends funeral (who also passed from prescription drug overdose). His parents should have left well enough alone, I have never heard of anyone overdosing from cannabis, and there is research that proves cannabinoids are beneficial in patients with psychological problems.

    PS The cop/physician/Orange County School Board Member needs to get his facts straightened out completely! Maybe he should also look in to the history of the D.A.R.E. program, as it has had its share of corruption, and has probably contributed to our young peoples’ drug consumption more than it has prevented drug use.

  • hesaquack

    Aren’t we all glad that the king of aesthetic medicine donated enough to the con Corona to be allowed to become a reserve officer.