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The return of Charles Cully Stimson, liar extraordinaire

Why we shouldn’t legalize marijuana by Charles Stimson, Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Once again, the Heritage Foundation demonstrates that it wants nothing to do with the truth.

Marijuana is an addictive, gateway drug. It significantly impairs bodily and mental functions, and its use is related to increased violence. These are facts.

I love that “these are facts” link. Does it link to a source of facts? No, just to another hilariously misguided article by Charles Cully Stimson back in 2010. That particular article was soundly thrashed back then by me (Charles Cully Stimson lies with the authority and confidence of a career fabricator) and others (More people have fun with Charles ‘Cully’ Stimson).

Here’s another great line in Stimson’s new article:

Lacking curative or preventive powers, marijuana — unlike alcohol — is usually consumed to the point of intoxication.

Ah yes, the old Richard Nixon/Linkletter argument again.

Have fun.

[Thanks, Shaleen]

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21 comments to The return of Charles Cully Stimson, liar extraordinaire

  • Matthew Meyer

    A few of these claims are real zingers, so I decided to check one out real quick.

    Stimson writes: “Furthermore, the National Research Council has concluded that the ‘long-term use of marijuana may alter the nervous system in ways that do promote violence.'”

    There is no citation in the latest piece for this quote, but a Google search reveals it’s the same one he used in the 2010 article (prolly the one Pete mentioned in the post), where he did cite it.

    The citation path leads from one footnote to another (complete with “supra”–yay!), to an article comparing marijuana and cigarette smoke produced by smoking machines.

    Here’s the article: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/tx700275p

    Not only does the quote not appear in the form Stimson gives it, but the word “violence” is completely absent from the paper, which focuses on the presence of noxious chemicals in cannabis smoke.

    The fact that Stimson used this quote in 2010 with a bogus cite, and gives it again with no cite at all, tells me all I think I need to know about his integrity, barring some terrible error on his part.

  • Nobody much seemed to notice this tweet from Tommy Chong today-

    Tommy Chong ‏@tommychong

    Did I mention I am 99% cancer free? Thanks to my “medication”. Hemp oil works but you have to believe…..I believe….tc

  • darkcycle

    I can’t even bring myself to comment there. I can’t help but think that to even refute those bogus claims confers more legitimacy on them than they deserve. They are the type of absurd claims that only someone who had never had any experience of marijuana could believe. Thirty years ago, that was the largest cohort. Not anymore. He’s still stuck right where he was. Everybody else has moved on.

  • tensity1

    Oh good effing lord, the article is from the Daily Caller. Pretty much says it all.

  • Francis

    Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation? From their website’s “About” page:

    Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

    As someone who actually does believe in the principles of limited government and individual liberty, I really wish groups like the Heritage Foundation would stop appropriating those terms to describe their brand of Puritanical authoritarianism. Of course, I’d like it even more if they started living up to those principles.

  • Francis

    Sometimes you’ve just got to give a man credit. Here’s the comment I just left:

    You know how some people love “so-bad-they’re-good” B-movies for their over-the-top absurdity and awfulness? Well, I feel that way about hysterical prohibitionist propaganda. As someone who spends a decent chunk of his spare time working as an activist for drug policy reform, I’m something of a student of the genre. So I don’t say this lightly: Charles, with this piece you have produced a true gem. Bravo!

  • Servetus

    What’s left for a failed and disgraced Pentagon comedian like Cully Stimson? Not much.

    What about something for which incompetence is of no concern and sadomoralism is excused? How about the prohibition business?

    Prohibition, the last refuge of the mindless authoritarian.

  • claygooding

    Cruelty on the border

    http://tinyurl.com/6mlgqbr

    A hidden camera set up by the group No More Deaths shows Border Patrol agents destroying water left in the desert for migrants to drink. The video will be broadcast tonight on the PBS show “Need to Know.”

    The bodies have been turning up for years, thousands of them, scattered across the borderlands in the American Southwest. Ever-stricter border enforcement has encouraged migrants to avoid cities like San Diego and El Paso and take their chances at remote desert crossings instead. As they trek across the vast, unfamiliar and scorching terrain, many get disoriented and run out of water, with devastating consequences. So far this year, 94 bodies have been recovered in Arizona alone.

    And we invade other countries because of inhuman treatment of people,while our government endorses torture and death without any compassion or guilt.

  • Mike Parent

    Does he think his lies will go unrefuted? Thanks to the Internet, this Morally Bankrupt Policy will have an end.

  • darkcycle

    Heads up. A wacknoid (that’s a technical term) opened fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora Co. The shooter is in custody but it looks like he killed 12 people. I give it one week before the media starts trying to link it to pot use.

    • Well, it was in Colorado. What else could have caused it? Obviously, it’s the liberalization of medical marijuana and the upcoming legalization vote which has resulted in increased use leading to psychosis.

      • claygooding

        And this is where Obama and Romney will be under the gun on their stance on marijuana reform,,and where GJ could gain enough support to shake up the entire political wall of silence and continued lies keeping hemp prohibition in place.

    • Windy

      I’ve read a number of articles and comments over the years since Columbine, that purport to connect those who go off the deep end and shoot a lot of people “out of the blue” could be victims of a form of brainwashing by rogue agencies like the CIA and ATF,, (the perpetrators are often long term legal users of some kind of prescribed psychiatric drugs) and that they are triggered in some manner to do these acts when such acts are “needed” to create a situation in which more onerous laws can be passed with the full backing of a large number of frightened citizens. I cannot speak to the truth of those ideas, they sound paranoid and conspiratorial, but the timing of many of these incidents does seem somewhat suspicious, do they not.

  • Duncan20903

    Stimson? Like Ren’s constant side kick, Stimson J Cat?

  • cy Klebs

    What of the Columbine incident? No MJ progress back during ’99.

    • Duncan20903

      .
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      Well they did Columbine on 4/20 and everyone knows that 420 is dog whistle code for getting stoned!

      P.S. they actually planned to do it on 4/19 but a package of stuff needed to make it happened came in late. No Hitler, no merrywanna, just the USPS showed up late.
      ———- ———- ———- ———- ———-

      News flash! The shooter in yesterday’s tragedy was all hopped up on Vicodin at the time of the shooting. FWIW.

  • Where are the facts? Or does the Heritage Foundation feel those are redundant given the audience they are so effectivaly trashing?

  • Ed Dunkle

    The Heritage Foundation is the John Birch Society for PhDs. I don’t see how it has any credibility.