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Reefer Madness… by Executive Order

In Meridian, Idaho, Mayor Tammy de Weerd has taken it upon herself to use tax dollars to spread Reefer Madness to her constituents.

By Executive Order, Tammy established the Mayor’s Anti-Drug Coalition (MADC), which received $625,000 from a Drug-Free Community Grant through the federal government.

Tammy doesn’t like marijuana much. Note one of her recent blog posts (on the official city website).

It is clear that Idaho is a target of pro-marijuana organizations; as communities we need to take a stand against this occurring [...] In addition, we are asking the State Legislature and Governor to send a Joint Memorial to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder requesting the federal government take appropriate action to enforce federal drug laws in all states and uphold international treaties relating to the control of illegal drugs in the world.

When the time comes, I hope you will stand with us against efforts to legalize marijuana.

Now a Meridian resident notes that the town has been distributing these anti-marijuana leaflets inserted in the water bill!

Front (click on images for larger version):

Meridian Idaho Reefer Madness

Inside:

Meridian Idaho Reefer Madness

The flyer is full of discredited nonsense, exaggeration, and misdirection. Remember, this is a city government, most likely using federal grant money, to send false information about a political issue in official communications to their citizens. We ought to be outraged.

If only we weren’t so used to being lied to by the government when it comes to the drug war.

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87 comments to Reefer Madness… by Executive Order

  • claygooding

    One has to wonder how much of that $625k went into the Mayors bank account.

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    • Jose

      Or if some inflated amount was paid to a constituent that happens to own a printing company!

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    • Servetus

      It’s fairly common for city officials in isolated outposts like Meridian to steal from the cookie jar. The pamphlet and its mailing is obviously a wasted effort. It makes the $625,000 look more like a bribe than a grant. If someone would sue the mayor and the city for misuse of funds, they might demand an audit and expose expenditures for trout fishing trips, or some other self-serving, fringe benefit.

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      • mofo

        “If someone would sue the mayor and the city for misuse of funds, they might demand an audit and expose expenditures for trout fishing trips, or some other self-serving, fringe benefit.”

        The City of Meridian is using a federal Drug-Free Communities grant and has received these funds since FY 2008 according to this link:
        http://www.samhsa.gov/statesummaries/detail/2012/ID.aspx

        Anyone can contact the Meridian city clerk’s office with a Freedom of Information request for records showing past expenditures involving this program. I’m sure they also have to have to report this information periodically with the federal SAMHSA to maintain their funding or reapply for it. Since she has been in office since 2004 (re-elected every 4 years), you can also request from the city clerk Mayor Tammy de Weerd’s campaign contributions and expenditures. Check any big pharma or alcohol involvement – they have three state liquor stores, nine pubs, breweries, wine and beer stores, and Slanted Rock Brewing Company just opened in Meridian last December (and the Mayor does not have “quality of life” issues with those things!!). Open government and truth will set us free.

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        • Servetus

          It takes a bit more than looking at public records to expose graft.

          For example, county government officials in S. Idaho absconded with some funding and were exposed only after an individual citizen went door-to-door in the community to alert residents of a problem. It’s not as easy as it looks.

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        • Servetus

          BTW, the guy who went door-to-door, former city council candidate Lee Halper, should be congratulated for his heroism, but probably won’t be since he’s a long-hair hippie freak.

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  • allan

    I’m pretty sure that flyer was around here around here in oregon a few elections ago. Methinks it’s a Calvina production.

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  • Awaiting/moderation

    Prohibitionism is intensely, rabidly, frantically, frenetically, hysterically anti-freedom.

    An important feature of prohibitionism (which it closely shares with fascism) is totalitarianism. That means:
    A police state apparatus; widespread surveillance, arbitrary imprisonment or even murder of political opponents, mass-incarceration, torture, etc.

    Like despicable, playground bullies, prohibitionists are vicious one moment, then full of self-pity the next. They whine and whinge like lying, spoilt brats, claiming they just want to “save the little children”, but the moment they feel it safe to do so, they used brute force and savage brutality against those they claim to be defending.

    Prohibitionists actually believe that they can transcend human nature and produce a better world. They allow only one doctrine, an impossible-to-obtain drug-free world. All forms of dissent, be they common-sense, scientific, constitutional, or democratic, are simply ignored, and their proponents vehemently persecuted.

    During alcohol prohibition (1919-1933), all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. While battling over turf, young men died every day on inner-city streets. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have been far more wisely allocated. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally, in 1929, the economy collapsed. Does that sound familiar?

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    • ElectricArmedWizard

      Ironically enough, Totalitarianism is associated with the left (all left-wing regimes were totalitarian). Alcohol prohibition was a progressive (left-wing) movement, but NOT a liberal one. Next time some idiot says legalization is an agenda of the left, here’s some “ammo” :D.

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  • cy klebsi

    Speaker Boehner’s daughter has tied the knot! Now way an EMIT or ABUSESCREEN can catch that speaker weasel eh?

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  • divadab

    Well – if the only way these filthy liars can get their filthy lies spread around “officially” is to bribe public officials huge amounts of money (over $600,000 to print a $0.25 pamphlet!!!??), then the prohibs are on their last legs. They are desperate.

    ALso – Meridian is a predominantly Mormon town with over one-third of the population under 18. These people are believers, and they’ve bought the lies lock stock and barrel. I can’t get mad at people who are blindly loyal – I mean, I want to trust my government too – and that I know I can’t, that it’s comprised of corrupt liars, makes me sick at heart.

    Yes the pamphlet is a sick corrupt joke. But let’s put it in context – this is prohibitionist country. They don’t even drink coffee!

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    • claygooding

      It is too bad they don’t seem to understand that we want to make marijuana a choice each person makes instead of the government making our choice for us and it makes it a choice,not a requirement.
      I think that should be a poll question used,,”Do you want your government to make decisions about marijuana for you or do you want to decide for yourself”,,,it leaves the scary word legalization out of it.

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    • Nobody said that they used the entire $625,000 for this pamphlet. We don’t even know for sure that they used any of it for the pamphlet. Let’s not overstate cases here. There’s enough without doing that.

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    • Windy

      No well informed American should EVER “want to trust” the government; government should NEVER be trusted, not under any circumstances nor at any time, our Founders tried very hard to make that eminently clear to us.

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      • divadab

        I think it was Ronald Reagan who said “Trust, but verify” about a government even worse than our own corrupt mess.

        I take your point, Windy, but I’d settle for a government that didn’t lie as a matter of habit, and doesn’t act in restraint of trade in favor of monopoly capital interests. We have neither.

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  • Love the little box in the middle of the center panel, onthe first page that says: “If you think your child **or someone you know** is using marijuana, please contact MADC for a free drug test kit”. [emphasis mine]
    Uhh,… yeah, I’m pretty sure the guy who works at my local gas station smokes it, so like, how do I administer the test on him?

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    • Francis

      “Uhh,… yeah, I’m pretty sure the guy who works at my local gas station smokes it, so like, how do I administer the test on him?”

      Well, I’d assume the drug warriors would recommend you use coercion backed by the threat of violence, i.e., buy a gun and build a cage. That seems to be their go-to method for handling most human interaction.

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  • Duncan20903

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    Free urine testing kits! Let’s all send away for some!

    Seriously, every one that we claim is one that can’t be used to harass some poor kid.

    Is there something about too many potatoes that makes people wacko? There certainly seems to be more than a proportional share of reefer madness in Idaho.

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    • Francis

      “Is there something about too many potatoes that makes people wacko? There certainly seems to be more than a proportional share of reefer madness in Idaho.”

      Tater Madness is nothing to make light of.


      SCHIZOPHRENIA: Prevalence of illness unluck of the Irish; Where you live, what you eat may play roles

      American researcher Dr. E. Fuller Torrey discovered that southern Ireland has probably the highest incidence of the disease in the world — four per cent of the population, compared to one per cent for the rest of the world.

      Torrey, executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Md., says the highest rates were found among the country’s poorest people. He ruled out inbreeding as a cause, since successive invasions of Celts, Spaniards, Scots and English ensured a wide genetic mix.

      One factor being studied is potato consumption. When exposed to light, the potato produces a keloid called solanine which can cause gastrointestinal disturbances and psychotic symptoms, including hallucinations.

      Spud factor: Scientists are investigating a possible link between potato consumption and schizophrenia.

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      • Duncan20903

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        Just FYI I was being totally serious. Those people are nucking futz. But it’s good to see that my choice to always believe my own two eyes is still working as well as ever.

        P.S. I really did have a drug “counselor” back in 1991 who actually asked me which I was going to believe, him or my own two eyes. The idiot was serious too.

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      • DdC

        According to testimony before the US Congress by Dr. Andrew Weil, “a smoker would have to theoretically consume nearly 1500 Pounds of marijuana within about 15 minutes to induce a lethal response.” By comparison, he adds that “eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response,” and that aspirin “causes hundreds if not thousands of deaths each year.”

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        • Francis

          Yep, potatoes are sanity-destroying and toxic. And let’s not forget easily weaponized and highly addictive. And yet we allow this dirty, deadly menace to be sold openly and with impunity, even to our children?! (And when I say these things are “dirty,” I mean it; they are literally dug out of the dirt.)

          Maybe MADC should rethink their priorities and reconstitute themselves as MASHED POTATO (Mayor’s Anti-Spud Heroes for the Eradication of the Deadly POTATO)? It would certainly be less idiotic than their current mission.

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  • Dante

    Love it!

    The flier states that marijuana will lower your IQ.

    OK, show of hands – who thinks the smokers are the smarter ones?

    What’s that? Everybody? Everybody thinks that the pot smokers in our society are more intelligent than the non-smokers?

    Yep.

    Run and hide, drug warriors. Run and hide.

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  • Dante

    Also:

    A tip of the cap to this entire board for resisting the urge to make fun of the mayor’s name – Tammy Too Weird.

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    • allan

      self restraint is a good thing I guess. But I have found it’s been much more fun w/ 2…

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  • cthulu advocate

    It’s just crazy in Idaho. A guy I used to know got caught there with an empty bag and a pipe, and they tried to pressure him into becoming an informant and setting up his dealer.

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  • QuaxMercy

    Malvina included most of the same stand-byes I’ve targeted for definitive debunkment. All these laws and provisions the states are coming up with are poisoned by the continuing fables. These people have to be forced to look at the evidence, their lies must be crispi-fried, forever.

    The Lies – Candidates for “The Silver Spike”

    1.) Growers would hide their weed in the Hemp patch *
    2.) Cannabis is addictive
    3.) Cannabis is a gateway to harder drugs
    4.) Smoking cannabis causes lung cancer
    5.) 5 nanograms/ml is reflective of driving impairment
    6.) Ol’Miss schwag is adequate for all national research
    7.) States with MMJ see driving fatalities go up
    8.) Neighborhoods with MMJ dispensaries see crime go up
    9.) Cannabis has no accepted medical use in the U.S.
    10.) There is no demand for hemp in the marketplace
    11.) “folks that lost children as a result of heroin use… every one of them without fail used marijuana first.“
    12.) Emergency Room visits that are indicative of marijuana involvement are way up
    13.) More people are coming to Tx for their MJ dependency than all others
    14.) It’s a Good Thing we know what’s in all those Black Boys’ pockets
    15.) Its another bona-fide Good Thing we’re able to deliver on our contracted occupancy rates for the sake of private prison profits
    16.) Because the Children

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    • Duncan20903

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      ER “visits” for cannabis are way up, well over 400,000 last year. Of course that’s what happens when they start having the intake person ask every patient if they know someone who ever smoked pot.

      There were just under 1.5 million ER visits for adverse reactions to FDA approved potions, pills, or powders. Not for using them to get high, there was another 1.something million for that. These visits were for adverse reactions when used as directed.

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      • Maria

        My father who is a rather hard core prohib was asked at his latest ER trip if he had “recently consumed marijuana? ”

        His very impatient, and insulted – he is a prohib after all, reaction?
        “Of course not! What the hell does that have to do with the pain in my legs?!”
        Maybe there’s hope yet.

        Ratchet the absurdity level to 11 and even blind people begin to see motes of light.

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      • I understand its standard procedure now to test for drugs without prior consent in ER. They can make up any story they want out of that.

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  • A citizen

    This is not only wrong use of tax money, but they are telling flat out lies about cannabis. You will find out one day, when your loved one needs this plant to get well. Humanity is destroying all that is good with this planet. It’s time to turn this around. What a waste of trees too, all that paper. Educate yourself, learn what you can about cannabis, don’t believe the lies. It’s only going to benefit corporate greed to keep this plant down, keep the prisons full of non violent cannabis users, all that free slave labor. Wake up and see what is going on around you!

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  • Servetus

    O.T. — Scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center “have discovered a connection between the quantity of cannabinoid receptors in the human brain, known as CB1 receptors, and post-traumatic stress disorder.” They say medical treatment for PTSD may be within reach.

    There’s a consensus among clinicians that existing pharmaceutical treatments such as antidepressants simply do not work. In fact, we know very well that people with PTSD who use marijuana—a potent cannabinoid—often experience more relief from their symptoms than they do from antidepressants and other psychiatric medications. Clearly, there’s a very urgent need to develop novel evidence-based treatments for PTSD.”

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/nlmc-bsl051013.php

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    • allan

      thanks mate…

      I noticed the subhead:

      Findings bring first pharmaceutical treatment for PTSD within reach

      well because of course, pharmaceuticals are the answer! To everything…

      Like in the Graduate, except instead of “plastics” Hoffman would be hearing “pharmaceuticals”

      “one word”

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  • Tony Aroma

    …is a grass-roots organization initiated by the executive order…

    Aren’t those two mutually exclusive? How can a grass-roots organization be created by the government?

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  • DonDig

    Maybe it is too many potatoes!
    Cannabis has a huge advantage being non toxic, and created by nature, not man.
    I wonder how Mayor Tammy would react if she watched “Cured Too” the short (great) David Triplett film. She’d probably say it was just drug propaganda lies or some such.
    I guess it’s one more example of how we humans each have our own reality, and don’t want to be confused by outside input, AKA anyone else’s facts.
    We’re winning, and will continue to do so. It may cost the Feds a ton to finally give in, but the writing is clearly on the wall.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZfWglJ2wmU

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    • Duncan20903

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      The Feds are slow on the uptake, as are the potato people. The politicians that are ahead of the curve are just pretending to re-legalize. Examples are Maryland’s new “medical merrywanna is legal” scam and the newly re-written proposal to re-legalize in Maine.

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  • allan

    so… will anybody be pressing Meridian to distribute a similar trifold w/ the opposite presentation? If not, someones needs to gets their hands slapped good and hard.

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    • Duncan20903

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      I’ll bet they might consider it. Who’s got $625,000 to test the theory? Heck, I’ll spring for $62.50 to get the plan rolling.

      **************************************************

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meridian,_Idaho

      /snip/
      Meridian has a Mayor that serves 4 year terms and received annual salary of $70,200 in 2009. Meridian has a City Council of 4 members. Every two years, two City Council seats are up for re-election. Members of the City Council serve 4 year terms and received annual compensation of $9,000 in 2009.

      Mayor de Weed is not only well paid, she’s a pretty powerful lady.

      The Mayor, with the consent of the City Council, appoints the following officers:

      City Attorney
      Public Works Director
      Chief of Police
      Fire Chief
      Planning Director
      Parks and Rec Director
      Chief Financial Officer

      /snip/

      I wonder if anyone in Meridian gives more than a passing thought to the concept of nepotism?

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      • ezrydn

        They’re Mormons, Duncan. Nepotism IS the game, not just the name of it.

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  • DonDig

    “In addition, we are asking the State Legislature and Governor to send a Joint Memorial to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder…”

    Maybe she’s on our side after all, and is constructing the ‘Joint Memorial’ out of something really spectacular, and that is why they needed the $625K grant. Maybe it’s a 20′ polished emerald and granite statue of Obama, Holder and the Choom Gang smoking a giant spliff together or something. Maybe we’ve misunderstood her intentions. :-)

    Or maybe she meant ‘memorandum’.

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    • ezrydn

      I was wondering if those Memorial Joints are just for the Prez or can anyone order one?

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  • claygooding

    I have come to the conclusion our government is responsible for at least some of the “false flags” hitting the internet in swarms,,what better way to confuse than sending so much bullshit that any truth gets lost in the storm.

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  • War Vet

    Did she just use dog tags in that pamphlet . . . hell no –uh uh –No she didn’t. She was going to be invited to my birthday party –not no more. And I was going to let her have two extra minutes on the fun jump and pony rides. I’m tossing her VIP invite right this second.

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  • Alicia

    This makes me SICK!! These are all LIES!!! I take that back,1 thing was factual inside flyer,#1cannabis is illegal. As an advocate for the legilazation,I am outraged!! Especially now I see why the Idaho 3 were attacked if this is the way people think in this state. Stay the hell out of their lives & for God’sake return their children!! I wonder how that Mayor feels about selling his soul to the devil?

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  • Dave

    Just ignore pot all together. No legalize or control issues. No taxes, they don’t receive any taxes from it yet, so they won’t miss it. And they will save billions on the prosecution of users and growers.
    Keep up pressure at the Southern border to keep the crap weed out of USA, usually brought in by illegals who stay once they arrive. Canadian pot is just as good as ours so let that flow freely across the Northern border. And Canadians are happy to go back home since they make more money than we do and do not have as many asshole cops as we do.

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  • Deep/in/the/heart

    “We would like to share with our citizens just one of many home invasions that will not be in the media but will end up being additional charges for Lupe Trevino’s narcotics unit. Here is the case:
    In January of this year, a man who was being served civil process by a Deputy Constable, asked for help regarding a break-in at his home. He told the Deputy that the incident had ocurred in late 2012 and that no one had done anything about it. The man said that four men had forced their way into his house. The men were armed and held him against his will while they searched his home. The subjects also broke through the walls looking for something. They threatened to return and told him not to say anything. After they left, he called Alton Police. The officer who responded refused to take a report so the man called the sergeant at Alton PD. That sergeant told him that there was nothing they could do. The man didn’t understand why they wouldn’t take his report since he was living well within the Alton city limits. He then went to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and spoke to an investigator who told him that they would be looking into it but no one has ever contacted him from there again. In December of 2012, he mentioned what had happened to an old friend who works for a police department. His friend asked him to go by his office so he could show him some pictures. He was shocked when his friend showed him pictures of these subjects because he was easily able to identify the four who had broken into his home. He asked his friend who these guys were and his friend told him that these were the cops who were just arrested for escorting and stealing drugs. His friend told him that he would be forwarding the information to proper authorities because his department did not have jurisdiction. The man asked the Deputy Constable to take a report because he still had not been contacted by any one and wanted to know that at least someone had documented his story in case something happened to him.
    APS did not let this case go unnoticed. The man is under protection. Lupe Trevino has only seen the beginning………

    AmericanProtectionSpecialists

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  • kaptinemo

    Remember the old movie JFK ? I sometimes feel like Jim Garrison did during his investigation into the (first) Kennedy Assassination, when he’s going over the testimonies given previously, and keeps saying to himself “Why don’t they ask the (screamingly obvious) question?”. A court case where there are penalties for perjury – which is all a prohib can do when talking about cannabis – would stop a lot of this outright BS in its’ tracks.

    The reason these lies continue to be told is that the liars who tell them have never spent a day in court, testifying under oath as to the source and veracity of their information.

    If they were forced to, they would immediately have to plead the 5th Amendment as soon as they opened their mouths to avoid that charge of perjury. Only the least intelligent or more zealous of them would risk it.

    Too many reformers are chopping at the branches of the poison tree, not enough at the root. Challenge the lies in court, and that poison tree, itself, is poisoned…as will be the purveyors of its’ fruit.

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    • claygooding

      I said it in another thread,,all it takes is cajones and total frustration with nobody asking the right questions.
      I asked Radical Russ to please ask the next LEO he is in a debate with,after the LEO finishes his spiel about the dangers of marijuana how much funding his agency received from federal grants in the last 5 years and what percentage resulted from marijuana arrests. A question that keeps being missed in the debates,,just like nobody cornering Sabet on how much rehab depends(or doesn’t depend according to him)on the continued criminality of marijuana.
      Those are just two questions we need to have answered in public.

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    • Duncan20903

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      Wow, this is getting to be an everyday thing:

      Monday: Bladder cancer

      Tuesday: Prostate cancer (Tommy Chong cured!), PTSD

      Wednesday: Diabetes

      So what’s on the agenda for tomorrow? Proof that cannabis cures reefer madness? I’ve got my fingers crossed.

      Novel study reports marijuana users have better blood sugar control

      /snip/
      Participants who reported using marijuana in the past month had lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR and higher levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). These associations were weaker among those who reported using marijuana at least once, but not in the past thirty days, suggesting that the impact of marijuana use on insulin and insulin resistance exists during periods of recent use. Current users had 16% lower fasting insulin levels than participants who reported never having used marijuana in their lifetimes.

      Large waist circumference is linked to diabetes risk. In the current study there were also significant associations between marijuana use and smaller waist circumferences.
      /snip/

      Although people who smoke marijuana have higher average caloric intake levels than non-users, marijuana use has been associated with lower body-mass index (BMI) in two previous surveys. “The mechanisms underlying this paradox have not been determined and the impact of regular marijuana use on insulin resistance and cardiometabolic risk factors remains unknown,” says coauthor Hannah Buettner.

      The investigators acknowledge that data on marijuana use were self-reported and may be subject to underestimation or denial of illicit drug use. However, they point out, underestimation of drug use would likely yield results biased toward observing no association.
      /snip/

      “We desperately need a great deal more basic and clinical research into the short- and long-term effects of marijuana in a variety of clinical settings such as cancer, diabetes, and frailty of the elderly,” continues Alpert.” I would like to call on the NIH and the DEA to collaborate in developing policies to implement solid scientific investigations that would lead to information assisting physicians in the proper use and prescription of THC in its synthetic or herbal form.”

      Today’s blood sugar study came from a familiar name, Murray A. Mittleman, MD, DrPH, of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. You might recall that in 2000 Dr. Mittleman published a study which the prohibasites very much enjoy misrepresenting to this very day. That’s the one that said that pot smokers older than age 50 have a 4.8x increase in heart attack risk in the first hour after smoking. That increased risk makes the odds 1 in 100,000, at least among the obese, tobacco smoking subjects used for the study. Dr. Mittleman warned in that study that it was likely confounded by added risk factors but you know those confirmation bias addled prohibitionists, they only read the headlines.

      But I’ve got to tell you, the more of these studies that I read, the more pixxed off I get. It becomes more and more obvious that not only is prohibition just plain wrong, but that it’s killing people in addition to making the sick suffer more than needed. What about the children? What about humanity?

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      About yesterday’s PTSD news:

      Scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center “have discovered a connection between the quantity of cannabinoid receptors in the human brain, known as CB1 receptors, and post-traumatic stress disorder.” They say medical treatment for PTSD may be within reach.

      You know, I’ve just now realized that this is almost certainly a landmark study beyond the cannabinoid part. PTSD is viewed as a fictional malady by a not insignificant number of not insignificant people. If I’m not mistaken this study has proven that PTSD exists. Yes, yes, yes, I know PTSD is real, you know PTSD is real, patients, their doctors and their families know that it’s real, but that doesn’t mean that the DoD or the Feds have acknowledged that it is real.

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    • Duncan20903

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      clay I doubt that strategy would be worth much and think it may likely backfire. The fact that there will be less people seeking “treatment” for the fiction of merrywanna addiction post re-legalization is counter intuitive. The addictionologists will just claim that they’re taking the high road and actually sacrificing income because obviously use will skyrocket if cannabis is re-legalized resulting in many more merrywanna “addicts” seeking “treatment” resulting in much higher income among the phrenologists addictionologists.

      Ed Gogek’s name was mentioned in this comments column a few days ago. “Dr.” Gogek is very much an addictionologist gadfly cut from the same cloth as Mr. Sabet. The only real difference is that “Dr.” Gogek is local to Arizona while Mr. Sabet is nationwide. Another minor difference is that “Dr.” Gogek will actually respond in comments columns under the fictional articles he writes. Under the article that he wrote over the weekend some of our fellow cannabis law advocates cornered him with your suggested argument:

      Ed Gogek · University of Illinois at Chicago
      This is totally volunteer work. I get paid not one cent for this. I do it because I can help far more people by speaking out publicly than by seeing them one at a time in my office. I wish more doctors would do the same.

      Ed Gogek · University of Illinois at Chicago
      How many are ordered into my office? Zero. I consult with several treatment facilities and the patients are voluntary. Of course, no one is truly voluntary; they are forced into treatment by the misery of drug addiction. Addiction is a miserable disease, and addicts and alcoholics, in my experience, are always happier clean and sober. If you use drugs or alcohol regularly, you might want to try staying clean for 3-6 months and see how it is.

      I think we need to remember that even as laughably absurd as it appears there are a significant number of true believers on the other side of the table who would pursue their arguments even if they weren’t getting paid. Now make no mistake, I do think that “Dr.” Gogek is being disingenuous because it would be rather silly to think that keeping his name in front of the public as an “expert” on the fiction of merrywanna addiction certainly helps keep his couch full of “voluntary” patients and allows him to charge a premium hourly rate, but the public just isn’t going to grasp that nuance IMO. I did Google to see if he’s trying to sell books that he’s written but it appears that he hasn’t yet published one. Let me emphasize the word “yet” in that statement. But people like him think that their income is a validation of their position. They don’t adopt their position to get paid. Examples: John Walters = foaming at the mouth true believer. Gil Kelikowske = “what is it that you’re paying me to say?” IMO of course.

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        Correction: “I do think that “Dr.” Gogek is being disingenuous because it would be rather silly to think that keeping his name in front of the public as an “expert” on the fiction of merrywanna addiction doesn’t help keep his couch full of “voluntary” patients and allow him to charge a premium hourly rate, but the public just isn’t going to grasp that nuance.

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  • Servetus

    A new clinical study at Israel’s Meir Medical Center just gave thumbs-up to marijuana in an experimental treatment for Crohn’s disease (irritable bowel syndrome):

    Smoking pot caused a “complete remission” of Crohn’s disease compared to a placebo in half the patients who lit up for eight weeks, according to clinical trial data to be published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology….

    Investigators reported that smoking weed caused a “complete remission” of Crohn’s Disease in five of the 11 subjects. Another five of the eleven test subjects saw their Crohn’s Disease symptoms cut in half. Furthermore, “subjects receiving cannabis reported improved appetite and sleep, with no significant side effects.

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  • Servetus

    Another new study reports marijuana users have better blood sugar control:

    “Current marijuana users have 16 percent lower fasting insulin levels compared to non-users, according to the American Journal of Medicine,” according to lead investigator Murray A. Mittleman, MD, DrPH, of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/ehs-nsr051313.php

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  • claygooding

    WE really have to quit finding more science,,it is starting to sound like every scam they warn us about,,”too good to be true”

    It is where if yu list all the medical attributes in a post it becomes unbelievable in it’s accuracy and unbelievable that our own government would keep it prohibited and denying people medicine and comfort,,just to protect big pharma and other corporate profits,,even with it right n front of peoples eyes.

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    • allan

      up until now clay, they’ve done it with the aid of Petty Tyrants like Ms De Weird and her ilk. But the world’s people are growing more connected and the dark anonymity these cockroaches have up til now loved so much, is finally being exposed to daylight.

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    • kaptinemo

      Clay, the US government knew as far back as 1925 that asbestos caused cancer, but withheld that information from the public for fear it would negatively affect industrial productivity, national security, etc. But most still don’t know that. Yet there’s all those “Got asbestos-caused mesothelioma? Call a lawyer!” commercials on the Tube.

      Some folks still won’t be able to put put two-and-two together without flash-cards. Never mind ‘horses and water’; the legendary clueless horse doesn’t know what water is when it comes to medicinal cannabis.

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      • claygooding

        The impact across our economy just from hemp legalization will be pretty obvious in a very short time,,,rerouting financial cash sources by the banks losing the laundering fees will be felt much quicker.

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    • Servetus

      Sorry, I tried to put some space between scientific discoveries that show marijuana to be the wonder drug of the 21st century, but there’s a cluster-effect of major medical marijuana milestones happening out there in science land.

      I find raw scientific studies useful in refuting medical marijuana deniers because the deniers are unlikely to want to touch science with a 20-foot pole. Something about a science study itself actually repels, sending some people screaming into the wilderness. It’s one reason I like science.

      Some people don’t like science because scientists are evolutionists. Many in places like Idaho take their own advice and don’t evolve. Consequently, anti-evolutionists are prone to believe all science is suspect because of evolution. Politicians exploit this attitude and extend it to encompass drug prohibition, climate change denial, and a host of other private, money-motivated enterprises aimed at oppressing and exploiting American citizens.

      There’s nothing that makes the typical anti-MMJ blogger look more idiotic than an objective posting of the latest, original, point-blank scientific study that shows cannabinoids control Crohn’s Disease, or some other ailment. Especially since the probability exists that someone in that blogger’s family is going to kick the blogger’s ass for working to deny them the medicine that would have eliminated their symptoms or saved the life of a relative.

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  • [...] Drug War Rant [...]

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  • allan

    only slightly OT…

    Calvina’s DFAF is offering this, for free:

    Register Now! Free Webinar on Synthetic Drugs

    Everything You Need to Know About Synthetic/Designer Drugs will air on May 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm EDT. Dr. Bertha Madras, Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will conduct the webinar and describe the different types of synthetic drugs, their psychoactive effects, toxic effects and case reports. She will also discuss the legal status and newly emerging trends of these drugs. Continuing education credits will be available. For more information and to register for this webinar click here

    http://www.dfaf.org/

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    • Jean Valjean

      Perhaps the couch should all enroll.

      Here’s what the semblers’ web site says about straight inc: “Betty S. Sembler has dedicated the past three decades to fighting the war on drugs. In 1976, she was one of ten founding members of Straight, Inc., a nonprofit drug treatment program that successfully treated more than 12,000 young people with drug addiction in eight cities nationally from Dallas to Boston.”
      That’s it, nothing about the history of child/client abuse that led to them being closed down in VA or the large damages payments that have been made to teenaged ex-clients: see here
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight,_Incorporated

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      • allan

        Straight Inc is a very real skeleton in the Prohibitionist closet. The Sembler’s connections go very high on the political ladder (Sembler hunior was finance chairman, if memory serves, for Jeb Bush in FL).

        I’m pretty sure I’ve also read there are Straight Inc spinoffs still operating… in FL.

        And there is plenty of coverage out there on Straight Inc. Somehow methinks the pushers of rehab today will offer little that’s different than the Staright Inc piranhas (no offense to piranhas). Maia Szalavitz covers the issue in her book, Help At Any Cost, http://www.helpatanycost.com/

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  • allan

    well gee, Wally… color me embarassed! Don’t know how I missed this landmark event:

    First major hemp crop in 60 years is planted in southeast Colorado

    I hope they fare better than Alex White Plume and his family.

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  • claygooding

    Rep Cohen tore up Holder over marijuana prohibition in Oversight Committee

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yAcEH6ZbNwI

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    • allan

      thanks clay, that is good! I sent it on…

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      • claygooding

        If Cohen wants to help end prohibition all the OC has to do is end federal grants for mj arrests..game over,,if the police don’t make money they could give a shit less what you are doing until you make them work.

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    • Thank you to representative Cohen. We need more Reps speaking out on this issue. This is awesome.

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    • jean valjean

      i d like to see holders response

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    • crut

      I randomly happened to catch this live!

      I was hoping that Holder would get a chance to respond, but alas, Cohen’s statement was not in the form of a question :(

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  • Congressmen Help Launch Drug War Exit Strategy Guide

    On Thursday, the Drug Policy Alliance will release An Exit Strategy for the Failed War on Drugs. This comprehensive report contains 75 broad and incremental recommendations for legislative reforms related to civil rights, deficit reduction, law enforcement, foreign policy, sentencing and re-entry, effective drug treatment, public health, and drug prevention education. The guide will be released at a forum on the Hill cosponsored by Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), both of whom fought for major drug policy reform at the local level before running for Congress and winning. This new generation of legislators has demonstrated that support for drug policy reform is no detriment to electoral success — and in fact that it can be a key asset.
    Bill Piper in Huffington Post

    link to report.

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  • Mr Triangles

    When I attended school with De Weerd’s daughter, the young lady seemed to have no problem with binge drinking. Maybe they don’t talk about drugs honestly in that house at all.

    She has no place telling other people how to live their lives using government money, especially given the effectiveness of her parenting.

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    • BOI

      I live in Boise, and I have a friend that got one of these propaganda sheets in Meridian. A few months back the Idaho State Legislature was trying to “save Idaho” from marijuana and mayor De Weerd was brought up. When I saw a pic of De Weerd and her family, I thought, “Her kids probably smoke cannabis.” Not accusing anyone here, but it’s just the feeling I get.

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