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‘We just enforce the law…’

That’s one of the biggest whoppers in drug policy enforcement.

A clear disdain for the law and the will of the people, along with a concerted effort by law enforcement to push for marijuana prohibition point of view in legislation, is evident in all their lobbying efforts and public relations activities. It’s also clear that those who profit from prohibition are working overtime to insure that this view is maintained within the law enforcement rank and file.

Poor Training of Narcotics Officers Contributes to Culture of Ignorance by LEAP member Diane Wattles-Goldstein.

Because of the influence the CNOA [California Narcotic Officer Association] has had on legislation through lobbying in Sacramento they have been able to subvert laws, direct public policy through their paid lobbyist, while using one-dimensional training to further their own goals.

Despite the overwhelming support for medical marijuana in California as evidenced by recent polling, public and legislative support, not to mention science, the CNOA continues to be the lead training organization that, by design, will not support or acknowledge the rule of law.

This opposition is disingenuous by not admitting to the many fiscal benefits that they receive by maintaining the status quo. The narcotic officers receive public money through their certified continuing education classes, (a lot according to their taxes as listed on the Attorney General Charitable Registry website) that contributes to training which undermines the intent of medical marijuana laws.

Their courses are designed around the premise that there is no such thing as “medical marijuana” despite the growing body of academic research that shows the opposite.

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57 comments to ‘We just enforce the law…’

  • thelbert

    sounds a lot like: “I was only following orders.” implying an absense of culpability. we need to drive a stake through the heart of prohibition, and have fair trials for the prosecutors and cops that want to make america a gulag.

  • darkcycle

    This ties in with the latest flap. Paul Chabot and the CNOA have organized a conference, supposedly open to all concerned groups. Chabot got wind of one MMJ advocate from S.D. who he recognized, and sent him a phony e-mail, designed to throw him off the track by announcing the conference had been moved. obviously, the MMJ advocate was smart enough to double check the venue and discovered it was a ruse designed to send protesters to the wrong address. http://www.hightimes.com/read/anti-pot-conference-blocking-proponents-attending-protest-planned
    Not fooled, advocates went ahead and advised all that the venue was NOT changed, and still plan to protest. That’s when Paul and his group sent out THIS piece of unabashed reefer madness and smear: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=970d4c02e2e6c452a78a72071&id=a8b84a0f56 no, really…I didn’t use tiny URL because I really want everybody to see the sort of scumball Paul Chabot is. Seriously. Read this shit.

    • claygooding

      fucking wow…there is the stark raving spittle running down the chin prohib we have been waiting to get up in front of a tv camera,,someone get Jon Stewart to interview that guy.

      • kaptinemo

        I did say they’d display their inner bug-eyed, ranting-and-raving, foam-flecked monomania when they’d start losing. The smiley mask portraying sweet reason that the prohibs wear (manifested in the form of their latest apologist, dear Kevvie) is cracking, and the snarl of vicious contempt that was always behind it is showing more and more.

        Whupped in the arena of (real) science, they only have the kind of emotional responses authoritarians facing the loss of power can make. The kind their former victims a.k.a. The DARE Generation, now come into their social and political majority, can recognize and dismiss for the lies they are. The political (and thus, eventually fiscal) ‘chickens’ are coming home to roost. Expect even more – and worse – examples of barking mad lunacy on the part of our more vocal opponents very soon.

    • allan

      wow… unstable, possibly violent, armed, child molesting pot heads! Theatre of the Absurd indeed!

      • Duncan20903

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        Good grief, sometimes I just sit and wonder, how in the world do people on the other side of the table avoid the white suited men who carry butterfly nets? Bribery? Extortion? Enquiring minds want to know!

    • allan

      according to CelebStoner:

      The conference will feature a who’s who of prohibitionists, including Calvina Fay, David G. Evans and Paul Chabot. The keynote speaker is Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Sponsors kicked in $35,000 to pay for the event. They are:

      • Platinum – $10K: Chabot Strategies, HighRoad L.A.
      • Gold – $5K: Union Station Homeless Services
      • Double Silver – $2K: National Narcotics Officers Associations’ Coalition
      • Silver – $1K: California Peace Officers Association, Best Best & Krieger, Drug Free RC, Inland Valley Dug Free Community Coalition
      • Bronze – $500: CNOA, D.A.R.E., NCADD OC, Freestyle Foundation, NPHS, MainStreet Chamber, Fleming’s, Partners for Innovative Communities

  • Rick Steeb

    Owch, DC– you beat me to the punch! =D

    Check out the dissimulation from the trough-feeders here:

    A foiled attempt to throw off planned attendance at their “anti-‘marijuana’ training” conference by some of our side…

    http://marijuananews.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3ad9c34c3647fc7c1f237dc8f&id=b0e785553b&e=850057968e

    Our rally:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/340251122787421/

    [from Lanny Swerdlow, R.N.]:Join us this Monday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and demand that the police “Uphold the Law, Protect Our Freedoms and End Their Reefer Madness” at the Plaza in front of the Victoria Garden’s Cultural Center at 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739.

  • claygooding

    50 cents on a no-show for the event,,not even enough to use a hotel conference room,,they can probably hold it at the corner booth of the closest Dennys or bar since no children will be present,,unless Chabot rents some.

    • thelbert

      the prohibs are seeing their power ebb away and they are starting to thrash around trying to stop the inevitable. lies and sneakiness ar not going to alter the fact that cannabis is theraputic. i’m guessing there is a lot of eating and drinking going on at these events. the alcohol is adding its effects to drug policy. some of these guys will be very irritated if they have to forgo a good booze-up. i can’t wait to see how this ends.

  • primus

    It would appear that they are running scared. Be very, very careful; an animal cornered and fearful is a terrible foe, all teeth and claws.

    • divadab

      That was my thought – these people are so scared they are pissing themselves. They’re afraid of “a hostile pot crowd” that will do what? “And they have threatened to get themselves arrested”.

      SO these guys will totally run in fear and hide their conference because a few pot activists might get arrested? These prohibitionists are insane cowardly, and apparently stupid to boot. WHat a bunch of maroons.

      The worst part of it is that the whole conference is probably paid for by tax dollars.

  • Servetus

    Chabot & Co. aren’t even clever enough to realize that protesters rioting outside one’s venue is a good way to drum up extra publicity for their lost cause. Political geniuses they are not. No real threat here.

    • claygooding

      If what you are doing is honorable and just you want all the attention you can get but if you are doing something as morally bankrupt as cannabis prohibition where everything is built on lies you don’t want too much light shining on you.

  • DdC

    “We have spent over a trillion dollars trying to eradicate the world’s most beneficial plant off the face of the earth. Imagine what a better world this would be if that money had been spent on treatment, education and studying the medical benefits of marijuana.”
    — Steve Hager – High Times Editor (1988 – 2003)

    Money Grubbing Dung Worriers

    White Supremacy: Its Source and Uses

    The Assassins of Youth:DARE † FRCn PDFA

    “Naturally the common people don’t want war…but after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship…all you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”
    Herman Goering
    during the Nuremberg Trials

    Lost political causes by William Buckley

    Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc.

    “The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.
    ~ William F. Buckley, Jr. Requiescat In Pace
    Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

    • DdC

      “The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.”
      — J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director

      Marijuana Report ‏@MarijuanaReport
      Does Our Government Have Patents On Medical Marijuana?

      US Government Patents Medical Pot

      Is The DEA Legalizing THC?

      I don’t know of anyone who can make a dollar go further than policemen and dry agents. By frugality, after a year in the service, they acquire automobiles and diamonds.
      — Rev. Marna S. Poulson,
      superintendent of the New Jersey Anti-Saloon League,
      in a May 1925 address to a prohibition rally in Atlantic City, as reported in the New York Times and the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings of 1926 on National Prohibition.

      U.S.Fort Schwag Mississippi

      Patients Out of Time

      The drys seemingly are afraid of the truth. Why not take inventory and ascertain the true conditions. Let us not leave it to the charge of an antiprohibition organization, or to any other private association, let us have an official survey and let the American people know what is going on. A complete and honest and impartial survey would reveal incredible conditions….
      — Fiorella H. LaGuardia,
      The National Prohibition Law,
      Hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary,
      U.S. Senate, 69th Congress, 1st Session (1926): 649-52

  • CJ

    CANADA APPROVED HEROIN MAINTENANCE FOR HARDCORE ADDICTS!!!!!! …..i have got to find a way to make 45$ today to celebrate in spirit….!! this is only the beginning I do believe!

    • lombar

      The ideologically driven conservative government recanted that immediately.

      “Health Minister Rona Ambrose says her department’s decision to provide heroin to certain addicts under a federal program is wrong and won’t happen again.”

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/health-canada-heroin-decision-draws-minister-s-rebuke-1.1862601

      They are opposed to any progress and prefer addicts live dangerous lifestyles. Health Canada evaluated the request for proscribing heroin on the basis of real science. The conservatives act to insure those people suffer as much as possible. Truth and science oppose them at every turn which is why they have acted to reduce the information the government gets (via the census) and muzzles their own scientists.

  • Here is a case that showcases the result of this campaign of misinformation:

    Michigan removes child from medical marijuana home http://tinyurl.com/p47pdjr

    “A person shall not be denied custody or visitation of a minor for acting in accordance with this act, unless the person’s behavior is such that it creates an unreasonable danger to the minor that can be clearly articulated and substantiated.” -The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act – http://tinyurl.com/ok474tw

    “someone with a gun could break in,” Steve Green said.
    Steve Green is the referee for Child Protection Services.

    Teaching marijuana is not medicine in marijuana legal States should be a violation of those States laws. Are these States doing anything about this? No. The State prosecutors are all in on the “fix”. Without harm to children they have nothing but lies.

    • This is top down activity, being promoted in the law enforcement community by the DEA and the White House, I believe. And NIDA. And the substance abuse-government complex. In concert with police lobby organizations who profit from prohibition. Save the children.

    • Jean Valjean

      “someone with a gun could break in,” Steve Green said.
      No prizes for guessing who are the most likely candidates to break in with guns.

      • War Vet

        More likely: “Someone with a gun will be invited in”. Dem cops will always bring their heat indoors.

        So, I really don’t get a prize?

  • Wiggles

    Who was the kiddy porn lover? Any info on who they claimed. I can’t find it.

    • darkcycle

      …and you won’t. It’s smear…that’s why they provided no particulars.

      • Duncan20903

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        Did you know that if a couple, both age 17, who get married legally either with parental permission or emancipated, were to make a video of their wedding night would have produced illegal kiddie porn and could be sent to prison as convicted kiddie diddlers?

  • Servetus

    The pro-drug-war activities of Chabot, Sabet, Frum, Kennedy et al., activities that work to extend the U.S. drug war ad infinitum, may have unpleasant consequences for each of them. Each lives within a little bubble that tells them they can get away with ignoring international law.

    The prohibitionists crossed the line that made them human rights violators long ago. In the U.S., illicit drug users constitute a national group of people who adhere to common cultural identifiers, much like LGBTs form a cultural group within a civilian population. If we were to charge prohibitionists under the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court in 1998, the following legal criteria from PART 2. JURISDICTION, ADMISSIBILITY AND APPLICABLE LAW of the Rome Statute could apply:

    Article 6: Genocide
    For the purpose of this Statute, “genocide” means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

    (a) Killing members of the group; [Peter McWilliams, etc.]
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c ) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. [i.e., because their parents smoked some pot, etc.]

    Article 7: Crimes against humanity

    (a) Murder;
    (b) Extermination;
    (c ) Enslavement; [i.e., prison labor aimed at drug prisoners]
    (d) Deportation or forcible transfer of population; [i.e., denial of public housing benefits for drug users]
    (e) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;

    (h) Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court;
    (k) Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

    2. For the purpose of paragraph 1:

    (a) “Attack directed against any civilian population” means a course of conduct involving the multiple commission of acts referred to in paragraph 1 against any civilian population, pursuant to or in furtherance of a State or organizational policy to commit such attack;
    (b) “Extermination” includes the intentional infliction of conditions of life, inter alia the deprivation of access to food [i.e. food stamps] and medicine, calculated to bring about the destruction of part of a population;
    (c ) “Enslavement” means the exercise of any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership over a person and includes the exercise of such power in the course of trafficking in persons, in particular women and children;
    (d) “Deportation or forcible transfer of population” means forced displacement of the persons concerned by expulsion or other coercive acts from the area in which they are lawfully present, without grounds permitted under international law;

    • Servetus

      Mistakenly omitted from above:

      (g) “Persecution” means the intentional and severe deprivation of fundamental rights contrary to international law by reason of the identity of the group or collectivity;

  • Servetus

    No sooner do I post the Rome Statute, a new human rights violator pops up.

    Radio guru and Pastor Kevin Swanson says Colorado’s recent catastrophic flooding was due to pro-choicers, gays, and marijuana legalizers.

    http://tinyurl.com/k7q3tle

    • allan

      about time! I was waiting for one of those pronouncements of punished sins about Colorado. I haven’t read his screed yet but I suspect he doesn’t mention anything about climate change and environment abuse, eh?

      Thanks Servetus.

    • kaptinemo

      Like I keep saying, their public pronouncements will get nuttier and nuttier, all the while not realizing that they are addressing a cohort that is literally dying off, and their supposed replacements want none of the ‘mark’ status in this culture war cum con-game we call the DrugWar. Because the new voters are the very same cultural ‘enemy’ the prohibs warned them about. A cannabis-savvy one.

      Truly, the prohibs are ‘stuck in the ’80’s’. They refuse to consider that those children they keep referring to have now grown up, many having children of their own…and they voted to end the insanity in WA and CO. But not just that; oh,no. They also made a vote of no confidence in the DrugWar, itself, repudiating prohibition. In as clear a voice as possible. One heard right where it needed to be, in the halls of power. Hence “Justice’s” unusual walking-on-eggshells regarding those history-making votes, when ‘bull in a china shop’ was more their M.O.

      So…the crazier the prohibs get, the more fence-sitters will be turned off. Nobody in politics wants to be associated with a loser, especially those increasingly seen by more of the public as the holier-than-thou, self-appointed morals proctors the prohibs act as. They’ll prove, with their crazy-talk and antics, to be their own worst enemies.

      • War Vet

        So you don’t see the drug war continuing under the new guys (because of the power and money it offers) because of (as I assume) more and more of my generation is not caring and becoming distracted? I know pot will be legal, but what about ending the drug war for the rest? Decriminalization is good, but doesn’t stop AK rounds and plastics from being bought by drug money and used in wars and attacks. Look at what’s happened in Kenya . . . if you cannot say drug money, then you cannot say Kenya –let alone Mall or Al Qaeda. I hope, but just don’t see my generation (War on Terror generation) ending the drug war outside of cannabis. But then again, my pessimism simply means I have to be on the front lines long after all the states legalize cannabis. How many in our ranks will retire once weed is legal? How many of us will stay until we see meth and crack and PCP legal –off any of the CSA Scheduling? The CSA should be for Arsenic and bad mushrooms that kill, not for heroin or fake pot or cocaine or Crystal.

        • claygooding

          Unless someone makes up a bunch of lobby money for what is lost when marijuana /hemp becomes legal there isn’t that many big lobbyist trying to keep cocaine illegal.

          The drug war ends quickly after we take hamp back from the government.

        • Servetus

          I agree with claygooding. Marijuana prohibition is like the critical, structural core of a building. Hit it in the right place and the entire drug prohibition thing collapses.

        • War Vet

          I’m going to share in your optimism Clay and Servetus . . . I hope Cannabis/hemp prohibition is the largest prop holding up the rest of the CSA/U.N. Single Laws etc.

      • Tony Aroma

        those increasingly seen by more of the public as the holier-than-thou, self-appointed morals proctors

        Isn’t it a bit ironic that’s the way the rest of the world sees the US?

      • Windy

        “they are addressing a cohort that is literally dying off”
        I’ve addressed this opinion in the past, many times, perhaps even once before, here, to you. The over 60 age group is the fastest growing cannabis user group, and take a look at the ones we are currently fighting, Chabot, Sabet, Kennedy, etc. they are fairly young. Prohibitionists are not limited to an elderly population, they are spread throughout every age group. So emphasizing only the elderly prohibitionists is not addressing the whole problem, merely a small piece of it.

        • kaptinemo

          I tend to disagree.

          Take a look at the latest crop of prohib apologists; their motivations are clearly more mercenary than those of the generation before them. That cohort would vote the way they were told to, almost as a bloc, WRT this issue.

          Few of them had any experience with the substances they were taught to fear and hate, and so their ignorance of the subject became one of the professional prohib’s greatest weapons.

          But the political, and thus, fiscal support the prohibs needed to maintain their little con game was always dependent upon that generational ignorance. An ignorance the succeeding generation does not suffer from…and it is being reflected in their voting.

          The Grim Reaper, with each swing of the actuarial scythe, is removing the camouflage the prohibs needed, the shield of thoughtless, programmed generational support, that was used to keep the worst aspects of the DrugWar from being exposed and eliminated.

          Add to the fact that the majority of the succeeding generations have rejected the programming, and it becomes clear that any members of the succeeding generations that did ‘drink the (prohib) kool-aid’ are so small in number as to be statistically – and politically – insignificant. And so people like Sabet, Chabot, et al are seen increasingly as the deviants, the not the norm. Living anachronisms. Walking expired calendars whose only purpose now is to remind us of the past…and how not to be and what not to do in the future…a future in which they have no place.

  • Pete Bulkners

    The pedaphile you wish to know of is Luke Rudkowski

    • DdC

      July 5, 2013
      Attempted Setup of Luke Rudkowski
      We Are Change

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

      A few hours before making this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange.org received an email from an anonymous sender claiming to be a Bilderberg whistleblower with attached photos from inside the 2013 Bilderberg meeting at the Grove Hotel in Watford, England.

      The email was sent to his personal email address that he has had since high school, not one of his work or WeAreChange email addresses. Luke opened the email from another computer and itl stated that he was a whistleblower and wanted Luke to break the story so he was sending him these photos exclusively and specifically stated that Luke needed to download the photos.

      Fortunately before downloading, Yahoo gives a preview of the photos and the photos were actually graphic child pornography. Luke has had his computer searched by forensics when going into Canada to cover the G20 when they searched him and interrogated him for hours, something like this could happen again when we come back to the U.S. from travelling Europe.

      Had this been the case, even with deleting, they would still find the images. There would be no understanding of the true story and he would be facing a felony charge. Besides that also completely jeopardizing his work, reputation and livelihood.

      We wanted to make this public for Luke’s safety and also for people to be aware that this kind of thing happens. We do not know who this was, all we know is that it is so important for anyone in this line of work to remain extremely vigilant.

      The email address was s27du23d@tormail.org. If anyone can help find out who this person is, it would be greatly appreciated.

      https://twitter.com/Lukewearechange

      Luke Rudkowski google

  • primus

    Say what you will about pedophiles, but they do slow down in school zones.

  • thelbert

    so, now we see how our beloved crop was made illegal in the first place: through rigging the process so anyone with common sense has no say. its how the country is run.

  • DdC

    @TheRealRoseanne
    cop narcs on himself for pot “overdose”

    The Cali-Cannon hightimes

    @HIGH_TIMES_Mag
    Pot Bottles: A Marijuana History Lesson

    Timeline: 25 Years of HIGH TIMES Amsterdam Cannabis Cup

    Groundwork Laid, Growers Turn to Hemp in Colorado ecp
    Why Colorado Is Leading the Country as a Future Hemp Producer

    A series of happy accidents are behind the upcoming commercial hemp industry in Colorado.

  • DdC

    Marijuana groups converge on Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga

    Victoria Gardens Cultural Center is home to a two day marijuana conference. On Monday, both medical marijuana advocates as well as those who oppose its use converged in Rancho Cucamonga.

    Lanny Swerdlow, a local medical marijuana and legalization advocate, said the rally was partly to protest law enforcement agencies using taxpayer funds to pay the costs for employees to attend the event.

    “They’re here to stymie or torpedo the political process going on now to legalize marijuana, so we are paying police to come here and get involved in the political process,” Swerdlow said. “Cops are paid to enforce the law, not make the law, and that’s very scary. When police start making the law it’s called the police state, and that’s what this is.”

    Diane Goldstein, a retired Redondo police lieutenant, who led gang and narcotics units, was on hand to represent Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, or LEAP. The group calls for the end to prohibition on drugs and channeling the use of the money toward education and treatment.