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During the drug policy reform conference, they took pictures of people posing with their own anti-drug-war message. Nice idea.

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29 comments to Photo Project

  • ezrydn

    I don’t think multiple images of several people lend credibility to the mix. Just sayin’…

  • Jose

    It may have some value to show prohibs that pro-cannabis people are not all droopy eyed cheeto stained finger types.

    The conferences and debates are great to get people talking and active at the state level. But what is it going to take to get through the magic bubble that our gate-keeping handlers of OZ seem to live in? The epic poll numbers from Gallup and so many states turning away from prohibition yet D.C. acts like Nancy Reagan is going to crawl out of their tv a la “The Ring” style if they even blink on prohibition!

    Dems controlling the executive and half of the legislative branches and all we get is a half assed memo?

    • divadab

      Hey, Jose – you forget that for these people the side-effects of the “war on (some) drugs” are a feature, not a bug. Mostly jobs for the boys, with lots of opportunity to exercise arbitrary brute force to humiliate and control people they don;t like.

      Of course they lie about it – it’s systematic dominionist psycopathology. Their prime objective is to defend the system.

      • Jose

        Thanks for putting things back in perspective divadb. Sometimes it seems we are the only ones that see the elephant in the room that has resorted to crapping all over the place.

      • Jean Valjean

        Humiliation is the name of the game…identify your specific out group and make them crawl publicly…it’s the age old practice of scapegoating and includes job applications (ever been convicted of a “felony”?), immigration (a friend of mine busted for possession decades ago, who has to travel regularly to the USA, is ALWAYS pulled out of the line and detained in “secondary inspection” on arrival, …so called “perp walks” in hand cuffs and so on and so forth…. power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely… you bet that’s a “feature,” or a perk of the job for scumbag prohibitionists

    • Duncan20903

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      Jose, there’s really no need for obscene imagery to make your point. Man, I almost upchucked when you said that woman’s name. Now what in the world would make you think that prohibitionists are capable of learning? C’mon, these are people that can argue:

      …Gallup is incompetent in taking opinion polls.

      …that cannabis law reform advocates are richer than the United States of America.

      …that we’re responsible for the murder and mayhem on our southern border because we send our money to the organized criminal syndicates.

      …that if our society were to establish a regulated retail supply chain and send our money to domestic retailers that the cartels would just find other crimes remaining just as rich and violent.

      …that the friends of cannabis are worthless, lazy, and are unable to set goals or understand the benefits of deferred gratification.

      …that if we re-legalize cultivation that there won’t be any tax revenue because all of the pot heads will just grow their own.

      I could go on and on but I think you should understand my point with that sampler.

      • crut

        While I understand, and to a degree, agree with your point, I feel the compulsion to point out a slight logical fallacy in your argument.

        “Now what in the world would make you think the prohibitionists are capable of learning?

        They are capable of learning. Just as we all are. “They” also are capable of making a choice. And when people are scared, ignorant, embarrassed, corrupt, or even in love(!), they can choose to LIE, even to themselves. If enough people believe a “something”, they become a group with a label.

        I don’t like boxes and labels. Once you box and label something, you throw it into the attic and forget about it. But with every box, a little bit of the truth gets trapped inside.

        Nancy Reagan is still a compassionate, empathetic human, and humans learn through the lens of their own experience, nothing more. She chose to believe that a world that has been removed of a single simple choice would be more peaceful. What she (and many/most others) came to also believe, is the simplest of delusions. Which is: “I am in control.”

        So far, Mr. John Lennon has captured it best IMHO, and I still get chills from Imagine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLgYAHHkPFs

        • divadab

          Sorry, Crut – your attempt to whitewash the cruelty and arrogance of Nancy Reagan and her enablers just won;t fly in this group. We suffered under that fascist bitch’s regime for years and its taken over 30 years to get where we have. SOme people are wrong and can change their opinions – they act in good faith. Good Faith and Nancy Reagan parted company long before she got to the WHite House – I mean, it’s a requirement!

        • Jean Valjean

          “Nancy Reagan is still a compassionate, empathetic human, and humans learn through the lens of their own experience, nothing more. She chose to believe that a world that has been removed of a single simple choice would be more peaceful…”
          A little history lesson for you Crut:

          Shortly after Ronnie’s inaugeration, Nancy set about abusing her position as first lady to aggrandise herself and to live in the style she had always coveted. The press quickly caught on to the huge amounts being charged to the taxpayer for Nancy’s redecoration of the White House and her illegal acceptance of designer dresses and other gifts from her cronies.
          Nancy had an urgent need to change the subject when the press wrote about her and, almost by chance, she was asked by a schoolgirl what to do if she was offered drugs. The first lady responded by saying, “Just say no”. This received much favorable coverage and was an easy sound bite. Nancy’s advisors grabbed this with both hands as the direction to move her away from the previous focus on graft, and so the Just Say No Campaign was born. It had exactly nothing to do with compassion or empathy on the part of Nancy Reagan, being instead an example of cynical manipulation and spin by the former First Lady.

        • crut

          In a way, that’s just my point though. “this group” has to exist with “that group” whether it wants to or not. When the “something” that defines a specific group is no longer believed, “that group” ceases to exist. That’s where we almost are in regards to the group of Prohibitionists, and the Anti-Drug-war group!

          I apologize for not being clear, I sometimes over-metaphor things. My comment was not an attempt to whitewash anything, but only attempt to peer into the humanity of a group that is despised here. If you read a little further into my comment, you will see that I was not referring to Mrs Just say No as compassionate and empathetic, but that she had repressed those actual qualities by believing a lie. I can see that I didn’t make that clear.

          Whether or not someone can change is entirely up to them, so I absolutely refuse to deal in absolutes, except sometimes. 🙂 Some people are right, and can change their opinions – they act in “bad” faith. The world however, is not as binary as that…

        • Duncan20903

          Dammit, I’ve been smitten by Poe’s Law…again!

        • crut

          Dammit, I’ve been smitten by Poe’s Law…again!

          If you’ve been smitten, then I was bitten. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIj0qhYzqCU

  • divadab

    Thanks for the link, Pete. I learned about DanceSafe and their good works. Providing information (not corrupt lying dominionist propaganda) and help (not humiliation and long-term relegation to the underclass).

    And like all true peoples’ movements, run by volunteers. In the face of oppressive prohibition funded by OUR MONEY in the service of state capital interests to violently suppress the competition and protect their licence to profit off others misery.

    It’s a cruel and unbelievably evil system. FOr anyone who wants to respect their government, prohibition is a big problem. Because fear is not respect. Rather, inducing fear creates disrespect.

  • strayan

    OT

    There are lots of libertarian and anti-drug-war websites where it’s possible to share angry ignorance safely and harmlessly. But I’m tired of having every RBC post on drug policy hijacked by fanatics. If you have actual knowledge to share and are prepared to do so calmly and without attributing bad motives, feel free to join in, especially if your viewpoint differs from that of the poster. But from now on, I’m going to be ruthless about zapping offending comments and banning offending posters.

    Strayan, Brett, Dilan: yes, this means you.

    http://www.samefacts.com/2013/10/drug-policy/the-fdas-mixed-signals-on-pain-pill-policy/

    Mark Kleiman doesn’t like my facts. Apparently sharing the results of studies from peer reviewed literature doesn’t qualify as contributing actual knowledge.

    • Malc

      Kleiman has removed many of my posts in the past. I post only peer-reviewed science and stats. I wonder how long this one will last? ——Posted as a reply to Kleiman’s threat to Strayan, Brett, Dilan etc.?

      “Acetaminophen overdoses are the leading cause of acute liver failure (ALF) in the United States, Great Britain and most of Europe. Acetaminophen toxicity accounts for approximately 50% of all cases of ALF in the United States and carries a 30% mortality—More than 100,000 calls to Poison Control Centers, 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations and nearly 500 deaths are attributed to acetaminophen in the United States annually.”

      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hep.21926/pdf

    • Duncan20903

      Hypocrisy, thy name is Kleiman.

    • darkcycle

      I went there and read the posts. I chose not to chime in. There was nothing offensive, not even rude. Nothing but facts he doesn’t like.
      Hijacked? Yeah, I hate it when my fairy tales are hijacked by truth too.
      Makes it really hard to sell your poison apples when word gets out that they are killing people.

  • DdC

    Free: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim
    Offer 474 Free Art Books Online

    Lorain woman’s heroin overdose reversed: Video
    in first use of naloxone by police officer in Ohio

    Outlawing naloxone and sterile syringes is mass murder.

    Psychiatrist Lester Grinspoon Smoked Pot with Carl Sagan—A Lot
    By David Bienenstock

    I gotta get me some Cosmos strain!
    Russ Belville ‏@RadicalRuss
    Great Bienenstock interview with legendary Dr. Lester Grinspoon on Dr. Carl Sagan.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pESP4YMm9SQ
    Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School Dr. Lester Grinspoon explains the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis. Via Americans for Safer Access.

    I do not consider myself a religious person in the usual sense, but there is a religious aspect to some highs. The heightened sensitivity in all areas gives me a feeling of communion with my surroundings, both animate and inanimate. Sometimes a kind of existential perception of the absurd comes over me and I see with awful certainty the hypocrises and posturing of myself and my fellow men. And at other times, there is a different sense of the absurd, a playful and whimsical awareness. Both of these senses of the absurd can be communicated, and some of the most rewarding highs I’ve had have been in sharing talk and perceptions and humor. Cannabis brings us an awareness that we spend a lifetime being trained to overlook and forget and put out of our minds.
    ~ Lester Grinspoon
    ☛Cannabis crusader Dr. Lester Grinspoon
    on his 40+ years of marijuana reform (and meeting a Beatle)
    ☛Benefits of Marijuana : Grinspoon Speech in Washington DC
    ☛Dr. Grinspoon: To Smoke Or Not To Smoke
    ☛Benefits of Marijuana : Grinspoon Speech in Washington DC
    ☛Safe Use of Cannabis” by Tod H. Mikuriya, M.D.
    ☛Drug Wars: Menace to America by Tod Mikuriya, M.D
    ☛The Other War by Tod H. Mikuriya, MD
    ☛Carl Sagan: A Life in The Cosmos

  • Windy

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/vivianmcpeak/2013/10/30/last-dance-with-medical-maryjane/

    Now that I-502 has passed and is steadily being implemented, many in the medical marijuana community are reading the tea leaves, fearful that the end is near for their industry. Efforts are already under way to eliminate any competition for the state retail system by creating a one-size-fits-all retail market that can serve all, including the patient community, by using zoning laws, licensing requirements, and other regulatory mechanisms.

    Then we have the recent recommendations from the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). In a stunning development, the WSLCB recommends that qualified patients forfeit the existing legal right to grow cannabis in their homes (or anywhere else), that all statewide dispensaries be required to comply to I-502 retail regulations, and that a statewide registration system be instituted for all medical marijuana patients (placing a federal bull’s eye on everyone on that list).

    But wait, there’s more. The WSLCB suggests eliminating the petition process that adds new diseases to the list of those that qualify for medical marijuana, reducing the amount of pot a patient can have from 24 ounces to just 3 ounces, & the elimination of the affirmative defense by removing a patient’s legal defenses in a Washington court. Add to that list the elimination of “collective gardens” and the fact that every doctor’s recommendation that now exists would be rendered null and void, with current patients required to be re-evaluated by the WSLCB’s appointed doctors, I presume.

    If enacted, the WSLCB’s recommendations would undermine the will of the voters who voted in citizen’s initiative I-692 in 1998. If these extreme recommendations become law, the naysayers who criticized the construction and language of I-502 are going to look like prophets.

    • divadab

      Why is our STate government implementing a pure SOviet-style regime, complete with prosecutions of people who have the gall to operate a free market?

      Windy – thanks for posting. I-502 is a stinker (I said so all along) – and giving regulation of cannabis to people who only understand alcohol is the first problem.

      DOn;t worry – another petition will put them out of business and restore sanity if they are successful in the short run (which I don;t think they will be).

    • claygooding

      Stoner pigs might be telling the cow barn jokes or maybe even make a pass at the cow but the napping would probably happen,,one guy said last time he got drunk and tried fighting a cow she whipped his ass and divorced him.

      • Duncan20903

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        clay, how do you get 200 cows to show up at a barn at sunset? Put up a sign that says “Bingo tonight! 7:30 PM.”

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

        Speaking of signs in the country I had a road trip to Yellow Spring, WV and saw a couple of interesting ones. The sign that said “Honk if you love Jesus” was nothing new but a few hundred yards further the second sign said “Text if you want to meet him.”

        Perhaps everyone is familiar with Sheetz, but in case that there are people unfamiliar with that company it’s a chain of C-stores which are basically 7-11s on steroids. They also have very nice, clean restrooms and don’t appear to mind if you just want to do your business and leave. As I walked in the door I noticed that their current promotion was for a new product called “Wake’n’Bacon” which I found most amusing. We in the mainstream now, for better or best. I wonder, will the people who make and sell the Wake’n Bacon alarm clock sue Sheetz and/or vice-versa?

  • Duncan20903

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    Now here’s another one that is brand spanking new. We surely must be in the end times. This one is from the “Triple Thud!!!” category:

    Look Who’s Giving a Grant for Medical Marijuana Training
    By Nina Shapiro
    Oct 31 2013

    /snip/
    Who even knew the AG’s office gave out grants? It does, thanks to a program that distributes fines and penalties derived from consumer protection litigation. In many cases, those funds are earmarked for victims. But in certain cases victims are hard to identify and so the AG’s office finds other worthy recipients.

    In this case, the money came from a multi-state settlement with the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which was found to have misrepresented the benefits of two drugs. The court ordered the settlement funds to be used to help people suffering from chronic pain.
    /snip/

    A State government took money from a pharmaceutical company and gave it to friends of medicinal cannabis. Harry J Anslinger just turned over in his grave, no doubt.

  • mr Ikasheeni

    There’s no mandate for these cuts if last years polls of which parties got votes in 2012 are of any indication. No mandate!