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Barthwell Watch

Yes, we do keep track of Andrea’s public activities here at the Rant. After all, we’re the ones who exposed her Illinois Marijuana Lecture series and her End Needless Death program, both based on falsehoods.

She’s been director of more companies than I can count – simply keeps creating new ones.

Haven’t seen much of her lately. Perhaps in the states people know too much about her. However, they’re bringing her in to Bermuda.

Weed killer?

A former deputy drug czar for the US will outline the dangers of marijuana use before a group of medical doctors and general practitioners tomorrow night.

Dr Andrea Barthwell, the managing partner and medical director of the Chicago-based addiction treatment centre Two Dreams, says the alleged medical benefits of the plant are overblown.

From a quick look at the comments, seems the folks in Bermuda aren’t too excited about her visit, either.

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23 comments to Barthwell Watch

  • I think LEAP has a speaker touring in Bermuda… stay tuned

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  • claygooding

    McCaffery quit making appearances on TV because he didn’t like having questions asked of him he had no prepared mantra to answer with and I suspect Barthwell is looking for people that don’t read US newspapers or have any knowledge of how shallow her arguments are,,it appears she didn’t travel far enough.

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    • B. Snow

      OT (Sorry), But = McCaffery’s direct quote from that WashPo article is:

      “The momentum to treat marijuana as a legal drug is irreversible,” says McCaffrey, the former drug czar. He no longer accepts invitations to appear on television to debate the issue because he says the networks “only wanted a rented idiot general who didn’t understand that marijuana was harmless and filling America’s jails. The opposition has gone silent. The politicians, police, judges know this is bad policy but they don’t make a peep. So we’re going to end up with impaired surgeons and air pilots. We’re just accepting another drug of abuse.”

      Seriously, I just don’t feel even the least bit bad for him…
      Looks like Karma really sucks Huh? = Yah old, lying, bastard. You deserve worse, just wait for Karma to come out of the corner at you in Round Two!
      You’re damn lucky that some networks still call you in as a consultant when fighting & wars are about to break out, They should’ve made you take “the long walk”!

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  • darkcycle

    Barthwell. That bucket…is it still handy? Next time, we get no anchovies.

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  • DdC

    Barthwell is a fraud. Don’t give her your money. Not only lobbying for whole plant extract Sativex, she runs a rehabilitation asylum. Profits on prohibition and keeping homegrown competition off the market shelves. Just a typical thief and tax paid liar.

    Andrea Barthwell: Deputy Drug Czar turned lobbyist for Bayer/GW Pharma/Sativex

    “In practical terms,” said Mirken, of the Marijuana Policy Project, “Sativex is to marijuana as a cup of coffee is to coffee beans.”

    NeoConflicts of Interest
    ☛Bush Barthwell & Drugs
    ☛MJ Research Cut as Support Grows
    ☛Andrea Barthwell has resurfaced in Ohio.

    Is The DEA Legalizing THC?

    You betcha, If a pharmaceutical product contains THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would be a legal commodity. But if you or I possessed THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would remain an illegal commodity.

    Wait, it gets even more absurd.

    Since the cannabis plant itself will remain illegal under federal law, then from whom precisely could Big Pharma legally obtain their soon-to-be legal THC extracts? There’s only one answer: The federal government’s lone legally licensed marijuana cultivator, The University of Mississippi at Oxford, which already has the licensing agreements with the pharmaceutical industry in hand.

    US Government Patents Medical Pot

    Marijuana Mouth Spray Sativex May Hit Shelves By 2013
    Seven countries including the UK, Spain and Germany have approved Sativex to treat patients with multiple sclerosis. Makers GW Pharmaceuticals hopes the drug will be used as a prescribed replacement to medical marijuana in the United States.

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  • Howard

    I know what Dr. Bartwell is thinking here, “Hmm, Bermuda is way out in the Atlantic. Maybe they don’t know nothing yet”.

    No Andrea, Bermuda has at least one large internet (maybe two). They’re onto our drug war craziness already. But if you’re considering spreading your lies to remote islands (since speaking invitations are obviously drying up), consider Bikini Atoll or the Islands of Kirbati and other similar desolate outposts. But even if they have just one small internet, they’ll be on to your bullshit before you even get there. Bon Voyage!

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    • jean valjean

      i think she ‘ll only really be safe in atlantis. perhaps katinemo could drop her off there (with lead boots)

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      • kaptinemo

        LOL. And what makes you think the Atlanteans would take her? It would be the equivalent of your neighbor taking a two hundred pound bag of fresh dog dookie and dropping it into your yard. I doubt they’d be amused.

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        • Jean Valjean

          Ah, but think of how much manure they’d get out her…

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        • kaptinemo

          They have enough problems with the whales using their temples for toilets (“How ya’ feelin’, mate?” “Lower than whale manure.”) They don’t need surface folk dumping Barthwell on them.

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    • Duncan20903

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      Let’s not forget that Bermuda may well be the most extreme prohibitionist country in the north western hemisphere. If you decide to take an ocean cruise and Bermuda is part of the deal you can expect the police to board the boat with sniffer dogs before the ship allows its passengers to disembark. But it appears that they just want to rob people that try to bring cannabis on their vacation. I haven’t heard of anyone getting jail time but I have read about them getting fined as much as $3000, and within the limits of the very small sample of incidents of which I’ve read, $1500 appears to be their favorite fine for foreigners. I haven’t had occasion to hear about anyone that couldn’t afford the fine but I doubt that they’d say “just mail a check when you get home.”

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  • Duncan20903

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    Pete, you misspelled the word witch in the title.

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  • Servetus

    The Barthwells and the ‘Partnerships for a Drug-Free Whatever’ always appear to me to be false flag operatives and/or operations.

    The prohibs talk big about public health, saving lives and so forth, but I think they’re primarily interested in preventing sin and saving souls. By acting as they do, they also protect their respective religions from the enlightening influence of mind altering chemicals. Saving souls is the excuse once used by the inquisitions to justify their offices of doom, and I think there is a much evidence to show the motive lives on in today’s drug war.

    The problem with having the government save souls is it’s unconstitutional. Saving souls respects an establishment of religion and uses taxpayer money to fund its operations. But the Barthwells, Sabets, Calvinas, B. Bennetts and J. Walters-types have an ace up their sleeve. It’s called the Lemon test:

    …from Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971), which details the requirements for legislation concerning religion. It consists of three prongs:

    The government’s action must have a secular legislative purpose; (Purpose Prong)

    The government’s action must not have the primary effect of either advancing or inhibiting religion; (Effect Prong)

    The government’s action must not result in an “excessive government entanglement” with religion. (Entanglement Prong)

    If any of these prongs is violated, the government’s action is deemed unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

    The Purpose Prong is critical. Without the health-safety issue, the remaining prongs can easily be applied to strike down prohibitive drug and herb laws as being an unconstitutional enforcement of church or canon law.

    So perhaps it’s no surprise that the prohibitches keep focusing on phony or inflated secular issues to criticize recreational and mind enhancing drugs. Without the anti-drug propaganda, the Barthwellians would have a very weak legal case were they to appear before a federal court in a case testing the constitutionality of federal drug laws.

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    • Randy

      I’ve thought the same for a long time now.

      It never ceases to amaze me that in the mind of a prohibitionist it is moral to bring violence to bear against people whose actions are peaceful. Drug prohibition has never been about public safety but rather it’s always been about making it illegal to live outside of certain Christian moral norms.

      Of course, that is a problem with many religious types, they see their religious dictates as moral norms for all and not just for themselves. They think it necessary that we all obey what they think their God demands or God will punish us in some way or another.

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      • War Vet

        It’s one thing to preach that someone aught not to use drugs, but making a law to prohibit the substance dismisses any notion of ‘love thy neighbor’. I’ve long believed that being ‘lukewarm’ is being a hypocrite: either outlaw everything that can be dangerous or legalize everything that can be dangerous i.e. it’s not irrational to own a 50 cal. machine gun, but it’s morally wrong if the sound of shooting it disturbs your neighbors or if one’s rounds end up going through the rubber and concrete stops and end up harming or damaging. Christians who proclaim prohibition, while riding in a car to church or work are lukewarm and God will spew them out of his mouth. Jesus was not a prohibitionist. The day drugs can harm people is the day we logically and thus legally outlaw drugs, like if Duncan’s bag of weed walked around with a knife, attacking people. The best way to get someone away from a lifestyle we feel is immoral is to love them and hang out with them as equals . . . to hire them based on skill, not fire or arrest them because of a lifestyle . . . not denying them what we have. Why else did Christ wash feet and hang out with the sinners. I personally believe the Bible was altered by the Roman Empire as a way of keeping slaves, armies, trade and political jobs . . . it behooves non-Christians to become Christians for power and to alter text for one’s own purpose or because of one’s own view.

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      • Windy

        They think God is already punishing America with the economic situation (Ron Paul says call it what it is, a depression) and they blame TV, marijuana, illegal aliens, and liberals (especially Obama) for all of it.

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  • local opposition arises!

    http://bernews.com/2014/02/activist-questions-government-cannabis-bias/

    Activist Alan Gordon has raised concerns about the “sharp bias” of a medical cannabis speaker, Dr. Andrea Barthwell, that the Department of National Drug Control has booked to address medical professionals at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

    Mr. Gordon says the speaker has a “long history of credible accusations” made against her of “one-sided” and “heavily misleading information which could harm Bermuda health care.”

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    “Unlike Dr. Barthwell, Dr. Hergenrather has actually observed people who used medical cannabis, and so knows the truth,” he said. “I dare the ONDCS to allow me in there to ask questions of Dr. Barthwell, in front of the island’s physicians – she routinely ignores peer-reviewed studies, and instead has made a career of getting paid to bash medical cannabis while under strict instructions not to even refer to any possible benefit, so unless she changes tact, she’s not credible.”

    -snip-

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  • Artie

    Pete says, “From a quick look at the comments, seems the folks in Bermuda aren’t too excited about her visit, either.”

    I just went to that link, and it shows zero comments. Were they all deleted?

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    • Crut

      There are Facebook comments at the end. Perhaps you have a blocker of some type setup?

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      • Artie

        No blocker that I know of, although I do not have a Facebook account, either.

        I just tried the site again, and there are 11 comments there now. Maybe the site was having problems at the time.

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