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The DEA not only makes its own laws, it decides how it’ll comply with them

Some of the revelations about the NSA and related programs that spy on American people have revealed that the DEA has used some of that likely illegal intelligence in their operations. The problem with that is that you eventually have to put someone on trial and, according to the Constitution, they’re entitled to know the evidence used against them and the DEA doesn’t want people to know the source of their “intelligence.”

So the DEA has used a system that should be offensive to our form of justice called Parallel Construction, where, after making the arrest, they construct another fake trail of evidence to use in trial.

Documents released through FOIA now reveal that the DEA has another secret method.

This Method is So Constitutional, the DEA Won’t Even Release Its Name

Training documents released to MuckRock user C.J. Ciaramella by the Drug Enforcement Administration provide unprecedented details on the tactic known as “parallel construction,” by which agents reverse engineer evidence to hide surveillance programs from defense teams, prosecutors and a public wary of domestic intelligence practices. But the DEA redacted all references to another, apparently more secretive method of concealing sensitive sources.

Per DEA slides, there are precisely four such methods that are both “workable” and acceptable to the American public. […]

But the first of these certified, “acceptable” methods is redacted entirely.

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To reiterate, the DEA redacted the name of a method its trainers and legal auditors deemed not only constitutional but also palatable to the public.

As its position on the list suggests, this shielded tactic is “tips and leads paradigm” that is the “primary methodology for protecting [intelligence community] information that is shared with [law enforcement agencies].”

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77 comments to The DEA not only makes its own laws, it decides how it’ll comply with them

  • Providing a fake trail of evidence is not being done to protect vital interests of the USA, its being done to hide illegally garnered information, and there is a world of difference between the two. If its wrong to divulge the source for any reason its just wrong in a court. It’s also a probable violation of the constitution or such a grey area they have to hide it to prevent being drawn into the controversy. Hiding it seems to me to be a confession of culpability to a crime. If there is no outcry from the congress something is really wrong here. This is criminal activity from a federal agency not being kept in line by anyone. That is a rogue agency. I don’t wonder why the DEA keeps marijuana at schedule 1 despite all the evidence to the contrary. They don’t follow law, they think they make it. You are 100% right on the money Pete.

    • “I don’t wonder why the DEA keeps marijuana at schedule 1 despite all the evidence to the contrary.”

      Hey – the black market is the Octopus. It’s why Danny Casolaro and Dorothy Kilgallen were suicided.

    • War Vet

      What would Eleanor Roosevelt say about what the DEA are doing:

      http://www.constitution.org/mil/tn/batathen_press.htm

      For those unaware of the Battle of Athens (1946), it was when Americans took up arms and explosives against law enforcement and it was deemed lawful and necessary.

      The War on Drugs is practice grounds for something else. One Day the DEA will no longer go after drugs, users, growers and dealers and still be a fully operational and tax funded group of barbarians–utilizing laws and precedents hard stolen from the War on Drugs . . . .

  • C.E.

    I know the missing method:

    “1. Pretend a dog found the drugs.”

  • Russell Olausen

    You guys need to get a grip on the number of zombies that are feeding at the drug war trough. Sophistic thinking encourages more zombie legal system leading to the publics millstone, penal system.Busy leaders you have.

  • allan

    decoding govspeech:

    reverse engineer evidence = make shit up

  • DdC

    “When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly . . . [However, now] there’s a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there’s too much freedom. When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move to limit it.”
    — Bill Clinton,
    MTV’s “Enough is Enough,” March 22, 1994

    Classified DEA Division Supplies Secret Tips to Drug Cops
    by Russ Belville January 1, 2014
    Reprinted from HIGH TIMES Jan 2014 Issue

    How “Parallel Construction” Equals “Investigation Laundering” In Drug Cases

    Remember that traffic stop that got you busted for weed, the one where the cops said you made an improper lane change? Remember how you were driving so carefully that night, knowing you had marijuana in your trunk? Out of all the cars on the freeway, some that were weaving and speeding and driving far worse than you were, how in the world did you manage to arouse the suspicion of Officer Observant and his trusty dope dog, Bust’em?

    Because unbeknownst to you – and most importantly your defense attorney – a classified division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) secretly tipped off the cops about you.

    The program is called the DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD) and a new report from Reuters blows the lid off the use of “intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records” from federal investigations in domestic policing. SOD comprises units from many agencies, including FBI, CIA, IRS, Homeland Security, and the National Security Agency (NSA), which was revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden to be engaged in data mining and spying on US citizens.

    PATRIOT Ax Targeted Drug Offenders

    Stop Watching Us

    US Asked To Stop False Information on Medical Pot

    McGruff the Crime Dog Busted for Weed and Grenade Launchers
    John R. Morales, the man that portrayed McGruff the Crime Dog, the trench coat wearing anti-drug mascot that once fought to “take a bite out of crime” in the 1980s, was sentenced to nearly two-decades in prison on Monday for running an illegal marijuana grow operation and possession of military weapons.

  • claygooding

    If they can’t stop marijuana when it is banned world wide how will they stop it with 20 countries around the world,,20 new sources of marijuana the DEA and CIA can’t get any help from enforcement agencies in the country growing it.

    Wear t-shirts with “If you will build more prisons we will patriotically fill them to save our country”

  • claygooding

    Response to “no accepted medical use:

    What happens when 85% of American voters see 20 states and DC with over 1 million patients under a doctors care and a MMJ dispensary 4 blocks from the DEA Administration as an accepted medical use but the federal government doesn’t?

    We will find out in every Town Hall meeting and candidate debate in the upcoming elections and the final answer in the voting booths.

    Where the rubber meets the road…
    One has to wonder if states with known prohibition supporters like grassley,,started petitions to recall them just for the added pressure,successful or not??

    • primus

      Yes, let’s use their tactics against them; when they arrest someone for ‘drugs’ they stack things up so the poor guy feels as if the weight of the world is on him, that he has no friends, that he is alone and powerless. Start a recall petition, ask for signatures in front of his office in your city. Show up at public forums where he is speaking and do whatever you can to embarrass him. Write letters to the paper pointing out his weaknesses, mistakes and calling him down whenever possible. Attack on all fronts, use other causes against him along with ours. Make life as uncomfortable for him as possible. Now, Congressman X, isn’t internet whack-a-mole fun? This will have the effect of helping him ‘evolve’ on this issue and others. THAT is how we can influence how they vote. Once they get approval strokes “Good Boy, roll over, is biscuit” their enthusiasm for the issue will increase, they will come out more and more strongly on this issue, then the momentum is ours. Keep up the pressure, that rock is just about over the brow of the hill.

      • claygooding

        I gotta keep those b-b’s rolling around,,here is another:

        Since the DEA has never had proof that marijuana was more dangerous than alcohol as they have claimed by placing marijuana in Schedule 1 in the first place,,,after the DEA was created no “true” scientific studies have been allowed,,the FDA requires any substance must have studies on the “benefits of the substance AND the harms” so they can be compared to see if the benefits outweigh the harms before being approved as a medicine..

        ,Nida admitted that their agency does only harm studies,half research and half science as justification for placing cannabis in Schedule 1 and renders all research by any federal agency concerning drug policy corrupted and although they have a free pass from the DOJ,Congress and the Supreme Court,,they did not get a free pass from the voters.

        The only scientific research of organic cannabis is one done before the DEA was created(1972) and took control of any research or study of organic cannabis.

        It has come full circle.

        http://druglibrary.n…udies/nc/nc.ZIP

      • Jeff Trigg

        A boots on the ground army constantly going door to door in support of “good” candidates for the next decade or so is also part of the war that must be waged if we want to win. 60+% of the state politicians in my state will have no competition on their ballots this year. Politics ain’t beanbag.

    • claygooding

      Damn drive by thumb sucker

  • NorCalNative

    Dear DEA.

    Since you’re likely taking a gander at our discussion here, may I redirect you to Pete’s handy link to the “Charters of Freedom?”

    I appreciate that ideas of freedom might crimp your style a bit, but hey, what’s a little democracy among friends?

    • Jeff Trigg

      I will refuse to vote for ANY federal candidate who does not believe the DEA should be de-funded and disbanded. I refuse to give the awesome power of my vote to politicians who will use the power of my vote to lock innocent human beings in cages. Please join the boycott of all drug warring politicians, and please recruit more voters to do the same.

      • War Vet

        Remember as well: The DEA did technically finance the 2008 Mumbai Terror Attack, which means the DEA are technically Muslim Terrorists. Because of 2008, we have all the proof we need to state that they did technically work with Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden . . . it is in the nature of the DEA to use ‘informants’ for their advantage and who’s to say they didn’t use Al Qaeda? Even if they didn’t, the 2008 Mumbai Incident proves they did and is it also in the nature of the DEA to dispose of any information that would link them to Al Qaeda? I think they would deny it and cover it up. I personally don’t feel comfortable giving Muslim Terrorists jurisdiction to be Federal Agents.

  • Jeff Trigg

    OT. Here’s what medical cannabis regulations look like in a state completely controlled by Democrats. Be very careful what you wish for. From the Chicago Tribune.

    “For dispensaries to sell the pot, state officials proposed a $5,000 nonrefundable application fee, proof of $400,000 in assets, a $30,000 permit fee and a yearly permit renewal fee of $25,000.

    For cultivation centers, the Department of Agriculture proposed a $25,000 nonrefundable application fee, $250,000 in liquid assets, payment of $200,000 upon approval of a permit and a renewal fee of $100,000.

    The law allows for 22 grow centers and 60 dispensaries spread around the state.’

    Patients must register with the state, get fingerprinted, have a background check, and hope Lisa Madigan doesn’t try to lock up their doctors for failing to dot an i. Grow centers and dispensaries, in addition to the $500,000 start-up regulations, must have video cameras on every square inch with the live video piped directly to state police district offices. Patients are forbidden from owning a gun and must give up their Firearm Owners ID cards and will not be allowed to conceal carry once Illinois finally starts allowing that again. Patients who are pulled over for any reason, like drunk driving check points, will be required to take sobriety tests to prove they are not impaired. The first cannabis in this 4 year, temporary, trial program will be available to patients sometime in 2015, about half through the 4 year trial.

    Anybody got a place in Michigan to rent for cheap for few months? This Illinois bullshit isn’t going to help me and my Parkinsons any time soon, if ever.

    • claygooding

      commented at CT

      WOW,,that sure will cut back on the street dealers selling the generic medical marijuana,,what legislators trying to refill state coffers don’t seem to understand,,street marijuana is medicine too,,maybe not as effective bot a lot better than none,,I suggest IL build more prisons,,after the last 46 years you know,,if you build the prisons,,we will come.

    • Who has that kind of money? Is this a government requirement for so called “Big Marijuana” to run medical marijuana? Cartels have the bucks too. They are restricting the field to the undesirables right off the bat. Or perk their family and friends investments as Michigan has done with its only “approved” pharmaceutical pot system.

    • DdC

      You can lead a politician to common sense,
      but you can’t make them think.

      This is the Brain of Incremental Retardation…

    • Windy

      WA State is run by democrats, too; and even though (currently) the republicans control the senate, the dem policies are still passed and implemented to the detriment of the whole State. And just look what stupidity they took from Kleiman’s policy recommendations, and are doing to our medical marijuana system, which was functioning perfectly well before I-502 passed.

      • Freeman

        Hard not to notice a few stark differences between CO’s and WA’s implementation:
        CO is up and running, selling at retail and collecting tax revenue.
        WA has not yet implemented the will of the people, despite the “advantage” of a world-renowned million-dollar consultant “dream team”. No tax benefit yet to offset their foolish million dollar expenditure, while the interest on going $900k over budget on consultancy fees accrues.
        CO med mj unaffected, except dispensaries that are licensed for it can now sell to the general public.
        WA med mj in jeopardy, under attack led by the world-renowned million-dollar consultant “dream team” that thinks medical mj is a hoax and legalizing something should result in a law enforcement crackdown surge.

  • Duncan20903

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    Why in the world would a college educated professional bother to read the label of a food product from a company unknown to them? 4:20 Brand Chocolate? Isn’t that meant to be eaten in the afternoon? 65 Milligrams of THC? What the hell are these milligram things? Can’t these people talk English? What about the (21 year old) children?

    That Six-Serving Bar of Marijuana Chocolate? My Son Ate It

    Why do people demand labeling laws when reasonably educated professionals think it’s unreasonable to expect people to read them anyway? Some days I really regret wasting all that time I spent learning how to read…while the article writer was nauseating, it’s the comments that have me ruminating and regretting being forced to learn how to read when I was too young to know any better.

    P.S. How do I find the meetings schedule for Literacy Anonymous? I presume it must be advertised by word of mouth.

    • thelbert

      that’s a good way to detect which roommate is the candy thief. mom should thank cannabis for not killing her son. in fact all moms should be happy to live on a planet with cannabis as one of it’s many blessings.

    • claygooding

      Maybe she shouldn’t be buying cookies for the little fat bastard

    • Viggo Piggsko Flatmark

      All this for a different wrapping?
      4:20 says it all.

      • Duncan20903

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        I was shocked by the people who claimed that they were clueless. I didn’t make up the part about meant to be eaten in the afternoon part, that was what one of the posters said that they would have thought that 4:20 meant when still ignorant of the meaning of the meaning of our special number only moments before. I did make up the part about people not understanding what the word milligrams meant because not of the Ignorati read that far into the label.

        I cleaned my oven before reading that story. The funny thing was that I decided to read the label even though I have cleaned my oven once or twice because that’s some nasty stuff and I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget anything better not forgotten. But as I noted in my post above I do have a problem with feeling compelled to read stuff. I’m one of the only people I’ve encountered that where’s a respirator when putting gas in a tank to run a motor. People without this damn addiction to reading have even laughed at me at the gasoline vendor’s. I figure they must not have read just how quickly benzene can kill a healthy human being.

  • Frank W

    If USA was a third world nation we’d be referring to the DEA as a rogue paramilitary force, to be crushed by military might, with each state containing pockets of entrenchment to wiped out by drone strikes. Just spitballin here…

  • Howard

    OT, Stupid Patrick converses with Stephen Colbert;

    ——————-

    “I’m for keeping it illegal, but I’m for alternative sentencing,” Kennedy responded when asked if he supported decriminalization. “People should get fines [and] they should get treatment if they need it.”

    Colbert asked, “So instead of going to jail you go to rehab?”

    “So, well, rehabs are going to love this,” answered Kennedy in a surprising moment of candor. “You should invest in rehabs,” he advised Colbert.

    ——————

    Well, there you have it.

    More here: http://tinyurl.com/pn6uoma

    • primus

      Another “I told you so” moment. Every time stupid Patrick opens his mouth he loads our cannons for us. Which side is he on again?

      • Duncan20903

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        I can’t tell you how terrified I was when we heard the speculation that Mr. Kennedy had stopped being the face of Project SAM. I even had a nightmare where he was named Executive Director of NORML after Allan St. Pierre was forced to retire after getting put in jail. Talk about waking up in a cold sweat! Yes, yes, I know, what kind of a brain dreams about Alan St. Pierre and Patrick Kennedy much less both in the same dream sequence? But that’s a totally different discussion which would more appropriately include a mental health professional who is not an addictionologist and/or a phrenologist.

        The point is that I can’t think of a person better qualified to be the public face of stupidity than Mr. Kennedy. I’m seriously thinking of sending SAM a contribution. OK, maybe “seriously” isn’t the right word. Or maybe “contribution” isn’t a good one either. Unless you think a box of freshly sugar coated dog turds is either serious, or a contribution. I’ll leave that controversy up to your good judgment.

    • Cannabis

      Anyone who goes on the Colbert Show not realizing what can happen to them deserves what they get.

    • strayan

      Hilarious:

      ‘I don’t like big business’

      ‘INVEST IN REHABS!’

      • Windy

        He doesn’t like “big business”, hmm? Just what does he think his family is? His family is a major part of the big business of politics.

    • Servetus

      So because of his asthma, Patrick Kennedy never really enjoyed marijuana, or suffered anything from it. Yet he’s all in favor of keeping it illegal because he assumes all consumers of the herb have problems with it. Perfect. I’ve known people like him. Patrick is so loopy he didn’t need to take drugs to wreck his car twice.

      • DdC

        Asthmatic Cigarettes:
        Many readers will be disappointed by this chapter. Although the museum has been able to document (approximately) 1,000 pre-1937 medical Cannabis products on a brand or trade name basis; We have been able to document one, and only one, smokeable product sold in North America. That’s it—“Only One.”

        7.3 — ANTI-ASTHMA CIGARETTES:
        Because of our present day disgust for the tobacco industry, one is tempted to dismiss the idea of a medical (life saving) cigarette altogether. But that would be a mistake: Cannabis, in its smokable form, has been known to quickly stop full-scale asthma attacks. A medical fact that, while only scientifically proven in the late 20th Century, did not go unnoticed by 19th Century medical practitioners. To quote a major medical journal of its day:

        Therapeutic Use of Cannabis
        “Taking a hit of marijuana has been known to stop a full blown asthma attack.” (Personal communication with Dr. Donald Tashkin, December 12, 1989, and December 1, 1997.) The use of cannabis for asthmatics goes back thousands of years in literature. American doctors of the last century wrote in medical papers that asthma sufferers of the world would “bless” Indian Hemp (cannabis) all their lives.

        Expectorant
        Cannabis is the best natural expectorant to clear the human lungs of smog, dust, and the phlegm associated with tobacco use.

        Marijuana smoke effectively dilates the airways of the lungs, the bronchi, opening them to allow more oxygen into the lungs. It is also the best natural dilator of the tiny airways of the lungs, the bronchial tubes—making cannabis the best overall bronchial dilator for 80% of the population (the remaining 20% sometimes show minor negative reactions).

        (See section on asthma—a disease that closes these passages in spasms—UCLA Tashkin studies, 1969-95; U.S. Costa Rican, 1980-82; Jamaican studies 1968-74.)

        Emphysema
        Medical research indicates that light cannabis smoking might be useful for a majority of mild emphysema victims. It would improve the quality of life for millions of sufferers and extend their life spans.

        Organic Cannabis/Tobacco vs Chemical Cigarettes

  • With only one real reefer madness paragraph this article might warm your heart a bit:

    Legislature must ask voters to legalize marijuana: Guest opinion http://tinyurl.com/n8oh2p9

    Do I see a white flag?

    • kaptinemo

      Not yet. They’re still trying to pee in the well:

      “Extensive medical research indicates that the use of marijuana poses serious health risks, including cancer, respiratory problems and diminished functioning of the brain. Because the human brain does not fully develop until adulthood, young people are particularly at risk. Medical research demonstrates that heavy marijuana use in adolescents interferes with the natural development of the brain, which in turn can result in a substantial reduction in IQ or as a trigger for the early onset of schizophrenia. These known risks are particularly troubling because some studies indicate the use of marijuana among teenagers is significantly higher in states that have legalized the use of medical and recreational marijuana.”

      All unsubstantiated, of course…if not openly shot down in flames courtesy of the Tashkin Study. Another site in need of drug truth carpet-bombing.

      They’ll never wave the white flag. You just have to keep bombing them with the truth until they get nothing but mocking laughter from the public every time they open their mouths. And even then the dimmest among them will still think the laughter is with them, not at them; they really are that dense.

  • Carlyle Moulton

    The critical thing that parallel construction is hiding is that the initial information came from a warrantless telephone tap carried out by the NSA, thus a violation of the suspects fourth amendment rights.

  • claygooding

    Wendy Davis just turned TX blue.

    Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said she supports medical marijuana use as well easing the state’s legal consequences for possessing small amounts of the drug.

    Davis’ comments echo those of current Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who said he supports less stringent penalties in Texas for marijuana use.

    Asked her position on medical marijuana use, Davis said she personally supports it but, ultimately, as governor she’d have to take the temperature of the state on the issue.

    “With regard to medical marijuana. I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for. I don’t know where the state is on that, as a population,” she said.

    Now the Republicans either have to make a better offer or lose the governors office..Perry os already being attacked from the states GOP leaders,,that should stop today if they want to be heard in the upcoming elections and their obstinate refusal to listen to the voters may lose them the legislature as well,,and by the time Wendy takes her oath,,,she will know how the TX people feel.

    THUDFUCK

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/11/wendy-davis-supports-medical-marijuana/

    • Windy

      If, as you put it, TX turns blue, you can bet it will soon be underwater financially like CA, hang onto your wallet; and forget being able to defend yourself anywhere, including in your own home. Not that the GOP is much better, they just restrict your freedom of choice in other ways (mostly ways that limit the freedom of women’s reproductive choice and how you are allowed to express your sexuality).

      • pfroehlich2004

        Windy, California currently has a budget surplus. This development was subsequent to Democrats obtaining supermajorities in both chambers of the California General Assembly, allowing them to pass state budgets without any Republican votes.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/us/with-surplus-in-hand-california-eyes-debt.html

        For the record, I’m not a Democrat. However, the idea that Republicans are the more fiscally responsible party is simply not supported by empirical evidence.

        • Windy

          I am not a republican, and I am fully aware that republicans are NOT fiscally responsible, democrats are even worse. If one wants fiscal responsibility in politics or government one must stop voting for either the rs or the ds on the ballot and start demanding libertarians for whom to vote.

      • claygooding

        Windy,,when America figures out both parties carried this evil policy on for 46 years it would amaze me if we allow either of them to exist anymore

    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry links marijuana legalization to murder
      http://tinyurl.com/o7btl2e

      In November he was stomping for decriminalization with Kofi Annan.
      Maybe he can make a new movie and call it “The Two Faces of Rick Perry”.

      • kaptinemo

        Yepper, the loons are loose. And what comes out of their mouths will get increasingly surreal as more States re-legalize.

        Don’t these goofs understand the risk they are so nonchalantly dismissing? Their ‘base’ is dying off, and they stand to lose a vast voting bloc that has just begun to flex its’ political muscles, and it chose to do so with this issue, first.

        Not afraid of handling tough issues, not afraid of taking bulls by the horns, it’s not afraid of taking pols by the ear and kicking their arses out of office, either.

        • Duncan20903

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          Oh now, let’s not venture into wanton and laughable absurdity kaptinemo. Come on, have you been dropping acid this morning? No wait, not even half a dozen hits of Owsley could make a person think those people could get any more surreally stupid than they are.

          Our poor friend Russ Belville tried. He failed.
          http://smartapproaches.com/

      • Howard

        Regarding Rick Perry linking Portugal’s drug decriminalization to a 40% increase in murder;

        “Eurostat’s ‘Statistics in Focus’ provides the data on homicides for most European countries. Examining this data reveals the number of homicides per year in Portugal has increased from 105 to 148 – a 41 per cent increase. The general trend across most of the other European countries is a decline in homicide, except in Ireland, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Sweden and Scotland.

        However, the definition of homicide provided by the data is: “defined as intentional killing of a person, including murder, manslaughter, euthanasia and infanticide.” There is no mention of drugs as a cause or involvement in the deaths. The only evidence comes from the UNODC’s mention of “might be related to the trafficking activity”. However this is hardly a solid foundation for assuming the murders are drug-related.” (http://tinyurl.com/pu55kqt)

        And Rick says. “…we need to look at all of the data, the science.”

        Rick Perry wants to do that? HAHAHAHAHA!

        To borrow from a tweet about DFAF zombie graphic: “Go home Rick. you’re drunk.”

  • Duncan20903

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    So now how did we miss the Michigan Supreme Court giving the scofflaws yet another beating with yet another State Supreme Court Silly Stick?
    Michigan Supreme Court rules local laws can’t ban medical marijuana

    Do these guys ever figure out that they just can’t Federally preempt themselves? Though I guess they’re making progress. At least these people were able to win in their local Kangaroo Court. I was starting to think the prohibitionists were never going to win one of these ever. It takes a special kind of incompetence to not be able to win a case like this in local court. Oh wait, maybe it’s different because Michigan elects their Judges?

  • DdC

    70 million Americans taking mind-altering drugs
    Beckley Foundation ‏@BeckleyDrugs
    @stopthedrugwar @HuffingtonPost @EssentialFact

    That’s one hell of a party…

    Best Marijuana Argument Ever:
    Given By Superior Court Judge James P. Gray
    Sensible Drug Policy ‏@SSDP via @youtube

    It isn’t whether you win or lose the drug war,
    it’s how you keep it going, that’s where the money is.

    Oh now they went and done it…
    Cannabis trying to steal more profits from the White Powder People.

    Marijuana May Smoke Out HIV/AIDS
    Researchers have known for decades that marijuana can provide an enormous benefit to patients suffering from HIV/AIDS because of its ability to stimulate the appetite and prevent weight loss. However, a new study finds that this magical herb may do more than just give patients the munchies, but it may actually tackle the disease at its core.

    “You Can’t Stop AIDS Without Ending the Drug War”
    Making Sure Drugs Kill

  • DdC

    Drug Trial: Vietnam Sentences 30 to Death

    The Ballad of Chris Christie and Sabina Rose
    “Every time you sign one expansion, then the advocates will come back and ask for another one. Here’s what the advocates want: They want legalization of marijuana in New Jersey. It will not happen on my watch, ever. I am done expanding the medical marijuana program under any circumstances.”

    Paula and Phil had made every effort to comply with New Jersey’s existing medical marijuana laws, but there were so many doctors to see, so many applications to file, that the process took months — and Sabina didn’t have months. She died waiting for the cannabis tincture that could have alleviated her suffering.

    MAPS ‏@MAPSnews
    MAPS has recently completed the first study of #LSD-assisted psychotherapy since the early 1970s. via @BeFirsttoKnow

  • Servetus

    Re the DEA’s feudal empire of authoritarian miscreants and lice, no matter how evil prohibitionists may seem, their actions are always worse by the time the truth emerges. The consequences for the DEA et al. look grim. The training documents revelation could bust the agency’s nut.

    • DdC

      Yep it do…

      US Rep. Blumenauer To Deputy Director of Drug Policy:
      You’re ‘Part of the Problem’ U2b from Mike4Weed

      Grow_Wizzard: Here is a link to the u-tube video of the whole hearing and the second part is linked to.

      Liberals and Conservatives Signal Huge Shift in Attitude to US Drug Laws
      CC: By Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch / The Guardian
      February 10, 2014 notsofasteddie (excerpts)

      With a handful of states considering new laws, America is becoming more sophisticated in its attitude towards drugs

      When liberals, libertarians and Tea Party Republicans find themselves nodding in unison on drug law reform, it’s fair to say that the issue’s time has come. The drug policy ground is shifting in the US – and fast. Every month, more Americans favour taxing and regulating marijuana, new ballot initiatives are launched and the status quo appears more outdated.

      As the debate generates steam, it is becoming increasingly more sophisticated. On the rare occasions that pundits revive tired Reefer Madness narratives, they are largely mocked or simply ignored.

      The difficulty is that drug policy is bigger than marijuana reform. The fact that the US Congress prohibits federal funding of life-saving needle exchanges is shocking to most European countries that are focused on public health. It is also baffling to most international observers how there are people in US prisons serving life sentences for low-level drug offences. While the “Lazarus drug” naloxone is gaining acceptance, the US is still a long way from introducing interventions such as supervised consumption rooms.

      The tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent overdose was met with considerable soul-searching. Many commentators and media asked: “What could have been done to prevent this?” There was an implicit (and often explicit) recognition that punitive drug policies drive people into the shadows and that sensible reforms would save lives.

      Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch is Director of the Global Drug Policy Program at the Open Society Foundations.

      It’s been a long time comin’
      Turn, turn any corner.
      Hear, you must hear what the people say.
      You know there’s something that’s goin’ on around here,
      The surely, surely, surely won’t stand the light of day.

  • DdC

    Uruguay’s President Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Legalizing Marijuana
    By RT – Thursday, February 6 2014

    The president of Uruguay has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. According to his advocates, José “Pepe” Mujica’s much talked-about marijuana legalization is in fact “a tool for peace and understanding.”

    For the second year in a row, the Drugs Peace Institute, which has supported Mujica’s marijuana legalization drive since 2012, insisting that the consumption of marijuana should be protected as a human right, has endorsed his candidacy, along with members of Mujica’s leftwing political party the Frente Amplio, the PlantaTuPlanta (Collective of Uruguayan growers) and the Latin American Coalition of Cannabis Activists (CLAC).

    Despite an avalanche of global criticism, in late December Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize the production and sale of the popular herbal drug. Under the new law, which comes into full effect in early April, Uruguayans will have several options to gain access to it.

    The Drugs Peace Institute said that Mujica’s stand against the UN-led prohibition of mind-altering substances is a “symbol of a hand outstretched, of a new era in a divided world.”
    – Read the entire article at RT

    Uruguay
    ☮Uruguay Poised to Become First Country to Legalize Marijuana
    ☮Uruguay Becomes First Country to Legalize MJ

  • strayan

    A little help here guys: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-10/barack-obama-marijuana-alcohol-claim-unsubstantiated/5243462

    There is not enough evidence to assess whether marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol for users.

    Mr Obama’s comparison between the health effects of alcohol and marijuana is unsubstantiated.

    • kaptinemo

      Seems like ABC is being carpet-bombed by the flying drug truth squad. Good. After as sophomoric a piece as that, they deserve to be taken to the intellectual woodpile. Maybe they’ll think twice before taking prohib dictation and publishing it as ‘fact’.

      • kaptinemo

        Particularly when you start to look up their ‘sources’. They really had to dig to find some obscure out-of-the-woodwork studies posited by some equally obscure ‘scientists’ and ‘experts’ who just so happen to be those with a stake in continuing prohibition as the ‘con’ position.

        I mean, really. Come on. Did they think we wouldn’t do some ‘fact checking’ of our own? No pretense at objectivity at all. Intellectually insulting. They need more than a drubbing at the woodpile for this bit of barely disguised yellow journalism…

    • NorCalNative

      Australia proves their conservatives are just as illiterate as our own.

    • Freeman

      Professor Room says that “at the lower end… it would be hard to say which was riskier”. However, he tells Fact Check that at “higher levels both in the moment and cumulatively over time, clearly alcohol is riskier“.
      The verdict

      There is not enough evidence to assess whether marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol for users.

      Mr Obama’s comparison between the health effects of alcohol and marijuana is unsubstantiated.

      Even after stacking the deck against mj for the entire article, they still had to focus on “the lower end” and completely ignore “higher levels” of use to reach their “unsubstantiated” conclusion. Even so, it obviously wasn’t exactly the conclusion they would have preferred to present.

      Full-frontal naked propaganda.

    • DdC

      Is marijuana less dangerous than alcohol, as Barack Obama claims?

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      The verdict

      There is not enough evidence to assess whether marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol for users.

      Mr Obama’s comparison between the health effects of alcohol and marijuana is unsubstantiated.

      I wonder what message Disney owned ABC is sending to the kids with lies so exposed it makes drug worriers look “silly as hell”, in the words of R.M.Nixon. Image is Everything? Now you keep seizure remedies from little girls and boys. You want seniors in private for profit prisons. Is that part of your Venture capital? What is the image that summons up? Such soothsayers trying to predict the future with lies, and to show how ridiculous. The same lies from the past. That never panned out. Give it up and stop protecting resources that do harm

      Possibly the most-studied substance on the planet

      The Politics of Pot

      The Report of the Australian Government 1996 says:
      “The … major possible adverse effects of chronic, heavy cannabis use … remain to be confirmed” “The major health and psychological effects of chronic cannabis use, especially daily use over many years, remain uncertain” “As has been stressed … there is uncertainty. ……To varying degrees….inferences from animal research, laboratory studies, and clinical observations about probable ill effects. In some cases inferences depend upon arguments from what is known about the adverse effects of other drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol” “… “flashback experiences” …have been rarely reported by cannabis users… have typically used other hallucinogenic drugs” “The probable and possible adverse health and psychological effects of cannabis need to be placed in comparative perspective to be fully appreciated”.

      The USA Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy 1987
      “Cannabis can be used on an episodic but continual basis without evidence of social or psychic dysfunction. In many users the term dependence with its obvious connotations, probably is mis-applied… The chief opposition to the drug rests on a moral and political, and not toxicologic, foundation”.

      The Economist March 28th 1992
      “Medicines often produce side effects. Sometimes they are physically unpleasant. Cannabis too has discomforting side effects, but these are not physical they are political”

      “THC’s adverse effects on driving performance appear relatively small”
      U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
      (DOT HS 808 078), Final Report, November 1993

      “Most marijuana users do not go on to use other drugs.”
      ”Marijuana: Facts for Teens.”
      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
      Washington, D.C. 1995, p.10.

      “a-motivation [is] a cause of heavy marijuana smoking rather than the reverse”
      Dr. Andrew Weil (Rubin & Comitas Ganja in Jamaica, 1975)
      From The Natural Mind by Dr. Andrew Weil

      Toke-A-Day May Keep Old Memory Functioning

      Jamaican Studies 1968-74, 1975
      the authorized on-line version of Jack Herer’s “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”
      ☮Definite Benefits For Marijuana Smokers
      ☮Positive Social Attitudes
      ☮No Link to Criminal Behavior
      ☮No Physiological Deterioration
      ☮No “Stepping Stone”/Gateway Effect

      The Official Story Debunking “Gutter Science”
      ☮ Wasting Time & Lives * Alcohol
      ☮ Doublespeak * Studies the Feds Don’t Talk About
      ☮ Brain Damage Reports * Coptic Study
      ☮ Nahas’ Studies * Jamaican Studies
      ☮ Lingering Effects * Costa Rican Study
      ☮ Lung Damage Reports * Amsterdam Model
      ☮ Radioactivity in Tobacco * Bush Strikes Again
      ☮ & So On * Corruption/Carlton Turner

      • DdC

        ABC/Disney’s War Against the Counterculture req reg

        Original Disneyland Memorial Orgy bw (1684×1155)

        Disney Orgy color Paul Krassner.com

        Comix and Cannabis
        Bobby London, a veteran of the infamous Air Pirates Funnies collective, took over the strip in the ’80s. A decade earlier, the Air Pirates crew had gotten into trouble for producing unauthorized comics in which the Disney characters got laid and got high. Put in charge of the authorized Popeye, London eventually gave into temptation: The only Popeye strip to ever explicitly refer to the pot/spinach connection was published in the 1980s by illustrator Bobby London. The comic showed Popeye and Wimpy picking up a load of “pure Bolivian spinach.”

        Underground comix and the underground press

        interesting

        ☛Michael Eisner headed Disney. When they bought ABC.

        ☛Michael Eisner’s great-grandfather, Sigmund Eisner, established a very successful clothing company that was one of the first uniform suppliers to the Boy Scouts of America

        ☛The uniform and insignia of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) gives a Scout visibility and creates a level of identity within both the unit and the community.

        ☛Early Boy Scout uniforms were copies of the U.S. Army uniforms of the time.

        ☛Hemp was used for clothing, military uniforms.

        ☛The ancient Asians also used the same fibres to make clothes, shoes, ropes, of hemp, as well as the lower cost, meant that hemp uniforms were preferred.
        The history of hemp – Yorkshire Hemp

        ☛In America, the cultivation of hemp can be traced to as early as Jamestown, … the
        Continental Army was clothed in uniforms made from spun hemp thread.
        Marijuana: An Unbiased Analysis – Duke

        ☛The US Constitution was written on hemp paper. The first American flag was made out of hemp. Henry Ford built a car in 1941 that was made out of hemp and used hemp as fuel. Army uniforms in WWs I & II were made of hemp.

  • Jean Valjean

    OT
    The “Gateway Theory” is being applied to other areas of interest to the 1% and authoritarians in general. The path to unionization, which is supported by both management and labor at the VW plant in Tennessee, is facing strong opposition from right wing pols in TN, who have described the move as a “gateway” to more unions, not to mention the “Detroitification” of TN. I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds like a dog whistle to Southern white folk that black people are on the way.

    • War Vet

      Gov. Marry Fallen of Oklahoma said that marijuana legalization would lead to harder drugs, which is why she doesn’t favor them. Take it from the State who didn’t elect another female who ran against Mary because she wasn’t a mother and therefore couldn’t relate.

  • claygooding

    http://tinyurl.com/q2u44wa

    18 signatures for rescheduling by EO for the AG to move marijuana to at least schedule three,,I am sure more sinatures will be added every day

  • Servetus

    Governor Paul LePage of Maine is murdering opiate drug consumers by refusing them access to naloxone. He believes the opiate-antagonist will encourage drug use, despite numbers to the contrary. His decision to veto a bill to make naloxone available to first responders comes after fatal ODs in Maine quadrupled between 2011 and 2012. Governor LePage is a ripe candidate for prosecution for crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute.

  • Tony Aroma

    DEA: “We don’t make the laws, we just enforce them. Oh wait, we DO make the laws we enforce.”

  • Bill Maher has announced that his show will be trying to oust a sitting member of Congress

    http://tinyurl.com/k4vs78a

    He will be open for suggestions. I like this idea. Thought you might like to know. Throw a prohib under a train.

  • The DEA Paid $125,000 to Build an Encrypted Cartel Radio Network http://tinyurl.com/kzbd9ra

  • allan

    Italy’s Constitutional Court overturns Berlusconi’s harsh pot law that made cannabis equal in penalty to hard drugs, thousands to be released from incarceration.

    wassat I hear?

    thud

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