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Reason put together this video on April Fools Day, and even though that’s well past, I thought you should see it if you haven’t. Not only is it a fine dream of what officer interactions with the public should be like, but a good reminder on rights.

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26 comments to If only

  • Francis

    And, as a reminder, here’s an example of what officer interactions with the public actually look like should you have the temerity to do anything other than meekly waive your constitutional rights.

  • claygooding

    I still like “Marijuana is an addictive dangerous drug because all addictive drugs are dangerous.””

    Sweathog Michelle.

  • STV

    I loved this video so much.

    That said, DarkCycle suggested getting on board with Smoke The Vote last time I posted, so I’ll give ‘er a shot again here! We need YOU!

    We need people to help rate their local politicians based on their votes and public statements for/against marijuana decrim, medical, and legalization. And we need to do the same for the candidates challenging incumbents.

    The only way to make sure prohibitionists get thrown out of office is to make sure voters know what their elected officials have been doing!

    http://www.smokethevote.us
    blog.smokethevote.us

  • allan

    may I offer that just about every day is April Fool’s Day in drug policy reform.

  • DdC

    April Fools, Not? They’re serious? They hit most of the talking points on the memo… Except it didn’t make him gay or think he was as good as white men. No manboobs found. We knew the crazies would be coming out of the woodwork. We just didn’t think they’d be tax paid Health officials. They keep grasping at strawmen.

    Student’s Death in Colorado Raises Questions

    No one is sure how much Thamba ate of the marijuana cookie purchased by one of his friends at a local pot shop. But soon the engineering student, who had never tried marijuana before, began acting strangely hostile, tearing around the room and pulling pictures from the wall.

    Sometime in the early hours of March 11, Thamba leaped over the balcony to his death.

    Authorities are calling the incident the state’s first marijuana-related death since Colorado legalized sales of recreational marijuana at the beginning of the year to those over 21.

    “The marijuana of 2014 is not the marijuana of 1969,”

    Frequent marijuana use by adolescents at a time when their brains are still developing has been linked in some research to the loss of 6 to 8 IQ points in adulthood

    Health officials also are concerned that edible marijuana could be become an on-ramp for pre-teens and teenagers to regular marijuana use.

    “All of the old studies and textbooks and toxicology are based on the effects of inhaled marijuana,” he said. “The edibles are uncharted territory for those of us in emergency medicine.”

    Really?

    Perilous Play, by Louisa May Alcott

    US Civil War Generals Were Hash Heads

    History of cultivation of cannabis in Morocco

    Cannabis has been cultivated in the Rif Region since the 7th century

  • Crut

    Exposing Mel Sembler. From a “Compassionate Conservative”.

    Mel Sembler is the Last One Who Should Influence Florida Drug Policy

    Here’s what Sembler, now 84, got for his fundraising and high profile over the years: an ambassadorship to Austria in 1989, a Republican National Committee finance chairmanship in 1997, a plummier ambassadorship in 2001 (this one to Rome, even though he couldn’t speak Italian) and in 2005 an ornate, $83.5 million, taxpayer-funded building named after him (talk about a Taj Mahal) in Rome — a first for an American diplomat. Oh, yes, and the biggest prize of all? A free pass when prosecutors only closed his clinics, instead of indicting him as they would have anybody else.

    I wrote off this guy a while ago, but I didn’t research the full extent of his ill-deserved opulence. Disgusting. In a just society this evil persona would’ve been locked up a long time ago and his fortune redistributed among his victims.

  • Servetus

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has doubled the estimate of yearly deaths throughout the world that are due to environmental air pollution. The newly revised environmental death toll stands at 7-million per year, as of 2012.

    The WHO fatality rate for environmentally linked deaths contrasts sharply with the number of OD deaths due to marijuana(0), and other drugs. Many of the same people in government who want to eliminate drug users are also climate deniers, or people who oppose the EPA and its work. It’s interesting that it’s possible to set in motion a public hysteria over drugs, but something as palpable as toxic air gets a pass.

  • Servetus:

    Both Democrats and Republicans have wanted to eliminate drug users since at least Nixon’s declaration. And “climate deniers” is the go-to slur for anyone skeptical of global warming/climate change dire predictions; most often hissed at Republicans.

    But progressive darling Warren Buffet is on record stating that the issue has been good for his insurance businesses, as the increase in weather disaster premiums far exceeded the payouts. And didn’t one of the founders of GreenPeace change his mind on the climate debate? We are a republic, let’s not forget.

    I firmly believe we need to be good stewards of our environment. But I also believe the same hysteria surrounding the climate debate is eerily familiar to that surrounding the drug prohibition debate. Masses and their opiates, indeed.

    • DdC

      Dude like reefer madness, climate change from CO2 emissions fall under the laws of physics, not political science fiction open for debate. CO2 retains heat meaning less reflects back into space. Heat retained expands matter, including H2O, causing flooding. As for Green Peace. True Liberals in the old fashioned sense of bigger government to protect us from corporations. Their priority is punishment, even over a cleaner environment. The results force corporations to protect their own investments over what is right. Example of BP Oil gusher has left most of the oil to pollute the Gulf all because of the $100k per barrel fines on recovered oil. So they used a highly toxic dispersant to break up the oil sending it to the floor or washed away in the Gulf streams. Less recovery equals less fines and the pollution is still there. So what did Green Peace actually accomplish? More money for politicians, less for fisheries and fisher people. I stopped being a member after years of asking them to advocate Hemp as an alternative to the fossil fools and got nada. Same with the Liberal Unions fighting for workers to bomb Colombians or Vietnam or Iraq or the drug war siding with the prison industrial complex as they do the military industry and drug companies. There are no political parties in the US. Only Neocons verses various individuals wearing old outdated name tags.

    • Servetus

      There are some differences. Climate warming theory is based on the known heat capacities of various liquids and gases, most of which were determined experimentally starting in 1859. Those results plus a bit of calculus applied to the atmospheric, barometric gradient to determine the volume of the earth’s atmosphere will lead to a mathematical result that predicts the warming of the earth’s atmosphere and oceans. The laws of physics don’t care if anyone believes them or not.

      The drug debate, by contrast, is hindered by a willful ignorance on the part of prohibitionists who cherry-pick the scientific literature to obtain scientific-sounding statements in order to back their fear of drugs, a fear promoted at its core by theocracy and window dressing, not scientific equations, nor definitive research in many cases.

      And yes, there will be a lot of money made from climate change. It’s already happening in townships on the East coast where construction crews are elevating coastal real estate and levees to compensate for expected higher sea levels and storm surges.

      • Windy

        Most of the people whom you called “climate deniers” are not deniers that the climate is changing (that is obvious to most people, it is also the natural order of things, the climate has been changing continuously since the planet coalesced). What we are denying is that the change is caused by humanity’s activities or that it is a catastrophe in the making and must be stopped at any cost. I don’t think humanity is capable of stopping any change in climate (just as I don’t think we are capable of causing climate change).

        My personal opinion is, it is better to understand the climate will always be changing, and our best bet is to find ways to adapt to those changes instead of panicking and doing all sorts of things which might cause other kinds of problems (economically, politically, affecting most individuals financial lives, as well as affecting everyone’s personal freedom).

        From the reading I have done on the subject (admittedly not a lot since it is not a topic that I find as compelling and concerning as our fight for personal freedom, especially in our choice of intoxicants), right now there still appears to be an equal number of scientists who think the globe is drastically warming, scientists who think we are headed into another ice age and those who think there is not going be any drastic change either way.

        Personally, I would be happy to have longer, warmer summers (and growing seasons) and much milder winters than my locale has, in general, so I really hope the ice age predictors are wrong.

        • Servetus

          The atmospheric CO2 levels in the mid 1980s measured about 350 parts-per-million. The CO2 level now stands at more than 400 parts-per-million, and rising. So where did the extra carbon come from?

  • DdC

    Helmet Cam Footage Shows Cops Murder a Man for “Illegally Camping”

    But one can see how the stress of being a police officer and surplus of adreneline can create these types of situations?

    Give me a break. New Mexico cops have gone full tilt bozo. They produce their own stress. If they spent more time as cops and less as political pawns maybe they could handle stressful situations without killing everything. Piss poor excuse. re·ac·tion·ar·y citizens my ass. Cops are picked having lower IQ’s to maintain the military discipline of not questioning authority. Same reefer madness idealism and a common unjustified hatred for poor people, especially homeless. Bring back cops who are known in communities and observe citizens rights more than their desire for advancement or kissing the DA’s butt. Getting merits on more arrests regardless of innocence. Less SWAT more Peace Officers. The reason they are so gun ho against legalizing is it gives them a false excuse for probable cause. All cops are just tax paid public servants doing a job and no reason whatsoever to make them out to be hero’s. Or infallible. Yes another case of death by uppityness. Not surprising seeing how utterly paranoid they get over legalizing pot. Question is whether they are capable enough to carry loaded weapons. Here is the attitude of NM cops…

    The Aʂʂhole Police
    Got SqWAT?
    Policing for Profit
    The two-tiered justice

  • Duncan20903

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    It appears that it’s all but official Maryland becomes a decrim State when Governor O’Malley signs the bill as he has now promised. 10 grams or less but I guess that it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye.

    Maryland Gov. O’Malley will sign marijuana decriminalization bill, he says

    /snip/
    At least 24 other states now have either decriminalized the use of marijuana, approved it for medicinal purposes or legalized it outright, according to a study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
    /snip/

    I’m putting this one in the “throw a dog a bone” category.

    • Duncan20903

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      It does appear that Maryland’s idiot Legislature did not decriminalize paraphernalia. So do the cops issue a civil citation while transporting the victim to jail for his pipe? Is the whole shebang just plain legislative fraud?

  • strayan

    A couple of drug war criminals working for the UNODC have been shot dead: http://www.unis.unvienna.org/unis/en/pressrels/2014/uniscp756.html

    • Servetus

      The drug war has bit the hands that feed it at the UNODC. It was inevitable. That’s what people can expect when they breed a monster like prohibition.

    • claygooding

      Is it too early to tell them we told them so,,eventually a war on people that is unjust will end up as a war on the government pushing it.

    • primus

      Fedotov is so clueless that he is calling on the authorities in a lawless state, (one without a functioning government, IOW one lacking ‘authorities’)to do something about his murdered ‘colleagues’. What were his colleagues doing in Somalia? What did they expect would happen when these tinpot authoritahs arrived and tried to enforce the drug treaties?

      • darkcycle

        Seriously. He’s lucky they didn’t have a post office there that functions, or he’d be receiving their heads in a box.

  • allan

    OT… Dr Temperance Brennan and her crew (including FBI agent Sealey
    Booth) at the Smithsonian do a smack-down on the incongruity of federal cannabis prohibition on tonite’s episode of Bones (Fox). I mean it was serious good, scientists talking about cannabis – sensibly! O god! what about the children?

    Sorry Calvina… thbbbbbt! even Fox is catching on to which way the wind blows.

  • DdC

    Nauru, world’s smallest island nation, legalizes marijuana, bans booze via @tokeofthetown
    The country has also been ravaged by alcohol abuse. In order to offset that, Nauruan leaders say that they will be subsidizing cannabis seeds for all residents and will be imposing a 420 percent excise tax on all alcohol imported to the island.