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Washington, DC. February 26, 2015

whitehouse

Oh, wait…

No, that was Washington, DC in 1814. Sorry.

My bad.

Ah, here we go.

idDay

Um… no.

That’s from the fictional movie “Independence Day.”

Hmmm…

Where are all the scenes of destruction from today’s cataclysm?

DC Legalizes Pot, Ignoring House Republicans

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79 comments to Washington, DC. February 26, 2015

  • primus

    Now, Pete, you know I don’t ‘get’ subtle. To what particular cataclysm do you refer?

  • cy klebs

    Is this link hosed?

  • Tony Aroma

    Maybe I’m being a bit thick, but I still don’t understand how DC is supposed to NOT spend money to NOT arrest people. In actual reality, doesn’t it cost money to arrest people, while not arresting people is free?

    • DdC

      It’s insanity. Get worried if it starts making sense. I thought they went through all of this with Bob Barr.

      DC Vote blocked by Barr
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1113

    • Duncan20903

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      Tony, postage, envelope and stationary to mail the bill to Congress for approval, wear and tear on the inkjet printer and ink isn’t free you know. The guy that stuffs the envelope doesn’t get paid much but he does get paid. Police/community liaison to field the complaints from the idiot prohibitionists, police/Federal government liaison to field complaints from idiot politicians, disposal fees for getting rid of the civil citations for the $100 fine that is now history, printing ink, and distribution of a notice for the bulletin board in every precinct notifying the police officers that they don’t make the law, just enforce it…I can keep going on but c’mon, all that junk has got to cost at least $10. Oh, and people can’t volunteer to cover the cost privately, Congress did think of and forbid that.

      So much for de minimis non curat lex, no doubt.

      • Tony Aroma

        Duncan20903, I thought you were kidding, but apparently not. According to Andy Harris:

        “Transmitting expends money. Everything they’re doing now expends money. They’ve had meetings within the police department on how they’re going to enforce this, that’s an expenditure of money. There are violations of the Anti-Deficiency Act all throughout the D.C. government apparently. Those people ought to be very afraid, because the penalties are severe.”

  • DonDig

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    It’s taken awhile since the cancellation of the soap operas for congress to step up to the plate and provide that same kind of mindless entertainment for us, but by golly, it certainly looks like some quarters have finally risen to the task.

    Sadly, any day now, they’ll figure out how to spend a lot more taxpayer revenue furthering this dog and pony show.

    Typical.

  • strayan

    Does this mean I’ll start to enjoy cannabis now? Like, will my tastes suddenly change because cannabis is now leega… Whoa! What’s going on!? I just got off the couch and walked out the door without even realising! OMG I just bought a pipe and a lighter (WTF IS GOING ON!?)… errr, dudes, something is seriously seriously wrong, I seem to have lost total control of my body… it’s like operating on autopilot or something! Burger King! Why are you taking me HERE? Never in my life! Now where… HOLY SHIT there’s black a guy coming toward me (*PANIC* what do I do, what do I do!?). PHEW. He just wanted to know if I had a light. Lucky I bought one earlier. *RING RING* Private number…oh what the hell…: “hey, who’s this?”. “Steve”. “Don’t know any Steves”. “Well you do now man, feel like coming around for a smoke?”. “Errr, Steve, I don’t really like the stuff… I don’t even know your address!”. “Yes you do, you’re standing outside my house RIGHT NOW; doors open man, c’mon in!”. HOLY SHIT HOW HOW DID I GET HERE! Black magic this ‘legal cannabis’ is! WE SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO KEVIN GUYS.

  • oh my…

    Colorado’s ‘Pot Pregnancies’ Birthing New Generation of Crack Babies

    “Health practitioners specializing in the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology spoke to me on condition of anonymity […]”

    yeah… and Duncan farts flying monkeys.

    • darkcycle

      Watch it, he farts much worse things, trust me. And yeah, I saw that, I thought it was satire. Still not sure, though…

    • Freeman

      The Blaze… It’s not intentional satire; more like an inadvertent self-parody.

      I mean, the original “crack baby” thing was hyperbolic, but this is ridiculous!

      How long you figure it will be until Sebat goes around repeating this BS?

      • kaptinemo

        The prohibs already have received the Party Line and will be implementing it post-haste, not realizing that we know that they telegraph all their latest ploys in advance and will be waiting. Kevvie’s already received his script for the latest round of verbal flimm-flammery.

        They just don’t get it. They really don’t. Their cover’s been blown. The only ones fronting for prohibition anymore are its obvious beneficiaries and their useful idiots. Nobody else amongst the electorate that now pays the lion’s share of the bills wants it…or wants to pay for it, either.

        The only people the prohibs are reaching are their own kind. NOBODY ELSE IS LISTENING TO THEM ANYMORE. They are becoming an ever-shrinking (but hardening) sphere of strident fanaticism combined with willful ignorance and no small degree of stupidity. When they finally implode they’ll explode, probably in a very public meltdown. The kind that makes political fence-sitters turn away in disgust and vote in our favor out of a need for balance if anything at all.

        To paraphrase an old Rage Against The Machine lyric, “Control Freaks on Parade!” will be enough to turn off the most stalwart ivory-tower-residing ideological supporter of prohibition. Because, as anyone forced to while traveling on public transportation will attest, nobody likes to be seatmates with a crazy.

    • Hope

      That Blaze is something created, apparently, by Glenn Beck.

      In this article I noticed a reference to it.

      Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Compares Organized Workers to ISIS

      http://commondreams.org/news/2015/02/27/wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-compares-organized-workers-isis

      “According to the Blaze.com, the conservative web platform created by Glenn Beck, … “

    • Servetus

      Fox & Friends on Fox News has been pushing the mutant-marijuana-baby thing this weekend video here with the help of one of their many quack doctors, in this case someone named Dr. David Samadi:

      “Now we have crack babies coming in because pregnant women are smoking this whole marijuana business.” […] The Fox News Medical A-Team doctor concluded by calling medical marijuana “the biggest scam I’ve ever seen.”

      • kaptinemo

        FAUX Nooz’s greatest demographic is rapidly dying off. They’re playing to those whose hearing aids still work…and who are not so adrift in dementia that they can understand what they’re hearing. A cohort that is rapidly shrinking…and shrinking even faster is their ability to vote into law their ignorance of cannabis and their prejudices against those they thought were typical users.

        And so they alienate the very demographic they need to remain relevant. While their current base dies off. (Mental pic of FAUX noozreader with upraised left hand middle finger while sawing off his/her own nose with right hand) Not too smart, but then, what do you expect from a Murdoch vehicle?

  • Servetus

    Strange day indeed, February 26, 2015. We get legal pot in Washington D.C., and net neutrality from the FCC on the same day.

    One hundred years ago today, Franz Kafka published “The Metamorphosis”, a tale apropos for any prohibitionist waking up in D.C. this morning and finding they’ve been transformed by voters into a giant ungeziefer, (rough German translation: vermin unfit for sacrifice).

    And then there is this strange news, Tom Schweich, a candidate for Missouri governor, and a Republican appointed by George W. Bush to “coordinate the anti-drug and justice reform efforts in Afghanistan”, is dead today from an alleged self-inflicted gunshot. Suicide, or murder? Coincidences? You decide.

    Most peculiar.

    • Duncan20903

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      Virginia joined the CBD only club yesterday too.
      Va. Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Marijuana Oils to Treat Epilepsy

      I know that lots of people reading this find CBD only laws worthless but after reflection I think that’s an incorrect assertion. Regardless of any other considerations this new law is the Commonwealth of Virginia telling the Feds to pound sand. That’s not something that I’ve ever seen before. If you look at the 1979 law removing criminal penalties for a limited number of medicinal needs it isn’t hard to understand why Virginia law has never gotten even a stick of medicine to a patient who might benefit. It’s because that law is worthless in the absence of an enabling Federal law.

      § 18.2-251.1. Possession or distribution of marijuana for medical purposes permitted.

      A. No person shall be prosecuted under § 18.2-250 or § 18.2-250.1 for the possession of marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol when that possession occurs pursuant to a valid prescription issued by a medical doctor in the course of his professional practice for treatment of cancer or glaucoma.

      B. No medical doctor shall be prosecuted under § 18.2-248 or § 18.2-248.1 for dispensing or distributing marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol for medical purposes when such action occurs in the course of his professional practice for treatment of cancer or glaucoma.

      C. No pharmacist shall be prosecuted under §§ 18.2-248 to 18.2-248.1 for dispensing or distributing marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol to any person who holds a valid prescription of a medical doctor for such substance issued in the course of such doctor’s professional practice for treatment of cancer or glaucoma.
      (1979, c. 435.)

      I do credit the CBD only States with enabling the other budget rider that forbids the DoJ from spending money to persecute people who are in compliance with State law. The CBD only States kicked the total number of medicinal cannabis States to well over 60% of the States. I think I’m on solid ground when I say that outsiders just do not have the ability to understand the nuance.

      • NorCalNative

        Duncan, Virginia will allow up to 5% THC-Acid.

        While it’s not a psychoactive option it’s technically NOT CBD-only legislation. A minor quibble that doesn’t negate your main point connecting the dots.

        • Duncan20903

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          I guess we’ll need to re-name that category to the “anything but delta-9 THC can be medicine” category.

  • Washington D.C. legalizes marijuana, Republicans promise a fight
    http://tinyurl.com/ngfyef2

    Some Republican prohibs threatening DC’s federal money.

    “Republicans will “find some areas where perhaps we have been very generous with the citizens of the District. That will all come with time,” Harris warned.”

    “I do believe it’s likely this is a short-lived victory,” said Kimberly Perry, executive director of D.C. Vote. “Members of the House are going to come after D.C. with a vengeance on appropriations for 2016.”

    Oh say can you see?

  • jean valjean

    A couple of sentences from Obama reveal his conservative bias, suggesting that it’s only HEAVY criminalization for drug consumption that needs looking at. “Proportionality,” my ass. You mean like we had when the crack disparity was reduced from 100:1 to ONLY 18:1?

    “I think that we have to separate out legalization — there’s a lot of concern about drug abuse of any sort by our children and the general population — versus the heavy criminalization of non-violent drug offenses,” Obama said. “And I think that a lot of states are taking a look to see, do we have proportionality in terms of how we are penalizing the recreational user….
    I think that’s what every state across the country, including some very conservative states that don’t have a lot of tolerance for marijuana, are looking at,” Obama said, “is do we want to be throwing people in jail for five, 10, 15 years if they’re not major drug dealers but they’re using a substance that’s probably not good for them but is probably not hurting too many other people?”

    The ultimate in hypocrisy.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/26/politics/obama-dc-pot/index.html

  • DdC

    Leaders react to Congress trying to block D.C. marijuana law

    Karl Racine, D.C. Attorney General
    The District’s new Attorney General backed up Bowser, saying his legal position is that Congress’s December “rider was prospective in nature. It did not impact the law that was, indeed, enacted two weeks prior” when the results for Initiative 71 were certified by the D.C. Board of Elections. “I stand by it, I will defend it,” he said.

    Ward 1 Council Member Brianne Nadeau
    “A representative from half a continent away is threatening to lock up our mayor for the crime of implementing the will of District voters. How offensive to the American value of self-governance and how disrespectful to the 650,000 taxpaying Americans living in the District. I support the will of the people and I reject the whims of overreaching congressmen. If they lock up the mayor, they better take me too.”

    • Crut

      Not that I could ever underestimate the abounding stupidity that exists in our government, but surely they must see that arresting the Mayor would only add gasoline to the fire? This could get juicy.

      • kaptinemo

        The Republican opponents are acting like they are playing to what they claim are the sentiments of their constituents, but given the demographics, the majority of those said constituents are more likely to support re-legalization than not.

        Methinks I smell a whiff of the Prison Industrial Complex’s gangrenous effluvium wafting down their halls as it oozes under their doors.

        Time to examine who their biggest campaign contributors are.

  • Duncan20903

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    I really have been feeling pity for the poor sycophants of prohibition. I swear that a lot of them appear to be reacting to post hypnotic suggestions. For instance sometimes the more foaming at the mouth members instantly convert the word marijuana to drugs after hearing (reading) that cue.

    I’ve been thinking that perhaps we might lobby the governments to provide reeducation and maybe some hypnosis mitigation. But I’m starting to get a gnawing fear that the prohibitionists might be right after all about re-legalization opening a Pandora’s Box. Up until now I’ve pooh-poohed the notion. But I’ve just now realized that I was only looking at half of the equation.

    Now of course I know that you know that given a level playing field that the general citizenry will start to see us as nothing to worry about. Working Johns, working Janes, more like boring,not some kind of lunatical monster trying to get “the children” hooked on heroin or even jenkem. Just a bunch of human beings.

    Then I had a random thought that made my innards seize up and raised the hackles of me neck. I thought, “you better believe that cannabis causes delusions and mental illness.” How else to explain the mental defect in the composite sycophant of prohibition? All of a sudden I was stricken with mortal fear for my life as I thought, “does that mean that I should believe that if we open this Pandora’s box that we would find that it’s the hobgoblins of Big Prohibition which would fly out and then get into significant mischief? Are we sure that we want to take that chance?

    But medical science is a wonderful thing indeed. Wouldn’t you know that the mad scientists have come up with a cure for the sycophants of prohibition? Not just palliative. It’s curative almost every time it’s administered to people with prohibitionist brain discordance disorder. Thanks very little people. You’re a day late and a dollar short. Now is that any way to prosecute a war on (some) drugs? Oh well, it’ll still be a good thing to prevent another epidemic after I get over my resentment that they took so darn long.

    Human head transplant just two years away, surgeon claims
    Surgeon Sergio Canavero will be embarking on a project to implement the world’s first human head transplant.
    by Michelle Starr February 25, 2015

  • claygooding

    I hope every prosecutor across America realizes how hard it may be to get a conviction for a non-violent marijuana crime when the defendant’s attorney points this out.

    http://tinyurl.com/l3zswpn

    • kaptinemo

      Simple, to the point and devastatingly on target. A rhetorical laser-guided, penetrating micro-nuke sure to bust the hypocrisy bunker of any prohib.

      Berlin Wall-stage, we’re waaaaay past the jackhammers, and into heavy earthmoving equipment. This is like that big strip of the Wall that came down first.

      (Big earsplitting grin) We said it, didn’t we? Right here, we said it: This issue would be the spearpoint of people retaking back their rights and freedoms stolen under false pretenses in the guise of ‘protecting us’. Make no mistake, that what this was actually about, all along.

      It always got me when a prohib would (petulantly, and with false moral superiority) say, “You’re only doing this to get high!”.

      Well, yes, but that is only part of it. By consuming cannabis I am choosing to alter my consciousness but doing so responsibly…and far more so than most alcohol consumers.

      In short, I am exercising conscious self-sovereignty, and that just sticks sideways with splinters in the craw of every control freak in America. It demonstrates just how little the average person actually needs them, and by derivation, needs their interference in their lives. Because that is really all they know how to do; interfere.

      When you think about it, all they do is subtract, never add anything of value to society. They do nothing but take from us. They take our money, in taxes and forfeiture. They take our freedoms, piecemeal. They even take our lives. But they give nothing but misery. Who needs that?

      The people of the capitol of the most powerful nation on Earth at this time, a nation that loudly trumpets about such ideals as freedom, have asked themselves that question. The culmination of their answer was their vote to relegalize.

      And now, Uncle Sam must put up or shut up, and either butt out or prove himself once and for all a hypocrite. The stakes are very high, as a lot is playing out on a number of levels, and I don’t pretend to know them all, but this is HUGE, a showdown that could and probably will hasten the end of cannabis prohibition within 2-3 years, and general prohibition in 5 or less.

      The people of DC have taken the moral high ground, and all the oppos can do is try to come up with weaselly hair-splitting (“I’m all for State’s Rights, but DC is not a State.”) That kind of thin HS – it doesn’t even rank as BS – won’t last the threatening firestorm of trying to derail the popular will again.

      Not this time; this is not 1998, and this time there will be serious consequences for the political careers of those who think they can do a repeat of that year. This is not the same America. The electorate’s changed, and they’ve had enough of being second-class citizens in their own country just because of their choice of intoxicant. That goes for double for DC, always being subjected to the whims of Congress as if they were still living under Mad King Georgie and his pal Champagne Charlie. This issue gives them an effective means of striking back, and actually engaging in ‘home rule’, and Congress had better realize that on that particular front the war is over before they could fire a shot. Anything they do now is sour grapes after being checkmated on a board they never could dominate, the moral one.

      Choke on it, prohibs, choke on it…

      • claygooding

        I think they have started manning the lifeboats instead of just moving the chairs around on us again,,I will be watching for the next Reform Committee just to see if they remove the new Chair for his lil tantrum,,that would give a very clear flag that being anti-marijuana could harm you now more than help you,,but if it goes for more than 5 minutes without the Chair recommending that marijuana be rescheduled but instead they are waiting on more science from NIDA it is still drug war on.

    • Windy

      I got an error page when I tried your link, clay. It says “an error has occurred while processing your request”. I tried it three different ways got the same message each time.

  • mr Ikasheeni

    The DC law bans public housing use of Mj.as a paean to the prohibs. I hope they realize the Roe v Wade is also the law of the land, and negate some being more equal than others.

    • Frank W.

      As far as I know the drug testing industry will remain unharmed by legalization and may even expand because of it.
      WELCOME TO FRANK’S PLACE, WET BLANKETS A SPECIALTY!
      I saw some of the Maddow show before my teeth grinding overcame me and noticed she had time to crow about DC,AK and CO without mentioning OR or WA. “These three states…” The Pacific Northwest is really the Flyover States to these corporate newsies. Works to our advantage, maybe.

  • Will

    Boy, the humble cannabis plant just keeps on causing trouble, doesn’t it? From certain congressmen threatening the DC mayor if she “allows” legalization that 70% of DC residents voted for, to Debbie Wasserman Shultz royally pissing off uber Orlando lawyer John Morgan (and mondo campaign contributor to the Democratic party) over Florida mmj, to a quasi journalist warning of Crack Babies 2.0 (insert the demon weed for crack this time). I mean, what a blast!

    The really great part is this: Even if some congress bumpkins continue to act like cannabis is still a marginal issue, with the obligatory Cheech and Chong jokes and the dismissive wave of the hand at the great unwashed, the cannabis plant is invading their heretofore protected sanctums in ways they can no longer ignore. Oh, they’ll try and act like it’s no big deal, while away from monitors and cameras and cloaked rooms they’ll cower behind their desks, muttering nervously, “Please marijuana pots, please just go away!”. Nope. Not a chance. To alter a saying, “Lead, follow, or get trampled under hemp sneakers”. Hell, we’re not even neck deep in the 2016 election cycle yet, where even more bong water is going to hit the fan! Raincoats and scuba masks everybody!

    Down in the Lone Star state a different kind of crazy is going on. Even though polling shows Texans are in favor of medical cannabis (even a slim majority favors recreational cannabis), a state legislator has taken on a much more serious problem. State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) has introduced legislation to prevent the Alamo from being sold to foreigners (SB 191) (I suppose someone in Dubai was just about to make a down payment). Yes, this is VERY needed and shows the level of awareness Ms. Campbell possesses. I suspect soon this esteemed representative of the Tejas people will announce legislation requiring Mexico to buy back all the marijuana it has sold to gullible Texas dope fiends. “I’ll make them buy it back, with interest!”. There, dope problem solved! That’s about as logical as her “Alamo protection bill”. Thanks Donna.

    Really, all this stuff is a genuinely entertaining. But behind the smiles, the cannabis tide is rising. No safe harbor from those hell bent on swimming against it. No lifeguards for our idiot representatives. To them I say, “Get on board or, as horrible as it sounds, we’re going to watch you drown. Choose wisely”.

  • NorCalNative

    Will, where do I get me a pair of those hemp sneakers?

    • Will

      NorCalNative, I’m working on a pair for the particularly stubborn prohibitionists. Hemp sneakers with a taser in the sole with little spikes sticking out of the bottom. So just in case a solid trampling isn’t enough, a good shocking jolt should send the point home. I say ‘should’, but we all know how intentionally stupid most prohibs insist on being. Knuckleheads all.

      • kaptinemo

        Naw, violence is their way. “Come, let us reason together!” is more my style. I only demonstrate my taxpayer-funded training if and when needed, which is blessedly rare. I’m too old for that shite, anyways…

        I’d be happy if someone came up with a sanity plague. But that would probably kill the prohibs, I guess. They’d die of crushing, overwhelming shame for all they’d done (presuming the plague caused them to develop a conscience).

        (Resigned sigh) Okay, I’ll order some of those sneakers, too. ‘Home defense’ and all that.

        • Will

          Not to worry, no violence being promoted by me. My Hemp Taser Sneakers are simply a metaphor. Like you, I’m also too old for that stuff (and have been for a while).

          And yes, violence is their way. The most insidious being the ‘soft’ violence of forced rehabilitation, asset forfeiture, a criminal record, employment ostracism, etc., etc. All in the name of helping the wayward among us. “Helping”, they say (through clenched teeth, veins popping out of their necks). “Now, if you resist, we’ll need to separate you from the rest of us, for your own good of course”. Just trying to help you non-conformist outsiders “get in line”, “be a productive member of society”, “think and act as the rest of us do, as the rest of us should“. All wrapped in the hideous veneer of social engineering for the common good.

          What a horror.

        • Windy

          Will, we have to remember that they were raised under the same “hideous veneer of social engineering for the common good” they are using still today. The difference today is the generations who came after theirs (and some of us from their generation) have had and USED the internet for nearly 30 years, educating ourselves (and activating for freedom) which has effectively nullified ALL their arguments. They were too hidebound to explore the web when it first took off, and now they are too hidebound to let go of their fallacious ideas and methods.

  • What’s the conservative pot position?
    http://tinyurl.com/lrh2csb

    “… Johnson suggested that Republicans will need to stake out a realistic position on marijuana. The Republican Party — whose leadership largely opposes marijuana legalization — will be ushered “right out of existence” if it doesn’t change its stance, Johnson said, noting the groundswell of support for pot legalization among younger voters.”

    Check out the first debate video. I am on the floor laughing.

    • kaptinemo

      (Raucous, knee-slapping laughter) We called it here, again, didn’t we?

      This time, we, reformers, sent a message. And it made it through the propaganda-clogged ears of the pols. The Machine is on notice: game over for prohibition. Continue to support it and you’ll sink out of sight in the political quicksand of irrelevancy.

      And…what do you wanna bet that some of the more astute of those political advisers have been reading here?. I know the opposition does; hi, guys! As we predicted here, those who didn’t happily join our bandwagon from the beginning out of a sense of rightness and justice will now do so to save their political skins.

      Man, with our track record, we could run our own consulting firm and really clean up. It’s taken them all this time to derive the same conclusion we knew since early last decade.

      It’s almost over: with this, WE HAVE BEEN UNOFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE POLITICAL MAJORITY. There’s only one way this can end now, and that’s with reform’s victory. How soon that happens depends upon how much of a war chest the reform organizations can muster and how much the average cannabis consumer can pester the Congresscritters and Sin-a-tors to pass reform legislation.

      Not bad for a buncha ‘amotivated stoners’, huh?

  • thelbert

    do i hear drums along the skagit? http://tinyurl.com/ovs4d2g
    indian uprising imminent? not with narky mark advising them.

    • They’d be better off with advice from the local Indian Shaman than getting it from Kleiman or Sabet.

    • claygooding

      That is as close as I have ever seen Mark come to admitting defeat.

      “”“People keep forgetting it’s a competitive market,” said Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, who served as Washington state’s top pot consultant. “And it’s cheap to grow.”

      In Washington state, where retail pot stores opened in July, Kleiman said pot growers who sold their product for $21 a gram only a few months ago are now getting $4 a gram.

      “The price of marijuana is the price of illegality,” he said.””

      If that is the limit of his advice he has helped convince the NA’s to join the market.

      • kaptinemo

        “The price of marijuana is the price of illegality,” he said.””

        The gob-smackingly stunning grasp of the obvious leaves me speechless. For an encore, I expect to be informed in stentorian tones of utmost importance that knives are sharp, and water (dramatic pause) is wet.

        OMG, it sometimes pays off to have an eidetic memory. I am reminded of a character in an old Peter Sellers movie called Being There.

        I don’t want to spoil it for you; just read it, and I am sure you will see which character bears a resemblance to a certain faux ‘marijuana expert’.

        • jean valjean

          Chauncey Gardner is the role model for most of these time-warped characters.

        • kaptinemo

          My point is that far too many people make the same mistake that the characters surrounding ‘Chance’ did, and with similar results.

          Just as people mistook Chance’s simple gardening analogies regarding economics, politics, etc. as somehow being pure, unadulterated Zen wisdom when he was nothing more than a moron, it seemed something similar happened in WA State. They thought they were hiring the drug policy equivalent of Einstein or Hawking or Feynman, but instead got…what they got.

        • jean valjean

          But don’t forget that Chauncey walks on water in the end. Cant see Markie doing that anytime soon.

        • kaptinemo

          Unless I am mistaken, he’s able to do so not out of any deistic properties, but because he’s so insubstantial. As in ‘an empty suit’.

          Sellers himself in an old 60 Minutes interview stated that he was afraid that at his own core of being, no one was there. Lots of existential stuff interjected in this movie.

          But you get the idea. The ignorant hired the slightly-less-so, thinking the label ‘marijuana expert’ had any cachet in the real world, when almost nobody in reform circles calls themselves that.

          That’s the kind of terminology the oppos use…and their tactics: take advantage of the paymaster’s ignorance, then ‘baffle ’em with BS’ to steal him/her blind.

          The prohibs have been doing this for over a century, and raked in 1.3 trillion from the taxpayers since 1969, alone. All that money spent feeding and housing ignorance enshrined as policy, willfully maintained. What happened in WA was a holographic splinter of the whole wretched monstrosity.

          The ‘authorities’ in WA not only paid for what would have been provided free had they asked the right people, they paid through the nose for bad advice on how to build henhouses from a known coyote.

          Other States contemplating relegalization have so far resisted following in the same path as WA, as, thanks to ‘expert’ advice, the implementation is strewn with blood, guts and feathers – while bloody paw prints lead to the bank.

    • claygooding

      Jean,,I’ll kick in half the boat rental to get him on the lake when he decides to show us. Pay no attention to the lead divers belts in the bottom of the boat.

  • Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn

    “Congress has a very big agenda with a lot of important things to do. Congressmen Jason Chaffetz, Mark Meadows, and Andy Harris have constituents in Utah, North Carolina, and Maryland deserving of their full attention. The tactics we’ve seen employed this week are sadly reminiscent of those used to delay the legalization of medical marijuana. The time to delay has passed. We’ve legalized marijuana in the District of Columbia. The sky didn’t fall. I know—I saw it with my own eyes.”

    residents-deserve-legal-access-to-marijuana

  • Servetus

    RIP Leonard Nimoy seen in this video at 3:11 rolling a doobie.

  • What I want to know is how Andy Harris has the nerve to tell Washington DC that they shouldn’t legalize marijuana when the people of his own State of Maryland feel the same as the people of Washington DC? What is he going to tell them? What are they going to tell him?

    “A majority of Marylanders support marijuana legalization. The poll also found that Marylanders consider marijuana to be safer than sugar.”
    http://tinyurl.com/mj8q2er

    This fool needs to stand down or suffer what he’s got coming to him. Who does he work for? Certainly not the State of Maryland, or the people of Washington DC. He doesn’t represent the majority of Americans either.

  • DdC

    New CO report describes, in detail, retail pot’s first year: via @cannabist

    Edibles were certainly one of 2014′s biggest stories, and for good reason, as 4,815,650 units were sold in the first year of recreational pot sales — 1,964,917 units on the medical side and 2,850,733 recreationally.

    The numbers on marijuana flower sales in 2014 showed a still-robust medical market, which saw 109,578 pounds sold, and a growing recreational market, with 38,660 pounds sold.

  • Ted Cruz Voices Support For States’ Right To Legalize Marijuana
    http://t.co/b4iEa45hPf

    • kaptinemo

      Ted Cruz sees demographic writing on the wall and and is desperately looking (without trying to look desperate) for a reformer hymnal so he can sound like he’s aaaaaalways been a member of the Reform congregation. (Crossing arms) Suuuure he is. Uh-huh. Suuuure he is.

      The people are leading, the leaders are just waking up to the fact that they should look behind them and realize the public is not following them on this issue, but moving in the opposite direction. It’s catch-up time. The political opportunists see a window is about to close on their chances to remain relevant to an electorate that they need to survive. And that electorate wants cannabis legal again.

      They got the message, the message that we sent. They understand what the cannabis law reform ‘litmus test’ means.

      Prohibition is a three-legged stool: Media, Politics, and Money are stamped on its respective legs. The Media leg has been kicked out by the successful application of the mentioning of ‘prohibition’ by the RKC (Reform Keyboard Commandos) with powerful results. Now the media rarely fails to mention the word in the proper context. From there it entered the public consciousness, eliciting the only response it could in anyone sane: revulsion. The stool’s been teetering ever since.

      And now, the Political leg is about to come off; pissing off over half of America isn’t conducive to one’s political future. And over half of America wants cannabis legal again. The equation can’t get any simpler than that. I expect the hardware stores in DC will run out of handsaws, soon; every pol will want to look like s/he’s cutting away at that stool leg.

      Which leads to the Money leg…which will come off right after the Political one, when it becomes distinctly unhealthy politically to be seen as supporting prohibition, particularly if you make your bread and butter from it…and that bread and butter came from tax revenues.

      DrugWarriors might want to start taking early retirement and hope that they don’t get called to testify. For we could wind up someday with our own version of the Church Committee to investigate past abuses of power connected with the DrugWar. Because not only is the worm finally turning, it’s got rotary cutters with diamond-tipped teeth in its mouth, and it’s hungry. Payback’s a (female dog).

  • claygooding

    Grab something and hold on.

    THUDFUCK

    http://tinyurl.com/mncljmv

    The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee was “remarkably open to many aspects of criminal justice reform” during a White House meeting on Tuesday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told The Huffington Post.

    Booker, in a HuffPost Live interview immediately following the meeting, said the discussion among a bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers and President Barack Obama was “phenomenal.” He said he told those at the meeting that criminal justice reform would have to be led by the House chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).”” ‘snip’

    The surprise is here:

    http://tinyurl.com/l6tzgsw

    “”There’s one thing that hasn’t changed during the entire 34 years Grassley has been in the Senate. He has always served on the Judiciary Committee. A committee he now finally gets to chair. And in a chamber where more than half the members are lawyers, Grassley is the first guy without a law degree to lead Judiciary. He’s a corn and soybean farmer.””

    Did they just quietly remove Grassley from the chair? He would never agree to marijuana reform and Booker is huge on that..more info is needed but I don’t see Grassley reforming shit.

    • claygooding

      No,,dammit,,he still has the Chair and he will never allow a marijuana reform bill to reach the floor for debate just like he has stopped every one that ever came to the Judiciary Committee since he took a seat on it.

      • kaptinemo

        I wouldn’t be too concerned; the demographic pressure of an electorate that is sick and tired of the BS will force the hands of the prohibs.

        I expect even Grassley will pull a Gupta when he realizes the wind has shifted direction. He is a pol, after all. 🙂

        But one thing bears repeating: this will flush out into the open all the parasites and the con-games they’re running. As the great financial advisor Catherine Austin Fitts put it so succinctly many years ago, “The winners in a rigged game get stupid.”

        The prohibs ‘got stupid’; they thought they had another 30 years of DrugWar, and now are realizing they could lose it all before 5 years is up. Worse for them, as pressure mounts from the electorate to change the laws, the pols will turn on their former DrugWarrior buddies to save their own political hides. A lot has been going on behind the scenes for decades, and as it gets forced out into the sunlight of public scrutiny, the resulting public anger will cause the process of reform to accelerate.

        If Mr. Grassley wants to stand in front of the political lawn-mower that reform represents, it’s only a matter of time before his political career will be cut short if he continues his wrongheaded support of prohibition.

        I’d pay some real money to see that…

        • Frank W.

          He’s so by God stubborn you could stand touching noses for a week and a half and never see eye to eye.

        • claygooding

          He is the male version of Linda T,,spittle flying when he gets wound up on pot,,now if I can find the hearing where that happened.

  • Servetus

    Medical marijuana for Utah citizens cleared the State Senate Judiciary Committee and is expected to be voted on next week by Utah State Senators, demonstrating that progress is possible anywhere:

    “If medical marijuana can advance in Utah – with significant support from Mormons in and out of the legislature – it can advance anywhere in the U.S.,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Medicine is medicine, regardless of one’s politics, faith or views about drugs.”

  • Mr_Alex

    Anti cannabis groups, game over, would you guys like your connections to Straight Inc and Melvin Sembler and Partnership for a Drug Free America exposed, btw anti cannabis groups, you are no better than holocaust deniers who want to make people believe that 50,000 children or more were not abused at rehab

  • Duncan20903

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    Did we discuss the announcement that the Rabbinical Council in New York is going to certify medibles as kosher? This one is going into the “strange daze indeed” category:

    Colorado Company Looking to Offer NY Kosher Marijuana Edibles
    2/24/2015

    /snip/
    The Colorado company is working with rabbis in New York in hopes to start selling legal, edible cannabis products that are certified kosher, according to the NY Post.

    The program will go into effect next year and would be available to New York Jews who qualify for medical marijuana. This would be especially convenient on holidays where smoking is not permitted.
    /snip/

    “They know there are patients who are Jewish and follow the kosher dietary laws,” said Rabbi Moshe Elefant of the Orthodox Union, which runs a kosher certification program.

    His group was approached several weeks ago by a firm with several marijuana factories in Colorado, where even recreational cannabis is legal.

    The identity of the Colorado cannabis suppliers and the goodies they will offer remains undisclosed, but it was confirmed that company representatives visited New York to further discuss getting “kosher supervision.”

    If they are approved they will grow, manufacture and distribute state-approved medical marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, offering many Jewish residents relief from a variety of diseases.

    Some of these symptoms include cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures; loss of appetite, or severe or persistent muscle spasms.
    /snip/

    Isn’t it fascinating to see outsider authorities debate the issue without any bald faced lies, half truths and/or hysterical rhetoric? If they’ve got a hidden agenda then they’ve hidden it well.