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Yep.

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” – John Ehrlichman

Legalize it All by Dan Baum, Harpers Magazine

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51 comments to Yep.

  • jean valjean

    If this isn’t a smoking gun I don’t know what is. Still, this knowledge has been around for at least 20 years and it’s still business as usual in the drug war.

  • Duncan20903

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    Is the topic people coming to their senses? Well The Denver Post tells the prohibitionists to piss off, hit the road and don’t let the screen door bump their rumps on the way out:

    Hit the road Jack!

    /snip/
    Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied Nebraska and Oklahoma’s lawsuit aimed at shutting down Colorado’s commercial marijuana market, let’s hope those two states take the opportunity to pull back from their outlandish legal crusade and do not redirect their case to federal district court.

    It’s bad enough that the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma seem to subscribe to a highly selective vision of federalism and cannot abide Colorado’s independent course on marijuana. The arguments in the lawsuit regarding the burden that legalization of marijuana has allegedly placed on their treasuries and criminal justice systems are flimsy at best.

    Sometimes the best neighbors are those that keep their noses out of nearby residents’ business. And the same holds true for neighboring states.
    /snip/

  • Its actually a new quote, almost.

    The quote wasn’t in his original 1996 book.
    “The quote does, however, appear in the 2012 book The Moment, a collection of “life-changing stories” from writers and artists.”
    “http://tinyurl.com/gnxtz2l

    Congress should take notice (except for those hippy haters and those black racist ones, of course.)

  • http://tinyurl.com/gnxtz2l

    Sorry. Don’t know how that quotation mark got there.

  • Mouth

    And Yet Richard Nixon’s Drug Policy ended up helping to kill 35 people today in Belgium. I literally was 45 yards away from ISIS in 2008 and at that time they were called Wahhabis, because that was their designated prison block.

    Bread and Circuses are the reason why Americans don’t normally associate the American Occupation/War in Iraq with the Asian Triad, Nigerian gangs, Russian & Italian Mafias, and Columbian Drug reps. Those are the kinds of people we had in our prison, not just women and children, Sunnis and Shias and of course the Wahhabis.

  • Servetus

    Both Haldeman and Ehrlichman were members of Mary Baker Eddy’s Christian Science movement. Christian Scientists believe illness is an illusion cured only by prayer—no drugs of any kind allowed. When Ehrlichman says they lied about drugs, he means they lied about the purpose of drug prohibition. Otherwise, he and Haldeman, neither of them having popped as little as a baby aspirin, likely understood drugs.

    Bob Haldeman died at age 67, John Ehrlichman was 73.

  • thelbert

    here’s an interesting group of moms trying to save their kids’ lives: http://pediatriccannabissupport.com/ which i found here: http://tinyurl.com/jzsnaqh i’m sure nixon and crew wouldn’t care if they were alive.

  • DdC

    “Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
    I’m the only person standing between Richard Nixon
    and the White House.” ~ John F. Kennedy

    “[Nixon] emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks” Haldeman, his Chief of Staff wrote, “The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.” And then he came up with the War On Drugs and the Southern Strategy.

    The War on Drugs:
    How President Nixon Tied Addiction to Crime
    By Emily Dufton THE ATLANTIC Mar 26 2012
    Nixon’s Drug War –
    Re-Inventing Jim Crow, Targeting The Counter Culture

    “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.”
    – John Ehrlichman,
    White House counsel to President Nixon
    on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

    March 22, 2016 vox
    Nixon official: real reason for the drug war was to criminalize black people and hippies
    The war on drugs: Is it a genuine public health crusade or an attempt to carry out what author Michelle Alexander characterizes as “the New Jim Crow”?

    A new report by Dan Baum for Harper’s Magazine suggests the latter. Specifically, Baum refers to a quote from John Ehrlichman, who served as domestic policy chief for President Richard Nixon when the administration declared its war on drugs in 1971. According to Baum, Ehrlichman said in 1994 that the drug war was a ploy to undermine Nixon’s political opposition — meaning, black people and critics of the Vietnam War:

    Nixon lied to schedule Ganja #1

    The Racist Ganjawar

    “You know, it’s a funny thing,
    every one of the bastards
    that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish.
    What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob?
    ~ Richard Nixon

    Drug War Was Meant To Target Black People
    huffingtonpost 03/22/2016
    An eye-opening remark from a former aide to President Richard Nixon pulls back the curtain on the true motivation of the United States’ war on drugs.

    “All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it.”

    “Just Say No”

    “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
    ~ Benito Mussolini,
    London Sunday Express, December 8, 1935

    The rise of authoritarianism and the racist drug war

    “One may well ask: How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others? The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
    – Martin Luther King, Jr

  • Servetus

    PROPAGANDA ALERT: A multi-university study conducted on 947 New Zealand citizens claims pot smokers have no class:

    A research study that followed children from birth up to age 38 has found that people who smoked cannabis four or more days of the week over many years ended up in a lower social class than their parents, with lower-paying, less skilled and less prestigious jobs than those who were not regular cannabis smokers.[…]

    “Our study found that regular cannabis users experienced downward social mobility and more financial problems such as troubles with debt and cash flow than those who did not report such persistent use,” she said. “Regular long-term users also had more antisocial behaviors at work, such as stealing money or lying to get a job, and experienced more relationship problems, such as intimate partner violence and controlling abuse.”[…]

    While both heavy alcohol and cannabis use were similarly associated with declines in social class, antisocial behaviors in the work place and relationship problems, the authors found that those dependent on cannabis experienced more financial difficulties, such as paying for basic living expenses and food, than those who were alcohol dependent.

    “Cannabis may be safer than alcohol for your health, but not for your finances,” said Moffitt, a psychologist with dual appointments at Duke University and the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.

    The study only addressed the economic and social consequences of cannabis use. In this domain, they found that cannabis did not appear to be safe and may be just as harmful as alcohol.

    Of course, these are just the New Zealand marijuana consumers. In the United States, we’ve maintained a tradition of high class pot smokers, people such as Carl Sagan, B.B. King, Alan Ginsberg, Johnny Carson, and more recently, President Obama.

    Ending up in a lower social class than one’s parents happens in the United States, but it’s not due to marijuana, it’s due to an encroaching plutocracy. Also, if the price of marijuana is a burden to New Zealand’s lower classes, then legalization and reduced prices are the answer, not prohibition.

    Participants in the study included the University of Otago, New Zealand; Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK; and Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, with the publication source assigned to the Univ. of California, Davis, Health System, to give it more class.

    Publication: “Persistent cannabis dependence and alcohol dependence represent risks for midlife economic and social problems: A longitudinal cohort study,” Magdalena Cerdá, et al. Clinical Psychological Science, online, March 23.

    AAAS Press Release: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uoc–hpp031616.php

    • Citizen Teus

      The reduced social status likely has more to do with the criminalization of cannabis than the actual effects of the drug. Poor analysis in the study, they obviously have an agenda.

    • DdC

      “The struggle between the two worlds
      [Fascism and Democracy]
      can permit no compromises. It’s either Us or Them!”
      Benito Mussolini Address,
      from Palazzo Venezia balcony October 27, 1930

      Poverty? Dubya Says Blame the Hippies! – 12/02/03
      His book, The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass (Encounter Books, 1999) argues that the radical transformation of American culture that took place in the 1960s brought the underclass into being. Changes in beliefs and values at the top of American society produced catastrophic changes in behavior at the bottom. President-elect George W. Bush told the Wall Street Journal that it was the most important book he’d ever read after the Bible,

      Thank God for Hippies

      When the crime is so minor, having marijuana, and the punishment is so unreasonable, taking people’s homes and years of their lives, as well as a very real Twentieth century shunning, one is forced to look for deeper motives. I have come to believe that it is not the proscription of a substance but the systematic oppression of a certain kind of people. There have been a whole series of decisions made, on local, state and federal levels, to the effect that hippies, by which is meant any committed liberal persons, are undesireable and are to be banned, interdicted, harrassed, discouraged, arrested and pee-tested. It is a blatant use of police power to frighten and intimidate millions of people into giving up a heartfelt spiritual practice and lifestyle.

      There are probably 25 million marijuana smokers in the United States alone, as well as millions more who if not smokers now, are still sentimental about it. The oppression to which I refer is for the purpose of keeping these millions of people off balance to minimize their political power. All those 500,000 pot smokers doing time are out of the political process, present but not able to vote. The urine test is the loyalty oath of the Nineties. The hippies are this season’s Jews, this season’s Reds…

      Who are these people? We are the yeast that makes the dough rise. And it’s not just us, there’s been people like us for centuries. Before there were hippies, there were beatniks, before there beatniks, there were bohemians. The European counterculture ran away from Naz Germany. They brought hundreds of thousands of artists and musicians and writers into this country. Before that there were people like George Bernard Shaw and Voltaire and all the way back to Socrates. There have always been that fraction of people who have said, “I want to see the truth.”

      Stephen Gasken

    • Will

      Under the “Funding” section of the study is this;

      M. Cerdá was supported by a grant from the U.S. National Institute
      on Drug Abuse (DA030449).

      —————————-

      That wouldn’t suggest any bias with respect to the study’s conclusions, now would it?

    • Tony Aroma

      I have an equally valid title for that study: Persistent economic and social problems represent risks for cannabis dependence and alcohol dependence.

  • Will

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    I guess this should come as no surprise;

    Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

    http://tinyurl.com/zwu3p8p

    At least Dr. Sunil Aggarwal is calling them on it;

    The summit is a missed opportunity, said Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, affiliated faculty of the MultiCare Institute of Research and Innovation. Aggarwal just spent a year as a clinical fellow at the NIH intramural campus, and wrote us that “there is a strong bureaucratic taboo in discussing any of the reemerging science or art of cannabis medicine.”

    “This conference does break down some of that taboo, but performs a great disservice to the American people by excluding in the core agenda medical and scientific speakers who can describe health lessons learned from the two dozen medical cannabis state level programs in the United States,” he wrote.

    • Will

      Of course, this begs the question: How do US government agencies involve themselves in a medical marijuana summit when the government they belong to denies the fact that marijuana has any medical utility? Why do I ask such stupid questions?

  • DonDig

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    It’s a pretty great, long article.
    I mean, we’ve heard all of it before, but it’s still great every time it gets said, and this time it certainly was said very well.

  • Mr_Alex

    Good example the War on Drugs and Cannabis is racist is that in New Zealand it targets Maori, Pacific Islanders, Asians and etc

  • Servetus

    Tricky Dick Nixon wasn’t the only president to invoke questionable political tactics where the use of drugs were concerned.

    The Truman and Eisenhower administrations, influenced by CIA Director Allen Welsh Dulles, were involved in using drugs and torture on captured Soviets and others deemed a threat to capitalism in Western Europe. The following excerpt is from David Talbot’s new book (Oct. 30, 2015) detailing the careers of the Dulles brothers, J. Foster and Allen:

    [Frank] Olson’s division also was involved in research that was euphemistically labeled “information retrieval”, extreme methods of extracting intelligence from uncooperative captives. For the past two years, Olson had been traveling to secret centers in Europe where Soviet prisoners and other human guinea pigs were subjected to these experimental interrogation methods. [Allen] Dulles began spearheading this CIA research even before he became director of the agency, under a secret program that preceded MKULTRA code-named Operation Artichoke, after the spymaster’s favorite vegetable. CIA officials later purged their files of evidence of the program, but in one of the few surviving documents, dated February 12, 1951, Dulles wrote to his ever-accommodating deputy Frank Wisner about “the possibilities of augmenting the usual interrogation methods by the use of drugs, hypnosis, shock, etc …. The enclosed folder, ‘Interrogation Techniques,’ was prepared in my Medical Division to provide you with a suitable background.”

    It was in secret overseas detention centers like Camp King where the CIA found many of the subjects for its Artichoke interrogations: defectors, double agents, and other unfortunates from the East who had fallen into U.S. hands. Some of the captives had been delivered to the CIA by the Gehlen Organization, which for a time operated out of Camp King until relocating to Pullach. During the war, Camp King had been a Nazi interrogation center for captured U.S. and British fliers. Afterward, the U.S. military turned the camp into a stockade for notorious Nazi POWs like the propagandist “Axis Sally” and the swashbuckling commando Otto Skorzeny. But by 1948, the camp was operating as an extreme interrogation center for Soviet prisoners, a program jointly administered by an unscrupulous alliance of CIA scientists and ex-Nazi doctors who had presided over medical experiments on concentration camp inmates during the war. At Camp King, CIA scientists and their German colleagues subjected victims to dangerous combinations of drugs-including Benzedrine, Pentothal-Natrium, LSD, and mescaline, under a research protocol that stipulated, “Disposal of the body is not a problem.” More than sixteen-hundred of the Nazi scientists recruited for U.S. research projects like this would be comfortably resettled with their families in America under a CIA program known as Operation Paperclip.–David Talbot, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Government, (2015), p. 291-2.

    Talbot’s book goes on to link Allen Dulles to the JFK assassination. And John Foster Dulles, as Secretary of State under Eisenhower, during the course of international disputes, was always recommending that Eisenhower attack some country with nuclear bombs. Foster was blithely unaware of the destructive capacity of a nuclear explosion.

    • DdC

      Tricky Dick was Ike’s VP and Bush was CIA

      *Fascism
      should more appropriately be called corporatism
      because it is a merger of state and corporate power.
      ~ Mussolini

      Why Do YOU Think They Call it DOPE?
      * Cannabis Hemp: The Invisible Prohibition Revealed
      * The Elkhorn Manifesto
      * Marijuana and Hemp: The Untold Story
      * The Nation of Apathetic Puppets By John Pilger
      * Maintaining Dysfunction

      SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA:
      The Real Reason the Government Won’t Debate
      Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Re-legalization

      U.S. CORPORATIONS AND THE NAZIS
      “Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there.”
      – William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1937.(1)

      MKULTRA: CIA Mind Control

      ALLEN DULLES:
      ARCHITECT OF THE US-NAZI NETWORK

      “The Dulles brothers were the ones who convinced American businessmen to avoid U.S. government regulation by investing in Germany. It began with the Versailles Treaty, in which they played no small role. After World War I the defeated German government promised to pay war reparations to the Allies in gold, but Germany had no gold. It had to borrow the gold from Sullivan & Cromwell’s clients in the United States. Nearly 70 percent of the money that flowed into Germany during the 1930s came from investors in the United States, many of them Sullivan & Cromwell clients. . .

      Kathmandu and the Black Prince
      Heroin was now being imported from Burma and brought overland from East Nepal on Army and Police trucks by the Royal Family. The Royals control every aspect of the black market in Nepal. What was once Hippie Nirvana was now a major heroin hub. The Nepalese Royal Family has a long history of involvement with the CIA.

  • Howard'sHorse

    “In a lengthy review of the state of global drug policy, the Hopkins-Lancet experts conclude that the prohibitionist anti-drug policies of the past 50 years “directly and indirectly contribute to lethal violence, disease, discrimination, forced displacement, injustice and the undermining of people’s right to health.” They cite, among other things:

    A “striking increase” in homicide in Mexico since the government decided to militarize its response to the drug trade in 2006. The increase has been so great that experts have had to revise life expectancy downward in that country;

    The “excessive use” of incarceration as a drug control measure, which the experts identify as the “biggest contribution” to higher rates of HIV and Hepatitis C infection among drug users;
    Stark racial disparities in drug law enforcement, particularly in the United States;

    And human rights violations arising from excessively punitive drug control measures, including an increase in the torture and abuse of drug prisoners in places like Mexico.

    “The goal of prohibiting all use, possession, production and trafficking of illicit drugs is the basis of many of our national drug laws, but these policies are based on ideas about drug use and drug dependence that are not scientifically grounded,” said Commissioner Dr. Chris Beyrer of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a statement.”

    http://tinyurl.com/crashthumbthud

  • DdC

    CDC tells doctors to stop testing patients for marijuana
    http://mashable.com/2016/03/23/government-testing-patients-marijuana/
    Buried inside the language of this attempt to put a leash on the prescription painkiller epidemic, the CDC urged doctors to modify their drug screening policies in an effort to prevent those testing positive for THC metabolites from being disqualified from treatment.

    Michigan Republicans Are Trying To Change Election Law To Stop Liberal Ballot Initiatives
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/03/24/3762667/michigan-republicans-fracking-ban-legal-marijuana/

    Five former presidents demand an end to the war on drugs
    http://www.economist.com/news/international/21695714-dont-hold-your-breatha-un-summit-drugs-next-month-looks-likely-be-flop-five

  • Guess who said:
    “I absolutely think we should remove criminal penalties for use. I absolutely think we should not be penalizing someone with an arrest record so they can’t get job.”

    If you guessed Kevin Sabet, you would be right.
    http://tinyurl.com/zjwx4lf

    • DdC

      Sabet’s vested ignorance is rehabs. The other white meat. He would reinvest in prisons if the only other choice was legalizing. They are Cancerous Leeches with AIDs, feeding on the frail. Califanocation and DiahCorrea feeding from the house asSembler built. Czarberry McCaffrey laid the stones for the path Sabeteur SAM and the circus of Gossip Freaks are walking. Two groups of Vultures feeding off of the collaterally damaged carcasses. Punishing possessors in MaxCap tax paid profit prisons verses Rehabilitating sinners into the image of their demigod of abstinence views and purity of thy piss.

      At the end of the day sick people with brain tumors are still shit out of luck since Ford banned research funding. Choosing a safer alternative to legal substances still gets people fired and evicted. Through the efforts of SAM little girls must endure 300 seizures for the message it might send to other kids, parents. That’s what Vultures do. To keep big marihuana out another Trillion tax dollars will be spent.

      As long as this pond scum floats it will clog up any attempt to remove their bottom line.

      What did the SCotUS non decision do, got Obama off the hook to make a decision Federally. To continue with his non enforcement, knowing Cannabis doesn’t fit the criteria of a schedule#1 narcotic. But doing the same old thing over and over, getting the same results in uncivilized areas of the country. No change, just more smoke. Back to Incremental Illness appeasing the Vultures to pass a bill for the same bottom line Sabet is seeking. With the same agenda by letting the enemies of the people have a say in any policy. Their horrible mean violent record stands for 50 years, and now they want to continue as much of the war as they can keep. No concern for the people using cannabis other than to make it more difficult, dangerous and expensive. Vultures with Military Weapons and Bearcats in every Copshop.

    • Servetus

      Kevin Sabet avoids the single question that always blows a hole in his agenda: how to force people into rehab minus the coercive force of law; more specifically, how to avoid a coup de force, or arrest, that impales marijuana consumers with a worthless rehab program even if they’re not addicted to marijuana or some other drug, thereby preserving the rehab business model.

      Sabet always expects someone else to come up with the answer. He can’t be bothered with such trivialities as determining how to make his idea work in practice.

      • Duncan20903

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        There’s more than one way to skin a cat. A punitive fine or tax would work. In this hypothetical the definition of the “coercive force of law” doesn’t require that criminal sanctions be used. Civil will work just dandy. You know, just like Obamacare? E.g. Virginia law doesn’t require that residents carry liability insurance for their automobiles. However, if the resident doesn’t want to pay for liability insurance then there’s a stiff administrative fee. At or near the end of my being a resident of Virginia the fee was $500 per vehicle per year. We were paying about $750 per year for comprehensive and liability insurance on two automobiles. Wow, it’s still $500:
        http://www.dmv.state.va.us/commercial/#insurance/umvfee.asp

        It would also be a counter argument to the assertions from cannabis law reform advocates that there would be a substantial increase in tax revenue from regulated sales.

  • jean valjean

    Kevin’s Kaviats:
    No one goes to jail for marijuana possession UNLESS:

    -They refuse “treatment”
    -They fail a subsequent drug test
    -They miss a probation meeting
    -They’ve been convicted before of any drug “crime”

    (etc etc etc)

  • divadab

    “Conformity may give you a quiet life; it may even bring you to a University Chair. But all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no trouble-makers, no dissenters, we should still be living in caves.”
    -A.J.P. Taylor, historian (25 Mar 1906-1990)

    Keep at it, boys and girls! Keep the wheels rolling right over the prohibitionist ignorance, lies, and desire to punish us for not obeying their unjust dominion. They are ridiculous and cruel and finally enough people get it for change to happen.

  • Frank W.

    You guys are blowing my mind with the comments!.
    NOTE TO PETE G: call Balko and get “Yep” post published in WaPo(better and sharper than THOSE guys for ssure).

  • Servetus

    PROPAGANDA ALERT: Research claims marijuana consumers are abnormal (inferior) because their brains don’t react when the participant is excluded during a computer game simulation of catch:

    25-MAR-2016 — A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers finds that the brains of young adult marijuana users react differently to social exclusion than do those of non-users. In a report published in the March issue of Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, the team reports that activation of the insula, a region of the brain that is usually active during social rejection, was reduced in young marijuana users when they were being excluded from participation in virtual game of catch.[…]

    “The unexpected reduction in insula response may indicate that marijuana users are less conscious of social norms or have reduced ability to reflect on negative social situations, but we currently are unable to determine whether these differences in neural processing are a cause or a result of marijuana use.”[…]

    While both the vACC and the insula showed activation during exclusion in the non-using control group, among marijuana users exclusion from the game produced no significant activation in the insula … an association between the amount of vACC activation and the levels of peer conformity and suggestibility measured on tests taken before the Cyberball task was only seen in marijuana users, not in non-users. The authors note that a greater susceptibility to peer influence in marijuana users could signify a more immature pattern of brain development.

    A hostile discrimination against cannabis consumers is evident in much of the research the NIDA funds.

    Note the press release author’s accusation that marijuana consumers are “less conscious of social norms”, or that they have an “immature pattern of brain development”, while being linked to conformity and suggestibility with respect to peers, and not favoring some arbitrary or corrupt authority.

    Normally, roughly 48% of human behavior is associated with peer influence, while less than 5% is swayed by appeals to authority (See “Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature”, by Steven Pinker). The remaining influence is genetic. Peer influence is normal, whereas the study’s author paints it as a pathology, or “immature”, probably because he thinks it leads to people smoking pot. In an actual application, it means one’s peers have nearly ten-times the influence over a person compared to someone in a position of authority. This crucial observation by eminent biologists such as Pinker shoots down some favorite beliefs held by nannie-state prohibitionists, such as the “latchkey kid” hypothesis, etc. It also means prohibition can never work.

    AAAS Press Release: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/jhub-lgh032416.php

    • A man can be intimidated by his social environment. They talk about social exclusion. Remember rat park? The social environment becomes less intimidating for those who use pot according to this study.

      If NIDA wasn’t funding this study and someone without an agenda were to be looking here for answers, they would be saying something completely different.

      In another study “stunned scientists observed a noteworthy decline in hyperactivity, typically associated with anxiety and depression in humans.”
      http://tinyurl.com/zstjyyd

      Its not the same study but they are both talking about similar effects. The NIDA one is being used to point fault towards marijuana as a negative consequence.

      The other, same effect, pronounces it as a potential medical benefit.

      Where the money for the study comes from and who sponsors it makes all the difference.

      Science?
      Don’t make me laugh. Give a prohibitionist some money for a study and see how much unbiased science comes from it.

      NIDA studies meant to bear on drug addiction have no valid medical “help” value. I don’t think they have any value for the human race at all.

    • Duncan20903

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      The study subject were probably trying to figure out how the heck you write a computer program to simulate a three dimensional game.

      Last week it was an inability to correctly identify facial expressions. Before that it was repeating a list of random words. Is there anything that they wouldn’t blame on cannabis? Anything at all?

    • Servetus

      Every year the NIDA receives a certain amount of money as part of its yearly budget ($1.06 Billion in 2012) to fund anti-drug research. If it doesn’t spend that money on the researchers, it might not receive the same funding again next year, which would shut down the anti-drug propaganda stream. Thus the inevitable demand for hack research and researchers favoring the government’s position on illicit drugs. It’s a racket.

    • DdC

      Seems Marijuana, the First 12000 Years was expanding our awareness until times when power required cheap labor sheep. So they fabricated Prohibitions. Leading to…

      Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency
      ~ The endocannabinoid system is dysregulated in multiple sclerosis
      ~ Cannabinoids inhibit neurodegeneration in models of multiple sclerosis
      ~ Migraine may be related to under production of cannabinoids
      ~ Endocannabinoids: Multi-scaled, Global Homeostatic Regulators of Cells and Society

      Causing Prohibitionists to Have Larger ‘Fear Centers’ in Their Brains. Those supplementing the ECS on a regular basis, as one would supplement essential minerals or fatty acids, didn’t. Stoners have more gray matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the Prohibitionist brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear, said the study on Thursday in Current Biology.

      British study shows Prohibitionist’ brains tend to have larger amygdalas, which responsible for primitive emotions.

      Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other “primitive” emotions. At the same time, Prohibitionist” brains were also found to have a smaller anterior cingulate — the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism.

      Another side effect known with Prohibitionism are the Drugwar Lies are Linked to Schizophrenia

      While they watch their loved ones and hero’s fizzle out into dementia, Others are Using Pot To Save Brains!

      Abstinence in the poverty stricken areas is common. Propaganda by the church also a big shopper of obedient souls to guide to pasture. So the combo of Prohibition and Poverty is known to lower the IQ. Almost All Rural Whites are In Poverty and vote GOPer.

  • Howard'sHorse

    WSJ are catching up:

    “The problem has grown so desperate that the Pat Jasan volunteers affiliated with church groups representing the ethnic Kachin minority embarked on a mission in February to forcibly clear poppy fields. Many say that their people are being slowly killed off by drugs.

    They turned back when unidentified attackers bombed and shot at them on Feb. 25, injuring 30. Police said they are investigating the violence, and that Pat Jasan vigilantes and farmers have been questioned.”

    http://tinyurl.com/nicefotonice

  • Sense

    I agree. Legalize it all. But keep your fucking identity politricks out if it. Understand? Hippies? Meh! By the 80’s they were all fucking yuppies. The ones who didn’t become yuppies turned into PC assholes by the 90’s. Gave birth to Hipster cunts offended by everything including playful fictional violence in the 00’s and 10’s. I will smoke what I want while I kill this fictional prostitute to get my money back. Now kindly fuck off.

    • Duncan20903

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      Do you have a working method to avoid the men dressed in white who carry butterfly nets, or is it just dumb luck? Remember, only genuine tin foil works to block the CIA mind control radio waves.

      Every generation has its fair share of hall monitors. But here’s something to chew on: According to Colorado bean counters the cohort with the oldest age at “initiation” is the 65+ crowd at around 28%. That’s 28% of the number of initiates, not 28% of the 65+ crowd.
      http://www.chd.dphe.state.co.us/MJ/2014-Adult-Marijuana-Use-In-Colorado.html

    • jean valjean

      Welcome back “Will.” (see the Replacing Scalia thread a few days back).
      Despite changing your handle to “Sense” you’re still spouting nonsense. Time the sarge sent you out on another doughnut run, get you away from the internet.

    • DdC

      Sense March 25, 2016

      I agree. Legalize it all

      Who are you replying to junior?

      identity politricks out if it. Understand?

      Understand? Are you gonna whip out your video game and zap us? Or just whine incoherent verbiage until the speed rush is over?

      Hippies? Meh!

      Oh, a truly righteous one on our hands.
      Bet they revoked his official hippie membership card.
      What to do, what to do.

      By the 80’s they were all fucking yuppies.

      What’s up dude, Missed the invite to the cool parties? Tired of buying schwag? You seem to have a lot of anger towards people who you seem to think were once gods or something. That let you down. Disco converted blue jeans and pot into plastic pantsuits, booze and cocaine. Smells like spooks to me.

      What, you remained a mortal and now lash out against what I never have understood. Fear of hippies? Republican fascist followers are worried it might be contagious and catch on or something? Like not consuming artificial substances or living off grid is easy. Just get welfare? There are more strings attached on the poor and disabled than any job getting a paycheck. Such bullshit Fox is made of. The hardest job in America is being unemployed. Doing it as a way of life is hard work mentally and physically.

      Taking a few million kids generally having fun, smoking pot waiting for the next concert to come to town. Most don’t cling to some sort of Castaneda instruction booklet and finding out you really aren’t ever going to run into don Juan after all. An act of a chump. Living simply without chemical adulterations and opposing war in unfashionable practical fashion from Hemp is nothing to fear, anymore than smoking pot. Do you have a phobia of Frisbees and sandals? Tye Dye get ya dizzy? Afraid they won’t buy your underarm chemical waste dump product or mid east crude oil polyester underwear? Your right to deregulate waste dumping in rivers upstream of communities. The fringe shall not be infringed? Spray poisons on bible belt cotton and genetically modified fud, but don’t tell anyone it is modified by labeling it. Oh, you’re too busy chasing Pac Man I forgot.

      The ones who didn’t become yuppies turned into PC assholes by the 90’s.

      Not quite junior. Yuppies are the PC assholes Clinton created in the 90’s. Keeping the white trash under the rug. Your hate is not unique or even creative. Bigotry is boring regardless of the particular group feared. Grow some balls and really tell us what’s bugging you. If I want boredom I can always find a shit kicker ranting and pissing in the wind. btw, hippies are just an acronym, the same lame mainline media arrived at. Like being on the bus has nothing to do with transportation, only squares call themselves hippies. Is that a whoosh over your head I hear? “hippies” are so the sheep have a label to apply, to keep their tiny brains from imploding. Can you dig it man?

      Gave birth to Hipster cunts offended by everything including playful fictional violence in the 00’s and 10’s.

      I remember hearing that word was originally a proud word, root of country. I think brain dead yuppie kids like you have the right to pretend they’re real grunts getting shot at in their parents basement. I don’t think much of them. If your idea of hipster is Al Gore’s wife wanting labels on music cd’s fighting Abstinent Zappa, then maybe you should get some air. Set the plastic games and Asthma whiffer down a while. Arm chair quarterbacks are weak. Most yuppies and boomers didn’t have the endurance, humility and fortitude to remain true free spirits or so called hippies, Those who did aren’t in it for publicity. Real life is a trip, fake life fake kills are ah, fake. Some settle I guess.

      The young people of the 60s and early before disco 70s had no rule book to follow. Most had no parents to pay their way. It was all arbitrarily collected and explored. Making people aware of a bogus scam to profit on war toys that helped shorten the Nam conflict, never declared a war by Congress. Is probably more Patriotic than Nixon’s treason dealing with the enemy, sabotaging the Paris Peace talks. Or fabricating the $Trillion CSA and Ganjawar.

      I will smoke what I want while I kill this fictional prostitute to get my money back. Now kindly

      What are ya a commie? Don’t think working people should get paid? I agree you have the right to screw a knothole in a fence, I just question why someone would want to, and don’t think one who does has much to say. Or maybe just a wannabe psycho who has more fear of women than hippies. Lets see if nonSense is a drive by troll. I’ll leave some peanuts out for bait.

      Students fought and got brutalized and shot by the same prohibitionist LEOs and Guard. Free Speech Sit Ins, Walk Outs and the smell of Ganja and Tear gas. Black Panthers crimes of publically feeding the poor. Their guns for protection, and then oh how the republicans were all for gun laws. Plastic people are still working for that legal tender. Its hard not to be plastic in America. The way most of us were raised. Upside down food pyramids and butts and booze, bibles and bullets. No discipline it takes to live free. Off of the land. Not with crude oil plastic vid games supporting ISIS.

      Those who do try are in it for their own well being, as it was, is and as it should be. You want to charge for random acts of kindness. Or you want recognized as “good” for a random act of kindness. Making you an idiot. Random acts of kindness benefit the giver. Not for material or egotistical gain. Do it to feel good about yourself. Same brain chemicals released as buying a new toy. Only doing nice things randomly for others stays a lot longer. A cheap way to reduce stress. Those who think clean air and water is a bad thing are suicidal.

      Those so called hippies who supported every group oppressed by the corporate factor or government. Supporting students, soldiers, women, gays, antiwar, anti-nukes, civil rights and cannabis rights is nothing to be ashamed of and certainly not fear. Most want the drug war to end because it brings harm. Because Cannabis is a safer, cleaner viable alternative. Prohibitionists do harm and hide what helps. In the name of helping… 50 years. How long until we can admit they know and have known what they do for profit is against all ethical and moral basics the most primative understand. Lying to pass laws that do harm are not Patriotic. Can’t lay it on Jesus. Busted.

      The vast majority of counter culture didn’t grow up and join the establishment. They were coerced, intimidated and persecuted if they didn’t. By the propagandist in the media movies and TV, Peers, Papers and Magazines. School special anti drug propaganda by SWAT teams militarizing the persecution. So the 60 million smoking pot bought into the bullshit and became what they protested. Not a choice anymore than rehab over prison. Gotta survive. No liberty for the dead. Then again, The Counterculture was louder but not a majority at any time. Woodstock had half a million with 200 million not there. Like junior.

      Endocannabinoid Deficiency has a correlation with the brains fear centers being larger in non tokers. 12,000 years of use then cold turkey abstinence no doubt helped influence the majority who are now 60 million boomers walking around totally addicted and don’t even realize it. 100 years of prohibition, generations of citizens led to the pastures of legal substances to provide profits to treat. Making you sick then selling you artificial drugs.

      Removing the bodies essential needs, that’s those not produced by the person jr. Minerals, vitamins and fatty acids from Hemp seed and Cannabinoids/diols from Ganja. Supplementing the body, reducing the size of the brain’s fear center. The same as banished research that Ganja reduced brain tumor size. Smoke better bud, less toked, reduced hostilities. If your only game is hobgoblin hurling, join SAM or NIDA. Just because you didn’t participate, doesn’t mean others wasted their time pissing and moaning about a fabricated title they obviously got from the TV shows. Run along now kid, ya bother me.

  • Duncan20903

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    This one is from the “futures so bright that I gotta wear shades” category and also cross filed in the “read ’em and weep Mr. Prohibitionist” category:

    Support for marijuana legalization has hit an all-time high

    A new survey released today by the the Associated Press and the University of Chicago finds that a record-high percentage of Americans — 61 percent — say they support marijuana legalization.

    The survey uses the same question wording (“Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not?”) on marijuana as previous Gallup surveys, which had shown a previous high of 58 percent support for legalization last October.
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    Pucker up Harry J its time to kiss my red, rosy rectum!

    • Duncan20903

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      Wow, barely a month passes without my making snide remarks about sycophants of prohibition who think that reading the headline is research. Look at me now, that poll linked above wasn’t as impressive as I thought.

      At least I know that if you want to be right sometimes you have to admit that you’re wrong. Oh, and I did go back to read the article and then posted this errata. I do apologize for getting excited and jumping the gun. I blame society.

  • Mouth

    Movies that made me think that the couch would absolutely love them:
    ‘The Long Short’
    ‘Truth’
    ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ (just kidding)
    ‘Moonwalkers’, which is the comical hippie approach to a successful 1969 moon landing if the real Apollo moon landing actually failed.

    Have a good Easter couch and may all your plastic eggs be filled with hash and buds.

    • Frank W.

      The Ten Commandments is pretty good stoned, too bad it’s on Saturday.A golden calf show to worship primetime Sunday night?

      • Duncan20903

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        Bah, that one was way cool up until the burning bush but it was all down hill from there.

  • Duncan20903

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    If shit for brains was a drug, KevKev would get life w/o parole for possession w/intent. No way that much poop is for personal use!

    Is Stupidpatrick ever going to show up for work again? I was really looking forward to denigrating him repeatedly. About the only thing I can think of that would have been more fun would have been if he started dating Linda Taylor. Sheesh, did he even put in a full month of full time work at SAM?

  • Servetus

    Larry Wilmore lays it down on Comedy Central regarding the Nixon White House and the drug war Ehrlichman quote: http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/videos/video/nixon-please-racist-origins-of-the-war-on-drugs