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UN backs prohibitionist drug policies despite call for more ‘humane solution’

The first United Nations general assembly special session on drugs in almost two decades has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics use, despite growing international discontent with the “war on drugs” – and the concerns of the nations that called the meeting. […]

The agreement adopted on the first day of the three-day summit included no criticism of the death penalty for drug crimes, and instead called for greater cooperation between nations, while maintaining the prohibitionist framework which criminalizes all drug use that is not for medical or scientific purposes.

The agreement – called an “outcome document” – was not a surprise for anyone in the room and was publicised in advance of the meeting and adopted almost immediately. […]

However, some advocacy groups have pointed to progress in the outcome document, especially in its call for promotion of opioid treatment programs and overdose medications, Naloxone being the best known.

And although the document avoided the words “harm reduction”, a common umbrella term in public health circles, the document called on nations to consider programs such as needle exchanges, which provide clean syringes to injection drug users. Such programs have been shown to reduce new cases of blood borne diseases, such as HIV and Hepatitis C.

Of course, you might think that the U.N. had a more enlightened approach if you read the LA Times.

Tom Angell caught them: LA Times Gets Fooled by Fake Drug War Press Release

But at least one newspaper got tricked into reporting fake news from the event.

According the Los Angeles Times:

As the summit opened Tuesday, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime announced new international recommendations, including the decriminalization of marijuana, universal access to controlled medicines, criminal justice system reforms including elimination of mandatory minimum jail sentences and abolition of the death penalty and acknowledging marijuana’s medical use.

“The science increasingly supports decriminalization and harm reduction over proscriptive, fear-based approaches,” UNODC Executive Director Yuri Fedotov said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s time to reverse the cycles of violence that occur wherever ‘drug wars’ are undertaken, and to abandon policies that exacerbate suffering.”

The UNODC also said it would reform its decision-making process to include a more diverse range of voices.

“We can begin to dismantle ‘just say no’ policies that result in millions needlessly killed and incarcerated — and that defy logic and science — and instead bring to the forefront humane solutions that are known to work,” said Kevin Campo, a spokesman for the drugs agency.

To advocates of ending the war on drugs, that sounds like great news. There’s only one problem: It’s all based on a fake press release claiming that UNODC was using cannabis holiday 4/20 to announce a big shift

That fake press release is titled “UNODC Unveils Historic “4/20″ Policy Redirect at UNGASS 2016.” Huh, yeah. Funny.

Of course, those of us who have followed Yuri Fedetov at all, would immediately recognize that quote couldn’t be from him.

Successful prank. Nice catch, Tom! (Note: The LA Times story is still up at this time.)

No, the U.N. leadership is not that open to reform (as the Guardian article so clearly notes). In fact, the Drug Policy Alliance reported that the U.N. was confiscating copies of the letter calling for the end of the drug war that were being handed out in front of the U.N.

UN Security was apparently ordered to confiscate the letter, and attendees were ordered to hand over their copies upon entering the building. According to a number of participants in the UN Special Session, they were told that the document was not allowed in the building. “As we were walking into the metal detectors right at the entrance, the security were confiscating it from people,” said Natalie Lyla Ginsberg, Policy and Advocacy Manager for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Ms. Ginsberg continued, “I went back to ask the security guard why, and he said he got orders from the UN to specifically take the newspapers. He said he was just following orders.”

Of course, the truth is that the U.N. is not going to be a leader on reform (just as we knew the U.S. government was never going to be a leader on reform. The UNGASS, though disappointingly predictable, did provide the impetus for publicity from a growing international group of reform-minded organizations and leaders. And that’s good.

Just as marijuana reform has been happening in the U.S. simply because the people began to realize that the U.S. government was outdated and irrelevant in its views, international drug policy reform will happen because individual countries start to think the same about the U.N.

Update: Steve Rolles at Transform said what I was thinking, only better: The drug warriors who derailed the UN drug policy summit have made a terrible miscalculation. Just go ahead and read it.

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69 comments to U.N. not a place to find good policy

  • Servetus

    UNGASS is a prime example of how nations that mistreat their own citizens will mistreat other people and other nations. We need only look to the Chinese and Russian governments to know that an appeal to humanity regarding anything benefitting the individual will fall upon many deaf ears. What’s common in China and Russia is a record-breaking legacy of mass murder by its own leaders. Mao Zedong is credited with killing 62-million Chinese through his idiotic industrialization plan, while Stalin is estimated to have annihilated about 15-million Russians. Individualism is not tolerated. Death and misery are business as usual there.

    What bothered me initially about UNGASS was the tendency toward overreach by the participating factions. While situations like drug executions in Indonesia are clearly inhumane, death penalty opponents shouldn’t expect something like a UN resolution to stop the killing, or that it be a step toward eliminating executions throughout the world. Countries are just like people. Nations don’t like being told what to do by outsiders. Such behavior is nevertheless a key to the solution of what could have been a successful UN resolution targeting a world drug enforcement crisis.

    Had the attending nations focused on loosening up the treaty language by making it vague, and/or inserted a clause favoring national sovereignty over a nation’s own drug policies, recognizing that free nations are free to engage in solutions to their drug problems in experimental ways that allow disengagement from the usual primitive customs of punishment and persecution, we might now have a clear path out of drug enforcement’s repressive politics.

    Such language could have eliminated any need by a government to appeal to the UN for a national or domestic drug policy change contrary to existing treaty policies, as was the case when Uruguay resigned its support of the treaties over marijuana legalization, and then was readmitted into favorable UN status through an application. The language could also have reflected the reality of what already exists in model nations with progressive drug policies, such as the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Portugal. Then as some nations succeed with advanced drug policies, other nations will be forced to consider the economic and social destruction brought about their own defective political philosophies. In order to compete favorably among the majority of nations, some will ultimately be forced to change. Others will not change.

  • darkcycle

    The countries most fiercely opposed to loosening the strictures are the very same ones who routinely use drug laws as cover for political executions. It’s a convenient cloak to hide them under, not that they really would bother to hide them otherwise. It’s just a way to give these murders a quick wash and rinse to make them more acceptable when they are called out on them. Prohibition has been so difficult to defeat precisely because our leaders find it excuses oh so much.

  • […] The first United Nations general assembly special session on drugs in almost two decades has approved an agreement that leaves in place the prohibitionist policies banning narcotics use, despite growing international discontent with the “war on drugs” … Drug WarRant […]

  • thelbert

    here is something i stumbled across: http://tinyurl.com/h7ucsla

  • Thudworthy

    The DEA Just Approved a Way to Smoke Marijuana Legally for the First Time

    /snip/
    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the first time approved smoking marijuana as legitimate medical research.

    The DEA green-lit a clinical trial of smoked marijuana for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in American military veterans, a spokesperson for the government agency confirmed to Fortune. While other trials have studied the medical benefits of marijuana and cannabis extracts like cannabidiol, this is the first time regulators have allowed testing of the marijuana plant itself for the purpose of developing it into a legal medical drug.
    /snip/

    The juggernaut is now at 110% of full velocity.

  • Servetus

    PROPAGANDA ALERT: Mary Brophy Marcus, Journalist.

    Formerly of KTVA of Anchorage, Alaska at http://www.ktva.com/ . Mary writes about contemporary health problems, pop-health genre. See examples: http://www.ktva.com/authors/mary-brophy-marcus-cbs-news/

    Ms. Marcus has also just written and published one of the worst pieces of anti-marijuana propaganda seen on the Internet in some time, featured with no comments on cbsnews.com: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/heavy-teen-marijuana-use-may-cut-life-short-by-60/

    You can find out more than you could possibly want to know about Ms. Marcus at her website at http://www.marymarcusfiction.com/ wherein she promotes her two fiction novels, and who says she is now suffering in the scorching hell known as the City of Angels. BTW, there is only one way to subdue such an affliction: smoke marijuana more than fifty times. Otherwise, Los Angeles will cut life short by age 60.

    • More Propaganda Alert:

      Story of man who murdered and cooked wife used to deter teen marijuana use
      http://tinyurl.com/gnck9hs

      – Forget the fact that this guy also previously had a fist-size tumor removed from his brain.

      “A psychiatrist in 2007 wrote a report stating Arntz might have been in a marijuana-induced psychosis, characterized by delusions and intense fear, when he murdered his wife in July 1999. It’s on those grounds Arntz unsuccessfully appealed his murder conviction.”

      Judge thought it was a great high school marijuana story, speaking of the munchies.

    • darkcycle

      There are comments, Servetus, and they tear the author a proper new excretory orifice. Shredded with citations. Stoners these days know their research. 😉

    • Servetus

      Ah, didn’t see the comments. Thanks, dc.

      It gets stranger and stranger in the world of drug bashing…

      In an attempt to shut down free speech at Georgetown University, a Catholic priest condemned Planned Parenthood Director Cecile Richards’ scheduled appearance by comparing her to drug dealers and ISIS (cue scary music):

      4-21-2016 — In an interview with Teresa Tomeo on Ave Maria Radio’s “Catholic Connection,” …displeased with the Catholic school’s welcoming of Richards was Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life[…]

      He said he didn’t buy the argument that inviting someone like Richards to speak was allowing “inquiry into all different positions.”

      “I mean, do we inquire, do we try to understand terrorism by inviting representatives of ISIS to come and speak?” he asked. “Or let’s get some of the biggest drug dealers in the country to come and talk about their business because, after all, we have to understand both sides of the issue of drug abuse. Why don’t we invite the biggest mobsters to come in because we have to understand both sides of the debate about organized crime? Are they doing that? Maybe I’m missing it, but do these universities invite these kinds of people too?”

      “You know,” Tomeo said, “this is what I don’t get, why this issue is only talked about in terms of ‘both sides’ of a controversial issue when it comes to abortion and artificial contraception or even so-called same-sex marriage.”

      Fair and balanced discussion can be terrifying. Fr. Pavone certainly wouldn’t want his mafia pals speaking openly about their use of the Vatican Bank (IOR) for laundering drug cash from Central and South America, Europe, and other countries, for the last five decades.

      Fr. Pavone would probably be okay, however, with a speaking engagement by Archbishop Paul “You can’t run a church on Hail Marys” Marcinkus, the official liaison between the mafia and IOR and pope. That’s because Marcinkus would lie about Vatican ties to organized crime. Archbishop Marcinkus died at age 84 in 2006 in Sun City, Arizona, retired, protected by the Vatican’s sovereign state status, and ensconced in the money and beautiful women he had always enjoyed as the Holy See’s official middle man for vice.

    • DdC

      CBS should be ashamed for printing such filth.
      Walter’s rolling over in his grave…
      Comments are shut off or not working on my laptop.

      Today, our nation is fighting two wars: one abroad and one at home. While the war in Iraq is in the headlines, the other war is still being fought on our own streets. Its casualties are the wasted lives of our own citizens.

      I am speaking of the war on drugs.

      And I cannot help but wonder how many more lives, and how much more money, will be wasted before another Robert McNamara admits what is plain for all to see: the war on drugs is a failure.

      Walter Cronkite Requiescat In Pace
      America’s Disastrous Drug War
      [former CBS news anchorman and regarded internationally as one of the most trusted figures in America—ed.]

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfZgzTpZFac

    • Windy

      Newest comment on the CBS article. ROGBOY wrote:

      Fear for your country because of prohibition of drugs and the failed War on Drugs. The traffickers operate outside the laws that regulate, tax and provide legal protections for other businesses. Therefore, they belong to no nation or it’s laws. They make their own. To survive they have to influence the government and it’s institutions. They buy off politicians, judges, high level law enforcement and others to obtain IMPUNITY from prosecution. Once they obtain this protection they have cleared the way to go to the next phase, fear and intimidation of lower level officials and police. This involves pay offs and the real threat of death for those that refuse to cooperate. When they co-opt police officers the officers work in uniform to provide the traffickers police power to get things done, like delivering a load of drugs. Who going to suspect a police car of containing a shipment of drugs?

      If they are bringing in drugs they are also bringing in this influence. It’s how they do business. It’s who they are. It’s what they do. Given enough time they will erode the systems of law and institutions we count on to protect us. It will be turned to protecting them. What politician making good money just for looking the other way wants to give it up. Also, giving it up is not an option. He would very likely die for trying. To see how this works check out the case of the 47 protesting students in Iguala, Mexico. They were picked up by the local police using their police powers. They were loaded into police vehicles and delivered to the local cartel which then killed all of them and burned their bodies. Two years later and no one has been charged or prosecuted in this incident.

      You thinking, “Oh no, that can’t happen here”. Better wake up! It’s happening right now. Watch what happened to the family in Piketon, OH, who were growing marijuana, ie. competing with “others” in the market place for drugs. Eight people from the same family EXECUTED professionally. I doubt it was a family member upset about breakfast that did it.

      I am not in favor of the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco. But, I am in favor of legalization so this business can be brought back under the umbrella of our laws so it can be regulated, taxed and provided the same legal protections as the alcohol and tobacco businesses, two other really UGLY businesses. We can also deal with the damaging effects of the trade in the open light of day just like we do with alcohol and tobacco. Recover the cost of the War on Drugs, add to it the revenue from taxation on the trade and maybe we can do something for healing our federal budget problems. These businessmen would no longer need their militias and hitmen either. Undoubtedly the death rate among young people working in the trade would fall way down too.

  • Mr_Alex

    Latest news from Florida, Melvin Sembler is putting up cash against the Medical Cannabis ballot in Florida:

    http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/mel-sembler-begins-fundraising-effort-to-kill-medical-marijuana-initiative/2274311

    Let this be a clear warning, Kevin Sabet is nothing but a shill or puppet trained up by Betty and Melvin Sembler while he was working at the Drug Free America Foundation during 2007 and 2008, during a interview with Maia Szalavitz, Kevin Sabet confessed to knowing Betty and Melvin Sembler and Jeb Bush. Let alone Project SAM Smart Approaches To Cannabis is now suspected as a Sembler created group

    For those who don’t know Drug Free America Foundation is Straight Inc. Over 50,000 were abused

    http://thestraights.net/melsembler/

    • DdC

      Mr Alex, Sabet is located in Florida, along with Semblers, Calvina, Turner, Janes, McCullum, Boosh, and fire marshall bill as governhater. Still pushing his own pisstasters on the poor. Sabet was with Clinton’s ONDCP as an advisor under McCaffrey. It’s the same club, but Sabet aligns with Democrat Neocons forced rehabilitation asylums, while the GOP’s push is more on prisons. Sembler is bipartisan, Same vermin pushing pisstasting and forfeiture bills in CA. These clowns are wearing bright neon green suits while yelling I hate America on the floor of the House and no one sees, hears or says anything?

      How do they continue to get elected? Its like now it’s 1950 and the Nazi’s are still getting airtime to spread their filthy lies. Pisstasting drivers only brands them as cannabis users. That is their goal, fishing expeditions rounding up the fill in the blank. Scarlet letters or yellow arm bands and # tats. To maintain their Gravytrain regardless of American citizens. Imagine how they feel about foreign citizens. We see clearly each time they stick their pointy little heads up and spew garbage for one reason. Profits on prohibition.

      As long as people think its a druggers problem and separate persecution by topic. No one is immune, and it will continue. As far as we have come we are legally no closer than when oBama took office. Talk, non-enforcement and NIDA and Sembler are maintaining their webs of deceit. The UN puppets are doing as they’re told.

      All of the people have to start calling a spade a spade and stop letting the liars scream fire in crowded theaters. When these scum reach political positions they have to be impeached for endangering the general public with prohibition based on falsehoods and deception.

      Letting Sembler get away with torture and ruining American and Italian lives is an insult to Justice and anyone who truly says they believe in the laws. Those merely going along are guilty of doing harm to American citizens. Those who lead them are committing an assault on Democracy itself. Sabet is the politically correct side of persecuting citizens while Sembler makes no bones about torturing kids, especially those with seizures.

    • Servetus

      Mr. Alex, Jeb Bush is the key to unlocking Kevin Sabet’s schemes, as well as his gang affiliations.

      My sources tell me that when Jeb Bush was a student at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was dealing drugs just as he had when he was a student at Andover. No big thing, really, it was the 70s. But then someone asked Jeb why he wasn’t afraid of being busted for making sure his friends and frat-mates across the campus had all the various drugs they needed. Jeb replied it was because his dad (George H.W.) was director of the CIA (1976-7).

      Jeb’s cryptic response is an odd statement to make under any circumstances. Questions arise. What did Jeb know about the CIA and its drugs, and when did he know it? Did George H. W. say something to him that made Jeb feel safe enough to distribute illegal drugs at Tulane–information that would likely have been classified, and might have involved an illegal breach of classified information? Was Jeb dealing drugs for the CIA/mafia? And how did Sabet get his assistant professorship at Florida State, one requiring so little scientific expertise, if not as a special favor from his good buddy Governor Jeb?

      The thing one has to remember about Sabet’s game plan is he is Baha’i, which means he can’t be viewed as taking political sides, as Baha’i sees itself as encompassing all religions, all nations, and all cultures. The projected vision of Baha’i is internationalist in character to give it a universal reach. Sabet has partnered with former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Jr., a Democrat, for instance, as well as Gov. Jeb, a former Republican governor of Florida, to create a politically balanced clown act.

      So the questions you need to ask Kevin Sabet, or his associates, involve why are they connected to a known drug dealer (Jeb Bush) as part of the Sembler’s drug rehab scam, and how does Jeb Bush figure into Sabet’s job (academic cover) at Florida State? Sabet might also be queried to discover what he may know about what Jeb knows regarding the CIA connections to drug dealing, cocaine, heroin, etc., as it relates to President George H. W. Bush.

      • DdC

        One big happy fascist family… What did Junior do with Sembler after the ruckus over torturing kids in his treatment facilities? Made him an Ambassador, what else. People know of the Bush family connection to Hitler, Iran Contra, Drug Companies and now Fracking the water supply while buying hundreds of thousands of acres in Paraguay over the largest aquifer in Latin America. No worries… What did Paterick Kennedy do for his dying father, kept him off of cannabis for the good of his new career. That’s sacrificing for your family. The Uof F where Sabet steals a paycheck is known for their Shands Medical Teaching Hospital and keeping cannabis out of the medicine cabinet. Sabet’s bipartisan ties to Sembler and Bush firm up the Clinton Bush connections. One big happy fascist family.

        Sabet (born February 20, 1979)

        Bush Crimes Against Humanity Links

        ACTION ALERT:::Jeb Bush Fungus/Life of a Drug Lord
        Today August 11th, 1999 WSKY Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City Chris Wells hosted a show about Florida Drug Czar Jim McDonough’s plan to use fungus to eradicate marijuana. Local Activist Kevin Aplin has been on Wells’ show numerous times and it appears to have had an effect, Wells was totally biased against this plan and urged people to call the governor and gave out the number…..

        Bush/CIA/DEA Drug Smuggling
        The theme for the presentation was CIA/US Government complicity in the drug trade as it has evolved into a major component in the current economy and what appears to be a headlong race toward a U.S. led war in Colombia.

        ~ Bush Barthwell & Drugs
        ~ Anslinger-Bush-Hearst-Nixon-Hitler-Nalepka Déjà vu
        ~ 9/11 today, and the failures of the Bush administration
        ~ Bush Cabal Hides Patriot II Police State in HR2417
        ~ Busht Hypocrisy & Double Standards
        ~ Poverty? Dubya Says Blame the Hippies!
        ~ Busht: Timeline of Treason
        ~ Bushladen and the Terrorists Carlyles Groups
        ~ Bush Announces Tougher Line on Cuba
        ~ BUSH CRIME FAMILY LINKS
        ~ Fellow Conservatives: Our Position Is Hypocritical
        ~ Bush Family History with Nazism
        ~ THE BUSH-CHENEY DRUG EMPIRE
        ~ Bush/Quayle/Lilly Pharmaceutical Sellout!
        ~ Booshammy
        ~ BooshameyRumsey Cocktail
        ~ Bushit or Sadamn? Flip a Coin
        ~ Bush Crimes Against Humanity
        ~ Bush’s Faustian Deal With the Taliban
        ~ Busht Cheneynagans D.E.A.th & Oil!
        ~ The Enron, Bush, Baker, Rockefeller connection
        ~ Reefer Madness,Anslinger,Hearst,Bayer,Farben II,Demonization
        ~ I.G.Farben,Dupont,Ford,Hearst,Frankenfoods,Prohibition

        Sympathy for the Devil by Toby Rogers

        “If the people knew what we had done,
        they would chase us down the street and lynch us.”
        — George H.W. Bush to journalist Sarah McClendon, .

        • DdC

          I read Junior George was busted for selling coke and was put on community service and his record was expunged. J.E.B. admitted pot and coke and then his daughter had the Rush cravings for Oxy. Junior’s twins were drunk and toking with nothing much said let alone mandatory minimum sentences. Junior George also went AWOL from the National Guard that should have sent him to Nam. Busted 3 times for drunken driving. How many are serving time for the same thing, once? Old news since Obama pardoned them all for past sins. All in the fascist family.

          Book: Bush was arrested for cocaine in 1972 Oct 18, 1999

          Busht Hypocrisy & Double Standards – 12/02/03
          The president demands severe punishment for drug and alcohol offenders — unless they’re members of the Bush clan.

          ~ J.E.Boosh genetic fungus eradication
          ~ Fair Deal for Noelle Bush

          ~ Bush Confirms 76 DUI Arrest: I’m Not Proud of That
          ~ The Devil Inside Jenna and George

          ~ Limbaugh Won’t Be Prosecuted
          ~ Tommy Chong Gets Nine Months

          ~ Monsanto’s Cliarence
          ~ Texass Tom “Coup” DeLay
          ~ Bill Bendit’s Virtues
          ~ Flush Rush Buck Fush Ruck Fush

          ~ Stop Ashcroft Coalition
          ~ Ashcroft Nephew Got Probation After Major Pot Bust

          ~ Cunningham’s Vote to Support the Death Penalty for Drugs
          Cunningham son held on marijuana charge (thread)
          ~ Judge Lindsay sentenced Randall Cunningham to 2 1/2 years in prison, half the federally mandated minimum. Prosecutors noted Todd’s otherwise clean record, and his co-operation with investigators.

          ~ Bush Religion Initiative headed by John J. DiIulio, Jr.
          Moral Poverty and How to Win Americas War against Crime and Drugs
          By William J. Bennett, John J. DiIulio, Jr., and John P. Walters

          ~ 99.28% ditchweed
          ~ Drug Czar Seeks To Ban All Hemp Products

          ~ Rainbow Farm Massacre
          ~ The Murder of Peter McWilliams

          ~ Indiana Congressman Dan Burton, the Republican supporter of life sentences for some marijuana crimes, has a son Danny Burton II. He was busted for driving about eight pounds of pot from Louisiana to Indiana. Six months later, police raided his apartment and found 30 marijuana plants and a shotgun. The feds did not press charges. Indiana prosecutors got his charges dismissed

          ~ Al Gore’s Son Arrested for Pot Possession – 12/22/03

          “We smoked more than once, more than a few times, we smoked a lot. We smoked in his car, in his house, we smoked in his parents’ house, in my house we smoked on weekends. We smoked a lot [T]he perpetuation of silence over time has allowed us to go on jailing kids who are much younger and less equipped to deal with life than Al Gore was when we were using drugs together.”
          –John C. Warnecke on his relationship with Al Gore and on U.S. drug policy

          In 2000, there were 1,579,566 drug arrests in the US. Of those,
          46.5 percent — 734,497 arrests — were for marijuana.
          There were 646,042 arrests for simple possession of marijuana in 2000.

          Unrepentant Junkie Sen.Joseph McCarthy
          Conservative Addiction Good, Liberal Addiction Bad!

          ‘Relax Your Muscles as Much as Possible’
          “If you have a choice, try to avoid men who used needles for drugs in the past or are still doing so. … The more often you are raped, the more exposed you will be, so especially try to avoid anal gang-bangs. The most dangerous situation of all is if your anus is bleeding, for that allows easy entry of the virus into your bloodstream.

      • Duncan20903

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        It doesn’t make any sense that Jeb Bush would be sanguine about the possibility of prosecution for his more than 4 decades old felonies because of his dad’s job considering that the statute of limitation in Louisiana for those felonies is 6 years. Citation?

        • Servetus

          The question of whether Jeb worried about being busted at Tulane was asked by one of his classmates at the time, in that particular period, about 1976-7, not recently.

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  • Servetus

    Richard Branson reflects on some reasons UNGASS was derailed. The system was apparently hijacked and rigged to fail from the start:

    April 22, 2016 — In the lead-up to UNgass in 2015, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (or CND) held preparatory meetings with its 53 members. Many states who sit on the CND – China, Iran and Russia – favor repressive approaches to drug policy. The first mistake is that the CND should not have been allowed to “lead the process”.

    The members of the CND were supposed to draft a declaration that would represent the interests and realities of all 193 member states. But the drafting process was obscure and tightly controlled by a self-appointed UNgass board. Inputs from non-members of the CND were by and large rejected. Substantive concerns were ignored. When the draft UNgass declaration was completed on 23 March 2016, it was far from representative. The second mistake is that the process should have been much more inclusive and representative.

    The negotiations in the lead-up to UNgass throughout 2015 and the first three months of 2016 were neither transparent nor inclusive. The inputs of key UN agencies working on health, gender, human rights and development (along with two thirds of all UN member states) were excluded. A third mistake is that the UN Office on Drugs and Crime was put in charge and perpetuated a hardline criminal justice approach. [Emphasis added]

    More here:

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/22/drugs-un-special-session-ungass-decriminalization-richard-branson?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Version+CB+header&utm_term=168661&subid=14675834&CMP=ema_565

  • Duncan20903

    Utah Democrat governor’s nominee reveals investigation for medical marijuana use
    April 23, 2016

    /snip/
    “In the last 72 hours, we learned that my wonderful wife of 20 years, Donna, is under investigation for possession of marijuana,” Mike Weinholtz told the crowd.

    Weinholtz said his wife has been using marijuana to treat arthritis and chronic pain.

    “She has only used cannabis for medical reasons to relieve her chronic pain,” he said to cheers from the audience, adding: “The issue of medical cannabis touches everyone.”

    /snip/
    “I don’t believe in abusing any substance,” Donna Weinholtz told FOX 13. “I don’t believing in abusing alcohol, I don’t believe in abusing this and that’s not what this is about. This is about being able to sleep, being able to relax and not have the pain from arthritis and I know the folks out there know what I’m talking about.”

  • Dave

    Headline on CNN at the moment:

    The execution of eight people might be related to a marijuana grow operation.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/24/us/marijuana-grow-operation-found-at-ohio-slaying-sites/index.html

    It appears too early to know if it is truly related to the illegal marijuana operation, and thus prohibition related. But even the possibility of an extreme example of the costs of prohibition do cause me to wonder how violence like this can quantified in a cost-benefit analysis- the type that often done by people like Jonathan Caulkins. How much “value of dependence averted” was generate by their deaths. How many “days of use” were saved? And that’s not to say that those cost/benefit believers approve of their deaths, but such calculations do seem to indicate that if asked, they would be forced to conclude it was worth it to society.

    • DdC

      The dangerous and harmful side effects of Cannabis is Prohibition.
      What a better way to monger fear of Cannabis than mass murder?

      April 06, 2016
      Murder at the Hippie House:
      As Ohio Fumbles Marijuana Legislation,
      a Benevolent Weed Operation Ends in Bloodshed

      The next time you pack that bowl with good green or lip on the joint making the rounds at the party, think about where it’s coming from. “Do you guys understand what these kids are going through to get you your freaking pot?” Tia says now. “It’s insane.”

      Rep. Stephen Huffman, a Tripp City Republican on the task force, told the Columbus Dispatch in late March the proposal could hit the legislature as early as this July.

      “We need to do something to get it correct,” Huffman told the Dispatch. “If not, the ballot initiative will come and it will not be good for the people.”

      The execution of eight people
      might be related to a marijuana grow operation

      Not juicy enough for CNN or moldy oldie De Whiner…

      Marijuana ‘grow operations’ found at Ohio slaying sites

      Authorities wouldn’t say publicly whether they thought the killings were drug related

      But as the news conference ended, DeWine said, “Let me go ahead and I think it’s OK for me to confirm that we did find marijuana at three locations.”

      “Like bags of marijuana?” a reporter said. “Grow operation?” another asked.
      “Grow operation,” DeWine said and walked away.

      drugs harms are directly caused by prohibition

      Reducing the Harms of Marijuana Prohibition

      Marijuana prohibition can do more harm than good,
      doctors tell federal parties

      Weed Beat the Recession in Denver vs
      60,000 Dead Mexicans

      In a 13-minute segment broadcast Sunday night, CBS’s “60 Minutes” explored Colorado’s budding medical marijuana industry, and heard from a former drug cop turned tax enforcer who insisted that the industry has helped Denver beat the recession.

    • Duncan20903

      .
      .

      Once again that eeeee-vee-ill merrywanna has hypnotized good people and turned them into criminals. There’s no doubt that but for the existence of cannabis that the culprits in this case would have instead been singing in the church choir on Sundays, working as full time volunteers at the soup kitchen feeding the hungry and helping diminutive, elderly women negotiate busy traffic intersections in their spare time.There’s no doubt whatever that were it not for merrywanna that there would be no crime in our society!

    • Windy

      See my reply to Servetus above for a comment on that story.

  • Duncan20903

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    An argument from a sycophant of prohibition which I’ve never before heard:
    Canadian Marijuana Legislation: Are pot smokers a forest fire risk?

  • Servetus

    The key to happiness. Promised by so many, but delivered by so few.

    For all those vesting time or money in that outfit in New Jersey that promised them happiness, they can save themselves the trouble, and some money as well. Researchers at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have succeeded in demonstrating that happiness is in one’s genes:

    25-APR-2016 — For the first time in history, researchers have isolated the parts of the human genome that could explain the differences in how humans experience happiness. These are the findings of a large-scale international study in over 298,000 people, conducted by VU Amsterdam professors Meike Bartels (Genetics and Wellbeing) and Philipp Koellinger (Genoeconomics). The researchers found three genetic variants for happiness, two variants that can account for differences in symptoms of depression, and eleven locations on the human genome that could account for varying degrees of neuroticism. The genetic variants for happiness are mainly expressed in the central nervous system and the adrenal glands and pancreatic system. The results were published this week, in the journal Nature Genetics.

    AAAS Press Release: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/vua-tfh042516.php

    Who but the secular Dutch would seek to study the chemistry of happiness? The new genetics discovery comes with profound implications. Given knowledge of the genetic components of happiness, it is now easier for scientists to tailor new drugs that will work better than the old drugs to produce true joy—no matter what the human condition, including a prevalent addiction.

    The chemistry of cheerfulness will emerge as a severe threat to political regimes that thrive on human unhappiness as a way of repressing and exploiting people for the perpetuation of economic and political gain. Feelings of exuberant ecstasy will challenge economists and war mongers, forcing them to adapt.

    In what’s already a trend, certain religions will be forced out of business, no longer able to compete with the pill, and this time, it won’t be just the birth control pill. Countries such as Indonesia, Iran, China, and Russia will move to implement new death penalties for anyone taking the new happy pills. Puritanism and neo-Platonism will come under assault as never before. We will see the reactionaries react, while stopping at nothing to keep happiness from taking root. The purveyors of unhappiness, buzz-killers like Bill Bennett and Bill O’Reilly, will be up to their old tricks as usual, and they will fail, as usual. Watching the Blue Meanies implode over the consequences of the happy new discovery will be joyful all by itself.

  • Frank W.

    It’s been a beautiful spring and I swear I wasn’t wishing for a fly in the ointment…!
    http://www.citizensforsafeschools.org/

    from umber red Klamath Co., fighting to reinstate OR prohibition with law enforcement collaboration. They’re getting a shitload of PSAs on the air.

    • Servetus

      I see the Citizens for Safe Schools in Klamath, OR, is linked to Partnership for Drug-Fixated Kids, and Schmuck Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), here. I suppose it’s easier to adopt an anti-drug program than it is to create one’s own propaganda.

      The Citizens for Safe Schools are in turn linked to Character Counts — https://charactercounts.org/ — whose efforts focus on child development in schools, an outfit operating out of a business office in Inglewood, CA. Perhaps SAM and the Partnership are fronting off Citizens for Safe Schools as part of their agenda to recriminalize marijuana, since their own organizations are so heavily criticized and discredited.

    • DdC

      Kids in our program are 2 times more likely
      to be making plans for the future.

      Programmed kids are 2 times more likely
      to be obedient for future plans.

      Our goal for 2016 is 100 mentors.

      Our goal for 2016 is 100 programmers.

      Another cult using bold face lies to scare zealot parents into forcing kids to just say anything they want them to say. How many new and improved ways to lie to kids so the parents can get off the hook from raising them? Not their fault the kid is getting drunk, its the beer calling them. Lil Mary Jane is much safer with prohibition eh? Maybe not so much in Ohio.

      Sufficient ID and quality buds might make it safe. Better a few kids die as snitches or gang raped in prison to send the right message. I wonder if parents who join such cults because their kid gets busted with pot. Stay members when the cops forfeiture the house and confiscate the car? More boring reefer madness blaming a substance for the A-Motivation of their offspring. Kids are ashamed of their dork parents embarrassing them by preaching such nonsense.

      Parents who joined such cults make their kids feel out casted from average society. Isolation with non-emotional technology to fill the gap. 2 times more likely to plan the life the parents want for themselves but couldn’t cut it. Prime targets for bullies. Or bored. 2 times more kids spreading gossip to scare or stigmatize other kids. Kids who aren’t programmed might be thinking for themselves. And then become NONCONFORMISTS!!! Their sight is pure Prohibitionist Pornography. Here’s a more realistic approach.

      Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA)
      http://www.mamas.org

      Personal Responsibility

      No matter what anyone says, YOU decide if, and how, you will take a drug. You will live with the effects of that decision. Your family will look to you and may follow your example when it comes time for them to make decisions about drug use.

      Informed Decision Making

      Learn where to get accurate information and how to evaluate the benefits versus the risks of any decision you or your family may be faced with.

      Respect

      We understand that people make choices for a variety of reasons. We respect people’s differences by offering education and help with their choices, rather than alienating them with severe and punitive laws.

  • strayan

    We got ourselves a good old fashioned drug war sympathiser folks: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/thomas-smith/marijuana_b_9758578.html

  • DdC

    OT ‘Possible’ Clinton Could Be Better Than GOP Pick, Koch Says

    Koch brother: I’m a social liberal
    David Koch, billionaire donor to conservative causes, claimed once again that he is a “social liberal.” His own political contributions suggest otherwise.

    Charles Koch says he’s a ‘classical liberal’

    Koch Brothers Exposed is a 2012 US documentary, compiled by liberal political activist and filmmaker Robert Greenwald

    Pro Bernie Sanders image blocked by Facebook
    following possible campaign to report it as ‘bad’
    An image supporting Bernie Sanders’ US presidential campaign has been blocked by Facebook in what a technology commentator believes is the first case of political manipulation of automatic moderation.

    • Windy

      You should look up the definition of a “classical liberal”, methinks you might not understand how it is quite different from the description of “liberal”, today. Charles Koch might actually BE a “classical liberal”, judging from many of the things he says and does, but he still has some authoritarian bent left in him which is likely why he would prefer Clinton over Trump, but with his “classical liberal” claim, he should be supporting whichever candidate takes the LP nomination.

      • DdC

        You should tell it to the writer, methinks you have me confused with somehow being a part of their article. Other than posting the hypocrisy of the Neocon Kochroaches. There are no liberals or conservatives. Just labels to ease lazy brains into remembering their positions without actually thinking about it.

  • Servetus

    A study at the University of British Columbia, published last week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, has picked up where Tim Leary left off in research studies of prisoners and use of psychedelics:

    26-APR-2016 — The UBC Okanagan study found that 42 per cent of U.S. adult male inmates who did not take psychedelic drugs were arrested within six years for domestic battery after their release, compared to a rate of 27 per cent for those who had taken drugs such as LSD, psilocybin (commonly known as magic mushrooms) and MDMA (ecstasy).

    The observational study followed 302 inmates for an average of six years after they were released. All those observed had histories of substance use disorders.

    “While not a clinical trial, this study, in stark contrast to prevailing attitudes that views these drugs as harmful, speaks to the public health potential of psychedelic medicine,” says Assoc. Prof. Zach Walsh, the co-director for UBC Okanagan’s Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. “As existing treatments for intimate partner violence are insufficient, we need to take new perspectives such as this seriously.”

    AAAS Press Release: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uobc-usf042516.php .

    Marijuana isn’t the only drug substance needing rescheduling in order to pursue medical benefits research. The medical profession and the government appear afraid of any substance that frees the mind, regardless of its benefits. The message from Big Brother is freethinking is not how things are supposed to be done.

  • The NYT is holding a “Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?” debate (whats the debate?):
    http://tinyurl.com/jb4l7la

    Robert L. DuPont is there sharing his bull.

    • Duncan20903

      .
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      Wow comments underneath and still open.

      It is now a proven fact that cannabis is a “gateway” drug. Obviously the rule that “anything bad that happens in the general vicinity of cannabis was caused by the cannabis” has been overlooked in reference to drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco. Of course the problems of those two items were caused by cannabis. Will America ever apologize to Philip Morris when it was those damm hippies fault? It’s all always caused by the cannabis. Even the hippies were caused by cannabis. Cannabis has now been exposed as the gateway drug to smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol addiction. I guess I was wrong and cannabis is still the Rodney Dangerfield of the governments naughty substances list.

      I demand an immediate in depth investigation into why people that stupid are still alive! There’s something very peculiar going on here. Oh well never mind. A research project that ambitious could possibly take more than a decade, maybe even two before BOTOX would produce even a preliminary report. All of those people will likely die before we can get to the bottom of why they are still alive so there’s really no point.

      • Thank you, Duncan. Just got back from my 4th chemo session and read Bob, ended up having to go for my best anti-nausea medication fast, the one I can smoke or vape.

        Just couldn’t put it together to type a reply to that ass.

        • DdC

          They have proven the Gateway Theory Stepping Stone Effect is true. It’s just that the dumbshit chicken littles were going in the wrong direction.

          This State Could Be The First
          To Prescribe Marijuana For Opiate Addiction

          Feds’ Pill Crackdown Drives Pain Patients to Heroin

          Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Alcoholism & Addiction

          New Study: Marijuana May Treat Addiction To Hard Drugs

          Science Recognizes Cannabis Reduces Withdrawal Symptoms

          Searches related to marijuana for getting off alcohol, opiates cocaine
          ~ using marijuana to detox from opiates
          ~ marijuana maintenance program
          ~ can marijuana help with alcohol withdrawal
          ~ things to help with withdrawal from opiates
          ~ marijuana to treat alcoholism
          ~ using marijuana to quit drinking
          ~ marijuana for opiate addiction
          ~ using marijuana to detox from opiates

          A compound found in marijuana may help stave off addicts’ interest in and … eliminates the rewarding effect that comes from taking cocaine.

          CANNABIS USE DISORDER 10% CANNABIS USE IN ORDER 90%
          ☛ There is no FDA-approved pharmacological treatment for cannabis dependence.
          ☛ There are only two pharmacological, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials which had a positive outcome (N-acetylcysteine, gabapentin) – but neither of these clinical trials has been replicated.
          ☛ There are no randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials of any psychosocial treatment. Thus the effectiveness of psychosocial treatment for Cannabis Use Disorder is unknown.

          But when has that ever stopped Naughty Nora from Gossip…

          Available Treatments for Marijuana Use Disorders NIDA
          standard treatments involving medications and behavioral therapies may help reduce marijuana use. Zolpidem (Ambien®), an anti-anxiety/anti-stress medication called buspirone (BuSpar®), and an anti-epileptic drug called gabapentin (Horizant®, Neurontin®) that may improve sleep and, possibly, executive function. Other agents being studied include the nutritional supplement N-acetylcysteine and chemicals called FAAH inhibitors oh my!

          Available Treatment for NIDA Marijuana Use Disorders Treatments

          Ganja

        • DdC

          Overdoses Fell with Medical Marijuana Legalization
          http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread28830.shtml

  • DdC

    Chernobyl disaster: Ukraine marks 30th anniversary
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1086
    ~ Benefits of Marijuana: Acute radiation syndrome
    ~ Cannabis Whets Appetite for Cancer Patients
    ~ Understanding Our Endocannabinoid System
    ~ Hemp ‘Eats’ Chernobyl Waste

  • Servetus

    Church criminal and organized crime figure, Reverend Jim Bakker, husband of the late sob-story, Tammy Faye, and father of an alcoholic son, is speaking from the pulpit once again. Rev. Bakker condemns immigration and Syrian resettlement by linking it to drugs and ISIS. Bakker says:

    …immigration has led to a deluge of drugs and crime and that the refugee population is actually a Trojan Horse for ISIS. He also managed to link the issue to voter fraud.[…]

    Bakker then castigated the audience for not realizing the gravity of the situation, explaining that they must all be on drugs…like his wife and co-host, Lori Bakker, was in her youth. “I don’t see how Christians are sitting back,” he said. “It’s like you’re all on drugs. It’s like all the church people have just taken something.”[…]

    “Smoke a lot of pot, to dumb you down, just kind of chill,” Lori Bakker interjected.

    “Lori knows, too, because she smoked a lot of pot when she was a girl.”

    “Well, yeah, you just — you know, hey.”

    Source: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-bakker-we-are-all-drugs

    Drug enforcement is a sign people are on something, like maybe a religious kick they use as a cover for their racism and bigotry.

    Hopefully the government will one day establish rehabs that use drugs like marijuana to help reform twisted evangelicals like Bakker.

  • claygooding

    President Barack Obama offered qualified support for efforts made in the U.S. Senate to decriminalize medical marijuana during an interview for CNN’s documentary “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution,” which will make its debut Sunday night. Hosting the program is Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network’s chief medical correspondent.

    http://tinyurl.com/zvy7ogs

    Gupta asked the president his opinion of the proposed Carers Act of 2015, a Senate bill that would change federal law regarding state-legal, medical-marijuana programs. The bill would allow states to legalize marijuana for medical use without federal interference, increase research into marijuana’s medical benefits, and reclassify its status as a dangerous drug. Obama replied:

    “You know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details, but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public-health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be.”

  • Windy

    Cannabis Law Repeal Not Cannabis Law Reform wrote:

    Several campaign groups and individuals talk about “reforming” the cannabis laws; some talk of campaigning for gradual changes, licenses, limited decriminalisation, restrictions and control: some talk of step-at-a-time legalisation as if they were in control; some talk about “medical first”; some talk about compromise, as if we/they had something to offer other than simply stopping campaigning for what was asked for in return for it!!
    We are not in a position to compromise or bargain, as campaigners wanting to destroy prohibition, simply because we have nothing to offer. It may or may not be called a “War on Drugs (users)/cannabis (users)” but it is not the consumers that are at war, it is they who are the victims.
    Many have said “if we can get cannabis medicine first, then full legalisation will follow”; yet we have had legally prescribed opiates for decades but we still cannot legally grow opium and make opiates at home. There are many prescribable pharmaceutical drugs including Sativex cannabis sprays, in the UK; yet that has not changed the law.
    If we are to talk about the INJUSTICE of cannabis prohibition and how it is applied, and about our Human Right or Private Life, Possessions, Beliefs, dignity and well-being, we cannot “compromise”. We either have those things or not; there is no halfway.
    That is why some of us believe we should demand what we want – demand recognition of our Rights and the protection of law for all adults, freedom of choice, so long as we do no deliberate harm to others or their Rights
    When talking in private, many campaigners for reform have said to me that they ultimately want that very same as I want, but they insist it has to be a step-at-a-time campaign.
    Sounds to me that they are saying we should ask for less than we want and if we get it, we can ask for more. Oliver Twist style campaigning.
    So do we campaign for reforms, then IF we see them put in place, ask for further reforms?
    Or do we establish first our principles of Human Rights, Justice and equal law for all and base our campaigning on that?
    I call upon all campaigns to adopt those principles and join together and fight for everyone, for all the people in this world who wish to grow and use this versatile plant in whatever ways they wish without interference from authority.

    • thelbert

      right on windy. i don’t see why we need to regulate something as safe as cannabis at all. here is something i found along the same lines: http://tinyurl.com/zqjvww7

    • DdC

      Wow, sounds like someone thinks this is new news. That’s what I’ve been preaching for the past 10 years, or 45 years if you consider before the dispensaries and Prop 19’s attempt to bastardize the CUA. I guess it wasn’t PC. This is the Brain of Incremental Retardation… Trying to stall the truth from entering the conversation. Bit by bit of diversions, hobgoblins and cowardly profiteers and politicians. All with their hands out to get something out of the deal. Not much to do with our rights and the science of Ganja.

      State by state or schedule by schedule is all a wasting of time to try to sway opinion back to that of a prohibitionist. Oh but how many so called activist barter with insanity if they can get something for themselves? Same with the latest giving pisstasters and cops a seat at the table. Add limits that give state cops jurisdiction they don’t have with Prop 215. All kinds of appeasement’s and compromises just to pass a state law with no legal standing except that spewed by the same profiteers throwing 10th amendment crap around. Raich v Gonzales crunched that option by making any exchange commerce, but that doesn’t stop the billionaires backing a new initiative to legally sell it with another buzzword “recreational”.

      Bullshit is what it all amounts to, and you are right, it is not reform, it is surrender. Or worse its winning the fight and giving the spoils to the losers. Same fight with corporate housing claiming pheromones are the same as second hand smoke. If that were the case everyone who passes a sewage plant is eating shit just because they smell it. Same Bullshit as i’ve posted about lowering it to a schedule#2 since 2009, dispelling the myth that it would free up the dispensaries. Not unless they are FDA approved as in drug stores. Homegrown raw cannabis will still be illegal and Hemp won’t even make the discussion.

      So it isn’t difficult to understand why the Nixon drug war continues to persecute Americans. Both sides are full of PC wingnuts. CARER is a corporate take over of cannabis and how many Gerbals and reform groups cheer it? How many are willing to allow piss test at humanly impossible numbers to pass with any metabolite in the system regardless of the lack of causal connections to impairment. How is it that John Walters and McCaffrey and Bennett and the Sembler robots aren’t sharing a cell with the past drug worrier Dennis Hastert? Except they should all get to experience Mandatory Minimum sentencing.

      Famous last words of the drug war reformers. Baby steps! Note to self. Is the money reform groups get for “incremental retardation” the same money drug worriers get for persecuting citizens? Methinks it is.

      Thou Dost Protest Too Much, Methinks

      Is The DEA Legalizing THC?

      Incrementalretardation…
      What happens when cops write initiatives.

      Follow CA or Bust’

      ‘Proposition 19 Could Change Colombia’s Drug Policy’ eh? Why the hell didn’t Prop 215 change it then? More tax dollars protecting Al Gore’s Occidental oil fields claiming it is for the drug war. All of the claims and acts by the very enemies of freedom now wanting a piece of the action. Years of wasting tax dollars and now they think they have a right to lie some more and add stipulations to further burden the cannabis users. What are the reform groups saying about it? Vote! Pathetic. Now another CA billionaire wants to sell it in spite of what it does to the people, especially the sick. Russ keeps advertising it as if incrementalism has no merit over his potential sales margin. Pathetic.

  • CJ

    God I can’t imagine… All that insanity in the Ukraine, right… I was in the Ukraine many many many years ago in a different life, really, pre Heroin use life, with my then fiance of 3 or 4 years… we were staying in Kiev, this was sometime in the very early 2000s….. it was a beautiful city, and… it was a beautiful time… OH, well, as you all probably can guess, I have spent alot of my later life in parks… uh, public parks, sleeping and living.. I have to tell you guys, in Kiev, I saw the most beautiful public park ever.. it was huge and there was a professional soccer field right in the middle of it… like… for any NY’ers.. lol can you imagine Yankee or Shea Stadium/Citi Field if it were like in the middle of Central Park? Well that was the deal in Kiev… I think it was Dynamo Kiev or maybe their B or C team’s field.. It was the most beautiful park I’ve ever seen and Ill never forget it.

    but all this stuff that has happened happened many years after I’d visited Kiev for those weeks… and get this, in the cities Russia was annexing, I remember reading about one… where they actually, amidst.. you know.. the WAR that was being fought, had the F’N Nerve to go and shut down the cities methadone clinics!!!! Jesus!

    Can you imagine! You get up every day for 10 years going to your clinic, getting dosed, but now you’re waking up and its bad enough your waking up in a freaking WAR ZONE but now youre waking up in a war zone and the invading force has the advantage and you go to your clinic, routine business 10 years of your life and a sign on the door says “by order of Russia, methadone is an abomination and this clinic is closed.” HOLY cow man.. I can NOT imagine what those people felt like at that moment… its disgusting.. Russia is an abomination man… theyre so F’ed up.

  • DdC

    These A-human species of Dung Worriers continue to pour salt in the wounds of cannabis users. Why are the people voting for such ignorance? Another grasping for what they can pilfer in spite of the harm done. Fucking Cannibals.

    California Bill Would Allow Landlords to Ban Marijuana for Renters

    Prohibition covering tobacco products would apply to medical marijuana

    Landlords could also ban recreational pot use if legalized in November

    Even though Landlords are already disregarding prop 215 and banning medicinal pot use legalized in 1996. Sighting the CSA. why do they get licenses in legal states?

    Pheromones are not second hand smoke anymore than eating shit driving past a sewage plant. Not enough to keep the Butt Worriers from the same tactics as the 45 years of Drug Worriers. Lie and pass laws on the lies and keep the same corporations profits treating the results. 599 chemical poisons added to tobacco is not mentioned in the policy discussion. Same as Cannabis medicinal value and safety record from drug policy. Driving up the cost of adulterated tobacco cigarettes, driving the lower incomes to even higher amounts of chemical adulterations with generic brands.

    More lower incomes getting sicker quicker. If these low life form prohibitionists really were concerned about safety. They would subsidize organic tobacco with the tax and fines. They are only concerned with punishing those not in line with the PC lifestyle deemed appropriate. More money for politicians with tax and fines. More evictions, a billion dollar black market. Same message to the kids crap with the same ads hyping up the dangers. Now some obscure preliminary potential possible maybe in the future hobgoblin trying without science to compare it to Cannabis. Same warnings that never panned out when they hurled it in the past. Enough to make it a law to evict anyone using what was finally accepted 20 years ago. Fucking Cannibals.

    • Servetus

      It gets more complicated as some cities in California have banned smoking tobacco indoors in multi-unit structures such as apartments. The result is that every time apartment dwellers exit their buildings they can face a phalanx of tobacco smokers getting their nicky-fix on the sidewalks in front of their living quarters. Tobacco smoke wafts through the entire neighborhood, instead of depositing itself on the interior walls of a room, where I suspect it acts as an anti-bacterial agent and anti-mold surfactant.

      Vaping eliminates a lot of the effects that irritate non-smokers, but we don’t see vaping being introduced into the legal codes as a civil solution. The prohibitionist mindset precludes any solution, even the technical ones, which don’t include abstinence.

      • DdC

        Same PDFA Ad agencies, same template. Vapor is shown as smoke. No difference in the ad. Same with the bogus ad where the smoke goes through the air into another apartment to naturally a kid in a crib. Pheromones do not contain dissolved solids. Just the math of how many cubic ft of air compared to all of the smoke of a cigarette out doors. While factories spew vapor you can see the particulants. Cars trucks and buses created SMOG.

        Paper mills or Gilroy CA have offensive odors through out neighborhoods. Smelling processed garlic doesn’t mean you can kick up your spaghetti by sneezing on it. Not to mention chemicals sprayed on people to make them smell less human. Chemical bug sprays and garden sprays. All neglected in the discussion or the warning signs posted that the laundry or dry cleaner chemical dumps may contain carcinogens but are not banned. They even ban BBQ’s. Probably for insurance or environmental regs.

        A home for privacy, or a sanctuary from the stress of the day. Has joined profits over people. A way to reduce stress without inebriation or even a high. Stress sells more than content people. Such a shame Americans have given away their independence.

        I know patients in corporate managed apartments banning all tobacco and cannabis use. Notices and evictions for smells outside. Buildings surrounded by parking lots and the street where people smoke or drive into after smoking. Arbitrary and capricious intimidation tactics no different than drug czars. Years of indoor smoking before the new rules are used as evidence of smoking.

        Lots of smells bother people but that doesn’t mean we should necessarily ban them. A new tax paid bureaucracy to regulate and enforce. Driving people indoors has created more houses burned down. More concentrated smoke to produce actual second hand smoke. I’ve suggested a larger security deposit for cleaning apartments over dictating behavior. Most are willing to sit on the back porch.

        The same paranoia has people in the same bacci madness as any religionist demonizing anything. I called a lawyer who was an anti-bacci zealot it turned out. He said landlords have the right to lie about seeing someone if they can’t produce evidence. I ask about hearsay and tse said it wasn’t. Said it was words against words but the judge would side with the prohibitionists. I ask him in what possible context is that considered justice. Said the best thing was for the tenant to quit. He said most importantly, don’t piss off the judge. Ego over Jurist Prudence. Our town has banned smoking on various streets and all public places. Including parks. Many hotels and motels are smoke free. Some have a few rooms set aside. Some casino’s still allow smoking.

        At the end of the day. Smell doesn’t harm you so outdoor bans are political, not science. and provide politicians funding the same as cops and druggists with the Ganjawar. Driving people indoors. Raising prices only deters lower incomes and the legal choice of generic brands even more harmful due to more chemical adulterations from planting to packaging. Neglecting these adulterations allows drug warts to compare it equally to cannabis as all smoke harms. Including vapes as smoke.

        Tossing in the nicotine addictive properties as a tangible harm in itself. It doesn’t accumulate and the doses are not large enough to do harm. Tars are not carcinogenic and the adulterants are hidden from discussion. So once again the end justifying the any means necessary to sell a new prohibition. Sir Walter Raleigh or hundreds of other cultures before the Western cigarettes were used. Medical records and include a number of things damaging lungs. Fire wood and coal burning. Breathing harsh chemicals or stale air in mines. Nothing on tobacco or cannabis smoking.

        Cannabis opens small capillaries in the lungs and expectorates any pollutant from settling and causing problems. Yet this toads predictions are enough to make it law if passed. Bait and Switch selling lifestyles and order. I’m sick of it. No one learns or if they do, don’t deal with it. We finally get the people to see the nonsense 20 years ago and yet the persecution continues. Jim Crow still gets to broadcast and Robertson and Mussolini groupies have Cablenotnews to lay their propaganda on the people. Hilary creating a Butt Czar is all that’s missing. First they came for the poor, junkies and brown people, then the stoners and smokers, then the middle class and there was no one left to help.

        • Servetus

          In the future all new cars will come with a biohazard removal setting for their air filtration systems that can remove the aroma of marijuana from a car’s interior—as is the case for the new Tesla Model X, shown in the following video, that demonstrates this amazing accessory and its effectiveness. Auto pilot is another MJ friendly device.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs_X29DzUfo

      • Frank W.

        All I can offer is a May Day bonbon, courtesy of Ruggles.

        They’ve been sleeping on your shoulder,
        They’ve been crying in your beer,
        And They’ve sung you all Their sad lullabies,
        And you thought They wanted sympathy and didn’t care
        for souls,
        And They never were about to put you wise.
        But I’m telling you today,
        That it ain’t the only way,
        And there’s shit you won’t be eating any more–
        They’ve been paying you to love it,
        But the time has come to shove it,
        And it isn’ t a resistance, it’s a war.
        Light one up before you mosey out that door,
        Once you cuddled ’em and kissed ’em,
        But we’re bringin’ down Their system,
        And it isn’t a resistance, it’s a war….

        Happy May y’all

    • DdC

      From another forum…

      California adds to their bloated regulatory system. It will take 126 people and $25M to regulate marijuana for 1 year. 17 types of licenses? California has more state boards than Hasbro.

      http://www.ocregister.com/articles/marijuana-714406-department-state.html

  • Trotsky's Icepick

    The U.N. is a good place to find globalist unelected bureaucrat rats who view the lumpen prole unwashed masses as taxable units and good little serfs who must do as they are told.
    Too bad so sad that their Benetton ad rainbow unicorn pipe dream of all the serfs of earth holding hands and singing Kumbaya while bowing down to the blue flag with guns at their backs will never happen.
    Meanwhile they salivate over controlling all the nations of earth under the guise of climate change.