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New head of the DEA?

TRUMP PICKS EL CHAPO TO RUN D.E.A.

It’s satire, of course, but I couldn’t resist.

In an official statement, Trump said that El Chapo’s “tremendous success in the private sector” showed that he has what it takes to “shake things up” at the D.E.A.

Trump’s appointment of the former drug lord surprised many in Washington, in no small part because acrimony between the two allegedly prompted El Chapo, in 2015, to put a hundred-million-dollar bounty on Trump’s head.

But, appearing on CNN, the Trump surrogate Kellyanne Conway said that the selection of El Chapo should surprise no one. “Mr. Trump always said that he would surround himself with the best people,” she said.

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75 comments to New head of the DEA?

  • jean valjean

    Ha ha, I love it. It’s no more surreal than a lot of other recent events in the Land of the Free.

  • Will

    El Chapo is a great choice to head the DEA. He’ll also be an invaluable consultant while The Wall is being built. Win-win.

  • Frank W.

    It’s the Age of Miracles! “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossibly fucked-up things before breakfast.”

  • NCN

    Funny stuff. Hard to be depressed if your laughing. Medical Satire?

    • one of the immeasurable medicinal effects of cannabis – laughter. Even when he was close to death, Jim Greig still managed an occasional wheezing chuckle. Yes, I make people laugh even when on their deathbed.

      (and new calendar – adult content – with new roomie just posted, click on my name)

      • NorCalNative

        allan, thanks for the tip and link. It’s been several years since I haven’t had at least a half-dozen or more cannabis strains to choose from. I’m going to be fine in the upcoming dystopian future, but I’m saddened for the vulnerable folks who are going to have a rougher time with the R’s running things.

        As Servetus pointed out recently, under Republicans science and intellectualism get trashed. A dumber America is extremely problematic for the planet.

        I’m a bit stoked cuz I just dropped 3-grand on an indoor grow room setup. My future is bright.

        Oregon chicks rock.

      • WalStMonky

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        All that you have to do is look at the face of the typical sycophant of prohibition and it’s obvious that the stress caused by the lack of laughter leaves a person with a face that looks like a puckered anus. E.g. Sheldon Adelson.

        One very valuable public service of the prohibitionist cohort is they’ve been able to give a not insignificant number of appellate courts judges some stress release when the lawsuits filed by the prohibitionists are laughed out of court. It’s not easy to get those guys to laugh.

  • Narrative Fail

    Breaking News:

    White Amish Trump supporter dressed in KKK robe attacks people on Ohio State University campus while chanting Praise Jesus!
    Heroic Marxist professors were in deep mourning over the passing of humanitarian and utopia builder Comrade Fidel Castro and couldn’t do anything to stop the deplorable flyover country scum from his dastardly deeds.
    Our panel of fake news site and click bait experts believe Vladimir Putin and Russian hackers are behind this attack.

  • As silly as this satire is, it can’t be any sillier than the DEA insisting that marijuana has no medical value.

    “In global first, Teva signs deal to market medical marijuana inhaler” http://tinyurl.com/j87qwya

    “Teva will be the exclusive marketer and distributor in Israel of an inhaler developed by Syqe Medical for the delivery of medical cannabis. The accord marks the first time that a major global pharma company has agreed to market a medical cannabis product, according to Syqe.”

    … “To date Syqe has raised $33 million, including $20 million from Philip Morris International, according to data provided by the company.”

    The plot thickens. They used to say “all roads lead to Rome”. Sounds to me like they lead to Israel.

    Kevin better not try blaming this one on the marijuana community.

    • I don’t like how the dots start connecting from here.

    • jean valjean

      Kevin is CERTAIN to blame it on Big Tobacco along with an “I told you so…”

    • jean valjean

      Heard the CEO of Philip Morris International on BBC Radio 4 this morning. Apparently the company is planning to move out of the “addictive products business” entirely. He didn’t mention it but the $20 million investment in Teva’s cannabis inhaler is no doubt part of that plan. I wonder what Kevin Sabet has to say about that?

      • Israeli cannabis inhaler co Syqe targets US http://tinyurl.com/hjyot67

        “We expect to be approved for use in other countries in due course. The US, as the biggest medical cannabis market, is an obvious target.”

        “Bloomberg” also reports that Syqe will try loading the inhaler with opium and other painkilling substances.

        The company CEO saying they have other plans to move out of the “addictive products business” entirely sounds like pure PR and BS. Actually I like what they are doing here, but I don’t think anyone trusts them. Health issues are issues of public trust, something that Americans probably have little of for Phillip Morris.

  • Servetus

    Good choice for DEA chief. But how do we know El Chapo wasn’t in control of the DEA from the beginning? It surely looks that way. To this day, no journalist has traveled the entire distance of the Nieto Tunnel, portrayed in the MSM as an escape device comprising a motorcycle with tracks, allegedly distancing about a mile, and built beneath a Mexican prison later accused of aiding and abetting El Chapo’s escape.

    Am I wrong, or isn’t it the DEA’s job to perpetuate economic and social misery in Mexico by making our neighbor to the south subservient and exploitable through dependency on petty proceeds from oil, Canadian mining companies, kidnapping, mass murder, and drug smuggling? Oil prices are tanking, if not diving. So what’s left? Drugs? Nix. We’re legalizing that stuff. Public options are up for grabs. Mexico needs a new and better gig. Or, with Trump at the helm, it needs DEA Chief El Chapo to maintain the status quo.

    Rumors persist, despite frantic denials from those suffering from Post Trump Stress Disorder, that the new ONDCP Director will be drug treatment industry champion and gummy bear antagonist Kevin Sabet.

  • For all intents and purposes, that appointment is accurate.

    Criminal organizations of all sizes benefit from Certain Drug Prohibition.

    Our governmental thugs and reason abusers benefit from Certain Drug Prohibition.

    People who prefer genuine civility do not benefit and are demonstrably harmed by the millions.

    Never to be an ass about it, but I can only laugh when Certain Drug Prohibition falls like the Berlin Wall.

  • There'sLightDownUnder

    They are policies that appeal to progressives, libertarians and conservatives alike – progressives and libertarians because of their support for freedom, and conservatives because of their appreciation for rational, evidence-based policy.

    The line between licit and illicit drugs is arbitrary. The biggest killers are legal – tobacco, alcohol and prescription painkillers. But regulation and education have slashed tobacco consumption.

    Again, we stress our concern is harm minimisation. Prohibition has not worked. Our lawmakers know it, and admit it privately. Should they fail to countenance change publicly, they will merely be putting their own misguided self-interest above the public interest. That is a cruel betrayal.

    http://tinyurl.com/EditorialAge

  • Servetus

    Fighting the drug trade in Afghanistan has burned through $8-billion in US taxpayer money, with the following results:

    After a 14-year effort by the U.S. to end Afghanistan’s drug trade, it is now the world leader in heroin production. Plans to promote alternative farming and eradicate poppy fields have only led to more poppies planted. Law enforcement training has been insufficient. About $109 million was spent on substance abuse treatment programs and education.

    https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/afghan

    Drug War achievements in Colombia, which according to the US government constitutes a success story, are provided by Ron Jacobs at Counterpunch, who discusses Drug Wars and Neoliberalism and the drug war in Mexico:

    Back in the 1990s, I worked with different groups opposed to the war on drugs in Colombia. In what would become a template for succeeding theaters of this war, the US sent military advisers, weapons and transport, and billions of dollars to the government of Colombia. Although the US aid was sold to the American public by minimizing the military aspect and promising that the Colombians would adhere to strict human rights guidelines, the fact is the opposite occurred. As the aid program expanded (eventually being known as Plan Colombia), more and more peasants, workers, and indigenous Colombians were killed, tortured and forcibly removed from their homes. Labor leaders and religious workers were specifically targeted by the military and deals between drug cartels and the Colombian government gave the cartels paramilitaries virtually free rein to do the regime’s bloodiest and dirtiest work. This meant that, together with the military, they could target not just civilians but also the long-standing insurgencies in the country, thereby providing an equally disturbing political cover to their murderous endeavors.

    As president, Trump and his proto-fascist advisors will inherit the drug war’s legacy of corruption and hypocrisy, likely doubling down and continuing it in countries such as Mexico, which is mimicking Colombia’s fate. A total cessation of the drug war within the US will be necessary to stop it elsewhere in the world. We can expect no cooperation from the Trump cartel in ending it anywhere. The drug war is a last remnant of US gunboat diplomacy.

    • Mouth

      75% of the money the U.S. spent on Afghanistan and 25% for Iraq are 100% directly linked to the War on Drugs. I always ask prohib doubters where in Iraq or Afghanistan they went to. They just look at me like I expect them to actually risk their life for information. And I do. I tell them that they’ll grow back to life like grass if they die in war. But they doubt that part.

      I wonder if Chris Christie kneels down on an Plus Size prayer rug during his Wahhabi rituals. Joe Arpaio also lost his bid for election because he stoned too many women who did not cover their faces and Kev-Kev has a paid gig making sure beards are in regulation order.

  • jean valjean

    Our old friends Barthwell and Volkow lack scientific integrity and how they scam the public:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/we-need-scientific-integrity-in-cannabis-policy_us_583b5fdee4b050dfe6187d67?section=us_science

  • Irie

    Just went on Snopes.com, it says FALSE to this rumor, so…..sorry to burst your bubble, I was hoping it to be true as well http://www.snopes.com/trump-picks-el-chapo-to-run-dea/

  • Servetus

    Marijuana consumption is up, thereby likely provoking paroxysms of fear and loathing within the bunker-mentality psyches of Mark Kleiman and Kevin Sabet:

    November 29, 2016–A new study of changes in marijuana use over time in the U.S. found that the prevalence of past-year marijuana use increased for both men and women between 2002 and 2014. Throughout this period, more men reported past-year use than women, but since 2007, the rate of increase was greater for men than for women, leading to a widening of the gender gap in marijuana use over time. An estimated 6 million additional men and 4 million additional women used marijuana in 2014 compared to 2002.[…]

    Epidemiologists Hannah Carliner and Deborah S. Hasin used national survey data to reveal that recent trends run counter to past trends in both marijuana and alcohol use, and a narrowing gender gap over time. After years of relatively stable rates of use at around 13 percent of the adult male population and 7 percent of the adult female population, a new trend emerged in 2007, after which prevalence increased by about 4 percent among men and 3 percent among women.[…]

    Income and economics provided further clarity. The researchers found that the widening gender gap in marijuana use was driven solely by households earning less than $50,000 per year. Between 2007 and 2014, prevalence of marijuana use increased about 6 percent among men in households earning less than $20,000 annually, compared to only 2 percent of women in that group. These changes correspond to the beginning of the Great Recession and rising unemployment rate in 2007.[…]

    The authors speculate that coping with the stress of economic hardship and insecurity may contribute to the increase in marijuana use among men in the hardest hit segment of the population. “While an economic recovery began around 2012, it largely bypassed men in the low-income manufacturing and construction fields, where earning and employment rates remained low,” noted Dr. Carliner.

    “Our findings are consistent with other recent national studies documenting increasing rates of disease and death related to substance use among middle-aged low socioeconomic status White Americans,” says Dr. Hasin.

    AAAS Public Release: Marijuana use gender gap widens, mainly among low-income Americans: Six percent increase in pot use among men earning less than $20,000 corresponds to rising unemployment rate during Great Recession

    Except that marijuana consumption doesn’t result in “increasing rates of disease and death”, just the opposite. Also, stress reduction from marijuana doesn’t just help low-income people, it helps everyone. Others can be expected to try marijuana once they realize the anti-marijuana propaganda is a pack of lies. All they need for that understanding to occur is a candid discussion with a marijuana consuming peer.

  • jean valjean

    Psilocybin: another Schedule 1 drug with “no medical uses.”

    “Researchers involved in the two trials in the United States say the results are remarkable. The volunteers had “profoundly meaningful and spiritual experiences” which made most of them rethink life and death, ended their despair and brought about lasting improvement in the quality of their lives.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/01/magic-mushroom-ingredient-psilocybin-can-lift-depression-studies-show

  • Bucket of Gold

    Medical Cannabis bill expected to pass in Ireland:

    Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that although he has concerns about some elements of the bill, he will not oppose its progression to Committee Stage.

    Mr Harris asked the Health Products Regulatory Authority to advise him on the scientific and clinical value of cannabis as a medicine.

    He said he wants to receive that advice from the agency before progressing the legislation any further.

    The minister also indicated that amendments would have to be made to the proposed bill to avoid the unintended effect of making cannabis legal for recreational use.

    The legislation is expected to be supported by a majority of TDs in the Dáil.

    https://www.rte.ie/news/2016/1201/835669-cannabis-medicinal-use-dail/

  • Servetus

    Mariya Omelicheva, a University of Kansas associate professor of political science, explains the legitimization process authoritarian regimes go through to seize and retain power. It’s a description that sounds familiar to anyone acquainted with drug enforcement politics:

    30-NOV-2016 — “The leadership of these states have been determined to maintain power under the guise of democracy without exposing themselves to the political risks of competition,” Omelicheva said. “They have every single formal democratic institution, but they strip them of their democratic essence.”[…]

    “They’ve persuaded the public that their ideas of legitimacy were informed by the countries’ histories and traditions. These governments presented their practices as consistent with the people’s primary demands and needs.”

    For example, political platforms of the main parties are almost indistinguishable and aligned with the government’s positions. Various legal and political barriers effectively block the rise of opposition. The competitors in presidential elections publicly give their vote to incumbent presidents.

    “Because of these obvious infractions on democratic principles in practice, these authoritarian governments generate public support by resorting to performance legitimation, meaning they would assert that they have been effective in delivering on the public’s demands for order, stability, security and socioeconomic progress,” Omelicheva said.

    More or less they have been successful in following up on their promises relative to the terms they’ve defined, she said.

    Omelicheva found that Nazarbayev and Karimov both used similar rhetorical tactics by comparing their countries’ economies at the dawn of their independence — the collapse of the Soviet Union — to the present day, arguing how much progress they have made.

    Understanding how authoritarian regimes construct and sell their legitimacy can help international players attune their foreign policy approaches and expectations with regards to these states’ democratization and economic liberalization.[…]

    “Words matter. The power of persuasion and manipulation matters,” Omelicheva said. “We need to take rhetoric seriously, even if we know — in the case of authoritarian regimes — that the rhetoric is manipulative.”

    AAAS Public Release: Authoritarian regimes use rhetoric to legitimize their power

  • Servetus

    Albania is the new cannabis king of Europe:

    Albania has become the largest producer of outdoor-grown cannabis in Europe. The potent plant has been described as “green gold” for struggling farmers. In a poor nation, it’s a billion-euro industry.

    And there is something for law enforcement as well:

    “I pay the police 20%. Everybody has to pay. If you don’t pay they will take you to jail,” he says.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38111945

    • jean valjean

      I suppose it’s a change from the Land of the Free where it’s the federal government who does the police bribing.

    • jean valjean

      This article, with its assumption that cannabis cultivation is inherently wrong, is clearly aimed at maintaining prohibition in Britain. There is no mention of the growing legalization movements in the US and other European states which call into question the Britain government’s resolute support of the drug war. The Conservative government under the devout Christian Theresa May is unlikely to move on this issue.

  • Servetus

    The drug war in Mexico is about to heat up a bit as the Nieto government intends to imitate Calderón by sending the military into the streets:

    25 November 2016 — It has yet to be seen how this new law will be viewed by Mexican legislators, but if it is passed, those who oppose militarization will draw little comfort from its “regulatory” function — after all, the creation of a new law doesn’t mean that it will be adhered to.

    Mexico’s military was first dispatched onto the country’s streets to fight against organized crime in 2006 by former President Felipe Calderón, and it has remained in that role ever since. Although the Mexican army remains the country’s most trusted security branch, its members have committed serious human rights violations in the context of the drug war, some of which it has attempted to cover up.

    Since 2006, the country’s National Human Rights Commission has received upwards of 9,000 complaints against its members, and soldiers have been involved in cases of extrajudicial killings, disappearances and the use of torture, as well as some of the gravest cases of human rights violations of the last decade.

    Some could interpret the newly proposed Law for Internal Security as a way to get around these constitutional concerns by expanding definitions of internal security.

    Even the head of Mexico’s National Defense Secretariat (Sedena), Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, has said that the deployment of the military against organized crime was a “mistake” and that Mexico’s military is weary of the task.

    Despite the militarization of Mexico’s campaign against organized crime and drug traffickers, homicide rates in Mexico are now approaching levels not seen since 2012. Independent analysts say that more than half of all homicides are the work of organized crime and criminal gangs.

    http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/proposed-law-in-mexico-could-expand-and-regulate-military-in-drug-war

    • WalStMonky

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      Don’t they have any pussy communists in Mexico?

      • Green Moon Lobster

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        Warning: do not do an image search for “mexican commy pussy”

      • Servetus

        Sadly, not enough commies to start another Mexican Revolution. Seems that most are working for the government and cartels.

        Let us say it again: What does government want? Does it want violence because it can call upon the means to stifle it and thereby can pave the way for immediate foreign intervention “so as to forestall civil war”? – José Peirats, The CNT in the Spanish Revolution, ed. by Chris Eatham, Vol. 2, p. 155.

  • jean valjean

    The Trump drug war apologists might want to consider the potential implied by this move:
    “Donald Trump Praises Philippines Deadly Drug War And Invites Leader To White House: Duterte”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-philippines-duterte-whtie-house_us_5841f962e4b09e21702ebbae

    • IzzyTheCowboy

      Maybe we’ll find the answer somewhere in Daniel’s Booky Wook?

      • jean valjean

        Ye, I think Daniel needs to come back to the couch and explain his fantasy that Trump and what now passes as the Republican Party are a good thing for drug reform….you know, small government, states rights and rest of the b.s. that Mr Williams has tried to foist here.

        • Daniel Williams

          I do believe I’ve detailed my position my position here on the couch (and other venues) a number of times. But perhaps not enough for slow learners like IzzyTheCowboy and jean valjean.

          But out of respect for those who may agree with, or at least understand, my position, including those few who have made reasonable counter arguments here, I’ll spare them another summation.

          In lieu of that, I’ll just offer both jean and Izzy a free copy of my ‘Booky Wook’ and trust their reading skills exceed their cognitive ones. A leap, I know, but hey, anything is possible.

          So, but only if it interests you two, email me a mailing address and I’ll get one out to you: daniel@theopiumden.net

        • Atrocity

          you said my opinions were bullshit and a fantasy

          You keep deflecting. People aren’t asking you about conservative philosophy in general, they’re asking about Tr*mp specifically.

          At this point, the only indication we have that Tr*mp may leave the legal states alone is that words to that effect came out of its mouth. Similar words came out of Bush’s face-hole in 2000 and Obama’s in 2008 and they turned out to be lies. The adults are specifically worried about Tr*mp because they remember the past and they’re well aware that a ton of words have come out of Tr*mp’s mouth only to be immediately contradicted by subsequent words and/or by objective, observable reality.

          So yes, it’s nice that drug peace is arguably a good fit with so-called conservatism* and perhaps your twelve year old book lays out the case nicely. However, it’s not at all clear what ANY -ism has to do with Tr*mp.

          *Not a slam at conservatism per se, but an expression of increasing conviction that “conservative” and “liberal” are on their own not particularly useful words.

      • jean valjean

        Daniel, your patronization disguises nothing. How can you possibly maintain that Trump and the new Republican party are likely to adopt the changes in drug policy we promote from the couch?

        • Daniel Williams

          As does your jumping into the ad hominem shitpit – and your surprise that it produced a splash of blowback.

          Again, if you’d like my expanded take on it all, send me your mailing address and I’ll send you a copy of my book. If not, please feel free to continue labeling my argument as bullshit. It’s probably easier anyway.

        • jean valjean

          I don’t know where you see an ad hominem in what I said. I simply asked you to explain your position regarding how you can possibly see Trump as a positive force in the drug reform debate. If you are unable to answer this question at least have the honesty to admit it.

        • jean valjean

          By the way, how is your 2004 book relevant to Trump 2016? I’ll add it to my list of urgent books to read, number 12,479.
          Yawn.

        • Daniel Williams

          No, you said my opinions were bullshit and a fantasy that I try to foist on everyone here on the couch. Maybe the subtleties escape you, and you consider ad hominem attacks to be of a more crass nature, like calling someone a motherfucker.

          And my 2004 book is relevant to the debate on the inclinations of conservative philosophy as it regards drug policy. You’ll never know, of course, as my observation that you’d rather bitch than read rings true.

          And by the way, didn’t I read here just recently that you were leaving the US, as it no longer feels like home – or is that just a bullshit fantasy of yours?

        • jean valjean

          Daniel. Clearly your thesis that Donald Trump might be good for drug reform following his support for Duterte is a fantasy, if not a nightmare. That is not an ad hominem but an opinion.
          Also, are you suggesting that my absence from the US prevents me expressing my opinion about the US government? To put an end to that particular fantasy of yours, I live in London now, from whence I look on with horror at what is being done to country I called home by right-wingers like you.

        • Daniel Williams

          We win. London loses. And Trump isn’t even president yet!

        • jean valjean

          Childish, Daniel. I thought at first you were a serious contributor to the drug reform debate but I now see that you’re just another troll. I won’t trouble you again.

        • Daniel Williams

          Awww, hon. You need one of those donut cushions for your sore butt (I hear they’re on sale at Harrods). And don’t flatter yourself: You never troubled me.

      • jean valjean

        Very disturbing and not only for drug reform but for the whole future of American democracy too.

      • DdC

        Duderte can learn a lot from the D.E.A.th Mongers.

        “DEATH TO THE DRUGGIES”

        Tragedy in the Wilderness
        At least 10 children have lost their lives as a result of their participation in a wilderness therapy program (AKA “Brat Camps”) who failed them in the worst way imaginable. In remembrance of all the victims of Straight, Inc. Calvina Fay is the Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.) From 1976-1985 it was known as Straight, Inc. The Semblers have been waging a war on marijuana for decades. Before they led Save Our Society from Drugs, and its sister nonprofit, the Drug Free America Foundation, the Semblers were at the helm of STRAIGHT, Inc.

        Drug War Creates Mass Death of the Akha (Thailand)
        US PRAISES THAI DRUG WAR!

        547 Men, Women and Children will Die today from Pesticide Poisoning
        People need to be aware that babies, children, teens and adults are being poisoned daily leading to injury and death. Tobacco and alcohol use by pregnant women has adverse effects on the fetus. Tobacco use causes an increase in SIDS and miscarriages. Hemp is environmentally friendly crop that doesn’t require massive applications of fertizilers and pesticides to thrive. Prohibitionist Calvino Fay wrote: This insensitive gesture (Hemp) makes a mockery of our nation.

        Rainbow Farm Massacre
        Tom Crosslin and his partner Rollie created Rainbow Farm Campground in Michigan and it quickly became the center of gravity for changing the marijuana laws in Michigan. Consequently, they were targeted by law enforcement. Tom was shot by an FBI sniper on Sept. 3rd, Rollie was killed by snpers on September 4th. Few people in America are aware of their story because it was buried in the news by 9/11.

        The Murder of Peter McWilliams

        New York Nine Year Old Girl With Dravet Syndrome
        Dies Without Medical Marijuana

        Anna Conte had a rare condition called Dravet Syndrome that caused her to experience as many as hundreds of crippling seizures every day. Children with similar conditions have successfully treated their symptoms with cannabis in states that have legalized the drug for medicinal use. New York lawmakers passed a medical marijuana bill last month, but the law won’t go into effect for another year and a half. Since its passage, two other children with seizure disorders similar to Conte’s have also died

        Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74
        The ominous part is that this isn’t the first time scientists have discovered that THC shrinks tumors. In 1974 researchers at the Medical College of Virginia, who had been funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system, found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice — lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia. The DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further cannabis/tumor research. In 1976 President Gerald Ford put an end to all public cannabis research and granted exclusive research rights to major pharmaceutical companies

        List of people with brain tumors Wikipedia
        For primary brain cancer, the National Cancer Institute estimates 22,070 new cases and 12,920 deaths in the US for 2009. 42 years x 12,920 = 542,640

        • Hope

          I intended to start writing a series of comments at CannabisNews to reference the victims of the drug war and the marijuana/cannabis war. I was going to start with the murder of Donald Post.

          The old articles about what a horror of government greed it was seemed to be gone. They are gone! Everything else seems arranged and worded to cast doubt on the Posts and to blur the egregious behavior of the government agents in the murder of Mr. Post and the seizure of his property.

    • WalStMonky

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      Others might consider the consequences of confirmation bias. At this point all we have is the self serving rhetoric of a serial mass murdering malignant narcissist of a criminal posing as a public servant.

      I’m not saying that the POTUS elect didn’t say it. But I am saying that I’ve got no doubt in my mind that Mr. Duterte would lie through his teeth and that I’m not going to grant him any credibility simply because I don’t like the POTUS elect.

      August 12, 2016:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/world/asia/philippines-trump-terrorist-nation.html“>Philippines Talks of Barring Donald Trump for Calling It a ‘Terrorist Nation’

      /snip/
      “We are letting people come in from terrorist nations that shouldn’t be allowed because you can’t vet them,” he said. He then named several countries, including the Philippines, whose immigrants, he said, had been arrested in the United States for terrorism-related offenses.

      “We’re dealing with animals,” he said.
      /snip/

      —————————
      By the way, I’ve decided that since the POTUS elect is in all likelihood an elite level egomaniac. I’m going to quit saying his name out loud or in print because I don’t want to feed his ego.
      —————————

  • Mouth

    Not allowing hemp keeps American oil and natural gas industries capable of competing with Saudi Arabia, which also profits the Arabs, thus fostering untold millions of dollars donated to radical Islam. Legalizing Hemp would reduce the role of oil based products, thus reducing the competition for Saudi Arabia, thus reducing funding for radical Islam. Just further evidence that many Republicans and Democrats are under the thumb of Sharia Law, even if they are unaware.

    Legalize Hemp and legalize Drugs, we’ll see terrorism reduced globally. Donald Trumpsters will see fewer Mexicans coming to America to sell dope and coming to America to flee the violence of the drug war, while offering Mexico jobs in hemp/cannabis, which will reduce those fleeing for economic reasons.

  • TO PETE or any of my long time comrades here.

    I have a question if Pete wouldn’t mind or anyone else who may feel qualified to answer.

    I think this may warrant a drugwarrant.com post/blog entry in it of itself but thats just me.

    This morning I had the humbling priviledge (seriously) of riding alongside in a car.

    While I was in the passenger seat the radio was tuned in to 1010wins New York news station. Suddenly the station played a pre-recorded message from the POTUS, Obama, who was championing the so called “21st Century Health Care” act or something… “21st Century Cures Act” or something… And hes saying stuff blah blah blah about what its gonna do… what it may achieve…and suddenly my attention goes from 10% to 100% when he suddenly starts talking about the “opiod epidemic” and how more people are dying from drug overdoses then car accidents. He says how this bill or whatever is supposed to be an innovative, huge deal in terms of dealing with opiate treatment.

    So my question is, is this true?? I am guessing all that it is is just more money directed at the same useless methods ( “treatment” wether 12 stepped based (as i believe 88-92% of all the rehabs, halfway houses, 3 quarter houses, in patient and out patients ‘substance’ care places are based) or not 12 step based but abstinence based, methadone or suboxone… the same old same old) or is it actually going to begin to do something innovative, new (for the USA anyway) and actually helpful??? any info on this?? thanks

    be safe. cj

    • 21st Century Cures Act passed overwhelmingly by House, major health reform bill moves to Senate
      https://t.co/uIM9NA31dz

      It has to go thru the Senate still, so don’t hold your breath. Bernie is against it – looks to me like its geared to be a pharmaceutical company backscratch bonanza/extravaganza.

      • By tapping into US oil to sell 80 million gallons of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

      • DdC

        Tell your senators to vote “No!”
        on the 21st Century Cures Act.

        The so-called “21st Century Cures Act” is a corporate giveaway to Big Pharma that threatens patient safety and does nothing to address medicine affordability for America’s patients and families.

        Add your name below to join Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in standing up to the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, not giving them more handouts.

        We urge you to vote “No!” on the misleadingly named 21st Century Cures Act — a brazen corporate giveaway to Big Pharma that will NOT make prescriptions more affordable and will NOT guarantee added funding for new research and treatments.
        https://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=13364

  • Kevin Sabet’s Former Professor Acknowledges Cannabis’ Medical Benefits https://t.co/EvURAU489T

  • Bucket of Spice

    Consider the most basic point: how are prisons awash with the drug? These are designed to be the most secure buildings in Britain, bristling with barbed wire, cameras, dogs, guards and technology. Offenders must undergo mandatory testing. Yet the head of substance misuse at one prison says more than six in 10 inmates use it, while some offenders say the real figure is far higher. So what hope of stopping drugs accessing wider society? Especially when our nation’s annual consumption of cocaine could fit in one shipping container and we have 12,000 miles of coastline.

    >>

    “Banged up 23 hours a day in a large toilet with someone you have never met before – who wouldn’t want a mind-altering substance?” reflected one former prison governor recently.

    >>

    Meanwhile drug reform gathers pace on the global stage. Unfortunately Britain prefers the naval-gazing of Brexit to sorting out fundamental problems of society that might make our country a better place for everyone.

    http://tinyurl.com/UKprisonSpice

    • jean valjean

      I see very little of the zeal so apparent in the US for drug reform in Britain. British police and courts just go through the motions of the drug war awarding small fines for most possession offences. However, that becomes a criminal record which the US federal government can use for life changing discrimination, all “legal” of course. British government policy on drug reform is still firmly in the hands of the tabloid press like the Daily Mail and mainstream pols are terrified of being described as soft on drugs by these rags. Look what happened to Nick Clegg after all.

  • Servetus

    PROPAGANDA ALERT: The horrors! Baby boomers are the new focus of NIDA funded research as those postbellum pests perpetuate their youthful marijuana experiences in their twilight years. The NIDA wants all boomers to know they care and are there to help:

    5-DEC-2016 — “Given the unprecedented aging of the U.S. population, we are facing a never before seen cohort of older adults who use recreational drugs,” says Benjamin Han, MD, MPH.[…]

    “We found only five percent of these older adults felt using marijuana once or twice a week was a great risk to their health” said Joseph J. Palamar, PhD, MPH[…]

    The results, however, give the researchers reason to believe the population may be at a particularly high risk for adverse health outcomes, as the concurrent use of multiple substances (marijuana, prescribed prescription drug, and even self-prescribed illicit drugs) all used in combination may make older adults further vulnerable to poor physical and mental health outcomes and certainly can impact their care.

    Dr. Palamar notes that as a public health researcher, “for years we’ve been worried about the potential effects of marijuana on the developing brains of teens, but now we may need a bit more focus on their grandparents, who are increasingly more likely to be current users.” […]

    AAAS Public Release: Baby boomers’ on dope: Recreational marijuana use is on the rise among adults over 50

    The government needs to give up worrying about boomers’ health and start worrying about its own fitness. At the moment, few things are sicker, decrepit, and more corrupt than the US government and its drug war.

    • jean valjean

      I can’t think of a better time than retirement to be a little high. No immediate calls on one’s attention skills and multi-tasking abilities. Go lie on the beach and enjoy ffs. 60 is the new 40 and sex has never been better with weed and a little viagra. Maybe Volkow is just jealous? I doubt she’s getting any.

  • “Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana”
    https://t.co/DrvUH6pNBS

    I do not like what I am seeing.

    … “New rules implemented by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, amendments related to guns, abortion, LGBT issues and marijuana will no longer be permitted” …

    Meanwhile, proponents of legalization across the country are panicking as they reckon with how quickly a Reagan-era throwback in the attorney general’s office will be able to dismantle more than a decade of progress.

    “If we don’t take action and hold President-elect Trump accountable,” said Representative Jared Polis, Democrat from Colorado, “in one fell swoop, the federal government could damage state economies, and discourage entrepreneurship—placing some of our innovators behind bars, all while eroding states’ rights.”

    Donald Trump and his new crew of minions are going to hurt a lot of people if we don’t find a way to stop their senseless harm of the american population that is seeking to access and use cannabis.

    This isn’t law and order, its repression. Cannabis must be removed from the CSA.

  • Bucket of hope

    “After a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s, Larry has exhausted every conventional method of treatment, every drug, and even brain surgery. Refusing to give up, he seeks alternatives, discovering the untapped benefits of exercise and medical marijuana.”

    http://tinyurl.com/ForTheLoveOfLarry

  • DdC

    The world is getting warmer—and Breitbart.com just got burned.

    Weather Channel to Breitbart: You’re Using Our Video to Mislead People
    The Weather Channel laid into the conservative site Tuesday for using one of its videos in what it says was a misleading article, which claimed the “last three years may eventually come to be seen as the final death rattle of the global warming scare.” The channel says the Breitbart story is a “prime example of cherry picking, or pulling a single item out of context to build a misleading case,” noting that “thousands of researchers and scientific societies are in agreement that greenhouse gases produced by human activity are warming the planet’s climate and will keep doing so” and rebutting the scientific claims made in the article; the piece was retweeted by the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology.

    AP source: Trump to tap Oklahoma AG Pruitt to head EPA
    (another denialist quack. profits over people.)

    Like Mike Moore said, Democrats only job is to obstruck, obstruct, obstruct! No oil profiteers heading science. In the DEA or EPA!