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If you have to go to the inauguration, you might as well…

Marijuana legalization supporters to hand out 4,200 joints at Trump inauguration

Marijuana legalization activists in the nation’s capital plan to hand out thousands of joints during President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration as a way to raise awareness of about the fragility of legal pot under his administration.

The advocacy group behind the ballot initiative that legalized pot in Washington, D.C., in 2014 will take to the streets Jan. 20 to give away 4,200 joints — or somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 ounces of marijuana.

“We are forced to do this type of publicity stunt because the Trump administration hasn’t mentioned marijuana once since he was elected,” said DCMJ founder Adam Eidinger. “It reminds people that the public wants change, and the politicians aren’t doing it.”

The giveaway raises awareness on two distinct fronts — first the fact that despite D.C. voters legalizing marijuana in 2014, it remains illegal to buy or sell the drug in the nation’s capital because of action taken by Congress that bans local lawmakers from passing new marijuana laws. Secondly, activists hope to align with Trump supporters who also support marijuana legalization in their home states so they can work together to push the Republican administration to expand legalization and address outstanding regulations that hinder pot-related businesses.

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73 comments to If you have to go to the inauguration, you might as well…

  • DdC

    Supposed to be a large group of medical professionals protesting the day after InOg. Probably use some of the hand outs.

    These dudes got 20 years for bad rapping. while growing pot. But it was Modesto, Twas told its John Wayneland. The only things politically correct are Marlboro’s, Mail Pouch and Old Milwaukee.

    Peaceful lil protest dity, like Kumbaya or Amazing Grace.
    Appropriate chant while handing out doobies too, Just like Power to the People or We Shall Overcome!

    “Fuck the Feds!”

    Kraz-Business Man By Luke Scarmazzo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5niNz39Fco

    CA Cannabis Pioneers Hoping for Presidential Pardon
    California cannabis pioneers Luke Scarmazzo and Ricardo Montes

    Remember, this is 2006: California state law says that patients can assemble collectively to cultivate medicine—there are no state legal protections for storefront marijuana dispensaries. And forget the feds: George W. Bush is president of the United States, and his Justice Department had no compunction against raiding tiny, six-plant gardens grown for cancer patients.

    At the time, Scarmazzo was an aspiring rapper performing under the stage name “Kraz.” Using his dispensary profits, he staged an elaborate, professionally shot music video that showed him taunting Modesto politicians, bragging about selling and smoking copious amounts of weed and — most regrettably in retrospect — firing off the phrase “Fuck the feds!”

    “Marijuana is safe, we know it is safe.
    It’s our cash cow and we will never give up,”
    ~ Belita Nelson,
    former DEA propagandist

    Got Jobs? Today from Ganjapreneur
    https://www.ganjapreneur.com/

    • DdC

      The inauguration of a new president is traditionally one of the biggest events in years in Washington—but if bus parking figures are anything to go by, Donald Trump’s inauguration may not even be the city’s biggest event next week. DC Council member Charles Allen tells NBC4 that only around 200 requests to park charter buses at RFK Stadium, the main such parking facility, have been made for Jan. 20, but there have been at least 1,200 requests for Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration, when the Women’s March on Washington will be held. On the march’s Facebook page, 186,000 people say they’re going, with another 253,000 “interested.”

      Women’s March Could Be Bigger Than Trump Inauguration

      Logistical Information for Jan. 20 protest – maps and prohibited items

  • Daniel Williams

    “It reminds people that the public wants change, and the politicians aren’t doing it.”

    I agree. If only we could have elected a progressive president, one who, from his personal experience of enjoying pot, this public demonstration wouldn’t be necessary.

    Oh wait…

    • TheBookieWookClub

      Dan, you’re obviously far better than the rest of us simple couch minions.
      I wonder why you do it?

      “Daniel cringed inside. He stood waiting for the words he had heard so often in his life. “I told you so,” his father said with a tight lip. His dad was furious, and Daniel set his jaw, clenching his teeth. It would only be worse if he blurted out what he so wanted to say: “Yeah, you’re always right! You’re never wrong about anything!”

      Once, just once, Daniel wished he could prove his father wrong.”

      • Daniel Williams

        TBWC: I believe the instance you’re referring to is when I got home after banging your mom and told my dad how bad her pussy smelled.

        • jean valjean

          Daniel illustrates a perfect example of the verb to troll:
          “TBWC: I believe the instance you’re referring to is when I got home after banging your mom and told my dad how bad her pussy smelled.”
          If you can’t discuss drug reform rationally you’d better get back under your bridge.

        • Daniel Williams

          jean valjean: How apropos of you to appropriate the name of someone struggling to maintain a normal life after doing time for stealing bread. Your struggle must be trying to maintain after a lifetime bereft of cognitive thought.

          But thanks for reposting my comment to TBWC! I’m sure the little bugger appreciates it as much as I do. Now go upstairs and eat that breakfast your mommy prepared before it gets cold.

    • DdC

      Get over it Denial, you’re getting boring. Do you hate the thought of a woman or black guy being President? Here’s your solution? Typical Trump’s lame tinkle down spare change. Obama has done more than anyone in History by doing nothing. You want Utopia sent UPS overnight express or really haven’t been paying attention.

      Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III AG
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1142K

      GOP

      George W. Bush is president of the United States, and his Justice Department had no compunction against raiding tiny, six-plant gardens grown for cancer patients.

      Bush, in his mid-20s,
      “liked to sneak out back for a joint of marijuana
      or into the bathroom for a line of cocaine”.

      First Lady Laura Bush was the “go-to-girl for dime bags” of grass at the Southern Methodist University.,

      “She not only smoked dope but she sold dope.”
      ~ Robert Nash, PR executive
      What George W Bush Doesn’t
      Want the World To Know

      George W. Bush on Drugs
      ~ Considered hypocritical for hard line on cocaine after using
      ~ Nov. 2000: DUI revelation probably cost Bush popular vote
      ~ $23 million more for drug-testing in schools
      ~ Use faith-based programs for addicted Americans
      ~ Turned from alcoholism by power of prayer

      “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions.
      You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.”
      ~ George W. Bush

      Obama

      https://weedmaps.com

      “When I was a kid, I inhaled, frequently. That was the point,”
      ~ Barack Obama

      Even in high school Obama penalized pot smokers…
      It was the opposite of Bill Clinton’s claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled,” explains Maraniss. Here’s how it worked: If you exhaled prematurely when you were with the Choom Gang, “you were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around.”

      Now Denial, if you weren’t so blindly paranoid of liberals you might see that it is Wall St Neocons, not republicans and democrats leading the Ganjawar. The Cole Memo has provided the best there has ever been and you whine about it? that’s why they call it “lesser evil”. Comparing it to blind faith gopers actions for 45 years proves why it is called that.

      I assume you know it all came out of Nixon’s same paranoia of the blacks and liberals. So Ganja prohibition should be invalid if ethics were included, especially in vetting appointments. Or blocking SCotUS nominee’s. 1st on the GOPer list was to gut independent investigations by the Ethics Committee and then Block any Cannabis legislation.

      Now Grassley Fast tracking Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III with a voice vote. Signs you’re suffering from endocannabinoid deficiency dude. Fear centers growing, delusional behavior lashing out and gnashing teeth over an illogical fear of rabbits while sleeping with Hyena’s.

      Prohibition profiteers perpetuate the Ganjawar.
      They know it, wonder how long it will take the reformers to figure it out?

      “Marijuana is safe, we know it is safe.
      It’s our cash cow and we will never give up,”
      ~ Belita Nelson,
      former DEA propagandist
      http://tinyurl.com/zmqmzp4

      • Daniel Williams

        Yeah, DdC, you’re probably right. How stupid was it for me to vote for a black man in 2008. I shoulda known better.

        But I would imagine the families of the 4 million folks Obama busted for the possession of pot wished he’d have done a little less of that nothing.

        • DdC

          Less is always More than Nothing dude.

          Obama was better than Bush who was trying to keep up with Clinton who passed Daddybush, Rayguns and Nixon combined. Neoliberalism dude. Until the money is out of politics and kept separate from corporations buying representation as it supposedly is for religion. Then reality will never prevail over the profits of prohibition. You can blame Obama for not removing it as a controlled substance. Or being hypocritical, only a little less than previous thugs pounding the drug war drums. As long as Neocons set the agenda, less is the most we can hope for. Maybe the UN will Undo what Anslinger did with the Single Convention Treaty. Or maybe Obama will free the weed before leaving. Nothing much to lose. Not that the Neoconstipated won’t place it as an even harder drug class. Oh but wait, we’re the land of the free and the home of the brave in songs. We have documents in Museums damn it! We the people are theoretically in charge, they said so.

        • Daniel Williams

          Whatever, dude.

        • jean valjean

          Ah Daniel….you used to be someone who was taken seriously here on the couch, someone who had something to contribute to the drug reform debate. What happened to you? These constant non-sequiturs and ad hominems suggest that you have lost the plot somehow. Have you had a brain injury or done a little too much acid? It’s none of my business of course, but that’s how you come across when I read your posts.
          Here’s Daniel in better times:
          http://www.drugwarrant.com/2008/02/one-of-our-own-running-for-president/

        • Daniel Williams

          To jean valjean, DdC, TBWC and all my other detractors here on the couch:

          I’ve been an outspoken critic of drug prohibition for nearly 50 years. I successfully fought every company where I had leadership roles on the use of employee drug testing, including the billionaires that funded our cellular phone start-up, one I was instrumental in growing into a business that sold for nearly a billion dollars.

          And it is no secret that I’ve opposed the incremental approach to drug policy reform, first exemplified as legalizing pot for all, then, when that went so well, backing down to just legalizing medical use. A worthy goal, but one that focused on the smallest subset of users and at the expense of the significantly larger group of recreational users. I doubt Ethan et al. could negotiate their way out of a paper bag open on both ends.

          When I went public with my opposition to drug prohibition, first writing a book that jean valjean put somewhere around 25,000 on his list of books to read, thereby being guilty of what was improperly accrued to me by TWBC for the insolent behavior of considering myself “far better than the rest of us simple couch minions.” (And my offer still stands to provide a gratis copy to jean valjean, DdC and TWBC, as well to anyone else here on the couch that may be interested.)

          I was invited to a 2005 ACLU forum to discuss what should be their official position on drug prohibition. It was held in DC, and I attended a strategy session with Norm Stampler of LEAP, the ACLU lawyer tasked with crafting their response, the ACLU official that invited me, and Ethan Nadelmann. While Norm and I argued for a strategy opposing the whole of drug prohibition, Ethan made it abundantly and arrogantly clear that, unless we bought into the incremental approach, we’d be excluded from any funds the DPA dispersed for the cause. LEAP ultimately caved; I did not, and was essentially blackballed by our drug policy reform ‘leaders’ for my sin.

          Which was no big deal, as I was able to carry on without outside funding. And to the credit of my friends at SSDP, a group I financially supported almost from its inception, I continued to be invited to speak at many of their conferences. One, in which I followed Ethan to the podium, who implored those students in attendance to keep on giving money to a struggle that Ethan proclaimed would continue for many years to come, I gave my pitch. Afterwards, I was hunted down and found in the men’s room by a small group of students, and congratulated for articulating what many believed to be a more honest and courageous approach to reform. (And then they took me to an after-party, where they tried but failed for several hours to smoke me under the table. Kids…)

          I attended the 2006 Partnership for a Drug-Free America gala to celebrate their 20 years of fighting the scourge of drugs. It was quite the affair, held at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC. The irony of an open bar, however, seemed lost on all those attending. (As was the fact that many of the women carried a small pharmacy inside their purses.) And the looks on the faces of those at my table when I said I was against drug prohibition were nearly priceless: It was the best $1000 I spent that year.

          And then, in 2008, as jean valjean so kindly reminds us, I ran for the presidential nomination on the Libertarian ticket. I lost (but considered it a thinly disguised victory nonetheless). It was the same year I countered DcD’s assumption that I couldn’t see my way clear to vote for a black man as president, and voted for Obama – the most regrettable of my life.

          And to jean valjean’s query if I’ve somehow lost the plot: No, I have not. Nor have I suffered a brain injury or done too much acid. (Thank you very much for your concern, though.) But perhaps it is Ethan Nadelmann that has lost the plot (even if not suffering from a brain injury or too much acid). Because the last time I checked – maybe five years or so ago – Ethan was being paid $250K, plus expenses, by Soros to run DPA. How many folks do you know making that kinda dough willing to work very hard to become unemployed? The struggle continues!

          And I will continue to speak out against what I consider the failed approach to drug policy reform, including those leading that parade. But after eight years of Obama failing miserably to reform pot laws, where his administration busted nearly 4 million folks for the simple possession of pot, I find it sad that many consider what little he has done as commendable, mistaking the crumbs he’s tossed our way for a feast.

          And finally, again responding to jean valjean, another search of DrugWarrant archives will reveal that any ad hominem attacks from my perch were in direct response to ones hurled first at me. Okay, maybe I called someone a moron at one time or another. But a statement of fact, however rude and crude, can hardly be considered ad hominem.

          In any event, I wish everyone here on the couch, especially my detractors, whoever you are behind those pseudonyms, a healthy and happy New Year.

        • DdC

          Whatever dudely.
          You assume or seem to be under the impression that I care one way or another wtf you do or say. Less is still More than Nothing in the real world, Denial.

        • jean valjean

          Thanks for the resume, Daniel, most of which I was aware of already. But why do you keep making these juvenile attacks on people’s mothers which are wholly irrelevant to the discussion in hand? It just makes you look like the common or garden troll, the sort that we have been dealing with here on the couch for a long time.

  • Servetus

    Virginia State Senator Richard Haydon Black (Republican) sieg-heils Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. Black says:

    … Duterte’s support for vigilantism helped restore law and order to the country, while lamenting that the U.S. has been too soft in its fight against illegal drugs.

    “To rule the Philippines you have to rule with a very firm hand and that is what the Philippine people have chosen, is to have a very strong ruler and I think he is well along the way to winning the war on drugs,” he said.

    In the U.S., Black said, drug users “don’t go to prison,” claiming that by failing to crack down on people with “marijuana cigarettes,” the government has allowed the illegal drug trade to flourish.

    Previously, Black came under scrutiny for his effusive praise of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.[…]

    Source: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/virginia-lawmaker-dick-black-hails-violent-drug-war-in-philippines/

    • tensity1

      Man, what the hell is wrong with these people? Is there no compassion, no respect for evidence, no sense of history?

      The answer is no, and that is what’s wrong.

  • tensity1

    OT

    Just a response to NCN from the Open Holiday Thread, posting here so it’s not buried:

    I’m glad you enjoy the personal anecdotes. Feeling is mutual, you and all the other couchmates. It’s nice to see the various topics and posting styles we have here–it’s one of the reasons I regularly lurk and occasionally post.

    I wanted to “quickly” address your question about using synthetics, and if they may have screwed up my ECS. . . .

    As with the strength of synthetics being up to hundreds of times stronger that natural cannabinoids, the symptoms were amped, as I mentioned; but the overall time to get over it was similar. Really, it was more of an “I want to crawl up the walls and shout” feeling that was unexpected–the nausea and other symptoms were about the same. The agitation I felt was not too far past what I felt the dozens of times I tried to quit nicotine (which I’ve successfully done years ago).

    I’ve actually had to curtail heavy usage a few times before I ever tried synthetics, so my rough withdrawals with herb weren’t due to synthetics (which I heavily researched before using, and I mostly vaporized the pure, known chemical. I’d advise not messing with the various synthetics unless a lot of personal research and contemplation of motive is done first). Actually, natural withdrawals haven’t been as bad since the synths.

    I have wondered if there may have been permanent disruption done to my ECS, and maybe that’s why I don’t quite get the same effect from MJ as of late. It’s possible, since the short-term memory issues and all that seemed to persist for a few months instead of the typical one or two, and that curtailing heavy natural usage now isn’t as bad as before. I have had good smokes since the synthetic hinterlands, but it just hasn’t matched up to the past so far. I’m fairly sure it’s the quality of the product–I just need to get good genetics instead of relying on the local gray market or nascent legal markets that are more focused on commercial profitability. Oddly enough, it’s been mostly Mexican and Canadian smoke that I’ve enjoyed the most.

    (Ah, that just reminded me of seeing Pink Floyd on their Division Bell tour up in Canada–my only time seeing the chaps, minus Roger unfortunately, and it was my first smoke from there. Two dudes passed around a J, and it was some of the strongest stuff I’d ever stuffed inside myself, borderline trippy. So strong, I had to leave after what I thought was the end of the show; I missed out on the three-song encore, which culminated in Comfortably Numb. I was comfortably numb, back on the tour bus listening to the muffled music coming from the stadium.)

    Anyway, just a little more info before I shut up and go be productive. I tend to be obsessive/compulsive about things (but I wouldn’t say I have OCD, to respect people who have very serious problems with that), so when I smoke, I usually binge anywhere from a week to a few months. Then, as you’ve indicated, NCN, my ECS says “enough” and I quit (and I also like to have money for bills, food, all that jazz). Most times I’m then good for months to years. I just need to be more disciplined so I can enjoy it regularly and responsibly, but damn, I really like my cannabis, among other things.

    As far as skunky terpenes, I don’t know. One dispensary in Cortez, CO would list the dominant terpene of each strain, but of course there are several involved, so it was practically meaningless. I don’t think they had detailed chemical analyses available. Most herb there was very similar, yet had different dominant terps. I’d say pinene, followed by limonene, were the dominant ones in the skunkier smelling flower. It’s just that none of the herb smelled all that strong to me, whether skunky or fruity or whatnot. Some smarty should figure out which group of terpenes makes things smell like roadkill on a country road and call it skunkene and just bottle it up for me.

    Have a good day.

  • Tony Aroma

    What about DC? It would take a lot of time and money to shut down legalization nationally. It would not be a quick, easy process by any means. Very messy politically. But the new president and/or Congress could instantly shut down legalization, both medical and recreational, in DC. The citizens of Washington have no real representation in Congress and don’t really influence the outcome of any election, so they’d be the logical low-hanging fruit.

  • Servetus

    Obama published a 56-page commentary in the Harvard Law Review that calls for the incoming administration to continue the current administration’s legal reforms. The President made no recommendations regarding the re-scheduling or de-scheduling of marijuana or other substances.

    01/05/17—There is no growing crime wave,” Obama writes, adding that less taxpayer money spent on prisons means more for other priorities. “That kind of reform is good politics as well as good policy.”

    Especially in the second half of his presidency — as the country seethed over fatal exchanges of gunfire between black men and police — Obama has pushed for changes to sentencing laws and, more broadly, an end to the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/obama-criminal-justice-harvard-233207

    Too bad for Trump. Absent an insidious crime wave other than his own, Trump has no legitimate justification for his strict law-and-order agenda.

  • Fight or Flight

    “I smoke 4,200 joints before I smoke 4,200 joints, and then I smoke 4,200 more. So, what’s the big deal? Sounds like a small cozy affair by my standards.

    So much for the On-Topic bullshit. I’m here to talk about a drug we don’t hear about much here. Adrenaline Baby! Whoo Hoo!

    I had noticed the young couple with the very small baby enter the waiting room at my doctor’s office and didn’t think much about it. But then the little dick-head started threatening his wife.

    “I will kill you” I hear him say as I’m deep in my book. I looked up from reading and the fucker says it again…”I will kill you.” The fight-or-flight instinct kicked in, and before I knew WTF was happening I had crossed the room and had this dude’s shirt in my fist. The third time he said “I will kill you,” it was directed at me while security was hauling his ass out of the building. I thought that was a significant improvement of the situation.

    It was effing weird. I had zero control over my body and I reacted before thinking. My vision contracted into this little tiny tunnel, and the only thing in my view was this asshole threatening his wife. Totally unexpected and unplanned move, it was like I was somebody’s puppet.

    Adrenaline is a fucking trip. This Schedule I surfer recommends using it wisely.

  • Servetus

    Weed Workers United? Legalization brings union membership in the industry to protect trimmigrants:

    Since Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting wrote about women trimmers sexually abused in the state’s top marijuana-growing regions, workers have begun emerging from the shadows of California’s secretive marijuana industry. Complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Cash-only payments. No pay at all.

    The United Food and Commercial Workers was surprised.

    “Prior to your article – it’s been mostly from the industry – it was kumbaya, everything’s hunky-dory, people are going to make a lot of money, everyone loves working in cultivation, everything’s so nice and so free,” said Sam Rodriguez, director of legislative affairs for the union’s Western States Council. “It was like someone came and lifted the hood of a BMW and found it has the motor of a Chevrolet and it doesn’t work.”

    https://www.revealnews.org/blog/labor-union-sets-its-sights-on-organizing-pot-workers/

  • Servetus

    Do any of the psychedelics or cannabis contribute to reducing age-related symptoms?

    There was a time when science couldn’t answer that question, but now it can, by studying age-related biomarker signatures.

    As long as the feds don’t interfere with research on illicit drugs, or defund ongoing, ancillary research programs, medical science will someday be able to treat aging like a disease:

    6-JAN-2017 — “Many prediction and risk scores already exist for predicting specific diseases like heart disease,” Sebastiani said. “Here, though, we are taking another step by showing that particular patterns of groups of biomarkers can indicate how well a person is aging and his or her risk for specific age-related syndromes and diseases.”

    Perls said the study is an example of the usefulness of “big data” and the emerging research fields of proteomics and metabolomics.

    “We can now detect and measure thousands of biomarkers from a small amount of blood, with the idea of eventually being able to predict who is at risk of a wide range of diseases — long before any clinical signs become apparent,” said Perls, who also is affiliated with Boston Medical Center.

    Sebastiani said that the analytic methods used in the research make studies of drug and other medical interventions to prevent or delay age-related diseases much more plausible, since clinical trials “may not have to wait years and years for clinical outcomes to occur.” Instead, trials may be able to rely on biomarker signatures much earlier “to detect the effects, or absence of effects, that they are searching for,” she said.
    She and Perls said researchers are just beginning to break ground on the usefulness of biomarker signatures.

    “Following all the recent advances in genetics, the science of proteomics and metabolomics is the next big revolution in predictive medicine and drug discovery,” Perls said.

    AAAS Public Release: BU study finds patterns of biomarkers predict how well people age, risks of age-related disease

  • DdC

    D.E.A.th is so appropriate on so many levels. They make it as difficult as possible to do drugs safely. Then they ban treatment and ban alternatives. The only logic is they need victims to monger fear and keep prohibition profits flowing. It isn’t to help the addict. Except to put them in an expensive rehab or as a snitch to bust medical cannabis users. They need addicts to continue the war and to obtain real overdose statistics they don’t get from Ganja smokers. Such an obvious farce makes it hard to believe they are not aware of what they are doing. Meaning they know they profit on our misery. That doesn’t phase them a bit. Society condemned the Nazi’s for mass murder. How worse is it to torture citizens as a means to perpetuate profits paid by taxes?

    Powerful treatment for addiction, ibogaine, banned in US

    The Ibogaine Story
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/429

    A novel approach: Fighting painkiller addiction at home

    Opioid ODs Keep Rising,

    More than 50,000 overdose deaths: A grim tally soars to all-time U.S.
    The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids.

  • “No More Fake News” —
    “Obama Should Require Truthful Data On Medical Marijuana”
    by Steph Sherer at HP the blog http://tinyurl.com/hv9kd94

    … “Success in correcting this information will mean politicians can no longer use the misinformation about the gateway drug hypothesis, irreversible cognitive decline in adults, and cannabis causing psychosis or lung cancer to deny patients access to medical cannabis.” …

    … “Please join the over 80,000 people in urging Obama to require the DEA to consistently tell the truth by signing and sharing this petition.” …

    https://youtu.be/LVlMN4REpEA #DEATellTheTruth

  • Don't Care Anymore

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has unleashed a bloody war on drugs since taking office, is backpedalling after admitting that he once abused fentanyl, a powerful prescription opioid.

    Not that American leftards would give a fuck. Brown skin. Their culture. Relativism. You know the deal.

    Prohibition is fine as long as it is not done by the ‘Muricans.

    Rock on!

    • DC Reade

      wow. way to drop an unsolicited, unwarranted ideological rabbit punch in there.

      Some of us are awfully tired of detours into ideological shoehorning, especially when they disregard the facts and substitute partisan caricatures.

  • DC Reade

    4200 is not nearly enough. I hope that’s just a smokescreen number.

  • “Opposing the Nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General” http://tinyurl.com/h5qmuu5

    Close to 90% of the voting public favors legal marijuana as medicine.

    Close to 60% favor outright legalization.

    Jeff Sessions made no bones about making the statement: “Good people do not use marijuana”.

    This prejudices him in a way that puts him in opposition to the majority opinions of the voters he is supposed to be representing
    ( http://www.pollingreport.com/drugs.htm ).

    He is unfit for this office since only a minority of our country could ever be happy with his views. He does not represent the views of the majority of Americans and as such he can never bring ‘justice’ to the Department of Justice.

    http://tinyurl.com/j6vh8ly We should all do whatever we can to stop this mans nomination.

  • jean valjean

    “Some time ago – for reasons that will become apparent I am not allowed to say when, exactly – the American writer Ayelet Waldman scored some LSD. She did this, not on a street corner or via the dark web, but middle-class style, through an acquaintance of an acquaintance, for which reason the drug arrived at her home in Berkeley, California, in a stamp-encrusted brown paper package whose sender (an elderly professor, she believed) identified himself only as Lewis Carroll, a “fellow resident” of her town. Mr Carroll had, however, troubled to write her a brief note. “Our lives may be no more than dewdrops on a summer morning,” it said. “But surely, it is better that we sparkle while we are here.” The bottle he enclosed contained 50 drops of “vintage quality” LSD, of which he advised her to take two at a time. Waldman was delighted. Not to put too fine a point on it, she believed this drug might save her life.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/jan/08/how-dropping-acid-saved-my-life-ayelet-waldman-books-depression

  • Izzy

    “A French socialist outsider who wants to legalize cannabis and give all adults welfare payments of 600 euros a month has jumped into the political spotlight after a poll showed a surge in his support two weeks before a presidential primary.

    Benoit Hamon, an admirer of U.S. left-winger Bernie Sanders, is currently ranked a distant third by most pollsters in the race to run for president in the name of the Socialist Party.

    But a Harris Interactive poll published on Wednesday showed his support doubling to 22 percent – stirring memories of the run-up to November’s right-wing primary when the winner, Francois Fillon, surged from third place to trounce the favorites.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-election-hamon-idUSKBN14Q1WJ

  • Izzy

    And also just in: 150 important people, including the Socialist deputies Menucci Patrick and Marie-Arlette Carlotti, call for legalization to save the city of Marseille.

    http://tinyurl.com/SaveOurCityFromP

  • Servetus

    Germany is taking a counter-fake-news approach in the ongoing political milieu, citing serious consequences when someone’s malignant meme escapes the laboratory. U.S. based information companies such as Google and Facebook are taking action as well.

    Cells of anti-prohibition guerillas have fought fake news about drugs and drug consumers for decades. NIDA funded research press releases periodically fall into the fake news category. An alliance of forces countering fake news would find it in the public interest to prevent the latest NIDA-leaked propaganda from being misinterpreted as fact, where it might be presented as such by Yahoo News, or one’s local newspaper, for example. Google, Facebook, and other information companies need to tackle drug war news, because in the drug war, nothing is more toxic than misinformation about drugs.

    A short video at the end of the following Deutsche Welle article illustrates the seriousness of the fake news problem:

    http://www.dw.com/en/germany-plans-creation-of-center-of-defense-against-fake-news-report-says/a-36887455

  • Jake's in the saddle

    I’m guessing this isn’t going to do the Philippine economy any good:

    “The reported kidnapping of a South Korean businessman by a crooked policeman, who allegedly used President Duterte’s unyielding war on drugs to carry out the crime, was a “matter of concern,” a Malacañang official said on Sunday.
    Dubbed as “Tokhang for ransom,” the ploy has cops knocking on the doors of big businessmen in the fashion of the national law enforcement project, only this one involves kidnapping and extortion.”

    https://globalnation.inquirer.net/151320/palace-concerned-abduction-s-korean

    • WalStMonky

      .
      .

      More Pain in Store for Philippines [Exchange Traded Fund]?
      January 5, 2017

      /snip/
      Philippines stocks and ETFs have been under stress for quite some time now. iShares MSCI Philippines EPHE slumped over 10.21% in the last three months (as of January 4, 2017) while the broader emerging market ETF Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF VWO lost about 3.2% (read: 6 Biggest ETF Stories of 2016 Worth Watching in 2017).

      Underperformance of EPHE can be blamed on political turmoil in the country. The new government led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, which officially took charge on June 30, made unexpected changes in the foreign policy. Also, state-sanctioned drug crackdown, which has resulted in thousands of killings, further complicated things. To make matters worse, Duterte passed several controversial remarks against foreign governments and leaders, which added to the volatility in the stock market.
      /snip/

  • WalStMonky

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    Does contentedly wallowing in karmatic schadenfreude make me a bad person? …or is it kismetic schadenfreude? Here, give it a try and then get back to me:

    Seeking Victims in the Subsys Medication Case

    The FBI is seeking victims who may have been prescribed the fentanyl-based pain medication Subsys, a powerful narcotic intended to treat cancer patients suffering intense episodes of breakthrough pain, between March 2012 and December 2016.

    On December 8, 2016, several pharmaceutical executives and managers formerly employed by Insys Therapeutics, Inc., were arrested on charges that they led a nationwide conspiracy to bribe medical practitioners in various states, many of whom operated pain clinics, to get them to prescribe Subsys. In exchange for bribes and kickbacks, the practitioners wrote large numbers of prescriptions for their patients, most of whom were not diagnosed with cancer.

    The indictment also alleges that the now former corporate executives charged in the case conspired to mislead and defraud health insurance providers who were reluctant to approve payment for the drug when it was prescribed for non-cancer patients. To achieve this goal, it is alleged that the defendants set up a “reimbursement unit” which was dedicated to obtaining prior authorization directly from insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.
    /snip/

    The DEA sure did pick the wrong company to sell synthetic CBD so that it would be easy to kick Greenwich Biosciences and their phytocannabinoid medicines to the curb. Maybe there is some hope for FDA approval of Epidiolex after all.

    Just in case you missed the announcement of the name change:
    http://www.greenwichbiosciences.com/

    • NCN

      Always root for the medicines that require congressional aides to kick crying parents out of their offices.

      CBD-only laws? “Okay…”I’ll pass some damn legislation if I can get these fucking asshole crying parents out of my congressional office.”

      Thanks for the heads-up on the name change.

  • Mr_Alex

    I think Trump won’t unban or let alone legalize cannabis because his backers Sheldon Adelson and Melvin Sembler are his backers

  • Mr_Alex

    For anyone who want to see Father Cassian Newton/Virgil Miller Newton disposition:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OWdMNxR5H7k

  • DC Reade

    Front page of the Outlook section, in today’s Sunday Washington Post:

    “I made my son cannabis cookies. They changed his life.”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/i-made-my-son-cannabis-cookies-they-changed-his-life/2017/01/06/699b1d20-d1ef-11e6-a783-cd3fa950f2fd_story.html?utm_term=.76e47e3c36f5

  • claygooding

    I will try and hit Trump where it will hurt him the most,,I won’t watch his inauguration or any news media outlet that day and hope enough Americans do the same.

    And I wouldn’t want to be in a crowd at the event and give any LE or federal officers anything to beat me to death over.

    And who will be hiring the crowd?

    Get your news from other country’s outlets,,preferably from a non-ally in the WOsD.

  • Servetus

    The threat of marijuana consumption and a few celebrities at a separate “ACLU love-a-thon” are viewed as a potential threat to the peaceful transference of power during the Trump presidential inauguration:

    Stuart Varney interviewed Crystal Wright, “author” of Con Job: How Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering and Racial Division.

    Crystal is incensed that anyone would “interfere with the peaceful transition of power.”[…]

    CRYSTAL WRIGHT: “It damages the Constitution, and I go back, this isn’t any laughing matter, the peaceful transition of power. So what celebrities are saying is, if we can’t have our GIRL, Hillary Clinton, elected President, we’re gonna disrupt, you know, America as we know it!”

    Then we have to talk about, you know, THE POT.

    “Are you a reformed pot smoker?” asks Stuart Varney.

    “No I’m a hard working American!” says Crystal Wright.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/01/celebrity-telethon-inauguration-day

    The 4,200 joints consisting of weapons-grade weed will be the only positive thing anyone remembers about the Trump inauguration.

  • tensity1

    I found this interesting: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/talking-apes/201701/collateral-damage-in-the-war-drugs

    Basically, it’s about how set/setting can affect probability of overdose.

  • Birds of a feather:

    Grassley: Sessions will ‘be a leader for law and order’
    http://tinyurl.com/hh3a56d

  • DdC

    Day of Action: Just Say “No” to Jeff Sessions
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1145

    Paul Ryan Blocked The Delivery of 87,000 Petitions
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/paul-ryan-blocked-delivery-87-152844499.html

  • Guam moves forward

    Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Guam has now been sent from Adelup to the Legislature. Governor Eddie Calvo last week made it known of his intention to propose such legislation and this afternoon did just that.

    Also included in the bill is a home cultivation provision, setting a limit of six marijuana plants that can be grown for personal use. As we previously reported, a %15 percent sin tax would be applied on the purchase of cannabis.

    In a nutshell Calvo says his bill decriminalizes the production, sale, distribution and consumption of cannabis, control the industry and tax its sale.

    http://tinyurl.com/GuamMovesForward

    • Tony Aroma

      Does the DEA have an office in Guam? If not, raids are going to be pretty expensive if the new administration decides to seriously crack down on legalization efforts.

      • DdC

        Cannabis in Guam
        http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/2080
        DEA assigns new Guam, NMI agent 14 Apr 2011
        The new DEA resident agent said they’ve discussed the possibility of reinstating the joint U.S.-CNMI DEA Task Force that has been suspended since 2008.

        Guam was the first United States Territory
        to legalize medical marijuana

        John S. Comer
        Special Agent in Charge
        Drug Enforcement Administration, Los Angeles Division

        Special Agent John S. Comer has served 33 years with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. In his current assignment as the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Division, Special Agent Comer oversees the development of the counter narcotics enforcement strategy and drug law enforcement partnerships throughout seven counties in the greater Los Angeles area, the entire states of Nevada and Hawaii, the island of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

        Exporting democracy… or something drugwarrant

  • ChuckFinalyGoesHome

    While also dealing with addiction, Chuck made his living busking on the streets of The Hague. He was originally from Baltimore. While he was lying in hospital, Dutch authorities had been trying for days to trace any relatives he may still have in the US.

    Much loved and respected by the people of The Hague, Charles passed over, aged 65 years, just two hours ago. The local council have kindly offered to cover all costs related to his funeral.

    Any help tracing relatives would be much appreciated.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkW_OJrku3Q&feature=youtu.be

  • Servetus

    Big Pharma was dealt a blow by the Veterans Administration, which took steps to oversee opioid prescriptions provided to U.S. veterans over a two-year period starting in 2013, much to the benefit of the VA’s patients.

    10-JAN-2017 — ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Fewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a national initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, a new study finds.

    Over a two-year period, high-dose opioid prescribing declined by 16 percent, and very-high-dose opioid prescribing dropped by 24 percent. The number of patients receiving both opioids and sedatives, which can be lethal when combined, dropped by 21 percent.

    The study, published in the journal Pain, looks at the effect of the Opioid Safety Initiative rolled out by the Veterans Health Administration in late 2013 to promote safer opioid prescribing. The study examines implementation of the OSI across all of the nation’s 141 VA hospitals.

    Under the OSI, the VHA created a “dashboard” tool using its national computerized medical record system to allow local VA clinical leaders to systematically review opioid prescribing and give physicians feedback.

    AAAS Public Release: National VA effort reduced risky opioid prescriptions for veterans, study finds

    Too bad that less fortunate civilians didn’t receive the same service. Most U.S. citizens are forced to suffer the politicians and DEA who scapegoat marijuana and its consumers for the current opioids situation, using gateway-theory nonsense, while refusing to recognize cannabinoids’ pain reducing qualities and comparative safety for pain treatment. Kudos go to the VA, not the DEA.

  • Servetus

    US District Judge Reed O’Connor is using the federal court system to wage religious warfare against those not inclined to accept certain religious dogmas. He is doing so under the banner of “religious rights”.

    O’Connor is backing doctors who for religious reasons refuse to treat people who are transgender, or who have an abortion. The current Affordable Care Act forbids such discrimination from doctors or insurance companies. O’Connor is treading a slippery slope. Discrimination against drug consumers is already a longstanding, common practice of right wing Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Mormons, et al., people who commonly discriminate regardless of their professional capacities in business and government. Under Judge O’Conner’s rules of religious freedom, certain doctors would be free to refuse to treat addicts, or recreational pot smokers.

    Judge Rachel Freier, the first Hasidic woman elected to public office in the US, has this to say about religious freedom:

    So there is a dictum in the Talmud, that’s dina d’malkhuta dina. Which is Aramaic for, “The law of the land is the law.” If something comes to the courtroom, it’s the law of the United States that applies. When two religious Jews have a dispute and they arbitrate in front of the beis din, then the beis din has the authority to make the decision. Because they chose arbitration. But once something comes into a court of law, it’s the law of the country that applies. It’s not even a question.

    http://religiondispatches.org/religious-liberty-its-simple-a-hasidic-woman-explains/

    When the Republicans get around to gutting most of the ACA, expect them to eliminate the anti-discrimination policies that allow Christian dominionism and discrimination to flourish within the medical professions.

  • Mouth

    Throw away all your cat litter before it’s too late–busting you for fake meth. What’s next: a cop will lick some old slightly moist dog droppings, saying it tastes like some good brown Moroccan hash?

  • DdC

    Either Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is as dumb as Spanish Moss concerning reality. Or another typically boring swamp water refugee, Drumpf’s stocking his shelves with. Ganjawar Fascist. End justifies the means, say what needs to be said. Ain’t that America, Land of the Fee’s and the Home of the Behaved.

    Sessions on enforcing federal marijuana laws:
    ‘It won’t be an easy decision’
    In an April 2016 Senate drug hearing, Sessions said, “I think one of [Obama’s] great failures, it’s obvious to me, is his lax treatment in comments on marijuana. It reverses 20 years almost of hostility to drugs that began really when Nancy Reagan started ‘Just Say No.'”

    Sessions also said at the time that “the Department of Justice needs to be clearer” on marijuana legalization and enforcement.

    “clearer” Evading Firm Answers or to “Commit”.

    It reverses 20 years almost of hostility of American citizens.

    it’s obvious to me, is his lax treatment of hostility of American citizens.

    Nancy Reagan’s Role in the Disastrous War on Drugs
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1070

    One marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage
    to being on Bikini Is. during an H-bomb blast.
    ~ Ron & Nanny Rayguns
    Recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty. Now it has become a huge growth industry.

    Sessions Evades Firm Answer on State Marijuana Laws
    During his confirmation for the position of Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions failed to give a straight answer with regard to how the Justice Department should respond to states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.

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

    Just Say No…

    .
    AG Nominee Jeff Sessions Won’t Commit
    to Not Enforcing Federal Marijuana Laws
    Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont stepped up during Session’s confirmation hearing to find out more about where the AG nominee stands on states that have legalized medical marijuana, specifically those jurisdictions that presently allow the use of CBD oil by children with epilepsy.

    Reagan’s guidance in 1986 that the worst of the federal mandatory minimum drug laws were passed into law.

    The irony is that Ronald Reagan’s own daughter developed a cocaine problem, but I don’t imagine the Reagans pushed for her to serve 5 years in a cage for her addiction. No, it was African Americans, who despite using drugs at similar rates as whites, were targeted by law enforcement and incarcerated at grossly disproportionate rates.

    Ronald Reagan’s harsh drug policies not only led to exploding prisons, they blocked expansion of syringe exchange programs and other harm reduction policies that could have prevented hundreds of thousands of people from contracting HIV and dying from AIDS.

    The Hype: Brain Damage in Dead Monkeys
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/625
    In 1974, California Governor Ronald Reagan was asked about decriminalizing marijuana. After producing the Heath/Tulane University study, the so-called “Great Communicator” proclaimed, “The most reliable scientific sources say permanent brain damage is one of the inevitable results of the use of marijuana.
    (L.A. Times)

  • Servetus

    In the black and white world of drug consumption, being white is still a social advantage for someone with drug troubles. Especially when it comes to media representations of the situation. Son of Baldwin explains:

    Let me ask y’all a rhetorical question:

    Did the media cover the crack epidemic in black and brown communities like they are currently covering the heroin/opioid/crystal meth crises in primarily white communities?

    Do they cover the current synthetic marijuana crisis in black and brown communities like they are currently covering the heroin/opioid/crystal meth crises in primarily white communities?

    Nah, they do not.

    When discussing any drug issue in black and brown communities, crime and fear of black/brown people are the driving forces. Black/brown people are regarded as monsters.[…]

    Despite the drug crises in white communities being the largest the United States has ever seen, dwarfing the crack epidemic of the 80s, white people — from every class status — have the benefit of never being negatively judged for their behavior; white communities have the benefit of not being raided by rabid police departments and S.W.A.T. teams; white people aren’t being rounded up and shuffled into prisons by the truckload; white communities and the people who reside in them aren’t being pathologized; no one is blaming white culture for this deviancy; no one is attributing this to the immorality of whiteness and white people; there’s even sympathy for babies born with opioid addiction; and they are sure to downplay crystal meth and hyper-focus on opioids-as-painkillers to ensure maximum sympathy. No, for white people, this is being treated as a health crisis from which they can be saved. And addiction, for white people, is being treated as an illness.

    All of this is, of course, the complete opposite of how addiction was and is being dealt with in black and brown communities.[…]

    https://medium.com/@SonofBaldwin/the-media-treats-white-drugs-addicts-like-angels-who-lost-their-way-and-treats-black-drug-addicts-d193d42ea208#.7xny33y1r

    • jean valjean

      Unless of course the white people are immigrants.
      DEA x DHS = bad news (regardless of race or color; think “white niggers”).

    • DdC

      “In every country and in every age,
      the priest has been hostile to liberty,
      He is always in alliance with the despot,
      abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”
      ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1814

      MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THY PEOPLE YOU’RE DYING
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1472

      Good Guys wear white cowboy hats,
      Bad Guys wear black.
      That’s how the script is written.

      A Few Buzzwords
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1164

      The origin of the word “marihuana” is in doubt. Some authorities are of the opinion that it is derived from the Portuguese word “mariguano,” meaning intoxicant. Others are of the opinion that it has its derivation in the Mexican words for “Mary and Jane.”
      ~ The LaGuardia Committee Report

      After just a brief courtship, Pancho Villa married Maria Luz Corral. Juana Torres was also married to Pancho at some point.

      HBO’s Bryant Gumbel Calls Out
      ‘Race Based Code’ Language in Sports

      Gumbel cited several other terms
      which he says are part of this code.

      We know what they mean when they fault end zone dances but applaud Lambeau leaps; when they label (New York Giants wide receiver Odell) Beckham a showboat but say (New England Patriots tight end Rob) Gronkowski‘s colorful, or when they’re calling some guys in a fight “scrappers” and others “thugs.” Black viewers have always known it’s a white guy whenever those in the booth are claiming a player is “heady” or “does the intangibles.”

      “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
      ~ Malcolm X

      Poverty can lower your IQ,
      Almost All Rural Whites are In Poverty

      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1881

      Be on gaurd against science without humanity,
      Politics without principle,
      Knowledge without character,
      Wealth without work,
      Commerce without morality,
      Pleasure without conscience,
      And worship without sacrifice.
      ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

  • Servetus

    Everyone thought testing urine for drugs was an invasion of privacy. Now they’re coming for human breast milk. Mommies everywhere are at risk:

    11-JAN-2017 — Cannabinoids… like to stick to fat, which is abundant in breast milk…raising concerns about their potential effects on nursing babies. But the health risks to these infants largely remain undetermined. This is partly due to researchers’ limited ability to precisely measure marijuana’s active compounds in milk. Current analytical methods can detect THC at levels of 1.5 nanograms per milliliter or higher, but no current method can measure cannabinol or cannabidiol in milk.

    Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a method that begins with saponification — a process often associated with soap-making — to separate cannabinoids from fat in milk. With this approach, the team can detect trace levels (picograms per milliliter) of active marijuana compounds, including cannabinol and cannabidiol, that they say could be present in milk due to second-hand exposure.[…]

    The researchers say that their approach could contribute to future studies designed to determine potential health risks of a mother’s marijuana exposure to her breastfeeding infant.

    AAAS Public Release: Testing breast milk for cannabinoids

    Watch out for those picograms! Meanwhile, dozens of young, eager, DEA agents, stand ready to lick the problem at its source. And this just in, a new commercial market in protective underwear garments is emerging to counter the new drug enforcement threat.

  • “Sessions leaves door open for marijuana crackdown, Congress should close it” – By Paul Armentano at The Hill
    http://tinyurl.com/jh2b7fx

    “From a purely political perspective, it makes little sense for the federal government to take actions that are so clearly contradictory to the will of the majority of the American people.”

    “Rather than leaving this decision solely up to the discretion of the incoming attorney general, members of Congress should take this opportunity to move expeditiously to amend federal law in a manner that comports with public and scientific consensus, as well as with marijuana’s rapidly changing cultural and legal status.”

    “Until that day happens, the incoming administration and its Justice Department ought to respect America’s long-established principles of federalism and heed the advice former Supreme Court Justice Brandeis, who famously opined, “[A] state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

  • “Reading the Tea Leaves on Jeff Sessions’ Marijuana Answers”
    by “Radical” Russ http://tinyurl.com/j8328he

  • WalStMonky

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    I’ve heard a rumor from very reliable sources that the POTUS-elect will nominate Judge Judy to fill the current vacancy on the SCOTUS. He likes her no nonsense, no compromises style and her refusal to let the law stand in the way of her decisions. Contract negotiations are ongoing with residuals being a significant bone of contention. Also Judge Judy wants top billing so Justice Roberts would need to have his contract bought out after the POTUS-elect realizes that he can’t fire a SCOTUS Justice.

    Doesn’t everyone agree that a reality show set in the White House is long overdue?

    Well our very way of life as we know it may not survive the POTUS-elect. But there’s no doubt that we will be going out laughing.