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American Drug War History

America’s War on Drugs – a four-part documentary on the History Channel that began on Sunday evening.

I watched the first episode (“Acid Spies, and Secret Experiments”) – a fascinating look at the 1960s and 1970s, focusing on the CIA’s involvement in Cuba and how that shifted mafia drug trafficking to the US, the introduction of LSD into the US by the CIA (the MKULTRA program), and the CIA’s involvement in the secret war in Laos (the golden triangle) and their connection to trafficking heroin (with Air America), and the military’s experiments with drugging soldiers. Great story of how the CIA brought LSD into the country to attempt to control people’s minds, but it turned out that LSD actually did the opposite and ended up controlled by people who were against the kind of government that the CIA represented. Also in this episode, the impact of Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, G. Gordon Liddy, Billy Hitchcock, Richard Nixon, John Mitchell, Elvis Presley, John Ehrlichman, Frank Serpico, and more. Also the interesting story of one of the largest thefts in history (the French Connection heroin seizure stolen from lockup) – and it was perpetrated by New York cops.

Very good historical information. Note: The History Channel is providing a number of re-broadcasts of the first episode on their channel (check listings) and may also be adding it online later.

Monday: the Contras.

As NBC describes it:

[Executive Producer Anthony] Lappé, alongside Julian P. Hobbs, Elli Hakami, spent a year conducting dozens and dozens of interviews with former CIA officers, Drug Enforcement Agency officers, historians and more. The crew takes viewers through an eight hour journey crisscrossing the world and deconstructing how the U.S. “war on drugs” truly began through interviews, old footage, and reenactments.

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61 comments to American Drug War History

  • Daniel Williams

    So far so good.

  • I agree Daniel. Looks to be a great source for information on the governments involvement not commonly known about. and this great policymaker handbook tells us how to end this madness.

    Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017)
    https://t.co/lsrnCFQ3Ri

    War on Drugs

    Congress should:

    • repeal the Controlled Substances Act of 1970;
    • direct the administration not to interfere with the implementation of state initiatives that allow for the recreational or medical use of marijuana;
    • repeal the federal mandatory minimum sentences; and
    • shut down the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Now, there is some real good advice for any policy maker to follow to reform this horrible mess we call a drug war.

    To stop the errors of the past https://tinyurl.com/y7kycqtw

  • Servetus

    Regardless of whether Trump finishes his term as president or gets booted out, his appointments of federal judges will continue to do harm to the legal system and democracy for decades to come.

    So far the federal judges being appointed by Trump appear to reside within the same proto-fascist comfort zones that prohibitionists such as Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump find so appealing. Two recent appointees illustrate the problem, John K. Bush and Damien Schiff:

    June 20, 2017 — …John K. Bush has criticized the Supreme Court case of New York Times v. Sullivan, the seminal freedom of the press case that protects journalists’ ability to report critically about public officials without fear of retaliation. During normal times, this alone would prevent a president from nominating him. But we have a president who wants to “open up our libel laws” to allow him to go after critical journalists, and who calls the media the “enemy of the people.” A year ago, Bush’s position on Sullivan would have jolted the White House not to nominate him, or the Senate not to even consider confirming him.[…]

    …the bizarre nature of Schiff’s nomination goes beyond demeanor; it goes to litigants’ belief that they would be treated fairly and equally under the law in his courtroom. For instance, he has ridiculed and impugned the motives of environmentalists. He once stated that environmentalists use the Endangered Species Act to “push an agenda that has more to do with stifling productive human activity than fostering ecological balance.” He has also written that laws to protect the environment “can be used instead as pretexts to achieve other agendas, typically the blocking of the reasonable use of public and private property.”

    It is one thing to ridicule a legal argument. It is another thing altogether to proclaim that litigants you disagree with have a secret agenda that involves deliberately harming people for reasons unrelated to the environment. And now Schiff has been nominated to the Court of Federal Claims, which hears a number of environmental cases, and where judges are expected to hold fair proceedings treating all parties equally.

    And his legal views are as far from the mainstream as one can imagine. He would likely declare unconstitutional nearly every law that protects the rights and health of ordinary people. In a 2008 blog post entitled “Federalism and the Separation of Powers, Day II,” he called for the Supreme Court to bypass the other branches and “overturn precedents upon which many of the unconstitutional excrescences of the New Deal and Great Society eras depend.”[…]

    http://www.pfaw.org/edit-memos/trumps-judges-this-is-not-normal/

    Neither of the two appointees have enough grip on reality to recognize the harm being done by the drug war and to balance it against the need for reform. They are extremist ideologues who do not care about or even consider the consequences of their actions, even when such actions have the potential to kill innocent people. Someone such as Rodrigo Duterte would likely approve their nominations to the bench.

    • DdC

      It seems if piss testers are found guilty of fraud or corruption with test results. All of the tests are deemed bogus and not used as evidence. Same with appointees by a corrupt politician. If the election was rigged as Trump claimed, then it would be logical to redo the entire election from Cities to PotUS. Oh I forgot, this is just a democracy in name only.

  • WalStMonky

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    Vermont asks AG Sessions, “how many fingers am I holding up?”

    Isn’t it ironic that the first State Governor to sign a law re-legalizing limited amounts of cannabis will be a Republican? /knock wood/ But he’s not just signing the bill into law. He was an integral part of the process of rewriting the law which he vetoed not that long ago. Of course he could have just let the previous law be implemented but he could also have vetoed and left it there. The Legislature didn’t have the votes needed to override and the legislative session had expired.

  • Servetus

    Radio host Wayne Allyn Root accused Georgia special election Democrat candidate and documentary film maker Jon Ossof of being a filthy, pot-smoking Marxist:

    June 20, 2017 — …“All documentary filmmakers are Marxists,” Root said. “Every one of them smokes pot all day with bare feet, they’re filthy. They’re wearing a pair of jeans and no shirt and they haven’t shaved in three days and they haven’t taken a shower in a month. That’s a typical filthy liberal filmmaker.”

    “Trust me, he’s no moderate,” he continued. “They cleaned him up, shaved him, gave him a bath and put a suit on him to try and make him look like a normal person. But he’s not normal, he’s a liberal documentary radical Marxist filmmaker!”

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/wayne-allyn-root-says-jon-ossoff-like-all-documentarians-is-a-filthy-pot-smoking-marxist/

    • Daniel Williams

      I know Root. He’s an idiot.

    • Will

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      Long ago I came in contact with a group of isolated cannabis consumers who smoked pot all day with bare feet. After I showed them how much easier it was to smoke pot using their hands instead, they smiled and thanked me as I departed their remote enclave.

      As glaringly stupid as Mr. Root’s description of “documentary filmmakers” comes across, the legions of ignorant Americans that will now adopt this definition is even stupider by several orders of magnitude. From Werner Herzog to Ken burns to all other documentary filmmakers in between, they all must be thinking, “If only Wayne Allyn Root would have told us that all this time we could have been shirtless, filthy, and smoking pot with bare feet while making our Marxist films, we would have had so much more fun”.

      • DdC

        “documentary filmmakers”

        Like Steve Bannon

        Mercer’s earliest activist ventures was financing a slew of fringe documentary projects that’ve helped raise the profiles of people like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and most notably, the director of those films, Steve Bannon
        The Mercer Family Foundation

        • Will

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          Steve Bannon is more of an agenda driven propagandist than a documentarian (oddly, he admires the methodology of Michael Moore who has been described similarly). Although surely he gets a pass from Mr. Root, he does at least deserve the ‘filthy’ tag. As someone once queried, “Why does Steve Bannon always look like he spent last night in a ditch?”. Indeed.

          His work will never hold a candle to the likes of Herzog’s “Grizzly Man”, Errol Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line”, or a bit more recently, James Marsh’s “Man On Wire” (masterfully done, highly recommended) to name a paltry few from a very long list of well made documentaries.

      • jean valjean

        I saw that David Attenborough in the street the other day wearing jeans with no shirt, barefoot and with a massive Camberwell Carrot hanging out of his mouth…..

  • WalStMonky

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    Another war on (some) drugs casualty:

    Officer who shot Philando Castile said smell of marijuana made him fear for his life

    The officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year told investigators that the smell of “burnt marijuana” in Castile’s car made him believe his life was in danger.

    “I thought, I was gonna die,” Officer Jeronimo Yanez told investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension fifteen hours after the shooting. “And I thought if he’s, if he has the, the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the five year old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me. And, I let off the rounds and then after the rounds were off, the little girls was screaming.”
    /snip/

  • Servetus

    A new study out from Duke and Stanford reveals that “chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats.” If the new information can help us understand rats, cannot it also help us understand prohibitionists?

    23-JUN-2017 — A new study by neuroscientists at Duke and Stanford University sheds light on how the brain coordinates … complex decisions involving altruism and empathy. The answer lies in the way multiple areas of the brain collaborate to produce the decision, rather than just one area or another making the call.

    “The brain is more than just the sum of its individual parts,” said Jana Schaich Borg, assistant research professor in the Social Science Research Institute and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke.

    Using a technique that combines electrical monitoring of brain activity with machine learning, the team was able to tune into the brain chatter of rats engaged in helping other rats.

    They found that regions deep within the brain — those primarily responsible for emotions and basic bodily functions — are core to empathic decision-making. The specific role of each brain area is not fixed, but can change depending on which other areas it is communicating with, and what specific messages it is receiving, according to Schaich Borg.[…]

    Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats: Communication within the brain is key to empathetic decision-making

    Prohibitionists such as Bill O’Reilly are noted for their stated rejection of empathy. The new rat research points to a possible solution to all the Bill O’Reillys out there. Yes, it’s true, a cure may be available in the near future that allows anti-empathenogenic critters such as prohibitionists to rise to the level of emotionally well-adjusted rats.

  • Servetus

    The Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has published guidelines for marijuana use in the American Journal of Public Health. The guideline publication was motivated by the fact that Canada is ranked as having the highest rates of marijuana consumption in the world: “[m]ore than 10 per cent of adults and 25 per cent of adolescents report cannabis use over the past year.

    Some of the guidelines are basic. Others push the limits of caution toward prohibition by presuming cannabis is more harmful than it really is. Among the presumptions is that if one small demographic has problems with marijuana, then all people qualify for the same risk. That’s not how it works. Marijuana’s popularity hinges in part on the fact it has fewer undesirable side effects when compared to other substances. Death is an example. Marijuana won’t kill you, but it may make you think, and that’s going to upset a lot of authoritarians:

    Cannabis use has health risks best avoided by abstaining

    • Delay taking up cannabis use until later in life
    • Identify and choose lower-risk cannabis products
    • Don’t use synthetic cannabinoids
    • Avoid smoking burnt cannabis—choose safer ways of using
    • If you smoke cannabis, avoid harmful smoking practices
    • Limit and reduce how often you use cannabis
    • Don’t use and drive, or operate other machinery
    • Avoid cannabis use altogether if you are at risk for mental health problems or are pregnant
    • Avoid combining these risks

    pdf download obtained from AAAS Public Release: Public health guidelines aim to lower health risks of cannabis use: Evidence-based recommendations endorsed by Canadian medical and public health organizations

  • DdC

    DEA is quietly changing the rules…
    http://cannabisnews.com/news/29/thread29118.shtml#3

    “Clarification of the New Drug Code (7350) for Marijuana Extract”
    http://speciosa.org/dea-clarification-of-the-new-drug-code-7350-for-marijuana-extract/
    March 15, 2017

    DEAth.jpg
    http://oi65.tinypic.com/2elfhb6.jpg

  • Servetus

    Meanwhile, in sunny Mexico, the US sanctioned and initiated drug war continues its feverish pitch, in what is suspected to be government sanctioned murders of Mexican citizens:

    …over 250 human skulls were discovered at the Colinas de Santa Fe area, near the Veracruz harbor.

    Veracruz Attorney General Jorge Winckler Ortiz on Thursday accused the Mexican government of knowing about the mass grave of at least 242 bodies that was discovered in his state earlier this week.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Govt-Complicit-in-Mass-Grave-of-Human-Skulls-Official-20170317-0022.html

    More Than 1000 Clandestine Graves Found in Mexico, Report Confirms…Ruiz told Prensa Latina that only 12 state attorney general offices provided information on the clandestine graves found in their territories.

    He also noted that the states with the highest-levels of violence in the nation, such as Guerrero, Jalisco and Chihuahua, were among those that denied having information.[…]

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/More-Than-1000-Clandestine-Graves-Found-in-Mexico-Report-Confirms-20170625-0014.html?utm_source=planisys&utm_medium=NewsletterIngles&utm_campaign=NewsletterIngles&utm_content=8

    Mexico is still fatal for journalists who report on the drug war:

    Another Mexican journalist has been killed — the third one this month

    http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-journalist-murders-20170323-story.html

    Veteran Mexican journalist Javier Valdez is killed
    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-mexico-journalist-dead-20170515-story.html

  • Head on a Stick

    New House Oversight chair Rep. Gowdy pledges not to meddle in District affairs

    Gowdy’s predecessor, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), is retiring from Congress next week. Chaffetz became a boogey man of sorts for District residents, as he tried to reverse the city’s assisted suicide law, opposed its legalization of marijuana, suggested lopping off part of the District and folding it into Maryland and pushed to move federal agencies outside the District.

    http://tinyurl.com/y787escj

  • Mr_Alex

    @DdC

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59480440e4b04d8767077a8e

    Dr Bearman debunking the Dunedin study on Cannabis

  • jean valjean

    Government harm-increase:

    “In 2013 a 15-year-old called Martha Fernback died within three hours of taking 500mg of MDMA. A standard dose for a medium to large adult male is 120mg, said Measham. She runs a drugs charity, The Loop, which has been running a campaign called Crush Dab Wait, which encourages users to crush the MDMA crystals into a powder, dab a little on their gums or tongue, and then wait for the effect before taking any more.”

    Or better still, only buy correctly dosed MDMA from a government regulated supplier….oh, I forgot….. they won’t allow that.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/26/one-dead-and-four-critical-after-taking-potent-form-of-mdma

    • DdC

      After Joe Bidens RAVE Ax banning test kits. The message to the kids is if XTC doesn’t kill in normal doses, then make them bigger. They need statistics to scare the parents.
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/2059

      This is how much they care.

      Pharmacy boss sorry for meningitis outbreak, gets 9 years
      The co-owner of a pharmacy responsible for the deaths of 76 people was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison after he tearfully apologized to victims who described watching their loved ones die or enduring excruciating physical pain from a 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroids.

      Justice or Just Us?

      Eddie was sentenced to 10 years in prison —
      the minimum mandatory sentence. Killing no one,
      let alone 76 fricking people!

      Cannabis convict Eddy Lepp free from prison Dec. 7, 2016

      As a result of his conviction, Lepp lost his beloved Lake County home, farm and cars, which were seized and sold by federal drug agents. He also lost his marriage to divorce and missed nearly a decade of life with family and friends, some of whom died while he was behind bars.

      Early one morning in February 2002, a team of 34 different law enforcement officials — among them, the local Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Program and DEA — raided the property, arresting Lepp and confiscating 24,784 plants, processed marijuana and equipment.

      So the immoral of the story is insanity rules the DEA. They justify killing people for pot. They loot and pillage citizens and then cage em and throw away the key. And none of the good people of America see a thing? The news finds it not worthy? The politicians want to increase the level of draconia. Any where else this would be an act of war by the government on its own citizens. Willful Ignorance in its heyday.

      Life in a cage, Mandatory minimums, banned from Pell Grants and Tuition assistance for life. Gag rules banning a medicinal use defense. While the DEA and NIDA continue to lie and divert to maintain their gravy train. Profits over people.

      The 10 Most Outrageous Marijuana Sentences
      Serving life without parole…
      John Knock, Paul Free, Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda, Antonio Bascaro, Kenny Kubinski, Larry Duke, Billy Dekle, Craig Cesal, Jeff Mizanskey and Fred Cundiff.

      Since many or most cops are out of the military. One might think they would sympathize with other Vets finding relief with Ganja over Fat Pharma side effects. Nope, kill em all. In another universe that would make the DEA the enemy of the people.

      U.S. Veterans Affairs Sec. David Shulkin said that state legalization laws are leading to more research on marijuana’s possible benefits for military veterans, but that his department won’t participate in any studies unless federal law changes.

      Silly me. I was under the impression that “Semper Fidelis” was referring to fellow soldiers and the Core, not Prohibition Inc. Where is the Honor in such cowardly acts? Oh ya, he’s got your backs boys and girls. No worries. The latest side effect of PTSD is mandatory minimums.

  • Servetus

    The four part History Channel documentary on the US led drug war is long overdue. Making and showing the series wouldn’t have been possible decades ago when even uttering the word ‘higher’ was prohibited on the Ed Sullivan Show. Censorship has long been a strategy of the government’s drug war, along with lies and misrepresenting or ignoring scientific information.

    With the advent of Trump and Sessions, drug war tactics such as censorship and muddying the waters with useless trivia will likely be revived. Satire and comedy still reign as the best defense. A new report from Index on Censorship Magazine compares Leninist censorship in 1917 to Trump’s attacks on the press in 2017:

    26-JUN-2017 — …”Governments often deploy tactics to restrict speech and censor the media in order to preserve their own image. But when journalists and novelists are told they must support the government line, you know your nation is in trouble,” said Rachael Jolley, editor of the Index on Censorship Magazine.[…]

    Lenin believed that journalists, novelists and opinion formers were either with him or against the state, and if they were against the state, they shouldn’t be allowed to write or outline their views.

    In the editorial Jolley draws parallels between Lenin and rulers of today, including Angola’s President José Eduardi dis Sabtos, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and, recently, US President Donald Trump who use different methods to express disapproval and silence those who are critical of their policies and governments.[…] [emphasis mine]

    AAAS Public Release: Groupthink continues to be a threat to writers and journalists

  • WalStMonky

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    I think I’ve heard the most ludicrous reason ever to keep cannabis illegal. In fact the only thing keeping me from declaring this the absolute outer limit of stupidity is because of how many times in the past that the sycophants of prohibition have scammed me into thinking that I had arrived at that location. But at least I got a good laugh at the thought that there’s a shortage of cannabis in Canada. I’m putting this one in the “baffled by bullshit” category:
    Can marijuana shortage delay Canada’s pot legalization?

  • WalStMonky

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    Don’t be deceived by the headline, this one was actually quite a pleasant surprise:

    Sal Pace: The truth about Colorado
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Sal Pace of Pueblo, Colorado. He is a Pueblo County Commissioner representing 165,000 residents. He previously served as a state Representative, where he was the minority leader in Colorado’s House.

    I was shocked to read the June 20 commentary from one of my constituents claiming the utter end to society based on her experience in Pueblo, Colorado as the result of the end of marijuana prohibition. Let’s skip the obvious fact that Puebloans were using marijuana before adult-use was legalized overwhelmingly by Colorado and Pueblo voters in 2012. The only difference is now it’s regulated, taxed, tested and not sold from a black market dealer who probably got his product from Mexico (Donald Trump are you listening).
    /snip/

    You see, the day before my constituent’s opinion piece was published in Vermont, I stood in front of the Pueblo County Courthouse and handed out scholarship certificates to 210 recent high school graduates to attend a local college of their choice. These scholarships were funded from the excise tax placed on the cultivation of cannabis in our community. Kids were dressed in their finest clothes, parents flashed their cameras and everyone in attendance was glowing. Today in Pueblo County, every high school senior is guaranteed a scholarship to a local college, if they opt in, because of the legalization of adult-use cannabis. In Colorado, the state is generating $200 million in tax revenues annually from marijuana tax revenues. In fact, the General Assembly just increased marijuana taxes temporarily to fill a funding gap in the state budget.

    The opinion writer knows this. She also knows that she and a small group of prohibitionists attempted to overturn regulated adult-use cannabis here in Pueblo County in November 2016. They thought it would be better to send the sales back to the black market. They got trounced 58 percent to 42 percent. Despite her trash talking our community to you on the other side of the continent, Pueblo is, in fact, a wonderful community, and quite the opposite of her description of hellfire falling from the sky. If the citizens of Pueblo believed a word she said, they wouldn’t have increased the margin toward legalization by six points this past November vis-a-vis the 2012 vote.
    /snip/

    Lots of other snippets in that article that gave me a warm fuzzy.

  • Another Fine Snip on a Stick

    Before legalization of marijuana, our unemployment rate was mired above 12 percent. Today, we sit at 3.2 percent unemployment and we have more Puebloans employed than ever in our history. The construction market is booming because 50 percent of all construction projects are directly attributed to cannabis projects. We’ve seen well over $100 million in outside capital investment into our economy, and we are exporting $50 million annually of marijuana products to communities mostly around the Denver metro area of the state. Our local university has gotten into the mix. We created the Institute of Cannabis Research at CSU-Pueblo, which is the first multidisciplinary research program of its kind at an accredited university. There are literally three dozen doctorate degree holders studying cannabis science, medicine and social impacts.

  • United Nations’s World Health Organization Calls for Worldwide Decriminalization of Drug Use and Possession
    https://t.co/aXjxFKOE5M

  • Servetus

    An Ohio city councilman, Dan Picard, has a solution for people suffering from opioid use disorder that speaks to his inner authoritarian:

    June 28, 2017 — Under a plan by a city council member in Ohio, people who dial 911 seeking help for someone who’s overdosing on opioids may start hearing something new from dispatchers: “No.”

    In response to the opioid epidemic that swept the nation – including the small city of Middletown, population 50,000 – Council member Dan Picard has floated an idea that has been called more of “a cry of frustration” than a legitimate solution.

    At a council meeting last week, Picard proposed a three-strikes-style policy for people who repeatedly overdose: Too many overdoses and authorities wouldn’t send an ambulance to resuscitate them.[…]

    Picard’s plan calls for the city to issue a summons to people who overdose on illegal drugs. It would also require them to do community service if convicted. Punishments would double after a second conviction.

    The proposal also calls for the city to create a database of overdose victims who paramedics have responded to.

    “We’ll have that list and when we get a call, the dispatcher will ask who is the person who has overdosed,” Picard said. “And if it’s someone who has already been provided services twice, we’ll advise them that we’re not going to provide further services – and we will not send out an ambulance…We need to put a fear about overdosing in Middletown.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/A-council-member-s-solution-to-his-Ohio-town-s-11252975.php

    Under Dan Picard’s three-strikes-and-you’re-dead proposal, Middletown won’t need to lay him off from his job. Part of the $1,104 for each paramedic response to an OD (598 runs in 2017 alone) can be spent instead on a big new sign welcoming tourists that reads: “Come to Middletown and Die.”

    J. D. Vance wrote of his experiences in Middletown in Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (2016). And Bristol Palin won’t be doing any heroin in Middletown. Bristol trashes Middletown in her autobiography Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far. [sources Wiki]

  • DdC

    It seems Cannabis is not a Medicinal Drug.
    Its an Endocannabinoid System supplement.

  • Olé on a Stick

    The government of Catalonia has legalised marijuana, making the autonomous Spanish region the latest part of the world to loosen restrictions on use of the drug.

    The cultivation, consumption and distribution of cannabis will be permitted for members of designated clubs after the region’s parliament voted to regulate them.

    It follows a campaign which gathered 67,500 petition signatures, forcing a government debate.

    http://tinyurl.com/OleFuckersOle

    • Dr. Zig-Zag

      OT. Wales must be proud of their boy in the yellow jersey.

      “Iz you Iz, or Iz you (Ger) Ain’t?

      The doc loves cycling almost as much as weed.

    • DdC

      I’ll add it Mr_Alex.
      She’s one of the good guys.

      Maia Szalavitz
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/2087

      • Mr_Alex

        @DdC

        Also this appeared on the New Zealand Television yesterday and apparently Dr Quack was live:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGetNp_0LwU

        • Dr. Zig-Zag

          Dr. Quack indeed. He lost me right from the start when he said cannabis was useful for a “few” conditions.

          One of the things that bothered me when I immersed myself in studying cannabis was that the studies for the most part ONLY used THC or stronger versions of THC (e.g. HU-210 from Hebrew University is hundreds time more potent).

          For research purposes, the synthetic versions of cannabis that are more potent (i.e., receptor affinity,) are used because THC is considered a “weak, partial, agonist” at CB1 receptors.

          So yeah, THC is problematic, but it’s made to look that way by biased research. The entourage or ensemble effect of cannabis is still not recognized scientifically because there have been no Randomized Clinical Trials.

          Scientific American’s 420 issue of this year had a drug abuse researcher from Columbia University saying she believed that the terpene craze was all about the placebo effect.

          The White Lab Coat crowd (the Prohibitionist Division) doesn’t want the public to ever know that real research using whole-plant cannabis is practically non-existent. Once the people know Hash Oil is a potential gateway to health, how ya gonna keep down on the farm?

          THC as a solo act is problematic and that’s how you can get a catalogue of NIDA-crapola that’s says merrywanna is bad because they KNOW THC is problematic.

          BTW, my idea of biased research is anything that isn’t whole-plant. Medical professionals like Dr. Quack are not only assholes, their a public danger.

        • DdC

          just because using it may make people feel better,
          that’s not a reason for it to be prescribed.
          Medical specialist Dr Stephen Childs

          How is this quack considered a specialist?

          No medical schools have a department of endocannabinoid science or an ECS director.
          http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/937

          I think I’d rather take my chances with the first link on contrails.

  • jean valjean

    Farewell Chaffetz…. so glad you found a replacement for the government teat, now that you’re going to be on Fox News… they’ve been running low on truly punchable faces lately, but you’ll fill the bill.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jason-chaffetz-fox-news_us_59567a66e4b02734df31fb76?v1f&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

  • jean valjean

    “‘Conduct that Shocks the Conscience’: South Dakota Forcibly Catheterizes a Toddler in the Name of the War on Drugs”

    Is S.D. the only state with “internal possession” laws?

    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/conduct-shocks-conscience-south-dakota-forcibly-catheterize-toddler-drugs

    • DdC

      Craziest Marijuana Law in the USA:
      ‘Internal Possession’ Means You Can Be Busted
      for Having Smoked Pot in Another State
      http://www.alternet.org/drugs/craziest-marijuana-law-usa-internal-possession-means-you-can-be-busted-having-smoked-pot

    • Servetus

      The South Dakota Highway Schutzstaffel should have targeted DMT instead, a Schedule I substance and a chemical produced in the pineal gland of the human brain. Failure to allow a police officer to drill into one’s pineal gland searching for unholy molecules would result in the immediate revocation of that person’s motor vehicle license. Criminalizing anandamide could achieve a similar result.

      Their proto-fascist neighbor to the north, North Dakota, has some strange driving regulations as well. It’s illegal in North Dakota to make a U-turn within city limits. If Dakotans’ driving habits are so incompetent they can’t negotiate U-turns, why should anyone expect these people to drive while sober—much less if they’re feeling the evil of blasphemous bliss molecules?

      • DdC

        The Non-Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric of Terence
        http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1923
        I should mention that DMT is an endogenous neurotransmitter. Yes, DMT, the most powerful of the hallucinogens occurs in the human brain as a normal part of metabolism. It also is a Schedule I drug, so you’re all holding and this might be the basis for some kind of case. To just show what absolute poppycock all this nonsense is: People Have Been Made Illegal!
        ~ Terence McKenna

        Metaphorically, DMT is like an intellectual black hole in that once one knows about it, it is very hard for others to understand what one is talking about. One cannot be heard. The more one is able to articulate what it is, the less others are able to understand. This is why I think people who attain enlightenment, if we may for a moment comap these two, are silent. They are silent because we cannot understand them. Why the phenomenon of tryptamine ecstasy has not been looked at by scientists, thrill seekers, or anyone else, I am not sure, but I recommend it to your attention.
        ~ Terence McKenna,
        The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelics, Mushrooms, the Amazon,
        Virtual Reality, UFO’s, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, & the End of History. (1991).

        Everything you need to know about DMT
        (Terence Mckenna) [rapdancing into the 3rd millennium]
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZAMKn2xr9E

        • jean valjean

          We’re not just “holding,” we’re all “manufacturing.” It’s far worse… even Jeff Sessions is an illegal drug producer…. off to jail with him.
          By the way, check out the drug laws in Dubai…. internal possession can result from eating a poppy seed bagel.
          “The United Arab Emirates has emerged as the country with the longest list of banned substances, which include many commonly available drugs, such as codeine, and many well-known anti-depressants, which can lead to jail if unaccompanied by a doctor’s written prescription. Dubai airport has recently installed new drug-sensitive equipment which can detect a trace of a drug on a shoe. Earlier this year, Fair Trials International (FTI) published a list of the drugs that could lead to terms of imprisonment in Dubai. Travellers carrying jet-lag medicine have been held. Even poppy seeds can result in a charge. Fifty-nine Britons were arrested in Dubai last year on drug charges.”

          https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2008/jun/09/unitedarabemirates.travelnews

  • DdC

    Hang in there,
    Prohibitionists are on the Universe’s short list for extinction.

    When the activity of the cannabinoid system declines,
    we find rapid ageing in the brain.”

    No detectable limit to how long people can live
    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-06-limit-people.html

    Cannabis reverses aging processes in the brain
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1169
    When the activity of the cannabinoid system declines,
    we find rapid ageing in the brain.”

    Cannabis and Longevity
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/241
    The Tree of Life
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/377