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“bullet” The U.S. Government is so sure that there’s no such thing as medical marijuana, they decided to patent it.
“bullet” Drug Czar’s Office Admits that Drug Enforcement Can’t Be Proven to Work from Scott Morgan.
“bullet” Idiot of the week — William Janes, Florida’s drug czar. He claims that addiction is misunderstood, but then says that the way to fix it is faith based involvement and Drug Free Workplace initiatives. Here’s the really bizarre comment:

čPeople donČt use drugs accidentally. They use them for self medication and for coping with life,ä he said. čI donČt see a lot of recreational marijuana users any longer.ä

Apparently Janes doesn’t get out much.

Independence

Regular readers know that I try my best to be civil, to be patient, to be reasoned. Yet there are times when such… patience seems no longer viable.
What I have to share with you now is dangerous. There are those who will consider me to be… treasonous for passing on such words. There may be those in power who feel that I can no longer be allowed to spread this sedition.
These aren’t my words, but they’re important words.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ÷ That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ÷ That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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