Odds and Ends

bullet image Scholars Scramble for the Archives of Marijuana Legalization

Ah, yes, we have certainly come a long way, from being the outcast crazies to being a significant movement in history.

bullet image Symphony’s first cannabis concert woos, raises funds

I would have loved to be there. But what I really look forward to is the jazz concerts that will come in the future. And sports.

When I was in college way back in the day, of course nobody smoked cannabis openly at football games — the only allowable drugs were alcohol and tobacco. But soccer — nobody went to the soccer games and the team was so happy to have fans that they were fine with people lighting up on the sidelines — so soccer became the sporting event to enjoy if beer wasn’t your drug of choice.

bullet image Fight Heroin with Marijuana by Froma Harrop.

“If I had to write a prescription for the heroin problem,” retired Cincinnati police Capt. Howard Rahtz told me, “the first thing I’d do is legalize marijuana.”

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10 Responses to Odds and Ends

  1. DdC says:

    Louisianan Given 13-Year Prison Sentence for Possession of Two Marijuana Cigarettes

    It ain’t fair, John Sinclair, In the stir for breathing air, Won’t you care for John Sinclair?, In the stir for breathing air, Let him be, set him free, Let him be like you and me

    They gave him ten for two, What else can the judges do? Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta set him free

    If he’d been a soldier man, Shooting gooks in Vietnam, If he was the CIA, Selling dope and making hay, He’d be free, they’d let him be, Breathing air, like you and me

    They gave him ten for two, What else can the judges do? Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta,, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta,, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta set him free

    They gave him ten for two, They got Ali Otis too. Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta set him free

    Was he jailed for what he done? Or representing everyone, Free John now, if we can, From the clutches of the man, Let him be, lift the lid, Bring him to his wife and kids

    They gave him ten for two, What else can the bastards do? Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta set him free
    ~ John Sinclair by John Lennon

    DEA Chief Should Resign

    JUST SAY NO…to the War on Drugs u2b

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    • War Vet says:

      That brings tears. I find I start to take offense when I hear people say “Giving thanks and to remember those who died for our freedoms” during Memorial Day. Whose freedoms did our soldiers die for? It almost feels like Memorial Day could be vulgar and crude like celebrating child porn. Memorial Day is the essential American Billboard reading–telling Americans that Good will Prevail and Freedom Rings True, when its only a Billboard and nothing more. Memorial Day is also for the Victims of the War on Drugs as well . . . for the reward of the dead soldier cannot be gained until all freedom and justice is obtained . . . then the flag will have fully draped his coffin in completion of duty and mission.

  2. War Vet says:

    $75 dollars. That’s expensive. I guess that’s why BYOM (Bring Your Own Meth) for blue grass and fishing festivals are all the rage in my area. I bet a Bucking Toking Rodeo version of this would sell more and be less expensive . . . smell a lot better than all that cow and horse shit and fit right in with the Barbeque and Briskets. Of course I’m just jealous I couldn’t have gone to this symphony myself. What’s next for Denver: Medicated Mints and Modern Art at the Denver Art Museum? I think some quaint mountain town should offer sled rides during Christmas that go out and look at the lights while the passengers pass around the joint. In my area, we have a get drunk on wine and paint on canvas establishment . . . Colorado needs the cannabis version of that if they don’t already. And isn’t 420 the same thing as Oktoberfest, but with less vomit and less polka music. . . and when fractions are reduced, many of us find our selves having a large pot celebration on January the 5th.

  3. DdC says:

    @WhiteHouse Ever notice the most enthused about sending kids off to war are the first to retreat when they come home http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/396

    President Obama visited Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to thank our troops for their service this Memorial Day

    @WhiteHouse Sam Stone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl9ZkYViEIs
    Ganja 4 PTSD & Depression http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1632 But the morphine eased the pain,

    “We stand in awe of your service.”
    —President Obama to troops in Afghanistan today

    @WhiteHouse There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes… Legalize Marijuana To Combat Heroin Blight http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread28077.shtml

  4. Windy says:

    Contributing something to the Odds and Ends theme, seems this woman was arrested for possession of cannabis:
    Baby Dies in Jail After Mother Was Forced to Give Birth in Solitary With No Help: Lawsuit

    I have to say I am appalled at the number of commenters who cannot see the blame of prohibition 2.0 for the death of this baby, and the ones who insist “she did something illegal, that is why her baby died”. Sickening.

  5. Tony Aroma says:

    Why is it that cops, and politicians, start making so much sense AFTER they retire? (That was a rhetorical question.)

  6. Steve Finlay says:

    Good article by Froma Harrop, but she misunderstands either Rahtz or LEAP. Rahtz’s position that heroin should be available under prescription doesn’t contradict LEAP at all. LEAP’s position is that all drugs should be legalized, but the type of legalization should vary. Making heroin available under prescription is in fact a type of legalization.

  7. sudon't says:

    Boy, remember when everybody lit up a joint at concerts, the minute the lights went down? I did not think then that, forty years into the future, I’d be living in a much more conservative era.

  8. Jon says:

    I read the article and I’m still not sure what the implication is. Marijuana just isn’t an alternative to heroin. The drugs have completely different effects. And there’s a huge discrepancy in sentences as it is… in most areas, there is no misdemeanor heroin possession. Selling $100 of pot will get you maybe a year… $100 of heroin, 3-5. There’s a reason people are taking that additional risk, and legalization of pot won’t help.
    Methadone clinics aren’t a viable alternative either. Right from intake there’s problems. An addict’s biggest fear is withdrawal, but federal law prohibits methadone clinics from prescribing enough to actually prevent withdrawal for at least a week, for any serious addict. Then, getting to a dose that actually holds is months of asking for increases. Even then, they won’t let you inject. It’s just not satisfying.

    Want to really eliminate the heroin problem? There are drugs now, that are legal for medical use, that are effect substitutes for heroin. Oxycodone, morphine, etc. Unlike methadone or bupeprenorphine, the other prescription opiates will actually satisfy someone. There’s already a framework in place. All you’d have to do is make an administrative change regarding the reasons doctors may issue a prescription, and all of a sudden nearly everyone is getting safe drugs from safe environments with access to medical professionals, at a price point in pharmacies low enough to make a real dent in acquisitive crime- which is what effects the lives of people not involved with the drug.
    And the people who get their fix legally from doctors are out there by and large leading normal lives, and I promise that’s not a consequence of the negligible pharmacological difference.

    • Crut says:

      I’m still not sure what the implication is. Marijuana just isn’t an alternative to heroin.

      That was not the point of the article.

      Notwithstanding the valuable points you made, the implication is that the upcoming social shift on the legality of Cannabis is a key for the “common man” to understand the underworld of drug addiction, and will help to shine another light on the terrible policies that have been enacted by the misinformed moral crusaders in our recent history. As this shift is happening, the administrative changes you are proposing will slowly (unfortunately) be debated and implemented, and science will win the compassion battle in the public eye against those that would rather punish than help.

      Change is coming.

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