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Sorry for the lack of posts recently – have been busy dealing with start of school and retirement planning (this is my last semester).


bullet image Here’s a ridiculous piece for your amusement. It’s a week old, but I couldn’t resist…

Marijuana harm ignored in push for legalization: Thomas Elias

All this ignores the sometimes fatal effects of pot use reported in a new study from the Arizona Department of Health Services. Examining all deaths of Arizona children under age 18, the department concluded 128 fatalities in 2014 resulted from substance abuse. Marijuana was the most prevalent substance associated with child deaths, linked to 62, far more than alcohol or methamphetamine. This, when just 7.5 percent of Arizonans use marijuana regularly, compared with 52 percent who use alcohol. So there’s little doubt pot is a more serious problem for youngsters who use it than beer or liquor.

Translate the Arizona numbers to California, six times as large but with no similar tracking of teenage deaths, and the likelihood is that more than 300 youthful fatalities here were tied to pot use last year.

Says Sheila Polk, county attorney for Yavapai County, Ariz., northwest of Phoenix, “Legalizing an addictive drug that is linked to … increased psychosis and suicidal ideas, lowered IQ, memory loss, impaired learning and academic failure means more damaged lives and lost opportunities for our youth. It’s unconscionable to experiment this way.”

Wrote Republican William Bennett, the nation’s first drug czar and a former secretary of education, “Overseeing or encouraging more marijuana use is just about the last thing a government trying to elevate (living conditions) would do. At stake is the safety of our youth.”


bullet image And here’s a bit of good news, that really shouldn’t be controversial…

Oregon Court rules Marijuana smoke not “offensive”

Jared William Lang, 34, was acquitted after the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that the odor of cannabis coming from his apartment was not “physically offensive” and a search warrant should never have been served at his home.

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62 comments to Open Thread

  • ZACH

    Happy retirement Pete! Im finally graduating this semester after slowly taking 1 class per semester. Good times!

  • jean valjean

    Tom Elias must be right….look who he’s citing: Sheila Polk and Bill Bennett. Welcome Tom to the 20th.Century.

  • Tony Aroma

    Surely these people must realize that in order to support their argument, they need to twist and distort the facts (more and more all the time). Which means they are intentionally trying to deceive. Or, is it possible that they really do believe what they’re saying? Do their minds just automatically look at data and interpret it to support their beliefs without even thinking about it? Not that it matters, but I can’t help but wonder if they’re fanatical zealots or just looking out for number one.

    • darkcycle

      My take? They’re just looking out for number 1. That takes some pretty creative twisting of facts. The thing that does amaze me is that they can say this stuff with straight faces, and their pants never ignite.

      • B. Snow

        SURE, I’ve got no doubt Bennett probably feels more comfortable with the idea that – He’s *powerless to control* his “gambling addiction”…

        Sounds much easier (for him) to face than – being a *total failure at self-control envolving slot machines*… No?

  • DdC

    This is what is in Second place behind Trump in GOPerland. Proving Doctors not taught cannabis in med school become arrogant and ignorant.

    Rising GOP Star Ben Carson is Bad on the Issues, but REALLY Bad on Drug Reform and Cannabis

    “Medical use of marijuana in compassionate cases has been proven to be useful,” the recreational use of cannabis is not “something we really want for our society,” adding that, “you know, we’re gradually just removing all the barriers to hedonistic activity.”

    He sounds like he believes hedonistic activity is a bad thing.

    “Marijuana smokers “can have flashbacks months and years after usage, [and] that a lot of their abilities can be impaired at the time of use.”

    Marijuana is Much Safer Than Alcohol and Tobacco, So Stop Asking

    What Carson sees as a failed and scandal-plagued Obama presidency is a result of the President’s admitted marijuana use. Carson said that cannabis has a “deleterious effect” on society:

    Marijuana Users no More Likely to Experience
    Depression, Psychosis or Asthma, Study Says
    Teen Marijuana Use Not Linked to Later Depression,
    Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems, Research Finds

    And you know we have clear scientific evidence that the use of cannabis in the developing brain is detrimental and the brain is developing until your late 20s. Well who are the people who are using it? You know, teens and early and mid-20s. There’s gonna be consequences for that.

    Chronic marijuana use in teens not linked to later health issues

    Carson promised to enforce federal prohibition laws while buffering a pharmaceutical industry that would derive, synthesize, and bottle-up your cannabidiol and THC, then sell it to you at a 2,000% mark-up, rather than have you purchase the whole flower at your local dispensary.

    Using Pot To Save Brains!

    “There are medicinal uses for the active ingredients of marijuana. However, we must also look at the fact that regular exposure to marijuana in the developing brain has been demonstrated definitively to result in decreased IQ.

  • this be some good stuff here, Iboga for Parkinson’s treatment:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF9f3vspdIQ

  • Servetus

    It’s clear where columnist Thomas Elias’s sympathies lie; certainly not with scientific research, nor democracy. Elias appears to possess all the racist, authoritarian qualities he admires in his quoted heroes, Polk and Bennett.

    William Bennett has always been a hired gun for the Vatican, even as U.S. education secretary. Today, Bennett devotes his radio show to ending the American public school system and replacing it with charter schools. Bill hates public education, not because charter schools offer a superior education, they don’t, necessarily; but because the present system doesn’t fund Catholic schools. Under a charter education system, any halfwit or anti-intellectual gets to create their own dysfunctional school system at public taxpayer expense. Bennett’s education motives are a clear violation of the First Amendment’s anti-establishment clause. As for cannabis, the Vatican sees consciousness-altering drugs as a competitive threat to its own dogma. It’s felt that way about psychoactive chemicals for more than 1600 years.

    Sheila Polk has been discussed previously. She has political ambitions. It’s possible Polk is a compulsive, pathological liar for having pushed the nonsense about the deaths of 62 children being linked to cannabis. That would also make her a likely candidate for being a female sociopath. In that case, it’s not surprising she became a prosecutor, where she’s in a position to do the most damage to American citizens. Allowing Polk to be a county prosecutor is like putting a pedophile in charge of a pre-school.

    • DdC

      How does Bennett losing $8 million in slot machines qualify him as an authoritah, on anything except gambling addiction?

      Bennett and Polk are probably thinking about what to do with x pervert priests, maybe watching kids pee in a cup to make sure they don’t cheat. I’m sure Carson would go along with it.

      I think the best thing for Bennett and Polk is to not be giving them space to print their lies. Or pass them on. I know its fun but some might take them seriously as they take themselves.

      • Servetus

        William Bennett is so malevolent he brings disrepute to the gambling business.

        Former drug czar, now the poster boy for gambling addiction, maybe also a rye whiskey proclivity, like that’s gonna fly in a 21st century reality sky.

        Old prohibitionists never die, they just lie away.

        • DdC

          Recall County Attorney Sheila Polk Aug 25, 2015
          Sheila Polk has ignored the will and voice of the Yavapai/Arizona voters and has placed her own agenda at the forefront of her political capmpaign. We are petitioning to have her recalled immediatly.

          Paranoia strikes deep
          Into your life it will creep
          It starts when you’re always afraid
          Step out of line, the men come and take you away Sheila

          Did marijuana actually kill 62 kids in Arizona? Or…

          Dear Sheila Polk
          Negligent Parenting Doesn’t Justify Prohibition

          “Safe pot? Tell that to the 62 kids who died” is an interesting attempt at modern day reefer madness written by Yavapai County prosecuting attorney Sheila Polk. She states “More youth death linked to marijuana than alcohol or methampetamine”

          Sheila Polk
          intentionally misleading, moron, corrupt, or some combination?
          dwr June 16th, 2015 This is just unreal…

  • Duncan20903

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    Mr. Bennett was easy to contact since he was in Reno protesting the opening of that State’s first medicinal cannabis dispensary and selflessly monitoring the casinos to make sure that there was no merrywanna being served to players at the gaming tables or merrywanna infused foods served at the complimentary buffets. Thanks to his vigilance Reno is certified safe for morbidly obese compulsive gamblers who hate people who choose to enjoy or have a medicinal need for cannabis.

  • Will

    Pete, congratulations on your upcoming retirement. Now I hope we all can look forward to you finishing the screenplay for ‘DrugWarRant: The Movie’. Take your time of course. Cheers to you.

    Muchas Gracias, Will :).

  • jean valjean

    The Real History of Drugs video series. Of course we’ve been pointing out the motives of drug warriors for years but here it’s all laid out for you:

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/real-history-drugs-educates-millions

  • DdC

    Sabet SAM in hiding after weeping and gnashing of teeth.
    More jobs from Cannabis.

    Natural Pest Control Business Gets Boost from Medical Cannabis Industry
    TORONTO – When Sarah Stuive first got into the natural pest control business – which uses predatory insects, or “good bugs,” to weed out pests – she never expected to be working with cannabis plants.

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Oregon’s Hot Hash Oil Market Drives Demand for Marijuana ‘Trim’
    Cameron Yee opened a gallon-sized plastic bag of dried leaves from a popular strain of cannabis called Lemon Haze. He thrust his hand into the bag and gave the leaves a vigorous stir.

    Hospital?
    an institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people.

    More fitting as Sanford&Son…

    Sanford Hospital Patient Denied Medical Marijuana Lotion
    Eric Chipman’s case shows how hospitals, and some of their patients, are caught in the conflict between state and federal medical marijuana laws.

    • Mr_Alex

      I saw Pamela McColl’s face for the first time today, her Anti Cannabis tirades are not only crappy, I think a organized trolling attempt is needed on Project SAM, their supporters and also the Canadian Branch of Project SAM

      • Frank W.

        I just checked out this MacColl piece on YT:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bKc_s04m7

        “Sponsored in part by The Trial Lawyers Association of BC”
        I feel sorry for any group that tries to troll this particular Mob Branch

        • Mr_Alex

          They deserved to be trolled, Pamela McColl has confirmed that she wants to force Cannabis users to Rehab or its Jail, also i would not be surprised if Pamela McColl has connections to Dr Stuart Gitlow or even Melvin and Betty Sembler

        • DdC

          Public Health Agency of Canada
          Public Health Notice:
          Outbreak of P Coli infections

          Pamela McColl, usually called P Coli, refers to a large group of bacteria that is commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals.

          Most strains of P Coll are harmless; however, some strains, such as P Coll O420: H7, can make people sick, causing severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Serious complications of a P Coli O420: H7 infection can include kidney failure.

          Good can become contaminated with P Coli when truths are slaughtered or processed, even if precautions are taken. In processed or ground truth, the bacteria can be spread throughout the community. Good can also be contaminated when it is handled by a person associated with P Coli, or from cross-contamination because of unsanitary lying practices.

          P Coli infections can also spread easily from person to person.

          Symptoms of P Coli infection usually start within about 3 to 4 days after exposure, but the incubation period can be as short as 1 day or as long as 10 days.

          Protect yourself against P Coli by following safe information handling practices. For even more information about safety from bullshit, go to drugwarrant.com

        • Mr_Alex

          Project SAM Canada Branch has their funding exposed, Big Pharma funds them Pamela McColl thank you for being a liar:

          http://www.straight.com/blogra/467446/group-against-city-pot-dispensary-hearings-associated-us-group-ties-big-pharma

  • jean valjean

    Hey Pete…. have you thought about running for elected office as a drug reformer after you retire?

  • This version of the same op piece provides a photo of the author.
    I usually don’t judge someone by their appearance,… but, well, just look…

    http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/opinion/2015/08/18/marijuana-harm-ignored-push-legalization/31886589/

    • Stenga

      He looks like a Scotch man.

      • DdC

        Man? They used a green screen to eliminate the marionette strings. That makes the ONDCP marionettist’.

        A marionette is a puppet controlled from above using wires or strings depending on regional variations. A marionette’s puppeteer is called a marionettist.

  • Servetus

    Colomba Bush, wife of presidential candidate Jeb Bush, is setting herself up to be the next Nancy Reagan in the drug war should Jeb win the White House in 2016:

    Aug 25, 2015 — In Nevada, where Bush noted that overdose fatalities had grown 80 percent since 1999, she praised the work of a drug treatment clinic founded by casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who is a physician. He is one of the GOP’s most powerful donors and was the largest single contributor during the 2012 presidential campaign.

    Yes, Señora Colomba is in bed with Sheldon Adelson, the same evil turd who donated $2.5 million to stop the medical cannabis initiative in Florida’s last election; Sheldon, whose own wife is a drug treatment mogul—making addiction profitable for those in the treatment biz. It’s bad enough that Jeb is on a board of directors linked to the Semblers. One commenter nailed it:

    jm — I lived in Florida the whole time Bush was governor and I can’t remember the wife doing anything other than trying to smuggle $17,000 worth of stuff from Paris into Atlanta to save on duty.

    There you have it. Colomba Bush—First Smuggler, nix First Lady.

  • Freeman

    Well, our old friend Keith Harruphrey-Dumbpty is at it again. Talking about the NIST meth-lab explosion, he can’t resist blaming prohibition’s nasty side-effects on BIG PHARMA, because of course naturally evil corporations cause all of society’s problems and our oh-so benevolent government always has the proper solution:

    “The only reason the problem persists is that the manufacturers of pseudoephedrine-containing cold medications used in meth-making continue to flood state legislatures with lobbying money.”

    “Cold medicines resistant to pseudoephedrine extraction by meth cooks are available and could be exempted from any prescription requirements. But the pharma companies that profit handsomely from their meth-cooking customers will have none of it, and thus far our political system has rarely been able to resist their power. ”

    History lesson for ya, Dumbphreys: you can make pheudoephedrine prescription-only, and you can re-formulate cold medicines all you want. You might even achieve measurable short-term success in whatever goal you have in mind. But in the long term, as long as prohibition’s price-support system remains in place, people will find their way around whatever road-blocks you put in front of them whenever obscene profits are to be made. Far more often than not, the new way is even more dangerous and the increased efforts at enforcing prohibition only serve to raise the incentive (profits!) to do what you’re trying to prevent.

    • darkcycle

      Hahahaha…I notice that comments ARE OFF now at the Reality Based community. Seems they don’t like people challenging their grasp of reality. I think that is very telling. Not seeing much these days from Klieman, either.

      • Freeman

        Harrumphreys always turns off comments on his drug-related posts. As a Professor of Psychiatry, he’s particularly hypersensitive to criticism. Most of the others allow comments, but you have to create an account, log in to comment, which is subject to “moderation”, and doesn’t appear live unless and until it is “approved”. Most of the chatter now is just the bloggers fellating each other. It’s the newer, better Ministry of Self-Serving Propaganda.

        So yeah, you’re right. For all practical purposes comments are off. Proof is a snarky gun post from two days ago that so far has drawn a total of (count ’em) THREE comments, one of which was the blogger having another go at trolling the lone guy who took his flame-bait.

        There was a time when such a post would have resulted in much intense debate in the comments there. (Ironically, their new, woefully underused comment service is called IntenseDebate!) It’s like a ghost town now, so boring even Dr. Silent K doesn’t show up much any more.

      • jean valjean

        “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion…” so long as they don’t express it on the “Reality Based” site. Pathetic.

    • jean valjean

      The “meth lab explosions” would be eliminated by regulated sale of ritalin/methamphetamine to adults. The explosions are a direct result of prohibition and the control of the market by criminals. What “Reality” is this fool living in?

  • thelbert

    i googled pam mccoll, and found this thread on international cannagraphic: http://tinyurl.com/nqqrlqs Marc Emery debates a child of SAM, to no effect.

  • claygooding

    Ignoring the harms???

    Ignoring the genocide and killing of millions of cancer patients around the world.

    The NCI.gov site is openly admitting THC is shrinking tumors in mice and attacking cancer cells in vitriol,,admitting THC may block gastrol cancers,liver cancers,breast cancer and more,,yet our leaders ignore the science and continue allowing more cancer victims to die of big pharmacy’s poisons and witches potions,,all because the cancer treatment businesses pay them to keep marijuana schedule 1..

    http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/cannabis-pdq/#link/_13

    A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
    A laboratory study of delta-9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in mouse models of liver cancer showed that it had antitumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small cell lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.
    A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.
    A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies in mouse models of cancer showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective. “”snip”

    What kind of person that has the power to remove cannabis from Schedule 1 with a stroke of the pen and even with the above evidence and growing clamor of the illegally healed Obama and the US AG refuse to start ending the 22,000,000 deaths from cancer yearly worldwide.

    THC KILLS CANCER,,,period!.

  • DdC

    Likely legalization vote prompts action on California’s medical marijuana industry
    The California Highway Patrol would develop a way to determine when someone is too high to drive, while the Department of Public Health would come up with rules for testing pot products for potency and toxic chemicals and set limits on when individuals with felony convictions or newly arrived in California would be eligible for a license to grow, process, transport or sell medical marijuana.

    The bill also would create training standards and labor rights for industry workers — a nod to unions — and preserve the right of local governments to ban cannabis businesses, which is key to maintaining support from the League of California Cities and police chiefs.

    The same fighting civilization tooth and nail for decades, now feel the urge to regulate? Now, after torturing millions of US citizens, lying in court and in legislating. Now want a say in drafting regulations with no reality base? Piss testing drivers has been an ongoing goal, along with banning dispensaries where they interfere with Casino’s and Sport’s Bars. Such obvious disregard for the citizens and again appeasing the Police Chiefs, Lawyers and CHIPs.

    Tobacco bills fast-tracked to Senate floor
    “We want to move all of these bills to the floor as a package to continue the deliberation during the special-session discussion,” Lara said.

    Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) objected to giving the bills special treatment. “We believe that the public has a right to have some time to deliberate rather than going directly to the floor,” said Bates, the committee’s vice chairwoman.

    The bills would regulate electronic cigarettes the same way regular smoking is restricted in public places, bar smoking on all school campuses, allow counties to seek voter approval of local tobacco taxes, and raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

    Here come the BUTT Probes. Just can’t sleep unless they’re prohibiting something for someone, always in the name of safety. Now more teens in Juvi for smoking as a way to deter them they cage them? More evictions from corporate and HUD housing. More sick from not dealing with the chemical adulterants added to the tobacco. The push to stop smoking, but only on their terms. Banning e-cigs that has been useful in getting people off of the chemically laden cigarettes. Again take the taxes and subsidize organic tobacco instead of in the politicians pockets. Can we ever have legislation the people can study before its law? Any law should have the peoples’ approval and not by fast tracking and deception.

    Nearly 47 Million People Now Have Dementia, Report Shows

    Using Pot To Save Brains!

    Marijuana tourism is a budding industry
    An early inkling of the commercial potential of marijuana tourism came on a day with a mythical significance for many marijuana users: April 20, 2014, when one travel booking site saw searches for Denver jump nearly 75% year-over-year months after recreational marijuana use was legalized in Colorado.

    Is this enough in your face evidence to show how legalizing recreationally brings many business they would not have otherwise? The previous denialists trying to claim coincidence and the reefer mad hatters banning it, are losing business. Deserves them right. Any town banning cannabis accessibility should be cut off from state funding.

  • Francis

    All this ignores the sometimes fatal effects of pot use reported in a new study from the Arizona Department of Health Services. Examining all deaths of Arizona children under age 18, the department concluded 128 fatalities in 2014 resulted from substance abuse.

    Is that what they concluded? Let’s go to the source and see. From the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program’s November 2014 Annual Report:

    In Arizona, there is a clear link between substance use and a considerable number of child deaths where it is an associated, contributing or direct cause of the fatality. Because of this connection, it is important to identify those deaths related to substance use in order to understand how or if it connects to the incident and, if it does, how best to inform prevention and awareness efforts. Note: Although substance use is a known risk factor in child fatalities, it is important to remember the term associated is used because it is not always clear if or how the substance use had a direct or contributing effect on the fatality incident.

    The CFR program defines substance use as associated with a child’s death if the child, the child’s parent, caretaker and/or if the person responsible for the death, during or about the time of the incident leading to the death, used or abused substances, including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and/or alcohol.

    Emphasis in original.

  • viggoPiggsko

    From UK, It’s all about sending signals

    …- – -…
    …- – -…
    …- – -…

    Legalisation would “send the wrong message to the vast majority of people who do not take drugs, especially young and vulnerable people”

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/25/despite-petition-government-has-no-plans-to-legalise-cannabis

    In response to the petition, which was hosted on the government’s official e-petitions website, it said: “Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health. There are no plans to legalise cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities.”

    • DdC

      Sending the “wrong message” would include truthful evaluations and reporting accurately instead of lying for profits. The overwhelming evidence the ONDCP and its DEA enforcement and NIDA alibi makers and con artists have overstayed their welcome. Come to think of it, no one ever invited them to the party. Nixon crashed it. Not like its about we the people. Its about profits.

      Whom can be trusted?
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1011
      Momentum Continues to Build for Historic Federal Medical Marijuana Bill

      No, its for fat pharma to sell as a schedule#2 eliminating homegrown” cannabis” and maintaining the actual goal of keeping prohibition alive. Who uses derogatory racist terms in medicine? Do they prescribe hillbilly heroin or oxycontin? Yet they still call it medical marijuana? 40 years the DEA has proven they can not be trusted with the truth. No, they are actually legally bound to lie. Yet it is still government agents deciding on medical practices? Well You that hide behind walls. You that hide behind desks. I just want you to know. I can see through your masks.

      the Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie
      http://www.drugwarrant.com/articles/drug-czar-required/

      Now the GOP is siding with states over feds? Politicians to decide on the laws of physics? States can enforce their own version of bullshit as well as the feds? Is water wet in some states and not so much in others? More restrictions because it has actually caused death? Is gravity going to be regulated heavier in mountain states due to the distance one might fall? Then how can cannabis with known physical properties be politically determined in some states while others make up their own definitions. The results of eCB deficiency.

      Butt Out of Marijuana Reform
      By significant margins, Republican voters in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire say that states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference. Sixty-four percent of GOP voters in Iowa say that states should be able to carry out their own laws vs. only 21 percent who say that the federal government should arrest and prosecute people who are following state marijuana laws.

  • NorCalNative

    Guys, I’m taking one for the team. I’m toking up the evil demon weed as you read this.

    Pray for my LD-50 missing soul will ya?

    I had a good weekend. I put some cannabis oil into the hands of a woman with Multiple Sclerosis. The 1:1 version that mimics Sativex.

    BTW, here’s what I’m putting in my one-hit pipe.

    Cherry AK

    THC 15.1% CBD 0.2%
    Myrcene 1%
    Farnesene 0.35%
    Caryophyllene 0.33%
    Bisabolol 0.14%

    To my drug war buddies Elias, Polk, and Bennett? Thanks for the BIG LIE entertainment. You guys rock. Don’t ever change.

    • Crut

      Only 15%? But those anti-legalization folks say that potency has increased to like 30%???? How is this even possible? Those authorities wouldn’t actually lie to me would they?

  • Servetus

    A new drug politics exposé is the latest work by journalist Paul L. Williams. Williams’ book, “Operation Gladio: The Untold Story of the Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia ”, links the various agencies to anti-Soviet activities after World War II, activities financed by selling heroin in black ghettos in New York and the metropolitan D.C. area:

    The story started as early as 1942 with the formation of the Vatican Bank. The same year ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) recruited Lucky Luciano, a pre-eminent drug lord. The Swiss director of the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Allen Dulles came to the conclusion, “We’re fighting the wrong enemy.” Schutzstaffel (SS) sent Dulles a message through the Vatican that the Nazi government wanted to establish a separate peace with the United States; they wanted to fight the Soviets.[…]

    Consequently, the US intelligence agencies got drug lord Lucky Luciano released from jail, allowed him to build his narcotic empire, and simply watched the flow of drugs into the largely black ghettos of New York and Washington. The unholy alliance of the American spies and criminals was replicated everywhere, from Laos and Burma to Marseilles and Panama. Dulles met Prince Max von Hohenlohe in Bern. Hohenlohe found Dulles in agreement with him. Later, Dulles also met other Nazi officials to forge the new alliance.[…]

    This disturbing exposé describes a secret alliance forged at the close of World War II by the CIA, the Sicilian and US mafias, and the Vatican to thwart the possibility of a Communist invasion of Europe. Journalist Paul L. Williams presents evidence suggesting the existence of “stay-behind” units in many European countries consisting of five thousand to fifteen thousand military operatives. According to the author’s research, the initial funding for these guerilla armies came from the sale of large stocks of SS morphine that had been smuggled out of Germany and Italy and of bogus British bank notes that had been produced in concentration camps by skilled counterfeiters. As the Cold War intensified, the units were used not only to ward off possible invaders, but also to thwart the rise of left-wing movements in South America and NATO-based countries by terror attacks.[Emphasis added]

    1942 predates the CIA’s cocaine/Contra connection by forty years. It also predates by several years the French government’s sales of Burmese heroin funding its colonial activities in Southeast Asia. Apparently, old habits die hard. Terror attacks carried out on leftists by the remnants of fascist political movements might not have been possible had it not been for the money from sales of illegal opiates. Given the opportunities for intrigue, it’s little wonder governments retain prohibition.

    • claygooding

      !5 years of controlling the valley where 90% of the world’s opium is produced and not one plant pulled,,not one trafficker busted,,not one bank fined for over a trillion dollars worth of opium money laundering in the last 15 years is “the rest of the story”.

  • strayan

    Don’t you just love it when police officers accidentally make the case for drug legalisation?

    Sen-Sgt Miles said it was easier for children to get their hands on drugs than alcohol or cigarettes.

    “The reality is, the sale of liquor is regulated, while the access to dangerous drugs, no matter what form they’re in, is not,” he said. http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/drug-crisis-ice-access-easier-than-alcohol-townsville-police-say/story-fnihsrf2-1227496685169

  • DdC

    Marijuana Does Not Affect Brain Volume Study Finds
    Public health experts have cited concerns that using marijuana could be associated with structural changes in the brain. However, a new trial comparing the brains of marijuana users and non-users to their siblings reveals that marijuana use likely does not cause changes in brain volume.

    Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone
    Another one bites the dust

    Smoking cannabis every day 10 November 2014
    ‘warps your brain and shrinks grey matter’, scientists warn
    By Ben Spencer, Science Reporter for the Daily Mail

    $200 Million Collected In Marijuana Taxes

    In Colorado, after about a year and a half of legal recreational marijuana sales, the state has collected more than $117 million in excise taxes from both the recreational and medical marijuana markets, according to the most recent data from the Colorado Department of Revenue.

    Washington state got a slower start. Its retail shops didn’t begin selling recreational marijuana until July of last year, but they are keeping pace with Colorado’s. About $83 million in excise taxes have already been collected in the year since sales first began, according to the most recent tax data from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

    Man, that’s a lot of doobies…

  • DdC

    THE CRIME OF THE CANADIAN BANKING SYSTEM – Bill Abram u2b
    The Case Against The Bank Of Canada

  • DdC

    29 Centuries of PTSD

    The Scythians – High Plains Drifters
    The Scythians played a very important part in the Ancient World from the seventh to first century BC. They were expert horsemen, and were one of the earliest peoples to master the art of riding and using horse-drawn covered wagons. This early high mobility is probably why most scholars credit them with the spread of cannabis knowledge throughout the ancient world. Indeed, the Scythian people travelled and settled extensively throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, Central Asia, and Russia, bringing their knowledge of the spiritual and practical uses for cannabis with them.

    Battling America’s other PTSD crisis
    Research shows that inner-city violence can be as traumatizing as war. A program in Philadelphia is pioneering new ways to treat the urban wounded

    Ganja 4 PTSD & Depression

  • thelbert

    after a few years of growing outdoor crops, i now know why the police ignore me: http://tinyurl.com/ngfz4jz

  • DdC

    Is this true?

    BREAKING NEWS:
    The DNC Cancels All Debates, Appoints Hillary Clinton the Democratic Nominee.
    In a surprise move that caught the media by surprise, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced today that the DNC was canceling the six as yet unscheduled Democratic primary debates and appointing Hillary Clinton the party’s nominee in the 2016 presidential election. “We thought long and hard about this,” said Wasserman Schultz. “It was not a decision that was hastily arrived at.”

    • DdC

      With it being Florida, and Wasserface, the saboteur of Florida getting Cannabis. Add Clinton to the mix. Who knows?

      I wouldn’t call this snark or satire, just a stupid ratings scam. Though it is listed as all of the above. Not at the story, except the tag list. I would also wonder the wisdom in having a site promoting legitimacy mixed with “snark” or “satire”. I don’t know much about kos, maybe they’re just like fox, for liberals. There are sites for that entertainment purpose.

      I think of a snark as lacking credentials or experience and substituting with cruel or derogatory gotcha’s, and non professional. Whereas satire is a legitimate way of bringing truth through the absurdity of the issue. But only if you know its satire.

      If dailykos.com even is journalism, or wants to be taken seriously. I’d cut the BS when a lot of people believe the fear mongering on both sides. The circus and the fear giving the media and advertisers a billion dollars profit is closer to the truth of the elections. So I’m still not sure about this story since it was posted in several categories. Lazy staff? Or if the writer is just not good enough to entertain as a real Satirist.

      The DNC Cancels All Debates,
      Appoints Hillary Clinton the Democratic Nominee.

      by Robert Paul Lamb
      Comment Count 82 comments
      Thu Aug 20, 2015 at 02:14 AM PDT

      Listed as (at least):
      dailykos.com/story
      dailykos.com/news/Snark
      dailykos.com/news/Satire

      We’ll end up with another shithead no doubt, but doesn’t it make ya all warm and fuzzy knowing the media and advertisers will get the billion dollars spent on the circus?

      • primus

        I read it, and in the middle were names that are obviously made up. It appears to be a very sad attempt at humour.

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