Another SuperBad Advertisement

Via Making Noise in the South, A Super Serving of Shame and Stigma for Super Bowl 50

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA) is hitting us again at the Super Bowl. This time with “All American Girl” – an ad that’s supposed to show that you should care about heroin abuse because it affects pretty white girls, too.

But, of course, the ad then doesn’t show what you do when someone is having a problem with heroin – it lets them just wander off in the distance. No, this is just another one of those frying-pan scared-straight attempts at prevention that have been shown historically to not work.

And a shit-ton of money is being poured down the drain for this nicely scored, beautifully shot Super Bowl ad, when they should be helping Dan Morrhaim get some real reform passed in Maryland that will actually make a difference.

Here’s the ad:

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54 Responses to Another SuperBad Advertisement

  1. Jennifer Whitehead says:

    couldn’t agree more; missed the mark completely and further marginalized those of recovering from or struggling with addiction.

    • Daniel Williams says:

      Back when heroin was legal and readily accessible, most addicts led productive lives. Though I’m certain there were moments of quiet desperation, the struggle was less severe than in the current marketplace, as the acquisition process and unknown purity create the greatest danger to today’s user.

      • Matt says:

        No Daniel, this is not the case. Unknown purity is a red-herring and a myth. The danger is as it has alway been: not heroin (morphine) by itself, but a combination of drugs, typically alcohol and morphine, causing over-sedation and airway obstruction. Asphyxiation is the killer, not respiratory depression.

        • Daniel Williams says:

          Yes it is, but believe what you wish. And I said nothing about overdoses, accidental or otherwise – just the struggle. To believe today’s user faces no danger in the acquisition phase or from tainted and/or unknown purity levels is simply silly.

          And I have no problem with heroin or those who chose to use it. That some chose to mix in others substances, especially alcohol, and tempt fate, well, that could be a sad but needed culling of the herd.

  2. Servetus says:

    A far more effective ad than NCADA‘s banal depiction of a diminishing white all-American princess on heroin would be one depicting CIA/mafia types introducing heroin into black jazz clubs to marginalize and wreak havoc on black culture and musicians like Billy Holiday. Unfortunately for NCADA, such candor on this topic would bite the hand that feeds it.

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  4. Frank W. says:

    They should bring back the old mechanical monkey heroin PSA. “Isn’t that cute?” RRAAAWWWWRRR
    and for 70s sex appeal that monkey had some bodacious bush

  5. Chafing Jock Stap says:

    Who knew that cheerleading was a gateway drug?

    Of course what the propaganda movie doesn’t show is that it wasn’t a few pills at a party, it was her football star boyfriend’s repeated concussions that led her to her distress and drug-seeking.

    The idea of marrying her high-school sweetie now that he’s a drooling and mostly immobile mess broke her angel spirit. It was the pills she stole from him when his caretaker’s weren’t looking that got her started on the opiate-relief pathway.

  6. football is pro wrestling with better uniforms says:

    Woman protestor throws dildo in face of New Zealand minister after he signs TPP:

    Bonus-Horrifying half time show of Rome:

    • Aline says:

      Maybe it would be better if you didn’t use RT as a source, which is just a mouthpiece for Putin who is both a prohibitionist and a tyrant. Maybe you need to dig deeper:

      • Hans Peter Snicklefritz says:

        @ Aline Oh noes! The evil scary Russians and Vlad the Putinator are coming. Better call up Ronnie Raygun to stop them at the Berlin Wall. Let’s win one for the Gipper and show those Crazy Ivan untermenschen!

      • Servetus says:

        If you think Putin is bad, try reading a biography of Czar Nicholas II, executed in 1918, along with his family (oh, poor czar!).

        Yes, read about how Nicholas II opposed any modernization or progress in Russia, yelling ‘stop!’ in the face of a 300 mph freight train. He made his point by mass murder. A Moscow demonstration opposing his reactionary policies was met by his soldiers, whom he made sure were drunk enough by passing out plenty of vodka. At least 100 demonstrators were killed. Some of those killed were kids who climbed up into trees to get a better view of what was happening. In the meantime, the Czar had skipped town.

        BTW, there’s a memory trick to remembering word lists. Some know it, some don’t.

  7. Mouth says:

    These kinds of commercials are dare adds. They’re challenges to youth and young adults everywhere to see who is strong willed enough to resist addiction and who cannot. I’ve only done it twice on the same night and that was back in 2010 and remember the experience with fondness. From the looks of it: I cannot become hooked, unlike my friends who are just dying for pills or cannot stay away from meth. These commercials only help drug dealers make a little extra cash, that’s all. In fact, after watching this commercial, I’m craving some horse right now because of how fun it was the only two times I used it. But I’ll wait a few years and go with the all natural opium, wherever I may come across it.

  8. thelbert says:

    congratulations on retiring, pete. i’ve been off the net for the last months so i haven’t been posting. i don’t think people still buy the same lies. if homeless alkies can keep a dog, surely that girl would, heroin or no.

    • B. Snow says:

      Yep, there’s at least one itinerant, occasional couchie/homeless heroin user who moonlights as a panhandler in NYC (He may chime in if he gets internet access while this post is still recent/relevant?)

      But he has repeatedly noted that panhandling as an addict is significantly harder for single men, and easier for both women & people with dogs… [So, I’d likely have to call bullshit on that part of the ad.]

      Sadly, I suspect people will indeed be more empathetic toward dog owners – OR – possibly they’re more often taking pity on the dog (despite it’s owner?) over otherwise identical non-dog owning persons?

      I can seriously [and admittedly cynically] envision “caring people” wanting to go “rescue” dogs from their homeless drug-using, two-legged family members – and then crassly leaving behind the two-legged family members/people in the street.

      That’s so sad = Americans can love puppies unconditionally & reel in disgust at “junkies” or “potheads” or “druggies” in general…
      And it’s just this sort of fucked-up commercial which breeds that heartlessness into society!

      Pardon me while I step out for a cigarette or two, AND – please don’t be alarmed when I scream a stream of obscenities at the world for a minute or two.

  9. Dave says:

    Interesting dog scene to pull at the heart strings.

    It would be great to see an anti-prohibition ad that included dogs, since that seems to be a popular theme during the superbowl. Maybe it could start out as some generic beer commercial with a family at home watching football with their dog next to them on the couch. You see dad reach for his drink then a swat team breaks down the door, shoots the dog, flash grenades a child, and roughs up the family. Then a voice over with something like, “we wouldn’t accept this type of violence to stop the consumption of america’s most favorite, and most dangerous intoxicant… why do accept it with other, less dangerous intoxicants.”

    Maybe you guys have some better ideas.

  10. jean valjean says:

    NCADA is pitching for more funding so they all get to keep their jobs processing court ordered “clients.” They know they’re losing on cannabis so the “heroin epidemic” is heaven sent….link this to pretty white girls and dogs (remember Leonhart’s bizarre scare story about the danger of dogs eating your stash?) and they think they have a winner. When I worked in a treatment center run by NCADA’s predecessor NCOA (National Council on Alcoholism….how does that fit with all the Superbowl beer ads?) watching the Superbowl was a required group activity so even their clients get the brain-washing.

    • DdC says:

      I say Potato and you say Potahto
      You say Al Qaeda, I say NCADA
      NCADA, Al Qaeda, Potato, Potahto
      Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off!

      • queenbey says:

        Seriously?!?! Comparing an organization who is trying to prevent, treat and destigmatize addiction (no matter how good or bad a job you think they are doing at it) to a world wide terrorist organization who murders, rapes and tortures people is not only ignorant as shit but harmful and counter productive.

        • Servetus says:

          Harmful? Counterproductive? What about an incompetent, twit-NGO, with no collective imagination or knowledge of the human condition, people who create what they’re trying to prevent? Do you really think anyone beyond some dimwitted prohibitionist clown will stand for that?

        • Hedgehog Rugged Defense says:

          @QB maybe Bouncey could have suited up and blocked for Superman so he could score more than ten points in the stupor bowl.
          She may have been too traumatized from her rough hand to mouth up from the gutter street poverty level upbringing like Obama.
          At least she is down for the struggle. Keepin’ it real Yo!

        • DdC says:

          queenbey February 9, 2016 Seriously?!?!
          Comparing an organization who is trying to prevent, treat and destigmatize addiction

          Seriously?!?! ت, oh you were. Now I can laugh.

          (no matter how good or bad a job you think they are doing at it)

          Seriously?!?! No matter how bad they are doing at it? Or torture or evictions or forfeiture and expulsion from school. All to make them in the image of the Sobriety God. Forced to quit for 30 days and then back to jail or the streets? Anything but letting doctors deal with it. Or citizens, many Veterans reasons for using caused by the same government trying to cage them and take their property. Grow up. Terrorist create terror. Prohibitionists, Cops, Cartels and anyone considered anti Neocon is a potential victim.

          to a world wide terrorist organization who murders, rapes and tortures people

          Stop diverting, we can discuss the DEA after. You mean like Mel Sembler Straight Inc or the Wilderness Brat Camps, Or Turner murdering people with paraquat. Seriously?!?! Here is what you do. Recidivism. Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested. 76.9% percent were drug offenders. Al Qaeda aren’t Racketeers either. Just brutal murdering religious zealots the US Oil Imperialism created. Rehabs are greedy, soulless corporations willing to let 20 million Americans suffer the trauma and terror of arrest for drugs, mostly cannabis and most of that simple possession. Losing tuition grants for life. Under the Higher Education Act designed to help the poor get into college. Right to drive or vote regardless of impairment. Forced rehabs and since Bush many religious groups that are bypassing state regulations. Find Jesus or go directly to jail. Addiction is a sin crap. Although believing the only solution is forced abstinence is also crap.

          is not only ignorant as shit but harmful and counter productive.

          Oh you prefer smart shit? I can do that. Ignorant is someone flying off half cocked about an ideal that is totally bassackwards. Oh but you need a new boat? Need more broken people for that. To break some more? Then charge for it. You should check the source where this ad hominem is spewing from. The only people left fighting the drug war are those making a hefty profit on it. I thought everybody knew that. Talk about ignorant. Do you make money forcing people into rehabs? That’s ignorant.

          Harmful to whom, your bottom line? Certainly not the person busted for a non victim non crime, especially cannabis users forced into rehabs. Sadistically given as a choice over profit prisons. When has anyone been court ordered to pay Al Qaeda? Reagans and Bush’s buddies when they sent bin Laden missiles. Then when Junior invaded their country while most of the alleged terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. You know, the guy in the pic Junior was lip locked with. No oh naive memo reader.

          Your blind obedience stupidity is why we have terrorism. Why most of Congress signed on with the mainstream media to invade the Mid East. You indulge to save the “addicts”, for a paycheck. Keep them junkies on the street perpetuating prohibition. You cause the overdoses, (not heroin by itself though). The adulterated dope, the inconsistent potency’s. Then spend most of our tax resources harassing sick people finding relief with cannabis. You pave the road to hell with your good intentions or you bring hell here with your evil profiteering on the most vulnerable. No one can help someone who isn’t ready. All you are doing is trying to force them to be as you think they should be. While making it dangerous, another choice the drug worriers are so gracious with. Do it your way or die, now that’s a choice. Stop fixing flat tires when the ignition system is the problem.

          Oh and Don’t worry, be Happy…. Al Qaeda could learn a lot from the terrorist rehabs. Mel Sembler’s especially. There is one big difference. Al Qaeda doesn’t send you a bill for terrorizing people… btw there is no such thing as forced rehabilitation. Stealing money from vulnerable citizens by court order is as Un-American as it gets. Fuck USAlQaeda. Like ISIS burning pot crops beside the DEA. One goal, no deviations, a drug free world while fat pharma profits soar. Again hypocrites want some drugs free from society while they sell commercials every 20 minutes on TV. Most time spent reading the side effects. Most OD’s are legal crap and the remedy is to let people in pain suffer. Better in agony than addicted eh rehabber?

          So you gonna rehabilitate a Vet from his Ganja for PTSD? Or put them in jail if they flunk rehab. With false bogus urine tests. Break them down and rebuild them into little happy servants. Maybe kick until probation ends. Probably just go to a cheap synthetic that kills, but doesn’t show up in whiz quizzes. All the same as any slick willy. Nixon created this racist costly drug war and ending it is what will help all drug users. Not pretending to fix it with AA rehashed forced obedience.

          The primary reason to outlaw marijuana
          is its effect on the degenerate races.
          Reefer makes darkies think
          they’re as good as white men.
          ~ Harry J. Anslinger

          All drugs harms are directly caused by prohibition.

          Kevin Abraham Sabet-Sharghi

          Old, White Drug Warriors Are Suing to Protect Pot Prohibition — and Their Profits

          Melvin Sembler’s Straight Inc Torturing Children

          Money, Not Morals, Drives Marijuana Prohibition Movement

          I just discovered Noreaga has Reagan in

        • B. Snow says:

          Note: It’s called “Levity”…

          Also, it’s not a literal comparison – but it rhymes & casts the spectre of strictly religious, jihad-based terrorism Versus the picture of *well-meaning* “higher-power” based people who have an online “alcohol self-test” which told me:

          “Your score states that you have a small chance of having a problem with alcohol.

          You can learn more about drinking responsibly by reading some of our fact sheets”.

          I don’t drink, haven’t done so for 10+ yrs, haven’t drunk particularly heavily on any occasion in 15+ yrs, but I answered *Yes* to the question = “Have you ever been to an AA meeting?”

          That self-test was very much taken from the AA/12-stepper – “Are you an alcoholic?” list of questions, it lacked the “have you ever blacked out or lost time when drunk?” Question but was otherwise near verbatim to the best of my recollection.

          Al Qaeda means “the base” and is comprised of – in their minds – ‘well intentioned’ religious warriors (aka crusaders).

          The NCADA people – who IMO – seem to have appropriated the phrase “Harm-Reduction”, and similar language.

          Still, the site reeks with the smell of old musty, dusty, and heavily thumped upon “Big Blue Books”…

          The only difference in language & *saving grace* that I could see was the use of the term drinking responsibly = and their acknowledgement that this is in fact *A Thing*.
          Although I have doubts that they would admit/agree that there is similarly, any responsible drug use = beyond noting/nagging that “Alcohol is a drug M’kay…”

          I have little respect for what IMO can arguably be called overzealous ‘religious’ persons or extremists (aka *crusaders*) there may be a difference in the degree of extremes they go to, but that doesn’t make me feel better.

          And suffice it to say, IMNSHO = there’s a great deal of ‘holier than thou’ bullshit in both groups that have indeed lead to the murders, rapes, and torture of people who don’t deserve any of it!

          Who is in the right or not – is a matter of perspective, and which group is worse than the other = is another matter.

          And although I have no doubt that they all believe they’re intentions a good, I’d posit that they’re just at different points on the proverbial ‘Road to Hell’.

  11. Francis says:

    I feel like this ad would have been more effective if, instead of a pretty young white girl, it had featured a giant anthropomorphic sloth. Also, I liked the bit with the dog, but why didn’t they have it talk? Seems like a missed opportunity.

  12. Duncan20903 says:


    Well speaking of tackle football and misguided health policies, within the last couple of weeks I read an article about the concussion caused brain damage which is often suffered by football players. The article’s author was proffering the solution would be to take away their head gear. His “reasoning” was that if they didn’t wear helmets then they would learn to avoid bonking each other in the head. Heck, let’s make them play buck naked to avoid all injuries associated with playing tackle football.

    So what does that have to do with drugs law reform? It’s the same idiotic “reasoning” used by people who reject harm reduction measures like Narcan or needle exchange programs. I haven’t got any solutions to suggest. I’m just sharing an observation.

    October 23, 2015: All Colorado Springs officers soon to be equipped with anti-overdose drug

    February 6, 2016: Heroin overdose victim recovers after Colorado Springs Police administer Narcan

    • B. Snow says:

      Actually, that could be a possibly effective solution… Football players have used their helmets as weapons more & more over the years – as helmets have seemingly offered “better protection” (and in many ways they have) – which leads them to feel unafraid to clash helmets or otherwise tackle opponents head-on…

      Which in addition to the increasingly huge size of the players, has the game in a place/state where concussions are going to happen.

      There are concrete examples in Rugby where the players are similarly fierce – but they lack the padding & armor-factor that leads to huge slow-ish (compared to Rugby players) men clashing against each other full force colliding in their “armored suits” over snd over.

      And unfortunately *appearing unharmed from the outside* – meanwhile the impacts cause their brains’ to impact the insides of theit own skulls – causing bruising = aka concussions that aren’t readily apparent to most observers or the players.

      Having them less “protected” could indeed reduce concussions significantly, although it might lead to more cuts, scraps, and more visible “injuries” = But, these could be spotted & treated. The players subbed out for back-ups & “second-stringers”…

      It may be the only way to make the game safer, it would be a trade-off, but that might be the best solution for all involved, counter-intuitive as it may sound.
      Otherwise, parents may stop letting therir kids play the game & the NFL could *go poof* – so to speak.

  13. Servetus says:

    A common saying is a country’s prisons are the best indicator of how civilized it is. The same can be said of its drug rehab facilities.

    In Denmark, drug rehab exemplifies the government’s secular humanistic values:

    Danish municipalities have spent millions of kroner sending criminal youths and drug abusers on Caribbean cruises, Metroxpress has revealed.

    Since 2010, 26 municipalities in Denmark have spent a combined 42 million kroner to send 59 young criminals or drug abusers on rehab programmes that place the young people on a boat that cruises the Caribbean for up to two years at a time.

    The rehab programme typically puts two or three youths on a boat along with a captain and a teacher. The young people are taught on board as the boat sails from one Caribbean island to another. At the conclusion of a year, the youth are returned to Denmark to take a graduation exam. Some students repeat the process for a second year.

    Smoke a joint, go on a cruise—probably not. The program likely gets used on only the toughest drug/addiction cases. Due to inequality, it beats anything offered in the US, unless it’s a privately funded rehab.


  14. DdC says:

    Plan B

    Dr. Jill Stein: ‘Marijuana Is Not Dangerous At All’
    By Steve Elliott Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Green Party Presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein, at Tuesday night’s third-party debate, did a remarkable thing, for a politician: She told the truth about marijuana.

    “As a medical doctor, previously in clinical practice for about 25 years, I can say with a clear understanding of the health impacts, that marijuana is a substance that is dangerous because it is illegal,” Stein said. “It is not illegal because it is dangerous — because it is not dangerous at all!”

    Jill Stein on Drugs

    ☛ Transform from criminal drug system to public health system
    ☛ End the racist war on drugs and school-to-prison pipeline
    ☛ Marijuana is dangerous because it’s illegal, not vice-versa
    ☛ Bring marijuana sales under a legal regulatory framework

    In an interview with RT published on December 28, 2015, Jill Stein said superdelegates will destroy Bernie Sanders’ chances at winning the Democratic nomination. “Many of my supporters are supporting Bernie during the fight in the Democratic Party. But he will be eliminated, his days are numbered, Hillary Clinton is running the show. Her husband, Bill, has already collected a huge number of so-called ‘superdelegates,’ so – Bernie will be a victim of what we call the ‘kill-switch’ inside the Democratic Party for truly progressive candidates,” she said.

    Is This the Sanest Man Running for President?

    Why Gary Johnson Won’t Shut Up About Marijuana
    Catching up with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson, who’s made marijuana legalization a centerpiece of his 2012 presidential campaign

  15. Daniel Williams says:

    Now I want some.

  16. Servetus says:

    Seminole medicine man James Flaming Eagle Mooney is fighting Orange County, California, for raiding his church, one that uses cannabis and other herbs in its ceremonies:

    Attorney Matthew Pappas said the Oklevueha Native American Church was in the process of turning the location in Costa Mesa into a branch of one of its 200 chapters nationwide.

    Despite California’s medicinal marijuana law, Costa Mesa prohibits sales in the city, but Pappas claims federal religious freedom laws allow the church to use cannabis as well as the psychoactive cactus peyote, ayahuasca, or “any other plant-based entheogen”, according to Bia Labate.

    Mr. Mooney has already beaten similar charges in Utah:

    A Utah branch was raided in 2000 and Mooney was convicted of “possessing and distributing peyote.”

    However, the state’s supreme court reversed the decision saying he was exempt because he used “peyote in bona fide religious ceremonies.”

    And he has a lawsuit pending against sheriff’s deputies in Sonoma County, California, for another illegal raid. Altogether, Mr. Mooney’s activism, or reactivism to attacks on his religious culture, is proving very successful against dark and evil prohibitionist forces.


  17. Duncan20903 says:


    It looks like People Magazine decided to give the sycophants of prohibition an opportunity to respond WRT using phytocannabinoids to mitigate the problems that might arise when Aunt Flo comes for her monthly sojourn. It’s just a screed of hysterical rhetoric trying to tell people that they’re stupid if they don’t genuflect at the altar of the FDA.

    Health Experts Weigh In on Safety of Marijuana-Based Vaginal Suppository to Relieve Menstrual Cramps

    I still am in total awe of seeing all of those polarizing words in a single headline. In a single headline and absent a petrified joke about the fans of cannabis. Now that’s something you don’t see every decade.

    • Justin Auldphart says:

      The recommended ibuprofen can certainly have unpleasant side effects..Queen Victoria used cannabis when dealing with her Friend…lived a long life I would say…

    • Deep Dish says:

      Also in the news was a VICE reporter who bought a bottle of weed-infused lube to treat her vaginal yeast infections. Not satisfied with a vague euphoria, she decided to drink the remaining 450mg of THC and was high for three days (more power to her).

      Still no overdose deaths, although a cat did go missing. “I also vaguely remember having a mild panic attack about the fact that I didn’t know where our cat was. We don’t have a cat.”

    • darkcycle says:

      It took two days of seeing that come across my facebook news feed, as well as mutiple references to the article by RL friends for me to believe it wasn’t a fake planted as clickbait. I am still vaguely suspicious. It really does make one wonder at the speed with the media can change it’s tack.
      Seriously. It boggles the old nut, not only where we came from, but where we wound up. And how to direct this.
      I mean, how, exactly are you supposed to direct a “300mph freight train to legalization”? I firmly believe marijuana (and non problematic drug use in general) is on balence a good thing. I am still trying to process this new aspect that has presented itself. Vaginal suppositories? Sometimes a little knowledge is more than you need.

  18. Mr_Alex says:

    If its true from what I heard about Randy Philbrick, this guy is more than a shill or informant, he got 3 medical cannabis page groups on facebook shutdown and yes he tried to target Cannabis Oil Success stories as well, another thing I heard about Randy Philbrick is that he helps John Lovell as well who is a lobbyist for the Police, if you see Randy, beware

  19. DdC says:

    Alex, Let it go and Piss on Philbrick.
    We hold the moral authority. He’s a gossip queen.

    I hold it,
    that a little rebellion,
    now and then,
    is a good thing,
    and as necessary
    in the political world
    as storms in the physical.
    ~ Thomas Jefferson,
    Letter to James Madison, 1,30,1787

    “If a law is unjust,
    a man is not only right to disobey it,
    he is obligated to do so.”
    ~ Thomas Jefferson

    “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

    “I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr

    “Civil disobedience, as I put it to the audience, was not the problem, despite the warnings of some that it threatened social stability, that it led to anarchy. The greatest danger, I argued, was civil obedience, the submission of individual conscience to governmental authority. Such obedience led to the horrors we saw in totalitarian states, and in liberal states it led to the public’s acceptance of war whenever the so-called democratic government decided on it…

    In such a world, the rule of law maintains things as they are. Therefore, to begin the process of change, to stop a war, to establish justice, it may be necessary to break the law, to commit acts of civil disobedience, as Southern black did, as antiwar protesters did.”
    ― Howard Zinn,
    You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train:
    A Personal History of Our Times

    “The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exclusions and incapacitations are removed.”Thomas Jefferson, 1776.

  20. Servetus says:

    Once more showing its utter contempt for separation of church and state, the Mormon church announced to the Utah statehouse that it opposes medical marijuana legalization. CBD gets a pass.

    Mormon spokespeople failed to note a reason for their prohibitionism, although it’s likely due to the fact so many Mormons work in drug enforcement, a job that enables the church to enforce its religious beliefs about drugs against non-believers.

    A previous act of stupidity, one resulting in another bit of self-destruction, occurred when a whistleblower exposed the LDS church as secretly sponsoring California’s Prop 8. For this, and other reasons that could include marijuana prohibition, Mormon influence has been on the decline, despite what the church would like the world believe.

    For instance, the church claimed it had 1,138,740 members in Brazil, whereas a Brazilian census determined there were only 225,695. It seems the LDS church pads its membership rolls by failing to drop the names of new people who join the church for a few months and then quit, or even people who quit the church after a lifetime membership. Those who join the LDS and fail to find satisfaction don’t get their money back, a sum amounting to 10-percent of their gross income during their period of membership.

    Also, “inactive Mormons who rarely, if ever, attend church meetings, are included in all membership numbers.” Lately, a vast apostasy has erupted, which the church admits to. Many younger Mormons are leaving the church as they discover hidden truths on the Internet about their prophet, Joseph Smith, a shady criminal who was shot by a lynch mob for burning down a newspaper publishing office that exposed Smith as a polygamist. American citizens on the frontier valued and took the free press very seriously back in 1844.

  21. jean valjean says:

    An example of Washington’s couldn’t care less attitude to the collateral damage of the drug war ….

  22. Servetus says:

    Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance, “where she builds powerful coalitions in communities devastated by drug misuse and the war on drugs”, writing for EBONY:

    If Black lives mattered, our government would not have tolerated a decades-long defeat in the war against drugs. If Black lives mattered, Naloxone would have been available in every urban, health clinic starting in the 1970s. If Black lives mattered, today’s overdose crisis would be ameliorated by decades of public health policies focused on reducing stigma and promoting treatment over punishment.

    Structural and institutional racism uplifts Whiteness and does so at a steep cost to those who are its intended targets. It is precisely because Black lives didn’t matter for decades that White upper middle class people are dying in staggering numbers today. It’s time to seriously take the call to honor Black lives because when our lives matter, everyone benefits, including Whites.

    Source, EBONY:

  23. DdC says:

    How Mexican ‘Herbolarias’ Transformed Hemp Into Psychoactive Marijuana
    An update: As Leafly readers have noted, the development of psychoactive cannabis wasn’t a straight-line narrative that began in Mexico. In our edit of the book excerpt, we should have made that clear. In other Getting High chapters, author John Charles Chasteen traces the plant’s psychoactive history back to the prehistoric Eurasian steppes, its use in ancient India, and its spread throughout Europe and Africa.

  24. Phineas T. Flywheel says:

    Might the opiate based pain pill hysteria lead to an excess of heroin use? There are always commercials on teevee showing how *evul* opiates are and they are now almost impossible to get even after surgery.
    I know some people with plates in their necks and spinal injuries who only get pain relief with opiates and they don’t take them to get high.
    They now have to go to a pain specialist clinic and get tested for cannabis just to get a few opiate pills per month. If they fail the cannabis test they are barred from the clinic and any further treatment.

    • strayan says:

      This is a definite possibility.

      People will always need pain relief. If you have ever suffered severe pain you will know that you will do absolutely anything for relief, buying heroin being the less extreme of choices.

  25. DdC says:

    Alert, yawn, alert. Prohibbies digging up the past to predict more doom in the future. If it wasn’t so anticlimactic. All the billions these government corporate serpents spend. All they can ip with is ridiculous “new and improved” same old shit? Even logically the most naive with the most basic of math skills can probably figure the numbers are fuzzy. 4% in 95 and 12% now? 38,000 samples and they don’t realize if it was 4% in 95 how could it be 10 times stronger under Clinton or 20 times stronger under Walters and Bush?

    Pot Potency? Boomers’ blissfully unfazed by mere facts.06/18/08

    Samples of old evidence will dissipate the same as when they tested old evidence in 95 from the 70s. With their scale 4% in 95 was 10 times stronger than the 70s. So basically everyone was smoking hemp rope? The headlines are the story. The writers are hacks. Nothing new in the world of lazy yellow journalists. New study Suggests? Is that like Sir Isaac Newton’s suggestion of gravity?

    Pot is becoming more potent, a new study suggests.

    Pot is much stronger than it was in 1995
    By Arden Dier

    Our tax dollars at work.

    illegal marijuana seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration over 20 years.

    In comparison,
    the levels of THC in marijuana 30 years ago
    were generally below 10 percent

    Ewe, Ooo I know I know… 9% is also below 10%

    marijuana samples rose from about 4 percent in 1995
    to about 12 percent in 2014.

    More sir Isaac Science “about” 4%. Or “about” 9%?

    Then Aliens came and took all of the lower potency pot to a far distant galaxy living 20 years ago. So you won’t find any on the streets today. Just supercalifragilistic pot. The only schwag is what they give GW from the Mississippi Schwag Farm for FDA testing. Using the “Biden Method” of testing for pleasant results to maintain the status quo.

    Since mo potent means less smoked and better medicine. The DEA could be in grave danger of extinction for deterring profits from fat pharma, Let’s break some eggs and call it smack! Super pot makes upity kids take over neighborhoods said body count by bennett and walters 20 years ago, when it was 20 times stronger. Upity kids are corporate property management companies? Banning Prop 215. Now here we are again. Stronger than grand pa’s pot. Why, in 10 years one sniff from 20 feet will be blitzing entire Reggae Festivals. Bo0oring.

    This was so important it took two lazy reporters to come up with the same BS.

    Potent Pot: Marijuana Is Stronger Now Than It Was 20 Years Ago
    By Agata Blaszczak Boxe Live Science.

  26. sudon't says:

    Gee, I wonder why comments are disabled on the YouTube page?

  27. CJ says:

    ABSURD ABSOLUTELY ABSURD and THANKS great, really started my day off great getting pissed off at this.

    AND some practical junkie advice:

    throwing the phone away? you could have sold that for at least a few days of peace.

    DITCHING THE DOG? yeah i know its a pretty blonde girl so shell make bank panhandling as it is BUT shell make thrice as much WITH the dog.

    And “the looks go next?” uh jesus just more BS propaganda. The singer of that song I hope her karma gets broken. This ad was offensive and WRONG

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