New York State of Mind

Just spent the day enjoying the beauty of the Hudson River, on the beginning of a month-long road trip through the NorthEast. I started in Wisconsin, and after New York, will be heading into Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and eastern Canada.

Consider this an open thread.

Facing Tough Primary, DNC Chair Endorses Marijuana Decriminalization. Yep, the tremendously unpopular Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is having to switch to supporting marijuana decriminalization in order to avoid being primaried.

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68 Responses to New York State of Mind

  1. thelbert says:

    have fun and thank you, Pete

  2. Servetus says:

    This looks like it might be one of SAM’s productions, but it’s the ghost of Joe Califano, AKA CEO Samuel Ball of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), an “addiction specialist”, who is telling us that purer forms of cannabis and greater social acceptance are likely to lead to more marijuana addictions. We’re offered no stats, however. I suspect there have been no recent increases of induction into marijuana treatment programs in Colorado, Washington, or Oregon:

  3. The study ought to nail the lid down on this reefer madness fabrication:

    Study of Identical Twins Shows Marijuana Use Does Not Negatively Impact I.Q.

    The study, conducted by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that cannabis DOES NOT have a negative effect on one’s intelligence, including the intelligence associated with I.Q. scores.

  4. jean valjean says:

    “Our Drug Laws Have Always Been Racist: America’s Ugly History of Prohibition as a Tool to Oppress Minorities”

  5. Servetus says:

    Coca can’t get any respect. For thousands of years indigenous Colombians have cultivated coca for a wide range of personal and potentially marketable uses, only to have coca eradication used as an excuse for U.S. intervention in FARC uprisings against neo-colonialists. Courtney Parker traveled with a “grassroots human rights organization to meet with some of the country’s most persecuted groups during the 52 year armed conflict: Afro-Colombians in the port city of Buenaventura — many who still maintained individual ethno-tribal African identities — and Indigenous and campesino groups of the vast war-torn planes of Valle de Cauca.

  6. Justice Department Says It Will Stop Using Private Prisons

    “U.S. plans to phase out deals by letting contracts expire”

    This is a very positive step in the right direction, if the Justice Department follows through with it and they don’t get bought off by the corporations.

  7. Jesse Ventura can see the truth:

    “The DEA has just been ‘toying with us’ on legalizing marijuana”

    He says it’s time to give the people what they want and legalize pot – even if that means getting rid of the DEA completely.

  8. primus says:

    Through that lens, Obama was also toying with us. He could have reined in the DEA, or disbanded it but he did neither. He could have forced reclassification, but he did not do that either. He talked the talk, but failed to walk the walk. Now he wants kudos for releasing some of the unjustly incarcerated? Get a grip.

    • I agree with you Primus. Waiting for a congress bloated from “Citizens United” is like waiting for water to boil. Obama should have acted on this long ago.

      He still should – he’s not gone yet.

  9. Tony Aroma says:

    Right on, Jesse! He says what we all already know. Interesting point I wasn’t aware of, that the US funds more medical cannabis research in foreign countries than here at home. I guess that’s because the DEA is not involved.

    Jesse Ventura: The DEA has just been ‘toying with us’ on legalizing marijuana

    There are plenty of scientific studies that have proven the medical value of marijuana, but they’re being done in countries like Spain and Israel — and get this: our federal government actually funds those studies. A prime example is Dr. Raphael Mechoulam of Israel. The U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) has provided Dr. Mechoulam with funding for cannabis research since the early 1960s, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 for his research.

    • Evidence-based Shaman says:

      Raphael Mechoulam teaches the final course in the online continuing medical education courses I’m taking through The Medical Cannabis Institute, on Cannabinoid Chemistry.

      I’ve also taken a course offered by one of his students from Hebrew University, Reem Smoum-Jaouni, PhD at the Institute for Drug Research The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

      BTW, if you see synthetic cannabinoids starting with the letters HU-, that’s Hebrew University and Mecholuam’s crew.

      According to Raphael, the U.S. has never tried to influence his work. Readers here are also aware they’ve never advertised it either. Example? R. Mechoulam was talking CBD for epilepsy 20-years ago.

  10. jean valjean says:

    How democracies work, given a chance. Check out the second video about how they made Trump’s statue while he does his own voice-over of some of his more banal statements.

  11. I am concerned about the hysteria over prescription drugs. There are many people with chronic pain, often from botched surgery, who have no relief but for hydrocodone and codeine. My wife has had several fusions and other bad surgery to “solve” her degenerative disc problem. Opiates are the only substance that helps her lead a “normal” life. Fortunately, we live in Houston where pain management is the specialty of several anesthesiologists. When my wife visits her pain management doctor’s office, there are suffering patients who come from 250 miles away to get relief, since there are no practitioners in their small towns who dare to prescribe the necessary drugs to alleviate their problems.
    She has a drug test every time she visits, not only to see if she has unsubscribed substances in her bloodstream, but also to verify that she is taking her tylenol-4, instead of selling it to to others..

    The Texas Medical Board and numerous other anti-drug warriors have frightened doctors away from prescribing opiates, even when painkillers are the only remedy for people with chronic pain. The Houston Chronicle constantly laments about “pill mills” and prescription drug overdoses, without ever acknowledging that there are many people with legitimate reasons for using opiates for relief from chronic pain. Chronic pain often means it will never, ever go away. Texas doctors are afraid of being accused of over-prescribing pain killers, even if a patient has no other recourse but opiates to relieve their suffering.
    My complaint about this website is its concentration on cannabis, without conceding that there are other drugs too strictly controlled for real needs. Marijuana does not solve all medical problems. Consideration on this site should be given to the drug war on painkillers and benzodiazepines which have legitimate uses on a per-patient basis. This over-criminalization of drug laws is causing needless suffering to millions of people.
    There are indeed people who commit suicide from prescription drugs. This is usually an economic or social issue and people willing to kill themselves can find other ways of doing so. Penalizing millions of people who desperately need controlled substances to ostensibly solve the drug overdose problem is not a solution.

    • jean valjean says:

      I don’t think many here are claiming cannabis will solve all medical problems. If you look back over the years there have been many calls on this site for better access to all pain meds for pain patients. There have also been warnings about the dangers of overdose caused by the addition of acetaminophen (Tylenol) to codeine, that I believe is required by the DEA in a typical “harm-increase” measure. As you say, the drug testing of pain med patients rules out the use of cannabis alongside opioids which many have found effective in controlling pain and reducing the need for the latter.

      • Swooper says:

        Fortunately, my doctor is a bit more enlightened about the use of cannabis and opioids at the same time. I’m a medical cannabis user, and take opiates, for chronic pain from multiple neck & back injuries. I’ve found I can take 1/2 the prescribed dose of opioids when I have cannabis to use alongside. The two in conjunction are ‘way more efficient at dealing with chronic severe pain than either alone.

    • darkcycle says:

      You have obviously not been following this website, Mike.

    • Evidence-Based Shaman says:

      Mike thanks for your thoughtful comment and I’m sorry about your wife being in pain. I’m on SSI with various degenerative and neuropathic problems.

      I used morphine daily for almost 20-years. I once believed my quality-of-life and well-being were entirely the province of opiate-based relief.

      When the CDC came out with their new guide-lines on opiates I knew what was going on when my doc wanted to review my opiate use. I said EFF-THAT and I went home, purchased cannabis oil and started the process of withdrawing and detoxing from 2-decades of morphine use.

      I quit without being asked and I used cannabis to allow me some comfort during that period.

      Why this commenter tends to focus on cannabis (and I’m a previous Schedule I Surfer) is because of the endocannabinoid system. The system your wife’s fancy docs in Houston apparently didn’t learn in medical school.

      Okay, so why cannabis? Because, according to D.O., Dustin Sulak cannabis used for pain management allows patients to “SEPARATE SYMPTOMS OF PAIN FROM SUFFERING.”

      There is no pain without the brain, and all pain is based on an individual’s emotional response. If you always see pain as an enemy that must be defeated every time, you will suffer. Using cannabis can change the emotional response to pain and allow folks to co-exist better with their painful symptoms.

      Mike you’re correct in saying that cannabis isn’t a panacea, or a cure-all for everything. However, it’s certainly nothing to sneeze at, since it works on the body’s endocannabinoid system which is “The Master Control Panel for almost EVERY Physiological System in the Human Body.”

      Opiates are a mental trap. Cannabis allows coping skills to develop at a much greater pace and I’m sorry straight society believes only opiates can work for pain. It’s simply NOT the case. Also for chronic pain symptoms your wife has? Cannabis IS the best medicine.

      A doctor like the one’s treating your wife are DATED. Without knowledge of the endocannabinoid system? DATED.

      So, instead of bitching about too much emphasis on cannabis I think you need to do some homework and learn what all the fuss is about. If you’re in pain but not suffering, life is BETTER! Cannabis is all about homeostasis. It’s a BFD!

      Chronic pain is due to Central Sensitization. Central Sensitization produces what’s known as Windup or Dorsal Horn Memory. Cannabis works in retrograde fashion. The post-synaptic nerve cells use cananbinoids to block pre-synaptic over-production of calcium, and reduces the amount of neurotoxic Glutamate responsible for Windup and Dorsal Horn Memory.

      • Evidence-Based Shaman says:

        Part II.

        My experience using opiates in pill form is that relief, when it comes, is often an hour or so after taking the dose.

        What happens while one suffers in that hour?

        Thoughts of pain, thoughts of being under-medicated, thoughts of hating life, and basically being miserable while WAITING for Big Pharma’s preferred drug-delivery system to take effect.

        Now, contrast that with cannabis. When I have pain, I attack it immediately if it’s something that rises to the level of really bothering me or interfering with my activities.

        Usually within just a few minutes! I’m getting relief. I’m not torturing myself and living in misery for sixty-minutes and hating life, I’m getting some comfort NOW.

        That opportunity to quickly manage pain while also improving mood is really incredibly significant. The rapidity of action is important. Docs are taught to fear “fast-acting” drugs of abuse like the plague. With cannabis that fear is both inappropriate and WAY over-blown.

        Now, to my original thought for this post. Does that miserable waiting period for a pill to take effect hurt or help a patient? And, is some of the perceived relief of opiates just based on FINALLY feeling the pill take effect? Don’t let your docs trick you into thinking you need to wait an hour. That just doesn’t make sense if you have quicker and safer options that minimize and reduce the amount of time spent miserable and suffering.

        The future of cannabis and opiates is marriage, as in combination opiate-cannabis preparations. Why? Cannabis reduces opiate-based tolerance AND it increases the therapeutic window of opiates significantly. The future is also the past as cannabis-opiate preparations are nothing new in the U.S. pharmacopeia.

        Exercise can also be an important component in managing chronic pain. Integrating the psychoactivity of cannabis into an exercise program can be extremely beneficial. Cannabis for exercise and physical therapy rocks.

        My CA dispensary is named “Peace in Medicine.” I think that says it all.

      • jean valjean says:

        (Is that you Seagoon?)

        ‘… cannabis used for pain management allows patients to “SEPARATE SYMPTOMS OF PAIN FROM SUFFERING.”’

        I think you’ve captured the essence of S&M there…

        • Whoo Dat? says:

          The Evidence-Based Shaman is aka NorCalNative or NCN.

          I was originally going to go with Dr. Zig Zag, because of my med-school studies but thought the evidence-based shaman was better.

          BTW, not familiar with the name Seagoon and I’ve been here 5 or 6 years.

        • jean valjean says:

          Whoo Dat…. clearly a case of mistaken identity….I thought it was Malc…. should have figured out you are in CA and not NL.

    • DdC says:

      Well Mike, if cannabis wasn’t shelved all those years ago they might have a strain or substance to replace opiates. Cannabis has so many uses, including Hemp. That it is a higher priority than pharma drugs with one application. I understand your frustration, but it should be directed to the DEA killers, not those seeing reality and pushing Cannabis. With that said.

      It seems if you just go on logic and reason. The drug war is sustained by inventing problems to treat with prohibition. Addiction is a buzzword and has no place in prescribing what removes harm from citizens. Pain is harm. The way they have been treating Vets is also criminal. Many follow their training and buck up without complaining. They also have large numbers of suicide victims. Pain rules all ideology. Pain will not compromise or be bought off with DEA fear mongering. Behind their ability to stop doctors from prescribing effective dosages.

      If doctors can’t prescribe “legal” measured consistent medicine. The streets will provide a more dangerous risky environment and an inferior more expensive product. This may be intentional to perpetuate the profits of prohibition. Oh, but not here? To bury tumor research is enough to eliminate the DEA and entire ONDCP NIDA conspiracy. How many have suffered and died from this atrocious act? To criminalize 30+ million citizens for using an alternative to more harmful legal substances is also something we never thought could happen here. With that comes a life banishment of many public services ordinarily granted to x cons once their sentence is complete. Cannabis gag orders keeping patients from using the word medicinal in their defense. All from the rotten root of the drug war fabricated by Nixon and his cronies 45 years ago.

      Now to limit patients remedies with alternatives on the streets taking more lives. Cannabis can help but that too is left up to non science, non medical political drug enforcement administrations to decide. That might be the place to start fixing this corrupt system of Wall St. Fat Pharma FDA DEA Prison industry and Prohibitionists profits over people. Seems like providing proper medication will have to join the needle exchanges and dispensaries providing a public service because its the less harmful answer if the people let it go on. The DEA has over 200 offices providing tax dollars to thugs like Duarte in the Philippines or in Vietnam and Saudi Arabia, even Iran to kill drug users regardless of why they use.

      Now with CODEX attacking any herbal preventive or supplement. The FDA has not tested whole plant cannabis as submitted by the IOM report. In 1999. The HHS was the last known entity to either reject it or approve its testing. Fat Pharma has had cannabinoids tested. Bunk concoctions like Marinol . When I was doing hospice work in the 90’s every hospice nurse had an open bottle of Roxanol just in case the patients prescription ran out before the pain. Each patient who passes leaves meds that are supposed to be disposed of. But like they say, this is war. Rules will never be a higher priority than pain and those who think they are should not be practicing medicine.

      Many Veterans are the Enemy in the War

  12. Servetus says:

    The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has given an evolutionary boost to terpenoid medical research. Terpenes are aromatic chemicals found in marijuana and other plants, and in specific instances might contribute to marijuana’s entourage effect when treating symptoms of illnesses along with cannabinoids:

    JUPITER, FL – August 19, 2016 – …A study from scientists on the Florida campus of … TSRI has now filled in a missing piece of the evolutionary puzzle.

    Terpenoids, mostly produced by plants, are a family of molecules that encompass some of the most well-known and successful drugs derived from natural sources, for example the cancer treatment Taxol®. In total, there are more than 65,000 known terpenoids.[…]

    “What we found out is that the bacterial version is structurally very similar to the plant version and may support the idea of a gene fusion event that created the bifunctional plant enzymes,” said TSRI Research Associate Jeffrey Rudolf, a co-first author of the paper with TSRI Research Associate Liao-Bin Dong. “We were also able to map which parts of the enzyme are important, giving us an idea of how to engineer the protein for structural diversity.”

    Dong added, “This new information not only allows us to engineer structural diversity into both bacterial and plant terpenoids, it also helps us identify new diterpenoids of bacterial origin, which are rare and could lead to exciting new natural compounds with interesting biological activities.”

    AAAS Public Release: Scripps Florida study finds ‘missing evolutionary link’ of widely used natural drug source

    In research, what seems to be the tiniest and most insignificant bit of knowledge can later be seen by other researchers to have profound consequences as a useful link to something else. Objective marijuana research is important simply because research by itself is vitally important, and because the marijuana plant is unique in many ways.

    The best research remains the people’s research. The quickest way to know what marijuana can do for individuals is to legalize it for recreation. Citizens can then force their ignoble governments to hear their medical praise for marijuana absent the suspicions they just want to get high.

  13. jean valjean says:

    Remember Michele Leonhart’s bizarre warning that edibles were a danger to pets so must remain banned? Just think what she could make of this one….your pet could be verbally insulted if you consume brownies…. “bitch,” and I’m not talking about the cat.

  14. Daniel Williams says:

    For all you excited that the feds will no longer use private prisons, know this: There are just 22,000 federal inmates in private prisons, while most of the 1.5M doing time do so at state facilities unaffected by the decision.

    And it is sad but not surprising that drug policy reform leaders are cheering the news: They’ve grown accustomed to taking scraps from the prohibitionists’ table and thinking it’s a feast.

    • Frank W. says:

      Note that in this election year there is no mention of the drug testing industry. Beloved teat and weapon of both parties, no matter how much fraud is exposed.

    • Duncan20903 says:


      It’s utter hogwash that there are 1.5 million prisoners housed in private facilities…or did you actually mean 1,500 since that’s what 1.5M means?

      Yes, I find people trying to make a mountain out of something that doesn’t even qualify as a mole hill to be an annoyance. The “private prison” problem is mostly a figment of some people’s warped imagination. Those people sound just like prohibitionists making up fiction to make things look worse than they are. Outside of Florida, Arizona and Pennsylvania there are no significant numbers of prisoners held in contract facilities.

  15. Servetus says:

    Wrong on stop-and-frisk, police departments back off; reduced crime results from fewer drug arrests:

    August 17, 2016 — “We were wrong,” a Daily News editorial headline said last Monday, admitting that crime continued to decline at the same time that the number of stops and frisks went down. The New York Times went a step further, on Wednesday calling for an end to the “broken windows” policing theory that has underlain the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices for more than two decades. Citing CCR’s case, its editorial also said, “Three years of falling crime has proved the critics of stop and frisk right.”

    A scathing report from the Department of Justice on the Baltimore Police Department, also released last week, cited the same kind of systemic discrimination baked into that city’s “zero tolerance” policing policies. The report “comes as no surprise,” CCR Executive Director Vince Warren noted in a statement, calling for “structural changes that shift police accountability… towards greater community control.”

    Across the U.S., recognition is growing that the effects of broken windows, zero tolerance policing practices have been devastating to Black, brown and other historically marginalized communities, and deadly for many people in those communities.

  16. thelbert says:

    looks like the salvation army isn’t all that benevolent:

    • Uncle Albert's Nephew says:

      Good link. They also lobby against Housing First programs for the homeless. In case you haven’t heard about those, they don’t kick people out for not maintaining perfect sobriety. Which means that they don’t stay homeless. The Starvation Army hates that.

  17. Trotsky's Icepick says:

    Didn’t Lil’ Debbie get a briefca$e full of Clinton Ca$h so she could go away?
    All the moldy oldy Olsons in the steaming pile known as Flordia will never vote for decriminalization or legalization.
    Seltzer man and deli pickle jar czar Bernie Sanders took his Clinton Ca$h and bought a $600,000 summer home so he could fight hard for the working class comrades.

    • jean valjean says:

      “Bernie Sanders took his Clinton Ca$h and bought a $600,000 summer home…”

      Evidence please. Otherwise get back under your bridge.

      • Duncan20903 says:


        Just more hysterical rhetoric.

        …not that I’m a fan of Senator Sanders but I do have this thing about the truth.

        • jean valjean says:

          Thank you Duncan for clearing that up. So his wife swapped an inherited property in Maine for one closer to home. What a conspiracy.

      • Frank W. says:

        Wife-swapping conspiracy??? I’m listening…

      • Pha-Q says:

        I don’t stepin fetchit for Frenchies.
        Look it up yourself Slick.
        Make excuses for democrat comrades after that.

      • Clicking and Bating says:

        I’d love to stay and play keyboard commando with ya froggy but I found some smoking hot pics of Debbie Whatshername Schultz.
        In the meantime post up some links for the circle jerk echo chamber and tell yourself you’re ending the drug war.
        You might even start to believe it.
        When that doesn’t work lobby your favorite political party to end the drug war because they care so much about what you have to say.

    • thelbert says:

      trotsky was killed with an ice axe, not ice pick.

      • not fakebook and not your friend says:

        Commies get what they deserve.

        • DdC says:

          “Not only are we here to protect the public
          from vicious criminals in the street
          but also to protect the public from harmful ideas.”
          – Robert Ingersoll, first director of the DEA

          Ideas are more powerful than guns.
          We would not let our enemies have guns,
          why should we let them have ideas.
          – Joseph Stalin

          NIDA’s Nutty Dr. Nora Volkow is the great-granddaughter of Russian revolutionary and Head of the Fourth International, Leon Trotsky, born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein. Grand daughter of Zinaida Volkova. Gives credence that the nut never falls far from the tree.

          To her American admirers, Volkow appears as a kind of Soviet Garibaldi, fighting for freedom against an evil pot empire. The problem is that Volkow is one of those chiefly responsible for that evil.

          Inhumanly ruthless in his dealings with non-Bolsheviks and at the same time thoroughly inept in his relations with Stalin…. In the end it is impossible to see him as anything other than an absurd figure, a fantasist seeking to found a paradise who helped build a hell on earth.

          Inhumanly ruthless in her dealings with sick or elderly people and at the same time thoroughly inept in her relations with Science…. In the end it is impossible to see her as anything other than an absurd figure, a fantasist seeking to found a paradise who helped build a hell on earth.

      • Billy Joe Delbert McClintock says:

        Trotsky Icepick was an obscure indie/alternative band active from 1984 to 1993 on SST records.

  18. Neill'sYard says:

    But, Franklin says, you also have to work on the police union, prosecutors, public officials, and the public itself. “We’ve got five decades of fighting this failed war on drugs, and old habits are very hard to break, not just for police officers, but the public in general has a difficult time shedding the approach of the past – the get tough on crime, lock ’em up [approach],” he said.

    For Davis, a white commissioner who took over the top cop job when his predecessor was fired following last year’s unrest over the death of Freddie Gray, it is clear that the old way of thinking about drugs and crime does not work.

    “I just think we can’t expose police officers enough to all of the vices in life that attract police attention because there’s always a story behind each and every one of those vices, and I think the solution to a vice isn’t necessarily a pair of handcuffs.”

    “I just think we can’t expose police officers enough to all of the vices in life that attract police attention because there’s always a story behind each and every one of those vices, and I think the solution to a vice isn’t necessarily a pair of handcuffs.”

    The DoJ is currently working with the city and the police department to arrive at a legally binding consent decree to reform the department.

  19. Word of the Day says:

    Neoprobe (n): A contraction of neoprohibitionist, one who, recognizing that millions of US Americans are using marijuana and reporting benefit, now focuses on preventing its use by US Americans under the age of 21.

    Source: O’Shaughnessy’s online.

    • thelbert says:

      so the prohibitches don’t want children to have relief from siezures until they are adults, if they can live that long? that is how they protect the children from the devil’s weed.

  20. aluminum foil hat says:

    Speaking of conspiracies, W Bush caused that flooding in Louisiana.
    He seeded the clouds with HAARP but didn’t use his patented hurricane driving device.
    I read it on the Jenkem Huffington Post.

  21. Mouth says:

    Private Prison industries are up. As of December 2017, EPS for Geo is 2.11 from 1.95 in December 2016; Their ROC is just above 12 and a half with a Beta not likely to dip too below the benchmark when the market falls (1.17) . . . Their ROIC and WACC are balanced, though lucky us, WACC should be lower to complement their ROIC. They pay a nice $2.57 per share, yet almost have a negative $6 EPV and almost have a negative $29.30 NCAV and a TB of a $1.84 . . . their strength lay in their FCF of $17.39 and with the Mexican immgrants and government contracts, who cares about debt as long as their net income is currently higher than their opt cash flow . . . their Low P/B ratio is attractive I must say.

    CXW will do worse as of December 2017 based on a ROC of negative 766, though their ROIC to WACC is somewhat healthy (at least WACC is less than 2.5 to a ROIC of almost 9.5, which is good for us on the couch). Their Div is well above $2, but should be lower next year, though their FCF is $27.39–I won’t hold my breath on lower DIVS and their TB almost $12 with an EPV of over $5 . . . lucky us their NCAV is negative $13.26, but they do have an attractive P/B Ratio and a Beta so low that ‘who cares if the market goes down.’, which might also reinforce the lower EPS for 2017.

    A bunch of government fucks got rich shorting their wads into their pants. Look at Arizona: state contracted private prisons, and not FED contracted. At least CXW is hurting and are deemed ‘manipulators’ when it comes to their books. Everyone’s buying GEO though they are in ‘distress’under the Z-score. I’ll never own REITs with any of those fucks on them. At least my mutuals don’t touch that scum.

    I’m a firm believer in the stock market when it comes to doing good, just like some vaccines use portions of the virus for healing and protection.

  22. Pace Picante Sauce says:

    CFDP via High Times The Bill Clinton Drug War Legacy:

  23. Servetus says:

    The Star Court Award this month goes to Franklin County, Missouri, for blackmailing drug court participants into becoming drug informants:

    August 22, 2016 — According to a federal lawsuit filed by the Meramec Recovery Center on August 1, Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Grellner of Franklin County blackmailed Drug Court participants into serving as confidential informers in 2013 by threatening to remove them from the facility. Meramec also claims Grellner told the participants that they would face criminal convictions if they didn’t agree to help him. Grellner allegedly targeted patients who were at risk of failing out of the Drug Court system. Those patients “began failing drug testing, missing counseling sessions, and generally failed to meet the Drug Court objectives of rehabilitation and reduced recidivism.”

  24. jean valjean says:

    Great job guys in not feeding it 🙂

  25. Abbey McPearlstein says:

    “It’s one useless, inutile body,” he said.

    Mr. Duterte also said that if the UN rapporteur had something to say about killings in the Philippines, she should comment as well on the killing of African-Americans in the US.

    “Why just pay attention to the Philippines? There were also a lot of blacks who died in America,” he said.

    As for the concern of the US Department of State about killings in the Philippines, the President said his government was also concerned about the killing of African-Americans in the US.

    Mr. Duterte said he had his own issues to raise about the US.

    “The Philippine government is also worried about what’s being done to the black people in America, being shot while lying down. I’m going to send my rapporteur also and investigate them,” Mr. Duterte said when sought for comment on the US statement.

    African-Americans were also being killed on “trumped up charges,” he said.

    “There’s a hatred there being sown by their governor,” he added.

  26. Servetus says:

    Researchers at Georgia State University, funded by NIH, have explained morphine tolerance:

    22-AUG-2016 — Researchers have identified a brain mechanism that could be a drug target to help prevent tolerance and addiction to opioid pain medication, such as morphine, according to a study by Georgia State University and Emory University.

    The findings, published in the Nature journal Neuropsychopharmacology in August, show for the first time that morphine tolerance is due to an inflammatory response produced in the brain. This brain inflammation is caused by the release of cytokines, chemical messengers in the body that trigger an immune response, similar to a viral infection.

    Researchers’ results show blocking a particular cytokine eliminated morphine tolerance, and they were able to reduce the dose of morphine required to alleviate pain by half.

    “These results have important clinical implications for the treatment of pain and also addiction,” said Lori Eidson, lead author and a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Anne Murphy in the Neuroscience Institute of Georgia State. “Until now, the precise underlying mechanism for opioid tolerance and its prevention have remained unknown.”[…]

    AAAS Public Release: New drug target could prevent tolerance and addiction to opioids, study finds

  27. thelbert says:

    we just got an ounce of justice from the courts:

  28. Toby Jenkem says:

    Did you mighty drug warriors consider lobbying the democrats to end the drug war?
    The party of the people would never put corporate donors or war profiteers above the comrades.
    With the tremendous political clout of your blogs and keyboards you should try it.
    It should work out and the drug war will be over by January 2017. (not really)

  29. Trump Wants Police to Keep Getting Military Equipment From the Pentagon

    Trump is a 1033 program fan. A tough on crime fan. In other words, a drug war nightmare candidate. The exact problem that got us mired into this drug war mess.

    • darkcycle says:

      We have essentially lost the battle to Federally legalize at least until 2020. Clinton is worse, and has a proven track record that includes hundreds of thousands of broken lives. My opinion? State measures are still the best bet. But get ready for a rough ride. I expect a return to the old Clinton ways.

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