Couch friends: As I’ve mentioned before, I will be the luncheon speaker at the 2018 Libertarian Party of Illinois Convention this Saturday.
I’ve got a number of points I’m looking to cover, based on past presentations I’ve given, but I’m always looking for ways to punch it up.
What’ve you got? In particular, what’s the best data out there that would be of interest to those advocating political positions in Illinois right now, either regarding public perception/priorities or the state’s pressing issues, where drug policy reform could be a winner? (Or national interests that would affect Illinois.)
What would you want to hear me talk about?
Hit ’em in the Harm Reduction zone!!! More than ever we now need different approaches to hard drugs. As we all knew here on the couch decades ago, marijuana legalization is only the first part….and the easy part at that. Drug testing, supervised consumption spaces, HAT, and treatment (a science based, not twelve steppin’ based unscientific cult approach) on demand.
Git ’em Pete!! We got you back…or you couch, you know…
Trump: big government, anti immigrant, drug war increases, insane foreign policy risking more war, corporate pandering, cannabis as part of the solution to opioid addiction, to name just some of the issues with the buffoon in chief. The hardest part Pete will be what to leave out.
The Border issue and Europe/America’s slant towards right wing policies and rhetoric is significantly attached to the war on drugs. Without drug money increasing the harms of Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Mexico, then the violence would be reduced, thus the influx of refugees would be reduced. We know drug money played a significant part in the attacks on Paris and Belgium, which further pushes others to the right out of fear, plus the wasted money on prohibition and the war on terror simply wastes other needed resources and as long as America’s War on Drug exists, then we’ll never stop sending troops to Afghanistan, which hasn’t yet to be paid off in whole, thus hurting all of America’s long term economic plans. Hemp could supplement the war time economies of America, England, Mexico, Afghanistan, Syria, etc, which would further reduce the influx of immigrants and right wing fear/policies.
Perhaps you could talk about the immensity of the drug war, how it impacts everyoneâ€™s life on this planet no matter who they are or what they do, how drug enforcement screws up everything it touches; and about governments and police killing people, and sometimes getting killed in the process, over simple access to certain psychoactive chemical compounds, as if anything like that should make sense.
Well Pete, why don’t you ask them if enough time has elapsed to validate the use of the “F” word yet? Fascist.
Tom Angell @tomangell
Just in: Federal judge acknowledges plaintiffs’ claim that “medical marijuana has, quite literally, saved their lives,” dismisses rescheduling lawsuit anyway.
25 Years Ago: DEA’s Own Administrative Law Judge Ruled Cannabis Should Be Reclassified Under Federal Law
40 Years of Drug War Failure Represented in a Single Chart
Once-Secret Nixon Tapes Show Why the U.S. Outlawed Pot
Politicians who rely on gossip while citizens are tormented should be behind bars and not the patients they terrorize.
A number of governors visiting Washington, D.C. spoke about efforts to implement marijuana laws in light of federal enforcement policy changes:
Utah Gov. Gary Herbet (R): “[The Obama administration] turned a blind eye to it. They just let states do it in open violation of the federal law. That’s not how we do things in this country. I think that’s bad process. It’s bad form and sends a bad messageâ€¦ It ought to be a controlled substance just like anything else. It ought to be approved by the FDA. It ought to be in fact prescribed by a doctor and administered by a pharmacist. We probably ought not to have self-medication. The physiology of different people would require probably different quantities of the medicine, and I just think that’s prudent.”
A Utah representative filed a bill to delay implementation of any ballot measure enacted this November, including the medical cannabis proposal.
The Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill to restrict medical cannabis if voters approve a June ballot measure.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the country’s police oppose allowing medical cannabis exports.
Rumors are circulating that President Trump pressured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to suspend medical cannabis imports.
Israeli medical cannabis producers are suing the government to allow exports.
An aerial view of Gan Shmuel in Israel, the kibbutz that Cronos Group has partnered with to produce MMJ for export.
I’d call attention to the corrosive effects of the DrugWar on civil liberties, and how the further erosion of those civil liberties took place immediately after 9/11, with the drug laws and their destructive ‘exceptions’ to the Bill of Rights being amplified by such abominations as the (choke, cough, barf, spitting the words) ‘PATRIOT Act’, which in turn provided the ‘excuse’ for all the latest abuses of power, such as unbridled spying on all Americans, as well as unilateral foreign interventionism engendered by our global ‘bad cop’ role in the (asinine) ‘War on Terror’ leading to the threat of a new Cold War.
The DrugWar has been an orchard comprised of poison trees that have covered the ground in so much equally poisoned fruit that all you have to do is randomly reach down, grab one, hold it up and you’ll have a subject to discuss, one that has both domestic and international connections. Just wear some gloves while you’re doing it; you don’t to touch that toxic crap with your skin.
OT: I’m not surprised that Judge Hellerstein pitched the legal grenade of the lawsuit out of his lap; he made his sentiments very clear, but his rationale seems more than a little specious in re. the petitioning process.
DEA, NIDA, HEW, etc. have been engaging in an (screamingly!) obvious circle-jerk vis-a-vis the petitioning process for decades, even to dragging out lawsuits to 20 years or more. I must assume that at least one reference to this demonstrable fact had been made during the presentations. Yet Hellerstein chose to turn a blind eye to it.
Pontius Pilate couldn’t have done a better job of washing his hands. Incontrovertible proof of the innate corruption of the legal system has been made abundantly clear; there’s no fast tunneling through the mountains, we have to keep slogging on over them in the ‘Long March’ of prohibition repeal through the States.
But…when we finally arrive, an accounting must be made…
Police having access to what prescription medication you are taking (largely via prescription drug monitoring programs)
Pissing in a cup for employers and to access welfare.
Drug users being forbidden from talking precautions (like injecting heroin in a supervised setting so they donâ€™t die.)
Denver approves first social marijuana license, allowing vaping and edibles in Lincoln Park coffee shop.
Sounds like civilization.
Pete, for local interest you might think about the Chicago City Farm project and the scope for urban renewal it would bring. Combine food production with high quality cannabis and it could become the wealth generator of the future. In Chicago you have a trifecter of vacant land, unemployment and massive food waste for composting all in a tight area. Instead of blocks of abandoned houses you could have populated urban garden farms providing employment and helping the environment, all with low transport costs. The small business potential of this should appeal to Libertarians. Hope to see you on video?
Here is a twist for an Illinois congressional race:
“Who Is Benjamin Thomas Wolf? Former FBI Agent Smokes Weed in Illinois Congressional Campaign Ad”
I like it.
How we could improve poor communities on Chicago’s South and West sides by not turning drug addicts into lifelong criminals, ruining families in the process. How we would rather pay for rehabilitation instead of incarceration.
“…we would rather pay for voluntary rehabilitation instead of incarceration.”
The Windy City is a sanctuary city. Coincidently, the current political situation in Chicago regarding immigrants allows for the conveyance of the idea that prohibitionists collectively form a type of hate group.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) documents hate groups and their leadership. It just revealed the latest claptrap coming from a certain hate group that scapegoats immigrants as being actively complicit in the US opioid crisis:
Groups such as CIS apparently enjoy dumping all their hate into one convenient basket.
For decades, prohibitionists (a notorious and deadly hate group) have been hating and hunting down drug consumers while doing everything possible to bring about their demise. Now the haters have messed up. They just placed drug heretics on the same stage with immigrants. Fortunately, the peace and love and marijuana types outnumber CIS and the rest of the proto-fascists combined. Peace, love and cannabis will prevailâ€”CIS and other proto-fascists will not.
March is going to be a huge month for marijuana in Illinois, with the state’s biggest county voting on a cannabis ballot question, pro-legalization candidates poised to win March 20 gubernatorial and attorney general primaries and state lawmakers considering legalization legislation.
In line with ‘The Center Will Not Hold’ from Yeats and Didion: The War on Drugs is just plain bad for Capitalism. No Capital Gains, No Dividend, No Bonds, No RMBS, No ABS, No Mutual Fund and no Stock is safe from the wasted spending of the War on Drugs and its ability to damage and create collateral maleficence on those with nothing to do with the War on Drugs. Would the 2008 Financial Crisis have been as big or even created without the war on drugs? Bush II told the Americans to not embrace saving, debt, taxes, and austerity measures to finance a long expensive war fighting drug money, which lead the bankers to continue the speculation of debt (credit) and assets. A few Trillion was already deleted from American Taxes because of 9/11 and the wars, so there was no CENTER to hold the drunken bankers who kept on jumping up and down on the economy like some sort of trampoline. Things Do Fall Apart when we have illogical laws as our guide for setting up regulation and future results.
â€œIâ€™m only chief of police in Lumberton that likes to smoke weed,â€
The British government drags its feet as it slouches towards allowing desperately needed cannabis-oil treatment for epilepsy.
Say whatever’s on your mind. Just don’t tell ’em taxation isn’t theft. That would be awkward.
Or that Robert Laurence Barr Jr. was actually …
A) An asshole
B) A liar
C) Still better than Johnson
D) All the above
E) Still working for the CIA
we have rehabilitation centres
Rehabs R Us?