Just finished a wonderful speech for the Illinois Libertarian Convention luncheon. Really attentive and engaged audience — particularly the three little children in the front row, who asked all sorts of very good questions (“Why do you need a tank in a small town?” “When the SWAT team comes, do they give you a chance to explain whether you have drugs or not first?” “If marijuana can be used for medical things, why did they say it was so bad?” “Did the police officer who shot that lady go to jail?”) and one of them gave me a drawing he made!
The title of the talk was “The Drug War’s Assault on Liberty.”
And I included a bunch of “Guitherisms,” which seemed to be well received, and lightened things up a bit.
Thanks couch-mates for your suggestions, and welcome any Illinois Libertarians who have arrived here based on my talk. If you have any questions from the talk that you didn’t get to ask, please feel free to ask them in comments.
Pete, in answer to all the kids you mentioned, sometimes you just have to say when something is wrong, as the drug war clearly is. I’m encouraged that this pre-teen generation is getting it and asking such absolutely relevant questions….
I was there today at the LP State Convention. Thank you so much for your passion, optimism, and good research!
Anyone interested in the fact that the NRA is silent
who will support cannabis users.
Do you know how much money our national government could save by ending the drug war?
Correction; Do you know how much of OUR money our national government could save… Hope you don’t mind my input.
Let’s see: $1 trillion on just the domestic side of drug enforcement as they say, plus the amount affixed to the 1961 U.N. Singles Laws added to the DEA, Interpol, CIA, and various national governments/law enforcement/military etc to create the results of ‘international drug laws/black market’ which coincides with 9/11 and various terrorist attacks before (WTC, Africa embassy bombings etc) and terrorist attacks after (London, Paris, Spain, Belgium, Barcelona, Turkey, India, Pakistan, China, Australia, U.S. cities etc) added to the War on Terror since nothing less than 50% of insurgent and terrorist funding comes from drugs, though it is probably a bit higher, which means half of Afghanistan and Iraq is due from what drug money can do e.g. war, corruption, destruction, etc.
Easily $6 trillion as an underestimated fact of wasted spending, with roughly $5 Trillion since Sept, 11 2001. What about the wasted revenue from those locked up, forced fines, denied jobs, and denied dreams/progress/inventions from money and opportunity being wasted and not generated?
A buddy of mine told me that they are reopening a bunch of bases in Afghanistan that Obama had shut down when it was viewed that Afghanistan was winding down . . . he lives in Afghanistan and works on behalf of the DoD, so by the year 2020 we could see the War on Drugs since Nixon costing in physical cash (ignoring lost taxes and revenue) spent: $8 Trillion (and don’t forget that we’ve got U.S. soldiers deployed to the Philippines, Africa, Somalia, and the Ukraine [fighting drug money so Putin won’t look so contributing–akin to Iran Contra/Afghanistan in the 1980s with the U.S.]) . . . it would be 100% illogical and unfounded to not say that the War on Drugs isn’t at least $8.2 trillion in money spent, but this is an underestimated cost.
“Don’t Beauregard That Joint My Friend”
As long as there is Earth, there will be some of those Sessions rolling papers around. Maybe in a museum dedicated to the history of the hate and greed of prohibitionists during this deadly round of substance prohibition.
Very Odd News
Trump Megadonor Donates $1 Million to MAPS Research
Santa Cruz nonprofit pulls in funding from surprising places as MDMA trials move forward
Thatâ€™s the short version of what Rebekah Mercerâ€”whose father is of one of President Donald Trumpâ€™s lead bankrollersâ€”wrote in a Feb. 15 Wall Street Journal op-ed, titled …
â€˜Forget the media caricature. Hereâ€™s what I believe,â€™ writes Rebekah Mercer https://www.wsj.com/articles/forget-the-media-caricature-heres-what-i-believe-1518652722 via @WSJOpinion
Well he is an expert!
They want to reinvent the wheel and sell it back at 1000% mark up.
University of Cambridge Sainsbury Laboratory scientists have discovered that a very rare mineral called vaterite exists as a white protective crust on the leaves of certain alpine plants, in particular Saxafraga Sempervivum. Vaterite is a unique crystalline form of calcium carbonate. It has the potential to be used to deliver THC and other anti-cancer drugs directly to cancer cells to initiate cell apoptosis:
In previous postings itâ€™s been noted that THC in marijuana counters brain aging in laboratory mice specifically bred to age quickly. Now scientists at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge and Sapienza University, Rome, published online today (5th March) in Aging Cell that they have pinpointed 250 genes linked to the aging processes of the brain. The new information should speed up research on how THC interacts with the genes to reduce brain aging as well as diseases associated with brain cell aging:
Nixon arbitrarily classified Cannabis without Science, fact or concerns for Americans. That is the only logical starting point to ending the drug war. Especially the Ganjawar. On paper Cannabis in all forms. Including CBD and Hemp. Are schedule#1 “narcotics” under the Controlled Substance Act. It doesn’t matter how many people find medicinal relief or how durable my blue jeans are. Not enough to sway GOPers to give American farmers a non psychoactive cash crop considering they have passed Vets in suicides. 47 years of this lunacy and all of the state incrementalized bullshit means nothing on paper. It is a decent band aid in civilized areas. Making big bucks for a portion and big cage time for another. There is no state protection since Raich v Gonzales.
Once-Secret Nixon Tapes Show Why the U.S. Outlawed Pot
While the country is in the mood for legalizing, they know it will pass. Even if all 50 states pass laws on paper it will still be a factual statement to claim it has no medicinal value as long as the FDA has final say. That’s if and or when they receive orders to conduct tests from the HHS. That’s Azar. The established scam is eEnough to justify the fear mongers and mandatory minimum sentencing to assure profits for private prisons. Prohibition a multi $Trillion enterprise they have no reason to end anymore than curing cancer’s $300 Billion in profits treating it.
40 Years of Drug War Failure Represented in a Single Chart
America is really too stupid for Ganja. Too cowardly to even utilize the Constitution and too hate filled to their own citizens to unify against foreign invasions. The Ganjawar has persecuted stoners since 1937 while the middle class stood by and even joined in the chorus of Just Say Naysayers. There are many groups oppressed and segregated from equality in various aspects.
Eli Lilly & Co. said in response to a shareholder resolution on marijuana that “descheduling of cannabis is not one of our core priorities.”
Alex Azar has vested ignorance.
not as if it matters.
I can’t think of any that ban Pell Grants for skin color or even kicking down doors and confiscating houses for being Gay. Patients aren’t refused organ transplants for their gender alone. Even the NRA supports banning guns for stoners while advocating for the mentally ill’s 2nd commandment rights. The religionists concerned over family value$ cheer when babies are taken from their mothers for advocating against prohibition or from mandatory inaccurate forced urine tests bypassing the 5th Amendment. Anal probes and prison rapes while Pence shuts down clinics and pushes conversion coersion subsidies.
â˜› Opinion: themotleyfool
Rescheduling Marijuana Would Make Things Even Worse Than They Are Now
Segregation still exists for many under the table, with property management and private neighborhoods. Evicting stoners from their homes or work place is common place and without much advocasy against it. Veterans are jailed for growing Cannabis while Big Pharma reaps $Billions killing Americans with Opiods. It’s the Airplane movie and the prohibitionists are DEAthly afraid Ganja is what we have said it is. So in some warped money worshiping mindset. Freeing the weed is the logical remedy that we the people are expecting from a sane government to implement. Proving there is no sanity in the Ganjawar since it continues to exist and even be promoted.
â˜› Is The DEA Legalizing THC?
So as NIDA has never produced a causal connection, they do create headlines that are clearly bias and fact free. The DEA is paid to lie to us and Pete Sessions types. The internet has informed millions who continue to not hear anything on cable propaganda channels. Trump is draining the swamp of bureaucrats and filling them with Wall St cronies cutting out the middleman they had to buy for legislation. Profits over people is obvious when the people are associated with Ganja. Something so clear should not be so confusing unless that is the agenda. Meaning pure Fascism corporatizing profits on prohibition and eliminating corporate competition over the welfare of the American citizens. Nothing new
Federal judge acknowledges plaintiffs’ claim that “medical marijuana has, quite literally, saved their lives,” but dismisses rescheduling lawsuit anyway.
The plaintiffs, including an Iraq War veteran, a child with a seizure disorder and an ex-NFL player, claimed that the CSAâ€™s classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance is so â€œirrationalâ€ that it violates the U.S. Constitution.
Nixon arbitrarily classified Cannabis without Science or Facts
If the FDA is the only entity authorized to claim what is medicine. After the HHS instructs them to test a “drug”. It’s only a matter of never instructing them. As they did with the 1999 IOM Report. Nixon rejected his own Commission’s report and corruption has ruled ever since. Until the FDA approves Ganja it doesn’t have medicinal value, on paper. On purpose.
NRA TV on the Harlot Mary Jane ( comes in at about 13:50 on the video.
Former Head of the NRA Calls for Gun Reform for Medical Marijuana Patients
Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Marijuana Card Holders
“I absolutely reject everything the NRA is putting out,” ex-member says https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-nra-member-joe-plenzler-i-absolutely-reject-everything-the-nra-is-putting-out/?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=tw via @YahooNews
In its opposition to communism, Vatican supported fascists and spies used money from drug trafficking to help Nazi war criminals escape justice at Nuremberg, in what was called â€˜Operation Amadeusâ€™.
Activities were carried out by members of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), a â€œmilitary arm of the Vatican â€¦ regarded as separate state with full powers of statehood, including issuing its own diplomatic passportsâ€ and by members of Opus Dei, and Mafia affiliates. These organizations have historically exerted a powerful influence on the CIA. Members of SMOM and Opus Dei included Bill Casey. Former Drug Czars Bill Bennett, John Walters and Gen. Barry McCaffrey are likely members as well.
Author David Guyatt provides us with a few of the highlights:
Since Francis became pope, the Vatican Bank has eliminated banking services for the Mafia and for drug cartels in Central and South America. Operation Amadeus and similar intrigues explains the Roman Catholic Churchâ€™s fanatical obsession with prohibiting illicit drug use and punishing sinners accordingly. The Churchâ€™s use of money from illicit drug sales to defend its operatives and fight communism would not have been available were it not for prohibition. The Vatican set the standard for the CIA.
The Elkhorn Manifesto
What do Hemp and Hitler have in common?
World War II, that’s what.
An Open Letter to All Americans
By R. William Davis
“Shadow of the Swastika” is a follow-up to my earlier work, “Cannabis Hemp: the Invisible Prohibition Revealed,” which I wrote and published in support of the Galbraith Campaign. Since publication of that booklet, there has been growing public acceptance of the evidence that Marijuana Prohibition was created in 1937, not to protect society from the “evils of the drug Marijuana,” as the Federal government claimed, but as an act of deliberate economic and industrial sabotage against the re-emerging Industrial Hemp Industry.
Why Do YOU Think They Call it DOPE?
Cannabis Hemp: The Invisible Prohibition Revealed
Marijuana and Hemp: The Untold Story
The Worst Lies Youâ€™ve Ever Been Told About Marijuana
More about the waning of drug testing in the workplace, due to demographics: Companies Eliminating Drug Tests Amid Job Shortages, Pot Legalization https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-05/companies-eliminating-drug-tests-amid-job-shortages-pot-legalization
A word of warning: this is one very strange site. Some of the comments make me believe that some of those making them hail from one of those sci-fi alternate universes where the Nazis won WW2…or think they should have.
Idaho legislators killed a bill that would have allowed Idahoans of all types to benefit from taking CBD oil if needed or desired:
Meanwhile, the Idaho legislators declared pornography to be â€œa public health riskâ€:
all candidates running for office in Texas should be asked
if they support this Judges ruling.
Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidates are arguing over who supports cannabis legalization the most, demonstrating that a New Politics of Marijuana have emerged. And a new poll released this week shows why.
A poll found that Illinois voters support legalizing marijuana, 66%-32%.
Some fascist Calaveras County Supervisors in California signaled their overt piggishness by approving marijuana grow operations in the county, collecting â€œmillions in fees and taxesâ€ while granting â€œlicenses to more than 300 qualified and vetted growersâ€, and then changed their minds in a 3-2 decision to ban all cannabis grow operations.
The ban includes all those heavily invested in startup costs after being given an initial green light to proceed. Growers have responded by distributing a recall petition against the Supervisors:
Calaveras is an inland California county famous for Mark Twainâ€™s depiction of their annual frog jumping contest. Many of the old towns in the county were part of the original California gold rush and today benefit from tourism. A lot of bikers reside in the county and have an economic foothold there, something that should help the petition drive.
A publication today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by Erin E. Krebs, MD; Amy Gravely; Sean Nugent; et al, has concluded that opioid based compounds are no better at relieving chronic pain than over-the-counter (OTC) pain remedies. The effective OTC remedies mentioned included acetaminophens, etc., but not cannabis, a pain reliever that can be more effective than many OTCs for certain types of pain.
The research paper is titled: â€œEffect of Opioid vs Nonopioid Medications on Pain-Related Function in Patients With Chronic Back Pain or Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis Painâ€.
JAMA. 2018;319(9):872-882. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0899
it would be a interesting debate question to ask if
you support legal cannabis do you also support the right
of that person to own a gun.