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So called medical marijuana was a scam from inception. The primary goal of drug legalization advocates has always been to get to full marijuana legalization. Colorado is now being targeted by legalizers in an attempt to scam them into legalizing marijuana outright. On September 28th 2011, the United States Department of Justice sent a letter warning pot dispensaries in California that they are in direct violation of federal law, and they must close their doors within 45 days. Title 21, United States code, Section 856(a) provides: It shall be unlawful to knowingly and intentionally rent, lease, or mke available for use, with or without compensation, a building, room, or enclosure for the purpose of unlawfully, storing, distributing, or using a controlled substance. Marijuana is a Schedule 1 illegal drug. Make no mistake, the goal behind legalizing marijuana is not about one's right to smoke pot. In fact , recreational users are being used by legalization advocates to push their true agenda, which is complete control over the illicit drug market. If it's legalized in 2012, we will have opened Pandora's box. Marijuana legalization will set precedent for the legalization of all illicit drugs, including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Leglaizers, primarily funded by out of state billionaires George Soros and Peter Lewis will finance unscrupulous attorneys who will argue that you cannot legalize one illicit drug and not the other.

Allow me to make this very clear, for every tax dollar legalizers claim marijuana legalization will create, it will cost tax payers over $8.00 to clean up the mess caused by the 40 percent increase in the number of recreational users, along with the cost of addiction and increased crime.

Here's something to consider about legalizers. They lie. They have outright lied to me and to you. To prove it, let me ask you a few questions: How many other approved medicines are smoked? How many come in unmeasured doses? How many have unknown strengths? How many are taken as often as you "think" needed? How many are taken in crude form, such as bread mold or (aspirin) tree bark? How many are voted on by the general public? How many circumvent the safety of the FDA? How many have no warnings on harm? How many are "recommended" by unsavory doctors, yet not prescribed (avoids liabilty by recommending)? How many people are allowed to grow or produce their own medicine? How many medicnes allow for some unnamed doper dude to hold their stash? The answer to these questions are obvious: ZERO.

In my opinion, medical marijuana is the biggest scam ever to be perpetrated against we the people.

Several years ago San Diego county in California conducted a study on who was using medical marijuana for any type of serious illness. The results were shocking. Only 2 percent were using it for something serious, 98 percent were using it for undocumented and undiagnosable pain, including menstral cramps and pain caused by wearing new shoes. You know how the saying goes: fool us once, shame on them, fool us twice, shame on us! Don't buy the marijuana lie.


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J commented on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 at 21:45 PM

I take issue mainly with the following.
1. "legalizers" may or may not have lied about mmj, as they may have or may not have voted on it. You know the saying about "assumptions"...
2. Your comparison of mmj to other medicines is slightly disingenuous. Most of things you slated against it can not be done due to its current illegal status with the gov. You can't have your cake and eat it too.
3. MMJ does not have to be smoked. It can come in lab tested, active ingredient % certified form (typically a liquid). Rally for smoking bans if this is such a concern.
4. MMJ was voted on in every state where it is state legal. You stated this in your "lies" section. I'll assume this was a fib on your part.
5. Your financial numbers have no independent 3rd party verification.

Finally, say MMJ is the biggest scam ever. That is not a good reason for keeping marijuana itself illegal. If you don't want it legal, fine. Debate that stance on its own merit. But arguing it shouldn't be legal because MMJ is a scam is very childish way of basing an argument.

TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 at 23:53 PM

1. If cannabis has no medicinal values explain the following: US Patent 6630507 - Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants; issued October 7, 2003. (Actually there are ~30 patents pertaining to this). Why is NIDA supplying “medicinal marijuana” in the form of rolled joints to four American citizens? Why does the AMA call for the rescheduling of cannabis from a schedule I substance to a schedule II substance?
2. Natural THC with the empirical formula C-21 H-30 O-2 bad (I) but synthetic THC with the empirical formula C-21 H-30 O-2 good (III).
3. Cannabinoid Action Induces Autophagy-Mediated Cell Death Through Stimulation of ER Stress in Human Glioma Cells

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I, School of Biology, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.

4. Legalize it for adult use, putting a provision in the law “lambasting” anyone caught distributing to a minor, no matter if monies exchanged hands or not. How about a minimum of 25 years even for a first offense, that’s a reasonable compromise, bet that will keep it away for the children. Sound reasonable?
5. Why is hemp illegal to cultivate?
6. What is lurking about in the cannabis plant that makes it so dangerous? Better yet, what in the cannabis plant is more dangerous than the daughter elements of Uranium-238 found in tobacco?

malcolmkyle commented on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 05:03 AM

Here are just some of the many studies the Feds wish they'd never commissioned:

* MARIJUANA USE HAS NO EFFECT ON MORTALITY:

A massive study of California HMO members funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found marijuana use caused no significant increase in mortality. Tobacco use was associated with increased risk of death. Sidney, S et al. Marijuana Use and Mortality. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 87 No. 4, April 1997. p. 585-590. Sept. 2002.

* HEAVY MARIJUANA USE AS A YOUNG ADULT WON'T RUIN YOUR LIFE:

Veterans Affairs scientists looked at whether heavy marijuana use as a young adult caused long-term problems later, studying identical twins in which one twin had been a heavy marijuana user for a year or longer but had stopped at least one month before the study, while the second twin had used marijuana no more than five times ever. Marijuana use had no significant impact on physical or mental health care utilization, health-related quality of life, or current socio-demographic characteristics. Eisen SE et al. Does Marijuana Use Have Residual Adverse Effects on Self-Reported Health Measures, Socio-Demographics or Quality of Life? A Monozygotic Co-Twin Control Study in Men. Addiction. Vol. 97 No. 9. p.1083-1086. Sept. 1997

* OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 1):

Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice's lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

* OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART 2):

In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, "in a dose-dependent manner" (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, "Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer," AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

malcolmkyle commented on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 05:05 AM

CONTINUED: Here are just some of the many studies the Feds wish they'd never commissioned:

* OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 3):

Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn't also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

* OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 4):

Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased Lung Cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.

* MARIJUANA DOES HAVE GREAT MEDICAL VALUE:

In response to passage of California's medical marijuana law, the White House had the Institute of Medicine (IOM) review the data on marijuana's medical benefits and risks. The IOM concluded, "Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting, and all can be mitigated by marijuana." The report also added, "we acknowledge that there is no clear alternative for people suffering from chronic conditions that might be relieved by smoking marijuana, such as pain or AIDS wasting." The government's refusal to acknowledge this finding caused co-author John A. Benson to tell the New York Times that the government "loves to ignore our report … they would rather it never happened." Joy, JE, Watson, SJ, and Benson, JA. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. National Academy Press. 1999. p. 159. See also, Harris, G. FDA Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana. New York Times. Apr. 21, 2006

malcolmkyle commented on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 05:18 AM

The following text is taken directly from the US government's National Cancer Institute website: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pd...

* ANTI-TUMOR EFFECTS

One study in mice and rats suggested that cannabinoids may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. During this 2-year study, groups of mice and rats were given various doses of THC by gavage. A dose-related decrease in the incidence of hepatic adenoma tumors and hepatocellular carcinoma was observed in the mice. Decreased incidences of benign tumors (polyps and adenomas) in other organs (mammary gland, uterus, pituitary, testis, and pancreas) were also noted in the rats. In another study, delta-9-THC, delta-8-THC, and cannabinol were found to inhibit the growth of Lewis lung adenocarcinoma cells in vitro and in vivo. In addition, other tumors have been shown to be sensitive to cannabinoid-induced growth inhibition.

Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death. These compounds have been shown to induce apoptosis in glioma cells in culture and induce regression of glioma tumors in mice and rats. Cannabinoids protect normal glial cells of astroglial and oligodendroglial lineages from apoptosis mediated by the CB1 receptor.

In an in vivo model using severe combined immunodeficient mice, subcutaneous tumors were generated by inoculating the animals with cells from human non-small cell lung carcinoma cell lines. Tumor growth was inhibited by 60% in THC-treated mice compared with vehicle-treated control mice. Tumor specimens revealed that THC had antiangiogenic and antiproliferative effects.

* ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS

In addition, both plant-derived and endogenous cannabinoids have been studied for anti- inflammatory effects. A mouse study demonstrated that endogenous cannabinoid system signaling is likely to provide intrinsic protection against colonic inflammation. As a result, a hypothesis that phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids may be useful in the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer has been developed.

* ANTIVIRAL PROPERTIES

Another study has shown delta-9-THC is a potent and selective antiviral agent against Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), also known as human herpesvirus 8. The researchers concluded that additional studies on cannabinoids and herpesviruses are warranted, as they may lead to the development of drugs that inhibit the reactivation of these oncogenic viruses. Subsequently, another group of investigators reported increased efficiency of KSHV infection of human dermal microvascular epithelial cells in the presence of low doses of delta-9-THC.

chrispatsox commented on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 11:56 AM

frankly i could careless how you feel about it i know what it did for me and my combat PTSD. i could careless if it ever gets legalized i know enough people that finding it will never be a problem. In 15yrs ive never and will never have a problem getting it and most tax payers are slowly realizing that. they will never stop us from getting what we want no matter how many Billions are spent. So if your opinion is spending billions to try an inconvenience me have at it because ill tell you it will never happen not today not tomorrow not ever. P.S I LOVE MY MARIJUANA nothing you say will change that

DonDig commented on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 12:12 PM

It’s a medical miracle waiting to be fully deployed.

Cannabis has been proven to kill cancer cells in lab tests without harming the healthy cells present. http://www.gsalternative.com/2010/05/...

Dave Triplett (and others) have used cannabis oil to cure melanoma as he shows in his short movie about his own experience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tghUh...

Dennis Hill was diagnosed with prostate cancer and used cannabis oil to cure himself. His blog about his experience is quite detailed. http://web.me.com/dbhill/cure/Home.html

Many people have seen similar results, including a number of stage 4 cancer sufferers given ‘hemp oil’ by Rick Simpson in Canada, who discovered this methodology. Many were cured by ingesting it. (Rick said there was about a 70% recovery rate in those stage 4 folks; the rest died as their prognosis forecast.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psJhQ...

OK, so cannabis oil can be a revolution in healing. (There are so many more medical conditions it’s effective for!)

Of course, you want to keep pot away from kids, (Duh!), yet any negative impact on adults is generally minor, (and it is clearly non-toxic).

The whole marijuana prohibition issue, though, like the alcohol prohibition last century, is at its core a violation of personal freedom. If we allow our government to limit inherent natural personal freedoms, all personal freedoms can become sacrificial. There is no legal justification for this in ‘the Land of the Free’. Surely we can no longer allow prohibitionists to hide behind the yellow press smear done in the last century, (some of which lindataylor is putting forth here). The only question is when will enough people realize that defining the activities of a minority, (cannabis users), that are (arguably) causing minimal social harm, as criminal, is a policy that impacts everyone’s freedom.

This is not an issue about the will of the majority: the will of the majority is what we use to elect candidates. The freedoms of a peaceful minority must not be infringed unless they are inflicting grievous social harm, and by every reasonable measure, cannabis consumers are not doing so. Informed people realize that cannabis prohibition causes much more hardship than its consumption. Minority rights and freedoms were a primary cause for the founding of this country.

It would be so progressive for our government to focus on minimizing harm. Since they can’t achieve an effective prohibition, (and after forty plus years of trying, that conclusion should be self-evident), they should say, "OK, well how can we minimize all associated harm here?”
Creating a criminal class with the stroke of a pen is never good government. Intending to maintain that same ‘criminality’ by decree now is such a heinous affront to basic civil personal human rights, that prohibition can no longer be tolerated.

baz518 commented on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 16:04 PM

It's pretty easy to answer all your questions with one answer... marijuana is the exception to most of those questions for one simple reason, the federal government is preventing any regulation by state officials... which means they are the only ones preventing medical marijuana from being sold as other medicines.

The better question is, since marijuana is illegal according to federal law, then why isn't every single marijuana case tried in federal court? Why are they only going after providers and not patients? The hypocrisy is so deep its quite depressing that our country has even gotten to this point. The only time the federal government should be involved with marijuana is when the crimes cross state lines, otherwise it is up to the states. The drug war is the grossest destruction of The Constitution ever.

What I don't understand is why people allow themselves to be bullied by the feds and brainwashed with their "Reefer Madness" rhetoric. Non-violent marijuana offenses are not worthy of our tax dollars to arrest, prosecute, and house harmless individuals. Arrest those providing it to kids, or driving while high, or that engage in violent acts... otherwise leave the people alone! No marijuana isn't good for you, but neither is drinking, smoking cigarettes, eating fast food, having plastic surgery, etc. We can't control what people do, all we can do is punish those that are doing something that causes direct harm to someone else. Plain and simple.

TerryMcNeil commented on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 20:37 PM

MMJ is good for migrain headaches, menstraul cramps, depression, anxiety, insomnia and countless other ailments. It's a tragedy that our citizens are forbidden to use this perfectly safe and helpful natural plant. Especially considering that we lose 15,000 citizens a year to drunk driving, and countless citizens to the effects of tobacco. Marijuana is not addictive like alcohol and tobacco are. Anyone who says it is is talking out their ass.

ScreenName commented on Friday, Oct 14, 2011 at 06:45 AM

21 Trisomy and It's quest against cannabis.....
Here's an idea, rally against the obesity epidemic....Oh wait....LMFAO!!! The read was a moron-a-thon to say the least.....MOO!

jway commented on Friday, Oct 14, 2011 at 14:54 PM

Regardless of what we feel about marijuana itself, I think we should all be able to agree that good laws should be enforced and bad laws should be changed. If the federal marijuana prohibition creates more good than harm then by all means, it should be enforced until the end of time.

However, if the harms created by the prohibition outweigh its benefits then we would be better off without it. This is *not* an ideological issue, this is simply a cost-benefit issue.

According to the prohibition's supporters, the main "benefit" of the prohibition is the message that it sends to our youth. However, keeping marijuana classified in the same schedule as heroin sends our children the message that heroin is no more dangerous than pot - and this is a very, very dangerous message for the federal government to send! This message *undermines* the best efforts of parents to keep their children safe from dangerous drugs! Our children will not listen to *any* warnings we give them if we insinuate that marijuana is as dangerous has heroin because OBVIOUSLY it is NOT!!


In the forty years since President Nixon started his prohibition, there hasn't been a single day when marijuana wasn't being bought, sold and used in America. Currently, according to NIDA, 6,000 people a day in this country start using marijuana for the first time. Given these results, it's fair to say that the federal marijuana prohibition does NOT and will not ever prevent people from using marijuana.

Massive, unrelenting demand combined with zero legal supply is a recipe for disaster. Drug dealers are drawn into our neighborhoods and around our children because the federal marijuana prohibition prevents supermarkets from selling legally-grown marijuana to adults at prices low enough to prevent illegal competition. The federal marijuana prohibition makes our children LESS safe!

Parents, we have to decide if we want drug dealers selling marijuana to kids, or supermarkets selling marijuana to adults. Forty years of failed prohibition has taught us that "nobody selling marijuana to nobody" is NEVER going to happen! Don't be too scared to speak up for the safety of your children!!

lindataylor commented on Friday, Oct 14, 2011 at 19:02 PM

The goal of drug legalization advocates historically has been to convince the general public that marijuana is a harmless plant. Of course, they are fully aware of the fact that so called “medical” marijuana is grossly abused, and store front dispensaries are nothing more than legitimized (Prop 215) drug dealing operations. In September of 2006, the California Healthcare Collective located on McHenry Avenue in Modesto was raided by law enforcement and it’s owners Luke Scarmozzo and Ricardo Montes were both arrested for selling marijuana to people without a valid recommendation. Law enforcement seized guns, thousands of dollars in cash, raided 7 homes and confiscated a $170,000 Mercedes, despite the fact that “medical” marijuana dispensaries are suppose to be set up as non profits. Clearly that is not the case.

We now have a new group advocating for yet another marijuana dispensary in Modesto. “The Prop 215 Information Center” and it’s director Mark Gray has offered to pay the city 5 percent of the proceeds if he’s allowed to open the dispensary, according to Gray, he just wants the city to have a piece of the action so to speak. The City of Modesto passed an ordinance in 2006 prohibiting pot dispensaries, which Mark Gray is fully aware of. Maybe that’s why he offered the bribe.

Continued...

lindataylor commented on Friday, Oct 14, 2011 at 19:04 PM

So called “medical” marijuana is the largest scam ever to be perpetrated against the people of California, in it’s history. It is in fact the most prolific con job this state has ever seen and we, the people are it’s intended target and victim.

One only has to go to Craigslist, and type in “Prop 215” to find over 150 marijuana delivery services available in Stanislaus County. Legalizers are aware that anyone can get a medical marijuana card for a fee. A simple Bing or Google search using the key works “pot docs California” will deliver over 43 million responses to this inquiry. It doesn’t matter that marijuana is the number one cause of teen’s entering drug treatment centers across the country, they see our teens as a means to an end, to be able to recreationally smoke pot without consequence. Our teens are seen as acceptable casualties.

Drug legalization advocates have infiltrated our state capitol, often paying thousands of dollars to state legislators under the guise of donations. The Drug Policy Alliance paid out tens of thousands to elected representatives including Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). Leno is currently working to undermine the rights of California employers to fire employees who test positive for marijuana use by introducing SB 129, and this is not the first time Leno has attempted to undermine California businesses.

Continued...

lindataylor commented on Friday, Oct 14, 2011 at 19:04 PM

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is the current chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, his motives are anything but in the best interest of the publics safety. In January 2010, Ammiano, along with 3 other public safety members, all democrats, voted to approve a bill to legalize marijuana. Our Public Safety Committee chairman and 3 other members of this important committee, whose job it is to protect California residents, voted to approve the legalization of marijuana, despite unlimited information on the harms associated with it’s use. This committee is not a public safety committee as the name implies, it is in fact a public endangerment committee with the intent of causing harm.
Without “medical” marijuana, full legalization would not be possible. If it was ever truly about helping the ‘sick’ and ‘dying” as Prop 215 advocates would have liked us to believe back in 1996, they would be willing to go through the FDA process, instead of deliberately avoiding it. The mission of U S Food and Drug Administration is the protection and advancement of public health through safety, efficacy, and quality of the products it regulates. FDA regulated products require advanced technology and research standards. The FDA works to “ensure the acceptance of science-led regulatory decisions by the U.S. consumer and the respective scientific communities and thus maintaining scientific credibility, integrity, accuracy and predictability of the products they approve.”

Yet we know legalization is the intended goal because we voted on it last November. Prop 19 would have legalized marijuana outright. Although it was clearly defeated, and should have sent a strong message, once again legalizers are working on another legalization plan for 2012, while some state legislators continue to chip away at our drug laws, one by one, despite the fact that they are violating their oath of office and the constitutional rights of millions of California residents.

How long are you willing to sit idly by and allow this fiasco to continue?

TerryMcNeil commented on Friday, Oct 14, 2011 at 23:00 PM

GOD made weed.
Man made beer.
In GOD we trust.

RSteeb commented on Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 at 01:21 AM

No. To tyranny. The unconstitutional fiasco being perpetrated by the feds shall not continue.

Keeping Cannabis illegal while tobacco and alcohol are dispensed freely would be *MURDEROUSLY STUPID*.

We shall not allow our unalienable rights to be usurped. It shall not happen, Linda.

ScreenName commented on Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 at 07:59 AM

Check this out, but do NOT have a mouthful of liquid while watching.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an7neQ...

daveshouse commented on Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 at 09:07 AM

HAHAH!!! Thank for that video. I'm surprised she even knows how to write.

chrispatsox commented on Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 at 05:28 AM

linda do you have paypal because id like to send you a dollar to go buy a clue. you are just rehashing all the old lies.....you site marijuana as the number 1 drug teens are in rehab for......well thats the case because they are given the option rehab or jail guess you forgot to mention that......and you also failed to mention the massachusetts state tropper convicted of selling oxy contin vicodin and percocets.....as i can see with the white house petition the new gallop poll and the california doctors assoc. your on the wrong side of this debate

chrispatsox commented on Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 at 05:34 AM

lindatayor you are such a joke you site the FDA ahhahaha the FDA works for the drug companies you simplton get aclue

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Oct 21, 2011 at 22:02 PM

Say no to legalizing cannabis all you want, continue to screech no at the top of your lungs until your blue in the face, you're losing support on a daily basis. Just last year the Gallup Poll showed 46% of all Americans supported legalizing cannabis for recreational use with 50% against, this years poll showed 50% for with 46% against. You are now officially outnumbered. At this rate when we go to the polls next November we'll have 54% and you will have just 52%.
Actually even that isn't quite true, the poll shows that western states like California already have 55%. Will we see 59% or even more in Cali next year? Whatever it is rest assured you WILL be outnumbered.
And since next year is a presidential election to boot that means all those 18 to 30 year old's that didn't go to the polls in the last election will be voting your days are numbered.
Time to MOOve it on over Elsie.

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Oct 21, 2011 at 22:25 PM

Correction, at this rate we will have 54% and you will have only 42%

DeepDish commented on Saturday, Oct 22, 2011 at 21:15 PM

Prohibition drastically increases prices (increasing crimes like robberies), increases concentration of doses, decreases certainties of purity, and increases violence and organized crime. Just like alcohol prohibition, prohibition is an unsupportable abject failure. Legalization of marijuana will decrease crime, decrease police violence against citizens, shift prison populations from drug offenders to murderers and rapists (who are currently released early), increase time and resources for prosecutors to focus more carefully on cases, decrease the social cost of treatment centers (since 97% of people in "treatment" for marijuana were arrested for possession and chose "treatment" instead of jail—wouldn't you?), and increase respect for the government. Legalization of marijuana will also increase funding for various government programs (by not wasting it on the 'war on drugs'). Marijuana is less addictive than caffeine—think about that the next time you have a cappuccino latte at Starbucks—and the social costs of prohibition far outweigh any costs of legalization. Only 10% of Americans support legalizing "all drugs," so your slippery slope argument is patently unsupported. Legalization of pot is about legalizing pot and the time for change is now.

DeepDish commented on Saturday, Oct 22, 2011 at 21:30 PM

Let's also not forget that the Drug Czar, director the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is required by federal law (under Title VII Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998: H11225)... to lie. In 2003, Ron Paul wrote a letter to the General Accounting Office (GAO) asking for an investigation of the Czar misrepresenting facts (lying), to which the GAO retorted, "ONDCP is specifically charged with the responsibility for "taking such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use" of certain controlled substances such as marijuana —a responsibility which logically could include the making of advocacy statements in opposition to legalization efforts. The Deputy Director’s statements about marijuana are thus within the statutory role assigned to ONDCP. Given this role, we do not see a need to examine the accuracy of the Deputy Director’s individual statements in detail." The Drug Czar lies and misconstrues facts every day of the week.

DeepDish commented on Saturday, Oct 22, 2011 at 22:00 PM

One more thing: Linda, you said, "If it was ever truly about helping the ‘sick’ and ‘dying” as Prop 215 advocates would have liked us to believe back in 1996, they would be willing to go through the FDA process, instead of deliberately avoiding it." That's not true. The FDA approves studies, the DEA secures facilities, and NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) provides the marijuana. While the FDA does approve studies, NIDA explicitly states their sole mission is to only find negative effects of drugs and categorically rejects all researchers who are interested in finding positive benefits. The government has an intentional stranglehold on medical research to ensure positive benefits are never found.

lindataylor commented on Sunday, Oct 30, 2011 at 13:53 PM

It's time to stop the medical marijuana scam!

PaulScambot commented on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 22:11 PM

What amazes me is how antything like the cut and paste artist of this piece
of propaganda can treat it's own body like a toxic waste dump
and still feel it should be able to decree how others treat
their own bodies. Check out the video the following link takes
you to too see what I mean. It obviously has no respect for
itself yet insists on trying to impose its will on humanity.
It appears at the 19 sec mark and again at the 2:05 mark.Can
you spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E? obviously it can't,
but I'd be willing to bet it can spell S-U-P-E-R S-I-Z-E M-E!

http://tinyurl.com/c53tzwc

lindataylor commented on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 22:30 PM

Another screen name...will these people ever have the courage to come out from behind a screen name and own what they say? Don't hold your breath!

LewisD commented on Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 13:21 PM

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LewisD commented on Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 at 14:44 PM

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LewisD commented on Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 at 15:46 PM

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LewisD commented on Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Good Job Linda


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