Feb
15

Blumenauer for Rescheduling Cannabis

“Everything around us is changing… laws, society, personal idiosyncrasies, as well as the realm that cannabis resides. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues… well then pick it back up because politics are stressful…”

pineapple legalization

Recently, as of February 12th, 18 bipartisan congressmen underneath the direction of Representative Earl Blumenauer, the Democratic candidate for the House from Oregon, submitted a succinct petition to Barack Obama and the White House calling for Obama to direct Attorney General Eric Holder to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to a less severe and non-threatening level as per 21 U.S.C. ยง 811. At its current level, the federal sanction of cannabis as a Schedule I substance lumps marijuana into the same category as heroin, LSD, and other intense hallucinogenic, psychotropic drugs, which are not considered to have any recognized medicinal benefits, regardless of the myriad of favorable studies in a variety of states and nations. Essentially, rescheduling can occur through a variety of forms including the Attorney General, a unilateral executive decision, or legislation through Congress, and this letter attempts to cater to all of these methods.

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Jul
24

Harm-Reduction Approach

“Everything around us is changing… laws, society, personal idiosyncrasies, as well as the realm that cannabis resides. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues… well then pick it back up because politics are stressful…”

High Enough to Ride

Back in late 2010 we wrote an article on a young child who turned in their parents for smoking pot under the instruction of the D.A.R.E program. In that situation, the officers replied to the incident by saying “That’s what they’re told to do, to make us aware.” In some of the most recent scholarship by David J. Hanson, Ph.D., he notes that D.A.R.E has been used in up to 80% of the continental United States as well as within other countries to teach over 36 million children across the world “to just say no.” He declares D.A.R.E. to be a “counterproductive, program” that chews up over a billion dollars in US funds, even when such authorities as the U.S. General Accounting Office, the U.S. Surgeon General, the National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Education have discovered the program to be an ineffective abomination of the political-legal system against drug abuse. In fact, Tana Dineen, a local Houston columnist, found that the D.A.R.E program had raised drug usage by 29% during its occupation instead of lowering it, and this is the state of affairs across the whole continental United States.

Homer marijuana

Pot is inter tangled within this discussion, as D.A.R.E. propagates an agenda which designates any drug as harmful, hazardous, and life-ending, when in fact cannabis has been proven to be one of the safest substances a person can consume. For this reason among others, Ayelet Waldman, author of the book Bad Mother, has made it her responsibility to reveal the blemishes related to the D.A.R.E. program in order to derive a new approach to teaching children about drug use. On June 16th at Books Inc. in San Francisco California, she gave a speech on what she named the Harm-Reduction Approach. This idea proposes teaching kids about the world, a landscape littered with drug use, in a way that distinguishes between what is truly harmful and what is not on a physiological basis. For Waldman, this means drawing a difference between drugs such as weed and methamphetamine or heroin, substances that deteriorate the human body over time and frequency of use. I applaud Waldman for attempting to restructure the pedagogical framework of drug education among youth as their perspective has a profound influence on drug laws as well as the social construction of stigmas related to certain drugs. Below I have posted an excerpt from the aforementioned speech she gave, so take a look and see if it is something you support, I know I do.

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Nov
16

Alcohol vs. Marijuana

“Everything around us is changing… laws, society, personal idiosyncrasies, as well as the realm that cannabis resides. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues… well then pick it back up because politics are stressful…”

Prohibition in 1874 was started by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and a party of hyper conservatives aimed at social cleansing. Unfortunately for them, people realized the necessity for substances that lull the mind out of the rigors it experiences everyday. In juxtaposition, marijuana is put into the same light, as a useless substance that can only lead to savage, heathen, primitivism in the eyes of this church throttled propagation machine we call the “United” States. Prohibition didn’t work then and it will not work now.

alcohol versus marijuana

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Nov
09

10 Marijuana Health Benefits

“Everything around us is changing… laws, society, personal idiosyncrasies, as well as the realm that cannabis resides. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues… well then pick it back up because politics are stressful…”

Here is an image detailing some of the research done to prove the existence of health benefits vis-a-vis the industry surrounding marijuana. If I was ranking them from 1 to 10 I would probably switch up the order some, but that is a minor qualm with an excellent piece of information.

benefits of medical marijuana

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Nov
04

Florida Trooper Arrests Miami Officer

“Everything around us is changing… laws, society, personal idiosyncrasies, as well as the realm that cannabis resides. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues… well then pick it back up because politics are stressful…”

On October 12th, Florida State Trooper Donna Watts pulled over and arrested Fausto Lopez a Miami Police Officer on the way to what he called an “off-duty detail.” As the video shows, Lopez is weaving in and out of traffic at speeds in excess of 120 mph which drastically alarmed Watts. So, as any self-respected servant of the people should, she proceeded to apprehend him. Lopez attempts to sway Watts from the arrest but she holds adamant in saying “You don’t respect me…you don’t respect these people out here…” Recently, the police dispatch recording has been released in order to delve into the intricacies of the situation at hand.

In the wake of OWS (Occupy Wall Street) protests all over the country, the inglorious amount of police brutality in all conceptions of the word is becoming ever more evident. OWS wants to inspire economic insight into the community, but in the midst of their campaign non-violence and passive resistance has shown the nature of our law enforcement, a myriad of conglomerates subverting their own public by force and by not upholding the most basic of codes “to protect and serve.” In the recording as well as the video itself, there is a definite pause by the FHP (Florida Highway Patrol) to pull over the cop on the basis of who he was affiliated with. Regardless of who is located within the vehicle, everyone should be held to the same standard. Once we start making exceptions for police officers on the basis of some grandiose scheme of protection, we submit our ethics, our morals, our laws, but more importantly our rights and ultimately Justice. Plato’s Republic gives a great discussion of Justice as something that is not only a virtue entailed within society, but a virtue that we all must carry within ourselves, that means resistance, prudence, and moderation of power. Within the Roman Empire, Augustus pushed the Gallic tribes of Gaul all the way to the Elbe, which was the furthest that anyone had ever campaigned. Instead of cadastrating the land or moving beyond that point, he went back to Rome to display a control of power instead of its abuse.

Police Brutality

Though Octavian may seem a digression, we are 2 millenia away from a time when people considered infanticide, fratricide, and uxorcide a regular occurrence within life, but yet there is a clear consciousness of the institution of power and its limitations. Donna Watts needs to be elated for her deed instead of harassed and criticized for breaking some “unspoken” rule between officers that disallows different departments to instill order. Is this country not built on a world of checks and balances, where the populace should be protected from absolutist ideas wrapped within oppressive structures? To an average American, this situation is unique due to the proactive nature of Watts not the careless actions of Lopez. Frequently, I see (as I am sure ALL of you have) cops WAY over the speed limit without emergency lights, disregarding other drivers by driving erroneously, assaulting citizens on the grounds of “enforcement,” and in general avoiding laws that are set in place for the protection of the populous and the entities that inhabit that sphere of influence.

Fuck the Police

This is our nation, our state, our cities, our towns, our well-beings at stake when allowing the atrocious affronts of our current law enforcement system to continue to propagate a framework of oppression aimed at subordination rather than protection.

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