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Last week, an Illinois jury nullified our state laws against possession of pot by finding an older, maimed good citizen ( a vet, no less) innocent of pot traffic’ing charges.
Yesterday, three South American ex-presidents "ex-pressed" their disdain for US pot laws, asking for their repeal.
Numerous state and national organizations, from the American Bar Association (No, that is rarely a pub crawling group, unless they are attending a national legal conference someplace) to numerous medical and scientific groups.
For eight years, the Bush Administration made all pot research illegal, then claimed that there was no evidence of medical benefits, despite so many examples to the contrary. Europe, on the other hand, has expanded its studies, finding many positive results. They also found that Amsterdam’s lax pot laws actually decreased crime, did NOT create a "gateway drug" culture, and to some neonazis’ chagrin, brought in some tourists more intent on toking, as well as touristing. Even so , the Dutch tinkered with their toke laws, rather than repealing them. Violence just seems to disappear with marijuana. (unless you are US border and DEA guards, intent on fighting millionaire Mexican drug lords trying to meet a growing US demand).
The argument that no credible medical evidence exists is laughable, especially in view of the Bushista’s efforts to prevent such evidence from being gathered, and once gathered, from being published.
Unless your head is firmly implanted in the sand, or your brain is completely oblivious, due to its being infested with feces, rat parts, fungus, bacteria, roaches and dead bird parts as your standard Peanut Corporation of America delivery, a painfully obvious question begs to be asked:
WHY ARE OUR POT LAWS SO WHACKED OUT?
Forget the arguments that pot is so much stronger. First, how the HELL do they know unless they sampled, frequently, the before and the after. Second, if it is, and a therapeutic dose can be delivered with less effort and "smoking", used properly, that strength actually benefits the patients! Lower doses are needed, less smoking, less coughing, and more consistent results are far more possible.
Forget the arguments that pot dealers are criminals. DUH. So were the Kennedys, and many others who brought liquor across the Canadian, Mexican borders and both of our coasts. And forget how many grannies used the tub to make gin. Each week. And besides, if medical pot were regulated, licensed and safely distributed LEGALLY, those criminal clans would disappear overnight.
Lastly, forget the arguments that it is a Class 3 drug, an evil intoxicant, and bad for people. A friend of mine passed from cancer. A long, lingering, unpleasant, painful, and dreary death. Her husband had passed a few years before, and also in painful ways. At first, her oncologist REFUSED to up her pain med doses. (he was being investigated for possible opiate addictions in his terminal patients at the time.) The Hospice Nurse convinced him otherwise, with, as I recall, a physical threat. (She was an athletic, blond beauty of 6’4", he was a slight Pakistani, perhaps 5’3")
Still, it was not enough. Her incredible suffering was wretched to see. Then her fantastic Hospice Nurse got her some brownies. Special Brownies. The kind that those who hate smoke use for their own pot usage.
The difference was night and day. Her pain became tolerable. Her appetite returned. Her ability to tolerate and keep down her many chemo pills increased dramatically. In fact, her last months were humane, human, and with much more of the dignity, pride, accomplishment, and far more like the lovely, accomplished, proud woman that she had been for so many years. She even began to move around, just to see the sunset. AND the sunrise.
President Obama promises to stop medical marijuana pot raids in states where it is legal to treat ill folks. Let us hope he does not cave into the rabid reich of the GOP in another wasted effort to find some bye-partisan-shit.
Yet, the US DEA continues with its mindless raids, accelerating them before Eric Holder has a chance to change the policy. Why? The Bushista tobacco and liquor lobbyists who have infiltrated, and therefore control DEA decision-making, remain firmly in charge and firmly entrenched. Our president clearly is not their president.
Mike Phelps, a young 12 gold medal winner in the last Olympiad, was caught simply being a college kid on video. South Karolina Kops, (obviously, the original home of the Keystoners) are ignoring the hundreds of unsolved murders, rapes, batteries and assaults, concentrating hundreds of man hours on a bong hit video, just so the local Sheriff (who bought a used military vehicle for his urban assault arrests) can make his fame off the lungs of Mike Phelps. Other witnesses, more than 10 at last count, report being harassed, arrested, threatened, and pushed around, unless they can give out the dirt on Phelps. What does he want? Phelps in an SC chain gang? stuck in solitary? What? other than his own chance at the spotlight?
Smart. Real smart.
Kellogg’s, owned and run by Konservatives famous for how mentally inert, dormant, comatose, insentient, and sluggish they can be, decided to drop Phelps as an icon for its advertising. (they claim their contract "ran out." In response, hundreds of thousands began protesting, with MPP and other far more rational groups in support, began a boycott of Kellogg’s.
And with synergetic joining of those two small wavelets, Phelps has accidently become one more symbol of this protest, and the fledgling deregulation groups have suddenly become energized, and better yet, they have the ear of this president.
Here is a short list (growing by the day) of honorable organizations that support drastic changes in our pot laws, including legalization:
American College of Physicians
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
American Academy of HIV Medicine
American Anthropological Association
American Bar Association
American Nurses Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Arthritis Research Campaign
HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Lymphoma Foundation of America
National Association for Public Health Policy
National Black Police Association
National Nurses Society on Addictions
Presbyterian Church USA
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church’s Board of Church and Society
Union of Reform Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Association
Sure looks a lot like a group of commie, pinko, fascist, socialist, druggie-led, anti-American, terrorist, Mexican Drug Lord fronting criminals, eh?