A Kettle of Keystone Kops Kalling a medical Pot black

 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:


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
Episcopal Church
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? 



  1. AustinRanter

    Well Rob, I’d like to say something like, “Hey dude, I just don’t dig this, ya know, man?” But, I’m trying to quit talking like that. It’s been 25, or so, years since I’ve indulged in a little pookiewayno. Now that I’m in my 60’s…let’s just say, “The Thrill Is Gone”. Besides, my other half would kick me to Mexico.

    In retrospect, I have mixed feeling about pot. I personally believe it’s a deterent to violence. But on the other hand, it can induce some serious amotivational syndrome behaviors in a lot of our kids who should other wise be investing time in minor things like say, school.

    I’m all for medical use. It is time to call off the dogs on people who genuinely get benefits from it’s use.

    In so many ways we are a nation infused with an abundance of ignorance and hypocrisies, especially when it comes to so many things related to science, which includes mari-jah-wanna use and so many other types medications that Europe and other countries seem to have recognized as beneficial. Hell, stem cell research is like some kind of witchcraft to many. Oh, and I can’t leave out evolution…but, that’s just my ancient amoeba brain that’s causing me to pop all of this stuff out.

    Michael Phelps is a clear victim of our nation’s lack of noodle power. Reason and logic hasn’t become fashionable in the good old U.S. of A.

    I just don’t know. What’s the chance of space travel anytime soon? I’d like to move on to more sane environment.

  2. bryan mcclellan

    For those non believers in the myriad of uses and the miracle of the hemp plant check out HempUSA.org.
    This is not about the get high kind of weed and does not promote it’s buzz factor.
    They also have been making clothing and Rope out of it for centuries.
    Reasons for it to be outlawed are based more in it’s ease of production and the oil content rivals most green solutions such as switch grass, corn, and other wild oil sources.

    Religious mania made it what it is today, the evil weed that causes Reefer madness. Incredibly small minded for a people that landed more than one man on the moon. HACK!

  3. woody188

    I had an enlightened economics college professor that preached legalization of all drugs. I’ve held that view since taking his course. Instead of spending billions of dollars working to remove the drugs, we should instead be regulating and taxing those products. But most of us know the CIA sells heroin and other drugs to finance their operations and they don’t like to compete with private dealers.

    Think about it. George HW Bush was vice president when Reagan started the “War on Drugs” in earnest. Prior to that he was the head of the CIA, and following he was the President.

    Poppy production and heroin has increased since the invasion of Afghanistan where it was virtually non-existent under the Taliban. We could find Saddam in a hole, but we can’t find acres of poppy plants? Come on, as if. Production is high because we want it that way and are flooding Europe with heroin to make them more passive to the One World Government being foisted upon us all at this moment.

    Great article Rob!

  4. griff

    A short excerpt from The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul (2008, Grand Central Publishing).

    “We do not treat alcoholics as criminals and throw them in prison. Politicians enjoy drinking alcohol, after all, so that would never happen. In the same way, drug abuse is a medical problem, not a problem for courts and policemen. Families, churches, and communities need to take responsibility when people harm their lives with drugs. Clogging our courts and prisons with cases involving people found in possession of tiny quantities of prohibited substances, and who have never done any physical harm to anyone, makes it all but impossible to devote the necessary resources to tracking down the violent criminals who really do threaten us. Over the past decades more people have been imprisoned on drug offenses than for all violent crimes put together. And that is not to mention the continued erosion of our civil liberties for which the drug war has been responsible.

    The failure of the federal war on drugs should be clear enough from one simple fact: our government has been unable to keep drugs even out of our prisons, which are surrounded by armed guards. The fact is, drugs are already available to people who want them. That is the nightmare scenario that people fear, but they fail to realize that we are already there. Poll after poll finds the vast bulk of high school and college students easily able to acquire drugs if they so desire. That is how black markets work: prohibiting something that is highly desired does not make the desire go away but merely ensures that the supply of that good is provided in the most dangerous and undesirable way possible, and endows criminal sectors of society with additional wealth and power. As with so much else, the constitutional solution would get the federal government out of the picture and leave the issue to the states.

    Regardless of where one stands on the broader drug war, we should all be able to agree on the subject of medical marijuana. Here, the use of an otherwise prohibited substance has been found to relieve unbearable suffering in countless patients. How can we fail to support liberty and individual responsibility in such a clear-cut case? What harm does it do to anyone else to allow fellow human beings in pain the relief they need? What kind of “compassionate conservatism” is this?”

  5. almandine

    Much like the recent patent on a form of vitamin B6 and its acceptance by the FDA as a “drug”, once THC has been made a drug and available via prescription at a corporate profit, it will then become readily available at your local pharmacy.

    The only fly in that ointment, of course, is the fact that one can grow high-THC-content marijuana, whereas B6 in similar concentrations is not available in any readily available food substance.

    A larger concern is that FDA approval of vitamins as drugs removes them from the over-the-counter market, making them less available and more costly.