Sunday, June 26, 2016

Legal cannabis is a legitimate alternative to Big Dope

Use of the word 'pot' to describe cannabis isn't journalism, it's propaganda.

Twenty five Pueblo County, Colorado students will receive scholarships derived from the county’s cannabis excise tax even as pro-cannabis Growing Pueblo’s Future filed an official complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office claiming that there are three campaign finance violations by Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo which circulated a petition asking for a ballot measure that would ban the industry in the county.

Seventy eight percent of Colorado high school students have not ingested cannabis in the last 30 days according to a survey just released by the state's Healthy Kids initiative.

In fact rates of consumption have remained flat or even declined since the herb was legalized there. The most common method among teens of obtaining cannabis was through gifting.

Studies in the Netherlands and Portugal have revealed that legalization causes cannabis to seem passé to teens who experiment with taboos.

Moorhead, Minnesota opened their first therapeutic cannabis dispensary last Saturday while North Dakota supporters petition to legalize on that state's November ballot. In New Mexico the therapeutic cannabis industry is controlled by ten guys, profits go elsewhere instead of to the beleaguered pueblos and reservations.

Obsessing over legalization and fretting over teens getting stoned in mom's basement when opioids are killing tens of thousands of people a year while Big Pharma bribes physicians to prescribe dangerous drugs is simply rank hypocrisy.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) has introduced H.R.5014, the Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act: a bill ensures that tribes can't be punished for entering the cannabis industry.

Screw Nebraska. Flood the state with cannabis grown in the Oglala Lakota Nation.

Let’s ensure that cannabis cultivation and distribution stay out of the hands of Big Dope. It’s time to enter compacts with the tribes, let them distribute on the rez, on off-reservation properties and in Deadwood.

Still believe the Second Amendment is absolute? Think again.
Former Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White says he is no longer a certified law enforcement officer, doesn’t have a concealed handgun carry license but does own a firearm. White has also publicly disclosed that he is a medical cannabis user and an investor in a new medical marijuana grower and dispensary in Albuquerque, as well as its chief administrator and security chief. As of May, about 25,000 people had medical marijuana cards issued by the Health Department. About 41,000 New Mexicans had concealed handgun carry licenses in 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available. [Albuquerque Journal]
Under a surge of patients' applications the New Mexico Department of Health is under fire for extended delays of new cards for therapeutic cannabis.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) will make sure you lose your Second Amendment rights if you admit to ingesting cannabis or even if you are a patient being treated under the care of a doctor.

From Brian Doherty's piece at Reason:
Merely having a state medical marijuana card, BATFE insists, means that you fall afoul of Sect. 922(g) of the federal criminal code (from the 1968 federal Gun Control Act), which says that anyone “who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” is basically barred from possessing or receiving guns or ammo (with the bogus assertion that such possession implicates interstate commerce, which courts will pretty much always claim it does). While the BATFE has not yet announced any concerted program to go after people who may have had legally purchased weapons before getting a marijuana card, Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project says that it’s common practice in medical marijuana-related busts that “if weapons are present, there will be gun charges added on as well.”
Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, another state where cannabis has been legalized, has teamed up with Colorado congress member, Jared Polis: they have introduced legislation that would end the federal prohibition.

Prohibition doesn't work: eliminate the nanny state cannabis restriction on firearm ownership, levy hefty transaction taxes on the sales and gifting of semi-automatic rifles, handguns, their ammo and extended clips on Senator Diane Feinstein's list then tag the revenue for Medicaid expansion.

As tribal nations mull the Justice Department's memorandum on legal cannabis within reservation boundaries and BATFE remains free to pop anybody in Indian Country more clashes and lawsuits seem inevitable.


Duffer said...

. . . . and you won't find a position statement from Mrs. Clinton that resembles anything like the quote you used here from Mr. Sanders. What a huge disappointment She has been all the way down the line . . . . . yet She appears to be our future President. Yowzah

Cannabis hysteria. What's that all about anyway - in this day and age. Fear of a plant that when consumed . . . might make one introspective? Perish the thought. Fear of gays moving in next door . . . . fear of female control of their own bodies. JFC. How the hell do these people muster the courage to get out of bed in the morning. One loathes the prospect of sharing the atmosphere with these ignorant pukes. Wait . . . oh yeah, I live in South Dakota.

Back to my hole . . . .

larry kurtz said...

The DNC platform committee may trump Sec. Clinton's silence on cannabis according to High Times. No doubt she inhaled.

You seem a little disheartened, Duff: everything okay?

Duffer said...

All well Mr. Kurtz . . . . all well. Summers in Custer can challenge a bloke - what with Charley Najacht and associates leading the local right-wing charge and encouraging right-wing hostility. You cain't fix stoopid. Did you examine the list of GOP candidates for District 30 house? My God . . . . . . crazy getting crazier.

As a student of all things politic . . . . . . this is a fascinating time to observe this planet. Pop yer popcorn and turn on da newz!

larry kurtz said...

Fer sure. Every media outlet in the state reads like a bulletin for the South Dakota Republican Party, including the Custer Chronicle.

Scary shit.

Duffer said...

The Clinton machines' subjugation of Bernie's effort has a lot of Progressives/Dems dragging their (you know whats) these days Larry. It was too much to overcome. Convention platforms, in practice, haven't meant squat to candidates that go on to govern. I think we all know that endless-war isn't going to "end" with Mrs. Clinton in office.

She's got some work to do . . .

You got your slab poured yet?

larry kurtz said...

Slab is poured now laying up adobes. Will post some photos later, hotter than Shantel Krebs here.

Duffer said...

priceless . . . . .