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April 25, 2012

THE DOPING OF AMERICA - PART FOUR - LETTER FROM WASHINGTON...


HAPPY 420!!! (ok, 5 days late)

I've been busy.


Now from the White House...

In Response to a Petition sponsored by President Obama, the "We The People" public petitions forum he enacted, President Obama urged citizens to petition the White House on any subject meaningful to them. It turned out, cannabis legalization was near the top of the numbers for signatures by people asking to end the madness that cannabis prohibition has brought about!

By cannabis, I'm referring to the plant called marijuana, or by legal decree, marihuana.

It seems of benefit to a class of people, law-makers, CEO's, investors and aliens to continue to call cannabis, marijuana. Why, I don't know. In general we as a society avoid name-calling. We like to call an onion an onion, not a tear-jerker!

Well the following White House response to We The People cannabis reform initiative should leave some of you reassured and feeling better. It's not from the President himself, but one of his trolls.

I felt it was appropriate to share with my readers the e-mail I received based on the We The People cannabis petitions - there were several; And the following is an e-mail from the White-House I received in regards to those petitions.

I've interjected my opinion, in bright red.

Our Government on the subject of Hemp, Marijuana and legalization...


What We (the White House) Have to Say About Marijuana and Hemp Production
By Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
America’s farmers deserve our Nation’s help and support to ensure rural America’s prosperity and vitality. Federal law prohibits human consumption, distribution, and possession of Schedule I controlled substances. Hemp and marijuana are part of the same species of cannabis plant. While most of the THC in cannabis plants is concentrated in the marijuana, all parts of the plant, including hemp, can contain THC, a Schedule I controlled substance. The Administration will continue looking for innovative ways to support farmers across the country while balancing the need to protect public health and safety.
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The Administration will continue looking for innovative ways to support farmers across the country...balancing the need to protect public health and safety. To accomplish this goal millions are/have been given misdemeanor sentences for simple possession, millions more are incarcerated, ordered into rehap, lose their children, their jobs, their humanity. And many around the world die and continue to die as a result of these zero tolerance regulations. 
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Does the federal government really believe people will be hurt, let alone be tempted to smoke the near-beer equivalent of pot? Hemp is prohibited because of minor traces of THC? Wow... heavy! I'm sure American farmers are breathing a sigh of relief on that statement. 
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Oh, and the human body manufactures it's own scant trace of THC, in the brain, so cut down the human race while you're enforcing your regulations that make zero sense.
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For more about what we have to say about marijuana, please see the President's National Drug Control Strategy, as well as this earlier petition response below:
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Yeah, I read it. Essentially, there is the worse stuff clogging our lives than Satan.


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What We (Gil Kerlikowske*) Have to Say About Legalizing Marijuana
*By Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
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When the President took office, he directed all of his policymakers to develop policies based on science and research, not ideology or politics. So our concern about marijuana is based on what the science tells us about the drug's effects.
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So why still call it marijuana? Why not call it what it is??? Cannabis. As it was known prior to 1937. The term marijuana is based on racial prejudice - towards Mexicans, dating back to the 1920's. It's time to be respectful.
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According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health- the world's largest source of drug abuse research - marijuana use is associated with addiction, respiratory disease, andcognitive impairment. We know from an array of treatment admission information and Federal data that marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions and visits to emergency rooms. Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, raising serious concerns about what this means for public health – especially among young people who use the drug because research shows their brains continue to develop well into their 20's. Simply put, it is not a benign drug.
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Nice propaganda... but the NIH is a branch of the Federal government. Isn't your claim a bit unethical? Bias and a conflict of interest? The NIH is literally, with scant exceptions the only lab allowed to conduct research into cannabis, and it has already stated cannabis has zero medical benefits - that dispite tons of opposing research. 
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Also, per Schedule One protocol, "it is forbidden to conduct research..." for beneficial uses of a Schedule One drug. Period. So how will the NIH help? How can they even be trusted? 


The answer. They can't be trusted. That to me is a big problem.
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Like many, we are interested in the potential marijuana may have in providing relief to individuals diagnosed with certain serious illnesses. That is why we ardently support ongoing research into determining what components of the marijuana plant can be used as medicine. To date, however, neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have foundsmoked marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition.
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Since when has the federal government "cared about the potential marijuana may have..."? The language here is extremely calculated. "Serious illness". "...ardently support ongoing research." "...smoked marijuana..." 
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Seriously, the federal government can't even talk brownies. Unlike tobacco, cannabis can be eaten, and used in unlimited ways. It's a plant, and it's one of the safest plants known to humans.
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Further, the We The People petitions were not about "help from the federal government, but rather, get out of the We The People's faces about cannabis, decriminalize it now. We really were not asking for your help, other than reform federal marihuana laws!!!
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As a former police chief, I recognize we are not going to arrest our way out of the problem. We also recognize that legalizing marijuana would not provide the answer to any of the health, social, youth education, criminal justice, and community quality of life challenges associated with drug use.
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You recognize? How is then that you recognize the opposite of the obvious??? Prohibition and the dangers of cannabis were artificially created, are still unsupported, and an illegal act that has created a humanitarian crisis for decades; the Federal Government simply cannot pass a laws that outlaws Nature. They cannot. The apple that Eve ate may have sentenced us to eventual death, it did not give a government the right to damn us too, nor prohibit a plant we already paid the ultimate price to possess! It is an inalienable right (of adults) to possess and use and grow all plants given to us by God. We live in a Country that boasts, among Liberty and  Freedom, that in God We Trust.


Do we???
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Making millions of dollars every minute, from busting otherwise law-abiding adult citizens, for plant possession and/or use, sale or growing, and making these people criminals, just doesn't add up or make any sense. Especially with the violence associated along with the War on Drugs. So, sorry, but I don't see how the White house is helping! To me they create a lot of hurt.
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That is why the President's National Drug Control Strategy is balanced and comprehensive, emphasizing prevention and treatment while at the same time supporting innovative law enforcement efforts that protect public safety and disrupt the supply of drugs entering our communities. Preventing drug use is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences in America. And, as we've seen in our work through community coalitions across the country, this approach works in making communities healthier and safer. We're also focused on expanding access to drug treatment for addicts. Treatment works. In fact, millions of Americans are in successful recovery for drug and alcoholism today. And through our work with innovative drug courts across the Nation, we are improving our criminal justice system to divert non-violent offenders into treatment.
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Innovative, my ass. Time to outlaw coffee addicts. Big money-maker there! Just call it "DRUGS", like you do with all substances you really don't understand. I do know myself what a "drug" is - a chemical that has an effect on a living thing. That pretty much includes everything on our planet! Wow. What potential... controlling the planet.


Coca-Cola wouldn't like it either, would it? Remembering 1904... covered in my last post. 
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Our commitment to a balanced approach to drug control is real. This last fiscal year alone, the Federal Government spent over $10 billion on drug education and treatment programs compared to just over $9 billion on drug related law enforcement in the U.S.
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Anything less than 0 dollars would be my vote! Thank-you!


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