And here, in a nutshell, is the mind of the last of our opposition. As articulate and persuasive as Sanjay Gupta was in CNN yesterday, his opponent is just the opposite — relying solely scare tactics (“you fry your brain”) on ad hominem attacks (“you don’t see potheads in public…”) and anecdotes. The good thing: the vast majority of the public is no longer buying it. In fact, the more desperate these folks get, the more they ramp up their rhetoric, and the more they lose touch with the general public.
“Why are some of the people who petition for legalizing marijuana so passionate about it? Because when you smoke pot, you get loaded. You fry your brain. That’s why the patients I see in my treatment center call it “getting baked.” Pot is all about getting really high.
… Introducing legalized marijuana into our culture would be like using gasoline to put out a fire, because it stunts growth.
Do you know why we don’t see potheads out in public? It’s because they’re sitting at home smoking weed and staring at their television sets or playing video games all day. Do you have any idea how many marijuana addicts I encounter at my rehab on a daily basis? They talk about wanting to be productive. But what pot does is it kills their motivation — it destroys people’s ability to go out and work and to have a career. It makes them want to do nothing but lie around all day. Is that what you want for your children? Is that what you want for your loved ones?”
NORML | NORML Foundation
Thank you FOP for having me as your guest for the presentation of “The House I Live In.” The questions posed and comments made were very thoughtful and much appreciated.
Here is a great promo for the CNN special on medical marijuana by Dr. Sanjay Gupta scheduled for Sunday night, 8pm/7pm central. It sounds as if it will be a powerful piece.
R. Keith Stroup, Esq.
NORML Legal Counsel
While self-reported marijuana use by young adults has declined, consumption by older Americans has increased. Among those Americans age 65 and older, self-reported use of cannabis rose from three percent in 1999 to 17 percent today. Among those aged 50 to 64, self-reported cannabis use doubled from 22 percent in 1999 to 44 percent today.
From our friends at “HIGH TIMES.”
At all of our Cannabis Cups, we honor a member of our community for their body of work in promoting cannabis. Last year in Seattle, we honored Vivian McPeak, the stalwart activist who founded the Seattle Hempfest. This year, we’ll bestow the HIGH TIMES Lester Grinspooon Lifetime Achievement Award to Rick Steves.
Rick, who calls himself a “professional traveler,” is host and producer of public television’s Rick Steves’ Europe, and host of public radio’s Travel with Rick Steves. He’s also the author of 30 guidebooks on European travel, including Europe Through the Back Door.
However, for over a decade Rick has been a force in drug policy reform. He was co-sponsor of Washington State’s Initiative 502 and is a board member of NORML. His voice has persuaded thousands of cannabis “fence-sitters” to jump over to the side of sanity and embrace legalization. For Rick, “high” is a place and he believes the government has no business telling people where they can go.
Rick will be a member of our legalization panel, along with Vivian McPeak. The US Cup in Seattle will also feature seminar panels focusing on edibles, topical oils, cannabis concentrates – so-called “dabs” – cultivation, and social media.
Get ready for our Seattle bash, with Slightly Stoopid and Redman headlining our Saturday night concert.
Get your tickets now at medcancup.com!
This is an update to the previous Reuters article. Can we really trust the Justice Department to do its job?
The Justice Department is reviewing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit that passes tips culled from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a large telephone database to field agents, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday.
A pair of videos posted online show police probing the genitals and anal regions of three women they claim to suspect of possessing marijuana. In one video, a woman is seen bent over and grimacing as an off camera police officer conducts the search. Shortly before this search, a male officer explains to the woman that he is calling a female officer over “because I ain’t about to get up close and personal with your woman areas.”
“I’m not going to hide anymore,” he said one recent morning after striding through a sea of hip-high plants growing fast under the sun.
Mr. Loflin’s 60-acre experiment is one of an estimated two dozen small hemp plantings sprouting in Colorado. Hemp cultivation presents a vexing problem for the federal government, which draws no distinction between hemp and marijuana, as it decides how to respond to a new era of legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington State.
A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
“Indeed, the bill would provide a huge boost to the national medical marijuana industry and pave the way for hundreds of new business opportunities in everything from cannabis cultivation and sales to testing and ancillary services. The measure calls for a four-year pilot program that would allow up to 60 dispensaries and nearly two dozen cultivation centers to open up shop across the state, which would make Illinois a powerful player in the cannabis industry with tens of millions of dollars in annual sales.”