Archive for War on Drugs

It’s Official: The White House “Drug Czar” is a Moron

Stephen C. Webster, RawStory.com, April 25, 2012()
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[COMMENT by Lorenzo: As you already know, Mr. Obama told bald faced lies about his intention to leave medical marijuana patients alone. He has been even worse than Little Bush in attacking dispensaries and patients. But look who he has for a “Drug Czar”. The man (and his boss) are completely ignorant about cannabis and hemp. . . . The only person running for President who understands this issue is Ron Paul.]

In a recent response to a White House petition, President Barack Obama’s drug czar warned of danger in the domestic production of industrial hemp, drawing a stunned reaction from the petition’s author, who told Raw Story on Wednesday that it was “like getting hit in the head with a hammer.” . . . The claim by former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, his second response to a marijuana-related White House petition, is not surprising as it reflects current U.S. policy toward marijuana. It is, however, simply not true that THC in hemp poses any sort of potential for abuse, as it is impossible to become “high” from ingesting the plant. . . . Tom Murphy, author of the White House petition and national outreach coordinator for advocacy group Vote Hemp, told Raw Story that he was stunned by Kerlikowske’s response, which he said came only after he’d repeatedly followed-up with them for months. . . . “I’m really at a loss as to why they sat on this for seven months before releasing a one paragraph response,” Murphy said, noting that he’d even previously met with administration officials to brief them what hemp is. ”It’s really quite stunning. It’s stunning like getting hit in the head with a hammer.” . . . hemp food products are legal in the U.S. today. After President George W. Bush’s Drug Enforcent Agency (DEA) issued a blanket order in 2001 banning all foods with even trace amounts of THC, Vote Hemp fought back and won before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a unanimous ruling (PDF) that recognized the distinct differences between marijuana and hemp. Unfortunately for reform advocates, that same level of nuance was completely absent from Kerlikowske’s petition response. . . . “They didn’t even respond to our petition,” Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, told Raw Story. “Their response was about marijuana. They’d already responded to other petitions about marijuana. We aren’t asking them to allow anybody to grow marijuana. It’s insulting and ridiculous they’re not even willing to acknowledge the fact that hemp is not marijuana.” . . . He added that “it’s really frustrating” to have published a successful petition on the site, only to get a response that was “a joke.”

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Ron Paul: Drug War Could Be Bigger Failure Than Prohibition

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Some Novel Ideas About Drugs (comedy)

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O’Donnell blasts hypocrisy of marijuana prohibition

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Magic Mushrooms found to improve personality … duh!

(David Edwards, RawStory.com, September 29th, 2011)
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A new study suggests that a single dose of psilocybin — the active ingredient in “Magic Mushrooms” — can result in improved personality traits over the long term. . . . Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that individuals who received the drug once in a clinical setting reported a greater sense of “openness” that often lasted 14 months or longer, according to study published this week in theJournal of Psychopharmacology. . . . The study defined openness as a personality trait that “encompasses aesthetic appreciation and sensitivity, imagination and fantasy, and broad-minded tolerance of others’ viewpoints and values.” It is one of five main personality traits that are shared among all cultures worldwide. . . . “The mystical experience has certain qualities,” lead author Katherine MacLean said. “The primary one is that you feel a certain kind of connectedness and unity with everything and everyone.” . . . Because personality traits are generally considered to remain stable throughout a persons lifetime, researchers are excited about therapeutic implications of the study. . . . “[T]his study shows that psilocybin actually changes one domain of personality that is strongly related to traits such as imagination, feeling, abstract ideas and aesthetics, and is considered a core construct underlying creativity in general,” study author Roland R. Griffiths told USA Today. “And the changes we see appear to be long-term.” . . . In a smaller study published earlier this year, Johns Hopkins scientists determined the the proper dose levels needed to create positive changes in attitudes, mood, life satisfaction, and behavior.

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Psychedelics are more of a window rather than a door

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Obama is just “another black mascot” of “Wall Street oligarchs”

It is absurd to call President Barack Obama a “socialist” when he is “very much an extension of the corporate state that has been squeezing out the juices of our democracy,” according to Princeton professor and famed black intellectual Cornel West.

ALSO SEE: Obama says he’s not willing to end the drug war

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At last, an honest commercial about drugs

Let’s hear it for the US of A, the nation with more drugged and incarcerated citizens than any nation on Earth. We’re Number One!!!

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New York Public Library Buys Timothy Leary’s Papers

[NOTE: Recordings of many famous talks and interviews by and with
Dr. Timothy Leary may be heard on the Psychedelic Salon Podcasts.]

(PATRICIA COHEN, New York Times, June 15, 2011)
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When the Harvard psychologist and psychedelic explorer Timothy Leary first met the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 1960, he welcomed Ginsberg’s participation in the drug experiments he was conducting at the university.

“The first time I took psilocybin — 10 pills — was in the fireside social setting in Cambridge,” Ginsberg wrote in a blow-by-blow description of his experience taking synthesized hallucinogenic mushrooms at Leary’s stately home. At one point Ginsberg, naked and nauseated, began to feel scared, but then “Professor Leary came into my room, looked in my eyes and said I was a great man.” . . . Ginsberg’s “session record,” composed for Leary’s research, was in one of the 335 boxes of papers, videotapes, photographs and more that the New York Public Library is planning to announce that it has purchased from the Leary estate. The material documents the evolution of the tweedy middle-aged academic into a drug guru, international outlaw, gubernatorial candidate, computer software designer and progenitor of the Me Decade’s self-absorbed interest in self-help. . » Continue reading “New York Public Library Buys Timothy Leary’s Papers”

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Government and Big Pharma Organize Huge Marijuana Farms

(David Downs, East Bay Express, 25 May 2011
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Despite the US government’s staunch opposition to medical cannabis farms in Oakland and elsewhere, the feds have begun licensing a whole lot of large legal pot grows throughout the country. But this weed is not for cannabis dispensaries and their patients; it’s for Big Pharma.  . . . The Drug Enforcement Administration told Legalization Nation in an e-mail last week that 55 unnamed companies now hold licenses to grow cannabis in the United States, a fact that contradicts the widespread belief that there is only one legal pot farm in America, operated under the DEA for research purposes.  It appears as if the upswing in federally approved pot farming is about feeding the need of pharmaceutical companies who want to produce a generic version of THC pill Marinol and at least one other cannabis-based pill for a wide variety of new uses.  . . . In other words, if big corporations grow dope with the government and put it in a pill, it’s medicine.  But if you grow it at home or at a city-permitted pot farm and then put it in a vaporizer, it’s a felony. » Continue reading “Government and Big Pharma Organize Huge Marijuana Farms”

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