Drug War

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On sexism, racism and racist code words

By now everyone knows that UN Ambassador Susan Rice was attacked by Republicans "only" because she is "an easy target" (Obama) and because "she's a black woman" (a dozen liberal House women).

We know this because her Partymates told us by playing their sexism and racism cards simultaneously.

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NJWeedman acquitted of pot distribution

With so much focus on local and national political races many freedom advocates may have missed the good news that Marijuana legalization activist Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion was acquitted of pot distribution last week.

Leaving the USA

Well, I would like to live in Ireland and even with the bad economy, give it a go, however I'm not sure just how bad it is.

I don't require a lot to be happy. A small town, good fishing, perhaps hunting (optional), quiet green cool hills to relax and read good books, good neighbors, a nice supporting job of repairing or perhaps a little shop on the main street in town to sell goods and talk with the people. All without permission from a government to do so.

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Montana Mutiny – the pot shot heard 'round the weed world?

"Can Jury Nullification End The War On Drugs?" – The Atlantic

When prospective jurors in Missoula, Montana, refused to be seated in a marijuana possession case the New York Times reported, "Marijuana fans are calling it the Mutiny in Montana."

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Argentine pot: no harm, no foul

Maybe it's time to quit stigmatizing Third World countries by calling them Third World countries.

At least when it comes to the drug war.

While the supposedly advanced and enlightened First World countries, such as The United States of America, still love to gussie up their cop corps with military style guns and gear and gangland arrogance and turn them loose like a pack of hounds on people who are doing nothing more than committing an act of harming no one, the nations of South America are dismantling the War On Some Drugs one law at a time.

Industrial Hemp Farming Act, by US Rep. Ron Paul

Madam Speaker, I rise to introduce the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act requires the federal government to respect state laws allowing the growing of industrial hemp.

Eight States--Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia--allow industrial hemp production or research in accord with state laws. However, federal law is standing in the way of farmers in these states growing what may be a very profitable crop. Because of current federal law, all hemp included in products sold in the United States must be imported instead of being grown by American farmers.

End the War on Drugs, by US Rep. Ron Paul

We have recently heard many shocking stories of brutal killings and ruthless violence related to drug cartels warring with Mexican and US officials. It is approaching the fever pitch of a full blown crisis. Unfortunately, the administration is not likely to waste this opportunity to further expand government. Hopefully, we can take a deep breath and look at history for the optimal way to deal with this dangerous situation, which is not unprecedented.

Alcohol prohibition in the 1920’s brought similar violence, gangs, lawlessness, corruption and brutality. The reason for the violence was not that making and selling alcohol was inherently dangerous. The violence came about because of the creation of a brutal black market which also drove profits through the roof. These profits enabled criminals like Al Capone to become incredibly wealthy, and militantly defensive of that wealth. Al Capone saw the repeal of Prohibition as a great threat, and indeed smuggling operations and gangland violence fell apart after repeal. Today, picking up a bottle of wine for dinner is a relatively benign transaction, and beer trucks travel openly and peacefully along their distribution routes.

Jury Nullification Works!

"In Washington, D.C., a jury ignored a military veteran's obvious violation of the city's draconian gun laws, setting him free with only a slap on the wrist. In LaSalle County, Illinois, a medical marijuana user found with 25 pounds of the plant didn't even get the slap; jurors chatted with him after finding him not guilty. While we can't know for sure, in both cases jury nullification was likely at work as regular people serving an important role in courtrooms exercised their power to quash laws they found repugnant.

Presidential Mulligans

What, if anything, will be done to rectify the situation suffered by those whose life, liberty and employment have been negatively impacted by the War on Drugs? To those who are still rotting in prison, those unable to secure employment or college scholarships and grants; those whose possessions-land, homes and bank accounts; were confiscated by drug warriors? Do you tell them, "My bad! But now I've seen the light and I want to start with a clean slate!" Who will clean the slate for these people? Who will give them a do-over?

Scientific Studies on Cannabis (Hemp / Pot)

"Marijuana Fights: Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, Liver Disease, Epilepsy, Skin Allergies, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety and Depression. And is also Neuroprotective and Causes Neurogenesis (brain cell growth)..."

Jury Nullification saves America

"YOU, as one individual, cannot do much to effect legislation. But YOU can effectively defend the Constitution when a gun owner, a tax resister, or someone who knows he owns his individual body, is on trial for not following government-made laws that are both unconstitutional and violate human rights. The primary responsibility of any juror is to protect innocent humans from government tyranny. That means any violation of basic human rights should be nullified by you, the juror. This is your individual executive veto power, built into our justice system by our founders."

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Politicizing Pain, by US Rep. Ron Paul

K.K. Forss does not claim medical marijuana solves all his problems. His pain from a ruptured disc in his neck is debilitating. He is unable to go to work or to the First Baptist Church he used to attend because of the pain and muscle spasms. Taxpayers through Medicare spend over $18,000 a year on his various medications. Half of those drugs are strong narcotics. The other half address the various side-effects brought on by the first half, such as nausea, heartburn, heart palpitations, difficulty sleeping, and muscle spasms.

What I would do if I were President for a day

I doubt seriously I would make a good President; I'm sure I would be every bit as big an asshole as any other but I would differ in that I would begin every daily briefing, every Congressional session with a reading of the Constitution rather than a prayer. It would be my hope that eventually, the words would sink in and effect some much-needed change.

President of the United States for a Day

Class: Sociology 203
University Mandated Assignment
Due Date: 4/15/2029

Assignment: Discuss the sociological ramifications of the Presidential Lottery held on November 7, 2007.

Additional Class Notes: As you know, the Presidential Lottery was never held again, due to the public outcry. You may use as reference the still small minority who continue to try to re-introduce the Presidential lottery. If you do, be prepared to analyze in depth the claims that the actions of that day are the only thing that allowed our country to (using their language) “turn back from the slide into a Nazi type Fascism so prevalent among the ruling class at the time.” And unless you can provide incontrovertible proof that Mr. Bush, or anyone for that matter, survived the destruction at the old Verizon Center, please don't regale me with your fantasies they are living on a Tropical Island. The attached diary entry may be used to compare and contrast what officially happened, to what did happen, and to what was planned.

As per University rules, the best paper on campus will be printed in the University Times.

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The WarOn Commission Report

There are several special interest high profile taxbuck-funded long-running campaigns to report on, and most of these so-called WarOns are going quite well for the bureaucracies that run them and the bureaucrats who directly benefit from them. Item: War On Poverty. This war has been a very successful project for the Lefty-whimpery-whiny social welfare crowd since President Johnson launched it in 1964. Because of the various change-as-needed definitions of "poverty" the program will never run out of "welfare fodder."