Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Doucette’s diatribe: duplicitous disinformation or downright dumbassery?

by Patrick Devlin

The chief of police in Bennington Vermont, Paul Doucette, is doing anti-cannabis prohibitionists a disservice after returning from a cannabis fact finding mission in the tolerant and compassionate state of Colorado.

Doucette’s recent anti-cannabis pronouncements are so off-base he threatens the prohibitionist talking-points playbook by relating nonsense regarding legalized cannabis that is so false that it inhabits a bizzaro world that is unmoored from extant reality – not to suggest that anti-cannabis warriors have ever really cared about extant reality.

paul doucette, propagandist

As legislators begin discussion of several bills before the statehouse in Vermont regarding cannabis legalization, Doucette, speaking to TV News WRGB Albany, New York, advised that he counsels against cannabis legalization because;

“To now legalize another mind altering substance, and task us with monitoring that, monitoring the sales, the cultivation and all the things that go along with it, you’re really tasking the police department in Bennington that’s already overburdened with issues we’re seeing.”

We can take from the statement that while the chief may be a good soldier in the nation’s war on cannabis, he falls short when it comes to finding facts.

In Colorado, as in Washington, Alaska and Oregon, states where adults are allowed to consume cannabis legally for recreational purposes, no local police department is “tasked” with overseeing cannabis cultivation, cannabis safety monitoring, cannabis sales or cannabis taxation.

While we are certain that Chief Doucette is really good at spreading propaganda, we are equally certain he knows very well that – across America – no local police department is required by state or federal law to be “tasked” with any government obligation to monitor, regulate or oversee in any way whatsoever either the sale of tobacco or alcohol, and for Doucette to pretend to the TV reporters that legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes in Vermont will require any additional efforts from local police departments that will dangerously “over burden” their resources is a bold faced misrepresentation that is unmoored from the truth; i.e. a lie.

Doucette may, as is the case with many anti-cannabis drug warriors, be of the belief that citizens of Vermont who desire to end cannabis prohibition in the state are befuddled and dimwitted stoners who will simply accept more lying by law enforcement officials, just like during the bad old days of the 80 year war on cannabis in America. But, speaking disinformation instead of telling the truth is not in the job description of police chiefs and actually countervails concern for the public’s safety.

It is clear that Doucette learned nothing from his cannabis commerce junket to Colorado – for example, the fact that drugged driving accidents have declined, that fewer kids report using cannabis, that there are no instances of Coloradans being harmed from poorly cultivated cannabis, and that crime in Colorado is down. In addition, and a fact worth reminding the chief of, Colorado has also made a boatload of cash taxing the sale of legal cannabis – much of which is mandated by law to be spent on law enforcement, including on local police departments. And, also a fact that Doucette did not learn, the police have realized that legalizing cannabis helps them by freeing up their resources, allowing them to pursue actual crime.

Doucette, it seems, keeps gum-flapping, spreading known falsehoods to media outlets while the citizens of Bennington and Vermont plead for politicians and law enforcement officials to end the wasteful and destructive war on cannabis.

We urge Chief Doucette to stop quaffing the truth altering anti-cannabis propaganda, go back to school in Colorado and this time learn something about legal cannabis and public safety, before the citizens of Bennington Vermont learn that their police chief is a left-over drug war zealot who needs to be replaced.

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Hey Volkow, you prohibitionist quack, please try to ‘do no harm’

by Patrick Devlin

For years now, and important years they have been for the cause of freeing cannabis from the grip of propagandists and prohibitionist, Dr. Nora Volkow, the head of our government’s National Institute on Drug Addiction has been spending a whole lot of her time and energies demonizing the substance cannabis.

Strange, her compulsion to do this as we as a nation must console the families of sick and dying addicts every year who fall ill using our favorite addictive substances, the legal life killers tobacco and alcohol. Especially strange as Nora knows full well that cannabis is known by honest scientists to be as addictive as caffeine and acetaminophen (you know, Coke and Tylenol). And even stranger when America’s head of addiction research knows that there is absolutely no dispute that tobacco and alcohol are both extremely addictive and extremely deadly.

quack quacking

Even though it is true that many American citizens are now becoming aware that they have been lied to by our leaders about cannabis – both politicians as well as federally employed research scientists – as cannabis legalization is normalized across the US, Volkow has determined that there is value in continuing to misreport, propagandize, demonize and misrepresent what we know and what we are discovering about cannabis now that 80 years of the prohibition of the medical study of the substance has finally and thankfully come to an end.

We likely cannot expect biased and drug war bred politicos to be honest about cannabis, but doctors? Doctors with degrees and all that schooling, knowing that their statements matter to the citizens that they serve, doctors? One would hope that, having participated in selling a lie for over half a century, a doctor like Volkow would at least (for the sake of truth and the health of our citizens) be shamed into reporting facts as facts and make a personal vow to be objective, to consciously avoid being biased and deceptive.

Maybe a vow like this;

I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius the surgeon, likewise Hygeia and Panacea, and call all the gods and goddesses to witness, that I will observe and keep this underwritten oath, to the utmost of my power and judgment.

I will reverence my master who taught me the art. Equally with my parents, will I allow him things necessary for his support, and will consider his sons as brothers. I will teach them my art without reward or agreement; and I will impart all my acquirement, instructions, and whatever I know, to my master’s children, as to my own; and likewise to all my pupils, who shall bind and tie themselves by a professional oath, but to none else.

With regard to healing the sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgment and means; and I will take care that they suffer no hurt or damage.

Nor shall any man’s entreaty prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so. Moreover, I will give no sort of medicine to any pregnant woman, with a view to destroy the child.

Further, I will comport myself and use my knowledge in a godly manner.

I will not cut for the stone, but will commit that affair entirely to the surgeons.

Whatsoever house I may enter, my visit shall be for the convenience and advantage of the patient; and I will willingly refrain from doing any injury or wrong from falsehood, and (in an especial manner) from acts of an amorous nature, whatever may be the rank of those who it may be my duty to cure, whether mistress or servant, bond or free.

Whatever, in the course of my practice, I may see or hear (even when not invited), whatever I may happen to obtain knowledge of, if it be not proper to repeat it, I will keep sacred and secret within my own breast.
If I faithfully observe this oath, may I thrive and prosper in my fortune and profession, and live in the estimation of posterity; or on breach thereof, may the reverse be my fate!
– the Hippocratic Oath, sworn to by all who become degreed physicians

“I will willingly refrain from doing any injury or wrong from falsehood…”, one would hope.

Now, it’s s not because this high flying government research scientist is stupid that she clings to false framing and misrepresentation about cannabis while knowingly shilling for whatever interest she is shilling for, be it the pharmaceutical industry, the private prison industry, the booze industry or the tobacco industry – all leeches feeding off of our society. Volkow is always sleezilly speedy in her invocation of the “true dangers” of cannabis as she has reported in her own research work that suggests a connection between anxiety and depression in cannabis users. Volkow is sure to relate in the interviews she gives as head of a government health agency that she is so very concerned about cannabis users anxiety and depression.

Well, Volkow, having vowed to “impart all my acquirement, instructions, and whatever I know” in the service of advancing the health of the nation, must be damn happy that a new medical study has found that “cannabis use (is) not associated with increased risk for developing mood or anxiety disorders,” or any other mental illnesses. This is in a scientific study that took care to control for a multiplicity of factors, including socio-demographic characteristics, family history, environment and past and present psychiatric disorders. Volkow can now, charged as she is by her vow, to spread honest medical truth, stifle and desist with the fear mongering and advise the nation that her warnings about cannabis causing anxiety and depression were wrong and people should no longer fear that cannabis is an evil anxiety and depression causing weed.

But wait, as the nation’s news fakers report the story, there is scant mention of the years of inaccurate and wrong fear mongering, little reference to the study’s debunking of the prohibitionist anxiety and depression meme from the press and no mention whatsoever from the mouth of our nation’s top addiction doctor.

What the prohibitionist media and Volkow focused on instead was another of the study’s findings, that cannabis users may in the future abuse other drugs that are more dangerous than cannabis, such as alcohol. The study’s authors found that cannabis users were three timers more likely to abuse alcohol three years after the study’s initial research.

Importantly, the researchers pointed out that this association does not prove cannabis use causes other substance abuse problems, but they speculated that similarities between marijuana and other substances “may contribute to the association of cannabis use with (substance use disorders) but not with most other disorders examined.” The researchers posited that, “use of cannabis can also lead to behavioral disinhibition, which increases the likelihood of use of other substances and the risk of abuse or dependence on those substances.”

To be clear, the study found a correlation, not proven causation, between cannabis use (an extremely mildly addictive substance, despite it’s illegality) and later abuse of alcohol (a demonstrably addictive and deadly substance, in spite of it’s legality). More importantly, the study debunked the often repeated scare tactic of prohibitionists regarding cannabis use causing anxiety and depression.

What was it that the good-oath-taking-government-paid-doctor told the press when asked about the study? Volkow told FOXNews;

“These results delineate more clearly the outlines of the possible adverse psychiatric outcomes associated with cannabis use. Patients, doctors, advocates, and policymakers should understand that cannabis use, even for medicinal purposes, is associated with a clear risk of developing cannabis and/or other substance use disorders. This knowledge should be incorporated into clinical care and policy planning.”

So, we should be worried that cannabis users may become abusive drinkers who may become enmeshed in the horrors of alcohol addiction, and this 2 steps from reality consciousness should inform our policy making? Huh?

Maybe the doctor should have advised that drinking alcohol is dangerous, potentially addictive and is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States causing 88,000 deaths each year, and cannabis is mildly addictive and has never caused a death in human history.

Volkow is in a position of power to lobby for the re-classification of cannabis from being considered to be highly addictive and of no medical value. Volkow knows that the classification of cannabis is a destructive and harm causing lie. Volkow keeps quacking and America keeps treating cannabis like heroin. Volkow does nothing. Volkow has broken her vow.

Dr. Nora Volkow, we beg of you, please try to do no more harm.

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New Hampshire Attorney General #JohnFosterAsshole

by Patrick Devlin

Many compassionate Americans now know of the struggle of Linda Horan, a victim of cancer who passed from this earth on February 2 who was a resident of the state of New Hampshire.

Ms. Horan’s story is a happy/sad tale that is really indicative of the America that we live in today- where selfish politicians from both parties are happy to turn a callously blind and narcissistic eye when confronted with a sick American who needs medicine, and yet proceed to call themselves public servants, moral humans and Christians.

Linda Horan, medical cannabis hero

In New Hampshire, it should be noted, the legislature has passed a law that allows sick citizens to buy cannabis medicine – but only after dispensaries have been established. The estimated opening date of New Hampshire dispensaries is April 2016. Unfortunately given Horan’s disease, doctors said waiting until April would surely be too long for the dying woman.

Ms. Horan sought the protection of the courts against the inhumane and self-serving political caculus that led to her being denied medicine to help her deal with her disease. Her simple request of New Hampshire courts was to be allowed to buy cannabis medicine in Maine, a progressive and compassionate state that allows its sick citizens to purchase cannabis medicine.

Yes, it’s true, Horan asked the courts of equity in New Hampshire to allow her to break both the state’s and the nation’s scientifically backward and destructive cannabis prohibitions.

Attorney General #JohnFosterAsshole, allegedly in service of protecting the citizens of New Hampshire, made the gruesome and discompassionate argument to the court that if the dying cancer patient got scientifically proven cannabis medicine to ease her pain, the citizens of New Hampshire would be harmed and placed in danger.

A human, Judge Richard McNamara, doing what judges do, i.e. making a decision based up the facts of the situation, ruled that the dying person in modern America should have the right to medicine. That is the happy part of the story – an American with the power to do something helped a woman who was suffering from a “painful, terminal disease” (as the good Judge McNamara wrote in his order).

#JohnFosterAsshole and loser, lost his argument, but, as with other self-promoting drug warriors, he did not lose his assholeness. #JohnFosterAsshole, proving he is an amoral asshole, appealed Judge McNamara’s ruling, seeking to make damn sure that a sick and dying woman would not get her medicine.

At that point, with Horan’s disease spreading and death drawing near, Ms. Horan’s attorney Paul Twomey chose not to reveal to his client that the government’s provision of cannabis compassion had been challenged by #JohnFosterAsshole.

“I didn’t want her to be worried having it in the press and by that time she was in hospice care,” Twomey told reporters recently.

The sad part of this real-life modern American tale? #JohnFosterAsshole has determined, even with the death of the plaintiff, even with the opening of legal medical cannabis dispensaries in the state within the next 60 days, the loser attorney general is going to continue with his appeal of Judge McNamara’s compassionate ruling…did I mention that the loser is an asshole?

#FrankFredericksAssistantAsshole a subordinate of #JohnFosterAsshole recently gave reporters his transparently specious reasoning for continuing the expensive time wasting appeal that will serve no citizen of the state’s interest: “We want clarification on the important points of law where New Hampshire residents can obtain cannabis,” Fredericks said.

Horan’s attorney pointed out the obvious, “This is absurd,” Twomey said. “There is no one to have a case with” with the death of Horan.

The decidedly duplicitous #FrankFredericksAssistantAsshole maintained that the state has an interest to discover whether New Hampshire’s medical cannabis law “authorizes a New Hampshire patient to obtain or possess cannabis from a source other than the alternative treatment center the patient designated when applying for a registry identification card with DHHS.”

Twomey (a good attorney who knows how the courts work – as opposed to a fake public servant who is trying to burnish his anti-cannabis credentials in hopes of running for congress, i.e. #JohnFosterAsshole) countered that the court ruled on only one issue – whether or not Horan should be issued a state cannabis medicine card, and the matter that #JohnFosterAsshole wants an answer to was not even at issue in the lawsuit.

Twomey further noted that the New Hampshire Attorney General can in fact request an opinion on the matter from the state legislature – the people who wrote the actual law. But, to do so would not give #JohnFosterAsshole the opportunity to grandstand, self-promote and basically be a craven and narcissistic political animal, as opposed to being an attorney for the people and human being.

Going a step further, Twomey reminded that the New Hampshire state Supreme Court cannot rule on whether New Hampshire citizens can obtain legal medical #cannabis in Maine, telling reporters, “This court doesn’t have any jurisdiction over Maine. It’s none of their business what Maine does.” #JohnFosterAsshole knows this too, he’s just an asshole.

As you may have noted, we here at mLaw are making an effort to promote and immortalize the self-serving drug war loser gambit of the Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire #JohnFosterAsshole by starting the internet meme #JohnFosterAsshole, and, as with all good memes, they have to be repeated to catch on.

So, we are seeking your help, dear reader, to take the time and tweet anything that comes to your mind after reading the happy/sad tale of Linda Horan and scuzzy attack on her well being that was initiated by #JohnFosterAsshole. Anything will qualify, for example, “Attorney General John Foster is a self-serving, war against cannabis losing, fake public servant who does not care about sick women, #JohnFosterAsshole”, or “Why does #JohnFosterAsshole want to withhold medicine from the sick?”, or “Do the people of New Hampshire want to be represented by #JohnFosterAsshole who is happy to let sick patients die without their medicine?”, or ” #JohnFosterAsshole is an immoral douchebag”‘ really anything that comes to your great mind will suffice.

Thanks for helping us do the people of the state of New Hampshire a favor, and remember #JohnFosterAsshole is an asshole.