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Get set for another 4 to 8 years of lying, slow-walking and immoral prevarication on cannabis

By Patrick Devlin

I try to take a step back from blind rage before I sit down to write for MLaw, but today, try as I might, the anger (justified and responsible) cannot be sublimated.

This weekend, a short month and a week before Hillary Clinton is to be installed as the first woman president, we were reminded that she is a fake assed bullshitter with regard to #cannabis, who is lying to get votes when she undercuts her political history of prohibition by speaking in gentle terms with regard to legalizing the substance.

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People, she is a vote hungry lying asshat who has no concern for the medical benefits of cannabis or that it’s illegality is one of the most brazen and pernicious (and easily mended) founts of discrimination in modern America.

As Ms. Clinton’s daughter was stumping for her at a college campus in Pennsylvania, a young American asked about her candidate mother’s stance on cannabis rescheduling (i.e. not even a question about Clinton’s stance on federal legalization) and the perpetual first daughter made a claim that contradicts science, reflects her reflexive prohibitionist mindset and is of a tenor that places Chelsea in the infamous historical category of Henry Anslinger and Kevin Sabet.

Clinton intoned in that faux concerned style perfected by prohibitionists, cultural custodians and anti-cannabis warriors everywhere;

“We…have anecdotal evidence now from Colorado, where some of the people who were taking marijuana for those purposes, the coroner believes, after they died, there was drug interactions with other things they were taking.”

A baseless, fact free condemnation and besmirching of the substance cannabis spoken with only one intent: to scare people who are ignorant of the historical and scientific fact that cannabis has never killed any person in human history – complication of drug interaction or otherwise.

That this is the case was demonstrated by the fact that the Clinton campaign (which is seeking to capture the millennial vote by advertising Hillary’s mild and highly qualified ‘support’ for cannabis legalization) a few days later press released that the darling Chelsea, who is surely not a science denying supporter of racial profiling like other knee-jerk prohibitionists, and who does not believe the words that spilled from her mouth to scare suburban moms, and who is not a fact-averse anti-marijuana drug warrior who spews lies to denigrate #cannabis and America’s tens of millions citizens who use the substance, simply “Mis-spoke”.

I mis-spoke earlier today when I told someone that it was Thursday, when it is actually Friday. What I didn’t do was create fake and threatening information of the character that we have been exposed to over the 80 year course of America’s war on cannabis. The campaign’s explaination for Ms. Clinton’s propagandic attack, only issued after aware voting Americans (including, by the way, many young voters, the specific demographic candidate Clinton is trying to woo with her very recent and scattershot “support” of legal cannabis) is as cynical as it is insulting.

The duplicitous campaign correction matches Chelsea’s duplicitous attempt to propagate fears of death relating to cannabis use and the duplicitous pimping for the youth vote that Hillary’s ‘pivot’ on cannabis legalization represents; all of it is fake, all of it is a lying attempt to get votes and all of it reveals Candidate Clinton’s disregard for truth, contempt for the voters and immoral lack of leadership on the larger issue of cannabis legalization in America.

Hillary Clinton’s awareness and concern with regard to this issue is driven by her craven and selfish desire to be elected president, rather than by a selfless concern for our sick brethren or an altruistic inspiration to end the bigotry in America that flows out of the illegality of cannabis use.

Last year, an American citizen was arrested every forty nine seconds for cannabis possession. Our own government doctors state quite clearly and with the force of science that #cannabis “can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others” and that cannabis is an important medicine that can combat depression, epilepsy, opioid drug abuse, PTSD, Alzheimer’s and help stroke victims recover, among many, many additional possible health benefits. Ms. Clinton (as if you could possibly care), cannabis has been revealed to be for humanity the closest thing we have found to be an actual panacea that can help us all – all humankind, not just voters in important swing states.

That Hillary Clinton has not come out full force for complete de-scheduling and legalization and full normalization of legal cannabis in American demonstrates who she is concerned about. It not the sick or the unfairly arrested that Hillary is thinking about, it is only her own personal career and self-aggrandizement that animates Hillary Clinton.

I cannot support, nor can any of us at MLaw support, a person who is so craven and self interested, so callous and discompassionate, so greedy and duplicitous, so fake and so heartless.

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Farm Bureau and Chamber of Commerce Unclear on the Concept in Arkansas

In Arkansas, organizations set up to assist business people and farmers in navigating and succeeding in the market place have joined forces to hobble small businesses and farmers by choosing to erect barriers to the marketplace.

Arkansans will be able to vote on two initiatives regarding medical cannabis on this year’s ballot in Arkansas.

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Strange as it may seem, and contradicting the stated mission of these private membership organizations, the Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to block our nation’s most lucrative cash crop, cannabis, from entering the marketplace in that state.

Ostensibly, these two organizations, which have previously been faithful advocates for farmers and small businessmen, would be expected to encourage and lionize the entry of cannabis as a legal product into the Arkansas commerce marketplace, given these groups’ historical support of the manufacturers and sellers all products, irrespective of how dangerous they may be, including the dangerous and addictive products sold by the tobacco and liquor industries.

In the case of the product cannabis, these organizations would be expected to be on the forefront of lobbying for legal cannabis in Arkansas because of the remarkable success for businessmen, farmers and taxing authorities that legal cannabis has been in the states where it is legal, Oregon, Colorado and Washington.

In OR, the state received $14.9 million in tax benefits from the sale of $60 million worth of legal cannabis in it’s first year of sales. And in CO, legal cannabis sales have brought in over $1 billion in sales since 2014 providing tax revenues of $135 million to the cash strapped state in 2015 alone, $35 million of which is targeted by law to fund Colorado’s schools.

The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation’s Stanley Hill, vice president of public affairs and government relations, said the potential recognition of the medical benefits of cannabis could “be detrimental to the entire economy of the state in our opinion.”

Rather than supporting the creation of a multi-million dollar market place for legal medical cannabis in Arkansas, the Chamber and Farm Bureau have called for simply ignoring the lucrative successes in CO, OR and WA and slamming the door shut for Arkansan businesses and farmers.

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Scientists prove that money permanently malforms the brains of cash addicts

By Patrick Devlin

In a medical study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) researchers reported finding troubling evidence that money permanently alters money-users’ brains causing cash addicts to value money over most if not all things.
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The study found that when researchers brought up the idea of getting more money to cash addicts, their brains responded by producing the natural stimulant dopamine.

The study found that the earlier one is indoctrinated into the world where cash is valued over all else; more than knowledge, personal safety, health and family, cash addicts come to believe that money is the single most important motivational factor, severing these poor souls from their concerns for our human brethren and even their concerns about the planet that we all inhabit.

Luckily, the doctors who performed the study found that participants in the study who use cannabis were able to control their blind subservience to dollars and displayed less of an all consuming drive for wealth. In fact, researchers found that the longer participants in the study have used cannabis, the less likely their thoughts and actions will be dominated by the motivation to acquire more and more money at the sacrifice of every other human desire.

One of the research associates who helped author the study, #MaryHeitzeg, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, told the popular journal Live Science, that the cash addled brains of money addicts lose the capacity of finding pleasure and delight in life’s simple and often free pursuits, such as watching a sunset, sitting quietly with a loved one or playing with puppies, unless there is some cost or price related to the activity. Heitzeg advised the magazine that, to cannabis users, “there is not as much pleasure” evident when they are asked to cravenly consider enriching themselves over all other pursuits.

Heitzeg, herself an apparent cash addict, seemed to not be able to understand how or why cannabis users can find pleasure in thoughts and actions that do not revolve around acquiring more money. In her interview Heitzeg revealed to Live Science, that, in her cash-addicted way of thinking, getting more cash is “something that would naturally give somebody pleasure.”

The report comes on the heels of several recent studies that found more and more amazing medical qualities inherent in cannabis; that the substance dissolves plaque on Alzheimers patients’ brains, that the substance quiets seizures in young children with epilepsy and that Medicare drug costs are lower in states that have legalized the substance for use by adults, leaving many to consider that, although blindly demonized by health professionals for eight decades, cannabis may in fact be a true panacea, unlike any substance that is currently pushed by profit seeking pharmaceutical corporations – and surely more beneficial to humankind than money.

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Legacy jonesing Obama walks right past America’s convulsing kids

by Patrick Devlin

I was standing next to our local police chief when we saw a crime being committed.

I looked at him – expecting a police response…nothing. I said, gently prodding, “Sir, don’t you see what is happening?”


He looked at me coolly saying nothing.

“There is a crime being committed”, I blurted.

“Well, call the police,” I was commanded.

“Aren’t you the police?, I asked credulously.

“If you call the police and they think a crime is happening then they will do something,” the chief copper said.

“But,” I stammered, you are here right now – you see what is happening right in front of your eyes…do something!”, I ordered the public servant, putting my hand on his forearm to emphasize my exasperation as we witnessed the crime taking place in front of our eyes.

“I can’t say that a crime is happening over there, but if you don’t remove your hand you will be arrested for assault right now,” the chief law enforcement official hissed.

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Yesterday, chief Obama was asked again by an American (a congressman) if he would do anything at all within the tremendous authority that he has vested upon him as president to end the criminal and harmful war on cannabis, and he retorted that his intention is to take no personal action whatsoever to help our sick veterans and children, to end the racially motivated arrests of our young people, to spur economic growth in New-Depression America. Barack Obama intends to take no action to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational use in the United States.

What are the consequences of this action Obama intends to take, his action to callously continue the war on cannabis? It will ensure the arrest of hundreds of thousands of Americans in the next year alone (2016- Obama’s last year as president). It will ensure that thousands of sick Americans, including suffering babies, will have to live with relievable pain every day. It will ensure that the nascent marketplace of cannabis commerce will still be encumbered by being unable to use the federal banking system, purchase business insurance or be treated fairly under America’s tax code.

Why would this human who can help choose to do nothing and watch while his inaction results in all of these easily avoidable consequences?

The answer to that question is simple and selfish and appalling and putrid – because Obama does not care about the sick children, Obama does not care about the hundreds of thousands of people of color who will be arrested and Obama does not care that a substantial majority of Americans think that he is wrong. Obama cares only about his sorry neo-conservative finance, military and pharma-industry captive narcissistic ass – he is simply burnishing his personal “legacy” as a political leader for the history books…sick and dying children be damned.

When Obama was first elected, around the same time that he orchestrated a 16 trillion tax dollar give-away to private and failed finance gamblers (banks, Insurance companies, finance companies, etc), he said with a straight face that the freakily-felonious banker bullies “broke no laws.”

Later, when he killed Americans living abroad with no legal proceeding or judicial order (nasty as they may have been before being atomized into a pink spray of bloody body bits) Obama was proud to report, “I have not shied away from using force…I have ordered military action in seven countries.”

When he allowed criminal corporations who spilled millions of gallons of oil to oversee the clean-up of the illegal mess that they created, he boasted that he has “added enough gas and oil pipeline to encircle the earth and then some.”

When he created a law that permanently protects the crimes of the red-lining and medicine withholding insurance industry, he chuckled that “Democrats, just congenitally, tend to see the glass as half empty’ and reminded that his “health care reform is based on the private marketplace.”

When he was busted for maintaining and expanding George W. Bush’s illegal spy-on-everybody pogrom he blithely suggested, flouting the constitution, that his illegal scheming stole “valuable intelligence” from unsuspecting Americans.

When it became clear that he and his predecessors participate in the medieval and illegal act of torture, he admitted unapologetically, “We tortured some folks.”

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When you hear some self-interersted dumbassed democratic party operative tell you that you have to vote for the “lesser of two evils”, again, to save our precious American oligarchy of law breaking militarists who think it serves their legacy to give tax dollar hand-outs to rich asshats and arrest the parents of sick children and arrest young minorities, remember that you can do something to help people that you will never meet:

– simply end your support of our criminal class of bought and paid for politicians.

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DEA Dimwit Doubles Down with Dangerous Demonization Dumbassery

By Patrick Devlin

In a dramatic display of the dangers of drug war zealotry, anti-cannabis propagandist and Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency Chuck Rosenberg (recently appointed to take over for the previous anti-cannabis propagandist Michelle Leonhart, who headed the agency during the tenures of two of our former cannabis imbibing dry-doper presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush) advised the world-wide medical establishment that doctors’ concerns for their patients for whom they have prescribed cannabis medicine are not “intellectually honest” and that their belief in the science behind cannabis medicine is “a joke” because ingesting cannabis medicine by smoking the substance is “bad and dangerous.”

Chuck Rosenberg, Dimwit

As with many drug warriors, to the head of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg, the facts don’t matter. The patients are lying because they are addicted drug fiends and the medical professionals who support cannabis medicine are dishonest charlatans who are engaged in dangerous quackery when they prescribe cannabis medicine to their sick patients.

As a human living in the 21st century who understands the benefits of modern science and such, I have to vociferously denounce Mr. Rosenberg’s ill informed, medieval and backward notions about medical progress and advise him of our social responsibility to embrace our sick brethren to help them be relieved from pain and suffering and be cured from their ailments if it is possible through modern science and medical technology. Simply put, Chuck Rosenberg, to do anything less is immoral and inhuman.

It is disturbing to me that the head of a governmental agency, laboring under an archaic and non-supportable anti-science belief system, can blithely dismiss learned professionals out of hand and support the dubious and immoral proposition that modern people can and should withhold known beneficial medicines from our sick fellow citizens. Chuck, cannabis, smoked or vaporized “whole plant” does provide blessed relief from real pain – relief that modern addiction prone opiate based pain killers cannot.

Mr. Rosenberg, if you share the medieval superstitions held by dangerous backward belief system supporting cults like Christian Scientists who believe they can simply “pray away” the sickness and the pain, you should stop spreading dangerous and harmful anti-science bullshit as a public safety official, put on a frock, get a 1-800 number and start bilking the stupid and credulous amongst us as a ding-bat preacher.

On the other hand, if you take your position as a public safety professional seriously, you should really cogitate for a moment on the harm done when public officials spread propagandic information that flies in the face of science engendering mistrust in the minds of the public about what our medical professionals tell us.

Right now, America is dealing with a public health crisis because wacky conspiritorialists have caused the public to fear immunization – the time honored and scientifically proven practice that has damn near ended horrible diseases like Polio.

Mr. Rosenberg, do you not see the harm that can be inflicted by you on trusting and curious citizens when you spout your ill informed and propagandistic personal opinions as the head of a government agency denouncing scientific fact? Have you no shame as your agency defends the indefensible failure that is the “war on drugs” by scaring citizens with your un-scientific pronouncements? Does it not embarrass you that your statements contradict the experiences of disabled veterans and parents of sick children as well as the studies of our very own government and the comments of our Surgeon General?

Chuck Rosenberg you today sound very much like the often righy lampooned Henry Anslinger, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in the 1930s, who succeeded in convincing the federal government to outlaw cannabis by describing how the substance “causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” We now see the ignorance and bigotry contained in this statement (a statement made under oath and before the US Congress).

Mr. Roseberg, it is in part through lies like the one you told today that we do not know more about the medical benefits of cannabis. Your agency has a large part of the blame for creating the current regulatory embargo, ‘Catch 22’, that has barred scientists from studying the medical benefits of cannbis for more than 80 years. You should be apologizing today rather than continuing with the propaganda and lies – you are harming sick Americans, Chuck Rosenberg.

When cannabis is legalized and can finally be fully studied by our medical professionals with vigor and without fear of arrest, Chuck, your comments will then also been seen as stupid, irresponsible, inciting, factually wrong, an act of duplicity and a danger to public safety.

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Sushrut Jangi’s Sleazy Schemes to Slay Self-created Straw Dogs Are Not Science

By Patrick Devlin

Can we please stop using deceptive and discredited propaganda techniques to scare Americans?

When a guy puts on a white doctor’s jacket and, having wrapped himself in the patina of medical respectability, begins to breathlessly describe how advocating for regulated medical experimentation and equal justice in our country in the twenty first century will endanger the lives of our nation’s precious children, we are obliged to stand up and remind everyone that advancing straw dog arguments in the service of supporting a socially destructive and immoral edifice of laws and brakes on the advancement of science is a shameful act of deceit.

Sushrut Jagi, Propagandist

Dr. Sushrut Jangi has shown in his recent opinion piece (published in the Boston Globe on October 8, 2015) that, while he may be a fine doctor, he has chosen to be a propagandist by deceptively asserting that those Americans who support the recreational use of cannabis or the medical application of the substance to treat sick patients are blasé, neglectful, dismissive or do not care about “the children” as he deploys a self-created straw dog that he can gallantly slay in his self-appointed role as protector of the children from drug craving, child harming cannabis advocates.

Newsflash to the editors of the Boston Globe: No person who advocates for the reclassification of cannabis by the Justice Department, no person who supports legalizing cannabis for medical use or recreational consumption has ever advocated for allowing children to recreationally use cannabis – no one.

The sleazy Sushrut sets forth his thesis early on in the piece establishing quite clearly to an observant reader that he has no intention of speaking as a licensed and trained medical professional:

“(U)nderscoring the incredible momentum to legalize marijuana is the misconception that the drug can’t hurt anybody. It can, especially young people”,

and instead, intends only to obfuscate, misrepresent and terrify through an act of calculated and intentionally deceptive propaganda.

Dr. Jangi, can you please stop inferring the falsehood that the goal of cannabis activists is to in any way allow or make it easier for minors to use cannabis or to promote the use of cannabis by minors? The predicate of your propagandized rant is false. Your intentional fanning of the fear flames is deceptive, immoral and unethical.

I do not care how much you personally hate cannabis or how much of your professional existence is determined by our government’s funding the 45 year horror that has been the ‘war on cannabis’, your donning a doctor’s disguise while peddling faulty logic in the service of broadcasting political propaganda is disgusting, dangerous and deceitful. You may be a doctor, but as an essayist or opinion writer your premise is wholly concocted and your goal is not advancing knowledge but shutting down discussion by promoting bogus and chimerical fears.

It is really revealing when a person who is empowered by his education chooses to mis-use his status to promote patently false theories in support of a hidden agenda. I know that doctors are allegedly guided by the Hippocratic oath (to shorthand for the purpose of this discussion; ‘do no harm’). I ask, Sushrut, how can your misrepresentational assertion that cannabis advocates are not concerned for the health of our nation’s youth be considered as anything less than a lie and nothing more than an ethical failure. To assert that I do not care about “the children” is counter-factual, disparaging, deceitful, unethical and does great harm.

I would suggest, Doctor, if your desire is to engage in deceptive attacks in the world of public policy – take off the hospital scrubs disguise and seek employment at Fox News.

To be clear, this analysis has nothing to do with the so-called medical facts that Dr. Jangi uses to buttress his manufactured straw dog thesis and we have refuted the so-called evidence that Jangi re-hashes in the Globe opinion piece on many occasions. But rather it is with regard to Jangi’s choice to deceptively broadcast his medical credentials to give cover as he proffers a discredited and harmful load of propaganda.

If Jangi wants to be honest for a human second he will have to agree with mLaw that the concerns that he presents in his scare mongering piece will be settled quite easily – not by ending the normalization of legal cannabis in America, which is what he propagandizes in support of, but by re-scheduling cannabis so that we can finally do real scientific experimentation to understand the medical uses of cannabis, as we here at mLaw support.

As it stands, Jangi clearly throws his support behind the medieval and anti-science stance of continuing a knowing and immoral program of shutting down medical research for going on nearly 100 years that is concomitant with a knowing and immoral police policy in our land that has resulted in tens of millions of otherwise law abiding citizens being permanently saddled with an arrest record, if not a conviction record. It is difficult to gauge the cruelty and recklessness of such a stance.

I ask you doctor, have you no concern for the young Americans of color who have been imprisoned unequally and unfairly? Have you no concern for the children who are receiving blessed and unquestionable relief from medical cannabis today?

I ask you Sushrut, have you no human compassion for these, some of our “most vulnerable populations”?

I ask you Sushrut Jangi, have you no sense of decency at long last?