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Beauregard about to bogart America’s #cannabis sessions

By Patrick Devlin,
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Donald #tRump loaded his good ‘ol boy, Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions, into the senate chamber to see if Sessions’ anti-cannabis obsessions (among many reprehensible sensibilities) would extinguish his appointment to the position of top prosecutor in #cannabis normalizing America.

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In a ruse calculated to blunt Sessions’ apparent jonesing for the wholesale harshing of the smoke sessions of Americans who choose to use the useful and generally benign substance that is legal in a majority of our states, cannabis, the Attorney General designate chose to answer questions about this topic in writing – away from the spotlight.

A review of Sessions’ written reply to the Senate judiciary Committee reveals that the backward-thinking and confirmed to be racist appointee is still addled by a manic compunction to ‘bust out hippies’ and (mostly) minorities based upon the lying propaganda that was spoon fed to criminal prosecutors during our 80 year war on #cannabis.

Sessions uses weasel wording and vague threats to convey in his answers that if #tRump gives the order to bring the boot heel of federal government enforcement down to quash America’s nascent (but still worth more than $7 billion a year) #cannabis commerce industry, Beauregard will be quite pleased to refuse medicine to our sick brethren and arrest hundreds of thousands of young Americans each year #tRump stinks up the White House.

Let’s have an look at Sessions’ respondes so we can assess the possible backwards actions we can expect from Beauregard’s Justice Department as he re-initiates the war on cannabis and as millions of patients and citizens brace for a return to the tragic and wasteful era of full federal cannabis prohibition.

Session states:

“While I am generally familiar with the Cole memorandum, I am not privy to any internal Department of Justice data regarding the effectiveness and value of the policies contained within that memorandum… I will certainly review and evaluate those policies, including the original justifications for the memorandum, as well as any relevant data and how circumstances may have changed or how they may change in the future.”

This answer reveals a great deal about Sessions’ basic honesty. The Cole memo was written to ensure limited law enforcement resources would not be spent chasing sick patients in states where cannabis is legal. The entire intent of the momo is to allow local US Attorney offices to choose to not pursue such ineffective and wasteful law enforcement actions. What is relevant is that not persuing cannabis as a crime has enabled the DOJ to fight real crime. What is irrelevant is Sessions’ insinuation that somehow there is low value or no value in saving law enforcement resources.

Additionally, since the Publication of the Cole memorandum, several additional states have legalized cannabis for either recreational use or out of medical necessity. This means that circumstances have indeed changed – more and more Americans demand that cannabis be legalized and demand an end to the war on cannabis.

These changing circumstances can only point to the need for Sessions to propose federal cannabis legalization- not a reinstitution of its prohibition. In short, Sessions answer neglects the intent of the Cole memo and disregards Americans’ current demand to abolish cannabis prohibition.

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Sessions states;

“I will not commit to never enforcing Federal law. Whether an arrest and investigation of an individual who may be violating the law is appropriate is a determination made in individual cases based on the sometimes unique circumstances surrounding those cases, as well as the resources available at the time.”

This is boiler-plate prohibitionist speak and an overt threat. Sessions threat to “enforce the law” is a hardline stance that contradicts both the Cole memo and the will of the Americans who have voted to legalize cannabis.

Sessions knows that congressional politics in Washington is the reason that cannabis is not yet federally legal while it is legal in more than 30 states. Cannabis is illegal because of timorous politicians- not because it is a dangerous drug for individuals or for society.

In states where cannabis is legal, there are less opioid overdoses, less auto accidents, less incidents of spousal abuse, less suicides and there are more suffering patients who are receiving the medicine they need to live and be healthy.

Sessions’ law enforcer’s fear of not enforcing the law with regard to cannabis has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with his disdain for voters’ choice, his jonesing to arrest minorities and his ugly and discompassionate desire to withhold medicine from our sick brethren – that is downright immoral.

The fact is, laws prohibiting cannabis have been used for 40 years to discriminate against America’s minorities – I guess ‘ol Beauregard’s wants to keep his options open when it comes to cracking down on minorities.

One wonders if Sessions would have threatened to “enforce the laws” that allowed Americans to own slaves, or Jim Crow laws that resulted in discrimination. Whether or not a law may be patently immoral, the enforcement lusting Sessions is chomping at the bit to do some mindless enforcing.

Sessions states;

“A recent federal court ruling that a Congressional rider prevents the Justice Department from going after people complying with state medical marijuana laws “is relatively recent, and I am not familiar with how other courts may have interpreted the relevant appropriations language or the Ninth Circuit’s opinion. As an emerging issue, that is one that will need to be closely evaluated in light of all relevant law and facts…I will conduct such a review. Of course, medical marijuana use is a small part of the growing commercial marijuana industry.”

Here Sessions, feigning a concern for the same sick Americans he moments earlier threatened with arrest, is projecting a Trumpist type of warning – “We are coming for recreational cannabis users.”

Again Beauregard suggests that there are other relevant “emerging issues” with respect to legalizing cannabis beyond the simple and incontrovertible fact that the majority of Americans want #cannabis to be federally legalized. What other facts are “emerging, Jeffrey? That #cannabis is a “gateway drug” (disproven) that more of our nation’s children will become cannabis zombies? (youth cannabis use is down across America).

Just what emerging facts are you scratching for, Beauregard? Final proof that Henry Anslinger was correct in the 1930s when he opined that cannabis use will lead to young American whites listening to Jazz music?

Sessions states;

On “good people don’t smoke marijuana“: My words have been grossly mischaracterized and taken out of context… I was discussing the value of treating people for using dangerous and illegal drugs like marijuana, and the context in which treatment is successful.”

Beauregard, the future US Attorney General, shows here that he can willfully disregard scientific fact. Cannabis has been declared by our own government to be safe. Safer than tobacco, safer than alcohol, safer than prescription pain killers.

Cannabis has been found also to make us all safer, by teating Parkinson’s patients, traumatic brain injury patients, cancer patients…the list of cannabis’s gifts of public health and safety is long and supported by science. The predicate of your statement, Beauregard, reveals you to be either ignorant or a liar.

Sessions states;

“I will defer to the American Medical Association and the researchers at the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere about the medical effects of marijuana. Without having studied the relevant regulations in depth, I cannot say whether they may need to be eased in order to advance research; but, I will review this.”

Another act of dishonesty for our future highest law enforcement officer in this statement.

The national Institutes of Health recently (and by that I mean very recently) concluded the largest study of research into medical cannabis, and amongst its conclusions: Cannabis is a real and helpful medicine – but we need more studies to find out what the full benefits of medical cannabis are because law enforcement’s insistence on treating the substance as both dangerous and illegal has lead to the situation where cannabis is one of the least studied substances on the planet.

Quite basically, because cannabis is illegal – doctors themselves report not knowing how beneficial it may be to help treat and perhaps cure sick Americans.

Sessions’ written answers regarding cannabis legalization oozes with fringed concern about public safety and patient health. Hey Beauregard, if we are to take you at your word, quit with the deceptive and anti-science mumbling and justifications for police bigotry and demand federal legalization now.

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MLaw letter to Forbes magazine responding to anti-cannabis hit piece

Dear Mr. Kroll,

It is very nice of you to express to your commenters that you don’t understand their comments, or ask for elucidation of the points raised by them, assuming your concern is genuine.

You should be aware as a self-described drug news reporter that people who are distressed about the troubles and inequities caused by the 80 year the war on cannabis are often met with expressions of feigned concern regaring definition of argument terms and the like, as well as knowingly misused appeals to authorities by on-the-take professionals (whether writers or assistant professors) that are in no way intended to foster discussion about legalizing cannabis but are rather often attempts to shut down discussion, so I forgive the frustrations displayed some of the commenters on your opinion piece – I hope that you can also.

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I, like other commenters, have assessed that your researcher is peddling calculated half-truths, misinformation, scare tactics and misrepresentations. I, along with some of your readers, find it to be disturbing that your editors would allow to this thinly veiled prohibitionist effort be published by Forbes, even as an opinion piece.

We must remember that while one is entitled to their own opinion – it is dangerous and duplicitous to allow misinformation to be articulated for the purpose of deceiving the readers of your publication – that is called propaganda, not opinion.

This is an intended hit piece that employs some of the most simple to expose but most often deployed fallacies in support of the anti-cannabis agenda, it is not an opinion piece supporting the truth, Mr. Kroll. What the assistant professor is doing in this propaganda piece is re-asserting the same old tired tactics of the ilk that are disseminated by one of our country’s most prolific anti-cannabis propagandists, Kevin Sabet and supported by the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow.

Kevin Sabet has made a 30 year career of propagandizing against cannabis – in other words, like your researcher, Taffe; he makes his living supporting the continuation of cannabis prohibition. This is to indicate that Taffe is an interested party, not an objective scientist, as he purports to be for the purposes of your opinion piece. Taffe is paid by NIDA, headed by prohibitionist Nora Volkow, an organization which can only and has only researched the negative effects of cannabis – NIDA is barred by its charter and by its funding sources (the federal government, i.e. our tax dollars) from researching the benefits of cannabis.

Taffe knows that he only looks at the negative effects of a drug about which the the National Cancer Institute has said; “Cannabinoids may inhibit cancer tumor growth by causing cell death and blocking cell growth.”

Taffe is aware that cannabis is medicine under our laws. In my state, Illinois, cannabis is a regulated medicine that can be prescribed to physically deteriorated Parkinson’s victims and wasting AIDs patients, sick humans with traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis, and children who are wracked with debilitating epileptic seizures. Taffe is aware of all of this as he spends his time and energies and our tax dollars exploring the alleged and overblown “addictive effects” of cannabis. As Brigadier General Smedely Butler said about war in general, and it is true about the war on cannabis as well, “war is a racket”, and Taffe is cleaning up, to the detriment of sick Americans.

Many citizens now realize that for law enforcers to have decided for us as a society, for our health researchers to have decided for us as a society, to not study the possible health benefits of cannabis, but to instead focus their efforts and our dollars on extending the bigoted and immoral war on cannabis, was quite possibly the most immoral, self-defeating and anti-scientific choice that we made as a country over the course of the last century.

After all of the needless suffering of our sick brethren and the thousands of needless arrests (about 700,000 young Americans arrested for cannabis possession every year over the past 30 years, mainly minority youths – in 2015, a cannabis possession arrest was made every 48 seconds), as these same arguments are employed over and over to frighten those credulous citizens who simply believed the lies that they have been told by anti-cannabis law enforcers for eight decades beginning with the disgraced Henry Anslinger, it is frustrating to the extreme to have to always bat down the tired propaganda memes, and for this reason I understand the frustration of the readers who have commented on your opinion piece.

While it is not difficult to speak to the calculated misrepresentations half-truths, and deceptive omissions employed by the likes of Taffe Sabet and others, it is chiefly tiresome and often useless to correct prohibitionists…but do it we must.

Taffe says Marijuana is addictive:
Our own government and other countries’ health researchers say quite clearly and consistently that cannabis is as addictive as caffeine – not addictive in the way that opioids, for example, are addictive. Jaffe knows this – as does every honest doctor in America – but he chooses instead to conflate the generally safe cannabis with dangerous and addictive substances such as heroin. Taffe’s choice is to be ambiguous for the intentional purpose of scaring your readers, not informing your readers.

Choosing to tell only a part of the story is termed an omission of materially relevant fact in our laws – an act that is deemed to be fraudulent in most jurisdictions.

Taffe says that 5-6% of high-school seniors use marijuana daily:
Taffe employs an intentional misdirection – and therefore a propaganda tactic. Taffe, and Sabet and Volkow and all prohibitionists know that there is no law currently being proposed or citizens’ initiative on any ballot anywhere that calls for allowing any person other than an adult to use recreational cannabis. Taffe knows that cannabis use by teens in Colorado has declined since the legalization of the substance. Taffe includes this for a single and duplicitous reason – to scare parents.

Attempting to frighten readers is scare mongering and scare mongering is not presenting an opinion, Mr. Kroll.

Taffe says Marijuana addiction is as “real” as any other:
See analysis of point one above.

Taffe says that there is no such thing as “psychological” versus “physical” dependence:
See analysis of point one above. Again, I do not stipulate that cannabis is non-addictive, but Jaffe is fully aware of the differences between heroin/alcohol/meth addiction and cannabis/caffeine addiction and to pretend or suggest that there is a similarity is expressing a misleading false equivalency.

Taffe might be a good researcher, but the argument that he presents is intended to deceive not elucidate.

Taffe says marijuana acutely impairs cognitive and other behavioral functions:
Again, Jaffe employs a logical fallacy in service of deception by failing to define how individuals are impaired by cannabis, for example, as in relation to individuals impaired by a legal drug, alcohol. We know, from our own government’s reporting, that every 2-hours, three people are killed in alcohol-related highway crashes – is Taffe actually asserting that cannabis impairs users to the socially harmful and dangerous extent that legal alcohol threatens public safety?

The obvious answer is, Taffe’s cagy non-definition of impairment has the propagandist’s chosen effect of conflating the generally benign substance cannabis with truly dangerous substances that impair users to the point of being dangerous to the public.

Taffe says that behavioral tolerance with chronic exposure is substantial:
Another bit of propagandist demonizing innuendo that suggests that weed smoking demons will forever need more and more of the substance, a conjecture disproven by the facts on the ground in the four states in our union where cannabis is legal for adults to use recreationally.

Taffe says that THC is detectable in the body for a very long time compared with many other drugs of abuse:
Taffe, here, is knowingly perpetrating an act of deception when he makes this statement.

The fact is, and Taffe knows this, that tetrahydrocannabinol is NOT water soluble, unlike cocaine or alcohol or heroin, and for this simple and easily understandable scientific fact cannabis remains detectable in the fat of cannabis users for weeks, up to a month, unlike alcohol or heroin or cocaine. This does not mean that cannabis is active for two to four weeks after ingesting the substance. Taffe knows, and so do all propagandists, that the substance is active and capable of effecting as user for 2 to four hours. To state with no qualifications that “THC is detectable in the body for a very long time compared with many other drugs” is a fraudulent act done in service of frightening your readers.

These two points belie the real truth that Taffe is concealing as a researcher; this is, that law enforcement has determined that no scientist in the US can research the benefits of cannabis – but any researcher who wants to further explore the so-called “dangers” of cannabis can make an entire well paid career out of that.

This fact is the entire point of the DEA ruling earlier this year that determined cannabis will remain a schedule one substance along with heroin. The regulators use the same catch-22 reasoning that they have used to successfully maintain cannabis prohibition for decades; “No scientific study has shown that cannabis is not dangerous or has health benefits, so we must prevent the further study of cannabis because we assert that it is ‘dangerous and has no medical value’.”

The scheduling prevents further medical study and no medical research prevents legalization – a remarkable bit of regulatory circular reasoning that is also remarkably anti-science and which has the remarkable additional knock-on effect of promoting inequality in our legal system.

Taffe says, trying to make specific predictions about an individual who uses marijuana from general findings (there is always a central tendency or average around which the distribution of data points or individual outcomes varies) is a fools’ errand:
This final point is both is an extension of the circular reasoning that I described above, but it also is framed as a scare tactic, a commonly employed scare tactic used by the prohibitionists Sabet, Volkow and here Taffe.

What Taffe, and other self-interested prohibitionists often do is close their self-justifying argument chains with the intentionally threatening conjecture; “well, it may be true that we may have not seen any evidence of all of the scary things that I have just put forth to denigrate cannabis and cannabis users; but, do we really want to take the scary step of legalizing cannabis to find out when its ‘too late’ that cannabis is really the devil’s weed that will harm America in unknown and not provable ways forever?” I would think Mr. Kroll, that you have more respect for your readership than to stand by this self-justifying appeal to the unknown and the irrational.

In America, minority youths are being arrested every 48 seconds for cannabis possession and children are experiencing relief from agonizing seizures by using cannabis medicine. Taffe, a health researcher, apparently has no time for these facts as he self-justifyingly defends his golden goose, the failed, anti-scientific and bigoted war on cannabis. Taffe is an interested party whose personal existence is guaranteed by extending the criminality of cannabis, very much like law enforcers who target minorities with cannabis arrests to justify their own law enforcement budgets.

Opinion pieces are intended to spur thoughtful and valuable dialogue with the goal of uncovering the truth. Taffe has no intention of having a dialogue as he proffers innuendo, misrepresentation and deceptive framing to ensure the closing of discussion and rational thought rather the opening of minds.

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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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Breaking: DEA Says No to Medical #Cannabis

by Patrick Devlin

The Drug Enforcement Administration has determined again that cannabis has “no currently accepted medical use and (has) a high potential for abuse.”

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The federal agency that is under the direction of the office of the president has determined that cannabis is among the “most dangerous drugs” and threatens users with “potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.”

The DEA confirmed their belief that cannabis is as great a danger to the public as heroin,
lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote.

The DEA said in a letter that their decision was “based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine,” he said, “and it’s not.” The letter went on to say that it “would be a wonderful and welcome development” if it could be scientifically proven that cannabis is an effective medicine, “but we insist that CBD research, or any research, be sound, scientific, and rigorous before a product can be authorized for medical use.”

President Obama has stated that he wants the decision to re-schedule cannabis to be driven by science rather than ideology, but critics point to the fact that the DEA’s own aggressive scheduling of cannabis itself stifles research into the medically important substance.

The regulatory dilemma that exists; where cannabis is deemed too dangerous to research by regulators and deemed not scientifically studied enough to be medicine by law enforcers, has led to a stalemate that has thwarted the advancement of science to the peril and ill health of sick patients.

Forty-two states have passed laws allowing their citizens to use medical cannabis.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.