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#BarbaraYankey Stuns Science with Discovery of Human Hair Heart Stopping Syndrome

by Patrick Devlin
cross posted at the demise

#BarbaraYankey, a self-described “scientist”, has made worldwide headlines again this week with her team’s discovery of what they are calling “Human-Hair Heart Stopping Syndrome.” The shocking discovery was reported by graduate student (meaning, not yet a doctor) #Yankey, who currently goes to school at Georgia State University.

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Yankey made headlines earlier this week when she reported that the cardiovascular risks of consuming #cannabis exceed those of consuming tobacco – a strange “scientific” finding given that the US government reports that tobacco kills more than 400,000 citizens every year and also has reported year after year that #cannabis has never killed a single person in recorded history.

Making scientific history again this week, #BarbaraYankey’s team of student scientists has reportedly stumbled upon a frightening medical fact as they were performing research on the human body, this being, that every person who has ever died of a heart attack had (at least at some point in their life time) a full head of hair. The team of scientists has concluded from their research that human hair causes heart attacks.

The school attending scientists further warn that some people who have fallen victim to a heart attack in the course of human history were actually bald at the time of their attack. This fact led the researchers to conclude that shaving one’s head will be of no protection from a possible human-hair related heart attack.

Scientist-to-be Yankey commented that the danger of human hair related heart attacks is as real as any scientific fact, such as the claims that consuming #cannabis will lead to insanity, homicide and/or the possibility of serving two terms as President of the United States (see Bill Clinton, GW Bush and Barack Obama as real life examples of the scourge of cannabis consumption).

Yankey and her yet-to-be scientist peers celebrated their important human hair related heart attack findings at a local bar by downing several bottles of champagne. The team of scientists was later cited for driving while intoxicated after their science van smashed into a dumpster as the team was exiting the parking lot of the tavern.

Yankey told reporters that the team had discovered a valuable scientific truth from the driving mishap; said Yankey, “The nation needs to rally its scientific resources to crack down on dangerous tavern dumpsters.”

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The Nation’s Drug Cops Prepare for the Worst as Happy and Creative Music Appreciators Threaten Public Safety

By Patrick Devlin
cross posted at the demise

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has released the 2017 edition of its illegal drug resource guide, Drugs of Abuse, and the agency has updated its warnings regarding the illicit schedule one drug called cannabis.

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The agency classifies illegal drugs using a five tiered system, with the least dangerous substances such as codeine cough syrup being categorized as schedule five drugs, and the most dangerous drugs, such as heroin, lysergic acid (LSD) and cannabis being categorized as schedule one drugs.

Drugs included in the agency’s schedule two, identified as being less dangerous than the schedule one drugs noted above include cocaine, oxycodone and Demerol.

This year the agency reconfirmed many of the long demonized alleged effects of cannabis, including problems with memory, distorted perceptions and loss of coordination – all of this rehashing of anti-cannabis propaganda was qualified by the agency’s admission that the “physiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana vary among individuals.”

The agency includes in this year’s illicit drug guide warnings that clinical studies have revealed that cannabis users can experience additional frightening and debilitating effects including;

  • – Merriment, happiness and even exhilaration,
  • – Relaxation, increased sociability and talkativeness,
  • – Enhanced sensory perception, giving rise to increased appreciation of music, art and touch, and,
  • – Heightened imagination leading to a subjective sense of increased creativity.

    The agency also advises citizens that even though categorized as a dangerous schedule one substance, “No deaths from overdose of marijuana have been reported.”

    This relatively honest reporting by the DEA, after its 80 year demonization of cannabis, is from one perspective salutary, as their list of cannabis effects comports with the personal experience of millions of cannabis users over hundreds, even thousands of years of using the substance.

    On the other hand, the notion that our government’s drug enforcers actually believe that the public safety is threatened by merriment and happiness, that our law enforcers are fearfully stealing themselves to be able to respond to a relaxed and sociable citizenry, and that Americans have to be protected from music and art appreciators with heightened imagination is certainly thought provoking.

    I feel a burst of creative imaginative energy coming on.

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    MLaw calls for online boycott of website : livescience.com

    Dear editors,
    We have noticed that Live Science articles regarding cannabis within this the era of normalized legal cannabis are unflaggingly biased & propagandistic bits of hardly disguised agitprop.

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    This particular prohibitionist flavored piece exemplifies your publication’s treatment of the subject: it relates absolutely no scientific information (as has been pointed out by other commenters here). Clearly a journalistic hack “reporting” the unsupported “findings” of a prohibitionist quack.

    Publishing fake science and making headlines out of your own hair-on-fire cultural custodian views on cannabis is deceptive, propagandistic fear mongering that reveals your smug contempt for your readers – who, we hope, may choose as we have- out of being offended by your transparent disregard for science and patronizing contempt for the intelligence of your readers, to vow never again to click through a link to your web page.

    Join us as we > Boycott livescience.com

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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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    A confederacy of immoral narcissists threatens public healthy and public safety in America

    By Patrick Devlin

    More arrests for cannabis possession than for violent crime in bizarro America
    THC enables human brain cells to heal themselves and fight disease
    All of the memes used by anti-cannabis warriors have been proven false by cannabis legalization

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    Oregon police are baffled that legal cannabis has not brought about a mass crime wave
    Former DEA agents call for end of war on cannabis so police can do some real work
    Private prison food provider funds anti-cannabis effort in AZ
    Researchers find cannabis can be deadly, but only if you are arrested by police for cannabis possession
    Congress prohibits veterans from using cannabis medicine
    UK approves cannabis medicine, while Ametican patients suffer
    Archeologists find pre-Christian tomb with man’s body shrouded in mature cannabis plants

    The headlines tell the despicable and sorry tale:

    Prohibitionists who continue to place roadblocks to cannabis legalization are now committing immoral and illegal acts that threaten the public safety.

    Elected officials who do not demand and work to establish laws legalizing cannabis are violation their oaths of office, are guilty of misappropriating tax payer monies and are enabling criminal enterprises.

    Our political leaders, who do not immediately call for the legalization of cannabis are committing violations of public safety and enabling acts of discrimination.

    “Laboratory and animal studies show that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells” – National Cancer Institute

    “law enforcement agencies made 574,641 arrests last year for small quantities of (cannabis) intended for personal use, according to the report, which was released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. The marijuana arrests were about 13.6 percent more than the 505,681 arrests made for all violent crimes, including murder, rape and serious assaults.” – New York Times

    As compassionate and patriotic Americans, mLaw asks you Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, President Obama and members of congress, Nora Volkow and Kevin Sabet, why do you allow the death, agony, inequality and racism to continue. What purposes are served, other than narissicistic, selfish and immoral personal aggrandizement and perceived political gain, by your calculated and inhumane inaction?

    Hillary, Donald, Barack, Nora and Kevin, America implores you to act out of compassion and for the sake of justice. And we ask, “Why do you hate sick children and young minorities?

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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.