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Krazy Kansans push propaganda to scare suburbanites

By Patrick Devlin

In a frantic effort to remain in contention for the hill-billiest of backward slouching states in our union, county public safety officials in Lancaster County Kansas have determined that the most productive use for more than $6000 in tax payer funds will be for the county to purchase three sets of Fatal Vision brand “marijuana intoxication simulation goggles” to misinform members of the police force and scare county townsfolk and suburbanites.

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Deputy Jeremy Schwarz told local media that the county’s public safety enforcement officials will use the goggles to train deputies, school counselors and “drug-recognition experts” about what has never been scientifically linked in any way to cannabis – that the substance impairs ones visual perceptions in an unsafe way.

The public safety professionals will also use the unscientifically proven goggles to frighten members of the public at “community events” into believing that cannabis causes dangerous visual impairment.

The makers of the goggles, Innocorp, a Wisconsin company run by a marketer with an MBA from a college in Davenport, IA, who touts his experience “promoting and fostering positive attitude and behavior change” claims with absolutely no scientific validation whatsoever, that their marijuana simulation goggles “models the effects of recreational marijuana” by impairing the wearer’s ability to accurately perceive color so they “can experience the impact of what it’s like to be under the influence.”

In a flash of momentary honesty on the company’s website, the manufacture actually admits that;

“When you are under the influence of marijuana, you do not, in fact, lose your ability to perceive color.”

Catching themselves in a truth, the company clarifies their deceptive sales pitch stating that although cannabis does not effect a user’s perception of colors, their marijuana simulation goggles do in fact, “model recreational marijuana’s true effects” – without providing any evidence for this statement.

Lexington county officials did not describe the safety benefit of needlessly frightening members of the public by using non-scientific products produced by untrained quacks to spread non-facts about cannabis. Officials also were unclear about what effect the goggles will have as a training tool to further educate Lexington County’s staff of tax payer paid “drug-recognition experts” – given that the so-called “experience” that the goggles provide has absolutely nothing to do with the effects of imbibing cannabis.

None of the non-science or absence of actual facts appear to have deterred Deputy Scwarz, who sang the praises of the goggles and the various “training Kits” that Innocorp sells to local coppers across the country. Schwarz advised that he can’t wait to share the non-scientific and fact void training with the members of his county police force, “so they can make decisions on traffic stops.”

Innocorp sells packages of marijuana symptom recognition supplies and training kits to police forces that range in price from $1000 to more than $26,000.

(note from MLaw editors to Lexington County, KS: a gram of cannabis can be purchased legally in nine states for recreational purposes at prices ranging from $5 to $15 so y’all can do your own research and save the taxpayers some cash;))

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Fatal Vision Marijuana Goggles Coming to Lincoln: Lincoln Journal Star

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Toronto Police warn Canadians to not do stupid shit in wake of cannabis legalization

By Patrick Devlin

In a series of public relations advertisements and tweets the Toronto Police Department is advising citizens that they should not contact the police for stupid reasons, such as, asking for directions, to relay messages to friends or to report fellow citizens who are using cannabis.

The public relations campaign reminds Canadians that, as of today, 10/17/2018, just as “Asking police to call your friend because you are out of minutes”, “asking (police) what to do with your frozen meat during a power outage”, or calling 911 “because you are lost” are ridiculous reasons to contact public safety officials, calling 911 to report “your neighbor’s pot plants” or “smelling weed coming from your neighbor’s home” is “not a 911 call either.” The advertisements advise Canadians, “Do not call the police for this.” The Toronto police point out that all of the ‘reasons’ for calling 911 listed in the advertisements are based upon actual calls received by the department.

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As #cannabis becomes legal nationwide in Canada – the first country to legalize cannabis in North America – police are bracing for the anticipated blowback from its demonizing and propagandizing cannabis use and users in synch with the rest of civilization during the 80 year planetary prohibition of the substance.

Politicians and police have done their best to frighten citizens about cannabis use but now, within a single day, after 80 years of propagandizing and disparagement, cannabis use is as legal as baking an apple pie or riding a bicycle. Having trained sections of the citizenry to be cultural custodian snitches and deputy detectives sniffing out all the bad cannabis people, Canadian law enforcement anticipates that it may not be so simple to switch off the prejudicial behaviors that they have been encouraging for so long.

It remains to be seen how the legalization of cannabis in the nation will impact border relations with Canada’s southern less tolerant and less open minded neighbor, America, a country whose highest ranking law enforcement official believes that “80 percent” of heroin addicts got addicted “starting with marijuana” (see v2 02-06-2018).

In The United States, between 500,000 and 700,000 citizens have been arrested for cannabis possession every year over the past forty years. That adds up to between 20 million and 28 million citizens who have a cannabis arrest on their permanent record. The vast majority of Americans arrested for #cannabis possession are poor, young and minority citizens.

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Toronto police tell people to stop calling them to snitch on neighbours growing cannabis : Independent UK

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

by Patrick Devlin
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#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
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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 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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    Farm Bureau and Chamber of Commerce Unclear on the Concept in Arkansas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Scientists prove that money permanently malforms the brains of cash addicts

    By Patrick Devlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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.