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The Obama Administration’s Changing Attitude on Medicinal Marijuana

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By drbhelthi, August 3, 2011 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

Hemp would also heal the soil. Since clothes of hemp last longer than
cotton, it would tend to cut out the Egyptian cotton. Since hemp oil
is nutritionally healthier and more efficient for frying than olive
oil, it would also trim back-or cut out- the olive oil imports from
Italy, Sicily & Greece. 

Since plastics, more durable than those made from Rockefeller-zionist
oil – and non toxic - are derived from hemp, the current plastics
industry would be supplanted. It would also delete the fraudulent Al
Gore carbon credits debauchery.

While the issue of medicinal marijuana is certainly a distraction, the
healing properties of cannabis should not be so lightly dismissed - . 
Especially, when the NAZI emperor of California, prior to being de-
elected, passed a law that criminalized physicians for using medical
techniques that heal cancer.  With a death rate of 96%, “Oncology”
should be classified as legal euthanasia; certainly not “therapy”.

Translating from Rockefeller-Zionist oil to an economical product
would require a massive effort by the voting public.  When such a
massive effort is thus far not obtainable in order to force
congressional representatives to impeach a “president,” born in Kenya,
out of office, and to prosecute those responsible for this fallacious
fraud - -  ?
http://web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/new
s26060403.htm

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By LocalHero, August 3, 2011 at 8:52 am Link to this comment

I could give a rats-ass about “legalizing medicinal marijuana.” The real battle MUST be to legalize the growing & production of hemp. There is almost nothing that we now use oil for that can’t be done a billion times cheaper & cleaner with hemp and THAT is why it’s illegal. Medicinal marijuana is just a distraction.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, August 2, 2011 at 6:24 am Link to this comment

Correct drbhelthi, and it also reveals that I too can have childish responses… to my shame.

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By drbhelthi, August 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm Link to this comment

“Your hate and indifference only feeds people like me… it feeds me to love folks like you more…. and see clearly what befalls you… for your words have a canny way of revealing your heart.. as do mine.”  Napolean DoneHisPart

Your response suggests that you have noticed that your noble behavior not only cannot be comprehended, but rather will be insulted by persons motivated by banal prejudices.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, August 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

You are still bitter from the last time we jousted… just read your words you wild Hell’s Angel. 

“Right turn, Clyde.”

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By ardee, August 1, 2011 at 5:43 am Link to this comment

Napolean DoneHisPart, July 31 at 10:52 pm

Where in earth do you get the “bitterness” in my commenting upon your hysterical determination that the biggest wackazoid here is a bastion of truth and accuracy?

Are you really an ageist too?

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, July 31, 2011 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment

ardee and EmileZ, what’s wrong with you two?

You two sound bitter.  Old, nearsighted and bitter.

Your hate and indifference only feeds people like me… it feeds me to love folks like you more…. and see clearly what befalls you… for your words have a canny way of revealing your heart.. as do mine.

I know I have shortcomings and come across like an idiot at times, but I don’t mind stating so nor owning up to those shortcomings ( if someone one clearly identify them objectively and not just because you don’t agree with me )... but at least be honest with yourselves.

Either that or you guys are trolls / shills, supporting the obfuscations that Scheer the Shill doles for his dole.

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By ardee, July 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment

Napolean DoneHisPart, July 29 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

drbhelthi makes more sense than most of the blowhards who ‘think’ they know what they are talking about… for he actually provides sources and clear examples.

This is one of the funniest one liners in this forums history. Thanks ever so much for the belly laugh, Nappy.

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By EmileZ, July 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment

@ Napolean DoneHisPart

Thinking and emotions bad… blessings and riches good????

May you be blessed with riches for your incredible insights etc.

How does that feel buddy… you like that???

Don’t mind me. I hope you can see now what a terrible misake you made Napolean DoneHisPart. God loves you Napolean DoneHisPart and will no doubt forgive your transgressions and mine. Peace be with you… ahem…  Napolean DoneHisPart.

Next time you want to bless someone… ask them first buddy. Don’t mind me.

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By anaman51, July 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

It’s time for our increasingly more willfully ignorant government to stop persecuting people for smoking the shrubbery. It’s becoming apparent that no one of governmental substance is willing to step up and tell the truth about pot; to do so would be to commit political suicide in the current acrimonious atmosphere. At the other extreme, to ask the DEA, of all agencies, to uncover the “truth” about medical marijuana is like asking the John Birch Society to tell the truth about Communism. Talk about having vested interests——about half of them could be unemployed if they stopped persecuting people for pot. There are new realities to be explored, but the idiots who keep naysaying pot have no clue—-you can’t learn a damned thing with a closed mind.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., July 30, 2011 at 3:02 am Link to this comment

By Rixar13, July 29 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
Just say No to the War on Weed, it’s a plant…
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Yes, and if that can be outlawed, as have been many
plants, then food crops could be made illegal as well.
The commercial growers and processors have high paid
lobbyists and you don’t.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, July 29, 2011 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

drbhelthi makes more sense than most of the blowhards who ‘think’ they know what they are talking about… for he actually provides sources and clear examples.. not just emotional responses from people like me wink thanks drbhelthi.

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By Rixar13, July 29, 2011 at 11:09 am Link to this comment

Just say No to the War on Weed, it’s a plant… LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

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By drbhelthi, July 29, 2011 at 11:06 am Link to this comment

” - - there are many things to consider besides the joy of being stoned
and able to forget the stupidities that surround us- -  ”  ardee

After sixteen years at the mid-management level of an international, drug-
rehabilitation organization, I have a few observations. The word “stoned”
better represents the Dr. Mengele-types in the AMA, the FDA, and the
pharma industry, who suppress the healing powers of the natural herb,
cannabis. 

The relaxed, good-humor, improved fine-motor coordination and logic
ability typically achieved via cannabis use is improperly described by the
caption, “stoned.”  That medicine-men in what is now the “American
continents” used this natural herb as a healing agent for almost all
internal disorders of the human body for a few thousand years, is
precisely what the above-mentioned defrauders have covered up for over one
hundred years in the US of A.
“The Emperor Wears No Clothes” provides details.
Oncology, with its 96% death-rate, via extracts from mustard gas, is legal. 
Get the picture ? 

Already in 1956, Dr. Johanna Budwig (Germany) revealed a proven cure for
cancer-infections via her application of jogurt and linseed oil. It is
rumoured that an American, named William Clinton or similarly, utilized
her services twenty or so years ago.
The Dr. Johanna Budwig following continues to exist in Germany. 
As does her cure.
Unless the FDA has declared jogurt to be illegal in the U.S.A.

I am reminded of an M-1 tank gunner, in the mid-1980s, who won the
distant-shooting award, two years in a row, while under the influence of
cannabis.  I did not believe it, and checked the records. Verified. Such
accuracy cannot be classified within the currently-existing concept of
“stoned”. 

Response from F.O.I.A. requests prove that parties of higher level
politicians provide bowls of cocaine on the premises. Also, that the
G.H.W.Bush Sr entourage initiated the standardization of this practice in
the 1970s. That the U.S.Army currently guards the poppy fields in
Afghanistan, that provide a large percentage of the cocaine illegally
shipped into the U.S., is difficult to accept.  However, when one is aware
of the DOJ´s criminal involvement in sneaking machine guns & automatic
rifles into Mexico to drug gangs, and its suppression of evidence provided
by Sibel Edmonds, former F.B.I. translator, the treason in Afghanistan is readily believed.

Fear of defaulting on interest payment?  Another fairy-tale. Only Federal
Reserve paper-work. Borrowing from oneself, and then charging oneself interest? 
Think.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, July 29, 2011 at 6:26 am Link to this comment

Regarding Cannabis and cancer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVS9QIzTT7k

And here is another one regarding the healing of cancer, just in case you are tired of hearing there is ‘no’ cure, yet there is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be1ihuZNg84

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By PatrickHenry, July 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment

Maybe the light has finally shone through.

Legalization of hemp and all the side industries which would come to be might be the spark to ignite a homegrown enviromental revolution here in the states.

High quality oil and biofuel.
Fiberous replacement to cotton and trees.
Medicines.
Animal feed.

I see alot of potential future business in its use besides building prisons, enhancing drug testing companies profit and the legal industry.

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By ardee, July 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

TDoff, July 28 at 8:23 am

So let’s be cautious, there are many things to consider besides the joy of being stoned and able to forget the stupidities that surround us, and not having to deal with crooked cops and sheriffs to score the best dope in town.

Very well done, funny and pertinent too.
One thing to consider is the inevitable weight gain from the munchies! Another, though I live in Cali, and can obtain a doctors note to purchase pot for $35 my company randomly tests those in critical classifications, drat!

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By mcsweet, July 28, 2011 at 11:31 am Link to this comment
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I attended the Norml/High Times conference in Portland Or. in Oct. 2010 and found that legalization is supported across the political spectrum especially by the Libertarian Party and that ain’t no liberal group.

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By Big B, July 28, 2011 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

SoTexGuy is right.

Sounds like a pretty fair swap. For the privledge of living a banana republic under the thumbs of oligarch’s and plutocrats, we can all be legally stoned to the bejusus.

Are we really this stupid?

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By EmileZ, July 28, 2011 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

I forgot about the private correctional industry, which is horribly racist beyond belief, but a powerful lobby nonetheless (nonetheless???), at least in the states.

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By EmileZ, July 28, 2011 at 8:50 am Link to this comment

Regarding the disscussion on Marijuana with the NORML representative (I didn’t catch his name)...

There is clearly no doubt that marijuana is a relatively benign drug and absolutely non-life-threatening.

I Live in Washington state and the medical marijuana laws are extremely strict as I have read them. You can’t just go get a prescription for a backache and such as you can in states with more reasonable regulations. Seattle has changed its laws regarding possesion, but I hear you can still get busted for “scoring” small amounts on the street.

Anyhow… The real question in my mind is why the Obama administration, or the Holder justice department or whatever has changed their stance.

It is as clear as a small sparkling lake in the upper reaches of the Cascade mountains to me that they have done so at least in part in consideration of the pharmaceutical industry. People smoking pot, will be far less inclined to take their other drugs (a great many of which are prescribed for so-called psychological disorders, anxiety in particular).

There are also other reasons which may include the benificial effects of the drug war for the Military Industrial Complex, including weapons sales, control of foreign governments and the general imperialist repressive system.

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By TDoff, July 28, 2011 at 8:23 am Link to this comment

We can all happily agree that decriminalizing dope is the left thing to do. But we must try to anticipate all unintended consequences to make sure we don’t shoot-up ourselves in the foot.

For example, do we really want a horde of jack-booted ex-cop thugs joining us in the endless lines in the unemployment offices? Do we think all those door-rammers and jammers will mellow out and be cool while they wait for hours to find out there is no longer a big demand for louts in the new US economy?

Are we really ready to face the consequences of the rapid end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as all the mercenaries in the employ of Xe and others go AWOL and abandon the US armed services to take more lucrative offers from Mexican and central and south American drug cartels to protect their expanding corporations? Only to be laid off, en masse, when the cartel CEO’s realize there is no longer a need to fight their wars along the US border now that dope is legal?

And what will happen to the demand for dope as prices rapidly drop because there is no longer a need to bribe all the US border guards, and border state judges and politicians? And will the US ‘Financial Industry’ have to invent some new nefarious screw-the-public investment schemes to maintain their profits and stock prices and executive bonus levels to replace the skimming they’ve been doing from the vast flows of illegal drug money flowing through their vaults?

Will Oregon and Northern California replace New York’s Wall Street as the new center for US financial institutions once the true profits from dope become known and are found to exceed all the fraudulent-manipulation thefts the Wall Streeters have been able to concoct over the years?

So let’s be cautious, there are many things to consider besides the joy of being stoned and able to forget the stupidities that surround us, and not having to deal with crooked cops and sheriffs to score the best dope in town.

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By SoTexGuy, July 28, 2011 at 6:21 am Link to this comment

Well, Progressive Democrats can tolerate most anything from the man.. torture, indiscriminate remote-controlled assassination, the death of universal health care, attacks on unions and public schools, the sly use of the Republican House to gut Social Security! .. giveaways to the richest of the rich and extensions of most every egregious public and secret policy of the troglodyte Bush
and his cartel..

But don’t take away our pot! that’s get us up!

Adios!

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