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February 13, 2014 6:11 pm
Pot grows wild in all 50 states.  For many years, all citizens were REQUIRED to grow hemp, and you could pay your taxes with it.  The draft of the Declaration of Independence was on Hemp (the final version was on Vellum).  George Washington grew it.  Thomas Jefferson grew it.  Those free-thinkers, the revered “Fathers of our Country” were ALL POTHEADS!

In 1937 Congress was bought by W. R. Hearst, Dupont and other Corporations who found Hemp products to be competing with their own new products (Hemp was cheaper than paper to produce, and as good as nylon for rope-making, it also was used in the production of textiles, building materials, oils, seeds and other products).

With the introduction of machines that could decorticate the hemp plants, it had been poised to be the new billion dollar industry that was going to get the U.S. out of the Depression and create tons of new jobs.  But then, the corporations stepped in, and shut it all down.  They told Congress that they wanted it outlawed, and they got what they wanted.

They launched an attack against any doctor that was prescribing it, and forced the AMA to do a 180° on the issue - from it being a helpful, medicinal drug, to saying that marijuana was evil.

Despite many studies as to the positive effects of marijuana, the powers that be ignored those studies, and shut down all research that was not producing the results they wanted.

So Congress did what they were told, and they labelled Hemp as Marijuana (the Mexican word for it) and launched a hate and fear campaign against it.  Passing the law, which criminalized marijuana, had nothing to do with the health and well-being of the American People (does it ever?).  The law was crafted to maximize profits for the true leaders of our beloved country — the corporations.

Follow the money — it’s always the money, isn’t it?

For more astounding information about the uses of marijuana and the true history of this wondrous plant, you can read (for free online) Jack Herer's excellent book,”The Emperor Wears No Clothes”.

 "This is the book that started the cannabis hemp revolution. More than 600,000 copies have been sold to date. Jack wanted this information to be available to everyone, so he published the text of the book here on the internet for free."

It’s an amazing read.  And now you can have it for FREE on the Internet.  I hope you check it out.

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P.S. I noticed a comment, saying that the Founding Fathers grew industrial hemp, and that doesn’t mean they were potheads, and that my saying so was “childish”.  How about the Founding Fathers smoking it in Pipes?  That doesn’t count?  Or is it the term “potheads” that offends you?

Chillax, Discordia.

Here’s a direct quote from Thomas Jefferson’s Diary: 

“Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”- Thomas Jefferson

Pot grows wild in all 50 states. For many years, all citizens were REQUIRED to grow hemp, and you could pay your taxes with it. The draft of the Declaration of Independence was on Hemp (the final version was on Vellum). George Washington grew it. Thomas Jefferson grew it. Those free-thinkers, the revered “Fathers of our Country” were ALL POTHEADS!

In 1937 Congress was bought by W. R. Hearst, Dupont and other Corporations who found Hemp products to be competing with their own new products (Hemp was cheaper than paper to produce, and as good as nylon for rope-making, it also was used in the production of textiles, building materials, oils, seeds and other products).

With the introduction of machines that could decorticate the hemp plants, it had been poised to be the new billion dollar industry that was going to get the U.S. out of the Depression and create tons of new jobs. But then, the corporations stepped in, and shut it all down. They told Congress that they wanted it outlawed, and they got what they wanted.

They launched an attack against any doctor that was prescribing it, and forced the AMA to do a 180° on the issue - from it being a helpful, medicinal drug, to saying that marijuana was evil.

Despite many studies as to the positive effects of marijuana, the powers that be ignored those studies, and shut down all research that was not producing the results they wanted.

So Congress did what they were told, and they labelled Hemp as Marijuana (the Mexican word for it) and launched a hate and fear campaign against it. Passing the law, which criminalized marijuana, had nothing to do with the health and well-being of the American People (does it ever?). The law was crafted to maximize profits for the true leaders of our beloved country — the corporations.

Follow the money — it’s always the money, isn’t it?

For more astounding information about the uses of marijuana and the true history of this wondrous plant, you can read (for free online) Jack Herer's excellent book,”The Emperor Wears No Clothes”.

"This is the book that started the cannabis hemp revolution. More than 600,000 copies have been sold to date. Jack wanted this information to be available to everyone, so he published the text of the book here on the internet for free."

It’s an amazing read. And now you can have it for FREE on the Internet. I hope you check it out.

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P.S. I noticed a comment, saying that the Founding Fathers grew industrial hemp, and that doesn’t mean they were potheads, and that my saying so was “childish”. How about the Founding Fathers smoking it in Pipes? That doesn’t count? Or is it the term “potheads” that offends you?

Chillax, Discordia.

Here’s a direct quote from Thomas Jefferson’s Diary:

“Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”
- Thomas Jefferson

February 12, 2014 7:11 pm February 10, 2014 5:11 pm
C-SPAN VIDEO: Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on the War on Drugs

Wow!  Rep. Steve Cohen from Tennessee tells it like it is on the “dangers of marijuana” and gives us all the truth about America’s longest war (the “War on Drugs”).  This is one of the most well thought-out arguments for decriminalizing marijuana that has probably ever been heard at a Congressional Hearing!

January 22, 2014 6:39 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/74236364447/i-know-jack-about-football">I know jack about football.

But I did hear this one interesting thing:

The two Superbowl teams are from the two STONER STATES!

I think I might have heard something about storekeepers in those two states voicing concerns that they might run out of Doritos on the big day…but I’m not sure if I imagined that or I really heard it.

January 6, 2014 12:01 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/72422900147/things-i-learned-this-week-1-5-2014">“Things I Learned This Week” - 1/5/2014

80% of all antibiotics used in the USA are in livestock feed.

750,000 Americans are arrested every year for marijuana possession.

MSNBC Host, Karen Finney, is of mixed-race parents, and her grandfather would not let her into his house until she was 16 years old.

Denmark runs on 100% Renewable Energy.

The country that will ultimately be affected the most by Fukushima is the U.S.

Dogs circle before they relieve themselves because they are aligning themselves with the earth’s poles.  They like to point in a North/South direction.

Chris Hayes, Touré and Ari Melber have all admitted to being potheads on MSNBC’s air.

(Actually this is just a tiny smattering of the things I learned this week!)

January 4, 2014 8:41 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/72282734753/marijuana-is-a-gateway-drug">Marijuana is a “Gateway Drug”?

This year will be remembered as ground-breaking, in the history of America’s “War on Drugs”.

On January 1, Colorado, became the first state in the union to legalize the selling of Marijuana for Recreational Purposes.

 It is creating a huge hullabaloo.  For the past three days, customers have been lining up around the block, to procure regulated quantities of their (now) legal vice of choice.  Colorado has only authorized a handful of retailers, who previously operated Medical Marijuana Clubs to be the dispensers of Marijuana.  To even work in one of these stores (or to start your own business at some point in the future), you must be a resident of Colorado for at least two years.

Colorado residents are allowed to buy an Ounce a Day.  Visitors to the state can purchase a Quarter Ounce per day.

 An Ounce a Day?  WTF?  That is SO MUCH POT!!  That is “small dealer” levels, IMHO.  Who can smoke that much weed in a day?  Nobody!

 And also, there’s no cross-referencing of the purchasers data.  So an out-of-stater can just go from club to club (or rather, store to store, now), and purchase ¼ Ounce at each store!  And a local can do the same, but in Ounce quantities.

 Also, every citizen is legally allowed to grow 6 plants…and there are no specific laws in place to regulate any of that!  So, in a way, it’s a pot-lover’s bonanza of a free-for-all right now in Colorado!

 But, it’s a start.  The entire nation is focused on this new situation, and monitoring it closely.  We will all be watching to see how this experiment progresses.

There have already been many major changes that have occurred in the state.  For one, the state has hired a Marijuana Czar to oversee all things pot-related, and the Denver Times has hired a full-time “Marijuana” editor, whose sole job is to produce stories about the Marijuana culture.

 But, the biggest news is what this does for the disparity among inmates in Colorado prisons.

It is a well-known fact that Marijuana Usage is about equal between Whites and Blacks in our country, however Whites get arrested and incarcerated at about 1/3 or ¼ the rate.  The prison population is dominated by minorities, many of whom are there for nothing more than possession of a tiny amount of marijuana.

Current statistics show that about 750,000 marijuana arrests are made each year in our country, more than for any other “crime”.

With Colorado’s new decriminalizing laws, there will be less public monies spent on arresting , trying, convicting and incarcerating non-violent Marijuana users, and that money will be freed up, to be used in other areas of the state’s budget, for the good of the public sector.  It will also decrease the racial disparity among prisoners, and reduce the number of poor, black and brown people serving time for inconsequential, minor weed offenses.

Another thing to consider is that when someone is arrested for Marijuana, because it is currently classified as a “Schedule 1” drug offense (the most dangerous class of drugs), that person, no matter how small a quantity they possessed, is now classified as a “felon” for the rest of their life.

When they get out of jail, they will not be allowed to vote.  They will have to declare their status on every job application, loan application, bank account application, rental agreement, etc. for the rest of their lives…all because they were caught with a little weed.

The “War on Drugs” is actually a war on the poor, to provide fodder for the coffers of the rich, who own , manage and/or supply all the prisons in our nation.

Prison construction, and supply is a huge (and growing) industry in this country.  Those corporations who build and supply prisons are making a fortune, selling their over-priced services and goods (from uniforms to foodstuffs) to the numerous prisons that dot our fair land.

And more and more prisons are becoming privately owned, and these new owners will stop at nothing to increase their numbers of new inmates.  They will bribe judges and other officials, they will line the pockets of congress people, both state and national, and they will hesitate at nothing to bilk more money from the public sector to pay for the incarceration and housing of that class of  “dangerous criminals”, known as marijuana users.

For these reasons, this new law will totally affect both the prison population in Colorado, and the money that the state will no longer need to house these non-violent offenders.

Colorado is also slated to receive a windfall of funds in other ways, besides the extra funds that will be generated by eliminating the cost of arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating potheads.

In just the first three days, the state has already gained huge revenues from the hefty taxes that they have imposed on these new marijuana sales.

 And let’s not forget the Tourism!  I mean, seriously, what pot-smoker wouldn’t now consider Colorado as an exciting tourist destination?  I know I’m certainly thinking about it!

Another thing to consider is this.  This new law will free up perfectly good citizens to live a life without fear of acquiring a criminal record!  Just think, what might have happened to the lives of any of our last three Presidents, if when they had smoked pot (as they all have admitted to) they had been busted?  What a waste it would have been if Bill Clinton or Barack Obama had been thwarted from pursuing a career in Politics, because they had been busted for possession of a wee bit of the happy weed?  No comment on George W Bush (we might have been better off if HE had been busted, ha ha)!  But that would never have happened.  Bush’ family was rich, and they would have had no problem getting him off, without so much as a criminal record.  But you get the point I’m making.  Pefectly talented people, who are not wealthy enough to fight such a case, have had their entire lives ruined by our country’s archaic laws concerning marijuana possession.

So, now, what does the opposition hold up as an argument against this being a good model for other states to embrace?

Some people will claim that marijuana will make you stupid, or in a daze.  Well, it turns out that there are DIFFERENT STRAINS of marijuana, that do different things.  I personally prefer the stony, creative, mental high to the knocked out stupor, myself, but for many people who use marijuana to relieve pain, they WANT to be knocked out….they just shouldn’t drive while under the influence!  But that’s a no-brainer.  Most users know their capacities, and the few number of deaths EVER being attributed to marijuana usage prove that.

If you have only tried pot once, or have only ever smoked one type of pot, you might not realize that it is kind of like different types of wine.  I have had unbelievable “realizations” while under the influence of the heady variety of weedy, as have numerous other artists, musicians, authors, actors, and free-thinkers in just about ever field of life.  So don’t assume that all marijuana is the same, and that all types of weed produce the exact same results.  Different strains do different things…enough said.

And the other argument you hear againt Marijuana is that it is highly dangerous m because it is a “Gateway Drug”.

n my opinion that argument only further HIGHLIGHTS the reason to make it legal!

Marijuana has only ever been a “Gateway Drug” because it has been sold on the Black Market for all these years.  Often, dealers in one substance will offer other choices…i.e.  they will stock harder drugs as well as Marijuana.  I, personally, in close to 50 years of smoking pot, have never encountered pot dealers selling anything but pot, but I have lived in hip, rural areas of the country, mostly, where hard drugs were not popular.  But, I suppose, in other places, one can purchase a smorgasbord of choices from your local dealer, and that fact, and ONLY that fact, is what gives any credence to the idea that Marijuana is a “gateway drug”…

Therefore, I conclude, that if we take Marijuana out of the Black Market,  and make it available in stores that specialize in only selling Marijuana, it will no longer make sense to classify it as a “Gateway Drug”, because it will not lead to anything other than the smoking of more pot.

 End of story.

November 1, 2013 6:24 pm September 16, 2013 9:23 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/61474653045/some-facts-about-weed-and-the-economy">Some facts about weed and the economy……

The government would save an estimated $13.7 billion on prohibition enforcement costs and tax revenue by legalizing marijuana, according to a paper endorsed by 300 economists.
Inmates incarcerated on marijuana-related charges cost U.S. prisons $1 billion annually, according to a 2007 study, AlterNet reports.
Including lost tax revenues, a 2007 study found that enforcing the marijuana prohibition costs tax payers $41.8 billion annually, Forbes reports.
Marijuana growers account for $14 billion a year in sales in California, making it the state’s most valuable cash crop, TIME reports.
It’s estimated that illegal marijuana is a $36 billion industry in the U.S., MadameNoire reports.
About one-third of Americans say they think legalizing marijuana would boost the economy, according to a 2010 poll by Associated Press-CNBC.
The Sacramento News and Review saw a big boost in ad revenue when it offered advertising space for more than 60 medical marijuana dispensaries, enabling the publication to hire three additional employees, according to News 10.
Mendocino County, California’s zip tie program aimed at regulating medical marijuana growing by charging permits for each plant raised $600,000 in revenue in for the Sheriff’s department in 2011.
The city of Oakland, California raised $1.3 million in tax revenue from medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011, 3 percent of the city’s total business tax revenue, according to The New York Times.
In 2011, Colorado pulled in $5 milllion in sales taxes from medical marijuana businesses, The New York Times reports
Economist Stephen Easton estimated in 2010 that legal marijuana could be a $45 to $100 billion industry, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
When hydroponic marijuana growing supply chain weGrow opens a new store it creates an estimated 75 jobs indirectly, according to AZBusiness Magazine.
More than 60 percent of states agree with taxing marijuana, according to a poll by Associated Press-CNBC.
A Norwegian study 25 years in the making came to the shocking conclusion that frequent marijuana use lowers employees’ motivation at work.
There could be more than 1,000 medical marijuana dispensaries operating in California, Pasadena Weekly reported in 2009.
As of July 2011, the city of Denver counted more medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks franchises.
January 12, 2013 11:03 am
"Gay people are like Mexicans and Cannabis plants. If God didn’t like ‘em, he’d stop creating so many."

John Fugelsang
January 4, 2013 1:49 pm
Is the Marijuana Industry Green Enough?
A trip to the Emerald Cup, an outdoor organic marijuana growers’ competition, reveals the environmental potential of the cannabis industry. December 28, 2012 
Is the Marijuana Industry Green Enough?
A trip to the Emerald Cup, an outdoor organic marijuana growers’ competition, reveals the environmental potential of the cannabis industry. December 28, 2012 
January 3, 2013 5:10 pm

Outrage: Texas Women Cavity Searched by Police Over Alleged Marijuana Smell

In the video, reported by the UK Daily Mailand all over the national and international media, a trooper pulls over two women — a woman and her niece — for allegedly throwing a cigarette butt out of the car.

While talking to the women in the car over a littering charge, the trooper claims he smells marijuana.  He then searches the car and finds no marijuana.  He then administers a sobriety test, which the woman who was driving passed.  No marijuana, no impaired driving, and the observation of a police officer that they might have littered from a car that smells like pot.

So, naturally, he calls a female trooper to the scene to search the women for any contraband marijuana they might have been hiding under their breasts, in their colons, or up their vaginas. 

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AND WATCH VIDEO

[NOTE* from Leftish: Two things really disgusted me about this story - the female officer inserted her gloved finger FIRST into the rectum, and THEN the vagina of the first woman…AND THEN SHE USED THE SAME GLOVES FOR THE SECOND SEARCH!!  WTF?]

December 16, 2012 1:52 pm November 20, 2012 7:30 pm
Don't Sentence Montana Medical Cannabis Grower To 80 Years In Prison!
Chris Williams Montana Medical Marijuana Grower sentenced to 80 yearsChris Williams has been sentenced to a lifetime in prison for operating a medical marijuana business in Montana — one of the 18 states where medical cannabis is perfectly legal. How is this justice?

Many people with terminal illnesses rely on medical marijuana to ease their pain. In 18 states, including Montana, it is legal for growers to sell marijuana to those with prescriptions. So why did federal police recently arrest a provider in Montana — and sentence him to 80 years in prison?  

Chris Williams claims that he did nothing wrong. As a co-owner of Montana Cannabis, he worked with his community to ensure that his supply was going to the people who needed it for their health. Williams frequently gave property tours to law enforcement officials, politicians, and community leaders. Does that sound like someone engaged in illicit activity?

No matter your personal feelings on marijuana, it is deeply unjust that Williams was unable to use Montana’s statewide legalization of medical marijuana as a defense in his trial. Williams now faces 80 years in prison, away from his business and his teenaged son. This is far more severe than the punishments given to many convicted sex offenders.

Chris Williams should not have to suffer for the disconnect between federal and state law on this issue.
November 10, 2012 5:43 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/35450272711/within-24-hours-of-obama-securing-reelection">Within 24 hours of Obama securing reelection

antigovernmentextremist:

He has:

Statists gonna state.

November 7, 2012 4:42 pm