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drug war warrior: Ron Paul

In the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a non-political protagonist ended up with a congressional seat and attacked the entrenched perverse power. The popularity of that movie was due to widespread knowledge that little good comes out of those seats of power. Moreover, most people feel that good people go to Washington and inevitably, universally, catch “Potomac Fever”, which is the love and abuse of power. Ron Paul is the exception that proves the rule. His long career in Congress, multiple presidential runs, huge popularity with Libertarians and reputation of voting NO on nearly every bill because they were unconstitutional make him stand out as unique among his peers. The Future of Freedom Foundation published an interview with Ron […]

cannabis in Montana

Imagine trying to run a grocery store, auto shop or dentist office where legislation limited you to serving THREE customers. That is what the legislature and governor did to medical cannabis in Montana. Mind you, this is a substance used by humans for over a thousand years with zero deaths, quite unlike legal pharmaceuticals with very short histories and thousands of deaths every year. In Montana, possession of even a single joint for non-medical purposes can land a person in jail for six months, while possession of 60 grams or more (a little over two ounces) can result in a sentence of up to five years. These stiff marijuana penalties cause related negative consequences. In 2012, there were 1,502 arrests […]

more honorables against prohibition

The American Legion urges Congress to reschedule marijuana By Oscar Pascual on September 8, 2016 at 1:58 PM A group representing millions of U.S. military veterans has called on Congress to reclassify marijuana as a drug with potential medical value. The American Legion passed a resolution at its annual convention last week imploring Congress to “amend legislation to remove marijuana from schedule I and reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value,” reports Marijuana.com. Cannabis researcher Dr. Sue Sisley, who has researched the medical efficacy of cannabis towards veterans and symptoms of PTSD, believes that the support of the American Legion can help break through to more federally-funded […]

More evidence drug prohibition must die

By Perry Willis Recent stupid moves by the FDA and the DEA highlight the need to END Drug Prohibition. The sample letter to Congress below explains the details. If you agree with us that drug prohibition must end, please send Congress a letter. The hardwired message to Congress for this campaign reads simply… End Drug Prohibition. You can copy or edit the following sample text to create your own letter to your elected reps… It’s abundantly clear that my so-called government can’t be trusted to behave sanely on this issue. It must be taken out of your hands completely. Two recent aggressions against the American people by Executive Branch agencies highlight the case. First, the DEA recently decided to […]

Irate in drug war … again … still

The drug war profits organized crime in both public and private sectors, along with the trillion-dollar big pharmaceutical industry. Which, in turn, is a major perverter of our political system. The campaign finance reports are published, available to any and all, but widely ignored. Big Pharma buys our politicians. We have the best politicians money can buy – Will Rogers The costs of all this profiteering are obviously borne by the peasant and trade classes, us. This iteration of prohibition is no more popular among the people than the one a century ago, but the bread and circuses are more successful this time at keeping us from threatening our masters enough to repeal their profiteering. Two news articles jumped in […]

Marijuana Legalization: Give Peace a Chance

by Thomas L. Knapp (Thomas publishes Rational Review Digest) The Garrison Center.org On November 8, voters in eight states will decide whether or not to legalize, to one degree or another, the possession, use and sale of marijuana. If all of the measures pass, more than 86 million Americans will enjoy increased legal access to the plant: For medical use in Arkansas, Florida and Missouri, for recreational use in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Earlier this month, the US Drug Enforcement Administration announced it wouldn’t reconsider marijuana’s ridiculous Schedule 1 status (“no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”) — but the states seem to be leaving the federal government behind. Medical marijuana is already legal […]

DEA’s death throes

The DEA and ATF are perfect examples of bureaucracy in search of a reason to exist. Both, in spite of the efforts of very expensive administrators, have failed to find legitimate answers. And both succeed in assaulting life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in a distinctly less free country thanks to them. ATF started life to pursue producers and consumers of alcohol when that substance was prohibited by an over-reaching federal government. Picking off an occasional producer or distributor made the product more expensive and riskier. As we all know, it did nothing to slow consumption, but did create a huge profitable industry on both sides of the illegal booze war. When that social program went away, the bureaucracy […]

intended consequences

I was about to title this “unintended consequences”, but realized that would be quite false. The entire “asset forfeiture” scam has been a boon to immoral, police-state, law-enforcement since its inception. It serves no other purpose. By the way, in case you are new to my blogs, peace officers are a world apart from law enforcement officers. The “war on drugs” has enabled officials to snatch up enemies of the state for minority life choices, or planted contraband. This has been used to great effect chopping off the heads of groups threatening to the elites. Meanwhile, the ruling class uses all level of drugs with impunity. Taking it to the next level was surprisingly easy. We mostly sat complacently by […]