Gary Johnson: Newt Gingrich Supported Death Penalty For Marijuana Even Though He Smokes Marijuana
Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, December, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
Fourth-tier GOP presidential candidate and one-time debate sensation Gary Johnson became the latest to level a “serial hypocrisy” attack at frontrunner Newt Gingrich over the weekend, telling MSNBC’s Alex Witt that in 1997, Gingrich “proposed the death penalty for marijuana — for possession of marijuana above a certain quantity of marijuana, and yet he is among 100 million americans who smoke marijuana.”
While Alex Witt didn’t think Gingrich’s herbal history would be “at the forefront,” maybe it should.
Johnson later referenced Gingrich’s marijuana use in the past tense, saying that he “would love to have a discussion with (Gingrich) on the fact that he smoked pot, and under the wrong set of circumstances, he proposed the death penalty for something, potentially, that he had committed?”
Gingrich, you may be surprised to learn, admitted to youthful marijuana use, and according to Reason magazine, was sort of ahead of his time:
Gingrich had this to say about his illegal drug use: “That was a sign we were alive and in graduate school in that era.” Somehow, an activity that was no big deal in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s had become shameful and scandalous by the late ‘80s.
Although Gingrich excuses his illegal drug use by implying that most of his fellow students also smoked pot, marijuana use was probably less common when he was in graduate school than it was in 1988. The government’s survey data don’t go back to 1971, when Gingrich got his Ph.D. But the survey shows a steady rise in drug use from 1974 until 1979. Although reported drug use declined after that, in 1988 it was still considerably higher than in 1974.
He was also an early proponent of legalized medical marijuana, penning a passionate, eloquent letter for the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1982.
Free Pot with Donation to Marijuana Dispensary Has Stoners Giving Back
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, December, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
Like most medical marijuana dispensaries, Granny Purps in Soquel, CA sometimes struggles with an image problem. While it genuinely believes it’s helping people, pot remains illegal at the federal level and the “stoner” culture often stigmatizes what is otherwise a legitimate operation.
However, Granny Purps is trying to redeem itself in the eyes of the public. For the second year in a row, it’s feeding the less-fortunate by offering an unusual trade — one free joint for every six cans of donated food.
“It helps feed tons of people,” says Nancy Black, sales manager at Granny Purps. Since the joints usually cost $10 each, which must be paid for out-of-pocket, the program also “helps people who sometimes can’t get their medication on their own.”
But good deed or not, some groups won’t accept the food because it comes from a marijuana dispensary and they’re afraid of public backlash. Black says that 12,000 pounds of food was rejected by a local food bank last year, and although Granny Purps was hurt and upset, it had little trouble finding an alternative recipient.
“The issue can be a hot potato,” admits Linda Lovelace (no relation to the legendary porn star), operations director for Valley Churches United Missions. Though, she adds that when there’s a real need to feed the hungry, any possible stigma attached to the source of donations becomes less important.
“The demand is so high that the food is coming in one door and going out the other as fast as it’s coming in,” she says. “We’re just feeding people.”
Wall Street vs. Pot Smokers
Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, December, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
Basque Government moves to make Cannabis legal
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
They want to establish self supporting clubs where people can smokeCannabis plant - EFE
The Socialist Government in the Basque Country, led by Patxi López, has opened the way to the legalisation of cannabis in the region. The idea is to regulate clubs where consumers will be able to smoke the drug which will be produced and distributed by the members of the club themselves. The Basque Government considers that ‘It is better to control than prohibit’.
Spanish drug legislation currently distinguishes between possession of drugs for personal use, and those who have the drugs for production and sale. There are administrative fines in the first case but penal considerations only apply in the second case.
The Basque Government also wants the new law to better explain the consequences of consumption to the public and they consider it would supplement the current legislation which has some loopholes. They say the new law would create ‘a certain space for personal autonomy’. The Government considers that prohibition only leads to ‘clandestine action, delinquency and the black market’.
Category: Fun | Posted on Mon, December, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
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