Medical Marijuana a Joke?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 8th 2012 by THCFinder

It’s likely you have never heard of Barrett Duke. Most people haven’t. But his ideas are incredibly dangerous for medical marijuana patients. He recently wrote an op-ed for the Baptist Press, full of more non-sourced and non-linked assertions than I have ever seen in an opinion article.


“Most people who use marijuana to relieve severe pain combine it with stronger pain relievers because marijuana is not effective enough by itself,” he writes. “Furthermore, marijuana's pain-relieving ingredient has been available by prescription for years. A person can purchase Marinol -- right now -- with a doctor's prescription.


“The use of marijuana as a means to improve one's mental health also is not justifiable. People dealing with depression need the regular care of a trained professional. If they require drugs, there are plenty of proven mood-altering ones available that do not introduce as many potential and likely problems as marijuana.


“Smoking marijuana medicinally threatens to make bad situations worse for many users. Marijuana introduces multiple toxic chemicals into the systems of people whose bodies are already weakened from their ailments.


“Not only might these toxic chemicals interfere with the healing process, but users also risk developing additional problems. Medical marijuana puts the user at higher risk for cancer, psychosis, strokes, respiratory damage and heart attack.”


None of these assertions are linked because there is nothing to link to. They come from the head of Barrett Duke. Marijuana is non-toxic and has never been linked to any of the things he says it causes. Furthermore, many who use Marinol have asserted its ineffectiveness while one has to wonder where all these people piling pills on top of marijuana are that Mr. Duke talks about.


People like Barrett Duke masquerade as wanting to help people when in fact he will destroy anyone he can with his incredible ignorance. If you know nothing of a subject, it is better to keep your mouth shut than to make things up.




87-Year-Old Man Arrested for "Forest of Marijuana" in Colorado

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 7th 2012 by THCFinder

An 87-year-old man was arrested last week for growing more than 400 marijuana plants in the backyard of his Denver, Colorado home. He has documentation for medical marijuana growing in the state, but police say he was over the legal limit for plants.


"I was a care taker for 24 people for the last year or two," Edward Bogunovich told local TV station KUSA. "We did nothing wrong. I wouldn't be stupid not to be legal after doing this for four years."


Police say Bogunovich was legally allowed to have 231 plants, but that he had over 400. He now faces charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana-more than 100 pounds, cultivation of marijuana-more than 30 plants and possession of marijuana-more than 12 ounces.


In the past Bogunovich has been arrested for dangerous drug possession on four different instances, KUSA reported. He's also been charged with damage to property and possession of marijuana.


In the video the man looks quite confused about what is going on, but if you are going to grow legally, you have to be aware of your state’s laws and limits. Authorities are often looking for any reason to bust you.



US Olympic Judo Team Member expelled from Olympics after testing positive for Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo was expelled from the Olympic Games after testing positive for marijuana. The Olympian claims he accidentally ate food that was baked with the substance prior to the start of the Summer Games.
We'll never know for sure whether Delpopolo is telling the truth or not, but regardless this puts the attention back to the war on drugs yet again. I'm in no way advocating that any Olympic athlete "dope up" or use substances that give him or her an unfair advantage, which of course is questionable anyway when it comes to marijuana; however, it's an opportunity to take a look at the drug war through the eyes of objective reality.
The war on drugs has been a colossal failure since its inception during the Nixon administration. The delusional thinking on this is obvious and embarrassing, yet the United States government continues spending billions every year trying to stop American's from getting high. Apparently we're so stupid we need to be saved from ourselves.
I find it astonishing that for 236 years Americans were smart enough to change the world through innovation, technology and independent thinking, yet our own government doesn't believe we are smart enough to manage our own lives. Didn't we learn this lesson during prohibition? The 18th Amendment outlawing alcohol was as big a failure as the drug war, the only difference is we repealed prohibition after 12 years.
Where is the critical thinking in believing the drug war would be any different? After all, isn't alcohol a liquid drug? Marijuana creates a softer effect than alcohol, yet our jails are full of people who like to use and sell it. The drug war philosophy is a zero-sum equation, which is, who owns our bodies? If you say the United States government owns our bodies, that would give them the right to ban substances that harm us. But I don't think anyone would say the government owns our bodies. So if we own our bodies, shouldn't we have the right to drink, smoke or ingest anything we choose?
Make no mistake: the drug war hasn't stopped Americans from doing drugs. You can buy any drug you want in any city in America without knowing anyone by simply approaching a few people. The drug war has made the drug trade so profitable that damn near everyone is in the business. Finding a drug dealer is easier than buying beer at 7/11, and they don't even ask for ID.


New Jersey MMJ Activist on Governor Christies Stonewalling

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 6th 2012 by THCFinder

Chris Goldstein, a volunteer for the Coalition for Medical Marijuana NJ, recently wrote an op-ed piece on about the glacial pace of medical marijuana implementation in his state and how Governor Chris Christie is stonewalling.


Pointing out that Christie recently proclaimed The War on Drugs “a failure,” Chris Goldstein says the governor fights a war against marijuana users every day.


“As a medical marijuana advocate and activist,” Chris says, “I have interacted with all levels of his administration: the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of Consumer Affairs and many others. From my perspective, Christie has fully committed all of his resources to the failed policy of marijuana prohibition.


“Christie’s much-touted new drug policy is S881, a law that will send nonviolent drug offenders into mandatory addiction treatment instead of prisons. Unfortunately, this law will primarily apply to cannabis consumers, because there are more arrests in New Jersey for marijuana every year than for cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin.


“Christie has spent three years with ideological and legal stonewalling of the medical marijuana law. This means medical marijuana users will be vulnerable to his forced rehab plan. This is nothing less than flagrant discrimination, a massive waste of resources.


“There is no detox for cannabis because it is a nontoxic substance. While individuals can build dependence, it certainly does not require six months to a year of in-patient addiction treatment, with the taxpayers footing the bill.”


The roadblock that medical marijuana laws hit in many states is that of politicians trying to do too much. They feel like there has to be a myriad of restrictions and rules around medical cannabis, as if it were a dangerous thing. But the only thing dangerous about medical marijuana is lack of access to it.




Medical Marijuana Activist Retains Legal Dream Team to Represent Him on Federal Assault Charges

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana activist Jose Gutierrez was brutally arrested in April as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided Blue Sky, one of Oakland’s four allowed dispensaries. Mr. Gutierrez is facing federal assault charges and will appear in court on August 1st at 2:30pm. He has retained J. Tony Serra to lead his defense team, which also includes E.D. Lerman and Omar Figueroa.


J. Tony Serra was named one of the “ten best criminal defense attorneys of the century” in 2000 by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.


Gutierrez was arrested April 2nd during the raid on the Oaksterdam district of Oakland, and Serra says he “believes the federal government acted outrageously in both their attack and their hostile arrest of Mr. Gutierrez.”


His other attorneys spoke out as well. Figueroa said, “Mr. Gutierrez was exercising his First Amendment rights by speaking out against federal officials engaged in nullifying California law and ignoring the will of the People of California. He was targeted because of his activism and idealistic and passionate views opposing the federal prohibition of cannabis for medical use.”


”The police in this case were derelict in their duties and failed to properly execute this search warrant,” said Mr. Serra. “Their lack of preparation, communication and control led to Jose Gutierrez being the victim of an unnecessary and brutal attack, and he committed no crime.”


Ms. Lerman believes that Mr. Gutierrez is “an innocent man shoved like a domino in a crowd of unpleased protestors and overzealous federal agents.”


When faced with serious charges, there is nothing better than having good lawyers on your side, and it looks like Mr. Gutierrez is well-covered in that area. And a victory for him will send a message to law enforcement around the country that they are not invincible; even the powerful DEA.




DEAs Cannabis Crop Seizures Down 35 Percent from Year Before

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder

According to statistics provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), drug seizures dropped by 35% between 2010 and 2011.


Data for the year 2011 shows that about 6.7 million cannabis plants were eradicated nationwide under the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program, which is active in all 50 states. This represents the lowest total of plants eradicated since 2006, and is a 35% decrease from 2010, when the DEA reported eradicating roughly 10.3 million marijuana plants.


Most of the drop comes from California, where 7.4 million plants were destroyed in 2010 and only 4 million were destroyed in 2011. About 60% of all plants eradicated come from CA.


According to a July 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the Justice Department’s asset forfeiture fund under President Barack Obama is the largest on record, going from $500 million in 2003 to $1.8 billion in 2011. The fund paid out about $79 million to California law enforcement agencies alone for their participation in federal raids and seizures.


And this is what it all comes down to: money. The DEA needs these seizures to justify their budget, and they need money with which to bribe locals to cooperate.


So what accounts for the drop? Is less marijuana being grown? Prices are not rising noticeably, so probably not. The only other answer is that the DEA is getting worse at its job – or corrupt agents are keeping more for themselves and not reporting it.


Either way, less cannabis plants being destroyed is a good thing. It means there is more medicine out there for those who need it, whatever reason they use it for. It means more people are learning the art of growing as well as the art of concealment.


It means cannabis cannot be completely eradicated, no matter how much money is spent.





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