Say It Ain't So, Steve DeAngelo
I'm disappointed in Steve DeAngelo, who stated at the end of the fourth and final episode of Weed Wars: "I don't believe in legalizing cannabis for recreational use."
DeAngelo (left) is the star of Weed Wars, which Discovery has been accused of stealing. Even worse in my mind is his (and his brother Andrew's) blatant hypocrisy.
Years before they started Harborside Health Center in Oakland, DeAngelo was a marijuana activist/pot dealer in Washington, DC. In fact, he was arrested for possession shortly before he left DC for the West Coast.
I wouldn't dredge this up if DeAngelo (or Stevie D as he's know in cannabis circles) wasn't such a turncoat.
He's made millions selling pot to medical patients in California. His mantra is "cannabis should be used for purposes of wellness." Nice spin. Now let's get back to reality.
Just last year DeAngelo proposed a legalization initiative for California. When Richard Lee beat him to it with Prop 19, DeAngelo pulled back and said he'd wait for 2012. Now it appears that he's not in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana for all uses any longer.
(Read More) by Steve Bloom
Helium is More Dangerous Than Cannabis, Ecstasy and Mephedrone Put Together
This might some as something of a surprise to those who are invested in the war against drugs but the inert gas helium actually causes more deaths each year in the UK than cannabis, ecstasy and mephedrone put together.
According to the ONS data, in 2010 there were more helium deaths than cannabis, ecstasy, mephedrone and GHB related deaths put together. Helium is an inert gas which kills when people use helium to deprive themselves of oxygen. The recent explosion in helium deaths from under two per year until 2008 to 32 last year appears to be due to it’s recent promotion as a form of suicide.
It’s worth looking at that whole post to see some of the numbers from the front lines of the drug wars. For example, there are an entire 7 deaths from cannacis (2) and ecstasy/MMDA (5) put together and it really wouldn’t surprise me at all to hear that the authorities themselves, in their war on drugs, have killed more than 7 people over the course of the year.
It absolutely wouldn’t surprise me to hear that the war on drugs, through the enforced illegality of the drugs and thus their impurity, kills more than it “saves”.
But even if you aren’t quite that liberal (in its proper, English English sense) if the damage being done by the war on drugs is greater than would be done by drugs in peacetime, isn’t it about time we stopped and thought about declaring victory and just let people get on with it?
Jury Refuses to Convict Anyone for Marijuana Possession!
Medical pot for ADD, OCD? State mulls petition
Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
SEATTLE — State officials will consider a request to allow medical marijuana for people with attention deficit disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
The petition is the latest attempt to add a mental illness to Washington's list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis. Three other petitions, for depression and other mental health disorders, have been denied.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Washington state since 1998. The law allows patients with terminal or debilitating conditions to use marijuana. Qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and "intractable pain."
The latest request involves an Edmonds man who petitioned authorities in September to include attention deficit disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, conditions he said he has suffered from for years.
The state will consider the petition on Jan. 11.
Three Former Federal Law Enforcement Agents Want To Legalize Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Dec 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cannabis Science, Inc. CBIS +1.02% a pioneering US biotech company developing pharmaceutical cannabis products, is very pleased to report that two former US Attorneys, and the former head of Seattle FBI, are in favor of Washington State Initiative 502 to legalize marijuana.
On Seattle television King 5 News, two former US attorneys, John McKay and Kate Pflaumer and the former head of Seattle FBI, Charles Mandigo, spoke out on why they think it's time to change the federal law and to legalize of marijuana.
Pflaumer stated, "It's a policy position that has become obvious to me over 35 years working in criminal law enforcement and criminal law defense."
Even though both US attorneys agree that it's a bad policy, they said it was their job to enforce the law.
Former head of Seattle FBI, Charles Mandigo says he does not condone the use of marijuana, but he supports the initiative, because he feels strongly that the illegal drug trade and the resulting violence is destroying to our society.
Dutch DELAY plan to weed out tourists
Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
The Dutch government is delaying plans to ban tourists from buying marijuana until at least next May, although it still intends to curtail the country's famed tolerance policy.
Cannabis is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but police turn a blind eye to possession of small amounts and it is sold openly in designated cafes known euphemistically as ''coffee shops''. Large-scale growers are prosecuted.
Among other measures, the cabinet wants to introduce a ''weed pass'' system that allows only legal residents of the Netherlands to buy marijuana.
Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said a trial in southern cities planned for next month would be delayed until May because of practical difficulties.
Supporters hope it will solve problems caused by about 3.9 million French, German and Belgian buyers who drive across the Dutch border each year just to buy the drug.
Mr Opstelten said the pass system would be applied nationwide in 2013, despite some opposition. ''Coffee shop'' owners say it will violate privacy laws, since it will require them to store passport and other information about customers.
Some southern cities have begun lobbying against the plan after predictions that it would result in street dealers taking over the marijuana trade again, as it was three decades ago when the tolerance policy was introduced.
''If it appears that additional [police] support is necessary, I will ensure that it's available in a timely manner,'' Mr Opstelten said.
The city of Amsterdam also opposes the pass plan, because it would mean the closure of about half the city's ''coffee shops''. It says nearly a quarter of the tourists who visit to smoke weed stay several nights and contribute to the economy rather than cause problems.
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