FEDS Financing al Qaeda and Terrorism through Cannabis Prohibition?

Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, May, 9th 2011 by THCFinder

Time to swtich it up!


Questioning Cannabis? Does the U.S. Federal prohibition on Cannabis create funding for al Qaeda, financed in part from global drug trafficking? 
Has the U.S. Federal prohibition on Cannabis also allowed Afghanistan to become the world's top producer of cannabis.? 
Tell me if I'm wrong, but I have not heard al Qaeda trying to traffic alcohol or tobacco.
How paramount is stopping the financing of terrorist, to The United States of America? The illegal drug trade is estimated to be over $411 billion dollar black market.
"Between 10,000 and 24,000 hectares of cannabis are grown every year in Afghanistan, with major cultivation in 17 out 34 provinces, the U.N. drug agency (UNODC) said in its first report on cannabis production in Afghanistan." 
U.N. & United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


Medical marijuana letter from U.S. Attorney early attack on 2012 pot legalization campaign?

Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, May, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana advocates have been debating the intent of U.S. Attorney John Walsh's letter attacking portions of HB 1043, a bill intended to tweak MMJ regs that became law last year. Among the theories: The letter is a warning shot in what will be a full-scale federal effort to undermine the drive to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use in Colorado next year. But if that's the case, says attorney Brian Vicente, it's a clumsy attempt that won't work.
"I don't know if they're trying to rev up the opposition," concedes Vicente, head of the advocacy organization Sensible Colorado. "But the vast majority of voters in our state support medical marijuana, and support for legalizing marijuana for adult use is growing. It's possible he's just wildly out of touch with what voters want. But if this is a plan to stem the call for legalization, I don't think it's well thought out."
At this point, at least two organizations are in the process of readying legalization bids: and a group that includes Vicente and SAFER's Mason Tvert. In a recent interview, Tvert shrugged off the suggestion that numerous community bans of medical marijuana indicated that support for broader legalization was thin, adding, "We've been working for months on the language" of a ballot proposal "with dozens of attorneys both in Colorado and around the country who specialize in this type of thing.
We hope to have the best initiative possible, and we're going to do whatever it takes to do that before moving forward. But we're going to move forward."


Obama's Sudden, Senseless Assault on Medical Marijuana

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, May, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
When Attorney General Eric Holder announced in October 2009 that the Dept. of Justice would respect state medical marijuana laws, the nation breathed a collective sigh of relief. By that time, any lingering support for aggressive federal raids on medical marijuana providers had dwindled into invisibility. The American people wanted to see patients protected, and Obama's pledge to do so earned him nothing but praise from both the press and the public.
Unfortunately, recent months have brought about what can only be described as the rapid collapse of the Obama Administration's support for medical marijuana. Following dozens of aggressive DEA raids, along with some unusual IRS audits, the Dept. of Justice has now begun openly endeavoring to destroy carefully regulated state programs before they get off the ground:
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Several states have started reassessing their medical marijuana laws after stern warnings from the federal government that everyone from licensed growers to regulators could be subjected to prosecution.
The ominous-sounding letters from U.S. attorneys in recent weeks have directly injected the federal government back into a debate that has for years been progressing at the state level. Warnings in Washington state led Gov. Chris Gregoire to veto a proposal that would have created licensed marijuana dispensaries. 
Letters with various cautions have also gone to officials in California, Colorado, Montana and Rhode Island.
It's a sweeping intervention that instantly divorces the Obama Administration from its stated policy of not focusing resources on individuals who are clearly compliant with state law. Unlike the numerous recent dispensary raids, which could theoretically result from competing interpretations of state law, this new incursion constitutes a direct threat of arrest against state employees acting in good faith to administer perfectly lawful state programs.
The mindlessness of all this operates on multiple levels, beginning with the fact that no state employee or state-licensed business has ever actually been prosecuted for involvement with medical marijuana. The suggestion that they'd do such a thing is nothing more than a cynical scare tactic aimed at stalling the numerous state programs moving forward this year.


Marijuana Prohibition Turns 100 Today. What Is There to Celebrate?

Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, April, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
Alcohol prohibition did little to stop Americans from guzzling booze, though it helped make gangsters rich, cops and courts busy, and encouraged foreign imports of "medicinal whiskey" (sound familiar?)
That experiment was short-lived -- ratified in 1920, the 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was repealed in 1933 -- and particularly short-lived in comparison to the country's experiment with outlawing marijuana -- which turns 100 years old today.
In stark contrast to fermented grapes and grain, the intoxicating qualities of the cannabis sativa plant were unknown to Americans outside of a few Southwest border towns in 1911, according to Dale Gieringer of California NORML. Gieringer spent the better part of 10 years trying to find evidence of marijuana use among 19th-century American writers (local boy Jack London experimented with hash, but he is an exception). 
"There is no record of any public concern over marijuana at this time," Gieringer told SF Weekly. "Only after cannabis was prohibited did it come into widespread popularity." Pot got plenty of attention in 1911 -- and thereafter when Massachusetts passed a law to ban "hypnotic drugs" such as opiates.
"Marihuana" or "Indian hemp" was added to that list, despite its widespread anonymity as well as a clause in the Massachusetts ban that allowed drug stores to sell medicinal pot.
That included the widely available tinctures used to alleviate migraines and menstrual cramps, according to Gieringer. Ironically, these antimarijuana laws fostered a new mystique around the drug, which began seeping into the mainstream in the 1920s; it was popularized by jazz musicians and other hip folk. 
Since then, the record has been established: An international compact in 1961 supported the banning of cannabis, which the federal government did outright with the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. Pot use and arrests have increased steadily since; marijuana arrests in the United States have nearly tripled since 1990.
"Thirteen years was long enough for American policymakers to realize that alcohol prohibition was a failed experiment, so it's particularly obscene that marijuana prohibition has now been going on for a whole century in parts of the U.S.," said Tom Angell, a spokesman for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of former cops fighting to decriminalize pot. "Though it is encouraging to see more and more lawmakers -- both on the local and national level --  starting to call for an end to the madness."
There's more irony here. The fact is that the earliest antimarijuana laws were passed by pharmacy boards and progressive-era advocates of government regulation, Gieringer says.
There's a present-day parallel: California legislators and law-enforcement officials have toyed with the notion of banning Salvia divinorum, which is illegal in nine states. 
"Cops said, 'We gotta get out ahead of this and stop it before it starts,'" Gieringer says, adding, "I was saying, 'Your record of being able to stop things is not very good."


Robert Watson, Rhode Island lawmaker who ripped pot smokers, busted for marijuana possession

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, April, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
A Rhode Island lawmaker, who recently slammed his colleagues by invoking the image of pot-smoking immigrants, has been busted for alleged marijuana possession.
Republican House Minority Leader Robert Watson was arrested in East Haven, Conn., on Friday at a police checkpoint and was also charged with driving under the influence.
"Trace evidence of marijuana was discovered and I was charged with operating under the influence, a charge I vehemently deny," Watson told the Providence Journal.
The 50-year-old smelled like alcohol and pot, he slurred his words, and his eyes "were extremely glassy and bloodshot," according to the police report. Authorities found a "small plastic sandwich bag containing a green leafy plantlike substance and a small wooden marijuana pipe."
His blood-alcohol level was 0.05%, which is below the state's 0.08 limit.
Watson created a firestorm in February when he gave a speech to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
During it, he criticized the state General Assembly by declaring, "I suppose if you're a gay man from Guatemala who gambles and smokes pot, you probably think that we're onto some good ideas here."
Watson was released on a $500 bond and faces a May 11 court date.


Obama gets an F for his stance on Medical Marijuana!

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, April, 21st 2011 by THCFinder

Today, Americans for Safe Access — an Oakland, Calif.-based medical marijuana advocacy organization — gave President Barack Obama an overall failing grade for his policies toward MMJ.

"While the prevailing public perception is that President Obama has addressed the issue of medical cannabis," the group said, "that perception could not be further from the truth."

The ASA broke its views down into four categories, separately grading each.

Enforcement — Grade F


President Obama is responsible for new intimidation strategies and more than 100 aggressive criminal enforcement raids in medical cannabis states since taking ofï¬Â�ce in January 2009. By comparison, former President George W. Bush conducted just over 200 such raids during his eight years in ofï¬Â�ce. Since the Justice Department memo was issued in October 2009, the Obama Administration has used federal agencies to execute at least 87 raids, resulting in no fewer than 27 indictments.


Housing & Employment — Grade C-


Despite a recent HUD decision to have local housing authorities address the issue of medical cannabis use and cultivation in public housing, hundreds of thousands of patients across the country are vulnerable to eviction and harassment. For years the federal government’s draconian rules on drug use in public housing have been applied to medical cannabis patients.


Patients are equally, if not more, vulnerable to discrimination at the workplace. Court decisions have upheld such discrimination and, as a result, patients face an uphill battle to achieve rights afforded most others in society.ArizonaMaineMichigan and Rhode Island have established explicit protections from discrimination on housing and jobs, but such helpful measaures are insufï¬Â� cient to address a problem that needs federal leadership. According to a statement by HUD, it is the responsibility of local Housing Authorities to “determine, on a case by case basis, the appropriateness of program termination for the use of medical marijuana.” Patients are thus unable to determine whether or not they may use their medication until after they are facing termination.


Financial Services — Grade F


Over the past three years, several large banks and ï¬Â�nancial institutions have, based on federal law, refused to provide services to medical cannabis businesses that comply with local and state laws. These companies includeCitigroupWells Fargo & CompanyBank of America Corporation, and credit card service providers. This has caused hardship for medical cannabis providers who rely on ï¬Â�nancial institutions to handle cash and credit card transactions safely and efï¬Â�ciently.


In addition, the Internal Revenue Service under the Obama Administration has begun audits of state compliant medical cannabis providers, threatening to bankrupt them by denying their deductions and demanding more taxes. Recently, it was revealed that the FDIC is putting pressure on banks to investigate and report medical cannabis businesses and their ï¬Â�nancial transactions. Yet when 15 Congressional representatives demanded the Treasury Department stop threatening banks that provide accounts to medical cannabis patients and providers, the Treasury Department claimed no such pressure had been applied. Banks still say Treasury is responsible, and patients and providers continue to have their accounts closed.


Veterans — Grade C-


In 2010, the Department of Veteran Affairs responded to pressure by veterans and patient advocates and improved their policy on medical cannabis. Previous VA policy treated medical cannabis use as criminal, often resulting in patients who used medical cannabis being denied treatment by the VA. Now the VA recognizes medical cannabis may help some veterans and lets VA physicians decide if cannabis use would interfere with a patient’s other medications. VA physicians are still barred from recommending medical cannabis to their patients, forcing veterans to consult doctors outside of the VA system. VA physicians also still ultimately have the authority to deny pharmaceutical medications to patients who use medical cannabis.



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