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The Pot Doc Is In
Posted by CN Staff on May 27, 2007 at 05:23:12 PT
By Robyn Moormeister
Source: The Union
California -- Grass Valley physician Dr. Stephen Banister is in the business of making people feel good - or at least a little more comfortable - with his approval of marijuana to treat their pain.This jovial, laid-back Maryland transplant would not say whether he uses marijuana, but he does think very highly of the pain-relieving plant.
Banister graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1971, and he has been instrumental in shaping local standards for medical marijuana since its use was legalized in California in 1996.He continues to advocate for those standards. Patients Aren't 'Stoners'Banister's dog Sundance trotted around his office during a recent interview. Banister and Christal, his wife of five years, had just returned from a two-week vacation in Hawaii. The tanned doctor, in his worn leather sandals, talked of his love of sailing. A bowl of cherries sat on the kitchen counter, and his office staff greeted everyone with smiles. Three men sat in the waiting room. Two looked to be in their 20s.Banister's patients are "normal, working people" from all walks of life who come to him with myriad ailments, he said."You don't see hippies and stoners," he said.Most people are a little nervous when they first walk through his door, Banister said, so he likes to provide a friendly environment. They're wary of law enforcement because they are breaking federal law by using cannabis.He's treated several thousand people since the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use in California in 1996. Nearly all his patients, he said, already were using marijuana illegally to treat their pain before they sought his help."I think that's an indication it's not a good law," he said. Advocate for LegalizationBeing one of the few doctors who recommend pot in the area has challenged his resolve, Banister said. He was prosecuted by the Medical Board of California on charges of inadequate charting; a thinly-veiled attempt, he said, to prevent him from approving marijuana use for his patients.He completed probation for the charge in March of 2005. Through all of his legal problems, he said, he never stopped recommending pot."I felt like the (state) law was not going to be useful if doctors weren't doing it," he said."I think cannabis should be legalized," he said. "Alcohol is. Cigarettes are. If you're going to make things legal that are dangerous, why would you make something that's not dangerous illegal? There are no death from overdoses. If you take too much, you just go to sleep." Personal Responsibility KeyA common misconception is that doctors will issue a recommendation without adequate screening, he said."There has to be documentation of the problem, such as an MRI," he said. A patient also must show a history of treatment for the problem, he said.The majority of his patients come with chronic back pain. Others have multiple sclerosis, cancer, migraines, fibromyalgia or colitis.He also has treated people for attention deficit disorder, including teenagers. Cannabis can have anti-ADD qualities, he said.He rejects a common argument that marijuana is a "gateway drug," and he said he cannot control people who choose to overuse it."You can't control overuse" of marijuana any more than the overuse of prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Banister said. "I leave that up to the patient."And he said there is "no evidence" that marijuana use leads to addiction to harder drugs. "People who abuse drugs may come from an addictive family," he said.He has recommended marijuana to treat drug addiction, calling it "harm reduction." The idea, he said, is to replace the effects of a dangerous drug with the effects of marijuana use - which he considers healthier. Banister predicted more use of marijuana as a narcotics substitute in the future."You have to look at this realistically," he said. "There are millions of people who use cannabis and they function. I drink wine, for example, but I still come to work in the morning."Note: Doctor has recommended cannabis to treat thousands of patients for myriad ailments.Source: Union, The (Grass Valley, CA)Author: Robyn MoormeisterPublished: May 27, 2007Copyright: 2007 The UnionContact: letters theunion.comWebsite: http://www.theunion.com/CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml
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Comment #31 posted by museman on May 30, 2007 at 11:31:45 PT
unkat
Thanks for the clarifiation of the abbr. I figured the AQ, and if I'd thought a while I probably could have figured out most of the rest -maybe. Thanks.Rent. What can I say, Rent is the epitomy of the imbalance of wealth in the world. Is there any real justification whatsoever why anyone should be able to make their fortune based on someone elses misfortune? Not in a world that holds love, compassion, joy, and the sharing of it in higher esteem than property, and power. Of course we don't live in such a world, even though the ones with the property and power keep trying to convince us we do.As far my 'gypsy dream' goes, what was once a driving force in my life has become a hobby. I no longer have any driving force in my life, my sails are slack as the wind and impetus of what I thought was a generational movement has just about completely died out. I keep the flame, so that hopefully the next generation will seek it, and I can pass it along before my strength to keep it lit in the surrounding darkness of misplaced faith and enforced ignorance fails.I have invested hope in my children, and their generation, but I see them struggling with the false values of the system and status quo, and it's a fragile potential with very little support from the world at large. No we invest our hope in 'democrats.' What a sad state of affairs.If you got to live in a neighborhood, pay rent, and deal with the craziness of billions of lost people manifested right next door, I refer to Jim Morrison's statement in song,"The west is the best."And I put it to the test. It is true. (in my opinion)
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Comment #30 posted by unkat27 on May 30, 2007 at 08:08:25 PT
Museman
I've done some online searching for an affordable apartment and I've discovered that some of the lowest rents are in Texas and North Carolina, while the highest are around the big cities like Boston, New York, San Francisco, etc... I was somewhat amazed at the fact that some of the lowest rents can be found around Houston, TX at this time. Must be another side-effect of the detestable Bush empire.Anyho, the other thing I have noticed is that it is actually much cheaper to share a two-roomer than to live in an apartment alone. I dunno why, but there seems to be this housing discrimination against single people all over the states. Just my lousy luck, I've never been able to live very well with others and manage much better on my own. I guess one has to be a "successful" American corporate drone to make enough money to live alone. I lose again.Good luck with the musical gypsy dream. 
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Comment #29 posted by unkat27 on May 30, 2007 at 07:53:14 PT
Abbreviations
-- "Could you update me as to what 'PTB, MSM, OBL, AQ, and SH' are ?"PTB = Powers That Be, MSM = Mainstream Media, OBL = Osama Bin Laden, AQ = Al Qaeda, SH = Saddam Hussein.
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on May 29, 2007 at 14:02:10 PT
museman
I found a link that could help you learn more. We are working on the house and I didn't really check out the link but will when we slow down a little later tonight.http://www.answers.com/topic/farmers-home-administration-act-1946
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Comment #27 posted by museman on May 29, 2007 at 13:21:48 PT
FoM
Actually, I have considered it. I have a VA guaranteed loan certificate (which does me little good with current land prices), and I know about FHA. After my last land disaster, I am reluctant to make the committment. Most FHA houses are all in suburbia or 'downtown.' I cannot put myself into a situation where I know I will potentially HAVE to live there for the rest of my life. I live in town now, and if I can't find a way to get a house in a more rural environment, I'm just going to work towards my gypsy dream of bio dieseling across the country with a solar powered road show. -one that allows us common folk free and easy access, and the less advantaged, but talented people a chance to do their thing. Like me. I want to perform and play so bad, but the commercial 'music business' attitude of expecting hollywood productions for everything, as well as a general disregard from proprietary establishments for the heart and soul of the artists -I could go on- the long and short of it is that there is no venue for me, and so many like me -whose musical priority has nothing to do with profit, so I have been trying to build one for years.Since I have to pretty much do it alone, so far, it's a lifetime project.Thanks for the suggestion though.
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on May 29, 2007 at 13:01:47 PT
museman
Have you ever checked into FHA or VA to get a home? Many homes in our local town are financed by FHA. The less money you make the lower your payments are. Credit is not as important as a desire and determination to have a home for a family. When many houses can be purchased for somewhere in the 30s or 40s it works most times for people around here. Just an idea.
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Comment #25 posted by museman on May 29, 2007 at 12:01:04 PT
Celaya
Part of your earlier post made me think of a song. The only recording I have is of a quality that I find unexceptable, and I am not sure if it will ever get recorded again. But here's the lyrics;TOO MUCH TOO LITTLEThereís too many people, too little design, so much deception one cannot define, and a little bit of heaven ainít so easy to find 
when youíre liviní in a world thatís been left behind, 
and a little bit of hope, itís plain to see, ainít worth much in this reality. 
But the sun has cleared the horizon on this dawn of a different day. 
If thereís anyone still left out there, get down on your knees and pray. One rider came to conquer, his right hand man was war. 
Another one came the measure the weight, and the last one reaped the score. Thereís too much confusion, too little divine. So much desire and no satisfy. And a little bit of justice donít go to the fair. 
No fire breathiní dragonís gonna clean up the air, And a little bit of Truth wonít save your head, 
say a little too much, youíre gonna be dead. 
There was an angel in the garden, and an angel by the sea, 
one more on the mountain, and in the desert donít you see. Thereís too many people, too little design, so much deception one cannot define, 
and a little bit of heaven ainít so easy to find 
when youíre liviní in a world thatís been left behind, 
and a little bit of hope, itís plain to see, ainít worth much in this reality. 
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Comment #24 posted by museman on May 29, 2007 at 11:03:40 PT
unkat
Thanks for the concurrence. However I am having a hard time fathoming your acronyms, or abbreviations. Could you update me as to what 'PTB, MSM, OBL, AQ, and SH' are ? I think I know what AQ is but only barely.In reference to your earlier post. I salute your ability to deal with your situation. I would have walked if I couldn't run. The idea of having to live in an environment like that without some kind of succor or relief that is available with cannabis is a horror to me.I understand the rent problem all too well, stuck as I am in a crumbling double-wide assembled in about 1973. I have been struggling with the spiritual pits and black holes that manifest as tweakers, that had at one point surrounded me. I recently received a lump sum back-payment from the VA beginning my disablity. Six months before I got it, it would have been enough to make a down payment on some land, but then real estate went through the roof, just like gasoline. The rents also went through the roof. So now I am stuck in a situation that I would have never thought to be.Fortunately the state I live in has many features, along with almost palatable politics, and my 'herb karma' keeps me supplied. (I grew for many years -non-commercially, and made many friends because of my unconditional generosity with the herb.) I am not sure that I could keep my sanity or my health without it.Your testimony is a good statement of the fact that cannabis is not addictive, and puts the lie to the false assumption that 'not being continually 'under the influence' would somehow change ones attitude towards the herb.I pray that some medicine man where you live finds you.
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on May 29, 2007 at 09:50:17 PT
unkat27 
I spent yesterday with my family and I learned how hard it is for people to find a job. The war on marijuana has stretched into almost every area and I mind it more and more as I see the results of marijuana prohibition.
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Comment #22 posted by unkat27 on May 29, 2007 at 09:33:28 PT
FoM, Museman
FoM: Yes, I'm managing okay. Thanx for the thoughts.-- "This is all about the truly guilty spirits of the world trying to cast doubt on their own criminality by falsifying justice, and creating a crime. They commit crime after crime against people and their families as a pretense of authority and justice, using their twisted logic to establish 'law' that supports their false accusation while casting focus away from their greater crimes like waging war on the world."Iow, the hippies and stoners are the scapegoats of the PTB. Yes, the big idiots always need to make someone else out to be worse than they are, because they are effectively passing on the blame to those others. Listening to them, they always give us the idea that someone else is responsible for the mess they created, and because their influence dominates the MSM, all too many people are fooled by them. Just like they blamed OBL, AQ, and SH for our bad "imperial- fascist" foreign policy, they blame the hippies and stoners for their fascist domestic policies.
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on May 28, 2007 at 19:50:40 PT
 unkat27 
I often have used the word fine to mean handling a situation. You seem to be handling it so that's why I used the word fine.
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Comment #20 posted by museman on May 28, 2007 at 19:47:18 PT
Celaya
"The spectre of too little, too late looms as it appears we have passed the point of no return in the push toward fascism. I hope I'm wrong."Well I too hope we can pull enough off the sinking ship to salvage some kind of sanity and civilization, but the way of fascism, was a foundation laid at the beginning of the USA. The orchestration of power that has been uncovered and revealed only within the past few decades, can be traced back through various clandestine 'secret societies' to the very 'founding fathers' that are held in such high historical esteem.It has sources that link even further back in time. It is not a conspiracy, it is an established and ruling reality.The current revelation that poor "Squeaky" Fromme made publicly evident as far back as the '70's "He's not a public servant" (referring of course to Gerald Ford after she'd made an unsuccessful attempt to assasinate him -with a 22-) is becoming more and more obvious. Those people who prance around in front of the camera's like they were some kind of 'american royalty' are the emprorers dandies, they're the scum that rises to the top, no matter how pretty their make up or their sculpted words and expression.The very loud but obviously ignored fact that a large body of Americans has reached a saturation point with these pretenders who take the power we give them and accomplish nothing but preening, demonstrates the facts. They are paid salaries and wages that are the envy of all the rest of the world, but they aren't doing what they were supposedly hired to do. I am not surprised, in fact I kind of predicted this.The way that they have us collectively convinced of their various false attributes, ("It's all in the mind." -Ringo Starr -Yellow Submarine) is being revealed, especially through the internet. The scenarios that they have created to justify their power keep getting larger and larger. If the people don't do something soon, the one thing that everyone dreads most of all, a nuclear detonation, is going to happen. They have literally gotten away with atrocity after atrocity, and pointed their own guilty finger at the most likely scapegosts. We invested our faith and belief in a group of crocodiles who intend to devour us at the most convenient opportunity. Of course they got the guns, and a well trained bunch of stupids to point them at us. They have built many new prisons in the past 3 decades, and only closed down one.Now with the current war, a whole new generation of battle-hardened cannon fodder is ready to enter the police force. We have a very small window of opportunity here, but I have no idea what to do with it. Soon it will truly be too little too late, but acts of great import are still possible. 
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Comment #19 posted by Celaya on May 28, 2007 at 19:01:28 PT
museman
"This is all about the truly guilty spirits of the world trying to cast doubt on their own criminality by falsifying justice, and creating a crime. They commit crime after crime against people and their families as a pretense of authority and justice, using their twisted logic to establish 'law' that supports their false accusation while casting focus away from their greater crimes like waging war on the world."Exactly! It is incredible and somewhat demoralizing that these criminals have been able to count on the gullibility of the American public for all these decades. Now the truth about marijuana can no longer be contained. The Internet and the fact that 100 million citizens have now tried marijuana has assured the truth is now established. All that is left is the Emperor's Clothes factor, the bigotry of those who have enjoyed free venting of their ugly nature on the marijuana whipping boy for all these years, and, last but not least, the great vested interests who have reaped billions (trillions?) in blood money and continue to do so.Now polls show a majority of Americans want an end to marijuana arrests. But, increasingly, what most Americans want is of diminishing importance. Witness how the last congressional elections sent a clear mandate that Americans want out of Iraq now! But not only are we not pulling out of Iraq, we are escalating and moving to do the same with Iran and Gaia knows what other countries.The spectre of too little, too late looms as it appears we have passed the point of no return in the push toward fascism. I hope I'm wrong.
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Comment #18 posted by mayan on May 28, 2007 at 16:46:22 PT
Winnipeg Sun
They deserve a big THANKS...9/11: an 'inside job?' - Controlled demolition, claims California architect (Vote in poll!): 
http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Winnipeg/2007/05/28/4213690-sun.htmlTHE ONLY WAY OUT..."Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth" Announces Website Launch: 
http://911blogger.com/node/8959Charlie Sheen Responds To New York Post Hit Piece;
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/may2007/280507sheenresponds.htmThe Truth About Charlie Sheen & Loose Change:
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/may2007/280507truthaboutsheen.htmNew Video Compilation: 9/11 The Explosive Reality:
http://infowars.net/articles/may2007/280507Compilation.htm
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Comment #17 posted by afterburner on May 28, 2007 at 16:37:38 PT
potpal #6 Vape Is Great: 
More taste, less irritation, a little goes a long way.CN ON: Vaporizing The Threat Of A Weed Bust, Globe and Mail, (26 May 2007) http://www.mapinc.org/newstcl/v07/n649/a01.html?176Excerpt: { The device is called a vaporizer, and after five years on the market it's starting to move toward the mainstream. "People are starting to discover them now," says Adi Roach, owner of Roach-o-Rama and the Hot Box Cafe, which provides tester models for customers to use at their tables. "With no smoke, the stone is much nicer; you're not coughing." It also suits Toronto's no-smoking bylaw nicely. But, [Sergeant Mark Hayward] adds, there may be THC residue in the equipment, in which case, everyone around the table would be liable for possession charges. Though there's no word yet on any self-cleaning vaporizer making its way to market, it may only be a matter of time before the courts will be forced to revisit Canada's drug laws. }Vapor Central: Open for Business in Toronto, Ontario 
by Chris Goodwin (25 Apr, 2007) Canada's second vaporizer lounge opens up on the second floor of 667 Yonge St., in Toronto, in the heart of Yongesterdam.
http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/4953.html BTW, my heart goes out to those Americans with diseases for which medical cannabis could provide relief, if only the U.S. federal government would follow the science and End Prohibition.
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Comment #16 posted by museman on May 28, 2007 at 15:39:44 PT
Celaya
That article illustrates the true error and false assumptions of a society gone mad. To put a 16 year old through that kind of reprogramming and violation is ABUSE above and beyond any teenage experimentation with any kind of drugs. If Big Brother wasn't so concerned with the fake entity of society, and holding up every individual in comparison and judgement to that fake image, and more concerned with the heart and soul of the 16 year old, then the 16 year olds (and many other ages) would be seeking out that wisdom. The fact that the organizations mentioned, and/or inferred all serve the false concept of the 'status quo' which is after all just a conceptual entity, rather than the actual present beings in front of them, makes their credibility as revealed in the Teenage easy disregard, disappear.The lies about cannabis have often created the very thing mislabeled "the drug life" which is really a 'lost' life that needs to be found. Reality gives the youth one message, while the system, it's media, it's religions, and it's various political and economic seperatists, gives a contradictory and ridiculous other message. Truly addictive drugs such as heroin, alcohol, cocaine, and meth, are compared to 'marijuana' as if 'marijuana' was the worst of all. Following that logic, after 'getting high' on pot, Heroin should be nothing to worry about.Their logic is non-logical. It is carefully constructed cycles of twisted meaning constructed to appear to the logic-impaired (americans and other tv-educated peoples) as such.This is all about the truly guilty spirits of the world trying to cast doubt on their own criminality by falsifying justice, and creating a crime. They commit crime after crime against people and their families as a pretense of authority and justice, using their twisted logic to establish 'law' that supports their false accusation while casting focus away from their greater crimes like waging war on the world.They are the true criminals in this world today, and those who uphold that status quo are upholding the crime, and venerating the criminals. I think it's HIGH time to put a stop to it.
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Comment #15 posted by Dankhank on May 28, 2007 at 15:35:44 PT
Museman
you probe to depths I miss at times ...thanks ...
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Comment #14 posted by Celaya on May 28, 2007 at 15:01:48 PT
museman
Great post! Speaking of demonization......The Sunday edition of the Corpus-Christi Caller-Times featured this article about a teenager who was saved from a destructive life of "marijuana abuse," entitled:A CHANCE TO START OVERhttp://www.caller.com/news/2007/may/27/a-chance-to-start-over/#commentsThere was no attempt at objectivity here, or even to approach the truth about marijuana. There was only a desire to use the experience of one problem teen to convey the message that marijuana is bad.There was a provision at the end of the article for comments, so I left the following:******For the moment, I will assume this article was written from a position of valid good will. This is not always the case, as those who support prohibition primarily do so from a position of dishonesty. But assuming this good will, let's go on.This article paints a picture of marijuana consumption as addictive and a black and white issue. It is neither. I will certainly concede that ANY recreational drug use is an adult activity, as alcohol use is, but any discussion of drug policy must address the norms for adult use. Too often, prohibitionists hide behind the story of a teen-age user to convey messages of total negativity for EVERYONE.So, let's have the facts.One - Marijuana is not addictive.Two - Marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol.Since the great majority of people use alcohol responsibly and moderately, it is obvious that even more people do so with marijuana - a substance that is non-addictive and less harmful than alcohol. The key idea here is: USE DOES NOT EQUAL ABUSE.The theme of this article is presented at the end when Norma Guerrero states, "A drug life is not a life." This shows a simplistic, black-and-white view of life that is far removed from reality - especially with marijuana, the least problematic recreational drug by far.No, teenagers should not consume recreational drugs. And yes, a very few people can have problems with marijuana. BUT, to infer from one teen's problems that marijuana will destroy everyone's life is either ignorant or dishonest.Most importantly, teenagers know the truth about marijuana. They know that most people do not have significant problems with it - even other teenagers. SO, when articles like this come out, either from dishonest prohibitionists, or from ignorant "journalists," a horrible message is sent to them.It is "We cannot trust you with the truth about drugs."Once this message is sent, teenage lives are put in mortal danger because then they will not believe the warnings we give them about the hard drugs.To reporter Barbara Ramirez: If you are sincere about your interest in drug policy, please educate yourself before you get up on the stage and send messages out of ignorance.If you are a prohibitionist just seeking to perpetuate the monstrous fraud and injustice of marijuana prohibition that destroys the lives of 800,000 Americans (number arrested) every year, well.... we've got your number.-----------------------------------------It will be interesting to see if this comment survives.
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Comment #13 posted by museman on May 28, 2007 at 14:25:33 PT
they keep doing this...
"Banister's patients are "normal, working people" from all walks of life who come to him with myriad ailments, he said."You don't see hippies and stoners," he said."So 'hippies and stoners' are some kind of non-humans, who don't suffer pain. They are some kind of 'low life' that have no credibility, no rights, or should not even be considered. The 'hippies and stoners' by choice of
cannabis as a tool of both healing and enlightenment, and an over-all rejection of the aspects of society that lends itself to war, economic imbalance, lies and falsehoods.. from the 'education' of children, to the government of the people by the exclusive elite, are somehow to be villified, condemned, and disassociated with the very spirit of change that supposedly is represented here?This barrel of apples has some rotten aspects. I think that it's just another prohibition mind set. After all, the reasons for illegalizing cannabis in the first place has to do with the very things that make a 'hippie' a hippie. So, many are willing to give more power to this error just for the sake of 'progress in the right direction.' Well if you take away the spirit, all you have left is an empty shell.When the rich land owners, merchants, and transplanted aristocrats decided to break away from England's heavy tax burden, they effectively lied to the people to get them to revolt. They promised them 'freedom,' 'rights,' and 'privileges,' rivalling what the common man viewed as the rich man's lifestyles. The "Articles of Confederation" was offered as a system of laws that was democratic (not as a republic) and included many aspects of common law and common sense that was excluded from the -ratified by the rich- constitution that came about after those many people made great sacrifices. Most of those who fought went right back into the servitude and bondage that they were in before their 'betters' tricked them into fighting for them.The people lost the American Revolution, and we have been struggling to set it right ever since.When the bolsheviks rallied to overthrow the Czar of Russia, with socialistic promises of 'equality' and 'everyone according to his need' as soon as the war was won they were all slaughtered.So now the people who made the real inroads, discoveries, and supplied the orignal impetus for this entire 'cannabis revolution' are to be thrown away, and put in an establishmentarian, right-wing constructed connotative box labeled 'hippies, and stoners?'So who are we trying to please with this BS? If not the very ones who believe in the 'benevolent and divine right of kings' - in modern terms political, economic, and social aristocracy? So we know that the Emporer is naked, a hippie child made that clear. So instead of acknowleging the hippie child, we turn to the naked emporer?Something is very wrong with this attitude. Compromise with the truth gains nothing but continual control of that which is not true. Instead of putting people down who actually BELIEVE in the divinely given aspects of cannabis to the point of challenging false authority, they should be raised up. The ones who lord over the people, and precide over the truth with secular laws for special interests, should likewise be put in their rightful place, which is not where they are at. I submit that prohibition is more about preventing a hippie, than it is about preventing the use of cannabis. So lets compromise. Lets say that though the hippie knows intuitively, and immediately what the half-brained non-believing researchers has to take years of expensive 'research and investigation' to come up with the same conclusions, we refer to that as 'substantial' and 'on a basis of fact,' I ask you, which of the two is the more efficient, and less wasteful?Well the values of a 'hippie' don't coincide with the values of the naked emporer and those who kiss his feet for social status and power, so if we allow you to have pot, you're going to have to make believe that the emporers clothes are actually better than a hippie's, even though they actually do not exist (the emporers clothes).All you have to do is bow down and worhip the beast, then you can have your pot.Not me, not ever, and I'll still have my 'pot,' because it was given to me by YHWH, and no matter how they try, they cannot touch that truth with their lies, obfuscations and clever insertion of their real agenda into a liberal seeming compromise.
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Comment #12 posted by DjLoTi on May 28, 2007 at 13:42:08 PT
Dankhank
That was the video. Thanks!! :)
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Comment #11 posted by unkat27 on May 28, 2007 at 13:23:21 PT
FoM
Doing fine?I dunno if that's the way i'd describe it. More like "hangin tough" in a somewhat less than comfortable situation. It's like this: I'm hurting but I have my work and my work is my medicine. Take my work away and I'd go completely nuts, maybe even commit suicide. Call it pain management.Fine ain't the word, but if my work continues to go alright, it might be in the near future. It's all bankin on my animation. 
The Tem-Space Variant
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Comment #10 posted by Dankhank on May 28, 2007 at 10:48:33 PT
Victory ...
DjLoTiyour link didn't work for me ...I think this is what you wanted to share ...http://www.crrh.org/hemptv/docs_victory.htmlPeace to all who would teach ...
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on May 28, 2007 at 10:37:47 PT
unkat27 
It's good to see you. You sound like you are doing fine. 
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Comment #8 posted by unkat27 on May 28, 2007 at 08:51:06 PT
I miss cannabis
It's been exactly 3 years now since I've had any cannabis. I love cannabis and miss it dearly, but it has been impossible to find due to my local disposition and lack of transportation. As much as I'd like to move away from this religious-right dominated suburb, I have discovered that the rental-rates everywhere else are too high. I'm looking into the possibility of either sharing a two bedroom apartment with someone or getting some kind of rental subsidy from the government, which I have been told I do qualify for, but it's not a sure thing.  I must admit that my life has been much more difficult without cannabis; a never-ending conflict with anxiety and depression, ulcer and sciatica, as well as pointlessness and boredom. But I have had my work with computer graphics, animation, and my website to keep me going. I'm quite sure that a regular dose of cannabis would make it all much easier and more interesting. But why should it be easier when the PTB can make it ten times more difficult than it already is, by forcing people like myself to suffer the pain, anxiety and depression, rather than let us enjoy the relief provided by cannabis?  Well, I suppose there is one lesson to be learned from this. If cannabis really was addictive, as so many prohibitionists claim, I doubt I'd be doing as well as I am right now. Despite 3 years without so much as a single bud of cannabis, I have not turned to criminal activities or attempted suicide or harder drugs. I did go back to alcohol a few times, as a matter of convenience, but that only made my ulcer and endocrinal system worse, so i stopped that also.
I suffered an awful case of sciatica during the past winter, but that seems to be going away, I hope.  My point is, despite the fact that my life has been more difficult without cannabis, I have managed to get by alright and my work has been progressing quite well. The truth is, all I have to live for at this time is my work. I think it's safe to say that my case is substantial proof that cannabis is NOT ADDICTIVE. 
The Tem-Space Variant
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on May 28, 2007 at 06:29:58 PT
Memorial Day
I went to check out Neil Young's web site and they have it closed for the holiday and have America The Beautiful as a tribute from Living With War.Have a safe and fun day everyone.http://www.neilyoung.com/index_mem_pc_high.html
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Comment #6 posted by potpal on May 28, 2007 at 05:57:08 PT
ot dis and dat
Well, I'd like to remember all the men and woman who fought for freedom, justice and liberty and all those who believed they were. I personally remember a dear 19 yr old cousin who spent 6 weeks in Vietnam. I thank them all. Peace.Besides that I'd like to share with the group what I've been telling all my friends to their disbelief...I quit smoking pot!Got vape!
Got the one someone recommended here ($119 for a vaporizer, and some other things, no shipping)
Observations:
use less, 
taste great, 
major ( 90%) reduction in odor, no reek potential, 
been 2 weeks and my smokers cough has disappeared!
keener high, not compromised by tars and co
caveat: potential to get way high, you like it too much initiallyI took what left and set it ablaze once to see all the smoke that I would have filtered the 'old' way. I think vaping is sweeping the land...youtube vaporizer.Burn a burger for cousin Rich.
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Comment #5 posted by mayan on May 28, 2007 at 03:50:29 PT
Time Is On Our Side
Banister predicted more use of marijuana as a narcotics substitute in the future.Big pharm is terrified. They should be.THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Rosie Speaks To The View Audience Members About 9/11 (video):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTMB7nM43Sc&eurl=Was Bush Speech Scheduled To Pre-empt The View?
http://infowars.com/articles/sept11/odonnell_was_bush_speech_scheduled_pre_empt_view.htmThe Plaza in Kansas City Missouri gets hit with 9/11 Truth (video):
http://www.evolutionofdeception.com/911PlazaBullhorn.htmSHADOWPLAY: 9/11 - Design of a Deception? 
http://shadowplay.info/How The Towers Fell - May 28-30 - Winnipeg, Canada:
http://www.stoplying.ca/cos/9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB - OUR NATION IS IN PERIL:
http://www.911sharethetruth.com/
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Comment #4 posted by DjLoTi on May 28, 2007 at 00:02:47 PT
Please watch this 1942 video from Unites States
Department of Agriculture about the benefits for hemp. Please watch, only 13 minutes.http://www.spikedhumor.com/articles/...r_Victory.html
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on May 27, 2007 at 21:57:14 PT
Very Disturbing: Harm Reduction Needed
Hamilton Spectator - News. The scourge of Paco, crack cocaine's cousin. Argentine slum filled with 'living dead'
By Patrick J. Mcdonnell,
The Los Angeles Times,
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (May 26, 2007) 
http://tinyurl.com/2wkc5rExcerpt:"The Argentine economic crisis of 2001-02 may have contributed to Paco's rapid growth, officials say. Youths who could no longer afford cocaine or marijuana may have turned to the cheaper and more powerful Paco."What is so insidious about Paco, experts say, are its extreme addictiveness and toxicity. The drug has been linked to numerous cases of brain lesions, respiratory complications and heart attacks, some of them fatal, doctors here say. Irreversible brain damage can occur within six months of intense use."
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Comment #2 posted by OverwhelmSam on May 27, 2007 at 11:26:21 PT
No more intrusions into doctors recommendations.
"He was prosecuted by the Medical Board of California on charges of inadequate charting; a thinly-veiled attempt, he said, to prevent him from approving marijuana use for his patients."If Ron Paul is elected president, the FDA and the DEA will be shut down.
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Comment #1 posted by DjLoTi on May 27, 2007 at 06:19:34 PT
Just a reminder to watch the video
http://digg.com/politics/Greg_Palast_Has_Roves_Missing_Emails3 million votes uncounted in America. On an unrelated note, here's a graph of the inflation tax in comparison to gas prices:
http://www.randomuseless.info/gasprice/gasprice.htmlI'm not trying to spam, I'm trying to do you a favor. Stay informed. Hopefully This will dominate the news.Someday.. rite? :P Meanwhile, DjLoTi in Amsterdam....... :P joke humor
sentimentalfor realbless the grassroots America!!! I can't wait. !!!!!
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