Medical Marijuana Is On The Oregonian Hit List

  Medical Marijuana Is On The Oregonian Hit List

Posted by CN Staff on October 21, 2007 at 16:58:47 PT
By Tim King,  
Source: Salem News  

Salem, Oregon --  It's a propaganda job.Police say it's "out of control" but the truth is, the most successful medical marijuana program is falling victim to the spin doctors. Now they have Oregon's biggest newspaper following suit in the unwarranted hatchet job they are doing over an herb that helps sick people.
Anti-pot advocates just love it when a couple of people screw up too, then they can portray the whole medical marijuana program as being something bad or deceptive, which it is not.The basis for one of the biggest social and societal problems this nation has, are the thousands of harmless marijuana smokers who are taking up jail space while violent criminals threaten our safety on the streets. The "crime" is only seen that way in an archaic type of thinking, by people who are only concerned with keeping marijuana outlawed, even though it has been proven a thousand times over that the substance has never killed a single person in history and helps people every day.This notion of medical marijuana being illegal and harmful as portrayed in today's Oregonian, stems from the half-witted ideas of the state's biggest political geek: Republican attorney Kevin Mannix, the author of Oregon's hotly disputed Measure-11 which takes power away from elected judges and hands it over to prosecutors who are driven to achieve only one goal, and that is conviction. He wants his pharmaceutical "friends" who manufacture Marinol, a "synthetic" drug created in a laboratory at a time when little was actually known about Cannabis, to exclusively sell their pharmacy product instead of the real thing.Surely Mannix had the crap kicked out of him in school by a pot smoker, what else could cause his foolish behavior? By the way Kevin, has anyone in the public realm ever seen the footage of the Western Oregon professors tearing you up over Measure-11's failed design? You look like you're about to cry, I think we might air that soon and offer some real perspective on Kevin Mannix.'s Dr. Phil Leveque, the state's leading expert on medical marijuana, will have more on our response to this outrageous report in the Sunday newspaper later today or Monday. Oregon has more than 14,000 legal medical marijuana patients, over 2,500 doctors signing prescriptions, and the Oregonian is issuing a completely one-sided article on the subject based on false innuendos issued by local police and prosecutors.It is sad because they probably have no idea how much credibility they lose with the common citizen when they light their torches and attack medical marijuana like a bunch of Storm Troopers descending on a Polish village. Medical marijuana is a twice voter passed piece of legislation that Oregon citizens want. The Oregonian and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office are taking isolated incidents and portraying them falsely.Did they just get here? There are and there have been millions of daily smokers for generations in this country. This battle has only been raging since Dupont teamed with the Hearst Newspaper chain in the 30's and targeted marijuana or hemp more specifically, because they wanted to manufacture "synthetic" rope and hemp is the strongest natural fiber known to man, so they had to demonize it, and they created the movie "Reefer Madness."Today the Oregonian, Mannix and even the court officers are playing into a hand created by "corporate America" in the 1930's, and it is the same dishonest side of American business that has nearly driven this nation to the brink under Bush's Presidency. It is a joke, don't believe the propaganda that is an affront to end the wishes of Oregon voters.It is obvious to anyone paying attention that police throughout Oregon have been on the rampage with busting people for pot and making sure the news covers it. We run all of their "marijuana grow raid" stories and we view them as daily news, but the numbers are way up and it is fair for us to be suspicious about it, as the trend has greatly developed since the announcement that Mannix was developing legislation to overturn the wishes of Oregon voters. His tool chest is full of falsely concocted information. Police are working behind closed doors on this and federal DEA agents are in our local police departments selling this information with videos and power point presentations. Most police aren't really driven to bust people over pot, they know it is insignificant most of the time, but the DEA is poisoning their minds with false information, playing a dangerous game with Oregon's future.Joining forces with failed gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix, the Oregonian newspaper has joined the list of agencies out to get OMMP.Cited Article: The Oregonian - A Smokescreen for Criminals: Salem News (OR)Author: Tim King, Published: October 21, 2007Copyright: 2007 Website: newsroom salem-news.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuan Archives

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Comment #26 posted by FoM on October 23, 2007 at 20:27:05 PT
John Tyler 
We are watching CNN and the fires are really bad. They just said 1200 homes are burnt up. We have very tall trees behind our house and we are talking about maybe cutting them down next spring. We don't have any big trees closer then 50 feet. The siding we put on the house is fire retardant and it's made by James Hardie. The windows are vinyl I think they are called. I don't know if shingles are fire retardant but the rest of the house is. I marvel at nature. Nature always wins and it isn't politically driven. I've felt those winds during the Malibu fires in the early 90s. We had ashes on our truck which was many miles from the fires. When the rainy season comes they will probably have a bunch of mud slides with everything being burnt up. 
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Comment #25 posted by John Tyler on October 23, 2007 at 19:54:46 PT
CA fires
It seems to me with regular fires in CA that people would build in fire suppression system into their house. If you can afford a multimillion dollar house surely you can have a fireproof roof put on, fire resistant siding, a sprinkler system to wet down your roof and sprinklers to wet the sides of your house or tubing on the outside edges to wet down your house from above. This could be automatic or manual. Upgraded systems could draw water from your swimming pool and you could also get a protected gasoline generator to provide electrical power if regular current went out. It seems better that having your house burn. Maybe when the houses are rebuilt they will use some of these ideas.
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on October 22, 2007 at 21:19:54 PT
Thank you for the Hemp link. I hope the winds die down and it rains. That would help with the fires. 
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Comment #23 posted by ekim on October 22, 2007 at 20:50:14 PT
the future is so bright you got to wear shades
will someone in Malibu do some reading and when ol 
Rnold comes calling -- have the facts to call him out on why 
CA will not be in the forefront of the Hemp technology building boom --- and how Billions going to rebuild from the fires will be spent on old --OLD technology -----rnold has let many down seems he is not the great thinker that he has said he is.
but that can change --who will make the movie that will shame rnold into doing the right thing.
Hemp building boosters claim that hempcrete foundation walls are up to seven times stronger than those made of concrete, half as light and three times as elastic. This superior strength and flexibility means that hemp foundations are resistant to stress-induced cracking and breaking, even in earthquake-prone areas. The building material also is self-insulating; resistant to rotting, rodents and insects; and fire proof, waterproof and weather resistant.
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on October 22, 2007 at 16:49:40 PT
Related Article from
The Oregonian: Medical Marijuana SlanderersOpinion by Dr. Phillip Leveque October 22, 2007
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on October 22, 2007 at 11:19:52 PT

I hope your family doesn't lose anything because of the fire. I have been watching the news all day and it looks bad out there. Those winds are amazing. I've been in them before and what power they have. I watched Malibu burn from the top of a mountain back in the early 90s.
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Comment #20 posted by afterburner on October 22, 2007 at 11:17:56 PT

Interesting Scientific Developments
 How Does Consciousness Happen 
By Christof Koch and Susan Greenfield 
"Two leading neuroscientists, Christof Koch and Susan Greenfield, disagree about the activity that takes place in the brain during subjective experience"
 Experimental Drugs on Trial 
By Beryl Lieff Benderly 
"A controversial lawsuit challenges the FDA's system of controlling access to experimental drugs and, some say, the scientific basis of drug approval" 

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Comment #19 posted by whig on October 22, 2007 at 11:14:37 PT

fight 4 freedom
Thanks for the update. I didn't know it had gotten so bad and I should go check on some friends.
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Comment #18 posted by fight_4_freedom on October 22, 2007 at 11:11:35 PT:

off topic: trouble in paradise
My sister, her huband, and my little niece are currently trying to find somewhere to go. Her city in San Diego County is being evacuated as I type. I hope to God everyone gets to safety without any trouble.Scary Stuff....
california wildfires
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Comment #17 posted by whig on October 22, 2007 at 11:10:44 PT

I think if I were to place my one strongest aptitude, which isn't typically tested but in terms of my own perception of my talent, it is logic.Some people think logic is truth, but it is not. Logic is a system of rules, a game which allows statements to be tested for validity. A valid statement may be false, a true statement may be not validly stated.Math is like that too, it isn't reality. It's just a system, a game that allows symbols to be manipulated according to rules. There are people who think that all of reality is just math. Some of them are very smart.Words follow rules too, and are not the same thing as the reality that they are used to describe.
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on October 22, 2007 at 11:10:13 PT

I've never been able to do a jigsaw puzzle. I am a very impatient person. LOL!
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Comment #15 posted by whig on October 22, 2007 at 11:03:04 PT

I'm fine at connecting dots, I'm terrible at jigsaw puzzles. How's that?
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Comment #14 posted by whig on October 22, 2007 at 11:01:37 PT

I didn't like school much either. I tended to be focused on my own thoughts too. I'm a very good test taker though. Verbally and mathematically, at least. Spacial intelligence isn't quite as good, and there are a whole lot of areas I am just plainly deficient.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on October 22, 2007 at 10:43:11 PT

I had a terrible time learning in school. I couldn't keep my mind from jumping from one thought to another. I basically couldn't connect the dots in most learning situations. I bet there are many people like me. All my friends did fine and I never understood why it was easy for them but it wasn't for me.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on October 22, 2007 at 10:39:20 PT

I agree.
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Comment #11 posted by whig on October 22, 2007 at 10:38:23 PT

Count on them to lie
When they say things, they are often the opposite of true.For instance, "Cannabis makes you stupid."Now, how many of us believe that?
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Comment #10 posted by whig on October 22, 2007 at 10:37:06 PT

You have to keep people stupid to keep them enslaved.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on October 22, 2007 at 10:31:54 PT

I am coming to the conclusion that the powers that be are afraid of Cannabis. People who use this Herb tend to question more then people who don't. A thinking population can become a dangerous population in their opinion I believe.
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Comment #8 posted by whig on October 22, 2007 at 10:29:20 PT

Profits over people.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on October 22, 2007 at 10:16:48 PT

Enemies? Why?
No one has ever produced anything, any answer, or reason as to why that satisfies me as to what this enmity and prohibition is all about in the first place.Of course, I know it was originally about racism and greed of wealthy people wanting to curtail hemp production. It was all originally a lie and false premise. But for God's and humanity's sake, why? Is there no education? Is there a reason why they can continue their brutality without even having a clear reason for it? Why do they continue brutalizing and horrifying cannabis users? What is their purpose, now? What is their reason, now? It seems to me that those who set themselves against us are insane. There is no logical reason for it except to feed the prison industrial complex, that I can see. And that is not logical or reasonable or moral.Why?Is their no brain, or conscience, or sense of reason, or sanity among them?
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Comment #6 posted by Toker00 on October 22, 2007 at 09:17:54 PT

Divisions and Differences.
It's only the same old game.It's only the same old thang.Divide them, then conquer them. And it's done by the same old gang.They keep us divided by our differences instead of unified by our likenesses. There is no question that Cannabists have mountains in common with DEA agents but they want to concentrate on that one difference, our opinions about Drugs. One difference has caused this whole miserable Drug War/Social catastrophe. Why can't we just concentrate on what we have in common and unify our differences with compromise, compassion and understanding? We Love, too. We Cry, too. We Bleed, too. We have found something that is wonderful and we want to share it with the world. It would be wonderful for them, too. There is no Right Wrong Left Right Good Bad Righteous Evil. There are only everything in between. It's not your Universe, it's not my Universe. It's OUR, as in One, Universe.One division can cause the loss of co-operation in other things we have in common. If we shared our likenesses we would not notice our differences so much.Toke. 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on October 22, 2007 at 08:54:43 PT

God knows
that it's hateful, crazy, determined people who have aligned themselves against us. I'm not their "enemy" but it sure seems, no, definitely, they are ours. They, seemingly, won't be content unless they can bring as much harm as possible to those who would consume cannabis.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on October 21, 2007 at 21:39:13 PT

Shhhh; it's underground
US CA: Indoor Pot Farms Cast Cloud Over Soil-Free Gardening(But don't talk about it)Pubdate: Sun, 21 Oct 2007
Source: Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA)
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on October 21, 2007 at 18:48:07 PT

AP: Authorities Say Oregon Law Out Of Control

 October 21, 2007 
PORTLAND - Voters who passed Oregon's medical marijuana law in 1998 were told about 500 people a year would apply to use the drug for relief from debilitating medical conditions such as cancer.But it has mushroomed far beyond that, and now has nearly 15,000 patients with 1,700 more applying for new or renewed permits each month. People allowed to grow the drug surpass 4,000, and police and prosecutors say things are getting out of hand.Some gets onto the black market at high prices and Oregon State Police say that of the 46 illegal crop seizures they took part in last year, 15 involved medical marijuana growers.But patient advocates say the real problem is filling the need--that the demand for medical marijuana is about 10 times the supply.Supporters are looking for an expansion of the program while opponents would like to see it repealed. Voters could decide next year.Copyright: 2007 Associated Press

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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on October 21, 2007 at 17:34:37 PT

More at the Salem News.
Medical Marijuana Ignorance: Is the Oregonian on the DEA Payroll?Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.comPhillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Physician, Toxicologist and Pharmacologist.(MOLALLA, Ore.) I shouldn't be surprised, but the Oregonian has been printing snide commentary articles since the start or Oregon's remarkably successful Medical Marijuana Program in 1990. They always have negative comments which are usually false and today's article is no exception. With two full pages of mostly diatribe, it's difficult to correct the falsities and near falsities in a short response.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on October 21, 2007 at 17:12:19 PT

Reefer madness is alive and well.
Police and prohibitionist politicians seem like a discusting group of people.
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