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  The DEA Has Failed To Eradicate Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on November 27, 2015 at 12:25:02 PT
By Christopher Ingraham 
Source: Washington Post 

DEA Washington, D.C. -- The Drug Enforcement Administration is not having a great year.

The chief of the agency stepped down in April under a cloud of scandal. The acting administrator since then has courted ridicule for saying pot is "probably not" as dangerous as heroin, and more recently he provoked 100,000 petition-signers and seven members of Congress to call for his head after he called medical marijuana "a joke."

This fall, the administration earned a scathing rebuke from a federal judge over its creative interpretation of a law intended to keep it from harassing medical marijuana providers. Then, the Brookings Institution issued a strongly-worded report outlining the administration's role in "stifling medical research" into medical uses of pot.

Unfortunately for the DEA, the year isn't over yet. Last week a group of 12 House members led by Ted Lieu of California wrote to House leadership to push for a provision in the upcoming spending bill that would strip half of the funds away from the DEA's Cannabis Eradication Program, and put that money toward programs that "play a far more useful role in promoting the safety and economic prosperity of the American people:" domestic violence prevention and overall spending reduction efforts.

Each year the DEA spends about $18 million in efforts with state and local authorities to pull up marijuana plants being grown indoors and outdoors. The program has been plagued by scandal and controversy in recent years. In the mid-2000s it became clear that the overwhelming majority of "marijuana" plants netted by the program were actually "ditchweed," or the wild, non-cultivated, non-psychoactive cousin of the marijuana that people smoke.

More recently, overzealous marijuana eradicators have launched heavily-armed raids on okra plants, and warned the Utah legislature of the threat posed by rabbits who had "cultivated a taste for the marijuana." Last year the DEA spent an average of roughly $4.20 (yes, really) for each marijuana plant it successfully uprooted. In some states, the cost to taxpayers approached $60 per uprooted plant.

The program has also proven to be ineffective. The idea behind pulling up pot plants is to reduce the supply of marijuana, thereby reducing its use. In 1977, two years before the program's introduction, less than a quarter of Americans said they'd ever tried pot, according to Gallup. By 2015, after 36 years of federal marijuana eradication efforts, the share of Americans ever trying pot nearly doubled, to 44 percent.

Given that marijuana is legal in some form or another in nearly half of the nation's states, some lawmakers are saying enough is enough. "The seizure of these plants has served neither an economic nor public-safety nor a health-related purpose," Lieu and his colleagues write. "Its sole impact has been to expend limited federal resources that are better spent elsewhere."

The letter-writers note that the provision to strip $9 million in funding from the program passed on voice vote earlier in the year, "without any opposition from either party." They urge leadership to include the provision in a must-pass spending bill later this year.

Lieu doesn't want to stop there: next year he intends to introduce a measure "to eliminate the program completely," he said earlier this year. Whether that actually happens will likely depend on how this year's measure fares during upcoming spending bill negotiations.


Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.

Source: Washington Post (DC)
Author: Christopher Ingraham
Published: Novenber 27, 2015
Copyright: 2015 Washington Post Company
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Comment #12 posted by runruff on November 30, 2015 at 08:03:51 PT
Stalin said of his police...
"They are useful idiots and disposable".

We have come to the part where these bottom feeding "useful idiots" have become disposable.

I will very much enjoy their demise over the next few years. No retirement for the Devils Evil Angels. They need to go to pumping gas, cutting lawns, something they can do without killing someone, hopefully.

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Comment #11 posted by runruff on November 30, 2015 at 07:29:10 PT
These brain dead bimbos...
...are lucky I will not be president, I would line these bottom feeders up for a last cigerette Stalin style!

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Comment #10 posted by Oleg the Tumor on November 29, 2015 at 04:27:31 PT
How About Some Real Savings . . .
Let's do away with most of the DEA itself!

What thugs everywhere stand for: Doing Evil Always

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Comment #9 posted by FoM on November 28, 2015 at 12:42:08 PT
John Tyler
That is very interesting and makes sense for those who experienced LSD way back when.

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Comment #8 posted by The GCW on November 28, 2015 at 07:57:19 PT
Garry Minor,
Sometimes I don't know where to start and then I realize, start from the beginning. Because it's the very 1st page where Satan / the devil etc. has separated the most people (think blanket separation) from receiving the "spirit of truth." -Part of the reason cannabis prohibition and extermination is the DEVIL LAW.

Today, it's difficult to exclaim Christianity for that word is used to identify and include PRO WAR "CHRISTIANS." What the hell is a PRO WAR CHRISTIAN? -It's a person who does not follow the life and teachings of the Christ Jesus.!.

It is not "christianity" We must follow. It is the [life and teachings of] Christ Jesus, who We must follow.

Some deny the Christ Jesus but nobody can escape the Christ Jesus. Everyone's marked according to the Christ Jesus by way of Our birth date, in accordance with the reality of the Christ Jesus.

Being the "friend" of the Christ Jesus, enables everything. One of the great insights from Him comes in John 14:12.

"Truly, truly, I say to (Y)ou, (H)e who believes in Me, the words that I do, (H)e will do also; and greater works than these (H)e will do; because I go to the Father."

When We put Our mind in the mind of the Christ Jesus and He puts His mind in Our mind, We have the ability to progress to a place understanding We are ONE. From there We may advance to the understanding that We are ONE and We are a Christ. The Christ Jesus has given Us the ability to become equal to Him. His insight, His proclamation is that We have the ability to do greater works than even He.

Christ Stan The Green Collar Worker

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Comment #7 posted by John Tyler on November 28, 2015 at 07:41:03 PT
Rolling Stone article might be interesting
I just read an article in Rolling Stone (RS 1249 12/3/2015 page 51) about micro-dosing LSD and/or mushrooms. It has become very popular on the west coast among the technical people. It makes them more energetic and creative. Check it out. http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/how-lsd-microdosing-became-the-hot-new-business-trip-20151120

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Comment #6 posted by Garry Minor on November 28, 2015 at 06:45:43 PT:

GCW #3
Let's bring out the Sword of Truth again!

Cannabis in the Holy Oil

From: Early Diffusion and Folk uses of Hemp

Dr. Sula Benet

Tracing the history of hemp in terms of cultural contacts, the Old Testament must not be overlooked since it provides one of the oldest and most important written source materials.

In the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament there are references to hemp, both as incense, which was an integral part of religious celebration, and as an intoxicant (Benet 1936) Cannabis as an incense was also used in the temples of Assyria and Babylon "because its aroma was pleasing to the Gods." (Meissner 1925 (II): 84).

Both in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament and in the Aramaic translation, the word 'kaneh' or ' keneh' is used either alone or linked to the adjective bosm in Hebrew and busma in Aramaic, meaning aromatic. It is 'cana' in Sanskrit, 'qunnabu' in Assyrian, 'kenab' in Persian, 'kannab' in Arabic and 'kanbun' in Chaldean. In Exodus 30: 23, God directed Moses to make a holy oil composed of "myrrh, sweet cinnamon, kaneh bosm and kassia." In many ancient languages, including Hebrew, the root 'kan' has a double meaning --- both hemp and reed.

In many translations of the Bible's original Hebrew, we find 'kaneh bosm' variously and erroneously translated as "calamus" and "aromatic reed," a vague term. Calamus, (Calamus aromaticus) is a fragrant marsh plant.

The error occurred in the oldest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, in the third century B.C., where the terms 'kaneh, kaneh bosm' were incorrectly translated as "calamus."

And in the many translations that followed, including Martin Luther's, the same error was repeated.

In Exodus 30: 23 'kaneh bosm' is translated as "sweet calamus."

In Isaiah 43: 24 'kaneh' is translated as "sweet cane." although the word "sweet" appears nowhere in the original. In Jeremiah 6: 20 'kaneh' is translated as "sweet cane."

In Ezekiel 27: 19 'kaneh' is translated as "calamus."

In Song of Songs 4: 14 'kaneh' is translated "calamus."

Another piece of evidence regarding the use of the word 'kaneh' in the sense of hemp rather than reed among the Hebrews is the religious requirement that the dead be buried in 'kaneh' shirts. Centuries later, linen was substituted for hemp (Klein 1908).

In the course of time, the two words 'kaneh' and ‘bos’ were fused into one, 'kanabos' or 'kannabus,'known to us from Mishna, the body of traditional Hebrew law. The word bears an unmistakable similarity to the Scythian "cannabis." Is it too far-fetched to assume that the Semitic word 'kanbos' and the Scythian word 'cannabis' mean the same thing?

Since the history of cannabis has been tied to the history of the Scythians, it is of interest to establish their appearance in the Near East. Again, the Old Testament provides information testifying to their greater antiquity than has been previously assumed. The Scythians participated in both trade and wars alongside the ancient Semites for at least one millennium before Herodotus encountered them in the fifth century B.C. The reason for confusion and the relative obscurity of the role played by the Scythians in world history is explained by the fact that they were known to the Greeks as Scythians but to the Semites as Ashkenaz.

Identification of the Scythian-Ashkenaz as a single people is convincingly made by Ellis H. Minns (1965) in his definitive work on Scythians and Greeks. The earliest reference to the Ashkenaz people appears in the Bible in Genesis 10: 3, where Ashkenaz, their progenitor, is named as the son of Gomer, the great-grandson of Noah. The Ashkenaz of the Bible were both war-like and extremely mobile. In Jeremiah 51: 27, we read that the kingdoms of Ararat (known later as Armenia), Minni (Medea), and Ashkenaz attacked Babylonia. In 612 B.C. Babylonians with the aid of the Medeans (Medes) and Scythians, coming from the Caucasus, dealt a deadly blow to Assyria (Durant 1954). Referring the threat of war, Herodotus reports that Scythians attempted to invade Egypt by way of Palestine and they withdrew only after the Pharaoh paid them to retreat.

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http://web.acsalaska.net/~warmgun/sm410.html

It seems that the disciples and early followers of "The Way," later called Christians, ....literally "Anointed Ones" also used the Holy Oil.

Cyril of Jerusalem: On Chrism

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf207.ii.xxv.html

5. Having been counted worthy of this Holy Chrism, ye are called Christians, verifying the name also by your new birth. For before you were deemed worthy of this grace, ye had properly no right to this title, but were advancing on your way towards being Christians.

There's much more!

What happened?

What does that say of the church today?

1John 2:18-29

Kaneh Bosm

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Comment #5 posted by FoM on November 27, 2015 at 20:13:16 PT
Paint with light
Much better. I hope that means if you live deep in the country you could grow the 6 plants outside.

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Comment #4 posted by Paint with light on November 27, 2015 at 19:30:27 PT
Better Ohio plan
I haven't seen this posted.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/11/27/new-plans-for-legal-pot-sprouting-like-weeds.html

From the Columbus Dispatch,

"Key elements of LegalizeOhio’s plan:

• Ohioans 21 or older could have 100 grams of marijuana, 500 grams of marijuana-infused solids, 2 liters of marijuana-infused liquids and 25 grams of marijuana concentrates.

• Adults could grow six flowering marijuana plants at home in a “secure area of their property away from public view” without a permit or inspections.

• Marijuana sales would be regulated by a new division of the Ohio Department of Commerce.

• A new medical-marijuana program would be regulated by the Ohio Department of Health.

• The hemp program would be overseen by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

• Marijuana sales would be taxed, with revenue earmarked for county, municipal and township governments, Ohio’s public-pension systems, schools, drug education, drug treatment and research."

Sounds like a lot better plan.

No fees or inspections for home grows is a good idea.

I like the fact that they are using the three way approach I have always advocated.

Recreational, medical, and industrial.

Legal like it should be.

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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on November 27, 2015 at 16:10:10 PT
Be clear! Exterminate, not eradicate!
Eradicate is being soft.

What the cannabis prohibitionist has spicifically done in no uncertain terms is attempt to

EXTERMINATE

cannabis off the face of earth.

God indicates He created all the seed bearing plants saying they're all good on literally the very 1st page of the Bible. Page 1.

& with the help of Satan / the devil they tried but could not EXTERMINATE God's superplant. Good vs. evil.

The scum wants to EXTERMINATE one of earths most valuable resources; the KING OF THE PLANT KINGDOM.

If You were going to Neptune and could only take one plant with You, You better not hesitate and take the one plant known on earth to do it all.

Cannabis; it's for LIFE.

-0-

*Cannabis prohibitionists are NOT the friends of THE CHRIST JESUS. John 15:14.

-for they have not done what the Christ Jesus commands; namely, to "love one another."

Cannabis prohibition is an act of hatred.

Cannabis extermination is an act of hatred.

Caging responsible humans for using cannabis is an evil act of hatred.

Cannabis prohibition IS THE DEVIL LAW.

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Comment #2 posted by Hope on November 27, 2015 at 14:19:39 PT
"Eliminate the program completely."
That's a very good idea.

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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 27, 2015 at 12:25:59 PT
Money
That is what it is all about.

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