The War on Marijuana

  The War on Marijuana

Posted by CN Staff on May 09, 2005 at 09:29:15 PT
By Tracy Ryan 
Source: Hawaii Reporter 

Hawaii -- Anyone who follows the national media campaign waged with our tax money would think the only drug the Federal Government is concerned about is marijuana. This may strike people as odd, since as Hawaii residents have become all too aware, there are many dangerous and addictive substances widely abused. We have the so called "ice epidemic" for an example. Yet three or more times per night expensive national television ads are run depicting how the infamous "devil" weed corrupts our children and advises parents how to stop it. I can't remember the last time the Feds spent money discussing any other drug.
Marijuana laws are among the toughest in the country. The Federal Government is now considering five year minimums for passing a joint to someone who may have been in drug rehabilitation facility or is under 21 years of age. That means almost half the kids in our universities can now face five years mandatory prison time. If the kids are under 18 the sentence will be 10 years. Just to put this in perspective the average time served for rape is 7 years. Many murderers receive lighter sentences than people caught growing pot. The Federal campaign against medical uses of marijuana is particularly troubling. In 1998 California, the largest state in the country with over twenty five million inhabitants, passed a referendum allowing doctors to make the decisions about the efficacy of marijuana as medical therapy for their clients. National polls have consistently shown as much as 70 percent support for the legal use of marijuana in medicine. After all derivatives of opium and cocaine are an important part of the therapeutic inventory in clinics and hospitals all over the United States.The Government rationale is that marijuana is a dangerous drug with no medical benefits. No neutral scientific research supports this point of view. The fact that marijuana has not gone through the rigorous trials necessary for FDA approval does not establish that it lacks medicinal value. For years the Feds have actively prevented research into the medical uses of marijuana by refusing to allow the scientific community an exception to laws criminalizing its possession. You can't do research on a substance if you don't have any to do research on. Most reputable scientists don't want to go to jail. Reports made on the potential uses of marijuana in medicine by government agencies can simply be overruled by the political appointees who head the agency. Science has become secondary to politics.Marijuana has been used in the practice of medicine for over two thousand years. It was a normal part of medical remedies in our country up until it became "the weed with roots in hell" and abolished by the Feds in the late thirties. Marijuana was the typical treatment for headache prior to the discovery of aspirin in the nineteenth century. People may debate its usefulness for the treatment of disease A or disease B, but shouldn't that debate be resolved by doctors and scientists rather than politicians and bureaucrats?As for alleged dangers of recreational use, the Feds again paint a distorted picture. In contrast to studies aimed at finding medical uses of marijuana those aimed at proving it a health hazard have had lavish Federal support. In the last thirty years the Government has been happy to help anyone who thought they could set up an experiment that would show the dangers of marijuana use. The taxpayers have been forced to finance a long list of junk science as a result. Virtually none of the work that suggests marijuana is a health hazard is accepted by the independent scientific community. How much of this malarkey is quoted in government publications? I am not suggesting in stating this that I view marijuana as harmless. Almost nothing in the world, including drinking water, is completely harmless. The point is the Government has a political agenda to distort science in order to support their law enforcement efforts. The prosecutions of medical marijuana patients in California have in many cases been barbarous. Peter McWilliams was a gay man who suffered from both AIDs and cancer. He was a nationally recognized author, whose works included Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do. The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society. He joined the Libertarian Party on national television during their 1998 national convention. As a medical marijuana patient of high visibility he became a top target of Federal law enforcement efforts. He was prosecuted in Federal courts for marijuana crimes. The judge would not allow him to present his defense of medical exception. With his right to defend himself stripped away he was convicted, sentenced, and denied further access to the marijuana he relied on to control the violent nausea he suffered from. Not long thereafter he was dead, chocked to death on his own vomit.Undermining the first amendment rights of the opponents of Federal drug policy is part and parcel of the program. In the first case tax money is freely spent to disseminate government views on drugs throughout the country. In recent years these views have turned sharply away from accepted scientific messages about dangerous drugs to political propaganda aimed at preventing marijuana to be reclassified as a less dangerous drug or even legalized. Up until a year ago the Feds were running television spots offering rebuttals to critics of their drug policy that said nothing about the drugs themselves. At least this exercise in pure politics seems to have stopped. The Feds place anti-drug ads everywhere. They have even paid producers of network television shows to plant anti-drug themes in popular entertainment. Yet they have consistently tried to prevent critics of their policies from using media to present other opinions. City buses in most parts of the US are loaded with advertising. The Feds threatened to cut off all Federal transportation subsidies to cities that accepted advertising from marijuana legalization proponents or other critics of their policies.The Feds have used "rave" laws to intimidate organizers of pro-marijuana political rallies from proceeding with their events. Under the "rave" laws the promoters could be held liable if any attendee to their event was found in possession of any illegal drug. What are the chances of holding a rally to legalize marijuana without having someone in the audience in possession of some?Why should our government go to such lengths to undermine the rights of people to free speech and to free assembly? Why should they distort and politicize science and medicine? Why should they attack the constitutional rights of states by continuing to enforce laws that voters in those states have voted to not have enforced? Why should they spend so much tax money on television spots about marijuana instead of heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamines? I can't say I know the answer. There are probably a number of considerations. Sadly the most obvious and likely is the simplest. Money! The vast majority of all illegal drug use in this country involves marijuana. If marijuana statistics are removed from calculations the problem to be solved becomes much smaller. That means loss of budget and civil service jobs for Federal agencies. Like all government programs drug enforcement has became an employment scheme. There are more government agencies than I can name that have been cut into this lucrative pie. Like all government agencies they will fight like tigers to maintain their funding. That means they will do or say anything to keep marijuana laws from changing. It is up to you and I to see to it that the interests of bureaucrats don't destroy the gifts of liberty our constitution guarantees.Hawaii reports the real news, and prints all editorials submitted, even if they do not represent the viewpoint of the editors, as long as they are written clearly. Tracy Ryan, chair of the Libertarian Party of Hawaii, can be reached by email at: tracy.ahn.ryan worldnet.att.netSource: Hawaii Reporter (HI)Author: Tracy RyanPublished: Monday, May 09, 2005Copyright: 2005 Hawaii Reporter, Inc.Contact: Malia Website: Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #36 posted by FoM on October 20, 2006 at 18:27:43 PT
It's good to see you. I am sad because of Jonathan's death. He was only 54. That's just too young to die. I'll never forget him. And as Jonathan's words said in this comment.Aloha to all and to all a good night! Rest in Peace.
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Comment #35 posted by Jose Melendez on October 20, 2006 at 18:17:12 PT
breaking silence
We'll miss you, Rev. Adler.
Breaking the Ice with Cannabis
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Comment #34 posted by FoM on May 12, 2005 at 08:04:40 PT
Rev Jonathan Adler 
I'm really sorry to read that you had a heart attack. Take care of yourself and get well!
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Comment #33 posted by Rev Jonathan Adler on May 12, 2005 at 00:29:12 PT:
Hawaii still is my mission!
Aloha and Long Time No Post! I AM BACK!! You might remember me as the one who ran for Governor in 2002, but was rewarded with kidnapping and a jail cell for 6 months! I never have waivered or quit this mission I am on. We have made major progress since I last posted on this site to keep you all informed about Hawaii. Tracy Ryan should remember me well and I liked his article. should be back up any day now and we are ready to rock. Please update all interested parties about our resurfacing and activity. I just had a heart attack and made history at Queen's Medical Center during my recovery by getting them to allow medical marijuana use IN THE HOSPITAL> Also the pharmacy bar-coded and labeled my container with my name approved for use. I will be in touch with you all more often. Aloha and all members of our "real" religion are welcome to get back in touch if they need to contact me. The same address: Box 742 Hilo, Hi. 96721 and a new phone: (808) 968-0679 or (808) 345-3411. 
FoM: Thanks for keeping it all together. Peace and Mahalos!
P.S. THC Ministry members should be made aware that their status is questionable at best and downright illegal at worst. No verification has been applied to the well-intentioned? Rev. Roger Christie; who has repeated used my concepts and wording to create an illusion of legitimacy that he has no right to assume. Call me if more info is needed. Still the original court approved cannabis religion!
Aloha to all and to all a good night! 
Hawaii Medical Marijuana Institute.
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Comment #32 posted by BGreen on May 09, 2005 at 22:18:31 PT
One more thing about browsers
Make sure that you regularly check for updates that fix security issues or even the best browser can leave you vulnerable.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #31 posted by BGreen on May 09, 2005 at 22:12:20 PT
Glad I could help.This is from the Thunderbird FAQ:How do I import e-mail messages from another mail program?  Go to Tools > Import, which will bring up a dialog to guide you through the process.I'd say give it a try.The Reverend Bud Green
Thunderbird FAQ
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Comment #30 posted by BUDSNAXZ on May 09, 2005 at 21:11:08 PT
I took all of the advice I read this weekend and I'm now typing this in Mozilla. I can't believe how easy it was to switch, convert my bookmarks, and how simple this is to use.
I will be switching to Thunderbird as soon as I figure out how to get all my saved e-mail out of Netscape Communicator 4.7 (any suggestions?).Thanks again for the Great advice.
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Comment #29 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 19:11:59 PT
It just made me laugh and it's true. LOL!
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Comment #28 posted by BGreen on May 09, 2005 at 19:00:09 PT
I didn't mention any names
I was talking about some OTHER people. LOLThe Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 18:50:57 PT
Why's everbody always pickin on me! LOL!
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Comment #26 posted by BGreen on May 09, 2005 at 18:48:49 PT
So some people experience anxiety
when they give up cannabis?So what?I know people that experience anxiety when they even THINK about giving up a lot of legal things ... including their web browser (Internet Explorer Withdrawlis.) LOLAnybody ever see somebody go through alcoholic Delirium Tremens (DT's)? It's a helluva thing to watch and I can't imagine how much worse it is to experience Delirium Tremens from that "refreshing beverage" so legal and available at your local store.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #25 posted by runderwo on May 09, 2005 at 18:43:08 PT

Same approach
This author took nearly the exact same approach I took in responding to the AIM article bashing medical cannabis activists. I'm very glad to see that he is covering all the bases, and only hope that people with influence will read and consider this.
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 18:42:44 PT

I suffer these symptoms when I don't have my morning coffee.Anxiety? Aggression? Irritability? 
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Comment #23 posted by runderwo on May 09, 2005 at 18:41:05 PT

Withdrawal symptoms
Anxiety? Aggression? Irritability? Are these "withdrawal symptoms", or are they personality traits that are mitigated by cannabis use? I guess it depends whether you are interested in the truth, or rather just in being political.
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Comment #22 posted by JSM on May 09, 2005 at 18:36:21 PT:

Presidental Candidate
How about Montel? His video in DC was great and win or not he would make a difference.
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Comment #21 posted by mayan on May 09, 2005 at 18:26:34 PT

Industrial Hemp
Great article but the author fails to touch on industrial hemp. Imho, hemp and medical cannabis are the real reasons recreational cannabis is outlawed. It's not just the prison-industrial complex but many powerful industries that have a vested interest in maintaining the prohibition of cannabis. Modern American society is fashioned around the prohibition of this plant. It is a plant that can change EVERYTHING.unrelated...Puppet Pulls Strings at Publicly Traded Medical Marijuana Company: reaches dead end on tester: THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions - View the Lecture by Professor David Ray Griffin:
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 18:22:56 PT

That means I must be a relic if I'm from the 70s! I've been called a lot of things but never a relic! At least not yet! LOL!***Often considered a relic of the 1970's culture, marijuana is no longer a baby boom generation issue.
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Comment #19 posted by Jose Melendez on May 09, 2005 at 17:41:40 PT

double speak
I could not even make this up. Check out the latest marijuana "treatment" research, and after you get past laughing at the thought of an emergency room full of wealthy Caucasian teens seeking treatment (sober up kid, the rest of us are offered handcuffs) look for key words: consistent variabilityOrwell would be so proud. Or maybe not:  
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Comment #18 posted by Telarus on May 09, 2005 at 16:29:43 PT:

Wow, etc
Nice, glad to know people from back home (hawai'i) still have the Koa to get the message out.
English-Hawaiian Reference
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Comment #17 posted by happyplant on May 09, 2005 at 16:08:56 PT

That is one of the best articles i've ever read. It's to bad that all of America can't read it and realize that the gov. is pulling the wool over their eyes. Someday they will wisen up.
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Comment #16 posted by Taylor121 on May 09, 2005 at 16:06:34 PT

I'm glad you learned this. Libertarian mays make up a very small portion of all the voters, but we are very vocal. I have seen us accused of focusing too much on legalizing marijuana before. Also keep in mind that not all libertarians are alike, some don't favor legalizing all drugs but are more moderate and just favor legalizing pot and decriminalizing other drugs. Others aren't part of the Libertarian Party but are just philosophically libertarian and are independentt. A Libertarian we all should know is Ron Paul, who is Republican but is outcast by his own party for his libertarian beliefs (he ran for president as a libertarian in the late 80's). Here is the true voice of the GOP , the libertarian side of it.Rest assured I'm confident there are other libertarians here besides myself that read cnews :P. Btw
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 15:59:22 PT

EJ Just a Note
I've thought and thought why medical patients won't be able to medicate. I believe MPP knows they have a powerful person on our side with Montel and because the antis aren't happy it is better to stay on the side of moderation or they could lose Montels support just because of how they would make news out of it.
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Comment #14 posted by dongenero on May 09, 2005 at 15:33:22 PT

I thought this was a great article. I would say this is another one that should be published in every newspaper across the nation. I may have to write and thank them.
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Comment #13 posted by global_warming on May 09, 2005 at 15:15:57 PT

Who would make a good president of these US States?Can't be Jesus, he's dead, Moses, Mohammed, Buddha, they are dead, we need a living person.I'm ready to vote for Soros, I know, he will mess things up, but he has the spirit, if his message is true and clear, his new world order, will allow for Cannabis Reform, and the possibility to have human freedom.The visious attacks in the "press" only assure me, that he is coming and he is kicking ass. The anti Soros articles I have read so far, are filled with "prohibitionist alarms", those frightened people, so locked up in their professions, afraid to stand up for what is wrong in this world... 
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 14:54:47 PT

So Long Ago
It will be 5 years in June that Peter has been gone. I can't believe we have arrived where we are today with our government when it seemed so close back then.
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Comment #11 posted by E_Johnson on May 09, 2005 at 14:47:25 PT

Peter's death affected me too
I got so mad, I finally was able to see the callousness and arrogance of the Clinton administration.Before that, I must say, I was blinded by my loyalty to my party.When he died, my politics shifted. I'm not a loyal party follower any more.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 14:26:21 PT

You're welcome. I got Peter's e-mail list too. I looked so forward to reading it. I talked to him a little about my son since he had Aids too. I about lost it when Peter died. I don't know why but maybe it was because I lost my son too but it hit me really hard and that's why I made the page.
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Comment #9 posted by joeCitizen on May 09, 2005 at 14:21:31 PT

Thank you, FOM!!
I was deeply touched to see your tribute site to Peter McWilliams. I was on Peter's mail list for several years, and I used to love the letters he would send out. Witty, insightful, caring, funny, and so very, very human.We must never forget Peter, nor the cruel fact that he was murdered by the Narcs and their evil system. One more crime to add to a terribly long list.Someday they will pay for what they did.JC
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 14:20:43 PT

Wow EJ
Why wouldn't they allow medical users to medicate in California? That makes no sense to me.
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Comment #7 posted by E_Johnson on May 09, 2005 at 14:15:16 PT

Thanks a lot MPP
At their gala tonight, I was just informed there won't be any place where patients can medicate.This is really heartbreaking. It's in California. They're supposed to be fighting for our rights.Maybe I just I won't even go. I paid all that money, this sucks!!!!!!

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Comment #6 posted by Hope on May 09, 2005 at 13:38:37 PT

A newly published word from Jim Miller
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 13:26:25 PT

NPR Radio: George Soros Interview
George Soros Discusses Efforts to Spread Democracy By Steve Inskeep Morning Edition, May 9, 2005 · Billionaire and philanthropist George Soros spent $27 million during the last presidential election to try to get George W. Bush out of office. But he and the president agree on at least one thing: spreading democracy. Host Steve Inskeep talks to Soros about his goal of building a civil society.

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Comment #4 posted by global_warming on May 09, 2005 at 13:20:13 PT

Tangled web of lies-
"Why should our government go to such lengths to undermine the rights of people to free speech and to free assembly? Why should they distort and politicize science and medicine? Why should they attack the constitutional rights of states by continuing to enforce laws that voters in those states have voted to not have enforced? Why should they spend so much tax money on television spots about marijuana instead of heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamines?"They cannot stop lieng, for to admit error would ultimately undermine all of their lies.Joh 12:42 Nevertheless, many did believe in Him even among the rulers, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, so they would not be banned from the synagogue.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 13:12:45 PT

Peter McWilliams
Here's a page I made about Peter. I thought maybe some people might not know who Peter McWilliams was and I thought this page might explain how much he was appreciated.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on May 09, 2005 at 13:00:56 PT

"the interests of bureaucrats "
Bulls-eye!"The interests of bureaucrats." Money and power. That's what it's all about.Peter McWilliams was such a powerful voice for our side. They knew what they were doing when they silenced him. I still grieve our loss in losing him. I know many of you do.

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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 09, 2005 at 12:31:48 PT

Good Article
I was a little surprised when I read this was a Libertarian Party person. I didn't think they were for marijuana as an individual issue. I believe I've learned something new today. I thought they only were for drug legalization for all substances and marijuana was included but not ever separated.
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