New Battlefields in The Pot War

New Battlefields in The Pot War
Posted by CN Staff on June 28, 2005 at 21:38:37 PT
By Tom Henshaw
Source: Braintree Forum
Massachusetts -- I don't know about you but if I were a narc I'd dump the badge and invest my IRA in Acapulco Gold, Jamaica Ganja or Big Sur Holy Weed. I don't know if it is worth the effort fighting "reefer madness" anymore. Now, don't confuse me with a fan of marijuana.   I haven't had a cigarette of any shape, form, medical quality or condition of legality since May 17, 1964, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon when I got on a Fifth Avenue bus in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
But it seems like every time the Good Guys get a break, like the Supreme Court giving permission for the Feds to overrule the state laws on medicinal pot, the Bad Guys come up with a game-tying touchdown of their own.   I was reading last week where Federals narcs knocked over a storefront medical research center in Cool, Calif., and arrested attorney Dale Schafer, 50, and his wife, Marion Fry, 48, on charges of growing and distributing marijuana.   California was one of those states where folks with glaucoma were allowed to puff away on the weed legally on the assumption it was good for you. Of course, anything that is good for you immediately comes under government suspicion.   "They are charged with violating the old marijuana laws, which are now back in effect, and I'm hoping that the jury will see that Dr. Fry was acting as a physician," said their attorney, Laurence Lichter,   But that's not all, as the TV pitchmen like to say.   On the same page in USA Today was a report that Canadians now have access to a new drug called Sativex, which is derived from the marijuana plant and which you spray in your mouth rather than smoke.   Sativex is expensive, $124.95 a vial, which provides 51 squirts, and that averages out to $2.44 a squirt. Not that I know anything about it personally, but if you could get a quality toke for $2.44 or less before May 17, 1964, the dealer wasn't advertising.   Of course, Sativex is unauthorized in the United States and will be for years but I'm sure it won't be long before a brisk trade has developed between Niagara Falls, Ont., and Niagara Falls, N.Y. among grandsons of men who did it in the 1920s.   But that's still not all, as the TV pitchmen still like to say.   Chronic Candy of Corona, Calif., is marketing hemp-flavored lollypops, with two of them sold in a "nickel bag," and the guarantee that "Every lick is like taking a hit." You don't have to be a pothead to understand the meaning of "hemp" and a "nickel bag" and a "hit."   "The last thing we need is for kids to be acquiring a taste for a drug that's illegal," says Michigan State Rep. Dudley Spade, who has proposed a state ban on candy that contains pot-flavoring.   "There's nothing in it to get you high," says Tony Van Pelt, the president of Chronic Candy, who imports them from Europe. "My mom thinks she gets a buzz from it. I don't have the heart to tell her it's just the sugar."  Source: Braintree Forum (MA)Author: Tom HenshawPublished: Wednesday, June 29, 2005Copyright: 2005 Braintree ForumContact: braintree cnc.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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