Meth-Marijuana Bill Becomes Law 

Meth-Marijuana Bill Becomes Law 
Posted by CN Staff on June 02, 2006 at 21:49:43 PT
By Anne Sutton, Associated Press Writer
Source: Associated Press
Juneau, Alaska -- Possessing small amounts of marijuana, even in the privacy of the home, is illegal in Alaska - at least for now. Gov. Frank Murkowski on Friday signed a bill recriminalizing pot possession. The law will be challenged in court, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, leading to a likely judicial review of Alaska's marijuana laws.
Another provision of the bill, which is not in dispute, would make it tougher to buy ingredients used in making methamphetamine.In a press release, Murkowski said the state's current marijuana laws send the wrong message to Alaska's youth."We believe House Bill 149 will allow the state to successfully defend the outlawing of today's stronger and more dangerous marijuana in the courts."The governor is seeking to overturn the 30-year-old landmark Alaska Supreme Court decision that legalized the use of small amounts of marijuana.While the court then ruled that the right to privacy was far more important than any harm that could result from use of the drug, Murkowski argues marijuana is a far more potent and dangerous drug than it was in the 1970s.The ACLU of Alaska said it would file for immediate injunctive relief in Superior Court in Juneau on Monday.Executive director Michael MacLeod-Ball said the lawsuit also would seek a permanent injunction against the marijuana provisions of the law which he said run afoul of Alaskans' constitutional rights to privacy.Under the new law, pot possession of 4 ounces or more is a felony. Possession of less than 4 ounces but more than an ounce is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. Less than one ounce is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail.The measure was controversial in the Legislature among privacy advocates. It also became bound up in a procedural dispute between the House and Senate until it passed in the final days of the regular legislative session.The methamphetamine provisions of the law restrict the sale of many over-the-counter medicines that are used in making the drug.The law requires a customer to sign a logbook before buying a medicine with an ephedrine base, such as Sudafed, and makes it illegal to sell those ephedrine-based drugs to anyone under the age of 16. Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Anne Sutton, Associated Press Writer Published: June 2, 2006Copyright: 2006 Associated Press Related Articles & Web Site:ACLU To Enforce New Marijuana Law Target Regular Alaskans
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Comment #85 posted by afterburner on June 06, 2006 at 00:25:19 PT
Hope #16
"Yet, even the patient among us expects something to be corrected when it needs correcting."I saw an interesting sign Monday: "Change is the prelude to growth. Let's grow again.""Oops. We should never have allowed the internet to fall into the hands of the common people."Ma Joad to her son Tom in The Grapes of Wrath: "God must really love the common folk. He made so many of us."
The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
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Comment #84 posted by whig on June 05, 2006 at 22:14:19 PT
Regarding the Dixie Chicks, I think it's important always to remember that when we are communicating with people whether it's with words or with music we are trying to reach them on their own level. There is only so much that can be said or sung and reach the people that the Dixie Chicks were trying to talk to. And they can only pull themselves so far along a path and have their audience follow them. It is not enough that they could find another audience, because if they lose the one they had, at least the ones that were good and that could be brought to understand more, they would have failed in that.I hope I'm making some sense because it does seem a little like I'm rambling here but that is also maybe the way I write when I'm talking to you. I don't know, because I don't do it intentionally, it's kind of an instinct that this is the way you'd understand better than if I wrote in a different way. So in that sense I'm doing the same thing I'm talking about above.When I talk to people outside our community, though, I don't always start off with cannabis although it tends to come into the conversation if it's a good one. But even so I don't start talking about my religious beliefs and things that you and I would discuss. It's just not the right audience for that (unless it is).
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Comment #83 posted by whig on June 05, 2006 at 21:52:36 PT
mayan #50
If they didn't know years ago that cannabis was an effective treatment they wouldn't have invested the billions they have into creating cannabinoid compounds in pharmaceutical form to sell. They have known this but they could not synthesize it until recently, and it was not their intention to make cannabis extract unless it became necessary to hold off the legalization.
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Comment #82 posted by whig on June 05, 2006 at 21:38:09 PT
Hope #16
Insightful. You have the psychology down very well, and you know what it is that they are doing. We are literally sheep to them. Not figuratively, in the sense of people who follow the herd, but quite in the sense of being livestock. What better analogy than having all your political supporters out to the ranch, show 'em how it's done. Keep the animals in their pens. Don't feed 'em too well and don't let 'em get too comfortable or they won't be too obedient, you have to know they're gonna come in for the chow.We're the goats to them and they think we're the devil. They really do, because to them the ranching and the domesticating of the people is doing it for and in the name of God. That's what they call him, because that's what they think he is, they have him in the evil seat and they have him being the devil and that's how he is to them. Because I know you and I have some different metaphors about this and I think it's all just aspects, but you can say it another way and still understand. They are worshiping evil.
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Comment #81 posted by Max Flowers on June 05, 2006 at 08:31:46 PT
Yeah I read that article too. Check out this part:"There are grounds for impeachment, but it's not practical," delegate Gary Sinden of Eliot said after the vote. Sinden said he believes the idea of censuring the president, as proposed by convention keynoter Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., "is more practical."What a coward that guy is. It strikes me that the only thing missing is WILL. It's not a matter of impracticality, it's a matter of the lack of combined will of democrats. It would be very practical if they all just wanted it equally. There are grounds for days, more grounds than anyone could possibly need, so why would it not be "practical"? This is just more scaredy-cat stuff from vacillating dems. This type of attitiude is what might prevent it from ever happening, I would go so far as to speculate that the repugnicans may have already gotten to a sufficient number of dems and bought them off, eliciting promises for big bucks that they won't sign on to impeachment. If that's the case, they are traitors too.
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Comment #80 posted by mayan on June 05, 2006 at 02:32:46 PT
Thanks for that impeachment resolution link!
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Comment #79 posted by nuevo mexican on June 04, 2006 at 13:52:19 PT
Museman: you ARE God.....okay, so is everyone!
God is!The ALL that IS, and that is ALL, God IS!Forget the rest, it is basic.Keep it simple.Love.Peace.Light.Compassion.Compassion.More Compassion.
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Comment #78 posted by nuevo mexican on June 04, 2006 at 13:47:36 PT
Sour grapes.....
Sorry about your current life situation Museman, I know from experience the music industry doesn't have workmans' comp, health insurance and the like, though it is coming, then, you wouldn't be so sour on these brave girls.Things are getting better for you Museman, and you know it!You have the gift of music, the greatest gift of all!You must've missed the right-wing war on the Dixie Chicks, or you would know why our loyalties go to them, as well as Neil, let's give 'em a break!You must be judged by others often and harshly to be so judgemental, yet, I have my bad days too, FOM knows when we're up or down. Musicians are critiqued to the 'max', so I think I know where that comes from.Just a reminder:If you state your desires to the Universe, you WILL have a successful and economically rewarding musical career.Claim it, it is you divine right!We support YOUR musical efforts, and desires here at C-News!I counsel most of my aging music-playing buddies, and they often have the same attitude you are bringing here today, a bit despondent, no hope, low on cash, and dependents needing more than you can provide.Don't take it out on the most gentle, and from watching the Larry King interview the other night, truly beautiful, loving, articulate, and 'divine' women (or Neil) that have graced 'MAN'kinds' (LOL) planet, (and my TV, I am in Love, I have to say, maybe because I fell asleep and went into a dream, woke up, and Larry King was back on, 4 hours later, and it was so nice to wake up to their smiling faces).Very humble, likeable, and I just wanted to give them all a hug, bet Larry King did to, he was nicer to them than his Republican guests, amazing!You know better than anyone what they stood to loose, like LOTS OF MONEY, and their Lives, (lots of hate speech for these three ladies, very reminesent of the Clinton Era),though if you missed the whole McCarthyesque affair, then it might be understandable that you feel the way you do. And they're still bashing them, if you're not aware.As STYX would say in the seventies, without anyone flinching or thinking 'oh NO!', my incantation for the day:'light up, Everybody!
Join us in our CELEBRATION!
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Comment #77 posted by FoM on June 04, 2006 at 13:34:16 PT
I understand wha you are saying. I like reading the reviews of LWW and Taking The Long Way. One person said the Dixie Chicks should be in prison for being a traitor. Neil has been insulted in so many ways one doesn't stand out but the praise for the both of them has been overwhelming. What side of the fence are we on? 
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Comment #76 posted by museman on June 04, 2006 at 13:19:42 PT
I will try real hard not to stand in the way of positive progress, and any step closer to a saner reality is ok by me. There is already an established support within the country music community for doing away with prohibition. And once that is accomplished (the undoing of prohibition) a lot of those 'rednecks' will find that they have a lot more in common with the rest of us 'plain folk of various opinion' than their culpable leaders have led them to believe. So in that I agree with you.When I say that there 'can be no compromise' I mean that in a core-heart-belief sense. The entire gross family of man can go no further into it's destiny than the slowest, meanest, most ignorant specimen (like Clueless George for example) so any movement at all is acceptable at this point. However the pure uncompromised state of being itself does not have to invest any belief in known and proven systems of error, and until a significant number of humanity understands this, and lives it, the wolves and predators will always rule, because they are the inventors of 'the great persuasion.' I can accept that I have to render unto Caesar that which is caesars (his coin) but I surely do not have to believe in it.Inspiration comes from that uncompromised core of belief that exists within those of us who have not traded it for a fistfull of dollars, and inversely, you cannot buy inspiration. You may purchase it's product, but not it's essence. Freedom and liberty comes from the same source, funded by the true and very real Creative Spirit commonly refered to as 'God.'God did not create propriety, the rulers of men did that. They became rulers through force of arms, fear, and oppression. They established the weights and measures of all 'rates of exchange' and invented the value of gold, silver, and the trinkets of the rich ruling class.I cannot compromise this core understanding and belief, yet I must live in this realm that is all about worship of the material. It certainly is not an easy task, but though I unwillingly offer my life as a conduit to transfer a pittance of their dollars from one rich hand (through mine) to the next rich hand, I certainly do not have to claim that their system has any validity to me, believe in it, or uphold it in any way. When they make it law that I must worhip their idols, then I guess that would make me an outlaw. Oh well I guess I am then, because their RULE of Law is perhaps one of the greatest evils inflicted upon our realm, and I surely do not support, nor believe in it.One cannot serve both God and mammon. Fence-sitting is not allowed if you have chosen to follow Gods' plan for you. If one lays claims to truth, they will be tested by man and God. 
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Comment #75 posted by FoM on June 04, 2006 at 12:40:52 PT
I am glad you got to hear LWW. It is a remarkable album. I can't listen to it all the time like I usually do a new record because when I get to the end of it I'm ready to do something but there isn't anything to do right now so I sigh. I don't like country music. I really had to force myself to buy the Dixie Chicks new album but I'm glad I did. I want to give them a chance. If we are too hard on them they will go back to their country roots and shut their mouth. They have a big fan base and maybe it will help to wake up people who are country music fans. 
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Comment #74 posted by museman on June 04, 2006 at 12:25:38 PT
Dixie and the music industry
Hi, all.When Neil's LWW was posted on the net, though I have DSL, I cold not find a decent copy to listen to for about 3 weeks. At first I was extremely disappointed with Neil-that he would 'offer the music for free' but then compress the stream so it sounded like it was being played under water. As a struggling artist who would be embarrased to take credit for about 90% of what is sold to the public as 'great music,' I was insulted by that...I mean I actually know what 'offering for free' is. I have about the equivalent of 2 CDs in various places on the net-all for free- and they are all a minimum of CD quality streams. Which basicly means that I know what it takes to do that, and If I who takes in less than $1500 a month, still raising 2 of my youngest children, and another of my adult children who developed increasingly debilitating epilepsy (which the medical community and the government have in my mind made worse by their 'legal' DRUGS)...if I can do it then why not Neil?Thanks to FoM I was finally able to hear some decent rendering of LWW, and I let Neil off the hook, 'cause he has still got it. He's still a champion.A good friend then sent me a link to the new dixie chick song, and I didn't get it. Sounded like a feminist love song or something. It had to be explained to me. Even after the explanation I was still unimpressed. Too vague and non-specific. There was a movement of freedom that was started about 2000 years ago. It's gone through changes (when it was real - and the 'church', it's dogma and dominion, never was real) in every generation, but the core values, knowledge, and practice of the freedom and liberty as demonstrated and taught by Yashua ben Joseph is the vehicle that has carried each succeeding generation into the opportunity and the choices of true freedom. It's all laid out; What you can do, and what you shouldn't do, and what you absolutely cannot do if you have any reasonable faith, belief, or expectation of actualizing that freedom and liberty of the sovereignty of being.There is no compromising with absolutes. One does not change their conviction to suit their neighbors, even if their neighbors have guns and knives aimed at your heart. In the music industry however, changing spots is very lucrative, politics as well.When everyone (or so it seemed) was crying vengeance, 'patriotism,' waving their flags, and justifying another war of aquisition for the rich, where were the Dixie Chicks? I can't say for sure because until they jumped off the sinking ship and on to the wagon some of us have been pushing for quite some time, they were just another 'made' country band with a gimick - all girl.The 'true-blue' seekers of real peace and prosperity have mostly been struggling beneath the infrastructure that is designed in classic Platonian style to serve the apex of the pyramid, the 'deserving class.' They are the limosine drivers making barely better than minimum wage, that drive such (in my opinion) pretenders as the Dixie Chicks. They are the roadies that get to rub up close and personal with the Prima-Donas themselves. They are the people who are just trying to lead decent lives. They are the folks upon whose backs those glittering, bejewelled, manicured, 'made up' elite ride.The heroes are rarely seen or heard, and when real heroes like Neil achieve greatness, they have an even greater burden of responsibility to uphold-whether they like it or not.Now someone who also recently had something to say in music, was PINK. Her song 'Mr. President' was an example of an inspired song not carefully crafted to 'fit in' with industry standards. She didn't care whether it sold copies or not, she just had to throw her weight into the fray, speak for those mothers and daughters, and wives whose men die every day for the increasing coffers of the top 3% in a war which is just another wrong on top of so many other wrongs perpetrated on all life and humanity by the continuing regime of this corrupt republic.Before this song, I was unimpressed by Pink. I know the real thing when I hear it, and style or genre has nothing to do with it. Neil has it. Pink has it. Dixie Chicks- nah.
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Comment #73 posted by FoM on June 04, 2006 at 10:30:55 PT
Last night I watched a series on George Washington and on the Civil War about a Fort Douglas in Chicago that was a prison for confederate soldiers. Over 6,000 prisoners died. War what is it good for?Tonight at 10 pm edt on the History Channel will be a special called Revolution. 
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Comment #72 posted by FoM on June 04, 2006 at 10:10:15 PT
Maybe someday they will make computers that last. Since my computer crashed I don't demand much of it anymore. 
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Comment #71 posted by Hope on June 04, 2006 at 10:06:25 PT
Good to be able to post. I don't recall what I was going to post when I couldn't.I've had three computers in about eight years and each one gets successively slower and crummier than the last.
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Comment #70 posted by FoM on June 04, 2006 at 10:03:40 PT
Hiya Hope! Glad you can post now!
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Comment #69 posted by Hope on June 04, 2006 at 10:02:08 PT
I'm through.
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Comment #68 posted by FoM on June 04, 2006 at 10:01:54 PT
Nuevo Mexican
My Sunday thoughts borrowed from the Dixie Chicks.***I'm not ready to make nice,I'm not ready to back down,I'm still mad as hellAnd I don't have timeTo go round and round and roundIt's too late to make it rightI probably wouldn't if I couldCause I'm mad as hellCan't bring myself to do what it isYou think I shouldI know you saidWhy can't you just get over it,It turned my whole world aroundand I kind of like it
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Comment #67 posted by Hope on June 04, 2006 at 10:01:38 PT
I tried to load the DChicks and got all kinds of trouble!A restore earlier seems to be kicking in!
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Comment #66 posted by Dankhank on June 04, 2006 at 09:59:02 PT
rahts ...
a captured Confederate soldier was heard to say that he wasn't fighting to save slavery, he fought for his "rahts." A confused union soldier asked why them southern boys so loved rats ... later understanding the captured soldier was saying "rights."Book titled "Killer Angels," a great book about Gettysburg.My brother-in-law is a true southerner, cannabis consumer, homophobic, preacher, (he had his own church for a while,) family man, and knows that the war was about Southern Heritage.I would ask him, "What part of Southern Heritage are you proud of that wasn't aupported by slavery?"That usually ended our talks.
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Comment #65 posted by FoM on June 04, 2006 at 09:08:17 PT
Had Enough
Thank you. I've had that happen that I can't post too. I don't know what the glitch is but it does happen to me too.
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Comment #64 posted by Had Enough on June 04, 2006 at 08:59:35 PT
Testing. Test, test. Still works here.
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Comment #63 posted by FoM on June 04, 2006 at 08:38:19 PT
Just a Note
I just got an e-mail from Hope and she can't seem to post on CNews today. If anyone is having trouble it would be because something is wrong so I want to apologize if this is happening. Hopefully it will get fixed soon.
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Comment #62 posted by FoM on June 04, 2006 at 08:34:30 PT
nuevo mexican 
I guess I will never understand why the south seem to resent the way the north is. I understand that southern folks want to believe a certain way and that's ok with me but I also want to feel free to be who I am and care about what's important to me. 
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Comment #61 posted by nuevo mexican on June 04, 2006 at 08:12:11 PT
It's because they're supposed to toe the line!
The Dixie Chicks, that is!The Redneck, beer-swilling (bud, coors, not the micro-brewer types), pro-bush, pro-war crowd is NOT allowed to get 'uppity' you know, or you will get thrown to the dogs!Rush Limpballs will crucify you, the News Media will go for it, hook, line and sinker!Obviously, it is a sin in the Red-neck, WHITE-power and (NOT blue) world of Country, to excercise free-speech, unless you're Toby Keith and have NOTHING to say, except for repeating Karl Roves breathlessly repeated, recorded and reported talking points, then, it's fine. I think we could use a New International re-do of Woodstock to put the world right about what we are really about in America: Peace, Love, truth, and great Music!The rest of our accomplishments, nukes, cars, constant war, anti-Earth bush crazies, global warming etc, are the result of Nixonian, reptilian agendas'. (silence.....)MUSIC, the highest expression of love for the world and our fellow citizens, let's send a big 'heart' to the world that we do NOT support the War Criminals running our country, and are ready to bring Democracy to America, then maybe we can do what we SAY we are doing, but NOT doing.Can you say Haditha? Can you say Massacre?Can you say NO ACOUNTABILITY? Can you say 'Impeach the President?Can you say 'life with war?Can you say 'Gore/Murtha' in 2008!C-news is still the best, the 'blogs' started here, in a way, we just don't call it a 'blog', so maybe we should call it a 'Clog', like the dutch shoes I'm wearing! (comments plus blog = CLOG!) LOL!(Blog is short for 'web-log' in case anyone wondered were the term came from, it is now a household word, like Cannabis)!
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Comment #60 posted by FoM on June 04, 2006 at 07:48:28 PT
John Tyler
It's really good to see you commenting. Please don't apologize. I have listened to the Dixie Chicks new album a couple of times and am learning the words and what they are saying. They joined up and sang with James Taylor on the Vote for Change Tour in 04. I think they realized that what people believed about Bush is wrong and the dislike for the north was not right. The pop culture is welcoming them into a brand new world for lack of a better way of saying it. They are opening their minds and that is why they will grow. If you refuse to see anything new you can't learn anything and a person gets stuck.
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Comment #59 posted by John Tyler on June 04, 2006 at 07:35:51 PT
Chicks II
Maybe the D. Chicks have realized that their demographics have changed from the country music group to the smoking LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (wikipodeia)Check it out. You just might be a LOHAS.)group. (Sorry to be commenting so much. It has beena awhile since I have been on line.)
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Comment #58 posted by John Tyler on June 04, 2006 at 07:23:08 PT
the Chicks
I don’t know too much about the Dixie Chicks. It is interesting though that after their incident other country clebs and clebs in general have come out against the war in their way, but only the Chicks have paid a price.
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Comment #57 posted by John Tyler on June 04, 2006 at 07:17:31 PT
re: Hope
There was an interesting thing in the news several years back about that same thing. Schools pre selecting career paths for students. One high school girl in Nevada was told that based on her grades and interests, etc., she would be best suited for a job as a cocktail waitress in a casino. She went home and told her daddy, the state governor. He blew his stack and told the school what he thought of them. Needless to say she did not become a cocktail waitress.
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Comment #56 posted by OverwhelmSam on June 04, 2006 at 05:30:53 PT
The Sembler's
These people are a key influence in marijuana prohibition.Last year, a reporter from the Canadian e-zine Cannabis News asked Betty Sembler in person about the horror stories he'd read from Straight survivors. "They should get a life," Sembler replied. "I am proud of everything we have done. There's nothing to apologize for. The legalizers are the ones who should be apologizing."That's the attitude of the drug war's power duo, who can be unrepentant about the lives their program destroyed because they believe a win-at-all-costs approach is the only way to remove the scourge of drugs from society. Shattered lives, suicides, forced abortions, fractured psyches — all necessary casualties of the drug war, and nothing to apologize for. Source:
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Comment #55 posted by OverwhelmSam on June 04, 2006 at 05:16:52 PT
Oh My God! Straight Inc.
I've never heard of this sadistic organisation before. Evidently, they contribute heavily to Mark Souder's re-election campaign.Straight Inc., an aggressive drub rehab center for teens. Barely a teen, Samantha also had no history of drug abuse. But she spent the next two years of her life surviving Straight. She was beaten, starved and denied toilet privileges for days on end. She describes her "humble pants," a punishment that forced her to wear the same pants for six weeks at a time. Because she was allowed just one shower a week, the pants often filled with feces, urine and menstrual blood. Often she was confined to her closet for days. She gnawed through her jaw during those "timeout" sessions, hoping she'd bleed to death. She says that after she was raped by a male counselor, "the wonderful state of Florida paid for and forced me to have an abortion."There are hundreds of Straight stories like Samantha's. Wes Fager enrolled his son in a Springfield, Va., chapter of Straight on the advice of a high school guidance counselor. Fager didn't see his son again until three months later — after he'd escaped and developed severe mental illness. Source:
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Comment #54 posted by Hope on June 03, 2006 at 19:10:41 PT
Comment 28
That would be Justin Roper. Pink.:0)That's my favorite boot, I guess. I've gone miles in them. But of course, to my knowledge, the best self defense ones would probably involve a silver tipped very pointed toe.My Ropers are so comfy I can wear an ankle bracelet and no socks with them...should I wish too. That's for traveling and visiting...but thick socks are for working. They don't scuff easily and have a hard sole. They have me afraid they might be a bit too delicate for dealing with the thorn trees that have sprung...sprang? up on my Grandmother's farm.I had to look for some thicker badder soles. It was kind of scary.
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Comment #53 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 18:26:49 PT
Democrats Adopt Bush Impeachment Resolution
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Comment #52 posted by mayan on June 03, 2006 at 18:15:14 PT
The cradle of the American Revolution is rocking again...Delegate pushes Bush, Cheney impeachment: know how it turned out?
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Comment #51 posted by Had Enough on June 03, 2006 at 17:17:01 PT
Things that make you go; Hhhmmm. Rollers
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Comment #50 posted by mayan on June 03, 2006 at 16:58:25 PT
Cancer Industrial-Complex
I suspect that the government knew about the cancer fighting properties of cannabis long ago. They just figured that one of their main donors, the pharmaceutical industry, would be able to funnel more money their way if it was to remain a secret. Think about how much money has been made off of cancer.Cannabis prohibition has made a lot of folks rich in a lot of ways. What did one cancer researcher say to the other?If we find a cure we're out of a job! The pill-pushers won't be too happy either!
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Comment #49 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 16:54:56 PT
It is a chasm
Before your eyes,Can you reach to that Eternal?The place where it is allright,That place, where you can feel ?You belong, and know, to the bottom of your soul,You can testify,Before God and the world,Fear and any suffering,Will be further graced,By a higher place,On the wing of victory,That is held in place,In This Universe.
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Comment #48 posted by ekim on June 03, 2006 at 16:52:13 PT
Coming to MI the Rainbow Book Tour staytuned
 Saturday, June 3, 2006 News covers the Vigil for Lost Promise -- both of themThe DEA's New Groove by Arthur Delaney.WASHINGTON, June 2, 2006 -- The federal agency whose agents kick down doors and storm houses with guns drawn will soon pick up a new weapon to wage its war: candles.
At its headquarters in Virginia, the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with a number of drug awareness and prevention organizations, will host a vigil to remember young people who have lost their lives to illegal drug use.The agency is promoting "A Vigil for Lost Promise," the first DEA event of its kind, with a Web site, that profiles eight young people who died from heroin and huffing. [...]Some people who oppose the more familiar tactics of the DEA -- pursuing and arresting drug traffickers -- are not impressed by the vigil."If it's a drug enforcement agency. Why are they doing this kind of thing?" says Pete Guither, an Illinois University administrator who on the side writes a blog criticizing the war on drugs. He believes many of the problems associated with drug abuse stem simply from the fact that drugs are illegal.Guither says he feels sorry for families who have lost members to drug abuse, and he would support the vigil if it weren't part of the DEA's "propaganda war."Guither has put together a spoof site ( lamenting the loss of lives in drug raids and mocking the DEA's apparent sympathy.Guither's site appears above the DEA's site when "Vigil for Lost Promise" is typed into Google. It looks just like the DEA's site, until phrases like "Our view is that the DEA, and the other prohibitionist groups who sponsor that site, are hypocrites, since they are, in fact, partially to blame in many drug deaths" appear.Welcome, ABC News readers.And any supporters -- before you start flaming, remember:Drug Policy reformers care about the lives lost to drugs, and we feel for the loss felt by their families. We also care about the lives lost to the drug war and feel for their families as well. 
Oppressive laws and enforcement didn't prevent the deaths being mourned, and there's no evidence that increasing the penalties would have either. 
Many overdose deaths have been caused by the drug war. Think in particular about the recent rash of deaths from tainted heroin. As Cliff Thornton says "There is no drug known to man which becomes safer when its production and distribution are handed over to criminals." 
More reasons the drug war contributes to drug deaths are listed here. Buy Burning Rainbow Farm, Support Michigan NORML
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  Michigan NORML is pleased to announce that you can now buy a copy of this book for $24.95 (plus $3 S&H) and a portion of your purchase price will help support our continuing efforts to reform Michigan's marijuana laws. Author Dean Kuipers will also sign your book for an additional $5, which will be donated to Rollie's son, Robert. Click here to order your copy today. For more information about the Rainbow Farm tragedy, see the article from the October, 2003 issue of Playboy Magazine, Siege at Rainbow Farm, also by Dean Kuipers.
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Comment #47 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 16:34:12 PT
Everywhere a sign
the sign says,no more nails,
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Comment #46 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 16:20:14 PT
This worldsNext page,It gets better,Romace'It gets better,Your deepest Love,Will, stand before youreeyes, your soul,your mind, your explanation, This is the timeand the place,Good Change,Money in the basket,Cannabis in the Air,It is Friday afternoon, 
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Comment #45 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 15:58:20 PT
A Little Confused,
Can't figure out,whether I should beat my wife,or my dog,
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Comment #44 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 15:48:06 PT
Dang Advertisements,
EJ, that was good.
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Comment #43 posted by E_Johnson on June 03, 2006 at 15:42:34 PT
Sam Adams blame that one on Clinton I think
"When Bill Maher still had his TV show, they were on there advocating IN FAVOR of MJ prohibition. Not very nice about it either, at least the show I saw."The Clinton administration paid for articles to be placed in women's magazines designed to drive a wedge between young feminists and their pot smoking boyfriends.He cares about his buddies more than you! He'll never commit!He's going to get lung cancer! He's going to give you and your kids lung cancer! He needs you to be strong and get him off weed! Don't be afraid to deliver an ultimatum!That's how assertive, progressive young women like the Dixie Chicks ended up shilling for marijuana prohibition.And they still are.The breast cancer thing is going to blow that wide open, but because they have so much invested in this BS attitude, it's going to take young women like them a long time to accept this news as real.
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Comment #42 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 15:40:56 PT
You're welcome. They are good.
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Comment #41 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 15:38:40 PT
Nice Lyrics
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Comment #40 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 15:35:37 PT
I think they changed their minds. Everyone changes. ***By takin’ the long wayTakin’ the long way aroundTakin’ the long wayTakin’ the long way aroundI met the queen of whateverDrank with the Irish and SMOKED WITH THE HIPPIESMoved with the shakersWouldn’t kiss all the asses that they told me to
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Comment #39 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 15:27:32 PT
Its Quite
Relax, you never heard those nails hammered,They can never come and look at you,
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Comment #38 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 15:20:06 PT
re:There is a better life,
How are 'we going to ever get back to God?
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Comment #37 posted by Sam Adams on June 03, 2006 at 15:18:54 PT
Dixie Chicks
I hate to rain on the parade, but Bush and Iraq aren't the only things the Dixie Chicks speak out about.When Bill Maher still had his TV show, they were on there advocating IN FAVOR of MJ prohibition. Not very nice about it either, at least the show I saw.
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Comment #36 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 15:17:02 PT
Cannabis Abounds
And so equal to this madness,Your clear mind may think,You are Living,There is a better life,
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Comment #35 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 15:11:38 PT
There was
Something,Long ago, I had a thought,What if, I could see,This room, office,And, all the people, in this room,With no close on ,
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Comment #34 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 14:38:53 PT
If You are wondering
Nixon In China,Is largely based on bs, and the Chinese who regard Nixon as a good thing from the 'west, are mostly confused and are coming from deeper oppressions, this is the way, the 'far east, has been doing this thing for many more years, more generations than I can imagine, there raw backs accept any balm that is offered.But, Back in the good old usa, how much hot sunshine can you shine on a niggers back, or a wetback, or a redneck?It has always been about control, even when they hammered those nails into the servant of God on that Cross.Can we ever be free?
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Comment #33 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 14:20:18 PT
I forgot
You are looking for upbeat posts, not downers like me, so maybe I can force my self to think about Nixon, if ever there was a hideous creature, I could call him Nixon, resigning in disgrace, to avoid going to jail, imagine Nixon in prison with all those drug abuse offenders, well, maybe, some of us here in the United States could sleep more snuggly and safely, knowing that such a foul servant at the foot of corporate greed deserved even less, yet it seems, there are innocent voices, to this day, that proclaim that Nixon was a good president, but you can wonder, why a farm boy, who has not yet awakened to his place, might make such a statement, yet I am assured, that every profitable lawyer, who has lunched on the flesh of humanity, has some poor apology, that quietly dismisses those sounds of the collateral damage that is happening.My Fat Sentence,
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Comment #32 posted by global_warming on June 03, 2006 at 13:54:41 PT
You Met Mason
That is so amazing, I wonder about some time way in the future, where that name may sound like some dried in the sand person who has been dead for so long, lived and breathed so long ago, and somehow, his name, and a few words about his world, how he lived, what were his most pressing problems, guess my interest in history is showing.
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Comment #31 posted by mai_bong_city on June 03, 2006 at 12:09:45 PT
what's in a name?
In drug slang, a Nixon is a low quality, low potency drug passed off as a powerful, pure drug. (wikipedia)and check out 'nix' on an oldic (online dictionary).....oh i'm having too much fun with nixon's name and the weird connects!helps if you have cannabis by your side.pleasant saturday, all.
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 12:02:18 PT
EJ My Idea
The only way I can see to break a bad spell is to not fight it. If we fight the bad spell we can become part of it. I say let our light shine and we can break it that way. Stand tall, be proud, be honest. Everything that is good and correct.
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Comment #29 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 11:58:23 PT
Thanks for the update. That's great to read.
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Comment #28 posted by mai_bong_city on June 03, 2006 at 11:55:24 PT
will that be stacy adams or the industrial steel-toed?:)
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Comment #27 posted by E_Johnson on June 03, 2006 at 11:52:53 PT
Nixon Nixon Nixon
Will we ever be free of that man's legacy?How do we break the spell?
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Comment #26 posted by Dankhank on June 03, 2006 at 11:52:40 PT
fighting ...
Just returned from the People's Fair in Downtown Denver.SAFER has a booth there and I met Mason Tvert!!Got a great T-shirt for a donation ...Told him he was doing a superb job, and that we talk about him here.He's a great guy, let's hope he succeeds here in CO.Peace to all who fight ...
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 11:51:00 PT
EJ I Know What You Mean
It's almost spooky how this all is unraveling.
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 11:49:40 PT
I promise not to wear moccasins. LOL! 
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on June 03, 2006 at 11:44:25 PT
Commetn 20
Lol! I'd never hit you, FoM. Because you'd never hit me!Mostly during my life I've been able to talk myself out of trouble. Couple of times, though, talk didn't work.But let me tell you. If you expect trouble, don't wear moccasins or any soft shoe. Wear boots! 
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Comment #22 posted by E_Johnson on June 03, 2006 at 11:42:52 PT
Wow I just realized the irony
Nixon declared the War on Cancer and the War on Drugs in the same year - 1971.Thirty five years and look where we've landed.Deliberately concealing the fact that THC kills cancer cells could have been his administration's most devious and costly insult to the American public of all.
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on June 03, 2006 at 11:40:41 PT
One more thing just occurs to me...
The leaders of the good people of Alaska have just passed into law that they can no longer keep this cancer preventative, pain reliever, and non lethal herb, in their homes, as they could a couple of weeks ago.They can expect to get their due "tarring and feathering". It won't be the literal tar and a chicken's feathers, but it will be the verbal and numerical "tarring and feathering" they will get, eventually, in the media and at the ballot box.Unless they quickly, very quickly, change their ignorant ways.Leaders. Where are they leading us?
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 11:27:19 PT
Something is happening. I feel it. I can't really explain it though. First I want to say that I never want to have a fist fight with you. I'd run and hide and cry a lot. LOL!Not really but I understand what you mean about the fighting spirit of the south. When women stand tall and sing like they did on their new record it is really moving. Freedom and loving one another and reaching out to one another is such a wonderful thing to do.Censorship prevents the protest albums from being played. It is wrong. That's what they always complain happens in other countries. What a double standard.
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on June 03, 2006 at 11:24:41 PT
"Great Grandfather's marijuana"
That's just funny. Let's hope they don't hold on to their deadly prohibition that long! Yet, I would not be all that surprised if they didn't manage to hold on to their prohibition pig a while longer.I wonder what they are up to right now. I know they have their cunning little minds busy, busy, busy on how to "counter-attack" this latest news. Or maybe they will just sit quietly untill it's forgotten.Prohibtionists....Cancer. We're talking about the Big-C. It's not likely to be forgotten all that easily. Remember, that's why you kept this sort of news suppressed so well for decades now?
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on June 03, 2006 at 11:19:19 PT
Dixie Chicks
There are a lot of them here, me included. Those girls didn't appear out of a vacuum.Can you imagine me whimpering and crying against an insult and cowering down and going away and never saying a word? Not for very long...anyway. As soon as we stand up and wipe the blood off our better hope we aren't wearing OUR boots. They aren't jackboots....but they aid in a tussle. (I was attacked once while wearing moccasins. I needed to kick him in the you know whats and about all I could accomplish was likely more kin to a massage than a kick.)They're what we call "scrappers". We have to be scrappers. Snakes. Spiders. Rabid animals running around. Long, blazing hot, sultry summers. Dust storms. Floods. Dirt, dirt, dirt and dust. Blizzards in the winter. Ticks, mosquitoes, and chiggers. Not all of those everywhere...cept the ticks, mosquitoes, and chiggers.There are lots of tough, strong women here. The Dixie Chicks aren't the only ones. But they do give us a voice. I've liked a lot of the stuff I've heard of theirs, and my daughters and granddaughter have purchased their work and enjoyed listening to it with me in the past.I haven't heard what they've said this time. (Clutzy puter.) But I am making plans to. I'll ask my daughter if she's heard about the new music.My sister and I listen to rock stations usually, so, I don't know. Heck I don't know any of the names of any of the musicians I listen to. When I first heard Randy Travis sing and sound exactly like Lefty Frizzel and someone else sounded exactly like Jim Reeves...well I just quit trying to remember whose name went with what song. I liked listening...I've always enjoyed music in my life, but seldom felt the need to purchase any...and even at that I have a huge collection and lots of it catching more dust than not. I have two crates, at least of albums and forty fives. A couple or three crates tapes. A crate of Eight track tapes. A full hundred cd holding cd player and still a a few hundred more outside the cd player.They aren't playing it on the radio anyway are they?I will have to remember to look for it when I'm in town. I haven't remembered it the last two times...always in a headlong rush!I'm slow. But maybe I'll eventually get to hear it.
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Comment #17 posted by BUDSNAXZ on June 03, 2006 at 11:13:08 PT
I hope I'm wrong and it never gets to this point, but I can see it in a few years "It's not your Great Grandfather's marijuana"Peace all
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on June 03, 2006 at 10:54:12 PT
Tables turn quickly
We much watch the deceivers of the prohibitionist and propagandist cult. They're good. They're very, very good.To the 'wolves in sheeps' clothing out there', the wool is wearing very thin in your costumes. More and more of us can see you for what you really are and were all the time. Not to mention that you are quickly running out of wool to pull over the eyes of the populace in general.Patience and truth walk hand in hand. We have certainly been about that.Yet, even the patient among us expects something to be corrected when it needs correcting.Are you leaders that lead your people to needless suffering, and many suffer for need of cannabinoids and the hope it can bring in it's "lifting up" ...or not?Can we glory in all of our people again? Not just in Skull and Bones members and the like?We are a people. A very large force when we are determined and our cause is truly truthful and right. We are even more than a rich boys' club...and they are a lot. They are powerful and a force to be reckoned with. But we, as a people have the power to push back against the boots on our necks. And we likely will, eventually. Somehow.Are truly free people more capable of achievement and advancement of society than a society of a few elitest "owners" and the rest of us basically slaves, some better kept than others, on some level? We are told we can't consume a green herb...because they don't want us to. When a company or government or both, decides how we shall live our lives away from work and what we consume, not on the public highways and byways,but in our that not a bit more than paying wages? Isn't that tantamount of saying, "I own you."? "You will do what I say for you to do and you will think what I say for you to think...twenty four hours a day. You're life will be about pleasing me. You will submit to my will in all matters and overcome your own if it counters with my ideas on how you should live. Or you and yours will starve, suffer, and be exposed to the dankest and darkest of poverty.""Pee for me.""Oh yeah. You're mine.""Oops. We should never have allowed the internet to fall into the hands of the common people."
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Comment #15 posted by JHarshaw on June 03, 2006 at 10:45:10 PT
Pot Potency
To all these people who cry that potency has risen to such "dangerous levels",(sarcasm), I have but one question."Have you ever heard of hashish?" It's never killed anyone either as far as I know and is usually quite a bit stronger than Pot.
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 10:35:18 PT
Hope a Question
I really am interested in the reaction in Texas about the Dixie Chicks. I think this new album might wind up an all time money maker ever. It could with the praise it has received with over 400 comments and 4 and a half star rating currently. I bet it will sell a million copies in a few weeks. Unbelievable because this can't be coming from us northern hippie type folks but from north, south, east and west. What a great record. I'm not a country music fan either. I just love it. It grows on me each time I listen to it.How to you like the new record?
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on June 03, 2006 at 10:26:59 PT
If you don't legalize it...
It will be "Ca Ching" out...instead of "Ca Ching" in.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on June 03, 2006 at 10:25:34 PT
Ca Ching. That'll get the prohib's attention.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on June 03, 2006 at 10:23:48 PT
"dangerous drug than it was in the 1970s"
Finally, they figured out that it isn't "your parents" that "were at Woodstock".It just doesn't sound the same. "It's not your Grandfather's marijuana."Government wants to be more important in children's lives than parents...and it's succeeded somewhat. It even "aims" some students towards certain occupations and sees to it that they have extra attention, training....and raising into the way they should go....because they believe they would do well in it. They would be asset to the government...oh...I mean the country and society in general. How is it different than deciding a child's occupation, then raising him to be that by channeling certain benefits and tutoring and extra attention towards them. That's exactly what they used to teach us that the "evil" Communist countries did. I remember it.
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Comment #10 posted by E_Johnson on June 03, 2006 at 09:42:30 PT
Why not a class action suit?
People with lung cancer can sue the tobacco companies for hiding the information that smoking tobacco causes lung cancer.Can't people with breast cancer get together and sue the federal government for hiding the information that the active ingredients in marijuana kill breast cancer cells?Even if a judge threw it out of court, the media would have to cover it being thrown out of court.The coverage would be worth the cost of filing, I would think.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on June 03, 2006 at 09:20:10 PT
I really like Not Ready To Make Nice and I Hope. Those two songs are so awesome to me. Go Dixie Chicks! They still are number one is sales on Amazon's music chart. On June 13th Heart of Gold will be released. It's currently number two on Amazon's DVD sales chart. Go Neil. That will be our 33 Anniversary gift to each other. Heart of Gold from Amazon: am beginning to think we are the normal ones. LOL!
Neil Young: Heart of Gold
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Comment #8 posted by Patrick on June 03, 2006 at 08:25:28 PT
Time for an offensive (again)
Seems the prohibs will stop at nothing to persecute us.
Murkowski argues marijuana is a far more potent and dangerous drug than it was in the 1970s.Huh? I dare (no pun) him to prove that statement with science or fact. Speaking of science, seems to me that recent cannabis research shows THC has potential in fighting cancer.Earlier work established that marijuana does contain cancer-causing chemicals as potentially harmful as those in tobacco, he said. However, marijuana also contains the chemical THC, which he said may kill aging cells and keep them from becoming cancerous. From: timely with today’s news that, “More patients getting futile chemo treatments, even in final days” From: to me the war on marijuana has prevented 70 years of cancer research more than it has stopped anyone from smoking a joint.These zealots, like Alaska’s Govenator, are now on the side of slowing or preventing cancer research and it is all because of their ignorance, prejudice, and blind acceptance of a propaganda war on marijuana that dates back 70 plus years. Even The American Medical Association at the time didn’t want this prohibition of cannabis. If you had read your history Murkowski you would know that sir. So what your saying to us is that you want people to continue to die from a disease known as cancer all the while you will continue to call a plant an evil thing and arrest those that know better as criminals? Sounds like Alaskans have a fascist Governor. I’m not name calling here either. Look fascism up in the dictionary and read again what he is doing? Then you tell me what you would call his political leadership? Don't forget it is your RIGHT to VOTE.
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Comment #7 posted by goneposthole on June 03, 2006 at 07:28:26 PT
the native Alaskans
will be able to illegally import booze onto native territories. Vanilla extract sales will increase. I doubt if the law will have much of an impact on the sales of cannabis, if anything, there will be an increase in use.That will be good for the citizens of Alaska. Politicians of all stripes are corrupt, on the federal, state, and local levels everywhere.With that said, Governor Scwhartzenegger has my respect for telling George Bush to effectively go to hell when it comes to commanding the California National Guard. Go Arnold, terminate encroaching federal power in California. The feds need to be told where to go.
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Comment #6 posted by Had Enough on June 03, 2006 at 06:46:09 PT
CAGW Names Gov. Murkowski Porker of the Month
Just a Reminder. “Bridges to Nowhere”
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Comment #5 posted by mayan on June 03, 2006 at 05:59:07 PT
I'm sure the fascists realize that. Their main goal was to re-criminalize cannabis but without the meth provision tacked on it wouldn't have even come close to passing. Does Murkowski really care if Alaskans destroy themselves on meth? Hell no! He doesn't even care about their Constitutional liberties!I get a feeling that this will backfire in a big way.
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Comment #4 posted by OverwhelmSam on June 03, 2006 at 05:52:34 PT
Fighting Tooth & Nail
The Drug War is over. However, we have all the die hard idiots in our legislatures who are intent on wasting the state's time and money till the sweet end of drug prohibition. Running campaigns against these hateful prohibitionists is the most effective means of changing the law now as opposed to a decade from now. 
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on June 03, 2006 at 05:46:50 PT
By Tying Meth in with Cannabis...
the Governor and the Legislature of Alaska are jeopardizing the provisions against meth. The cannabis concerns will not pass judicial review. If the law is declared unconstitutional, the meth provisions will be lost as well. Sounds like a backfire to me.
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on June 03, 2006 at 05:06:41 PT
Laughin' Last
Those who said the Dixie Chicks put their foot in their mouth must have their head up their ass. This is a good read... Dixie Chicks are No. 1:
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on June 03, 2006 at 04:15:48 PT
Stronger = Safer
"We believe House Bill 149 will allow the state to successfully defend the outlawing of today's stronger and more dangerous marijuana in the courts." - Frank Murkowski Stronger = SaferSo you think you have a monopoly on the state, Frankie? The people of your state overwhelmingly disagree with you! Your fascist ways have been exposed. THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...International 9/11 Truth Conference - Chicago, Illinois -June 2-4, 2006: Education + Research Conference - L.A., California - June 24-25, 2006: Experts To Expose 9/11 Fraud At L.A. Conference: presents Alex Jones Interviews Ray McGovern: 9/11:
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