Newspaper Endorses Nevada Pot Initiative

  Newspaper Endorses Nevada Pot Initiative

Posted by CN Staff on June 21, 2006 at 16:09:24 PT
By Sandra Chereb, Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 

Reno, Nev. -- A newspaper in rural northern Nevada has given a surprising endorsement to a ballot measure to decriminalize adult possession of limited amounts of marijuana through regulation and taxation."In a state where prostitution is legal in certain counties, bars are not required to close and children can legally possess and use tobacco, objections to marijuana legalization on a moral basis seem hypocritical," the Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle Standard said in a Tuesday editorial.
"Those who view marijuana as a blight on society have yet to offer an effective solution of how to stop its spread through society or better fund law enforcement. Continuation of the ill-funded, halfhearted campaigns of the past is little more than veiled acceptance of its current widespread and illegal use."State Sen. Mike McGinness, R-Fallon, said he was surprised by newspaper's support for the Nov. 7 ballot question."It surprised me that a rural newspaper would do that," he said, noting northern Nevada's typical conservative political leanings.But Eric Herzik, a political science professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, said rural Nevada often shows its independent backbone."I wouldn't have predicted it, but it's not one where I'm shocked," he said."Rural Nevada, while often thought to be conservative, is often more libertarian. They don't like government intervention," Herzik said."They're not endorsing the use of marijuana, but instead saying 'Why don't we treat this as we do many other vices in Nevada' - which is to accept them," Herzik said.Nevada voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing marijuana use for medical purposes in 1998 and 2000. Two years later, they rejected efforts by national advocates to allow adult possession of up to 3 ounces for non-medical use.The latest proposal would allow adults to possession up to 1 ounce.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Sandra Chereb, Associated PressPublished: June 21, 2006 Copyright: 2006 Associated Press Related Articles & Web Site:Marijuana Policy Project Initiative: Marijuana Opposed Campaign Started Try at Legalizing Marijuana 

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Comment #49 posted by Hope on June 24, 2006 at 10:33:51 PT
You have mail.
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Comment #48 posted by Hope on June 24, 2006 at 09:38:19 PT

I knew something skanky was going
on with that tail business. I guess, it was Walkers and the wierd gaits that some types horses were forced into that seemed unnatural. It looked cruel. It looked like their feet were hurt and their heads pulled into unnatural positions.
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Comment #47 posted by Hope on June 24, 2006 at 09:19:10 PT

That's horrible about Western Pleasure
I had no idea. I thought Western Pleasure was about a calm horse that didn't spook easily. I had no idea they were crippling them.
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Comment #46 posted by FoM on June 24, 2006 at 08:26:09 PT

There are only a few groups of people who are very cruel to their horses. I also wanted to mention that the cutting horse people are good people. English and Western horse people who use their horse as a partner are always good to them. The cruelty in the Western Pleasure Division is well known to horse show people. They cut their feet down so short that they short step and jog rather then lengthen their stride because they don't want that. The AQHA doesn't want any outside organizations to police them. They are very standoffish. The other breeds that are very cruel enough so that they have been banned at times are the Plantation Walker (slave owners horses) and the 3 and 5 Gaited breeds that are very cruel. ( They stick a ginger stick in the horses rectum so they carry their tail up and cut the nerves in the dock under the tail and set the tails up when they are in a stall.) When they cut the nerve it causes the tail hair to fall out so they use artificial tails. The Walkers they purposely founder them as yearlings so they have to kick back on their hind legs. I always taught my students that if a horse does not have the natural talent to win that's the way it is and nothing would ever be done to modifiy them. I believe that when we teach young people a sport we are going to teach them how to be a good or a bad person as an adult. It is a very heavy and important responsibility.
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Comment #45 posted by Hope on June 24, 2006 at 08:18:07 PT

Alcohol and cowboys
My dad, I think, started drinking to ease the pain of his injuries. He became addicted to it. He was never arrogant about anything. He claimed that he had to be a horseman...because that was all he knew and the only way he could make a living back then. But his many injuries hurt him until the day he died.
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Comment #44 posted by Hope on June 24, 2006 at 08:14:04 PT

"code of the West."
and the code of the RCA. That's what it was when I was a kid. It's the PRCA now. Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. They had rules. You had to keep your bills paid and stay out of trouble. If you got a bad debt or a bounced check or got in some serious were out of the RCA.Besides being a member in good standing of the RCA, my dad was the youngest member, at twelve, of the old Turtle Association. He always wore that little turtle button on his belt. It was, I think, the first organized cowboy association. I believe they were called "Turtle" because cowboys often wore turtleneck shirts in those days. That's funny to think of...but it was suitable, certainly for the outdoor work they did.
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Comment #43 posted by Hope on June 24, 2006 at 08:07:57 PT

Like Clydsedale huge...
but they were usually bays. They were bigger than most riding horses and they often had what we called "Roman noses"....big heads that weren't "dished" like Arabians, for instance, but had a slight outward curve. They were a breed unto themselves. They weren't the type people liked in their riding horses. There probably aren't many of them around anymore.Cowboys and stockmen often tend to be sort of loner types. It's not as easy to be a loner as it was fifty years ago. They'd rather be around the animals than people and often seem to have to fight a bit of shyness or lack the confidence with people, that they have with animals.
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Comment #42 posted by Hope on June 24, 2006 at 07:51:53 PT

Western because of the saddle
and Pleasure...because it is and it's not usually working...just riding...for pleasure.
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Comment #41 posted by Hope on June 24, 2006 at 07:49:42 PT

Oh my!
Lot's of stuff to answer!Had to drag limbs and burn brush yesterday. I could never be an arsonist. We have nothing but fire proof, inedible brush on most of the farm this year! I was so exhausted last night. It's raining now, though. So maybe we will get some grass out there. We got three (big) bales of hay off our small meadow. It wasn't much at all and the price of hay is outrageous. Been babysitting throughout the week and have the baby this weekend. She should be arriving soon.There are worthless cowboys just like their are worthless plumbers. Alcohol used to be a problem in the old days, but there is a pot culture now among some in the last couple of decades or so, just like everybody else, although it's kept personal and quiet.FoM...that is stunning about the quarter horse show and the Western Pleasure shows! That's absolutely horrible! Why doesn't the Humane Society do something about that? I call my style of riding Western opposed to English or Jumping...but I've never participated in a horse show or event of any kind. I'm pure audience for that stuff.I never participated in shows and don't know what they do behind the scenes. It's scary because I sold a horse to a young girl up north to show in western pleasure. He was my baby! She sent me photos and stories of him winning for her and she carried on and on about how she'd saved for him and how she loved him and how he's even beat out the Virginian's horse in competition. (Several years ago) I'm horrified that he might have been mistreated.Everybody I know is protective and loving to their horses. Daddy, though he did crazy things sometimes, had something remarkably special with horses. He was sought after because of his gentle methods. He was amazing with horses. People I know treat their dogs like kids and their horses even better. I used to wince at those horses that had their tails broken and stuck up in the air and those horses that had to do such odd things in the way of gait and head holding.The personalities I've known in the stockman...or cowboy...are more akin to a Gary Cooper type. Slim...quiet...patient…watchful. One of my best friends is married to a cutting horse trainer and farrier. He's like one with his horses and he has made his life around the wife and children he loves and given them a very good life by working hard and doing as well by them as he can. There are people known for mistreating horses by not feeding them enough. Some guy from Dallas will buy a few acres and put twenty head of horses on it and go back to Dallas for a week or two. Of course, much of the year a horse can't live on just grass...if there is any. Somebody will see a horse or horses getting terribly skinny and have to call the sheriff. They try to rescue the horses and give the owner hell.We called in a new farrier one day and my husband and I liked to have fainted when he pulled out a twitch. We let him go. He wasn't going to do that to our babies.Most of the cowboys I know are sweet and polite and strong and quiet and likely to be the "Aw shucks, Mam." type of guy.My Dad, and a VERY FEW of his old cronies were alcoholics. An alcoholic, if he drinks...isn't good with stock or rodeo. Imagine being drunk and trying to ride a bull! It doesn't work. My dad was an All Around Champion...meaning he participated in several events…bulldogging, saddle bronc and bareback, and occasionally bull riding, but alcohol kept him from being World Champion All Around Cowboy and even then, it wasn't really big money in those days and of course you had to win to win something. You had entry fees and sometimes you didn't win a thing. Casey Tibbs didn't drink, that I know of. He was a sweet guy and he was World Champion several times, I think. Drinking and Championships in sports don't go together.Lots of traveling and gas was cheap. That's how I managed to be conceived in Texas and born in Oregon. It's also why I don't love traveling.There were many interesting people who lived on the ranches we worked at during the winter. We didn't have a place of our own, other than renting one.During the season the first thing we would do when we arrived at the Rodeo grounds was go look at the stock. I loved those big old broncs. I think I have a descendant of one right now in one of my mother's horses. He's just got that look from certain angels. I didn't like the bulls...still scared of bulls. I was so little and those saddle broncs were so huge, the bareback horse less so. The saddle broncs were like extra tall and lithe Clydesdales without feathers. They were professionals and they knew it. They had a confidence in their eyes that I have seen in few animals.They were very well taken care of by the Butler Brothers and others that supplied the stock for rodeos at that time. Those horse were treated like the treasures that they are. They were the stars of the rodeo. I think they liked audiences and the hullabaloo. I thought they recognized me when I was looking at them through the fences at different places. They'd lower their giant heads to me and those eyes...I loved them. Their eyes were a little different than other horses. They had a strength and freedom about them that shown in their eyes. They always KNEW they would buck off their rider and they liked bucking. If they didn't LIKE to buck...they would be made into riding horses. Yes they used bucking straps...but I never saw one cut into a horse in my life. It really only has to touch them in the right place on the flanks to encourage their bucking. It doesn't hurt them any more than the's just like you would feel if your drawers were hanging down to and touching your'd want to kick them off. Madison Square Garden was one of the few indoor arenas at that time. Dad's picture was in Life Magazine riding at Madison Square Garden...I've not been able to find a copy of it since I've been grown.His drinking got worse as he retired from the circuit. We didn't have to start being "patio people" until later.About the racehorses...Daddy was big he wasn't a jockey, he got them to where they would let a jockey on their back.I had a horse come in the house on his own one winter. We'd let him in the back yard a lot. He kind of had the run of the place. I'd wedged the back door open to carry in wood. As I was stacking the wood in the living room I heard something in the kitchen. They were steep narrow steps...but he marched right up them and there he was in the kitchen. He didn't have a halter on. He checked out the whole house as I got a belt around his neck and finally led him out. After that we had to keep him in the pasture. He wanted in. He'd see the kids watching TV through the sliding glass doors into another room and start "knocking" with his hoof. He wanted in!He was an extraordinary Shetland pony (He acted like a well trained horse instead of an ornery little Shetland)...the only horse we kept when my first husband and I divorced.He was a sweetie. I buried him by hand...a took three days to dig the hole and cover it...but he's at the back of the lot right now. He was so good to my kids that I'd promised myself I'd bury him on the myself if I had to.Rodeos were more like circuses and wild west shows in those days than horse shows and some rodeos today. Indians, cowboys, Trick Riders and trick horses, clowns, jumping cars, huge crowds, and Grand Entries that were amazing in those days. There was a monkey that traveled with one clown. He would hang around up in over head wires and stuff when he wasn't performing and he jumped down on my Dad's back during a bronc ride one time and rode his back while he rode the horse.Daddy got a re-ride for that one.There are cruel cowboys...I met one and he was ejected from the property in a hurry. Twitches may not be cruel...but they look to me like they are. Being cruel to the horse that helps you make a living would be like going out and kicking a dent in the side of your only car. Of course, I realize that in the high dollar horse show world, things are obviously different. I remember hearing a few years ago about a lot of trouble with doping horses...although I never knew anyone like that...that was in professional horse which I am also a stranger.

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Comment #40 posted by afterburner on June 23, 2006 at 21:19:41 PT

When I Think of Cowboys
I think of movie cowboys like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, the singing cowboy. Honorable men who do treat their women right. Even the Duke was good to women, but he didn't treat the "Indians" very well. These movie cowboys idealize and symbolize the real cowboys of the old West. Men who feel more comfortable outside. Lonesome cattle-drivers. Hard workers. And yes, men who sometimes settle their arguments with their fists. Men of strong will bred of living close to nature, her animals plants and weather. Obviously, some cowboys were backstabbers and desperados, too. They were condemned for breaking the "code of the West."My ancestors were farmers and teachers, so I don't have personal experience with flesh and blood cowboys. When it comes to horse training, I prefer the Native approach of becoming one with the horse to the Western break the horse to the bit and saddle approach.
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Comment #39 posted by FoM on June 23, 2006 at 15:49:37 PT

One More Thing
I must give credit where credit is do. The cowboys who compete with reining horses aren't like the ones I mentioned. They are good and loving of their horses. They are partners with their horses like it should be. It's only the western pleasure riders. There I feel better.
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Comment #38 posted by FoM on June 23, 2006 at 15:35:19 PT

I wanted to explain that the Ohio Quarter Horse Congress is one of the 3 largest shows for Quarter Horses in the world. One is in Canada, one in Texas and one in Ohio. The horses come up mostly from Texas to Ohio. Some from Oklahoma. That's why I associate the OQHC with cowboys.
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Comment #37 posted by FoM on June 23, 2006 at 15:03:03 PT

I don't know if we have any cowboys around here. My only experience with cowboys is when we would go down to the Ohio Quarter Horse Congress. Almost everyone wore cowboy hats, boots and belt buckles. Over 8,000 horses are brought in to compete every October. The cruelty just to win was very offensive to me and many that weren't western people. Our blacksmith would tell us how cruel they are to their horses. People can't be cruel to a horse just to win a prize and be good people. They just don't go together. Draining a horse's blood so they jog slower, because they drug test the horse, was hard to learn about. I saw a horse in a western pleasure class at a slow what they call jog drop down in place while in the class. The horse just plain collapsed. I just don't understand.
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Comment #36 posted by Toker00 on June 23, 2006 at 14:46:37 PT

I could tell you about guys in every trade and profession who treat their women and animals the same way you are describing your local cowboys. The good ones, even those who may take a "drink or two", are totally NOT bad men. My uncle was a "horse trader" and did totally ridiculous but funny things like Hope described. Lampshade for a hat type things. Most I have known are quiet, obviously more at home outdoors than in. And yes, most that I know are abstainers. Except for that draw string tobacco pouch or that can of skoal. They won't argue with you. If they think you are being an ass, they will knock you out, without a word, but with those who justify violence, you had it coming, John Wayne style. But for the most part, unemotional unless provoked. Noncommunicative with women. ANY women, not just their wives. A bit primitive. Nothin' fancy thank ya. But those were Arkansas cowboys. Texans sound a lot more like what you described from your area.Toke.
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Comment #35 posted by afterburner on June 23, 2006 at 13:55:23 PT

Yes, bush is more like a Midnight Cowboy, those big-city faux cowboys that play at being macho.Home Home on the Range:"Oh, give me a home
Where the buffaloes roam
And the deer and the antelope play
Where never is heard
A discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day."
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Comment #34 posted by FoM on June 23, 2006 at 10:29:27 PT

This is what people think about cowboys that are from my area of the USA. Please help me out if this is wrong. A cowboy is a guy who doesn't treat his woman very well. A cowboy is a alcohol drinker. A cowboy thinks the people from the north are wusses. A cowboy is set in his ways and will not listen to reason. These are the stigmas that seem to make it hard for someone from the northern states to understand a cowboy. I have seen the results of how mean a cowboy is to some of their horses when I went to the Ohio Quarter Horse Congress. That is one of the three largest Quarter Horse Shows in the world. We would hear the stories and they were terrible. They would bleed their horses out so they would hang their head low like they want for them to win. They would tie a horse's head to a cement block close to the ground so the neck muscles couldn't pull the head up where the horse won't win. I could go on and on but that's enough. In the riding circles cowboys were considered really cruel. I hope this isn't all true but I do know some is true.
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Comment #33 posted by whig on June 23, 2006 at 09:59:04 PT

Is there a distinctive pot culture among some cowboys or does there seem to be an entirely alcohol-using ethic? Or do many abstain? I'm interested to know whether there is a part of the cowboy or southern culture that we can reach out to here and try to make common cause. Just because the leaders who come from the south are bad people for the most part (and are the leaders from the north so much better really?) it does not mean that the people are bad. The system is controlled by and for the benefit of the few who benefit from it. And in the south those people have been slaveowners and they are still in the game.I hope you understand my question and the point that I'm trying to make, because it is important you know I'm not insulting you or your friends or your culture as a whole, I am saying the politicians are bad and that's just how it is.
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on June 23, 2006 at 09:54:46 PT

I never rode a horse thru my house but when my parents were away I lead my one horse thru the kitchen then the dining room and out the living room front door. We had beautiful wood floors too. My friends dared me! LOL!I'm not a cowboy though! LOL!
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Comment #31 posted by Hope on June 23, 2006 at 09:30:59 PT

He trained a few racehorses, too...
but he was still considered a cowboy down here.

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Comment #30 posted by Hope on June 23, 2006 at 09:29:35 PT

My dad did crazy things sometimes...
Like riding a horse through the house...but not all cowboys are up to such shenanigans and he wasn't all the time. And...and....and ....Bush isn't a "cowboy" by any means that I know of, and I've known real cowboys all my life.Bush isn't worthy of the "cowboy" my book.
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Comment #29 posted by Hope on June 23, 2006 at 09:24:51 PT

A "Good Cowboy"
Is like a "Good mechanic", a "Good electrician", a "Good accountant", or a "Good Doctor" or a "Good race car driver". It's a job. Some are more skilled at it than others. It's a a plumber's or carpenter's. It's an honorable profession in my book. Cowboying doesn't mean an insane wrecking crew. It's a hard, dirty job and it's getting along with and working with animals better than most people can.I'm touchy because I've always felt pretty good about ranch and rodeo history and my family's history. It's really no big deal, in general. But you can imagine how you might feel if Bush was referred to as a crazy "horse trainer". Cowboys are horse trainers, too. I guess I just might as well get used to it.But he's NOT a cowboy.I'm just defending cowboys. I'm not angry...certainly not at my Afterburner! I just want to say a word in the defense of the cowboy.
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on June 23, 2006 at 09:11:45 PT

Tell me what a good cowboy is. I know what I think based on what I have seen over the years. 
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Comment #27 posted by Hope on June 23, 2006 at 08:32:04 PT

"And music. Don't forget the muse-ic!"
Right, Afterburner.It always bothers me when Bush is referred to as a "cowboy", though. What an insult to all the cowboys I've known and loved. He's no cowboy...he's just a politician with a Texas accent.
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Comment #26 posted by afterburner on June 22, 2006 at 23:41:37 PT

Evolving Revolving and Devolving
Hope #16 20 & 23: "Cannabis News has made us stronger. It's been a source of news and encouragement and friendship." And music. Don't forget the muse-ic!"Now every accident has got to be a crime of some sort."
That's why many of the young people don't have any respect. We don't give them a break. We don't welcome them to adulthood. A 60 year-old is someone's child? We need to do it for the children. The nanny will tell you what to do. "Mother will put all her fears into you." -Pink Floyd.
Faith is the key. Love is the key. Hope is the key. Work is the key. Play is the key. Learning is the key to brain cell growth. Mother Nature knows better than Momma Dominatrix, better than Momma Baby. Though they are all parts of the godess. God and goddess are one. God created man in hir image, male and female s/he created them. {No body makes "mistakes" here [The United States of America] ...they become criminals...easily.} We need initiation rites for passage to adulthood. But the sacred tools of illumination are outlawed in one too many places. We have not given our children the room to grow. We have protected them too much from the pains and arrows of life that we felt so deeply. To spare them. To make them stronger? It's no wonder Cowboy bush herds the citizens and residents of the loyal opposition and of the republican party, once called the "grand old party." Bush sees them as cattle to be ranched, cowboys to ride the range with. A strange bloodlust missing in that love love love love love.Learning from our mistakes is the American Way. It is the way of entrepreneurs, the way of parents scholars children.
It is the way of scientists artists ministers. Musicians play.Accidents are an unforeseen unplanned unintentional falling toward. Let s/he who is without accident cast the first stone, test the first peecup, cage the first bro/sis for having different culinary tastes! 
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Comment #25 posted by global_warming on June 22, 2006 at 14:39:23 PT

Hope for Nevada
Good luck to those conservitives,Maybe they can cut off that hand of the snake of Large government and the business of Large government.Good Luck in NovemberEarth Hottest It's Been in 2,000 Years, EU Agree to Alternative to Kyoto Protocol
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on June 22, 2006 at 11:32:46 PT

Can't beat it with a stick!
Pardon my enthusiastic burst of Texana. It translates to "You can't beat it. It's the best!"
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on June 22, 2006 at 11:30:48 PT

Thanks, Budsnaxs....
I was kind of foggy about that. Thanks for clearing it up.FoM got it...obviously.This is a wonderful place with wonderful people and I'm glad you are one of us, Mai Bong City.I consider it a real honor and blessing to have spent this much time of my life with this fine a people.We fight and resist hatred, ignorance, and injustice...together...and that's good.It's been an emotional, long, exhausting, and often overwhelming trip. It's not over yet. I'm glad to have had you guys as companions on this long, painful trip to justice.Cannabis News has made us stronger. It's been a source of news and encouragement and friendship.Can't beat it with a stick!
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Comment #22 posted by BUDSNAXZ on June 22, 2006 at 10:26:46 PT

Comment # 14
Just to clear things up, my comment 19 was in response to comments 6 and 7. Whig, I bet alcohol was involved in the second case. To get the maximum prohibitionist bang for the buck, they conveniently left this fact off.Peace all
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on June 22, 2006 at 10:18:41 PT

That is also how I feel. If CNews has or ever will accomplish anything what you are saying is the most important thing of all.
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on June 22, 2006 at 10:16:21 PT

It doesn't really look like a good start...but I bet you aren't the only one toting that card. It's not's continual punishment. You paid your debt...but they'll ride you to the end of the line it appears. I'm so sorry.It's so easy to get in trouble in this country. That's a warning that I know some Dutch mothers gave their children before they came to the U.S.. My ex son-in-law being one of them. He did get in trouble, too. A lot of it and he just couldn't comprehend that our government was so harsh and had so many snares for people everywhere. No body makes "mistakes" here...they become criminals...easily. 
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Comment #19 posted by BUDSNAXZ on June 22, 2006 at 10:13:25 PT

It just feels like home to me. Just like sitting around with folks you've known all your life and trust completely to be there for you anytime anywhere.Peace all
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Comment #18 posted by whig on June 22, 2006 at 10:04:36 PT

Richard Zuckerman
"I literally moved out to Las Vegas, Nevada, found an apartment share, moved in, visited the local municipal Election office, but was told I am not only barred from voting but must also register with the police department, and I am not a Megan's Law candidate!! The police fingerprinted me, photographed me, gave me a small Pink colored card to produce to police any time I am stopped in Nevada."Better not to register to vote if this is what you get subjected to.
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on June 22, 2006 at 09:52:36 PT

Maybe things will go better for you there than they have in New Jersey. I hope so.
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on June 22, 2006 at 09:51:36 PT

People have "accidents"
They used to, anyway. Now every accident has got to be a crime of some sort.
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Comment #15 posted by Richard Zuckerman on June 22, 2006 at 09:45:35 PT:

I was told recently by Nevada authorities that they have changed the law so as to permit voting by persons convicted of certain offenses. They told me that I may vote despite my June 11, 1991, federal felony conviction for mailing a threatening conviction, 18 U.S.C. Section 876, and October 23, 1995, discharge from federal supervised release, IF I PRODUCE DOCUMENTATION SHOWING MY DISCHARGE FROM FEDERAL SUPERVISED RELEASE AT THE TIME OF VOTER REGISTRATION.I literally moved out to Las Vegas, Nevada, found an apartment share, moved in, visited the local municipal Election office, but was told I am not only barred from voting but must also register with the police department, and I am not a Megan's Law candidate!! The police fingerprinted me, photographed me, gave me a small Pink colored card to produce to police any time I am stopped in Nevada. They'll pick on convicted felons, but they won't convict their own, especially the United States Central Intelligence Agency drug money laundering and drug distribution within the United States! A newspaper article the other day reveals that Columbia Cocaine production has increased since the U.S. became part of their "war" effort. On June 8, 2006, the New Jersey State Police told me I am on a list of persons barred from entering the State House Annex, when I was to attend and perhaps testify to the Senate Health Committee in support of New Jersey State Senate Bill 88 for Medical "Marijuana." As they were escorting me out of the State House Annex, N.J. State Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes, Jr., was walking in and said "hello" to me. I remember having visited Assemblyman Barnes about four years ago and him telling me he had previously been employed as an F.B.I. Agent and knows my criminal history. The following evening, I left a voicemail message with Assemblyman Barnes with a comment made in an angry intonation "You fuckin' Democrats..." and asking whether he was involved in barring me from the State House Annex, but without any threat. On Friday, June 16, 2006, 4:15 P.M., plainclothes New Jersey State Police Sergeant Alex Koopalcthes (or Koopalethes? His handprinting is hard to understand), accompanied by two North Brunswick, New Jersey, blue uniformed police officers, visited my residence and interviewed me about the angry intoned "...You fuckin' Democrats.." I told him the New Jersey State Police must either remove me from the list of persons barred from the State House Annex or I will sue them for violation of the 1947 New Jersey Constitution. This past Tuesday, I visited the North Brunswick, N.J., police headquarters, obtained a printout of the incident regarding the police visit to my residence. Today, I put in a written request for an audiotape of the police radio communications in connection with this incident. The records room told me they will contact me in response to this request for the audiotape. I'll sue the government creeps!Ed Costantini, Case Manager on my appeal in Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey advised me I must wait until around October or November 2006 for oral argument court date, regarding my appeal asking them to establish a cause of action for Retaliatory Prosecution under the 1947 New Jersey Constitution, NOT THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION.Richard Paul Zuckerman, Box 159, Metuchen, New Jersey, 08840-0159, (Cell phone no.)(848) 250-8879, richardzuckerman2002 
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Comment #14 posted by whig on June 22, 2006 at 09:04:52 PT

"The ruling came in two cases. One involved a woman who lost control of her vehicle in Grand Traverse County, killing one woman and paralyzing two children. She had marijuana cigarettes in her possession and admitted smoking one about four hours before the crash."I wonder if someone can find her name so we can look up the specifics of this case. I'd like to know if she also had other drugs in her system, and whether there were other unreported factors in this accident.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on June 22, 2006 at 08:38:26 PT

Comment 10
Outrageous!Another stripe on our backs and another one on you know who's.That's so ignorant and mean. Ignorant and mean!Our governments have become greedy, overbearing, major blood suckers, and money grabbers of the worst sort.Robbery! By "Self-Righteous Busybodies"...for our "own good".Kind of sounds lenient in a way, though. Did this happen at the side of the road where they were just waiting around for something?"The other case involved a man in Jackson County who was stopped by police for driving erratically. He had smoked marijuana a half hour after being pulled over.":0)That's what it said!
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Comment #12 posted by afterburner on June 22, 2006 at 08:19:07 PT

#10 Michigan Voters, Alert!
These "Justices" have thrown down the gauntlet. The next time you see their names on your ballot, Vote Them Out!
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on June 22, 2006 at 07:59:18 PT

Mornin Folks
I guess these are the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. I haven't found any news to post so far. I saw Bush on TV and really couldn't handle it so I turned off the news and put in Woodstock 3 Days of Peace and Music DVD. My mood changed instantly. Have a great summer day. It's beautiful here today.
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Comment #10 posted by mayan on June 22, 2006 at 06:48:11 PT

Bullsh*t in Michigan
Court: Drivers with marijuana in body can be charged: Justice Clifford Taylor,Justices Maura Corrigan, Robert Young Jr. and Stephen Markman should all resign immediately for being such obvious dolts! 
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Comment #9 posted by Duzt on June 22, 2006 at 06:21:19 PT

fallon is somehow changing
That's my local paper (lahontan valley news) from here in Fallon. This is pretty much a redneck town full of meth addicts so the people around here are opening up to the idea of herb. It's still conservative but Reno has totally changed from a conservative town (now Vegas is, at least politically) to a very liberal, artsy town. I had little hope for this to have a chance but if Vegas pulls through we could actuall ywin it this time.
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Comment #8 posted by Max Flowers on June 22, 2006 at 02:03:24 PT

I think somebody's had her medicine and is feeling good... :-)I feel the same way about folks here as you do, MBC
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on June 21, 2006 at 21:40:50 PT

Thank you very much. I think we have a very special group of people here. 
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Comment #6 posted by mai_bong_city on June 21, 2006 at 19:55:13 PT

OT a little but yet not.
i just wanted to take a few seconds and a little space to say that i consider all of you here the patron saints of cannabis and this place a cathedral of sorts....
anyway, this here, these people, it's what's real and right, what i see anyway. i am honored to be in the company of saints and thank all of you for all you do and for creating a haven of peace and such love and goodness.many blessings.
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Comment #5 posted by mayan on June 21, 2006 at 18:19:28 PT

"It surprised me that a rural newspaper would do that," he said, noting northern Nevada's typical conservative political leanings.Not spending the citizen's tax dollars to infringe on their civil liberties is very conservative. I'm only surprised that any conservatives could support the war on such a versatile plant!EJ, would that be American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia?Here's an article...The Right Book: Everything you ever really needed to know about conservatism but were afraid to ask: an unrelated note, feel a draft yet?Maximum enlistment age upped to 42: WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...MUJCA Coordinator Questions Secret Service on Kentucky Gun Confiscation: Radio: Dr. David Ray Griffin: Q/A for 9-11, THE MYTH AND THE REALITY: WAS AN INSIDE JOB - OUR NATION IS IN PERIL: tomorrow night (Thurs.), James Fetzer from Scholars for 9/11 Truth will be on Hannity and Colmes!
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Comment #4 posted by whig on June 21, 2006 at 17:26:07 PT

Since the "conservatives" only distance themselves from this administration when it becomes unpopular, but have supported it until now including its excesses of police state tactics and expansionist military conduct, it is fair that the so-called conservative movement be given no soil now in which to thrive.
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Comment #3 posted by E_Johnson on June 21, 2006 at 16:54:12 PT

Neoconservatism is on its way out
It's official. A new encyclopedia of American conservatism has just been published. Here's what the publisher has to say:"Criticizing what he called the "big education, big spending, big war, big government" conservatism of Republican leaders, Mr. Nelson said he hoped that the book, whose list price is $35, would help the movement return to its small-government roots."If conservatism is going to succeed and thrive in the 21st century," he said, "it's got to look more like the conservative tradition as expressed in this book than the conservatism currently practiced in Washington."Those people toiling in the capital trenches may not recognize the conservatism represented here. The book omits familiar names like Ann Coulter, Tom DeLay, Grover Norquist, Bill O'Reilly and Karl Rove."Hahahahahahahahaha It's in the New York Times. 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on June 21, 2006 at 16:45:27 PT

Nevada: Expanded Associated Press Article
Additional Information:The newspaper's endorsement was hailed by the Committee to Regulate and Control Marijuana, which was thwarted in a first attempt for a constitutional amendment by not gathering enough signatures to qualify for the 2004 ballot. After that, the organization took another route, gathering enough signatures to present the issue to the 2005 Legislature. The measure automatically qualified for this year's ballot after lawmakers failed to act within 40 days. "Rather than spending millions of taxpayer dollars arresting marijuana users, the state of Nevada should instead generate millions of dollars by taxing and regulating marijuana, and earmark part of these revenues to prevent and treat the abuse of marijuana, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs," the initiative says. The state would license wholesalers and retailers to sell the drug. Each would pay $1,000 for an initial license and $1,000 annually for the permit. It also would increase penalties for driving under the influence and restrict where pot could be sold. Neal Levine, campaign manager for the sponsoring committee, said if approved by voters, Nevada would be the first to tax and regulate marijuana statewide. "What we're proposing is really sort of a mainstream, common sense policy," Levine said, adding that the endorsement supports the group's argument that prosecuting pot smokers doesn't work and is a waste of police resources. McGinness said he opposes the idea, and thinks most rural voters will too. He said he believes marijuana is an entry drug that leads some people to other drugs with harsher consequences, like cocaine and methamphetamine. "I know there are people out there who scoff at the idea that one leads to another," McGinness said. The editorial dismissed the argument. "The same could be said of caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, sex or any other activity that stimulates the brain's pleasure zones," it said. "Some of the above mentioned activities are legal and regulated in Nevada. In fact, the state's most powerful industry caters to those same visceral pleasures." --
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Comment #1 posted by MikeC on June 21, 2006 at 16:22:25 PT

Thank you...
It's nice to see common sense rule the day.
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