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More Reefer Madness
Posted by FoM on May 26, 2001 at 18:40:20 PT
By Ralph Reiland
Source: WorldNetDaily
The best feedback to a recent column I wrote on drugs came from a reader in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Happy that I spotlighted some fatal missteps in the war on drugs, and surmising that I'm some pothead who can't keep his hands off hash, he e-mailed a few good shopping tips on the internet  cleartest.com, motherearthshop.com and happypipes.com. 
The big deal on cleartest.com is "The Urinator," "a fully self-contained" and "thermostatically-controlled state-of-the-art electronic device that uses two 9-volt batteries" to mix water "in the right temperature range" with a "laboratory clean concentrated urine to provide the test facility with a clean toxin-free sample." I think one of my former employees, eager to suggest urine testing, had one of these. The directions? "Turn switch to ON position and conceal The Urinator. In testing facility, undo clasp, open top of dehydrated urine container. Allow fluid to pour into testing cup. Turn in sample and leave." http://cleartest.com/The Urinator, says the producer, "does what no other product can: protects its user, no matter what their intake." And it's cost effective: "This product can be used literally hundreds of times  even shared with others." And little: "It's small, easy to conceal size will keep you prepared for the random or pre-employment urine tests that are becoming so common today." For $149.95, here's what you get: "Toxin-free concentrated urine; electronically controlled heater; testing strips; calibrated bottle-filling device; soft, flexible folding pouch; a blanket guarantee on testing outcomes; discreet packaging and shipment." Who wants the mailman to see you're a big buyer of concentrated urine in plain brown wrappers? And there's a refill deal: "Drug-Free Concentrated Urine, $34.95, guaranteed to beat any of the urine tests. Just add warm water!" Plus a test-beating system that's cheaper and less high-tech, without all the heaters and batteries: "Bake-N-Shake ... A revolutionary new product which removes toxins from a urine sample. The toxins remain in the bag and are discarded when the users throw the bag away. $32." Remember when it was just Iron City and the Bake-N-Shake was for the chicken? And if the boss gets tricky and starts pulling out your hair instead of his own, there's a test-busting shampoo, better than Prell: "Clear Choice Shampoo ... Rid your Hair of Toxins with Clear Choice Shampoo. Removes all residues and toxins within 10 minutes. $35." At motherearthshop.com, it's stuff for the home, like the Tanita 1479, the "all-time favorite" scale with "feather touch sensitivity and an accuracy of 0.1 grams," and a big selection of "Color-Changing Glass Pipes," all the way up to "8-inch tall multi-bubblers," each one "specially handcrafted and individually blown." The good part, for those bored with TV? "As the pipe is being used, the colors change." And for the kitchen wall, a nice "Hemp Leaf Clock," $16.95. And what to wear while all this is going on? A "Black Poncho with White Marijuana Leaf on back," $19.95. http://www.motherearthshop.com/Says Mother Earth Shop, Bongs and Waterpipes: "All our products are intended for tobacco use only." What, the Tanita scale with "feather touch sensitivity" is for all those folks who weigh their Marlboros? And at happypipes.com, everything's made easy: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, two-day express delivery, and "Gift Certificates, Bridal Registry, and Gift Wrapping Too." For the happy bride who needs a happy pipe? The "Bad Mushroom Pipe," $150, and, higher up, a selection of "Signed Artist Pieces," like the "Wicked Sidecar," by Shana, $300. http://www.happypipes.com/Well, sorry to disappoint my e-mailer, but the straight dope is that I don't own a bong pipe and don't monkey around with anything more potent than a couple of chardonnays at lunch. That's it  zero crack, no smack, no Grateful Dead bumper stickers, no snorting, toking, shooting, whippets or popping, no pipe dreams, and no getting fit-shaced from glue. My argument isn't pro-drug, but a call for some common sense and fine tuning in the war on drugs. Jacob Sullum, senior editor at Reason magazine makes the point: "In the case of alcohol, people routinely make such distinctions. They see a difference between responsible and irresponsible use, between moderate drinkers and alcoholics. The same sorts of distinctions can and should be applied to other drugs, whatever their current legal status." That distinction isn't being made with marijuana, says Sullum. First, some 76 million Americans have tried marijuana, according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse  more than one-third of the population over the age of 12. Second, the government's own data show that people who use marijuana typically do so in moderation and don't move on to harder drugs. Third, studies show that fewer than one-tenth of marijuana users have ever experienced "drug dependence." The comparable figure for alcohol is 15 percent. And, fourth, marijuana  the main target of the war on drugs  accounts for more than 500,000 arrests per year, nearly 90 percent for simple possession, not dealing. The result? It took over 200 years for America to hold one million prisoners all at once. Now we've managed to incarcerate the second million in only the last 10 years, with at least 450,000 behind bars for non-violent drug offenses, all while the nation's treatment programs are being shortchanged in order to build more jails.Ralph Reiland is the B. Kenneth Simon Professor of Free Enterprise at Robert Morris College and the co-author of "Mom & Pop vs. the Dreambusters." Source: WorldNetDaily (US Web)Author: Ralph ReilandPublished: Saturday, May 26, 2001Copyright: 2001, WorldNetDaily.com, Inc.Contact: letters worldnetdaily.comWebsite: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/Related Article:A Cure Worse Than Its Diseasehttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread9764.shtml
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Comment #6 posted by LiveInFearEveryDay on May 27, 2001 at 09:37:27 PT
Too much
There is just too much money to be made, on both sides, from the "Drug War"  Everybody profits. Prisons, Law Enforcment, Judical employees, Drug testers, Drug testing beaters, companies that use prison labor. everyone, except you!   ... From Corporation to Shinning Corporation!
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Comment #5 posted by J.R. Bob Dobbs on May 27, 2001 at 08:16:49 PT
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>>1.) Cannabis is non-lethal not "less lethal".  OK, you're right. Cannabis prohibition is lethal - cannabis is not.>>2.) Cannabis can improve the quality of life for some individuals but there is no documentation to support that cannabis can save lives.  Ask Steve Kubby about that one...
http://www.kubby.org/
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Comment #4 posted by Food4Thought on May 27, 2001 at 07:26:29 PT:
remember...
J.R., I must chime in here. You said "Cannabis is considerably less lethal than chardonnay, and our government won't even let people use it if it could save their life.".There are two problems with your statement.1.) Cannabis is non-lethal not "less lethal".2.) Cannabis can improve the quality of life for some individuals but there is no documentation to support that cannabis can save lives.
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Comment #3 posted by J.R. Bob Dobbs on May 27, 2001 at 03:32:26 PT
4:20
  If this article were about coffee, and they mentioned someone emailed them selling coffee cups, there would be no big deal, right? Once the law is changed, the stigma against paraphernalia will change too - and hopefully those people selling urine will have to find another job!!>>Well, sorry to disappoint my e-mailer, but the straight dope is that I don't own a bong pipe and don't monkey around with anything more potent than a couple of chardonnays at lunch. That's it  zero crack, no smack, no Grateful Dead bumper stickers, no snorting, toking, shooting, whippets or popping, no pipe dreams, and no getting fit-shaced from glue.  Glue is more lethal than chardonnay, and you don't need to be 21 to buy it. Cannabis is considerably less lethal than chardonnay, and our government won't even let people use it if it could save their life. And a Grateful Dead bumper sticker is in itself harmless, but in some areas I'm told it's considered "probable cause"...
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on May 26, 2001 at 21:40:19 PT
Right Again Dan
You said it all! I don't understand why people do what they do particularly when it's something as important as reforming our current drug laws. We don't need these kind of problems because they just give the prohibitionist ammunition. I try to avoid putting web sites that sell anything on even my personal pages. I just removed a couple of links because they sell things and it didn't settle right with me. If I find more that I'm linked to I will remove them too. We've come to far.
FreedomToExhale
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Comment #1 posted by Dan B on May 26, 2001 at 21:06:16 PT:
Who The Hell Is The Idiot E-Mailer?
Sorry if you disagree, folks, but sending people this kind of e-mail unsolicited will only serve to push them away from true drug policy reform. I, too, have received such unsolicited emails from people who read an article of mine and assumed that I would be interested. Frankly, while I do enjoy a toke when I can get one, I will likely never buy a bong on the Internet. And, I resent the implication that just because someone speaks out against the drug war, that person must inherently be interested in purchasing equipment for using drugs over the Internet.It's quite alright to advertise such products on web pages designed for those who would be interested in them, but do not take the next step and assume that everyone who mentions drug policy reform is going to want information on buying what is legally described as drug paraphernalia over the Internet. Get your damned capitalism out of the war against the war on some drugs.Dan B
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