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The opinion is a mixing of good and evil ideas with intent to deceive. "Severe penalties for those who deal in addiction and death." Who do you mean? The Cassie Nygren's of the world? Harsher punishments for those who are the actual victims, but not for the Drug War warrior politicians at the top of the food chain who profit off of the epidemic in a myriad of ways. They're generally covered up for. What the public needs is more honest and accurate information on how politicians and their supporters are profiting off the War on Drugs and the pharmaceutical/medical industry, and more honest and accurate information about the use of cannabis as medicine.
Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress, at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-dea-agent-opioid-crisis-fueled-by-drug-industry-and-congress/
The 1.8 million given to law enforcement is money being spent to harass the small time medical marijuana operators who are cutting corners. That will likely change as big business takes over marijuana and forces out the little guys. Notice the statement made in the Detroit Free Press article Michigan regulators will allow mega-growers of medical marijuana into the state below.
“They’re doing everything they can do to shut down the mom and pops,” said Jason Durham, a medical marijuana cardholder and caregiver, who grows medicinal cannabis for five patients, but hopes to be awarded a license to grow up to 500 plants. “They want it to be one corporation that has control so they only have to babysit and monitor one business.”
When marijuana goes big time, they'll increase consumption through extremely manipulative advertising the same as big tobacco did in its heyday. They'll also likely finds ways to make marijuana more addictive and harmful through additives or newly discovered techniques. In my opinion, medical and recreational cannabis should be left in the hands of small business in order to protect the public health and safety from the corruption of big money in politics that's sure to happen.
Excellent documentary! The documentary explains how cannabis is a sacred plant, specially created by the God of the Bible for man's use. Also explained is how the plant became illegal and who is directly benefiting from keeping it illegal. The pharmaceutical/medical industry is basically paying politicians to vote against medical marijuana through campaign contributions. Notice in the documentary the many medical conditions cannabis treats successfully without the need of dangerous pharmaceuticals.
Clearly, what is needed is legal action through the courts to secure our constitutional rights to cannabis - especially where the right to vote on ballot initiatives does not existent. As far as I can see, the public has a strong natural law right and a strong religious/spiritual First Amendment right to use cannabis as food or as a natural health supplement. In the case of the strains of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) that are not psychoactive (won't get you high), the right is even stronger since no logical or compelling reason can be advanced by government for keeping it illegal. The World Health Organization recently issued a report by a panel of experts saying that CBD is safe and does not have any potential for abuse. See Newsweek article Medical Marijuana's Main Ingredient Isn't Dangerous or Addictive, World Health Organization Report Says, at http://www.newsweek.com/medical-marijuana-cbd-not-addictive-toxic-who-says-748069.
The public should have unrestricted access to the same high CBD strains as is produced in California. See, for example, the Alphabetized List of High - CBD Strains from the book CBD: A Patient's Guide To Medicinal Cannabis - Healing Without The High.
Here we go again! Small-town junkies as political enemies of a corrupt government on front page of newspaper and made to appear as threats to children. Will we ever learn that Nixon's statement that drug abuse was public enemy number one was a total con job to get votes and to strengthen the police state against the people?
In the article The War on Drugs: How President Nixon Tied Addiction to Crime, appearing in The Atlantic, the author says:
Nixon launched a drug war that framed drug users not as alienated youths whose addiction was caused by inhabiting a fundamentally inequitable society, but as criminals attacking the moral fiber of the nation, people who deserved only incarceration and punishment.Because it's profitable and politically advantageous, politicians and community leaders continue to utilize the Nixon strategy to the detriment of the communities they claim to serve. A Brief History of the Drug War
Below is from the HuffPost article Can CBD Help you Lose Weight?
Frankel also asserts that CBD reduces appetite—the opposite of THC, which triggers hedonic over-eating. I hadn’t read this anywhere, so I invited two friends, Tina and Cha Cha, to try it with me. We would soon be calling ourselves the Ladies Weed Detective Society. We squeezed a few drops of CBD-infused oil under our tongues and waited. An hour later, at the time we’d planned to have dinner, we noticed we weren’t especially hungry. All thoughts of food had been swept away. If this effect were widely known, Tina said, “Cannabis would be legal in twenty minutes.”
If the author is correct and CBD works completely the opposite of THC in regards to appetite, this could be a major break through for the obesity crisis. It makes me wonder if CBD could aide with intermittent fasting and calorie restriction diets designed to slow aging. I believe intermittent fasting holds the greatest promise.
This is great news! Now there can be no excuse for completely legalizing the strains of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in THC. Since they're safe and not addictive, anybody should be able to grow and use these strains that are not psychoactive (won't get you high) for whatever reason.
In another Newsweek article it's reported that high potency cannabis is causing psychiatric problems. Marijuana: Why Dangerously Potent Pot Is Making People Lose Their Minds and Memories. Apparently, this cannabis is being bred and sold by the black market strictly for profit. The article considers legalization with regulation as a solution, and points out the need for greater access to the high CBD strains. CBD is reported to counteract THC intoxication and THC addiction. See, for instance, What is CBD?, Cannabidiol for the treatment of cannabis withdrawal syndrome: a case report and Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Evidence.
Methadone and suboxone are just another addictive drug in the same class as heroin that corrupt pharmaceutical companies can parasitically make a fortune off of. They will then use their money/lobbying powers on government to keep the opioid epidemic alive so they can continue to profit off it. Think of the children who will die from these drugs when they mistake them for candy! More children are dying from this than the media lets out. These drugs are also sold by drug addicts to obtain heroin. They'll flood the community with these drugs just like the opioids.
The route to take is like Portugal has done and as Norway just recently followed. Norway’s Parliament Votes To Decriminalize All Drug Use. Legalize all drugs and refocus the money spent on drug prohibition, police, courts and prisons into healthcare, drug rehabilitation, and other social programs. You have cannabis as a safe alternative to opioids and other pharmaceutical drugs. Nobody dies from cannabis - including the children. People can be taught how to use cannabis in a non-intoxicating way which can be more effective for many medical conditions. Cannabis can also be used to wean people off of opioids as some drug rehab programs are doing. At This LA Rehab Center, Cannabis Is an 'Exit' Drug.
Doctors and nurses should be given the task of setting up injection sites where people who are addicted to or who want to try dangerous drugs like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, etc., following the example of what is currently being done in Canada that follows the highly successful program conducted in England back in the early 1980s. Prescription heroin: The alternative approach to opioid addiction? and Junk Policy. This will put the drug dealing gangs - with their excessive violence - out of business. It should be strictly a social program run by government and not by big business. The program should only provide pure heroin at a very cheap price necessary to undercut the drug gangs.
They're either a part of a grand conspiracy to popularize and push hard drugs on the community for profit or they're insane according to Einstein's definition of insanity (see below). What they'll do - as always - is focus their resources on putting away the small time drug dealer/addict. This has never worked in the past and only makes the problem worse. Milton Friedman, a Nobel Prize winning economist who was an adviser to President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher, had been warning the public about the futility and insanity of the war on drugs before his death in 2006 (see video below).
In Dr. Mercola's article How Metabolic Therapies Prevent and Treat Chronic Diseases he says "ketones have potent neuroprotective effects and enhance brain function." In the TED Talk below Dr. Mark Mattson, Chief of Neurosciences at the National Institute of Aging, says the same thing. I strongly suspect that cannabidiol (CBD) will make fasting easier and/or provide additional benefits to the fasting since CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects. It's something I hope to try in the near future.
5 Ways CBD Affects Your Brain, at https://www.leafscience.com/2017/03/30/5-ways-cbd-affects-brain/
United States patent on "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants", at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN/6630507&RS=PN/6630507
They can ban dispensaries as businesses open to the public as well as the smoking of cannabis (marijuana) in public places, but they cannot ban the personal cultivation on private property or the delivery of marijuana when it's done in private if it's made legal to do so by the Wisconsin legislature. It will then become a substantial right protected by both the Wisconsin and United States Constitutions. See, for example, Article 1, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution which says:
All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
This means if the government enacts a law giving its citizens the right to use cannabis as a medicine to preserve their health (and life) it rises to the level of a constitutionally protected right.
If the Marinette council was really interested in acting in behalf of the public for their safety and welfare, they would be making a major effort to promote educating the public on how to use cannabis as a natural health supplement in a non-intoxicating way (in raw form) and flooding the community with the strains of hemp that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) and so low in THC it's not psychoactive as permitted under the Wisconsin hemp bill. See 2017 Senate Bill 119, at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/acts/100.pdf. CBD counteracts THC intoxication and addiction. See WHAT IS CBD? and Cannabidiol for the treatment of cannabis withdrawal syndrome: a case report. It also has many benefits as a natural health supplement and a medicine as pointed out in section 15(1)(d) of Wisconsin's hemp bill.
The only education provided is the lying to young people about the harms of cannabis and bullying them with threats of criminalization and punishment should they try it. Naturally, many rebel and use it anyway. Cannabis use has steadily increased over the years because of this bad education and punitive laws that have turned cannabis into a "pot of gold" for gangs, mafias and others interested in making a quick buck with a willingness to take a risk.
Along with taking away business from law enforcement and Big Pharma, the alcoholic beverages industry stands to lose a chunk of money should cannabis become totally legal in Wisconsin. This was recently pointed out in Cannabis and Alcohol – Substitute or Complement? where the author cited a recent study that showed a 15% decrease in alcohol sales in states that have legalized cannabis. I'm sure this would be intolerable to Marinette businesses who make a substantial profit selling alcohol.
Who or what is behind the ordinance makers actions? The peddlers of alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceuticals are notoriously opposed to cannabis (marijuana). They don't want the competition regardless of whether their products are much more harmful than cannabis. The public health and safety is not their concern. Profits are the driving force in their case. On the other hand, law enforcement - which includes judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and corrections - also see a loss of money and authority (power over others) with the end of cannabis prohibition. The public health and safety of the community is not their concern either.
Unless the proposed ordinance includes a similar ban on tobacco and alcohol it has a discriminatory bias, and, therefore, is unconstitutional. And yes, if legislators enact a law permitting the public to grow marijuana in their homes and on their property and use it as they see fit, that law will take precedence over any city ordinance to the contrary - especially where substantial rights are at stake. When these so-called public servants expend time and effort devising an obviously unconstitutional ordinance that will not contribute to the safety of the public, they waste taxpayer money. They should instead consider conducting a survey to see what are the city residents opinion on this matter. May be the ordinance itself could be put up for a vote. Democracy!!
Another concern is that the Marinette ordinance makers were influenced by the news of Michigan's successful efforts in their petition drive for legalizing cannabis through the ballot box in next year's election. Michigan Vote on Legalizing Marijuana Is Likely in 2018. It's unfortunate that Wisconsin citizens don't have the same right to put cannabis legalization on the ballot like Michigan and other States where the citizens have brought about laws requiring medical marijuana and full legalization.
It's becoming more and more clear that the public must learn the lesson of the recent political and corporate scandal exposed by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post. See Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress, at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-dea-agent-opioid-crisis-fueled-by-drug-industry-and-congress/. As the Michigan Vote on Legalizing Marijuana Is Likely in 2018 article mentions, it's the opioid makers who heavily fund opposition to the marijuana legalization efforts. Too many people are overcoming their addictions to dangerous opioids and other pharmaceuticals and finding relief from serious medical conditions with cannabis instead of with their drugs.
The only solution is make Big Pharma pay dearly so it won't do it again. But, I doubt that's the plan for the lawsuit mentioned above. The huge sum of money obtained from the litigation will sound big to the public, but in reality it will be small to Big Pharma because its profits are so huge. Another solution is to use that money to make medical marijuana more available and acceptable to use in place of pharmaceuticals. The competition from medical marijuana will encourage Big Pharma to produce better and safer drugs.
The writer of the above article clearly lacks moral insight into opioid crisis. He gets his big fat check for writing sophisticated lies for conservatives and corporations. Legalization doesn't mean free reign to turn opioids into a marketable product like alcohol and tobacco. It would mean providing certified addicts with a pure, measurable dose of heroin at clinics by qualified health providers at a price cheaper than the drug companies sell their drugs and cheaper than the local gangsters sell their product.
England experimented with such heroin programs back in the early 1980s showing great success until the US government applied diplomatic pressure to have the experiment shut down. See Junk policy. Other European countries are also currently using heroin-assisted treatment. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroin-assisted_treatment. The advantages to these programs are huge. People don't die from overdoses, don't spread disease, and don't commit crimes to obtain heroin. Such programs can also provide education and counselling. Under these conditions, opioid addicted people can be functionable members of society.
We need to stop listening to people such as this writer who doesn't mind supporting drug companies that kill people for profit and cripple families and society in the process. We need to start listening to honest cops who tell the truth about the War on Drugs and its social costs to the public and advocate ending prohibition such as Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) (formerly called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). Otherwise, we'll continue to experience the same political and corporate corruption we recently suffered as exposed by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post. See Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress, at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-dea-agent-opioid-crisis-fueled-by-drug-industry-and-congress/.
The Young Turks making perfect sense as usual.
What disappoints me about this opinion is there's no mention of the 60 Minutes revelation of the ex-DEA agent that the opioid crisis is being fueled by the drug industry and Congress, and how can we legitimately prosecute the Cassie Nygren's of this country under these conditions? This reminds me of the biblical story of the woman caught in adultery described in John 8:1-11. Jesus was forced to advocate no punishment for the woman because the religious leaders of Jerusalem had so greatly corrupted the law during their rule as to render it unenforceable. Obviously, they had only brought the woman and not the man who engaged in adultery with her. So much for equal justice under the law. There's also the matter of what Jesus was writing in the dust for all to see. Many of today's Bible scholars believe he was writing down the sins of the woman's accusers deserving of severe punishment under the law. They had good reason to leave quickly without casting a stone! See What was Jesus writing in the dirt when the Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery?
I'm also reminded of a story I read along time ago by a writer whose name I've forgotten (I think it was James Baldwin). The story is about two thieves brought before a judge in France in the late 1800s. One had stolen a small amount of food and the other had embezzled a large sum of money from his employer. The judge imposed a light sentence of 6 months on the man who embezzled the large sum, but imposed a harsh sentence of 5 years on the man who had stolen a small amount of food. The judge, explaining his decision, right out told the man he would've received a lighter sentence had he stolen more. Even today, I think judges, prosecutors, and police tend to identify with those criminals who have great power, influence and money or who have committed the greater crime.
And, so it's the same with the War on Drugs. The worst offenders get the lighter sentences if caught and prosecuted at all. Big Pharma and Congress won't be prosecuted for creating the opioid epidemic which has claimed many lives - even though they interfered with the administration of justice thereby causing a crime against humanity. President Trump was even about to make Rep. Tom Marino his Drug Czar until he recently withdrew. Trump still calls him a "fine man and a great Congressman" in spite of the fact that he took money from drug companies to push the legislation that made it easier for the drug companies to pour excessive amounts of opioids into communities unchecked. See Trump says drug czar nominee Tom Marino is withdrawing after Washington Post/‘60 Minutes’ investigation
Another youth killed because of marijuana prohibition. Reading between the lines, I believe the young man more than likely self-medicated with marijuana because it was safer and more effective than prescription drugs for his autism, ADHD, and for the greater stresses he was subjected to as a result of these conditions. May be Wisconsin law makers will take a closer look at the pending legislation to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational purposes due to tragedies such as this. Such legislation should be expedited due to the numerous social harms of marijuana prohibition and the many social benefits to be gained from legalization.
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Green Flower has many excellent articles on cannabis below are a couple I found very informative.The Rise of CBD Has Led to a Medical Cannabis Revolution
Neuroscientist Dr. Michele Ross says she believes everyone can benefit from ‘vitamin weed’, or daily cannabis oil use. “Cannabis is the key to unlocking preventative medicine,” says Dr. Ross. “It helps protect your DNA from damage so it can actually slow down the aging process. I think everyone should use cannabis oil, you should learn about it, you shouldn’t be afraid.”
What a liar! Law enforcement has never been successful against the drug problem at any time during history. It has only exacerbated the problem. And, he doesn't have any plan for holding drug companies accountable for their deliberate misrepresentation of their drugs as safe and not addictive. The “holocaust in slow motion” as David Simon describes the failed War on Drugs in "The House I Live In" will continue unchecked under AG Sessions. What a national tragedy!
And, of course, he "gets it" that we shouldn't legalize marijuana which can be used to treat pain safely and lessen the need for opioids and other dangerous pharmaceuticals.
Senator Hansen might consider running for Governor on a platform of making the pharmaceutical industry pay for the damage they've done. As I mentioned below, it will require educating the public to use alternatives to opioids and other dangerous pharmaceuticals in order to successfully hold pharmaceutical companies accountable.
I base my belief that CBD is now legal to possess in Wisconsin because Governor Walker supported the bill which went to his office around March 8th. See http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/bill-to-ok-possession-of-cbd-oil-heads-to-scott/article_0f3b903c-a9aa-5e7f-ad38-585c146e596a.html. Even if Gov. Walker didn't sign the bill into law it would become law after 6 days under Wisconsin law and we've heard nothing about a veto. See http://wiana.com/how-a-bill-becomes-law-in-wisconsin/.
Also, from my reading of the bill that went to Gov. Walker, any person can possess CBD for any medical condition if a doctor provides a certification. It's not just for children with Dravet's syndrome or severe epilepsy. The Wisconsin Senate Bill 10 says:
"(b) An individual may possess cannabidiol in a form without a psychoactive effect if the individual has certification stating that the individual possesses cannabidiol to treat a medical condition, if the certification has an issue date that is no more than one year prior to the possession, and if any expiration date provided by the physician in the certification has not passed."
The law appears to say any person may possess CBD for any medical condition if they have certification from a physician. I suspect that many physicians will assume the law was made for only children with Dravet's syndrome because of news accounts describing CBD as being for children with Dravet's syndrome.
The Proven Dangers of Antidepressants, https://breggin.com/the-proven-dangers-of-antidepressants/
Five Reasons Not to Take SSRIs, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/obsessively-yours/201001/five-reasons-not-take-ssris
Germanwings jetliner catastrophe: The first antidepressant drug-induced mass murder of the skies?, http://www.naturalnews.com/049137_Germanwings_depression_antidepressant_drugs.html
Methadone and Suboxone
Methadone: A Major Driver of Prescription Painkiller Overdose Deaths, http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/03/methadone-a-major-driver-of-prescription-painkiller-overdose-deaths/
Most States List Deadly Methadone as a 'Preferred Drug', http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/4/23/most-states-list-deadly-methadone-as-a-preferred-drug
The Dangers of Long Term Suboxone Use, http://www.marylandaddictionrecovery.com/the-dangers-of-long-term-suboxone-use (Maryland Addiction Recovery Center treats suboxone addiction)
Addicted to a Treatment for Addiction, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/opinion/sunday/addicted-to-a-treatment-for-addiction.html?_r=0
How many children die from accidental overdoses to methadone and suboxone when they discover them and think they're candy?
Toddler Poisoned by Prescriptions, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/children-overdose-parents-medications/story?id=12423751
It's certainly way more than one black child every now and then in a bad neighborhood, http://fox6now.com/2017/01/27/police-investigate-death-of-2-year-old-boy-in-milwaukee-found-unresponsive-by-mother/
 “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?  Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
That cannabidiol and hemp seed oil have the ability to provide relief for maladies, without psychotropic effect.