THC - Cannabis - Ministry :: Community Cannabis Ministry Global Community Forums Ferre Ferre Sat, 17 May 2008 15:45:21 GMT General news topics :: Sure to piss off some Britains Author: <a href="" target="_blank">malloryjade</a><br /> Subject: Sure to piss off some Britains<br /> Posted: Sat May 17, 2008 4:21 pm (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 0<br /><br /> <span class="postbody"><a href=";page=1I" target="_blank">;page=1I</a> I am sorry guys!!! This brings me also to say that here in America we get nothing but shit tv. Britain has amazing comedy series but we get stuck with pure crap tv from BBC America. We get the negative stuff. Like you are what you eat, and How clean is your house. Amusing programs ,yet I personally have noticed even in our news lately alot of bad press over Britain. Our media is trying to poison americans against Britain. <br />_________________<br />Happy to be here.</span><br /> The 'War on Drugs' :: Free from the Nightmare of Prohibition Author: <a href="" target="_blank">Ferre</a><br /> Subject: Free from the Nightmare of Prohibition<br /> Posted: Sat May 17, 2008 4:18 pm (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 0<br /><br /> <span class="postbody"><a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"></a> <br /> <br /> Harry Browne (RIP 1933-2006), the author of Why Government Doesn't Work and many other books, was the Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000, a co-founder of DownsizeDC, and the Director of Public Policy for the American Liberty Foundation, he wrote this; <br /> <br /> </span><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="0" align="center"><tr> <td><span class="genmed"><b>Quote:</b></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="quote">Until the early 1900s, the federal government did little to regulate or control the sale or use of alcohol or drugs - except for taxing alcohol. <br /> <br /> It may be hard to believe today, but early in the 20th century a 10-year-old girl could walk into a drug store and buy a bottle of whiskey or a packet of heroin. She didn't need a doctor's prescription or even a note from her parents. Any druggist would sell to her without batting an eye; he would assume she was on an errand for her parents. <br /> <br /> While that may seem amazing now, it wasn't to anyone then. Heroin was sold in packages as a pain reliever or sedative - just as aspirin or other analgesics are sold today. The measured dose didn't make anyone high, and rarely did anyone become addicted - certainly no more often than with sleeping pills today. <br /> <br /> Given such easy access to liquor and drugs, we might assume that America's adults and children were all high on booze and drugs. But that wasn't the case. <br /> <br /> There were alcoholics and drug addicts then, just as there are today. But there were far fewer of them - because there were no criminal dealers trying to hook people on drugs or turn them into alcoholics. <br /> <br /> There always will be people who are susceptible to addiction, and who take a big risk by consuming any alcohol, drugs, or tobacco. But when there's no money to be made pushing those items on school grounds and street corners, fewer of the susceptible get hooked. <br /> <br /> America wasn't a Utopia. But it was quite different from today. For one thing, the violent crime rate was only 15% of what it is today. Gangs didn't rule the cities or neighborhoods, because there was no black market in drugs or alcohol to make gangs profitable. After all, anyone could buy what he wanted cheaply at the corner drug store. And because of the low prices, drug addicts and alcoholics didn't have to steal the money to buy what they craved. <br /> <br /> Just as today, alcohol and drugs were food for tragedy - bringing hardship and ruin to those addicted, and often to their families as well. But before government regulation, the circle of tragedy reached no further than the addict and his immediate family. <br /> <br /> Enter Prohibition <br /> <br /> Then, as now, some people believed that the only way to save addicts was to prohibit everyone from using liquor or recreational drugs. <br /> <br /> This is a familiar approach. Because some people can't save for their old age, everyone must be forced into a shaky Social Security system. Because some people might take up smoking if Michael Jordan were to show up in a TV ad with a cigarette in his hand, no one can be allowed to see a tobacco ad on television. Because some people might react sinfully to the sight of a naked woman, no one should be allowed to look at such pictures. <br /> <br /> This approach is alien to a nation of free, responsible citizens. But it is the normal recourse of the reformer and the politician. <br /> <br /> The reformers' crusade to save America from drugs and alcohol succeeded only slightly with drugs. The Harrison Act, passed in 1914, was meant to take drugs off the free market, but it was enforced only loosely. In fact, drug prohibition was barely enforced at all by the federal government until the 1960s. <br /> <br /> Alcohol Prohibition <br /> <br /> But alcohol was a different story. In 1919 the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, prohibiting: <br /> <br /> . . . the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes. <br /> <br /> The advocates of alcohol prohibition thought they were making America a better place - an alcohol-free zone, a land without alcoholics or drunken brawlers, a land with stronger families, a more stable society. <br /> <br /> But they were wrong. The "Noble Experiment," as it came to be called, began in 1920 - and by the time it had ended, only the bootleggers were better off. <br /> <br /> The Nightmare of Prohibition <br /> <br /> Prohibition did little to reduce the demand for alcohol. It simply replaced law-abiding brewers, distillers, vintners, and liquor stores with moonshiners, smugglers, and bootleggers who were willing to flout the law and risk prison. The alcohol industry became the province of gangsters operating a black market. <br /> <br /> Prohibition spawned many evils: <br /> <br /> * <br /> <br /> People bought from bootleggers, with no knowledge of where the products came from, and no company staking its reputation on the quality and safety of the products. As a result, many people died from drinking bad liquor. <br /> * <br /> <br /> Having committed themselves to a life of crime, bootleggers were prepared to break more laws to control liquor territories. Gang warfare, drive-by shootings, and the killing of innocent bystanders became commonplace. <br /> * <br /> <br /> People still wanted to patronize bars and restaurants that served alcohol, and such places continued to operate. But they could do so only by paying off the police. <br /> * <br /> <br /> Corruption of law enforcement went far beyond the payoffs from speakeasies. Selling black-market liquor through monopolies enforced by Tommy guns was much more lucrative than the legal, competitive sale of liquor had been. And a good deal of the money passing through the hands of gangsters was used to buy "protection" from prosecutors and judges. <br /> * <br /> <br /> Because the demand for alcohol couldn't be stopped, the uncorrupted police who tried to enforce Prohibition turned to law-breaking themselves. They resorted to ever-more-draconian attacks on the individual liberties the Constitution was supposed to protect. <br /> * Because alcohol Prohibition eventually was seen as a farce, respect for the law in general went downhill. Prohibition encouraged the idea that all laws could be ignored. <br /> <br /> Peace at Last <br /> <br /> Prohibition finally ended in 1933. The Noble Experiment had lasted 13 years. Many people died, and a few became very wealthy. But Prohibition hadn't made America an alcohol-free zone. It hadn't even come close to doing so. <br /> <br /> The return of legal liquor didn't turn America into a nation of alcoholics. Alcohol consumption increased as liquor became more easily accessible, but the dire forecasts of social instability from Prohibition die-hards proved incorrect. <br /> <br /> Even though Prohibition ended in the middle of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the crime rate began falling immediately. And it continued downward for 30 years. <br /> <br /> Almost no one wants to go back to alcohol Prohibition - with the black markets in liquor run by criminal gangs, drive-by shootings that killed innocent children, innocent people dying from drinking contaminated liquor, over-worked law enforcement agencies, and widespread corruption. <br /> <br /> But a new Prohibition came in through the back door thirty years later. <br /> <br /> Rebellion <br /> <br /> In the 1960s, marijuana became a token of rebellion for many young people who, in a less tumultuous generation, might have been content swallowing goldfish. <br /> <br /> Although there has never been a reported death from marijuana, the idea of youngsters smoking an illegal substance alarmed many people. Pressure grew for the drug laws to be enforced. And most politicians will happily give in to any pressure to make the government larger and more powerful. <br /> <br /> And so the War on Drugs was born. <br /> <br /> In the more than 30 years since then, tens of billions of dollars have been spent fighting drugs. And the campaign has been no more successful than alcohol Prohibition was. <br /> <br /> TWO TYPES OF CRIMES <br /> <br /> It's not difficult for a free society to keep violent crime to a minimum - with little intrusion on individual liberty and at relatively low cost. <br /> <br /> But governments also prosecute "victimless" crimes. These are acts that (1) are illegal, (2) involve no intrusion on anyone's person or property, and (3) about which no injured party files a complaint with the police. <br /> <br /> These acts include such things as prostitution, gambling, and drug use. They are activities in which all parties participate voluntarily. No violence or threat of violence is used. No one has been robbed, or been attacked, or lost a loved one to violence. <br /> <br /> Still, victimless crimes can hurt people other than the participants. But that injury doesn't come from force or the threat of it. It may be difficult for a spouse to leave an alcoholic or a gambler, but it is the spouse's own free will that determines whether to stay or go. All parties are there voluntarily, however dismal the situation. <br /> <br /> If you accept that the unhappiness suffered by non-participants is a reason to make alcohol, gambling, or drugs illegal, you remove all limits on what can be labeled a crime. Should it be a crime to make your parents unhappy by marrying the wrong person? Or to make bad investments and lose the family savings? Or should it be a crime against your family to run up debts, move to the wrong neighborhood, invite your relatives to dinner too often? <br /> <br /> Where does crime stop and simple bad behavior begin? Perhaps you have a clear idea in your mind, but the politicians won't consult you when they decide that prohibiting something is in their interest. The only dividing line that can't be fudged by politicians is the line that separates voluntary relationships from violence. <br /> <br /> Either individuals are responsible for their own acts - including their choices of relationships - or the government is responsible for everything you do. There is no middle ground. Giving government the power to outlaw consensual activity allows the politicians to impose any laws they want on you. And they will use that power. <br /> <br /> OUTLAWING PRIVATE BEHAVIOR <br /> <br /> While it has been relatively easy for a free society to keep violent, intrusive crime to a minimum, it has been virtually impossible to control victimless crime. Prostitution is found in most societies, there has always been gambling, and government has never been able to stamp out alcohol, drugs, or nicotine. <br /> <br /> Individuals simply will not allow the state to choose their tastes and values. For centuries governments have tried to control private behavior, but with little success. <br /> <br /> Government fails to alter conduct because there is so little public cooperation in prosecuting most victimless crimes. No one registers an accusation, identifies the culprit, or testifies in court that he's been injured. And while a woman might call the police to report being assaulted by her spouse, she isn't likely to report her spouse's drug use. <br /> <br /> People outside the family are no more likely to help out by informing. You might tell the police that someone is breaking into your neighbor's house, but you aren't likely to report your neighbor's drug use. <br /> <br /> The difficulty of enforcing victimless-crime laws leads to three bad consequences. <br /> <br /> The Rise in Violent Crime <br /> <br /> The first consequence is the diversion of more and more law-enforcement resources into the fight against victimless crimes. <br /> <br /> As the vice squad grows, fewer police resources are available to deal with violent crime. And so it becomes easier to steal, mug, murder, assault, rape, or burgle and get away with it. More people find a way to make crime pay. <br /> <br /> Prosecutors swamped with drug cases have to process violent crimes more quickly. Plea bargains abound for thieves and attackers. Instead of facing a trial for murder, with a life sentence at stake, a violent criminal pleads guilty to manslaughter and serves only a five-year sentence. <br /> <br /> And the prisons fill up with "criminals" who threaten no - such as pot smokers taking up cells for 25 years or more. Meanwhile, a violent criminal who may have terrorized many people - and perhaps even killed someone - gets out in seven years or so, because of a shortage of cells. <br /> <br /> In 1978 Lawrence Singleton kidnapped a 15-year-old California girl, raped her, chopped off both her hands with an axe, and left her to die. But she happened to survive to testify against him. He was sentenced to 14 years, and then released after only eight years. Eleven years later, he killed a woman in Florida. Meanwhile, some casual drug users are serving life sentences. <br /> <br /> Rodney Kelley robbed and killed two people in New Orleans in 1991. He was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter and receive an 8-year sentence - making him eligible for parole in only four years. <br /> <br /> Should we be surprised at the terrible rate of violent crime, when so much of the criminal justice system has been diverted to the prosecution of victimless crimes - most notably the War on Drugs? <br /> <br /> Black Markets <br /> <br /> The second consequence of outlawing private behavior is that the prohibited activity spawns a black market run by criminals. Drugs are sold only by people willing to risk being caught and sent to prison. The business becomes the province of gangsters. <br /> <br /> Instead of competing with their rivals by offering superior products, better service, or lower prices, drug dealers compete by gang warfare. And the more the government cracks down on drug operations, the more drug activity is dominated by the most brutal elements of society. <br /> <br /> Consequently, violent crime rises as the government steps up its insane War on Drugs. <br /> <br /> Didn't America learn this lesson from alcohol Prohibition? <br /> <br /> Police State Tactics <br /> <br /> The first two consequences of outlawing bad behavior are bad enough, but the third is worse yet. It is the destruction of our Constitutional liberty. The politicians justify this as the price of winning the War on Drugs. <br /> <br /> Because there are no victims to help the prosecution, the Drug Warriors resort to police-state tactics: <br /> <br /> * <br /> <br /> The police and prosecutors rely on informers - who almost always turn out to be criminals bargaining for a lower sentence. <br /> * <br /> <br /> Sting operations become commonplace. Policemen actually buy and sell drugs and then arrest those they deal with. The government trains the police to be effective liars. <br /> * <br /> <br /> The government can no longer tolerate your privacy. Government agents routinely rummage through your bank records, without your knowledge, looking for suspicious transactions. Politicians continually lower the standards for warrants to search your mail or tap your phone, and judges rubber-stamp the warrants. Judges allow SWAT teams to invade your home to search for drugs - based only on an anonymous tip, perhaps a tip from someone who just happens to dislike you. Your home is no longer your castle. <br /> * Policemen can stop your car because of a bad tail light, and then search for drugs because they find your statements to be "suspicious." <br /> <br /> These intrusions don't happen only to junkies and drug dealers. They happen to people just like you and me. For every successful drug search, many innocent people must be inconvenienced, embarrassed, or injured. <br /> <br /> The drug-enforcement tactics erode your liberty. But the Drug Warriors - inside and outside of government - believe your Constitutional rights are a small price to pay for the victory they promise is coming. <br /> <br /> However, they don't usually tell you what the price is. They bury provisions to violate your Constitutional rights deep inside anti-crime bills while focusing public attention on their high-minded objectives. <br /> <br /> And with each new addition to the drug-enforcement laws you become less and less a free citizen whose life is your own: <br /> <br /> * <br /> <br /> You can be convicted of drug dealing without any physical evidence such as drugs or money in your possession. All that's necessary is the testimony of an accused drug dealer who will get a reduced sentence for fingering you. So you'd better hope that no one you know ever gets entrapped by drug agents and decides to buy his freedom by giving away yours. <br /> * <br /> <br /> The police easily can obtain a warrant to enter your home, search it for drugs or suspicious amounts of cash, and turn it upside down. All they need is an anonymous tip - for example, from a neighbor who's upset about your barking dog. <br /> * <br /> <br /> The police can seize your property on the claim that it might have been used in a crime - even if you haven't been convicted of a crime, even if you haven't been indicted for a crime, and even if you haven't been accused of a crime. To get your property back, you must sue the government - at your own expense. Law enforcement agencies use the proceeds from the sale of your property to supplement their budgets. <br /> * If a drug agent at an airport happens to believe you're too well dressed (or too poorly dressed or too middling-dressed) he can take you into custody, order you to take off all your clothes, and force you to have a bowel movement in front of drug-enforcement agents - just in case you've hidden a package of drugs in your stomach. <br /> <br /> HOW THE INNOCENT ARE HURT <br /> <br /> You may think it's unfortunate that such things happen to other people, but that your lifestyle and law-abiding history protect you from such trouble. Understand, however, that these things happen to people just like you - people who have never taken drugs, never dealt drugs, and never been in trouble with the law. <br /> <br /> (Article Continues Below) <br /> <br /> Lonnie Lundy <br /> <br /> One such person was Lonnie Lundy, a businessman. At 32, he had never smoked, drunk alcohol, or used drugs. In 1993 an employee of his was prosecuted for drug-dealing, and the employee succeeded in getting his sentence reduced by naming Lonnie as his drug source. <br /> <br /> No drugs, no money, no physical evidence of any kind were produced. His accuser later recanted his testimony, saying "My life may be a mess but I'm not going to live the rest of my life with this on my conscience." And yet Lonnie Lundy languishes in prison, sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. His only hope for freedom is a Libertarian President who will pardon all non-violent drug offenders in federal prisons. <br /> <br /> Compare Lonnie Lundy's sentence with that of Jose Tapia, who in 1996 intentionally burned down a house in Rhode Island, killing two adults and four children. Tapia will be eligible for parole in 21 years. But Lonnie Lundy, who wasn't even accused of using violence, will never be free again unless he receives a presidential pardon. <br /> <br /> Mario Paz <br /> <br /> In the middle of the night on August 9, 1999, 20 police officers wearing masks surrounded the home of Mario Paz in Compton, California, fired grenades through the windows, shot the locks off the front and back doors, charged into his bedroom, and shot him to death. The victim had never used or dealt drugs, never been accused of a crime, and never been in any trouble with the law. <br /> <br /> The police raided the home as part of a drug investigation of a former next-door neighbor who had used Mr. Paz' address to receive mail. <br /> <br /> Even after the mistake became apparent, the police confiscated all the cash they found in the house, and took seven members of the family to jail in handcuffs. The police didn't read them their rights because they weren't accused of any crime. <br /> <br /> Unfortunately, even a Libertarian President can't raise Mr. Paz from the dead. <br /> <br /> Debbie Vineyard <br /> <br /> In 1994 Debbie Vineyard was accused of dealing drugs, even though no drugs or money were ever produced as evidence. She was convicted solely on the say-so of an admitted drug dealer - a man who was given a reduced sentence in exchange for naming other people. <br /> <br /> The drug agents pressured her to name other conspirators in exchange for leniency. But, of course, she couldn't name anyone because she wasn't involved in any criminal activity. <br /> <br /> She was told (as many people in her situation are) that if she pleaded innocent and asked for a jury trial, she would get 30 years to life if she lost - as a penalty for tying up the judicial system. Afraid of being separated from her family for so long, she gave in and pleaded guilty. Even though she was a first-time "offender," she was sentenced to ten years in prison. <br /> <br /> Debbie was sent to a prison in Alabama - separated by 2,000 miles from her husband, son, and disabled father in California. <br /> <br /> There were no drugs, no money, no evidence of any kind - just the misfortune of being acquainted slightly with someone who was secretly dealing drugs. <br /> <br /> She describes the experience: <br /> <br /> I was never given the opportunity for a bond, and I was held for eight months before pleading guilty. Before this happened to me, my family and I would never have believed something like this could actually happen. There was absolutely no evidence against me, and a crime had not even been committed. <br /> <br /> Even though I was pregnant, I was handcuffed, shackled, and flown via airlift with the Federal Marshals. I was housed in four different county jails before finally reaching my destination, an Alabama jail. In court, I was provided a court-appointed attorney (I was his first client). Due to my pregnancy, my court date was postponed and the Marshals drove me, handcuffed, belly-belted, and shackled, for ten hours to a Kentucky Prison to give birth to my child. <br /> <br /> Suzan Penkwitz <br /> <br /> In 1997 Suzan Penkwitz helped her friend Jenny retrieve Jenny's car from Tijuana, Mexico. They were stopped at the border, and drug agents found 43 pounds of heroin hidden in a secret compartment welded inside the gas tank. <br /> <br /> Jenny immediately confessed to being a drug smuggler, and told the authorities that Suzan knew nothing about the drugs. But after several hours of intimidation, Jenny changed her story and implicated Suzan - in order to obtain leniency for herself. <br /> <br /> For her cooperation, Jenny - the actual drug smuggler - got off with a 6-month sentence at a minimum security prison. Suzan - who was completely innocent - was sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison. Suzan couldn't cooperate, because she had nothing to admit to - and no one to finger. <br /> <br /> Suzan had no criminal record of any kind. And both the judge and the prosecuting attorney acknowledged that Suzan didn't know there was heroin in the car. But still she was convicted and sentenced as a conspirator - receiving a sentence ten times as long as that for the real drug smuggler. <br /> <br /> Richard Allen Davis <br /> <br /> Richard Allen Davis is a different sort of prisoner. He is a violent man who has been in and out of prison all his life. Davis has raped women, terrorized families, and robbed banks. <br /> <br /> He has spent nearly half his life in prison = but, no matter how badly he hurts people, he has never served a complete sentence. He has always managed to get parole or early release because the prisons are so crowded. On the other hand, Lonnie Lundy (described above) has never been accused of hurting anyone, but he now serves a life sentence with no chance of parole. <br /> <br /> The life of Richard Allen Davis has been one continuous horror story. On June 27, 1993, he was paroled from prison after serving only eight years of a 16-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon. His frightening life reached its climax just three months after his release from prison, when he kidnapped 12-year-old Polly Klaas from her bedroom and murdered her. <br /> <br /> But don't worry: law enforcement agencies are aggressively locking up pot smokers, minor drug dealers, and innocent people fingered by drug smugglers - and throwing away the key. <br /> <br /> Some Are More Equal Than Others <br /> <br /> In 1995 Republican Congressmen nearly broke their arms patting themselves on the back for passing a rule that all laws and regulations applying to ordinary American citizens apply as well to members of Congress. At last we're all equal under the law. <br /> <br /> Except that some of us are more equal than others. <br /> <br /> Lonnie Lundy (described above) was given a life sentence for supposedly dealing drugs, even though no money or drugs were ever produced as evidence. He was convicted solely on the say-so of an admitted drug dealer, who later recanted his testimony. Lonnie's father wrote to Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) to ask his help in getting Lonnie's sentence reduced. <br /> <br /> On February 25, 1998, Senator Shelby replied: <br /> <br /> Drug abuse and drug-related crimes are among the greatest ills that plague our nation. We must take a strong stand against drugs, and I support strict punishment for individuals involved in the possession or distribution of illegal drugs. While I understand your concerns about mandatory penalties for nonviolent offenders, I believe that our nation's drug problem is serious enough to warrant harsh sentences. <br /> <br /> Five months later Senator Shelby's 32-year-old son was arrested at the Atlanta airport with 13.8 grams of hashish in his possession. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession charge, paid two fines totaling $860, performed 40 hours of community service, and was on probation for one year. He didn't spend a single hour in jail or prison. <br /> <br /> Representative Randy Cunningham (R-California) has been an avid Drug Warrior. He wants mandatory prison terms, tougher judges, and the death penalty for big-time drug dealers. He has repeatedly criticized the Clinton administration for being soft on drug dealers and users. <br /> <br /> In January 1997 his son was caught with 400 pounds of marijuana. In November 1998 the Drug Warrior father pleaded with a judge to show leniency - saying his son is basically a good person who made a bad decision. "He has a good heart. He works hard," said the father (as though that couldn't be said as well about thousands of young people serving sentences of 5, 10, 20 or more years for smaller drug offenses). <br /> <br /> The son received a sentence of only 2½ years - half the mandatory sentence. He also was given the opportunity to reduce the sentence to 18 months by completing a drug rehabilitation program while in prison. (Prosecutors originally had agreed to a sentence of only 14 to 18 months in a half-way house. But while out on bail before the trial, the Congressman's son tested positive for cocaine three times.) <br /> <br /> Another aggressive Drug Warrior is Senator Rod Grams (R-Minnesota). While he has been calling for harsh sentences for drug offenders, his son Morgan has been involved with drugs for years - a problem the senator has acknowledged publicly. The senator claims that harsh sentences for drug dealers would save people like his son from drug abuse. <br /> <br /> In July 1999, Senator Grams asked the local sheriff to look for the senator's son, who was on probation for drunk driving and had disappeared while driving an overdue rental car. Sheriff's deputies found him driving the rental car with two companions but no driver's license. They also found ten bags of marijuana in the car. A deputy drove the son home. Despite the son's probation for drunk driving and the marijuana in the car, no charges were ever filed, and the son has spent no time in custody. <br /> <br /> The Honorable Hypocrites <br /> <br /> As though the hypocrisy involved in family drug dealing wasn't sufficient, Congressmen themselves have been caught with drugs and managed to slither out of the justice system. According to Capitol Hill Blue (a Washington publication), 14 members of the current Congress have been arrested on drug-related charges. Would you like to guess how many of them have gone to prison? <br /> <br /> And, of course, it seems as though virtually every contender in the 2000 presidential primaries acknowledged that he had used drugs in his younger days. <br /> <br /> But not one of them claimed that he should have been sent to prison for his "youthful indiscretions." <br /> <br /> Politicians "experimented" with marijuana when they were younger. But today's youths aren't allowed to experiment; they're charged with felonies and sent to prison for smoking marijuana with their friends. <br /> <br /> The Innocent &amp; the Guilty <br /> <br /> The Drug Warriors will tell you that sentences like those imposed on Lonnie Lundy, Debbie Vineyard, and Suzan Penkwitz strike fear in the hearts of America's drug kingpins. <br /> <br /> In fact, however, cases in which a big-time drug dealer receives a long prison sentence are very rare. But one-time offenders and innocent bystanders get sentences ranging from a few years to life without chance of parole. <br /> <br /> This is not just a technical problem that needs to be corrected. These injustices are inevitable in any plan to prosecute victimless crimes. Without victims to testify, the state must offer bribes to truly guilty people to provide testimony against truly innocent people - padding the arrest and conviction records of drug agents and prosecutors. <br /> <br /> The drug kingpins have plenty of names to give the prosecutors, and so they obtain reduced sentences by fingering others. But the low-level drug runner has only one or two contacts to offer, and the innocent bystander knows no one he can turn in - so these people wind up with the worst sentences. <br /> <br /> The drug warriors may want you to believe that only drug kingpins go to prison. But in 1998 alone, according to the Justice Department, 682,885 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges - 88% of whom merely for possessing marijuana. A recent study by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice estimated that the total prison population of the U.S. reached 2 million sometime around February 15, 2000. More than half of those are non-violent offenders according to the report. <br /> <br /> The stories recounted here aren't rare exceptions. Such tragedies occur frequently to people just like you and me. Some may have been involved in a single drug incident, and some are completely innocent. <br /> <br /> If your child should make one silly mistake and be caught, or just happen to be acquainted with the wrong person, it could mean a prison term of 5, 10, 25 years - or even a life sentence. Would your child deserve that? <br /> <br /> Police-State Tactics <br /> <br /> We aren't making America safer by violating the Bill of Rights. <br /> <br /> Such violations are far more likely to hurt you than to hurt drug dealers. Serious criminals know every aspect of the law that might affect them, and they do whatever is necessary to avoid problems. They wouldn't think of leaving money in a bank account where it could be seized by a federal agent or police officer. <br /> <br /> But because you're ignorant of these and millions of other laws, you're a sitting duck for any law-enforcement officer or prosecutor hoping to pad his arrest, seizure, or conviction statistics. So one day you find that your property has been taken from you - or, worse yet, that you're accused of a crime by someone who is desperate, or who just doesn't happen to like you. <br /> <br /> It is the innocent - not the guilty - who are hurt most when the Bill of Rights is ignored. <br /> <br /> THE FUTILITY <br /> <br /> And what's the point of all this? No matter how aggressively and oppressively the Drug Warriors fight their war, the drug trade continues unabated. <br /> <br /> Despite the invasions of your civil liberties; despite over $25 billion a year spent to chase drug smugglers, dealers, and users; despite cruel and unusual punishment for small offenses; despite all the "just say no" propaganda, despite all the news stories proclaiming drug seizures and other supposed victories, the Drug War continues to be a massive failure. <br /> <br /> It was supposed to keep drugs away from your children, but the results have been quite different: <br /> <br /> * <br /> <br /> In 1972 only 14% of teenagers had ever tried marijuana. By 1997 the number was up to 50%. The number regularly smoking marijuana more than tripled, from 7% to 24%. <br /> * <br /> <br /> In 1972 only 2% of teenagers had ever tried cocaine. By 1997 the number was up to 9%. Regular users increased from 1% to 6%. <br /> * <br /> <br /> In 1972 only 1% of teenagers had ever tried heroin. By 1997 the number was up to 2%. <br /> * The percentage of teenagers who had tried hallucinogens, stimulants, or inhalants all more than doubled between 1972 and 1997. <br /> <br /> But this doesn't deter the politicians. They don't reevaluate their misguided, destructive Drug War. They don't repeal a single law that failed to achieve its purpose. They don't cancel the oppressive sentences that have achieved nothing but prison overcrowding. They don't give back the civil liberties they took from you. <br /> <br /> No, they press ever onward with ever more intrusions on your Constitutional rights. <br /> <br /> They push for even longer drug sentences. Some even want to publicly hang drug dealers - by whom they mean anyone caught with more than a week's supply of marijuana. <br /> <br /> Would that be any more effective than the stringent sentences drug dealers are already willing to risk? And if it did work, think of the terrible precedent it would set. Politicians would cite the success of hanging drug dealers as the model for dealing with any public problem. <br /> <br /> TIME TO END PROHIBITION #2 <br /> <br /> America woke up in 1933 and ended the "Noble Experiment" - the nightmare of alcohol Prohibition - that had triggered the worst crime wave in the nation's history. <br /> <br /> It is long past time to end the even larger crime wave sponsored by drug Prohibition. It is time to end the insane War on Drugs. It is time to return peace to American cities. <br /> <br /> Libertarians understand that ending the Drug War would eliminate the criminal black market - ending the incentives to hook adults and children. <br /> <br /> Ending the Drug War will end most of the violence, the gang warfare, and the drive-by shootings. <br /> <br /> It will make it possible to restore your civil liberties. <br /> <br /> Ending the Drug War will end the deaths of addicts taking contaminated drugs or overdosing on drugs of unknown strength. <br /> <br /> Legal competition will quickly reduce prices to a fraction of today's prices - ending the muggings and burglaries by addicts, who will no longer need to steal to support their habits. <br /> <br /> Ending the Drug War will allow law-enforcement resources to be redirected toward protecting you from violence against your person or property - the reason you tolerate government in the first place. <br /> <br /> It will end the overcrowding of courts and prisons - freeing the criminal justice system to deal with the people who are hurting and terrorizing others. <br /> <br /> Ending the Drug War will end most police corruption by taking the big profits out of the drug business. <br /> <br /> It probably will end the epidemic of crack babies. Crack (highly concentrated cocaine) became a profitable commodity for drug dealers only when the government succeeded temporarily in reducing the supply of simple cocaine, which is somewhat less dangerous. In fact, cocaine itself became a profitable commodity only when the government succeeded temporarily in reducing the supply of marijuana, which is much less likely to harm anyone. <br /> <br /> Ending the Drug War will make our schools safer. Brewers and distillers don't recruit children to sell beer or hook other kids on liquor. Nor do they give them guns to take to school. Nor would legal drug companies. When I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1940s, the worst schools were safer than L.A.'s best schools are today. <br /> <br /> Ending the Drug War will make marijuana readily available to people afflicted with cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, and other diseases - to help them digest their medicines, relieve their pain, and restore their appetites. <br /> <br /> It will allow addicts to seek help from doctors - who today must report addicts to the police or risk going to jail themselves. <br /> <br /> It finally will be legally possible to do truly scientific studies to better measure the effects and biological mechanisms of drug use - without making scientists conform to political correctness. <br /> <br /> And it will be possible for children to get more realistic information about drugs - for example, that marijuana is far less harmful than harder drugs. Today the obvious exaggerations about marijuana lead teenagers to discount the official warnings about more dangerous hard drugs. <br /> <br /> After Prohibition <br /> <br /> Don't misunderstand me. We shouldn't expect a sweet world of low drug use to return immediately upon the end of the War on Drugs. The Drug War has gone on for over 30 years, and the bad habits it taught won't be unlearned overnight. <br /> <br /> But just as America didn't become a nation of alcoholics in 1933, it won't become a nation of junkies in the coming years. Within a year we should see drug use drop significantly, because there no longer would be drug dealers on the streets and in the schools. And the crime rate should drop just as dramatically. <br /> <br /> Will some people ruin their lives with drugs? Of course - just as some people ruin their lives now with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or pizza - or by making bad investments, running up debts, or marrying the wrong person. But when the government tries to stop someone from ruining his own life with drugs or anything else, it expands a personal tragedy into a national disaster. <br /> <br /> No, we won't have a crime-free, drug-free America. But we don't have that now and we never will. What we will have when the insane War on Drugs is ended is less drug use, a more peaceful America, and a less oppressive government. <br /> <br /> Should We Be Afraid? <br /> <br /> Understandably, many Americans fear that ending the Drug War would result in tens of thousands of addicts, crack babies, and children trying drugs. But that's what we have now. <br /> <br /> Are we afraid there will be ads for heroin on television? We shouldn't be. Why would any pharmaceutical company tarnish its reputation by running such ads, and why would any broadcast network offend its audience by accepting them? <br /> <br /> Are we afraid our children would have easier access to drugs? How could they have more access than they do now? Drugs are being sold in our schools. And most street dealers are themselves teenagers. But the money to finance the corruption of the young would disappear if we ended the Drug War. <br /> <br /> What about people who use drugs and commit crimes or cause accidents? They should be held responsible for what they do, just as people who don't take drugs should be responsible for what they do. It isn't the drug that's the problem, it's the person who injures others - with or without drugs. Everyone should be held responsible for what he does to others, but what he does to himself is not the government's business. <br /> <br /> Legal Status of Drugs <br /> <br /> The most important step we must take is to end the federal government's involvement with drugs. <br /> <br /> The Constitution recognizes only three federal crimes - treason, piracy, and counterfeiting. The federal government has no Constitutional authority to deal with any other crimes. Every crime occurs in the jurisdiction of a police or sheriff's department somewhere, and that's where it should be legislated, investigated, and prosecuted. <br /> <br /> Once the federal government is out of the picture, each state will choose its own approach to the question of drugs. Most likely, every state will have far more liberal drug laws than exist today, since the trend is already in that direction. <br /> <br /> Some states may legalize all drugs, while others continue partial Prohibition, and some may legalize only medical marijuana. <br /> <br /> What I Want <br /> <br /> My own hope is for complete legalization everywhere. <br /> <br /> Whatever part of the market remains illegal will be a breeding ground for black markets, gangs, and violence. Criminals, unable to compete with legal companies selling safer drugs at much lower prices, will focus their attention on any area that remains illegal. <br /> <br /> We can say anything we want about the "message" legalization sends to children, or that government should protect them from some drugs, or that some other high-minded objective should be pursued. But the fact remains that government doesn't deliver what we want, and Prohibition breeds crime and higher drug use. <br /> <br /> I want an end to just-pretend wars against sin. <br /> <br /> I want a return to the safe, peaceful society in which violent crime is much rarer, but prosecuted vigorously, while you and other innocent people are free to live your lives in peace. <br /> <br /> I want to empty the prisoners of the nearly one million inmates whose only crimes were to buy or sell drugs - so there's finally room in those prisons to keep away from you the truly violent people. <br /> <br /> I want people with drug problems to be able to seek help without fear of being arrested. <br /> <br /> I want your children to be able to play in safe streets and attend safe schools. <br /> <br /> I want to end the insane War on Drugs.</td> </tr></table><span class="postbody"> <br />_________________<br /><a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"><img src="" border="0" /></a> <br /> &#9608; <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">I hereby declare Peace on war!</a> <br /> &#9608; Please read the <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"><span style="font-weight: bold">Board Rules</span></a> and <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"><span style="font-weight: bold">Posting, and you</span></a> <br /> &#9608; <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Radio Free Amsterdam</a> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">People who know truth, speak truth. <br /> Those who don't, quote scriptures.</span></span><br /> Legislation :: RE: It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world! Author: <a href="" target="_blank">David</a><br /> Posted: Sat May 17, 2008 12:01 pm (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 1<br /><br /> <span class="postbody">It hasn't changed yet Scribe! <br /> <br /> We must keep the pressure up, but at who's expense? <br /> One depressed prime ministers decesion can cause misery to many lives. I get the feeling he is using the excuse for his depression on cannabis, maybe he is fearful of using it himself? An example of this is his claim of upgrading Lethal skunk. How can someone make a decesion with such minimal knowledge. <br /> He is fighting his sanity, he has been accused of not being able to make decisions, so he goes to america gets brainwashed and comes back pretending to be strong by ignoring his experts. In the same time, proving his weakness. The mans a born again muppet. <br /> <br /> Keep strong, we have nowhere to escape to, this is our country and we do not harm anyone, we are only self harming at best and if that makes us happy that's all that should matter. </span><br /> Legislation :: It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world! Author: <a href="" target="_blank">scribe</a><br /> Subject: It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world!<br /> Posted: Fri May 16, 2008 8:06 pm (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 1<br /><br /> <span class="postbody">Well, as expected, the Uk Government of fools have finallly come out in favour of reclassifying the herb. This makes us one of the most draconian nations on the planet where Cannabis is concerned. In a country where we have (rightly or wrongly) considered our Parliament to be the mother of all, we have descended into an abyss of complete Political authoritarianism. I would be first in line to rid our society of something harmful - the fact that there doesn't exist, anywhere on our planet, a single shred of verifiable evidence to support any such point of view, leaves me shell shocked at the implication. Government now needs no evidence to make a decision which involves curtailing our freedoms - this is a dangerous road we are allowing them to travel unimpeded. <br /> <br /> scribe <br />_________________<br />Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice. <br /> <br /> Arcesilaus</span><br /> Jokes, games and funnies :: So sad it's almost funny Author: <a href="" target="_blank">stavros</a><br /> Subject: So sad it's almost funny<br /> Posted: Fri May 16, 2008 5:21 am (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 0<br /><br /> <span class="postbody">I couldn't figure out if this was sad or funny. <br /> Please all, let me know. <br /> Peace to all. <br /> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </span><br /> General news topics :: More Prescription Drug Deaths Than… Author: <a href="" target="_blank">Ferre</a><br /> Subject: More Prescription Drug Deaths Than…<br /> Posted: Fri May 16, 2008 1:23 am (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 0<br /><br /> <span class="postbody"><a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"></a> <br /> </span><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="0" align="center"><tr> <td><span class="genmed"><b>Quote:</b></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="quote">When we talk about addiction, we’re not just talking about alcohol abuse or illicit drug abuse. In a report released in July 2005, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University said that prescription drug abuse is skyrocketing. In the United States there is a startling difference between the death rates caused by prescription drugs and more well known killers of our time…</td> </tr></table><span class="postbody"> <br />_________________<br /><a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"><img src="" border="0" /></a> <br /> &#9608; <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">I hereby declare Peace on war!</a> <br /> &#9608; Please read the <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"><span style="font-weight: bold">Board Rules</span></a> and <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"><span style="font-weight: bold">Posting, and you</span></a> <br /> &#9608; <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Radio Free Amsterdam</a> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">People who know truth, speak truth. <br /> Those who don't, quote scriptures.</span></span><br /> The 'War on Drugs' :: Rachael Hoffman RIP Author: <a href="" target="_blank">DdC</a><br /> Subject: Rachael Hoffman RIP<br /> Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 7:27 pm (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 0<br /><br /> <span class="postbody"><a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Rachael Hoffman, drug war victim</a> <br /> DWR Saturday, May 10, 2008 <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Cannabis Does Not Kill. Unfortunately, Cannabis Prohibition Enforcement Can!</a> <br /> Allan St. Pierre at NORML Blog <br /> <br /> Rachael is another kind of drug war victim. Facing drug charges, and afraid to go back to jail, she reluctantly agreed to act as a snitch for the cops and purchase drugs and a gun from two men. She was discovered murdered yesterday. <br /> <br /> The cops are making it sound like it was her fault. <br /> <br /> Update: Further musing... did anyone else notice that the two men are being charged with kidnapping, and yet Rachael is being accused by police of ignoring police concerns and going with them willingly? I'm wondering if there is a contradiction there. <br /> <br /> Words, words... they're all we have to go on <br /> DWR Wednesday, May 14, 2008 <br /> <br /> Chief Dennis Jones, describing murdered Rachel Hoffman: <br /> <br /> "She was completing a diversion program for possession of over 20 grams of marijuana and pending felony charges for possession with intent to sell MDA (or Ecstacy), maintaining a drug house, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia." <br /> <br /> Sounds pretty hard core, doesn't it? Translation: <br /> <br /> Rachel was a college student who sold pot to her friends. She was first caught with less than an ounce of pot and later caught with 5 ounces of pot and six ecstasy pills. <br /> <br /> On the basis of that, they decided she should go to hard core dealers and attempt to purchase 1500 ecstasy pills, two ounces of cocaine, and a gun. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Please help rachael hoffman</a> youtube <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Health and Self-Preservation Tip:</a> <span style="font-weight: bold">If law enforcement ever approach you (or a loved one) regarding a cannabis-related offense, and then seek to recruit you to became a confidential informant or a snitch, ‘just say no’ as your life (or that of a loved one) may be in danger.</span> <br /> <br /> <a href=";feature=related" target="_blank" class="postlink">In Loving Memory of Rachel Hoffman</a> youtube <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Rachel Hoffman Funeral Arrangements</a> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">May 11, 2008 Reporter: Claudine Cleophat</span> <br /> Rachel Hoffman was found dead Friday morning in Taylor County. The 23-year-old was acting as an informant for the Tallahassee Police Department as part of a diversion program. Orlando police arrested Andrea Green and Deneilo Bradshaw in connection with her murder. <br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">Murder Investigation Update: Rachel Hoffman</span> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">May 14, 2008 Reporter: Lanetra Bennett</span> <br /> Questions continue to be raised surrounding an investigation into death of Rachel Hoffman, the young woman who was killed while working as a Tallahassee Police informant. <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">(Full Story/Video)</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">SNITCH CULTURE</a>: by Jim Redden <br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">HOW CITIZENS ARE TURNED INTO <br /> THE EYES AND EARS OF THE STATE.</span> <br /> <br /> Researched and written by award-winning reporter Jim Redden, SNITCH CULTURE reveals how politicians, law enforcement agencies, private corporations, politically-oriented non-profit organizations, and the establishment media are working together to build the most sophisticated surveillance society in history. SNITCH CULTURE traces the creation of this intelligence-gathering network from the earliest paid informants to today¹s DNA databases and beyond. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Snitch Culture: Jim Redden Watches the Watchers</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"></a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"></a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Grits for Breakfast: Snitch Culture</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Woman abducted, branded over 16-month grudge, police say</a> <br /> Arizona police allege that four people abducted a woman and used a branding iron to write "SNITCH" on her face. The woman had reportedly sicced family services on two of the suspects -- in February 2006. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">No snitching code reinforced throughout culture, not just rappers</a> <br /> August 15, 2007 <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Informants: Resources for a Snitch Culture</a> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"></a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Death Raises Questions On Use Of Informants</a>; <span style="font-style: italic">from The Ledger (FL), 5/13/08</span> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Informer's Death In Tallahassee Brings Speculation To Clearwater</a> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">from St. Petersburg Times (FL), 5/12/08</span> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Hoffman's Death Sparks Debate About Informants</a> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">from Tallahassee Democrat (FL), 5/11/08</span> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">More on Rachel Hoffman</a> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic"></span> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic"><a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink"></a></span> <br />_________________<br />Safe Sacramental Cannabis, Food, Fuel, Fiber, Shelter and FARM-aceuticals <br /> Hardrug, Booze & Petro-Chem Alternative <br /> Eliminated by Legislation and Administrated Education Depravation! <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Ganja/hemp lnfolinx</a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /></span><br /> General news topics :: From my local rag Author: <a href="" target="_blank">David</a><br /> Subject: From my local rag<br /> Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 2:42 pm (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 0<br /><br /> <span class="postbody"><a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br /> <br /> The main page has a vote on reclassification. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <br /> <br /> Near the bottom on the right hand side </span><br /> Jokes, games and funnies :: RE: The Joke's on Christians Author: <a href="" target="_blank">Brother Adam</a><br /> Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 4:52 am (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 3<br /><br /> <span class="postbody"><img src="" alt="rofl" border="0" /> So much humor in truth. <br />_________________<br />-Brother Adam (we are all one family) <br /> <br /> “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” <br /> <br /> -James Madison <br /> <br /> Police officers acquitted for beating a 64 yr old man recently in New Orleans. In the words of their defense attorney "all he had to do was comply"....and they wouldn't have fractured his face.</span><br /> Jokes, games and funnies :: RE: The Joke's on Christians Author: <a href="" target="_blank">David</a><br /> Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 11:20 pm (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 3<br /><br /> <span class="postbody"><img src="" alt="Laughing" border="0" /> </span><br /> Jokes, games and funnies :: RE: The Joke's on Christians Author: <a href="" target="_blank">malloryjade</a><br /> Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 10:26 pm (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 3<br /><br /> <span class="postbody"><img src="" alt="Laughing" border="0" /> Thanks for sharing that was good. <br />_________________<br />Happy to be here.</span><br /> Jokes, games and funnies :: The Joke's on Christians Author: <a href="" target="_blank">Stokes</a><br /> Subject: The Joke's on Christians<br /> Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 5:05 pm (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 3<br /><br /> <span class="postbody">A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. <br /> Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the <br /> right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have <br /> beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. <br /> <br /> The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in <br /> frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, <br /> dropping her cell phone and makeup. <br /> <br /> As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked <br /> up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered <br /> her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police <br /> station where she was searched, finger printed, photographed, and <br /> placed in a holding cell. <br /> <br /> After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened <br /> the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the <br /> arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. <br /> <br /> He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind <br /> your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in <br /> front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'What <br /> Would Jesus do?' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate <br /> holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the <br /> chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, naturally..... I <br /> assumed you had stolen the car." <br />_________________<br />~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <br /> They say those who act cruelly by forsaking compassion <br /> Must have forgotten what it means to forsake morality. -Tirukkural 25:246</span><br /> The 'War on Drugs' :: Effort To Disguise a Medicine as an Illegal Drug Author: <a href="" target="_blank">DdC</a><br /> Subject: Effort To Disguise a Medicine as an Illegal Drug<br /> Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 9:39 am (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 0<br /><br /> <span class="postbody"><a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Turn Back Effort To Disguise an Illegal Drug as Medicine</a> <br /> The organizations that represent Minnesota's police chiefs, sheriffs, county attorneys, police officers and narcotics investigators are united in opposition to legislation that would authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes... <br /> <a href=""></a> * <a href=";a=342127" target="_blank" class="postlink">Comments</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Madness, Crime, Violence, Illness</a> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">NYC's Staggering Arrest Rate for Pot</span> <span style="font-style: italic">By Steven Wishnia <br /> CN Source: AlterNet May 09, 2008 New York</span> <br /> New York City has been the pot-bust capital of the world for a decade, since Rudolph Giuliani's decision to make public toking a top police priority. A new study sponsored by the New York Civil Liberties Union says the city's cannabis crackdown is both racist and fraudulent. New York police have arrested almost 400,000 people for misdemeanor marijuana possession in the last decade. Last year, there were 39,700 such arrests. The vast majority of those seized have been black and Latino men, most under 25. And according to the NYCLU study, released last week, thousands of them are the victims of police scams, falsely charged with possession of marijuana "burning or open to public view." <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Continued...23919</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">analysis ... drug war propaganda = 100%</a> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">CN Comment #3 posted by observer on May 12, 2008</span> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href=";Main=162227&amp;Number=1399446#Post1399446" target="_blank" class="postlink">Fry the Liars!</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Is The Drug Czar Lying? His Lips Are Moving</a> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">Deconstructing the Drug Czar's latest pot and mental illness claims</span> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Self Perpetuating Lies</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Nixon lied to schedule Ganja #1</a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">The Drug is Associated With a Hated Subgroup of the Society or a Foreign Enemy</a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">drug crazed bohemians</span> <br /> The association of particular drugs with hated minority groups and foreign enemies has a long and colorful history in the United States. The association of opium with the Chinese, of cocaine with Blacks, of, alcohol with urban Catholic immigrants, of heroin with urban immigrants, of Latinos with marihuana, the claim that a myriad of foreign enemies were using these drugs against the U.S., and the image of drug crazed bohemians such as Ludlow, Baudelaire, and DeQuincy all were integral to the propaganda that generated the prohibitionist policies on each of these drugs. <br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">Racial Inequity and Drug Arrests</span> <span style="font-style: italic">Editorial <br /> CN Source: New York Times May 10, 2008 Washington, D.C.</span> <br /> The United States prison system keeps marking shameful milestones. In late February, the Pew Center on the States released a report showing that more than 1 in 100 American adults are presently behind bars — an astonishingly high rate of incarceration notably skewed along racial lines. One in nine black men aged 20 to 34 are serving time, as are 1 in 36 adult Hispanic men. Now, two new reports, by The Sentencing Project and Human Rights Watch, have turned a critical spotlight on law enforcement’s overwhelming focus on drug use in low-income urban areas. <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Continued...CN/23921</a> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">Reports Find Racial Gap in Drug Arrests</span> <span style="font-style: italic">By Erik Eckholm <br /> CN Source: New York Times May 06, 2008 New York</span> <br /> More than two decades after President Ronald Reagan escalated the war on drugs, arrests for drug sales or, more often, drug possession are still rising. And despite public debate and limited efforts to reduce them, large disparities persist in the rate at which blacks and whites are arrested and imprisoned for drug offenses, even though the two races use illegal drugs at roughly equal rates. <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Continued...CN/23908</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">The Drug War: Still Racist After All These Years</a> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">alternet: by Bean, Lawyers, Guns and Money May 9, 2008</span> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href=";Number=1409474#Post1409474" target="_blank" class="postlink">Woman’s Christian Vengeance Union</a> <br /> <br /> <a href=";Number=1404349#Post1404349" target="_blank" class="postlink">Demonizing Religionists</a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href=";Number=1411481#Post1411481" target="_blank" class="postlink">Brits Copycat U.S. A-Motivated?</a> <br /> <br /> <a href=";Number=1400512#Post1400512" target="_blank" class="postlink">DEA -- a record of constant failure</a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Lock 'em all up, for Crist's sake!</a> <br /> <br /> <a href=";Main=161706&amp;Number=1394449#Post1394449" target="_blank" class="postlink">420 Dysfunction Junction, Incarceration Nation</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Why is Marijuana Illegal?</a> <span style="font-style: italic">DWR</span> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br />_________________<br />Safe Sacramental Cannabis, Food, Fuel, Fiber, Shelter and FARM-aceuticals <br /> Hardrug, Booze & Petro-Chem Alternative <br /> Eliminated by Legislation and Administrated Education Depravation! <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Ganja/hemp lnfolinx</a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /></span><br /> The 'War on Drugs' :: RE: 'Minister Of Marijuana' $20,000 Religion Bond Author: <a href="" target="_blank">David</a><br /> Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 8:40 am (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 1<br /><br /> <span class="postbody">I feel sorry for this guy. </span><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="0" align="center"><tr> <td><span class="genmed"><b>Quote:</b></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="quote"><span style="font-weight: bold">-- A self-proclaimed</span> "minister of marijuana" says pot is his religion and he has every right to use it. <span style="font-weight: bold">Cops disagree and busted him</span> while pulling 100 plants out of his house. </td> </tr></table><span class="postbody"> <br /> 'Self-proclaimed', this is just the start of the story and they claim he mad it up, I thought he said he was ordained, that doesn't mean self-proclaimed. <br /> <br /> Why is this guy in jail, he has already mentioned Roger Christie and the THC Ministry, he has done everything right, yet they still bust him, he already claims Jesus is his judge and only needs to answer to him. <br /> <br /> Where is Roger? <br /> Did he pay enough towards the wonderful church we have in Hawaii? <br /> Why is he looking for an attorney? <br /> Why does he only want to addressed by the name reverend? <br /> Why didn't he just flash his ministry card? <br /> sorry, they were retorical questions. <br /> <br /> I already have the answers to those and many other questions. <br /> <br /> Shame on you Roger for leading this guy to believe in your fairytales. <br /> <br /> We don't need a church we need a legal team. <br /> Drop the reverend title we are human beings and do not need a title we are all the same. none doing wrong and the title is a symbol that you are higher than everyone else and makes him sound unstable. <br /> <br /> <br /> </span><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="0" align="center"><tr> <td><span class="genmed"><b>Quote:</b></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="quote">Swalick now faces felony drug charges, which he believes will eventually be cleared under constitutional religious protections. <br /> <br /> "I can not be convicted by man. I answer to the Lord," he said. <br /> </td> </tr></table><span class="postbody"> <br /> Sorry, Mr Swalick, they do what ever the fuck they like. I think the only lord you'll be speaking to is one in a white coat. </span><br /> The 'War on Drugs' :: 'Minister Of Marijuana' $20,000 Religion Bond Author: <a href="" target="_blank">DdC</a><br /> Subject: 'Minister Of Marijuana' $20,000 Religion Bond<br /> Posted: Sun May 11, 2008 11:07 am (GMT 1)<br /> Topic Replies: 1<br /><br /> <span class="postbody"><a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">"Minister Of Marijuana" Says It's His Religion To Use Pot</a> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic"> May 8, 2008 PALM BAY, Fla.</span> <br /> <br /> -- A self-proclaimed "minister of marijuana" says pot is his religion and he has every right to use it. Cops disagree and busted him while pulling 100 plants out of his house. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Video: "Minister Of Marijuana" Talks About His Religion</a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Video: Police Arrest "Minister Of Marijuana" In Palm Bay</a> <br /> <br /> Steven Swalick doesn't use terms like "pot" or even "marijuana." Those terms appeared to upset him during a jailhouse interview. He admitted to using cannabis and even growing it but says it was for his religion. And he wanted only to be addressed as the "Reverend." <br /> <br /> "It is the tree of life," said Swalick. "I've come to realize that the oil that is in that seed will provide nourishment for your whole body. You will need no other food." <br /> <br /> The 56-year-old Swalick claims he has practiced a religious belief that requires the use of cannabis since he was 15-years-old. He claims to be an ordained minister. He calls his home a sanctuary of sorts for a religion called the "Hawaiian Cannabis Ministries." <br /> <br /> "You have the right to use an otherwise illegal sacrament in a religious practice if it is mandated within your religion," he said. <br /> <br /> The Palm Bay police department's SWAT team raided Swallick's home, Wednesday afternoon, seizing 107 plants, along with all sorts of equipment used to grow and harvest them. Police say it would be worth $100,000 on the streets. <br /> <br /> Swalick said it wasn't being sold, but rather grown for religious ceremonies. <br /> <br /> When the word "marijuana" was used, he became upset. <br /> <br /> "We do not use that word," he said. "Please forgive me and I'll apologize for you. The word is cannabis. It's the holy sacrament recognized by the Bible." <br /> <br /> Swalick now faces felony drug charges, which he believes will eventually be cleared under constitutional religious protections. <br /> <br /> "I can not be convicted by man. I answer to the Lord," he said. <br /> <br /> Bond was set at $20,000. <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of heathen anymore.</span> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">(Ezekiel 34:29)</span> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">The greatest enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--delierate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth persistent, peruasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.</span> <br /> <span style="font-style: italic">-- John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)</span> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Pot Church Takes a Hit 3.4.7</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Bill "Mary" Janes, Florida Drug Office of Control 9.28.6</a> <br /> <br /> <a href=";sid=130e70e58c612e2aa09abedc5b14f774" target="_blank" class="postlink">The Pope Hearkens to Lies</a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Ontario: Judge Jails Cannabis Priests, Seizes Their Church</a> <br /> A Hamilton judge has hammered Church of the Universe founders Reverend Brother Walter Tucker and Reverend Brother Michael Baldasaro, sentencing them to hefty jail terms and ordering the seizure of their east-Hamilton headquarters. In a strongly worded decision, Superior Court Justice John Cavarzan said, "544 Barton Street East is a marijuana convenience store that operates for profit like a prohibition-era speakeasy, but disguised as a church." Cavarzan sentenced Baldasaro, 58, to two years in a federal penitentiary on two counts of marijuana trafficking, involving about 2.5 grams worth $30. He handed Tucker, 75, a 12-month jail sentence for three counts of trafficking, involving $40 worth of pot. <br /> <br /> <a href=";Board=wwwdrugwar&amp;Number=1165859" target="_blank" class="postlink">The Tree of Life</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">'Holy Smoke' Shop Owners Defend Designated Dealers at Trial</a> <br /> Four Nelson, BC men accused of selling marijuana say they were practising harm reduction techniques intended to reduce street-level drug dealing, while also making a political statement about the illegal status of the drug they consider a holy sacrament. The men's lawyer, Don Skogstad, said on Monday at the start of the trial that his clients admit they sold drugs to undercover police officers two years ago, but said he will argue the sales were part of a harm reduction program. <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Ancient Temple Hashish Incense! Did Jesus Inhale?</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">JC-DC</a> <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Jury Nullification</a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /> <br />_________________<br />Safe Sacramental Cannabis, Food, Fuel, Fiber, Shelter and FARM-aceuticals <br /> Hardrug, Booze & Petro-Chem Alternative <br /> Eliminated by Legislation and Administrated Education Depravation! <br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank" class="postlink">Ganja/hemp lnfolinx</a> <br /> <br /> <img src="" border="0" /></span><br />