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Thursday, June 28th, 2007
9:36 am
[rick_day]
3 of the Justices believe it is time to tax and regulate cannabis
Oh those evil liberal judges!

From the Morse v Fredrick decision

emphasis mine.


last paragraphs:

The Vietnam War is remembered today as an unpopular war. During its early stages, however, “the dominant opinion” that Justice Harlan mentioned in his Tinker dissent regarded opposition to the war as unpatriotic, if not treason. 393 U. S., at 526. That dominant opinion strongly supported the prosecution of several of those who demonstrated in Grant Park during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, see United States v. Dellinger, 472 F. 2d 340 (CA7 1972),and the vilification of vocal opponents of the war like Julian Bond, cf. Bond v. Floyd, 385 U. S. 116 (1966) . In 1965, when the Des Moines students wore their armbands, the school district’s fear that they might “start an argument or cause a disturbance” was well founded. Tinker, 393 U. S., at 508. Given that context, there is special force to the Court’s insistence that “our Constitution says we must take that risk; and our history says that it is this sort of hazardous freedom—this kind of openness—that is the basis of our national strength and of the independence and vigor of Americans who grow up and live in this relatively permissive, often disputatious, society.” Id., at 508–509 (citation omitted). As we now know, the then-dominant opinion about the Vietnam War was not etched in stone.

Reaching back still further, the current dominant opinion supporting the war on drugs in general, and our antimarijuana laws in particular, is reminiscent of the opinion that supported the nationwide ban on alcohol consumption when I was a student. While alcoholic beverages are now regarded as ordinary articles of commerce, their use was then condemned with the same moral fervor that now supports the war on drugs. The ensuing change in public opinion occurred much more slowly than the relatively rapid shift in Americans’ views on the Vietnam War, and progressed on a state-by-state basis over a period of many years. But just as prohibition in the 1920’s and early 1930’s was secretly questioned by thousands of otherwise law-abiding patrons of bootleggers and speakeasies, today the actions of literally millions of otherwise law-abiding users of marijuana,9 and of the majority of voters in each of the several States that tolerate medicinal uses of the product,10 lead me to wonder whether the fear of disapproval by those in the majority is silencing opponents of the war on drugs. Surely our national experience with alcohol should make us wary of dampening speech suggesting—however inarticulately—that it would be better to tax and regulate marijuana than to persevere in a futile effort to ban its use entirely.

the entire dissent is not long, or hard to follow. It is damn good reading.
Monday, June 18th, 2007
1:32 am
[dreamlikealice]
starting to think about who's going to be president in 2008?



i have my canidate.




ron paul






ron paul's record as a congressman:



-voted no on the patriot act

-never voted to raise taxes

-never voted to regulate the internet

-never voted on a federal restriction on gun ownership

-never voted on an unbalanced budget

-never voted to increase congressional pay

-never taken a government funded junket

-never voted to increase the power of the executive branch

-does not participate in the lucrative government pension program

-introduces more pieces of substantial legislation each year than any other congressman

-voted no on the war in iraq






videos

ron paul and the founding parties:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=nwIRrrUKZnI

on colbert:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=7ErBROBgERs

on fox news about the u.s "provoking" 9/11 attacks:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pjjUClIHHAk

speech at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum in Feb. 2007:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xcQQ05XtAQ4

ron paul on bill maher, bill's new hero:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=WUYDt7kC3Z0











he has a chance. he is the number one canidate in internet activity.


ron paul : revolution










http://www.ronpaul2008.com





Friday, February 23rd, 2007
3:47 pm
[ganjagirl_zine]
i'm looking for submissions from all female pot smokers about their views on weed. If you have something to write about for the next copy of Ganja Girl zine, please email your submissions to gangagirlzine@gmail.com . I am looking for articles that relate to women and weed. Feminist, DIY, advice and health columns relating to marijuana, growing, and possibly political articles relating to the zine. I am NOT looking for poetry, unless specifically asked for. Artwork is always appreciated, and cover art contests will be held (with prizes!!)

ALL ACCEPTED SUBMISSIONS WILL GET A FREE COPY OF THE PUBLISHED ZINE.

xposted
Saturday, February 10th, 2007
9:28 am
[rick_day]
US OD death increase, likely culprit: pharma products
All I'm sayin'...

is that if people who are going to consume drugs were encouraged to smoke cannabis, instead of discouraged, we would not have stories like this one.

Current Mood: sleepy
Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
12:59 pm
[rick_day]
Bonsai: the new way to grow your weed
Police bust Europe's largest cannabis plantation
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 02:51:00 PM
Police have busted Europe's largest ever cannabis plantation at an abandoned Slovakian slaughterhouse where top-notch technology was used by Austrian and Hungarian men to grow a copious amount of weed, a Hungarian county police reported on Wednesday.

A Slovakian anti-drug SWAT team raided the former abattoir in Nitra on intelligence gathered from Hungary's Győr-Moson-Sopron County Police.

The special “bonsai cannabis" were grown on several thousands of square metres in three hangars. According to Slovakian paper SME, the owner of the slaughterhouse is an Austrian citizen, the “brain" of the drug scheme, who has been wanted by Interpol since 2004 for drug-related crimes.

Police have detained five Hungarians, aged 20 to 40, living in Mosonmagyaróvár and two Austrians who were taking care of the plants.

According to estimates, there were enough plants in the hangars, lit with artificial light and made cosier with high humidity, to produce 500 kilograms of marijuana a week.

As growing, transportation and sale took place in an organised fashion, the culprits are looking at 15 to 20 years imprisonment.

A little bit of bonsai ganja

According to planetganja.com it is worth growing bonsai marijuana “because not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it's extremely functional."
image by weedfarmer.com

Bonsai-techniques keep the plant small, yet productive, the site said.

“From a bonsai mum point of view, this technique comes in handy if you want to keep a small mum but also need to be able to take many cuttings at once."

A proper bonsai will only take up about a foot in height, perhaps a foot in span, the site noted, adding that the bonsai option “[...] starts to look good to the canna-farmer who has been forced to maintain smaller and stealthier gardens."

The canopy over time will produce many smaller leaves using many more small branches. The finite resources of light and space will force the plant to produce small in size but maintain productivity in volume of branches and cuttings.

www.portfolio.hu - http://www.portfolio.hu/en/cikkek.tdp?k=2&i=10347
Thursday, August 17th, 2006
11:15 pm
[fearandlove]
Brain Injury
So I got in a very serious car accident March 19th that resulted in a brian injury (bruising, bleeding, swelling, short-term memory loss) but have recovered amazingly well. I can't drink until its been a year since the accident, which I can totally understand, but have been wondering if I could smoke with no negative effects. I've been googling THC and brain injury and sites that have come up say research proves that THC actually is great in helping brain injuries. If any of you have any information on this it would be great!

ps: I'll try to talk to an un-biased doc before I partake in blazing again, just to be 100% sure its okay ;)
Monday, July 31st, 2006
9:15 pm
[_jamez_]
Select Committee finds Cannabis less harmful than tobacco and alcohol
A [UK Parliament] science select committee looking into the way illegal drugs are classified, has come up with a ranking of the 20 most popular drugs in order of how harmful they consider them to be, and includes legal substances such as alcohol and tobacco in the list. Their verdict is that cannabis is apparently in 11th place behind alcohol 5th and tobacco 9th. They do, however, class it as more harmful than solvents, LSD and ecstasy (the latter two currently ranked equivalent as heroin and cocaine).

There doesn't appear to be any official comment from the Home Office. Currently illegal drugs are classed into three groups based on the penalties associated with possession or supply, in which cannabis belongs to the most lenient class C.

(Source http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5230006.stm) - includes full ranking.

Personally I think that there are some positive things to be taken out of this report (which I very much doubt will come to anything) in particular that an official parliament committee has stated that cannabis is less harmful than the two main legal drugs, but also that the ranking of drugs based on punishment is stupid. Whilst it does point out some obvious discrepancies - such as ecstasy's relatively small harm compared its current rating and vice versa for ketamine - I'm a bit dubious about the low ranking of solvents and steroids, and think that cannabis is ranked a bit too high, certainly it should be below LSD, and steroids.
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
7:33 pm
[lonesomewolf]
death by drugs, but not by marijuana...
Annual American deaths from:
Tobacco-400,000
Alcohol-100,000
All Legal Drugs-20,000
All Illegal Drugs-15,000
Caffeine-2,000
Aspirin-500
Marijuana-0
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
3:33 pm
[_pullout]
Newb
Yoo. I'm Courtney. I just joined cause i'm a major pot enthusiast and enjoy educating myself on marijuana. I hate the whole stereotype that if you smoke pot you're a stoner and don't do anything great, or spend your time merely high. There are so many people who stereotype and it burns a rage in me. haha. Uhh, i pretty much can't stand society. I'm actually really bitter when it comes to people's arguements with weed. Not in general, but when they try to argue about something they know nothing about and only have, "it's a drug!" against it. I was reading a few recent posts and enjoyed the discussions and things so I thought may as well join!

i loved the children's book too. the picture's were humourous. people think if you talk about it, it will "cause" it. so i really liked the whole idea of the book.

that's all. go smoke a joint.
Friday, May 26th, 2006
7:56 pm
[friskykitten64]
Friday, April 28th, 2006
5:11 pm
[rick_day]
Its just a Plant
A new childrens education book on marijuana.



hey, beats DARE!

kudos to hdiandrewfor the heads up!
Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
3:17 am
[wishing4thepast]
Why do you think marijuana is illegal?

If you think it's because "it fucks you up", then please explain to me why alcohol is tolerated but marijuana isn't.

I would love to get everyone's opinion on this!
Sunday, February 19th, 2006
2:46 pm
[wishing4thepast]
Which is more harmful to your body and brain in the long run: if you smoke pot occasionally or if you binge drink occasionally?

If you could back up your decision with websites or proof, that would be so helpful. Thanks so much!

I know this is totally going to be biast since this is a marijuana community but thats why I am asking here ;)
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
7:29 pm
[overlooked]
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
4:01 pm
[_jamez_]
Not really cannabis related, but nonetheless a stunning example of what prohibition can do:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4647018.stm
Monday, January 9th, 2006
10:39 pm
[woolymths]
Friday, October 14th, 2005
12:13 pm
[burnt_harvest]
6:19 pm
[neitherday]
Happy Neurons
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Scientists said Thursday that marijuana appears to promote the development of new brain cells in rats and have anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects, a finding that could have an impact on the national debate over medical uses of the drug.

Other illegal and legal drugs, including opiates, alcohol, nicotine and cocaine, have been shown to suppress the formation of new brain cells when used chronically, but marijuana's effect on that process was uncertain.

Now, a team led by Xia Zhang of the department of psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon may have found evidence the drug spurs new brain cells to form in a region of the brain called the hippocampus, and this in turn reduces anxiety and depression.

full story


So much for the killing brain cells argument.

Current Mood: pleased
Tuesday, September 20th, 2005
2:11 pm
[seekingjoy]
The raw (and ugly) truth about the war on drugs...an interesting article...

I don’t necessarily agree with everything the author has to say about the war on drugs and/or his personal response, but I think it is a very interesting article nonetheless.

 The raw (and ugly) truth about the war on drugs By: Mike Adams, News Target, 8/15/05

 Drugs are bad. Drugs destroy peoples' lives. Didn't you know that marijuana turns regular everyday people into zombie pot smokers? That's why we have a war on drugs in America: to protect our children from potheads.

 Drugs are bad. Especially marijuana. I learned this the other day when I visited an elementary school as a guest speaker. The schoolchildren were well trained in describing the dangers of drugs. On command, they would spout out any number of statements describing them.

 But then a funny thing happened. I started asking how many of them were on drugs. You know, drugs their doctor prescribed. Drugs that alter brain chemistry to keep them docile, or free of pain, or to dilate their lungs so they could breathe easier.

 It turned out that 60% of these schoolchildren were either on drugs at that very moment, or had been on such drugs within the last twelve months. Two-thirds of the teachers were on drugs, too. And it's not at all a stretch to believe that 40% or more of all parents are on drugs. Mild-altering drugs like antidepressants, no less.  

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Monday, September 19th, 2005
1:59 pm
[seekingjoy]
People are literally dying in the war on drugs!
If there is any doubt that the war on drugs is literally taking lives, this article is an incredibly dramatic example of one life cruelly ended in the name of prohibitionist policies. The death of this young man is beyond reprehensible. I only hope his family will see justice done!

Justice for a 'Death of Neglect'
Washington Post, By: Colbert I. King, 9/17/05
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“The attitude that led a judge to send a helpless, wheelchair-bound young man, who had hurt no one, to jail, is a barbaric one that our society desperately needs to leave behind.” ~David Borden
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