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Darlington, MD — It is a travesty enough when the drug war lays waste to the rights and lives of entirely decent people who’ve harmed no one simply because they choose to ingest a substance deemed illegal by the state. However, because the drug war is such an immoral and barbaric practice, entirely innocent people are also swept up in the dragnet of tyranny and ignorance. Case in point: a couple in Maryland were raided by cops for posting photos of legal morel mushrooms they picked and ate.
On Friday, John Garrison and his girlfriend Hope went foraging the mountains for some morel mushrooms. Morels are known to those in the region as being the safest mushroom to hunt for as they are very easily identified due to their unique look. From mid April to mid May, lovers of nature and good food, like John and Hope will find them growing near trees or where there used to be trees.
Garrison was so excited that they had found a bunch of them, that he posted a photo on Facebook of he and Hope’s bounty along with his plans to “sautee them with brown sugar and cinnamon and see how that turns out.”
A great night of good food was set to follow an awesome day of hiking and foraging. That is, however, until the wheels of the police state drug war caught a whiff of the mushrooms.
Garrison made the post that they were about to saute the mushrooms at 9:09 pm. Only hours later as he and Hope sat back with full bellies, police showed up.
“We had just finished eating the Morels we found today and heard a knock on the door. A police officer and an RA were standing outside. We let them in and as soon as the police officer walked in he asked us why we were eating mushrooms and posting about it online. He thought he was on the biggest bust of his career thinking we were having a magic mushroom party before I explained to him that Morels are a native choice edible mushroom similar to truffles,” explained Garrison.
However, this cop—clearly unaware of the tasty morel and hell bent on busting kids for eating mushrooms—just knew he had caught himself a pair of hardened criminals who’d dare to expand their consciousness in the sanctity of their own home.
“He wasn’t convinced. So I rummaged through the trash to find a peice (sic) of a Morel so that he would have evidence that we weren’t taking psychedelic mushrooms. I showed him and he still wasn’t convinced that they weren’t magic mushrooms, Which was shocking to me because morels look nothing like a psychedelic psilocybin (sic) mushrooms and I figured a police officer would know what illegal drugs looked like. A second police officer showed up and I showed her the Morel and she immediately knew it was a Morel which was a relief. They processed our ID’s and eventually left. What an experience,” Garrison wrote on Facebook.
Indeed, it was a troublesome experience and, had anything made police fear for their lives during this interaction, things could have turned out a lot worse.
Equally as troubling as cops raiding your apartment over Facebook posts for legal mushrooms is how they found out about it in the first place. Were police simply trolling Facebook that night and saw Garrison’s post? Or, did some “good citizen” do their due diligence and “see something and say something”?
Either way, both of those scenarios are undesirable and facilitated by the state’s immoral and violent drug war. Until the dinosaurs in the prison industrial complex—who keep the drug war alive to reap massive profits off of persecuting people for victimless crimes—are exposed, this madness will continue and others will not be as luck as John and Hope.
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In a YouTube video claiming Corbyn has backed extremists since 1983, the group said: “In 2013 President Assad of Syria launched a chemical weapons attack on his own people.” It adds: “In 2016 Jeremy Corbyn visited Assad in an event funded by Palestinian Lobbyists.”
Their association of Corbyn with Assad comes as the Syrian leader faces accusations of having ordered a chemical weapons attack against civilians in Douma, East Ghouta.
While Assad vehemently denies the allegations, NATO deems him responsible for the reported death of 70 people on April 7.
Youth organization Activate, which has been widely ridiculed by the public over its repeated gaffes, not only got the date of Corbyn’s Syrian visit wrong by almost a decade, but also failed to mention that when he did in fact go to Syria, it was as part of a pro-Palestinian group chaired by a Tory.
Corbyn went to Syria in 2009 – two years before the civil war erupted – as part of the Palestinian Return Centre, chaired by Conservative peer Lord Sheikh. Sheikh also reportedly thanked Assad for housing more than half a million Palestinians since Israel was founded in 1948.
Activate made no reference to reports of nine Conservative MPs who had received hospitality from the Syrian president since 2003, and who opposed UK airstrikes in Syria in 2013. Corbyn supporters are now calling for him to sue Activate over its allegations.
Time they were sued
— Stephen Kelly, #PCPEU (@kellydanceclub) April 16, 2018
Activate was founded by Tory activists in a bid to imitate the success of Labour-supporting grassroots organization Momentum. But while the latter boasts a following of 99,500 people on Twitter and a reported membership of 40,000, Activate, whose exact leadership remains obscure, has only 12,300 followers and a reported membership of 1,000.
The Tory group has been floundering since it was founded. Its chairman faced criticism when he said at the group’s launch: “It’s amazing what a response Tommy Robinson and Britain First get on Facebook, how they engage people,” while its first attempts at anti-Corbyn memes were met with widespread derision.
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Photos shared on social media show the emergency services lined up outside of the Romsey Conservative Club. Romsey Town Council confirmed that an incident was taking place involving all “blue light services.”
Hampshire Police confirmed that an address in Romsey has been evacuated after the discovery of the substance.
“We have been called to Market Place, Romsey, following the discovery of a suspicious substance,” Hampshire Police said. “Officers are currently at the scene with colleagues from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service to deal with this incident. An address has been evacuated as a precaution.”
Members of the public took to Twitter to share photos of the incident.
Nokes has been in the news in recent days over the Windrush crisis involving immigrants who relocated from the Caribbean to the UK following World War II, at a time when documentation was less rigid. Some have lost jobs, been denied NHS support, and even have been deported as they cannot prove that they are legitimately in the UK, although they relocated legally at the time.
My parents came here as citizens, now the #windrush generation are suffering inhumane treatment at the hands of the Home Office.
If you lay down with dogs, you get fleas!
This is a day of national shame: the PM and Home Sec must apologise! pic.twitter.com/gxqoSErU3o
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 16, 2018
On Monday, Nokes seemed to suggest that some of those who arrived in the UK decades ago as children may already have been deported in error. Home Secretary Amber Rudd was quizzed in the Commons about the potential deportations, however she told MPs she was not aware of any specific cases.
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Shonda Rhimes’s new ABC drama For The People is back once again to teach us how to practice law SJW-style. We’ve seen them tackle racism not once but twice, so now they’re taking on a new opponent: evil corporations.
The April 3 episode “The Library Fountain” follows the classic anti-business plot of the idealistic up-and-coming lawyer taking on the greedy corporate CEO poisoning people for profit.
Budding district lawyer Seth Oliver (Ben Rappaport) is looking to take a corporate job in the future but is surprised to hear his hometown elementary school is suffering from groundwater contamination due to a local corporate aerospace plant. Because this is the backwards liberal universe we’re talking about, this corporation is stupid enough to be “running a pipeline full of poison next to a school,” in Seth’s words.
Anyway, the fictional company Kappler-Hays has been found to commit multiple EPA violations including the Clean Water Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act, so they are well on their way to rectifying the contamination. Already, even without a trial, the company’s CEO assists in putting in new inspection protocols, reforming the safety measures, and setting up $50 million in health funds for the children in the town. Seth even investigates to prove they are keeping their word in changing. Sounds like a satisfying conclusion, right?
Wrong! In typical Erin Brockovich fashion, Seth states that’s not good enough and plans to take the case all the way up to putting the CEO in jail. Why? He remarks that “Kappler-Hays is a $22-billion company. $50 million is just another cell in their accounting software. The public needs to see someone go to jail — a person. That’s the only way to show that we’re serious.”
Once again, the show rewards young, bleeding-heart attorneys for social justice rather than any logic or reason, and the world is supposed to bend to them. Seth is willing to risk any benefit to his hometown just because he and he alone thinks the corporation and CEO can suffer more. Obviously, he’s the white knight here to right the wrongs of the big bad business. He even declares, “There are only two sides here — Kappler-Hays or Carver Elementary.”
But this is a liberal show which means Seth eventually proves that the CEO was perfectly aware of the contamination but continued anyway “because of cost.” The man is convicted, and Kappler-Hays agrees to pay three times the amount it originally offered. Everything is great, and we will likely never hear of this case again.
It must be great to live in such a simple world where corporate CEOs are all just money-grubbing monsters fine with poisoning children, and trials driven by social justice can succeed. Out in the real world, we have to deal with things like false narratives, conflicting facts, and lasting consequences to short-sided decisions, much like the case set up by Erin Brockovich. I suppose the truth doesn’t make good TV these days.
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To make America great again, Donald Trump announced last month that he will be moving forward with his plan to execute people for selling drugs. Without any critical thought or scientific approach, the president completely ignored all the data and instead opted for the police state as a solution to the opioid epidemic currently ravaging the nation.
“We can have all the blue-ribbon committees we want, but if we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we’re wasting our time. Just remember that. We’re wasting our time. And that toughness includes the death penalty,” Trump exclaimed before he was met with applause.
As his supporters cheered on the wholesale state-sanctioned slaughter of people for conducting voluntary interactions, their applause were also unwittingly supporting the murder of legal marijuana growers.
Last week, after the president’s most tyrannical speech, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to the nation’s federal prosecutors urging them to seek the death penalty in cases involving large-scale drug traffickers. The memo highlights a little-known federal law that allows the US government to execute anyone who grows more than 60,000 marijuana plants.
As the Denver Post points out, Sessions’ memo talks largely about opioids, but federal law contains no such drug-specific limitation on prosecutors’ power. Trace the law’s meandering route through federal statutes and you’ll come to this conclusion: Anyone convicted of cultivating more than 60,000 marijuana plants or possessing more than 60,000 kilograms of a substance that contains marijuana could face death as a punishment.
If I’m reading the statutes correctly, this means an aggressive federal prosecutor could theoretically seek the death penalty for state-legal marijuana business operators growing 60,000 or more plants, or producing 60,000 kilos of product (edibles, etc) containing marijuana https://t.co/eSeGp6a3Fe
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) March 21, 2018
While it is entirely unlikely that the US government would start executing legal marijuana growers, the fact remains — it is one of their options.
“I think it’s still very theoretical,” said Sam Kamin, a University of Denver law professor who specializes in marijuana law and in the death penalty, according to the Post. “I don’t think anyone thinks the federal government is going to seek the death penalty against a state-licensed business. But what it highlights is this enormous disconnect with federal and state law.”
Although most marijuana growers are secretive about how many plants they cultivate at a time, Sam Kamin was asked how many he estimates to pass the benchmark of 60,000. “There are many,” he responded.
The Free Thought Project also spoke with a marijuana grower who owns operations in California, Nevada, and Colorado. Speaking on the condition of anonymity — for likely reasons — our source tells us that he grows twice that amount.
According to the Post, in June, the last month for which this data is available, there were nearly 1 million marijuana plants under cultivation by Colorado’s state-licensed cannabis businesses. In California, one of the biggest dispensaries is building out a farm it expects will grow 100,000 plants at a time. And Smith said laws in states that have more recently adopted legal marijuana but limit the number of sales licenses available have probably increased the number of super-sized pot grows in the country.
The idea that the US government claims the right to murder you for growing an arbitrary number of plants — which research shows can potentially solve the current opioid epidemic — speaks to the dangerous idiocy and tyranny within the state.
Although Sessions marching innocent pot farmers down death row is unlikely, the fact remains that it is one of their options.
“What Sessions is reminding us,” Kamin said, “is that losing your life is at least statutorily possible.”