Marijuana laws in New Jersey are loosening restrictions in the wake of a young boy’s tragic death to rare cancer


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Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s governor, has recently signed “an executive order for broader medical marijuana access.”

Jake Honig, a seven-year-old boy who died last January due to a rare bone cancer, seems to have moved the governor to make this particular decision. Jake, who received the nickname “Jake the Tank” because of the strength he showed during a five-year battle with bone cancer, was in remission for three years. However, his cancer came back, and he passed away last month.

The Honig family was hoping that changes would soon be made to current medical marijuana laws. They were also imploring their community to send letters to lawmakers so that Jake could have had easier access to the medication that helped him deal with his cancer.

Two days after Jake’s death, his parents, Mike and Janet, and Gianna, his six-year-old sister, stood beside Governor Murphy as he signed the executive order. The Honig family were holding a photo of Jake during the signing.

Phil Murphy was sworn in as the governor of the state last January, and he invited Jake’s family, who came in from Howell, New Jersey, to attend the press conference and the signing.

Governor Murphy authorized the 60-day review of the state’s current medical marijuana program in the hopes of removing any obstacles that prevented patients from having “better access to medical marijuana.”

Two areas will be covered in the review that were included to honor Jake: first is the permission to purchase more than the two-ounce limit and the sale of marijuana “in oil form for easy dosing.”

The governor is also considering the home delivery and the addition of licensed dispensaries in New Jersey. Governor Murphy said, “We will not deny people compassionate care any longer.”

He added, “For eight years, medical marijuana has been difficult to access in New Jersey. Today, we’re turning the page. A fairer New Jersey means expanding access to medical marijuana for patients in need.”

New Jersey is one of the 29 states in the country that allows medical marijuana. However, the state limits marijuana prescriptions to those who have “certain state-approved conditions.” This means thousands are unable to take part in the program. Meanwhile, the 15,000 people who benefit from it can only go to five dispensaries in New Jersey.

Last year, Jake was sent home on hospice in December with six drugs that included anti-nausea medication, oxycodone, and morphine. Mike and Janet discovered that medical marijuana proved to be effective when it came to Jake’s symptoms. The young boy didn’t experience any “harsh side effects” as he did with the other drugs.

The cannabis helped give Jake some comfort before his death. It increased his appetite, and the cannabis also enabled Jake to stop taking a couple of his “harsher medications.” But since the marijuana was not available in oil-form, Jake’s parents had to heat it up each night to extract the oils. (Related: Marijuana cannabinoids – oral and transdermal methods.)

Governor Murphy shared, “We cannot turn a deaf ear to our veterans, the families of children facing terminal illness, or to any of the other countless New Jerseyans who only wish to be treated like people, and not criminals.”

Although Jake is no longer here to see the law executed, his family remains hopeful that other individuals with medical conditions can benefit from the new laws after they are put in place. Mike and Janet posted on Facebook, “Change is happening fast, and Jake has our commitment to continue his legacy of inspiring people.”

You can read more articles about the benefits of cannabis and research about medical marijuana at MedicalMarijuanaUpdate.com.

Sources include:

DailyMail.co.uk

HowToCure.com

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Medical marijuana is causing a dip in alcohol sales: Researchers confirm a correlation


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Have you ever wondered what legalizing medical marijuana in your state could do to alcohol sales? A group of researchers used that question as the basis of a new study that they conducted, and now they have an actual answer. According to the group of researchers, which hailed from two U.S. colleges and one Peruvian university, there was a noticeable decrease in the sales of alcohol in states where medical marijuana was legal. And what’s more, this appeared to be true, no matter what the state they examined.

The researchers gathered the data they needed for their study by analyzing publicly available data on 90 different alcohol chain stores from the year 2006 to 2015, according to one report. Then they took their data and contrasted the changing trends with the information from the medical marijuana laws of individual states. In the end, they found that there were “significant reductions” in alcohol sales in all states where medical marijuana had been legalized.

According to the authors, a possible reason for this is that the medical marijuana is being used as a clear substitute for alcohol, mainly since it’s able to offer similar effects to its users. It’s not clear whether or not any legislators were aware that legalizing medical marijuana would have this kind of effect, but the data shows that indeed it does.

The researchers note in the text of their study that they have some remarkable data to back up their conclusions. “Remarkably,” they said, “our findings are quite robust to a broad array of tests.”

Legal medical marijuana was found to be particularly damaging to wine sales in particular, which suffered as much as a 16.2 percent reduction in sales. This was markedly worse than the sales dip for beer, which dropped 13.8 percent in sales.

In counties that are located on borders between two states, the researchers found that alcohol sales dropped a staggering 20 percent. And it didn’t matter much whether it was wine or beer — both of them were affected negatively in much the same way.

Based on the data they’ve gathered and the results that they’ve found, the researchers concluded that the corresponding drop in sales in states where medical marijuana is legal is a net positive. After all, it could “help focus on the positive first order impacts of pursuing cannabis legalization,” where they are likely referring to alcohol-related injuries or deaths.

In one earlier study, another group of researchers has also shown that legal medical marijuana can also cause a decreased reliance on addictive prescription medications. That is, patients increasingly turned to legal medical marijuana instead of prescription drugs that they otherwise need to take.

Medical marijuana is known to be quite effective in treating chronic pain in patients. And compared to other alternatives — such as prescription drugs and even alcohol — it can deliver much better results. This new information that links it to a reduction in alcohol sales only adds more credence to the idea that medical marijuana should be legal in as many states as possible.

Learn more about the positive effects of medical marijuana in CannabisCures.news.

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DailyMail.co.uk

Docs.Google.com[PDF]

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Genius Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Marijuana Dispensary and MAKES BANK

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San Diego, CA — A young entrepreneur, with the foresight to target her audience, sold a record-breaking amount of cookies over the weekend in only six hours. Knowing that marijuana often carries the side-effect of making people hungry, a 9-year-old girl set up her cookie enterprise right outside of a marijuana dispensary.

The dispensary, likely seeing the potential for a mutually beneficial arrangement between the two businesses, then put out an Instagram post with the scout in an adorable picture, holding several boxes of cookies.

“Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4 p.m.! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with – shopping is more fun with friends anyways,” the company wrote. “GSC” refers to a product flavored like Girl Scout Cookies.

According to the local news, the scout’s father said his daughter sold more than 300 boxes.

While the Girl Scouts’ rules state that booth sales cannot start for another week, the girls are allowed to sell from wagons as long as a parent is present. That is exactly what happened here.

“So if that’s what they say they were doing… then they were right within the rules,” said Alison Bushan, of Girl Scouts San Diego.

The idea of a girl scout selling cookies out in front of a pot shop is not without controversy, however.

As News 10 reports, Girl Scouts of America Colorado was prompted to issue a statement in 2014 after a scout reportedly sold more than 100 boxes of cookies in two hours outside a San Francisco dispensary.

“If you are wondering, we don’t allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars,” the organization’s Colorado branch tweeted.

However, this move was contradicted later by Kelly Parisi, the chief communications officer from Girl Scouts of the USA, who told the LA Times that each region makes “all decisions on how the cookie program is run. As always, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the girls we serve.”

“As Girl Scouts, we assume good intent,” Girl Scouts spokesperson Mary Doyle said in a statement to TODAY. “Should we learn that a girl is in violation of a cookie program standard or guideline, we almost always discover that the parent was unaware of that rule.”

Naturally, the front of a pot shop is magnitudes safer and far better of an image than the front of a liquor store. It is also important to note that many dispensaries provide not only recreational marijuana but also medicinal which makes them no different than a Rite Aid or Walgreens.

In fact, selling cookies in front of a pharmacy—as is common practice across the country—is arguably more detrimental to the image of the Girl Scouts than peddling cookies in front of a store that sells a plant that makes people happy. Why? Well, pharmacies have been caught illegally doling out dangerous opioids by the millions which are killing record numbers of Americans every year.

It is also important to point out the effects of legalizing marijuana and the reduction in harm and crime it causes. If this girl chose to sell cookies in front of places where weed is sold in illegal states, rest assured, it would not be a safe environment. However, because it is legal in California, all the negative traits associated with prohibition, like crime and the police state, subside—an important lesson to be learned.

Rest assured, however, that as more free market loving girl scouts try their fate at selling cookies to a target market in front of marijuana dispensaries that the regulators will likely move in to ruin it.

Indeed, if lemonade stands in California are any indication of what’s to come, we may see Girl Scouts fined and shut down for operating a business in front of a pot shop without the proper permit.

Luckily, however, humanity seems to be winning as even consumers of mainstream media appear to support the little girl’s entrepreneurial spirit as a whopping 90 percent of those polled by the Today Show thought it was okay, while the other 10 percent should probably go to a dispensary.

 

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Body Cam Video Shows Cops Kill Grandma During Raid Over Marijuana Possession

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Bartlesville, OK — Michael Anthony Livingston, 50, was suspected of selling a plant that is legal in some form in well over half the country. Because the other half of the country still violently and callously kidnaps, cages, and kills people for this plant, however, Livingston is in jail and his mother is now dead. The entire incident was captured on video and paints a disturbing picture of America’s war on drugs.

Geraldine Townsend, 72, was shot and killed earlier this month as a Bartlesville SWAT team executed a search warrant to bust Livingston for the alleged sale of marijuana. Body camera footage of the raid was released today.

When the heavily armed and militarized men kicked in the door to their home, Townsend, likely not knowing who her home invaders were, picked up a pellet gun and fired off two pellets. A Bartlesville officer then shot and killed her.

As the video shows, police did announce themselves. However, Townsend, who was asleep when the raid began, may not have believed they were the police or may not have heard them and chose to defend herself against her home invaders—with a BB gun.

“While taking Livingston into custody officers heard shots, and two officers were struck with some type of projectile,” Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings said.

Despite knowing it was a BB gun—because they were hit with the BBs—police opened fire on the elderly woman.

In the disturbing video, we can hear Livingston, who was complying with officers and on the floor at the time, tell police that it is indeed a BB gun. However, police opened fire anyway.

“You killed my mother,” Livingston. “It’s a BB gun.”

“Officer down,” says one of the officers referring to his fellow cop who was struck with a BB.

The officers then go outside to check on their injuries and the cop who took a BB to the face said he was fine.

“Looks like she stopped and shot Steven (sic), and then I come back around to cover him and she point it at me again and blam,” the officer states in the video. “And then I fucking shot.”

When police enter the home again, Livingston is on the floor with an AR-15 to his head pleading with them to help his dying mother.

“She didn’t know,” Livingston said, suggesting that she had no idea it was police in her home. “She was asleep.”

“You killed my mother man!” Livingston yells several times at the police, to which the officer responds, “She shot me, shut up!”

Townsend was struck in the chest and later died at the hospital.

Livingston, the subject of the search warrant, was arrested as he watched his mother get shot in the chest and bleed out on the floor of their home.

As Tulsa World reported at the time, 

Four officers had entered the house in the 1600 block of South Maple Avenue in Bartlesville to serve a drug-related search warrant when the shots were fired about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Livingston and the address were allegedly tied to the sale of drugs.

One officer returned fire, striking Townsend in the upper body. Bartlesville police did not identify the officer who discharged a service weapon. Townsend allegedly shot one officer in the leg and another in the face with the pellet gun.

Emergency responders transported Townsend and one officer she shot to a local hospital. Police initially said her condition “appears to be critical.” Townsend died there from her injuries, Hastings said.

The investigation of the shooting has now been turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

As TFTP reported at the time, after the raid, the only drug recovered by police was marijuana. According to court records, Livingston was booked into the Washington County Jail on complaints of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of eavesdropping equipment.

Because police killed his mother, an upset and distraught Livingston allegedly threatened to kill the officer who did it, so police tacked on another charge of threatening to perform an act of violence.

While many people will justify the death of the 72-year-old woman by claiming that her son was breaking the law and she also broke the law when she fired at the officers in her house, it is important to examine the scenario objectively by looking at the morality of the situation versus the legality of it. Legality does not equal morality.

If we look at the original charges brought against Livingston—not a single one of them involves a victim. Had this man actually harmed someone, rest assured it would have been listed. However, all of these charges stem from the sale of a plant.

Had Livingston lived in Colorado, he could have had the potential to be considered a model citizen who is aiding the local economy by selling a plant that is revolutionalizing the state. Instead, because he was in Oklahoma—where marijuana is viciously attacked by drug warriors—he is sitting in a cage with a $500,000 bail and his mom is dead.

This is what the drug war does. It turns entrepreneurs into criminals, puts cops in harm’s way while turning them into home invaders, and kills otherwise entirely innocent grandmas who try to defend their home from would-be burglars. Every minute that this failed and immoral war continues is a travesty of justice and an insult to humanity. The time to end it is now.

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Body cam video shows cops kill Oklahoma grandmother who shot BB gun during marijuana raid

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Disturbing body camera footage was just released showing the moment police killed a grandmother in her home over a raid for marijuana.

Bartlesville, OK – Michael Anthony Livingston, 50, was suspected of selling a plant that is legal in some form in well over half the country. Because the other half of the country still violently and callously kidnaps, cages, and kills people for this plant, however, Livingston is in jail and his mother is now dead. The entire incident was captured on video and paints a disturbing picture of America’s war on drugs.

Geraldine Townsend, 72, was shot and killed earlier this month as a Bartlesville SWAT team executed a search warrant to bust Livingston for the alleged sale of marijuana. Body camera footage of the raid was released today.

When the heavily armed and militarized men kicked in the door to their home, Townsend, likely not knowing who her home invaders were, picked up a pellet gun and fired off two pellets. A Bartlesville officer then shot and killed her.

As the video shows, police did announce themselves. However, Townsend, who was asleep when the raid began, may not have believed they were the police or may not have heard them and chose to defend herself against her home invaders-with a BB gun.

“While taking Livingston into custody officers heard shots, and two officers were struck with some type of projectile,” Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings said.

Despite knowing it was a BB gun-because they were hit with the BBs-police opened fire on the elderly woman.

In the disturbing video, we can hear Livingston, who was complying with officers and on the floor at the time, tell police that it is indeed a BB gun. However, police opened fire anyway.

“You killed my mother,” Livingston. “It’s a BB gun.”

“Officer down,” says one of the officers referring to his fellow cop who was struck with a BB.

The officers then go outside to check on their injuries and the cop who took a BB to the face said he was fine.

“Looks like she stopped and shot Steven (sic), and then I come back around to cover him and she point it at me again and blam,” the officer states in the video. “And then I fucking shot.”


Comment: If his partner was shot first and was not seriously injured, the cop should have known the lady was not holding a lethal weapon – if it wasn’t obvious already. Surely there were many other ways for them to take away the pellet gun without shooting a 72 year old on the chest?

When police enter the home again, Livingston is on the floor with an AR-15 to his head pleading with them to help his dying mother.

“She didn’t know,” Livingston said, suggesting that she had no idea it was police in her home. “She was asleep.”

“You killed my mother man!” Livingston yells several times at the police, to which the officer responds, “She shot me, shut up!”

Townsend was struck in the chest and later died at the hospital.

Livingston, the subject of the search warrant, was arrested as he watched his mother get shot in the chest and bleed out on the floor of their home.

As Tulsa World reported at the time,

Four officers had entered the house in the 1600 block of South Maple Avenue in Bartlesville to serve a drug-related search warrant when the shots were fired about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Livingston and the address were allegedly tied to the sale of drugs.

One officer returned fire, striking Townsend in the upper body. Bartlesville police did not identify the officer who discharged a service weapon. Townsend allegedly shot one officer in the leg and another in the face with the pellet gun.

Emergency responders transported Townsend and one officer she shot to a local hospital. Police initially said her condition “appears to be critical.” Townsend died there from her injuries, Hastings said.

The investigation of the shooting has now been turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

As TFTP reported at the time, after the raid, the only drug recovered by police was marijuana. According to court records, Livingston was booked into the Washington County Jail on complaints of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of eavesdropping equipment.

Because police killed his mother, an upset and distraught Livingston allegedly threatened to kill the officer who did it, so police tacked on another charge of threatening to perform an act of violence.

While many people will justify the death of the 72-year-old woman by claiming that her son was breaking the law and she also broke the law when she fired at the officers in her house, it is important to examine the scenario objectively by looking at the morality of the situation versus the legality of it. Legality does not equal morality.

If we look at the original charges brought against Livingston-not a single one of them involves a victim. Had this man actually harmed someone, rest assured it would have been listed. However, all of these charges stem from the sale of a plant.

Had Livingston lived in Colorado, he could have had the potential to be considered a model citizen who is aiding the local economy by selling a plant that is revolutionalizing the state. Instead, because he was in Oklahoma-where marijuana is viciously attacked by drug warriors-he is sitting in a cage with a $500,000 bail and his mom is dead.

This is what the drug war does. It turns entrepreneurs into criminals, puts cops in harm’s way while turning them into home invaders, and kills otherwise entirely innocent grandmas who try to defend their home from would-be burglars. Every minute that this failed and immoral war continues is a travesty of justice and an insult to humanity. The time to end it is now.

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Leftists Now Say Term Marijuana Racist



 


Leftists have set their sights on the latest problematic word in their feverish attempt to rewrite language.

In an article for The Guardian Monday, writer Alex Halperin asks whether it’s time to stop using the word “Marijuana” due to its “racist roots.”

Halperin argues that since the term comes from Mexico, its use outside of the country must point to an attempt to “appeal to xenophobia.”

“At a time of intense interest in past injustices, some say ‘marijuana’ is a racist word that should fall out of use,” Halperin writes.

The article goes on to state that despite legalization, high arrests continue to be made in certain areas due to obvious racism.

“Statistics show different races use marijuana at roughly the same rate, but racial minorities are far more likely to face punishment,” Halperin says. “According to the American Civil Liberties Union, between 2001 and 2010, African Americans were arrested for marijuana possession at almost four times the rate of whites.”

Of course the simple explanation is that more police officers are patrolling black neighborhoods due to high violent crime rates, meaning marijuana users are more likely to be caught in those areas.

While no one denies the obvious over-the-top narrative pushed by the government during the reefer-madness era, the notion that marijuana arrests are solely the result of racism is disproven by the facts.

Twitter users were quick to criticize the story for what they felt was yet another non-issue.

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Tennessee Medical Marijuana Bill Nullifies Jeff Sessions Federal Unconstitutional Overreach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 26, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Tennessee Senate would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, setting the foundation to nullify unconstitutional federal cannabis prohibition in practice.

Introduced by Sen. Steven Dickerson (R-Nashville), Senate Bill 1710 (SB1710) would allow individuals to possess medical marijuana if they suffer from one or more qualifying conditions. Dispensaries would be permissible under SB1710 to provide medical marijuana to qualifying patients as well. Patients would also have the option of naming a caretaker who could grow marijuana on their behalf.

“Now is the time for the General Assembly to embrace thoughtful, medically responsible legislation to help Tennessee’s sickest residents,” Sen. Dickerson said.

Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) filed a companion bill (HB1749) in the House.

Despite the federal prohibition on marijuana, measures such as SB1710 remain perfectly constitutional, and the feds can do little if anything to stop them in practice.

LEGALITY

Under the [Unconstitutional] Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed in 1970, the federal government maintains complete prohibition of marijuana. Of course, the federal government lacks any constitutional authority to ban or regulate marijuana within the borders of a state, despite the opinion of the politically connected lawyers on the Supreme Court. If you doubt this, ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to institute federal alcohol prohibition.

Only Two Parties In The U.S., Those Who Obey The Constitution And Those Who Do Not!
~ Patrick Henry

Unconstitutional Powers By Repetition

Usurpations by one branch of government, of powers entrusted to a coequal branch, are not rendered constitutional by repetition.

The United States Supreme Court held unconstitutional hundreds of laws enacted by Congress over the course of five decades that included a legislative veto of executive actions in INS v. Chada, 462 U.S. 919 (1982).

Legalization of medical marijuana in Tennessee would remove one layer of laws prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana, but [unconstitutional] federal prohibition will remain on the [ir] books.

FBI statistics show that law enforcement makes approximately 99 of 100 marijuana arrests under state, not [unconstitutional] federal law [rules]. By curtailing state prohibition, Tennessee could sweep away some of the basis for 99 percent of marijuana arrests.

Furthermore, figures indicate it would take 40 percent of the DEA’s yearly annual budget just to investigate and raid all of the dispensaries in Los Angeles [If Allowed By The Constitutional County Sheriff In The First Place]  – a single city in a single state. That doesn’t include the cost of prosecution either [If Allowed By The Constitutional County Sheriff In The First Place]. The lesson? The feds lack the resources [& Constitutional Authority] to enforce marijuana prohibition without state assistance.

President Jefferson

A GROWING MOVEMENT

Tennessee could join a growing number of states simply ignoring federal prohibition, and nullifying it in practice. Colorado, Washington state, Oregon and Alaska were the first states to legalize recreational cannabis, and California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts joined them after ballot initiatives in favor of legalization [Nullifying The Fed Overreach] passed last year.

With 29 states allowing cannabis for medical use [Nullifying The Fed Overreach], the feds find themselves in a position where they simply can’t enforce [Unconstitutional] prohibition anymore.

“The lesson here is pretty straightforward. When enough people say, ‘No!’ to the [ir Way Ward Employee aka;] federal government, and enough states pass laws backing those people up, there’s not much the feds [Way Ward Employee] can do to shove their so-called laws [Deep State Rules], regulations or mandates down our throats,” Tenth Amendment Center founder and executive director Michael Boldin said.

WHAT’S NEXT?

SB1710 will need to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee before it can be considered in the full Senate. HB1749 had not been referred to a committee at the time of this report.

Tenth Amendment Center

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Marijuana Adviser To Sessions Wants To Drug Test Everyone

“We want [drug screens] to be routine in all medicine…”

It’s bad enough in 2018 that the war on drugs still exists in the deluded minds of government higher-ups, just as some states begin to legalize recreational marijuana. And just as they do, Attorney General Jeff Sessions dropped the bomb that the Federal Government ended its leniency toward states’ rights for medical marijuana. Thus, we devolve as a nation.

But the biggest blow to Americans was when Sessions’ DEA, although going after marijuana as a dangerous substance – in essence gave a Pharma opioid maker the rights to a partial national monopoly on synthetic THC!

What’s worse, it looks like the War on Drugs has just collided with Mad Medicine.

Herb.co reports:

A top-level advisor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants doctors to drug test all their patients, and to force users, they suspect of addiction into rehabilitation against their will. If Robert DuPont gets his way, drug testing could become a required part of your visit to the doctor.

DuPont, 81, is one of a small group of drug-policy “experts” Sessions invited to a closed meeting last month to discuss federal response to marijuana legalization. He is one of the most hard-line and influential architects of the Drug War, having started out in the 1970’s as a liberal on the drug control issue. But by the 1980’s DuPont had taken a hard right turn, popularizing the long-debunked claim that cannabis is a “gateway drug.”

DuPont wants to force people into treatment for up to 5 years.

In an interview last year, DuPont pushed for expanding drug testing. His idea includes having physicians force patients whom they believe to have substance abuse problems to submit to drug tests, or lengthy stays in treatment facilities reports Newsweek.

“Among other things, he proposed giving doctors the authority to compel suspected substance abusers into treatment against their will,” reportsThe Daily Beast. “Once in treatment, patients could face up to five years of monitoring, including random drug tests.”

“We want [drug screens] to be routine in all medicine,” DuPont said. “Doctors already check for things like cholesterol and blood sugar, why not test for illicit drugs? Right now the public thinks that if we provide treatment the addicts will come and get well … that’s not true. So let’s use the leverage of the criminal justice system.”

It is quite the understatement to say that America has been ejected right off that proverbial slippery slope. Can you imagine anything more invasive when modern medicine and drug laws are already so intrusive?

DuPont doesn’t even want to try treatment but views all drug use as a forbidden crime for which there must be government intervention.

In 2010, he penned a national model bill that “called on cops to test anyone stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence for all controlled substances, and arresting them on the spot if the slightest trace showed up — regardless of the amount. While the bill includes an exemption for drivers with prescriptions, cannabis users would still get busted. Medical-marijuana patients don’t have prescriptions (due to federal law), just doctor recommendations.”

That bill would not only punish legal medical marijuana patients in states which permit its use, but anyone for any substance that is legal to consume – even alcohol or medicine. Any failure of a bodily drug test would constitute possession of the substance!

So with DuPont’s ideas, we could look forward to a nation of forced drug testing, invasive extraction of bodily fluids, zero tolerance of substances including alcohol or cold medicine, instant arrests and federal charges of crimes for any deviation. Bye, bye 4th Amendment.

A few notable things about DuPont:

  • He was the former drug czar to Richard Nixon.
  • Vaguely warned The Washington Post the marijuana would have “horrendous” effects on society.
  • Although serving for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) he later had ties to the drug-testing industry. (source)
  • “In 2000, he appeared before the federal Food and Drug Administration, pushing for expanded hair follicle testing.” ! (source)
  • Yes, it is and would be financially gainful for him to continue opposing friendly cannabis legislation. He was a ” paid consultant and shareholder in Psychemedics, which offered costly hair testing analysis.”

What else can we say? Whereas the state laws allowing cannabis freedom were a breath of fresh air in the midst of a war on freedom – we are heading back to the dinosaurs where the breath of aging, drug-war addled elites whispers into the ear of the Attorney General. President Trump is strangely absent from these conflicts.

 

via:

naturalblaze

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Police Now Conducting Mouth Swab Checkpoints to Test Drivers for Marijuana

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Legalization in California is proving to be a bittersweet victory for advocates of cannabis and freedom. Not only has the DoJ promised to start going after innocent people in states where marijuana is legal but now police are setting up checkpoints to specifically target marijuana users.

Since weed was legalized in California, the San Diego police department has begun conducting checkpoints to target drivers who may be under the influence of pot. During these highly questionable checkpoints, police are taking saliva samples from motorists and running it through a machine called the Drager 5000.

The swab checks the saliva to see if the driver has marijuana in their system and in regard to the 4th Amendment, they are certainly controversial.

As News 8 reports, police said there many factors that go into a DUI arrest after some raised concerns that marijuana could be in their system and could test positive but not be impaired – since marijuana can stay in a person’s system for long period of time compared to alcohol.

If a cop suspects a driver of being high, they request that he or she take the mouth swab test, and perhaps a field sobriety test as well. During this process, they’re trying to gather evidence to incriminate you.

The Drager 5000, already in use in other countries and cities such as Los Angeles and New York, detects the presence of various substances, including THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. The problem is, this test has absolutely zero ability to test actual impairment or level of intoxication.

But a positive reading can give cops the excuse for the more invasive procedure of a blood test. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune:

“Officers trained to recognize the symptoms of drug impairment will first look for various indicators that a driver is high, from an unsafe driving maneuver to bloodshot eyes to the odor of marijuana to blank stares, San Diego police Officer Emilio Ramirez said. Once there is ample suspicion of drug use, the officer can then request to perform field sobriety tests or for a driver to take the Dräger 5000 test.

 

If the driver refuses at that point, the officer can force the person to submit to a blood test.

 

To use the machine, the driver is handed a mouth swab and instructed to run it around the inside of the mouth for up to four minutes. The swab is then placed into the machine, along with a vial of testing solution, and the machine does its work. It takes about six to eight minutes for results to print out on a receipt.

 

A positive result will likely send the driver to a police phlebotomist for a blood test to determine precise drug levels.”

Even a negative result could lead to a mandatory blood test if the officer still suspects impairment.

“If the mouth swab test is negative but the officer still has a suspicion of impairment, then a blood draw might still be mandated, because the Dräger 5000 only measures for seven kinds of narcotics, Ramirez said.”

And if you can’t make bail, you’ll be sitting in jail for weeks or months awaiting the blood test results. For many people, this would mean being fired from their job, or being ripped away from their family, or some other life-altering repercussion – all because a cop invaded your privacy at an unconstitutional roadblock.

The Drager 5000 can give positive results for THC even if the person did not even use cannabis that day. If it’s legal to use cannabis – as in California – and the swab test can detect THC from days prior, there is absolutely no rationale for deploying the machine. Despite the fact that someone can be perfectly sober and still test positive, this “evidence” is admissible in court.

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman played on fears over legalization to justify their fancy new $6,000 machines, saying, “It’s a huge concern of ours with the legalization of marijuana that we’re going to see an increase in impaired drugged driving.

 

Clearly, these new stoned driving checkpoints, along with the Drager 5000 mouth swab test serves no actual purpose in addressing impaired driving, but is just another tool of the police state being rationalized by cannabis decriminalization.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-now-setting-unconstitutional-checkpoints-see-weed-system/

Sessions Goes After “Dangerous” Marijuana, Grants Opioid Maker Rights To Synthetic THC

By Heather Callaghan, NaturalBlaze.com

Here is a tragic joke: Why is synthetic THC deemed safe but natural marijuana is considered dangerous? Punchline: Because the government said so.

It would be funny, if this new nightmare scenario weren’t true and if the “war on drugs” didn’t result in the death and imprisonment of innocent people. Or, the denial of medical rights to people in severe pain. Or the assurance that those dependent on deadly opioids stay that way.

Last week we reported that the Federal Government just ended its leniency toward states’ rights for medical marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned a previous memo that granted federal leniency toward states’ marijuana rights. The statement last Thursday said, “today’s memo on federal marijuana enforcement simply directs all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country.

He is, in effect, releasing the federal attack hounds. But it gets worse – while Sessions is rabid with his policy toward the marijuana plant, his DEA has just granted a Pharma fentanyl maker a partial monopoly over the sale of synthetic TCH – made to mimic cannabis exactly.

According to Free Thought Project:

Revealing the sheer hypocrisy and criminality of Sessions’ move—which vowed to uphold the archaic and despotic Controlled Substances Act of 1970 that prohibits the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana—Sessions’ DEA granted a company a monopoly on the sale of the synthetic form of the plant which contains the exact properties of cannabis.

The active ingredient in cannabis, THC, remains classified as a Schedule 1 drug—meaning the government claims it is dangerous, addictive, and has no medical value. Coincidentally, over the Thanksgiving holiday, the DoJ’s Drug Enforcement Administration granted Insys Therapeutics—a rogue pharmaceutical company rife with corruption—a Schedule II classification on their synthetic form of THC, Dronabinol.

Instead of allowing people to use a natural form of a plant that can cure them, Jeff Sessions will use taxpayer dollars to continue cannabis prohibition while his DEA grants a monopoly on the exact same substance—only synthetic—to Insys.

For those who don’t know, Insys has become notorious over the last two years after six former executives and managers were arrested on charges that they engaged in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a drug containing the opioid fentanyl. Now this same group of dangerous drug peddlers is being given a partial national monopoly on the sale of legal THC, by the group who claims to protect Americans from drugs.

It’s frustrating enough that the government’s perception on marijuana is only contingent on how it benefits them and their chosen corporate darlings. But it’s also insulting to everyone’s intelligence that their response to this safety disparity goes like this, according to VICE:

The DEA notes that FDA-approved products of oral solutions containing dronabinol [THC] have an approved medical use, whereas marijuana does not have an approved medical use and therefore remains in Schedule I.

Translation: “Because we said so.”

The revolving door between the government and Big Pharma and the revolving door between the government and the privatized prison complex has just reached officially insane levels.

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Source Article from https://truththeory.com/2018/01/16/sessions-goes-dangerous-marijuana-grants-opioid-maker-rights-synthetic-thc/