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'Politics Above Science': Obama Administration Keeps Marijuana Restrictions


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'Politics Above Science': Obama Administration Keeps Marijuana Restrictions

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The Obama administration has rejected efforts to reschedule marijuana to a less restrictive drug category, keeping it classified as a Schedule 1 substance—illegal for any purpose.

That means states that allow marijuana for medical or recreational use will remain in violation of federal law.


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Obama just made criminals out of millions of otherwise law abiding citizens that voted for him.


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The Real Reason Pharma Companies Hate Medical Marijuana (Spoiler Alert: It Works)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-21/real-reason-pharma-companies-hate-medical-marijuana-spoiler-alert-it-works

.. in the 17 states with a medical-marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply compared with states that did not have a medical-marijuana law. The drops were quite significant: In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses and 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication.

But most strikingly the typical physician in a medical-marijuana state prescribed 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers in a given year.

Medical Marijuana is the obvious solution to opioid addiction, but it would interfere with both the highly lucrative legal pharmaceutical racket that has so many people addicted and the equally lucrative illegal opium/heroin cartel operating under cover provided by the so-called "War On Drugs".

Our nation is run by gangsters.


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Marijuana policy is just one example of anarchy. First Obama attempted to changed marijuana policy not by changing the law, but by announcing that the DEA should ignore it. What if a president did that for something else - like say abortion? Many in the DEA and law enforcement choose to keep the busts and civil forfeiture (forbidden in the Bill of Rights) coming. So congress got into the act and passed a bill saying that DOJ funds not be used for marijuana enforcement. But the DOJ selectively ignored that too. No one in charge or with authority to execute laws is the definition of anarchy.


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Hope and Change?
NO DOPE!

Barry's been battling almost 1.000 through these two terms.
DLC poster boy of 2003. Inaugural speaker at the Hamilton Project 2006.

Now, after the fiasco of these past seven and a half years, why are we to be expected to believe that anything is going to change once the mantle has been passed to Hillary?
Let us not forget that it was Bill's Attorney General Reno who originally let folks down with the federal challenges to the newly passed medical marijuana laws in the 1990's.


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Hell no Obama! Marijuana stays a schedule 1 substance, like heroin. Hell no! Obama just keeps feeding the Corporation Gulag Prison system! Hillary is more of the same, or worse. Wake up America, Stop This Madness! GO GREEN IN 2016!


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God Damn It

The politicians work for the oligarchy and continue the $1 trillion drug war which has harmed the country and the world.

This article appeared in Rolling Stone on May 15, 2016. Please go to this link and watch the very short video of President Nixon saying that the war on drugs is public enemy number one in the US. We have since learned that the war on drugs was done for political reasons - against blacks and leftists (back then we were Anti War, which seems so quaint these days when the empire is collapsing from military spending. )

Could it be that our military empire needs local police departments and DEA to take our old military hardware and militarize our local police. And need drug war to stop people on any context we want and .....

The Bernie movement MUST continue to fight the oligarchy!!

Here is the RS article

Why America Can't Quit the Drug War After 45 years, more than $1 trillion wasted, and the creation of the world's largest prison system, America still lacks the political will to change its failed drug policy

Remember to go to the site and watch the very short statement from Nixon, which was continued by Clinton and now Obama continues destroying lives ...

When I did the search, this other article on RS came up on the drug war. From the second article

"Listen," says Don Winslow, "it's an angry book." He's talking about his new novel, The Cartel, a sequel to 2005's The Power of the Dog. Taken together, the books read as a sort of Game of Thrones of the Mexican drug wars, a multipart, intricately plotted, blood-soaked epic that tells the story of how America's unquenchable appetite for illegal drugs has brought chaos to our southern neighbors and darkened our own political and criminal culture. Dog, which stretches from the Seventies through the turn of the century, traces the rise of the narcotraficantes who split Mexico into territories and smuggled cocaine across the U.S. border by the ton. The new book picks up the story as the violence increases and spills out into Mexican society, turning cities like Juarez into Fallujah-like battle zones. But the most shocking thing about these books is that almost all the horror stories Winslow tells actually happened. The characters may be fictionalized, but the events are largely true — from the narcotrafficker who threw children off a bridge to a pubescent hit man, as well as countless murders, kidnappings and tortures. "I didn't want to write The Cartel," Winslow says. "I didn't want to go back to that world, and I did it very reluctantly. But then I'm sitting here watching the violence escalate to unimaginable levels and the sadism becomes not only psychopathic but generalized. And I thought, 'I gotta write about this again.' "

I think of these books as not so much crime novels as war novels.

The War on Drugs is a trillion-dollar failure. We spend billions of dollars pursuing drugs and billions imprisoning people that probably shouldn't be in prison. We have troops in Central America chasing drug dealers, we have Special Forces and Marines. Meanwhile, this war has killed a hundred thousand people in Mexico – and that doesn't include 22,000 people missing.

And people in this country barely seem to notice.
We've become conditioned to go, "Well, Mexico is corrupt, that's Mexico." But I would ask the question "What kind of corruption do we have? What kind of corruption do we have in our soul that makes us the world's largest market for drugs, which is what fuels and funds this violence?"

The War on Drugs: 'A Trillion-Dollar Failure' Celebrated crime writer Don Winslow continues his secret history of the War on Drugs in his disturbing and important new novel, 'The Cartel'


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Imo, this shows how profitable the fake Drug War has been for those who want
control over the public -- and other nation's and their populations.
Including the violence and gun-running that goes with the fake Drug War.
And, our shiny new prison system with large numbers of POC incarcerated.

Not only should Marijuana be legalized -- all drug use and/or addiction should be
a health issue -- not a criminal issue.


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Ding Ding Ding, we have a winner!

And Kevin Sabet of "Smart" Approaches to Marijuana, is a stooge for these gangsters. Classic triangulation propaganda, seeking to stake out a "centrist" position that purports to be very very afraid of corporate concentration of power, while actually serving corporate concentration of power:


Launching Citizens for a Drug-Free Berkeley while an undergrad at the famed freewheeling school helped land Sabet a research job with President Bill Clinton’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, then another drug policy position under President George W. Bush. Finally he became a senior adviser to President Barack Obama’s first drug czar. He had high expectations for Obama’s marijuana policies. “I saw legalization coming down the pike, and I hoped this president didn’t get distracted by these really seductive arguments,” he says.

But instead there were setbacks, including the 2009 “Ogden Memo,” the Department of Justice notice that U.S. attorneys shouldn’t prosecute those in compliance with state medical marijuana laws, a memorandum that fueled dispensary industries around the country. According to Sabet, the memo blindsided the Office of National Drug Control Policy, triggering what he remembers as “pit in my stomach.”

The Ogden Memo was the turning point for Sabet. Marijuana advocates suddenly seemed more politically savvy, replacing buzzwords like “legalization” with more palatable options like “taxation and regulation.” In the fall of 2011, he left his job with the Obama administration to adopt his own approach to anti-marijuana advocacy. He recruited two contrasting heavyweights to his cause: Patrick J. Kennedy, the former Democratic U.S. representative from Rhode Island whose struggles with drugs and alcohol inspired him to become a steadfast anti-legalization proponent, and David Frum, a neoconservative speechwriter for George W. Bush. With their help, he launched what he titled “the third way” on marijuana policy, instead of outright criminalization or legalization.“

We had lost the middle,’” he says. “We had to rebrand.”

The Third Way
In January 2013, two months after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, Sabet and Kennedy launched Project SAM in Denver. “We’re opening the doors to allowing a new, powerful industry to downplay the effects of a substance they will be profiting off of and to downplay the effects of addiction,” Sabet told the media at the time.

While the United States generally accepts big companies running major industries, Sabet argues a line should be drawn for potentially addictive products like marijuana. “Big Tobacco was a disaster for our country in terms of the marketing machine that was activated, while the government looked the other way for a century,” he says. “Do we want to repeat that with yet another substance? And one that in fact, unlike tobacco, produces intoxication and therefore leads to car crashes, workplace accidents, school dropouts and mental illness?”

It’s why Project SAM opposes any form of legalization. But then what does the organization want in its place? Sabet has repeatedly promised to develop model laws, but so far, policy proposals encapsulating Project SAM’s preferred legal reforms, such as reduced marijuana arrests and increased public health campaigns and treatment options, haven’t materialized.

“What do they want as a policy?” says Tom Angell, chairman of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority. “They make these assertions, how it’s something in the middle, but it’s very vague.”

Sabet says his organization has been working with drug-law experts and political consultants on the matter, and Project SAM-backed policy initiatives are coming soon. “We have to go on the offense,” he says. “I am sick of saying, ‘Vote no, vote no.’ We want to be ‘yes.’”

Sabet insists these proposals will be a major shift from the punitive “War on Drugs” approaches of old, including policies he worked on as a White House adviser. But some of his opponents wonder if his evolution is simply political expediency. “For many, many years he was a major driving force behind jailing and demonizing marijuana users,” says Brian Vicente, a Denver marijuana attorney who co-authored Colorado’s 2012 legalization initiative. “Now that public opinion has shifted away from the drug war, he has attempted to rebrand himself as the ‘Smart,’ middle approach, without acknowledging his past.”


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Drugs that FDA did approve and were later pulled from the market. Some after several decades.

More and more benefits have been found for marijuana and few problems. Except the problem of economics: lost revenue to alcohol and prescription drug companies who are fighting with everything they can to keep it off the market. This latest ruling by the FDA is yet another thread in the coup d'etat

35 FDA-Approved Prescription Drugs Later Pulled from the Market

Below are the 35 drugs we could find that have been recalled from the US market since the 1970s, some that had been in use since the 1930s. A sample of advertisements for only some of the drugs are included because there is a scarcity of ads for withdrawn drugs online due to manufacturers removing ads for withdrawn drugs as part of the agreement to no longer market the drugs.

According to the FDA, a "drug is removed from the market when its risks outweigh its benefits. A drug is usually taken off the market because of safety issues with the drug that cannot be corrected, such as when it is discovered that the drug can cause serious side effects that were not known at the time of approval." The FDA also takes into account the number of people taking a drug being considered for removal so as to not harm those patient


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Also cite the Erlichman quotes about how they knew damned well they were lying but ramped up the phony "War on Drugs" specifically to target radical Black organizing and the wider Black communities, and to target the anti-war hippies and peaceniks by smearing them as dangerous criminals and justifying violent enforcement against them.


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Obama to Americans: Kiss my arse.


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Obama...Nobel Peace Prize winner..... This guy just keeps on giving and giving.....


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"Yes indeed, what is needed here is more research. Studies. Panels. A few committees."

And in the meantime, of course, all existing WoD laws remain in effect, all legal and illegal profiteering from the WoD remain in effect, no one is released from the Prison Industrial Complex, millions are forced to do without the plant's healing powers (or obtain it illegally) .. etc etc etc


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No drama Obama will finish his second term the way he started his first, sitting on the fence with the post stuffed firmly up his tight ass.


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The Obama administration has been an abject failure.
The Hillary administration will be brought to us by the same low information coalition that elected Obama.
Women, Blacks and Hispanics.
Thanks folks.


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how much money do you think Obama has taken from the alcohol industry for this out of step stance he maintains? What a fool. cannot wait to see him gone. Enuf already!