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DEA JUST ADMITTED TO SELLING DRUGS ON STREETS
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Youth ‘Informants’ Forced To Help The War on Drugs, carried out by the DEA, continues unabated since its establishment in the 1970s during the Nixon administration era. For years, countless arrests have occurred, many of them for victimless crimes involving cannabis. Large sentences are dealt, some carrying hefty jail times. Only this week, Canada unveiled their legislation to fully legalize cannabis, acknowledging the War on Drugs is fruitless. “We know that criminal prohibition has failed,” said former police chief turned MP Bill Blair. “Legalization seeks to regulate and restrict access to cannabis and will make Canada safer.” But cannabis isn’t the topic for debate. Blair summoned up what is pertinent to the War on Drugs across every nation: that it has failed. The hypocrisy that is the DEA’s refusal to acknowledge the medicinal benefits of cannabis cannot go unnoted; yet, more importantly, they have been caught red-handed, admitting tacitly during a House Judiciary Committee Hearing that the DEA sells drugs to people on the streets with the goal of catching “bigger fish.” The War on Drugs is perpetuated by the Drug Enforcement Agency who insists on locking people up for years at a time, for possession of what is still scheduled as a Class A substance, though now legal in many US states. In the first week of April, the DEA was questioned over whether they allow shipments of drugs into the community for the sake of making a bigger bust down the track. The Washington Post reported on the transcript between Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric L. Richmond asking the DEA’s appointed acting director Chuck Rosenberg on the issue: “RICHMOND: This committee held many hearings, and was furious about the Fast and Furious program. At least from my knowledge of DEA and other drug agencies, oftentimes part of a bigger sting is letting transactions and other things go through. Now, it’s a very specific question. In DEA’s past, present, future, any times do you let drugs hit communities to get the bigger fish? ROSENBERG: We’re not supposed to, no, sir. RICHMOND: Okay. Are you aware of any instances where it may happen? ROSENBERG: I’ll have to check and get back to you on that.” Although Rosenberg didn’t outright confirm it, he didn’t deny the allegation either. If he had, he would have perjured himself at the committee hearing. The Washington Post notes Rosenberg’s unwillingness to be forthcoming unsurprising as there is “considerable evidence that DEA does allow drugs to enter communities in the hopes of bringing down major players in drug dealing and distribution.” Eighteen months ago, the DEA was also criticized by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General for approving illegal activities of sources. “These inadequate DEA policies and procedures related to OIA greatly increase the risk to the DEA, the U.S. government, and the public from the involvement of DEA confidential sources in OIA,” the audit repo [...]
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Mother gave her son cannabis to help cure his cancer
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Deryn Blackwell, 17, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010. He was then told he had an extremely rare secondary cancer. In a new book his mother Callie reveals the story of her son's recovery. [...]
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video: Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition
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Representative Tulsi Gabbard is teaming up with Rep. Tom Garrett (R) to end the federal prohibition of marijuana. They've introduced a bill that would delega... [...]
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25 Lies About Cannabis On The DEA Website and€” Refuted By The DEA Itself In 2016
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By Justin Gardner With eight states legalizing recreational cannabis and 26 other states legalizing medical cannabis use, federal government is the biggest obstacle to freedom – despite more and more U.S. lawmakers pushing for medical access and even complete decriminalization. By far the biggest obstruction to a fact-based approach to cannabis is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which maintains cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic. This most restrictive category, which includes heroin and methamphetamine, is described as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” By now most everyone knows this classification is patently absurd for cannabis, as studies are piling up showing the medical benefits of cannabis, in addition to real-world evidence in medical use states. If that weren’t enough, the National Academies of Science just published a monumental study with nearly 100 conclusions, including the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. The DEA had a chance to correct its ignorance in 2016 by rescheduling cannabis on the advice of the FDA, but somehow kept a straight face when it announced in August it would keep the plant under Schedule 1. One explanation for this defiance of reality is the DEA’s allegiance to Big Pharma, which has admitted cannabis poses a threat to its profits. Some aren’t taking the DEA’s disinformation lying down. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) found 25 falsehoods about cannabis still being peddled by the DEA on its website, and has filed a petition to force their removal. ASA points out that DEA is violating federal law called the Information Quality Act which requires agencies to ensure the “quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information” when developing guidelines. One reason we know their information is false is because the DEA contradicted those very falsehoods – with references to studies – when it refused to reschedule cannabis in 2016. Even though DEA accepted these studies, it somehow concluded ‘more research is needed’ to show cannabis has medical value. According to the petition: “DEA continues to disseminate certain statements about the health risks of medical cannabis use that have been incontrovertibly refuted by the DEA itself in its recent “Denial of Petition to Initiate Proceedings to Reschedule Marijuana”, issued August 12, 2016. In fact, the DEA’s recent statements confirm scientific facts about medical cannabis that have long been accepted by a majority of the scientific community.” ASA groups the false claims into four categories: 1) “cannabis’ alleged capacity to induce psychosis, 2) “cannabis’ alleged capacity to induce lung cancer and cause damage comparable to that caused by tobacco use, 3) the “gateway theory” to use of other drugs, 4) “alleged permanency of cannabis-associated cognitive deficits.” For each category, ASA lists the specific statements and then provides contradicting statements from the DEA [...]
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ALL SIGNS POINT TO A CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY BY BAYER, MONSANTO
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Germany-based pharmaceutical giant Bayer has finally sealed the deal with Monsanto, purchasing the seed giant for $66 billion following months of negotiations and various offers. marijuana-grow-beautiful-hbtv-hemp-beach-tv The merger is reported to be one of the biggest of all-cash deal on record. There are many effects of this huge merger but as usual, the consumer loses out. Firstly, it strengthens the monopolization of the world’s food supply. It also means more GMOs and chemicals to be sprayed on them. Some are now predicting the merge could also mean the takeover of the marijuana industry. According to Big Buds Mag: Monsanto has an intimate business relationship with Scotts Miracle-Gro, a convicted corporate criminal– and Scott’s Miracle-Gro is trying to take over the marijuana industry, Is Monsanto Going After the Pot Industry? In states where the plant has been legalized or decriminalized, Scott’s Miracle-Gro has looked to capitalize on the ever expanding cannabis industry. CEO of SMG, Jim Hagadorn, stated his intentions – spend up to $500 million to completely buy out the marijuana industry. A Scott’s Miracle-Gro front group has already purchased General Hydroponics, Botanicare and Gavita: Major hydroponics nutrients, lighting, soil, and other grow equipment manufacturers report they’ve also been offered takeover bids by Scotts Miracle-Gro or its ‘Hawthorne’ front company. Maximum Yield Magazine, which bans marijuana hydroponics nutrients company Advanced Nutrients from its indoor gardening expo events, welcomed a Monsanto affiliate into its Boston gardening expo several years ago. Of course, Bayer play a leading role in this pre-planned monopolization. The German chemical lords do business with GW Pharmaceuticals, a company based in the United Kingdom that grows cannabis and produces medicines from its compounds. Monsanto and Bayer Share Information on How to Genetically Engineer Cannabis Bayer sells some of GW Pharmaceuticals’ products, including Sativex, a costly medical cannabis spray that’s reported to work less effectively than naturally grown pot. Both Monsanto and Bayer have a history of producing chemical weapons used in war and toxic products, including PCBs, DDT, Agent Orange, Roundup and GMOs. Members of the cannabis industry have seen the writing on the wall in terms of the world’s seed monopolies’ interest in marijuana. “Michael Straumietis, founder and owner of hydroponics nutrients company Advanced Nutrients, has constantly warned the marijuana community about Monsanto, Scotts Miracle-Gro, GMO marijuana, and corporate takeover of the marijuana industry.” The two corporations, which have now merged into one, have agreed to share trade secrets about plans to produce genetically modified marijuana. Monsanto investor George Soros attempts to legalize pot in Uruguay “Bayer is partnered with GW Pharmaceuticals, which grows its own prop [...]
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More than 33 million US citizens smoke pot
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A very dank Gallup poll found that 13 percent of American adults currently smoke marijuana. That comes out to 33 million Americans, meaning if they all gathered to make their own state, it would have a higher population than Texas – probably chiller, too. The percentage of Americans who smoke weed has nearly doubled in the past three years, according to a recent Gallup poll. In 2013, the pollster found 7 percent of Americans were actively toking. By July, that number had increased to 13 percent. A large part of this increase may be due to the decriminalization of marijuana on a state level. While the federal government still considers marijuana to be a Schedule 1 drug – grouped with heroin, date rape drug GHB and bath salts, nearly half the states have legalized medicinal use of pot. The Gallup poll confirmed that legalization does play a part in the increase, noting that residents of the Western states where four states have legalized marijuana were significantly more likely to smoke than in the rest of the country. The study found that the most likely group to smoke marijuana are male adults aged 18 to 29, who earn under $30,000 a year with either some college or a college degree and who rarely attend church and live in the West. It is worth noting that, while those who earned under $30,000 were the most likely income bracket to be marijuana smokers, annual incomes for both the $30,000 to $75,000 group and those who earned $75,000 and above were equally likely to have smoked. In addition, 9 percent of both groups were regular smokers. The polls also looked at groups that have tried marijuana, but aren’t currently using it. When looking at the earning groups, the mostly likely to have tried marijuana earned about $75,000.Nine states will vote on legalizing marijuana in November for recreational use, not just medicinal. The results could have a huge impact on the current number – and the tobacco industry. The Washington Post pointed out that there are 40 million cigarette smokers in the US, and that number is decreasing. Given that there are currently 33 million active pot smokers in the country, marijuana could [...]
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New Report Reveals DEA Deliberately Blocked Scientific Research on Marijuana For 40 Years
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It is now common knowledge that the plant called marijuana possesses medicinal value. But, the big question is why the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the United States is unwilling to allow for a complete scientific research on the plant. The DEA is the United States federal law enforcement agency and is tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the country. Although some people have made frantic efforts with their own resources to investigate the plant, it is still appropriate that scientific research on marijuana is carried out under government funding. A new report authored by two organizations concerned with Psychedelic substances – the Drug Policy Alliance, and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic – has revealed that scientific research on marijuana was impossible in the United States, due to the deliberate action by the DEA. s 2... According to the report, when the 91st United States Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) into law in 1970, activists in favor of medical marijuana started petitioning the DEA to remove marijuana from Schedule I, where it categorizes drugs for a high possibility of addiction and no accepted medical use. CSA is the statute establishing the United States federal drug policy, under which the manufacture, importation, possession, use and distribution of certain substances is regulated. The executive summary of the report stated that case studies compiled in the report illustrated a decades-long pattern of behavior, demonstrating the DEA’s inability to exercise its responsibilities in a fair and impartial manner, or to act in accordance with the scientific evidence, often as determined by its Administrative Law Judges. The report revealed that on three different occasions to get the DEA to listen to the petition of activists, the DEA officials’ declined. It is said attempts at research, which would allow the plant to be taken out of Schedule I, were deliberately blocked. This created a situation whereby many who would make use of the plant to cure their various ailments, were unable to use it in many states. s 3 The report said the common tactics the DEA employed to frustrate activists included a delay on requests. For example, the report revealed that the DEA took 16 years to issue a final decision to the first marijuana rescheduling petition; five years for the second; and nine years for the third. In two of the three cases, it took multiple lawsuits to force the DEA to act. Similarly, in the case of a researcher seeking an independent supply of marijuana for research purposes, it took the DEA 12 years, and another lawsuit to deny the request. The report concluded that this shows that for over 40 years, bureaucrats at the DEA have actively obstructed research on marijuana. The report said the DEA is determined to hold onto its scientifically unsupported drug scheduling system; also to obstruct research that might alter current drug [...]
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Americans imprisoned for marijuana, while feds get patents on the drug
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The federal government has secretly withheld information regarding the medical benefits of marijuana in an attempt to control the market by waiting for the right time to legalize and eventually sell the drug on their terms. While dozens of states have progressed towards marijuana freedom, nearly 700,000 Americans are arrested each year for possession of pot because the federal government still considers it a Schedule I substance, placing it next to drugs like heroin, LSD and meth. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "marajuana-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "9f2a69cee3a618de637d280900b48b28"; amzn_assoc_asins = "1936807238,B00P6YWUVW,B01BW5FA06,B007YJ1CNO"; The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), says marijuana is one of the most dangerous drugs out there, and that it has no medical benefits and a high potential for abuse. Publicly, government says marijuana is bad; privately, they’re moving to control the industry While publicly the government insists pot is bad, privately they’re patenting it. In 2003, a patent titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” was awarded to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a taxpayer-funded agency. The patent, which was originally filed for in 1999 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), specifically focuses on cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in marijuana that provides medical effects but doesn’t make you “stoned,” the feeling that comes from the compound THC. The patent provides the government with exclusive rights on using cannabinoids for treating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke, as well as arthritis, diabetes, Chrohn’s disease and heart attacks. It only covers a specific application of cannabinoids and not overall production or use of marijuana or cannabinoids, according to Leaf Science. The government has released many studies to the public detailing the negative effects of cannabis, while secretly withholding government-funded science that’s unlocked many of the positive effects of marijuana. Federal government moves to shut down marijuana businesses, while filing for patents on the drug There truly is no finer example of hypocrisy, or cronyism. Despite new state regulations legalizing recreational and medical marijuana, the federal government is still harassing and jailing individuals for pot-related offenses, including those seeking the plant for medical use. The government is also actively working to shut down marijuana businesses through an IRS tax loophole in states like Colorado, where recreational pot is legal. Because marijuana remains a Schedule I substance under federal law, a tax code passed in 1982 called Section 2 [...]
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The Failed Promise of Legal Pot
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It’s just after four o’clock on a hot Seattle afternoon, and Thomas Terry is standing in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box. Known for fights that end with police sirens and sometimes ambulances, it’s a spot some locals half-jokingly call “Stab in the Box,” but today the scene is quiet. A man is walking up the street toward Terry and a few other young men who are gathered in the shade of a brick wall where the parking lot meets the sidewalk. As he draws near, one of them opens his mouth, and the words tumble out: “Kush? You want some weed?” amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "marajuana-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "9f2a69cee3a618de637d280900b48b28"; amzn_assoc_asins = "1936807238,B00P6YWUVW,B01BW5FA06,B007YJ1CNO"; Whether the man does or not, he says nothing, and keeps walking. It’s the middle of August, two years and eight months after voters in Washington passed an initiative to permit both the possession and sale of recreational marijuana—making the state the second in the nation to do so. In large part, the law was aimed at eliminating the black market for marijuana and redirecting those sales from parking lots and living rooms into stores, where the state could monitor and tax the transactions. Yet, although legal marijuana has generated real declines in arrests, the presence of Terry and the young men on the corner points to a hitch not just in the nuts and bolts of marijuana sales but in one of legalization’s most touted goals. Asking to be identified only by his initials, D.C., one of the young men on the corner, breaks it down. Business has fallen since the law passed, but enough people think they can score a bargain, or simply don’t trust the shiny new stores, to keep things moving. The police know about it—they always have—and they still bust dealers. Sometimes they do sweeps, D.C. says, referring to a well-publicized raid downtown. The cops are definitely more relaxed about it, he says, but sometimes they still show up and bust whoever’s around. A few days later, the corner is empty. The reason is a Ford SUV, painted black, blue, and white, idling at the curb a few feet away; a police officer’s arm hangs out the window as he surveys the faces passing by. A few hours later he is gone, and the crowd is back. Mostly, the crowd is black. Mostly, the cops who will bust them are white. Mostly, on the corner it’s hard to see how anything was changed by a movement that aimed to change everything. The dream of legal marijuana as it is being sold to the American public is that it will not only give states a chance to reap a tax windfall off of a drug millions of Americans already use; it will end the back-and-forth tussle among cops, users, and dealers, and shift poli [...]
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DEA To Look At “Rescheduling” Marijuana
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By Brandon Turbeville It is one of the most tragically comedic aspects of the War on Drugs that marijuana is classed in the same category as heroin and LSD by the U.S. Federal Government. Such a ridiculous classification would truly be worth laughing at if it did not bring along with it mass incarcerations, militaristic policing, untold millions of wasted money and a general police state. The utterly useless Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) currently lists marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, a list reserved for “the most dangerous drugs” that have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” If one did not suspect that the U.S. Government’s War on Drugs was actually a cover for enslaving its citizenry, then he would be justified in wondering where the DEA has intellectually been since it was created. Just to clarify – according to the DEA, marijuana is significantly more dangerous than cocaine. (Yes, you read that right.) That classification, however, might potentially change over the next few months. That is because the DEA has announced plans to decide “in the first half of 2016” whether or not the agency will reschedule marijuana. If the DEA should indeed reclassify the plant down to either Schedule 2 or Schedule 3, the decision would most likely open the door much wider when it comes to greater research regarding marijuana’s medicinal value. The legal marijuana industry also stands to gain from any reclassification. But before anyone gets too excited, the DEA and the Federal Government are not suggesting that marijuana become legal at the federal level – it is only suggesting the reclassification of the plant. In other words, the U.S. Government is itself attempting to reclassify its policy on marijuana from incurable insanity to crippling and severe mental health issues. Despite the fact that virtually everything the DEA says and does in its policy toward marijuana is inaccurate and counterproductive, we [...]
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DEA Releases New Drug Overdose Death Figures: Guns Safer than Prescription Drugs
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DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced results from the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which found that drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of deaths from motor vehicle accidents and firearms. In 2013, more than 46,000 people in the United States died from a drug overdose and more than half of those were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin. These are 2013 numbers, so let’s compare to other causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. deaths1 A drug overdose, with a death rate of 13.9 per 100,000, is almost four times as common as a cause of death than gun homicides (3.6 per 100,000). Death from prescription drugs (7.2 per 100,000) is twice as common as gun homicides. Those are the total numbers. If you prefer your stats in the often used format of x per 100,000, here you go: Obviously, homicides aren’t exactly a leading cause of death in the US, and gun homicides, even less so. Accidental death by firearms (0.2 per 100,000) is a small blip. deaths2 For all those concerned parents who think little Johnny is likely to get gunned down on the street would be better advised to keep tabs on their prescription painkillers, as Johnny is far more likely to die from popping those than from any gun in [...]
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