NORML SHOW LIVE from Boston Freedom Rally tonight – special time 3pm Eastern

[Update: check out the recording – a little tough to hear at times, but great interviews with Miss New Jersey 2006 Georgine DiMaria, High Times Cultivation Editor Danny Danko, rap star Styles P, MMA fighting champion Toby Grear, NORML founder Keith Stroup, a new activist patient named Lori, NORML New Jersey’s Chris Goldstein, and live audio from 4:20 at Boston Freedom Rally. — “R”R]
This weekend NORML SHOW LIVE comes to you direct from Boston, Massachusetts, for the twentieth annual Boston Freedom Rally. The live stream begins at the special time of Noon PT / 3pm ET (since Freedom Rally only runs Noon to 6pm ET) and continues for two hours.
You can listen to the show live three ways (and no, regular terrestrial or satellite radio is not one of those ways… yet):

  1. Point your web browser to http://live.norml.org and follow the links to Show 003. (Or use the link on the powder-blue BlogTalkRadio player you see there on the right…)
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The show will also be archived about one hour following the live broadcast. You’ll be able to hear it all week on the embedded player to the right or by subscribing to it as a podcast on iTunes. (The live show should be available at 6pm Pacific and should stay on this page until Thursday. Click the “play” button to begin.) You can listen to last weekend’s show up until showtime.
We’re also taking your calls at the bottom of each hour. Dial 347-994-1810 to listen in on your phone and press 1 at any time if you’d like to speak to the host or guests. Your call will be screened and we remind you to have a question ready, keep it short and to the point, and avoid profanity (we’re not FCC regulated on the net, but if we want to take this to terrestrial radio, we need to act like it.)

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  1. If you have not YOUTUBE’d “the Great Cannabis Conspiracy”, then ya should. Go and learn about : the Corruption–fueled by greed—that led the world(with it’s petrol-synthetics) to it’s current polluted state. IF, just IF….we had kept producing and utilizing Hemp; the world’s forrest’s (and eco-systems in general) could have remained more balanced.
    I URGE YOU ALL!!!!!
    SUPPORT HEMP PRODUCTS every chance YOU get!!!
    HEMP SEEDS are a great source of protein and Omega 3 and 6 fats.

  2. All of us at Seattle Hempfest send a call out to our sisters and brothers at the Boston Freedom Rally! NORML show live rocks, and we can’t wait to hang with you all again real soon. Get well Jack!

  3. Greed in keeping this illegal has been on both sides of the street. Those not caught don’t want it legal because they will lose money, the market will be more stable and a whole lot safer. It would be nice to see law enforcement protect our crops not destory them. I like to think a person could be protected from being robbed and possible hurt. It be great if transaction could take place in the like of day and in the open like everyone else. Be nice if the powers to be could just pull their heads out of their ass, but I haven’t heard that wonderful sound as of yet, should be the biggest pop we have ever heard.
    Again a few hurdred thousand writs to the high court asking to review the fruad and nullify the legislation as unconstitution will effect the situation faster than waiting for the baboons in the congress to quit slinging their shit at us.

  4. I was there today. Was amazing. We saw a bunch of cops busting people, but I mean they basically just told them to throw it out or give it to them and get out of there. Didnt see any tickets written. It was just really cool to see everyone joined together to say “Listen, this needs to end.”

  5. To: Chrokee Fred Jesus you siad you would do any type of research to better our push toward regaining our liberty, Harry J. Anslinger the 1st, head of FBN, can he be connected to the Jim Crow laws and Mexican Repatriation Act, could by chance could we find documentation showing his connection with the KKK. Can we find his high school and college records, old photos. Could there be found in someone collections of old KKK photos? He is the anchor in which this fraud occurred.he one that got “reefer madness” from the church group who made it. How did how did he feel about native americans? Did his family have military background if so what? How about it? can you search high and low and see what falls from his tree?

  6. I write this comment this morning wile both puking and dry heaving. Last nite at a friends B-day party we drank and drank and drank som more. As i was yaking not ten mins ago i thought to myself: HOW IN THE FUCK DID ALCOHOL CATCH ON OVER POT?

  7. 136 tickets issued…. 3 arrests…for dealing…not violence…. very very peaceful event… all age groups, all walks of life all coming together to make a stand against unjust laws. was it covered by local media? i havnt seen it yet…. halfway through, there was not a cop in sight… they basically retreated to the perimeter and still, everything was peaceful. if this is not a message to how stupid marijuana laws are, i dont know what is…
    even after the event, around 7-8 most of the trash that was on the ground was already picked up, there were still folks hanging around still enjoying the comfortable weather. Marijuana is the ultimate symbol of unity. no other substance out there has a culture like this. no other substance out there has a culture this big, this proud, this peaceful.
    times are changing…. reform is coming.

  8. The present health care “debate” should open some peoples eyes about what is happening in our great country.
    Corporations are running our world for their profit. It is the same with cannabis they pull the strings and our Representatives throw another 100 billion at putting us in a cell.
    It is all about greed what I have been saying for years. It is time to take our country back nation! Stop putting people in jail because you do not approve of their choice. Turns our their choice is safer than beer that you can buy anywhere.
    Its all about greed folks. It is estimated by doctors in California they say cannabis can replace up to 80% of the toxic drugs the legal boys push. That would mean a loss of 544 billion just to the legal drug pushers. Not to mention the beer people. Quit allowing our bought and paid for lawmakers from putting more non-violent victimless crime citizens in a cell for personal greed….
    Cherokee Fred Jesus

  9. Licata’s history indicates that the cause of his crimes was a long lasting psychosis. At the Florida State Mental Hospital, he was diagnosed as suffering dementia praecox with homicidal tendencies, and he was observed to be overtly psychotic. In the hospital, Licata killed another patient and finally hanged himself.
    Hospital records do not blame either Licata’s crimes or his lifelong mental illness on marijuana. In fact, marijuana is never mentioned. Yet Anslinger misrepresented the Licata case for over 15 years in order to terrify the public about marijuana.

  10. Harry J. Anslinger headed the Federal Bureau of Narcotics for 31 years. His biggest contribution to the so-called “reefer madness” propaganda movement was the 1937 Marijuana Transfer Tax Act, which imposed strictures on the growing and use of the plant which rendered hemp effectively worthless by taxing it out of existence. Anslinger passed this bill through rather dubious means. His testimony in favor of the Act, for example, consisted largely of selections from Hearst newspaper articles read aloud into the Congressional record. Even at the time, reputable experts had already deemed much of this propaganda inaccurate. Also, Anslinger took pains to ensure that any groups and/or individuals that might have resisted the passing of the Act were either informed late (or not at all) that the hearings were even taking place. The American Medical Association, which would likely have argued the medicinal benefits of marijuana, was notified only two days prior to the hearing. Their representative, Dr. William Woodward, denounced the hearings as being rooted in tabloid sensationalism, and demanded an explanation for the secrecy involved. Anslinger ignored Woodward’s vociferous objections — when before the vote he was asked by Congress if the AMA agreed that the bill should be passed, a member of Anslinger’s committee replied, “Yes, they are in complete agreement.”

  11. Anslinger kept a file on marihuana known as the “Gore File,” from which he took most of his public speeches — given at PTA meetings as a form of scare tactic — and arguments. The Gore File consisted largely of excerpts from Hearst publications, racist statements, and unsubstantiated opinions. Recent examinations of this file have also shown it to be contradictory in nature. In one document, Anslinger states that marijuana incites lust and fits of homicidal violence in its users. Another argues that marijuana takes away a man’s will to fight, thereby rendering him impotent for war, and open to Communist suggestions.

  12. “There are 100,000 marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
    – Harry Anslinger, 1937

  13. When Harry Anslinger became the Commissioner of the FBN, marijuana wasn’t even called marijuana. It was referred to as hemp or cannabis, and smoking the extract of cannabis was something that people’s grandmothers did. It wasn’t a big deal. Not a big deal, that is, until Anslinger got his hands on it–with a little assist from William Randolph Hearst.

  14. Anslinger borrowed the term “marijuana” for cannabis from Mexico because he wanted to give cannabis an association with Mexicans, thus using racial prejudice to cause public opinion to support laws against it. Working hand-in-hand with William Randolph Hearst, Anslinger helped to create the propaganda machine that turned the tide of American opinion in favor of the drug war by feeding on racial prejudice and stereotypes. A few choice headlines of that era include:

  15. One in 100 Americans today is behind bars. That number by far and away leads the world, and is at its highest point in American history. About 350,000 of the approximately 3 million Americans behind bars are there for nonviolent drug crimes (trafficking or possession). It would be impossible to approximate, but countless others are undoubtedly in for violent or property crimes that are by-products of drug prohibition. The drug war has turned entire neighborhoods into, well, war zones. If the temptation of the drug trade can be too much for some police officers, you can imagine the allure for a young urban kid wasting away in an awful public school with few other prospects.

  16. Based on information I have gathered about this “holocaust” that we call “the drug war”, this man, Harry Aslinger (I’m not even sure if I’d go so far as to call him a man) was comparable to another racist, named Hitler. That’s right I went there, they both fight for a cause that is self preserving, they both used racism to help their cause and they both gained many followers, who in turn, ruined the lives of many innocent people, based on lies and deceipts, stereotypes and cliches, fear, greed and prejudice. During the holocaust, people were incarcerated and even tortured for being jews. Today it’s almost the same thing, they are being incarcerated and even being withheld necessary medication for serious illnesses all because they are stoners. It’s racism against a very large race with much diversity. That is why I believe the “drug war” is a “war crime” in itself.

  17. Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug.
    The actual story shows a much different picture. Those who voted on the legal fate of this plant never had the facts, but were dependent on information supplied by those who had a specific agenda to deceive lawmakers. You’ll see below that the very first federal vote to prohibit marijuana was based entirely on a documented lie on the floor of the Senate.
    You’ll also see that the history of marijuana’s criminalization is filled with:
    * Racism
    * Fear
    * Protection of Corporate Profits
    * Yellow Journalism
    * Ignorant, Incompetent, and/or Corrupt Legislators
    * Personal Career Advancement and Greed
    These are the actual reasons marijuana is illegal.

  18. America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law “ordering” all farmers to grow Indian hempseed. There were several other “must grow” laws over the next 200 years (you could be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767), and during most of that time, hemp was legal tender (you could even pay your taxes with hemp — try that today!) Hemp was such a critical crop for a number of purposes (including essential war requirements – rope, etc.) that the government went out of its way to encourage growth.
    The United States Census of 1850 counted 8,327 hemp “plantations” (minimum 2,000-acre farm) growing cannabis hemp for cloth, canvas and even the cordage used for baling cotton.

  19. Harry J. Anslinger
    Anslinger was an extremely ambitious man, and he recognized the Bureau of Narcotics as an amazing career opportunity — a new government agency with the opportunity to define both the problem and the solution. He immediately realized that opiates and cocaine wouldn’t be enough to help build his agency, so he latched on to marijuana and started to work on making it illegal at the federal level.
    Anslinger immediately drew upon the themes of racism and violence to draw national attention to the problem he wanted to create. He also promoted and frequently read from “Gore Files” — wild reefer-madness-style exploitation tales of ax murderers on marijuana and sex and… Negroes. Here are some quotes that have been widely attributed to Anslinger and his Gore Files:

  20. “…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
    “Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”
    “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
    “Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”
    “You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”
    “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

  21. Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug.
    The actual story shows a much different picture. Those who voted on the legal fate of this plant never had the facts, but were dependent on information supplied by those who had a specific agenda to deceive lawmakers. You’ll see below that the very first federal vote to prohibit marijuana was based entirely on a documented lie on the floor of the Senate.
    You’ll also see that the history of marijuana’s criminalization is filled with:
    * Racism
    * Fear
    * Protection of Corporate Profits
    * Yellow Journalism
    * Ignorant, Incompetent, and/or Corrupt Legislators
    * Personal Career Advancement and Greed
    These are the actual reasons marijuana is illegal.
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    Background
    For most of human history, marijuana has been completely legal. It’s not a recently discovered plant, nor is it a long-standing law. Marijuana has been illegal for less than 1% of the time that it’s been in use. Its known uses go back further than 7,000 B.C. and it was legal as recently as when Ronald Reagan was a boy.
    The marijuana (hemp) plant, of course, has an incredible number of uses. The earliest known woven fabric was apparently of hemp, and over the centuries the plant was used for food, incense, cloth, rope, and much more. This adds to some of the confusion over its introduction in the United States, as the plant was well known from the early 1600’s, but did not reach public awareness as a recreational drug until the early 1900’s.
    America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law “ordering” all farmers to grow Indian hempseed. There were several other “must grow” laws over the next 200 years (you could be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767), and during most of that time, hemp was legal tender (you could even pay your taxes with hemp — try that today!) Hemp was such a critical crop for a number of purposes (including essential war requirements – rope, etc.) that the government went out of its way to encourage growth.
    The United States Census of 1850 counted 8,327 hemp “plantations” (minimum 2,000-acre farm) growing cannabis hemp for cloth, canvas and even the cordage used for baling cotton.
    The Mexican Connection
    In the early 1900s, the western states developed significant tensions regarding the influx of Mexican-Americans. The revolution in Mexico in 1910 spilled over the border, with General Pershing’s army clashing with bandit Pancho Villa. Later in that decade, bad feelings developed between the small farmer and the large farms that used cheaper Mexican labor. Then, the depression came and increased tensions, as jobs and welfare resources became scarce.
    One of the “differences” seized upon during this time was the fact that many Mexicans smoked marijuana and had brought the plant with them, and it was through this that California apparently passed the first state marijuana law, outlawing “preparations of hemp, or loco weed.”
    However, one of the first state laws outlawing marijuana may have been influenced, not just by Mexicans using the drug, but, oddly enough, because of Mormons using it. Mormons who traveled to Mexico in 1910 came back to Salt Lake City with marijuana. The church’s reaction to this may have contributed to the state’s marijuana law. (Note: the source for this speculation is from articles by Charles Whitebread, Professor of Law at USC Law School in a paper for the Virginia Law Review, and a speech to the California Judges Association (sourced below). Mormon blogger Ardis Parshall disputes this.)
    Other states quickly followed suit with marijuana prohibition laws, including Wyoming (1915), Texas (1919), Iowa (1923), Nevada (1923), Oregon (1923), Washington (1923), Arkansas (1923), and Nebraska (1927). These laws tended to be specifically targeted against the Mexican-American population.
    When Montana outlawed marijuana in 1927, the Butte Montana Standard reported a legislator’s comment: “When some beet field peon takes a few traces of this stuff… he thinks he has just been elected president of Mexico, so he starts out to execute all his political enemies.” In Texas, a senator said on the floor of the Senate: “All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff [marijuana] is what makes them crazy.”
    Jazz and Assassins
    In the eastern states, the “problem” was attributed to a combination of Latin Americans and black jazz musicians. Marijuana and jazz traveled from New Orleans to Chicago, and then to Harlem, where marijuana became an indispensable part of the music scene, even entering the language of the black hits of the time (Louis Armstrong’s “Muggles”, Cab Calloway’s “That Funny Reefer Man”, Fats Waller’s “Viper’s Drag”).
    Again, racism was part of the charge against marijuana, as newspapers in 1934 editorialized: “Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”
    Two other fear-tactic rumors started to spread: one, that Mexicans, Blacks and other foreigners were snaring white children with marijuana; and two, the story of the “assassins.” Early stories of Marco Polo had told of “hasheesh-eaters” or hashashin, from which derived the term “assassin.” In the original stories, these professional killers were given large doses of hashish and brought to the ruler’s garden (to give them a glimpse of the paradise that awaited them upon successful completion of their mission). Then, after the effects of the drug disappeared, the assassin would fulfill his ruler’s wishes with cool, calculating loyalty.
    By the 1930s, the story had changed. Dr. A. E. Fossier wrote in the 1931 New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal: “Under the influence of hashish those fanatics would madly rush at their enemies, and ruthlessly massacre every one within their grasp.” Within a very short time, marijuana started being linked to violent behavior.
    Alcohol Prohibition and Federal Approaches to Drug Prohibition
    During this time, the United States was also dealing with alcohol prohibition, which lasted from 1919 to 1933. Alcohol prohibition was extremely visible and debated at all levels, while drug laws were passed without the general public’s knowledge. National alcohol prohibition happened through the mechanism of an amendment to the constitution.
    Earlier (1914), the Harrison Act was passed, which provided federal tax penalties for opiates and cocaine.
    The federal approach is important. It was considered at the time that the federal government did not have the constitutional power to outlaw alcohol or drugs. It is because of this that alcohol prohibition required a constitutional amendment.
    At that time in our country’s history, the judiciary regularly placed the tenth amendment in the path of congressional regulation of “local” affairs, and direct regulation of medical practice was considered beyond congressional power under the commerce clause (since then, both provisions have been weakened so far as to have almost no meaning).
    Since drugs could not be outlawed at the federal level, the decision was made to use federal taxes as a way around the restriction. In the Harrison Act, legal uses of opiates and cocaine were taxed (supposedly as a revenue need by the federal government, which is the only way it would hold up in the courts), and those who didn’t follow the law found themselves in trouble with the treasury department.
    In 1930, a new division in the Treasury Department was established — the Federal Bureau of Narcotics — and Harry J. Anslinger was named director. This, if anything, marked the beginning of the all-out war against marijuana.
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    Harry J. Anslinger
    Anslinger was an extremely ambitious man, and he recognized the Bureau of Narcotics as an amazing career opportunity — a new government agency with the opportunity to define both the problem and the solution. He immediately realized that opiates and cocaine wouldn’t be enough to help build his agency, so he latched on to marijuana and started to work on making it illegal at the federal level.
    Anslinger immediately drew upon the themes of racism and violence to draw national attention to the problem he wanted to create. He also promoted and frequently read from “Gore Files” — wild reefer-madness-style exploitation tales of ax murderers on marijuana and sex and… Negroes. Here are some quotes that have been widely attributed to Anslinger and his Gore Files:
    “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”
    “…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
    “Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”
    “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
    “Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”
    “You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”
    “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”
    And he loved to pull out his own version of the “assassin” definition:
    “In the year 1090, there was founded in Persia the religious and military order of the Assassins, whose history is one of cruelty, barbarity, and murder, and for good reason: the members were confirmed users of hashish, or marihuana, and it is from the Arabs’ ‘hashashin’ that we have the English word ‘assassin.’”
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    Yellow Journalism
    Harry Anslinger got some additional help from William Randolf Hearst, owner of a huge chain of newspapers. Hearst had lots of reasons to help. First, he hated Mexicans. Second, he had invested heavily in the timber industry to support his newspaper chain and didn’t want to see the development of hemp paper in competition. Third, he had lost 800,000 acres of timberland to Pancho Villa, so he hated Mexicans. Fourth, telling lurid lies about Mexicans (and the devil marijuana weed causing violence) sold newspapers, making him rich.

  22. Some samples from the San Francisco Examiner:
    “Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days — Hashish goads users to bloodlust.”
    “By the tons it is coming into this country — the deadly, dreadful poison that racks and tears not only the body, but the very heart and soul of every human being who once becomes a slave to it in any of its cruel and devastating forms…. Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever get him….”
    And other nationwide columns…
    “Users of marijuana become STIMULATED as they inhale the drug and are LIKELY TO DO ANYTHING. Most crimes of violence in this section, especially in country districts are laid to users of that drug.”
    “Was it marijuana, the new Mexican drug, that nerved the murderous arm of Clara Phillips when she hammered out her victim’s life in Los Angeles?… THREE-FOURTHS OF THE CRIMES of violence in this country today are committed by DOPE SLAVES — that is a matter of cold record.”

  23. Hearst and Anslinger were then supported by Dupont chemical company and various pharmaceutical companies in the effort to outlaw cannabis. Dupont had patented nylon, and wanted hemp removed as competition. The pharmaceutical companies could neither identify nor standardize cannabis dosages, and besides, with cannabis, folks could grow their own medicine and not have to purchase it from large companies.

  24. The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.
    After two years of secret planning, Anslinger brought his plan to Congress — complete with a scrapbook full of sensational Hearst editorials, stories of ax murderers who had supposedly smoked marijuana, and racial slurs.
    It was a remarkably short set of hearings.
    The one fly in Anslinger’s ointment was the appearance by Dr. William C. Woodward, Legislative Council of the American Medical Association.
    Woodward started by slamming Harry Anslinger and the Bureau of Narcotics for distorting earlier AMA statements that had nothing to do with marijuana and making them appear to be AMA endorsement for Anslinger’s view.
    He also reproached the legislature and the Bureau for using the term marijuana in the legislation and not publicizing it as a bill about cannabis or hemp. At this point, marijuana (or marihuana) was a sensationalist word used to refer to Mexicans smoking a drug and had not been connected in most people’s minds to the existing cannabis/hemp plant. Thus, many who had legitimate reasons to oppose the bill weren’t even aware of it.
    Woodward went on to state that the AMA was opposed to the legislation and further questioned the approach of the hearings, coming close to outright accusation of misconduct by Anslinger and the committee:

  25. Anslinger as precursor to the Drug Czars
    Anslinger was essentially the first Drug Czar. Even though the term didn’t exist until William Bennett’s position as director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy, Anslinger acted in a similar fashion. In fact, there are some amazing parallels between Anslinger and the current Drug Czar John Walters. Both had kind of a carte blanche to go around demonizing drugs and drug users. Both had resources and a large public podium for their voice to be heard and to promote their personal agenda. Both lied constantly, often when it was unnecessary. Both were racists. Both had the ear of lawmakers, and both realized that they could persuade legislators and others based on lies, particularly if they could co-opt the media into squelching or downplaying any opposition views.
    Anslinger even had the ability to circumvent the First Amendment. He banned the Canadian movie “Drug Addict,” a 1946 documentary that realistically depicted the drug addicts and law enforcement efforts. He even tried to get Canada to ban the movie in their own country, or failing that, to prevent U.S. citizens from seeing the movie in Canada. Canada refused. (Today, Drug Czar John Walters is trying to bully Canada into keeping harsh marijuana laws.)

  26. After Anslinger
    On a break from college in the 70s, I was visiting a church in rural Illinois. There in the literature racks in the back of the church was a lurid pamphlet about the evils of marijuana — all the old reefer madness propaganda about how it caused insanity and murder. I approached the minister and said “You can’t have this in your church. It’s all lies, and the church shouldn’t be about promoting lies.” Fortunately, my dad believed me, and he had the material removed. He didn’t even know how it got there. But without me speaking up, neither he nor the other members of the church had any reason NOT to believe what the pamphlet said. The propaganda machine had been that effective.
    The narrative since then has been a continual litany of:
    * Politicians wanting to appear tough on crime and passing tougher penalties
    * Constant increases in spending on law enforcement and prisons
    * Racist application of drug laws
    * Taxpayer funded propaganda
    * Stifling of opposition speech
    * Political contributions from corporations that profit from marijuana being illegal (pharmaceuticals, alcohol, etc.)
    … but that’s another whole story.

  27. Thank you for writing all those important facts into this blogs Chrokee Fred Jesus I hope everyone who logs on this site read it over and take a moment to reflect. Thank you again, Now we must uses these known fact as evidence in the Constructive Fraud which impaired and injuryed the public intrest. It have been destructive to the peace and hamony of the people, it has caused unrest between law enforcement and the people of the country, it has decresed the safety and welfare of the nation. It is clear that the governments right to abrogate the peoples rights did not exist. It seem that a Writ of Madamus needs to be applied to the Supreme Court requesting relief from the fruadulent removal of this right. It must be a Class Action Writ inwhich a large group of us claim an unjust harm inflicted from the action of the fraud. The writ directly to the Supreme Court allows us to go around the inferrior courts. Right now with everyone blasting the government demanding their rights makes this the time in history for us to act upon the Court not the street. Again Thank You put that data back infront of everyones face. Thanks for this site for allowing WE the People to communicate.

  28. stompedonmyrights is right. JURY NULLIFICATION – learn it, use it, stop the war on drugs. WE have the power, the right, and the responsibility.

  29. I bought the book “Marijuana is Safer” on saturday at the freedom rally. Started reading it Sunday morning and could not put it down til I was done, except for football. Great book! Great addition to any legalizers book shelf. Now im feeling activisty.
    I really wish the economy would be better so i could get a job, im sick of applying to 10-15 places everyday and not getting anything, cause i would be doing so much more to help the cause. What really pisses me off is that if cannabis wwas legalized then the economy would get better in a matter of a few months instead of a few years.
    Everytime i see a story in the news about some asshole doing something stupid while drunk, i cant help but think(and KNOW) that would have never happened if they were high. I really do think the argument points made in that book will work. We just need to get out there and educate.
    I’m thinking about getting a dozen or so people together and simply making signs and standing on a busy intersection and print out flyers to hand out and shit. its cheap, its easy and if it can make just one person think twice about it, then its more than helpful and worth it!

  30. NOMRL, please tell me what is going on with the Missouri State legislation dealing with legalization of medical marijuana. I need to know. I have quit smoking MJ and started taking the Rx Drugs to take its place but I will gladly be going back to MJ when it becomes legal here in MIssouri but I need to know who to contact, other than Reps and Senators, so I can pound their doors down. One good thing about being on the Rx narcs instead of the illegal one is that I can finally come out of the closet and get these dumb ass SOBs in my area out and protesting the war on americans.
    PLEASE NORML. GIVE ME THE NAMES OF PEOPLE TO CALL, EMAIL, WRITE, FUCK, ANYTHING.
    [Editor’s note: There is no positive legislative news from Missouri regarding medical cannabis. Be in touch with the numerous chapters of NORML in MO at: http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=3433#Missouri%5D

  31. becky, good job! That is what supporters should wear and post everywhere, it would be a great t-shirt and bumper sticker!
    JURY NULLIFICATION!
    Learn it! Use it!
    Stop the WAR on CANNAABIS
    WE have the power,the right!
    and
    The Responsibility.

  32. I my studies on this issue of being outlawed against my will and over my objection I found this;
    “Restrictions for marijuana started in District of Columbia 1906 and was followed by state laws in other parts of the country in the 1910s and 1920s. The early laws against the cannabis drugs were passed with little public attention. Concern about marijuana was related primarily to the fear that marijuana use would spread, even among whites, as a substitute for the opiates.” Now that is funny, let not havng them smoking pot but keep them on the opiates. WOW! Have we been taken for a ride.

  33. The book ” “Marijuana is Safer, so why are we leading people to drink” is a great book. I got it as soon as it came out. Read it the day I got it. In the middle of the book I felt as if I was no longer alone. That what my heart tells me about the planet is correct and my society is wrong. No longer am I an outcast by a free man, liberty at heart of my being, and not just my own but all of your as well, your liberty is as important to me as my own.

  34. I found this in my search as wel on Anslinger, the monkey who threw all this shit our way.
    “Although it would appear that Anslinger was a conservative who truly believed marijuana to be a threat to the future of American civilization, his biographer maintained that he was an astute government bureaucrat who viewed the marijuana issue as a means for elevating himself to national prominence.”
    Well I am sure glad he and others like him were able to use this fraud on the peole to gain PROMINENCE!
    this man Anslinger stood up in the movie house and shouted FIRE! And many of us were hurt and killed in the panic. He should be charged, dead or not.

  35. “Marijuana is SAFER: So why are we driving people to drink?” Sorri I am mispelling again, Forgive me folks I’m HUMAN

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  37. florida needs 700,000 signatures to get medical marijuana on the ballot 2010 this needs to be done before feb.2010 people united for medical marijuana puff.org needs your help norml they only have 25000 petitions sign so far im helping to get the petitions out but they need more help hey Russ can you help

  38. High folks,
    Interesting action about to happen concerning the governments flu shot. What if the same legal action could happen over the criminalization of the cannabis plant. I thought i heard Dr Horowitz say something about prisons being built for profit was part of the definition of genocide. If you are angry about someone forcing you to take some poison shot, and/or someone who is angry about their medicine being illegal(Cannabis), if you follow the money trail, you would see that we would be fighting the same people. Free the Cannabis plant now…no new taxes for the criminal government that is trying to take away your rights on a seemingly daily basis.
    Have you seen this info on H1N1?
    Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz and Sherri Kane, an investigative journalist, have released evidence in legal affidavits that leaders of a private global biotechnology “trust” are behind the pandemic flu, including its origin and alleged prevention via vaccinations. Their documents, being sent by attorneys to the FBI this week, evidence industrialists are operating a crime ring within the “Partnership for New York City” (PNYC), and are behind the pandemic’s creation, media persuasions, vaccination preparations, and health official promotions.
    “David Rockefeller’s trust, that engages several powerful partners on Wall Street, including media moguls Ruppert Murdock, Morton Zuckerman, Thomas Glocer, and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Jerry Speyer, are implicated in advancing global genocide,” Dr. Horowitz wrote to FBI directors.
    Scroll down to see the actual affidavit.
    http://www.fluscam.com/Affidavit.html

  39. Go Dr Horowitz…we all need to pray for him because he’s getting close to the snakes head…
    This ‘partnership’ controls biotechnology research and development globally. Health commerce internationally is also controlled virtually entirely by this trust that exercises near complete control over mainstream media to promote/propagandize its products and services for the drug cartel’s organized crime. This trust, in essence, makes or breaks medical and natural healing markets, primarily through the mass media companies and propaganda it wields for social engineering and market building,” Dr. Horowitz wrote.

  40. I want to know when Native Americans like Alex White Plume are going to step up and claim what is theirs.Native Americans have a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of a new hemp industry if they will just stand up and answer opportunity knocking at the door.With Obama’s pledge to not waste federal money invading states where marijuana is legal medicine the same should apply to sovereign reservations where hemp farming is approved by the tribal council.
    I would also like to see NORML take steps to encourage Native Americans to get off their ass and start this process.

  41. I would also like to reprimand NORML for supporting the California legislators plan to place a $50 per ounce tax on marijuana.I thought NORML was here to defend citizens right to use marijuana because it is the right thing to do in a free country and not to allow legalized rape by the govt by supporting obscene overtaxing of a dried plant.Marijuana should legally cost no more than pipe tobacco.C’mon NORML,we want it legal but for the right reasons,not just because allowing the sale at the same price as black market weed would help an incompetent state govt make up for it’s mistakes by punishing users with an outragious tax.
    I have supported this cause for decades and I am extremely disappointed that NORML would cave to govt like this.

  42. We need to put a Class Action Writ of Madamus directly into the Supreme Court Agenda demand it order a stop to this fraud on cannabis, they can grant it, refuse to hear it, or throw it out but then that will clear up just where we all stand now won’t it. The Court was created for that reason.
    The Supreme Court recongnizes that the jury in our political scene is ” Deigned to protect defendants against oppresive government practices.” United States Ex Rel Toth v. Quarles, 350 U.S. 11, 16 (1955) It is, as Mr. Justice White said, “A safeguard against arbitary law enforcement.” William v. Florida, 90 S. Ct. 1893, 1905, (1970)
    The special role of the Jury in cases involving politiacal dissent was acknowledged to be particularly important because the jury then acts not only as a safeguard against judicial excesses, but also as a barrier to legislative and executive oppression.
    Here lies our vehicle into the Court, demanding act forthwith not at the next election. It also put this issue in the publics face where this needs to be to bring about change. Here how to educate, bring to them face to face.

  43. seedy,
    how does florida come to the number of 700,000. that is quite a shitload of signatures. how many people live in this god forsaken state anyway…..

  44. FLA ACTIVIST I DONT KNOW HOW THEY CAME UP WITH THE 700000 VOTES NTYPICAL POLITIANS CAME UP WITH THE FIGURE YOU NEED GO TO PUFMM,ORG AND HELP

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