This Week in Weed: June 17th – 23rd

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This week: Detroit is approved to vote on marijuana decriminalization measure and a new study shows medical marijuana legalization does not increase teen drug use.

Also, another must watch video from this past Wednesday’s DEA Oversight Committee Hearing. This time it is Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) putting the DEA Chief Administrator’s feet to the fire:

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    Subject: Is a candidate being abused under Federal Law in VT?
    June 22, 2012
    From: Cris Ericson
    United States Marijuana Party
    2012 Candidate for Governor and for United States Senator
    in Vermont.

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    Subject: is any “public record” also a state record? 18 USC section 2075

    To: F.B.I., Jim Condos,Kathy Scheele, Will Senning, Governor Peter Shumlin:

    Question of whether federal law applies to state records?

    CANDIDATE, Cris Ericson,
    PROVE that she has a legal
    right to ask for and accept out-of-state campaign
    donations, or to be promoted by SuperPACs,
    while the Elections Division is still refusing
    to list the independent and minor party

    Isn’t this fraudulent concealment,
    compounded day after day,
    of material facts, affecting the potential interstate
    “commerce” of campaign fundraising which
    can create seasonal employment
    and an influx of advertising dollars
    in Vermont?

    Is “any public record” also a state record,
    under 18 USC Section 101 Records & Reports;
    18 USC Section 1701 Concealment;
    18 USC 2075 Officers failing to make reports –
    considering that
    Cris Ericson is a candidate for Governor and
    for United States Senator?

    The Vermont Statutes Online
    Title 1: General Provisions
    1 V.S.A. § 315. Statement of policy
    … free and open examination of records
    consistent with Chapter I, Article 6
    of the Vermont Constitution.

    Is VT Secretary of State,
    Jim Condos, violating the Spirit of the Law,
    because Cris Ericson filed her candidate petitions
    May 29, 2012 and received a telephone call from
    the Elections Division July 1 stating her petitions
    were verified, (but no letter in the mail)
    but his office is threatening
    to withhold this information until the “week of
    July 1” which could actually be over 30 days,
    and inconsistent with “open records”?

    Cris Ericson campaign:

    VERMONT SECRETARY OF STATE – Jim Condos – Democrat

    Elections Division
    Vermont Secretary of State
    128 State Street
    Montpelier, VT 05633-1101
    In-State: (800) 439-8683
    Outside VT: (802) 828-2464
    FAX: 802-828-5171
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    DRAFT CANDIDATE LIST for August 28 Primary

    DRAFT CANDIDATE LIST for August 28 Primary PDF

    Parties, Candidates, and interested citizens: Please Review the Candidate
    List above and email the Elections Division if you find any errors or

    The printing deadline is Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

    Independent and Minor Party Candidate List for the November 6 General
    Election will be posted on or before the week of July 1.

    Contact Kathy Scheele
    (formerly DeWolfe),
    Director of Elections and Campaign Finance
    or (802) 828-2304

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    Municipal Elections, Lobbyist, Campaign Finance and Candidate/Parties

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  3. She obviously knew exactly what he was talking about, but refused to answer truthfully, or else she’s grossly incompetent and stupid.

    How does someone like this choose to embrace lies? Is it the money? Is it the power? Is it the black leather gear and shiny guns?

  4. Thanks, Mr. Cohen for simply stating the facts . She reminded me of a scared dog running away with her tail between her legs .She is pitiful . She can’t avoid the facts forever . We will win this senselesness .

  5. Did’nt she sound stoned. She sounded like she just finished a big fatty. Pee test time for her.

  6. Where does one begin??

    I have watched this video twice now, and a couple of others from her day at the capital, and what I see and hear are things that would in fact get folks like you and me jailed for contempt. Her relies are at very least… disingenuous, as all the while she is covering her tracks, and keeping her job!

    She specifically avoids answering the main question being asked of her numerous times, and “parrots” the official DEA position back to the congressman again and again, as though it is a legitimate, fact based, answer!

    My take on that:

    How did this woman get her job??

    As long as we have a government that can dictate who has this job, we are going to have a “puppet show”. This woman is defending her job, and the DEA official position, and chose not to tell the truth that was being asked of her… so sez Rev. Barry Willie Black

    Enough about the politics, for now… on to the science.

    She did not answer any question asked of her with an answer that deviated from the official DEA position, so why would we expect the truth when she was asked about studies and other scientific, and readily available information on the subject?

    My take on that:

    I rarily tend towards sarcasm in a public forum, but just because she has been in law enforcement, does that mean that she has shut off her brain when it comes to this issue??

    Many in law enforcement in this great nation have long held the position, based upon science and self-directed thought, that this product of planet Earth should have never been listed with this drugs it has been grouped with.

    They are not hard to find.

    There are groups of law enforcement groups who think it should be legal, as well as those who suggest the use as medicine, and yet others who would just have folks procure it like alcohol, from a state run store of some sort.

    Medically speaking, National Cancer Institute stated on their website that “Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory and to affect the immune system”, but they have also removed a supporting document titled “New NCI Resource About Cannabis (Marijuana)”, and with simply the statement “The NCI Fact Sheet Marijuana Use in Supportive Care for Cancer Patients is no longer current and has been removed.” How convenient. Oops, there’s the sarcasm, again.

    No never mind that, anyone with a brain of their own (meaning “free-thinking”) and an internet connection, can find huge amounts of scientific and medical related data on the subject of marijuana.

    As well as, how come it became illegal, how well it helps some folks medically, how well it was used for thousands of years, when it was needed as a simple fiber, and became sail cloth as well as the paper to write some of our most valued national documents, and so on…

    But this woman must not have either… so sez Rev. Barry Willie Black

    The social side of this is the craziest, I think.

    It has long been known that propaganda works, or they would not still be using it after thousands of years to populate society with information.

    There are millions of folks in the world who are completely satified to let others do their thinking and so we have the governments that we have. Our own faults.

    By the time folks have been told anything long enough, some will begin to believe it is true, just because of the position held by the folks providing the information. We see it everywhere… churches to schools, and anywhere else folks are propagating their ideas.

    The governments’ take on drugs, and cannabis specifically, has been no different. Right on the heals of the repeal of alcohol prohibition, we get prohibition of another substance, and one that had been used very industriously for thousands of years.

    It can honestly be stated that cannabis helped build America.

    On a side note, I would love to discuss “hemp” with Washington and Jefferson, in relation to what the powers controlling our country have perpetrated upon an otherwise “free” nation. Sarcasm? Maybe.


    After decades of cannabis prohibition therapy, our nation isn’t getting any better.

    After decades of cannabis prohibition propaganda, our nation has filled the heads of millions with the same sort of answers this woman gave in response to legally binding questions from a U.S. Congressman.

    From an individual who should have ready answers for any question on this very important subject… Empty, script-like, rhetoric… so sez Rev. Barry Willie Black

  7. Ms. Leonhart as many many other in the world have been endoctrinated with garbage so that is all she knows. She has also been tought how to avoid having her endoctrination being changed. Critital Thinking and reasoning has been removed from our schools many years ago so that the people can be endoctrinated to believe our government unquestionable. So what can we expect but a parrot response from government employees. Garbage in, Garbage out!

    Cannabis has a history that goes back more than 5000 years as a medicinal plant. Along come a news paper tycoone and launches a campain to vilify cannabis solly to protect his investment into timber. Paper products can be made from timer as well as cannabis. Paper pulp from timber was cheaper at that time, but because of new tecnology cannabis became less expensive to process and cannabis was a renewable crop yearly and timer took years to renew.

    Most things that people promote are of great interess to them financially. It’s all about the money. When one wants to find the truth, just follow the money and it will lead you to the truth. Money is the root of evil!

    Cannabis vs Pharmaceutical: Pharma has the money and has bought and paid for a great number of our Congress both Senators and Representatives, this is how they get elected. How can we expect them to work for us when they are paid by Pharma? Cannabis has no money to compete with Pharma so until cannabis get a budget we are stuck with what we have.

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