White House Press Secretary Hints Federal Marijuana Crackdown May Be Forthcoming

CongressWhite House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today said that the Trump administration may engage in “greater” efforts to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in jurisdictions that have legalized and regulated its adult use.

In response to a question regarding how the administration intends to address statewide marijuana legalization laws, Spicer indicated that the administration views the regulation of marijuana for medical purposes as distinct from laws governing its adult use.

He said: “I’ve said before that the President understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing, especially, terminal diseases and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them.” He then added, But “there’s a big difference between that and recreational marijuana. I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people.”

On the latter topic, he concluded, “I do believe you will see greater enforcement” of anti-marijuana laws from the Department of Justice.

While campaigning, President Trump voiced support for the authority of individual states to impose regulatory policies specific to the use and dispensing of medical cannabis, but was somewhat less clear with regard to whether he believed that state lawmakers ought to be able to regulate the adult use of cannabis absent federal interference. For instance, he stated that changes in the law in Colorado — one of eight states to legalize the adult use of marijuana — had led to “some big problems.”

Senator Jeff Sessions, now US Attorney General, has been historically critical of marijuana policy reforms, stating: “[M]arijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized. … [I]t’s in fact a very real danger.” He also opined, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” and previously endorsed legislation to execute marijuana traffickers.

During his testimony before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, Sessions indicated that as US Attorney General he may take a more aggressive approach than did the Obama administration with regard to states that have enacted recreational use laws.

Commenting on Spicer’s comments, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “The press secretary’s comments are hardly surprising and they are similar to comments made by the new US Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his vetting process when he made clear that any use of marijuana remains against federal law and that ‘it is not the Attorney General’s job to decide what laws to enforce.’

“Ultimately, those who reside in jurisdictions that have legalized and regulated cannabis under state law will only truly be safe from the threat of federal prosecution when and if members of Congress elect to amend federal marijuana laws in a manner that comports with majority public opinion and the plant’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status. Certainly, Congressional passage of HR 975, ‘The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act,’ and/or re-authorization of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment would be steps in the right direction to protect patients and others in legal states from undue federal interference.

“If federal politicians were truly listening to the will of the electorate, they would move forward to enact these federal changes, which are strongly in line with voters’ sentiments. According to national polling data released today, 71 percent of voters — including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans — say that they “oppose the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana.” In short, undermining voters’ wishes and state laws in this regard not only defies common sense, it is also bad politics — particularly for an administration that is defining itself as populist in nature.”

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  1. There are alot of seniors who use cannibus for pain, sleep, appatite, etc. They do not get medical marijuana cards so are considered recreational users. Doctors just don’t hand out cards to seniors with these problems because they are considered normal for seniors. Seniors also can’t afford the expense of the medical marijuana cards. They grow their own plants and don’t bother anyone.
    Please consider the people who need cannibus to get through the day without pain, sleep,mental and physical problems but don’t fit into the governments list of problems that qualify them for cards

    1. Last summer, the Justice Department announced it would stop contracting with the for-profit prison industry, whose facilities are more violent and less humane than government-run prisons. But Trump has spoken favorably of private prisons, and Sessions, who at the helm of the Justice Department would have the power to reverse its decision, has close ties to the industry and a history of supporting private prisons.

      Maybe that’s the conservative version of socialism. Lock everyone up, tell everyone how to eat, work, and live, because the pursuit of happiness and providing general welfare is a whole lot different when you’re in a prison cell for growing a weed.

    2. Cannabis has been well established as a medicine. This is science, not politics; the pharmaceutical properties of cannabis are a matter of fact.

      That makes all cannabis use medical use. Upon ingestion, the cannabis is going to promote good health via its interaction with the user’s endo-cannabinoid system, regardless of whether they used it to treat chronic pain, or to get high, or to aid digestion, or to get back at their parents.

      It’s all medical.

    3. Martha,

      I understand clearly what you are saying. How ever the amount one pays for recreational cannabis is far more costly and you would save more getting the medical card.

      I point this out because one I am a senior, two I have a medical card.

      I was buying recreational cannabis. With all the recreation restrictions I went to medical. I’m on limited income. Social Security.

      So why wouldn’t one want just a medical card. If your disabled on medicare then you pay a very reduced price. Twenty to the state and the rest is for your Dr. visit to get the card. That you have to shop around for because the price varies.

      I can buy any amount, strength as often as I want and there is no tax.

      Why would one want to purchase recreation especially on a fixed income?

      Don’t have a medical record? No problem there are Doctors that will see you to get you established.

      Don’t meet the state requirements to get a card? Then sadly you do not qualify to use cannabis.

      I have purchased both ways. Plus I smoked legally for years. As I still would if it were illegal. However I meet the medical requirements.

      Best Wishes

    1. My thoughts exactly. At least he hasn’t built any gas chambers yet. Always next week……..Hopefully someone will push a bil to de classify this. These redneck people all talk like there are no official studies done on the effects of this plant and there are plenty…just not from the American government. Pitiful.

    2. hey dumb ass just because some voted for Trump doesn’t mean we support this crap.
      he had also said at one time he’d respect states rights so this is truly a turn coat thing he’s done.

      1. I’m sorry, I don’t mean to rub anybody’s nose in it but I’m so frustrated with everything going on in our country and now this! We’ve come such a long way to just see it end like this. It would be a travesty.

      2. No Cassie, you have nothing to be sorry about. They deserve to have their noses rubbed in it.

        I posted a tart reply to Mr. C.S.A. AP Hill above, but apparently the editors deemed it best not to post it. After reading the article above, I am in no conciliatory mood, am not ready to forget and forgive people for their stupidity.

        Hey Trumpetistas, you like strong men? They make you feel safe? Welcome to the real world.

      3. Hey yeah as someone said before ever think Trump might just reschedule cannabis? If he does then you owe me an apology.
        I seen a vide the other night that might just be the truth over all this, and I surely hope so. But 60% or more support legalization and 48% of his voter base does so he’d be dumb to let sessions come in as Spicer said.
        He’s so far been a states rights President at least from what we’ve seen so maybe.

      4. @ csaaphill,

        And if trump or his surrogates drop the hammer on Recreational, you owe me an apology.

      5. I think EVERYONE should take a deep breath and relax. Trump has been in there for a little over a month. It took Obama 8 years to run up all the damage he did. It is equally plausable that appointing Sessions, given his obvious bent, may well be his way of getting congress to get off their butts and legalize cannabis or at least reschedule it. Maybe it’s an effort to get the public to actually voice their desires to their reps….
        Basically, lets see how things play out before we panic (too late for some).
        Be well,
        T

      6. You are a poster-child for the maxim from the film American Beauty: “Never underestimate the power of denial.”

        Shhhhhh…. go back to sleep…. they’ll wake you up when it’s time for prison….

      7. Mark Mitcham,

        Tagamet has a point. We now have a Cannabis Caucus in Congress. Led by a Republican who was at one time in the running to be Trump’s Secretary of State.

        I would not be so sure you understand how Trump plays the game. It is obvious from his statements in the 90s that Trump understands how Prohibition works.

        Here is something I wrote for a well trafficked right wing site. You will note that it got published.

        https://spartareport.com/2016/10/heroin-making-war-abused-children/

        If only anti-Prohibitionists commented more at Breitbart. On most threads I’m the only one. To change minds you have to be respectful. So if you can’t make your arguments in a respectful way – don’t bother.

      8. @ MSimon,

        You again? Okay.

        You are the willful ignorant. Nevertheless, I am going to explain it to you against your will.

        You are not in a position to be making demands of us on the left. You seem to think you’re negotiating from a position of strength, but you’re not. The jig is up on Trump and his legions of ass-wipes. He’s not fooling anyone anymore, and neither are you. People don’t give a fuck what you “deplorables” think. We’re done listening to your bullshit, and are not going to waste precious time trying to reason with you. We will spend that time working to defeat you.

        People are onto the Republican traitors.

        People understand that Trump is a fraud and a con-artist. And people understand that every single goddamn Republican that wipes Trump’s ass for him is a traitor as well, for collaborating with enemies both foreign and domestic.

        We know about the Russian meddling, we know about Trump’s involvement, we know about the cover-up. Trump is a thug, and he’s running a shakedown of America, but America is onto him.

        That’s why I wouldn’t waste a single second pandering to you and your kind. You don’t have anything we want or need, including integrity.

        You think the goal is to get Trump to change? Wrong! We don’t want Trump to change, we want him GONE!!

        We will not stop until that happens. Listen carefully: we aren’t going to negotiate with you fascists — we are going to defeat you.

      9. @Tagamet:
        Why don’t you go to jail for possession, raise a child with epilepsy in a Republican state with the kind of bull$#!+ the Trump administration is pulling and then ask yourself to take a “deep breath and relax”?

        @MSimon:
        Post or publish on a domestic terror site like Britebart? Here’s an idea; why don’t you have your family terrorized by a hate crime fueled by Britebart propaganda then turn around and legitimize their crimes by publishing an article on their website? You’re such a douche.

      10. MSimon,

        I actually understand what you’re trying to say about playing nice. It’s better to have a unified front and all that.

        I ask where you were 5 or 6 years ago, when there were feeding frenzies by libertarians and GOPers on this very website attacking Obama and other Dems. I still recall vividly some of them MOCKING Nancy Pelosi after she came out in SUPPORT of LEGALIZATION. They called her a bitch, a hypocrite, opportunist, you name it.

        And many of those posters were the very same people who resisted recreational legalization in California in 2010. I know because I argued with them many times about that subject. They didn’t like they taxes, didn’t like the regulations, didn’t like that you could only grow 7 plants, etc etc etc. It was all bullshit. (And I still suspect several at least were black market growers.)

        My point is that through all their negativity, all their bitching about Obama and his jack-booted thugs and such, I never wavered in my support of legalization. Whether or not they played nice with Dems or Obama, I knew how I felt on the subject of legalization.

        So if you or other Liberts, Cons or whatever just can no longer support legalization because of others’ political views, well, maybe you really care about legalization far less than you do your own political agendas. I would love to hear your response.

      11. Now it is TIME TO TURN ON TRUMP if you were a supporter. Everyday go to the internet, post something to turn people away from this con man.

      12. @ MSimon,
        What do you mean, “turning on Trump is not going to influence his supporters?”

        You dumbfuck, it is the Trump supporters we’re talking about when we say “turning on Trump.” Trump supporters who voted for Trump, realized they had been fucked, and as a result, TURNED ON TRUMP! Now they are no longer Trump supporters. That’s what “turning on Trump” means.

      13. MSimon,

        You wrote that turning on Trump will not influence his supporters. You’re exactly right about that (I know, because I know a couple of Trump supporters). He even boasted that he could kill someone on 5th Ave, and they’d still vote for him. So tell me again why we’re supposed to play nice with them.

      14. For now until he turns as people are worrying I won’t as of yet, but you can rest assured if he bring his fricking tanks and DEA ATF or FBI in these states to shut down the recreational trade I for one since I’ve been the one to be the most outspoken on this at least on the local level for twenty years or more he’s a one time President, but if he’s smart and declassifies it or reschedules it as I’ve seen he might then I’ll still support him for States rights and such is why I voted for him to begin with and to keep Hillary off our second amendment.

      15. You’ve been a conservative Republican all your life and you haven’t learned not to believe a thing they say yet…
        Trump once said he could shoot somebody in the street and he wouldn’t lose any votes…
        Same is true for weed..
        ” I could lock up every Republican pot head out there.. Seize their house.. take away their kids.. shoot their dog.. They’d still vote for me “

      16. I feel the need for a disclaimer of my above post,, that’s not an actual quote, sorry, It’s a parody of his shoot somebody quote, I do think it’s accurate though.
        The point I would try to make is, its not enough to vote for marijuana in your state and then also vote for the party opposed to it. It’s like having your foot on the gas and brakes at the same time. Marijuana is a cultural issue, and the Republicans are basically where the Democrats were 40 years ago on the issue, ( in terms of support among the base and numbers of elected official who support it. Again thank you Dana Rohrabacher ) but then again he’s a classic example.. Rep Rohrabacher is as far as I can tell, hands down, the most pro weed member of the house, probably the senate too.. better even than Bernie..( both support legal weed but Dana actually admits to being a fellow traveler) Yet he’s also, again, far and away one of Trumps biggest supporters..
        That’s why he considered for Secretary of State, and I guarantee you the only thing that cost him the job was his weed advocacy.
        He’s a 15 term congressman,, he’s a conservatives conservative.. He can call up the White House and stop by anytime he wants,, Trump owes him big time.. Yet he’s not able to influence Trumps stance on weed, not in the slightest, what makes you think your going to..

      17. Hillary was for Schedule 2. Big whoop.

        IMO she is in the pocket of Big Pharma and was going to do all she could (while maintaining your support – as Obama did) to delay, delay, delay.

        It is obvious that delay is what they are all doing. Rs and Ds alike.

        We are going to have to get a national politician or two in the next election to put the fear of god into the rest. “Mark Cantor” – two words that make Republican pols fearful.

        2018 is fast approaching. Have we identified any targets yet?

      18. @ MSimon,
        Your obsession with Hillary is becoming truly disgusting. She was Secretary of State in a previous administration. So, like wow, dude. Strange obsession you have. Are you a stalker, or something? Is is some kind of personal fixation? Keep any posters of her around the house?

      19. That’s honest of you to admit Trump betrayed you after you voted for him. Can I take that to mean that you no longer support Trump?

      20. I agree I voted for trump as well but am 100% against the Feds and good ole boy sessions interfering with states rights. I support marijuana legalization across the board.

      21. Same question to you: it’s honest of you to admit that Trump betrayed you after you voted for him, but do you now renounce him?

        Or, are you going to keep voting for “R’s” like a beaten dog, and just keep crawling back for more abuse?

      22. Enough of your recriminations already. I (and everybody else) realize that you are a true blue Democrat. I’m proud of you! Way to stick up for a political party that has abandoned you JUST LIKE the Republicans… Only they ‘claim’to be against big money on politics, all while accepting the same…

        I was a Democrat like you not so long ago. I dropped out of said party in July as the extent to which Clinton had the DNC in her back pocket started to become clear.

        The fact that she had the audacity to run a campaign for the presidency of the united States in such as a dishonest fashion was the final straw for me, and led me to openly campaign and advocate for the unelectable green party candidates Jill Stein in western Pennsylvania.

        I don’t feel bad about it in the slightest, as, remember, if there’s one thing your boozer in chief HAD NOT ‘evolved’on it was marijuana prohibition.

      23. Renounce him? That will not get him to change. What is needed is calibrated pressure.

        Something like – “I support you but your current policy on cannabis is not what I voted for. I voted for your ‘leave it to the States’ position.

      24. @ Anonymous and MSimon,
        We on the polital left don’t need you deplorables, we’re not going to negotiate with Trump and his gang of asswipes, we’re going to defeat them. Because it’s not just the left now that opposes Trump, it’s every good citizen who loves America.

        Then you Trump supporters can all go crawl back into the sewers, or under the rocks, or wherever you came from.

      25. Yea no all you who chose poorly by voting for the Clown deserve any and all scorn for what you fools have cast upon us.

      26. Oh go get bent,
        The alternative would have had us living in mosques following shariah.
        We as a group need to provide the motivation for the elected representatives to do what we ask as a group.

      27. You’re gonna like it in prison, all kinds of different races for you to interact with!

      28. Yeah, you’re right. I understand that, even as we speak, there are Muslim armies in Canada and Mexico already poised for invasion of our glorious homeland.

        And the religious infiltration has already begun. Even now, churches all over America are subtly inuring their flocks to Muslim propaganda! Oh the humanity!! Please, Donald, save us!

  2. The way I look at this now NORML is the ball is in your court. So many marches have taken place since this administration took office; when are those at NORML going to mobilize its supporter (off the couch)? My hope is that you do it well and soon now that you have the majority of the populous on your side or leaning towards it.
    It is one thing to vent your frustration on a blog but the sheer visualization of a fraction of those participants turns into a thousand man/woman march on Washington which inturn sends an entirely different message. Plus it disrupts their travel patterns which really pisses them off.

    Move it or loose it NORML. This is a much different animal you are dealing with now – much.

    1. While you, Donna, fail to evolve and remain the same tired, subdued creature working to distract the obvious goal of this website, which is not primarily to march so much as CONTACT OUR STATE AND LOCAL LEGISLATORS!!!

      “Get off the couch?” For fuck’s sake, WHO do you think you’re talking to on this blog? WHO do you believe you are helping with those tired stereotypes? Either click on the Act! Tab or get off this website you wicked old troll.

      The ball is in OUR court.

      1. Let me be clear; as someone who has participated in several marches to “free the weed for those in need,” there exists a time and place, in cooperation with law enforcement, and citizen lobbying, to march and protest. During the last few years with the hands off approach to legalization from the Obama administration’s Cole memos citizen lobbying was full priority. But with the rising police state under Drumphurer and no concessions-Sessions, protesting is under attack in the same language of J Edgar Hoover:
        http://www.alternet.org/activism/state-lawmakers-are-brutally-cracking-down-protesters-under-cover-trumps-law-and-order?akid=15239.2366751.OUZ58s&rd=1&src=newsletter1072872&t=2

        So we are back to the need to protest, it seems, but it must be encouraged in conjunction with citizen lobbying for specific bills such asHR975… or naming specific laws we must prevent, such as these Communist state laws cited in the link above.
        Whatever we do, lets not assume any of us in the marijuana legalization movement are just sitting on “the couch.” Lets just take leadership, do our research, citizen lobby and direct our people to the front of the bus, not under it.

  3. Four more years,, Four more years, we only have to hold out,,,, Four more years.
    This might be a good opportunity to go for a Federal medical law though..
    By 4/20/20 we could see Recreational in all blue states,, medical in all 50.. and even some level decrim in even the reddest states..
    Meanwhile prepare for DEA raids similar to the recent immigration crackdown in the Recreational states.. But this too shall pass,, Four more years….

    1. Fuck you really think that’s going to happen Come on don’t be Naïve organize and stop Sessions at the Border stand with business already going when they get a cease and desist letter From Sessions.
      Don’t be naïve and sit back on this meet it head on.

      1. If it’s not too personal a question, is your obsession with Hillary sexual in nature?

      2. Obama, curtailed asset forfeiture/
        Trump, encourages asset forfeiture/
        Obama, Let state experiment with legalization/
        Trump, you’ll see greater enforcement/
        Obama, discourage private prisons/
        Trump, encourage private prisons/
        Obama, no more militarized police/
        Trump, more militarized police/
        Obama, no more dangerous than alcohol/
        Trump, compares marijuana to opiods/
        If your not impressed, you are on the other side.

  4. I haven’t heard one single concrete opinion of marijuana from any White House cabinet member. I want to know exactly what they think about it. If someone is opposing marijuana, I want to know they’re reasoning behind their opinion and if they’ve had the proper education. But, at the same time, a decision like legalizing marijuana on the federal level is not up to one single person. I believe that if our voices are loud enough, the White House and each state are thoroughly educated, there should be no problem with marijuana being completely legal in the future. Many governors and senators that have previously opposed marijuana legalization, received the proper education, and changed Thier minds. I have a lot of hope for marijuana in the future.

    1. Are you deaf,, what do they have to do.. kick in your door in the middle of the night and shoot your dog..
      Sessions ” good people don’t smoke marijuana”
      “Marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized. … It’s in fact a very real danger.”
      Trump (to sheriffs re asset forfeiture) ” your encouraged,, want me to destroy a senator ”
      Spicer “I do believe you will see greater enforcement” of anti-marijuana laws from the Department of Justice.”
      Get the picture

  5. Putin would be proud! A crackdown on a business infrastructure seems ridiculous from a so-called business man, but then all you have to do is research Russia’s stance of marijuana legalization. Russia (killer Putin) is AGAINST legalization of “recreational drugs.” In fact, Putin wants to extend this view internationally in the face of countries legalizing marijuana. Look into it, and you begin to see the puzzle coming together. It seems odd that Trump is turning on legal marijuana, unless you consider Russia and all the weird ties to the administration.

    Personally, I think Russia is blackmailing, Trump and some of his people, with very compromising stuff to get their way on things.

  6. Should Sessions step up to the plate and outlaw alcohol and nicotine as they kill many more folks per year and is devastating to our health system, I have not seen any studies on deaths attributed to cannabis use but can only imagine that it is negligible.
    I don’t think he has the balls to do something that groud breaking and all of the folks that are in the alcohol and tobacco industry are friends with all of these politicians

  7. Can’t the marijuana lobbyists just constantly tell Trump how wonderful and amazing he is to keep him happy and feed his ego. It seems the only way to get this guy on your side is to tell him he’s the greatest, every chance you get.

    (I do not support or like Trump in any way whatsoever,I just think the best route is to use his insanity to our favor)

  8. The Justice Department will once again use private prisons to house federal inmates, reversing an Obama-era directive to stop using the facilities.

    In a one-paragraph memo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the previous directive to the Bureau of Prisons.

    “The memorandum changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system,” Sessions wrote. “Therefore, I direct the Bureau to return to its previous approach.”
    David C. Fathi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project, said “the United States may be headed for a new federal prison boom.” If Sessions believes the Bureau of Prisons could not meet its needs without using for-profit facilities, he said, “you’ve got to wonder what they’ve got up their sleeve.”

    Let’s see, Asset forfeiture, check.
    For Profit Prisons, check
    Re militarize Police, check
    Just come out and say it. “I do believe you will see greater enforcement” of anti-marijuana laws from the Department of Justice.
    “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,”

    Maybe it’s because I’m not high right now, but I think I see where the Administration is going with this…

    Oh yeah, and don’t forget,, Obama laughed at you..

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-department-will-again-use-private-prisons/2017/02/23/da395d02-fa0e-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html?utm_term=.60e07e88853a

    https://www.justsecurity.org/37125/police-militarization-trump-era/

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444813/trump-civil-forfeiture-position-violates-constitution-pleases-sheriffs-who-profit

    1. On point. Sessions and Trump
      are all about the for-profit prison ca$# and a$$et forfeiture$. It’s an oppressive force of evil. Racism is always about the acquisition of poor people’s property.
      Trump supporters allowed their egos to get inflated with baseless fear and predatory hatred. Now can they be grown men and women and accept that they were wrong?

  9. He then added, But “there’s a big difference between that and recreational marijuana. I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people.”
    Fucking Liar!!!!! use of opioids have nothing to do with marijuana being legal or not fuck that.

    1. A profound lie indeed considering all the evidence that opioid addiction and related suicides are reducing in states that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana. Sessions, Trump and Spicer better have their scuba gear on because the bull$#!+ is DEEP.
      What the GOP is betting on is their propaganda machine will prevail in states like West Virginia where the opioid epidemic and lack of education is so bad people can’t see the weed from the pills or the whiskey… especially once behind bars and their votes are supressed.

      At least we are making progress with some state Republican law makers. Not everyone in the GOP has sold their soul; just most of them.

      When we think of how many US soldiers commit suicide per day from PTS and opiate addiction and these soulless, unAmerican predators like Trump, Sessions, McConnell, Grassley and Ryan want to make access to the safest treatment even more difficult? What is it going to take to wake Americans up and make Congress represent our interests in our national security which is not to fabricate a drug war but to legalize marijuana? NOW?!
      http://www.norml.org/congressional-scorecard
      Democrats have an excellent opportunity here if they elect the right chair of the DNC on Saturday. Im not sure all the voter supression and gerrymandering in the world can save the GOP from this treason, but with the Crosscheck program expanding under Sessions, were pretty much a Despotic totalitarian-nationalist regime until the GOP Koch-cocks are flushed out of the Presidency, Federal courts and Congress.
      But people eating propaganda from cable “news” or Facebook instead of website libraries like this, the NYTimes or the Washington Post? Or just being lazy and not calling their state and federal Congressman or even voting? That’s the main reason we’re in this nightmare. Please, for the love of the right to persue liberty and happiness, click on the green Act tab, go visit our Congressman and MAKE them represent us!!

      1. Voter suppression? You might want to look at the Detroit recount.

        AG Sessions said he will follow the law.

        Now about getting the Federal laws changed…..

      2. Your willful ignorance is revealing your saprophytic agenda. You know that voter suppression through the Crosscheck program stole this election just like it did for Bush in 2000;

        http://www.thebestdemocracymoneycanbuy.com

        Just like you’ve seen this link I’ve put up repeatedly from investigative journalist Greg Palast that provides direct evidence of Democratic voter suppression of anyone with last names like Johnson, Wong or Martinez who vote %90 Democratic. These are last names who %90 of the time don’t fall for the false equivalency that Clinton was somehow worse than the Drumphurer-von-douchebag and who would have kept Trump and Sessions out of office.

        Are you going to keep denying the truth? Or do I have to disinfect your bull$#!+ every time you post on this blog?

      3. And how does one get the Federal Laws changed, you can,, (A) vote for the party that supports your position, (B) vote for the party that DOES NOT support your position.

        Or you can work to change the minds of the party that does not support your position.
        Let’s see it took the Democrats, oh about 50 years,,, Republicans, well gives you something to look forward to. Lets party like it’s 2067.

  10. god no, please, tell us you are kidding, Mr. Spicer. AG Sessions, tell us this is NOT a reality. Come on, AG Sessions, you know it will be federally legal, you know this is the FUTURE. Stop standing in the way, stop us TODAY, hear of us tommorrow. Legalization cannot be stopped. NEVER.

      1. Jeff Sessions is a life-long bigot who is never going to change. The same thing is true for Trump. They cannot be changed. They must be stopped. And they will be stopped. So what you are doing is deceptive and counter productive.

        I don’t believe you genuinely support legalization. I think you are a Trump mole. I think you support Trump’s bigotry and sexism, and that you are only using this blog to try to promote Trump and his racism agenda, which includes support for marijuana prohibition.

        I believe you are a two-faced liar.

      2. Negative Nancy, I voted for Hillary and am NO MOLE. My passion for legalization brings me to TEARS, I have trouble SLEEPING at night in fear of what may come. So you are WRONG!!!

      3. @ Anonymous,
        I’m sorry, that remark about being a “mole” was in reply to MSimon, and was intended only for MSimon. I should have been more specific.

      4. NEGATIVE NANCY. I VOTED FOR HILLARY, NOT TRUMP. My support for legalization brings me to TEARS, I cannot SLEEP at night thinking of what might be coming. So you are WRONG!!!

      5. @ Anonymous,
        I’m sorry, that remark about being a “mole” was in reply to MSimon, and was intended only for MSimon. I should have been more specific.

      6. If your not in politics Simon you should be.. that statement sounded good and meant absolutely nothing.

    1. @ csaaphill

      I finally figured out your moniker. You see I’m not only a STAUNCH LIBERAL but also a military history buff (I know, they’re not supposed to go together.)

      For the edification of those of you who aren’t military history buffs, csaaphill stands for CSA (Confederate States of America), and A.P. Hill, a confederate commander in the Civil War.

      Hill was a gifted division commander, but far less gifted as a corps commander. It was his corps in fact that blundered into the Yankees as Gettysburg, starting a three-day battle that would spell the beginning of the end for the Rebs.

      So, csaaphill, now I know exactly where you’re coming from. I ask again, ya feel played by Trump yet? Still have this warm fuzzy feeling for rich guys?

      1. Easy there, Evening Bud: Rich guys aren’t the problem. Plenty of us smoke weed and support legalization (and not just for cannabis). And you’ll find a lot of poor guys against legalization.

        It’s not the money, it’s the stupidity. And no one demographic owns a monopoly on stupid.

      2. I will agree with you about the stupidity.

        My main beef against “rich guys” is that they’ve bought the government, and, indeed, in many cases ARE the government. And very usually they influence/pass legislation that benefits the rich far more than it does the rest of us. That’s called Plutocracy, not Democracy.

        There are “good” rich guys, I know. But too many of them are greedy and care only about themselves; and that’s well and good except when they influence/pass legislation that benefits themselves foremost. I’m sure you know that the middle class in this country has been shrinking since the days of Reagan–a true darling of the rich.

      3. @Evening Bud,
        We can always imagine ourselves being less disadvantaged and one day becoming rich through good preparation and opportunity: keep in mind that people who have become rich by immoral and unjust means have something to hide, and therefore more motivation to purchase Congressman in order to make their evil activity and tax fraud “legal.” As the saying goes in Spanish: “Quien nada debe, nada teme.” Meaning if we bare no debt or guilt we have nothing to fear. And as such honest people are less motivated to pay off our legislators because they have less to hide.

        But when we change our definition of wealth from obtaining physical monetary gains to that of sustaining the spiritual wellbeing of a healthy, happy family and community we can choose to support and maintain a relationship with our representatives as a primary cost of liberty and happiness, as we recognize that no freedom exists without our participation.

      4. @ Julian,

        Very well said vis a vis the rich.

        I still recall an interview between some US network reporter and a rich guy in Germany, probably was MSNBC or CNN or such. She asked the rich guy if he resented the rich getting taxed so high in Europe.

        He answered, I’m going by memory here, “Not at all.”

        When she asked incredulously, “Why not?!”

        He answered, “It took the rich here in Europe centuries to learn that it is better to be rich in a society where everyone around you is reasonably well off, than to be super rich in a society where everyone around you is poor.”

        He was referring of course to the French Revolution, Russian Revolution and others.

        Americans often like to think of themselves as “exceptional.” Well, one of the things here in America that is disturbingly exceptional is our obsession and drive to work work work, all the time. People in this country are judged, not by how they treat other people, not by kindness or altruism, but instead by how much money they earn or already have. Americans are among the least happy people in the developed world: I think that work/money obsession is linked to that.

      5. Figuring out names, you learn something. Now 156 years from 1861, confronted with J. B. Sessions… right, it rhymes with Secessions! Jefferson? Jefferson who? Ah, Jefferson Davis! And as Julian points out, “look at Drumphs old ties to organized crime going back to the Gambino crime family or Sessions ties to private prison profit”– ah, Jefferson Davis Secessions was all about $lavery, no? Like pri$on labor $1 an hour today?
        .
        My thcLEAP memory then looked at “Gambino” and I saw “Gambling”– $lave adult-entertainment “win” thrill addicts lured into Ca$h$cenehole palaces to gulph away the family money shafting their children– that’s what drumpfed up the “private” dynasty moneyball now buying political power.

      6. Yup. Remember how Drumph tried to act like he wasn’t ki$$ing Prohibitionist, gambling tycoon money laundererSledon Adleson’s @$$ during the campaign? How Drumph relished torturing Mitt Romney for doing just that during his Presidential bid… but then look who was sitting RIGHT behind Drumph during his inauguration? Why it’s ol Sheldon Adelson! What a shocker! Front row seats to see all that empty space on the open federal Mall where our Democratic Republic used to be. Yeah but Sheldon didn’t donate to Drumph, did he? Yeah… right…

  11. AG Sessions is denying the FUTURE if he decides to crackdown. He is denial of the future, not just of Americans, but of human beings! Marijuana legalization is wonderful, wonderful thing, it is the FUTURE. Jeff Sessions would stand in the way. Take a stand and say, AG Sessions, step aside, for the FUTURE.

  12. AG Sessions is denying the FUTURE if he decides to crackdown. He is denial of the future, not just of Americans, but of human beings! Marijuana legalization is wonderful, wonderful thing, it is the FUTURE. Jeff Sessions would stand in the way. Take a stand and say, AG Sessions, step aside, for the FUTURE.

    1. Sessions supports the private prison industry. And what better way to fill them than with nonviolent cannabis users. Pathetic!! Welcome to trumps America folks.

      1. Cat, if I could one-up you, thumb you up, I would. It seems law enforcement is the ONLY thing on Mr..President Trump’s mind. I fear for all the progress we have tirelessly made. I fear for California, I fear for legalization. I fear for Denver and Seattle, I have friends in both places, and we have made so much PROGRESS.

  13. Do these folks have any idea of the consequences of making this crazy decision, this will set back the regulatory structure that legalization is made up of, by doing this it will send all of the cannabis back to the black market….. great, all of the work that the industry has done to bring cannabis out of the black market will be diminished by this ill gotten decision, it ain’t going away…

    1. When we do our research and look at Drumphs old ties to organized crime going back to the Gambino crime family or Sessions ties to private prison profit its not that surprising is it? If only people stopped watching cable “news” and spent half as much time researching the people they vote for (IF they vote) as they do looking for the perfect restaurant on Yelp they wouldnt be trying to deport the cooks and farmers who feed them.
      The only thing that surprises me is the Trump supporters that couldnt see a Trump campaign that began by blaming “Mexicans” for “bringing their rapists” as another repeat propaganda for prohibition from the playbook of Harry Anslinger. Evidence that fear and anger will always cloud historical context and clinical judgement… and evidence!
      An even bigger surprise would be if Trump supporters could now swallow their YUGE egos, insecurities and false pride and finally accept they let this happen. Then PERHAPS we could all work together to sway Congress into action. Its just an Act! Click away…

  14. I think the good news is that the industry has become so big, it seems nearly impossible for the federal government to have adequate resources to fight it effectively. Hell, each year a total shutdown comes down to the last minute so its not like there is a surplus of funds or anything close.

    1. I think the point you may be missing is that marijuana prohibition, and the Drug War in general, is self-funding via forfeitures.

      This is what makes forfeiture — I mean theft — so profitable. Why bother to earn money when you can just steal it?

      So, a ramped-up drug war is going to make money for the prohibitionists, not cost them money. It’s called “War Profiteering.”

      And, it enriches the illegal drug cartels as well, creating a vicious circle, with us marijuana consumers paying for the whole thing with our lives and liberties.

  15. Much like when the gun nuts stockpiled weapons when they were sure President Obama was coming for their guns, it’s time to stockpile weed for when Trump outlaws and enforces Federal law on Marijuana. He couldn’t give a shit about states rights.

  16. I can’t believe “Spicer the troll” drew a connection between marijuana use and opioid abuse. Harry Anslinger would be proud

  17. I am a Trump supporter for most everything. However if he backs out on this States rights issue I will do everything I can to get him impeached and thrown out. Session too. Leave the States Alone! Follow the Science on Marijuana. Schedule II or even Schedule III!

    1. Better yet, deschedule. For now, the focus is on HR975. Green Act! Tab. It takes a real man (or woman) to admit the person they voted for was not who they perceived them to be. Help other Trump supporters see the states rights brother.

    2. I’m sorry this is what brought you to that conclusion. I think it would be best you stay on the side you chose. We don’t need your help to get this imbecile impeached. In fact go fuck yourself!

    3. I’m sorry it took you this long to come to that conclusion. I think it would be best to stay on the side you chose. We don’t need your help in this fight. Impeaching this imbecile is now going to be much harder because of your amazing voting ability. Do me a favor, wipe the spite off your face first before rationalizing.

    4. @ Fred,
      Thank you! Thank you for, not only admitting Trump betrayed his pro-pot voters, but thank you for TURNING ON HIM!

    5. I can appreciate that Fred.. and voting for Hillary was the hardest vote I ever cast… But the problem isn’t Trump and Sessions,, getting rid of either one of them before 2020, would only consolidate prohibition. Trump has to play to his base just like Hillary would have had to play to hers.. Hillary wasn’t personally for it,, all her adult life her and Bill tried to distance themselves as far from 60’s counterculture as they could…. If Trump hadn’t run for President in the first place.. People in the legal states would, as we now speak, be buying “Trump Awesomely Great Marijuana” wherever fine is sold.. But the majority of Democrat voters now favor some degree of legalization, and their elected reps can no longer ignore that,, most would if they could. The majority of Republicans,, just the opposite… exceptions ,, yeah plenty. But Republicans are smart enough not to piss off Evangelicals, Law Enforcement, Career Military voters to appease a few libertarians who aren’t going to vote Democrat anyway..
      In short with the Democrats,, Rec in blue, Med in Swing, Decrim in red, ( if for no other reason than tourism ). People aren’t going to buy weed at Trump casino in Nevada and then have their car forfeited on vacation in Texas..
      With Republicans in control of White House, both houses of Congress and the Courts.. Who knows.. The best we can hope is to not lose too much ground in 4 years,,
      I know it’s hard for someone who has legitimate reasons to vote Republican to hear,, But Legalization isn’t happening while the Republicans are in power, Not at least for another generation, remember it took almost 50 years to get the Democrats where they are today.. time I don’t have at 55.

    6. It’s not Trump and Sessions, it’s the Republican Party.. Any other Republican President would do just like Trump on this Issue…
      Again,, make a choice,, Republicans or Weed. I’ll respect whatever choice you make,, but make a choice. You can’t have both.

      1. That’s exactly right. Trump is the tool that Republican guru Grover Norquist was talking about when he once said:

        “Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States.”

        According to Norquist:
        “All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate. […]”

        From this perspective, Trump represents Republicans perfectly: worthless, lying, criminal, racist, cowardly, spineless, dishonorable, sexist, bigoted pieces of dog shit on the bottom of Uncle Sam’s shoes.

  18. As I warned 2 weeks ago, the plan existed to freeze and end state legalization, and that after the Monday Feb. 13 meeting at the White House, the plan would be put into motion. Barring there is a change in strategy from the industry and activists, legalization is over. It is either preventative policy and action, or it is over.

    TRUMP’S HIT LIST:

    3) IMMIGRANTS

    2) LGBT

    1) CANNABIS LEGALIZATION

    PETITION
    https://www.change.org/p/ilovelegalweed-groups-facebook-com-keep-medical-and-recreational-cannabis-legal

  19. Forget it fascists. Trump got 25% of eligible voters, and that was through election fraud and voter suppression. You have no mandate. The West Coast is ready to secede.

    1. If the west coast secedes I will be among the first to leave the east coast! I just can’t stand the way that Trump/Bannon is turning our country into something resembling George Orwell’s classic book “1984”. If you’ve never read it there is no time like the present to do so. I promise you it will be a big eye-opener!

      1. I strongly urge everyone to read 1984, also check out ” The Iron Heel” by Jack London. Orwell cited it as his inspiration for 1984.

  20. As a medical professional, I find the comments about marijuana unfounded and deplorable. Spicer is simply a pawn that is being highly influenced by the pharmaceutical lobby especially those companies who manufacture hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, ect. These companies are making billions of dollars helping more and more people become addicted to their products. For Spicer to blatantly make the accusation that marijuana is the major cause for the opioid crisis only must mean he like all the trump administrations are delusional religious despots who only spew facts that are non factual. the merre fact that in this day and age that marijuana is a gateway drug is as far from the truth as possible. This non scientific is only based on wingnut politics. Perhaps the focus should be eliminating the opioids which are the gateway to heroin certainly not marijuana Mr Spicer.

    1. I actually took the time to read your remark, William. You are RIGHT about the Gateway theroy being a myth. It is.It is false, It is not true at ALL. Just because I CHOOSE to utilize marijuana, for all it’s effects, for all it’s potential BENEFITS, does not make me a criminal. I think the nomination of this AG is EXTREMELY disturbing, especially in light of all the progress we have made. Legalize and legalize NOW. Stop this MADNESS!

    2. I actually took the time to read your remark, William. You are RIGHT about the Gateway theroy being a myth. It is.It is false, It is not true at ALL. Just because I CHOOSE to utilize marijuana, for all it’s effects, for all it’s potential BENEFITS, does not make me a criminal. I think the nomination of this AG is EXTREMELY disturbing, especially in light of all the progress we have made. Legalize and legalize NOW. Stop this MADNESS!

  21. NORML, they’ll try to break you in court. Imho. The booze, casino, oil and tobacco mob is thick w pedophile scum. #antifa / civil war two . San-racism. And don’t bother reading or watching news sources the fascist owns.

    Solidarity.

  22. Forget petitions! We’re NOT asking permission or AG approval. WE are the informed majority. WE have the numbers, the science, the tide of history. MASSIVE, MASSIVE civil disobedience! Overgrow the White House, Lafayette Park, GW Parkway down by the Pentagon (old hemp test fields), Mt. Vernon. Everywhere!

  23. This issue is truly about personal freedom. I sent this to my representatives and senators.

    According to our founding documents, it is “self evident” (any fool can see) that we are “endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights (they are given by the Creator, and codified in the founding documents. The documents DON’T give us the rights, it just memorializes the fact that they are God given and can’t be taken away by any man). “Among these are the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…”
    If this is true, then no man has the right to restrict the freedom of another man. Same with any elected group of representatives…they are in power to PROTECT our rights, not RESTRICT them. Unless of course the exercise of my personal freedom infringes on the rights of another citizen. Than we need a law.
    That being said, I have a question: What legal instrument gives government the right to make any law that restricts personal freedom (again, unless it infringes upon the rights of another)?
    The People didn’t give government the power or right or authority to make any law that restricts personal freedom. In fact it’s just the opposite: We elect you to PROTECT our rights.
    So where does the authority come from to restrict a Person from pursuing happiness?
    Isn’t it true then that any law restricting me from pursuing Happiness is an ILLEGAL law?

    Let’s grow up and stop arresting and imprisoning People in their pursuit of happiness.

    Thank you sir for your time.

  24. Big pharma sees cannabis as a threat, they line the pockets of the politicians to get there way, just like Monsanto coercing Obama with the GMO debacle.

  25. Had Obama lived up to his campaign promises, not to mention his affinity for cannabis and cocaine, and removed cannabis from the CSA – and yes, he could have – this would all be a moot point.

    Drug policy reform leaders, most notably Ethan Nadelmann, gave Obama a pass for 8 years, resulting in more dispensary busts than W and a near-record four million+ arrests for the possession of pot.

    Reap what you sow.

    1. You had a black man for a Boss, for eight years, and you just can’t get over it, can you?

      This is no longer about Obama, you racist fuck. This is about you and your numb-nut decision to vote for Trump.

      You fucking dumb ass. You fucking fake hippie. Apparently, the acid didn’t open up any windows at all for you. I call bullshit.

    2. I recognize your writing style, you petulant little pussy.

      Stop whining about Obama. Fucking baby.

    3. Well, it’s one thing to not live up to “campaign promises,” about legalizing, and another not to even entertain the subject. Why do you give the GOP congress a free pass on legalization? You know, the House is where legislation is started.

    4. I’ve got this sentence on copy because I have to repeat it so much:
      President Obama only had a Democratic Congress his first two years, at which time polling for legalized marijuana was still just under %50 in the U.S.
      It was only directly after his next election in 2012 that polling in favor of legalization went over %50. Meanwhile, a Republican GOP and their prohibitionist doners took over the House of representatives in 2010 until the remainder of Obama’s Presidency.
      Any executive order by President Obama would have ended up in federal court faster than it’s taking AG Sessions to file an injunction and stop commercial sales. BTW: The only thing preventing Trump and Sessions from filing an injunction is the Rorhabacher-Farr amendment set to expire in April. If we don’t quit falling for the President-should-have-descheduled bait and focus on Congress passing HR975 immediately then you will only be contributing to the problem. Be part of the solution and click on the Act tab now.

    5. I’m a big Obama Supported ( 55, straight, white, southern ),,, He never promised to legalize weed.. What he did say was ( in response to a medical marijuana question was )
      ” look I agree with you guys, buy I’ll be honest with you.. I’m NOT going to expend any political capital on this..
      And that IS a promise he broke.. He ended up expending quite a bit of political capital, eventually adopting a hands off ( states rights) policy toward medical and later recreational, before if not actually endorsing legalization, ( he hasn’t to date,) attesting to it’s inevitability.

  26. Trump is about profits. That is his pure motivation.

    Two words you should consider.

    Corporate Prison.

    1. Did you ever consider that “fahking” themselves with conflated egos, insecurities and fear propaganda might just be part of the problem? Just look at Trump supporter Milo… this slimy little fucker was on Bill Maher offending just to get off on fucking himself… even after Larry Wilmore TOLD him to go fuck himself. Better solution? Tell them to click the Act tab and support HB 975. Then, if they still choose Drumph they can go fuck themselves all they want.

      1. Yes. We’ve got to stop trying to reason with these Trumpoids, and instead, spend that time working to defeat them.

        It’s like dealing with a drunk. You don’t listen to them, or expect rationality from them. You simply control them as best you can, the goal being to REMOVE THE THREAT.

  27. Meet the new boss..same as the old boss. Did you know cannabis is 100% legal in…wait for it.. N. Korea? Yep

  28. Here are some comments I posted on President Trump’s Facebook page in response to a list of campaign promises he is keeping (and there were many).

    My first comment was directed to President Trump:
    “You will leave marijuana regulations to the states. That’s basically what you said, sir. It is time to drop it from federal regulations, Mr. Trump.”

    My second comment was directed to a fellow follower of Mr. Trump’s Facebook page who wrote words of encouragement to me.

    “Mr. Trump is responsive to polite but firm persuasion in the deals he makes, especially when it comes to that which he has already conceded in a deal. He and the pot smoking people in the center and on the right who voted him into office basically had a deal with him. Jeff Sessions may be behind what Sean Spicer said yesterday, but Mr. Trump calls the shots, and he works for the American people. The left is already on side with MJ legalization. The left, right and center can unite behind this issue and Jeff Sessions will have to honour the will of the people, as Mr. Trump will stand by his word when reminded of it by a united America. The only question I have is who will lead this movement? Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to do more than post words here and there online, now and then. Some individual or organization needs to rise to the challenge of leading the people of all political stripes united on this issue and holding Mr. Trump to his word. The question then becomes, “Who?”.”

    My hope is that the NORML organization will coordinate a march on Washington, D.C., declaring American leftists, rightists and centrists all united in Mr. Trump keeping his promise to deregulate marijuana at the federal level, leaving matters of regulation to the individual states and territories. April 20, 2017 perhaps?

    1. That’s not good enough. I live in a state (pa) where there is no ballot and change has to come from officials. Thats not fair. That’s not equal. Also we should try to get a national ballot.

  29. This sort of Spießbürger people must be convinced to change the federal laws against adult recreational marijuana. Too many people are not abiding by the law. You are absolutely insane if you think you can arrest your way out of legalizing cannabis.

    They must be in a Spießer echo chamber.

  30. before you get rid of mj, get rid of the politicians, and what about the loss of funds from sales? and by the way where did all the letters go that the white house generated 8 yrs ago? all the gains we’ve made and one person comes along and takes it all away. it’s not of the people, for the people, or by the people!

  31. Trump supports Medical Marijuana. All he has to do is get Congress to vote on legalizing Medical Marijuana and it will automatically remove it from the Schedule 1 illegal drugs.

  32. Oh my goodness, I’m so shocked at this news? I never would have thought in a million years that the current administration would ever do anything like this. It is almost as shocking as when I found out the Pharm companies acted with intent to saturate the market with opioid’s with knowledge of the destruction it would cause and with consent of those that could have regulated such activities. Wow, so unbelievable shocked, WOW.

    (Legalization without commercialization)
    Guess who?

    1. Late 60’s early 70s, America is at war in South East Asia.. America needs the help of local warlords to fight Communist insurgency… Local Warlords grow Opium.. Heroin epidemic in US.
      Mid 80’s America is at war in Central America,, America needs the help of local warlords to fight Communist insurgency. Local Warlord grow Cocoa,, America flooded with Cocaine..
      Early 21st Century.. America is at War in Afghanistan.. America needs help of local warlords to fight Taliban.. Local warlords grow Opium.. Prescription pain killers handed out like candy…

      1. BINGO! You connected all the dots of the CIA/DOJ conspiracy since the creation of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

  33. With few exceptions medical doctors and ONLY medical doctors can and have prescribed millions of opioids to the people, so our trump admin blames recreational marijuana as the cause of this epidemic, is this what trump means by FAKE news.

    1. Yes because Marijuana is a gateway to Heroine while Opiods are not.. Again I strongly urge every citizen of the world to read Orwell’s 1984, and Jack London’s The Iron Heel.. Several good free audio versions on YouTube.. Also check out the BBC Teleplay of 1984 on YouTube starring Peter Cushing.. (1956)… One of the most profound revelations of 1984 is that Big Brother not only has a WAR on Pop Culture,, drugs and Porn,, but at the same time is the producer and supplier of all three… This book will make you think….
      The 1984 production of “1984” starring the late Jon Hurt and Richard Burton is also excellent and visually stunning, but is curiously almost impossible to find on dvd.. The BBC radio play from 1948.. starring David Niven is great. You can listen to it on the Relic Radio website,, Don’t bother with the 1957 Hollywood version.. they turned it into white rice.

  34. At the moment it is just a hint of a threat. Just a few reasons it may not happen:

    1) There is no public appetite for it and they do not need any more reasons that people should hate the president.

    2) Enforcement costs money – both for the people who carry out raids and for court costs.

    3) Enforcement leads to long prison terms which also costs money

    4) Cannabis now has big business and substantial money backing it so they can make a real fight of it

    1. You could be right, but I sure as hell wouldn’t have wanted to bet my goddamn freedom on it.

      Kind of like jumping off a cliff, and saying “You never know, there could be a big, soft, fluffy mattress full of feathers down there waiting for me!”

      1. @Mark,

        You’re right, we’re sure seeing a lot of Republican/Trumpetista rationalizing on this subject.

        “He should . . .” “He’d be dumb . . . ” etc.

        These same people would be hollering holy hell if

      2. @ Mark,

        You’re certainly right in your comments. We’re sure seeing a lot of rationalizing on the part of the GOPers/Trumpetistas in regards to Trump/Sessions/Spicer.

        “He should . . . ”
        “He’d be dumb . . . ” you name it.

        These same conservative/libertarians who screamed their lungs bloody about Obama and his jack-booted thugs, sure look a helluva lot more docile when it comes to their boy. Well, we’ll see what happens. Keep up the good work, Mark, calling ’em out on their BS.

  35. dictators dictate.It IS time for a little, no a lots of , If cannabis created the violence like alcohol cannabis would have been legalized 50 years ago. Violence works

    1. Uhm… the vast majority of the violence that caused the end of alcohol prohibition was BECAUSE of alcohol prohibition… the gangsters that profited from alcohol prohibition outgunned our law enforcement. Literally. Bugsy malone and the Tommy gun? Al Capone and his network of gangsters? Now thats the DOJ.
      You want violence? Sessions-Trump-Bannon want to shut down the commercial mj market while states are decriminalizing, which will make the black market soar in profits and violence. Careful what you wish for; you might find yourself in the crossfire of some international drug war bullets during your next routine marijuana purchase.
      Or we could click on the Act! Tab and push HR975 before the Rorhabacher-Farr amendment dies in April. Our choice.

      1. First it has to get out of committee.. anyone know the congressmen on the committee. That’s who you need to contact…
        “So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.”
        ? Sun Tzu, The Art of War

      2. When I was in Europe in the 70’s and my fiancée admitted she was from Chicago, people would laugh and make a machine gun gesture, that’s what Chicago was famous for worldwide, now Slumpgrump says “Chicago is out of control!” and threatens to send in the Feds…

  36. I’ve said it above but I seen a video on the and may just be what the reality might be? Trump likes to win that much I know for I’ve kind of studied the guy since his announcement to run, and he likes to win. You also hear him talk about 4-8 years in his speeches so he’s truly wanting to be around for a while, and if so isn’t stupid. He knows his voter base will turn on him. I will and know some on here who voted for him will also, so he’s smart enough to not do that. At least in theory that is. He does as I said he’s not going to with the next election, and Dems, or independent, and libertarians will win in the house and Senate and so goes his Majority as well.
    personally I hate both Repubs and Dems but so far there’s not beena good viable candidate outside of either party.
    Johnson and his Aleppo Moment screwed him. I would of voted for him if he hadn’t of turned stupid.

    1. Some likem stupid. I had faith in some “smart” Libertarians. Until Senators Rand Paul and Jeff Flake treasonously voted for Sessions. Thats when it became crystal clear that the only real Libertarian left was Representative Dana Rorhabacher.

    2. We owe a debt to Gary,, again proof that some Republicans do smoke pot.. and again, ( re his being arbitrarily excluded from republican primary in 2012..) Proof that the Republican party as a whole,, Neither approves of marijuana or respects it’s own rules..
      But, yeah that Aleppo moment,, made us all look bad,, I didn’t touch the stuff myself for a few days after that..

    3. @ csaaphill,

      As long as Trump is rounding up brown people, NOTHING else matters to Trump supporters. Everything else is expendable.

      That’s why, even though I like the idea of peeling off Trump supporters, and while there may be one or two that are willing to go, I still don’t think there will be enough of them willing to turn on Trump to make much of a difference.

      It’s not what they know, it’s how they FEEL. And they LIKE the feeling Trump gives them. (Personally, Trump makes me nauseous.)

      They would have to FEEL differently about Trump, and I can’t think of any horror that Trump hasn’t already committed that might sway their views against him.

      What about you, csaaphill? Are you a patriot? Where do you stand? Or are you going down with the Republican ship? The S.S. RUSSIAN TRAITOR?

    4. His voter base said Executive Orders were unconstitutional,, now there for them.
      His voter base said Bill was a womanizer (true) and that Hillary should have divorced him… Now there OK with a mail order bride who doesn’t even live in the same house with her husband.. and the taxpayers get to pick up the tab..
      His voter base.. Uh Russia,, Tom Clancy couldn’t have written that one..
      His voter base wanted to drain the swamp.. Not dress up the Rats and put them in the Cabinet.
      His voter base, thought Obama was busy on the Golf course while people were hurting..
      His vote base., a very small fraction.. voted to legalize medical weed.. Look what is happening in Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota,, and for the second time in Montana.

      1. The hypocrisy of Trump and his supporters is astounding but hardly surprising.

        The Donald criticized Obama incessantly on his golf trips and wastage of tax payer money. But then The Donald, once he’s in the WH, takes three trips to Mar-a-Lago in one five-week period, each time at heavy taxpayer expense. The high cost for security at Trump Towers in NYC is a total waste of taxpayer dollars.

        The response from Trump supporters? Crickets.

  37. Trump is a friggin’ monster! Ever since he was elected I keep wanting to find ways to like him but every day I find a new reason not to.

    If Trump decides to crackdown on cannabis, on top of everything else he is doing that I just hate, then I hope he dies a tremendous death suitable for a tyrant. That much I can tell you!

    Like most Americans, I trust the news media much much more than any of the words coming from Trump; and his idiotic tweets! Trump is living in a Nixonian fantasy world and seems to want our country to become the kind of world Hitler once dreamed of. If this insanity continues he needs to go…

  38. I’m a chronic pain patient. I tired of taking all the pain meds that I take to help with chronic pain. Their is scientific facts supporting medical merijuana with helping with chronic pain,it’s natural hurb.I kno all the pain meds r hurting my liver that medical merijuana will not hurt me,rather than all the pills which is damaging my liver. What would u deside if it was you? All the pain meds that can hurt you?/or the natural plant that grows natural that can help with chronic pain conditions and no side effects? Thanks scott

  39. Unlike narcotics, there is no lethal dosage threshold for THC, allowing someone to consume as much is needed for its palliative effects.

    One of the effects of CBD is that it moderates the effects of THC. It actually knocks THC off the CB1 receptor.

    If someone is experiencing THC intoxication, a strong dose of CBD can counteract those effects.

    Contrary to popular belief cannabis actually is good for people unlike the neurotoxin alcohol.

    The reason cannabis can help people with epilepsy and other conditions is because it has Cannabinoids that are Neuroprotective Antioxidants.

    Oranges have Vitamin-C which is an antioxidant and Cannabis has cannabinoids that are antioxidants and neuroprotectants that kill cancer and promote neurogenesis, alcohol doesn’t.

    People need and deserve Real Cannabis Freedom not Tyrannical Swindler laws of Babylon.

    People must be free to grow cannabis with no restrictions or license like any other plant.

    It’s time for people to stop being afraid of plants.

    De-Schedule cannabis immediately and end the hypocrisy.

    The fact that cannabis isn’t descheduled yet and the neurotoxin alcohol is advertised everywhere shows their fatuity.

    Enough with Babylon’s swindler laws and tactics !

    Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness!

    Take Action To Help Legalize Cannabis Freedom !

    http://norml.org/act

    http://www.mpp.org/federal

    Alcohol vs Cannabis
    http://ropevilleraider.tumblr.com/post/156415453348/alcohol-vs-cannabis

    Cannabis and Neurogenesis
    http://ropevilleraider.tumblr.com/post/156415187503/cannabis-and-neurogenesis

    Why Cannabis is Illegal and Medical Marijuana Laws are Not real freedom
    http://ropevilleraider.tumblr.com/post/156415001298/why-cannabis-is-illegal

  40. HOW TO RID US OF TRUMP AND HIS ILK USING CANNABIS AND Magick.

    Trump is untruth (liar) and anti-nature (materialist), therefore he and the rest of his followers are heavily dis-eased. And just like a strong lioness takes out the weak wildebeest, BALANCE ALWAYS is restored.

    How this works: Once you put yourself into a focused state of attention, helped in part by the meditative inducing effects of cannabis, it is easy to use your imagination to visualize. The more thought (consistent over time) you put into something, the more inertia that is created. Everything is consciousness, from the first idea to the finished product. So wielding consciousness is working with the fabric of the universe, so to speak. The exercise is that you can focus on an individual and communicate with their SUBCONSCIOUS MIND. Once you get inside someone’s head, then it is important to impulse them with thoughts (symbolism) that are tied to nature. The color red is a good example, and universally symbolizes blood. So a good impulse to send to Trump (especially god-fearing Sessions) and his ilk is that he is bleeding from the hands and feet because of his faith in religion (blood sacrifice of a living thing). This trail of blood, this stigmata, will attract natural predators that will eliminate this flaw in nature. And the subconscious mind (higher self) of any human knows right from wrong, or truth from untruth. So by getting Trump (or Sessions) to admit he is bleeding by establishing a communicative link via the subconscious, he can attract ‘predators’ upon himself; and this can manifest in reality eventually as Trump making a impeachable offense that throws him out, for example. Or maybe Trump kills himself with a heart attack because of all the junk food he eats. Trump’s imbalances can bring him down because nature is naturally balancing itself out all the time.

    1. Kind of reminds me of that part of the book “1984”, toward the end: the protagonist is thoroughly defeated, powerless and helpless in the hands of his oppressor — and yet still he is defiant. So his oppressor asks him: “Do you believe in God?” (I’m paraphrasing here.)

      “No,” the protagonist replies.

      “Then who is going to defeat me?”

      And the protagonist says, “I don’t know. Some force of nature, somehow, will eventually bring you down.”

      Is America already a fascist authoritarian regime?

      1. “To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.”
        ? Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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