Pubdate: Thu, 18 Dec 2014
Source: Trentonian, The (NJ)
Column: NJWeedman's Passing the Joint
Copyright: 2014 The Trentonian
Author: Edward Forchion, For The Trentonian


You can read this and say I'm just a dumb stoner and a drug addict, 
but to be clear I'm far from stupid and I'm not addicted to anything. 
I don't do drugs; I only smoke "cannabis," which isn't addictive. 
I've known of the cure for addiction (ibogaine) since July 4, 1998, 
when I first met Dana Beal of the "cures-not-wars" organization at a 
legalize marijuana protest in Washington D.C. I admit when I first 
heard Dana rail on and on about ibogaine I was skeptical. My thoughts 
were, if there really were a cure for addictions it would be used 
empathetically across America to save lives. Over the years I learned 

More than 550 New Jerseyans and 10,000 Americans have died of drug 
overdoses this year, mostly from heroin and legal drugs derived from 
the poppy fields of Afghanistan. Fields that are protected by U.S. 
troops and our Afghan lackeys, flunkies we trained to ensure heroin 
is on the streets of America and Europe.

Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in the 
iboga plant in Africa. Ibogaine has been used for centuries for 
medicinal and ritual purposes by the Pygmy peoples, who are immune 
from the disease of addiction. Ibogaine is a psychedelic with 
dissociative properties, the substance is banned in the USA; in other 
countries it is used by proponents of psychedelic therapy to treat "addiction."

The U.S. (CIA) first studied the effects of ibogaine in the 1950s and 
found out that it cured "addictions," not just to opiates, but to 
tobacco, heroin, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic 
steroids, gambling, and other addictive behaviors associated with 
human brain activity. Thus Ibogaine has also used to treat sexual 
perversions, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder as well.

But nefariously, huge segments of the American economy and 
corporations need Americans to be addicts, so it's listed as a 
Schedule I drug and banned. Even tobacco companies are opposed to it.

You see our nation's drug and tobacco companies, law enforcement, and 
private prisons need addiction.

1: There is a cure for addiction - ibogaine

2: The U.S. government is protecting the heroin fields

Over the years since I have met people who have traveled to Canadian, 
Mexican, African, and European Ibogaine clinics to cure their addictions.

Governor Chris Christie talks fondly of his college friend who died 
in a hotel room of a drug overdose and claims he wants to help. The 
death of that friend recently led Gov. Christie to emphasize his 
concern about reducing overdose deaths in the state. Christie claims 
his friend, who wasn't named, became addicted to prescription 
painkillers years ago; Christie said that he "participated in an 
intervention." The man would go on to seek treatment at 12 facilities 
in three different states, but he would die alone at 52 in a West 
Orange hotel. My friend Jim Miller had his son treated with ibogaine 
over 10 years ago and today he is addiction free.

In my THC-clouded mind I say, "Christie, if you're serious about 
saving lives and treating addiction, you should spearhead removing 
ibogaine from the Controlled Substance Act Schedule I list and cure 
millions of Americans of addiction."

Some who know this will tell you it wasn't the Taliban government's 
nonchalant attitude about Al Qaida that forced the U.S. invasion and 
the deposing of the Taliban government in 2001 after the false flag 
incident of 9/11. It was their successful eradication and banning of 
poppy growing that really inspired the ire and irk of the U.S. War Machine.

President George W. Bush, in an address to a joint session of 
Congress on September 20, 2001, said in reference to the Taliban, 
"Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists" before he 
launched our invasion of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001.

You see, the Taliban government in their ultra-conservative Muslim 
ideology successfully banned poppy growing by cutting the heads off 
of poppy growers.

A year before our invasion, the UN drug control program in 
Afghanistan reported that Afghanistan, which had supplied about 
three-quarters of the world's opium and most of the heroin at the 
time, had ended poppy planting in one season. By May 2001 shocked 
American narcotics experts went to Afghanistan and concluded that the 
Taliban ban on opium-poppy cultivation appeared to have wiped out the 
world's largest crop in less than a year. "The poppy fields are gone! 
It appears that the ban has taken effect," said Steven Casteel, then 
assistant administrator for intelligence at the Drug Enforcement 
Administration in Washington.

Putting "shock and awe" into our nation's addiction-dependent economy.

Now fast-forward to today: NJ police, law enforcement nationwide, and 
drug company representatives are bragging about the use of naloxone, 
an opioid-reversal drug approved for use by NJ law enforcement to 
help shock heroin and opioid users out of the hands of the Grim 
Reaper. It's working fantastically; it's been successful in reversing 
about 200 potentially fatal overdoses. But what none of them will say 
is that naloxone is only effective after a drug addict has taken 
their drug of choice - let's cure addiction itself.

Ibogaine cures addiction and the individual wouldn't use opiates at 
all if given ibogaine just once. Using naloxone or methadone to treat 
people with opiate addiction keeps the drug companies in business. If 
addictions themselves were eradicated like the Taliban did to poppy, 
these corporations and law enforcement would be left holding empty jail cells.

The Afghanistan Opium Risk Assessment report of 2013 issued by the 
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime concluded, "Afghanistan is 
once again the world's largest producer of opium-poppy, and last year 
accounted for 75 percent of the world's heroin supply."

Now you can take what you want from this column call me a conspiracy 
nut if you want, but I don't hide my feelings on this subject. Each 
time I see an article about a young person dying of a drug overdose I 
blame our nation's drug policies and politicians like Christie.

550+ dead of addiction in New Jersey - this year.
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