A recent example of the logical abandon of today's backers of legal
marijuana is the plan to defund the Drug Enforcement Administration's
program to eradicate illegal marijuana (DEA/CESP), an $18 million
program that eliminates millions of plants a year and arrests
thousands of criminals, many of whom were brought here to labor for
Mexican drug cartels controlling the marijuana black market.
Yet Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) wants to end the effort as a
"ridiculous waste" of federal resources, when multiple states "have
already legalized marijuana," use of which should "no longer be a
federal crime." Clearly, the congressman has not thought this
through. He is, in fact, arguing against his own legal marijuana case.
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The dose makes the poison. - Paracelsus
Millennials are the strongest advocates for legalizing marijuana, but
they may be paving their own pathway to a problematic educational
future through their political support.
Photo - Students walk to and from classes on the campus quad of the
University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Monday April 20, 2015. The
University of Colorado was open to the public on this 4/20 marijuana
holiday for the first time in three years. The university has blocked
public access in recent years in an effort to snuff mass smokeouts to
mark the unofficial marijuana celebration.
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The fall of the Roman Empire is the subject of much debate, and
includes attention to the possible role of their aqueducts, lined
with lead. More likely, the decline was the result of lead poisoning
caused by the consumption of grape juice boiled in lead cooking pots.
The aristocracy of Rome consumed as much as two liters of wine a day
- - almost three bottles - adding alcoholism to the risk of lead poisoning.
Lead poisoning has an impact on intelligence, even at concentrations
as low as 10 micrograms per deciliter. In the New England Journal of
Medicine on April 17, 2003, Richard L. Canfield writes that children
between the ages of 3 and 5 suffer a decline of 7.4 IQ points from
environmental lead exposure.
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Say, do you plan to vote in the primary elections?
I'm voting for Ron Paul, a Republican. We have open primaries in
California, so anyone can vote for any party.
He wants to legalize all drugs! He's got my vote.
The only way to successfully "end the war on drugs" is to legalize
them all. That way, the prisons will be half empty--if not more so.
The corruption will slow way down in both politicians and police
officers. Gangs will disappear overnight. Who's going to be willing to
pay ridiculously jacked-up prices for something you can either grow
yourself or go down to the corner drug store and buy for pennies?
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Brother's Arrest a Factor
THE prosecutor in Schapelle Corby's Bali drug trial last year believes
the arrest of her brother last week may provide legitimate grounds for
her case to be reopened.
Wiswantanu Ida Bagus said a police affidavit lodged in court by
Queensland Police might be the key to open a new trial for Corby in
Denpasar District Court.
Mr Wiswantanu had thought it impossible for Corby's lawyers to have
the case reopened only late last week. All the evidence pointed to her
having smuggled the marijuana into Bali in a bodyboard bag.
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Police activity in Footscray resulting in 50 arrests and more than 350
charges being laid gives the impression that local traders and residents
see this as a successful strategy in "getting rid of the scourge" (The Age,
5/3). Such strategies are well known to simply shift the problem
geographically and have no impact overall.
Young people caught up in a pattern of problematic drug use are already in
trouble; being arrested and charged by itself does nothing to address this
significant public health problem. Indeed such a strategy may produce more
harm than was intended. First, it may introduce young people to a criminal
justice system that places them in contact with older more sophisticated
offenders. Second, it may disperse them into more hidden residential
environments where the risks of overdose are greater.
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MORE than 7000 people caught with cannabis have faced a counsellor instead
of a magistrate.
A police diversion program allows first-time offenders caught with less
than 50g of cannabis to avoid charges if they have counselling.
The State Government introduced the program in June 2001 as part of a
national strategy to cut the number of people in contact with the criminal
justice system. More than 9000 Queensland offenders have so far asked to
take part in the program, at an average of 476 people a month.
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The Clinton administration on Monday endorsed the practice of giving clean
needles to drug addicts in order to prevent transmission of the AIDS virus.
"A meticulous scientific review has now proven that needle-exchange
programs can reduce the transmission of HIV and save lives without loosing
ground on the battle against illegal drugs," Secretary of Health and Human
The administration is not unanimous, however; the drug czar, Gen. Barry
McCaffrey, who opposes needle exchange, was out of the country Monday.
Who's right? As recently as a month ago, HHS had resisted needle-exchange
programs. "We have not yet concluded that needle exchange programs do not
encourage drug use." spokeswoman Melissa Skolfield told the Washington Post
March 17. By Monday the department had reached that conclusion, though the
scientific evidence that needle exchanges don't encourage drug use is as
weak today as it was a month ago.
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