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God gave us nature. Just more of money grabbing politics at the expense of young lives!!!


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Bob P (394)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 3:26 pm
Thanks Suzy

Suzy F (94)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 3:41 pm
Thankfully, I live in a medical cannabis state...STOP calling it marijuana!!! It is CANNABIS. Either Cannabis Ruderalis, which is Hemp and won't get cattle high, OR Cannabis Indica, which is Hashish, OR Cannabis Sativa, which is Indian Weed. Now we cross breed the Indicas with the Sativas to achieve the relief we desire.

I smoked medical C for over 7 yrs, nearly daily. But now I'm 56...and perhaps I don't need the introspective analysis cannabis affords me, still. Cannot beat the pain relief...but can't take the rest. Been without for about 7 weeks now. Had a hit the other day...and BOY did I hit that refrigerator, LOL.

As for the rest of us, smoke a joint in the morning, smoke a joint at night...unless you are working, of course!

Terry King (113)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 3:52 pm
I haven't smoked weed in years but if I never smoke again, I've probably had my share!

Richard S (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:23 pm
Most of the blame goes to J. Edgar Hoover. It's a long convoluted story ,but it boils down to J. Edgar wanting jobs for his newly unemployed liquor agents. Randolph Hearst is involved, and his banker Andrew Mellon; toss in some racism too. Hoover and Hearst were both screaming bigots. "Reefer Madness" was a government backed production, and Hearst owned newspapers regularly ran phony, super sensationalized stories about out of control blacks and Mexicans, who after getting getting high ,went out to definitely rape ,and possibly kill "white women" So, Hoover eventually managed to sell his story to Congress ,and the D.E.A. was born.

Michael Carney (217)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:32 pm
I can whenever I want!!! ;)

Michela M (3964)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 4:59 pm

michael sullivan (1022)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 5:11 pm
so true -- the article also mentions the alcohol industry as well as the prison guards' union -- where would we be without our lobbyists, politicians, sheriffs, police, district attorneys, wardens, and prison guards?

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 5:23 pm
Science vs Stigma

Thank you Suzy.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 5:25 pm
Science vs Stigma


Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 5:34 pm

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Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:04 pm
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Julia R (297)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:40 pm
A very good article! One could really wonder about the progress of this world if people were more open-minded! Cannabis seems to have many benefits which have been totally buried under political and economic incentives to keep them that way! It's funny but people should be more concerned about tobacco and many drugs out there that have not only questionable benefits but have
proven negative side effects which can be very harmful to people's health! But, I guess that's okay because big pharma has the FDA right where they want them.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:47 pm
Michael S, it looks like you've nailed the most profitable of all of the profiteers in this conspiracy of cannabis prohibition. In that regard, they are all in bed with the Cartels.

This Drug War/Prison Industrial Complex will be the destruction of our society,all while blaming it on drug use. The most destructive 'drug' of all is the additive drug of Prohibition.

Marijuana Arrests Driving America's Drug War


Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:59 pm
How many more health benfits from cannabis must be realized, and how many more jailed before cannabis prohibition is finally shown to be the crime against humanity that it is?

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 7:07 pm
Yes Julia, Big Pharma, Big Alcohol, and Big Prisons have Washington right where they want them.


Kim O (396)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 7:42 pm
It's never hurt me none!! Thanks Suzy!

H Nick H (1826)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 8:36 pm
Thanks for sharing. They outlaw cannibus which does not harm, while allowing and promoting cigarettes which is a known killer and highly addictive. Makes sense, dosen't it???????????

I can't smoke anything, I would have a violent coughing spell. Wish I could though.

Rita D (87)
Friday March 9, 2012, 3:59 am
Noted. TY Suzy, I wanted to leave a comment yesterday but just at that moment I got thrown out of Care2. I have lots of difficulties lately at Care2 with posting things in here :(
I wanted to let you know that I also think it shouldn't be forbidden to smoke/use Cannabis... Why are other (soft?) drugs allowed, such as tobacco, alcohol, painkillers, sleeping pills, tranquilizers and so on.... Why allow one thing and forbid another? I think it's because of all the prejudices, the ignorance and the lack of knowledge about Cannabis. Certain drugs are far more dangerous and harmful and yet they are accepted (alcohol & cigarettes)... In the Netherlands you are free to use Cannabis even in public and I don't believe it has harmed anyone.... People (adults) should be free to choose for themselves, we are all responsible for our own choices and behavior and as long as you don't harm or violate the privacy of others with it, I think it should be a free choice!

Holly Lawrence (430)
Friday March 9, 2012, 1:15 pm
It's all about power and money. The bastards...

ewoud k (68)
Friday March 9, 2012, 1:56 pm
Just don't add tobacco....

Once again, Big Money spoils it all...

Thanks for posting!

Past Member (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 2:12 pm
3.6 Million Kids Smoking their Health Away

Ra Sc (8)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:12 pm
I don't care so much whether or not I personally can use marijuana, but I would like to end an expensive police effort which tends to, in reality, have racist effects, and hurts people for no good reason. It decreases the availability of marijuana for medical uses, when it has been shown to have significant medical benefits. And it encourages people to use more dangerous recreational drugs that are physically addictive. While smoking marijuana is not a healthful thing to do, it can also be eaten, which is fairly harmless as far as we can tell. Obviously any substance can be abused, but people who abuse anything (drugs, shopping, gambling, etc.) need help, and it doesn't mean that that thing or activity should be illegal just because some people abuse it - especially as anything can be abused. Some people abuse exercise, but we obviously aren't going to make exercising illegal. No, we should focus on helping those who need help by giving them medical care and not police action.

Friday March 9, 2012, 5:29 pm
I’m against all drug use, legal or illegal. As far as pot use is concerned, in itself it is not really very dangerous unless you want to become a Cheech and Chong type. However, it can quickly become dangerous, if it is contaminated with a dangerous substance which can affect the mind or body of a person. But also unfortunately, pot use is often a “stepping stone” for many young people into the world of harder and more dangerous drug use. Growing up in the barrio, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects which tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse can have upon people’s lives. So I often advise young people to reach for the stars of a higher education, and to do their best to avoid all drug abuse.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:14 pm
I see we have another fool that would rather equate cannabis use with the Cheech and Chong satire of a stereotype, instead of pointing out more famous of users and their accomplishments. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Carl Sagan, Jack Nickelson, and on and on. Something tells me that this guy is one of those right wing pukes that has helped us to come to this point in this colossal failure that is the drug war.

Stepping stone?? You are a fool. Do some research Harry Anslinger. With the truth so readily available, aren't you bothered by looking so foolish Frank?

Past Member (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:25 pm
When are we going to start telling our children the TRUTH about drugs? What happens when they discover we lie to them about cannabis? Obviously, they think we're lieing to them about Heroin. All the while promoting alcohol at every sporting event on the planet.

Marijuana: Fight Back With The Facts

Past Member (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:41 pm
Frank you said, 'However, it can quickly become dangerous, if it is contaminated with a dangerous substance which can affect the mind or body of a person.'

Isn't that all the more reason to legalize, regulate and control cannabis?

Marijuana Myths, Claim No. 13


Advocates of marijuana prohibition claim that even if marijuana itself causes minimal harm, it is a dangerous substance because it leads to the use of "harder drugs" such as heroin, LSD, and cocaine.


Most users of heroin, LSD and cocaine have used marijuana. However, most marijuana users never use another illegal drug.

Over time, there has been no consistent relationship between the use patterns of various drugs.

As marijuana use increased in the 1960s and 1970s, heroin use declined. And, when marijuana use declined in the 1980s, heroin use remained fairly stable.
For the past 20 years, as marijuana use-rates fluctuated, the use of LSD hardly changed at all.

Cocaine use increased in the early 1980s as marijuana use was declining. During the late 1980s, both marijuana and cocaine declined. During the last few years, cocaine use has continued to decline as marijuana use has increased slightly.

In 1994, less than 16% of high school seniors who had ever tried marijuana had ever tried cocaine - the lowest percentage ever recorded. In fact, as shown below, the proportion of marijuana users trying cocaine has declined steadily since 1986, when a high of more than 33% was recorded.

Marijuana Myths, Claim No. 13


Past Member (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:45 pm
In short, there is no inevitable relationship between the use of marijuana and other drugs. This fact is supported by data from other countries. In the Netherlands, for example, although marijuana prevalence among young people increased during the past decade, cocaine use decreased - and remains considerably lower than in the United States. Whereas approximately 16% of youthful marijuana users in the U.S. have tried cocaine, the comparable figure for Dutch youth is 1.8 percent. Indeed, the Dutch policy of allowing marijuana to be purchased openly in government-regulated "coffee shops" was designed specifically to separate young marijuana users from illegal markets where heroin and cocaine are sold.


Past Member (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:54 pm
Does anyone else notice the trend here? When cannabis use increases, the use of truly dangerous, harder drugs declines. Could it be that cannabis is a 'gateway' out of hard drug usage?

Justina Gil (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:25 pm
Cigarettes are terrible.. Marijuana, not so much.

JL A (281)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 6:19 am
so sad the answer to public policy decisions is always found in the money trail on who is enriched financially by it........

Kristina C (73)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 10:28 am
Where comon sense is not followed - most likely people (governments, organizions) with power and money are behind it!

Suzy F (94)
Monday March 12, 2012, 7:54 am

Past Member (0)
Monday March 12, 2012, 12:29 pm
Thank you Suzy.

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Past Member (0)
Monday March 12, 2012, 12:45 pm
'This Debate Will No Longer be Suppressed': Legalizing Drugs Breaks Into the Mainstream

Legalization Debate Takes Off in Latin America

'Something incredible is happening right now in Latin America.

After decades of being brutalized by the U.S. government's failed prohibitionist drug policies, Latin American leaders, including not just distinguished former presidents but also current presidents, are saying "enough is enough." They're demanding that the range of policy options be expanded to include alternatives that help reduce the crime, violence and corruption in their own countries - and insisting that decriminalization and legal regulation of currently illicit drug markets be considered.'


Suzy F (94)
Monday March 12, 2012, 2:46 pm
Thank you for your advocacy, MJM.

Suzy F (94)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 5:28 am
There's something in the air in Arizona, and it is not a sweet aroma:

What is wrong with Arizona?

Loŕraine Butcher (92)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 8:16 am
An 80+ year old relative uses pot for pain relief - this after trying the standards - codeine, oxycontin, etc. While it takes a couple of hours to obtain relief, there is ZERO danger of toxicity, overdosing, or addiction. I firmly believe that it is mostly due to the pharmacutical lobbyists that this herb is so vilified by government. I used to be under the missaprehension that government worked for the people who elected them - and that it was the ppl who didn't want to permit the decriminalizaton of this benign drug, now I know better. Governments work for corporatons now - whichever ones can afford them - those usually being big pharma, big agra,big banks, etc.

Leslie Gaiter (3)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 10:25 am
This country hasn't been in a successful war on anything since World War II and the war on drugs is no exception. It has cost billions, broke up families and made a new criminal underclass. Have you ever stopped and wondered why Americans are large consumers of illegal drugs in the world as a percentage of our population. Maybe we should try dealing with the why of our problem.

Anyway, privatized prison owners will never allow us to stop the fight.

Emma S (239)
Friday March 16, 2012, 1:52 am
Thank you, Suzy!
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