I have little doubt that my Senator, Diane Feinstein is bursting with pride at this news.
NorCalNative commented on the diary post Sabet sounding like Carrie Nation – instead of caring for our nation by patrick devlin.
The problem with Sabet and his low-brow pals at SAM is that it only takes a few minutes to start collecting studies off of PubMed that contradict the insane clown circus of cannabis prohibition. If someone who breaks international laws and treaties on torture is a war criminal by definition, what do you call folks [...]
I’m much less worried about the Christie situation, then I am about what appears to be a steady march to the White House by Hillary Clinton.
If women would like to see a woman in office then how about Elisabeth Warren? I think she’d be fantastic.
Specifically, and this goes for ALL CANDIDATES, I’m opposed to those who oppose ending Schedule I status for cannabis. This seems to be the case with Hillary.
This Schedule I status is problematic for good research and it’s problematic for a thriving hemp industry.
NorCalNative commented on the diary post Which part of the SOTU was written by the oil industry? [quiz] by Jcoleman.
Excellent points all. The Extractive Industry’s are the NUMBER ONE threat to this planet. We could and should put these folks out of their misery by insisting that HEMP replace OIL and petroleum products. HEMP can literally save the planet if we act now before the shale-oil deposits and the extractive industries make this place [...]
NorCalNative commented on the blog post Yet Another Poll Proves a Majority of Americans Want Pot Legalized
John, I don’t do e-books or I would love to read your newest contribution to this discussion.
Poll trending looks great as long as the opportunities for HOME CULTIVATION don’t get left behind. I’m all for regulation as long as we retain the “tomato” model where commercial and home cultivation exist and thrive in tandem.
NorCalNative commented on the blog post America Is Watching Colorado to Decide How Marijuana Should Be Legalized
If we’re going to judge this experiment correctly, a renewed effort to dismantle lazy “we’re entitled to our own set of facts,” thinking is needed. Epistemic closure is being rewarded by so-called journalists who fail to include science in their reporting.
My main beef with journalism and medicine on this issue is the fact that the endocannabinoid system is ignored. If you censor the idea that cannabis and homeostasis are in any way related you can fill prisons to the brim for investors.
On the other hand, knowledge of this system puts the LIE to the drug war propaganda. So, under these conditions, 70% of Americans opposing federal interference in Colorado is significant.
Can’t you just smell the democracy?
NorCalNative commented on the blog post Gov. Cuomo Set to Approve Medical Marijuana With Executive Action
I cannot stress this enough.
Medical use of cannabinoids and the role they play in homeostasis MUST be the driving force for what is medically allowed.
California’s so-called “Wild West” where any hippie or kid who can think up an excuse is allowed to consume cannabis, ACTUALLY is the superior method because it allows for those who benefit from cannabis to BENEFIT from cannabis.
This idea that it’s a last-line drug or that there needs to be restrictions on what it can be used for is wrong.
Let the ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM be the guide. Any other politically-motivated route doesn’t serve the interests of patients.
Colorado’s MMJ scheme wouldn’t even allow veterans to medicate their PTSD symptoms because why? See where I’m going? Restrictions equal the third-way crap being peddled by Kevin Sabet,David Frum and Patrick (I can’t drive on Ambien) Kennedy.
In this case compromise EQUALS SUFFERING. Each incremental step is a plus, just don’t mistake what New York or New Jersey is doing with a medical scheme.
New York is significant in this issue and it would be nice to see them do it right. That means honoring the endocannabinoid system as the ultimate guide for setting medical-use criteria.
Impressive level of stupidity.
NorCalNative commented on the blog post White House Offers Dismissive Response to Marijuana Petitions
The cannabis activist in me would love to NOT vote for Obama in 2012. However, in our lesser of two evils fake two-party system I have to consider which party would pick the best or worst Supreme Court Justice in the case someone retires or dies.
I may hate a lot of what our center-right President is doing, but leaving any new court picks to Los Retardos is frightening.
Two years ago I would have considered this line of thinking as unthinkable. Today I believe it may be the only way to get the Democratic Party to purge Republican ideology and fealty to the corporate state. The corporate-dominated ideology of Democrats has become so similar to the conservative-right that they have in all practical [...]
NorCalNative commented on the blog post Unintended Consequences: Raising Retirement Age Could Cause Spike in Disability Payments
First, is there any data showing that the 66-plus age group files or becomes disabled at a higher rate? And if so, how much higher?
Because there’s no way that disability is a financial-management decision or a retirement plan. It’s a legal term that is difficult to meet and that no intelligent person would take who still had any hope or chance of future employment.
If you become disabled before becomming eligable for Soc. Sec. (SSI) payments are MUCH lower. But at any rate, this isn’t something you enter into by choice. Whether or not it costs or saves money is related to the rate-of-injury or disablement by those older than 65 and younger than 68.
Hard to believe there’s a significant difference, but that’s without seeing the actual numbers.
NorCalNative commented on the blog post Progressive Caucus Could Move Back to Single Chairperson
I live in Woolsey’s district and have voted for her throughout her political career. She is a strong voice for medical marijuana patient’s rights but still caries some baggage from the reefer-madness era in regard to Prop. 19 and legalization.
My point is that how progressive are you really if you still believe that the status quo of prohibition fits well with democratic government? So, while I’d like to stick up for Woolsey as a progressive champion, she’s closer to the Democratic model where progressive seems to be more about intelligence and compassion for women’s’ rights rather than progressive in general.
Karen, all good points. My favorites are the drug warriors who have no clue about the history of cannabis prohibition. For those of us who can read and spell, watching the politics of todays America is shocking. The illiterate garbage that comes out of these people’s mouths is incredible. What better way to sum up [...]
Demographic explanations make the most sense, but if the youth vote isn’t motivated by legalization of cannabis what does it take? If you’re only voting in Presidential elections, then you’re not really much of a patriot or citizen in my view.
There will ALWAYS be a premium for the “kind.” Jeffrey Miron, Ph.D from M.I.T., and Harvard professor believes that prices for legalized cannabis will be likely to replicate the Amsterdam model, where current prices are 50%-to – 100% of the cost in the U.S. (see his CATO Institute white paper).
Ending the black market however, does and will require a significant price shift for low-to-medium grade quality. So, really the only growers who have to worry are those depending on the sun, (sorry boys and girls it’s true) and those not educated on growing the right strains.
The ultimate truth is that democracy deserves legalized cannabis as a way to provide a safter alternative to alcohol and prescription drugs. You know, harm reduction and all that.
If you think about it, it’s actually a pretty neat trick that government can demonize one of the safest therapeutic substances known to mankind. Propaganda works when the people have little knowledge of history and/or fundamentals of democracy and representative government.
American voters have proved time and time again that logic and facts don’t have much juice on election day. So, here’s a message to the kids that legalization depends on….THANKS FOR NOTHING.
And, while I’m not a fan of cultivator’s who chose to vote no, at least they were voting in their own self interests which is more than you can say for a lot of voters.
I’m joining the “off-the-table” camp. Pelosi allowed democracy to pass on war crimes. If that’s progressive then we’re in some sort of fantasy land.
NorCalNative commented on the blog post Even in Loss, Prop 19 Got More Votes Than Every Major GOP Candidate
Thanks Jon for the great articles and research you did for this.
I’m disappointed, but know that legalization makes sense for democracy and at some point our laws and codes WILL reflect that fact.
NorCalNative commented on the diary post Obama Abandons Constitution; Picks, Chooses Laws for Faithful Execution by Jim White.
This is the how and the why Democrats cured me of my lesser-of-two-evils neurosis. One the one hand, drug warriors believe international treaties demand prosecution of every hippie alive. On the other, the treaties that really matter like Geneva and CAT are jettisoned as soon as they get in the way of Empire. I don’t [...]
NorCalNative commented on the blog post Who Will You Believe on HAMP, Treasury or Your Lying Eyes
I’ve only got one question. When are we going to see people in the financial industry going to jail for fraud?
HAMP wouldn’t even exist without fraud. So, why aren’t people in jail?
Terminal Capitalism sucks.
It doesn’t matter whether or not Proposition 19 passes, because legalization is inevitable. As the reefer-madness crowd like Feinstein and Boxer die off, younger Americans will push this through at some point.
Message to Democrats: Pretty soon, the lesser-of-two-evils is going to be some idiot Republican who understands the age we live in. If you don’t GET IT, then GET OUT OF THE WAY.
I’m insulted by the slimy drug-war hubris of Feinstein and Boxer and EVERY other Democrat who doesn’t understand what democracy and representative governance is.