"Legalize Pot - Here Are the Issues to Consider”

as admitted in my previous post regarding healthcare, i have no qualifications to make any of the assessments i am about to make excepting a degree in economics (which i got BEFORE i found it was all horsesh**). so... take this for what it's worth.

my experience has taught me that the most common affliction (among humans and animals living with humans) is anxiety. money is the primary cause of anxiety for humans and humans arguing about money the primary cause for the aforementioned animals. pot fixes that. pot fixes a lot of things (including pain), at least temporarily (which is all a maintenance drug is supposed to do, right?). after my recent diagnosis of anxiety, i found Abilify (one of the newer anxiety drugs on the market) to be far too expensive for me at this point being unemployed and uninsured ($444.00 for 30 - 10 Mg pills). pot, on the other hand, which does exactly the same thing for me costs far less than that even if i buy the best stuff i can find (maximum $300 / month- and that's during an 'anxious' month;).

at any rate, the point is that legalization would be profitable- for EVERYONE. for those that smoke, a regulated market would immediately bring lower prices because of 1) production at an industrial scale (vs. small-scale, indoor operations) and 2) the premium for the risk (which you now pay to your dealer) would be eliminated. for the government, a new market for marijuana would 1) bring in additional tax revenues, 2) moot the point that pot is a gateway drug- if it were distributed legally, it would no longer be a guaranteed introduction to other substances- and 3) reduce law-enforcement responsibilities as well as over-crowding in jails / prisons (how many 'criminals' were only charged with smoking pot last year...?). for business, it would be a new, legal market which could be used for expansion and / or diversification. for individuals who do not want to smoke or can not for whatever reason, we promise you will not be forced. the benefit to you will be in lower tax dollars paid for drug law enforcement and imprisonment.

this step would absolutely be profitable to all involved. since i can't count, my guess wouldn't count, so i won't guess exactly how profitable- i can say with certainty that it would be noticeably so. again, the idea is simply to create a market similar to that for cigarettes or alcohol so that T.H.C.-containing products could be sold over-the-counter at convenience stores, ultimately, but at dispensaries to begin with, i suppose.

i realize there are many with a view on this subject diametrically opposed to my own- these individuals seem to think all drugs are the same if illegal. the truth is that all drugs are the same- illegal or not- some are just more 'effective' than others. drugs are intended to change the chemistry of the body / mind and, in turn, how the body / mind function. i am absolutely of the view that some drugs should remain illegal but that criminals who are addicts should be treated differently from those who are just plain criminals. for those of you who don't smoke and don't think marijuana should be legalized, would you rather have a drunk person in the car beside you or a high one? i can promise you the drunk is slower to react... to anything.

either legalize pot or outlaw alcohol- the former is a lot less dangerous as it is and would be even less so (relative to alcohol) if marijuana were made legal. is there anyone else out there who's thinking what i'm thinking?

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agreed. and sensitive to addiction issues (which i think you implied). :)
The Marijuana Trick

Doug Yurchey – 2005

And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land. – Ezekiel 34/29

Where did the word 'marijuana' come from? In the mid 1930s, the M-word was created to tarnish the good image and phenomenal history of the hemp plant...as you will read. The facts cited here, with references, are generally verifiable in the Encyclopaedia Britannica which was printed on hemp paper for 150 years:

* All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until the 1880s; Hemp Paper Reconsidered, Jack Frazier, 1974.

* It was LEGAL TO PAY TAXES WITH HEMP in America from 1631 until the early 1800s; LA Times, Aug. 12, 1981.

* REFUSING TO GROW HEMP in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries WAS AGAINST THE LAW! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769; Hemp in Colonial Virginia, G. M. Herdon.

* George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers GREW HEMP; Washington and Jefferson Diaries. Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China to France then to America.

* Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America and it processed hemp. Also, the War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon wanted to cut off Moscow's export to England; Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer.

* For thousands of years, 90% of all ships' sails and rope were made from hemp. The word 'canvas' is Dutch for hemp; Webster's New World Dictionary.

* 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc. were made from hemp until the 1820s with the introduction of the cotton gin.

* The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross's flag, the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp; U.S. Government Archives.

* The first crop grown in many states was hemp. 1850 was a peak year for Kentucky producing 40,000 tons. Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th Century; State Archives.

* Oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China, although hemp industrialization probably goes back to ancient Egypt.

* Rembrandts, Gainsborough’s, Van Gogh’s as well as most early canvas paintings were principally painted on hemp linen.

* In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees need to be cut down. Government studies report that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. Plans were in the works to implement such programs; Department of Agriculture

* Quality paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil until 1937. 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint products in 1935; Sherman Williams Paint Co. testimony before Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.

* Henry Ford's first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, 'grown from the soil,' had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel; Popular Mechanics, 1941.

* Hemp called 'Billion Dollar Crop.' It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars; Popular Mechanics, Feb., 1938.

* Mechanical Engineering Magazine (Feb. 1938) published an article entitled 'The Most Profitable and Desirable Crop that Can be Grown.' It stated that if hemp was cultivated using 20th Century technology, it would be the single largest agricultural crop in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The following information comes directly from the United States Department of Agriculture's 1942 14-minute film encouraging and instructing 'patriotic American farmers' to grow 350,000 acres of hemp each year for the war effort:

'...(When) Grecian temples were new, hemp was already old in the service of mankind. For thousands of years, even then, this plant had been grown for cordage and cloth in China and elsewhere in the East. For centuries prior to about 1850, all the ships that sailed the western seas were rigged with hempen rope and sails. For the sailor, no less than the hangman, hemp was indispensable...

...Now with Philippine and East Indian sources of hemp in the hands of the Japanese...American hemp must meet the needs of our Army and Navy as well as of our industries...

...the Navy's rapidly dwindling reserves. When that is gone, American hemp will go on duty again; hemp for mooring ships; hemp for tow lines; hemp for tackle and gear; hemp for countless naval uses both on ship and shore. Just as in the days when Old Ironsides sailed the seas victorious with her hempen shrouds and hempen sails. Hemp for victory!'

Certified proof from the Library of Congress; found by the research of Jack Herer, refuting claims of other government agencies that the 1942 USDA film 'Hemp for Victory' did not exist.

Hemp cultivation and production do not harm the environment. The USDA Bulletin #404 concluded that hemp produces 4 times as much pulp as wood with at least 4 to 7 times less pollution.

From Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938:
'It has a short growing season...It can be grown in any state...The long roots penetrate and break the soil to leave it in perfect condition for the next year's crop. The dense shock of leaves, 8 to 12 feet above the ground, chokes out weeds.

...hemp, this new crop can add immeasurably to American agriculture and industry.'

In the 1930s, innovations in farm machinery would have caused an industrial revolution when applied to hemp. This single resource could have created millions of new jobs generating thousands of quality products. Hemp, if not made illegal, would have brought America out of the Great Depression.

William Randolph Hearst (Citizen Kane) and the Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division of Kimberly Clark owned vast acreage of timberlands. The Hearst Company supplied most paper products. Patty Hearst's grandfather, a destroyer of nature for his own personal profit, stood to lose billions because of hemp.

In 1937, Dupont patented the processes to make plastics from oil and coal. Dupont's Annual Report urged stockholders to invest in its new petrochemical division. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane, celluloid, methanol, nylon, rayon, Dacron, etc., could now be made from oil. Natural hemp industrialization would have ruined over 80% of Dupont's business.

THE TRICKS

Andrew Mellon became Hoover's Secretary of the Treasury and Dupont's primary investor. He appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry J. Anslinger, to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Secret meetings were held by these financial tycoons. Hemp was declared dangerous and a threat to their billion dollar enterprises. For their dynasties to remain intact, hemp had to go. These men took an obscure Mexican slang word: 'marihuana' and pushed it into the consciousness of America.

MEDIA MANIPULATION

A media blitz of 'yellow journalism' raged in the late 1920s and 1930s. Hearst's newspapers ran stories emphasizing the horrors of marihuana. The menace of marihuana made headlines. Readers learned that it was responsible for everything from car accidents to loose morality.

Films like 'Reefer Madness' (1936), 'Marihuana: Assassin of Youth' (1935) and 'Marihuana: The Devil's Weed' (1936) were propaganda designed by these industrialists to create an enemy. Their purpose was to gain public support so that anti-marihuana laws could be passed.

Examine the following quotes from 'The Burning Question' aka REEFER
MADNESS:
*a violent narcotic.
*acts of shocking violence.
*incurable insanity.
*soul-destroying effects.
*under the influence of the drug he killed his entire family with an axe.
*more vicious, more deadly even than these soul-destroying drugs (heroin, cocaine) is the menace of marihuana!

Reefer Madness did not end with the usual 'the end.' The film concluded with these words plastered on the screen: TELL YOUR CHILDREN.

In the 1930s, people were very naive; even to the point of ignorance. The masses were like sheep waiting to be led by the few in power. They did not challenge authority. If the news was in print or on the radio, they believed it had to be true. They told their children and their children grew up to be the parents of the baby-boomers.

On April 14, 1937, the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law or the bill that outlawed hemp was directly brought to the House Ways and Means Committee. This committee is the only one that can introduce a bill to the House floor without it being debated by other committees. The Chairman of the Ways and Means, Robert Doughton, was a Dupont supporter. He insured that the bill would pass Congress.

Dr. James Woodward, a physician and attorney, testified too late on behalf of the American Medical Association. He told the committee that the reason the AMA had not denounced the Marihuana Tax Law sooner was that the Association had just discovered that marihuana was/is hemp.

Few people, at the time, realized that the deadly menace they had been reading about on Hearst's front pages was in fact passive hemp. The AMA understood hemp to be a MEDICINE found in numerous healing products sold over the last hundred years.

In September of 1937, hemp became illegal. The most useful crop known became a drug and our planet has been suffering ever since.

Congress banned hemp because it was said to be the most violence-causing drug known. Anslinger, head of the Drug Commission for 31 years, promoted the idea that marihuana made users act extremely violent. In the 1950s, under the Communist threat of McCarthyism, Anslinger now said the exact opposite. Marijuana will pacify you so much that soldiers would not want to fight.

Today, our planet is in desperate trouble. Earth is suffocating as large tracts of rain forests disappear. Pollution, poisons and chemicals are killing people. These great problems could be reversed if we industrialized hemp. Natural biomass could provide all of the planet's energy needs that are currently supplied by fossil fuels. We have consumed 80% of our oil and gas reserves. We need a renewable resource. Hemp could be the solution to soaring gas prices.

THE WONDER PLANT

Hemp has a higher quality fiber than wood fiber. Far fewer caustic chemicals are required to make paper from hemp than from trees. Hemp paper does not turn yellow and is very durable. The plant grows quickly to maturity in a season where trees take a lifetime.

ALL PLASTIC PRODUCTS SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP SEED OIL. Hempen plastics are biodegradable! Over time, they would break down and not harm the environment. Oil-based plastics, the ones we are very familiar with, help ruin nature; they do not break down and will do great harm in the future. The process to produce the vast array of natural (hempen) plastics will not ruin the rivers as Dupont and other petrochemical companies have done. Ecology does not fit in with the plans of the Oil Industry and the political machine. Hemp products are safe and natural.

MEDICINES SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP. We should go back to the days when the AMA supported hemp cures. 'Medical Marijuana' is given out legally to only a handful of people while the rest of us are forced into a system that relies on chemicals. Hemp is only healthy for the human body.

WORLD HUNGER COULD END. A large variety of food products can be generated from hemp. The seeds contain one of the highest sources of protein in nature. ALSO: They have two essential fatty acids that clean your body of cholesterol. These essential fatty acids are not found anywhere else in nature! Consuming hemp seeds is the best thing you could do for your body. Eat uncooked hemp seeds.

CLOTHES SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP. Hemp clothing is extremely strong and durable over time. You could hand clothing, made from hemp, down to your grandchildren. Today, there are American companies that make hemp clothing; usually 50% hemp. Hemp fabrics should be everywhere. Instead, they are almost underground. Superior hemp products are not allowed to advertise on fascist television. Kentucky, once the top hemp producing state, made it ILLEGAL TO WEAR hemp clothing! Can you imagine being thrown into jail for wearing quality jeans?

The world is crazy...but that does not mean you have to join the insanity. Get together. Spread the news. Tell people, and that includes your children, the truth. Use hemp products. Eliminate the word 'marijuana.' Realize the history that created it. Make it politically incorrect to say or print the M-word. Fight against the propaganda (designed to favor the agenda of the super rich) and the bullshit. Hemp must be utilized in the future. We need a clean energy source to save our planet. INDUSTRIALIZE HEMP!

The liquor, tobacco and oil companies fund more than a million dollars a day to Partnership for a Drug-Free America and other similar agencies. We have all seen their commercials. Now, their motto is: 'It's more dangerous than we thought.' Lies from the powerful corporations, that began with Hearst, are still alive and well today.

The brainwashing continues. Now, the commercials say: If you buy a joint, you contribute to murders and gang wars. The latest anti-hemp commercials say: If you buy a joint...you are promoting TERRORISM! The new enemy (terrorism) has paved the road to brainwash you any way THEY see fit.

There is only one enemy; the friendly people you pay your taxes to; the war-makers and nature destroyers. With your funding, they are killing the world right in front of your eyes. HALF A MILLION DEATHS EACH YEAR ARE CAUSED BY TOBACCO. HALF A MILLION DEATHS EACH YEAR ARE CAUSED BY ALCOHOL.

Ingesting THC, hemp's active agent, has a positive effect; relieving asthma and glaucoma. A joint tends to alleviate the nausea caused by chemotherapy. You are able to eat on hemp. This is a healthy state of being.

The hemp plant is an ALIEN plant. There is physical evidence that hemp is not like any other plant on this planet. One could conclude that it was brought here for the benefit of humanity. Hemp is the ONLY plant where the males appear one way and the females appear very different, physically! No one ever speaks of males and females in regard to the plant kingdom because plants do not show their sexes; except for hemp. To determine what sex a certain, normal, Earthly plant is: You have to look internally, at its DNA. A male blade of grass (physically) looks exactly like a female blade of grass. The hemp plant has an intense sexuality.

HEMP IS ILLEGAL BECAUSE BILLIONAIRES WANT TO REMAIN BILLIONAIRES!

You are right ian
Personally, I'm allergic to pot, but, there are more severe ubiquities. Spread THIS knowledge to get what you want. THEY prefer legal pot to this.
"In alt.social. rights.human there is a person who has been physically abused, apparently to inflict involuntary vagal stimulation in place of LSD, which has been so outlawed that it can't even be used by the CIA's MK Ultra today. ������������There are efforts to legalize LSD for such "research". Research? It has always been used to punish dissidents un-Constitutionally, and to punish those secretly considered to be "witches" by the masonic lodge.
������������Here's what I said to the victim. ������������So, that's what THEY are doing now. LSD was outlawed enough that the CIA's MK Ultra can't even use it. THEY can't force the vagal stimulation of holotropic breathing, "pranayama" (see http://www.holotropic.com ), though crucifixion does. So, THEY are afflicting direct vagal stimulation.
������������The nerves of the parasympathetic nervous system are called muscarinic nerves, after the drug muscarine which overrides the inhibitory neurons in the brain. And, there are muscarinic nerves outside the parasympathetic nervous system, in the brain.
������������The stimulation, "kundalini",of the muscarinic nerves in the body, like in the neck, "vishudda chakra", spreads to override the inhibitory neurons in the brain, that LSD would block, thereby, waking up the brain more, and, therefore, has the end results of LSD.
������������Crucifixion forces holotropic breathing, also "ki gung", to such an extent that it puts one swiftly into perinatal matrix three, the realm of the wrathful deities in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, "the Bardo Thadol". ������������In perinatal matrix three every thought manifests, and the wish to be someone else soon results in body switching, backward and forward in time, for about a hundred years, the "aioniu amartaematos", aeon of failure, translated "eternal damnation" in the Bible.
������������The purpose of the Clockwork Orange treatment was to force its victims to suffer the sufferings of others, with high doses of LSD, and forcing the victim to watch violent movies, in which the victim lives as real as life the sufferings of everyone in the movie.
������������Mine went further than that, and, I lived the experiences of everyone I had ever seen. Jesus lived the lives of everyone who ever existed. Thus, "If you have done it to the least of these you have done it to me"- Jesus Christ ������������Jesus got in trouble for "profaning the sacred mysteries". In the Twentieth Century THEY still had the same policy.
������������THEY found out that I was what the Koran calls "blowing on knots" to gain the magical powers of perinatal matrix two and no further, which has always been esoterically defined to be witchcraft.
������������Under Islamic governments the penalty for "blowing on knots" is execution by stoning. The Holy Inquisition is live and well in Islamic countries. ������������In an Islamic country, if an unpopular person gets caught with a suspicious rash on his neck, a "witch mark", a confession is tortured out of him and he is stoned. ������������Ben Franklin invented the modern mental health system to primarily apprehend and punish "profaners of the sacred mysteries". Albert Pike, 33�, said, "Profaners of the Sacred Mysteries are worthy of all punishments", and THEY afflicted those punishments on suspects in the Twentieth Century. ������������It looks like THEY are still doing this. What did you do to get in this mess? And, where did THEY do this to you?
������������In the most accessible, and at the same time, effective hallucinatory vagal stimulation, there is secretion of plasma, here called "saliva" in alt.soc.rights.human. ������������Squamous tissue is innervated by muscarinic nerves, so that when muscarinic nerves are stimulated neighboring squamous tissues perform what is called "plasmaphoresis". ������������The crystal clear plasma is called many different things depending from what part of the body it is secreted. It is called saliva, spit, mucus, lymphatic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, ocular fluid, kyle, mong, and gleet, but, it's all the same blood plasma. Credence Clearwater Revival calls it all "dew". Some of their music is a "grimoire" (grammar) of the Underworld. ������������Why has it been deliberately confused like this?? It was always considered to be sacred. By the way, the word sacred come from the Sumerian word "zook", throat, from which we get the word and name for beard, zachery, that which covers the throat.
������������The compass & the square, represents the "quadrature of the circle' which symbolizes squeezing a circle into a line. Squeeze what? The G is for the Hebrew word "gorun", throat. ������������It was believed that, like the pulling out of the cadmium rods of a nuclear reactor, the loss of the dew caused the access to the Underworld, hallucinations. ������������That's why Christ was stabbed in the side, to pour off his kyle, stomach's lymphatic fluid, to put Him deeper into Hell. Of course, the crucifixion already caused serious hallucinations by forcing holotropic breathing, see http://www.holotropic.com "
thank all for the additions :)









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