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Monday, May 28, 2018

Cannibals of Freedom: Who's your Daddy!?!?.- by Daniel L. Price, Esq.

Is summer finally here?!?!  Not sure, since we never really had a spring.  I can say this though, I sat outside on Sunday May 20th this year and my hands were cold after about an hour.  Jeez!

Still, it’s June and time for summer.  Let’s kick it off with a nod to all the Dads for Father’s Day.  Interestingly, Father’s Day has been around since the Dark Ages, when it was observed in Catholic Europe on March 19, as the feast of Saint Joseph.  However, in the US, it was not really celebrated outside Catholic traditions until the early 1900’s.  Also interesting is that it took many attempts beginning in 1908 and until 1972, to get it declared as a National Holiday, when then President Nixon signed it in to law. 

But really, do we need a law to tell us it’s ok to celebrate fatherhood?  Is it not enough that we are legislated and taxed into poverty?  That we must beg for permission to: build a toilet, a house, a barn; teach our own children; use a medicinal plant; drive the roads; earn a living; travel to another country?  Do we need a law to give us permission to celebrate our fathers?  And if we do, “Who’s YOUR Daddy, your father, or the government?  And if we need a law for that, then I guess we can’t complain when the parasites control us in all the other ways listed, and so many more.   

I intend to look at Father’s Day this year as a day of celebrating my freedom to not give a damn about parasites giving me permission to celebrate Father’s Day when they deem it appropriate.  I also intend to celebrate it on the day of my choosing.  In honor of that day, and my freedom to disregard the parasites telling me when to celebrate, I write the following:

Father, seed of my life.  Beginning and end.  I am Alive.  I think, I do.  Mistakes I might make.  Triumphs I may achieve.  Bred not for the pleasure of others.  It is only mine to lead.

My life, my freedom.  It is my path, and no other’s. Not another’s to take.  What then, is the purpose of my life?  For if I do not live for something, then I live for nothing.  Thereby rendering my meaningless.  Is it fulfillment, pride, happiness?  Or is it to live in servitude, drudgery, and forcible restraint?

Fight…fight…for the honor of my birth right.  Remember, all those fathers who died.  Let their fight not be in vain.  Neither responsibility for others’ failures, nor credit for their gains.  I must walk alone the path of my life seeded by my father, as my children theirs. I will not cease. Happy Father’s Day, every day.
                                                                                                                                                                   

Ok, now that I have my rant out of the way, let’s talk practical nonsense.  When you are out and about celebrating this summer, remember, the revenue generators are going to be out in force.  As I have shown in the last few months, they will commit perjury in order to take your hard earned money, because they know that most will not fight them. But there are things you can do to protect yourself while driving.
1. Check that all of your lights are working, including turn signals, brakes, back-up lights, etc., on a regular basis.
2. Use those turn signals!
3. Remember that when turning on to a road, it is the law to turn in the closest lane first, then use your turn signal to enter the far lane if needed.
4. DON’T drink or ingest medicinal marijuana while driving, or before you drive.
5. If you must party, DON’T drive away if you have had any more than two drinks.  For Christ’s sakes laddie, a friend or Uber and Lyft are much cheaper than my legal services.  (Note:  I will gladly help you if you need it, but would rather you party responsibly.) 
6. If you are stopped by the police, you have the right to KEEP YOUR DAMN MOUTH SHUT!  And if you do speak, do so in a polite and calm manner, but don’t confess to speeding, or any other thing to which the officer is trying to get you to confess.
7. If stopped, don’t engage in a political debate.  First, many of those officers are not equipped for that.  Next, it will just piss them off.  Finally, you will not likely win, after all, he/she has a gun dummkopf!
8. If you are arrested, KEEP YOUR DAMN MOUTH SHUT!, then get ahold of an attorney at the first possible moment. 
9. See number 6 and 8 above.
10. Get your father a present, or a card, or at the very least call your father and wish him well!  I mean really?!?!  Who’s Your Daddy?!?!

Till next month, as always, keep rolling on.


Disclaimer:  This is an informational article only.  It is not to provide individual legal advice.  If you need legal services, feel free to contact me, or any attorney of your choosing.

Putting The Kabosh on CBD - by Chad Morrow

It’s with great pleasure to write for the Michigan Medical Marihuana report again, it’s been a couple years since my last article. Michigan is in the process of transitioning to a fully regulated medical marihuana market and with that, a bulletin was issued by the BMMR regarding CBD products that created quite a stir throughout the state, so much so, that BMMR director had a facebook live presentation answering many questions posed to the state from patients, caregivers, CBD manufacturers, and CBD retailers.

Right away, the question was raised, why is Michigan the only state treating CBD like this? Mr. Brisbo explained that no directives or changes to any laws happened, they are just explaining the current Michigan law in the bulletin to alleviate confusion throughout the state. The bulletin was a result of many questions coming into LARA and the determined addressing the state was the best approach. What the law states isn’t the only thing of importance, but the definitions of the words within the law are whats of consequence. The definition of Marihuana in Michigan includes any derivative of the marihuana plant. Hemp is considered part of the Cannabis Sativa plant by legal Michigan definition. That includes all derivatives of the Marihuana and Hemp plant EXCEPT sterile seeds, and any oils derived from the seeds or stalks of the plant.

Questions were posed about the Industrial Hemp Research Act of which the response was simple and understandable. The Act defines Industrial Hemp but only applies that definition of law to those with license under that Act and its of very limited scope. The definition of marihuana was established under public health code in 1978 and amended in 2014 for the Industrial Hemp Act, but outside of that act, all definitions of law reference the Public Health Code, including the MMFLA acts of 2016. It was interesting to learn that while Michigan has many similarities with other states regarding these laws, they also have one subtle, but definitive difference. Michigan law doesn’t differentiate plants with less than .3% THC as hemp. Its still falls under the category cannabis sativa and must be regulated as marihuana. A common misnomer amongst the people of Michigan.

Of course questions of law enforcement were raised? Will they go in and remove all the unregulated CBD products being sold throughout Michigan at gas stations, health food stores, Walmart, and more? Mr. Brisbo wasn’t really clear on what we will or won’t see in the future. The answer given was that LARA is in the educational phase at the moment and while they are in contact with law enforcement, they don’t give direction. Could it happen in the future, he gave the short and simple answer of yes. Which led to a great question posed by a mother of an autistic child who gives her son a CBD dietary supplement mailed to her after purchasing online. The focus here was to not think so much about what the companies may market the product as, definition of Michigan law is what matters. Those products again fall under public health code and are considered Marihuana and must be purchased after going through the tracking and testing system, at a state licensed provisioning center. The law provides for a closed tracked system with face to face sales so no deliveries to your home are considered legal.

Other questions raised were from people that benefit from the use of CBD, who don’t possess a medical marihuana card. Will they have a way to access it without getting a card, something they can’t do for job purposes. An example that comes to mind is someone who must carry a gun on the job but may vape CBD for medical relief. The short answer was, no card, no CBD. Unfortunately that will be detrimental to many of our four legged friends. My 12 year old dog, Tanner, is arthritic and has a tough time getting on beds or in a car. I started giving him CBD pet treats from the CBD Wellness Depot and within 2 weeks I noticed him jumping on the bed with ease and becoming quite more active outdoors. Unfortunately, there’s no means for me to get my dog a medical marihuana card, and knowing the law doesn’t allow for veterinarians to recommend cards for pets, will LARA allow CBD pet treats to be brought into the dispensaries? Maybe that question will be answered on their next live video.

It was a short 30 minute video but packed with information. It wasn’t the most positive of information, but not much from the BMMR is. There are more live facebook videos to come from the BMMR, watch for more recaps in the magazine.

MMMR Recipe: Almond Joy Dip - by Annette Nay Nay

 






INGREDIENTS
1  package cream cheese, softened
1/2  cup medicated butter, softened
1  teaspoon vanilla1  cup confectioners sugar
2  tablespoons brown sugar
1  cup chocolate chips
1  cup coconut flake
1/2  cup slivered almonds

DIRECTIONS

Cream together cream cheese and butter. Add in vanilla and sugars and beat until creamy. Stir in chocolate chips, coconut and almonds. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with additional chocolate chips, coconut and almonds for serving. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves well with pretzels, fruit slices, and graham crackers.

Psilocybin on the Horizon? - by Kathy Hess

Well, it looks very likely that marijuana prohibition is coming to its end.  Michigan isn’t the first, nor will it be the last state to break the bonds of uniformed, ignorant, justice system bogging, and arguably racist legislation in regards to cannabis.  For decades the plant was thought of as a gateway drug – something that made it more likely for users to transition to harder drugs like cocaine or heroin.

This has been disproven, thanks to the hard work of scientists and researchers, but it turns out that marijuana may actually be a, sorta, gateway after all. California, Oregon, and Colorado have all successfully legalized the recreational use of marijuana and now they're looking forward, toward the possible legalization or decriminalization of psilocybin mushrooms.

Most drugs like psilocybin mushrooms and LSD that cause hallucinations are thought of as goodtime-party drugs. The majority of them are listed as Schedule 1 by the federal government, meaning they're considered dangerous and have no medical use. Other drugs in that category still include marijuana, in spite of its trend toward legalization nationwide, cocaine and heroin.
Due to this classification, not a lot of research has been done about the potential positive effects of psilocybin until recently. Some studies have found that when pairing psilocybin with therapy, the effects of the drug could be effective at treating people suffering from anxiety, depression, addiction and even cluster headaches.

This research uses psilocybin to supplement therapy. So patients aren't just munching on mushrooms. And because it is still in the beginning stages of research, it won’t be available to the average person just yet, or probably any time soon.

It is a great benefit for researchers though. There is still a massive knowledge gap in the medical profession even where medical marijuana is concerned, which leads to many medical professionals refusing to prescribe medical marijuana because that is simply not how they were taught to treat their patients. The movement toward open-mindedness in medicine that could stem from research into psilocybin mushrooms will certainly  be good for the push toward full marijuana legalization across the US.

California may not have been the first state to legalize marijuana, but it is trying to become the first state to legalize, or at least decriminalize, the use, sale, or distribution of psilocybin mushrooms for adults over the age of 21. In Oregon and Denver, where marijuana is legal for recreational use, activists are now also pushing toward a psychedelic frontier, “magic mushrooms,” as well.
Groups in CA, OR and CO are sponsoring ballot measures that would eliminate criminal penalties for possession of the mushrooms whose active ingredient, psilocybin, can cause hallucinations, euphoria and changes in perception. They point to research showing that psilocybin might be helpful for people suffering from depression or anxiety.

“We don’t want individuals to lose their freedom over something that’s natural and has health benefits,” said Kevin Matthews, the campaign director of Denver for Psilocybin, the organization working to decriminalize magic mushrooms in Colorado’s capital.

The recent failure of a nationally publicized campaign to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms in California may not herald well for the psilocybin advocates in Oregon and Denver — though their initiatives are more limited than California’s, which could possibly make all the difference.
The proposal in the Golden State would have decriminalized sales and transportation of magic mushrooms, not just possession. The proposed Denver measure would apply only to that city, while in Oregon mushroom use would be allowed only with the approval of a physician and under the supervision of a registered therapist.

None of the proposed initiatives envisions fully legalizing psilocybin mushrooms, which would allow the government to regulate and tax sales in a similar fashion to medical and recreational marijuana.
Still, familiarity with recreational marijuana may have “softened up” voters and opponents of drug decriminalization. Oregon legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2015, Colorado in 2012. The Oregon and Colorado activists say they hope voters who already accepted pot would now feel comfortable decriminalizing personal use of magic mushrooms as well.

Taking mushrooms can lead to nausea, panic attacks and, rarely, paranoia and psychosis. But they generally are considered safer and less addictive than other illegal street drugs.

Even so, Paul Hutson, professor of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin who has conducted psilocybin research, says he is wary of the drive for decriminalization. Psilocybin isn’t safe for some people — particularly those with paranoia or psychosis, he said.

“I reject the idea that this is a natural progression from medical marijuana,” Hutson said, noting that the safety of pot is much better established. Mushrooms, he added, “are very, very potent medicines that are affecting your mind. In the proper setting, they’re safe, but in an uncontrolled fashion, I have grave concerns.”

Even psilocybin advocates share Hutson’s concerns. “It is such a powerful compound. People should take it very seriously when experimenting,” Matthews said. “Psilocybin is generally safe, but it puts you in a vulnerable state of mind,” he said. “If you do it in the wrong setting, things can go sideways.”

These efforts to legitimize hallucinogenic mushrooms come at a time of renewed interest in the potential mental health benefits of psychedelics, including mushrooms, LSD and MDMA (known as ecstasy). Two small studies published in 2016 by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and New York University found that a single large dose of psilocybin, combined with psychotherapy, helped relieve depression and anxiety in cancer patients.

Psilocybin could potentially create game-changing treatments for individuals who suffer from anxiety, addiction and depression – but it may be a while before these drugs are available legally for the average American. The trend toward marijuana legalization may be the gateway that enables states to legalize other drugs that were once thought useless but are proving to be more beneficial than many people would have guessed.

Grow Tip - Curing your Cannabis - by Kathy Hess

3 STEP PROCESS
So you’ve grown your first crop and you are so excited to cure and sample what you’ve harvested.  You’re not alone, as it certainly is an exciting time for any new gardener.  But this is not the stage to rush the process, and this stage is arguably just as important as the growing stage.  Yes, it will require a bit more patience and time, but ingesting properly cured weed is important, for the pleasure of the cannabis, and for your health.
No worries, time and patience it might take, but nothing more than these three required steps. & ENJOY.

1. Drying Your Dank
For those who are unfamiliar with the benefits of drying or curing your marijuana plants, it will taste better when dried and cured, and will help you not damage your lungs. Drying can take up to two weeks, and curing can take 14-60 days, depending on the variety. Drying time is dependent on variety, weather in the drying location and where you put your plants to dry. Desert locations will dry marijuana plants faster than tropical locations.
After you harvest and trim your marijuana plants, step one is to dry them. You will want to dry your trimmed marijuana plants upside down. You will want to place them in a dark and cool location that is not humid and has plenty of ventilation. You will want to check your buds daily so you can spot signs of mildew or mold immediately, allowing you to correct any problems right away, and at least get rid of the samples that contain any mold or mildew to prevent it from spreading.
The goal with drying is to dry evenly and slowly. Drying too quickly will cause your marijuana buds to smell like hay or pine needles, or can give them a bad taste. You do not want to dry too slowly, either, because they will be more susceptible to mildew or mold attacks. You will need a fan in the drying room to ensure your plants get adequate air circulation. Once the leaves and buds are crisp, you want to remove the buds from the stems. This is known as a "manicure" for your marijuana buds. This is still easier to have done prior to the drying process, so we still recommend it. You will likely notice your marijuana buds being slightly moist, both on the outside and the inside. Some varieties are able to be smoked now, but you will get a better taste and smell if you follow these additional two processes.

2. Bagging Your Buds
After your moist marijuana buds have been trimmed, you will want to use a paper bag to try them a bit more. We recommend using grocery store paper bags because they have not been bleached and you don't want something you plan to smoke having bleach in it. This step can be a little tricky. First you want to place your trimmed marijuana buds about 3-4" (7.5-10 cm) deep into a paper bag, loosely. You will want to leave the bag open to still prevent mildew and mold. Check your buds daily and rotate the buds around so your marijuana buds can dry evenly. Turning the buds now and again or turning and rotating the bag gently in all directions will accomplish this task. You will notice that as your buds dry, they naturally shrink down into a state that preserves the buds best. Once this happens, the bag can be closed and the buds will naturally compact down. This should leave you with buds that can be smoked, even if there is still a little moisture within the center of the buds. Remember that your climate and environment will potentially change the timing of this step, and only regular checking can prevent any type of damage to your beautiful crop of marijuana buds.


3. Curing Your Cannabis

Your final step is creating the best flavor and smoke you can from your crop of marijuana buds. You will want to use either an air-tight container, like a jar, or something that will protect your crop from air and light. You will want to loosely place your marijuana buds that are totally dry inside the jar. You do not want them compacted down. For the first week to ten days, you will want to open the jar, gently rotate these containers and exchange the air daily. This ensures they finish drying evenly and would let you spot a mildew or mold problem immediately. After this time period, you will still want to still open the jars daily for a while to look for mildew and mold. If you happen to notice some, you should remove the affected buds and place the rest back into the paper bag for a couple days before attempting the jar-step again. The longer you check them daily (up to two months), the more flavor characteristics you will impart on your marijuana buds, and the better the results will be. You will know your marijuana buds are totally dry once the stem in the center of each bud can snap easily with just your fingers. The more you practice this, the easier it will be for you to tell. Once it is completely dry, the marijuana buds can be sealed and stored for quite a long time. You will find many different opinions on how to dry and cure your buds, but this is the best method we have ever found and it has not failed us.

4. Sample that Sinsemilla!

Now it’s time! Sample and share the fruits of your labor. Properly dried and cured cannabis ensures that you nor any possible patients will become ill by inhaling mold, mildew and chlorophyll, which can be harsh on the lungs.  It also makes for a smoother, tastier harvest you can be proud to puff, puff pass.

Adventures of Marijuana Jones - by Kathy Hess

January 27th 2011-Chandigarh

India has captivated me, and its cultural and medicinal use of marijuana is extensive, perhaps the most intergraded with daily life like I’ve never seen anywhere else before. I’ve discovered that cannabis has a long history here, veiled in legends and religion. The earliest mention of cannabis has been found in The Vedas, or sacred Hindu texts, which I was granted access to after a gift of cannabis to the local Hindu leader Krishna das Babaji. These writings may have been compiled as early as 2000 to 1400 B.C. According to The Vedas, cannabis was one of five sacred plants and a guardian angel lived in its leaves. The Vedas list cannabis a source of happiness, joy-giver, liberator that was compassionately given to humans to help us attain delight and lose fear.  Marijuana is attributed to the release of anxiety. It would also appear that the god, Shiva is frequently associated with cannabis, called bhang in India. According to Indian legend, Shiva wandered off into the fields after an angry discourse with his family. Drained from the family conflict and the hot sun, he fell asleep under a leafy plant. When he awoke, his curiosity led him to sample the leaves of the plant. Instantly rejuvenated, Shiva made the plant his favorite food and he became known as the Lord of Bhang.
During the Middle Ages, soldiers often took a drink of bhang before entering battle, just as Westerners took a swig of whiskey. One story tells of the Sikh leader, Gobind Singhs's soldiers being scared by an attacking elephant with a sword in his trunk. Terrified, the men nearly mutinied until Singh gave one courageous man a mixture of bhang and opium. The herbs are recorded to have given him the strength and agility to slip under the elephant from below and kill him without endangering himself. This act of courage led Singh's men to victory over the enemy.

February 23th 2011-Malana

It would appear that cannabis has been popular in India since the beginning of recorded history and is often taken as a drink. Nuts and spices, like almonds, pistachios, poppy seeds, pepper, ginger and sugar are combined with cannabis and boiled with milk. Yogurt is also used instead of milk.
Bhang is also rolled and eaten in small balls. Bhang is about the strength of Western marijuana. Because milk contains fat, mixing cannabis with milk is an effective means of extracting THC but ingesting marijuana takes longer to feel the effects and is less consistent.
Other preparations: Indians are inclined to use cannabis as ganja and charas. Stronger than bhang, ganja is made from the cured flowers and upper leaves of the female plant, and typically smoked. Charas is the strongest preparation and is made from blooming flowers. I had the pleasure of getting to watch a local farmer make charas.  He picked the bud started trimming a few of the leaves off while leaving a portion as well as a decent part of the stem. He then rubbed the bud in his hand until resin and oil from the cannabis began to stick to his hand. Using his thumbs, he pressed firmly on the oils and made it stick to his thumb so that it created a hash blob on his thumb. Basically, he did this till the bud stopped secreting oils on his hand. Similar in strength to hashish, charas contains a lot of resin. Both ganja and charas are smoked in an earthenware pipe called a chillum. The pipe is usually shared among 2 to 5 people, making smoking a communal activity.


April 13th 2011-New Delhi

The hustle and bustle of this city rivals that of New York.  But the vast number and size of their libraries is astounding and has aided in my research greatly.   I’ve stumbled across some documentation that in the 1890’s the British found the use of cannabis so extensive in colonial India, that they commissioned a large-scale study. They were evidently concerned that the abuse of cannabis was endangering the health of the native people and driving them “insane.” The British government asked the government of India to appoint a commission to look into the cultivation of the hemp plant, preparation of drugs from it, trade in those drugs, the social and moral impact of its consumption, and possible prohibition. It would appear that over 1,000 standardized interviews were conducted throughout India by both eminent British and Indian medical experts. The commission appears to be systematic and thorough, even compared to current studies. It sampled a large and diverse group of people in a range of situations, from farmers to hospital psychiatrists. After years of detailed work, The Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report produced six volumes of data and conclusions. The commissioners were particularly concerned with whether or not cannabis caused psychoses. After years of thorough and well conducted research, The Commission concluded that suppressing the use of herbal cannabis (bhang) would be totally unjustifiable. They concluded that its use is very ancient, has some religious sanction among Hindus, and is harmless in moderation.
In fact, the study concluded more harm was done to society by alcohol. Furthermore, prohibition would be difficult to enforce, encourage outcries by religious clerics, and possibly lead to the use of more dangerous narcotics. Findings of The Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report of 1894, conducted over 100 years ago, are surprisingly relevant today.

May 28th 2011- Mumbai

Cannabis continues to be available in India of the 20th and 21st centuries. In the mid 1950’s Chopra and Chopra conducted a follow up review of marijuana in their nation and found little has changed since the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report of 1894. I’ve observed construction workers, which there are plenty of in this ever expanding and growing city, use bhang to feel refreshed at the end of the day and to fight fatigue. Hindus use bhang for religious ceremonies like Holi and ascetics use it to seek divinity. Sadhus are Indian ascetics who have shunned material life and use cannabis to seek spiritual freedom. They live simply in the forest and wear ragged clothing. By emphasizing physical austerity through celibacy and fasting, cannabis helps sadhus transcend ordinary reality and achieve transcendence.
Today, bhang is so common in some parts of India that it can be found in government licensed street stands. In sum, the herbal plant, cannabis, has a long and continuous history in India. It has lived for thousands of years in stories of gods and warriors and it continues to live today in religious ceremonies and street stands.
I’m lucky that the Indians are almost as diligent about preserving their written history as China, even more lucky that getting access to ancient documents is much easier.  I’ve been able to gather info and conduct my research in an 1/8 of the time it took me in China.  It would appear that my research here is directing me next to the middle east.  Not the friendliest of places for an outsider to be nosing around.  But I think I might be able to keen something from a place westerner’s are still openly welcome.  I’m taking the place to Dubai tomorrow.

Free the Weed 88 - by John Sinclair

 "It’s a medicinal herb,
not a narcotic drug,
and if it’s a gateway to anything it’s
creativity,
enlightenment,
relaxation,
sensuality,
positive curiosity
and sensitivity to great music
and art."

Hi everybody, and highest greetings from the Motor City, where I’ve just today completed my eye cataract surgery and am getting ready to finish my physical testing program next month at the Detroit Medical Center.

I’m feeling far better than when I wrote here last month but I’m still beat up and healing from the several serious spills I took during the past year, including meeting the sidewalk face first after getting hit in the back by a bicycle in Amsterdam last August, tripping in the bathroom and crashing my hip into the commode just before returning to Detroit, falling face down and crashing my head on a big crystal rock in my own bedroom on Thanksgiving night, and finally tripping over my own feet on March 9 in New Orleans and smashing my face and entire corpus onto Carrollton Avenue, necessitating a trip to the new medical centerin the Crescent City

My poor head has recovered fairly well but the rest of my body is not working right yet and I’ve had to reduce my walking as far as possible since I’m afraid of falling down again before I can get fully healed from the last ones. But I’m planning to resume performing on stage next month and thereafter unless something else goes wrong, and I’m really concentrating on keeping it together so I can celebrate my 77th birthday in October.

I don’t mean to piss and moan or to burden you with my personal miseries, because I’m very happy to be alive and mentally I’m in pretty much as good shape as I’ve ever been, but it feels good to get some of this off my chest and explain my somewhat reduced performance level of late. My many friends always want to know how I’m doing and I know a lot of them read this column, so this is my report and I’m standing by it.

What I’m looking forward to a month after my birthday is the opportunity to vote to legalize marijuana in the state of Michigan, something I’ve wanted to do for all my adult life. Following the certification by the State Board of Canvassers of the MILegalize petition, the legalization proposal will appear on the November ballot barring some kind of evil machinations by the degenerate State legislature and the Neanderthal Republicans who make up its majority.
These people never give up. Their forebears in the U.S. Congress in 1937 criminalized marijuana on a whim with no scientific or any sort of proof of harm to justify making smokers and their suppliers the worst sort of criminals subject to the most severe punishments. Michigan quickly followed suit, classifying marijuana as a narcotic and mandating prison sentences of 20 years to life for sales and ten years for possession of marijuana.

I hate to sound like a broken record, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with marijuana. It’s a medicinal herb, not a narcotic drug, and if it’s a gateway to anything it’s creativity, enlightenment, relaxation, sensuality, positive curiosity and sensitivity to great music and art. Marijuana is a good thing, and people who smoke marijuana are generally good people, not criminals nor dope fiends nor people to be arrested and imprisoned by the police state.

For 80 years these unscrupulous politicians and their vast police, prosecutorial and imprisonment specialists have terrorized marijuana users and their suppliers with arrest, impoundment, property seizure, drug testing, prosecution, trial, probation, imprisonment and parole. Millions upon millions of law enforcement personnel of every stripe, from patrolman to narcotics agent, probation officer, prosecutor, judge, courtroom personnel, drug testers, rehabilitation experts, wardens, jailers, parole officers, drug treatment specialists, and legions more have plagued our lives and imposed their insane system on every aspect of our lives.

Now that support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high, as no less a source than CBS News has reported, the heavy, oppressive hand of the law will be lifted off our heads once and for all, but it’s going to take more time and even greater levels of struggle to completely free the weed from all unnecessary and exploitative government interference with our smoking, copping and growing. Mark my words: They aren’t going to give up their ill-gotten and long-enjoyed gains without kicking and screaming every inch of the way.

My friend and fellow MMMReort columnist Tim Beck, long-time legalization activist, strategist and organizer of wildly effective voting activity, operates an important listserv called SaferMichCoalition that connects scores of activists, progressive attorneys and politicians, smokers, dealers, thinkers and doers in the state of Michigan.

Last week a listserv member posed the following Thought Exercise: What happens to marijuana lawyers, courts, state labs when marijuana is legalized? Also curious about prosecutors, state labs, court dockets too.

I send out sort of an impertinent message to the list: “They will likely be swept into the dustbin of history, where they belong.”

I meant no disrespect bur rather referred to the fact that the whole horseshit tissue of the marijuana laws had no basis in fact or reality and were made up of whole cloth by vicious politicians to punish certain deviate segments of the populace for insisting on getting high.

My reasoning was, since everything about the marijuana laws was absolutely wrong, we should be able to throw the whole thing away and never have to think about it again.

Free The Weed—Forever!

Listserv member Allen Peisner responded: “As long as the police and courts hate marijuana, they will take leaps and bounds with the law to persecute people. There are many people who have their freedom thanks to skilled marijuana lawyers.

“Criminal defense attorneys are often despised, despite their important role. I understand this and knew it when I became one. I welcomed the challenges.

“Clarence Darrow said: ‘To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rogue, a renegade, and a hated, isolated, and lonely person—few love a spokesman for the despised and the damned.’ Who cares if it is a little dusty?”

As one of those many people who have gained our freedom from prison and other forms of state punishment “thanks to skilled marijuana lawyers,” I’d like to offer my thanks and appreciation to the likes of my first defender, Bill Segesta, the great Sheldon Otis, the future socialist judge Justin C. “Chuck” Ravitz, the gigantic Hugh M. “Buck” Davis, and attorneys who were law students then like Dennis Hayes of Ann Arbor, Neal Bush, Otis Culpepper, and a legion of others that helped me get out of prison. Thank you!

— Detroit
May 20, 2018
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