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  1. A farming family in Letha, Idaho recently had their house raided and were assaulted after a neighbor called the police when overhearing a verbal argument between the husband and wife who owned the house. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLx1hfMOz14 In any other situation they would have had a simple knock on their door and the police would check in to make sure that no one was being hurt. However, Marcella Cruz and Michael Gibbons were flagged in the police department’s database as dangerous individuals because one or both of them identified as “constitutionalists”. Due to this identification their simple domestic disturbance call was met with a full on swat raid, with the officers scouring the house for evidence of Marijuana. The officers ripped Marcella Cruz out of the house, and had both her and Michael on the ground in handcuffs, with guns against their heads. "The police found an aquaponics system that was growing tomatoes in an upstairs room of the house and celebrated, thinking that they had found a Marijuana grow operation. Much to their disappointment they were informed that it was obviously tomatoes, since after all, this was a farm house." In a recording that surfaced after the raid it is explicitly stated that this couple is being targeted because of their political beliefs. The recording shows the following exchange: “Are you familiar with these guys?” asked a deputy identified in the 911 recordings as “Officer 57.” “Negative,” answered another deputy designated “Officer 56.” “I am, and it’s affirmative, there is [sic] weapons,” continuedOfficer 57. “He is – or at least was – anti-law enforcement. We’ve had issues with him. He’s a Constitutionalist.” It seems that the only “issues” that they had with him were the ones that were mentioned, his political beliefs, because otherwise Gibbons has a totally clean record. According to a recent article about the altercation, the only run in that Gibbons has had with police in this area, is when he was the victim of a theft and they refused to help him. The article states that: More than a year ago, Marcella contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report that a man calling himself “Greg Hall,” who had lived with them for an extended period, had stolen money and jewelry from them. Marcella provided me with copies of e-mail messages in which she and Detective Perecz had discussed the theft – including the suspect’s specific location, which at the time was just across the Snake River in Ontario, Oregon. “He told me that he couldn’t help us, because the suspect had fled the jurisdiction,” Marcella related to me. “But it’s not as if he couldn’t pick up a telephone and inform the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, or the Ontario Police. The bogus `domestic violence’ report that led to the raid on our home was originally received by Payette County and relayed to Gem County. It’s not as if these people can’t talk to each other.” The Families account of the story is confirmed by what looks to be police video, police dont identify themselves before entering the house, and you can see them rush the house like thugs, ripping Marcella Cruz out by her arm and throwing her to the ground.The brutal treatment she was given by police left her sore and bruised for weeks, which is sadly ironic considering they were called to the house over a bogus domestic disturbance call that was made by a feuding neighbor. This is just the most recent situation in a string of cases where people have been targeted with extreme force because their political beliefs were flagged in a state database. The officer who assaulted Marcella Cruz has been identified as Detective Rich Perecz and so far has suffered no consequences for his actions. http://theintelhub.com/2012/10/10/political-profiling-of-a-constitutionalist-turns-simple-domestic-call-into-full-on-swat-raid/
  2. Blah Blah Blah, you seem to think you control things around here, you dont!
  3. Planet Green Trees Episode 115 - October 11, 2012 8-10 p.m. Call-In Number: 1-347-326-9626 then dial 1 to get on the air. Click here to listen to the show! Special Guests: Steph Shere: ASA's executive director Steph Sherer founded ASA in 2002 with the purpose of building a strong grassroots movement to protect patients and their rights to safe and legal access. At the time, there were only 11 medical cannabis dispensaries in the nation, all of which were all operating outside of the law, and she got a crash course in this provocative, courageous world of patient-defined medical cannabis advocacy. Dr. William Courtney: Dr. Courtney's area of special interest is in the dietary uses of cannabis to achieve 250 to 500 mg of cannabinoid acids, which he considers as a conditionally essential nutrient in the diet of individuals from the 4th decade on. He has presented on high dose non-psychoactive dietary uses at Cannabis Therapeutics in Rhode Island April 2010, the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in June 2010, the Institute for Advanced Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in November 2010, and the International Cannabinoid Research Society conference in Chicago in July 2011. Your Host:Attorney Michael Komorn of KomornLaw 1-800-656-3557 Regular Guests: Chad from the Birmingham Compassion Club, Jamie Lowell of Third Coast Compassion Center, Rick Thompson reporting on news events. Tonight's Show Sponsored By: michiganmedicalmarijuana.org Thanks to all the moderators especially Q tipper! Komorn Law - Atty Michael Komorn (800) 656-3557- Green Thumb Garden Center 1-248-439-1851.
  4. Video of retired police captain Peter Christ and former chief Jerry Cameron. Many police officers are asking the question: if prohibition didn't work for alcohol, why are we in denial about it working for other things? LEAP is a major initiative now, and gaining steam. Check out www.leap.cc for more. Filmed and narrated by Mike Gray Produced by Common Sense for Drug Policy Drug war corruption of police and others in the legal system is endemic in the United States, but it can get even worse in some of the major black market producing and distribution countries. A prime example is Los Zetas - a group of former soldiers trained by us at School of the Americas at Ft. Benning to go after the cartels, who ended up setting themselves up in business as perhaps the most sophisticated and vicious drug criminals in the world.
  5. Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: The Myth That Will Not Die If all the arguments that have been used to demonize marijuana, few have been more powerful than that of the “gateway effect”: the notion that while marijuana itself may not be especially dangerous, it ineluctably leads to harder drugs like heroin and cocaine. Even Nick Kristof — in a column favoring marijuana legalization — alluded to it this week in the New York Times. In what is known as the “to be sure” paragraph, where op-ed writers cite the arguments of opponents, he wrote: I have no illusions about drugs. One of my childhood friends in Yamhill, Ore., pretty much squandered his life by dabbling with marijuana in ninth grade and then moving on to stronger stuff. And yes, there’s some risk that legalization would make such dabbling more common. The idea that marijuana may be the first step in a longer career of drug use seems plausible at first: when addicts tell their histories, many begin with a story about marijuana. And there’s a strong correlation between marijuana use and other drug use: a person who smokes marijuana is more than 104 times more likely to use cocaine than a person who never tries pot, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. (More on Time.com: 7 Tips for California: How to Make Legalizing Marijuana Smart) The problem here is that correlation isn’t cause. Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang members are probably more 104 times more likely to have ridden a bicycle as a kid than those who don’t become Hell’s Angels, but that doesn’t mean that riding a two-wheeler is a “gateway” to joining a motorcycle gang. It simply means that most people ride bikes and the kind of people who don’t are highly unlikely to ever ride a motorcycle. Scientists long ago abandoned the idea that marijuana causes users to try other drugs: as far back as 1999, in a report commissioned by Congress to look at the possible dangers of medical marijuana, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences wrote: Patterns in progression of drug use from adolescence to adulthood are strikingly regular. Because it is the most widely used illicit drug, marijuana is predictably the first illicit drug most people encounter. Not surprisingly, most users of other illicit drugs have used marijuana first. In fact, most drug users begin with alcohol and nicotine before marijuana — usually before they are of legal age. In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use, it is indeed a “gateway” drug. But because underage smoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first, “gateway” to illicit drug use. There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs. Since then, numerous other studies have failed to support the gateway idea. Every year, the federal government funds two huge surveys on drug use in the population. Over and over they find that the number of people who try marijuana dwarfs that for cocaine or heroin. For example, in 2009, 2.3 million people reported trying pot — compared with 617,000 who tried cocaine and 180,000 who tried heroin. (More on Time.com: See photos of cannabis conventions) So what accounts for the massive correlation between marijuana use and use of other drugs? One key factor is taste. People who are extremely interested in altering their consciousness are likely to want to try more than one way of doing it. If you are a true music fan, you probably won’t stick to listening to just one band or even a single genre — this doesn’t make lullabies a gateway to the Grateful Dead, it means that people who really like music probably like many different songs and groups. Second is marijuana’s illegality: you aren’t likely to be able to find a heroin dealer if you can’t even score weed. Compared with pot dealers, sellers of hard drugs tend to be even less trusting of customers they don’t know, in part because they face greater penalties. But if you’ve proved yourself by regularly purchasing marijuana, dealers will happily introduce to you to their harder product lines if you express interest, or help you find a friend of theirs who can. Holland began liberalizing its marijuana laws in part to close this particular gateway — and indeed now the country has slightly fewer young pot-smokers who move on to harder drugs compared with other nations, including the U.S. A 2010 Rand Institute report titled “What Can We Learn from the Dutch Cannabis Coffeeshop Experience?” found that there was “some evidence” for a “weakened gateway” in The Netherlands, and concluded that the data “clearly challenge any claim that the Dutch have strengthened the gateway to hard drug use.” (More on Time.com: Is Marijuana Addictive? It Depends How You Define Addiction) Of course, that’s not the gateway argument favored by supporters of our current drug policy — but it is the one supported by science. Read more: http://healthland.ti.../#ixzz24ZZCdBDB
  6. Glad I'm not in Michigan Left of Center April 8, 2012 - John Stack Read comments | Post a comment The current state of affairs in Michigan politics is such a travesty of democracy, I challenge anyone to come up with an acceptable reason for their actions. Back in 1960, Mitt Romney’s dad was the head of the Michigan GOP (just prior to hiom becoming governor). Michigan held a Constitutional Convention which the elder Romney presided over. One item was about when laws took effect. This committee decided, and it was put into the Michigan constitution , that any bill that passed would have to wait 90 days after the current legislature was out. So, if the legislature was in session until December 1st, the bill would become law on Mar 1. But, there was an exclusion to that. If 2/3 of the legislature voted for the bill, and asked for ‘immediate effect’ the law would take effect immediately after the governor signed the bill. This waiting period was set up so that any ramifications of the law, such as how to implement it, could be dissected for a good period of time to make sure all Ts were crossed and Is were dotted. As well as to give opponents of the law time to mount a possible repeal or correction to the law. The ‘immediate effect’ rule was put in for time sof emergency, where waiting possibly more than a year would cause undue hardship – such as appropriating emergency monies for a natural disaster. The US Senate has similar rules, such as needing 60 percent of the Senate to vote to end a filibuster. Getting a constitutional amendment passed includes a number of super majorities to pass. These were set up so that a simple majority at any one time wasn’t able to make sweeping changes that only fit the current political climate. The filibuster rule was set up to also be used only in emergencies but is routinely employed by senators. Its legal, but not truly ethical. Michigan statehouse was overtaken by the GOP in 2010 Since January 2011, 566 bills have been signed into law. Of those, 546 of them, 96.5% were passed under “immediate effect”. Again, although the law was set up for emergencies, the GOP has been basically passing nearly all laws under the ‘immediate effect’ rule. This does seem like ramming through laws that benefit the majority party to the detriment of anyone standing in their way. This ‘immediate effect’ rule has been used to cut immediately into union actions, democratically elected school boards, city, county and town officials, among a slew of other GOP desires. But, if it passes the 2/3 rule, it would be legal, right. Except for the a silly thing called math. Lets see. There are 109 state legislators in Michigan. There are 62 Republicans and 47 Democrats. So, to reach the 2/3 threshold, the GOP would need 73 votes (2/3 of 109) or, in other words, would need a minimum of all Republicans and 16 Democrats to vote with them. Guess what? Rarely do ANY Democrats vote with the Republicans. So how do they get 2/3 of the votes? Well…..They don’t. They cheat. They ignore the Constitution of Michigan. They don’t believe it applies to them. What they do is this - They call for ‘immediate effect’. The Speaker asks for a voice vote and magically claims there were at least 73 ‘yea’ votes and claims it passed with 2/3 majority. Other times, they will ask legislators voting yes to stand. In a video, it shows the speaker asking them to stand for yes. 3 seconds later, he claims there is a 2/3 majority – although it is apparent to everyone that he neither could have counted that quickly, and that there are NOT 73 yes votes! Finally, after trying to bargain with the GOP, the Democrats got a restraining order to force the GOP to follow the Michigan Constitution. The Republicans of course appealed the ruling. They claimed that the judicial branch should have absolutely no say over how the legislative branch sets their rules. Amazing. The GOP wants to claim that there is some other interpretation of 2/3. Or that thelegislature does not have to follow the Michigan Constitution. The GOP loves to peacock around about how the Constitution is a sacred document (although this is the state constitution and not the Federal) yet choose to completely ignore the Constitution when they feel they can get away with it. Again, I challenge anyone to come up with a valid argument to back up the GOP’s action. And any ridiculous ‘The Democrats did it too’ is not a valid argument, even if true. Its wrong, wrong wrong and I cannot believe the state of Michigan GOP has turned the Wolverine state into basically a mid-western communist regime. Link to story
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