Rachel Hoffman
Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Help Protect Students From Becoming Drug War Victims

Rachel Hoffman
Iimage via Rachel Morningstar Foundation)

I received the following e-mail from Students for Sensible Drug Policy. It touches on an issue that has been in the news a lot lately:

Last Sunday, 60 Minutes aired an investigation of the use of young people as confidential informants featuring the story of SSDP alumna Rachel Hoffman. Frequently, young people who are busted for minor drug offenses are pressured into becoming informants without the guidance of trusted adults, advice from an attorney, or a full understanding of their rights and the likely outcomes of their choices. Frightened, pressured, and alone, they agree to participate in a scheme to catch more “bad guys.” But the truth is that this scheme will, at best, catch their friends in the same web or, at worst, expose them to the violence inherent in the unregulated drug market or even death.

“Joe”, an SSDP member at a U.S. college, is one of those people who was busted allegedly in possession of a small amount of marijuana concentrate. “Joe” is facing a variety of charges including drug manufacturing, a very serious charge, so he asked us not to use his name. Just a few states away, marijuana concentrate is manufactured and sold by business people who are celebrated on the covers of magazines, but “Joe” was told he could face up to 6 years in prison. Without the opportunity to consult with a trusted adult or attorney, “Joe” was pressured to participate in the police department’s confidential informant program to avoid being charged. If he were charged, it’s unlikely he’d face 6 years in prison as he was told, but he would certainly face suspension or expulsion from his university, unmanageable fines, some jail time, and a lifetime of curtailed opportunities due to the felony charge.

Thankfully, “Joe” was able to work out another arrangement with the police and has neither been charged nor forced to participate in a drug purchase. Since then, he has joined SSDP and is working to make sure other students don’t face the same kind of fate. You can join “Joe” and other SSDP members to stop this devastating practice.

Together, we can protect future generations of students from this insidious and dangerous practice.

Sensibly,

Betty Aldworth

  • Lawrence Goodwin

    That hard-hitting ’60 Minutes’ investigation breaks my heart. Leslie Stahl cuts right through the law-enforcement b.s. and shows clearly how “marihuana” prohibition itself undermines communities everywhere. No young Americans or college students should be dying in such law-enforcement traps. We must organize a gigantic march on Washington, D.C.–with passionate college students forming the front line–and demand the immediate removal of the fraudulent word “marihuana” from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. We must no longer accept “No!” as the only answer. Unbelievably, after 45 years of this madness, police officers nationwide are still empowered to enforce that legal tyranny. That is the real crime.

    • PhDScientist

      Seeing that story broke my heart too. I shudder to think of what might happen if the Parents of Children with Dravet’s Syndrome or Americans with Cancer who need Medical Marijuana to get through Chemotherapy and were forced to buy their medicine on the “black market” were victims of that kind of thing.
      There’s an incredibly moving video of a young man in a hoodie smoking a joint — he pulls down the hoodie to reveal his bald head — he’s obviously a young Cancer Patient undergoing Chemotherapy.
      My “dog in this fight” is the plight of America’s Cancer Patients. And its not just about Medical Marijuana. Its about the War On Cancer and how we spend almost nothing on it compared to who many Americans it tortures, maims and kills. We need to start spending some real money on the War on Cancer.
      Half of American men get it and half of those that do die of it and dying of Cancer Sucks — ask anyone doing it. If you don’t think its going to happen to you — think again.
      There’s no excuse to leave Medical Marijuana illegal for even one second longer.
      Every minute yet another American dies of Cancer.
      America’s Cancer Patients Can’t Wait.

      • Marijuana cures cancer sure! I’m sure regular marijuajna use, especially oils and eating it help prevent cancer too!

        But cancer is caused by far more than just lousy genetics and is far from inevitable for most people not very elderly! There are reasons why so many people are sick with cancer, diabetes, and auto-immune diseases of all sorts nowadays! Most of these people who are getting sick have totally toxic lifestyles as far as what they eat and put into there bodies in various ways. They are being overwhelmed by GMO food and toxic chemicals in food and many products. The tap water is toxic full of carcinogens and Sodium Fluoride to attack peoples minds just like Hitler used it for when it provable hurts your teeth not protects them as with Fluorosis of teeth.

        I believe the government is suppressing cures for cancer such as radio wave therapy that destroys cancer cells but leaves all others healthy via higher resonance precise to the cancer itself. They are clearly and provably suppressing the Marijuana cancer cure and have been for generations til now and still are. Nano technology could help too in removing inoperable cancers but good luck getting the government to help and not hoard it all like they do everything else for generations until when they are force to it finally sees the light of day! Having a very chemically Base body via intake helps defeat cancer too and is more natural to Human diet whereas having a highly chemically Acidic body via intake causes and fosters cancer and a environment it thrives in. I’ve rubbed pure aloe vera on bad moles before and they shrunk away to nothing and never came back as if I never had em! People should also eat far less meat and little or no red meat to avoid cancer. Eat mostly nuts, fruits, and veggie with some chicken or fish as you please but only about 1/8 of your meal should be meat and meat should not be eaten everyday. Not trusting the government ever or doctors ever just because they are so called ‘doctors’ also helps to prevent and cure cancer!

        • Lawrence Goodwin

          “I believe the government is suppressing cures for cancer such as radio wave therapy that destroys cancer cells…” Lo and behold, ProLegalTreesGuy, in April 2008, Lesley Stahl did another fascinating “60 Minutes” segment titled: “The Kanzius Machine.” It’s a radio-wave device designed to kill cancer cells and invented by cancer survivor John Kanzius of Florida.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz you’re…pu..tting..me …to sleep with your drivel.
            The fact that the government mouth piece called 60 minutes speaks some truth is no surprise and does not imply they are trustworthy at all. Things must be evaluated as they come and you apparently love 60 minutes and just cant handle that they are lying gatekeepers. Of course they say a few good things, that is how good disinfo works! they gain your trust by pretending to be good journalist. They lie far more by omission than distortion. They feed you scraps of easily discovered already publicized information and you think they are some sort of righteous revealators of truth? ya right.
            I’ve already refuted your asinine fawnings over 60 minutes and exposed their lying hypocrisy.

          • Lawrence Goodwin

            Find some fine flower and just relax, guy. You obviously are full of solid information. But bullying your fellow commenters with it in the same manner as the “government” shills you so despise serves no purpose. I really don’t “love” “60 Minutes.” But I know for damned sure it’s far better journalism than one finds in idiotic local TV news coverage. Besides, my true heroes are men like Upton Sinclair and Noam Chomsky, and ladies like Jane West, Jazmin Hupp, Buffy Saint Marie, Medea Benjamin, et al.

          • You cant bully folks with “solid information” as facts are facts and speak for themselves. My opinion which proceeds from said facts are what you are butt-hurt about since you are wrong, proven wrong, and you are calling that “bullying” because you are a whining TV journalist adorer. All anyone has to do is read this thread to see that you clearly were fawning over and engaging in apologetics for 60 Minutes. You are STILL making bullshit excuses for them; “…I know for damned sure it’s far better journalism than one finds in idiotic local TV news…”. OK sooo…..? They still totally SUCK and are worthless LIARS who constantly white wash anything worth knowing about which they actually do report on!

            Lying government shill disinformation outlets are not “damned…better journalism..” but merely more trash to be ignored entirely. I’ve not watched TV for many YEARS and as you state I am “full of solid information” and I thank you for the recognition and compliment. I’m here to be PRO-Cannabis and if you are too then we can be pals online. If not we will collide online in debate hopefully to get more toward the truth and figure things out in a way that is PRO-Cannabis.

            Just because the local media trash sucks more than the better funded better lying federali media trash doesn’t make 60 Minutes worth a damn or your praise of them have any validity. They are lying establishment shills feeding fools delusions dressed up as heroic journalism just like ALL mainstream media and most alternative media. Google: “Operation Mockingbird CIA”.

            Perhaps the 60 minutes ticking clock lead in has hypnotized you into buying their bullshit and defending them online and thereby inducing you to defend your own mistake of trusting them which you are trying to rationalize and dodge responsibility for. Just admit they duped you and you were their dutiful parrot so you can move on and not make that mistake again. Turn of your TV and throw it away is my suggestion. Clearly you’ve discovered the internet so dive in deeper!

            You always must find and prove the truth for yourself regardless; communion with a thing is knowledge of it.

          • Lawrence Goodwin

            I was born “pro-cannabis” in November 1970–literally 20 days after President Richard Nixon signed what became known as the Controlled Substances Act, codifying the Schedule I “marihuana” prohibition still in effect nationwide today. I consider it my own personal destiny to have that fraudulent legal term erased entirely from federal, state and local law. I am well aware of the fact that “marihuana” hysteria was unleashed upon our land in newspapers by none better than William R. Hearst, and that it’s perpetuated today by all major TV networks, including the “60 Minutes” home of CBS, and local media–so spare me ANY more of your lecturing about the despicable media complicity upholding anti-“marihuana” tyranny day after day.
            I stand by my comments above regarding the “60 Minutes” episode by Lesley Stahl titled, “Confidential Informants.” It is serving the “pro-cannabis” cause FAR BETTER than any of your miserable rants above (most of which violate the “insults and personal attacks” portion of The Weed Blog’s comment policy) . Did you even watch it, guy? Can you claim “communion” with that ONE particular, eye-opening, thought-provoking two-part segment? I am very grateful to Johnny Green for bringing that report to my attention (I was busy elsewhere last Sunday and missed it on TV), and especially to Ms. Stahl for her efforts. I worked as a journalist for 2 years so I know good journalism when I see it. Ms. Stahl has already sparked further “pro-cannabis” action in the U.S. Congress and informed TENS OF THOUSANDS of parents in America–who were not already aware–of a major scandal taking place that’s literally killing young people. In honor of the families/friends of Rachel Hoffman and Andrew Sadek, who both DIED in these anti-marijuana law enforcement traps, the “Confidential Informants” episode can help bring an end to this madness that much faster–much like Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s three-part “Weed” series, broadcast by CNN, did for the cause of medical cannabis. In the spirit of a peaceful man whose life all Americans are about to celebrate (as depicted exquisitely several years ago by Steve Colbert and Willie Nelson on Comedy Central), anoint yourself with some odoriferous kaneh bosom and find something nice to say for a change.

          • Willy Nelson is a pig and over associated with Marijuana when he is just a profiteering celebrity like scumbag Snoop Dogg and other hollywood illuminati assholes. Willy the stoner for Prohibition told Ohioans to vote NO on Ohio Issue 3 in 2015 to legalize marijuana.

            And no I am not violating any rules of discourse here but that is merely your whining opinion. go cry if you don’t like my words you pathetic tool. I’m sure you can handle it like a big boy right?
            or maybe not since you are whining like a baby about it as if you are on some kind of moral high ground here. shut up crybaby! I say what I please and so should everyone else.

            Johnny Green has assured me he values freedom of speech and that automatically if true MUST include my opinions about you and your opinions. You are trying to get me in trouble here because you can’t win the argument or express opinions which make much sense so far. If Johnny Green and TWB censor me or ban me then it will only be a testament to their own hypocrisy, lies, and cowardice. I’m on the White List on this site dude and Johnny allows me to post freely here because I am a trusted poster who has talked to him personally.
            Furthermore if you go look at my disqus profile you will discover that I post on TheWeedBlog the most and that I get plenty of positive feedback, Up Votes, and user comments agreeing with me and valuing my presence here and on YouTube.

            You are still fawning over 60 minutes like a fool. Ya Suuuure you understand how the media lies and is government controlled but THIS time 60 minutes is good. ya right. I never denied it was a Pro-Cannabis news piece but so what? It’s bullshit. This informant crap has been going on forever but all you hypnotized twits only start crying right on que when the lying establishment whore Lesley Stahl starts crying some crocodile tears and pulling on your hear strings.

            I don’t give a damn how long you’ve allegedly been a journalist. What does that mean anyways specifically? Is Lawrence Goodwin your real name? What is your journalism experience? How do you know Johnny Green?

            I too am well versed in journalism and research skill and I KNOW that 60 minutes is total trash.

            The informant piece you are fawning over is nothing new. You are all getting overly emotional about the hyped up deaths of two stupid snitches. No tears for snitches ever. Fuck them! Snitching is not PRO-Cannabis but silence is golden. Honorable folk keep their word.

            The police and everyone supporting prohibition of any drug are the ones who really murdered those stupid snitches!

            Look man, EVERYONE knows that snitching is totally against the rules and if you cross that line and end up dead it’s no surprise. Those snitches got what they deserved. Hell, those two you’re whining about had it easy compared to many others! You should see what the Mexican cartels do to snitches down south–all I can say about that is HOLY SHIT!-pure evil. Those two snitches died quickly with shots to the chest and head.

            The punishment for treason in American government is always death and the underworld’s self rule government is no different nor inherently evil or hypocritical in its methods or need to survive. Killing snitches is the only thing the ‘criminals’ can do to protect themselves from the evil police trying to entrap them and therby KILL THEM by default when really their activities are none of the police or societies business whatsoever and never has been in relation to drugs. Those coward snitches decided to act dishonorably and not take responsibility for their actions and allowed the police to turn them into stooges because they are stupid and have poor character. Those snitches are dishonorable fools who killed themselves. I bet none of you’d be crying over a traitor to the US military given the firing squad execution yet what is the true fundamental difference between that and the snitches being killed? Traitors to any socio-economic-political system including Organized Crime MUST die to maintain social control and order. Society supports the Marijuana Black market more than the legal at the moment and therefore society also has supported Organized Crime and therefore society has also condoned the killing of those two snitches by accepting the Black Market and has also fostered such crimes existence and subsequent violence by supporting prohibition.

            The American intelligence agencies are running ALL drugs into America all the time en mass and allow the drug cartels to thrive because it benefits them politically and allows them to fund their black operations outside of the approval or scrutiny of congress or the American People. The police and governments are still the biggest scum of them all in this equation and have the most blood on their hands. Prohibition is still the primary source of all of these problems and is a worthless failure and deadly disaster for the whole world. The deaths of those two lying foolish low life coward snitches is not good for anyone and is just another story amid a million others just like it. So what?

          • Lawrence Goodwin

            Again, on the widespread anti-coca, -cannabis and -opium poppy corruption that has poisoned all branches and levels of our government for 101 years, starting with the 1914 Harrison Narcotics Act (or the purely evil 1913 Federal Reserve Act before that), spare me ANY MORE of your lecturing. Your repulsive comments about “snitches” are extremely disrespectful to the families of Rachel Hoffman and Andrew Sadek, and all other drug war victims–and, by extension, JUSTIFY the ongoing tyranny of “marihuana” prohibition. “Honorable folk” get out from behind their computers, go out and do nice things for people, and respectfully communicate with others–always, every day, but especially this time of year.

          • Awwwe look another whining coward who refuses to identify themselves or substantiate anything they’ve said and all you can do is continue to whine about those snitches getting creamed when it is the inevitable end of their attack upon the pseudo-criminals by being informants for the police who will use those snitches to totally destroy and kill by default those so called ‘criminals’. This is all a political fiasco and you siding with the snitches is no surprise to me since I think you are totally full of shit in general. and it is a FACT that those cowardly backstabbing idiotic low life fools are SNITCHES! of course it is disrespectful to them to label them that as being a snitch is inherently foul and they are text book defined snitches on record so piss off. Those stupid families should have raised their disrespectful lying children to keep their word. Where were those poooor families while their son and daughter were out using and selling Marijuana?! They are all idiots. I was raised to keep my word and always have and you will find me dead or in a prison cell before you’d ever find me snitching for the pigs in blue.

            LOL! my “lecturing” you cry! HA! I may say what I will and you may ignore it if you will but clearly you prefer to be here reading my posts so you can cry about them! Nobody cares about your establishment TV worshiping and all your Lesley Stahl-60 Minutes fawning snitch loving bullshit!

            You even claim the killing of the snitches justifies the drug war but it does not directly relate but is only a side effect of the drug war and prohibition itself as I’ve already clearly expounded. You are experiencing some cognitive dissonance about the real political implications of Prohibition since you clearly state that it is justified by the crime that it itself creates. What bullshit.

            I’m very politically active and have been for many years. You can bitch about my computer activism all you want but you are still full of shit in my book. The Department of Defense spends more on Cyber Warfare than in any other sector and has tons of lying disinfo agents online. My activism and others online is requisite to keeping facts straight online amid lying agents and rumormongering fools who parrot them. This effects the real world in a way just like I can also do more directly out in the non-cyber world. You know nothing of my activities or power and are just running your mouth. I’d like to see you call me without honor to my face and as you would discover just how prepared I am to defend my sacred honor!

            I communicate how I wish to you and your whining drivel has not merited my respect. You get what you deserve in words from me and those dirty low life snitches got what they deserved for being lying cowards who tried to murder those drug dealers.

            “honorable folk” also fully identify themselves in public discourse but you are without honor and a coward just like many others in these forums and online.

          • Oh and Christmas and Easter are not biblical holidays but are actually condemned by the Bible as they are non-Hebrew holidays and traditions related to astro-theological Solar religion. The bible has holidays but none of them are Xmas or ISHTAR! LOL! baaaaaah sheep baaaaah! Did you know the word “pastor” means a sheep herder! Christmas and easter are state religions in a supposedly secular government in America. They are inventions of the Roman Catholic church which is nothing but a reborn version of the Roman Empire with the names of all the old pagan gods changed to biblical figures and saints.
            You should be a good person all the time not just when the lying churches and lying government and lying corporations tell you too! Spare me your pathetic moralizing “lectures”! Perhaps you should take your own advice, get off the computer, and go do something else since this is such a waste of time as you imply and not for “honorable folk” to be engaging in habitually like YOU and I are right now! seems like you’re a hypocrite to me.

          • Awwwwe look another whining coward who refuses to identify
            themselves or substantiate anything they’ve said and all you can do
            is continue to whine about those snitches getting creamed when it is
            the inevitable end of their attack upon the pseudo-criminals by being
            informants for the police who will use those snitches to totally
            destroy and kill by default those so called ‘criminals’. This is all
            a political fiasco and you siding with the snitches is no surprise to
            me since I think you are totally full of shit in general. and it is a
            FACT that those cowardly backstabbing idiotic low life fools are
            SNITCHES! of course it is disrespectful to them to label them that as
            being a snitch is inherently foul and they are text book defined
            snitches on record so piss off. Those stupid families should have
            raised their disrespectful lying children to keep their word. Where
            were those poooor families while their son and daughter were out
            using and selling Marijuana?! They are all idiots. I was raised to
            keep my word and always have and you will find me dead or in a prison
            cell before you’d ever find me snitching for the pigs in blue..

            LOL!! my “lecturing” you cry! HA! I may say what I will
            and you may ignore it if you will but clearly you prefer to be here
            reading my posts so you can cry about them! Nobody cares about your
            establishment TV worshiping and all your Lesley Stahl-60 Minutes
            fawning snitch loving bullshit!

            Youu even claim the killing of the snitches justifies the drug war
            but it does not directly relate but is only a side effect of the drug
            war and prohibition itself as I’ve already clearly expounded. You are
            experiencing some cognitive dissonance about the real political
            implications of Prohibition since you clearly state that it is
            justified by the crime that it itself creates. What bullshit.

            I”m very politically active and have been for many years. You can
            bitch about my computer activism all you want but you are still full
            of shit in my book. The Department of Defense spends more on Cyber
            Warfare than in any other sector and has tons of lying disinfo agents
            online. My activism and others online is requisite to keeping facts
            straight online amid lying agents and rumormongering fools who parrot
            them. This effects the real world in a way just like I can also do
            more directly out in the non-cyber world. You know nothing of my
            activities or power and are just running your mouth. I’d like to see
            you call me without honor to my face and as you would discover just
            how prepared I am to defend my sacred honor!

            I communicate how I wish to you and your whining drivel has not
            merited my respect. You get what you deserve in words from me and
            those dirty low life snitches got what they deserved for being lying
            cowards who tried to murder those drug dealers.

            “”honorable folk” also fully identify themselves in public
            discourse but you are without honor and a coward just like many
            others in these forums and online..

          • Awwwe look another whining coward who refuses to identify
            themselves or substantiate anything they’ve said and all you can do
            is continue to whine about those snitches getting creamed when it is
            the inevitable end of their attack upon the pseudo-criminals by being
            informants for the police who will use those snitches to totally
            destroy and kill by default those so called ‘criminals’. This is all
            a political fiasco and you siding with the snitches is no surprise to
            me since I think you are totally full of shit in general. and it is a
            FACT that those cowardly backstabbing idiotic low life fools are
            SNITCHES! of course it is disrespectful to them to label them that as
            being a snitch is inherently foul and they are text book defined
            snitches on record so piss off. Those stupid families should have
            raised their disrespectful lying children to keep their word. Where
            were those poooor families while their son and daughter were out
            using and selling Marijuana?! They are all idiots. I was raised to
            keep my word and always have and you will find me dead or in a prison
            cell before you’d ever find me snitching for the pigs in blue.

            LOL! my “lecturing” you cry! HA! I may say what I will
            and you may ignore it if you will but clearly you prefer to be here
            reading my posts so you can cry about them! Nobody cares about your
            establishment TV worshiping and all your Lesley Stahl-60 Minutes
            fawning snitch loving bullshit!

            You even claim the killing of the snitches justifies the drug war
            but it does not directly relate but is only a side effect of the drug
            war and prohibition itself as I’ve already clearly expounded. You are
            experiencing some cognitive dissonance about the real political
            implications of Prohibition since you clearly state that it is
            justified by the crime that it itself creates. What bullshit.

            I’m very politically active and have been for many years. You can
            bitch about my computer activism all you want but you are still full
            of shit in my book. The Department of Defense spends more on Cyber
            Warfare than in any other sector and has tons of lying disinfo agents
            online. My activism and others online is requisite to keeping facts
            straight online amid lying agents and rumormongering fools who parrot
            them. This effects the real world in a way just like I can also do
            more directly out in the non-cyber world. You know nothing of my
            activities or power and are just running your mouth.

            I communicate how I wish to you and your whining drivel has not
            merited my respect. You get what you deserve in words from me and
            those dirty low life snitches got what they deserved for being lying
            cowards who tried to murder those drug dealers.

            “honorable folk” also fully identify themselves in public
            discourse but you are without honor and a coward just like many
            others in these forums and online.

          • Lawrence Goodwin

            “Fully identify themselves in public”? OK, “ProLegalTreesGuy.” You don’t even practice what you preach, so you just totally discredited everything you’ve said here, which means absolutely nothing to anyone but your own damned self.

          • Uh huh suuuree moron! Go Read my disqus comments where I’m fully identified or My YouTube channel or all the postings on Craigslist and other sites that come up when you google: “ProLegalTreesGuy”. I do practice what I preach and keep my word. I’m far from discredited but you sure are looking more and more stupid by the posting that’s for sure! I think your merely a lazy stupid 60 Minutes adoring hypno patsy! LOL! pathetic.

            My legal name is Terry Free and I’m a lifetime Native of Dayton, Ohio.

            YOU are a coward and STILL haven’t identified yourself as I have repeatedly to date! You apparently are too stupid and lazy to go figure it out despite me explicitly telling you I’ve identified myself already and have always willing to do so when asked unlike you.
            “discredited” he says! AHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHA! You wish! As if such a thing would invalidate all the facts and well informed opinions I’ve expressed here and elsewhere to date! ya right you need a lesson in Logic. You’d think since you allege to be such a grreeeat journalist you could figure out who I am when I’ve repeatedly fully identified myself but seems you’re slippin’ dude….gettin’ senile already? too stoned? or just too busy being brainwashed by 60 Minutes and your true love Lesley Stahl? LOL!

            you rave: “everything you’ve said here… means absolutely nothing to anyone but your own damned self.” Yaaaa riiight! Perhaps it means little to twits like you?! I guess your assertion of my irrelevance must explain all my Up Votes on this site and the Fact that my YouTube channel has done nothing but excel and go up in ratings and subscribers since its inception!? HA! I’m very closely listened to by many people who find me and aren’t devout Lesley Stahl worshipers as you seem to be.

            Obviously you’ve defaulted on the vast majority of our conversation and argument and are proven full of crap. What little you come at me with is just more pathetic nonsense ravings and unfounded trash.

            YOU are discredited! YOU are hiding in the dark like a foul cowardly cockroach!

          • Lawrence Goodwin

            By your own definition you are the “coward” on Disqus, YouTube, everywhere you post, “ProLegalTreesGuy.” I stand firm on my name like a giant oak tree. And no one, especially not maniacs like you, will ever cut me down (until it’s my time to burn in the fire).

          • you’re deluded and that makes ZERO sense. I use my YouTube channel name in my Disqus account to promote my YouTube channel. It has nothing to do with hiding my identity but you are clearly desperate to make any allegation to make me a hypocrite but you’ve failed and will continue to fail.
            I’ve always been fully identified and it is not shady nor uncommon to use screen names. I’ve owned under my name all I’ve posted or been willing to when asked. You are full of crap.

            You STILL have not answered MANY of my questions to you yet I’ve provided full answer to everything you’ve said. I understand if you can’t answer and not look like a fool so just stay silent and we will all just assume the obvious fact that you are totally full of crap.

          • Lawrence,
            I’m pleased that it seems you truly are using your legal name on Disqus as I’ve confirmed this now. May I ask now since you clearly are willing to identify yourself if your middle initial is S or D? My middle initial is D. I thank you for identifying yourself and salute your use of honor in our public discoure; thank you!

            It seems you run a successful landscaping business in Utah yes?

            You state on your LinkedIn profile that you believe the Founders of our American Republic favored Marijuana legalization and all personal usages of it. They did.
            So I was wondering if you are a Patriot of the United States of America?

            If you are a successful businessman in Utah then it is highly likely that you are a Mormon since all others are persecuted and boycotted out of business in Mormon controlled areas which is most of Utah.
            So, I’m curious since you don’t mind identifying yourself fully and you “…stand firm on my name like a giant Oak tree.” are you a Mormon? are you a follower of the lying Freemason Joseph Smith the founder of Mormonism and writer of the book of Mormon? Are you aware that the Mormons have sworn revenge against the government of America for the death of Joseph Smith and to this day hold that grudge and plot revenge thus making them a group subversive to the US government and the Utah State government? Have you ever read a book titled “The Mormon Murders”? Are you aware that the Mormon church is blatantly White Supremacist just like Freemasonry is and members are not permitted to marry or breed with non Aryan race peoples? Are you aware that much of their church rituals mirror the occult rituals of Freemasonry?

    • 60 minutes is just another establishment lying propaganda outlet. I bet you could dig up prior 60 Min episodes where they are demonizing Marijuana what cha wanna bet?!
      They don’t give a damn about Marijuana or justice! They are lying shills!

      I think the fact that federal propaganda outlets like 60 Minutes is airing anything at all Pro-Cannabis is indicative of the fact that we are winning and making progress and now even the lying establishment has to toe certain lines or be totally discredited. Case in point the new anti-marijuana pig Kevin Sabet spouting more desperate lies but NOT the old reefer madness stuff only the NEW refer madness stuff that makes just as little sense.
      Marijuana prohibition is going down bit by bit day by day.

      • Lawrence Goodwin

        Thanks for the critique. I disagree, seeing that show–one of the only TV shows I can still bear to watch–as a bastion of rock-solid journalism. It takes a lot to move journalist Lesley Stahl to tears. Compare any Sunday show to your own farcical local news casts. A quick search of the “60 Minutes” website found an excellent segment by Steve Kroft, produced nearly 2 years ago, looking at Colorado’s legal cannabis industry. I also found a brief mention of Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen’s vocal reaction in Congress this week, just days after that “60 Minutes” broadcast (Cohen’s speech was graciously posted on this site, too, by Johnny Green).

        • Your disagreeing is totally baseless and you are merely fawning over the lying media and falling for their bullshit. They are liars for the establishment and always have been. Lesley Stahl has tears of a crocodile. I don’t doubt that RECENT activity on the part of these liars has been superficially pro-Cannabis as it proves that even the lying establishment must now toe certain lines or be totally discredited.
          They reported much on the Waco, Texas massacre too but only AFTER the dust settled and therefore were a part of the media black out that enabled the murder of all those innocent people and children by the ATF thugs running a provably fraudulent warrant and then burning them all alive when it was the ATF that started the firefight because the Branch Davidians courageously refused to submit to federal tyranny and gave em the hell they deserved. William Milton Cooper of the Hour Of The Time radio show who was murdered in 2001 after predicting precisely the events to come of 9-11-2001 in NYC had went to Waco to cover the siege Live but was cut off by ATF goons and then the conspiracy running our government burned down WWCR short wave radio station that hosted Cooper’s radio show. Louis Jolyon “Jolly” West the Mind Control scientist was also at waco helping the ATF to bombard the Davidians with electromagnetic frequencies to attack their minds natural function and weaken them. I bet 60 minutes never reported anything like THAT! yet it is a provable fact a part of the official record.

          Anyone who doesn’t seek truth in all things and prove all they can is a worthless hypnotized fool parroting whatever their masters program them to believe.

        • Here is a link to an article about how 60 minutes had the chance to report on a DEA whistle blower who said the Drug War was a fraud but decided not to do the piece with no explanation.
          http://www.projectcensored.org/5-continued-media-blackout-of-drug-war-fraud/

          I quote the article:
          “Another strange media non-event was the proposed “60 Minutes” segment
          on “the drug war fraud”. On January 24, “60 Minutes” producer Gail
          Eisen called Levine and explained that executive producer Don Hewitt had
          ordered a “crash production” for a segment on his experi­ence with the
          DEA. Levine gave “60 Minutes” extensive documentation and he was
          instructed to get his passport in order to do on location shooting in
          Panama. He then received a phone call informing him that “60 Minutes”
          had suddenly and inexplicably dropped the piece.

          “The whole drug war is a media war,” says Levine, “It’s a
          psychological war, aimed at convincing America through the press that
          our government is seriously trying to deal with the drug problem when
          they’re not.”

          • Lawrence Goodwin

            Thanks for sharing the link, guy. I’ve always admired the work of ProjectCensored. Many moons ago I had to give up my subscription to “Extra!” so missing that article just happened. The decision by Don Hewitt is a bummer. Someone has to take on the Drug Enforcement Administration, for sure. I hope Mike Levine finds another way very soon to break that story wide open.

  • skoallio

    So you want students to use drugs.

    • HellNo

      Kids make mistakes, they take stupid risks. But no one should spend their whole life with a felony record over youthful drug use.

    • Valient

      Yes I would rather students use drugs than to be forced into a police sting that they die in

    • Weed is good for taking exams! I aced mine!

      • Mark

        Like a wizz quiz ?

        • LOL! no I don’t have that problem!
          Weed is intellectually stimulating, creative, expansive, thought provoking, relaxing, and can aid in cognition and focus and can be conducive to “exam” taking or various sorts. Sobriety is fine too and its good to preform well in all states of mind in life.
          I think ‘sobriety’ is a slippery term anyways given our bodies natural EndoCannabinoid system and production of DMT, adrenaline, Dopamine ect ect.

  • Mark

    Here in Oregon , the Oregon liquor control has taken the recreational market over and now there are a new set of sentencing guidelines for marijuana offenses …
    http://norml.org/laws/item/oregon-penalties-2

  • HellNo

    My Nephew received a text message from a friend looking for a little weed. He responded by directing his friend to another friend that sold the boy a small bag. At the time my Nephew didn’t know that the friend sending the text had already been busted, and was cooperating with police. Now my Nephew has a felony record for Distribution of drugs, even though he didn’t actually sell, or profit from the exchange. All he did was answer a text from a friend wanting a favor. Now he’s a college student with a felony record.

    • Text messages are always court admissible and retrievable by the phone companies. All electronic communications are compromised always. Police and Feds use a device called a “stingray” and other methods to spy on cell phones and other electronics. They know where every message/call was transmitted from, where, and when so even a ‘burn’ phone can be tied to wherever it transmits from on record. go primitive for privacy.

      Police and Feds are like shit that grows fungus; for the fungus to successfully grow feed em plenty of bullshit and keep em’ in the dark always!

      Electronic devices exist which can detect transmitting bugs on persons or to detect the Electro-magnetic field generated by passive recording devices or cameras and snitches and narcs can be discovered that way. Have em sit down and get comfy smoking some herb on a not busy evening when they will be free to help you clean your guns and during that cleaning session sweep em with the bug finder if you have any doubt. un-wired snitches will be working in pairs to corroborate their testimony in court. but really if you have a doubt then you should avoid such persons entirely even if you cannot ‘prove’ your doubts and suspicions to yourself. If you have a doubt, don’t. Avoid sketchy situations and hang with trusted proven folk only.

      Know the law and know your street smarts or get fucked by the pigs in blue, or should i say black clad pigs in ski masks and with machine guns! what low lifes that enforce against Marijuana and coward snitches that work for them!

      Your nephew paid for ignorance, foolishness, and being unprepared and could have avoided it all. I bet they were quite explicit in their verbiage on the phone weren’t they!? lesson learned. If hommie can’t speak straight or stack up then tell em’ to get bent and take a note of who they are and warn others immediadently.

  • PhDScientist

    .Now imagine if you happened to a Cancer Patient, or the parent of a Child dying of Dravet’s Syndrome.
    We need change at the federal level.
    If you haven’t called the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111 today to ask that the President get Marijuana taken off of Schedule 1, do so now, get everyone else you know to call and to call at least once every single day until the President takes action on this life and death issue.
    Dying of Cancer Sucks — Ask anyone doing it.
    Now imagine what it would be like to be dying of Cancer — or to be the parent of a child dying of Dravet’s Syndrome — and to be at risk of being arrested for trying purchase the medication you need to get through Chemotherapy, or your child needed to save their life.