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Sponsors Cancel Oregon Anti-Marijuana Summit After Scandal

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Anti-marijuana organizations and supporters were going to hold an anti-marijuana summit in Madras, Oregon. That was, until it became known that federal tax dollars were going to be helping put on the event. The event was scheduled before the November election, during which Oregon voters will be voting on marijuana legalization. After the scandal was discovered and reported by Oregon media outlet Willamette Week, sponsors of the event pulled the plug. Per The Oregonian:

A nonprofit group has canceled an October anti-drug summit in Madras — which was to feature a prominent opponent of marijuana legalization — after complaints were raised by sponsors of the ballot measure that would permit recreational use of the drug.

The sponsors of the legalization initiative, Measure 91, charged this week that it was wrong for summit organizers to use federal funds to help pay for an appearance by Kevin Sabet, a former White House drug adviser who has formed an organization opposing marijuana legalization.

Sabet was also scheduled to appear in 12 other Oregon cities as part of an ”Oregon Marijuana Education Tour” following the summit.  Sabet had said that, at the request of organizers, he would not talk about the ballot measure at either the Madras event or on the tour.

I’m ecstatic that the event was cancelled, and I’m hopeful that the other 12 stops on ‘Kevin Sabet’s Reefer Madness Propaganda Tour’ are also cancelled. It’s in poor taste that Kevin Sabet is pretending that he’s just educating the public, and that there’s no political agenda behind his tour. Let me get this straight Mr. Sabet, there’s no political agenda, yet the only time you seem to visit Oregon is when marijuana reform votes are about to occur. The last time Kevin Sabet was here it was to lobby the Oregon Legislature into voting no on marijuana legalization. Now with Oregon poised to legalize marijuana, not only does he come back, but he is on a double digit stop tour, trying as hard as he can to make marijuana sound like it’s the same as tobacco. I can’t wait until Oregon legalizes marijuana this November so I never have to hear about Kevin Sabet visiting my home state ever again.


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  1. Charles Waller on

    Of course you have the prerogative to post opinion as fact, that does not validate it. Yes, I can quite “picky” – clear, concise communication relies heavily on accuracy. Words have different meanings for a purpose, while grammar and punctuation facilitate written communication. As for opioid use – yes, I have used prescription pharmaceutical opioid and synthetic chemical compounds in the past. I abstain from them due to the side effects and long term physical damage which accompanies use for anything other than short periods of time. In conclusion, I certainly can “diss” your personal experience in a public venue when you choose to share it. If you cannot tolerate contradictory opinions or the manner in which other people express themselves I would strongly suggest you refrain from posting comments in public venues. Have a nice life. =)

  2. I only have one question for you……..
    Due you enjoy a nice cold beer, glass of wine or a hard drink after work in the safety of your own home?
    If so your a hypocrite.
    If not then you had better go and due your research for the real truth as I did. You just might be surprised what you will find out.

    Look into the news story on Sanjay Gupta and his research on MMJ, I think you sir will find that the “EVIL WEED” has many medical uses when not SMOKED. Great for PTSD, PAIN, TUMOR REDUCTION, SIZURE REDUCTION and the list goes on.
    As far as the effects on children? Well if you treat it like alcohol and keep it out of reach of children then you have no worries. It’s called TAKE RESPONCIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS!

  3. As a former “Prohibitionist” voting down MMJ/RECMMJ, I ran into a situation of EXTREAM pain where opioids as prescribed ( due to the hazards) would not cut the pain orally. I broke down and tried (“illegally”

  4. You’re a very nitpicky kind of person, huh?

    Does your 40 years of studying include actual experience with opioids? Because I’ve taken them all, and my opinion about the strength of THC is based on that comparative experience. You can belittle my knowledge, but you can’t really diss my own personal experience.

    And I don’t have any problem being corrected when I’m wrong. Perhaps if I was posting on the Cleveland Clinic website, I would have used more specificity in my comments about cannabis. But in case you didn’t notice, we are on The Weed Blog.

    When I signed up for Disqus, I don’t remember agreeing to always be right, or to only post facts and not opinions. As to your choices in what you post, well, that’s your business. Please allow me the same courtesy.

  5. Charles Waller on

    I’m sorry you take offense at my comment about “appearing clueless”. The is a fine distinction between that and directly calling you clueless, which would be “moniker”. Communicating clearly is important to convey specific information, and referring to ” which parts of the plant — which CBDs — should be regulated as a drug” by an acronym with a specific meaning simply obfuscates the issue. There is no choice in the matter of CBD, “which” is misleading. There is only one form of cannabidiol found in cannabis. There are many cannabinoids, but CBD is not “shorthand” for cannabinoids. Period. Furthermore, “…THC is a drug, and its effects can be compared to something like codeine…” is completely erroneous. THC is found in 2 forms in cannabis, and it is a plant sourced chemical compound, also referred to as a phyto-compound. The effects on the human body and consciousness are not comparable to any opioid. I’m sorry if you do not like being corrected on a simple matter such as that, but it is you problem to deal with – not mine. As to the definition of “drug”, it depends on society and culture. Any chemical compound can be considered a “drug”.

    We do agree on the basics, cultivation by citizens on private property should not be subject to any governmental regulation except when & where that activity infringes on the rights of others. Cannabis in natural form should definitely not be listed as a controlled substance under the CSA.

    Opinions are not facts. I’m not interested in discussing opinions & I don’t put myself in the position of trying to change the opinion of another person by voicing my own opinion in opposition. I stick to the facts. You made factually inaccurate statements on a public forum, which others might read & accept as accurate. I suggest you do more research on the subject if your comments reflect your knowledge and grasp of it. I’ve spent over 40 years studying and keeping up with the latest research whenever possible, and still accept the fact that I have only an informed layman’s grasp of the subject compared to true authorities. If you can’t handle criticism, don’t post. =)

  6. Hell yes I wish more people thought and researched the facts before condemning something they know nothing about!

  7. He has a website and I left a little nugget there yesterday but I doubt that he ever reads any of those emails unless there is a donation attached to it.

  8. Yes these bastards need to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity because that’s what it is.

  9. F off you idiot no one here believes your bull shit so go peddle your ignorant bullshit elsewhere.

  10. mark_lee481 BSHA on

    One of my earlier projects in my continuing education was to write a thesis on a formerly unknown subject. From the hat I drew Medical Marijuana which, at the time, I believed to be a scam. Throughout my research, with online access to the libraries at Harvard, Princeton, and the current research at Bethesda, MD. just to name a few, my mind was completely changed concerning cannabis. First of all, we have Nixon to blame. His administration funded research on cannabis, but if this “research” turned up any positive results, the university lost all of its Drug Research Funding (this included aspirin and vitamin C). When the University of Virginia discovered that cannabis repeatedly shrank, and in 1/4th of the cases completely resolved tumors, without radiation or chemotherapy. Imagine their excitement over having their hands on a cure for cancer? The DEA swept in and confiscated all of their work as well as putting an end to any further drug research. They had bona fide results in 1974. This research was re-discovered by Comptulence University in Madrid Spain. They achieved even greater success. As has the European Union. Reagan asked universities with any positive information on cannabis to willingly turn it over to the DEA. Can anyone here imagine the time and lives wasted over prohibition. As well as the preventative medical effects from “recreational” use; which I personally call preventative use.
    It is now known that THC alone is not as successful as was thought. As it turns out cannabis is a complex substance that works as a team of compounds. So, no one agent can be removed to throw the remainder away. Medicine lost cannabis for the last time in 1942. Well before 1937, William Randolph Hurst, and cotton/textile moguls decided to do away with Hemp, as the old blue jeans would last for years when made from hemp. They were called “Miners Favorites.” Hurst had just invested in the acid washed paper process, and hemp paper was in direct opposition to his multi-million investment. After a millennial history as a medicine and relaxant/spiritual connection, it was swept away in one fell swoop. Behind the backs of the AMA, it was taken from medicine as well.
    This needs to be announced from the rooftops, America’s prejudice against cannabis is a lie. Its history and effects have been twisted into a lie. If you are part of prohibition, you are perpetuating a lie as well as a liar yourself. Research outside your little world, you might learn as I have!!!

  11. Vehicle accidents increase? Alcohol does that. You were around in 1933?

    And children get a hold of it? As if the black market doesn’t currently serve them.

    BTW cannabis does have one horrible side effect. It cures cancer. Look up – Dr. Maria Sanchez, Madrid. Or Raphael Mechoulam, Israel.

  12. He’s a republican,Mr Obama gave him a,job to try to win influence with the republicans. That didn’t work, I’ll bet Mr. Holder and he didn’t get along

  13. Peace be with you. Sarcasm isn’t easy on a blog site, although you could have a page of comments over what is a drug. If pot is a drug so is coffee, and so what. Good night

  14. I found a new leader, hail to the leader. Finally a good brain , the brain eaters will never think of looking for a good one in a pot blog. They think we are dumb
    Hippyhippi I think your going to set a record in up votes

  15. Please bear in mind Mr. Saber is not a medical doctor, he has a doctorate degree in political science. Not compassion or logic, or reading science based facts. He does know how to run and market a bad thing that’s going to make him easy money

  16. Raleigh Swails on

    If this measure passes vehicle accidents are gonig to increase an children will get access to it thereby reducing their maturation process. I have seen this first hand.

  17. Karen Ferguson on

    http://learnaboutsam.org Stands for Smart Approaches to Marijuanna I haven’t researched it intensely so I don’t know who those are in the “ABOUT” on the site. No mention of members/ supporters. However, in the tags: Patrick Kennedy [whom I’ve seen on Colbert] and Kevin Sabet names are tags. No surprise there, eh?!

    ONDCP stands for Office of Drug Control Policy.
    I’m a newbie…don’t know abbreviations: hence the footnote. :-)

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