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Boston Bomb Suspect’s Marijuana Use Blamed For Terror Attacks

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boston bombing suspect marijuana useIt’s 4:20 – the first one! – here in the Mile High City. I am up late, as I usually am before a big gig, getting all the digital stuff in its place, ironing clothes, and catching up on what has been a horrific week for news in America. My live coverage of the first Cannabis Cup in America (that healthy people can enjoy fully) begins tomorrow on 420RADIO.org at Noon Mountain Time. I am also enjoying my Colorado Constitutional right to possess and smoke some very pleasant marijuana my Lakewood friends and hosts supplied me. It’s nice to smoke weed legally. Even though I smoke weed all the time and it’s pseudo-quasi-legal in Portland, Oregon, it feels better toking free.

Today, law enforcement captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was allegedly caught on camera allegedly dropping a backpack at the Boston Marathon that allegedly contained a bomb that blew the legs off thirty-odd people. Allegedly. Everyone deserves a trial and a fair defense… even (especially!) terrorists.

A few of the Twitter and Facebook accounts I follow in the online marijuana community were aghast at the door-to-door searches and lockdowns of the towns. “False flag!” a tiny minority cried, supposing that scores of people in the highest municipal, state, and federal government conspired to kill and maim marathon fans in order to something NDAA drones facism corporations sheeple yada yada yada. Others lamented the loss of the 4th Amendment in an emergency, some just hate cops no matter what they are doing.

I can understand. When your government has declared you a criminal and a danger to children, broken down your door and shot your dog, terrorized your family, imprisoned you for mandatory minimums even rapists don’t earn, stolen all of your property and money, and forced you to check the “Have you ever been convicted of something so we won’t hire you?” box on job applications for the rest of your life, it can make you a little anti-law enforcement.

Christine Tatum Blames Boston Bombs on Weed (click for full-size)

Christine Tatum Blames Boston Bombs on Weed (click for full-size)

However, I was thrilled to see SWAT being used for its actual purpose for once! Not serving marijuana warrants and drug warrants to overwhelmingly peaceful people who will be flooding Denver this 4/20 to experience freedom!

When we marijuana aficionados celebrate 4/20, it’s not because we’re looking for a excuse to party and get high. We’re getting high already; we don’t need a calendar and a watch for that. No, what we are celebrating is our culture and identification as members of an oppressed minority. 4/20 isn’t just our “Stoner Holiday”, it’s also like our “Pride Parade”. It’s our stand against those who seek to keep us second-class citizens. It’s our rejection of being forced to hide in a smoky garage while our friends drink beer openly in almost every public accommodation. It’s our fellowship in shared traditions borne of outlaw status, like taking a furtive toke in a bathroom, blowing smoke through the ventilation fan, using eyedrops and Febreze and a lighted match to disguise the evidence of our “criminal” acts. It’s a collective rememberance of our friends and family who lost anything from a job or scholarship to their freedom or their life because nature’s most human-beneficial plant is banned.

As I was finishing up my preparations for my 4/20 presentations tomorrow, I received the embedded picture above from a friend. It is from the Facebook account of Christine Tatum. She is a journalist and anti-pot crusader who I’ve mocked in the past for her over-the-top reefer madness. But this post, on 4/20, blaming marijuana for two young men’s destructive lunacy, moves her from the “mocking” column to “righteous indignation” column on my “To Do” list.

Let’s see, there are 26.1 million annual tokers, 17 million monthly tokers, and 2 million daily tokers in America. Two of them are alleged terrorists. That’s literally, at best, a one-in-a-million risk.

Christine Tatum Blames School Shootings on Marijuana (click for full-size)

Christine Tatum Blames School Shootings on Marijuana (click for full-size)

Meanwhile, here’s a homework assignment for Christine Tatum and you, the reader. Learn a little about the link between anti-depressants and violence. You know, the drugs the FDA has said are safe medicines, unlike marijuana, even as they add a “black box warning” that the drugs “may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults…” and may lead to “acting aggressive, being angry, or violent” and “acting on dangerous impulses”. Then, when you learn that many of the school shooters were on these anti-depressants, you might wish they’d have chosen marijuana instead.

What must 4/20 be like for someone like Christine Tatum who sees violent evil behind the pot leaf? I hope to make it as uncomfortable for her as I can by livestreaming all the peaceful friendly peopleour people – and educating everyone I can reach about the crucial need to end marijuana prohibition and restore our cannabis hemp heritage. Today, on the first 4/20 in post-legalization Colorado and Washington, we vow to continue legalization of cannabis until all fifty states and all their pot P.O.W.s are free.

Light it up! Here’s to making the Christine Tatums, Paul Chabots, Kevin Sabets, and especially the Gil Kerlikowskes of the nation irrelevant!

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Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.

31 Comments

  1. Jeez, get a little more violent there reefer addict! Thanks for completely proving my point. Look, I don’t smoke the reefergreens so I will never ever harm anyone ever. In fact I want to pass legislation in congress to triple the prison terms for THC Psychos like you. You are obviously out of control and need to find help and support at a Marijuana Rehabilitation Clinic immediately!!!

  2. you can lump the christine tatums of the world with the michelle bachmans of the world. we just have to do our best to make sure these people never reach the position of authority. the opinions are one thing but to allow their dimwitted thoughts to be discussed by intelligent people or so called intelligent people is mind blowing

  3. YOU ARE A FUCKING IDIOT AND A DANGEROUS ONE
    YOU NEED LOCKED UP AWAY FROM NORMAL STABLE PEOPLE BEFOR YOUR UNFOUNDED SADISTICALLY UNSUBSTANTIATED HATE MONGERING IGNORANCE CAN
    BE USED BY YOURSELF OR SOMEONE EQUALLY OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY TO HURT A SINGLE INNOCENT.
    YOUR WILLFULLY IGNORNT ASSERTION ARE OF A LEVEL
    OF INCOMPOTENCE AS HAVE NOT BEEN CONCEVED SINCE THE PROPOGANDIC SLANDEROUS MISREPRISENTATIONS OFFFERED AS TRUTH IN THE SINCE DISPOVEN SATIRES OF REFER MADNESS THE WIDELY HELD AS TRU FILM OF THE 1930 ON WHICH YOU SEEM TO HAVE BASED YOUR CLAIMES WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN FULLY DEBASED AS UTTERLY BASED ON PARNOIA AND LIES WHICH IS SO WRONG ITS NOW MAINTAINED FULLY AS A COMEDY
    AND A LOW POINT IN AMERICAN HISTRY WHO’S LIES HAVE STUNTED OUR CULTURAL ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEDEVELOPMENT FOR ABOUT 77 YEARS THANKS TO MONSTERS LIKE YOU .

  4. Bryan Holbern on

    Didn’t some friends from Cambridge talk about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and how he QUIT smoking weed some time BEFORE the Boston Marathon bombing? Just sayin’…..

  5. Totally with u… So what is it like u smoke a joint and suddenly find urself buying supplies to blow up people….please ive smoked so much the whole world would of been blown by now… Lol…
    When I smoke I think about grubbing not killing…

  6. wasnt there an alchohol probition period
    Not quite sure when , but didnt it make people
    like super act out , so bad it was finally legalized
    again…. I dont see us stoners doing that…. The gov
    Is just a sick manipulative thing…i dont believe it was weed
    I believe its in the person phycology and their set values…

  7. ScrewLordDeathcon on

    I’m from Boston, I was there, and I saw it happen. There was nothing fake about those explosions or the victims. Are you too stupid to see that not everything is a government ploy or conspiracy? Do you think you really know what happened because you saw some pictures and footage on TV and online? Was the concussion I felt and the smell of sulfer and blood in the air fake too? Go fuck yourself. I hope something as fake as the bombings happens to you.

  8. LordDeathcon on

    it would help her story had these boys actually done something but they are completely innocent…for one if your legs get blown off you would bleed to death in seconds…that guy didnt even show pain in his face nor surprise…are too blind to see your government faked it to scare you into being controlled by them!!??

    Wake up Americans!!

  9. I saw a news piece on the TV last night, where this kids friends were saying they couldn’t believe he would do this based upon the amount of pot he smoked. I see this as a direct blast on the Cannabis Community by the media on 420 and was an unnecessary attack on our American Subculture; basically saying “stoners” are a good as “terrorists” to the public is demeaning to all of us.

  10. Reality Check on

    Everyone should blow up her twitter account to get her off Twitter. she doesn’t belong on there

  11. Sourcing cannabis before the days of medical cannabis was always sketchy. Mexican pot smuggled in gas tanks or bags of fertilizer, paraquat, and dealers pumping up the high with PCP, ketamine or anything else (feel the burn).

    The DEA claims that 80 percent of the cannabis they seize is adulterated with other known and unknown chemicals and dugs. If Chis would do her research she would know this bit of info because it’s on the federal government’s site.

  12. Marijuana makes you extremely violent. When you puff on a reefer cigarette you are immediately filled with the urge to slaughter everyone you see. Whether it’s through bombs, guns, knives, broken bottles, or even beating somebody to death with an arm torn from the socket of an elderly man or woman, greendanks will incite violence and rape everywhere it exists.

  13. Interesting. I agree with most of what Russ has stated above. If Chris was correct in her opinionated assumptions we would be up to our ears in terrorists and mass murders, last time I checked I never met any of the aforementioned psychopaths in my life (I know a lot of cannabis users, none of them killers).

    What we have here is a journalist that is trying to make a name for themselves with ridiculous, albeit sketchy, summarizations. We also have a congress full of these type of people that read a little about a topic and them construct their own version within their isolated bubble of reality. It is not too difficult to do the work and most journalists have forgotten how to vet a story before they open their mouths or put pen to paper (CNN’s “A suspect has been arrested” fiasco – tell Blitzer their gonna need another room for that).

    Tatum (assistant business editor Denver Post) seems to be in good company in our worthless mainstream media, purveyors of our salad of misinformation and propaganda. So, when she leaves her business related agenda and tries to engage in a off topic (out of her league) discussion concerning cannabis, she’ll need to do some research which includes a gram of Blue Dream and backpacking in Boulder.

  14. Dumbass lady….. Oh and the guy in Florida who ate the others guys face….he was smoking FAKE weed. You know….the stuff sold in headshops across America, even to minors.. Get your facts straight Christine!

  15. If ganj is making ppl come up with plans like that like it’s because they’re crazy and fucked up to begin with and sadly the ganj can make them more creative.

  16. I could’ve sworn that when you consider yourself a journalist you’re supposed to back up your claims with evidence, not tell people “Go try to find negative studies about cannabis”. Because I’d love to see these mountains of evidence.

  17. Prohibs always want to to take the easy way out.
    They want to blame every injury and bad outcome on cannabis.
    Everyone who enjoys cannabis must stand up and demand these
    people get over it. They’re right! We are having more fun.
    Stay involved, work together to end prohibition. Happy 4/20

  18. maybe we should discuss the thc levels of people not in prison and how they actually help the economy instead of being a drag on it like our judicial and law enforcement systems…

  19. she thinks she is smart because she knows the prison system is full of pot smokers that shouldnt be there… really she is just a dumb cunt who knows how to win a debate at any means regardless of whats right or wrong. I hope her whole family dies a slow painful death and nobody is there to give them any kind of relief.

  20. Hey Russ,
    You are such a stoner!
    Can you think of a higher complement to give on 420.
    Happy 420 Russ

  21. It’s not. She’s just being naive. Like, most of those who don’t smoke pot or know the truth effects. You are right though – if this was true, the marijuana had to be laced with something.

  22. Oh ya she’s a winner, so knowledgeable ! Give me a break!
    No more comment on her ignorant prejudices ! Sad!
    Happy 420 to all!

  23. if you believe weed was the cause of such a crime, then your just ignorant and easily persuaded

  24. If it were not for nut cases like this we would not have the oppourtunity to share the true statisics on what these medications that are being prescribed at an alarming rate to our youth are capable of. The doctors are also starting them on these drugs at younger ages. Have they really looked at the long term use of these drugs. Is it enough to put warning labels on these dangerous prescriptions I think not. Parents need to be aware of what the doctors are giving to thier kids. And if they notice rage and other signs they need to get thier kids off those drugs. Kids also dont always take the medication as it is prescribed. Why take one when three makes me feel so much better is the attitude of so many kids. Also remember doctors get kick backs of sorts for selling certain drugs. This whole prescription medicine thing is all screwed up. And now big pharma wants to get into the pot game because they know of it potential and are not going to stay out of it when they see that the feds are really thinking hard about the whole leagalization thing. This is the biggest drawbacks of ” Medical Marijuana” and is the only reason that full leagalization make sense.

  25. Wtf is this. How is marijuana the cause of a bombing? It had to be laced with something.!

  26. She’s grasping at straws – the needle in the hemp stack. Doesn’t it just get your rant up! Love your million to one shot.

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