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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    War breaks out within the marijuana legalization movement (part 1)
    A war is breaking out between the Cannabusiness Community, that hopes to profit from draconian regulation of Marijuana, and the pillars of the drug reform movement that insist that the self cultivation of Marijuana become an untaxed, unregulated sacred right. The first shots were fired by a speech by Jack Herer and the firing of Dennis Peron from Oaksterdam University. Could this be our "Concord" moment?


    Over the past few weeks two things have occurred that should be of paramount interest to both the majority of American Citizens favoring the Re-Legalization of Marijuana and even those that don't yet support Marijuana Re-Legalization.
    First on Saturday September 12th, 2009, Jack Herer made a short but historic speech at Oregon's HempStalk Festival. And despite suffering a stroke and heart attack, back in 2000, it is abundantly clear that he put every ounce of energy and anger into this speech. It is clear that this anger is directed at the Cannabusiness community as you will understand by the end of this article. Here were the most important words from that fiery speech:

    "I don't want to f**king give the United States government one f**king dollar of taxes. I think that they should go to f**king jail for getting you and me and 20 million people getting arrested for pot. It is the safest thing you can do in the universe. And that is what we are going to do in California. Okay? Come over to my booth, over there, and I will see you next time."

    In this video Jack Herer vehemently denounced the attempts by the Cannabusiness community to push for the government taxation and regulation of our Marijuana during his speech at the HempStalk Festival in Oregon (09/12/2009). Unfortunately he suffered a heart attack shortly after delivering what could become his most important speech.

    Next on Tuesday September 15th, 2009, Dennis Peron was fired from Oaksterdam University. According to journalist Craig Canada, his firing was the result of Peron's opposition to his employer's state wide initiative to "tax and regulate" Marijuana.

    Dennis Peron announced on Tuesday (09/15/2009) that he returned from Burning Man to discover he had been fired from Oaksterdam University because of his opposition to taxing and regulating medical marijuana. Oaksterdam University has announced it intends to spend a million dollars to promote an initiative that would tax, regulate and control marijuana by city and county, as well as at the state level.

    What both Herer and Peron are reacting to is the great "bait and switch" on Marijuana policy by the Cannabusiness community and our very own government. In a nutshell what is going on is a reaction to the fact that a majority of American Citizens -- 52% according to a 2009 Zogby poll -- now support the complete Legalization of Marijuana for all citizens: not just the sick and dying.

    What should also be made clear is that both Jack Herer and Dennis Peron are two of the most important and respected members of the Marijuana Re-Legalization movement. And despite this they have been demonized by groups that purport to support Marijuana Re-Legalization for many years: NORML, DPA and MPP.

    Jack Herer is the author of the "Emperor Wears No Clothes" which was first published in 1985. This book clearly documented the censored history of Hemp (e.g., Marijuana or Cannabis) and essentially became the "bible" for the Marijuana reform movement.


    Dennis Peron has also made incredible contributions to the movement towards Marijuana Re-Legalization as documented by journalist Craig Canada:

    Peron has been hailed as the father of the medical marijuana movement and was the guiding force and co-author of California's Proposition 215. He became a marijuana dealer after returning from Viet Nam to San Francisco in 1969 and through the 70s he ran the Big Top marijuana supermarket from his home. In 1978 he organized Proposition W which directed the district attorney to stop arresting people for possessing, transferring, or growing marijuana. Though it was passed by 56% of the electorate, it was never implemented by the Feinstein Administration. In 1991 he organized Proposition P which made enforcement of laws against medical marijuana the city's lowest priority. It passed by 79%. In 1993 he opened the Church Street Compassion Center in San Francisco's Castro District. In 1995 he opened the larger San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club at 1444 Market Street where the medical marijuana movement was born. In 1996 he co-authored The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and organized the signature drive that put Proposition 215 on the ballot.

    Dennis Peron sacked by Oaksterdamn U for opposing marijuana tax

    Together they both were instrumental in the authoring and passage of the first Medical Marijuana Initiative in the United States which is now known as "Proposition 215," which was passed in California in 1996. It was the first palpable evidence that the American People had changed their minds about Marijuana and were now poised to do what really needed to be done: and that would be to completely Re-Legalize Marijuana for ALL adult American Citizens.

    This sea change in attitude, by the American People, is unsettling to both, the Cannabusiness Community and the Government, because they both profit enormously by treating Marijuana (e.g., Cannabis) through a policy of prohibition or through a quasi-prohibition model known as the Medical Marijuana model. They both know that if adult Americans ever get the right to "grow their own," without taxation or regulation their profits will evaporate over night.


    Who is the Cannabusiness Community?
    First let us consider the Cannabusiness community. This community evolved after the first Medical Marijuana Initiative, Proposition 215, gave Californian citizens the right to consume Cannabis in November 2006. In the 13 years since Proposition 215 was passed 12 additional states have passed similar initiatives and many more states are poised to do the same thing in the next couple of years. It should be noted that many of the original supporters of this initiative - including it's authors Peron and Herer -- saw "Medical Marijuana" as but a stepping stone towards complete Cannabis Re-Legalization. And many activists use the term Re-Legalization to remind other Americans that for most of American history, Cannabis was, in fact, completely legal to both cultivate and consume. That ended in 1938 with the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act.

    So in the 13 years since "Medical Marijuana" became legal a very predictable trend began to emerge. "Medical Marijuana" dispensaries began to open in all of the 13 states and enterprising corporations began to get in the business of offering "Medical Marijuana Cards" to distinguish the "real" Medical Cannabis users from the "recreational" Cannabis users. Of course the whole thing is a sham since in California you can basically pay your annual $150 fee and be given a "Medical Marijuana Card" for a stubbed toe. But that is not the point.

    The point is that these Cannabusinesses were now making literally millions of dollars each year and the last thing they wanted to see is for these profits to evaporate in the wake of complete Cannabis Re-Legalization. They knew that, if American adults could cultivate their own Marijuana as they can presently produce their own "home brewed" beer and wine, their empire would quickly dissolve like castles in the sand at your local beach. So to protect their new empire they began using their money to steer the activist community away from the true Re-Legalization that both Peron and Herer foresaw. Because if Peron, Herer and other succeeded at allowing Americans to "grow their own" without taxation or regulation, their financial empires would crumble to the ground. And frankly, that is exactly what needs to happen right now.

    And while a comprehensive analysis is beyond the scope of this present article I can provide a few examples that make clear this is exactly what the Cannabusiness community is up to.

    * In early 2009 Rob Kampia, the head of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), began to embark on the 14th Medical Marijuana Initiative in Arizona. But their was something markedly different about this initiative. The last 13 initiatives granted the patient, or a caregiver, to grow at least 12 plants to provide "medicine" to the patient. But the Arizona initiative is actually structured to eventually prohibit all self-cultivation. It does this by insisting that, unless you are more than 25 miles from a dispensary, you will NOT be able to cultivate anything: you will be forced to buy it from the dispensary. Even an unabashed "stoner" would realize that eventually no one will be able to grow and your only option will be to buy your Cannabis from the "dispensary" at prices that range from $300 to $500 an ounce.

    * In August 2009 Allen St. Pierre was discussing the great success of "Medical Marijuana Cards" on the radio show "Time for Hemp." Allen is the head of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). He was just ecstatic over the fact that Oregon now has 25,000 Medial Marijuana consumers who now pay a $150 dollar annual fee to the Cannabusiness community for the privilege of having legal access to Marijuana. It is insightful to recognize that the Cannabusinessman, currently making 3.75 million in gross profits, each year from the issuance of these cards, is none other than Paul Stanford who heads both the "Hemp and Cannabis Foundation" (THCF) and the "Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp" (CRRH). Basically the THCF is responsible for the distribution of "Medial Marijuana Cards" and the CRRH is responsible for making sure we adult Americans never get the right to grow our own Marijuana so that Stanford and his Cannabusiness buddies can continue to profit at our expense. Ironically THCF was a major sponsor of the HempStalk festival (09/12/2009) where Jack Herer spoke and succumbed to a heart attack immediately after walking off of the stage. At the beginning of the video of Jack's speech you will notice that it is the THCF banner that virtually dwarfs the stage.

    * This week The 2009 National NORML Conference – “YES WE CANNABIS!” - is being held Thursday, September 24 through Saturday, September 26 at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco, CA. One of the panels at the conference asks "Has support for legalization reached a critical mass/tipping point?" One of the 3 participants on the panel is Rich Lee, Proprietor of ‘Oaksterdam University’ and Campaigner for ‘The Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010.′ You should be aware that I have already made reference to Rich Lee. He is the guy that recently fired Dennis Peron because Dennis is opposed to the "taxation and regulation" of Marijuana.

    So then who comprises the Cannabusiness Community? It is comprised of "reform organizations" including the "Marijuana Policy Project," NORML and the "Drug Policy Alliance." It is also comprised of dispensary owners, "Medical Marijuana" growers and distributors of "Medical Marijuana Cards" such as Paul Stanford. And what do they all have in common? They do not want you to ever have the right to grow your own Marijuana: even as an adult.

    Now all of these Cannabusiness people would argue that this is not the case. But even this short list of examples, above, make clear that they are all lying through their teeth.

    And why don't they want you to ever have the right to grow your own Marijuana? Because if adults did have the sacred, inalienable right to "grow their own" Americans could grow all the Marijuana they needed for free in their gardens or they could grow it for about $20 dollars an ounce under LED lamps within their own homes. And that would put an end to "Medical Marijuana Cards" and drastically reduce the price that you currently pay for you Cannabis both on the streets and through these stupid dispensaries. For those that don't consume Marijuana let me give you an idea of what consumers are now paying for both "illegal" street Marijuana and Marijuana bought through the "dispensaries;" it is between $300 to $500 an ounce!
    Now you can buy low quality "dirt weed" for as little as $120 an ounce, but you will only get a headache from smoking it and it is far worse for your health because you will have to smoke more of it. There is no reason that any American Citizen should have to settle for "dirt weed" when they could be growing their own for free.

    It is instructive to consider that Marijuana, even according to the Cannabusiness Community, is far safer than drinking beer. And do you really think you should need to spend $200 a year for a "Medial Beer Card" to give you the privilege of drinking beer? So why should anyone have to pay $150 dollars each year for the "privilege" of consuming Cannabis? Is it really necessary to provide any additional information to make the claim that these Cannabusiness people are greedy, psychotic nuts that are really just out to screw us out of our hard earned money and liberties?
    Their deceptive behavior reminds me of a favorite quote from Upton Sinclair:

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
    Upton Sinclair

    Well, I can only hope that this essay helps these Cannabusiness "bait and switchers" understand the utter hypocrisy of their attempts to screw the American People. It is never too late to repent and change your stupid attempts to "tax and regulate" our right to "grow our own" Cannabis.

    Why Untaxed, Unregulated Self-Cultivation Need to be Made Legal Now
    And there are a number of other good reasons, for Marijuana consumers and abstainers alike, to demand that our right to grow (e.g., our Marijuana Rights). And this goes far beyond the "money" issue of the greedy Cannabusiness community.

    By taking the "black market" profits out of Cannabis consumption and cultivation a number of great things would occur almost immediately:

    * The Mexican Drug Cartels would go out of business in a matter of weeks.
    * The sick and the poor would instantly have access to free, or at least cheap, medicine.
    * The police would no longer have an excuse to invade you home in hopes of discovering a few Marijuana plants.

    It should be understood that none of these things can occur as long as we allow the Cannabusiness community to push their quasi-prohibitionist "Medical Marijuana" model upon us. Under this model they are the only winners and the vast majority of non-violent Cannabis consumers become mere victims: just to insure that they make a profit.

    The issues here are complex and not well covered in the mainstream media. To help you better understand these complexities I have authored the MERP Model which provides a justification for untaxed, unregulated self cultivation as well as a road map for implementing our right to "grow our own." In addition I have created a website where you can read and watch numerous videos where I explain the need to implement the MERP Model immediately.


    What You Can Do to Help Re-Legalize Marijuana for all Adult Americans
    Regardless of whether you consume Marijuana I encourage all that agree with this article to get on my mailing list so that I can keep you up to date on the progress of the MERP strategy to make "self cultivation" a right of all American Citizens. You can sign up for the mailing list for free by clicking here.

    In the second part of this series I will explain how the government is also conspiring to create a "Government Marijuana Dispensary" system that will force you to buy your Marijuana from the same government that has been busting cultivators and consumers for 72 years because they insisted that Marijuana was too dangerous. Ironically they now want to become your new "Marijuana Drug Dealer" and force you to pay $300 to $500 an ounce for something you could be growing for free.

    My feelings about that are very similar to Jack Herer. "The Hell with that. Let me "grow my own."

    In addition to this there are other things that you can do to expedite the immediate implementation of the MERP Model and end Marijuana Prohibition once and for all:

    * Denounce all 2010 Marijuana Initiatives other than Jack Herer's CCHH Initiative. This is the only initiative that conforms to the MERP Model. Here is a telling excerpt from the CCHH Initiative:

    "No person, individual, or corporate entity shall be arrested or prosecuted, be denied any right or privilege, nor be subject to any criminal or civil penalties for the possession, cultivation, transportation, distribution, or consumption of cannabis hemp marijuana."

    All of the other initiatives are "Trojan horse" initiatives that only benefit the Cannabusiness Community. Here is a link for more information on CCHH:
    California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative

    * Withdraw all financial support to NORML, DPA, MPP and the rest of the Cannabusiness community. This does not include local chapters of NORML that are also often in agreement with the MERP Model and at odds with National NORML.
    * If you attend any convention for any "drug reform" organization challenge them to explain what they are up to and insist that they grant full support and funding towards implementation of initiatives and legislation that conform to the requirements of the MERP Model.
    * Call the President and your elected Representatives on a weekly basis demanding that the MERP Model is implemented immediately. You can find more information for doing this by clicking here.

    As I write this Dennis Peron is without a job at Oaksterdam and Jack Herer is now lingering in a coma for his 13th day. I cannot think of a better way to commemorate these great Americans than to make sure that their dream of untaxed, unregulated Marijuana becomes a right for every adult throughout the United States. It is high time to "just say NO" to the Cannabusiness Community and our Corporately Controlled Government.
    The time for action is now!


    Yours in Peace and Freedom,
    Bruce W. Cain
    Editor of New Age Citizen
    Author of the MERP Model for Marijuana Re-Legalization.


    http://www.examiner.com/x-23625-Det...in-the-marijuana-legalization-movement-part-1



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    many good links in the original story linked above. Don't have time to check/import/format them all here

Comments

  1. Lokibee
    Its all about the money for some about the experience for others that will never change....
  2. Sven99
    This swimmer is not at all convinced. Its a helluva lot easier to make beer than grow marijuana, but I don't see any brewery's worrying about going bust due to people brewing their own.

    The price will plummet whether people have the right to grow for their own use or not simply because

    1: There will no longer be a vastly inflated illegal market price.
    2: The currently high prices will attract more businesses to grow cannabis. This will increase supply in relation to demand and lower prices - simple economics.
  3. Terrapinzflyer
    turtle does not fully agree- living in CA the vast majority of folks turtle knows, even casually, grow. And home brewers are rare.

    And most all of them have their med cards- despite the fact that all but 2 of them that turtle can think of would never be prescribed any other substance for their ""illness" by a doctor. (or are being prescribed for issues that have never been shown to be effectively treated by marijuana)

    medical marijuana is a huge cash machine here...
  4. Sven99
    Well in that case, since the 'cannabusiness community' is thriving regardless of lots of people growing their own, they don't have much to worry about.
  5. Motorhead
    We live in a Capitalist world. If marijuana is untaxed and unregulated then, even if you don't go to jail for growing it, the product itself still exists in a 'black market'. Lets get real. Even if it is legal to grow not everyone will do so for many reasons. Mainly, it takes time and money to grow pot. The people that don't grow it for themselves will have to purchase it. Nothing is free in this world. No government in the world will stand idly by and watch people earn income on something, no matter what it is, and not take their share ie taxes.

    I totally respect anyone who is out there fighting for the cause of legalizing marijuana, but I think some of these old guys have to get their heads out of the 1960's 'Free love, Free dope' ideology and face the economic facts.

    The cartels won't go out of business. lol. Would legal marijuana stop the cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine trade? I think not.

    The sick and the poor that can't grow their own medicine would still pay. Sure the supply would increase in a 'grow all you want world', but so would demand. There are millions of people who haven't tried medical marijuana yet.

    Sure the cops wouldn't have a reason to search your home for plants, but the IRS or Revenue Canada would be working overtime looking for unaccounted funds and dishing out audits.

    The only way to lower prices is to legalize pot and let the government license massive fields and greenhouses, and allow competition on a taxed and regulated market that consumers in every corner of the continent have access to.
  6. Coconut
    I agree with Jack Herer.

    The argument for taxation and regulation is something that legalisation advocates epouse in order to appear less "extreme"; it is a form of compromise with the rabid prohibitionists, just like the argument for decriminalisation.

    It is bad enough that drugs like alcohol are so heavily taxed in some countries. For example, in Ireland, the vast majority of the money you hand over for your €30 bottle of vodka is tax, which goes straight into the coffers of the state, where it is then spent on fucking useless shit.

    Taxation is another form of control. Why should we replace one form (prohibition, which is openly visible and clearly totalitarian) with another (taxation, which is stealthy, but actually gives the state more power through increased funds)? People for legalisation in countries such as the United States should think about this: if you support taxation, where do you think that tax will go? Health care? Education? That is naive. The money will go to military spending and policing budgets so the War on Drugs can continue slaughtering untold numbers abroad. In other countries, the money will not be put to any good use, and it will not erode the state's grip on your life at all. This is an illusion, similar to how they manipulate people via alcohol and nicotine.

    Do you really think we need more taxes? Politicians masturbate to the thought of sapping more money out of us. The people of the Earth are taxed to obscene levels.

    If legal Cannabis is not regulated, of course it's a "black market", but this is a meaningless term used to tar the concept of no regulation. Dealers can sell Cannabis, but people can also grow it themselves if they so wish. Shops should also be allowed to sell it. This is called liberty.
  7. MrG
    I think it is rather short-sighted of the "free-dope for everyone" movement.

    The only way we are likely to get the politico's to agree to legalisation is through accepting legislation that would allow use but offer sufficient controls so that Joe-Sixpack and his wife-beatin' buddies wouldn't have such a strong argument to vote against it.

    So, picture this, they legalise it through controlling and taxing it. People then start to see that it is not going to bring about the end of the world and can go about their day. Any headline-grabbing "legalised marijuana has ruined my life" bullshit stories will be drowned out by the sound of the dollar signs spinning in the government's eyes and it would become no less accepted as a drug than alcohol.

    Imagine, then, that following a few years of calm, people feel like growing the odd plant in their back yard - nobody will care. It would be no more of a crime than making homebrew beer or growing a tobacco plant.

    Wouldn't it be better to accept a fast track instead of holding out for the unlikely?
  8. Motorhead
    ^^
    Sure we pay to much tax, and sure governments don't always have our best interests at heart when they table their budgets. That's not really the point though.

    How can one particular good or product be exempt from the economic system that binds every other good or service within that system? Everyone has to pay tax on their income.

    For example lets say Jack Herers' model goes into effect. Somewhere in California on a busy street there is a Marijuana dispensery and right next to it there is coffee shop, and on the other side there is a fruit stand. Every year during tax season the owners of the coffee shop and the fruit stand have to report their earnings from their businesses and pay tax on those earnings. The owner of the dispensery gets to keep everything he earns? He would probably need it to replace his windows every other week from all the bricks being thrown through them.

    People don't do this now because they are quite content watching LE bust the dispenserys that are making profit and not just providing dope for sick people.

    I understand Mr. Herers' vision, I just don't think it is realistic.
  9. HairDOWN-2-hisKNEES
    Another article from drug-forum [ http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=101403 ] that drug cartels smuggle mostly weed (i can't find the percentage but i think the article gives one).

    "The current ban on marijuana drives users to dealers who may offer them other... drugs."

    thus taking marijuana off the black market and breaking the tie between marijuana users and dealers could have severe affects on drug cartels
  10. Motorhead
    This is a more accurate statement than saying the cartels would go out of business in a few weeks. Whatever the scenario, if the US no longer needed Mexican weed there would still be other drugs to move. Possibly even increase the violence as some traffickers who used to make a living moving marijuana would now have to hustle in on the cocaine or black tar trade.

    Severe effects-yes. Put them out of business-no.
  11. chillinwill
    War Breaks Out Within the Marijuana Legalization Movement

    A war is breaking out between the Cannabusiness Community, that hopes to profit from draconian regulation of Marijuana, and the pillars of the drug reform movement that insist that the self cultivation of Marijuana become an untaxed, unregulated sacred right. The second part of this series looks at how Ethan Nadleman and the Drug Policy Alliance are standing in the way of our inalienable right to "grow our own" Marijuana.

    In the first part of this series I described a evolving "war" within the Marijuana Re-Legalization movement. The battle lines have been drawn. On one side is the Cannabusiness community that hopes to solidify policies that would allow them to monopolize the market through the establishment of "dispensaries" as the only means for American Citizens to obtain their Marijuana. Under this model Americans would be forced to pay "black market" prices, of between $300 to $500 dollars an ounce, as is currently the case at California dispensaries. The Cannabusiness Community is represented by pseudo drug reform organizations (e.g., NORML, DPA and MPP) as well as by dispensaries (e.g., Richard Lee, owner of Oaksterdam) that stand to profit from the imposition of a this highly regulated and taxed model.

    On the other side are the true activists that believe we should be able to grow unlimited amounts of "self cultivated" Marijuana without any taxation, regulation or other forms of government interference. Under this model, represented by the MERP Model, Americans would be able to grow their own Marijuana for free in their gardens or at about $20 an ounce if they elected to grow inside under new energy efficient LED light arrays.
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    One useful way to compare these two models is to think of the way we treat beer and wine in contrast to the way we treat hard liquor. In most states the home production of both beer and wine is not taxed or regulated. So American Citizens have the choice as to whether they want to produce their own beer and wine or just buy it from a local store. Hard liquor is quite a different story. While you are free to purchase it from a store you will most certainly be fined or jailed if you attempt to produce it yourself by setting up a home "still."

    Obviously the true activists prefer the "beer and wine" model, whereas the Cannabusiness community prefers the "hard liquor" model. So while the greedy Cannabusiness community often labels "self cultivation" as too radical it is nothing of the sort. It is almost exactly the same model that we have allowed for the home production of beer and wine for decades.

    There is also an important advantage to society, as a whole, that can only be realized by allowing "self cultivation" by adult Americans. Only by destroying the "black market" value of Marijuana -- by allowing untaxed, unregulated "self cultivation" -- can we achieve 3 very important objectives:

    * The Mexican Drug Cartels would go out of business in a matter of weeks.
    * The sick and the poor would instantly have access to free, or at least cheap, medicine.
    * The police would no longer have an excuse to invade you home in hopes of discovering a few Marijuana plants.

    Once this is understood the Cannabusiness community begins to look like a bunch of greedy opportunists. Perhaps that is because they are a bunch of greedy opportunists. And it hard to argue that not to be the case. It also begins to expose them to some very tough questions, which include:

    * Why should we be forced to pay $300 to $500 an ounce for my Marijuana when we could grow it ourselves for free in our garden or for about $20 an ounce under LED light arrays within my own home?

    * Why would we ever allow the government to become my new Marijuana Drug Dealer when they have arrested 20 million Americans, since 1965, because they insisted it was too dangerous?

    This second part of the series will be focusing on one specific Cannabusiness organization: the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) headed by Ethan Nadleman. The DPA was originally established as the Drug Policy Foundation in the mid-90's through the funding of multi-billionaire George Soros. And one reason for addressing the DPA is that their National Convention is coming up in about a month and I am hoping that what I write here is duly addressed at the convention.

    George Soros
    Primary Financier of "bogus" Marijuana Reform Ethan Nadleman
    Drug Policy Alliance
    (DPA)

    2001 was a pivotal year for Marijuana reform in Michigan. It was the second consecutive year that Michigan Marijuana activists were to launch a statewide initiative to legalize the possession of up to 3 Marijuana plants, for all adults over the age of 21. It also allowed the possession of up to 3 ounces of Marijuana for each adult. The first attempt occurred in 2000 but only 151,000 of the required 302,000 signatures were collected. We had brushed ourselves off from the first defeat in 2000 and were "locked and loaded" to push this over the top in 2001.

    Had it succeeded we would have been the first state, in the nation, to get beyond the Medical Marijuana Initiatives and allow legal "self cultivation" for all adult Americans in the state of Michigan. Had it succeeded it would have been up for vote on the ballot in November 2002. What made this effort even more daunting was the fact that we had no money to pay for the signatures. Soros had funded all of the Medical Marijuana Initiatives by hiring a professional canvassing firm and paying at least one dollar for each signature. Our activists were doing this grunt work for free.

    The initiative was drafted by attorney Gregg Schmidt and was called the Personal Responsibility Act, or PRA for short. Here are some of the important logistical challenges we faced in order to get PRA onto the 2002 state ballot:

    * The PRA initiative was launched at the Ann Arbor "Hash Bash" on April 6, 2001 after the wording of the PRA proposal was accepted by the State of Michigan.

    * In the case of Michigan 302,711 good signatures must be collected within a 6-Month timeframe in order for the initiative to be placed on the November 2002 ballot.

    * This meant that all petitions must be in the hands of the State of Michigan no later than October 3, 2001. Since some of the signatures would be invalidated the goal of PRA was to collect at least 450,000 signatures -- allowing for a 33% margin of error

    As the collection campaign began on April 6th, 2001 we felt up to the task for a number of good reasons. First of all the 2000 dress rehearsal resulted in a cohesive group of Marijuana reform activists that understood both how to properly collect signatures as well as the best venues to collect them. Secondly we had Tom Crosslin's Rainbow Farm. Rainbow Farm was a rural farm in Jones, Michigan, just a stones throw north of the Indiana border. Since the mid-90's it had become a regional "Hemp Festival" site which drew thousands of activists who came to listen to the music, smoke Marijuana and get exposed to the activists that were promoting Marijuana "self cultivation" for all adult Americans.

    So every weekend activists, with their clip boards were busy collecting signatures for PRA at Hart Plaza in Detroit, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, and at just about every major outdoor venue in the state. It was absolutely inspiring to see all of these people sacrificing their leisure time for such a great cause. And I was also inspired to see the incredibly positive response from the public. I ended up collecting over 2,000 signatures for PRA. One of the most common things that I heard this signers say to me was "why don't they just legalize Marijuana for all adults." I could not have agreed more, though even I was surprised to see how widely this sentiment was shared by young and old alike.

    As editor of the "New Age Citizen" website I made every attempt to keep this petition drive on track by sending out mass emails, providing activists with the best venues to canvas and keeping track of our progress. It was my belief that keeping activists updated on our progress was essential for us to meet our goals. Below I have posted the graph of our progress which is indicated by the light blue line below.
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    By mid July it was apparent that, despite an increased rate of collection, we were barely keeping up with the minimum requirement rate. And since as many as 33% of the signatures are often rejected I knew we were in trouble. I also knew that it would be an absolutely devastating blow to the Marijuana Activist Community should such a Herculean effort end in failure.

    So after much thought a solution occurred to me. Ethan Nadleman was the primary recipient of drug reform funding from billionaire George Soros. In point of fact Soros was estimated to be worth about 5 billion at the time. The solution seemed pretty simple at this point. Alert Nadleman as to the dire situation we are in and have him arrange a meeting with Soros. I figured that a million dollar infusion from Soros would allow us to bring in professional canvassers, or just give incentives for our current petitioners. And that would only require about a half million and would have put us way over the top as far as signatures were concerned. I figured the other half million could be used to address the negative ads from the prohibitionists once PRA was on track for the 2002 ballot. And for Soros a million dollars is barely chump change.

    As you can see from my weekly report, to the Marijuana petitioners, things did not go quite as smoothly as I had hoped.

    Overview of Progress 08/02/01:
    Gregg Schmidt and I have agreed to disagree on the progress of PRA signature collection. As I reviewed my notes it was 07/14/01 (see below) when Gregg sort of agreed that we "might" have 150,000 signatures. With just 62 days left, before the 10/03/01 deadline, it would be nice to know where we stand. But Gregg has not had a chance to count the signatures yet and doesn't necessarily think the information should be disclosed.

    I vehemently disagree but have no means to force a count. As I have stated earlier, if the 150,000 signature figure is accurate for 07/14/01, it means that to reach the 33% overage figure of 450,000 signatures we need to be collecting signatures at 2 to 4 times the current rate. We have expended too much effort already and the only advice I can give is to get your friends off their butts to help harvest signatures at both large and small events.

    In addition to this I am making a feeble attempt at getting Soros (80, 5 Billion), Lewis (67, 1.15 Billion) and Sperling (80, 515 Million) to hire professional canvassers to help secure our place on the 2002 ballot. [Note the figures in parentheses represent their ages and accumulated wealth]. These are the same guys that have financed all of the Medical Marijuana Initiatives and I'm hoping that they can help us out with PRA. The table below should help put things in perspective:

    Total Assets: $6,665,000,000
    Money Spent on Drug Reform since 1996: $20,000,000
    What we need to hire canvassers to get 250,000 signatures:
    $500,000
    What we would like have in order to fight the propaganda prior to the 2002 election:
    $500,000

    So, for a cool million they could guarantee us a place on the 2002 ballot and possibly make Michigan the first state to make Marijuana (3 Plants and 3 ounces) legal for a adults over the age of 21. C'mon guys, help us make some history here before the world passes you by!!!

    On 08/01/01 I sent a e-mail to Ethan Nadelman of the Lindesmith Center begging him to put us in contact with these three. I also copied every Drug Policy Foundation Contact asking that they get in contact with me ASAP. 24 hours later . . . absolutely nothing.

    Then the next day (8/3/2001) I got this email from Ethan Nadleman's assistant:

    Mr. Cain,
    We are in receipt of your e-mail messages and do not intend to ignore you. You need not direct any additional messages to Tony Newman for your request is not within his area of responsibilities nor copy our other e-mail accounts. Ethan Nadelmann has just returned from a very busy schedule of meetings in California and has many issues to resolve. I feel that I must advise you that have taken exactly the wrong approach to get his attention, especially in regarding his willingness to set up meetings with our funders as some sort of 'litmus test.' I suggest that you have your colleague Gregg Schmidt contact Mr. Nadelmann with a precise proposal which will be reviewed in a timely manner. I assure you that it is not necessary to capture our attention with anything but a professional and respectful communication style.

    M. Felicity Daly
    Special Assistant to the Executive Director
    The Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy Foundation
    925 Ninth Avenue
    New York, NY 10019


    During the next two weeks I continued to contact Ethan Nadleman through his assistant Felicity Daly. Then on 08/18/2001 I finally received the following letter from Felicity through Gregg Schmidt:

    The e-mail that Greg Schmid has sent you, pasted below, is regarded as a welcome resolution to this situation. No one at TLC-DPF ever expressed a commitment to secure funding for this particular campaign. Greg put this quite well when he wrote, "Ethan never pretended to be a financial backer for PRA, but he is very amicable to our cause and wishes us the best." While Ethan supports the campaign ideologically he has no obligation to respond to your demands. Threats such as "this" could very well haunt you when you begin your own initiative efforts in the state of Michigan next year," will not deter us from the planned course of our work nor mar the relationships that TLC-DPF has with activists in Michigan and around the country. This is the last message from you on this topic that TLC-DPF will respond to.

    Felicity Daly - DPF


    So August 18th was the day that our hopes had been dashed. Ethan Nadleman had no intention of seeking finances for PRA through Soros. Nadleman basically screwed us. Of course I had never threatened anyone. I just wanted to see the efforts of my fellow activists succeed. Of course this is a common tactic that NORML, DPA and MPP use all the time. Whenever a "dumb stoner activist" has the audacity to get out of line they start making false accusations that you are nuts, or threatening or out of line.

    [Note: What I'm about to say does not pertain to local NORML chapters that have been largely skeptical of National NORML for years.]

    Well I'll tell you who is out of line and out of touch: DPA, MPP and National NORML. They are irrelevant relics of the past. And frankly I don't think they ever intended to ever allow adult American Citizens to be able to "grow their own" Marijuana. Instead, what is far more likely, is that the Cannabusiness community -- in this case represented by Ethan Nadleman and DPA -- had just demonstrated their real agenda. They preferred to move us toward a draconian "tax and regulate" model that will ultimately force us to buy our Marijuana from "Government Marijuana Dispensaries." And instead of being able to "grow our own" for free outside, or indoors for about $20 an ounce, we will be force to pay $300 to $500 and ounce. The dispensaries will profit from the monopoly. The government will profit from the taxes. And the people, as usual, will get screwed.

    So in the end my projections proved accurate. Though a very respectable 270,000 signatures were finally collected we didn't even meet the minimum requirement of 303,000 signatures. All of those thousands of hours of signature gathering were in vain. And the dreams of the Michigan Marijuana Activist community had been dashed. Many of the petition gatherers confided with me that they would never waste their time on any similar future effort.

    Gregg Schmidt defended Ethan Nadleman by saying that the real reason they didn't assist us was because they simply didn't believe that PRA had a chance of passage because a majority did not exist among Michigan voters. He rationalized that if PRA did get on the ballot, only to be defeated, it would be a set back for the drug reform movement. I could not disagree more vehemently. First, just getting on the ballot would have rewarded the petitioners for their incredible efforts. Second, even if it was defeated it would have illustrated a growing sentiment, among the American People, for our right to "grow our own." And third, I am confident it would have passed.

    Ironically almost immediately after refusing to contribute a million dollars toward the success of PRA George Soros shelled out over two million dollars to gather signatures for the Michigan Drug Reform Initiative.

    The Michigan Drug Reform Initiative (MDRI) is similar to "Proposition 36" which passed by the voters of California in 2000. The basic focus of the Initiative was to divert non-violent drug addicts from prison and into treatment. This stupid piece of legislation has pushed thousands of Marijuana consumers into "forced treatment" in order to avoid jail time and has resulted in false claims that they are addicted to Marijuana. It has also created an unnecessary Cannabusiness in the form of treatment centers that prey on Marijuana Consumers. The Campaign for New Drug Policies (CNDP), another Soros creation, was simultaneously running this initiative in Michigan, Ohio and Florida and was expecting to have this initiative certified for each of these states for the November 2002 elections. I'm not sure what eventually happened in Ohio and Florida but I do know what happened in Michigan. Soros's attorneys failed to properly compose the language of the initiative and it was ultimately rejected by the State of Michigan.

    Then on September 3rd a further tragedy was to befall the Michigan Marijuana Re-Legalization Activists. Just a week before "911" struck New York 105 federal, state and local law enforcement "goons" descended upon Rainbow Farm. After a few days of human "fox hunting" both owner Tom Crosslin and his partner Rollie were murdered by law enforcement. The movement was in shock.

    Looking back at this eight years later I still have many questions that are left unanswered. But a few things are now crystal clear. Soros, Nadleman, Schmidt -- and the rest of the Cannabusiness community -- continue to push a draconian "tax and regulate" model that will ultimately result in "Government Marijuana Dispensaries" whereby consumers will have no choice but to buy their Marijuana at the ridiculous price of $300 to $500 an ounce. Nothing illustrates this better than MPP's Arizona Medical Marijuana Initiative. Soros has provided much of the funding for this as he has for the previous 13 Medical Marijuana Initiatives. Accept this time the language has been changed so that, unless you live more than 25 miles from a dispensary, you will be prohibited from "growing your own." This will effectively end "self cultivation" for Medical Marijuana patients and their caregivers.

    More evidence can be gleaned from reviewing the description of one of the panels at the upcoming "Drug Policy Alliance International Drug Policy Reform Conference" sponsored by Nadleman and DPA:

    Imagining Victory: Make Your Own Marijuana Regulation Model
    Taxation and regulation of marijuana has reached unprecedented levels of mainstream acceptance and political viability. But what does regulating marijuana actually mean? How should states control personal cultivation, retail distribution, advertising, and corporate involvement? What are the lessons of alcohol and tobacco regulation? Panelists will address a variety of approaches that are on the drawing board – and some that are already on the launch pad.
    click here

    Notice how the "taxation and regulation of marijuana" is implicitly assumed to be the only solution.

    These Cannabusiness traitors must really think we are stupid. Why would we compromise for such a stupid solution when we could simply "grow our own" for free or for a fraction of this cost?� And nowhere in the itinerary, for Nadleman's conference, is our right to "grow our own" explicitly addressed. Could it be because he has no intention of considering such an option?

    Jack Herer is certainly one of the most respected activists within the Marijuana Re-Legalization movement. And he has made clear, again and again that Marijuana should be "untaxed, unregulated" and free for all of us to grow. He probably said it best in his September 12th speech at HempStalk in Oregon:

    "I don't want to f**king give the United States government one f**king dollar of taxes. I think that they should go to f**king jail for getting you and me and 20 million people getting arrested for pot. It is the safest thing you can do in the universe. And that is what we are going to do in California. Okay? Come over to my booth, over there, and I will see you next time."

    In this video Jack Herer vehemently denounced the attempts by the Cannabusiness community to push for the government taxation and regulation of our Marijuana during his speech at the HempStalk Festival in Oregon (09/12/2009). Unfortunately he suffered a heart attack shortly after delivering what could become his most important speech.

    It is my hope that some of the activists, attending Nadleman's DPA convention will demand that he address the allegations contained within this article. But more importantly I hope they demand to know why DPA continues to do little or nothing to support unlimited, untaxed, unregulated "self cultivation" of Marijuana. It is the only viable way to destroy the Cartels, provide free medicine to the sick and poor. And it is the only way we can end the senseless "unreasonable searches and seizures," of our homes by DEA goon squads that fund their operations through the unlawful forfeiture of our plants and our financial assets.

    The time for Nadleman's incremental compromised solutions needs to end now. We need real reform. We need to have the right to "grow our own." And we need it now.

    What You Can Do to Help Re-Legalize Marijuana for all Adult Americans

    Regardless of whether you consume Marijuana I encourage all that agree with this article to get on my mailing list so that I can keep you up to date on the progress of the MERP strategy to make "self cultivation" a right of all American Citizens. You can sign up for the mailing list for free at the following link:

    http://www.newagecitizen.com/EmailListSignUp.asp

    In addition I encourage you to visit MERP Headquarters in order to educate yourself about what is really going on in the Marijuana Legalization movement. I can assure you that what you will watch and read there is not being covered by the Mainstream Media.

    MERP Headquarters
    The Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy Project (MRPP) = "MERP"
    http://www.newagecitizen.com/MERP.htm

    The time for unlimited, unregulated, untaxed Marijuana "self cultivation" is now.

    Additional References
    Drug Policy Alliance International Drug Policy Reform Conference
    November 12-14, 2009 Albuquerque, New Mexico
    http://www.reformconference.org/
    click here

    Drug Policy Alliance
    http://www.drugpolicy.org/homepage.cfm

    How the Marijuana Re-Legalization Movement Has Been Betrayed by Soros, Nadleman (DPA) and Kampia (MPP)
    click here

    Marijuana Legalization Initiative Rises Again in Michigan, Personal Responsibility Amendment Petition Drive to Kick-Off at Ann Arbor Hash Bash
    click here


    Google ["personal responsibility" pra marijuana]
    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&

    By Bruce Cain
    October 9, 2009
    OpEdNews
    http://www.opednews.com/articles/War-Breaks-Out-Within-the-by-Bruce-Cain-091003-797.html
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    War Breaks Out Within the Marijuana Legalization Movement (Part 3)

    A war is breaking out between the Cannabusiness Community, that hopes to profit from draconian regulation of Marijuana, and the pillars of the drug reform movement that insist that the self cultivation of Marijuana become an untaxed, unregulated sacred right. The third part of this series will illustrate how the Mainstream Media is colluding with the Cannabusiness Community by adopting the specious conclusion that Marijuana should be "taxed and regulated" and that only "Government Marijuana Dispensaries" should be allowed to supply our Marijuana.

    Introduction
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    In the first part of this series I described a evolving "war" within the Marijuana Re-Legalization movement. The battle lines have been drawn. On one side is the Cannabusiness community that hopes to solidify policies that would allow them to monopolize the market through the establishment of "dispensaries" as the only means for American Citizens to obtain their Marijuana. Under this model Americans would be forced to pay "black market" prices, of between $300 to $500 dollars an ounce, as is currently the case at California dispensaries. The Cannabusiness Community is represented by pseudo drug reform organizations (e.g., NORML, DPA and MPP) as well as by dispensaries (e.g., Richard Lee, owner of Oaksterdam) that stand to profit from the imposition of a this highly regulated and taxed model.

    On the other side are the true activists that believe we should be able to grow unlimited amounts of "self cultivated" Marijuana without any taxation, regulation or other forms of government interference. Under this model, represented by the MERP Model, Americans would be able to grow their own Marijuana for free in their gardens or at about $20 an ounce if they elected to grow inside under new energy efficient LED light arrays. While MERP does not preclude the issuance of commercial licensing or taxation it insures a reasonable "price point" by guaranteeing self cultivation. Under MERP American Adult Citizens will always have the right to self cultivate without any form of taxation, regulation or other forms of government interference.

    The third part of this series will illustrate how the Mainstream Media is colluding with the Cannabusiness Community and the Federal Government by adopting the specious conclusion that Marijuana should be "taxed and regulated" and that only "Government Marijuana Dispensaries" should be allowed to supply our Marijuana. Although the argument is not made explicitly it is clear that the Mainstream Media has universally positioned itself against adult "self cultivation."

    As described in this series, and in the numerous articles to be found at MERP Headquarters, there are three inherent problems with any legalization model that does not allow the unlimited, untaxed, unregulated self cultivation: This is because only by destroying the "black market" value of Marijuana -- by allowing untaxed, unregulated "self cultivation" -- can we achieve 3 very important objectives:

    * The Mexican Drug Cartels would go out of business in a matter of weeks.
    * The sick and the poor would instantly have access to free, or at least cheap, medicine.
    * The police would no longer have an excuse to invade you home in hopes of discovering a few Marijuana plants.

    Unfortunately the "Government Marijuana Dispensary" solution cannot achieve any of the important goals because their solutions do not take the artificial profits out of the Marijuana market.

    Mainstream Media and the "Big Picture"

    While I am focusing on Marijuana and the media there is a bigger truth that badly needs to be understood by the American People. The evolving Global Corporate Media is working behind the scenes to treat the American People like a mushrooms: kept in the dark while being fed a steady diet of Corporate Media manure. You saw it with the TARP Bailout. And now your are going to see the see it with Health Care, Cap and Trade and Marijuana Re-Legalization. In all cases the media is "Manufacturing Consent" on policy issues for the sole benefit of the Global Elite. The American People be damned.

    Many decades ago the American People have been effectively prohibited from having input into the discussion of issues ranging from "911" to Healthcare. One of the brainchild's of this departure from true public discourse was Freud's nephew Bernays who basically found methods to "engineer consent" for the benefit of the elite. These methods began to find application as early as the First World War and utilized "Public Relations Firms" to "engineer consent" through the control of the Mass Media. This was succinctly described in the BBC presentation, "The Century Of The Self:"

    Bernays inferred that democracy and capitalism went together. The 1939 Worlds Fair was an extraordinary success and captured America's imagination. The vision that it portrayed was about a new form of democracy in which business responded to people's innermost desires in a way that politicians could never do. But it was a form of democracy that depended on treating citizens, not as active participants as Roosevelt did, but as passive consumers. Because this, Bernays believed, was the key to control in a mass democracy.

    Its not that the people are in charge but that the people's desires are in charge. The people are not in charge. The people exercise no decision making power within this environment. So democracy is reduced, from something that assumes an active citizenry, to the idea of the public as passive consumers driven primarily by instinctual or unconscious desires. And in fact if you can trigger those instincts and desires you can get what you want from them.

    I highly recommend that everyone take the time to watch this entire series which can be viewed at the following link:

    The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
    http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=8339

    And for more research on the science of propaganda this link contains numerous additional articles:

    A Propaganda Bibliography
    http://www.classroomtools.com/propbook.htm

    So in the 90 years since Bernays began utilizing propaganda, as a tool for corporate control, these techniques have been vastly refined. Making the problem far worse has been the transnational consolidation and control of the media. And here are some current examples of what Bernay's "engineering of consent" has wrought for the American People.
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    * Today the globalists can blow up the World Trade Center in order to justify the conquest of Middle Eastern oil while concurrently censoring any public discourse into how 3 skyscrapers could fall into their own footprint. After all, in the entire history of sky scrapers, there has never been a single instance where a skyscaper has fallen into it's own footprint. Yet in one day it happens 3 times within 12 hours. And they can maintain the fiction of this being done, solely by Islamic extremists, even though it is obvious that the only way this could have happened was through pre-planting explosives in all 3 buildings.

    * Today Obama can give trillions of tax payer money to the very same banksters that have destroyed the US economy through offshoring our manufacturing base. And at the same time he can ignore the fact that we are loosing over 500,000 jobs each month while still allowing 138,000 Legal immigrants into the country each month to take what few remaining jobs remain. And as tent cities crop up around every major city the destruction of the American Working Class is conveniently ignored.

    * Today Congressman Wilson can be castigated for accusing President Obama of lying about including Illegal Aliens in the Health Insurance bill. And then days later Obama would tell a group of Hispanics that he fully intends to grant 12 to 26 million Illegal Aliens Amnesty, making them eligible for Health Care, Social Security and other entitlements. Yet for weeks the media focused on Wilsons obligation to apologize for telling the truth while concurrently ignoring the fact that Obama did, in fact, lie.

    And, as I will now explain, such propaganda techniques can also be used to "manufacture consent" for allowing the government elite to now become our new Marijuana Drug Dealer. And amazingly this could occur after 72 years of allowing the very same government to bust 20 million Americans, since 1965, for consuming what the elite believes will be their new "cash crop."

    The Media Propaganda Machine Gears Up To Make Marijuana Legal Under a "Government Marijuana Dispensary" System

    Almost immediately after Obama won the Presidential Election, in November 2008, a series of media propaganda began emerging on the subject of Marijuana. The new propaganda was subtly suggesting that public opinion was changing on the issue of Marijuana. All of these shows seemed to ask, "perhaps it was finally time to consider Legalizing Marijuana." But without exception each "news story" reached the same conclusion: Marijuana should be taxed, regulated and implemented with draconian government supervision and control. And while this was not explicitly stated it was most certainly inferred.

    The first of this new Marijuana Propaganda was delivered through "Marijuana Nation," by Lisa Ling and CNBC's "Marijuana Inc." "Marijuana Nation" took a two fold approach by looking at the futility of enforcement and the burgeoning Marijuana Grow Operations that has overtaken California since the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996.

    "Marijuana Inc" -- produced for CNBC -- followed in the first months of 2009. It took a similar approach. But then it spent a good portion of the show talking with Bruce Perlowin, the President of "Medical Marijuana Inc." Looking back "Marijuana Inc" was really a commercial to promote Perlowin's "Marijuana Dispensary" kiosks that are design to act as POS (Point of Service) systems for divvying up the federal, state and local taxes from the legal sale of Marijuana. Ironically Perlowin was once one of the biggest illegal importers of Marijuana in the United States during the 1960's. Now he appears destined to become the head of a company that could ultimately provide "taxation" systems for divvying up Marijuana tax revenue once the Government paves the way to Legalize Marijuana. To fully understand what a scum bag Perlowin is I highly recommend that you read Craig Canada's article about Perlowin and Medical Marijuana inc.
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    There are a number of additional puzzle pieces that make clear the intent of the Obama Administration.

    Puzzle Piece #1: Attorney General Holder Promises to Leave Marijuana Dispensaries Alone

    On May 18th, 2009, "U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said that the Justice Department has no plans to prosecute pot dispensaries that are operating legally under state laws in California and a dozen other states -- a development that medical marijuana advocates and civil libertarians hailed as a sweeping change in federal drug policy." You can read the full story at the following link:

    Medical marijuana dispensaries will no longer be prosecuted, U.S. attorney general says
    By Josh Meyer, and Scott Glover,|March 19, 2009
    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/mar/19/local/me-medpot19

    Puzzle Piece #2: The Federal Government Gets Ready for the Mass Distribution of Federally Grown Marijuana

    Next on August 5th, 2009 the National Institute on Drug Abuse released a "request for proposal" which seemed destined to make the Tobacco Industry the "heir inherent" for the mass production and distribution of Marijuana Cigarettes:

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations having the capability to (1) grow, harvest, analyze, store and distribute GMP grade cannabis (marijuana) on large and small scales; (2) extract cannabis to obtain purified phytocannabinoids including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), analyze, and store; (3) prepare marijuana cigarettes and related products; and (4) distribute marijuana, marijuana cigarettes and cannabinoids, and other related products for research and other Government programs upon NIDA authorization.

    Production, Analysis, & Distribution of Cannabis & Marijuana Cigarettes

    Puzzle Piece #3: Local Law Enforcement Continues to Bust Medical Marijuana Patients

    Michigan was the 13th State to Legalize Marijuana of Medical Purposes through a state wide initiative that appeared on the November 2008 ballot. I am intimately familiar with this initiative because I collected about 1 in 400 signatures in order to get this initiative on the ballot. And it is worth mentioning that the Michigan Medical Marijuana Initiative passed by at least 60 percent of the vote in every single Michigan County. But almost immediately Michigan Law Enforcement began busting Medical Marijuana Patients that had begun to "grow their own" medicine. The very same thing has been going on in all 13 states that have passed similar initiatives. Of course the real reason that law enforcement can't give up their addiction to Marijuana Prohibition is because they are making so much money from it. It is estimated that law enforcement brings in about 1.2 Billion dollars each year from drug related property confiscation alone.

    Puzzle Piece #4: California Local Law Enforcement Announces Plans to Close Down Most Marijuana Dispensaries

    California became the first state to Legalize Marijuana for Medical Patients with the passage of Proposition 215 in November 1996. It is also important to recognize that Prop 215 is the most comprehensive of all of the 13 State Medical Marijuana Proposals. It does not limit the number of plants that can be grown and is least restrictive as to what "ailments" can be treated with Marijuana. In the 13 years since passage thousands of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries have popped up across the state. In addition thousands of patients and caregivers are also able to grow "medicinal" Marijuana. And just about any adult can acquire a "Medical Marijuana Card" by paying as little as $150 dollars to the local "Medical Marijuana Doctor."

    In April 2009, the California Police Chiefs Association, released a reefer madness-tinged "report" for the State of California. The report claimed that cities allowing dispensaries have reported increases in loitering, illegal drug activity, burglaries, robberies, and "other criminal activity" for good measure. Notably missing from the "report" were any actual figures. (Most towns with operating dispensaries actually report no problems).

    Then in October 2009 the LA Police began to lay plans to close down 800 to 1,000 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries that have become more common than "Star Bucks" Coffee shops throughout LA. This is the most serious attack on Medical Marijuana since the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996. And the Anti-Marijuana "swine flu" now appears to be spreading North from San Diego, which has been the most Marijuana unfriendly city in California. According to the article -- "Darkness In San Diego -- Attack On Medical Marijuana Moving Northward" -- the contagion is now spreading north to Los Angeles and Long Beach. As someone that has covered drug policy for over 20 years I can assure you that the Obama administration is most definitely in the loop with local and state law enforcement efforts.

    It is also worth noting that the "swine" are not just going after the Marijuana Dispensaries. They are also going after the patients. Medical Marijuana Patient Donna Lambert was recently caught in the "swine" net despite the fact that she is a cancer survivor who has endured 5 surgeries, a year of chemotherapy and suffers from chronic pain. So she asks "Why was I arrested for Marijuana?" Why indeed President Obama.

    Then in October 2009 the LA Police began to lay plans to close down 800 to 1,000 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries that have become more common than "Star Bucks" Coffee shops throughout LA. This is the most serious attack on Medical Marijuana since the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996. And the Anti-Marijuana "swine flu" now appears to be spreading North from San Diego, which has been the most Marijuana unfriendly city in California. According to the article -- "Darkness In San Diego -- Attack On Medical Marijuana Moving Northward" -- the contagion is now spreading north to Los Angeles and Long Beach. As someone that has covered drug policy for over 20 years I can assure you that the Obama administration is most definitely in the loop with local and state law enforcement efforts.

    It is also worth noting that the "swine" are not just going after the Marijuana Dispensaries. They are also going after the patients. Medical Marijuana Patient Donna Lambert was recently caught in the "swine" net despite the fact that she is a cancer survivor who has endured 5 surgeries, a year of chemotherapy and suffers from chronic pain. So she asks "Why was I arrested for Marijuana?" Why indeed President Obama.

    Puzzle Piece #5: The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) Structures the 14th Medical Marijuana Initiative to Prohibited Marijuana "Self Cultivation"

    Rob Kampia is the head of MPP which is responsible for most of the Medical Marijuana Initiatives that have passed in the 13 states so far. So in 2009 they announced the 14th initiative for Arizona. But unlike any of the previous initiatives this one comes with a "poison pill" for Medical Marijuana Patients. Because, unless you live more than 25 miles from a "dispensary" you will be prohibited from any "self cultivation." And if you ignore the warning you will probably not be going to a clinic but rather to jail. Ironically Kampia got busted with nearly 100 Marijuana plants in the early 1990's but now doesn't want you to be able to grow your own. What a hypocrite.

    Putting the Marijuana Policy Puzzle Together

    Let's try to put these puzzle pieces together like they used to do on that old TV Game Show know as "Concentration." In this show you would get a part of the puzzle for answering a question. And the first person to guess the phrase, represented by the puzzle pieces, would win the game.

    I believe that, once we put all the puzzle pieces together, the hidden phrase would say:

    "We are out to create Federally controlled "Government Marijuana Dispensaries" so we can continue to profit from Marijuana Prohibition, even after the public demands that Marijuana be made legal."

    And here is how I got there.

    In the fall of 2009 I contacted Casey Wian's who is one of Lou Dobb's main reporters. I explained to him that I was an expert on drug policy issues and personally knew just about every major player in the Marijuana Legalization Movement. I wanted to be a guest on the "Lou Dobb's Show" in order to refute Lou's "Anti-Marijuana" position. Specifically I wanted to argue that by simply taking the profit out of Marijuana, by allowing adult Americans to simply "grow their own," we could destroy the Mexican Drug Cartels in a matter of weeks. It is estimated that as much as 70% of the Mexican Drug Cartel Profits come from the sale and distribution of Marijuana. So without expending a single dime of American "blood or treasure" we could effectively destroy the Mexican Drug Cartel which is now active in over 230 American cities. After a number of phone conversations Casey stated flat out that Lou would never allow me on his show.

    I found this odd since it would have helped Lou "self deport" some of the most dangerous Illegal Aliens now residing in the United States. But it was clear that Lou meant no. In a final attempt Casey simply told me to stop calling.

    But it all beginning to make sense to me now. So let me put the puzzle pieces together and explain what I think is really going on.

    Drug Prohibition is a big money maker for the International Banking System. In fact a UN report noted that is may be the only thing keeping the International Banking System afloat: besides all of those "taxpayer donated" TARP Bailouts. It is estimated that over 50 percent of the TARP bailouts are going to the International Banks. It is also estimated that as much as 40 Billion dollars each year, required to support the "shadow government's" "Black Operations Budget," comes largely from the government involvement in the International Drug Trade. It is also quite likely that the "lions share" of this revenue must come from Marijuana which is the most used illegal substance throughout the globe.

    Finally, over the last century, the International Banking elite now controls the Media, our Government, and our Corporations. But in order for them to continue making money off of the drug trade there must be some "artificial mechanism" in place to keep the price high and still allow most of the busts and incarcerations to continue.

    Since the Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1938 that mechanism was Marijuana Prohibition. Prohibition artificially inflates the price of Marijuana because the risks of death and imprisonment have to be factored into the price. That is essentially why an ounce of Marijuana -- which you could grow in your garden for free -- currently costs the user between $300 and $500 dollars.

    In 2009 something occurred which must have been quite unsettling for the beneficiaries of Marijuana Prohibition: everyone from the International "Banksters," to the local police departments. It was a Zogby Poll that showed, for the first time, that 52 percent of the American People would vote to completely Legalize Marijuana if they had the opportunity. On top of that you now have 13 states where Medical Patients and their caregivers can grow as many as 12 Marijuana plants in order to harvest their own medicine. As you could well imagine the "Marijuana Prohibitionists" must have been having a collective "hissy fit." You can almost hear them saying something like this:

    "If Marijuana becomes legal, so that everyone can grow it for free, we are screwed."

    That also goes for all of the "moneyed" drug reform organizations such as NORML, DPA and MPP. Do you really think there would be a need for the "National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws" once Marijuana is "reformed?" And what possible excuse could there be for the "Marijuana Policy Project" once the project (e.g., Legal Marijuana "Self Cultivation") is completed?

    The Zogby Poll was the writing on the wall. And it is also interesting to note that NORML, DPA and MPP never cite this poll. Instead they cite other polls that gauge support at about 40 percent.

    So what could the Marijuana Prohibitionists do to keep the "gravy train" running?

    Well one of the things that you would want to do is stop those darn Medical Patients from growing their Marijuana for free in their gardens or for about $20 an ounce if they decide to grow indoors. That explains the ongoing harassment of Marijuana Patients and caregivers who can currently grow their own.

    Next you want to get rid of those "mom and pop" Medical Marijuana Dispensaries that essentially allow drug cartels and legitimate growers to sell their Marijuana at $300 to $500 an ounce. That explains MPP's Arizona Initiative as well as the plans to shut down all of the dispensaries in LA and other California cities.

    Then you would want to restrict the growing of Medical Marijuana to "Government Marijuana Dispensaries" that would be strictly controlled by the federal government: much like we currently control the production of "hard liquor" such as Vodka, Rum and Whiskey. That explains the NIDA's recent grant for large businesses (e.g., the Tobacco Industry) that can supply the Federal Government with large numbers of Marijuana Cigarettes.
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    [FONT=times new roman,times]And of course the government will be your new Marijuana Drug Dealer which will continue to charge you $300 to $500 an ounce for your "medicine." They will probably regulate the THC levels as well which will assure that Marijuana consumers will still look to drug dealers for higher quality Marijuana. This will insure that both individuals and drug cartels will still be able to compete and will assure that the police will continue to bust growers and consumers alike. And of course those Attorneys will still be needed to provide the defense for the 800,0000 Marijuana consumers that will most assuredly still be getting busted.

    Concluding Thoughts

    What I have just described for you is really only my best guess. On the other hand you might want to consider that I am one of the most knowledgeable people on the planet when it comes to Drug Policy Issues. I have a standing challenge to NORML, MPP, DPA -- and all of the Marijuana Prohibitionists -- to argue against the efficacy of my model for Marijuana Re-Legalization: the MERP Model. So far no takers.

    In the big picture I feel we are at a cross road in human history. President Obama is merely a pawn for the Global Elite that is out to reduce most of the world's population to serfdom in order to secure their position as the ultimate controller of our destiny. He is fulfilling their agenda through Cap and Trade, Establishing a North American Union, and restricting your access to Single Payer Health Care. And establishing "Government Marijuana Dispensaries" (GMD's) is most certainly part of the plan. As I have described these GMD's will force you to pay prohibition prices even once it is legalized. And if you insist on growing your own you will be going to prison.

    President Lincoln spoke out against Prohibition over 100 years ago.

    "Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
    -Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) U.S. President.
    Speech, 18 Dec. 1840, to Illinois House of Representatives

    Fast forward 169 years and it is hard to argue that he wasn't spot on with his analysis of prohibition. 20 Million Marijuana consumers have been busted in the United States, alone, since 1965.

    The "Corporate Mainstream Media" is most definitely controlled by this Global Elite. That is why they are so compelled to manufacture consent for a new form of prohibition: "Government Marijuana Dispensaries. That is why they refuse to get the learned opinions of myself and other elders of the Legalization Movement such as Jack Herer or Dennis Peron. Why? Because we are all diametrically opposed to allowing the government to tax or control the "self cultivation" of Marijuana by adult citizens. And if the Global Elite cannot "tax and regulate" your Marijuana their "Golden Goose" will become just another relic in the dust bin of human history. More importantly the billions that they extract from prohibition will immediately evaporate before their eyes.

    But I have to ask you, isn't it time we stopped making crimes out of things that are not crimes? Isn't it time we just allowed the people to "grow their own" in order to provide free medicine to the sick and destroy the Mexican Drug Cartels? Isn't it time the American People started to demand that their government begins representing the American People and not the "banksters" that truly comprise the Global Elite.

    Well?

    If this article has persuaded you in the least please spread it far and wide. I want to convene a special session of Congress within the next year to fully implement the MERP Model for Marijuana Re-Legalization. Once completed all adults will be able to grow all the Marijuana they wish without any taxation, regulation or other forms of government control And they will be able to do it immediately. Now that a majority of American supports Re-Legalization should we really have to wait any longer? I say let's get it done and move on to auditing and ending the Federal Reserve. There is much more to be done. And if we can't facilitate the immediate Re-Legalization of Adult "self cultivation" I see little hope that we can resolve the long list of other challenges that threaten to destroy this once great Republic.

    What You Can Do to Help Re-Legalize Marijuana for all Adult Americans

    Regardless of whether you consume Marijuana I encourage all that agree with this article to get on my mailing list so that I can keep you up to date on the progress of the MERP strategy to make "self cultivation" a right of all American Citizens. You can sign up for the mailing list for free at the following link:

    http://www.newagecitizen.com/EmailListSignUp.asp

    In addition I encourage you to visit MERP Headquarters in order to educate yourself about what is really going on in the Marijuana Legalization movement. I can assure you that what you will watch and read there is not being covered by the Mainstream Media.

    MERP Headquarters
    The Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy Project (MRPP) = "MERP"
    http://www.newagecitizen.com/MERP.htm

    The time for unlimited, unregulated, untaxed Marijuana "self cultivation" is now.

    October 18, 2009
    New Age Citizen
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  13. chillinwill
    Re: War Breaks Out Within the Marijuana Legalization Movement (Part 3)

    Be sure to check out the link to this article as well as it contains numerous videos and resources which I don't have the time to link to at this exact moment.
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