Marijuana is an “exit” drug, not a gateway

Contrary to the admonition of every wretched Drug Warrior that ever spoke at your school, marijuana is most certainly not a “gateway” to harder drugs.  The lack of availability of a safe high is what drives people to use harder drugs.  Marijuana, on the contrary, is an “exit” drug that can wean addicts off heroin, meth, crack, and other deadly substances.

At this LA rehab center, cannabis is an “exit” drug:

“Substituting cannabis for drugs like heroin, alcohol, and prescription opioids is a type of “harm reduction,” Schrank explains, a recovery paradigm that prioritizes reducing the negative consequences of drug use rather than stopping patients from using completely. High Sobriety is aimed at patients who haven’t responded to traditional rehab programs—and there are a lot of them. According to recent estimates, AA is only successful for 5% to 10% of people. Some experts even say it can even be detrimental for a number of reasons.”

Magic mushrooms can do “in 30 seconds what it takes antidepressants three to four weeks to do”

Consider the headlines.

Could psychedelic drugs be the ticket to improved mental health?

Psychedelic drugs saved my life.  So why aren’t they prescribed?: “A group of drugs long considered taboo is poised to transform the way we treat mental health. Recent research suggests that psychedelics – once regarded as a relic of the hippy-dippy 60s – could prove powerful tools not only to treat, but also potentially cure, many mental health problems regarded as chronic.

Psychedelics do something that our current go-to psychiatric drugs cannot: transform hardwired neural patterns to reroute the very architecture of the brain, sometimes in a single dose. Roland Griffiths, a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, has likened psychedelics’ ability to bring about neural rerouting as akin to a “surgical intervention”.

Take psilocybin, better known as magic mushrooms. A single dose of the drug can do “in 30 seconds what it takes antidepressants three to four weeks to do”, according to David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London.”


Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed over 500 Yemeni children in 2016

The report also states that the Saudi military, armed with First World weaponry, deliberately destroyed 28 schools and leveled critical civilian infrastructure.

“The chief author of the confidential draft report, Virginia Gamba, the U.N. chief’s special representative for children abused in war time, informed top U.N. officials Monday, that she intends to recommend the Saudi-led coalition be added to a list a countries and entities that kill and maim children, according to a well-placed source. The decision will have to be taken by Guterres, who will make the final report public later this month.

The Saudi-led air coalition was responsible for inflicting the largest  number of child casualties, 683, with Houthi rebels killing or injuring 414. In contrast, the Islamic State was responsible for six child casualties and Al Qaeda one.”

This is happening under the auspices of our government.  Ten million Yemenis will more than likely be dead one year from now as a direct result of the barbaric blockade and strafing of the poor nation.  To understand what the survivors of this atrocity will do, you only have to ask yourself: what would you do when a powerful foreign nation starved and murdered your family, your friends’ families, decimated your country and your way of life?

Surveillance programs are sold to fight terrorism, end up being used for everyday police work

Australia, in terms of its power to indiscriminately collect metadata on its citizens, is a far more encompassing Surveillance State than either the US or UK:

“All data, like IP addresses visited and location information for phones, must be retained for at least two years—and is accessible without a warrant. But more data is available with a judge’s permission, and so Australian magistrates have duly issued more warrants authorizing data collection than their allies in the war on terror…

But as reviews by academics and by the national attorney general’s office have revealed, the vast majority of data request have nothing to do with extremism lurking on the internet or online-bred terrorism. Instead, Australian police are monitoring citizens’ web browser histories and cellphone records to pursue drug dealers and drug users…

Metadata surveillance and collection programs have been sold as measures to fight terrorism and extremism by every Western government since 9/11/01.  In practice, these tools of total surveillance are being used for everyday drug crime, with matters of “terrorism” taking the backseat.  Why sell it as a national security matter rather than a tool to fight drug crime?  It more than likely wouldn’t get legislative approval.

Saudis are bombing Yemen far more in 2017 than in previous years

The destruction of Yemen by US-backed Saudi Arabia is escalating, with 5,676 airstrikes in 2017 alone.  Total airstrikes for all of 2016 totaled 3,936.

The world’s worst humanitarian disaster is being caused by a US-backed Saudi blockade and strafing of the country.  The blood of the entire nation will be on the hands of US policymakers who choose to continue the flow of weapons to the Saudis.

Venezuelans are stealing zoo animals so they can eat them

Thanks, socialism.  And, poor tapirs.

Millions of Venezuelans are eating from garbage

Venezuela’s socialist-run “truth commission” to investigate opposition

Thieves stealing Venezuelan zoo animals to eat them, police say

The collapse of Venezuela is policy-induced, and the tragically comical result is a devastation that not even an outside attack by a foreign power could accomplish.

Marijuana relieves arthritis pain when nothing else does

NY Daily News: “It’s no surprise that cannabis could offer arthritis sufferers relief. After all, cannabis is known to be as much as 20 times more effective than aspirin at reducing inflammation and can be an effective sleep aid. Some research certainly supports those decisions.

50 million US citizens currently suffer through the pain of arthritis, and cannabis is the only treatment with only upsides. It carries with it no risk of addiction, no risk of heart attack, stroke, or any of the myriad side effects that the current pharma-approved medications bring along.

Ludicrously regulated Nevada marijuana market results in shortages

Reno-Gazette Journal:  “The state currently is required to rely solely on alcohol distributors for delivery of recreational marijuana to dispensaries, a mandate that could either be killed or continued on Thursday in a Carson City District Court hearing. Carson City District Court Judge James Russell may determine whether the state’s recent report is evidence enough that the state is in dire straits, or he may determine that the alcohol distributors still have exclusive rights to distribution.

Alcohol distributors were given those exclusive rights in the November ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana, but the state last week determined in its report that there are not enough alcohol distributors qualified for the job at this time.

After passing an emergency regulation last month and releasing the report last week, the state planned to open the application process up to the more than 80 marijuana establishments that have expressed interest in distribution, but Russell asserted that the state had not given distributors ample opportunity to respond to the findings, according to an order filed soon after the report’s release. “

So technically, recreational marijuana is legal in Nevada.  In practice, it looks more like a hand-out to favored industries.  At least it’s legal, now Nevadans have only to strip away the regulatory chains placed on the market at inception.