Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on February 28, 2009
This is a week that will be remembered by marijuana and medical marijuana advocates, users, historians, patients, and all lovers of freedom and common sense for a long, long time.
I could be overstating that, but please forgive me – I’ve been waiting, and praying, for a very long time to see what is happening right now in front of us: AG Holder says: No More D.E.A. Raids in states with medical marijuana laws.
It’s like watching the Berlin Wall fall… and (I believe) the beginning of the end of the insane drug war!
If you have no idea what I’m going on about, check out these news articles, because they can tell you better than I can what the general storyline is…
NORML: U.S. Attorney General Says Justice Department Will No Longer Interfere With States’ Medical Pot Policies
MSNBC: DEA to halt medical marijuana raids
US News & World Report: Under Obama, Drug War Tactics Poised to Shift
Those are just a few articles to give you a sampling – a quick check of your own on Google will quickly give you a very good idea of the amazing shift in policy that is being undertaken with delicacy, but at this now-typical Obama-pace…
Many interesting pieces are coming together in an amazing fashion – providing a stage for a very quick change in direction, and very soon – the re-legalization of marijuana:
[note: Marijuana was legal up until 72 years ago - so the proper term should be "re-legalize", not "legalize" - but who really cares, let's just get this done.]
The Mexican Cartel Border Situation: Watch for this to become a very big story in the next few weeks – and become a major reason – even more than tax money – for ending marijuana prohibition.
AB 390: A Stress Test for Marijuana Re-Legalization, Regulation and Taxation – and the crowd breaks into applause!!! On Tuesday I read a LA Times news story with an informal poll, and when I added my “Yes” vote for legalization, it was just one small voice in the 94% “Yes” column after 5,500 or something votes…
Only 5.6% had just said “No”… The Reagan era is over indeed.
Word on the street: Everyone, and I mean everyone I talk to is in favor of putting this prohibition behind us, and put the tax dollars to work for us… medical marijuana patients are ready to do their part.
This is not like before – this is across the board. I know what it’s like to hear the choir sing this song, but now I’m hearing a lot of new voices joining the choir…
T-Shirts now available at CafePress.com
So what do you do while you wait? (besides call the White House and your elected officials to voice your support for sensible drug policy) – Go get your medical marijuana T-Shirts NOW ($20 at my CafePress shop) or you wouldn’t get to brag at parties months from now about how you “got this t-shirt back when marijuana was illegal…”
“I Stand For Change” is the slogan I used on the button I gave away at the Charles Lynch rally on Monday (another thing that happened this last week) – You can read my story about the rally here if you haven’t already… there are also some really nice photos that my wife, Tania, took at the rally.
I’ve been selling Medical Marijuana T-shirts and stickers on CafePress since 2003 – and this is my latest. It’s available in many different colors of T-shirts and styles for both men and women.
You can also get the image on tile coasters, a clock, hats and a bunch of other stuff.
Here is the link to my CafePress shop: http://www.cafepress.com/onehumanbeing
I add stuff to my shop when the mood strikes me, so check back every so often…
Other than that – it’s time for some proper medicating…
Until later, best of health,
Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on February 5, 2009
It’s early February, 2009 – and the DEA is still fighting their failed war. Such a waste I can’t even begin to write about it tonight – but here are a couple of good pieces about the current state of thing here in California concerning medical marijuana and the DEAs activities this week:
From Greenkind Magazine: Under Obama, DEA Raids Again, This Time in Force
and from The Marijuana Policy Project: Armed robbery or public safety?
While the DEA continues it’s apparent desire to prove it’s pointlessness and uselessness, I have other, better things to work on, like preparing for the future…
The Medical Marijuana Lists is still in build mode and will be moving to beta mode very soon… Even though I have much to bring to this project I’m going to need other’s input to make this work. After all, I only know about being a person who experiences bi-polar disorder and uses medical marijuana to manage the symptoms, but I have no knowledge of what a cancer patient or MS patient needs.
I’m betting that the people who’ve been through the process are happy to share their wisdom with those new to the process. We are all a part of history, and the things we do now will help those that come after us, and that includes any wisdom we have to share. This is the year to build long lasting things…
After spending the last week in a most severe depression, I have a renewed appreciation of God’s gift of marijuana to be a lifeline during times of sickness.
My prayers, my energies and my aim is towards doing whatever I can to end this insane and disastrous chapter in our nation history called marijuana prohibition.
Please pray for justice.
Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on October 8, 2008
Why Do I Need This Sign In 2008?
I’m sorry if you have already seen this photo from Monday’s rally in Los Angeles where over 350 patients, providers, volunteers and supporters peacefully protested the DEA’s persecution of Moro Bay clinic owner Charles C. Lynch, but I had to post it today.
[To find out more about our DEA's misguided prosecution of a person providing medicine to sick and dieing patients - legal patients in the State of California - visit Friends of Charles C. Lynch.]
Today two medical marijuana dispensaries were raided by the DEA here in Long Beach, California. Long Beach Holistic and HHA, both on 4th Street, had patients report on the DEA raid on WeedTracker.com – an online service for medical marijuana patients.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to gather any more information about these raids, or to find out if these raids were connected to the raid in Laguna Beach. I do know that neither of these dispensaries were among the ones that attended the rally on Monday, so any thought of payback would seem to be unfounded at this point.
What I do know is that it is time for the DEA to step back and respect the will of the voters here in California. I can not think of another issue that has drawn this kind of jackboot response from the Feds, and such blatant disrespect of states rights.
Federal courts have ruled recently in California’s favor concerning the feds need to respect our laws and sovereignty. Members of Congress have sent strong letters to the DEA concerning this trampling of medical marijuana patients and their providers. Why doesn’t the DEA listen? Are they a rouge agency that thinks it’s beyond the law? I hope not, but all evidence points that way.
For all I know we’ll find out about some shady business practice or lack of proper business license as the reason for the raid, but it’s the DEA actions that have impeded the ability of people to be as thorough as businesses should be… Just look at Charles C. Lynch’s case. He did everything by the book – as legal as a legal business can be in California. He was a recognized business person in his Moro Bay community. Yet now he’s looking at 100 years in prison if the Feds have their way.
This is not the way to run a law-abiding nation. If the leaders won’t follow the laws, or seek to circumvent them because of their personal dislike of a law, do you think the citizens will keep respecting the law?
The silver lining – Obama has said he would stop this kind of trampling of states right – and he’s up in the polls with 27 days to go…