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Does Obama Have Control of the DEA?

Has the time arrived for Obama to take his gloves off and overhaul the DEA from top to bottom, or is it even an option?

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One celebrity exposes another for drug dealing, but the DEA still wants to spend its resources busting legal cannabis dispenseries in California. Most of the DEA members remain from the Bush Administration and they appear to still adhere to its policies, rather than those laid out by the new President.

(SALEM, Ore.) - The DEA is defying President Barack Obama's word that the Department of Justice would no longer be used to harrass and arrest owners and operators of medical marijuana dispensaries.

Obama has said he specifically
does not support raids on cannabis
dispensaries in states where laws
have been passed making it legal.

"I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana dispensaries; it is not a good use of our resources," then Presidential Contender Obama said, on August 21st 2007.

The group Americans for Safe Access reports that on Thursday, the Drug Enforcement Administration, still mostly comprised of officials from the Bush Administration, raided a medical cannabis dispensary in South Lake Tahoe, California.

"They did so knowing full well that President Obama has repeatedly pledged to end federal threats, arrests, and prosecutions of patients and their providers in medical cannabis states," the ASA's George Pappas said.

Obama has stated on more than one occasion that he is not interested in locking up non-violent drug offenders as felons which leads to no good prospects except drug dealing and other criminal activity. Obama said in September 2007, that he believes when it comes to offenders, "they become more locked into crime from being in prison."

We have included video below of President Obama making the quoted statement above, and more. Why is the DEA so intent on carrying on what many call "thuggish behavior"? I find it interesting, especially when considering recent statements made by Courtney Love about a Hollywood actor/alleged illegal drug supplier who she claims led Kurt Cobain to his death and also nearly led actor Owen Wilson to his.

Courtney Love says actor Steve
Coogan led both Kurt Cobain and
Owen Wilson down a dangerous
path involving illegal drug use.

In August 2007, Socialite Life and other sources including the NY Times, reported accusations from Courtney Love over a supply of drugs coming from an actor she once dated, Steve Coogan.

Courtney Love blames this British comedic actor, her ex-boyfriend, for leading buth Kurt Cobain and Owen Wilson down a path of drugs and self-destruction.

One almost has to wonder if Coogan has been hanging around with Joaquin Phoenix lately; it would possibly explain his recent, bizarre behavior. (see my article: Joaquin Phoenix Takes a Dive; Career and All)

Socialite Life reported Love claiming that Coogan, "a close friend of Wilson's, encouraged Owen's hard-partying lifestyle, which ultimately led to the actor's recent attempt to take his own life." (see: Socialite Life article: Courtney Love Points Fingers Regarding Owen Wilson's Downward Spiral)

Love may know a thing or two about Coogan, it was reported in August 2005 that Love was furious with herself for allowing Coogan to talk her into having unprotected sex.

Prior to the affair with Love, Coogan had married a woman named Caroline Hickman, who divorced him on the grounds of unreasonable behavior. Then a 39-year old father of one, Coogan had married Hickman in December 2002. They had just got back together after splitting up over a fling he had with a lap dancer, metro.co.uk reported. (see: Metro UK article: Courtney's love child)

Apparently the habitual drug use that Love ties to Coogan became so bleak for Owen Wilson, celebslam.buzznet.com reported, that his pal Woody Harrelson even tried to stage an intervention at his home in Maui.

Actor Steve Coogan's been accused
of leading Love's friends to tragedy.

"And it’s all Steve Coogan’s fault." Love was quoted saying.

"I went through it with Steve. I was just out of rehab, and he was right there with the drugs. I tried to warn Owen. I tried to warn his friends. I hope from the bottom of my heart that Owen stays the hell away from that guy." (see: xanga.com article: Owen Wilson was a junkie)

Wikipedia reports that Steve Coogan responded through Access Hollywood, denying Love's accusations and offering support to Wilson. "My thoughts are with my friend Owen at this difficult time, but I do want to set the record straight and say that the allegations...are completely and utterly false," he said. (see: Wikipedia page on Steve Coogan)

Of course some will find irony in Harrelson, well-known for his marijuana use and advocacy, being the one trying to save a friend who is on drugs. Until the "Reefer Madness" paranoia of the 1930's, marijuana had always been a top remedy among doctors for helping drug addicts kick their habits. The DEA today considers it to be in a class roughly with heroin.

Regardless of their record, it is still confounding that the DEA would act so quickly to undermine and disregard the statements made by President Obama about legal medical cannabis, while allowing the rich movie star set's hard drug dealers to roam free.

I can appreciate that these are only allegations from Love, and Coogan may be guilty of nothing at all, but I would feel better personally if there was at least some reference somewhere to an investigation.

The raid in California is simply another response from the pharmaceutical companies that exercise control over groups like the DEA. They dread seeing medical marijuana advance and as a natural effective medicine, they know its increasing legality threatens to potentially devastate their treasured "bottom line", says Medical Marijuana Expert Dr. Phillip Leveque who also writes for Salem-News.com.

Situations and attitudes change and progress in this world, and the Drug Enforcement Agency, still insistent on raiding legal cannabis dispensaries, needs to swallow that bitter pill of understanding.

ASA bemoans the fact that this latest raid took place, "We are shocked and awed! For DEA to act with such brazen arrogance and in direct conflict with the new President’s pledge to end federal raids is deeply concerning. With only weeks left in office, it is clear that top DEA officials are using this transitional period to exploit the differences in policy between the old and new administration."

It seems hard to believe that high level people from the entertainment world can expose drug dealers on the Internet and in major newspapers and nothing happens, but places where sick people get their medicine are regarded as lawless organzations by the DEA, even though voters in California specifically elected to make it legal.

Cheryl Aichele, a vocal medical cannabis activist in Los Angeles, says "I don't like it when the DEA comes in fully armed into our beautiful state with their paramilitary-style raids on medical cannabis patients and providers. I'm angry that they raid with masks, helmets, shields, and automatic weapons forcing injured people to the ground with the DEA's feet on patient's backs and DEA guns to patient's heads."

She says it is disappointing to see a federal agency waste so much time, energy, and resources to ruin the lives of Americans when the cannabis itself could do no comparable damage.

"I feel sad that they don't seem to care about the sick and injured, like me. I feel hurt because I have seen first-hand the kind of damage the federal government can cause in the lives of honest people. I feel worried when I hear about them raiding yet another medical cannabis location. I feel scared because if they are successful, I will be forced to buy my medical cannabis on the "black market" from real criminals instead of safely accessing medical cannabis from compassionate providers."

Aichele concluded by saying she is embarrassed that our government has taken this war on cannabis this far.

"I'm sorry that Obama hasn't already told the DEA to leave us alone. I feel ashamed because my own tax money is going to their actions. I don't want good people to suffer because of bad laws."

Cannabis advocates say it's time for Obama to take his gloves off and overhaul the DEA from top to bottom. It is true that we need maximum integrity from federal cops and they have to work in sync with the will of the American people in order to be most efficient.

Video

The video with the next clip is bad for the first 15-seconds, but it clears up after that:

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Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim majored in journalism at California's Cuesta College. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 in Afghanistan with Oregon troops. Tim recently returned from Iraq where he covered the war there while embedded with an Oregon Guard aviation unit. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators.
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Charles S. Simms August 20, 2012 6:01 pm (Pacific time)

Medical Marijuwana i think is help to those who are ailing,cancer,aides and gloucoma of the eyes. Keep up the good work Mr.President 


Anonymous October 3, 2009 2:55 pm (Pacific time)

Don't think for a second that the DEA is defying Obama. The Obama administration has said that they will not raid medical marijuana dispensaries that are in compliance with state law. Attorney Bruce Margolin who literally wrote the book on medical marijuana law said in his book that an examination of California medical marijuana law reveals that ALL dispensaries are operating outside of California law. The case law reveals that the only places that are within California law are co-ops and collectives, definitely NOT dispensaries. Even though local and county governments give permits to dispensaries, they ARE operating outside of the broader controlling state law because they make money. California law clearly states that there is to be no money made from medical marijuana laws, period. The only money that can be involved is money that is used to reimburse people who run collectives or co-ops. Some dispensaries in California are making more than $500,000-a million a week above "expenses". So, the Obama administration, which is in charge of the DEA, is doing what it said it would, not raid places that are in compliance with state law. All of the dispensaries that the Obama administration has raided were operating outside of state law.


Cherokee Fred Jesus February 3, 2009 1:09 pm (Pacific time)

Stop this illegal war against us the poor and powerless that are being enslaved at the rate of one every 36 seconds. While the rich pop Oxycontin like candy and do not have to worry about being thrown in jail.


Steve January 30, 2009 11:24 am (Pacific time)

I don't feel like we should use the word "marijuana" anymore. This was an invention by those who fought and lied so hard to instill fear in those who would likely misperceive the reality of the situation by giving cannabis a mexican sounding name that correlated with their racist stories. If the big corps and scandalous government of the old times can make up new names for things to spin their true meaning, then maybe we should too. As long as we refer to Cannabis as "marijuana", we will continue to spread the fear, paranoia, and hatred of an equally beloved species. So, whose with me. Let's reinvent the steel, so to speak. Steve frizbe1605@gmail.com


Brinna January 29, 2009 9:14 pm (Pacific time)

Every single public poll supports safe access to medical cannabis by a wide majority. DEA raids on medical cannabis dispensaries target the ill and disabled; are mean spirited; and do nothing to reduce illicit drug use. The public speaks, but politicians don't listen. But now I have a solution. Ever since I heard about the January raids I have been answering all fund raising phone calls and mail that I get from the Democratic Party with this response: "I will not give another cent to the Democratic Party until they support a complete overhaul of our Federal drug policy; stop the Federal persecution of medical cannabis users, providers and caregivers; and remove Cannabis from it present Schedule I classification." When I speak with fundraisers on the phone, I am always polite, but I tell them in no uncertain terms what my position is, and that I will no longer be donating until the party's policies change, and I ask them to please give this feedback to their supervisors. Money talks volumes, and it seems to be a language politicians understand. I am putting that unfortunate reality to work, and hope others do the same.


stephen January 27, 2009 6:56 pm (Pacific time)

Andrew Jackson 1832..history repeating itself.. deja vu? sounds like Ron Paul talking to obama and bush and clinton etc. "Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out." This is EXACTLY what was told to senators durin the sept 2008 bailout. ..that martial law would be imposed and many families would be hurt etc. Andrew Jackson was a hero and knew the truth.


stephen January 27, 2009 6:48 pm (Pacific time)

even though I wish ohboy was a bit more diplomatic, there are points to be considered. Obama DID talk about supporting many social services in March 2008, and I disagreed because I knew come Jan 2009, that he would say he cant. And it happened just as I said. And, he supported the bailout Sept 2008 that did nothing but put money in the banks who wont lend. So, yes, Obama has blame. But, you are not getting the point. This is NOT a right/left issue. The right/left issue is a distraction. The true people running this country are loving this. People fighting left/right, while they get their way. History proves this. It is not about left or right, it is about truth. Which the mainstream is not telling, neither is obama, not mccain, not most of congress. The U.S. is run by israel, and until a politician will admit that, I have nothing to do with them. obama turned his back on the palestinians, and even lied about rockets being fired by hamas, when israel p.m. admitted on tape they didnt. And israel broke the ceasefire on Nov 4, during the election..how convenient. ohboy is a bit rough around the edges,(so am I), but has some truth in his words. ANd Henry..not sure what world you live in...but the disappointment in obama comes from his actions, not the noise machines. wiretapping american citizens continues, the same cabinet of clinton and bush, bombing pakistan, nothing on legalizing marijuana, while the U.S. is in depression, etc. etc etc. same ol same ol. truth is prevailing. to ohboy: this is not obamas economic collapse, this is from many past presidents who follow what the elite tell them what to do. The left/right scenario is null and void. Until you understand this, there is no learning. They are all on the same page, just taking different streets to get to the final destination. Tyranny. history repeating itself


Henry Clay Ruark January 27, 2009 6:18 pm (Pacific time)

W-Now et al: Yr link kicks back this ID: Republican Liberty Caucus of Illinois The Conscience of the Republican Party If one can believe in any conscience left in that group one still must contend with Far Right record, known to many from past experience, and including legal troubles far too complex and conteptible for detail here. It definitely is NOT the GOP of Illinois but rather the desolate remnant of neocon influence in that state. SO political/pander continues with contention, contempt and concentration of old venom, as President Obama begins his transformative work in answer to his massive mandate from millions who know conscience when they discover it, and the malign lying nonpatriots who still promote disastrous policies for private gain.


What now? January 27, 2009 12:07 pm (Pacific time)

The Obama Recession Worsens: Caterpillar Cuts Thousands of Jobs
The Obama recession is getting worse, as tens of thousands of blue collar jobs have been cut at major companies since Jan. 20, the day Barack Obama was inaugurated as president.
Caterpillar Inc said on Monday that quarterly earnings fell more than 32 percent and warned of a tough year ahead as the downturn that began in the United States metastasized into a full-blown global recession that hit sales of its earth-moving equipment.
The company also warned that profit in 2009 would be under severe pressure and said that it would cut about 17,000 workers and buy out 2,500 others, to reduce costs in the face of what it predicted would be the weakest year for business since the end of World War Two.
The news sent the company’s shares skidding more than 10 percent in premarket trading.
Hope and change has not worked — companies are still cutting jobs. Obama is to blame. We need congress to begin impeachment proceedings and remove him before it's too late to recover. Maybe that about to lose his Illinois governorship would be available. Heard these Chicago politicans are second to none in their ability to pull wool...


(Excerpt) Read more at rlcil.org ...

Editor: This is entertaining like a Hollywood movie. I guess when you embrace the failed GOP philosophy it means you can abandon fact. Suggesting that a man who has been in office for mere days is responsible for the fallout from the dirty and corrupt Bush Administration is laughable.


Henry Ruark January 25, 2009 12:20 pm (Pacific time)

OhBoy: You wrote: "Print that, if you have any guts." Again, sir, you demonstrate your determined mental failure to comprehend that editor here has responsibilities to full readership more potent than to any one would-be contributor, esp. one demonstrating rant and rave as established style. What's demanded is honest, open, democratic-based good judgement on possible value to all in the channel, not simply and only to anyone seeking one more chance for irrresponsible political pander-insistence. Dissent, personal or in the law as by a judge, demands some rational, reasonable basis rather than blind fury motivated by intense personal frustration, which is what you have succeeded in conveying here in more than your share of whitespace. Cool it, kid, before you blow that final fuse, now in some danger for sure. Once you're gone, you are GONE...


Henry Ruark January 25, 2009 9:00 am (Pacific time)

OhBoy: Dunno where or what you were when Reagan era began, sir, but your statement of confrontation initiated by others is far off historic mark. R/R's first action was to kill major union by decree; merits of union action aside, that was declaration of war already set up with corporate-control cabal, followed by huge growth in think tanks (Heritage one of worst),supported by massive manipulative funding by Far Right billionaire families, imposition of "supply-side" fallacy, known at time to be theory, and now thoroughly disproven, with never research or other solid basis from start.See Stockman's own book. Must ask: "Were you dere, Sharlie ?" as in tv character you may recall; I was, in D.C. long prior, intermittently during, and occasionally after, the advent of R/R policy debacle. See biog. DUTCH for distressing detail undeniable from his chosen source; see also any of huge pile of other references, available per ID to Editor as previous, which you continue to ignore since it defeats and denies your continued actual distortions, perversions here. You have your own blog, sir; why not be content with that action, if indeed your false intensities here are other than shill-work. To coninue here is to seek opportunity, as demonstrated, for simple political/pandering in the first, most offensive, degree. First step by any shill is ALWAYS to deny in depth, diversity and any other way that actions are paid for by someone else. We await your solid proof otherwise...and will continue to judge your stuff on its demonstrated values, such as they are.


stephen January 24, 2009 8:50 pm (Pacific time)

here I am telling Henry not to use blanket statements when I do it all the time.. Time to go to bed! :-)


stephen January 24, 2009 8:48 pm (Pacific time)

I was supposed to end my evening and get some sleep! Well.. still awake, and I dont like tv so here I am. :-) Henry: your staement: "with little solid record" I disagree with. Many scholars, authors, and learned people disagree with you. YOU, yourself can disagree, and that is ok, but, to make a blanket statement such as this one is not appropriate in my opinion. On another note: I did seem to get off the main subject tho, my apologies. I am an advocate of legalizing marijuana. I dont partake now, I have a family and cannot take the chance of hurting them through an arrest. But, through my studies, in regards to how it became illegal, and the medical benefits, it is obvious to me that marijuana should be legal. What is even more interesting, is that "hemp" which is not a drug, is illegal. Something for the "truthseekers" (that another poster here wants to get rid of, yeesh) can research. I liked your post Doc, but I would suggest you not use the truth seeker words. Unless you explain what that means.


OhBOY! January 24, 2009 8:00 pm (Pacific time)

Tim... I'm nicer, less rude, not profane or obscene, and definitely more honest and intellectually defensible, than all the wild eyed screaming and ranting and raving that was directed at Bush and conservatives over the years. Now, you guys sowed the field full of anger, venom, and vituperation starting way back in the Reagan era. You're going to have a couple years until the next major elections when you'll lose massively due to the absolute and utter incompetence of the left. However, until then, you sowed the seeds, now you, and every lefty, absolutely are going to reap the "thorn in the side" you so richly and desperately deserve. When conservatives won, when Bush won, you didn't go and say "well, we have to play nice now, they won". Nope, you (democrats / the left) turned bitter, angry, and vengeful. Whining from you about sniping at your woefully terrible thinking and ideas is just pure hypocrisy. You wanted this incivility and you continue this incivility with your own barrage of insults at every turn. Too bad. You won at the polls. Now it's your turn to feel the heat. And I, and the rest of the responsible country intend to bring heat to bear like you've never seen. This isn't "yapping", bud. I'm being nice. Wait until the big guns come out and focus on the abysmal stupidity of your hero Obama... Even YOU will turn on him. Revenge is not only called for, it's demanded, after all the hate and venom you have heaped on conservatives for decades. If it was good when you were handing it out, then it's good when you get it. Print that, if you have any guts.


Green Party Now January 24, 2009 7:50 pm (Pacific time)

If Obama does not live up to his statement that he will not have the justice department raiding medical marijuana clinics, let's all take a pledge to NEVER vote for a democrat or republican again. If that means that the republicans win because the Greens take too many votes away from the democrats, then so be it.


Henry Ruark January 24, 2009 7:49 pm (Pacific time)

Stephen: All I can say, sir, is "keep on keepin' on" and cogitating whenever you find reason to do so. Thank you for your thoughtful and civil participation.


P Ausraw January 24, 2009 7:34 pm (Pacific time)

So, a presidential candidate can make an opinion statment without stating what the current Federal laws are. Now that Obama is president, doesn't mean his opinion from over a year ago has become law. Federally, marijuana is a Schedule I, the THC is synthesized and available in a prescribed form of medicaion. Just because a state makes it's use leagal, that state cannot override a Federal law. So, with that said, DEA does not create or make the laws (nor the FBI, ATF, IRS, et al). The DEA has full authority to enforce all violations of Title 21, "The Controlled Substance Act of 1970" and will continue doing so until that time when the laws are changed. With that said, one man's opinion (or several it seems) does change the law.


stephen January 24, 2009 7:22 pm (Pacific time)

I humbly disagree Henry. I think people are feeling let down because they are seeing the truth. His cabinet members, closing gitmo when he already knew it would just go to the U.S. puppet in Iraq. Still spending, and still blind support for Israel. Now bombing pakistan. It just never ends, and seriously, keep an eye open. You will see no change in agenda, because obama does not run the agenda. He is but another puppet of the NWO. Sure, I'll be patient, but please let me know when he does something different than bush, clinton, and several presidents before him. I will try and be patient as you say Henry, but I am keeping a watchful eye, and not liking what I am seeing up to this point. Time will tell I suppose. Enjoyed your comment Henry. thanks. be back soon.


Richard Steeb January 24, 2009 6:14 pm (Pacific time)

The prohibition of Cannabis is corrupt from the start. Little wonder turning our law enforcement agents into vandals and thieves is the primary effect of the corrupt law. DEA Judge Young determined that Schedule I was inappropriate for Cannabis twenty years ago. The Shafer Commission said to legalize it in 1972. Cannabis was included in the United States Pharmacopoeia for most of a century. FDA, please describe the rigorous science that led to its removal from Edition XII? (IIRC, it was something about "white men's shadows"...)


OhBOY! January 24, 2009 6:03 pm (Pacific time)

It would seem to me that the separation of powers would give Obama very limited discretion in what the DEA does, how it does it, and what laws it enforces. Seems to me that you have to change the law, not just make the agency look the other way. Or, is that the new "law"? Just do whatever you want? Pot's no magic or sacred plant. It offers little or no benefits that can't be obtained better by better living or better choices. Seriously, of all the really truly important stuff... legalizing pot or even discussing it should be right below "invade Canada".

Tim King (Editor) I know you enjoy being a thorn in our side and all of that, but you are just completely full of it. You have all the same crap to say that two or three other similar people have had over the past few years here. I approve or disapprove all of the comments here and I'm getting tired of your consistent yapping about nagging, go-nowhere politics. You guys lost, it is now the turn of the Democats whether you like it or not. We run mostly left leaning things around here, but that is just how life is. I don't care about the things that greedy men care about. I care about people having enough to eat, being able to see a doctor, and receiving fair treatment in society. I want our great nation to live up to its name. I want war to be a last resort and I don't want to see the amount of collateral damage that always seems to arise from war either way. I want to see respect for women, minorities, and sick people. I think we're really different people man, and this is our territory, not yours. Try to be productive with your comments or they simply will not show up. Don't cry about "free speech" either because this isn't a democracy, it's a news organization. We make our own rules.


Doc January 24, 2009 4:19 pm (Pacific time)

"WOW" a response from Jack Herer...right on!! I sure hope people follow his suggestion! It's about the truth about this fasinating plant. Sometimes I think the "Truth seekers" are a dying breed!!!!! So in ending I just want to stress in a "nut shell"...Folks, it's a plant. Its a SACRED plant!! Look at it this way...If you , your spouse and your 2 kids was put on an island and you could only bring one plant with you, you'd soon discover that the hemp plant would far surpass ALL plants in the WHOLE plantkingdom!!! And for the common man (me too) it's biggest benifit is in FOOD! I say more at myspace/docpickletoo if you're interested. By the way Jacks myspc is /hempjack . Great article Tim! Keep it up, please!! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours, Doc


Anonymous January 24, 2009 4:11 pm (Pacific time)

65-70% support national voter support for decrim and 75-80% for medical marijuana. The time is now. Look at what is going on in parochial Puritan MA, the voters have spoken and most of the cities and towns are honoring their wish. And society carries on better for it. The time is now President Obama. You have the popularity, this issue does as well. Getting something done will ensure you keep it. Just use the bullypulpit with say medical user Montel Williams and the rest will truly be history.


Henry Ruark January 24, 2009 11:21 am (Pacific time)

Stephen et al: Re early-disappoinment with President O by some supporters the fact is that much misinformation and derisive critical comment is being hard-pushed by same noise machine manipulation in place since Reagan era, paid for by the same Far Right billionaire families. Yrs re Wilsonq-quote hints at possible contacts then with beginnings of that same malign group, intent enough that some have been suspected as tied to political assassinations in our history, with little solid record. SO friend-S, keep on being patient re O and advise yr friends and associates that even the smallest non-achieving baby gets nine months to develop before being asked to breath on his own, in this deceitful, distressing world, nade so by maligners driven by greed and pursuit of power regardless of impacts on all others. We even hear from some of them right here in S-N !!! --part of the noisemachineplan now further pursued for the same purposes and reasons. moresoon on this as nationwide action develops to defeat it, not ready for general light yet.


Jack Herer January 24, 2009 2:39 am (Pacific time)

Concentrated cannabis hemp oil (Indian hemp, ganja, dagga, marijuana) can cure cancer and many other serious illnesses. Please watch Rick Simpson's "Run from the Cure" at www.phoenixtearsmovie.com. Please read my book "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" online free at www.jackherer.com. It is all about the history and many uses of cannabis hemp. We can end hunger, cure cancer and reverse the Greenhouse Effect with cannabis hemp!


stephen January 23, 2009 4:15 pm (Pacific time)

Thanks for the article Tim. I have decided to try and hold back my opinions for awhile, no promises tho :-) because "time" is the best truth teller. We will let time tell. I am already finding in the blogs, that many strong supporters of obama are discouraged and feel let down. Just a short opinion, dont expect changes. The agenda was written long ago by people much more powerful than obama. Keep up the good work, I like ya. “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) 28th President of the United States. (I have many of these quotes from very prominent people)

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