Big Bad John part 2

John McCain has stated often his absolute opposition to Medical Marijuana. As is recognized by rational people, PROHIBITION is the problem, the abandonment of responsibility to control & regulate- given to the cartels, black market, and underground economy & culture.It is the lack of responsibility to control which has generated big money for organized crime, most of which would not happen if only marijuana were legalized. Research, some referred to here or on the WAR 360 home page, addresses the contradiction of hundreds of thousands of pounds of pot being "grandstanded upon" by Border Patrol, while their own figures betray them when it comes to the totals of heroin, coke, & meth seized- PITIFUL FEW pounds- usually less than a hundred for a whole year. This is contrary to the reality that TONS of Meth have been transported from Mexico through this area. So the corrupt and arrogant Senator with seven or eight homes cannot see the issue clearly for the beer haze he wallows in. He cares not for Veterans, many of whom benefit from medical marijuana. Their legal access to legal medicine would certainly achieve several goals: first, there would be no money spent on acquiring the herb, second, the removal of such previous clients reduces the smuggler’s business, third, the reality of marijuana as a serious medicine helps distance casual or juvenile users from shallow choices, and forth, healthy veterans and medicated veterans are less likely to resort to alternatives like alcohol or drugs.
We must not fail to mention that the victimization of citizens by drug war agents is legion, the abuses of citizens rights are legendary, and the corruption most often found in such cases is on behalf of the ‘officials’, not in the ‘offenders’ camp.
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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n802/a10.html

Pubdate: Thu, 21 Aug 2008
Source: Independent  (UK)
Copyright: 2008 Independent Newspapers (UK) Ltd.
Contact: letters@independent.co.uk
Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/209
Author: Kirk Muse

HOW PROHIBITION BOOSTS DRUG USE

I’m writing about Ian Oliver’s not-so-thoughtful article, "Legalising
drugs would only make matters worse" (19 August). If all types of
recreational drugs were legalised and sold in regulated, controlled
and taxed business establishments for pennies per dose, your overall
crime rate would decline dramatically, and public safety would
increase substantially.

And I believe your overall hard drug usage rates would decline
substantially. That is because drug-dealers as we know them today
would disappear for economic reasons.

The first time almost all drug-users use a particular drug, they don’t
buy it: either a friend or drug dealer gives it to them. Most retail
dealers of hard drugs are addicts themselves. They sell drugs to
finance their own habit and recruit new users by offering free samples
to potential customers. With the end of drug prohibition, this
practice would end.

KIRK MUSE

Mesa, Arizona, USA
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MAP posted-by: Steve Heath
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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n802/a08.html

Pubdate: Tue, 19 Aug 2008
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Copyright: 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Contact: letters@post-dispatch.com
Website: http://www.stltoday.com/
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/418
Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n793/a12.html
Author: Walter F. Wouk

THE WAR ON DRUGS IS THE PROBLEM

Michael Braun, chief of operations for the Drug Enforcement
Administration
, stated that "the al-Qaida affiliate that carried out
the Madrid train bombing funded the operation almost entirely through
the sale of illicit drugs."("Missourian Connected War on Drugs to War
on Terror
," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 17)

There is no denying the fact that legal heroin and cocaine would only
cost about as much as aspirin, but — because they are illegal — drug
dealers net billions of dollars from consumers around the world.

It doesn’t take a "Rocket Scientist" to figure out that if illicit
drug use
were legalized and dealt with as the health problem that it
is, the price of illicit drugs would plummet and terrorist groups
would be denied a source of income for their murderous activities.

The "war on Drugs" is a creation of our government and, as Ronald
Regan said, "Government is not a solution to our problem, government
is the problem."

WALTER F. WOUK
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MAP posted-by: Steve Heath
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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n802/a07.html

Pubdate: Thu, 21 Aug 2008
Source: Community Press, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2008 Community Press
Contact: news@communitypress-online.com
Website: http://www.communitypress-online.com/
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1717
Author: Bill Tremblay

HEMP: THE NEW CHOICE FOR FARMERS – AND IT’S LEGAL

Cannabis Crops Could Create Financial Highs For Area Farmers

While marijuana might be the obvious, illegal cannabis cash crop, the
drug’s non-munchie-inducing cousin, hemp, could be a viable choice for
local farmers.

John Baker, president and founder of Stonehedge Bio-Resources Inc.,
said Eastern Ontario has the ideal climate and soil to grow hemp crops.

"This crop has potential to be a good reward to the agriculture
sector," Baker said. "It’s just the perfect environment for growing
hemp."

Participants in the sixth annual Eastern Lake Ontario Regional
Innovation conference (ELORIN), held in Trenton Aug. 13-14, were able
to tour one of Baker’s Grafton-area hemp farms.

Baker has licences for 19 hemp fields with the majority located in
Hastings and Northumberland counties. He currently is researching the
plant to determine its use as a biomass.

According to his findings, hemp could be a leader in a growing
environmentally friendly economy.

"We can use this as a vehicle to drive this whole new sector," said
Baker, who lives in the Oak Hills area of Quinte West.

Baker believes hemp products will result in profits for farmers and
producers of materials, and benefit the consumer.

"It’s a win every way for everyone that is using it," he
said.

Hemp can be used to make bio-masonry and bio-plastic products as well
as food supplements and textiles.

"There are hundreds of uses," Baker said. "They are already using it
in Europe. It is just a matter of bringing it here and actually doing
it."

BMW and Mercedes have started using hemp as insulation in their
automobiles.

Hemp contains minimal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the
active ingredient in marijuana.

"They could smoke this stuff until the cows come home and nobody would
get high," Baker said. "There is another chemical that would provide a
terrible headache."

However, the two plant varieties look and smell the same. The only way
to tell the difference is through chemical testing. Even potheads
can’t believe it’s not reefer. Baker’s crops have caused cannabis
connoisseurs to temporarily trade their pipes and papers for pruning
shears in attempts to raid his farms.

"In my first couple of years, they probably stole two acres from a 10-
acre site," Baker said.

Growing hemp in Canada is legal, but regulated. It requires a licence
from Health Canada and is controlled by the Bureau of Drug
Surveillance. Plants must have less than 0.3 per cent THC and they are
regularly tested. "The worry is hemp will be used as a blind for other
plant material," Baker said.

While hemp farmers have to find their way through a maze of
regulations, laws in other countries can be used to Canada’s advantage.

"That same barrier is what’s keeping the Americans out of the market,"
Baker said.

The American Drug Enforcement Agency has its foot firmly in the soil
against U.S. farmers producing hemp, leaving manufacturers south of
the border looking for a source of the plant’s products.

"They can’t get it unless they bring it on a boat from Europe," Baker
said. "The Americans have no problem with us sending hemp fibre."

The Quinte region’s suitable soil and proximity to Toronto, Ottawa,
and the American border could translate into a "huge economic boost."

A connection first must be made between the agricultural and
manufacturing sectors.

"There is no use getting the farm community engaged until we have a
market well-defined and a processing plant that can buy it," Baker
said.

He hopes hemp’s possible profits will spark investment interest
throughout the private sector. However, provincial and federal support
will be needed to start construction of the region’s first processing
plant.

"There is a strong indication this could be a major development for
this area," Baker said. "But we need government assistance to get the
first plant up off the ground."
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MAP posted-by: Steve Heath

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