It is time to end the federal prohibition of marijuana. President Obama can take us 90% of the way there without Congress. By executive order he can reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act from a schedule 1 to schedule 4 substance.
Schedule I substances: have a high potential for abuse. Have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the US. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. Marijuana does not meet this description
Schedule 4: Has a low potential for abuse relative to schedule 3 substances. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the US. Abuse of the substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to schedule 3 substances. Marijuana qualifies.
Because of the danger that Hitler might be the first to have the bomb, I signed a letter to the President which had been drafted by Szilard. Had I known that the fear was not justified, I would not have participated in opening this Pandora's box, nor would Szilard. For my distrust of governments was not limited to Germany" (Albert Einstein: Historical and Cultural Perspectives)
History tends to repeat itself. Therefore if we do not learn of our past then we are not prepared to go forward into the future.
Prohibition has been an issue since Government's have existed.
There is a big conflict in the Cannabis movement at this point between "Legalize, Tax, Regulate", etc., as opposed to REPEAL of the Prohibition which made it "illegal" to begin with.
The following links give some background information on the issue of Repeal.
Prohibition in the United States was a national ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol, in place from 1919 to 1933. The dry movement was led by rural Protestants in both political parties and was coordinated by the Anti-Saloon League. The ban was mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and the Volstead Act set down the rules for enforcing the ban and defined the types of alcoholic beverages that were prohibited. Private ownership and consumption of alcohol was not made illegal under federal law, but in many areas local laws were stricter and some states banned possession outright. Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, on December 5, 1933.
Pauline Sabin (1887–1955) was a New Yorker who founded the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR) in 1929. Time recognized her work promoting the repeal of prohibition by featuring her on its cover on July 18, 1932.
The Cullen-Harrison Act, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933, authorized the sale of 3.2% beer (thought to be too low an alcohol concentration to be intoxicating) and wine, with the first legal beer sales since the beginning of Prohibition on January 16, 1920. In 1933, the state conventions ratified the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment. The amendment was fully ratified on December 5, 1933. Federal laws enforcing Prohibition were then repealed.
The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act (Ch. 1, 38 Stat. 785) was a United States federal law that regulated and taxed the production, importation, and distribution of opiates. The act was proposed by Representative Francis Burton Harrison of New York and was approved on December 14, 1914.
"An Act To provide for the registration of, with collectors of internal revenue, and to impose a special tax on all persons who produce, import, manufacture, compound, deal in, dispense, sell, distribute, or give away opium or coca leaves, their salts, derivatives, or preparations, and for other purposes." The courts interpreted this to mean that physicians could prescribe narcotics to patients in the course of normal treatment, but not for the treatment of addiction.
Although technically illegal for purposes of distribution and use, the distribution, sale and use of cocaine was still legal for registered companies and individuals.
The American Medical Association (AMA) opposed the act because the tax was imposed on physicians prescribing cannabis, retail pharmacists selling cannabis, and medical cannabis cultivation/manufacturing; instead of enacting the marijuana Tax Act, the AMA proposed cannabis be added to the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act. The bill was passed over the last-minute objections of the American Medical Association. Dr. William Woodward, legislative counsel for the A.M.A. objected to the bill on the grounds that the bill had been prepared in secret without giving proper time to prepare their opposition to the bill.
Introduction (in italics) by David Solomon
The popular and therapeutic uses of hemp preparations are not categorically prohibited by the provisions of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The apparent purpose of the Act is to levy a token tax of approximately one dollar on all buyers, sellers, importers, growers, physicians, veterinarians, and any other persons who deal in marijuana commercially, prescribe it professionally, or possess it.
In the early 1970s, U.S. President Richard Nixon officially declared “war on drugs” in response to the massive drug abuse in the U.S. and the social damage it was causing. This announcement had global repercussions.
In 1971, as part of the Nixon administration’s international anti-narcotics campaign, U.S. officials suggested creating a government-funded, UN-administered fund to combat drug abuse. The United Nations Fund for Drug Abuse Control (UNFDAC) was launched in 1971 with an initial $2 million donation from the U.S. Other governments were reluctant to contribute because of the motives behind the Fund. This reluctance was well founded as UNFDAC essentially became a U.S. tool. The emphasis was on law enforcement and crop substitution rather than abuse and demand-oriented strategies. Money went primarily to projects that involved U.S. allies and focused on countries where the U.S. had been unable to stop opium production.
NOW, considering all the information above I am inputting an article that Rev. Mary Thomas-Spears wrote a few days ago explaining the situation...
Casper Leitch FREE 01:45-min of MUSIC to celebrate Eric Holder announcing the end of the war on marijuana - PLEASE SHARE - http://music.time-4-hemp.com/2013/08/29/time-4-music-2-celebrate-with.aspx
Feds Say States Can Regulate Marijuana - National Pain Report ~
Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement On Marijuana Legalization ~ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/eric-holder-marijuana-washington-colorado-doj_n_3837034.html
And for some strange reason some people think this all means the Feds have ended Prohibition or the War on Marijuana? Think it may have something to do with statements and articles like these being released? ~ "U.S. allows states to legalize recreational marijuana within limits" ~
Need I once again remind you of the facts?
Fact is. The Feds made an announcement very similar to this one when California passed Medical Legislation nearly 20 yrs ago and they have been raiding medical states every since as sanctioned and mandated prohibition only continues with legal lies = Legalize = more regulation, more taxation, more prohibition, more arrest,... Which I have already pointed out and most are very comfortable with standing in lines to wait for it as they continue to beg for it.
I could point out, that alcohol is legal here in Kentucky and the result of it's being made legal is it is prohibited in over 70 counties here in Kentucky today. As guns are legal and prohibited. Fireworks are legal and prohibited. As I have said many times, Hell prescription drugs are legal and still prohibited. Arrests on illegal possession of all these controlled items still continue because as I have said, Legalize = legal lies is sanctioned and mandated prohibition. So is the war on Marijuana or it's culture, people, community, nation over???
Though it will shift many arrest from state to federal level. As the people are begging to be enslaved by legalize = legal lies. After all these years they are still totally ignorant of what they are asking for or who they are dealing with or how they operate.
Do you really think you can cut deals with devils?
Oh, at this point I could go into my spew about GMO Cannabis and Monsanto. Yet so far all I have pointed out seems to be totally cool with the majority of you. So why waste my time and energy? Which is what I am asking myself with each letter I type at this point.
I could try to remind you this is a holy herb. Yet, my site that info was on has been taken off-line because I have run out of money to pay for it all and I don't wish to waste the energy again at this point on something that very few seemed to care about for the right reasons.
So I thought I'd try the same approach I know a friend of mine already used and no one listened to him so I am not sure why I think it might work for me? Yet, I know a few will get it. As I did.
My friend Federal Patient George Mc Mahon explained this many times. Be Careful What You Wish For You Might Just Get It! Like he did.
That's right! He wanted Medical Marijuana and He got it!
The Result is, He is now "Prohibited" from using the marijuana or cannabis he would choose to use and can only consume that which he is prescribed by the government with it's 2% THC level.
Wait? Isn't this the same complaint from patients receiving Canada's Government grown Medicine??? That it is of No Count.
To quote another Federal Patient Irv Rosenfeld, "The majority who think they want this will gain nothing."
Because the majority just want to get HIGH!
If you are even prescribed use of the plant at all. We have patches, sprays and suppositories... and George and Irv are both proof you don't need anymore than 2% THC to live.
Better not use one too many they are testing levels in patients on medicines they receive now. Patients and Doctors are being brought up on charges for overuse or abuse. Is prescription cannabis next on this list???
Yet, many are totally cool with all this too.
I could point out as I have many times that smoking cigarettes are legal and becoming more highly regulated and discriminated against in the workplace and public even our cars and homes everyday. They are talking about taking children away for parents smoking cigarettes. Yet, somehow you think Legalization will protect you against this. It won't!!!
Nor will it protect you against piss test, eviction, more unemployment, loosing your gun rights,...
You think it will give you the right to grow. Yet, again, I have already pointed out that Canadians thought this too and that if you look at the new Canadian Law it explains to you that they are working with D.E.A. in the North American Union to keep Marijuana a Controlled Substance and that they will not police Individual Grows therefore there will be none. That only government approved commercial grows will be handling the operations of growing and producing.
So eventually it will be completely handed to those of the likes of GW Pharma and Monsanto. Yet, you already knew this though with the GMO's.
I find very interesting that the Government also chooses now to tell veterans that they have the right to use in states where it is legal. When this has been approved at the federal level for several years now. I'd link proof of this but it too was on my other site. I am sure you can google it.
There is currently a rush on to legalize. Why Now???
Because they have been leading the masses by their noses for years with legal lies and they are loosing control of their goal due to the fact the Repeal Prohibition Movement has grown so rapidly in the last year and our economy is on the verge of collapse so they are rushing to regain control of the situation and the masses.
Not to mention, you would have to read the Patriot Act to be fully aware of this situation. In it declares the possession of one joint a Terrorist Act. I do have this PDF file in my other pc.
So where is the Federal Legislation that says they have ended Prohibition or that States have the right to do anything? Because their statements mean as much to me as they do to them. Which is obviously very little by looking at the number of Federal Raids and Arrest since the last one like this.
Once again I am reminded of at time when Fat Freddy had me on the phone three way with George (yes Mc Mahon) and he was explaining to George why I needed to issue an apology to all our/my colleagues and those in the Marijuana/Cannabis/Hemp Movement for calling it all Legal lies and George laughed at Freddy and said, "I am sorry Freddy but if anything the ENTIRE movement owes her an Apology and I am in full agreement with Reverend Mary."
Then George went on to say, "Look Freddy let me explain it to you like this. Say we are all cows. I am a cow and I got me a patch of grass already because I beat the Feds. You are a cow who has his patch of grass already because you have won your rights in court like Mary who is sitting over there with her patch of grass. Now as we look around there aren't many who have a patch of grass, while the majority are walking around in circles in their pen, trampling the dirt. As they look up here at us and scream come down here in the pen with us and we will show you they way to Legalize." Then he laughed real big and said, "Not me, I already got mine." and because she is right and is taking on Monsanto and they are bigger than the Feds. I am digging a hole to crawl in. Because unfortunately I did get mine from them."
I haven't seen George on-line since that was nearly 6 yrs ago I believe. I do so miss him. I also understand where he is coming from and why he went underground.
Thinking about doing it myself at this point because of the ego's and greed abounds and as my old friend George pointed out. I already got mine. So why should I care if you wonder around in the dirt?
Repeal Now! Please....... Before you forfeit your rights too!
There are some things that are more important than money or ego.
Now with all this information in mind we need to be rethinking very quickly how to solve this problem. Bad laws are MADE TO BE REPEALED! Let's get with it! This plant should be free to ALL people, not just the ones that the Government wants to use for Guinea Pigs.
I would be willing to be that if all the "legalization" movements sat down and quit today that government branded corporate medical marijuana would be available to people faster than you could blink. Under their regulations, taxes, and legalities of course.
This last article link should show the beast of legalization quite plainly...
Think about this...just think.
7:08 PM 8/29/2013
Written by: Sheree Krider
Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole today released a "Memorandum for all United States Attorneys" which was intended to give "guidance regarding marijuana enforcement".
It therein states that "as the Department noted in it's previous guidance", CONGRESS has determined that marijuana is a dangerous drug....
The Department of Justice is remaining committed to investigation of any crimes it see's fit.
The Feds are citing everything from underage sale, black market revenue, diversion from legal states to states where it is not legal, violence, fire-arms, growth on public lands and environmental dangers...
It dances around in a circle of legal terminology which as far as I can tell just says that they can still do whatever they want to do - and they will.
So if you want to stay on the good side of the Feds control through the CSA (Controlled Substances Act) then you might want to start putting some donations in the pockets of their pockets - so they will have the revenue to investigate someone else....
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE PDF DOCUMENT WHICH SAYS IT ALL...
RE: William (Bill) Chengelis, aka Wayward Bill - US Marijuana Party Chairman responds to allegations....
August 24, 2013
William Chengelis, aka Wayward Bill of the U.S. Marijuana Party has been dealing with allegations which have been made upon his character and ability and which in fact has brought negative attention to the cause of the U.S. Marijuana Party which is to END PROHIBITION.
The first issue came up last year on a website named "This aint hell but you can see it from here" whereby a group of veterans questioned a lie Bill had told years ago about his "tour in Vietnam"... This in fact did turn out to be a "lie" according to commonplace standards. But how many people have gone through their own lives without exaggerating something, either good or bad, in their life? Writer's do it all the time in their writing's, it is called "Artistic License".
That having been said, it is not politically correct in any situation to lie or fabricate a story about something that happened in a war.
Apologies have been made and the record has been set straight. His appearance on ICannabis Radio explains a lot and can be viewed through this LINK. Please listen.
Bill has done a lot of footwork for this organization. He was/is doing the running while we are sitting here talking about it.
"...Wayward Bill is really William Alvin Chengelis and he never went to Vietnam. He was a clerk in Germany. There’s nothing wrong with that..."... was posted on the blog. Therefore he is a Veteran.
The following is an excerpt of an early article when Wayward became Chairman of Colorado and is also referenced on the above link as well...
Wayward Bill Chengelis has been a political activist all his adult life. He started out with the White Panther Party in 1969 in the campaign to free John Sinclair the then party head who received 10 years for two marijuana joints. Through the years Wayward Bill Chengelis has been active in Yippie, the ACLU, the Democratic Party, S.A.F.E.R., Sensible Colorado, NORML, and the United States Marijuana Party. He is 59 years old and went to Youngstown State University studying political science, constitutional law, and journalism although he never finished to receive a degree. He is also a Vietnam era war US Army Veteran. He was honorably discharged in 1974. Wayward Bill currently is considered disabled (crippled left hand, bi-polar, PTSD) and lives on a meager VA non-service connected disability pension. He is a licensed medical cannabis patient for severe pain in his left hand. He knows first hand the discrimination by both VA and HUD invoked on cannabis patients.
My thoughts on the situation are this, "Judge not and you shall not be judged". I do not believe that a moment of indiscretion should in and of itself take a person down. Wayward has been an activist all of his adult life and has worked hard at it. He stood up and took charge when no one else could, or would.
The U.S. Marijuana Party will tirelessly fight for the end of Prohibition through repeal. Legalization is not good enough anymore. We now understand the truth of the lies which our own government have gotten away with for nearly 100 years. The government has lied for all those years and NEVER apologized for any of it. Bill has explained himself and I think unless something more damning than an exaggeration occurs we should let him continue his work in peace.
I certainly think we can find understanding for someone who has endured a war, in any capacity, and who has continued to fight for the people who most need him...POW's, meaning-"Prisoners of the Drug War"... for many years. Yes, he IS a Veteran...
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