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Legalize Pot? I'm Not Holding My Breath 
Posted by CN Staff on January 18, 2007 at 07:48:54 PT
By Bruce M. Carleton Jr., Henniker
Source: Concord Monitor
New Hampshire -- Re: "Bill aims to legalize marijuana use" (Monitor, Jan. 16): It won't happen - not with the mindset of our "leaders." The History Channel has shown and re-shown the story of marijuana and how it came to be illegal. Do congressmen ever watch TV (other than football)? Those who would rule us should be required to watch educational TV now and then and maybe read a book or two about the real world.
Why is it, Mister Lawmaker, that you won't even allow medical researchers to study marijuana? What kind of evil do you think is in that flower anyway? I've done a lot of research into drugs. I've never heard of anyone dying, becoming ill or losing their minds and going starkers from eating or smoking marijuana. And how many people lie bleeding in the road at this very moment because of your drug of choice? Apart from the many humane reasons that exist, legalizing pot will bring down the price. You can tax it and pay for education. The police and courts will be able to concentrate on important things, like actual crime. Legalization would give millions of Americans reason to believe you guys are people, too. That alone should be a reason to consider it. The way you guys are running things, you need all the friends you can get. I have a personal stake in this bill. I have a condition listed on various marijuana bills. But it should be legal for healthy people, too. I am a peace lover and do not steal from or harm anyone. I am, if anything, a benefit to society. There are many more like me. Would you arrest us all for the crime of trying to feel good while we explore our minds? Legalizing marijuana might help some people get away from the drugs that really are harmful. Newshawk: Had EnoughSource: Concord Monitor (NH)Author: Bruce M. Carleton Jr., Henniker, For the MonitorPublished: January 18, 2007Copyright: 2007 Monitor Publishing CompanyContact: letters cmonitor.comWebsite: http://www.concordmonitor.comRelated Articles & Web Site: Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policyhttp://www.nhcommonsense.org/Bill Would Allow Marijuana Saleshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread22527.shtmlLawmakers Aiming To Legalize Pot http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread22520.shtml
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Comment #16 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on January 24, 2007 at 08:07:16 PT
Thanks Richard!
I've calmed down, too.
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on January 23, 2007 at 16:04:20 PT
Comment 12
:0)Way to go, Richard! I especially liked what Runderwo said. "So what if blacks and hispanics take over?"Thanks, Runderwo. I hope I can remember to make use of that bit of wisdom next time it seems appropriate. 
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Comment #14 posted by reverendjasongraves on January 23, 2007 at 15:22:44 PT:
Breath, living proof Cannabis is healing medecine
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I am a peace lover and do not steal from or harm anyone. I am, if anything, a benefit to society. There are many more like me. Would you arrest us all for the crime of trying to feel good while we explore our minds? 
"Gorgeous words. Ditto, same as that.
Living proof Cannabis heals and cures
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on January 23, 2007 at 08:37:05 PT
Richard
Thank you.
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Comment #12 posted by Richard Zuckerman on January 23, 2007 at 08:35:25 PT:
THANK YOU FOR COMMENTS 9, 10, AND 11!!
Thank you for comments 9, 10, and 11, people. I have calmed down some!
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Comment #11 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on January 19, 2007 at 08:28:56 PT
"It is your mind set to worry about..."
Nazi heal thyself.And Richard, please don't give up on the Republicans and Democrats. I'm sure there are some David Dukes and George Wallaces for you to support.Trust me, us Green Libertarians are a bunch of nigger lovers."I'm not black, but there's whole lots of times I wish I could say I'm not white." - Zappa
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on January 18, 2007 at 18:05:44 PT
runderwo
It's good to see you. Richard does have some opinions that most here don't agree with. We aren't a WASP country. Those days are long gone.
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Comment #9 posted by runderwo on January 18, 2007 at 17:20:53 PT
Wow
I don't think I've ever seen marijuana legalization advocated side by side with white supremacy before.So what if blacks and hispanics take over? That's the way genetics works. Obviously something is going right for them.Since when is it that we only work towards the happiness of one particular skin color?
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Comment #8 posted by Toker00 on January 18, 2007 at 15:41:59 PT
Dude
You need to get a grip!
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Comment #7 posted by Richard Zuckerman on January 18, 2007 at 15:36:03 PT:
IT IS YOUR MIND SET TO WORRY ABOUT, NOT THEIRS!
It is your mind set to worry about, not the legislature; Your parents and you vote for Democrats and Republicans under the mistaken impression that they really care about the people more than they care about their campaign contributors. People whose needs are outside the mainstream of the American public should vote for those political candidates whose political platform supports the alternative needs. In the case of Marijuana decriminalization, tightening up the immigration laws [www.fairus.org], loosening gun control laws [www.jpfo.org], ending the funding of DEA and other law enforcement of malum prohibutum laws, the Libertarian Party candidates should be your choice. Green Party PERHAPS a second choice. If you people do not get out there and vote on Election Day, "they" will not decriminalize Marijuana or any of the other aforementioned prohibitions. It is a masturbatory fantasy to expect others to vote in your stead and then complain that you did not vote because your vote does not mean anything! If the Black people are willing to protest en masse the shootings by police in New York City, then they should be willing to vote for 3rd party en masse on Election Day. But they don't. As far as I am concerned, they do not deserve their "Black Liberation." Martin Luther King plagiarized the "I have a dream" speech, stole money from a church, and, according to the book entitled The Bureau, was tape recorded as having told a White women: "Tonight I'm just a nigger. Now touch me down there!" I have come to believe that the Rainbow Coalition hype, that Black people should be equal to White people, was a hoax to accept Black people as your brother. I believed it was O.K. for White women to date Black males for so long. I do not see as many White women as often as I had. Nowadays, I usually see Blacks and Hispanics, probably from their overpopulation from unplanned pregnancies. Guess who pays for those welfare babies? I no longer accept Blacks and Hispanics as my brothers. I consider Blacks and Hispanics to be a major problem in this country as a cause of OVERPOPULATION!!! Read the report of how much money New Jersey is paying for undocumented immigrants, on www.fairus.org. Please do not turn on your rap music while I am around? Richard Paul Zuckerman, Post Office Box 159, Metuchen, New Jersey, 08840-0159.
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Comment #6 posted by Toker00 on January 18, 2007 at 14:15:34 PT
History
Cannabis: A History. Martin Booth.'Made to look foolish by LaGuardia's report, and feeling snubbed by his fellow members of the United Nations Commission, Anslinger continued his campaign against marijuana just as he had before but now, instead of specifically demonizing the drug, he increasingly turned his attention towards one group whom he had already been observing, who use it and who, in his mind, were its missionaries carrying its evil gospel to the world--musicians.''He had already, as it were, run out of epithets of horror. The answer presented itself: aim for specific targets.'Like sick people? Like peaceful people? Like beautiful loving people who have re-discovered the art of CANNABIS CULTURE? Like the sick in your criminal justice jails who die because the Law hates them? Or is it just anybody who happens to use or promote the use of it? So it went from Mexicans to Musicians to just any damn body. If it moves and possesses cannabis, it's a target. It's time to place a target on the DEA budget. Kucinich? You reading?Toke.  
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Comment #5 posted by Toker00 on January 18, 2007 at 11:36:14 PT
How many of these congress critters DIDN'T get
voted out? The ones still there need to be "drug" out and held to task. I guess we could just check the authors of the bill and start draggin'. It is up to this New Congress and Us to stop this hate for Nature. We should start talking louder and more often about the failed War on Drugs. If they listen to us about the lies that got us into Iraq, they'll HAVE to listen to us about Anslinger, Hemp, Racism, Lies, Damn Lies, and the Failed War on Drugs. We are gonna end 'em Both!Toke. 
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Comment #4 posted by goneposthole on January 18, 2007 at 10:49:06 PT
F. oxysporum
Native cotton in Australia is resistant to Fusarium. Growers will have to add the Australian native cotton genes that have resistance to Fusarium to their cannabis strains to combat the mycoherbicide threat.Where there's a will, there's a way.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on January 18, 2007 at 10:37:57 PT
Max Flowers
At first I thought it was the new Congress but the old Congress got it slipped in before they took power and Bush signed it. Thank goodness Dennis Kucinich will not let it happen I don't think.
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Comment #2 posted by Max Flowers on January 18, 2007 at 10:29:15 PT
False dismay 
...Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., now the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [is] dismayed over a surge in Afghanistan in the production of opium poppies, which are used to make heroin, and bumper crops of South American coca, the key ingredient in cocaine. Afghanistan provides about 90 percent of the world's opiates, while Colombia is the source of 80 to 90 percent of the global cocaine supply.That's got to be "make-believe" dismay, because I don't believe for one minute that he is blissfully unaware of the relationship between CIA and the international opium/heroin/cocaine business, in other words, the fact that CIA is neck-deep in it and has been for decades. If there is a bumper crop of opium in Afghanistan which then results in a glut of heroin in the US, it didn't happen without the blessing of the big boys. Give me freakin' break.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 18, 2007 at 10:08:17 PT
Off Topic
A Controversial Weapon in the War Against Drugs***Proponents say a fungus could eradicate crops; skeptics ask if it's effective and safe.By John OtisJanuary 18, 2007BOGOTA, COLOMBIA  Is it a silver bullet in the war on drugs or an outlawed biological weapon?Frustrated by the nonstop flow of cocaine and heroin into the United States, some American lawmakers are promoting mycoherbicides, weed killers made from toxic, mold-like fungi that they believe could be used to eliminate illegal drug crops for good.For years, mycoherbicides had been largely written off by many U.S. officials. They were concerned the fungi could mutate to kill legitimate crops and that their use overseas would violate the United Nations' 31-year-old Biological Weapons Convention and other treaties."The DEA doesn't want to touch this with a 10-foot pole," said Eric Rosenquist, a leading expert on mycoherbicides at the Agriculture Department's Research Service.Still, a handful of determined Congress members have kept the issue alive. Last month, they inserted into a bill authorizing funding for the White House drug czar's office language that requires government scientists to carry out a new round of studies into mycoherbicides. President Bush later signed the bill into law."I'm telling you, the war on drugs ain't working," said Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., in a telephone interview from Washington. "And if it ain't working, you don't sit around doing the same thing over and over again."We have to use whatever tools that we think will work and that are safe," he said, "and mycoherbicides fit that bill."Burton, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., now the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and other mycoherbide supporters are dismayed over a surge in Afghanistan in the production of opium poppies, which are used to make heroin, and bumper crops of South American coca, the key ingredient in cocaine. Afghanistan provides about 90 percent of the world's opiates, while Colombia is the source of 80 to 90 percent of the global cocaine supply.U.S.-sponsored programs to chop down poppy and coca fields or fumigate them with chemical herbicides have made little dent because drug farmers have moved elsewhere to plant more. Much of the U.S.-bound cocaine comes across the Texas-Mexico border, and is often routed through Houston, a city U.S. law enforcement officials describe as a leading cocaine distribution center for the rest of the United States.Since the 1970s, when a fungus called Fusarium oxysporum was found to kill coca plants in Hawaii , scientists for the CIA and the U.S. departments of Energy and Agriculture have carried out research  often in secret  to develop fungal herbicides to combat drug plantations.Called mycoherbicides, they work by producing toxic compounds that dissolve the cell walls of targeted plants. Unlike traditional herbicides, mycoherbicides can reproduce themselves and linger in the soil for many years to destroy replanted crops. Some view them as an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical herbicides, a sort of "Agent Green.""If proven to be successful, mycoherbicides could revolutionize our drug eradication efforts," Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., the former chairman of the House drug policy subcommittee, told reporters in Washington.But mycoherbicides are so controversial that U.S. government scientists have not tested them outside of carefully controlled greenhouses and have not found a nation willing to spray them on drug crops.Fusarium oxysporum, for example, comes from a family that includes hundreds of fungi that can attack everything from corn to watermellons. One strain of Fusarium wilt is responsible for the current epidemic killing Los Angeles' iconic palm trees.Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle South America Bureau Snipped:Complete Article: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/4478320.html
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