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On Weed, Homeland Security Chief 
Posted by CN Staff on April 17, 2017 at 04:43:07 PT
By Derek Hawkins 
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- Two high ranking Trump administration officials; two vastly different positions on marijuana.Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to revive the war on drugs, and a crackdown on weed appears to be a major part of that. He is expected to pursue harsher punishments for using and distributing marijuana, which were relaxed under President Trump’s predecessor, as The Washington Post’s Sari Horowitz has reported. “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” Sessions opined last year.
It’s a far cry from what Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said about the drug Sunday.In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Kelly told host Chuck Todd that marijuana was “not a factor” in the war on drugs and argued that “arresting a lot of users” wasn’t the right solution to the country’s drug problems.Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, was discussing border enforcement when Todd asked him if legalizing marijuana would help or hurt his efforts to control the flow of drugs into the United States.“Yeah, marijuana is not a factor in the drug war,” Kelly said.He continued: “It’s three things. Methamphetamine. Almost all produced in Mexico. Heroin. Virtually all produced in Mexico. And cocaine that comes up from further south.”Those three drugs, Kelly added, had killed more than 50,000 people in the United States in 2015, along with opiates, and had cost the country some $250 billion.Before joining the Trump administration, Kelly served as the head of U.S. Southern Command, overseeing security operations for Central America, South America and the Caribbean. In that role, he confronted issues related to the trafficking of narcotics, including heroin and cocaine, into the United States, as The Post’s Christopher Ingraham has reported.Kelly made similar remarks on marijuana in a November interview with MilitaryTimes. He told the publication he was opposed to illegal and recreational drug use generally, and was critical of marijuana legalization, but said he supported using pot for medical purposes.“Whether it’s veterans or anyone else, if it helps those people, then fine,” he said. “Medicine is medicine.”On that issue, he could hardly be more removed from Sessions, who has balked at the idea that marijuana could be used as a painkiller or treatment for opioid addiction.“I’ve heard people say we could solve our heroin problem with marijuana,” he said in a speech last month. “How stupid is that?”Sessions later told reporters he believed “medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much,” as The Post reported. In the same speech, he said his office may reexamine Obama administration policies that left marijuana legalization in the hands of states.Unlike Sessions, Kelly doesn’t have much say in how the United States prosecutes drug offenders. But in his “Meet the Press” appearance Sunday, he argued in favor of reducing demand for drugs rather than punishing drug users.“The solution is not arresting a lot of users,” he said. “The solution is a comprehensive drug demand reduction program in the United States that involves every man and woman of goodwill. And then rehabilitation. And then law enforcement. And then getting at the poppy fields and the coca fields in the south.”Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Derek Hawkins Published: April 17, 2017Copyright: 2017 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #14 posted by The GCW on April 20, 2017 at 13:00:50 PT
Church; good new.
Colorado House rejects late attempt to bar pot use in churchesThe last-ditch attempt, aimed at the International Church of Cannabis, was blasted by members of both parties as an unconstitutional restriction on religion"Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, ridiculed the amendment as a “nanny state” approach to governing.“This is saying to people ‘we don’t like the way you worship,'” Salazar said.Cont.
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Comment #13 posted by Garry Minor on April 20, 2017 at 06:13:32 PT:
MikeEEEEE - The Spirit of Truth is Feminine 
Many early Christian writings and Apocrypha as well as Gnostic writings identify the Holy Spirit as Sophia(Wisdom).Even Jesus says, "But wisdom is vindicated by her works."One receives the Spirit of Truth through the Anointing.This is from the Acts of Thomas.27 And the apostle arose and sealed them. And the Lord was revealed unto them by a voice, saying: Peace be unto you brethren. And they heard his voice only, but his likeness they saw not, for they had not yet received the added sealing of the seal (Syr. had not been baptized). And the apostle took the oil and poured it upon their heads and anointed and chrismed them, and began to say (Syr. And Judas went up and stood upon the edge of the cistern and poured oil upon their heads and said):Come, thou holy name of the Christ that is above every name.Come, thou power of the Most High, and the compassion that is perfect.Come, gift (charism) of the Most High.Come, compassionate mother.Come, communion of the male.Come, she that revealeth the hidden mysteries.Come, mother of the seven houses, that thy rest may be in the eighth house.Come, elder of the five members, mind, thought, reflection, consideration, reason; communicate with these young men.Come, holy spirit, and cleanse their reins and their heart, and give them the added seal, in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost.And when they were sealed, there appeared unto them a youth holding a lighted torch, so that their lamps became dim at the approach of the light thereof. And he went forth and was no more seen of them. And the apostle said unto the Lord: Thy light, O Lord, is not to be contained by us, and we are not able to bear it, for it is too great for our sight. are 250 shekels of Kaneh Bosm, Cannabis in the Holy Oil.In fact, in order to be called worthy of the title "Christian," literally Anointed One, that person must be Anointed with the Cannabis Oil.Read 1John 2:18-29Therefore, the churches of the world are literally and Biblically:anti - opposite of, opposed to or against.Christ - covered in Holy Oil, Anointed.There is water in water, there is Fire in Chrism.Kaneh Bosm
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Comment #12 posted by MikeEEEEE on April 19, 2017 at 20:14:21 PT
GCW--the spirit
The spirit of truth is a great concept, but the arrogance of these guys ignores the truth. For example: they will ignore 98% of the scienctists on climate change or other important issues, simply because they don't fit into the busine$$ model. Besides, they don't just shit on the poor to transfer wealth to themselves, for them, it's just fun to screw people'who are weaker--that is, for some of these lower life forms. If there is a great spirit, and I believe there is, perhaps he is like the lion, waiting patiently until he is needed.I'm not religious, but it may be a good idea to pray for this spirit to get off his butt--with all due respect. 
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Comment #11 posted by The GCW on April 19, 2017 at 18:00:41 PT
Resist temptation & leave with, spirit of truth.
This is indicative of the big picture.There are people running this country who by many accounts are FOOLS.SILLY.Read, insane.Somehow, they've gained power, often from the war model, through rape and pillage.As many of Us, perhaps the majority do not condone screwing they neighbor, they thrive on it.We must be patient. We gain what We're here to gain and be prepared to leave this transfer station in good standing.With the "spirit of truth."
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Comment #10 posted by MikeEEEEE on April 19, 2017 at 13:49:50 PT
Sam Adams--don't forget about that black gold 
Payout Time': Exxon Seeks Waiver From U.S. Sanctions to Drill in Russia really believe trump and company see the voters as suckers.
By the way, his poll numbers are the lowest, ever in history--those suckers are angry. 
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Comment #9 posted by Sam Adams on April 19, 2017 at 11:25:11 PT
current USA
the "homeland"? It's disgusting to me to hear politicians talk like that. I grew up in the 70's when everyone talked about what a horrible mistake Viet Nam was. this penny-ante fascism is a disgrace to the ideals of freedom. Our government is completely in the thrall of the military industrial complex. 
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on April 18, 2017 at 21:16:42 PT
Kelly changed his tune overnight...
Trump law enforcement chiefs paint grim picture""Let me be clear about marijuana. It is a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs," Kelly said. "DHS personnel will continue to investigate marijuana's illegal pathways along the network into the US, its distribution within the homeland, and will arrest those involved in the drug trade according to federal law."
The comments stood in contrast to remarks Kelly made just two days ago.
"Marijuana is not a factor in the drug war," Kelly said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday -- instead focusing on cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
Sessions' views on marijuana, however, have remained unchanged.
When asked on Tuesday about any link between organized crime and the legalization of marijuana in some states around the country, Sessions said the drug is a "financial moneymaker for them" and "definitely a cartel-sponsored event.""He's saying the cartels sponsor legalization? Why would they?
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Comment #7 posted by HempWorld on April 17, 2017 at 20:12:40 PT
Yeah that is a great church!
From my earlier post:As Dr. Donald Tashkin has reported from his, largest to date, clinical research of Cannabis/Marijuana and Cancer correlation:(You can search the interview with honorable Doctor on YouTube.)Among the sample population of 10,000+ people over 10+ years of time; Cannabis users/smokers etc. have a LOWER incidence of cancer that non-smokers (of anything).That proves the point of the research done by the University of Tel Aviv (UTA) in my earlier post below.Ok, I think I found the clip on YouTube, here it is:
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 17, 2017 at 19:35:28 PT
John Tyler
That is cool! A trippy church! LOL!
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Comment #5 posted by John Tyler on April 17, 2017 at 19:17:41 PT
Church of Cannabis
For those of you with a spiritual turn of mind you have got to check this out.
Church of Cannabis in Denver CO. paint job is incredible. I am not a churchy person, but I would go to this church.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on April 17, 2017 at 18:14:54 PT
When the tables are turned.
Outrage as Teen Denied Lung Transplant After Marijuana UseLack of access to transplants is an ongoing—and life-threatening—issue for marijuana users. Fortunately, this kid was able to find help elsewhere. cruel.In the future, maybe it will be the cannabis prohibitionists who are being denied. -& they may have to look elsewhere.
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on April 17, 2017 at 17:19:17 PT
Article about the science of cannabinoids...
"Prevent Brain Damage From Other Toxic Drugs
In contradiction to consistent claims by mainstream science that Cannabis causes brain damage, a 2014 study shows the opposite. Research published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research demonstrated that even extremely low doses of THC (cannabis’ psychoactive component) — around 1,000 to 10,000 times less than that in a conventional cannabis cigarette — can jumpstart biochemical processes which protect brain cells and preserve cognitive function.In fact, low doses of THC protect the brain both before and after injury, say researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU).Dozens of studies have made pseudoscientific attempts to indicate that young people who use cannabis tend to experience psychological problems, mental decline, neurological damage and even schizophrenia. However, there is no evidence that cannabis use is directly linked with such problems, according to a previous study published in The Lancet and cannabis has been.Prof. Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University’s Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine says that the drug has neuroprotective qualities as well. He has found that extremely low doses of THC — the psychoactive component of cannabis — protects the brain from long-term cognitive damage in the wake of injury from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), seizures, or toxic drugs. Brain damage can have consequences ranging from mild cognitive deficits to severe neurological damage.Previous studies focused on injecting high doses of THC within a very short time frame — approximately 30 minutes — before or after injury. Prof. Sarne’s current research, published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research, demonstrates that even extremely low doses of THC — around 1,000 to 10,000 times less than that in a conventional cannabis cigarette — administered over a wide window of 1 to 7 days before or 1 to 3 days after injury can jumpstart biochemical processes which protect brain cells and preserve cognitive function over time."From:
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on April 17, 2017 at 07:49:51 PT
>>And then getting at the poppy fields and the coca fields in the southHe's eager to make war on the peasant farmers of South America for growing plants their people have used for thousands of years. Supply-side interdiction has been proven again and again to NEVER work!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on April 17, 2017 at 07:25:51 PT
Sessions and Kelly both have NO clue!
It is clear that Sessions is completely ignorant on the issue, completely behind the times. He does not know anything about cannabis/marijuana and just echoes the anti-marijuana rhetoric from the last 40 years. Not very helpful.Then Kelly states that heroin comes out of Mexico? How about Afghanistan? That country that has now long been occupied by the US produces 90-95% of the world's heroin.We the people are the victims of continued willful ignorance!
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