Governor Vetoes The Legalization of Hemp 

Governor Vetoes The Legalization of Hemp 
Posted by CN Staff on October 03, 2006 at 07:21:48 PT
By Tom Ragan, Sentinel Staff Writer
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Watsonville -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's weekend decision to veto a bill that legalized growing hemp in California was greeted with disdain by the state assemblyman who supported it.The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau also was frustrated with the veto, saying growers are always looking for viable crop alternatives, and that hemp could have been one given demand.
But Schwarzenegger, in a statement Saturday, said while he supports the development of new crops in the state, he felt he could not approve the legalization of hemp, a type of cannabis related to marijuana but without the euphoric effects: "Unfortunately, I am very concerned that this bill would give legitimate growers a false sense of security and a belief that production of 'industrial hemp' is somehow a legal activity under federal law."State Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced AB 1147 this year to reduce the reliance of U.S. man-ufacturers on imported hemp from Canada and China. Monday, Leno called the veto just "short of absurd.""It's just another example of myth and politics trumping science and sound public policy," Leno said. "But we're not through yet. We're not going to give up. I'll probably try to introduce it again ... in January."The bill passed both the Assembly and the Senate, with backers stressing that industrial hemp is a $300 million industry in the United States but that it cannot be grown here legally."Farmers could have made so much money by capitalizing on the popularity of the industry, but now they're just going to continue to lose it," Leno said.Products made of hemp are common, and it can be found in clothes, food, snack bars, even paper. Proponents of the bill pointed to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which was penned on hemp.But the governor, with advice from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said there currently is no legal distinction between industrial hemp and marijuana, which contains tetrahydrocannabinols. THC creates euphoria when consumed; its production and consumption are outlawed by the federal government.Any person wishing to grow hemp or marijuana must first obtain permission and register with the DEA. Failure to do so is a violation of federal law and subject to criminal penalties.But Leno said there are huge differences between the two plants and that there was "no way" that law enforcement would have trouble distinguishing one from the other — a reservation expressed by bill opponents in Sacramento."What's the problem?" Leno said. "Marijuana grows 6 feet tall. Hemp grows as high as 16 feet. People plant marijuana 4 feet apart. Hemp is planted inches from one another. I don't know what was so difficult. They're two entirely different plants we're talking about here."North Dakota is the only state that allows growing hemp for industrial purposes."You'd have to smoke a joint the size of telephone pole in order to get a headache," said Ken Junkert of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture in Bismarck.The state's decision to legalize hemp was to diversify crops in a state where agriculture has taken a financial hit of late but still remains the No. 1 industry. Hemp is a perfect plant, Junkert said, because it grows in all sorts of conditions and requires no pesticides or herbicides. It also serves as a rotational crop, putting nutrients back in the soil.But even Junkert anticipates legal problems. Though farmers can now apply for a license to grow hemp, he expects DEA opposition, which could lead to legal battles."We'll know in the next couple of months as farmers come in and start to apply for the permits," he said.Complete Title: Governor Vetoes The Legalization of Hemp Over The WeekendSource: Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)Author: Tom Ragan, Sentinel Staff WriterPublished: October 3, 2006 Copyright: 2006 Santa Cruz SentinelContact: editorial santa-cruz.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Vote Hemp A No for Hemp, Yes for Partners Bill Heads for Schwarzenegger's Desk Hemp Bill Headed To Governor
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Comment #28 posted by museman on October 05, 2006 at 11:46:35 PT
Is Canada so much different?
"America needs to, and is, waking up. And I'm glad it's happening. This whole "terrorist" thing is an attempt to make a new "red-scare" in the United States to force Americans to give all their power to the corporate elite."America is yawning, maybe contemplating in their sleep on the surrealistic
content of the materialistic nightmnare the rich call a 'dream', but the ones who are truly awake are being persecuted, judged, ostricized, ridicluled, and ignored - mostly because once awake one does not wish to fall back into the somatic stupor taught in school, and church, and violently enforced by the mercenaries created for just such purpose. Once you fall out of the old 'heave-ho' lineup you instantly become a social pariah, a cast-off, and without a doubt 'criminal.'Americans don't have to be 'forced to give their power' to anyone, they actually never really had any power to begin with. They've only been dreaming of it while they sit zombie-like in front of their TV, or destroy their remnant brain cells with booze at the country club or bar.The 'terrorist thing' is just another 'wag the dog' scenario cooked up by the 'professional' propagandists in an attempt to put the stirring sleepers back into deep unconsciousness, just another pack of lies swallowed willingly by the believers who go through their service to the elite every day for eight or so hours. Are the filthy-rich bastards who run any government anywhere, any different than their American club members?
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Comment #27 posted by EminenceFront on October 04, 2006 at 20:59:18 PT:
The Environment
Firstly, I hate to see it when living in suburbia and more and more and more trees are chopped down every year to make way for what? 50 or 100 houses that look exactly the same. One day, there will be nothing left to explore, no natural world, just suburban capitalist man-made hell.Of course, the natural world cannot support fake-lawns and widespread obesity for long. We'll try to make pills that won't make us such fatasses, try to create all these freak things to cover up our excessive lifestyles, but ultimately it will fail.Of course, there's one proverb that I love; The Bigger they are, they harder they fall.America's government, it's entire system, will just collapse on itself very soon. It'll be almost earth shattering. It will shake the foundation of almost everything. Popular revolution is eminent at the moment.People are just going to leave their shit suburb clone houses and these cages they put themselves in for "security". This issue at hand here is another example of this neo-American lifestyle of fructose-coated corruption, where they use the best in video effects, photo manipulation, camera swipes, 3D graphics, etc, etc.. to just propogate a message of bullshit.The power structure of elite superiority exists in both the 
Dems and the Reps. They don't want to hurt their rich corporate sponsors. Hemp needs to be imported from Canada and North Dakota so they can charge large fees on shipping and tariffs (I don't know if Hemp is covered under free trade, but I doubt it). Anyways, I didn't elect a chump TV Star for Governor. I'm a Canadian.America needs to, and is, waking up. And I'm glad it's happening. This whole "terrorist" thing is an attempt to make a new "red-scare" in the United States to force Americans to give all their power to the corporate elite.Anyways, this thing here is BS, farmers should be allowed to grow new and more profitable crops to replace the widespread destruction of valuable forests.
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Comment #26 posted by museman on October 04, 2006 at 12:39:45 PT
same ol same ol
To say that these things are all 'new' developments, to think that suddenly the Republicans rose up and 'took over our "people" government, is just preposterous.The people have never been in control of this government, it has always been the wealthy and land-endowed since the Constitution was ratified. The people have been manipulated by wars, and economic contrivances -like "The Depression" - the "Gas Shortage" - "Inflation" - since day one.Yes we won a few hard battles like womens sufferance, voting rights (which don't seem to be all that much by todays standards of voting fraud and stolen 'elections') but the power has stayed in place, and these events are mere tokens of compromise to make the people think they actually have some power. Look at our initiatives; The people-based initiatives are all challenged by the 'supreme court' and mostly tied to such limiting legalese as to render them practically impotent. Our medical marijuana initiatives are perfect examples of this.Cops have been legal thugs since the ancient Roman Centurians raped and pillaged the old world into submission. They are the same ugly spirits.Our 'representatives' do not represent anyone but their actual 'constituants' - the power elite. They make a big deal about one or two 'reps' who may have 'risen out of poverty' or like Lincoln were 'born in a log cabin' but what few there may be in that category are all supreme Ass-kissers, or they wouldn't have been allowed in the club, and then only so the rest of the rich bastards can claim that 'not all politicians come from a rich background.' Kind of like the 'token blacks' we saw on TV after they shot Martin Luther King Jr., and they implemented 'affirmative action.'I am sorry to burst any lingering bubbles of ignorance concerning any possible benevolence ever existing in our government, but that just isn't the case.Corruption and such things as pedophile politicians is nothing new, the situation breeds such things.Something needs to be done alright, but not within the sytem that they have ABSOLUTE CONTROL over. If the people are going to initiate change, it's not going to be by 'voting in' or 'voting out' these crappy excuses for humanity. Some real hard decisions to REALLY JUST SAY NO to BS are going to have to be made by a significant number of Americans, and made real soon - before the 2008 elections, or we can all be confident of the plans of the economic conquerors coming to full fruition - no matter whether it's a rich republican, or a rich democrat, or even a rich other -notice the 'rich.'The solution is I believe too difficult for most people to embrace, so Armageddon is probably inevitable - cause since we can't clean our up own mess, God, and Nature are going to do the job.
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on October 04, 2006 at 07:07:05 PT
Had Enough
I don't think our country can change too much because of the way it has become controlled by big corporations. The people don't matter anymore or jobs wouldn't be sent out of our country like they are. I think the best we can do is make our lives as far removed from the govenment as possible and vote out the right that wants to turn us into whatever it is called. We are human beings. We should matter not just money. We need to start caring for the poor and homeless and fix the inner city schools and give people some hope.
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Comment #24 posted by Had Enough on October 04, 2006 at 06:34:20 PT
A friend says......
I sent a copy of this article to a very, very, good acquaintance, here was his response.And even this... The veto in Calf...By the governor...Because he fears what 
the Federal government may do. This should send a message in it's self. Go 
figure. Changes are coming...Just a matter of time. It is a source of too 
much money for the law enforcers. Have you noticed the change in the way 
police operate? The massive increase in traffic stops, searches, Wolf pack 
groups, sometimes hiding out of view, I could go on...I have been lucky 
in traveling whilel I was working. The story is the same all over. Love my 
country, Fear the government. As it stands now, it is a THEM or US 
situation. When the Federal gov. (it was once made up by the people) becomes 
a hungry machine, Unwilling to hear the voice of the people, Changes will 
come. As a seeker, the future does not look good if changes come too late. (Odd that BUSH is not concerned with Global warming) The rest of the world is 
concerned. If NATO did to us what we do over seas, our nation could fall. 
Instead of building prisons for our children, maybe we could Work together 
to bring about a better nation. A nation that can lead by example instead of 
by our own country...AND overseas...PEACE
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on October 03, 2006 at 15:43:22 PT
Nuevo Mexican 
I don't follow politics so I really don't know. I am not a Californian so I don't know what they want but I do know who I don't want in Ohio and will vote against him. The extent of my focus is to help change directions in my state. Change Ohio and maybe in 08 the Democrats can win.
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Comment #22 posted by nuevo mexican on October 03, 2006 at 15:35:54 PT
He has ignored her so far FOM.....
And I actually think he could lose, since he is a Repug, and looks like a sexist, racist, misogynistic, arrogant though likely self-hating, bush-loving snob.By election time, every Repug should be associated with child porn, internet chat-sex, pedophilia and guilty of covering up what is widely known amongst these politicos, that sex with pages is 'widespread' (sorry), and 'everybody knew'.So I won't give Arnold the benefit of the doubt, Reagan was HATED, not loved, and most likely he got into office illegally, if we've EVER had an honest election.Remember, bush 1 botched Carters rescue of the hostages with the CIA, and he got 'elected'. We are all still trying to forget! Rolling Stone printed the article over several editions documenting how it was done.Why would ANY Californian vote for the party of Pedophilia, the GOP, now known as the 'Greedy ole Pedophiles'?
Just on CNN, 'Groping our Pages'.How will Arnold distance himself from the Pervs FOM?This isn't a 'gay' thing either, as the Repugs want it to be, it is PEDOPHILIA, not consensual sex!So let's 'shape' the vote with our perceptions!
see article from Astroworld listing arnold getting hit with hard aspects to his chart now, as with lots of top Dem and Repugs going down. what you ask for though, as the Repugs easily manifest War, violence, death and destruction everywhere they go, that is what they have gotten, and now the 'crows' are coming home to 'roost'!I've had it with the crooks, as have all of you, so let's do something besides this, voting is good, but our video cameras should accompany us all to the voting booths, this election will be stolen too, most likely, though this time, they will get caught!'It's not who votes, it's who counts the votes!' J.Stalin
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on October 03, 2006 at 13:16:50 PT
He isn't married to the family but to Maria Shriver who is a Kennedy. 
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on October 03, 2006 at 13:13:36 PT
Nuevo Mexican 
I believe Arnold will be re-elected. He is a movie star and isn't that why Reagan was elected? The hemp issue won't be enough to replace him I don't think. At least he is related to the Kennedys and they will tell him how they feel when they are together. He can't turn a totally deaf ear to other opinions since he is married to a powerful Democratic family. 
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Comment #19 posted by nuevo mexican on October 03, 2006 at 13:03:28 PT
And Arnolds' leading in the polls?
Can we do to him what he has done to the Cannabis bill, imperfect as it may have been, the reason Arnold vetoed it is because it would make California the State of the Future and you can't have that in world of fear, terror, hopelessness, and incompetence!Check out the link! and pot:
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Comment #18 posted by whig on October 03, 2006 at 11:41:48 PT
It's not what they've done here that shocks me so, it's not just one thing, it's that these are literally monsters who authorize torture. I don't care if so-and-so is gay and wants to keep it in the closet, but they are being BLACKMAILED over their indiscretions and they have consented to torture to protect themselves.Out everything. Tell us every detail. Let us know who these gentlemen and ladies of the US Congress are, that authorize jail without trial and torture and molest our children.
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on October 03, 2006 at 11:36:10 PT
I don't need to delete it. We all try real hard to keep it clean but I could tell you are really angry. You aren't just throwing the word around to shock. I feel vibrations of comments anymore.
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Comment #16 posted by whig on October 03, 2006 at 11:28:53 PT
nuevo mexican
It's interesting because I've started actually listening to the Greatful Dead lately, and Casey Jones (I hadn't known the name of the song or really understood the lyrics before) is not in favor of cocaine.The key phrase is: Casey Jones you better watch your speed.
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Comment #15 posted by whig on October 03, 2006 at 11:25:29 PT
sorry for my language
I got angry. You can delete that FoM.Let me relink though, it's not that bad....
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Comment #14 posted by whig on October 03, 2006 at 11:24:08 PT
Out them.
Elections don't matter now. They've fucked the machines. They've fucked the children. They've screwed the pooch. Out them.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on October 03, 2006 at 11:22:21 PT
I'm sorry that he didn't sign the Hemp bill but I never thought he would. I don't expect anything good to come from the right anymore. It is sad but that is how I feel.
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Comment #12 posted by zandor on October 03, 2006 at 11:17:11 PT
Even Jack Herer asked the Gov to Veto this bill
OPn 9-4-06 Jack did send a letter to Schwarzenegger asking him to veto this bill because of a provision over seeds.Anybody else remember that?This is an open letter from his site so I hope I can post it here.Jack Herer
P.O. Box 2050
Lower Lake, CA 95457September 4, 2006Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,I have been writing about industrial hemp and campaigning for the legalization of all forms of cannabis hemp since 1985. Growing hemp as nature designed it is vital to our urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases and ensure the survival of our planet. However, AB1147 in its present form could severely compromise hemp's scarce remaining germplasm and endanger the lives of Californians who legally grow cannabis for medicine.A provision that seeds originate from native California hemp strains was struck from AB1147 at the last minute, and if you sign it, only cannabis with a miniscule amount of THC (0.3 %) could be grown in our state. Lower THC strains grown in Canadian studies have resulted in lesser yields and shorter stalks than those with natural amounts of the cannabinoid, which serves as a sunscreen for the plant.(1) Without its natural sunscreen, yields of the crop will be insufficient to justify hemp cultivation in California, and pollen from low-THC hemp could infect native hemp and ruin its seeds. We cannot let this happen. A 1916 USDA report found hemp could make four times as much paper per acre as trees, superior paper that does not need chlorine bleach. Its seed oil is the healthiest food on the planet. Hemp is the best plant in the world to make building materials, fabric and fuel, from both its stalk and seed. Currently biodiesel fuel is primarily made of soy, and 81 percent of the U.S. soy crop is genetically modified. Biotechnology forces are mobilizing to cash in on the biodiesel bonanza. On August 15, Monsanto, which has experimented with hemp, acquired Delta and Pine Land Company, the developer of terminator technology - plants that are genetically modified to produce sterile seeds at harvest. D&PL claims that it is already growing genetically modified cotton and tobacco containing terminator genes. Under the guise of a group called CropLife America, Monsanto, Dow Chemical, DuPont and other corporations spent $621,000 to oppose Mendocino county’s anti-GMO Measure H in 2004. In response, Measure H backers brought in 73-year-old Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser, whose canola crops were contaminated with Monsanto's patented "Round-up Ready" GMO/GE canola, causing him to be sued by Monsanto for "property theft" and "patent infringement."Cross-pollination is also an issue for medicinal marijuana growers, who are protected by Proposition 215, made law by California voters in 1996. John LaBoyteaux, an organic farmer, testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 29 saying he and his fellow farmers planned to grow low-THC hemp in a malicious attempt to ruin marijuana gardens in Northern California. Pollen can travel for miles, and large fields of low-THC could well accomplish this mean-spirited goal. It could also drive the crop further indoors, causing environmental problems, over consumption of electricity, diesel spills, and noise. This is a life or death issue for Californians with AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses. For all of these reasons and more, I ask you to veto AB1147 and instead call for the legalization of cannabis in its natural form. I know that you have bravely and honestly admitted your own youthful marijuana use, and I see that it hasn't hurt your health or ability to accomplish your goals. We want hemp without harassment and no more marijuana smokers clogging California prisons. Cannabis industries could be a boon for California like our state has never before seen, enabling us to stop using petrochemicals and felling out forests, while recovering our forested lands and protecting our farmlands. It is in your hands to make this happen and make yourself a hero to the planet and its people. Sincerely,Jack Herer
Letter to Governor Schwarzenegger
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Comment #11 posted by sam adams on October 03, 2006 at 11:11:14 PT
regarding the Nazi stuff, I read that Arnold hated his Nazi father so much that he did not attend his funeral. I don't think the fact that he's a Republican makes a whit of difference. The cannabis jihad is a political class vs. everyone else issue. Arnold is showing his obedience to the massive government regime. You don't dare mess with cannabis laws in this country if you want any kind of career in either of the 2 parties.It's like pledging allegiance - a litmus test. Either you're with us, or you're not. No more campaign millions for you. It makes zero sense on any rational basis to continue banning hemp, that is why it's such a great loyalty test. It's like the mafia asking you to shoot some guy for them. Pure loyalty test. Will you do whatever we say, regardless of whether it makes sense? We can see what Arnold's choice was.Again, that is why a guy like Wesley Clark, with much higher electability vs. George Bush in wartime, was passed over in favor of Kerry. Kerry was a known quantity. He'd proven his loyalty to the corporate elite and police state many times over, to the tune of tens of millions of campaign contributions over the decades.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on October 03, 2006 at 10:33:50 PT
Nuevo Mexican
Yes, Neil Young has influence. No one can argue with his logic but the Republicans try so hard to smear him. It doesn't work but shows what they are made of. Good Commercial on Youtube.
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Comment #9 posted by nuevo mexican on October 03, 2006 at 10:21:13 PT
Excellent FOM! Neil has influence!
that 'they' are jealous of! And don't have, just a platform for their shilling, and propaganda, which is why we are on the Internet, not reading the NY Times, Washypost, etc.
(Occasionally good coverage, to keep up the impression they're doing their job, NOT!, see Judith Miller)THEY, the 'journalists', opinion-shapers, all, are meaningless, especially when the Internet allows 'posters' to comment, debunking the mindless babble that comes from the agenda-weilding NeoCon storm-trooping pampleteers and wack-jobbers!I like this comment:  Comment: Neil Young and the Anti-War Movement (none / 0)
Robrous is free to think whatever he likes about Neil Young and his opinion about the war in Iraq. However, writing sentences such as, "I think all that heroin use has finally reared its head" does not add credibility to his argument. Hard as it may be for Robrous and a significant percentage of this audience to believe, Neil Young has never done heroin. In fact, Neil Young has never done "hard" drugs. His drug use has been limited to marijuana and cocaine. As Jimmy McDonough wrote in Shakey, his comprehensive Neil Young biography, "Encouraged, no doubt, by Young's frequently downbeat demeanor, the public would so fixate on [the song, "The Needle and the Damage Done"] that whispers of heroin abuse would follow Neil for years -- a ridiculous charge to anyone who knows him."
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on October 03, 2006 at 10:08:09 PT
Nuevo Mexican
I'm sure Neil is fuming but they don't care what he thinks or what we think.Excerpt: Singer/songwriter Neil Young was one of the most talented songwriters of our time. He goes back a ways, and was even an influential voice of the 60s. Yet now, it seems more and more likely that Neil is suffering some degree of a mental illness. I think all that heroin use has finally reared its head. You have only to witness his antics on stage. Anyone with a little foresight knows that we can't cut and run and hand Iraq over to terror regimes. Things didn't turn out ideally, but we must deal with the reality at hand. Peace and love never really worked out in the 1960s, and we're still working on it.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on October 03, 2006 at 10:03:58 PT
That's the last shred of hope I had
that Arnold might be a real sensible human being.
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Comment #6 posted by doc james on October 03, 2006 at 09:56:35 PT:
terminator of pure sinsi
He just did a huge favor to outdoor growers whose crops would surely have been pollinated by the way inferior industrial hemp. You would think he would've highly approved of this great agricultural plant. legalize it don't criticize it!
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Comment #5 posted by nuevo mexican on October 03, 2006 at 09:55:01 PT
Is Arnold a Pedophile too?
Why am I asking? He's a Republican, and every one I see now looks like a child molestor, and Arnold looks like a latex kind of torture guy, from what I've seen on the 'Internets', maybe his sex life will come under scrutiny now that ALL Republicans are SUSPECT!Since they covered up the sicko child abuse sex scandal currently on our front pages for over a year, and most likely 5 years!Will his Democrat Wife spill the beans?Will jounalists'do their job and investigate?Why would he veto a bill that had total and complete support, and will they override his veto?Arnold is a closet Nazi, we ALL know this, his Dad was in the S.S. in Austia, and now, he kills a bill that would bring massive dollars to his state?He has made statements that he admired Hitler.Bribes, coercion, threats, intimadation, it is how the world works, it's called 'deep politics', and this is how the 'show' is run, by a cabal of bush-loving pedophiles who are running the country, and will now take America all the way down, kind of like having your 'pants around your feet'!Very vulnerable, and it's very hard to run!Sorry about the image! And it is WE that have been getting F----- by these guys, if any don't think so, you must be loving getting f------ too!Keep this scandal above the fold, or it will just dissapear, while we talk of school shootings, and ignore the sick bastards that feel they are above the laws they write and use against us, like the bill Arnold vetoed.I am so sick of politicians getting away with murder, and Arnold, dick, bush, Foley, Hastert, and the rest are guilty of killing over a 100,000 Iraqis plus, and it will take something like this to make the sheeple see the light!So sad, so sad, I bet Neil is FUMING!!!!!Time for everyone to speak out, or forever hold your peace!Good news for Republicans is 'NO GOOD NEWS, EVER!"Mankind must live forever in a state of fear and terror, otherwise, how would we stay in power!
The republican mantra!
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Comment #4 posted by Universer on October 03, 2006 at 09:40:56 PT:
Arnold's an alcoholic; he should check in to rehab
Alcoholism appears to be the excuse for myriad strange behaviors nowadays."THC creates euphoria when consumed; its production and consumption are outlawed by the federal government."Fun not allowed.Have another beer.
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Comment #3 posted by Truth on October 03, 2006 at 08:58:32 PT
I know who I won't vote for.
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on October 03, 2006 at 08:28:42 PT
The American Way
A man who openly smoked the plant for many years now uses his army of government thugs to stop working farmers from earning a living with it.Ah, I love the smell of hypocrisy in the's great to be a native-born American!
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on October 03, 2006 at 08:08:01 PT
will the lawmakers override and side with farmers
The bill passed both the Assembly and the Senate, with backers stressing that industrial hemp is a $300 million industry in the United States but that it cannot be grown here legally. CA Gov debate at end of week on C-SpanWhat will the Dem say about Hemp we allready know the terminator lived up to his name.
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