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6 Responses to Colorado Summary on Marijuana Health Effects

High Times recently published some of the findings concerning Colorado’s summary on marijuana health effects.

I’d like to address those six points below and point out some things we all should keep in mind. Continue reading

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The 3 types of cannabis activists

Having been in the cannabis legalization movement for several years now, I’ve had some glimpses of what goes on and the different types of people involved. I don’t claim to be an expert, or for that matter, as knowledgeable as many others. I’d even go so far as to say that while I’m not a rookie, I’m not much further up the chain either, though I would like to say I’m pretty advanced for my position and time spent.

Most people wait a long time before they write on subjects like this, in actuality most people don’t write on subjects like this period because it tends to piss a lot of people off. Sadly this is a society of “it’s not what you know, but who you know” which makes upsetting a lot of people a very unprofitable move.

Luckily I run on passion alone and haven’t had any qualms with upsetting people by reporting on what I see. This often hurts my standing and reduces opportunities that I would otherwise have. I’m a proponent of reporting the good and the bad in full though.

With that, I’d like to break down activists into what I view as three types. Note that they could be broken down even further, but for the purposes of this article, we’re going with three. Continue reading

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Russ Belville: Debating effectively for marijuana reform

Russ Belville, host of 420Radio gives a presentation on debating effectively for marijuana at the Texas Regional NORML Conference.

Russ Belville, host of 420Radio gives a presentation on debating effectively for marijuana reform at the Texas Regional NORML Conference.

Appearing at the Texas Regional NORML Conference, 420Radio.org host Russ Belville gave a presentation on debating effectively for marijuana reform.

“Our opposition is not stupid, so they are reshaping their arguments, they want to present us as extreme. They say jailing people is too harsh, but legalization is too extreme, but sending people to rehab and drug testing them, is just right” Russ stated. “They are trying to present a new way to continue the drug war without all of the negatives. Presenting themselves as the only rational people between ‘lock em up or light em up’; we need to put them back in their lock em up position.”

As Russ aptly puts it, it always comes back to jailing people if they fail to obey, so he always asks these people why they want to lock him up. Continue reading

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Superior Court Judge: Repealing drug prohibition most patriotic thing I can do

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Judge Jim Gray discusses the failures of prohibition at the Texas Regional NORML Conference.

Judge Jim Gray, a retired California Superior Court judge, was recently in Texas to speak on the topic of drug prohibition at the Texas Regional NORML Conference. Bringing to bear his vast experience on the subject, he delved into the topic and hit on many points which concern people.

Asked the question of why he focuses on ending drug prohibition when there are so many other important issues out there, he responded “I think the most patriotic and effective thing I can do for the country that I love is to help repeal drug prohibition.”

He continued “When I go speak with rotary clubs and other groups and say look, you name any area of society you want to and I will show you to your satisfaction how it is made worse because of drug prohibition. Healthcare, education, crime, all made worse. Everything that is going wrong in our society is one way or another adversely affected because of our policy of drug prohibition. Continue reading

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Texas marijuana conference one of a kind, a huge success: The full rundown

dfwnorml_logo_420By: Stephen Carter

An activist group in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area brought to fruition a major conference this past weekend, touching on a topic which is in dire need of discussion in the Lone Star State, cannabis and all of the political, social and economic issues which surround it. More than 200 people were in attendance during the conference.

The Texas Regional NORML Conference put on by DFW NORML, a branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, featured speakers from a variety of organizations who delved into the subject with passion and extensive knowledge, often citing personal history as part of their arguments.

There were also a variety of sponsors tabling the event, a list of which  can be found at the bottom of this article.

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The rancher and the DEA agent

A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas, and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” The rancher says, “Okay, but do not go in that field over there,” as he points out the location.

The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, ” Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me.” Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to the rancher. “See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish . . . on any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?”

The rancher nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores.

A short time later, the old rancher hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life chased by the rancher’s big Santa Gertrudis bull.

With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he’ll get gored before he reaches safety. The officer is clearly terrified. The rancher throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs . . .

“Your badge. Show him your BADGE!”

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Waco marijuana activist group rekindles

norml wacoA local group based out of Waco is attempting to make a comeback after being relatively inactive for a year and a half.

NORML of Waco Inc., a sub-chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is a local non-profit organization founded in 2009 dedicated to changing cannabis laws in the Lone Star State and educating Central Texans on the plant, its history and uses.

In the words of executive director and founder Clif Deuvall, the organization is “starting from scratch.” Continue reading

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