The United States Marijuana Party

The United States Marijuana Party – is a motivated group of Americans who are tired of living in fear of their government because of marijuana prohibition. We are fed up with the intrusion into our personal lives, with urine testing at work and at school, with armed home invasions, and with the possibility of prison because of a plant. WE are Americans and WE do not piss in a cup for anyone!

WE feel it is time for the 20 million Americans who smoke marijuana on a regular basis to stop hiding their love for this plant and unite as one large body of voters to demand an end to the unconstitutional prohibition of marijuana and the drug war. The U.S. cannot lock up 20 million people.

The War on Drugs causes more harm than the drugs themselves ever will.

United WE are a potential 20 million vote political machine. WE want to live free and WE must be determined to stand up, be counted, demonstrate, rally, and write.

Waiting for the government to silence us all in the American prison system is not an option! Too many of our brethren are there, in prison right now.

More Americans are in jail today for marijuana offenses than at any previous time in American history. The war against marijuana is a genocidal war waged against us by a government determined to eradicate our plant, our culture, our freedom and our political rights.

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Time Magazine Reports: U.S. Marijuana Party

U.S. Marijuana Party

By Christina Crapanzano Monday, Mar. 29, 2010
Top 10 Time Alternative Political Movements
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Long before Loretta Nall campaigned on her cleavage, the activist’s cause was cannabis. The Alabama resident gained national attention during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign when she produced T-shirts with the caption “More of these boobs …” (with a photo of Nall in a low-cut shirt) “… And less of these boobs” (next to photos of her opponents). But the write-in candidate’s political roots date back to 2002, when a misdemeanor arrest for possession was the spark behind her forming the U.S. Marijuana Party (USMJP). The group — which demands “an end to the unconstitutional prohibition of marijuana” — has official party chapters in seven states, including Colorado, Illinois and Kentucky. While Nall left the USMJP to be a Libertarian Party governor nominee, the group continues to back candidates in local, state and national elections under the leadership of Richard Rawlings, who is currently running for Congress in Illinois.

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First, Marijuana. Are Magic Mushrooms Next?

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In Oregon and Denver, where marijuana is legal for recreational use, activists are now pushing toward a psychedelic frontier: “magic mushrooms.”

Groups in both states are sponsoring ballot measures that would eliminate criminal penalties for possession of the mushrooms whose active ingredient, psilocybin, can cause hallucinations, euphoria and changes in perception. They point to research showing that psilocybin might be helpful for people suffering from depression or anxiety.

“We don’t want individuals to lose their freedom over something that’s natural and has health benefits,” said Kevin Matthews, the campaign director of Denver for Psilocybin, the group working to decriminalize magic mushrooms in Colorado’s capital.

The recent failure of a nationally publicized campaign to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms in California may not portend well for the psilocybin advocates in Oregon and Denver — though their initiatives are more limited than California’s.

The proposal in the Golden State would have decriminalized sales and transportation of magic mushrooms, not just possession. The proposed Denver measure would apply only to that city, while in Oregon mushroom use would be allowed only with the approval of a physician and under the supervision of a registered therapist.

None of the proposed initiatives envisions fully legalizing psilocybin mushrooms, which would allow the government to regulate and tax sales in a similar fashion to medical and recreational marijuana.

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In Oregon, advocates face a steep climb to qualify their measure for the ballot, because such statewide initiatives typically require hiring paid signature gatherers, said William Lunch, a political analyst for Oregon Public Broadcasting and a former political science professor at Oregon State University.

Still, familiarity with recreational marijuana may have “softened up” voters and opponents of drug decriminalization, he said. Oregon legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2015, Colorado in 2012.

The Oregon and Denver activists, echoing Lunch, say they hope voters who already accepted pot would now feel comfortable decriminalizing personal use of magic mushrooms as well.

Taking mushrooms can lead to nausea, panic attacks and, rarely, paranoia and psychosis. But they generally are considered safer and less addictive than other illegal street drugs.

Even so, Paul Hutson, professor of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin who has conducted psilocybin research, says he is wary of the drive for decriminalization. Psilocybin isn’t safe for some people — particularly those with paranoia or psychosis, he said.

“I reject the idea that that this is a natural progression from medical marijuana,” Hutson said, noting that the safety of pot is much better established. Mushrooms, he added, “are very, very potent medicines that are affecting your mind. In the proper setting, they’re safe, but in an uncontrolled fashion, I have grave concerns.”

Kevin Matthews is the campaign director of Denver for Psilocybin, the group working to decriminalize magic mushrooms in Colorado’s capital. (Courtesy of Kevin Matthews)

Even psilocybin advocates share Hutson’s concerns. “It is such a powerful compound. People should take it very seriously when experimenting,” Matthews said.

These efforts to legitimize hallucinogenic mushrooms come at a time of renewed interest in the potential mental health benefits of psychedelics, including mushrooms, LSD and MDMA (known as ecstasy). Two small studies published in 2016 by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and New York University found that a single large dose of psilocybin, combined with psychotherapy, helped relieve depression and anxiety in cancer patients.

A British company backed by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel plans clinical studies in eight European countries to test the use of psilocybin for depression. Other research has examined the effectiveness of psilocybin in treating alcohol and tobacco addiction.

In California, the campaign to decriminalize psilocybin was always a long shot — even though the famously liberal state legalized possession of recreational marijuana in November 2016 and sales starting this year.

California ballot measures typically require nearly 366,000 signatures to qualify, and supporters usually have to spend between $1 million and $2 million to pay signature gatherers. A Monterey County couple leading the decriminalization campaign managed to collect more than 90,000 signatures for their proposal with the help of volunteers, but they halted their efforts late last month.

The initiative would have exempted Californians 21 and over from criminal penalties for possessing, selling, transporting or cultivating psilocybin mushrooms.

Possessing them is generally a misdemeanor under California law, but selling them is a felony. State statistics on psilocybin offenses are scarce, but few people are jailed for such crimes, according to an analysis by the California attorney general’s office.

“It’s not a reckless community,” said Kitty Merchant of Marina, Calif., who spearheaded the California psilocybin campaign alongside her husband, Kevin Saunders. “It’s experimentation with your mind and your thoughts. There’s a safeness to it. And there’s an intelligence to it.”

Merchant said she and Saunders, both medical marijuana advocates, spent about $20,000 of their own money on the campaign.

In Denver, Matthews and his pro-psilocybin colleagues want voters to pass a city ordinance eliminating criminal penalties for possessing, using or growing magic mushrooms. City officials have cleared the measure for signature gathering. Supporters need 5,000 signatures to get it on the ballot in November. Matthews said he has already lined up dozens of volunteer signature gatherers.

He said he has used mushrooms to help alleviate depression and other mental health problems. A big part of the decriminalization campaign, he said, is promoting responsible use.

Tom and Sheri Eckert are working to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms in Oregon, but only under the supervision of a therapist. (Courtesy of Tom Eckert)

Denver, a progressive city in a state that was the first to legalize recreational marijuana, “is a good testing place for this initiative nationwide,” Matthews said. Just getting it on the ballot, whether or not it passes, would be “a huge victory,” he added.

In Oregon, activists are proposing a measure for the 2020 ballot that would decriminalize psilocybin statewide for adults 21 and over who get approval from their doctors and agree to participate in a “psilocybin service.” The service would include a preparatory meeting with a therapist, one session of supervised mushroom use and a follow-up visit. Patients would be under the care of state-certified “Psilocybin Service Facilitators.”

Tom Eckert, a Portland, Ore.-based therapist who leads the psilocybin decriminalization campaign with his wife, Sheri, said the proposed limitations on psilocybin use are important.

“Psilocybin is generally safe, but it puts you in a vulnerable state of mind,” he said. “If you do it in the wrong setting, things can go sideways.”

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TKP Thorne Peters, Day 39 of 39 Months–For Cannabis? #NoMensRea

He was sentenced to 36 months 100% time and 1 yr 30% time … so 39 months.
Actus Reus Non Facit Reum Nisi Mens Sit Rea

For the act to be guilty, the mind must be guilty, for the mind to be guilty, the act must be criminal.

NO MENS REA FULLY FREE

Above:  A new book will be coming soon from TKP Thorne Peters!

Coming up on day 40, incarcerated in a Shelby County Tennessee Jail, Thorne Peters is still holding strong for “No Mens Rea”.  By not taking a plea deal and taking his innocence to a jury of his peers, he ended up serving time in a  prison system which has already shown that it is not suitable for humans, or beasts for that matter.

But someone has to do it…

Someone, actually many people, have to bear the burden in order to change the world.  But this person, Thorne Peters, knows how to speak up and write about the injustices that are being inflicted, right now,  against so many innocent people.  He is not afraid to confront them and has proven this over and over, as he sits in a cell in a Memphis Jail.  One thing is for sure, when he walks out of prison, we will be one step closer to repeal of prohibition!  Because he took the time and the torment of fighting the system all the way through to the end.

No one should ever go to jail for a plant! #NoMensRea

While speaking with Lady L today via Messenger I asked her to tell me the most important points to date that she wishes to be known and this was her reply:

WHY is there an eight year conspiracy documented at his website, that THEY, THE AUTHORITIES, REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE…. EVEN though there is dead band handed in evidence of their own corruption given as evidence against TKP that turn out to be           perjured, falsified etc.????  Go to thornepeters.com, and on the front page click on conspiracy….

It goes back for years. No one in power will address it even though it has been handed in to every judge in his trial since Carolyn Wade Blackett. The first black criminal court judge in Shelby County. Cited conflict of interest and gave his case to the next judge.                        Paula Skahan… a gay judge. lol. You can’t make this stuff up.

Finally … WHY… did it take them three years and twenty three days…. many court dates and multiple judges to take him to trial for less than a pound of pot when he said > It’s my pot I am taking YOU TO TRIAL. Why. when it went to trial did the judge NOT allow him the most basic defense to be put in on the weapon charges. Where does the P.O list your address. J Robert Carter Jr will not      allow the transcripts from trial… yet.

He violated TKP OVER AND OVER DURING TRIAL. CIVIL RIGHTS. OUR RIGHTS ARE BEING DENIED.

It is so long now they have done this the trail of bread crumbs back to DA Amy Weirich and her go to boy J Robert Carter Jr is leaving their brown skid marks all over everything to do with his trial.

Their days are numbered if it ever gets an honest officers eyes on the corruption.  Officer of the court or agency involved with this kind of corruption.


They spend their time on pot heads while the city is wracked with crime. Jim Crow enforced laws…. four to one they arrest American’s of African descent here. Adjusted for population.  For pot.

Chat Conversation End

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Below, I have input a few links from the Daily POTCAST which Lady L is continuing live on Facebook most every day.

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I KEEP TELLING MYSELF IT IS A MARATHON …. WHEN I WANT IT TO BE A SPRINT. I believe him when he told me he will die to bring NO MENS REA to national attention. He always does what he says he will do.  I hope it won’t come to that.  “LadyL”

PLEASE DONATE TO THE FUND!

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Please also write to TKP Thorne Peters at this address:

Shelby County Jail Memphis

201 Poplar AVE. 3-k 3-L. Memphis TN 38103

Inmate#  18107137

Please drop a card or note to him for encouragement!

(TN) Human Rights and Cannabis Activist “The King Pin” Thorne Peters Continues to Fight Shelby County Charges After Latest Arrest

Thorne Peters LIVE from Shelby County Justice Center in Memphis Tn …

FOUND GUILTY, BY JURY, of “possession of pot – that I was not in possession of…” Thorne Peters

(TN) Thorne Peters–The Trial of the Millennium Continues today

Thorne Peters and Rebecca Forbes discuss “No Mens Rae” and her charge of Cannabis possession

Futher reading…at this link

in addition…

https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/node/6691

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/magazine/she-was-convicted-of-killing-her-mother-prosecutors-withheld-the-evidence-that-would-have-freed-her.html

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/courts/2018/02/16/andrew-thomas-case-amy-weirich-district-attorney-retrial-misconduct/341902002/

https://www.memphisflyer.com/FlyontheWallBlog/archives/2017/08/04/shelby-co-da-has-twitter-meltdown-internet-watches

https://www.change.org/p/tennessee-governor-recall-district-attorney-amy-weirich-from-public-office

https://mlk50.com/dear-shelby-county-district-attorney-stop-breaking-the-law-66ac1427e51

https://www.justice.gov/crt/us-v-shelby-county-jail-settlement-agreement

Why the Right to Grow Your Own Medical Cannabis Must Be Protected from "Tax, Regulate and Control" State Models

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Bruce Cain·Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I’ve been juicing kale, hemp seed, hemp oil etc. for about a year now . . . using my Vita-mix blender. For someone that doesn’t do much cooking it has been great. So a few weeks back I added a gram of raw Cannabis to my daily smoothies and found that I felt very energized though their were no psychotropic effects. I did this little experiment because I have been reading that the raw form of THC, THCA, may have all sorts of wonderful effects on our health. So while I would like to continue this I can’t. Why? Because a gram of Cannabis costs about 7 to 10 dollars per gram and I just don’t have $3,650 extra dollars a year to make this part of my daily diet. Before I go to far let me make clear that that my decades of activism, for the right of adults to use Cannabis (e.g., Marijuana), has NEVER been predicated on it’s Medical use. And before 1900 most American would have agreed with that statement. It was not until the Harrison Narcotics Act (1914, I believe) that their was any prohibition of opioid use. It was not until 1918 that we prohibited alcohol and that was rescinded in 1932. It was not until the Marijuana Tax Act (1937) the Cannabis was prohibited at the Federal Level.

As far as I’m concerned we all have the inalienable right, as adults, to alter our state of consciousness: whether that be through alcohol, Cannabis, or entheogens such as LSD, Peyote, Psilocybin or even DMT. And even if you don’t agree with that statement, surely you will admit that a 100 years drug prohibition is a failed policy that has destroyed both entire communities and millions of individual lives.

Having said that I also agree with fellow activist Dennis Peron who said: “All Cannabis use is Medical use.” As far as I’m concerned getting “high” is, in fact, medical use.

So let me briefly summarize the history of the medical use of Cannabis.

A very short history of the Medical use of Cannabis

* The Medical use of Cannabis goes back many thousands of years and was used by numerous cultures during that period of time. And the conditions treated by Cannabis were recorded in the Medical Codices of these said cultures.

* As Cannabis (Marijuana) went mainstream, during the Hippie Era of the 1960’s, it was widely acknowledged as a safe way to relieve stress and other medical conditions.

* The growing understanding of how Cannabis ameliorated the symptoms of Glaucoma, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis etc. led to the passage of the first Medical Marijuana Initiative (Prop215, CA) in November of 1996.

* In 2003 Rick Simpson successfully cured basal cell carcinoma skin cancer by applying THC oil directly on the lesions. Later it was found the RSO (Rick Simpson’s THC oil) could be taken orally and would have profound effects on various forms of cancer and other health conditions.

===== Rick Simpson’s Story: The man who rediscovered the cure for cancer Lincoln Horsley 10/30/2013 http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/rick-simpson.html =====

* In 2010 William Courtney (MD) presented a paper on high dose non-psychoactive dietary uses of THCA at Cannabis Therapeutics in Rhode Island April 2010.

===== Origins of Cannabis International Foundation By Dr. William Courtney https://www.cannabisinternational.org/about.php

Is Juicing Raw Cannabis the Miracle Health Cure That Some of Its Proponents Believe It to Be?

This article also has information on dosing with raw Cannabis.

http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/juicing-raw-cannabis-miracle-health-cure-some-its-proponents-believe-it-be ===== Why Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System is so important The evolution of Medical Marijuana use has also been greatly affected by the discovery of the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in 1995. I would highly recommend reading the following article and I have included some links at the end for your further research. The discovery of the human ECS is probably one of the most important scientific discoveries in the last 10,000 years. Yet in the 12 years, since its discovery, most of our medical schools still don’t even teach about it. “Endocannabinoids” are Cannaboids — substances from the Cannabis plant (THC, THCA, CBD, CBG etc.). — that are produced within (e.g., endo = within) our own human bodies. And the only source of the THC exocannabinoids (e.g., exo = outside) – cannanaboids outside of the human body . . . come from the Marijuana plant: Cannabis. And what is even more amazing is that virtually all of the Animal Kingdom — from Fish to Humans — has an Endocannabinoid System! In the simplest of terms a happy ECS brings balance (e.g., homeostatis) to the human body. And with a happy ECS comes improved health. But to optimize our ECS we need to provide enough Cannabinoid Acids (such as THCA) and Non-Acid Cannabinoids (such as THC). The Cannaboid Acids — such as THCA — come from ingesting raw Cannabis (whether it be right off the plant or the dried form that is said to be “cured”). The Non-Acid Cannabinoids (such as THC) come from smoking a joint or eating edibles: where the THCA has been cooked to transform it into THC. Please note that this is a very simplistic explanation. There are many Cannabinoids, besides THC, and they all have various effects on our Endocannabinoid System. ===== In 1995, Mechoulam’s group discov-red a second major endocannabinoid — 2-arachidonoylglycerol, or “2-AG” — that “locks on” to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors. By tracing the metabolic pathways of THC, scientists stumbled upon a unique and hitherto unknown molecular signaling system that is involved in regulating a broad range of biological functions. Scientists call it “the endocannabinoid system,” after the plant that led to its detection. The name suggests that the plant came first, but in fact, as Dr. John McPartland has explained, this ancient, internal signal system started evolving over 600 million years ago (long before cannabis appeared) when the most complex life form was sponges.

The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System http://www.beyondthc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/eCBSystemLee.pdf =====

Making sense of Medical Cannabis history

Up until Dr. Courtney exposed the beneficial effects of THCA (e.g., Cannabis in its raw form) most medical use was centered on decarboylize Cannabis THC. Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO2). Upon heating, Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid decarboxylates to give the psychoactive compound Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol.

You can read more on Decarboxylation here:

Decarboxylation From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decarboxylation

When we smoke Cannabis it is the glowing ember that converts THCA to THC via decarboxylation. When we ingest Cannabis the brownies, RSO etc., it is the heating of the THCA the converts the THCA to THC via decarboxylation. If you inhale Cannabis it is THC-Delta9 that is responsible for the psychotropic high as it goes from the lungs, to the bloodstream and to the brain. If you ingest Cannabis your liver converts the THC-Delta9 to THC-Delta10. The “body buzz” you feel from ingesting Cannabis is due to THC-Delta10.

Only since 2010 has the case been made for ingesting raw Cannabis (THCA) which has no psychotropic effect. But there are many reasons why you might want to start doing this.

===== There is much research to be done on THCA. As things stand now, however, preclinical research has uncovered a wide variety of potential uses for THCA. THCA has demonstrated a wide variety of beneficial effects on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system has been described as the largest neurotransmitter network in the body.

According to one source, THCA has a wider variety of effects on the ECS than both THC and CBD. Some of these roles include anti-spasmodic effects, anticonvulsant effects, anti-insomnia effects, and is reported to be immune supportive.

However, there is slightly more substantial evidence that THCA may hold potential in the following areas: Anti-Cancer, Insecticide, Anti-Inflammatory, Neuroprotective antioxidant, Anti-emetic, Analgesic etc.

THCA: The Real Reason You Should Be Eating Raw Cannabis Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments42 11 May, 2017 http://herb.co/2017/05/11/thca/?utm_content=bufferd00ed&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer =====

How much Raw Cannabis (THCA) is required to positively effect you health?

When I first considered Dr. Courtneys work I found a plethora of articles saying it was sufficient to simply juice 5 to 15 leaves per day. Here is but one example of articles that suggest 10-15 leaves is sufficient, when you will read, it is not. I really have to wonder why this misinformation has not met with more scrutiny: “In their inspiring short film “Leaf, ” Dr. Courtney and his wife suggest juicing 10 to 20 fresh leaves daily. Proposing a mix of one part cannabis juice with 10 parts carrot juice to counteract the bitterness, he suggests selecting leaves around 70-90 days after sowing, Educated Cannabinoid Crusaders: Could cannabis be an essential nutrient?”

Educated Cannabinoid Crusaders: Could cannabis be an essential nutrient? Posted by Owen Smith on May 5, 2014 https://owensmithe.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/educated-cannabinoid-crusaders-could-cannabis-be-an-essential-nutrient/ I was highly skeptical of this as I have looked at both buds and leaves under a 200 power microscope: the leaves do not have many trichomes: the tiny glass mushroom structures that contain THCA and the other various Cannabinoids. And it turns out my skepticism was warranted:

To determine the cannabinoid content of fan leaves, a prospective juicer sent 30 large leaves from a flowering Omrita Rx plant to the Werc Shop, an analytical lab in Los Angeles, for testing. They were found to contain a combined total of 11.5 milligrams of cannabinoid acids. To ingest 600 mgs of cannabinoids, by this measure, one would need to juice more than 1,500 leaves every day and/or a significant amount of bud. http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/juicing-raw-cannabis-miracle-health-cure-some-its-proponents-believe-it-be

Finally the other day I found some actual documentation on dosage:

* “Dr. William Courtney recommends that patients juice 15 leaves, and 2 large (2 to 4 inches long) raw buds per day.” https://www.medicaljane.com/category/cannabis-classroom/consuming-cannabis/juicing/#introduction-to-juicing-cannabis

* Courtney recommends “expanding our use of cannabis from the 10-milligram psychoactive THC dose to the 600-to-1000 milligram dietary dose.”

Suddenly it all made perfect sense. A gram of raw Cannabis is about 20% Cannabinoids and in most varieties most of those Cannabinoids are in the form of THCA. So in order to get 600 milligrams of THCA you would have to ingest about 3 grams of raw/dried Cannabis bud each day.

1 gram Cannabis is 20% THC so would contain about 200 milligrams of THCA. This would mean that you would have to throw about 3 grams of raw cannabis into you smoothie to get a 600 milligram does of THCA. And while Courtney insists on raw, uncured Cannabis, I believe that cured Cannabis (e.g., dried Cannabis is just fine). This is because curing only converts are very small percentage of the THCA to THC. So I see little difference between a 2-4″ raw bud and a dried/cured bud. Just saying. If you think my assertion is wrong please send a link. In any case it would seem that, to get a prescribed dose of 600 milligrams, you would have to be juicing about 3 grams of raw Cannabis into your daily smoothy.

The problem

“Colorado marijuana prices vary by city, strain, season and other variables. But overall you can expect to pay an average of around $13 per gram or $228 an ounce.” Average Colorado marijuana prices for Spring 2017 http://marijuanarates.com/blog/colorado-marijuana-prices

Even if you are buying ounces each gram is still going to cost you about $7/gram. So lets do the math:

3 grams/day * $7 * 365 day/year = $7,665/year for a 3 gram/day dose And that adds up to 1095 grams/year: just for juicing and nothing for inhaling.

Given that a pound is 454 grams that comes to about 2.5 pounds per year.

Gee how many of us have an extra $7,665/year to juice THCA into our bodies? Probably not many. The only way you are going to be able to do this is by growing your own which can be done for a fraction of that price, though requiring a bit of labor growing, trimming and harvesting.

To put this into more perspective a “great grower” can get as much as 1 gram/watt while a novice grower would be lucky getting .5 gram/watt. So a good grower might get 2.2 pounds per 1000 Watt HPS Bloom lamp. A novice grower might get 1.1 pounds per 1000 Watt HPS Bloom lamp. [1000 grams/1000 watt lamp / 454grams/pound = 2.2]

So if you are healthy enough to “grow you own” this is quite doable. Unfortunately many medical users are not healthy enough for the rigors of maintaining a sustainable garden. But however you want to cut it “growing your own” is the only way most of us are going to be able to medically juice Cannabis to improve our health.

And this brings up a second looming problem. Beginning in 2012 state Cannabis initiatives went from Medical to “Tax/Regulate and Control” initiatives, beginning with CO and WA. These initiatives incentivize state monopolies to control the growing of Cannabis in a “seed to sale” model, so that the states can tax every gram of Cannabis grown. 5 years later the states are now beginning to come down on home growers in order to boost their profits. And the large Mega Grows have been found to be using pesticides and herbicides on the plants making them toxic, especially to medical users. I explore this further in the following essay.

The Real Reasons that Cannabis Consumers are getting sick and why State Control is not the solution. https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/the-real-reasons-that-cannabis-consumers-are-getting-sick-and-why-state-control-/1937440196281959/

The solution is the resurrection of the Tomato Model: MERP3

Since the 60’s there had been plenty of talk about the “Tomato Model,” for Cannabis. What this bascially means is that Marijuana/Cannabis should be allowed to be grown just like tomatoes: no taxation, no regulation and no state control. Since about 2008 I began constructing my own Tomato Model which I called “MERP:” The Marijuana Relegalization Policy Project. Because that is a mouthful to say I simply called it MERP which has undergone some evolution over the years. Ironically the “Tomato Model” has worked flawlessly since it began in the late 1960’s and there is no reason it could not continue to work today.

Here is my current explanation of MERP3:

===== All adults should have the sovereign right to 4, 1000 Watt, bloom lamps in their homes. If they stay within these parameters the police should be no more harmful than a dead ghost on a bright sunny day. This will probably put all those NORML “pot Attorneys” out of business for good and we will all be a whole lot less paranoid. AND they should be able to sell their overage without any “tax, regulation or government control.” And like the original Tomato Model — beginning with home grows in the 1960’s — you will not be able to write off any expenses for electricity, nutrients, lamps, clones etc. Let’s call that the third incarnation of MERP. That would be MERP3. With MERP3 no more children will be taken from their parents, no one will any longer have their homes taken away through forfeiture laws and no one will any longer get shot at 3 AM in the morning by police goon squads. And with that we will all be a whole lot happier. It will also make it far less expensive to incorporate Cannabis as a supplement for health in order to fuel our endocannaboid system. That would include the use of non-psychotropic raw Cannabis (e.g., THCA, CBDA) as well as carboxylated THC from edibles and smoking. We continue to see that “Tax and Regulate” fails to meet these criteria. And given my decades as an activist — talking to thousands of people — I am quite confident that WE THE PEOPLE prefer a MERP3 Tomato Model over State Corporate Control. You are simply kidding yourself if you feel otherwise. =====

As I said at the beginning of this essay: the right to alter one’s consciousness is an inalienable right regardless of whether a given drug has medical application or not. But it is also clear that Cannabis has many medical benefits and adults should have every right to use it both recreationally and as a medicine. I feel exactly the same way about “Magic Mushrooms” or Psilocybin. Adults should have the right to both cultivate and consume Psilocybin.

I have been an activist too long already. If you have ever attended a “Million Marijuana March” (2000 – Present) I started these international events with “International Drug Policy Day” back in 1990. I have published both a Magazine (New Age Patriot: 1989 – 1997) and Website (New Age Citizen: 2000 – 2012). I have spoken numerous times at the Ann Arbor Hash Bash and other similar events. I have done my part.

But as I write our rights to “grow our own” are coming under increasing attack. This is being promulgated by the growing number of state governments that are implementing “Cannabis Monopolies” through the emerging “Tax/Regulate/Control” Model: which first reared its head in 2012. Since 2012 legislators have been chipping away at the earlier Medical Marijuana initiatives (starting with Prop215: CA/1996) through both zoning laws and legislation. To put it in the simplest terms: they want all the Cannabis tax revenue and they are willing to put you in jail if you continue to grow. And I fully expect this to get worse over the coming years.

And let us not forget just how insane “Tax/Regulate and Control” really is. The very state governments that have been warning us about the dangers of Cannabis — for over 70 years — are now silently moving forward to become our new drug dealers.

We should never allow the foxes to watch the chicken coup. And we should never allow our persecutors to be in control of the production and distribution of Cannabis. “Tax/Regulate and Control” must be made subservient to a “Tomato Model.” Otherwise expect the War on Cannabis Consumers and Producers to escalate.

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Links to help you understand the Endocannabiod System and the many Medical uses of Cannabis for personal health.

===== The Discovery of the Endocannabinoid System http://www.beyondthc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/eCBSystemLee.pdf

THCA: The Real Reason You Should Be Eating Raw Cannabis Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments42 11 May, 2017 http://herb.co/2017/05/11/thca/?utm_content=bufferd00ed&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Why You Should Be Eating Raw Weed Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments103 13 February, 2016 http://herb.co/2016/02/13/eating-raw-weed/

Have We Reached Peak Potency Limits Of THC And CBD? Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments28 29 March, 2017 http://herb.co/2017/03/29/peak-potency-thc-cbd/

10 Reasons Why You Need To Start Eating Raw Cannabis Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments0 05 April, 2017 http://herb.co/2017/04/05/eating-raw-cannabis/

Top 10 Cannabinoids And What They Do Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments0 06 February, 2016 http://herb.co/2016/02/06/top-10-cannabinoids/

THC: Everything You Need To Know About Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments0 24 July, 2016 http://herb.co/2016/07/24/what-is-thc/

Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System http://norml.org/library/item/introduction-to-the-endocannabinoid-system

Medical cannabis works best with education. http://healer.com/

Decarboxylation: What It Is, & Why You Should Decarb Your Weed http://herb.co/decarboxylation/

The Endocannabinoid System For Dummies (We’ve Made It Easy For You) Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments3 28 July, 2016 http://herb.co/2016/07/28/endocannabinoid-system-dummies/

Support Research on Cannabis & Women’s Health http://www.impactcannabis.org/

A Summary Comparison of THC, THCA, and CBD http://www.cbdscience.com/uploads/1/3/9/3/13931495/thc_thca_cbd_comparison.pdf

Cannabis Tincture Survery (2010) http://www.cbdscience.com/press–news.html

Google [[amounts of CBD THC THCA in various forms of Cannabis] https://www.google.com/#q=amounts+of+CBD+THC+THCA+in+various+forms+of+Cannabis

THC, THCA, CBD, CBC, CBN: Medical Marijuana Composition, The Chemicals in Cannabis https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/blog/2014/04/11/thc-thca-cbd-cbn-the-chemicals-in-cannabis

Cannabis Strain Information: Don’t Judge Your Strain by Its Name! by UPG https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/blog/2015/02/09/dont-judge-your-strain-by-its-name

Learn How To Dose Cannabis Medicine, A Doctors Perspective! January 5, 2016 https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/blog/2016/01/05/doctor-what-is-the-dose-of-my-cannabis-medicine

How To Decode Cannabis Labels: Here’s Everything You Need To Know Delilah Butterfield Delilah Butterfield Comments2 17 July, 2016 http://herb.co/2016/07/17/cannabis-labels/

CBD, THC & CBG – Exploring Cannabinoids https://www.zamnesia.com/content/260-cbd-thc-cbg-exploring-cannabinoids

New Blends of Old School Genetics! https://www.zamnesia.com/272-mr-nice-limited-editions

THCA vs. THC: How to Read a Lab Result By Sirius J July 20, 2015 http://hightimes.com/grow/thca-vs-thc-how-to-read-a-lab-result/

Cannabis Analysis: Potency Testing Identification and Quantification of THC and CBD https://www.perkinelmer.com/lab-solutions/resources/docs/APP_Cannabis-Analysis-Potency-Testing-Identifification-and-Quantification-011841B_01.pdf

Google [thca levels in fresh or dry cannabis] https://www.google.com/#q=thca+levels+in+fresh+or+dry+cannabis

Introduction to Juicing Cannabis “Dr. William Courtney recommends that patients juice 15 leaves, and 2 large (2 to 4 inches long) raw buds per day.” https://www.medicaljane.com/category/cannabis-classroom/consuming-cannabis/juicing/#introduction-to-juicing-cannabis

Cannabinoid Profile: Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCa) Links to “Crash Course” in THC, CBD, THCv, CBG, CBC and THCa (this article) http://theleafonline.com/c/science/2014/07/cannabinoid-profile-crash-course-thca/

Your Endocannabinoid System Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZYjJf0t2OQ&feature=youtu.be

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam on the endocannabinoid system https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3fkiwTABag =====

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The Global Marijuana March originated with International Drug Policy Day in May 1990

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Bruce Cain·Saturday, May 5, 2018

Detroit’s Metro Times is supposed to do an article on my contributions to the Cannabis Movement. But it has been 3 weeks since I was interviewed by their Senior Editor (today 5/5/18). So I’m getting concerned the article will never get published. At any rate some notes to the editor of Metro Times.

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Recall our interview where I talked about what is called either the Global Marijuana March or Million Marijuana March. Between 1985 and 1990 I helped to change the Hash Bash from April 1st to the First Saturday in April. The first International Drug Policy Day — my invention — used the Hash Bash and my magazine “New Age Patriot” to “springboard” the event. And just as with having the Hash Bash on the first Saturday in April (which I had a hand in) I set IDPD for the first Saturday in May. In both cases it seemed obvious that people were more likely to attend on the week day Vs the middle of the week. Yes most Cannabis consumers do work. [LOL].

IDPD went from 1990 to 1997. Then Dana Beal, and old Yippie out of New York City (The Hemp Museum) asked if I minded if he resumed the event as the “Global Marijuana March.” The first GMM then took place in either 1999 or 2000. The GMM kept the same first Saturday in May that was employed by IDPD. And the simple method was the same: we just encouraged activists to stage events and we simply published the growing list of events. And so today there are many events — some small, some large — throughout the globe. Yes, this all originated with IDPD in 1990.

That might be something relevant to mention in your forthcoming article on my small contributions to this movement.

===== The Global Marijuana March (GMM), also referred to as the Million Marijuana March (MMM), is an annual rally held at different locations around the world on the first Saturday in May. A notable event in cannabis culture, it is associated with cannabis-themed events, which may include marches, meetings, rallies, raves, concerts, festivals, and attempts at educational outreach.

The first Global Marijuana March was held in 1999.[1] Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have participated in over 829 different cities in 72 countries.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Locally, the Global Marijuana March is associated with names including World Cannabis Day, Cannabis Liberation Day, Global Space Odyssey, Ganja Day, J Day, and Million Blunts March.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March =====

Now my recollection was that first GMM/MMM occurred in 2000. I could be wrong about that. But the point would be I did have a hand in promoting the first annual global protest against the prevailing climate of Cannabis Prohibition throughout the globe. I think the peak for IDPD came in 1996 where events occurred in nearly 46 locations from Warsaw to South America. And as it morphed into the GMM we now have events in 829 cities and 72 countries. I think the evolution of the international movement needs to be understood. I also think people should know that the guy that started this shit is not real happy about the fact our efforts have only resulted in state monopolies which are now incentivised, by sheer monetary greed, to use zoning laws, legislation and the power of the state to violate the rights of those that want to simply grow their own Cannabis.

They have also set up a Wiki “like” site with much more information . . . though I do think this could have been done in a more organized fashion. [LOL]:

http://cannabis.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March

Now you could argue that this is not happening. “No one is trying to stop you from growing your own Cannabis!” But I’ve already sent you articles showing that it IS happening in other states. I’ve also sent an article stating that, in Michigan, they are now spending nearly twice as much to enforce these draconian laws, compared to just a few years previous. And the sick irony of it all, is that the revenue to bust growers is coming from the $100 they have to pay each year to remain “legal growers.” I am sick of this government treating our good citizens like red headed step children.

You should not need a god damn card — or any other state manufactured obstruction — for the privilege of growing your own Cannabis. You don’t need it to make wine at home. You don’t need a card to make beer at home.

Looking forward to that article. Yeah, I would have to say the IDPD was one of my more significant contributions to the Global Marijuana Movement. It would be nice if you could mention that in the article.

Bruce W. Cain

From: “bcainw” <bcainw@comcast.net>

To: “Michael Jackman” <mjackman@metrotimes.com>

Sent: Friday, May 4, 2018 8:52:47 AM

Subject: Any further updates as to when article might be coming out from my interview a few weeks back.

Any further updates as to when article might be coming out from my interview a few weeks back.

It does seem important that an alternative view gets out there. I was just reading the Free Press this morning where the legislature may pass a Cannabis Bill that would allow Congress to further amend their bill with a mere 50% Vs 75% of Congress. They already destroyed the 2008 Medical Marijuana Initiative that was passed by 63%. Allowing a simple majority to further “pervert” Cannabis law seems like a really stupid idea to me. Apparently the strategy is to pass the bill so the Marijuana Initiative will not attract too many young democrats. Of course the larger problem is we have all these state pensions that need funding. They hope Cannabis represents more revenue to offset a tax decrease. And as we had discussed many “tax/regulate” states — WA, CO, CA, MI — ARE slowly criminalizing home grows which is insane given you CAN make beer and wine at home: without a card, without an inspection, without taxation, without the fear of having you home invaded.

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By taking the ballot proposal up in the Legislature, lawmakers could amend it with a simple majority. If they waited to amend the issue after it’s passed by voters in November, they would need a three-fourths majority in both the House and Senate.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, which is pushing the cannabis legalization proposal, said it would be happy with either the Legislature or the voters taking up the measure. The group expected it would have to deal with amendments in the Legislature.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/2018/05/04/michigan-republican-lawmakers-marijuana-legalization-tax-cut/577836002/

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From: “bcainw” <bcainw@comcast.net>

To: “Michael Jackman” <mjackman@metrotimes.com>

Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:54:38 AM

Subject: Yep as the money comes in to government the right to grow goes out the window.

No need for a reply. I just found another instance where, as state monopolies rise, the right to grow goes out the window. This is an example from Canada. This IS what will occur in Michigan. Mark my words.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/marijuana-pot-cannabis-legalization-condo-landlord-1.4630048

It is human nature. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And now they want ALL the money. Listen to the money talk. LOL

AC/DC “Listen to the Money Talk”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUBl1W-dWE0

SOURCE LINK

The USMjParty…

The U.S. Marijuana Party is a news, information and opinion sharing website which focuses  on the repeal of prohibition, particularly Cannabis, but other natural growing plants as well.

We believe that we inherit unalienable rights with birth upon this planet which include the right to the growing and use of plants without repercussion from any authority.

A plant grown in/on our own property that is processed in any way for personal use and NOT to be sold to another has no reason to be regulated.  The Government has authority over commerce. Regulation and taxation is allowed in the open market – which is where Cannabis should be, for marketing purposes.

Those products made from Cannabis which are medications and are sold by pharmaceutical companies and promoted by Physicians should be regulated accordingly.

Medications are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and as such should be regulated to ensure they’re safe for consumption.

Make our gardens LAWFUL and REPEAL PROHIBITION now!

We have the right to grow nature in our homes and gardens!

The ultimate goal MUST remain REPEAL and Nullify Cannabis Prohibition thru the United Nations and our U.S. Federal Government.

The legalization statutes which have been passed to date, particularly recreational use are a legal way within a State to have commerce with an unlawful controlled substance, according to the U.N. Treaties.

”The growing illegal economy supports and enables corrupt officials, criminals, terrorists, and insurgents to mingle and conduct business with another. We must build our own networks to fight these illicit networks and break their corruptible influence…”LINK

Bearing this in mind, the ONLY way to truly break free from the Drug War is REPEAL that which was put in place to benefit the NWO.

Until we accomplish this, we will never be free from prosecution for using the Cannabis plant and potentially many others.

The Legalization rush is on. And just as the Cannabis Businesses are pushing forward, so will the policing of the businesses. They will continue to fill our jails and prisons with laws written just for Cannabis user’s whether they be legal or not.

In the meantime, while we fight for the freedom of Cannabis user’s let God keep our Patient’s safe from undue harm by the corruption of our own Government and it’s war upon God’s plant.

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,

Sheree Krider

Thailand’s Legendary Marijuana

Thailand's Legendary Marijuana

Recently, there have been signs that the Thai government is softening its stance on marijuana.

By Peter Maguire

April 30, 2018

For decades, Thailand was one of America’s most resolute allies in the war on drugs. After zero tolerance policies left the Kingdom with the highest rate of incarceration in Asia and a methamphetamine (ya ba) epidemic that not even the most draconian measures could stop, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya shocked the nation in 2016 when he conceded that “the world has lost the war on drugs.” Not only did he suggest legalizing methamphetamine, Koomchaya urged his countrymen to view the drug epidemic through the lens of public health, rather than law enforcement. Today, many hope that this new laissez-faire approach will lead to the legalization of the legendary marijuana that was once among the Kingdom’s most famous and valuable exports.

After the United States built military bases in Thailand during the 1960s and stationed tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers there, the marijuana industry exploded and cheap, powerful pot became as readily available as beer.

“They tie together. Put the stick. Make it nice. Sell for GI easy. One, two, or five for one dollar,” recalled a Thai smuggler who got his start selling pot to U.S. soldiers. “Whatever place GI go, it started whenever they need.” 

“With an eighty-cent bottle of gin purchased at the PX,” one Vietnam veteran remembers, “you could trade for a pack of twenty Thai sticks.”

Thai Sticks c. 1974. Photo Michael Ferguson

The first Thai marijuana to reach the United States came in the 1960s via the Army Post Office. The difference between Thai marijuana and most Vietnamese and Cambodian cannabis, was the difference between bathtub corn whiskey and single malt scotch. In 1967, one amazed DEA agent to called it “the Cuban cigar of the marijuana world.”

“Who can forget the first strange-looking Thai Sticks a decade ago! Dense, seedless, stronger than a bull elephant. Years before sophisticated sinsemilla techniques were incorporated into the crop management of U.S. growers,” wrote High Times magazine, the journal of record for pot connoisseurs, “the Thais were, without effort, turning out a superior product.” What sold for $3 per kilo at the farm in Isan, easily fetched $4,000 a kilo in any city in the United States in the early 1970s.

The foreign demand for marijuana produced a boom in Thailand’s poorest region during the 1970s and 80s. North of Udorn on the banks of the Mekong sits Isan, a plateau as large as many American states (62,000 square miles) that floods during monsoon season and is arid and dusty during the dry season. Although rice fields are hard to irrigate and do not yield much, marijuana thrives thanks to the Mekong River, whose tributaries replenish the region with rich, silty soil. Farmers in Northeast Thailand take the same care with their cannabis plants that French vintners take with their grapevines.

“They know how to grow so nice, I mean how to take care of the flower, how to take out the male plant,” said one retired Thai marijuana broker. After they harvested and dried the cannabis sativa flowers (buds), the farmers and their families neatly and uniformly tied them to small bamboo sticks and secured them with threads of hemp fiber. 

What made the criminalization of marijuana particularly difficult, not just in Thailand, but certain parts of Southeast Asia, was that it was considered little more than a medicinal or cooking herb with little or no local legal or moral stigma attached. The plant had grown in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam for centuries and various preparations were used to treat:  migraine headaches, cholera, malaria, dysentery, asthma, digestion, parasites, and post-childbirth pain.

“Almost every corner, every house, they have it in the yard growing. The older people, they will like it. The working heavy guy, he will like it,” said one retired Thai grower, “but they use for medicine also, when you really feel fever. So if you have nothing there, you can get like one branch, and ground it up.” 

Under Thailand’s 1934 Marijuana Act, penalties for any amount of the plant could not exceed one year in prison. When criticized by American officials for tolerating cannabis, Thailand leaders were quick to remind them that drug abuse was not part of their culture.

“The United States has been able to send men to the Moon. It has built sophisticated weapons for its own defense. Why can’t it do anything effective about narcotics getting to its shores,” Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanan said in 1977. He reminded the Americans of the rules of capitalism, “Where there are markets, there is bound to be trade, either legal or illegal.” This point was echoed by Alfred McCoy, in his magisterial study, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, “Driven by myopic moralism, U.S. policy ignores the fundamental dynamics of the drug trade. Over the past two centuries, narcotics have become the major global commodities that operate on fluid laws of supply and demand not susceptible to simple repression.” 

A load of Thai Sticks Intercepted by Thai police. Photo Bangkok Post.

During the 1980s, the U.S. government was able to convince and coerce Thailand to partner with them in a war against marijuana. In 1988 alone, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted eight “motherships” that carried 463,000 pounds of Southeast Asian marijuana bound for American shores. However, in the end, the “victory” was Pyrrhic because Thai drug users replaced cannabis with methamphetamine that is today responsible for 90 percent of that nation’s drug arrests.

Recently, there have been signs that the Thai government is softening its stance on marijuana. A research team at Rangsit University received permission from Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board and made a cannabis extract spray for cancer patients. In April, Dr. Arthit Uraitat, the rector of Rangsit University, called on Thailand’s military leaders to legalize medical marijuana.

“Be brave. Let us use medical marijuana legally regardless of the method,” he said in a press conference, “Those who have cancer, they cannot wait. They need the help now, so I think we need to take every shortcut possible.”

Last week, a private company called the Thai Cannabis Corporation announced the start of a five-year cannabis project that will cultivate 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres) of the plant in the next five years. The Royal Project Foundation will oversee this effort and Maejo University will provide research support. Thai Cannabis Corporation’s objective is to establish a low-cost model to grow, harvest, and process cannabis plants into oils and extracts. Initially, they will focus on breeding high CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis strains that contain minimal amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in order to comply with the laws of Thailand. “The mission of the Royal Project Foundation is to research and develop appropriate technology to sustainably improve the quality of life for Thailand’s highland communities. I quite agree with the Thai Cannabis Project,” said the director of the Royal Project Foundation Dr. Vijit Thanormthin. 

The Royal Project Foundation was established and funded by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1969. An early advocate of sustainable farming, the king sought to improve the quality of life of Thailand’s hill tribes by replacing opium with other crops and also revitalizing Thailand’s forests and safeguarding their water resources for future generations.  Cannabis fits very neatly into the Royal Project Foundation’s mandate given that Thailand’s hill tribes were once the world’s premier marijuana growers. The nation is already exporting packaged food, beverages, essential oils, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and cosmetics. Why not marijuana?

While the Thai Cannabis Corporation hopes to include the marijuana that Thailand was once world famous for in their product line, they will only go as rapidly as the law and Thai government will allow. “The mission of the Thai Cannabis Corporation,” said CEO Timothy Luton, “is to provide an excellent return to shareholders by partnering with Thailand’s farmers and scientific researchers to make, at high volumes and affordable prices, cannabis products that are above reproach.”

Thailand’s slow shift towards marijuana legalization stands in stark contrast to America’s anarchic “Green Rush,” the greatest exhibition of human greed since gold was discovered in California in 1849. Unlike Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, a foreign army has never occupied Thailand and they have staved off foreign invaders for centuries. Generations of Western businessmen have been baffled by their unique and refined Buddhist sensibility that often seems to value mental equilibrium and social grace as much as profit. 

However, behind the smile and behind the wai are some of the toughest people on earth. Rapacious western marijuana speculators looking to get rich quick would be wise to heed the words of Townsend Harris, the American envoy to Siam (Thailand), who wrote in 1856: “It is an old saying here [in Bangkok] that those who come here for business should bring one ship loaded with patience, another loaded with presents, and a third ship for carrying away the cargo.”

Peter Maguire is the author of Thai Stick:  Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade, Facing Death in Cambodia, and Law and War: International Law and American History. He has taught history at Columbia University, Bard College, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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https://thaicannabiscorporation.com/

Schumer to introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana

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By Sophie Tatum and Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Washington (CNN)   Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to propose legislation decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level.

While Schumer, who was elected to the Senate two decades ago, has been supportive of medicinal marijuana, he has now “evolved” his thinking on recreational marijuana.

“The time has come to decriminalize marijuana,” the New York Democrat said in a statement Friday announcing his plans to introduce a new bill in the Senate.

“My thinking — as well as the general population’s views — on the issue has evolved, and so I believe there’s no better time than the present to get this done. It’s simply the right thing to do,” he said.

    Schumer announced the proposed legislation Thursday in an interview with “Vice News Tonight.”

    The senator told Vice News he had “seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail much too long.”

    Trump promises GOP lawmaker to protect states’ marijuana rights

    Schumer further explained his decision in a Medium post Friday.

    “A staggering number of American citizens, a disproportionate number of whom are African American and Latino, continue to be arrested every day for something that most Americans agree should not be a crime,” Schumer wrote. “Meanwhile, those who are entering into the marijuana market in states that have legalized are set to make a fortune. This is not only misguided, but it undermines the basic principles of fairness and equal opportunity that are foundational to the American way of life.”

    According to Schumer’s office, under the new bill, marijuana would be removed from the list of substances classified under the Controlled Substances Act.

    Schumer’s legislation would leave in place decisions by states on how to regulate marijuana, the authority of federal law enforcement to penalize trafficking from states that have legalized the drug to those that have not, and federal regulation of marijuana advertising so children aren’t targeted.

    The bill also seeks to allocate funds for women and minority-owned marijuana businesses and public health research regarding the effects of THC, the main active chemical in marijuana.

    CNN’s Manu Raju contributed to this report.

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    Marijuana’s effects on young brains diminish 72 hours after use, research says

    By Mark Lieber, CNN

    Updated 11:17 AM ET, Wed April 18, 2018

    (CNN)Marijuana is notorious for slowing certain cognitive functions such as learning, memory and attention span (maybe that’s why they call it “dope”?). But new research in young people suggests that these cognitive effects, while significant, may not persist for very long, even among chronic users.

    The meta-analysis, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, combines data from 69 previous studies that look at the effects of heavy cannabis use on cognitive functioning in adolescents and young adults. It found that those young people who identified as heavy marijuana users scored significantly lower than non-users in a variety of cognitive domains such as learning, abstraction, speed of processing, delayed memory, inhibition and attention.

    “There have been a couple of meta-analyses done in adult samples, but this is the first one to be done specifically in adolescent and young adult samples,” said Cobb Scott, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a lead author of the study.

      “We looked at everything from learning and memory to different aspects of executive functioning such as abstraction ability,” Scott said. “And we basically showed that the largest effects — which was around a third of a standard deviation — was in the learning of new information and some aspects of executive functioning, memory and speed of processing.”

      Weed users found to have poorer verbal memory in middle age

      Weed users found to have poorer verbal memory in middle age

      But when the researchers separated the studies based on length of abstinence from marijuana use, the difference in cognitive functioning between marijuana users and non-users was no longer apparent after 72 hours of marijuana abstinence. That could be an indication “that some of the effects found in previous studies may be due to the residual effects of cannabis or potentially from withdrawal effects in heavy cannabis users,” Scott said.

      The study comes as America continues to debate the merits of marijuana legalization. Recreational marijuana use is legal in nine states. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of medical marijuana use, with at least three additional states potentially deciding on the issue in the upcoming November election, according to Melissa Moore, New York deputy state director for the nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance.

      Studies on the long-term cognitive effects of marijuana use among adolescents and young adults have shown inconsistent results. A 2008 study reported that frequent or early-onset cannabis use among adolescents was associated with poorer cognitive performance in tasks requiring executive functioning, attention and episodic memory.

      A 2014 study also warned against the use of marijuana during adolescence, when certain parts of the brain responsible for executive functioning — such as the prefrontal cortex — are still developing.

      “There have been very important studies showing evidence for irreversible damage (from marijuana use), and so there needs to be more research in this area,” said Kevin Sabet, assistant adjunct professor at the Yale School of Medicine and president of the nonprofit Smart Approaches to Marijuana, who was not involved in the new study.

      “I hope they’re right. We want there to be little effect after 72 hours. But given the other studies that have had very large sample sizes that have been published over the past five years in prominent journals, I think we need to look into that more,” added Sabet, whose group is focused on the harms of marijuana legalization.


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      But a number of recent studies have also shown that the association between marijuana use and reduced cognitive functioning disappears after controlling for factors such as psychiatric illness and substance use disorders, according to Scott.

      In an attempt to make sense of these discordant results, the new research combined data from 69 previous studies, resulting in a comparison of 2,152 frequent marijuana users with 6,575 non-users. Participants ranged in age from 10 to 50, with an average age of 21.

      The researchers found that, overall, the cognitive functioning of frequent marijuana users was reduced by one-third of a standard deviation compared with non-frequent marijuana users — a relatively small effect size, according to Scott.

      “It surprised, I think, all of us doing this analysis that the effects were not bigger than we found,” Scott said. “But I would say that the clinical significance of a quarter of a standard deviation is somewhat questionable.”

      But according to Sabet, even a relatively small effect size could be important, especially in a large meta-analysis such as this one.

      “The small effect size may be meaningful in a large population, and again, all (cognitive) measures are worse for those using marijuana,” Sabet said.

      “The study is pretty bad news for marijuana users,” he added. “Overall, I think this is consistent with the literature that marijuana use shows worse cognitive outcomes among users versus non-users.”

      In an effort to identify other potential factors that could have affected the relationship between marijuana use and cognition, the researchers also separated the studies based on the length of marijuana abstinence, age of first cannabis use, sociodemographic characteristics and clinical characteristics such as depression.

      Of these, only the length of marijuana abstinence was found to significantly affect the association between chronic marijuana use and reduced cognitive functioning. Specifically, cognitive functioning appeared to return to normal after about 72 hours of marijuana abstinence — a threshold identified in previous studies, according to Scott.

      “The reason we chose the 72-hour mark is that in looking at the data on cannabis withdrawal effects in heavy cannabis users, 72 hours seems to be past the peak of most withdrawal effects that occur,” he said.

      Marijuana legalization by the numbers

      However, the 69 studies included in the review did not have a uniform definition for “chronic” or “frequent” marijuana use, one of the study’s main limitations, according to Sabet.

      “When you put all of these studies together that have different definitions of marijuana users and are from different times, it’s not surprising that you’d get a smaller effect size,” Sabet said.

      The studies also relied on a variety of tests to determine cognitive functioning, including the Trail Making Test, the Digital Span Memory Test and the California Verbal Learning test, according to Scott.

      “The other thing that’s important to highlight is that we’re only looking at cognitive functioning. We’re not looking at risks for other adverse outcomes with cannabis use, like risk for psychosis, risks for cannabis use problems or other medical issues like lung functioning outcomes,” Scott said.

      See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter.

      But the results still suggest that the negative cognitive effects of marijuana use, while significant in the short-term, probably diminish with time. They also shed light on the need for more research in this area, particularly as cannabis policy in the United States continues to change at a rapid pace.

      “As attitudes change about cannabis use and cannabis use becomes a little bit more accepted in terms of policy and government regulation and medical cannabis use increases, I think we need to have a real understanding of the potential risks and benefits of cannabis use,” Scott said.

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      420 bringing massive marijuana party to Denver for nation’s largest public light up

      420 means big money: $1.1 billion in pot sales expected

      Author: Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY

      Published: 2:01 PM EDT

      DENVER — Marijuana stores across the country are expected to sell more than $1 billion worth of cannabis as pot enthusiasts celebrate the annual “420” holiday by lighting up in public across America.

      April 20 has long been a day filled with civil disobedience by marijuana users, who gather in public to light up at 4:20 p.m. The phrase “420” is a code for marijuana users, who work it into dating profiles or post it on signs to show their shared interest.

      While it used to be a celebration held with a certain level of furtiveness, the rapidly expanding legalization of cannabis means more and more Americans no longer face significant, if any, punishment for smoking pot.

      More: Pot lore: The true story of 420, a marijuana tradition, told by the stoners who invented it

      “It’s holiday season for cannabis retailers right now,” said Ryan Smith, the CEO of cannabis sales platform LeafLink. “Last year was the biggest day ever. This year will be the biggest day ever. And next year will be even bigger than this year.”

      Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in Denver for what’s considered the world’s largest 420 celebration, filling hotel rooms and packing restaurants during what would otherwise be a quiet time of the year. In advance of the actual event, dozens of companies are offering tours and arranging visits to commercial growing operations, aimed at tourists who fly in to partake in state-legal weed.

      Denver’s Mile High 420 Festival this year features performances by Lil Wayne and Lil Jon, along with dozens of food trucks.

      “To us, this is a cultural celebration for a year in a life of cannabis,” said Kyle Speidell, the CEO of The Green Solution, a chain of 16 marijuana stores in Colorado. “It gives everybody the opportunity to unify at a time when we’re really ostracized as an industry.”

      Speidell’s stores are sponsoring a separate cannabis festival in Denver over the 420 holiday. Called 420 on the Block, it’s a three-day music-centered festival featuring Action Bronson and Matisyahu that expects to draw up to 15,000 people.

      Every year, April 20 is the single-biggest sales day, and the days leading up to it are a combination of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Black Friday rolled into one. Since Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in January 2014, participation has risen nationally. Now, nine states and the District of Columbia permit recreational marijuana use, and 30 states permit some form of medical use.

      LeafLink predicts retailers will sell about $1.17 billion worth of cannabis products for this year’s 420 celebrations, and sales are common. In Denver, Terrapin Care Station, for instance, is offering 1 gram joints for just $5— half off the usual price.

      LeafLink’s analysis also shows a consistent shift away from loose “flower” marijuana and into branded products. When marijuana stores first opened, buyers flocked to purchase pieces of marijuana flowers, which they smoke. But there’s been a significant shift toward pre-packaged joints and, particularly, branded marijuana-infused foods like chocolate or candy.

      A large reason for the shift toward products known as “edibles” has been driven by laws banning public marijuana consumption, although those are widely ignored during Denver’s 420 celebration at Civic Center Park, when the mass light up leaves a heavy cloud of pot smoke hanging over the crowd. Edibles are also far easier to travel with, especially for cannabis tourists willing to risk smuggling them back home.

      At My 420 Tours in Denver, most slots for the company’s upcoming party bus trips are already sold out for the end of the week even through they’ve tripled the number of offerings, said company spokeswoman Cynthia Ord. Tour participants first visit a dispensary to buy marijuana, and then consume it on the bus before visiting grow houses.

      “People are both wide-eyed and bleary-eyed at the same time,” she said with a laugh. “It can get pretty emotional for people.”

      Ord said about 90% of the company’s customers are out-of-state tourists, largely from Texas and other southern states. The company also offers 420-friendly hotel rooms for people visiting during the celebration, but all 70 are sold out, she said. She said the company hasn’t seen much of a change since California began legal sales on Jan. 1.

      “Business is as strong as ever,” Ord added.

      The service Weedmaps, a Yelp for marijuana stores, sees its traffic triple on April 20 each year, with peak time coming from 8-10 a.m. as users “wake and bake,” according to the company. Search traffic normally peaks in the evening, she said.

      The Colorado State Patrol is planning enhanced patrols around the 420 events; troopers have written more than 3,000 marijuana-related driving citations since 2014, the agency said.

      Mason Tvert, who led Colorado’s legalization initiative, said marijuana consumers are no different than drinkers who can attend beer festivals and wine tastings: “Adults are able to go out and openly consume alcohol all the time, but 4/20 is the one day of the year that many feel comfortable being open about their cannabis use.”

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      (TN) Human Rights and Cannabis Activist “The King Pin” Thorne Peters Continues to Fight Shelby County Charges After Latest Arrest

      Actus Reus Non Facit Reum Nisi Mens Sit Rea

      For the act to be guilty, the mind must be guilty, for the mind to be guilty, the act must be criminal.

      April 12, 2018

      thorne

      On April 3rd, Mr. Thorne Peters was “live” in front of the Shelby County Justice Center, awaiting his latest arrest for selling small amounts of  Cannabis in baggies – prior to his sentencing for the case which he lost to a Jury of his “peers” on March 1, 2018, in Shelby County Tennessee under Judge J. Robert Carter Jr.

      Because of the nature of evil from within the System you have to realize at some point that we cannot allow them to continue legislating us to death.  Legislation promotes the prison industrial complex and every day another innocent person is sent into inhumane conditions to suffer for “imaginary” crimes, if you will.

      Every time another piece of Legislation is enacted we all lose another piece of our Freedom!  This holds true particularly in the fight against prohibition of Cannabis/Hemp (yes, they are = ONE plant), because every time a piece of “medical” legislation is passed it regulates us out of our freedom.  The easiest example of this is legislation that would prohibit personal growing.  I have written about this subject before, as it all ties in with Agenda 21 and the fight for the control of all of our food and medicine. 

      Cannabis is FOOD first.  It is an unalienable right from birth.  We cannot allow what we were given at birth to be stolen from us, literally one plant at a time.  Anyone who has ever been involved in any research about Cannabis knows the conspiracies or reasons behind it’s illegality.   The fight for our freedom must be a repeal of the prohibiting laws both on the Federal Statutes and U.N. Treaty levels.  That strategy alongside #NO MENS REA by defendants in possession of Cannabis cases of all kinds can change the Justice System as we know it today.  The bottom line is that Cannabis has to be freed for ALL not just SOME for A FEW REASONS!  If we do not push for change now and continue to allow the “legislating” of Cannabis it will not end with Cannabis – this I can promise you.  If you live long enough you will see regulation on the possession and use of fruits and vegetables and weeds, (just like “Hemp” has to be <.3 THC) !  It was started a long time ago and has progressed into what we see today.  And the regulation and control of Cannabis as a Schedule II Controlled Substance will be the launch of the Corporate Pharma driven market that we will be left with and you can forget about growing your own plants!

      Cannabis has to be removed from control first and released back to the people in it’s full form.  At that point, if Corporate Cannabis can market a good product for sale at a reasonable cost and contribute to tax revenue system, I would be glad to try it…at the same time I am growing my own plants, for my own purposes, in my own backyard, or sunroom!

      The injustice that Thorne Peters is subjecting himself to, to make a very real effort to inform the people at large about their Human Rights is to be noted and appreciated.  I think that more people should take the time to fully listen to what he is saying and not take offense to his expressiveness.  I also find it appalling that there has been no notable media coverage to speak of on his case.  I will ask you to share the information as far as you can and encourage other media outlets to cover this story.

      THE SPECTER OF THE GUN was used to take THE TRIAL OF THE MILLENNIUM next level by labeling me a CRIMINAL who committed no crime and a VIOLENT OFFENDER who committed no act of violence according to the evidence and testimony. NO MENS REA is now “A FORTIORI”. As I will have some years to spend in prison, pending a multitude of appeals, I will find fellow prisoners who also have no name of a victim on their affidavit and unleash them upon the system. “

      On the 10th of April Thorne Peters was arraigned for charges incurred on the Courthouse steps on the 3rd of April – which was supposed to be his sentencing day for the  Guilty verdict on March 1st.  That date was moved forward to the 12th of April.

      Linda Harrah, known as “Lady L”, his partner, has indicated to me that the conditions inside of this facility are inhumane – a problem all unto itself.  He is being held in the “drunk tank” where  it is very loud all the time,  with trouble frequently breaking out and little or no supervision .  He is on “lockdown” 23 hours per day leaving only one hour for personal hygiene, phone calls or whatever else he may need to take care of such as commissary – I suppose if there is a long line that day you are just sh*t  out  of luck! 

      “Lady L”  was in court for sentencing today.

      He was sentenced to 36 months 100% time and 1 yr 30% time … so 39 months. He has hurt no one and only committed acts of civil disobedience.  He has committed no crime against anyone’s “person, property nor puppy”…

      On April 24th he will be arraigned  for the two new pot charges from April 3rd.  On May 30th he will be back before Judge J Robert Carter Jr. for appeal.

      “He was magnificent on the stand today testifying to all the history of the past that he represents. Can’t wait to hear or read the transcripts.” – “Lady L”

      BE SURE TO FOLLOW “LADY L”, LINDA HARRAH, ON FACEBOOK !

      Lady L” has been by Thorne’s side since the beginning and is  striving to keep the information flowing about this very important #NOMENSREA Case,.  She is on Facebook everyday giving updates thru video.  It is very interesting to watch.  Though it is heartbreaking to see someone so  dedicated to Activism be treated so unjustly and inhumanely by our Justice System, i.e., Shelby County, Tennessee, in particular.

      WATCH & LISTEN
      as THE KINGPIN takes The Ministerz of Injustice to task
      for the ongoing CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY against him that
      officially began November 11, 2008

      THE PLANTED BUST

      Call Governor  Bill Haslam (615) 741- 2001 ask for Constituent Services or Policy. Tell them you want to have the Thorne Peters conspiracy investigated # NOMENSREA…

      Below listed are links to Facebook Video’s from “Lady L” which give updates for each day since Thorne’s arrest.

      Thurs:  April 12th – Day 10   Additional Video

      Weds:  April 11th – Day 9

      Tues:  April 10th – Day 8

      Mon:  April 9th – Day 7

      Sun:  April 8th – Day 6

      Sat:  April 7th – Day 5

      Fri:  April 6th – Day 4

      Thurs:  April 5th – Day 3

      Weds:  April 4th – Day 2

      Tues:  April 3rd – Day 1

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      Those of you facing PROHIBITION charges, who are not a target of your local Ministerz of Injustice, who have no guns to be tainted with, will follow the law to proceed PRO SE with the lawful offensive of NO MENS REA and the HUMAN RIGHTS declaration of “I AM THE LAW” in the name of THE KINGPIN Thorne Peters! Any other position is unlawful; a crime against humanity . . .

      RELATED:

      FOUND GUILTY, BY JURY, of “possession of pot – that I was not in possession of…” Thorne Peters

      Thorne Peters LIVE from Shelby County Justice Center in Memphis Tn …

      “NO MENS REA WAY MARCH UNTIL PROHIBITION ENDS”

      The FREEDOMcast of THE KINGPIN THORNE PETERS!

      HERE IS EVIDENCE OF A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY & PROOF OF #NOMENSREA

      THE KINGPIN PUNKS A PIG! DETECTIVE GARY BEANS. MAYOR MARK LUTTRELL. AMY WEIRICH, BILL GIBBONS

      CHRONOLOGY OF CORRUPTION!

      This is the highlight video of Thorne Peters , THE KINGPIN, selling POT on the front steps of the Memphis TN, Shelby County Courthouse on 4-3-2018.

      PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER THAT FUNDS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED FOR EXPENSES AND LEGAL COSTS!  PLEASE DONATE!

      DANX for sharing with “THE FREEDOMfund” … I will be sentenced to 12 years in prison on April 3, 2018, with a projected release date of 10/2021, so I need your support to keep my home fires burning; I need to make phone calls to continue being heard LIVE daily on the phone to share the message of FREEDOM with those being oppressed; I need to take care of Lady L, so she is not in the dark in da hood and maybe some of our puppiez . . . I’d love to see them again in life. So, jump in and make a difference in my life as I go down fighting for our FREEDOM from PROHIBITION, even from behind the prison walls. “I AM THE LAW!” #NOMENSREA .

      OTHER INFORMATION OF NOTE:

      TO SEND LETTERS OF ENCOURAGEMENT:

      Shelby County Criminal Justice Center

      Thorne Peters
      201 Poplar
      Section LL Block A
      Housing 14 Bed L
      Memphis Tn 38103

      Tennessee locks ailing, mentally ill, pregnant and juvenile prisoners in isolation to help jails save money.

      FINDINGS LETTER RE INVESTIGATION OF SHELBY COUNTY JAIL

      J. ROBERT CARTER, JR.

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      J. Robert “Bobby” Carter – Ballotpedia

      How the U.N. is stealing our “UNALIENABLE RIGHTS” to grow food and Medicine through U.N. Convention on Narcotic Drugs

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      "Overgrowing the Government"

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