TKP Thorne Peters–“I’m NOT crying – my eyes are running from the soapy tray.” May He Rest In Peace…

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On Sunday, November 3rd, at approximately 7 a.m., TKP Thorne Peters was found deceased in his single person cell, where he had spent 22 hours a day, in “protective custody”, since being committed to the Penal Farm in Memphis Tennessee in 2018.

The Detectives came to Linda Harrah’s home at approximately 2 p.m. and notified her of the situation.  I can’t even imagine what she must have felt when she heard those words, (of Thorne’s death) from them.  God Bless her.

He was 57 years old and while in prison had been writing a new book which he was going to publish upon his release from prison.  “Paper is hard to come by here”, he said to me in a letter.

  He always called me “Amore”, which at first I didn’t know what that meant, until I looked it up and found; Amore is the Italian word for “love”.  I will always hold that close to my heart.  He had written me several letters from prison, and they did not tell of any pleasantry at all.

The following is the last letter that I received from him, just a few days before his death.  Because of the circumstances I feel compelled to share it with everyone, especially his followers.

Felicitations Amore,

I have been crashed out hard over my latest victory.  I make the entire Courthouse shut down, and when the out of town Judge rules that ALL my evidence was on point and ALL 30 of the suspects were connected and therefore would have to take the Stand, they tunneled out of the Court to evade justice yet again.  11 years and the clock is ticking against me.

I had allowed myself a vision that when this trial began on December 9, 2019 and I lined up The Ministerz of Injustice for the big reveal that the evidence of their CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY of PUBLIC CORRUPTION would be so overwhelming in the glare of the WHITE HOT MEDIA SPOTLIGHT that would be forced to cover the story of the highest elected and appointed officials of law enforcement, politics, and the Judiciary taking the Stand to face dead bang, fatal blow evidence that my plight would reach the SAG and onto the Governor who would be forced to get involved and take a stand, and I could be pardoned by XMas.

Now the reality of my situation crashes in upon my head.  I am buried under this jail.  Instead of detonating a weapon of mass destruction in Court, I am reduced to taking pot shots with my blunderbust from deep within the bowels of the belly of the beast.

I have to remain focused and dedicated.  I cannot be disheartened.  These victories are not pyrrhic.  I’m not playing Chess.  This is Chinese GO.

I have to keep accumulating ground.  This battle brought me more ammunition to continue.  As it was in the Revolutionary War, we won very few battles.  The victory was keeping the Troops moving and maneuvering.   I had them in my sights.  I have to regroup and flank them again. 

I am reduced to a HUNGER STRIKE to demand the Authorities investigate this case.  The hilarity is that DA AMY (WEIRICH) has to sign off on a case of PUBLIC CORRUPTION in order for TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation), to proceed.  ROUND ROBIN.

Had I been brought back to Court to hear the ADA concede, I would have smacked him across his dickhead as I walked out and declared EXTREME EMOTIONAL DISTRESS as a defense.  The CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY would be back on point and the DIRTY 30 would be called to the Stand.

So, I deal POT at the Courthouse and they won’t charge me with a FELONY to take to SCOTUS.  They ignore that and charge me with MISDEMEANOR POSSESSION OF POT as part of a felony FTA (Failure to appear), that they prosecute across the Courthouse for 18 months, and 7 Courts, until all 10 ditch, (Judges recuse themselves from the Case),

I kicked their asses!  I am left here to celebrate alone in my mausoleum with a plate of gruel served on a soapy tray.  At least I can use that as an excuse.

I’m NOT crying – my eyes are running from the soapy tray.

October 28, 2019 will mark the longest I’ve ever done, (in prison).  January 20, 2020 will be half-way-home-day.  I can’t comprehend this time frame.  So I put my heart into doing ONE MORE DAY – an hour for every minute…

MWAZ!

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These words of TKP Thorne Peters will be the last I will ever read or hear from him.  It is sad.  It is sad that a State (or a Country) can be so corrupt as to let someone die under such horrid conditions in a single cage without any sympathy or concern for them what-so-ever.  Unfortunately Thorne is not the first person this has happened to and will not be the last.  This is what we have become.  A Country that cares not for it’s Citizens, but only for their power and greed and punitive rights.  Rights?  Yeah, their rights!  Not ours.

We will never know how this Case would have ended, or if the corruption would have been exposed.  We only know how it did end, with a great person, and Activist dying in the Shelby County Correctional System – The Penal Farm.

The Book which he was writing will eventually be published and much more information about his days in HELL will be exposed.  We may never find out the truth about HOW he ended up dying, alone, in that CAGE, in one night’s time. 

Of course an autopsy will be performed – probably already has been, but will we ever really know the truth?  Most likely not.  It      really doesn’t matter what they tell us such as “no foul play is         suspected”, because there isn’t a chance in HELL that they will         incriminate themselves in this matter. 

Thorne was a self proclaimed Atheist, however when I wrote him letters I would always tell him God Bless You.  I believe God has/will bless him as he was martyred for his beliefs that humans should be free and have unalienable rights.  Everything he did was done to help humanity.

Oddly enough, in another letter from Thorne recently he stated;

I have been in this cell for a year.  I have another 26 months to go…so far.  If I am convicted at my next trial I will receive 36 more months.  I will be in this cell for the duration.  The aspect of such a trial and tribulation may drive me to find God…at least until I get outta here! 

We had disagreements on how he presented himself to others, such as when he downed people for medical marijuana activism – But in fact he was NOT downing them at all – Just trying to get their attention as to what they were doing – giving their own unalienable rights away to legislation which was, is, and will continue to be the downfall of all Humanity – If we do not stop it.

We are all fighting in the same War!  We are all fighting for everyone, not just a few!  All humanity deserves the same unalienable rights!  We may have differing opinions on how to do this – but we all want the same outcome – FREEDOM!

On November 4th, one day after the fact, the Commercial Appeal published the story of his death;

Thorne Peters, ‘The Kingpin’ who waged war against pot laws, dies in Shelby County prison

In their article they wrote the following;

This year the appeals court affirmed his four-year sentence, citing among other things the following Facebook post in which Peters threatened to shoot people who came to take his drugs:

“I was just sitting around hoping some sorry want to be wigger, (expletive) was going to stop by with his partner to rob me of all this weed and money, I’m holding, so I can take target practice on their sorry asses. If you know anybody that wants to try me, let them know, I will be up all night, armed and dangerous.”

I was not there when this was said (written) so I have no way of knowing the actual thoughts behind it at the time, but I would never believe for a minute that he would in fact do such a thing.  I am from Kentucky, and many times we have, in general conversation, made similar remarks amongst ourselves, just in jest – but we would never actually do such a thing and I believe it was in extremely bad taste to even print such a quote.

I also do not believe that he had a gun at his disposal – in his home!

Thorne was living what he believed in and did it to the best of his ability – and he was crucified for it.  He never hurt anyone. 

He believed in Our freedom, and he fought for it until the end.

In closing, I leave you with this,

God Bless Thorne Peters!

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Lord, please Bless Ms. Linda Harrah during this most difficult time.

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Edwin Marshall Davidson

It is a sad day and with a heavy heart I recognize that my Friend in deed Thorne Peters has passed away while being a political prisoner in Tennessee. Thorne fought for everyone’s freedom not only his own. There is no freedom unless everyone is free. The cornerstone of freedom of his Teaching is “No Men’s Rea”….

No Men’s Rea Which is short for the Latin Phrase “Actus Reus No Facit Reum Nisi Men’s Sit Rea”.This translates to English to ” For the act to be guilty, the mind must be guilty., And for the mind to be guilty the act must be criminal with intent to do harm to a person, property or puppy” . In short, no guilty mind, no crime , no time.

We are free to do what we want as long as we don’t hurt anyone. Thorne Peters taught of No Men’s Rea, how legislation enslaves us, Freedom ends where legislation begins and if we go free they go broke, touched many.

Thorne was standing up against to Shelby County law enforcement and judges and the Ministers of Injustice that conspired to deny Thorne his Justice, due process and conspired to frame him for something he didn’t do. Thorne was fighting the system from the inside by using his malicious prosecution and making those whom conspired against him accountable by putting them on trial.

Shelby County did their best to silence him. Thornes teaching will never be silenced. For those not familiar and blessed to know Thorne you can go to ThornePeters.com .There you will see his videos, his music and poetry he wrote. . For those who know Thorne please consider going to ThornePeters.com and clicking on the Freedom Fund. Their is still a lot of work to do for freedom, extra costs, dogs to feed and we need to help Linda Harrah to keep those home fires burning.

Thorne just finished writing a book and I believe the title is Fully Free from Jail. I hope it gets published soon as those were his last words to us. .

I want to share a fond memory many of us have of Thorne. Thorne was prosecuted a convicted in a kangaroo court for a crime he didn’t commit. On the day he was to go to court for sentencing Thorne had a surprise. Thorne set up a table and opened up Tennessees first pot dispensary on the court house steps. We thought he would be arrested and charged immediately. Instead, Law enforcement was hiding. News cameras were their. Thorne sold pot on the court house steps without being arrested for about 2 hours. Thorne was never, charged or convicted of it. Proving No Men’s Rea works.

There is a video at ThornePeters.com . As a disciple of Thorne I vow to put forth his Teaching and continue the best I can by his example. The Bible says their is no greater love then a man lay down his life for a friend. Thorne did that for his friends in deed.We were all his “friends in deed”. I can still hear Thorne when he would say ” May you look inward, outward and upward to find Peace Love and Stars”.

I love you my Brother. Your brother and friend in deed!

Edwin Marshall Davidson


DO NOT FORGET TO VISIT THORNEPETERS.COM AND VIEW ALL THE INFORMATION ON THE CORRUPTION.  DONATIONS WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED AS WELL.  ARRANGEMENTS HAVE YET TO BE MADE.

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On Tuesday, November 5th, WE Must Be The Change In Kentucky! Vote HICKS/CORMICAN! This Is Why…

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On Tuesday, November 5th, the most important election in Kentucky in many years is about to happen!

I am not here to argue with anyone.  I am here to present the facts and my opinion as I see it.

Therefore,

First of all, you must vote to see change!  If you are eligible to Vote and are registered to do so – You must VOTE!  It is your Civic Duty.  And if you are eligible to vote but did not register, shame on you!

IF you want a change in your Government, you have to vote for the people who will CHANGE the way things are being done in           Kentucky!

You CANNOT vote for a Democrat or Republican and expect anything to change – only to get worse!  So if that is what you want, then go for it!

Otherwise, BE THE CHANGE that Kentucky must have in order to succeed!  John Hicks and Ann Cormican – Libertarian are running for the most important office in the State.  That is where we must start!  At the top!

On November 1st, Rep. Jason Nemes prefiled this years “medical marijuana bill” for Kentucky.  It will become House Bill 136 when the Session opens in January, and if it passes we will once again become Slaves to the system!  A few points on the Bill as written are:

*  Department for Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control to implement and regulate the medicinal marijuana program in Kentucky;

*  establish the Division of Medicinal Marijuana within the Department of Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control;

establish restrictions on the possession of medicinal marijuana by qualifying patients, visiting patients, and designated caregivers;

*  establish certain protections for cardholders;

*  establish professional protections for practitioners; to provide for the authorizing of practitioners by state licensing boards to issue written certifications for the use medicinal marijuana;

*  establish professional protections for attorneys;

* prohibit the possession and use of medicinal marijuana while operating a motor vehicle;

to prohibit smoking of medicinal marijuana;

* to permit an employer to restrict the possession and use of medicinal marijuana by an employee;

*  to require the department to implement and operate a registry identification card program; to establish requirements for registry identification cards; to establish registry identification card fees; to require the department to operate a provisional licensure receipt system; to establish the application requirements for a registry identification card; to establish when the department may deny an application for a registry identification card;

*  establish certain responsibilities for cardholders; to establish when a registry identification card may be revoked;

*  establish various cannabis business licensure categories; to establish tiering of cannabis business licenses; to require certain information be included in an application for a cannabis business license; to establish when the department may deny an application for a cannabis business license;

*  to establish rules for local sales, including establishing the process by which a local legislative body may prohibit the operation of cannabis businesses within its territory and the process for local ordinances and ballot initiatives;

*  establish technical requirements for cannabis businesses;

to establish limits on the THC content of medicinal marijuana that can be produced or sold in the state;

*  to establish requirements for cannabis cultivators, including cultivation square footage limits; to establish requirements for cannabis dispensaries; to establish requirements for safety compliance facilities; to establish requirements for cannabis processors; to establish procedures for the department to inspect cannabis businesses;

to exempt certain records and information from the disclosure under the Kentucky Open Records Act;

*  to establish that nothing in the bill requires government programs or private insurers to reimburse for the cost of use; to establish the medicinal marijuana trust fund; to establish the local medicinal marijuana trust fund; and to establish procedures for the distribution of local cannabis trust fund moneys;

*  create a new section of KRS Chapter 138 to establish an excise tax of 12% for cultivators and processors for selling to dispensaries; to require that 80% of the revenue from the excise taxes be deposited into the medicinal marijuana trust fund; to require that 20% of the revenue from the excise taxes be deposited into the local medicinal marijuana trust fund; amend KRS 342.815 to establish that the Employer’s Mutual Insurance Authority shall not be required to provide coverage to an employer if doing so would subject the authority to a violation of state or federal law;

Is this what you want?

The above is not all inclusive of the regulations, and they will no doubt change again when it is introduced in January.  Read the Bill!

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Please note that there are NO provisions for “smokable cannabis”, and NO mention of Children’s rights either.  There are NO provisions for growing your own plants, and this BILL in my opinion is being promoted for the Corporate/Pharmaceutical industry. 

Out of all the Bills previously submitted for “medical” or “adult use” Cannabis in Kentucky this is the worst one yet!  Do not fall for the legal lies which they are feeding you because they are preying on your fears for your Children’s needs, mostly.  The fact is, what M.D., is going to give you permission or a written statement that will give you the right to medicate your child with Cannabis?  The answer to that is virtually none, and if there was even one that WOULD do it there is no guarantee that you will be able to access that Physician!

The bill would prohibit the smoking of marijuana for medical purposes, but would allow other forms of consumption, such as edibles, oils and pills.  A 12% excise tax is proposed for cultivators and processors for selling to dispensaries.  LINK

I have consulted with several other Senior Activists in Kentucky over this issue and we all surmised basically the same opinions on the matter!  This is in NO way a repeal of prohibition of Cannabis and in no way will it ascertain our rights to this plant – medically or otherwise.  It is however, worth some $$$ to Corporate Ventures and Kentucky Government as it now stands!

In my opinion, for those parents who have seriously ill children in need of this medicine they need to consider moving to a honest medical cannabis State such as Colorado or elsewhere.  For those who are unable to do this due to financial situations we must set up a fund to enable them to do so.  I can honestly say that if it were my child that is exactly what I would do!  Not because I want to leave my home in Kentucky, but because my Childs life is more important and I would be compelled to do so, IF John Hicks and Ann Cormican are not elected. 

The “Undergreen Railroad” is one such organization.  I will look into this organization further, especially if Hicks/Cormican are not elected, because you all are going to need it!

Finally, we come to the third candidate in the governor’s race. Libertarian John Hicks. John is a Vietnam Era Army veteran, a former school teacher, and currently an IT consultant. He has a BA Degree in Political Science and History. He has never held political office, but ran previously for State Representative (District 43) in 2018. John is pro-life and believes government should stay out of personal issues.
John supports the legalization of marijuana, expanded gaming, and the development of hemp as sources of additional state revenue (better than raising taxes!). He also believes that the best way to compensate for budget shortfalls is to reduce the size of government and streamlining operations. Additionally, John Hicks supports election reform; specifically by introducing run-offs, using ranked choice voting, proportional representation, multi member districts which would end partisan gerrymandering.
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John Hicks IS qualified for the position of Governor, as he IS ONE OF US!  He will bring us liberty and fight for OUR rights as Kentucky Citizens!

We need to show the entire Country what Kentucky can do when faced with such a dire situation – It’s not just about Cannabis – It is about Liberty and  Justice for All!

Please make the right choice for our State, our Families, our Children, and our Country!

Do not condemn Our State once again!

God Bless You All

smkrider

11/3/2019

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Jesse Ventura Considering Presidential Run

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Jesse Ventura is considering running for President as an independent. “I have that voice in the back of my head that says to me, ‘if not to me, then who?'”

Ventura gave his first American TV interview in 3 years to “The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson.” He says only a 3rd party candidate could truly unite our polarized country. When he was elected governor of Minnesota, Ventura said Donald J. Trump reached out to him & they were friends. Now, he’s not a fan of President Trump as commander in chief. “The first night of boot camp, there’s one person who will break down, wet their pants, cry for their mom…that’s Donald Trump.” Ventura talked about cannabis, climate change, wrestling, and more in this unedited, in depth interview.

What do you think?

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Latest Update–Thorne Peters–Memphis TN Prison…

Please view video linked below from Ms. Linda Harrah, at the Memphis, Tennessee Penal Farm:

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On Wednesday, October 16th, Ms. Linda Harrah visited TKP Thorne Peters at the Penal Farm in Memphis, TN, where he has been incarcerated since April 3, 2018.

They were not allowed personal visitation however, they were able to view and speak to each other through video conference, according to Ms. Linda Harrah.

Judge William Acree, a “traveling Judge” for the State of Tennessee, ceded the case.  D.A. Amy Weirich did not want the trial to proceed, so therefore the trial for “selling pot on the Courthouse steps” is NOT going to Trial.  Note letter from TBI below on cannabis prosecution policy currently in place.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, (TBI),  investigation into Courthouse corruption would have to be approved by D.A. Amy Weirich first, which will not happen. 

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The above letter, sent out by TBI,  states that the testing in marijuana cases will “only be performed on felony amounts of plant material and at District Attorney’s request if needed for trial.”

Slowly, small amounts of Marijuana, usually an ounce or less, are being ignored, and/or thrown out of Court and not prosecuted.  That is a win for the general public who only seeks to purchase a small amount of black market product.  However, it still leaves many people behind in harms way of the law, because in fact, the  illegality of Marijuana is still very much alive.  Those who have grown their own plants, or purchased an amount that could be attributed to “trafficking” can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  Many people are languishing in prison right now over a plant that NEVER should have been made illegal to begin with!  The fight isn’t over, in fact it’s only just begun!

For those reasons, a major Federal Repeal is necessary and must be pursued.  As well, “no mens rea” should apply to all personal cases in every State.  We are in fact at war and we must continue to fight until the battle is won!

Don’t forget the ones, our Brothers and Sisters, who have been taken from their families and forced into a cage like animals, for using the Cannabis plant, or any other plant!

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“It doesn’t matter what you BELIEVE; it only matters how you BEHAVE.”~THE KINGPIN THORNE PETERS!

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Please write to TKP Thorne Peters at this address:

Shelby County Correctional Center

RNI# 389985

1045 Mullins Station Road

Memphis, TN  38134

DONATE to the “Freedom Fund”!

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.

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Weedmaps, facing pressure to work only with legal cannabis shops, lays off a quarter of its workforce

Online marijuana directory says slow roll out of legal markets to blame.

By BROOKE STAGGS | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: October 17, 2019

Two months after online cannabis directory Weedmaps promised it would stop listing illicit marijuana businesses, the Irvine-based company abruptly laid off 25% of its workforce.

More than 100 people across the country, from a writer in Orange County to a policy expert in Massachusetts, were affected by Wednesday’s cuts.

“Today was my toughest day during my tenure as CEO,” wrote Weedmaps’ leader, Chris Beals, on Twitter as he announced the cuts.

Beals declined to discuss if, or how, the layoffs were connected to the financial hit that Weedmaps presumably faces if it follows through on a promise to drop hundreds of unlicensed advertisers from its site by the end of the year.

In a press release, Beals blamed the layoffs on a slower-than-expected embrace of legal cannabis by new states over the past year. He also cited a tightening of the tech and cannabis capital markets, which he said has made it tough to land investments to support his company’s growth. And he said states such as Massachusetts that recently have legalized marijuana have been too slow to issue licenses to support a stable industry.

“In our own home state of California, three years after Proposition 64 legalized recreational use (of cannabis), it is disheartening to see 75% of cities and counties not allow cannabis retail sales and California lag behind other legalized states,” Beals said.

Weedmaps is one of the most influential cannabis companies in the world. And it got there in large part by promoting unlicensed shops and delivery services, which it’s done since launching its Yelp-like service in 2008.

The company held to that business model even after California voted in 2016 to legalize recreational cannabis. In early 2018, the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control sent Weedmaps a cease-and-desist letter telling the company that it was breaking state law by selling advertising space to unlicensed operators, who have a financial advantage over their licensed competitors because they don’t pay taxes or spend money on other costs associated with operating legally. Weedmaps fought back at the time, citing protections for technology companies.

Illegal shops are still listed on Weedmaps.com, even though Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill in July that lets state regulators fine unlicensed parties up to $30,000 per violation for each day that they’re defying state cannabis laws.

By operating in defiance of state law, Irvine-based Weedmaps has maintained market share in the world of online marijuana advertising. Competitors, such as Leafly, voluntarily dropped illicit businesses nearly two years ago.

In August, shortly after Newsom said the state could issue daily fines, Weedmaps announced that it would phase out its unlicensed ads by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, illicit cannabis operators continue to thrive, cutting into the tax revenue that California expected to receive from the new industry — money that is earmarked for cannabis-related research, education programs and more.

Unlicensed cannabis companies also pose public health threats. This year, people using unregulated vaping products have suffered lung problems connected to 33 deaths and 1,479 hospitalizations across the country. Some of those patients have said they purchased products at stores they found via Weedmaps.

When pressed for updates on removing illicit shops from Weedmaps, Beals said Thursday that the company has “stopped allowing new advertisers on the platform without providing license information.” Beals said Weedmaps has made “good progress on existing advertisers updating license information or coming off the platform,” and added that the company is “confident we will have completed the transition by the end of year.”

On Thursday, a map on the website showed ads for dozens of dispensaries in several Southern California cities — from Anaheim to Whittier to Ontario — where cannabis retailers are outlawed.

One former employee believes that in addition to the pending loss of revenue as the company culls unlicensed advertisers, the company also has taken a financial hit from its sponsorship of the Museum of Weed project in Los Angeles — a claim that Weedmaps officials dispute.

In November, when the museum was announced in partnership with Vice Media, the plan was to open in early 2019. At the time the museum was not described as a temporary exhibit. But in June, when Weedmaps announced an opening date for the delayed project, it was billed as a pop-up exhibit to run Aug. 1 through Sept. 29. Beals said Thursday that the company opted to extend the museum’s run through the end of October “given the success we were seeing,” and added that it was always intended to be a temporary project.

Other employees said they were shocked by the layoffs, even though they expected some adjustments as the company changed its business model. Some said security guards were waiting to immediately escort pink-slipped workers out of the Irvine headquarters, while others were notified they’d been laid off via email. Employees said they received a couple months of severance pay.

Beals said engineering, product and design teams were least affected by the layoffs, since that’s where Weedmaps will be focusing its efforts going forward. He said the company aims to expand software it is creating to help cannabis business stay compliant with local laws and to streamline operations.

“We will continue to grow and drive forward,” Beals said.

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The Censorship of Stop5G begins with the purge of John Kuhle’s Facebook Group “Stop5G”

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California is Fighting 50,000 New 5G Cell Towers Linked to Cancer Risk. Bills in THESE States Will Permit Their Installation in YOUR Backyard.  LINK

Yelena | February 12, 2018

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Below is an article with information concerning the use of “5G” and its probable harm to the people for which it is considered to be a “service” to – allowing high speed internet and surveillance across the Country. 

Please read thoroughly and carefully consider the evidence provided by Bruce Cain, who has been researching this issue for a number of years, and seeks to inform the people of it’s harms.

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I have been suspended 5 times — 30 days each — since October 2018 by Facebook.  That was bad enough as I did NOTHING and have been on suspension close to 50% of the last year.  But what happened on 09/27 really “takes the cake.”  I was in good standing with the “Stop5G” group and its creator John Kuhles.  Both of us were banned from “Stop5G” on 09/27.  I cannot even view the “Stop5G” group and was previously (09/27) removed from moderating the group for which I probably posted the most content of anyone. 

What I have discovered, over the past year, is that all the “Big Tech” platforms were founded with funds from DARPA.  So in a sense these platforms now serve as the “Roach Hotel” for Anti-Globalists.  Facebook started in 2004 and now has 2-3 BILLION members.  After Trump won (2016) they realized their globalist agenda was hampered by his win, though Trump is not without  his own globalist problems: he is a big advocate of 5G.  By July 2017 they went after Alex Jones: love him or hate him he also has 1st Amendment rights.  By 2019 they are going after us “little fish.”  I’m sure this has happened to thousands of people.  The common denominator is not merely censorship of conservative speech but rather Anti-Globalist Speech.  You want to keep your guns?  You want a pause in immigration?  You want an end to 5G?  Yep that is who gets censored.  It could eventually effect Cannabis activists as well.  What if the Feds decide you can’t grow your own any more, like in Michigan. 

Freedom of speech is dying in the US and around the world.  That is a problem.

Facebook was originally supported by DARPA to gather info on everyone.  Now it is being transformed into a tool for censorship. 

Bruce Cain 

The Censorship of Stop5G Groups begins with the purge John Kuhle’s Facebook Group “Stop5G”

This  is a link to a PDF, (11 pages) – Please open and read!

If you’ve read through the attachment you will know that I was banned from 2 of the largest “Stop5G” groups on 09/27/2019.  And on top of that a 30 day suspension from Facebook.  I did nothing and it is clear “someone” wants to silence me.  If this were happening when I was a Cannabis Activist (really still am) we would have gotten nowhere.  On top of all of this John — creator of “Stop5G” — has never provided an account of how he was removed as administrator of his own group AND the last email I got from him was on 09/27.  My takeaways:
* Something very fishy is going on here.
* I am actually worried that something may have happened to John.
* I expect this form of censorship to escalate.
* This morning his website would not load.  It has been up till this morning.
http://stop5g-resistance.whynotnews.eu/

What good does “legalizing” Cannabis do if we are now going to get exposed to increased radiation, from 5G, 24/7, 365 days a year?

I fear that Congresswomen Debbie Dingell may have a role in this though that would be impossible to prove.  All I know is the purge of “Stop5G” occurred just 3 days after I stopped by her office.  Debbie is on a Pro “5G Caucus” and has refused to reply to my concerns that 5G will have on our Health, Privacy and Freedom.  Of course what we also know is 5G infrastructure is stimulating the economy as 13 Trillion is predicted to be spent in the next few years.  If we stop it does the economy tank?

Anyway I’m just a bit frustrated.  Had to share with someone.  Freedom of Speech is under siege in a way I have never seen before. 

Bruce W. Cain

We can no longer allow 5G Proponents to silence the voices of the Global Stop5G Movement

Today 8 days have passed since the purge of the Facebook “Stop5G” group.  When the purge began (09/27/2019) the creator of the group, John Kuhles, was removed as administrator for his own group.  In August the Globalist Censorship Group, Disinformation Index, cited John Kuhles, specifically, as a 5G Conspiracy Theorist.  Less than 2 months later “someone” purged “Stop5G” removing John Kuhles (creator and admin for “Stop5G”) and Bruce Cain (significant daily contributor and moderator for “Stop5G”).  Having read through many articles from Disinformation Index it seems obvious that they don’t merely want to index “conspiracy theories” put forth by Stop5G activists: they want to make their essays and videos — and perhaps the activists themselves — disappear.  The purge of “Stop5G” is a perfect example.

On the day of the purge John Kuhles replied to my email and promised to provide an explanation for what happened on 09/27/2019.  He said this would be posted on his website, http://stop5g-resistance.whynotnews.eu/.  Someone did update the website on the day of the purge adding an old article and a globe widget showing the location of subscribers.  Both of those updates were dated 09/27/2019: the day of the purge.  8 days later John has not answered my numerous emails and no explanation has been provided on his website.  As I look back I cannot be certain that his email (09/27/2019) was actually authored by John.  On 10/03/2019 his website was not reachable, for about a day, yet no further updates were made to the website. Is he still alive?  I find this troubling as John and I were in good standing and there is no reason that I am aware, why he would not have provided an account of what actually happened.  Both John and I have essentially been “erased” from Facebook and the “Stop5G” group: we cannot even view the “Stop5G” group and we have both been erased from the Facebook directory.  I would also be that all of my hundreds of posts, to “Stop5G,” have also been erased.  In addition Facebook gave me my 5th, 30 day suspension, meaning I cannot post or comment for 30 days.

I am sending today’s update to various groups, that support the Stop5G movement, in hopes that they can “get the word out” about the purge of the “Stop5G” group.  With 24,000 members it is possibly the largest “Stop5G” group on Facebook.  I cannot over emphasize the importance of this.  If our free speech is increasingly silenced how will we ever prevail in our attempts to stop the deployment of 5G antennas, throughout the planet and space?
What is happening is truly Orwellian (e.g., 1984, the book).  This “Disinformation Index,” and other Globalist Censor’s (GC’s) operate across all Big Tech Platforms – not just Facebook.  They appear to be very well financed and seem poised to silence both the Stop5G “Truth Movement” and any other groups that oppose a transition to a global government through imposition of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), the UN’s Agenda21 (local control) and the UN’s Agenda2030 (global control). 

What most people do not understand is the fact that those behind the rollout of 5G — the Rockefeller’s and the Rothschild’s — helped establish the United Nations many decades ago.  And from the very beginning these Globalists have admitted that they would use Climate Change as a means to usher in a One World Corporate Government.  Today the UN and the Rothschild’s, Crown Castle, are also among the most powerful groups pushing 5G under the auspices of fighting Climate Change.  The UN, the Extinction Rebellion (UK) and the New Green Deal (United States) are also largely financed by proponents for global rollout of 5G antennas throughout the globe.  The truth is (1) Anthropogenic Climate Change is a fabricated myth and (2) spending Trillions to reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions will only bankrupt first world nations, while having virtually no effect on Carbon Dioxide levels.

Our (1) Globalist Corporate Media, (2) all Big Tech Platforms (Facebook, Amazon, Google, YouTube, Twitter), (3) the Corporations supporting and profiting from 5G, (4) the Globalist Censor’s, (5) the Globalist Corporate Foundations (e.g., Rockefeller, Gates, Soros, Rothschilds etc.), (6) the United Nations and ancillary groups (e.g., the World Health Organization etc.), (7) most of our elected representatives (e.g., Thune, Dingell etc.)  and (8) even many governmental agencies (e.g., USAID) are now conspiring to become exactly what Orwell warned us about in his book “1984”: a Ministry of Truth (e.g., Propaganda).

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The Ministry of Truth (Newspeak: Minitrue) is the ministry of propaganda. As with the other ministries in the novel, the name Ministry of Truth is a misnomer because in reality it serves the opposite: it is responsible for any necessary falsification of historical events.  As well as administering truth, the ministry spreads a new language amongst the populace called Newspeak, in which, for example, “truth” is understood to mean statements like 2 + 2 = 5 when the situation warrants. In keeping with the concept of doublethink, the ministry is thus aptly named in that it creates/manufactures “truth” in the Newspeak sense of the word. The book describes the doctoring of historical records to show a government-approved version of events.

Ministries of Nineteen Eighty-Four

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministries_of_Nineteen_Eighty-Four

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At one end of the spectrum these groups, which compose this Globalist Ministry of Truth, simply remain silent about the existential dangers that 5G poses to our Health, Privacy and Freedom.  At the other end of the spectrum these groups are actively doing everything they can to silence our voices.  And way at the far end of the spectrum is the possibility that some of us could be targeted for extrajudicial assassination.  There are, after all, 13 Trillion dollars at stake here.  Until I hear from John I will entertain the possibility that John may be the first extrajudicial assassination of a Stop5G activist.  I am concerned.

My hope is that some of these groups – on my expanding mailing list – will get the word out about the purge of “Stop5G” (09/27/2019).  They can share this essay.  They can arrange an interview with me.  They can publish their own commentary of the “Stop5G” purge.  I can only say this.  If we allow our First Amendment Rights to be eviscerated our voices will be silenced.  And if our voices are silenced we lose our fight against 5G.  Please, help me get the word out.  Because 5G, Smart Cities, the Internet of All Things (and the control of all humans) are all connected and part of a war against the entire global population.  We the Stop5G community must prevail.

Finally please thoroughly absorb what is in this essay as well as the links and videos embedded within.  Together they perfectly elaborate and explain everything that I have just covered.

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Green New Deal and the Climate Movement. Trojan Horses for the Billionaire Class?

By Michael Welch, Naomi Wolf, and Cory Morningstar

Global Research, September 29, 2019

https://www.globalresearch.ca/green-new-deal-and-the-climate-movement-trojan-horses-for-the-billionaire-class/5690415

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All of us is all we need.  Let’s Stop5G together.

“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

Benjamin Franklin


[Statement at the signing of the Declaration of Independence (1776-07-04), quoted as an anecdote in The Works of Benjamin Franklin].  Benjamin Franklin
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin

Bruce Cain 10.15.19

This video, (above),  is about the purge of the Facebook Group “Stop5G” created by John Kuhles. I encourage Stop5G activists to share this video across all Big Tech platforms: Facebook, Twitter etc. If we are to stop the global deployment of 5G antennas, globally and in space (satellite) we all have to work together. All of us is all we need: See also: Green New Deal and the Climate Movement. Trojan Horses for the Billionaire Class? By Michael Welch, Naomi Wolf, and Cory Morningstar Global Research, September 29, 2019 https://www.globalresearch.ca/green-n… 5G: An Existential threat to our Health, Privacy and Freedom [This is the video of my testimony before the Dearborn Heights City Council, (7/23/2019) Approximately 40 minutes, 2600 views as of 09/25/2019] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPITu… Bruce Cain’s articles and videos on Stopping 5G and Smart Meters WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2019 https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-… A Primer on the threats of 5G/Smart Meters and the Internet of Things to our Health, Privacy and Freedom https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-…

Why can’t we Stop5G in my City of Dearborn Heights?

Devon, England, just stopped the deployment of 5G. Mar-a-Lago, Florida — home to elites like Donald Trump and Bill Gates — have stopped the deployment of 5G.  Brussels — a center for the world’s elites — have stopped the deployment of 5G.
So why can’t we do this in Dearborn Heights?
Why can’t other citizen’s do this in their cities?
Are we just considered “lesser” human beings: you know, like slaves, MK-ULTRA test subjects, lab rats?

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Devon, England: 10/07/2019
Town’s war with 5G: Devonshire officials ‘ban’ installation of new high-speed network after campaigners demand further research into its effects on health
by 5G Awareness | Oct 7, 2019
https://www.5gawareness.com/5g/towns-war-with-5g-devonshire-officials-ban-installation-of-new-high-speed-network-after-campaigners-demand-further-research-into-its-effects-on-health/

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On 10/04/2019 I saw 5 trucks on Marquette: just a few blocks west of Inkster Road in Garden City.  Garden City is just adjacent to my city of Dearborn Heights. The crew leader confirmed they just finished putting up 4 5G antennas on a single utility pole.  And as soon as the underground wiring is laid, and connected, these 5G radiation emitters will be turned on.  When I asked him when that might happen he said it could be in mere weeks or months.

Thank goodness my family is not living next to those 4, 5G antennas.
He then added that they have been installing 5G antennas throughout SE Michigan for the last 9 months.  How many 5G antennas have gone up in my city of Dearborn Heights? Was the Dearborn Heights City Council aware of this?  Why has the City Council not alerted me to this?  They obviously knew I was concerned.  I mean, I did do a 40 minute presentation, on the subject of Stopping 5G, before the Dearborn Heights City Council just 2 months ago (07/23/2019).

Why are the voices of the Global Stop5G movement not being heard or acknowledged?

Part of the reason is the Stop5G movement is being censored. Part of the reason is that our City Council (Dearborn Heights) seems interested, but has not acted to protect it’s citizens from the dangers of these Antennas. Is it not a primary duty of any government to protect the safety of it’s citizens? Do something!  It should not be up to me to come up with the solution.  This is what we pay you for.

Another part of the reason is — since I did my 40 minute presentation on Stop5G — I am finding myself being censored.  So it seems impossible to get the word out to my community.

* In August I was de-platformed from Nextdoor, the Facebook application for local communities after making a single post on 5G: a link to my testimony before the Dearborn Heights City Council.
* The Press and Guide was informed about my upcoming presentation against 5G and decided not to cover it. (07/23/2019)
* On 09/27/2019 I was de-platformed from the Stop5G group I moderated for over a year and a half by Facebook. This occurred just 3 days after stopping by Debbie Dingell’s office in Dearborn,  where I was reminding her assistant that I was waiting on her response to my concerns about 5G. Debbie is a ardent proponent of 5G technology and I have concerns she may have had something to do with it.  Of course that is mere speculation.  That same day Facebook suspended me from posting or commenting for 30 days.  This is my 5th, 30 day suspension, since October 2018.  And while I’ve done nothing wrong the edicts of Facebook are final: they are judge, jury and executioner.  And there is no legitimate mechanism to challenge the merits of a 30 day suspension.  This Facebook “Ministry of Truth” is Orwellian and an affront to free speech.

In all of this we are seeing 2 trends. One tactic of the 5G proponents is just to ignore us or just pay us “lip service” and move along without solving the problem. The Press and Guide did the former. The Dearborn Heights City Council did the latter. The second tactic is to censor the freedom of speech of the Global Stop5G movement. The censorship against the Stop5G movement is growing and the incident on 09/27/2019 is a perfect example.

I explain the growing censorship of the Stop5G movement in this video (below).  It is well financed and seems to have escalated since August 2019: right as the global deployment of these 5G antennas is also escalating.  It is obvious they want to silence our voices and Facebook does have an economic stake in 5G deployment.

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We can no longer allow 5G Proponents to silence the voices of the Global Stop5G Movement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIgAUMWVbE8&feature=youtu.be

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I don’t know what to tell my City Council. I do understand that the FCC have tried to hamstring cities from doing anything. I also understand that our City Council has a primary role in protecting our citizens. The City Council is not doing that.

Please have that figured out when I come to the next City Council meeting. Be prepared to explain, to me, how you are going to stop the deployment of these 5G antennas in our city.  Be prepared to explain to me how any 5G antennas, already place in our city, will be removed.

This is what we pay you for, so do it. I expect to hear an answer to that question soon.

Stop aiding and abetting the globalists that are shoving this crap down our throats: regardless of the science, regardless of the concerns of the citizens.  We are not going to be part of a Global Lab experiment where we humans are the guinea pigs.

To me the Dearborn Heights City Council — and City Councils throughout the world —  are really no better than the German people that did nothing, as Hitler put millions of Jews to death in the concentration camps.  About the only difference I see here is the globalists — behind the deployment of 5G — don’t even have to transport us to the concentration camps.  They will kill us right in our own homes — with 5G antennas that may be a mere 20 feet from our homes.

Screw that.  Do SOMETHING to stop this.

Bruce W. Cain
10/07/2019

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7544239/5G-campaigners-force-Devon-council-pause-installation-new-high-speed-network.html

From the article (above):

“Although the decision has no force in planning law, campaign leader John Kitson claims the action by Totnes town council is a warning to ministers that they cannot bring in 5G without further research into its effects on health.”

So basically even Devon (Devonshire) England is NOT going to have any real impact on stopping the deployment of 5G antennas.  Nope, unless you are the Gates or Trumps in Mer a Lago, unless you are the elite of Brussels you are left emasculated asking for the end of 5G deployments.  You might as well just go “massage” yourself.  LOL
I’m so fed up with your idiots like Martin Pall.  Don’t you understand why the censorship of the “Stop5G” community is so important.  How much money are you making on the Climate Crisis web seminars?  Do you not understand the true stakes here?

Yes I did work in Medical Research: Radiation Physics.  But any idiot could understand the dangers of this technology.  I mean I applaud your research but basically: even a glass eye in a dogs ass could see the problem with 5G deployment.  What we need is not more lectures: what we need is action.  Nope I’ve always been an activist.  I do have some foggy idea as to how we stop this bullshit.  You don’t.   You don’t even have a foggy clue and the deployments accelerate.  What are you thinking?

I think what is required is a global event against 5G.   Forget about the money from speaking.  This may be the only way to defeat the 5G deployment.  Yes, I sure you think it silly, but I did organize a global annual event that led to the legalization of “home grows” for Cannabis (e.g., Marijuana).  At the same time we MUST insist that our freedom of speech is preserved.  A doctor writing against vaccines gets banned from Facebook.  I’m on my 5th, 30 day suspension from Facebook since October 2018 idiot.   They — the globalists — are out to silence us.  Do you not understand the problem?
I have been silenced from posting to a Facebook group that has some of the largest membership when it comes to “Stop5G.”  Martin Pall I am talking to you.  They are trying to destroy our movement and you have yet to respond to me.  Very bad idea.  I’m here to help.
Debbie Dingell’s office finally got back to me today.  They said I’m not in here district and she could therefore not respond to my concerns about 5G technology..  I ran against her husband in 1996 and apparently they gerrymandered the district.   I have been in the same place since 1986.   I told the assistant that this had nothing to do with her district.  She is on a national “5G Caucus” — which effects all districts — and I had some serious concerns.

Worse yet I really do believe she had something to do with my “erasure” from the “Stop5G” group.  It is beyond coincidence.  Can I prove it.  Sorry, don’t have that kind of money.  I just want some answers from Debbie “Dingbat.”  It has been 2 months since my first letter and she has yet to respond.  Yeah I’m sure a FOIA request would go a long way . . . said nobody.

We have to get serious about this.  And I will soon begin to call out anyone that is not serious about Stopping the deployment of 5G antennas throughout the planet and in space.

This is not some imaginary problem and odds are I could help.  Think about that.  I’m retired.  I’m not making any money off this.  And, obviously, I am concerned.  I want to help all of you stop this.  Are you listening?  Do you really give a shit?

And yes I am available to be interviewed.

Bruce W. Cain
10/07/2019

So another English city stops the roll out of 5G antennas.  Meanwhile I have been silenced from Facebook . . . for supporting the Stop5G movement.  We seem to be entering the age of “No Choice.”  We also seem to be entering the age of “No Voice.”  They are now forcing vaccinations in New York and California.  The democrats are talking about going house to house to take our guns away.  In my 65 years I can not believe the direction things are taking.  It is not just 5G that concerns me.

I will not support a world where the people’s will is ignored — as it is, worldwide — when it comes to the roll-out of 5G.  As I mentioned, the other day, I saw the first 5G antenna’s going up in Garden City just the other day: confirmed by the road crew putting them up.  I do understand the problem for ALL cities in the wake of the FCC decision (2018) to force these on our populations.  But at the same time it is the responsibility of our government officials to protect it’s citizens from harm.  They aren’t.

I’m sure I will come before the City Council in the coming weeks.  It would be really nice if you had a plan to stop this.  Because next time I’m before the council that will be my primary question: how are you going to stop this.

And Dr. Pall, sorry I was so harsh the other day.  I’m just frustrated: both in our inability to stop 5G and my undeserved suspension from Facebook: something that is not happening to thousands by the day.  I will not tolerate a “Ministry of Truth” that denies us the inalienable right to share what is on our minds.  It seems that totalitarianism has come to America.  Our founding fathers had a solution to that — one that I hope is entirely unnecessary. 

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For the town of Totnes, England, the 5G rollout will have to wait. Over 1,600 residents signed a petition for a moratorium based on a belief that 5G is not safe for human health.

One local resident named Rosi Gladwell claims she’s suffering from the effects of radiation. At night, Gladwell sleeps in a copper sleeping bag to prevent electromagnetic rays from entering her body.

The town temporarily conceded to Gladwell and the other vocal residents’ wishes, but the decision might not stand for the longterm. Totnes district council is hard at work developing a committee that ignores the town’s concerns, according to 9News.

“I don’t think we will get anywhere with it,” town mayor Jacqui Hodgson said on the ban.

“Our concern is there will be a much higher blanket of radiation all around us. “There hasn’t really been any assessment carried out to prove it’s safe to health and the environment.

“As a town council, we have very little powers, but we can at least stand up for our community and say what we believe.”
It isn’t just England that’s concerned over 5G, cities, and towns all over the United States have become increasingly concerned with 5G’s potential health impacts. Last year, Portland officials attempted to block 5G rollouts. A group of activists and residents in Encinitas, California recently protested 5G’s impending installations.

The United States government says that 5G is safe and that no scientific evidence of health risks exists. But some groups around the country continue to disagree. In California, residents in a smaller town outside of Sacramento claim a Sprint 5G tower increased childhood cancer instances. Sprint was eventually forced to shut down the tower.

5G is the latest social battleground that’s sweeping the globe. More and more countries are rushing to install it because they don’t want to fall behind in the technological arms race. 5G will substantially increase download times and improve capabilities in the health and military sectors. No country wants to be left behind, which is creating a grind between government officials and 5G activist groups.

England Town Bans 5G Rollout Amidst Growing Health Concerns
Jim Satney October 8, 2019

https://prepforthat.com/england-totnes-bans-5g-rollout-amidst-growing-health-concerns/?

If you want to get an idea of what will happen in the U.S. when the telecom companies start rolling out 5G networks with new towers in your local neighborhood, take a look at what is happening in Switzerland today, where 90% of the population is now exposed to the new 5G networks.  People are getting sick, and they are marching in the streets to show their opposition to the new networks.
Swiss Citizens Take to the Streets to Protest 5G Implementation as New Illnesses Start at Same Time…
https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/swiss-citizens-take-to-the-streets-to-protest-5g-implementation-as-new-illnesses-start-at-same-time/

Well a neighbor just told me he saw 5G antennas going up on Wilson — this time in Dearborn Heights.  And in Switzerland — where the 5G antennas are already operating — there are already reports of health problems due to the radiation these antennas are emitting.  Are we really going to wait, for our citizens to get sick, before we stop the deployment of these 5G antennas?

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In this essay I briefly overview the history of Electromagnetic Radiation since the introduction of electric street lamps in the 1880’s.  We cannot see EMF radiation which is one reason we don’t suspect it as a vector to a multitude of health effects.  What makes 5G radiation such a problem is they are putting antennas every 2-10 homes (like the 4 antennas on Marquette just West of Inkster) and both the radiation and wavelengths are going to be far more detrimental to our health relative to earlier rollouts of 1G to 4G.  And THAT is why I encourage public participation on the 22nd.  The only real solution is to stop the deployment.  And once again in Switzerland — an early adopter of 5G — we are already seeing negative health effects which has led to a citizen revolt.  So the question becomes: do we act proactively or simply wait until our children become sick from 24/7 exposure to the radiation?

Before, we had moved from gas lamps to electric street lamps (1880), the only EMF radiation we were exposed to was what is known as the Schumann Resonance to which all life is naturally tuned into. In fact since life evolved, some 3 Billion years ago, the Schumann Resonance was the only form of EMF radiation that all evolving life forms were exposed to. So in just the last 140 years the amount of EMF radiation has increased by a factor of one hundred million. Let that fact settle in for a moment. But because we cannot see it or feel it we have never really thought about it. Yet today we are just beginning to understand what this non-ionizing radiation is doing to the health of all life on planet Earth.
We must demand that Trump and our our political leaders – Globally – Stop the Rollout of 5G Death Antennas

Bruce Cain

August 15, 2019

https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/we-must-demand-that-trump-and-our-our-political-leaders-globally-stop-the-rollou/3449913501701280/

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5G Technology – Smart Cities, Smart Dust, Internet of Things & Our Future
48,828 views•Aug 10, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGLKpmo_nEc&feature=share&

Around 9 minutes in the people of Montgomery CA are upset that their City Council will not represent them against the deployment of 5G.  That was roughly 2 years ago and the same thing is happening in our city of Dearborn Height: “Hey 5G may kill us but we, the council, can’t do anything about it.”  Wake up.  What happened there, 2 years ago, is happening here, now.  I already told you these antennas are going up in our neighborhoods.  A crew of 5G installers confirmed that to me on 09/27/2019.

The nightmare is here.  WE THE PEOPLE need to stop it.  And all of us is all we need.  And hopefully that will include the City Council finally telling the citizens that they are going to stop the deployment of 5G antennas.

Bruce W. Cain

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Japan will not develop and invest in the creation of fifth-generation mobile networks.

This is stated on the official website of the Ministry of High Technologies of the country. Officials expressed the opinion that the creation of a faster Internet than previously is dangerous for the population and may adversely affect people’s health and labor productivity. Japan A study by the University of Nagasaki provides figures confirming the increase in the number of mental disorders and fatigue among high-speed Internet users. According to scientists, the more a person manages to conduct intellectual operations per minute, the more he is prone to the development of stress, absent-mindedness and an increase in nervous excitement. The Ministry of Health supplements colleagues and assures that using 5G networks can reduce the average life expectancy in the country for the first time in 60 years, and the impact of high-speed Internet is comparable to the effects of radiation on the human body. “We need to think about the health of the Japanese. Our country has already accelerated economically so that today we have nowhere to hurry. It is necessary to stabilize this state. 5G is fraught with great danger. So we think not only we, yesterday this information was confirmed by the US ambassador to Japan. If America, China or the EU countries are ready to risk their people for the sake of progress, then such a strategy is unacceptable for our welfare state, ”said Nobunari Kabato, Minister of High Technologies. The bill to ban fifth-generation mobile networks in the country has already been submitted to the Japanese parliament.

Japan abandoned the development of 5G networks for the health of citizens.

Posted on 09.06.2019
https://web.archive.org/web/20190620143250/https://topnewsrussia.ru/09/06/2019/japan-abandoned-the-development-of-5g-networks-for-the-health-of-citizens.html

So there you have it.  Japan is willing to Stop5G to protect our citizens.  On the 22nd we will find out if our City Council feels the same way or is willing to let us all fry.  You had better think about this one.  You’ve got 8 days.

Bruce W. Cain

Wireless Industry Confesses: “No Studies Show 5G is Safe”
https://takebackyourpower.net/senate-hearing-wireless-industry-confesses-no-studies-showing-5g-safety/

All of us is all we need.

Get involved.

Arrange an interview with me: [email protected].

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Companies vying to be the biggest cannabis producer in America or Canada are wasting their time and suffering from a crippling lack of vision. The real play is to make a bid to become the worldwide leader in global cannabis exports — like firms in Jamaica and Lesotho as well as Canada are attempting to do — and the window of time to get in is closing fast, according to one entrepreneur with clear-cut plans to curb that market.

Though recreational cannabis is now available in two countries, medical marijuana is legal in about 50 and not every country produces adequate supply to fulfill domestic demand. Over the long-term, the thinking goes, cannabis will become like any other agricultural commodity and production will shift to the locale where costs are lowest. But so far, the limited export game has been dominated by a few players, most of whom are either occupying a very limited lane or banking on the future.

An example of the former, Bedrocan in the Netherlands, produces cannabis solely for the government authority, which then exports most of it to Germany. Bophelo Bioscience and Wellness, a startup recently acquired by a Canadian-firm and based in tiny Lesotho, the first country in Africa to legalize cannabis, is an example of the latter. Somewhere else is a company like Fotmer Life Sciences in Uruguay, which is hoping to supplant both.

The world’s most popular illicit drug, cannabis boasts at least 263 million users worldwide, according to a New Frontier Data estimate, who in turn consume $340 billion worth annually, most of which is still on the underground market. At the moment, with so few legal companies producing cannabis and even fewer exporting, it’s a seller’s market. That state of play — flux, uncertainty, opportunity — will last only about another five years, said Jordan Lewis, an American entrepreneur who is Fotmer’s CEO.

Fotmer was in the news much last week as the company prepared its first shipment of export cannabis: 22 pounds, headed for medical cannabis patients in Australia. After that, Fotmer hopes to start competing with Bedrocan and begin shipping cannabis flower and oil to Germany, with up to 220 pounds or so per month headed out of the country to global customers, as he told Reuters.

Most of that will go to Europe, which “right now represents the single largest market in the next five years,” Lewis told Supplychainbrain.com.

The window for producers to charge high prices, before a reliable global supply floods the market, is now through 2024, he added, with high THC oils and plants to preserve their value longer than CBD products.

The modest first shipment is a tiny fraction of the company’s capacity. Fotmer currently has government approval to produce up to 10 tons of flower and 5 tons of oil, said Lewis — who added that he’s asking the Uruguayan government to allow him to grow 15 times that, in order to curb that global market. (He’s also shopping for a “large strategic partner” to provide the estimated $60 million of start-up capital needed to grow all that cannabis.)

If Lewis is right and producers in other companies join in, Fotmer may be well positioned to remain competitive, an outlook shared by other analysts. As New Frontier Data noted in a global market analysis released earlier this year, South America is considered a future hub for cannabis production thanks to an agreeable climate and low labor costs.

If countries decide that domestic suppliers are preferable and throw up tariffs, Lewis’s play could disappear. Or perhaps the best praxis is to play off of the incredible hype around the cannabis industry and get acquired. The point is that in a world obsessed with the next big thing, cannabis is very quickly approaching critical mass, and entrepreneurs are slowly catching on.

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100 Scholars and Clinicians Refute Inaccurate Claims in New Book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

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(NOTE:  This article dated February 15, 2019)
Sign-on Letter Calls Out Author for Selection Bias, Cherry Picking Data, Attributing Cause to Mere Associations, and Disregarding Harms of Mass Criminalization

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A group of 100 scholars and clinicians have released a public letter that refutes many of the claims in Alex Berenson’s new book, Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence. Berenson’s book has generated extensive national media attention despite being riddled with inaccuracies, cherry-picked evidence, and straw men.

“When research is misrepresented to uphold and perpetuate the worst myths about people of color and people with mental illness, we are required to speak up,” the letter states. “We urge policymakers and the public to rely on scientific evidence, not flawed pop science and ideological polemics, in formulating their opinions about marijuana legalization.”

The scholars who signed on to the letter include academics from NYU, Harvard Medical School, and Columbia University as well as clinicians ranging from addiction medicine doctors to psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.

“We need to have thoughtful debates about the benefits and risks of marijuana legalization, and those debates should be grounded in science,” said Sheila Vakharia, PhD, Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of Academic Engagement. “Unfortunately, Berenson’s book is the worst kind of misuse of science to advance a political agenda. As those who care about evidence-based policy, we and dozens of other scholars and clinicians feel it’s imperative to call out his dangerous and misleading reading of the research. Science can and should guide our policies, but only when it’s being used accurately and is of the highest quality.”

Below is the full text of the letter:


In a book released this month, reporter and novelist Alex Berenson attempts to stir up public fear over marijuana legalization. This sort of alarmism has been around since the earliest days of prohibition. Rather than contributing to thoughtful debate, his work is a polemic based on a deeply inaccurate misreading of science.

We, as scholars and clinicians, want to highlight and refute some of the specious arguments in Tell Your Children, and reiterate our support for an end to marijuana prohibition and for the legal regulation of marijuana for adult use.

Overview of the Problems with the Scientific Claims of the Book:
Attributing cause to mere associations. Berenson irresponsibly and dangerously links marijuana use to supposed increases in rates of psychosis and schizophrenia, which have purportedly led to increases in population-level violence. While associations between marijuana use and mental illness have been established, research suggests that the association is complex and mediated by multiple factors other than marijuana, including genetics. Similarly, causal links between individual characteristics and violence are multi-factorial. Thus, establishing marijuana as a causal link to violence at the individual level is both theoretically and empirically problematic.. Further weakening his arguments, the vast majority of people who use marijuana do not develop psychosis or schizophrenia, nor do they engage in violence, thus making Berenson’s claims far-reaching and exaggerated.

Berenson cherry-picks data. He misunderstands and incorrectly contextualizes homicide data and its (non-existent) link to marijuana legalization. Quite simply, there is no proof, reasonable or otherwise that meets the criteria needed to scientifically link the legalization of marijuana to increases in homicide at the state level. For a more reliable examination of the relationship between marijuana use and homicide, please see The Incidental Economist here:

Berenson is guilty of selection bias. When he looks to anecdotes provided by his wife, a forensic psychiatrist, he has pre-selected a population that is skewed toward exhibiting the sorts of symptoms and behaviors seen by forensic psychiatrists. These are not random effects and should not elicit  warnings and fearmongering directed at the general population.  

In addition to his flawed use of science, Berenson’s argument outright ignores most of the harms of prohibition, focusing narrowly on the harms of marijuana use. None would argue that marijuana use is risk-free. However, weighed against the harms of prohibition, including the criminalization of millions of people, overwhelmingly Black and Brown, and the devastating collateral consequences of criminal justice system involvement, legalization is the less harmful approach.

It should be clear that the harms Berenson raises are unlikely to be ameliorated by his proposed “compromise” solution- decriminalization. Decriminalization preserves many of prohibition’s troubling harms, such as the violence associated with drug sales and trafficking, racially-biased enforcement, and lack of information about the quality and content of marijuana and marijuana products.
Hardly harmless. In one of his book’s most disturbing passages, Berenson suggests that one of the reasons that police so disproportionately arrest black people (three times as often as whites) for marijuana use is that marijuana makes young black people mentally ill and violent.

He writes: “Yes, marijuana arrests disproportionately fall on minorities, especially the black community. But marijuana’s harms also disproportionately fall on the black community….  Given marijuana’s connection with mental illness and violence, it is reasonable to wonder whether the drug is partly responsible for those differentials.”
Conveniently, Berenson ignores the fact that black and white people use marijuana at the same rates, and that the reason for the higher rate of arrests is over-policing of communities of color, based on prohibition. Berenson’s irresponsible and inaccurate statement reeks of the crack baby and super-predator myths of the 90s. And though the scientific evidence clearly refutes both theories, we are still working to roll back those draconian policies today. Tell Your Children race-baits with its pictures of Black marijuana-fueled aggressors, while simultaneously perpetuating uniformed stigma about schizophrenia.

When research is misrepresented to uphold and perpetuate the worst myths about people of color and people with mental illness, we are required to speak up.

We urge policymakers and the public to rely on scientific evidence, not flawed pop science and ideological polemics, in formulating their opinions about marijuana legalization.

Click here to see complete list of academics who signed on to letter.

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MICHIGAN’S VETERAN’S Medical Cannabis Patients Need help!

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Federal Court Blocks South Dakota Laws Suppressing Pipeline Protests

A federal court today blocked enforcement of the unconstitutional provisions of several South Dakota laws, including the recently-enacted “Riot Boosting” Act, that threaten activists who encourage or organize protests, particularly protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, with fines, civil liabilities, and/or criminal penalties of up to 25 years in prison.

In granting plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol wrote: “Imagine that if these riot boosting statutes were applied to the protests that took place in Birmingham, Alabama, what might be the result? … Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference could have been liable under an identical riot boosting law[.]”

The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of South Dakota on behalf of four organizations: the Sierra Club, NDN Collective, Dakota Rural Action, and the Indigenous Environmental Network; and two individuals: Nick Tilsen with NDN Collective and Dallas Goldtooth with Indigenous Environmental Network. All are currently protesting or planning to protest the Keystone XL pipeline and/or encouraging others to do so.

“The so-called ‘Riot Boosting’ Act was clearly intended to suppress constitutionally-protected, peaceful protests of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Stephen Pevar, senior staff attorney in the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program. “We’re glad the court recognized that these vague and overbroad laws threaten the First Amendment rights of South Dakotans on every side of the issue.”

South Dakota’s “Riot Boosting” Act joins a recently growing number of government efforts to stifle protests, particularly those led by Indigenous and environmental activists, often in opposition to pipelines.

Below are additional comments from:

Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network: “As Dakota, it is our duty to protect the land and water, and speaking up on behalf of these sacred elements is essential to that endeavor. This decision is a good step in protecting our right to organize, educate and promote a sustainable future for all generations of life.”

John Harter, Dakota Rural Action board chair: “Our opposition to the pipeline construction may agitate Gov. Noem, but the First Amendment guarantees us the right to make our voices heard. We’re thrilled that the state is blocked from enforcing the anti-protest laws as the case

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Established in 1990, The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. IEN’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

Learn more here: ienearth.org

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Continuing corruption abounds in the saga of Phoenix Tears and the legalization of Cannabis in Canada…

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Continuing corruption abounds in the saga of Phoenix Tears and the legalization of Cannabis in Canada.

Corruption is rampant in the U.S. and every other Country on a continuing basis as we seek to regain human rights and freedoms for all people.  Particularly Cannabis and Plant rights.

The story focused on in this article is the one of Kevin Moore and Daren McCormick, members of “Phoenix Tears”, a group of activists  in Nova Scotia who are trying to maintain ability to treat Cancer patients and others with debilitating illnesses with RSO Cannabis Oil.

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They have been persecuted from the beginning – – meaning since Rick Simpson was forced to leave the Country after publicizing the “healing oil” for all its worth as a medicine in the late nineties.

Be aware that the “legalization” of Cannabis/Marijuana is just the beginning of the control of this plant use and that we have gained absolutely no freedom in asking the Government(s) to “allow” us to use it thru “Legislation”.

It was a Freedom which we already had, through Our Unalienable Rights as Human Beings on this Planet!

It has been stolen through the U.N. and Our own Government’s Legislation and Statutes and Treaties and Controlled Substances Act.

Stand for Freedom! 

Fight for the Freedom from the Prohibition of Your Freedom’s!

Please watch the ENTIRE VIDEO below and I will also give additional links of information.

Kevin Moore 9.14.19

Opheucus has a channel on YOUTUBE which has many video’s which I encourage you to view as well!

https://www.facebook.com/iammkjm

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008220137930

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Run from the Cure 2014 Updated The Rick Simpson Story Second Edition

If you haven’t watched the original “Run from the Cure” – Now is your chance to do so!

https://www.facebook.com/Maritmes-MJ-Party-Canada-Make-it-Lawful-498456000267018/

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2018/09/12/nova-scotia-canada-once-again-it-seems-that-you-cant-grow-cannabis-and-treat-licensed-patients-even-if-cannabis-is-legal/

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/?s=daren+mccormick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo__aIfWcK8&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1_6TktsRQ7QvjghnvjhN7TnPpxxda4IOlp0yRrbyoINIjXoag5CZWcdB4

https://www.youtube.com/user/opheucus/videos

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/?s=rick+simpson

smk 9.14.19

China Is Making a Major Play for American Farms and Farmland

Companies backed by the Chinese government are making Big Ag acquisitions in the U.S.

The American farmer is revered in our culture

. He—the mythical American farmer is invariably a man—is in many ways a professional embodiment of values, such as individualism and hard work, that are considered part of the national identity. With their backbreaking work, farmers settled the growing West through the 1862 Homestead Act. It’s not a stretch to say that farmers, riding the wave of manifest destiny, built the United States. Today, they continue to feed it.

But the days when anyone could pick up a pitchfork and become a farmer are long gone. Farmland can cost an average of $4,000 per acre in the United States, and most farms have roughly 1,100 acres. Some of the biggest crops, such as corn and alfalfa, aren’t even grown to feed people. Thanks to globalization, food grown in the Midwest might end up feeding someone half a world away.

In an effort to cut out the middleman, foreign buyers are trying to circumvent the American farmer. Instead of buying food from farmers who work their own land, some foreign buyers want to own and operate these American farms themselves—as well as the livestock barns and slaughterhouses. Between the 2013 purchase of pork processor Smithfield by a Chinese holding company and ChemChina’s pending $43 billion offer for the agrichemical company Syngenta, the world’s most populous country is making a major play to buy the proverbial American farm—and U.S. politicians are lending a helping hand.

On Feb. 11, Nebraska’s Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts signed L.B. 176 into law, reversing a 1999 law that prevented meatpackers from owning livestock for more than five days prior to slaughter. Pork processors like Smithfield, which owns a plant employing more than 2,000 in Crete, Nebraska, will soon be able to vertically integrate their operations. Instead of buying hogs from numerous independent farmers, farmers will contract with processors like Smithfield for the privilege of selling their pork.

It’s a big concern for farmers who worry the pork industry will be swallowed up by contract farming, like the chicken industry. This is one area where pork producers don’t want to be “the other white meat.” Chicken “growers” are paid to raise the birds on their land as well as pay for expensive poultry houses, labor, and maintenance. But it’s the major poultry companies who own the chickens—as well as the hatcheries, slaughterhouses, and feed.

That the Nebraska pork industry is poised for takeover by contract farming isn’t that big of a deal in itself. Most other Midwestern states long ago repealed their own packer bans and have seen pork production climb as Nebraska’s slipped. Nebraska was the last holdout. Though China can benefit from making the state an extension of its food supply, Nebraska legislators are courting China as an important trading partner too. As the executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association noted, the state has the competitive advantage of being the Midwest hog producer closest geographically not just to West Coast markets but to the Pacific Rim as well. But while playing with China could be an economic boon to some in the state, the benefits may not translate to individual farmers. It could also damage U.S. agriculture, food security, and the environment as well.

RELATED: Big Poultry Isn’t Just Terrible for Chickens—It Treats Farmers Poorly Too

China is in dire need of both food and farms. While the country looks huge on a map, only 11 percent of Chinese land can be farmed. Add that to the huge population, and you have a recipe for food-security disaster. “Food security, the ability to ensure ample and affordable supplies of food for all, is a political headache for leaders in Beijing, who are all too aware that staying in power means keeping rice bowls filled,” Keith Johnson wrote recently in Foreign Policy.

More than 40 percent of China’s existing arable land has been degraded by pollution, acidification, and reduced fertility, China’s official news agency, Xinhua, reported in 2014. Chinese researchers have estimated a need for a 30-percent increase in rice-harvest productivity to feed the population. China’s Number One Central Document, an annual policy blueprint of sorts, has focused on agriculture, rural development, and farmers 13 times since 2000, according to Xinhua.

As a result, China is investing in the best agricultural technology and best farmland—regardless of where it lies—to keep its people fed. The United States, with six times more arable land per capita, is the perfect contract farmer.

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“An acquisition like Syngenta by ChemChina really allows them [China] to have this major foothold in feed production as well,” said Ted Genoways, author of The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food. “Suddenly you’re looking at the Chinese government being one of the largest players in American agriculture.”

The passage of L.B. 176 was not just a happenstance blessing for Smithfield. The company spent $46,222 lobbying Nebraska legislators in the first three quarters of 2015, according to Fortune. Reporter Leah Douglas wrote that in 2015, Smithfield gave more than $12,000 to 19 state senators who were voting on L.B. 176. All but one voted in favor of the bill.

Shaunghui, a private Chinese meat-processing company, purchased Smithfield for 30 percent over its market value. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who was on the committee that reviewed the deal, noted during the hearings, “I firmly believe that economic security is part of our national security and that it should be considered when our government reviews foreign investment into the United States.” Stabenow called the Smithfield purchase “precedent-setting,” as it was the largest purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm. Furthermore, it was the first acquisition of a major American food company by a Chinese business.

During the hearing, both lawmakers and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission presented concerns that the Chinese government was backing the deal. But Smithfield CEO Larry Pope offered assurances that there was no connection between Shaunghui and the Chinese government. The U.S. Treasury Department allowed the purchase to go forward. Yet, just a year later, the Center for Investigative Reporting discovered that the Chinese government did have a connection to Shaunghui. The Communist Party supported the Smithfield purchase with “preferential policy, as well as investment,” Zhang Taixi, the government-appointed president of WH Group (the corporate name Shaunghui adopted in 2014), told CIR.

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But the Syngenta deal is not Smithfield 2.0—not exactly. Syngenta is a Swiss company, and in many ways, the merger may not seem all that different from DuPont and Dow’s recently announced coupling. “The big question around Syngenta and ChemChina is that ChemChina isn’t just a Chinese company—it’s a Chinese-government-owned company,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This is not the merger of two companies but the second-most-powerful nation in the world seeking to put its might behind one corporation. Johnson added that it was unclear whether China could be expected to behave in an “economically predictable fashion.” In other words, any effect a corporate monopoly might have on an industry could be multiplied to unforeseen levels should the Chinese government decide to interfere with the market—which it has a track record of doing.

Multinational companies that have collaborated with Chinese state-owned enterprises have found themselves in enviable business positions in the past, international strategy consultant Thomas Hout wrote in 2014 in the Harvard Business Review. For example, a U.S. corporation that partners with the government may be able “to develop products in China faster than it otherwise could have,” and those businesses on the other side may find themselves similarly held back.

Based on past behavior, allowing the deal with Syngenta to go through raises the possibility that China could use its new acquisition to gain an unfair advantage over the global seed market, Johnson said. If more seed companies consolidate (or are pushed out of business), the consequences could be dire for the genetic diversity of seeds sold on the commercial market.

Past mergers between seed companies have allowed them to simplify their total catalog of offerings. Focusing on corn, soybeans, and cotton, the USDA’s Economic Research Service found that new research and development stopped or slowed as the seed industry began to consolidate in the 1990s. “Those companies that survived seed industry consolidation appear to be sponsoring less research relative to the size of their individual markets than when more companies were involved,” agricultural economists Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo and David Schimmelpfennig wrote in a 2004 USDA publication. They added, “Fewer companies developing crops and marketing seeds may translate into fewer varieties offered.”

Consolidation of seed varieties is not a new trend. Throughout the history of agriculture, farmers have selected and saved seed varieties that were best adapted to their specific soil and climate conditions, resulting in thousands of variations of the same plant. But the largest seed companies prefer to sell a lot of just a few varieties of seeds to maximize profits. Over time, this one-size-fits-all approach to food has cut down on the types of commercially grown apples, oranges, and many other foods.

Some less popular varieties are lost for good, and seed varieties that were once perfectly adapted for a location may no longer exist. Those who are worried about seed diversity, especially in the face of climate change, worry that the shrinking choice of genetics could have disastrous consequences.

Johnson noted that mergers also reduce competition, causing the prices of seeds to rise. Consolidation was the highest during the 1990s and—after a brief slowdown—continued again into the late aughts, Philip Howard wrote in Sustainability in 2009. Between 2001 and 2010, according to the USDA, the price of genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds rose by 50 percent.

Another possibility is that the Chinese government could fast-track the approval of new genetic traits developed by Syngenta for use in China while allowing those from other countries and companies to languish, Johnson said. The Chinese market is, in some years, an important importer of corn—enough so that U.S. farmers take note of the type of corn China is buying. (In other years, its corn production is high enough that it has been the source of the second-largest corn exports.) Those farmers who grow corn for the export market could find themselves shut out of the Chinese market unless they grow approved varieties of corn. If Syngenta owned the only approved corn for import to China, it would give the company an effective monopoly over any farmer who hoped to export to that market.

Though WB Group is technically an independent company, many members of its board of directors were appointed by the Chinese government. The company also received preferential treatment and financial backing when proceeding with the Smithfield deal. As a result, there are unanswered questions about just how much distance there is between a corporation like WB Group and the Chinese government. If China decided to grant preferential treatment to Smithfield imports, it would be a huge economic coup, as China is the world’s largest consumer of pork. Thanks to L.B. 176, the WB Group–owned Smithfield could now take steps to own the entire production chain for pork production with the least geographic distance between U.S. pork production and the Chinese market.

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There are those who dislike the intrusion of agribusiness into the U.S. food system and figure that any problems facing conventional farmers or agrichemical companies as a result are a win. But there are environmental and public health factors to consider as well.

One of the benefits to owning every aspect of production from feed through packaging is that “you can increase production essentially at will,” said Genoways. That production will lead to more barns being built and, in turn, waste coming out of those barns. “You need more feed for those pigs, so you’re raising more row crops and putting more of that waste onto the fields,” he explained. “It becomes a feedback loop.”

He pointed out that “this isn’t theoretical,” offering Iowa’s pork industry as an example. In early 2006, Hormel sued the government, asserting that Iowa’s packer ban—which, like Nebraska’s law, prevented pork processors from owning pork themselves—violated the U.S. Constitution. The company successfully received an injunction preventing the state from enforcing the existing law, allowing Hormel to begin contract farming in Iowa.

Between 2007 and 2012, Iowa had the largest increase in hog and pig sales of any state in the country—a jump of $1.9 billion. The runner-up, Minnesota, saw increases of only $600 million during the same period.

Based on the events in Iowa, Genoways predicts Nebraska will soon experience increases in surface water pollution. The number of polluted Iowan waterways increased 15 percent between 2012 and 2014, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources. That’s not all. Not only do the waste pits used to capture manure from large hog operations produce antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but new research is beginning to show that the pathogens can travel miles away.

Despite economic, environmental, and public health concerns, it looks like there is little political inclination to stop mergers like Syngenta’s or Smithfield’s from happening.

As Genoways said, “We haven’t just allowed vertical integration to come in—we’ve handed over a vertically integrated system to a foreign government.” All we can do now is wait and see what the consequences will be.

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I Never Smoked Marijuana — But I’m Serving Life In Prison Over A Marijuana Charge

CESAL: I Never Smoked Marijuana — But I’m Serving Life In Prison Over A Marijuana Charge

By Craig Cesal

Aug 27, 2019

“I sentence you to a term of natural life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole.”

These were the words I heard just months after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. You see, at that time, the news was filled with theories that drug dealers finance terrorists, and I had just been convicted of my first felony: conspiring to distribute marijuana. This was the newest foray into the “War on Drugs.”

The government never claimed that I bought, sold, or even used marijuana, but rather my business repaired semi-trucks for a company that trafficked marijuana. I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong, as I didn’t do anything with marijuana. I was wrong, according to the federal court in Gainesville, Georgia. My business, nestled near Chicago, was auctioned by lawyers in Georgia to pay for their services to secure the life sentence, after my home and savings were spent.

Two months ago, recreational marijuana was approved for sale by the Illinois legislature. Some of my business equipment is likely being used again to repair trucks that haul marijuana.

For over 17 years, I have watched robbers, rapists and even murderers come and go from prison. Last year, a guy in my cellblock who killed two federal marshals was paroled after serving 30 years.

I’ve been watching the news, and I’m waiting to see if we prisoners will get the right to vote.

Here at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, the cornerstone, engraved with “A.D. 1937,” reminds me that the prison opened the same year the federal government made marijuana illegal. The construction workers likely used pot while they built the prison. Looking out from my job at the prison factory, where we make blankets for the military, I can see “Death House” — where Timothy McVeigh and others died. He spent less time in federal prison than me, although his current housing is likely worse.

From Cellblock D, a couple of weeks ago before the time I wrote this, John Walker Lindh, the so-called “White Taliban” who shot CIA agents in Afghanistan, went home after serving his 20-year sentence. He came in after me, and with good time credits, served only 17 years.

To my knowledge, he never aided others who schlepped marijuana. Whew, that’s a good thing, or he’d still be here in prison with me. He was convicted of providing aid to terrorists, but for anything related to marijuana.

Prison is intended to teach offenders not to violate the law again, or simply, for those, like me, the judge deemed irredeemable, to teach the public, who may be thinking of something related to marijuana. At times, I scratch my head trying to fathom who is learning what as a result of my sentence. Bradley Manning made WikiLeaks a household word, and President Obama sent him home because he wore a dress. Maxwell Klinger, of “M*A*S*H” fame, had no such luck.

Obama also turned down my clemency request. Just what am I, or anyone else, supposed to learn from my life-for-pot sentence?

The Terre Haute prison abuts the Wabash River, which separates Indiana from Illinois. From the right places, I can see Illinois across the river, where I lived, and where marijuana distribution, and thereby marijuana conspiracy, is encouraged by state tax collectors. Did I merely have bad timing in selling services to marijuana traffickers from my perch in Illinois? Nope, federal DEA agents are still nabbing distributors in Illinois, well, because they still can. Oh, and the money from the marijuana dispensaries likely pay their salaries. Hopefully, I’ll learn my lesson in prison.

I imagine I can learn from the Federal Bureau of Prison’s paycheck collectors charged with caging me. The prison buildings are surrounded by tall fences, razor wire and cameras. No one from the media, from a family, or from an auditor can get in to see what staffers actually do inside the fence. Guards often go days without so much as seeing an inmate, if they even show up for work. Most will spend more years receiving retirement benefits from the job than they spent actually working.

A sentence of life means a sentence until death. Staff are flummoxed trying to discern what to put in the Federal Bureau of Prisons Form for my release date. Death won’t work. It must be a number. The last time I checked, they were writing 2028. Remember, nobody is coming over the fence and razor wire to check on the paperwork. But no release is imminent.

The sentencing judge determined I am a marijuana reprobate. I am thus irredeemable, and unworthy of anything other than final damnation in prison. Murderers are released after 13.4 years on average, according to the Department of Justice, and a terrorist can go home after 17 years. But I am a prisoner of the War on Drugs. There’s no hope for me under existing federal law.

I’ve learned my lesson, and lawmakers should be pushed to learn a lesson. Federal drug laws, especially marijuana laws, are long overdue for reform. The “fix” must also include sensible relief for prisoners of the failed War on Drugs.

Craig Cesal is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole in Indiana’s Terre Haute prison for a “marijuana” offense. He co-owned a towing company that recovered and repaired trucks for a rental company, some of which were used by smugglers to transport marijuana. He graduated from Montini High School in Lombard, Illinois in 1977. His daughter, Lauren, has obtained more than 300,000 signatures on a petition calling for clemency.”

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Christmas Eve, 1912: The pharmaceutical company Merck files for a patent on MDMA (‘ecstasy’)

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What is Molly?

MDMA (often called ‘Molly’ or ‘ecstasy’) has become one of America’s favorite drugs since the 1980s, when it ‘escaped’ from the world of professional MDMA therapy and became popular among partiers.  Usually taken as pills or capsules, the drug typically produces an energetic high with a profound sense of peace and joy that lasts for around 3-6 hours (depending on dosage and individual.)  It isn’t a true psychedelic, but it’s effects are richer and more ‘spiritual’ than those of simple stimulants like amphetamine.  Since it strips away emotional defense mechanisms and encourages socialization and bonding, some scientists have dubbed the drug an “empathogen.”  Among young adults (ages 19-30), about 14% have taken MDMA.

The history of MDMA

Christmas Eve, 1912: The pharmaceutical company Merck files for a patent on MDMA (‘ecstasy’) as a precursor to a drug that they hoped would be effective in controlling bleeding. Their patent application is granted two years later (1914.) In spite of persistent rumors, there is no evidence that they were aware it was psychoactive or intended to market it as a product.

1927: Merck researchers perform some animal experiments, noting that the substance had some similarities (in structure and effects) to adrenaline.

1953-1954: The US Army conducts animal experiments with MDMA and a number of structurally related drugs. What they hoped to discover is unclear, but the research was labeled as sensitive and not declassified until 1969. It seems likely they were seeking new non-lethal chemical weapons or interrogation tools.

1959: Merck researchers again investigate MDMA’s potential use as a stimulant. There are rumors that it was investigated as a drug to keep aviators alert, but no evidence of human experiments has been found.

Alexander Shulgin in his lab

1965: Independently predicting that MDMA might be psychoactive, a chemist named Alexander Shulgin (above) synthesizes MDMA while working at Dow Chemical, but does not try the substance. Shulgin had made Dow a tidy sum of money with his prior work on a biodegradable insecticide, and as his reward was allowed to pursue whatever field of research appealed to him. Shulgin chose to study psychoactive drugs…a decision that would eventually impact the entire world.

1967: A student at the University of California/San Francisco describes having taken MDMA to Shulgin. Eventually, Shulgin tries the new drug himself…and is amazed.

1972: MDMA is seen in Chicago by police. Use is apparently slowly spreading, but it remains a rather rare drug.

1977: A friend of Shulgin’s, psychologist Leo Zeff, begins to prepare for retirement from his practice. While starting to clean out his office of memorabilia, he invites Shulgin over to see if the chemist would like any of the items. Shulgin, in turn, brings him a gift: A small vial of MDMA, and a suggestion that he might find the material worthwhile. Leo, who was experienced with psychoactive drugs and had used them in his practice for some patients, accepted the gift without committing to whether or not he might try it.

Several days later, Shulgin receives a phone call from Leo. He has tried the MDMA. He no longer wants to retire. Instead, he begins to use the new drug, first in his own practice, then introducing other therapists to it. The ability of MDMA to help patients overcome emotional barriers was so striking that one psychiatrist dubbed it “penicillin for the soul.” When Dr. Zeff passed away years later, his widow estimated that the network of therapists using MDMA had grown to about 4,000.

1984: All hell breaks loose. The growing networks of therapists, chemists and users, which had managed to stay largely below the radar of the government, becomes impossible to ignore when the young Michael Clegg begins openly selling MDMA in Texas, using advertising, a 1-800 number to place orders, and even offering shipping. A former seminary student, Clegg considered himself an ‘Ecstasy missionary’ (having given the drug that name himself) destined to help bring MDMA to the public. At its peak, he was delivering half a million pills a month to the Dallas area.

Responding to the crisis of people being able to get high without risking arrest, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced its intent to Emergency Schedule MDMA, placing it into Schedule 1 (the most restrictive class of drugs, such as heroin) for a year while it was decided how it should be permanently Scheduled.

Shocked and angered by the DEA’s plans to completely ban access to a drug that had become an important and valued part of their practices, psychiatrists, therapists, and other scientists and doctors challenged the Scheduling, resulting in government hearings on how MDMA should be Scheduled.

1985: The hearings began. The DEA appointed Judge Francis Young to hear the case. Months of testimony and sometimes bitter argument went by as the hearings dragged on through the summer, autumn and into winter.

1986: On May 22nd, Judge Young released his decision on the laws, science, and use surrounding MDMA, declaring that MDMA was safe when used under medical supervision, did not have a high potential for addiction, and had legitimate medical use. As such, Judge Young said, it was not legal to place MDMA higher than Schedule 3. This much less restrictive category would have allowed doctors to continue to use MDMA, but would have still made sale without a prescription illegal.

Angered by these findings, the DEA condemned Judge Young as biased, shortsighted, and incorrect in his interpretation of the laws. They rejected his non-binding ruling and declared MDMA permanently Schedule 1.

Outraged by the DEA’s attempts to re-write the laws and ignore the science, the groups that had first challenged the Scheduling of MDMA sued, taking the DEA to court.

1988: After several years of motions, hearings, and angry debate, the doctors and scientists appeared to have achieved victory: On January 27, the courts agreed with Justice Young’s original opinion and ordered the Drug Enforcement Agency to reassess its Scheduling decision. In the meanwhile, MDMA is removed from Schedule 1, becoming briefly legal once again.

The DEA, complying with the court order, ‘re-evaluated’ their decision. And decided that they had been right all along, and the doctors, scientists, and courts were the ones that were wrong about the science and the law. They permanently declared MDMA Schedule 1, taking effect on March 23, 1988.

Vindicated in their interpretation of the law, in the science and in court but beaten down by sheer political power, the doctors and scientists were defeated. The prohibitionist bureaucrats had lost every battle but won the war, and MDMA has remained in Schedule 1 since.

1991: Alexander Shulgin’s legendary book, “PIHKAL” is published, and the world discovers what ‘Sasha’ has been up to in the past few decades. (The book’s title is short for “Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved”, a reference to the basic chemical structure he based his work on.) The book itself is divided into two parts: The autobiographies of Alexander and his wife Ann; and a massive drug section describing the structures, dosages, effects, and synthesis of nearly 180 psychoactive drugs, most of which Shulgin had invented; many of which were new to science. (The Chemistry section is available on-line.) Within the book were also glowing descriptions of the effects of MDMA:

“I feel absolutely clean inside, and there is nothing but pure euphoria. I have never felt so great, or believed this to be possible. The cleanliness, clarity, and marvelous feeling of solid inner strength continued through the rest of the day, and evening, and into the next day. I am overcome by the profundity of the experience…”

Today, most of the psychedelic drugs that have been prohibited in America were born in Shulgin’s basement laboratory, and his work continues to inspire the invention of even more new drugs.

March, 2001: Alarmed by skyrocketing use of MDMA and their own clear inability to stop it, the US government increases penalties, making the distribution of MDMA ten times more severely punished, dose for dose, than heroin. In spite of being opposed by prominent scientists and even the former head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse as irrational and a diversion of resources from the control of truly dangerous drugs, the measure passes easily.

November 2, 2001: Revenge of the Scientists. The US Food and Drug Administration gives approval for human testing of MDMA for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. MAPS, a group made up of many of the same doctors and researchers that had originally fought tooth-and-nail to keep MDMA available to doctors, is conducting the research as part of their plan to gain full FDA approval of MDMA as a prescription drug. The next two years would prove to be a long, difficult struggle to gain IRB approval (Institutional Review Board oversight is needed to conduct human research.)

September 5, 2003: The infamous MDMA researcher George Ricaurte, who’s work had been the cornerstone of MDMA prohibition and anti-MDMA government ad campaigns, confesses: One of his most recent and sensational studies, claiming that a “common recreational dose” of MDMA could cause extensive brain damage and Parkinson’s-like symptoms never actually happened. The monkeys used in the experiment had actually been given near-lethal doses of methamphetamine; not MDMA!

September 23, 2003: With Ricaurte disgraced, the “it’ll eat holes in your brain” house of cards began to come tumbling down; MAPS was finally given approval for human research with MDMA.

April 6, 2004: The first dose of MDMA in MAPS’ post-traumatic stress disorder study is administered.

January 2017:  After years of careful research, the FDA agrees that MDMA shows promise as a prescription medication and gives approval for Phase III trials; the last stage of studying a new drug before it can become available by prescription.

To support or get more information on this ongoing research, visit MAPS.org. MAPS also maintains a complete record of the Scheduling fight, including government documents, testimony and court rulings.

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DEA Announces Steps Necessary to Improve Access to Marijuana Research

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Monday, August 26, 2019

DEA Announces Steps Necessary to Improve Access to Marijuana Research

The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced that it is moving forward to facilitate and expand scientific and medical research for marijuana in the United States. The DEA is providing notice of pending applications from entities applying to be registered to manufacture marijuana for researchers. DEA anticipates that registering additional qualified marijuana growers will increase the variety of marijuana available for these purposes.

Over the last two years, the total number of individuals registered by DEA to conduct research with marijuana, marijuana extracts, derivatives and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has increased by more than 40 percent from 384 in January 2017 to 542 in January 2019. Similarly, in the last two years, DEA has more than doubled the production quota for marijuana each year based on increased usage projections for federally approved research projects.

“I am pleased that DEA is moving forward with its review of applications for those who seek to grow marijuana legally to support research,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “The Department of Justice will continue to work with our colleagues at the Department of Health and Human Services and across the Administration to improve research opportunities wherever we can.”

“DEA is making progress in the program to register additional marijuana growers for federally authorized research, and will work with other relevant federal agencies to expedite the necessary next steps,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon.  “We support additional research into marijuana and its components, and we believe registering more growers will result in researchers having access to a wider variety for study.”

This notice also announces that, as the result of a recent amendment to federal law, certain forms of cannabis no longer require DEA registration to grow or manufacture. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018, changed the definition of marijuana to exclude “hemp”—plant material that contains 0.3 percent or less delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis. Accordingly, hemp, including hemp plants and cannabidiol (CBD) preparations at or below the 0.3 percent delta-9 THC threshold, is not a controlled substance, and a DEA registration is not required to grow or research it.

Before making decisions on these pending applications, DEA intends to propose new regulations that will govern the marijuana growers program for scientific and medical research. The new rules will help ensure DEA can evaluate the applications under the applicable legal standard and conform the program to relevant laws. To ensure transparency and public participation, this process will provide applicants and the general public with an opportunity to comment on the regulations that should govern the program of growing marijuana for scientific and medical research.

The Notice of Application is available here: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/current.

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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Office of the Attorney General

Press Release Number:

19-895

Updated August 26, 2019

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