Sunday, July 6, 2008

In Praise of Potent Pot

A Voice From Vietnam

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In light of recent "revelations" about the current generation of potent pot and the latest news of the big pharma patents of marijuana products, I'm reminded of an old friend.

Morris was a few years older, one of the guys we kids looked up to. Fun loving, friendly, had the girls and the car. Someone we wanted to be like when we grew up.

But a funny thing happened on his way to the good life. Vietnam called and he wasn't a "Tennessee Volunteer". Drafted and without a college deferment or a rich daddy, Morris began his trip to a personal hell from which there was no return.

After Morris returned from his "tour" I noticed a big change. He was quiet and didn't get out as much. It took a couple of years but I found out why.

Like so many others, he picked up a habit in 'Nam. Heroin.

Morris was not your stereotypical junkie. He worked as he could and stayed out of trouble. Although the local law knew about him, I don't think he was ever arrested.

He lived with his demons in private, alone most of the time and I could never get him to tell his Vietnam story. Perhaps it was too painful to talk about and most likely the heroin kept those thoughts in the background.

Alcohol and weed were also a part of the equation. The Mexican marijuana at that time just wasn't strong enough for Morris. One day sitting around his house with a few others and partaking in a shipment of fine Jamaican weed that had come into town, Morris said one sentence that I have never forgotten.
"If I had pot this good everyday, I wouldn't need the junk"

He was onto something here but the potential was never realized. After about a week the Jamaican was gone so Morris went back to his "Vietnam pain reliever" and the cycle of addiction continued.

He died in his early 40's from liver failure in a VA hospital.

Morris' name is not on the Vietnam Memorial but the year he spent in 'Nam killed him just as sure as the Viet Cong bullet brought down so many others. He wasn't an anomaly. I'd say his story was repeated over and over again in the aftermath of the war and the failure of society, family and friends to help.

We'll never know if "potent pot" could have saved Morris. We do know that the brutal "war on drugs" is a fraud that our criminal government perpetuates for its' own benefit.

The VA has a history of drug experiments using soldiers as guinea pigs. Isn't it time we considered medical marijuana as an alternative to the poisons now used?

Our veterans deserve better.

4 comments:

  1. George W.armongerJuly 6, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    REVOLUTION is the Solution!!!

    "God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.... The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson, in letter to William S. Smith, 1787

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  2. Morris had unwittingly hit upon the reason that pot is illegal: it would take away too much of the market from the highly-processed white powders that the CIA specializes in smuggling for their Ruling Elite masters. The sophisticated chemical processing required to manufacture heroin and cocaine keeps a lid on how many sources can make it. The compactness of the white powder drugs (low dosage required) make them easier to smuggle in quantities with astronomical street values. Pot, on the other hand, is bulky, smelly, and difficult to smuggle. But worst of all, anybody could grow it in their windowsill or backyard if it was legal, and that simply won't do if you're trying to corner the market on feel-good drugs.

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  3. It's time to remove all the politicians that promote prohibition.
    How many more lives have to be needlessly devastated or lost?
    Prohibited drugs are way easier for kids to get than regulated drugs!
    Prohibition never works it just causes crime and violence.
    The year alcohol prohibition was repealed violent crime fell by 65 percent.
    Guns have absolutely nothing to do with using drugs, they have to do with drug prohibition. Al Capone didn’t kill people because he was drunk, he killed people because they got between him and his illegal drug money.

    On March 22, 1972: The Richard Nixon-appointed, 13-member National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse recommended the decriminalization of marijuana, concluding, "[Marijuana's] relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it."

    The USA spends $69 billion a year on the drug war, builds 900 new prison beds and hires 150 more correction officers every two weeks, arrests someone on a drug charge every 17 seconds, jails more people than any nation and has killed over 100,000 citizens in the drug war.

    In 1914 when there were no prohibited drugs 1.3% of our population was addicted to drugs, today 1.3% of our population is still addicted to drugs but there’s way more crime and violence because of the huge profits prohibition generates. Drugs today are more potent, more readily available and often less expensive than they were in the early 70’s when Richard Nixon started the war on drugs. Every time you look at the news you see more and more drug busts involving bigger and bigger quantities of drugs, not less and less... doesn't that call for change?

    There’s only been one drug success story in US history, tobacco, by far the most deadly and one of the most addictive drugs. Almost half the users quit because of regulation, accurate information and medical treatment. No one went to jail and no one got killed.

    Not one person in history has ever died from marijuana
    1997 annual American deaths caused by drugs:
    Tobacco ........................ 400,000
    Alcohol ........................ 100,000
    All Legal Drugs .......... 20,000
    All Illegal Drugs ....... 15,000
    Caffeine ............................ 2,000
    Aspirin .................................. 500
    Marijuana ............................... 0
    Source: United States Government,
    National Institute On Drug Abuse,
    Bureau Of Mortality Statistics.
    Marijuana And Hemp The Untold Story

    The right; to freedom of religion, free speech, a free press, to keep and bear arms, to be secure in your person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, to life, liberty and property, to be protected from having your property taken by the government without due process of law and without just compensation, to confront the witnesses against you, to be protected from excessive bail, excessive fines, cruel and unusual punishment, to vote and many others have been denied to millions of Americans in the name of the drug war.

    If you are called for jury duty and you don’t agree with the law the person is charged with, you have the right to vote not guilty, no matter what evidence is produced. Jurors implementing this right in all non-violent drug cases will shut down the ridiculous laws of prohibition. One juror in each case is all it takes. The bottom line is a juror has the right to judge not only the accused person but the LAW the person is accused of breaking. Don’t be intimidated stick to your position Vote Not Guilty in all non-violent drug cases.

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  4. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT MARIJUANA IS A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE MEDICINE. In 1988, after reviewing all evidence brought forth in a lawsuit against the government's prohibition of medical marijuana, the DEA's own administrative law judge (Judge Francis Young) wrote:
    "The evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the Drug Enforcement Administration to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence."
    ... Judge Francis Young of the Drug Enforcement Administration went on to say: "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. In strict medical terms, marijuana is safer than many foods we commonly consume." Judge Young recommended that the DEA allow marijuana to be prescribed as medicine, but the DEA has refused.

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