PRESIDENT CLINTON. DID YOU INHALE?

Must have.  There are only two reasons why a politician would support legalizing marijuana for any reason are:  one, ignorance of the facts; or two, their philosophies have been shaped by money. Since Presidents, including the current one, are endowed with the best science in the world, one can assume the latter is true with regard to both Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The money flows from the most evil bastard in America, George Soros.  In reality, the nation has been hijacked by Soros. They just don’t know it.

When Bill Clinton was elected President, his first act was to reduce the Office of National Drug Control by 75%.  When the situation got so bad as a result, he brought in General Barry McCaffrey to plug the hole in the damn.  That was a good move, even if it pained him to do so.

In 2003, according to the book The Shadow Party by David Horowitz and Richard Poe, Soros contributed so much money through his organization called the Open Society that the Executive Director, Eli Parizer proclaimed, “…We bought the Democratic Party, we own it?  Tragically, it seems to be true.

Now, I was married to a Democratic for 18 years, and have lived with another for 11 years.  I really don’t care which party you belong to.  While I am historically very conservative, I have recently joined the “No Party Preference” category, because I am not pleased with either major party.  In reality, we have all survived both parties, to this point, so probably the truth in ideologies probably lies somewhere in the middle.  But when it comes to legalization of marijuana, no politician can be forgiven for inflicting the curse of “medical” or recreational use of marijuana on our people.  Bill Clinton’s statement that Colorado is a valid experiment is frankly treasonous.

If you don’t know about marijuana, know this.  One, it’s not medicine.  There are components of the plant that appear to have medicinal value, like CBD.  But the whole, crude high potency plants of today are poison.

Three decades ago, or more, Dr. Carlton Turner, then advisor to President Ronald Reagan or marijuana and drugs, stated there was no medicine that had potency as high as 2%.  Today’s “medical” marijuana has potency in a normal range in smoke form of 20 to 27%, and as high as 37%.  In wax form as BTO (butane hemp oil) as much as 90%.  That is not medicine.  It is brain damaging, psychoactive, supercharged drug abuse that has caused extreme psychotic effects leading to multiple deaths.  A 19 year old who ate a marijuana cookie in Colorado leapt to his death off a 4th story hotel balcony; and
a husband who ate marijuana candy got a gun out of his safe and shot and killed his wife, because he thought the world was coming to an end.

The tragic part is that the human brain isn’t fully developed until age 25, and before than marijuana can disrupt development of the brain and cause permanent damage, particularly under 21, causing a loss of IQ by as much as 8 points by age 38.  It also has been proven to cause brain damage and death to babies in the womb.

It wouldn’t be so bad except the age group with the highest consumption is 18-25, followed by age 12-17, when their brains are most vulnerable.  In fact marijuana use peaks at age 19-20.  Now, in Colorado, which former President Bill Clinton thinks is a worthwhile experiment, 61% of high school seniors are smoking pot, maligning their brains, and setting up their offspring for brain damage because of the mutations to sperm and chromosomal abnormalities caused by marijuana.  All that because our current President Obama and Attorney General Holder have chosen to ignore their oath of office and enforce federal law.  Why?

It’s not ignorance, albeit the existing President could benefit from the 8 points her potentially lost by being a heavy pot user as an adolescent.  The reality is, it’s all about money, and allegiance to George Soros who had a major role in putting him in office.

Now Soros is a multi-billionaire, so one wonders what he has to gain by inflicting destruction on mass numbers of young Americans.  In simple terms, his messianic drive is to create a New World Order.  In his own words, the biggest obstacle to doing that is the United States of America.  So how do you weaken the United States?

First, put people in office that will serve his mission (i.e. The Shadow Party) and march to his drumbeat (i.e. Obama).  The first order of priority was to downgrade the Drug Czar position from cabinet level to reporting to the Vice President.  Secondly, ignore the oath of office and don’t enforce the federal CSA (Controlled Substances Act), allowing marijuana use increase from roughly 14.75 million to 18.9 million people, at last count.  Then do the unimaginable, and allow two states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, knowing it leads to more addiction than all other drugs combined, is a gateway to drugs that kill 105 Americans daily just by drug overdose, and causes myriad psychotic episodes that have led to mass shootings.

Marijuana dumbs down a significant portion of Americans and their offspring, reducing our academic standards and productivity.  We have already declined to 24th in the world academically with a one-third dropout rate in a global economy where we losing our competitive edge.  And now, with the incursion of drug cartels into the US., gang members have grown from 850,000 to 1.4 million, mostly focused on our youth, as young as 11 years old …. and not just in the inner cities.  Since there is no real prevention program to safeguard our youth, all are at high risk.

Next, to weaken the country, force early retirement on 22 top echelon leaders of our military, and use the power of the IRS to hassle and undermine conservative groups.  Impose Obamacare to the detriment of the health care system, and the economy. Obliterate foreign policy to the extent America has become almost a laughing stock to the international communities, and a rogue nation to our International allies in the “War on Drugs”.

So now, we have current President Obama saying he doesn’t think marijuana is any worse than alcohol, which is not true and basically irrelevant, but we have former President Bill Clinton stating that he thinks that legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington are a worthwhile experiments, while his wife Hillary Clinton prepares for a run at becoming President of the United States.

I want to reiterate, I don’t care which party you belong to.  I am begging you, however, to understand that Clintons are puppets of Soros, and one more administration with Soros drug policies and this country will likely never recover.  As evidence of their tight relationship, Chelsea Clinton was married at Soros’s daughter’s residence in upstate New York.  Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and in California, Lt Governor Gavin Newsome, are all pawns for the Drug Lord George Soros.  You cannot vote for, or support any, without inflicting death, destruction and economic harm on the America we love.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO NATIONAL DRUG POLICY TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Teen Substance Abuse Is
The Largest PREVENTABLE and MOST COSTLY
Public Health Problem In America[i][1]

By now it should be apparent that we cannot control the supply of drugs, nor can we win the drug war by treating the wounded or turning our back on enforcement of narcotic laws.  After spending mass fortunes eradicating cultivation sites in Colombia, Mexico, Afghanistan and elsewhere, America now allows the cultivation of marijuana in the US under the guise of producing “medical marijuana”.

On the economic front, contrary to ONDCP’s $193 billion estimated cost of drug abuse and addiction, the real economic cost is much, much higher.  If one includes school dropouts ($470 billion)[2], health costs ($700 billion)[3], and estimated costs for mental illness ($174 billion)[4], welfare costs ($136 billion)[5] and traffic accidents and fatalities ($70 billion)[6], the real cost of America’s FAILURE TO PREVENT is arguably $1.7 trillion a year.  It is the most expensive problem facing our country, AND the biggest opportunity ….. if the government has the wisdom, courage and will to prevent the problem.

The human cost is enormous.  105 American die daily of drug overdose, probably one-fourth of all drug related deaths.  America has declined to 24th in the world academically, with a one-third dropout rate.  We consume 66% of the world’s illicit drugs, and house 25% of the world’s prisoners.  Gang members now number 1.4 million, almost twice as many as law enforcement personnel.

America has never done what works to prevent the disease of addiction where it almost always begins, on average at age 12 or 13.  Marijuana, even in small quantities, interrupts brain development and causes loss of IQ, leads to psychosis, suicidal depression, birth defects, cancer, diminished academic achievement and productivity, is a factor in over 50% of crime, exacerbates the school dropout ratio and contributes heavily to traffic accidents and death.  And yet, 4,000 kids between 12 and 17 start using pot for the first time every day., seventeen percent (258,200 a year) can or will become addicted.

There is a desperate need for leadership by the President, Attorney General and Congress to address this problem.  By turning its back on this problem, and even contributing to it, by not enforcing federal law, the nation has been put on a trajectory of disaster.

If we continue to allow the mass destruction of our youth, we have no future as a nation.



[1] CASA – The National Center For Substance Abuse And Addiction at Columbia University

[2] UC Santa Barbara High School Dropout Research.  Life time cost of each dropout is $387,000, x 1.2 million dropouts.

[3] The National Center of Substance Abuse and Addiction (CASAcolumbia.org) Teen Substance Abuse study.

[4] Dr. Joel Hay, University of California Los Angeles

[5] Conservatively estimated at 20% of welfare costs.

[6] United States Highway Transportation Service

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

FINDINGS – FEDERAL ENFORCEMENT OF CSA LAWS    Federal CSA laws and international treaties are of no value unless they are enforced and adhered to.  Prior to the current administration the levels of drug use had been relatively level for the past 20 years or so.  Owing to lack of enforcement by the Executive Branch, and even what can be considered encouragement by the President and Attorney General for states to violate federal laws, marijuana use has escalated from about 14.75 million to 18.9 million users (at last count), and growing.  Marijuana is extremely harmful in its own right, but also is a gateway to stronger drugs that currently kill 105 Americans every day.  Gang members have grown from 850,000 to 1.4 million according to the FBI, mostly aligned with Mexican cartels.

Two states have been given a free pass to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and twenty states allowed to carry on the ruse of “medical marijuana” which has spanned three Administrations, all the while knowing that whole crude marijuana is a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical use.  The US in the eyes of its international allies has become a rogue nation, allowing the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana.  After leading the world effort against narcotics for four decades, and spending in excess of over $1 trillion mostly to interdict the flow and eradicate the production of illicit drugs, we now allow marijuana to be produced in California, Colorado and elsewhere, and distributed throughout the US.

The access and use of Cannabis (POT)-infused edibles, ingestibles, and topicals have become ubiquitous in our society. They are being produced, sold, and promoted in such a way as to circumvent all US drug laws and policies; and to such an extent that it has overwhelmed authorities in the states where they were “legalized.” Cannabis items and products have already leeched out into nearby states, and are now leeching out nationwide via the internet.

The lawlessness is so widespread, it is hard for advocates to make a reasoned response to it. However, the federal government HAS THE POWER to make a “reasoned response,” i.e., ENFORCE THE LAW.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

1)    VIGOUROUSLY ENFORCE FEDERAL CSA LAWS   Take whatever measures necessary to ensure that the Executive Branch upholds its duty to enforce CSA laws and comply with International Treaties. All 8 conditions outlined in the Cole memo to Colorado have been violated, and still no enforcement action from the DOJ.  Our international allies, such as Mexico, have stated the US has no moral authority to suggest drug policy and are even considering legalization of marijuana, which can only serve to the detriment of their own young people, and ours.

2)    IMPOSE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS.    There is no justification for rewarding States or local communities who violate federal CSA law with federal subsidies while they seek to profit from the sale of illicit drugs at the expense of all Americans.  The economic cost of enforcing federal laws in Nebraska and other states is now mounting as marijuana grown in Colorado (and other states) is being diverted.  Withholding subsidies from offending states and offering more to other states who are suffering the human and economic costs for their actions is warranted, and will act as a deterrent for other states who are considering legalization.

3)    CONTINUE TO WITHHOLD FEDERAL BANKING PRIVILEGES FROM MARIJUANA DEALERS   Drug dealers do amass a considerable amount of cash, and there is an inherent danger as there always has been having drugs and cash in the same location.  But drug dealers should not be allowed a legal means to launder their proceeds.

4)    REQUIRE THE FTC TO BAN FALSE ADVERTISING starting with the terms “medical marijuana” and “medical cannabis” which lead people, particularly young people, to believe marijuana is harmless.  When the perception of harm goes down, consumption goes up.  The general public, and all members of congress, need to understand that there is a difference between the isolated components, such as CBD, and the whole crude plant.  Referring to both as “medical marijuana”, as was/is the case with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN speaking to a national audience, which misleads the public into believing the plant is all good, with no mention of the harms.  The American public deserve to know the truth about marijuana, and if they do, they won’t support legalization for any purpose.

The FTC should also restrict propaganda that suggests marijuana is safer than alcohol, which is neither true nor relevant.  The public needs to understand that alcohol is water soluble, excreted from the body in hours, and in moderation is relatively safe.  Marijuana on the other hand, is fat soluble and remains in the body and brain for over one month, compounding with each additional joint.  Only the federal government has the resources to counter the propaganda campaigns financed by drug money and/or billionaires who seem to profit in some manner by inflicting the disease of addiction on young people.

5)    ENSURE THAT THE FDA REGULATIONS ARE ENFORCED PERTAINING TO SMOKE, EDIBLES, FOOD SUPPLEMENTS, DRUG PHARAPHENALIA AND PROPER LABELING OF FOOD ITEMS FOR HUMANS AND ANIMALS THAT CONTAIN CANNABIS OR HEMP PRODUCTS.   The Executive Branch must see that the laws are faithfully executed, or there is no point having laws.   Two people in Colorado have already died from psychotic episodes after eating marijuana laced cookies and candies which contained vast amounts of THC. Emergency room visits for adults, children and pets who have ingested marijuana have increased dramatically.  Elementary school children have been caught distributing marijuana laced brownies and cookies at school.  Manufacturing these items must be eliminated and parents must be held accountable when contributing to the problem.

FINDING –  ‘MEDICAL MARIJUANA” IS NOT MEDICINE:  The term “medical marijuana” was coined in 1979 by the Founder of NORML as a “red herring”, to give pot a good name as a first step toward full legalization.  On the false pretense that it was for the chronically ill, the idea was sold to the voting public with propaganda campaigns largely financed by one or a few billionaires who don’t even reside in the states that have such laws.  In California particularly, the burden of protecting citizens has fallen heavily on local communities and law enforcement, who have clearly shown that dispensaries are nothing more than retail drug dealers.  California’s educational system has also suffered, with a truancy rate that costs $1.4 billion annually, and a 24.2% school dropout rate with a life time cost of $46.4 billion per cohort.  Actual surveys have shown that only 2% of the patients are actually the ones targeted by Prop 215.  Eighteen year old kids, who can’t legally buy beer, and whose brains won’t be fully developed for 7 more years,  have been allowed to get a pot doctor’s recommendation for as little as $20, then buy marijuana from numerous dispensaries.  This has created a vast new network of drug dealers praying on younger kids, and a new wave of drug addicts and school dropouts.  Doctors who issue these recommendations have little or no training in marijuana, since it is not medicine. Most are only in it for the money. Anyone can get a doctor’s recommendation for any purported illness.  For $300, one can buy a recommendation for 99 plants, which equates to 118,000 to 594,000 joints at 1 to 5 lbs per plant.  That is hardly about compassionate use.

The “medicines” are never labeled or packaged properly, largely have unknown ingredients, pesticides or potency, and the THC content on average is in excess of 20%, even 75% as BHO (Butane Hemp Oil).  The potency vastly exceeds what legal medications would allow.  According to the ADAMII report, 54% of arrestees in Sacramento (only place measured in California) test positive for marijuana alone, and 80% for all drugs.  The vast majority of “patients” are just in it to get high or make money, with no regard to the adverse impacts on themselves of others.  CBD, an ingredient that could be medicinally beneficial, is bred out of the product in favor of THC, the psychoactive ingredient.

RECOMMENDATIONS

1)     FIRST AND FOREMOST, ENFORCE FEDERAL LAW.  Marijuana is Schedule I drug because it has no accepted medical purpose.  By allowing states to initiate their own laws in contrast to federal CSA laws and all scientific evidence of the harms of marijuana, the burden of public safety has shifted from the federal government to states, and from states to local communities …. AT GREAT COST.  Local communities should not have to bear the cost for lack of enforcement by the federal government.  (See the attached document from David Evans, Attorney)

2)    IMPOSE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS –   Withhold federal funds from States and local communities that violate federal CSA laws, and in essence contribute to the problems and proliferation of marijuana use as opposed to the solutions.  That would include states and cities that allow and tax dispensaries, who are essentially double dipping and participating in laundering money for the illicit drug trade.  They should not be rewarded with federal tax dollars.

3)    EDUCATE CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS –   Hold hearings for all congressional members to enlighten them on federal CSA laws and the scientific evidence of the harms of marijuana, why it is categorized as a Schedule I drug, how it is devastating our youth and how it is inflicting a tremendous human and economic cost on America.   There is obvious need for enlightenment  on both sides of the aisle.

FINDINGS –  SENTENCING GUIDELINES  Owing to the surge in marijuana use,  the courts have been overloaded with misdemeanor cases involving simple possession of marijuana.  As a result, some states, like California, have passed legislation stating one ounce (60-120 joints) is a misdemeanor subject to a $100 non-escalating fine.  While relieving pressure on the courts is defensible, the fine is nothing more than a small cost for a lucrative business.  Concurrently, the Department of Justice has taken it upon itself to lighten the sentence for non-violent crimes, which includes drug dealers.  The nation would benefit by clarity and consistency in defining and enforcing federal laws.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

1)    ESTABLISH NATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR SIMPLE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA   making possession of small amounts an infraction rather than a misdemeanor to relieve pressure on the courts, but with escalating fines and consequences that are sufficient to serve as a deterrent.  There are 60 to 120 joints to an ounce of marijuana.  Simple possession should be limited to 1/8th of an ounce, or less, to deter distribution.  Fines for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd offense could be fashioned after DUI laws, possibly $500 for 1st offense, $2,000 for 2nd offense, and $5,000 for 3rd offense, plus restrictions on driving privileges, community service, evaluation and treatment, et al. The third offense could be a misdemeanor or require jail time.

2)    MANDATORY SENTENCES FOR DRUG DEALERS – Drugs are weapons of mass destruction, and dealing drugs should not be considered a non-violent crime.  The small number of people incarcerated for simple possession have mostly plea bargained down, violated probation, or on average had 115 lbs of drugs in possession.  People who profit by selling products that cause addiction, death and destruction should be treated as dangerous criminals.  Conditions for early release from prison should require a bond to cover costs in the event they re-offend after release.

FINDING – DRUG CZAR POSITION:  National drug policy, established through the Office of National Drug Control, is critical to literally every aspect of public service and to every citizen in this country. The total economic cost to America is arguably $1.7 trillion, making it the biggest budget problem ….. and opportunity for correction. The Director of ONDCP should have direct and continual interface with other Cabinet Members.  During the current administration, whereby the Drug Czar has reported to the Vice President, there appears to have been a disconnect between ONDCP National Drug Policy and the Department of Justice.  This has undermined the ability and relevance of ONDCP to establish and regulate national drug policy.  While Director Kerlikowske continued to speak against legalization of marijuana, for example, the President and Attorney General stood silently on the sidelines allowing the proliferation of marijuana to flourish nationally, then set a new low standard by giving Colorado and Washington a free pass to legalize marijuana for recreational use.  The Drug Czar position is not the least important position, it arguably should be one if not THE most important positions in the Cabinet.

RECOMMENDATION:

1)    ELEVATE THE DRUG CZAR POSITION BACK TO CABINET LEVEL  and have one national drug policy and not two, as has been the case. Substance abuse impacts literally every aspect of public service (health, mental illness, welfare, crime, education, traffic safety).  More people die just from drug overdose every 6 weeks than all the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan in 10 years, and the collective economic impact (arguably) is an estimated $1.7 trillion a year.  Substance abuse is not the least of America’s problems, it is the greatest, and should be treated as such.

FINDINGS –  PREVENTION.  Critics say prohibition of marijuana has not worked.  They are wrong.  It did work, but it could have worked better had there been a greater focus on primary prevention.   We have relied on children to make intelligent choices, when their brains aren’t even mature until age 25.  And we have relied on parents, the “anti-drug”, assuming all are capable or motivated to keep kids safe. That has been universally ineffective. According to CASA, 56% of kids are considered at moderate to high risk of substance abuse, largely because parenting is inadequate.

Of the $19.8 million going to ONCDP for Drug Free Community Grants, only 1475 communities (7.8%) receive funds, while 17,954 (92.4%) of communities in America get no help.  Of $1.8 billion for the ONDCP budget, only 2.6% is allocated for prevention and treatment combined, while there are light years difference between the two.  The road back from addiction is utter hell, and generally unsuccessful.   We can’t win this war by treating the wounded.  While historically kids used drugs for two years before the parents even found out, todays drugs (legal and illegal) are so strong that the window to save a young life may be only days, or weeks.  We need to prevent the onset of the problem.

Currently there is no uniform, effective, nationwide program to educate parents, kids and the general public on the harms of marijuana and other drugs.  Campuses must be cleansed of drugs and alcohol, using whatever means available, and Student Assistance Programs (SAP) available to fill the parental void at home.  There is dire need for a universal prevention program that works to deter or prevent the early onset of ATOD use where it almost always begins, with children and adolescents.  Now that the Administration has accepted that addiction is a preventable pediatric health problem, it requires a solution to deter and detect the early onset of the disease.   Given the devastating human and economic cost of addiction, and the growing threat to our children and adolescents from cartel sponsored gangs, SUSPICION AND RANDOM DRUG TESTING for all students is no longer an optionIt is a necessity!  Somewhere between 12 and 17% of all schools in the nation have some type of drug testing, but trying to market the concept to the 13,809 school boards in America will take too long, with mediocre results.  This is a case where the government must do for the people what the people cannot do for themselves.   Most schools would rejoice if it was a legal requirement, didn’t impact their budgets, and they didn’t have to engage in heated discussions with parents.  It would improve school attendance and reduce juvenile problems, and lead to a reduction in crime, traffic fatalities, physical and mental health problems, suicides, mass shootings, welfare et al, while producing a healthier, better educated, more productive population in this increasingly competitive global economy.  Drug testing reduced drug use in the military by over 90%, 60-70% in the work place, and has worked well wherever administered properly.  In some cases with private schools, drug use has been eliminated almost entirely.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Research has shown that “…If a child reaches age 21 prior to smoking, abusing alcohol or using drugs, they virtually never will.” (Joseph Califano Jr., Founder, CASA)  While that is a lofty challenge, that must be our goal.  We have learned about marijuana’s impact on brain development and mental health, and in light of the epidemic of deaths resulting from prescription drugs, we can no longer gamble.  Not to the exclusion of other programs that work, like extra-curricular activities, critical hours programs, mentoring, Friday Night Live, et al, a good prevention program must include the following:

1)    EDUCATION.  A nationwide programfor all kids and parents K-12, as well as the general public, presented in a manner that is appropriate and effective for each age group.

2)    SUSPICION AND RANDOM DRUG TESTING.  As a deterrent, and for early intervention, establish a federal mandate for all schools to implement suspicion based testing for any child that shows cause for concern, to cover ALL students.  All forms of drug testing should be used, including hair analysis which has a 90 day window of detection (6 drugs – $35), urine testing (13 drugs- $5), saliva (6 drugs $8) and laboratory testing for synthetic drugs.  Consequences for positive tests should be well defined.  Parents must be involved and when found guilty of contributing to the problem, held accountable.  Fines for positive tests can cover the cost.

3)    ESTABLISH TEAM 21   A voluntary program for student leaders who commit to stay clean, encourage others to do the same, and agree to participate in a random drug testing program.  Charging $65 per school year for middle and high school students, which can be covered by discounts from participating retailers, and can provide funding for school prevention programs throughout the nation without impacting the congressional budget.  Upper classmen in this program can volunteer to speak to elementary school kids and hand out a “Trading Card” with their picture and credentials.  This has proven very effective (i.e. Coronado SAFE Foundation).  If kids take charge of their own future, backed by parents and the local community, they can create the energy and momentum for positive change ….. much better than adults.

4)    CLEANSE ALL CAMPUSES OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL using the best means available, which may include a single point of entrance, sniff dogs, and other state of the art methods.  Getting drugs off campus reduces the propensity to use by 4 to 5 times.  (CASA Columbia)

5)    OFFER STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS (SAP) and counseling at all levels.  At-risk behavior can be detected in early childhood, and during adolescence having someone to talk to other than parents is highly desirable and effective in many cases.  A proper ratio of students to counselors is extremely important to help those kids who need extra help.

While the government must help by establishing laws and procedures that work, parents are fundamentally responsible for getting kids to adulthood safe and drug free, and they could/should cover the cost for schools to help in the process. Except for initial underwriting of only $7 to $10 million, a program can be developed which will generate over $1 billion to schools to cover costs, and be self-sustaining, with no burden on the congressional budget. (If invited to do so, we would be happy to share details as to how that can be accomplished.)

FINDIINGS:   Over two-thirds of prisoners have a substance abuse problem, one-third meet the clinical definition of mental illness,[1] and 80% are high school dropouts.  Without treatment and acquisition of job skills, the recidivism rate is extraordinarily high; so also is the mortality rate for many who suffer from addiction within two years of release from prison.  With treatment, rehabilitation and some job training, the recidivism rate can be cut dramatically.  Another need is to find felon friendly employers.  In California, confronted with a court ordered prisoner release program, many felons are released back into communities where they aren’t welcome, can’t find legal work so they turn to drug dealing and rather quickly re-offend and end up back in prison.  Creating safe, sober communities which offer job training and treatment could greatly benefit prisoners re-entering, and keep neighborhoods safer.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

1)    Acquire property on demilitarized military bases, such as the 42,000 acre Camp Roberts near Paso Robles, to create a “second chance” village whereby those re-entering can learn skills while building their own houses in a safe and drug-free atmosphere.   Panelized light gauge steel frame insulated panels provide one possibility for creating “green” state-of-the-art houses, which can be done with unskilled labor.  They can create shelter for themselves while building houses for sale to others.  As additional skills are learned, they can build an entire house.  In a full community many other opportunities can arise for employment.

2)    Use the National Guard, or veterans, for minimum security and to be trained as trainers or supervisors. In the process they can gain their own opportunity for an affordable house while learning the skills to work for others, or create their own small construction company.


[1] The National Center For Substance Abuse and Addiction.  Behind Bars II

Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

By Loren Grush
Published April 15, 2014
FoxNews.com

Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects.

For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.

The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development.

Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual marijuana use after previous work in his lab found that heavy cannabis use caused similar brain abnormalities to those seen in patients with schizophrenia.

“The interaction of marijuana with brain development could be a significant problem.”

– Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author

“There were abnormalities in their working memory, which is fundamental to everything you do,” Breiter, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told FoxNews.com.  “When you make judgments or decisions, plan things, do mathematics – anything you do always involves working memory.  It’s one of the core fundamental aspects of our brains that we use every day.  So given those findings, we decided we need to look at casual, recreational use.”

For their most recent study, Breiter and his team analyzed a very small sample of patients between the ages of 18 and 25: 20 marijuana users and 20 well-matched control subjects.  The marijuana users had a wide range of usage routines, with some using the drug just once or twice a week and others using it every single day.

Utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the researchers analyzed the participants’ brains, focusing on the nucleus accumbens (NAC) and the amygdala – two key brain regions responsible for processing emotions, making decisions and motivation.  They looked at these brain structures in three different ways, measuring their density, volume and shape.

According to Breiter, all three were abnormal in the casual marijuana users.

“For the NAC, all three measures were abnormal, and they were abnormal in a dose-dependent way, meaning the changes were greater with the amount of marijuana used,” Breiter said.  “The amygdala had abnormalities for shape and density, and only volume correlated with use.  But if you looked at all three types of measures, it showed the relationships between them were quite abnormal in the marijuana users, compared to the normal controls.”

Because these brain regions are central for motivation, the findings from Northwestern help support the well-known theory that marijuana use leads to a condition called amotivation. Also called amotivational syndrome, this psychological condition causes people to become less oriented towards their goals and purposes in life, as well as seem less focused in general.

Given these eye-opening results,  Breiter said that more research is needed to look into marijuana’s effects on the brain – even in those who use the drug only once or twice a month.

“We need to see what happens longitudinally,” Breiter said. “What happens as you follow people over time?  What happens if they stop using – do these bad effects continue? What happens if you can intervene early?…My worry is we haven’t studied this compound and here we are looking to change legislation on it.”

Although Breiter’s team members did not examine the patients’ cognitive symptoms, they do believe that the brain abnormalities seen in their study could lead to substantial effects on brain development and behavior, especially given the young ages of the participants.  Breiter also acknowledged the problems of analyzing a very small study sample – but said that their findings should still serve as a wake-up call to others.

“This study is just a beginning pilot study, but at the same time, the results that came out are the same as a canary in a coal mine,” Breiter said.  “…The interaction of marijuana with brain development could be a significant problem.”

Decreased dopamine brain reactivity in marijuana abusers

Decreased dopamine brain reactivity in marijuana abusers is associated with negative emotionality and addiction severity

Author Affiliations
Contributed by Joanna S. Fowler, June 20, 2014 (sent for review April 9, 2014; reviewed by Bertha Madras, Harvard University Medical School, and Karen Berman, National Institute of Mental Health)

Significance
Marijuana abusers show lower positive and higher negative emotionality scores than controls, which is consistent, on one hand, with lower reward sensitivity and motivation and, on the other hand, with increased stress reactivity and irritability. To investigate this aspect of marijuana’s impact on the human brain, we compared the brain’s reactivity in marijuana abusers vs. controls when challenged with methylphenidate (MP). We found that marijuana abusers display attenuated dopamine (DA) responses to MP, including reduced decreases in striatal distribution volumes. These deficits cannot be unambiguously ascribed to reduced DA release (because decreases in nondisplaceable binding potential were not blunted) but could reflect a downstream postsynaptic effect that in the ventral striatum (brain reward region) might contribute to marijuana’s negative emotionality and addictive behaviors.

Abstract
Moves to legalize marijuana highlight the urgency to investigate effects of chronic marijuana in the human brain. Here, we challenged 48 participants (24 controls and 24 marijuana abusers) with methylphenidate (MP), a drug that elevates extracellular dopamine (DA) as a surrogate for probing the reactivity of the brain to DA stimulation. We compared the subjective, cardiovascular, and brain DA responses (measured with PET and [11C]raclopride) to MP between controls and marijuana abusers. Although baseline (placebo) measures of striatal DA D2 receptor availability did not differ between groups, the marijuana abusers showed markedly blunted responses when challenged with MP. Specifically, compared with controls, marijuana abusers had significantly attenuated behavioral (“self-reports” for high, drug effects, anxiety, and restlessness), cardiovascular (pulse rate and diastolic blood pressure), and brain DA [reduced decreases in distribution volumes (DVs) of [11C]raclopride, although normal reductions in striatal nondisplaceable binding potential (BPND)] responses to MP. In ventral striatum (key brain reward region), MP-induced reductions in DVs and BPND (reflecting DA increases) were inversely correlated with scores of negative emotionality, which were significantly higher for marijuana abusers than controls. In marijuana abusers, DA responses in ventral striatum were also inversely correlated with addiction severity and craving. The attenuated responses to MP, including reduced decreases in striatal DVs, are consistent with decreased brain reactivity to the DA stimulation in marijuana abusers that might contribute to their negative emotionality (increased stress reactivity and irritability) and addictive behaviors.

Footnotes

  1. To whom correspondence may be addressed. Email:nvolkow@nida.nih.gov or fowler@bnl.gov.
  2. Author contributions: N.D.V., G.-J.W., and J.S.F. designed research; G.-J.W., F.T., D.A., and M.J. performed research; D.A. contributed new reagents/analytic tools; M.J. recruited and screened volunteers; N.D.V., G.-J.W., J.L., C.W., and D.T. analyzed data; and N.D.V. and J.S.F. wrote the paper.
  3. No author conflict of interest response is available.
  4. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/10/1411228111

“MEDICAL MARIJUANA” HOAX

SO HOW DID THE MOVEMENT BEGIN, AND GROW?
WITH A LIE, AND A LOT OF MONEY! 

The strategic plan evolved as follows:

  • In 1979 Keith Stroup, founder of NORML, stated in a speech at Emery University that they would use the term “medical marijuana” as a red herring to give pot a good name, then legalization for recreational use would follow.
  • In 1989, Ethan Nadlemann, Exec Director of the Drug Policy Alliance made this statement:

“…Political institutions are no longer tied to the public, and once news media joins the battle the combination of media and political support for legalization will demoralize the public.”  (The New Federalist, Nov 10, 1989)

  • In 1996, George Soros, Peter Lewis and John Sperling spent roughly $4 million on a propaganda campaign that convinced 56% of voters to make “medical marijuana” available to the chronically ill, specifically targeting cancer victims, AIDS and glaucoma victims.
  • In 2004 California passed the Vasconcellos/Leno bill SB420 which decriminalized “medical marijuana” for any purported ailment. Vasconcellos got termed out and now serves Soros on the DPA Board.  We are still stuck with Senator Mark “Hemp” Leno and Assembly Member Ammiano, both perched to amend Prop 19 if it passes, with the old one-two punch to decriminalize almost all aspects of marijuana use.
  • To get the media on board, Soros has been buying up the press for two decades and now has enormous influence on what is and is not reported.  He owns 2.6 million shares of Time Warner.
  • Through his organization MoveOn.Org, he professes to own the Democratic Party.  By using his financial muscle to help get Obama elected, he appears to be controlled drug policy in the U.S.. The Drug Czar position was downgraded from a Cabinet level position to reporting to the Vice President, while he dictated Attorney General Holder’s policy not using federal resources to enforce federal law in States that had “medical marijuana” laws, if they were complying with State law.
  • The California Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 2008 defines the conditions for producing, processing and marketing food and drugs, and marijuana is being marketed as both, yet the State just doesn’t enforce it.  There isn’t a dispensary in the State that could quality if it were enforced.  The dispensaries are nothing more than retail pot shops, selling products from unknown sources, with unkown ingredients and unknown potency.  There are no restrictions on an individual buying from numerous shops and selling to kids, or on people smoking pot and getting behind the wheel of a car.
  • In almost two years, Obama has steadfastly refused to get personally involved in stopping the proliferation of marijuana, no doubt as a payback to Soros, which has allowed drugs to flow, and we have de facto legalization.  By the end of 2009, after only one year in office, marijuana consumption increased from 15.1 million users to 16.7 million, 6.1% to 7% of the U.S. population, and the situation is getting worse.

The reality of “medical marijuana?”  Its not medicine!  It is classified as a Schedule I drug because it is harmful, addictive and has no accepted medicinal value.  Legitimate medicines have known ingredients, known dosage and known potency.  They are packaged in tamper proof containers and the side effects, or harms, are duly noted.  They are prescribed by legitimate doctors based on proper evaluations.

Smoking is not approved as a delivery vehicle for any medicine, and especially not for smoking the whole crude marijuana plant which has over 400 chemicals that turn into over 2,000 when smoked, many of which are carcinogenic.  If there is any medicinal value in marijuana, according to the experts, it lies in the isolated components of the plant, and never in smoked form.

According to Dan Brookoff, MD., Ph.D, an oncologist who is certified by the American Board of Internal medicine with a Subspeciality Certification in Medical Oncology …..

“…Marijuana is not a medication.   Marijuana is neither an acceptable medical treatment nor an alternative medical treatment for any illness…… Marijuana is never the best available treatment for a patient, and that is why it is not a medication.” He further states “…With the therapeutic potential of marijuana eclipsed by safer and more effective drugs, we have come to the conclusion that there is no therapeutic use for marijuana. All we are left with are the hazards. These include lung disease, cardiac dysfunction, brain damage, genetic damage, immune disorders and psychomotor impairment.”

The forty year strategic plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use is nearing its intended goal, albeit the potency has increased 20 to 60 times, and we now know that the brain isn’t fully developed until the mid twenties, and until it is, marijuana can cause irreparable harm.  Whether it succeeds or not will undoubtedly be determined by 2012, while Soros and Obama are in power.  A grass roots revolt will be necessary to stop it.