County prosecutors won’t let up on charging a Minnesota mom with child endangerment for giving her sick child medical marijuana. Angela Brown is headed for trial in a case that could send her to prison for two years, even though an already-passed medical marijuana law that goes into effect in 2015 would allow medical use of cannabis oil.
Angela Brown’s son Trey suffers severe pain and spasms from a traumatic brain injury. Brown said she tried a barrage of prescription medications before turning to marijuana, as her son was in so much pain and discomfort that he cried himself to sleep and started punching and cutting himself. Brown, like a number of exasperated parents, traveled to Colorado to purchase some cannabis oil regulated under Colorado law. And she reported a familiar story of parents attempting to treat their child’s pain and seizures: within an hour of giving her son medical marijuana his condition was relieved. “Once it hit his system, Trey said the pressure in his brain was relieved,” she told the Huffington Post. “You could literally see the muscle spasms stopping. He felt amazing.”
But after Brown shared her story with the “wrong person” she was reported to officials, officials seized the cannabis oil from her home and charged her with child endangerment and causing a child to need protection.
Under the current classification, marijuana is placed in the same category as heroin, which severely limits how researchers and doctors can use the drug. A reclassification could dramatically shift how the federal government handles marijuana in the war on drugs and provide some legal legitimacy to medical marijuana at the federal level.
“I think it’s certainly a question that we need to ask ourselves — whether or not marijuana is as serious a drug as is heroin,” Holder said. “[T]he question of whether or not they should be in the same category is something that I think we need to ask ourselves, and use science as the basis for making that determination.”
The one thing that surprises me about this is that it wasn’t Jim Hoft, the dumbest man on the internet who said it. You’ll think the same thing when you hear how the “Center for Accuracy In the Media” Is trying to convince us that Jarad and Amanda Miller were “progressives.”
Michelle Malkin is a rather vicious pundit in my estimation, on TV and in her writing. She wrote a book defending the mass incarceration of Japanese-American citizens during World War II. She had a nice stint at Fox News (which she says - in the interview I link below - ended badly. No shit!) and took every opportunity to spew far right wing garbage to a gullible audience.
She’s good at throwing red meat to people who don’t know any better, and she’s done alright for herself.
Her mother-in-law had a serious relapse of melanoma. Upon her release from the hospital, Michelle Malkin had what alcoholics I think refer to as “a moment of clarity.”
“She was able to get out of the hospital, though she was still in an immense amount of pain, and we thought, ‘You know what? We’re going to take our doctor’s advice.’ How many mainstream doctors are advising their terminally ill or chronically ill cancer patients to do exactly what we did? They’re the ones who recommended, ‘You know what? Go ahead and try medical marijuana. It might help stimulate her appetite. It might help her nausea.’ We thought, ‘If you’re looking to provide relief or a boost in quality of life, why the hell not? It’s legal. It’s here.’ And so that’s how we got to the pot shop.”
Whatever you think of Michelle Malkin or cannabis legalization, read the whole thing.
Governor Hickenlooper now expects the state to rake in $114M in marijuana taxes this fiscal year.
Colorado has raked in nearly $22 million from marijuana taxes, licenses and fees this fiscal year, according to state Department of Revenue data released Thursday.
During the first three months of recreational marijuana sales, Colorado’s cumulative revenue from tax and licensing fees for both medical and recreational marijuana has reached $12.6 million. The state has reaped $7.3 million from recreational marijuana taxes alone in the first three months since the first legal sales began on Jan.1.
Sales of recreational marijuana were nearly $19 million in March, up nearly one-third from about $14 million in February, according to state figures. Despite the historic law, medical marijuana — legal in Colorado for years — continues to vastly outsell recreational pot. March medical marijuana sales were about $34 million.
David Neiwert over at Hate Watch reports on a disturbing new trend among some supporters of drug legalization. This is unusual becouse its one of those stories that kind of talks about both the radical right and the radical left. I associate drug legalization with the left, mostly, however, for the most part this story focuses on the radical right.
Can members of juries really stand in judgment of the laws they are sworn to apply? Can jurors really choose to acquit someone of a crime because they believe a law is unjust?
This concept - known as “jury nullification” - has been promoted in previous decades by far-right extremists who sought to “nullify” a variety of federal laws by encouraging jurors not to enforce them. The cases involved civil rights laws, tax statutes and criminal acts by white perpetrators aagainst black victims. It was avidly promoted in the 1990s by members of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement, particularly so-called “Freemen” in Montana who promoted the sovereign citizen ideology.
More recently, it has popped up in the context of the debate over marijuana legalization. It was signaled by a 2011 New York Times op-ed that advocated nullification in court battles over marijuana arrests, which disproportionately affect young black men.
One quality of a great artistic work is its innate ability to speak to us, not in the time and space of the author, but in our own time and space. That it transcend its own moment, and become part of ours. Alan Ginsberg’s ‘America’ is one such ‘great work’.
I call it ‘fortuitous’, not because Ginsberg’s foresight was accidental, so much, rather for its intuitions and prescience.
H.G. Wells is known as a great 20th century futurist, but much of what he predicted actually has not come to pass. Much of his foresight was deliberate, imagined, and quantified. On the other hand, ‘America’, is as passive aggressively about the future as it is about the present, the now. That it is still of the now, is its genius.
Gay rights; marijuana; Russia; business; news media; Marxism; the ‘Atomic Age’; religion; it has it all, suggesting, we have not changed that much at all….
America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.
America two dollars and twenty-seven cents January 17, 1956.
I can’t stand my own mind.
America when will we end the human war?
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb
I don’t feel good don’t bother me.
I won’t write my poem till I’m in my right mind.
America when will you be angelic?
When will you take off your clothes?
When will you look at yourself through the grave?
When will you be worthy of your million Trotskyites?
America why are your libraries full of tears?
America when will you send your eggs to India?
I’m sick of your insane demands.
When can I go into the supermarket and buy what I need with my good looks?
America after all it is you and I who are perfect not the next world.
Your machinery is too much for me.
You made me want to be a saint.
There must be some other way to settle this argument.
Burroughs is in Tangiers I don’t think he’ll come back it’s sinister.
Are you being sinister or is this some form of practical joke?
I’m trying to come to the point.
I refuse to give up my obsession.
America stop pushing I know what I’m doing.
America the plum blossoms are falling.
I haven’t read the newspapers for months, everyday somebody goes on trial for
America I feel sentimental about the Wobblies.
America I used to be a communist when I was a kid and I’m not sorry.
I smoke marijuana every chance I get.
I sit in my house for days on end and stare at the roses in the closet.
When I go to Chinatown I get drunk and never get laid.
My mind is made up there’s going to be trouble.
You should have seen me reading Marx.
My psychoanalyst thinks I’m perfectly right.
I won’t say the Lord’s Prayer.
I have mystical visions and cosmic vibrations.
America I still haven’t told you what you did to Uncle Max after he came over
from Russia.picture curtesy of meetville.com
I’m addressing you.
Are you going to let our emotional life be run by Time Magazine?
I’m obsessed by Time Magazine.
I read it every week.
Its cover stares at me every time I slink past the corner candystore.
I read it in the basement of the Berkeley Public Library.
It’s always telling me about responsibility. Businessmen are serious. Movie
producers are serious. Everybody’s serious but me.
It occurs to me that I am America.
I am talking to myself again.
Asia is rising against me.
I haven’t got a chinaman’s chance.
I’d better consider my national resources.
My national resources consist of two joints of marijuana millions of genitals
an unpublishable private literature that goes 1400 miles and hour and
twentyfivethousand mental institutions.
I say nothing about my prisons nor the millions of underpriviliged who live in
my flowerpots under the light of five hundred suns.
I have abolished the whorehouses of France, Tangiers is the next to go.
My ambition is to be President despite the fact that I’m a Catholic.picture courtesy of meetville.com
America how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?
I will continue like Henry Ford my strophes are as individual as his
automobiles more so they’re all different sexes
America I will sell you strophes $2500 apiece $500 down on your old strophe
America free Tom Mooney
America save the Spanish Loyalists
America Sacco & Vanzetti must not die
America I am the Scottsboro boys.
America when I was seven momma took me to Communist Cell meetings they
sold us garbanzos a handful per ticket a ticket costs a nickel and the
speeches were free everybody was angelic and sentimental about the
workers it was all so sincere you have no idea what a good thing the party
was in 1835 Scott Nearing was a grand old man a real mensch Mother
Bloor made me cry I once saw Israel Amter plain. Everybody must have
been a spy.
America you don’re really want to go to war.
America it’s them bad Russians.
Them Russians them Russians and them Chinamen. And them Russians.
The Russia wants to eat us alive. The Russia’s power mad. She wants to take
our cars from out our garages.
Her wants to grab Chicago. Her needs a Red Reader’s Digest. her wants our
auto plants in Siberia. Him big bureaucracy running our fillingstations.
That no good. Ugh. Him makes Indians learn read. Him need big black niggers.
Hah. Her make us all work sixteen hours a day. Help.
America this is quite serious.
America this is the impression I get from looking in the television set.
America is this correct?
I’d better get right down to the job.
It’s true I don’t want to join the Army or turn lathes in precision parts
factories, I’m nearsighted and psychopathic anyway.
America I’m putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
The Wonder Years seem to agree:
Check out each of the “Fox News” guests cutting out the “news” anchor’s entrails and feeding it to them on a silver platter. Bet they didn’t feel good afterwards!
Colorado Republican Falls for Satire Story, Freaks Out and Proposes Bill Banning Food Stamps for Weed Purchases
Rats! Here I was, getting ready to move to Colorado and open my own bakery……..
Well, what happened in Colorado recently might just take the cake. I mean, it’s one thing to propose some ridiculous bill that stands no chance at passing (it happens all the time) but to propose a bill based on outrage over a satire article written by the National Report is incompetence on a whole other level.
And that’s exactly what happened.
In Colorado, Republican State Senator Vicki Marble proposed a bill aimed to “tackle this problem” of people buying marijuana with food stamps in the state.
Except, there have been absolutely zero incidents of people trying to buy marijuana with their food stamp benefits. Only an idiot would think “pot brownies” would be covered as a SNAP purchase.
I can tell you as sure as I’m sitting here before you that if I was a black kid with corn rows instead of a white kid with glasses, I would be in the back of a squad car faster than you can say George W. Bush.