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Marijuana in the news

Marijuana in the news

Marijuana has been getting quite a bit of favourable attention in the media over the last few months, and many of those articles have included mention of Cannabis Culture Magazine and interviews with our publisher, Marc Emery.

Maclean’s, Canada’s national weekly newsmagazine, ran an August 6 cover story about the cannabis scene in Canada. The three articles backed liberalizing Canada’s medical marijuana laws, gave a positive profile of Marc Emery, and included a nice photo of the cover of Cannabis Culture #32.

In early August, one of Canada’s two national newpapers, The National Post, ran a lengthy four-part series by Diane Francis about Canada’s marijuana scene, including a profile of Emery called “BC’s ‘Prince of Pot.'”

“I’ve developed a business to finance a revolution,” explained Marc. “I sell marijuana seeds around the world and take these proceeds of crime to subvert the system.”

Canada’s other national paper, The Globe and Mail, ran a July 31 editorial which recommended that Canada “decriminalize small-scale marijuana use entirely, and stop saddling pot-smokers with criminal records that last a lifetime.”

Mexico’s largest newspaper, La Reforma, did a July 28 feature story on Canada’s pot scene, including a photo of Marc Emery and an explanation of why BC bud is so much better than Mexican grass. The Toronto Star picked up on the Mexican article and quoted it with amusement in their August 1 issue.

Marc Emery also publicly offered to supply the Canadian government with seeds for their new medical grow operation in Fling Flown. Although the government refused the offer, it still got much Canadian media attention. A subsequent article in the July 14 Vancouver Sun had Emery explaining why people in BC are “lucky” to have the massive marijuana industry in their province, because of the billions it brings into the economy.

Respected UK magazine The Economist devoted most of their July 26 issue to a lengthy series of articles about alternatives to the failed drug war. The magazine concludes that “a legal market is the best guarantee that drug-taking will be no more dangerous than drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco.”

The August issue of Rolling Stone devoted a large section to the “new coalition” opposing the drug war, including comments about the war on drugs from a wide variety of high-profile people and community leaders.

On August 20 the National Review came out once again in favour of ending the drug war, with an article called “Weed Whackers: the anti-marijuana forces, and why they’re wrong.”

Corrupting the Morals of a Nation

Corrupting the Morals of a Nation

As the corruption scandal involving the Los Angeles police department widens and deepens, it is essential that our leaders recognize and confront the issue of our crumbling system of justice.  That system, and the institutions charged with maintaining it, must have the full confidence of the citizenry if the rule of law is to be maintained.  Placing the integrity of the justice system at risk, especially at the level of risk inherent in a policy of unenforceable prohibition, is nothing less than a total abdication of responsibility on the part of our legislators and executives.

When the rule of law ceases to exist — that is, when the confidence of the public in the persons and the institutions charged with enforcing the law and dispensing justice is shattered — the government itself becomes illegitimate.  Where but to the rule of law can a nation turn for order?  Where butte the rule of law can a people turn for assurance of the continuation of civil society?  To which but the institutions of the law can one generation point in teaching the next what cane expected, and what will be expected of them as they move through their lives?

Do we overstate the case?  Do we over-dramatize the impact ofthe cancer that has metastasized in the LAPD?  When swornofficers of the law — agents of the state — frame theinnocent, beat, maim, and kill, steal, cheat, and lie, disregardthe Constitutional foundation of society — can the root causesof the problem be responsibly ignored?  Are we to believe,blindly, that this scandal is in any sense an isolated incident?Or would we be better served to view this as a symptom of amuch more widespread and malignant disease  one that we failto ameliorate at peril to the life of the republic?

Early in the 20th century, alcohol prohibition, that so-callednoble experiment, had a similar corrupting influence on Americanlaw enforcement.  Payoffs, rip-offs and violence underminedpublic confidence in our institutions of justice.  In 1933, the18th Amendment was repealed, a decision not insignificantlyinformed by a growing intolerance of widespread corruption.  Itwas an unavoidable choice in that to further countenance theills of Prohibitio would have likely done irreparable damage tothe rule of law, and society as a whole.

Today, our own prohibition threatens — in fact delivers — thesame fate we tempted then.  Is it time one must ask, for ourleaders to confront the folly of this second noble but ill-fatedexperiment?  Is it time to face the fact that to charge ourinstitutions with this sisyphian task, one whose absurdity ispublicly underscored with every consensual act of transfer oruse of a banned substance, is to undermine their verylegitimacy?  Is it time for our leaders to stand strong in theface of all the moneyed interests — both licit and illicit —
which profit from this terrible game, and to call an end to the

It is time.  It is past time.  In fact, to do otherwise would be to acquiesce to the dissolution of the rule of law and thereby to the downfall of the legitimacy of the very government those leaders represent.  We have a word for such acts of acquiescence whether they are achieved by commission or by omission.  We call it treason.  And if our leaders, elected and sworn to defend the Constitution of these United States of America, fail to find the courage to name and to oppose the most dangerous enemy of justice loose in the land today — Prohibition — we will have no choice but to declare them guilty of that most
serious offense.

Drug War Criminals

Drug War Criminals

General Barry McCaffrey is the current director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Better known as Benito Mussolini II. Mr. McCaffrey should be the very first name in the world court indictments handed down in the near future. McCaffrey controls almost 16 billion dollars in Drug War expenditures by the United States Government’s futile effort to jail every last free American for using drugs. McCaffrey’s ability to tell the truth vanished years ago, as he proves almost daily that he is not above sinking way down into the bottomless depths of lies, deception, and outright fraud to make sure he can continue to control that 16 Billion dollar budget. He is not afraid to use the military to cause insurgencies in other countries where they do not subscribe to his neo-fascist policies, and sinister right wing power trip.

Here are a few examples of Barry’s Lies

The murder rate in Holland is double that in the United States. That’s drugs.” Barry McCaffrey, July 23, 1998.

The Facts:

The Dutch homicide rate in 1995 was one-fourth that of the United States (1.8 vs. 8.0).


FBI, Uniform Crime Reports and Dutch Bureau of Statistics