There is still a chance that they will see

Update: This was posted from my wife’s Apple computer, which seems appropriate. And my mother’s name is Linda, which also seems a proper tribute to sir Paul. God love you, be safe and strong.

Ed Rosenthal

They charged Ed Rosenthal with new crimes, including tax-related charges, which give them the basis of a new indictment even in the assumption that the original indictment cannot constitutionally be refiled after the original sentence has been served.

This is a sleazy and immoral tactic by people who know better. Ed Rosenthal could not rightfully owe protection money to the same people who he needs protection from. Ask nicely and he might give you whatever money you want. Do you intend to collect anything at all, or would you prefer to have your tax out of his hide?

The truth is you’ve taken more than you are entitled to in his legal fees, which would bankrupt almost anyone. You have taken more than you have a right to out of his life, and his time, for an offense to the crown. He did the dishonor to you of denying your authority to prohibit nature, cannabis medicine.

Let a good man be.

Bob Ney

Has just pled guilty to multiple felonies carrying five year terms. It’s not clear whether the sentences are to be carried out concurrently.

He is not resigning from congress, however.

Oh, and of course, he blames alcohol.

End cannabis prohibition, this is insane. You have a bunch of alcoholics running the government. They are paranoid and delusional, they are committing flagrant acts of sexual and fraudulent misconduct, they are out of their minds.

Cannabis is the safer alternative, it can cure alcoholics. When you smoke pot, you don’t want to drink because it takes you off your high. Sure, people try it, and they don’t usually continue to do both together. One or the other becomes the choice at any given time, and since alcohol is legal, most people have been going that direction.

If cannabis were legal, many more people would prefer it to alcohol. This is true and it is good. It is not something that is to be feared as an increase in drug abuse. It is a change of substance, from alcohol to a safer, in fact a beneficial and natural, alternative.

Cannabis is medicine and it makes you smarter and stronger, it does not weaken you as the prohibitionists pretend.

And by the way, the alcohol doesn’t make you do things either. You have to take responsibility for yourself. Just because you drink to forget does not mean you won’t remember eventually, and you’re going to be really sorry when you see what kind of a mess you’ve made. You are going to have to clean it up.

Honesty is the beginning of wisdom

John Ashcroft tells the New York Times that he calls himself a Christian “because I am not good, because I need help.”

Place everything he does in this context, John Ashcroft is a bad man by his own admission. He does not have to continue to be bad, he can become good at will, but he will have to confess more than those things he claims not to do,

Ask about specific “sins,” Ashcroft says he has “never had a mixed drink,” never smoked a cigarette, and if tempted by another woman he would immediately call “my wife.”

So what have you done or been a part of for which you feel such shame, John? We cannot help you, we cannot touch you, we cannot understand unless you will tell us how to relate to you. What have you got on your conscience?

You have much to learn about us, too. You are welcome to read anything I have written, and to respond if you think you should. And if it seems arrogant to some of my readers that I would address myself directly to a person like you, we are none of us too superior to have dialogue. We are in the end, one and together.

Love us, and we shall return love. Hate us, and we shall avoid you, but you are never far from our hearts if you choose to return. There are no children that are so lost as to be incapable of being rescued.

Hat-tip to Jeralyn Merritt.

Food and medicine

Cannabis is a food, in addition to everything else that it provides. As a staple crop it would provide every kind of dietary protein that the human body requires, along with the essential fatty acids usually found only in meat. Cannabis can grow in any climate, including parts of the world where it is difficult to feed the population. So among other things that can be said for the end of cannabis prohibition, it is also the solution to world hunger.

The healthful effects of cannabis consumption are being demonstrated in every case where it is studied; heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, all the major diseases of aging are treated and show signs of improvement with use of cannabis, and with its consumption as food. The possibility exists of using cannabis to cure cancer if eaten in large amounts, but the cost under prohibition is prohibitive and the fact of its illegality in most jurisdictions means that few have had the opportunity to undertake such a diet, and fewer still can be used as medical examples due to their need to maintain secrecy or be subject to arrest and confiscation of their home and property.

Despite all the emphasis on cannabis as a smoked medicine, it can be vaporized to obtain very high purity with very little difficulty, and this can be done in the home with a simple device that costs less than $600, which should be considered durable medical equipment. Anything that might be said about possible toxins that could be released when anything is burnt, this approach avoids any such disadvantage. Consequently a medical patient can also consume much larger amounts and gain greater relief.

But vaporizers are often considered paraphernalia, and possession can subject one to substantial penalties of law if you are found to have one. It is because of this that vaporizers are only sold in America to use with other herbs, or even tobacco, as if it were somehow wrong to want to take your medicine in the safest and most effective way.

The number of obstacles that we have had to go through just to make the truth known is astounding, and still the disinformation is unceasing from the Federal government and the “drug treatment” industry.

Comment from elsewhere

Eric Muller wrote:

I recently read The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, which is about the interdependent relationship between plants and humans, and how each has shaped the other’s development.

Humans co-evolved with many plants and animals, and chiefly among them, our staple food, medicine and fiber was at one time cannabis.

Something caused us to turn away from that, once before. I don’t know what it was, but it was a brutal time and we have been without it for the most part since then. Rediscovering it, we are finding the cure to many diseases that were otherwise untreatable. The balance of essential fatty acids and proteins is perfect for human nutrition and can grow on any continent in almost any climate. The oil can provide fuel, the fiber can provide clothing and shelter. It is to us what a certain kind of flower is to a certain species of bee. We humans have our own flower, too.

A response to RFK Jr and some Republican apologist

MarcusQ, on Slashdot, proves rather conclusively that there was voter suppression in the Ohio elections of 2004. I won’t try to summarize his argument here because I would need to spend more effort than necessary when he has already explained it perfectly well. Take a look.

Hello, hello, heaven

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye bad.
Leave it.

Hurricane Jupiter

NASA reports that Jupiter has a new hurricane. This is the first time in recorded history that such a thing has been observed. The great red spot has been observed for ages, but the little red spot is brand new. Welcome to nature’s glorious spectacle.

(Little is relative. That “little” spot is the size of the earth.)

Ed Rosenthal, Richard Watts and Kenneth Hayes being persecuted

From the Oakland Tribune this morning: 

‘Ganja Guru’ reindicted
Rosenthal says feds are on a mission to shut down every dispensary in state
By Josh Richman, STAFF WRITER
Article Last Updated:10/13/2006 08:10:41 AM PDT

Oakland “Guru of Ganja” Ed Rosenthal was reindicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on a host of marijuana-related charges, roughly six months after an appeals court tossed out his earlier convictions.

The superseding indictment filed Thursday contains 25 counts against Rosenthal, 61, and two of his original co-defendants, Kenneth Hayes and Richard Watts. Rosenthal faces 14 counts including conspiracy, use of a place to manufacture marijuana for distribution, manufacturing marijuana for distribution, laundering money from marijuana sales, and filing false tax returns. “I knew they had a grand jury but I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Rosenthal said Thursday night. “What they’re trying to do with these indictments and with my continued persecution is to close down all of the dispensaries in California, to deprive people of their medicine.”

“It’s not the way I planned to spend my time for the next year but I’m resigned to it,” he said, describing himself as an “everyman” who won’t be cowed. “Most people considering their circumstances for one reason or another are forced to give in under the weight of government pressure. I’m not only standing up for dispensaries but for all these people who’ve been harassed and hounded by the government.”

But he won’t let it ruin his life, either. “We’re still going out to dinner tonight,” he said wryly.

Famed for his marijuana cultivation books and the “Ask Ed” column he wrote for High Times magazine, Rosenthal was convicted of three marijuana-growing felonies in 2003, more than a year after federal agents raided sites including his Oakland home, an Oakland warehouse in which he was growing marijuana, and a San Francisco medical marijuana club he supplied.

Medical use of marijuana on a doctor’s recommendation is legal under state law but prohibited by federal law, so Rosenthal was barred from mounting a medical defense at trial. Breyer sentenced him to one day behind bars — time he’d already served.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his convictions in April, finding juror misconduct — a juror’s conversation with an attorney-friend during deliberations — compromised Rosenthal’s right to a fair verdict and so warranted a new trial. But the court also rejected Rosenthal’s claim of immunity from prosecution as an officer of Oakland who grew the drug under the city’s medical marijuana ordinance. The court in July refused Rosenthal’s requests for rehearing or for an “en banc” rehearing by a larger panel.

He and his lawyers appeared before Breyer in August and September as prosecutors prepared to retry him on the original charges, even as witnesses were being subpoenaed by a grand jury investigating new charges.

Watts was arrested and charged in the same 2002 raids which nabbed Rosenthal, but injuries sustained in a car accident have kept him from trial until now. Hayes fled to Canada to avoid prosecution.

Thursday’s indictment essentially claims Rosenthal from October 2001 through February 2002 conspired with Hayes and Watts to grow marijuana at sites on Sixth Street in San Francisco and on Mandela Parkway in Oakland, laundered marijuana proceeds by buying four money orders totaling $1,854 during that time and falsified tax returns for 1999, 2000 and 2001 by omitting income from his marijuana distribution. Hayes and Watts face similar, related charges.

“With these new more serious charges, I think I’ll get even more community support,” Rosenthal said Thursday. Citing recent federal raids of Bay Area, Modesto and Granada Hills dispensaries, he said his new indictment is part of “a concerted effort by the federal government” to crack down on medical marijuana.

MediaNews reporter Karl Fischer contributed to this report.

You’re on notice

Don’t say you haven’t been invited to come and clear your names, now.

We know where we’re going, come along and take a ride