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Four Prohibition Pragmatists And A Drug War Whore

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director October 25, 2009

    A quick review from this week’s avalanche of cannabis-related news, comes a stark contrast that reveals: Four Prohibition Pragmatists And A Drug War Whore

    Prohibition Pragmaticism

    Wisconsin – When asked by the media about a recently introduced medical cannabis bill in his state, as well as to comment on the Obama administration’s new policies on medical cannabis, Governor Jim Doyle said he has no problem with the use of cannabis to treat severe pain and other medical conditions by way of a physician’s recommendation, and that restricting the use of medical cannabis makes no sense when doctors can already prescribe more dangerous drugs like morphine.

    British ColumbiaStephen Gamble, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of B.C., recently came out in favor of fire department inspections of the home gardens of federal medical cannabis patients and caregivers in BC, to make sure the cannabis grow operations are safe, and not creating fire hazards. However, numerous medical cannabis patients and advocates in B.C. have spoken out against the proposal citing special federal privacy protections for medical patients.

    Washington, D.C. – The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA), in numerous media reports, acknowledged another major departure from prior administrations regarding federal medical cannabis policies: State-compliant medical cannabis patients may not be harassed or arrested for their medical cannabis whilst traveling in federally-controlled airports.

    Oakland NLC member Robert Raich, for years, has been pursuing the TSA to allow medical cannabis patients flying out of Oakland International Airport to lawfully possess their medicine in compliance with TSA rules, which are to concentrate on terrorism and public safety concerns, (i.e., weapons, explosives, knives, etc…), and that pilots and the airline crew are not liable for the presence of lawfully possessed medical cannabis.

    New Hampshire – New Hampshire’s new US attorney, John Kacavas, told the media that he will not prosecute medical cannabis patients. [The new policy from Obama]…”is saying in a smarter battle against drugs, people who use it to improve their appetite, people who use it to alleviate their pain probably ought not to be prosecuted federally.”

    Then…The Drug War Whoring

    Washington, D.C. – In one of the grossest, most gratuitous, desperate attempts to get media attention I’ve ever seen (which says a lot…), former public relations flack for the infamous House Select Narcotics Committee (sui generis of many bad, failed and constitutional-warping anti-drug legislation of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Thankfully this congressional committee no longer exists, and these days the once leaders of the group, like powerful New York democrat Charlie Rangel, now support decriminalizing cannabis) and former drug czar Barry McCaffrey’s in-house anti-pot propagandist Bob Weiner employs PRNewswire to hump his absurd press release attacking President Obama’s and Attorney General Eric Holder’s clarification of their ‘hands off’ policies regarding the use of federal law enforcement in states with medical cannabis laws (and presumably in states without state protections for medical cannabis patients).

    In a country where approximately 75% of the population support medical access to cannabis, one has to wonder what is wrong with people like Bob Weiner. What does he not get? Or, is the only source for his revenue and self-being these days–almost eight years after taxpayers stopped funding his anti-cannabis propaganda when Weiner, a Democratic political appointee, lost his job when the Bushies took over in 2000–is to whore himself out to the media and anti-drug groups as some kind of anti-cannabis zealot, one that mocks science with his ignorance and drips contempt for the compassion that others seem to possess.

    Weiner, a self-proclaimed expert on cannabis, does not seem to understand that 1) cannabis is not prescribed anywhere in the US, 2) the DOJ memo only impacts federal, not state attorneys, 3) Weiner claims, relying on unnamed law enforcement agents, that 9 out of 10 medical cannabis patients are frauds, citizens ‘faking’ a medical need ‘just to get high’, 4) Weiner oddly compares a non-toxic and therapeutic substance like cannabis to laetrile, therein invoking the late Senator Kennedy to supposedly prove the “false hope” of medical cannabis, when, in fact, Senator Kennedy supported both patient access to medical cannabis and active cannabis medical research at the University of Massachusetts @ Amherst, and 5) Weiner whines that politics, not science is the controlling factor; feigns there is a dearth of science regarding cannabis (when there are over 17,500 studies relating to cannabis and/or cannabinoids).

    Watch Weiner and the so-called war on drugs get rightly ridiculed by Penn and Teller…or the entire episode here.

    Feast your eyes on Weiner’s Wednesday PRNewswire release to see what a real drug war whore looks like seeking the media and public spotlight:

    Medical Marijuana: ‘Be Careful,’ ‘Ex-White House Drug Spokesman Bob Weiner Tells DOJ About ‘New Lax Enforcement’ Policy; ‘Use May Explode in Healthy People’

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — “Be careful about the new lax enforcement policy for medical marijuana,” former White House Drug Policy Spokesman Bob Weiner is telling the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration.

    “You may get way more than you bargained for”, Weiner cautions of the new policy barring states attorneys from busting and prosecuting users and caregivers of so-called “medical” marijuana who act “in accordance with state law.”

    “Prescription marijuana use may explode for healthy people.”

    Unfortunately, as many as 90% of purchases at clinical distribution centers are “false defenses”, some law enforcement agents report – “which means individuals are not really sick but simply want the pot,” Weiner asserts.

    “Medical marijuana is not as effective as other healing mechanisms for many illnesses such as glaucoma, pain, or nausea that users try it for because of false hype leading to false hope. Just as laetrile was legalized in the 1970’s in 27 states to cure cancer but was found to be useless apricot pits, leading Senator Kennedy in a Senate hearing to decry the ‘false hope’ delaying true treatment, ‘medical’ marijuana today could be a placebo delaying far better treatments,” according to Weiner.

    “Many medical marijuana advocates press its use for pain killing and appetite enhancement,” Weiner asserted, “but you might feel just as good after a shot of gin. Science, not politics, must drive what is determined to be safe and effective medicine in America. The medical marijuana advocates never mention the potentially better applications of THC in marijuana from suppositories, jells, aerosols, or the already approved pill Marinol — they just want the high from the smoked version.

    “There is a real danger that if marijuana is made essentially a prescription drug, its abuse and usage explosion could parallel other prescription drugs over the last decade, such as OxyContin, which have tripled nationally and quintupled in many locations because of the ease of availability.”

    “No one wants to deny a dying cancer patient a hit of grass, if that’s what he or she wants. But to announce and implement a policy of broad-brush non-enforcement when there is so much loose about usage of medical marijuana and its distribution is a dangerous policy.”

    “The new policy, a three-page DOJ memo anyone can download, does not only say leave the users alone. It also says leave the ‘caregivers’ alone if they comply with state law. The distribution centers, which are suppliers, and the staff could well be considered ‘caregivers’. DOJ would have serious problems discerning between illicit dealers and distributors.”

    Weiner served as White House Drug Policy Office spokesman for 6-1/2 years and communications director of the House Select Narcotics Committee for five years.

    Contact: Bob Weiner/Rebecca Vander Linde 301-283-0821/202-306-1200

    SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates Issues Strategies

    79 Responses to “Four Prohibition Pragmatists And A Drug War Whore”

    1. Rich says:

      This is disgusting. Placebo my ass. These are proven scientifically to help with glaucoma as well as every other ailment mentioned. Saying it’s a placebo is POPPYCOCK. I’m sure that medicine probably works better if you think it’s helping, but that’s as far as it goes with this. Denying decades of scientific research is complete B.S.

    2. sober or free says:

      “Many medical marijuana advocates press its use for pain killing and appetite enhancement,” Weiner asserted, “but you might feel just as good after a shot of gin. Hmmmm….Does this mean Weiner is an expert on the effects of alcohol? Only a drunken hypocrite who profits from marijuana prohibition would make such an idiotic statement.

    3. sober or free says:

      What is going on here?!?!? If these people feel so strongly about drug use getting out of control then why aren`t they speaking out against alcohol and pharma? Because they work for alcohol and pharma. We are all in a cloud of propaganda that puts money in the pockets of drug lords, alcohol companies, pharmaceutical companies, government, law enforcement, media and puppets like weiner-boy. It`s endless. Take away their alcohol, pills and money and what do you have? A system based on common sense, not on profits for puppets of these evil industries. Make your choice. The time for this greed is over. Sober or free? No more hypocrites trying to keep industries in place that destroy lives of people that grow plants. This puppet show has been going on for 70 years. Enough is enough. Sober or Free!!! What are we America?

    4. voice of the majority of US citizens says:

      “but you might feel just as good after a shot of gin.”

      THIS is what is wrong with the majority of congress and lawmakers. Not everyone has a liver that takes well to gin and high concentration alcoholic beverages; hence the effects you feel of a hangover. Alcohol is a toxin that 99 out of 100 users use to get a buzz rather than health reasons. You are much less aware of surrounding and more likely to be loud and disorderly and non-complying with public manner/ laws with alcohol. Think before you make statements and know your opinion is not the majority’s opinion, Mr. Weiner.

      Also, as far as the “placebo” distracting doctors against giving better treatment argument goes; marijuana is much less likely to have malicious reactions with other medications than alcohol, which in many cases is used regardless of the warnings on almost every prescription bottle there is saying not to consume alcohol while using the medication.

      It’s time for a change. Don’t be a follower simply because YOU don’t smoke marijuana and support the prohibition, the benefits of re-legalization would be phenomenal and highly noticeable. Go Green!!!

    5. Kito Buono says:

      I agree with ‘spiral of failure’ statement. Thats an expression i will use if i ever confront a police officer again here in South Carolina for proving that convicting passive marijuana users does nothing to benefit society.

    6. Ozlanthos says:

      I am so sick of this crap. If you want to get rid of the perception of medical users/growers using/selling marijuana in non-legal ways, we MUST LEGALIZE IT! WTF are these morons so afraid of? That people who use illegally will be able to use legally? The only reason I can find for maintaining the illegal status of marijuana is the elimination of shadow sources of income for federal and state agencies. The CIA is a semi-privately funded organization. We know from Viet Nam and Iran Contra that they get some of their funds from illicit sources. I believe that the only reason drugs remain illegal, is because they have no other means to afford spying on all of us.

      -Oz

    7. Anonymous says:

      Ok…Why isn’t Cannabis legal already!
      If most people in this country knows prohibition is BS, WHY IS IT STILL ILLEGAL?

    8. Science out the window says:

      These drug junkeis should be drinking alcohol like a TRUE AMERICAN CITIZEN to relieve pain and suffering associated with many diseases (LOL SMOKING MARAJUNA IS LIKE SHOOTING UP HEROIN)#!*#!*#*!# USING MARIJUANA IS UN-AMERICAN AND COMMUNIST AND UNNEFECTIVE. I know this because I have proof, no really I do. I promise…. it’s in my car let me go it real quick….
      —————-

      For anyone that doesn’t understand, all of the above is sarcasm and a typical point of view of a prohibitionist. The only logical reasoning behind the illegality and the status of the current federal law behind marijuana (class 1) is to help protect status quo high up government jobs in the DEA and other law enforcement agency.

      If our government can lie about this just to give some people some decent jobs, just imagine what else we’re being lied about to. It sickens me that most people think our government is “for the people”.

    9. Brett says:

      “Medical marijuana is not as effective as other healing mechanisms for many illnesses such as glaucoma, pain, or nausea that users try it for because of false hype leading to false hope. Just as laetrile was legalized in the 1970’s in 27 states to cure cancer but was found to be useless apricot pits, leading Senator Kennedy in a Senate hearing to decry the ‘false hope’ delaying true treatment, ‘medical’ marijuana today could be a placebo delaying far better treatments,” according to Weiner.

      kiling cancer cells as well as pain is FALSE HOPE?! how do they know? have they tried some to treat their aliments? no placebo can CURE cancer.

      I can’t believe that people like Weiner can get away with such lies…

      all because far too many companies would lose money if pot was legal. it all boils down to money, dirty money. it doesn’t matter how many lives marijuana could save if it means drug companies would lose profits. truly sickening.

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