Government Forcing Psychotropic Drugs On Children

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The rule of law has undoubtedly gone viral, but what the f#%! does that mean?

Occupy Oakland Live Blog: Mayor’s legal adviser quits over police raid

“..Dan Siegel, Mayor Jean Quan’s legal adviser, posted on Facebook that he has resigned over raid of Occupy Oakland.

His Facebook post: “No longer Mayor Quan’s legal adviser. Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators.”

Siegel and Quan have been friends for decades, since they attended University of California, Berkeley together. Siegel was on Quan’s transition team before she took office in January and stayed on as an adviser after that, drawing controversy when he openly opposed a gang injunction policy sought by the city attorney…”

Stephen Pushed By A Cop

What a surprise — this ‘cop’ was working as a security guard for Bank of America at the time!

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Organiganja is now seeking investors, suppliers and ideas

is this a federal offense, or the future of sustainable industry?

As part of their failed prohibition, our federal government has chosen to ignore the growing (and medically sound) use of cannabis as medicine in sixteen states and counting.  Going after medical providers like they are drug dealers instead of legitimate businesses providing a valuable service.

Meanwhile, the DEA continues threatening and often persecuting anyone who dares to grow industrial hemp even in states where it has been legalized.  Giving credibility to the long-argued theory about cannabis prohibition being a ploy to keep hemp from overtaking the timber, cotton, petroleum and chemical industries owned by very powerful people.

Conspiracy theory is probably what comes to mind for most people, which is understandable because this particular “theory” helped create the entire genre.  But, the funny thing is, it doesn’t require any sort of conspiracy at all for these people with mutual self-interests to follow one another’s lead in a shameless propaganda war.  Which brings us to Organiganja.

Put simply, Organiganja is an entire class of products made from the ‘waste’ of medical cannabis plants.  By treating the stalks and stems of these plants as hemp and using the ancient method of water-retting, it is possible to derive both long and short fibers indistinguishable from the legendary hemp fibers used by the likes of Levi Strauss and Henry Ford — who at one time planned to “grow our transportation” thanks to the incredible strength and versatility of hemp!

There are, quite literally, tons of stalks and stems being discarded as waste (or, hopefully, used in compost piles) in places like Colorado and California where the medical use of the herb is now pseudo-legal.  But, to the best of my own admittedly limited knowledge, businesses have not been focused on turning these fibers into usable products.  At least, not until Organiganja!

Initial products will likely include paper, textiles and fiber-boards; along with organic fertilizer — a bi-product of the water-retting process used to naturally clean and separate the fibers.  The process also has the advantage of creating very high quality fibers, which can now be used to create all sorts of top quality finished products.  The high strength-to-weight ratio of hemp composite materials make them ideal for a wide variety of highly demanding applications.  Eventually, we are hoping to become a supplier for construction companies and manufacturers including Local Motors.

A new American car company with an incredibly innovative and thus far successful business strategy, Local Motors already has a loyal contingent of fans and an all-terrain vehicle unlike anything the world has ever seen.  They are totally community-driven, meaning they use the power of social networking to host competitions for which designs get built in “micro-factories” throughout the country.

Organiganja seeks to eventually develop an online platform in order to facilitate a similar, community-driven atmosphere; with a few key differences, naturally.  But all of these things will cost large sums of money up front, money which banks are unlikely to loan given the pseudo-legal status of our required raw materials.

According to Montana law, where I live, the stalks and stems are simply dismissed as waste because there is not a usable amount of THC to worry about.  Once they are processed, there is no reason for them to be treated any differently than industrial hemp fibers; which do not require a permit to possess, only to grow.  So this is 100% legal in my mind, however it is also by its very existence an affront to federal law.

To this day, our federal government continues denying the existence of physician-prescribed cannabis in sixteen states plus the District of Columbia.  This ignorance is not only a job requirement of certain key positions in the administration, it is required in order to continue pretending the Controlled Substances Act offers some measure of protection for our government’s continued war against medical cannabis.  Which it clearly does not if anybody bothers to read it, although it is an understandably daunting task given how convoluted and at times incoherent our government’s drug policy can be.

My beef is specifically with the part listed as Section 812. Schedules of Controlled Substances, wherein it states the following:

“..Except where control is required by United States obligations under an international treaty, convention, or protocol, in effect on October 27, 1970, and except in the case of an immediate precursor, a drug or other substance may not be placed in any schedule unless the findings required for such schedule are made with respect to such drug or other substance. The findings required for each of the schedules are as follows:

(1) Schedule I.–

(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

(B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

(C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision…”

Given the remarkable, long-documented safety of cannabis its original inclusion as a schedule I substance seems terribly ignorant at best.  In light of its growing use as beneficial medicine for a wide variety of ailments, the continued inclusion of cannabis as a schedule I substance is an unquestionable nod to the corrupt state of our current government.  Why the obvious illegality of our current cannabis prohibition is not exposed by the media or widely embraced by defendants in a court of law is beyond me.

Originally, the plan was for Organiganja to file suit against the federal government on behalf of its would-be providers.  Then I read this morning about how NORML attorneys “..have filed suit (read here) in the four federal districts in California to challenge the Obama Administration’s recent crackdown on medical marijuana operations in the Golden State…”  Their lawsuit may very well signal an end to our federal government’s war against medical cannabis, but only if it is brought to the forefront of public discussion like the Occupy Wall Street protests have been lately.  After all, ending our failed cannabis prohibition is all about creating sustainable industries and protecting the basic rights of human beings.

So, instead of filing our own lawsuit; Organiganja is planning to become an outspoken advocate and financial contributor to these lawsuits, in addition to a similar lawsuit filed earlier this year by the Montana Cannabis Industry Association.  Not only do we feel an obligation to help fight for those providers who will be supplying us with raw materials, I feel it is also important for us to help display just how many jobs and sustainable resources are at stake in this epic battle against corruption.  But first, we need to see what its going to take to get this thing up and running.

Developing a plan of action

With the legal battle over cannabis finally taking a huge turn for the better, this is a perfect time to develop a sustainable business centered around the world’s most famous sustainable resource.  All we need are investors, providers and lots of great ideas from our potential customers.  Which sounds like a mighty tall order, sitting here thinking about how many small businesses fail every year.  But, then again, how many of those businesses were designed to capitalize on a plentiful and useful raw material currently treated as waste?

The reality is we have only a narrow window of opportunity before other hemp processing facilities open up around the country and start processing medical cannabis stalks as well.  Although, exactly how narrow this window is remains to be seen.  Plus the goal behind Organiganja is not just to develop another profit-driven business that just happens to be centered around cannabis.  The intention is to develop a new type of business model which both embraces capitalism and puts community values above profit.  Although, if you want to get technical about it, this business model has been around for decades (and is largely what inspired the development of this ongoing project.)

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream has become world-famous for a number of reasons, not the least of which is their wide selection of inventive and delicious flavors.  In their book, “Ben & Jerry’s Double-Dip:  How to Run a Values-led Business and Make Money, Too” the highly-respected entrepreneurs offer a great deal of insight as to why they have been so successful over the years.  They also offer some good advice on developing a solid plan of action, although there is little doubt the rise of social networking and other various technologies have changed the playing field considerably.  Which allows us to develop a completely open-source and 100% transparent business, focused on producing the exact goods our customers want.

Perhaps the most important advice offered by Ben and Jerry is to keep things as simple as possible, with regards to all aspects of business.  An echo of the Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS) mantra I had learned many years ago as an engineering student.  Organiganja will do just that, by focusing our attention initially on creating a few select products which both fill a market gap and require only modest investments in equipment.  Luckily, our initial costs for raw materials should be very minimal until the true worth of the cannabis plant is much more widely accepted.

Thanks to the enormous potential of hemp, there are already a number of organizations right here in western Montana working hard to further the development of cannabis-related industries.  If it is at all possible, we intend to work with these groups rather than against them; to create new standards of manufacturing excellence and prosperity.  We are also open to developing strategic partnerships with anyone else who is interested, regardless of physical location.  Franchising opportunities will be available soon.

For now, my goal is to find out what people think about this business venture and if they are interested in being a part of it.  Do high-quality, ecologically responsible products and sound business practices appeal to you?  What specific products would you like to see produced by Organiganja?  And what do you suppose the odds are our federal government will somehow try to construe this as criminal behavior?

Thanks for reading, any questions or comments are most appreciated.

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Steve Jobs and drug policy

here’s a brief clip from this great article by Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com:

“..Unlike many people who have enjoyed success, Jobs is not saying that he was able to succeed despite his illegal drug use; he’s saying his success is in part — in substantial part — because of those illegal drugs (he added that Bill Gates would “be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once”).  These quotes (first published by aNew York Times reporter) have been around for some time but have been only rarely discussed in the recent hagiographies of Jobs: a notable omission given that he himself praised those experiences as an integral part of his identity and one of the most important things he ever did.  A surprisingly good Time Magazine article elaborates on this Jobs-LSD connection further…”

Click here for the full article, which also includes a discussion about our government’s insane position on the medical use of cannabis.

Driving Home An Unprecedented Victory — Cannabis FACTS Are Undeniable, Even at the White House

In response to a recent guest commentary which appeared in The Tennessean, the White House released a statement titled:  Movement for legalized marijuana ignores dangers .  Below is, in my opinion, the most impressive paragraph I have ever read anywhere; written by David Mineta, deputy director for demand reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington.

Mr. Mineta probably has the most frustrating (i.e., impossible) job on the planet.  Which might just explain his real reason for the following gem:

“..Would marijuana legalization make Tennessee healthier or safer? One needs to look no further than Tennessee’s current painful experience with prescription drug abuse. In Tennessee, prescription drugs are legal, regulated, and taxed — and yet rates of the abuse of pain relievers in the state exceed the national average by more than 10 percent…”

Out of context, doesn’t this sound like he is actually arguing that marijuana legalization will make Tennessee healthier and safer?  Given the overwhelming statistics which prove marijuana’s safety relative to all other drugs, legal or otherwise; it is easy to understand why a truly dedicated government official might publish such a contradictory statement.

Not only is this reasoning obviously illogical, it suggests that the individuals entrusted with upholding the constitution and protecting the interests of the citizens whom they represent are sadly incapable of making rational decisions.   Either they fail to understand plain English and common sense, or they are lying through their teeth for the sake of some hidden agenda.  Both of which are absolutely unacceptable excuses coming from public servants whom are purported to be held at the highest levels of scrutiny and accountability.

How much more of their insanity do they think the public will endure before declaring an open revolt?  Or is this merely their latest attempt to incite violence and impose martial law?

Either way, the most expedient method of legalizing marijuana is likely through the court system rather than relying on the political circus.  Because in a court of law, with a jury who has been well informed of their duties and privileges, the facts are still ultimately what matter.

After all, a large part of what finally brought down alcohol prohibition was jurors who openly questioned the validity of our brutal government policies.  Something I learned about only last year, when a jury right here in Missoula, Montana told a District Judge they would not convict a man for possession of cannabis.  The case was thrown out and the judge speculated that it would have a definite impact on future cases..

Click below for Paul Armentano’s recent article discussing the escalating war of words:

Drug Czar’s Office to NORML:  ‘We Can’t Legalize Marijuana Because Some People Abuse Prescription Drugs!’  Wait, Huh?

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