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2018-01-09 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Let's just get down to brass tacks, ok.

Marijuana was made illegal on a public fraud.  It was claimed -- to Congress -- that weed made white women take off their clothes and screw black Jazz singers.  No, I'm not making this up.  It was also claimed to turn Mexicans (who were here in the United States) into homicidal maniacs.

Both of these claims were knowing lies and yet they formed the entire reason marijuana was first prohibited in the United States.  Tricky Dick Nixon doubled down on same, effectively ratifying said lies.  So did Reagan, and for that both of them are burning in Hell as they have destroyed the lives of millions without a care in the world, and neither deserves anything more dignified than spit or urine on their gravestones.

A so-called "public policy" that is predicated up on a deliberate falsehood - not a mistake, but a lie, ought to be voided immediately upon discovery of said lie.  Such a "law" is nothing more than thuggery; it is unconstitutional, it is morally bankrupt and anyone attempting to enforce it deserves to be struck by lightning while retrieving their mail.

Now we have both Senators and Representatives from states that have legalized marijuana for either medical purposes, recreational enjoyment or both.  May I remind you that under Federal Law as a "Schedule 1" drug marijuana cannot be used for either medical or recreational purposes as by definition a drug cannot be on Schedule 1 if it has medical purpose.

Since the Federal Government admits marijuana has medical purpose (not that it has the right to label anything in such a fashion in the first place; where do you see that as a delegated power in the Constitution or Amendments?) the government itself has voided it's own classification.  But nobody seems to care -- even when the very government that puts in place a structure then runs a criminal fraud within that same structure.  This is amplified, by the way, by the fact that the Federal Government knew it had no power to prohibit alcohol production and sales without a Constitutional Amendment.

As expected the sycophants for the pharmaceutical and other medical businesses, all of whom stand to lose billions as their addictive "options" become less valuable -- along with the religious nuts -- are out in force on the issue.  All of them should find themselves unemployable and are deserving of an asteroid strike; an example is found here:

The Baby Boomers reading this column should realize that the marijuana being produced today is many times stronger and more potent than what we saw in the 1960s.  The science today is also much clearer: we have far greater knowledge of the long-term, deleterious effects of marijuana on the physical and mental health of users, particular children and teenagers. 

The first sentence is true; the rest is documented to be false.

Never mind this lie:

The bottom line: today’s pot is a potentially dangerous substance.  That’s why it is classified as a Schedule I controlled drug along with heroin, LSD, and ecstasy – it isn’t alcohol. While alcohol can be abused, it is not addictive for most people. Moreover, most consumers stop well shy of the point of intoxication.  Moderate amounts even have some positive health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

I can tell you with absolute certainty that this claim about alcohol is a bald lie.  I can tell you this because I have actual, hard data to support that position.  You see, I and millions of others these days wear devices that track all sorts of things, most importantly to this discussion all-day heart rate and variability, which maps directly to cardiac stress.  I can state with absolute certainty that even one drink in a given day results in higher stress and poorer sleep quality.  Just one.  It does so repeatedly -- in fact it does so every single time.  My experience is not singular; I have a number of friends who also have said devices and have looked at their data and in every single instance I can tell them on exactly which days they have consumed any alcohol -- even just one beer, glass of wine or mixed drink -- and those on which they have not.

Of course the alcohol lobby does not want to talk about that, which includes every bar and restaurant owner with a license to serve booze.  Nor do any of the liquor and grocery store owners; nearly every one of the latter also has a license to sell alcohol.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not advocating that we ban booze again.  We tried that and it was a disaster.  We just refused to learn from that experience when it comes to other drugs; Prohibition not only didn't shut the booze off it provided a huge funding source for criminal gangs by driving alcohol production and sales into the black market exactly as we have done with other so-called "controlled substances."

Today's weed is indeed stronger and that means those who choose to use it need smoke or otherwise consume much less.  But unlike alcohol there is no "LD-50" for marijuana; you cannot fatally overdose by smoking or otherwise consuming it as you become impaired enough to be unable to hoist the bong (or joint) and if you narf a huge amount of some edible preparation while you'll get extremely stoned and very uncomfortable it won't kill you. If you decide to call 911 or show up in the ER it's not because you're dying, it's because you're uncomfortably stoned out of your gourd.  This is in stark contrast to alcohol which does kill people all the time through alcohol poisoning; it is in fact not hard at all to drink the point of not only severe intoxication but literal poisoning and die.

Never mind that increased potency, if you're smoking it, is a good thing because you consume far less smoke.  Smoking anything is bad for you for all the obvious reasons but the fewer "hits" you consume the less smoke you consume and thus the less lung damage.  "Modern" weed has also come with modern consumption devices such as vape pens and similar which nearly-eliminate the risk from smoking since they do not actually burn the cannabis.

Today’s pot pushers are just Big Tobacco 2.0.  Why else would they be infusing THC, the active ingredient, into everything from cookies to ice cream to Gummy Bears? 

Because some people don't like the very real risks that come with smoking something or have compromised lungs due to some non-weed-smoking medical condition and yet wish to use marijuana for some medically-related or recreational purpose.  Consuming cannabis by eating it is the obvious choice.

This is generally less popular, by the way, because it's very hard to accurately figure out how stoned you're going to get.  It's not a shock that many people who get way too wasted do so accidentally by eating cannabis products given that it takes upwards of an hour to figure out how "effective" what you just ate is going to be.  If the "thing" you are eating are brownies (or similar) it's pretty easy to munch a whole bunch of them before you feel the effects of the first one, with obvious results.

States like Colorado that have legalized marijuana use have seen huge increases in marijuana-related traffic accidents and fatalities 

This is a flat-out lie.

With regard to car accidents:

 “We found no significant association between recreational marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado and subsequent changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates in the first 3 years after recreational marijuana legalization,”

Nobody should be able to run documented lies like this in public, whether in "Op Eds" or otherwise without the publishing concern being sanctioned if it fails to follow even basic journalistic standards and fact-checks said claims.  This is not being presented as opinion it is being presented as fact to justify an opinion and it is blatantly false.  Such lies are exactly identical to the public fraud used to make marijuana illegal in the first place and should result in prison terms for those who run them for this sort of purpose as it not only places people at real risk it is in fact intended to kill them.

Yes, I said intended to kill, because it is.  Colorado has a record of reduction in opiate overdose deaths since the state legalized recreational marijuana.  It's one of the few states that has seen a reduction over the last few years and it's also one of the oldest recreational weed-legal states.  The association is clear; some percentage of people who would otherwise use opiates and die apparently will, given the choice and a legal alternative in marijuana, decide to use that instead and live.

It is time for the American people to demand and enforce via whatever means are necessary the full reversal of the original fruit of the lie run on Americans when weed was made illegal.  Marijuana must be removed from federal drug schedules entirely, not just "downgraded", as it was placed there originally as a result of a racist series of intentionally-false allegations for both political and financial purpose.  To fail to do so is to embrace and in fact support institutionalized and government-sanctioned racism which, I remind you, is indeed unconstitutional.

Such "laws" are void as repugnant to the constitution and must be formally repealed.

Further, until Congress does act on same the governors of such states as Colorado have an obligation (not just a right), given the laws passed in their states and which are valid within their borders, to call up their National Guards and expel all federal law enforcement agents and prosecutors who have or do attempt to enforce such a law within the boundaries of their states.  The 10th Amendment and Commerce Clause clearly delineate the line of jurisdiction and neither Jeff Sessions or those prosecutors have no authority to override either.

If the people of this nation can't or won't do this, either as citizens or governors, then it is time for same to stand down from all political pretense or, for that matter, any pretense that you're an American.  You are not.  You have no right to claim citizenship because citizenship comes with responsibilities, not just rights, and one of them is to uphold and defend the Constitution.  By utterly refusing those responsibilities you have demonstrated you're unworthy of anything other than spit directed at your shoes and urine off a rooftop wherever you may walk.

Those ordinary citizens of any political persuasion, irrespective of alleged respect for citizenship and its responsibilities, who claim to be so offended by "sexual harassment" and "racism" need to either take this as far as necessary in order to delete all cannabis products from any sort of federal law banning same or shut the **** up.  The simple fact of the matter is that the plant was made illegal as a blatantly racist act and therefore all such laws today are inherently an expression of racism.

You either care about that enough to raise hell or you don't -- there is no middle ground, and this particular expression of racism has done more damage than any other set of laws since slavery ended in the late 1800s -- by far.

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Amen. Karl have you ever considered going on the Joe Rogan podcast? He has a huge following and your perspective on a number of things would be beneficial to the folks who listen and for this country.
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I do not know him, but in general I'm willing to do various media things including podcasts -- all he'd likely have to do is ask.

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This is a truly epic Ticker-thanks.


Along with the racial BS, there was also some selfish economic pressure behind cannabis prohibition.

William Randolph Hearst would have suffered financial loss from being heavily invested in forest land from which paper was manufactured though use of chemicals and processes that could be avoided by manufacturing a much superior paper from cannabis hemp. The early printings of our founding documents were on hemp paper.

DuPont's interest was in shielding their Nylon product from competition from cannabis alternatives.

Even the word 'marijuana/marihuana' was a lie invented in order to mask the fact that the flora at issue to be prohibited was cannabis, well-known since ancient times for medical properties, and recognized by the contemporary medical profession in America at that time.

Again though, it is up to the people, who can't even bring themselves to study, then exercise their powers available through intelligent service as grand and trial jurors.

Absolute control over who is indicted for what, and whether a defendant is found guilty or not, is the so-far underutilized power in citizens' hands.

Though I am in full agreement that mass torch & pitchfork demonstrations and protests are justifiable over myriad issues, it is understandable that such doesn't happen much, as few are willing the serve as the initial cannon fodder, in order to get movement and reinforcements.

But to ignore a core citizenship responsibility that directly limits governmental ability to perform police-state antics, and requires maybe the time and effort one spends on a weekly basis eradicating dandelions from the yard...is idiotic suicide.

As usual, the real problem stares back at us in the mirror...

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"Further,until Congress does act on samethe governors of such states as Colorado have anobligation(not just a right), given the laws passedin their statesand which arevalid within their borders,to call up their National Guardsand expel all federal law enforcement agents and prosecutors who have or do attempt to enforce such a lawwithin the boundaries of their states. The 10th Amendment and Commerce Clauseclearlydelineate the line of jurisdiction and neither Jeff Sessions or those prosecutors have no authority to override either."

Yes!

This (a state governor with brass balls) is what has been at the top of my Christmas wish list for decades!

Just one state governor standing up to Washington's BS might be enough to get things a rockin' & rollin'.

After all, the states were apparently intended to be independent laboratories finding better ways to govern...

Instead we have been fed a diet of centralized power consolidation...something the best of the Founders warned of in regard to the product of the secret, behind-closed-doors and attorney-dominated Philadelphia Convention.



Interestingly, Alcohol Prohibition was recognized as being outside the scope of delegated powers and therefore required a Constitutional Amendment...

Yet only a few years later and no need was seen to require a Constitutional Amendment in order to pass laws regarding a particular flora, though there was no Constitutionally delegated power to do so.

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Amen. Karl have you ever considered going on the Joe Rogan podcast? He has a huge following and your perspective on a number of things would be beneficial to the folks who listen and for this country.


+1 on this. They'll discuss any number of topics no matter how controversial and you won't get shouted over to shut you up. One of the few places I've actually heard the phrase, "I'd like to have an opinion on this, but but I don't have the facts. Can someone point me to where I can read up on this?"

I'm not up on the whole social media thing, but I'm sure sure there's some way they have setup to find new guests.
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No matter how hard I try, I find it difficult to agree with you MORE!

Sadly there are too many people who find it difficult to question authority and become willing fools to the lies our government tells them. There are so many such lies, but "Debt doesn't matter" is one of them.

While reading the above ticker, parts of the history of Prohibition and our current drug policies started to click. Many years ago, I worked at a pharmacy that was established in the early 1900's so it had tons of interesting medical do-thickies.

Presses to make pills, a block of U.S. Government issued 100% Cocaine (Said U.S. Government on it's packaging) a still, and many bottles of Rum, Bourbon and other alcohol flavorings.

It is my understanding (I was told by a pharmacist and I saw the evidence)that during Prohibition you could go to the doctor and he would write you a prescription for alcohol and the pharmacist would "compound" it for you.

Today we can get opiates by the same means.

How or why marijuana, a plant that grows naturally much anywhere one earth and has been used for medical and recreational purposes for thousands of years was made illegal may just come down to why making your own alcohol is illegal. It is reality cheap and easy and if you can distill your own and or grow your own you take the power to tax away from the government and the power to make a profit away from big business.

And making edibles and or liquids from pot has also been around a VERY long time, again I know this because I have done it while at the pharmacy.

Now I am off to my Jazz Music lessons and then to the tanning salon, I want to get those white women high so they will get nakked for me.

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It was claimed -- to Congress -- that weed made white women take off their clothes and screw black Jazz singers.

Uuuhhhmmmm..... I don't think it is the cannabis.

It's more like the Schnitzengrubben!



I smiley Madeline Kahn!

And Mangymutt wins the Internet today! "Now I am off to my Jazz Music lessons and then to the tanning salon, . . ."

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Uuuhhhmmmm..... I don't think it is the cannabis.

It's more like the Schnitzengrubben!


I thought it was they way his people are . . . gifted.
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I live in Washington, so I've seen a lot of the effects first-hand.

When the initiative was being voted on, many people here were preaching Doom and Gloom if it were to pass. So far, none of that seems to have materialized, even the teen usage hasn't climbed significantly.

Our opioid death rate hasn't dropped... but it has leveled off where the rest of the country is getting worse. It may be too soon to really see the trend on that one.

I've never taken even a single toke, but I'm very much in support of legalization.
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Apparently Trump and Sessions don't have a problem with fake news when it is presented by their cronies at Faux News to serve their agenda.

smiley Trump and Sessions

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I've got a relative in Washington who is a regular dope smoker. He said he still buys it from the same folks he has bought it from for 20 years because the legal stuff is too expensive.
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I was on vacation with friends in July in DC, and got to see first hand the shenanigans it took for them to get dope. You can't buy it, but you can buy $10 smoothies, and get a couple grams as a "free gift". Or a $10 cookie, and get the same.

It's comic, and stupid. Time to just legalize it for sale in CVS OTC.
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