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Obama Nixes Marijuana, Supports Stem Cells

By January 4, 2009

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President-elect Obama opposes the legalization of marijuana, but plans to overturn President Bush’s limitations on human stem cell research, according to the first answers to the public’s questions posted on the Obama presidential transition team’s Open for Questions web site.

Based on 600,000 votes from more than 10,000 people, Team Obama ranked the more than 7,300 questions received from the public and has now started posting answers to the most-voted for questions.

The top-ranked question overall framed the issue of legalizing marijuana in the context of economic recovery.

Question: “Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?”

Team Obama Response: “President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.”

Long a hot topic among the American people, stem cell research generated the fourth most-voted for question:

Question: “Will you lift the ban on Stem Cell research in your first 100 days in office?”

Team Obama Response: “President-elect Obama is a strong supporter of Federal funding for responsible stem cell research and he has pledged to reverse President Bush's restrictions.”

Second- and third-ranked questions focused on the war on terror vs. the Constitution, and the Wall Street bailouts.

Question: “What will you do as President to restore the Constitutional protections that have been subverted by the Bush Administration and how will you ensure that our system of checks and balances is renewed?”

Team Obama Response: “President-elect Obama is deeply committed to restoring the rule of law and respecting constitutional checks and balances.That is why he has pledged to review Bush Administration executive orders. President-elect Obama will also end the abuse of signing statements, and put an end to the politicization that has taken place within the Department of Justice and return that agency to its historic and apolitical mission of fair and impartial administration of justice.”

Question: “What will you do to establish transparency and safeguards against waste with the rest of the Wall Street bailout money?"

Team Obama Response: “President-elect Barack Obama does not believe an economic crisis is an excuse for wasteful and unnecessary spending. As our economic teams works with congressional leadership to put together a plan, we will put in place reforms to ensure that your money in invested well. We will also bring Americans back into government by amending executive orders to ensure that communications about regulatory policymaking between persons outside government and all White House staff are disclosed to the public. In addition all appointees who lead the executive branch departments and rulemaking agencies will be required to conduct the significant business of the agency in public so that every citizen can see in person or watch on the Internet these debates.”

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January 4, 2009 at 10:59 am
(1) Antinomian says:

Debaters debate the two wars as if the civil War on Drugs (WOD) against Woodstock Nation did not yet run amok. A failed program that costs multi-billion dollars – without accountability, oversight, milestones, or exit-plan – surely deserves debate. What does the absence of debate say?

Continuing the vendetta against all present at the peaceful public assembly of Woodstock Nation in August 1969, and their double-digit-demographic legions, cannot be good for the parent society. Foreign enemies are at the gate, circle the generation-gap wagons. The negative numbers that will have to be used to bottom-line our legacy to the next generation can be less ginormous.

Woodstock Nation deserves most-favored status as trading partner. The witch-hunt doctor’s Rx is for every bust to numerate a bigger tax-load over a smaller denominator of payers. Spend more on prisons than on schools. My second witch’s opinion is herbal remedy. Homegrown being free, discretionary funds won’t be depleted. Small farmers need all the income streams they can get. Empty prisons could become homeless shelters with a bus stop. Homeland Security could use eradication choppers. Broken families must regenerate and be revalued as Americans who did nothing wrong. The USA incarcerates a higher percent of its people than any other country on the face of the earth. Over half of all inmates were convicted under the CSA. If we are all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home?

If we could have learned from history, we wouldn’t have been condemned to repeat it. We could have studied why we had laws against Quakers, why the court accepted the testimony of teenage girls, channeling invisible spirits and devils, to send 19 innocent people to the gallows for witchcraft. In 1693, the court stopped accepting spectral evidence, gaols emptied, life renewed. The leader of the accusers confided 14 years later “it was a great delusion of Satan that deceived me in that sad time, where I justly fear I may have brought upon myself and this land the guilt of innocent blood; what I did was ignorantly.” Now it is the WOD that ignorantly continues the devil’s work. Reaffirm the 21st Amendment that substance-prohibition is not constitutional.

A clause about interstate commerce provides the required pretext of constitutionality. Any excuse is better than none. So, how is that interstate commerce going, which needs the CSA so much? The CSA mantra is eradicate, do not tax, the country’s number-one cash crop. When supply is dry, robust demand bids prices up. Gifted with margin to frustrate interdiction, peddlers’ bags do not carry coals to Newcastle. The founders’ purpose to authorize federal meddling in interstate commerce was not to undermine national security and impoverish the treasury, yet that is the only justification given for the CSA. Justice Thomas’s dissent in Gonzalez v. Raich is well-taken.

The scheduled substances have never had their day in court to present exculpatory evidence. Nixon promised to supply supporting evidence later. Later, the Commission evidence wasn’t supporting. No matter, civil war against Woodstock Nation had its charter. No amendments can assure due-process under an arbitrary law that itself never had any due-process. Marijuana has no medical use, period. Open and shut cases clog the kangaroo courts. Lives are flushed down expensive tubes.

The CSA is anti-science. Redundantly, there is no accepted use, nor will there ever be, when all use is not accepted. Research by Myron Stolaroff, Alexander Shulgin PhD, and Rick Doblin PhD is shut down. LSD was universally hailed as a breakthrough drug until the CSA halted research. In 38 years there has not been any new LSD research done. America’s drug policy should seek light from, not ignore, experts who are familiar with the scheduled substances at first-hand. How many politicians have studied the book, LSD, My Problem Child, by the Nobel Prize Committee member Albert Hofmann (1906-2008)? Google knows about the full text online.

Kids won’t stop being afraid of the dark anytime soon. The dark is the subconscious. The crime used to be called familiarity with the devil. The demonized substances are the modern stand-in for the devil, as the law continues in force. Father, forgive prohibitionists who make it their family’s meal ticket to know not what they do. Positive set and supportive setting reliably produce positive experiences.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act restores choice of sacrament for the Native American Church to eat peyote. All Americans, without distinction of church, should be extended the same freedom of religion as the RFRA extends to the NAC, to select a scheduled sacrament to mediate communion, twixt the soul and its source within, in the rituals even of single-member sects.

You can’t speak your piece freely if you can’t think it up. To create, one must be in a receptive mood. How could a slacker such as I aspire to be the one to stick a fork in the War on Drugs? What was I smoking? The Constitution, as amended, does not enumerate any power to impede outside-the-box thinking or arbitrate states of consciousness. How and when did government acquire this power? Politicians who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction. Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech, says the First Amendment. The CSA derails speech, such as that which you are now reading, onto mental roads not taken.

Relatively speaking, substance toxicities are in no way as detrimental to the user as incarceration is, with recidivism for a safety net. There shall be no cruel and unusual punishment, says the Eighth Amendment. Loss of liberty, employment, and estate seems cruel and unusual when imposed on peaceful people whose only crime was indulgence, without even an allegation of having caused any injury whatsoever.

Let offenders cop a plea by rolling over on higher-ups. God and Mother Nature conspire to provide rain, sunlight, and composted earth for illegal seeds, by the ton. Are the masterminds to get off scot-free, while little guy copycats are selectively prosecuted? God confesses, in Genesis 11-12, it was He who created the seed-bearing plants, on the second day. Behold, He pronounces them very good, with no tinge of remorse about creating weed, mushrooms, morning glories, coca, poppies or cacti. Neither has He apologized for the intelligent design of booby traps in the corporal wiring and plumbing of the people. A maverick molecule could find the little red lane at any time, placing all sorts of subliminal associations, projections, and realizations into play. Book’Em, Dano.

Common Law must hold that the people are the legal owners of their own bodies, to do with as they please, absent harm to others. That would include corporal components such as the various receptor sites. The people should have the same liberty to move about in and decorate their spiritual abodes as they have in their material apartments.

The people have a right to get drunk in their apartments, be it folly or otherwise. Self-medication is one way, not the only way, to implement the dictum of Socrates to work at learning about your self. Those who take other paths should appreciate their freedom to do so by extending the same freedom to others. Live and let live. The Declaration of Independence gets right to the point. The pursuit of happiness is a self-evident, God-given, inalienable, right of man. The WOD is a war on the pursuit of happiness.

The books have ample law on them, sans CSA. The usual caveats, against injury to others, or their estates, remain in effect. Employees can be fired for poor job performance. People should be held responsible for damage caused by their screw-ups. No harm, no foul; and no excuse, either.

Repeal the CSA of 1970 to empower the new administration’s mandate. The annual cost of the WOD at federal, state and local levels totals what, only 50 or 100B USD? If anybody is counting, please share. There is no lower-hanging, riper, or higher-yielding budgetary fruit than to kick the addiction to the third war, cold turkey.

September 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(2) Whocares says:

I agree. But we all know this already, just like we all knew the gov was lying about 911

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