I just teamed up with women’s lib writer Barbara Walker and Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School to publish on Kindle Pot Stories and Atheist Essays 

One piece, “Pot Story,” offers a very persuasive polemic for legalization and at the same time shows some of the misery and suffering that unwise laws have caused over the decades.  One section describes Harry Anslinger, the founder and first commissioner of the Prohibition Movement, as a conspicuous bigot and inarguable moron. 

Ms. Walker, in her inimitable style, writes of the abuses of religion over the centuries and the mistreatment of women, mostly due to original sin.

Also included is a podcast of Dr. Grinspoon where he categorically states there is no physical damage to the body at all.  He tells the story of how he first turned on, exhorted by none other than Carl Sagan on a cruise to a conference in Europe. 

If you’re interested in marijuana, either medically or recreationally, this is a must read so you’ll know what you’re doing or talking about.  Lot’s to discuss, n’est-ce pas?  

 

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Accepted. I see your point about Ciaverella, but I guess my take on it is rather different. Yes, he was about as low of slime as you can get. But, to me, this is where the system worked. Ultimately, he didn't get away with his wrongdoing. Once his corruption was uncovered, he was not only stripped of his position, but sentenced to 28 years in prison. People working within the system helped correct it. It's an indictment of him. Not the people who uncovered his wrongdoing and saw to it that he was punished.

While I believe that it should never had made illegal, I am suspicious of it's timing after the "legalize it" movement went virtually nowhere for decades. Suddenly, after the internet is in everybody's house and people are free to communicate, socialize, form groups, make videos and become more politically active, now they start legalizing it? We have many, many concerns with a much greater priority but our benevolent rulers see fit to give us another form of SOMA? And in the most liberal states? hmmm.  People have been waking up the past few decades, atheism is on the rise, people aren't listening to the corporate news anymore (at least the younger demographics); now they want to "give us" our freedom back? With all the drug addicts, alcoholism and big pharma "brain candy" now they offer us yet another drug? I'm very suspicious of those in power, especially when they act like they are doing us a favor! "We're going to give you back a freedom we should have never taken from you in the first place and lied about for decades".

If you are writing a book on MJ, could you please dedicate some space for her poorly  maligned cousin, hemp? Could save a lot of trees, fuel, water pollution from pulp industry, and she never did anything wrong, just guilt by association. I think they are estimating about a 200billion dollar industry for hemp alone and its still illegal even in Colorado and Washington.

I am a pot smoker for a long time, My wife got hit by a drunk driver and the result was broken neck, out of work for 6 month. My wife do understand that is my only way to release my pain is to edible and smoking. I told the doctor that my wife get really sick on pain killer, I made her candy, she took 3 a day until the pain when away and never touch it after. I have a web to show how to cook for man and lady in their 70 and 80 years old. If you want to check it is www.ganjafinecuisine.com, I have T bone steak, phyllo pastry and more. I have to go back and upgrade it. The english is good done by some one else.

Thanks for the comment, Serge.  Well done.  There are many stories of mj working miracles, even with cancer patients.  

Is the CBD who cure cancer not the THC. I have been researching for 5 years and it is the best for me. My wife had a illness, who stress the hell out of me, the MJ keep me relax. I had an operation and the pain killer made me throw up. The MJ  keep my pain in a low state. I do make candy, BBQ sauce and more, check the web.

The picture is some ofthe food I make with MJ.

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Serge, thanks for the comment. It’s hard to believe that mj was so vilified and rejected historically except for human greed, hunger for power and stupidity. If you’d like to read some unbelievable early history dating back to Harry Anslinger and the ‘30s, read my Pot Stories.

Click on the pot plant to the right.

I asked a reader here, a prosecutor, if he was thinking of Reefer Madness (Harry’s propaganda film, rivaling his contemporary, Joseph Goebbels) when he sent innocent kids to a life of iron bars, clanging doors, sterile aluminum and food pigs would be reluctant to eat—not to mention the loneliness and self-alienation.

He never did answer the question. Just what was he thinking about then? Did he think he was protecting society? I wonder what their rationalization was. If judges and prosecutors thought they were protecting society they have no right to be so uninformed when they were destroying lives.

You're doing it again, Richard. Making something up out of whole cloth, with no basis in reality, and then promoting it as truth. You state I sent innocent kids to a life of iron bars. Not once did I ever do that, but you didn't bother to find out before making that false and scurrilous accusation once again. As before, reality has no bearing on your narrative. The more emotion, histrionics, and baseless invective, the more inflated your sense of having a monopoly on truth and justice becomes. Quite frankly, it's gone from blatant and distorted stereotyping, for which you have already apologized, to blatant dishonesty, for which no apology is acceptable.

Are you related to Sky Masterson?  I don't know how old you are but it's a good trivia question.

I have a theory on you statement above.  Just after Lester and I published the podcast, interest in medical mj skyrocketed.  Last I heard the radio show had garnered over 5000 hits and that was month ago.  

Who knows?  Quien sabe.  Lester is charming and certainly know his science as an M.D. and dean. How can anyone not have a change of heart when they listen and learn that Carl Sagan turned Lester on during a cruise to Europe?  I believe Sagan was the greatest educator of he modern age, as important as Erasmus in the Middle Ages. Lester once told me he wrote Cosmos high on mj.  

Aldous Huxley was certainly ahead of his time.  He wrote Brave New World fifteen years before Orwell's masterpiece.

Sky Masterson. Who's that? I'm related to Fat Bastardson.

Sky God, you're right about hemp. My grandfather grew it for the government during the war. I can never remember if it was the first t or second.
Hemp would cut into the profits of big oil, which, we all know, is in bed with our government. It's a damned shame it all comes down to money and politics.
If someone doesn't get a grip on this we're all doomed. Including the very rich because even they can't live without clean water and air.

Hemp cultivation is legal in state law, in Colorado, Oregon, California, Kentucky, Vermont, Montana, West Virginia, North Dakota and Maine. 

federal bill legalizing pilot hemp cultivation in those states was recently passed. 

I was able to buy hemp seeds on Amazon without any problem.  As a way to try to get over my marijuana allergy :) 

One thing that's nice about hemp is that marijuana plants in hemp fields won't be noticeable :)

Good to know Luara.

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