JOE BIDEN ISN’T SENILE – HE’S JUST HARD OF LEARNING

President Biden has suffered two avoidable embarrassments. First, he somehow managed to fall three times trying to run up the ramp stairs for Airforce One. I’m even older than he is, so I’m sympathetic. Oops. It happens.

Don’t worry if you missed it. It will run forever on the Trump cult networks to demonstrate how inferior he is to the godlike athleticism of the Apollo of Mar-a-Swampo.

The second embarrassment was deliberate. The Biden White House fired five staffers who honestly admitted to having used marijuana.

Someone immediately pointed out that this would have kept former President Barack (“Lock My People Up”) Obama from being appointed to anything. To which I say, Hooray.

See: Obama’s War on Pot. In a shocking about-face, the administration has launched a government-wide crackdown on medical marijuana

On the other hand, it is utterly inconsistent with his claims that his advisers will lead with “science and truth.

To the contrary, this places a penalty on both, and arguably creates security risks.

More substantially, it will pointlessly exclude some truly great minds. Two of the greatest geniuses of the last century were cannabis users:

The late Carl Sagan, “American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator.”

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Profiles In Prohibitionism: Harry Anslinger- The Godfather of Reefer Madness


Any history of the Drug War, and especially Marijuana Prohibition, must begin with Harry Anslinger.

It is surprising how much harm an obscure bureaucrat can do. We all know about Hitler and Stalin and their henchmen like Himmler and Beria, but Harry Anslinger was instrumental in starting the ongoing global Drug War, and especially marijuana prohibition. It has resulted in tens of millions of arrests in the US alone, and countless deaths from the global suppression of the medical use of cannabis. He even managed to outlaw hemp (in the US) which had been an agricultural staple for millennia, grown by America’s “Founding Fathers”. 

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He is a perfect manifestation of Hannah Arendt’s famous phrase: The Banality of Evil.

President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr have denied that there is “systemic racism” in American law enforcement. However, the racist origins of marijuana prohibition are explicit in Anslinger’s work.

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And America’s War on Drugs Has Treated People Unequally Since Its Beginning

Actually, Anslinger was a vicious racist. The Wikipedia article offers a few quotes:

“Colored students at the Univ. of Minn. partying with (white) female students, smoking [marijuana] and getting their sympathy with stories of racial persecution. Result: pregnancy.”

“Two Negros took a girl fourteen years old and kept her for two days under the influence of hemp. Upon recovery she was found to be suffering from syphilis.”

“Reefer makes d…. think they’re as good as white men.”

If you are offended by these quotes, complain to the DEA.

And don’t think this was simply a bureaucratic game. 

See The Hunting of Billie Holiday: How Lady Day was in the middle of a Federal Bureau of Narcotics fight for survival

His crowning achievement was the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs which locked the U.S. into the Drug War, especially marijuana prohibition, by a treaty, which is still being used to justify banning cannabis around the world.

See Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs

This year there will be over 600,000 arrests for marijuana possession just in the US. More than for all the violent crimes combined, and African Americans will be arrested in numbers that are far out of proportion to their percentage of the population.

“Specifically, a 2020 analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union, concluded, “Black people are 3.64 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession, notwithstanding comparable usage rates.” Authors reported, “In every single state, Black people were more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession, and in some states, Black people were up to six, eight, or almost ten times more likely to be arrested. In 31 states, racial disparities were actually larger in 2018 than they were in 2010.”

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Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrests

Don’t Mention The Drug War Or We Might Have To Deal With The Real “Crisis At The Border”

Apr 12, 2021 @ 18:46PM

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You may have heard THERE’S A CRISIS AT THE BORDER!!! OMG! OMG!!

Well, yes there is, but it didn’t start with Biden, and he is not going to be able to stop it.

See Illegal border crossings rise for sixth straight month

During Trump’s first Presidential campaign he claimed that he was going to save America by building a “big beautiful wall” and that Mexico would pay for. He knew that that was a lie, but that meant he could continue to talk about it as an “issue.” After he was elected, the Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress, but he did not push for Federal funding for it. It was too useful as an issue.

And it still is, and he is still lying about it, but so is the Biden Administration, because- to paraphrase one of Jack Nicholson’s great lines, neither of them can handle the truth.

See Reefer, Romanism, and Prohibition As Church Support For Drug War Violates Catholic Teachings

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TWO STORIES FROM VIRGINIA ONE TRAGIC AND ONE ABSURD BUT NO ONE SAW THE CONNECTION

Article by Richard Cowen. 

The other story from Virginia was also widely reported, including NBC, “Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Saturday to a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, but not until 2024, when retail sales of the drug would also begin.”

That’s right. The bill will not go into effect until 2024. Until then Virginia police will continue to arrest people for possession! 

Virginia is the home of James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, which he wrote over the Summer of 1787. Maybe if we gave quills to the Virginia legislators…

I have written several columns about the mess that the states are making of marijuana legalization, but this is ridiculous.

See Why The US Has Made A Complete Mess Of Partial Marijuana Legalization (So Far)

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https://www.globemagazine.com/content/two-stories-virginia-one-tragic-and-one-absurd-no-one-saw-connection

I Was Wondering If I Really Needed To Write About Violence Against Asians In America. Turns Out, I Do.

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Article by Richard Cowan

It all seemed so absurd. Could this really be happening? Surely it was just a part of the general craziness of the pandemic. Deranged people of all races were attacking people of all races. However, the statistics are astonishing. According to NBCNews.com, “There were 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents, mostly against women, in past year.”

It is a real thing, but I simply could not and still cannot imagine that anyone who might read anything that I might write would be inclined even to be rude, much less violent towards Asians.

Besides I am writing this from one of the safest cities in America, Irvine, California, and it is not entirely coincidental that its population is over 40% “Asian.” The “quotes” around Asian remind us how wide a net that really is.

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Reefer Madness Crowd Discovers CBD With Predictable Results

The National Consumers League is America’s original consumer advocacy organization. Here are their 4 suggested solutions to their perceived problems with CBD.

Disclaimer:The views expressed in this article solely belong to the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Fresh Toast.

Let me begin by acknowledging that I have “conflicts of interest” on this topic (explained below). But did you know that cannabis is a “substance in marijuana”?? Yep. There it is on the first line of a new report How Safe Is CBD? from the National Center for Health Research.

I am desperately trying to find out if cannabis is also present in ganja, weed, or grass. Pardon the sarcasm, but here we go again.

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There is a new group, Consumers for Safe CBD, which is “a program of the National Consumers League. The National Consumers League (NCL) is America’s original consumer advocacy organization.”

That means they have been around long enough to know better.

Here are their 4 Suggested Solutions to their perceived problems with CBD:

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https://thefreshtoast.com/opinion/reefer-madness-crowd-discovers-cbd-with-predictable-results/

PROHIBITIONISTS RECYCLE “POTENT POT” MEME TO PROTECT THE BLACK MARKET

Article by Richard Cowan

In order to understand how the politics of marijuana prohibition actually works, remember that anti-prohibitionist websites almost always have links to prohibitionist propaganda sites, but prohibitionists almost never link to our sites.

See Prohibitionism Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry

This is a real advantage for us in a live debate, because the prohibitionists often seem surprised. The reason for this difference is fairly simple. We want you to know and understand the lies they are telling, but they don’t want you to know the truth we are telling. As I liked to say, freedom has nothing to fear from the truth. 

See HOW THE PROHIBITIONIST IDEOLOGY HAS WRECKED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND UNDERMINED DEMOCRACY EVERYWHERE

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https://www.globemagazine.com/content/prohibitionists-recycle-%E2%80%9Cpotent-pot%E2%80%9D-meme-protect-black-market

IS VAPING CANNABIS REALLY WORSE THAN VAPING TOBACCO FOR TEENS’ LUNGS?

Whenever I critique a study that purports to show some danger related to marijuana, I always make it clear that the arguments against marijuana prohibition are not based on the assumption that marijuana is harmless. Nothing is harmless for everyone under all circumstances, and harmlessness cannot be a criterion for anything to be legal.

Nonetheless, here we go again.

This U.S. News & World Report headline was typical: “Vaping Pot Worse Than Vaping Tobacco for Teens’ Lungs: Study.”

The first problem is simply that the teens were not vaping “pot.” They were vaping some unknown liquids that supposedly contained THC and perhaps other cannabinoids.

Second, the sample for the study was based on national data, which would normally be a good thing, but in much of the country, marijuana was, and still is, illegal, so the vaping devices and their content may well have been contraband.

Third, the data was based on sampling from “between December 2016 and January 2018 – prior to the wave of lung injuries among young people that occurred in 2019. It was given the name EVALI, or e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury.”

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WILL PROHIBITIONISTS TIE THE NEW CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT TO TRUMP


I like to think that Trump’s failure to support marijuana legalization cost him the election.

See: Did Marijuana Prohibition Cost Trump The Election?

But now I have the same questions about the conservative movement going forward, and America always needs a healthy opposition, so it should be of concern for everyone, whatever their politics.

See: Why Conservatives Should Support Marijuana Legalization

Unfortunately, it would seem that leading conservative think tanks have already been captured by the Drug Warriors. The Heritage Foundation, one of the oldest voices on the right, is actually headed by a former Associate Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, under President George H. W. Bush, Kay C. James.

However, Heritage has been lying about marijuana, and about little old me, for a long time.

See: How The Heritage Foundation Used Newsweek to Recycle Lies About My “Medical Marijuana Scam”

Not to be outdone, the Hudson Institute, one of Heritage’s leading competitors, is actually headed by James’ former boss, John Walters, who was the Czar himself under Bush. And Walters was certainly one of the worst.

Walters actually said, “(Marijuana) is by far the single largest factor in illegal drug addiction in the country. … The conventional view out there today is that marijuana is a soft drug, that marijuana is harmless and that it is not addictive, and there is no withdrawal. It’s not just a gateway drug. … If you are not talking about marijuana, you are not talking about the central part of the problem.” Yep. He really said that.

See: PROFILES IN PROHIBITION: DRUG CZAR JOHN WALTERS- THE MADDEST OF REEFER MADNESS

Another major conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, is more moderate, relying primarily on Sally Satel. She is what I would call a “moderate prohibitionist,” but unlike her counterparts, she is intellectually honest. Nonetheless, AEI is really out of touch with the American people on this issue.

In real-world politics these think tanks exist to give cover to politicians, and there are a few politicians who actually care about ideas. For those who do, the Cato Institute, Washington’s leading Libertarian think tank, and Reason in California are excellent.

Then there is Fox News and Tucker Carlson and … Wow!

See: Tucker Carlson Guest Worried Humanity Might Go Extinct From Smoking Weed (Video)  And Tucker Carlson Tries To Blame Marijuana For Mass Shootings

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YES THERE IS MARIJUANA ANGLE TO THE PRINCE HARRY SAGA

Article by Richard Cowan

It’s difficult to worry too much about Royalty in the midst of a pandemic, but Prince Harry has had a bit of experience with a Commoner’s problems.

As a matter of principle, I am strongly opposed to censorship and capital punishment, but I might make an exception for the vile UK tabloids. (Of course, the “quality broadsheets” like the Telegraph weren’t much better.)

Their coverage of Prince Harry has been typically awful, but their coverage of the cannabis issue has been evil. The two combined in 2002 when the then 16-year-old prince got caught with a little weed.

The Daily Mail, the most popular trash sheet, reported “Prince Harry: I took drugs” 

Let’s go back a moment. Harry was 16. He was not arrested, so the Daily Mail had no business printing that story. But the Daily Mail is a sewer of reefer madness.

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https://www.globemagazine.com/content/yes-there-marijuana-angle-prince-harry-saga

Maybe We Really Do Need A “White History Month” After All

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Article by Richard Cowan

February is Black History Month. Every year.

Inevitably, every year someone will complain that we should have a “White History Month.” Of course, every month is “White History”, so we just ignore that as ignorant and racist.

However, I think a lot of white “racism” is actually the result of ignorance. For example, white racists feed the fear of whites who think that non-whites are going to “take over.”

(Declaration: I am really, really white. An Aryan Delight)

Recently, Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) “skipped key votes in the House of Representatives, citing the “ongoing public health emergency,” to instead attend a conference hosted by white supremacists in Orlando, Florida.

See Black Lives Matter Is Absolutely Necessary But Absolutely Not Sufficient

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https://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/maybe-we-really-do-need-a-white-history-month-after-all/

BIDEN’S CHOICE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFERS CONSERVATIVE ARGUMENT FOR FEDERAL DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

There are a number of reasons for legalizing marijuana, but in the current American debate, the most prominent argument is based on the fact that African Americans are disproportionately impacted by law enforcement. That is entirely understandable in the era of Black Lives Matter.

See: BLACK LIVES MATTER IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY BUT ABSOLUTELY NOT SUFFICIENT

However, in his Senate confirmation hearing, Judge Merrick Garland, Biden’s choice for Attorney General, also pointed out that interfering with state marijuana laws is “not a useful use of limited resources.”

See: Get Ready for a Pot-Friendly DOJ

It is astonishing that even today we are still arresting half a million Americans annually for simple possession of marijuana. That is more than for all violent crimes combined. Is that the best use of finite criminal justice resources? Is that a Conservative value?

See: Conservative Intellectual Wants To Keep Marijuana In The Black Market So “Problem Users” Won’t Be Such A Problem

See: BLACK LIVES MATTER IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY BUT ABSOLUTELY NOT SUFFICIENT

However, in his Senate confirmation hearing, Judge Merrick Garland, Biden’s choice for Attorney General, also pointed out that interfering with state marijuana laws is “not a useful use of limited resources.”

See: Get Ready for a Pot-Friendly DOJ

It is astonishing that even today we are still arresting half a million Americans annually for simple possession of marijuana. That is more than for all violent crimes combined. Is that the best use of finite criminal justice resources? Is that a Conservative value?

See: Conservative Intellectual Wants To Keep Marijuana In The Black Market So “Problem Users” Won’t Be Such A Problem

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Biden’s Choice for Attorney General Offers Conservative Argument for Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

By Richard Cowan

There are a number of reasons for legalizing marijuana, but in the current American debate, the most prominent argument is based on the fact that African Americans are disproportionately impacted by law enforcement. That is entirely understandable in the era of Black Lives Matter.

See BLACK LIVES MATTER IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY BUT ABSOLUTELY NOT SUFFICIENT

However, in his Senate confirmation hearing, Judge Merrick Garland, Biden’s choice for Attorney General, also pointed out that interfering with state marijuana laws is “not a useful use of limited resources.” 

See Get Ready for a Pot-Friendly DOJ

It is astonishing that even today we are still arresting half a million Americans annually for simple possession of marijuana. That is more than for all violent crimes combined. Is that the best use of finite criminal justice resources? Is that a Conservative value? 

See Conservative Intellectual Wants To Keep Marijuana In The Black Market So “Problem Users” Won’t Be Such A Problem

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https://www.kabc.com/2021/03/11/bidens-choice-for-attorney-general-offers-conservative-argument-for-federal-decriminalization-of-marijuana/

HOW THE PROHIBITIONIST IDEOLOGY HAS WRECKED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND UNDERMINED DEMOCRACY EVERYWHERE (OPINION)

The Republican Party is badly split and it did not start with Donald Trump. However, when ideology trumps reality, the result is stupidity.

“It is the theory which decides what we can observe.”- Albert Einstein

In recent elections, Republicans considered marijuana prohibition to be a peripheral issue at best. It is not something that “serious” candidates want to spend any time discussing, or they will cease to be considered “serious.”

See: Did Marijuana Prohibition Cost Trump The Election?

In fact, as long as a candidate supports prohibition, it is better that they appear as ignorant as possible on the subject. This protects them from any suspicion of having any latent “tendencies” or secret subversive ideas. In this regard, the prohibitionist ideology resembles the AIDS virus in that it shuts down the immune system by which the democratic process protects itself against anti-democratic nonsense.

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Two Really Improbable Marijuana Stories From The UK

Article by Richard Cowan

When the history of the Drug War in the UK is finally written, I would suggest that it begin with “Yes, this really happened.”

See  UK Data Show Marijuana Prohibition Is A Racist Counterproductive Fraud And WHY DO THE BRITISH INSIST ON CONFUSING CANNABIS WITH TOBACCO?

Today’s news offers up two reasons why.

The excellent anti-prohibitionist, Transform Drug Policy Foundation reports that the new head of the UK Labor Party, Sir Keir Starmer “gave an interview which briefly covered drug policy. To many reformers his comments were dispiriting: asked for his views on decriminalisation of cannabis possession, he apparently rejected the idea – arguing instead that current drug policy was ‘roughly right’. Such a view was surprising not only given the momentum for reform globally, but also the growing support for change within his own party.”

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Best CBD Brands To Try: Blue Ribbon Hemp – A Real Tested CBD Feature

When it comes to the CBD market these days there are countless options available, especially when you are shopping online. But just because the options are abundant, does not mean all of the brands or products are as good a choice as the next. Finding a high-quality product that is safe, affordable and reliable can be made easy when you turn to Real Tested CBD. We conduct independent lab tests to fact check label claims, purity, potency and overall quality, taking the guess work out of your CBD purchase.

Based on our tests and expert reviews, we have a brands that stick out from the rest. When it comes to the best CBD products available on the market today, we have got you covered. Today we bring you a feature brand that is by far one of our favorites, not only for the quality and care put into each and every one of their products, but also the unique CBD products they offer. Not to mention they have crafted products catered to aging populations, a demographic often overlooked in the CBD market. If you are in the market for a high quality CBD brand that delivers on all fronts, we highly recommend Blue Ribbon Hemp; and here is why:

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WHY CONSERVATIVES SHOULD SUPPORT MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

As we used to say, back when we could still go to the movies: This is where I came in.

In 1972, the first thing I ever wrote for publication was in the late William F. Buckley Jr’s National Review on why conservatives should support the legalization of marijuana. It caused quite a stir. There it was on the cover: THE TIME HAS COME: ABOLISH THE POT LAWS

The New York Times even wrote about it: BUCKLEY SHIFTS MARIJUANA STAND and even Time Magazine wrote about it then and again in 2015: The Conservative Case for Legalizing Marijuana.

And I was down the rabbit hole. So now, 49 years later, when I saw “There’s a Responsible Way to End the Federal Marijuana Ban. The key to any nationwide legalization is to keep the free market out of it” by Ramesh Ponnuru, a senior editor for National Review, I just had to respond with Conservative Intellectual Wants To Keep Marijuana In The Black Market So “Problem Users” Won’t Be Such A Problem.

Even though he led with, “The key to any nationwide legalization is to keep the free market out of it,” and that is not something one often sees in either Bloomberg or National Review, he explains that he only wants the government to control retail sales to prevent excessive commercialization that would encourage excessive use.

Now he has responded in National Review with Marijuana and Black Markets.

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WILL WE FINALLY HAVE FREE TRADE FOR MARIJUANA AFTER LEGALIZATION?

The reason that our Constitution begins by saying that We, the people are creating “a More Perfect Union” is that we had a very imperfect union under the Articles of Confederation, which followed the success of the Revolution.

See: Marijuana Prohibition, The Constitutional Crisis And The Assault On Democracy

One of those imperfections was the problem of trade wars between the states. Under the Confederation, a state could impose restrictions and/or tariffs on imports from another state.

It just so happened that the other important thing that happened in 1776 was the publication of Adam Smith’s classic on economics, The Wealth of Nations, which argued that free trade was preferable to imposing tariffs on imports. Free trade serves the public, while tariffs and other restrictions serve special interests. (And politicians who get to decide what the tariffs should be.)

Because of that, the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government exclusive power to regulate trade between the states, not just precluding tariffs, but also any restrictions that may serve as a restraint of trade.

Ironically, this has immediate relevance to marijuana prohibition: “The Commerce Clause is the source of federal drug prohibition laws under the Controlled Substances Act.

“In a 2005 medical marijuana case, Gonzales v. Raichthe U.S. Supreme Court rejected the argument that the ban on growing medical marijuana for personal use exceeded the powers of Congress under the Commerce Clause.”

More recently, I have written about the mess that several states are making as politicians who were ardent prohibitionists yesterday, now are experts on regulating a new industry.

See: Why The US Has Made A Complete Mess Of Partial Marijuana Legalization (So Far)

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The Acquisition Of GW Pharmaceuticals Raises Many Interesting Questions

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Article by Richard Cowan, former NORML National Director and author of A Comparison Between Cannabidiol And Kava.

The biggest news this week in the medical cannabis world has to be the acquisition of GW Pharmaceuticals by JAZZ, the Irish pharmaceutical company at a significant premium.

See Jazz Pharmaceuticals to acquire GW Pharma for $7.2 billion in cash and stock, GW soars 46% premarket

I have long had serious concerns about GW Pharmaceuticals, not because they are trying to “pharmaceuticalize” cannabis (Hooray for that, if they can), but rather because they seem to have had marijuana prohibition built into their business model.

See Does the FDA Regulate CBD? Could they be doing a better job? (Hint: F&*# Yes)

They even employed a former staffer from the Drug Czar’s office to lobby against state medical marijuana laws. I think if you have to threaten sick and dying people with arrest if they use a plant instead of your product, you must not have much confidence in your products.

See The Curious Case Of GW Pharmaceuticals

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Why Conservatives Should Support Marijuana Legalization

By Richard Cowan

As we used to say, back when we could still go to the movies: This is where I came in. 

In 1972, the first thing I ever wrote for publication was in the late William F. Buckley Jr’s National Review on why Conservatives should support the legalization of marijuana. It caused quite a stir. There it was on the cover: THE TIME HAS COME: ABOLISH THE POT LAWS

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The New York Times even wrote about it: BUCKLEY SHIFTS MARIJUANA STAND and even Time Magazine wrote about it then and again in 2015: The Conservative Case for Legalizing Marijuana.

And I was down the rabbit hole. So now, 49 years later, when I saw “There’s a Responsible Way to End the Federal Marijuana Ban. The key to any nationwide legalization is to keep the free market out of it” by Ramesh Ponnuru, a senior editor for National Review, I just had to respond with Conservative Intellectual Wants To Keep Marijuana In The Black Market So “Problem Users” Won’t Be Such A Problem.

Even though he led with “The key to any nationwide legalization is to keep the free market out of it”, and that is not something one often sees in either Bloomberg or National Review, he explains that he only wants the government to control retail sales to prevent excessive commercialization that would encourage excessive use. 

Now he has responded in National Review with Marijuana and Black Markets

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https://www.kabc.com/2021/02/26/why-conservatives-should-support-marijuana-legalization/

Conservative Intellectual Wants To Keep Marijuana In The Black Market So “Problem Users” Won’t Be Such A Problem

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Article by Richard Cowan is a former NORML National Director and author of What Are The Regulatory Challenges Faced By CBD Medicines?

Ramesh Ponnuru writes for Bloomberg, and he is he is also a senior editor for National Review magazine.

He also writes for The  American Enterprise Institute www.AEI.org , the “conservative” think tank.

He is a graduate of Princeton University and he managed to maintain his intellectual integrity during the Trump cult. In short he was smart enough to know better when he wrote his latest column for Bloomberg, calling for decriminalizing marijuana possession, but leaving the supply side to the black market:

“There’s a Responsible Way to End the Federal Marijuana Ban. The key to any nationwide legalization is to keep the free market out of it.”

Yes, there is something more than  a little strange about someone with such impeccable Conservative credentials opposing the free market because it works too well.

Full article here: https://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/conservative-intellectual-wants-to-keep-marijuana-in-the-black-market-so-problem-users-wont-be-such-a-problem/

Marijuana Abuse By Youth Linked To Bad Journalism

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Richard Cowan, former NORML National Director and author of 5 Important Things To Consider Before Buying CBD.

Last month CNN carried a report, “Marijuana abuse by youth with mood disorders linked to suicide attempts, self-harm and death, study finds”

The arguments for the legalization of marijuana are not based on the assumption that marijuana is harmless, so I have never felt it necessary to defend the plant, but I do think we need to understand the relationship between science, journalism and freedom.

Let’s start with the word “Linked”. My headline that “Marijuana Abuse By Youth Linked to Bad Journalism” was making an ironic point, but obviously I did not mean that marijuana abuse by youth was caused by bad journalism, but maybe it is.

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THE “SLIPPERY SLOPE” FROM MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION; THE LOGICAL FALLACIES OF MARIJUANA PROHIBITION

Richard Cowan is a former NORML National Director and author of Everything You Want To Know About CBD Bath Salts.

As I have written about the logical fallacies of marijuana prohibition, the so-called “Gateway Effect” is a classic. “Post hoc ergo propter hoc” or “After this therefore because of this” is that marijuana use “leads to” hard drugs, etc.

See We Need to Educate Children And Adults About “Drug Education”

The political equivalent of that is the “Slippery Slope” that marijuana legalization will lead to the legalization of hard drugs and Lordy knows what else. Of course, the Drug Warriors accused even medical marijuana advocates of “really wanting” to legalize crack, etc. 

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https://www.globemagazine.com/content/%E2%80%9Cslippery-slope%E2%80%9D-marijuana-legalization-logical-fallacies-marijuana-prohibition

Is ‘Hempworx’ CBD Legit? – A Real Tested CBD Brand Spotlight Review

CBD has made its mark on the health and wellness worlds, and it is here to stay. With the massive growth of the market and the boom in CBD brands, finding a high-quality product may not mean just picking at random. Buying CBD online can be effortless, if you know the right places to look and who to trust.

CBD is one of many naturally occurring compounds found in hemp and cannabis plants. It can interact directly with the human body’s endocannabinoid system to help restore balance. Utilizing a high-quality CBD product is key to reaping the potential therapeutic benefits.

To make sure you are getting the best products on the market, fact-checking with third-party lab test results is the only way to ensure a legitimate CBD purchase. Real Tested CBD is a leading name in the world of CBD product reviews and independent lab testing. We give you everything you need to know before buying CBD online, from pesticide and solvent test results to potency and label claim fact-checking. 

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Is ‘Avon’s CBD Beaty Line’ Legit? – A Real Tested CBD Brand Spotlight Review

The popularity of CBD in health, wellness, beauty fields, and beyond is ever on the rise. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of many compounds naturally derived from hemp and cannabis plants. It has been found to contain vital antioxidants and strong anti-inflammatory properties that show beneficial for things from anxiety and stress relief to pain management and more. CBD produced within the United States must come from cannabis or hemp plants containing less than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive compound commonly associated with cannabis), allowing CBD to be legally sold and distributed.

There are countless products to choose from when it comes to CBD on the market these days, especially when looking to buy CBD online. When it comes to finding quality CBD products, fact-checking with third-party lab test results is the best way to ensure a legitimate CBD purchase. Real Tested CBD is a household name in the world of CBD product reviews and independent lab testing. We give you everything you need to know before buying CBD online, from pesticide and solvent test results to potency and label claim fact-checking. 

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5 Important Things To Consider Before Buying CBD

5 Important Things To Consider Before Buying CBD

5 Important Things To Consider Before Buying CBD

Posted by Richard Cowan on Jan 31, 2021

CBD is just about everywhere you look these days. As the buzz around cannabidiol continues to grow, so does the product market. From oils to edibles, to bath bombs and topicals, there are countless ways to experience the potentially therapeutic benefits of CBD.

With the amount of options available, it can become tricky to navigate a market, especially if CBD is new to you. So what are the best ways to make sure you are getting the best product and bang for your buck? Here are five important things to consider when making your CBD purchase.

The Source of Hemp

CBD is sourced from hemp and cannabis plants. These plants, just like anything that is grown from seed, can be influenced by the factors around them. Plants can absorb anything they are exposed to, whether its pesticides, fertilizer or anything in the air This is why it is important to always look for a high-quality hemp source. Similarly, both the US and Canada have regulations in place for quality control and standards on the type of seeds available and legal limits of THC. In accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill, all industrial hemp grown in the US must maintain a THC threshold of less than 0.3%.

Extraction Method

There are numerous extraction methods for CBD. The most common method, and the safest, is through CO2 extraction, a process that uses supercritical carbon dioxide (at a temperature where it functions as a gas and a liquid) to extract the cannabidiol through a series of chambers. The carbon dioxide evaporates in the final stage of chambers as soon as it hits the air, leaving behind pure plant extract that can be turned into a variety of products. The final stage of extraction and processing is to remove unwanted compounds, leaving an isolate or desired potency.

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The Individual Courage And Collective Cowardice Of The Medical Profession

The American people have not been voting on medical science, but on criminal law and individual freedom. For that, we don’t need the approval of the cowardly quacks who’ve ignored the suffering of their patients for decades.

There are some phone calls you just never forget. It was Good Friday morning in 1995. This woman called the NORML office in Washington, wanting information about medical marijuana. Her elderly father was undergoing chemotherapy and the pharmaceutical antiemetics had stopped working, as often happens, and he was vomiting uncontrollably.

One of the nurses pulled her aside and whispered to her, “This happened to my father and marijuana really helped.” My caller said she was astonished, so she asked another nurse who said, “It works for some people.”

So she naturally asked the oncologist. He snapped, “It’s illegal and I don’t want to discuss it.” And he walked away.

SEE: Does A Football Star Have To Get Killed For Americans To See how Dangerous The Drug War Really Is?

However, her father was suffering so much that she had to do something, so she asked around and found that marijuana was really easy to get. She gave some to her father and he stopped vomiting and could sleep.

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Marijuana Abuse By Youth Linked To Bad Journalism

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Richard Cowan, former NORML National Director and author of 5 Important Things To Consider Before Buying CBD.

Last month CNN carried a report, “Marijuana abuse by youth with mood disorders linked to suicide attempts, self-harm and death, study finds”

The arguments for the legalization of marijuana are not based on the assumption that marijuana is harmless, so I have never felt it necessary to defend the plant, but I do think we need to understand the relationship between science, journalism and freedom.

Let’s start with the word “Linked”. My headline that “Marijuana Abuse By Youth Linked to Bad Journalism” was making an ironic point, but obviously I did not mean that marijuana abuse by youth was caused by bad journalism, but maybe it is.

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Marijuana Prohibition, The Constitutional Crisis And The Assault On Democracy

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Article by Richard Cowan, former NORML National Director and author of CBD For Baby Boomers! What You Need To Know!

In the midst of a Constitutional crisis resulting from the President’s efforts to annul an election that he lost, why should anyone be concerned about marijuana prohibition? Because it is all a part of the same problem. The suppression of democracy.

Of course, Marijuana was the big winner in the November election, which Trump lost by a “landslide.”

See Did Marijuana Prohibition Cost Trump The Election?

Absurdly, even before the people of Nebraska could get a chance to vote on a medical marijuana initiative, the state’s Governor joined forces with a sheriff and blocked it from the ballot.

See Who paid to bring down the medical marijuana ballot petition hidden from public

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Reefer, Romanism, and Prohibition As Church Support For Drug War Violates Catholic Teachings

From National Review Magazine / March 24, 1997 page 6 – “CORRECTION: In “For the Record” (Feb. 24) NR reported that Pope John Paul II wanted the Italian government to ban tobacco as a hard drug. In fact he was talking about marijuana. So the Pope is right about tobacco, though wrong about pot.” 

I have always insisted that the cannabis legalization movement should never cede the moral high ground to the prohibitionists, and we should always tell the truth and denounce the lies and violence of the Drug War, whatever its source. 

Freedom has nothing to fear from the truth.

In the US, the state violence (22 million arrests for marijuana possession), promoted by “compassionate conservatism” and supported by the hustlers in the “family values” religious rackets, is generally associated with Protestant commercial Christianity. However, most of them are ready to get in bed with Catholic hierarchy politically, right after denouncing the Church as the “Whore of Babylon”.

Although, as a Quaker, I am about as Protestant as one can get, I have always had great respect for the intellectual quality of Catholic theology, even when I disagree with it. Moreover, liberal (in the 19th Century sense) Catholics like Lord Acton and the late Wm. F.  Buckley Jr., have made major contributions to the cause of freedom. Consequently,  this little essay is not motivated by any anti-Catholic animus.  

However, while everyone is entitled to their own theology, when they politicize it, there is a Commandment that says that they are not entitled to lie to advance their cause. Rome has for over a millennium (ever since it gained power), involved itself in politics, beyond its capacity for knowledge, it has often become an instrument of evil. Sadly, it is still doing so today. 

In 2008, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano asked Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican office, not a prison, to list seven new “mortal sins.”

 The New Mortal Sins 

1.) genetic modification  (Gregor Mendel was a Roman Catholic Abbot, whose Augustinian Abbey now hosts the Mendel Museum of Genetics.)

2.) carrying out experiments on humans (like locking them up to see if that “cures” them?)

3.) polluting the environment  (Like the suppression of hemp?)

4.) causing social injustice (Like arresting far more people of color than whites based on population?)

5.) causing poverty (Like wrecking people’s lives for having a plant?)  

6.) becoming obscenely wealthy. (“Obscene wealth” is in the eye of the beholder, but what about political power?

When Lord Acton wrote that “Power tends to corrupt; and absolute power corrupts absolutely” he was talking about the Church.

7.) taking drugs that “weaken the mind and cloud intelligence”. (I’ll drink to that!)

From Economic Impact of Alcohol Abuse in the US

“Alcohol abuse and dependence claim an estimated 100,000 lives each year in the United States, but the cost to society doesn’t stop there. Heavy drinking takes its toll on society as a whole, costing industry, the government, and the U.S. taxpayer an estimated at $249 billion each year, according to a report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Nothing, including marijuana, is harmless for everyone, at all doses, and in all circumstances. But there is simply no data on marijuana comparable to those for alcohol.

As the 1997 quote from National Review at the top of the page indicates, this is not a new revelation. Moreover, “The Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry addressed the question of drugs in a pastoral handbook titled “Church: Drugs and Drug Addiction,” published in 2001. 

From a moral point of view the Church cannot approve drug use, the text explained, because it involves an unjustified renunciation of thinking, willing and acting as free persons (No. 43).  

The council said individuals have no “right” to abdicate their personal dignity or to harm themselves. 

But do we have the right to harm others and violate their personal dignity? (To arrest and imprison them? That is simply the process of the “criminal justice system.)

“Liberalization of drug laws, the council warned, runs the risk of bringing into existence an inferior class of underdeveloped human beings, who depend on drugs to live. This would be a dereliction of the state’s duty to promote the common good (No. 51).”

Certainly, there are drugs like alcohol and other substances, the misuse of which can involve “an unjustified renunciation of thinking, willing and acting as free persons.” However, simply calling something a “drug” and making it illegal does not mean that it actually does what the Council says it does, anymore than not calling alcohol a drug, and making it legal means that it does not cause harm.  

Ironically, one reason that alcohol prohibition was politically successful in the US was that it was associated with Catholicism. (“Rum, Romanism and Rebellion”).

My point is simply to demonstrate that the Vatican may have committed what it calls a “mortal sin.” 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines a mortal sin as follows: 

(edited for brevity) 

“Mortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God’s law…. Mortal sin, by attacking the vital principle within us – that is, charity -… 

For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must exist at the same time. 

1. It must be of a grave matter; (22 million arrests just in the U.S. and empowering violent contraband smuggling operations. Is the Vatican familiar with the word “Mafia”?)

2. It must be committed with full knowledge that it is a mortal sin;  (Buckley’s funeral was at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.)

3. It must be committed with full consent.  (And a Papal blessing?)

Grave matter” is specified by the Ten Commandments, corresponding to the answer of Jesus to the rich young man: 

‘Do not kill,

Do not commit adultery,

Do not steal 

Do not bear false witness….”

In short, the Vatican and its spokespersons are violating the Commandment against bearing false witness.  And the Drug War they support involves violating most of the other nine. It kills. It steals. It wrecks families and divides children from their parents. And when supported by “religious leaders” it drives people away from God.

Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free'(John 8:31–32). 

Fortunately, Reefer Madness is not subject to the doctrine of “Papal Infallibility

So I’ll end with one more quote, from the cover of National Review in 1961

Mater si, magistra no.”

In Loving Memory of Willam F. Buckley, an Obituary by Longtime Friend Richard Cowan

Originally Posted February 27, 2008 on MarijuanaNews.com

In Loving Memory, by Richard Cowan  

I cannot begin to express my sorrow at the passing of Bill Buckley. We met about 49 years ago. I was 18, a freshman at Yale, and drunk. He was 33, editor of some little magazine that I had never heard of, and amused.  

Because I was very active in Conservative undergraduate politics at his alma mater, we became friends, but Bill had countless friends across the political spectrum. He was a genuinely kind human being, and would never wallow in the rudeness that mars politics today. 

Bill was also Christian gentleman, and although I could never join him in the Catholic Church, I was greatly influenced by him to respect Christianity, and was moved to the Holy Spirit by my memory of his saying that he would not want to be “only a libertarian.” He also had friends of every faith, and none. And many who are gay. 

See 

Should Marijuana Users Come Out Of The Closet?    

Someday, I may reminisce more about my memories of him, but for now let me just say that if he had not published an article that I sent him in 1972 on why Conservatives should support the legalization of marijuana, it is most unlikely that I would ever started writing, and even less likely that I would have started MarijuanaNews.com. (I cannot find the article anywhere online, but it was really not very good.) 

Sometimes I am given credit for convincing Bill about marijuana, but I think he was already convinced, and my little article was just the opportunity he was waiting for.  

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Exclusive To MarijuanaNews: Interview With William F. Buckley, Jr. By Noah Pollak and Dan Mindus  

Almost exactly fourteen years later, National Review would also publish another article, How The Narcs Created Crack, that I think was much better, but far less controversial. He had done much to move the public discourse in our direction. 

Subsequently, he was responsible for my meeting the late Peter McWilliams, and was very outspoken about the injustice of his case as well as Steve Kubby’s. 

See

Buckley Writes On McWilliams And Kubby Cases; Great Ending, If I May Say So.

and 

Buckley Denounces Prosecution of McCormick and McWilliams In Strongest Terms Yet.”On the eve of the trial Judge King decided, so to speak, to eliminate the Bill of Rights.”  

Bill was 82 and in poor health and his wife Pat, a great lady and the only woman who I could imagine being Mrs. William F. Buckley, died last year. I was time for him to join her. I suspect he is playing the harpsichord with Bach about now.  

God bless you, Bill, and thanks for everything. And I do mean everything of value. 

The Washington Post has a full obituary about his long and astonishingly productive life with some great pictures.

5 Important Things To Consider Before Buying CBD

This article was originally published on Blue Ribbon Hemp. To view the original article, click here.

CBD is just about everywhere you look these days. As the buzz around cannabidiol continues to grow, so does the product market. From oils to edibles, to bath bombs and topicals, there are countless ways to experience the potentially therapeutic benefits of CBD.

With the amount of options available, it can become tricky to navigate a market, especially if CBD is new to you. So what are the best ways to make sure you are getting the best product and bang for your buck? Here are five important things to consider when making your CBD purchase.

The Source of Hemp

CBD is sourced from hemp and cannabis plants. These plants, just like anything that is grown from seed, can be influenced by the factors around them. Plants can absorb anything they are exposed to, whether its pesticides, fertilizer or anything in the air This is why it is important to always look for a high-quality hemp source. Similarly, both the US and Canada have regulations in place for quality control and standards on the type of seeds available and legal limits of THC. In accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill, all industrial hemp grown in the US must maintain a THC threshold of less than 0.3%.

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Illinois To Tax Marijuana Users To Pay Reparations To Marijuana Users

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Article by Richard Cowan, former NORML National Director and author of Things To Know Before Vaping CBD

A year ago, IllinoisPolicy.org, a think tank devoted to improving the state’s economic policies, warned that the “ILLINOIS CANNABIS TAXES AMONG NATION’S HIGHEST, COULD KEEP BLACK MARKET THRIVING

“Springfield lawmakers have yet to learn the lesson that money walks. And it’s not just to other states. Sometimes, it walks past the legal dispensary with a 40% tax rate and into a dealer’s house…

“Even in Illinois, which financial forecasting service Kiplinger dubbed the least tax-friendly state in the nation, weed buyers had sticker shock.

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Prohibitionism Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry

It may be too late for real justice for the tens of millions of victims of marijuana prohibition, but it certainly is not too late for us to learn from our mistakes.

Disclaimer:The views expressed in this article solely belong to the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Fresh Toast.

Following the recent unpleasantness in American politics, especially the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, there has been talk about the need for a commission on Truth and Reconciliation, similar to the South African effort following the end of Apartheid.

Unsurprisingly, the losing side seems more interested in “reconciliation” than in the “truth.”

Similarly, the Drug Warriors on the “losing side” in the war on marijuana users would rather pretend that it never happened. Let’s not talk about it.

It may be too late for real “justice” for the tens of millions of victims of marijuana prohibition, but it certainly is not too late for us to learn from our “mistakes.” Today we think of Canada as a pioneer in marijuana legalization, but it wasn’t always that way.

On January 10, 2005, Canada’s National Post and other newspapers, including the Vancouver Sun, both of which were anti-prohibitionist, carried articles by Jack Aubry, with an interesting choice of headlines and emphasis.

SEE: The History Of CBD: A Brief Breakdown of Hemp & Cannabis in America

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https://thefreshtoast.com/opinion/prohibitionism-means-never-having-to-say-youre-sorry/

The Logical Fallacies Of Marijuana Prohibition And What The Doctor Says…

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Article by Richard Cowan, former NORML National Director and author of CBD Salves For Skin: How Is Salve Different From CBD Oil?

One of the most common examples of a fallacious  argument is the “fallacy of appealing to an authority in an unrelated field… citing Albert Einstein as an authority for a determination on religion when his primary expertise was in physics.”

The opinions of medical doctors carry a lot of weight in our society, consequently we need to be very aware of the limitations of their expertise. A recent example can be found in the January 16, 2021 issue of Public Health & Policy in an Op-Ed: We Should Not Allow a Marijuana Free-for-All — Harms from cannabis are real — they must be recognized and mitigated by Sarah C. Hull, MD, MBE.

Dr Hull is on the faculty at Yale Medical School where she is a cardiologist, and her opinions as such should be respected. However, this article is an excellent example of the problem of citing authorities outside of their area of expertise.

Also by Richard Cowan: If Studies Show Cannabis Is Effective In Treating Depression, & Improving Mental Health Then We Really, Really Need It

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Conservative Intellectual Wants To Keep Marijuana In The Black Market So “Problem Users” Won’t Be Such A Problem

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Article by Richard Cowan is a former NORML National Director and author of What Are The Regulatory Challenges Faced By CBD Medicines?

Ramesh Ponnuru writes for Bloomberg, and he is he is also a senior editor for National Review magazine.

He also writes for The  American Enterprise Institute www.AEI.org , the “conservative” think tank.

He is a graduate of Princeton University and he managed to maintain his intellectual integrity during the Trump cult. In short he was smart enough to know better when he wrote his latest column for Bloomberg, calling for decriminalizing marijuana possession, but leaving the supply side to the black market:

“There’s a Responsible Way to End the Federal Marijuana Ban. The key to any nationwide legalization is to keep the free market out of it.”

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UK Data Show Marijuana Prohibition Is A Racist Counterproductive Fraud

Article by Richard Cowan

There is a growing international recognition that marijuana prohibition is a disastrous failure, but it is worse than that. It is a counterproductive fraud that is aggravating all of the problems that it is supposed to solve, and it creates incentives to underestimate the extent of the problems.

As the authors of the new analysis from Bristol and Public Health England, say, the “illegality of illicit drug use means gauging true usage is difficult and leads to underestimates.

Bristol Drugs Project works with people with substance abuse problems and recently did a survey that indicated that almost two-thirds of young adults (under the age of 25)  in Britain have taken an illegal drug at least once in their lifetimes. Cannabis being the largest component, and has been taken by 60.5 percent of people, up significantly from the lower estimate of 37.3 per cent, the study finds. 

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WHY CLOSING THE AMSTERDAM COFFEESHOPS TO TOURISTS IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

The first time I went to Amsterdam was in February of 1993. I had recently become the National Director of NORML.org, but I had previously met a number of Dutch officials and activists at the original Drug Policy Foundation (predecessor of the Drug Policy Alliance) conferences in the late 1980s.

Incredibly, lying about the Dutch was a basic part of the U.S. prohibitionist party line, so I decided that it would be useful to be able to to say, “I have just returned from Amsterdam and…”

After all, what the Dutch were doing was supposed to be impossible and disastrous and “double plus ungood.”

My first stop was a little coffeeshop across from my hotel. As I went in, I nervously looked both ways with the paranoia of a citizen of the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” (Pause for tears and laughter).

See: Richard’s Tips to Latin American Countries on the Cusp of Legalization of Cannabis and Medical Marijuana.

Later, I had an appointment (arranged by my Dutch friends) with the head of the “Vice squad” of the Amsterdam police. He made clear that there were seldom any problems at the coffeeshops, but lots of calls for the police at Amsterdam’s numerous (over 1,100) bars.

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Who is Richard Cowan? A Short Biography

Cowan was born in 1940 in Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended public schools and graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1958.

Cowan has extensive experience with both privately and publicly owned companies. After graduating from Yale University in 1962 with a degree in Economics, he served in executive positions in various family companies, involved in manufacturing and natural resources, some of which were publicly owned.

He is a cofounder of two publicly owned medical cannabis companies and serves a consultant to others in the cannabis industry.

At Yale, he was president of the Yale Young Republicans and Chairman of the Party of the Right in the Yale Political Union.

He was also a founding member of Young Americans for Freedom, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Americans_for_Freedom  the Conservative student group launched in 1960 by the late William F. Buckley, Jr. 

Buckley’s friendship became a lifelong influence on Cowan. 

Cowan has been been involved in the marijuana reform movement, almost since its inception. On December 6, 1972 Buckley’s National Review magazine published (as a cover article) “Why Conservatives Should Support the Legalization of Marijuana.” 

In his book Smoke and Mirrors, Dan Baum said that this article “opened a second front in the War on Drugs.” Time Magazine

and the New York Times even carried stories about the article.

Fourteen years later, on December 5, 1986, National Review also published (again as a cover article): “How the Narcs Created Crack.” 

This article has been cited in various scholarly journals as the origin of the economics of contraband, “The Iron Law of Prohibition: the harder the enforcement, the harder the drugs.” See The Iron Law of Prohibition 

Cowan also served as the Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws www.NORML.org   from 1992 to 1995, and at various times has been active in the Libertarian Party. 

When he was NORML Executive Director the NORML Board included such figures as Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis PhD, Ann Druyan, co-producer of Cosmos (with her late husband, Carl Sagan), Cato Institute’s David Boaz and others.

Writings on other subjects have appeared in a variety of newspapers and other publications, including the Atlantic Monthly.  Cowan’s television appearances included interviews on numerous news programs, including CNN, and a variety of talk shows.

In 1997 Cowan launched MarijuanaNews.com, which has been called the first marijuana blog. (MarijuanaNews is currently being reworked and is offline.)

He has debated in the Oxford Union, and has spoken before a committee of the Congress of the Republic of Mexico. Currently, Cowan is writing columns on marijuana legalization and other subjects that are published on ….

Cowan has lived in Holland and Spain, and knows many of the leaders of the cannabis industry in Europe. Currently, he divides his time between the US and Spain.

Marijuana Prohibition, The Constitutional Crisis And The Assault On Democracy

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Article by Richard Cowan, former NORML National Director and author of CBD For Baby Boomers! What You Need To Know!

In the midst of a Constitutional crisis del capitalismo resulting from the President’s efforts to annul an election that he lost, why deberá anyone be concerned about marijuana prohibition? Because it is all a part of the same problem. The suppression of democracy.

Of course, Marijuana was the big winner in the November election, which Trump lost by a “landslide.”

See Did Marijuana Prohibition Cost Trump The Election?

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MARIJUANA IS REPLACING ALCOHOL DURING THE PANDEMIC AND MAY HAVE LONG TERM BENEFITS

The pandemic has produced a number of social changes that we hope may last. An online Harris Poll sponsored by Curaleaf, a marijuana company, found that 45% of cannabis consumers age 21 and up have replaced or reduced their alcohol consumption with marijuana since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and one-third of those who use cannabis recreationally prefer cannabis to drinking alcohol.

Half of the respondents (50%) said they increased their use because cannabis helped them relax, and 48% said they did so to help them sleep. Of those who said they use marijuana recreationally, a third (33%) said that they prefer cannabis over alcohol.

Interestingly, parents are actually turning to cannabis at higher rates than those without children. Think of the children!

Really. “Parents struggling with alcoholism may be surprised or concerned after reading about the impact their addiction can have on their children now and through adulthood.”

See: The Effects of Parental Alcoholism on Children

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Marijuana Prohibition, The Constitutional Crisis And The Assault On Democracy

Article by Richard Cowan, former NORML National Director and author of CBD For Baby Boomers! What You Need To Know!

In the midst of a Constitutional crisis resulting from the President’s efforts to annul an election that he lost, why should anyone be concerned about marijuana prohibition? Because it is all a part of the same problem. The suppression of democracy.

Of course, Marijuana was the big winner in the November election, which Trump lost by a “landslide.”

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The History Of CBD: A Brief Breakdown of Hemp & Cannabis in America

These days CBD is just about everywhere you look, from health foods stores to online retailers, gas stations and everything in between. If you’re like many Americans, you may never have heard of CBD five years ago. With decades of cannabis prohibition in our past, some are lead to assume the potentially therapeutic benefits of CBD are a modern discovery, but that’s far from the case. Let’s take a look at the history of CBD and cannabis through the ages and how we ended up with a booming and brand new CBD market in its 2021 infancy. 

 Early Cannabinoid Use and Research

Some of the earliest documented use of a cannabis-derived therapeutic use dates all the way back to 2737 BC. Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung is thought to have used a cannabis-infused tea to aid in a number of ailments [1]. Queen Victoria is believed to have used a CBD rich cannabis plant to alleviate menstrual pain during her reign from 1876-1901 [2]. In 1830, Irish researcher and physician William B. O’Shaughnessy published one of the first studies on cannabis plants therapeutic effects [3]. Throughout world history cannabis has been used as a naturally therapeutic resource, but with the rise of modern medicine, the start of prohibition and lack of scientific research, cannabis was never recognized as a legitimate medicinal source. 

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Marijuana Is Replacing Alcohol During The Pandemic And May Have Long Term Benefits

The pandemic has produced a number of social changes that we hope may last. An online Harris Poll sponsored by Curaleaf, a marijuana company, found that 45% of cannabis consumers age 21 and up have replaced or reduced their alcohol consumption with marijuana since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and one-third of those who use cannabis recreationally prefer cannabis to drinking alcohol.

Half of the respondents (50%) said they increased their use because cannabis helped them relax, and 48% said they did so to help them sleep. Of those who said they use marijuana recreationally, a third (33%) said that they prefer cannabis over alcohol.

Interestingly, parents are actually turning to cannabis at higher rates than those without children. Think of the children!

Really. “Parents struggling with alcoholism may be surprised or concerned after reading about the impact their addiction can have on their children now and through adulthood.”

See The Effects of Parental Alcoholism on Children

Another recent poll commissioned by the Glass House Group found that a majority plan to replace alcohol with cannabis.

DrugWarFacts.org reports, “In 2017, 140.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current alcohol users, 66.6 million were binge drinkers in the past month, and 16.7 million were heavy drinkers in the past month. Thus, nearly half of current alcohol users were binge drinkers (47.4 percent), and 1 in 8 current alcohol users were heavy drinkers (11.9 percent). Among binge drinkers, about 1 in 4 (25.1 percent) were heavy drinkers.”

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https://www.kabc.com/2021/01/15/marijuana-is-replacing-alcohol-during-the-pandemic-and-may-have-long-term-benefits/

WE NEED MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR AMERICA’S ENORMOUS PRISON POPULATION

The Associated Press reports, “A state district judge in Albuquerque has ruled this week that the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center should not penalize medical marijuana patients under its custody or supervision for using the drug.”

It is unclear whether other New Mexico jurisdictions will concur with the ruling, but it will inevitably be litigated nationally.

First, try to let’s understand the scope of our criminal justice problems.

‘The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,833 state prisons, 110 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,134 local jails, 218 immigration detention facilities, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories.’

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Vancouver Research Finds Black Market Cannabis Important For Fighting Opiate Abuse

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Article by Richard Cowan, former NORML National Director and author of Breaking Down The Label Of CBD Gummies.

Vancouver, British Columbia, is truly one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It also has the best weather of any major Canadian cities. Faint praise, but homeless people are much less likely to freeze to death there. That fact may partly explain why its Downtown Eastside has a very visible street population, and substance abuse problems.

The excellent website MedicalExpress.com has published two studies by the University of British Columbia about the therapeutic use of cannabis in reducing the problems with opiates by these people.

The first study from May 26, 2020, Majority of cannabis use in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for therapeutic purposes found that:

“Most people at high risk of overdose in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside who use cannabis do so for pain relief and other therapeutic reasons—and they may be at lower risk of overdosing on opioids as a result…”

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Is ‘On The Green CBD’ Legit? – A Real Tested CBD Brand Spotlight

There are countless options available when it comes to CBD products on the market today. When it comes to finding quality CBD products, fact-checking with third-party lab test results is the best way to ensure a legitimate CBD purchase. Real Tested CBD is a leading name in the world of CBD product reviews and independent lab testing. We provide you with everything you need to know before buying CBD online. Turn to Real Tested CBD and our expert scorecard rating scale to get the best product for individual needs, in just about any form you can think of. Today we bring you On The Green CBD, a CBD company crafted with golfers in mind, hence the crafty and very fitting name. This CBD company has products ranging from CBD sunblock to CBD cooling gel, here are just a few products we have reviewed so far:

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We Need Medical Marijuana for America’s Enormous Prison Population

The Associated Press reports, “A state district judge in Albuquerque has ruled this week that the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center should not penalize medical marijuana patients under its custody or supervision for using the drug.” 

It is unclear whether other New Mexico jurisdictions will concur with the ruling, but it will inevitably be litigated nationally.  

First, try to let’s understand the scope of our criminal justice problems. 

‘The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,833 state prisons, 110 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,134 local jails, 218 immigration detention facilities, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories.’

See Prison Policy

The US has less than 5% of the world’s population, but almost 25% of the world’s prisoners. We have arrested over 22 million Americans for simple possession of marijuana in the last 50 years. During that time the US prison population grew from 200,000 to over 2,300,000, mostly because of the Drug War.

See CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TALK ABOUT USING CANNABIS TO RELIEVE PANDEMIC STRESS DISORDER & SUICIDE?

Feeling safer?

And last year we arrested another 500,000 people last year just for having less than an ounce of marijuana. That number is greater than for all violent crimes combined. 

Last year, in Washington, DC, a population of 720,000, 187 people were murdered. The last victim was only one year old. Amsterdam, population 1,149,000, had 20 violent deaths. 

Feeling safer?

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https://www.kabc.com/2021/01/06/we-need-medical-marijuana-for-americas-enormous-prison-population/

WHY THE U.S. HAS MADE A COMPLETE MESS OF THE PARTIAL LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA (SO FAR)

One of the most frustrating problems in the efforts to end marijuana prohibition has long been the distrust of freedom and the pretense that we are somehow “boldly going where no politicians have ever gone before.”

Specifically, marijuana has been sold over-the-counter to anyone over 18 for decades in the Netherlands (not just in Amsterdam). It also allows for on-premise consumption. And with almost no regulations, except NO HARD DRUGS. And essentially no problems. (Except on the still banned supply.)

However, when Nevada legalized recreational sales, even Las Vegas did not initially license on-premise consumption because they were unsure how it might work and what the consequences might be.

See: Las Vegas and Recreational Marijuana 

In states where the politicians and the police distrust the people even more, the regulations have been even more absurd. For example, Ohio’s new medical marijuana laws (and some other states) do not allow the sale of marijuana to be smoked by patients, because the prohibitionist party line is that “NO MEDICINE IS SMOKED.”

See: PROFILES IN PROHIBITION: GENERAL BARRY MCCAFFREY’S WAR ON MARIJUANA USERS

That is the result of the Institute of Medicine’s study paid for by the Drug Czar’s office in 1999 that concluded that marijuana was as safe or safer than most medicines, except for the risks inherent in smoking anything. That point was seized as propaganda by the Drug Czar who ignored everything else. So 20 years later when Ohio voted to stop arresting the sick and dying, they included the Czar’s propaganda without having ever read — or even heard about — his propaganda.

See: Cannabis in Ohio

In Pennsylvania, regulations and taxes make medical marijuana much more expensive than in most other states.

See: Cannabis in Pennsylvania 

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DEA Admits To Blocking Vital Research On Medical Marijuana Costing Thousands Of Lives

Article by Richard Cowan, former NORML National Director and author of Reasons Why CBD May Not Work For You.

Well, okay, the DEA didn’t exactly word it that way. They preferred to say, “DEA Widens Path for Medical Marijuana Research”.

A few points here. First, this article is from the Wall Street Journal, which has historically been rather pro-Trump and very anti-marijuana.

In any case, our gracious Lords and Masters at the Drug Enforcement Administration have magnanimously agreed to allow more than one contractor to provide cannabis for medical research … “after years of delay under the Trump administration.”

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As the WSJ reports, “The DEA under President Obama began seeking applications for additional marijuana growers in August 2016, saying it wanted to expand research into the potential medical uses of marijuana as American society took a more tolerant view of its use.” However, Obama became President in 2001 and did not direct the DEA to stop blocking research until his last full year in office.

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