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Rolling Stone Magazine Stands on Dubious Ethical Grounds

Rolling Stone, an icon of pop culture, has been singing the praises of marijuana and advocating for legalization for some time.  Actor Sean Penn held a secret interview  with Mexican drug kingpin, “El Chapo” Guzman on behalf of Rolling Stone.  The drug lord had escaped from prison and was in hiding at the time. The day after Guzman was recaptured, the edgy magazine published an article with this interview.  Some journalists slammed the Rolling Stone for its ethics on account of the interview.

However, the magazine could lose it’s reputation further for publishing of a false story of gang rape on November 19, 2014.  Allegedly, seven men forced themselves onto one girl who had been invited to a fraternity house party in September, 2012.  Reactions at the university were extreme, as the school struggled to save its reputation.   In fact, the university president suspended all fraternity activities for nearly two months.

Shortly after Rolling Stone published “A Rape on Campus,” some bloggers and the Washington Post discovered inconsistencies in the story.   By December 2012, the journalist said she no longer trusted her witness.   On April 5, 2015, Rolling Stone finally retracted the story and deleted it.   It now appears that the rape never happened.

Everything that Rolling Stone would have been looking for to describe rape culture is found in the marijuana industry.  The problems of secretiveness, cover-up, fear of reporting rape are endemic to California’s Emerald Triangle region.

Defaming the Wrong Person, Wrong Place

Nicole Eramo, a former associate dean of students handled sexual assaults.  She is suing Rolling Stone for $7.5 million for defamation.   Eramo believes Rolling Stone portrayed her as a villain in the article.  Her photo was doctored to look cartoonish.  A fake sign behind, “Stop Victim Blaming” suggests she has no empathy and mistrusts those who come to her to discuss sexual assault.  She received many threats and hate mail.

Journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely had an agenda and went to an elite school looking for a story.  Her research led to a student named Jackie who told about a fraternity member named “Drew.”  Jackie had reported a rape at the time to her friends and to the Dean Eramo later that year.  However, the journalist never verified other sources or contacted the friends.   Rolling Stone’s fact checker questioned many parts of the story and picked it apart.  Columbia University School of Journalism conducted an independent review of the story and found it invalid and shoddy.

The Washington Post has been reporting on the trial for the last two weeks.  The University of Virginia has not filed a lawsuit, but the fraternity accused of conducting the ritualistic rape is suing Rolling Stone for $25 million.

Marijuana Country of Northern California is full of Sexual Assault, Rape, Violence

Erdely could have found a valid story of rape if she looked among the marijuana growers.  In fact Shoshana Walter recently recently wrote about the difficulty of investigating rape in the Emerald Triangle.  Last week Walter tweeted that this type of abuse won’t go away if Prop 64 passes.  Why didn’t Sabrina Rubin Erdely look there?

Both the journalist and the magazine have damaged rape victims by using the example of a false testimony.   (Will others who report assault and rape be considered liars?)  What connects the culture of the college fraternities and the marijuana country is substance abuse.   Abusing substances, especially combining alcohol with marijuana and other drugs, increases the likelihood of unwanted sex.  Why aren’t we exposing this part of the story to warn potential perpetrators and victims?

According to Maryann Hayes Mariani, a coordinator for the North Coast Rape Crisis Team: “Women believe they are getting hired for trimming work, and then they’re drugged and raped.”

Besides rape and human trafficking, here’s what happens at marijuana farms, as reported this week in The Union:

*Growers sometimes blindfold trimmers before driving to plots deep in the mountains, lacking cell service and public transportation.

*Young women have reported being forced to perform sex acts with their bosses in order to get paid.

* Some women get higher wages to trim topless.

*There were 252 missing persons reported in Humboldt County, more than any area of the state.

Everything that Rolling Stone was looking for to describe sexual assault and lack of accountability is part of California’s marijuana growing region.  The pot industry also doesn’t treat women well, as a rule.

Soros’ Biggest Failure: Our Children

George Soros is the Big Fish who funds many 527 organizations and  controls multiple national and international policies (Read Part 1).   Now we live with outcome of his idea, changing the War on Drugs.   Soros can make a god out of money to influence policy, but this political success is failure in a much bigger and more important way.

Soros donated an estimated $200 million to fund the changes to US drug policy over the last 20 years.   Using his big fish status, he’s swallowing those who can’t fend for themselves, our young people.  The groups he funds blame America’s DEA for violence in other lands, rather than the drug dealers who fight each other and kill.  Politically, these groups target students, even those below voting age. Using a twist of logic, our young people start believing drugs are good and it’s the American government that’s wrong.  (At the same time, they become drug users.)   To say the war on drugs was a failure doesn’t account for the continuous drop in youth drug use between 1979 and 1992.

Legalization ballots that passed wouldn’t have happened without Soros’ help.  In California, Soros influenced Proposition 47 which changed felonies to misdemeanors and let drug dealers out of jail.   This year he’s the source of the Dark Money in the California campaign, about $4 million that is under the banner of Fund for Policy Reform, as uncovered in the Sacramento Bee. 

The Lie About Social Justice

Legalizers have successfully framed legalization as a social justice issue — which is not.    In fact, convincing people that hundreds of thousands of people are in prison for marijuana use only — rather than crimes related to the drug or while on drugs — is one of the false narratives.   It is the main reason why people have been persuaded to vote for legalization. The Sacramento Bee recently investigated and couldn’t find a single low level marijuana offender in California prisons.   Criminal justice experts agree that loosening drug possession laws would have little effect on the total numbers in prison.  There are plenty of ways to revise and improve criminal justice without harming people, and drug use harms peoplelienottruth

“Ending the War on Drugs” is “for an ulterior, but far more straightforward motive—making a lot of money at the expense of public health,” explains Kevin Sabet, director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.  Going to prison can mess up lives, but drug abuse messes up lives more.     Legal pot dealers are doing the same as illegal drug dealers did – locating in minority communities.    Legalization is a failure because  it doesn’t improve the lives of minorities who have more to lose by using drugs.

The one initiative written by the Soros-funded ACLU, I-502 in Washington, was more palatable to many voters because it had a DUI standard and strict plans for enforcing marijuana use by minors.  However, these restrictions which allowed I-502 to pass without controversy were immediately stripped. The ACLU even fought against local marijuana bans in court, arguing that cities cannot opt out of the ACLU-imposed law.  So much for the organization’s honesty and sincerity.

Arrests for Blacks go up – After Legalization

Soros’ attempt to change the “War on Drugs” is not bringing about racial justice.   Marijuana related arrests have skyrocketed for Black and Hispanic minors in Denver since legalization. The outcome raises suspicions.  Is the charge of racism that is central to the Drug Policy Alliance’s message a cover for ulterior motives?   After legalization in Seattle, blacks were still arrested more frequently than whites, so Seattle decided it would no longer arrest for the public smoking of pot.

Drug Policy Alliance, like ACLU, pretends that racial justice problems are solved by supporting drug legalization. (Soros and Nadelmann are intelligent enough to know that complex problems don’t have simple solutions.)   A video from Democratic party’s convention this summer shows DPA’s Ethan Nadelmann.  He was rallying and cheering for all the money that can be made in the marijuana industry.  At then end, Nadelmann almost forgot to add a token phrase about social justice.   Like much of the “medical” marijuana ruse, the idea that ending the war on drugs will end racism is a ruse.   It’s a good political cover.

Other Failures with Legalization

The notion that black market would end with legalization has proven false, also.  For example, in Washington, the tax rate is high and the black market is nearly half the market in the state.   As one former federal prosecutor exclaimed, “Legalization doesn’t put drug cartels  out of business; it emboldens them.”

Crime also shot up after legalization, District Attorney Mitch Morrissey explained to an audience in Nevada.   In fact, homicide was higher in 2015 than it had ever been.    (Marijuana is the drug most likely to trigger debilitating conditions of mental illness, homelessness and other drug usage.)    Homelessness as a result of legalization has skyrocketed.  Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock blamed marijuana legalization on a violent rampage in the mall last summer.

While those who pushed for legalization in Colorado in 2012 argued that tax revenue would help the schools, most schools are not getting money.   In fact the city of Denver has a video busting the myth that marijuana money funds schools.  That argument did not reveal to voters the high cost of regulation.   In fact by almost all standards, marijuana legalization is a failure.  (Many of these myths about taxes, black market, crime reduction were pushed by the Marijuana Policy Project, a group funded by Peter Lewis and his heirs, not Soros.  However, MPP coordinates its message with DPA. )

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Threats from terrorists are minimal compared to the destruction from drug use that has been fostered over the last 15-20 years. They’re 50% higher than gun deaths and traffic accidents

Harm Reduction Policy is a Failure

A George Soros interview in 1999 explained that decriminalization followed by legalization was “an experimental idea.”  Now, the proof is in the pudding. Today’s  death rate from drug overdose of illegal  and legal drugs is 129 a day and growing.

Those dying in the 25-34-age group die at 5x the rate was in 1999.   Death by overdose in the 12-24-age group is double what it was in 1999.

Harm Reduction and “reversing the drug war” is a policy that is killing people at an unprecedented rate. Getting drugs and needles to people is not a bad motivation, but it only saves lives temporarily, for the most part.  Some people die just weeks or months later.  Will Soros and Drug Policy Alliance admit failure?

Teens and those ages 20-34 grew up under the Soros/Drug Policy Alliance philosophy of “harm reduction.”   Harm reduction is taught with little evidence drugs can be used safely.  Instead of educating to prevent the start of drug use, this philosophy assumes kids will use drugs.   In the late 1990s, a lawsuit forced drug czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey to take anti-drug commercials off television. Since that time, funding for  D.A.R.E was cut by two thirds.   Demand for drugs is growing and the United States has 56% of the world’s drug users.

The US policy which favors harm reduction over demand reduction is a FAILURE!   The 47,000+ drug deaths a year is nearly 50% higher than the next biggest accidental cause of death, traffic accidents.   It’s also nearly 50% higher than deaths by gun violence, but where is the outrage about dropping anti-drug education in the schools?

Of course people will always use drugs, but that doesn’t mean we should not try to prevent it, as we did for years until Soros started interfering in our drug programs.   nationaldrugusesurvey

Failure Confirmed and Time to Admit It

Several announcements were made ahead of the United Nations meeting on drugs in New York, UNGASS Conference, in April suggesting that worldwide policy surrounding drugs would change.  They did not.  Soros doesn’t know more than world leaders.

Some of Soros’ pet projects to encourage democracy in other countries may have helped people.  However, his game board is the world.  Soros has controlled the wealth of nations, but he also wants to be chief architect of foreign affairs, drug policy, immigration.  He influences environmental matters, housing, finance, health care, judicial matters and state governments while controlling politics of other countries.   So is the attempt to legalize marijuana and other drugs an attempt to kill people?

The “experiment” did not work. However, there were many “victims,” and Soros should not take this fact lightly.  Marijuana weakens minds, as users lose valuable memory and their IQs actually go down.  Pot users are often less interested in life and work less than others, making them easier to manipulate.   Was the plan carried out with the idea that drugs make the people who don’t die more malleable?

If Soros and his sidekicks at ACLU and DPA do not change policy, their original goals will become more obvious.  Overturning the “War on Drugs”  brings more drug use and death of our young people.  It’s manipulation and death in the guise of philanthropy.

INDOOR MARIJUANA GROWS!  ANOTHER DISASTER

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Indoor Marijuana Grows A Disaster

By Roger Morgan, TBAC, California.  rogermorgan339@gmail.com #stoppot2016

On the theory that a word to wise is sufficient, one should look at the reality of legalized pot in Oregon prior to assuming it is a good thing for California. Indoor marijuana grows, especially, would be a disaster.

California, with a population of 38 million reportedly has 50,000 mostly illegal outdoor cultivation sites.  Oregon, with a population of only 4 million, had 47,000, even prior to legalizing pot for recreational use in 2014. Aside from the impact on humans from consuming this illicit, dangerous drug, the impact on the environment and local communities has been devastating.

Once pristine communities have been invaded with unsavory people who were attracted by the right to grow this illicit drug legally.  Rural environments with once nice equestrian facilities, and gentlemen farms, have been invaded with pot plantations that smell of skunk so badly, people can’t open their windows. To protect from human and animal predators, pot plantations are surrounded with high walls with razor wire on top. Inside, they are guarded by pit bulls and armed guards.

Obviously, as is the case with California, the crop isn’t intended for the population of those who consume marijuana within the State.  California, according to our State legislators, provides 60% of pot to the entire US market. Oregon is obviously not far behind.

Now, our own Lt Governor Gavin Newsom, backed by out-of-state billionaires, is leading the charge to legalize pot for recreational use in California. In reality, we already have de facto legalization. Anyone 18 or older can get a pot doctor’s recommendation for $20 and buy (and sell) all the pot they want. The intent from day one in 1996 when three out-of-state billionaires with George Soros at the helm, was just use “medical marijuana” as a red herring to give pot a good name as a first step toward full legalization. It has been a long patient plan, but combined with financial contributions to elected officials and the press, it is working.

The Newsom ballot initiative calls for anyone to have the ability to grow six plants for “personal use”. Lets look at what that could mean.

According to Shirley Morgan, Oregon’s premier anti-marijuana activist, “….. in Oregon marijuana plants can range from 10’ to 15’ in height depending on where and how they are grown. ….. According to the 2015 Privateer Holdings report, individual yields depend on many factors, such as plant density, nutrient availability, light availability and genetic pre-disposition. A HIDTA paper anecdotally reported yields in southern Oregon ranging from 6 to 20 lbs per plant with an average yields of 10 lbs of usable, dried, marijuana per plant, with a single harvest per year. ….. A U of Washington study on indoor cannabis production found that the typical yield from a single plant grown indoors is about one ounce, but the indoor grow site can expect four harvests per year.”  They report higher yields for indoor and outdoor grows are not uncommon, as one would assume from the large indoor grow pictured.

So what would 6 indoor marijuana plants per household in California mean?

Lets just conservatively say one lb of produce per plant. There are an estimated 1,000 joints per pound, so six plants would produce 6,000 joints.  But, as evidenced in the previous paragraph, it is possible to get 10 lbs per plant, or 60,000 joints …. with a single harvest. Four harvests a year are possible indoors. As in Oregon, it is marketed to out-of-state and underage markets. It’s not about medicine. Its all about money, with no regard for people or the planet.

Another reality is that marijuana isn’t just measured in joints any longer. Extracting the THC through butane to produce hash oil (BTO) has caused new dangers. Butane is so volatile even static electricity can cause a major explosion. There were 143 such explosions in California in 2014, and 32 deaths. Many of those who survived ended up on burn centers for 2 to 3 months getting skin grafts for deep seated burns.

Because the wax and oils sell for more money, many if not most indoor and outdoor growers have gravitated to this dangerous practice. If the explosions don’t occur, the fact that marijuana and money exist in one location makes them a magnet for crime.

The list of deleterious impacts on humans is endless, especially anyone under age 25 whose brains can be permanently damaged. But the list goes on, including psychotic breaks, mental illness, addiction, birth defects, traffic fatalities, et al. Altered minds lead to more crime, more academic failure, and more use of drugs that are killing 129 Americans everyday just of overdose.

The burden of public health and safety has fallen on local enforcement and private citizens. It is impossible to control. There is no amount of tax revenues that will offset the social costs, or compensate for the painful impact of even one young person losing their life, or succumbing to the life long disease of mental illness.

If we don’t protect our environment and youth, they have no future.  Nor do we as a nation.

 

              Vote No For Any Proliferation Of Marijuana

Roger Morgan is the founder of StopPot2016.com.

CANNABIS USE – A THREAT TO FUTURE GENERATIONS

By Roger Morgan, Take Back America Campaign rogermorgan339@gmail.com #stoppot

Stuart Reece and Gary Hulse, scientists from The University of Western Australia have identified that cannabis can alter a person’s DNA structure, causing mutations which can expose them to serious illnesses, and be passed on to their children and several future generations.[1]  In reality, these findings aren’t new. They just reaffirm what scientists discovered decades ago.

In 1973, when the potency of pot was less than 2%,  an American scientist named Dr. Akira Miroshima proclaimed “…In my 20 years of research on human cells, I have never found any other drug, including heroin, which came close to the DNA damage caused by marijuana.” 

Miroshima pointed out that all animals and plants have their own specific number of chromosomes in the nucleus of each cell.  Humans have 46, with the exception of sperm and eggs, which have 23 each.  When the sperm and egg get together, the new starting cell has 46.  However, Miroshima discovered that one-third of “weekend smokers” who averaged just two joints a week had only 20 to 30 chromosomes, about the same as a frog.  What are the implications?

According to Dr. Reece, “Even if a mother has never used cannabis in her life, the mutations passed on by a father’s sperm can cause serious and fatal illnesses in their children. …… we found that cancers and illnesses were likely caused by cell mutations resulting from cannabis properties having a chemical interaction with a person’s DNA. Although a person may appear to be healthy and lead a normal life, the unseen damage to their DNA could also be passed on to their children and cause illnesses for several generations to come.”

Even low potency marijuana was associated with foetal abnormalities.  Research at UC Davis (Sassenrath, 70s) showed still births increased from 12 to 44%.  Babies that survived child birth had low birth weight, smaller head size, cardiac murmurs, small eye openings, broad low nasal bridge and low set ears.  41% required oxygen resuscitation at birth.  In one study (Dalterio, U of Texas 70s), a baby was born without a skull, and the only party subjected to marijuana was the grandfather, meaning the effects were mutagenic, skipping one generation and affecting the next.

Then, there is the impact on the brain.   Says Reese, “…Parental cannabinoid exposure has been linked to impaired intellectual performance, concentration and executive function, and hyperactivity amongst human child and adolescent offspring exposed in utero. Whilst some epigenetic changes have been shown to be reversible in the short term, others have been shown to be passed on to offspring for three to four subsequent generations.”

Bottom line!  The increase in marijuana use and potency is not only affecting the mental and physical health of those who use it, but adversely affecting children three or four future generations out.  This does not bode well for America; nor for that matter, mankind.

 

[1] Reese, Alert Stuart; Hulse, Gary Kenneth.  Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis.  School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, U of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia.