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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.

Prop 64’s Incarceration Claim Misleads Voters

No One Goes to Jail for Marijuana

Incarceration should have nothing to do with why anyone would vote for Proposition 64.   From the Sacramento Bee comes a recent comment about Prop 64: Proponents of Proposition 64, the initiative to legalize marijuana, say it makes no sense to incarcerate people for marijuana possession. We couldn’t agree more. We also think it’s a bogus statement.

Opponents write in their ballot argument that “not one single person remains in California’s prisons solely for simple marijuana possession.” They base that statement on a review by the California Department of Corrections in which the department’s “staff were unable to locate anyone in prison with MJ offenses where the weight was less than an ounce,” writes Albert Rivas, of the department’s external affairs office. In other words, no one goes to prison in California for simple possession.

Read more here.  Stoppot2016 warns that voters in nearly all states need to guard against this argument. Marijuana is strictly decriminalized in California and carries no more than a $100 fine. Police do not spend time on minor pot offenses.  Instead it is treated like a traffic offense and even speeding tickets carry higher fines.

 

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This photo and post on social media is typical of the marijuana lobbyists. Not only do the lie that pretends innocent people end up in jail and have their lives ruined for a single mistake.  Advocates also think it’s ok to steal, and have no fear of recrimination for stating it.

 

California is not the only place where activists use lies about  incarceration to push marijuana legalization.    The ACLU, MPP, DPA and NORML push the misconception for political advantage and win supporters this way.  It’s part of their national strategy.  They don’t tell us about the other crimes committed while on drugs.

Reading between the Lines of the Legalizers

If there’s a story about someone in jail just for marijuana anywhere in the United States, ask about the missing information.   Did the person commit another crime, or was there a plea bargain?  Was there intent to sell, or why was the person caught? These questions may bring you closer to the truth, and to the deception politics that have allowed marijuana to be legalized.
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A frontpage headline in Massachusetts on October 12, 2016 read “Support scarce for legal pot.” The same day Pew Research released a survey showing 57% in favor of legalization.

Sometimes the media and polling plays a part in the deception.  Last week Pew Research released a survey asking about marijuana legalization.   The conclusion was that 57% of American adults support marijuana legalization.  However, on the same day, a headline in Massachusetts, read: Scarce Support for Legal Pot.   Obviously, there was a disparity between the meaning of the question and the reality of the responses.

The survey respondents probably did not know that all 5 ballots to legalize marijuana involve commercialization.   They probably didn’t know legalization means that your neighbors will grow pot and that pot shops will move into the neighborhood.   They did not know that it may be hard to cap the strength of marijuana and the marijuana candies that will be sold.   Yes, marijuana would be regulated, but voters want to know if regulation works.  People in Massachusetts investigated and learned some things from states with legal pot.

Marijuana advocates ask for sympathy.  They blame others for making them criminals. Since incarceration for simple possession is a lie legalization campaigns want you to believe, watch out.  Read more about these deceptions on the LegalLies website.

A Reader’s Letters on Prop 64 to the Los Angeles Times

A reader shared with us two letters on Prop. 64, the Adult Legalization of Marijuana Act sent to the Los Angeles Times.  She said, “It isn’t yet a legal substance, yet I realize that I have constantly smelled very strong marijuana fumes in my yard for about the last month.”  Those who remember the smog  Los Angeles suffered from in the past cannot believe that the state is willing to embrace a return to such a major environmental disaster again.

Patricia Jackson writes: “Here is what I submitted in reaction to a story ‘Tough New Climate Limits’ which ran on Friday, September 9, 2016:

I question whether these new tough climate laws will achieve their full potential if marijuana is legalized.  I already find myself closing my car windows and running my air conditioning substantially more often than in prior years because of the overpowering smell of marijuana. People who smoke pot in their cars seem to almost always open their windows for some reason.

Both my front and back yard are constantly filled with the smell of marijuana both in the earliest morning when I walk out to pick out my copy of my just-delivered LA Times as well as into the evening when I go out into my backyard.  On a recent 3-day weekend while painting high up on a ladder I had to wear a respirator mask at all times because the wind carried the at times chokingly-powerful smell of marijuana from someone near by who was on a morning-to-night marijuana bender.

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Once people look deeper, they discover a great deal of problems with legalization of marijuana. Know more = Vote No!

One of your first stories on the legalization of marijuana featured a marijuana distributor standing in a state park. I thought the point of state and national parks was to create a nature experience. The legalization of marijuana will rob many people of the right to clean air and will disproportionately affect people living in apartments and people who cannot speak up for themselves for a variety of reasons. I’d like to know who is liable if I am overcome by fumes and sustain an injury. Unlike all the other places where marijuana has been legalized, Los Angeles has often record-low amounts of rain to clear the air, a host of dying mature trees and air that already contains a high amount of particulate matter.

It baffles me that the legalization of marijuana is even being considered in a way that gives a free hand to marijuana smokers about where they smoke. I’d also like to see a story about how often childrens’ sports teams in public parks (soccer, basketball, swimming, etc) experience marijuana fumes during their workouts. My experience was that every time I picked up my children from the park I smelled strong marijuana fumes.Please, please take the time to make clear that by legalizing marijuana we are abdicating our right to clean air.

The second letter is to Robin Abcarian, who is writing a series on marijuana legalization

I have been reading your series on the presumed legalization of marijuana and am baffled at the lack of discussion of the effect on clean air.  There are no restrictions on where marijuana may be used, the restrictions are on where it is sold.  I can tell you from overwhelming personal experience that the powerful effects of the wind in dispersing marijuana fumes from the most powerful brands of pot are not being considered at all.  This means that pot may not be consumed physically next to school but in areas adjoining and the smell wafts over to the school. Or, what happened to me: I discovered while high up on a ladder to paint that marijuana odors travel at different rates on the wind.  The fumes were far more powerful up high than they were at ground level.

The unrestricted ability to smoke some of the really potent, smelly marijuana means that the so-called selling point protections are meaningless because they fail to take into account how children and vulnerable adults could be impacted by powerful marijuana fumes. I am also interested in knowing what protections exist for people who are neighbors of heavy users and/or who live in apartments.

I currently smell marijuana when I step out into my yard around 6-7am and into the evening. I have completely lost the ability to know with any degree of certainty that I will be able to breathe in and get clean, un-marijuana-soiled air. I voted for legalization the last time, but I most certainly won’t this time because my experience has been that fumes from the types of brands of marijuana now available substantially reduce my quality of life in reducing my guaranteed access to un-marijuana-laced air.

I recently noticed just how polluted the air outside and in my home had become when I went to a dental office and was astounded at how refreshingly odor-free the air was.  The dentist’s office was always a place previously where I was acutely aware of odors. Recent land-mark California clean air legislation could be completely undermined by the additional need for air conditioners, fans, and other technologies to block the smell of marijuana.If the marijuana industry is so profitable, they should be setting up and publicizing odor-free zones instead of sending people to side streets to smoke their pot (and yes, my street has filled that function for pot dispensaries). If you are dispensing it, people should be using the really smelly stuff somewhere where not everyone else is forced to participate.

Sick and tired of strong pot fumes all the time,

Patricia Jackson

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Marijuana Stinks. Vote no on 64.