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Supreme Court OKs Warrantless House Search

If you’re on anything at this time that is going to make you feel too amplified in paranoia or depression as to possibly become violent or suicidal?

I feel it’s my responsibility to tell you to NOT READ THE LINK ABOVE THIS WARNING YET, but ABSOLUTELY to bookmark it, until you come down, and this time, be sure to do something like drag the link to your desktop so that you make sure that you read it when you’re not in any hugely altered state any longer.

The information in it may affect you, or your friends, at any time.


Okay…are you sitting down? Or just “down” from whatever you were on last time you saw this page?

Once upon a time we had a Bill of Rights, which included Amendment 4, the right to not be victims to warrantless searches and seizures.

Our Supreme Court just voted 8 to 1 to approve this: If a cop merely suspects, for any reason, that you MIGHT be a drug dealer, they can bust your door down with NO WARRANT if they hear “a rustling sound” from behind it.

I am not making this up.

It is time to finally come to grips with why ouir rights as drug users are so instantly invalidated.  It’s not the usual shit you always hear drug legalization advocates talk of.

I left the post which will appear above this one as a comment to this article, but I am also going to repost it here, and in the months to come am going to focus on this particular reason more – and would suggest other advocateurs do likewise.

The gist of it is that we are still a nation that runs on slavery…prison slavery.  How do you get enough prison slaves without making a very popular but essentially harmless activity illegal?

I will not sleep easily tonight.  Send the best of vibes to your friends – and those anonymous-at-various-levels persons you know who put their lives on the line to make their money but without whom you’d not have your drugs; if you have a friendly dealer who doesn’t rip you off or constantly have assholes hanging around be extra-thankful.  And be sure they know about this, so that they can strategize. In general most smart purveyors of black market goods are by necessity very quiet about what they do.  Not all of them are smart.  Begin small campaigns amongst your friends to smarten them up, if you notice they aren’t quiet enough. Whatever inconvenience either the dealer or customer must face in the wake of this decision, it MUST be put up with.

Though really, in this “their word against yours” system, I dunno how much good it will do – but it could not hurt.  And even if it were not this way, it’s far better for dealers to be as unproblematic to their neighbours as possible.  Even if all drugs were virtually decriminalized to parking-ticket level.

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ONDCP Nation

I wrote the following letter tonight to the folks at The Nation.

Dear Editors:

Today I was reading The Nation’s article on the underappreciated progressive victories that have happened in the past decade – and nodding my head as I came to its reminder of the Obama administration’s change of attitude regarding drug prohibition. 

Ironically enough: while I was reading it, the “Timetotalk.org” ad from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America popped up on the page’s random-targeted-ad rota. It was an unpleasant shock to see that running on the pages of such a progressive and rational site as The Nation. All  federal anti-drug ads are issued by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which does not, contrary to its misleading name, formulate “national drug control policy” since it’s not connected to the legislative branch of the federal government; it’s an executive branch office, with its ‘czar’ handpicked by the President.  A more proper name for it might be “Office of Neurotic Drug Connected Propaganda”.

Why must you run ads pointing to propaganda from the office of the (anti-) “Drug Czar?” I wouldn’t be surprised if they paid you a lot of money to do it… but if it was actually motivated by a desire to run anti-drug public service ads, can’t you please choose something from a source that’s got a history of providing more truthful, balanced information that people can actually trust, instead of ads from an office whose job it is to discourage all drug use and legalization no matter what it takes? Even if it only hires researchers who will bring them negative data, and thus structure their experiments to be more likely to find facts that ‘prove’ pot is dangerous…which nearly every honest study completely contradicts? If you must run anti-drug PSAs, find some from a different source which does not have a track record of pumping out half-truths at best and outright lies as often as is deemed necessary.

The ONDCP is obviously under pressure from both pharm corps and liquor companies to help keep a non-patentable medicine that people could grow in their own back yards from becoming legal at a time when the nation is more and more open, with each passing year, to supporting this move.  Now that vaporizers have been invented, there’s not even the need to smoke it in a way that damages the lungs any more.  The ONDCP is a waste of money, at a time when it ought to be saved for far more important things than ineffectual silly TV and web spots that kids just laugh at anyway. But lying about drugs is their worst sin, no matter what your feelings on drug use, or about drug users, happen to be. If you lie to kids about pot, do you think they’re going to trust you if you tell them how bad heroin is?

Maybe the lower-level employees of this organization  think of themselves as merely good people who chose a career that would help to protect vulnerable youth from lifetimes of crime.  ONDCP materials sometimes take a “science-based” approach, but the ONDCP assigns its researchers to only bring them negative data. This is  a corruption of the basic research process, because a pre-ordained ideology is undermining the experimental process, right from the start. ONDCP-paid scientists will not even be likely to publish study data independently that could suggest cannabis has positive medical value–for then their employer would never want another word from them again.  They are ordered to not only cover up positive information, but also to do their best to not even notice it when they find it. In so doing, they have stifled valuable research about the proven medicinal value of cannabis, including that based on the significant finds by EU and Canada-based researchers showing that components of cannabis may actually work to help prevent the growth of cancerous tumors. A nation with a sane drug policy would want this researched up, down and sideways!

The ONDCP – and its enforcement wing, the DEA – are the offices which exist to make sure it remains in the dark when a recreational substance might in at least some ways be good for you – and lie enough so that many people who use marijuana and know they’ve been lied to will sadly ignore the facts about the drugs that can actually be quite bad for you.

 

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What a great link to find a few days before Christmas. This rendition of the Dickens classic is actually also a Cartoon History of Drug Prohibition: A Drug War Carol – which is also available as a book.

Definitely, have a peek at this, and pass it to anyone you think could use some education on the subject.

And happy Winter Holidays from Outlaw Anodyne. Burn a “tree” if ya got one, and get lit up.

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Apparently, the Democrats have copied an underhanded strategy from the conservatives: the practice of attaching unrelated riders to important budget bills.

I always found that practice somewhat galling…but maybe that’s just because I’ve always seen it used to sneak ugly legislation past the radar instead of things like this. Ending prohibition is an uphill battle, even with the change of climate we’re experiencing nowadays. Maybe this is what it’s going to take, sometimes.

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This alert showed up at LEAP’s site:

This is urgent. The Senate could vote as soon as this week on an amendment to ban the government's own advisers from even discussing drug legalization! Take action at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com/censorship

This sort of thing shows that the prohibitionists hear the rumblings Middle America is beginning to make suggesting it might finally be cluing in to the idea that fighting a war against people who want to use drugs has been, and will continue to be, a failure.

Up until now, they’d never have to try to pass a law like this. There’d have been no need to. Congress has always censored itself, when it comes to even considering legalization.

This year, the push to legalize pot has gone farther than it ever has before. Would that be enough to scare Congress into voting for something like an act of self-censorship? Really, this can’t be allowed to get far. This is what Twitter is for, folks. Use it.

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