Monday, March 24, 2014

Nicotine as an illegal "narcotic"

If nicotine were banned it would be subjected to the same iron law of prohibition- a satanic deception sold to the gullible as a "moral" public health measure- with the shift to infinitely more concentrated forms and modes of use.

The following is excerpted from an article "On the road to crack nicotine?"

http://ecigaretteblog.com/on-the-road-to-crack-nicotine-b887/

The tobacco companies聮 standard objection is that higher taxes will lead to more cigarette smuggling. The anti-tobacco crowd聮s standard response is to demand adjacent cities and states have ever-higher tobacco taxes as well.

Yet the entire argument regarding increased taxes and cigarette smuggling is irrelevant and astoundingly na茂ve. The true threat is unimaginably worse.

as an Insecticide

is a naturally occurring substance found in many plants, such as eggplant. Its highest concentration occurs in tobacco leaves. Its function is to protect the plant against insects, i.e., it is a natural insecticide.

Black Leaf 40, an environmentally safe and biodegradable agricultural insecticide used around the world, is 40 percent sulfate. Farmers have been using sulfate insecticide since the early 1800s. To make it, all you do is boil tobacco leaves in water with a little sulfuric acid (the same acid as in a car ).

Free-Basing

If you mix the resultant sulfate extract with a common alkali such as lime, then add a solvent such as ether, pure alkaloid - or free-base "crack聰 - will float to the top dissolved in the solvent, which is then evaporated off. A trivially simple procedure that anyone with a high school chemistry course can perform, it is the same process as making free-base cocaine from cocaine hydrochloride powder.

And just as "crack" or free-base cocaine is far more addictive and lethal than cocaine hydrochloride powder, so crack or free-base would be frighteningly more addictive, and lethal, than tobacco.

The faster a drug rises in the brain, and the higher its concentration, the more potentially addictive it is. Smoking tobacco leaves is a quick and concentrated, and thus addictive, way to administer - unlike the skin patch, which delivers the drug slowly. Faster still, much faster and far more concentrated, than smoking plant leaves would be smoking free base.

Tobacco companies have been aware of this for years. In 1973, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco determined that certain of their competitors (such as Phillip Morris聮 Marlboro) were dosing their tobacco with ammonia. This makes the smoke more alkaline, enabling more of the to be in the smoke, giving it a higher "kick.聰

For the same reason, chewers of coca leaf in the Andes always do so with a little lime. New Guinea tribespeople carry a gourd full of powdered lime with a thin bone of the cassowary bird as a stopper; when they chew betel nut, they lick the lime off the bone.

It is thus a small leap to apply these primitive practices and crack cocaine chemistry to tobacco, and make full strength, pure free-base .

as an Addictive Poison

is the most addictive substance known to science. It is far more addictive than any illegal drug, including heroin (that is, a lower percentage of addicts are able to permanently quit than heroin addicts). Smoking crack would be the fastest way to administer the drug, making crack many times more addictive than tobacco.

acts by stimulating the nicotinic cholinergic receptors located throughout the brain and body. If these receptors are mildly stimulated, such as via smoking tobacco leaves, there will be a sensation of heightened alertness, an improved capacity to focus and block out extraneous stimuli.

Just as the high of crack cocaine is experienced more intensely by the addict than snorting coke powder, so will the high of crack be more intensely pleasurable to the tobacco addict than smoking tobacco leaves. But if the nicotinic cholinergic receptors are stimulated too strongly, one’s brain and body will go into fatal convulsions.

In its ability to quickly and massively overstimulate one’s nicotinic cholinergic receptors, crack is incredibly poisonous. One drop of 40 milligrams of pure uncut crack smoked in a glass pipe has a 50 percent chance of killing an adult. Two drops will kill you for sure. It is more toxic than cyanide, one-tenth (gram per gram) as toxic as typical military nerve gas. A few drops on your skin, one or two drops on your mucous membranes, and you are dead.

Poisonous Enough to Kill Castro

Thus purveyors of crack would have to cut or dilute it with water (as it聮s water-soluble) by about 20-1. The sulfate in Black Leaf 40, on the other hand, cannot be absorbed by the skin or membranes well; it is poison only if you swallow it 聳 like an insect is supposed to.

The famous "poison pen聰 with which the CIA, per John Kennedy聮s request in 1963, tried to kill Fidel Castro was a hypodermic needle disguised as a ballpoint pen and filled with Black Leaf 40.

Do the Math

There is an average of 2 milligrams of in one high- cigarette. Total state and city taxes in New York City are now about $3 for a pack of 20: a tax of 7.5 cents per milligram, or $75,000 per kilo of in cigarettes.

Three drums of sulfate extract would yield one drum, or 200 kilos, of crack . This could be manufactured at an average cost (ingredients, equipment, Third World labor) of less than $500. The tax avoidance value (@ $75,000 a kilo) is 30,000 times that: 15 million dollars for one drum of crack . That is a 3 million percent profit.

Further, one eyedropper-full of uncut crack would have a content of four cartons of cigarettes, one kilo poured in a 20-ounce soda-pop bottle would equal 5,000 cartons or 50,000 packs: a value-per-volume increase of 1,000 times for cigarette smugglers. A typical fix of cut crack (diluted 20-to-1, or 2 mg) would be 1 percent of a crack cocaine fix (200 mg) by weight: making it 100 times easier, in terms of size, to smuggle than cocaine.

Enter the Mob

Given these numbers, the politicians聮 greedy tobacco tax crusade makes the creation of a crack market inevitable and irresistible to organized crime. And soon.

More Americans are addicted to than any other drug. The market for crack is in the tens of millions of addicts, vastly exceeding any illegal drug by orders of magnitude. Crack would be far more lucrative for drug dealers and organized crime than heroin, cocaine or anything else.

The mortality rate from overdosing, compared to that of any other drug, would be of equal dimensions. Because crack would have a market 100 times larger, and a profit margin 100 times greater than crack cocaine, such plagues as drive-by shootings, gang turf wars, violent crimes by addicts needing fix money, and the corruption of judges and entire police forces could explode exponentially.

Fantasies and Consequences

The fantasy of anti-tobacco activists, that ever-higher jury awards will stop cigarette sales or ever-higher tobacco taxes will result in fewer people smoking, is going to result in a hideous nightmare instead.

The anti-tobacco activists must realize there are far better alternatives to jury-award and tax crusades. They could become advocates of adult responsibility, and demand that taxpayers not subsidize the consequences of tobacco addiction. They could demand safe alternatives to cigarettes, such as Nico Water (mineral water laced with 2 mg of ), recently banned by the FDA and ignorantly opposed by anti-tobacco groups such as Tobacco Free Kids.

Unless they abandon their fantasies and adopt realistic alternatives, such groups are about to learn a horrible lesson taught by the Law of Unintended Consequences 聳 and all of us will suffer for it.|||Wow, great read Bob!

So I guess the unlicensed could take the place of the crack- mobs in this story?!
I have wondered for a while what form the in the e-cig is, whether it is particulate or freebase. Do you have any ideas?

Thanks for posting.

SJ|||I don’t know. And wish I did. I’m sure the FDA here will want to know what form of is used if or when that agency sticks its nose in.

Yep, e-smoking wasn’t foreseen when this article was written. We replace the mobs! Boss.|||What a hoot! |||Can you provide the source for this article? It appears to that the author lifted entire passages from another article published in 2002.|||No. Note the date it was posted. It was reposted without changing a thing, though.|||Hey Posh Girl: I was trying to backtrack to find the source for you and found your own Daily Kos link to the Washington Times 2002 article by Jack Wheeler. I’m still trying to find the original source for this complete article.|||Here ’tis:

Crack Nicotine: Anti-tobacco Fantasies and the Law of Unintended Consequences|||Oh okay, it is the same writer with two different articles. They are almost identical. (In college this would still be considered plagiarism.)|||I’m trying not to be embarrassed that you found my diary, but I totally am. lol I need to quit using the same username everywhere.Oh, that sounds interesting. What’s embarrassing on your diary Posh? Could there be some juicy forum gossip food here?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Michelle Obama The Reincarnation of Marie Antoinette?

What a disappointment.  With so many lives ruined by the drug war, Michelle Obama, wife of the U.S. President displays the intellect of say Marie Antoinette






Reportedly First Lady Michelle read husband Barack "the riot act" because his drinking has been escalating – and then he had the audac­ity to declare that 'marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol'.
“She reminded him that the pot out there these days is a lot stronger than what he and his ‘Choom Gang’ pals smoked back in Hawaii,”
 “And she told him it was especially unforgiv­able considering they have two daughters who are at an age when they’ll be exposed to the temptations of experimenting with drugs”.

Michelle ought to smoke Marijuana.  It may help her reconnect to humanity and care about the many thousands of people in prisons over this horrible pharmaceutic inquisition as well as the ill effects upon health of this cigarette mercantilism.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Obama ADMITS 'Drug War' is NOT About HEALTH

Obama’s Presidency is on the clock. Hard as it has been to pass legislation, the coming year is a marker, the final interval before the fight for succession becomes politically all-consuming.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/01/27/140127fa_fact_remnick?printable=true&currentPage=all&mobify=0
He noted the slippery-slope arguments that might arise. “I also think that, when it comes to harder drugs, the harm done to the user is profound and the social costs are profound. And you do start getting into some difficult line-drawing issues. If marijuana is fully legalized and at some point folks say, Well, we can come up with a negotiated dose of cocaine that we can show is not any more harmful than vodka, are we open to that? If somebody says, We’ve got a finely calibrated dose of meth, it isn’t going to kill you or rot your teeth, are we O.K. with that?”


OK- yes, if the matter were about health rather than a whorey mercantilist scheme to protect things as alcohol and Virginia Bright Leaf Tobacco.

 http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-anti-researcher-180.html

YES we can have "negotiated" doses of cocaine in fact not only "not any more harmful than vodka" but rather as roughly as "safe as caffeine" - of course in forms anologous to how caffeine and even nicotine are consumed.   That's how such drugs are consumed when their markets are legal, in dilute form through substances made from the parent substances as Coffee and Tobacco, or approximating such as in a nicotine vapor e cigarette.   He behaves as if completely oblivious to the 50 some year history of the Vin Mariani era of Coca leaf products, let alone the subsequent era of pharmaceutical amphetamine pills which, despite the substance's potential dangers did not kill or rot teeth taken as directed as such were measured pills rather than smoked.

http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2008/03/criminal-mercantilism-public-health.html

http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2008/03/drug-warriors-ignore-history-of-coca.html

http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2008/03/drug-warriors-ignore-pharmacokinetics.html

http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2011/03/drug-war-tobacco-pharma-agricultural.html

Obama was presented as a Harvard Law School graduate presumably intelligent enough to figure out - regarding drugs - the importance of a drug's form and mode of use.  By issuing such statements, Obama behaves as one most unconcerned about actual drug Abuse, and as a tool of the Pharmacratic inquisition.  His disregard of actual health matters on drug policy can only serve as a warning of the impending financial disaster mega boondoggle of the "Affordable Health Care Act".

Thursday, January 16, 2014

NH- DUMP Gov Hassan

Gov Conflict of Interest?

Maggie Hassan inaugural address.jpg

Lies By implying that Cannabis as more dangerous than alcohol to distract from its benefits for cancer treatment.
From Stop the Drug War

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2014/jan/15/new_hampshire_house_passes_marij
The New Hampshire House Wednesday afternoon approved a bill that would regulate marijuana like alcohol. The measure, House Bill 492, passed on a vote of 170-162.
The bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R-Manchester) with a bipartisan group of four cosponsors, would make the private possession and home growing of limited amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older.

It would also direct the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration to license and regulate marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities. As amended by the House, it would enact a wholesale tax of $30 per ounce and a sales tax of 15% per ounce. The House voted down a similar bill 228-89 in 2012.

The bill now goes to the House Ways and Means Committee to review its revenue aspects. However that committee votes, it will return to the House floor for a second vote. If approved again, it then goes to the Senate.

"House members made history today, and they are clearly on the right side of it," said Matt Simon,the New Hampshire-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which lobbied in support of the bill. "Marijuana prohibition has been an enormously expensive failure. Most Americans, including 60% of New Hampshire residents, agree that it is time to adopt a more sensible policy."

Unfortunately for marijuana advocates, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) is not one of them. She said only yesterday that she would veto the bill because it would send the wrong message to kids. To actually achieve marijuana legalization in the Granite State, both the House and the Senate would have to override her veto. The margin of victory in this first House vote isn't enough to do so.
So what could be the motive behind this moronic boilerplate sloganeering to supposedly justify the horror of prohibition with somehow protecting children?  Nevermind that legal drugs as liquor and nicotine are not made extra concentrated for sale by street venders to underage purchasers.

From wikipedia:
Hassan was born Margaret Wood in Boston, Massachusetts to Robert Coldwell Wood and Margaret Wood (Byers). [5] She attended Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School and graduated with the class of 1976. She then earned her A.B. from Brown University and received her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law.[6] She worked as an attorney for the law firm PalmerDodge Advisors from 1985–92. From 1993–96, she was Associate General Counsel for Brigham and Women's Hospital/Partners Healthcare of Boston.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigham_and_Women%27s_Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH, "The Brigham") is the largest hospital of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is Harvard Medical School's second largest teaching affiliate with 793 beds. With Massachusetts General Hospital, it is one of the two founding members of Partners HealthCare, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts.

Core service lines
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center: The center brings together a cancer institute and a hospital, creating 13 specialized disease centers.
  • Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center.
  • Brigham and Women’s Orthopedic and Arthritis Center: They specialize in research and therapies for bone and joint disease and injury.
  • Brigham and Women’s Neurosciences Institute: The BWH Neurosciences Institute offers treatments for all diseases of the nervous system. The institute integrates neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and neuroradiology, with advanced research and clinical trials.
  • Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health: BWH specializes in high-risk obstetric care, newborn intensive care, infertility services, complex gynecologic surgery, and gender-specific care.[1]
  • Osher Center for Integrative Medicine including Chiropractic care.[2]
New Hampshire Gov. Hassan's opposition to legal Cannabis may be linked to a motive to deny its use in cancer treatment as a low cost and infinitly sfare and more effective alternative to that in current practice.

In any event, so long as she persists with such evil opposition to end the pharmacratic inquisition, Maragert Hassan screams out in need of a voters recall.  That would send a strong message that silly sloganeering must not rule over common sense and compassion.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

MJ Retail Now Legal in Colorado, USA

May this mark the beginning of 2014 as the end of drug prohibition!

A new year, a new world. 

Pictured are people lined up to purchase legal marijuana in Colorado this morning. Let's keep pushing until every American can do this in his or her state!

Legalize Marijuana 2014!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Missing from the DPA Conference


http://www.reformconference.org/program

NO Panels on Coca, Opium nor Ibogaine nor any plants other than Marijuana

NO Panels on how the drug war encourage more dangerous drug forms and how that was done to protect the most dangerous drug of all

NO Panels on History- even at this final conference before next year's 100 anniversary of the infamous 1914 Congress Harrison Narcotics Act

Nor anything regarding the Drug Policy Foundation-Alliance connection with Covington & Burling- perhaps the largest Washington D.C. law firm representative of big Tobacco and Pharma.

Nor any indication yet of any scheduled appearance by their pharmaceutical industry attorney 'assigned primary responsibility for advising the [DP] foundation' - Marialuisa S. Gallozzi, nor any other such persons, regarding the Covington Tobacco-pharma influence over the direction of groups as the Drug Policy Foundation/now Alliance.

Suggested blog labels "Covington & Burling", "Drug Policy Foundation/Alliance", and "drug war scam - public health subversion"

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Coca Feared by U.S.D.A. as a 'Tobacco Habit Cure' 
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2011/04/coca-as-tobacco-habit-cure.html


Covington & Burling is not just another law firm 
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2011/10/covington-burling-is-not-just-another.html

Co Founded by James Harry Covington - a U.S. Congressman with Food and Drug Law evolution into the 1914 Harrison 'Narcotics' Act 
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2008/08/congressman-jh-covington-name-appearing_9159.html

JH Covington Becomes Judge and Up-Holds Harrison 'Narcotics' Act http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2011/10/jh-covington-upheld-harrison-narcotic.html
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2011/09/hw-wiley-jh-covington-subversion-of-1st.
html

Covington & Burling Tobacco
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2008/08/cig-ind-legal-coordination_27.html
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2008/08/1987-cig-ind-legal-coordination.html

Covington & Burling - Drug Policy Reform Bottleneck or Facilitator? http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2011/10/bottleneck-or-facilitator.html

Covington & Burling Food & Drug Practices 
http://www.cov.com/practice/food_and_drug/

Covington & Burling Pharma attorney Eric Holder's Law Firm 
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2009/01/holder-breuer.html
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2009/01/eric-holder-covington-burling-obama.html
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2012/04/ex-covington-burling-pharma-attorney.html
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2012/05/newsweek-on-covington-burling-eric.html

DPF - Covington & Burling Legal Connection 
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2008/03/drug-policy-foundation-legal-connection.html

DPF Advised by Covington & Burling Food, Drug & Insurance Attorney http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2008/03/drug-policy-foundation-advised-by-c.html


DPF-DPA Mismanaged - Plausibly BADLY Advised
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2010/07/peter-lewis-ira-glasser-is-waste-of.html
 

Pro Bono Programs: Seen as Total Bullshit and/or Public Relations
http://freedomofmedicineanddiet.blogspot.com/2011/10/pro-bono-programs-seen-as-total.html

Standing Up For Drug Policy Reform At the Center of the Universe
http://southmallblogger.blogspot.com/2012/07/standing-for-drug-policy-reform-at.html





Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jesuit Gov to Keep Simple Drug Possession as "Felony"

The Continual Abuse of the Term "Felon"

Jerry Brown Vetoes California "Defelonization" Bill
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Saturday vetoed a bill that would have allowed prosecutors or judges to charge simple drug possession as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. The bill would have made drug possession a "wobbler," meaning it could be charged either way, based on judicial or prosecutorial discretion.
overcrowded California prison (supremecourtus.gov)
 
Some 10,000 people are convicted of drug possession felonies each year in California, and experts estimated that, under the bill, 15% to 30% of them would have been charged instead with misdemeanors. The exact number is unknown because the bill would have left those decisions up to prosecutors and judges. But in any case, the bill would have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in criminal justice system savings, which would have provided local governments with more flexibility to invest in drug treatment and mental health services and focus law enforcement resources on more serious offenses, along with lightening up on some of the people caught up in the criminal justice system.
The bill, Senate Bill 649, was sponsored by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and passed the legislature with bipartisan support, but was opposed by law enforcement and some prosecutors. Leno and supporters had argued that the bill would save the state money on incarceration and related costs.

The bill was premature, given that a broader criminal justice system reform is in the works, Brown said in a veto message. "We are going to examine in detail California's criminal justice system, including the sentencing structure," he said. "We will do so with the full participation of all the necessary parties, including law enforcement, local government, courts, and treatment providers. That would be the appropriate time to evaluate our existing drug laws."

Even after the state's vaunted prison realignment, California prisons remain overcrowded, and the more than 4,100 people currently imprisoned on simple drug possession charges only add to that burden. The cost of imprisoning them comes to $207 million a year.

Under current California law, which will now stay in place, simple possession of drugs such as cocaine, meth, and heroin is a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. Leno's bill left that maximum sentence in place, but would have given either judges or prosecutors the discretion to punish possession as a misdemeanor, with a year in jail as a maximum sentence. Similarly, under the Leno bill, judges or prosecutors could have diverted drug users to treatment or community programs in a bid to reduce recidivism.

Charging drug possessors with misdemeanors instead of felonies would also have created criminal justice system savings with each lower-level prosecution. That's because felony charges require a preliminary hearing, while misdemeanor charges do not.

But law enforcement groups, including the California State Sheriffs Association, the California Police Chiefs Association, and the California District Attorneys Association all opposed the bill, labeling it a threat to public safety. They argued that the bill would reduce incentives for drug possessors to voluntarily seek drug treatment because they would only face jail time, and the jails are so full -- thanks to prison realignment -- that people sentenced to jail time do only a tiny fraction of that time.

Brown could have let the bill become law without his signature, Leno noted in an interview with the Chronicle earlier this month, and pronounced himself "surprised" at the veto.

"It's quite surprising that the governor would veto a modest attempt at sentencing reform in light of our prison overcrowding crisis," Leno said Saturday.

Bill supporters, including the ACLU of California and the Drug Policy Alliance lambasted Brown's decision to veto the bill.

 
"By vetoing SB 649, Gov. Brown has thwarted the will of the voters and their elected representatives by rejecting a modest reform that would have helped end mass incarceration in this state," said Kim Horiuchi, criminal justice and drug policy attorney for the ACLU of California.
 
"California voters and the legislature recognize the urgent need to reevaluate our sentencing laws and enact smart reforms, especially for low level, non-violent drug crimes," Horiuchi continued. "Doing so will allow California to reduce its reliance on incarceration and free up limited resources for the sorts of community-based treatment, education and job training programs proven to reduce crime and create safe and healthy communities. Despite this, Gov. Brown remains inexplicably opposed to meaningful sentencing reform."

"The governor let down the people of California, the majority of whom support going even farther than this bill would have gone," said Lynne Lyman, California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance. "The vast majority of voters agree with the experts -- locking up drug users is stupid, unproductive, cruel and expensive."

Despite the opposition of the law enforcement establishment, California public opinion wants to see sentencing reform. A 2012 Tulchin poll found that 75% of Californians preferred prevention and treatment as an alternative to jail for nonviolent offenders and 62% agreed that possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use should be a misdemeanor.

Thirteen other states and the District of Columbia already have such laws, and an effort to pass similar legislation is gearing up in Washington state. But in Sacramento, Gov. Brown was listening to the cops instead of the people.

"Our system is broken," said DPA's Lyman. "Felony sentences don't reduce drug use and don't persuade users to seek treatment, but instead, impose tremendous barriers to housing, education and employment after release -- three things we know help keep people out of our criminal justice system and successfully reintegrating into their families and communities."

Sacramento, CA
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