Every year, countless doctors in addition to other members of the “Anti-Smoking Inquisition” spend billions perpetuating what has unquestionably become the most misleading and simultaneously successful social engineering scam in recorded Human history. As Orwellian dominators encourage Governments to egg on Nixon’s drug war indefinitely, Corporate lobbyists pursue non-violent users of marijuana (and other s0-called “illegal” medicines) with the fanatical zeal that somehow completely overshadows the ridiculous American alcohol prohibition debacle.
“The mainstream media launched into a reefer mad frenzy this week after researchers from Harvard University in Boston and Northwestern University in Chicago published the results of a neuroimaging study assessing the brains of a small cohort of regular marijuana smokers and non-users. The brain scans identified various differences between the two groups in three aspects of brain morphometry: gray matter density, volume, and shape. These differences triggered dozens of high-profile media outlets to lose their collective minds. The sharks quickly gathered around to toe the establishment narrative. CNN reported: Casual marijuana use may damage your brain; Science Daily reported, More joints equal more damage; Financial Post reported Study proves occasional marijuana use is mind altering; Time magazine reported Recreational pot use harmful to young people’s brains. Another headline reads: Smoking cannabis will change you That’s not a risk, its a certainty.
“Just imagine how the media would have responded if the study in question had included more than 20 actual cases — or if the authors had actually bothered to assess its subjects for demonstrable deficits in cognitive performance. Yes, that’s right. Despite the sky-is-falling rhetoric and the shock claims of permanent brain damage, a careful review of the study and its findings reveals little, if any, cause for alarm. So what did the study actually find? In truth, not a whole lot. Using high–resolution MRI imaging, scientists identified specific changes in particular regions of the brain that they inferred were likely due to marijuana exposure. Since researchers only performed a single MRI session, they could not say definitively whether these changes were, in fact, caused by cannabis or whether they existed prior to subjects’ use of the plant. Notably, however, these changes did not appear to be associated with any adverse effects in subjects’ actual cognition or behavior. Separate studies assessing youth use of legal intoxicants, such as nicotine and alcohol,have also been associated with documented changes in brain structure. Ditto for caffeine intake in preclinical models.”
These findings have received far less media attention than the fear mongering that we see even in Saturday’s issue of the Missoulian.
Charles Johnson reports:
“A Billings businessman has proposed an initiative for the November 2014 ballot that effectively would ban the possession, use, cultivation, trafficking and transportation of marijuana in Montana. Steve Zabawa submitted the measure this week to Secretary of State Linda McCulloch’s office. If approved, it would change state law to say that any drug listed on Schedule I of the Federal Controlled Substances Act “may not be legally possessed, received, transferred, manufactured, cultivated, trafficked, transported, or used in Montana… The initiative would eliminate the current disparity between Federal Law and State Law with respect to the legal status of the possession and use of marijuana,” the proposed ballot measure said.”
In 2004 Montanans unanimously stood up as one consciousness and demanded legalization, but State officials continue to piss right in our faces. And somehow, marijuana is still to this very day, insanely listed as a Schedule I Controlled Substance; that is an illegal substance with ‘no known medical benefit.’ The Scheduling of substances is nothing more than an outright lie to perpetuate Big Pharma’s monopoly on the drug trade, and their stranglehold on real medicine.
“Both the cases (20 marijuana users) and controls (20 nonusers) in the study were recruited from local universities, undermining the notion that the alleged ‘brain damaged potheads’ were any more academically challenged than their non-using peers. Further, as summarized by HealthDay:
“Psychiatric interviews revealed that the pot smokers did not meet criteria for drug dependence. For example, marijuana use did not interfere with their studies, work or other activities, and they had not needed to increase the amount they used to get the same high.” In other words, case subjects and controls appeared to function similarly in their professional and academic endeavors. A separate review of nearly a dozen studies (involving a total of 623 cannabis users and 409 non- or minimal users) published in the Journal of the International Psychological Society similarly reported, “The results of our meta-analytic study failed to reveal a substantial, systematic effect of long-term, regular cannabis consumption on the neurocognitive functioning of users who were not acutely intoxicated.” Moreover, other studies, though admittedly comprised of small sample sizes, have indicated that in some instances cannabis may actually protect the brain, particularly against the potentially damaging effects of alcohol.
“Such fear-mongering and sensationalism by the mainstream media in regards to the supposed harms of pot upon the brain are nothing new. It wasn’t long ago that the mainstream media was boldly claiming that cannabis use permanently lowered IQ, a finding that marijuana prohibitionists and anti-drug bureaucrats were happy to repeat ad-nauseam.”
This latest round of mainstream propaganda exemplifies the modern religious dogmatism of the scientific study. Like a fancy statistically based bible, if a scientific study said it, then it must be true, but who funds these studies controls the statistics, and if you know how to read statistics, you’ll inevitably find flaws. Due in part for of this latest round of Harvard-backed disinformation, I’m lead to never take another so-called scientific study as fact ever again. I know what’s true and I know what’s real, and so does every other thinking, feeling human being on the planet. This Harvard study and the mainstream media fall out also reaffirms that the masters of the prison-industrial complex will sustain their blatant campaign of lies to protect their sacred profit margins at all cost. That’s all this is. Prisons employ slave labor, which few industries can compete with. This isn’t about marijuana. It isn’t about drugs. It isn’t about people who use drugs. It’s about throwing people into penitentiaries for the sake of making money off of their backs. The prison industry is the fastest growing industry in America, and if we allow this continue, it will soon become the only industry America has.
It cannot be emphasized enough how important this is. This is one of the most fundamentally important issues for our society This is the crux for our generation; this the most important dialogue we can engage in for the opening chapter in the Age of Aquarius. Hear me now. This drug war has to stop, and it has to stop NOW. Not tomorrow, not after dinner, NOW. It must stop. This isn’t a whimsical pipe dream. We can have peace on this Earth, and the light workers know this to be possible, but the revolution must start in the mind and in the heart. It’s not impossible to put an end to this war, and make no mistake: this IS war. Its a war that is waged every day on American streets, in American cities, in American homes, on Americans in America. We’ve waged so much war the world over, that now we’re waging war on each other. Our society has become so insanely consumed by collective hatred that all we can imagine is violence. We have not frame of reference to understand peace because we’ve never had peace.
Every aspect of our mind environment is saturated by violence, from television shows to films and video games, and that informs our view of the world. And the drug war justifies the inhuman violence that takes place each day in this country. More than half of the people we’ve locked up are in prison for the victimless act of possessing substances demonized by the state. For those of us who joined the military with a death wish and the desire to inflict harm upon others, the drug war provides the perfect opportunity for us to rationalize state-sponsored terror. Every aspect of our culture is rooted in waging war, and we’ve been at war for so long that we can’t imagine anything else. We have no frame of reference to even imagine peace because we’ve never known the meaning of the word. And this drug war is the corrosive carcinogen eating away at little is left of our society from the inside out. We have criminalized the behavior of free Human Beings to throw them in cages and throw AWAY the keys. Why are we doing this? Why are we doing this? People don’t deserve to have their lives taken away, their relatives incarcerated, or their possessions confiscated. Why are we doing this? Why?
Because we’ve got to continue our collective cultural psychosis, don’t we? We’ve got to continue telling ourselves there is nothing we can do about these problems. We’ve got to continue to worry about worrying about number one. We’ve got to continue asking the question; how am I going to get mine?
We’ve got to keep following stupid orders and unjust laws in the lunacy of the modern American police state. We’ve got to continue prescribing SSRI antidepressants to maintain big pharma’s ever increasing record profits. We must conserve our society’s whimsical assumption that we can pop a pill and make our problems flutter away, unless the state has deemed the substance illegal. We’ve got to perpetuate the madness of this drug war initiated by the Nixon Administration. We must carry on the lie that Tylenol, Ibuprofen, coffee, soda, tea, chocolate, cigarettes and pharmaceuticals are not drugs at all. We must pound into people’s heads that drugs are bad, mmKAY? We’ve got to continue outlawing anyone from ever changing their own individual perception, because people obviously can’t be trusted to think, now can they? We the people must continue consuming this line of spoon-fed idiocy by the establishment’s corporate controlled media outlets without a shred of discernment or critical thinking on our own behalf. We’ve got to continue repeating the same ridiculous pre-pacakged responses to fact-based arguments. We’ve got to continue fearing what will happen if our children – God forbid – experience beautiful adventures in consciousness. We must protect our children from exhilaration. We must prolong the crazy myth of the gateway theory. We must forever deprive humanity of euphoria, and instead maintain the folly that misery and suffering are not only normal, but to be desired. We must sustain the demonization of anything that feels good, and embrace situations which makes us miserable, don’t we? We must prevent at all cost, the people from benefiting the world around them by exerting love and pleasure into their surrounding atmosphere. We must completely eliminate the human emotions of empathy. We must preserve the mentality that euphoria is a negative side effect, and someday we can accomplish our dream of outlawing all euphoria-based activities including sex, for the good of the State. We’ve got to continue shoving our noses where they don’t belong. We must prolong invasive probation and parole racketeering for the sake of state profits. The law enforcement community must continue to throw innocent souls into corrals in the name of protecting communities that they are completely disconnected from.
Indeed, we must continue to label drug offenders as terrorists. We have to continue to justify throwing non-violent people into cages. We cannot rest until every one of our sons and daughters thoroughly understand the hammer blows of draconian enforcement. We must carry on the ontological guilt of breaking stupid laws, and label the good people who violate these stupid laws not only as worthless criminals, but as the scum of the Earth. We must keep exalting those who enforce these stupid laws as benevolent heroes. We must continue to accrue enemies, and build up our police forces into domestic para-military Gestapo armies. We must exalt intelligence agencies like the CIA and the NSA as God incarnate. We must immortalize the American Gulag Archipelago to statures the former Soviet Union could only dream about. We must continue seizing the assets of those who dare to step outside of the line. We must punish the poor for not having money. We must eternalize the guilty plea, with perhaps no opportunity for the accused to prove their innocence without any assets to pay for their defense in rigged court rooms. We must extend the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines which tie judges hands and force the innocent into labor camps despite the circumstances of any one individual case. We must commemorate the government as the victim in these victimless crimes which bear no injured party whatsoever. We must institutionalize slavery as an accepted norm of western colonial culture. And above all else, we must prevent the people from thinking, pondering, or ever even questioning this insanity that we have codified as the established tradition of the “sane society.”
Shame on those who advocate this point of view, and Damn those who enforce it. War is not the answer, and for those who got it wrong on purpose, good luck digesting that Karma later on. I suppose it depends what side of history you want to be on. None of us are getting out of this alive, so the question is: How do you want to be remembered? As an ignorant and perhaps even intentionally evil coward, or a Human Being. When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.