Massachusetts ,California, and Arizona Legalize!

Congratulations Folks!!!

Legalization is here!

Question #4 The Tax and regulate Marijuana Act has now passed!

Finally the people of the commonwealth have been enlightened on the cannabis question and we all may now move on to increased consciousness in all endeavors.

Thank you to all of those that have voted Yes for Question #4!

You are heroes!

BostonCannabis.Info will continue to educate the local public on all things Cannabis; and continue to hold our elected officials feet to the fire on issues relevant to the community.

Cannabis can lead people to a deeper understanding of life and their own consciousness. I am encouraged that cannabis will aid our nations healing and lead to increased social consciousness.

Lets have a fantastic and safe year moving forward friends.

Chief

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National Guard and State Police Team Up And Confiscate Marijuana Plant from 81 Year Old Woman.

 

AMHERST, Mass. – The Massachusetts National Guard and State Police reportedly joined forces to seize a single marijuana plant from an 81-year-old woman.

That’s right folks. Our tax dollars are still hard at work not working for us! How can law enforcement defend this behavior? They wont. They cant. Kinda like how Donald Trump’s behavior cant be defended. Its a similar attitude and culture that we see in both situations.

 

http://www.fox25boston.com/news/mass-national-guard-state-police-raid-81-year-old-womans-home-to-seize-pot-plant/454037484

Chief Kicks Doors Open to Local Medicinal Cannabis Distribution Model in MA!?

Underground Medical Marijuana Delivery in Boston

BOSTON (WHDH) – He’s a combat veteran who completed dozens of missions in Iraq. His newest mission is delivering medical marijuana in Boston, and he let 7News come along.

 

 

I was asked by 7News to help them with a story a while back.

They are under a lot of pressure to support the status quo and get ratings so I appreciate the airtime and opportunity to be heard. Nevertheless locals are way behind on these issues in my opinion. If I hadn’t have participated what would their story have looked like?

I did series of shoots with 7News before the Olympics and before the recent incident where law enforcement officials were blaming a local crash (into a state trooper) on cannabis, when it was obvious that there was MUCH more going on with the driver than cannabis. Politicians like Governor Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston were campaigning against the new cannabis ballot question hard back then. Don’t hear from them now huh? They now have their eyes and paws all ready for a bunch of cash that they plan to squeeze out of legal cannabis patients.

I believe that all locals should have access to the new cannabis market, not just government, not just the connected, not just the wealthy, but yes any old Mom and Pop from the neighborhood! Call me old fashioned, but that’s where I choose to take my biz. Just like my dry cleaning.. I shop local to support my community. Why cant cannabis be similar? Why cant cannabis be used to rebuild our communities instead of being used to take them apart?

Allowing corporate monopolies control over our medicines is how we got the opiate crisis.

I trust people who themselves grow AND use natural and organic cannabis grown from the power of the sun, water, and earth. Government has lost any credibility they may have had on the issue. Corporations and government simply cant be trusted to supply affordable safe quality access to cannabis as medicine.

 

Underground Medical Marijuana Delivery in Boston

 

Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

Source: Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

Racism, Greed, Ignorance, Corruption… take your pick. Don’t believe me? Click the above link. Red Pill? or Blue Pill?

 

The history of cannabis prohibition is pretty dirty stuff. It was NEVER about public safety unless you think like they did back then, and are terrified of Blacks and Mexicans in general or of them sleeping with white women?

If you can answer yes to any of the following questions then you may get where they were coming from back then. Racism, Corruption, Greed, and Ignorance.

Is African-American music satanic?

Does Marijuana cause white women to seek the company of negroes? And Darkies to seek out white women?

Is Marijuana an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death?

Does Reefer (cannabis,marijuana)make darkies think they’re as good as white men?

Does Marihuana lead to pacifism and communist brainwashing?

Does marijuana make you likely to kill your own brother?

Is marijuana the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind?

Is the English word assassin derived from the word hashishan?

Does Marihuana make fiends of boys in thirty days?

Does Hashish goad users to bloodlust?

 

Likely to murder your brother or a pacifist communist? Which one is it? It was never either of course. Just more lies courtesy of the US Govt.

These questions were all taken from direct quotes and statements from Harry J. Anslinger the first US Drug Czar. He popularized the term Marijuana (it was previously known as cannabis by most Americans hence the need for his name change to lie about it.)and began a long campaign of lies to demonize drugs and the people who choose to medicate with them.

He held his job for 30 years and spewed filthy racist lies throughout his career to make the public believe that drugs are a public menace and exported his American Racism throughout the world with his drug policies aimed at controlling ethnic populations.

Its disgusting and I have personally NEVER heard or seen a public official attempt to defend the drug war after being confronted with any of these statements above but the policies of our war on drugs were derived from this thinking, and continue to support it.

Drugs are no way as bad or dangerous as they would have you believe. They were irrationally scared of black people and Mexicans back then! That was the only so-called danger. These were people of the times when they lynched blacks for sport! They wanted to criminalize people for taking medicine.

The New Politics of Marijuana Legalization: Why Opinion is Changing | Brookings Institution

Surveying a wealth of new data on public attitudes toward marijuana legalization, E.J. Dionne, Jr. and William A. Galston explain the forces and limits behind the trend toward legalization. They seek to answer the following: Will America see the emergence of a broad pro-legalization consensus, or rather of a durably divisive cultural disagreement?

Source: The New Politics of Marijuana Legalization: Why Opinion is Changing | Brookings Institution

 

Opinions on Cannabis are changing rapidly. We are all at an interesting point in history when the effects of the information age are beginning to filter down to effect the lives of all Americans. The lies of the drug war do not stand up to scrutiny when people have information at their fingertips via the internet. So eventually the more rational argument floats to the top in this new age of information. There will always be propaganda but now the lies of the past are becoming exactly that… The lies of the past. Truth is inevitable? New understandings and developments in history and the archaeological record, Social justice campaigns like Black Lives Matter, cannabis legalization efforts throughout the nation, religious or spiritual awakenings and reforms, are all results of the so many ideas being able to be shared so quickly through communities large and small. Will our culture change? The answer is yes.

Chief

Sheriff Steve Tompkins Wrong on Cannabis

Reports about the disproportionate impact of the legal marijuana industry on minority and low-income neighborhoods and families deserve a closer look, according to Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, who so far has focused his opposition to the legalization ballot question on its health impacts.

Source: SHERIFF CONCERNED BY REPORTS ON MARIJUANA’S IMPACTS IN COLORADO — Sheriff Steve Tompkins

 

Tompkins, who was appointed sheriff in 2013, said he supported the 2008 ballot initiative to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, but believes the dangers of full legalization outweigh any criminal justice benefits from incarcerating fewer people on minor drug crimes.

OH NO! here we go. Lets be fair to the Sheriff here and walk through his comments carefully..

The article begins by referencing this politico article http://www.votestevetompkins.com/news1/2016/6/7/sheriff-concerned-by-reports-on-marijuanas-impacts-in-colorado

including this

A separate report published by the Colorado Department of Public Health earlier this year found that juvenile arrests for marijuana-related crimes such as possession rose 5 percent since legalization took effect in that state, driven wholly by a spike in arrests of black and Latino teens. While white juvenile arrests declined 8 percent between 2012 and 2014, black juvenile arrests increased 58 percent and Latino juvenile arrests climbed 29 percent.

The politico article is about the complaints of residents in and near an industrial zone newly approved and zoned for cannabis growing. It goes on to explain how this new industry experiences some pushback from locals.

Now to Mr. Tompkins credit he did not lean heavily on the Colorado Department of Public Health report much but its obvious that there is not much to lean on there anyway. It claims a small 5 percent increase in cannabis possession arrests after legalization. That should raise suspicion alone because the very law itself is designed to decriminalize possession but forget about that because black and brown arrests went up dramatically as white arrests went down. This does not speak to cannabis as a public health issue these numbers point to continued racial disparities in policing!

Tompkins, a leading voice for criminal justice reform in Massachusetts, said he is reticent to discuss how law enforcement in other states operate without knowing all the facts, but has read the reports and is concerned.

“If that is in fact the case, then that speaks to the larger picture of not only the use of marijuana being able to harm one physically, but also if this does break down with black and Latino and low income individuals being singled out that has to be looked at,” Tompkins told the News Service.

“a leading voice for criminal justice reform in Massachusetts”

Thats right. This so called leader on criminal justice in the Commonwealth is a cannabis prohibitionist. It really explains a lot about the vacuum of local leadership and the lack of progress in criminal justice reforms to date.

No communities have suffered more under cannabis prohibition and the drug war than black and latino communities. Legalization aims at relieving this suffering. Continued prohibition of cannabis and other drugs supports crime, violence, mass incarceration and unhealthy communities that have gotten us here. A legalized system is proactive and meets peoples needs in a more therapeutic way. Ending the drug war would require a new culture around cannabis and drugs in general though. People like Sheriff Tompkins have been and continue to be agents of the drug war, carrying the flag for a corrupt and immoral drug war culture.

The article rebuts his statements with activist response..

Jim Borghesani, the spokesman for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, said Massachusetts and Colorado criminal laws concerning juvenile possession are markedly different, making the comparison a difficult one.

“I’m sure that Sheriff Tomkins is aware that juvenile possession in Massachusetts is a civil offense, unlike Colorado’s criminal offense, so his statement is perplexing. Equally perplexing is his lack of comment on the historic racial arrest disparity under the current prohibition system, which we seek to change,” Borghesani said.

He also touted the local control, through zoning, allowed for by the ballot question.

“Our initiative provides significant local control over the location, hours and manner of marijuana businesses, and provides an opt-out measure for communities. Results show that legalization is working in Colorado and it will work in Massachusetts,” Borghesani said.

Sheriff Tompkins wants people to elect him Sheriff but he doesn’t know much about cannabis, the most common illegal drug in America and believes that its better to continue to criminalize cannabis use than to legalize and regulate it. He seems to have the anti-cannabis talking points down pretty good though.

In March, the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association came out in opposition to the ballot question to legalize marijuana for anyone aged 21 and older. At the time, the sheriffs focused on the health implications of making marijuana more accessible to people.

 

The whole “cannabis is bad for your health idea”  is becoming almost laughable in most circles but we don’t all come to truth at the same time.

Tompkins, who was appointed sheriff in 2013, said he supported the 2008 ballot initiative to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, but believes the dangers of full legalization outweigh any criminal justice benefits from incarcerating fewer people on minor drug crimes.

He and others want to keep cannabis illegal so as to still be able to wield it as a tool in their law enforcement careers and industry. He recognized the need for some changes in our cannabis policy and voted to decriminalize an ounce or less in 2008 but thats all he feels comfortable with voters having legal access to now. How much wine or beer should i have tonight Sheriff? How many Aspirin?

He is saying that he would rather lock people up for weed than legalize and cites health concerns and racial disparities?!? He fears the health and social effects of not criminalizing cannabis? He also like so many others may not yet be able to admit that he was completely wrong on cannabis. His entire thought process around cannabis has been corrupted by his career. He can not see it as the medicine it is. So he has no problem denying voters that medicine and even taking their rights away for doing so. He doesn’t know much about the fastest growing American industry and wants to deny voters access to that entire economy and market while they are shut out by more progressive and economically aggressive communities.

“I do not want to see all of these folks in jail if there’s another way for them to provide for themselves, but I really have to go back to the health issues,” Tompkins said.

This sounds crazy of course so he tried to help himself out by

Elaborating, Tompkins said, “I’m concerned with the ability to seriously manipulate the THC levels, and when you do that just about anything can go off the rails. If you can now put these things in gummy bears and brownies and the levels are jacked up to an outrageous percentage, god knows what can happen.”

Ahhh the children. Yes the children like candies… He is concerned with the the levels of a specific active ingredient in cannabis but doesn’t seem to know much else about cannabis. Anything can go off the rails? What is a dangerous THC level Sheriff? Good luck researching that answer. It can’t kill you so maybe we should be looking for things that can kill us and criminalize those? Beer? Coffee? Salt? Sugar? Tobacco? High buildings? Fast cars? Alarmist much Sheriff?

He acts and speaks as if incorporating cannabis into food is something new and untested or unknown! And of course invokes God for dramatic and moral effect.

We understand that a substantial amount of his professional and career income come from the apparatus responsible for The New Jim Crow. Sheriff Tompkins is not just for the continued criminalization of our communities through old, racist, immoral, ignorant, corrupt drug policies but is also for the continued denial and disenfranchisement of african-americans and all others here in the commonwealth to a legal local cannabis industry as well. Encouraging monopolies to develop by other more enlightened, knowledgeable, progressive and economically aggressive communities.

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2016/Massachusetts_sheriffs_opposed_to_marijuana_legalization/id-c642436b077c4ee2a6eed1dedbf8b416

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins and the state’s 13 other county sheriffs said Monday that the referendum would destigmatize drug use and make it easier for young people to get their hands on the drug.

He doesn’t want to destigmatize drug use he wants to continue to stigmatize drug use, despite the fact that such an approach has been proven to fail repeatedly. The drug war is what first stigmatized drug use. They were long vicious campaigns of lies aimed at making people scared of drugs. Reefer Madness refers to just one aspect of this campaign. It has lead to the mass incarceration problem we have now…

This is the attitude of a leading voice on criminal justice reform in MA? Someone please help us..

Cannabis is Medicine

On the question of cannabis legalization Sheriff Steve Tompkins wants to “error on the side of caution” and continue to criminalize people for possession of cannabis. That is a safe answer in todays politically conservative environment but it is not brave. It is not insightful, or even genuine. It is not an answer that serves our communities but actually serves the communities that need the least help.

Alcohol, Tobacco, Law Enforcement, Big Pharma and Prisons industries. These are the organizations and industries that benefit from our continued drug war. Sheriff Tompkins seems to be representing them when it comes to cannabis. He is corrupted by propaganda and has no problem continuing with criminalizing people for cannabis use because he does not recognize it as medicine. So he has no problem denying voters their medicine and even taking their rights away for possessing it. Cannabis use is religious. He does not recognize it as a sacramental or support true religious freedom because he still subscribes to the lies of the drug war.

He can ignore cannabis as a possible treatment for cancer and so many other maladies.. and he can deny all the thousands of otherwise law abiding voters that have taken it upon themselves to change the corrupt drug laws regarding cannabis. Yes voters are changing the policies towards cannabis NOT politicians. Politicians have not met the need of the public regarding cannabis. They have continued to support long disproven drug war dogma steeped in racism. It is the same political ignorance and cowardice that has marked the nations similar failings on race and justice that continues to call for cannabis prohibition.

No Justice, No Peace

Lets just kick the can of justice down the road?

Is this position supported by social justice groups? NO. Sheriff Tompkins doesn’t seem to understand or realize that his insistence on continued cannabis prohibition is morally corrupt. If he wants to represent and lead voters of the Commonwealth then I suggest he research cannabis properly before campaigning against the rights of voters to use cannabis in their personal lives and professional industries. It is time for a change and a break from the corrupt ways of the past. Cannabis prohibition is an immoral position for a modern politician. And BostonCannabis.Info is watching!

Against Drug Prohibition | American Civil Liberties Union

More and more ordinary people, elected officials, newspaper columnists, economists, doctors, judges and even the Surgeon General of the United States are concluding that the effects of our drug control policy are at least as harmful as the effects of drugs themselves. After decades of criminal prohibition and intensive law enforcement efforts to rid the country of illegal drugs, violent traffickers still endanger life in our cities, a steady stream of drug offenders still pours into our jails and prisons, and tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana still cross our borders unimpeded.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposes criminal prohibition of drugs. Not only is prohibition a proven failure as a drug control strategy, but it subjects otherwise law-abiding citizens to arrest, prosecution and imprisonment for what they do in private. In trying to enforce the drug laws, the government violates the fundamental rights of privacy and personal autonomy that are guaranteed by our Constitution. The ACLU believes that unless they do harm to others, people should not be punished — even if they do harm to themselves. There are better ways to control drug use, ways that will ultimately lead to a healthier, freer and less crime-ridden society.  Currently Illegal Drugs Have Not Always Been Illegal  During the Civil War, morphine (an opium derivative and cousin of heroin) was found to have pain-killing properties and soon became the main ingredient in several patent medicines. In the late 19th century, marijuana and cocaine were put to various medicinal uses — marijuana to treat migraines, rheumatism and insomnia, and cocaine to treat sinusitis, hay fever and chronic fatigue. All of these drugs were also used recreationally, and cocaine, in particular, was a common incredient in wines and soda pop — including the popular Coca Cola.  At the turn of the century, many drugs were made illegal when a mood of temperance swept the nation. In 1914, Congress passed the Harrison Act, banning opiates and cocaine. Alcohol prohibition quickly followed, and by 1918 the U.S. was officially a “dry” nation. That did not mean, however, an end to drug use. It meant that, suddenly, people were arrested and jailed for doing what they had previously done without government interference. Prohibition also meant the emergence of a black market, operated by criminals and marked by violence.  In 1933, because of concern over widespread organized crime, police corruption and violence, the public demanded repeal of alcohol prohibition and the return of regulatory power to the states. Most states immediately replaced criminal bans with laws regulating the quality, potency and commercial sale of alcohol; as a result, the harms associated with alcohol prohibition disappeared. Meanwhile, federal prohibition of heroin and cocaine remained, and with passage of the Marijuana Stamp Act in 1937 marijuana was prohibited as well. Federal drug policy has remained strictly prohibitionist to this day.  Decades of Drug Prohibition: A History of Failure  Criminal prohibition, the centerpiece of U.S. drug policy, has failed miserably. Since 1981, tax dollars to the tune of $150 billion have been spent trying to prevent Columbian cocaine, Burmese heroin and Jamaican marijuana from penetrating our borders. Yet the evidence is that for every ton seized, hundreds more get through. Hundreds of thousands of otherwise law abiding people have been arrested and jailed for drug possession. Between 1968 and 1992, the annual number of drug-related arrests increased from 200,000 to over 1.2 million. One-third of those were marijuana arrests, most for mere possession.  The best evidence of prohibition’s failure is the government’s current war on drugs. This war, instead of employing a strategy of prevention, research, education and social programs designed to address problems such as permanent poverty, long term unemployment and deteriorating living conditions in our inner cities, has employed a strategy of law enforcement. While this military approach continues to devour billions of tax dollars and sends tens of thousands of people to prison, illegal drug trafficking thrives, violence escalates and drug abuse continues to debilitate lives. Compounding these problems is the largely unchecked spread of the AIDS virus among drug-users, their sexual partners and their offspring.  Those who benefit the most from prohibition are organized crime barons, who derive an estimated $10 to $50 billion a year from the illegal drug trade. Indeed, the criminal drug laws protect drug traffickers from taxation, regulation and quality control. Those laws also support artificially high prices and assure that commercial disputes among drug dealers and their customers will be settled not in courts of law, but with automatic weapons in the streets.  Drug Prohibition is a Public Health Menace  Drug prohibition promises a healthier society by denying people the opportunit

Source: Against Drug Prohibition | American Civil Liberties Union