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

Thurgood Marshall’s Prescient Warning: Don’t Gut the 4th Amendment – The Atlantic

His dissent in a 1989 case stated that “today’s decision will reduce the privacy all citizens may enjoy.” And so it has.

Source: Thurgood Marshall’s Prescient Warning: Don’t Gut the 4th Amendment – The Atlantic

Just more proof that the Drug War is like the War on Terror in that it has been eroding our rights and freedoms away since its inception. Don’t take my word for it!  The first African-American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshal is saying the same thing here, that the drug war erodes our rights! So many people have claimed that the drug war does not erode our rights… Those people are simply wrong.

Anytime any politician speaks of any type of war we should all tremble at the long history of using wars and war terminology to dismiss the rights of citizens.

Chief

BostonCannabis.Info on Boston Politics – local talk radio w Pastor Hobbs and Pastor Wall

 

 

I have been following this local Boston program every week to stay up on local politics. They were gracious enough to invite me to call in and share some info about cannabis with their audience. I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to helping out in a similar capacity whenever needed. Folks are talking about cannabis and there is a void of mainstream info about cannabis. That’s where BostonCannabis.Info fits in!

 

Chief

P.S. Its a great local show that encourages community participation. The station is operated by a church so its family friendly! Leave it on all day and catch some news that you wont here on other local channels. They have had more local politicians and community leaders on their little channel in one month then you will catch in one year of trying to catch Urban Update on WHDH or Cityline on WCVB! Yes, even Basic Black has much to learn from the accessible Boston Politics format.

Boston Praise Radio

 

 

Boston Politics w Pastor Bruce Wall Tuesdays 10pm-Midnite
Boston Politics w Pastor Bruce Wall Tuesdays 10pm-Midnite
www.bostonpraiseradio.tv

 

Boston Politics with Pastor Wall

Obama Leaves Behind a Marijuana Nightmare – MARIJUANA POLITICS

At the twilight of his presidency, Barack Obama leaves unmet the huge need to change federal cannabis law. President Barack Obama will soon leave office. Although he will re-enter private life as one of America’s better presidents, he has failed to address the calamitous war on drugs, especially the eight-decade […]

Source: Obama Leaves Behind a Marijuana Nightmare – MARIJUANA POLITICS

I really couldn’t have summed it up better myself. Don Fitch lays it down in bruising detail. Prohibitionists truly have a lot more explaining to do… Who will take responsibility for the decades of deliberate lies and mistreatment at the hands of government and cause a change of course? I’m guessing no one. Not the President Not Republicans or Democrats or likely any citizens for that matter. Will it ever end then? We must continue to change culture with knowledge.

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

Top African American Leaders Join Over 1,000 Worldwide Calling for End to “Disastrous” Drug War, Ahead of UN Special Session | Drug Policy Alliance

Source: Top African American Leaders Join Over 1,000 Worldwide Calling for End to “Disastrous” Drug War, Ahead of UN Special Session | Drug Policy Alliance

Another long list of people trying to make the world a better place by ending drug war policies worldwide. they use the same language that we typically use here at bostoncannabis.info

“Disastrous”

Local politicians should take note.

 

The unprecedented list of signatories includes a range of people from Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders to businessmen Warren Buffett, George Soros, Richard Branson, Barry Diller, actors Michael Douglas and Woody Harrelson, Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, singers John Legend and Mary J. Blige, activists Reverend Jesse Jackson, Gloria Steinem and Michelle Alexander, as well as distinguished legislators, cabinet ministers, and former UN officials.

“The drug control regime that emerged during the last century,” the letter says, “has proven disastrous for global health, security and human rights.  Focused overwhelmingly on criminalization and punishment, it created a vast illicit market that has enriched criminal organizations, corrupted governments, triggered explosive violence, distorted economic markets and undermined basic moral values.

“Governments devoted disproportionate resources to repression at the expense of efforts to better the human condition.  Tens of millions of people, mostly poor and racial and ethnic minorities, were incarcerated, mostly for low-level and non-violent drug law violations, with little if any benefit to public security. Problematic drug use and HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other infectious diseases spread rapidly as prohibitionist laws, agencies and attitudes impeded harm reduction and other effective health policies.

“Humankind cannot afford a 21st century drug policy as ineffective and counter-productive as the last century’s.”

“The influence and diversity of the leaders who signed this letter is unprecedented,” said Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which orchestrated the initiative in collaboration with dozens of allied organizations and individuals around the world.  “Never before have so many respected voices joined together in calling for fundamental reform of drug control policies – in particular limiting ‘the role of criminalization and criminal justice… to the extent truly required to protect health and safety’.”

The UN Special Session, which will take place April 19-21, is the first of its kind since 1998, when the UN’s illusory but official slogan was “A drug-free world – we can do it!”  The upcoming UNGASS was proposed in late 2012 by the Mexican government, with strong support from other Latin American governments.  Last year UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a strong call-to-action, urging governments “to conduct a wide-ranging and open debate that considers all options.”  Today’s public letter to him was prompted in part by the obstacles to such debate within the confines of the United Nations.

“This letter was drafted and all the signatures secured in just the past few weeks,” noted Nadelmann.  “The signatories represent a tiny fraction of the distinguished leaders in politics and public policy, academia, law and law enforcement, health and medicine, culture and entertainment, business, and religion who would agree with the sentiments expressed in this letter.”

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!