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

Please text or call 9617)340-9338 to speak with Chief or members of Bostoncannabis.Info and Mass Bay Cannabis 

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

This is your Bill of Rights…on Drugs | American Civil Liberties Union

You probably remember the good ole’ frying pan, fried egg, fried brain anti-drug commercial from back in the day. If taking a good beating from a frying pan is what happens to your brain on drugs, you should check out what’s happened to your Bill of Rights on drugs. Almost 40 years ago, perhaps sparking the Bush team’s bright idea to declare a “war on terror,” President Nixon declared a “war on drugs.”

By the time George Bush Sr. entered the White House in 1989, a Washington Post-ABC News Poll found that 62 percent of Americans would be willing to give up a few of their freedoms in order to fight the war on drugs. And Uncle Sam has been more than willing to take them up on it. Most of the court cases within the past 40 years that have methodically abridged individual rights like freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures and property rights, have all concerned drugs. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall even coined a term for the growing practice of sacrificing constitutional rights in the name of the fighting drugs: the “drug exception.”

It seems appropriate on this Constitution Day to take a few moments to mourn all that we’ve lost from the Bill of Rights and the Constitution due to these “drug exceptions:” Freedom from Unreasonable Search and Seizure: Perhaps the big loser of all has been the Fourth Amendment, which limits the power of the government to enter and search one’s private property. Think about it: Unlike other crimes, drug offenses do not often have complaining witnesses (i.e.: people who come forward to request police assistance). The parties who use, sell or manufacture drugs are consenting participants who likely wish to hide their drug activity. In order to unearth drug crimes, the police must engage in wiretapping, surveillance, undercover operations, the use of confidential informants, entrapment by offering to buy or sell drugs, and countless other practices that strike at the heart of what the Fourth Amendment is all about.

In the name of the drug war, courts have allowed suspicionless drug testing of wide swaths of students and private employees, and the State of Michigan almost got away with conducting random drug testing of welfare recipients. The incidence of surprise, paramilitary-style raids on people’s homes – and courts’ approval of them – in the name of routine drug policing has skyrocketed in recent years. Similarly, courts have repeatedly given the stamp of approval to the ever-increasing use of police drug dogs to search homes, cars, bags and people. Freedom of Speech: When it comes to speaking out against the government’s drug policy, the right to free speech has also fallen prey to the drug war. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out a “drug exception” to one of the most central tenets of free speech jurisprudence: the government cannot discriminate on the basis of the viewpoints being expressed in speech.

In Morse v. Frederick the Court ruled that a student’s speech could be censored at a school-related event (even outside the school), not because it was disruptive or because it provoked imminent lawlessness, but because it contained the word “bong.” The Court drew on other drug-related precedent to find that when it comes to students in the school context (and even students who are near a school, as in this case), the government can make exceptions to free speech rights when it comes to speech about drugs. Freedom of Religion: In a 1990 case brought by Native Americans who use peyote for religious purposes, the U.S. Supreme Court shunned the longstanding rules protecting the free exercise of religion and ruled that all religious practices give way to the general laws of the land – in this case drug laws. In response, Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which restored the rights of people to participate in religious activities even when their practices appear to be in tension with other laws.

The U.S. Supreme Court subsequently struck down RFRA protections as applied to state laws so that when state laws and religious practices conflict, the state laws essentially win out. The silver lining, however, is that courts have ruled that RFRA protections remain intact in matters of federal law, such as in the case of Gonzales v. UDV (involving a church’s use of ayuhausca tea as part of its ritual, in conflict with federal drug laws) and Guam v. Guerrero (involving Rastafarians’ religious use of marijuana, in conflict with federal drug laws).  Currently, courts are considering the legality of the Church of Cognizance’s religious use of marijuana. Right to Vote: Because the laws of many states continue to deny voting rights to those with current or prior felony convictions – many of them for drug offenses – an entire class of citizens has been shut out of the democratic process. To da

Source: This is your Bill of Rights…on Drugs | American Civil Liberties Union

 

The shame and disgrace of the drug war is so evident… Between the Patriot Act and our  Drug War policies there is so little left of The Bill Of Rights. We will only be able to honestly claim 2 or 3 of the lesser 10 Amendments for our protection in Bill of Rights. Not enough left to wipe your ass with!

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.”

Vote Yes on #4 Visits Channel 5 OTR

On Sunday morning Channel 5 news invited Jim Borgesani from the Vote Yes on #4 campaign.

Yes on Question #4
Vote Yes on Question #4

Jim represented for patients and advocates and called bunk on the gateway drug idea and explained why minor use is decreased with legalization. Unfortunately analysts on Channel 5 believe that Question #4 will not pass with the voters. This would set Massachusetts back of course. Already being so far behind in regards to cannabis culture, knowledge, and access; Massachusetts can not afford to continue to live in the dark ages, putting off all cultural change for future generations. This conservative and frankly fearful position has become reckless and irresponsible in the face of so many needed social justice reforms, the immorality of the drug war, racist criminal justice system, unequal opportunity to economies and markets, the erosion of rights, perpetuating lies, and hurting families.

Mass voters really need to get it and get it fast.

BostonCannabis.Info will be doing weekly informative cannabis presentations and will put out a small flyer campaign to continue to educate voters before voting.

All presentation and talk times are listed at our Meetup page.

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