Who exactly is behind the lawsuits over Colorado’s legal marijuana?
Out-of-state anti-drug crusaders are taking Colorado marijuana to court
Denver Post 01/17/2016
The above article by Ricardo Baca, is one of the most informative articles I’ve read in a while. The ramifications of the lawsuits brought on by these “anti-drug crusaders” aren’t just limited to Colorado. Also, it’s easy to conclude that these crusaders really have only one enemy ~ the cannabis sativa plant.
Brian Barnes, a Washington, D.C attorney with Cooper & Kirk, is quoted as saying: “We’re putting a bounty on the heads of anyone doing business with the marijuana industry…,”
Question: Who is this arrogant sounding East Coast attorney? Putting a bounty on the heads of law abiding citizens out in Colorado!” This flag is displayed on the Cooper & Kirk web site means, “Either conquer or die.”
Yikes! Just who are these people with their strange sounding battle cry? What must they conquer with their lawsuits and what are they willing to die for?
These highlights from the Denver Post article gives a glimpse into who they are and what they are up to.
- The lawsuits, which make allegations of racketeering and claim that Colorado’s pot laws violate the U.S. Constitution,… (RICO Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)
- “I don’t think the general public understands who is really behind these cases,” said Christian Sederberg, a Denver attorney who focuses on marijuana law. “It’s critical that the people of Colorado know that there are out-of-state legal interests and policymakers who are essentially and entirely backing these cases.”
- Brian Barnes, the attorney representing Washington, D.C.-based Safe Streets. “As we understand the law under RICO, anyone who provides services to a marijuana operation is exposing themselves to potential liability under RICO.”
- …the racketeering claims aim to stop recreational pot in its tracks, but to do it, they are going after companies doing business with legal cannabis companies.
- Three of the four marijuana-centered lawsuits filed against Colorado officials and businesses were organized and at least partially funded by out-of-state anti-drug organizations and socially conservative law firms, a Denver Post analysis shows.
- …the (outside) money gives outsized influence to secretive coalitions of drug-rehab professionals, for-profit prison owners and others with a financial stake in keeping pot illegal.
- Pueblo County horse ranchers Hope and Michael Reilly and Washington, D.C. anti-drug group Safe Streets Alliance sued to stop construction of Rocky Mountain Organics’ cannabis cultivation facility, claiming that federal pot laws supersede Colorado’s pot laws and alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The group has sued Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Pueblo County Commission and the head of the state Department of Revenue.
- “This is being pushed and apparently funded by an anti-marijuana group in D.C.,” said Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, a defendant in the ranchers’ lawsuit.
- “We are fully aware that this is a national proxy fight,” Pace said. “The result of these lawsuits will have implications for the entire state and nation. If they’re successful in this lawsuit, they can shut down the entire industry in the entire state.”
- Some of the involved sheriffs and county attorneys had thought about suing, individually and in groups, but didn’t know how to fund the cases — until an unfamiliar attorney named Mark de Bernardo came calling.
- “Obviously there was interest in (a lawsuit) like that, but figuring out how to fund an effort like that and how to actually find the resources to get it done, those are completely different things,” said plaintiff Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day. “Had Mr. de Bernardo and his firm not stepped up. … “
- “I have a presence on this issue,” de Bernardo told The Post recently.
- But how did that presence expand into Colorado? The talks started among a coalition of anti-drug colleagues that de Bernardo declined to identify.
- …one of the suit’s funders: Florida-based Drug Free America Foundation, which has Republican and former presidential candidate, Jeb Bush on its board. Both suits included a common plaintiff: the anti-drug organization called Safe Streets Alliance.
- de Bernardo said he and his colleagues — not the plaintiff sheriffs or county attorneys — are covering all expenses related to the lawsuit, by providing pro bono legal services and money contributed by the coalition.
- de Bernardo would name only two donors: himself and his wife.
- “We’re not well-heeled, like the other side,” de Bernardo said. “It’s a fairly small club of national policymakers or influencers on these issues.”
…a fairly small club of national policymakers or influencers who have an unlimited amount of money to file lawsuits against the citizens out in Colorado? Even though these bounty hunters “have a presence on the issue,” they wish to remain hidden? What a surprise. But, don’t the citizens of Colorado have a right to find out who these bounty hunter/crusaders are ~ especially since they are waging a new form of warfare on them?
Mark A de Bernardo, is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office Jackson Lewis. He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace. He has written 19 books, mostly on drug testing and workplace substance-abuse prevention, according to his bio.
Also, according to his bio de Bernardo serves on the Board of Directors of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, a congregation of Roman Catholic priests and brothers. He’s on the Board of Directors Gonzaga College High School Fathers’ Club. Gonzaga College High School is a Jesuit high school for boys located in Washington, D.C
What do we know about bounty hunter Brian Barnes? Brian Barnes rejoined Cooper & Kirk in 2013 after clerking for Justice Samuel Alito of the United States Supreme Court during the October 2012 term.
Barnes graduated from Yale Law School in 2010 and began putting bounties on the heads of Americans. Since bounty hunter Barnes worked with Justice Alito, I began to wonder if Justice Alito was also part of this small club of hard core anti-cannabis crusaders. By the looks of this photo, Alito sure looks like he may be.
Supreme Court Justices
The site Insidegov.com asks the Supreme Court Justices for their views on things by asking the Justices to agree or disagree with their statements.
~ Justice Alito – Religion – Roman Catholic. Insidegov.com: Stricter punishments reduce crime. Justice Alito strongly agrees. Next statement: Never legalize marijuana. Alito agrees that marijuana should never be legal.
Looks like East Coast attorney Brian Barnes may have the backing of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. This could be a game changer. A Supreme Court case on this issue could be a game changer.
What about the other Supreme Court Justices? Could any other Justices also be part of this crusade to eradicate God’s green herb from our nation?
~ Chief Justice John Roberts – Religion – Roman Catholic. Although Chief Justice Roberts has a warm smile he too, strongly agrees that stricter punishment reduces crime. Roberts agrees that marijuana should never be legalized.
Translation from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: the people in Colorado are violating Federal law. Looks like the Barnes & de Bernardo small club isn’t that small after all. Now it’s starting to make sense why these East Coast bounty hunters are so confident in going after the people of Colorado and their re legalization of cannabis and hemp. It looks like the Supreme Court might strike down the laws passed in the states if given the chance.
Although Justice Scalia has passed away, his comments on internment camps are worth noting: Justice Antonin Scalia predicted that the Supreme Court will eventually authorize another wartime abuse of civil rights such as the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II. “You are kidding yourselves if you think the same thing will not happen again.” Scalia told students while discussing Korematsu vs. The United States, the ruling which gave the court it’s imprimatur to the internment camps. The local Associated Press report quotes Scalia as using a Latin phrase that means “in times of war, the laws fall silent,” to explain why the court erred in that decision and will do so again.
Oh no, another Latin war phrase… Question: Would the war on drugs qualify as a way for Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito to “…allow the laws to fall silent.”?
~ Justice Scalia – Religion – Roman Catholic. Agreed that stricter sentences reduces crime. Strongly agreed the cannabis should never be legalized.
~ Justice Thomas – Religion – Roman Catholic. Thomas believes cannabis should never be legalized. However, concerning medical marijuana the Insidegov website states Thomas believes that states should decide medical marijuana issues. He agrees that stricter punishment reduces crime.
~ Justice Sotomayor – Religion – Roman Catholic. Question: Never legalize marijuana Answer: Strongly disagrees. Stricter punishment reduces crime: Disagrees.
~ Justice Kennedy – Religion – Roman Catholic. Agrees that stricter punishments reduce crime. Never legalize marijuana: Disagrees.
~ Justice Kagan – Religion – Jewish. Stricter punishment reduces crime: Strongly disagrees. Never legalize marijuana: Disagrees.
~ Justice Breyer – Religion – Jewish. Stricter punishment reduces crime: Disagrees. Never legalize marijuana: Neutral/No opinion.
~ Justice Ginsburg – Religion – Jewish. Stricter punishment reduces crime: Strongly disagrees. Never legalize marijuana: Disagrees.
It looks like de Bernardo’s small but powerful anti-cannabis club has a few supporters on the Supreme Court.
2016 Presidential candidates
What about the Presidential hopefuls ~ where do they stand on re legalization? Let’s start with those most in favor of legalization. Mainstream media won’t tell us that the Presidential candidates who are in favor of re legalization are ahead while those who wish to return to harsh sentences are dropping out. We flipped a coin as to who should go first Trump or Sanders. Wikipedia states:
~ Donald Trump – Presbyterian. Trump believes states should be allowed to legalize marijuana if they chose to do so. Trump has stated he would legalize it and tax it.
~ Bernie Sanders – no religious affiliation noted on Wikipedia. Sanders has vowed to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. Sanders co-sponsored the States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act.
~ Ted Cruz – Southern Baptist. Responding to a question about legalization Cruz said: “If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that’s their prerogative. I personally don’t agree with it, but that’s their right.” Hard to believe a Southern Baptist would be “personally” opposed to all the benefits derived from God’s green herb.
~ Hillary Clinton – Methodism. Clinton says: “We need more studies. We need more evidence, and then we can proceed.” More evidence…? As usual, it looks like Clinton is open to the highest bidder and that probably won’t be the Colorado Cannabis Dispensary Association.
~ Dr. Ben Carson – Seventh-day Adventist and retired surgeon. Carson believes medical cannabis has “proven to be useful” but doesn’t support recreational use. It’s unfortunate that Dr. Carson, a Godly man, isn’t using his time on the national stage to promote CBD oil as a safe and effective solution to our healthcare crisis. After all, CBD oil is derived from God’s green herb, the cannabis sativa plant.
John Kasich – Anglican Church in North America. (formerly Roman Catholic) While stressing his ardent opposition to an overall legalization of marijuana, Kasich at times expressed an openness to such a specialized use.
~ Marco Rubio – Roman Catholic. Rubio says: “Faith is the most important influence in my life,…” “Marijuana is illegal under federal law. That should be enforced.” “The bottom line is, I believe that adding yet another mind-altering substance to something that’s legal is not good for the country…” A spokesperson for Rubio: “Senator Rubio believes legalization of marijuana for recreational use is a bad idea, and that the states that are doing it may well come to regret it.”
“… may well come to regret it.” ? It should be noted that Rubio’s campaign is being funded in part by the Prison for Profit industry.
*News Flash* After Florida Senator Marco Rubio learns he has received $100,000 from Florida-based private prison GEO Group, a reporter asked him about it. He states “I don’t invest in other peoples agenda, they invest in my agenda”. http://gui.afsc.org/birddog/profit-prison-rubio-100000-whos-invested- Is this what the Rubio camp meant when they said, “the states that are doing it may well come to regret it.”?
*News Flash* A new report from In the Public Interest reveals that private prison companies, including two of the largest, the Corrections Corp. of America and Geo Group Inc., are forging deals with state and local governments that provide huge profits based on guaranteed high occupancy rates.
Who will be going in? People who are violating Federal drug laws?
A brief history: Under Federal laws; cannabis is a Schedule I drug according to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which classified cannabis as having high potential for abuse, no medical use, and not safe to use without medical supervision. Multiple efforts to reschedule cannabis under the Act have failed, and the United States Supreme Court has ruled in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative and Gonzales v. Raich that the federal government has a right to regulate and criminalize cannabis, even for medical purposes. Source: Wikipedia
However, States rights supporters believe the Federal Government doesn’t have the right to take away the states/people’s right to grow, or not grow cannabis and hemp. After all, it was Thomas Jefferson who said “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”
Therefore, Jefferson wouldn’t have been in favor of the Federal government taking away the people’s rights to grow cannabis and hemp. He would instead question why the Feds would want to do such a dastardly thing. Because we need more evidence?
The people need the protection that hemp provides. Hemp can provide food, fuel, medicine and building materials. Hemp could provide protection from the likes of hard core East Coast bounty hunters who seem to be up to “no good’. “Conquer or die” is their motto when it comes to keeping cannabis and perhaps more importantly, hemp from the people.
This is the 10th Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
With the 10th Amendment the Founders were saying : “We didn’t spell everything out here in this Bill of Rights. Therefore, what’s not spelled out is automatically the states or the people’s rights – not the Federal governments.
~ Chris Christie – Roman Catholic. Christie has promised that if he is elected president he will vigorously enforce the federal ban on marijuana in states that have legalized the drug, ignoring the will of the states that have legalized it. He has gone so far as to call tax money from cannabis “blood money”. Obviously these hard core anti-cannabis crusaders aren’t suing everyone they can for the money. If they were they would be going after Big Pharma.
*News Flash* CCHR The International Mental Health Watchdog reports “35 School shooters/school related violence committed by those under the influence of psychiatric drugs.”
Thanks in part to the drug commercials that support nightly news, antidepressant prescriptions rose more than 400 percent from 2005-08. The media’s narrative is always the same; focus on weapons used by the mass murderers but not the influence of psychiatric drugs .
Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry brought in more than $1 trillion last year, a number that’s grown every year since 2005. Source: drugwatch
“Blood money” Governor Christie? Come to think of it there are no deaths associated with cannabis. Yet, every 19 minutes another person dies from a prescription drug overdose, and Christie would go after cannabis users in Colorado if he could? Christie sounds like he may be a de Bernardo crusader.
~ Jeb Bush – Roman Catholic. Jeb Bush opposed medical marijuana on a recent Florida ballot. Jeb is a board member of the Florida-based Drug Free America Foundation, another anti-cannabis lawsuit provocateur in Colorado along with Safe Streets Alliance.
*News Flash* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classified prescription drug addiction as an epidemic.
So, what is Jeb Bush and the Florida-based Drug Free America Foundation and Safe Streets Alliance doing about the prescription drug epidemic? Safe Streets Alliance states it is devoted to two things: “Protecting the most vulnerable in our society from violent predators” and stopping the legalization of marijuana.”
~ Rick Santorum – Roman Catholic. Santorum believes the right thing is for the country as a whole to abstain from cannabis use. When he was still a Senator in Pennsylvania, Santorum voted to increase spending on drug control as well as beef up penalties against those convicted of drug offenses.
“I think Colorado is violating the federal law. And if we have controlled substances, they’re controlled substances for a reason, said Santorum. The federal law is there for a reason, and the states shouldn’t have the option to violate federal law.”
Santorum considers himself a devout Catholic and acknowledges his Catholic faith as the source of his politics and worldview. He has said John F Kennedy’s 1960’s speech about the separation of church and state made him want to vomit.
NPR reports: On Sept. 12, 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy – Roman Catholic, gave a major speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, a group of Protestant ministers, on the issue of his religion. At the time, many Protestants questioned whether Kennedy’s Roman Catholic faith would allow him to make important national decisions as president independent of the church. Kennedy addressed those concerns before a skeptical audience of Protestant clergy. Here are a few of his remarks:
Kennedy “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the President — should he be Catholic — how to act, and Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote;…”
“I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accept instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials,…”
What did Kennedy say here about the separation of church and state that would induce vomiting in Santorum? Santorum’s reaction seems “anti-American, anti-Constitution.” It’s interesting to note that the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, a group of Protestant ministers questioned whether Kennedy’s Roman Catholic faith would allow him to make important national decisions as president independent of the church.
Kennedy thoughtfully states, “I believe … no public official either requests or accept instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source;…” and this made Santorum want to vomit?
[Note to Santorum: Our Founding Fathers saw and heard of the religious persecution that had occurred over in Europe during the Dark Ages. To prevent that from happening here in America they gave us the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The first Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…”
In other words, people are free to worship God, or not worship God, according to the dictates of their own conscience ~ without interference from folks like you. This is what has made our country great for the last 225 years. Yes, this why the Founders gave us the separation of church and state; to protect us from religious crusaders who would vomit on the freedoms granted to the people in our Constitution. So please, leave us alone.]
I guess it’s safe to refer to Santorum as being a supporting member of the de Bernardo club of anti-cannabis religious crusaders, too. Fortunately for America, there currently isn’t much support for Santorum’s brand of conservatism so he finally dropped out of the race. He now endorses Marco Rubio to be our next President.
A reporter recently asked Santorum to name a single achievement of Rubio’s while serving in the Senate. Santorum didn’t have an answer. Can you imagine Santorum saying “Well, Rubio and I are both foot soldiers in the war to eradicate God’s green herb from the planet, so that’s why I’m endorsing him. “?
It’s shocking to see these religious crusaders and their opposition to the cannabis sativa plant. Created by the God they claim to worship. Their assault is in direct contradiction to what their own Bible says concerning God’s green, seed bearing herb. According to their Bible, God is very fond of this herb He has created.
Within the first three major events at the beginning of time; The Creation, The Fall and The Flood, we see God take time out from all that is going on during these events to instruct man on what his diet should consist of. During Creation in Genesis 1:29 God says “Every seed bearing herb shall be yours for food…,” Genesis 3:18 (is a command – a Thus saith the Lord!) “…Thou shall eat the herb of the field,!” and Genesis 9:3 “…even as the green herb have I given you all things.”
Well, God may have given us every seed-bearing herb to eat, including or especially the cannabis sativa plant, but religious crusaders have put a bounty on the heads of those who even indirectly support the cannabis & hemp industries. Ironically, isn’t God the one who provides the seeds, soil, water and sunlight that allows this herb to grow? Looks like bounty hunters Barnes & de Bernardo have put a bounty on the head of God Almighty.
Washington DC Powerbrokers
What about the lawmakers in Washington DC are they supporting members of de Bernardo’s club?
~ President Obama – Protestantism. President Obama has respected the 10th Amendment on this issue and has allowed the states to set their own course. However, Obama’s new drug czar Michael Botticelli recently said he’s not a fan of cannabis legalization. Also, the new head of the DEA Chuck Rosenberg recently told reporters that medical marijuana is “a joke” and not medicinal.
Question: Where will Barak Obama land after leaving the White House? Answer: It may well depend on who he selects to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia.
~ Vice President Biden – Roman Catholic. “Marijuana is a gateway drug; legalization is a mistake.”
~ Senate leader McConnell – Southern Baptist. McConnell has supported the return to hemp farming for his state of Kentucky. However, being Senate majority leader one would think McConnell would have made sure S.134 – Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 would have become law by now.
How could there be so much opposition to people growing hemp to help people feed their families and livestock? This whole war on cannabis and the people would end if the Federal government did the right thing and reclassified cannabis & hemp as an herb.
~ House Speaker Paul Ryan – Roman Catholic. Since 2012, Ryan has voted against medical cannabis patients during every budget amendment vote on the subject. However, during the 2012 campaign, Ryan was asked by a reporter what he thought about Colorado’s medical cannabis program. KRDO: “In Colorado we have medical marijuana. Under a Romney Ryan ticket, what happens?” Ryan: “It’s up to Coloradans to decide.”
~ House Minority Leader Pelosi – Roman Catholic. Minority Leader Pelosi expressed her support of state laws regarding marijuana and encouraged a tax and regulate policy. She had her chance.
~ Secretary of State John Kerry – Roman Catholic. Recently, Kerry was injured in a bicycling accident and was given a prescription for medical marijuana by doctors in Boston, Massachusetts “He’s in a lot of pain. The doctors think the marijuana will help him cope with that,” says Kelly Bellamy, 53, a nurse who assisted with Kerry’s surgery.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has become a strong supporter of cannabis. He’s even apologized for ‘misleading’ the public about it being dangerous. Also, the social media world is filled with professionals and non-professionals, from all walks of life who support cannabis and hemp. However, there hasn’t been much support for cannabis and hemp within the establishment media, especially Fox News. Has Fox News been invited to sit at the table with de Bernardo?
Fox’s Political News Executive Bill Sammon – Roman Catholic. The Washington Post reports that Bill Sammon is who Chris Stirewalt, Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace and Brett Baier directly report to for all Presidential debate issues, construction, and question organization. In essence, Bill Sammon runs the show.
* News Flash* FLASHBACK : How Fox’s Biased Reporting Clouded The 2000 Election
In The Fox Effect, Media Matters’ David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt explained how Fox News’ decision to turn to right-wing media consultant John Ellis — a cousin of George W. Bush — to analyze the race led the network to prematurely call the 2000 presidential election for Bush. Fox’s call caused other networks to follow suit,…
After Fox prematurely called the election for Bush, Sammon responded by writing a deceptive book titled: At Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the Election. Wow! Everyone who remembers what transpired during this 2000 election will view Sammon’s deception here as utterly despicable.
It’s worth noting that Fox’s Political News Executive Bill Sammon’s daughter Brooke Sammon is Marco Rubio’s national press secretary.
By the way, has your favorite local news outlets been warned to stay away from stories touting the benefits of cannabis?
~ Bill O’Rielly – Roman Catholic. Bill O’Reilly Rails Against Marijuana Legalization: ‘Drug Use Is a Public Menace. It Helps No One.’ Source: the Blaze
~ Sean Hannity – Roman Catholic. Hannity claims cannabis causes brain abnormalities even with just casual use.
~ Megyn Kelly – Roman Catholic. Is Kelly a part of the Barnes & de Bernardo head hunting posse? Hard to confirm but, figuratively speaking, it does look like Kelly has put a bounty on Donald Trump’s head. That became evident during the first Fox Presidential debate. There’s also this promise:
This tweet was transmitted before everyone began finding out about the ambush set-up to target Donald Trump [during the Fox Presidential debates] with an inquisition from Muslim Activists, Illegal Alien amnesty activists, and put CAIR front and center in the debate format.
That’s for the outstanding journalism, Megyn.
*News Flash* The tenth Republican debate took place last night. Once again Donald Trump won with another unprecedented 55-60% of the vote. Cruz finished a distant second with 20% and Rubio took third place as usual with only 15%. However, this Trump landslide isn’t going to stop the establishment media from promoting their candidate – Rubio.
On CBS’ “This Morning.” Rubio says “A con artist [Trump] is about to take over the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and we have to put a stop to it,” Rubio says a con artist is about to take over the Republican Party…? Trump’s 60% of the people’s vote to Rubio’s 15% is a takeover of the Party? Rubio is brushing aside the will of the voters.
Others accuse Rubio and his operatives of trying to steal the nomination away from Trump with a brokered convention if needs be. Wouldn’t this negate the people’s obvious choice of Donald Trump and be considered a takeover of the Republican Party by Rubio and his 15%? Didn’t Rubio say “Faith is the most important influence in my life,…” ? Rubio might need more than faith to pull this one off.
If it wasn’t for social media getting in their way, it looks as though Fox, CNN, New York Times etc. would have already anointed their candidate Rubio as the winner of the election. Oh wait, it looks like they have…
“Media, Pundits Declare Rubio the Winner after Finishing Third” Source: GOPUSA February 2, 2016
The amount of positive coverage the establishment media is giving to third place Rubio is unsettling.
~ Brett Baier – Roman Catholic. Baier hasn’t made any notably reckless or idiotic comments about cannabis like O’Rielly or Hannity has. However, being a Roman Catholic, could Baier be influenced by his “Holy Father”, Pope Francis?
Is Pope Francis a supporter of God’s green herb? What about the other Christian denominations – do they support re legalization? Didn’t Jesus instruct His followers to feed the poor? Personal and corporate hemp farms across the planet could help end world hunger.
(CNN ) Jun 20, 2014 Are you stoned? That’s the message Pope Francis seemed to be sending lawmakers Friday, saying the growing worldwide trend toward legalizing recreational drugs is a very, very bad idea.
“Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise,” he told participants at the International Drug Enforcement Conference in Rome. The International Drug Enforcement Conference in Rome.
Is Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic church claiming God’s green herb is evil or produces evil? This seems “anti-God.” Yet, it also seems to be the current sentiment of the churches in America. But, Genesis 1:31 says:” And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. ” Isaiah 5:20 says: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil…”
There is, or was, one exception: Televangelist Pat Robertson endorsed marijuana legalization in 2012. Robertson lamented: “You know, I have been one that has been very much against the incredible incarceration rate in the United States of America, where we have made this country a nation of criminals. We have the highest incarceration rate of any country on the face of the earth,…”
Did de Bernardo come calling threatening the CBN empire with a lawsuit if Robertson didn’t recant? It didn’t take Reverend Robertson long before he reversed course and got back in line: “They’ve [Colorado] got marijuana cupcakes and marijuana soft drinks. Marijuana gummy bears! Oh, do you want your little eighth-grader to be stoned when he goes to school? Well, welcome to Colorado, where pot is legal….”
So much for the incredibly high incarceration rates in America that Robertson used to lament about. We’ve got marijuana gummy bears to worry about, now. Has there been an epidemic of stoned eighth-graders out in Colorado? It hasn’t happened. By the way, unlike gummy bears ~ cannabis is safe.
By the way, is your eight-grader sitting in a classroom filled with other kids who may be having suicidal/homicidal thoughts due to their prescription medications?
It’s been over two years since Colorado has re legalized the recreational use of cannabis. Since this time Colorado has benefited from a decrease in the crime rate and a decrease in traffic fatalities. It’s generated hundreds of millions in new tax revenue and countless jobs have been created. And, still no deaths or serious harm in any way has been reported.
Does de Bernardo’s club have enough “presence on this issue” throughout the US courts and US media to manipulate our institutions as well public opinion to once again outlaw the people’s right to use God’s green herb? Their arrogant attitude seems to indicate that they think they are close. However,…
Social Media saves the day
Manipulating public opinion was a lot easier when almost all media came from only six sources. Then, social media came along and has been a thorn in the side of Barnes & de Bernardo ever since. The following is an example of how social media has allowed people to organize online to help each other out.
On Jun 26, 2015 Change.org started this online petition — “Meet Kris Lewandowski — Husband & father of three, former Marine, war veteran, and facing life in prison for growing six marijuana plants in Oklahoma. Our system is imprisoning a man who fought for our country because he was self-medicating with a plant.”
UPDATE: Charges Dropped Against Okla. Veteran [Lewandowski] Treating His PTSD With Marijuana
After Kris Lewandowski was extradited from California to Oklahoma, felony charges were dropped amid intense pressure from social networks and independent media. Source: MintPress News Desk July 8, 2015
“…felony charges were dropped amid intense pressure from social networks and independent media.” Citizens organizing online were able to expose this un American abuse of power and rescue this American Vet from a life behind bars – punishment for growing six cannabis plants to treat his PTSD.
“First they came for the Medical Marijuana patients, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Medical Marijuana patient…”
Have you noticed Facebook & Instagram shutting down Medical Marijuana web sites deemed offensive according to their guidelines? But, hey, what about our free speech? Did these social media outlets receive a lawsuit from de Bernardo’s Washington law firm? Will social media networks be coerced into compliance/censorship or forced out?
*News Flash* FCC commissioner says the U.S. tradition of free expression is slipping away
The American traditions of free expression and respectful discourse are slipping away, and college campuses and Twitter are prime examples, according to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai member of the Federal Communications Commission.
“I think that poses a special danger to a country that cherishes First Amendment speech, freedom of expression, even freedom of association,…”
Twitter announced last week, [Tuesday, February 9, 2016] it was establishing a “Trust and Safety” panel to police speech on the site.
*News Flash* Twitter loses four key execs [actually five] posted January 25, 2016. Source: Wired.CO.UK
Yes, all the Twitter execs resigned. Did de Bernardo come calling with threats of lawsuits? Did Twitter cave in with its “Trust and Safety” panel prompting the Twitter execs to leave? Question: Will these 4-5 execs be replaced with de Bernardo’s people so they can “have a presence” at Twitter, too?
FCC Commissioner Pai concluded that if voters and institutions fail to defend free speech within their own spheres, it could lead to more government regulations curtailing that freedom. Due to the timing of Pai’s comments or warnings, he may have been speaking specifically about Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Looks like the plan of these religious crusaders is to quietly take down their opponents one lawsuit at a time. If social media becomes compromised/censored by Barnes & de Bernardo, who will tell us about our Vets and non-Vets alike going away to prison?
It sounds as if FCC Commissioner Pai would like to say to the American people: ” Get off your asses and do something before it’s too late!” Many people have responded by endorsing anti-establishment candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
Back to Justice Antonin Scalia’s prediction that the Supreme Court will eventually authorize another wartime abuse of civil rights such as the internment camps… [internment camps perhaps, renamed as drug rehabilitation facilities?] “You are kidding yourselves if you think the same thing will not happen again.” Scalia said… “in times of war, the laws fall silent,”
Imagine if a future President Marco Rubio consulted with his Attorney General Rick Santorum about the “evils” that marihuana is having on the young people and our country. After carefully reviewing the scientific studies on this Schedule 1 drug, the lawmakers decide drastic actions would be needed in order to protect the children and the country.
Long term drug rehabilitation sentences will be the only humane way to deal with the offenders as well as protect the children from this evil. “Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise,…”
Would Fox News come to the rescue of Americans receiving cruel and unusual punishments? Maybe. But, in the meantime they will surely be busy making sure the next Supreme Court Justice and the next President of the United States are members of de Bernardo’s small club of policy makers. So, who’s in the club besides de Bernardo and his wife? Who knows? We don’t. But, it looks like they are suddenly everywhere.
These religious crusaders claim Colorado is violating International Treaties. It’s interesting that they are more interested in enforcing International Treaties than supporting Colorado’s states rights.
This gives the appearance of an outside international religious system attacking law abiding citizens in the heart of America. In the past, religious people in America used to warn others about the dangers of a one world religious system… now many appear to be unwittingly enforcing it.
Will any American churches or church leaders ever perceive these outside attacks on fellow American as a threat to our freedoms?
The unintended consequence of hemp prohibition: “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”
The above quote from 1970 is attributed to world ambassador, Henry Kissinger. Notice the evolution from Thomas Jefferson’s positive quote about protecting our country with hemp: “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country” to “control food and you control people.”
How do you restrict people from growing hemp? Simple, keep it classified as a Schedule 1 drug.
Surely these religious crusaders didn’t intend to take away the peoples food and their related industries by outlawing hemp, did they? The crusaders are just trying to protect kids from getting stoned on THC laced gummy bears, right?
Family farming in the US has been decimated. The local wealth and protection that local farming provided is gone. People are no longer in control of their food supply. Our food supply has been genetically modified and pharmaceuticalized. Today 95% of all grain reserves worldwide are under the control of a handful of multi-national corporations. de Bernado’s peeps? Probably.
Hemp For Liberty
Hemp seeds are a super food and will grow practically anywhere and for anyone. Hemp will grow just as easily for poor people as it does for rich people. Hemp also produces fuel, medicine, livestock feed and hempcrete. It’s also great for the environment.
Returning to independent local farms combined with thriving cannabis and hemp industries like they’re doing again out in Colorado, will help shift the power back to the local communities and away from outside religious crusaders who are quietly beginning to take away our liberties.
Lastly, on a government building in Detroit, Michigan is a carefully selected Bible verse inscribed in English, for all to see. Fortunately, it’s etched in stone. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked the idea of a Bible verse on a government building. But, after researching this topic and writing this blog, I now see the wisdom of putting this particular verse on the government building.
The verse reads: “Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.