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  •  Agreed, Schedule I is wrong an hypocritical (3+ / 0-)
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    Our government has concluded that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use."

    And yet U.S. Patent # 6630507, for the use of cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants, was awarded to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Our government simultaneously claims that cannabinoids have no medical value, and yet they hold a patent describing the medical value of cannabinoids!

    Furthermore, Schedule I is for lethal drugs.  It is impossible to overdose and die from marijuana.

    Schedule I is wrong on so many levels.

    But it's interesting that you mentioned LSD, which also has no lethal overdose levels.  It's been rumored that possession of a large quantity of LSD can incur charges of treason, attempting to overthrow the government. In Orwell's 1984 sexual relationships were forbidden because they made people passive and complacent.  Marijuana does that too, but it also agitates the status quo the way that LSD does. Furthermore, I view cannabis as a Upaya, that is, a spiritual facilitator.  Taken all together, you get a drug which induces contentment, the questioning of authority, and spiritual fulfillment. No wonder the powers that be have overcategorized it as Schedule I.

    You will not rest, settle for less • Until you guzzle and squander whats left • Do not deny that you live and let die - MUSE

    by bondibox on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:13:55 AM PST

    •  It's actually due to anti-immigrant xenophobia. (1+ / 0-)
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      If you examine the history of recreational drugs becoming illegal, it follows each drug's introduction by a new immigrant group.

      The country was founded by alcohol users, but when the Chinese were working on the transcontinental railroad, then were using opium for recreation, so it was outlawed.

      I don't remember for sure, but I think MJ was introduced by Central and South American immigrants and then made illegal.

      I don't think the drugs' pharmacology was really understood when these laws were originally passed.

      (I took a course about this in college many years ago, so I apologize if any details are off, but you get the idea.)

      "Jersey_Boy" was taken.

      by New Jersey Boy on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 11:04:15 AM PST

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      •  Original prohibition =/= Schedule I (3+ / 0-)
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        You may be right about the original prohibition of marijuana as a reaction to immigrants using it, but it wasn't until the controlled substances act of 1970 that it gained its Schedule I status.  When you examine the social unrest occurring at that time the draconian scheduling of this harmless drug makes sense as a method of controlling the population.

        You will not rest, settle for less • Until you guzzle and squander whats left • Do not deny that you live and let die - MUSE

        by bondibox on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:39:09 PM PST

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        •  no kidding, it was an attack by nixon against the (5+ / 0-)

          younger generation, that had the nerve to make him look bad with all their protests and demonstrations.

          my first time smoking was in 72 or 73 and with all the propaganda at the time i fully expected that i would become hooked after one use and went home thinking i had just thrown my entire life away.

          when nothing happened, i figured out that the adults were lying. and that deceit is a whole nuther part of this rarely gets talked about. for me it was..."so what else are they lying about?"

          Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List-686 pages of hyperlinks in PDF format Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift and that's why it's called "The Present".

          by elkhunter on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:58:20 PM PST

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          •  Yep, the Dick sure hated them DFHs! (3+ / 0-)
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            Nixon was a complex figure.  We look back now on his economic policies and see them as quite liberal, actually to the left of Obama, though Democrats of his day were too.  His foreign policy was pretty conservative, real cold warrior, but he did recognize the need to open up to China, which seriously defused that part of the world.  Of course he also invaded Laos and Cambodia, which led to literally millions of deaths, and kept the Vietnam war going long after it was futile.

            But he was also a leader in social conservatism.  While he grew up a Quaker, he later found Billy Graham and the evangelical movement more to his liking (that war thing really didn't comport with his parents' faith). He inherited a country deeply divided over the war -- at least as divided as today -- and saw that as a political opportunity. He was a divider, not a uniter.  He scored points with his base by equating opposition to the war with hippiedom, hippiedom with drug use, and drug use with crime.  It was a made-up axis of evil and marijuana was quite strongly symbolic of his opposition.  So he won racist support by calling for "law and order" and he founded the DEA.  Divisiveness got him re-elected in 1972 though Watergate brought him down, and his party took a serious hit for a few years.

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