Posts tagged Prohibition

But they aren’t hiding. Paul Trouette, Lear Asset Management’s 55-year-old founder, spoke with TPM for more than 30 minutes earlier this week to describe what his company does and why they do it. They see themselves filling a void that law enforcement cannot. Trouette at one point invoked the Pinkertons — the private detective agency notorious for, among other things, violently busting unions and chasing Wild West outlaws — to demonstrate the historical precedent for what they’re now doing in this county of 88,000 on the edge of the California Redwoods.

"Law enforcement just doesn’t have the means to take care of it any longer," Trouette told TPM. The 2011 murder of Fort Bragg, Calif. city councilman Jere Melo by an illegal trespasser tending poppy plants as Melo patrolled private land for a timber company made a big impression on Trouette, he said. Lear was incorporated the same year, and the company has worked with a non-profit founded in Melo’s memory.

"That’s when the hole began to be filled in my understanding of how to put together a cohesive, legal, organized private security firm that is now dealing with these types of issues," Trouette said, explaining that he sees Lear "on the cutting edge of citizens becoming involved in their communities and utilizing their legal rights to affect positive change in their communities.

Prohibition is still a failure.

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Prohibition is still dumber than a rock. Everybody on get the bus, now.


…Before diving into her talking points—some reasonable, some pretty far out, man—Dowd painted a vivid picture of being spaced out in a paranoid haze from gobbling too much of a pot-infused candy bar.
After accidentally ingesting far more than she needed to (noob!), Dowd spent eight hours curled up in bed, freaking out at the exposed-brick wall and repeatedly touching her green corduroy jeans, convinced that she was dead and no one had told her. (If only she’d had the foresight to fire up the Beatles’ Revolver on Grooveshark—a little “relax, turn off your mind, and float downstream” would have been just what the dispensary dealer ordered.)
It was a great moment for the media echo chamber—and the Twitter reaction was sublime. (Our personal highlight was comedy writer @JohnDevore simply repeating, “Maureen Dowd please do meth Maureen Dowd please do meth” over and over.)

 (via Maureen Dowd’s Pot Column: Illustration by Comic Artist Alex Robinson | Vanity Fair)Poor Maureen Dowd: she ends up looking like an assclown because she was either too proud or stigmatized to ask “um, how much of this stuff should I take and how often should I take it?” 
Imagine if Dowd had actually asked people that she knows and trusts how she should ingest cannabis for the first time; imagine if she had someone hang out with her while she tried it: she could have had a really bitchin’ walk around Denver or the foothills to the West or the Art Museum, a giggle at Nuggets or Avalanche game…you know, fun.

…Before diving into her talking points—some reasonable, some pretty far out, man—Dowd painted a vivid picture of being spaced out in a paranoid haze from gobbling too much of a pot-infused candy bar.

After accidentally ingesting far more than she needed to (noob!), Dowd spent eight hours curled up in bed, freaking out at the exposed-brick wall and repeatedly touching her green corduroy jeans, convinced that she was dead and no one had told her. (If only she’d had the foresight to fire up the Beatles’ Revolver on Grooveshark—a little “relax, turn off your mind, and float downstream” would have been just what the dispensary dealer ordered.)

It was a great moment for the media echo chamber—and the Twitter reaction was sublime. (Our personal highlight was comedy writer @JohnDevore simply repeating, “Maureen Dowd please do meth Maureen Dowd please do meth” over and over.)


(via Maureen Dowd’s Pot Column: Illustration by Comic Artist Alex Robinson | Vanity Fair)

Poor Maureen Dowd: she ends up looking like an assclown because she was either too proud or stigmatized to ask “um, how much of this stuff should I take and how often should I take it?”

Imagine if Dowd had actually asked people that she knows and trusts how she should ingest cannabis for the first time; imagine if she had someone hang out with her while she tried it: she could have had a really bitchin’ walk around Denver or the foothills to the West or the Art Museum, a giggle at Nuggets or Avalanche game…you know, fun.

Prohibitionist Propaganda

Prohibitionist Propaganda

While Colorado’s pot shops are embracing wax as a popular, potent form of newly legal cannabis, the Drug Enforcement Administration is whipping up a drug panic in California. In a Yahoo News article, Gary Hill, assistant special agent in charge at the DEA’s San Diego office warned, “We have seen people have an onset of psychosis and even brain damage from that exposure to that high concentration of THC. Our concern is that this is going to spread before we get it under control.”

Agent Hill offered no studies or data to back up these claims.

But the DEA, once again, is too late. BHO has been around for at least a decade and now it is more available than ever—and the wax is here to stay.

Look at three white guys from well-to-do or better families gloss straight over the damage to families with less resources than those they came from that prohibition does. Got White Privilege?

Well the For Profit Prison System spent $45 million dollars lobbying congress in 2011 alone. That’s 45 million reasons why Congress won’t remove pot as a schedule 1 controlled substance. Throw in the paper industries lobbying and you have even more reasons

It sounds about right, but I’d like to get the source of the statistics given there.

Are drug users likely to be cured by being locked up? Are we really better off with so many nonviolent drug offenders in prison? These are questions that seem important to answer before we go ahead and lock up a million people.