Showing posts with label MARIJUANA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MARIJUANA. Show all posts

Monday, November 11, 2013

LADY GAGA TELLS ELVIS DURAN ABOUT MARIJUANA

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THE ELVIS DURAN INTERVIEW
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Lady Gaga On Elvis Duran




Lady Gaga sat down with Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show to talk about the release of her new album ARTPOP(out today), being the first performer to sing in space, and her emotional struggles with drugs and depression in the past. Elvis was able to dig into "Gaga's basement," during his 45 minute exclusive with the POP SuperStar. Elvis, as usual, created a comfortable atmosphere in which Gaga felt safe enough to discuss these difficult topics.


ON BEING ADDICTED TO MARIJUANA


“I just want young kids to know that you actually can become addicted to it [marijuana]… I have been addicted to it and its ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self medication and I was smoking up to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco. I was living on a totally other psychedelic plain, numbing myself completely and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain. I didn’t know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and really depressed all the time and not really sure why.”



“It’s a battle, every day. I don’t want to lie about it because there is no reason to lie. But, the truth is that it is very hard to be famous. It’s wonderful to be famous because I have amazing fans. But it is very, very hard to go out into the world when you are not feeling happy and act like you are because I am a human being too and I break and I think there is an assumption, not just by the corporate world, or by humanity that I cannot break because I am alien woman and I am unstoppable. The truth is that I can break, and I did. I was not very good at breaking. I lost everything that I love. I was in a wheelchair for six months. I did a lot of drugs and took a lot of pills. I let it all kind of go because I didn’t know if I was going to live for the next year or two. When your schedule gets that out of control and you’re not able to feel the ground anymore you lose a sense of your own soul.”



“I had to stop. I was addicted to it [marijuana]... I’ve been addicted to various things since I was young. Most heavily over the past seven years. A friend gave me this term I lily pad from substance to substance because I get to a point where I can’t go any further with one substance so I move to another.”



ON OVERCOMING HER ADDICTION AND HER MESSAGE TO HER FANS


“You can fight. I do put that pressure on myself; I have to be high to be creative. I need that, that’s an error in my life that happened for over 10 years. Can I be brilliant without it? I know that I can be and I have to be because I want to live, and I want my fans to want to live. I don’t want them to torture themselves in the way I have. I want to show people that I will last past 27 and I will last longer, and so will you. I want to change this code in the atmosphere that in order to be remembered I must die young. In order to be remembered as a legend I must be dead first. This is unhealthy. The way that we [celebrities] are treated by the media, this is unhealthy. Not just me, I am just one of many people that are treated poorly by the media.”




ON HER ACHILLES HEEL IN THE BUSINESS AND HOW SHE OVERCAME IT


“Look I think my Achilles heel in this business has always been from the beginning, like, oh is she a rich girl from New York? Did she go to a private school? But actually I did go to a privileged school, I did go to a private school, I did have a great education. My parents were not rich, they sent me to a great school with all the money that they had…I am smart. I will no longer allow this thing that was my Achilles heel to remain there.”



ON THE PRESSURES OF BEING A FEMALE ARTIST


“There’s this incredible pressure on female artists that we have to reinvent ourselves between each record. Michael Jackson didn’t reinvent himself with each album, or Elton John or Whitney Houston. These are some of my favorite artists in history. What I was thinking about was I don’t want to throw my wigs away, I don’t want to throw my outfits away, I want to celebrate them because these are the inventions that got me to where I am. I want my fans to know that you really just need one good idea. I feel like this pressure that the public puts on you to have several good ideas over and over again until you die; this is actually not reality.”




ON GETTING OUT OF THE CORPORATE MOLD


“ARTPOP is definitely a time that we are really excited to be putting art into the front and that corporations will no longer drive me or my work and that the House of Gaga- this is our foray into the art and technology world. The artRave was the beginning of that.”


ON THE CHANGES SHE MADE FOR ARTPOP AND WHY SHE IS DIFFERENT


“I’m usually already on to the next album when the album comes out. I’m really very fascinated with this transformation inside of me that I am feeling very happy and confident in the work that I have created. I really love this album. I mostly love this album because it helped me lose 30 pounds in the gym!”


ON WHAT ARTPOP IS ALL ABOUT


"This album is about joy, coming into my own, and also really deciding for myself as an artist that I don’t need to change my image with every single album. This was something I was really fascinated with iconography and how we see the artist.”



“This is why ARTPOP is so important to me. I want the world to know that the real intelligence is in the heart and the mind of the artist and not the corporation.”



ON NOT BEING A FORMULA AND BUILDING THE HOUSE OF GAGA USING HER GREATEST TALENT


“When you have road bumps in your career everybody starts to shake and everybody starts to get nervous… The reality is that there was never any formula and I am not a marketing plan and I never have been. ARTPOP has no marketing plan… This was something that was generated by this young collective group called the House of Gaga, which has been our debut on Sunday at the artRave… What I’m trying to say I guess is that I may be talented at music, but my greatest talent is seeing potential in others.”



ON DIGGING DEEPER AND ABOUT WHO LADY GAGA IS AS AN ARTIST


“I think the truth is that since the beginning of my career, although I am a pop star now, I was not generated by a factory, I was not generated by a corporation, and there was no team other than the team that I put together that helped me make my artistic dreams come true.”



ON THE MIND OF AN ARTIST AND WHAT ARTPOP SHOULD MEAN TO HER FANS


“If our minds go, there is nothing else. Somebody gives me a canvas at the beginning of every album cycle and its blank. I am left with a paintbrush and I sit by myself. That is the thing I want people to know and recognize not just about me, but about themselves… There is a canvas, a paintbrush, and an artist and then the ideas start to come. That is what ARTPOP is. What I want my fans to know is that you will not be defined by the people that hire you. You will not be defined by the corporate world around you. You will be defined the ideas that are in your own heart and in your own mind. It is just you, and that brush, and that canvas. You will work hard enough that one day you will sign only your name at the bottom of that blank page.



ON HER SPACE PERFORMANCE IN 2015


“It’s going to happen in 2015… This event where I didn’t have to pay for my seat, and it was offered to me by Zero G Colony and Virgin Galactic to be the first to technically to sing from space. Who knows if someone will build a rocket before then, I don’t know! It was more important to me that I am the first to sing from a Virgin Galactic space craft.”



ON WHAT IT TAKES TO PERFORM IN SPACE


“I’ll explain this to you - it’s not so easy to sing from space. Even if you are flying to space on one of these commercial flights this is not congruent with the actual event and what will be done. This is an entire event and festival that’s being created to take music to the beyond and have me, the artist, singing from this space craft and that will be live streamed back to earth while there is a concert going on Ground Zero.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

LEGALIZE ALL DRUGS IS THE ONLY SANE ANSWER

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THE WOODWARD REPORT

The War on Drugs is Immoral and Ineffective


By Brian Woodward
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The War On Drugs




Despite increased efforts, manpower, and resources, the war on drugs has been a resounding failure. W.C. fields once quipped, “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” Not only does the government continue to fail in its crusade against drugs, it continues to perpetrate a policy of immense immorality. It has been over forty years since President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs. What do we have to show for it? The United States has wasted over one trillion dollars, caused incarceration rates to exceed that of the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin, discriminated heavily against African-Americans, propped up the drug cartels, and allowed drug profits to flow into the pockets of al-Qaeda and other such terrorist groups.



The biggest success in the war on drugs has been the protection of drug cartel’s profits. In a standard legalized business, there are countless importers and exporters of a particular good. However, due to drug raids and seizures, the price of maintaining an operation has been driven up, forcing out small time distributors. This allows the only viable distributors to be those with enough money and resources to avoid interdiction efforts. These are the highly violent drug cartels that are flush with cash. By keeping goods out and arresting local distributors, the government keeps the price of these drugs up. What else could a monopolist want?



The production of drugs can be a very inexpensive endeavor when it is not necessary to take immense precautions to avoid interdiction. Thomas Sowell, the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, asserts that “if a user could support his habit for a few dollars a week, he would still be an addict, but would not have to steal, mug, or murder to support his habit.” Zealots are unable to realize that they are not God. They possess neither the license nor the capacity to dictate how others live.



Drug enforcement agencies like to dazzle the public with their alleged high rates of drug seizures. American law enforcement confiscated approximately 1.5 million kilograms of marijuana in 2007, up 30% from 2002. Their efforts were even better with cocaine. They seized 50% more in 2007 than in 2002, a colossal 150,000 kilograms of cocaine. However, a 2011 study published in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies indicates that “despite these outstanding numbers, only an estimated 41.5% of all cocaine and 25% of all marijuana was intercepted globally in 2007. Consequently, interdiction efforts have failed to effectively dismantle the drug industry. Experts believe that seventy percent of a drug needs to be intercepted worldwide to substantially reduce the size of the industry.” In addition, the percentage of drugs intercepted is likely inflated due to the inability to account for the amount of drugs that are smuggled in undetected.



Experts indicate that in order to make an appreciable difference, confiscation would have to be doubled. Furthermore, interdiction spurs what experts refer to as a “balloon effect”. This posits that when confiscation efforts are expanded in a certain area, the producers simply change locations. When interception efforts increase in one region, production merely moves to another region, which, as a result, makes seizure operations ineffective.



The Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies study goes on to state, “Another fundamental problem of interdiction is that it actually increases the profits of, and therefore the violence within, the industry.” The working theory of enforcement agencies is that reducing the supply of drugs will force costs up and push usage down. This is naive and misguided. The reality is that the drug supply is generally inelastic, meaning that due to the addictive nature of drugs, demand is not increased or decreased significantly when price fluctuates.



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MEDICAL MARIJUANA PASSES NY ASSEMBLY

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Medical Marijuana Plan Passes Assembly


"It's Cruel to Deny Treatment to Patients Who are Suffering" Says Gottfried
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 Medical Marijuana


The following e-mail was sent to us by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. We applaud the work he does, not only on this issue, but so many other issues that make New York a better place.



Patients suffering from serious debilitating or life-threatening conditions could be treated with medical marijuana under medical supervision under a bill overwhelmingly passed by the Assembly on Wednesday, June 13. The bill has substantial support among the medical community, patient groups, and religious organizations. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have laws that allow medical use of marijuana, with Connecticut being the most recent to sign it into law on June 1.

"If the patient and physician agree that the patient's serious debilitating or life-threatening condition should be treated with medical marijuana, the government should not stand in the way," said Gottfried. "It is cruel to deny treatment to patients who are suffering or to turn them into criminals."

The plan approved by the Assembly "would be one of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country," Gottfried said. "It is modeled on the law we apply to highly dangerous and addictive drugs like morphine or oxycodone, but even tighter."

"To watch someone you love fight to live through the agony of the pain without any relief is too hard to bear. Medical marijuana can help ease this suffering," said Geri Barish, a Nassau County cancer survivor and mother whose son used medical marijuana before he succumbed to cancer. "Knowing that a doctor could provide safe and legal access to medical marijuana in a controlled environment will give patients with severe illnesses in New York State hope."

New York's bill, A7347-B/S7283-A, introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senate Children and Families Committee Chair Diane J. Savino, has the bi-partisan support of over 50 other legislators. "This is long overdue," said Gottfried, noting that this is the 16th year he has introduced a medical marijuana bill in the Assembly.

Under the bill, a licensed health care professional who is authorized to prescribe controlled substances would certify the patient's need for marijuana for treatment of a serious debilitating or life-threatening condition. The certified patient then registers with the Department of Health. The marijuana would be purchased from a specially registered and regulated hospital or pharmacy.

"As an attorney and a person actively involved with civic affairs, I work very hard to uphold the law," said Jamin Sewel, a Bronx resident who was diagnosed with MS ten years ago. "I would like to thank the Assembly for recognizing the thousands of New Yorkers like myself who are living with serious and debilitating conditions for which medicinal marijuana can provide relief."

THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, has been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Agency in synthetic pill form since 1986. THC in pill form, which is legal in New York, commonly delivers a larger dose than the patient needs or can tolerate. There is substantial medical judgment that consuming marijuana naturally makes it easier to control the dosage and symptoms are easier to manage. The bill would allow use of the natural form of marijuana.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has stated that the federal government will not interfere in states with medical marijuana laws unless both state and federal laws were broken.

"This is sensible, strict, and humane legislation. The fact that Arizona, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New Jersey and over a dozen other states allow this while it's still illegal in New York is political correctness run amok, at the expense of the suffering of thousands of New Yorkers," Gottfried added.

Under appropriate professional care like other drugs, marijuana has important therapeutic use for many seriously ill patients. In an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, the HIV Medicine Association, and the American Medical Students Association said: "For certain persons, the medical use of marijuana can literally mean the difference between life and death."

A Siena poll released in May of this year, found a "strong majority" of New Yorkers support the legalization of the use of medical marijuana 57%-33%. When polled two years ago, the proposal was supported 50%-41%.

Medical marijuana legislation has the support of a broad array of health and other organizations, including:


Medical Society of the State of New York
New York State Nurses Association
Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State
Pharmacists Society of the State of New York
Statewide Senior Action Council
Gay Men's Health Crisis
New York AIDS Coalition
New York State AIDS Institute Advisory Council
Oncology Nursing Association (New York State chapter)
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
AmericanAcademy of HIV Medicine
AFSCME District Council 37
Housing Works
Latino Commission on AIDS
Family Services Network of New York Inc.
Drug Policy Alliance
Compassion & Choices of New York
Gray Panthers, NYC Network
National Lawyers Guild, NYC Chapter 


Nationally, allowing the medical use of marijuana is supported by the American Public Health Association, the American Bar Association, and the Lymphoma Foundation of America, among others. The medical use of marijuana is recognized by the American Medical Association and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.



For the full text of the bill, go to http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us and type in bill number A7347.


Monday, June 11, 2012

GOV. COUMO FIGHTS UNFAIR MARIJUANA LAWS

Scott D. Levy


We find it insane that New Yorkers still get charged with little marijuana offences. The money spent and the lives ruined is horrible. Read below the news story that NORML sent us. We applaud Gov. Andrew Coumo for fighting this injustice. We knew when we elected him, that he was fair and understanding just like his parents. Having met just about the whore family, the saying "The apple does not fall far from the tree" rings true here.




FROM THE DESK OF NORML



Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo has endorsed a legislative effort to equalize marijuana possession penalties, regardless of whether the cannabis is possessed in private or in public view. Governor Cuomo announced his support at a press conference on Monday. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are also backing the effort.

Under state law, the private possession of up to 25 grams of marijuana is a non-criminal civil citation, punishable by a $100 fine. By contrast, the possession of any amount of cannabis in public view is a criminal misdemeanor [NY State Penal Law 221.10].

In 2011, New York City law enforcement spent $75 million arresting approximately 50,000 minor marijuana offenders under Penal Law 221.10. Many of these offenders had marijuana on their person, and only revealed the cannabis publicly after being ordered by police to empty their pockets during 'stop-and-frisk' searches. According to the Governor's office, 94 percent of arrests for small amounts of marijuana in the state are in New York City. Over 85 percent of those charged were either African American or Latino.

Governor Cuomo said that the present law is "incongruous" and "disproportionately" effects black and Hispanic youth.

Pending bipartisan legislation - Senate Bill 5187 and Assembly Bill 7620 - would equalize minor marijuana possession penalties to a non-criminal, fine-only offense. According to the Associated Press, Cuomo's proposal differs slightly from these measures because it would retain criminal misdemeanor penalties for cannabis smoking in public.

State lawmakers are expected to be in session for three more weeks.

Last week a coalition of advocacy groups, including ColorOfChange.org and the Drug Policy Alliance, launched an online advocacy campaign featuring video testimonials from people who the campaign says have been illegally searched or falsely charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in New York City.

For more information or to view the video testimonials, please visit HERE

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

PUSH STATES TO LEGALIZE ALL MARIJUANA



Marijuana



Once again legislators in Illinois are discussing whether to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. According to State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), the sponsor of the bill, he thinks he has the votes for passage in the House. “It will be the best, most restrictive, mostly regulated law in the country,” Lang said. The law would allow people with debilitating medical conditions to smoke marijuana but would limit possession to less than 2.5 ounces, prohibit driving for six hours after smoking the drug, would only be sold in state-licensed highly regulated not-for-profit dispensaries (limiting the outlets to 59—one per senate district) and the program would expire in three years. Think of the new levels of bureaucracy that will have to be created to administer and enforce the law. Insane!



Having penalties, including potential prison time, is not going to discourage anyone from trying to sell medical prescription marijuana on the street anymore than current laws prevent drug activity. The smoking of marijuana should either be totally legal or totally illegal. Just because Illinois would have the most regulated law in the nation, is not enough reason for a legislator to vote Yes.
Alcohol is legal and the only medical benefits are that a glass of wine is good for your heart and can raise your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Marijuana has been shown to diminish nausea from chemotherapy, lessen symptoms of multiple sclerosis, lessen pain of people suffering form HIV/AIDS and other medical aliments. So if alcohol is lawful, why not marijuana?


I have made my position clear that I hate alcohol, so why do I seem to be supporting the legalization of medical marijuana when I find the drug so repulsive? Simply because it would lead to making marijuana legal for everyone and government could tax the use. Because the bureaucracy and associate costs the passage of the bill would create, I am pro legalization of all marijuana, not just for medical use. If it is legal for everyone, the government would profit. If it is legal just for medial applications then it costs the government money to regulate.


One can either get high or not. If marijuana is legal, it should be legal for everyone over the age of 21; there should not be restrictions on who can use the drug.


And because of fear of the slippery slope that medical usage would lead to wide-spread legalization, Illinois legislators won’t be able to vote, “Yes.“ If people realized the profit for government with legalization, they would be in favor of it. But nobody is thinking about the money; only about the smoke.


Editors Note: I think all my readers know how I feel about the legalization of Marijuana. We spend billions here in New York State arresting and jailing people who smoke weed. With our state budgets in the red, this is the perfect way to save money on prosecuting people who smoke, and at the same time, make tax money. Almost everyone I know smokes Marijuana. When will our straight laced politicians wake up and see that Marijuana makes money. Right now the drug dealers make tax free cash with no benefits to the state. Stop arresting people who smoke and at the same time reap huge tax profits. I guarantee states will go from not having enough money every year, to having more than enough. Wake up America!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

SNOOP DOGG IS ALWAYS ON MARIJUANA BUD

Snoop Dogg


Rap star Snoop Dogg says he has never performed sober. Snoop is insisting he takes the stage only when he's smoked marijuana. The Snoop has long been an advocate for the legalization of the weed and has a prescription for medical marijuana. He also admits he is never without cannabis when he hits the stage. He told Larry King, "I’m under the influence of medical marijuana. I’ve never performed without it."
Photo By: RD/Kabik/Retna

Saturday, March 27, 2010

THE NYC SODA TAX IS A BIG TAX ON THE POOR

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THE JAMES EDSTROM EDITORIAL
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David Paterson


It really amazes me how our government officials in New York, like Governor Paterson and now Mike Bloomberg, continue to tax the poor, but they do it in such a round-about way, that all the politicians look saintly. This proposed soda tax will only hurt the poor, plain and simple. The rich will continue to buy soda and anything else they want. The poor will also continue to buy soda, but they will be forced to spend money they really do not have. Just take a ride through any poor neighborhood, there are limited choices in the supermarkets, deli's and bodegas. Soda is the cheep choice to sell in these communities. No one in these neighborhoods can afford to buy these 5 dollar designer healthy drinks. Healthy food costs big bucks. Poor people do not have the option of buying anything but soda. Go into any fast food restaurant, a healthy salad is 4 times more than a less nutritious double cheeseburger. Look what the cigarette tax has done. They took a addicted public and raised the price of cigarettes from around $2.50 a pack to almost $12.00 bucks. The rich did not even blink a eye at the price increase, nor did they quit, but the poor, who are just as addicted, are still smoking because they can not stop and they are spending money they do not have. This is what the soda tax will do. Tax the poor. We already pay tax on money we earn. We pay sales tax and we pay taxes to ride in a taxi here in New York City, if you can believe it. When are our politicians going to do the right thing, which is to go through every single department we have in this state, and start getting rid of waste. Everywhere I go, I see waste in government. If I can see it, why can't our officials? Stop these taxes on the poor!



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MAKING MARIJUANA LEGAL WILL SAVE THE STATES


We spend billions every year arresting people for smoking marijuana. We spend money on law enforcement and sending these people to jail. I do not care what anyone says about marijuana, it is less dangerous and less costly than alcohol. Alcohol has caused millions of deaths, and no one can say that about marijuana. California is getting ready on a vote to legalize marijuana, because they see the huge tax revenue it will bring in. Why New York is so behind the rest of the world, is beyond me. I am not talking about just legalizing Medical Marijuana, which should be legal anyway, but I am talking about making marijuana once and for all legal. Control and tax it like you control alcohol. The billions saved on arresting and jailing people and the tax monies collected will give this state a surplus instead of a deficit. It is such a simple answer, yet our politicians thinking are still in the stone age, or maybe they are stoned!

David Paterson Photo By: RD/Dziekan/Retna

Thursday, January 14, 2010

NEW YORK ASSEMBLY PASSES MARIJUANA

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We received the following e-mail from Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried on legalizing Medical Marijuana. We commend him on his stand, and we hope his fellow elected officials will support this issue in full.
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Marijuana


As the debate over medical marijuana goes on across the country, the New York State Assembly Committee on Health today passed a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for patients suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, 14 states have laws that allow medical use of marijuana, and a bill in New Jersey is expected to be signed into law before January 19th. New York State's bill, modeled on Rhode Island's law, requires patients to have a physician or licensed prescriber certify their need for marijuana for treatment of a statutorily defined "serious medical condition." Patients must then file their certification with the Department of Health and receive a registration card from the state. Possession would be limited to two and a half ounces."If a patient and their physician are in agreement that the most effective way of controlling their symptoms is marijuana, government should not stand in the way of treatment," said Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee and sponsor of the bill. "It is cruel to turn end-stage patients into criminals when they are following what their doctor recommends for relief."THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, has been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Agency in synthetic pill form since 1986. THC in pill form commonly delivers a larger dose than the patient needs or can tolerate. There is substantial medical judgment that consuming marijuana naturally makes it easier to control the dosage and symptoms are easier to manage. This method, however, remains illegal in New York.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has stated that the federal government will not interfere in states with medical marijuana laws unless both state and federal laws were broken.The bill is supported by: the Medical Society of the State of New York, the New York State Nurses Association, the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State, Statewide Senior Action Council, Gay Men's Health Crisis, the New York AIDS Coalition, the New York State AIDS Institute Advisory Council, the Oncology Nursing Association (New York State chapter), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, and Housing Works. Nationally, medical use of marijuana is supported by the American Public Health Association, the American Bar Association, and the Lymphoma Foundation of America, among others.

Editors Extra: Medical Marijuana is something that is long overdue in New York State. These drug companies for years have been lobbying to stop the legalization of Marijuana for medical use, because they market Marinol, a Marijuana pill that makes them a fortune and does nothing. A few years ago when I was very ill, I got this prescription and it cost 583 for a one month supply. It did nothing to help my symptoms, so I went out and brought a bag of weed for 40 dollars and it did the job and it lasted a month. Now a prescription costs over 1200 bucks and does absolutely nothing. It is a waste of insurance money, when a cheep 40 bag of weed will do the trick. The State Of New York will save millions on their Medicaid plans alone. I firmly believe Marijuana should be legalized fully and be controlled like cigarettes and alcohol, but Medical Marijuana is a start in the right direction. States can make billions of dollars in tax monies and save the trillions of dollars they spend arresting and jailing people who smoke. If fact, I am sure the legalization of Marijuana will take the states out of the red and send them into the black. This is something that is long overdue, and we commend Richard N. Gottfried on almost always being on the right side of our issues here in New York. Visit NORML to learn more on how we can make this happen all over the country.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

BRITNEY SPEARS SAY'S NO TO MARIJUANA

Britney Spears


Former toxic singer Britney Spears left the stage for almost an hour yesterday, after complaining the air at the concert venue had become too smoky. The audience was stunned when the singer stopped her show in Vancouver, British Columbia, after just three songs, leaving the audience waiting for more than 20 minutes for an explanation on why she did this. An announcement was then made, reportedly ordering the audience to stop smoking marijuana and cigarettes in the arena, as it was "unsafe" for Spears to perform. After a further 40 minutes, the singer finally came back, but a concertgoer tells blogger Perez Hilton the star looked upset by the interruption, adding: "She did not look into it at all!" When the show ended, Spears took a moment to warn against smoking, telling the crowd: "Thanks Vancouver. You were wonderful. Drive safe. Don't smoke weed!" A representative for the star has since explained that the delay was caused by very poor air circulation. Concert promoters at Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment denied marijuana smoke was to blame, insisting the audience members were puffing cigarettes. A statement from Spears' camp reads: "We want to apologize to all the fans who attended our Vancouver show tonight for the brief pause in Britney's set. Crew members above the stage became ill due to a ventilation issue."
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

RUSSELL SIMMONS RALLIES AGAINST DRUG LAWS

Reverend Calvin Butts


Russell Simmons


Russell Simmons rallies against New York's Rockefeller drug laws outside Governor David Paterson's office in New York City today. We agree with this music icon. Half a billion in New York alone goes to fight little drug offences like Marijuana. Alcohol kills people every day. Marijuana does not. It is time to make marijuana legal.
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Sunday, February 01, 2009

MICHAEL PHELPS SMOKES MARIJUANA BONG

Michael Phelps


Olympic champion Michael Phelps has apologised for his "regrettable" behavior after photos surfaced of the star athlete using a glass pipe associated with Marijuana use. The British newspaper the News of the World published a shot of the gold medal-winning athlete holding a pipe, more commonly referred to as a bong , to his lips at a party in South Carolina, Columbia that took place last November.The publication alleges that Phelps was at a house visiting his secret girlfriend, student Jordan Matthews, and left party people in shock with his behavior.In a statement released today, Phelps says, "I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. "I’m 23 years old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me. "For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public, it will not happen again." Phelps’ representative Clifford Bloxham reportedly tried to broker a deal with the tabloid to stop the photographs from being published, even offering the star’s services as a columnist for the newspaper for the next few years. Bloxham allegedly told the publication, "It’s seeing if something potentially very negative for Michael could turn into something very positive for the News of the World."
Editors Note: When is the world going to wake up. There is nothing wrong with smoking Marijuana. Alcohol kills people every day, not Marijuana !
Visit NORML to fight for the legalization of Marijuana.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

SMOKING TOMMY CHONG HITS NEW YORK

Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong's Book


Tommy Chong signs copies of his new book Cheech and Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography at Borders Books in the Wall Street District in New York City the other day. For all my younger readers, Tommy is famous for his Cheech and Chong Marijuana Movies many years ago in the 70s. I used to go with my friends to the movie theatre and roll a big fat joint and have the party of my life. In those days you could drink and smoke in a movie theatre. In those days you had freedom !

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DEMAND AN END TO MARIJUANA POSSESSION ARRESTS IN U.S.A.

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The Story Below Was Sent To Us By:
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THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR
THE REFORM OF MARIJUANA LAWS
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Marijuana

Wednesday, July 30, 2008: At a press conference held this morning, members of Congress called on their fellow lawmakers to remove all federal penalties that criminalize the possession and use of marijuana by adults.“To those who say that the government should not be encouraging the smoking of marijuana, my response is that I completely agree,” said Representative Barney Frank (D-MA). “But it is a great mistake to divide all human activity into two categories: those that are criminally prohibited, and those that are encouraged. In a free society, there must be a very considerable zone of activity between those two poles in which people are allowed to make their own choices as long as they are not impinging on the rights, freedom, or property of others. I believe … criminalizing choices that adults make because we think they are unwise ones, when the choices involved have no negative effect on the rights of others, is not appropriate in a free society.”Rep. Frank, along with co-sponsors Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Lacy Clay (D-MO), urged lawmakers to support HR 5843, An Act To Remove Federal Penalties for the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults, which would eliminate federal penalties for possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana, and for the not-for-profit transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana. Other co-sponsors of the measure include Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR); Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA); Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).This proposal reflects the basic recommendations of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse (aka the Shafer Commission) in its groundbreaking report to Congress in 1972 titled Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding.“There is absolutely nothing wrong with the responsible use of marijuana by adults and this should be of no interest or concern to the government,” said NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre. “It makes no sense to continue to treat nearly half of all Americans as criminals. ““I am a 43-year-old man, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, I pay my taxes and, like millions of other Americans, I occasionally smoke marijuana. I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would wish to treat me like a criminal, based on my responsible use of marijuana. It is time we stopped arresting responsible marijuana smokers, and HR 5843 would do that under federal law.”This is the first federal marijuana decriminalization bill to be introduced in Congress since 1978, and reflects the changing public attitudes that no longer support treating responsible marijuana smokers like criminals. According to a nationwide Time/CNN poll, three out of four Americans now favor a fine only, and no jail, for adults who possess or use small amounts of marijuana.Each year in this country we arrest more and more of our citizens on marijuana charges. In 2006, the last year for which the data are available, we arrested 830,000 Americans on marijuana charges, and 88 percent of those arrests were for personal possession and use, not trafficking. They were otherwise law-abiding citizens who smoke marijuana.Since 1965, a total of nearly 20 million Americans - predominantly young people under the age of 30 -- have been arrested on marijuana charges; more than 11 million marijuana arrests just since 1990. Currently 47 percent of all drug arrests in this country are for marijuana, and another marijuana smoker is arrested every 38 seconds. Police arrest more people on marijuana charges each year than the total number of arrested for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.As President Jimmy Carter said in a message to Congress in 1977, “Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to the individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use.”
Editors Note: We agree one thousand percent with Barney Frank. We had lunch with this great Congressman a while back at Langans in New York City, and this guy really has his heart and mind in the right place. Billions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year to arrest people for just smoking a joint of good weed. I have known people over the years who got sentenced to jail for carrying a very small amount. I know people who need it for medical use and they are breaking the law every time they use it to relieve medication side effects. People with Aids and Cancer need to smoke Marijuana. I know people with Aids that had wasting syndrome and could not eat and the only way they got a appetite was to smoke a joint. They would be dead if is was not for Marijuana. And don't let the critics tell you that the drug companies make Marinol and it's the same as smoking a joint. It is not. The drug companies charge you $563.00 for a 30 day supply when you could just buy a bag of weed for $40.00 that will last the month and does the job. The drug companies have spent untold amounts of money to keep Marijuana illegal, so they can charge you outrageous prices. I urge everyone to write their Congressman and Senators. Support Barney Frank, he's one of Americas gems. Visit NORML's website and see how you can help to make Marijuana legal !

Saturday, April 05, 2008

CRUISE NOT HAPPY WITH CALIFORNIA WEED

Tom Cruise

Scientology Queen Tom Cruise is not amused or happy by a legal medical marijuana firm that is marketing their best weed as “Tom Cruise Purple.” California Licensed cannabis clubs are selling the appetite-enhancing weed in packaging that features a picture of Tom laughing hysterically.“I heard it’s the kind of pot that makes you hallucinate,” said one avid marijuana smoker. Tom’s lawyers told New York Daily News Gossip Icons Rush and Malloy that they are looking into the matter.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

ROLLING STONE'S KEITH RICHARDS STONED

Times Square Marijuana

Another Rolling Stones icon Keith Richards is refusing to turn his back on drugs completely after a number of brushes with death and he still smokes marijuana "all the damn time".The guitarist was addicted to heroin at the height of the hell raising band’s 1970s heyday.But his bad experiences haven’t deterred him from maintaining one last illegal vice: "People thought I was going to die. I never did - as you can see. The drugs? Oh yeah, they were great."Drugs now? it’s a very dodgy subject. I smoke my head off. I smoke weed all the damn time."There, you’ve got it. But that’s my benign weed. That’s all I take, that’s all I do. But I do smoke - and I’ve got some really good hash." And Richards has a grudge with officials who have banned smoking in public spaces in Britain, Ireland, California and New York: "This worldwide smoking ban is draconian, socially, politically-correct bullshit. They’ll get over it.It’s like Prohibition - they tried to stop booze once. Ha! Look what happened.It ruined America."
Legalize Marijuana Now !

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

GILLIGANS ISLAND STAR'S POT SENTENCE

Marijuana

Looks like Gilligan's Island star Dawn Wells was growing more than coconuts on her three hour tour.Wells, who played Mary Ann is serving six months' unsupervised probation after allegedly being caught with marijuana in her car. She was sentenced Feb. 29 to five days in jail, fined $410.50 and placed on probation after pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving. Under a plea agreement, three misdemeanor counts -- driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance -- were dropped. On Oct. 18, Teton County sheriff's Deputy Joseph Gutierrez arrested Wells as she was driving home from a surprise birthday party that was held for her. According to the sheriff's office report, Gutierrez pulled Wells over after noticing her swerve and repeatedly speed up and slow down. When Gutierrez asked about a marijuana smell, Wells said she'd just given a ride to three hitchhikers and had dropped them off when they began smoking something. Gutierrez found half-smoked joints and two small cases used to store marijuana. The 69-year-old Wells, founder of the Idaho Film and Television Institute and organizer of the region's annual family movie festival called the Spud Fest, then failed a sobriety test.Wells' lawyer, Ron Swafford, said that a friend of Wells' testified that he'd left a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle after using it that day, and that Wells was unaware of it. Swafford also said several witnesses were prepared to testify that Wells had very little to drink at the party and was not intoxicated when she left. He said she was swerving on the road because she was trying to find the heater controls in her new car.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

AARON CARTER BUSTED FOR MARIJUANA

Aaron Carter

Sexy singer Aaron Carter has been arrested for drug possession in Texas. The 20-year-old pop star was pulled over by cops after he was spotted speeding in Kimble County at around midday on Thursday. According to TMZ.com, a subsequent search of the singer's Cadillac Escalade turned up less than two ounces of marijuana and he was taken to a local jail in the town of Junction. The singer, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter,was due in court yesterday for his arraignment, Kimble County Sheriff Mike Chapman tells People.com.

Monday, February 04, 2008

WILLIE NELSON GIVES UP MARIJUANA

Willie Nelson

Former Marijuana smoker Willie Nelson is taking up jogging at the age of 74, in a bid to stay fit and healthy.The life long weed smoker recently kicked the great drug and he has taken up exercise to boost his life expectancy. He tells Spinner.com, "I have started running. What I was trying to do was do at least as much good in the daytime as I was destroying in the nighttime. But it got to the point where I was losing ground. "I had to start trying to stay alive or I was going to die. So I’ve had to give up the smoking and drinking. And when I quit that and started running, I got a lot healthier."
Editors Note: Whats this world coming too, when Willie Nelson gives up pot!

Friday, July 27, 2007

PARIS HILTON SMOKED MARIJUANA IN CLUB

Paris Hilton has a new club

Paris Hilton reportedly smoked marijuana during a night with Mischa Barton's ex-boyfriend Cisco Adler at a Hollywood nightclub.The blonde heiress and Adler arrived at Guy's nightclub at 1am on Tuesday night where they were apparently seen hugging and "making out"as they reportedly smoked the drug. Paris took sips from Adler's drinks before performing a karaoke version of' Bette Davis Eyes' to help celebrate a friend's birthday. Fellow revellers also claim Paris sang along to the 4 Non Blondes song 'What's Up', replacing the "what's going on" chorus with "let's smoke a bowl!"Paris and Cisco left the club at 2.30am in separate cars. Paris' representative denies she smoked any drugs, but admitted: "She was with Cisco Tuesday night/Wednesday morning."Reports of Paris' drug taking come just a month after the 26-year-old told US chat show host Larry King she had never experimented with drugs . She also vowed to quit the Hollywood party scene after serving 23 days in prison in June for driving with a suspended licence.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

PARIS HILTON SMOKES SOME GOOD WEED !

Paris Hilton and crazy security guard the other night

Paris Hilton has reportedly been seen smoking marijuana outside a Los Angeles nightclub.The hotel heiress - who told US chat show host Larry King in a recent interview she had never taken drugs - climbed out of an SUV car in front of trendy Hollywood hangout Teddy's in what witness described as a cloud of marijuana smoke.One fellow clubber told the New York Post newspaper: "She took a huge puff off of a joint, then opened the door and exhaled the pot smoke basically in my face."A representative for Paris - who was released from prison two weeks ago after serving 23 days for driving with a suspended licence - has so far refused to comment on the allegations.Last Friday, Paris enjoyed her first night of partying since leaving jail.The socialite enjoyed a night of drinking and dancing at Hollywood hotspot Les Deux with a group of friends and her sister Nicky. At one point, the 26-year-old blond - who was wearing a grey shirt and black fedora hat - stood on a couch and danced "seductively".
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