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HERBWISE: The huge International Cannabis and Hemp Expo descends upon Oakland

Downtown Oakland: site of Oaksterdam University and this weekend, a 30,000-person open-air session of hemp and cannabis 101.

Oct. 7-9. Fri., 3-9 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., $18 one day pass/$45 three day pass

Cow Palace

Daly City



Because you stubbornly choose to remain in some strange parallel universe, one where prohibition actually works, all you parasitoid prohibitionists have blood on your hands!

Prohibition does nothing but bankroll dangerous criminals, corrupt whole law enforcement agencies and generously arm international terrorists. Alcohol prohibition (1919-1933) was a casebook example of such dangerous folly. Today, alcohol is taxed and regulated and the shoot-outs over turf and the killing of innocent bystanders are no longer a daily part of the alcohol trade. So how come so many of us lack the simple ability to learn from such an important historical lesson, and are instead intent on perpetuating the madness and misery that prohibition has always invariably engendered? 

It is clearly our always-doomed-to-fail policy of prohibition that is causing this intense misery. We need to fix ourselves (start thinking clearly) and in doing so, we will not only help rid ourselves of this terrible self-inflicted curse but also help to heal the whole planet.

Are we really such an adolescent nation that we can expect neither maturity nor cognitive thought from either our leaders or our populace? This is not a war on drugs; it's an outright war on sanity!

Colombia, Peru, Mexico or Afghanistan, with their coca leaves, marijuana buds or their poppy sap, are not igniting temptation in the minds of poor weak American citizens. These countries are merely responding to the enormous demand that comes from within our own borders. Invading or destroying those countries, creating more hate, violence, instability, injustice and corruption, will not fix this problem. We need to admit that It is ourselves who are sick. Prohibition is neither a sane nor a safe approach. Left unabated, it's moronothonic puritanical flames will surely engulf every last one of us!

Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power. - Benito Mussolini

Posted by malcolm kyle on Sep. 03, 2011 @ 8:57 am

“…her upcoming event, which will draw a projected 30,000 marijuana patients and cannabis-curious folk … ‘95 percent’ of the people that her expo is marketed to, Cue says, are medical marijuana patients.”

30,000 times 95%. Wow, 28,500 patients need marijuana as medicine in CA. Who knew there were so many CA patients with serious medical needs that only marijuana could treat.

And who would have guessed that something would turn out to be such a healing medicine that has been shown to generate toxic smoke, impair the immune system, and cause adult cognitive deficits in people who use it in their youth?

Then again, we remember those health claims made for tobacco in the 1950s, right?

And for snake oil before that, right?

I love watching historical continuities.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Sep. 03, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

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