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MAPTalk-Digest Sunday, December 5 2010 Volume 10 : Number 061

001 POLL: Should Iowa lawmakers legalize medical marijuana?
    From: "Herb" <>
002 Re: MAP: POLL: Should towns be allowed to ban medical pot clubs?
    From: "Ethan M." <>
003 Re: MAP: PayPal has banned WAMM
    From: "Ethan M." <>
004 Fw: TWO GREAT VICTORIES!!!
    From: Rick Steeb <>
005 Re: MAP: PayPal has banned WAMM
    From: Rick Steeb <>
006 Poll: Does Michigan's medical marijuana law need to be revamped?
    From: Richard Lake <>
007 US NH: Column: How War on Drugs Is Hurting Asparagus Farmers
    From: Richard Lake <>


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Subj: 001 POLL: Should Iowa lawmakers legalize medical marijuana?
From: "Herb" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2010 19:05:51 -0800

Should Iowa lawmakers legalize medical marijuana?

http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/12/02/Opinions/20278.html

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Subj: 002 Re: MAP: POLL: Should towns be allowed to ban medical pot clubs?
From: "Ethan M." <>
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2010 05:18:49 -0800

In news:internal.mailing-list.drugs.map.talk, "Herb" <>
posted on Sat, 20 Nov 2010 09:57:12 -0800 the following:

> Should towns be allowed to ban medical pot clubs?
>
> http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_16652036

Not if it comes from city managers or councils.  That's too much power. If
voters voted to legalize something, a pack of megalomaniacs in the city
council should not be able to disrespect that vote by simply banning with
the stroke of a pen something that was legalized for medical purposes.

Ethan

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Subj: 003 Re: MAP: PayPal has banned WAMM
From: "Ethan M." <>
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2010 05:23:49 -0800

In news:internal.mailing-list.drugs.map.talk, Rick Steeb
<> posted on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:34:23 -0800 the
following:

> I recently was notified by PayPal that my monthly [pittance] donation
> subscription had been canceled "by WAMM" [a damned lie/error] after some 3 1/2
> years of the convenience for me and the important source of donation cash flow
> for WAMM.
>
> www.wamm.org/donate.php
>
> Might as well punch Mother Teresa in the mouth.
>
> What can we do to encourage PAyPal [eBay] to reverse this harmful and despicable
> act?

They do what they want.  The "small people" are just squeaking mice in the
sewer to any corporation run by people with some social agenda.

Ethan

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Subj: 004 Fw: TWO GREAT VICTORIES!!!
From: Rick Steeb <>
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2010 07:28:31 -0800

=0A=0A=0A=0A----- Forwarded Message ----=0AFrom: LANNYSWERDLOW =0ASent: Fri, December 3, 2010 11:50:31 PM=0ASubject: TWO 
GREAT VICTORIES!!!=0A=0AGREAT NEWS!!!! GREAT GREAT NEWS!!!!!=0A=0AThe Calif
ornia Supreme Court has rejected the appeal by Anaheim to review and =0Aove
rturn the 4th District Court of Appeal=E2=80=99s Decision and that means:
=0A=0A1.    Cites and counties CANNOT use the fact that selling marijuana i
s against =0Afederal law as a reason to ban them from operating under their
 zoning =0Aordinances. Since that is the basis of most bans, most bans will
 not withstand =0Aany challenges.=0A2.    The Kruse and Nulls decisions uph
eld by the 2nd District Court of Appeals, =0Awhich has been used most vicio
usly against collectives, is OUT THE WINDOW =0Abecause that case was only a
bout =E2=80=9Ctemporary moratoriums=E2=80=9D and not bans.=0A3.    The Supr
eme Court refused Orange County=E2=80=99s request to depublish the Anaheim 
=0Adecision which means that the Qualified Patient=E2=80=99s decision is th
e controlling =0Adecision and the above two statements are the LAW!!!!!!!!!
!!=0A=0AAs a result of the above, the collective in Wildomar beat back the 
Temporary =0ARestraining Order filed by the nearly bankrupt city of Wildoma
r seeking to close =0Athem and they remain OPEN. Their motion by the collec
tive to stay open will be =0Aheard on Monday and it is looking very good in
deed.=0A=0AThis also bodes very well for the Health &  Wellness Collective 
case to be heard =0Athis Thursday, Dec. 9. The Supreme Court=E2=80=99s reje
ction of the Anaheim appeal =0Acompletely undermines Judge Molloy=E2=80=99s
 ruling last week against the collective as =0Athe Judge stated that Kruse 
and Nulls were controlling and in fact Qualified =0APatients was controllin
g and his ruling was wrong,Wrong, WRONG!!!!! =0A=0A=0AIt will be show stopp
ing excitement to see how the Collective=E2=80=99s attorney David =0ANick r
attles Judge Molloy=E2=80=99s cage for his erroneous ruling and how it can 
be =0Arectified. This hearing, which was spoken about only in the most forl
orn of =0Aterms only 48 hours ago, has now turned into a veritable rout for
 medical =0Amarijuana patients.=0A=0AYou will definitely want to be there t
his Thursday, Dec. 9 to see how Judge =0AMolloy tries to wiggle out of his 
ruling. The skullduggery between Judge Molloy, =0Athe Riverside City Attorn
ey=E2=80=99s office, Jeffrey Dunn, BB&K, the Riverside County =0ABoard of S
upervisors and specifically the Riverside County DA=E2=80=99s office has co
me =0Ato naught. There still is JUSTICE in Riverside County.=0A=0ADuring th
is time of trial and travail, the Health & Wellness Center Collective =0Aco
ntinues to be open and operate including their now (thanks to Good Morning 
=0AAmerica) famous farmer=E2=80=99s market. If you have never checked this 
place out, you =0Amight want to saunter on down and check them out. They ar
e at 647 Main St., =0ASuite 2A, Riverside 92501. For more info, call them a
t 951-782-8400.=0A=0AIf you get this email in time, come on down to the MAP
P meeting today, Saturday, =0ADec. 4 to join with us in celebrating this gr
eat ruling and court victories. =0AAttorney Nick has said he will be there 
to speak about all that has happened and =0Awhat it portends for patients t
hroughout the state of California.=0A=0ABe the first to learn about all tha
t is happening direct from the people who are =0Amaking it happen by coming
 to the MAPP meeting this Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. =0Aat Crystal Fantasy,
 266 N. Palm Canyon in fabulous downtown Palm Springs 92262 =E2=80=93 =0Aac
ross the street from the Hyatt Regency.=0A=0AThis is where the movement in 
the Inland Empire began =E2=80=93 it=E2=80=99s =E2=80=9Cfittin=E2=80=9D tha
t we =0Acelebrate this victory here. Please join us.=0A=0ALanny=0A760-799-2
055

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Subj: 005 Re: MAP: PayPal has banned WAMM
From: Rick Steeb <>
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2010 07:50:48 -0800

(From the PayPal account closing procedure):

"Comments:  Please enter thoughts or concerns about the PayPal service."

[my input]: Valerie and Mike Corral provide comfort and sustenance to the 
desperately ill and dying. 

To arbitrarily deprive them of your channel for donations is completely and 
utterly unacceptable.

I intend to divest myself of all PayPal and eBay activity henceforth, unless you 
reverse your unfortunate and harmful decision.

ffi: http://www.wamm.org/donate.php

"You have successfully closed your account."

- ----- Original Message ----
From: Ethan M. <>
To: 
Sent: Sat, December 4, 2010 5:23:49 AM
Subject: Re: MAP: PayPal has banned WAMM

In news:internal.mailing-list.drugs.map.talk, Rick Steeb
<> posted on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:34:23 -0800 the
following:

> I recently was notified by PayPal that my monthly [pittance] donation
> subscription had been canceled "by WAMM" [a damned lie/error] after some 3 1/2
> years of the convenience for me and the important source of donation cash flow
> for WAMM.
>
> www.wamm.org/donate.php
>
> Might as well punch Mother Teresa in the mouth.
>
> What can we do to encourage PAyPal [eBay] to reverse this harmful and 
>despicable
> act?

They do what they want.  The "small people" are just squeaking mice in the
sewer to any corporation run by people with some social agenda.

Ethan

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Subj: 006 Poll: Does Michigan's medical marijuana law need to be revamped?
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2010 12:58:21 -0800

Poll Does Michigan's medical marijuana law need to be revamped?

http://www.dailypress.net/

As I send this it is 64% yes.

Please Vote No!

Thank You.

Richard

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Subj: 007 US NH: Column: How War on Drugs Is Hurting Asparagus Farmers
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 05:23:00 -0800

Newshawk: Three Golds http://www.drugsense.org/awards/
Pubdate: Sun, 5 Dec 2010
Source: Portsmouth Herald (NH)
Copyright: 2010 Seacoast Newspapers
Contact: 
Website: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/index.htm
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1157
Author: Richard Fabrizio
Note: Richard Fabrizio is managing editor of news for the Portsmouth 
Herald and Seacoast Sunday.
Referenced: Drug War Clock http://www.drugsense.org/cms/wodclock

HOW WAR ON DRUGS IS HURTING ASPARAGUS FARMERS

As food was passed around the table at Thanksgiving, I passed on the asparagus.

I actually like asparagus; a lot really. But, I have found myself at 
increasing odds with the flowering perennial plant species. It began 
with my personal fight against pork-filled farm bills that help bloat 
our annual budget deficits and the our national debt. The national 
debt was darn close to $13.9 trillion as of 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

American taxpayers subsidize the growth of asparagus in more ways 
than one, as I recently learned. I did not ask the family if they 
knew where the asparagus was harvested, as it would have sparked 
fiery political debate, which can ruin any Thanksgiving meal.

Apparently, my past column's latest dig at dirt farmers who grow 
asparagus was more than one industry lobbyist could take without 
retorting. I'm glad Alan Schreiber, director of the Washington 
Asparagus Commission, or WAC, called me on my tirade against the 
tasty vegetable. We should all be.

Schreiber offered further disturbing insight into the mismanagement 
of our federal government, which is simply too big, too unfocused, 
tries to solve every problem with little regard for creating others 
and has no apparent view of the big picture. Schreiber informed me 
that cocaine and snorting Americans are to blame for twofold American 
subsidies of asparagus.

According to Schreiber: "In 1990, the U.S. government entered into a 
drug control policy decision called the Andean Trade Preferences Act. 
The intent of the act was to give trade preferences to Andean drug 
trafficking countries and give them incentives to grow crops other 
than those that produce drugs. One of the crops that they targeted 
was asparagus. Get the Peruvians to grow asparagus and they will stop 
growing coca leaf and poppies. In the years since then the 
preferences our government gave the Peruvians has decimated our 
domestic asparagus industry. Now the Peruvians export more asparagus 
to the United States than our country produces.

"I represent the Washington asparagus growers, an industry that now 
has the fewest acres than any time in the past 70 years and is 25 
percent of the size it was the year the act was past. The asparagus 
growers are receiving compensation by our government in return for 
what was done to our industry."

That's just great! Coke addicts crush hard-working, middle class 
American farmers and taxpayers. The addicts are probably white-collar 
Wall Street minions looking for another little pick-me-up to get 
through the machinations of insane hand gestures to buy or sell. And 
this is all in the game of making Wall Street barons richer while 
growing the gulf of income disparity with middle class Americans.

All I knew previously about Peruvian flake cocaine was that it was 
mentioned in the 1978 Cheech and Chong film "Up in Smoke." But, 
apparently, America's love of coke continues to burden future 
generations with unsustainable debt. It's not the asparagus that is 
killing the country's future, but the coca leaf.

Let me just say, the 1970s are over. The 1980s are too. Put your Izod 
collar down, throw the tiny spoon away and turn to exercise for 
adrenaline and endorphins. It's time to "get real," as was the 
popular saying as Baby Boomers abandoned the doomed 1970s for the 
untold promises of the 1980s.

No, you can't make this stuff up. Not even Cheech and Chong. Not even 
the Drug Enforcement Agency and not even Rick Fabrizio, though I wish 
I could get busy on Peruvian flake and write Hollywood movie scripts 
sort of like a coked-up post-modern Jack Kerouac with a tendency for 
mind-altered, run-on sentences with little to no regard for proper 
punctuation, particularly the use of commas. Of course, it would end 
all too tragically as coke has proven to be highly addictive and 
would certainly fuel my demise, but hopefully my end would not come 
until after I am immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of 
Fame, ideally between Jack Nicholson and Angelina Jolie.

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the U.S. 
government has spent more than $46.8 billion on the "War on Drugs" so 
far this year. It actually has a "War on Drugs" expenditure clock 
that you can watch grow by the second at 
www.drugsense.org/cms/wodclock. What's really sad is that there is no 
doubt our tax dollars maintain the clock, as part of, or in addition 
to the $46.8 billion spent to keep people off coke, crack, smack, 
pot, meth, X and something called Purple Drank.

Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron, in his 2008 study, estimated the 
United States could inject $76.8 billion a year into its economy by 
legalizing drugs (street drugs that is, as 'scripts like Wellbutrin 
and Viagra are already legal), including $22.5 billion from coke and 
heroin. That's akin to subsidizing American asparagus farmers because 
we subsidize Peruvian coca leaf farmers to instead grow asparagus.

Legalizing street drugs would seem likely to create other problems 
like addiction and crime and personal ruin as well as hepped-up, 
run-on sentences.

"It is easy to take pot shots at earmarks, particularly those you 
know nothing or little about," Simpson wrote. "I think the next time 
you should dig a little deeper before taking aim for your next story."

Despite our shared passion for asparagus, I maintain that Americans 
should not subsidize national or international asparagus farmers. 
Instead of piling on more debt, wouldn't it be better to stop 
subsidizing the Peruvians? And wouldn't it be better if Americans 
swore off the coke?

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