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Current mood:betrayedWell after my grandmother has passed away, it seems to be all about the one that they refer to as my mother, a drunken slob of a woman who has done nothing for me my entire life by put my family and me in bad situations, and left us all memories of bad times. I have been really busy since my grandmothers funeral, trying to move on, and trying to keep my family together during these tough times. So far I have been called a drug addict as I am assault victim who now has to also live with intractable pain and muscle spasms. I was told that I do not have P.T.S.D. that I acquired from the assault. Recently to be told that besides myself, other members of my family have no clue on how to raise their children. Before the funeral, we were contacted by an attorney advising that my grandmother's will was being challenged. Tonight after coming home from a simple trip to the store and leading into a day of car issues, I get an answering machine message from the same one causing my family and me all this grief, the one that they call my mother...
Wow, the drunken one they call my mother~
[the drunken one they call my mother]
TRANSLATION OF THE ABOVE:
YEP... That was the last chance
You know, you two have an (drunken slur) enemity?
evidently,um.. the two of you are enemies
and you know what? The family is on the other end
evidently, because you two choose not to be
part of the family. So.... I guess thats the way its gonna be.
(drunken slur) nem seen it? never will, your both spoiled,
and um... you both chose to uh... suck off of grandma
forever, so I guess thats the way its gotta be. Shes gone now,
There ain't nobody. But we did Challenge our family.
and um each one of us takes care of each other, you know..
incase one of us has a problem eeewe sometimes we'll put out a twenty dollar bill or whatever, but atleast one thing we are family. You guys choose not to be, whatever, sorry, bye.
Alcoholism is a sad sad sad thing, specially when its a close family member like someone that is supposed to be acting like your mother.
Big stir today on the cannabis topics, get on board folks, ride the wave!
I DARE YOU to go to yahoo news and search "Marijuana" (http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/search?p=marijuana). You would be quite surprised to see the amount of topics out there at this moment on the subject.
I forgot to include another benefit of legalization in the last blog besides a multi-billion dollar increase to our economy. With the increase of new money, your also going see a decrease in the billions spent to arrest, process and control citizens whose only crime is cannabis use.
The only people right now, that don't want cannabis legal, are those making a profit from it, both legally and illegally, the ignorant and the misinformed. Get involved, help stop this MADNESS!
Report Finds Marijuana Prohibition Is Not Achieving Goals
March 5, 2009
A report issued by two
finds that laws criminalizing marijuana are not achieving their goals.
The report concludes that arresting, prosecuting, incarcerating, and
seizing the property of people who commit marijuana-related offenses
doesn't reduce use. And lessening or removing penalties doesn't
"The report finds that the 'war on marijuana' is
quite costly in both financial and human terms, and the prohibition of
marijuana has not measurably reduced its use. This is a clear call for
us to reconsider our laws and policies on marijuana," says Alison
Holcomb, ACLU of Washington drug policy director.
The report, "The Consequences and Costs of Marijuana Prohibition," was produced by Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert, associate professors
in the University of Washington's Law, Societies, and Justice Program.
Beckett and Herbert analyzed data and conducted in-depth interviews in
order to compare the fiscal, public safety, and human costs of current
marijuana policy against marijuana's price, potency, availability and
use. The report was commissioned by the ACLU of Washington.
Beckett and Herbert found that enforcing marijuana laws consumes major portions of government budgets. The domestic law enforcement
component of the federal drug control budget more than doubled from
1991 to 2002, to $9.5 billion, and marijuana arrests accounted for
nearly all of the increase in drug arrests during that time.
Furthermore, 28,000 people are serving time in federal or state prison
for marijuana offenses; the researchers estimate that their
incarceration costs over $600 million a year, a figure that does not
include the costs of detaining marijuana offenders in county jails or supervising them after release. The authors note that Harvard University economist Jeffrey Miron concludes that
would save $7.7 billion per year in government expenditures - resources
that could be redirected to more important priorities like and .
researchers also found that marijuana arrests in the U.S. have
increased dramatically over the past 15 years, now constituting nearly
half of the almost 2 million drug arrests each year. Yet increased
enforcement has not produced the government's desired results:
* the price of marijuana has dropped;
* its average potency has increased;
* it has become more readily available; and
* use rates have often increased during times of escalating enforcement.
On the other hand, states and localities that have decriminalized marijuana possession, passed , or adopted measures making marijuana use the lowest law enforcement priority have been able to redirect law enforcement resources to other public safety issues without experiencing any corresponding increase in marijuana use.
the authors found marijuana prohibition carries serious human costs,
and these are disproportionately imposed on African Americans. The
researchers interviewed individuals in the Puget Sound area who were
arrested for marijuana-related offenses. Besides the financial burdens
of attorneys' fees, court fines, lost income, and seized assets, they
also suffered emotional stress and family tensions. And they lost faith
in a legal system that imposes the long-term stigma of a criminal
conviction for an act engaged in by over 40% of the American population.
Drug Policy Director
ACLU OF WASHINGTON FOUNDATION
California State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco is introducing legislation that will allow California to tax and regulate recreational marijuana use. Ammiano estimates that taxing marijuana would generate $1 Billion in state revenue per year.
As reported by the SF Weekly, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is introducing a bill in the California legislature to legalize and tax marijuana use. Ammiano argues that taxing marijuana will reduce police costs and raise revenue, helping to lift California out of its current Ammiano told the press, “I know the jokes are going to be coming, but this is not a frivolous issue. California always takes the lead - on .gay marriage, the sanctuary movement, medical marijuana.” Ammiano is no stranger to controversy. He is an openly gay politician from San Francisco who appeared in the movie “Milk” as himself. Though Ammiano’s bill is likely to be voted down in the legislature, his “marijuana tax” has already become an international story. Foreign papers, such as the Guardian, have reported the story. Liberal sites like Swerve Left are applauding the idea. Many liberals have long supported the legalization of marijuana. They believe, quite wrongly, that legalizing drugs will reduce government costs and allow police to focus on more dangerous crimes. Even President Obama was open to legalization as late as 2007, as reported by MSNBC. Legalization is totally misguided. The way to reduce crime is by strict quality of life enforcement against everyone who breaks the law, not by surrendering to petty criminals. Want to reduce crime? Arrest all the panhandlers, turnstile jumpers, vandals and kids smoking pot in the park. This sends the message that we live in a law-abiding society that has zero tolerance for crime. This is how they do it in Japan and Korea, two democratic societies that shame America when it comes to crime issues. The most dangerous city in Japan has less than half the crime of the safest city in America. Quality of life enforcement is what Giuliani did in New York, finally turning it into a livable city. It works. See Video on Ammiano Below:
Its about time! With the government on Friday delivering more
bad economic news, a spike in unemployment to 8.1 percent.It is asinine that cannabis taxation has been right under our noses in this time of crisis, and our governments are not JUMPING ON IT. Some are, and its up for debate. I only see positives regarding this subject. Create jobs nationwide. Not just for just medicinal purposes but also as textiles. Textiles and apparel are some of the biggest share of imports into the U.S.. WE NEED TO PUT THESE JOBS BACK IN U.S. SOIL. This isn't including hemp for food... ALL the hemp we use here in the U.S., is imported from China and Indonesia and now Canada and various other small countries. If cannabis is so bad, then why is it in such "high" demand? I predict as times get harder, this topic is going to get much more popular. With more people recognizing the benefits are higher than any risks. I foresee a BIG CHANGE on the horizon!