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Columnist Suffers Pot Paranoia As Dopers Advance

by Cliff Kincaid on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This is article 81 of 81 in the topic Drug War

Maureen Dowd of The New York Times has attracted attention with her column about eating a marijuana candy bar and remaining in “a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours,” as she began “panting” and becoming “paranoid.” Some commentators are laughing about it. Not so funny are the reports of deaths from ingesting marijuana that Dowd cites in her column about marijuana legalization in Colorado.

“In March,” she noted, “a 19-year-old Wyoming college student jumped off a Denver hotel balcony after eating a pot cookie with 65 milligrams of THC. In April, a Denver man ate pot-infused Karma Kandy and began talking like it was the end of the world, scaring his wife and three kids. Then he retrieved a handgun from a safe and killed his wife while she was on the phone with an emergency dispatcher.”

The Wyoming college student, 19-year-old Levy Thamba Pongi, was an exchange student from Congo. Richard Kirk is the Denver man who killed his wife, Khristine Kirk, with a gunshot to her head.

Two Denver deaths tied to recreational marijuana use” was the headline over an Associated Press story. It didn’t take long for the claim that marijuana never killed anybody to be debunked.

Regarding her own experience with the drug, Dowd said, “As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.”

I discussed both of the deaths cited in the Dowd column in my May 1st column, “Colombians Move into Colorado Marijuana Business.” On March 27th, we ran the column, “Media Continue Cover-up of Marijuana-induced Mental Illness.”

Nevertheless, the House of Representatives recently voted 219-189 to block Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) raids on so-called “medical marijuana” businesses. The Marijuana Policy Project reports that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), its “longtime ally,” led the charge to protect the marijuana businesses in Colorado and other states. It passed mostly with liberal Democratic votes.

“Already in Colorado, there is evidence of Colombian cartel involvement in the legal medical marijuana industry,” notes the group called Smart Approaches to Marijuana, whose co-founder, drug policy expert Kevin A. Sabet, recently authored the book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana.

But now that liberal columnist Maureen Dowd has tackled the subject in a serious manner, connecting the dots between marijuana and mental problems, others in the media may follow suit and the rush to legalize the drug may encounter difficulties.

Most of the media reaction to Dowd, at least so far, has been amusement. On the NBC Today Show, the hosts joked and laughed about marijuana’s effects as the words, “All the pot fit to eat,” were featured on the TV screen. It was a play oN words from the Times’ slogan, “All the news that’s fit to print.”

Dr. Christine Miller, who has written about the relationship between marijuana and mental illness, says, “What’s so funny about it? She [Dowd] was out of her mind.”

“I was saddened to see Matt Lauer and The Today Show crew make light of Maureen Dowd’s experience, particularly in view of the fact that the symptoms she experienced were not dissimilar to those that prompted the young college student to jump off a Denver hotel balcony after eating a pot-laced brownie,” Miller told AIM.

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Colombians Move into Colorado Marijuana Business

by Cliff Kincaid on Sunday, May 4th, 2014

This is article 322 of 327 in the topic Criminal Activity

When Obama said he would “fundamentally transform” the United States, few anticipated that the plan involved destroying the minds of young people through addictive substances. But after the expenditure of $250 million by Obama backer George Soros on behalf of the marijuana legalization movement, we are seeing the results, especially in Colorado. The new website www.legalizationviolations.org is documenting the fallout and the damage.

In addition to what is reported on this site, such as kids using, and even selling, marijuana, we have some other sensational cases in Colorado, such as a husband and father, Richard Kirk, who began hallucinating after eating a marijuana cookie, and shot and killed his wife.

In another case, a 19-year-old student jumped off a Denver hotel balcony to his death after eating a marijuana cookie. USA Today reported that Levi Thamba Pongi, a native of the Republic of Congo, ate the cookie and “exhibited hostile behavior” that included pulling things off walls and speaking erratically.

In addition to these deaths, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver has filed an indictment “alleging money laundering related to marijuana cultivation and distribution” in Colorado. The case involves money transfers from a Colombian bank, as well as violations of federal firearms laws.

In the face of the human deaths and destruction being wrought by marijuana legalization in Colorado, and the movement of the Colombian groups into the state, the Heritage Foundation took a stand this week in favor of “Reefer Sanity,” the name of a new book by drug policy expert Kevin A. Sabet.

Heritage featured Sabet giving a speech exposing the “seven great myths about marijuana” that have driven this unfolding disaster. Sabet co-founded SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) with former Democratic Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (RI), in order to focus public attention on the harmful consequences of marijuana use and counteract the impact of the drug-friendly media. Writer David Frum is a member of the board.

One of Sabet’s slides advised people to “Follow the Money,” and named George Soros as the key money bags behind the growing number of states accepting legal marijuana. Sabet’s website included the figure of $250 million invested by Soros in the drug legalization movement. In addition, Peter Lewis gave $50 to $70 million to this movement, and John Sperling gave over $50 million.

As far back as 2004, in our article, “The Hidden Soros Agenda: Drugs, Money, the Media, and Political Power,” we noted the billionaire hedge-fund operator’s investment in a Colombian bank accused of drug-money laundering.

Calvina Fay of the Drug Free America Foundation described Soros as an “extremely evil person” because of his campaign to legalize dangerous mind-altering drugs.

Over a year ago, in our column, “A Kennedy Shocks the Pro-Dope Liberal Media,” we noted the potential impact that SAM could have on the “debate” over marijuana, such as it is in the liberal media.

Sabet, in his Heritage Foundation speech, did not directly address President Obama’s personal role in the unfolding debacle confronting our youth, except to say that using marijuana is clearly not a solution to a deteriorating economy that produces few jobs for young people.

Yet, the facts are that Obama was a member of the “Choom Gang,” a group of heavy marijuana smokers, when he was growing up in Hawaii.

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Student eats legal pot cookie then jumps to his death

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, April 6th, 2014

This is article 79 of 81 in the topic Drug War

A student from a Wyoming college while in Denver, Colo., for spring break dove off a balcony to his death after ingesting a marijuana-laced cookie one of his friends bought at one of the new Colorado pot shops, according to media reports on Wednesday.

According to Det. Renaldo Santiago, one of the investigators, a medical examiner’s final autopsy report indicated that marijuana was a major in the death of Levy Thamba, a/k/a Levy Thamba Pongi, a Republic of Congo national who repeatedly jumped from a balcony at the motel where he and his friends were partying.

The Pongi case marks the first time the city’s pathologist listed the eating of marijuana as a contributing factor in a death, according to the Associated Press.

Det. Santiago said that investigators believe the 19-year-old and his fellow students traveled from Wyoming to Colorado specifically to try the recently legalized marijuana. Colorado has had several problems since pot legalization including adults using food stamp EBT cards to purchase weed, according to a March 2 Examiner news story.

Police officers said that Pongi’s companions told detectives that he had eaten the cookie and minutes later became agitated, hostile and began to vandalize their motel room, according to reports.

Three of Pongi’s friends, who also ingested the pot-laced cookies, claimed they appeared to successfully calm down Pongi, but then he went outside onto the motel balcony, jumped over the railing and fell to his death, according to the report.

Pongi’s death was ruled an accident, but detectives claim the case is still listed as open since Colorado’s marijuana legalization law prohibits the sale of the drug to anyone under 21-years-old, and anyone under 21-years-old in possession of marijuana can be arrested.

Adults who provide marijuana to an under-aged person can also be arrested and prosecuted with a felony, according to the Colorado law.

While it was reported that one of Pongi’s friends was 21-years-old, and bought the cookie from a pot shop, it is still not clear if he will be arrested and charged for violating the new law as it was written.

While the forensic pathologist tested Pongi’s remains numerous different substances such as ” bath salts” and hydro-marijuana — pot that’s cultivated in water rather than soil and is considered much more potent — his blood tested positive only for THC, the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana, according to the report.

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My trip to the pot shop

by Michelle Malkin on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

This is article 665 of 683 in the topic Healthcare

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by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

PUEBLO WEST, Colo. — It’s 9 a.m. on a weekday, and I’m at the Marisol Therapeutics pot shop. This is serious business. Security is tight. ID checks are frequent. Merchandise is strictly regulated, labeled, wrapped and controlled. The store is clean, bright and safe. The staffers are courteous and professional. Customers of all ages are here.

There’s a middle-aged woman at the counter nearby who could be your school librarian. On the opposite end of the dispensary, a slender young soldier in a wheelchair with close-cropped hair, dressed in his fatigues, consults with a clerk. There’s a gregarious cowboy and an inquisitive pair of baby boomers looking at edibles. A dude in a hoodie walks in with his backpack.

And then there’s my husband and me.

The dispensary is split in two: “recreational” on one side, “medical” on the other. Medical customers must have state-issued cards and doctor’s approval. The inventory is not taxed, so prices are lower on that side. On the recreational side, where I’m peering at mysterious jars of prickly green goods, “Smoke on the Water” is thumping from stereo speakers. Yes, there’s a massive banner advertising a Tommy Chong appearance, and issues of “High Times” are on display. But the many imposing signs posted on the wall emphatically warn: No smoking, no open drug consumption, and absolutely no entry allowed into the locked lab where the cannabis plants sit under bright lights.

Before I tell you how and why my hubby and I ended up at Marisol Therapeutics, some background about my longtime support of medical marijuana: More than 15 years ago in Seattle, while working at The Seattle Times, I met an extraordinary man who changed my mind about the issue. Ralph Seeley was a Navy nuclear submarine officer, pilot, cellist and lawyer suffering from chordoma, a rare form of bone cancer that starts in the spine. He had undergone several surgeries, including removal of one lung and partial removal of the other, and was confined to a wheelchair.

Chronically nauseous from chemotherapy and radiation, weak from a suppressed appetite, and suffering excruciating pain, Seeley turned to marijuana cigarettes for relief.

Contrary to cultural stereotype, Seeley was far from “wasted.” While smoking the drug to reduce his pain, he finished law school — something he couldn’t have done while on far more powerful “mainstream” narcotics, which left him zonked out and vomiting uncontrollably in his hospital bed after chemo. Seeley had the backing of his orthopedic doctor and University of Washington School of Medicine oncologist Dr. Ernest Conrad. He took his plight to the Washington state supreme court, where he asserted a constitutionally protected liberty interest in having his doctor issue a medical pot prescription.

The court rejected Seeley’s case for physician-prescribed marijuana, arguing that the government’s interest in preserving an “interlocking trellis” of costly and ineffective War on Drug laws trumped his right to individual autonomy and physician treatment. After a decade-long battle with cancer, Seeley died in 1998. But his spirit persevered. Seeley bravely paved the way for medical marijuana laws in nearly two dozen states, including Washington’s Initiative 692, approved by voters 10 months after he died, and Colorado’s Amendment 20, passed by popular referendum in 2000.

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U.S. senator accused of pressuring health insurance bureaucrats to lie

by Jim Kouri on Friday, March 21st, 2014

This is article 663 of 683 in the topic Healthcare

In yet another accusation of government corruption and deceit connected with President Barack Obama’s so-called signature legislation dubbed Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), a U.S. senator pressured bean-counters in his state to be footloose and fancy free with the numbers of Americans losing their health insurance in his state, according to a disturbing investigative report by Sarah Hurtubise in Wednesday’s Daily Caller.

Emails obtained by Hurtubise reveal that incumbent Senator Mark Udall, D-Colo., repeatedly harassed and intimidated staff members at the Colorado Department of Insurance to fabricate the numbers released to the American people about health care insurance plans that were canceled in his state due to ObamaCare.

Sen. Udall is expected to face a serious challenge in November for his senate seat mostly because of his enthusiasm for passing Obamacare in 2010 in spite of being warned about the new law’s consequences for tens of millions of American citizens.

According to the Daily Caller, the Colorado Department of Insurance had calculated that 250,000 Colorado residents had their health insurance plans canceled because of ObamaCare and Senator Udall allegedly suspected that if the real numbers were promulgated to the media and to Colorado voters it would cause him and his campaign embarrassment.

“Such dismal numbers would fester into a major embarrassment to President Barack Obama and a possible death blow to his reelection as a liberal senator. Udall’s Senate seat is already in jeopardy because of his voting record and his reputation as a party hack and Obama yes man,” political strategist Mike Baker.

“If the allegations against Udall are true, and he attempted to defraud the American people, then reelection to the U.S. Senate will be the least of his problems. He should face fraud charges and would if he weren’t a Democrat senator,” added Baker.

The senator’s staff attempted to strong-arm the Department of Insurance into lowering the released numbers of insurance cancellations by up to 70%, according to the ConservativeCampaign.org.

“We will never know how many policies were canceled, nor will we find out the truth about enrollments, how many have actually paid. Just as we’ll never find out the true cost to citizens for this failed health care insurance. But they will continue to lie, continue to take the money and then someday we’ll find out that the government insurance isn’t what we were told [because] they’ll deny paying for health coverage of people they feel unworthy or too old,” conservative commentator Chico Escuela.

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Law banning welfare cash to buy weed necessary, say lawmakers

by Jim Kouri on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

This is article 53 of 53 in the topic Social Services/Welfare

Lawmakers will introduce a new bill on Monday prohibiting welfare recipients from using taxpayers’ money to buy marijuana at pot dispensaries in their state, news sources reported on Saturday.

Reps. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Dave Reichert, R-Wash., told reporters that they will introduce the “Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act” on Monday, according to KDVR TV news.

If passed and signed into law, the legislation would make pot dispensaries unlawful recipients of money earmarked as food stamps. Marijuana dispensaries will be added to the locations that states must electronically prevent electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards from being used by recipients, according to Rep. Reichart.

The GOP lawmakers are reacting to a report last week that claimed about 20 individual marijuana dispensaries allowed food stamp money to be withdrawn at ATM machines inside of weed shops.

“It’s one thing to legalize the sale and use of marijuana, but it’s quite another to expect taxpayers to pay for mind-altering drugs for someone not able to pay for their own ‘highs,’” said former narcotics investigator Gene McDermitt.

According to KDVR reporters, documents collected by the TV station revealed almost 60 transactions in which food stamp money was used to purchase pot. The reporters claimed the purchases totaled over $4,000.00.

Another report by a conservative magazine’s website claimed that the amounts taken out using EBT cards to buy pot were as high as $400. According to the Government Accountability Office, average sized households obtaining benefits through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) max out at $462 per month.

This is not the first time Republicans pushed such legislation that was eventually signed into law. In 2013, the legislature overwhelmingly passed a similar bill outlawing welfare benefits being used to gamble at casinos, purchase firearms at gun shops or gun shows, and to buy alcoholic beverages at either liquor stores or taverns.

“It’s time to close this ‘pot shop loophole’ before it gets any bigger,” the three lawmakers wrote in a letter promulgated throughout the House of Representatives.

“This bill does not comment on whether it makes sense for states to legalize the sale of pot, as Colorado and Washington [state] have done,” the lawmakers wrote. “It simply says that, wherever pot is legally sold, welfare recipients shouldn’t be able to readily access welfare funds to pay for it.”

But McDermitt, who spent almost 25 years fighting a “war on drugs” is more blunt. “Who are these potheads who feel they’re entitled to the ‘sweat off the brow’ of American workers, through the tax-and-spend government, to get their Jimi Hendrix Experience high? They’re the same folks who commit welfare fraud and drive better cars than the poor schlubs working hard to pay their taxes that politicians use to buy votes from welfare cheats and now potheads,” he said.

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Obamacare: Con artists and criminals in charge

by Michelle Malkin on Friday, February 21st, 2014

This is article 654 of 683 in the topic Healthcare

Obamacare: Con artists and criminals in charge
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Question: If Obamacare officials cannot prevent accused embezzlers from infiltrating their offices, how can they protect enrollees from grifters, con artists and thieves in the federal health insurance exchange system?

Here in my home state, a director of Connect for Health Colorado — the state-sponsored Obamacare health insurance exchange — was just put on administrative leave. No, Christa Ann McClure did not go on leave over the chronic problems plaguing the cursed Connect for Health website. She’s on leave because she has been indicted for filching funds from her last employer in Montana.

No, the guardians of Obamacare didn’t smoke her out on their own. McClure ‘fessed up only after the local Billings (Mont.) Gazette newspaper reported on the charges against her. She was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 16. But her current state government employers did not find out until last week, when McClure finally informed them because the press had published the indictment.

The Keystone Kops of the Colorado health exchange tell us they conducted “thorough” background checks of McClure. They say they “fully vetted” and investigated her references when they hired her last March for her six-figure job helming the state Obamacare office of “partner engagement.” Colorado officials say she was “well-qualified” for the Obamacare job, which involves being a “liaison” with other government agencies.

But mum’s the word on who recommended her, which references they talked to and who in Colorado Democratic circles might have known about her history in Montana.

The 12-page federal indictment is a blood-boiling document outlining government waste, fraud and abuse in the federal affordable housing racket. The feds say McClure siphoned untold amounts of money from the nonprofit group Housing Montana, which received a half-million-dollar federal grant to build homes for poor people.

McClure allegedly was paying herself “significant sums” for bogus “consulting services” while also taking a full-time salary as executive director of the nonprofit. She is accused of raiding the organization’s funds for family expenses, personal travel and a laptop and lying to the IRS to obtain false reimbursements. She further defrauded the government by inflating her unused sick and annual leave hours. The feds say she also bilked Montana homeowners who participated in the federal affordable housing program by charging them for a fake $750 warranty and a $1,000 fee for “leasing tools.”

Here’s another disturbing fact: In a classic dance of the lemons, McClure had bounced around successfully from government-funded job to job until now. The Montana state auditor’s office disclosed last week that McClure had managed three grants worth more than $2 million to implement Obamacare in that state. McClure worked on the project for three years at an annual salary of $98,000. She was “responsible for managing a broad range of contracts and making sure they got delivered on time,” according to The Billings Gazette.

To whom did she deliver them, you ask? State auditors will be trying to find out now. McClure faces trial in June and up to 20 years on each of the eight charges of fraud and embezzlement.

I’d like to be able to tell you that she’ll never work in another Obamacare job again. But take a look at California.

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Colorado Cannabis: An ‘Experiment’ or Dopey Defiance?

by Rev. Michael Bresciani on Friday, January 3rd, 2014

This is article 34 of 41 in the topic Moral Values

Mary-Jane.jpgThe word experiment is being tossed around in the media regarding the report of the new laws in Colorado that allow anyone to buy pot in a retail outlet. Pictures of young people smoking cigar sized joints in perfect glee may seem like the new world has surely gotten underway in 2014, but many Americans still cringe at the sight.

Do we dare call the wasting of the youth in an entire state an experiment? Is it wise to turn and mock the standard bearers of truth, be they preachers of the gospel or Senators and Congressmen who haven’t as yet thrown in the towel on America’s future?

Kids using dope and same sex unions may seem like freedom, but it is still nothing more than license under the banner of freedom. If they were mad at Duckster, Phil Robertson, for saying homosexuality is wrong then I suppose I will be hated for saying that the Tweets of Michelle Obama congratulating Robin Roberts for ‘coming out’ as a lesbian are only proof that America is entering advanced stages of reprobation – not freedom.

The joy of young Coloradans is not to be outdone by a President and a first lady both willing to drop America right in the lap of last day’s reprobation. (Ro 1: 27–28)

An old enemy warns that neither communism nor immorality work very well. Hasn’t this experiment already failed?

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the President of Russia lambastes the American slide into immorality by starting his New Year message to America with – “Happy New Year to all you decadent, dictatorial Americans.”

The credibility deficient comatose pop rags, like NY Times and Huff-Po, may be lauding the State of Colorado and Michelle, but Putin and his countrymen have been down that road and are unafraid to say in no uncertain terms – it doesn’t work.

Putin says we have lost our freedoms to un-elected judges and dictatorial presidents who have decided for us what is moral and right.

Breitbart published Putin’s New Year’s message to America in which Putin says we are sadly misled by our own penchant for phony freedom.

“What do I mean?  Aren’t you Americans supposed to be free?  Sure, you are free: You are free to obey the ukase—that’s an old czarist word for a decree that must be obeyed, or else—of a judge acting on an ideological agenda.  So the judge is free to do as he pleases, and then you are free to do what you’re told to do.  Americans, how do you like that kind of freedom?

For example, let’s look at the way the debate over homosexual marriage has played out over the past few years in the USA.  The American people were confronted with the issue of homosexual marriage, debated it, and then voted against it in the tens of millions; dozens of US states passed specific laws to ban homosexual marriage.

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David, Goliath, and Colorado’s next gun-rights recall

by Michelle Malkin on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

This is article 364 of 369 in the topic Elections

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David, Goliath, and Colorado’s next gun-rights recall
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS — Author Malcolm Gladwell has a new bestseller that turns conventional wisdom about the Biblical David vs. Goliath battle on its head: “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.” In short, it’s Goliath who really had the odds stacked against him from the get-go. The overconfident giant with poor eyesight, weighted down with heavy armor and multiple swords, never had a chance against lean, nimble, sharp-shooting expert David.

The new Colorado gun-rights recall campaign against arrogant state Sen. Evie Hudak and myopic Democrats may well be a perfect update to Gladwell’s book.

Refresher: In September, grassroots Second Amendment activists ousted two top Democratic state senators for their promotion of radical, job-destroying gun-control measures backed by New York and D.C. special interests. Vice President Joe Biden himself personally lobbied state Democrats to adopt the new gun-rights restrictions. Billionaire gun-grabber Michael Bloomberg dumped gobs of cash and lobbying expertise into the state.

But bigger coffers and bully pulpits weren’t enough. National pundits called the historic recalls of Democratic state Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo “stunning,” a “surprise” and a “shocker.” Indeed, there was no such precedent in Colorado history. The gun-rights activists were outspent by at least a 7-to-1 margin. Giron’s district went for Obama by 20 points; yet she lost by 12.

Bitter losers blamed the NRA. But the recall movement in both districts was spearheaded by local neophytes who were not initially supported by the GOP political establishment or any big-moneyed interests. In Colorado Springs, these vastly underestimated activists gathered more than 16,000 signatures for their Recall Morse petition in a matter of weeks. In Pueblo, the recall leaders were a pair of brothers who run a family plumbing business.

Local gun-rights activists may have been perceived as the weaker, disadvantaged and less experienced combatants. But these Gladwellian Davids had energy, passion and public opinion on their side.

And they’re not done. On Oct. 4, the secretary of state approved a new petition to recall a third Democratic state senator whose gun-grabbing extremism made national headlines this spring. Evie Hudak represents Senate District 19, which encompasses Arvada and Westminster in the metro Denver area. During a legislative hearing in March on the Democrats’ plan to ban students from carrying concealed firearms on campus, a condescending Hudak rebuked pro-concealed carry advocate and rape victim Amanda Collins.

“I just want to say, statistics are not on your side, even if you had had a gun… Chances are that if you had had a gun, then he would have been able to get than from you and possibly use it against you,” Hudak lectured. But even the liberal Denver Post pointed out that the old statistics Hudak cited from a liberal anti-gun group applied only to women with guns who were attacked by “intimate acquaintances,” not strangers, as was the case with Collins.

Hudak’s dishonest defense of disarming and disempowering women sent a chilling message from government to constituents: About to be raped, assaulted or murdered? The odds are against you. Don’t bother to fight back.

Recall Hudak organizers are trying to gather at least 25,000 signatures by early December. They already have faced death threats and harassment.

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Narco-Nation Comes to Colorado

by Cliff Kincaid on Thursday, November 14th, 2013

This is article 75 of 81 in the topic Drug War

The George Soros-funded marijuana movement has achieved enormous “progress” in the various states, especially Colorado, and the results are now starting to get some media attention.

Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization” is the headline over a Denver Post story by Nancy Lofholm. She reports, “…school resource officers, counselors, nurses, staff and officials with Colorado school safety and disciplinary programs are anecdotally reporting an increase in marijuana-related incidents in middle and high schools.”

President Obama’s Department of Justice has decided to let Colorado and Washington’s new marijuana legalization initiatives go into effect without a challenge, even though they undermine global drug control treaties signed and ratified by the U.S.

In an email alert to its supporters, the Soros-funded Center for American Progress said, “This Is What Progress Looks Like,” citing four cities voting on November 5 to remove penalties for marijuana possession.

Calvina L. Fay, Executive Director of the Drug Free America Foundation and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.), told Accuracy in Media the trend “is very troubling to all of us in prevention, treatment, and law enforcement.”

In Colorado, the situation is out of control, perhaps by design. As I noted after a visit to Colorado in April, a Colorado resident can get two ounces of marijuana a day (at an average of $150 an ounce), and “self-medicate” for almost any reason. Even a heavy marijuana user goes through only a quarter of an ounce a day. State “regulation” of the industry has been a tragic joke.

The group Smart Colorado now reports that 700 medical marijuana licenses have already been issued in Denver and that legalization means each of these license holders will now be eligible to apply for a recreational license as well. “To put that number into context,” the group reports, “there are approximately 201 liquor establishments and 123 pharmacies located in the city of Denver.”

Tina Trent, a blogger on crime and justice issues, says “the reality of legalization” will be a wake-up call to people in Colorado and other places. The reality will include “people smoking pot in public and every third storefront in the tourist district turning into a head shop,” she says. “How do you address bus drivers legally smoking pot before their shifts start, and all sorts of people smoking ‘medicinal’ pot all day long, then getting behind the wheels of their cars?”

Trent, the author of a major report on the drug legalization movement in California, urges the public to get involved and counter the propaganda from the “professional pro-drug groups funded by George Soros.” She adds, “Legislators need to seriously consider the facts about marijuana abuse by young people.”

Janelle Krueger, program manager for Expelled and At-Risk Student Services for the Colorado Department of Education, tells the Denver Post, “We have seen a sharp rise in drug-related disciplinary actions which, anecdotally, from credible sources, is being attributed to the changing social norms surrounding marijuana.” The paper said Krueger believes the jump is linked to the message that comes from legalization of the drug—that marijuana is a medicine and a safe and accepted recreational activity. In addition, she says, legalization has increased the availability of the drug.

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