Articles Tagged: reefer madness

Response to modern day reefer madness

November 11th, 2010 | By Pirate

This is a presentation that one of my friend’s children had to participate in at school, complete with a quiz and homework.

I think it’s a very familiar style, it reminded me of the 1938 file Reefer Madness.  So I remade the video, and tagged a response to it at the end.

In the video, they claim cannabis (or as they call it “Marijuana”) causes cancer.

Thanks for watching my response to this reefer madness, plus rate and comment.  Thanks!

A private organization called “Human Relations Media” put together a video called “Think Twice – Marijuana and Cancer”
I think this is a totally rediculas and bias video. Their experts make money off telling people that drugs screwed up their life. Without drug addiction, they dont have jobs.

All media used, is used under Fair Use Act guidelines.

Now many studies are coming out showing that Cannabis aka marijuana successfully and safely fights Cancer.
THC the active chemical in cannabis is a well know effective medicine for a variety of conditions. Now it could be shown that it is the cure for several types of cancers. According to many accredited medical studies.

Professor of Pharmacology and co-author of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts, John Morgan explains why marijuana should be legalized for the safety of the community.

Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen takes FBI Director Robert Mueller to task on marijuana legalization and the “gateway theory.”

DCA is an odourless, colourless, inexpensive, relatively non-toxic, small molecule. And researchers at the University of Alberta believe it may soon be used as an effective treatment for many forms of cancer. However, because the compound is not patented, you may never see it on the market as Drug companies can not profit from it.

Cannabis Cures Cancer

420 Earth Day Benefit for I-1068

April 16th, 2010 | By Pirate

Come to the I-1068 Earth Day benefit, $5 suggested donation (to help legalize weed in WA)

Reefer Madness is so funny, especially knowing that the government seriously thought this would work, back in the 30’s! 

It probably did work on some fools!  LOL 

Lets have some laughs!

Emerald Sun will be selling shirts at the benefit, 25% of these sales go to Sensible Washington.

I-1068 Benefit Concert and Reefer Madness!

Time: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 6:00 PM – Wednesday, April 21, 2010 12:00 AM
Host: Renata Rollins
Contact Phone: 509-723-9965

The Empyrean (Spokane, WA)

171 S. Washington

Spokane, WA 99201

Emerald Sun T-Shirts and threads


There wasn’t enough participation tonight to be able to give away all of the wears that we brought. So we will have all of these, and we will ad more to the raffle next time. So at least 6 raffle prizes for the next get together, which I suspect will be the NORML/Sensible WA meeting at 4pm on Saturday @ he Empyrean 171 S. Washington, Spokane. Congrats to the three winners from last night!

DEA ignores the AMA’s new position on marijuana

November 19th, 2009 | By Pirate

Drug Bottle Containing Cannabis

Drug Bottle Containing Cannabis

Learning about medical history in the USA has opened my eyes to what our failed drug war is all about.

For many decades in our country cannabis was used in many effective, mainstream medicines.

I could post at length about pre-prohibition medicine.  But instead I will just show some of this medicine and provide some links to some good information that I’ve found.

The photo on the left is Cannabis Indica Fluid Extract, manufactured by American Druggists Syndicate.

These antique medicine bottles containing cannabis can be found in many collections, because for many years in America cannabis was considered a safe and effective medicine.

It wasn’t until 1937 when Harry Anslinger and William Randolf Hearst in combination with large corporations like Dupont decided to ‘weed out’ their competition by prohibiting Cannabis, Hemp and anything related to the cannabis plant.  This happened via the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 which the government made by didn’t assign stamps.

Hemp which is also non-toxic, does not even get a person high no matter how much they smoke was made illegal, and which shows that absolute insanity or “Reefer Madness” behind the issue at those times.

Hemp is of the strongest and most productive fiber in the world!  Yet it is illegal to grow in the USA?!

Reefer Madness Poster 1936

Reefer Madness Poster 1936

This madness carried on in a number of sensational shows that portrayed cannabis consumers as devious, murderous, criminals that should be locked up because marijuana made them insane.  The show “Reefer Madness” has become a cult classic because of how ridicules it is, and it was originally distributed by our government as propaganda in support of prohibition.

A person can watch this movie these days and think that they are watching someone on crack or meth by the portrayal of the cannabis consumers in this movie, even though it is common knowledge that cannabis consumers are not the violent criminals as portrayed in yester-year.

A whole series of deceptive propaganda films came out in this time just before the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 passed.

It is only recently that cannabis has re-entered modern pharmacia as safe and effective medicine.  The American Medical Association (The AMA) which is the largest organization of physicians in the US now joins a list of other well respected medical provider organizations in support cannabis as medicine.

Cannabis Bottle

Cannabis Bottle

But even though there is all of this support for medical cannabis.  Even though the government’s own studies show that cannabis has never caused an overdose, and even though the people vote for these laws to change on prohibition.  The DEA and some local law enforcement condemn the drug, despite the will of the people.

And so after reading an article on (Marijuana Policy Project), I learned that the DEA who once had many citations from the American Medical Association has been in the process of removing their links to the American Medical Association since the AMA made their announcement about their change of plans.

This article “What does the DEA’s website matter” explains the reasons behind the DEA’s former support of the AMA, and goes into this issue of the DEA denouncing the AMA now and removing links from the AMA off their website.

The hypocritical Drug Enforcement Agency endorses, and references the AMA when the AMA’s research supports their agenda.  But as soon as the AMA endorses medical marijuana, the DEA denounces the value of the AMA’s research.

Reference this page from a few days ago at MPP.  “The DEA Ignores the AMA’s New Policy

Some US agencies just hate to see a good war end.  Even when it’s a war on their own people.  😡

I am glad that the American Medical Association finally came to their senses after all of these years!  At least with all of this regress in liberty, we are seeing SOME progress!

Is legalization bad for our kids?

September 9th, 2009 | By Pirate

To me, it seems like the strongest voices and the most well organized legalization groups are asking for “The legalization of marijuana for responsible adults”.. That is the common theme of the legalization movement.
NOT to legalize it for children, not to encourage teens to use, or children to use. It is to get it out of the hands of the black market for these reasons.

1. To stop arresting people for a victimless crime
2. To relieve the burden that prohibition put on our treasury, our tax payers, and our friends and family who get their life wreck based solely on prohibition. When someone gets a marijuana charge on their record, student loans, military, and many jobs are off-limits after getting such a charge. Even teens, like me when I was 19. Got busted for possessing a harmless plant (marijuana), and I got rejected for the military and many college benefits.
3. To get it out of the black market so cartels and drug dealers arent getting rich. Selling it in a legal market, destroys the black market, similar to prohibition in the 30’s. Ending prohibition, destroyed much of the mafia’s activities.
4. To get it out of the hands of children, by putting it into a similar environment as a liquor store. No ID, no buds, 18+ only.

More kids have access to marijuana an illegal drug, than they do to alcohol which is a legal drug, says a recent government survey. Why? Because a black market provides to children, and a legal market doesn’t.

This clip is from “HIGH The True Tale of American Marijuana

And this is a childrens book that is spoken about on that video.  It is basically a way to talk to kids about marijuana, from a non-reefer madness approach.  The book is called “It’s Just a Plant” by Ricardo Cortes.    (see this video, to hear some of the book read)

Its just a plant

That term “It’s Just a Plant” can also be found in the movie  “Humboldt County”.    That is a really good show!

So no, I don’t think that marijuana legalization is bad for kids.  I think it’s going to be much like alcohol legalization, and I truly believe it will be LESS available to children in a legal market for adults.

If you disagree, feel free to comment.