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(Update: On Saturday, September 18, Emery supporters are organizing Free Marc Emery rallies worldwide. Read the listings and other information here. Supporters are also calling on the Canadian government to repatriate Emery into the Canadian justice system, a right they have under treaty.)

In a Seattle Times op-ed Saturday, former US Attorney for the Western District of Washington John McKay defected to the other side. As the federal prosecutor in Seattle, McKay oversaw the indictment and prosecution of Canadian marijuana seed seller and pot advocate Marc Emery, who now sits in an American federal detention facility awaiting the formal handing down of a five-year prison sentence later this month.
better late than never: John McKay
But while he thinks Emery and most pot-smokers are "idiots," McKay has come to see the futility of continuing to enforce marijuana prohibition. "As Emery's prosecutor and a former federal law-enforcement official, however, I'm not afraid to say out loud what most of my former colleagues know is true: Our marijuana policy is dangerous and wrong and should be changed through the legislative process to better protect the public safety," he wrote.

Marijuana prohibition "has utterly failed," McKay concluded. "The demand for marijuana in this country has for decades outpaced the ability of law enforcement to eliminate it," he declared, ready to throw in the towel.

"Brave agents and cops continue to risk their lives in a futile attempt to enforce misguided laws that do not match the realities of our society," he wrote. "These same agents and cops, along with prosecutors, judges and jailers, know we can't win by arresting all those involved in the massive importation, growth or distribution of marijuana, nor by locking up all the pot smokers."

Pot prohibition fills the pockets of "Mexican and other international drug cartels and gangs," even though marijuana is nowhere nearly as harmful to users as other illegal drugs, McKay wrote.

"So the policy is wrong, the law has failed, the public is endangered, no one in law enforcement is talking about it and precious few policymakers will honestly face the soft-on-crime sound bite in their next elections. What should be done?" McKay asks.
Marc Emery
It is a rhetorical question, of course, and McKay has answers: Recognize that the real public safety danger to Americans is not from marijuana but from prohibition, build policy on "sound science, not myth," and... drum roll please... "We should give serious consideration to heavy regulation and taxation of the marijuana industry (an industry that is very real and dangerously underground). We should limit pot's content of the active ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), regulate its sale to adults who are dumb enough to want it and maintain criminal penalties for sales, possession or use by minors, drivers and boaters."

Not to worry, though, McKay assures his erstwhile partners in the prohibition racket. There will be years to come of extirpating criminality from the former black market, and that means job security: "DEA and its law-enforcement partners must therefore remain well equipped and staffed to accomplish this task: to protect our families from truly dangerous drugs and to drive drug cartels, gangs and dope dealers from our society."

Still, a remarkably candid confession from a man who made a living prosecuting marijuana offenders. Too bad he didn't find himself on the road to Damascus when he still had the prosecutors' powers.

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What an ass.

What an ass.

and he calls those who chose

and he calls those who chose to use marijuana stupid/idiots, he now chooses to come out of the closet so to speak? he says politicians are afraid of being labeled soft on crime but now that he is no longer a prosecutor he thinks or feels that his opinion means shit? I am guessing he don't see how much of a stupid idiot he was than when he was sending people to jail or prison for a non violent offence, for simply possessing marijuana, I have to wonder how he feels about the people that go home and drink a beer, are they idiots too? or the people that go to Mcdonalds and eat a big mac and french fries and than wash it down with a diet coke, or the millions of people that take aspirin everyday, IDIOT? he needs to look in the mirror when he speaks the word idiot. 


I believe he has seen the light so to speak. But refusing  to step fully into it is a different matter. I do agree he needs to look into the mirror when he speaks. Sounds pretty much self hypocrite. Then again, maybe he fears that the repercussions are more than he can bear.

I agree, that drinking a beer

I agree, that drinking a beer after work is no different than smoking a joint to relax after a hard day.  We all, as a people, should have that choice.  If he is thinking of running for some future political position, the pot smokers (majority of people) won't be voting for him with this attitude.

Marc Emery is being sentenced this Friday

Marc Emery is going to be formally sentenced to 5 years in US federal prison this Friday, September 10th in US federal court. Please update the story!

Also note that the DEA explained in perfect detail why Marc was arrested -- for his legalization activism and politics. Here is the original text of DEA Administrator Karen Tandy's statement released on July 29th, 2005 (also available in its original letterhead form by clicking here):

"Today's DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group -- is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.

His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today.

Emery and his organization had been designated as one of the Attorney General's most wanted international drug trafficking organizational targets -- one of only 46 in the world and the only one from Canada.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on."


What a hypocrite!  This is the man that had Marc arrested!  Now he's changing sides, but he still thinks pot smokers are 'idiots'?  Fuckin' jerk!  Yeah, there may be some weekend warriors who get stoned as hell and do stupid shit, but that's not the majority.  In fact, when you're using Med. MJ, you don't become an 'idiot', you stay home and let the medicine help.


Free Marc Emery!


John McKay is just jumping on the legalization bandwagon.

He should apologize immediately for hounding and prosecuting Marc Emery.

And to call all cannabis users "idiots"?



Y'know, I don't care if he thinks I'm an idiot.  Fortunately my concept of self-worth isn't determined by his opinion of me.  The tide is turning and will very soon sweep across this county.  Politicians who don't learn to surf will find themselves drowning.  Register.  Vote.  Sign petitions.  Sponsor referendums.  Write your congressman.  We will prevail.

You're right man  who gives a

You're right man  who gives a fuck for what he thinks  all I know is that if all these political crew turn sides like him  it will be better for us "stupid pot-smokers"

life is a highway

i found this article to be interesting, although i have nothing of any relevance to say, i would like to include that Marc Emery is awesome! Weed is good and in fact... weed is so good, I'm gonna go smoke this roach joint and get lifted.

Peace  <llllllllllllllllllllll>

The main point to remember is

The main point to remember is that he is now pro-legalization in some form.  Baby steps, after all, this is the US we are talking about, remember?  I took courage for him to speak publicly about this.

I hope, however, that his 'switching sides' has some effect on Marc Emery's severely unfair incarceration.

Uncle Sam's patent for "cannabinoids as antioxidants and neurop

Did you know the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services got a patent for "cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants" in 2003?

Sounds like pro persecutor McKay could use some "neuroprotectants" -and some integrity.

I had no idea.  But I also

I had no idea.  But I also believed that you could not patent a plant, at least not a naturally occurring version of a plant.  Only the genetically modified plants.  And that, to me, is still wrong, as many farmers are being sued and charged huge sums of money for patent infringement, just because seeds from GMO soy and such are blowing into the organic fields and contaminating them.


I must research this further.

Patent# 6630507

Nice to see the word is out.... somewhat

Uncle Sam's patent for "cannabinoids as antioxidants and neurop

Did you know the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services got a patent for "cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants" in 2003?

Sounds like pro persecutor McKay could use some "neuroprotectants" -and some integrity.

reduce the THC content in marijuana?

What is the government going to replace THC in marijuana with? formaldehyde? ammonia? hydrogen cyanide? arsenic?  Then they will put out big ad campaigns to get people to quit? LOLOLOLOL  Sound familiar?  The government is a joke!  The less we have to do with them, the better!


How in the hell are they going to regulate something as BIG as marijuana?  I hope they don't "regulate" my marijuana!

Not only that but you should

Not only that but you should not be messing with a NATURAL PLANT !

The government is a load of fucking dog shit. They let out cigarettes and booze, two harmful things which are NOT natural and do a lot of damage and kill many people. I think the government is our WORST drug problem, because they want to give us the WORST things all the time. In fact, they even put prescription drugs in our water because the places that filter through only filter out the bacteria, and check for nothing else, so all this time people have been getting sicker, and it's because of the government. They want to make people sicker, so they need more prescriptions, more money for them. Pot is a threat because it can help with so many medical benefits without really damaging or changing people, aka, REALLY HELPING US ! Oh, but why would they want that? They would make no money, so that doesn't work for them, come up with some stupid idea to be against it and make people believe, just like obama made people believe he'd change things. I think people need to start NOT listening to the government and there bullshit. Pot is a plant that grows in the ground, if God didn't want it it wouldn't be around.


We don't have THC receptors for nothing, and we don't smoke it and it doesn't just do something to us for NO reason, there is a reason, and it's a damn good one.

Re: Not only that but you should

Ummm, this is a drug policy forum, not a political one.  Please take your paranoid, anti-government tea party values and opinions elsewhere.

Drug policy is a political

Drug policy is a political issue.    And anti-government, pro-freedom values have nothing to do with the Tea Party, just as conservatives have nothing to do with freedom or individualism.     So please take YOUR stupid comments elsewhere.

Rally, protest and overgrow the government

If pot heads are idiots then I know some of the smartest pot heads in the world, and guess what, they own your neighbor hood businesses, hold powerful political positions, create genius movies, etc.... I say all us idiots need to get in there faces. If Marc has taught me anything it's that anyone and everyone can make a difference. Host rallies in public places, start marches, post signs, send letters and make phone calls, and over grow the government If you find yourself with extra seeds I say plant them in ditches all over the country with no plans of harvesting. They can't stop everyone, it comes down to money and they can't afford to stop us all. If every pot head in Canada and the U.S plants one to five seeds randomly in our roadside ditches then I think we will easily make them realize they can't win Thanks to all who have fought and will fight for our marijuana freedom Blaizin Wrinklz

Brownspliff program

You are correct to say, plant "with no plans of harvesting".  Now some further detail:

1.  Roll up good quality potting soil in a brown napkin or old sycamore leaf (a month or two from now) along with one or more seed.

2.  Ride your bike at night with a sack of many such "spliffs" and a dibble stick (sharp conical point).

3.  Under a deserted, illkept hedgerow or clump o' bushes, poke a 3-inch hole, stand a spliff therein, ride on some hundreds of yards before the next one, keep going all night till they are all planted.

4.  Unlike just planting in any ditch where they will be seen and destroyed, your plants will grow up next year unobserved, in nice shade with steady drippage of water down through the hedgebushes, and GO TO SEED, so that the second year brings a deluge of plants everywhere. 

(This idea was described in detail on the thread, "UK Sea of Green", in the forum on UKCIA which stands for UK Cannabis Internet Activists.  To get an idea how much readership their website has, try "Cannabis smoking" on Bing or Google and you will find them listed second right under Wikipedia.)

limit thc content?

When it does become legal I want it to be worldwide so I can go to my local CCBO outlet in Canada and buy some primo hash from the Rif mountains in Morocco or some nice Nepalnese or whatever. You can get ripped on overproof poison from the liquor store so why should we limit thc content. Just make it legal worldwide!

Marijuana is safer then

Marijuana is safer then alcohol there are no recorded death's throughout history nor will there ever be. Marijuana has hundreds of medical purposes and can give a better quality of life to many people who are suffering. And to generalize that pot heads are idiots is just plain out ignorant and ill informed. Does this guy get his info on stoners from cheech and chong. He seems to have no compasion towords the people who are put in danger from the so called brave law enforcement officers. The same type of officers that stuck an automatic shotgun in my harmless 16 year old little sisters face when they raided my parents house and found nothing. If law enforcement is so brave why are they scared of my 16 year old little sister enough to shove a live automatic shotgun in her face. I would replace brave law enforcement officers with hyped up adrenaline junkie Fascist's.

It's "than," not "then" when

It's "than," not "then" when comparing two objects.

here here!!!

here here!!!

To the stupid McKay

You sir, are a nimrod. The day you sit down and smoke marijuana yourself, you will see that it's not all so bad. Or perhaps, maybe you have in the past, and like a few out there, have the different alter to it and think it makes you stupid, when really this is just a new thing for you, something to learn and put your mind to. I think it's completely hypocritical to assume that EVERY person who smokes it, is stupid. You'd have to be STUPID to think that ! Cannabis does NOT kill brain cells, nor does it do all too much damage other then the bit of tar from smoking it, which is not nearly as bad as cigarettes. Now I ask you, is it really pot your against, or just stupid people? You need to make up your mind, and stop fucking up the government. You are ruining america.

THC content

As well, how can you try to lower the THC!? Why!? The thc isn't what makes people stupid, it is what gets them high so I guess what your trying to do is take it away completely, and well you're pretty fucking STUPID to think you can do that !! I find it amusingly funny that such an old stupid fucking guy who knows NOTHING about a PLANT, would go and do such things then turn around and do this, while booze is one of your main income for cash. You sicken me, you stupid old man !!! Yes, yes, lets give america tonssssss of booze and cigarettes, OH DON'T FORGET THE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS!!! I love how everything you say of it goes against you completely, saying it does bad things while the big number 3's are killing people, changing them, and ruining our economy. If you really wanted less stupid people, you'd lower the amount of booze % rather than cannabis. I think you need to do some educating, especially for one leading the country.. for fuck sakes you aren't a very smart man, and for your age too. You go off what other people say it seems, as you do not test things for yourself. I've found being 19, it is good to do research and know for yourself, good thing I have  a better head on my shoulders so i'm not brainwashed by old men who try to tell me a plant is going to make me stupid, while he lets tons of others drink and drive and get a fine. If you stupid assholes want to be so protective and try to "better america" do it in the right way, you stupid fucks. Cannabis is a PLAAAAAAAAAANT, the only "drug" in it is thc, without that it's not a drug, and it's funny they even call it one yet it has no additives in it. Funny stuff, just as bad as caffeine, and yet you put someone in jail for not even the plant, but the seeds that make it... but now you want to legalize it? Not in the way people would want though.. I see your trickery bullshit, legalize it take control make it into a shitty thing to smoke so "the stupid ppl buy it".. yeah, buddy, were not so stupid. Wake up.


Nevermind that the CIA is responsible for most of the illegal drugs smuggled into the US in the first place. How else do you fund black ops? Look behind the veil people.

Active ingredient content.

While it is good to see this guy coming around to the intelligent viewpoint, he remains an idiot and obviously is ignorant of the plant and how best to begin development of regulatory policy for normal use. What he does not understand is that higher "potency" in cannabis is desirable for many reasons. Potency with some drugs may mean concentrations that have health risks, truly harmful ones. That is not true of cannabis. Potency with cannabis should be thought of more in terms of purity, more active ingredient, less undesired plant material etc that are essentially impurities.

He calls the plant a drug and succeeds in confusing and conflating the raw plant with synthesized compounds manufactured and sold that actually are drugs in the regular sense of the word. He's certain that high potency cannabis can get a user dangerously too high, like an overdose I guess. Hopefully when we get there he won't have anything to say about it.

No wonder he

Thinks pot smokers are Idiot's , He most likely thinks the above post was written by a pot smoker, we know the truth .

"YES" on the CA Prop. 19, there is no other way!

Passage of the CA Proposition 19 will deal a serious blow to the Mexican drug cartels and to the "drug war" in general. It will also restore sanity to the California State budget by collecting sizable Cannabis revenues and eliminating the wasteful spending on the so-called anti-Cannabis "enforcement". It is established by the science of addiction medicine that the so-called "gateway drug" theory, advanced by the opponents of the measure is a complete fantasy, as is the assertion that Cannabis is "physically addictive". Cannabis is NOT physically addictive, as there is no clearly definable and reproducible PHYSICAL withdrawal syndrome, associated with its use, as opposed to truly physically addictive substances such as opiates or alcohol. In fact, the latest addiction medicine research reveals that Cannabis may serve as an "exit" substance with the potential of helping former alcoholics or hard drug users to abstain from alcohol, hard drugs, or even dangerous and physically addictive prescription drugs! It is also being established that Cannabis use may help prevent such serious illnesses as cancer and Alzheimer's disease! Cannabis use also suppresses violent urges and behaviors. Let's not be intimidated by the scare-tactics of the "opponents", but be motivated instead by science, reason and understanding of these issues, and this means voting YES on California Proposition 19 on November 2!

Prop 19

"Passage of the CA Proposition 19 will deal a serious blow to the Mexican drug cartels and to the "drug war" in general."

Unfortunately, that isn't entirely correct.  The only way we will deal any serious blows to the Mexican drug cartels, et. al., is for "Prop 19" to be passed on a nationwide basis.  It's also unfortunate to note that Marijuana is not the only drug that the Mexican (and other) drug cartels deal in.

While a nationwide "Prop 19" would decrease cartel revenues significantly, the only way to deal them a real blow is by total drug legalization and turn dealing with all problems stemming from drug use from an enforcement to a health issue.  Unfortunately, I don't see anything of that magnitude happening anytime soon, if ever.

Times Like These

It takes little effort these days for John McKay and others with some PR exposure to know which way the wind blows.  The wind blows in the direction of legal and regulated cannabis.

If I were a prosecutor, I certainly wouldn’t want to be known simply as the guy who prosecuted Marc Emery either.  The drug war has become radioactive.  Any public figure supporting prohibition from here on out is likely to get badly burned by a deadly focused ray of public opinion.

A majority of citizens have outgrown this childish brand of government denial, disregard, distortion and discouragement of legitimate drug science or related social science imposed from the onset of prohibition.  In all cases, prohibition has combined forces with demonization tactics to talk down to the public on drug issues, and that has obviously made them angry as well as rebellious.

McKay’s perception of cannabis aficionados is nonsense.  Cannabis users are people who have charted a new path to personal freedom.  John McKay will now have to play catch up.  He has many miles to go before he sleeps.


I agree completely! The

I agree completely! The political wind is shifting; between the economy and the cartels, now is the time to hammer our politicians on the phone, in the press, by email and by snail mail for legalization. There is no reason, beyond the legalized theft we call asset forfeiture, to continue the oh so failed war on drugs.

Legalization, regulation, and taxation. Goodbye deficit, hello surplus!

It's not going to be a good thing, to have been the guy that put the Prince of Pot away.

Conservative Rubbish

I hope Prop 19 passes. I do not live in CA, and where I do live waaaay down in deSouf' will not decriminalize (not even to mention legalize) for at least 100 yrs from now (same way we handled Jim Crow laws and continue to handle laws relating to booze). 

I find it no surprise the former prosecutor now thinks differently. Happens all the time -- most notably on the subject of guns. From Reagan on, after they are out of office conservative hypocrites who virtually made love to the NRA have disavowed the NRA and their previous position on the subject. No different here.

just short of an apology :(

just short of an apology :( but i think this is the best you can hope for with somebody like John Mckay. Chalk up  another point for Cannabis! 

"YES" on the CA Prop. 19, there is no other way!

Passage of the CA Proposition 19 will deal a serious blow to the Mexican drug cartels and to the "drug war" in general. It will also restore sanity to the California State budget by collecting sizable Cannabis revenues and eliminating the wasteful spending on the so-called anti-Cannabis "enforcement". It is established by the science of addiction medicine that the so-called "gateway drug" theory, advanced by the opponents of the measure is a complete fantasy, as is the assertion that Cannabis is "physically addictive". Cannabis is NOT physically addictive, as there is no clearly definable and reproducible PHYSICAL withdrawal syndrome, associated with its use, as opposed to truly physically addictive substances such as opiates or alcohol. In fact, the latest addiction medicine research reveals that Cannabis may serve as an "exit" substance with the potential of helping former alcoholics or hard drug users to abstain from alcohol, hard drugs, or even dangerous and physically addictive prescription drugs! It is also being established that Cannabis use may help prevent such serious illnesses as cancer and Alzheimer's disease! Cannabis use also suppresses violent urges and behaviors. Let's not be intimidated by the scare-tactics of the "opponents", but be motivated instead by science, reason and understanding of these issues, and this means voting YES on California Proposition 19 on November 2!

Cannabinoids, Flavonoids and Terpenoids - Nature's Healers

Then John McKay should handle Marc Emery's appeal Pro-bono! But first he needs educates himself on cannabis in general, from the history of prohibition to what a wonderful healing plant it is and stop calling the educated users idiots. Frankly I believe if cannabis works for your health issues it is far safer than  the chemical pharmaceuticals. As a relaxant safer than alcohol or valium. The idiots are those keeping the draconian laws on the books and those pushing the poisonous pharmaceuticals and alcohol.  

It is a criminal offense for officials or executives of the U.S. government to direct or conspire to wage a deliberate campaign of misinformation, omission of fact, and outright lies with our tax dollars.

The Controlled Substance Act of 1970 and subsequent scheduling was done before science was even aware the human body has an endocannabinoid system. It was discovered in the mid 1980’s. Congress enacted laws against marijuana in 1970 based in part on its conclusion that marijuana has no scientifically proven medical value. In the last 40 years much scientific documentation has taken place. It must be taken into consideration. 

Professor  Dr. Mechoulam, describes the role of Cannabinoids as anti-inflammatory for arthritis, as neuroprotectant for brain injury  Dr. Mechoulam first isolated THC in 1964. At a conference hosted by Patients Out of Time. Dr. Mechoulam stated “My good Italian friend, Emazo, summarized the activity, which is really a summary says well what do the Cannabinoids do, they relax, help us eat, sleep, forget, and protect, not remember, forget, and don’t think that forgetting is less important than recalling, We should have a system to forget, otherwise, well if you wish, we can burst, if you go down a mall and see a thousand faces do you want to remember all of them, of course not. But there are also other memories we certainly try to forget, other wise each one of us would be in a constant trauma.” 

More studies have been done proving the medicinal effectiveness and safety of cannabis/marijuana than any other organic or chemical substance, manmade or found in nature known to man. Cannabis has been shown to be safe and effective for, but not limited to :
AIDS wasting syndrome and other ailments, Alzheimer's and pre-Alzheimer's disease, anorexia wasting, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, cancer and chemotherapy side effects, Crohn's disease and other digestive ailments, cramps, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, inflammation, migraine, multiple sclerosis, nausea, post-traumatic stress disorder, premenstrual syndrome, sickle cell anemia, spasticity, spinal injury, stress, stroke, Tourette’s syndrome, and many rare diseases for which there is no know cure or treatment. It is effective for many mental conditions which include but not limited to attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar, and depression. Cannabis is effective for use as an antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-viral, as a healing agent, or as an adjunct to many other medical or herbal treatments. It has been proven and shown to kill cancer cells and the latest research actually explains how cannabis kills cancer at the cellular level.

Who are the idiots?



About Beer

Marijuana is a drug,Beer is a plant.

You can drink 8 or 10 bottles a day ,till the end of your miserable life.

Is Not Addictive.

What a wonderfull joke. :)

Beer not addictive?


Am I misunderstanding what you wrote?  Or, are you just that ignorant, that you would post such misleading information, about the dangers of alcohol?

Maybe you should tell that to the many alcoholics (addicts), suffering from cirrhosis and other severe medical diseases, caused by the inability to stop drinking the drug called alcohol (including beer!).  Physical addiction occurs, with alcohol,too!  A withdrawal syndrome, called "delirium tremens", actually kills people, easier than the withdrawal of opiates does.

In addition, many college kids die each year from overdose of alcohol (beer included).  It is called alcohol poisoning . There is no counterpart to refer to with cannabis, because no one has died from THC overdose in the 5,000 years it has been used by humans, to alter consciousness, and treat illness.

Cannabis sativa and indica are both plants, too.  Alcohol containing beverages have to be manufactured, (distilled) whereas, cannabis can be consumed directly from the plant. The preferred way is no longer smoking. But, even, smoking it has been shown to be safer than smoking cigarettes, in scientific studies.


Please, forgive me, if I misunderstood what you wrote!  But, I cannot figure out your intent, with the way you had it written down. 

Beer not addictive?

You didn't understand what i say.

If the a**hole drink 8 or 10 bottles a day,of course he is addicted.

On the other side,beer has powerfull chemicals,and is suspected to cause CANCER to the rectum,kidneys,liver,lungs.

Just a bit late eh

Well go figure. What a kick in the teeth, though your efforts have no doubt contributed to this decision. He`s the Idiot and just now he is admitting it also. 

Testify for Marc at Sentencing?

Will he speak in favor of letting Marc go with time served at his sentencing this Friday, September 10th 2010?   If not then this turn of events is simply selfish.  He is trying to make himself feel better for putting so many nonviolent people behind bars.

Reducing the amount of THC.

Reducing the amount of THC. in marijuana. is the most stupid thing I've ever heard. If you want to talk about being stupid. After all, THC. is what were looking for. The lower the THC. content the more we have to smoke. When marijuana is grown past its peek THC production period, the THC. begins to break down, and other chemical compounds are produced called cannabinol, which cause all the bad side effects that cause drowsiness, munchies, paranoia, and other less desirable effects. If marijuana is harvested at the right time, a social high is the result, and the higher the THC. content the better. Harvesting at the right time is the key.  The cannabinol is what makes one stupid, not the THC. So growers have to get it right.  When the mushroom balls are full and clear, the time is right. 

If the price of drug warriors

If the price of drug warriors like McKay admitting cannabis prohibition is a complete failure is to call users "idiots", that's fine with me.  But he is completely wrong to state "no one in law enforcement is talking about that failure.  Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) has been doing great work for some time getting the story out about how bad the drug war has been for everyone, but especially for cops.  McKay may be an ass, but we need all the John Laws we can get to speak the truth about ending the war now.


Is this guy really that dumb to think limiting THC content will do anything? I'll just have to bust out bubblebags and increase the amount of THC by extraction. This guy needs to go home and throw away his 12 year double malt scotch that he's poisoning himself with and light up a fat one. 

1. the more thc, the better 2. Marc 3. It's the tobackgo, stupid

1.  Modern "one-toke herb" means you can set up a creative morning with one 25-mg. loading (see Wikipedia, "One hitter (smoking)") instead of a 500-mg. sledgehammer overdose paperjoint which destroys cannabinoids and offers heat shock, carbon monoxide and combustion toxins to produce dopy "drug effects" blamed on the herb and playing into the hands of prohibitionists.  As several have commented above, McKay seems to err on the side of safe ignorance, i.e. if he knew the Truth about cannabis someone could accuse him of having found it out the wrong way, and his career is shot...

2.  Someone tell the goodhearted souls at "Cannabis Culture" that their t-shirts and logos showing Marc with a hot burning paperjoint in his face (and smoke flying away, as if he's a Richguy who can afford it don't you know) are counterproductive and come off as arrogant.  The poor guy deserves better.  By the way, why "Cannabis Culture"?  Isn't culture the problem?  By and large the word "culture" means a system of lies (religious, authoritarian etc.) told to children to make them easier to domineer and control.  DON'T LET THEM CULTCH YOU!  The problem authoritarians have with cannabis is that it offers youngsters a way to escape from falling into the trap of believing those lies (especially lie #1, which is that "smoking" means hot burning $igarette paper). 

3. That's why their strategy has been to paint anyone who advocates letting young persons have access to learn from cannabis, any amount or method of use, as some kind of molester to be punished and blacklisted.  Modern one-toke herb could help immunize a child against ever becoming a $100,000 life-long $igarette addict, and the Tobackgo Corporations which feed $$$ into political campaigns, especially of Republicans such as "crack down on pot" Giuliani (see 2008 Presidential campaign donation statistics) are out to fight anything that helps promote the Downdosage Revolution.  Which is why Prop. 19 is written with draconian penalties for smoking near a 20-or-less-year-old (but vote for it anyway, there's wisdom in Pelosi's Principle "You have to pass it to see what's in it").  Who would guess RWTSH (right wing talk show host) Dennis Prager got it right, when he admitted on the air he had taught his underage son to smoke a cigar, ANYTHING is better than hot burning overdose $igarette addiction, and high-THC cannabis can help immunize against that even better, methinks, than a cigar.

Truth and Practicality

Truth is truth; practicality is practicality.

It has been proven time and again in recent years and decades that not only is Cannabis much less harmful than alcohol, but it's medical uses and value have yet to be fully realized.  As K Day stated above, it was only (relatively) recently discovered that our bodies have in place an "endocannabinoid system" reasonable person can deny that this system is in place for a reason, and the implications that these compounds exist in a plant.

The only "idiots" are those who cannot accept all facts, including those that contradict their close-held (and suspect) belief systems.  They promulgate a continuing failed drug war that has and continues to suck billions out of the economy and ruin otherwise peaceful and productive peoples lives.

Several times above, I noticed comments similar to:

" can you try to lower the THC!?"

"Reducing the amount of THC. in marijuana. is the most stupid thing I've ever heard."

Unfortunately, it may happen whether we want it or not.  Along with the legalization of Marijuana will come the legalization of hemp.  Hemp farms will likely become quite prolific, and Hemp and Marijuana cross-pollinate quite well.  Hemp will hardly get a fly high, and in the process of cross-pollination the "quality" of the Marijuana will go down significantly over a few generations.

If hemp is widely grown (and I'm sure it will be) the only way to keep the quality of Marijuana from degrading is by growing it in highly controlled inside environments similar to "clean rooms."  The amount of THC will be easily controllable whether you want it to be or not.  The only other recourse is to grow your own, and that will be exposed to the very cross-pollination that will take THC levels down to near-nonexistent.  Not only will it not be as strong as today; it won't be "your parents pot", only in the opposite direction.

There would only be one other recourse - the importation of "clones" from a hemp-free environment.  That would be problematic in itself.

Release Marc Emery, indeed!

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