The Truth – Part 4: The Dark Side of the Moon

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Dan Rush w/ Richard Lee pushing Prop 19

Dan Rush w/ Richard Lee pushing Prop 19

It should come as no surprise that the largest investors in Medical Marijuana are large international drug cartels, foreign intelligence agencies, state sponsored terrorists and the American billionaire class (primarily Republicans and Liberal Internationalists) who have used their almost unlimited pool of wealth to corrupt the medical marijuana industry in hopes of having complete market control & comparative advantage with the advent of marijuana legalization.

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As the Green Pulpit has always claimed, ‘Legalization’ is a political term used to mask the legitimization of organized crime controlled grows, production facilities and collectives to create a legitimate avenue for the multi-billion dollar money laundering schemes that have kept the industry and its supply chain flowing for decades. ‘Legalization’ also maintains the role of law enforcement and continues the Drug War, by creating new legal schemes for possession and intoxication that allow law enforcement and the courts to continue indirectly taxing and jailing both marijuana businesses operators and marijuana patients. The Drug War itself is a for profit, unconstitutional, law enforcement entrapment that brings drugs into the United States, sells it to its citizens and arrests them to fill the for-profit jail system that benefits the bottom line of the 1%.

US Incarceration Rate

US Incarceration Rate

 

 

Foreign Activity

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In rural and impoverished areas in both California and Arizona, many grows are used to support meth labs and vice versa; often with cheap or free labor being brought in by cartel coyotes, trafficking in people from Mexico, Central and South America, but also Southeast Asia and China as well. The Chinese government and Chinese businesses have been laundering money through both Mexico and California via pharmaceutical transactions, Mexican cartel banking, and most interestingly enough through Native American tribes seeking more expansive grows. Since the federal government has allowed for cultivation on Indian Reservations, many tribes have been approached by agents of the Chinese government, looking to invest hard currency into large-scale greenhouse grows on Reservation land. Their goal is to avoid having the illegal RMB’s and counterfeit USD’s from being collected by the US tax system so that they can not only have capital to create more store fronts for their operations but also so that China can protect the RMB from Federal Reserve policy.

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How Drug Sales and Money Laundering Can Damage The Economy: https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/the-devils-work-marijuana-in-the-20s-and-30s-part-2/

What the hell does international currency manipulation have to do with marijuana? Quite a bit. China is using US Nixonian policy in reverse. Checking out our Secret History of the Drug War section we recall that narcotics have often been used as a weapon of war, primarily impacting the public health of the target population but also by introducing currency imbalances through the actual underground sales of the drugs themselves. China was defeated during the Opium Wars by both an influx of opium and currency manipulation by the British; China has now retooled their soft foreign policy to target America through an influx of illicit drugs, counterfeit dollars and manipulation of untaxed reserves created by the drug transactions. Did you know that China now manufactures 95% of all of the world’s ecstasy pills? Did you know that Chinese government subsidiaries are the #1 supplier of pseudoephedrine and ephedra (the base compounds of methamphetamine) to the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels? Did you know that China White Heroin comes from Burma through traffickers and sources loyal to Chinese intelligence? It’s a cold war people and also a dirty one.

More on the Opium Wars: https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/the-opium-mob/

Sino-Mexican Connection:

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2005/06/the_mexican_connection_pseudoe.html

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1759760/how-mexican-drug-cartels-are-moving-hong-kong

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/chinese-mexican-businessman-found-205m-cash-sold-black-market-meth-chemicals-article-1.386830

http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/chapo-guzman-controls-meth-trafficking-us-asia-study/story?id=18865196

The worst part of all of this is that the international business Consortium and Republican lawmakers are actively collaborating with Chinese agents and business entities to keep medical marijuana illegal. Now why would they do that? Because the US prison system has Chinese and Russian investors, it’s really that simple. And if our best and brightest are being imprisoned and denied work over a plant, even more success for our global rivals in assuming military dominance and thus global dominance in the long term. Marijuana also has been proven to help get users off of the narcotics that the Chinese government now controls, its antithetical toward their goals. China is also heavily focused on unity through thought control, which is why marijuana is punishable by death in mainland China. They do not want any substance that encourages independent thought or subversive thought to be available to anyone, a very similar view shared by the Reagan and Bush administrations of yesteryear.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-takei/anonymous-exposes-uss-big_b_3567035.html

(140520) -- SHANGHAI, May 20, 2014 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin sign a joint statement aimed at expanding cooperation in all fields and coordinating diplomatic efforts to cement the China-Russia all-round strategic partnership of cooperation after their talks in Shanghai, east China, May 20, 2014. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei) (mp)

Both China and Russia have analyzed the US’s method of controlling the global narcostate and have seen its benefits in both population management domestically and in soft power with foreign affairs. Russian intelligence and the Russian Mafia have made a big impact in the LA Basin over the last few years, buying up infamous collectives, bribing the LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, to look the other way and taking over a network of grows stretching from Orange County to Downtown LA to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.

Want to have a better relationship with the government? Want to clean up this industry? Be patriotic and anonymously report foreign activity to Homeland Security. Show them who the good guys are!

Terrorism

San Bernardino

San Bernardino

The most glaring issue with the involvement of foreign actors, the Russian and Mexican Mob, is their willingness to work with Saudi and Iranian investors to traffic terrorists into the United States. This author is aware of several groups of illegal Afghan and Chechen nationals trimming for the Russian Mob at various locations, including dispensaries in the San Fernando Valley, while also working part time as valets to case terror targets within Los Angeles and the surrounding Southland. There are also several Armenian and Iranian subgroups, posing as Eastern European Jews and Israelis, that have also collaborated with the Russian’s and Saudi’s to bring terror cells into the country through the marijuana business. Dispensaries, since they are cash only businesses without employment records, provide an ideal cover for imported terror, especially if the dispensary and associated grows are ran by organized crime.

ISIS

This article was recently released by JudicialWatch.org, discussing the growing cases of terror smuggling in the United States:

“ Mexican drug traffickers help Islamic terrorists stationed in Mexico cross into the United States to explore targets for future attacks, according to information forwarded to Judicial Watch by a high-ranking Homeland Security official in a border state. Among the jihadists that travel back and forth through the porous southern border is a Kuwaiti named Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir, an ISIS operative who lives in the Mexican state of Chihuahua not far from El Paso, Texas. Khabir trained hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen and has lived in Mexico for more than a year, according to information provided by JW’s government source.

Now Khabir trains thousands of men—mostly Syrians and Yemenis—to fight in an ISIS base situated in the Mexico-U.S. border region near Ciudad Juárez, the intelligence gathered by JW’s source reveals. Staking out U.S. targets is not difficult and Khabir actually brags in an Italian newspaper article published last week that the border region is so open that he “could get in with a handful of men, and kill thousands of people in Texas or in Arizona in the space of a few hours.” Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz, Mexico’s top diplomat, says in the article that she doesn’t understand why the Obama administration and the U.S. media are “culpably neglecting this phenomenon,” adding that “this new wave of fundamentalism could have nasty surprises in store for the United States.”

This disturbing development appears on the Open Source Enterprise, the government database that collects and analyzes valuable material from worldwide print, broadcast and online media sources for the U.S. intelligence community. Only registered federal, state and local government employees can view information and analysis in the vast database and unauthorized access can lead to criminal charges. Updated data gathered on Khabir reveals he’s 52 years old and was ordered to leave Kuwait about a decade ago over his extremist positions. Khabir is currently on ISIS’s (also known as ISIL) payroll and operates a cell in an area of Mexico known as Anapra, according to the recently obtained information.

A year ago Judicial Watch reported on an ISIS camp in this exact area, just a few miles from El Paso. JW’s April 14, 2015 report identified Anapra as the location of the ISIS base, details that were provided to JW by sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. Anapra is situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. At the time JW reported that another ISIS cell was established to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas to target the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming. Sources told JW that, during the course of a joint operation, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

A few months later JW reported that Mexican drug cartels are smuggling Middle Eastern terrorists into a small Texas rural town near El Paso and that they’re using remote farm roads—rather than interstates—to elude the Border Patrol and other law enforcement barriers. The foreigners are classified by the U.S. government as Special Interest Aliens (SIA) and they are transported to stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso on a state road – Highway 20. Once in the U.S., the SIAs wait for pick-up in the area’s sand hills just across Highway 20. At the time JW’s government sources revealed that terrorists have long entered the U.S. through Mexico and in fact, an internal Texas Department of Public Safety report leaked by the media documents that several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations have been apprehended crossing the southern border in recent years.

Earlier this year, as part of an ongoing investigation into national security risks in the porous southern border, JW obtained evidence that proves the U.S. government has known for more than a decade about the partnership between terrorists and Mexican drug cartels. State Department documents made public by JW in January say that for at least ten years “Arab extremists” have entered the country through Mexico with the assistance of smuggling network “cells.” Among them was a top Al Qaeda operative wanted by the FBI. Some Mexican smuggling networks actually specialize in providing logistical support for Arab individuals attempting to enter the United States, the government documents say. The top Al Qaeda leader in Mexico was identified in the September 2004 cable from the American consulate in Ciudad Juárez as Adnan G. El Shurkrjumah. The cable was released to Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).”

  • Judicial Watch (2016)

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/04/cartels-help-terrorists-in-mexico-get-to-u-s-to-explore-targets-isis-militant-shaykh-mahmood-omar-khabir-among-them/

Terrorist-In-Chief and Consortium Top Dog King Salman

Terrorist-In-Chief and Consortium Top Dog King Salman

Most of the terrorists work for the Consortium anyway, because it’s in major part an international relationship between Republican leadership and the House of Saud. Osama Bin Laden was a top agent of Saudi Intelligence, as were several other prominent terrorists from Al-Qaeda. Even today we see ISIS and the al-Nusra army, sponsored by Saudi intelligence, slaughtering thousands of innocents in Iraq and Syria. Hell, even Obama knows the Saudi’s did 9/11, it’s all in the secret 28 pages.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/obama-administration-set-to-release-secret-28-pages-from-911-report-a6999696.html

Remember, there is no excuse to protect terrorists or spies in this business! Most of the pot growing farmers we know are red blooded die-hard freedom loving Americans who would never sell out their people or country, especially to a bunch of filthy terrorists looking to hurt innocent people. We agree, see something, say something. Save lives. Locking up a terrorist isn’t snitching.

Sex Trafficking

What women are forced to do for a job in marijuana

What women are forced to do for a job in marijuana

It’s no secret that every dispensary from San Diego to Oakland is staffed by former prostitutes, escorts, broke hippie girls and wannabe Hollywood starlets that are often recruited straight out of the sex trade or are subjected to interviews with dispensary owners that resemble nothing less than trying out for a porno. Girls are required to maintain stripper or ‘thin and slutty’ looks to keep their job, much like an airline attendant from the 1960’s; any deviation into professionalism is met by job termination.

The Asian Mob for one has brought in former massage parlor girls from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, China and other locations to staff their dispensaries and make sure the management is well taken care of. The Russian Mob has a habit of picking up retired porn starlets and fake models from the San Fernando Valley, usually targeting women that have addictions to cocaine or methamphetamine, so that they can be kept happy, loyal and controlled.

Girls trimming pot on the floor, no buckets or tables

Girls trimming pot on the floor, no buckets or tables

Another danger to women comes during the harvest season, where many female ‘trimmigrants’ have gone up to the fields of the Emerald Triangle to harvest, only to find themselves being forced into sex slavery on the farm. The most notorious was the revelation of the Clearlake ‘Rape Box’, where women were kept in dog cages and dog crates, to be molested by the farmers and farmhands whenever they saw fit.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — When authorities raided the marijuana growing operation, they found greenhouses filled with plants over 6 feet tall, neatly lined with individual irrigation systems. But the rest of the property, one federal agent recalled, looked like a horror scene. They found dilapidated trailers where farmers appeared to live, caches of weapons and a bloody towel.

“To me, it smacked of a scene from ‘Deliverance,'” said David Prince, assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Northern California. “If I was a plant, that’s where I’d want to live. If I was a human, that’s not where I’d want to live.”

It was here, in a remote area east of Clear Lake in Northern California, that authorities allege a kidnapped teenage girl from Los Angeles County was sexually abused and occasionally held captive in a metal box. The box — about 4-by-2-by-2 feet — sat outside one of the trailers, with holes drilled through the lid and a blanket inside. The box “had been altered to imprison a human,” a federal criminal complaint read.

In charges unsealed in San Francisco, federal officials allege that two men had abused the [15-year old] girl and forced her to help with their marijuana production. The girl eventually called authorities from a West Sacramento hotel, where she was rescued, officials said.

The suspects — Ryan Alan Balletto, 30, and Patrick Steven Pearmain, 25 — face numerous felony charges. The Los Angeles Police Department arrested a third man, Eric Edgar, on suspicion of sexual assault. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had been investigating the 680-acre property owned by Balletto since December 2011, court documents showed.

Then, authorities raided the marijuana farm. “It was kind of like opening Pandora’s box,” said Lake County sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Ostini. They found 1,200 marijuana plants, guns and other items. But the most horrifying discovery was the metal box the girl said she was kept in. She told police the men made her stay in it on two occasions for a total of three days, court records show.

Spray-painted on the outside was the first letter of the girl’s name. Inside was a decal that “depicted an animal skull surrounding the shadow image of a human skull with the logo ‘Bone Collector,'” according to the court documents.

The men put a hose through one of the holes to clean the girl and wash out the human waste inside, prosecutors alleged. Inside the box investigators found human hair and a poem the girl had written about being held inside the box. A “rack” allegedly used for bondage and sex toys were also found on the property. Authorities alleged in court papers that Balletto called the girl a “trooper” because she didn’t scream when she was in the box.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing. U.S. Atty. Northern District spokesman Joshua Eaton said there could be more victims….”

Complete Article: http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/26/local/la-me-girl-captive-pot-20130727

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Money Laundering

Stacks of Cash Money

The quasi legal status of marijuana dispensaries in California and Colorado have created ample opportunities for organized crime and foreign intelligence to use dispensaries as an immaculate system to wash their illicit gains from cocaine, heroin, pills & ecstasy, people trafficking, stolen goods and other underworld activities. Since medical marijuana is a cash only system, it’s simply a matter of adding the illicit cash to the stockpile of legitimate yet unaccounted dispensary monies and claim a higher amount of marijuana sales to mask the transactions. There is not a BSA analysis or IRS audit or any other program outside of FINRA/FinCen licensure that can account for this, and even then it’s a legal quagmire, this is a major roadblock in federal decriminalization and true legalization.

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How it works

What marijuana industry members must understand is that the US Department of Justice does not have an incentive to legitimize organized crime and foreign controlled businesses and marijuana activists must realize it is their obligation to work with the government to help discern and discriminate between individuals and organizations accurately. Who are the good guys? And who are the bad guys? Legitimate growers need to answer these questions so that the government can make an accurate prescription in performing accurate regulation and targeted enforcement against the racketeers.

Environmental Impact

500,000 gallons of stolen river water

500,000 gallons of stolen river water

The government is preparing to act on ‘Legal Marijuana’ in a big way because the legitimization of marijuana businesses means a gross expansions of both tax and due diligence revenue. What does that mean? Well at the Cannabis Cup, we met with a consultant from a company called Emerald Environments who were offering environmental solutions to what they regarded as the ‘coming regulatory apocalypse’ in California. They were representing a larger Fortune 500 entity that had become interested in the passage of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 2015. The company had been analyzing the marijuana compliance issues, and their representative informed us that most of the marijuana industry was in gross violation of both federal and state EPA statutes within the State of California.

 

C'MON GUYS! We are better than this!

C’MON GUYS! We are better than this!

The consultant told us to check out the California State Water Resources Control Board’s website.

SWRCB Cannabis Cultivation Site: http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/enforcement/cannabis_enforcement.shtml

He informed us that this program will become statewide, with similar programs for indoor grows that have to meet the government’s industrial standards for air quality, soil impacts, water use and land use. Interestingly enough the SWRCB has been evaluating the industry over a period of four years and this PowerPoint pretty much details their conclusions:

http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/enforcement/docs/cannabis_enfrcmnt/cannabis_cultv_powerpoint.pdf

Not good people. These agencies look like they are getting ready to ticket the crap out of the growing community for all of this reckless behavior with the environment. Our friend also informed us that if the tickets mount or if the environmental impact is bad enough, the consequences could lead to asset forfeiture actions similar to the DEA.

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Rackets

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The Green Rush is the new Gold Rush it seems, in every way and shape. Dispensaries are very much historically akin to the old Western Trading Posts that dominated California during the Gold Rush, like the historical Sutter’s Fort. Many of the people that got rich off of the gold rush were those that sold supplies (hydro-stores) to the miners and those that bought gold (dispensaries) in exchange for cash, supplies and food. The trading posts made the gold available to interested parties like jewelers and banks (vendors) who would try to take the gold back to the East Coast, either by ship or by horse and cart.

“The benefit to the forty-niners [growers] was that the gold was simply “free for the taking” at first. In the goldfields at the beginning, there was no private property, no licensing fees, and no taxes. The miners informally adapted Mexican mining law that had existed in California. For example, the rules attempted to balance the rights of early arrivers at a site with later arrivers; a “claim” could be “staked” by a prospector, but that claim was valid only as long as it was being actively worked.”

“Miners [growers] worked at a claim [grow] only long enough to determine its potential. If a claim [grow spot] was deemed as low-value—as most were—miners would abandon the site in search for a better one. In the case where a claim was abandoned or not worked upon, other miners would “claim-jump” [jack] the land. “Claim-jumping” [jacking] meant that a miner began work on a previously claimed site [steal plants]. Disputes were often handled personally and violently, and were sometimes addressed by groups of prospectors [activists] acting as arbitrators. This often led to heightened ethnic tensions. In some areas the influx of many prospectors could lead to a reduction of the existing claim size by simple pressure.”

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Sound familiar?

These days what we are seeing in the industry is coercion and collusion by organized crime and city councils to lock down the authorized distributors of cannabis in order to control and fix the price of marijuana. This started in the City of Long Beach, spread throughout California and now it’s like a disease going from marijuana state-to-state. This model seems most successful in Arizona where growers are terrorized by the Paradise Valley elite, and their attack dog Sheriff Joe, who retain almost exclusive control over all available dispensaries and large scale grows in the state of Arizona. The state, despite being the neighbor of the Mother Plant, has not shared the same benefits as Oregon; in fact just the opposite. Arizona has a disproportionately high price for marijuana due to the difficulty and severe penalties for cultivation and transporting without a license in the state; the Arizona-California border is heavily maintained and most vendors have to stay super low key in the Phoenix-Tempe area due to Sheriff Joe’s Orwellian surveillance state. This pressure by law enforcement is to ensure that prices remain high for the patient or end user within the state. Local AZ growers are screwed out of the benefit of high prices because dispensaries, due to their complete control over distribution, dictate the prices they are willing to pay. Which happens to be at almost 50% below California market rate. While these groups rob the growers of their hard worked gains, they then turn around and screw the patients with 50-65$ eighths of mid-grade. We are talking a cost of $900-$1200 and a gross profit of $6000 or more, per pound. This is the wet dream of the Tax & Jail cabal known as The Consortium. They have complete domination over the Arizona market, led by local hedge fund sociopath JP Holyoak and with the aid of Marijuana Policy Project, have tried to deprive citizens of their individual grow rights in the state of Arizona so that they can continue to fix the marijuana markets as they always have. (See Part 1: Miami Boys). Holyoak and friends have even actively tried to suppress the opposing AZFMR initiative, which allows for individual grows, by bugging and hacking activists phones, monitoring Facebook chats and breaking into emails.

Sheriff Joe

Sheriff Joe

The goal of this financial Consortium in every state, is to control the distribution of marijuana, subjugate and eliminate the small and medium sized farmer, commercialize greenhouses on a mass scale, sacrifice medicinal quality in exchange for high profit ‘commercial grade’, which will simply be outrageously expensive mids and kill off the competitive craft market. All medicinal quality marijuana will be controlled by Big Pharma companies like Gilead, Teva, GW, Merck and Pfizer, all owned or shares held by The Consortium members behind AUMA. The ultimate goal is to return the legal marijuana market back to the same limited number of hands that controlled it from the mid-70’s to the mid-90’s, when the cycle was broken with Dennis Peron’s liberation of the movement with Prop 215.

AUMA Sponsors (The Consortium)

AUMA Sponsors (The Consortium)

They do this by bribing city councils and local police in every county of every marijuana state. These guys are billionaires so their pockets go long and deep. Most American cities still have deep budget gaps or debt dismay from the 2008 financial crisis, so their politicians are chomping at the bit for more revenue, especially if it benefits themselves. Most city councils, like those in Santa Ana, Long Beach, Santa Cruz, San Diego and many others throughout marijuanadom will not issue an operating permit unless the Mayor and Council members are offered stakes or monthly kickbacks from the dispensaries. This is not implementing a tax to benefit the public welfare, but rather political corruption designed to profiteer off a cash only business, that’s probably money laundering, with no taxes and no regulations.

We have discussed city corruption with marijuana at length in past articles and series like Narc vs. Narc, and the Coalition of Corruption. We encourage you to check out the site further.

https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/long-beach-corruption-unveiled-local-news-connects-police-and-city-council-to-marijuana-rackets/

https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/police-corruption-marijuana/

https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/the-marijuana-mafia/

https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/2014/10/

More to Come…

The Green Chazzan

 

The Truth – Part 3: The Consortium & The Legalization Trap

The Consortium & Hotel California

AUMA Sponsors (The Consortium)

AUMA Sponsors (The Consortium)

What is AUMA? It’s no less than the Undead Zombie of Prop 19, back from the dead once again to test the faith of the Medical Marijuana community in its final hour of justice. Prop 19, SB1262, and all of these other initiative also-rans have been nothing but attempts by Wall Street, Law Enforcement and Big Pharma to use their government influence to capture, break and redesign the marijuana supply chain as they see fit. Putting control of the industry permanently into the hands of international mafia, hedge fund billionaires, cartel front men, crooked cops and crooked politicians who refuse to let go of their Prohibition & Payola aka Tax & Jail Model.

To understand why AUMA is bad for your health we need to dial back a little bit and talk about what California means to the international marijuana movement. Why do we put such an emphasis and focus on California Marijuana Laws, and especially those of Los Angeles and the City of Long Beach? The answer is that California is where everything started for this movement and ultimately where everything will end. Northern California is literally the heart of international marijuana cash crop production and Southern California today represents a political and socio-economic ‘pivot point’ in the great struggle for marijuana decriminalization because Los Angeles is the largest and most sophisticated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in the world and the Port of Long Beach is equally the largest drug trafficking port in the world. Basically the largest narcotics customer base on the plant with the largest transportation/distribution hub right next to it, two key control points for every business and underworld syndicate with an interest in narcotics. California is the mother plant in the world of medical marijuana, every other state is just a clone. Colorado, as we have mentioned before, is still completely dependent on California for seeds, trim and even bud during the harsher seasons.

LA HIDTA Zone

LA HIDTA Zone

Despite California’s status as the founder and leader of medical marijuana, many within the California movement have failed to understand why the political situation in the Golden State hasn’t stabilized. The biggest reason being that the California Movement has been in a political and legal war against the Police Departments, the Mob and the Cities of California since our journey began in the mid-90s. The California Police Union, consisting of the California County Sheriff’s, City Police Unions, and other law enforcement officials, the DEA, and the League of California Cities consisting of Mayors and City Attorneys have done everything within and beyond their legislative powers to obstruct the patient’s right to alternative medical therapy through the use of medical marijuana. Interestingly enough the tactics used by cities and law enforcement, have driven the medical marijuana industry into the hands of organized crime. Medical marijuana was a business for the patients to get access to well grown, clean and environmentally safe medical marijuana, this has since been corrupted as cartel and organized crime members have taken the marijuana cultivation process and have transformed it into a mass production supply chain.

Feinstein

Feinstein

California’s liberal reputation is often impeded by the wealthy and powerful conservative elements within the state. Law enforcement is heavily embedded in this conservative cabal due to history. As we have mentioned before, a sort of racial law enforcement clique began to form within the California police departments in the early 1920’s. Recruits from the Deep South and the local California KKK in Anaheim and San Diego were preferred for Law Enforcement hires for many years, due to their views on race, narcotics and institutional corruption; this practice persisted well into early 90’s culminating in a public outcry with the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 over the racial brutalization of Rodney King by the LAPD. This clique merged with the DEA under the guidance of Governor George Deukmejian and then Mayor Dianne Feinstein of San Francisco in the 1970’s to stamp out the power of the hippie movement in California, and has continued to remain embedded in municipal and state administrations throughout California ever since the consolidation of power by the Neo-Conservatives during the Reagan Years.

The Neo-Con’s are no different than Neo-Liberals, they are the 1%, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati, whatever you want to call them, they are the rich guys with all the money and power that hate humanity and have a Malthusian dream of self-fulfilling biblical prophecy so that they can have their Elysium planet.  They control the flow of international narcotics, including marijuana after they consolidated control during the 1970’s and they sit on both sides of the aisle so that the American people stay in the dark about how American power really works.  The likes of Americans For Safe Access, The Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Marijuana Policy Project were commissioned by George Soros, George Zimmer, Peter Lewis, JP Holyoak and Bush Attorney General John Ashcroft to disrupt, dismantle and hijack the medical marijuana movement and deliver it to the Anglo-American corporate interests that had paid handsomely for it. The Consortium is led by former President George H.W. Bush and other co-executives and majority shareholders of major pharmaceutical names like Beyer (GW Pharmaceuticals), Merck, Teva, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Gilead, Altria, RJ Reynold, British American Tobacco and Eli Lilly. The Bush DEA’s number one target for some time has been the Pioneers of Medical Marijuana and the people around them that helped found Prop 215; seeking to dismantle any remnant of the movement that pushed using marijuana as a medicine.

The goal was to discredit marijuana as a medicine and push it as tobacco-like vice product, to protect their business interests from competition and consolidate power under their own mantra ‘Legalization’; the purpose of this is to divide and conquer the medical marijuana movement so that the Consortium can continue to steal the old growers trade secrets and then patent them as their own, to develop Schedule II pharmaceuticals like Sativex and Epidolex.  The Consortium has enabled their AstroTurf activist front groups including Americans For Safe Access, Marijuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance to wreak havoc on the entire medical marijuana community and its patients alike. To a large extent they have succeeded, in large part, thanks to collusion by the California Police Unions and the League of California Cities.

Palaces of Prohibition

DEA

DEA

The base of Neo-Conservative power in California is San Diego County that is the source of much of their financial and institutional power for the entire world. San Diego is home to the richest and one of the largest Mormon communities in the United States; it is also the largest base of Neo-Nazi funding and power in California. It is the home of the Tea Party and residence of many outspoken Neo-Con power brokers like Darrell Issa, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Margaret Cargill (of Cargill, Monsanto’s partner in crime) Bill Gates, and many retired officers of the Neo-Con military command.

San Diego possesses one of the largest military installations in the United States with 6 Naval Bases, 3 Marine Bases and 1 Coast Guard Station. San Diego also possess the largest DEA presence in California; it is effectively their stronghold and major front for the entire country. San Diego has been a military town for over 100 years and because of this, their culture has evolved with both the National Defense culture and the Narco-State culture created by the DEA. Many law enforcement personnel in California retire to San Diego after they have completed their service. This is why Americans for Safe Access, formerly a major Bush DEA front, operates primarily out of San Diego, Sacramento, formerly Long Beach and Bakersfield; because their illegal operations were shielded by Neo-Con friendlies in those municipalities and alternatively by Mexican Cartel and Chinese Triad counterparts in LA and San Francisco.

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The next source of Prohibition power in California comes from Orange County, a major source of Republican financial strength attributing much of its rise as an S&L, Cocaine, Money Laundering and Real Estate hub in the 1980s. This county is controlled mostly by major Republican land barons like billionaire Donald Bren of the Irvine Community and William Lyon of Lyon Communities who are financially the lords and masters of most of the cities in LA County, they control the politics through business and the streets through narcotics distribution ran by Italian Mafia front men out of Newport Beach, Santa Ana and Anaheim. The Orange Curtain or ‘The OC’ is the ideal example of a neo-conservatives dream of a corporate fiefdom. Many GOP powerbrokers are born and raised through Orange County’s privileged Republican private school system, which uses a series of Catholic schools to place young adults in conservative colleges throughout the country like USC, ASU, Chapman, Amherst and other well-known conservative institutions for ideological training. Most dispensaries owned in Orange County are front’s for money laundering, cocaine and pill smuggling and controlled by members of local organized crime that use patients as a front to disguise their illicit activities.

OC is a significant battlefront, because not only is Orange County a major source of Republican wealth but it has also become a major distribution hub for the Mexican Mafia in California. Thanks in large part to municipal corruption and a plentiful amount of Carlito’s Way-type Coke Attorneys, the Mexican and Asian Cartels have taken complete control of the cities of Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Orange, Anaheim, Westminster, Buena Park and Garden Grove. The rule in Orange County is that the wealthy live south of these cities, and that the police provide almost a DMZ-like front line at the city limits for these areas. The Neo-Con and KKK backed city administrations in the poor cities oversee the chaos of gang violence and drug distribution in collusion with the Cartel, collecting profits from both the incarcerations and narcotics sales. The author of SB1262, Lou Correa, is the State representative of the district controlled by the Cartels, and his bill is designed to hand the California medical marijuana industry over to the collection of Consortium-Cartel interests that are fronted by the Marijuana Mafia.

Lou Correa

Lou Correa

The third source sits in Oakland and Silicon Valley, these are the Silicon Libertarian Billionaires like Sean Parker, Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel and other tech Nazi’s that see marijuana as a pathway towards managing digital serfdom. These young guns owe their money and success to their Neo-Con handlers, who are all ex-Nixon and Reagan Era elite, and they are being crafted to be the next Rockefellars and Soro’s of the 21st century where the population will be managed digitally. AUMA is not the brainchild of Parker, but he is the marketable face of the scheme in an attempt to disassociate Zombie Prop 19 from its odious origins. Marijuana in the bay area is largely managed by a cooperative effort between the mafia-end of the Teamsters Union, led by the utterly corrupt, yet indicted, Dan Rush and ex-DEA hacks in Contra Costa, Alameda and Monterey and the Asian Mob primarily managed by the San Francisco Tong’s with its big shots like Raymond Chow and former State Senator Leland Yee.

Dan Rush w/ Richard Lee pushing Prop 19

Dan Rush w/ Richard Lee pushing Prop 19

Dan Rush Indictment: https://www.fbi.gov/sanfrancisco/press-releases/2015/union-organizer-indicted-for-corruption-attempted-extortion-and-money-laundering

The fourth major source of financial power and probably the most critical is the one sourced in Los Angeles County. The Republicans have long viewed the City of Los Angeles as an ideological warzone and have done everything within their power to hamper the cities progression, citing a need to avoid the creation of “San F**cisco Liberal Fascism”. The sources of Republican power in Los Angeles are Long Beach, Flintridge, Simi Valley, Glendale, Pasadena and the Western Valley; despite LA’s overwhelming population of Democrats, the LA GOP holds an amazingly disproportionate level of power within LA City Hall and especially the LA County Board of Supervisors & Sheriff. Out of the four areas mentioned thus far, this group is by far the cleverest and also the most dangerous; they are big time shot callers in the Republican world because they hold a key responsibility within the power structure of the Consortium. They possess the responsibility of managing and overseeing the largest narco-trafficking corridor in the entire world, the Los Angeles Basin.

Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich

The Debacle

Mayor Bob Foster

Mayor Bob Foster

The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach exist side by side as the largest domestic import hub for international cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin trafficking in the United States. Every year ton upon metric ton of Afghan heroin comes in through the Port of LA and Long Beach where it is taken to reprocessing labs in South-Central and Downtown LA to be sold to local syndicates and gangs throughout the county and country. The narco-trafficking in the port is primarily facilitated by the Teamsters, Long Beach Police Department and Long Beach City Attorney’s Office who use payoffs, gangland intimidation tactics and murder to maintain a protection racket over the port unions in exchange for silence. Former Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, and former City Attorney Bob Shannon, leading members in relation to Long Beach organized crime, initially conceived the idea of allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in Long Beach as a cover for improving cocaine and heroin distribution flows in Los Angeles through a man named John Melvin Walker, currently serving federal RICO time, when heroin imports began to surge out of Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007. They were backed by the Neo-Conservative establishment of Los Angeles led by County Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonivich, the two men pulling the strings at the top of the Los Angeles Narcotics Pyramid, along with major financial support from William Lyon in Orange County. However things did not go as planned as hippies began to show up in Long Beach to apply for business licenses; they were more skilled at growing, actually took care of the patients and were able to undercut the Consortium backed collectives with their exorbitant prices. The Consortium was immediately threatened, they had controlled Long Beach for years through the power of the Bush-Walker Family, and suddenly their billion dollar narco-trafficking operations were being upended by the California hippies once again. In response, Prop 19 and the municipal bans were conceived by the Consortium to divide the marijuana movement and racketeer the marijuana industry through over regulation.

Don Knabe

Don Knabe

Since that time, with the help of the Marijuana Astroturf organizations, the Consortium has successfully led an illegal regulatory coup d’etat with the disastrous Long Beach “Ban Regulation” and the passage of Proposition D in LA County, both measures designed to insulate and protect collectives backed by the Consortium interest. This same group has pushed Long Beach Police Chief, Jim McDonnell, a former LAPD narco-crony from the Gates Years, to become the new Los Angeles County Sheriff. McDonnell is a staunch prohibitionist, declaring his opposition to medical marijuana at a Long Beach Planning Commission meeting and stating that he believed marijuana patients exaggerated their illnesses. McDonnell has voiced this opinion to protect the interests of his former political handlers, Long Beach City Attorney’s Bob Shannon and Charlie Parkin, who in return have aided McDonnell’s run for Sheriff by helping him fabricate Long Beach crime statistics. Patient’s in Long Beach currently live in fear of McDonnell, because of his past use of a Neo Nazi affiliated policemen named ‘Officer Strohmann’, to conduct brutal intimidation against citizens investigating the narcotics rackets.

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Why would you trust a fucktard in a tree?

Why would you trust a fucktard in a tree? This is professional!?

Let’s talk about morale and loyalty for a minute. Morale is low among California activists these days, including those among OC NORML and the California Cannabis Coalition, as many die-hard activists and political supporters have found themselves betrayed by trusted leaders in lieu of the demonic AUMA creeping upward in the polls. Growers and operators alike followed the siren call of the Emerald Grower’s Association led by inexperienced political hacks like Hezekiah Allen and Sean Donahoe, who have used their family relations to build industry clout as a pair of pied pipers that have led growers to nothing but political failure and ruin. Earlier this year, comedy grower Micky Martin infamously lampooned the pair of hucksters during the Fuck Mickey Awards 2015, largely targeted at Consortium members within the industry for their deceptive practices. Hezekiah Allen completely failed negotiations with the state regarding individual growing rights, claiming that it was the industry’s obligation to make concessions while taking payouts from regulatory insiders to dig the knife deep in the Emerald Triangle’s back. Allen disingenuously failed to mention that California regulatory, hungry for tax revenue, were prepared to make major concessions on grow rights and the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act  but being the false prophet that he is, we were failed utterly if not maliciously.

Look at this bullshit website, seriously?!

Look at this bullshit website, seriously?!

NORML and the Law Offices of Matthew Pappas also have to take responsibility for some of the disarray in the movement. NORML, already controversial due to Keith Stroup’s epic betrayal in the late 70’s, has pretty much continued the Long Sell Out of the movement by feeding grower after grower to predatory lawyers and political organizations that have no shame in turning over our people to the regulators and law enforcement authorities without proper legal protection. It was NORML that initially backed Prop 19, it was NORML that helped Lou Correa draft SB1262 and it was NORML that backed EGA and told the growers that they could trust Hezekiah Allen to sell them upriver with the formation of MMRSA and now AUMA.

Also we can’t let the leadership of CCHI 2016 off the hook either for wasting everyone’s time and happily taking everyone’s money. Buddy Duzy, the leader of CCHI, is an idiot huckster and an idolater of Jack Herer, yet he seems to annually take a shit on Jack’s dream by sabotaging the collection of signatures for Jack’s initiative while taking political donations to keep buying himself an endless marijuana supply. Also if you ever met Buddy, one would understand that he has no concept of law or what a lawyer is for and should probably be the last person leading a referendum on anything. His well-liked stoner partner, Michael Jolson, is probably the most disappointing of the group, as many relied on his ethical and congenial character to keep an eye on Buddy rather than collaborate with the poorly educated junkie on wasting everyone’s important time. Thanks Buddy and Mike, you couldn’t have helped the bad guys more by distracting us with your false prophecies and financial malfeasance, karma will be a huge bitch, best believe it.

Buddy being a leader

Buddy being a leader

This Coalition of Corruption between the Cartels, the Cops, The City Administrators and The Consortium are now going for the throat with AUMA. The bill and its proponents claim that the AUMA will correct the loopholes left for Law Enforcement by Prop 215. The Bill in reality is a complete and utter nightmare for the medical marijuana movement; AUMA is Prop 19’s real intent in its true corporate form.  AUMA hands the industry over to the corporate oligarchy and California Law Enforcement Complex on a silver platter; the bill violates federal law and completely upends the medicinal spirit of Prop 215 in favor of a small cabal of business interests known as the Marijuana Mafia.

Now that we understand what California has been dealing with let’s talk about AUMA:

10 Reasons Why AUMA is a TRAP

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  1. It’s going to raise the price of pot worldwide.
  • When the price of marijuana per pound in California goes up, prices go up even higher everywhere else. A tax like AUMA’s sets a price floor aka price control in the market, meaning it’s impossible to sell marijuana below a certain price because of the tax burden without taking a loss. Colorado learned their lesson during the past two years when the price of marijuana experienced deflation from a supply glut. Since Colorado implemented price controls before the price drop, they are now stuck selling marijuana above its market price thus expanding their own street market and diminishing their legal market. Since marijuana supply will only increase as state after state legalizes, a premature tax will toxify the mother plant and global marijuana markets in a very unsettling way.
  1. Most of the tax revenue goes to jails, police and insider bureaucracy.
  • This is not a lottery sin tax, this tax is designed to fill law enforcement and prison system budget gaps to keep business running as usual after marijuana arrests become invalidated.
  1. Marijuana will still have felonies and prison sentences under the California Penal Code for all patients and recreational users.
  • A crime is only a crime if there is a legal punishment for it. As long as marijuana remains within the California Penal Code, possession and production will remain a crime. AUMA does not decriminalize or fully legalize possession, it legalizes sales and purchases but lets the police keep their pound of flesh by still allowing marijuana arrests.
  1. Drugged Driving with worse DUI punishments than drunk driving.
  • Marijuana has been proven to not impair motor vehicle driving, but despite these studies, law enforcement has moved forward by sponsoring companies that are working on creating an accurate marijuana breathalyzer to entrap marijuana patients with highly subjective DUI charges that are being slated to have more of an impact than an alcohal DUI. Law Enforcement is basically saying, with legalization, be careful what you wish for because you just might get all of it, including police entrapment.
  1. Personal grows can be banned by the state.
  • AUMA only requires a simple parliamentary majority to overturn personal growing rights and trust me, this is not an IF but a WHEN if this bill gets passed. None of the AUMA sponsors want small growers competing with them or offering up superior homemade product.
  1. Cities and counties can ban outdoor cultivation.
  • Cities and counties will continue to racketeer marijuana businesses with impunity, expect all the grows and shops to be owned by the mayor and his family with this one.
  1. Cities and counties can pass arbitrary taxes, ordinances and bans.
  • In addition to an outrageous price driving state tax, we will also have price hiking city taxes and ordinances, along with city wide bans that have CUP’s issued to only to those with enough money to properly bribe the city councils.
  1. Eliminates Prop 215 constitutional protections.
  • Goodbye medical marijuana and its constitutional protections. Subordinates California law to the Federal Schedule I Prohibition, turning cannabis from a legal right into a legal privilege. Think DMV license suspension, exactly.
  1. Allows for control by outside industries (Alcohal, Tobacco, Pharma, etc.)
  • Opens the door wide open for Consortium control. Expect Sean Parker and the Coalition of Corruption to storm in, bribe every city from Yreka to Imperial Beach, lock up every grower that doesn’t kow tow, and buy up all of their assets at the auction for rock bottom prices.
  1. Reinstitutes control of the national industry under DC insiders and billionaires.
  • Reinstitutes Consortium control over the medical marijuana industry. GOP drug lords like the Bush Family, the DuPonts and Kochs will continue to use marijuana as a front for cocaine and heroin distribution, while loading up the private prison system, that they own, with the patients that they sell their products to.

The Green Chazzan

 

Part 1 – https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/the-truth-part-1-the-miami-boys/

Part 2- https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/the-truth-part-2-smoke-mirrors/

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The Truth – Part 2: Smoke & Mirrors

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Legal Marijuana is a trap and Medical Marijuana, once a community benefit, is now mired by fraud. There it’s been said, coming from someone that has grown, cultivated, harvested, trimmed and sold marijuana for medical use; one can no longer deny the state of decay that has swept the medical marijuana business. The Green Rush is the 21st century Gold Rush, and like everything that starts off as a benefit, it is ending as a burden. This writing is no less a confession about the world that we the growing community have lived in, the real world.

The Beginning

 

Medical Marijuana was a miraculous concept dreamed up by the genius and legendary pot dealer Dennis Peron. Dennis was known for having the first major marijuana collective and the first legal collective in San Francisco. He is most well known for being the author of Proposition 215, the first medical marijuana law for compassionate use in world history. He was associated with the gay rights movement through his friend Harvey Milk and understood that medical marijuana would be instrumental in fighting the global AIDS crisis that had begun in the 1980s. The Dallas Buyers Club is actually a movie about Mr. Peron and his friends, just different characters and different situations, but nonetheless it’s the same story; about a group of afflicted people, sentenced to death indirectly by their own government, resorting to smuggling and other shady tactics just to survive their own diseases and seize their right to life. That is how the medical marijuana movement started, as a fight for the right to live.

Dennis Peron and Jack Herer - Heroes of Marijuana

Dennis Peron and Jack Herer – Heroes of Marijuana

 

Dennis’ vision, as a true hippie, was that medical marijuana growers would work together in communes or collectives to create marijuana medicine for the terminally ill to fight the ravages of industrial disease and immunological diseases in our modern world. He believed that marijuana growers should make a profit but not allow greed to become excess and inherently corrupt his vision. Many growers and collectives stood with Mr. Peron’s vision but over time they were corrupted by the greed of fast money, illegitimate opportunity and from the machinations of criminal predators, enhanced by clandestine corruption within the government itself.

Pioneers

Proposition 215 was a collective effort by many famous hippies, smugglers, lawyers and other generally good willed individuals that sought to liberate the misery of many of their friends and in many cases themselves from years of physical and psychological ailments.

Proposition 215 originally had two versions, Dennis’ version and the version we have today:

By late January, 1996, it was becoming clear that Dennis Peron’s network of volunteers could not come up with enough signatures to place the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 on the ballot. Some 433,000 valid signatures were needed by April 24; Dennis’s followers claimed to have gotten 175,000 of uncertain validity and Panzer says that number was inflated. Enter Ethan Nadelmann (Founder of Drug Police Alliance and Prop 19 advocate), a 40-yearold drug-policy expert who runs a Manhattan think tank called the Lindesmith Center, through which he allocates $4 million annually on behalf of financier George Soros. Nadelmann has a law degree from Harvard, a doctorate from Princeton, and is the author of a book about the drug war, “Cops Across Borders: The Internationalization of U.S. Criminal Law Enforcement.” He knew the effort to get a medical marijuana initiative on the California ballot had a strong chance of success because a statewide poll taken in June 1995 by David Binder Associates showed that 60% of the voters were favorably inclined.

George Soros

George Soros

Soros agreed to back a professional signature drive after reading a New York Times article that said Dennis already had gathered 200,000 valid signatures. Nadelmann was concerned about Soros et al being perceived as out-of-staters exerting political influence in California (which of course they were). He also wanted proof that the reform effort had support beyond Dennis Peron’s circle of friends. He got reassurance on both counts in February when George “I Guarantee It” Zimmer, president of the Men’s Wearhouse, a resident of Oakland, pledged $105,000 towards a professional signature drive. (It was actually in the form of a loan.) Nadelmann then kicked in $350,000 from Soros; $300,000 from Peter Lewis, the owner of Progressive Insurance in Cleveland; $100,000 from John Sperling, a professor of economic history whose Phoenix-based Apollo Group owns 88 private colleges.(and who was also backing a medical marijuana initiative in his home state of Arizona), and $50,000 from Laurence Rockefeller. “All these individuals, as businessmen, consider drug prohibition wasteful and costly,” says Nadelmann, “and each has personal reasons for feeling strongly about it.”

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Of Soros he says, “He has a practical concern about the drug issue: it’s in danger of bankrupting the country. We’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars a year on the war on drugs, if you count law enforcement, medical costs, and lost productivity.” In other words, the donors represent an enlightened faction of capital. There were strings attached to the money. Nadelmann wanted control of the campaign placed in the hands of a “professional,” and he selected a Santa Monica consultant named Bill Zimmerman, based, he says, on Zimmerman’s success promoting an insurance-reform measure that passed in 1993. “Dennis Peron is a remarkable character,” says Nadelmann, “and it’s true that the movement was ‘organic,’ in that he got his signatures through volunteers. But if I had one moral to draw from this situation, it’s to go straight to the professionals and avoid the hassles involved in starting with the grass roots.” Zimmerman, upon getting the money from Nadelmann, created a front group called Californians for Medical Rights (CMR) and hired a competent outfit called Progressive Campaigns to get the signatures. The signature gatherers were paid 60¢ per —high for a popular measure_ and the rate was upped to $1 per signature before they had more than enough.”

  • The O’Shaughnessy’s Reader (2013)

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Dennis Peron w/ The Pioneers of Medical Marijuana - Author of Prop 215

Dennis Peron w/ The Pioneers of Medical Marijuana – Author of Prop 215

Dennis was left in a position of less authority over Prop 215 following the political takeover by Nadelmann backed by George Soros and the Consortium. The same group would later have police stings initiated against Dennis’ cannabis clubs in San Francisco to put him under financial and psychological pressure, while allowing the Consortium to negotiate a deal to modify Prop 215 with California Attorney General Dan Lundgren, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Correctional Officers Association to ensure that marijuana, despite being made medical, would remain in the California penal code and thus remain an enforceable crime in the State of California.

DA Dan Lungren

DA Dan Lungren

Soros won out with the real Prop 215 being shelved in the annals of history at the infamous Castro Castle while the second Prop 215, sponsored by the police and the US prison system, would be implemented into law. Prop 215 would become one of the largest public biological experiments in US history, as Soros intended for free medical research, and at the same time Prop 215 would became one of the largest reverse stings ever concocted by federal and state law enforcement in world history. This is the viciousness of those who have pushed for pot legalization in the forms of Prop 19, SB1262 and now AUMA, because it removes constitutional protections under medical law and brings everything back under the rigid and brutal interpretations of the Controlled Substances Act. However, defense attorneys won’t tell you this because legalization was designed in their favor, to give them more cases, more clients and more work, same with the law enforcement side. Marijuana will always be a crime as long as it remains in the California Penal Code, once it is removed from the CPC it can find its true home in the Public Health Code where it can no longer be cited by law enforcement.

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Marijuana is a medicine. It causes the body to regenerate itself. To regenerate from Cancer, AIDS, psoriasis, auto-immune disorders and psychological trauma. Marijuana is a regenerative plant, just twist a branch until you hear a crack, then watch it grow stronger and bulkier; because that is the natural function of marijuana genetics, to reconstruct, rebuild and restore.

The Racket

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Marijuana is born into this world as seed, that seed is grown into a plant that becomes a mother, and from that mother comes trimmings known as clones.  Like life and people, some clones are good and bear good nug, while other clones are bad and bear nothing. The clones must then go under 18 or more hours of light every day to vegetate and grow into something with potential. Then the amount of light is reduced at the right time to encourage the now vegetative plants to flower and thus bear fruit. In the United States, in order to create 99 of these fruit bearing plants, an individual must have a sick patient with AIDS, cancer or some other kind of terminal disease, and their doctor’s referral, to sponsor and justify the 99 plant exemption and produce a full crop. To produce a profitable crop, several of these exemptions along with countless referral scripts from other patients with 6 to 12 plant allowances, must be collected, gathered and filed. A dispensary facilitates this process by requiring a copy of the referral paperwork in order to become a member of their collective.

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So what the hell does that all really mean? The bottom line, it means that every new patient to a cannabis collective generates approximately two pounds of marijuana or $4000 in production value per crop and that a terminally ill patient, with AIDS or cancer generates approximately 31 pounds or $62,000 in production per crop. A good grower can turn over 5 or more productions in a year, that’s about 155 pounds or $310,000 a year; the grower can sell the 155 pounds in another state, he can be looking at upwards of $900,000 or more.

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All in exchange for the right to purchase the pot, the patient effectively loans their allotment to the collective, and buys it back at 375% markup for consumption. What has this done? This has given incentive to a racket to keep patients from growing their own allowances and centralize production with the distributor, ie. The collective and their private networks, minimizing competition and keeping prices high. This has also politically encouraged distributors and operators to work with law enforcement on forming favorable regulatory regimes as we see with MMRSA and AUMA. Further, it has created financial incentives for the exploitation of sick patients and their medical records on a national level on the basis of obtaining their personal growing rights.

The Circus Show

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Many stood at the US High Times Cannabis Cup 2016 on 420 week, watching the dead spirits of yesteryear desperately search for that golden bud with little avail. The event was hastily put together after High Times lost their permit in Colorado for permitting illicit narcotics sales to take place on fairgrounds during the event. Like a wounded cur, High Times retreated to their own territory at the NOS Events Center in the Tweaker Capital of California, San Bernardino. The unseemly racetrack is a company owned property where High Times could continue its for-profit charade with impunity. The scam is an easy one, charge ‘potreprenuers’ and underworld figures alike for networking access, while at the same time running a tourist scam using free dabs, free carnival rides, very expensive munchies and very expensive trinkets to fleece suburban stoners while providing a cover for large scale smuggling activities.

Tom Forcade on High Times Magazine

Tom Forcade on High Times Magazine

High Times never left the business of narcotics distribution, its founder, ex-CIA agent Thomas Forcade, was one of the largest drug smugglers on the East Coast during the 60’s and early 70’s. Forcade used the magazine as not only a tool of resistance but also for underworld communications, revealing the market rates of underground pot flows and using coded articles to send messages back and forth between smugglers. Forcade would inevitably be assassinated when Richard Nixon consolidated the global narcotics markets in the early 1970’s to pave the way for the cocaine markets of the 1980’s. The US Department of the Treasury, knowing that High Times is a rogue, money laundering CIA operation has not failed to audit High Times annually, desperately searching for their link to Panamanian Bank Accounts.

For more on how the CIA has been smuggling narcotics for the last 40 years, see the Required Reading section: https://thegreenpulpit.wordpress.com/required-reading/

Dan Skye hustling more profit

Dan Skye hustling more profit

A feeling of doom and gloom had seemingly taken hold of the ‘potreprenuers’ and marijuana activists at the Cup despite the near advent of legalization. High Times Editor and corporate pocket holder, Dan Skye, pretty much said ‘Fuck The Movement’, in a not so indirect way during the awards ceremony, pretty much cheering on the death of Mr. Nice and declaring his advocacy for the short passing of other marijuana icons so that they could make way for the ascension of the new Marijuana Robber Barons. Skye could barely withhold his sellout support to the dreaded Adult Use of Marijuana Act, also known as AUMA. A bill for marijuana ‘legalization’, financially backed by the same group of Neo-Con’s (Parker, Schultz, Kissinger, Liddy, Soros, Holyoak, Thiel etc..) that heralded the Controlled Substances Act with Nixon in 1971. A bait in switch of the most epic proportions, sponsored by the worst hearts of Silicon Valley and their Republican Party/ex-DEA cohorts in Washington. This has a created a pall of depression as, much like we have seen in the 2016 election, big money politics is seemingly prevailing over common sense, with or without the American people’s permission.

  • The Green Chazzan 

Continued in Part 3….

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The Truth – Part 1: The Miami Boys

*EDITOR’s Note: We are beginning a new series today called ‘The Truth’, probably our most controversial and groundbreaking series on the marijuana industry yet. We begin with an article from the 1970’s, it is strongly encouraged that readers review our section Required Reading to help put the puzzle pieces together as our new articles are released. Shalom!

Miami Kingpins Jack Up Prices by Al Kammerer (1977)

MarijuanaBundles

Disguised as big marijuana buyers from the Midwest, a team of investigative reporters recently penetrated the marijuana market [in Florida], discovering that is has been totally taken over by a few wealthy businessmen who boast combined assets totaling hundreds of millions of dollars and there is evidence that these businessmen are receiving direct government protection. Searching into the reason why pot prices have risen 70% or more in the last 2 years, the investigators found what one of them described as ‘a really classic price fixing conspiracy, a veritable OPEC of a marijuana cartel”.

The investigators report that the situation in Miami, which is the American delivery point for most Colombian marijuana, defies the claim of ‘experts’ that a clandestine, compartmentalized cannabis scene could never be cornered. In fact, the marijuana monopoly has apparently manipulated the media and market psychology so masterfully this year that speaker after speaker rose at a recent NORML confab, to deplore the “drought”…more than 2 months after the market broke with an actual glut of marijuana. High prices have been maintained, and the glut has been covered up in the months since.

Brick-Weed4

Like California peach growers who burn trees to keep prices high, the Miami group reportedly warehouses mountains of [marijuana], leaving it to sour and mold until their price is met. One of the investigators, who spoke of experiencing close calls in various criminal circles, is in the process of gathering evidence implicating government and local ‘business’ community figures in a Capone-like web of intrigue and corruption involving the control of [marijuana].

The investigator said that:

“The marijuana cartel is like the diamond cartel. Since diamonds are always in demand, the cartel offers packets at dictated prices that are three times the actual cost, take it or leave it. Being rebellious over the situation only leads to being banned from trading. When interest and cash flow drop due to boredom, low quality or whatever, they cut loose enough good stones, or in this case, [good bud], to draw investors back into the market, where they can again be swamped with bunk goods. It’s a den of thieves, Miami. The middlemen use brainwashing techniques of sensory deprivation and random disturbances by locking the buyer up in motel rooms for days to break down their resistance. You begin seeing and hearing things, so when the phone rings it’s like being struck by a gong”

He goes on to explain how the ‘bunk pot’ is sent to the consumer while prices remain high as ever:

“Even with high grand merchandise, a package deal where they lay some of the bunk on you is the rule with these jerks. Once the intimidated buyer has committed his money, the monopoly vanishes again behind their mercenary middlemen. They sweat you out until you are ready to be plucked like a turkey.”

'Commercial Grade'

‘Commercial Grade’

He opened an attache full of cash and rummaged around until he found a tattered address book. He explained that the number he was about to call a swarthy, heavily muscled gentleman from Hallendale, which was known for its mob connection scene. Apologizing for the weed we were smoking, he volunteered to get his source on the phone if we would pretend to be one of the many stuck with commercial, inferior grade cannabis. When he reached his man, a spirited exchange ensued until he put his hand over the mouthpiece and said “Just tell him you’re stuck with the last and can’t look at anything but gold”

It was somebody heavy on the phone. In the next 5 minutes, we were offered credit, free delivery to anywhere in the U.S. – up to 200 pounds plus the removal of seeds and shake, if we would simply help them sell off their commercial pot. But when we suggested that taking bad stuff, even on a front, always meant losses and that we wanted gold, we were simply told: “The golds and reds* are in, but we have to move off the rest of this commercial stuff before they will cut it loose”.  We objected that ‘marijuana was a vegetable’ and that warehousing it would cause it to lose potency. “That’s alright” said the contact “they are putting all the good weed in big freezers this year”. 

*Acapulco or Colombian Gold and Panama Red”

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In a classic capitalist coup, some super-rich marijuana kingpins in Miami have developed so much excess buying power that they can warehouse pot for months, opening and closing the doors at will, to dictate both price and flow. The marijuana moguls have so much buying capacity that only in the commercial grades is there enough around for a smaller buyer to invest in. they have so much capacity that they can even hold the good stuff off of the market…or allow just enough gold or red to trickle out at super premium prices that prices on commercial grade do not sag too much.

To explain the rise of a Miami-based cartel, insiders point to the fact that is become much harder in the last few years for independents to bring in boats and planes elsewhere, and those who did it cheaply, got cracked. Miami was the one place with a long tradition of government and police collusion that could enable those with money and Mafia lawyers to bargain with the authorities when necessary. The investigator referred to a case where one of his fellow teammates got busted. They located a lawyer who for $4000 made the whole thing evaporate at the police level. A scramble for influence inevitably led to the emergence of a handful of powerful men combining forces and enjoying a dominant position in the trade.

Colombian Gold

Colombian Gold

The final takeover of the Colombian market at the end of 1975 by the Miami group solidified prices at a hundred dollars higher than before, never to come down again (*until the passage of Prop 215 in 1997). It is clear that the critics of decriminalization who worry about marijuana being taken over by RJ Reynolds and Big Tobacco shouldn’t worry – pot is already under the thumb of a very large marijuana monopoly.

The investigator capped his report with the new that Don Aemillo, a [transporter] busted last Summer with 180 tons, was actually being escorted into Miami by the Coast Guard to foil jackers, all of the freighters marijuana hit the market. He then made a warning to those who might be interested in taking up a kingpin on offers to get fronted anywhere in the country: “A lot of folks who get fronted get fattened up until, at the end of the season, a couple of jackers visit them with shotguns and take it all, so the victims will be back working for the Miami Boys next year”. We hope this story reaches the New York Times and we hope the investigators stay healthy.

– The Green Chazzan 

 

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Police Corruption & Marijuana

Santa Ana Corruption

In 2015, corruption, abuse and violence among US law enforcement agencies became an issue of discourse at the American dinner table, as deep reservations have spread across the public in regards to their relationship with those “sworn to protect”. Many deadly police shootings occurred with the deaths of several minors, young men and women alike totaling nearly 1,000 deaths (according to the Washington Post) and 10% of those killed were unarmed and not in the process of committing a crime but merely ran from police out of the fear of being murdered. While police shootings and violence have taken a front run in the media, medical marijuana growers and patients are no strangers to such encounters with law enforcement. The medical marijuana industry has endured the edge of the spear of police corruption for several years if not decades counting the passage of medical marijuana laws in the late 90’s and 2000’s. Despite a voter mandate and the implementation of a regulatory structure, again and again, marijuana patients and growers have found themselves subjected to the deadliest side of law enforcement abuse, with such tactics as murder, racketeering, theft, fraud, entrapment, wrongful imprisonment, illegal search and seizure, unlawful surveillance, bribery, extortion and other forms of severe abuse of power.

Why has corruption become so endemic in recent times among our police forces? The first key is the Patriot Act. The Bush Administration literally swept away anti-corruption incentives in favor of ‘anti-terror’ and ‘domestic terror’ incentives, allowing the police in many cases to sidestep the fourth amendment. Many jurisdictions and counties throughout the country took the liberty of interpreting the new rules as they saw fit, conducting their own authorizations of domestic surveillance and using the atmosphere of fear to justify expansion of budgets and more importantly, armaments.

Asshat-In-Chief

Asshat-In-Chief

The second key was the change in recruiting policies that took place during the Bush Administration, it began with the federal government reducing the standards for military admittance, allowing ex-felons, known hate groups and known members of gangs and organized crime to serve in the ranks during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In many cases these criminals were promoted to higher rank for their willingness to perform acts of violence against civilians that other more tempered soldiers were not. Police departments petitioned the government to lower their recruiting standards as well to permit the entry of these ex-felon soldiers, many coming back with mental duress from combat, into the police forces upon their return home using veteran employment and Iraqi policing experience as a justification. These new officers were far more prone to violence, brutality, corruption and hate than their prior counterparts and many were promoted due to their views on race and domestic policing.

Joe Biden speaking at the National Association of Police Associations

Joe Biden speaking at the National Association of Police Associations

The third key was the continual recruitment of these personalities into law enforcement well after 2008, mainly due to the success of the Fraternal Order of Police in planting their top lobbyist, Senator Joe Biden, into the position of the Vice Presidency. The police union nationwide saw this a carte blanche opportunity to no longer ‘to protect and to serve’ but simply to rule by fear, violence and corruption. This was supported by the fact that Congress obstructed the placement of federal judges by President Obama, and many of the corrupt Bush appointees were able to continue to make rulings that protected the expansion of police misuse of power, including the acquittal of many murderers serving on the force. The ongoing corruption has led to penetration by foreign organized crime organizations, most notably the Mexican Cartels, who have used their newfound influence in law enforcement to expand their power to whole municipalities as shown by DEA research published in 2015.

Cartel Power

DEA Corruption Report

http://www.dea.gov/docs/dir06515.pdf

So now that we know the police forces are riddled with corrupt, war-torn and psychologically unstable officers, let’s focus on their abuse of the medical marijuana industry in both current events and in retrospect:

  1. Yuba County Sheriff, California – NET-5 Transporting Apprehension (2015)
Christopher Heath

Officer Christopher Mark Heath

A recent case, near and dear to our hearts that epitomizes the corruption within policing today. This month Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher ‘Mark’ Heath, a veteran narcotics officer of the Yuba County Sheriff’s NET-5 drug and gang task force was caught transporting 200 pounds of medical marijuana, taken from NET-5 raids, in Pennsylvania by a local anti-narcotics task force. Heath was en route to New York, where the medical marijuana could fetch a price anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000 a pound. Heath was looking at anywhere from $1 million to $1.6 million in stolen marijuana profits. Whether other NET-5 or Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputies conspired to assist Heath in transporting is still pending investigation but industry insiders know that this is most certainly the case.

NET-5 is a notoriously corrupt anti-marijuana trafficking task force that has been known to ‘tax’ marijuana transporters and local growers alike for several years now, by conducting raids and seizures in violation of California’s Medical Marijuana Law if growers fail to pay or supply them. Yuba County itself is a sparsely populated farming county with most high paying jobs coming from government work with the local air force base or the county itself. The per capita income rate is about 40% less than the California average and like many parts of California, lower income populations have turned to medical marijuana to relieve the financial stress produced by the outfall of the ongoing financial crisis. Yuba County also sponsors FACT, an anti-marijuana group in the area that documents and publicizes police raids and seizures in the county.

Links on Heath Case

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/12/30/yuba-county-deputy-accused-of-transporting-hundreds-of-pounds-of-marijuana-to-pennsylvania/

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/yuba-county-deputy-suspected-of-pennsylvania-marijuana-delivery/article_ddb93030-af2b-11e5-9d15-c7348145fa1f.html

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/12/30/yuba-county-deputy-accused-of-transporting-hundreds-of-pounds-of-marijuana-to-pennsylvania/

Links on NET-5 Raids

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/06/04/marijuana-grow-discovered-at-gas-station-in-yuba-city/

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/public-safety-briefs-m-marijuana-bust-in-foothills/article_1d5efafe-4159-11e4-9394-0017a43b2370.html

http://www.yubacountyfact.com/?q=headlines&page=2

http://www.chicoer.com/article/ZZ/20141009/NEWS/141009424

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/yuba-county-sued-for-third-time-over-pot-penalties/article_1975c8da-ae8d-11e5-8100-772524fd384e.html

 

  1. Santa Ana, California – Municipal Corruption (2015)

Santa Ana, a city notoriously influenced by Mexican Drug Cartels, not excluding Mayor Miguel Pulido and City Attorney Sonia Carvalho, imposed a state and federally illegal lottery in early February to issue 20 zoning and operating permits for medical marijuana collectives within the city to friends, financial associates and cartel front men associated with Pulido, Carvalho and other members of Santa Ana city council to fast-track their operations and justify the elimination of competition. The Santa Ana Police, since the issuing of these permits, have followed Long Beach’s lead by becoming the Mayor’s personal hit squad for taking out collectives that have taken suit with the city over these illegal measures, using the gang unit and anti-narcotics units to shut down anyone competing against the 20 collectives. In late May, the corruption was unveiled at the Sky High collective when Santa Ana Gang Unit utilized itself as an intimidation force to shut down the collective but was caught on camera conducting the raid, which featured several officers illegally partaking in edibles and stealing product.

Mayor Pulido (right) with his cabal

Mayor Pulido (right) with his cabal

The illegal lottery occurred as part of Measure BB, sponsored by the City Council, the Santa Ana police and Cartel front men; the cities success at the ballot was in large part due to the mishandling of the counter-initiative by OC NORML, who may or may not have sabotaged their own efforts due to institutional corruption and arrogance. OC NORML suspiciously opened a brand new office in the Downtown district of Santa Ana, without opposition, following the City’s victory, let alone NORML’s reputation for selling out local growers and farms for political influence and funding.

See more about the history of NORML’s Lies and Dirty Tricks:

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/12/24/when-the-grinch-stole-christmas-how-norml-sabotaged-marijuana-legalization-in-1978/

Statements made against the city by OCWeekly Magazine and Attorney Matthew Pappas revealed that “The mayor has a pecuniary interest in [at least] one of the collectives. Prior to the election, there were limousine services and gifts provided to officials. We have evidence of that. People were approached to pay a $25,000 amount and were told they would win the lottery.”

OC Weekly continues:

“Rather than forcing lottery players to go through a lengthy background check, something that might have greatly reduced the number of applications, city officials allowed individuals to submit an unlimited number of applications per location on behalf of various corporate entities. The city’s somewhat-cynical operating theory is that corporations are people, and thus each one, no matter how fictional or freshly conceived or who actually owned it, has the right to its own lottery ball….”

“Predictably, most of the 20 winners were deep-pocketed entrepreneurs, some of whom purchased 100 or even 150 balls to increase the odds of winning. The winners included some high-profile names such as Cypress Hill’s B-Real. Many winners formed legal partnerships, raised money from investors and paid the city with money orders; the Weekly also interviewed eyewitnesses who described successful applicants who drove to City Hall in flashy cars with their girlfriends in tow, hauling shopping bags stuffed with enough cash to purchase dozens of lottery balls.

The Weekly also uncovered allegations of attempted influence peddling by Pulido’s personal attorney and former Orange County Democratic Party chairman Frank Barbaro, as well as aggressive solicitation of campaign donations by both Pulido and powerful Democratic Party operative Melahat Rafiei, whose brother is among the 20 winners. Furthermore, to raise cash for the Measure BB campaign and thus lay the groundwork for the lottery, the city worked with Randall Longwith, a prominent medical-marijuana attorney whose brother-in-law, David Dewyke, happens to manage the Clinic Patient’s Association. The large-scale dispensary operated in Santa Ana without a permit for several years, until it was finally shut down by the police in late May–one of the last such dispensaries left in the city.

Campaign-contribution records obtained by the Weekly show Dewyke was by far the largest contributor to Measure BB, writing checks totaling $57,000–single-handedly footing nearly a third of the roughly $181,000 campaign bill. (Dewyke also gave $10,000 to the Measure CC campaign.) According to limo-company operator and custom-car designer Vini Bergeman–who lives in a 20,000-square-foot mansion in Panorama Heights and is a former associate of John Gotti, as well as a former business partner of Dewyke’s–Dewyke frequently borrowed his vehicles, saying he needed them to wine and dine city officials involved in Measure BB.

Female Officer Who Threatened Patients

Female Officer Who Threatened Patients

The Atlantic Magazine also chimed in by pointing out the presence of corruption in the police union over the marijuana issue and the intended abuse of some of the patients present during the raid:

On-duty police officers appear to be eating edible pot products—OC Weekly transcribes words they spoke while egging one another on. (“Those candy bars are pretty good,” one said. “I kinda feel light-headed though.”) Other dialogue offers a number of insights into the subculture of this narcotics unit. Take the woman with an amputated leg that police encountered on entering the dispensary. “Did you punch that one-legged old benita?” one police officer asks another. The other cop laughingly replied, “I was about to kick her in her fucking nub.” These are people Santa Ana taxpayers empower to use lethal force at their discretion….”

“What’s new is the way that the cops caught misbehaving on camera and the police union that represents them have responded to an internal police investigation—not with embarrassment, contrition, and public apologies, as would befit trustworthy people of good character, but with shameless, discrediting chutzpah: They’ve sued to keep now public video of their indefensible behavior from their overseers!

A lawsuit, filed last week in Orange County Superior Court by three unidentified police officers and the Santa Ana Police Officers Association, seeks to prevent Santa Ana Police Department internal-affairs investigators from using the video as they sort out what happened during the May 26 raid of Sky High Collective,” the Orange County Register reports. The article goes on to characterize the lawsuit’s claims:

The lawsuit argues that the video doesn’t paint a fair version of events. The suit also claims the video shouldn’t be used as evidence because, among other things, the police didn’t know they were on camera. “All police personnel present had a reasonable expectation that their conversations were no longer being recorded and the undercover officers, feeling that they were safe to do so, removed their masks,” says the suit.

The dispensary also did not obtain consent of any officer to record them, the suit says. “Without the illegal recordings, there would have been no internal investigation of any officer,” the suit says.

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To sum up: These police officers are complaining that after rushing into this business with guns drawn, forcing employees outside, and using a crowbar to pry visible surveillance cameras off the walls, they were not warned—by the same employees they forced out—that their efforts to disable all surveillance cameras failed, rendering their decision to eat the business’s products visible to its owners. As well, they’re arguing that, though on-duty cops, they had a reasonable expectation of privacy, having failed to account for their own incompetence at disabling surveillance.

But even more galling is that last bit about how “without the illegal recordings, there would have been no internal investigation of any officer,” as that’s only true if one assumes that all cops present would cover for one another’s egregious misbehavior and sign off on a police report that misrepresented the raid. That isn’t a bad assumption, given that police subculture is rife with cops who fail to report on the misconduct of fellow police officers, but it’s really something to see police officers invoke that reality, even implicitly, in an attempt to wriggle out of accountability.

And most galling of all is the fact that this tactic is going to work temporarily. “A Superior Court judge indicated Tuesday that he plans to issue a temporary restraining order that would prevent the Santa Ana Police Department from using video of officers misbehaving during a pot-shop raid as the department investigates the officers’ actions,” the Voice of OC reports. “According to court documents, Judge Ronald Bauer so far agrees with officers’ claims that they would suffer ‘irreparable harm’ if the department is allowed to use video that the Santa Ana Police Association argues was obtained in an illegal eavesdropping operation.”

Santa Ana Police even went as far as to quash the video for their own internal affairs investigation. Maybe it’s the City of Santa Ana, not the medical marijuana community, that deserves to have an investigation of its own and not just a local one, but a federal one.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/08/the-chutzpah-of-a-police-union-in-orange-county-california/400502/

http://www.ocweekly.com/news/exactly-who-won-santa-anas-medical-marijuana-lottery-6479501

http://www.ocweekly.com/news/full-video-of-santa-ana-dispensary-raid-shows-even-more-cops-eating-pot-edibles-6455382

http://www.ocweekly.com/news/santa-ana-pot-store-where-cops-allegedly-ate-edibles-shut-down-by-cops-6781707

http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/08/05/santa-ana-marijuana-dispensary-raid-video-internal-affairs/38964/

 

  1. Sullivan City, Texas – Top Narc Caught Taking Marijuana From Raid (2015)

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Police officers conducting a raid against a marijuana grow site removed marijuana from the scene with permission from the police chief. Unbeknownst to these investigators, the grow has cameras on-site and filmed one officer removing marijuana in bottles of rubbing alcohol. The Department had already been under suspicion of marijuana trafficking for the cartel and a good cop, upon review of the footage, elected to turn in the corrupt cops to the Texas Rangers authority. The police department attempted to cover up the misappropriation leading to a raid by Texas Rangers against the Sullivan City Police Department. The local Valley News tells us more:

Officer Angel De La Mora grabbed a handful and stuffed the marijuana inside a bottle of rubbing alcohol. “It was a stupid, dumb mistake,” de la Mora said months later during an interview. “But there’s more to it.” Police Chief Miguel Martinez stood by the door, watching de la Mora take handful after handful of marijuana. Police Inv. Reynaldo Cortes also stood nearby, occasionally chatting with the chief. They weren’t concerned about two security cameras that recorded the incident on May 21. If a police sergeant hadn’t tipped off the Texas Rangers, nobody would have missed the marijuana.

 “For me, it was more of a Barney Fife deal,” said attorney Ricardo Salinas, who represents de la Mora — referencing the dimwitted but well-meaning deputy from “The Andy Griffith Show.”

“I don’t believe that him or the chief really meant to do anything wrong,” Salinas said. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but I don’t think it’s really worth pursuing.”

 The Texas Rangers apparently didn’t agree.Nearly three weeks later, the Rangers raided the Sullivan City Police Department and seized the surveillance footage.They also presented Sullivan City with a search warrant that placed the police department on notice: The Rangers believed the incident may have constituted theft by a public servant, a state jail felony, and abuse of official capacity, a Class A misdemeanor. While the raid surprised Sullivan City administrators, problems with the police department aren’t anything new. The troubled police department went through five police chiefs during the past five years. In June 2010, federal agents arrested Chief Hernan Guerra Jr., who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. Frustrated with city politics, Interim Chief Carlos Lucio left just 14 months later. The City Commission fired Chief Jose Anaya for unprofessional conduct. And Chief Juan Alejandro resigned after Sullivan City administrators asked him to stop sleeping at the department. That left Sullivan City with veteran patrolman Miguel Martinez, who got the top job primarily because the City Commission knew he would stick around.

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 Constant turnover allowed de la Mora and other officers with questionable records to avoid scrutiny for years. “To me, it wasn’t a police department per se,” said Joe Cantu, a semi-retired Rio Grande Valley lawman who spent a year working for Sullivan City. “It was just a bunch of guys who carry guns and badges and aren’t properly trained.”

Several local officers, including former police Chief Hernan Guerra Jr., have been caught working with smugglers. In June 2010, federal agents arrested Guerra for working with a Tamaulipas-based drug trafficking organization. Guerra helped the organization dodge Border Patrol agents and kept Sullivan City police away from drug shipments. He also rigged city vehicle auctions for drug traffickers. In exchange, the smugglers paid him $500 to $2,000 every month, according to federal court records. He pleaded guilty and received a 10-year prison sentence. “You seemed to scoff, really, at getting caught,” said U.S. District Judge Randy Crane, according to a transcript of the April 2011 sentencing hearing. “You didn’t care. You were going to do it anyway. I remember being appalled listening to some of the things you were saying on wiretaps.”

“Former Sullivan City police Officer Juan Sotelo said he witnessed de la Mora’s dark side on March 10, 2012. While working off-duty security at Jaguars — an Edinburg strip club with nude dancers — Sotelo said he spotted de la Mora. “Officer Sotelo stated that Officer de la Mora was heavily intoxicated and appeared to be under the influence of an illegal substance, due to the fact that he observed a white substance on his nose,” according to records from an internal investigation conducted by the Sullivan City Police Department. Sotelo later filed a lawsuit against Sullivan City, claiming the department retaliated against him for reporting wrongdoing.

 His attorney, Javier Pea, provided the confidential internal investigation to KGBT-TV, which independently verified the document’s authenticity. The police sergeant who investigated the incident confirmed Sotelo’s story by contacting another officer who worked off-duty security at Jaguars that night, according to the report. Afterward, the sergeant bought an off-the-shelf drug test from Walgreens and asked de la Mora to submit a urine sample. De la Mora tested positive for cocaine, according to the internal investigation. He resigned effective immediately. However, the Walgreens drug test wouldn’t stand up to legal scrutiny. Sullivan City had botched the investigation.”

Fewer than two months later, de la Mora reapplied to the Sullivan City Police Department. He submitted the standard 13-page job application, which asked: Have you ever used marijuana or any other drug not prescribed by your physician? “Yes,” wrote de la Mora, according to a copy of the application obtained through a public information request. “Cocaine. The situation was an ordeal.” Sullivan City hired him back anyway. Nearly all drug trafficking and immigrant smuggling cases involve cars, Lucio said, adding that the department would file civil forfeiture proceedings against the vehicles. Money from the vehicle auctions funded equipment and other police department expenditures. “Sullivan City can’t support itself on the citations,” Lucio said, referencing traffic tickets. “It can’t. The money is in forfeitures.” For the cash-strapped city, forfeiture funds have become so important the police chief talks with the City Commission about seized vehicles at monthly meetings. “That’s why they wouldn’t let him go: Because the police department is a business,” Lucio said. “And anyone who says otherwise is lying.”

 De La Mora went on to claim he was stealing the marijuana for a relative, for medical use but given his track record of corruption, nobody took the bait.

http://valleycentral.com/news/local/why-a-cop-who-seized-tons-of-marijuana-stole-a-handful–and-how-sullivan-city-handled-it

The Drug Policy Alliance made a general comment on asset forfeitures and police corruption stating:

Ever wonder why police spend so much time enforcing failed drug laws?  To find the answer, you just need to follow the money.  Funding schemes and asset forfeiture laws have given law enforcement agencies strong financial incentives to continue the drug war.  Because funding for drug task forces is often based on the number of arrests made and the amount of property seized in drug busts, the easiest way for local police to up their numbers and boost their careers is to target low-level drug offenders, not violent kingpins.  To create arrest opportunities, police routinely rely on untrustworthy informants, conduct dangerous home invasions on flimsy evidence, frame suspects and commit perjury.  Asset forfeiture laws allow law enforcement agencies to seize property with minimal proof, putting the burden instead on suspects to prove their own innocence.  Because these assets often go straight into the coffers of the enforcement agency, these laws have created financial incentives for property seizures that encourage corruption.”

 

  1. Phoenix, Arizona – Police & Courts Entrap Medical Grower (2015)
Kyle Catlin

Kyle Catlin

Kyle Catlin, a medical marijuana grower, patient caregiver and medical marijuana activist in the state of Arizona is currently facing trial along with his brother for two cases in Tucson for growing marijuana for sick, elderly and disabled patients. Catlin’s arrest was due to a personal vendetta by local law enforcement authorities, against Catlin’s father a seasoned marijuana veteran who managed to evade arrest and incarceration for several years. The local authorities were so vengeful in going after Catlin that the judge in his trial refused to allow Catlin’s lawyer to reference the state marijuana law. Since Catlin is a state licensed caregiver the marijuana law would have protected his civil rights but the corrupt judge refused to allow the law to be brought into court stating that in Arizona the marijuana law was not an affirmative defense.

According to Tucson Weekly:

“In April 2012, Catlin was pulled over by Tucson Police officers, allegedly for speeding. What really happened, according to Catlin, is a young man had gotten in trouble earlier over having some weed, and he told the cops he had gotten it from Catlin. The police officers interrogated Catlin, and he ended up showing them the two ounces of weed he carried in his backpack (law says you can carry up to 2.5 ounces), and his medical marijuana card. “At some point I asked ‘Am I under arrest?'” he says. “I heard a police officer lie and say that I had said that there were more (marijuana) jars at my house, when I was never asked anything about marijuana at my house,” he says. The cops searched his pockets and found two cell phones and cash, which they saw as sufficient probable cause to search his home.

They found 147 marijuana plants, weed in jars and a gun in Catlin’s safe. Overnight, he was charged with four felonies: possession of weed for sale, attempt production, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a deadly weapon during the “commission of a drug offense.” According to the indictment document, law enforcement found more than two pounds, but less than four pounds of weed for each cultivation, production and possession, roughly adding up to 15 years if given the maximum sentence. Marijuana paraphernalia would be at least four months but no more than two years. A grand total of close to 20 years in prison if given the max, according to the marijuana advocacy group NORML.”

Catlin w/patient

Catlin w/patient

A few months into pre-trial for case one, Catlin’s home was searched again. The investigators overseeing the case found recent information about his healing center— Arizona Medical Marijuana Caregivers—online, and that’s how they justified another search warrant. “They destroyed my house, ripping posters down, and breaking glass water pipes all over the house,” he says. Catlin was pinned with 10 felonies. Among them, “illegally conducting an enterprise that sold and/or possessed for sale amounts of marijuana and cannabis … to customers,” the indictment says. It lists Catlin as the boss, who employed an “associate” to deliver marijuana, and “arranged appointments between the runner and customer for the purpose of selling marijuana.” There was also another charge for possession of marijuana for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and conspiracy to possess and sell. “Here I am trying to prove that what I am doing is legal, and I’m getting in trouble. I’m not doing anything illegal, but it appears to (the judge) that I am,” he says. The trial for case one begins on Oct. 13. If he’s found guilty of all or any charge, he’ll face trial two with previous convictions.”

Sheriff Joe

Sheriff Joe

Kyle’s problems are an extension of the municipal and statewide corruption by law enforcement and judicial authorities. Just a little dig into the local marijuana community and we were able to uncover that many Arizona state officials and the local elite have ownership stake in the largest medical marijuana dispensaries in the state and that such persons include famous public figures like Sheriff Joe Arapaio, JP Holyoak of the hedge fund Holyoak Wealth Management, and most notoriously the so called “anti-corruption figure” Representative Ted Downing of Tucson and his relatives. Downing has been perceived as the invisible hand behind Catlin’s trouble in court as Catlin was a direct competitor to Downing’s associated dispensaries in Tucson, Sedona and Cottonwood; he has only admitted to ownership stake in the Sedona dispensary and in a production facility in Cottonwood. Suspicion of Downing has been present ever since the indictment of Downing’s sons for diversion of campaign funds for personal use in 1997 and again in 2011, shattering his anti-corruption image and putting him on the list of corrupt public officials that misuse their political power for personal gain.

Rep. Downing

Rep. Ted Downing

Other advocates have attempted to speak out against the misuse of authority. The Phoenix New Times primarily blames the regime of Governor Jan Brewer and a rogue AZ DEA in a 2012 article for the stunted growth of AZ’s industry:

“The state of medical marijuana in Arizona is messed up. Governor Jan Brewer partly is responsible for that. After a thin majority of voters passed Proposition 203 in 2010, Brewer canceled the dispensary portion of the program, claiming that state workers would be prosecuted for administering it. A federal lawsuit she filed in May 2011 was an obvious attempt by the Republican marijuana foe to get the law declared unconstitutional. It failed. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Richard Gama, in examining a lawsuit by would-be dispensary owners, ordered Brewer to implement the program as voters intended.”

Brewer

Brewer

“A few Valley clubs and/or collectives have been raided by police and shut down. But more keep popping up. At least one, the Arizona Cannabis Society in El Mirage, re-opened after a raid. Prosecutions have been fewer. After the federal Drug Enforcement Agency raided Tempe’s Arizona Go Green Co-op, state Attorney General Tom Horne’s office dropped charges against the owner, James Chaney, and an employee. Bill Hayes, one of the founders of the Arizona Cannabis Society, is yet to be charged after his outfit was busted by Phoenix police in May. And Garry Ferguson, whose Tempe club had the distinction last year of being the first such business to be raided, never was charged.

County Attorney Bill Montgomery, an ambitious conservative who wants the medical-marijuana law canceled by the feds, voters be damned, is moving forward with prosecutions of employees of two cannabis clubs… Montgomery is trying to force the issue, possibly in conjunction with police and the state Attorney General’s Office. Fact is, the question about the legality of the clubs still is to be determined in Arizona, as authorities well know.”

Despite the threats of prohibitionists, the names of 97 companies and groups that will be authorized to sell marijuana in Arizona were pulled from a lottery-style air-blower by the state Department of Health Services on August 7. The lucky applicants were culled from a total of 426 who each paid $5,000 for the opportunity to be in the running. The losers get $1,000 back.”

Sound familiar?

Links:

http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&ArticleID=54182

http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=58407

http://m.eastvalleytribune.com/news/article_bf812142-4ccb-5d62-a835-f9ccf617e36d.html?mode=jqm

http://wc.arizona.edu/papers/91/7/01_2_m.html

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/allan-sobol-arizonas-medical-pot-martyr-6455298

 

  1. Long Beach, California – A Nationwide Model For Police Corruption (2008 to Current)
Mayor Bob Foster

Mayor Bob Foster

Ah yes, Long Beach; the birthplace of the medical marijuana industries problems.

The City of Long Beach was the first city in the United States to racketeer medical marijuana dispensaries under the architecture of former Mayor Bob Foster, Police Chief Jim McDonnell (now LA County Sheriff), City Attorney (and Irish Mob affiliate) Bob Shannon, La County Supervisor Don Knabe, Attorney Matt Knabe, Business Relations Manager Erik Sund (known KKK affiliate) and the Long Beach Police Officer Association led by Narcotics Detective and underworld killer, Det. David Strohman. Long Beach was formerly the jewel of the medical marijuana industry and the top pioneer in dispensary operation, but this all came to a grinding halt when city insiders became deeply threatened by the level of competition that their own dispensaries faced.

John Morris courtesy of OC Weekly

John Morris courtesy of OC Weekly

Mayor Foster, City Attorney Shannon and local OC crime boss John Morris along with local grower Carl Kemp, shared interests in several of the local dispensaries in Long Beach that were not performing well due to the subpar quality of their indoor marijuana. Morris, the notorious owner of Long Beach’s Legends bar in Belmont Shore, peddled his influence to several members of the Long Beach City Council in order to push for an illegal lottery that would determine who would be allowed to stay and who would be forced to go.

*Courtesy of OCWeekly Marijuana Super Investigator Nick Schou:

John Morris (right) partying with Mayor Bob Foster

John Morris (right) partying with Mayor Bob Foster

His pitch to City Hall: work with someone you know, rather than open the door to strangers from out of town who might turn out to be shady characters. “How are we going to make this truly work in Long Beach so it’s not gangbangers doing it?” Morris figured. “Let’s bring the community into this thing so everyone knows who we are.” Since marijuana collectives aren’t allowed to make a profit in California, Morris says, he planned to open at least four different storefronts throughout the city, each affiliated with a nearby charity, including Long Beach Memorial Foundation; the city’s skate-park program, run by ex-councilman Mike Donelon; and Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Center, whose director, Ron Sylvester, recalls talking to Morris and being excited about the concept. I brought it to our board of directors and got back to John and told him that we’d love to be a beneficiary,” Sylvester says. “I kept an eye on what was happening legislatively, and, of course, we’re disappointed that it hasn’t come to fruition. When he met with city attorney Shannon about the project, Morris brought his lobbyist, Matt Knabe, whose father, Don Knabe, sits on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.”

“To create a nonprofit called the Fourth Street Collective at 1069 Wardlow St., Morris reached out to Christine Donelon, wife of the former city councilman who ran the skate-park charity Morris hoped to fund. Another was tax accountant Osvaldo Lainez, who handled returns for both Morris and Dee Andrews, a Long Beach councilman. Lainez is also the president of the nonprofit Chicar, which has won tens of thousands of dollars in Port of Long Beach donations, ostensibly for helping to organize the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, which is steered by Andrews.”

Bob Shannon

Bob Shannon

In late 2010, City Attorney Shannon held a rigged lottery in City Council that essentially forced the dispensary owners to bribe the city into retaining their operating permits, in addition requiring a $15,000 application fee. The lottery was immediately legally challenged thwarting the Morris Syndicate’s plans to fix competition as widespread corruption was alleged by other dispensary owners. In retaliation, Morris’s associate Mayor Bob Foster ordered David Strohman of the Long Beach POA to form a special anti-marijuana task force that would begin to raid, shake down and intimidate the dispensaries that dared to defy the illegal lottery.

“Larry Parks, who owned the 1 A.M. collective, [2] first became suspicious about the city’s program weeks earlier, when he paid a $2,000 consulting fee to Morris’ attorney, Violas.

“I wanted to get his thoughts about the lottery process and what he thought my chances were,” Parks recalls. “He wanted me to hire him for $2,000 a month and told me his clients don’t get bothered by the city. He called it ‘good lawyering’ and said he’d need $5,000 here and $5,000 there to spread around.” Violas claimed to be “good friends” with Erik Sund, Long Beach’s business-relations manager and director of the city’s medical-marijuana program. “Mr. Violas told me that if I paid him money, he would be able to guarantee acceptance of my patient-cooperative group’s application for a Long Beach city permit,” Parks later stated in a sworn deposition. “When I asked him how he could do this, he told me . . . my group might have to make monetary contributions to city projects or to city officials.”

Mike Genera refused to pay the fee to enter the lottery; soon after, the city began sending code-enforcement officers to his collective, threatening his landlord, and issuing him up to $50,000 in fines over a period of several months. The police also showed up and filed misdemeanor charges—violating the city’s marijuana ordinance—against his security guard and manager. “They used every kind of tactic that you can imagine,” Genara says. “It was just so overwhelming.”

Dallas Alexander, who operates the Dank City Collective, also paid only a token fee of $500 to the city, instead of the $15,000. “I was summarily rejected,” he says. Not long thereafter, the police raided his shop while he was on his way to work. “They broke down my door with no warrant,” he says. “They basically robbed me. They took whatever they could in money. I saw Erik Sund walk out with a bag of my merchandise. They arrested three of my people who were working, but they were out in a couple of hours.”

Until she voluntarily closed the dispensary late last year, Katherine Aldrich operated 562 Collective in the north Long Beach neighborhood of Bixby Knolls. She also refused to pay the city’s permit fee and didn’t participate in the lottery. On Feb. 14, 2011, the police raided her collective while she was taking her daughter to the orthodontist. Security footage filmed during the raid shows plainclothes officers accompanied by Sund standing in her lobby. No arrests were made, but Aldrich received a fine. The cops returned again three months later, again without a warrant. When her employees refused to open the safe, police arrested them but left empty-handed. Sund was present for that raid, too.”

Eleven dispensaries immediately found themselves getting served with official city letters demanding $40,000 a month in payments to the City Attorney’s office or face a ‘federal raid’ citing a power to deputize LBPD officers as federal narcotics agents. Strohman and his corrupt POA conspirators began a system of identifying, surveilling, capturing and in some cases assassinating members of the Long Beach and San Pedro marijuana industries including growers, transporters, and dispensary workers alike.

The city’s counterattack came to a grinding halt when they caught the attention of the FBI following the shooting and killing of a corrupt federal law enforcement official, who attempted to kill internal affairs investigators at the Downtown Long Beach Federal Building. According to the LA Times: “ The ICE agent, whose name has not been made public, shot and killed Ezequiel Garcia in February 2012 after Garcia opened fire during a meeting about his job performance. He fired at least six shots at his boss before he was shot dead. Kevin Kozak, the Los Angeles field offices second in command, was severely injured. The shooting left the seventh-floor office in Long Beach riddled with bullets.” This incident sparked a yearlong investigation that disturbed city officials, fearing that their RICO violations of the Long Beach marijuana collectives would be uncovered due to the attention being garnered by the lottery lawsuits. Foster and Shannon’s immediate reaction was to pass a citywide ban on medical marijuana collectives and they entrusted Chief McDonnell and Detective Strohman with carrying out the elimination of over a hundred collectives that operated throughout the city targeting both the collectives, their suppliers and even resorting to intimidating and harming their patients.

Marijuana Super Advocate Joe Grumbine

Marijuana Super Advocate Joe Grumbine

“According to the lawsuit, one of the officers, Dave Strohman led a team of cops who raided the NatureCann collective on March 21, 2012, using a battering ram to knock down the door. “The police officers entered guns drawn and ordered everyone on the ground,” the lawsuit states. “They immediately arrested everyone (four volunteers) for violating LBMC Chapter 5.89,” the city’s ordinance banning marijuana clubs. The lawsuit adds that Strohman and his team “interrogated those arrested,” then seized “all medical marijuana, cash registers, computers and patients records” and that the club was “utterly destroyed.” Elsewhere, the suit claims Strohman routinely failed to provide exculpatory evidence, such as information showing that the clubs were legal under state law, when filing search warrant affidavits. Another cop mentioned in the lawsuit is Oscar Valenzuela, a detective whose prior claim to fame is star witness for the prosecution against Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, both of whom have the distinction of being the only Long Beach pot purveyors who were prosecuted for doing the same thing that city-permitted clubs were going, i.e. selling pot. (The two men were convicted, but have won the right to a new trial thanks to judicial misconduct).

Further Reading on LBPD Police Corruption by advocate Chief Stephen Downing:

http://www.longbeachcomber.com/story.aspx?artID=5241

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/30/long-beach-corruption-unveiled-local-news-connects-police-and-city-council-to-marijuana-rackets/

The dispensaries connected to the city were allowed to remain open for a longer duration in order to recover losses and assume profits before the ban became permanently in effect in late 2013. Since that time, Long Beach held city elections in 2014 that were heavily monitored by the marijuana community for anti-corruption. Most notorious was the highly illegitimate election of City Attorney Charlie Parkin, a relative of RICO co-conspirator Bob Shannon, who has continued to hamper efforts to restore medical marijuana within the city.

Councilwoman Price; Anti-Marijuana Advocate

Councilwoman Price – Drug Crusader

Despite attempts by Councilmen Lena Gonzalez, Suja Lowenthal, Rex Richardson and Mayor Robert Garcia to restore the cities medical marijuana business program they have faced staunch opposition led by former prosecutor, anti-marijuana advocate and racist blue blood Susan Price, representing the wealthy 3rd District;  8th District Councilman Al Austin, who was miraculously elected despite his very public displays of illiteracy at council meetings; 5th District Councilwomen Stacy Mungo, a queen bee follower who was subject to attack ads by Americans For Safe Access during the election and retains a bitter resentment towards the industry and Councilman Dee Andrews of the 7th District who is still trying to cover up his involvement in Mayor Foster’s extortion racket. City Council must have a 6 member majority to pass the marijuana law and the final decision may lie in the hands of new Councilman Daryl Supernaw although it appears he has been negatively influenced by the Suzie Price Clique. There is no doubt that Ms. Price intends to sabotage the medical marijuana program to undermine Mayor Garcia, as it is known that she has made statements in private regarding her desire to become the Mayor of Long Beach. Mrs. Price’s prejudices against marijuana and marijuana patients comes from her deep entrenchment as a prosecutor and her racist attitudes towards the black and Latino communities within Long Beach.

Aaron Herzberg, Marijuana Racketeer in Santa Ana and Long Beach

Aaron Herzberg, Marijuana Racketeer in Santa Ana and Long Beach

The opposition to Mayor Garcia’s initiative by Price forced the creation of a highly corrupted city commission, of whose members are dually involved in Mayor Pulido’s racketeering of Santa Ana dispensaries. They seek to reinstate the city insider dispensaries while taking away grow rights from individual patients within city limits. Despite a voter mandate authorizing the restoration of the city’s medical marijuana ordinance, Ms. Price used council procedure to force the commission and stall implementation in order to maintain the ban. Meanwhile, Officer Strohman has successfully eliminated marijuana competition within the delivery serves, and most deliveries now operating within Long Beach city limits are owned by members of LBPD or their children.

Links:

http://www.dailybreeze.com/article/ZZ/20100920/NEWS/100928606

http://www.ocweekly.com/news/long-beach-offers-collective-punishment-6424622

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/16/local/la-me-ice-shooting-20130316

http://www.presstelegram.com/health/20150211/long-beach-medical-marijuana-task-force-to-help-write-new-pot-shop-law

The ‘Long Beach Model’ of corruption has been exported to municipalities and law enforcement agencies throughout Medical Marijuana states and this has been seen with the subversion of marijuana law by county and city authorities throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado and possibly many more states to come.

Will 2016 be the year when the marijuana industry says enough is enough?

 

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US Surgeon General Backs Medical Marijuana

“…The nation’s top doctor on Wednesday suggested an openness to wider use of medical marijuana, saying the drug might offer some medical benefits. “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms that marijuana can be helpful,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told “CBS This Morning.”

http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/231717-surgeon-general-backs-medical-marijuana

US Drug Czar Approves DC Legalization

“…U.S. drug czar Michael Botticelli, though banned from supporting marijuana legalization due to federal law, says that the nation’s capital should be able to implement its own laws using its own funds, even if that does indeed mean legalizing marijuana…”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/06/michael-botticelli-marijuana_n_6633638.html

Justice Department Goes After Marijuana Mafia in Oakland

“…Lawyers for U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag appeared in court Tuesday in an effort to shut down a medical marijuana collective in Oakland, California, despite federal guidance discouraging U.S. prosecutors from going after state-legal cannabis operations…”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/03/harborside-melinda-haag-appeal_n_6608768.html

Marijuana Proven To Be Effective Against Depression

“..Research has suggested that cannabis may be a promising treatment option for a number of different physical and mental health conditions, from post-traumatic stress disorder to chronic pain. A study released this week suggests that depression can be added to that list…”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/06/marijauna-depression_n_6622126.html

Cannabis Advocate: Ohio Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough

“…The leader of an Ohio families’ group that has been campaigning to get medical marijuana for sick children said Thursday a bill introduced this week in the state House does not go far enough to provide relief to the ailing…” 

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/02/05/cannabis-advocate-ohio-bill-go-far-enough/22940019/

Santa Ana Lottery

“…Thursday afternoon’s lottery was a result of the city-backed, voter-approved measure that says dispensaries can operate only in two industrial areas…”

http://www.latimes.com/local/orangecounty/la-me-0206-pot-shop-lottery-20150206-story.html

Cypress Hill Rapper Wins Marijuana Lottery

“…. Hip-hop group Cypress Hill gained fame in the 1990s with marijuana-themed songs like “Dr. Greenthumb.” Now one of its members might become a real Dr. Greenthumb after he and 19 other applicants won a city lottery Thursday to put them on a path to legally distribute medical marijuana in Santa Ana….” 

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-650380-marijuana-lottery.html

800 Plants Seized in Washington

“…Detectives in Washington state busted a massive, illegal marijuana grow-house that was cultivating pot next-door to a day care center, and helping to undercut the state’s legal marijuana market…”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/wash-deputies-find-800-pot-plants-day-care-article-1.2105478

Republicans Must Fold on Marijuana To Stay Relevant

“…those who want to see a Republican in the White House should take note – millennials could be the deciding vote in 2016, and marijuana law reform could be a key issue….”

http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/marijuana-legalization-could-unlock-millennial-votes-for-gop-in-2016-steven-moore-1.9912281

 

 

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Required Reading: The Blacklist

 

CIA

The following is a list of links of US Military, CIA and DEA (BNDD) operations from the Vietnam War to the Invasion of Panama that allowed for the global control of narcotics by US intelligence agencies in the 20th century. We have also included two video documentaries called ‘The Mena Connection’ and ‘Who Is The American Connection’, special thanks to Kevin Saunders & friends for providing this viewing material to our audience.

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Operation 40 & Operation JM-Wave (1959-1963)

During the late 1950’s and early 1960’s; French-Corsican and Sicilian heroin traffic into the United States was largely facilitated through the nation of Cuba. Monies made from domestic heroin sales by organized crime were laundered back into Cuban banks to be converted to gold and stored in Havana. When Fidel Castro organized the communist revolution of Cuba, these mob monies were seized. Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles, the founders of the Consortium organized Operation 40 along with the help of then Vice President Richard Nixon. A group of Cuban Exiles were trained by the CIA to carry out assassinations and terrorism within Cuba to overthrow the government, reclaim the mafia gold holdings and re-establish the French Connection heroin flows. Operation 40 was largely sponsored by Zapata Oil, who held large offshore Cuban oil interests and was owned directly by the Bush family.  Operation 40 would be the precursor to Operation J/M-Wave & the Bay of Pigs in which the CIA operation was sabotaged by President Kennedy to prevent the reacquisition of mob monies and make a severe financial strike against the Anglo-America Consortium.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_40

http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKoperation40.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbinger_Group (Zapata Oil)

http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKjmwave.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JMWAVE

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/11/26/required-reading-the-bay-of-pigs-operation-jm-wave-part-1/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/11/27/the-bay-of-pigs-operation-jm-wave-part-2/

 

The Phoenix Program (1965-1972)

During the Vietnam War, a large covert operation called the Phoenix Program was enacted by CIA Director William Colby to reopen heroin trafficking routes out of the Golden Triangle in Laos, Cambodia, Southern China and Burma which had largely been stopped by VietCong operations during the early 1960’s. The program was described to the American public as an assassination, terrorism and torture program against the VietCong but what wasn’t revealed was the large scale heroin trafficking of China White Heroin through the caskets of dead soldiers, from the Golden Triangle to the California ports of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego. Many Phoenix Program operatives involved in the CIA heroin smuggling operations would be recruited into the DEA for opening up cocaine trafficking routes in South America during Operation Condor in the 1970’s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Program

http://spartacus-educational.com/SScolby.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_activities_in_Laos

http://legaciesofwar.org/about-laos/secret-war-laos/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vang_Pao

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laotian_Civil_War

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Secord

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_K._Singlaub

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nugan_Hand_Bank

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Operation Intercept (1969)

Operation Intercept was an anti-drug measure announced by President Nixon at 2:30pm on Sunday, September 21, 1969, resulting in a near shutdown of border crossings between Mexico and the United States. The initiative was intended to reduce the entry of Mexican marijuana into the United States at a time that was considered to be the prime harvest season.” This was the first attempt by the Consortium to manipulate domestic marijuana prices within the United States as part of the beginning of Nixon’s War on Drugs. The price shock crushed many small and mid-level domestic marijuana suppliers who could not afford the dramatic price increase caused by the Nixon market blockade leading to Consortium control over the domestic US marijuana market for the first time. Nixon’s goal was to crush domestic marijuana production and make the US marijuana supply dependent on foreign imports which were largely controlled by Consortium assets (The Cartels). Nixon also used Operation Intercept as a tool of economic blackmail towards the Mexican government to make them compliant and cooperative with the impending Operation Condor which would establish continental narco-trafficking routes from South and Central America into Mexico and ultimately the US domestic market. Operation Intercept was largely an extension of domestic counterintelligence programs to suppress the Middle and Working Class populations during the Vietnam War, these programs were known as COINTELPRO.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Intercept

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO

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Operation Condor (1969-1976)

Condor was a mass-scale terror and regime change operation conducted by the CIA and DEA in Central America to establish complete control over the South American narcotics trades. Operation Condor was largely mirrored after previous pro-right wing coups in Europe aided by the CIA in Italy, Spain and Greece and was largely intended to reestablish the international drug trafficking network after the end of the Vietnam War. The end of the Vietnam War, the French Connection and the Nixon Administration through the Watergate Scandal signaled the need for a new ‘Mexican-Colombian Connection’ largely based on the more profitable Cocaine The School of the Americas was created by the CIA and DEA to train cadres of high ranking military officials within the South American nations to stage coup d’etat’s, secret police, counterintelligence, counter surveillance and narco-trafficking operations within their own nations in return for ruling power. The School of the Americas was largely modeled on Operation 40 and Operation J/M-Wave training programs of Cuban Exiles and many of the former exiles were recruited back into the CIA to be utilized as experienced foreign operatives for the missions of Operation Condor. Operation Condor began with the reign of terror in Argentina known as the Argentinian Dirty War and the assassination of Salvador Allende in Chile with by the coup of General Augusto Pinochet. The Argentinian and Chilean Secret Police, SIDE and DINA respectively, served as CIA/DEA intelligence assets to further expand the cocaine narco-trade throughout South America and assist in the toppling of democratic South American governments in favor of cocaine friendly military juntas. Operation Condor was noted for its overthrow of governments in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Condor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Condor#The_.22French_connection.22

http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKcondor.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_War

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_intervention_in_Chile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_Chilean_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Hemisphere_Institute_for_Security_Cooperation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusto_Pinochet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Allende

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Colombo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Colombia#Post-National_Front_years

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alianza_Americana_Anticomunista

 

Operation Charly (1977-1986)

Operation Charly was a follow-up operation to Operation Condor to establish the Colombian and Central American cocaine supply routes for the Consortium from South America to Mexico by the CIA and the DEA using Argentinian, Cuban and Chilean paramilitary operatives previously used in Operation Condor. Condor agents were initially used to suppress Sandinista resistance to the cocaine trafficking regime of Anastasio Somoza. After the fall of Somoza during the Nicaraguan Revolution CIA/DEA activities increased with Condor Agents training the Nicaraguan Contra’s to transport Colombian, Peruvian and Chilean cocaine for CIA weapons (later known as Iran-Contra). The CIA would then transport the cocaine to the United States to be sold in the US domestic market to raise illicit non-congressionally approved monies for their global operations, especially the continued support of heroin smuggling in Iran and Afghanistan. To avoid the spread of communist insurgency from Nicaragua, Condor operatives expanded the School of The Americas training program to the militaries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to ensure the continued flows of cocaine traffic in Central America. Resistance against these Condor trained military regimes would lead to the notoriously brutal El Salvador and Guatemalan civil wars which resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Charly

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_American_crisis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemalan_Civil_War

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadoran_Civil_War

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaraguan_Revolution

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Reorganization_Process

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_activities_in_Honduras

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_activities_in_Nicaragua

 

The Iran-Contra Affair (1985-1987)

Iran-Contra was an international Drug-For-Arms network created by high ranking members of the Consortium, among them former members of Operation Jedburgh, OSS China, Operation 40, Operation J/M-Wave, The Phoenix Program, Operation Condor, Operation Charly and military intelligence operatives that participated in the Iranian Revolution. The network was masterminded by General Richard V. Secord, Vice President George HW Bush, General John K. Singlaub, Colonel Oliver North, and Manuel Noriega with the assistance of Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger and National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane. The network consisted of cocaine supplied by Colombian Drug Cartels to former paramilitary operators from Operation Charly transported to the Nicaraguan Contras to be traded with the CIA for heavy arms during the Nicaraguan Civil War. The CIA would then transport the cocaine into Mexico, where it would be transported from the Yucatan Peninsula to be flown to Mena, Arkansas to be sold on the US streets, primarily in Florida and Georgia. The CIA would also use the cocaine to create and manufacture crack cocaine in Nicaragua and Mexico, which would be then transported to the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, New York, Detroit and Philadelphia. The monies raised by these operations were used to conduct illegal arms sales to Iran through Lebanon and Israel, through the Iranian terror groups Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad in exchange for high quality and high priced Iranian, Iraqi and Afghan heroin which was made inaccessible due to the Iranian Civil War, the Iran-Iraq War and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Contra_affair

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/11/24/required-reading/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/12/07/required-viewing/

http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/9712/

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra_affair

http://spartacus-educational.com/USAirancontra.htm

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_and_Contras_cocaine_trafficking_in_the_US

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_CIA_drug_trafficking

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Anti-Communist_League

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_V._Secord

http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKsecordR.htm

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singlaub

http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKsinglaub.htm

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_North

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Webb

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Freeway%22_Rick_Ross

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Poindexter

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrections_Corporation_of_America

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contras

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_CIA_drug_trafficking

http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKowenR.htm

http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKbosch.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_War

 

Invasion of Panama (1989)

The Invasion of Panama was a military operation ordered by the leader of the Consortium President George H.W. Bush to silence rogue Consortium agent General Manuel Noriega of Panama who had been instrumental in the transportation of cocaine from Colombia into Central America during Operation Charly and the Iran-Contra Affair. Noriega had been a CIA operative since Operation 40 and had threatened to divert cocaine traffic away from the United States after his role in the Iran-Contra Scandal had been revealed. In 1988, the DEA indicted him on federal drug charges and the White House, under George Bush, began a propaganda campaign to label Panama’s government a ‘narco-kleptocracy’. In an attempt to blackmail President Bush, Noriega threatened to reveal his involvement Consortium activities which included narco-trafficking with the DEA, laundering drug money and exposing his special relationship with the CIA if he was not allowed to retain power. Bush responded by ordering a full scale invasion of Panama in 1989, on the pretext of protecting the Panamanian people and the Panama Canal while putting an end to the ‘narco-dictatorship’ of Manuel Noriega. US forces successfully deposed Noriega from power and arrested him. Noriega was put on trial in 1992 and convicted, with evidence from his trial largely censored by the CIA as classified material to prevent Noriega from speaking on his long history of being involved in Consortium activities. Noriega upon his release in 1999 was extradited to France to stand trial for a money laundering charge and was reconvicted in 2010. He was then extradited to Panama in 2011 where he suffered a ‘brain hemorrhage’.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_drug_trade_in_Panama

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Noriega

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_invasion_of_Panama

http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKbushG.htm

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/11/30/required-reading-a-brief-history-of-the-cias-involvement-with-drug-smuggling-part-2/

 

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AbNORML: The Paraquat Panic of 1978

Stroup's Paraquat Propaganda

*EDITOR: From the archives of friends.

Paraquat

By Michael Chance (1978)

Paraquat is everywhere. One encounters it at parties, on street corners, it’s in the media every day. The only place it doesn’t seem to be turning up in abundance is marijuana, where, allegedly, it is poisoning the potheads of America. As a hoax, a story which has no basis in fact but instead feeds off the fears and unknowns in the public mind, the Paraquat Plot was a stone success, encountering no rivals in recent historical media hype. Not even the fearsome tales of LSD causing sun blindness, the 1973 oil cut-off or the swine flu tricked so many people so quickly. And as for deeper ramifications of the paraquat story, the people who perpetrated the lie for personal glory and political power, should have dues to pay.

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Now that the smoke has somewhat cleared on the issue, and those people reported to be on their paraquat deathbeds have risen from the grave to rejoin the living, it is time to ponder the significance of this great [charade]. What it means to people who smoke marijuana and what it says about the pro-marijuana organizations charged with providing a touchstone for reality, a responsibility completely abdicated in favor of personal ego trips.

The story first broke in early 1977 with little fanfare. What began as a 10-inch sidebar in an a High Times Magazine article on Operation Condor, the Mexican government’s war against marijuana farmers in small region in the state of Sinaloa, soon mushroomed into a rolling bandwagon that attracted pro-marijuana lobbyists, the right-wing media, politicos and an army of opportunists. By the time the story had reached its peak there were terrified people in hospitals in a half-dozen states who believed they were dying of paraquat poisoning, in part because of the general inclination of doctors [to take advantage of the situation] and partly because the pothead generation is of a particularly suggestible consciousness. Commercial carpetbaggers offering paraquat identifiers and emulsifiers abounded. Indeed, so many testing kits hit the market that a sub-school of knowledge developed on the various merits of the kits themselves. Everywhere, people lived in fear of poisoned weed.

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The Paraquat Issue (Top Caption)

At the height of the great Paraquat Panic people turned to “Recognized Laboratories”, as the DEA termed them, to shed light. It just proved to affirm Mark Twain’s observation that “figure’s don’t lie, but liars figure”. One is reminded of the mid-60’s scare stories that appeared in the media claiming scores of acid dazed people were staring at the sun until they burned out their retinas. It was a good scare tactic and stopped a lot of people from dropping acid. Two years later, it turned out the story was a hoax perpetrated by the good Samaritans at a Pennsylvania school for the blind in hopes of ‘saving the youth of America’.

In the case of Paraquat, the media crime of the century, the ‘Recognized Laboratory’ that collaborated with the law enforcement and foreign policy powers was Searle Laboratories in Chicago. Searle Labs benevolently offered to test marijuana for frightened marijuana users. The lab would soon issue a report that became the bible for cops, media sensationalists and NORML spokespeople. The report, sent to the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office, said their analysis of 40 randomly contributed samples of Mexican marijuana yielded paraquat contamination on all but one sample, 39 out of 40. And they claimed to have found that 30% of all ‘exotic pots’ – Hawaiian, Colombian, Thai etc etc. were also tainted with Paraquat.

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Let us consider this for a moment, first with the figures for Mexican marijuana. The mathematical possibility of the minuscule amount of marijuana acreage sprayed in Mexico, logarithmically calculated by the amount that was then allegedly harvested in its death throes by the Mexicans in the 214 hours they would have had to harvest and cure the bud – because you cannot pack or ship fresh weed until it is dried or it will turn into compost – calculated against the amount that would have made it by the highly scrutinizing eyes of wholesale buyers (if they were stupid enough once, to miss the mulched and grungy paraquat pot in the world of drug dealing barracudas) would never have another chance to make the same mistake [let alone] wind up on the streets of Chicago to mix at a 95% ratio with the megatons of marijuana there were not touched with Paraquat. The improbability was dimmer than those who unhesitatingly accepted the figures, among them Time Magazine, the national news outlets as well as Frank Fiormonti of New York NORML who used Searle’s figures in a televised editorial. As for the conclusion by Searle that 30% of all ‘exotic pots’ were toxic with Paraquat, that is not simply hyperbolic – but the traditional Big Lie. Paraquat has been used on marijuana only in Mexico. Any marijuana other than Mexican that turned up sprayed would have to have been sprayed by the sender, if paraquat was to be found at all.

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If figures provided by Searle weren’t suspect enough, one must always approach with caution as possible propaganda any statements pertaining to law enforcement matters that are issued from Chicago. Chicago is to law enforcement culture as Detroit is to the car and Hollywood to movies; a political, cultural, and media capital for the powerbrokers in these single-industry towns. The Chicago Tribune for instance is the unofficial national FBI leak source. Whenever the FBI wants to float a trial story, an alibi or a hoax, they plant it in The Tribune and other media across the country can pick it up from there. A classic example was provided by the FBI during the 1976 presidential elections, when a mystery story appeared purporting that a group of American radicals and Cuban Exiles were threatening to kill Gerald Ford. A few days later the so-called ‘plot’ was busted, and the FBI promptly pointed to the media coverage which had sprouted from the planted story as evidence that the people they captured were [dangerous] characters. In the news trade, this tactic is called ‘the Tomorrow Machine’, a sophisticated form of psychological propaganda warfare that originated in Nazi Germany.

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But this concept is secondary, it is a given that cops and scientists are going to fabricate stories about marijuana. They are the hardware and software of capitalism and its laws, pledged and paid to destroy threats to the medical and investment oligarchy that stand to lose the most with the legalization of marijuana. People who accept and digest such information run the danger of becoming an unwitting asset of the propaganda and its creators. We, however, cannot hold the police, scientists, and media to blame; for it was the pro-marijuana groups, particularly NORML, who pursued the myth the furthest. One of the earliest to fall for the story was High Times Magazine. Aureliano Segundo, Associate Editor in charge of the High Times News Department originally broke the story and tried to keep it from getting out of hand when he realized its political dangers. But, as he claimed, the clamor by the ruling elite of High Times for a sensationalist approach overpowered the voice for a more cautious and factual approach:

We had known for some time that they were spraying herbicides on the pot, and had wondered if it just killed the pot and dried it, leaving it dead but saleable. For a while there were rumors from our Mexican street sources that Agent Orange left over from Vietnam was being used. I called Craig Pyes, our stringer in that area, and asked him for the poop. He reported back that it was definitely not Agent Orange, but 2,4-D, a similar but less ominous variation.

A few days later – this all happened in the first few weeks of January 1977 – I ran across an editorial in a New Orleans newspaper, the Times Picayune I believe, taking the State Department to task for wasting a fortune in taxpayer money by sending it to the Mexican government to be used against pot. The editorial was based on what they called a secret government report by an Agriculture Department biochemist, Dr. Walter Gentner. Genter had been sent to assess the worth of the Operation Condor, as it was termed. He reported that there was enormous waste, particularly in the prices paid by the government for the herbicides paraquat and 2,4-D. Then, almost as an afterthought, the report mentioned that paraquat could be harmful should it be inadvertently consumed. I called Craig Pyes again and asked him about paraquat. Craig Pyes then contacted Dr. Walter Genter and asked him about the herbicides. He said that he believed they were using Agent Orange because he saw the empty barrels, but it turned out to be 2,4-D; but even then he said the paraquat being used on the marijuana was potentially dangerous. His report said that paraquat had caused more deaths, both intentional and unintentional, than any herbicide I know”

Segundo incorporated this information into a story for the ‘Highwitness News’ section for the June issue of High Times. It mentioned the Gentner Report’s gloomy prediction that paraquat could be dangerous but it ignored the fact that Gentner had meant the danger was to the workers, not the smokers. This was the first link in a chain of deceptions that has enslaved the minds of over 15 million marijuana smokers. Segundo himself has confessed that his actions were based on sensationalist appeal.

You have to realize the country is obsessed with ‘self’ right now. In times of peace people turn inward, so you have the self-awareness movements, the health movements, the anti-cancer and anti-smoking crusades, all the egotistical and self-centered highlights of the lifestyle that Tom Wolfe calls the Me Generation. I mean, look at the Red Dye Number Two and aerosol spray can scares. This stuff sells magazines!”

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Because of High Times four-month lead time, the story went out on the magazine’s news service in January. Scores of underground newspapers ran the story and politicians started climbing aboard the bandwagon as it gained momentum. One of the first was Illinois Republican Senator Charles Percy, who shot off letters to Washington asking if the charges in the underground press were true and what was being done about it. He was told by a State Department official that it was none of his concern. Peter Bourne also got into the act, asking the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to conduct a study of paraquat’s effects on marijuana.

Sen. Charles Percy

Sen. Charles Percy

For the next few months nothing happened. It being the summer period when most media people busy themselves with rewrites. In October, the story once again took off, owing in large part to High Times revolving news editor A. Craig Copetas, who wrote the story for the New York Daily News, America’s largest selling paper. Later that month the first of two government studies came in. The NIDA study stated that not much paraquat pot could be found coming into the country. Of several shipments generously donated to them by the DEA, they found several ‘partially contaminated’ bales. The study said it was doubtful that paraquat would be harmful if smoked, but that it could be harmful if ingested. They illustrated the point by stating that it would take 32 pounds of contaminated paraquat pot brownies eaten in one sitting to be fatal. Respectable marijuana dealers who worked the Sinaloa region denied that paraquat pot had ever come through their hands. The buyers were testing for it and nobody in Mexico could find any, it was only turning up once it reached stateside.

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Regardless of the government figures, it was at this point that the pro-marijuana lobbies should have gotten suspicious. Instead they gobbled up the figures and screamed for more. NORML held a press conference in which the first fifteen pages were verbatim reprints of NIDA and Department of Health shock statements that read like a 50’s movie script about killer weed. High Times Magazine held a press conference in New York saying that not only was the paraquat pot everywhere in America, but that it was a particular danger to school children who could not afford the higher priced Colombian and had to take their chances with Mexican marijuana. Segundo explained:

I tried to get the owner of the magazine to cancel the press conference, but he insisted that since it was going to be such a big story that we had better be the ones spreading the bad news”

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At least two groups, the Yippies and the Confederation, an underground organization of pound and ton dealers who occasionally appeared at marijuana confabs to debate on major topics, quickly branded the Paraquat Panic a red herring. Part of the reason NORML went off the deep end in their acceptance of the government propaganda was because they arrived late on the issue, missing it in the first High Times articles and in the underground press until it was brought to their attention by NIDA and Peter Bourne. The embarrassment at their belated arrival on the biggest marijuana issue since the Marijuana Tax Act was so acute that they tried to make up for it by making outrageous claims. They easily outshined the police in their paranoid descriptions of paraquat pot at a press conference in Washington DC in March of that year.

Dr. Peter Bourne

Dr. Peter Bourne

Keith Stroup declared to a group of skeptical reporters that not only was the US brimming with poison marijuana, but that even the smallest amount would bring about an agonizing death. No matter that marijuana had been sprayed for the past three years without a single person ever sneezing from its effects. Stroup then called for a boycott of all Mexican marijuana, a position applauded by law enforcement agencies and mafiosos looking for higher prices. Stroup became the darling of the right-wing press, quoted more often than not to go cold turkey on marijuana than for advocacy of decriminalization, and he so loved the limelight that he continued to peddle the outrageous fraud long after it was debunked. He went on, at the press conference, to say that no one was safe, not even the rich; the finest Colombian Gold could actually be the tainted Mexican paraquat pot because they looked exactly alike! Even the press corps laughed at this claim, refusing to defame themselves by quoting him in their articles.

Keith Stroup

Keith Stroup

If there was a shred of doubt that NORML saw paraquat as a wagon to hitch their star to, it deteriorated when the New York Health Department came up with a cheap and easy method to detect paraquat at home. Sensing that such a test could defuse the paraquat issue and destroy their limelight, NORML blasted the tests as unreliable, although several recognized laboratories affirmed they worked. Why NORML chose to disregard labs like Searle in this case while previously touting their fabricated figures is obvious: sensationalism sell and controversy created cash.

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At last it seems that the paraquat scare is ebbing. A recent Time Magazine article quoted Searle Lab scientists as saying that there seemed to be more ‘style than substance’ to the Paraquat Panic. The New York Times, which prides itself on not getting taken by the day-to-day ruses headlined a story titled “Mexico Says Marijuana Poison Scare Is Propaganda”. The Mexican government contended, correctly, that “the whole campaign has been orchestrated by groups favoring the legalization of marijuana” in reference to NORML. Mexico’s Deputy Attorney General scoffed at the scare stories: “The traffickers aren’t stupid. They can tell the difference between yellow marijuana and the dark green, unsprayed kind. We’ve found loads of sprayed marijuana dumped by roadsides because the sellers couldn’t find buyers for it.”

He also pointed out that paraquat was not as harmful as suggested, that it was routinely sprayed on vegetables in 23 states, and used in 90 countries to protect sugar cane, tomatoes, cotton and citrus products. He stated that it was used widely in Florida, the Southwest and allowed to be on the citrus and sugar cane that American’s ate daily. Whether or not any of these facts will deter the stampede brought on by special interest groups and sensational journalists remains to be seen. Like the dangers of LSD and swine flu, there are some people who will always believe these theories, who need the Big Lie to substitute for true analysis, who need leaders because they cannot think for themselves, who need the writers, the politicians and NORML. YIP.

Top Headline Again

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– The Green Chazzan 

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When The Grinch Stole Christmas: How NORML Sabotaged Marijuana Legalization in 1978

EDITORS NOTE: This is the true story, as told by its witnesses, of how NORML intentionally sabotaged marijuana legalization during the Jimmy Carter Administration. NORML’s leader, Keith Stroup, always claimed that he set up President Carter because of his administration’s use of Paraquat on the marijuana fields of Mexico during the late 70’s but as this story will reveal Stroup had far more sinister motivations. President Carter had in fact been using Paraquat to end the Mexican Cartel’s domination of the marijuana industry to create both a pathway and an economic advantage for a domestic marijuana industry within the United States. Stroup, at the behest of the Mexican Cartel’s and his need to maintain a paycheck, sabotaged marijuana reform leading to thousands of growers, vendors and patients incarcerations under the Reagan Administration of the 1980’s. This is the sad but true tale of how the leadership within NORML prevented marijuana’s legalization to save their own jobs and should be remembered by every pro-marijuana American before making a donation to their organization.

Excerpt from The Jimmy Carter Coke Scandal

by Mike Chance and Dana Beal (1978)

Keith Stroup - Traitor to The Marijuana Movement

Keith Stroup – Head of NORML and Traitor to The Marijuana Movement

The Peter Bourne Affair was the direct fruit of continued associations with cocaine among closely knit Carter insiders who had successfully diverted the 1976 U.S. Grand Jury investigation of cocaine dealing at a recording company headed by key Carter fundraiser Phil Walden. Bourne’s ouster not only blew the lid off their two-year cover-up of drugs and the Carter White House, but signaled Carter’s capitulation to DEA hardliners, as evidenced by his defense of the Paraquat spraying campaign despite the health threat to U.S. [marijuana] smokers. The second act of the Carter cocaine drama began casually enough, with a doctored prescription for Quaaludes for a woman on Peter Bourne’s staff. Suddenly one of Jimmy Carter’s key aides and top troubleshooters found himself front-page around the nation, the subject of another drug scandal.

Dr. Peter Bourne (Left) with President Jimmy Carter

Dr. Peter Bourne (Left) with President Jimmy Carter

Before the ink was dry on the Quaalude [scandal], follow-up stories had Bourne sniffing cocaine at a chic Georgetown gathering. Worse, the Georgetown bash in question was sponsored by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) as part of their annual conference – where, according to Gary Cohen of Jack Anderson’s office, Bourne partook of a rock of cocaine “the size of a prune”. In attendance were numerous minor officials of the Carter White House team as well as most of Washington’s ‘hip’ media people, one of whom later characterized it as “the social event of the year”. But while the gossip columnists and social pontificators [balked] at Bourne’s nasal habits; investigators at [the original] High Times, took another look at Bourne’s past. [They had previously published] evidence that a cover-up had occurred during the original Macon Grand jury investigation [known as Waldengate].

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Bourne had been director of Georgia’s drug abuse program under, then governor, Jimmy Carter. He not only knew most professionals and prosecutors on the Atlanta/Macon axis, but was one of the earliest Carter Campaign Directors. During the time of [the 1976 election] Bourne was identified as Carter’s chief hatchet man for special campaign problems. Unlike Nixon’s unwieldy corporate-style campaign in 1972, only a handful of ‘Georgia Mafia’ (as Carter insiders were called) knew of the delicate negotiations going on, and perhaps only Ham Jordan was as well suited to talk to prosecutors and separate the wheat from the chaff as to whether Gregg Allman [of the Allman Brothers], Scooter Herring or Phil Walden would face the [court].

Phil Walden

Phil Walden

For 4 years, Bourne was Governor Jimmy Carter’s chief drug advisor, as he was to be later at the White House. Instrumental in liberalizing Georgia drug laws and enhancing Georgia’s image as the semi-hip center of the ‘New South’ in the early 1970’s. Bourne was also the nation’s foremost advocate of methadone programs for junkies. To add to his credentials as a middleman with the Grand Jury, Bourne had even, at the peak of Nixon’s War on Drugs been advisor to the White House Special Action Office of Drug Abuse Prevention.

At the same time, Bourne was propelled by his wife Mary King, a liberal feminist, into the ‘hip’ new Southerner crowd of rock musicians, anti-war activists, leftists and local Atlanta glitterati. He was no stranger to Phil Walden, attending many of the famed Capricorn Records parties that Walden [hosted], which featured silver trays heaped with lines of cocaine. Carter’s election in November of 1976 seem to prove his born-again image was impervious to rumors about drugs. At the annual December NORML conference, Bourne gave the keynote address and even took a few discreet puffs without a murmur from liberal reporters present, hoping themselves for drug law reform from the new administration.

Dr. Peter Bourne

Dr. Peter Bourne

During Carter’s first year, a honeymoon atmosphere existed between the administration and the pro-marijuana bloc that had delivered votes in return for promises to decriminalize marijuana. Peter Bourne, Ham Jordan, Jody Powell and others around Carter got to know some of the pro-marijuana leaders personally. NORML head, Keith Stroup, spoke of his closeness to Chip Carter and presented himself as a sensible, controlled lobbyist who could push a sensitive issue like decriminalization without alienating too many of Carter’s crucial moderate supporters. Stroup in fact wrote Carter’s message on drugs, delivered in the summer of 1977, as a call for federal decriminalization.

But after a summer that saw 15,000 people engaged in civil disobedience on the 4th of July, defiantly smoking marijuana across from the White House [at the Annual DC Smoke-In] – the December 1977 National NORML Conference (the party where Bourne snorted cocaine) was marked by considerable infighting. Carter was intensifying use of the deadly herbicide Paraquat in Mexico [to wipe out Mexican Cartel grows]. Radicals [within NORML] defeated a bid to gain NORML endorsement, based on a decriminalization provision, of the represented criminal code revision once known as “S-1”.

Keith Stroup, head of NORML

Keith Stroup, head of NORML

Keith Stroup feared a power play by some NORML staffers and the White House to get rid of him [for his radical views and Cartel collaboration]. These staffers, in charge of the day-to-day administration at NORML’s DC offices, were the primary organizers of the National Conference. Stroup, in a ploy to change the flow of the convention, worked with infamous prankster Aron Kay to hit Joe Nellis, chief counsel of the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, with a pie as he gave his keynote address. “Keith paid me for the pie,” Aron recalls. “I only had a quarter, and he gave me $4 dollars. I got a lemon meringue pie.”

Stroup downplayed the plan after Kay let the word get around. But the next afternoon, as Aron sat with the pie, Nellis asserted that international law, in the form of the UN Single Convention Against Marijuana, superseded the US Constitution. Aron, seeing red, ran up to the speaker and let fly with the lemon meringue. In the resulting uproar, the conference coordinator Marc Kurzman took the microphone and denounced Stroup as the provocateur. A few days later, a Bourne aide who had been sitting next to Nellis fired off an indignant letter on White House stationary to stress the severity of the issue. Bob Angarola, general counsel to the Office of Drug Abuse Policy stated clearly that he was “upset…at the unfortunate pie incident”.

'Crazy' Aron Kay

‘Crazy’ Aron Kay

“I think they wanted Marc Kurzman to run NORML” stated a bitter Keith Stroup later in New Times Magazine “I told Bourne aides to pass on to their boss, a threat” that was as dangerous to Bourne as Kurzman’s had been to Stroup. He implied that he knew about the recreational drug preferences of certain senior White House aides. He also suggested that those preferences could end up in the newspapers so that the threat could “hit home”.

Stroup then took the offensive, launching the great ‘Paraquat Panic of 1978’, a publicity assault depicting a government resolved to poison those it could no longer afford to imprison. The tide finally turned when Stroup leaked to the press knowledge of Bourne’s drug habits. Bourne was first busted falsifying the Quaalude prescription, then the Washington Post broke the story on July 19 of 1978 that Dr. Peter Bourne was under investigation in Prince William County, Virginia, setting off a number of political mines.

Paraquat Paranoia

Paraquat Paranoia

Stroup's Paraquat Propaganda

Stroup’s Paraquat Propaganda

Bourne had been informed of the script investigation a week earlier and took a leave of absence from the White House, with pay, the morning after the news hit the papers. He was determined to stay on, convinced, along with his White House superiors, that he could weather the storm. He probably could have considering the Quaaludes were not for himself nor for monetary gain. It was embarrassing for the head of the nation’s drug abuse office but it wasn’t akin to Burt Lance’s ‘sticky-fingered’ loan [embezzlement]. Supportive stories appeared within hours, quoting doctors who said the writing of pseudonymous prescriptions was a frequent practice, especially among the rich and influential. The investigation came to a close and it appeared that Bourne would survive.

Consortium and OSS China Agent - Jack Anderson

Consortium and OSS China Agent – Jack Anderson

But that night everything changed with the almost simultaneous publication by [former OSS China Agent] Jack Anderson and the Washington Post of charges that Bourne had been seen by a number of people at a NORML party the previous December; snorting cocaine and toking marijuana. The stories that Stroup had planted months earlier with his allies in the media now blossomed in the summer heat. Bourne and the White House were besieged by questions from reporters: How much dope was there in the White House? Did President Carter get dope from Bourne? How were Gregg Allman and Phil Walden Involved? The New York Daily News, which had run the Quaalude investigation on page 3, now ran the new story on the front page with a 3-inch headline: “Pot, Coke, Tied to Carter Aides”.

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The next morning, Bourne resigned – not because of his naïve script mistake, but because of the massive paranoia paralyzing Carter partisans, who assumed the nation would be outraged that a presidential advisor was using cocaine and marijuana. Drugs for pleasure by one who was supposed to be above such things. Worse still, Bourne, in the classic pattern of the exposed individual, turned himself and other aides in, for marijuana and cocaine use. Keith Stroup would receive retribution a few weeks later when NORML chapters across the country voted against his leadership for snitching on a fellow marijuana user, even if that person happened to be Peter Bourne.

Peter Bensinger and the advocates for a total marijuana crackdown were gloriously triumphant; the office of the White House drug advisor itself was simply abolished to make way for total DEA control. The message was clear; elected officials and their appointees were too corruptible to be trusted with drugs, their power was to be given to the keepers of the sacred flame of Law Enforcement.

Peter Bensinger in 1980

Peter Bensinger in 1980

As was universally recognized at the time, Carter’s actual concession to hardliners lay in sacking marijuana decriminalization completely. After all, official concern with the fate of one fun loving physician paled in comparison to the bureaucratic interests of the DEA’s 80% appropriations increase for enforcing marijuana prohibition. The outcome of the Bourne Affair resulted in even more serious implications for Stroup: the question of how a Virginia Pharmaceutical Inspector, later found to be a DEA agent, happened to be at the small suburban drugstore to intercept Bourne’s forged Quaalude prescription.

Keith Stroup  - DEA Turncoat?

Keith Stroup – DEA Turncoat?

Bourne and the White House had successfully stonewalled the press about Walden in 1976 but the expose by Stroup with Jack Anderson’s help seemed to threaten a firestorm of further charges. The intent of the exposing the drug czar’s involvement in the Quaalude incident became very clear to the press, the charges that Phil Walden used cocaine to fund Carter’s 1976 campaign, previously dismissed as incompatible with a ‘born-again Christian’ presidency, instantly became credible. The story was immediately reopened for investigation by a series of Michael Novak articles in the New York Post.

The threat of exposure by the original campaign finance scandal, originally only known to a small inner circle and the DEA, suddenly became real. With the appointment in December of Phil Walden to the advisory board of NORML, the organization completed its transformation from a marijuana lobby to a campaign committee dedicated to marijuana liberalization through a second Carter term. Unfortunately it was too little too late and Stroup’s damage was done. Dr. Bourne, whose tenure had largely become identified with the abolition of marijuana prohibition, was replaced overnight by DEA hardliner Peter Bensinger, who was already noteworthy for proposing stiffer penalties for marijuana than PCP.

Anti-Marijuana Activist Peter Bensinger

Peter Bensinger

A backlash of recriminations about the ethics of continuing to probe the personal use of drugs, which many reporters had used themselves, stopped the flow of leaks before it spread from the toppling of [the drug czar] to calling into question the [legitimacy] of Carter’s 1976 victory. Bourne’s regrettable involvement with [cocaine] did not turn out to be the last time the Carter camp would be involved in a cocaine scandal. As the first shock of from the discovery of the falsified Quaalude prescription was about to hit the White House on June 28 of 1976, Ham Jordan was being recorded doing lines at Studio 54. He would become the next major player in the unfolding cocaine scandal.

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**EDITOR**

The Jimmy Carter Cocaine Scandals, triggered by NORML and Keith Stroup, would lead to a series of other scandals of the Democratic Party throughout the late 70’s and early 1980’s perpetrated by the FBI and DEA called ABSCAM. This scandal, along with the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan would ultimately lead to the fall of the Carter Presidency and the election of Ronald Reagan by the Christian Coalition in 1980. Ronald Reagan and the Republicans would lead the largest Anti-Marijuana campaign in the country’s history, going far beyond Harry Anslinger and Richard Nixon’s anti-marijuana programs with arrests for drug offenses rising 126% after 1980.

Reagan

Reagan

Current Vice President and lead politician for the national police union, Joe Biden, would help Reagan with the introduction of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, creating mandatory minimum sentencing, civil asset forfeiture for drug related crimes, and increased federal penalties for the cultivation, possession or transfer of marijuana leading to the arrests and incarcerations of millions of American citizens for marijuana possession. Biden is still considered “the head of the police union” in Washington DC and despite appearances, shares little trust with President Barack Obama, a silent advocate of marijuana decriminalization.

Joe Biden speaking at the National Association of Police Associations

Joe Biden speaking at the National Association of Police Associations

US Incarceration Rate

US Incarceration Rate

Keith Stroup would go on to create the ‘defend-and-abandon’ model for marijuana crimes as executive director of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), defrauding the helpless growers through intentionally inadequate legal representation. Stroup would later retake power over the NORML Board of Directors in 1994, and would force the resignation of Executive Director Richard Cowan in 1995. Stroup would ‘retire’ in January 2005, citing the need for ‘new blood’ alluding to a transfer of power from himself to other organizations like Americans For Safe Access and the NORML Legal Counsel to continue his legacy of fraud and manipulation over the national marijuana movement.

NORML

Merry Christmas and a Happy Chanukkah!

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Required Reading – The Origin of the DEA – Part 3

Excerpt from A New Heroin Conspiracy?

by Dana Beal (1982)

Bayer Heroin

Bayer Heroin

In a development that is scarcely surprising to veteran observers of the U.S. drug scene, DEA Director Director Peter Bensinger has concurred in an internal evaluation report [that very few] big heroin busts were performed by its Northeastern Office during 1980. Arrest figures for the Northeast Region, which is headquartered in New York but stretches from Maine to Delaware and include such main heroin centers as Newark, Boston, and Philly, have been lagging suspiciously behind the national trend-especially for heroin arrests-despite a ‘disproportionate’ commitment of resources and ‘inordinately high’ operating expenses.

 

For DEA critics, who predicted a big upsurge of heroin and other hard drugs when the DEA commenced its crackdown on marijuana two years ago, these statistics have significance far beyond confirmation of the critics claim that every time enforcement is diverted into a ‘War on Marijuana’, there is a heroin epidemic. The way gross statistical analysis showed a suspicious drop in heroin seizures specifically during an ‘epidemic’ has fueled suspicions concerning preliminary reports that New York Regional DEA Director John W. Fallon is also being investigated by the FBI on charges that he arranged to “expedite the entry of numerous private citizens into the country through JFK airport”. Are those the first hints of another high-level heroin conspiracy on the order of the classic Arnold Rothstein-Custom Service scandal of 1927? Of course nothing ever happens the same way twice, but once again New York finds itself inundated with smack.

Smack Scandals of 1927

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To get beyond banalities about today’s ‘heroin epidemic’ it might be enlightening to consider what happened (and happened many times again) in the 1920’s, the decade heroin was prohibited.

The 20’s is more commonly thought of as the decade of Alcohal Prohibition, but most people don’t realize that Prohibition-just as it hand unintended effects of glamorizing booze and promoting organized crime-made it possible for one man to monopolize smack during those years, and for a small group of officials in the Treasury Department to become rich.

Arnold Rothstein - The original Mr. Big

Arnold Rothstein – The original Mr. Big

Today, Arnold Rothstein is remembered as “the man who fixed the 1919 World Series” and inspired Meyer Lansky, but his real claim to fame is that with the help of insiders in the Treasury Department, he protected a monopoly controlling 85% of all smack in the U.S. by skillfully diverting enforcement efforts into Alcohal Prohibition. Trunk-loads of pure heroin were forwarded to Rothstein by cooperative Customs Officials under the protection of the higher ups from Washington, while machine gun wielding G-men routinely executed ‘wets’ apprehending beer brewers in their basements. The whistle was eventually blown, not in D.C., but when a U.S. Grand Jury in New York became suspicious and Arnold Rothstein was shot before he could testify. Before the uproar died down, the papers found out Rothstein had retained a lawyer (to defend himself against Income Tax Evasion) who happened to be the nephew of Colonel McNutt, Chief of Narcotic and Prohibition Enforcement for the Northeastern Region.

Harry J Anslinger

Harry J Anslinger

The resulting furor, as ordinary people realized that the Common Man’s booze was being persecuted to protect dope fiends, marked the turning point in attitudes towards Prohibition. But more immediately, it caused the breakup of the Treasury’s enforcement operations into separate alcohol and narcotics divisions, and the elevation of the son-in-law of then Treasury Secretary Mellon, Harry J. Anslinger, from bureaucratic obscurity to new U.S. Chief Narc. With these ‘reforms’ and the end of Alcohol Prohibition, you might expect that concentrated enforcement would’ve finished off heroin in America. But Anslinger’s particular contribution was to push for marijuana prohibition, and by criminalizing each and every instance of the use of marijuana, instead of just manufacture or sales, to insure that marijuana prohibition would be so labor intensive that it absorbed the energies of all 3,000 agents slated for layoff with the Repeal of Alcohal Prohibition.

Meyer Lansky

Meyer Lansky

As for barring further extra-curricular profits by Treasury Department higher-ups who had collaborated with Rothstein, the U.S. Grand Jury in New York was left to complain in 1929 that none of their recommendations had been implemented, and none of the agents who they had suggested be transferred or dismissed were actually dismissed. Rothstein’s scam was soon taken over by a couple of young [upstarts] named Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano. Control of U.S. heroin-and following 1947, International Heroin-stayed in their hands or their successor’s hands up to this day, with inestimable historical effect.

 Reign of the French Connection

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The “War on Drugs” is a revamped strategy for calculated right wing rule of America involving:

  • Creation of a massive, Right Wing political cadre;
  • Virtual control over the policies of a federal police agency;
  • A coherent attack utilizing a gap in public regard for civil liberties to apply secret police-like terror to a scapegoat groups sufficiently large enough to have a chilling effect on society as a whole.

Only in the past few months has it become clear that the “War on Drugs” was deliberately fabricated in conjunction with top level Nixon-era Narcs and an ex-Nazi heroin and arms smuggling network stretching from Miami and Central Europe to La Paz and Bangkok.

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Heroin Fascism [Narcostatism], though less well-known than the Nazi Phalangist or Italian varieties, is a definite historical variant first explored in the book The Politics of Heroin in South East Asia. This study, published in 1972 by Alfred McCoy, suggests that fascism, despite 40 years of ups and downs in France, failed to crystalize into the classic mass totalitarian movement of Spain, Italy or Germany, precisely because of the role of heroin. The Corsican underworld that dealt it, acted as shock troops of reaction in place of the black shirted Fascists and storm troopers. Not only did the gangster taint keep the Fascists from winning elections, the shock troops were dependent upon the bourgeoisie politicians for power and racket protection. If [Narcostatism] precluded the emergence of Nazi-style Phalange, at the cross roads of fascism in Southern France, its less specialized, more traditional, gangster style enabled it to survive 1945 to continue its “anti-communist” work with the post-war sponsorship of the CIA.

The Marseilles Syndicate

The Marseilles Syndicate

For during the war, operatives of the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the CIA, had worked successfully with heroin kingpin Lucky Luciano in the invasion of Sicily. Not all Corsican mobsters aided the Gestapo, a significant group had emerged on the side of the French Resistance and the Socialists. It was the Socialists and the ex-Fascists with their gangland connections that the CIA turned to in 1947 to break the Communist unions in Marseilles. It was with the Mafia customers, international CIA sponsorship and political protection, first from the Socialists and then the Gaullists that the ‘French Connection’ came to control heroin manufacture and traffic until the late 1960’s. Then Vietnam and the ascension of Richard Nixon produced, according to McCoy, a revolution in International Heroin, although he and others like EJ Epstein (Agency of Fear) left us unsatisfactorily in the dark as to who came out on top for the rest of the 1970s. Late last year, a freelance Danish journalist named Henrik Kruger published The Great Heroin Coup and largely filled in the blanks.

Conein

Conein

What Kruger found was that the far right’s return to power was facilitated by the CIA in alignment with the Mafia:

The alliance was comprised of the China Lobby, OSS China Hands, ex-Jedbergh Team Members, Cuban Exiles, the Lanksy Syndicate, and CIA hawks pushing for all out involvement in Indochina and against Castro’s Cuba. It coalesced between 1961 and 1963, and its members had three things in common: a right wing political outlook, an interest in Asian opium, and thirst for political power. This last factor led to a common denominator in which the alliance invested heavily: Richard Nixon”

OSS China

OSS China

The instrument of the great heroin coup was Nixon’s creation, the DEA; but it was this larger coalescence of right wingers who already dominated poppy growing and stateside sales that considered further Corsican control over the traffic intolerable. Whether it was nationalist Cubans, Chinese or Italian Mafiosi veterans of the late 1940’s with vendettas against Sicilian Communists, they collectively viewed the politics of the Corsicans as unforgivably soft on Communism, especially with Castro.

Chiang Kai-Shek

Chiang Kai-Shek

Starting with money from the Chinese Nationalist Party (The Kuomintang) In Taiwan, gleaned from enforcing a heroin “cure” on 20 million Chinese opium addicts before Mao’s takeover, the group formed the World Anti-Communist League (WACL) in 1966 as a counter-force to Castro Tri-Continental Congress on Third World revolutionaries. Later that same year Aginter Press was created in Lisbon as a front for Portuguese and Spanish secret police, the CIA, and the anti-Gaullist French OAS (Organization Armee Secrete). Together, they redoubled efforts to wipe out whole infrastructure of French Intelligence and the Corsican gangsters who ran the heroin trade. For full satisfaction, the World Anti-Communist League, and its subgroups had to wait until DeGaulle was out and Nixon was in. Kruger implied that Pompidou never would have traded off his Corsican capabilities for better relations with the U.S. if he’d known how much it would curtail the capacity of French Espionage to swap guns and drugs for information without it appearing in the budget. The fall of the French Connection was utter and complete by 1973. Kruger’s accomplishment is to have documented its replacement in every operational theater of Europe, Asia, and South America by ex-Right Wingers connected to the World Anti-Communist League.

World Anti Communist League

World Anti Communist League

What he omits is the importance of the Iranian SAVAK and the War on Marijuana in diverting heat from Cuban/CIA heroin dealing nexus – operating in areas where the French Connection never operated or in aspects completely lost to European investigators. Far more crucial in his insights, is that the individuals who took over the heroin trade were not just anti-communist but ideologically Right Wing. The inevitable trends in the business of heroin, the ultimate neo-colonial commodity, has been to generate outright police state consciousness. The DEA soldiers of fortune that Nixon left in power, the Cuban smugglers carefully crafting their web of couriers, both had come to see the wisdom of eliminating all political risk of being shut down. But it had to be sanitized. To operate politically, they would need special organizations to mobilize the right wing base.

The International Right Wing Web

Nixon

Nixon

The CIA had been acutely embarrassed by the discovery that good portion of those being arrested in Operation Eagle in 1970 (the last real Justice Department operation against the International Heroin Network) were all Bay of Pigs veterans. Indeed keeping enforcement focused on marijuana from 1978 has provided a magic margin of safety for the smack dealings of Mitch Werbell’s protégés. Werbell being the former #3 Narc under Nixon. From the standpoint of building up mass right-wing cadre in this country capable of shifting and directing events, development of the War on Drugs organization solved a number of problems presented by earlier Corsican [Narcostatism].

  1. Compartmentalization – Having to use actual gangsters to battle it out with Leftists (ie. Marseilles in the 1930’s) means a constant threat that exposure of their racketeering will compromise the right-wing leadership among the very middle class they seek to attract. [Narcostatism] requires that political [groups] managing the liquidation of the Pro-Marijuana counterculture be buffered from contact with operating levels [to prevent public disillusionment].
  2. Keeping the Cuban Exile drugs-for-guns network distinct from the War On Drugs decision makers (via ex-CIA and ex-military) means that the Federal agencies, including DEA) can respond to the dominant public pressure group without having to risk political embarrassment.
  3. Growth of a right-wing [Pro-Prohibition] cadre gives the right-wing a highly disciplined group of shock troops with basic right wing attitudes already conditioned and reinforced by their ‘pogrom’ against ‘potheads’ and their collaboration with federal agencies like the DEA. These cadres are designed to recruit Klansmen, right-wing brawlers, street punks, criminals and radicals.
Otto Skorzeny

Otto Skorzeny

[The Consortium] is the outgrowth of many years of planning in Madrid by the late ex-Nazi Col. Otto Skorzeny, who worked for the CIA in his fifties. It’s membership consists of former SS agents, OAS terrorists, Argentine and Italian right-winger’s, Cuban exiles, French and British intelligence and organized crime, and both current and former CIA agents, especially with experience in Operation 40 and the coups in Guatemala, Brazil and Argentina. Col. Skorzeny, formerly of the Nazi SS, was leader of the Paladin Mercenary Group until his death in 1975. Dr. Gerhard Hartmut von Schubert, formerly of Joseph Goebbel’s propaganda ministry, was Paladin’s operating manager. The Group was headquartered in Albufera, Spain; using import-export officers owned by Skorzeny, Spanish Intelligence under Col. Eduardo Blanco and the CIA as cover. The relationship between Spanish right-wing operatives with US and Spanish intelligence is highlighted by Spain’s purchase of silenced M10 machine pistols from Mitch Werbell in 1975, soon after the same M10 turned up in the hands of Spanish and Italian right-wing terrorists. It was rumored that Skorzeny effectively controlled Spanish intelligence for many years.

The Consortium

The Consortium

[The Consortium] was crucial towards fulfilling the dreams of not only Skorzeny, but other Madrid exiles like Jose Lopez Rega, Juan Peron’s right hand, and Prince Justo Valerio Borghese, the Italian ex-Fascist money man who been rescued from execution in Italy by OSS agent James Angleton. They, and other right-wing powers throughout North America, Europe and Latin America, envisioned a new world order built on the drug and arms trade.

1978: Genesis of a Heroin Epidemic

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

The U.S. drug policy hardliners, who in the 40 years since, have never been able to shutdown Mob heroin operations, have instead protected their bureaucratic turf by obscuring the central truth about heroin: like a cold virus, it is always present in the body politic. Someone is always trying to bring it in, because it’s so profitable. This is why the history of [heroin] busts are full of police or intelligence agents caught red-handed dealing it themselves. A heroin epidemic occurs when society’s immune-system – enforcement – is weakened or diverted from the heroin virus (by, say, a frivolous witch hunt against “Wets” or marijuana connoisseurs). Unchecked the virus multiplies in the cellular protoplasm (profits) until the growth medium itself is used up or destroyed…or the body politic reacts in time, and manufactures fresh antibodies.

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People get sick of smack and its effects. Early in the Carter Administration, a general reassessment seemed to offer possibilities of abandoning [marijuana prohibition] and producing an even more rational treatment of heroin based on the British model. Presidential Drug Advisor Dr. Peter Bourne felt cocaine could be controlled by making it “too expensive for the Middle Class”. But by December of 1977, the conference of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) – even before the loss of influence by Dr. Bourne and the NORML liberals – it became clear that a hardline Washington consensus was shaping up against smoking in general. Tough-talking HEW Secretary Califano decided that further marijuana liberalization was inconsistent with efforts to tighten up tobacco regulation, and the way was opened for Peter Bensinger and the DEA hardliners to crack down on Weed. ‘Bournegate’ in 1978 ended the liberals cozy arrangement with the centrist ‘drug rehab professionals’ (hired by the government to get kids off of marijuana and on to Thorazine) had the unforeseen result of strengthening right wing elements that NORML erroneously dismissed as ‘lunatic fringe’ even as they shared with Bourne the coke that lost him his job.

Nixon w/Shah of Iran

Nixon w/Shah of Iran

The ‘War on Drugs’ front organization, soon to be launched by the US Labor Party with cooperation from Black Muslim groups, was blessed by a singular international development which was to make them partners with US Drug Enforcement for reasons of state. The overthrow of the Shah of Iran in January of 1979, besides affecting oil supplies, completely disrupted business as usual in heroin. As authority disintegrated in Iran, the one guarantee against turbulence for the peasants was to plant some poppies. During the waning months of 1978, while the Shah teetered, another better-heeled class frantically converted their wealth into easily portable opiates.

In the U.S., where no less than the New York Post had described the Shah’s sister, Princess Ashraf, as the ‘Dragon Lady’ of doge. She ran a large network outside of Iran of her secret police, the SAVAK, who were already in place to peddle millions of dollars’ worth of smack necessary to reinstate the Peacock Throne. Cheap, pure stuff flooded New York, overdose death’s skyrocketed. Marijuana was out, coke was passe. The New Wave was infatuated in Soho Salons, lines of pure Persian replaced lines of Peruvian flake. Meanwhile, unregenerate U.S. ruling class interests of the Kissinger/Rockefellar stripe moved to confer legitimacy to an anti-marijuana hysteria deliberately designed to divert attention from SAVAK’s fund raising efforts. In June of 1979, facilities at NYU were made available to “prestigious medical conferences” on “new findings about the health hazards of marijuana”. The cream of anti-marijuana pseudoscience gathered with DEA sponsorship to hear reports on half-baked experiments and research, much of it 10 years old and previously discredited.

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Figures released by HEW show that for the first time, marijuana use is down slightly among high school students; news reports about the “health hazards of marijuana” were cited as the reason by students who decided to quit. But alas for HEW, use of cocaine, was up among the same students, perhaps in sympathy with the more liberal views on the health hazards of white powders established under Carter.

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