UK Doctor Claims Cannabis Clear Cause of Death

July 2nd, 2009 by Rick

Did drug abuse lead to the heart attack?

The drug warriors must be salivating at the mouths from the following story run by the UK site The Daily Mail. Cheshire deputy coroner Geoff Roberts is apparently attempting to become the first person in history to successfully link smoking marijuana to a death.

Adie Gardner, a 17-year old former pot smoker, had a seizure last year in October which led to a heart attack. Despite past drug use with amphetamines and cocaine and having a heart attack a year before the one that killed him, the coroner believes that his cannabis use caused his death.

Dr. Roberts said:

Very sadly this young man died as a result of the direct toxic effects on the heart that the use of cannabis had, as such it was an avoidable death. [...] The post mortem showed no findings of recent drug use. But his body was left with a legacy of using cannabis in the past which directly led to his death.

Really? It’s curious to note that he had a history of drug use, including meth and coke, yet the doctor attributes smoking herb as the cause of his death. It would be more credible that he was nervous on his second day of his new job and he had a heart attack, the direct result being stress combined with a weakened heart from past drug abuse and already having suffered a heart attack once before.

The really crazy part of this story is the fact that there are other doctors that agree with the coroner.

Dr. Mark Nicol, the doctor that treated him before said:

Drug problems were acknowledged at that time. This case highlights that Cannabis is potentially life threatening.

At least he said potentially. Many things in life can be potentially life threatening. Mere case of wordplay.

Dr. Sally Hales, the doctor that conducted the post-mortem, said:

A history of using cannabis, amphetamines and cocaine would appear to be the most likely cause’ of the teenager’s death.

At least she included the other drugs… maybe the fact that he had a heart attack before and this time around he had myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) factored into his death. Once someone has a heart attack they are susceptible to future heart attacks.

There are simply too many factors that could have led to the teenage Gardner’s death to come out and say that marijuana was ultimately the cause of his persistent condition. Unfortunately, this is how the drug warriors operate… keeping the truth from the news and obscuring it with anything and everything that will justify their prohibition against marijuana and inane scientific claims.

Web Series Debuts on CIA’s LSD Interrogations

July 2nd, 2009 by Russ

Right out of the mind of a drug-thriller suspense screenwriter comes a reproduction of an actual historical practice of our own beloved CIA. Originally entitled Project MK-ULTRA, the super-secret project funneled tens of millions of dollars into a study on how to break human subjects with the use of hallucinogens.

Originally developed as a psychiatric drug, LSD was co-opted by intelligence agents with the intent of using it as a truth serum. The disorienting effects were thought to be useful to interrogators, who sometimes wished to extract information, and other times sought to brainwash and/or control the minds of targets.

This web series focuses on a branch of MK-ULTRA campily titled Operation Midnight Climax. Loosely speaking, the targets in this CIA human experiment got to unwittingly play Jim Morrison for a night. These lucky blokes were secretly dosed with LSD by a CIA-sponsored brothel. While hilarity could certainly ensue from such a thing, this series takes a serious, sobering look at the breaking of these mens’ minds. It’s some nice film-noir, complete with 50’s style dialogue and 50’s style hookers. Fun times.

LA Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Being Phased Out

July 2nd, 2009 by Rick

The Farmacy, a medical marijuana dispensary

On Monday, a City Council committee of Los Angeles advised to deny the moratorium exemptions to 28 medical marijuana dispensaries within the city. Lawyers for the dispensaries complained:

  • Notices for the committee meeting came over the weekend or some didn’t even receive a notice.
  • Speakers had merely minutes to plead their case.
  • Council members seemed to have their minds already made up, in agreement with shutting the dispensaries down.

Graham Berry, a lawyer representing ten dispensaries, said:

I thought the hearings were a farce and a sham.

Planning Committee chairman, Ed Reyes commented:

What you see here today is the conclusion of a long process. [...] The assertion that this is a sham is false.

Councilmen Ed Reyes and Jose Huizar explained the process, pointing out that:

  • It was a hearing, not a debate.
  • Under state law 72 hours’ notice is needed to place topics on a schedule.
  • Hardship exemptions were “carefully reviewed”.

According to Reyes he had to constantly ask speakers to keep within their given time.

Dayton Cops Concoct Weed Murder Mystery

July 1st, 2009 by Russ

Dayton, Ohio

Either the Dayton police have been up late staring at too many drug files, or they’re about to pitch a pilot of Unsolved Mysteries: Dayton Edition to their local network executives. It seems that the brass there would like to blame several recent area shootings on the assailant’s or victim’s possession of small amounts of weed.

According to baffled Lieutenant, Patrick Welsh:

The trend in several of the homicides and even non-fatal shootings is that they’re related to marijuana use and sales.

And the evidence for this? Apparently Dayton police found a man shot at a residence in which they had made a weed-related arrest three-months earlier. Let’s forget, for a moment, that the same residence was cited as an after hours alcohol distributor. This, combined with a few scattered cases of Dayton weed dealers being hit for either money or baggies prompted the Dayton Daily News columnist (of the story in question) to conclude:

Now, marijuana seems to be the dangerous drug.

Sherlock Holmes, this guy isn’t. Any Drug War newbie could tell you that the presence of the drugs in these cases are completely irrelevant, save for the fact that they’re worth money. And they’re worth so much money because of their illegality. Do you really think people would be shooting each other over this easily cultivated plant if anyone could grow it without fear of arrest or reprisal? Do people shoot each other over basil or tarragon? How many rosemary-related murders have we tallied this year?

Criminalization of plants is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you increase the value of an object and prohibit legal businesses from selling it, then you are literally handing a valuable monopoly over to the black market. That’s the market where business is settled with the business-end of a sawed-off shotgun. So, logically speaking, it was the police who were the cause of the very crimes that they were investigating. Elementary, my dear Watson.

Idiot Calls 911 Twice Without Emergency

July 1st, 2009 by Rick

Idiot Calls 911 Without Emergency

20-year old, Michael Kruse of Jacksonville, FL had already called the 911 emergency line once and been given a stern warning by the police but apparently this guy is a couple sandwiches short of a picnic.

The first time he called 911 he claimed he felt sick, but the dispatcher couldn’t quite understand him through his slurred words.

An excerpt from the first call:

Dispatch: Are you sure you haven’t taken something sir? Because you’re not making a whole lot of sense.

Caller: I’ve been smoking marijuana.

Dispatch: You’ve been smoking marijuana?

Caller: Yes.

Dispatch: Do you want a deputy to come and take you to jail?

Caller: Why?

Dispatch: You just told me on a taped line you just got done smoking marijuana.

Caller: Awww. Are you serious?

Deputies then located Kruse, took him to a family member and gave him a lecture on the proper usage of the 911 number. Apparently, nothing that was said to him sunk into his thick head, which led him to call 911 yet again, this time while on I-95, on his way to a Lil Wayne rap concert in Miami. The emergency? Kruse wanted a police escort to the concert.

An excerpt from the second 911 call:

Dispatch: You want a police escort to take you to Miami?

Caller: Or, you have a helicopter?

Dispatch: We don’t just send helicopters up for rappers.

Caller: Well, I’m driving there right now. I just wanted the fastest way to get there. I didn’t want to get pulled over on the highway.

He was asked to pull of the Interstate where police met up with him and promptly arrested him for misusing the 911 emergency number. Although this dumbass admitted smoking marijuana in the first 911 call, the cops figured he was under the influence of something the second time around.

Someone with the user name of Oynot had this to say in the comments section of the story.

Anybody want to argue that marijuana doesn’t burn brain cells?

Yeah. He may be a pot smoker but he clearly is also an idiot that may not have had too many brain cells to begin with. You just can’t fix stupid.

Robert Buelteman Electrifies Nature

July 1st, 2009 by Erin

Electric Art & Photography

Robert Buelteman is not your average photographer. He’s not out there taking pictures of lawn chairs and chain link fences, or endearingly fat babies in buckets. He is turning nature into a vision of electricity so difficult and dangerous that nobody else will even attempt it.

Here is a thorough breakdown of Buelteman’s process:

  1. Buelteman begins by painstakingly whittling down flowers, leaves, sprigs, and twigs with a scalpel until they’re translucent.
  2. He then lays each specimen on color transparency film and, for a more detailed effect, covers it with a diffusion screen.
  3. This assemblage is placed on his “easel” — a piece of sheet metal sandwiched between Plexiglas, floating in liquid silicone.
  4. Buelteman hits everything with an electric pulse and the electrons do a dance as they leap from the sheet metal, through the silicone and the plant (and hopefully not through him), while heading back out the jumper cables.
  5. In that moment, the gas surrounding the subject is ionized, leaving behind ethereal coronas.
  6. He then hand-paints the result with white light shining through an optical fiber the width of a human hair, a process so tricky each image can take up to 150 attempts.

The images may not look like much at first, until you consider the ridiculously tedious process behind it (an extension of Kirlian photography).

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some of his herb photography.

Drug Traffickers Overload on Cartoon Network

July 1st, 2009 by Rick

Back in the day the only thing that looked like a Flintstone vitamin was a Flintstone vitamin. Nowadays the illegal drug traffickers and manufacturers within Missouri have come up with some ecstasy tabs that take the shape and appearance of certain cartoon characters like Snoopy, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and even one non-cartoon character in the form of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Authorities are concerned about children mistaking the drugs for candy or vitamins. The drugs are currently in Kansas City and reportedly on their way to St. Louis.

Oregon Closing in on Legalizing Hemp

July 1st, 2009 by Rick

Female Hemp Plant

Oregon is close to becoming the 6th U.S. state to legalize hemp. Last week the Oregon Senate voted 27-2 on Senate Bill 676, in favor of legalizing the plant cousin to cannabis. On Monday, the Oregon House of Representatives voted 46-11 on the bill.

Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra said:

Hemp is a versatile, environmentally-friendly crop that has not been grown in the U.S. for over fifty years because of a misguided and politicized interpretation of the nation’s drug laws by the Drug Enforcement Administration. [...] While a new bill in Congress, HR 1866, is a welcome step, the hemp industry is hopeful that President Obama’s administration will recognize hemp’s myriad benefits to farmers, businesses and the environment.

Hemp has had a variety of uses, dating back 10,000 years ago. Such as:

  • Building material
  • Food
  • Nutrition
  • Dietary supplement
  • Medicine
  • Fiber
  • Water and soil purification
  • Weed control
  • Fuel

The states Maine, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and Vermont all passed legislation this year for the farming of hemp. The United States currently continues to import hemp, while other countries cultivate the plant and export it. Obviously with so many uses for this plant, it threatens more industries now than what were around back in the days when Hearst and DuPont began their campaign to try to put the hemp plant on the endangered species list.

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