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How the Media Glamorize Illegal Drugs

Drug promoter George Soros must be reveling in his glory, successful beyond his wildest dreams as he observes the entertainment industry selling the idea of drug dealers and addicts as sympathetic heroes and role models. No wonder America is experiencing an increasing substance abuse problem.

Consider:

  • In “Breaking Bad,” the hero is a chemist who uses his skills to manufacture methamphetamine and sell it. Toy stores now sell action figures of the meth maker, including a gym bag with money, and his junkie friend.
  • On “Nurse Jackie,” actress Edie Falco, who previously played the wife of the main character in the Sopranos, sucks drugs up her nose through a straw—an action she repeats periodically throughout each program. Professional nursing groups take strong exception to the depiction.
  • The successful series “Weeds” is the sympathetic story of a suburban mother and her children who grow and sell marijuana.
  • The hero in the series “House” is a doctor addicted to his own prescription drugs, featuring British actor Hugh Laurie as “the most electrifying new main character to hit television in years,” according to The Washington Post’s Tom Shales.

All these shows have received enthusiastic reception in the media as well as numerous awards.

This odd promotion of the drug culture coincides with George Soros’ longtime plan to legalize dangerous mind-altering drugs. The billionaire hedge fund operator is backing Hillary Clinton for president. “If You Like Legal Marijuana, You Must Vote for Hillary,” says the pro-drug HIGH TIMES magazine.

 

A Special Report from the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism

Drug promoter George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund operator, must be reveling in his glory, successful beyond his wildest dreams. Twelve years after we published, “The Hidden Soros Agenda: Drugs, Money, the Media, and Political Power,” America is in the midst of a full-blown illegal drug crisis, much of it driven by his evil vision. Equally startling, the entertainment industry is now selling the idea of drug dealers and addicts as sympathetic heroes and role models.

In Barack Obama, America has a President who was a heavy marijuana smoker in his youth and has used his executive power to dramatically weaken enforcement of federal marijuana laws. As the perception of the risk decreases, marijuana use among young people is increasing. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says the problem is so bad in Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized, that marijuana growing operations have become a danger to surrounding neighborhoods.  In fact, a growing number of residents of Colorado, including law enforcement personnel, now want to terminate recreational marijuana sales and operations.

photo by Ed Ogle (flickr)
photo by Ed Ogle (flickr)

Meanwhile, the heroin epidemic has gotten so bad that citizen volunteers are now being trained to use Naloxone, a substance which reverses the effects of opioids in cases of heroin overdoses. Formerly this substance was carried only by hospital or emergency personnel.

In fairness, some media are covering the problem. David Muir’s ABC report, “Breaking Point: Heroin in America,” interviewed victims of the drug and their families. Steven Steiner, a father who came upon a victim of a heroin overdose and helped save his life, appealed for help to address the problem. Ironically, Steiner’s own son had been killed many years ago by a drug overdose. Many ABC stations across the country joined in the coverage of this growing national problem.

The statistics are frightening: 129 people die every day from drugs, with most of the deaths resulting from heroin and prescription pain pills. Drug overdoses are now more deadly than car accidents and guns in this country, Muir noted.

Steiner vs. Soros

When George Soros spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in 2004, Steiner tried to challenge Soros about his support for drug legalization by getting up on the podium and showing a photo of his dead son. Steiner was led away from the National Press Club podium by unidentified security personnel who slammed him into a door, dislocating his shoulder. He ended up in a hospital.

Today, Soros is back in a big way, openly backing Hillary Clinton for president. “Soros has donated or committed more than $25 million to boost Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and causes, according to Federal Election Commission records and interviews with his associates and Democratic fundraising operatives,” reports Politico.

Republican nominee Donald J. Trump, by contrast, has vowed to stop the drugs coming in from Mexico and talks about the concern he encountered in New Hampshire. “New Hampshire has a tremendous drug epidemic,” he says in a video. “Every time I go there, people come up to me and they say ‘Mr. Trump, what are we gonna do? Drugs are pouring in.’” Trump’s border wall is part of the solution to preventing Mexican heroin from coming into the U.S.

The Role of the Media

Despite the human suffering and carnage caused by the epidemic, our media are glorifying those who use and sell illegal drugs.

breaking-bad-walter-white-cutout-photo-by-the-community-the-pop-culture-geekIn the wildly successful cable TV series “Breaking Bad,” the hero is a former high school chemistry teacher who uses his skills to manufacture methamphetamine and sell it. The series became an immediate sensation, and the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records declared it the most critically acclaimed show of all time.

A Florida mother started an online petition objecting to Toys “R” Us selling action figures of “Breaking Bad’s” crystal meth manufacturer Walter White and his junkie partner Jesse Pinkman, complete with detachable weapons, bags of cash and drugs. A Toys “R” Us spokesman responded belligerently: “The product packaging clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up.” The 6-inch dolls, or action figures, were sold alongside the store’s Barbie dolls and Disney characters as part of a deal with Sony Pictures Television, the show’s distributor.

Bloggers and druggies called her “a mom with too much time on her hands,” while the show’s Emmy-winning star Bryan Cranston, who took home $225,000 per episode, responded on Twitter, “I’m so mad, I’m burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest.”

But the show’s actors and fans are completely oblivious to the horrific effects of crystal meth in the real world.

Crystal meth use destroys the human body, causing chronic skin abscesses, lesions and rapid tooth decay, leaving many users toothless. Those addicted rapidly lose weight, soon becoming emaciated. Meth causes massive spasms in the arterial walls, setting up possible heart attacks or strokes as well as brain hemorrhage or spasm, and causes air pressure changes in the lungs, leading to lung collapse.

The mortality rate is 26 times higher than normal among women who use meth. Since withdrawal from crystal meth brings on excruciating effects, users will do almost anything to avoid it—making recovery extremely difficult. If a pregnant mother uses crystal meth, her baby is born addicted. “Meth babies” often have to undergo withdrawal treatment and suffer from premature birth and low birth weight. The meth high can last 4-5 hours as compared to the 5-10 minute cocaine high, making it devastatingly addictive.

Meth lab operators dump toxic waste into nearby streams and often pour volatile chemicals down sinks in buildings they rent, polluting and destroying local sewer systems. Poisonous fumes generated from cooking the drug indoors can permeate walls and remain active for so long that buildings have to be destroyed. If the waste is buried the cans eventually disintegrate, with the highly toxic chemicals working their way through the ground to the water table. Clean-up crews brave potential explosions, fire and asphyxiation from poisonous fumes.

Gleefully demonstrating total ignorance of these real world effects, Aaron Paul, the actor who plays drug seller and addict Jesse Pinkman on “Breaking Bad,” posted on Twitter, “Which is worse—Barbie or meth?” and directed his signature line from the show “Yeah, b—–!” at Susan Schrivjer, the Florida mother concerned about the Toys “R” Us action figures.

“Weeds”

The successful series “Weeds” is the sympathetic story of a suburban mother and her children who grow and sell marijuana. The program’s Showtime TV network explains, “Golden Globe Award winner Mary-Louise Parker stars in this original comedy series as a suburban California mother who is forced to start selling marijuana when the unexpected death of her husband leaves her and her family in dire financial straits.”

photo by Ese Necio (flickr)
photo by Ese Necio (flickr)

The show was so successful that TV Guide promoted a “National Weeds Awareness Week,” including aHow to Throw Your Own ‘Weeds’ Party” guide, complete with party recipes. “Weeds” has received multiple awards, with its star winning a Golden Globe award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Soros’ “Legalized” Marijuana Plan

“All of us owe George Soros a great deal of gratitude,” said Keith Stroup, founder of the longtime pothead group NORML, whose reputation was so bad that Soros had to form the “Drug Policy Foundation” to further his drug-pushing efforts.

Soros then tried a new tack—the pothead’s marijuana had suddenly become “medicine,” with Soros operatives fanning out over various talk shows and other media to push this new ploy. Yet no medicine is taken by smoking it. After a few years Soros dissolved his “Drug Policy Foundation” and started a “new” group called the “Lindesmith Center.” Then he dissolved that and started his new “Drug Policy Alliance.”

In tandem with Peter Lewis, the billionaire head of Progressive Insurance who was once embarrassingly arrested in Australia for drug possession, Soros bankrolled marijuana “decriminalization” votes in various states, even though by law the FDA and the DEA have power over this area.

Soros’ efforts bore fruit. Since 1996, 24 states and D.C. now allow “medical marijuana,” with four states and D.C. allowing recreational use, and more Soros-bankrolled state votes set up in this year’s election.

Big Business

Articles from HERB magazine provide an idea of the extent of businesses built around “legalized” marijuana: “From Whoopi’s line of menstrual relief products to the glamorous AnnaBis bags to hide your stash, women can enjoy pot now more than ever,”You Won’t Believe These 10 Awesome Bongs Are Under $100,” and a Washington D.C. taxi service  where  “not only is he giving you a private place to smoke but he also promises top-shelf medical-grade Kush.” For $50 you get a half hour ride; trips are available from noon to 9 p.m. But, HERB warns, “If you as a cannabis entrepreneur have not contributed to the activism required to free the plant, then you don’t deserve to profit from the boom.”

Incremental inroads in permissiveness for marijuana use were demonstrated when the Olympic Committee voted to accept 150 nanograms in the system without disqualifying a competitor, while a unanimous Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a state worker fired after being caught smoking marijuana on the job was punished too harshly and should get his job back. Recently President Obama’s daughter Malia was observed smoking marijuana at a public concert, apparently a chip off the old block from her father and his Choom Gang.

2016 Election Push

The notorious drug magazine HIGH TIMES ran a story in July titled, “If You Like Legal Marijuana, You Must Vote for Hillary.” Fundraising in Colorado with Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), Hillary Clinton pointed to the foam atop Udall’s latte and said, “Look at you, you got like a plant. Is that a marijuana  plant?” Apparently going for the pothead vote, Hillary announced, “I want to move marijuana off of Schedule 1.”

But drugs are not regulated by such executive action. The Food and Drug Administration approves drugs through a procedure in which drug companies must present proof from clinical trials that a drug works and is safe enough to use. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule One drug by the DEA, with no medical use and high potential for abuse, based on extensive statistics from emergency rooms, car accidents, etc.

When Hillary Clinton tried to distance herself from marijuana, claiming, “I didn’t do it when I was young, I’m not going to start now.” Allen St. Pierre, who recently stepped down as executive director of the notorious National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said, “I will eat both of my shoes if she and Bill didn’t trip their nuts off at Wellesley and Oxford.”

A high-powered operation pushing Soros’ longtime plan for using media and private organizations is aimed at the 2016 elections. “In 2016 there is going to be a number of states with legalization initiatives on the ballot and there will be broad support,” said Tamar Todd of the Soros-funded Drug Policy Alliance.

Chuck Todd  of NBC’s “Meet the Press” has eagerly promoted legalization, telling Attorney General Loretta Lynch, “One of the easiest ways you could clean this up is if the federal government rescheduled marijuana,” and complained that “Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, the equivalent of heroin and all this stuff.” Lynch replied, “Well, I think states have to make those decisions on their own. They listen to their citizens, and they take actions.”

A lengthy plug for marijuana titled, “A memo to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on marijuana policy,” comes from the Brookings Institution, currently headed by longtime Soros collaborator and close Bill and Hillary Clinton friend Strobe Talbott.

Repeatedly using code words like marijuana “reform” and marijuana “rescheduling,” Brookings lays out steps for the next president to follow: “Dear future nominees: Eight months from today one of you will be inaugurated the 45th President of the United States…Marijuana policy will be a serious part of the next administration’s domestic policy…get it right…when vetting possible appointees, ask them about cannabis…select the right individuals for such posts… it is important to remember that science is the key to understanding marijuana…Science is an integral part of the cannabis conversation.”

The Real World

Fans of “Weeds,” much of the media, and many politicians remain oblivious to the real world effects of marijuana. “Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug,” the AAA reports. “The significant increase in fatal crashes involving marijuana is alarming,” said Peter Kissinger, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety CEO, adding that “Washington serves as an eye-opening case study for what other states may experience with road safety after legalizing the drug.”

No discussion of marijuana would be complete without mention of Ricky Gates, the poster boy for marijuana, who drove his Conrail train through three red stop signals head on into an Amtrak train in 1987, killing 16 and injuring 174. In a 1993 interview with The Baltimore Sun, Gates said the accident would have never happened if not for marijuana.

HERB magazine instructs, “If you’re having friends over and want to make special brownies, this quick and easy cannabutter recipe is what you need,” ignoring the fact that small children will grab and eat anything that looks like food and are now being poisoned across the U.S. by such “recipes.”

Pot smoke constricts blood vessels three times longer than tobacco smoke, making it difficult for proper blood flow, and setting up heart problems. It harms the lungs, kills brain cells and can cause psychosis.

In this context, Dr. Christine Miller, a semi-retired molecular neuroscientist, has been documenting literally dozens of cases of marijuana use linked to mental illness and violence.

A group in Canada, the Marijuana Victims Association, is now warning of possible marijuana-related birth defects.

Prescription Drugs

In the series “Nurse Jackie,” actress Edie Falco, previously the main character’s wife in the  mega-hit “Sopranos” series, now graduates to star in her own show where the opening credits show her sucking drugs up her nose through a straw—an action she repeats periodically throughout each program. The New York State Nurses Association condemned the show’s detrimental depiction of nurses. “In the first episode, Nurse Jackie is introduced as a substance abuser who trades sex with a pharmacist for prescription drugs.” New York magazine praised Nurse Jackie for its “truly breakthrough female character.” At the 62nd Emmy Awards, actress Falco won an Outstanding Lead Actress Primetime Emmy Award.

The hero in the TV series “House” is a doctor addicted to his own prescription drugs, featuring British actor Hugh Laurie as “the most electrifying new main character to hit television in years,” according to The Washington Post’s Tom Shales. “House” was the most-watched television program in the world in 2008.

This depiction of legal prescription drug abusers in a sympathetic light is also treacherous, since prescription drugs can be just as dangerous, harmful and addictive as illegal drugs. In fact, they can lead to heroin use.

Conclusion

The entertainment industry’s contempt for moral standards, and obliviousness to real world consequences, in glorifying drug abusers as heroes is a highly dangerous development.

President Obama has told the entertainment industry not to glorify gun violence, saying, “We’ve got to make sure that we’re not glorifying it because the stories you tell shape our children’s outlook and their lives.” However, he has been conspicuously silent about Hollywood glorifying those who contribute to the drug problem.





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Comments

  • Ian James

    The only danger with pot is cops.

    It’s time to end prohibition for adults and restore liberty.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    We can add Arne Steinberg to the list of anti-drug idiots who make false arguments (three of those TV shows were about how drugs are bad, you blithering idiot) about things they know nothing about. Welcome to AIM. They’re always looking for misinformed morons to write for them.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Let’s look at the outright lies in only the first paragraph, shall we?

    “Drug promoter George Soros” Soros has long called for an end to the wasteful epic failure that has been the 50-year long “war on drugs”. This hardly qualifies him as a “drug promoter”. This lie pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the drivel to follow.

    “Soros must be reveling in his glory” Huh? What does this even mean, Steinberg?

    “successful beyond his wildest dreams” George Soros doesn’t own a TV network and has no input whatsoever into its content. Otherwise…sure.

    “as he observes the entertainment industry selling the idea of drug dealers and addicts as sympathetic heroes and role models.” BLATANTLY false. In three of the four examples he provides, the drugs are seen as nothing but a bad thing. Steinberg would know this if he pulled his head out of his butt and bothered to watch them. Or even read about them. But no, he’s a moronic conservative scold so he doesn’t feel the need.

    “No wonder America is experiencing an increasing substance abuse problem.” Drug use has been steadily declining in the US for two decades, across the board. With the legalization of weed in a few states, there’s been a minor uptick in pot use over just the last couple of years. Otherwise, this statement is as false as the rest of this dreck.

    So…Steinberg. Shut. The. F. Up. Write about things you know. This was nothing but an embarrassment.

  • The(Real)7Sticks

    I had a mother who was a drug addict, or rather, had a disease called drug addiction. You know how her disease was treated? She was thrown in prison for ten months for possessing five dollars worth of crack. She was already in poor health due to years of drug addiction disease, and this prison stint only exasperated the problem. If you think the solution to treating a disease like drug addiction is throwing my poor mom into prison, then you are the ones with black souls.

  • Poseidon

    Articles like this always fail because alcohol is 100 times worse than weed. Meth, heroin and crack are true dangerous narcotics whose addicts can’t work (some heroin junkies can for a short while) and resort to crime to support their habit and lifestyle. Pot smokers rarely harm others. Compare them to drunks and drunk drivers.

  • Steven Barrett

    Here’s a question for AIM and other hard liners on this issue. How many of you have lost a parent or other dear one to a long and horribly painful death due to cancer or a liver disease and other stomach related fatal diseases, etc. How did they suffer? And for how long? Could their suffering have been relieved enough by something other than a life-shortening drug like morphine. Oh, it does a job on the pain, but it also takes what little a person has left to live yet another day. (Ah, that poses yet another question–Would you then prefer to just tell the doctor to stand by ready while you gather the family to witness the effects of the decision you felt you had to make quicker than you planned or would’ve normally preferred. Just like birth, there’s no “perfect time.”
    How ’bout if you could arrange for the family to be able to spend more time with your dying parent or spouse, or child or sib and the time might actually be spread out further by simply cooking up a safe/low-dose marijuana recipe for your loved one’s favorite blueberry muffins, cake, brownies, cookies, or perhaps many other food items or put in a soda, perhaps even an ice-cream shake or soda-float. I’m not a culinary writer so pardon my awkwardness here, but I think most of you are getting my point.
    I witnessed the death of my mother thirty years ago from liver cancer, due to one or two loose cells we thought a “bombardment” had cured her from what we believed to originally be ovarian cancer. She was a smoker and this of course made her demise quicker. All too quick because she was only 67 when she passed away. Morphine kept her sedated somewhat, but when it ran its course and she wasn’t ready for a new dose, she was an entirely different woman, saying things she would’ve killed me and my two brothers on the spot for whispering, much less saying out loud. That’s what morphine can do.
    Thirty years later to the very day she died, my brother was memorialized in a Mass following his long battle with a hip injury, plus awfully painful stomach related illnesses which eventually bled him to death. But he died peacefully, just like our mother. This was last Spring. I can only imagine what an ordeal it must’ve been for his wife and children to have gone through. A combat veteran of the Vietnam War and an army officer, a lifetime dedicated civil servant, as was our mother in her civilian jobs as well as what she did for all of as as a “military mom,” . . . to watch people who lived selflessly their entire lives die in such painful ways … it’s too much. Undoubtedly, many others reading this will agree for their own families, it’s too much to ask of the dying patient and their families to watch such a needless ordeal; and they might be more inclined to widen their perspectives for no other reason than to help others die with dignity and save themselves so much pain, and save their loved ones the emotional pain of watching what can become a totally avoidable tragedy unfold.
    I’m not ready for “recreational” use of marijuana; Maybe its a bad experience, my total aversion to the foul smoke, the devil may care attitude I came across from some classmates while in college, and sadder still, watching what the stuff can do to a person who doesn’t have a clue as to what he or she is messing with. I’m fully aware of the BS that some ill informed users of grass use to “justify” getting their kicks and snookering others to join in with them, even if they’ve been informed they might be getting some “real bad shit.”
    There’s marijuana and there’s marijuana, and what I’m proposing is for greater research funding and most importantly, a more compassionate attitude towards the use of the strictly for medical use only kind designed to at least reduce the immediate painful symptoms of cancer and other dreaded diseases, but mental illness, depression, anxiety attacks. Sure, the use must be prescribed and whomever mixes the meds in with food has to be trained and certified. No room for libertarianism here folks.
    But this article above went well over the top. Just nasty n’ vindictive as hell. I’m not at all familiar with Mr. Steinberg, but it seems like he’s more interested in rolling George Soros in a wrapper and lighting him up as some kind of talismanic victory toke than offering anything constructive to the debate.
    Maybe I’m out in left field awaiting bunts. At my tender young age of 65, I’ve seen a lot of strange things and people behaving strangely. And gawd were they amusing to watch. There’s nothing amusing when it comes to watching a person die slowly and ever so excruciatingly painfully before your eyes and in your heart, esp. those you love and like a lot. But for a lot of beefs I’ve still got with some folks from years past, I wouldn’t wish upon them what my mother and brother went through nor what his other brother and I witnessed and lost. A painful death from cancer or other killer conditions doesn’t just weaken the hell out of people with cancer, etc. it can also lead to a slow death from watching uneccessary pain and the bewilderment that comes from having to go through the rest of their lives wondering “why, why does it have to be so painful?”
    It doesn’t. Hell, if some day I get high from my wife’s or kids’ blueberry muffins, that’s the way I want to go out. And I pray to watch some president sign the bill allowing me this last pleasure if I ever need it..

  • KAG505

    Just like those misinformed morons who rant hysterically at anything written about the hazards of their precious harmless little plant. No matter where the information comes from, especially if the web site it comes from ends in dot gov, the information is automatically trashed before even being read. No matter the study, no matter the authorship, the only thing that matters is the joint.

  • RMThoughts

    The war on drugs is something the (so-called) Right loves. The war in guns is the favorite of the (so-called) Left. Neither are winnable because both wars are based on a logical fallacy: that an object, an item, is the source of evil. This is why politicians on both sides (let’s just pretend that there are, really, “sides” in the US official political spectrum, even if there are none) love them.

    Both wars are a bureaucratic and financial bonanza. “Drug warriors” like Cliff, have a phobia (in the sense of both hate and fear) of drugs just as “gun warriors” have a phobia of guns, which means that rather than rationally analyze the issue, their position will be emotionally driven, free from all the complexities of real life.

    Of course, gun owners have it better than drug users. There never was a constitutional amendment protecting the right of each citizen to ingest, smoke, inject or otherwise consume any substance he/she wants simply because at the time of the drafting of the Constitution that freedom was an self-evident truth. The list of right specifically granted to the state was assumed exhaustive and the state could not engage in any legistlation not specifically authorized, while today we see the exact opposite of that: whatever freedom is not expressly protected is fair game for the millionaire lawyers sitting in Congres

  • RMThoughts

    Do we believe that inanimate objects can, by themselves, cause such evils as violence or addiction? Do we believe that it will ever become possible to eliminate weapons or mind-altering substances from our societies? And, most importantly, do we believe that each individual ought to have the right to answer these questions for himself or herself, or do we believe that the state ought to enforce its choices on the rest of us?

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    It’s a well known fact that communist countries and groups have been behind the illegal drug trade for decades to intentionally demoralize and weaken America to bring her down. When heroine first hit the streets in the 1950’s, it was traced to Communist China. So a government entrusted with securing the blessings of liberty, has allowed it’s children to get caught in the heart wrenching net of drug addiction, because they have become soft, swallowing the line of their marxist subverters. Ultimately, the American people could care less about being intentionally demoralized and used like a pawn in a game of chess. They do not possess the will to save their own lives. Like Yuri Bezmenov once said, the American people won’t understand until they receive a kick in the bottom by the military boot, then they will understand, but not earlier. That is the tragedy of the situation.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    “It’s a well known fact that communist countries and groups have been behind the illegal drug trade for decades to intentionally demoralize and weaken America to bring her down.”

    Only to tinfoil hat wearing doofuses like you.

  • AndRebecca

    The state should do something about people with the mental illness of drug addiction. George Soros is a communist who wants to sabotage the country by making the teenagers unable to grow up into responsible adults. If you live in a society, you should contribute to that society and not become a ward of the state, like the mentally ill adult addicts. Pull your own weight men, and see to it that the younger generation turns into people to be proud of, not wasted rejects with useless lives spent looking for the next high. You white guys in particular should know by now these Leftist drug pushers and their ilk do not want the best for you.

  • AndRebecca

    Actually, there are drug maps of the world showing where the drugs come from and where they go- you communist child molester.

  • AndRebecca

    You are so full of it. I have worked with people dying of cancer and they do not have all the pain you think they do, but if they do complain of pain they get drugs which totally eliminate it. As you described, the most hideous pain is felt by morphine addicts when they miss a dose, not by cancer patients, and your mother should not have been put on morphine because she was not near death. There are other drugs. Most people feel no pain at all when dying, even with cancer. You sound like you and your family already have weed addiction problems, and can’t handle life real well. Why share all the garbage?

  • AndRebecca

    Here’s a short list of infamous pot smokers: 1. Michael Brown, Ferguson Mo. 2. Jared Loughner, Giffords shooting, 3. Lekeisha N. Holloway, driver who plowed into a crow of shoppers in Vegas, 4 Timothy McVeigh, OK City bomber 5 Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhan Bros. 6. Eddie Ray Routh, Chris Kyle murderer 7. the Face eater captured on video in Florida…and, there are plenty more. Not a whole lot of boozers drink a fifth and then commit weirded out violent crime, although they are responsible for many crimes.

  • AndRebecca

    Prison, according to drug addicts I’ve heard talk about it saved their lives. If they had never gone to jail they would have never gotten straight… and no one goes to jail for possession of small amounts. Jail records can be seen and maybe you can find out why mother really went to jail. Your mother is the problem, not jail. Look what she’s done to you.

  • AndRebecca

    Your stupidity is beyond belief.

  • Poseidon

    How about all the people who died — directly — due to alcohol?

  • Steven Barrett

    First of all, none of my family members have “weed addiction problems,” or “can’t handle life real well.” What you describe as “garbage” happens to be what a lot of people go through. Did you you see me advocating the “early check out” that a lot of our more libertarian fellow citizens think is kosher when things get tough? No. So who the hell are you Rebecca to judge me. I just gave some examples from my life. If you’re against recreational use of marijuana as I am, that’s one thing and leave it at that. But if you also oppose converting the plant into safe medicinal purposes, just say so in a very concise, scientific way that’s backed by facts that I or others might not have realized and do us all a big favor by leaving your smallish judgmental outlook to yourself.
    I’m even willing to give you the total benefit of the doubt (against my better judgment honed by experience) in your comment about seeing cancer patients not undergoing any pain. But how do you know if they were or were not medicated and what was used. Some medications like morphine can produce negative side effects and some allow the patients to pass quietly. It depends on the patient, what’s available and the doctor prescribing the meds, not to mention the insurance company paying for it. (Boy, don’t they get their last say, and literally speaking, the proverbial “pound of flesh.”You seem so very adept when it comes to things involving the “self” in your life. You might as well toss your views on Marijuana in with the rest.

  • AndRebecca

    You put your garbage on this site on a regular basis, and here I’ve had time to respond to it. If you don’t want judgment don’t air your dirty laundry in public. You write this crap so people will do things they really shouldn’t. You are a spineless creep. People have been dying on a regular basis around the world from cancer and all sorts of other things completely without pain medication since the world began. Now that does not mean they didn’t need it a times or that we shouldn’t give comfort care to the dying… but, you are promoting pot under the guise that people need it to die which is untrue…and if I worked with dying patients, how do you think I might know what they were getting for medication? … The medical profession is run by the Left and the Leftists are fine with the medical marijuana and they have liberal attitudes toward all the latest disgusting crap going on which is making people sick. And there is this code of silence, so you don’t hear anything but what the Left wants you to hear out of the field of medicine. Everyone is supposed to keep their mouths shut. .. But back to you, what did you mean when you wrote, “but hell, if I get high from my wife’s or kids’ blueberry muffins, that’s the way I want to go out” implies your wife and kids do drugs and you are going to have them set up drugs for you when you die. What knit-wit idea were you trying to get across, if not that your family already uses weed and you are fine with it?

  • Steven Barrett

    Ain’t you a sweetie today.

  • AndRebecca

    The article did not say to do alcohol instead pot, did it? Alcohol has it’s own problems for the addict and the choice isn’t between doing one drug or the other but to stay in control of your mind and especially your rage and sadistic behavior. Some people can drink happy juice and not have a problem. Others, as seen on the cop shows on TV, do murder people, but it is different. I’ve never met a person who could smoke weed and not have a problem. The insidious thing about it, is under the influence the person thinks they are actually performing better and that their reasoning is better than when they are normal.

  • Poseidon

    Your neighbors and co-workers probably smoke pot and you don’t even know it. If they were abusing meth, alcohol, heroin or crack, you would know it. I’ve known plenty of engineers, programmers, managers, ultra-successful salesman, construction workers, small business owners, security consultants, alarm installers, electricians, plumbers, college professors, doctors… who’ve smoked pot since they were in high school. They are good citizens and good neighbors and don’t cause anybody any harm. Dr. Carl Sagan admitted he smoked pot.

  • AndRebecca

    I do know some of my neighbors, relatives and co-workers smoke pot. You don’t have to even know some of them to tell they are on drugs by the way they “keep up” their property. And, if you ever end up in the hospital and get a nurse with a bad attitude, you will have met one of them. See, your mind isn’t working right and that makes you think you know more than other people, and that pot is good. You must live in an alternate reality if you think pot smokers are good citizens and good neighbors, etc. What a bunch of bull.

  • Jack Parsons

    How did drugs become illegal? It took a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit alcohol, and another to repeal the prohibition.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    It is well documented, China boy.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Sure, in Nutjob Conspiracy Land. Here in reality, we think you’re a dodo.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    What is reality? If you are a liberal then you do not believe in absolute truths. If you do not believe in absolute truths, then you are simply waiting for the next theory to come along and shatter your current illusion, i.e. your reality is illusion. It dialectical, constantly changing. There is no such thing as truth or a lie. So nothing is really real to you. You are blinded by the devil. Now one day you will find that there is a God, and you are going to wish you had listened, that is the tragedy of your situation.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    God, I love it when right wing idiots try to tell me what I do or don’t believe in. They never even come close to getting it right. Par for the course, I guess. Moron.

  • Jack Parsons

    It’s a well known that collectivists have been behind the illegal drug trade for decades to intentionally demoralize and weaken America to bring her down.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    You, yourself, don’t even know what you believe in. You believe in constant change. You speak in a dialectical paradigm. So, it doesn’t matter what you believe today, it will change tomorrow. You are not a preserver, you are a destroyer.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Your attempts at cleverness are only showing me how stupid you are. But please, continue telling me about what I believe. It’s fascinating.

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  • IronChefSandwiches

    Good Bye

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

    — Hebrews 13:8 (King James Version)

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  • Sonnys_Mom

    Contrary to the Sixties myth of marijuana as “harmless”, in fact the THC level in currently available marijuana is many times what it used to be 50 years ago. Bill Bennett & Robert White have documented this and a range other social and law enforcement problems in their book, Going to Pot.

  • kim swiger

    Of course this article is factual and true. I can state this as one addicted to drugs his entire life. I am not the exception. My ability to control impulses and make morally good decisions was affected by using during teenage years.
    If marijuana is a medicine then put it into pill form without the high effects. Selling it in its smokable form is not healthful. I smoked so much I ended up with tonsilar cancer. That’s not very medicinal sounding.
    I remember the early seventies when after bombarding us with LSD and pot they flooded the streets with qualudes and heroin. Its happening again! Legalize pot then flood the country with opiates! Wake up! Don’t let the lefts name calling stop you from doing what you know is right. For both our country and the individual. Drugs are ruining America! Its what evil wants isn’t it Mr. Soros?

  • Steven Barrett

    How ’bout a famous conservative pot smoker? I’ll leave you guessing as to whom I’m reeferring to.

  • AndRebecca

    What happened? Did you wake up from a purple haze? Obama is a famous pot smoker and the Marxists like him want everyone to smoke it so their thought processes won’t work right. A pretty simple plan. George Soros, the famous Democrat money guy and anti-capitalist, grows pot in S.A. and so he wants you smoking it. What is it about dictatorship and mob rule that you find so attractive?

  • Sonnys_Mom

    And isn’t it amazing how this subject always brings out active users. They’re so easy to spot! They present addiction as “personal freedom” and “my civil rights” but they’re clearly obsessed with never running out of their favorite mind-altering substance.

  • Steven Barrett

    That’s the drug these “experts” on drugs don’t even want to go near. Wonder why. But c’mon Rebecca, you must have some idea of who I was referring to in my previous post, you know, before you went off on your rant about George Soros. I’m sure you’ve heard of this man’s name; otherwise you can’t be that well versed in contemporary conservatism. BTW, I’ve seen what excessive alcohol can do and the damage pot often gets blamed for comes nowhere nearly as painfully extensive to suffer through or watch their loved ones go through. Not even close. Hell, I don’t use the stuff, and I can’t stand the smell of the second-hand smoke. Admittedly, it is worse than cigarettes, and let’s talk about stuff that gets you addicted and if not caught in time, killed. Oh hell, I’m being a flaming naive liberal all over again. Tobakker’s legal and one of those sacrosanct products today’s more libertarian righties will defend the use of, or hell even the misuse of, right to the bitter end of the users, just like, ummmm, what’s that other one … BANG, got it.

  • Steven Barrett

    Have you ever worked within the criminal “justice” system? Have you ever spent 8 hours a day for five days a week, or put in more time (that OT is addictive, even on cheaper Sunbelt state wages.) If you did, you’d have learned by now that people do serve time in jugs for small amounts because if they have to deal with a conviction-addicted local prosecutor or assistant DA wanting to succeed his or her boss in the worst way, guess what? It won’t be the rich white kids who do time. You know who will. And you know how the system is almost set up to keep ’em coming back and that’s because of conviction addicted prosecutors more interested in “rackin’ up their numbers” than in really doing something to make the communities they live in worthy of taking pride in.

  • Steven Barrett

    And who are you to judge a man’s IQ, esp. somebody I’ll bet you’ve never met in person during your entire life: What are your educational creds, your medical degrees, and what studies have you conducted that demonstrate your expertise in measuring a person’s intelligence? Cred’s please.
    Thousands of years ago, a wise Greek named Aristophanes said in so many words, one’s immaturity, lack of specific knowledge on some things, bad behavior in some instances … they can all be worked out. Stupidity is permanent, and it’s you, Rebecca, who’s done a wonderful job of revealing your relative lack of intelligence and temperament (at least) insofar as this issue’s concerned. Not Ironchef, but you. Hey, it’s your chance and choice to remove that damn Aristophanic brand from your forehead.

  • AndRebecca

    I’ve actually known white convicts as well as people who have died from drugs without being in jail first, and life long drug users who are managing to still live a marginal life. They are/were in worse shape than alcoholics. The ones I’ve known in jail would most likely say they were there for “drugs,” meaning if they hadn’t done drugs, they would have managed to stay out trouble. There are also some street preacher types who say they would never gotten off drugs if not for going to jail for their crimes. They would still be robbing and stealing to support their habits instead of holding down a job. About half the people in jail are there due to crimes they’ve done under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. There could be a small percentage there for small crimes such as small amounts of weed, but not many. I also used to live in a black neighborhood and can tell you, the violent crime is higher among blacks. I knew a pharmacist and two Chinese grocers who were murdered while I was there, and also had two friends who were raped by blacks during a short stay in that black neighborhood. We also had our car broken into, I was followed home by creepy characters and saw the results of many petty crimes while there. Drug related crime has spread out of the ghetto, but it is not as bad as in the ghetto, yet. We’ve had crime go up everywhere due to drugs. Violent crime has steadily gone up in America, since 1900 to a plateau in the 1980s, but now it is starting to rise again. And it definitely got worse after WWII due to the use of drugs in minority neighborhoods. The communists and the mafia started selling drugs in minority neighborhoods before WWII and then spread out. I am amazed you lead such dull life, and that you are not aware of your surroundings, and happily buy into the marijuana propaganda placed out there by the marijuana companies-yes, marijuana companies. You can buy stocks in marijuana now… Earth to Steven: we’re living in post-Christian America.

  • AndRebecca

    Oh, sticking up for your fellow troll. What a picture that makes. Do you make $15.00 working for the SPLC? That seems to be the dollar amount you commies think you are worth.

  • Steven Barrett

    Well, I go to church regularly at my Episcopal church so I don’t know where you’re getting the “post-Christian America” stuff from. But since I’ve got your attention on this “post-Christian” idea of yours, let me ask you, how “Christian” were the settlers or worse, Suttlers, who ran the gov’t’s version of the local package store geared directly for the Indians so they could get them drunk and finish them off, steal more of their land and to this day find ways to keep screwin’ em over and over concerning peyote and hemp related laws? Hell, even a John Wayne movie condemned this shit. You’re kinda behind the times when it comes to expressin’ moral umbrage, outrage and just in general sufferin’ from a political outtage. Here’s a song to serenade you with so you know I have no hard feelings. One of my favorites. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuMDG5RvdXs Oh, and one more for ya featurin’ the Red Headed Stranger n’ Toby Keith, on the same subject, no less. Enjoy now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tJXjt5D4zY

  • Steven Barrett

    C’mon, you can do better than that. Or are you just afraid to admit the name of this very prominent giant of the conservative movement in American history. This man was huuuuuuuuuge in his time. And unlike lots of today’s more uncouth breed of self-styled “conservatives,” this man, who had all the blessings in life, lots of bucks in the bank, lots of fame, influence, was one of the humblest giants to call himself a conservative thinker, writer, and shaker.
    LOL, Rebecca, haven’t I given you enough damn clues!?

  • AndRebecca

    You sure are out there in la-la land you hater. I guess the pot has fried your brain. You even state you go to a non-Christian secular humanist heretical church and still don’t have a clue. And you claim pot doesn’t make you brain dead.

  • AndRebecca

    I sure can do better than that, but unlike you, I’m not living on welfare and don’t have all day to converse with a moron like yourself.

  • AndRebecca

    P.S., playing a musical instrument and/or rhyming words is not a sign of great intelligence. In fact, it is probably harder for an intelligent person to do either one. Dope helps with the dumb stuff… It’s kind of like playing football, not having a brain comes in handy in some high paying endeavors.

  • coldything

    In order to have legal access to drugs, these blinded clouded minds don’t realize how many other ways the “Ruling Class” is taking away their rights and that if we don’t pay attention, and that is why the drug issue has so much attention, in 10 years we will be an “Athoritarian State”. After all, the establishment in both parties opposed Trump because they believed they couldn’t control him, and it is all about “CONTROL” !!
    If people are enticed and captivated by the left hand, they will never notice what the right hand is doing until it is too late !!

  • baki

    “illegal drug” is a modern term. since when hemp is “illegal”? Prohibition is a fakin collectivist shit!

  • baki

    In this world nothing is perfect, even Soros is not perfectly wrong or evil, sometimes he supports good things also

  • The media and society as a whole does glamourize drug us in one form or another. I think one of our biggest problem with our current system. Is the approach to dealing with drug problem, incarceration should have never been apart of the punishment. With the growing amount of opioid addiction. Governmental leaders are starting to see it as a addiction not a offense that requires jail time. The reasons for this shift in their mindsets vary. Is it because a different demographic is being affected by over the counter prescription. Check out our article on opioid addiction & how marijuana helps. http://naturesgiftunlocked.com/medical-marijuana-help-stop-opioid-heroin-overdoses/

  • Edward

    Such a factual information. Media should not glorify drug users. Drugs are very harmful for both physical as well as mental health. It is important to take effective drugs detoxify measures to avoid the harmful effects.