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US ATTORNEY GENERAL FINALLY ADMITS WEED ISN’T A GATEWAY DRUG – PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE

 US Attorney General Finally Admits Weed Isn’t a Gateway Drug — Prescription Pills Are

US Attorney General Finally Admits Weed Isn’t a Gateway Drug — Prescription Pills Are

September 28, 2016   |   Alice Salles

(ANTIMEDIA) The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a U.S. federal research institute focused on[advancing] science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction … to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. ” Though it admits “the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ‘harder’ substances,” it still describes marijuana as a gateway drug.

But U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently told a group of Kentucky high school students the role of marijuana in the national drug abuse debate has been overstated.

While discussing how heroin abuse and how individuals often develop an addiction, Lynch argued:

[I]ndividuals [start out] with a prescription drug problem, and then because they need more and more, they turn to heroin. It isn’t so much that marijuana is the step right before using prescription drugs or opioids —  it is true that if you tend to experiment with a lot of things in life, you may be inclined to experiment with drugs, as well. But it’s not like we’re seeing that marijuana as a specific gateway.”

Attorney General Lynch added that instead of trafficking rings, what “introduce[s] a person to opioids … [is] the household medicine cabinet.”

The event she attended was part of the Prescription Opioid Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, a campaign designed by the White House that includes “250 different events highlighting the importance of prevention, enforcement, and treatment.” As expected, the campaign focused on advertising the official approach to drug abuse, encouraging the public to support the Obama administration’s approach to the opioid crisis.

Measures embraced by the administration includeexpanding evidence-based prevention and treatment programs, increasing access to the overdose-reversal medicine naloxone, and supporting targeted enforcement activities.” But nowhere in the official campaign page is there a list of practical solutions to the opioid crisis, an admission of guilt, or a concession stating that, despite marijuana’s official federal classification, cannabis is not seen as the root of the problem by the very head of the United States Department of Justice.

In early August, the Obama administration said no to a bid urging the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reconsider how marijuana is classified under federal drug control laws. Currently, the DEA lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, along with heroin, the pivot drug of the opioid epidemic. But as the Attorney General’s comments demonstrate, the federal government fails to take its own classification methodology seriously, choosing instead to contend that prescription drug abuse is a much bigger issue. Per its federal classification, marijuana should be seen as a threat as dangerous as heroin, and yet Lynch appears to contend the abuse of legal drugs is keeping federal agents busy — not the enforcement of her agency’s own rules.

What Lynch is failing to discuss on the federal government’s anti-opioid abuse campaign trail is the racist, opportunistic roots of the failed and decades-long drug war in America. But as American states begin to shift their approach to some of the targets of this nationwide anti-drug campaign, legalized marijuana is able to accomplish what many drug war apologists claimed criminalization would achieve: bringing down the drug cartels.

But as the Washington Post report demonstrates, legalizing pot is not enough.

While powerful drug cartels have seen legalized marijuana taking a chunk out of their profits, the criminalization of other drugs such as heroin continues to put addicts in harm’s way.

With drug cartels seeing an increase in demand due to the pressure mounting from the growth of the relationship between the government and the pharmaceutical industry, dangerous alternatives to heroin, such as fentanyl, are sold on the street as regular heroin.

Without legal means to produce the drugs the market demands, these cartels are not concerned with the quality of their product nor the health of their consumer. When looking at the destruction stemming from the illegal drug trafficking industry, we are able to trace it back to the criminalization of drug commerce and use — and yet government officials prefer to live in the dark ages, upping their involvement with the war on yet another drug epidemic entirely manufactured by crony kingpins.


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THOMAS WAS GIVEN A HARSH SENTENCE 4/14/16

Sentencing Hearing Audio: Sentencing Hearing 4_14_16.mp3
Sentencing Hearing Transcript: Sentencing Hearing 4_14_16.pdf

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4/14/16 – Today was a sad day for people in this country.  However most are not aware of it and many or most don’t really care enough to raise their voice or lift a finger. 

Judge Reed sentenced Thomas 1 to 3 years for threats of terrorism and 1 to 5 years for violation of home confinement.  These are to run consecutive.  There is no doubt in my mind that Thomas’s court appointed assistance of council Mr. Oshoway and Judge Reed were working together in their outcome based Just Us.

Thomas took the high road from day one.  He was not delusional. He knew the situation, opposition, and the dangers, but he persisted without compromise.

Thomas laid bare the big corporate club for all to see.  It is the same club that is attacking Donald Trump in his bid for presidency.  It is the same big club that George Carlin warned us about.  

Without removal of the evil corporate stranglehold on government and a turning away from evil of the people, there can only be an ever increasing decent into a hellish world.

From Wikipedia:

“A sentence is a decree of punishment. In law, a sentence forms the final explicit act of a judge-ruled process, and also the symbolic principal act connected to his function.”

Behold the corporate club in action.  The BAR (British Accreditation Registry) is a corporation.  Judge Reed has his corporation!  All branches of West Virginia and U.S. Government are incorporated. 

Judge Reed did rule in Thomas’s trial as Wikipedia states.  He ruled as gate keeper of evidence.  Judge Reed ruled what constitutional rights pleaded for by Thomas could be ignored. Judge Reed instructed the jury on how they must rule, and excluded the fact that the jury has the right and obligation to judge the law.

That the jury took slightly over one hour to reach their decision, speaks volumes as to the travesty of justice.  Had the jury properly realized the truth in this case, they would have handed Thomas a not guilty verdict.  That verdict would have forced the West Virginia Supreme court to deal with the issues of case 15-0419.  Instead of a total disregard for the rule of law, Thomas’s, Gene’s and my complaint would have had a proper hearing.

The overall interest in Thomas’s trial is indicative of the apathy, ignorance and conditioning of the people who are marching to the drum of the Corporate Machine. 

Incorporation of government, as bad and wrong as it is, a moral meltdown of the people is the very core of our dilemma.  Scripture say that “all nations that forget God will be turned into hell.”  John Adams said “We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Last night, I attended a candidate debate in Elkins, West Virginia.  Numerous candidates were asked to give their ideas on how to curb the monumental drug epidemic that no one disputes.  Not one candidate addressed the spiritual component.

Thomas, Gene, and I addressed in our Supreme Court Complaint, a major problem directly involving the spiritual component and its relationship to a total disregard for our State Constitution and the Rule of Law meant to protect Churches from state control.  The West Virginia constitution in Article 6 Section 47 prohibits church incorporation for obvious reasons.

Without repentance and turning from our wicked ways this land will increasingly be turned into hell and His people will be destroyed for lack of knowledge, Hosea 4:6.  Even worse than that, Scripture continues with God forgetting our posterity!

Was Thomas doing what is right in the eyes of God?  Conviction dictated that knowing what he knew, he couldn’t have done otherwise. He deserves much prayer.

I am sorry that the livestream that I thought I did at 11:00 A.M. after the sentencing was a bust.  After the presentation, I checked the streaming device which showed the bandwidth was insufficient.

With no apologies,

Phillip

VIDEO: AMERICA’S DEATH EULOGY GIVEN AT JUDICIAL BUILDING CRIME SCENE!

CALEB HITT

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Supporters of Thomas David House of Deegan erected a crime scene near the Wood County Judicial Building, located in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  In what was thought to be a jury trial for Thomas ended up being another pretrial hearing before Judge Jeff Reed in Circuit Court.  Afterwards, Pastor Butch Paul gave a death eulogy for America.  Other supporters who gave speeches included Phil Hudok, Carl Alfred, and Darlene Deegan.  Thomas’s trial is scheduled for March 15th.

19 violations found at St. Tammany work-release

COVINGTON, La. (AP) – Louisiana Department of Corrections officials have  conducted a shakedown raid at a Covington work-release facility that houses  state inmates.

The facility’s director said 19 inmates were sent back to St. Tammany Parish Jail for violating state regulations.

Director Lester Mitchell said Sunday  morning’s shakedown was the second at the facility in the last two weeks.

Northshore Workforce Solutions, the privately owned company that runs the  program, has been the subject of recent reports by WWL-TV and The New Orleans  Advocate (http://bit.ly/1o0uqey ) that have focused on allegations of lax  oversight at the facility, including two drug-related deaths of inmates.

Sunday’s search turned up drug screening violations and contraband.

“During this morning’s search every participant in the facility was drug  screened and every inch of the facility was searched physically and with K-9  drug dogs,” Mitchell said in an  email.

The items of contraband were two cellphones and a small amount of what  appeared to be synthetic marijuana, Mitchell said.

“No Northshore  Workforce owner, management or staff were aware of either inspection until  the Sheriff’s Office and Department of  Corrections arrived at the facility,” he said. “Northshore  Workforce is committed to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s  Office and the Department of Corrections and following the regulations they  set.”

Read more: washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/24/19-violations-found-at-st-tammany-work-release/