DAMMADD: Video Footage Exposes Pro Drug Movement

Check out Dick Cowan’s comments on the show page for a reality check on this propaganda.

” TIOGA CENTER, N.Y., June 29 /U.S. Newswire/ — If there was ever any doubt about the lie that has been perpetuated on the American people about “medical marijuana”, this video clip should put the matter to rest. http://www.sorosmonitor.com/medical_hoax_access.mpg
Richard Cowan, former director of NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws) advises the Drug Policy Foundation (now Drug Policy Alliance) that the avenue to legalization of marijuana is by getting thousands of people to use it on the pretense that it is a medicine.

Ed Rosenthal, editor of High Times Magazine, jokes about his undiagnosed latent glaucoma, not a problem because he treats it medically…by getting high. He likes to get high.”
June 29, 2005

Yesterday, a group called Dads and Mad Mothers Against Drug Dealers (http://www.dammadd.org) put out a press release:

June 29, 2005
To: National and State Desks

Contact: Steven Steiner of Dads and Mad Moms Against Drug Dealers, 607-687-4151 ext. 100

TIOGA CENTER, N.Y., June 29 /U.S. Newswire/ — If there was ever any doubt about the lie that has been perpetuated on the American people about “medical marijuana”, this video clip should put the matter to rest. http://www.sorosmonitor.com/medical_hoax_access.mpg

Richard Cowan, former director of NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws) advises the Drug Policy Foundation (now Drug Policy Alliance) that the avenue to legalization of marijuana is by getting thousands of people to use it on the pretense that it is a medicine.

Ed Rosenthal, editor of High Times Magazine, jokes about his undiagnosed latent glaucoma, not a problem because he treats it medically…by getting high. He likes to get high.

Batting cleanup is the infamous Marsha Rosenbaum, who works for the Drug Policy Alliance, largely financed by George Soros, whose mission is to legalize drugs. Rosenbaum maligns her professional status by promoting the concept that we should be teaching children responsible use of illicit drugs…irrespective of the fact that alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs have devastating impacts on children whose minds and bodies are not fully developed, and in open defiance of the laws that exist to protect children by making any use of these controlled substances illegal.

Drugs alone cost this nation roughly $200 billion and claim an estimated 150,000 lives per annum. We need to hold our elected officials accountable for passing legislation that exacerbates the problem, and/or not enforcing federal laws that exist to protect our young people. “Medical Marijuana” is simply a hoax.

Editor’s Note: Video Taper Link Can be found on the soros Monitor at http://www.sorosmonitor.com or http://www.sorosmonitor.com/medical_hoax_access.mpg

The headline for the video:

“Video Footage Exposes Pro drug Movement… If there was ever any doubt about the lie that has been perpetuated on the American people about ‘medical marijuana’, this video clip should put the matter to rest.”

On June 13th, they also posted a rather fatuous comment on medical cannabis.
See
http://www.dammadd.org/absolutenm/templates/?a=26&z=3

DAMMADD was founded by a couple who lost their son to an overdose of cocaine, but they are fanatically opposed to medical cannabis, and fanatically supportive of the prohibition that failed to protect their son.

Like some other prohibitionist organizations they are obsessed with George Soros. Consequently, they have set up a separate website dedicated to blaming Soros for the entire anti-prohibitionist movement. http://www.sorosmonitor.com/home.aspx

For the record, I have never met George Soros, and in 1992, I had not even heard of him. I have never received a penny from him, nor have I ever sought any funding from him and his organizations personally. (Not that there is anything wrong with it.)

It is DAMMAD’s premise that the entire medical cannabis movement is just a “scam” to legalize all drugs. That is a part of the prohibitionist party line and not uniquely theirs.

On the Soros Monitor site they have a video with very brief and edited excerpt from a tape of a conference in San Francisco in the early 1990s in which I am shown saying, “The key to it is medical access because once you have hundreds of thousands of people using marijuana medically under medical supervision the whole scam is going to be blown…once there’s medical access and if we continue to do what we have to do – and we will – then we’ll get full legalization.”

Actually, until I saw the excerpt this morning, I had never seen any of the video and I still have never seen what I was absolutely certain was a complete and accurate transcript of what were extemporaneous remarks.

However, context determines meaning. For example, the video does not show me saying in the next sentence, “I mean what we know is that marijuana prohibition is the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people…”

Over the last several years I have cited several instances in which other versions of my remarks were used to create the impression that I had actually called our own position as “scam” – which would be an odd political gaff by people as diabolically clever as we obviously are.

(Of course, if I really were so evil that I would use dying people as pawns – and stupid enough to boast about it in public – that still would not prove that medical cannabis is a scam… just that I am particularly evil and stupid.)

Below there are a few links to my website, MarijuanaNews.com, in which I have addressed the odd life of this “quote” over the last few years. In the meantime, so there will be no misunderstanding, here is a brief outline of my views.

1. I have never made any secret of my support for the full legalization of cannabis, subject to regulations similar to those for tobacco and over-the-counter drugs. I think that anyone over 18 should be allowed to buy it and use it, and they should be held accountable for any consequences of its misuse. (I do not think that cannabis is “harmless” but neither is being arrested.)
2. Until cannabis is fully legal, as described above, I am in favor of exempting medical use from prohibition by means of state and/or federal laws written for that purpose. Naturally, inasmuch as I am in favor of full legalization, I would have the medical exemption interpreted as broadly as possible, because I would put the patients’ needs ahead of the needs of the prohibition that I oppose. (All control systems “leak.”)
3. Yes, as my remarks in the tape make clear, I do think that having cannabis widely used under medical supervision would hasten the full legalization of cannabis for non-medical use. But why?

First, it will prove that cannabis does help large numbers of people for whom legal pharmaceuticals are either ineffective or dangerous, thereby proving that the prohibitionists, not the anti-prohibitionists, have been lying to the American people.

Second, it will prove that cannabis is far less dangerous than almost all legal drugs, medical or recreational, thereby proving that the prohibitionists, not the anti-prohibitionists, have been lying to the American people.

On the other hand, if cannabis is as dangerous or medically useless as the prohibitionist claim it is, clinical observation should prove that you are correct. That would hardly help the drive for legalization, even though it is NOT based on the assumption that cannabis is “harmless.” After all, it is clinical observations that lead to the recall of FDA approved drugs. Most prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be very dangerous under some circumstances, but they still have medical value. Consequently, medical use does not prove that something is “safe” enough for general use. In fact, it may prove exactly the opposite.
4. Finally, I really do believe that cannabis prohibition is the greatest fraud – or “scam” – ever perpetrated on the American people, and I think that it is perpetuated by the continual violation of the Commandment against giving false evidence. (A copy of this Commandment is legally placed on the grounds of the Texas Capitol where it is greatly honored in the breaching of it.)

Richard Cowan

Relevant links on MarijuanaNews.com:

Reading Between The Lies. New Version of An Old Lie About My Saying Medical Cannabis Is A “Scam” May Be Clue to New Prohibitionist Party Line. Only A Few Hundred Patients?
(at http://www.marijuananews.com/news.php3?sid=628)

The Police Fraud. Someone Is Lying. Marking The 30th Anniversary Of An Article in National Review. What if Don Quixote Was Right? Analysis by Richard Cowan (at http://www.marijuananews.com/news.php3?sid=605)

Former New York Times Managing Editor Rosenthal Denounces “False Compassion” Of Medical Marijuana Proponents
(at http://www.marijuananews.com/marijuananews/cowan/former_new_york_times_managing_e.htm)

There are more links on these pages.
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=49635

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