Pought Thots

A bit ignorant
I believe I’ve read every editorial you’ve written. They seem to be well thought out. But your editorial in the latest issue (CC#34, Prohibition and terrorism) seems to be a bit ignorant!

If the US doesn’t respond to the terrorist attacks they will get worse, not just for the US, but for you (Canada) as well as most of the world! We (the US) have been a very tolerant superpower, as compared to others such as The Roman Empire!

My point is study history for tomorrow’s answers. No need for knee jerk emotional hog wash to sell your ideas they will sell themselves!

A concerned reader.

The US imprisons more of its own people than any other nation on earth. American military actions have been responsible for the deaths of about eight million people around the globe since WWII, including many thousands of dead in Angola, El Salvador, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Vietnam, Guatemala, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, and Yugoslavia. To the inhabitants of these nations, it is often America who is the “terrorist.”

If we “study history” as you suggest, we learn that from the Nazi-created Reichstag Fire to Hearst’s 1898 sinking of the USS Main, from Roman Consul Crassus’ manipulation of Spartacus’ revolt to fabricated stories of Iraqi troops killing premature babies in a Kuwaiti hospital, leaders historically use deception and trickery to goad their populace into supporting war.

Heck, we even learn that in 1962, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed secret plans to commit deadly terrorist acts against Americans and blame Cuba, to create a pretext for invasion!

I do not condone the September 11 attacks against the US. But I also strongly oppose America’s murderous foreign policies and international drug war.

? Dana

Bickering and war

The bickering between you and High Times is somewhat amusing. My favourite is how High Times did not list Vancouver on their “Top Ten” pot spots of the world. Ridiculous!

I also think that even the attack on Afghanistan is part of the War on Drugs. The antics of the US must come under scrutiny. Their power hungry ways must be stopped! More Americans should read CC.

Keep up the fantastic work.


Grow union lawsuit?

Imagine: Americans paying multinational corporations not to pollute our air… paying them not to poison our water… paying them not to mistreat workers. Sound crazy? It is. But it’s already law in the United States, Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Multinational corporations can sue US taxpayers under NAFTA if they believe public regulation has damaged their profits ? and they are.

Now the same provision could spread throughout the Western Hemisphere if the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) treaty is adopted. It’s based on the theory of “regulatory takings” – a radical concept developed by anti-government ideologue Richard Epstein. When citizens act through government to protect the public interest, Epstein’s theory goes, they should pay businesses for limiting or “taking” future profits.

What type of support would this provision receive if a coalition of marijuana growers gave public praise for it and began preparing a lawsuit against the US government for 70 years of lost profits due to marijuana prohibition?

Lost sales, stolen crops, imprisoned customers, all could mean punitive damages in the hundreds of billions regardless of existing regulations.

I’m not actually in favor of this provision, but if such a coalition were to celebrate the possibility of using it to bankrupt the federal government, and to show just how ludicrous the idea of allowing businesses to sue for lost profits due to regulations really is, then it just might rattle Middle America into a little awareness.

Steve Anderson
via email

Hash or heroin?

How to keep post-Taliban Afghanistan from flooding the world with cheap heroin?

Guarantee a good price for all the hash they can produce.

Ben Masel

Jailhouse censorship

Hey Mr Larsen,

Thank you for replying to my letter (CC#35, Pought thots). I’ve lost my grievances and appeals so far. It seems the federal tyrants new Ensign Act specifically states “no pornography” or “material that explains how to make a destructive device, or how to manufacture drugs.” Unfortunately, Ask Ed falls into that category.

Thank you for helping me by printing my last letter, and for extending my subscription. Upon my release I will turn on lots of my friends to your great magazine.

Keep up the long journey.

Bruce Robertson, 03062082
Federal Correctional Institution
PO Box 1000, Butner, NC 27509-5000

Younger generation

Dear Cannabis Culture,

This is coming from the younger generation. I am 14 and I have some questions about your quest for freedom, so I can compare them to me and my friends’ quest.

First, do you want some set age, when loco-weed is legalized, that you would have to be to buy it? I and my friends would buy a dime anyways, from someone old enough like we do with cigarettes, so it would not help to set an age. That is my opinion.

Second, do you just want pot legal or do you want everything legal? I think certain things such as krank or cocaine should be illegal.


South Carolina

I would be happy to see cannabis treated like any other consumable plant. Those who wish to grow and use cannabis in their own home, of any age, should be free to do so. For those wishing to sell their product commercially there should be a set of standards applied to ensure that the product is safe to use in terms of pesticides, fertilizers and potency.

I would accept a system that prohibited commercial sale of cannabis products to minors, but the use of cannabis by minors should not itself be a criminal offense. We have this system now with alcohol, where a child cannot buy alcohol at the store, but parents are not charged simply for sharing alcohol with their children, nor are priests charged who provide wine to children during communion.

The appropriate agents to set limits on children’s cannabis use are parents, not police.

As for other drugs, I believe that all human beings have sovereignty over their own bodies, and should be free to ingest any substance they choose, and grow any plant they please. I oppose the notion that I require permission from anyone else to make decisions about my own body.

You write that age limits are pointless because you’d buy a dime anyways, but doesn’t that also apply to other substances? Coca and opium have long traditions of cultural and spiritual use in the countries where they are grown. Do we really need to go to war to keep people from using these plant derivatives?

? Dana

GW correction

Dear Dana,

In your current issue (CC#34, Med-pot update) the following statement appears:

“The device delivers a mix of THC and CBD as spray under the tongue. The two cannabinoids are isolated and extracted from the buds grown at the GW greenhouses in England.”

In fact, GW’s extracts are derived from whole cannabis, and therefore contain both major and minor cannabinoids and non-cannabinoid constituents, including terpenoids and flavinoids. GW designates its extracts according to the ratio of their primary cannabinoids, THC and CBD, but these extracts also contain all the other active ingredients found in the cannabis plant.

David Hadorn, MD
Medical Consultant – GW Pharma Ltd

Thanks for the clarification.

? Dana

Organic tobacco

Hi Dana,

Here’s a question in regards to the “Radioactive Tobacco” article (CC#35). In the article David Malmo-Levine mentions that American Spirit is one of the few companies that offer an organic line of cigarettes. Does that mean that they don’t spray the tobacco crop with chemical pesticides or that they don’t use harmful phosphate fertilizers? I’ve often wondered if they were truly “organic” or not.

Hopefully we’ll see the day when we can buy a pack of organically grown marijuana as easily as cigarettes. Keep up the great work!

Spirited American

American Spirit tobacco is produced by the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. According to their website (www.nascigs.com), their “additive-free” products are grown with the usual (radioactive) commercial fertilizers, but don’t contain the “processed stems, chemically derived synthetic flavor enhancers, preservatives, and ‘burn accelerators’ ? or any of the 599 additives known to be used in the manufacture of tobacco products.”

However, American Spirit’s line of organic tobacco products is grown according to certified organic standards ? without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Their organic agricultural practices are certified by state agencies.

RJ Reynolds Tobacco, America’s second-largest tobacco company, bought Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company for $340 million in December 2001. They have not announced any planned changes to the American Spirit line.

? Dana