Drew Carey Tackles DEA Raids on Medical Marijuana Clinics

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

This one will make you angry. I can’t imagine having a dying kid, knowing there’s a drug out there that can help him, and not being able to get it because of idiot, zealot drug warriors. The residents of San Luis Obispo County need a mass lesson in jury nullification right quick.

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24 Responses to “Drew Carey Tackles DEA Raids on Medical Marijuana Clinics”

  1. #1 |  Marshall | 

    I don’t even know what to say. Our country is destroying itself, I suppose, and over what? Someone getting a little relief from a plant that some politician decided a few decades ago was anathema?

    Over a year ago my home was violated by the Carroll County Drug Task Force, because a neighbor who didn’t like my mother said we ran a crack den. I was working the night shift at the time and opened the door at 5:00 am, to have a UMP45 shoved in my face. My Mother was pulled naked from bed at the end of submachine guns, why? They found nothing, but maybe our neighbor got a giggle. My mother has been teaching english at a maryland state school for over fifteen years, and before I enrolled in the same school I went to a catholic high school. Why did we have to suffer that? Why does an honest man selling an honest solution have to suffer? Why do we all have to suffer under the pretense of keeping us same from drugs? Someone please tell me, because I’ve lost hope for this country.

  2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

    For a long time on here, I’ve been unfairly comparing government to the mob as if they were cut from the same cloth. At this point, I feel I must apologize for that slanderous injustice. Sorry, mob.

  3. #3 |  seeker6079 | 

    The marijuana laws exist for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is to take something normal and useful and safe (the WD40 of the drug world) and make it illegal. Its very ubiquity and utility guarantees a demand for more and more enforcement, “necessitating” harsher laws, more police, more raids, etc. ; it also serves as a backup justification for any other mistakes they make. (A raid of the wrong house magically becomes a righteous raid because, almost inevitably, some cop is going to find a joint.)

    Marijuana/cannibis isn’t illegal because we need protection from it. It’s illegal because many forces within the state need it to craft a growing, authoritarian, moralistic, anti-constitutional police state. If cannabis had never existed it would be something else.

    Marijuana is not the End which necessitates the Means of an aggressive police state. It is the Means by which the End of the aggressive police state is created, justified and maintained.

  4. #4 |  seeker6079 | 

    This sort of thing is where progressives and civil libertarians have common cause, and their refusal to recognize each other drives me insane.

    We can take it as a given that progressives and libertarians are not going to agree on economics. Amanda Marcotte and Radley Balko are about as likely to agree on economics as they are to sprout wings and fangs and terrorize Transylvania. We can also take it as a given that on most matters of morality and personal choice, on almost all matters of “leave me the hell alone to make my own decisions about pleasure, pain and self” they are on exactly the same page. There should be more awareness of this, more cooperation, more joint efforts.

  5. #5 |  seeker6079 | 

    Let’s not forget one important thing: America is a country with much of its psychology rooted in protestant, often calvinist and fundamentalist christianity. One of the core notions of this particular breed of religion is the baseline assumption that “what’s fun is a sin and not permitted”.

    That particular mental poison is woven into the American political psyche, and continues to exist on the ground amongst vast (and fucked up) swathes of the American electorate. The result? Even if you rationally prove* that grass does no real harm AND is medically useful there are still going to be large and vigorous amounts of the voting public who want it banned and its users in jail. Why? Because it’s pleasant to use, and these people have a sicko default setting that Fun=Sin, and like most moralists they believe that the criminal law should reflect their personal moral choices.

    * – We will leave aside for the moment the reality that large numbers of ignoramii and fundamentalists and egghead-haters will be against it precisely because it is scientifically proven. There are armies of anti-rationalists within the American electorate.

  6. #6 |  Marty | 

    Drew’s and ReasonTV’s best work yet! I hope this receives the wide audience it so richly deserves.

  7. #7 |  Nick T | 

    So if marijuana has no medical value because the federal government is using cherry-picked studies rather than actual, flesh and blood, human beings who are crying out “this shit makes me feel and be healthier!” Then does that mean they will stop making commercials with insanely contrived fake anecdotes about some guy who gets high and ends up being super lazy (!!), or that young man (we’ve all known one of these) who gets high and gets in a car wreck *killing his own sister riding her bike* (cuz, ya know, when you drink booze you only hit puppy-rapists riding their stolen mopeds)?

    We’re actually at the point where the most important argument is “no medical value” versus “no harmful effects.” They might as well just cite Reefer Madness.

  8. #8 |  seeker6079 | 

    “[I]t is no coincidence that the War On Drugs heated up after the civil rights movement achieved a set of huge victories that gave this country a moment of hope for something like racial equality. Now we have a country where 1 in 15 black people are currently in jail.”
    Amanda Marcotte,
    “The brainless, pointless War On Drugs” , March 6, 2008

    One should also remember that the wave of felon disenfranchisement laws began around that time, and has been reinforced since with purging of voter rolls.

  9. #9 |  Red Green | 

    I agree with your psychology of the US drug war ,seeker. But how do you explain the drug war in places like southeast asia and other non christist nations? Maybe they just want $$$ from the US?

  10. #10 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Those who blame the drug war on Christians need to sit down and do some reading. While it’s true that some Christians (and so-called Christians) are supportive, the current drug war grew out of the eugenics movements of the early 20th century, as did Prohibition. This was a “progressive” phenomenon. What better way to keep darkies from reproducing than to make up phony pretexts to throw them in jail during their reproductive years? It’s sick thinking, and it’s amazing to me that it’s went on this long.

    The fact that China is at least as strict as the US in this sense should be the first clue that it’s not due to Christianity.

  11. #11 |  seeker6079 | 

    Red Green, Michael Chaney:
    * Differing areas have differing reasons for their drug wars. American demand for drugs is the biggest and most disproportionate driver of worldwide demand therefore it is possible to examine the American example without being too bound by others’ experience.
    * I do not speak to Christianity as A reason, but merely a significant and under-examined driver of the problems and “maintaining the pressure”. It is significant that countries which move away from strict religious observance also move towards saner, less punitive drug laws. Much of the antidrug hysteria out there is purely moralist and fundamentalist christianity is the biggest driver of purely moralist behaviour in the USA.
    * You can feel free to argue eugenics if you wish. However, nativist, racist sentiment played an equal role. It highly illustrative to look at the motives actions of Harry J. Anslinger and the FBN as examples of this.

  12. #12 |  michael | 

    The War on Drugs feeds the prison industry, more busts = more inmates = more $$. Don’t forget another industry which has a major stake in this BS war, Big Pharma. Medical pot will take a big bite out of their profits. Also, the CIA is making lots of money bringing marijuana and more into the country.

  13. #13 |  Will Grigg | 

    If there were an Emmy or Oscar for on-line documentary film making, this segment would easily win it.

    One struggles to comprehend the gratuitous, unblinking cruelty of people capable of carrying out orders that result in such needless suffering. Truly, the State is the “coldest of all cold monsters.”

    What I find particularly infuriating here is the role played by the Sheriff, who must be shamelessly whoring after federal bucks at the expense of the rights of those who live in his county. He’s more refined than the anthropomorphic dung heap called Joe Arpaio, but he’s at least as evil.

  14. #14 |  seeker6079 | 

    I’m with Will Grigg on the Sheriff. It seems clear that he was pissed off that state and local law was permitting something that he felt was wrong, so he called in the feds to do the hatchet work, with his men backing them up. Sort of like the vicious little prick most of us knew in grade school: mean as a snake, but you could beat him up if he came after you; after a few lost fights he solved the problem by finding somebody bigger and more thuggish than he.

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  16. #16 |  Greg N. | 

    Reason.tv is the best thing that’s happened to libertarianism since the Cato Institute.

  17. #17 |  edintally | 

    I hope we get to see a follow up to this story where the sheriff, mayor, or both are voted out of office.

  18. #18 |  annemg | 

    The mother in this story so nicely summed up my entire political philosophy:
    “The Federal Government is too big, and too bossy.”

    Right on.

  19. #19 |  Michael Chaney | 

    One other thing:

    The Federal Government also doesn’t have the authority to pass laws that deal with intra-state commerce, nor the authority to enforce such laws. The President or Congress could put a stop to that tomorrow – the executive can keep the DEA from “enforcing” those unconstitutional laws, and Congress can repeal them. I’m not holding my breath.

  20. #20 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #19 Michael Chaney
    The Federal Government also doesn’t have the authority to pass laws that deal with intra-state commerce, nor the authority to enforce such laws.

    You make an interesting point. The government bans the word “fuck” from the airwaves. It only takes an IQ of 1 to see that the First Amendment prohibits the government from doing that. The doesn’t say, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, except for the word FUCK!”. It’s so black and white as to be impossible to not to understand.

    The same goes for the Commerce Clause which is now interpreted to mean that the feds have jurisdiction over any activity that involves the use of any item that is made fully, or in part, in a different state. The Commerce Clause has been stretched so thin that there is effectively nothing out of reach of the feds if it wants to control it. Back when Reefer Madness was made, the feds complained they were powerless over marijuana because it could be grown everywhere locally and federal laws could thereby be easily sidestepped by simply not transporting it from state to state. We’ve come a long way.

    That’s why we don’t amend the Constitution anymore. There’s no need. We just re-interpret it. I guess that’s one of the bennies of a “living” document. The Supreme Court, which has now totally divested itself of any concern for the intent of the Founders, can just claim it says anything they want. And they do. The public is so convinced of the inviolability of the Document, it’s inconceivable to them that its meaning could ever be subverted.

  21. #21 |  NewSReP | 

    Marijuana Boosts Brain Cell Growth:

    Most illicit drugs like opiates, alcohol and cocaine decrease the generation of new neurons in the brain, but marijuana appears to have the opposite effect on this process. Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan have published their findings on marijuana’s effects on the brain in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

    On top of the drug’s promotion of brain cell growth – called neurogenesis – marijuana also appeared to have antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties.
    A team, led by researcher Xia Zhang, worked with rats that were given a synthesized version of marijuana twice per day for 10 days. After this period, the rats displayed evidence of new neuron creation in the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in developing memories.

    Zhang’s team suspected the new brain cells might also be associated with a reduction in anxiety and depression, as previous studies had indicated medications used to treat anxiety and depression achieve their effect this way.

    The researchers explored the possible antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects of the drug on the rats by exposing them and a control group of rats to a number of environmental/food based tests. The tests indicated that the rats who were given the marijuana displayed both a reduction in anxiety behaviors and indications of antidepressant effects.

    The researchers conclude that there is a link between increased adult neurogenesis (brain cell regeneration) and modified behavior following cannabinoid treatment. They say the findings are important because they demonstrate the positive roles cannabinoids and their receptors play in brain processing and medicine.

    Interesting Facts About Cannabis

  22. #22 |  Justin | 

    So Newsrep, what you’re saying is that in that commercial where they show you an egg and say “This is your brain,” then crack said egg into a frying pan on a stove and say “This is your brain on pot” is a little misleading; instead, they should show a time-lapse of the egg hatching into a chick and maturing into an adult chicken. Crazy.

    I also agree with annemg about how well the mother summed up this entire fucktastrophy. The govt. has become too big for it’s own good, and I’m sure the Founders would agree.

  23. #23 |  Lara Henry | 

    I am a resident of San Luis Obispo and I am PISSED OFF at the actions of my Sheriff!! THANK YOU to Drew Carey for calling attention to this! Our community is so dichotomized between the old and the new and there is a constant struggle. There is a large base of Christianity here which we embrace, but the older (and I mean that in terms of thought, more so than in age) population is terrified of the natural progression they’re seeing… and man they are resisting… and man do they have money!! We NEED help showing them the light!! Please, send your letters, let the Sheriff know what you think! Tell Mr. Lynch and the Morro Bay Mayor that you are on their side! As it is across America, the struggle to allow medical marijuana into the mainstream is a matter of changing the way it’s perceived. The very things that will make the future BETTER for our children are the things that they are terrified to teach the children… ugh… why is it so obvious to us and so invisible to them?

    DREW…. HELP!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE MY TOWN!!!! HELP!!!!!

    SLO Sheriff’s Department
    PO Box 32
    1585 Kansas Avenue
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

    Morro Bay Mayor: Janice Peters: flamingos@charter.net


  24. #24 |  don y | 

    power to the people lets get hedges out of the county hes messed with alot of people so when its time to vote im not voteing for that shmuck and if he has kids i wonder if one had a illness that weed would help heed prob….. let die …..