Drug War Chronicles #2
A retired Georgia man was watching TV when he noticed a helicopter hovering above his home and a Drug SWAT team, automatic weapons at the ready, banging on the door. The raid rattled the gentleman because he had no idea why they were there. He hadn’t done anything illegal.
Come to find out, somebody called in a tip saying he was growing marijuana in his outside garden. When authorities looked closer, they realized the “marijuana” plants were okra. The man was growing okra plants.
“Well, they do kinda look alike,” County Police spokesperson claimed, holding up an okra plant.
Moral of this story?
Anyone and everyone can get caught up in the War on Drugs. Sometimes they raid the wrong address, sometimes they are so aggressive they shoot your dog or your grandmother or you.
Drug War Chronicles #3
The Drug War has done more to screw up peoples’ lives by saddling them with Class C felonies, jail time and, of course, confiscation and seizure of our personal belongings. Marijuana has put millions of people into the judicial system for no other reason or “crime” than “possession” of a small amount of dried flower. (That’s what marijuana is, you know.)
It is a Schedule 1 substance only because the unscientific politicians decided after Viet Nam that too many of our soldiers came back different thinkers, more peaceful people because they smoked some of the best pot (in the 1960′s and 1970′s) on Earth. Anyone remember Thai Sticks?
Keep checking back to this blog as we will be keeping up with changes in the laws as well as research and anecdotal information from around the world. Millions of people like to smoke marijuana and I know there’s going to be some very interesting stories to tell.
Drug War Chronicles #4
The DEA has other things to worry about. Like forgetting a man in a holding cell for 5 days without food, water or bathroom facilities. Seems a DEA agent brought him into the room, handcuffed him to a wall, then left. (And they say forgetfulness is a sign of dope-smoking!). The young man recently was awarded $4.1 million to compensate for his injuries and trauma.
Drug War Chronicles #5
Silly but Interesting: “We’re the DEA and we’ll do what we want.” This explains why the DEA recently impounded 250 lbs of hemp seed on their way to the University of Kentucky for research into hemp’s potential applications. Although hemp does not have any psycho-active properties (it can’t get you high if you ingest the seeds). It took some real political arm-wrestling to get the DEA to expedite a controlled-substance permit. Two lawsuits against them may have influenced their common sense a bit, eh?
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