NORML And The Scam Of Medical Marijuana / Anti-Marijuana Video





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By Cliff Kincaid; July 2, 2005; NewsWithViews.com

Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri has vetoed a medical marijuana bill, saying it would encourage marijuana use and criminal activity. His veto comes as an anti-drug group has released dramatic video footage of a marijuana activist declaring that he uses dope for a health problem that he doesnt really have. The bottom line for this activist, Ed Rosenthal, is that I like to get high. Marijuana is fun. The video has the potential of dealing a major blow to the medical marijuana movement, largely funded by billionaire George Soros.

The video footage, posted at the website www.sorosmonitor.com, gives the lie to the claim that we often see in the media that smoking marijuana is a legitimate medical treatment for people with diseases. Rosenthal, who was associated with High Times magazine for many years, is shown speaking to dozens of marijuana activists. With all the talk about medical marijuana, I have to tell you that I also use marijuana medically (laughter), he says. I have a latent glaucoma, which has never been diagnosed (more laughter). And the reason why it has never been diagnosed is because I've been treating it (laughter). But there is a reason why I do use it. And that is because I like to get high. (cheers, applause). Marijuana is fun.

The video proves that medical marijuana is a joke to those on the inside of the pro-pot movement who realize that getting the public and the media to accept the notion that smoking marijuana alleviates health problems is a major step down the road to complete legalization of dope. In fact, another video excerpt shows Richard Cowan, former director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), saying that The key to it [legalization] 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 blownOnce theres medical access and if we continue to do what we have to do, and we will, then well get full legalization.

Cowan says that his reference to scam is a comment on the anti-marijuana prohibition movement. He stands by his remarks that the widespread use of marijuana on medical grounds would hasten the full legalization of cannabis for non-medical use. He is quick to say, however, that he is not associated with the medical marijuana movement funded by billionaire George Soros. I have never met Soros, I get no money from him, and have never sought any personally, he says. Cowan currently operates a pro-marijuana website.

Steven Steiner, who runs the anti-Soros website, www.sorosmonitor.com, and the DAMMAD (Dads and Mad Moms Against Drug Dealers) organization, was in the National Press Club audience last October 28 when Soros was preparing to deliver a Bush-bashing speech just a few days before the election. Steiner walked to the podium and attempted to say a few words about his son, who had died of a drug overdose. He was quickly surrounded and led away, where he was thrown into a door, injured and hospitalized. His hospital bill was $670. Steiner created his website to provide current news on the most prominent drug legalizer in the world. He believes that medical marijuana is a fraud designed to usher in full drug legalization, and that the video he has posted on www.sorosmonitor.com proves the case.

But will the major media report on the explosive and shocking comments on the tape. Most of the media, several states and 161 members of the House have bought into the notion that smoking marijuana somehow has medical benefits. That was the number of House members who voted on June 15 to prohibit the Department of Justice from spending any money arresting or prosecuting users of medical marijuana. But the Steiner video is just the latest evidence that medical marijuana is just a front for the illegal drug movement and that it exploits sick people.

Six days after that House vote, federal authorities announced the results of an investigation which determined that medical marijuana clubs and dispensaries in California had been used as a cover for international drug dealing and money laundering. The problem emerged after California voters passed a 1996 proposition allowing the use of marijuana for so-called medical purposes. One suspect, Enrique Chan, told an undercover agent that if the drug traffickers got arrested and prosecuted for dealing dope they could beat the rap by bringing in really sick patients with cancer who were using marijuana and have them sit on the stand for you. He said that no jury is gonna try, is gonna convict you. While sick people were being cynically exploited by the dopers, Chan estimated that only about half the people buying the marijuana actually claimed to be sick. The rest, like Ed Rosenthal, just wanted to get high.


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