The DEA’s Contrived Kratom Crisis

The puritans and the cronies join together all the time to restrict the freedom and liberty of Americans.

Drugs should be a non-issue in the USA. Free people have a right to treat themselves and yes, even indulge themselves as they see fit. We are supposed to be a free people. This is supposed to be a free country.

There is so much good that could be done with psychedelics, marijuana, kratom, other restricted drugs, in terms of treatment.

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Big Pharma Lobbies To Keep People Hooked On Opioids?

I read sometime in the last year that the pharmaceutical lobby is widely thought to be the most powerful lobby in Washington.

Consider that for a moment. More powerful than oil and gas, more powerful than the lawyers, more powerful than the banks. Pharma is the biggest dog on K Street.

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White House Will Have To Justify Kratom Ban

Earlier we reported on the upcoming DEA induced kratom ban. Kratom is an herb that helps some with anxiety and pain and has helped others reduce opiod dependence. Even still the government is about to make kratom a Schedule 1 substance, a completely banned drug. Cocaine in comparison is a Schedule 2 drug. One can technically get a prescription for cocaine. One can technically research the therapeutic effects of cocaine.

Why is the DEA moving in this direction?

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DEA banning yet another substance that might help people with opioid dependence

Kratom is a plant that grows in South East Asia. It is commonly used in teas and reportedly produces a calming effect on the drinker. It has also been used by those dependent on opioids and alcohol to lessen the intake of these drugs. But now the DEA is placing kratom on Schedule 1, essentially banning its use in the United States. Legal heroin, Oxycodone, will remain legal however. (Of course.)

Why does the federal government meddle in such things?

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Poll: for first time, more Republicans support marijuana legalization than oppose it

Good. Sometimes it takes a lot of sunshine to cut through the clouds. Sometimes its has to shine down for years, and then, one day, a break of blue sky.

Illegal marijuana is crony marijuana. Illegal marijuana, or more properly – cannabis – benefits drug dealers, government bureaucrats, the prison systems, the lawyers, and in principle federally illegal pot appears to violate the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, the document so many of us would like to see taken seriously again.

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The “Drug War” is a Crony War: Corrupt cop comes clean, 50-60 convictions overturned, Cop goes to jail and asks for forgiveness (VIDEO)

The question is fundamentally what is worse, the drugs or the drug war? It seems clear to me that the drug war is far worse.

The drug war destroys lives of innocent people. It incentivises police corruption. It incentivizes the distribution of hard drugs. It puts money into the pockets of organized crime. It often keeps people who need help from getting help. It undermines our very Constitution. The drug war is a failed and very expensive social experiment.

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The Anti-Pot Editorial That Cost $140 Million (Paid for by someone who made his money in CASINOS)


I do not understand how people can continue to justify pot prohibition these days. Check that, I can understand it if one has links to the DEA, the drug treatment complex, drug dealers, police unions, drug cartel money launderers, or the pharmaceutical industry. All of these groups want cannabis prohibition to continue because illegal pot means money in their pockets. Or perhaps it’s just flat out ignorance. I suppose that still exists.

Cannabis is the most docile of drugs.

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FDA Defies Congress, Slips Money to Hospitals, and Stiffs Consumers

It is important for Americans to understand that the FDA is in partnership with industry. The two giants work together. What may appear to be some consumer friendly “reform” almost always ends up benefiting some company or group of companies. The FDA is a deeply crony agency. In fact facilitating cronyism is a key part (if not THE key part) of its mission.

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Legal marijuana causes Mexican drug cartel revenues to plummet

I am doing this post in the District of Columbia where recreational cannabis is legal. Guess what? The sun still rises in the east and sets in the west. Business is done. People work out. Kids go to school. ATMs still work. Water still flows downhill. Politicians yammer on like they always have. Cheech and Chong are nowhere to be seen. Life goes on – even with legal weed. Same thing in Colorado. Same thing in Washington State.

In the Land of the Free no one should go to jail for using marijuana.

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Clinton tops 2016 field in drug industry donations (By a lot)

But…But…But… I thought Hilary didn’t like the pharmaceutical companies. I thought they didn’t like her either. Hmmm.

When asked in the first Democratic presidential debate for an example of a political enemy, she named the drug companies. That was the word: “enemy.”

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DEA chief: Medicinal marijuana is a ‘joke’ (Doesn’t mention that keeping pot illegal means billions of taxpayer dollars for his agency)

This is bureaucratic turf defense dressed up as public policy, as it almost always is. And in this case the head of the DEA Chuck Rosenberg is doing particular harm. Because the head of the DEA knows that the trend toward legalization of cannabis threatens his agency, he continues a defense which most people know at this point is just false. (He probably knows it’s false.) Of course cannabis has medical applications. From epilepsy, to cancer, to wasting disease,

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Ben Carson Wants to “Intensify” the War on Drugs

The War on Drugs is fundamentally a war on the American people. It is a disastrous policy which likely has ruined many more lives than drugs have. The “war” is also deeply crony. The main reason drugs remain illegal – mostly – is because large vested economic interests want it that way. The police, the DEA, various other law enforcement agencies, lawyers, treatment centers (in some cases), drug companies (in many cases), illegal drug dealers (who go out of business with liberalized drug laws) all have their bread buttered to a greater or lesser extent by the drug war.

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DEA Employees Fail Drug Tests, Shockingly Face No Serious Consequences (We’re not shocked.)

The Huffington Post says, “shockingly.” I am in no way shocked. I doubt many of our readers are either. If one works for the government, even if one is charged with enforcing drug laws and one is caught using drugs, the chances of being fired are slim. Very slim. More people should know about the completely ridiculous level of “job security” federal employees enjoy. Remember, you pay for them. (Which is why accountability is in such short supply.

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