September 08, 2014
More Evidence of Tragic Pot IgnoranceA long article in last Friday's New York Times detailed a remarkable saga of the monumental greed, stupidity, and ineptitude that characterize both sides of the illegal drug markets Richard Nixon created in 1970 with his spiteful Controlled Substances Act.
It recounts the improbable rise and fall of a huge multinational cannabis business that was created by a French-Canadian entrepreneur named Jimmy Cournoyer. Jimmy started with marijuana grown in western Canada and arranged to have it ferried east by Hells Angels, then across the Saint Lawrence by Mohawk Indians from Upstate Hew York, using either speed boats or snowmobiles depending on the weather.
From there it was trucked down to the lucrative urban markets that have long existed in New York City's environs. Cournoyer, whose greed is apparently without limits and whose organizational skills are considerable, somehow managed to cobble together a veritable UN of criminal helpers:"a company of criminals that came to include Native American smugglers, Hells Angels, Mexican money launderers, and a clothier turned cocaine dealer" plus others almost too numerous to mention.
As a physician who has learned from interviewing over 7000 acknowledged pot users in California that cannabis is not only safe; it's also a superb medicine that provides a wide spectrum of benefits that exceed those of the toxic alternatives produced by our Pharmaceuticsl Industry.
I'm sickened by DEA's tactics and NIDA propaganda and also distressed that although a majority of the 272 readers who commented on the story thought the DEA had behaved like Keystone Kops and that cannabis would eventually be "legalized," none even mentioned its amazing therapeutic benefits.
What fools these mortals be.
Posted by tjeffo at 12:41 AM