One wonders if perhaps Alabamans were inspired by psilocybin?
SILVER SPRING, MD— Following months of research into the psychedelic compound’s effects, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed Thursday that psilocybin could significantly reduce the risk of mindlessly following society’s rules like a fucking lemming. “After numerous clinical trials, we can state with a high degree of certainty that ingesting small doses of psilocybin greatly decreases the chances of blindly marching in lockstep like a bunch of goddamn sheep being led to the slaughter,” said FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb.2 3
In not necessarily less realistic, but more surreal news, Congress is tripping out over guns…again. Enter marijuana…
Republicans on Capitol Hill are pushing legislation this week that would allow people permitted to carry concealed guns in one state to bring their weapons with them when they travel, even if their destination state has more stringent requirements to qualify for concealed carry.
But if the GOP wants to do that, a Democratic congressman argues in a new video, they should also be in favor of forcing states to recognize protections granted under each another’s marijuana laws.
H.R. 38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity is bad policy. If California legalizes marijuana, does that mean every state must legalize marijuana? This goes against the very idea of federalism. #OpposeCCR pic.twitter.com/My46QeQCzI
— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) December 6, 2017
This has to be killing the (Philippines) government lawyers…
In his comment filed before the (Philippines) SC began oral arguments, the government’s chief legal counsel said that the drug war is being “emasculated and undermined” by petitions of the families who lost their loved ones in the violent police operations.
Wacky Southern Bigoted Elf Jeffy Sessions had a candid tête-à-tête with some –as it turns out– actual thinking DoJ interns this summer:
This summer, in the midst of President Donald Trump’s criticism of the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in particular, Sessions said during a private event that the U.S. legal system must be “based on law and based on facts” and “can’t be politicized.”
But when Justice Department interns attending the event started asking him questions, things got spirited — and an internal Justice Department video of the session, obtained by ABC News, offers a rare glimpse of what appears to be a less guarded Sessions.
At one point, he seemed to mock a Justice Department intern for questioning whether marijuana is dangerous. He said cities like Chicago and Baltimore are now plagued with rising crime and murders because they “have abandoned traditional police activities.” And he dismissed another intern’s assertion that many Americans in poor, largely minority communities fear law enforcement officers.
“I grew up in one of these communities,” said the intern, who said he attends the University of California at Berkeley. “I grew up in a project to a single mother. And the people who we are afraid of are not necessarily our neighbors but the police.”
An apparently exasperated Sessions replied, “Well, that may be the view in Berkeley, but it’s not the view” elsewhere.
Jeffy keeps using that phrase; I don’t think it means what he thinks it does…
Again in the increasingly surreal Congress:
Top senators said Thursday that people who smoked pot a couple of times in their lives shouldn’t be denied federal judgeships, saying it might soon become tough to fill out the federal bench if marijuana use was considered disqualifying…
…Both Chairman Charles E. Grassley and ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein said there’s been an evolving standard in society, and the committee is also having to adjust.
“If that’s the sole judgment on whether somebody ought to have a judgeship or not — or maybe any other position — we may not be able to find people to fill those positions,” said Mr. Grassley, who said his own views on drug use have also changed since he came to Congress three decades ago.
Just another example of economics and demographics overriding social/political driven policy.
It’s also helpful to remember that drug testing was nothing more an attempt by one generation (the Greatest generation + the leading edge of the Boomers) to impose its social/political will upon the following ones. Times have changed, and much of those hidebound dinosaurs are dead.
Ourself, we’re not adverse to drug testing, per se, but only if it’s a written test, with at least one essay question…
Canada, oh Canada!
It all started in July 2017, when Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu rose in the House of Commons. “We have already established that this legislation would put marijuana in the hands of children,” said Gladu. “Not just with the 15 joints that 12-year-olds can have, but with the four plants per household.”
Gladu was likely referring to the fact that the new bill does not criminalize youth for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana—though the assumption that a mere five grams equals 15 joints is a fantasia in its own right. More importantly, what’s the alternative? Does Ms. Gladu actually believe that 12-year-olds should be arrested and treated to the criminal justice system for being caught with a joint?
Gladu followed up with a widely mocked remark about the accessibility dangers of homegrown cannabis: “So Little Johnny can put some in the toaster oven and smoke it up.” The remark took the Canadian cannabis Twitterverse by storm, inspiring the hashtag #Toasterbud and widespread mockery.
There will be hand-wringing untold, yes, but our northern neighbors will do the right thing and legalize marijuana nationwide. We can already hear the calls for A Great Northern Border Wall…
- Even if we suspect the local ReThugs will gin up a more acceptable candidate in time to retake that Senate seat next fall. ↩
- Yeah, I KNOW this is from The Onion; it doesn’t make it any less correct: Psilocybin causes neurogenesis, e.g. neural plasticity. Think of neural plasticity like gardening; it involves pruning and new growth of neural connections. New connections allow for new ways of thinking. As Nixon and His Henchmen were well aware. Put another way, Psilocybin is like Kryptonite to Christian imperialism. ↩
- Thor knows there’s enough mushrooms & bullshit in Alabama to trip out the entire state. ↩