Marijuana Has Claimed Its First Victim

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Bet you won’t see or hear this in the main-stream, pro-cannabis media.

Marijuana has claimed its first, of many to come, overdose victims. The Colorado victim was 11 months old. And it only took two years to find out.

We are all well aware of the epidemic of drug overdoses throughout the country. Overdose deaths in 2016 topped 60,000 nationwide. 2017 is likely to exceed that number.

And this didn’t just happen all of a sudden. The opioid epidemic has been building for years, but as CNN reported in August, “the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the number of drug overdoses involving opioids between 2008-2014 was likely underestimated by 24%. When looking at overdose deaths involving heroin, the percent of overdose deaths were underestimated by 22%.” In other words, it’s much worse than reported.

However, these are hard drugs which are easily abused. This does not include Marijuana.

Unlike other drugs, pot is said to be, and advertised as a safe drug. It is also said to not be a gateway drug. For those unfamiliar, a gateway drug is a habit-forming drug that, while not highly addictive itself, may lead to the use of other addictive and more powerful drugs. read more

Video Podcast – Busting the Budget – Auto Vending Machine – Marijuana-Ville

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The new federal budget proposal is out and surprise, surprise – we’ll be spending more. To the tune of $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years. See any budget cuts. Me either.

China has unveiled its first ever automobile vending machine. And sure enough, it does a bit like a snack vending machine, with a glass front. The buyer stands in front of the glass-front structure and simply chooses the car he or she wishes – just like buying a bag of pretzels.

The town of Nipton, California was sold on Thursday of last week. Yes, the whole town – to American Green, Inc. No, it’s not an environmental company – is a marijuana producer. They have designs of transforming the town into a stoner’s paradise. read more


My Exclusive WND Column:

The religion of liberalism has many sacraments. To remain a leftist in good standing, one must not only adhere to, but champion them. There is the sacrament of accepting all illegal aliens and now Muslim refugees, as long as they don’t make it to the Village, the Upper West Side, Malibu or Georgetown. Global warming, or the more all-encompassing climate change, is another. And of course there is abortion, the “living wage” as well as the legalization, or at least the destigmatization, of drugs. There are others, but these are some of the most important chapters contained in the religious doctrine of The Book of Liberalism. read more

Marijuana – The Gateway Drug

by: the Common Constitutionalist

How often have we heard that? For many users and abusers of drugs, marijuana is but a gateway drug for other substances that are far worse. I happen to believe, at least for some, that this is true, but that’s not the Gateway to which I’m referring.

The gateway I’m talking about is the one between Mexico and the United States. It’s been reported for years that ruthless Cartels smuggle humans and drugs into the U.S.

Cartels such as the Sinaloa, Los Zeta’s, Beltran, Juarez and Gulf, who combined make an estimated $19-$29 billion a year. These are some ruthless individuals, on par with ISIS, who will stop at nothing to move drugs through Mexico into our country.

Yet now it appears that the Gateway is starting to swing both ways. read more

Tenthers of the Left

by: the Common Constitutionalist

For years we constitutional conservatives have been railing against federal encroachment on States Rights. And for that we’ve been called every name in the book.

There are 10th Amendment groups all over the country. They are derided by the both the left and right as being out of touch, unrealistic and just plain backwards. Most think these groups are simply comprised of gun-totin hard right hicks who just hate the thought of a federal government or societal progress.

The assemblage of reasonable folks at ThinkProgress calls them Tenthers. I’m sure it is a term of endearment.

Although these Tenthers have gotten a bad rap from pretty much everyone as being completely anti-federal government, they’re not. They, like the rest of us constitutional conservatives, only wish to live and be governed by the real rule of law – the Constitution of the United States.

Unfortunately we are living in a post-constitutional nation, ruled only by federal laws, most of which are unconstitutional.

In 2009 Sam Rohrer, a Pennsylvania republican, who ran unsuccessfully to unseat Senator Bob Casey in 2012 said: “Over time, over the last many generations, the federal government — seeking to grow, as most governments tend to grow — have become increasingly involved in activities that have been reserved to the states, being involved in such things as education, or health care, or for that matter even highways and roads. A great many things the federal government has increasingly passed laws, appropriated tax dollars which are yours and mine, and attempted to force the states to implement laws for which then the federal government essentially has control…”

For his stance on upholding constitutionally mandated States Rights, he was ridiculed. read more

Legalize Drugs-Save the World

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

All of a sudden, it seems, the push to legalize marijuana has gone into hyperspeed, or maybe ludicrousspeed (a little tip of the hat to one of my favorite comedies, Spaceballs).


It seems State after State is legalizing its use in some form or another – for either medicinal or recreational use, or both. Before long it will become legalized throughout the U.S. and then the party can really begin.


Just think of the benefits. Companies, like the recently sainted CVS pharmacy chain will benefit. They announced that as of October 2014, the chain store will no longer sell tobacco products at any of their locations. They claim tobacco has no place in a pharmacy. It’s a private company. They have every right to make such policies.


So far, there is no word of whether they will also be removing the beer and wine – whether or not they will remove all the high sugar candies, sodas and energy drinks, or the high fat and salt snack foods, or the 760 different types of condoms (that’s just an estimate). read more

Smoke vs. Toke

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It seems, in so many ways, America is being turned upside down. What seems logical is illogical and vice versa. I can think of no better example than that of cigarettes and marijuana.

Cigarettes are legal substance. They can be purchased at any minimart, megamart and everywhere in between.No Smoking

One may purchase cigarettes in New York City for between $11 and $14.50 per pack, but there is practically nowhere in the city to smoke them. Makes perfect sense.

There is an interesting phenomenon happening in this country. It seems the legal substance cigarettes, is being regulated into illegality, while the illegal substance marijuana, is gaining legality.

At the same time more states and municipalities are outlawing the use of cigarettes, they are enacting legislation to legalize marijuana. I say outlawing the use of cigarettes, not the sale, for governments could never go without the tax revenue.

Could this be the driving force for legalization of pot? Rhode Island, on the heels of the Colorado and Washington state legalization success, has vowed to bring marijuana legalization to vote. They have already estimated a $30 million tax windfall from the sale of a newly legalized substance.

Legalize pot But that could never be. No politician would put tax revenue head of the health of his or her constituents. (I almost fell out of my chair laughing at that one).

I’ve been saying for years; if cigarettes are so harmful, ban them. Ban the sale, not just the use. The whole concept is just absurd.

It would be like being able to purchase a car, but the state telling you, you may not drive it for you may get into an accident and kill someone.

There is no doubt that cigarettes are bad for you and are the source of suffering and death for many. Most in government, as do many ill-informed Americans, claim that smoking puts a strain on the health care system.

From a purely practical and economic standpoint, I contend cigarettes, in the long run, actually save the health care system money and thus the taxpayer. Most chronic smokers develop health problems earlier and thus die earlier than non-smokers, thereby saving money that the taxpayer would otherwise have to pay later in the non-smokers life. I know that sounds heartless but it is logical from a purely economic view.

I would find it impossible to believe that chronic marijuana smokers wouldn’t have similar health problems later in life. So what is the driving force toward legalization of pot?

Could it be that marijuana advocates have become so numerous in these states, as to force legislation or a ballot referendum? Are there that many pot smokers in this country? I sincerely doubt it.

If that isn’t it, what is behind this push for legalization? Also, when marijuana is legalized, where might potheads be able to light up? I ask, due to the dearth of cigarette friendly areas in most states these days.Pot-Head Lobby

For example, in liberal Boulder Colorado, most likely pothead central, cigarette smoking has been banned practically everywhere, even on porches, patios and balconies.

In Oregon there is a statewide ban and a rider within the state law allowing for municipalities to further restrict the use of cigarettes.

California also has a statewide ban on the use of cigarettes and plenty of cities and towns have further restrictions, such as bans on smoking outdoors, at bus stops, parks, and beaches, as well as in apartments and condominiums.

With all the restrictions on cigarettes, a supposed legal substance, will these restrictive municipalities allow pot smokers to light up in Park or their apartment? Might there be a special pothead waiver?

Knowing liberals as I do, I would likely say yes. Marijuana will be allowed were cigarettes aren’t. Yes, we are in bizarro world.

As for why the push to legalize marijuana, I believe there is only one reason and it is not the powerful pothead lobby.california-cannabis Say it with me…Taxes!

States, like the feds, spend money like drunken sailors. My apologies to drunken sailors. They don’t have the spines to cut spending nor do they have the slightest desire to do so. So they must find new streams of revenue. Legalizing and taxing marijuana is the new stream they have discovered. Like the Lewis and Clark of taxes.

It will be interesting to see just how far the spineless political class will go with the neRasta Monw drug legalization thing. The radicals on the left, of course, will never stop at just marijuana. This is simply the jump off point for them. After they’ve tasted success in several more states, they will move on to some other drug. Mark my words!

I have an idea for the most hated industry this side of Big Oil. Phillip Morris could become the most beloved company of the left. They just have to introduce “Marlboro Joints”. Instead of the Marlboro man, the macho cowboy smoking a cigarette, they could introduce the Marlboro Rasta-Mon, standing at the checkout of a 7-11 with the joint in one hand and a microwave burrito in the other.

No Weed in School

So, is this where the United States is headed? With the relaxed stance of many in this country regarding the use of marijuana, I wouldn’t doubt it.

Amsterdam this week became the first city in the Netherlands to ban students from smoking marijuana at school.

The city’s mayor Eberhard van der Laan introduced the law after school chiefs complained about pupils turning up to classes high after rolling up outside the grounds.

Marijuana is widely available in Holland as, although it is technically illegal, police can’t prosecute people for possession of small amounts.

The Netherlands' relaxed drug policy means some youngsters are turning up to classes stoned, prompting a ban of its use near schoolsThe Netherlands’ relaxed drug policy means some youngsters are turning up to classes stoned, prompting a ban of its use near schools

But it has also had the unwanted side effect that Dutch children are frequently exposed to the drug in public areas.

City spokeswoman Iris Reshef says schools have always forbidden pot, but found it difficult to enforce the policy when students smoked on or near campus and challenged administrators to do anything about it.

‘It’s not really what you have in mind as an educator, that children would be turning up for class stoned, or drunk either for that matter,’ she said.

‘But it has been a problem for some schools.’

Tolerance: Amsterdam is known for its 'coffee shops', where marijuana can be purchased and smoked Amsterdam is known for its ‘coffee shops’, where marijuana can be purchased and smoked

After a change in national law, the city will now be able to declare as of January 1 ‘no toking zones’ – areas like schools and playgrounds where weed-smoking is forbidden by law.

The move is closely paired with a decision by the new government to ditch plans for a national ‘weed pass’ that would have blocked tourists from buying marijuana.

That was a measure years in the making, and greatly desired by southern cities such as Maastricht that have been flooded with dealers from Belgium and Germany who drive across the border to buy weed in bulk.

Marijuana has been tolerated in Holland for decades, attracting many tourists who travel there to enjoy the drugMarijuana has been tolerated in Holland for decades, attracting many tourists who travel there to enjoy the drug

But the weed pass was opposed by Amsterdam, where drug tourists are not generally seen as causing many problems.

Last month, Van der Laan proclaimed that coffee shops would stay open for tourists after all.

In a letter Wednesday, he noted that one in three tourists who come to Amsterdam try marijuana while they’re here, more than previously estimated.

Attribution: Sam Webb