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[Non-Fiction] Child’s questioning of cannabis lesson turns into search warrant and arrest for parent

As activist Diane Fornbacher has pointed out, the War on Drugs is a war on families.

April 17

From the website run by investigative journalist Ben Swann:

On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when police and counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with BenSwann.com. Banda successfully treated her own Crohn’s disease with cannabis oil.

After her son spoke out about medical marijuana, police detained him and launched a raid on Shona Banda’s home. “Well, they had that drug education class at school that was just conducted by the counselors… They pulled my son out of school at about 1:40 in the afternoon and interrogated him. Police showed up at my house at 3… I let them know that they weren’t allowed in my home without a warrant… I didn’t believe you could get a warrant off of something a child says in school.” Banda continued, “We waited from 3 o’clock until 6 o’clock. They got a warrant at 6 o’clock at night and executed a warrant into my home. My husband and I are separated, and neither parent was contacted by authorities before [our son] was taken and questioned.”

I can’t imagine the psychic distress the child feels right now. At 11 you’re riding bikes and destroying public property, not navigating the legal system because you voiced your opinion about your mom’s self-treatment.

Hopefully a real lesson was learned by all the children in the class: schools will sell you out if you do not toe the line. Analysis is only welcome if it fits into the right line of thought. If not, draconian measures are taken.

The authorities will use our families against us. They will divide and conquer, search and destroy.

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[Non-Fiction] Jamaica leading cannabis charge against international treaties binding US and others

I think their confidence is fantastic:

“Jamaica intends to participate, and to lead, if necessary, a process in the United Nations to have those treaties amended or to reflect what I believe is the evidence that is available, and take those fully into account in the international treaties as they now exist,” he said.

The industry minister noted that Jamaica has a reputation in the international community as a legal nation and has the requisite skills and know-how to lead a diplomatic effort to have the laws and treaties changed.

Even having one, small nation committed to leading the charge against international regulations about cannabis is promising.

The Controlled Substances act in the United States specifically refers to a set of international treaties. At the moment, in language and in spirit, those treaties match the position of the US federal government with regard to cannabis.One frequently sees international treaties used as a scapegoat against changing federal law.

While I think the Jamaican development is great, my home country, the USA, ignores its treaty obligations on a fairly regular basis. It also is not party to treaties that span the globe.

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[Announcement] High Water Audiobook, narrated by Jeff Hays

You know, it’s always awesome to see someone truly committed to their work.

Jeff Hays has been extremely busy lately. I first heard him narrate Dead of Night, by MR Forbes, among other works, and I was blown away at the performance. He’s got this sarcastic lilt to his voice that lends an edge to the author’s portrayal of people and situations.

I’m happy to say that Jeff is going to narrate my kung fu/zombie/stoner book, and furthermore, turn it into a all out audio drama. Here’s a sample he produced for me just the other day:

How dope is that chapter? I’m pumped.

Please give it a listen and support him. If you’re into audiobooks at all, you’re going to see this guy going places. His portfolio exploded over the past year.

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Comic Review: Tumble Dry Comics

Tumble Dry Comics, by Tyler Haas: http://tumbledrycomics.com/

There’s a lot of webcomics out there, even some for stoners. I haven’t found one as dedicated to stoner-dom as Tumble Dry Comics. There’s some great stuff here if you’re a stoner, and even better stuff if you’re into gaming and Star Trek.

Leci n'est pas un bong

A play on “This is Not a Pipe” by surrealist Rene Margritte. Source: Tumble Dry Comics, http://tumbledrycomics.com/comics/the-travesty-of-waterpipes/

You get hilarious goofball comics, like “Free Range“, about the mysterious disappearing property of lighters.

Others are a little more thoughtful, like the “420 Easter“, which is tongue-in-cheek, but for the last frame that makes the experienced stoner cringe.

There’s also at least one multi-part series, like “The Quest“, which involves a lot of fun scrolling when you’re a little baked.

You can’t go wrong with this guy. The art is full of color, loud and in in-your-face, like one of my favorites, involving a bunch of screaming dinosaurs in “Extinction“. I’ve seen that one at least a half dozen times now, and the middle frames still make me laugh out loud. FAAAAAAAAAA…..!

If you mess around on reddit enough, you’re sure to run into Tyler Haas’ work, and it’s almost universally praised by the stoner community that’s encountered it.

My final verdict: for the price of admission, definitely worth a bowl and a scroll.

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Thank Jah it’s Friday.

LQlejnFHappy friday, ya’ll.

Semi-accurate depiction of my upcoming weekend.

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