Stopping Bill Shuettes War on Michigan Cannabis Caregivers
by Bruce Cain on Monday, November 14, 2011
With 63% of the Michigan voters disgusted with Shuettes
disregard -- and evisceration -- of the 2008 Medical Marijuana Law I would
hope that both transcripts and videos of ALL meetings be made available to
the citizens of Michigan. The fact of the matter is that the 2008 Medical
Marijuana Law was passed by a majority in every country within the state of
Michigan. We have every right to know exactly what is being discussed in
these meetings. I'm just wondering if transcripts and videos will, in fact,
be made available: hopefully through an appropriate publicly accessible
website. Please let me know where I can view these materials after the
meeting in Livonia has concluded. As a 57 year old Citizen of the State of
Michigan I am demanding fulll disclosure of everything discussed in these
upcoming forums. We are, after all, the people that pay your wages. I also
think I have a right to be heard at this meeting since I collected over
1,000 signatures to get the law passed: about 1 in 400 of the signatures
required to get the initiative placed on the ballot.
Recently a national Gallup poll indicated that a majority
of Americans now favor total Marijuana Legalization which infers that both
Obama and Shuette really have no regard for the will of "WE THE PEOPLE." So
not only do nearly 80 percent of the American people support "medical use:"
over 50% now support recreational use as well.
I must say that I am disappointed that you seem to be
closing this meeting to journalists: especially those, like myself, who are
most critical of the actions of Snyder and Shuette on this matter. If this
is not the case please send contact information on any independent
journalists that will be present for the entire meeting in Livonia.
One thing that has become obvious to me, over the decades,
is that this "War on Cannabis Consumers" is really primarily about providing
revenue streams to keep "police instigating grass stings" employed. For
instance the City of Dearborn Heights received $230,000 from the Federal
Government in 2010 . . . after which they attempted to eviscerate the
Medical Marijuana Laws by preventing both caregivers and patients from
growing their own Cannabis herbs within the confines of their own homes.
Then after my parents (Dearborn) witnessed two military raids on their
neighbors -- resulting in less that 3 grams of Cannabis -- I found that the
City of Dearborn made $830,000 from drug arrests and forfeiture in a single
year (2010). I'm willing to bet that the majority of these arrests and
forfeitures involved Marijuana.
I don't have time to detail this but I believe that Obama
-- and the Corporatocracy that now controls the people of this country --
are in the process of monopolizing the production and distribution of
Cannabinoid medicines to Big Pharma and huge agri-industrial corporations
such as Monsanto. Yet the same medicinal herbs can be produced in our homes
and gardens as easily as producing beer and wine at home: something that has
been legal for decades now. And allowing home cultivation would also create
a free market which would provide competition to the corporations resulting
in a lower price to the consumer.
Since I am not going to be allowed to attend as a
journalist I would like to address members of law enforcement to give an
alternative view of their continued disregard of the will of the Michigan
Voters on this issue: as well as the American People as a whole. If anyone
is interested in allowing me to speak to law enforcement, during this
meeting in Livonia this coming Thursday, please let me know. From 1989 to
1997 I published a magazine that covered the issue of drug policy and I'm
sure I could provide some helpful insights that would surely be worth their
consideration. If interested I could easily be able to do a 10 to 30 minute
presentation even given this short notice.
But should you not allow this let me just mention a few
* Nearly 440,000 Americans die
of Tobacco related disease each year. No one has ever directly died from the
use of Cannabis in the 10,000 to 30,000 years that civilization has used
* Washington, Franklin and
Jefferson were all both advocates and most probably users of Cannabis.
Lincoln, Bush, Clinton, Obama etc. have all been consumers of Marijuana with
no obvious ill effect.
* New data rolls in each month
as to the Medical benefits of using Cannabis: including the reversal of some
forms of cancer. Yet the government has been hiding this data for over 25
* As an Agri/Industrial plant
Marijuana (e.g., Hemp, Cannabis) produces nearly 4 times as much biomass per
acre as corn. The economist Stiglitz recently projected that our attempts to
control the energy resources of Afghanistan and Iraq will cost the US
taxpayer 7 TRILLION dollars. It seems to me that employing American workers
to farm hemp as a energy resource would both provide new jobs, revenue and
diminish the number of our children killed and maimed in these senseless
* Growing numbers of law
enforcement (e.g., Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)) are now
opposed to continuing with this senseless war on the consensual activity of
* Marijuana prohibition is
predicated on it's Class 1 status in the Federal Controlled Substances Act
(1970) which means it has no recognized medical use. Yet in 2003 the Federal
Government secured a patent on Marijuana for multiple medical uses. We are
not living in Alice's "Wonderland." You can not have it both ways.
And here are some quotes from Henry Ford, George
Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Henry Ford who, as an
industrialist in my home city of Dearborn, said the following:
"Why use up the forests which
were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down,
if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual
growth of the hemp fields?" - Henry Ford quote on Marijuana
And here is what Washington and
Jefferson had to say about Cannabis:
"Hemp is of first necessity to
the wealth & protection of the country." - Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President
quote on Hemp
"Make the most you can of the
Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere." - George Washington,
Finally let me give you my learned assessment of how law
enforcement should move forward on this issue.
Simply let adult Americans grow Cannabis in their homes
just as they can currently produce beer and wine in their homes: without ANY
forms of taxation or regulation. Stop the militarized invasions of the homes
of American Citizens as it is becoming painfully obvious that this is just
as bad as when the British invaded the homes of our colonists under the
guise of the "Tax Stamp Act" before the American Revolution. In both cases
such tactics were used primarily as methods of producing revenue,
maintaining social control of the citizenry and in the case of the "Tax
Stamp Act": monopolizing control of production to the East Indies Tea
Company. Similarly, today, law enforcement is really acting on the mandate
of Multi-National corporations whose intent seems to be to prevent us from
one of our most fundamental inalienable rights: the right to grow our own
foods and herbs.
I have the utmost respect for legitimate law enforcement
but this simply does not pass the "smell test" any longer. The support for
TOTAL MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION has grown from 12% in 1969 to over 50% in 2011.
And projections indicate that support for TOTAL MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION will
increase between 2 to 4 percent every year moving forward.
Record-High 50% of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Use: October 17,
Liberals and those 18 to 29 most in favor; Americans 65 and older most
As my good friend Jack Herer said in his 1985 underground
classic "the emperor wears no clothes." In other words Marijuana Prohibition
has no more legitimacy among the American People: the people that pay your
More American Citizens are becoming aware that this War on
Cannabis Consumers is really about creating jobs and revenue -- for law
enforcement and Multi-National Corporations -- at the expense of the people
they are supposed to serve.
In short you are on the wrong side of history and the
longer you persist in this folly (e.g., Shuettes attempts to subvert the
will of the Michigan voter) the more reviled law enforcement will become in
the eyes of the American People. In short the War on Marijuana Consumers is
unwarranted and is now completely rejected by a majority of the American
People. It is about time law enforcement end this senseless War on Cannabis
Consumers and defer to the will of WE THE PEOPLE. It is no mistake that when
our "pot loving founding fathers" created the US Constitution that they put
the following words at the top in really big letters: We The People.
And if you've forgot what the intent of this document was
perhaps it is worth re-reading the first paragraph:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a
more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide
for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the
Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish
this Constitution for the United States of America."
I want my domestic tranquility back. And I want it back
The role of law enforcement has never been intended to
allow cities to invade the privacy of it's citizenry in order to make money
by forfeiting the property of its citizens and imposing penalties for
growing one of the safest therapeutically active herbs known to man. And it
was also never intended that you become an enforcement arm for
Multi-National Corporations such as Monsanto and GW Pharmaceuticals, that
seek to monopolize the production and distribution of Cannabinoid based
medicines. All humans have and retain the inalienable right to grow their
own foods and herbs.
And all I'm saying is that the days of criminalizing
Cannabis Consumers and Producers is numbered. The most honorable thing that
Shuette could do at this time is to simply cease and desist. Let our adult
citizens grow their medicines and begin to refocus your efforts on rapists,
burgalers and those that are committing non-consensual crimes. Because that
is what WE THE PEOPLE are going to be increasingly demanding of you.
Allowing a free market for the production and consumption of Cannabis will
also facilitate 3 important mandates:
(1) It will destroy the Mexican
Drug Cartels who currently make nearly 70% of their revenue from the
distribution of Cannabis.
(2) It will create more
competition -- through the cottage industrial production of Cannabinoid
products -- which will reduce the cost of Cannabinoid Medicines for those
that have real medical need.
(3) It will stop the invasion of
our homes by militarized goon squads which has resulted in an unprecedented
evisceration of our privacy rights as well as the totally senseless murder
of our citizens in the course of conducting these "corporately sanctioned
raids" on our homes.
Finally let me put this in a larger historical context for
you. By continuing with this folly you are willing participants in a
Pharmacratic Inquisition that has been going on for nearly 2,500 years now.
A good beginning milestone for this inquisition occured when Socrates was
given the death penalty for ingesting an LSD-like entheogen outside the
confines of the Elysian Mystery ceremonies. Prior to around 500 BC the use
of Cannabis and other Entheogenic drugs was not a state sanctioned crime. In
fact the very beginnings of religion centered around the ingestion of mind
altering entheogens such as Anamita Mescaria, Psilicybin, Cannabis and other
entheogenic sacraments. Some of the most respected historic figures --
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Clinton, Obama
-- have all used Cannabis and other psychotropic substances will no lasting
ill effect. Steve Jobs said that one of the three most important things he
did in his life was experience the effects of LSD. And it was either Crick
or Watson -- the scientists that unraveled the mysteries of the DNA double
helix -- that later admitted that is was the use of LSD that allowed them to
jump this synaptic gap and unravel the mysteries of the DNA double helix.
Historians increasingly agree that organized religions -
Judaism, Christianity and Islam - replaced the entheogenic sacraments with
crackers, or otherwise prohibited their use - because they frowned upon the
ability of individuals to have a direct relationship with god, the
singularity etc. In short the Pharmacratic Inquisition was primarily a means
to force the state into a position of being the intermediary between the
individual and god. It has also served as a means to arrest and enslave its
citizens as a source of cheap labor and to institute social control over
it's citizenry. And unfortunately this stupidity persists.
As one of my favorite philosophers once said "it is not
what we put in our mouth that defiles us, but what comes out of our
mouths(hearts)that does." This quote is attributed to this guy they called
Jesus. And frankly the only thing that has been coming out of Shuettes mouth
lately has been a lot of corporately financed bullshit. And I'm just letting
you know that we are not a bunch of stoners. We are not going to put up with
these "Jim Crow" laws nor relegated to the status of non-Muslim kafirs, nor
"4th class minorities." We are politically aware Citizens of the United
States and we are done with the bullshit. Marijuana is one of the safest
herbs known to man. I suggest that Shuette bend to the will of the Michigan
voters and start doing something useful. Because if this continues one more
day you just might find us standing vigil outside of your homes just so you
know what it is like to have your privacy violated. If the unions and OWS
folk can do this . . . so can we.
Again, I have the utmost respect for legitimate law
enforcement. But interfering with adults that use an herb, no more dangerous
than coffee, does not constitute legitimate law enforcement. It is obvious
that you are doing this to generate revenue in order to support law
enforcement jobs. Presidents from Nixon to Obama are equally complicit in
this folly. And as much as I empathize with the fact that your cities have
drained your pension funds etc. it still does not give you the right to
violate the rights of the people that employ you. It is time to do the right
thing and simply give up on this disingenuous War on Cannabis Consumers.
Neither history, nor the will of the American People will tolerate this any
Yours in Peace and Freedom,
Bruce W. Cain
The Pharmacratic Inquisition (Official Online Edition)
Astrotheology and Shamanism: Unveiling the Law of Duality in Christianity
and other Religions
Note title and cover illustration have changed since acquiring my copy
Background notes behind this article:
Bill Shuettes office refuses to allow me as either
journalist or speaker at the Thursday Livonia Meeting. Yet I have been
publishing articles on drug policy for over 20 years and collected about 1
in 400 of the signatures (total was about 430,000). The citizens of Michigan
deserve both a voice in the discussion as well as complete access to the
topics discussed at the meetings. Ideally we should have online access to
videos of EVERY minute of the Livonia meeting.
What follows is my reply to Attorney General Shuettes office after being
denied a seat at the Livonia meeting this Thursday (11/17/2011). Feel free
to repost and redistribute as widely as possible.
Jamie Lowell provided the following document that has information on the
seminar and the 5 locations that this seminar will be given to law
enforcement. We are hoping to stage a protest at the Livonia meeting this
Thursday. Tim Beck said he would organize the time of the protest. I would
suggest assembling around 8:15 AM in order to greet Shuette and law
enforcement and to let them know how we feel about their continued war
against caregivers and patients. Sorry for the short notice.
For more information send an email to me or Tim Beck:
Bruce Cain: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Beck: Timmichben@aol.com
This is the letter I sent to Bill Shuettes office requesting that I would be
allowed to testify before Michigan Law Enforcement at a seminar where they
most likely attempt to turn the screws a little tighter on patients and
caregivers in Michigan. The fact of the matter, as we all know, is that this
being orchestrated at the federal (Obama) or international level (Big Pharma
From: "Jennifer Jensen (AG)" <jensenj1></jensenj1>
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 6:00:39 AM
Subject: MMA RSVP
Thank you for your interest in `Clearing the Air: Implementing and Enforcing
Michigan's Medical Marijuana Law'. Unfortunately, at this time the seminar
only open to Law Enforcement and Local Government Officials and is closed to
public and the press. Each venue has limited seating and there is very high
demand on those seats.
Thank you again for your interest, and have a pleasant day.