Month: September 2013

Update on My Personal Situation: Status- Frustrated

I don’t know that there is really anything big to update on, at least that anyone would care about, but I’m going through some things in my head and need to write them down try to figure them out. This is more of a Skyler post than an informational post, so unless you’re a chronic pain sufferer, really like me (thanks) or are seriously that bored, you can feel free to tune out and wait for the next useful post (coming soon). I’ve just been spending some time freshly researching chronic daily headaches because I am trying to isolate the types of headaches I have to try to treat them individually instead of as a whole big mess as I have been so far in my life. There are 3 primary types of chronic headaches; tension-type, migraine and new daily persistent. As I was going through the different symptoms of each, I noticed that I have pieces of each, but they don’t match up. Tension is across the front of the head, feels like pressure or tightness from both sides of the head and is not made worse by physical activity. Yeah, I have that almost daily, but I also have times when I get migraine symptoms (weakness, gets worse with basically any movement, sensitivity to light, sound and smell), but they say that it is supposed to be...

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DEMAND Immediate FDA Testing for Marijuana (My Congressional Representative Wants It, Supposedly)

I was encouraged this afternoon by Philly Norml to send an email to my United States Congressional Representative regarding support for House Resolution 499; the Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act. To my surprise, I just received a response back. Here is the content of the original email I sent, which was very helpfully composed by the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition and replacing it with regulation. The historic voteson Election Day in Colorado and Washington — where, for the first time ever, a majority of voters decided at the ballot box to abolish cannabis prohibition — underscore this political reality. The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color. Furthermore, the criminalization of cannabis simply doesn’t work. A majority of voters support regulating the adult consumption of cannabis, according to a variety of national polls. Further, according to a December 2012 Gallup poll, 64 percent of respondents do not believe that the federal government “should take steps to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in those states” that have legalized the plant. Despite more than 70 years of federal marijuana prohibition, Americans’ consumption of and demand...

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Personal Notes from the Author (First Article Follow-up)

Hey guys, I wanted to get my first official article out of the way before I made an informal post. What did you think of it? Any feedback is appreciated as long as it is constructive. It seems to have gotten mainly positive attention other than the 1 person who voted on my poll on the side to say that they did not enjoy it because it was not interesting to them. I still appreciated their honesty. Other activists have been nice enough to retweet it or share it on Facebook and I’m sure I got some great views and a bit of credibility from that, which is so helpful for my cause and our common cause. I like to make these personal posts between my articles because a decent, well-researched article takes quite a bit of effort. I’m pretty sure my girl wasn’t thrilled when she texted me Sunday evening to see what I was up to and my reply was that I couldn’t talk for the rest of the day because I’m writing a blog post (my day generally goes until 2-3 AM because of personal preference). Still, it felt great to use creative muscles that haven’t been used much since I stopped trying to write short stories about 5 years ago. I feel like I’m rusty, but still decent enough for my little blog. To be...

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Editorial: Smoke Down Prohibition IX and the War to Recover Our Rights (Why We Fight)

Henry David Thoreau stated at the beginning of his classic political treatise, Resistance to Civil Government, “…government is best which governs least; and I should like to see [the government] acted up to more rapidly and systematically.” Thoreau went on to say that the best government is that which does not govern at all. I wouldn’t go that far, but he had the right idea about the acting up to government part. It was this same idea that prompted activists to stream into Independence Hall National Park in Philadelphia on Saturday for Smoke Down Prohibition IX; the now-monthly gathering of marijuana legalization advocates organized by the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Reformation of Marijuana Laws (NORML), to make their voices heard. A widely cited quote from the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was on the flyers being passed out at the rally. The quote read, “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” This was written in what is known as the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. It was written by Dr. King, at the time being held for┬áparading or marching without a permit, as an open letter for publication. He was looking for people to stand up and say that racism is wrong and laws that enforce racism are wrong. I completely agree with his message and his methods. He was a great man. Flyer...

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Philly Smoke Down Prohibition 9 this Saturday!

I meant to post this sooner, but I just wanted to remind everyone in the area that the Philly Smoke Down Prohibition 9 event by the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is this Saturday, 9/21 at 3pm. The event is organized by PhillyNORML (www.phillynorml.org) and others. At 4:20pm, there is a moment of cannabis reflection and those partaking light joints at this time in full view of law enforcement as an act of civil disobedience. This will only be my second one, but I can tell you last time was great. City police and National Park Service officers were present and looking on as we smoked our wonderful plant of choice. It should be noted that 3 of the organizers and 2 people in attendance were taken off by the National Park Service officers to an area set up for issuing citations. The city police had already made an agreement with the organizers not to interfere as long as things remained peaceful and orderly (which they did) and they honored that agreement like respectable people. Marijuana has been decriminalized in Philadelphia since 2010. The fine is $200 dollars for the first offense and $300 for each following offense. It is a civil penalty, not a criminal one (no criminal record). If you can’t afford or are just not willing to risk it, there is no problem with you coming, hanging...

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