Marijuana: Smart Colorado takes anti-pot campaign to Idaho as activists' kids are seized

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We've been hearing a lot about Smart Colorado's call for higher cannabis taxes in Colorado, as well as its connection to a possible attempt to repeal Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana. But the group is also spreading its anti-pot message beyond state lines, to places like Idaho, where a TV station juxtaposes these remarks with the tale of marijuana activists whose children were seized.

The video accompanying "Idaho's pot push meets Colorado criticism," from KTVB-TV, features an interview with former Rhode Island representative Patrick Kennedy, among the principals of Project SAM, a national organization that launched in Denver this past January.

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Patrick Kennedy.
But rather than being linked with Project SAM, Kennedy is identified throughout the piece as speaking for Smart Colorado, an affiliate of Project SAM that also advocates taking a public-health approach to marijuana. In Kennedy's remarks to KTVB, that translates to his assertion that legalization has hurt Colorado and the region thanks to "increased access to kids, impact on their brain development and education levels, and not the revenue windfall that was promised."

Kennedy adds that there's been "a doubling of traffic fatalities since the dispensaries opened" -- a dubious claim, to put it mildly.

These remarks are framed by information about Sarah Caldwell, from an organization called Compassionate Idaho, which advocates for Idaho to pass medical marijuana legalization. But she believes she's paid the price for standing up for this cause. Her three children were temporarily taken away by authorities as part of an investigation into children reportedly swallowing marijuana -- an alleged incident that is related to the seizure of other cannabis activists' kids.

Lindsey Rinehart speaking at a recent rally, courtesy of KVTB.
As KTVB notes, Lindsey and Josh Rinehart also support medical marijuana legalization via Compassionate Idaho, with Lindsey using pot to treat her multiple sclerosis. Police got involved after officers received a report from a school involving an eleven-year-old who is said to have eaten some marijuana and felt ill afterward.

The eleven-year-old wasn't one of the Rineharts' kids, but cops say they subsequently traced the weed to the family's home, where they "reportedly found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in areas commonly used by children between five and eleven years old," the station maintains. Hence, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare took custody of the kids.

Continue for more about the Idaho marijuana activists.

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 I have always avoided an article that dealt with religion and marijuana on TWB, because it brings out a lot of emotional response. However, it’s something that is talked about a lot, and so I figured it’s probably time to start the discussion. I have been a Christian since 1998, and I’m very proud of that fact. I have had battles with myself over the years trying to figure out how marijuana fits into everything, but over time, I have come to the conclusion that God has bigger things to care about in my life. Does God get mad when I consume caffeine or sugar? How is marijuana any different, other than it’s a plant he made?


The full year data is not available for 2012. Colorado had 548 fatalities in 2008, with zero dispensaries, and 447 in 2011, with nearly 800 dispensaries, an 18% decrease.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Colorado Traffic Fatalities Reach Five Year Record High ***

August 30, 2012

According to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado traffic fatalities were up 19 percent during the first four months of 2012, compared to last year.

Earlier this year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) released preliminary findings of their annual first quarter highway and traffic fatality statistics, showing a 19 percent increase in traffic fatalities from Jan.1 through Apr. 30, 2012

nemopunk15 topcommenter

Statistically one of these kids has already been abused while in Foster care. And by abused, i don't mean near marijuana, i mean raped, hit, or not fed, locked in a shed, that sort of old fashion abuse.

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

That's the dumbest thing I've heard all year and I don't even smoke pot.

Ben Barr
Ben Barr

Horseshit, bullshit, shit.... Smart Colorado=Dumb asses


These people and these cops are scum. Don't see this changing any time soon...

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

SMH. Someone better slap these mutherfuckers quick.

Ashley Wilson
Ashley Wilson

Oh geeze, find something worth while to do with your lives.



The Popes hate dope

While millions of Catholic faithful around the world mourn the passing of Pope John Paul II, pot people would do well to remember that the Catholic Church has long been a leader in the global effort to exterminate marijuana and the cannabis culture.
The late Pope John Paul II had frequently campaigned against marijuana decriminalization, saying there are no distinctions between “hard” and “soft” drugs and that using marijuana is equivalent to using heroin.

In January 1997, a Pope-approved statement issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family claimed that legalizing drugs would be akin to legalizing murder, and also called for the banning of tobacco.

These statements are consistent with the Catholic Church’s longstanding policy of official hatred for marijuana and other medicinal and psychoactive herbs. Catholic Popes have been viciously persecuting users of medicinal plants virtually since the formation of the Church.

For much of Europe’s history, the Roman Catholic Church was fighting wars of destruction against many “heretical” sects. In many cases, these so-called heretics had rediscovered the herbal sacraments like mushrooms and cannabis, and were ruthlessly exterminated for their use of these powerful plants.



The Inquisition

The Pope who launched the most vicious of the Catholic Church’s many campaigns against herb users was Pope Innocent VIII (1432-1492). In 1484 he issued a papal bull called “Summis desiderantes” which demanded severe punishments for magic and witchcraft, which at the time usually meant the use of medicinal and hallucinogenic herbs. Indeed, the papal bull specifically condemned the use of cannabis in worship instead of wine.

The principles Pope Innocent VIII outlined became the basis for the terrifying and torturous witch-hunters’ handbook, the Malleus Maleficarum (1487).

Further, Pope Innocent VIII was a major supporter of the vicious Inquisition, and in 1487 he appointed the infamous and sadistic Spanish friar Torquemada as Grand Inquisitor. Under Torquemada’s authority, thousands of traditional female healers, users of forbidden plants, Jews, and other “heretics” were viciously tortured and killed during the “witch-hunts” of the Spanish Inquisition. This reign of terror gripped Europe well into the 17th Century.

Catholic Inquisitors tortured and killed many more in Central and South America, where peyote, ololiuqui and other sacred plants of the Aztec culture were prohibited as “works of the devil.”

(Ironically, while the Church was slaughtering cannabis users in Europe, the Spanish conquistadors were busy planting hemp around the New World for use as clothing, rope and sails.)



Dissent over the ages

Clearly, not all Catholics have supported their Church’s war on cannabis. During the middle ages, the most famous Catholic voice in support of marijuana was a French monk and author named Rabelais (1495-1553).

Although Rabelais’ classic books Gargantua and Pantagruel superficially appear to be merely a bawdy tale about a noble giant and his son, a deeper reading reveals a telling parody of Church and State, and contains many detailed and positive references to cannabis, which Rabelais dubbed “The Herb Pantagreulion” to avoid persecution.

Yet Rabelais still suffered for his written work in support of marijuana. He was harassed and persecuted by the Church, and the chapters that most specifically refer to marijuana (Book 3, chap 49-52) were banned by the Catholic Church. The power of this censorship has lasted for centuries, as even in many modern translations of Pantagruel these chapters are omitted.

In modern times, there are some Catholic priests and bishops that have spoken out in favor of medical pot, but not full decriminalization.

One example is Vermont Bishop Kenneth Angell, who in 2004 used his position to push for his state’s successful passage of a law allowing for limited use of medical marijuana. However, Angell was clear that his support was only for the most serious of medical users, and that he and his church were firmly opposed to allowing any sort of non-medical use.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@melekalikimaka "I misread and didn't fully comprehend the point and context..."

Typical Clueless Bong-Sucking Stoner ... like the pro-A64 fools and tools who didn't read, much less comprehend what it proposed.

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