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Marijuana and Minimum Wage. Why do US Republicans block progress on both?

Majority Of Employers Say Raise The Minimum Wage. So why do Republicans block it?

Astounding Percentage Disapprove Of GOP. Republican politicians, private prisons, and sheriffs still want cannabis war; while Obama says let states decide. House voted (with only a few Republicans) to let states alone on medical cannabis.

Remember Romney Republicans in 2012? Compare to 2014! Happy days are here again!:
Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd on Dancing with the Stars 2014 S&P timeline and U.S. presidents to 2014 Aug 26 breaking of 2000 barrier

See: Cannabis news sources. See Facebook: Global Marijuana March. And: Cannabis and 2014 U.S. election, November 4, Tuesday.


A Crucial Election Season for Legalizing Marijuana and Ending the Drug War. State-by-state info.

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Marijuana. No hangovers, no violence, no carbs

Denver, Colorado. October 2006 billboard. See Study: Why Pot Smokers Are Skinnier. May 15, 2013 article by Lindsay Abrams, The Atlantic. See also this chart: Soda versus marijuana.

Sting on the war on drugs

Sting: Let's End the War on Drugs. 31 March 2010. He is an honorary board member of the Drug Policy Alliance.

Denver Colorado 2012 April. I prefer marijuana to alcohol

Denver, Colorado. April 2012. See: Cannabis is safer.

Pope Francis on trickle-down economics

And the astronomical U.S. incarceration rate (due to the Republican-led drug war) helps keep the poor in line. See infographic. See also: School-to-prison pipeline. Too bad though that the Pope is clueless about drug reform.

The days of cannabis prohibition are numbered

New Hampshire Teapot Party.

War on drugs is a war on the poor

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It's election season in the USA. Lobbyists:

Beer, booze, cigarettes, and Big Pharma

Beer, booze, cops, cigarettes, and Big Pharma.

2014 and 2015 Global Marijuana March and 4/20 events

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58% of Americans want Cannabis Legalized. Gallup Poll

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- 58% Say Legalize Marijuana in Latest Gallup Poll. Phillip Smith, 23 Oct 2013. Drug War Chronicle.

New York City pays $167,731 per year per prisoner

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College versus cannabis incarceration

Moms for Marijuana. See Wikipedia: Community college. See yearly cost of corrections in the USA. Divide by total number of inmates. Correction costs alone averaged $30,600 per inmate in 2007 in the USA.

John McCain says "maybe we should legalize"

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Keeping those expensive "Boots on the ground"

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Ending Republican-initiated Wars of Choice

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The boots and the profits are no longer in Iraq. They are now in Louisiana. See: The U.S. Drug War. Republicans lead. Sheep follow. Everybody pays. See Louisiana is the world's prison capital, and here. See Eric Holder: 'Broken' Justice System Needs 'Sweeping' Changes, Reforms To Mandatory Minimum.[131]. See: Louisianians Favor Marijuana Legalization, Poll Finds.

Michael Douglas slams drug war and U.S. prisons

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"Fascists always steal the word 'freedom'."

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"Isn't it interesting how fascists always steal the word 'freedom'?"

Above quote is from Henrik Vanger in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

"Boots on the ground". It is not difficult to understand why much of the world fears U.S. power and its "police actions" at home and abroad. Many question the moral authority of the USA. Some reasons why: The Republican-initiated Iraq War, and civil war that followed when the U.S. disbanded the Iraqi army, and one million people died in the ensuing anarchy. A welcome liberation became a clueless hated occupation when the US did not leave right away when the infamous WMDs were not found. In the USA the Republican-led U.S. Drug War has become a police and prison occupation of U.S. cities, and is greatly responsible for the astronomical incarceration rate in the USA. Republican "freedom" at home and abroad. "Freedom fries" anyone?

The 27 reasons why US does not have moral authority to lead the war on drugs

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War On Drugs: 27 Reasons Why U.S. Doesn't Have The 'Moral Authority' To Lead It. By Roque Planas, Nov 18, 2012. Huffington Post. Expand slideshow to full size.

Both the Iraq War and the Drug War were/are profitable Wars of Choice against fabricated "Enemies". See: How the Bush Administration Sold the War – and We Bought It by Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson. See Wikipedia: Iraq and weapons of mass destruction. Listen to Hans Blix and Arianna Huffington, too.

These multi-trillion dollar wars are the latest "glorious crusades" (that good ol' boy, moron Bush actually used the word "crusade" at first to describe the Iraq War). See: The Three Trillion Dollar War - about the Iraq War. See Brown University Costs of War project. See: Cost of U.S. drug war. The better (and much cheaper) way is harm reduction. See: Portugal. Cannabis-related links. And drug users are no one's "enemy".

The U.S. Drug War. Republicans lead. Sheep follow. Everybody pays. Democrats have to be pushed to wind down the drug war, and to support the middle class instead of the privileged. Otherwise, another Ralph Nader candidate will come along to throw a monkey wrench into the whole bloody machine (speech by Mario Savio starts at 22 seconds into the video). Obama is the first Democrat President in awhile who isn't basically middle management for Republicans. Clinton was the last moderate Republican to lead the country. Stockholders got rich while income and wealth inequality continued to increase, and the incarceration rate continued to skyrocket due to the drug war and "truth-in-sentencing" (mandatory minimum sentencing). See: National Rifle Association and mandatory minimum sentencing.

School-to-prison pipeline

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"Wherever he placed such a computer, dozens of children would gather around and, with no help from adults, figure out how to use it. Those who could not read began to do so through interacting with the computer and with other children around it. The computers gave the children access to the whole world’s knowledge."

Be independent, not conservative or liberal!

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Is the U.S. Republican-led, Worldwide War on Cannabis over?

Feds will allow states some leeway on cannabis laws

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As Oregon's chief federal prosecutor last year, Holton was in the vanguard of that crackdown, sending letters to owners, operators and landlords of storefront pot outlets warning they faced prosecution and civil enforcement actions for involvement in the sale of cannabis.

A reason why states need some leeway:

2013 Global Marijuana March and 4/20

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Global Marijuana March animated See: The GMMizer, 2013 GMM map, graphics, basic city list, category, Facebook. Add cities: GMM sign up.

Search for marijuana march videos. And more.
See 2013, 2014 Global Marijuana March.

Conservative war, ignorant sheep, and harm reduction

US incarceration timeline

November Coalition graph. Some Congressmen and police who prosecuted the War on Drugs now believe it caused a large increase in the United States incarceration rate. See Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and larger chart with sources. See template.

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Single-payer health care PNHP poster

Harm reduction works best when combined with single-payer health care. See Physicians for a National Health Program. See larger version for money saved.

Conservatives worldwide love war, especially the drug war. War is profitable for big businesses that wage wars, incarcerate POWs, house troops, and treat wounds. Many voters, like the lemmings they are, enable the wasteful spending of conservative wars, and then have to wind them down when they can no longer be sustained and paid for. Average taxpayers clean up the mess, and pay for the collateral damage of broken bodies and lives. Conservative bosses, and subservient sheep.

Harm reduction is better than drug war.


The majority of people incarcerated in prisons and jails in the USA are in due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. Wikipedia: Drug-related crime. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. The USA has the highest incarceration rate of any nation (b c). Compare incarceration rates worldwide. See cost of U.S. drug war: 1.5 trillion dollars! Cannabis is safer! Share link.

Cory Booker and Quentin Tarantino on the Drug War

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See: Race, ethnicity, and the drug war.
Cory Booker on the Drug War

[7][8][9][10]. Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey: "I'm going to battle on this," the mayor says. "We're going to start doing it the gentlemanly way. And then we're going to do the civil disobedience way. Because this is absurd. I'm talking about marches. I'm talking about sit-ins at the state capitol. I'm talking about whatever it takes." Quote source.

US incarceration rate timeline

Breaking the Taboo

Jesus dude

Hey, angry white male Republican voters! Lighten up, dudes. Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine. Jesus healed using cannabis [11]. Stop worshiping Ronald 6 Wilson 6 Reagan 6, and "Just Say No", and the NRA's mandatory minimums.

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Home Page (BreakingTheTaboo.info). More info [136]. See TabooBreakers on Twitter. See Global Commission on Drug Policy and Facebook page. Quotes from video clips on the trailer: President Richard Nixon: "total war against public enemy number one". President Ronald Wilson Reagan: "When we say no to drugs it will be clear that we mean absolutely none". President George H.W. Bush: "Some think there won't be room for them in jail. We'll make room". Morgan Freeman: "Since 1971 2.5 trillion dollars have been spent on the War on Drugs". Look who's breaking the taboo: Richard Branson, Kate Winslet, Sam Branson, Morgan Freeman, and many more. See also: MarijuanaMajority.com. Share link. Full version in English is no longer available online. Hey Richard Branson, George Soros, or whoever, please buy it and put it back online!


Propaganda of incarceration nations

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See Wikimedia Commons: Category:Government propaganda. Note the "glorious mission" or "glorious war" nature of much propaganda. Like the Republican-led Holy War, the "War on Drugs". See Wikipedia: War on Drugs. It is really a war on some drug users. This particular glorious war was reinvigorated by the cult leaders, Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Ronald Reagan is still worshiped like a God by some segments of the Republican Party. "The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made." - Jean Giraudoux. French diplomat, dramatist, and novelist (1882 - 1944). Share link.
Just Say No. Nancy and Ronald Reagan 2

Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan of the USA. The "Just Say No" campaign.

Stalin and child

Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union.

S.A. brownshirt

S.A. brownshirts in Nazi Germany.

Let's not forget Papa Bush

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Shoulda Robbed a Bank

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WWDD. What Would Dude Do

The way of the Dude.

Drug Sentences Driving Federal Prison Population Growth, Government Report Finds. By Phillip Smith, Sept. 13, 2012. StoptheDrugWar.org - A comment:

What I saw during my 5 years in Federal Prison. by UndertheRadar (not verified), September 20, 2012, 12:33pm. I stayed 5 years in Federal Prison for a marijuana offense. While I was there, I watched armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 17 months. One lad was in for armed Post Office robbery with a sawed off shotgun...his stay, 20 months. When I went to the parole board after 3 years 'behind the wall,' I pointed this out to the panel members. Their response, "You must understand that yours was a very serious offense." I laughed about that for 2 more years (as I still sat in prison), then wrote my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank. When I was in, the entire Federal Prison population was just over 28,000. Drug offenders made up 53% of that number. I see today that population has risen to over 218,000. Prison is big business. It used to be called 'slavery.' Please read Shoulda Robbed a Bank. I need the money... It's available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Obama's passion and mojo

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Could just as well be describing the Drug War.
Sen. Barack Obama before the Iraq War:

"What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne. What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income — to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics."
Brownshirts

The elephant is the mascot of the Republican Brownshirts. See: The U.S. Drug War. Republicans lead. Sheep follow. Everybody pays. Share link.

"We are the party of lower taxes for the American people". - John Boehner, Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. December 21, 2011. Share link.
US criminal justice cost timeline

$228 billion total in 2007 according to BJS data. $36 billion in 1982 (not adjusted for inflation). Detailed costs table is archived here (scroll down). See inflation-adjusted chart. BJS is U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. The majority of prisoners are incarcerated due to the drug war. See drug war charts and maps. Correction costs alone averaged $30,600 per inmate in 2007.

Obama helping turn around Reagan-Bush War on Cannabis, mandatory minimums, and mass incarceration:
U.S. incarceration timeline 4 Correctional population USA

The purple elephant in the room

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The purple elephant in the room:

World incarceration map

Gray in the map means no data. Click map for info, and for ways to share, email, or embed. See map source (and data). Compare incarceration rates worldwide.

Nation of guards, prisoners, and Drug War POWs

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California prison population timeline
California prison guard yearly compensation timeline

Wikipedia: California Correctional Peace Officers Association

Election Day victories, November 2012

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The American states of Colorado and Washington have voted to legalize cannabis, and Massachusetts becomes the eighteenth state to approve cannabis for medical use. See 2012 vote for cannabis. Prohibition, your days are numbered!

Why did U.S. Republicans get their asses handed to them in 2012? Well, besides their idiotic rape comments, maybe it is because their support for "freedom" was a sham. For example; at the time of the election very few Republicans had cosponsored H.R. 6335 (see section on cosponsors). That bill would not have done anything more to legalize marijuana or medical marijuana; it would simply have allowed medical marijuana centers operating legally under state law to continue to do so. It would have amended the Controlled Substances Act so as to exempt real property from civil forfeiture due to medical-marijuana-related conduct that was authorized by State law. This is Republican "freedom":
See list of incarceration rates by country (b c). Compare the rates. Due to the Drug War the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world. See cost of U.S. drug war: 1.5 trillion dollars! Let's Break the Taboo! Cannabis is safer! Share link.
Marijuana Majority

www.MarijuanaMajority.com - See larger image.


Hey Republicans! The drug war is taking us over the fiscal cliff! The drug war is another multi-trillion dollar war that needs to be wound down. Obama wound down the Iraq War, and is winding down the war in Afghanistan. Obamacare will not increase in cost as fast as the previous healthcare chaos. Single-payer universal healthcare, of course, is the most efficient and cost saving, but Democrats would never have been able to get that passed in Obama's first term.

Cost of U.S. drug war. Even $1.5 trillion dollars is conservative since many crimes are committed in order to get money for drugs. Correction costs alone averaged $30,600 per inmate in 2007. See: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. See: Economics - Drug War Facts. See: 32 Reasons Why We Need To End The War On Drugs - Business Insider. See: The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition.
Cost of U.S. drug war

A Chart That Says the War on Drugs Isn't Working. By Serena Dai. The Atlantic Wire. 12 Oct 2012. "The numbers on this chart alone don't add up to $1.5 trillion, which represents a more inclusive count of drug control spending, with prison costs and state level costs determined by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, but instead to $800 billion." See Drug war charts and maps. Share link.

Mexico-USA. Caravan for Peace 2012. Aug 12 to Sept 12

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Mexico Drug War casualties map

Source: Nag on the Lake: Mapping The Dead – Mexico’s Drug War.

Caravan For Peace 2012 map

"This summer, victims of the drug war in Mexico will travel across the United States. We will promote peace with justice and dignity on both sides of the border."

Cannabis and pseudo democracy in the USA

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Beer, booze, cigarettes, and Big Pharma

Beer, booze, cops, cigarettes, and Big Pharma.

Cops say legalize pot. Ask me why

He is Howard J. Wooldridge. See Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and their main Facebook page, and Facebook pages worldwide. Wikipedia: LEAP. Share link.

Share link: democracy

Most Americans want cannabis legalized. See this timeline of polling in the USA. A much larger majority want medical cannabis legalized.

But the government is actually run by a 40% minority. It is not a 50% plus one, simple-majority democracy. It takes a 60% majority vote in the Senate to get past a filibuster or other delaying tactic. It is a self-imposed Senate rule not found in the Constitution that could be overturned at any time by a simple majority vote in the Senate. See filibuster.

The only true simple-majority democracy left is at the state level with ballot initiatives, and it is in constant conflict with the Feds.

State governors also have veto powers. Occasionally, cannabis reform measures get passed by state legislatures, but are often vetoed by governors. It usually takes a 3/5 or 2/3 majority vote to override a governor's veto.

It takes a two-thirds majority in Congress to override a Presidential veto. The U.S. is unique in this among Western democracies. And what's up with the lack of runoff voting for Presidential elections? It is common in other countries. Stopping the presidential dictatorship, via the Presidential veto, would require changing the constitution to eliminate the Presidential veto that requires a two-thirds majority in Congress to override it.

The USA is actually a 1% kleptocracy run mostly by special interests and corporations (who are considered persons according to the law). As concerns cannabis: Big Pharma, police unions, private prisons, prison guard unions, alcohol and beer companies. Also known as the Prison-Industrial Complex and the alcohol-drug monopoly.

The power of these special interests has increased greatly since the 1980 election of Just-Say-No Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6). By the way, are you still waiting for that Reagan-Revolution wealth to "trickle-down" from the 1%?

Concerning Obama, or any President. Federal prosecutors (U.S attorneys) are appointed by the President and serve 4 year terms. They are responsible for the crackdown on medical cannabis dispensaries in many states. They are independent and the only way to stop them is for the President to fire them. If a President fired a federal prosecutor over medical marijuana, his political opponents could say that he is subverting federal law. A President can suggest that they not prioritize federal resources going after medical cannabis users, and dispensaries following state law. The President can not change federal law though, and so federal prosecutors can do whatever they want.


Never-ending war, PTSD, veterans, medical marijuana

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See main article: Posttraumatic stress and cannabis.

1917. Shell shock during World War I

Australian Advanced Dressing Station near Ypres, Belgium in 1917. The wounded soldier in the lower left of the photograph has the "thousand-yard stare" indicative of shell shock.

PTSD proposed for Oregon medical marijuana list. August 26, 2012. San Francisco Chronicle.

  • 45% Of Iraq/Afghanistan War Veterans Seeking Disability. May 28, 2012. Associated Press (AP). By Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer. From the article: "The average wait to get a new one processed grows longer each month and is now about eight months. ... Harvard economist Linda Bilmes. She estimates the health care and disability costs of the recent wars at $600 billion to $900 billion."
  • The Three Trillion Dollar War - Wikipedia article about the book.

Weed Pass is Dead, Cannabis Cup is Alive!

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Later note: The conservatives are still trying to implement the Weed Pass.

The new government of the Netherlands has snuffed out plans to ban foreigners from visiting Dutch coffee shops where they can purchase quasi-legal cannabis. That means the High Times 2012 Cannabis Cup is on! Read complete article here

Rhode Island becomes 15th state to decriminalize

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Rhode Island. Marijuana Policy Project. Rhode Island’s New Law to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession:

On June 13, 2012, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee [Independent] signed S 2253/H 7092 into law, making Rhode Island the 15th state to remove the possibility of jail for first offense possession of a modest amount of marijuana. The title of the bills was “Reform the penalty for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.”

David Duchovny on cannabis legalization

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David Duchovny on cannabis legalization

Exclusive: David Duchovny Talks Goats, Marijuana Legalization. Shockya.com. August 15, 2012 article. See article for full quote. Wikipedia: David Duchovny.

Cannabis is more interesting than alcohol

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Click the images to enlarge them, and for more info.

Listen: PsySrek Mix - Million Marijuana March 2010 ;-') by Legalize Cannabis. "This mix have been played at the 'Million Marijuana March', world manifestation to legalize cannabis, in Paris (place de la Bastille - 08/05/2010)." (May 8, 2010). See forum discussion and download link there. Turn Flashblock off. It uses Flash. More info and download sources: [147] [148]

Seshat rising

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Seshat

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Carl Sagan on cannabis

Carl Sagan in anonymous essay in 1971 book Marihuana Reconsidered by Lester Grinspoon. See Wikipedia: Carl Sagan#Personal life and beliefs. [12][13][14][15].

2012 Global Marijuana March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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From Facebook photo page for photo below:
"Only 5 of us in Malaysia. It's not the number that counts, it's the determination that matters."
2012 Global Marijuana March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur 2012 GMM Malaysia

For larger version of the photo and more info go here and to the template.


Pat Robertson advocates making marijuana legal

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Wikipedia: Pat Robertson. "Pot" Robertson. :)

"Welcome to America, home to 5% of the world's people & 25% of the world's prisoners."
USA. 25% of world's prisoners 2

Image info, larger banner, template, and stats. More info: [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]. Most are incarcerated due to the drug war.

Yeah, right on, Pat! Those conservative hippies were right after all. And that liberal, big-prison-spender, Nancy Reagan, with her "Just Say No" lock-em-up activism was wrong. And don't forget that liberal, big-prison-spender, Newt Gingrich and his drug war.

Jesus cannabis. Leaves for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22-2

Cannabis. Could it be the Avatar Home Tree of Life (symbol found in many cultures) for the healing of the nations?

Bhang shop in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

A bhang (psychoactive cannabis preparation) shop in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. Also from India: 125 Year Old Woman Claimed Smoking Pot Everyday Was Her Secret to Long Life « Cafe Vale Tudo.

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