Mr. Yates, who suffers from tongue cancer, claims that his throat has been irreparably damaged by the radiation treatment he has been undergoing. He says marijuana is the only effective tool he has found to relieve his pain. Previously caught in 2011 for growing marijuana, he continued the process until he was once again caught at his home in Brockworth, Gloucester and ultimately arrested in April.
Yates has pleaded guilty at Gloucester crown court to growing three dozen cannabis plants in his home and supplying some of his growing’s to his tenant. Amazingly, after hearing of Mr. Yates medical ailments Judge William Hart refused to send him to jail, he in fact refused to pass a suspended sentence! “You know that ordinarily a custodial sentence would be considered and might even be inevitable for this sort of offence but I would not be able to live with myself if I sent you to prison,” said Judge Hart. He went on to elaborate “That would express no humanity or compassion and it would be a sad day if these courts lost sight of humanity and compassion when it is appropriate.”
Yates, a property listing manager, was given a one year conditional discharge. Mr. Yates who is a father of two and a grandfather of four spoke with a husky, weak voice due to his illness, but described Judge Hart as a “fabulous man”.
According to Prosecutor Janine Woods, local police raided Yates’ home on April 9th of this year and found three dozen marijuana plants growing in a spare bedroom. The street value of the cannabis was estimated to be between 10 and 30 thousand British Pounds. Upon questioning Yates admitted that the plants were for his own personal use and that the only other individual who knew of or used the illegal plants were his tenant Anthony Young.
In July of 2012 Yates received a similar 6 month conditional discharge for his initial offense for illegally growing marijuana. Mr.Yates’ defense attorney, Joe Maloney, told the court that his client was “very, very ill indeed,” and that the “only thing he has found which ameliorates his pain is cannabis.”
When passing down his sentence Judge Hart told Yates “You have been suffering for some time now with a very serious cancer and you have undergone treatment which has been, I am sure, very unpleasant and very distressing. The prognosis for you is bleak. You find some comfort in the consumption of cannabis. You drink whisky and you also find comfort in that. The pain relief provided by doctors does not provide you with what you need. Someone in your position is very different to the usual defendant who comes before this court charge with this offence.”
Ultimately Judge Hart ordered that all of Yates’ drug paraphernalia and growing equipment be destroyed. The judge was kind enough to allow Mr. Yates to keep the box in which the equipment was kept after Yates told the court that it held much sentimental value to him because it had previously belonged to his father.
Following his sentencing Mr. Yates said he would have been utterly ashamed if he had been sent to prison because it would result in him feeling as if he was letting down his 20-year old University student daughter, who had been of the utmost help to him during his time of illness. Mr. Yates gave the following statement; “Obviously I know that cannabis is illegal in this country at the moment, But you don’t have to look far around the world to find places where it is legal – 11 States in America, South Africa, Brazil, some parts of Australia, Holland, Turkey. They all allow growing of cannabis for its medicinal qualities.”
He said his radiation treatment in 2011 had reduced the tumour so that he is now in remission but it had left him without a sense of taste or smell and without the ability to produce saliva. He constantly has to drink water and use an artificial saliva spray.Neither is he able to chew or swallow food and is fed through a tube directly into his stomach.It is the pain in his throat at the base of his tongue that a nightly smoke of 3-4 joints of cannabis relieves so effectively he said.
While Ms. Goldberg did applaud New York for finally making the final steps of joining the ranks of legal medical marijuana states she did point out that she felt Governor Cuomo’s bill left too many needing patients out in the cold. Goldberg believes that Governor Cuomo should open up the current program to include serious conditions like migraines and certain internal disorders. Additionally Goldberg felt the Governor had gone a step too far in limiting how possible patients can choose to use medical cannabis.
Goldberg herself uses medical marijuana for glaucoma and that New York should expand its list of qualifying conditions to allow patients suffering from the debilitating eye disease to be able to use the drug. “I will say I would have loved to have had a conversation with the governor and his staff,” Goldberg wrote in her guest article on The Cannabist. “I probably would have asked, ‘Did yall talk to a whole lot of patients? How did you come up with the list of conditions? And did you talk to any of the other governors about what affect medical marijuana has had on patients?’”
The world famous Oscar winner even addressed Governor Cuomo’s banning of the actual smoking of cannabis saying “I appreciate that he’s making an anti-smoking statement by not selling the actual marijuana bud, but it feels like he’s limiting people’s ability to deal with their illness in a way that works for them.”
Under the Compassionate Care Act Cuomo Signed last month, medical cannabis is only approved to treat a list of 10 debilitating conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, and epilepsy. If the Health Commissioner is inclined, they are allowed to add additional conditions as the program moves forward.
According to Department of Health spokesman, Bill Schwartz “The initial list of diseases to be covered by New York’s medical marijuana program was based upon the best available evidence,” Regardless, Goldberg said she harbors no ill will or bad blood with Governor Cuomo despite her personal unhappiness with the law. She actually closed out her guest article with a “big hug to Gov. Cuomo”
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It seems that more and more Americans are in debt, it seems that uncontrolled government spending and ridiculously unobtainable policy has butchered the American Dream and it all begins with prohibition.
What was the American dream?
No one really knows for sure ‘what the American dream’ really is. For some it’s a place where individuality can be expressed without the fear of some authority figure scorning your behavior, as long as you don’t hurt anyone else. For others it means that with hard work and a good idea you can make something of your life. The bottom line of the American dream is the same; freedom and opportunity.
While this dream is noble in nature it has not existed for over 70 years now. Since the initial prohibition of alcohol and sub sequentially the illegalization of cannabis the very principles of the American dream was kicked in the groin.
The slaughtering of a dream…
In a country that was founded on the principles of “liberty” the mere act of prohibition is treason. To imprison people for consuming a plant is the same as imprisoning them for the color of their skin, their particular faith or ideological belief. It means that “what you are doing is wrong” but not because it actually is wrong, merely because it does not fit their personal “agendas”.
In other words, while cannabis consumption, or any other drug consumption in reality is nothing more than an exercise of your fundamental right to freedom of expression, to illegalize the action is essentially a passive claim on the “liberty” of thus said person. Another way of putting it is; by legislating an action as such the government passively “owns” your body. They become the “masters of your will” and dictate what you can and cannot do.
We all agree that murder is wrong and should be punished by the law, same goes with rape, theft and extortion to name a few. All of these actions victimizes someone and thus is wrong. But how about being Muslim or liking certain types of foods over others? These highly personal decisions should never be concern of an authority figure and neither should drug consumption.
An adult of sound mind, in the land of the free, should be free to be able to choose what goes into their bodies.
The mere fact that there are institutions built on the contrary only goes to show that the American Dream was first gagged and then dragged into an open field where generations of DEA agents, Pharmaceutical heads and a plethora of other so called Americans, shot bullets of prohibition into the cranium of the beloved dream. They left it there to die…but we won’t let it die…will we?
While the subject has become very popular, there still is some resistance to the idea and there is a reason for this as well.
Why Prohibition Lasted so Long
Prohibition has been going on for the past 76 years, on marijuana, and the global effort to “purge drug use” from the world is roughly 40 years in the making. The United States were one of the first countries to implement a strict draconian approach to drug use and in turn began to outsource it to the world.
Now, using drugs to conquer the world is nothing new. The Brits used opium to enslave China way back in the day. The US, similarly used the war on drugs to make their way into the governments of the world. They effectively outsourced their war and in turn could establish a commerce on prohibition.
Columbia was one of the first experiments where they essentially funded a 20 year old war where counts of people died and violence escalated to epic proportions. It was also from Columbia where the first Super Drug dealers stepped into the scene.
How will it end
Here’s the truth…it’s ending now. While change is slow to happen we have to understand that people have been conditioned to see things in a certain way. The change in perception might take some time but people are waking up to the concept.
People are creatures that require models to learn. We see something and we imitate. There are few countries that have drug tolerant policies in place however the world needs a Big Fish to step up and show them how it’s done. The Biggest Fish in terms of drug problems is the US and if they were to repeal prohibition it would only take about 5 years before most countries in the world would follow the same pattern.
Two reasons for this;
The Domino is about to fall…are you ready?
Your mind is a magnificent biochemical mechanism that processes a plethora of information and projects a “sensible interpretation of reality” according to our own core beliefs and outlooks on this world.
Throughout your scholastic journeys you are taught to push the boundaries of your mind, to develop your brain and to go bravely where no one else has ever gone before.
But when it comes to exploring your own consciousness a lot of people will immediately cease to support the notion of “pushing boundaries”.
Why people fear exploration of the consciousness…
People are inertly afraid of exploring their own consciousness not so much because it is “unknown” but rather because they are afraid of finding something that will challenge their current model of reality.
IF your entire life you believed that the world was flat and that you could “fall off the edge” but when you discover that this is not true your entire perspective on life will radically change. More importantly to debunk a fundamental belief in your own life only leads to the question; “what if there is more I am wrong about?”
The fear of consciousness exploration stems from religious indoctrination and specifically dealing with “the Devil comes like a thief in the night…”
Essentially the dogma dictates that you need to be “in your senses” at all times as to not fall into temptation. This essentially refers to alcohol but prohibition took this idea and applied it to “consciousness” in general. But if we come to think about alcohol and other mind altering substances we find that alcohol “dulls the senses, it makes you react in a primitive mind” whereas cannabis and other mind altering drugs do the opposite.
On psilocybin and cannabis for instance you would explore new color, sound, ideas and create new neural pathways. You become conscious about your being, your surroundings and more. You begin to question the foundation of your own reality mainly because your mind is in a new chemical configuration that shifts your perception on reality thus proving that reality is subjective to your own conscious thought. It might be a mouthful at first but what it essentially does is show you that what you think you know, you may not know at all.
The reason why Authority figures want you to remain in the box is because that way they can control your behavior. But if one were to begin to question their dogma, they instantly lose control over your behavior and if enough people were to realize…their theater would end. Who are ‘they’ you might ask?
I’ll leave that one to you…
Drug War Failures
Essentially the drug war has not been able to take drugs out of the hands of children. It turns out that despite jail time, despite billions spent on brain washing America, kids still could find their drugs quite easily.
More importantly if we are to compare a place like Portugal in relation to teen use and America we see that under the “decriminalized” model we have less consumption than the prohibition model. In fact in every country where drugs are tolerated kids tend to use less of it.
This fact baffles the mind of the prohibitionist and counter arguments would be spouted out in a desperate attempt to maintaining the prohibitionist rhetoric.
So even though there are cold hard evidence that prohibition does absolutely nothing to deter drugs from children and the mere fact that prohibitionists prolong this model contradicts the statement of “it’s about the children”
Prohibitionists are victim of circular thinking. In other words their means justify the ends. They say they are prohibiting drugs for the safety of their children and when they see a higher rate of consumption they blame the drugs, and not prohibition for not being effective. They believe we are “at war” when in reality the War on Drugs is nothing but fiction.
The War on Drugs nothing but Fiction?
That’s right, the war on drugs is nothing more than a fabricated lie that promises “safety” but delivers absolutely nothing. It’s a fallacy to believe that we are actually “at war”. Being at war means you have an enemy however on the opposite side of the War on drugs we have no “enemy” but rather a conceptual enemy. “Drug Cartels”, Drug Dealers, Drug Kingpins and so forth are our enemies but there is no face. When you kill one kingpin another 2 can take his place and the war is prolonged.
Claiming that a state of war is fit for children is also preposterous. If you are truly thinking about the children then wouldn’t you want them in a place of peace as opposed to a constant state of warfare? More importantly, if this warfare is merely fiction that does not solve the issue, then prolonging its existence would be counterproductive in ensuring the safety of our kids.
The children argument does not stand its ground under intellectual scrutiny because the war on drugs actually is much more dangerous to our kids than the drugs itself. A prison sentence can ruin someone’s life forever, a drug addiction can be cured.
Why Financial institutions did not accept funds…
The main reason why financial institutions are hesitant on taking money from cannabis related business is due to the current Federal laws in place. Essentially these institutions will be found guilty of money laundering if they would take revenue from these businesses. Yet as time advanced and legal marijuana became ever more popular the Federal government used this in attempts to crush the legal market.
In fact, the DEA was also looking into Armored Truck services for transportation however the policy on that is shaky and a bit ‘late’ since the legalization movement is taking a completely different direction.
What changed their mind?
The DOJ said they will work with states which is a passive way of saying “We can’t stop this so let’s go for it.” Right now the Federal government has essentially said that if your state legalizes cannabis, there will be certain guidelines to follow, but if compliant, would be their business.
Bank of America becomes another testament towards this reality as they too now have said; “If legal, we’ll take your money!” Within the next five years we’ll see drastic changes occur and potentially the complete repeal of prohibition.
Really, five years till repeal?
If you look at the trends, as I do on a daily basis, you begin to realize that the shift in policies is not happening slowly. In fact it seems that support for cannabis is growing on a daily basis and many states are pushing for recreational legalization for the next year.
The truth of the matter is that even conservatives are on board now which means the greatest battle has been won. The DOJ is taking a more passive stance on the issue, on paper, and will find heavy opposition if they go against their words.
Legalization is only a stone throw away…
They drink, they chant, the win or lose…names are spouted, fingers are shown and suddenly…a brawl breaks out. One punches the other, a kick to the face here, elbow to the testicles there and eventually the violence spills into the streets. Riot police are required, fire trucks put out fire, property is damage and the peace is not just disturbed…but completely hacked into pieces.
So what did the Lisbon officials do to “not” let this happen? Quite simply they made a statement that said they would not “bust” fans that are smoking marijuana. They made everyone know that they’re highest priority would be alcohol related events but if you’re peacefully toking 10 meters away from a cop, you’d be fine.
As a result, the English Lost to France 1-2 yet no violence was reported. In fact, no arrest was made since all the hooligans were on something else; Cannabis.
Cannabis the Great Pacifier
There is a significant difference between the effects of Cannabis and the effects of alcohol. Alcohol is proven to inspire violent behavior and has caused thousands of deaths at sports events. People are unable to control their rage and begin to physically duke it out. My personal take on this is simply because they cannot verbalize their frustration they resort to physical confrontation.
When the same elements are at play yet the substance changes, we see a huge change in the behavior of the people. They become more tolerant, they “think” for once. They don’t just react and realize the futility of beating someone to a bloody pulp over a soccer game.
Sadly, once the fanatics made their ways to the pubs and had their share of alcohol…violence hit the streets and once more caveman behavior became prevalent.
Moral of the Story
Alcohol is a substance that inspires violence whereas cannabis doesn’t. We don’t want to prohibit alcohol, but we’d like to simply have the choice to choose cannabis if we so desire. Empirical evidence shows us that cannabis consumption on a mass scale…IS NOT DANGEROUS!
Sadly however, they were denied their right to adopt the highway. While State officials claim that the reason they were denied was because their “Message” contradicts Kansas law the advocacy group feels that it IS because of their message.
Apparently the State board also denied the KKK to adopt a highway. But let’s bring things into perspective shall we?
Every American is religiously familiar with the first amendment. It is the sole pride of America, since many of their other Freedoms have been vastly butchered; this is one that they project like a mighty banner. The First Amendment ensures that you can pretty much Say anything; except for things that are considered National Security Threats.
In Missouri the KKK did win their case on adopting a high way as well as a Neo Nazi group. What was their argument? Freedom of Speech!
By denying the Freedom to challenge an unjust law, while providing a service to your community, you are essentially challenging the fundamental freedom of America. “Fire it Up Kansas” took the right initiative to monopolize on some premium real estate to make their message known to passerbies. Yet the State’s decision to deny them the right to do so might very well stir the hornet’s nest.
If the debate moves from “Marijuana” to “First Amendment” issues we’ll see that more people will begin to jump on the band wagon. In fact, this should be inspiration enough for more Cannabis advocacy groups to start adopting their own highways as well. If enough people push from all sides, drug prohibition will implode on itself because eventually you’ll reach a point where those who enforce the law would be enforcing it against their own…and then…it would be legal.
“Fire it Up Kansas” deserves public support and I encourage all who reads this to tell them that you’re behind them 100% of the way!