My name is Kim Markou. I am a freelance writer and producer. Four
years ago I battled breast cancer. Refusing the chemotherapy and
radiation, I decided to concentrate instead on diet, nutrition and
natural THC, with great results. I found that even though marijuana has
PROVEN medicinal qualities (U.S. Patent # 6630507), our government,
steeped in hypocrisy and driven by money, corporate greed and the back
room deals of big Pharm, has continued to prosecute and imprison fellow
U.S. citizens, many like myself, who desire to treat themselves with a
natural plant that contains anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
This is a pretty good article about the revolving door between "Government Service" and private business opportunities for government contracts. It is a good argument for smaller more fiscally responsible government.
A new petition asks
High Times has spotlighted the Group Petition for Pardon for five non-violent marijuana offenders who received sentences of Life without Parole for selling marijuana. In the interest to fiscal responsibility and civil liberties, President Obama should grant these pardons. It's the right thing to do.
Since the 1980s, the United States has built prisons at a
furious pace, and America now has the highest incarceration rate in the
developed world. 716 out of every 100,000 Americans are behind bars. By comparison, in England and Wales, only 149 out of every 100,000 people are incarcerated. In Australia—famously founded as a prison colony—the number is 130. In Canada, the number is 114.
Protesters rallied against a union campaign to save Illinois' notorious Tamms prison.Courtesty Tamms Year Ten
January 4, the Tamms Correctional Center, a supermax prison in southern
Illinois, officially closed its doors. Tamms, where some men had been
kept in solitary confinement for more than a decade, was notorious for its brutal treatment of prisoners with mental illness—and for driving sane prisoners to madness and suicide.
The closure, by order of Gov. Pat Quinn, was celebrated by human rights and prison reform groups, and by the local activists who had fought for years
to do away with what they saw as a torture chamber in their backyard.
But it might have been accomplished sooner were it not for a competing
progressive faction: Big Labor.