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Denver’s WestWord reports on the medical marijuana “farce” controversy | The NORML Stash Blog

I am the producer of The NORML Network, the host of the NORML SHOW LIVE and The NORML Stash Blog, and NORML's Outreach Coordinator. I'm married, live in Portland, Oregon, and I am a registered medical marijuana caregiver in this state. I've worked days as an IT geek and nights as a professional musician. Previously, I have been the host of my own political talk radio show on satellite radio. I've been the High Times "Freedom Fighter of the Month" and I travel across the country to educate people on marijuana reform. I've dedicated my life to bringing an end to adult marijuana prohibition and re-legalizing cannabis hemp, and I'm honored to be chosen by NORML to give voice to the Marijuana Nation and to speak for those who can't speak up.


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7 responses to “Denver’s WestWord reports on the medical marijuana “farce” controversy”

  1. Oregon Raids Expose Dissent in the Cannabis Community - NUGGETRY News

    [...] Sure enough, in response to Elliott’s takedown on TokeoftheTown, NORML blogger “Radical” Russ Belville released an unedited version of St. Pierre’s “statement” which actually turned out to be an out-of-context three month old private email between two people that got leaked. It really is a fascinating read, top to bottom, which you can find HERE. [...]

  2. Robert Delaney

    “While I use cannabis mostly medically…”

    “…tortuous facade of MMJ…”

    Which is it?

  3. Robert Delaney

    Still in damage control mode. It appears 2011/12 will mark a true turning point for NORML.

    Things might have not gotten so out of hand if the first line of defense hadn’t been to stress that Allen’s email had been meant only for viewing by a limited group of “insiders”. The sanctity of the LISTSERVE was breached, and the resulting circus was reminiscent of the WIKI-LEAKS fiasco.

    Allen’s words stung. Most of the activists I know aren’t wealthy. We can’t donate to every organization, so we give to whomever we feel best represents us. For MMJ patients, ASA is a good organization, but we still donated to NORML first, because we believed medical access would pave the way for understanding marijuana’s benefits and unique safety, and NORML seemed open to that philosophy.

    We’re trying hard not to feel betrayed. NORML has done so much good, and MMJ patients could always depend upon NORML to be our best friend in the past.

    Perhaps Allen would consider publishing an open letter to MMJ patients, reassuring them of NORML’s continued commitment to promoting safe and legal access to medical cannabis for suffering patients, along with equal support for the end of industrial hemp prohibition and the war on adult personal use. We need to know we are not being abandoned.

    I’m the first to applaud NORML’s efforts which were powerful components in bringing about MMJ programs. I shudder to think where the laws would be now, had NORML never existed.

    If the medical cannabis industry is a “sham” now, isn’t NORML, at the very least, partially responsible? After all, you guys wrote the book on marijuana law reform.

    We’ve all looked to NORML for leadership, and it’s a very good time to show it still can.

  4. Winder

    I hope Allen is suing the :furious: :stars: :whoa: :bleep: out of Steve. Everything Allen said (in context) was absolutely true… While I use cannabis mostly medically at present, there are times when everyone needs to have a safe social experience. Somebody (okay, everybody!) needs to loosen up and see the big picture. Patients will be treated like criminals just as are the rest of us responisible consumers of the safest social facilitator on Earth, until the farce of prohibition and the tortuous facade of MMJ is finally ended.

  5. Cory

    Correction: the quote by Keith should read “for not-medical reasons.”

  6. Cory

    I’m a huge fan of Allen. (You come in second, no offense.) He is extremely bright, funny, well-spoken, a philosopher, scholar, and gentleman—his style is entertaining and provocative. When he speaks, everyone listens.

    Incidentally, just before I checked this blog, I was reading an article on opposingviews.com regarding Steve DeAngelo and his “no recreational” “all use is wellness” parsing of language, which you have covered at length. With all the rampant abuses, the opposingviews article wrote “The more you try to tell the public to disbelieve their own two eyes and call recreational use ‘medical,’ the more they think the ‘medical’ thing is a ruse just to bring about recreational use.” I also recall a phone interview you did with Keith Stroup last year at NORML’s big 40th anniversary, where he said, I quote, “I think it was always a mistake for those who thought that somehow the medical use issue will be our way to finally get to full legalization for all adults… First off that would be dishonest, we need to win the political point… We shouldn’t be asking a doctor for permission to smoke it for medical reasons, that’s dishonest.” But with such rampant dishonesty throughout the industry, the “not all but many,” it’s deplorable how the lawyer “missed the forest for the trees” and decided disgustingly to smear Allen for pointing out a gorilla in the room.

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