Trigger warning:

This site may, in fact always will contain images and information likely to cause consternation, conniptions, distress, along with moderate to severe bedwetting among statists, wimps, wusses, politicians, lefties, green fascists, and creatures of the state who can't bear the thought of anything that disagrees with their jaded view of the world.

Nov 10, 2011

The ‘Big Joint’ banned from Obama protest.

Image: The famous Big Joint is carried during the Rally for Cannabis Law Reform and Float Parade.- Jerad Williams. Source; Gympie Times.

Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) have been refused permission to display their 30-foot long inflatable joint during protests aimed at President Obama who is visiting Canberra next week. Not only was their original plan, to present the iconic device to the President banned, but also there are plans to prevent its display during the visit.

Banning it is a blatant attack on freedom of speech and expression in this country. While the idea of offering it to President Obama is somewhat over the top and would raise security concerns, there is no credible reason why a giant inflatable joint should be prohibited from being displayed. HEMP has a right to campaign for the legalization of the product just as any other group has for their issues.

Image: President Obama, Drug warrior.

Obama, like George W Bush and Bill Clinton has used marijuana. Unlike his predecessors, he advocated reform of the law prior to becoming President only to become a strident drug war warrior afterward, including a campaign against medical use in states where this is legal. Current polls indicate that 50% of Americans now support legalization of pot, a figure that substantially beats the President's own approval figures.

Apart from the futility of attempting to prohibit the use of such a popular and easily produced product, there are numerous therapeutic uses for it including pain relief. GOP Presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, supports such use after having used it for pain relief for three years after a paragliding accident caused him multiple bone fractures, including a burst fracture to his T12 vertebrae:
“But for luck, I guess, I wasn’t arrested.” Although smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes was illegal in New Mexico until 2007, Johnson says he needed the drug following a 2005 paragliding accident in Hawaii. His sails got caught in a tree, he stalled—and fell about fifty feet straight down to the ground, he says. Johnson suffered multiple bone fractures, including a burst fracture to his T12 vertebrae. “In my human experience, it’s the worst pain I’ve ever felt.”

“Rather than using painkillers, which I have used on occasion before, I did smoke pot, as a result of having broken my back, blowing out both of my knees, breaking ribs, really taking about three years to recover,” Johnson says. He explains that painkillers had once caused him to suffer nasty side effects and the pain of withdrawing from the pills was unbearable. So, Johnson says, in 2005 "someone who cared" for him gave him marijuana to deal with the pain.
Parents need to take responsibility for educating children on the dangers of drugs, not leave them to find out from teachers, peers who may think its cool, or rely on the police force to prevent them trying it out. Prohibition not only fails to protect, but creates the situation whereby kids experimenting with a relatively harmless substance end up with a lifetime criminal record if caught.


  1. Jim, more than a little off topic, and I mention it only because of the GOP presidential candidacy connection, but over at the Englands Freedome, Souldiers Rights blog is Trooper Thompson, like you a follower of the Ron Paul campaign. You might be interested in his latest post. Good bit of vid if you haven't already seen, but also an interesting link about CNBC scuttling its own poll because Paul was winning - that article in turn linking to a one claiming an admitted media conspiracy to marginalise Ron Paul.

  2. I tend to support Johnson more than Paul, although with the media bastardry surrounding him he has little chance of making an impression.

    I am however, bloody impressed with the way Paul has handled quite aggressive questions. Given that they were on economic issues and I am doubtful of him getting the nomination, Secretary of the Treasury perhaps?