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Another community has been saved from the dangers of old people with cannabis. Massachusetts spared no expense to eradicate 4 marijuana plants last week. The 81-year-old medical cannabis user, Paul Jackson had National Guard, State Troopers, DEA agents, and a helicopter swoop down on his illegal healing operation. Thank goodness for the government protecting us from octogenarians.

Herb reports:

Is anyone buying that drivel?

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I didn’t think so. The question is why Massachusetts law enforcement personnel were dumb enough to think that Paul Jackson’s meager grow warranted such lavish attention. Without a warrant or even identification, they trespassed on his property, ambushed him in his back yard, and uprooted his garden. Was stealing an old man’s medicine worth thousands of dollars of taxpayer money? You be the judge.

They just come charging through and start cutting it down.

Jackson spoke with MV Times after the traumatic invasion. But he wasn’t the only victim. Martha’s Vineyard saw a coordinated strike from the National Guard, in coordination with mainland State Police under a grant from the DEA that seized 392 plants located with helicopter surveillance.

Is Paul Jackson a hardened criminal?

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Paul Jackson is a lifelong Islander and accomplished gardener. With over 300 ribbons to his name from the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair, he no doubt knows his plants. And he has used cannabis for medicine for a long, long time.

I told them they don’t know what they’re doing, they’re destroying it and it could be used for good purposes. I know because I went through it before. You wrote about it in The Times. I had the article framed, took it out to show them; I said, ‘This is proof of what it does,’ but they didn’t want to hear it.

Jackson referred the intruders to a February 2013 article, “Love, life, and death: A Martha’s Vineyard marijuana story”. In it, he told how he treated his late wife of 53 years, Mary, with cannabis. She suffered from pancreatic cancer and underwent chemotherapy. Doctors tried to prescribe morphine for the pain, but Jackson had a safer alternative.

I never ever saw pain in her face. She was eating and happy, right up until she died. You had to see it to believe it. People don’t understand it. It’s a beautiful plant and it works beautifully.

A good Samaritan

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Paul Jackson has shared his healing herb with others over the years who have serious conditions. He uses it himself regularly.

I keep this because I’ve had cancer in both ears, and I never know when I may need it. I grow a certain amount and I keep it… [and I] found a way to store it for seven years.

Mass and grass

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Massachusetts has allowed patients to grow their own cannabis since January 1st, 2013. Patients may grow a 60-day supply, up to 10 ounces, or the equivalent in other forms, like tinctures, oils, or edibles. The law also does not specify a maximum number of plants. It does, however, require “cultivation and storage only in an enclosed, locked facility.”

That means expensive lighting, equipment, and energy costs. For a gardener with small needs and an organic green thumb, the sun seemed an easier alternative.

Bill Downing, spokesman for MassCan/NORML says the expensive operation was ridiculous.

I had not heard about it happening in Massachusetts this summer, but I’m not that surprised. The idea we’re so frivolously spending money on marijuana interdiction, especially now when it’s about to be rolled back, is extremely frustrating. How many books or school lunches could have been bought instead of having these plants ripped up?

Officials with confused stories

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So whose idea was this raid? The story keeps changing. The Times reported:

On Tuesday, two Massachusetts State Police spokesmen checked into the matter and said there was no evidence of State Police involvement. “It was not us,” Officer Tom Ryan told The Times.

In a follow up email received on Thursday, State Police spokesman David Procopio said the operation was initiated by the State Police. “We routinely request the assistance of the National Guard in these operations,” Mr. Procopio said in an email to The Times. “Our Narcotics Inspection Section conducts these operations regularly across the state.

We utilize a trained spotter in a helicopter to search for marijuana grow sites. Once one is located, the spotter directs ground units to the plants, which are confiscated and taken by State Police for eventual destruction. These seizures occasionally result in criminal prosecutions, but many times do not, if the plants are seized from rural or wooded areas that can be accessed by many people (as opposed to just growing in some homeowner’s backyard).”

Mr. Procopio said State Police seized 392 plants, “which are slated for destruction as part of our next narcotics burn.”

Although the helicopter was parked at Martha’s Vineyard Airport last Tuesday night, there are no records of landing fees or fuel purchases paid by a government agency, according to airport manager Ann Crook.

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    1. Yep! These supposed experts are utterly clueless about the effects of cannabis.

      Cannabis is not alcohol in the sense the more used/consumed the more inebriation that occurs. Cannabis doesn’t work that way.

      The only difference in high to low concentrations of THC is the amount consumed to reach your desired state.

      You can only get so High, consuming more and more does nothing but waste it.

      Instead of a whole joint with 4{b9c41f62a37c687b31b667cf69204c41d59060d4b370c48d31ec094649de4955} THC (that 4{b9c41f62a37c687b31b667cf69204c41d59060d4b370c48d31ec094649de4955} is a huge LIE! brought to you by the DEA) you only need a few puffs to reach the desired effect.

      With the recent user rates going up amongst the over 50 crowd and more and more people having an option to replace the opioids, if any of their fear mongering rhetoric was in any way true, we would have seen it by now.

      Doesn’t cause violence, unless of course you work for government then it becomes an excuse to cause violence.

      Its not a gateway drug simple math bares that out. Saying 100{b9c41f62a37c687b31b667cf69204c41d59060d4b370c48d31ec094649de4955} of heroine addicts tried pot 1st so that makes it a get way drug.

      That is called a Post hoc ergo propter hoc its latin for “Since event Y followed event X, event Y must have been caused by event X.” Its a logic fallacy that anyone passing logic 101 should be able to point out. Saying since 100{b9c41f62a37c687b31b667cf69204c41d59060d4b370c48d31ec094649de4955} of heroine addicts drank milk then milk must be a gateway drug to heroine.

      It does not cause mental illness or psychosis.

      Cannabis is a neuroprotectant

      Neuroprotective antioxidants from marijuana.
      Review article
      Hampson AJ, et al. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2000.
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      Abstract
      Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids were examined as neuroprotectants in rat cortical neuron cultures exposed to toxic levels of the neurotransmitter, glutamate. The psychotropic cannabinoid receptor agonist delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol, (a non-psychoactive constituent of marijuana), both reduced NMDA, AMPA and kainate receptor mediated neurotoxicities. Neuroprotection was not affected by cannabinoid receptor antagonist, indicating a (cannabinoid) receptor-independent mechanism of action. Glutamate toxicity can be reduced by antioxidants. Using cyclic voltametry and a fenton reaction based system, it was demonstrated that Cannabidiol, THC and other cannabinoids are potent antioxidants. As evidence that cannabinoids can act as an antioxidants in neuronal cultures, cannabidiol was demonstrated to reduce hydroperoxide toxicity in neurons. In a head to head trial of the abilities of various antioxidants to prevent glutamate toxicity, cannabidiol was superior to both alpha-tocopherol and ascorbate in protective capacity. Recent preliminary studies in a rat model of focal cerebral ischemia suggest that cannabidiol may be at least as effective in vivo as seen in these in vitro studies. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/10863546/

      I could do this all day. The information is out there, but these quacks refuse to see it.

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