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‘Human Rights? Lay Off, That Is None of Your Business’: The Week in Cannabis Quotes

November 10, 2017
'Human Rights? Lay Off, That Is None of Your Business': The Week in Cannabis Quotes(Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool Photo via AP)
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses those pesky human rights violation allegations, Maine’s legalization timeline runs into some issues, a 12-year old girl/badass sues Jeff Sessions, and a former wrestler verbally bodyslams some nosy cops. That and more in this week’s roundup of quotes.

“Human rights? Lay off, that is none of your business.”

– President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to President Trump or any leader who tries to raise the issue of the Philippines’ human rights violations amidst its extremely harsh drug crackdown. World leaders are meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam November 10-11.

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“We’ve legalized gasoline, but not gas stations here. If we don’t act and move we’re going to continue to create profits and incentives for the wrong people.”

– Rep. Martin Grohman (I-Biddeford), speaking before what would end up being a failed vote to override Maine Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a legalization bill for the state. The override needed a two-thirds majority in both chambers.

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“Small dispensaries effectively pay higher tax rates than Bill Gates or Walmart.”

– Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in a Cannabist op-ed urging Congress to “stop punishing the cannabis industry” and remove 280E from the tax code. 280E prohibits Schedule I and II drug traffickers from deducting business expenses.

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“We have a bunch of shops that accept DopeCoin, but no one uses it. I haven’t seen one actual dispensary or marijuana company use one of these marijuana cryptocurrencies to store their money or conduct daily business. It’s more of a gimmick at this point.”

– Adam Howell, creator of DopeCoin, explaining why a cannabis cryptocurrency hasn’t yet taken off

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– Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), speaking out about the need to help veterans and grant them legal access to medical marijuana

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“I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home.”

– 12-year old Alexis Bortell of Colorado, who is suing US Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the country’s federal cannabis policy. Ms. Bortell, who suffers from epilepsy, and her family moved to Colorado from Texas so they could legally access cannabis oil that has kept her seizure-free for the past 2 1/2 years. 

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“She was scared shitless. She had no clue she had done wrong. I pulled in for lunch after the fact. My thoughts are because she was wearing her state-issued MMJ dispensary agent card, I’m thinking one of the cops thought ‘Man, if I could get a blood draw from her, I bet I could get an easy DUI.’”

– Sean Allen Morley, former professional wrestler who performed under the moniker Val Venis, coming to his dispensary co-worker’s defense after she was harassed by local police at a gas station during her lunch break

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  • 360dunk

    That swamp donkey Jeff Sessions might wise up and change his tune if he or a family member became afflicted with an ailment that medical marijuana could effectively treat.

    • Dea Mari Little

      I can tell you I changed my tune when I was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Every morning is met with excruciating pain from my muscles deteriorating. There’s no cure or treatment available. All pain management wanted to do was continue to up my dosage of opiates. My teetotaler mom actually convinced me to try pot for my pain and guess what!!! I can actually get out of bed most days! My MDA specialist recommends cannabis over any other form of pain reliever. I think I’m gonna take the word of a man who has multiple specialized medical degrees over the word of somebody who doesn’t do the research or take the time to learn. Jeff Sessions is a boob.

      • 360dunk

        Bless your soul, I’m thrilled that cannabis offers you some form of relief. Get your story out there as often as you can.

  • nixnoutz

    Az had the chance to legalize? last year and the Az government turned it down. Okay, she has a legal medical card. It’s still illegal to use or possess Cannabis/Hemp. What are we going to do about this? Have a martini? Smoke a cigar? Feed our kids amphetamines? And how does possessing a medical card affect our second amendment rights to possess a firearm?
    Back in ’73, with long hair, I was wearing my full length blue Air Force dress coat. Walking down the sidewalk to Jack in the Box. With my hands in my pockets. A police cruiser pulls up with 2 officers and asks the routine questions. Checking me out, they told me it looked like i was holding a pistol in my pocket. This was along a quiet street, not near businesses. It could have gone bad. I figured they were amusing themselves. And don’t get me started on CHIPS.