Michael Krawitz was a Sergeant in the USAF, injured in the line of duty while stationed in Guam (non-combat). 13 surgeries later he was medically retired. Due to his injuries, Michael has had to live with chronic pain, leading him to the path he is on now. Michael started Advocating for cannabis in 99’.
Some of his key speaking events include:
- United Nations Drug Summit
- National Academy of Science
- National Institute of Medicine
- NGO Drug Summit / Beyond 2008 NGO Drug Summit –one of if not the world’s largest drug reform talks ever.
- Summited Bill to Virginia Legislature
- Fox News and NBC
Some key issues or landmarks:
- New VA medical cannabis policy
- IOM medical Marijuana report
- motorcycle accident
- chronic pain
- the path to activism
- marijuana control
- cannabis regulation
- cannabis reduces overdoses
- the history of cannabis
- ancient Chinese cannabis
- evil cigarettes
- evil alcohol
- cannabis products after WWI
- Marijuana tax act
- machine gun tax
- 1914 federal drug laws
- The Boogeyman of marijuana
- the influence of state laws
- U.N. Meeting in Vienna, Austria
- is marijuana a medicine?
- is marijuana a gateway drug?
- drug cartels
Nixon’s White House – quote from John Ehrlichman, served as President Richard Nixon’s domestic policy chief
“You want to know what this was really all about,” Ehrlichman, who died in 1999, said, referring to Nixon’s declaration of war on drugs. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs, 12-18 March 2018, Vienna
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): “States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate (95% CI, −37.5% to −9.5%; P = .003) compared with states without medical cannabis” laws.
- Google Search Marijuana control and Cannabis regulation
Links to check out!
- Kevin Sabet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Sabet
- Cannabis/Marijuana Timeline: http://www.narconon.org/drug-information/marijuana-timeline.html
- Cannabis/Marijuana US Military Timeline: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_and_the_United_States_military
- Marihuana Tax Stamp: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reefer-madness-high-times-and-420-there-was-marijuana-revenue-stamp-180958823/
- Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Narcotics_Tax_Act
- Harry Anslinger: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_J._Anslinger
- Hurst, Anslinger, and Du Pont Chemical: https://www.massroots.com/learn/the-man-responsible-for-marijuana-prohibition/
- 1938 Popular Mechanics article Billion Dollar Crops (Hemp):PA149&dq=Popular%20mechanics%201938%20feb&pg=PA239#v=onepage&q&f=false
- Timothy Leary vs. The United States 1969: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leary_v._United_States
- Portugal / Decriminalization: https://news.vice.com/article/ungass-portugal-what-happened-after-decriminalization-drugs-weed-to-heroin
- Trump’s Tantrum: https://www.alternet.org/drugs/trump-most-terrifying-tantrum-death-penalty-drug-dealers-beyond-pale
- Cost of the War on Drug: http://merionwest.com/2018/02/15/harvard-economist-the-stunning-cost-of-the-war-on-drugs/
- Cannabis and the Second Amendment: http://merionwest.com/2017/06/09/the-federal-government-is-using-drug-policy-to-erode-the-2nd-amendment/
- Stop the Drug War Website: https://stopthedrugwar.org/
- Incarceration Rates and theories: http://realchangenews.org/2010/03/10/book-review-new-jim-crow-mass-incarceration-age-colorblindness
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