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 A sweet treat is coming to the Ozark Folk Center. Saturday, July 5 at 7;30pm the Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform.

This African-American String Band is composed of a youthful  musicians who play in the rich tradition of fiddle and banjo music colloquial to the Carolinas’ piedmont region. Learn more about the Chocolate Drops on MySpace and hear them perform on YouTube. Find out more about traditional StringBand music at BlackBanjo.

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Being the tenacious Pollyanna I redundantly am, I would like to believe the assertions made and conclusions drawn in the following note are ill-grounded, fallacious and so far from the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth as to be dismissed out of hand. Sadly, experience has taught me otherwise. And tho there are a few good atty's among us, as the writer of the following strongly asserts, let the buyer beware and I would add, we must do something to change all of this:

Back in 1999 I had just gotten out of federal prison. I was in prison because I founded a church and grew marijuana openly on the church property. As a result of my experience with lawyers I wrote a pamphlet titled "Lawyers and the Law". I accused the Bar Association of being a criminal conspiracy that uses the marijuana laws for extortion of money from the victims of drug busts. I distributed this pamphlet at my table at Farmers Market and other venues. The lawyers that read it, expect for one, hated it and me for distributing it. The one lawyer that didn't hate it donated $100 to the church in support. One lawyer threatened me with murder for distributing it.

Many of my so-called friends also criticized me for my pamphlet saying that my claims went too far, and were too extreme. Two years after the original pamphlet was written, the Canadian Lawyer magazine published an editorial that duplicated my claims almost word for word. They called the marijuana laws "an extortion" - simply an attempt by lawyers to extort money from people in order to avoid prison.

I included a copy of that editorial with my pamphlet to illustrate that some lawyers understood and had the guts to tell the truth about the marijuana laws. Recently my partner in crime gave me a book (Reefer Madness) she discovered in the Salvation Army book bin. It is water damaged and very ugly, but I finally read it and lo and behold this is what it says.

The Author is questioning a Howard Diller who is a criminal defense attorney specializing in drug cases. But this man is not just a criminal defense attorney; he is the former "counsel" to the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He is described as "an undercover agent in the New York office in 1957" who "got a law degree and a promotion to the legal division of the Bureau". He then retired to private criminal law practice. From page 194 to 216 the lawyer describes his times with Henry Anslinger and the Bureau. "Reefer Madness" by Larry Sloman, page 213:

"When did you first go into private practice?"

"In 1962. But the defense bar, the lawyers defending drug cases for example, none of us as a group or individually ever did anything realistically, as far as approaching marijuana laws, to change them. They were great sources of revenue for us. Even the goody-goody lawyers never made an issue of it. They would occasionally scream about it, but they never did anything more then that. They never went to the legislature and said, 'listen, these laws are absurd.' Now when there is virtually no marijuana law enforcement in the city (New York in 1978), the lawyers are screaming, 'Bring back those strong marijuana laws.'"

"You’re kidding!"

"No, it’s the money. If you asked the lawyers, they would make the smoking of a cigarette - the first offense - a misdemeanor, and the second offense, a felony. It's good for business. The worst thing that could happen would be a lack of enforcement. Do you know that with the lack of enforcement of gambling laws there are hundreds of lawyers out of business? Very displeased with that. So, the lawyers, my ilk, would love the marijuana busts. The bar is not concerned with what is right and what is wrong. Proprieties. They're concerned with having as much business as possible. If the bar were able to vote secretly in the legislature, they would vote to impose the same penalties on marijuana as on heroin and cocaine. Except they smoke themselves."

So, this is the Truth. The Bar Association is a criminal conspiracy that uses victimless crime laws as a source in income. All judges, prosecuting, civil forfeiture and defense attorneys are members of the Bar Association. They want to hurt us so they can make money. Beware! ~ I am so affirmed, One Love revtombrown

Also, whilst you are thinking on this, take a look at this marvelous moment in time, when a brave young woman put the entire UN and the rest of the 'grown up' world in proper perspective:

"The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them." ~ Isaiah 11:6

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Until next time, keep well. Keep honest. Be a person of integrity and insist that those around you abide The Constitution. Respectfully this is the least that any of us who truly care about our own well being and our children's destiny can do.... (((hugs))) ~Christine

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