In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 20, 2009 / 2 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

Obama wingnuts get a toke of respect

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There was good news Monday for potheads, and even a little good news for states' rights, which once upon a time were thought to be important.

Barack Obama's Justice Department said it would encourage U.S. attorneys to look the other way when they see hollow-eyed potheads emerging from the legal pot shops dispensing the noxious weed to "medical smokers."

In theory the decision won't necessarily increase the use of pot, either for medicinal or recreational purpose, and the president might be throwing a toke to his followers on the left already high on wingnut politics. He might even pass this off as part of his health care reform, a Senate version of which arrived Monday at 1,502 pages. This could be reckoned as pot in lieu of public option.

Fourteen states now allow use of marijuana for "medical purposes." Medical marijuana was first sold in California in 1996, after voters adopted Proposition 215 enabling the dispensing of pot with a valid prescription from a legitimate doctor. The new Justice Department "initiative" will affect California most, where smoking pot is widespread. In fact, now that Los Angeles has no representation in the National Football League smoking pot is something of the state sport. More than 800 state-sanctioned dispensaries sell marijuana to "medical patients," most of whom walk in and out of the dispensary and but for hollow eyes and shambling gait appear to be healthy enough. There's no reliable estimate of the number of Californians who smoke pot for medical reasons, but with 800 dispensaries every one of them should have his own dedicated dispensary.

The Justice Department officials who described the new policy to the Associated Press say it makes clear that prosecutors will continue to prosecute legal distributors who use the loosened policy to subvert state laws against drugs. This bow - or maybe a shrug and a wink - to states' rights reverses the policy of the Bush administration to enforce federal law against pot regardless of what state law-enforcement officials do. Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he would enforce both state and federal law against pot distribution, so this may be another case of Mr. Obama being for something that he used to be against, or vice versa, depending on whether vice or versa is more popular.

The new policy gives wide discretion to prosecutors, who will make their own decisions whether to wink at vice or salute versa. Doctors, too. Many doctors in California have been suspected of winking so often their eyes have frozen in the shut position. The late Tod H. Mikuriya, a San Francisco psychiatrist (naturally), wrote the book on the medical uses of pot, and organized the Society of Cannabis Clinicians to further its use against certain diseases and medical conditions. He identified 285 such ailments, including cancer, insomnia, stuttering, recovering forgotten memories and writer's cramp.

Mikuriya, who once observed that his ethnic background - his father was a Japanese Christian, his mother a German follower of the Baha'i faith and he was educated in Quaker schools - gave him a unique perspective on the uses of pot. Barry McCaffrey, the White House drug czar in the Clinton administration, nevertheless described Mikuriya's practice of marijuana medicine as "a Cheech and Chong show."

Mikuriya was accused in the year 2000 of unprofessional conduct and incompetence in recommending pot to patients, failure to conduct proper physical exams of patients and failure to keep adequate records. He was eventually put on probation by the state of California in 2004 and continued to practice under supervision of a state monitor while he appealed the decision. He stopped seeing patients in his home and moved to a small office above a Trader Joe's supermarket at the eastern edge of San Francisco Bay.

He even wrote a song about President Clinton and Congress, and how in his view they stiffed the potheads: "Our pudgy White House waffler/Who never did inhale/The deaf and blinded Congress/Wants to put us all in jail ..."

The song never made the charts, with or without a bullet, and the doctor died two years ago and, despite the mystical and sensory gifts of cannibas sativa, is unlikely to be writing any more songs. Every messiah expects a hymn to himself, but Barack Obama, despite his little toke(n) to the pothead culture, might have to wait for a little doggerel.

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