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Medical Cannabis is God’s Gift By Nic Haag We’ve been told for nearly a century nothing good ever comes from cannabis. It leads to sloth-like behavior in some, “the munchies” in others, even homicidal mania. Yet substances that slow motor functions are the prescribed treatment for anxiety and attention deficit disorder. All are powerful narcotics with side-effects. Cannabis can treat these same ailments with few side effects and no risk of physical dependence. Then there are ailments where inducing an appetite is crucial to life, including anorexia, cancer, and AIDS. Cannabis is one of only three currently approved treatments for inducing an appetite and the only one without negative side effects. There are several serious ailments where cannabis is the only known effective treatment. They include glaucoma, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, Crohn’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease. Cannabis has even been shown to stop the spread of most forms of cancer. Dozens of veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. I’m one. Cannabis is the most effective treatment. Prescriptions only make the suffering worse. Several Vietnam veterans I know have told me they’d be homeless, or taken their own lives, had it not been for the antidepressant effects of cannabis. I don’t believe most people are trying to deny children with epilepsy, grandfathers with Alzheimer’s, or veterans with PTSD treatment out of a malicious intent. But I do think many were turned against cannabis as the result of a coordinated government propaganda partnership with the pharmaceutical industry. Big Pharma spends more money lobbying than any other industry – $3 billion since the start of the millennium. Rather than allowing our veterans, elderly, cancer patients, and epileptic children to suffer needlessly we should accept God’s gift to all of us and restore easy access to health giving cannabis. Nic Haag is the Libertarian candidate for NC House District 44. He is a 10-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran, with two tours in Fallujah, Iraq as part of the 2nd Radio Battalion, Camp Lejune. Haag also served at the National Security Agency, San Antonio, Texas and later USMC Headquarters, Quantico, Va. as a cyper intelligence specialist. The NSA director awarded him a Joint Service Commendation Medal. He lives in Denver, with his wife Brandi and their two children. Editors Note: Legalization of cannabis is a divisive issue. The publisher and staff of the Albemarle Tradewinds believe in freedom of speech and wish to allow both sides to state their opinion on this issue. Printing this article does not mean the Albemarle Tradewinds, staff, or the advertisers agree with the opinion of this writer. It also does not mean we endorse his candidacy. It is commentary presented for our readers to enjoy and discuss. Classes at the Bead Spot Classes at The Bead Spot are by appointment during shop hours, Comments? E-Mail to Wednesdays thru Saturday 10am to 4pm. All classes are $20 per person plus materials. Participants can choose to learn the basics of jewelry making. Students will learn how to string and finish a necklace with a clasp All of our clients get and make a pair of earrings. their own QR code for Additional classes include: free when purchasing Introduction to Kumihimo – the Japanese art of braiding cord. an ad. Kumihimo II – Learn to add beads to your Kumihimo braid. Beadweaving Classes: Peyote, Herringbone, Brick Stitch, Dutch Spiral, etc – The bead weaving sessions demonstrate various techniques working with needle, thread and seed beads. 38 Albemarle Tradewinds June 2016

State Supreme Court orders halt to Bar action against Tillett By: Russ Lay Reprinted with permission from In a surprise move Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed a January decision and decided to take up the question of whether the North Carolina State Bar has the power to discipline a judge who has already been disciplined by the Judicial Standards Commission. The order also puts a hold on further action by the State Bar against Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett, stating “All other proceedings in this matter are hereby stayed pending full briefing by the parties in this Court and our determination of of this question.” The court’s rare and sudden re-entry into the battle between the Bar and Tillett must be viewed as a major setback to the Town of Kill Devil Hills, which has been pursuing the judge for almost six years, and Town Attorney Steven Michael. Michael chairs the Bar’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission, which entered the complaint against Tillett. When the Bar filed a complaint against Tillett in 2015, his attorneys appealed directly to the Supreme Court, arguing the Bar had no jurisdiction under the state constitution to discipline a sitting judge. That same appeal also contended that the Bar’s action subjected Tillett to double jeopardy because the state Judicial Standards Commission had already heard the same charges and issued a light disciplinary action against the judge. On Jan. 28, the Court refused to address the issue and instead told Tillett that he must exhaust all available remedies first, which would include the Bar process, then the North Carolina Court of Appeals before the Supreme Court would take up the question. Friday’s order, using the Court’s own language, was made “ex mero motu,” meaning the Court acted of its own accord, voluntarily and without prompting or request. One attorney who addressed the matter on the condition that his name not be published said that not only was such an action rare, but the order itself may be telegraphing the decision the court will render. The attorney based his opinion on the fact that the Bar had, since that order, denied Tillett a hearing before the Disciplinary Hearing Commission and instead granted itself a summary judgement that found the complaint against the judge to be valid. The attorney also said the timing was important because the Bar had scheduled a June 27 hearing to determine what disciplinary measures it would order against Tillett. The attorney noted the court’s order skips even the Court of Appeals, instead taking up the question immediately and exclusively. One of the punishments available to the Bar could strip Tillett of his North Carolina law license, effectively removing him from the bench. While judges are not allowed to practice law, the state constitution requires them to be members in good standing with the State Bar and to hold a valid license to practice law in the state. It is possible, said the attorney, that the Supreme Court was alarmed at the manner and direction in which the Bar was moving and decided to step in to prevent the removal of a sitting, elected judge who in essence had been cleared by the state agency created specifically to handle complaints against judges. The Voice has long contended that the Bar’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission under the direction of Michael was being used to settle personal vendettas and Michael’s dual role as chair of that commission and attorney for the Town of Kill Devil Hills constituted a conflict of interest. Now, other media and former judicial officials are coming forward to raise questions about similar actions by the Disciplinary Hearing Commissioner. The Bar was widely criticized by major state news outlets when it pursued three defense attorneys who specialize in post-conviction work and successfully had a murder conviction reversed. A former Supreme Court justice, Bob Orr, has described the Bar “as an agency run amok.” Orr has called for a state committee to review the Bar’s actions, especially in light of their perusal of the three defense attorneys and has personally called for the Bar to be placed under the supervision of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Shortly after Orr went public with his concerns, Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin launched a review of the of the entire state judicial system, including the State Bar. North Carolina is one of only a handful of states where the Bar is not under the jurisdiction of the state’s highest court and instead acts more like an independent agency of the state with no actual supervision by elected or appointed government officials. The court set a June 10 deadline for the parties to respond. Tillett’s problems came after four former and active police officer filed complaints against the Kill Devil Hills with the Superior Court because they said their grievances were being ignored by town officials. What followed was several years of legal action and media spin that accused the judge of pursuing a personal grievance against Chief Gary Britt after his son and some friends were confronted by town officers and his car was searched by a police dog. They were violating no laws and were not cited. Tillett said the incident was an example of numerous complaints over the years of violations of constitutional rights by police. The officers later filed a lawsuit, which was dismissed. Meanwhile, the town and its team of lawyers continued to press their case against Tillett, contending that he had overstepped his judicial authority. Albemarle Tradewinds June 2016 39