Rough Patch

•July 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This journey started back in March of 2007 and continues to slowly deteriorate an already altered mind.
Starting Point!

Walking to the bathroom late in the evening of March 17th 2007,  I suddenly had a pain in  my stomach that brought me instantly to the ground doubled up. I layed there for around 15 minutes crying and unable to move as the pain slowly receded. I was finally able to get up and make my way to the bed where I curled up and finally went to sleep. Within a week I had seen two doctors and was admitted to Prattville hospital in Alabama. For two weeks I stayed there while they placed a drain tube in my colon and drained puss out of an abscess the size of an orange. The doctor comes in and tells me that it is drained and I can go home and resume my life. I had just started a new job so returning to it I was determined to work hard to ensure the absence I’d had wouldn’t hurt me during my probationary period. A week went by and on Wednesday I had extreme pain in my stomach again so had to leave work and go to another hospital in Montgomery where they did a cat scan and admitted me for an emergency operation on my colon.

Waking up five days later in ICU I found that the abscess had again grew to the size of an orange and while I was being visited by my brother and sister [no relation] the abscess broke and poison flooded my system. I had a colostomy bag attached to my stomach and was told that after four months I would have a reversal and be able to go back to my normal life. After the second surgery I woke to find I still had the colostomy and was told I would have to keep it the rest of my life. After another eight weeks I was able to return to work driving a dump truck and relocated to Foley Alabama where I tried to resume my life. After another two years of living in constant pain while accumulating six hernia’s in my stomach I was not able to work any longer. I ended up back in Montgomery where I found employment with a temp company detailing cars at Hundai and tried to resume a normal lifestyle. This wasn’t easy to do for my friends which to this day I hold in GREAT RESPECT for putting up with the…how do I say it Allen, inconveince of being close when the bag broke away from my skin. and had become so depressed I thought life wasn’t worth living like that anymore.

I talked to my brother and made arrangements to go to Indiana to stay with him for a couple of months to figure out what to do. Arriving in Indiana I was depressed and had a plan to say good-bye to family and friends and commit suicide, I ended up in a hospital’s ward for suicide patients which turned out to be the best thing that happened to me since this all started. A nurse there told me about the Cleveland clinic and after I was released gave me information for help which included going to the free clinic in Ft. Wayne IN. A doctor seen me there and came over to look at my colostomy and sent me to a specialist. Understand all this happened without me having insurance so I was expecting to be turned away yet again when to my surprise Dr. Marks told me the operation shouldn’t have ever taken place. He knew I had no insurance and couldn’t work so he graciously preformed the operation and charged me a measly $2,200 for another operation. These three operations with follow up appointments, hospital care, and medical supplies had me in debt close to the tune of $1 million dollars! I was however put back together and given hope for a normal future. I filed bankruptcy and was looking for a job when my step father passed away in February of 2011.

My mother was in the first stages of Alzheimer’s disease and couldn’t be left alone so I stepped in to care for her. This was/is a full time job that really can not be described as it has opened my eyes to quite a few things I would have never realized before doing this. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that affects memory and slowly eats away until there is nothing left of memory. For the last three and a half years I have been with my mother 24/7 with the exception of three days while friends [family] from Alabama came up to visit and another week while I was in the hospital getting yet another operation to repair the damage in my stomach wall which looked like swiss cheese due to the hernia’s. During these last 3 1/2 years I have watched my loving mother regress into a child like state. The first year found me trying to understand this disease and coping with it while keeping mother happy and arguing with family about expenses.

to be continued…

©2014 beibejones




HELP! Please

•May 16, 2014 • 8 Comments

Federal Measures Introduced to Legalize Marijuana and Regulate Its Sales

Two members of the House of Representatives, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), have introduced measures to de-federalize marijuana policy and create a framework for the retail cannabis production and sale in states that allow it.

Representative Polis’ legislation, House Resolution 499: The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, transfer the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to regulate marijuana to a newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms, require commercial marijuana producers to purchase a permit, and ensure that federal law distinguishes between individuals who grow marijuana for personal use and those involved in commercial sale and distribution.

Representative Blumenauer’s bill,House Resolution 501: The Marijuana Tax Equity Act, would impose an excise tax on the first sale of marijuana, from the producer to the next stage of production, usually the processor. These regulations are similar to those that now exist for alcohol and tobacco. The bill will also require the IRS to produce a study of the industry after two years, and every five years after that, and to issue recommendations to Congress to continue improving the administration of the tax.

You can read more about these historic measures here.

NORML will keep you updated as this legislation moves forward.

Please tell everyone you know about this important issue! You will find a letter you can send your rep on their site. Thanx in advance for your support in this matter, Peace Beibe  ————> 

You Tell Me.

•March 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment


I’m a simple American and as far as education I dropped out in 1975 and waited 10 years to get my G.E.D. but I will point out I have 42 years of education called “street smarts” and that is something that counts to me more than any piece of paper in a frame. I have travelled this country and made friends with all classes of people over the years and have found one thing in common amongst them. They all want piece of mind and the ability to live free.

How is logic applied to our circumstances in everyday dealings from legalizing marijuana to not pushing the button on world destruction? When did logic start to play a part in the world and does logic applied make sense. I’m under the belief that logic is misleading as every one of us has a very different view on our own logic. Somewhere, sometime ago a group of people got together to form their own rules on logic and pass them on as laws to be obeyed. [the constitution] Does that mean that when these laws no longer make logical sense it is time to do away with them and replace them with new logical laws?  I guess to start this trip trough logic I’ll start at a logical place.

Here and now: In today’s world we have made the trip full circle once again and the fact that we let history repeat itself is…well plain stupidity. Why are we letting the “cold war” heat up again? did we not learn lessons from the previous world wars that we don’t have to cause destruction to have peace? maybe I missed something the world leaders know about the economy that escapes me. Yes the whole world is in debt to each other, But does that give our elected officials the right to destroy the world, I think not. Is the constitution out of date? maybe parts of it could be revised but haven’t they done this over the years by adding amendments? Let’s look at those before attacking the rights which gave us freedom secured by the knowledge these were put in there first for a reason, to protect us NOW! Two hundred and eighteen years later we have gotten to the point where we as a nation have lost something in our hearts and minds.

I say this because we have elected officials that don’t give a shit about our nation as a whole and certainly don’t give a shit about us “we the people”. It’s like Obama has shown us he has no concept of how to run a country. I’ve cussed past presidents over the years like Nixon and Carter for not being responsible in holding one of the highest office’s in the world but what we have now is appalling. The whole world has their eyes open but is it only me that see us losing this game of RISK.  If we pulled back and concentrated on re-building this country and the feeling of enjoying the “American dream” instead of political greed and “I want to run the world” attitude elected assholes now seem to enjoy would it be such a bad thing?

In my altered mind I see Crimea voting overwhelmingly to become part of Russia so what logic does Oblama have starting trouble? Tell me it is a strategic move to protect us and I’ll say your full of shit! Tell me a ten plus year war is beneficial to us as americans and I’ll say BULLSHIT! Yes our nation is powerful but since when is it ok to abuse that power? Isn’t power intended to protect? Well I don’t see the protection I as an American want. I want elected officials to concentrate on re-building America, NOT incompetent war mongers who put us trillions of $ in debt and collapse the economy.

thJZVI17FXIf we continue down the path of republicans and democrats trying to win a pissing contest we all lose! The easiest way to defeat anything is to have inter conflict and soon walls start crumbling. Another sure path to defeat is the ever popular “my vote doesn’t matter”. Seriously? what about all the votes Oblama got in 2008? DAMN SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS! So does your voice so use it. Take ten minutes and call your representative to let them know you care about a law they want to pass or defeat. Get involved!

I have a friend in Arizona who does just that. He is passionate about our rights and is not ashamed to let it be known.  Jesse Lopez, along with many others know this is the way to get things done, not by going along and getting along but rather by rocking the vote!!

As I pointed out earlier I am not highly educated but logical sense is not learnt in a classroom. It seems logical to turn our government around and replace them with people who actually care about you and me and not so much about it’s “us or them” I would be more than happy to sit in office and vote the way people wanted me too when acceptable and explain my views honestly without pay offs or perks from major companies who don’t care about anything but their pocket. And yes I could do it on a salary of half or less than what is paid currently and still live a very comfortable life.

And healthcare? If a law is passed for everyone in this country then how is it that it doesn’t apply to those we put into office? are they not americans? Does this new healthcare  bill not apply to all americans? Please people help ROCK THE VOTE with a conscious decision to make our country once again “the home of the free.”


To Protect and serve”

This one gets to me too. The days have long past when I feel safe around police officers and it’s not because I’m guilty of anything as much as in the way they are allowed to abuse the right we gave them. I’m referring to the way they approach everyday citizens with tasers, clubs, spray etc… and use bullying tactics on citizens that aren’t complying quick enough to suit them. I’m talking about abusing the force we have entrusted in them to “protect” us with.  I can’t honestly say I feel protected when I see this abuse on us. I think someone needs to pull in the reigns and slow this abuse down. Use it when needed for protection instead of the personal sadistic thrill of hurting people because you wear a badge. Yes, I know there are officers out there who face danger on a daily basis but the need for force isn’t always the best alternative. Sometimes being patient and using courtesy get you a lot further than violence.

Last but not least



©2014 Beibe Jones








Shut Down

•March 16, 2014 • 1 Comment

This post is going to be blunt and maybe not what you are used to seeing here but it must be said.


The concept that has been installed in most of us since birth has a strong bond put in place and growing up under siblings can and will teach you plenty of life’s lessons. Many times the oldest child is granted “special” privileges concerning the “help” in rasing younger siblings. But what does it teach you exactly?

I am the youngest of six children all being baby boomers and as of today there are three of us left. A sister that was #3 in line, a brother three years my senior, #5 in line and myself. And yes I will go on record saying that as the baby of the family I received certain perks in growing up, more on that later. I was raised in the 60’s in a mid-sized city in Northern Indiana and the times, they were a changin’. My three oldest siblings were becoming of age in the late fifties and early sixties and although none of them became hippies or indulged in rock n roll too much, they did have a great impact on my growing up. My oldest brother went straight into the Air Force and made a 20+ year career out of it. a tour in Korea and three in Nam’ and then onto base intell at Norton AFB in Cali along with tours around the world. Jerry was 18 years my senior so when he came home on leave he would tease Andy and me [bullying] in my eyes. But I never seemed to see this as a child but rather a [Hero] coming home to visit. Evidently Andy, my older brother thought the same as when he turned 18 he followed suit and went to San Antonio TX to basic training too.

Ok, I am getting ahead of myself a bit so I will back up and try to describe the type of lifestyle I was raised in. When Mom said to do something you never questioned it but got it done on the spot out of respect, yes there were times this was ignored but lessons were taught to ensure you understood the authority more than the reason ie: “go pick a switch and bring it to me” meant that you were being tested and you only got one chance to be right. I learnt this lesson young in life as I brought a flimsy, small switch back and was promptly shown the “right” size then shown how not to make that mistake again. Dad was a different story altogether though as he was a no-nonsense kind of guy. Dad had a razor strap hung in the kitchen entryway to remind us to tow the line and was not hesitant to use it. And as for rules, well you followed them or else. You were expected to come home from school and get your chores done without delay or being told to do it, then came homework. After eating and doing dishes we were allowed to go out and play until dark when a shout would bring you home running. Sure, we complained but to no avail as the rules were set in stone. Of course the three older children had it different than us younger three as there was a gap in age but we were all pretty much taught the same things. We were brought up on country music as Rock was still being invented and there was only one rock channel available on the AM dial. [WLYV] in Fort Wayne.

My father drove truck for 32 years and then moved into maintenance at a high school in a neighboring town. This was around 1968 or 69′ and he quickly formed a dis-like for “hippies, rock and roll, and the younger generation as a whole. By then all my older brothers and sisters had grown and left the household leaving  mom, Sandy a sister 5 years my senior and me. Dad was ran over by a truck one day and became disabled around 1970 where as he was left to sit or lie around all day and the impact of this played hell on my teen-age years. I was responsable for getting him downstairs onto a colonial couch, pushing him into the kitchen and making sure the frig was stocked with beer before I went to school every day. This went on for about a year or so before coming home from school [sophomore year 14 years old] one day and passing the neighborhood bar where a drunk came out the door and told me to “get your ass home, your dad is dead.” Swear to GOD this is how I found out.

I was in total shock and the next 30 years were lived in a wasteland of drugs, alcohol and pushing the envelope or living on the edge if you will. Death is a tricky lot for me as it seems that all my loved ones have been removed from this earth right around my birthday and this has begotten ill feelings about the months of Jan. and Feb. I do accept this as fact now and deal with death in my own private manner but it was a tough lesson of life to learn.

After I dropped out of school and started a journey of being a free spirited soul I bounced from town to town and job to job which many consider being a bum but looking at the other side of the coin it allowed me to learn many different cultures and obtain many friends from many different areas of life. This in turn helped me become the person I am today as a little part of each person was left behind in me as I have left a little of me with them.

OK so some people think I’m a bum…other people think I’m a asset to their lives while yet others see me as I can’t, a stand up decent person trying to do right on the wrong side of the tracks. Mistakes? hell yes I make them on a daily basis and take ownership to these mistakes as how else am I going to learn and grow? By being locked in prison for smoking a joint? NO but by correcting not only my mistake but also by accepting that what I did was wrong and wipe out the negative thinking and in it’s place add compassion for my fellow humans!

If I can think this way why can’t our government officials?
I guess what I’m trying to say is this: ALL OF US WANT TO BE ON THE GRAVY TRAIN but the only ones riding the train is the government.
peace, ©2014 Beibe Jones

Finally-Moxie in Motion!

•February 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sen. Cohen from Tennessee has the moxie the rest of our government sorely lacks! He asks very important questions addressed to Michael Botticelli who in turn stumbles on his words and passes the blame to some other department of government as to avoid speaking the truth and admitting the war on drugs has been a failure for over 80 years. See it on you tube video from c-span. [tried to post it but didn’t work right.]


I know a lot of folk don’t like to listen to government officials spend wasted hours talking around the bush and dumping blame on others but once in a while something catches the eye and soon your friends are tuning in to see this too. This time it is the consciousness of the American masses that see a bill passed unjustly in the 30’s [80 plus years ago] and have found through research that our sound government has fought to hide and made it illegal to pursue this research and won’t even look at it but instead ignores it like so many other issues that may benefit our people as a whole. I became aware of this in the early seventies thanks to a new organization called NORML. has been standing up and fighting for reform since it’s inception in 1970 and I admit that for many years I just let them do their thing and smoked marijuana for pleasure not paying attention to what they were trying to get done. I’m positive that many of my generation did the same as it was a different time back then. I refuse to believe that marijuana is a gateway drug to other harmful things such as heroin but rather a dumping ground for politicians to use scare tactics on the unknowing population and by taking advantage of our ignorance told us it would drive us crazy among other non proven lies. A gateway? How about the fact that if you tell a child the fears inside isn’t real? Do they just accept that and move on? Or how about when you discover that by doing that you don’t go blind? The boogie man only goes after bad boys and girls? Sure these lies were meant to reassure us as children but as we grew we found that it was just a bubble for our parents to tell us that for “our own protection” Stop lying to us.

Fast Forward to June 1971

A quaker is in the oval office and feeling damn good about himself. I believe history does repeat itself so follow me for a second please. Harry J. Anslinger, born in Altoona PA. in 1892. He had a belief that marijuana was the major force of crime especially murder. In a February 1938 Reader’s Digest article he stated “There must be a constant enforcement and constant education against this enemy , which has a record of murder and terror running thru the centuries”. Nixon reveals his thoughts on tape in 1971-Drug education; “Enforce the law, you’ve got to scare them”. No shit, check it out!

1913 brought us another Quaker that also held high office. And like Harry he had a hard on against marijuana. Richard M. Nixon began the current war on drugs and if I remember correctly a part of his program was to spray Mexican marijuana with paroquet to kill the plants. the result-I along with many americans smoked poison coated “weed”. No it didn’t stop us from enjoying our youth, make us crazy murdering zombies or lead to the destruction of our youth. Agreed I and many others like me didn’t stand up at the time and fight for our right and that is a mistake I regret. But now is our 2nd chance at redemption and I am not going to waste time in letting our government know this is a stale, mislead law that needs to be removed from the books and become a blemish in the history books. Admit it Obama and your cohorts! You know the public is right on this one and you should be spending not only your time but also the wasted resources involved correcting more dangerous matters concerning this country. Do you want [I bet so!] to go down in the history books as a President that helped our country or another failure in a growing line of past Commanders in Chiefs that just got mixed up in the hoopla?

It’s time for everyone to make sure we turn inward and find peace in ourselves and try to ween this country off of big Pharma’s that fund our government to be the real pushers of drugs! What do I mean? I am simply stating that if we as a whole KNOW that marijuana has medicinal benefits why are we not researching it? We have to STOP this insanity once and for all my friends and we can do it by standing up to big brother and his money funding corporations. Put FREE back in Freedom!

Myself I would much rather use a weed that turns into a flower in my mind than take man-made who knows what the side effects are drugs just because some Quakers from the past told us we couldn’t. PRES. OBAMA ABOLISH THIS LAW!! PEACE MY FRIENDS

©2014 Beibe jones/ Unc’s Pipe Shop

Wake and Bake

•February 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment



“Sound Medicine” Isn’t So Sound on Marijuana

by January 20, 2014 » Add the first comment.
I just had the opportunity to listen to WFYI’s program “Sound Medicine.” On January 19th of 2014, “Sound Medicine” reported on Marijuana, since there is currently a decriminalization bill before the Indiana Senate, two states have relegalized for personal … read more

Indiana NORML Supports S.B. 314

by January 13, 2014 » Add the first comment.
Indiana NORML applauds Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) for filing S.B. 314, which would call for the decriminalization of small amounts of Marijuana as well as the cultivation of the hemp plant once again in Indiana. This is the beginning of … read more

2013: The Year In Review – NORML’s Top 10 Events That Shaped Marijuana Policy

#1 Public Support For Legalizing Marijuana Hits Historic Highs An unprecedented 58 percent of Americans believe that marijuana ought to be “made legal” for adult consumption, according to survey data reported in October by Gallup. The percentage is the highest … read more

Indiana: Latest Red State To Go ‘Green’

A majority of Indiana residents believe that marijuana should be legally regulated like alcohol and nearly 80 percent of Hoosiers support taxing it, according to recently released statewide polling data released by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball … read more

[That Other] Prohibition Was Repealed 80 Years Ago Today

On December 5th 1933 at exactly 5:32pm eastern standard time, Utah signed on as the last of the 36 states needed to ratify the 21st amendment, repealing the nation’s failed 13-year prohibition policy experiment banning the sale and use … read more

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    18 Members of Congress Call on President Obama to Remove Marijuana from Schedule I

    by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications DirectorEarlier today, 18 members of Congress signed onto a letter that was delivered to President Barack Obama calling for him to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. “We request that you take action to help alleviate the harms to society caused by the federal Schedule I classification of marijuana. Lives and resources are wasted on enforcing harsh, unrealistic, and unfair marijuana laws,” the letter reads, “Nearly two-thirds of a million people every year are arrested for marijuana possession. We Read more

    Over Half of the States are Considering Marijuana Law Reform – Is Your State One Of Them?

    by Sabrina Fendrick, Director of Women’s Outreach Nearly 30 states, and the District of Columbia are considering marijuana law reform legislation this year, including bills that cover legalization for adults, decriminalization, medical marijuana and hemp.  Some states have a variety of reform bills simultaneously pending such as Arizona which is considering legalization and decriminalization, and Pennsylvania which is considering legalization as well as medical marijuana legislation.  Here’s a quick breakdown: 14 states are considering legalization: Arizona, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. 12 states and the […]

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    Lawmakers in Rhode Island Announce Marijuana Legalization Legislation
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by Sabrina Fendrick, Director of Women’s Outreach

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Alaska: Election Officials Affirm Legalization Measure Has Enough Signatures To Qualify For The 2014 Ballot

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

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Rhode Island: Majority of Voters Back Licensing Retail Stores To Sell Cannabis to Adults

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

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Hawaii: 66 Percent Of Voters Back Legalizing Cannabis

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Hope this is of interest to you! ©Beibe Jones/Unc’s Pipe Shop

Medical Marijuana Gains Traction In The Deep South

•February 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Medical Marijuana Gains Traction In The Deep South.

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