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Please help us put an end to this misguided, slanderous criminal who is attempting to deface our five years of hard work. We will prevail and the sooner the better.

Help us shut this person up!

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon, California and Washington have legal medical marijuana programs. The big money pharmaceutical companies don't like it, and they especially don't like our recognition of medical cannabis.

So, at least one individual is trying to undermine this small media company by calling our advertisers and telling them we "promote drug use" which is a slanderous lie. We have one writer, Marianne Skolek, who is our champion anti-drug crusader. Her daughter died of an OxyContin overdose.

We write stories that expose the dangerous side of meth, alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs that kill people every day.

Marijuana is not a drug, it is an herb that has been used medicinally for thousands of years without ever causing a single death, and it's legal.

Legal pharmaceutical drugs approved by the FDA, blasted all over American televisions urging citizens to self-prescribe medication... KILL PEOPLE.

We do not promote drug use, the only thing we provide is credible information about legal medical marijuana.

So we look forward to discovering the identity of this individual committing slander against this 100% unique Internet media group. Our attorneys look forward to learning who this is also.

We also know that this individual has "demanded" that our advertisers drop their support of us. We will soon identify this individual and we will pursue both criminal and civil action.

We are a small group of volunteers, with a large percentage of writers who are U.S. veterans. We are highly ranked on Google and in many other locations. We know corporate media is against us because we threaten them, that is fine.

But to knowingly call advertisers, that is ten steps over the line. We hope that any of our advertisers reading this will simply hang up on the individual after noting the phone number and a name if possible. Help us put an end to this low life propaganda spreading individual who has placed in their sights.

Please help us put an end to this misguided, slanderous criminal who is attempting to deface our five years of hard work. We will prevail and the sooner the better.

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kc October 24, 2009 10:39 pm (Pacific time)

I think calling the advertizers and telling them things you think instead of knowing the true facts is harrasing and unnecessary.. maybe we should teach are children about drugs, some and most kill, ive never heard marijuana killed anyone from an overdose..meth, oxy, cocaine, in fact even ibprofin can father was warned not to take ibprofin with some other meds he was on and now it has destroyed his kidneys and he s on dialsys three times a week. certain foods can kill or so they say cause obesity and other complications. I know the owners of this news site personally and they are in no way doing what this man acused them of , in fact they are the most caring loving people i have ever met...My adopted son was killed in an auot accident march 2009 he was speeding 95 miles an hour and hit a car head on, he was warned and told by all his family and friends not to drive that way, just two months after he turn 18 he decided to drive that fast and drift around a corner, he didnt make whos fault is it? the parent, the child, the car, the street, the car auot maker who made the car...i would say it was my adopted sons fault, he was warned, he made the not gonna go blaming the car maker, the street paver, my point is warn and teach your children, maybe even lead by example...dont be sitting in the bar like a bar fly and exspect your child not to follow

Anonymous October 22, 2009 1:16 pm (Pacific time)

Have you got proof that you suffered damages? There is no crime here just allegations of defamation, but you must prove injury and a damage amount. Good luck with that.

mike Hill October 21, 2009 4:31 pm (Pacific time)

I come on this site does favor marijuana legalization so what wrong with that

Anonymous October 21, 2009 1:11 pm (Pacific time)

Sound and fury. No crime, no slander, just a person who wants to start a boycott.

Editor: Wrong, the guy made false statements to our advertisers, go back to law school.

shane October 21, 2009 11:23 am (Pacific time)

Tim and Bonnie, Have an advertiser who you all trust lead the agitator on enough so that you can get a better fix on him. Find a local counselor at law willing to do a little pro-bono work on your behalf(hint-hint) and investigate the possibility of filing a suit in the liar's local courthouse.

gp October 21, 2009 5:12 am (Pacific time)

Tim and Bonnie, Take it as a compliment. They wouldn't bother with you if your website was not so effective and ingenious in it's approach. Keep up the good work. You are the best type of Americans and we love you. Your Argentine fans

Terrance Collier, from Salem Oregon. October 20, 2009 10:52 pm (Pacific time)

I suggest you give him a call.[pro]=onandqi=0andqk=10andqn=Steinerandqs=NH

Matt Johnson October 20, 2009 8:42 pm (Pacific time)

We just listened to a YouTube clip of Steiner, he claims in that to have a friend whose daughter died of a drug overdose, not Steiner. He's a liar if he is telling people he lost a kid to a drug overdose.

Osotan; October 20, 2009 8:06 pm (Pacific time)

Legalize it mon!,twist one and stop this argument for good mon.Rave on S-N! we are going to overcome this wilful ignorance.

October 20, 2009 7:25 pm (Pacific time)

Now that the United States Deparment of Justice has stop the federal prosecution of marijuana cases. The 'sell out' pharmaceutical companies have to attack all sources that are telling the truth about marijuana, and their dangerous drugs. ALL ADVERTISERS THAT ARE ADVERTISING ON SALEM-NEWS, PLEASE DO NOT STOP: GET OTHER ADVERTISERS TO ADVERTISE! Tim, let me know if there is something that I can do to help.

Tim King: Skip, thanks so much, and to all of you.  This is a ridiculous thing to have to deal with.  Talk about David and Goliath; but we will ask no quarter from these people and we will stand fast.  Your support is appreciated. 

Stephen October 20, 2009 5:44 pm (Pacific time)

It is time to wake up. seriously. the mainstream media and the politicians need to start reading instead of having a carrot in front of them to lead them into the game of money-making. Research why marijuana is illegal. It is because it would hurt the polyester industry. Thats it. And, here is an article from Portugal, five years after de-criminalizing ALL drugs. Facts are friggin facts. Something our politicians and mainstream media seem to not understand. Or, wont understand because they will lose campaign donations. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Here is the article on what happens when drugs are legal. Oh, but wait, if drugs were legal, then the CIA would not be able to finance their wars BECAUSE THEY ARE SELLING IT AND DONT WANT THE COMPETITION!!! anyway, legalization works, and everyone who studies knows it.,8599,1893946,00.html (Sorry for the short outburst.) ALL drugs should be legalized, yes, even meth and heroin, even tho I hate those drugs even more than the previous posters. Prohibition does not work, proven fact.

Daniel October 20, 2009 6:17 pm (Pacific time)

Ano please provide a source for your information , and action will be taken .

ErnaB October 20, 2009 6:11 pm (Pacific time)

Just keep on reporting as it is. You are not afraid to expose the truth, or those attempting to influence the media with their own ideology.

Anonymous October 20, 2009 6:05 pm (Pacific time)

Here is Stephen Steiner calling into a radio show. Anon might be right about who is doing this. Cool Tim! Getting this kind of attention lets you know you are getting the truth out there.

Regular visitor October 20, 2009 5:37 pm (Pacific time)

Well, wouldn't that make it a federal crime? Did the guy get recorded by anyone?

Editor: Good question, yes appears to be the answer to the first question, and he is recorded perfectly, slandering to an advertiser.  We're already talking to the N.H. State Police, thanks for your concern! 

Anonymous October 20, 2009 5:30 pm (Pacific time)

The guy's name is Stephen Steiner out of N.H.

Henry Clay Ruark October 20, 2009 2:54 pm (Pacific time)

To all: ANYone with any knowledge whatsoever about this slanderous person should be warned that non-disclosure of criminal action is in itself an actionable tort. IF anyone approaches you with a slanderous statement, even if only hinted or hidden, share the incident rapidly with Editor Tim. When disclosure and identification finally happens --as it inevitably will-- any evasion of informed-citizen responsibility can bring heavy dollar-damage action by the victim, and in some situations even shared penalty for any criminal responsibility for the damages involved. Given even the slightest indication of such slander by someone in contact with you, report it rapidly to both the police authorities and to Editor Tim.

Stephen October 20, 2009 5:08 pm (Pacific time)

Salem-news is doing nothing but providing facts in regards to this subject. And I will continue to support Salem-news AND their advertisers. Salem-news advertisers might want to look into all the other mainstream news websites that are going bankrupt because people are becoming more aware of the lies.

Susan Tackitt October 20, 2009 4:06 pm (Pacific time)

We in Southern Illinois have problems with meth labs. The reason is because it doesnt stay in the system as long as marijuana so now there are traveling meth labs which are a danger to society. I back medical marijuana because I know how it helped my companion of 30 yeras with the demons of war. He stopped using it and started taking the drugs from the VA and it affected his life so much it actually shortened his life. He passed away 3 years ago and I believe he would still be with us if he was allowed to use medical marijuana for his war related PTSD problles. Tim King did an article about Lynn telling how I support mmj. Does that make me promote drug use as well?

JamesB October 20, 2009 2:31 pm (Pacific time)

Keep doing what you're doing guys! Keep spreading the good word about the good herb and let's help overcome this social taboo together! METH KILLS! As a recovering methamphetamine addict, 4 years clean, I can tell you from firsthand experience..Meth kills. And Marijuana saves.

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