Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Charlotte Police Foment Unrest And Attempt To Use Marijuana To Justify Killing Keith Lamont Scott

 by Sharda Sekaran at HP blog

Monday, September 26, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Study Finds that CBDA Can Help Prevent Spread of Breast Cancer Cells

 

...  "A new study finds that cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) inhibits the migration of breast cancer cells. CBDA is converted to CBD when it is smoked, vaporized or decarboxylated." ...

Medical Marijuana Seems To Reduce Deaths From Pharmaceuticals

 by Jacob Sullum at Forbes 

 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The war on drugs is a war on people

 


... "We must demand that policymakers in Washington begin unraveling the policies that have shackled generations of young Americans by supporting criminal justice reforms such as the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, and start peeling back layers of policy that have criminalized and demoralized our communities for too long." ...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

As Heroin Deaths Skyrocket, Prescription Monitoring Programs May Do More Harm
 by Leo Beletsky at HuffingtonPost blog

 ... "There is evidence to suggest that the raging heroin problem is being fueled by the crackdown on painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin. Shuttering pill-mills, tightening restrictions on certain analgesics, and making products harder to snort and inject all seem to be curbing prescription drug abuse. But addiction does not simply go away when the pills do, which is why people dependent on prescription opioids have been switching to heroin in record numbers."...

DEA bans herbal treatments for addiction

 Special report by Dana Beal at The Leaf

"Why ban kratom and plant therapies rather than work with them?"

... "The goal of the prohibitionists is clearly to foster the exclusive use of approved maintenance drugs like methadone and especially suboxone. This latest NIDA preparation, containing mainly buprenorphin with just enough naloxone to make it impossible to inject, is designed to keep addicts  hooked for life on something that gives them absolutely no opioid reward. Docile droids for the Prison-industrial complex." ...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

El Chapo and the Secret History of the Heroin Crisis

Cannabis & the Constitution: A Brief History of Cannabis in the U.S.

 by Lisa Rough at Leafly

"There is no mention of cannabis, nor any other drugs, in the Constitution. Does that mean that the prohibition of cannabis is unconstitutional? "

The DEA Has Smothered the Drug Debate With a Smoke Screen

 By Jason Kuznicki at Newsweek


... "In short: Schedule I is not a set of scientific criteria rationally applied to the world of drugs. Rather, it’s a science-y looking smoke screen, one that allows the DEA to do virtually whatever it feels like, which is often completely indefensible."

Monday, September 12, 2016

Pharma Company Funding Anti-Pot Fight Worried About Losing Business, Filings Show

 by Lee Fang at The Intercept

"... Insys filed a disclosure statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission stating plainly that legal marijuana is a direct threat to their product line:

Legalization of marijuana or non-synthetic cannabinoids in the United States could significantly limit the commercial success of any dronabinol product candidate. … If marijuana or non-synthetic cannabinoids were legalized in the United States, the market for dronabinol product sales would likely be significantly reduced and our ability to generate revenue and our business prospects would be materially adversely affected. ..."

Thursday, September 8, 2016

DEA waging war on all non-pharmaceutical painkiller use

By Shane Smith at RedDirtReport 

  

... "That seems to be the real motivation behind the ridiculous kratom crackdown: not that kratom is dangerous, but that it’s one of the remaining, unpatentable alternatives to the poison that Congress’ largest donors crank out unceasingly."

Fentanyl Maker Donates Big to Campaign Opposing Pot Legalization

 By Steven Nelson at US News & World Reports


"An embattled pharmaceutical company that sells the powerful painkiller fentanyl has donated $500,000 toward defeating a ballot initiative that would make recreational use of marijuana legal under Arizona law."

Friday, September 2, 2016

Study: Medical Marijuana Makes Workers Healthier, Cuts Down On Sick Time

By Chris Roberts at CannabisNow 

 
"Weed doesn’t keep you from going to work. Quite the opposite: cannabis may help you show up and not stay at home, faking or being sick. Instead of compelling workers to stay at home or not show up, absenteeism — the act of not showing up for work — decreased in states with medical marijuana laws on the books, according to a recent study."

Lazy rats or lazy research? A criticism of the “THC makes rats lazy” study

  By Natasha Ryz

 ... "Researchers must exercise caution when attempting to extend animal studies and preliminary models to humans. When research, especially preliminary work on controversial topics like cannabis (marijuana), is publicized to the media without careful thought, it can lead to unfair stigmatization of people and a mistrust of research." ...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Group appeals marijuana ballot proposal to MI Supreme Court 
 by Dana Chicklas

... " yes the system is rigged ... "We don’t want to believe that but the facts are right here in our face, we’re being kept off the ballot, they’re denying to count the signatures of voters, and we’re just seeing our entire system be corrupted" ...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Obama Leaves Behind a Marijuana Nightmare

by Don Fitch 

  "At the twilight of his presidency, Barack Obama leaves unmet the huge need to change federal cannabis law."

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Alcohol Prohibition Was a Dress Rehearsal for the War on Drugs 
by Nick Gillespie & Todd Krainin at Reason

"Harvard historian Lisa McGirr on how our national ban on booze never really ended."

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The drug war is leaving kids without moms at a record rate

 by Bonnie Kristian at Rare

 

 "There are a lot of reasons to support ending the war on drugs: It’s expensive, ineffective, and counter-productive. It’s inhumane to the sick and dying. It fosters violence and is blatantly unconstitutional."


"Now, we can add another reason to that list: It leaves kids without moms." ...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jesse Ventura: 
The DEA has just been ‘toying with us’ on legalizing marijuana
 by Jesse Ventura, the former governor of Minnesota at CNBC

Jesse Ventura says it's time to give the people what they want and legalize pot - even if that means getting rid of the DEA completely.
Justice Department says it will phase out using private prisons
 By Devlin Barrett at WSJ

U.S. plans to phase out deals by letting contracts expire

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gary Johnson correct that most Americans support legalizing marijuana
By Louis Jacobson at Politifact
Federal court ruling: DOJ can’t prosecute medical pot cases
By Paul Elias and Gene Johnson, Associated Press

A decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says if no state medical marijuana laws were broken, feds can't pursue drug cases. The court rejected the argument that individuals are fair game for prosecution for violating federal law

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Study of Identical Twins Shows Marijuana Use Does Not Negatively Impact I.Q.
By GrantOliver at Weedhorn 

The study, conducted by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that cannabis DOES NOT have a negative effect on one's intelligence, including the intelligence associated with I.Q. scores.
Marijuana Advocates to DEA: Talk to the Hand
 By: Kyle Jaeger at ATTN:

 "The Drug Enforcement Administration says marijuana lacks medical value. So why did the U.S. government file a patent for cannabis — specifying that the plant has multiple therapeutic benefits — as far back as 1999? "

Friday, August 12, 2016

Health Scientist Blacklisting and the Meaning of Marijuana in the Oval Office in the Early 1970s

 by Sunil Kumar Aggarwal MD PhD

 

Unpacking the Nixon Tapes: The Meaning of Marijuana for the U.S. Presidential Administration Which Created and Placed It in Schedule I

Tell Congress: Deschedule Marijuana
 https://secure.everyaction.com/Pi9rrC-YkUCcmW-1dMLPmA2

Obama Is Letting the Drug War Rage on Pointlessly

 

 

 ... "The dangers the government insists on associating with marijuana are, in fact, dangers caused by prohibition itself."

Thursday, August 11, 2016

POTUS or Congress Must Stop The DEA To End The War On Marijuana And Anyone That Uses It
by: Thinking Clearly
  
“The Drug Enforcement Administration was created by President Richard Nixon through an Executive Order* in July 1973 in order to establish a single unified command to combat “an all-out global war on the drug menace.” At its outset, DEA had 1,470 Special Agents and a budget of less than $75 million. Today, the DEA has nearly 5,000 Special Agents and a budget of $2.02 billion.” http://www.justice.gov/dea/about/history.shtml 

The DEA's  purpose is to keep marijuana illegal. No government agency is going to voluntarily put themselves out of business. To think that the DEA actually cares about the facts is a fairy tale. 

On March 21, the day before the Shafer Commission released its report, Nixon said, "We need, and I use the word 'all out war,' on all fronts ... we have to attack on all fronts." Nixon and his advisors went on to plan a speech about why he opposed marijuana legalization, and proposed that he do "a drug thing every week" during the 1972 presidential election year. Nixon wanted a "Goddamn strong statement about marijuana ... that just tears the ass out of them." 

Nixon's private comments about marijuana showed he was the epitome of misinformation and prejudice. He believed marijuana led to hard drugs, despite the evidence to the contrary. He saw marijuana as tied to "radical demonstrators." He believed that "the Jews," especially "Jewish psychiatrists" were behind advocacy for legalization, asking advisor Bob Haldeman, "What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob?" He made a bizarre distinction between marijuana and alcohol, saying people use marijuana "to get high" while "a person drinks to have fun." 

 In 1969, President Richard Nixon announced that the Attorney General, John N. Mitchell, was preparing a comprehensive new measure to more effectively meet the narcotic and dangerous drug problems at the federal level by combining all existing federal laws into a single new statute. The CSA combined existing federal drug laws but it also changed the nature of federal drug law policies, expanded the scope of federal drug laws and expanded Federal law enforcement as pertaining to controlled substances. The Drug Enforcement Administration was established on July 1, 1973 and signed by President Richard Nixon on July 28. 

Until the President Of The United States or US Congress stops them, the DEA will always do what it was meant to do: "tear the ass" out of marijuana users and prosecute an unreasonable and unrelenting war on drugs - especially marijuana. 

The drug war and the mass incarceration of America will never end until the US Congress or the President addresses the DEA and stops them from prosecuting the still continuing War On Drugs and the people that use them.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Senate Tried to Overturn ‘Citizens United’ Today. Guess What Stopped Them?

By John Nichols at The Nation

... "Fifty-four senators, all Democrats and independents who caucus with the Democrats, voted Thursday for the amendment to clarify in the Constitution that Congress and the states have the authority to do what they did for a century before activist judges began intervening on behalf of wealthy donors and corporations: enact meaningful campaign finance rules and regulations."

"But forty-two senators, all Republicans, voted no. As a result, Udall noted, the Republican minority was able to “filibuster this measure and instead choose to support a broken system that prioritizes corporations and billionaires over regular voters.” ...

 

Monday, August 8, 2016

WikiLeaks: Alcohol Industry Bribed Congress To Demonize Marijuana

By True Activist at Mint Press 

 Newly leaked information reveals that officials in some of the top alcohol companies in America spent money on persuading members of Congress to pay attention to the alleged problem of “marijuana-impaired driving."

Saturday, August 6, 2016

DEA should stop stalling on reclassifying cannabis 

By The Denver Post Editorial Board 

 

"... without the kind of scientific research that prohibition shackles, it is difficult to see how that debate could be well-informed.

The DEA should step up and look past its ridiculous hard-line approach."

 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Who profits from keeping the drug war going? Law enforcement

author of “How the Drug War Ruins American Lives.” at News&Observer

National Guard, DEA, State Police Raid Elderly Cancer Patient Over 4 Pot Plants

 by Matt Agorist at MintPress News

 

 "Jackson was in his backyard last Tuesday when plainclothes men and a helicopter descended on his property. With no warrant, and without showing identification, these heroes ripped Jackson’s plants from the ground."

Barack Obama's Marijuana Legacy

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Cops Raid Legal Cannabis Companies Despite Upcoming Recreational Vote

  By Will Yakowicz - Staff writer, Inc.

 Med-West, a medical THC extract company in San Diego, was raided in January and again in June. It's one of a number of cannabis companies targeted for asset seizure--but with no attendant criminal charges being filed--by California authorities.
 
 


Friday, July 29, 2016

Russia’s war on drugs is hurting America

 By Danielle Allen at The Washington Post

 ... "At this point, our situation is already crystal clear. The drug war is not solving the problems of either addiction or crime. It is, however, tearing our social fabric, and that weakens us as a country, including within the geopolitical order. Trump and Putin are on the same page here. With regard to the war on drugs, they are aligned in pursuing a policy that makes America weaker."

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Devil Weed"—How the Newspaper Industry and Nylon Played Shameful Roles in Criminalizing Marijuana

by Steve Panovich at The Influence


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016

City of Hugo terrorized by false tests for THC in City water supply - field test kits are junk
info at: Yakima Herald  and The Denver Post

Yakima Herald: 23 July 2016

 "Authorities said Saturday that new tests show there is no evidence of a marijuana chemical in a Colorado community's tap water and they believe the initial tests were false."

"Warnings not to drink the water were lifted Saturday after multiple tests confirmed there was no THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, in the water."

 ... "Commercial marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing, testing facilities and retail marijuana stores are banned in Hugo, although they are legal elsewhere in the state."

Denver Post: July 21, 2016

"multiple preliminary tests of the water came back positive for THC...

... "the company, which he did not identify, had been getting inconsistent results and decided to test a vial of tap water, expecting it to be negative. Instead, the test came back positive, and the company called authorities.

... Lincoln County officials conducted 10 other field tests, using two different types of test kits, on the town’s water and six came back positive."...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ex-Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols

Norm Stamper at DemocracyNow!

  ... " I think what accounts for it—there are several factors, one of which is that in 1971 Richard Nixon famously proclaimed drugs public enemy number one—drug abuse—and declared all-out war on drugs, which was really a declaration of war against his own people. And overwhelmingly, young people, poor people, people of color suffered, and have continued to suffer over the decades as a result of a decision to put America’s front-line police officers on the front lines of the drug war as foot soldiers. And then we wonder why there’s such a strain in the relationship between police and community, and particularly those communities that are entrenched in poverty and other economic disadvantage, communities that historically have been neglected or abused or oppressed by their own police departments. So we really intensified and escalated the country’s war against poor people with that drug war. And we have spent $1.3 trillion prosecuting that war since the 1970s, incarcerated literally tens of millions. Please hear that figure: tens of millions of disproportionately young people and poor people and people of color. What do we have to show for it? Drugs are more readily available at lower prices and higher levels of potency. It’s time for us to end that drug war. That began the militarization of policing, without a doubt.

9/11 is another milestone, for obvious reasons. The federal government began throwing military surplus at local law enforcement agencies, such that, in terms of how they look, in terms of how they’re equipped, in terms of how they are weaponized, America’s police forces look more like the military than domestic peacekeepers.
" ...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cops Fight For Their Right to Bust You for Weed



... "Marijuana is a good excuse for them to search cars and maybe find other things. Prohibition is a crime creation program whose only benefits are for law enforcement and drug dealers and not tax-paying citizens."...

... "Corney of the police chiefs association disagrees. His opposition stems from the ways in which he believes legal weed would affect everyday Californians.
"Enforcing the law isn't what police agencies do anymore," he says. "We enhance quality of life." ...

Monday, July 11, 2016

How the war on drugs affected incarceration rates

 By Lauren Carroll at Politifact


... "There is a challenge with America where we have invested, unfortunately, in a war on drugs, which has been profoundly painful to our nation, with a 500 percent increase in incarceration in our country, disproportionately affecting poor and disproportionately affecting minorities," (Sen. Cory) Booker said.

President Richard Nixon launched the war on drugs in the early 1970s, and about 10 years later President Ronald Reagan strengthened the effort. We decided to look into Booker’s claim that these stricter drug policies led to a 500 percent increase in incarceration.

We found that the number of people incarcerated for drug-related offenses has increased dramatically in the past 40 years, as has the overall incarcerated population." ...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs 

Shefali Luthra  at NPR

 

... " The study, which appears in Health Affairs, examined data from Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013. It is the first study to examine whether legalization of marijuana changes doctors' clinical practice and whether it could curb public health costs." ...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer's proteins from brain cells 

Salk Institute - Eureka Alert 

... "The researchers found that high levels of amyloid beta were associated with cellular inflammation and higher rates of neuron death. They demonstrated that exposing the cells to THC reduced amyloid beta protein levels and eliminated the inflammatory response from the nerve cells caused by the protein, thereby allowing the nerve cells to survive."

"Inflammation within the brain is a major component of the damage associated with Alzheimer's disease, but it has always been assumed that this response was coming from immune-like cells in the brain, not the nerve cells themselves," says Antonio Currais, a postdoctoral researcher in Schubert's laboratory and first author of the paper. "When we were able to identify the molecular basis of the inflammatory response to amyloid beta, it became clear that THC-like compounds that the nerve cells make themselves may be involved in protecting the cells from dying." ...