Friday, April 21, 2017

Remake of Classic 'Your Brain on Drugs' Ad Slams Disastrous Drug War

 By Tony Newman 

 Rachael Leigh Cook was behind the original "your brain on drugs" ad. Her update shows how far we—and she—have come.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jeff Sessions should do his research, says groundbreaking cannabis news editor

 By Ricardo Baca, Special To The Denver Post

 ... "This is an epic learning opportunity. If Sessions does his research, via Google or his colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, he can escape his anachronistic worldview and gain respect among Americans.
As alcohol and opioids kill more than 100,000 Americans each year, cannabis kills none.
Marijuana needs to be regulated safely, yes – but also sanely. And the more Sessions learns about this devastatingly misunderstood plant, the more he’ll be able to thoughtfully and fairly govern."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

If Jeff Sessions wants to crack down on medical marijuana, he’ll have to battle more than half the country

By Amber Phillips at WP


Big Pharma Corp That Spent Big Bucks Keeping Marijuana Illegal Gets DEA Approval For Synthetic Marijuana

by Alexa Erickson

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Cannabis Terpene that Can Kill Cancer Cells – Terpineol
by Alex Bradley at ireadculture

... "Of all the terpenes—and there are over 30 different terpenes found in the cannabis plant—there is one that stands out as one of the most beneficial and most powerful; powerful enough to even kill cancer cells and tumors. Alpha terpineol has been proven to be an anticancer agent in multiple studies. In August 2000, June 2010 and July 2016, alpha terpineol was proven to not only be a powerful cancer-killing agent, it was also proven to be a powerful antioxidant, antibiotic, antidepressant and it was proven to reduce inflammation and pain." ...
Milestone study shows dramatic reduction in pharmaceutical reliance among Canadian medical cannabis patients
- at marketwired.com

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Opioids Aren’t the Problem and Chris Christie Isn’t the Solution

by Sal Rodriguez at Counterpunch


... "But there’s a missing element to these numbers. Opioid overdoses usually involve more than just opioids – and often entail the mixing of multiple drugs, like alcohol, benzodiazepines, cocaine and fentanyl, either by choice (as is typically true of the first three substances) or due to unscrupulous black market dealers tainting their product (with fentanyl). This occurs so often, “opioid overdose” is virtually a misnomer – and many, if not most opioid overdoses are better described as “polydrug toxicity,” as suggested by a 2003 paper in the Journal of Urban Health." ...

  

... "how often do we hear from politicians or pundits about the reality that opioid overdoses tend to involve more than just opioids? Or that greater emphasis must be made on warning doctors and patients about the risks of concurrent use?" ...


... "the vast majority of users does not misuse pain relievers, and even among those who do, most don’t even do so long enough to have done it in the prior month."

"This is consistent with research indicating rates of abuse or addiction among people prescribed opioids could be as little as 0.27 percent of people prescribed opioids to 4.5 percent." ...


... "as is the case with resistance to talking about drug mixing, politicians simply don’t want to acknowledge the fact that it is drug prohibition which has made heroin as dangerous as it is." ...


... "Messages that opioids are especially likely to ruin peoples lives, that they are especially dangerous and that government intervention is needed to save people from themselves is just a rehashing of the same old prohibitionist attitudes that enabled the growth in prison populations, overdose deaths and discord all around the world in the first place."


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Stop The Vape Ban Coalition Kicks Off Campaign

 ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - MARCH 14, 2017

 

... "The goal of the Stop The Vape Ban campaign is to increase awareness about recent FDA regulations that will result in a virtual ban on vaping products. The Coalition supports a sensible legislative solution rather than a harsh virtual ban as indicated by the FDA’s deeming regulations, which treat vapor products worse than cigarettes."

"If left unchecked, the existing regulations will take away adult consumers’ right to choose to Vape and close thousands of small businesses." ...

 

Since 2007, the DEA has taken $3.2 billion in cash from people without charging them with a crime

 By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post

 

"These seizures are legal under the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture, which allows departments to keep seized cash and property for themselves unless individuals successfully challenge the forfeiture in court."


 

Worth repeating: Marijuana can help end the opioid epidemic

By Oscar Pascual at SF Gate

 "Despite what the Trump administration tells you, marijuana can actually help put an end to America’s addiction to painkillers."


"A new study has found that the rate of hospitalization related to opioid painkillers dropped at an average of 23 percent in states that allow medical marijuana, reports Reuters.
The study, which was published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence report, also observed a 13 percent drop in the average of opioid overdoses in said states." ...

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SYNDROS

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Watchdog: D.E.A. Informant Program Undermines Foreign Policy and U.S. Security

by Sam Sacks at District Sentinel

..."The Department of Justice Inspector General released a public summary of a classified addendum that was affixed to a scathing report, released last September, on the DEA’s use of confidential sources. The prior audit discovered that the agency did not properly oversee its network of informants, increasing the risk of fraud and constitutional abuses."

"The new information, released this week, accuses the DEA of playing fast and loose with its sources on “highly sensitive” matters. The review also suggested that some of the agency’s activities might be illegal." ...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Research Suggests Legal Cannabis Is Failing To Corrupt Youth

 by Janet Burns at Forbes 

... "A recent survey on student substance use in Washington state found that teens haven't been turning to cannabis in greater numbers since the passing of medicinal and recreational marijuana laws there. According to the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, which polled 37,000 middle and high school students in the state, younguns' rate of cannabis use has remained virtually flat since 2012, including after the state began opening dispensaries in 2014.' ...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Marijuana raids are more deadly than the drug itself

by Christopher Ingraham at WP 

 ... "Marijuana itself is not a deadly substance. "No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported," according to the DEA. But the deadly raids on suspected marijuana dealers underscore how drug enforcement can become a greater threat to life and safety than drug use itself."

 
"The Times' data shows that drugs are the primary driver of SWAT raids that turn deadly. Among the 85 fatal raids that have occurred since 2010, 61 of them -- or 70 percent -- were initiated on suspicion of drugs." ...


... "All of us felt that if I were in bed and heard anything that made me get up and get a gun, and all of a sudden my door explodes in, I’m shooting," one of the jurors told the New York Times. "Why in the world would you do a full-out assault on a guy growing pot?" ...

Every State Could Legalize Marijuana by 2021

by Todd Campbell at Motley Fool 

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Study: Patients with Access to Medical Marijuana Reduce their Use of Opioids

By NORML 

 Patients registered to use medical cannabis decrease their use of opioids, according to data compiled by researchers at the University of New Mexico.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sessions triples down on marijuana as dangerous drug, not opioid crisis solution

By Rachel Weiner and Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post 

 

''' “We have too much of a tolerance for drug use,” Sessions said. “We need to say, as Nancy Reagan said, ‘Just say no.’ There’s no excuse for this, it’s not recreational." ...

"... Sessions scoffed at the idea, promoted by some doctors and researchers, that medical marijuana can be used as an alternative painkiller to prevent or treat opioid addiction. ..."

“I’ve heard people say we could solve our heroin problem with marijuana,” he said. “How stupid is that? ..."

Alabama's crackdown on pregnant marijuana users

By Amy Yurkanin at AL.com 

 ... "Dozens of women have been charged with felony chemical endangerment of a child since 2006 for using marijuana during pregnancy... "

 ... "Marijuana was the most common drug mentioned in court records, accounting for 20 percent of the charges against new moms and pregnant women between 2006 and 2015." ...

... "State lawmakers crafted the chemical endangerment law in 2006 to protect children from exposure to chemicals and fumes from home-based meth-labs, which can cause irritation, corrosion and burns."

"Prosecutors immediately began applying it to women who used drugs during pregnancy, a practice that increased after being upheld by the Alabama State Supreme Court in 2013." ...

" ...marijuana use is more likely to be viewed as harmless, even during pregnancy, researchers said. ..."
"The women in our study are terrified that their children are going to be taken away from them,"


Good science on marijuana is so hard to find

By Robert Gebelhoff at WP 

"The relationship of marijuana use to public health is one of the most confounding topics in science. As soon as one study is published making a claim about the safety of the drug, another is often published warning of the exact opposite." ...

 

... "It would be wrong to justify not legalizing marijuana simply because of public-health issues. There are reams of evidence linking alcohol to terrible health outcomes with no net benefits — and yet few people seem ready to go back to banning booze." ...

 

... "This is about making consumers aware of the risks of their choices. The more we know, the better. " ...


Map: How do state medical marijuana laws compare? Advocates give report card

By Alicia Wallace and Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff

The organization measured each state by how well laws and regulations meet medical marijuana patients’ needs across five categories:
  • Patient rights and civil protection from discrimination: Includes aspects such as protection from arrest, employment safeguards, parental rights and reciprocity.
  • Access to medicine: Includes aspects such as distribution programs, access to dried flowers, delivery, local bans, THC limits, CBD minimums.
  • Ease of navigation: Includes aspects such as qualifying conditions, ability to add new conditions, reasonable access to minors, fees.
  • Functionality: Includes aspects such as access to cultivation or dispensaries, legal protections, financial hardship waivers, insurance coverage.
  • Consumer safety and provider requirements: Includes aspects such as staff training, storage protocols, security protocols, labeling.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Opinion: Nation of ‘busybullies,’ not of the free


... "Don’t like marijuana? Pressure the government to ruin the lives of those who use it."

"Busybodies have made a national pastime of sticking their noses into other people’s business." ...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Trump's plan for Medicaid could hurt the opioid abusers he promised to help
 By Dan Merica, CNN

... "The current version of the Trump-backed Republican health care plan would end the Obamacare requirement that addiction services and mental health treatment be covered under Medicaid in the 31 states that expanded the health care program. The GOP plan would instead leave up to states -- and their budgets -- to decide whether to cover drug treatment and mental health services under Medicaid. That's a decision advocates say could put the most vulnerable opiate abusers in greater risk, thanks to near-constant pressure on state budgets."

"Health care providers oppose GOP bill to repeal Obamacare
"If you cut off even the essential funding for people to get that treatment, they simply won't get it," said Dr. David C. Lewis, the founder of the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. "That is the problem." ...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Trump to select Scott Gottlieb, a physician with deep drug-industry ties, to run the FDA

By Laurie McGinley and Carolyn Y. Johnson at WP 

 

... "According to a federal database, Gottlieb received more than $413,000 in consulting and speaking fees and other payments from pharmaceutical companies between 2013 and 2015.
Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, described Gottlieb as “entangled in a web of Big Pharma ties” and said his confirmation “would accelerate a decades-long trend in which agency leadership too often makes decisions that are aligned more with the interests of industry than those of patients.” ...

 

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

GOP health-care bill would drop addiction treatment mandate covering 1.3 million Americans
By Katie Zezima and Christopher Ingraham 

"Republicans confirmed substance abuse and mental health coverage would no longer be mandated under the Medicaid expansion."

Monday, March 6, 2017

‘Something’s going to have to give’: An untenable conflict between feds, legalized states

 By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff

 ..."While some cannabis legalization proponents claim their movement has grown too big to fail, it has also proved too significant for the federal government to ignore."...

..."Amid a time of unknowns surrounding federal marijuana policy, one thing is certain: The status quo is no longer sustainable."...

  

..."The threat is more imminent, given there’s a lack of clarity. There’s more potential urgency on the part of members of Congress to stand up for their constituents.” 

Research Shows Marijuana Slows Down The Growth Of Breast Cancer Tumors - Cannabidiol compound has the ability to make metastasis cease and desist

By: Brea Mosley at thefreshtoast 

... "Most importantly, they saw that that these compounds apply “anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, anti-migratory and anti-invasive actions.” SImply put, these compounds can decrease tumor sizes, allow cells to kill themselves off (cell suicide, if you will) and stop the spread of tumors while not harming healthy cells."

Most importantly, they saw that that these compounds apply “anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, anti-migratory and anti-invasive actions.” SImply put, these compounds can decrease tumor sizes, allow cells to kill themselves off (cell suicide, if you will) and stop the spread of tumors while not harming healthy cells. - See more at: https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/research-shows-cannabis-helps-slow-growth-breast-cancer-tumors/#sthash.jReAaXPs.dpuf

Cannabidiol compound has the ability to make metastasis cease and desist - See more at: https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/research-shows-cannabis-helps-slow-growth-breast-cancer-tumors/#sthash.jReAaXPs.dpuf
Cannabidiol compound has the ability to make metastasis cease and desist. - See more at: https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/research-shows-cannabis-helps-slow-growth-breast-cancer-tumors/#sthash.jReAaXPs.dpuf
Cannabidiol compound has the ability to make metastasis cease and desist. - See more at: https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/research-shows-cannabis-helps-slow-growth-breast-cancer-tumors/#sthash.jReAaXPs.dpuf
Cannabidiol compound has the ability to make metastasis cease and desist. - See more at: https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/research-shows-cannabis-helps-slow-growth-breast-cancer-tumors/#sthash.jReAaXPs.dpuf

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

TRUE: During campaign, Trump pledged to leave marijuana legalization up to states

 By Chris Nichols at Politifact

  ... "In a television interview on July 29, 2016 with KUSA-TV in Colorado, Trump said: "I wouldn’t do that [using federal authority to shut down recreational marijuana], no … I wouldn’t do that … I think it’s up to the states, yeah. I’m a states person. I think it should be up to the states, absolutely."...

 

Jeff Sessions Doesn't Give a Damn About Police Violence

 By Jay Willis at GQ

 And he says the real problem is all those pesky "viral videos."...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Attorney General Sessions wants to know the science on marijuana and opioids. Here it is.

By Christopher Ingraham at WP 

 

Marijuana Policy Is Best Left Up to the States
"The Trump administration’s apparent desire to rekindle the federal war on pot is misguided." ...



Monday, February 27, 2017

States Vow To Fight Feds On Marijuana

by Tom Angell at Massroots 

 

  "White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sent shockwaves through the cannabis industry last week by saying he believes there will be "greater enforcement" of federal marijuana laws.

 
"While short on details, Spicer went out of his way to distinguish between recreational and medical marijuana, and cited a Congressional rider that currently protects the latter from federal interference."
 
"But while President Trump pledged on the campaign trail to respect all state marijuana laws, advocates took his press secretary's remarks as an indication that the administration might be considering a reversal."
 
"Officials in states with legalization laws quickly made clear that they will fight any such move." ...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

My Four Months As A Private Prison Guard
by Shane Bauer at Mother Jones 

 ...  "I started applying for jobs in private prisons because I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation's 1.6 million prisoners. As a journalist, it's nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it's usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. Private prisons are especially secretive. Their records often aren't subject to public access laws; CCA has fought to defeat legislation that would make private prisons subject to the same disclosure rules as their public counterparts. And even if I could get uncensored information from private prison inmates, how would I verify their claims? I keep coming back to this question: 

"Is there any other way to see what really happens inside a private prison?" ...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Polling: Voters Support Marijuana Law Reform By Record Numbers

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Why Drug Testing For Unemployment And Welfare Benefits Is Wrong -  

Unemployment insurance is not a "benefit". It's your money that government forced you to save

 by Russ Belville at Weed News

 

Trump was right about the drug war ... 27 years ago

By SAL RODRIGUEZ at OC Register 


 "In a speech delivered at the Miami Herald’s Company of the Year Awards luncheon, Donald Trump condemned the “war on drugs” as “a joke” and called for the legalization of drugs. “We’re losing badly the war on drugs,” he said. “You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.” So reported the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on April 14, 1990.
Times change, but, to his credit, Trump was absolutely correct 27 years ago." ...


... "Yet, 27 years later, Trump seems to have abandoned the realization that criminalization and aggressive law enforcement isn’t necessary to relieve social ills — and may, in fact, do more harm than good. He has, instead, adopted rhetoric of “law and order,” pandering to the interests of some in law enforcement willing to disregard constitutional principles in pursuit of dually quixotic and draconian responses to crime and drug use." ...

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Marijuana Industry Projected To Create More Jobs Than Manufacturing By 2020

by Debra Borchardt at Forbes 

  

"Jobs. That is what the marijuana industry hopes will keep the Trump administration from cracking down on cannabis companies."

 
"A new report from New Frontier data projects that by 2020, the legal cannabis market will create more than a quarter of a million jobs. This is more than the expected jobs from manufacturing, utilities or even government jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS says that by 2024 manufacturing jobs are expected to decline by 814,000, utilities will lose 47,000 jobs and government jobs will decline by 383,000. This dovetails with data that suggests the fastest growing industries are all healthcare related." ...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Marijuana group NORML makes nationwide push to stop workplace drug testing

by Adrian D Garcia 

 

 ... "NORML chapters throughout the nation announced a new push this week to stop marijuana use from being a valid reason for not hiring a potential worker or firing existing employees. Through the Workplace Drug Testing Coalition, NORML plans to push for reform." ...

Friday, February 17, 2017

Government has apparently dropped 'gateway' theory, marijuana critics should too

By Steph Sherer at The Hill 

 

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 Report Finds Major Flaws in Proposals to Further Militarize Mexico's Drug War
by Deborah Bonello at InsightCrime

... "It was after the start of the permanent operations [of the military] that a real epidemic of violence occurred at a national level, rising to 27,000 homicides in 2011," argue the authors of the report (pdf) from the Belisario Dom√≠nguez Institute, which is housed within the Senate. "Between 2007 and 2011 the level of homicides tripled (from 9,000 to 27,000) and the homicide rate went from 8.1 to 23.7 homicides per 100,000."


"The investigators conclude that the lack of solid evidence to evaluate the role of the military compared with Mexico's various police forces points to not only a lack of accountability and transparency, but a tendency for legislators to carry out debates and make decisions based on personal convictions and ideologies rather than facts and research."

"The "drastic rise" in violence that has taken place since the start of the military campaign is proof that Mexico needs a more controlled approach to the use of the military for public security, they argue, as well as a systematic evaluation of its activities. But the new proposals to regulate the military fall short of these goals, the report concludes." ...

Monday, February 13, 2017

DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation from Website After Months of Public, Legal Pressure
 Americans for Safe Access
New Study Proves Cannabis Is Highly Effective in Fighting Brain Cancer
by Rick Bakas

"On Tuesday, UK-based GW Pharmaceuticals announced "positive top-line results" from Phase 2 of their clinical study where they combined THC and CBD in an entourage effect to treat patients with Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The disease is extremely difficult to defeat, with most patients living up to 15 months after chemo and radiation therapy."

"GW Pharmaceuticals combined cannabis' two main compounds in the study and found the treatment to be very successful. The clinical study focused on 21 patients who were administered THC, CBD along with a chemotherapy drug called Temozolomide. Those patients saw an 83% survival rate whereas patients who didn't receive the cannabis treatment only had a 53% survival rate. Those in the cannabis-treated group also lived well beyond 18 months on average compared to the placebo group who averaged living only 12 months.
" ... 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Research suggests wearing a police uniform changes the way the brain processes info

 McMaster University - Eurekalert

 

"New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists at McMaster University suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status."

"The study, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, raises important questions about stereotypes and profiling, and about how the symbolic power and authority associated with police uniforms might affect these tendencies." ...

 

 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cannabis for Pediatric Cancer

By Bonni Goldstein, M.D. 

 

... "Although most reports of cancer “cures” are anecdotal, a case report from Canada of a 14-year-old girl with an extremely aggressive form of leukemia successfully documented a dose response to cannabis oil.  After not responding to numerous conventional treatments, her parents decided to try treatment with concentrated cannabis oil.  This patient was not on other treatment while using cannabis, and the blast cell count (which is the leukemia count) responded to adjustments in dosing frequency and dose potency of the cannabis oil.  Her physicians documented this response and were able to note that dosing intervals (how long between doses) and the potency of oil had a direct impact on the death of the leukemia cells." ...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

More Than A Dozen States Are Trying To Stop Cops From Taking Innocent People’s Stuff

by Nick Wing at HP politics 

 

"Over the past six weeks, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have filed legislation to overhaul or eliminate civil asset forfeiture, a controversial law enforcement tool that lets police seize cash and property from people who haven’t been convicted of a crime ― and in many cases, haven’t even been charged with one." ...

 

A neurobiologist says medical marijuana could solve the US opioid abuse crisis

by Ephrat Livni at Quartz

 ... "Epidemics require a paradigm shift in thinking about all possible solutions. The rapidly changing sociopolitical marijuana landscape provides a foundation for the therapeutic development of medicinal cannabidiol to address the current opioid abuse crisis. We have to be open to marijuana because there are components of the plant that seem to have therapeutic properties, but without empirical-based research or clinical trials, we’re letting anecdotes guide how people vote and policies."

Colombian president who hunted down Pablo Escobar: Don't fight the drug war the way I did

by Christopher Woody at Business Insider 

... "We could not win the war on drugs through killing petty criminals and addicts. We started making positive impacts only when we changed tack, designating drugs as a social problem and not a military one." 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Marijuana legalization must include justice reform

 By David Dinenberg, opinion contributor, The Hill


"... Across our country, we routinely take a pledge that ends in “with liberty and justice for all.” 
Yet that fundamental promise has been broken in six of the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana use, as tens of thousands of people remain in state prison for nonviolent marijuana crimes.


The majority of America is now cannabis friendly; nearly 60 percent of our nation’s population resides in states with some form of legalized marijuana. 29 states plus Washington, D.C. have legalized medical marijuana and eight of those states have also legalized marijuana for recreational use: Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington and Washington DC. 

Now, it’s the responsibility of these eight state governments, concerned citizens and the leaders of the marijuana industry to also demand justice reform for those who have been the past victims of the war on marijuana, those that will not enjoy the privileges and freedoms that come with this new legislation." ...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Marijuana Monday and the saddest friendship I’ve ever had

 By Patricia Callahan

 

" ... I’m not entirely sure why I’m posting this story.  Maybe I like it because it spans the monumental and the momentary. Life’s richness is found in the monumental and in the momentary."

 
"Like the ending of a senseless prohibition that turned good people trying to take care of themselves into criminals. And the feel of a veritable stranger’s arm during a moment of sharing the weight of profound grief."

 

Monday, January 30, 2017

New Study Finds Smoking Marijuana Has No Proven Link To Lung Cancer

by Carver Low