Tuesday, May 24, 2016

As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline 

 Washington University School of Medicine

 

 A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased.

Why 'We Need More Research' On Cannabis Is Bullshit

 By Russ Belville at HighTimes

 ...“A keyword search on the word 'marijuana,'” Paul explained, “yields over 23,450 scientific journal articles in the peer-reviewed literature.”

“Tylenol brings up 19,554 papers,” he continued, “which is a lot, but still not as much as marijuana.”

He went down the list—ibuprofen had 11,837 papers, Ritalin had 7,834, hydrocodone had 863 and Adderall had 188.

 “LD50 is the dose at which half of the laboratory animals die from the drug,” he said. Cannabis has no known LD50, he told us, and there is not a single instance in worldwide medical literature where someone has been known to die from cannabis poisoning, "...

 Paul showed how cannabis has an infinite therapeutic ratio, since while a certain amount will be effective and get you high, no known amount can kill you.
But a drug like alcohol, he taught, has a 1-to-10 ratio, or 1-to-9 for women." ...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

I Need Painkillers, but the DEA's Reclassification of Hydrocodone Makes Them Way Too Hard to Get 
By Niki Leith - Alternet


... "Pharmacies have now been conditioned to treat those seeking schedule II drugs like addicts; with absolutely no context or knowledge of their medical afflictions, they meet patients' needs with hostility because the fear of consequences due to the restrictions has outweighed the need to provide quality care for patients. What once was a means of living with pain has now become a source of immeasurable stress and financial burden for patients who are struggling." ...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

 Subverting Democracy:
Michigan House passes 180-day signature limit, impacting marijuana, anti-fracking petitions
 by Emily Lawler at MLive

Changing the laws midstream to November elections will subvert the democratic process for the sole purpose of eliminating and stopping the voters of Michigan from legalizing marijuana this November.

Police and Prison Guard Groups Fight Marijuana Legalization in California

by Lee Fang at The Intercept

 

"Roughly half of the money raised to oppose a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California is coming from police and prison guard groups, terrified that they might lose the revenue streams to which they have become so deeply addicted."

 

"Drug war money has become a notable source of funding for law enforcement interests. Huge government grants and asset-seizure windfalls benefit police departments, while the constant supply of prisoners keeps the prison business booming." ...

Monday, May 16, 2016

Marijuana is Said to Effectively Treat Fibromyalgia
 By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald

 Medical marijuana effectively soothes most of the disease's symptoms including fatigue, insomnia, chronic pain and restless legs
AAA scientists claim it’s not possible to set a blood-test threshold for THC which reliably determines impairment
by Rick Thompson at TheWeedBlog

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Scientists Call Out Bad Data Linking Weed to Psychosis

 By Kristen Gwynne at High Times

"That marijuana causes the onset of psychosis is a claim commonly employed to demonstrate the dangers of the drug, but studies touting the theory often lack the evidence to support it."

 
"In a recent letter to the prestigious journal the Lancet, co-authors Dr. Charles Ksir and Dr. Carl Hart explained how researchers overstate the link between psychosis and cannabis by failing to account for variables that may cause co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders." ...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

State Department Says NIDA Monopoly On Research Marijuana Is Unnecessary

by Johnny Green at TheWeedBlog

 

"The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department has gone on record stating that the United States could issue multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes without violating the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs treaty."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Marijuana Could Revolutionize Treatment For Schizophrenia, Researchers Find 

 

 
"One of the biggest problems in treating schizophrenia is that there hasn't been an effective new treatment on the market in a very long time. The drugs on the market today have limited efficacy and horrible side-effects; there is a desperate need for safer alternative medications."

Monday, April 25, 2016

Who Smokes Marijuana In America?

 by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

 

..." According to the Civilized poll results, most marijuana consumers are homeowners (66%); 74% are employed ; half have a household income of $75,000 or higher; 51% hold supervisory or executive roles at work; 52% have completed college or university-level programs; and 78% are married with children. ...'

 

... "The poll also confirmed that most (73%) marijuana smokers admit they sometimes feel the need to hide their marijuana smoking from their family members, friends, or colleagues at work. Twenty-four percent of the men reported hiding their use from their wives or significant others, while 17% of women said they did the same. 

 

The percentage using marijuana surreptitiously was highest among young smokers and higher-income smokers. Without question, some social stigma remains attached to marijuana use, causing many smokers to keep their marijuana smoking a private matter. 

 

This survey found that once smokers reach retirement age, more people feel free to come out of the closet. Less than 7% of those over 45 years of age said they hid it from their spouse or partner. Apparently there are some advantages to age, and being honest about one’s marijuana use is one of those. ..."

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The drug warriors who derailed the UN drug policy summit have made a terrible miscalculation

by Steve Rolles

Thursday, April 21, 2016

DEA approves PTSD marijuana study
by Patricia Kime, Military Times 

 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage To Heroin Addicts: Drop Dead!

by Ryan Grim at HuffPostPolitics

... “Creating a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other produces a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction,”... - Gov. Paul LePage

 

- When spreading  libel and slander to promote fear and distrust, the truth does not matter.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Why I'm Calling to End the War on Drugs
by Kofi Annan

... "It is time for a smarter, health­-based approach to drug policy." ...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Feds’ Pill Crackdown Drives Pain Patients to Heroin

by Christopher Moraff  at The Daily Beast 

... "The net effect of the crackdown in Florida was profound and acute. Prescription drug deaths dropped precipitously within the first year-—but heroin deaths rose 39 percent, as patients cut off from legal opioids turned to illegal drugs for relief." ...

Mississippi Jails Are Losing Inmates, And Local Officials Are ‘Devastated’ By The Loss Of Revenue

 by Ryan Grim HuffPost Politics

“If they do not send us our inmates back, we can’t make it,” said one county supervisor.

“I don’t think it necessarily started out this way, but the inmate population has become the backbone of some of these counties that are involved,”
 
" ... local officials are investigating whether the state inmates are instead winding up in private prisons. “According to their reports, they have some private prisons that they are actually paying up to $80 a day. I think it’s political favors going around ..."

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

This Is the Big Demand on Marijuana We Should Make of the Federal Govt

By Paul Armentano at Alternet

"... reclassifying the pot plant from I to II (or even to schedule III) continues to misrepresent the plant’s safety relative to other controlled substances such as methamphetamine (schedule II), anabolic steroids (schedule III), or alcohol (unscheduled), and fails to provide states with the ability to fully regulate it free from federal interference. "...

 

"... But ultimately, such a change would do little to significantly loosen federal prohibition or to make herbal cannabis readily accessible for clinical study. These goals can arguably only be accomplished by federally decsheduling cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco, such as is proposed by US Senate Bill 2237, The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. Doing so will finally provide states the power to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal intrusion.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Editorial
The Pendulum Swings for Opioid Prescribing
Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Palliative Medicine

 ... " If you put the number of opioid addicts who
were first introduced to opioids as prescription drugs before
taking heroin in the numerator, and put all opioid addicts in the
denominator you get a very large number. That large number
(anywhere from 60% to 100% depending on the population
studied) frightened everyone. But it’s the wrong math.
If you put all people with pain who are treated with an
opioid and become an addict in the numerator, and all people
treated with pain and an opioid in the denominator, you come
up with a very small number, somewhere between 0.01% and
4%... "

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Infographic Shows Just How Large Marijuana Has Become Infographic: America's 2015 Marijuana Sales In Context  | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista

Addressing mass incarceration with evidence-based reform

William A. Galston and Elizabeth McElvein | April 8, 2016 3:00pm at Brookings 

 

... "If lawmakers are serious about reducing the federal prison population, reforms that target low-level drug offenders and certain weapons offenders will have the greatest impact. As lawmakers assess criminal justice reform in the Senate and in the House, they must recognize the gravity of the over-incarceration epidemic and look to the facts as they consider the offenders who would be affected by reform."

Friday, April 8, 2016

"Marijuana use in pregnancy tied to health problems for babies and mothers" 

see what else:

"In addition to the possibility that the women in these studies may be taking other drugs, there are many factors that can affect a baby’s health, he said."...

 

... "Many marijuana users also use tobacco or alcohol, the researchers note, and these factors were not examined separately in most studies, so it’s not possible to separate out the effects just of marijuana."

 

 

Jamaican Study Of Pregnant Mothers Shows That Marijuana Doesn’t Harm Newborns

 By Janelle Stone TheWeedBlog-June 2, 2011 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It's Time To Deschedule , Not Reschedule, Cannabis
by Paul Armentano - NORML
 
It Is Time To Deschedule, Not Reschedule, Cannabis - See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2016/04/06/it-is-time-to-deschedule-not-reschedule-cannabis/#sthash.QB3znN1P.dpuf
 
It Is Time To Deschedule, Not Reschedule, Cannabis - See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2016/04/06/it-is-time-to-deschedule-not-reschedule-cannabis/#sthash.QB3znN1P.dpuf
It Is Time To Deschedule, Not Reschedule, Cannabis
It Is Time To Deschedule, Not Reschedule, Cannabis
It Is Time To Deschedule, Not Reschedule, Cannabis
The Scientist
Marijuana Use Before Acute Myocardial Infarction May Give Survival Edge in Hospital 
by Deborah Brauser at Medscape 

 "... After adjustment for age, race, and known cardiac risk factors, there was no significant association between marijuana use beforehand and the composite outcome, which included death, cardiac arrest, shock, mechanical ventilation, or intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) placement, after patients experienced an MI.

However, the adjusted odds ratio (OR) for in-hospital mortality was 0.83 for the marijuana group vs those who did not use the substance (95% CI 0.7–1.0, P=0.045). And there were significantly lower risks for IABP placement (OR 0.80, P=0.03) and shock (OR 0.74, P=0.001). ..."

"... Lead author, medical student Cecelia P Johnson-Sasso (University of Colorado, Denver), noted that the data aren't saying that marijuana is causing events, and they don't yet know the mechanism behind "what appears to be prevention from death ...."

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Feds Using Forfeiture to Their Advantage

By Trevor Burrus and Randal John Meyer

This article appeared on The Detroit News on April 3, 2016


"The Justice Department recently announced that it is resuming the “equitable sharing” part of its civil asset forfeiture program, thus ending one of the major criminal justice reform victories of the Obama administration." ...

 My thoughts: 
These money feedback systems between the feds and local law enforcement are based on shaky constitutional grounds and are corrupting the management and intents of the justice system.
Senators held a hearing to remind you that ‘good people don’t smoke marijuana’ (yes, really)
(Wonkblog)

Anti-Drug Senators Criticized For ‘Sham’ Hearing On Legal Marijuana

by Mollie Reilly Deputy Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

Friday, April 1, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Federal Versus State Marijuana Law

By Jeffrey Miron at CATO Institute 

 
... "The best solution is repeal of federal prohibition. This is not on the policy table yet, but if more states legalize marijuana in November (at least five states are likely to vote on the issue), the pressure on federal policy might just hit the boiling point."

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

'Drug Users Need Treatment,' Says President Obama. Not So Fast, Says Dr. Carl Hart 

 by Stephanie Slade

 ... "Politicians today, whether Republican or Democrat, are comfortable with saying that we don't want to send people to jail for drugs; we will offer them treatment." Hart said in Austin. But "the vast majority of people don't need treatment. We need better public education, and more realistic education. And we're not getting that."

Monday, March 28, 2016

Let’s Tear Apart This Repugnant Statement About Harm Reduction

by Diane Goldstein & Will Godfrey 

 

"Saying that you do not support changing the law because it goes against current international law is a piece of circular reasoning. It could be used to argue against changing any law, however bad.
Dishonest messaging about harm reduction measures perpetuates stigma while ignoring the successes..."

Friday, March 25, 2016

Study: CBD cannabinoid found in marijuana 'induces rapid antidepressant-like effects'

By Emily Gray Brosious at Extract

States With Medical Marijuana Have Decreased Painkiller Deaths By Dramatic Amounts

by Katharine J. Tobal

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even further

By Christopher Ingraham at WAPO 

 

 "A group of 22 medical experts convened by Johns Hopkins University and The Lancet have called today for the decriminalization of all nonviolent drug use and possession."  

 

"Citing a growing scientific consensus on the failures of the global war on drugs, the experts further encourage countries and U.S. states to "move gradually toward regulated drug markets and apply the scientific method to their assessment."...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New CDC guidelines urge doctors to stop marijuana drug testing

 By Emily Gray Brosiousat at Extract


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest set of guidelines for opioid-prescribing doctors discourages drug testing patients for THC — the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.


The guidelines also urge doctors not to drop patients who test positive for THC

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” – John Ehrlichman
The Medical Marijuana Mess -

A prescription for fixing a broken policy

by John Hudak - Brookings Institute 

 

 
... "Although there are a number of policy changes, large and small, that Congress and the administration could make to overcome the deficiencies of this system, thus far they have chosen not to do so. ..."

... "elected officials cling to the status quo, failing to recognize and address the inherent hypocrisies in the nation’s laws"...

 

... " It is time for government to transform medical marijuana policy into a system that is rational, functional, consistent, and informed by science—not politics." ...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New Study Suggests Marijuana's Impact On Crash Risk Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Jacob Sullum at Forbes

How GW Pharma Could Use U.S. Patents to Shape the Future of Medical Cannabis

By Bruce Barcott at Leafly

 

  ..."While two federal agencies (the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services) actively prevent Americans from developing cannabis medicine, another agency (the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) is helping GW Pharma lock up the intellectual property rights to a broad swath of cannabis-derived medicines and techniques." ...

Monday, March 14, 2016

"Nobody wants to live in a drug-free world": an interview with Carl Hart

Friday, March 11, 2016

Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism 


"...information the NSA collects for purposes of so-called “national security” will be used by police to lock up ordinary Americans for routine crimes... "

Monday, March 7, 2016

Nancy Reagan's Role in the Disastrous War on Drugs 

by Tony Newman

 

"...  While Nancy and Ronald Reagan are no longer with us physically, the public hysteria that they whipped up and the draconian, zero-tolerance drug policies that were implemented in the 1980s, are still alive and kicking today. ..."

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Lift the Ban!  

Kofi Annan on Why It's Time To Legalize Drugs 

by Kofi Annan 

  Drugs are dangerous, but current narcotics policies are an even bigger threat because punishment is given a greater priority than health and human rights. It's time for regulations that put lives and safety first, argues former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rule – For the Love of Bud (HBO)