Saturday, October 22, 2016

Testing for marijuana raises medical, legal questions



... "Alcohol exits the body in a matter of hours. Cocaine can take a couple of days."

"Cannabis has no exact timetable.
The cannabis compound detectable in urine samples is evidence of past use, not actual impairment" ...

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

International team unveils first atomic-level image of the human 'marijuana receptor'

 Public Release: 

Scripps Research Institute EurekAlert 


 " In a discovery that advances the understanding of how marijuana works in the human body, an international group of scientists, including those from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have for the first time created a three-dimensional atomic-level image of the molecular structure activated by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana."

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Driving in circles

by Pete Guither at DrugWarRant 


My response:

Cannabis is so different from alcohol that these scare stories from law enforcement have little resemblance to reality. Most folks I know that use cannabis will be the first ones to tell you that they won’t drive if too stoned. If a person is drunk they will gladly grab the keys and go for a drive anyways. The differences are like night and day.

People have been smoking cannabis in large numbers since I can remember back into the 60’s. Now, since legality is proposed, law enforcement is in danger of losing their biggest moneymaker: arresting people for pot. Without a device to tell them if metabolites exist the truth is they usually can’t tell. There is nothing going on that distinguishes the difference between a person who has marijuana metabolites in their bloodstream and a person who is cold stone sober – in most cases these are one and the same.

Law enforcement is afraid of losing their pry bar tool to harass and make money on the roads like wolves waiting to pounce on unsuspecting prey. Observing impaired driving function is not enough to equal the ease of breathalizer proven impairment. The law enforcement community better face the facts:

There is no proven level of impairment for cannabis. Never will be.

- TC

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Inside the Legal Struggles of Michigan's Medicinal Marijuana Industry

 By Krishna Andavolu at Vice

 ... "while doing research for this season of Weediquette, we found out that there's still a strong incentive for police officers to go after legal marijuana growers in Michigan. The doctrine that the incentive is based off of is called civil asset forfeiture—which means that if a cop busts you, he or she can take your stuff in addition to throwing you in jail and charging you." ...

ACLU Calls For Decriminalization Of Personal Drug Use

 by Oren Peleg at OpposingViews

Study finds U.S. marijuana arrests outpace those for violent crime, urges drug decriminalization

By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff


New report by prominent human-rights groups notes marijuana arrests outnumber those for violent crimes, highlights the human toll of America's arrest-first drug policy, urges decriminalization of drug use

Legal Marijuana Hasn’t Caused Any Of The Problems Opponents Said It Would
by Nick Wing at HP politics

A new report finds that youth use rates and traffic fatalities have remained stable, marijuana arrests have dropped and revenue is flowing in.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Congress Defies Voters On Marijuana Policy

by Paul Armentano at Freedomleaf


 ...  "Voters’ views regarding marijuana policy have evolved significantly over the past decade, and this November voters in nine states will decide on ballot initiatives specific to legalizing marijuana. Yet, the positions of their federally elected officials have not progressed in a similar manner. Constituents ought to demand better. It is time for lawmakers to legislate on behalf of policies that more closely reflect marijuana’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status."

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Endocannabinoid Deficiency May be the cause of Numerous Treatment Resistant Diseases

 By Stephen McCamman at The Weed Blog


..."eCB Deficiency Syndrome is not yet part of the official diagnostic bible your doctor uses, but it explains why some diseases are not successfully treated with conventional medications (they’re treating the symptom, not the cause) and why those diseases are best managed by cannabis and hemp-based medicinal products." ...

Friday, September 30, 2016

New Study Determines if Maternal Cannabis Use During Pregnancy Affects Babies


... "Maternal marijuana use during pregnancy is not an independent risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes after adjusting for the cofounding factors. Thus, the association between maternal marijuana use and adverse outcomes appears attributable to concomitant tobacco use and other cofounding factors."


" To clarify further, the study found that when cannabis is used by itself and sparingly, it poses no threat to the health of a baby."

Corrupted Science: the DEA and Marijuana
 by Jesse Ventura

  ...  "If you come across a study that lists any positive results—such as how THC can cause brain tumors to shrink and disappear entirely—then that’s a good indication the study was conducted in another country, such as Spain, Germany, or Israel. There’s also a good chance that the study has been published in several noteworthy medical journals, but we the American people probably won’t hear about it." ...

... "This year marks the 45th anniversary of Nixon’s War on Drugs. If we really want to make America great, then it’s time to end the war against the American people. It’s time to realize the Founding Fathers knew the value of democracy as well as cannabis. In poll after poll, more than half of the American people want to see marijuana legalized. If that’s true, then we have to rise up together and demand it" ...

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

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.” 

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.” ...