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 Domínguez 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

 


National DA group mobilizes to advise Trump on pot policy

- 14 district attorneys will issue advice on marijuana law or policy changes as more and more states legalize it

 By Mitchell Byars, Boulder Daily Camera

 

Marijuana illegality is a medical and constitutional issue. 

What good are prosecutor's opinions in a war on drugs that has already failed?

 

 

 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Decriminalization should be considered to stop overdose crisis, says Vancouver's chief doctor
 By Roshini Nair, CBC News

'We need to consider decriminalizing or even legalizing all illicit drugs,' says Dr. Patricia Daly

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How The War On Drugs Is One Long Human Rights Violation

By Alasdair Wilkins at vocativ

"...  all the available evidence suggests a drug policy built on reducing harm instead of criminalizing use has the best short- and long-term impact. But as long as countries still trot out their variation on the old “Just say no” line, people will continue to suffer needlessly from the war on drugs."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sessions leaves door open for marijuana crackdown, Congress should close it

 

... "Rather than leaving this decision solely up to the discretion of the incoming attorney general, members of Congress should take this opportunity to move expeditiously to amend federal law in a manner that comports with public and scientific consensus, as well as with marijuana’s rapidly changing cultural and legal status." ...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DEA informant program should be ended immediately

By The Editorial Board, LA Daily News 

   

...  "The DEA and other law enforcement agencies face skewed priorities when they can search and seize property — and then keep the proceeds — without so much as probable cause or a warrant, much less a conviction. The DEA’s Confidential Source Program does an end run around the Fourth Amendment and facilitates such abuses, with no assurances that it is effective or well managed. It should be eliminated immediately to prevent further waste of taxpayers’ dollars and abuses of travelers’ constitutional rights."

Medical Marijuana Effects On The Human Brain: Cannabis May Actually Improve Cognitive Function

 By Kelsey Drain

  

... “After three months of medical marijuana treatment, patients actually performed better, in terms of their availability to perform certain cognitive tasks, specifically those mediated by the frontal cortex,” said lead researcher Staci Gruber, PhD, in the news release." ...

 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Obama Should Require Truthful Data On Medical Marijuana

by Steph Sherer at HP the blog 

 

 

 ... "Success in correcting this information will mean politicians can no longer use the misinformation about the gateway drug hypothesis, irreversible cognitive decline in adults, and cannabis causing psychosis or lung cancer to deny patients access to medical cannabis." ...

 

 ... "Please join the over 80,000 people in urging Obama to require the DEA to consistently tell the truth by signing and sharing this petition." ...

 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Will Congress End Federal Marijuana Prohibition in 2017?
U.S. Representative Jared Polis says he will introduce bill to do just that

by Mike Adams at MerryJane 

... "The “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act,” if it does not stray from its original language, would eliminate cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and allow the herb to be regulated under the guidance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It would also give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the same control over the cannabis plant that it currently has on alcoholic beverages." ...

 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

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Time to rethink the failed war on drugs

 By Sal Rodriguez at OC Register

  ... "All of this speaks to the ineffectiveness of our current approach to drugs. We’ve had 45 years to see how imprisonment, treatment with the threat of imprisonment and a litany of local, state, federal and international drug agencies and task forces work. They don’t."

 
"We would probably be better off dissolving the DEA and reallocating its multibillion-dollar budget to harm reduction and treatment. Decriminalizing personal possession and use of drugs should also be considered, as criminalizing drug users and addicts alike has failed to encourage treatment and better choices."
 
"If we want to curtail the problems associated with the use of heroin, we should probably look more to the use of things like syringe exchange programs, supervised injection facilities and heroin-assisted treatment."
 
"We might want to take a step back from prosecuting doctors or having government bureaucrats tell them how to do their jobs. We also should do a better job of educating the public about the actual dangers of drugs, which are real, but often misrepresented."
 
"We don’t need another war on drugs, we just need smarter approaches."

Friday, December 30, 2016

Cannabis Decriminalization Movement Goes Global

By Chris Roberts at CannabisNow

10 Scientific Studies From 2016 Showing Marijuana Is Safe and Effective

The DEA has it wrong

by Michael J. Haworth at timesheraldonline 

 

... "The bottom line is, allowing the DEA to continue its policy of criminalizing individuals for the sole purpose of maintaining their job security is not only morally indefensible, with the promise of a lawsuit, it’s likely illegal as well."

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Surprising Way to Get Teens to Quit Smoking Pot

 By WCL News Service / The Leaf Online at Alternet

 

... “The facts that teens find legal marijuana boring and tend to reduce their consumption or that political reforms have been funded primarily by people inspired by social justice and not by greed just don’t have the shock and entertainment value that dominates what passes for news today." ... 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Former DEA Spokesperson: Marijuana is ‘Cash Cow’ and ‘We Will Never Give Up’
by  

 “Nelson — who, during her time there, eventually became the DEA’s chief propagandist — told a crowd at the Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference in Denver, Colorado last month that the DEA’s war on cannabis is exactly the corrupt, money-grubbing scheme that most believe it to be.”

“Marijuana is safe, we know it is safe. It’s our cash cow and we will never give up,” she said

… “[When they hired me] they forgot to get me to sign a confidentiality agreement — and boy did I know the dirt. They called me in and said ‘name your price, $10,000 a month? $20,000? What do you want Belita?’” she said during her presentation in Denver.

But instead of cooperating, Nelson stormed from the office screaming, “You know this is safe and you are keeping it from people who are sick! I am not taking your money and you better worry about what I am going to say.”

“…If you think the DEA are the good guys, they are not,” she said. “They are really not. We are talking corruption on steroids.”

Medical marijuana patients given DUI protections by Arizona appeals court

By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times 

 

  "The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled this week that medical marijuana patients arrested for driving under the influence of the drug can contest DUI charges by arguing before a judge that they weren’t too high to operate an automobile." ...

... “there is no scientific consensus about the concentration of THC that generally is sufficient to impair a human being.”

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drug War Slurs Will Never Justify Police Killings

by Michael Collinsat HP 

 

"... we know that Jim Crow did not disappear; it was revamped and replaced by the War on Drugs. We must be willing to accept these facts, and reject the desperate drug war slurs that serve only to further denigrate people of color."

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Teen marijuana use is down significantly in Colorado’s legal era

 By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post

 "Teen marijuana use fell sharply in Colorado in the years 2014 and 2015, after the opening of that state’s recreational marijuana market, new federal survey data show." ...

... "The state-level data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 18.35 percent of Coloradans ages 12 to 17 had used marijuana in the past year in 2014 or 2015, down from 20.81 percent in 2013/2014. (In this survey, years are paired for state-level data to provide larger sample sizes). That works out to roughly a 12 percent drop in marijuana use, year-over-year." ...

Study finds fewer traffic fatalities in medical marijuana states
 By Fredrick Kunkle, The Washington Post - at the Cannabist


"States with medical marijuana laws have fewer traffic fatalities than those without, especially among younger drivers, a new study found.

You would think crash rates might be higher, supposing that more drivers are, too — especially around midnight, when a run to a 7-Eleven becomes necessary.

But, no. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found an 11 percent reduction in traffic fatalities on average when examining places that have enacted medical marijuana laws — 23 states and the District of Columbia. The presence of medical marijuana dispensaries also correlated with fewer traffic fatalities, the study found." ...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Trump Should Surrender the Drug War 

 by Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan

 

 ... "Trump seems hell-bent on reinvigorating some very tired thinking at the highest levels of U.S. law enforcement." ... 

... " If drugs were as dangerous as drug warriors claim, the United States would be a post-apocalyptic hellscape, and it simply isn’t. Experiments in marijuana legalization bear this out. A majority of the states have legalized marijuana in some form, and eight states have gone so far as to legalize or decriminalize marijuana for recreational use. Most typically seen? Peaceful people going about their business."...

... "those who are arrested are harmed more by their own government than most of them ever would have been by the drugs from which they were “saved.” ...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cannabis is one of five essential plants in the Vedas
by Dr Uma Dhanabalan



... "In 1850, it was part of the US Pharmacopeial Convention (which sets standards) and prescribed by doctors from 1850 to 1942." ...
In 1850, it was part of the US Pharmacopeial Convention (which sets standards) and prescribed by doctors from 1850 to 1942.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

 - “It’s the wrong social paradigm.”
 by Thinking Clearly - posted to DrugWarRant

 Schedule one is a representation of the extent of prohibition. Prohibiting these drugs is like saying “they don’t exist because we say so”. Then General John Kelly sails some ships over to make it so. Easy with enough money and power, right general?

Truth is we don’t have enough money or brawn to make this happen or it would be done already. Prohibition is a control and money making scam for fascists, police state adherents, and moralizing control freaks who prefer they all just mind “or else”. It can’t be done except in a delusional mind of grand proportions, something that our country seems to be in great supply of in our political arena.

It takes some intelligence to go with that brawn to realize that the CSA as currently written is based upon a narcissistic craving for power that is easily exercised upon the weak and the poor, foreigners, and races of people with color pigmented skins who are in the minority. Lets not forget those damn hippies and other disgusting political opponents.

Science bought and paid for will support this structure easily as Anslinger and Nixon soon found out. Money and power are very convincing.

Only a criminal or a fool would allow a child to be harmed.

When pharmaceutical drugs are the biggest progenitors of overdose deaths as is the case in present time US of A, don’t we have a clear case of misrepresented priorities?

Those overdose deaths, the prison over populations in America, the frequent law enforcement toward victimless crimes creates a whole class of socially ostracized citizens of all ages that no longer are allowed family or participation in the normal work force or society in general (thru court action or prohibition created prejudice).

This should give us a clear picture of what needs to be done.

These Trump cabinet picks are the very people that our political structure should be ostracizing from the body politic.

Without drug war all men are created equal under the constitution and Duterte and his ilk could put down their guns or be arrested and shot like every other common criminal that has no respect for human life.

Lack of respect for human life and a connection to money and power makes prohibition an enticing philosophy, one that should not ever exist in any country that prides itself upon being free.


 
Drug War: reminder

"Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations,wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco."
"I consider therefore the stopping of the distillery, economically, financially, commercially, medicinally, and, in some degree, morally too, as a measure rather well meant than well considered."

"It is too precious a sacrifice to prejudice."
 ― 
Edmund Burke
Trump Just Picked a Mass Torturer Who Cheerleads for the Drug War to Head DHS
by Sarah Lazare at Alternet

 "President-elect Donald Trump announced Monday that his pick to head the Department of Homeland Security is John Kelly, the retired Marine general who oversaw and aggressively defended mass torture at Guantánamo Bay. Kelly also calls immigration an “existential threat” to the United States and urges an escalated war on drugs." ...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

DEA laments that “media attention” is making it tough to put people in jail for pot

 

 

DEA -  

... "the general public has been introduced to contradictory and often inaccurate information regarding the legality and benefits of marijuana use." ...

 

WP

... "it's unclear exactly what media reports the DEA is referring to in its Drug Threat Assessment, or what concrete effect those reports may be having on enforcement. The DEA did not respond to a request for clarification from The Washington Post." ...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana
 -There’s little to stop the attorney general nominee from ignoring the will of millions of pro-pot voters
  By James Higdon at Politico 

 ... "Like the Cole Memo, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is not yet the law of the land, and because of new rules implemented by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, amendments related to guns, abortion, LGBT issues and marijuana will no longer be permitted'' ...
... "With little more than the stroke of his own pen, the new attorney general will be able to arrest growers, retailers and users, defying the will of more than half the nation’s voters, including those in his own state where legislators approved the use of CBD. Aggressive enforcement could cause chaos in a $6.7 billion industry that is already attracting major investment from Wall Street hedge funds and expected to hit $21.8 billion by 2020." ...


 ... “If we don't take action and hold President-elect Trump accountable,” said Representative Jared Polis, Democrat from Colorado, “in one fell swoop, the federal government could damage state economies, and discourage entrepreneurship—placing some of our innovators behind bars, all while eroding states' rights.” ...

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Oregon marijuana industry skeptical of revised testing rules

by Pete Danko at Portland Business Journal


“OHA’s new testing rules ... virtually crippled the supply chain of adult-use and medical cannabis, from grower to retailer," ...


... "The hope is to reduce the number of tests, but based on what we see now from OHA, there's no indication that's going to happen,"

 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Oregon's Recreational Marijuana Market Approaches Collapse


New regulations are crippling the industry

 by Christian Britschgi at Reason

 

 ,,, "Another cannabusiness owner told the Oregonian that he expects 70 to 80 percent of the dispensaries operating today to be closed by next year."

"These problems are the natural consequence of the onerous and unworkable pesticide testing regulations that went into effect in October. As Reason has reported, these new regulations have massively increased the time and costs it takes to comply, while also severely restricting the number of labs that are permitted to carry out testing." ...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Years of Research Proving CBD Has Tremendous Health Benefits

 by Zoe Wilder at MerryJane.com

 

... "CBD promotes the proper breakdown of fats and disposal of cells damaged by alcohol. Even in mice accustomed to binge drinking, CBD significantly protected their livers." ...

 

Monday, November 28, 2016

In global first, Teva signs deal to market medical marijuana inhaler

By Shoshanna Solomon at Times Of Israel

 

 "The company has completed clinical trials, which demonstrated the inhaler’s precision and compliance with pharmaceutical standards for the delivery of inhaled cannabis." ...

 ... "To date Syqe has raised $33 million, including $20 million from Philip Morris International, according to data provided by the company."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Great Cannabis Divide -
Congress and public are split on marijuana legalization




 ... “In a healthy democracy, when a significant portion of the public takes certain policy decisions, their elected officials go to the halls of Congress, carry bills and lobby for bills that are reflective of the views of their constituency,” he said. “The reason we had nine states in this election with voter initiatives…was because in every one of those states, lawmakers were unwilling to address the issue. That’s problematic.”
 
The public is holding an open rebellion against federal law." ...

Can I Fail A Drug Test For Using CBD?

by Johnny Green at Weed News

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Study: Medical Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Cognitive Performance, Reduced Use Of Opioids

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director