Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Meet the Special Interests Keeping Marijuana Criminalized

by Laura Williams 

 Americans overwhelmingly agree that marijuana should be legal, so why isn't it?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Legalizing Marijuana May End the Opioid Crisis, Say Scientists

by Paul Ratner at BigThink

... “If cannabis can serve as an alternative to prescription opioids for at least some patients, legislators and the medical community may want to consider medical cannabis programs as a potential tool for combating the current opioid epidemic, wrote the scientists."...

Trump Is Continuing the War on Drugs That Kept Me Addicted - I’m a former heroin addict. I know all too well where Trump’s opioid plan goes wrong


 ... We created the opioid epidemic not by focusing too little on drug supply and sales, but by focusing on them too much, instead of fighting the stigma that leaves addicted populations feeling hopeless, helpless and afraid. We won’t end it until we change that. Unfortunately, our president doesn’t seem up to the task.


The Justice Department's New Opioid ‘Tools’ Are All About Escalating the Drug War - Expect more raids and more arrests

by Scott Shackford / Reason 

Department of Justice's current approach and attitude toward fighting opioid overdoses is incoherent and bound to make the problems worse. These are "tools" to cause more harm and pain to people's families, not to ease them.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Study Finds Cannabis Use May Benefit Heart Failure Patients

 By Joanne Cachaper

  ..."Lead study author Dr. Oluwole Adegbala said the results of the study were surprising because researchers hypothesized the opposite conclusion, or that cannabis use would result in greater risks for heart failure patients." ...

... " Study results showed that occasional cannabis users were 18 percent were less likely to experience arterial fibrillation, and the same was true for 31 percent of patients that used cannabis regularly.

The study found also that 46 percent of nondependent cannabis-using heart failure patients were less likely to die in the hospital, while among those patients that used cannabis regularly, 58 percent were less likely to die while hospitalized." ...

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Funding Big Pharma to Help with Millions of Addicts They Created - Lining corporate pockets, one way or another

 By Martha Rosenberg / AlterNet

... "When Big Tobacco was busted for lying to consumers that its products were neither addictive or deadly, it was forced to pay $206 billion in the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Provisions include paying states, in perpetuity, for some of the medical costs of people with smoking-related illnesses. 

When Big Pharma caused a similar scourge it paid nothing. Worse, it is now receiving millions to "fix" the crisis it started by selling even more drugs."

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart: People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians’ Ignorance

Friday, October 27, 2017

Marijuana legalization is around corner, says former Republican party chairman

By James McClure, Civilized


"The opportunity's there now for communities across the country to reevaluate the historic stance on marijuana use," says Michael Steele

Monday, October 23, 2017

Will 2018 be the year marijuana takes over?

by Todd Shepherd at the Washington Examiner

… “2018 may be a tipping point — the moment when the momentum of pot makes it impossible for state lawmakers to avoid.”

… “Brian Vincente, an attorney who has been a leader in Colorado’s decades-long fight over legalization, thinks otherwise. “I think we’ve probably cleared the tipping point,” he told the Washington Examiner. “I think when California and Massachusetts came on board and legalized — I mean, California’s such a massively recognized global economy and Massachusetts, this puritanical, historic state — I think those two for me signaled that it’s the beginning of the end for prohibition.” ...

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Who Profits From the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions From OxyContin

by Amy Goodman at Alternet

They downplayed the risks of addiction and exploited doctors’ confusion over the drug’s strength.




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids

 By Carl L. Hart at Scientific American

 ... "It is certainly possible to die from an overdose of an opioid alone, but this accounts for a minority of the thousands of opioid-related deaths. Many are caused when people combine an opioid with another sedative (such as alcohol), an antihistamine (such as promethazine) or a benzodiazepine (such as Xanax or Klonopin). People are not dying because of opioids; they are dying because of ignorance." ...

Monday, October 9, 2017

29 states have legal pot. Jeff Sessions wants to stamp it out, and he's closer than you think

by Evan Halper at LATIMES

“It was revolutionary when it passed,” Dayton said of the ban. People were skeptical at first, he said, asking whether it would really halt prosecutions. “For the most part, it has,” he said.

The impact if it were to vanish?


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

New study shows aggressive policing link to major crime

By Louisiana State University 


... "The researchers conclude that certain policing tactics may result in serious criminal activity. They also speculate that proactive policing reform may decrease rates of major crime and increase well-being in heavily policed communities." ...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tens Of Thousands Of Lives Could Be Saved By Nationwide Cannabis Legalization: Study

By Tess Allen at Civilized Life 

Nationwide medical marijuana legalization could save roughly 47,500 American lives every year, according to a new study from the University of Indiana (IU)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer medical marijuana protections extended by debt limit deal
 By Alicia Wallace

“We have at least three months of certainty now, but the fight isn’t over.”

Friday, September 8, 2017

Congress gives medical marijuana users a good reason to be paranoid 

By Trey Williams at MarketWatch 

 "Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a similar amendment that could still uphold protections granted to patients and medical marijuana providers in states where it is legal"


... "The amendment was voted “out of order,” and is now dead. Rohrabacher and Blumenauer said in a statement on Thursday that blocking the vote puts millions of patients relying on medical marijuana treatment at risk, and that the decision goes against the will of the American people." ...


Monday, September 4, 2017

The Claim That the Border Wall Will Stop Drug Smuggling Is Just More Trump Bullsh*t

 By Phillip Smith / AlterNet

... "This week, Trump claimed that "building the wall will stop much of the drugs coming into the country." That claim is yet another example of what CNN contributor Fareed Zakaria pungently referred to as Trump's primary political product: bullshit." ...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Trump And Sessions Unmask Historical Links Between The Drug War And White Supremacy
 By Bill Piper at Drug Policy Alliance

 ... "There are many steps Congress can take to undo and repair the damage done by decades of harsh drug laws. A good first start would be eliminating all the Jim Crow-style collateral sanctions. A drug conviction should not result in the denial of housing, employment, education, voting or other rights and obligations ultimately policymakers have to move beyond using law enforcement to address complicated social issues and treat drugs as health and regulatory issue."

Thursday, August 17, 2017

FDA Declares CBD ‘Beneficial,’ Wants Your Input ASAP
by Bruce Barcott at Leafly 

... "FDA officials put out a call for comments in this morning’s Federal Register, seeking information about CBD and how the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) should designate it under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. In doing so, the FDA acknowledged the ‘beneficial’ effects CBD has shown in patients with neurological disorders." ...

Could cannabis PROTECT you from a stroke? People who smoke marijuana every day have better blood flow and oxygen to the brain, controversial study claims

ByMia De Graaf For Dailymail.com 

 ... "However, a study by the University of Texas at Dallas has found the drug can improve oxygen and blood flow to the brain, reducing the risk of clots that cause a brain attack." ...

U.S. National Cancer Institute Lists Cannabis as Potential Cancer Treatment
By Joseph Misulonas at Civililized Life 

... "The NCI listing all these helpful applications and studies showing the effectiveness of medical marijuana seems a little weird. The NCI is a governmental agency, and federal law says that marijuana is Schedule I narcotic, which means the government says it offers no medical benefit and is highly addictive. Putting together a list of all the ways marijuana can have medical benefits completely contradicts the position of the federal government."

"Apparently government employees who aren't paid to arrest drug dealers have pragmatic views about marijuana."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Wrong Path: Involuntary Treatment and the Opioid Crisis


Thursday, August 10, 2017

When Will Federal Prohibition of Weed End?

 by Will Patterson at the Portland Mercury


... "Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act is remarkable in its scope. Not only would it remove marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) from Schedule I classification, it would remove the federal criminal prohibition on the import and export of cannabis. It would also withhold federal money for the construction of prisons or jails from any state that has discriminatory (race or income) arrest and incarceration rates for cannabis offenses. Such states would also see up to a 10 percent reduction in federal funding for a broad array of crime fighting efforts. These funds would instead be directed into a community reinvestment fund that would go towards communities devastated by the drug war."

"Finally, and perhaps most ambitiously, it would expunge all old cannabis convictions, and anyone currently imprisoned on federal cannabis charges would have the right to a new sentencing hearing. The hearing judge would have authority to impose a modified sentence as if the Marijuana Justice Act was in effect on the date of the crime." ...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson: ‘No reason’ for marijuana to be illegal


... "Tyson's argument against prohibition is on fairly sound scientific footing: Public health experts generally agree that relative to alcohol, marijuana is less-habit forming, less toxic to the human body, less of an impairment to driving and much less linked to violent behavior."


... "An August Quinnipiac poll found that more than 61 percent of Americans now say marijuana should be legal, 94 percent support the medical use of marijuana, and fully three-quarters oppose the federal government enforcing marijuana laws in states that have legalized it."

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Marijuana Justice Act of 2017

introduced by U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cannabis and concussions: 
The NFL needs to listen
By Al Saracevic  at sfchronicle


A nonprofit group of former players and doctors calling itself Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) has been actively lobbying the NFL to change its rules on the drug. Currently, it’s against league policy for players to use any form of marijuana.

The DFCR, which counts former stars including Kyle Turley, Jim McMahon and Ricky Williams among its ranks, is trying to convince the league of two things:

1. Cannabis is a safer form of pain relief than the currently pervasive use of opioids.
2. Cannabis can help prevent brain damage, as well as treat the condition.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

FBI Data Shows Marijuana Legalization Reduces Violent Crime 

By Duke London

Why Won't the Feds Count Cannabis Jobs?

4 part series at Leafly 


 Part 2, How Many Jobs Depend on Legal Cannabis?

Part 3, Five Real People With Real Cannabis Jobs

Part 4, How to Find a Job in the Cannabis Industry


Senators OK State Medical Marijuana Protections, Rejecting Sessions
By Tom Angell 

"A powerful Congressional committee delivered a strong rebuke to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday, rejecting his request to delete a provision that protects state medical marijuana laws from federal interference." 

"With a voice vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee added the rider to legislation funding the Department of Justice for Fiscal Year 2018. The policy has been in effect in every annual spending bill enacted since late 2014." ...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jeff Sessions wants police to take more cash from American citizens

 By Christopher Ingraham at WP

 ... "neither a criminal conviction nor even a criminal charge is necessary — under forfeiture laws in most states and at the federal level, mere suspicion of wrongdoing is enough to allow police to seize items permanently."


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Meet the Doctor Who Refuses to Stop Prescribing Opioids to Pain Patients

... "the American Medical Association has even begun to advise physicians to abandon the pain rating scale when assessing patients.

"I take the Hippocratic oath seriously, that my job is to relieve pain and suffering," says Dr. Forest Tennant. "So when I see the AMA decide that they're not going to assess pain, I'm not with them."




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tylenol and aspirin far more dangerous than medical marijuana 

By Joe Kuharic at The Cannabist 

"Dr. Christopher Prince said that physicians are at least partly culpable for what he sees as misconceptions about medical marijuana and the opioid abuse epidemic crippling the nation." ...


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

4 Reasons Why The US Needs To Decriminalize Drugs – And Why We’re Closer Than You Think

by Jag Davies at HP 

 "Drug possession arrests fuel mass incarceration and mass criminalization."

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Federal Government Admits Legal Marijuana Could Reduce Opioid Epidemic
 by Mike Adams at Merry Jane

“Legally protected access to medical marijuana dispensaries is associated with…reduction in prescription opioid overdose deaths.”

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Marijuana Treats Migraine Pain Better Than Prescription Medication, Study Finds 

by David DiSalvo at FORBES

"In another win for marijuana research, a study has found that the active compounds in cannabis are more effective at reducing the frequency of acute migraine pain than prescription migraine meds, and with fewer side effects" ...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

What Is Schedule I and Why Is Marijuana on the List, Anyway?

In 1970, the federal government declared marijuana more dangerous than cocaine, meth, oxycodone and fentanyl.          It's never changed its mind.

at Entrepreneur.com

... "Officially, the prohibition against marijuana was supposed to be considered after debate on its medicinal possibilities. However, the secret tapes that Nixon made during part of his time in the White House make it clear he strongly opposed marijuana legalization.

Nixon asked for a "strong statement on marijuana” against legalization. He also said, “By God, we are going to hit the marijuana thing, and I want to hit it right square in the puss…I want to hit it, against legalization and all that sort of thing.”

Schedule I

Against that backdrop, the drug schedule was created. Drugs can be rescheduled by petitioning the DEA but the agency has ignored repeated petitions to remove marijuana from Schedule I for decades" ...
World Health Organization Calls for Worldwide Decriminalization of Drug Use and Possession
by Anthony Martinelli at The Joint Blog 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Do Not Adversely Impact Traffic Fatality Rates
by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director 

... "Fatal accident rates have fallen significantly over the past two decades — during the same time that a majority of US states have legalized marijuana for either medical or social use. In 1996, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were an estimated 37,500 fatal car crashes on US roadways. This total fell to under 30,000 by 2014."

Fatal accident rates have fallen significantly over the past two decades — during the same time that a majority of US states have legalized marijuana for either medical or social use. In 1996, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were an estimated 37,500 fatal car crashes on US roadways. This total fell to under 30,000 by 2014.
Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Do Not Adversely Impact Traffic Fatality Rates
Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Do Not Adversely Impact Traffic Fatality Rates
Poll: Three-Quarters Of Americans Want Trump To Leave Marijuana Alone
by Mike Adams at The Fresh Toast 

"Most American citizens want Trump and Jeff Sessions to keep their noses out of state marijuana laws."

Most American citizens want Trump and Jeff Sessions to keep their noses out of state marijuana laws.

Most American citizens want Trump and Jeff Sessions to keep their noses out of state marijuana laws.
Most American citizens want Trump and Jeff Sessions to keep their noses out of state marijuana laws.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Congress should:

• repeal the Controlled Substances Act of 1970;
• direct the administration not to interfere with the implementation of state initiatives that allow for the recreational or medical use of marijuana;
• repeal the federal mandatory minimum sentences; and
• shut down the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Federal bill would protect medical marijuana states, provide access to vets

 By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff

Opinion: Another history lesson for President Trump: These are America’s worst witch hunts

by Rex Nutting at MarketWatch 


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Study: No Increase In Problematic Cannabis Use Following Passage Of Medical Marijuana Laws 

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director 

... "Columbia University investigators assessed cannabis use trends in states in the years following the passage of medicalization. They reported “no significant change in the prevalence of past-month marijuana use among adolescents or young adults (those ages 18 to 25)” following legalization. They also found no evidence of increased cannabis abuse or dependence by either young people or adults." ...


Monday, June 12, 2017

Prohibitionist AG Jeff Sessions Asks US Congress To End States Medical Marijuana Protections

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Chemo with cannabinoids (in that order) zap cancer cells

By Paul Danish at BoulderWeekly 

... "Now a new study done at the University of London suggests that combining THC and CBD with existing chemotherapy drugs could be more effective than using cannabinoids or chemotherapy drugs alone. But the study produced an interesting twist: The synergistic effect showed up only if the cannabinoids were administered after cancer cells were blasted with conventional chemo." ... 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Recreational drugs market should be managed by 'governments not gangsters', says expert

 by Samuel Osborne at Independent

"Steve Rolles argues the war on drugs has been a ‘spectacular failure’ and has led to ‘the most rapid expansion of drug use in human history’. His solution? Licensed high street venues..." 

Review Identifies 140 Controlled Clinical Trials Related to Cannabis

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director 

... "Scientists have conducted over 140 controlled clinical trials since 1975 assessing the safety and efficacy of whole-plant cannabis or specific cannabinoids, according to a new literature review published in the journal Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences."... 

... "A 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that new drugs typically gain FDA approval on the basis of one or two pivotal clinical trials." ...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

How Broken Is American Democracy? 
at EuroNews

"US political system, which, according to one recent assessment, is no longer a “full democracy.” American politics has become a game of powerful corporate interests: tax cuts for the rich, deregulation for mega-polluters, and war and global warming for the rest of the world."
Our democracy no longer represents the people. Here's how we fix it
Larry Lessig TED Talk 

Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig makes the case that our democracy has become corrupt with money, leading to inequality that means only 0.02% of the United States population actually determines who's in power. Lessig says that this fundamental breakdown of the democratic system must be fixed before we will ever be able to address major challenges like climate change, social security, and student debt.