Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The best border wall is a legal marijuana market
 by Tim Fernholz at Quartz

... “They erect this fence only to go out there a few days later and discover that these guys have a catapult, and they’re flinging hundred-pound bales of marijuana over to the other side,” the agent said. “We’ve got the best fence money can buy, and they counter us with a 2,500-year-old technology.”

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Legal marijuana is supported by every group in America except Jeff Sessions, Republicans and old people
 By Melina Delkic at Newsweek

"Americans support marijuana legalization across race, gender and almost all age groups and political parties—except for Republicans, according to a new poll."

"Sixty-two percent of Republican voters oppose marijuana legalization, and only 33 percent support it, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday. The divide is a striking contrast to how other demographics feel about pot. Fifty-eight percent of Americans think all marijuana should be legalized, and 91 percent believe medical marijuana should be legal, in line with previous measurements of public sentiment from Quinnipiac."

"And a whopping 70 percent of voters oppose enforcing federal marijuana laws, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions made clear he wants to do when he rescinded the Cole Memo last week." ...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fear of Mexicans, Not Blacks, Led Kansas to Ban Marijuana
by Jacob Sullum 

 "Steven Alford, a Republican who represents Ulysses in the Kansas House of Representatives, recently opined that his state banned marijuana because blacks "responded the worst" to it, due to "their character makeup" and "their genetics." He was wrong, of course. The contemporaneous evidence suggests it was mainly Mexicans, along with white teenagers, who were on the minds of Alford's predecessors when they voted to ban marijuana in 1927 (not "in the '30s," as Alford claimed)." ...

New Analysis Shows Federal Marijuana Legalization Could Raise $130 Billion, Add 1 Million Jobs by 2025
by Jon Queally at Common Dreams 

  There is no fiscal sense in keeping marijuana illegal. 

  In fact, there is no sense in keeping marijuana illegal federally at all.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

America Declares War On Jeff Sessions’ Threatened War On Cannabis
by Johnny Green at Weed News 

 ... "it may a spark movement to quit dancing around with the end of marijuana prohibition and just get it done."

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Marijuana Is a Gateway Drug to Federalism
by Charles C. W. Cooke at National Review

... "The United States is a collection of . . . well, of states; it is not a giant centralized democracy with fifty regional departments. Congress should make it a priority to get the federal government out of this area, and to let the states, not the attorney general’s fealty, determine which rules are best for their citizenries." ...

Friday, December 29, 2017

Study Shows Medical Cannabis Helps Reverse Specific Harmful Effects of Tobacco
By Jason Sander at The Marijuana Times 

 ... "he started self-medicating with cannabis and wisely cut back on his tobacco use. After six months of self-medication, the patient was able to get a prescription for medical cannabis. 

The foot slowly regained circulation, the pain in his foot was reduced, and gradually continued to reduce over time.

After three years of medical cannabis treatments, quitting tobacco and taking antibiotics, the patient’s ischemia was reversed almost entirely. The scars on his foot were also greatly reduced, almost nonexistent. In the study, Dr. Robinson noted that the gradual return of blood flow to the patient’s limbs was likely due to the anti-inflammatory nature of CBD." ...

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

California’s Lt. Gov. Calls Legal Weed “Criminal Justice Reform”


-California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome

“After 4,000 years of humans taking cannabis for epilepsy, we have scientific evidence it works.”
 - Orrin Devinsky, Harvard University, on results from his team’s late-stage clinical trial of cannabidiol to treat Dravet syndrome.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

 Rep. Orinn Hatch Condemns ‘Regulatory Acrobatics’ Of Weed Research
 By: Brendan Bures at The Fresh Toast

   “Currently, the [Food and Drug Administration] estimates that a drug takes a minimum of seven years to move from initial studies to FDA approval,” Hatch told the Deseret News. “The regulatory hoops researchers have to jump through significantly delay the production of potentially life-changing medications that Americans need.”
Bill Nye: Marijuana's Federal Status 'Not Based In Science'
 by Tom Angell at Marijuana Moment

 "One of the world’s most famous scientists says that the U.S. government’s classification of marijuana has absolutely nothing to do with science." ...

Grandmother, 70, who has thrown away 'all her pills', claims smoking cannabis for FIVE decades is the secret to her good health and allowed her to manage her ailments

By Alexandra Thompson at Daily Mail UK

Can pot blunt the opioid epidemic? We don't know because the federal government blocks research.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Is More CBD Better? The Science Behind CBD Dosing for Anxiety and Other Conditions

by Josh Kaplan at Leafly 

... "Overshooting the Goldilocks Zone when trying to treat a given condition may reduce the efficacy of CBD." ...


Friday, December 15, 2017

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 

 ... "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.