Friday, April 18, 2014

Study of Pot Smokers' Brains Shows That MRIs Cause Bad Science Reporting

 by Jacob Sullum at reason.com

Does researching casual marijuana use cause brain abnormalities?

 by: Lior Pachter computational biologist

 

 In reading the news yesterday I came across multiple reports claiming that even casually smoking marijuana can change your brain. I usually don’t pay much attention to such articles; I’ve never smoked a joint in my life. In fact, I’ve never even smoked a cigarette. So even though as a scientist I’ve been interested in cannabis from the molecular biology point of view, and as a citizen from a legal point of view, the issues have not been personal. However reading a USA Today article about the paper, I noticed that the principal investigator Hans Breiter was claiming to be a psychiatrist and mathematician. That is an unusual combination so I decided to take a closer look. I immediately found out the claim was a lie. In fact, the totality of math credentials of Hans Breiter consist of some logic/philosophy courses during a year abroad at St. Andrews while he was a pre-med student at Northwestern. Even being an undergraduate major in mathematics does not make one a mathematician, just as being an undergraduate major in biology does not makes one a doctor. Thus, with his outlandish claim, Hans Breiter had succeeded in personally offending me! So, I decided to take a look at his paper underlying the multiple news reports:

This is quite possibly the worst paper I’ve read all year (as some of my previous blog posts show I am saying something with this statement). Here is a breakdown of some of the issues with the paper: ...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

No, Weed Won’t Rot Your Brain

by Maia Szalavitz at The Daily Beast 

"... as we consider policy changes like legalization, we need a far more skeptical and intelligent press."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Striking a Nerve: Bungling the Cannabis Story

 By John Gever, Deputy Managing Editor, MedPage Today

 

" ... until we get it, everyone, please dial back the Reefer Madness hype."

Monday, April 14, 2014

In Sunrise, Fla., a drug war that puts citizens at risk

 By Radley Balko at Washington Post

'Majority' by Rick Thompson
An inspirational video montage created from pictures of the 2014 Hash Bash and Monroe Street Fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 5. Estimates of 8,000 people in attendance.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Science is indisputable: Marijuana is medicine

 By Gregory L. Gerdeman, special to the Tampa Bay Times

 Gregory L. Gerdeman is an assistant professor of biology at Eckerd College who has studied the effects of cannabis on the brain for more than 15 years. He wrote this exclusively for the Tampa Bay Times.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

More Pot, Safer Roads: Marijuana Legalization Could Bring Unexpected Benefits

by Jacob Sullum at FORBES

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No correlation between medical marijuana legalization, crime increase, study says

at: medicalxpress.com

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Politics Counts: Marijuana Debate Goes Mainstream 

 By: Dante Chinni at the WSJ Washington Wire

Medical marijuana and 'the entourage effect'

 By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent

 

 ...   While science has not yet shown the exact role or mechanism for all these various compounds, evidence is mounting that these compounds work better together than in isolation: That is the "entourage effect."   ...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's Time to End All Drug Testing 

 By The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed


"... Drug testing is counterproductive, degrading, and invasive, and it’s (time) we put an end to it once and for all. ..."

Random Drug Testing for All? The Chilling Proposal That Could Eradicate Your Privacy

 AlterNet / By Paul Armentano

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

End the Drug War: The American People are Not the Enemy

By Doug Bandow at Cato Institute blog

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"American governments at all levels should terminate the Drug War.  It is time to stop treating the American people as the enemy."