Monday, July 25, 2016

"Devil Weed"—How the Newspaper Industry and Nylon Played Shameful Roles in Criminalizing Marijuana

by Steve Panovich at The Influence


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016

City of Hugo terrorized by false tests for THC in City water supply - field test kits are junk
info at: Yakima Herald  and The Denver Post

Yakima Herald: 23 July 2016

 "Authorities said Saturday that new tests show there is no evidence of a marijuana chemical in a Colorado community's tap water and they believe the initial tests were false."

"Warnings not to drink the water were lifted Saturday after multiple tests confirmed there was no THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, in the water."

 ... "Commercial marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing, testing facilities and retail marijuana stores are banned in Hugo, although they are legal elsewhere in the state."

Denver Post: July 21, 2016

"multiple preliminary tests of the water came back positive for THC...

... "the company, which he did not identify, had been getting inconsistent results and decided to test a vial of tap water, expecting it to be negative. Instead, the test came back positive, and the company called authorities.

... Lincoln County officials conducted 10 other field tests, using two different types of test kits, on the town’s water and six came back positive."...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ex-Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols

Norm Stamper at DemocracyNow!

  ... " I think what accounts for it—there are several factors, one of which is that in 1971 Richard Nixon famously proclaimed drugs public enemy number one—drug abuse—and declared all-out war on drugs, which was really a declaration of war against his own people. And overwhelmingly, young people, poor people, people of color suffered, and have continued to suffer over the decades as a result of a decision to put America’s front-line police officers on the front lines of the drug war as foot soldiers. And then we wonder why there’s such a strain in the relationship between police and community, and particularly those communities that are entrenched in poverty and other economic disadvantage, communities that historically have been neglected or abused or oppressed by their own police departments. So we really intensified and escalated the country’s war against poor people with that drug war. And we have spent $1.3 trillion prosecuting that war since the 1970s, incarcerated literally tens of millions. Please hear that figure: tens of millions of disproportionately young people and poor people and people of color. What do we have to show for it? Drugs are more readily available at lower prices and higher levels of potency. It’s time for us to end that drug war. That began the militarization of policing, without a doubt.

9/11 is another milestone, for obvious reasons. The federal government began throwing military surplus at local law enforcement agencies, such that, in terms of how they look, in terms of how they’re equipped, in terms of how they are weaponized, America’s police forces look more like the military than domestic peacekeepers.
" ...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cops Fight For Their Right to Bust You for Weed



... "Marijuana is a good excuse for them to search cars and maybe find other things. Prohibition is a crime creation program whose only benefits are for law enforcement and drug dealers and not tax-paying citizens."...

... "Corney of the police chiefs association disagrees. His opposition stems from the ways in which he believes legal weed would affect everyday Californians.
"Enforcing the law isn't what police agencies do anymore," he says. "We enhance quality of life." ...

Monday, July 11, 2016

How the war on drugs affected incarceration rates

 By Lauren Carroll at Politifact


... "There is a challenge with America where we have invested, unfortunately, in a war on drugs, which has been profoundly painful to our nation, with a 500 percent increase in incarceration in our country, disproportionately affecting poor and disproportionately affecting minorities," (Sen. Cory) Booker said.

President Richard Nixon launched the war on drugs in the early 1970s, and about 10 years later President Ronald Reagan strengthened the effort. We decided to look into Booker’s claim that these stricter drug policies led to a 500 percent increase in incarceration.

We found that the number of people incarcerated for drug-related offenses has increased dramatically in the past 40 years, as has the overall incarcerated population." ...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs 

Shefali Luthra  at NPR

 

... " The study, which appears in Health Affairs, examined data from Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013. It is the first study to examine whether legalization of marijuana changes doctors' clinical practice and whether it could curb public health costs." ...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer's proteins from brain cells 

Salk Institute - Eureka Alert 

... "The researchers found that high levels of amyloid beta were associated with cellular inflammation and higher rates of neuron death. They demonstrated that exposing the cells to THC reduced amyloid beta protein levels and eliminated the inflammatory response from the nerve cells caused by the protein, thereby allowing the nerve cells to survive."

"Inflammation within the brain is a major component of the damage associated with Alzheimer's disease, but it has always been assumed that this response was coming from immune-like cells in the brain, not the nerve cells themselves," says Antonio Currais, a postdoctoral researcher in Schubert's laboratory and first author of the paper. "When we were able to identify the molecular basis of the inflammatory response to amyloid beta, it became clear that THC-like compounds that the nerve cells make themselves may be involved in protecting the cells from dying." ...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Study: Mandatory treatment not effective at reducing drug use, violates human rights

Eureka Alert - Boston University Medical Center 

 

... "In an analysis recently published in BMJ, which coincided with the UN High Level Meeting on HIV in New York, Boston Medical Center (BMC) clinician researchers assessed current global evidence and found that mandatory treatment for people with substance use disorders is not effective in reducing their drug use. In addition, mandatory treatment, which is defined as treatment ordered, motivated or supervised under the criminal justice system, done without a patient's informed consent violates their human rights and does more harm than benefit to the patient."...

 

 ... "The evidence presented in this article provides additional argumentation supporting the position of all UN organizations that mandatory treatment settings do not represent a favorable or effective environment for the treatment of drug dependence," said Fabienne Hariga, MD, MPH, senior adviser to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime during the recent meeting in New York. "The United Nations therefore calls on States to transition from mandatory drug treatment and implement voluntary, evidence-informed and rights-based health and social services in the community.''...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

 On Legalizing Medical Cannabis: The DEA Responds [EXCLUSIVE]
 
... "The DEA is “an enforcement agency, we don’t make policy, we enforce the law … the Controlled Substance Act (of 1970) delineates what our concerns ought to be … and we follow it in every instance,” he said, remarking that “everyone thinks the DEA can do anything to anyone at any time. But it can’t. We have to act with the authority vested to us by congress, and it’s all described in the CSA.”

"The supposition that the DEA can just summarily go in and change the legality of this or that drug is a big misconception the media seems to have right now, he said. The DEA follows the law, not the other way around." ...

Johann G. Fichte, (1796—1879) and THE SCIENCE OF RIGHTS
Sonia Sotomayor's devastating defense of civil liberties
by Scott Lemieux at The Week

  ... "Do not be soothed by the opinion's technical language," wrote Sotomayor. "This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding traffic warrants — even if you are doing nothing wrong." ...
D.A.R.E. Ends Anti-Pot Campaign By Quietly Removing Cannabis From Gateway Drug List
By Matt Agorist | Free Thought Project

... "If the CDC calculated the number of deaths inflicted by police while enforcing marijuana laws, that number would certainly be shocking and could even be deemed a risk to public health. Marijuana is, indeed, dangerous, but only because of what can happen to you if the police catch you with it." ...

 ... "The propaganda wall is crumbling in the war on drugs, and this cannot happen fast enough. Depriving tens of thousands of people of their freedom is not only poor judgement but it's a crime against humanity — and should be treated as such." ...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

No, the DEA will not Legalize Marijuana on August 1
By Scott Gacek |  The Daily Chronic

... "Under the AP’s guidelines, which are considered the standard by which most reputable news organizations operate, material from anonymous sources should only be used if all three of the following conditions are met:

   1.  The material is information and not opinion or speculation, and is vital to the news report.
    2. The information is not available except under the conditions of anonymity imposed by the source.
    3. The source is reliable, and in a position to have accurate information.

Based on the Observer’s article — and lack of substantiating information from the Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, and major media outlets — the cannabis community should not be duped by this misinformation." ...

Saturday, June 18, 2016

U.S. Gov’t Will Legalize Marijuana on August 1 – Santa Monica Observer
by Stan Greene Santa Monica Observer staff writer 

... “The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration will make marijuana a “Schedule Two” drug on August 1, 2016, essentially making it legal in all 50 states with a prescription, said a DEA lawyer with knowledge of the matter.”
 
“When questioned, the DEA lawyer was forced to admit the truth to our reporter, because he had told the lawyer for a DEA informant of the DEA’s intentions: Pot will become legal nationwide on August 1, 2016.” ...

What's Worse Than Pot Staying Illegal? Pot As An FDA-Regulated Drug


... "The trouble is, the marijuana industry as it exists today simply isn't prepared for the rigors of transforming into a pharmaceutical industry."...

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The First Big Company to Say It’s Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft.

Time to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act

By Paul Armentano at The Hill 

 

 ..."These goals can only be accomplished by federally descheduling cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco, thus providing states the power to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal intrusion. If the DEA fails to take this opportunity to take such action, then it is incumbent that Congress does so posthaste."

Nation’s Biggest Pro-Marijuana Group Endorses Gary Johnson For President
 by Guy Bentley at Daily Caller

... "The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), whose mission is to reform federal laws to ensure states can determine their own marijuana policies, said Johnson was the obvious choice as the most pro-legalization candidate on the ballot." 

"MPP made clear its endorsement was on the sole issue of marijuana reform and did not amount to an endorsement of the candidate’s other policies."
“We don’t take a position — and we therefore don’t take into account a candidate’s position — on other issues, such as abortion, guns, gay rights, Iraq, taxes, or Social Security,” said MPP’s Executive Director Rob Kampia." ...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The DEA is a police and propaganda agency

by Pete Guither At DrugWarRant

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REPORT: DEA Has Spent 4 Decades Obstructing Science On Marijuana 
  Matt Ferner at HuffPost politics


... “The DEA is a police and propaganda agency,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said Wednesday. “It makes no sense for it to be in charge of federal decisions involving scientific research and medical practice.” ...

..."Nadelmann said the DEA has “demonstrated a regular pattern of abusing its discretionary powers.”


“We believe this authority would be better handled by another government agency in the health realm, or even better still, by an organization that is truly independent, perhaps something that involves the National Academy of Sciences,” he said. “We will be working to encourage greater congressional oversight and also to call for reforms of federal law.”

Monday, June 13, 2016

Group pushing for marijuana legalization in MI could have huge impact on future ballot campaigns 


"...the Michigan Constitution - Article 2, Section 9 - adopted in 1963 that allows for citizen-spearheaded initiatives to adopt laws, does not have a 180-day requirement for collecting signatures."...
 

... "The MI Legalize campaign expects to file a lawsuit this week. The group’s leader and attorney Jeff Hank says the 180-day rule violates Michigan citizens’ right to initiate laws. “This is a fundamental check and balance in our system, and it’s meant to be there to check the Legislature when they won’t do what the people want,” Hank told reporters last week."...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Mexico Accused of Crimes Against Humanity in U.S.-Backed Drug War; PRI Loses Hold in State Races

Democracy Now!


"A new report accuses Mexico of committing crimes against humanity as part of the U.S.-backed drug war. The report, due out Tuesday from the New York-based Justice Initiative, marks the first time an international organization has publicly argued Mexico’s pattern of killings, torture and forced disappearances constitutes crimes against humanity. The news comes as violence has marred gubernatorial elections held in 12 Mexican states. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ruling PRI party appears to have lost power in Veracruz and a number of other states where it has ruled uninterrupted for nearly 90 years."

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Chronic marijuana use is about as bad for your health as not flossing, researchers find


“Researchers led by Madeline H. Meier of Arizona State University tracked the marijuana habits of 1,037 New Zealanders from birth to middle age to see what effect those habits have on some common measures of physical health, including lung function, systemic inflammation, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, body weight, blood sugar and dental health.”

“What they found was surprising: After controlling for other factors known to affect health, especially tobacco use and socioeconomic status, marijuana use had no negative effect on any measure of health, except for dental health. People who smoked more weed had a higher incidence of gum disease.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cannabis Prohibition is a Human Rights Violation

by Jeff Siegel

... "Now I don't know Mel Sembler personally, but I know that his quest to deny sick people their medicine is nothing short of a human rights violation. And while Mel isn’t the only one looking to continue this human rights violation, he’s certainly one of the most influential. Therefore, his efforts must be countered with the efforts of those who embrace compassion, tolerance and rational behavior.

The bottom line is that any individual who seeks to deny sick people their medication - and then gleefully boast about it - is an individual that needs to be stopped. Especially one who profited off a “drug treatment” operation that allegedly kidnapped and abused children." ...

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Judge Compares Drug War To Slavery, Bravely Refuses To Put Convicted Drug Felon In Prison

By MintPress News Desk

 

... "While the larger issue of the unjust War on Drugs remains, it is heartening to see that some within the system understand the draconian nature of the existing criminal justice system. And they’re doing something about it." ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline 

 Washington University School of Medicine

 

 A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased.

Why 'We Need More Research' On Cannabis Is Bullshit

 By Russ Belville at HighTimes

 ...“A keyword search on the word 'marijuana,'” Paul explained, “yields over 23,450 scientific journal articles in the peer-reviewed literature.”

“Tylenol brings up 19,554 papers,” he continued, “which is a lot, but still not as much as marijuana.”

He went down the list—ibuprofen had 11,837 papers, Ritalin had 7,834, hydrocodone had 863 and Adderall had 188.

 “LD50 is the dose at which half of the laboratory animals die from the drug,” he said. Cannabis has no known LD50, he told us, and there is not a single instance in worldwide medical literature where someone has been known to die from cannabis poisoning, "...

 Paul showed how cannabis has an infinite therapeutic ratio, since while a certain amount will be effective and get you high, no known amount can kill you.
But a drug like alcohol, he taught, has a 1-to-10 ratio, or 1-to-9 for women." ...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

I Need Painkillers, but the DEA's Reclassification of Hydrocodone Makes Them Way Too Hard to Get 
By Niki Leith - Alternet


... "Pharmacies have now been conditioned to treat those seeking schedule II drugs like addicts; with absolutely no context or knowledge of their medical afflictions, they meet patients' needs with hostility because the fear of consequences due to the restrictions has outweighed the need to provide quality care for patients. What once was a means of living with pain has now become a source of immeasurable stress and financial burden for patients who are struggling." ...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

 Subverting Democracy:
Michigan House passes 180-day signature limit, impacting marijuana, anti-fracking petitions
 by Emily Lawler at MLive

Changing the laws midstream to November elections will subvert the democratic process for the sole purpose of eliminating and stopping the voters of Michigan from legalizing marijuana this November.

Police and Prison Guard Groups Fight Marijuana Legalization in California

by Lee Fang at The Intercept

 

"Roughly half of the money raised to oppose a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California is coming from police and prison guard groups, terrified that they might lose the revenue streams to which they have become so deeply addicted."

 

"Drug war money has become a notable source of funding for law enforcement interests. Huge government grants and asset-seizure windfalls benefit police departments, while the constant supply of prisoners keeps the prison business booming." ...

Monday, May 16, 2016

Marijuana is Said to Effectively Treat Fibromyalgia
 By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald

 Medical marijuana effectively soothes most of the disease's symptoms including fatigue, insomnia, chronic pain and restless legs
AAA scientists claim it’s not possible to set a blood-test threshold for THC which reliably determines impairment
by Rick Thompson at TheWeedBlog

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Scientists Call Out Bad Data Linking Weed to Psychosis

 By Kristen Gwynne at High Times

"That marijuana causes the onset of psychosis is a claim commonly employed to demonstrate the dangers of the drug, but studies touting the theory often lack the evidence to support it."

 
"In a recent letter to the prestigious journal the Lancet, co-authors Dr. Charles Ksir and Dr. Carl Hart explained how researchers overstate the link between psychosis and cannabis by failing to account for variables that may cause co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders." ...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

State Department Says NIDA Monopoly On Research Marijuana Is Unnecessary

by Johnny Green at TheWeedBlog

 

"The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department has gone on record stating that the United States could issue multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes without violating the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs treaty."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Marijuana Could Revolutionize Treatment For Schizophrenia, Researchers Find 

 

 
"One of the biggest problems in treating schizophrenia is that there hasn't been an effective new treatment on the market in a very long time. The drugs on the market today have limited efficacy and horrible side-effects; there is a desperate need for safer alternative medications."

Monday, April 25, 2016

Who Smokes Marijuana In America?

 by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

 

..." According to the Civilized poll results, most marijuana consumers are homeowners (66%); 74% are employed ; half have a household income of $75,000 or higher; 51% hold supervisory or executive roles at work; 52% have completed college or university-level programs; and 78% are married with children. ...'

 

... "The poll also confirmed that most (73%) marijuana smokers admit they sometimes feel the need to hide their marijuana smoking from their family members, friends, or colleagues at work. Twenty-four percent of the men reported hiding their use from their wives or significant others, while 17% of women said they did the same. 

 

The percentage using marijuana surreptitiously was highest among young smokers and higher-income smokers. Without question, some social stigma remains attached to marijuana use, causing many smokers to keep their marijuana smoking a private matter. 

 

This survey found that once smokers reach retirement age, more people feel free to come out of the closet. Less than 7% of those over 45 years of age said they hid it from their spouse or partner. Apparently there are some advantages to age, and being honest about one’s marijuana use is one of those. ..."

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The drug warriors who derailed the UN drug policy summit have made a terrible miscalculation

by Steve Rolles

Thursday, April 21, 2016

DEA approves PTSD marijuana study
by Patricia Kime, Military Times 

 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage To Heroin Addicts: Drop Dead!

by Ryan Grim at HuffPostPolitics

... “Creating a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other produces a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction,”... - Gov. Paul LePage

 

- When spreading  libel and slander to promote fear and distrust, the truth does not matter.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Why I'm Calling to End the War on Drugs
by Kofi Annan

... "It is time for a smarter, health­-based approach to drug policy." ...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Feds’ Pill Crackdown Drives Pain Patients to Heroin

by Christopher Moraff  at The Daily Beast 

... "The net effect of the crackdown in Florida was profound and acute. Prescription drug deaths dropped precipitously within the first year-—but heroin deaths rose 39 percent, as patients cut off from legal opioids turned to illegal drugs for relief." ...

Mississippi Jails Are Losing Inmates, And Local Officials Are ‘Devastated’ By The Loss Of Revenue

 by Ryan Grim HuffPost Politics

“If they do not send us our inmates back, we can’t make it,” said one county supervisor.

“I don’t think it necessarily started out this way, but the inmate population has become the backbone of some of these counties that are involved,”
 
" ... local officials are investigating whether the state inmates are instead winding up in private prisons. “According to their reports, they have some private prisons that they are actually paying up to $80 a day. I think it’s political favors going around ..."

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

This Is the Big Demand on Marijuana We Should Make of the Federal Govt

By Paul Armentano at Alternet

"... reclassifying the pot plant from I to II (or even to schedule III) continues to misrepresent the plant’s safety relative to other controlled substances such as methamphetamine (schedule II), anabolic steroids (schedule III), or alcohol (unscheduled), and fails to provide states with the ability to fully regulate it free from federal interference. "...

 

"... But ultimately, such a change would do little to significantly loosen federal prohibition or to make herbal cannabis readily accessible for clinical study. These goals can arguably only be accomplished by federally decsheduling cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco, such as is proposed by US Senate Bill 2237, The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. Doing so will finally provide states the power to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal intrusion.