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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

STUCK ON STUPID:

Trump’s weird adherence to this 1980s concept explains his whole presidency

by Danielle Allen at WP

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Just say no to expanded drug war

Editorial: The Detroit News

... "Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reverting to a tried-and-failed tactic for combating drug use and trafficking: If a war bogs down, escalate." ...

 

... "The nation at last needs a rational drug policy that focuses on cutting demand by getting help to those who abuse drugs. We know from experience that what Sessions is implementing won’t work."

Monday, May 15, 2017

Note to Jeff Sessions: Criminalizing addiction is like criminalizing cancer

 

"Maximum penalties and stricter sentencing. Tougher crackdowns and more arrests. 
In spite of overwhelming evidence that criminalizing drug use is not an effective way of reducing crime rates, drug overdoses, or the social issues associated with drug addiction, Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved Friday to roll America’s drug policy back at least a decade. Progress? 
Not really." ...

Mandatory minimum sentences are cruel and ineffective. Sessions wants them back

Sunday, May 14, 2017

About US President DONALD TRUMP and his dubious connections (Dutch video)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Former Attorney General Twitters a statement on Jeff Sessions new Justice Policy
Eric Holder 

https://twitter.com/EricHolder/status/863058742522388480
 
 

Mice benefit from research into cannabis. Why not us?

by Simon Jenkins at The Guardian

Israel Studies Potential of Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Autism

by Dispensaries.com at Entrepreneur 

"Unfettered by restrictions on marijuana such as those in the United States, other countries continue to take the lead on researching the potential health benefits of the cannabis plant."

  ... "Now, Israel has launched the first clinical trial in the world to determine if cannabis can provide treatment for one specific condition: autism." ...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

‘This Trail Was Blazed by Patients’:
An Interview With Cannabis Advocate Montel Williams
by Javier Hasse at Leafly 

..."However, I want to make sure that those who are getting into this [industry] understand that this trail was blazed by patients; I repeat, patients. You go back to 2001, 2002, 2003 or 2004…The federal government was knocking down doors, dragging people out of their homes in wheelchairs, putting handcuffs on them, sending people away to jail for five, six, 10, 15 years, just because they were using marijuana medically." ... 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cannabis reverses aging processes in the brain

Researchers at the University of Bonn restore the memory performance of Methuselah mice to a juvenile stage
 University of Bonn - Eureka Alert

Cannabinoid Treatment Improves Cognition in Old Mice 

In young mice, THC had the opposite effect

By

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Addicted to the war on drugs: Just as we were wising up, President Trump has us back in an old-style fight against narcotics

by Grant Smith at NYDailyNews

"America and the world have learned hard lessons about the failings of the war on drugs.

 
For too long, we saw drugs as an invasion to be repelled rather than as a public health crisis to be answered. We treated drug addiction as a crime, not as a health issue. We incarcerated too many drug users and attacked the supply side of the problem, largely ignoring the demand. 

But now, at the very moment we've reached a broad, bipartisan consensus and begun to reform our overly punitive policies at the state and federal level, President Trump is poised to turn back the clock." ...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Drug Wars 4.0: From Anslinger to Nixon to Reagan to Trump and Sessions

BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

... "The main reason given for banning drugs -- the reason obsessing the men who launched this war -- was that the Blacks, Mexicans, and Chinese were using these chemicals, forgetting their place, and menacing white people." ...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Study: Occasional Cannabis Users Display Better Executive Control, Memory and Social Cognition than Nonusers

According to a new study, adolescent and young adult who occasionally consume cannabis display better executive control, memory and social cognition than those who don’t.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Remake of Classic 'Your Brain on Drugs' Ad Slams Disastrous Drug War

 By Tony Newman 

 Rachael Leigh Cook was behind the original "your brain on drugs" ad. Her update shows how far we—and she—have come.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jeff Sessions should do his research, says groundbreaking cannabis news editor

 By Ricardo Baca, Special To The Denver Post

 ... "This is an epic learning opportunity. If Sessions does his research, via Google or his colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, he can escape his anachronistic worldview and gain respect among Americans.
As alcohol and opioids kill more than 100,000 Americans each year, cannabis kills none.
Marijuana needs to be regulated safely, yes – but also sanely. And the more Sessions learns about this devastatingly misunderstood plant, the more he’ll be able to thoughtfully and fairly govern."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

If Jeff Sessions wants to crack down on medical marijuana, he’ll have to battle more than half the country

By Amber Phillips at WP


Big Pharma Corp That Spent Big Bucks Keeping Marijuana Illegal Gets DEA Approval For Synthetic Marijuana

by Alexa Erickson

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Cannabis Terpene that Can Kill Cancer Cells – Terpineol
by Alex Bradley at ireadculture

... "Of all the terpenes—and there are over 30 different terpenes found in the cannabis plant—there is one that stands out as one of the most beneficial and most powerful; powerful enough to even kill cancer cells and tumors. Alpha terpineol has been proven to be an anticancer agent in multiple studies. In August 2000, June 2010 and July 2016, alpha terpineol was proven to not only be a powerful cancer-killing agent, it was also proven to be a powerful antioxidant, antibiotic, antidepressant and it was proven to reduce inflammation and pain." ...
Milestone study shows dramatic reduction in pharmaceutical reliance among Canadian medical cannabis patients
- at marketwired.com

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Opioids Aren’t the Problem and Chris Christie Isn’t the Solution

by Sal Rodriguez at Counterpunch


... "But there’s a missing element to these numbers. Opioid overdoses usually involve more than just opioids – and often entail the mixing of multiple drugs, like alcohol, benzodiazepines, cocaine and fentanyl, either by choice (as is typically true of the first three substances) or due to unscrupulous black market dealers tainting their product (with fentanyl). This occurs so often, “opioid overdose” is virtually a misnomer – and many, if not most opioid overdoses are better described as “polydrug toxicity,” as suggested by a 2003 paper in the Journal of Urban Health." ...

  

... "how often do we hear from politicians or pundits about the reality that opioid overdoses tend to involve more than just opioids? Or that greater emphasis must be made on warning doctors and patients about the risks of concurrent use?" ...


... "the vast majority of users does not misuse pain relievers, and even among those who do, most don’t even do so long enough to have done it in the prior month."

"This is consistent with research indicating rates of abuse or addiction among people prescribed opioids could be as little as 0.27 percent of people prescribed opioids to 4.5 percent." ...


... "as is the case with resistance to talking about drug mixing, politicians simply don’t want to acknowledge the fact that it is drug prohibition which has made heroin as dangerous as it is." ...


... "Messages that opioids are especially likely to ruin peoples lives, that they are especially dangerous and that government intervention is needed to save people from themselves is just a rehashing of the same old prohibitionist attitudes that enabled the growth in prison populations, overdose deaths and discord all around the world in the first place."


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Stop The Vape Ban Coalition Kicks Off Campaign

 ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - MARCH 14, 2017

 

... "The goal of the Stop The Vape Ban campaign is to increase awareness about recent FDA regulations that will result in a virtual ban on vaping products. The Coalition supports a sensible legislative solution rather than a harsh virtual ban as indicated by the FDA’s deeming regulations, which treat vapor products worse than cigarettes."

"If left unchecked, the existing regulations will take away adult consumers’ right to choose to Vape and close thousands of small businesses." ...

 

Since 2007, the DEA has taken $3.2 billion in cash from people without charging them with a crime

 By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post

 

"These seizures are legal under the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture, which allows departments to keep seized cash and property for themselves unless individuals successfully challenge the forfeiture in court."


 

Worth repeating: Marijuana can help end the opioid epidemic

By Oscar Pascual at SF Gate

 "Despite what the Trump administration tells you, marijuana can actually help put an end to America’s addiction to painkillers."


"A new study has found that the rate of hospitalization related to opioid painkillers dropped at an average of 23 percent in states that allow medical marijuana, reports Reuters.
The study, which was published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence report, also observed a 13 percent drop in the average of opioid overdoses in said states." ...

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SYNDROS

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Watchdog: D.E.A. Informant Program Undermines Foreign Policy and U.S. Security

by Sam Sacks at District Sentinel

..."The Department of Justice Inspector General released a public summary of a classified addendum that was affixed to a scathing report, released last September, on the DEA’s use of confidential sources. The prior audit discovered that the agency did not properly oversee its network of informants, increasing the risk of fraud and constitutional abuses."

"The new information, released this week, accuses the DEA of playing fast and loose with its sources on “highly sensitive” matters. The review also suggested that some of the agency’s activities might be illegal." ...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Research Suggests Legal Cannabis Is Failing To Corrupt Youth

 by Janet Burns at Forbes 

... "A recent survey on student substance use in Washington state found that teens haven't been turning to cannabis in greater numbers since the passing of medicinal and recreational marijuana laws there. According to the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, which polled 37,000 middle and high school students in the state, younguns' rate of cannabis use has remained virtually flat since 2012, including after the state began opening dispensaries in 2014.' ...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Marijuana raids are more deadly than the drug itself

by Christopher Ingraham at WP 

 ... "Marijuana itself is not a deadly substance. "No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported," according to the DEA. But the deadly raids on suspected marijuana dealers underscore how drug enforcement can become a greater threat to life and safety than drug use itself."

 
"The Times' data shows that drugs are the primary driver of SWAT raids that turn deadly. Among the 85 fatal raids that have occurred since 2010, 61 of them -- or 70 percent -- were initiated on suspicion of drugs." ...


... "All of us felt that if I were in bed and heard anything that made me get up and get a gun, and all of a sudden my door explodes in, I’m shooting," one of the jurors told the New York Times. "Why in the world would you do a full-out assault on a guy growing pot?" ...

Every State Could Legalize Marijuana by 2021

by Todd Campbell at Motley Fool 

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Study: Patients with Access to Medical Marijuana Reduce their Use of Opioids

By NORML 

 Patients registered to use medical cannabis decrease their use of opioids, according to data compiled by researchers at the University of New Mexico.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sessions triples down on marijuana as dangerous drug, not opioid crisis solution

By Rachel Weiner and Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post 

 

''' “We have too much of a tolerance for drug use,” Sessions said. “We need to say, as Nancy Reagan said, ‘Just say no.’ There’s no excuse for this, it’s not recreational." ...

"... Sessions scoffed at the idea, promoted by some doctors and researchers, that medical marijuana can be used as an alternative painkiller to prevent or treat opioid addiction. ..."

“I’ve heard people say we could solve our heroin problem with marijuana,” he said. “How stupid is that? ..."

Alabama's crackdown on pregnant marijuana users

By Amy Yurkanin at AL.com 

 ... "Dozens of women have been charged with felony chemical endangerment of a child since 2006 for using marijuana during pregnancy... "

 ... "Marijuana was the most common drug mentioned in court records, accounting for 20 percent of the charges against new moms and pregnant women between 2006 and 2015." ...

... "State lawmakers crafted the chemical endangerment law in 2006 to protect children from exposure to chemicals and fumes from home-based meth-labs, which can cause irritation, corrosion and burns."

"Prosecutors immediately began applying it to women who used drugs during pregnancy, a practice that increased after being upheld by the Alabama State Supreme Court in 2013." ...

" ...marijuana use is more likely to be viewed as harmless, even during pregnancy, researchers said. ..."
"The women in our study are terrified that their children are going to be taken away from them,"


Good science on marijuana is so hard to find

By Robert Gebelhoff at WP 

"The relationship of marijuana use to public health is one of the most confounding topics in science. As soon as one study is published making a claim about the safety of the drug, another is often published warning of the exact opposite." ...

 

... "It would be wrong to justify not legalizing marijuana simply because of public-health issues. There are reams of evidence linking alcohol to terrible health outcomes with no net benefits — and yet few people seem ready to go back to banning booze." ...

 

... "This is about making consumers aware of the risks of their choices. The more we know, the better. " ...


Map: How do state medical marijuana laws compare? Advocates give report card

By Alicia Wallace and Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff

The organization measured each state by how well laws and regulations meet medical marijuana patients’ needs across five categories:
  • Patient rights and civil protection from discrimination: Includes aspects such as protection from arrest, employment safeguards, parental rights and reciprocity.
  • Access to medicine: Includes aspects such as distribution programs, access to dried flowers, delivery, local bans, THC limits, CBD minimums.
  • Ease of navigation: Includes aspects such as qualifying conditions, ability to add new conditions, reasonable access to minors, fees.
  • Functionality: Includes aspects such as access to cultivation or dispensaries, legal protections, financial hardship waivers, insurance coverage.
  • Consumer safety and provider requirements: Includes aspects such as staff training, storage protocols, security protocols, labeling.