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?
https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/many-jobs-depend-legal-cannabis-math


Part 3, Five Real People With Real Cannabis Jobs
https://www.leafly.com/news/industry/five-real-people-five-real-cannabis-jobs

Part 4, How to Find a Job in the Cannabis Industry
https://www.leafly.com/news/industry/find-job-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.

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