Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sessions leaves door open for marijuana crackdown, Congress should close it

 

... "Rather than leaving this decision solely up to the discretion of the incoming attorney general, members of Congress should take this opportunity to move expeditiously to amend federal law in a manner that comports with public and scientific consensus, as well as with marijuana’s rapidly changing cultural and legal status." ...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DEA informant program should be ended immediately

By The Editorial Board, LA Daily News 

   

...  "The DEA and other law enforcement agencies face skewed priorities when they can search and seize property — and then keep the proceeds — without so much as probable cause or a warrant, much less a conviction. The DEA’s Confidential Source Program does an end run around the Fourth Amendment and facilitates such abuses, with no assurances that it is effective or well managed. It should be eliminated immediately to prevent further waste of taxpayers’ dollars and abuses of travelers’ constitutional rights."

Medical Marijuana Effects On The Human Brain: Cannabis May Actually Improve Cognitive Function

 By Kelsey Drain

  

... “After three months of medical marijuana treatment, patients actually performed better, in terms of their availability to perform certain cognitive tasks, specifically those mediated by the frontal cortex,” said lead researcher Staci Gruber, PhD, in the news release." ...

 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Obama Should Require Truthful Data On Medical Marijuana

by Steph Sherer at HP the blog 

 

 

 ... "Success in correcting this information will mean politicians can no longer use the misinformation about the gateway drug hypothesis, irreversible cognitive decline in adults, and cannabis causing psychosis or lung cancer to deny patients access to medical cannabis." ...

 

 ... "Please join the over 80,000 people in urging Obama to require the DEA to consistently tell the truth by signing and sharing this petition." ...

 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Will Congress End Federal Marijuana Prohibition in 2017?
U.S. Representative Jared Polis says he will introduce bill to do just that

by Mike Adams at MerryJane 

... "The “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act,” if it does not stray from its original language, would eliminate cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and allow the herb to be regulated under the guidance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It would also give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the same control over the cannabis plant that it currently has on alcoholic beverages." ...

 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

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Time to rethink the failed war on drugs

 By Sal Rodriguez at OC Register

  ... "All of this speaks to the ineffectiveness of our current approach to drugs. We’ve had 45 years to see how imprisonment, treatment with the threat of imprisonment and a litany of local, state, federal and international drug agencies and task forces work. They don’t."

 
"We would probably be better off dissolving the DEA and reallocating its multibillion-dollar budget to harm reduction and treatment. Decriminalizing personal possession and use of drugs should also be considered, as criminalizing drug users and addicts alike has failed to encourage treatment and better choices."
 
"If we want to curtail the problems associated with the use of heroin, we should probably look more to the use of things like syringe exchange programs, supervised injection facilities and heroin-assisted treatment."
 
"We might want to take a step back from prosecuting doctors or having government bureaucrats tell them how to do their jobs. We also should do a better job of educating the public about the actual dangers of drugs, which are real, but often misrepresented."
 
"We don’t need another war on drugs, we just need smarter approaches."

Friday, December 30, 2016

Cannabis Decriminalization Movement Goes Global

By Chris Roberts at CannabisNow

10 Scientific Studies From 2016 Showing Marijuana Is Safe and Effective

The DEA has it wrong

by Michael J. Haworth at timesheraldonline 

 

... "The bottom line is, allowing the DEA to continue its policy of criminalizing individuals for the sole purpose of maintaining their job security is not only morally indefensible, with the promise of a lawsuit, it’s likely illegal as well."

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Surprising Way to Get Teens to Quit Smoking Pot

 By WCL News Service / The Leaf Online at Alternet

 

... “The facts that teens find legal marijuana boring and tend to reduce their consumption or that political reforms have been funded primarily by people inspired by social justice and not by greed just don’t have the shock and entertainment value that dominates what passes for news today." ... 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Former DEA Spokesperson: Marijuana is ‘Cash Cow’ and ‘We Will Never Give Up’
by  

 “Nelson — who, during her time there, eventually became the DEA’s chief propagandist — told a crowd at the Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference in Denver, Colorado last month that the DEA’s war on cannabis is exactly the corrupt, money-grubbing scheme that most believe it to be.”

“Marijuana is safe, we know it is safe. It’s our cash cow and we will never give up,” she said

… “[When they hired me] they forgot to get me to sign a confidentiality agreement — and boy did I know the dirt. They called me in and said ‘name your price, $10,000 a month? $20,000? What do you want Belita?’” she said during her presentation in Denver.

But instead of cooperating, Nelson stormed from the office screaming, “You know this is safe and you are keeping it from people who are sick! I am not taking your money and you better worry about what I am going to say.”

“…If you think the DEA are the good guys, they are not,” she said. “They are really not. We are talking corruption on steroids.”

Medical marijuana patients given DUI protections by Arizona appeals court

By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times 

 

  "The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled this week that medical marijuana patients arrested for driving under the influence of the drug can contest DUI charges by arguing before a judge that they weren’t too high to operate an automobile." ...

... “there is no scientific consensus about the concentration of THC that generally is sufficient to impair a human being.”

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Drug War Slurs Will Never Justify Police Killings

by Michael Collinsat HP 

 

"... we know that Jim Crow did not disappear; it was revamped and replaced by the War on Drugs. We must be willing to accept these facts, and reject the desperate drug war slurs that serve only to further denigrate people of color."

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Teen marijuana use is down significantly in Colorado’s legal era

 By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post

 "Teen marijuana use fell sharply in Colorado in the years 2014 and 2015, after the opening of that state’s recreational marijuana market, new federal survey data show." ...

... "The state-level data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 18.35 percent of Coloradans ages 12 to 17 had used marijuana in the past year in 2014 or 2015, down from 20.81 percent in 2013/2014. (In this survey, years are paired for state-level data to provide larger sample sizes). That works out to roughly a 12 percent drop in marijuana use, year-over-year." ...

Study finds fewer traffic fatalities in medical marijuana states
 By Fredrick Kunkle, The Washington Post - at the Cannabist


"States with medical marijuana laws have fewer traffic fatalities than those without, especially among younger drivers, a new study found.

You would think crash rates might be higher, supposing that more drivers are, too — especially around midnight, when a run to a 7-Eleven becomes necessary.

But, no. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found an 11 percent reduction in traffic fatalities on average when examining places that have enacted medical marijuana laws — 23 states and the District of Columbia. The presence of medical marijuana dispensaries also correlated with fewer traffic fatalities, the study found." ...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Trump Should Surrender the Drug War 

 by Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan

 

 ... "Trump seems hell-bent on reinvigorating some very tired thinking at the highest levels of U.S. law enforcement." ... 

... " If drugs were as dangerous as drug warriors claim, the United States would be a post-apocalyptic hellscape, and it simply isn’t. Experiments in marijuana legalization bear this out. A majority of the states have legalized marijuana in some form, and eight states have gone so far as to legalize or decriminalize marijuana for recreational use. Most typically seen? Peaceful people going about their business."...

... "those who are arrested are harmed more by their own government than most of them ever would have been by the drugs from which they were “saved.” ...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cannabis is one of five essential plants in the Vedas
by Dr Uma Dhanabalan



... "In 1850, it was part of the US Pharmacopeial Convention (which sets standards) and prescribed by doctors from 1850 to 1942." ...
In 1850, it was part of the US Pharmacopeial Convention (which sets standards) and prescribed by doctors from 1850 to 1942.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

 - “It’s the wrong social paradigm.”
 by Thinking Clearly - posted to DrugWarRant

 Schedule one is a representation of the extent of prohibition. Prohibiting these drugs is like saying “they don’t exist because we say so”. Then General John Kelly sails some ships over to make it so. Easy with enough money and power, right general?

Truth is we don’t have enough money or brawn to make this happen or it would be done already. Prohibition is a control and money making scam for fascists, police state adherents, and moralizing control freaks who prefer they all just mind “or else”. It can’t be done except in a delusional mind of grand proportions, something that our country seems to be in great supply of in our political arena.

It takes some intelligence to go with that brawn to realize that the CSA as currently written is based upon a narcissistic craving for power that is easily exercised upon the weak and the poor, foreigners, and races of people with color pigmented skins who are in the minority. Lets not forget those damn hippies and other disgusting political opponents.

Science bought and paid for will support this structure easily as Anslinger and Nixon soon found out. Money and power are very convincing.

Only a criminal or a fool would allow a child to be harmed.

When pharmaceutical drugs are the biggest progenitors of overdose deaths as is the case in present time US of A, don’t we have a clear case of misrepresented priorities?

Those overdose deaths, the prison over populations in America, the frequent law enforcement toward victimless crimes creates a whole class of socially ostracized citizens of all ages that no longer are allowed family or participation in the normal work force or society in general (thru court action or prohibition created prejudice).

This should give us a clear picture of what needs to be done.

These Trump cabinet picks are the very people that our political structure should be ostracizing from the body politic.

Without drug war all men are created equal under the constitution and Duterte and his ilk could put down their guns or be arrested and shot like every other common criminal that has no respect for human life.

Lack of respect for human life and a connection to money and power makes prohibition an enticing philosophy, one that should not ever exist in any country that prides itself upon being free.


 
Drug War: reminder

"Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations,wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco."
"I consider therefore the stopping of the distillery, economically, financially, commercially, medicinally, and, in some degree, morally too, as a measure rather well meant than well considered."

"It is too precious a sacrifice to prejudice."
 ― 
Edmund Burke
Trump Just Picked a Mass Torturer Who Cheerleads for the Drug War to Head DHS
by Sarah Lazare at Alternet

 "President-elect Donald Trump announced Monday that his pick to head the Department of Homeland Security is John Kelly, the retired Marine general who oversaw and aggressively defended mass torture at Guantánamo Bay. Kelly also calls immigration an “existential threat” to the United States and urges an escalated war on drugs." ...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

DEA laments that “media attention” is making it tough to put people in jail for pot

 

 

DEA -  

... "the general public has been introduced to contradictory and often inaccurate information regarding the legality and benefits of marijuana use." ...

 

WP

... "it's unclear exactly what media reports the DEA is referring to in its Drug Threat Assessment, or what concrete effect those reports may be having on enforcement. The DEA did not respond to a request for clarification from The Washington Post." ...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana
 -There’s little to stop the attorney general nominee from ignoring the will of millions of pro-pot voters
  By James Higdon at Politico 

 ... "Like the Cole Memo, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is not yet the law of the land, and because of new rules implemented by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, amendments related to guns, abortion, LGBT issues and marijuana will no longer be permitted'' ...
... "With little more than the stroke of his own pen, the new attorney general will be able to arrest growers, retailers and users, defying the will of more than half the nation’s voters, including those in his own state where legislators approved the use of CBD. Aggressive enforcement could cause chaos in a $6.7 billion industry that is already attracting major investment from Wall Street hedge funds and expected to hit $21.8 billion by 2020." ...


 ... “If we don't take action and hold President-elect Trump accountable,” said Representative Jared Polis, Democrat from Colorado, “in one fell swoop, the federal government could damage state economies, and discourage entrepreneurship—placing some of our innovators behind bars, all while eroding states' rights.” ...

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Oregon marijuana industry skeptical of revised testing rules

by Pete Danko at Portland Business Journal


“OHA’s new testing rules ... virtually crippled the supply chain of adult-use and medical cannabis, from grower to retailer," ...


... "The hope is to reduce the number of tests, but based on what we see now from OHA, there's no indication that's going to happen,"

 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Oregon's Recreational Marijuana Market Approaches Collapse


New regulations are crippling the industry

 by Christian Britschgi at Reason

 

 ,,, "Another cannabusiness owner told the Oregonian that he expects 70 to 80 percent of the dispensaries operating today to be closed by next year."

"These problems are the natural consequence of the onerous and unworkable pesticide testing regulations that went into effect in October. As Reason has reported, these new regulations have massively increased the time and costs it takes to comply, while also severely restricting the number of labs that are permitted to carry out testing." ...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Years of Research Proving CBD Has Tremendous Health Benefits

 by Zoe Wilder at MerryJane.com

 

... "CBD promotes the proper breakdown of fats and disposal of cells damaged by alcohol. Even in mice accustomed to binge drinking, CBD significantly protected their livers." ...

 

Monday, November 28, 2016

In global first, Teva signs deal to market medical marijuana inhaler

By Shoshanna Solomon at Times Of Israel

 

 "The company has completed clinical trials, which demonstrated the inhaler’s precision and compliance with pharmaceutical standards for the delivery of inhaled cannabis." ...

 ... "To date Syqe has raised $33 million, including $20 million from Philip Morris International, according to data provided by the company."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Great Cannabis Divide -
Congress and public are split on marijuana legalization




 ... “In a healthy democracy, when a significant portion of the public takes certain policy decisions, their elected officials go to the halls of Congress, carry bills and lobby for bills that are reflective of the views of their constituency,” he said. “The reason we had nine states in this election with voter initiatives…was because in every one of those states, lawmakers were unwilling to address the issue. That’s problematic.”
 
The public is holding an open rebellion against federal law." ...

Can I Fail A Drug Test For Using CBD?

by Johnny Green at Weed News

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Study: Medical Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Cognitive Performance, Reduced Use Of Opioids

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Drug decriminalization would lead to fewer overdoses, addiction: federal study (Canadian)

 By Jim Bronskill - The Canadian Press

 

"OTTAWA—Alternatives to criminalizing a variety of illicit drugs in Canada could result in lower rates of use and fewer harms such as addiction, overdoses and infectious diseases, says an internal federal study."

"The Justice Department research paper stresses there are healthier and less costly ways of addressing the problem of illegal drug use, and that the biggest hurdles might be political — not practical — ones."

“It is becoming more challenging to justify the criminalization of drug users,” the study says."

Marijuana Is More Popular Than Politicians Are
 By Tom Angell at marijuana.com

Monday, November 14, 2016


This ex-Treasury Department employee has a solution to bank the marijuana industry: How it works

 By The Cannabist Staff

Sunday, November 13, 2016

It’s high time: If we can legalize marijuana, why can’t we end the misguided War on Drugs?

at Salon 

 

... "The War on Drugs has cost America well over $1 trillion since it began under Richard Nixon. This war has been the main cause of our country’s mass incarceration problem. As it is often noted, we have 5 percent of the world’s population and roughly 25 percent of its prisoners. You cannot have a War on Drugs, you can only have a war on people." ...

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Did Lack of Legalization Doom Hillary?

by Don Fitch at marijuanapolitics 

 

 "Hillary Clinton and the democrats are searching for reasons for their devastating loss. Was it FBI Director James Comey they ask? Was it the steady drip of WikiLeaks they wonder?"

"It just may be that Hillary’s non-committal and suspicious views and statements about marijuana doomed her." ...

 

 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Marijuana votes put pressure on US government

 

A watershed moment for marijuana legalization

 By Ilya Somin at WP - The Volokh Conspiracy

Friday, November 4, 2016

Santa Claus Advocates Medical Marijuana After North Pole Bans Sale

 NBC News

 

 ... "What many do not know is that Santa is a cancer patient and marijuana helps him ease his pain. With the ban on sale, Santa will have to grow his own marijuana." ...

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

DEA Action Continues Catch-22 of Marijuana Research

 By Lynn R. Webster, MD at PainMedicineNews

 

... "In theory, the DEA supports efforts to research the medical potential of marijuana—an agency representative pointed out that the DEA has never denied a request to conduct research that was filed using FDA protocols. However, the DEA may be operating with a law enforcement bias in keeping with its role to enforce the CSA and, perhaps, reinforcing a stigma that dates from the Nixon administration (the 1970s) when the agency was charged with preventing drug abuse." ...


How the marijuana industry is aiming to undo the harm caused by the war on drugs

By Trey Williams at MarketWatch

 “The cannabis industry is really different in that we were born out of this social justice movement. There are some things government can and should address, but it’s also incumbent upon this industry to get this right.” - Steve DeAngelo

Friday, October 28, 2016

The drug war’s most enthusiastic recruit: Hollywood

by Alyssa Rosenberg at The Washington Post 

 

 ... "Just as Jack Webb’s partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department on “Dragnet” and “Adam-12” benefited both Hollywood and the police, the drug war united pop culture and real law enforcement agencies in a new common purpose. The prospect of foreign drug traffickers invading American shores gave pop-culture cops a new and more dangerous enemy to fight, one that justified fast driving, explosive shootouts and all sorts of audience-thrilling rule-breaking. In return, Hollywood promoted the idea that drugs posed a grave threat that justified new, frightening police tactics and the erosion of basic rights." ...

 


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Medical marijuana has no appeal to kids, study finds

By Oscar Pascual at SFGate 

 
... "A recent study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that kids living in states with legal medical marijuana are not more likely to use pot, reports" WebMD.com.

 “The laws seem to be working as expected with little unintended consequences for youth and young adults to date,” ...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Testing for marijuana raises medical, legal questions

 

 

... "Alcohol exits the body in a matter of hours. Cocaine can take a couple of days."

"Cannabis has no exact timetable.
The cannabis compound detectable in urine samples is evidence of past use, not actual impairment" ...

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/marijuana/article109526682.html#storylink=cpy

Thursday, October 20, 2016

International team unveils first atomic-level image of the human 'marijuana receptor'

 Public Release: 

Scripps Research Institute EurekAlert 

 

 " In a discovery that advances the understanding of how marijuana works in the human body, an international group of scientists, including those from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have for the first time created a three-dimensional atomic-level image of the molecular structure activated by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana."

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Driving in circles

by Pete Guither at DrugWarRant 

 

My response:

Cannabis is so different from alcohol that these scare stories from law enforcement have little resemblance to reality. Most folks I know that use cannabis will be the first ones to tell you that they won’t drive if too stoned. If a person is drunk they will gladly grab the keys and go for a drive anyways. The differences are like night and day.

People have been smoking cannabis in large numbers since I can remember back into the 60’s. Now, since legality is proposed, law enforcement is in danger of losing their biggest moneymaker: arresting people for pot. Without a device to tell them if metabolites exist the truth is they usually can’t tell. There is nothing going on that distinguishes the difference between a person who has marijuana metabolites in their bloodstream and a person who is cold stone sober – in most cases these are one and the same.

Law enforcement is afraid of losing their pry bar tool to harass and make money on the roads like wolves waiting to pounce on unsuspecting prey. Observing impaired driving function is not enough to equal the ease of breathalizer proven impairment. The law enforcement community better face the facts:

There is no proven level of impairment for cannabis. Never will be.

- TC