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Re: “Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

Nixons war on Americans is still flourishing 45 years later.I don't understand the resistance to legalization. If you don't remember Nixon and his evil intent to become dictator of America, you need to read about this disasterous president.He knew in the seventies that cannabis had medical value and he denied it to America, just so he could hurt the anti war movement and blacks.
This is a bogus law and should have been revoked as soon as the word finaly came out.

Posted by Jimmy Perry on 03/30/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

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Posted by Editor on 03/30/2016 at 1:21 AM

Re: “Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

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Posted by Editor on 03/30/2016 at 1:11 AM

Re: “Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

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Posted by Editor on 03/30/2016 at 1:00 AM

Re: “Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

When it became clear that cannabis oils are the only remedy for some types of childhood epilepsy that drugs from Big Pharma could not resolve there was no more doubt that cannabis is good efficacious medicine. All the data needed for an informed decision on cannabis legalization has already been collected and can be found at the CDC web site.

When looking at relative products safely the first thing that should be analyzed as how many people are killed.

Figures directly from the CDC dot gov web site on numbers of deaths per year in the USA
* Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
* Tobacco: 390,323
* Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
* Cocaine: 4,906
* Heroin: 7,200
* Aspirin: 466
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
* Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

So, which is safer???? Legalize, regulate, TAX!

Posted by Ben James on 03/29/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

doc benway, you're foaming at the mouth. Again. But don't worry that you might annoy me. I think my favorite part of the ongoing collapse of the absolute stupidity of the absolute prohibition of cannabis is getting to watch prohibitionists like yourself being marginalized to irrelevance.

41States, 1 Federal District, 2 US Territories, and about a dozen foreign countries including Israel, Italy, The Czech Republic, Columbia, Chile, Uruguay, The Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, and most recently Australia recognize at least limited medicinal utility of cannabis.

I want to make sure I understand what your bloviations mean. Aren't you saying that people who choose to enjoy or have a medicinal need for cannabis are amotivational, mentally defective idiots and congenitally dishonest people who only want to get high? So in order to get high we've scammed all of these jurisdictions into recognizing the valid medicinal utility of phytocannabinoid medicines which is actually nothing more than fiction? Do you have even a clue about just how prohibition oriented Australia is?

But don't worry that you might annoy me. I think my favorite part of the ongoing collapse of the absolute stupidity of the absolute prohibition of cannabis is getting to watch prohibitionists like yourself being marginalized to irrelevance.

Posted by Duncan Wallace on 03/29/2016 at 7:08 PM

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Posted by Editor on 03/29/2016 at 6:26 PM

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Posted by Editor on 03/29/2016 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

Research is exactly what the medical marijuana industry doesn't want. Any true research that is done on Marijuana with rigid scientific criteria will fail to show Marijuana as a helpful tool for pain because of the obvious side effects. The salves and other formulations that do not cause cognitive alterations will fail against placebo because it is nothing more than that. Marijuana will not help people return to work, care for their families or their finances....because it gets you high. It is another panacea that will suffocate under it's own hype when it's revealed that the vast majority people that use this "medicinally" are actually recreational users or people with self diagnosed problems where the true problem is psychologic. The last thing that "medicinal" mj wants is legalization or research.

Posted by doc benway on 03/29/2016 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

I told my doctor I smoked, and when I did, it helped me cut back on drinking which was hurting my liver. I never mentioned how much or how often. He marked it as Cannabis Abuse.

I told him he had no data to make such a diagnosis. His response: "I agree with pt on labeling. Unfortunately, ICD 10 coding does not have a code for 'marijuana use'...other codes for this condition list it as dependence or medical disorders, which would not be appropriate to code."

That's how they're skewing their numbers.

Posted by Perry Schwab on 03/26/2016 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

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Posted by Editor on 03/26/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Dubious Stock Pitched As California Marijuana Legalization ‘Campaign Donation’; Our Rating: Sell

@Bruce Cohen. Cannabis Sativa (CBDS) is a pump-and-dump scheme. This is a company that had $26K of cash at the end of September 2015, sales of $6,000 per quarter, only makes losses, and owes more cash than it has. And, yet, the stock is up +700% in the last week, valuing the company above $50 million. And this is all because of the value of KUSH shares? Give me a break. I hope the Feds are on to this.

Posted by Jackson Heights on 03/24/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Harper’s Magazine: War on Drugs Invented to Destroy Blacks, Anti-Vietnam Left

The war on drugs was and is always a war on Black people. The timing is always obvious. The destruction of the Black Panther Party (late 70's) and other Black nationalist movements was phase one of the government conspiracy. Phase two was the introduction of crack cocaine in the black community. Phase three was the War on Drugs which really was a mask for legislating mass incarceration and legalizing a terrorist assault on black community by law enforcement. Black families and the related community was destroyed by this plan and we now have the growth of the prison industrial complex who now profits from the incarceration of people of color. This conspiracy was the answer to a social problem. At the same time the war on drugs was launched, there was a shift in the economy removing low skill blue collar jobs from the labor force. Without the war on drugs, aka black incarceration, where would all of these uneducated, low skill male workers have gone? This conspiracy related to drugs is still a targeted approach based on race. People of color today are still being incarcerated for being involved in the sale of marijuana. At the same time, white venture capitalists are making millions of dollars cultivating and distributing marijuana and related products. Further, when the use of heroin was perceived as an urban or "Black" issue, it was a law enforcement problem. Now that suburban whites using opioids transition to and get strung out on cheap heroin, it is a public health problem. Law enforcement leaders all across the nation are now raising their hands to proclaim that counseling and mental health support are preferable solutions to jail. Where was all that concern about health when it was perceived to be a "black" or urban problem?

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/24/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

All governmental antidrug organizations need to be disbanded and restructered til sane leadership is forthcoming.

Posted by Jimmy Perry on 03/24/2016 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

Yesterday was a horribly skewed presentation with crazy new findings that somehow ONLY the NIH is pulling out of their magic hat box. Somehow, suddenly, cannabis went from being basically about as addictive as caffeine and definitely less addictive than alcohol, to 30% of folks having a cannabis use disorder. Suddenly cannabis is not viewed as a harm reduction tool, but as a compounding factor in addiction. It is very sad that so much (of our own very tax) money is being pumped into cannabis research on rats and other longitudinal studies that are done poorly with small number of participants. Also, sad to say that the NIH has no problem with calling the plant "marijuana", despite obviously knowing that there are racial undertones to that term.

Posted by Prof. Clark on 03/23/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

I've been watching the NIH conference on videocast (in between seeing patients here in clinic). It is disturbing but not surprising
that most of the rare reported beneficial effects @ this event from cannabis are all related to pharmaceutical Versions of cannabis
such as Sativex, Epidiolex, Marinol Dronabinol etc. They mostly presented their safety studies that confirm lower IQ, memory impairment,
almost no high-grade efficacy data except on multiple sclerosis.
Desperately need high level efficacy data on botanical cannabis
and if the government would finally eliminate the DEA monopoly on research grade marijuana study drug, then this type of research could proceed

All of the comments above are compelling and legitimate. ESP admire James Geirach! Well done!

Posted by Sue Sisley MD on 03/23/2016 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

I am attending the conference and have heard many beneficial presentations about cannabis.

Posted by Lezli Douglas Engelking on 03/23/2016 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

My abstract was rejected by the conference. I'm a neuroscientist formerly funded by NIDA studying benefits of cannabinoids on pain & addiction.

Posted by Michele Ross on 03/23/2016 at 4:33 AM

Re: “Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

Dr. Carl Hart speaks eloquently about NIDA's deliberate skewing of the data here:

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/sunday-c…

Posted by Flutie Flambert on 03/22/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

It's not a worry that the old politicians are again relying on the old pack of lies they have told so many times that they now believe the lies to be absolute truth. The silent majority is replacing the same old party politicians with a new president and all new senators and representatives as they come up for re-election. A whole new government that does work for the people and does what the majority of the people of his nation want. Marijuana will soon be legal for adults medicinally and recreationally. Tax money will go into making America great again and a better place to live and not be going to every other nation except ours. The blatant lie our government keeps telling offends me, a 100% disabled veteran, that's states marijuana has NO medical value. IT does! it certainly helps those sent into combat and come home with PTSD. It certainly helps those that have service connected in juries such as myself manage the 24/7/365 pain without getting hooked on the opiates the VA gave out for pain. Turning hundreds of thousands of veterans into opiate junkies. Now the government has been telling the VA and doctors to NOT give out Vicodin and Oxycontin for chronic pain, but did not offer any alternative for those who have now lost their pain medication and still won't legalize marijuana that has been proven by many universities and medical research facilities that marijuana does in fact relieve chronic pain. America's politicians disgust me. I for one wish to see them all out on their asses begging to work for food just like so many Americans were forced to do. Veteran Robert Therrien

Posted by Robert Therrien on 03/22/2016 at 1:25 PM

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