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

In spite of the rhetoric suggesting otherwise, no research or study has proven that cannabis causes any significant harm to users or society.

NIDA funded Dr. Tashkin, but they don't talk about that.

Posted by Stephen Stillwell on 04/10/2016 at 7:03 PM

Re: “New White House Drug Czar: 'Treat Pot Like Tobacco'

The silly facts of Marijuana in USA!

Marijuana is legal is some shape or form in 23 States and DC covering or touching over 90 million of the United States population. We say legal sales are between $5 and 6 billion. That is B, Billion $. But the USA is using somewhere between $30 and $40 billion. So the entire legal market is less than 20% of the demand. Law enforcement always says they impact less than 5% of the traffic and we spend billions and impact 10s of thousands of lives. The issue isn’t the law, it is supply and demand.

Think about what is going on here. At least 1/3 of the USA is already experiencing marihuana daily. Law enforcement does little or nothing but wreck lives with criminal records for something no direct deaths are recorded from at the CDC or FDA. ZIP. ZERO. Deaths. With 1/3 of the population exposed, $30+ Billion in demand going on and years and years of exposure, you would have to see deaths. You would have to see huge numbers in the hospital before any law changes. You would have to have usage rates at numbers far higher than “studies show” from bias when demand and exposure is this high.
We do government policy, environmental and drugs with polls and drug studies with sample sizes of just a few hundred and maybe a few thousand. Here we have decades and millions and people are saying what? We need to study what? See what happens if we so what?

When we change to medical marijuana, a large part of that is medicine and new users. When also regulation, decriminalization and legalization changes, the bulk is converting back market or home grow to legal. In Colorado for example with almost 1500 locations selling/growing and home grow is legal the black market is still over 50% of demand! Politicians and Prohibitionists acting like laws create demand is absurd. The demand is already there. To say we have too study is absurd because the use is already there.

Passing laws should be based on supply and demand. Medical and patient. Recreational and Outlets. The war is getting regulated outlets in place, pushed not forced that people can live with. Full legalization ultimately has to have wholesale distribution independent of the government and the retail outlets. No heavy criminal charges and etc. That is how mature supply chains work. No one is driving for true legalization yet. We are trying for steps. This is smart but to say that any of these steps are radical is absurd. To think they are creating demand is absurd. To restrict supply is just allowing the black market to sell. There is $30+ billion in demand right now and until you have that much supply, you create criminals.

The market in Arizona at true market pricing is between $1 and $2B. The $256M MMJ prop 203 program is really $125M at market price as the program is a travesty. NO HOME GROW IS ABSURD. THE QUALITY SUCKS. AVALIBILTY IS POOR (LOCATION COUNT TO SERVE IS 15 to 25% AT BEST).
No law change is going to create demand. The “condoning it because it is legal” is BS. We already have almost 1/3 of the country doing that and 61% of the population saying legalize. Of that 61%, ¾ say it needs heavy regulation or a Doctor. We are not at the full free the weed yet but we sure are past studying. If we need to study, we have $30B impacting 90M people to study in about a month. Marijuana is just as addictive as sugar. Not as deadly as McDonalds.


Talk about “peer reviewed”. You have to have intelligence and your eyes open to be a peer. Anyone studying impacts of law changes or saying we have to study is really low on the knowledge curve. Marijuana is already a fact.

D Beitel

Posted by Darrell Beitel on 04/10/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Hemp Pilot Threatens Sexy Time With Medical Marijuana Crop

Were the original colonies dependent upon hemp for their clothing, sails, and ropes? Did Governor Schwarzenkennedy veto industrial hemp legislation?

Posted by Lee Welter on 04/09/2016 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Marijuana Could Lose Its Federal 'Most Dangerous Drug' Status By June

Cannabis should not be scheduled at all, let alone be in Schedule I.

It is absurd that the Federal Government still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I substance along with Heroin. It is classified in a more dangerous category than Cocaine, Morphine, Opium and Meth. The three required criteria for Schedule I classification are:

"1) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse."

The dependence rate of cannabis is the lowest of common legal drugs including tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, and many prescription drugs. More important, cannabis does not cause the kind of dependence that we typically associate with the term, like that of alcohol or heroin. It is more similar to that of caffeine, with less symptoms. Cannabis dependence, in the very few who develop it, is relatively mild, and usually not a significant issue or something that requires treatment, unless of course it is court ordered. [Catherine et al. 2011; Lopez-Quintero et al. 2011; Joy et al. 1999; Anthony et al. 1994;]

"2) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States."

Cannabis has been used as medicine for thousands of years. Despite great difficulty in conducting medical cannabis research, the medicinal efficacy of cannabis is supported by the highest quality evidence. [Hill. 2015] Already 76% of doctors accept using cannabis to treat medical conditions even though it is still illegal in most places. [Adler and Colbert. 2013]. Cannabis is able to treat a wide range of disease, including mood and anxiety disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson's and Huntington's disease, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, to cancer, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, glaucoma, obesity/metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis, to name just a few. Cannabis is able to do this partially through its action on the newly discovered (thanks to cannabis) endocannabinoid system and the receptors CB1 and CB2 which are found throughout the body. [Pacher et al. 2006; Pamplona 2012; Grotenhermen & Müller-Vahl 2012].

"3) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision."

On September 6, 1988, after two years of hearings on cannabis rescheduling, DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young concluded that:

"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.... Marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record."

Relatively speaking cannabis is a safe drug [Iversen L. 2005]. The evidence is is clear, cannabis does not belong in Schedule I [Grant et al. 2012]. It does not meet any one of the three required criteria.


Please help bring end to this senseless prohibition. The organizations below fight every day to bring us sensible cannabis policies. Help them fight by joining their mailing lists, signing their petitions and writing your legislators when they call for it:

MPP - The Marijuana Policy Project - http://www.mpp.org/
DPA - Drug Policy Alliance - http://www.drugpolicy.org/
NORML - National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws - http://norml.org/
LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition - http://www.leap.cc/


SOURCES:

--Adler and Colbert. Medicinal Use of Marijuana — Polling Results. New England Journal of Medicine. 2013.
--Anthony et al. Comparative epidemiology of dependence on tobacco, alcohol, controlled substances, and inhalants: Basic findings from the National Comorbidity Survey. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 1994.
--Catherine et al. Evaluating Dependence Criteria for Caffeine. J Caffeine Res. 2011.
--Grant et al. Medical marijuana: clearing away the smoke. Open Neurol J. 2012.
--Grotenhermen F, Müller-Vahl K. The therapeutic potential of cannabis and cannabinoids. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2012. Review.
--Hill K. Medical Marijuana for Treatment of Chronic Pain and Other Medical and Psychiatric Problems. A Clinical Review. JAMA. 2015. Review.
--Iversen L. Long-term effects of exposure to cannabis. Curr Opin Pharmacol. 2005. Review.
--Joy et al. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. Institute of Medicine. 1999.
--Lopez-Quintero et al. Probability and predictors of transition from first use to dependence on nicotine, alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine: results of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011.
--Pacher et al. The endocannabinoid system as an emerging target of pharmacotherapy. Pharmacol Rev. 2006. Review.
--Pamplona FA, Takahashi RN. Psychopharmacology of the endocannabinoids: far beyond anandamide. J Psychopharmacol. 2012. Review.

Posted by Devon Wallace on 04/09/2016 at 8:28 AM

Re: “New White House Drug Czar: 'Treat Pot Like Tobacco'

The cover story in the April 2016 edition of Harper’s Magazine titled, “Legalize it all” with the subtitle “How to Win the War on Drugs” written by Dan Baum recalls an interview with President Nixon aide John Ehrlichman. Mister Baum was asking questions about the politics of drug prohibition and as he tells it, Ehrlichman asked, “You want to know what this was really all about?” He went on to say, “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
Around this time Nixon had appointed the Shafer Commission to report on the drug situation and to make recommendations. It‘s overall recommendation was the that drugs were a medical problem and not a criminal one. Nixon felt betrayed by the commission and proceeded to prosecute the prohibitionist policy we have today, besides he had other uses for the ‘War on Drugs’ not the least of which was harassing his political enemies.
The resulting death, destruction and misery caused by this decision cannot be calculated. Forty years of a war created solely for the benefit of one man and one party with arrest and incarceration of hundreds of thousands of our citizens every year. Over the last 15 years there have been over 600,000 arrests for drugs every year! Our jails are overflowing with the enemies of the President even decades after Nixon, who gave us this disaster, is dead.
This all begs the question, why are we still persecuting Nixon’s political enemies? There is ample proof this policy was enacted for political reasons and that it’s prosecution is a scam and a total failure. What can be the justification for keeping it going?
What could be the reason for such obstructionism that it should last so many years and cost so many lives?
Certainly it can’t be safety. Marijuana is considered one of, if not the safest of all the recreational or medical drugs. Not one overdose in 4000 years of use by humans is a pretty good record. The Administrative Law Judge for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Judge Young, ruled as far back as 1988 that marijuana was, “the safest therapeutic substance known to man.” And there is the practical evidence from California where the citizens have had a medical marijuana program since 1996, twenty years, and none of the predicted harms of marijuana use have materialized.
Could it be fear? There is plenty of science and information available showing marijuana’s safety so it must be political fear. Well so far no politician has been punished by the voters for passing a marijuana reform bill anywhere. However I have heard not a few people say they would not vote for this guy or that because they failed to vote for a legalization bill or blocked one. If they are afraid they need to be afraid not to vote for a bill.
Sadly maybe it’s just arrogance and the inability to admit what they have been told for 79 years about marijuana, information some hung their careers on, was a complete lie. They can’t accept it even when confronted with the evidence, especially when you realize some of our legislators are prosecutors and know better. Hard to accept it even when it comes from the horse’s mouth as it does with the admission by Nixon Aide John Ehrlichman.
Hard to accept the depth of the betrayal when you find the lofty reasons for pursuing this War were nothing more than propaganda designed to cover up a political scam.
Time for an end to this sad and destructive policy of repression. Time for a policy of freedom to cleanse us of the stench of a war that should have never been.

Posted by Thomas Tony Vance on 04/09/2016 at 7:11 AM

Re: “New White House Drug Czar: 'Treat Pot Like Tobacco'

I don't want to hear that the smell of it is a problem. We have to smell cigarettes everywhere we go. Now THOSE are disgusting!

Posted by Shelly Hill on 04/08/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “2016's Pot Legalization Efforts Are 'Dangerously Overextended'

The old adage too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the soup is true with this issue. Last time I checked there was upwards of 90 competing measures in California alone. Very few of them are going to qualify. If too many do gather enough signatures to qualify it's going to defuse the vote and nobody will win. The people behind mclr2016 the same thing on a local issue. Now the Silicon Valley has virtually no medical dispensaries thanks to their making competing measures when city officials moved to ban.

Posted by Jim Stamm on 04/07/2016 at 9:38 PM

Re: “2016's Pot Legalization Efforts Are 'Dangerously Overextended'

Every poll in the nation shows A Solid Majority of Americans favor The Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide!

"Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Support surged 10 percentage points in past year, to 58%"
http://www.gallup.com/poll/186260/back-leg…

"A solid majority of voters nationwide favor legalizing and regulating marijuana similar to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are currently regulated. Most also don’t believe it should be a crime for people to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes"
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_con…

"Americans favor making cannabis legal for adults, according to the findings of a CNN/ORC International survey released late Monday. The percentage is the highest ever reported by the survey, which has been tracking public opinion on the issue since 1973, and marks a 12 percentage point jump in support since the last time pollsters posed the question in 2012"
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/…

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 04/07/2016 at 3:17 PM

Re: “2016's Pot Legalization Efforts Are 'Dangerously Overextended'

Fear of Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever. So please prohibitionists, we beg you to give your scare tactics, "Conspiracy Theories" and "Doomsday Scenarios" over the inevitable Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny, crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of marijuana legalization, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it's obviously defective.

The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol.

If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about "saving us all" from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more causes more determent to our society than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!

Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more determent to our society than all other drugs, COMBINED?

Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and/or practice a little live and let live. They'll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 04/07/2016 at 3:17 PM

Re: “2016's Pot Legalization Efforts Are 'Dangerously Overextended'

Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called "Addiction Specialists" who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, - Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don't have one.

The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

Legalize Nationwide!

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 04/07/2016 at 3:17 PM

Re: “2016's Pot Legalization Efforts Are 'Dangerously Overextended'

Way things are shaping up, Adelson, Kendrick, and their fellow plutocrats are going to have *lots* more to worry about than weed legalization, like a down-ticket GOP bloodbath if either of that parties' two current primary frontrunners gets the nomination, not to mention the possibility of a democratic socialist in the White House ... !

Posted by Miles Monroe on 04/07/2016 at 2:58 PM

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

Prohibition didn't work with alcohol because a government can't control what the people want. If you actually read the Constitution you will see that our founding fathers recognized this and put it in writing. Current and past elected offices have been trying to shred this document we hold so dear for years with no opposition. We have a do nothing for the people Congress & Senate because all the money to be had on a War On Drugs started by Richard Nixon. Prohibition on Marijuana follows the same track as Alcohol. There is a two term restriction on the Presidency for a reason and this should be true for the Congress and Senate. It's "We the People" who should decide this not the ones who benifit from it. I am for the use of medical marijuana for all who seek it out.
Thank you for listing

Posted by Ellen Casteel on 04/07/2016 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Marijuana Could Lose Its Federal 'Most Dangerous Drug' Status By June

Mr. Rosenberg s ignorance scares me more than any drug..There s been over 20,000 formal scientific studies done(completed ) on MJ..Yet our DEA chooses to ignore these studies..At the end, all of you bigots, will answer to the will of the public...GP rules, not GOP rules..How does these kinds of people get elected??How in the world can you say opium is more safe than MJ?Did you not get your GED?John Davis

Posted by john davis on 04/06/2016 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Ohio Could Have Medical Marijuana by November

I need info on being a signature gatherer. My wife and I both are interested

Posted by Timothy Bryant on 04/03/2016 at 3:57 AM

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

So how does the NIH explain the studies it's already done?
It was already tried by Nixon to show the harmful effects of cannabis and not only didn't they find any, but discovered benefits!
Research summit? Or ignorance speech?!

Posted by maria huneycutt on 04/03/2016 at 1:08 AM

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

Please consider the following as a front page article on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -

The Transcendental Meditation program has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for over 20 years for soldiers with PTSD.

Kindly watch and share with all -

"PTSD and Transcendental Meditation - David George, Infantryman" (2:34;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ki4c-XkYsM / excellent!)

and

"Transcendental Meditation Improves Performance at Military University" (5:12;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIH0913lQe0 )

Also see, "Use a Treatment for PTSD That Actually Works" in The Hill, Washington DC

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/262340-use-a-treatment-for-ptsd-that-actually-works

and

"Transcendental Meditation May Reduce PTSD Symptoms, Medication in Active-Duty Personnel" in EurekAlert (01/11/16)

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/mcog-tmm011116.php

Thanks!

Bill @ BillsArtBox.com

P.S. Please visit http://www.operationwarriorwellness.org/ for more information.

Note: Results are available for long-standing PTSD symptoms, as well, including for Vietnam Veterans.

Also, see the dramatic effects for Domestic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for women and children, and for PTSD for "First Responders", at http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/#video=6gM_sXiUPvo (5:24)

Also, from http://www.army.mil/ :

"Transcendental Meditation - a Path to Healing"

"Doctors promised him through medication and hard work he could potentially heal over the course of years, but since transcendental meditation he has moved much closer to achieving his recovery in months."

Posted by Bill Torrington on 04/02/2016 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Ohio Could Have Medical Marijuana by November

This is a great list of conditions, I don't see "arthritis" exclusively named, but would qualify under the chronic pain, debilitating, wasting et.el. statement.

Posted by Victoria Khan on 04/02/2016 at 5:08 AM

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

Hey Doc Where do you get your knowledge about what the medical marijuana industry wants? Somehow I don't think you actually know anybody in the medical marijuana industry. I don't think you're psychic. I do think you might be psychotic with your antisocial anti-pot nonsensicle rambling. The facts are that in states where medical marijuana is legal opioid overdose deaths have gone down 25%. Cannabis is used when used for medicine for over 5 Thousand Years of recorded history. Those 95000 years of empirical data have I have proved the efficacy of cannabis Beyond any reasonable doubt

Posted by Jim Stamm on 04/01/2016 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Whoopi Goldberg and East Bay Edibles-Maker Announce Company to Treat PMS

I believe the magazine is Vanity Fair...Emmett in Berkeley

Posted by Emmett Murray on 03/30/2016 at 5:34 PM

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

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