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Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

CCHI in California in 2016zz

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Posted by Kevin Saunders on 03/13/2015 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

Watch out! Big business interests should not be allowed to outlaw home cultivation. One cannot patent a plant, only strains which one has created. If home cultivation is forbidden, the number of strains available to patients and public alike will be limited to those which enrich a few wealthy, greedy, morally unscrupulous people who favor 'limited prohibition' in order to line their own pockets.

Prohibition of marijuana is a premise built on a tissue of lies: Concern For Public Safety. Our new laws save hundreds of lives every year, on our highways alone. In November of 2011 a study at the University of Colorado found that, in the thirteen states that decriminalized marijuana between 1990 and 2009, traffic fatalities have dropped by nearly nine percent—now nearly ten percent in Michigan--while sales of beer went flat by five percent. No wonder Big Alcohol opposes it. Ambitious, unprincipled, profit-driven undertakers might be tempted too.

In 2012 a study released by 4AutoinsuranceQuote revealed that marijuana users are safer drivers than non-marijuana users, as "the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving", which "is arguably a positive thing". Despite occasional accidents, eagerly reported by police-blotter ‘journalists’ as ‘marijuana-related’, a mix of substances was often involved. Alcohol, most likely, and/or prescription drugs, nicotine, caffeine, meth, cocaine, heroin, and a trace of the marijuana passed at a party last week. However, on the whole, as revealed in big-time, insurance-industry stats, within the broad swath of mature, experienced consumers, slower and more cautious driving shows up in significant numbers. A recent Federal study has reached the same conclusion. And legalization should improve those numbers further.

No one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. It's the most benign 'substance' in history. And most people--and particularly patients who medicate with marijuana--use it in place of prescription drugs or alcohol.

Marijuana has many benefits, most of which are under-reported or never mentioned in American newspapers. Research at the University of Saskatchewan indicates that, unlike alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or Nancy (“Just say, ‘No!’”) Reagan’s beloved nicotine, marijuana is a neuro-protectant which actually encourages brain-cell growth. Research in Spain (the Guzman study) and other countries has discovered that it also has tumor-shrinking, anti-carcinogenic properties. These were confirmed by the 30-year Tashkin population study at UCLA.

Drugs are man-made, cooked up in labs, for the sake of patents and the profits gained by them. Often useful, but typically burdened with cautionary notes and lists of side effects as long as one's arm. 'The works of Man are flawed.'

Marijuana is a medicinal herb, the most benign and versatile in history. “Cannabis” in Latin, and “kaneh bosm” in the old Hebrew scrolls, quite literally the Biblical Tree of Life, used by early Christians to treat everything from skin diseases to deep pain and despair. The very name, “Christ” translates as “the anointed one”. Well then, anointed with what? It’s a fair question. And it wasn’t holy water, friends. Holy water came into wide use in the Middle Ages. In Biblical times it was used by a few tribes of Greek pagans. But Christ was neither Greek nor pagan.

Medicinal oil, for the Prince of Peace. A formula from the Biblical era has been rediscovered. It specifies a strong dose of oil from kaneh bosom, ‘the fragrant cane’ of a dozen uses: ink, paper, rope, nutrition. . . . It was clothing on their backs and incense in their temples. And a ‘skinful’ of medicinal oil could certainly calm one’s nerves, imparting a sense of benevolence and connection with all living things. No wonder that the ‘anointed one’ could gain a spark, an insight, a sense of the divine, and the confidence to convey those feelings to friends and neighbors.

I am appalled at the number of 'Christian' politicians, prosecutors, and police who pose on church steps or kneeling in prayer on their campaign trails, but cannot or will not face the scientific or the historical truths about cannabis, Medicinal Herb Number One, safe and effective for thousands of years, and celebrated by most of the world’s major religions.

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Posted by william.clark.3150 on 03/13/2015 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

Woops. !

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Posted by Frank Joseph on 03/12/2015 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

Support Ohio Farmers. Stop the Monopoly?

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Posted by Frank Joseph on 03/12/2015 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis is the way to go. DON'T VOTE FOR RESPONSIBLE OHIO!!!

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Posted by Matt Scinto on 03/11/2015 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

Responsible Ohioans for cannabis is the real plan for a free market

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Posted by Tonya Davis on 03/11/2015 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

Every responsible adult in California over the age of 18 already has access to medical cannabis for nearly any condition they deem it to be helpful for, including stress, anxiety and sleeping disorders. Google search 'medical cannabis doctor' and you will see the many inexpensive local medical cannabis doctor options you have to choose from. Yes, CA already taxes your medication the same as any other retail item you purchase. No one seems to talk about the millions upon millions of tax dollars CA has already been collecting for years. Stay active in local politics & don’t let greedy corporations take away your rights.

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Posted by Kevin Reed on 03/11/2015 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

WE DON'T NEED THE GOVERNMENT...........WE DON'T NEED THE FAT CATS.......WE DON'T NEED THE GREED , ... We have had the greed of Big Pharma, fleecing the wool of the sick, and Dying, making money from our suffering in the name of safe regulation. Cannabis is the safest plant in the world , it doesn't need regulation, in fact the chemicals in cannabis are made in our bodies by our ECS, or Endocannabinoid system it is harmless, and non toxic. Take a lesson from Canada where patients can't afford their medicine, and are fighting for the right to grow, The Bill introduced in Texas, where cannabis will be allowed to be grown like tomatoes, this is the true meaning of freedom, Let us create the World Nikola Tessla envisioned while we have the chance.

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Posted by Granger Null on 03/11/2015 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

Actually there's 3 GOOD guys, and ResponsibleOhio has been rejected once already for bad ballot language and not sayin where 100% of tax goes only 55%(and unapportioned taxes are FEDERALLY illegal.) NO2RO!!!

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Posted by Tom Manson on 03/11/2015 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?
We're the good guys!

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Posted by Linda Schlichterle Pardee on 03/11/2015 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

Support Responsible Ohioians for Cannabis PAC!

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Posted by Mike Werling on 03/11/2015 at 7:45 AM

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Posted by VeganChef Jeff Ridabock on 03/11/2015 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Why California Weed Is Still the Best

You think Colorado doesn't have it's share of "old hippies?" Have you been to Boulder? Colorado growers have also placed very high in cannabis cups in Amsterdam too. Looks like you should do a little more research.

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Posted by Alex Fikany on 03/06/2015 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Umm, Thanks, Republicans?

Good of him to point out that cannabis was illegal for so many years basically because the religious authoritarians in government don't like the people they think are the main users of the plant.

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Posted by Ory Plotkin on 03/03/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Umm, Thanks, Republicans?

Well ain't that a b***h.

Posted by Ed Jones Jr. on 02/27/2015 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Why California Weed Is Still the Best

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Posted by Editor on 02/25/2015 at 1:35 AM

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Posted by Editor on 02/23/2015 at 7:01 AM

Re: “The Weed War Undermines Science

Senor "John Thomas" sez:

"It seems you are simply anti-business. So what would be your preferred way of distributing marijuana - through the government?"

Lots of us aren't simply anti-business. We think that the effort to create an industry to produce and distribute a drug from a weed that can grow well virtually anywhere is essentially anti-social and exploitative. This industry rises out of, and is dependent upon, the very destructive Federal War on Drugs. The legacy of the Federal War on Drugs should simply be abolished by legalizing pot. Period. End of story.

Grow your own. Put a seed in a pot on your front porch. Use a vaporizer to save your lungs.

Screw the pot capitalists and screw the governmental drug war lunatics.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/17/2015 at 1:20 PM

Re: “The Weed War Undermines Science

@Mike Dar

There sure is a lot of reading-between-the-lines going on in these comments. I don't see that the author has exonerated any businesses who unethical/criminal, or have actually conspired with the fraudster prohibitionists. He's simply addressing the fledgling marijuana industry.

And he's clearly not making an attempt to describe all the malicious forces working to perpetuate the insane war on marijuana consumers. Why you are taking him to task for his focus is perplexing. Sometimes we look at the big picture. Other times we want a close-up look at certain aspects.

How do " illegal campaign contributions to State Official candidates" undermine science? Your insistence the author NOT focus as he does is strange, to say the least.

It seems you are simply anti-business. So what would be your preferred way of distributing marijuana - through the government?

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Posted by John Thomas on 02/12/2015 at 9:02 PM

Re: “The Weed War Undermines Science


>>>"a flawed assumption. That is, that "Science" is a static state of knowledge of what is true, good, and known to be right- by you, the author."

It's clear Downs is giving us a window on the general state of science by focusing on the state of marijuana research and policy at the current time.

I don't think he's operating under your described assumption at all. This all seems more of an assumption on your part - or worse, a contrived attack on the solid marijuana research and propping up of the biased "science."

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Posted by John Thomas on 02/12/2015 at 8:47 PM

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