Tag Archives | Medical Marijuana

Mounting Research Shows Marijuana Fights Cancer

Will the jaws of future generations drop in amazement when they learn that marijuana was banned in our society as a criminal substance? Via the Daily Beast:

Mounting evidence shows ‘cannabinoids’ in marijuana slow cancer growth, inhibit formation of new blood cells that feed a tumor, and help manage pain, fatigue, nausea, and other side effects. [This] offers hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy.

Cristina Sanchez, a young biologist at Complutense University in Madrid, was studying cell metabolism when she noticed something peculiar. She had been screening brain cancer cells [and realized] the cancer cells died each time they were exposed to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive ingredient of marijuana.

Sanchez had stumbled upon the anti-cancer properties of THC. Subsequent peer-reviewed studies in several countries would show that THC and other marijuana-derived compounds, known as “cannabinoids,” are effective not only for cancer-symptom management (nausea, pain, loss of appetite, fatigue), they also confer a direct antitumoral effect.

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White House Rejects Medical Marijuana For Soldiers’ PTSD Treatment

Marijuana ruled hazardous to your health, war not. Adding to the hypocrisy is the fact that our president was once a legendary stoner who during his teen years invented new methods of getting high and cruised around Hawaii in a mobile drugmobile called the Choomwagon. Higher Thinking Primate writes:

Despite evidence that medical marijuana can be beneficial to those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the White House wants to make one thing clear: You can go fight multiple tours for this country in useless wars, but if the horrors of war mess with your head, you’re not allowed to smoke weed when you get home.

Responding to a petition by former Air Force sergeant Mike Krawitz asking the White House to consider medical marijuana as a treatment for PTSD, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske said no. Saying marijuana is not a “benign drug,” Kerlikowske asserted that it does not meet standards of safe or effective medicine.

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Violent Police Raid Of Medical Marijuana Collective Caught On Camera

Has medical marijuana truly been legalized if this is considered acceptable police procedure? Watch as police rampage through the THC Downtown Collective, a marijuana dispensary in Long Beach, California, which was operating in accordance with state laws but lacked a proper city permit. Officers do as much destruction as possible, knock out the facility's security cameras in an attempt to cover their tracks, and step on the neck and back of a volunteer employee whom they had ordered to lie on the ground:
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Brutal Police Raid On California Marijuana Shop Caught On Video

By Samantha Tata and Michelle Valles, NBCLosAngeles.com, via MSNBC:
A raid on a marijuana dispensary in Long Beach was caught on video showing officers smashing surveillance cameras and stepping on a suspect, moves that prompted accusations against the officers of excessive force. More than a dozen police raided THC Downtown Collective in the 300 block of Atlantic Boulevard (map) on June 19, officials said. The video was posted to YouTube by user "Long Beach Raids" on July 1. Officials said they learned about the video on July 3. The two-minute-long video opens to show a man surrendering to police, three of whom surround him while two put him in handcuffs.

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One of the officers is seen stepping on volunteer employee Dorian Brooks' back with both feet before stepping on his neck, with what Brooks described as 300 pounds of pressure...
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74 Percent Of Americans Want End to Medical Marijuana Raids

Writes Eric W. Dolan on RAW Story:
Nearly three out of four Americans believe that the federal government should respect state laws regarding medical marijuana and halt raids on dispensaries, according to a poll released. “These results are consistent with the clear and growing body of evidence that documents substantial voter support for the legalization of medical marijuana,” said Larry Harris, a principal with Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. The polling agency found that 74 percent of Americans believed the federal government should respect states’ medical marijuana laws. Support for medical marijuana laws was highest among Independents, at 79 percent, and lowest among Republicans, at 67 percent. Younger age groups were more likely to think the federal government should respect medical marijuana laws than older age groups...
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Scientists Create Marijuana Strain That Doesn’t Make Users High

Photo: A7nubis (CC)

Photo: A7nubis (CC)

“Why?”, you might well ask. The answer via AFP/Yahoo News:

Israeli scientists have cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn’t get people stoned in a development that may help those smoking marijuana for medical purposes, a newspaper said on Wednesday.

According to the Maariv daily, the new cannabis looks, smells and even tastes the same, but does not induce any of the feelings normally associated with smoking marijuana that are brought on by the substance THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.

According to Maariv, Tikkun Olam sought to neutralise the effect of the THC and to increase the effect of another substance called CBD, or cannabidiol, which has been shown to help diabetics and to ease various psychiatric disorders.

Not only does it leave users stone-cold sober, it also doesn’t induce the munchies, the hunger pangs that the drug’s smokers generally suffer. Despite the innovation, it is unlikely to have any impact on Israeli law, which outlaws the use of marijuana as illegal except for medical purposes….

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Penn Jillette Skewers President Obama on Hypocrisy and His Drug Use (Video)

Penn's Sunday SchoolVia Penn's Sunday School:
On a recent episode of his podcast, Penn Jillette unleashed his thoughts on the Obama administration's handling of the War on Drugs, calling President Obama's actions "beyond hypocrisy" regarding his own admitted drug use. Penn said: "He would have done hard fucking time! And if he had done hard fucking time, he would NOT be President of the United States of America, and he would NOT have gone to his fancy ass college, and he would NOT have sold books that sold millions and millions of copies and made millions and millions of fucking dollars, he would NOT have a beautiful, smart wife, he would NOT have a great job. He would have been in fucking prison, and it's not a goddamn joke!"
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Andy Caffrey Plans To Smoke Marijuana on the Steps of the U.S. Capitol (If Elected)

Andy Caffrey For CongressInteresting report from Austin Johansen on death and taxes:

Andy Caffrey is a 54 year-old candidate running for Congress from California’s 2nd District. Aside from the Crocodile Dundee-esque hat and his sweeping, silver ponytail, Caffrey is a fairly unassuming man in the state of California. He’s tired of both Republicans and Democrats, loves his country and has his own ideas to make improvements, which is more than some politicians can say. He also takes pride in being a part of the Green Movement … in more ways than one *cough cough.*

In the 1991 Oakland Firestorm, Andy “lost everything.” He writes on his website that he spent five years as a homeless man and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following his sister’s suicide. His ailment led him to become a prescribed medical marijuana patient, and he’s on the campaign trail to make his defense of its medicinal use perfectly clear … or a little hazy.

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The Anti-Science Streak in Federal Marijuana Policy

MarijuanaConnor Friedersdorf explains in The Atlantic:
The classification of cannabis as a schedule one narcotic is among the least defensible aspects of prohibition. Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UC San Diego, recently helped run a study that provided multiple sclerosis patients with either a marijuana joint or a placebo that looked, smelled, and tasted like marijuana. After smoking whichever substance they were given, patients were tested to see if it reduced their muscle spasticity — an affliction, common to MS patients, that causes painful, uncontrollable spasms of the extremities. Spasticity was unaffected among the placebo patients but dropped 30 percent on average among the patients given real marijuana. The side effects? "Smoking caused fatigue and dizziness in some users," says Reuters, "and slowed down people's mental skills soon after they used marijuana."
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