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bullet image Well-known marijuana legalization advocate upbeat despite terminal lung cancer diagnosis

This is very unwelcome news about Ben Masel. My thoughts are with him.

I had a great time the one time we got together — for coffee and Beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans.

Ben is a tireless advocate and has been a powerful political influence in Wisconsin. I hope that every day for him is a good one.

This article seems to be very poor reporting by Samara Kalk Derby. How can you merely repeat “the jury’s out” language from Dr. Fiore regarding marijuana and lung cancer, and not mention the largest ever study done on the issue, funded by the U.S. government?


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41 comments to Open Thread

  • Hope

    Thank you, Ben. Thank you so much for all you’ve done and all you do.

    You’re one of my heroes. Thank you.

  • DdC

    Two West Hollywood Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Raided by Federal Agents
    Federal drug enforcement agents Tuesday raided two West Hollywood medical marijuana stores in the first such action in the city since the Obama administration decided two years ago to take a hands-off approach to dispensaries that abide by state laws. full story

    Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (for Drug Legalization)
    Zach Galifianakis smokes so much pot, sometimes he forgets to smoke it. At least that’s what he told the audience of Saturday Night Live last weekend during his opening monologue.

    The Cost of NYC’s Marijuana Possession Arrests in 2010: $75 Million
    Marijuana Possession #1 Arrest in NYC, Comprise 15% of All Arrests; Majority of Those Arrested Are Black and Latino Youth.

    Medical marijuana growers in Montana accused of trafficking
    Mar 16 2011
    REUTERS: The sweep prompted an outcry from medical marijuana advocates, who accused the government of cracking down on growers and distributors who were operating legally under the state’s seven-year-old medical marijuana law.

    • DdC

      Helena Workers Say Raid Left Facility In Ruins
      US MT: Brandt, Angela Helena Independent Record 16 Mar 2011

      Bust: More Questions Than Answers
      US MT: Editorial: Helena Independent Record 16 Mar 2011

      Medical Marijuana Raids in Montana Stun Advocates

      “If they can get you asking the wrong questions,
      they don’t have to worry about the answers.”
      – Thomas Pynchon

      • DdC

        New Report: Marijuana Prohibition Doesn’t Work, Regulation Needed

        US CA:Why Cops Lie
        Police officer perjury in court to justify illegal dope searches is commonplace. One of the dirty little not-so-secret secrets of the criminal justice system is undercover narcotics officers intentionally lying under oath. It is a perversion of the American justice system that strikes directly at the rule of law. Yet it is the routine way of doing business in courtrooms everywhere in America.

        DEA is On the Warpath
        This week has seen a sudden explosion in DEA raids of medical marijuana businesses, leaving patients, caregivers, and activists reeling. On Monday, 26 medical marijuana businesses throughout Montana were raided by task forces comprised of federal and local law enforcement. As usual, some arrests were made and anything of value seized as evidence under sealed […]

        Proposal To Restrict Oregon MMJ Use Gets Trashed
        Legislators got an earful Wednesday from medical marijuana advocates who condemned a proposal to greatly restrict who can legally use the drug to combat illnesses.

      • DdC

        Feds Threaten State Dispensaries Nationwide
        In a little-publicized memo, the US federal government has indicated that the gloves are off with regards to medical marijuana dispensaries, “regardless of state laws.” full story

        Protesters Stand Up For Medical Marijuana
        US MT: Edu: Huntoon, Paige Montana Kaimin 3.17.11

        Patients Unhappy With Medical Marijuana Raids
        US MT: Edu: Whittle, Kate Montana Kaimin 3.16.11

        State’s U.S. Attorney Defends Medical Marijuana Raids
        US MT: Adams, John S. Great Falls Tribune 3.16.11

      • DdC

        Maybe they should take this many precautions on their nuclear facilities…

        Crackdown on Medical Marijuana is Coming
        Butte, MT — State Rep. Jon Sesso, D-Butte, told the Montana Bar Association Friday to expect the Legislature to clamp down on medical marijuana. Sesso, the House minority leader, who spoke to the lawyers’ group in Butte, said he anticipates significant reform, but not outright repeal of the 2004 Medical Marijuana Act.

        “The abusers will be on notice, probably in the next 30 days,” said Sesso. “If you aren’t legitimately sick, you are not going to be able to use (medical marijuana).” He said legislators recognize that abuse of the law is overriding its merits and that reform is necessary.

        I might be movin’ to Montana soon
        Just to raise me up a crop of Dental Floss Raisin’ it up
        Waxen it down
        In a little white box
        I can sell uptown
        By myself I wouldn’t
        Have no boss,
        But I’d be raisin’ my lonely Dental Floss
        Raisin’ my lonely Dental Floss… Zappa

        New Rules for Marijuana Dispensaries Expected
        Surveillance cameras tied to state computers, weight records of growing plants and background checks with fingerprinting for all employees are among the rules in a 77-page draft released Friday on the Colorado Department of Revenue website.

    • DdC

      Watch Cannabis Culture News LIVE for the latest news and views on pot politics and the marijuana community. Today on the show: Is the US federal government cracking-down on medical marijuana? A new memo and a barrage of federal raids in Montana and other states have the cannabis community on edge. John Masterson from Montana NORML joins the show to discuss the latest. full story

      Life on the Road
      US MI: Column: Sinclair, John Metro Times 3.16.11

      A Bit of Thievery Leaves Our Correspondent Free and Easy

      Happy Mardi Gras, everybody! I’ve just successfully completed my 30th consecutive Carnival Time in New Orleans and am now getting ready to head North by way of Oxford and Holly Springs, Miss., and Little Rock, Ark., to Chicago and then to Detroit by the end of the month to make the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor on April 2 and the Seventh Annual 4/20 Party in the D on April 20. full story

      Ask NORML: Is Prohibition Protecting Our Children?
      NORML’s youtube channel, NORMLtv, recently launched a new video series entitled ‘Ask NORML,’ which features NORML staff answering questions submitted by you — the marijuana law reform activist. On this week’s installment.

  • yang

    Really interesting video on recent pushes for cannabis legalization in Mexico: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7aLl_bbsfM

  • Ben

    Does he also smoke cigarettes? Or did he used to?

  • Matthew Meyer

    Ben, follow the link: 40 years of roll-yer-owns.

  • Tim

    I met Ben at the DPA conference in November ’09. Loved hearing the stories of his adventures over the years, and his knowledge of the law was sharper than just about anyone I’ve ever met.

    Please try to hang in for a while longer, dude. He’s hoping you can make it to L.A.

  • kaptinemo

    Oh, Great Maker, not another stricken warrior.

    Thoughts and prayers follow you, Ben.

  • ezrydn

    If Allan or Kyle pops in:

    Hey, guys. Where’d our little “cupcake” at the Bee take off to? Has she abandoned her blog? Did we hurt her little prohibitionist feelings?

  • Ed Dunkle

    Use vaporizers, people. Seriously.

    And thank you Ben for all your work.

  • anonymous2

    I’m aware of the Donald Tashkin study at UCLA. But does anyone know how Ben got lung cancer? Or what contributed to it? Did he smoke tobacco or did cancer just develop in his lungs w/o any triggers?

  • Duncan20903

    People that have never smoked tobacco get lung cancer. It’s not an exclusive disease. Non-smokers just get stricken a heck of a lot less often than smokers.

    People that have never been big fans of drinking alcohol die from cirrhotic livers. It’s also not an exclusive disease.

    One problem with being an armchair doctor is you just might miss an important nuance when looking at a person’s disease. One of the best that I can come up with is Bob Marley, dead at 36 from cancer in his brain. If you keep following our favorite subject it isn’t unlikely that you’ll come across a Know Nothing prohibitionist who thinks that Mr. Marley’s demise is evidence supporting the assertion that pot causes brain problems. Well he smoked a lot of pot and died from cancer in his brain, what more evidence do we need? Well, we could ask for evidence that there was brain cancer, which there was not. When a patient’s cancer metastasizes into another organ(s) the cancer cells are still of the original disease. In Mr. Marley’s case he had cancer in his big toe, which metastasized in his brain, killing him. It wasn’t brain cancer, it was big toe cancer in the brain.

    On the other hand we can definitely prove a causal link between religionism and Mr. Marley’s death. His big toe cancer was found very early. A pair of bolt cutters and a bottle of disinfectant would have fixed his problem. Of course a doctor could have done it with less mess and pain but that’s beside the point. Mr. Marley refused amputation because of his religion, thereby signing his own death warrant. I may think it was a stupid choice, but it was rightfully his decision to make.

  • vicky vampire

    I’ll be doing Rosary Novenas prayers for you Ben,Thank you,and God Bless for all the work you’ve done its tremendous.
    Radon gas and Pollution and a few other chemicals in our society could have caused this also.!!. Our world is saturated with so much synthetic junk even plastic can make you sick.

  • Rock on Ben, may you rock for years to come… an inspiration to many and obviously very much his own man.

    A good read – no, a damn fine read – is over at truth out. While not on drug policy much of what the author says certainly applies to the fabulous world of drug policy but more importantly makes an obvious and important declaration:

    Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

    We have tolerated the intolerant—from propaganda outlets such as Fox News to Christian fascists to lunatics in the Republican Party to Wall Street and corporations—and we are paying the price. The only place left for us is on the street. We must occupy state and federal offices. We must foment general strikes. The powerful, with no check left on their greed and criminality, are gorging on money while they busily foreclose our homes, bust the last of our unions, drive up our health care costs and cement into place a permanent underclass of the broken and the poor. They are slashing our most essential and basic services—including budgets for schools, firefighters and assistance programs for children and the elderly—so we can pay for the fraud they committed when they wiped out $14 trillion of housing wealth, wages and retirement savings. All we have left is the capacity to say “no.” And if enough of us say “no,” if enough of us refuse to cooperate, the despots are in trouble.

  • DdC

    Here’s a big fat ooozing with resin, stinkin’ up the place JOINT to you Ben! Looking forward to many more years of your tireless campaign to Free the Weed. Thanks…

    The only freedom which counts is the freedom to do what some other people think to be wrong. There is no point in demanding freedom to do that which all will applaud. All the so-called liberties or rights are things which have to be asserted against others who claim that if such things are to be allowed their own rights are infringed or their own liberties threatened. This is always true, even when we speak of the freedom to worship, of the right of free speech or association, or of public assembly. If we are to allow freedoms at all there will constantly be complaints that either the liberty itself or the way in which it is exercised is being abused, and, if it is a genuine freedom, these complaints will often be justified. There is no way of having a free society in which there is not abuse. Abuse is the very hallmark of liberty.
    — Former Lord Chief Justice Halisham

    • DdC

      Marijuana not dangerous and can aid healing Feb 23 2011
      Scientific research has proven that unlike tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke allows damaged lung cells to die and be replaced by new ones.

      Study Finds No Cancer, Marijuana Connection By Marc Kaufman
      CN Source: Washington Post May 25, 2006 Washington, D.C
      While no association between marijuana smoking and cancer was found, the study findings, presented to the American Thoracic Society International Conference this week, did find a 20-fold increase in lung cancer among people who smoked two or more packs of cigarettes a day.

      Jack Herer’s “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”
      11th Edition table of contents
      Therapeutic Use of Cannabis
      # Asthma # Glaucoma # Tumors # Nausea/Cancer Chemotherapy # Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Back Pain & Spasms # Antibiotics & Antibacterial CBDs # Herpes, Cystic Fibrosis, Arthritis & Rheumatism # Expectorant # Sleep & Relaxation # Emphysema # Stress, Migraines # Appetite # Salivation

      Cannabis is the best natural expectorant to clear the human lungs of smog, dust, and the phlegm associated with tobacco use.

  • ezrydn

    Plus, there are a lot of tobacco smokers that have smoked their entire lives (my father-in-law, for example. Started when he was 15 and is now 89) and never had any problems.

    My Cardio tried to tell me smoking is what caused my weak heart (currently 23% efficiency rated). However, I place more confidence in the VA issuing me an Agent Orange decision (from Nam exposure) for Ischemic Heart Disease(60%).

    There’s a lot more “normal” things that cause lung cancer than just smoking, that’s for sure. I don’t detract from the known harmful effects from smoking. Just sayin…

  • ezrydn

    Uuh, he sounds like there are no Democrats responsible, just Republicans. Strongly slanted but true.

    • well he more or less says the dems have lost their cojones and the repubs are just mean corporate protectionists.

      I know ez… the slant was to be expected tho’ considering the source, but the message is spot on. This is class war and the rich are leveling a broadside on our poor asses. How else to explain the theft of trillions w/ no criminal prosecutions?

      I used to argue that capitalism became viable when slavery was undone. Slaves were expensive, housing and food, clothing and medical all on the back of the slave owner. So turn ’em loose, go ahead and free ’em up so they can come back and buy their own food, buy their own clothes and medicines and housing…

      Now that Japan is just about financially poorhoused and they hold a note on us worth nearly a trillion $… they’ll now be selling off that note since they won’t be able to afford holding others’ debts…

  • Sorry to hear of this… prayers and good thoughts coming your way!

  • Duncan20903

    .
    .
    What the fuck is up with patients giving school children edibles? God there’s no talking any sense with a Know Nothing when an eighth grade class decides to get to know Alice B Toklas.

    ………. Me:

    “why in the world are you screeching in that high pitched frequency?!? lady, it hurts my ears!!!”

    hysterical Know Nothing prohibitionist:

    “there were children poisoned by medical marry wanna! They had to go to the emergency room and are probably going to die!! You potheads hate children!!!”

    doctor filling child’s parents in on the standard protocol for treating a cannabis overdose:

    “Oh, he’ll be fine, fine. Just take him home and tuck him into bed. He’ll sleep somewhere between 18 and 30 hours but don’t be alarmed. When he wakes up keep a sharp eye as he may experience a profound inner sense of well being and oneness with the universe. You may want to hide you chocolate and pizza pies. That will be $500, pay the cashier on your way out.”

    http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_454d123a-515c-11e0-82c8-001cc4c002e0.html

  • malcolm kyle

    The distinction between legal and illegal drugs is not merely arbitrary, but wildly out of proportion to their harms. Cigarettes kill 435,000 people a year, whereas all illicit drugs kill 17,000 people per year from causes both direct and indirect. Where is our one trillion dollar war on cigarettes? 356,000 people die annually from poor diet and lack of exercise. Where is our trillion dollar war on obesity? Drug propaganda has blinded society to the hypocrisy of our war on some drug users and dealers, but not others. Drug addictions to oxycodone, hydrocodone, valium, xanax, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and many other drugs abound, yet these users and distributors are not hunted and murdered by the DEA.

    http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march182011/mccarthyism-today-wr.php

  • DdC

    THE ANTIQUE CANNABIS BOOK

    CANNABIS TINCTURES AND FLUID-EXTRACTS
    PARKE DAVIS CANNABIS TINCTURE

    Now notice the clearly visible word “Poison,” which (as explained elsewhere) is a misnomer. Despite the fact that NO ONE has ever been known to die from its use, many states and government agencies still required that the word be placed on the label. This contradiction in terms sometimes leads to humorous situations. For instance, notice the lack of any mention of an antidote (which by the way is coffee) on the label. One would expect a reputable pharmaceutical house like Parke-Davis, which even lists its manufacture date, to have listed an antidote for POISON. But, can one imagine such a label?

    * Warning Poison:*
    * Number of people that die each year = 0
    * Antidote = Coffee

    It must be assumed that such a warning label would have you laughed right out of the market.

    * 4.4 – CASES OF CANNABIS POISONING — THE MYTH:
    It would not be until the late 1890’s that a consortium of pharmaceutical houses (something illegal today), led by Parke-Davis & Co. and Eli Lilly, would develop a crude but effective physiological testing method (by using dogs) to standardize the strength of their tinctures. By the 1910s, reports of cannabis poisoning had all but disappeared from the medical journals.

    The toxicity of medicines, drugs, and poisons is calibrated by the LD50, meaning the lethal dose for 50 percent, signifying the amount of substance necessary to be fatal. Alcohol is considered in the highly dangerous category. Just five times the amount needed to get you happy can be lethal.
    Timeless tinctures
    By Stan Czolowski – Wednesday, October 1 2003

    What is the lethal dose of marijuana?

    According to which US Government authority you want to believe, the lethal dose of marijuana is either about one-third your body weight, or about 1,500 pounds, consumed all at once.

    In summary, enormous doses of Delta 9 THC, All THC and concentrated marihuana extract ingested by mouth were unable to produce death or organ pathology in large mammals but did produce fatalities in smaller rodents due to profound central nervous system depression.

    The non-fatal consumption of 3000 mg/kg A THC by the dog and monkey would be comparable to a 154-pound human eating approximately 46 pounds (21 kilograms) of 1%-marihuana or 10 pounds of 5% hashish at one time. In addition, 92 mg/kg THC intravenously produced no fatalities in monkeys. These doses would be comparable to a 154-pound human smoking at one time almost three pounds (1.28 kg) of 1%-marihuana or 250,000 times the usual smoked dose and over a million times the minimal effective dose assuming 50% destruction of the THC by smoking.

    Thus, evidence from animal studies and human case reports appears to indicate that the ratio of lethal dose to effective dose is quite large. This ratio is much more favorable than that of many other common psychoactive agents including alcohol and barbiturates (Phillips et al. 1971, Brill et al. 1970).

    Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality.

    At present it is estimated that marijuana’s LD-50 is around
    1:20,000 or 1:40,000
    . In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would
    theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

    For numerous reasons this Parke-Davis Cannabis Fluid-Extract Bottle has become the most famous and most sought after of all Cannabis antique bottles — literally the pride of any collection. In mint condition, it can command between $1,000 and $5,000. And well it should, it literally represents the height of botanical medical technology in many ways.

    Below is a partial list of pharmaceutical manufacturers (most still recognizable today) of “Cannabis Tincture”:

    * H.K. MULFORD LABORATORIES (Today a part of Merck & Co.)
    * ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    * PARKE DAVIS & COMPANY (today known as Pfizer, Inc.)
    * ELI LILLY AND COMPANY
    * SQUIBB & SONS (today known as Bristol-Myers-Squibb)
    * WILLIAM S. MERRELL CHEMICAL COMPANY (today known as American Hoechst Corp.)
    * LLOYD BROTHERS (today known as American Hoechst Corp.)
    * JOHN WYETH & BROTHER COMPANY (today known as American Home Products)
    * MERCK & COMPANY
    * SHARP & DOHME (Today a part of Merck & Co.)
    * TILDEN & COMPANY
    * UPJOHN CO.
    * SCHIEFFELIN & CO.

  • vicky vampire

    Cars kill lots of people to and many are addicted to there cars maybe they should be confiscated and car dealers arrested for producing such a dangerous product you think?

    And about smoking tobacco yeah I know plenty of folks including my dad who since passed away back in 1986 but He smoked all his life since about 17 or so and no never developed Lung cancer.also my Aunt got Lung cancer and never smoked and other folks I knew.

    Marijuana business is booming in last couple of weeks a few states back east and all over USA have or are in process decriminalizing and or trying get Medical Marijuana started and polls are better than ever for pot, setbacks here and there but plenty of celebs big momentum so the recent Medical Marijuana raids and DEA is sitting there thinking we will smack you FUCKERS DOWN AND MAKE YOU SWEAT FOR A WHILE WE ARE STILL BOSS AND DON’T YOU FORGET IT yeah another Insane day in totalitarian America hey Vox Day wrote recent essay on how America is a limitless government now.

  • vicky vampire

    The Antique Cannabis Book very cool link love the pics of the Tincture Bottles.Ddc.

  • Windy

    MORE QUOTES FROM THE HAAG MEMO

    “We will enforce the CSA vigorously against individuals and organizations that participate in unlawful manufacturing and distribution activity involving marijuana, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”

    “Others who knowingly facilitate the actions of the licensees, includmg property owners, landlords, and financiers should also know that their conduct violates federal law.”

    “As the Attorney General has repeatedly stated, the Department of Justice remains fumly (sic) committed to enforcing the CSA in all states.”

    Really? REALLY? These people are supposed to be smart enough to tell all Americans what’s legal and what isn’t and they can’t even spell? Why the hell should ANYONE listen to a thing they have to say? They are ignorant, stupid, hidebound, bullying asshats and they deserve no respect at all! I hope every single one of their cases ends up with the juries nullifying.

  • from the well-this-surprised-nobody file:

    Calif. says Bristol-Myers paid off doctors

    Bristol-Myers Squibb rewarded “high-prescribing” doctors with trips to Los Angeles Lakers Dream Camps and other perks, California officials said.

    The California Department of Insurance, which joined a lawsuit filed by a Bristol-Myers employee in 2007, asked a judge to unseal the litigation, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. The judge granted the request last week.

    In court papers released Friday, the state says doctors who handed out frequent prescriptions to Bristol-Myers products like Abilify, Plavix and Avapro, got money as well as gifts and treats. The company paid $515 million in 2007 to settle litigation with the federal government and other states but California officials said it continued to pay off doctors there.

  • Hope

    And Mr. Masel, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

    I know some of what you’ll be going through. It’s hard. But you may have to hang around this plane longer than you think, so you have to live every day as completely as you can and wake up every morning amazed and grateful that you are alive, yet another morning… another day, and go to bed every night, amazed that you made it through another day.

  • David Marsh

    malcom… You forgot the 32,000 deaths from adverse reactions to prescription drugs. It is hard to find hard data on ADE’s (adverse drug events). A CDC study indicated the problems rise from inconsistent patient chart documentation and the personnel who do the coding of hospital reports are often untrained to recognize minor chart notations that indicate a possible event. One hand washing the other. Without data no evidence of problems with the drug. Without data no evidence that a problematic drug is mistakenly/negligently prescribed.

  • ezrydn

    The flip side of the Holder Memo.

    http://bit.ly/fvvuOB

  • DdC

    Banned Nerve Gas Used on Yemeni Protesters

    Doctors treating protesters in Yemen have reported that the government used some kind of nerve gas on protesters. The protests there have become more violent as the government used live ammunition on protesters in addition to gas, killing one and injuring 50.

    Only The PotHeads Will Survive 11/01/01

    Counter Reefer Maniac accusations that marijuana users support terrorism with the plain fact that these dizzy morons are preventing the use of the “best available protection against nerve gas attack” with their marijuana madness.

    Among its many properties cannabis provides considerable protection from a number of lethal nerve gas symptoms by defending the brain from injury and suppressing the the seizures, nausea and vomiting associated with chemical warfare agents.

    * Marijuana Substitute Combats Nerve Gas by Julian Borger
    June 05, 1998 – Scripps Howard News Service JERUSALEM

    The best available protection against nerve gas attack comes from an Israeli-made synthetic equivalent of marijuana, U.S. military experiments have shown.

    * Marijuana protects your brain
    by Dana Larsen 01 Jan, 1999
    Studies reveal that marijuana protects against brain damage from stroke, heart attacks, and nerve gas.

    * Cannabis Prevents Brain Damage 03/08/00
    Israeli/American drug company called Pharmos of a marijuana-derived nerve-preserving medication which is well on its way to market (see Feds Welcome Medical-Marijuana Research?) This new synthetic cannabinoid, dexanabinol, has been shown to reliably forestall permanent nerve damage in lab animals subjected to cerebral stroke and surgical shock, and is undergoing human trials now in Israeli hospitals.

    * Cannabis Blocks Irreversible Brain Damage 03/18/00
    Haim Aviv, chairman of Pharmos as well as the Israel National Committee for Biotechnology, says the company is developing a chemical compound, Dexanabinol, which can protect healthy brain cells by blocking glutamate, the neurotransmitter. Head trauma and strokes cause the release of excessive glutamate, often resulting in irreversible damage to brain cells.

    * Ganjawar Prevents Brain Tumor Treatment 04/02/09
    The active ingredient in marijuana appears to reduce tumor growth, according to a Spanish study published on Wednesday. The researchers showed giving THC to mice with cancer decreased tumor growth and killed cells off in a process called autophagy.

    “From time to time, I say that the suppression of medical marijuana is murder. This is not quite correct. It is actually mass murder. It has caused the deaths of countless thousands of people.”
    ~ the Financial Times Limited, 1998
    (Ed. note: The FT is the London equivalent of the Wall Street Journal. This drug could be patented, so it is of interest to the financial community.)

    * Ganjawar in Everything

    * Can Cannabis the Antibiotic Treat Anthrax?

    * Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74

    Benefits of Marijuana: Acute radiation syndrome

    Endocannabinoids

  • Steve in Clearwater

    Thanks for the coverage, Pete.

    BTW, am I the only one who thinks you bear strong resemblence to the big tall bearded dude on that Sarah Silverman Show?

    🙂

  • DdC

    Prop 19: It’s Coming Back for 2012 Cali Ballot

    Marijuana legalization advocates organize to put new measure on California ballot

    The campaign behind a failed initiative to legalize marijuana in California announced Friday it had formed a new committee to put another measure on the ballot. full story

  • DdC

    JUDGE REFUSES TO SHUTTER MARIJUANA DISPENSARY
    A judge on Thursday refused San Marcos’ request to shut down a medical marijuana dispensary, a move that comes as the owner of a second, defunct dispensary has asked the city to let him reopen the shop.

    From time to time, I say that the suppression of medical marijuana is murder. This is not quite correct. It is actually mass murder. It has caused the deaths of countless thousands of people.
    ~ the Financial Times Limited, 1998
    (Ed. note: The FT is the London equivalent of the Wall Street Journal. This drug could be patented, so it is of interest to the financial community.)

    Profits, Principles Mixed in Marijuana Debate By Ed Kemmick
    CN Source: Billings Gazette March 21, 2011
    The owner of a large medical marijuana business says two prominent opponents of medical marijuana were willing to take his money when he was getting started in the business. Mark Higgins said Rep. James Knox, R-Billings, an outspoken supporter of repealing the law that legalized medical marijuana, was a friend of his who helped create a website domain for his business, Billings Medical Marijuana.

    N.J. Health Department Announces 6 MMJ Growers
    The six legally-sanctioned growers and sellers for New Jersey’s medical marijuana have just been announced by the state health department.

    Fort Collins as a Hub for Pot Users?
    Critics say that by allowing as many as 23 dispensaries to continue operating, even though most violate distance requirements from churches and schools, city leaders have done just that.

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