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Odds and Ends

Tom Angell has been consistently ahead of the pack on all things related to marijuana news and politics – he’s had a great connection with lawmakers as well. Now he has a new email newsletter, currently titled “Generic Marijuana Newsletter.”

You can view it here and, if you wish, hit subscribe in the upper left corner (requires confirming a valid email address).


Obviously, everyone’s thinking and talking about what’s going to happen with drug policy with President Trump. It appears to me, that it’s going to take a bit of time to know for sure – things are so chaotic right now, with a lot of upheaval.

It’s interesting, though, seeing people try to predict. Check out this article in Business Insider: Don’t expect nationwide marijuana legalization under the Trump administration. Once you read the article, you realize that the author has no clue what will happen.

Of course, this is all up for change. If Trump’s attorney general appointee, Senator Jeff Sessions, is appointed, he could direct the DEA to take a more hardline stance. And if President Trump himself decides to take a more hardline stance, that would also impact how the DEA operates when it comes to federal marijuana policy. To be clear, neither Sessions nor Trump have indicated as much.


There’s been a lot of talk about “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” a report by the National Academy of Sciences that reviewed 10,000 scientific abstracts to actually get some consensus on the science of marijuana rather than the usual cherry-picking to prove a point. Coverage in Forbes.

Nick Jikomes at Leafly gives a fairly detailed overview of the report. Here’s What the National Academy’s Medical Cannabis Report Actually Says

If you want to read it yourself, you can download theentire pdf file here (simply log-in as a guest).


Personal note: I apologize if you’ve tried to reach me and haven’t gotten a response. I’m about 800 emails behind right now and working to get caught up.

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28 comments to Odds and Ends

  • Tom Angell

    Thanks so much for the newsletter shoutout, Pete! I learned from the best (you) over a decade ago.

    • Fake Blues

      Hey Tom. After tossing “It’s the End of the World as we know it report,” as a sub for your generic model, how about “The Daily Dose,” or Angell’s Daily Dose?”

    • Matthew Meyer

      In keeping with your group’s preference for alliteration (and for the “M” word), I propose “Marijuana Matters.”

      The double meaning is a free bonus…

  • Frank W.

    I’m more inclined to compare- it with The Zone (post-war Germany) in “Gravity’s Rainbow” with Schnorp in his hot air balloon crowing about the Ur-Markt. But that’s more likely an old Pynchon-lovin’ hippie trying to make sense of a fascist coup with shiny TV network logos on it.
    “We’re doomed!”
    (“Shut up, brain!”)

  • It’s a great idea having a daily newsletter from you Tom. I know I can trust the info, no small matter in fighting to end the war on drugs.

  • DdC

    The Central Intelligence Agency has published nearly 13 million pages of declassified files online, documents which previously were physically accessible only from four computer terminals at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

    CIA Releases 13 Million Pages Of Declassified Documents:
    Include Psychic Experiments, UFO Research
    The record include info on Nazi war crimes, the Cuban Missile Crisis, UFO sightings, human telepathy (“Project Stargate”) and much more. The release has been a long time coming: Bill Clinton first ordered all documents at least 25 years old with “historical value” to be declassified in 1995. The agency complied, however anyone who wanted access had to trek all the way to the US National Archives in Washington DC to get a peak.

    Legal Marijuana’s Biggest Foes:
    CIA, DEA, & Big Pharma;
    Why They Love Prohibition And Why We Will End It Anyway

    CIA’s “Family Jewels”–All 702 Pages of Them – Mother Jones 2007
    Poison pills, mafiosos, casinos, and Cuba—sound like the plot of a mobster flick? Nope. How about the elements of the CIA’s plot to assassinate Fidel Castro that began in 1960? Shady dealings carried out by the U.S. intelligence agency surfaced decades ago through leaks and disclosures made to the Church Committee, but today we get the full 702-page story.

    The Real Story of “Marijuana Truth Serum”
    and the CIA’s Sordid History of Drug Use

    By Jon Gettman January 22, 2016
    The use of the drug on human subjects continued at least through 1947, but after years of experimentation, the marijuana failed to be a consistently reliable truth serum—at least in terms of how it was being used by White.

    However, another promising drug emerged during the war years in the lab of Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland.

    The Counterculture Colonel
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1624

  • Servetus

    If we cannot trust NIDA funded researchers to come up with useful and candid research on marijuana, who can we trust? Perhaps the University of Montreal?

    25-JAN-2017 Adolescents who smoke pot as early as 14 do worse by 20 on some cognitive tests and drop out of school at a higher rate than non-smokers, confirms the study, published Dec. 29 in Development and Psychopathology, a Cambridge University Press journal.

    Her study found links between cannabis use and brain impairment only in the areas of verbal IQ and specific cognitive abilities related to frontal parts of the brain, particularly those that require learning by trial-and-error.[…]

    In addition, if teenagers hold off until age 17 before smoking their first joint, those impairments are no longer discernible. “We found that adolescents who started using cannabis at 17 or older performed equally well as adolescents who did not use cannabis,” said Castellanos-Ryan.[…]

    The early adopters also tended to drop out of school sooner, which helped explain the decrease in their verbal abilities. “The results of this study suggest that the effects of cannabis use on verbal intelligence are explained not by neurotoxic effects on the brain, but rather by a possible social mechanism: Adolescents who use cannabis are less likely to attend school and graduate, which may then have an impact on the opportunities to further develop verbal intelligence ,” said Castellanos-Ryan.[…]

    What should be the takeaway from the study?

    “I think that we should focus on delaying onset (of marijuana use),” said Castellanos-Ryan, who next intends to study whether these results can be replicated in other samples of adolescents and to see if cannabis use is associated with other problems, such as drug abuse, later in life.

    “But it is important to stick to the evidence we have and not exaggerate the negatives of cannabis,” she cautioned. “We can’t tell children, ‘If you smoke cannabis you’re going to damage your brain massively and ruin your life.’ We have to be realistic[…][Emphasis mine]

    AAAS Public Release: Delaying pot smoking to age 17 is better for teens’ brains, a new study suggests

    Erring on the side of caution is okay as long as the government doesn’t arrest anybody for it, thereby villainizing themselves and society for quelling youthful rebellion. Problem is they always do.

  • Tony Aroma

    If this passes (not likely), it could be a big blow to the drug testing industry in OR. Hopefully, it will pass and other states follow suit.

    Drug testing bill filed in Salem

    A bill meant to prevent employers from using off-the-clock marijuana use as a cause to fire or refuse to hire someone is on the growing list of proposed legislation awaiting lawmakers in Salem.

    The bill, introduced this week, barely fills one page. It is basically a copy of older legislation meant to protect tobacco users from being fired or denied employment on account of their habit.

    “The beauty of this particular (proposed) statute is that it really builds on a little-used statute brought about by the tobacco industry,” said Beth Creighton, an attorney with Rose & Creighton, a Portland firm. Creighton specializes in representing employees.

    • jean valjean

      No doubt Kevvie is already teeing up the Big Marijuana, Son of Big Tobacco sequel. Wait til he gets to the bit about Joe Camel (save the chilluns!).

  • jean valjean

    Why acid trips last so long:
    “Research is first to demonstrate precisely how the compound lysergic acid diethylamide attaches to serotonin receptors in the brain.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/26/lsd-study-reveals-why-acid-trips-last-so-long-lysergic-acid-diethylamide-serotonin

  • jean valjean

    WTF.
    “This week, when progressive champions Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) voted in a Senate committee to approve the thoroughly unqualified Ben Carson to head the Housing and Urban Development Department, there was little criticism from established liberal organizations in Washington. But the grassroots lit up ― blasting them on Twitter, Facebook, in calls to their offices, and in countless emails to Huffington Post reporters, asking us what on earth their one-time heroes were doing.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/womens-march-democrats-base_us_588a490ce4b061cf898d7e98?

    “Carson has said he’s a fan of the war on drugs, and he told “The Blaze” he would “intensify it.” He also supports medical marijuana “in compassionate cases.” At a June campaign event in Colorado, he noted that “regular exposure to marijuana in the developing brain has been proven to result in a decreased IQ. The last thing we need is a bunch of people running around with decreased IQ.” Therefore, he says, he’d enforce federal drug laws in which the use of marijuana is considered a crime.”

    http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Ben_Carson_Drugs.htm

    Ben Carson, Christian Bigot:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2015/09/ben-carson-bigot/406390/

    • DdC

      Wall St Neocons Umbilical Cord is attached to the RNC and DNC. I heard a dem from Hawaii excusing his vote on the grounds of saving a no vote for the special inept lined up. Bargain shopping swapping with reps, Gutless Wonders. Last Friday was the beginning of the new Gong Show.

      @realDonaldTrump

      Donald Trump, “Duerte Harry” and the Drug War Death Squads

      ~ Trump’s Choice: Create American Jobs or Enrich Mexican Cartels

      Jeff Sessions’s Dangerous and Dishonest Marijuana Double-Speak

      Dishonest or just more alternative facts?

      Forget the Feds: Across the Country, State Lawmakers Are Delaying Marijuana

      ~ Americans and Canadians Spent $53.3 Billion on Weed Last Year

      Wait Until… When?
      California Latest to Beg Recreational Marijuana Delay

      Weasel politicians stalling for what? Oh.

      Marijuana and Labor Shortages Are Giving the Wine Industry a Headache

      ~ Report: Marijuana Industry Stealing Wine’s Labor
      ~ Marijuana and Labor Shortages Are Giving the Wine Industry a Headache
      ~ WikiLeaks Emails Expose Alcohol Industry’s
      Paid Campaign to Stifle Pot Legalization

      • darkcycle

        Good Lord. Believe it or not, I worked on “The Gong Show”….I cut lettered and held cue cards for Chuckie and the Regulars. Chuck Barris was an insufferable ass, but the talent and the crew on that TV aberration were first rate. Sorry, DdC, that’s an insult to good, hard working cannabis enthusiasts.
        The Gong Show would have been a better vote than Trump…that I can assure you. 🙁

        • DdC

          OK DC fess up/
          as Chuck Barris a CIA Spook?

        • darkcycle

          Only in his delusions. Funny thing is, CIA actually violated their own policy as concerns public admissions after he wrote that POS book….for the only time in history, they openly disavowed Chuckie.
          I laughed and laughed. (Never liked the guy, and he fired me after I broke up with his daughter….yep…I dated Della. I was only a couple of years older than her)

    • Servetus

      Prophetic description of the modern prohibitionist:

      I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means — except by getting off his back. — Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)

      • DdC

        Tolstoy was a pretty Hip Dude…

        “I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”
        – Tolstoy

  • Servetus

    Holy horrors. Prior to the 2016 election during which marijuana was legalized for recreational use in several states, Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Catholic diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, condemned its recreational use in a column:

    … titled “Nope To Dope,” where he shared the Catholic Church’s teaching denouncing the legalization of recreational marijuana.

    His Excellency cites section 2291 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on drug use: “The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense.”[Emphasis added]

    In the column, Bp. Tobin made a point of describing the sad state of affairs concerning young people and their electronic isolation.

    With so many of our citizens, especially the younger ones, already immune to reality with their addiction to electronics — hoodies on, heads down, earbuds in, and attached to their virtual umbilical cords — do we want to provide another means of escape for our kids, transporting them even further into the land of oblivion?

    The leader of the diocese of Providence described an actual situation where a woman was caught outside of the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul smoking marijuana….

    http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/bishop-of-providence-says-nope-to-dope

    Addiction to electronics? Oblivion? Really? So now the Internet is off limits, along with a decent high. This insanity was predicted:

    Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and government require compromise, but these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. – Barry Goldwater, quoted in Conservatives Without a Conscience, by John W. Dean.

    • DdC

      Holy horrors or maybe non Holy Whores.

      I read the early church had a problem with young novice’s smelling the hashish incense and then going off trying to find God without a man showing them the way. Uppity, and now one can see the problem has returned to the church.

      The bottom line in cannabis is that women leaders have a foothold in this young and flourishing industry, which is encouraging. “The good thing is that women in an industry tend to beget more women,” who will help each other rise through the ranks.
      ~ Marijuana and Gender Equity

      Now the Priest’ are helping Trump build a wall they can sit upon.

      Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?
      ~ Isaiah 36:12

      Catholic Church on Cannabis
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1074
      Pope calls for more killing.
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1738
      Ancient Temple Hashish Incense! Did Jesus Inhale?
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1090/
      O.N.D.C.Pope CC archives

      Mark his word, Might be too late. Especially if the RNC get rid of Trump and leave us with “Pro Life My Ass” Pence.

      “We’re going to bring back God and the Bible and drive the gods of secular humanism right out of the public schools of America.”
      ~ Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan
      addressing the anti-gay rally in Des Moines, 2-11-96

      “I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good…Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don’t want equal time. We don’t want pluralism.”
      ~ Randall Terry, Founder of Operation Rescue,
      The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 8-16-93

      “The mission of the Christian Coalition is simple, It is “to mobilize Christians — one precinct at a time, one community at a time — until once again we are the head and not the tail, and at the top rather than the bottom of our political system.” Robertson predicts that “the Christian Coalition will be the most powerful political force in America by the end of this decade.” And, “We have enough votes to run this country…and when the people say, ‘We’ve had enough,’ we’re going to take over!”
      ~ Pat Robertson

  • jean valjean

    “Georgia eases draconian law on cannabis use”
    I was some way into this article and feeling things were really changing in the US (Georgia, dammit!) before I realized it was the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Georgia, USA is still imposing draconian punishments for cannabis use, needless to say.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/24/georgia-eases-draconian-law-cannabis-landmark-ruling

  • DdC

    It’s a puzzler why its so draconian in the land of Underground Atlanta, The Almond Brothers, Little Richard and Jimmy Carter.

  • WhiteFlagDownUnder

    SYDNEY’S senior law enforcement agency has made the astonishing admission that they have lost the war on drugs.

    “There is no way of sugar-­coating it. Organised crime in this state and the rest of the country is out of control and cannot be stopped without a radical change.”

    The shocking white flag follows a series of brazen public murders in Sydney in which gangsters have been gunned down in public, and there are warnings more murders will follow as the multibillion-dollar drugs turf war escalates.

    http://tinyurl.com/TelegraphAustralia

  • Servetus

    Bufo toad lickers beware. Amphibians of the world are in decline, with roughly 30-percent of total species facing extinction by disease and adverse environmental factors. Conservation efforts are under way in Panama so that the unique chemical compounds produced by the toads and frogs can eventually be studied for their medicinal value:

    26-JAN-2017 — Smithsonian scientists and colleagues at the University of Panama; Panama’s government research center, INDICASAT AIP; Vanderbilt University in Tennessee; and Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur, India, created a compendium of the known chemicals produced by this amphibian family in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, highlighting their largely unexplored potential for new drug discovery.[…]

    Fifteen of 47 frog and toad species used in traditional medicine belong to the family Bufonidae. For millennia, secretions from their skin and from glands near their ears called parotid glands, as well as from their bones and muscle tissues have been used as remedies for infections, bites, cancer, heart disorders, hemorrhages, allergies, inflammation, pain and even AIDS.

    The extensive review of the existing literature on toxins produced by this family revealed that two common Asian toad species, Bufo gargarizans and Duttaphrynus melanostictus, produce the anticancer remedies known as Chan Su and Senso. Another preparation used to treat cancer and hepatitis, Huachansu or Cinobufacini, is regulated by the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration. In Brazil, Rhinella schneideri intestines are applied to horses to treat the parasite Habronema muscae. In Spain, extract from the toad B. bufo is used to treat hoof rot in livestock. In China and North and South Korea, ranchers use the meat of B. gargarizans to treat rinderpest.[…]

    “Remarkably, toxins from a single frog skin can kill 130-1000 mice,” said Candelario Rodriguez, researcher at INDICASAT and first author of the review. “The mechanism of action is to reduce cardiac rhythm, making these interesting candidates as therapeutic compounds.[…]

    AAAS Public Release: Researchers list reasons not to lick a toad: New review of medicinal compounds in bufonidae secretions compiled.

    Rodríguez, C., Rollins-Smith, L., Ibáñez, R., Durant-Archibold, A., Gutiérrez, M. 2016. Toxins and pharmacologically active compounds from species of the family Bufonidae (Amphibia, Anura). Journal of Ethnopharmacology. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2016.12.021

    Lethal frogs and mushrooms get studied for their potential pharmaceutical importance, while non-toxic-based studies of non-toxic marijuana, or its compounds, remain taboo in the U.S., largely due to marijuana’s use by governments as an ethnocidal weapon targeting minorities and non-conformists.