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Opioids aren’t the problem

Opioids Aren’t the Problem and Chris Christie Isn’t the Solution – good piece by Sal Rodriguez.

The drug war is the problem, not opioids

Making clear the dangers of drug mixing, removing politicians from doctor-patient relationships, emphasizing harm reduction, supporting the expansion of medication-assisted treatment and permitting legal access to heroin and other drugs would do more to save lives than even the most soft-hearted drug prohibition.

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42 comments to Opioids aren’t the problem

  • DdC

    On December 5, 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed Stephen Hess to the position of National Chairman of the White House Conference for Children and Youth.

    The War on Drugs: (THE ATLANTIC)
    How President Nixon Tied Addiction to Crime

    After two years of intensive planning, Hess and 1,486 delegates from across the country met in Estes Park, Colorado, and, from April 18 to 22, 1971, discussed ten areas that most concerned the youth of America.

    The task force on drugs, composed of eight youths and four adults, forcefully argued for addressing the root causes of drug abuse, advocating therapy for addicts rather than incarceration or punishment. “We acknowledge that drug abuse is largely a symptom of the individual’s inability to cope with his immediate personal environment,” they conceded. “However, it must be understood that deep societal ills increase the individual’s sense of personal alienation.

    Specifically, our society has permitted the perpetuation of the Indochina War, of institutional and personal racism, of the pollution of our environment, and of the urban crises…. If the administration is sincere in its concern with drug abuse, it must deal aggressively with the root causes as well as implement the recommendations contained herein.”

    The Racist Ganjawar
    Nixon’s Re-Inventing Jim Crow,
    Targeting The Counter Culture

    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/703

    “”Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.”
    – John Ehrlichman,
    White House counsel to President Nixon
    on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

    “The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to. Nixon emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks”
    H.R. “Bob” Haldeman,
    President Richard M. Nixon’s White House chief of staff”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and MMJ Prohibition
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/302
    Since the Federal Government has failed to protect the right of individuals under the care of a physician to use marijuana for medical purposes, people who need the plant have been forced to either disobey Federal law or suffer. Pain is a wholly subjective experience, thus medical marijuana patients have had to decide for themselves when private medical need trumps the politics of Washington, D.C.

    “The time is always right to do right.”
    – Martin Luther King

    Fanged Fish Drugs Attackers with Heroin-Like Venom
    Tiny fish with a funny name could help with opioid crisis

  • WalStMonky

    .
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    I know that everyone thinks it true but is it really a fact that when a chicken is decapitated that it’s body doesn’t realize that it’s dead and so then runs around willy nilly for much, much longer than any intelligent but inexperienced observer might imagine? This one is going into the “without doubt there is fowl play afoot” category:

    Maryland legislators propose using marijuana to treat heroin addiction
    by Ian Duncan and Meredith Cohn

  • Sandra Willinger

    your spam filter is blocking non spam contents. please correct it.

    • Spam filters don’t work that way. I use a high-quality third-party spam filter (Akismet) and they, for obvious reasons, don’t share their software’s algorithms.

      Sometimes things get blocked for reasons I don’t know – sometimes it’s too many links without enough text, and sometimes it’s links from certain sites, and sometimes I don’t understand.

      If you ever get blocked and you want that comment to show, simply email me and ask and I can retrieve it from the spam filter and publish it for you. But otherwise I don’t really look in there – Akismet has blocked 1,429,669 spam comments on this site so far, and I’m very happy about that.

      • Sandra Willinger

        Thanks.

        What was really strange is that it first blocks it when I included a couple of urls together with a short paragraph. It then allows it to be posted when containing only a single word. But when I tried to edit that and add the original content, it flags the edit as spam. Go figure.

  • Sandra Willinger

    Contrary to what is commonly regurgitated, the drug war did not start with Richard Nixon.

    Rather, it was the phrase “war on drugs”, that came with the re-codification of drug prohibition that occurred under Nixon with the enactment of the 1970 U.S. Controlled Substances Act. This re-codification was necessary following the 1969 Leary case that had the Supreme Court officially find the statutory basis of US drug prohibition since the 1914 – the power to tax – unconstitutional as violating an individual’s right against self incrimination. The 1970 CSA would instead base itself upon the power to regulate interstate commerce.

    The U.S. drug war dates back to the prohibitions established via the 1937 “Marijuana” Tax Act and the 1914 Harrison “Narcotics” Tax Act regarding “opium or coca leaves, their salts, derivatives, or preparations”. Accordingly, such substances could only be legally possessed by those registered to pay a special tax, which the U.S. Treasury Department was therefore empowered to set regulations determining who could be allowed to pay the tax. Thus though based upon the Congressional power to tax, this 1914 Act also relied upon a delegation of regulatory authority.

    The stage for this would be set via the 1906 U.S. Food and Drugs Act, and the propaganda campaign used to bring it about.

    The 1906 Act which did not specifically prohibit any substances, set up the population for the prohibitions to come, via an overly broad delegation of regulatory authority to the U.S.D.A. Bureau of Chemistry so empowered to ban products sold as foods, that contained what it claimed were dangerous-deleterious to human health ingredients, and hinted at via a grossly inconsistent retail packaging labeling requirement list of substances.

    It would not be a true war against dangerous or addictive substances.

    It would lump together all cocaine containing products regardless of the potency and hence actual properties, with the effect of effectively banning the relatively safe – re: dilute – products while shifting cocaine availability exclusively to the drug in its most dangerous concentrated forms.

    It would give a free pass to substances that were intrinsically the most dangerous and addictive as nicotine containing Tobacco, even allowing such products with a wide range of deleterious additives, more incredibly even unlabeled, as perhaps should be expected.

    The 1906 U.S. Food and Drugs Act would be widely lauded as establishing reasonable regulations and regulatory authority to guard over the food and drug supply in interstate commerce.

    Yet its inconsistencies and its unbridled regulatory authority to the Bureau of Chemistry of the U.S.D.A. would make it a springboard of authoritarian abuse via a U.S.D.A. allied with commercial interests most notably the American Medical Association and the American Pharmaceutical Association, and in collusion with “muckracker” writers as Samuel Hopkins Adams.

    Its seemingly reasonable requirement for the retail product labeling of ingredients would be subverted by its limitation to certain substances that were being politically targeted, and the exclusion of others given a free pass: for instance cocaine had to be labeled but neither caffeine nor nicotine, even regardless of what was inferable from the product’s label. Therefore products clearly labeled as “Coca” by name and/or ingredient list were “misbranded” for not listing the presence and proportion of cocaine alkaloid, even that occurring simply naturally in Coca leaf. Yet products were not required to list the caffeine content for instance even if their labels made no mention of Coffee, tea or some other caffeine containing plant- hence fortifying a false notion that cocaine was somehow necessarily more dangerous than caffeine or nicotine regardless of how low the amount, and thus engendering a popular overly broad fear of Coca products.

    Its seemingly reasonable prohibition upon “adulteration” was likewise perverted by its empowerment of the U.S.D.A. Chemistry Bureau (Section 4) to make such a determination based upon its opinion of any such ingredient being “deleterious or detrimental to human health” (Section 7 regarding confectioneries and foods): a power given without any actual requirement of scientific backing! The U.S.D.A. Chemistry Bureau could thus exploit this to bring prosecutions against manufacturers of products containing substances it arbitrarily deemed so unacceptable, doing so even those included in the Act’s labeling requirement! And it would do so, starting with products sold as “foods’ for regular use, rather than as “drugs” sold for more occasional use.

    When a 1911 U.S. Supreme Court decision found the 1906 Act failed to confer the degree of regulatory power sought by the U.S.D.A. – namely that “misbranding” referred to a substance’s identity rather than its efficacy – it was soon amended. That would thus set the stage for bureaucrats to suppress information about medical alternatives, via empowering them to declare such medical claims as false- even arbitrarily. This would build upon the Act’s already established failure to require scientific backing regarding U.S.D.A. Bureau of Chemistry claims about ingredients, further establishing a medical – agricultural mercantilist scheme for patentable synthetic drugs and Tobacco- the U.S.D.A. after all being initially established in 1862 to promote U.S. agricultural interests.

    The drug war after all has always involved markets worth billions, and the U.S.D.A., as an example of this drive for market control, was undeniably concerned about the market threat that Coca posed to Tobacco, as seen in their infamous 1910 Farmers’ Bulletin article “Habit Forming Agents Their Sale and Use a Menace to the Public Welfare”. Notably the U.S.D.A. hysteria against cocaine – regardless of actual matters of a preparation’s potency/abuse potential – escalated sharply after the U.S. took control of the project constructing the Panama Canal that would significantly reduce transport distances for Coca leaves from the coast of Peru to North Atlantic markets. Coca leaf is what experts as Dr. Ronald K. Siegel of U.C.L.A. have noted “…stands out among all the stimulants, licit and illicit, as the easiest to control and the one least likely to produce toxicity or dependency.”

    We know the worst are Tobacco products, particularly cigarettes, actively promoted for decades by American Medical Association figures as “Dr.” Morris Fishbein, and now credited by the U.N. World Health Organization with causing some 100 million premature deaths during the 1900s. We can see how cigarette production spiked in the wake of the successive 1906, 1914 and 1937 U.S. drug control legislative Acts, and can just begin to calculate this rarely acknowledged enormity of public health subversion caused by the war on drugs. Yet article after article about the drug war can never dare mention any of this, choosing instead to fail to get beyond New York Times promoted fake news from 1914 that cocaine was banned in the U.S. because Black people liked it and that it made them impervious to bullets prompting some police units to adopt larger caliber guns.

    U.S. Cigarette production spiked with drug prohibition: 1906, 1914,1937;
    coinciding with the crackdowns on Opium, Coca and Cannabis
    (p230 Licit & Illicit Drugs Breecher)

    Has anyone ever seen a 20th century article about medical ‘quackery’ include the profession’s promotion of Tobacco cigarettes so prevalent in the half century following the 1906 U.S. Food and Drugs Act?

    That Act that so empowered the United States Department of Agriculture Bureau of Chemistry over foods and drugs, had cleverly exempted Tobacco products, by cleverly limiting its jurisdiction to drugs listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia, which did list Tobacco prior to de listing it the previous year- 1905!

    The 1906 Act would effectively grandfather Tobacco with its Section 6:

    “That the term “drug,” as used in this Act, shall include all medicines and preparations recognized in the United States Pharmacopoeia or National Formulary for internal or external use, and any substance or mixture of substances intended to be used for the cure, mitigation, or prevention of disease of either man or other animals. The term “food,” as used herein, shall include all articles used for food, drink, confectionery, or condiment by man or other animals, whether simple, mixed, or compound.”

    Tobacco had been included in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia since at least 1890, yet was deleted in 1905.

    Accordingly, “Former [U.S.] SenatorMaurine Neuberger has claimed that the removal of tobacco from the Pharmacopoeia was the price paid to get support of tobacco-state legislators for the Food and Drug Act of 1906. The leaf was thereby removed from the jurisdiction of the FDA (Wagner, 1971: 74).”

    That statement and the timing suggest that the 1905 deletion was done in anticipation of the 1906 Act.

    The drug war’s lack of scientific quality has a broader purpose.

    That would be a campaign not only against opiates and cocaine, but also against the idea of self medication (that is individuals medicating without a doctor’s prescription), against medications that were based upon natural substances as herbs and components of herbs, and hence un-patentable, against products that were generally dilute, hence taking more shelf space than concentrates as powders and pills. That campaign relied heavily upon such code terms as ‘nostrums’ – see Colliers Magazine cir 1905, as well as “Patent Medicines’ – actually a misnomer used against what were correctly termed ‘proprietary medicines’ as patent medicines where those that could be patented because they were man made chemicals rather than ones occurring naturally in things as plants- hence the basis for today’s overly expensive and toxic- re side effects – pharmaceutical monopoly medicines. The U.S. government’s years of suppression of knowledge about the potential efficacy of Cannabis in fighting cancer, for instance, is but a part of this subversion of choice, which is a key factor in the crisis of rising health care costs.

    The current habit of assuming that the ‘war on drugs’ simply started with Richard Nixon’s Presidency, and the near universal tendency to only focus upon Cannabis “Marijuana-Marijuana” distracts from the broader picture, serving to further perpetuate the quite costly assault on freedom of medicine and diet.

    Link

    • Daniel Williams

      New here, huh?

      • Hope

        Lol! Daniel, of course we know that stuff… but it dang sure doesn’t hurt to keep saying it, even to the “Choir”. Not everyone knows it. For sure.

        In fact, it should be repeated. Often.

        Thank you, and welcome to the couch, Sandra. Glad to have you.

        The more we are, the stronger we are.

    • Very nice comment, Sandra, and right on.

    • DdC

      Sunday Sermon,
      via Indoor Jesus OG and
      Jamaican Lamb’s Breath.

      My thoughts on it Sandra… Welcome

      Contrary to what is commonly regurgitated, the drug war did not start with Richard Nixon.

      Regurgitated in this context sounds a tad condescending for one republishing a standard pedestrian page of history. Of which History is always a set of lies agreed upon. A firm grasp of the obvious but not what is behind the curtain. Not reality or truth, no in depth logic or much common sense witnessing the progress of the drug war. But, rather made to be obvious, reverse engineered as any means to an end goal. Yes that is what the history books say. Too bad they were written by prohibitionists. NO prohibition should be taken at face value. They are all fronts for power and profits treating the new menace whatever it is. Booze, Drugs, Equal pay or segregation are all serving the bottom line. oh btw…

      Shaffer Library of Drug Policy

      Technically it did start with Nexxon. Since US v Leary overturned the MTA, and also technically since the MTA was not prohibition, it was still technically available under a tax stamp authorization. It was definitely corporate sabotage and too many hurdles for farmers to jump. The MTA was adapted from the Machine Gun Act circumventing the 2nd Amendment as seen by some as the right of an individual to bear arms. The MTA had the same motive as the 18th amendment when Rockefeller put Ford’s ethanol engine out of business.

      Same mindset of corporatists behind all of the prohibitions, including the 1914 Harrison “Narcotics” Tax Act giving Big Pharma a monopoly. Also not prohibition since cocaine was still used by Coca Cola and Dentistry. Opiates were still used for pain. It was a way to clear profits for the newly emerging Big Pharma. Its all eliminating competition and none of it is about or was conceived for the safety of the citizens. Who are always used as shields and poster kids to enact the laws. But it always comes down to the bottom line behind it.

      Including Nixon disregarding the Leary case and politically placing Cannabis as a temporary S#1 narcotic, temporary to this day. Same with urine testing Leary used to prove the MTA was UnConstitutional, yet profits for pisstasters are in the billions. Using Watergate headlines to hide behind while pushing the CSA through Congress without notice. The same way Rockefeller lobbied Congress for the 18th Amendment and then again for the 21st to repeal it after his crude oil gasoline service stations were built. Just Fascism, nothing to see here.

      Al Capone and Watergate

      As for tobacco, another bait and switch PC drug war, excluding the real killers. Tobacco wasn’t added to the drug list because for 500 years organic tobacco never did enough harm to list it. Only after the chemicals for pleasure in smoking were added and advertised by Reagan and John Wayne. The 599 poison chemicals added to tobacco products not in organic tobacco or Ganja.

      Archives: How Marijuana Unavailability
      Leads to Use of Harder Drugs (1969)

      Justification to raise prices by taxing. Only pushing lower incomes to generic brands with even more chemical poisons. Sicker quicker and that is the goal, not safe smokers anymore than safe drug users. Same goal of punishing or scapegoating smokers. Tobacco is a non-intoxicating way to reduce stress. Using Ganja expectorates most of the smoke residue, and tar is non-carcinogenic. Pheromones are not second hand smoke.

      It has grown the black market and caused “undesirables” or HUD tenants to be evicted. Then get higher rent after. It has its profits the same as banning homegrown affordable health care with Ganja.

      Sick people provide more Big Pharma profits than healthy people and those using alternatives. No profit in cures or prevention, only “treatments”.

      Sick, but that’s reality in this moneyslut world we live in. They dumped 780M Oxy’s on WV, I guess to profit or maybe just to feed the epidemic. Jails provide more profit and tax than minimum wage jobs. Just the way it is. Ganja and Hemp are too versatile for this fascist market. Or maybe they do care about peoples health, Just not enough to provide 2 million, homes to live in. That Hemp can. Not enough to stop kicking sick peoples doors in to bust them for illegally stopping their pain or seizures.

      They care enough to keep the people ignorant for 45 years including the elected officials with access to the information. Always about the greed and power. One of Roosevelt’s compromises for the New Deal. Sacrifice the tokers, the people of color and mostly then were rednecks, musicians, poets and actors. Finding a cheap high during prohibition and when the price of sugar had risen and made bootleg risks greater than the profits. Going back to Prohibiting certain humans from doing what other humans are doing or going.

      With slavery and segregation, prison slave labor was not stopped with the 13th amendment. Cheap corporate labor. Building the Pyramids or working cotton fields now chemically poisoning the bible belt. While the hand me down racist teachings continue. The religionists poisons aborting more than clinics they shut down, creating more profits and more sick. Lumping an organic alternative Hemp with S#1 PCP. Divide and exploit.

      Maybe the really real reason Pot is outlawed is due to the ECS transmitters psychically sending messages to other peoples ECS receptors and giving the ability to cheat at poker or read minds. That’s not something they want us to have. Must be something to put so much time and resources into keeping the earth’s most useful plant from the people. Since I am the only one I know contemplating such a theory I suspect its just the $Trillions in profits made on Prohibition.

      Observing the Ganjawar over the decades, citizens given draconian sentences from the NRA lobbied Mandatory Minimums. With federal case gag orders from using the word or defense of “medicinal”. Or from non-psychoactive Hemp possession growing wild as ditchweed. Used for larger eradication numbers and has put harvesters in prison for the crime of having burlap and canvas.

      The risk of actually using the Constitution to demand a jury of your peers is too great for 95% copping a plea bargain. Including more profits pisstasting and rehabilitation asylums, many faith based, skipping state regulations. With the mindset that addiction is a sin and only Geeeeezus can cure it. Hard for Athiests, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish kids.

      Now with the drugged driving mandate leftovers from Obama Drumpfy doesn’t seem to be bothered by. As he is environmental protections, schools and the middle class in general. This most assuredly will further profile stoners for whatever reason. Color or gender, with women the fastest growing cage fillers. Forfeiture laws and confiscations of cash and cars will increase with more jobs lost and unemployment denied via $2 whiz quizzers. And each and every prohibitionist will be jerking a flag clutching a bible all proud of their hypocrisy and barbaric traditions.

      Nothing new. Way before corporate media censorship and alternative facts. Civil War soldiers were smoking hashish. The World’s Fair had Turkish Parlors to smoke it from hookahs and enhance your visit. Sears sold Ganja Candy way before the MTA. Also patented medicine wasn’t removed from the pharmacopoeia until 41. When they reissued stamps to farmers for the Hemp for Victory campaign after Manila was taken by the Japanese.

      Not in many History books. Just like Lincoln had little to do with ending slavery. The Industrial Revolution made it cheaper for a machine to do the work than care and housing a dozen slaves. The Great Migration brought cheap workers to the cities. Building the skyscrapers and bridges.

      Who’s Really Fighting Legal Weed
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1974
      A Very Lucrative Evil Hoax
      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/936

      Such a noble race of people these Americans think they be, Just overcome with blind faith and naiveté. The “experts” be it doctors or cops, have never been taught the endocannabinoid system (ECS) or anything Cannabis Only info from NIDA and the Mississippi Schwag Farm one strain two potency sticks, seeds and leaves crushed and machine rolled for the remaining 4 IND patients. 45 years of Grants to continue failed attempts to prove it is the devil’s weed with roots in hell.

      Medical research was banned in 1974 after discovering by accident that it shrank brain tumors. trying to prove it caused damage to the immune system, and it didn’t. Bad day for the DEA. Even after Nahas theory that cannabis harmed the immune was proven false. It didn’t stop Czar Turner from claiming the research shows it caused Gays and therefore, AIDs. He’s still spare changing grants in Florida with Calvina and Son of SAM Kevin Abraham Sabet-Sharghi. Or did it stop Governor Rayguns from suffocating monkey’s to prove Pot caused brain damage. SoS Different Day. I belie, belie, belie, belie, believe that’s all folk’s.

      “Professionals”
      can be more of a problem, than solution

      http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1988
      Riding their Laural’s of Ignorance
      by Censorship and blind Obedience.

      ?We cannot, by total reliance on law, escape the duty to judge right and wrong… There are good laws and there are occasionally bad laws, and it conforms to the highest traditions of a free society to offer resistance to bad laws, and to disobey them.?
      — Constitutional scholar Alexander Bickel

  • strayan

    Lots of doctors have started to realise that putting their faith in government to solve this issue is a mistake:

    As a physician, I urge caution as we cut back opioids http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/326095-as-a-physician-i-urge-other-doctors-to-cut-back-on-prescribing

  • strayan

    States have responded to rising rates of prescription-opioid overdose by adopting laws that restrict the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.

    Laws that restrict the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances showed few meaningful associations with the receipt of prescription opioids

    These results are likely to disappoint state officials who are implementing laws to mitigate the unintended consequences of opioid analgesic use

    we found that state laws that impose costly requirements on prescribers, pharmacists, and patients did not have meaningful associations with opioid use or adverse outcomes

    QED

    http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1514387#t=abstract

  • DdC

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
    – Marijuana (HBO) Apr 2, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtHDCic7dkw

    • DdC

      John Oliver’s main story Sunday night on Last Week Tonight was about marijuana legalization. While 44 states have some form of medical marijuana law, the federal government still has it as classified as a schedule one narcotic. Which Oliver pointed out was ridiculous,..

      John Oliver Pushes for Marijuana Legalization on the Federal Level
      … saying, “Marijuana isn’t schedule one any more than a hedgehog is an apex predator.” Due to the federal laws, veterans who want to use medical marijuana to help with their PTSD have a very difficult time getting it. Oliver showed the example of Danny Belcher, a Vietnam vet who explained how marijuana helps him sleep after having nightmares, and what he’s able to accomplish if he smokes marijuana after having the nightmare. While speaking to the Kentucky Legislature in 2014, Danny said, “If that nightmare gets so bad I can’t wake up and realize it’s just a nightmare, I will light that pipe up, I’ll be a criminal, I’ll go back to sleep. The next morning, I will get up at 6 o’clock like I always do, my four days a week I go to the gym, I run. I help other veterans. I couldn’t do that if I was on the damn drugs the VA had me on.” Oliver then added, “So for all the talk you hear of marijuana being a “gateway drug”, in his case, the gateway led to peaceful sleep, rigorous exercise, and community service.”

      Did you see John Oliver last night?
      by NORML April 3, 2017
      Did you catch it? On Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver skewered our nation’s failed policy of marijuana prohibition addressing topics ranging from a potential crackdown from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the newly formed Cannabis Caucus, and the desperate need for federal marijuana law reform.

  • jean valjean

    OT

    How the odious Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich set the scene for Trump’s anti-immigrant politics back in 1996:

    “And in the last two decades, as we remove more immigrants, many of whom have deep family and community connections, we’ve caused untold misery to people who aren’t so different from American citizens. Many people have been removed for drug offenses, for instance, and yet how many college students and professors do I know, all of them American citizens, who use drugs or even have minor drug offenses? When the law treats people with similar offenses in radically different ways, based solely on status, the present law evokes the worst of laws past.”

    “We must hope that the U.S. can get beyond this present dark phase of its development. The next couple of years will see to what extent we prize democracy and social solidarity over the reactionary impulses that have been unleashed by years of punishing neoliberal policies meted out to the majority of U.S. residents”.

    http://www.alternet.org/immigration/debating-big-questions-immigration-part-2-how-bill-clinton-paved-way-donald-trumps

  • Servetus

    New LSD research demonstrates the psychedelic’s fear-reducing capabilities:

    4-APR-2017 — Scientists at the University of Basel have shown that LSD reduces activity in the region of the brain related to the handling of negative emotions like fear. The results, published in the scientific journal Translational Psychiatry, could affect the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety.[…]

    In the last few years…interest in researching hallucinogens for medical purposes has been revived. Psychoactive substances such as LSD, particularly in combination with psychotherapies, could offer an alternative to conventional medication. It is now known that hallucinogens bind to a receptor of the neurotransmitter serotonin; how the changes of consciousness influence the activity and connectivity of the brain…is not yet known.[…]

    Professor Stefan Borgwardt and his team showed that the depiction of fear under LSD led to a notably lower level of activity in the amygdala – an area of the brain that is believed to be central to the processing of emotions. This observation could explain some of the changes in emotional experience that occur after taking hallucinogens.[…]

    …the lower the LSD-induced amygdala activity of a subject, the higher the subjective effect of the drug. “This ‘de-frightening’ effect could be an important factor for positive therapeutic effects,” explains Doctor Felix Müller, lead author of the study.

    AAAS Public Release: Less fear: How LSD affects the brain

    When the CIA first experimented with LSD, one idea for its use was as a weapon. The CIA wanted to spray it onto enemy troops, as it was believed the chemical would incapacitate them on the battlefield. Had the plan actually been implemented, LSD might have made enemy soldiers less fearful and more aggressive in battle.

    Any kind of drug prohibition that remains intact in the future will need to specifically address the drug problem of the CIA and similar intelligence agencies. Given the agency’s incompetent, demented, pathological approach to recreational drugs and their uses, the CIA and its ilk should be prohibited from going anywhere near psychoactive chemicals.

  • DdC

    From the start, the chemical strike that killed dozens of people in northern Syria on Tuesday morning looked different from the chlorine gas attacks frequently used by the Syrian military. Videos and photographs showed victims with symptoms consistent with severe exposure to a nerve agent or some other deadly substance. APRIL 4, 2017

    Evidence From Victims Points to Nerve Gas in Syria Attack

    Syria, Got Ganja?
    “best available protection against nerve gas attack”

    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/677
    Ganja 4 Banned Nerve Gas Used on Yemeni Protesters
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1685
    Only The PotHeads Will Survive
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/664
    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.

    Studies reveal that marijuana protects against brain damage from stroke, heart attacks, and nerve gas.

  • Servetus

    Marijuana saves a California town:

    …Desert Hot Springs, a city of 28,000 people that has struggled in the shadow of Palm Springs for decades. As the city tilted toward municipal bankruptcy in 2014, it decided to embrace marijuana as a revenue source. Voters approved local ballot measures allowing the city to tax marijuana dispensaries and growing operations, and the city reclaimed a vast tract of mostly vacant industrial land to allow indoor marijuana cultivation.

    https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/articles/2017/04/03/california-desert-towns-become-haven-for-a-new-crop-marijuana

  • WalStMonky

    .
    .

    Did someone say that voting doesn’t matter?

    Gov. Walker warns Trump administration of ‘harmful consequences’ of pot crack down

    That would be Gov. Walker of Alaska. The Governor is an Independent only because he couldn’t win the Republican nomination. He did defeat that Republican candidate and incumbent Governor in the General election but he didn’t defeat the Democratic candidate because there wasn’t one on the ballot.

  • Servetus

    The prosocial hormone oxytocin may be enlisted in the future to help treat opioid addictions and relapse:

    5-APR-2017…the oxytocin system — a key player in social reward and stress regulation–is profoundly affected by opioid use. Therefore, it may be an important target for developing medications to treat opioid addiction and to prevent relapse.

    “Social withdrawal is one of the key factors that can predispose people to heroin addiction but is also a consequence of drug use,” said Dr. Alexis Bailey, senior author of the British Journal of Pharmacology review. “Given the benefits that social support programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have in keeping addicts abstinent, current findings in the review suggest the use of the prosocial hormone oxytocin as a novel effective ‘psycho-biological therapy’ for the prevention of relapse to drug-use in drug dependent individuals…clinical studies assessing the efficacy of oxytocin-based pharmacotherapies in opioid addiction are warranted.”

    AAAS Public Release: Could targeting oxytocin help treat opioid addiction?

  • DdC

    ☛ The People’s Climate Rally 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvwjcMeN5sE

    The D.C. march for science will be the most wonderfully nerdy demonstration ever
    Scientists are taking a cue from last week’s Women’s Marches and planning their own protests in Washington, D.C., and far beyond.

    Why we’re marching

    On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.

    We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action.

    We March to:

    * Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.
    * Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.
    * Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers.
    * Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize.
    * Fund investments in our communities, people and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all.
    * Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech.

    Future carbon dioxide,
    climate warming potentially unprecedented in 420 million years

    Over the next 100 to 200 years, carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere will head towards values not seen since the Triassic period, 200 million years ago. Furthermore, by the 23rd century, the climate could reach a warmth not seen in 420 million years, say researchers.

    Sister Marches
    Can’t make it to DC?
    Find a sister march that’s happening near you.
    Everything we have struggled to move forward in the United States is in peril. Our loved ones feel under siege, and those in power in Washington are advancing a dark and dangerous vision of America that we know is untrue. To change everything, we need everyone.

    A look at how Trump’s moves on coal will affect the industry
    Experts say coal’s biggest problem isn’t a shortage of the fuel to dig or even climate change regulations but cheap and abundant natural gas. Gas prices dropped as advances in drilling such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, greatly increased the amount of gas on the market. For many utilities, that’s made gas a more attractive fuel than coal.

    ☛ SULFUR IN COALS
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/658
    ☛ Mountaintop Removal for a Pollution while Banning Hemp
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1108

  • Servetus

    …every war suffers a kind of progressive degradation with every month that it continues, because such things as individual liberty and a truthful press are simply not compatible with military efficiency. – George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, (Mariner, 2015), p. 138.

  • Mouth

    Tulsa closing two elementary schools. 175 Days of school for all boys and girls in the state. . . School in many parts is Monday-Thursday . . . teachers get paid shit and even Football is loosing money: Time for Pot. Time for letting prisoners go who are busted for drugs. Time to make jobs in new industries to increase taxes.

  • jean valjean

    Over-dose victims charged with “inducing panic” in Ohio, but only “for their own good”. Government stupidity when it comes to drugs knows no limits.

    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/ohio-opioid-overdose-outrage-town-ugly-effort-punish-victims

  • Marijuana cases clog treatment meant for heroin, opiates https://tinyurl.com/kemnezw

    “In 2014, Philadelphia spent $28 million dollars for 8,363 treatment admissions, under the Single County Authority funding system. Four substances made up the majority: Alcohol (2,476), Marijuana (1,844), Heroin (1,764) and Cocaine (1,081).”

    “Prescription opiates only accounted for only 311 admissions that year, and methamphetamine just 15. The same ratios continued in 2015.”

    “National data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that 6 in 10 people in treatment for marijuana were forced to be there, mainly by probation and parole. These admissions were not generated from weed arrests per se, but offenders from all arrests who then failed urine tests for THC.”

    What a complete waste of time and help. The court is interested in help as punshment. Another good reason that shows what a mistake it is to use the justice deprtment instead of the health care system.

  • Milestone study shows dramatic reduction in pharmaceutical reliance among Canadian medical cannabis patients https://t.co/GB4nRAb5Zg

  • The Cannabis Terpene that Can Kill Cancer Cells – Terpineol
    https://t.co/tRI87sCzkL

    … “Of all the terpenes—and there are over 30 different terpenes found in the cannabis plant—there is one that stands out as one of the most beneficial and most powerful; powerful enough to even kill cancer cells and tumors. Alpha terpineol has been proven to be an anticancer agent in multiple studies. In August 2000, June 2010 and July 2016, alpha terpineol was proven to not only be a powerful cancer-killing agent, it was also proven to be a powerful antioxidant, antibiotic, antidepressant and it was proven to reduce inflammation and pain.” …

  • How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs
    https://t.co/HtRc510txD

    “The federal criminal justice system simply is not broken. In fact, it’s working exactly as designed,” Cook said at a criminal justice panel at The Washington Post last year.

    The Obama administration largely ignored Cook, who was then president of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys. But he won’t be overlooked anymore.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has brought Cook into his inner circle at the Justice Department, appointing him to be one of his top lieutenants to help undo the criminal justice policies of Obama and former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. As Sessions has traveled to different cities to preach his tough-on-crime philosophy, Cook has been at his side. …
    – end quotes-

    Cook says there is no such thing as a non violent drug offender. Yep. Here we go again. Congress needs to act before this decimates all the legal states and returns it all to the black market.

    These guys are evil.

    • WalStMonky

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      It’s a good thing it isn’t up to them anymore, now isn’t it? It’s only a matter of time.

      Did you hear that Kansas City MO decriminalized by ballot initiative last week? Up to 35 grams is now a $25 fine.

      …that the margin was 71% to 29%?

      …that total voter turnout was 10% (+/-)?

      …that the sycophants of prohibitionist case was very well represented in the local media?

      …that SoPs said the police would be very confused and might suffer permanent brain lock?

      …that SoPs were worried about the poor potheads? If they don’t get arrested by local authorities then they might get arrested by somebody else! (I said well represented, not that it made any sense at all.)

      http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article142751154.html

      • Servetus

        Municipal legal adjustments appear more about the money saved by decriminalization than humane treatment of citizens by their government:

        APR 9, 2017 — …Kansas City is just the latest major city in the U.S. to adopt more progressive laws to deal with marijuana use. Houston, Memphis, Nashville, Tampa, Orlando, Milwaukee, Toledo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.[…]

        According to Chris Goldstein of PhillyNORML, Philadelphia has saved $9 million in public safety costs since it decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.

        http://www.salon.com/2017/04/09/kansas-city-famous-for-bbq-jazz-and-marijuana/

    • Will

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      When Sean Spicer defended Donald Trump’s assertion that his inauguration crowd was the biggest ever, that his presidential win was a landslide, he simply said that that was what Trump “believed”. That moronic explanation has opened the door for any of Trump’s cabinet members to push what they believe over any established factual analysis.

      To Servetus’ point above, years ago a report came out — it may have been from the Rand Corp. — that illustrated a cost/benefit analysis between continuing the status quo ‘war on drugs’ with a less punitive, decriminalization/end-of-prohibition, health based approach to drug use. The analysis was tedious, boring and had nothing to do with human rights. It was strictly about money spent versus what was — and could be — gained. As you can already imagine, the status quo, heavy handed law enforcement approach was not only not working but it was a massive waste of money with no observable, financially positive outcome. Conversely, a less punitive, health based approach was predicted to cost much less while simultaneously gaining much more per dollar spent.

      Obviously, Mr. Sessions and Mr. Cook can now wave off any notion that their “belief” in the old method is unworkable (thanks to Idiot Spicer and Moron Trump). Who needs rigorous analysis when what you want to believe rules your tiny, reptilian brain?

      Although Sessions keeps hinting as to how he’d like to see his belief unfold, he’ll eventually just get too antsy and have to pull the trigger on someone somewhere. Unless some normally cowardly member(s) of Congress takes a brief moment and reflects on Nancy Reagan’s Pollyannaish ‘Just Say No’ sloganeering and says, “Wait, no, we can’t go back to that”.

      • DdC

        Cost to the people or wasted funding on the drug war has no literal meaning to the Neocons waging the drug war. To them it is called profits. The $trillion we think of as wasted since Nixon is all going into the pockets of the war mongers waging this war on its own citizens. While the MSM is a subsidiary of the same corporate profiteers with many products in jeopardy from Cannabis.Right and Wrong are decided by the bottom line, not quality of life.

        Until that sinks in, its all bickering and facts are what you force the people to believe, not Science. We the people made the beast and only we the people can put it on a diet. As long as we buy their crap they will continue selling it. We have an alternative and we have proof it was eliminated through lies and fascist legislation to this day. If the people are that gullible then the war will continue. I posted the following but it is awaiting moderation so it might be overloaded with too many links to post. So if its a duplicate thats why. When the people lead, the leaders will follow.

        LEADERSHIP
        We envision a future where cannabis and hemp have become a cornerstone of society. A future where hemp is a staple in diets, and cannabinoids are the source of medicines that are used to conquer some of the most debilitating diseases in the world. Hemp will be one of the most abundant crops in the world, from mass agriculture in the United States to community farming that sustains the developing world. Through cannabis, our people and our planet will achieve a healthier existence.
        Dr. Stuart Titus,
        Chief Executive Officer of Medical Marijuana, Inc

  • DdC

    I Love the Smell of Science Catching Up to Stoners…

    The Big Picture 4-7-17 Trump’s Syria U-Turn
    with Dr. Stuart Titus
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhJUisSllT8
    Sam discusses marijuana legalization and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement to review marijuana policies with Dr. Stuart Titus of Medical Marijuana, Inc.

    LEADERSHIP
    We envision a future where cannabis and hemp have become a cornerstone of society. A future where hemp is a staple in diets, and cannabinoids are the source of medicines that are used to conquer some of the most debilitating diseases in the world. Hemp will be one of the most abundant crops in the world, from mass agriculture in the United States to community farming that sustains the developing world. Through cannabis, our people and our planet will achieve a healthier existence.
    Dr. Stuart Titus,
    Chief Executive Officer of Medical Marijuana, Inc

    Terpenes
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/2084

    But again, the status quo Beauregard Sessions Preferred Treatment of a 4 yr old girl using cannabis for Epileptic seizures is to take her from her parents and feed her Aptiom. While the 1952 Webster’s Dictionary states Cannabis has been used medicinally for Spasms. It made liitle sense how the DEA could maintain no medicinal value. That determines its scheduling status. That is the base for every cop and doctor policy. Obama simply lowered the enforcement priority that Sessions is trying to repeal and make the old lame unfounded case of causing crime and violence. The only crime is prohibition as well as the causal connection to most of the violence.

    Sessions Moves to Roll Back Civil Rights
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdSDn4tsdnE

    Yet NO US Medical School teaches Cannabis or the ECS endocannabinoid system. No Police Academy teaches cannabis has medicinal value. No federal court permits a medicinal defense and it is all based on the scheduling of Cannabis in the CSA controlled substance act. Fabricated without Science and Nixon rejecting his own Commission recommending no criminal sanctions. So until reality reaches the “professionals” Prohibitionists will terrorize more Americans than ISSL every dreamed of.

    Marijuana Stops Child’s Severe Seizures, ask Sanjay Gupta.
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/667

    Who are these TVcop and doctor “excerpts” inputting on cannabis policy?

    “Professionals” are or can be more of a problem, than solution
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1988

    A group of governors wrote a letter urging Jeff Sessions to keep marijuana legal, meaning in states. Its definitely a good thing for a few or a lesser evil than what Sessions day dreams about. With Bennett and Walters predator kid theories.

    The 4 governors signing onto a letter to Sessions, out of 50 governors with access to the same information, but it all helps. The Ganjawar has always been alternative logic, like the Airplane Movie, watching it unfold for so long. It fits, as do all of the Denialist’s idiocies.

    The prohibitionists are living in the “Airplane” movie…

    Striker : Tell ‘em the gear is down and we’re ready to land.
    Elaine : The gear is down and we’re ready to land.
    Kramer : Alright, he’s on final now,
    put out all runway lights except 9er.
    Towerguy: Captain,
    maybe we ought to turn on the search lights now.
    MCrosky:No, that’s just what they’ll be expecting us to do

    “At DEA, our mission is to fight drug trafficking in order to make drug use the most expensive, unpleasant, risky, and disreputable form of recreation a person could have.”
    – Donnie Marshall, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

    ONDCP with the DEA and NIDA statutory responsibilities, which include taking such actions as necessary to oppose efforts to legalize certain controlled substances such as marijuana.
    ~ Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie