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Marijuana in the U.S.

We’ve made some progress over the years…

Marijuana Won the Midterm Elections by Tom Angell

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17 comments to Marijuana in the U.S.

  • Servetus

    Results from the latest mouse and rat research has produced more outcomes demonstrating a further need to do THC research on humans. New findings show that:

    6-Nov-2018 —

    • Prenatal exposure to THC in rats has lasting effects on metabolites in the brain, making the animal more vulnerable to stress later in life (Robert Schwarcz, abstract 609.12).

    • Rats exposed to synthetic compounds that are similar to THC during fetal development show impaired formation of the neural circuits involved in learning and memory as adolescents (Priyanka Das Pinky, abstract 424.17).

    • Cannabinoid use by adolescent rats boosts activity in brain pathways responsible for habit formation (José Fuentealba Evans, abstract 602.07).

    • In adolescent rats, cannabinoids may disturb the development of a protein lattice important for balancing excitatory and inhibitory activity in a brain region involved in decision-making, planning, and self-control (Eliza Jacobs-Brichford, abstract 645.09).

    • Long-term cannabinoid use alters metabolism and connectivity of brain regions involved in learning and memory in adult mice (Ana M. Sebastião, abstract 778.08).

    • Treating Alzheimer’s disease mice with the psychoactive compound found in marijuana improves memory and reduces neuronal loss, suggesting a possible therapy for the human disease (Yvonne Bouter, abstract 467.14).

    AAAS Public Release: New insights into the neural risks and benefits of marijuana use: Compounds in cannabis can impair or improve memory depending on age, disease

    Also at see: When Mice Can’t Answer Questions, Neuroscience Turns to Primates


    • Servetus

      The point I was trying to make is that rat or mice studies don’t necessarily mean researchers will get the same results when they test humans. 85% of the time they don’t. So far, humans and maybe primates are the only valid test subjects for getting realistic human results. Volunteers shouldn’t be hard to find.

    • darkcycle

      Servetus is no troll. And that research cited above is legit (as far as that goes). Remember, not only does this research have to be shown to be applicable in a human brain, but it also needs to be replicatable. Particularly in cannabis research that seems to be an issue.
      I am reminded of the words of J.W.D. Henderson, Cannabis researcher: “The drug is really quite a remarkably safe one for humans, although it is really quite a dangerous one for mice and they should not use it.”

  • DdC

    Engineering results is Prohibitionism in a nut shell. If Ganja supplements the Endocannabinoid System into balance. Then a duel result is simply switched. If it curtails appetite in obesity, then that would be “bad” for wasting syndrome. While actual Ganja has both properties. It can dilute memory in PTSD and remove the cobwebs with brain trauma and ALZ.

    Active Ingredient In Marijuana Reduced Alzheimer’s-Like Effects In Mice

    Prohibitionists babble has prevented treatment and caused terror in citizens, and its paid by the victims taxes. Its hard to protest Trumps lying, diverting irrational acts when so many never noticed growers doing mandatory minimums or 50 million Americans having arrest records tagging them through life.

    ‘After two puffs, I was turned into a bat’

    Government sponsored trips while I’m still waiting for the flashback Nixon promised.

    The New York Times obtained hundreds of pages of documents this week relating to the Central Intelligence Agency’s mind-control experiments involving LSD.

    The Yuppies are starting to see what Cannabist’s have lived, for damn near a century. Cheating, Lying, Diversion, Stalling and killing legislature before anyone can read it. Research banned, media censored and propagandized. We’ve lived under Bi-Partisan Trumpism’s going on 5 decades. How many more Americans suffered from Ron & Nancy’s billion dollar piss tasting business spreading gossip about Ganja?

    The Hype: Brain Damage in Dead Monkeys
    The Facts: Suffocation of Research Animals
    … In 1974, California Governor Ronald Reagan was asked about decriminalizing marijuana. After producing the Heath/Tulane University study, he proclaimed brain damage.

    Now instead of removing Cannabis as a Controlled Substance. To let the American citizrey do what a few states have been doing underground or by states with no power. To let people relieve pain without sneaking around dealing in cash. How many things this plant could do and the scum of the earth Prohibitionists continue to sabet-age and lie to maintain a sick perverted life-style of the very backassward profiteers on misery.

    How Cannabis Can Help Ease Arthritis Pain & Inflammation

  • Servetus

    It gets better all the time.

    Kevin Sabet’s source of funding, Ms. Schauer, is accused of consorting with a known anti-Semite named Roger Morgan who says George Soros “collaborated with Nazis in wartime Hungary to steal and send Jewish families to the gas chambers.” Morgan is also an ardent marijuana prohibitionist who blames Soros for the “failures” of marijuana legalization.

    Diana Goldstein writes at Alternet:

    …Ms. Schauer, although I do not accuse you of being racist or anti-Semitic, I do take exception to the way you and your organization have contributed to the spread of racism, without your publicly condemning these ideas. And I’m appalled that, in these circumstances, SAM and Kevin Sabet have brought you to the national spotlight.

    Perhaps Sabet, who is currently attempting to reframe marijuana legalization as the New Jim Crow, doesn’t know that your former director has published anti-Semitic bile, while you and your non-profit have willfully ignored and sanitized it? […]

    Will Kevin be taking fascist cash in the future? Funding could get harder to find now that Ms. Schauer’s life is apparently ruined by her donation to Sabet’s SAM, and by Ms. Goldstein’s latest article.

  • DdC

    President Trump considers Kris Kobach, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani for attorney general

    Cannabis and the Anxiety of Fragmentation—A Systems Approach for Finding an Anxiolytic Cannabis Chemotype

    What Does Jeff Sessions’ Exit Mean for Federal Pot Policy? via @RollingStone

  • Servetus

    Mark A. R. Kleiman won’t admit he’s beaten. He continues his gratuitous persecution of cannabis consumers by publishing on the dangers of driving under the influence of THC. A frustrated Prof. Kleiman notes several problems associated with policing stoned drivers:

    26-OCT-2018–…Oral-fluid testing can demonstrate recent use but not the level of impairment and thus a blood test must be carried out by health professionals at a medical facility. A further challenge is that blood THC levels drop very sharply even after minutes. A blood test is also a poor indicator of how recently the drug was used or the extent of impairment, and other tests are also not completely accurate.

    Research on the risk of driving under the influence of cannabis is still preliminary and subject to fierce debate. However, a few facts are certain: stoned-driving adds to accident risk, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs. Also, while it is certain that the risk of driving under the influence of cannabis alone is much lower than under the influence of high levels of alcohol, it is difficult to determine levels of impairment after cannabis use.

    Stoned driving, the article posits, should be discouraged by making it a traffic offense with the promotion of anti-stoned driving messages highlighting the dangers and risks.

    “Even assuming that an acceptable test can be developed, stoned driving alone and not involving alcohol or other drugs, should be treated as traffic infraction rather than as a crime, unless aggravated by recklessness, aggressiveness, or high speed,” said study author Professor Mark A.R Kleiman of New York University.

    AAAS Public Release complete with scare headline: High on the highway — stoned-driving on the increase

    Original Article—No Paywall:

    Too bad for Mark. If only those pesky THC blood levels didn’t drop sharply within minutes it might be possible to nail more drivers. Better luck next time.

  • kaptinemo

    Remember how the prohibs always said that if they fought the drug war like a real war, they’d win?

    Well, they got their wish, last year…and failed utterly: The Drug Catastrophe in Afghanistan

    The massive aerial bombardment of ten drug-processing laboratories included strikes by some Afghan air force Tucano aircraft, but the main assault was by the US Air Force which for the first time in Afghanistan used its F-22 Raptor aircraft, flown from the United Arab Emirates. B-52 strategic nuclear bombers based in Qatar attacked targets, and F-16s joined in from the Bagram base near Kabul. The operation also involved KC-10 and KC-135 refuellers, every surveillance means that could be deployed, and command and control aircraft. This was a major — and very expensive — operation.

    The commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, US General John Nicholson, told a news conference “We hit the labs where they turned poppy into heroin. We hit their storage facilities where they kept their final products, where they stockpiled their money and their command and control.” Not only that, but “The strikes that were prosecuted last night will continue… This is going to be steady pressure that’s going to stay up and we are not going to let up.” He said “the Drug Enforcement Administration estimates there are 400 to 500 opium laboratories across Afghanistan”. So after that first attack in November 2017 there were ten down and about 400 to go.

    We told them. We told them for not years, but decades, that their efforts would only be like fighting the mythical Hydra; cut one head off, two more grow back. But, noooo, we were just stupid closet druggies, they were the ‘adults in the room’, the Very Serious People.

    They were like McNamara’s ‘The Best and the Brightest’ who were going to win the war in Viet Nam. They were like Bush II’s NeoCon’Vulcans’ who said the Iraqis would line the streets and throw flowers at the feet of US soldiers marching in a victory parade in Baghdad. History proved otherwise, as the realists said it would.

    I hate the smell of such blind, arrogant hubris in the morning; it smells like charred corpses.

  • Hope

    “I hate the smell of such blind, arrogant hubris in the morning; it smells like charred corpses.”

    Me, too.

    I’m glad to have stood beside you through most of this resistance to idiocy, Kap. I would have been a lot more scared and doubtful without you.

    • kaptinemo

      Hope, all I am and have ever been was a mouth. Maybe sometimes a big one, but just a mouth. One that said what needed saying. There are others here who have done much more…and paid higher prices than I have. They have my respect.

      As someone told me long ago, “The truth will always come out.” Servetus finding that article on AlterNet about the prohibs’ unsavory associations and what happened when they were discovered was an example of that truth coming out.

      The modern-day prohibs are the fruit of the poison tree, and cannot fall far from its branches. Every reformer knows the catechism about how drug prohibition was steeped in racism and bigotry, and it would seem that its modern-day proponents are ‘chips off the old block’, engaging in crypto (and now, as has been discovered, not-so crypto-) racial bigotry.

      And now this discovery is happening at a time in our nation’s history when such subjects, once taboo, are being resurrected and public discourse about them is heated to incandescence. If this revelation about the prohib’s crypto-racist associations gets more traction, the prohibs will be facing not only rancorous discussion, but given the highly charged political environment, it may become very personal for them in a physical way never experienced by them before.

      They’re stately academicians (or pretend to be, anyway) not (as Kipling put it) ‘gutter-devil’ street fighters. They’ve never actually had to face the legions of people the policies they supported have savaged. Their own hands seem clean but what they have supported has left broken lives and dead bodies in its wake. That safe cocoon they enjoyed, allowing lever-pulling and button-pushing from high up their ivory towers could change, and swiftly.

  • Hope

    Telling the truth in the face of a storm of lies from very powerful people with a nasty agenda is not something done lightly. You have answered the calling to publicly say something for justice and respect for the persecuted and you’ve said it faultlessly. Absolutely faultlessly and for a very long time. I really was scared to speak up and make public statements online and in newspapers. I was really scared. You, Richard Lake, and that old lumber salesman we love from the backwoods of Oregon, made me feel brave enough to join you and you encouraged me to add my voice to yours. Thank you for that. It’s taken so long…too long, but I wouldn’t take anything for having participated in this long, drawn out struggle for truth and sanity. Thank you.

  • primus

    The entry by BarryWenry is spam. It leads to a porn site.

  • DdC

    Whitaker said he supports state’s rights
    to nullify federal law @CNNPolitics

    Matthew Whitaker, the new acting attorney general, has said that states have the right to nullify federal law, but that they need the political courage to do so.

    ‘Nullification as a serious, mainstream legal argument didn’t survive the Civil War (or the constitutional amendments that followed),” said University of Texas law professor and CNN contributor Stephen Vladeck. “It’s irreconcilable not only with the structure of the Constitution, but with its text, especially the text of the Supremacy Clause of Article VI—which not only makes federal law supreme, but expressly binds state courts to apply it. For someone who holds those views to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, even temporarily, is more than a little terrifying.”

  • WalStMonky


    The imposition of the death penalty for selling medicinal cannabis in Malaysia appears to have ended the death penalty in Malaysia.

    Medical cannabis: Death sentence prompts Malaysia to re-think harsh laws

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