I’m leaving very early tomorrow morning for a week in New York City, along with 70 people. I’m host of this annual theatre trip and will be conducting walking tours of the city each day, along with seeing six shows with the group.
Naturally, it’ll keep me pretty busy. I’ll stop by when I can, but posting will be very light. However, I’ve got a few friends who may drop in and add a post now and then. Treat them well.
Not just a high by Nathan Seppa in Science News â€” a nice roundup of some of the discoveries going on now regarding the miracle plant cannabis.
But while the medical marijuana movement has been generating political news, some researchers have been quietly moving in new directions â€” testing cannabis and its derivatives against a host of diseases. The scientific literature now brims with potential uses for cannabis that extend beyond its well-known abilities to fend off nausea and block pain in people with cancer and AIDS. Cannabis derivatives may combat multiple sclerosis, Crohnâ€™s disease and other inflammatory conditions, the new research finds. Cannabis may even kill cancerous tumors.
Would like to see more candidates for Congress talk this way:
The closest thing I could see to a quick fix with all the economic issues weâ€™re having is the legalization of marijuana and hemp. We just canâ€™t continue to fund this war on drugs and lock up people, breaking up families and all the other issues that come up with it.
What a great idea. If only we would spend a billion dollars on the drug war, maybe we could win ours… oh, wait.
Opponents are getting desperate and turning to dirty tactics… Montana kids warned of ‘Medical Marijuana Crises’ in flyers â€” and these flyers were passed out by the schools.
‘War on drugs’ behind endless misery by Evan Wood at CNN.
Given that the scenes of violence between rival drug gangs are so common, people often fail to consider the factors that fuel this violence. The reality is that Jamaicans are just the latest victims in a misguided and expensive war that has taken countless thousands of lives, from the streets of New York to the slums and shantytowns of Colombia, Mexico and other third-world nations.
It was through this article that I discovered the new International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. This looks like an excellent, and much needed, organization, urging scientists to speak out to counter the self-interested lobbying of the drug warriors.
There remain critical areas in public health where the gap between evidence and public policy persists. Few areas suffer from this concern more than society’s response to the illicit drug problem. Despite the wealth of scientific evidence that drug law enforcement may be associated with increases in violence and homicide, policymakers continue to focus energy on police and prisons at the expense of effective public health and regulatory approaches.
Continue to read their overview of the challenge of Science and Drug Policy.
This is an open thread.
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