It’s a civil rights issue

Something we’ve been saying for a long time…

Via the Marijuana Majority twitter account:

“Creating a legal, responsible and regulated framework for marijuana is a predominant civil right issue and it’s long overdue,” said Alice Huffman, longtime President of California State NAACP.

The California State NAACP has formally endorsed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).

Of course, it’s not just legalization of marijuana. It’s the entire drug war that’s a civil rights issue (and a host of other issues as well). But again, since marijuana enforcement is the biggest piece of the drug war, it’s a great place to start.

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38 Responses to It’s a civil rights issue

  1. InKushWeTrust says:

    “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice”
    – Martin Luther King Jr

  2. Freeman says:

    Damn right it’s a civil rights issue!


    The legalization movement has celebrated its victories as though they were triumphs for civil rights.

    That’s right, Macaulay. Because they are. I own my body, by right, and I’m not about to let you or anyone else dictate what goes in it, or anything else about my private behavior. I won’t wear your chains. It’s a civil rights thing.

    Dude should write about things he can comprehend, because this piece comes off as ridiculously misinformed and disgustingly dishonest.

    • n.t.greene says:

      I’m sure plantation owners said something along those lines right around when slavery was abolished.

    • O. B.Server says:

      Thanks for linking to the Caulkins article. I note he completely ignores the issue of arrest, jail, or prison for pot, which is the real crux of the matter. Caulkins never mentions prison or jail. That is the issue: arresting and jailing people for pot is wrong.

      Caulkins substitutes a different “the core argument”: the obvious harmlessness of pot.

      Caulkins: “the core argument of the pro-legalization lobby … observe[s] that the majority of people who have used marijuana have not been harmed by it …”


      While it is true pot isn’t the monstrous stepping-stone to heroin, whoredom, and homicide government hirelings swear up and down it is, this isn’t “the core argument” for ceasing to arrest and jail people for pot.

      Instead, “the core argument” revolves around the wrongness of government arresting someone and imprisoning them for a plant.

      Arrest … prison. There’s a reason Caulkins just happened to leave off mentioning that in his article.

      Caulkins, as many of his ilk, gloss over the unpleasant and unjust arrest and jail bits (when it suits them), preferring to rail against an abstract “legalization” bogeyman, instead.

      Why? Because talking about arrest and prison for pot (i.e. the whole point of legalization) would show Caulkins’ “the core argument” – isn’t.

  3. primus says:

    I only read the first couple of paragraphs and quickly spotted the bias. The chart evaluating relative harms was also extremely slanted. Would like to see someone with greater knowledge than I possess to fisk this malodorous heap of dung and submit it to the same publication as rebuttal. If this sort of article is allowed to stand unchallenged it will be used against the movement for years to come. Also it is another case of whack a mole which will keep other idiots from joining in.

  4. DdC says:

    What would the message be? They sacrifice our liberty, for safe kids… It’s all about the childrens, except when they get in the way of profits.

    U.S. top court rejects Nestle bid
    to throw out child slavery suit

    Nestle is the same “personette corporation” who sell 800M gallons of water in plastic goop bottles during a drought. Or dehydration verses

    Access to water is not your right believing you have a right to water – is an extreme belief Water is a raw material and a “foodstuff” that should be privatized and commercialized.

    If They Would Feed Radioactive Oatmeal to Little Kids,
    What Wouldn’t They Do?

    Well certainly not lie about cannabis…
    what do you think they are?

    The Company Behind LA’s Methane Disaster
    Knew Its Well Was Leaking 24 Years Ago

    Now look at all the trouble it’s causing by telling the people who live there. Geeesh, try to make a buck these days. Ewe it smells. Apparently not as bad as the next in line to the latest threat shatter, the evil skunk!

    One year after VA scandal,
    the number of veterans waiting for care
    is up 50 percent

    Oh Congress all wrap themselves in MalWart’s plastic flags, shaking mini’s at the kid soldiers when they leave. But try to find one all proud and giddy, when they return home.

    I hope I don’t need a MTV Jackass warning.
    OK kids don’t try this at home… Just info…

    If you drank 42 cups of coffee in one sitting,
    the caffeine overdose would kill you.

    Last look, cannabis still zero.

    I wonder what gave them a clue?

    The Racist Ganjawar

    Harry J. Anslinger
    The primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races…

  5. Dave says:

    Re: The Jonathon Caulkins Article

    He spends almost the entire article talking about how marijuana is more dangerous that alcohol, saying things like:

    “marijuana appears to generate not just 62% but 133% more dependence per current user than alcohol.”

    He then makes one true statement, showing his entire article is BS:

    “These findings pertain to population-level use in the United States at this time. They are not statements about individual risks as they do not come from experiments that randomly assign some people to use marijuana and other, otherwise-identical people to use alcohol.”

    And then finishes it up with:

    “By being honest about the risks and costs of marijuana use, sensible policymakers can ensure that future legalization, if it must occur, is managed in the safest, most responsible possible way.”

    I guess he means that people like him should be honest, but hide that honesty under mounds of BS.

  6. claygooding says:

    Vice President Biden will lead national effort to cure cancer

    Is it karma or is it Memorex?

    If Joe Biden had not helped write and enact the 1998 Re-Authorization Act that requires the drug war bureaucrats to lie about the dangers and medical efficacy of marijuana would his son still be alive because cannabis could have saved him or he may have never contracted the cancer if he had ingest a couple oi grams a day.

    I hope he realizes what part he played in his son’s death by supporting marijuana prohibition before he leaves this life.:

    • DdC says:

      So wtf is Biden going to do, another RAVE Ax? Is he going to switch test results and claim its cured? When they legislate lies and get away with it. Too big to fail? Infallible? Is it wise to let a person grieving act on their emotions? All of those who have perverted power and cut due process for their own advancement or profits. Are not worthy of holding political office. Or should they be given authority to act on those emotions. If he can stop profit on misery, preventing preventions and cures. Do it as a private citizen. Congress has been as open as the cops about perverting the Constitution concerning profiteers at fat pharma. Revolving doors and obvious vested ignorance. These unAmericans should be held accountable for decades of persecution, torment, trauma and even torture of American citizens. The state of the union… Corrupt.

      Teddy Kennedy and The Ultimate Tragedy of Liberalism.
      His Brain Tumor Is of the Type That Cannabis Might Cure.
      Suppressed Research May Claim Another Drug War Victim.
      Posted by Richard Cowan 2008-05-20

      How much money is made from cancer?
      A great deal of research is covered up and many potential cures are ignored and discredited because there is far more money in perpetuating illness than in curing it. In 2012, the reported spending on cancer treatment was 124.6 billion dollars.

      How much money has been raised for cancer research?
      In recent years, NCI’s budget has been relatively flat, averaging approximately $4.9 billion per year over the past 6 years. Other federal agencies, state, and local governments, voluntary organizations, private institutions, and industry spend substantial amounts of money on cancer-related research.

      “What if Cannabis Cured Cancer”

      In 1974, California Governor Ronald Reagan was asked about decriminalizing marijuana. After producing the Heath/Tulane University study, the so-called “Great Communicator” proclaimed, “The most reliable scientific sources say permanent brain damage is one of the inevitable results of the use of marijuana.” (L.A. Times)

      The Facts: Suffocation of Research Animals
      Dr. Heath/Tulane Study, 1974

      The Cancer Industry is Too Prosperous to Allow a Cure

      The cancer industry is probably the most
      prosperous business in the United States.

      They learned their lessons from curing Polio, pissing off the cattlemen, steel industry and leg brace manufacturing. Profits are the Prophets, replacing necessity as the mother of invention. The profiteers of misery selling Treatments over Prevention and Cures. Even if they have to create the misery, shelve the inventions and outlaw the preventions, alternatives and cures. It looks like a war and we are the enemy.

  7. claygooding says:

    My one objection is that the NAACP endorsed an initiative that will never allow minorities to join in beyond token participation.

    It also allows cities and counties to continue prohibition decided by their commisioners and city councils.

    My objection to that is obvious,,if the state’s citizens legalize cannabis then taxpayers shouldn’t have to fund any county or city’s enforcement costs resulting from a case of Reefer Madness.

    That is how I see it Vern.

    • Matthew Meyer says:

      The endorsement disappoints, but not because the NAACP shouldn’t support legalization. AUMA has been designed to eviscerate the current California cannabis market for takeover by well-capitalized interests likely tied to its sponsors. That’s what makes Jacob Sullum’s recent column on the “protectionism” against Big Marijuana of California’s proposal a bit rich. A handful of cannabis business owners have supported this effort–those few who are in areas that are on board with moving regulations forward into legality–together with cultivators in just a few counties, all of them on the coast.

      Proponents of AUMA are saying to soccer-mom voters that cannabis is very dangerous, so we have to keep lots of criminal enforcement and crippling civil fines for those who break the rules. But–they say–our responsible partners will keep the Devil under control so the kids are safe.

      But according to the Emerald (now California) Growers Association, which purports to represent California cannabis farmers, and has supported both the medical cannabis reforms and AUMA, there are perhaps 50,000 outdoor cannabis farms in the state. By my estimate, the majority of these gardens are in rural counties in the Great Central Valley and Sierra Foothills–areas firmly on the “Ban Wagon.” The new rules are intended to criminalize these farms, and to ensure law enforcement a large continuing role in cannabis policy; that’s why LE let the new medical rules pass.

      But the soccer mom angle is a smokescreen, and it hides the reality that California’s new laws are going to bolster the black market and lead to years more of prohibition-fueled heartbreak. Consider: 2/3 of the dispensaries in LA are unauthorized; the city can’t shut them all down, and it won’t permit them. Under the new rules, these dispensaries will not be able to get a legal supply, while the farmers in Ban Wagon counties won’t have a legal market for their crop.

      When I’ve brought these points up to folks behind the current reforms efforts, they usually have displayed callous disregard both for what happens to farmers shut out by the new rules, and for the negative impacts on the state likely to be caused by enacting policies that unambiguously criminalize most of the economic activity now protected by Prop 215. It is, in my view, an unholy alliance between “activists,” some cannabis businesspeople, and law enforcement, and should be opposed by those who value cannabis freedom.

      • Frank W. says:

        I hate quoting Reagan era songs, but money changes everything.

      • DdC says:

        LEO’s have absolutely NO business even being in the discussion. They have proven to be unreliable, untrustworthy and totally lacking any moral or ethical compass. They are paid by taxes to enforce the law and yet they are always in the discussions whining about the least hazardous substance. They are paid to be neutral or apolitical and yet for 50 years or 100 by state laws. They have been the driving force behind prohibition. They also have the largest stake with forfeitures and confiscations. If this was anything else other than the drug war. It would have been stopped by their superiors. In the case of the drug war it is perpetuated by their superiors.

        Police Academy’s in CA continue to teach recruits that cannabis has NO medicinal value. Based on the C.S.A. not Science or patients or their own damn eyes. It is truly the Emperors peons new uniforms. Everyone in the audience is getting tired of pretending they ain’t just plain ole buck nekad. Those with integrity are getting tired of covering and apologizing for these, basically racketeers. The Justice Dept and Patriot Ax are red flags slapping people in the face.

        It seems to have always been obvious to the hippies and regular users. Not a bit sorry for what they are doing. Knowing it is the right thing for them and no one can decide that for them. Only punish them into obedience. Now the middle class is starting to feel the same persecutions. The stigma is now directed at many of them. Unemployed or homeless when the factory shuts down. Another red flag while the media was watching a birdie fly off. Now the same prohibitionists profiting or not having to compete with a better alternative.

        Risking profits by being exposed on the internet. Websites and commenters showing soccer moms how very wrong this approach is. Since 2000 Feinstein Hatch and others have been submitting bills to stop information about drugs, especially cannabis and hemp. I’ve posted many years of the same old attempts to lower the scheduling one notch for a fat pharma monopoly. The latest glorified as historical which is sad in itself. The CARER Act does nothing for individuals except through the same triplicate system as Roxinol. Kills states dispensaries and growers outside of the Mississippi Schwag Farm.

        As with 19, if the half dozen remaining initiatives change Prop 215 then I would oppose it. If it grants monopolies and includes any punishment, redundant limits granting state cops jurisdiction they don’t have with 215. Or whiz quizzes or forced rehabilitation (oxymoron). Then they can flog the horse they rode in on or visa versa. Legalizing insanity to fix sanity we have and haven’t seen since forever. Is insane. Not a thing wrong imo with making money. Even lots of money. But not as the fascist do by outlawing competition.

        Reducing sheet metal and coal furnaces with Kestrel’s hemp composite auto bodies. Or hundreds of fat pharma side effect OTC.s and side effects for horrible traumatic remedies such as chemo and radiation itself.

        Nothing medicinal, especially for pain, should be prescribed by cops such as the DEA. No drug gods in the Constitution. We shall not and do not have too – na na na na na na. The DEA should be dissolved and tried at the The Hague. Not keep Americans in pain by shutting off their meds. Period. Many are working with patients to get what is needed to patients restricted. Not all meds are dumped in the toilet after a patient passes. There are no earthly laws that could possibly justify torturing citizens

        Why are doctors not taught the ECS or even a conversational knowledge of cannabinoids or cannabidiols. Or why aren’t the news experts those risking all to provide these outlawed flowers to patients the past half century? They should be serving as media “experts”, stoners and growers are the establishment. Not vested ignorance and that is up to us, not them. We can not get a fair shake with cops writing initiatives. CA Prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act is a citizens initiative and all of the nonsense coming out of Sacramento are guidelines, not laws. Only the citizens can amend or destroy it. Not politicians.

        The CA Supreme Court has claimed it a legitimate law of the land. It does NOT include selling it. I see no logical reason why a system we are using in the Central Coast needs LEO input. Property Management corporations have banned more Californians than paranoid town councils. Especially lower income and disabled. Those no rational person would think about denying them anything that helps. Sometimes living with it since birth and LEO puts them in cages and HUD and Corporate bought neighborhoods apartments toss them into the streets.

        The growers and users have kept this plant from Reagan Bush extinction and we don’t need Wall St to tell us how to smoke a joint. Incremental state by state should have never been the only option. The Federal government, especially Carter had the obligation to go by the Science. Not just Shafer, but actual victims. It didn’t take long to figure out crack was whack. Seems many are dead from fat pharma od’s and actual people and their families grieving make the 6 o’clock memo readings.

        Days after years after decades no flashbacks and no literally killer pot. Soccer moms need to grow up. Parallels with Vietnam in that we made the noise and then the soccer moms ultimately ended it. What Pete is providing as are others. Is a mic and speaker to let many know their actually is a problem Houston. That after a century with no gore and body damage maybe we should ask someone other than those selling prohibition. Until a legitimate University Department is set up, there are no experts with medical degrees and the best route is to use those dedicated to the plant and providing the best buds on the planet.

        Not media sound bites by rented doctors nodding in agreement or providing another snack of red herring. Starting with Lungren and each AG since. No matter how they sound at rallies. Have not done Justice as their oath demands. There should not be pockets of bans or raids. There should not be reasons for using, other than stress or whatever. That is not important and that is not hard to understand. Those making it hard are the ones needing a trip to the woodshed. Its about keeping people safe and accessible without daily threats from the mudea via some cop or politician.

        How does one live with a terrible illness finding relief with cannabis and then hearing horror stories from another drug worrier spouting fables. Or another raid. They can’t see urine tests are only scarlet letters demonizing Americans, not proof of impairment. Profits for the testing lab. More arrests to further the cops career. No Justice, just wins or loses, ends justify means. Nothing about safer roads other than being more unsafe letting all the drunks go by while you’re hassling a stoner for a bumper sticker. Unsafe in making it harder for drivers to drive safer with cannabis over booze. Slower and measure twice or more, cut once. Over closing one eye to keep from seeing double. So a drunk with a gun or a stoner with a bong. Guess which one the cops choose to bust more. Serve and Protect Prohibition. Profits Я Us.

        What’s not to get?
        C.U.A: ANY one, ANY reason.

        Note. Compassionate Use Act not the MMJ Act
        Is The DEA Legalizing THC?
        This is the Brain of Incremental Retardation…
        They want to ██████ the Internet
        The Drug Worriers Should Be Busted by the (HUAC)
        House Committee on Un-American Activities

        • Mouth says:

          What about an initiative that requires all in the DOJ, especially cops, to be paid as if they were doctors. Just guessing: $180grand a year, on top of their standard $45-85 grand a year cop pay . . . an initiative that would raise taxes and force all Americans to respect cops by calling them DR. O’Malley, instead of Officer O’Malley.

          That might piss some people off . . . that the reality of this nation does confess that cops are technically doctors. Maybe make it illegal for any doctor to not get paid more than cops, since doctors are lazy: they refuse to write fast drivers tickets and stop unarmed black men from ‘maybe’ robbing the white public. Is there a logical reason why Surgeons don’t respond to domestic threat call or respond to robberies?

        • DdC says:

          “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters
          cannot be trusted with important matters.”
          ~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

          “Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth.”
          ~ Will Rogers

          “Prohibition is an awful flop.
          We like it.
          It can’t stop what its meant to stop.
          We like it.
          It’s left a trail of graft and slime,
          It didn’t prohibit worth a dime,
          It’s filled our land with vice and crime,
          Nevertheless we’re for it.”
          ~ New York World in 1931

          “There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed
          of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.”
          ~ Bertrand Russell,
          “An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish”

          “Any fool can make a rule,
          and Every fool will follow it.”
          ~ Henry David Thoreau

          “Not only are we here to protect the public from vicious criminals
          in the street but also to protect the public from harmful ideas.”
          ~ Robert Ingersoll,
          then Director of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs,
          in a column by Jack Anderson in the Washington Post, June 24, 1972, p.31 (Ingersoll became the first director of the DEA in 1974)

          “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes.”
          [Who will police the police?]
          ~ Latin proverb

          “The point is that a great army of the American people oppose these laws. Nobody can say that that is a healthy condition in our democracy. Nobody can say that people like ours are comfortable when so many of our thinking citizens resist the attempt on the part of the government to regulate their conduct by law. The natural result of it is the breeding throughout the length and breadth of the country of a disrespect for all law. Nobody can gainsay the fact that the Prohibition law and the Volstead Act have found a new line of endeavor for the underworld; they brought to life the bootleggers, and the bootleggers begot the hijackers, and the hijackers the racketeers, so that gangland is interested in the maintenance of Prohibition because by its operation they are benefited. I believe in temperance. We have not achieved temperance under the present system. The mothers and fathers of young men and young women throughout this land know the anxiety and worry which has been brought to them by their children’s use of liquor in a way which was unknown before Prohibition. I believe in reverence for law. I raise, therefore, what I profoundly believe to be a great moral issue involving the righteousness of our national conduct and the protection of our children’s morals.”
          ~ Alfred E. Smith,
          presidential campaign speech,
          Sept. 29, 1928, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

          “I do not believe in the collective wisdom
          of individual ignorance.”
          ~ Thomas Carlyle

          “Written laws are like spiders’ webs;
          they hold the weak and delicate
          who might be caught in their meshes,
          but are torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.”
          ~ Anacharsis (f.c. 600 BC), in Plutarch’s “Solon”

          “For every complex problem there is an easy answer,
          and it is wrong.” ~ H.L. Mencken / “Just say No”

          “Ignorance is no excuse for the law.”
          ~ Bill D’Amico
          1994 Indiana legislature campaign slogan

          “I have never seen a situation so dismal
          that a policeman couldn’t make it worse.”
          ~ Brendan Behan (1923-1964)

          “Several generations of high school students have grown up ignoring and disbelieving everything they’ve heard from government and police about drugs, including information that was factual and valid, because they discovered for themselves that most of what has been taught to them
          was simply not true.”
          ~ Ann Shulgin, PhD,
          Therapist and Author, Lafayette, CA,
          at the DPF Conference, November 1996

  8. Will says:

    In the book “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs To Know” under the “What Do the Authors Think About Marijuana Legalization?” section, co-author (one of four) Jonanthan P. Caulkins makes these statements, among a lot more (the wordy freak);

    “…Certain products and activities fool a sizable minority of us. For those special cases, I think the majority of us who would use responsibly ought to be willing to give up their fun to protect the minority who would not.”


    Yeah, in other words, lets trample the civil rights of the majority of those who consume ‘X’ (or ‘Y’ or ‘Z’) without issues in order to somehow protect the minority of those who, for a variety of reasons, who should leave certain substances out of their mouths, lungs, or veins. How in the world do you equate certain people “giving up their fun” to the horrors of what really happens to people ensnared in the drug war? And how much more bass ackwards can you get?

    Those public policy experts, jeez…

  9. Servetus says:

    Civil rights in the U.S. just scored an incremental improvement.

    A group of climate activists known as the Delta Five are being allowed to voice their humanitarian and political motives for committing a crime that involved blocking transit of an oil train.

    From the Guardian: “The trial started with several motions from the prosecution to limit how the defense could present ‘sympathetic’ evidence or anything related to their backgrounds. These motions were denied ”.

    …now activists have a powerful form of defense: necessity.[…]

    …the climate movement is building a new kind of power, grounded in interdependency and wielded through vulnerability. Our rapidly evolving and unstable world demands no less.

    For the very first time, US climate activists have been able to argue the necessity defense – which argues that so-called criminal acts were committed out of necessity – to a jury.

    All kinds of medical and social applications of the necessity defense occur in drug cases. These could be used in jury trials as mitigating circumstances, or as promptings for jury nullifications. For example; Defendant: “If I hadn’t stepped out of the house to smoke a joint, I would have gotten drunk and beat my wife.”

    Protesting the insane and unjust drug laws takes many forms. It’s an easy enough protest to make, as just about every drug connoisseur I know feels as though they’re staging a protest each time they light up.

    • allan says:

      when I went before the fed judge for my arrest at Vandenberg AFB for protesting nuclear weapons I gave a compelling statement using the necessity defense as the core. It moved the judge. He was bored until my friend Don’s and my case came up. He listened and nodded as I made my points. He even thanked me for being so well spoken – and then still gave me my prison time. “My hands are tied” were his final words.

      Necessity drives these forms of protest.

  10. divadab says:

    Re: “civil rights issue” – how is forbidding me from growing a non-toxic herbal medicine for my own use not a gross insult to any concept of personal freedom?

    Prohibition of cannabis = fascism. Period. Prohibitionists are criminals and prohibition is a crime against the Constitution.

    All these fucking paid liars for the prohibition regime are enemies of freedom and haters of America. That so many people don;t get this is testimony to the power of the mind control apparatus over their weak brains.

  11. Mouth says:

    Let the Christians know Cannabis is one of many examples proving God’s feebleness–mistakes . . . his impurity. That man in all of his wisdom, knew what was better for man, not God. Obviously the pot is filled with more wisdom and purity than the potter.

  12. Mr_Alex says:

    Don’t be surprised if Linda Taylor aka the Whale, the Troll, the Sasquatch, the Yeti, the Frankenstein, the Obese comes out speaking in tongues along with her mate Julie Ann Schauer from Parents Opposed to Pot and Kevin Sabet the guy who has no problems with forced rehab going against what the NAACP is endorsing

  13. jean valjean says:

    O.T. Right wing Corporate Dems getting worried:

    “Which brings us back to Bernie Sanders. If his wildly successful campaign has told us anything, it’s that Democratic voters are sick and tired of the DLC-Clintonites running the show. The base of the Democratic Party is still progressive even if the party bigwigs have sold out to the corporatists. They want to go back to the values that made the Democratic Party the United States’ governing party from the New Deal until the 1990s. They want real change, not Republican-lite policies pretending to be progressive. And so, they’re siding with Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.”

  14. Mr_Alex says:

    Oh wait Linda Taylor aka the Yeti, the Whale, the Troll, the Sasquatch, the Obese and the Frankenstein has a webpage:

    Troll mail sent to her hehehehehehe

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  16. Servetus says:

    New and useless research results funded by the NIDA have just been released. For six weeks, researchers gave a drug called Topomax (topiramate) to marijuana consumers (66 “users seeking help”, ages 15 to 24) to determine if it would reduce their daily marijuana intake. Topomax is an anti-seizure medication used for controlling epilepsy, but one of its side-effects is that it eliminates compulsions such as compulsive overeating, or binge eating disorder, and can cause weight loss. Thus the possibility it might reduce marijuana consumption.

    The effects of Topomax on marijuana consumption are conveniently hidden in a graph where journalists will strain their eyes reading it. The graph shows smokers’ consumption down from up to 0.65 grams-per-use-day, down to 0.45 grams-per-use-day. Wow. Save a whole third off your marijuana bill? But the benefits come at a different cost, “tough side effects”:

    While Miranda said he was encouraged by the results showing a significant additional effect from the medication, it was clear the treatment was not for everyone. At the end of the six-week study, 21 of the 40 subjects receiving the drug had dropped out compared to only 6 of the 26 people taking the placebo. Two thirds of those who left the study after using topiramate cited the side effects as their reason for leaving. They complained of problems such as depression, anxiety, trouble with coordination and balance, weight loss and unusual sensations.

    Topomax is a legally prescribed drug. In many situations, marijuana, or its constituents, are not. These are your tax dollars at work, providing sustenance and a good standard of living to prohibitches everywhere.

    AAAS Press Release:

    • B. Snow says:

      They throw seizure meds (and a ton of meds developed hoping they would reduce seizures) at just about anything & often = everything…

      The side effects are typically *roughly* equal to any other new medicine…

      So, if they show results in clinical trials that are even a little bit better – aka *plausibly* “effective” than placebo controls, And they don’t cause/provide any significant “warm-fuzzy”, or euphoric effects.
      (Some minor drowsiness is okay, but will be treated as ‘suspect’ = And it best not be pleasantly sleepy-ness or forget it)

      If all of that is established = Well lookout folks, there’s a New Medicine for at least one health problem… It could be suggested for use as an antidepressant, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, anticonvulsant -and- God only knows what else they’d allow it to be prescribed *off-label” for = Just as long as there’s no potential for a buzz !

      Oops, I mean a potential for abuse – Because medicine is meant to smell bad, taste bad, look nasty, make you uncomfortable to take/injest/or whatever… And ideally it should often make you feel worse before you start feeling any better.

      They’ll be damned before they make something people might get sick with just to enjoy the medicine that treats it!

      Although, if we had a ‘third legal intoxicant’ available for responsible use among those 18+ Maybe we wouldn’t have to worry about it. ..
      (FWIW, I don’t buy that whole “the brain is srill developing until age 25” [So, my kids and maybe all college age kids shoudn’t use csnnabis before “Age_20-something”] theory that Dr.Gupta was {figuratively} covering his butt with the last couple years.)

      I think our brains are likely capable of continuing to “develop” or rather “adapt” for the majority of our lives – See: People recovering from Strokes and/or other injuries to the brain and it’s wiring – other areas can takeover control of functions that were handled by damaged areas.
      I fully believe we’ll find this to be just the sort of thing that we need to deal with Alzheimer’s – if we can nail down the exact ways neurons rewire as we create new memories, rearrange the ones already stored, and how we ‘forget’ the extraneous stuff we tuned-out in real time during our days – to focus on what we were doing.

      And how it really relates to REM Sleep and dreams/nightmares – iirc the current rationale is that’s when we ditch the cruft & dust bunnies that our subconscious soaks in = that we don’t manage to completely tune-out… I fully believe that’s all interconnected and when we discard something that is currently “a given” accepted working theory/hypothesis, or mistaken beliefs like = *when the brain stops developing*

      – I’m betting that it doesn’t, OR that it doesn’t have to = we may need to figure out how to exercise it and jump-start *previously used* areas or *laregly unused/underused* areas that have plenty of neurons that we never used -Or- only used ‘briefly’ that might be able to be re-tasked when needed!

      Sorry, that’s what happens when I go read stuff and ponder over it for awhile, what-ya-gonna-do? I can’t help but do it!

  17. Freedom revolution is the only recourse!

  18. DdC says:

    It doesn’t matter how many must be sacrificed with synthetic crap or any possible alternative to what is said to be “One of the least toxic substances in the whole pharmacopoeia” More research, a new and improved stronger pot = lower IQ or failed urine test expulsion. Job loss or losing driving privileges not for doing shoddy work or impaired driving. Failed urine test. The list of side effects in the whole pharmacopoeia doesn’t use as much tax dollars as demonizing cannabis and finding another magic bullet marinol made of lead.

    Six volunteers are seriously ill in hospital after a medical trial at a private clinic in France.

    One of the six is described as “brain dead” while the other five are critically ill, according to the newspaper Ouest France.

    The trial is related to a cannabis-based painkiller, led by a European laboratory, the newspaper said.

    “A serious accident took place during a therapeutic trial near Rennes,” Health Minister Marisol Touraine said.

    She added that the trial had been halted and all volunteers taking part recalled.

    The minister said the six patients had been in good health until taking the oral medication.

    A formal investigation has been opened in Paris.

    more basic ambiguities at google

    This crap is NOT Cannabis.
    Risking death to beat a pisstest.
    The latest Len Bias?

    How Prevalent Is Synthetic Marijuana Crap Usage in Sports?
    Patriots linebacker Chandler Jones was hospitalized on Sunday after an adverse reaction to synthetic marijuana Crap,

    Patriots Star Chandler Jones Hospitalized for Synthetic Marijuana Crap — But What Is That?

    NFL’s Buzzkill
    The Hypocrisy of the NFL

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