Smoke a joint and still be able to get a job

Of course, we all know that you can be a pot smoker and still be very good at any profession you could do if you weren’t, but there’s still the big-business drug testing industry trying to claim that you can’t, and for some jobs, merely admitting to past use could still disqualify you.

But that may be changing…

Smoking marijuana shouldn’t be a disqualifying factor for federal judgeship: Top senators say

Top senators said Thursday that people who smoked pot a couple of times in their lives shouldn’t be denied federal judgeships, saying it might soon become tough to fill out the federal bench if marijuana use was considered disqualifying. […]

Both Chairman Charles E. Grassley and ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein said there’s been an evolving standard in society, and the committee is also having to adjust.

“If that’s the sole judgment on whether somebody ought to have a judgeship or not — or maybe any other position — we may not be able to find people to fill those positions,” said Mr. Grassley, who said his own views on drug use have also changed since he came to Congress three decades ago

If I wasn’t enjoying retirement so much, and I had actually gone to law school, I might put my hat in the ring.

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136 Responses to Smoke a joint and still be able to get a job

  1. Allan says:

    drug tests should be written and include an essay question…

    • NorCalNative says:

      I never get that question right. Your friend is left-handed and rolls a joint. Which end do you light?

      I was a (stupid) industrial athlete as a young man. Smoking weed on breaks made me more productive at a boring repetitive task. Way more productive.

      Drug testing is a way to keep people inside the box. Using drugs is a signal of disobedience and is a threat to the status quo of prohibition as an awesome wealth-production scheme.

  2. kaptinemo says:

    Both Chairman Charles E. Grassley and ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein said there’s been an evolving standard in society, and the committee is also having to adjust.

    To whit, I say: No shite, Sherlock. Been saying this for about a decade.

    One more example of economics and demographics trumping (vociferously no pun intended!) socially and politically driven policy.

    It could be said that drug testing was the attempt by one generation to impose its social mores – and political will – upon following ones. Now that that generation is all but gone, as well as the economic and social environment that sustained it, the ‘need’ for drug testing is finally being challenged meaningfully…if only for the sake of the votes of a rising demographic that views cannabis usage as no big deal and exercises their ‘sovereign franchise’ democratically when confronted with members of the ‘old guard’ still unaware they are literally outvoted. If they want to keep their cushy jobs – or get one – pols and wannabe pols had better get it straight.

  3. DdC says:

    I’ve been fortunate to have piss that has never failed a test. I would attribute it to Organic eating, Organic Ganja and Hemp Oil. Smart Piss formula. Or that I’ve never taken one outside of medical check ups that all, so far handed out piss diplomas. I’m sure Chem Free is better for the piss tasters too. Jobs filled with previously unemployed perverts now working as Urinators observing sampling to make sure the kids aren’t using crib notes. A future for 32 year old creepy Alabama politicians “courting” or what most outsiders call molesting teens. I think Alabama deserves Roy Morris more than the nation does. Keep Him.

    A billion dollar enterprise out of Carlton Turner’s Florida Free Drugs. Sweet talking Nanny Rayguns. Peter’s Dupont and Benzinger eagerly cashing in on truckers and guvmint jobbers. Now Sabetian SAMs ridding the world of dumb piss and assurance of a faster reimbursement from the DEA piss taster payers, when they’re positive. For metabolites that have zero causal connection to impairment. Just a scarlet letter or arm patch weeding out the whistle blowers. Since the BoR occasionally prohibits forced piss tasting, piss tasters must wait for nature to call. Hiding out in commodes across America.

    Drug mishandling may have tainted 40,000 cases
    A lab tech from Narco Pharms falsely marked thousands of DEA urine samples positive. In the name of saveding the now homeless kids of the now unemployed parents on the list. Apparently she followed Drug Czars like freaks stalking celebrities. Bedroom posters of J Pee Waldo and Czarberry McCaffrey. Kinkikurli and Slot Slut Bennett.

    She went to the head of her DARE inculcation. Gots an 8×10 colered glossy autographed picture of Stupid Patrick screaming NO behind a Kevin Abraham Sabet-Sharghi bent over a pool table, and a 1990 Just Say Nope to Dope trading card of Calvina Fay Betty & Mel Sembler sipping piss on the patio. Geophrey Beauregard Sessions ³ on a tiny horse posing in his Counterfeit Uniform like a life size statue of Napoleon bed sheets. A Drunk Drumpfy Dumpty splattered in a frying pan of heroin and brains curtains.

    The Drug Worrier Cult has bilked Americans out of a trillion tax dollars while traumatizing 50 million with arrests. Profit prisons are the end result of stupid piss discovered in plea bargain re-education asylums. That most of the time are from not risking mandatory minimum, 3 strikes sentencing and gag orders using your Constitutional right to a jury trial of your peers. And the colored girls go, Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

  4. Sessions announces end of DOJ guidance memos

    I don’t know what this means, but the Cole Memo is what kept the Justice Dept from trashing state laws on marijuana legalization.

    States rights as we know them today are effectively gone now, waiting on the whims and fancies of the enforcement moods of Jeff Sessions.

    Congressional action to change or remove cannabis from schedule one is imperative in the struggle for states to have rights that are not completely trampled by the feds.

    Another step backward for the Trump administration and its attempt to rule the country by personal decree instead of by rule of law.

    I would call this Jeff Sessions end run around justice in America and states rights in the matter of marijuana legalization. Good people don’t smoke marijuana says Jeff.

  5. Unless congress confronts this legalization issue in the states vis-à-vis marijuana’s standing in the CSC, Jeff will pick apart states rights and the legalization of marijuana in the states til no one is left standing to run a dispensary, and the black market is king again.

    • Mouthy says:

      Do you think this would hurt Turnip’s reelection prospects? Sessions might not touch pot because of this. And the U.S. Military has relaxed its standards in regards to marijuana use to meet recruitment goals and the DOD is looking at giving deployed soldiers medical marijuana because of higher probability of functioning in battle or at work, than just pills.

      Someone from DW shared an article a month ago about how industrial businesses were being hurt by people who cannot pass a drug test, or forgo the job because of one, which is forcing them to hire unskilled workers, many of which cannot even read, causing deadlines to not be made, which is hurting our competition with China and Germany who can reach the deadline. I can see big steel/manufacturing pushing for marijuana legalization. A lot of youngens aren’t willing to quit pot permanently for a good job–a year or two maybe, but then what: when they are a golden-arm welder or a good hand and enjoy cannabis? Manufacturing is also driving the opiate crisis because they don’t last in the urine. And a new study is showing that returning Veterans are increasing their use of meth–probably because companies and the VA don’t test for meth, considering it’s pretty easy to stay 5 days clean for a test.

      If anything, this is just a bump in the road until the millennials overpower politics. I think Marijuana is just too normalized for Sessions to puke all over it. And my state is one of the last to ever legalize and we have a CBD shop fixing to open up in my dinky town.

      • Currently, I don’t think Trump has any re-election prospects. Current polls show Biden would win. I think the Democrats could run an actual donkey against Trump and win.

        Having a government not staffed by corrupted wall street officials, racists and prohibitionists – (they go hand in hand) would be wonderful.

        The Trump Administration is capable of tremendous damage to legalization in the states – and consequently states rights over the next 3 years without some congressional help.

        • Tony Aroma says:

          “Currently, I don’t think Trump has any re-election prospects. Current polls show Biden would win. I think the Democrats could run an actual donkey against Trump and win.”

          This sounds familiar. Where have I heard this before? Oh yeah, right before Mr. Trump won the election last year.

    • DdC says:

      There are no states rights. Gonzales v. Raich case eliminated 10th Amendment protection due to the over reach of the Commerce Clause. So the Cole Memo is the only way outside of re-scheduling or better yet. Blocking the CSA due to its political classification, not medicinal or science.

      Gonzales v. Raich (previously Ashcroft v. Raich), 545 U.S. 1 (2005), was a decision by the United States Supreme Court ruling that under the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution, Congress may criminalize the production and use of homegrown cannabis even if states approve its use for medicinal purposes.

  6. NorCalNative says:

    I’m in Everett, WA and get the pleasure of meeting couchmate darkcycle today. As far as I know, he has seniority on this site (12-years?) and it will be really cool to meet him.

    Haven’t noticed billboards or store-front signs for cannabis dispensaries in Washington like I did in Oregon. Sure is nice traveling the pot-friendly West Coast.

    • NorCalNative says:

      Apologies to Kaptinemo. According to darkcycle it’s the kaptin that has been here the longest.

      It wasn’t a free month’s rent, but darkcycle’s friend, my new landlord gifted me a couple of pre-rolled joints while showing me my new apartment. Then he took me on a tour of the city which included a visit to a WA rec pot store.

      I’m digging the Pacific Northwest and have couchmate darkcycle to thank for helping my out when I really needed it. The couch rocks peeps!

      • kaptinemo says:

        Damn, now I’m really feeling old. 🙂

      • darkcycle says:

        Lol. I figured you and Randy would hit it off! 😉 Thanks, NorCal, but all I did was know a guy, and a guy who needed a guy and I put those two guys together.
        That’s the way we make a deee-leee-oh. The practice becomes second nature for us after a while. Why not put it to good use? Glad you guys had fun. You’ll have to stop up again after you’re settled. I can be more entertaining, really.

      • darkcycle says:

        And actually, I hate to tattle, but DdC, Duncan, Jean (I think) Kap’n and a bunch-o-people who are no longer here all have seniority. It was Kap’n and Pete who took me back to school, as it were, when I first found this site. I wasn’t quite ready to accept the “all drugs should be legal” premise, but they led me down the logic tree. Wasn’t really hard to show me that all of the alleged “harms” of drugs were due to prohibition, not drug use.
        That’s what really got me started. Minds can be changed. I changed mine (or Nemo and Pete did). Been back here everyday since.

        • Alan says:

          I know brian, Kap, Hope and I all started out together in the MAP/DrugSense chatroom ( I suspect others here may have been there as well.

          It was during John Kerry’s pres run that we coalesced under Pete’s flagship DWR. We (no surprise) dominated on Kerry’s BB just like we never went away but rocked the boat under Obama…

        • jean valjean says:

          I first became aware of DWR and the couch when I googled Andrea Barthwell and got Pete’s report, “Andrea Barthwell, Snake Oil Salesman.” My curiosity had been sparked by a report that she had accosted a committee of N.A. in London who had apparently fallen for her “we’re here to help you poor addicts” line. Needless to say she didn’t say much about her employers the Bush administration, nor exactly how they intended to help those poor addicts stay clean, i.e. by locking them up. I used to post as “Peter” but became Jean when one or two people mistook something I said for our host, Pete Guither.

  7. RIP Malcolm Young

    AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Dies at 64

  8. Servetus says:

    What about smoke a joint to get a job?

    Legalized marijuana doesn’t mean employees will smoke on the job. They normally don’t. What it means is they have discovered the positive health benefits of Vitamin M.

    In the future, an evolved sense of self health care may require prospective employees to smoke a joint in front of the Human Resources interviewer to prove they understand the concept and to screen out those who don’t.

    • DdC says:

      In the early 70s I worked in a toy warehouse that distributed toys to toy stores around Pittsburgh. The day shift was rednecks and booze and the night shift was stoners. The boss would start rolling joints before the lunch break. Sometimes we would go on a beer run but usually just get buzzed and stack boxes of toys on racks for pickers to fill orders. We made a room out of boxes and would go there and play games and get high and we put out more trucks than the day shift. I’ve still never taken a urine test for employment.

      As for judges. All should be experienced in getting stoned. 2500 years ago they said of the Scythians

      It could well be that in later times the cannabis smoke had somewhat mellowed the Scythians, and their spiritual leaders directed them towards becoming a more civilized people. The ancient Greek historian Ephorus wrote in the fourth century BC that the Scythians ‘feed on mares milk and excel all men in justice’. His comments were followed in the first century BC by Strabo, who wrote that ‘we regard the Scythians as the most just of men and the least prone to mischief, as also far more frugal and independent of others than we are.’

      • StanStennett says:


      • jean valjean says:

        “Probably the most famous of the ancient Shamans who were directly influenced by the Scythian technique of ecstacy through cannabis were Moses, Isaiah, Ezekeil, and some of the other Old Testament Prophets and kings. A grandiose claim? Is the Philosopher stoned? A Hemp Heresy? Join ‘When Smoke Gets in My I’ next month for an in depth look at cannabis in the Old Testament.”

        That should please Jeff Sessions.

  9. I love the world says:

    It’s not even “fascist” America legalizing weed now. Even “fascist” Poland, who had a bunch of “nationalists” marching down the street recently is now legalizing:

    That makes Poland more “progressive” than “socialist” Sweden, who the morons on the “left” still admire despite their draconian anti-weed laws.

    Watch this just to see how hostile Sweden is to weed, from an “alt-right” Youtuber.

    But what are you spoiled Yanks whining about? Oh right… losing or not getting a job because of THC in your system. Which pales in comparison to risking a bullet through your fucking skull like in some Asian countries. But don’t criticize those, that’s “racist”.

    Please note, all the words in inverted commas are now completely meaningless buzzwords, meant to divide us further.

    • Mouthy says:

      It is possible the youth will rebel against these hypocritical laws, creating a subculture completely out of sync with the status quo, which will slowly become a little mainstream, like what happened to the Black Metal scene in Norway with all the church burnings and murders. There is a huge backlash against the immigration policies of these Scandinavian countries, probably in part because it is looked at as the government permitting foreigner lifestyles, but not the choices of the natives. Now the Black Metal scene has somewhat relaxed their ‘Kill the Christians’ mentality and replaced it with ‘Kill the Muslim’. Some of this is rooted in ‘economic’ fears of having jobs stolen, which could be remedied with increased hemp and legalized cannabis. If the government showed tolerance to one group, then that group could then show tolerance to others.

  10. NorCalNative says:

    How many spoiled Yanks do you think went to jail and prison to allow us to get to a point where we can whine about cannabis and employment?

    Sweden? This lefty pot smoker says: “Who gives a shit?”

    • jean valjean says:

      The Swedish government are shitting their pants that Nato and the EU will fail and that Putin will have his wicked way with them. Therefore they’ll do pretty much what they’re told by Washington, no matter how preposterous.

  11. WalStMonky says:


    Sometimes I feel like I live in a state of shared absurdity. Not many months ago we learned that a State authorized medicinal cannabis dispensary would open in my wife’s birth city. Now Salisbury MD wouldn’t be accurately compared to a city with progressive policies. E.g. Back in 2011 I read about the Salisbury police executing a search warrant. The woman who was the victim of the investigation must have been old school because she had a large jar filled with seeds. I haven’t seen a seed jar for decades but those things used to be standard issue back in the ’70s and ’80s. The SPD charged her with “possession with intent to manufacture [merrywanna].”

    Of course we were shocked that the Salisbury dispensary had been approved with so little (if any) controversy. But then we heard that one of the wife’s relatives had landed a job there. The cognitive dissonance overwhelmed my wife and she blurted “I didn’t even know you smoked cannabis!” Her relative answered that the dispensary didn’t hire people who choose to gain the benefits of cannabis and employees are subject to scheduled urine screens monthly as well as “random” testing on demand. So is there any way possible to make this sequence of events any more surreal?
    Shoppers Drug Mart posts job for medical marijuana brand manager
    Parent company ‘optimistic’ Ottawa will allow pharmacists to handle sales
    Nov 13, 2017

  12. DdC says:

    Who Is Ralph Shortey?
    Former Oklahoma Senator Pleads Guilty To Child Trafficking

    The hypocrisy of embattled Oklahoma Sen. Shortey regarding marijuana
    Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey, who is facing child prostitution charges. Shortey faces no charges for marijuana possession, though weed was found in the room where he was discovered with a 17-year-old boy. (Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

    Oklahoma Pot Busts
    ✦ Any amount (first offense)
    Misdemeanor ✦ 1 year ✦ $ 1,000
    ✦ Hash & Concentrates
    Possession ✦ Misdemeanor ✦ 1 year ✦ $ 1,000
    ✦ Distributing, dispensing, transporting or possession with intent
    Felony ✦ 2 years – life ✦ $ 20,000

    ✦ James Geddes-47
    90 YEARS-5 PLANTS!
    Released July 28, 2003 after more than 11 years behind bars
    He refused to plea bargain as he claimed his innocence and was sentenced to 75 years and one day for cultivation of five plants and to another 75 years, plus one day for possession of marijuana. He was also charged with possession of a firearm and paraphernalia. James filed an appeal on his sentence. In 1995, his appeal came through, which reduced it to 90 years. “I honestly feel like I have been kidnapped by the state of Oklahoma.”

    ✦ Nov 25, 2009
    Marijuana Patient Will Foster Freed; Once Faced 93 Years In Prison
    Foster was released on parole from an Oklahoma prison today, adding a happy note to a saga that stretches back to his bust in the 1990s.

    Meanwhile in the real world…

    ✦ Anthony Bourdain toured Seattle-area marijuana businesses — and tested their products — for an episode of his CNN series “Parts Unknown” Sun Night 9pm.

  13. Bren says:

    I’m up in Canada and we don’t really have the same level of drug testing, but holy shit is it ridiculous to stop someone from working because they smoke weed when they get home at the end of the night.

  14. Carmen Bonknuckel says:

    Around 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year. Meanwhile, Portugal’s Health Ministry reports that they are down from 100,000 to 25,000 heroin users in the last sixteen years, and their drug mortality rate is the lowest in Western Europe—and 2% of the United States’ inflated death count. This is a staggering success when compared against where they were in the 1990s, when one percent of Portugal’s entire population was hooked on heroin.

  15. strayan says:

    B-52s have been deployed to fight the drug war:

    • Mouthy says:

      And then he’ll start bombing Pakistan? If the enemy isn’t equipped to handle a war with us because we took away their money, then won’t he have to answer to U.S. shareholders. It’s kind of hard to have Defenses Contractors in a place with no war . . . Duracell batteries and Silicon Valley will be pissed if they have to pay more for lithium.

    • jean valjean says:

      Trump’s rolled out the B-52s. Can napalm and agent orange be far behind? The man knows no history

    • DC Reade says:

      Taliban heroin bad

      US ally heroin good

    • Servetus says:

      United States’ support of Duterte replicates the drug war politics used in Guatemala to oppress Guatemalans by implementing common colonialist methods. From Victoria Sanford, (Moyers & Company): “We Supported Their Dictators, Led the Failed ‘War on Drugs’ and Now Deny Them Refuge”:

      November 25, 2017 — For much of the 20th century, the US has made strategic decisions that have brought great harm to Central Americans — siding with dictators in the 1980s as our Cold War proxy to “fight communism,” and siding with corrupt national governments in the 21st century to “fight drug traffickers.”

      The violent image of unrestrained power in Guatemala in the 1980s was an Army soldier or tank confronting unarmed civilians. Armed power in Guatemala today is represented by a heavily equipped police officer in a black uniform and a ski mask driving a four-wheel-drive truck that may or may not have license plates.[…]

      Former and current military divisions have restructured and entrenched themselves in Guatemala in a complex web of organized crime, drug trafficking and gangs each with links to different police and army units as well as political parties. These violent groups constitute a parallel power structure in Guatemala, which continues to dominate the country. Former generals and other high-ranking officials from the dictatorships have taken on roles in the civilian government and political parties.

      At the same time, they continue to use violence to pursue their own ends. Some dominate particular geographic areas. Others are involved in drug trafficking or high-level organized crime. These gangs control territories and the people who live there.

      All of the elements of the power structure interlock with one another, in vertical as well as horizontal relationships. For instance, the gangs make payments to the police so that the police won’t interfere with their operations. Those payments flow upward: local police officers have to pay a certain amount of the money to their boss, who in turn has to pay off his boss. And then at the higher levels, there are the drug traffickers, who might buy the services of someone much more senior in the police, who might then send some of the payments downward, to individual officers.

      At the same, the narco-traffickers and organized-crime syndicates are often paying off the local gang members for doing contract jobs to support illicit trafficking and existing power structures. These jobs range from violent work as hit men, kidnappers, extortionists, arsonists and carjackers to the recruitment of low-level traffickers and other support networks for narco-traffickers and organized crime. Gangs are the local henchmen for international drug traffickers and organized-crime syndicates. In short, gangs are not just informal, local arrangements. They are extensive networks of violence, bribes, threats and patronage forming a part of larger transnational criminal organizations.[…]

  16. MiniBat-Eikel says:

    The Government of Canada today announced the establishment of a licensing system that divides cannabis producers between “Standard” and “Micro” designations under the upcoming adult-use regulatory scheme.

    The new licenses would allow smaller producers to cultivate cannabis and sell it to provincial resellers without having to go through some of the onerous visual monitoring and intrusion detection requirements that Standard cultivation license-holders would have to abide by.

  17. jean valjean says:

    “In These States, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go Away.”

    However, prosecutors are determined to prevent it. In the words of Jeff Sessions, “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

    “Bills that would remove or reduce convictions on people’s records are often opposed by lawmakers and prosecutors who argue that people who knowingly violated prior laws shouldn’t be let off the hook just because the law changed.”

    Also, here’s the definition of the verb “betrump”

    betrump (third-person singular simple present betrumps, present participle betrumping, simple past and past participle betrumped)

    (transitive) To deceive; cheat.
    He betrumped me out of winning the election.
    (transitive) To elude; slip from.

  18. DdC says:

    Lawmakers and prosecutors who lie about the dangers to pass a law should be tried and convicted for Domestic Terrorism. Those who kill as a means to an end are guilty of Human Rights Violations. Those who side with or refuse to stop such actions are guilty of conspiracy and partners in crime. Include the Gossip SAMs and Calvina Semblers and all of the Urine profiteers. On top of criminal charges. A life time restitution to all of their victims out of their own pockets. A deterrent to future un-American activities.

    Another on going saga of Profits over People. the entire Drug War is a Product tax payers have bought for 45 years. Anslinger removed it but Nixon cashed in on it. That’s it. The one truth accidentally uttered by Hilzy was there’s just too much money in it to stop. Don’t raise an eyebrow over kids dying and suffering and parents piss tasted out of a job. Worry about the unemployed liars and tax paid universal soldiers.

    All of the words spoken and on paper are to perpetuate the Drug War. People are bottles of copy machine ink. Only biodegradable and disposable. Many side effect profits selling the tools of the trade. The lower income and assisted make more tax and capital to spend in a cage than on the streets. All of the gossip and begging and saving acorns to someday plant a tree of free weed. Oy Vey!

    The plant is safe. But we must regulate it and tax it and still arrest those we arrested before for the same reason it is illegal. To arrest people. Make carrots illegal because they can turn you orange or potatoes can kill as well as drinking too much water. We’ve outlawed ilicit numbers of skin pigments, so its not farfetched they would outlaw the planet’s number one vegetable. Those we pay to keep harm by people from happening to people. Lie to us while they harm sick people and protest laws to make them not harm sick people. They’re fucking crazy.

    ✦ Police and Prison Guard Groups Fight Marijuana Legalization in California

    ✦ Ignorant Jeff Orders Moral thing to do. Profit Prisons

    ✦ Duterte Backtracks On Drug War De-Escalation —Surprise!

    ✦ ‘Relax Your Muscles as Much as Possible’
    What’s life like in our prisons for those marijuana convicts? Let’s steel our nerves and go visit the Web site, where the Los Angeles outfit “Stop Prisoner Rape” has posted the little plain-talking handbill it has prepared for young men entering our prison system, titled “For Prisoners: Advice on Avoiding HIV/AIDS.”

    The group’s handout — targeted primarily at heterosexual men who have no desire to ever be involved in homosexual activity — advises:

    “HIV/AIDS transmission during a sexual assault is a serious concern. The following are practical tips for reducing your risk.

    Aren’t “Guards” getting tax dollars to “guard” prisoners. Guarding when all of these rape crimes in prison, take place? (seemingly frequent enough to make handbills)

    “In many situations you are better off agreeing to do something (masturbating, oral sex, sex with a condom) rather than just resisting until you are overwhelmed and forced to deal with unprotected anal sex from one or many guys. You may feel you should resist to the end, but that would put your life in danger. There is no shame in doing what you have to do to survive

    ✦ Louisiana Dungeons are anti-American, anti-Humanity.

  19. Servetus says:

    While marijuana continues its decline in criminality–befuddling fascists and drug war profiteers worldwide–research on cannabinoid medicine continues to prove itself a worthy adversary to the legions of human rights criminals who manipulate the laws and the marketplace to keep cannabis out of the reach of those patients who may need it.

    To that effect, lead author Xavier Nadal, Phytoplant Research SL, Córdoba, Spain, has published a new paper in the British Journal of Pharmacology entitled “Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid is a potent PPARγ agonist with neuroprotective activity”:

    2 Nov 2017—Abstract

    Background and Purpose

    Phytocannabinoids are produced in Cannabis sativa L. in acidic form and are decarboxylated upon heating, processing and storage. While the biological effects of decarboxylated cannabinoids such as Δ9‐tetrahydrocannabinol have been extensively investigated, the bioactivity of Δ9‐tetahydrocannabinol acid (Δ9‐THCA) is largely unknown, despite its occurrence in different Cannabis preparations. Here we have assessed possible neuroprotective actions of Δ9‐THCA through modulation of PPARγ pathways.[…]

    Key Results

    Cannabinoid acids bind and activate PPARγ with higher potency than their decarboxylated products. Δ9-THCA increased mitochondrial mass in neuroblastoma N2a cells and prevented cytotoxicity induced by serum deprivation in STHdhQ111/Q111 cells and by mutHtt-q94 in N2a cells. Δ9-THCA, through a PPARγ-dependent pathway, was neuroprotective in mice treated with 3-NPA, improving motor deficits and preventing striatal degeneration. In addition, Δ9-THCA attenuated microgliosis, astrogliosis and up-regulation of proinflammatory markers induced by 3-NPA.

    Conclusions and Implications

    Δ9-THCA shows potent neuroprotective activity, which is worth considering for the treatment of Huntington’s disease and possibly other neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases.


  20. Nelson says:

    Thomas Senderovitz, the head of Lægemiddelstyrelsen, has some strange ideas about CBD.

    “When cannabis oil hasn’t been prescribed by a doctor, the active compounds can be dangerous. We know from big clinical studies that CBD is under suspicion of causing liver damage in children, so it isn’t some harmless cool aid that people are buying.”

  21. NorCalNative says:

    CBD causing liver damage in children is new to me and I’d love to see the “big clinical studies” that Thomas is referring to.

    • DdC says:

      Vested Ignorance

      Elevation of liver function test results or dilation of the common bile duct (CBD) should raise clinical suspicion.
      Pediatric Gallbladder Disease Surgery Treatment & Management

      When cannabis oil hasn’t been prescribed by a doctor, the active compounds can be dangerous.

      It’s our impression that there are generally more people out there selling illegal medication – in terms of Viagra, illegal weight-loss products and cannabis oil,” Thomas Senderovitz, the head of Lægemiddelstyrelsen, told DR Nyheder.

      Approval and control; Side effects and product information; Grants and prices;
      Pharmacies and sales of medicine; Medical equipment; Special product areas.

      Medicinsk cannabis

    • Allan says:

      indeed… if there were any “big clinical studies” Sabet and co. would be all over it like stink on shit.

  22. DdC says:

    Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III
    (born December 24, 1946)

    Military service: Unit, 1184th
    United States Army Transportation Terminal Unit
    United States Army Reserve (1973-86)
    Direct U.S. military involvement ended on 15 August 1973

    Sen. Jeff Sessions was born in 1946, meaning that he was eligible to serve his country during the Vietnam War. However, being the super-patriot war-monger that he was and is Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions opted to serve in the Army Reserve.

    ✦ VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

    I think they mean the bug,..
    not Clinton’s Drug Czar or Chickenhawk Beauregard. Similar.
    … and wouldn’t ya know it…

    ✦ Can Cannabis Curb Parasites in Your Gut? | Leafly

    ✦ Cannabis is an ancient folk remedy for parasitic worms!

    ✦ Cannabis for Parasites and Intestinal Worms

    ✦ cannabis and parasites

    ✦ Ganja 4 PTSD & Depression

    Is Sessions holding a grudge, punishing Vets over Ganja? Some twisted lip service on twisted laws busting sick Americans. Chicken Little Chicken Hawks. Like Nixon – Drumpfy Dumpty. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, the same number of deferments received by the dick Cheney, All putting people in prisons for pot.

  23. WalStMonky says:


    Frame of reference: Gonzales v. Raich, 545 US 1 (2005)

    Former Republican Attorney General Says Jeff Sessions’s War on Marijuana Is a Waste of Time
    By Melina Delkic

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s apparent plans to prosecute medical marijuana distributors in states that have legalized it are a waste of time, according to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who said the U.S. had bigger priorities to focus on.

    “With respect to everything else going on in the U.S., this is pretty low priority,” Gonzales, a Republican who led the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, told Newsweek.

  24. DdC says:

    Yes Gonzales is a Hypocrite and just stating the facts ma’am. Not the law of the land. Now that it’s reasonably safe for him. Not when it counted by continuing Ashcroft’s persecution of Angel. Nothing about the SCotUS decision to ban individual users from the Angel Reich case. Or is Gonzales making any opposing statements to that decision. What he said about priorities is true. No states rights or 10th Amendment protection. No tax funding enforcement of state laws complying with the Cole memo, now the Sessions memo.

    So even the common sense is false since Sessions isn’t deciding to not bust dispensaries. Congress cut his purse strings, temporarily. The only clear assurance is to remove Cannabis from the CSA. While their agenda is at best to lower it to a schedule#2 Big Pharma monopoly. Providing even less excuses for states if its available in a drug store. Incremental Retardation Lives!

    Heres another media shuck and jive where there is absolutely no connection to Cannabis the yellow belly journalists continue to try and make one, with false headlines.

    ✦ Marijuana: Following Waves of Overdoses, First-Ever Study of Synthetic Cannabis Could Shed Light on Mysterious Drug
    In other words – Prohibitionists lies and word play.

    Fake MSM Marijuana: Following Waves of Overdoses,
    First-Ever Study Could Shed Light on Mysterious Drug

    NOT Cannabis. Ot does Cannabis have ANY connection or link to Spice, K2, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, or Moon Rocks garbage prohibition has provided by over enforcing fake Ganja laws.

    Marijuana Policy
    Sessions Acknowledges that Obama’s Laissez-Faire Marijuana Policy Remains in Effect. At a congressional hearing Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions conceded that Obama-era policies allowing states to go their own way on marijuana policy remain in effect. “Our policy is the same, really, fundamentally as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes,” Sessions said, referring to his Obama administration predecessors.

    Gonzales v. Raich (previously Ashcroft v. Raich), 545 U.S. 1 (2005), was a decision by the United States Supreme Court ruling that under the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution, Congress may criminalize the production and use of homegrown cannabis even if states approve its use for medicinal purposes.

    GOPerverts like to get brave, long after it matters.

    I welcome the emphasis that is now being put on the drug problem. The efforts – to get to the people who are addicted, try to rehabilitate them; if they cannot be rehabilitated, at least to contain them; to educate people, to strongly discourage use of drugs by people who are casual users and first users, to stop this process among the young – all of these things are extremely important.

    But, I have to tell you that it seems to me that the conceptual basis of the current program is flawed and the program is not likely to work. The conceptual base – a criminal-justice approach – is the same that I have worked through before, in the Nixon administration when I was Budget Director and Secretary of the Treasury with jurisdiction over the Customs. We designed a comprehensive program, and we worked hard on it. In the Reagan administration we designed a comprehensive program; we worked very hard on it.

    Our international efforts were far greater than ever before. You’re looking at a guy whose motorcade was attacked in Bolivia by the drug terrorists, so I’m personally a veteran of this war. What we have before us now is essentially the same program but with more resources ploughed into all of the efforts to enforce and control. These efforts wind up creating a market where the price vastly exceeds the cost, With these incentives, demand creates its own supply and a criminal network along with it. It seems to me we’re not really going to get anywhere until we can take the criminality out of the drug business and the incentives for criminality out of it.

    Frankly, the only way I can think of to accomplish this is to make it possible for addicts to buy drugs at some regulated place at a price that approximates their cost. When you do that you wipe out the criminal incentive, including, I might say, the incentive that the the drug pushers have to go around and get kids addicted, so that they create a market for themselves. They won’t have that incentive because they won’t have that market. So I think the conceptual base needs to be thought out in a different way. We need at least to consider and examine forms of controlled legalisation of drugs.

    I find it very difficult to say that. Sometimes at a reception or cocktail party I advance these views and people head for somebody else. They don’t even want to talk to you. I know that I’m shouting into the breeze here as far as what we’re doing now. But I feel that if somebody doesn’t get up and start talking about this now, the next time around, when we have the next iteration of these programs, it will still be true that everyone is scared to talk about it. No politician wants to say what I have just said, not for a minute.
    — former Secretary of State George P. Shultz,
    Oct. 7, 1990, addressing an alumni gathering at the Stanford Business School where he had returned to the faculty. He served in various positions under three different Republican presidents.

  25. DEA Gives Final Approval to Synthetic Marijuana Drug

    As a Schedule II controlled substance.

    • WalStMonky says:


      INSY sure is snake bit…just can’t seem to get a break. What, you didn’t think this was good news for Kapoor & company, did you? Syndros is just Marinol in liquid form. Marinol is schedule III.

      • It shows how arbitrary and off base the FDA and DEA is on this entire subject.

        Schedule one was not put together by scientists, but by politicians whose only knowledge about stopping drugs is through an arrest and conviction.

        Public safety is far from the primary motivation for the controlled substances act. Pharmaceutical dominance and total monopoly over all drugs seems to be the goal.

        Protecting the public is phoney baloney – a smokescreen, or marijuana would never have been put into the CSA to begin with.

        The war against legal marijuana by the federal government has killed more people than marijuana ever has – or ever will.

      • NorCalNative says:

        It’s a bit misleading to say Syndros is just liquid Marinol. While factually correct there is a distinct and significant difference in onset of action between the two.

        The quicker onset of action of the liquid form is the rationale behind the scheduling bump. Sublingual THC takes about twenty minutes, whereas THC taken orally, the effects are usually not seen for an hour or more.

    • jean valjean says:

      “According to Healthcare Bluebook, a one-month supply of Syndros will cost about $2,000 at major pharmacy chains. A “fair price” for Syndros is listed as $1,000.

      Insys Thereapeutics drew the ire of marijuana advocates last year when it donated $500,000 to a campaign against the legalization of marijuana in Arizona.”

      They don’t even need to hide their true agenda: $$$

  26. Servetus says:

    Jessica Corbett, staff writer at CommonDreams, writes that drug war criminal and CSA author, former Vice President Joe Biden, has been criticized for deliberately botching Anita Hill’s public allegations that arch-prohibitionist Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. Thomas was subsequently confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1991. Dr. Hill is refusing to accept Biden’s weak apology:

    November 24, 2017 — In a lengthy Washington Post interview with Anita Hill and five female Democratic lawmakers who supported her during the historic confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991, Hill criticized former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent apology regarding how he and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee handled her allegations that Thomas sexually harassed her.

    In her remarks, published late Wednesday, Hill said Biden’s new mea culpas don’t really take “ownership of his role in what happened.” He and other lawmakers should have shown “leadership” at the time, she added, “And they did just the opposite.”

    Hill, who is now a professor of legal history and public policy at Brandeis University, testified in 1991—in front of a Judiciary Committee comprised of only white men—that Thomas sexually harassed her when he worked as her supervisor at both the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Biden—who has long been criticized by Hill and several others for how he handled the situation as then-chairman of the Judiciary Committee—declined to call three women who had been subpoenaed to provide testimonies about similar behavior by Thomas that they had experienced or witnessed.[…]

    • NorCalNative says:

      If this keeps ol’ Joe from considering a 2020 run for Prez that would be awesome. Love to see Ellen try to spin this bit of political thuggery.

  27. DdC says:

    How Jeff Sessions Plans to End Medical Marijuana Before the Year Is Over
    New York is one of 29 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have legalized medical marijuana––a trend that 94 percent of Americans support, according to an August Quinnipiac poll. But on December 8, all of that could begin to change.

    Congress has until that day to decide whether to include the Rohrabacher-Farr Act (also known as Rohrabacher-Blumenauer) in a bill that will fund the government through the next fiscal year. Right now, that law, made up of just 85 words, blocks the Department of Justice from using any money to prosecute medical marijuana in states where it’s legal.

    Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), who was the initial sponsor of the state medical cannabis protection amendment that later became enacted and known as Rohrabacher-Farr, has died.

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she thinks it’s important to “continue to fight the war against drugs.”

    These are the five most addictive drugs in the world, according to science

  28. Mouthy says:

    Trevecca Nazarene University in Tennessee forces black students to submit to drug testing and random room tossings in the middle of the night, though such a thing is not stated in the student handbook. White student don’t have to undergo this.

  29. jean valjean says:

    Astonishing levels of corruption between government and Big Pharma:

    “When Big Tobacco was busted for lying to consumers that its products were neither addictive or deadly, it was forced to pay $206 billion in the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Provisions include paying states, in perpetuity, for some of the medical costs of people with smoking-related illnesses. When Big Pharma caused a similar scourge it paid nothing. Worse, it is now receiving millions to “fix” the crisis it started by selling even more drugs.”

    • WalStMonky says:


      Why have people abandoned fact checking before regurgitating nonsense?

      • jean valjean says:

        The point that is being made in the article is that the marketing of one addictive substance (tobacco) was treated differently to another (opioid drugs). Your link shows a long and disgraceful list of violations by various Big Pharma companies but no mention of the type of charges (and fines) leveled at Big Tobacco, namely that they withheld evidence and minimized the addiction risk of their product, leading to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths. Both industries were/are guilty of this and yet the pharmaceutical companies have dodged their responsibility by hiring ex-DEA agents and other Washington lobbyists to help them rig the system. Not only are they not being made to pay for the damage, like Big Tobacco were, but they are actually being given government money to clean up the mess their actions have caused.

    • DdC says:

      IG Farben lives in Big Pharma and Big Ag. The fines compared to profits don’t include victims cost that should be billed or jail time for willfully harming American citizens. Class actionsuits for damages caused are cheaper than long term testing. Revolving door admin with the FDA or buying political hacks all serving the bottom line.

      ✦ 12 Big Pharma Stats That Will Blow You Away
      It only makes sense that Big Pharma would be associated with some big numbers. The size and reach of the major biopharmaceutical companies is pretty impressive (or scary, depending on your point of view). However, there are also some statistics for Big Pharma that aren’t all that large but are intriguing nonetheless. Here are a dozen Big Pharma numbers — small and large — that might surprise you.

      1. $1.05 trillion

      That’s the total revenue of the global pharmaceutical market. To put that number in perspective, it’s roughly one-quarter of what the U.S. federal government will spend in 2016.

      2. $515 billion

      Of the $1.05 trillion revenue for the global pharmaceutical market, nearly half of it — roughly $515 billion — comes from the U.S. and Canada. However, the two countries make up only around 7% of the total world population.

      3. 21%

      This is the 2015 profit margin that Forbes estimated for the healthcare technology industry, making it by far the most profitable industry of all, with major and generic pharmaceutical companies leading the way. The company really setting the pace is Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), which has a profit margin of nearly 53% over the last 12 months. continued.

      ✦ Project CBD

      ✦ Strains VS Symptoms – Cannabis Research AZ

      ✦ Cannabis’s Entourage Effect: Why Whole Plant Medicine Matters

      ✦ The Battle For Cannabidiol (CBD):
      Big Pharma VS The People

      DEA calls CBD as a Schedule 1 substance

      The DEA wants to classify CBD as a Schedule 1 drug – right up there on the same level as heroin, ecstasy, and LSD. Anyone who knows a bit about medicinal marijuana and CBD, will be struck by the absurdity of such a categorization. Reminder: CBD has no psychoactive properties whatsoever.

      There are over 1,600 published scientific studies on cannabidiol’s beneficial health effects. So what is really going on here? The threat of criminalizing CBD is part of an old tradition in which the agencies follow the drum beat of the pharmaceutical industry.

      This permits Big Pharma to hijack medicinal solutions for patenting, as witnessed by the story of GW Pharmaceuticals below. Another tactic is often to discredit functional solutions that can not be patented, to thwart competition (example being colloidal silver, a natural antimicrobial that could undermine the antibiotics industry).

      The purpose of controlling the distribution of medicinal solutions is to make profits, by the same industry that also fleshes out dangerous substances like opiates and amphetamines through “legal” prescriptions.

      GWPH – GW Pharmaceuticals $128.15 + $1.77 (1.40%)
      Sativex, an oral spray with tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol,
      Epidiolex® (cannabidiol)

      That’s one hell of a dead cat bounce.

      ABBV – AbbVie Common Stock $94.72 +0.22 (0.23%)
      MARINOL® (dronabinol) Capsules —

      VRX – Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc 16.57 +0.03 (0.18%)
      Nabilone, marketed as Cesamet

      INSY – Insys Therapeutics Inc 5.05 -0.15 (2.88%)
      SYNDROS® is a (liquid dronabinol) cannabinoid medicine used in adults to treat: Loss of appetite, Nausea and vomiting
      SUBSYS® fentanyl sublingual spray, a Schedule II controlled substance

      Pharmos Corp. (OTCPK:PARS) 0.0096 +0.0000 (0.00%)
      New Jersey based biopharmaceutical company which makes CB2-selective cannabinoids for inflammatory/autoimmune diseases. Their synthetic cannabinoid compounds, Cannabinor,

  30. DdC says:

    The Federal Government Just Broke Its Medical-Marijuana Promise

    Veterans are key as surge of states OK medical pot for PTSD

    Scientists have created a machine that makes users trip without drugs

    FCC doubles down on its dead-wrong definition of how the internet works

  31. Servetus says:

    Prof. Jose Maria Sison writing at TeleSur updates Rodrigo Duterte’s profile as Philippine’s latest dictator:

    25 November 2017…Duterte is a consistent political swindler and demagogue who depends heavily on lying. He has vowed to wage a war on illegal drugs. But the problem has become far worse than before because his own family is involved in large-scale drug smuggling and his regime protects the biggest drug lords and protectors at the level of governors and generals, while engaging in the mass murder of more than 14,000 poor suspected drug users and pushers.

    He has vowed to wipe out corruption. But he got himself elected to the presidency of the reactionary government by allying himself with the extremely corrupt families of the Marcoses, Arroyos, Estradas and others to add their bailiwick votes to his own bailiwick vote in order to get 39 percent of the total vote in 2016 elections.

    In exchange, Duterte has let them off the hook on the charges of plunder and corruption. He himself has amassed a great amount of undeclared wealth by collecting huge campaign funds in billions of pesos from 2014 to 2016.

    As a president in a rush to become a fascist dictator, he expects to have limitless opportunities for bureaucratic corruption like his idol Marcos, especially in overpriced infrastructure projects, government purchases and cheap sale of raw materials.

    The article clarifies why Tsar Trump has a bromance with Duterte. Few differences exist between the two men.

    • DdC says:

      A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. ~ John F. Kennedy

      Duterte (Trump of the Philippines) death squads affirm alliance… 1,400 7000+ killings
      Known for his off-color sexual remarks and pledges to kill criminal suspects, the results thrust Duterte into national politics after 22 years as mayor of Davao and a government prosecutor before that. In those two jobs, Duterte gained notoriety by going after criminals, although he was accused of carrying out hundreds of extra-judicial killings.

      ✦ The Alphabet Versus the Goddess:
      The Conflict Between Word and Image
      “Literacy has promoted the subjugation of women by men throughout all but the very recent history of the West,” writes Leonard Shlain. “Misogyny and patriarchy rise and fall with the fortunes of the alphabetic written word.”

      ✦ Pro Life? Not even anti abortionists…
      ☛Wall Street’s Spontaneous Abortionists
      ☛GOPerversion, another Prohibition! On Women…

      Christian voters don’t vote for candidates,
      they vote party line. ~ Ralph Reed

      ✦ Poverty can lower your IQ,
      Almost All Rural Whites are In Poverty
      ☛ The Face Of Poverty In America
      ☛ How money worries can lower your IQ
      ☛ How Money Worries Can Scramble Your Thinking

      ✦ Conservatives Have Larger ‘Fear Centers’ in Their Brains
      British study shows conservatives’ brains tend to have larger amygdalas, which responsible for primitive emotions. Conservatives’ brains have larger amygdalas than the brains of liberals. Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other “primitive” emotions. At the same time, conservatives’ brains were also found to have a smaller anterior cingulate — the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism.

      ✦ The Authoritarians (HTML version)
      “Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction.”

  32. Servetus says:

    A Kaiser Permanente research program is ongoing in Washington state surveying health care patients who consume marijuana. Its lead researcher, Gwen T. Lapham, is citing common, unfounded claims about marijuana risks involving potency and addiction in a quest to confirm the existence of the ever elusive ‘cannabis use disorder’.

    Dr. Lapham claims that cannabis can worsen depression and anxiety when in fact medicinal consumers often use it to lessen anxiety (blood cortisol levels) and depression—in that order. Perhaps the Kaiser study will reveal Dr. Lapham’s mistaken assumptions about who uses marijuana and why.

    Were it not for marijuana legalization in Washington, the Kaiser study would not have been achievable. People are less likely to admit their cannabis consumption to their physicians given the menace of prohibition:

    27-NOV-2017 — About 1 in 7 adult primary care patients visiting medical offices reported having used marijuana at least once in the past year, according to a study conducted by Kaiser Permanente researchers since Washington state legalized nonmedical cannabis use in 2014.

    In young adults, that rate was higher: nearly 2 in 5. Young adults — especially men age 18-29 who had depression or used tobacco — were also much more likely than others to use cannabis every day. These findings raise concerns, according to first author Gwen T. Lapham, PhD, MPH, MSW, a Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute research associate. “Much remains to be learned about marijuana use, while legalization is spreading.”

    “Routinely asking about cannabis use in primary care is part of whole-person care, and it’s the first step to starting a conversation between patients and their primary care providers,” says the study’s principal investigator, Katharine A. Bradley, MD, MPH, a senior investigator at KPWHRI and internal medicine physician with Washington Permanente Medical Group.[…]

    Kaiser Permanente researchers in Washington analyzed information from medical visits, keeping private the information that could help identify any of the 22,000 patients in the study. Published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, “Frequency of Cannabis Use among Primary Care Patients in Washington State” is among the first U.S. studies to evaluate the population-based prevalence of patient-reported cannabis use among primary care patients, particularly in a state where nonmedical use is legal.

    After alcohol and tobacco, marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States…concentrated hash oil and synthetic cannabinoids — are raising the potency and risk for addiction.

    “Some groups of patients are more likely to use cannabis daily and be at higher risk for complications such as cannabis use disorder — as well as some harms that are not yet completely understood,” Dr. Lapham says. Among patients who reported using cannabis, about half used it at least monthly — and about 1 in 5 used it daily, the researchers found. From a quarter to half of people who use daily are estimated to develop a cannabis use disorder, where patients can’t cut down on their use despite accumulating use-related problems.

    “Widespread daily use in young men with depression is concerning, because using cannabis can worsen depression and anxiety,” Dr. Lapham says. Although counseling can improve outcomes, no medication is known to be effective or approved to treat cannabis use disorder, she added.[…]

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (awards UG1DA040314-01S1 and UG1 DA01581) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (award R18 HS023173) supported this research.

    AAAS Public Release: As access to legal marijuana increases, Kaiser Permanente researchers explore patient use

    • DdC says:

      I think the drug worriers spin a wheel with a dozen or so reefer madness titles and then put out a press release on the winner chosen. Marijuana Use Disorder, MUD again?

      ✦ The Kaiser Permanente study

      “Marijuana Use and Mortality”
      American Journal of Public Health”.
      1997 Apr;87(4):585-90
      by Sidney S, Beck JE, Tekawa IS, Quesenberry CP, Friedman GD.

      “Relatively few adverse clinical effects from the chronic use of marijuana have been documented in humans. However, the criminalization of marijuana use may itself be a health hazard, since it may expose the users to violence and criminal activity.”

      OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of marijuana use to mortality.

      METHODS: The study population comprised 65171 Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program enrollees, aged 15 through 49 years, who completed questionnaires about smoking habits, including marijuana use, between 1979 and 1985. Mortality follow-up was conducted through 1991.

      RESULTS: Compared with nonuse or experimentation (lifetime use six or fewer times), current marijuana use was not associated with a significantly increased risk of non-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) mortality in men (relative risk [RR] = 1.12, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.89, 1.39) or of total mortality in women (RR = 1.09, 95% CI = 0.80, 1.48). Current marijuana use was associated with increased risk of AIDS mortality in men (RR = 1.90, 95% CI = 1.33, 2.73), an association that probably was not causal but most likely represented uncontrolled confounding by male homosexual behavior. This interpretation was supported by the lack of association of marijuana use with AIDS mortality in men from a Kaiser Permanente AIDS database. Relative risks for ever use of marijuana were similar.

      CONCLUSIONS: Marijuana use in a prepaid health care-based study cohort had little effect on non-AIDS mortality in men and on total mortality in women.


      ✦ Available Treatments for Marijuana Use Disorders NIDA
      standard treatments involving medications and behavioral therapies may help reduce marijuana use. Medications that have shown promise in early studies or small clinical trials include the sleep aid zolpidem (Ambien®), an anti-anxiety/anti-stress medication called buspirone (BuSpar®), and an anti-epileptic drug called gabapentin (Horizant®, Neurontin®) that may improve sleep and, possibly, executive function. Other agents being studied include the nutritional supplement N-acetylcysteine and chemicals called FAAH inhibitors, which may reduce withdrawal by inhibiting the breakdown of the body’s own cannabinoids.

      Remember this is to stop smoking pot.

      • NorCalNative says:

        You left out “allosteric modulators” from your comment on possible cannabis treatments. Allosteric neuromodulators can reduce the effect of THC at CB1 receptors through intracellular (down stream) activity rather than direct involvement at the receptor.

        CBD is an allosteric modulator of THC. It’s a dimmer switch on potential euphoric results. One treatment for killing the fun of cannabis iwould be forcing folks on a high-CBD diet. It’s why CBD belongs in the ER.

        According to former GWP researcher Ethan Russo, Sativex their 1:1 THC-to-CBD ratio hash oil got that ratio because of their business model. They wanted as much THC in the mix as possible but stopping at a point where most patient’s wouldn’t experience euphoric effects.

        That reduction of euphoria is because CBD is an allosteric neuromodulator at the CB1 receptor. The ability to moderate the effects of THC isn’t all bad as it increases the potential patient population substantially. Cradle-to-the-grave stuff, or the death of pharma as we know it.

        • DdC says:

          You left out “allosteric modulators”

          You mean NIDA and nutty Nora Trotsky left it out. I’ve never had a problem with thc. When Vietnam bud was around it was as high as I’ve ever got and it wasn’t a problem.

        • NorCalNative says:

          Your link mentioned allosteric modulators without identifying CBD as such. I think it’s an important point and concept. Not trying to play gotcha.

        • DdC says:

          Yea NIDA has no interest in the people. After patient and family concerns and permission I’ve replaced patients Ambian with a warm toddy of Ganja and milk for a good nights sleep. While the pharm junk ambian caused incoherent drooling zombies for a couple days. One of Nutty Nora’s recommendations for kicking pot. Insanity. Its mind boggling how obviously deceptive and creepy they are in protecting their vested ignorance while a remaining proportion go along as if they are bits of iron magnetically attracted to the zero tolerance cults end by any means..

          CBD and THC Synergy
          Inspiring the Body to Heal Itself

          Not what fat pharma wants to hear.

      • DC Reade says:

        A regular regimen of Ambien, Buspar, and/or Neurontin, to cure replace the use of marijuana…what could go wrong?

        https://www.drugs. com/sfx/ambien-side-effects.html

        https://www.drugs. com/sfx/buspar-side-effects.html

        https://www.drugs. com/sfx/neurontin-side-effects.html

        (I opened the tags to prevent having this comment deleted as spam- close them to check the links, phew)

        • DdC says:

          Its like they’re living in the movie “Airplane”

          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, thats just what they’ll be expecting us to do.

          Cannabis can treat many symptoms big pharma can treat without the side effects. Including treating the side effects of drugs for quitting cannabis. So Cannabis is clearly the better choice and should be available. Oh no that’s what they are expecting us to do.

          Drug Worriers preferred methods of treatment…

          Preferred Treatment of Racketeering Opponents
          of a 4 yr old girl using cannabis for Epileptic seizures

          Alzheimer: Resveratrol v Cannabis

        • DdC says:

          “We’re working on that very hard right now. We had meetings yesterday and talked about it at some length. It’s my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental and we should not give encouragement in any way to it.”

          Attorney General– Jeff Sessions responding to a question about whether the federal government is planning to crack down on legal recreational cannabis

  33. Study Finds Cannabis Use May Benefit Heart Failure Patients

    “In an unpublished study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Anaheim, California, held this month, researchers found a possible link between cannabis use and decreased risk for arterial fibrillation in patients with heart failure. “:
    …”Lead study author Dr. Oluwole Adegbala said the results of the study were surprising because researchers hypothesized the opposite conclusion, or that cannabis use would result in greater risks for heart failure patients.” …
    … ” Study results showed that occasional cannabis users were 18 percent were less likely to experience arterial fibrillation, and the same was true for 31 percent of patients that used cannabis regularly.

    The study found also that 46 percent of nondependent cannabis-using heart failure patients were less likely to die in the hospital, while among those patients that used cannabis regularly, 58 percent were less likely to die while hospitalized.” …

    • Bruce Symington says:

      I tried looking up “arterial fibrilation” and found nothing. I then looked up “atrial fibrilation” and there is lots of info. Is it possible an error occurred?

  34. Servetus says:

    Researchers Phyllis Zee and David W. Carley at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) applied a synthetic THC analogue, dronabinol, to reducing sleep apnea by 33 percent:

    28-NOV-2017 — …There is currently no drug treatment for sleep apnea, a sleep breathing disorder affecting about 30 million individuals in the United States. In sleep apnea, breathing is interrupted, and these pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur 30 times or more an hour. Untreated apnea raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, sleepiness, cognitive impairment and a motor vehicle accident.[…]

    Researchers investigated the effect of dronabinol, a synthetic version of the molecule Delta-9 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is in cannabis, on sleep apnea in a Phase 2 trial. The trial was the largest and longest randomized, controlled trial to test a drug treatment for sleep apnea.

    Dronabinol was approved by the Food and Drug Administration more than 25 years ago to treat nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients.[…]

    Six weeks of treatment by the highest dose of dronabinol (10 milligrams) was associated with a lower frequency of apneas or hypopneas (overly shallow breathing) during sleep, decreased subjective sleepiness and greater overall treatment satisfaction compared to the placebo group. The severity of their disorder was reduced by 33 percent compared to complete compliance with the mechanical treatment, although complete compliance for the night is rare.[…]

    The researchers insist that dronabinol is not the same as marijuana:

    Can a person simply ingest or smoke marijuana and get the same benefits for sleep apnea?

    No, said Zee. “Different types of cannabis have different ingredients,” she noted. “The active ingredient may not be exactly the same as what’s indicated for sleep apnea.”

    “Cannabis contains dozens of active ingredients, but we tested just purified delta-9 THC,” added Carley.

    Larger scale clinical trials are needed to clarify the best approach to cannabinoid therapy in obstructive sleep apnea, the authors said.[…]

    “By providing a path toward the first viable obstructive sleep apnea drug, our studies could have a major impact on clinical practice,”[…]

    AAAS Public Release: Synthetic cannabis-like drug reduces sleep apnea

  35. jean valjean says:

    Don’t know how much of this is conspiracy theory, but couchniks of a certain age (hippies) may appreciate the trip down memory lane.

  36. DdC says:

    Sessions Hints at Coming Crackdown on Marijuana

    Elizabeth Warren Wants Marijuana Answers From Trump Health Nominee

    Medical marijuana users ‘have 30 days’ to turn in their guns, police say

    Where’s the NRA?

  37. Okay, I dare you. Try not to laugh.

    Kellyanne Conway Was Just Named Trump’s Opioids Czar

    Real, quality, and great qualifications.

  38. Servetus says:

    Trump’s point man in the drug war, General Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions, isn’t Confederate enough according to Blackwater mercenaries who may further implicate Sessions in Kremlingate:

    11.30.17–Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a new group of critics: former officials at Blackwater, the military contracting firm that was sold and renamed after its connection to the killings of more than a dozen Iraqi civilians in 2007.

    That’s because in the ten years since those deaths in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, the Justice Department has taken an aggressive and sometimes unorthodox approach to prosecuting four former Blackwater contractors for those killings. And that aggressive stance is continuing under Sessions.

    The founder of Blackwater, Erik Prince, is set testify before the House intelligence committee on Nov. 30 as part of its Russia probe. And that gives the dispute an additional dimension. Two key players in the unfolding Trump-Russia drama are now at odds: Sessions, who keeps remembering more and more discussions about—and meetings with—Kremlin officials; and Prince, who reportedly had a secret meeting with a Putin crony earlier this year in an attempt to open a back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump White House.

    Three Blackwater contractors were convicted in 2014 under a firearm statute that is generally used to go after violent criminals connected to drug trafficking. They were each sentenced to 30 years in prison under that charge. But in August—a few months after Sessions became attorney general—the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit found those lengthy sentences to be cruel and unusual punishment, noting that the Justice Department had never before used the law that way.[…]

    “Jeff Sessions is a big, giant wussy and never has there been a more spineless, worthless guy holding that chair than him,” said one former Blackwater official, who spoke anonymously because he said he feared retaliation. “I look at what Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch used to do to carry water for Obama, and holy moly, that’s an attorney general that you want on your side. He is—with the whole Russia thing—he’s worthless.” [emphasis added]

    Maybe once Jeff Sessions is gone, Trump will nominate Kellyanne Conway to take his place.

    • Will says:

      Poor Jeffrey Bumregard just can’t catch a break. Someday to be known as ‘The Sessions Dilemma’ (or some other overwrought descriptor);

      Top Republican: Jeff Sessions’ Crackdown Could Be A Blessing In Disguise For Marijuana Legalization

      ‘But the backlash will likely go even further than that, according to Steele, who said that a crackdown could actually speed up the process of repealing cannabis prohibition across the country.’


      Yoda’s younger, much dumber half brother must privately wonder at times, “Why did I ever leave Alabammy?”

  39. DdC says:

    How Russia Is Actually Keeping Jeff Sessions Away From Weed.

    Minnesota adds autism, sleep apnea as medical marijuana conditions

    Cannabidiol (CBD) May Reduce Cigarette Consumption

    Maryland’s first medical cannabis dispensary expects to begin sales on Friday.

    Blackwater Brass Rips ‘Spineless, Worthless’ Jeff Sessions

    Top Republican: Jeff Sessions’ Crackdown Could Be A Blessing In Disguise For Marijuana Legalization

    • Tony Aroma says:

      Top Republican: Jeff Sessions’ Crackdown Could Be A Blessing In Disguise For Marijuana Legalization

      I don’t think Steele makes a very compelling argument.

      He says, “You’ll have 18 states lining up to bring an immediate lawsuit pushing back.” Where’d he get that number? There are 5 recreational states, and 29 medical states. Which 18 medical and/or recreational states and why them?

      He also says, “If he [Sessions] does this, then he’s gonna be in court, which, in my view, is the last thing this administration or Jeff Sessions would want.” Given SCOTUS history on this subject, I’d think he’d definitely want to go to court. The few mj-related cases that made it to the SC were all decided in favor of the federal government and the Controlled Substances Act. No reason to think future cases would be decided any differently.

      I don’t think the best thing to happen to the marijuana legalization movement would be a federal crackdown. I can think of LOTS better things.

      • DdC says:

        I think December 8th is the vote on protecting the cole memo. More on board with it passing again. Sessions can still go after noncompliance and states without laws. His propaganda hasn’t changed and he maintains denial over medicinal use and believes in his portfolio it does great harm and only bad people use it. We the People only have power when we take power and so far most don’t want the responsibility or risk of standing alone. Especially those who shrug at peoples rights and don’t use Ganja. Not as bad as the 90s with more con-solidarity between the 3 Cannabis groups. More information and more research in foreign countries. Stats look good in legal areas but what Michael Steele doesn’t see is the reality of behind closed doors. Breeding a new generation of DARE killers to fill SAM and the DEA and NIDA with zealots in the future.

        “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that,” Gupta, who penned an article for Time in 2009 titled “Why I Would Vote No on Pot,” writes for “I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. … I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis. ~ Sanjay Gupta

        Michael Steele is reading from the political predictions book and not the Corporatism of Ganja. I see it coming down the same as booze. Licensed manufacturing, distribution and sales. Sessions is Roy Moore with a better education and language skills. A more lethal weasel. He hates stoners with a passion and sees the Ganjawar in reagan and Nixon’s view. To remove undesirables from doing any opposition to the agenda.

        Now profit prisons make it a win win. Corporations will have their monopolies just like back yard mechanics went away with computer regulated electronic cars. They have to herd the people into productive places and remove the outlaws not contributing. Unemployed, welfare, disabled, poor in general, Minimum wagers, growers and under the table jobs. Protesters, bikers, gangs, cults and stoners stimulate the economy and tax base more in a cage.

        ✦ Ignorant Jeff Orders Moral thing to do. Profit Prisons

        Urine testing and gag rules and 3 strikes and mandatory minimum sentencing as deterrents to jury trials and potential Jury Nullification. Leaving plea bargains with their meat hooks into rehabilitation and urine tests, fines, community service and unemployment. Loss of voting sometimes, tuition assistance, Pell Grants, Organ transplants, owning guns or police and most security positions. Nancy Reagans Purity Clause in government contracting already has urine testers getting rich stigmatizing truckers and factory workers when a large portion are false positives. Sometimes positive results get paid faster so labs tend to cheat.

        Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. — Frederick Douglass

        Congress banning any debates and using stupid Paatrick and Sabet as “experts”. A MSM always jabbing stigma in headlines to get a rise. Always a negative tossed into every story. Sessions and the new Opium Queen Conway want to bring back DARE. With DeVoid running the schools like Bill Bennett, removing the word “Hemp” from school books to not confuse the kiddies. Cops getting their rocks off on pisstesting drivers and busting home grows. They’d love to tear down dispensaries like they trash houses they bust.

        ✦ The Assassins of Youth: DARE t FRCn PDFA

        Over taxing and regulating is almost a sure sign of keeping the black market. When the time is right. On an individual bases. They will reschedule items as needed. Booze and Pharmacies with smokeless applications and extracts and elixers. Maybe a Foodie as Edibles Czar. Cannabis was sold before 1937 with hundreds of products.they managed to remove from the people. Then deny they existed and until the internet it was a small percentage who knew any different. As popular as it was the mainstream wasn’t into it. Now the censor bills from Feinstein Hatch failed so they attack access with killing Net Neutrality. Their objective is to shrink the middle class and grow a large labor pool willing to work cheap. Letting them have a plant on their own bypassing Wall St and the Pentagon is not prudent at this juncture.

        “We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.”- Bill Clinton

        A schedule #2 will make it available to legit patients and eliminate the “necessity” factor that was disregarded by Raich-Gonzales. You got the money honey I got the time. We can brew a small amount of beer but not to sell. We have dry counties in many states or rather Commonwealth’s. We can’t make our own booze or pharmaceuticals as it is. They regulate potency by proof and beer from 3.2% for 18-21 and 5,5% 21+ in my days. I think the feds made it all 21 so I’m not sure if they still sell 3.2. Didn’t matter with fake ID from paper drivers licenses. Plastic and hollograms might be trickier. Booze potency is labeled, that would be nice for Ganja products. Why would anyone think they would let the people have something that would take profits and compete with the legal crap they paid a hell of a lot of politicians off to get where they are. Even though we are.

        Who ya gonna call? Since 96 CUA, most knew it was a keep out of jail free card at best. Not always. People have built a legitimate infrastructure, self regulated and mostly quality assured. No legit complaints or harm done while many happy people like myself have never had it better. The variety of products and strains and convenience are working fine.

        ✦ Weed Maps

        Now the very same prohibitionists putting us in prisons and graves. Always whining about hobgoblins to justify keeping this plant from the people. These unAmerican low life sons of a bitches have to stick their greedy greasy palms into it. Cops lying their asses off for decades on the dangers and in court, are still sitting in on policy meetings. With no input that you can believe. They are paid to lie. Public servants with a cop union bartering for more work busting peaceful people. Militarization SqWAT.

        Its like garbage collectors complaining about smell. they can’t protest or have tax money to protest smelly garbage. Or a union lobbying for cops killing citizens. No one for the garbage person having to take smelly refuge. Nationalism sucks. Cops are only doing their jobs as they say. Nothing special, like public servant garbage collectors. A job to keep us safe. No reason to risk lives or shoot kids or bust sick people. Or lobby Congress with lies.

        Doctors seem like logical choices to comment, except they are more ignorant than the growers and consumers. They have never been taught Cannabis. They may or may not have had “childhood iindiscretions” and almost everyone will say they didn’t like it. Yet these “excerpts” and pundits like Michael Steele get paid to speak and write pedestrian articles. There are a lot of people who would be upset over going backwards. But thats the entire Cabinet.

        With lapdog GOPers like Michael Steele forging backwards. They all make fun of Trump and then vote for his whacky policies just to one up the Gerbils. How many in the Neocongress will fight for stoners rights or even sick people using Ganja Rx? Something so obviously corrupt, for so long and from roots obviously without Science, and they are begging for bill sponsors. Just to save citizens lives from arrest or forfeiture or confiscation of electric wheelchairs or butt probing or prison gang bangs all the good people shrugged it off as punishment for disobeying the law.

        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.
        — Alexander Bickel
        Constitutional scholar

        Yes in the reasoned world what Michael Steele said might be so. 80/90% want medicinal use and a majority want it “recreationally” whatever that is. But this is the Ganjawar and authoritarian Americans are deathly afraid of individuals having liberty. Ganja is too risky to status quo profits and replacing products with side effect profits like big pharma or big ag poisons do. Or drunk drivers and the huge fossil fool infrastructure to produce massive amounts of booze and pills. Crude oil plastic to wrap it up in before barging it out to dump in the ocean. Denialists, fear mongering chicken hawks and Sabet SAM chicken littles promoting the G-20 Neocons. It’s America, the movie. Nothing like the real thing.

        ✦ Drug Czar linked to deception
        – Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie
        – UK’s Drugs Czar Fired For Marijuana Truths
        – Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage
        – Anti-Drug Campaigns Dumb Down Vital Message
        – Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc.
        – GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab ‘Torture’ Centers

        Why would they let local towns employ local people and provide necessities from houses to cars? No oil wars or plastic pollution or poisons to produce more profits treating cancer patients. Michael Steele hasn’t a clue and he’s articulate and has a lot of words that do make sense if Prohibition didn’t profit so much and if Cannabis didn’t remove so many. Just not in DEAland. Its just fascism, yawn.

        “I’ve got a son in Oregon growing marijuana.” “He said if the feds tried to stop it, bullets would start flying.


        That’s another way to weed out undesirables. There is only ONE way to free the weed and that is to classify it the same as aspirin.

        “The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.

        Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy … and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with ‘scientific support’ … fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others.”
        ~ William F. Buckley, Jr. Requiescat In Pace
        Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

      • Will says:

        “I don’t think the best thing to happen to the marijuana legalization movement would be a federal crackdown. I can think of LOTS better things.”

        No one wants a ‘federal crackdown’, especially since no one really knows what that would entail. Simultaneous raids across multiple states? Big, splashy show raids directed at the largest and most successful operations in Colorado and Washington as a way to scare the bejesus out of everyone else? Cease and desist letters demanding undoing the will of voters “or else”? Jeff Sessions has been testing the waters and hinting in various ways that federal law can still be applied. But after sending letters to certain states questioning the viability of their enforcement efforts with regard to cannabis, he has been rebuffed and accused of relying on faulty data. Does this mean there will be no local law enforcement assistance? Can the DOJ/DEA really go it alone?

        We always knew that the Obama administration’s wishy-washy attitude toward cannabis becoming increasingly legal was not going to hold, especially since any new administration (yes, even if Hillary Clinton had won) could adopt a more draconian stance. Jeff Sessions has made only one good point, “If Congress does not want the DOJ to enforce federal cannabis laws, they need to change them”. Would raids on legal state businesses finally force one of the most cowardly, spineless congresses in recent memory to finally act on laws banning a plant that is wildly more popular than they are? Again, obviously no one wants raids to happen at all. But it’s abundantly clear that fumbling along in the nauseating grey area between federal and state cannabis laws can’t be allowed to fester forever.

  40. kaptinemo says:

    The 2nd Amendment and cannabis consumption collide: Honolulu police tell legal marijuana users to turn in their firearms

    This is why I have never supported any legislation requiring either firearm registration or medicinal cannabis patient registration. It was only a matter of time…

  41. Allan says:

    Police to review policy that requires pot card holders to turn over guns

    but only because da Chief oP didn’t sign the latest letter…

  42. DdC says:

    Half of Big Pharmas inventory can cause worse symptoms than the prohibidiots use to ban firearms for anyone with a Ganja medical card. Assuming use. The irrational excuse could be used to ban anything from driving to keeping your kids or owning property. Jobs, schools and public office. I guess its a secret or lower priority for the MSM than a Drumpfy Dumpty tweet.

    Where’s the NRA?

    A federal government ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

    ✦ Federal court upholds gun ban
    for medical marijuana card holders

    The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the nine Western states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction, including California, Washington and Oregon. 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says in decision that Congress reasonably concluded that marijuana and other drug use ‘raises the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated’

    ✦ ATF doubles down on marijuana gun ban,
    adds more explicit warning to firearm purchase form

    As part of an effort to roll back Obama-era regulations, The rule estimated in January 2016 that about 75,000 people would have their records submitted for background checks each year that applies to recipients of disability insurance and supplemental security income who require a representative to manage their benefits because of a disabling mental disorder, ranging from anxiety to schizophrenia.

    ✦ Congress to challenge gun ban for some mentally impaired
    The rule was hard fought by gun-rights advocates who feared it would impinge on Second Amendment rights. The NRA lobbied for its reversal, arguing it stripped the right to keep and bear arms without due process from “some of the most vulnerable Americans.” They say it is the result of a political agenda, and it would keep those in distress from seeking mental health assistance for fear of losing their rights.

    ✦ DEA Bans Armored Cars From Picking up Pot Shop Cash
    Medical marijuana is legal in California, but the combination of valuable drugs and what is often a cash-only business can attract some rough characters. That’s why some dispensaries use armored car companies to get their money to and from their favorite bank (or elsewhere). But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says no more. The federal authority has told armored car companies they can no longer work with some, perhaps all, cannabis retailers in California and Colorado. August 23, 2013

    ✦ NRA Silent On Medical Marijuana Patients’ Gun Rights
    When there’s a policy development that affects gun rights you can usually count on the National Rifle Association (NRA) to have something to say about it. But the firearms lobby’s most powerful organization had nothing to say this week after a federal court upheld a policy preventing medical marijuana patients from purchasing guns. Last year, the NRA spoke out against what is saw as the Obama administration’s favoring marijuana businesses over gun businesses.

    Prisons: America’s Newest Growth Industry
    Private prison companies have some powerful allies in the fight for stiffer sentences and more prison spending. For example, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which has grown from 4,000 to 23,000 in the last decade, gave more than $1 million to various California state politicians in 1996. The prison lobby is also supported by the National Rifle Association. Armed with an agenda of deflecting public fear away from guns and toward people, the NRA successfully lobbies for prison construction and three-strikes-and-you’re-out laws.

  43. DdC says:

    The Good

    ✦ Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) delivered a floor speech commemorating federal Judge Harry Pregerson, who passed away this month, and noting his ruling in favor of shielding state-legal medical cannabis patients from federal prosecution.

    ✦ Separately Lieu tweeted that a federal crackdown on marijuana would be a “S. T. U. P. I. D. waste of federal resources” and “beyond dumb.”

    ✦ International:
    The Constitutional Court of Georgia ruled that criminalization of marijuana consumption is unconstitutional. Separately, the nation’s Parliament will hear a bill to decriminalize all drugs next week.

    The bad

    ✦ Hemp farmers lose in federal court
    The groups claimed that the county had effectively stolen $77 million worth of hemp when sheriff’s deputies raided the property two weeks after county supervisors approved the emergency ban. The growers sued in federal court and then sought a temporary restraining order that would allow them to resume operations.

    But growing hemp still is illegal in California unless it’s done by an established research institution such as a university. And San Joaquin County argued that American States University doesn’t fit the bill.

    ✦ The Ganjawar Comes to the The Rez

    The Ugly

    ✦ Indiana Attorney General Declares War on CBD

  44. Servetus says:

    Historical contrasts are always useful when evaluating how far we’ve progressed as a civilized society in the good old US of A or elsewhere. A blast to the past is excellent for gaging how far society has evolved since the year 1591, for example:

    Godelmann…is devoted to the cure of magic diseases. He quotes Paracelsus, who asserts as an aphorism that it makes no difference whether God or the devil, whether angels or demons, bring help to the sick, provided only that the disease is cured. Supernatural diseases have no natural cure; only magic remedies suffice and, whatever the theologians may say, these are not contrary to God, because we use them for the benefit and not the destruction of man. All physicians should be familiar with them. They are not taught by Galen or Avicenna, nor is this art to be learned in the schools, so the physician must seek the witches, the gypsies, the peasants, who know more about these things than all the professors of the schools.-Ib., nn. 11-15 (p. 81).

    Source: Godelmann, Johann G. –De Magis,Veneficis et Lamiis recte cognosendis et puniendis . Hic accesssit ad Mgistratum Clarisssimi et Celeberrimi J. C. D. Johannis Althussii Admonitio. Francofurti, 1591. Trans. by H. C. Lea, in Materials Toward a History of Witchcraft, p. 708, Vol. II, Arthur C. Howland, Pub., 1939.

    Today, things are different. Today we as citizens are prohibited from obtaining some of our most effective medicines from heretics or witches, or even the pharmaceutical industry. Today they come from marijuana dispensaries, or from anyone who might find psilocybin ([3-(2-Dimethylaminoethyl)-1H-indol-4-yl] dihydrogen phosphate) mushrooms growing on cow paddies in a dairy pasture. Then there are the folk remedies for the ills of the mind offered by peyote (3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine ) or ayahuasca (dimethyltryptamine), medicines available, but often available only from shamans in North, Central and South America.

    • DC Reade says:

      I was surprised to find that the National Geographic series “Drugs, Inc.” episode on “Hallucinogens” was overall very sympathetic- it included accounts of an ayahuasca cermeony in Peru; a middle-aged Texan guy who has found bimonthly psilocybin dosing to be the only effective way of keeping his cluster headaches at bay; a reformed NYC heroin addict who found himself cured of his addiction so effectively by an ibogaine voyage that he became an underground therapist, arranging ibogaine treatment sessions for opioid addicts in Canada, where the laws toward ibogaine are more lenient; and a medical clinic in Switzerland that’s legally allowed to engage in LSD therapy for patients diagnosed with terminal diseases like late-stage cancer.

      Oh, and also an interview with a drug agent who busted a Bay Area LSD lab and got walloped by a megadose of acid, despite wearing a hazmat suit. He’s still a cop, still opposed to the underground LSD trade. He says he’s still somewhat scattered by the experience- he claims he absorbed the equivalent of (iirc) >1000 doses, was taken to a hospital and monitored, suffered a seizure a few hours into his trip that required a large dose of IV valium to suppress, still went on tripping hard for another 24 hours. He says he suffered a lot of disorientation and memory loss in the aftermath. But he’s still coherent, normal affect, had a humorous recollection of the experience. You know, better to get hit with 100mg of LSD than 20mcg of carfentanil.

      If you haven’t seen the series, I recommend it highly. Despite the typically doomy emotional tone of the soundtrack and narration, and a pronounced tendency to focus on the most negative effects of illicit drug use and the illicit trade, most of the episodes depict more firsthand interviews with users and dealers than with cops. Somehow, the NG crew often manages to obtain a degree of access that is pretty amazing, particularly in the case of the drug dealers. The players in the scene are typically masked, and their voices are artificially altered, but other than that, it’s all on the table, sometimes in large quantities, sometimes alongside a cache of firearms.

      I’ve seen episodes on the “molly” trade in Florida, Georigia, New Orleans, and the SF Bay Area(including segments on dealers who test for MDMA authenticity, as well as those who sell bad imitation MDMA designer drugs like mephedrone and methylone with no compunction); illegal booze in Alaska native tribes townships (along with segments on the Alaskan heroin and crack trade); PCP (!) in Washington DC; crack and “purple drank” codeine-pentacozine cough syrup in Houston; the meth trade in Thailand; and undoubtedly the worst of all, “krokodil”, bathtub desomorphine, in Russia.

      It’s a good series. Evenhanded, I’d say. The police who get interviewed very often acknowledge the futility of their mission. Very rarely do they come off as gung-ho drug warriors; more often, they’re seeing what they do as about public safety and crime suppression- having of course been put on that spot by the drug laws that encourage the criminal role in the drug trade in the first place. As for the dealers, they sometimes flash huge rolls of cash, or talk about the success that allowed them to retire and go legit in middle age; some of them seem like typical capitalist entrepreneurs, some are only dealing because they’re strung out, some of them have enough integrity to take care and take steps to look out for their customers, some of them are really bad people who belong in prison. As for the users- no surprise, their level of health and spirit typically depends on 1) which substance they’re using, and 2)how intelligent they are about using it.

      Predictably, this is not a series that puts a lot of focus on hanging around functional drug users or normal, garden-variety pot smokers; scenes like those would attract about as much viewer interest as filming beer garden on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

  45. jean valjean says:

    Absurd Daily Mail story: “Cannabis killed my son.”
    Man with schizophrenia dies of testicular cancer: mother blames cannabis, of course. “He smoked the drug most weekends and even sometimes midweek(!)”

    • DC Reade says:

      I realize that the credibility of a story can’t be impeached simply based on the source.

      Still, it has to be said: that’s the U.K. Daily Mail for you.

      And it’s perfectly fine to impeach a conclusion that’s based on one anecdotal case with no support offered other than a line stretched between two data points.

  46. Servetus says:

    Marian Wilson, a researcher in Washington state, is condemning marijuana’s use as a pain remedy because marijuana is allegedly making people feel less happy about the fact they experience pain. Wilson says that with marijuana administration depression and anxiety about pain appear to increase:

    4-DEC-2017 –Marian Wilson, Ph.D., of the Washington State University College of Nursing found that frequent marijuana use seems to strengthen the relationship between pain and depression and anxiety, not ease it.[…]

    The research, recently published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, involved 150 patients being seen at an opioid treatment clinic. Previous studies have shown that nearly two-thirds of patients receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction also have chronic pain, and many experience depression and anxiety.[…]

    …the relationship between pain and depression and anxiety increased with the frequency of marijuana use.

    In most cases, people reported they were self-medicating with marijuana, Wilson noted, yet only a small number had a medical marijuana card.[…]

    There are many questions about the relationship between marijuana use and opioid addiction and treatment – such as why opioid death rates are 25 percent lower in states that have legalized medical marijuana – but the primary purpose of Wilson’s study was to see whether cannabis use affects the relationship between pain and depression and anxiety.

    Patients believe using marijuana helps them with their symptoms, but the study’s results could indicate the opposite is true for those in addiction treatment – that by strengthening the connection between feelings of pain and emotional distress, it makes it harder for them to manage their symptoms.

    “The effectiveness of cannabis for relieving distressing symptoms remains mixed and requires further research,” the study concludes.

    AAAS Public Release: Marijuana use may not aid patients in opioid addiction treatment: Symptoms harder to manage

    In order of prioritization, it would seem a few grumpy pain patients would be preferable to their continuing addiction to opioids, or to death by opioid overdose. If cannabinoids lacked the capability of instilling joy or well-being as opioids apparently do, then why would marijuana be used recreationally?

    Perhaps the joys of cannabis consumption come from its ability to induce a calm, inward contemplation of personal and world events, a predilection that makes people dangerous in the eyes of the fascist or authoritarian—a menace to anyone who fears thinking because it poses a lethal threat to their peculiar hoaxes and dogmas. The inner directed, the skeptic, the iconoclast, the intellectual, the realist, the innovator, the heretic, see their pain and the pain of others clearly; whereas the fascist and the prohibitionist offer little more for pain than organized misery and a specious façade for the failures of a medical totalitarianism that causes people to be anxious and depressed.

    • NorCalNative says:

      Totally contrary to my studies and experience. The title reads like a sloppy propaganda kiss to prohibitionist AG Sessions.

      Show me some evidence here lady. What were the dosing regimens, frequency of use, forms used, and strain selection?

      Could, may, and seems, are NOT evidence-based knowledge or terms. Slop-a-ganda.

  47. DdC says:

    Unholy wars: When religion is politics by other means
    When fundamentalist zealots use their “faith” as a political weapon, all the while professing piety, we are reminded why church and state are separate.

    ALERT: Medical Marijuana Is Under Threat — Tell Congress to Act! For the first time since becoming law in 2014, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment (formerly known as the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment) is in danger of not being renewed.

    Press Release: Global Statement Calls for
    International Action on Philippine Drug War Killings

    A study found that “counties located in [medical cannabis] states reduced monthly alcohol sales by 15 percent.”

    Another Ugly Civil Asset Forfeiture Tactic — Highway Stop ‘Waivers’

  48. WalStMonky says:


    The director of SAM Canada is Pamela McColl and she is straight up bat shit crazy.

    Anti-marijuana legalization group speaks up about reproductive health effects

    Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada says marijuana would not be on its way to legalization if the public knew the effects the drug has on reproductive health.

    “They’re risking sterility and they’re risking DNA damage to their children and grandchildren,” says SAM Canada National Director Pamela McColl.

    “That’s a very serious piece of science and I don’t think Canadians would support legalization if they knew it.”

    • DdC says:

      This goofy bitch is terrorizing sick Americans, wants pot destroyed and children taken from their parents. There is not much difference between these parasite prohibidiots and Al Qaeda or ISIL. They need to be put in protective custody and made to wear helmets in case they fall out of their chairs. At least cage them for crying wolf or being a chicken little without a permit. Think of all the patients who have to deal with their illness and stigma from these maggots and then terrorized daily with threats and weak politicians and tax paid grants for lies and fear mongering and they repeat the sos every year without question. Then the first to jerk the plastic flag calling themselves patriots. What a crock.

      “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man (woman or prohibitionist) in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.”
      Justice Holmes in Schenck v. United States

      ✦ Nahas’ Studies

      Incredibly, a famous study which found that cannabis reduces tumors (see Chapter 7) was originally ordered by the Federal Government on the premise that pot would hurt the immune system. This was based on the “Reefer Madness” studies done by the disreputable by Dr. Gabriel Nahas of Columbia University in 1972.

      This is the same Dr. Nahas that claimed his studies showed pot created chromosome, testosterone (male hormone) damage, and countless other horrible effects which suggested the breaking down of the immune system. Nahas’ background is in the OSS/CIA and later the U.N. where he worked closely with Lyndon LaRouche and Kurt Waldheim.

      ✦ Prohibidiots Concern for Sperm
      ☛ Smoking marijuana may be making your sperm lazy?
      ☛ Marijuana makes men’s sperm ‘lazily swim in circles’?

      ☛ Men, alcohol and conception. It isn’t just female fertility that’s affected by alcohol. Dr Patrick O’Brien, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, says: “Excessive alcohol lowers testosterone levels and sperm quality and quantity in men. It can also reduce libido, and cause impotence.”

      ☛ Fact 4: Smoking causes fertility problems for men. Men that smoke cigarettes are at an increased risk for the following male fertility problems: Lower sperm count and sperm motility problems (motility is the ability of sperm to swim towards and penetrate the egg)

      ☛ China population: 1,411,830,315

      ✦ History of Cannabis in Ancient China
      Cannabis Sativa is an old plant with a long history. The word, sativa, comes from Latin and means “sown” or “cultivated.” And, in fact, the hemp plant, Cannabis Sativa, has been cultivated by humans for thousands of years. Cultivated primarily for its strength as a fiber and for its medicinal uses, it has even been grown for food. Some of the earliest archeological hemp evidence, about 10,000 B.C., comes from rope imprints on broken Chinese pottery. Fragments of hemp cloth have also been found in Chinese burial chambers dating from the Chou Dynasty (1122-249 B.C.). In addition to archeological evidence, written documents refer to hemp as a source of clothing. For example, The Shu King, a book dating to about 2350 B.C., refers to the soil in Shantung as rich with silk and hemp while ancient poetry mentions young girls weaving hemp into clothing (Abel, 1980).

      ☛ India population: 1,345,339,242

      ✦ History of Cannabis in India
      Cannabis has a long history in India, veiled in legends and religion. The earliest mention of cannabis has been found in The Vedas, or sacred Hindu texts. These writings may have been compiled as early as 2000 to 1400 B.C. According to The Vedas, cannabis was one of five sacred plants and a guardian angel lived in its leaves. The Vedas call cannabis a source of happiness, joy-giver, liberator that was compassionately given to humans to help us attain delight and lose fear (Abel, 1980). It releases us from anxiety. The god, Shiva is frequently associated with cannabis, called bhang in India. According to legend, Shiva wandered off into the fields after an angry discourse with his family. Drained from the family conflict and the hot sun, he fell asleep under a leafy plant. When he awoke, his curiosity led him to sample the leaves of the plant. Instantly rejuvenated, Shiva made the plant his favorite food and he became known as the Lord of Bhang. To see an Indian painting of Shiva drinking bhang follow this link (link is external).

      ✦ Parvati Offers Bhang to Shiva

      ✦ Ganja Mothers, Ganja Babies

    • Will says:

      “That’s a very serious piece of science and I don’t think Canadians would support legalization if they knew it.”

      The “very serious piece of science” Pamela refers to is nothing of the kind. She’s referring to the ‘research’ conducted by Associate Professor Stuart Reece and Professor Gary Hulse from University of Western Australia’s School of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences which they clam shows that cannabis use damages DNA and can be passed on to succeeding generations. And how did they arrive at this conclusion? They did not conduct actual tests themselves, they reviewed other studies in order to “close the logical loop” that children inherit damaged genes from parents who use cannabis.

      Pamela also could have done herself a favor and looked into the background of Stuart Reese, author of ‘Let My People Go: a Theology of Addiction’. Yeah, a theology of addiction.



      Press release from UWA;

      Cannabis use linked to gene mutation


      Top Researcher: ‘Cannabis Damages DNA’ Claim Just A Scare Tactic

      • DdC says:

        No accountability, no justice, no truth, just scam sick people and tax payers. Domestic terrorists should not get to keep proceeds from sales of their harmful gossip.

        ✦ Dr. Albert Stuart Reece: Drug Free Australia’s shameful secret
        As a follow up to fundamentalist Drug Free Australia’s attack on Insite and individual research scientists we meet co-author and faith healer, Dr. Albert Stuart Reece

        An interesting juxtaposition sits hidden away in this June 2003 edition of Focus magazine – a far right wing and shamelessly bigoted “Christian” publication.

        Despite claiming vindication, in reality the QLD Health Practitioners Tribunal adjourned indefinitely over the 25 deaths at his bastard baptising, demon exorcising, sin stopping, faith healing hands.

        A read of Dr. Reece’s articles in – you guessed it – the “glorified blog” Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice is revealling as to his manipulation of data and outrageous invention of notions like methadone causing premature ageing and cell death. Science is immoral, evolution is immoral, democracy is immoral… Anything not backed by biblical discipline is of course, immoral.

        ✦ Trump Faith Based.jpg

        ✦ GWBush Experiment Faith Based Rehabs
        Putting Faith In a Social Service Role;
        Church-Based Providers Freed From Many Rules

        Over the door of one church-based drug treatment center in Houston, a sign printed in foot-high letters announces: “Drug Addiction Is NOT a Disease. It’s a Sin.” At another, clients pass by a poster of an addict in a hospital bed, ripping IV tubes out of his arms and throwing his pills in the garbage. An angel hovers nearby, offering her protection from this plague of prescriptions.

        And at a Christian young adult home in Corpus Christi, police recently took the unusual step of arresting a supervisor after teenagers complained that they were beaten and roped to a bed, all in the name of Christian discipline. More arrests are anticipated, authorities say.

        These are some of the results–expected and unexpected–of Gov. George W. Bush’s “bold new experiment in welfare reform.” With his conviction that religious groups can transform lives in ways government can’t, Bush sponsored laws in 1997 that allow churches to provide social services their own way, outside the intrusive glare of the state.

        ✦ God’s Plan for Mike Pence
        Will the vice president—and the religious right—be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump?

        ✦ GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab ‘Torture’ Centers

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