The ACLU weighs in:
The White House announced a new proposal today for policies that respond to the opioid addiction crisis, including possibly imposing the death penalty for those charged with dealing drugs.
Jesselyn McCurdy, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office, had the following reaction:
â€œThe opioid crisis is a serious problem that requires a serious solution. But the draconian law enforcement provisions included in this proposal are unconstitutional and absurd. […]
â€œThe administration has, once again, put out a potentially disastrous and ill-thought-out policy proposal into our national discussion. The idea of executing people who sell drugs is ineffective, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle understand that.â€
This was a completely moronic idea 20 years ago. Now it’s moronic and tone-deaf.
For the last 10 days or so the POTUS has been in a fairly extreme manic state, possibly Adderall (or similar) driven. I certainly hope that Senator Gardner recorded the conversation because absent hearing the POTUS say it or written on a page he signed it my never have happened. I’m not calling the Senator a liar. I’m calling the POTUS a bi-polar lunatic in need of anti-psychotic (not ADHD) meds.
PS Both Colorado and the Feds have single party consent wire tapping laws so it would be legal for him to record their conversation. That’s assuming no special rule for recording the POTUS due to “national security” or some such nonsense. Just because I’ve never heard of it doesn’t mean it isn’t true as it’s a very arcane piece of Federal law.
Wow what a change and to think its just about
21 years since the Hemp Aid event at Rainbow Farm
May 23-26 1997
reat in peace Tom and Rollie
Rainbow Farm Massacre
MARIJUANA REVOLUTION – John Sinclair (1969)
John Lennon – John Sinclair
Thank you double D have not seen some of these links before.
but do have the book.
was lucky to have been at quite a few of the farms
â€œ[O]n the supreme irony of the drug war waged by the United States in Central and South Americaâ€:
“End the War on Weed” – “Federal marijuana laws are counterproductive and overly harsh”
By THE EDITORS | Scientific American May 2018 Issue –
Patrick Kennedy profits from opioid-addiction firms
“Turd Blossom.” Stupid Patrick could fall into vat of shit and still make a profit. Nothing to do with his brains. I wonder if it could be anything to do with his name?
I don’t think Patrick Kennedy understands the bad optics his profiting from the addiction treatment industry reveals (because he is, indeed, quite stupid). His SAM co-founder, Kevin Sabet, has doggedly attempted to lay waste to any idea that SAM is financially connected to or profits from the addiction treatment industry. Now, however, ‘bumbling, fumbling’ Patrick has exposed this as not entirely true. Except I expect Sabet to likely now claim that while Patrick profits that does not mean that SAM profits — or is influenced by Big Pharma, the rehab industrial complex, or any of the other entities he constantly deflects from. Which is a big pile of shit of course.
I really don’t see SAM as much more than a nuisance speed bump anymore (a diminishing one at that). Not that long ago many news outlets described SAM as the stalwart, effective warrior in the battle to re-legalize cannabis. But what have they really won lately? Sure, they still have influence with staunchly misguided prohibitionists in certain positions of power. But there seems to be a lot more losing instead of winning with those addled numbskulls.
Goldman Sachs & Big Pharma Admit Cures Aren’t Profitable… https://youtu.be/q62J9bQwE_w via @YouTube
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration committee is poised to approve cannabis-based drug Epidiolex from GW Pharmaceuticals.
2018 Meeting Materials, Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee
GW cannabis-derived epilepsy drug gets positive FDA staff review
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Biophysics is giving Big Pharma a run for its money in the opioid pain industry. Gene Fridman, Ph.D., M.S., at Johns Hopkins medical school, is using a pulsed electrical direct current to treat certain types of chronic pain:
Also, the University of British Columbia released a study showing naloxone kit distribution cuts deaths from opioid ODs:
You will never guess who wrote this. Not in a million years.
Guessing before looking….Nasty Nora?
Bah. I tried.
The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has published a review study on how marijuana may help people as they age:
The State of Washington uses cannabis taxes to fund marijuana research at Washington State University. Ideally, cannabis research should be funded by the federal government, but due to drug scheduling, that isnâ€™t happening.
For their research, WSU scientists used a medical marijuana app called Strainprint to gather data regarding the effects of commercially available cannabinoids on stress, depression and anxiety:
Happy Bicycle day Couchies!!!
And a happy bicycle day to you, too!
A couple of things;
Cannabis harm to teenagers’ brains ‘overstated’, finds study
There are some caveats here. We have seen other ‘studies of studies’ render cannabis problematic. Also, prohibitionists will seize on the fact that mental health impacts were not looked into in spite of the verdict that ‘â€œpersistence and magnitude of impactâ€ on teenagers had been overblown’.
Texas and New Jersey Voters Support Marijuana Legalization, Polls Show
Crazy Texans continue to confound me. At least this time in a good way (and way to go New Jersey).
Here’s a superior article on MJ’s (lack of) permanent harm to the adolescent brain:
Why is it the superior article? Because Kevin Sabet looks like he’s ready to do the world’s first septuple axle at an Olympic level with all the spin he tries to put on the results of the study.
Makes me happy.
Now it’s off to the shower and then to the local dispensary for holiday treats and free swag, with a stop at the local barbeque joint for their $4.20 Munch Special. I’ll stop bragging now, but I sure do like the taste of cannabis-themed barbeque in the afternoon–tastes like victory.
interesting can not find one story on Cynthia Nixons
interview on Wed. 4-18 on Stephen Colbert where she
calls for recreational cannabis. And how it has hurt minorities.
but here a sitting Sen. comes out with all most the same.
I have to add that Cynthia Nixon said the current laws against
cannabis are hurting minorities.
Personally I have some issues with the whole “opioid nation” concept and “crisis.” Chronic pain is exactly that: unendurable pain that refuses to go away. The idea that narcotics can be replaced by cannabinoids is nice, but really.
I think we’ve sacrificed some of our civil rights along this past decade. My couch is nice but I’d like to upgrade some day. Doesn’t look like that’ll happen, though, as this legalization sure came too late to save the American family unit. Day late, few dollars short.
My thoughts on it are that the cannabinoids aren’t the perfect “replacement” for opioids. The cannabinoids can and will reduce the amounts needed for pain and they can help the heroin addict endure withdrawals. If they really want to fight their way free of heroin. They have to want to though and it’s still a fight. Cannabis isn’t the magic bullet some people are looking for, but it can help. It can help tremendously. Kind of like you can’t walk and a house is burning down around you… and the cannabis can work as a crutch to get you the hell out of there… alive… if you want out. You have to want out. And generally, most of us think “crutches” suck… but we all also know that using a crutch is better than not walking at all.
That’s true, and most people with unendurable chronic pain want out of it. Many will try new drugs and treatments when such are offered out of desperation. Maybe some work, maybe some don’t. Your analogy of a burning house is good as it gives a picture of a situation where just about anything would be used as a crutch.
But that’s different from drug addiction. Personally, I believe that the early medical marijuana dispensaries made many of the same mistakes that methadone clinics made in the past. Publicly serving an “unsavory” element of society where all can see, with the added condition of having green crosses three and four deep per block. Rubbed the public’s face in it whether they were looking for it or not.
That’s public perception and personal prejudice, though, and not proven medical importance. All that’s close to 20 years in the past in California now, there’s changes been made. What’s good medical treatment is the issue for one group, what’s allowable recreational activity is another topic for another set.
The idea that cannabis can replace narcotics is nice, it’s also a statistic in states with medical and/or legal weed.
Pain isn’t pain until it reaches the brain. That makes it an emotional experience.
The issues around pain are NOT really about pain at all, but the level of suffering associated with the pain. If you have pain but you’re not suffering that allows one to get on with life.