New York Daily News editorial today: End the war on pot: We welcome the push to legalize and regulate marijuana
After many decades of treating as a crime the personal possession and use of a drug that is a negligible threat to public safety, New York is awakening to the folly of â€” and racial disparities widened by â€” its approach.
We are part of this awakening, which is why we welcome the push to legalize and regulate marijuana. By every honest measure, the substance has more in common with alcohol and tobacco than it does harder drugs that are rightly illegal.
Voters in Colombia have elected to self-annihilate by choosing a U.S.-educated presidential candidate who is set to further incite pointless mayhem and murder in the drug-war-torn South American country:
James S. Goodwin, M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and coauthors, in a publication available through JAMA Network, show that higher rates of opioid consumption can be found among Trump supporters:
Excessive opioid use in impoverished, Trump-supportive, cultural backwashes of the U.S. gives Trumpâ€™s supporters a sense or attitude that everything about Trump is better than it really is, a common side effect of opium products for people surviving in hazardous zones.
Suitable alternative treatments for physical or emotional pain include the psychedelics and cannabinoids. It makes for an unusual situation and it yields an unusual possibility. A drug warfare campaign aimed at getting medicine for the people to the people would simultaneously combat opioid addictions and sycophancy while undermining local support for current and future demagogues or tyrants. It could work on an international level as well.
I’d like to know how Justin Trudeau is allowed in the US. He’s publicly admitted to smoking pot, so why isn’t he banned for life? Are there any other Canadians that are above the US law? Maybe world leaders are an exception. Next time Trudeau is in the US, I’d like to hear a reporter ask him about that, especially now that Canada has legalized I’d think he’d want to talk about it.
Cannabis and the border: what pot-smoking Canadians need to know
He’s got a diplomat’s passport. The only way to ban him as long as he has that passport is to declare him persona non grata. That’s no small thing. Also don’t forget that for only a few thousand of dollars a person denied entry and banned for life can get a temporary waiver by filling out an application and jumping through a number of hoops. There’s really very little doubt that PM Trudeau could get a waiver.
There are time when I could very zealously argue that we’re doing the Canuckistani fans of cannabis a favor.
UNODC have issued a press release re Canadian relegalisation:
Brain research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication clarifies the behavior of prohibitionists toward illicit drug consumers, as well as how the current U.S. immigrant detention system breaking up families operates with impunity.
fMRI studies show that dislike and dehumanization occur in two different parts of the human brain:
Drug enforcement has long been characterized as a type of paternalism. So have the inquisitions. The â€œinquisitorial mindâ€, referred to by historians, depicts the same pathological paternalism.
Well, at least Duncan will be pleased. The responses from the rest of the couch will be interesting…get ready for it….”for Immediate release, 6/25/18…”
Epidiolex receives FDA approval:
Why in the world would you think I’d be pleased? I’ve been out of GWPH for a couple of years now except for some indirect ownership through the Horizon ETF. I’ve also become quite enthusiastic about CBD as a wellness supplement. I get it by mail order directly from the Stanley Brothers. I’ve got a most annoying irrational fear that the Feds are going to shut down the CBD market and FDA approval doesn’t help in the least.
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Why GW Pharmaceuticals Stock Sank After Its Marijuana Drug Won a Historic FDA Approval
Another likely reason Epidiolex must be scheduled by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a process that can take up to 90 days.
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GW Pharmaceuticals believes its CBD drug Epidiolex, which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will be placed in Schedule IV or V.
Epidiolex has received FDA approval making it the first phytocannabinoid medicine to be so approved. Now the final step before retail sales can commence is to get the DEA to sign off on re-scheduling. Good luck with that. Remember that for 5 years the DEA stalled a petition to re-schedule herbal cannabis which was submitted by two sitting Governors before the DEA finally just said no.
My feeling is that GW will get through that roadblock like shit through a goose. Some allege that the DEA’s own boy is one of the principals of GW. And there’s some reasons to suspect that’s true.
GW was promoted by Bush junior’s deputy drug czar Barthwell. Sabotage from the gitgo, but their stocks have paid for my pot and the dispensary doesn’t care where the money comes from. Less argument against Corporatism. If it wasn’t crystal clear to begin with.
Former Deputy Drug Czar Andrea Barthwell (more about her here) is the new spokesperson for getting GW Pharmaceuticalsâ€™ Sativex approved for use in the United States.
Shortly after that, this crusader against medical marijuana went to work promotingâ€¦ medical marijuana (Sativex). See Andrea Barthwell, Snake Oil Salesman.
Barthwell and Bensinger
NeoConflicts of Interest
Bush Barthwell & Drugs
They re-scheduled Merdenol.
I’m sure as shit not going to bet against almost half a century of DEA intransigence, systemic stonewalling and reckless disregard for the truth when it comes to phytocannabinoid medicines. But I will keep my fingers crossed.
They’ll just make in orphan drug like they did with GHB.
CBD Leader Charlotteâ€™s Web Parent to Go Public in Canada https://www.newcannabisventures.com/cbd-leader-charlottes-web-parent-to-go-public-in-canada/ #cannabis via @invest420
@DdC and DrugWarRantCommenters including Pete Guither
Fix My Kid which is about Straight Inc, is now out
PW is straight in order to watch the video, Pete Guither any chance you can do a review on it?
Straight Inc. only gives Drumpf ideas on caging migrant kids Mr Alex. It’s not as if Congress doesn’t know about the Semblers and Calvina. Or the true dangers of Ganja for that matter. Bush knew and made him an Ambassador. Obama let it slide.
Did you just Say, Oklahoma?
Yes, I did.
Legal OKLAhome grown here we come.
Congratulations and Welcome to the Club.
It looks like a good setup if you can keep the state legislators from messing it up. Far different than the CBD-only bullshit we’ve seen in some red states.
Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a far-reaching medical cannabis ballot initiative. But Gov. Mary Fallin (R) issued a statement shortly after the result was called indicating that she plans to work with lawmakers to scale back the measure.
Good thing she’s coming out soon. For the first time since the ’90s, my district could have a Democrat as Congress and either a Democrat or Mick Cornett, former mayor of OKC, for her new position. I promise you, no male body guards or state troopers will sleep with the new one.
Hands off my bill and bud, Mattress Mary.
First Oklahoma medical marijuana clinic opens in Tulsa
Medical marijuana or guns? Oklahoma latest state forced to choose https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oklahoma-medical-marijuana-or-guns/?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=tw via @YahooNews
Oklahoma Republican legislative leaders seem to disagree with Gov. Mary Fallin (R) about the need to call a special session to amend the medical cannabis measure that voters overwhelmingly approved this week.
The Tulsa World editorial board warned Oklahoma officials not to undermine the will of voters who overwhelmingly approved medical cannabis.
Tulsa World editorial: The expressed will of the people in SQ 788 must not go up in smoke during the rule-making process http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/editorials/tulsa-world-editorial-the-expressed-will-of-the-people-in/article_92a8bcad-fe13-50c4-b562-29c356f8b568.html
A medical cannabis clinic has already opened in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma governor: No special session needed on marijuana https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Oklahoma-governor-No-special-session-needed-on-13038006.php
Feds: Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Users Can’t Possess Guns https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oklahoma/articles/2018-06-29/feds-oklahoma-medical-marijuana-users-cant-possess-guns
If they can pry them from my sticky resinated fingers.
Some legislation needs to get passed in Washington to deschedule cannabis. I can foresee the scheduling of epidiolex as ammunition for Jeff Sessions to wreak havoc with legal cannabis in the legal states. More roadblocks for patients and adult users to gain legal access. I can hear the prohibitchionists brainstorming already.
“Some legislation needs to get passed in Washington to deschedule cannabis.”
Given the current makeup of congress, this is not going to happen anytime soon. For example, Chuck Schumer just introduced “Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act” that would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (https://tinyurl.com/yagghgtb). But given certain committee chairs — Pete Sessions being one — this type of bill will land on the infamous ‘dead on arrival’ shelf, never to be brought up or debated, forget ever being voted on. And senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has clearly stated he has no interest in advancing any cannabis legalization bills. Of course, Schumer already knows this. He thinks he looks like a good guy submitting the legislation mentioned above, while knowing full well it will never see the light of day. Until the makeup of congress changes in specific and fundamental ways, federal legalization/descheduling bills aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
When the people lead the leaders should follow. The Consgressing need a lesson in “we the people” Someone should put “SAM” out of its misery.
A poll of New York voters funded by prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana found that, when given options, 45% support legalizing marijuana, 23% back keeping current medical cannabis and decriminalization policies and 18% want to repeal decriminalization. Just 9% agree with SAM that â€œall marijuana use and salesâ€ should remain â€œcompletely illegal.â€
Receptor GPR139 located in the habenula is druggable, and thatâ€™s a really good thing according to scientists at Scripps Research Institute.
A drug compound labeled JNJ-63533054 allows severely alcohol-addicted rats to undergo alcohol withdrawal minus the usual agonizing symptoms. With further research, itâ€™s possible the drug might work with other addictions to eliminate or reduce cravings:
70,000 opioid deaths in the US went unreported in the last 17 years due to sloppy death certificate reporting that failed a third of the time to include â€œT Codesâ€, a designation of a drug OD.
Of the top five offending states that coded drug deaths as unspecified, only Pennsylvania allows medical cannabis, and only since July, 2016: