Under the leadership of Cannabis Control Commissioner Shaleen Title, Massachusetts has revealed the “nation’s first statewide “social equity” program to help minorities and people convicted of drug offenses work in the legal marijuana industry.”
Massachusetts crafts ‘social equity’ program to help minorities and drug offenders enter marijuana industry
Massachusetts state law requires the Cannabis Control Commission to promote full participation in the industry by people disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement. The commission is already giving priority in review of licensing applications to “economic empowerment” applicants who come from areas and groups that have been overly affected by marijuana arrests. […]
There are four tracks in the program: one for owners/entrepreneurs; one for management and executive level careers; one for entry level jobs or people looking to re-enter society after incarceration; and one for people with existing skills that can be transferred to the cannabis business. The final track has separate categories for professional skills like law or accounting and trade skills, like drivers, plumbers or electricians. It is also designed to help inventors of cannabis accessories.
Each track will offer training on industry-specific challenges and skills.
This is impressive work. It’s so much harder to do it this way, but represents a desire to not just legalize, but partially make up for the decades of damage from marijuana prohibition.
German scientists led by Frank Ativie at the University of Bonn have new information pertaining to the ability of THC in cannabis to slow down brain aging. The effect was previously demonstrated in a study using Methusalah mice:
First ever trials on the effects of microdosing LSD set to begin
Labor Day is meant to honor the common laborer. Yet, the holiday never seems to come across with the same fervor as other special events, such as Veterans Day.
George Orwellâ€™s book, The Road to Wigan Pier, addressed the labor issues of the 1930s leading up to WWII, as well as the current politics looming over society, in a segment highlighting the pettiness associated with what one drinks or otherwise imbibes–in this case, beer or tea.
Although born and raised a Catholic, Orwell lapsed. He was a Socialist. He argued that Catholicism should be cast as a progenitor of totalitarianism â€” a political philosophy mandating that each and every act and thought of citizens be controlled by some authoritarian imbecile:
21st Century politicians and main-stream-media have unconsciously mandated the end of most political affiliations, leaving anarchy and revolution as solutions. The focus of the oncoming revolution must be on suborning the fascist leadership, and certainly not on accommodating its willing victims who further fascist ideologies.
Happy Labor Day…
Donald Trump told lawmakers he wants to scrap a pay raise for civilian federal workers, saying the nation’s budget couldn’t support it.
Trump warns of violence if GOP loses midterms
How Can I Get a Job in the Cannabis Industry?
Trump’s Secret War-On-Weed Committee
Trump Regime Reportedly Attempting to Undermine Legal Pot Reefer Madness-Style
New report shows that the White House created a committee to spread a politically-driven narrative, using cherry-picked data, about #marijuana.
Instagram Deactivated Two Popular Cannabis Influencers
Facebook â€œShadow Bansâ€ Cannabis-Related Pages
Marijuana legalization is the hottest topic in the media these days. Unless you want to address marijuana’s illegality and the lives that are shattered by the effects of marijuana prohibition.
Thinking about tattooing this on my forehead. Adding a middle finger salute might be a future option.
Speaking of middle-finger salutes, DEA will be rescheduling CBD this month. In a long ago post I speculated whether this would happen before Mike Fucking Pence became President. Looks like CBD is gonna come first.
FDA approved CBD on June 25th and DEA has 90 days to reply.
Facebook is getting its face slapped again for having inadvertently aided and abetted Rodrigo Duterteâ€™s rise to power in the Philippines.
In a Buzzfeed piece by Davey Alba titled â€œHow Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug Warâ€, we see how Facebook took over Philippine media by becoming its sole source of news for 69 million Filipinos. Duterte successfully dominated Facebookâ€™s communications platform and employed anti-drug propaganda, fake news, and phony accusations against political rivals to win the 2016 election:
For decades the traditional media was aiding and abetting the dissemination of lies regarding all manner of drugs, but cannabis in particular. The vast majority of this assistance was voluntarily provided in the form of editorial bias, a bias emanating literally from the top, from the CEOs of the information-gatekeepers of the so-called ‘Big Three’ corporations and their various outlets.
The unholy alliance of intel organizations, media corporations and banks (nearly every CEO of the traditional media corporations was a member of the de facto ruling elite of the US, the Council on Foreign Relations, which has been dominated by spook-riddled banks since its inception) has always been the not-so-silent partner in maintaining drug prohibition. As the reformer Richard Cowan so succinctly put it, one of the reasons that cannabis prohibition has lasted as long as it has could be summed up in 2 words: ‘Bad journalism’.
But the low quality of journalism was rarely a matter of simple incompetence or lack of intellectual fortitude. True, it did exist, but it was overshadowed by the simple fact that any reportage that went against the ‘party line of drugs could expect to be ‘spiked’ as a matter of policy.
And what of the new media? Consider this: Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of FaceBook, is a junior member of the Bilderberg group, whose top members are the very banksters that, here and across the world, comprise the true ‘Captains and the Kings’ of world finance and industry. But their top leadership is, like the CFR, dominated by the very old banking houses of Europe…which mainly got that way from first financing the drug trade when it was legal and then financing it when it became illegal. Just about all the traditional media outlets and now some (if not all) of the new media outlets have been suborned by their control.
The same old game is afoot, only this time the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ of propaganda is spewing forth from your PC or phone, instead of from dead trees.
Policy picked out of a hat…
Special Agent Timothy McMahon, with the New Jersey Division of the DEA, spoke with ROI-NJ about this strategy Thursday.
DEA agents at public health forum: We need to fight demand, not the supply, of drugs
The business structure of drug cartels is no different than that of some of the largest corporations and businesses in the country.
Thatâ€™s why shutting them down is difficult, Drug Enforcement Agency and federal law enforcement agency officials say.
But rather than go after the business or the product, the DEA said it is focusing on a new strategy: Cut down the demand from customers.
Bulk Manufacturer of Controlled Substances Application:
National Center for Natural Products Research NIDA MPROJECT
The University of Mississippi filed to renew its license to grow marijuana to be used in scientific research. Bulk Manufacturer of Controlled Substances Application: National Center for Natural Products Research NIDA MPROJECT
Miami Cops Needlessly Arrest Thousands of Pot Smokers
New report shows that the White House created a committee to spread a politically-driven narrative, using cherry-picked data, about #marijuana.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today sent a letter expressing concerns with a recent news report that the White House has established a so-called Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee to support misinformed conclusions on marijuana.
Fuck advertising, war, education, conformity, censorship with Bill Hicks
â€œAny person who [traffics an illegal drug] shall be guilty of an offence against this Act and shall be punished on conviction with deathâ€.
~ Malaysiaâ€™s Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Death Sentence for Malaysia Man Who Gave Patients Free Cannabis Oil
Lukman, a 29-year-old father of one, provided cannabis oil to patients who were suffering from ailments that were difficult to treat with legal medicines. Lukman did not profit from this, and would provide cannabis oil for free to patients who could not afford it. Despite the lack of financial gain from his endeavour, his offences fall under section 39B
Lukmanâ€™s defence team called upon patients who had successfully used his cannabis oil to treat their illnesses, and emphasised that he produced and provided the medicine on a non-profit basis for their wellbeing. The prosecution argued that, regardless of intent or revenue, Lukman produced and distributed an illegal drug that is not recognised for its medical uses by the Ministry of Health or any accredited Malaysian physician. This lack of recognition, the judge concluded, invalidated Lukmanâ€™s defence.
Malaysia is one of at least 33 countries that retains the death penalty for drug offences.
Lukmanâ€™s case is not unique in Malaysia. A former military captain, Amiruddin Nadarajan Abdullah, is currently on trial for providing medical cannabis products to as many as 800 patients, Free Malaysia Today reports. Former patients, including young children and grandparents, are among those who have come to court to show their support for Abdullah â€“ known among his patients at Dr. Ganja. If convicted, Abdullah also faces the death sentence.
Marijuana Moment @MarijuanaMoment
Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh On Marijuana Enforcement And Presidential Pardon Power: “The question is, to what extent can the president or the executive branch say, we are not going to enforce a certain category of thoseâ€¦
Where Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stands On Marijuana And Drug Policy
Kavanaugh sided with the majority in a 2007 case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which determined that terminally ill patients donâ€™t have a constitutional right to access drugs that havenâ€™t received FDA approval.
Pro-Legalization Trump Backers Cry ‘Fake News’ Over Report On Anti-Marijuana Committee: Roger Stone & Scott Adams have theories.
Voting Republican in the US is a gateway to drug ODs and suicides:
Notably not mentioned is lack of access to medical cannabis, or its derivatives, is also correlated with shorter life expectancies in the counties having greater increases in OD deaths and suicides.
Shorter life expectancy? I doubt it. Ockham’s Razor tells us that it’s much more likely due to voters with shit for brains.
Have scientists discovered the â€œbuzzâ€ in marijuana? And is buzzing such a terrible thing? Dr Prashad and Dr Filbey at the Center for BrainHealthÂ® at The University of Texas at Dallas are hot on the trail of marijuanaâ€™s â€œcognitive impairmentsâ€:
The definition of â€œcortical functionâ€ is that it â€œproduces a meaningful perceptual experience of the world [to] enable us to interact effectively, and [to] support abstract thinking and language. The parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes – all located in the posterior part of the cortex – integrate sensory information and information stored in memory.â€ Cognitive dysfunction would mean that marijuana prevents its consumers from having meaningful perceptual experiences, interferes with effective interactions, and deters abstract thinking and language use. The problem is marijuana doesnâ€™t do any of these things.
What occurs in most people who consume marijuana is that it motivates skeptical and objective thinking, and in particular, introspection, the very sort of brain activity fascists and insular religious extremists fear the most. We think, therefore weâ€™re dangerous.
Alas, the poor, poor prohibitionists. Seventy years they have desperately sought after evidence to use to retroactively justify their absolute ban on cannabis. Any evidence at all. Even the slightest actual, measurable change which stands up to scrutiny would be immediately seized upon and used to self righteously proclaim “We told you so” and “We knew it all along.” But they haven’t found anything that fits their need, and dang if the medical benefits they worked so hard to hide haven’t begun to slip out.
Seriously, they haven’t found any detriment…after seventy years of looking. They can’t even MEASURE any impairment.
I’d almost feel sorry for them, if they hadn’t ruined so very many lives.
I am hoping that your recovery is going well,Pete.
Me, too, Pete. I’m concerned that we haven’t heard from you for some time now.
August 31 at 7:44 PM Â·
Me (in my head to my physical therapist during our session): “You’ve been torturing me for over 45 minutes already! I’m screaming at the top of my mind. Now you want me to… what?! 30 times? Wait – what are you doing? My leg doesn’t go that way. Or that way. What do you mean ‘Where does it hurt?’ Where doesn’t it?! And no, I can’t breathe normally while you’re ripping my limbs from my body, you sadistic freak! You should roast in the fires of hell for what you’re doing to me!”
Therapist: “OK, that’s it for today.”
Me: “Thanks! Great session. See you next week.”
I am curious about how his recovery is going in light of the new restrictive attitudes that are being foisted upon doctors re: using opiates during recovery.
Thanks for the info DdC.
Assuming that Pete is still in Illinois and has a prescription for an opioid pain killer written by an Illinois doctor with a DEA number he now qualifies for medicinal cannabis under Illinois law. No, he doesn’t have to be a junkie. He doesn’t even have to have the prescription filled. Law makers who believe that a gram of prevention is worth a kilo of cure….who’da thunk it? Even more amazing is that they thought it up on their own.
Illinois Makes it Legal to Replace Opioids with Marijuana
Text book sociopathic word salad with distraction hand signals and snake sounds…the reptilian brain speaking…
Colbert has picked up on Snake man too.. begins about 3:30 ..
Bob Wefald is a Trump supporter who was appointed by Trump to be on the American Battle Monuments Commission. Bob Wefald is also a former district court judge, and the former attorney general of North Dakota (1981-1984), who is spearheading opposition to North Dakotaâ€™s upcoming voter referendum to legalize recreational marijuana.
SAM is involved in Bob Wefaldâ€™s opposition campaign. Sabetâ€™s and Kennedyâ€™s Frankenstein monster is wielding its usual cascade of fear-mongering lies and antiquated propaganda:
Bob Wefald is merely the latest Trump appointee to come out as an anti-marijuana crusader. US Attorney General Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions is the most familiar example.
Trumpâ€™s federal appointments are making a mockery of his promise not to interfere with decisions by states that place limits on marijuana prohibition. Any such appointments being made by Trump, no matter how seemingly benign, represent Trumpâ€™s true intentions toward the marijuana industry. Trump and his followers are prohibitches. In the future they must be excluded or removed from public office.
Traders are puking Tesla stock this morning because it appears that Elon Musk chooses to enjoy cannabis from time to time. Let’s put this on into the “opportunity knocks” category.
Opportunity knocks, indeed. Elon appears to be suffering from the effects of entrepreneurship; that of partnering with or selling stock to people with little or no vision of the future. What a pain. No one who has experienced it has anything good to say about having their chain yanked by idiots who have never accomplished anything.
I suspect this is why he wanted to dump his stockholders by going private. The latest maneuver, that of smoking a J in public, indicates Musk may have wanted to disinvest himself from stockholders lacking any imagination or any contributions to future humanity. In that case, blowing off the prohibs in public is a good primary strategy.
When Muskâ€™s rockets blast off to Mars, the botanics of colonization should include cannabis as well as potatoes, soy, etc.â€”all the essentials for food, medicine, and materials manufacturing.
Musk declares that he doesn’t smoke “much” pot. I think that’s the problem.
Promising potable (and marijuana grow-op usable) water reclaimed from air at less than 2 cents/liter, a UK startup called Requench is offering cargo-container units that are about 20 feet in length that can produce up to 200 liters per hour:
Water reclamation from the atmosphere is attracting much research and development elsewhere:
Mindfulness meditation is suggested as the means by which some people tolerate pain while others donâ€™t:
Cannabis produces a kind of mindfulness that masks pain, often referred to by its detractors as being â€œspacedâ€. Perhaps if left to foreign-based research labs, investigators will examine the possibility THC deactivates the posterior cingulate cortex in a similar fashion.
Back in the competitive world of opioid pain medications, a new class of fentanyl has been developed in Berlin:
The HOLY GRAIL?
75 years of opioid research: the exciting but vain quest for the Holy Grail (Corbett et al, 2006). From the study’s abstract:
This new area of research looks promising. However, if the chemical trick involves changing the pH of the opioid receptors to activate only injured or inflamed tissues would substance abusers be able to modify the drug in a way that would restore opioid-based euphoria?
The (medical) problem with fast-acting drugs that can cause pleasure and euphoria is future potential substance abuse, i.e, possible gateway effect. What the current system fails to understand (for the most part) is that a substance like cannabis that can produce joy is the ANTI-gateway to destructive abuse.
In regard to the second link, “It’s NOT pain, UNTIL it reaches the brain. Cannabis “mindfulness” can minimize the emotional effects related to pain and that makes it an important part of the analgesic effect.
Nearly 30% of all opioid prescriptions lack medical explanation https://t.co/dDpLISC1ze
Doctors often gave no good reason for prescribing opioids, new study finds https://t.co/FG7btOWl68
You know, its thrilling at first to see the drug war blame getting closer to the source of the problem. I am seeing something different now. I am seeing scape-goating. Most of the deaths from opiate overdoses have nothing to do with doctors prescribing habits. Nor did the years long diversion of pills that was conveniently ignored by the DEA.
Fentanyl and heroin combined with adulterants and in combination with alcohol and other drugs. That’s causing the deaths.
Death rates steeply inclined when the DEA began to actually do something. Is it too much to conclude that things did not reach epidemic levels without the drug war help of the DEA?
Blaming doctors prescribing habits in the press is far, far away from solving anything.
Only an end to the war on drugs and liberal use of harm reduction technologies will end the government created death toll statistics.
Following our current path is an uncomfortable escalation of the drug war.
University of New Mexico researchers led by Professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and Department of Economics Assistant Professor Sarah See Stith summarize the currently known medical effectiveness of cannabis:
Weed is a giant “Fuck You” to Western medicine and the single-molecule, single-indication approach.
… and a big â€œFuck Youâ€ to the small crowd that complains about promoting marijuana as a “panacea”.
When I was reading this study I’m nodding my head and checking off boxes and saying to myself, “this is the real deal on weed.” I got all excited and shit because it matches my beliefs, experience and knowledge.
But, here’s the real deal and I’ll let our old buddy Kevin Sabet explain it. “Anecdotes aren’t evidence,” and he’s right. It doesn’t really matter how scientifically accurate or true this study might be, it doesn’t rise to the level of “evidence-based.”
This study is the lowest rung of research hierarchy because it relies exclusively on self-medicating and self-reporting. It may be what you need to do when Schedule I prohibits real research, but it’s not evidence-based.
Any one who believes in the role and function of FDA-approval is likely to see this study as junk rather than science. That’s if they even look at it at all.
The next level up would be same info provided by physicians as Case Histories. Case Histories are TOTALLY ignored in EVERY meta-analysis you will see on cannabis therapeutics. Clinical Trials remain the Gold Standard.
The dilemma of the anecdote in medicine:
Servetus, thanks for the awesome links. If it hadn’t been for Dr. Tod Mikuriya who believed his cannabis patients. we might still be fighting for MMJ in CA.
Craft beer is 5000 years older than previously suspected. It precedes agriculture. The latest archeological discovery boosts the beer hypothesis suggesting beer brewing launched human civilization by inspiring agriculture:
Cannabis beer: The latest variation of a 10,000-year-old tradition https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-cannabis-beer-the-latest-variation-of-a-10-000-year-old-tradition-1.6360157
Early Man Smoked Weed Before Discovering Alcohol. No Wonder Itâ€™s Called The Stone Age. https://vinepair.com/booze-news/early-man-smoked-weed-before-discovering-alcohol-now-wonder-its-called-the-stone-age/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=site via @VinePair
Canadian Scientists Have Created the First Beer Brewed From Cannabis http://fortune.com/2018/07/23/cannabis-beer-canada/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-button-sharing via @FortuneMagazine
Research at the Mediterranean Institute of Neurobiology discovered differences in male and female offspring of female rats dosed with THC during pregnancy. The study highlights the potential socializing effects of cannabinoids in un-social human males:
I can’t find a link to this study that shows methodology. They claim to use cannabinoids as opposed to THC or synthetic versions of THC. The only descriptors for cannabinoids I can find is “low dose.”
Cannabis is extremely variable in cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid content, and simply saying “cannabinoids” is bullshit.
I’d also like to know how exactly they “amplified” anandamide signaling at mGlu5 receptors.
How do you get little mousies to take cannabis? Inhalation? Ingestion? Injection? I NEED more info to understand the true implications of this study. Does this study imply that cannabinoids during pregnancy with girls is OKAY because this particular problem is associated with males only?
It appears to be too early in the publication ritual to access the info on methodology. When itâ€™s finally online, it should appear in the websites below:
“Sex-dependent effects of in utero cannabinoid exposure on cortical function”:
Anissa Bara, Antonia Manduca, Axel Bernabeu, Milene Borsoi, Michela Serviado, Olivier Lassalle, Michelle N Murphy, Jim Wager-Miller, Ken Mackie
I’ve noticed a lot of people will inadvertently say cannabinoid when they are talking about cannabidiol. I’ve done it a couple of times myself. When done in writing it’s one that the spell checker won’t flag since both words are correctly spelled.
Prenatal Marijuana Exposure and Neonatal Outcomes
Twenty-four Jamaican neonates exposed to marijuana prenatally and 20 nonexposed neonates.
Measurements and main results.
Exposed and nonexposed neonates were compared at 3 days and 1 month old, using the Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale, including supplementary items to capture possible subtle effects. There were no significant differences between exposed and nonexposed neonates on day 3.
At 1 month, the exposed neonates showed better physiological stability and required less examiner facilitation to reach organized states. The neonates of heavy-marijuana-using mothers had better scores on autonomic stability, quality of alertness, irritability, and self-regulation and were judged to be more rewarding for caregivers.
A new biomarker for cocaine addiction in rats has been discovered. Morgan H. Jamesâ€™s work at Rutgers Univ. (et al.) decimates NIDA Director Nora Volkowâ€™s conviction that dopamine is the sole component in motivating drug addiction or its cravings:
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U.S. official: Canadian marijuana users, workers and investors
risk lifetime border ban. politico
How Much Money is the U.S. Government Making
by Keeping Weed Illegal?
â€œAlthough fascist nations do often control their â€˜means of production,â€™ Mackey seems to have forgotten that they usually utilize warfare, forced mass mobilization of the public, and politically-motivated violence against their own peoples to achieve their ends.â€
~ No, Actually,
This Is What a Fascist Looks Like
Why is Justin Trudeau not banned from the US? He’s admitted using marijuana and is, in part, responsible for legalizing it in Canada. That satisfies the official criteria for a lifetime ban. I think he should refuse to enter the US until the ban is lifted, as a show of solidarity.
Re fascism, the great muckraker George Seldes (1890–1995) and publisher of In Fact wrote of the fascist movement in the United States as it grew and destroyed unions and the middle class in the 1930s. This eraâ€™s fascist movement, typified by its prohibs, resembles the previous one in terms of the actors and business interests that brought Hitler to power and made marijuana illegal in 1937. In Facts and Fascism, Seldes names names:
Support of Hitler or fascism by Americans Charles Lindbergh and Henry Ford is well known publicly. Less publicly known, Harry Anslingerâ€™s in-laws, the Mellon family, were involved in fascist business intrigues. Other names and corporate interests cited by Seldes as fascist inspired or influenced, and there are many, include Ambassador to Britain Joseph Kennedy, whose secret report to FDR favored Britain going fascist. Of all the moneyed purveyors of fascism, the individual Seldes selected as the number-one American fascist of the era was William Randolph Hearst. Hearstâ€™s business interests with IG Farbenindustrie in Germany prevented the US war effort from accessing needed aluminum.
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A report about how the U.S. might block cannabis investors from entering the country stokes a sell-off of this high-flying marijuana stock.
Hereâ€™s Why Tilray Inc. Tanked Today
Those DEA have enough egg on their face
to feed the country omlets.
Donâ€™t Look Like Cheech and Chong at the Border,
Government Advises Canadians
What does that even mean?
â€œOur officers are not going to be asking everyone whether they have used marijuana, but if other questions lead thereâ€”or if there is a smell coming from the car, they might ask,â€ Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, told Politico. Lying about it carries a lifetime ban, he added.
“Frankly, if you show up at the border looking like Cheech and Chong, you’re going into secondary [inspection],” @BillBlair on the challenge a legal cannabis regime may pose to Canadians seeking to enter the U.S.
Free is good. Health food and vitamin supplement stores throughout the Bay Area allow me the convenience of picking up over-the-counter CBD products less than three blocks walking distance from my front door. Convenience is good, but free is better than spending $40 for a half-gram of diluted CBD tincture. Coke should be congratulated for giving us the real thing once again.
Free is good Servetus, but I’d rather buy from a grower or dispensary with free stock market casino money than fund KO. This is like playing a slot machine rigged for the playah.
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Stupidest cannabis related headline ever:
Coca Cola High on Cannabidiol
Company in talks with Aurora Cannabis to make CBD infused beverages.
An evaluation of an online cannabis-responsible vendor training program has been made by researchers at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation:
And in previous news the corporate media and press focused its usual hysteria on a 2017 Canadian study that showed low birth weights among mothers who used marijuana while pregnant. In a more recent 2018 study, Mount Sinai Hospital researchers discovered that women who experienced higher levels of trauma gave birth to significantly smaller male babies.
Will the main stream media treat the Mount Sinai trauma study with the same gravitas given to an association of pregnancy and the evil weed? Did the Canadian study factor out distress in its evaluation of pregnancy and marijuana consumption? Will police stop arresting pregnant women on petty drug charges when the trauma of an arrest may affect the birth weight of male babies?
The corporate media has the power to inform millions of readers and viewers by focusing or not focusing on relevant health studies. In the Mt Sinai case, minus the presence of a shibboleth such as cannabis, it seems unlikely the MSM will care enough to trouble themselves.
Budtender to customer: ” Sorry dude, we can’t serve you today. I smell weed on your breath and you’ve failed to complete our mandatory Mark Kleiman and Clown Humphries survey.”
Trump administration plans U.N. meeting to ramp up the international drug war – at the Intercept
â€œIt seems to be a way to get countries to fall in line behind Trump and his administration. I think countries that sign this and then show up to this photo op should be very careful â€” they donâ€™t really know what they are signing up to.â€
“The document circulated by the U.S. calls on the states to pledge to develop national â€œaction plansâ€ based on a â€œfour-pronged strategyâ€ â€” demand reduction; treatment; international cooperation; and cutting the supply of illicit drugs. It also highlights â€œnewly emergent synthetic drugs,â€ and urges the U.N.â€™s Commission on Narcotic Drugs to â€œact urgently to accelerate the scheduling of these dangerous drugs.â€
The potus is clueless.
I will go to my grave with the belief that Empire needs and requires illegal drugs as well as a war on the people who use them. It’s a boon for all authoritarian regimes but is especially important for the corporate-based fascism of the U.S..
September is pain awareness month, and researchers in Syracuse want you to be aware of how cannabis mediates pain. The mechanism by which marijuana relieves agony is not completely understood, as is the case with pain itself, although progress is being made. In the following study, marijuana appears to work by reducing painâ€™s perceived unpleasantness:
I think the paper’s conclusion is close to the mark, but looking primarily at THC as a basis of cannabis pain management is problematic.
I’ve been experimenting with transdermal patches combining THC and CBD as well as terpenes. Unlike topical cannabis the transdermal patches enter the bloodstream. They provide a steady dose for up to 12-hours of relief.
Because the patches aren’t metabolized like oral cannabinoids, smaller doses are effective. The psychoactive effect is muted with the transdermal form.
Well, the piss-testers are still at it: School District to Begin Randomly Drug Testing High School Students
The title is somewhat deceptive; the random testing will be for those students engaged in extracurricular activities, not randomly testing all students. A long-time bone of contention among veteran Couchmates; nothing new here. Still the same old nonsense, all over again. But related to the following musing.
As I woke this morning, I had a thought: from whence comes the source of a lot of the virulent activism of various stripes seen all over our news media?
One obvious answer was the de facto treatment of students as if they were convicts during their public school years. Shake a pressurized bottle of soda and then open it, and the effect is unsurprisingly similar to that of the vehement actions of many who’ve taken up various social causes, particularly those recently freed (aka ‘graduated’) from the bondage of public education.
The War on (Some) Drugs can be largely blamed for that, for its sowing distrust among those it claimed to protect, instilling a degree of mistrust in those who mistrusted them so much as to want to invade their bodily sovereignty and collect their urine to determine their degree of approved conformity to official doctrine. Any wonder why there has been such a resurgence of activism on college campuses?
The recently manumitted slaves of the public school plantation are tasting freedom for the first time…and are expressing anger at their former slavemasters and the institutions that condoned their actions. Institutions that taught them the actual meaning of tyranny. A tyranny largely implemented by the DrugWar.
This is kind of a big deal. Not only because it’s the first time the DEA has allowed anyone to import mj, but also because it looks like the DEA (and FDA) is working around the Justice Dept. It’s been 2 years since Congress approved more sites for growing mj in the US, and the Justice Dept. has been sitting on over 20 applications ever since. Seems kind of weird, the DEA being the good guy in this scenario.
CANADIAN MARIJUANA COMPANY ALLOWED TO LEGALLY EXPORT MEDICINAL CANNABIS TO THE U.S.
GWPH Stock Surges on Reclassification of Epidiolex
The new classification will make the substance more widely accepted and less criminal than the aforementioned substances. The move is slated to take place over the next few days as Epidiolex from GW Pharmaceuticals will soon be placed as Schedule IV, along with the likes of Xanax, Ambien and Tramadol.
Is The DEA Legalizing THC? 03/02/11
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@DdC Some thoughts on the stock market potential of Sativex.
It’s long been my belief that Epidiolex has minimal potential for investors, whereas the potential of Sativex is significant.
Until today I hadn’t looked at prescribing practices in countries where Sativex is legal. This study: An observational post-marketing safety registry of patients in the UK, Germany and Switzerland who have been prescribed Sativex, (T. Etges, et al 2016) shows approximately 25% of patients were prescribed Sativex for off-label uses with 13% getting it for PAIN, and 9% getting it for other reasons.
Pain is a big reason for off-label use of Sativex but there are many others. Sativex has roles in cancer therapy, Alzheimer’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases. With proper scientific training on the ECS and a more enlightened political environment, the sky is really the limit on Sativex off-label prescribing when it finally hits U.S. pharmacy shelves.
Interesting that the Motley Fool won’t tell you that. A recent article by them which I read on your Twitter feed talked about off-label importance to stock prices but didn’t mention GWP’s flagship product, Sativex at all.
I’ve discussed this off-label potential with every medical professional I’ve seen in the last 5 years. Doctors, nurses, PT’s, office staff, patients in the waiting rooms. I’ve discussed it with dispensary owners, bud tenders, and anyone else who’ll listen.
I agree. I got out of GW when it hit the mid 150s, now its up to 167 but the cost is too high. Although the dispensary taxes are driving people back to the growers as it is. I did well with Tilray. GW Sativex had a clone applicator on the streets about a day after they got a FDA trial. They opened up sales in 11 countries in Europe a while back. Now rescheduling , it will be the legal “alternative”. CGC is holding about $52. CRON barely hit double digits. The penny stocks are shaky. I’ll stick to my doobies and let the stock market casino pay for it.
Jerry Moonbeam’s Clueless…
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill to expand marijuana research.
Assembly Bill No. 3261 CHAPTER 599
He also vetoed a bill that would have allowed marijuana businesses to deduct business expenses under the state’s personal income tax law.
California will soon have one of the worldâ€™s most tightly-regulated marijuana markets, as the state in the next few weeks launches a long-awaited digital tracking system intended to follow every plant grown and sold through the licensed cannabis industry.
California Gov. Jerry Brown Keeps Saying Mean Things About Marijuana Consumers
It is a big deal. From O’Shaughnessy’s.
Curious about why such a small sample size and the two-week duration of maximum dosage.
Not everyone thinks its a good idea:
Ecstasy (MDMA) works for octopi. A study in Massachusetts highlights the human-octopus ancestry by demonstrating that MDMA increases tolerance of fellow creatures:
Pete…. where are you?
Yesterday at 11:56 AM
Heading to Chicago tomorrow to have some fun with Otherworld Theatre Company.
Duck Prosciutto, Ribeye Bresaola, Gran Pecorino, Salt-roasted beets with whipped goat cheese and pistachio butter. Old Speckled Hen to drink.
Bon appetite Pete!
The New Zealand Herald discusses cannabis consumption in the United States and its correlation or non-correlation with common crimes:
Dr. Chuâ€™s original publication at The Conversation is filled with spurious references to reefer madness, in which he appears to cite prohib propaganda as fact. Perhaps Dr. Chu would have benefited from visiting the US before referencing bogus claims such as the greater number of marijuana dispensaries verses Starbucks franchises.
New Zealand City
Has 10 Synthetic Cannabis Overdoses in 48 Hours
Stop Calling it Synthetic Marijuana,
Spice Is Nothing Like Weed
~ Can We Finally Stop Calling Spice â€œSynthetic Cannabisâ€?
~ K2 and Spice: Stop Calling That Junk Synthetic Marijuana
Synthetic Marijuana Overdose
~ 95 People Overdosed on K2
in New Haven, Connecticut This Week
~ Trumpâ€™s Drug Czar Nominee
Visits New Haven After Mass K2 Overdoses
~ Washington, DC
Sees Mass Synthetic Marijuana Overdose
~ Brooklyn Community Leaders
Demand Action After Multiple K2 Overdoses
~ Pennsylvania State Prisons on Lockdown
Due to Suspected Synthetic Weed Outbreak
Marijuana prohibitionists Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III and House Majority Whip Stephen Joseph Scalise, (R-La.) oppose separation of church and state, and they both hate veterans:
For the record, Thomas Jefferson, who grew cannabis on his farm–although apparently there is no historical evidence that he smoked it–had this to say:
Were he alive today, Thomas Jefferson would regard Jeff-Beau and Scalise as not only wrong, but loathsome for legislating their religious beliefs about cannabis and other illicit drugs as a means of theocratic social control, and ultimately to justify preventing military veterans from accessing medications they might need.
Their actions mean Jeff Sessions and Steve Scalise are both traitors, which is why Jefferson B. Sessions needs to change his first name to Jeffrey or Sermon so that he stops disgracing the name ‘Jefferson’.
A legislative bill (SB 1228) has been introduced in the California legislature to clean up a drug rehab industry thatâ€™s become a vehicle of propaganda and a source of lucrative revenue for prohibitionists in terms of patient brokering:
“… cigarettesâ€”and even drugs.”
Cigarettes. Tobacco. Nicotine. Ohhhhh, the blunt-force irony of it all. Encouraging the use of one of the most addictive drugs available, to enable addicts to wean themselves off of other addictive drugs.
While cannabis, once used safely by physicians in the 19th Century for exactly that purpose, is, as far as ‘modern’ medical dogma is concerned, the red-headed stepchild told to stay in its room during the family reunion.
Seems like a great idea.
So, how long before the â€œauthoritiesâ€ hijack the program and kill it? For our protection, you understand.
You can never convince a government employee to derail their own gravy train, and the war on cannabis is the biggest freakinâ€™ government money grab in human history.
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