Commenting on Illinois legalization

So, the local paper is aware that I’ve been pretty active in drug policy reform and decided to interview me (and others) about the new legalization of marijuana in Illinois.

In today’s Pantagraph, Marijuana legalization proponents, opponents look to future

Not bad, overall, although comments were shortened and sometimes lost context (it was an hour interview), and I’m a bit disappointed that nothing was included about the social justice parts of the new law (expungements, and helping those communities that had been disproportionately affected by the drug war).

A few opponents were also interviewed. The ones from the health care systems were relatively reasonable – concerned about future potential treatment needs, but not taking a major stand on legalization. But we had a real spouting of the old reefer madness from Paul Pederson – president of the Illinois State Medical Society — a lot of mixing correlations with causation, and a complete lack of any kind of preparedness from looking at the vast number of studies that exist, and the results in states where legalization has occurred.

[For those out of the country who couldn’t access the article, here is a pdf of it.]
Marijuana legalization proponents, opponents look to future

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32 Responses to Commenting on Illinois legalization

  1. the comment section is fun… *rollseyes*

    • Pete says:

      Yeah, I’ve learned over the years never to read the comments in my local paper. Don’t always follow that rule, but I try to…

      • Info deprived says:

        Can someone in the US post Pete’s interview, maybe on Youtube?

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        • Pete says:

          Info deprived… It’s not available on Youtube because it wasn’t recorded. However, I have attached a pdf of the article at the end of the post above. Hopefully that will work for you.

  2. DdC says:

    They said it had profanity. I said it doesn’t. Saying Endocannabinoid is not swearing. Guess they won since they won’t post it. Maybe they’ll post the link after I post what they censored here.
    psa by Durban Poison

    Heavens to Murgatroyd. People it’s 2019. Hundreds of millions of Americans have smoked, ate, drank, patched, ointmented and vaped. The reason the vast majority of users don’t offer the statistics of opiods and booze. = Nixon donalding Science.

    Prohibitionists have to LIE to stay in business. Trying to incrementally retard the laws of physics into these state quasi tax trap and fine collection boondoggles. Its a plant that for 50 years the law included my non-psychoactive blue jeans made of Hemp. With bi-partisan support and silence.

    Naturally racism had a seat at the table, easy bust to segregate and profit prisons don’t apply to the 13th A. While today people of color can’t play in the legal game. Due to past possessions, inhaling or not. Not even growing blue jeans without the 90 million pounds of poisons sprayed on the bible belt cotton crop aborting pro life babies.

    Big Pharma sells treatments for symptoms for profits. Cannabis supplements everyone’s EndoCannabinoid System in the herb garden for free. To bring balance according to the Creator’s DNA recipe in each cell. Obesity or Wasting Syndrome. ECS deficiency or clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CED) has produced larger amygdala in reefer phobic brains. Many generational, since the 1937 Tax Act.

    The brain’s larger Amygdala amplifies fear, more obedient, unquestioning soldiers to an Authoritarian pulling your strings. Prohibitionists, just for the sake of prohibiting because they were told to. Just in case it causally connects to an actual victim. Just say NO, and 50 million Americans are granted criminal records, inhaling or not. Banning them from services for life. Including organ transplants and college tuition assistance. Jobs taken, and housing evictions. Children reducing seizures from 300 to a few. Many, thanks to gossip by prohibitionists profits are taken from their mothers and put into Foster Care, family values back to big pharma and 300 seizures.

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta: I Was Wrong About Medicinal Marijuana

    All Based on political science fiction listing Cannabis in the same schedule as fentynal, only its temporary 3.9.18-2.1.20, bath salts, crack, lsd, heroin and pcp. Classed as No medicinal value, Nixon says, the new starting point 1972, disregard thousands of years of Cannabis’ Medical History through out the world, including here? Yet the gullible believe, science and physics be damned.

    Cannabis’s Early Use in China

    50 years of advocating and 30 doing hospice work with Cannabis, Hemp Seed and Oil. Doctors turn their heads and plead ignorance. Had to take Clinton to court so they could talk to their own patients. Draconia is not part of the USA and Draconian Laws shouldn’t be either. Remove Cannabis as a Controlled Substance. Place Hemp in the grocery and clothing catigory.

    Study: Seniors Report That Cannabis Positively Impacts Their Quality of Life

    Last I checked, as crooked politicians sabotage and side step about research needed. Not one medical school teaches the ECS. Reasearch was banned by Gerald Ford in 1976. Who bans medical research?

    It took 21st century Farmers (Growers) illegally breeding strains to develop what had been discovered and censored in 1940, CBD. Jailing patients for treating PTSD and losing Vet Admin medical coverage. SO we do the American thing on the left coast. Free Pot to Vets!

    The VA Can’t Provide Cannabis to Veterans With PTSD,
    so This Group Gives It Out for Free

    Get with it Illinois, reduces inflammation of your amygdala so your fear of Ganja dissipates. Don’t even have to get high with CBD.

    Most Americans don’t know anything about the Madrid discovery. Virtually no U.S. newspapers carried the story, which ran only once on the AP and UPI news wires, on Feb. 29.

    The ominous part is that this isn’t the first time scientists have discovered that THC shrinks tumors. In 1974 researchers at the Medical College of Virginia, who had been funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system, found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice — lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia.

    The DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further cannabis/tumor research. In 1976 President Gerald Ford put an end to all public cannabis research and granted exclusive research rights to major pharmaceutical companies.

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  4. strayan says:

    We have a new progressive identifying left leaning prohibitionist:

    • kaptinemo says:

      Oh, the irony. Young Mr. Lopez has no understanding of history; it was the self-identified ‘progressives’ of the first 2 decades of the last century who initiated drug prohibition.

      And for the exact same reasons he espouses. Namely, that his (and his fellow progressives) tacitly assumed degree of moral and intellectual superiority makes them the perfect arbiters of public deportment. Of course they’re better about living your life than you do. And will do everything in their power to ‘help’ you, even if their ‘help’ kills you.

      CS Lewis had them pegged, long ago:

      “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

      ― C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

  5. Servetus says:

    Illinois appears less concerned about legalized marijuana and more concerned about dealing with gambling addictions, evidence Illinois may have its priorities in order. Curing gambling addictions sounds like a worthy effort. It was just funded by the Illinois legislature which gambled $6.8 million for the project. Someone should talk to former drug czar Bill Bennett about Illinois’ plans. Bennett could be the State’s gambling-addiction posterchild.

    As Illinois Expands Gambling, It Will Also Try to Determine How Many Gambling Addicts It Has: Illinois will finally conduct a thorough study of the gambling problem in the state — the first such survey in nearly 30 years. It said it will spend more money to treat addiction, too

  6. Servetus says:

    Danish researchers have linked a genetic mutation to certain people who smoke too much cannabis — according to those who make such determinations about consumption of the herb. There’s also a genetic correlation between heavy cannabis users and genetically impaired cognition, which existed before their use of cannabis. Cannabis is not being cited as a cause of genetically impaired cognition:

    18-Jun-2019 — New research from the Danish psychiatric project, iPSYCH, shows that a specific gene … is the source of a so-called nicotine receptor in the brain, and people with low amounts of this receptor have an increased risk of cannabis abuse. […]

    The genetic variant discovered by the researchers affects how much of a specific nicotine receptor is formed. People who have less of this receptor in the brain are at greater risk of becoming cannabis abusers.

    Ditte Demontis and her colleagues used a nationwide Danish cohort to analyse the complete genome of more than 2,000 cannabis abusers and the genome of 50,000 control subjects. The researchers subsequently repeated these findings in an analysis of a further 5,500 cannabis abusers and more than 300,000 control subjects. […]

    …people with a higher number of genetic variants associated with impaired cognition also have an increased risk of cannabis abuse.

    “People who abuse cannabis often do worse in the education system, and our results show that this can be partly explained by genetics. That is to say that people with an abuse problem have more genetic variations in the genome which increase the risk of cannabis abuse, while at the same time negatively affecting their ability to get an education,” explains Ditte Demontis. […]

    “We need to undertake even more research into how the genetic differences in the genome contribute to the development of cannabis abuse, and we need to map out the precise biological mechanisms that lead to one person having a higher risk of becoming a substance abuser than another. Our hope is to be able to improve treatment and perhaps in the long-term even prevent this abuse,” says Ditte Demontis.

    AAAS Public Release: Researchers link gene to cannabis abuse

    Original Publication Nature Neuroscience: Genome-wide association study implicates CHRNA2 in cannabis use disorder

  7. Servetus says:

    Marijuana is not a causative factor for schizophrenia, despite the fact many prohibitionists would like it to be. As new research reveals more about psychosis, its causes and triggers, the science gets further away from scapegoating cannabis and its side effects.

    Schizophrenia is a problem originating with the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory and emotions, which researchers discovered starts out smaller than normal at birth for prospective victims of the disease. For some, not all, around the ages of 17 or 18, the hippocampus atrophies drastically, shrinking in size, leading to full blown psychosis:

    “This meant that we could hypothesise that the smaller size of the hippocampus originates in utero during its development in the womb.” The UNIGE scientists also observed the subfields of the hippocampus in detail, discovering that one of them – called CA3 – was not affected by the decrease in size. “This subfield plays a crucial role in the work of memorisation and seems stronger than the other sub-parts,” adds professor Eliez. […]

    The researchers then compared the developmental curves of the hippocampus in people with deletion syndrome but no psychotic symptoms with those who developed psychotic symptoms. “There’s no doubt about our results: around the age of 17 or 18, people with schizophrenic symptoms experience a drastic atrophy in the size of their hippocampus, and especially in the CA3 area, despite CA3 had initially managed to develop normally, unlike the other subfields,” says Mancini. But why?

    The researchers don’t have yet a precise answer that could explain the drastic drop in the development of this vital brain structure. But their hypotheses are geared towards environmental factors, such as stress or neuronal inflammation. “The hippocampus of individuals with deletion syndrome is smaller; this means it has to compensate for its size through hyperactivity. In the event of a huge stress factor, especially during the critical period of adolescence, this hyperactivity might lead to a significant rise in glutamate that ‘poisons’ the hippocampus and causes its atrophy,” explains Mancini. The psychotic symptoms may result from this hyper-compensation, which ends up destroying the hippocampus. […]

    The study suggests the following hypothesis: the small size of the hippocampus in patients with 22q11 deletion syndrome is defined in the mother’s womb, probably due to poor vascularisation. However, a “second hit” later in development might determine the further hippocampal atrophy and the emergence of psychotic symptoms. As the critical period for schizophrenia is adolescence, the Genevan team is now working on the possibility of preventing the atrophy of the hippocampus in order to preserve its functions.

    AAAS Public Release: Schizophrenia: Adolescence is the game-changer

    Article in Molecular Psychiatry: Positive psychotic symptoms are associated with divergent developmental trajectories of hippocampal volume during late adolescence in patients with 22q11DS

    • darkcycle says:

      Wow…interesting stuff. It fits. Thanks, Servetus.

      • NorCalNative says:

        Very interesting.

        Weed, and specifically THC may be the answer to protecting these young brains from atrophy. The chemical signaling of the endocannabinoid system is retrograde and works to dampen down excess excitatory neurotransmitters like glutamate.. THC makes the trip from post-synapse to pre-synapse and shuts down the gates letting Glutamate enter the synaptic space.

        If too much glutamate is the problem then THC can help.

        If they know about this before ages 17-to-18 dosing kids with THC in a timely fashion could prevent atrophy of the hippocampus.

        The real Game Changer is weed.

  8. DdC says:

    Thousands of years humans have supplemented their EndoCannabinoid Systems with Cannabis. Without CannaBinoids in breast milk, we wouldn’t suckle. Hemp Oil Omega 3, Seed protein. Hemp Fiber. THC/CBD Synergy

    A Comic Look at Nixon’s ‘Marihuana’ Report –


    Dying Children & Illegal Medicine
    Starving Babies. & Illegal Food.
    Dying Citizens Denied Organ Transplants

    Fat Heads?

    Ganja Reduces inflammation in Amygdala,
    Authoritarins need fear to herd unquestioning dittos.

    Scientific findings indicate that pot use
    improves cognitive performance

    It doesn’t matter how many Americans are persecuted, or how many have been persecuted. Its a job and empathy is the first thing to go when your amygdala swells up from all that abstinence. Same as essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9 in Hemp Oil. Nourishing the ECS to get fuel to the immune quicker than digesting whole food. Same as essential vitamins and minerals your body can’t reproduce. Hey, Authoritarians need cheap obedient labor to buy more stuff and attack cultures and citizens. They think its trickle down voodoo exonomics?

    More research? With schwag?
    How do get good results for Prohibitionists.

    U.S. Government Marijuana Has So Little THC,
    It’s Closer to Hemp

    App-Based Study Finds THC
    Has More Therapeutic Benefit Than CBD

    Personal Observations with Ganja patients the past 30 years.
    Rule of thumb.

    THC Neurological Pain.

    CBD Inflammatory Pain.

  9. afterburner says:


    The following article cries out for Couch truth, especially if you look at the comments, some truth sparing with quite a bit of self-serving political confusion, using misdirection and obfuscation to attack the Portugal approach as coddling “drug addicts” by giving them drugs to buy their votes to the detriment of society, or should I say “proper” society.

    Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith Tabled A Drug Decriminalization Bill At The Worst Time
    He wants a policy similar to Portugal’s to make it into the Liberals’ election platform.

    By Zi-Ann Lum

    OTTAWA — In the final days of the final days of the House of Commons, a Liberal MP introduced a bill proposing to decriminalize simple possession of small quantities of illicit drugs.

  10. Servetus says:

    CBD is an effective and safe antibiotic that doesn’t lose its effectiveness, and it can disrupt biofilms. Research from the University of Queensland, Australia, was presented at the annual ASM Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology:

    San Francisco, CA – June 23, 2019 – New research has found that Cannnabidiol is active against Gram-positive bacteria, including those responsible for many serious infections (such as Staphyloccocus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae), with potency similar to that of established antibiotics such as vancomycin or daptomycin. The research is presented at ASM Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. […]

    Work led by Dr Mark Blaskovich at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Centre for Superbug Solutions, in collaboration with Botanix Pharmaceuticals Ltd, an early stage drug discovery company investigating topical uses of synthetic cannabidiol for a range of skin conditions, found that Cannabidiol was remarkably effective at killing a wide range of Gram-positive bacteria, including bacteria that have become resistant to other antibiotics, and did not lose effectiveness after extended treatment.

    “Given cannabidiol’s documented anti-inflammatory effects, existing safety data in humans, and potential for varied delivery routes, it is a promising new antibiotic worth further investigation,” said Dr. Blaskovich. “The combination of inherent antimicrobial activity and potential to reduce damage caused by the inflammatory response to infections is particularly attractive.”

    Importantly, the drug retained its activity against bacteria that have become highly resistant to other common antibiotics. Under extended exposure conditions that lead to resistance against vancomycin or daptomycin, Cannabidiol did not lose effectiveness. Cannabidiol was also effective at disrupting biofilms, a physical form of bacteria growth that leads to difficult-to-treat infections. […]

    AAAS Public Release: Cannabidiol is a powerful new antibiotic

  11. DdC says:

    How 4 ‘Marijuana Moms’
    Led Fellow Lawmakers to Legalization in Illinois

    Gov. Pritzker expected to sign bill into law Tuesday
    that would legalize marijuana in Illinois on Jan. 1

    The Ultimate Guide to the Weedmaps Museum of Weed

    Cannabis in Ancient China, Part 1:
    Ma, plant of the Tao

    Head Shops Left Behind by Cannabis Legalization
    Worry for Their Future

    What the Hell’s in a Pre-Rolled Joint, Anyway?

  12. Servetus says:

    DMT is produced in mammalian brains in the pineal gland as well as the neocortex and hippocampus:

    27-Jun-2019 — For the first time, a team led by Michigan Medicine [Univ. of Michigan, Jimo Borjigin, Ph.D., of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology], has discovered the widespread presence of naturally-occurring DMT in the mammalian brain. The finding is the first step toward studying DMT– and figuring out its role — within the brains of humans. […]

    Using a process in which microdialysis tubing is inserted into a rat brain through the pineal gland, the researchers collected a sample that was analyzed for — and confirmed — the presence of DMT. That experiment resulted in a paper published in 2013.

    However, Borjigin was not satisfied. Next, she sought to discover how and where DMT was synthesized. Her graduate student, Jon Dean, lead author of the paper, set up an experiment using a process called in situ hybridization, which uses a labeled complementary strand of DNA to localize a specific RNA sequence in a tissue section.

    “With this technique, we found brain neurons with the two enzymes required to make DMT,” says Borjigin. And they were not just in the pineal gland.

    “They are also found in other parts of the brain, including the neocortex and hippocampus that are important for higher-order brain functions including learning and memory.”

    The results are published in the journal Scientific Reports. […]

    Her team’s work has also revealed that the levels of DMT increase in some rats experiencing cardiac arrest. A paper published in 2018 by researchers in the U.K. purported that DMT simulates the near death experience, wherein people report the sensation of transcending their bodies and entering another realm. Borjigin hopes to probe further to discover the function of naturally occurring levels of DMT in the brain — and what if any role it plays in normal brain functions.

    AAAS Public Release: ‘Mystical’ psychedelic compound found in normal brains: A study in rats has revealed the presence of naturally occurring DMT, an increasingly popular hallucinogen

  13. Servetus says:

    Massospora fungi manufacture either psilocybin or cathinone. When cicadas are infected with the fungus, the insects are induced into a mating frenzy that literally rips them apart:

    June 25, 2019 — Massospora fungi make either a drug found in hallucinogenic mushrooms or an amphetamine found in khat leaves, plant pathologist Matthew Kasson of West Virginia University in Morgantown reported June 22 at the ASM Microbe 2019 meeting.

    The fungi may use psilocybin, which causes people to hallucinate, or the amphetamine cathinone to suppress cicadas’ appetites and keep the insects moving and mating even after they lose big chunks of their bodies. The finding marks the first time that researchers have discovered a fungus, other than mushrooms, producing psilocybin, and the first organism outside of plants to make an amphetamine.

    Massospora fungi are transmitted sexually from cicada to cicada. Huge plugs of fungi form on the insects’ abdomens, and during mating, parts of the abdomens may break away, Kasson said.

    Losing body parts would surely slow most organisms down, and yet for the fungal-infected cicadas, “two-thirds of their body might be missing, and they would be whistling as they walk down the street,” Kasson said. The infected insects mate nearly nonstop, spreading the fungi to partners, he and colleagues report June 25 in Fungal Ecology.

    Overall, the team discovered 1,176 small molecules in fungus-infected cicadas, including the two psychoactive drugs. […]

    If results from the West Virginia study can be applied to humans, the data might provide the ultimate aphrodisiac.

  14. afterburner says:

    World-Renowned Doctor Addresses Climate Engineering.
    June 18, 2019.
    Dane Wigington

    How do we retain our health in an increasingly contaminated environment? Though there are countless forms of contamination from human activities, the climate engineering fallout is the most widespread and unavoidable of all.

    In the interview below world-renowned physician Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt discusses the extreme dangers posed to our health and the health of the planet from the ongoing climate engineering operations.
    [Including the fact that aluminum nanoparticles raining down on us in 44 countries attack the pineal gland.]

    • Servetus says:

      Environmental engineering won’t be applied until it’s proven to work, and even then, as the last option to human extinction. Scientists aren’t stupid.

      The current pollution problem, minus alleged aluminum nanoparticles, is not imagined. It’s worse than any paranoia over environmental engineering. I’ve made sure my cats’ outdoor water bowl is protected under an awning rather than being exposed to open urban pollution from rain and fallout that may have resulted in lymphoma in one of my late great felines.

      Maybe if people suspected their pets were dying from the burning of fossil fuels it would stir greater environmental activism and solid results.

      • afterburner says:

        To use the term “environmental engineering paranoia” to describe an encounter with one speaker who is investigating environmental engineering is to my way of thinking like believing everything NIDA or ONDCP says about cannabis. If you look behind one speech to the evidence of strange unnatural patterns in the sky, patents going back to the 1940s, and speeches by notables like former POTUS LBJ about “controlling the weather,” you may see a familiar pattern of official disinformation. Check the mother site

        • Servetus says:

          Do you really think people can get away with indicting the EPA, or anyone else, with chemtrail propaganda? The EPA does not, nor would anyone else, put shit in the atmosphere to increase solar reflection. Even if they did, it would be sulphides and not aluminum nanoparticles. A better solution would be to paint all rooftops white.

          What your hero is claiming is nothing but pseudoscience. Notably, he’s allegedly an MD, not a scientist. Besides being a potential criminal of the sort that for a few bucks will shill against the causes of cancer on behalf of the tobacco companies (and there are many), he’s a twisted phony either out to make money by some means, or to distract American citizens from the fact that burning fossil fuels is the major problem—much like the bogus website you listed. Regarding the usefulness of nanoparticles per se, right now, their ability to transport chemicals to affected areas of the human body and/or act directly is aiding cancer research.

          Where is the scientific paper and data that backs up the doctor’s claim? Show me the aluminum nanoparticles in the atmosphere that meet the criteria for an LD-50 supported toxic waste problem!

  15. DdC says:

    Scientists only research what money pays for. Corporate or Government or University/Private. With Ganja or anything. Science is dealing with profits treating problems or symptoms. Not solving problems. Ganja research was banned by G Ford in 76. Except for NIDA research. Slavery was banned by the 13th Amendment, except for prisoners. Still busting hundreds of thousands each year for pot.

    90+% of Science agrees Climate Change is a legit problem worsened by fossil fools. Political science fiction rules. Now the prohibitionists cry about more Ganja research. Plus the volumes of insinuations NIDA has published with no causal connections feeding headlines of doom.

    All of the research has been done with sub-par product from the Mississippi Schwag Farm. Sticks, stems and leaves. So how good is the research? Science as the ultimate truth has been corrupted. We no longer cure, only treat for profits. Even the Laws of Science are ignored or censored when it comes to Ganja or anything industry or government advertises it be.

    U.S. Government Marijuana Has So Little THC,
    It’s Closer to Hemp

    Nixons lies listing Ganja S#1 with no qualifications to merit the classification. Continues 50 years later. With that bottom line drawn by Nixon, research was banned. Yet democrats side with Nixon or stay silent 5 decades. Including cowering from bringing it to the front burner.

    A Comic Look at Nixon’s ‘Marihuana’ Report

    50 yrs of Bi-Partisan Prohibitionism.
    Krats lapping up Nixon’s Ganjawar.

    Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, said he was “disappointed” that moderators at the first Democratic presidential debate did not ask about marijuana legalization.

  16. DdC says:

    Marijuana legalization in Illinois
    won’t apply to people living In public housing
    Upon Once again, a major failing in the current model of state-by-state marijuana legalization has been exposed. In Chicago, the public housing agency has released a memo clarifying that residents may not…

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