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Where is he getting his data?

“This is a dangerous drug that will impact our kids,” [Nebraska Governor Pete] Ricketts told reporters on Wednesday. “If you legalize marijuana, you’re gonna kill your kids. That’s what the data shows from around the country.”

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18 comments to Where is he getting his data?

  • Son of Sam Walton

    When you mainline pure marijuana ground up flower in your arm, the seeds (if not picked out) can cause cannabis plants to grow in your bloodstream. My Uncle Bud, became a giant bud. And if not pruned from time to time, he’ll die. He also had to get a restraining order on a whole bunch of people who’ve tried to smoke him and chop him up into 8ths and what have you. And he always seemed paranoid about the Man wanting to bust him for possession and cultivation.

  • Servetus

    Strange. According to his WIKI page, Governor Pete Ricketts has a BA in biology from the University of Chicago. There’s no reason for the Governor to be that ignorant about the side effects of marijuana regarding children or anyone else. He’s up to something.

  • Pork Barrel

    Ricketts is a bought and paid for stooge of the alcohol industry. He doesn’t even believe his “whataboutthechilluns” bs himself but he’s paid to say it. Sad.

  • Finnegin'sBake

    A Colorado legislator is Proposing a 15% THC cap for cannabis products.
    Here she is on YouTube (any input from you guys would be very helpful):

    tinyurl.com/Canaphobictrash

  • Servetus

    Biden is pushing for an aerial coca eradication program in Colombia using glyphosphate as the herbicide, just as Trump did. Glyphosate is an unsafe chemical:

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/20/biden-pushes-colombia-restart-glyphosate-spraying-program

    and

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjpygb/colombia-cocaine-coca-aerial-spraying-glyphosate

  • Son of Sam Walton

    OT:

    Has anybody ever noticed that after they eat mushrooms, they have about three-six days of mental, emotional, and spiritual bliss? For me, its like the impact of the Iraq War and other bad things aren’t real. Cannabis is really limiting for my PTSD, pain, and sleep for me. Sometimes a few puffs and 12-15mg of RSO a night won’t give me the best sleep, but without it, I get nothing. But Cannabis is still 100 times better than anything the VA or liquor store offers.

    Around 2006, thousands of Left and Right wing media outlets found that Federal, State, Local, and Private employers were refusing to hire as many veterans as they had in the past and their biggest reason was ‘PTSD’, fear we might get PTSD, and the assumption that we ALL use booze, drugs and over medicate on VA. They usually sighted movies from the 80s and any of the movies about Desert Storm (3Kings, Jar Head) as their cultural reference. And they feared that we had to be ordered all the time and couldn’t think for ourselves. The Airforce and to a lesser extent, the Navy became the only branches to get the jobs they wanted, followed by ranks higher than Captain in the Army and Marines and for bragging rights, the Special Forces/Seals groups. Security, Law Enforcement, factory, Construction, and minimum wage jobs seemed to be the only options that didn’t shrink. Even with a college degree.

    Cannabis alleviates the symptoms. But Mushrooms can wash them away for a few days. I still have the memories about the 1961 U.N. Singles outcome, but I don’t want to kill a cop when I see them drive by, though American cops don’t mind blowing up soldiers in Iraq with drug laws creating drug money. And I feel that micro dosing can offer milder emotional relief.

    What’s the proper dosage for vets: I’d say any vet weighing under 200lbs, 6.5 grams of dried and for us that weigh more, 8 grams. But as long as one starts off low their first time or so.

    Mushrooms are the best. I even prayed for my congressman in general concern for his family’s long term safety and health, and he’s an idiot who refuses cannabis, though our state said ‘Hell, yes’ with patients having the right to buy more than an ounce of strong terpy diamonds for $420 because our Forefathers intended for us to have an ounce of dabs and a few ounces of RSO at any time.

    The amount of connection one feels to people around you and in other places, far away, is healing. Vets should only do mushrooms twice a month, plus micro dosing. Feeling so clean, like a child with no enemies, is peace of mind. Even the things that scare me, like Trump lovers and Liberals, aren’t so scary and in fact, humans I could work with and tolerate.

    And my Asperger’s symptoms become really mild, though not the amount of depth that comes with our general fascinations and hobbies.

    Vet suicides would drop to not even a dozen a day if mushrooms were available.

    • darkcycle

      We are seeing positive results with depression as well….mushrooms sure helped with my symptoms, and more lasting change seems to come with repeated use. I have not had ‘shrooms in literally decades, they have shown me what they had to show, now I have that sense of belonging to, rather than fighting with, humanity, on tap if I look for it. I live in an area blessed by an abundance of psilocybin varieties, and I learned how to identify them. Then, it was just a matter of going out to the yard at the right time of year. At some point I stopped…I stopped seeing them…or rather I stopped LOOKING for them or they stopped showing themselves to me….don’t really know which. But They have shown me what they had for me.

    • Servetus

      The City of Oakland, CA, initiated a shroom collective plan wherein a person can obtain their fungi of choice from a dispensary of choice.

      Many of the establishments double as marijuana shops, instead of being separated into coffee shops and smart shops, as is the case in Amsterdam.

      For those willing to make the journey, the product is waiting on a shelf at a church called Zide Door, as well as other dispensaries:

      https://zidedoor.com/

      More on what’s happening in Oakland re mushrooms:

      https://www.newsweek.com/magic-mushrooms-psilocybin-shrooms-denver-legal-how-take-1445041

  • Servetus

    A backlash is emerging aimed at President Biden involving his previous-marijuana-use staffer scandal–now happening in D.C.–and it’s rippling through the political spectrum.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/03/23/biden-and-the-pot-heads-the-return-of-the-drug-moralists/

    I suspected something like this, which is why I didn’t vote for Biden.

    In the sob-story book Biden wrote prior to running for president, Joe was adamant about his law-and-order prison industrial complex, complete with its faucet of criminogenic drug crimes filling up its prison cells. He stated he believed he took the correct path because it reduced crime. (?) That’s it — no admissions, nor any apparent understanding of the consequences of his drug policies, like that of arresting and prosecuting people for nothing.

    Just as Joe was about to run for president in 2020, he was still according to his book absolutely convinced he did no wrong and that his drug policies made society a better place. In the face of consequences, Biden is forced by the Democrats to apologize for backing the 1994 crime bill as he’s running for office. He seeks a scapegoat. He complains he was lied to regarding the need for a crack cocaine sentencing disparity, and other things, but he doesn’t name the liar, nor does he offer any specifics about any other lies told to him. Maybe that’s because as an architect of the drug war and the ONDCP, he created a federal office that is legally licensed to lie.

    Had Biden any useful education in the sciences, things might now be very different. Biden has a law degree. So does Kamala Harris. So does Obama, and so do the Clintons. The presidential law group might have some understanding or contact with forensics science, however, it’s doubtful someone like Joe could explain to anyone else with any real knowledge of the herb how cannabinoids work in the human body and brain.

    I suspect the President is one of those creatures who believe that the State can do no wrong. It’s a common dilemma found in many ancient and modern judicial systems, as well as in various types and branches of modern governments. Essentially, in Biden’s drug war world, the suspect is guilty until proven innocent. There are judges and prosecutors, like Kamala Harris, who are convinced that the State is infallible, so their conscience, if they have one, is comfortable with doing the State’s bidding. Since 1937, this belief has destroyed the lives of millions of people, black, white, and brown, by prosecuting them for cannabis and other drugs. Thousands died before their time. All because the U.S. federal government, with its self-aggrandizing violence, its directed militarized police forces and its school-to-prison pipelines, finds it convenient to use the drug war to target certain citizens for elimination.

    Police and medical establishments are called to go beyond the call of duty in the drug war. They rub salt in the wounds of the mentally and physically afflicted by legally denying certain groups of people access to beneficial cannabinoid and psilocybin medications. They deny treatment dispensed more conveniently and economically by general medical practitioners for those with opioid addictions. These are not the activities of a healthy society.

    And what was the big excuse given in the Nixon era for the war against weed consumers? Former NIDA director Dr. Robert L DuPont, drug czar under Nixon and Ford (1973-1977), was asked for his opinion on whether marijuana should be criminalized. DuPont’s simple-minded response was that one needs to draw the line somewhere.

  • Servetus

    Feinstein, Grassley, Peters, and Curtis introduced an anti-meth bill in order to prove the maxim by Einstein who defined crazy as someone doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. Senators Grassley and Feinstein (Chuck and Di) still promote prohibition as the only way to tackle illicit drug use:

    https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=D88B1E18-2866-4879-AB5F-7C18788E1839

  • Servetus

    GABA can reduce water loss by cannabis and other plants:

    29-MAR-2021…research published today in Nature Communications shows that the molecule GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), most commonly associated with relaxation in animals, can control the size of the pores on plant leaves to minimise water loss.

    Matthew Gilliham, Director of the Waite Research Institute at the University of Adelaide, who led the research team, said they found: “GABA minimised pore openings in a range of crops such as barley, broad bean and soybean, and in lab plants that produce more GABA than normal. This led to the lab plants using less water from the soil and surviving longer in the drought experiments.”

    “We found plants that produce lots of GABA reduce how much their pores open, thereby taking a smaller breath and reducing water loss.”

    In an earlier study, members of the team found that GABA – known as a nerve signal in animals – could act as plant GABA receptors. This led to renewed speculation that GABA could be a signal in plants as well as in animals.

    Lead author on the study, Dr Bo Xu, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology adds: “Both plants and animals produce GABA and they put it to different uses. Plants don’t have nerves, instead they appear to use GABA to match their energy levels with their response to the environment.”

    “GABA doesn’t close pores on leaves like other stress signals, it acts in a different way – how much a plant accumulates GABA when it is stressed determines how much it applies the brake pedal to reduce the pore opening the following morning, and water loss that day – like a stress memory of the day before.”

    Professor Rainer Hedrich at the University of Würzburg, a pioneer in studying how plants regulate water loss, led the German component of the study.[…]

    AAAS Public Research News Release: ‘Animal-stress’ signal improves plant drought resilience

    Related Journal Article: GABA signalling modulates stomatal opening to enhance plant water use efficiency and drought resilience

  • Servetus

    Newsmax host Greg Kelly smokes weed and wakes up in Kenya:

    https://tinyurl.com/64z6a7cd

  • Servetus

    Shane Vaughn (AKA Professor Toto) proclaims right wingers are flush with cash because the left is full of “young folks” who are “cracked up, doped up, smoked up, marijuanaed up….”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWfXs2l7mCc&t=901s

  • Servetus

    Medicinal treatments for opioid use disorder are less likely to be available to those having had contact with the criminal justice system:

    5-APR-2021 — …Approximately 6.5 million people are under correctional supervision in the United States on any given day. Justice-involved individuals (people currently or recently in prison or jail, on probation or parole, or arrested) experience higher rates of substance use disorders than the general population. In fact, among people with opioid use disorder (OUD), more than half have reported contact with the criminal justice system.

    Numerous clinical studies have shown that medications for OUD — specifically, methadone or buprenorphine — lead to superior outcomes for retention in treatment, reduced illicit opioid use, and decreased opioid-related overdose rates and serious acute care compared with treatments that rely on psychosocial interventions alone. However, due to a number of barriers, including access to health insurance, access to medications for OUD for those on parole, formerly incarcerated, or recently arrested remain significantly lower than the general population.

    A new study published today in Health Affairs reveals that Medicaid expansion is associated with substantial improvements in access to medications for OUD for individuals referred to substance use treatment by criminal justice agencies. However, the study, led by Utsha Khatri, MD, …also reveals that individuals referred for treatment by the criminal justice system were substantially less likely to receive medications for OUD as part of the treatment plan when compared with those referred through all other sources.

    AAAS Public Research News Release: Medication access for opioid use disorder lower among those involved with criminal justice: Medicaid expansion helped increase access to medications for opioid use disorder, but limitations exist to broadening access, Penn Medicine research finds

    Related Journal Article: Medicaid Expansion Increased Medications For Opioid Use Disorder Among Adults Referred By Criminal Justice Agencies

  • Servetus

    Psilocybin beats a top selling SSRI by 2-to-1 in remission rates for treatment of major depression:

    Psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, may be at least as effective as a leading antidepressant medication in a therapeutic setting. […]

    In the most rigorous trial to date assessing the therapeutic potential of a ‘psychedelic’ compound, researchers compared two sessions of psilocybin therapy with a six-week course of a leading antidepressant (a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor called escitalopram) in 59 people with moderate-to-severe depression.

    For the psilocybin dosing sessions, volunteers received an oral dose of the drug in a specialist clinical setting, while they listened to a curated music playlist and were guided through their experiences by a psychological support team, which included registered psychiatrists. All volunteers on the study received the same level of psychological support.

    People treated with psilocybin – named ‘COMP360’ by its developers, COMPASS Pathways PLC – showed marked improvements across a range of subjective measures, including in their ability to feel pleasure, and express emotions, greater reductions in anxiety and suicidal ideation, and increased feelings of wellbeing. […]

    Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial, who designed and led the study, said: “These results comparing two doses of psilocybin therapy with 43 daily doses of one of the best performing SSRI antidepressants help contextualise psilocybin’s promise as a potential mental health treatment. Remission rates were twice as high in the psilocybin group than the escitalopram group. […]

    AAAS Public Research News Release: Magic mushroom compound performs at least as well as leading antidepressant in small study

    New England Journal of Medicine: Trial of Psilocybin versus Escitalopram for Depression

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