Prohibitionists praise themselves for impeding medical science

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) President Kevin Sabet, a former three-time White House drug policy advisor, eulogizes the late-Senator Dianne Feinstein for her opposition to medicinal marijuana in the 1990s:

…“For a Californian like me working on drug policy, Senator Feinstein was a role model throughout my career in public service. She stood steadfast against legalization until the very end because she knew it was the right thing to do to protect public health and safety.

“Throughout her illustrious career, the Senator was a leader on drug policy even when the lobbyists and special interests came knocking. I was honored to work alongside her on numerous occasions. She opposed medical marijuana in the 90’s and later the state’s move to allow full-scale commercialization of THC drugs. Especially noteworthy was the late-Senator’s work on the “Protecting Kids from Candy-Flavored Drugs Act,” which she introduced as to help crack down on Big Marijuana’s predatory practices to hook new, younger users.

“Senator Feinstein will be missed by all who stand for a responsible, science-based approach to drug policy.” […]

Science-based? Really? Neither Dianne Feinstein nor Kevin Sabet were trained in the sciences or specifically in pharmacology. And when did it supposedly become the goal of science to thwart improved public health by prohibiting cannabis use as a medicine?

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4 Responses to Prohibitionists praise themselves for impeding medical science

  1. NorCalNative says:

    Rest in Peace Dianne. On cannabis policy you were quite the word that rhymes with runt.

    The cannabis community will not miss you.

  2. Son of Sam Walton says:

    Who has the largest Drug Distribution Territory: Colombia, Mexico, or Hezbollah? Most people would say Hezbollah when looking at the world’s leading banks on Wall Street.

  3. Bill Dauterive says:

    Two despicably evil people. Thankfully only one of them is currently breathing.

  4. Servetus says:

    A new “eSoil” for hydroponics that replaces rock wool is electrically conductive so that electrically stimulating plant growth increases production by 50-percent in 15 days:

    25-DEC-2023 — In a study published in the journal PNAS, researchers from Linköping University have developed an electrically conductive “soil” for soilless cultivation, known as hydroponics.

    Eleni Stavrinidou, associate professor at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University, and leader of the Electronic Plants group…has now developed an electrically conductive cultivation substrate tailored to hydroponic cultivation which they call eSoil. The Linköping University researchers have shown that barley seedlings grown in the conductive “soil” grew up to 50% more in 15 days when their roots were stimulated electrically. […]

    Mineral wool is often used as cultivation substrate in hydroponics. Not only is this non-biodegradable, it is also produced with a very energy intensive process. The electronic cultivation substrate eSoil is made of cellulose, the most abundant biopolymer, mixed with a conductive polymer called PEDOT. This combination as such is not new, but this is the first time it has been used for plant cultivation and for creating an interface for plants in this manner.

    Previous research has used high voltage to stimulate the roots. The advantage of the Linköping researchers’ “soil” is that it has very low energy consumption and no high voltage danger. Eleni Stavrinidou believes that the new study will open the pathway for new research areas to develop further hydroponic cultivation. […]

    AAAS Public Science News Release: Electronic “soil” enhances crop growth

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: eSoil: A low-power bioelectronic growth scaffold that enhances crop seedling growth

    Vasileios K. Oikonomou, Alexandra Sandéhn, Till Dreier, Yohann Daguerre, Hyungwoo Lim, Magnus Berggren, Eleni Pavlopoulou, Torgny Näsholm, Martin Bech, and Eleni Stavrinidou.

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