Stop the Drug War has done a follow-up of this blog post: Fast Talking Has Started
Some of the network media have been trying to cover the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington and clearly are in catch-up mode, not really knowing how to talk about it. And they’re completely thrown by the fact that the DOJ, for the most part, isn’t coming right out and commenting. So they’re all forced to turn to… Kevin Sabet.
Check out this ABC piece by Christing NG: Marijuana Legalization Celebrations May be Premature, Lawmakers and Experts Say.
The experts on what the federal government will do appear to be… Kevin Sabet.
What’s that – something like a dozen paragraphs out of a not particularly long story dedicated to total speculation by a former employee of the federal government about what the federal government will do... Pete Guither
Tuesday's election was a victory for the marijuana lobby: Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize recreational use, while Massachusetts will now allow doctors to recommend it as medicine.
I’m a lifelong partisan Democrat, but I’ve also spent 25 years as a doctor treating drug abusers, and I know their games. They’re excellent con artists.
“We can't be so fixated on our desire
to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.”
- Bill Clinton
The Obama Admin's Anti-Marijuana Manifesto
Multiple DEA Raids Target Marijuana in Hawaii
Obama: Drug Legalization is "An Entirely Legitimate Topic for Debate"
Hil and Gil on the Drug War
Obombo's Sublingual Attack on Ganja
One Drug Arrest Every 19 Seconds Oh Gilligan!
President Obama takes a dump on California
Ed Gogek is an addiction psychiatrist and board member of Keep AZ Drug Free, which opposes medical marijuana laws.
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Legalizing recreational use marijuana a bad trip for Democrats’
Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding
The Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse
The vast majority of prohibitionists
profit on the drug war,..
... and that is their only motive.
Ed Gogek is an addiction psychiatrist
and board member of Keep AZ Drug Free,
LEGALIZATION? GET REAL!
Some years ago I wrote a column in this paper suggesting it might be time to consider legalizing marijuana since it probably isn't any more harmful than beer, a legal drug. But I have come to see I was wrong.
Proponents of legalized marijuana make the point that it is not as harmful in its health and social consequences as alcohol, and they might be right.
No doubt, we have lost our own war on drugs. But, in my opinion, legalization or decriminalization isn't the answer. So what is, better law enforcement?
George B. Reed, Jr. is retired from AT&T and a former history teacher in the Hamilton County school system. He lives in Fort Oglethorpe and can be reached at email@example.com or 706-858-3501.
The choice facing voters on Issue No. 5, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, is complicated by key points that are not widely known. A common argument is that more research is needed to prove marijuana an effective medicine, and if that research could be done, and Food and Drug Administration approval granted, then everything would be fine.
In fact, this is a classic Catch 22. The scientific community has struggled for years to gain permission to conduct this research. Such studies are never approved. Approval must come from multiple federal agencies including the Drug Enforcement Agency, which has billions of dollars of vested interest in the status quo.
FDA approval requires millions of dollars in studies with test subjects, including humans. Not only are such studies blocked by federal policy, no pharmaceutical company will make that investment for financial reasons. How could they recoup their cost when the drug in question can be grown by the patient at almost no expense?
After state medical marijuana laws began passing in the 1990s, increasing pressure for scientific information caused the federal government to commission a study through the National Academy of Sciences, which produced "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base," a thorough investigation of all scientific research on marijuana from before the federal bottleneck. The study concluded that while "there is a broad social concern that sanctioning the medical use of marijuana might increase its use among the general population ... at this point there are no convincing data to support this concern." continued
Cannabis Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers!
"What we found was that his Cannabidiol could essentially 'turn off' the ID-1," Desprez told HuffPost. The cells stopped spreading and returned to normal.
Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74
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,