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Monthly Archives: January 2008

canada.jpegHeadline: Jan.16.08Plenty O’ Pot News – 3 Cannabis stories from Canada:

The Vancouver Island Compassion Society( VICS ) will be back in court in February to defend the organization’s constitutional right to distribute medical cannabis. Executive Director of VICS, Philippe Lucas described the function and goals of VICS at the 2004 Cannabis Therapeutics Conference.Medical Cannabis in Canada, with Philippe Lucas

Headline: Jan.23.08 – Emery’s Fate In Limbo – In a closely watched case, Marc Emery, the”Prince of Pot”, has tentatively accepted a plea deal of five years in a Canadian prison to avoid extradition to the U.S. to face extensive prison time for selling and shipping Cannabis seeds to Americans. Reportedly, the deal releases two people caught up in the high profile prosecution.Marc Emery Battles the DEA and Extradition

* Editorial: Emery Should Be A Free Man *

Marijuana’s road to legality in Canada has been a roller-coaster ride – Constituitional freedoms asserted and assaulted, from inside and outside. One thing for sure, the people will prevail.Marijuana Is Legal In Canada

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Headline: Jan.9 – America’s Love-Hate Relationship with Drugs – Many Prescription Drugs Have Effects Similar To Those Of Illegal Drugs.  But We Still View Some Users As Criminals — The Others As Patients” Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized: An Expert’s Perspective

texas.jpegHeadline: Jan.28.08TX: The Times May Be Changing on the Marijuana Issue Multiple Sclerosis patient Tim Timmons of Garland, Texas is championing the cause of medical marijuana in his state,  speaking at the capital in Austin about how prescription drugs fail to ease his pain and spasms, and whereas Cannabis provides relief, the state offers only incarceration.Medical Marijuana – Texas – Multiple Sclerosis – Tim Timmons

The Marijuana Policy Project is a Washington, DC based organization lobbying to change laws on state and federal levels. Rob Kampia, Executive Director of MPP, appears on CNBC to discuss the prohibition of Cannabis:Marijuana Prohibition on CNBC’s “On the Money”

Headline, Jan.13.08A War We Should Call Off– A shooting early this year has the citizens of Ohio searching for answers to the puzzle of the “drug war”. Lima Ohio Cops Shoot Woman and Baby

Various groups are putting forth evidence that this war is counter-productive and has gone on for too long. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition consists of cops, judges and others who believe that the drug war actually makes things worse, resulting in violence, corruption and lack of respect for the law. Cops say legalize drugs part1

ben2.jpg“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”

– Benjamin Franklin (1773)

 

co.jpgDenver, CO – Jan.29.08: Pot Vote May Get Backing– In accordance with Initiative 100, passed by 57% of Denver voters last year, the Mayor’s “Marijuana Policy Review Panel” is preparing to recommend that “…the Denver city attorney will not seek convictions in city prosecutions for petty offenses of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana”. This follows attempts by some to scuttle the initiative.Denver City Council might enact marijuana reform initiative

Boston, MA – Jan.27.08Marijuana Measures Head to Voters, Hill The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, which is sponsoring a ballot effort to decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of pot in the state of Massachusetts, has submitted over 81,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State. If the Statehouse doesn’t respond by May 6th, then 11,099 more signatures will be needed to place the initiative on next November’s ballot.MA Governor Deval Patrick Has More Important Things To Do! –Decrim hearings at MA Statehouse.

Headline: Work Under Way On Suffolk Hemp Factory (U.K.)sativa.gifHemcore has begun construction on what is to be the largest hemp factory in the world, eventually processing 50,000 tonnes on hemp fiber per year.  More hemp farmers and acreage will be put under contract to supply the plant, producing materials used in the automobile industry and insulation.

America used to have regional hemp processing mills, producing environmentally-friendly, high-quality industrial fiber produscts. In this video, you can see the types of products produced by Hemcore. Craig Lee, of the Kentucky Hemp Museum, demonstates a traditional, hand – operated “hemp break”, producing long fibers, short fiber “tow” and the “hurds” – rich in cellulose.Hemp Break with Craig Lee & KY Hemp Museum

vt.jpgHeadline: – Jan.23.08 – VT: Proposed Legislation Would Permit Cultivation of Hemp – Vermont has joined five other states authorizing farmers to return to hemp farming, now a growing industry in neighboring Canada. Unfortunately, the federal government has given the DEA authority over hemp, because of marijuana prohibition, and the agency has so far refused to issue any permits to hemp farmers.

The 1942 documentary, Hemp for Victory, shows the history and potential of the hemp industry in America. This film was discovered by historian Jack Herer in the Library of Congress, which denied it’s existence.Hemp For Victory

Cannabinoid Cancer Cure – U.S. Government Knew in 1974!

Seeing the headline out of Germany this week, “New Study Shows Marijuana May Fight Cancer“, I checked if it was Groundhog Day, as I’d heard this before. I flashed all the way back to 1974, when the U.S. government sought to prove something bad about marijuana, only to prove something good instead –mech1964.jpgthat THC inhibited cancer tumor growth! And forward to the 2000, when Dr. Manuel Guzman of Complutense University, Madrid, Spain and his research team announced success in destroying incurable cancer tumors in the brain’s of rats. If that’s not paradigm-shaking enough, surrounding brain tissue was protected, raising amazing possibilities for Cannabinoids used in combination with other cancer therapies and demonstrating their neuroprotective properties. Dr. Guzman has released a fascinating overview of the Madrid studies, available as a PDF,”Cannabinoids: Potential AntiCancer Agents

ctc1.jpgI will get to hear and film Dr. Guzman himself this April in California, when he presents his findings to the Fifth Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, hosted by Patients Out of Time. For the meantime, Cannabis TV has posted an interview of Dr. Robert Melamede, biology professor at University of Colorado (Colorado Springs), explaining how the body’s own Endo-Cannabinoid system and plant derived Cannabinoids play a modulatory role as “global homeostatic regulator” in many body systems and their role in cancer tumor growth inhibition. Cancer Cure – Cannabis & Cannabinoids, by Dr. Robert Melamede, PhD

dutch.jpgHeadline: Cannabis Pill On HorizonThe Netherlands– The race is on to corner a potential $5.8 Billion global market for Cannabis-based pharmaceuticals, even as the prohibition of marijuana in Europe escalates and people attempting to use whole, natural Cannabis for medicine continue to be forcibly compelled to use only legal medications.

The United States allowed a marijuana pill to be developed in the early 1980’s. Marinol (dronabinol), synthetic THC, is a “Schedule Three” drug (under the Controlled Substances Act), able to be prescribed for various symptoms, including wasting syndrome associated with chemotherapy and AIDS and chronic pain. Marinol is expensive, marginally effective and makes users uncomfortably “high”, lacking the chemical buffers and balance of the natural plant. Cannabis (marijuana) remains on Schedule One (having no medical use).

ctc1.jpgAt Second Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, 2004 in Portland, OR, hosted by Patients Out of Time, Dr. Ethan Russo examines the effectiveness of Marinol in this video segment,  a study of several patients receiving natural marijuana, grown by the U.S. government.Chronic Medical Cannabis Use by U.S. Legal Patients, Part 3

thomas.jpgIf people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.
– Thomas Jefferson

July, 2007 – Headline: DEBUNKED: POLITICIANS’ EXCUSE THAT CANNABIS HAS BECOME STRONGER– U.K. – In 2004, Britain changed the classification of Cannabis from Class B to Class C, ushering in the “softly, softly” approach of fines instead of jail for marijuana possession. Since then, a new “reefer madness” has set in,  with alarming reports of mental illness and super “skunk” weed wrecking havoc in England.Legalize Cannabis – Video discusses issues in U.K.

ola.gifHeadline: Altered States ‘Ancient Human Hobby’ – This news article out of Australia explores an important, if taboo subject – Does the human brain have a natural and instinctual drive to alter its consciousness? And if ancient humans gained evolutionary advantage by sharpening their senses and concentration through the use of mind altering plants, is it possible that our brains still seek new realms and viewpoints, with advantages now more spiritual than physical?Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within