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January and February: The Year began with the Cops Killing a Mother and Dog Police are using these paramilitary raids more than 100 times a day, often on simple possession of non-violent people; dogs are ruthlessly killed because of the war on this plant.

(note that the only marijuana found in this family home had to be scraped from a pipe, and the father was charged with child endangerment…What about the cops shooting weapons in a child’s room, and what about the permanent emotional scars to this child from these cops!)

…and then there was this next story that  led to a lot of accusations from drug policy reformers that police shoot way too many innocent people in overly-aggressive drug raids. You may recall that this case in which the officer claimed that he opened fire on Tarika because he was startled by gunshots downstairs. Those shots were fired by his own fellow officers as they killed the family’s dogs. Tarika Wilson literally lost her life because a cop was freaked out by gunfire from another cop. Oh, and her baby daughter also got shot.

but February also had more SCIENCE coming out to support the anti-cancer properties that new findings are revealing…

February 2010: Medical marijuana news. Cannabidiol stops the spread of breast cancer

February also brought another major study that shows the medical uses for cannabis. This study lasted ten years and costs 9 million dollars. http://blog.mpp.org/medical-marijuana/more-proof-that-marijuana-is-medicine/02172010/The studies, funded by CMCR under the mandate of a 1999 legislative action, found that marijuana is particularly helpful in relieving pain associated with nerve damage and in treating the muscle spasticity from multiple sclerosis.

March found the ever fearful DEA sensing that cannabis is about to be used religiously arrested a minister in Hawaii, Roger Christie, who is becoming well known for using spiritual sacrament  with his congregation. (note of interest Roger is still awaiting bail 9 months later)…here Roger gives instruction on how to make Holy Anointing Oil .

Speaking of the ridiculous Drug War Prisoners, other notable new prisoners for 2010 include…

Eddie Lepp

Marc Emery

John Wilson

Charles Lynch

April 2010: Federal Judge Suggests U.S. Change Anti-Marijuana Law

In sentencing a California pot shop owner to a year behind bars on federal charges of cultivating and selling marijuana, a U.S. district court judge based in Los Angeles suggested that the federal government change marijuana’s outlaw status.

Judge George H. Wu was very sympathetic to the plight of 47-year-old Charles Lynch, who was convicted in 2008 after federal authorities moved against his Morro Bay dispensary despite his bending over backwards to abide by California’s medical marijuana law. “Individuals such as Lynch are caught in the middle of the shifting positions of governmental authorities” vis-a-vis pot, the judge wrote.

Lynch was also caught in between presidential administrations: After Barack Obama took office he ordered the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to stand down on enforcing federal drug laws in states where medical marijuana is legal.

Wu wrote that (PDF) “ … much of the problems [in the Lynch case] could be ameliorated…by the reclassification of marijuana from Schedule I,” which is the government’s highest, outlaw-drug category.

Also In April… The Hemperer,  Jack Herer passed on. Jack was considered the father of the modern Hemp movement, and he was a writer and researcher who wrote The Emperor Wears No Clothes.  He was an activist for the wonders of Hemp plant until the last moments of his life, collapsing on stage having just given a Pro Hemp speech at the Seattle Hemp Fest.  Jack will be missed by the many of us who admired him, RIP.

and another milestone… April 2010: 5 Years After: Portugal’s Drug Decrim

May brought a 30 year scientific finding about Cannabis… May 2010: Study Finds No Cancer-Marijuana Connection

June: Study of Cannabis being medically helpful for babies!  Cannabis Reduces Infant Mortality

but the Prohibition War goes on… June 2010: A Record 85 killed yesterday

July 2010: The Veterans Administration will formally allow vets to use medical marijuana if they live in the (now 15 States and the District Of Columbia) that allow it.

In August Prescription drug deaths were skyrocketing…

http://wvgazette.com/News/TheKillerCure/200608130006

http://www.lightparty.com/Health/HealingRegeneration/html/AccidentalDeathPrescriptio.html

September 2010:  I liked it when this country singer Colt Jackson was came out for weed:

October and November…then came Proposition 19 to Legalize, Tax and Regulate Cannabis in California for adults over 21 years old…

Pot Was Smoked On National TV



Past Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders says to Legalize Marijuana

Retired Judge and many retired police came out in favor (note that the video turns to Prop 19 at about 5:oo)…

Conservatives come out…

Pretty Girls came out for Prop 19 too ( note that some really good info starts coming out at about 3:50 into the video)…

3,500,000 Californians said YES!, making 46% of the vote, this was so much more than in 1969 only 12% said yes to legalizing.

November: Arizona Becomes the 15th Medical Marijuana state…and… Washington DC becomes a Medical marijuana District in the November election!

November 2010: 30 Facts About Arizona’s New Medical Marijuana Law

Also in November The Border Patrol Arrested Willie Nelson keeping us all a little safer…Here is what Snoop Dogg thinks about that…

December 2010: New Mexico Approves Addition Plants For Growers

And to wind up the year Pat Robinson gives decriminalization his blessing…December 2010: Pat Robinson Favors Marijuana decriminalization

It’s been quite a year for the Cannabis and Marijuana Law Reform Movement…wishing us all a great New Year, keep on pressing on…blessings to you.

Ray Pague



chinHeadline: November 28, 2008 – China: Oldest Stash of Marijuana Unearthed in Ancient Tomb – Once again, the theory that Cannabis high in THC (aka “skunk“) is a recent phenomenon to be feared is debunked. Preserved in desert conditions in northwestern China, about 27 ounces (enough to get you in serious trouble in modern times) of still green Cannabis was found in a tomb near Turpan. Dated at 2,700 years old, the herb was “relatively high in THC” and clearly cultivated for psychoactive purposes“, according to a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany: Phytochemical and Genetic Analyses of Ancient Cannabis From Central Asia  http://jxb.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/59/15/4171

” To our knowledge, these investigations provide the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent” , said lead author of the study, neurologist Ethan Russo. An expert in modern medicinal applications of Cannabis, Dr. Russo has done extensive research into the symbiotic history of Cannabis and humanity. In this video from a Cannabis Therapeutics Conference in 2002, he examines studies conducted over the last couple of hundred years – specific to chronic (prolonged) use of Cannabis.Marijuana Use Studies – A History, with Ethan Russo, MD

Headline: Nov 28, 2008 – China: Researchers High On Ancient Pot Find – Another Canadian newspaper covering this story goes into more detail on the contents of the supposed Shaman’s tomb. “It was common practice in burials to provide materials needed for the afterlife.  No hemp or seeds were provided for fabric or food.  Rather, cannabis as medicine or for visionary purposes was supplied”, states Dr. Russo as he ponders the oldest sample of prehistoric Cannabis to be scientifically examined.

sativaHowever, there is voluminous written history to document the use of Cannabis Hemp by peoples all over the world (see our “Why do we call it Cannabis? page). In Dragons of Eden, Carl Sagan postulates that Cannabis was the oldest cultivated crop, circa 12,000 BC. Canadian author Chris Bennett wrote a wonderful book, Green Gold, The Tree of Life – Marijuana in Magic and Religion, that provides a view into the sacred herb’s influence in many lives and cultures. Here is Chris Bennett speaking on the history of Cannabis at the Global Marijuana March in British Columbia, 2007:Chris Bennett @ Global Marijuana March

“The Land of Hemp and Mulberry” – The following video refers to 10,000 years of Cannabis hemp history in China – first as food, then as fiber for paper, fishing nets, textiles and “5,000 other uses” – even playing a role in war.Hemp History

Next, this You Tube producer documents Cannabis Hemp in modern China, where it is “quite normal” to see hemp growing around houses, ponds and fields. Also, he visits an industrial hemp processing facility.Fields of cannabis in China

galax2“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” – Carl Sagan

      Tonight’s presidential debate is at Hempstead, NY – on Long Island, where just a few generations ago, huge fields of Cannabis Hemp waved in the wind. Especially important during WW2, when the military contracted for hemp to make parachute webbing, rope and canvas, industrial hemp had been established as an essential crop in Hempstead since Colonial times.

Given the amazing potential of modern industrial hemp utilization in America (the last of the G-8 not allowing its’ farmers to grow it) and the immediate need to support local economies during our coming economic restructuring,  tonight would seem an appropriate time to discuss joining the 21st century with our ancestors’ knowledge of this remarkable plant. High quality industrial fiber (already in luxury cars); cellulose suitable for papers, plastics and ethanol; high quality seed oil – found at health food stores for its’ EFA (Essential Fatty Acids) profile and even suitable for biodiesel!

Local hemp mills and biodiesel facilities could save the family farm and sustain America through turbulent times, all without poisoning the land like cotton or depleting the water, as corn does. Who would’a thunk it – except for Jack Herer back in 1989. Check out“The Emporer Wears No Clothes” for the details – it’s a classic.

Here are some recent news stories concerning Cannabis Hemp from around the world, inter-spaced with videos that just scratch at the surface of this urgent issue. With the growing problems with hydrocarbon fuels and products, it would behoove John McCain and Barack Obama, as Congressmen and a future President, to allow our farmers to benefit from the next wave in eco-agriculture.

Aug 19, 2008 – New Zealand: Perseverance Leads to Hemp Approval– After developing its’ own cultivar of hemp -“Aotearoa 1 “, the Catlins Industrial Hemp Group has been approved by the NZ Director-General of Health to proceed with the countries’ first planting of the versatile crop, promising farmers many future markets and sustainable biofuels for New Zealand’s long-term stability. Mack McIntosh, the developer of the new cultivar, foresees New Zealand’s strain of hemp to be marketed around the world.

In this video, from a Series on You Tube, Kevin O’Connell the Auckland central representative for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party talks about the future of Cannabis in New Zealand.Kiwi Cannabis News Vault Update – Consequences of Legalization

Aug 24, 2008 – New Zealand: Holistic Way of Hemp– Luxury car maker Lotus is showcasing an eco-friendly concept car, the Eco Elise, that utilizes industial hemp in an exciting design conforming to new EU Flower Certification” standards for protecting the environment. Canadian hemp is already being utitlized in the automobile industry, e.g. – as a safer replacement for fiberglass in door and dashboard panels. 

Sept 7, 2008 – Europe: Marijuana Ingredient May Fight Bacteria – Another example of how our modern world needs Cannabis Hemp – researchers from Italy and Britian have found that Cannabinoids are effective as topical compounds that inhibit the growth of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), a nasty little bug that might just wipe us out if we don’t react correctly. This article points out that Cannabis has long been known to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

In this informative and imaginative video, a You Tube Producer details of the history and efficacy of Cannabis in germ fighting:Marijuana Cures Skin Bacteria

Sept 30, 2008 – WI: Legalizing, Taxing Pot Urged To Raise Cash – Drawing a parallel between the economic pressure to end alcohol prohibition during the Great Depression in 1932 and the logic of ending marijuana prohibition during our modern economic crisis, Gary Storck, co-founder of the Madison chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, joins a chorus of drug law reform advocates who have long recognized the potential of tax revenues from re-legalized marijuana sales and industrial hemp production.

Bruce Mirken, director of communications with the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, said legalization and regulation could mean between $10 billion and $40 billion a year to state and federal budgets.

“An acre of the best ground for hemp, is to be selected and sewn in hemp and be kept for a permanent hemp patch.” – Thomas Jefferson’s Garden book 1849

Fifth Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, April 3, 2008  – This bi-annual medical conference, hosted by Patients Out of Time, is a gathering of medical doctors and researchers specializing in medicinal Cannabis (marijuana) and the workings of the Endo-Cannabinoid system – the regulator of many organ systems and processes of the human body.  This year the conference was held in Pacific Grove, California, by the ocean on the Monterrey Peninsula. The enduring sea seemed to underscore the emergence of new science from an old medicine.

The entire conference is currently being edited for posting on the net. In the meantime, I’ve been editing interviews that I conducted with some of the presenters. These can be seen on the Patients Out of Time You Tube Channel.

Today, the sad news of Senator Edward Kennedy’s diagnosis of Glioma, a cancer of the brain that is very hard to treat, compelled me to edit one interview in particular. It was with Paul Armentano, the Deputy Director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). Paul has done a lot of research on medical Cannabis, having compiled a booklet, “Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis & Cannabinoids: A Review of the Scientific Evidence:2000 – 2008” (available as a PDF) on several diseases that are successfully treated with Cannabis, including promising research on Glioma cancer cell lines (See Below) . This job has made Paul one of the few Americans with direct knowledge of some of the cutting edge science emerging out of Europe, Israel and other countries, so people with sick loved ones often call him, after hearing of possible help from Cannabis research. He has to tell these desperate families that few human trials of medical Cannabis therapies have been allowed in this country, with none on the horizon for the likes of exciting research from Spain, where Dr. Manuel Guzman has slowed the growth of brain cancer tumors using THC – a principle Cannabinoid in marijuana. In this video, Paul observes that many of the callers are asking about alternative treatments for Glioma, often incredulous that our government would block research into such an important area. Also, Dr. David Bearman offers observations on fears of patients facing devastating illness:THC Kills Glioma Cancer Cells – Medical Miracles from Europe

Anti-Cancer Properties of THC – Research in Print:
[1] Guzman et al. 1998. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol induces apoptosis in C6 glioma cells. FEBS Letters 436: 6-10.
[2] Guzman et al. 2000. Anti-tumoral action of cannabinoids: involvement of sustained ceramide accumulation and extracellular signal-regulated kinase activation. Nature Medicine 6: 313-319.

[3] Guzman et al. 2003. Inhibition of tumor angiogenesis by cannabinoids. The FASEB Journal 17: 529-531.

 [4] Massi et al. 2004. Antitumor effects of cannabidiol on human glioma cell lines. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Fast Forward 308: 838-845.

[5] Guzman et al. 2004. Cannabinoids inhibit the vascular endothelial growth factor pathways in gliomas. Cancer Research 64: 5617-5623.

 [6] Allister et al. 2005. Cannabinoids selectively inhibit proliferation and induce death of cultured human glioblastoma multiforme cells. Journal of Neurooncology 74: 31-40.

[7] Guzman et al. 2006. A pilot clinical study of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme. British Journal of Cancer.

[8] Parolaro and Massi. 2008. Cannabinoids as a potential new drug therapy for the treatment of gliomas. Expert Reviews of Neurotherapeutics 8: 37-49
[9] Galanti et al. 2007. Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits cell cycle progression in human glioblastoma multiforme cells. Acta Oncologica 12: 1-9.

[10] Calatozzolo et al. 2007. Expression of cannabinoid receptors and neurotrophins in human gliomas. Neurological Sciences 28: 304-310.
 References courtesy of Paul Armentano. You can read more on this subject in his booklet, which also covers MS; Hypertension; GI Disorders; Arthritis; Alzheimer’s; Fibromyalgia; Hepatitus C; ALS; Diabetes; Osteoporosis; and more: 

“Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis: A Review of the Scientific Evidence” (2008, NORML Foundation).

Dr. Guzman was scheduled to present his research at the Cannabis Therapeutics Conference, but a family medical emergency prevented his attendance. *** A PDF of Dr. Guzman’s Research *** However, one of the Cannabis Therapeutics’ faculty members, Robert Melamede, PhD eloquently explained the principles involved in the “Global Homeostatic Regulation”of many bodily functions by the Endo-Cannabinoid system, including re-balancing of conditions like auto-immune disorders and cancers, in an interview in his office at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs:Cancer Cure – Cannabis & Cannabinoids,by Robert Melamede,PhD

In the documentary to which I referred during Paul’s interview – “Surviving ALS“, Cathy Jordan experiences the neuroprotective effects of cannabis first hand, as it helps her over-taxed Endo-Cannabinoid system bring her auto-immune disorder (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) under control – moderating “excitotoxicity” and over production of glutamate. Dr. Melamede continues his interview in this chapter, explaining how neuropathic conditions are balanced by Cannabinoids.Surviving ALS with Cannabis, Chapter 3 – with Dr. Melamede

One fascinating aspect of Dr. Manuel Guzman’s work is that, as the tumors being treated are in brain (nerve) tissue, the neuroprotective properties of THC become extremely important. Whereas most cancer treatments cause damage to surrounding tissue (especially crucial in the brain), THC treatments actually protect adjacent non-cancerous nerve tissue. 

In this video from the 3rd Cannabis Therapeutics Conference, Charlottesville, VA, in May of 2004, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, looks closely at the science of Cannabinoids in Neuroprotection. Professor Mechoulam was on the team that first isolated THC in 1964.Cannabinoid System in Neuroprotection, Raphael Mechoulam,PhD

 It turns out that the first research into THC’s actions on cancer tumors was done in the U.S., back in 1974 during a government sponsored study seeking to prove the dangers of marijuana. When the results instead showed the promise of THC as a medicinal agent, our government suppressed the results and quietly gave a pharmaceutical company permission to develop a THC pill – now known as Marinol. And the crusade against marijuana continued…

In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

 

 

Headline: April 27.2008Patients Using Medical Marijuana Can Be Denied Transplants – A legal medical marijuana patient in Seattle, Washington has been denied a liver transplant, due to understandably stringent standards that individual hospitals use to allocate organs available for transplant.  Alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug users are considered likely to continue abusing drugs after transplant – thus, unworthy of such a precious gift. However, the inclusion of Cannabis in this roster raises some pertinent questions.

Here is a TV broadcast on this story:Medical Marijuana Patient Dying After Dr’s Denied Transplant

“Marijuana, unlike alcohol, has no direct effect on the liver.  It is however a concern …  in that it’s a potential indicator of an addictive personality.”, said Dr.  Robert Sade, director of the Institute of Human Values in Health Care.  This position results from marijuana’s status as an illegal drug, as science does not classify Cannabis as a physically addictive.  Even if Cannabis were considered therapeutic after transplant, vaporized Cannabis does not carry risk of mold ingestion that can cause a reaction to the anti-rejection drugs after transplant.

“I’m not angry, I’m not mad, I’m just confused,” said Timothy Garon, surprised that his legal prescription for Cannabis had prevented him from receiving a liver to replace his own – ravaged by Hepatitus C, which he likely contracted as a teenager.  Although edible Cannabis compounds are not recommended for a compromised liver, smoked marijuana is not metabolized by the liver and can actually improve its’ function.

In this video of a patient with an inherited liver condition that mimics Hepatitus C, her doctor theorizes how Cannabis helps her liver to function normally – “By calming vascular (blood vessel) spasms, vascular dilation and “micro-capillary circulation” stimulation, Cannabis helps oxygen-rich blood to flow better through the liver and its’ processes.”Medical Marijuana in NC – Jean Marlowe Story, Part 1

This February, the American College of Physicians put out a position paper calling for the federal government to reschedule Cannabis to allow for medical use; to allow research with medical grade Cannabis in the U.S. and to allow the state’s to implement medical marijuana programs without interference from the federal government. This would go a long way towards diffusing situations like Tim Garon’s exclusion from life-saving treatment. In the meantime, doctors will have to grapple with the ethics so crucial to their profession.

In the following video, Professor Richard Bonnie, of the University of Virginia Law School and co-author of “The Marijuana Conviction“, addresses  Cannabis Therapeutics Conference, hosted by Patients Out of Time, on the concept of medical necessity and questions faced by doctors when a medicine is prohibited.Medical Ethics and Cannabis Prohibition, by Richard Bonnie, JD

April 30, 2008 – Editorial: Pot Costs Man Shot at a Liver

May 1, 2008Timothy Garon died last night. May he rest in peace and may his family and loved ones be strong in his memory.

Here is a video of Tim’s music, posted by his friends: Goodbye Baby

 

Headline: Feb.16.08 – Ease Up on Marijuana, Doctors Group Tells Feds– The largest group of internal medicine doctors in America, the American College of Physicians, has endorsed using Cannabis for medical purposes and is urging the U.S. Congress to remove it from Schedule One (which stipulates a drug as having no medical use) of the Controlled Substances Act. The ACP Position Paper (PDF)  also calls for protection for doctors and patients in the twelve U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana, now suffering raids and intimidation at the hands of the federal government.

On this video, George Lundberg, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Medscape General Medicine (www.medgenmed.com), cites the failure and absurdity of the marijuana prohibition (especially given its’ relative safety compared to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs), recognizes the medical value of Cannabis and calls on Congress to reclassify marijuana.It Is Time for Marijuana to Be Reclassified

Americans for Safe Access, a nationwide patient advocacy organization, is also calling amsfac.jpgon Congress to respect the will of the voters regarding medical marijuana, cease interference in the doctor/patient relationship and let people have access to a natural, God-given medicine. In this video, Dr. Mitch Earleywine, author of Understanding Marijuana, examines the prohibition of medicine and Rebecca Saltzman, Chief of Staff of Americans for Safe Access, explains ASA’s role in reforming medical marijuana laws and supporting patients and providers in the face of federal raids.Cannabis Dispensary Information Pt 3, presented by DrugTruth.Net

Headline: Feb.13.07Judge Sides With Botanist on Pot Supply -Both ASA and the American College of Physicians are specifically requesting the Senate to support access to materials for FDA-approved medical cannabis research and to instruct the DEA to follow the recommendation of its own law judge and grant Professor Lyle Craker, PhD, University of MA at Amherst, and mps.gifMAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) a licence to produce true medical grade Cannabis for research. MAPS has filed a lawsuit to end the U.S. government’s monopoly on medical Cannabis for research.

In this video, Rick Doblin, Founder of MAPS,explains how the federal government hindered medical Cannabis research, intimidated patients and caregivers and ignored state laws.Legalize Marijuana as Medicine 1, video by DrugTruth.Net

At a Drug Enforcement Administration Symposium in November 2, 2007, MAPS staff member Lauren Anderson Payne asks DEA Deputy Admin. Joseph Rannazzisi what it will take for the DEA to allow research with true medical grade Cannabis in the United States.Second Set of Questions ot DEA Medical Marijuana

Ironically, the federal government grows Cannabis ( not medical grade) and sends it to several legal patients on the “Compassionate I.N.D. program (closed to new medical marijuana applicants since 1991).

Patients Out of Time, an advocacy group for Cannabis as medicine, hosting clinical ctc1.jpgmedical conferences featuring doctors, researchers and the latest science from studies around the world on the efficacy of medical marijuana, sponsored the Missoula Study (with the assistance of MAPS and others),  which examined long term use of N.I.D.A.’s low-grade Cannabis by these legal patients. At the 2002 Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in Portland, OR, Dr. Ethan Russo examines the government-grown marijuana and presents the findings of the study, concluding that even N.I.D.A.’s Cannabis was effective and safe, but that higher grade medicine would be desirable and more effective.Chronic Medical Cannabis Use by U.S. Legal Patients, Part 3

 This is not the first time a DEA Administrative Judge has recommended change on the agency’s policy regarding Cannabis. Notable is the 1988 ruling by Judge Francis Young, DEA Judge, in a petition to reschedule marijuana. Finding that Cannabis was”one of the safest therapeutic agents known to man”, Judge Young recommended that marijuana be moved from Schedule One to Schedule Two of the Controlled Substances Act. The DEA ignored his recommendation.

At the 2004 Cannabis Therapeutics Conference, Arnold Trebach, Founder of the Drug Policy Foundation, describes his experience on the legal team at the 1988 hearings.Marijuana Rescheduling Case ( DEA Judge ), by Arnold Trebach

Also addressing the 2004 Cannabis Therapeutics Conference was Jon Gettman, PhD, discussing Schedule 1 classification of Cannabis, a thirty year history of petitions to DEA/HHS to reschedule and legislative issues.The Rescheduling of Marijuana – report by Jon Gettman

Dispensing Cannabis: The California Story  – “Tours of five cannabis dispensary models provide an unprecedented look into this quasi-legal business. Doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, patients and caregivers share their perspectives and concerns.
Watch the trailer and checkout the website: http://www.dispensingcannabis.com (less)

January 2007– News from the front lines of the medical marijuana wars: MEDICAL MARIJUANA RAIDS ARE CRITICIZED

California ( first legal state in 1996) –  The federal government continues raids of patient clubs and co-operatives,  with various reasons given, but always trampling state law and legitimate patients in the process. DEA Bust of L.A. Cannabis DispensaryThe DEA with a protection force of about 18 LAPD officers steal the medicine and cash from the Arts District Healing Center in Los Angeles. Demonstrators for Americans for Safe Access were on hand. Included interview with Sarah Armstrong of ADHC.

Feburary, 2007 – News article: Pot Eases HIV Patients’ Pain, Study Finds – Donald Abrams, MD (University of CA,SF) completes study using smoked Cannabis in treating HIV-related neuropathic pain – a condition that does not respond well to conventional medications. Dr. Abrams spent years seeking U. S. government -grown medical marijuana for the study and received it only after resubmitting as a “safety” study – examining possible dangers of using Cannabis for medicine.AIDS, Pain & Cannabis, with Donald Abrams: Dr. Abrams describes his study protocols at 2004 Cannabis Therapeutics Conference in Charlottesville, VA.