Posts Tagged ‘cannabis’

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How many candidates are saying this?


Be honest with yourself, for a change.

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  1. Bogus “study” recruits mental patients with known disorders and tallies up which ones use cannabis. All they’ve discovered, via Occam’s Razor, is that mentally stressed individuals self-medicate. That’s it. It’s been old news for a long time. This is a repeat.
  2. Though they did measure for alcohol, I found a very curious omission indeed: no mention of anti-depressants or other psychiatric drugs! The ones whose labels explicitly warn of psychotic episodes.

FDA’s “Black Box” Warning on prescription drugs (2012 version):

“Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk: Patients, their families, and their caregivers should be encouraged to be alert to the emergence of anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, mania, other unusual changes in behavior, worsening of depression, and suicidal ideation, especially early during antidepressant treatment and when the dose is adjusted up or down. Families and caregivers of patients should be advised to look for the emergence of such symptoms on a day-to-day basis, since changes may be abrupt. … Symptoms such as these may be associated with an increased risk for suicidal thinking and behavior and indicate a need for very close monitoring and possibly changes in the medication.” (FDA, 2012, emphasis added)

The media, including NPR, has run with this “study” using the implication that cannabis CAUSES the problem, when not even the authors dare to claim this. So, it has become a propaganda meme, not so much science.

Cannabis use is associated with increased risk of later psychotic disorder but whether it affects incidence of the disorder remains unclear.

Rigged studies are associated with finding what the researchers want to find!

This is more propaganda than science.

The contribution of cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder…

We included patients aged 18–64 years who presented to psychiatric services in 11 sites across Europe and Brazil with first-episode psychosis and recruited controls representative of the local populations. We applied adjusted logistic regression models to the data to estimate which patterns of cannabis use carried the highest odds for psychotic disorder.

Say again? Now?

They assumed cannabis causes “psychotic disorder” and simply found that psychotic disorder patients like to self-medicate with cannabis. I wonder why?

“assuming causality,”

“…Nevertheless, it is not clear whether, at a population level, patterns of cannabis use influence rates of psychotic disorder.”

PS.

The very next fucking day!!!

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I’m getting tired of being correct so fucking often, but not getting paid for it.

 

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Protect marijuana legalization from Sessions’ Justice Department

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JEFF SESSIONS SUED IN LANDMARK LAWSUIT CHALLENGING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT

In a 90-page Complaint, attorneys representing five plaintiffs maintain that the CSA, in classifying Cannabis as a “Schedule I drug,” is so irrational that it violates the U.S. Constitution.

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Fascist dinosaurs must go extinct.

Here are all the ways Jeff Sessions is wrong about drug sentencing

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White House: Feds will step up marijuana law enforcement

Is Trump declaring war on all of us now? It’s happened berore.

“I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said regarding federal drug laws, which still list marijuana as an illegal substance.

He’s going after marijuana, playing the false opium association card.

Trump is erasing a century’s progress on every front and must be removed.

 

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California has finally become CALIFORNIA!

 

And Hillary may be going to jail?

 

Golden toilets in the White House?

You people know what’s going on?

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Marijuana Majority writes:

Hi Joe,

August was another extremely busy month for marijuana news! But don’t worry: We’ve compiled anything you might have missed right here in this email…

This Month’s Top Marijuana Policy Developments

Here’s some of the most important legislative and business news you need to know about from the past month:

DEA refuses to reschedule marijuana. In what might be the biggest marijuana news of the year — until Election Day, that is — the Drug Enforcement Administration finally issued its ruling on whether to reclassify marijuana. Unfortunately, the agency decided to keep cannabis in Schedule I, a classification that’s more restrictive than the one for cocaine and which is supposed to be reserved for drugs with no medical value. Marijuana Majority is pushing back by urging Congress to overrule the DEA. Please take action and contact your senators today if you haven’t already.

More marijuana initiatives qualify for state ballots. We got some good news this month, too. Officials certified that advocates collected enough signatures to put a marijuana legalization measure on Arizona’s November ballot and that a medical cannabis initiative qualified in North Dakota. Here’s a complete look at the confirmed statewide marijuana ballot questions that voters will decide on this year:

  • Arizona: Full legalization – Proposition 205
  • Arkansas: Medical cannabis – Issue 6 & Issue 7
  • California: Full legalization – Proposition 64
  • Florida: Medical cannabis – Amendment 2
  • Maine: Full legalization – Question 1
  • Massachusetts: Full legalization – Question 4
  • Montana: Restore state’s existing medical cannabis law – Initiative 182
  • Nevada: Full legalization – Question 2
  • North Dakota – Medical cannabis – Measure 5

A few other measures are pending the results of lawsuits and disputes over signature and drafting technicalities, so we could still see medical cannabis initiatives on Missouri’s or Oklahoma’s ballots, and voters in Michigan may get the chance to decide on full legalization.

Federal court blocks medical marijuana prosecutions. Dealing a huge blow to the DEA, a federal appeals court ruled that a Congressionally-approved amendment stops the Department of Justice from spending any money to prosecute people for activity that is in compliance with state medical marijuana policies, regardless of the ongoing federal prohibition.

Illinois decriminalizes marijuana. Late in July, after our last newsletter went out, Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed into law a bill that will replace many low-level marijuana arrests with fines. Twenty-one states have now removed the threat of jail for possessing small amounts of cannabis.

Marijuana reform gets local. This month the State College, Pennsylvania Borough Council approved an ordinance to reduce penalties for marijuana offenses. In Port Richey, Florida, the City Council advanced a similar measure. City councilmembers in Memphis and Nashville — the two largest cities in Tennessee — are considering ordinances to replace low-level cannabis arrests with modest fines. Local lawmakers in Urbana and Champaign, Illinois agreed to place nonbinding advisory questions about legalizing marijuana before voters on November ballots. And City Council members in Norfolk, Virginia are preparing to push state lawmakers to decriminalize cannabis.

Polls show marijuana reform momentum heading into November. A survey found that 64% of California voters support legalizing marijuana. In Arkansas, 68% of voters back the proposed medical cannabis measure. Florida is likely to approve medical marijuana this year, too, as a survey found that 68% of the state’s likely voters support the initiative on November’s ballot. In Utah, where lawmakers have been considering medical cannabis, 64% of likely voters are on board. In a national survey, 56% of Americans now support legalizing marijuana. And a PolitiFact analysis showed that every national poll since 2014 has consistently found more people supporting legalization than opposing it. We. Are. Winning.

As Election Day approaches, please help our movement continue our momentum by making a contribution to Marijuana Majority.


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Court says medical marijuana use in compliance with state law can’t be federally prosecuted

 

Partial victory, related to funding of DOJ activities:

We therefore conclude that, at a minimum, § 542 prohibits DOJ from spending funds from relevant appropriations acts for the prosecution of individuals who engaged in conduct permitted by the State Medical Marijuana Laws and who fully complied with such laws.
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Alcohol Industry Tells Congress to Worry About Marijuana

“…alcohol industry is spending money to get members of Congress to pay attention to marijuana-impaired driving.”

…Arizona Wine and Spirits Association, contributed $10,000 to the effort to defeat a marijuana legalization initiative that is expected to appear on Arizona’s November ballot.

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Absolutely. It’s been too long that the benefits of cannabis have been ignored in regards to physical fitness. it’s an instant muscle relaxer, and helps–as Ricky Williams says– “focus.”

NFL running back Ricky Williams opening pot-smoking gym

My interview with Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati touched on this, in High Times.