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#1458135 --- 08/29/14 04:17 PM Cannabis is beneficial
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An article list:

http://www.cannabisinternational.org/articles.php

Some will read or view one, and some more. Some will remain willfully, thus hopelessly, ignorant.
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#1458374 --- 09/03/14 03:52 PM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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2 (or more) Sides to every story.

1) It's extremely addictive for some people: If you don't want to take my word for it, listen to Dr. Drew Pinsky who has been working with addicts for decades.

It would be malpractice to say that cannabis isn't addictive. Anybody who's experienced it, actually been addicted to it, knows how profound that addiction is.... The difficult thing about marijuana addiction is some people, even though they're addicted can do fine with it for many many years before they start to have difficultly, but eventually the high starts wearing off, people start smoking a lot more to try to get that high back and that's when they descend into difficulties. ...I've been treating cannabis addiction for 20 years. When people are addicted to cannabis, cocaine and alcohol the drug they have the most difficult time giving up is the cannabis. It is extremely addictive...for some people. I think that's where people get confused. It's not very addictive for many people. It's a small subset of people with a genetic potential for addiction. But for them it is really tough. You only need talk to them, they'll tell you how tough it is.
Additionally, that "small subset" Dr. Drew is talking about isn't so small in a big country like America. "Of the 7.3 million persons aged 12 or older classified with illicit drug dependence or abuse in 2012, 4.3 million persons had marijuana dependence or abuse." It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the more legal and available marijuana becomes, the higher those numbers are going to go.

2) This experiment hasn't worked out so well for Amsterdam: Humans being what they are, just about any stupid idea we can come up with has already been tried somewhere else. Amsterdam is the most famous place across the world that has effectively legalized pot. It has even turned into a tourist destination for potheads. Legalizing weed has been a huge success there, right? Actually, not so much...

Its citizens are now alarmed that their children are increasingly being exposed to it.

Amsterdam today became the first city in the Netherlands to ban students from smoking marijuana at school.
The city's mayor Eberhard van der Laan introduced the law after school chiefs complained about pupils turning up to classes high after rolling up outside the grounds.

Marijuana is widely available in Holland as, although it is technically illegal, police can't prosecute people for possession of small amounts.

But it has also had the unwanted side effect that Dutch children are frequently exposed to the drug in public areas.

Additionally, contrary to the claims that legalizing it will reduce crime, in Amsterdam it’s been found that crime is now centering around the coffeehouses where marijuana is sold.

…Certainly the outlook for coffee shops is bleak. Among the few policies that the three parties in the new coalition government agree on is the need to reduce their numbers. The governing agreement released last week laid out plans that will force them to become members-only clubs and shut down those shops located near schools.
The coalition is also advancing the idea of prohibiting the sale of cannabis to non-Dutch residents, which amounts to a death knell for many coffee shops.

...The circumstances that led to the tolerance policies have changed in the past decade, as large-scale crime around coffee shops and the legal sex trade became more visible. In particular, the absence of legal means for coffee shops to obtain cannabis has highlighted their association with organized crime.

But the open-minded instincts that helped foster the policies are also being questioned. And it is not just the far-right opposing coffee shops. The traditional parties of power on the center-right, the Christian Democrats and the Liberal VVD, have also moved against the policies they once promoted.

That doesn't exactly sound like a success story, does it?

3) Marijuana is terrible for your mental health: Marijuana may even be WORSE than cigarettes. At least cigarettes don't peel points off of your IQ.

A recent Northwestern University study found that marijuana users have abnormal brain structure and poor memory and that chronic marijuana abuse may lead to brain changes resembling schizophrenia. The study also reported that the younger the person starts using marijuana, the worse the effects become.
In its own report arguing against marijuana legalization, the American Medical Association said: "Heavy cannabis use in adolescence causes persistent impairments in neurocognitive performance and IQ, and use is associated with increased rates of anxiety, mood and psychotic thought disorders."

So, there's a good reason most habitual marijuana users come off as stupid. The drug is making them stupider, even when they're not high. You really want your kids on that?

4) Marijuana is terrible for your physical health: How bad is marijuana for you? It's even more toxic than cigarette smoke. Regular users are hit with devastating lung problems as much as 20 years earlier than smokers. Even small amounts of marijuana can cause temporary sterility and it has a terrible impact on the babies of women who smoke including "birth defects, mental abnormalities and increased risk of leukemia in children." If your standard is, "Well, it's better for you than Meth or Crack," that's true, but you're deluding yourself if you think pot is anything other than absolutely horrible for your health.

5) The drug decimates many people's lives: Movies portray potheads as harmless, fun-loving people who spend their time giggling and munching Cheetos, but they don't show these people when they're flunking out of school, losing their jobs, frustrated because they can't concentrate or losing the love of their lives because they just don't want to be with a pot smoking loser anymore. Even in the limited number of studies that are out there, the numbers are stark.

A study of 129 college students found that, among those who smoked the drug at least twenty-seven of the thirty days before being surveyed, critical skills related to attention, memory and learning were seriously diminished. A study of postal workers found that employees who tested positive for marijuana had 55% more accidents, 85% more injuries and a 75% increase in being absent from work. In Australia, a study found that cannabis intoxication was responsible for 4.3% of driver fatalities.
...Students who use marijuana have lower grades and are less likely to get into college than nonsmokers. They simply do not have the same abilities to remember and organize information compared to those who do not use these substances.

It's bad enough that we already lose so many Americans to cigarettes, alcoholism, and drunken driving. Do we really want to endorse the loss of millions more potentially productive Americans via Marijuana? Do we move on from there to Crack, Heroin or Meth? Some people would say, “If they want to do it, great, then it's no business of ours.” But, you can also bet that those same people will be complaining about all the junkies and welfare cases that will be created by the policy they endorsed.

So, ask yourself a few key questions. Is legalizing Marijuana going to make this a better country or a worse one? Would you want to live in a neighborhood filled with people who regularly smoke marijuana? Would you want your kids regularly smoking pot? Now is the time to think about it because although it's easy to thoughtlessly legalize a drug like marijuana, when things go predictably wrong down the road, it will be a lot harder to put the genie back in the bottle than people seem to think.
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#1458380 --- 09/03/14 07:37 PM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: cwjga]
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Is legalizing Marijuana going to make this a better country or a worse one?


Better.
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#1458383 --- 09/04/14 06:24 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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Originally Posted By: VM Smith
Quote:
Is legalizing Marijuana going to make this a better country or a worse one?


Better.


Maybe not

2) This experiment hasn't worked out so well for Amsterdam:
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#1458390 --- 09/04/14 08:18 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: cwjga]
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It's worked out better than the police state you support in your nation.
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#1458397 --- 09/04/14 09:44 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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Originally Posted By: VM Smith
It's worked out better than the police state you support in your nation.


Why do you assume that I support the police state? By police state I assume you believe that I oppose the legalization of MJ


Edited by cwjga (09/04/14 09:46 AM)
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#1458407 --- 09/04/14 06:14 PM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

Cannabinoids are a group of 21-carbon–containing terpenophenolic compounds produced uniquely by Cannabis species (e.g., Cannabis sativa L.) .[1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. Although delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive ingredient, other known compounds with biologic activity are cannabinol, cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene, cannabigerol, tetrahydrocannabivarin, and delta-8-THC. CBD, in particular, is thought to have significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity without the psychoactive effect (high) of delta-9-THC.

Antitumor Effects
One study in mice and rats suggested that cannabinoids may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors.[3] During this 2-year study, groups of mice and rats were given various doses of THC by gavage. A dose-related decrease in the incidence of hepatic adenoma tumors and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was observed in the mice. Decreased incidences of benign tumors (polyps and adenomas) in other organs (mammary gland, uterus, pituitary, testis, and pancreas) were also noted in the rats. In another study, delta-9-THC, delta-8-THC, and cannabinol were found to inhibit the growth of Lewis lung adenocarcinoma cells in vitro and in vivo .[4] In addition, other tumors have been shown to be sensitive to cannabinoid-induced growth inhibition.[5-8]

Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis invasion and metastasis.[9-12] Two reviews summarize the molecular mechanisms of action of cannabinoids as antitumor agents.[13,14] Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death. These compounds have been shown to induce apoptosis in glioma cells in culture and induce regression of glioma tumors in mice and rats. Cannabinoids protect normal glial cells of astroglial and oligodendroglial lineages from apoptosis mediated by the CB1 receptor.[15]

The effects of delta-9-THC and a synthetic agonist of the CB2 receptor were investigated in HCC.[16] Both agents reduced the viability of HCC cells in vitro and demonstrated antitumor effects in HCC subcutaneous xenografts in nude mice. The investigations documented that the anti-HCC effects are mediated by way of the CB2 receptor. Similar to findings in glioma cells, the cannabinoids were shown to trigger cell death through stimulation of an endoplasmic reticulum stress pathway that activates autophagy and promotes apoptosis. Other investigations have confirmed that CB1 and CB2 receptors may be potential targets in non-small cell lung carcinoma [17] and breast cancer.[18]

An in vitro study of the effect of CBD on programmed cell death in breast cancer cell lines found that CBD induced programmed cell death, independent of the CB1, CB2, or vanilloid receptors. CBD inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer cell lines, inducing apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner while having little effect on nontumorigenic, mammary cells.[19]

CBD has also been demonstrated to exert a chemopreventive effect in a mouse model of colon cancer.[20] In the experimental system, azoxymethane increased premalignant and malignant lesions in the mouse colon. Animals treated with azoxymethane and CBD concurrently were protected from developing premalignant and malignant lesions. In in vitro experiments involving colorectal cancer cell lines, the investigators found that CBD protected DNA from oxidative damage, increased endocannabinoid levels, and reduced cell proliferation. In a subsequent study, the investigators found that the antiproliferative effect of CBD was counteracted by selective CB1 but not CB2 receptor antagonists, suggesting an involvement of CB1 receptors.[21]

Another investigation into the antitumor effects of CBD examined the role of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1).[12] ICAM-1 expression has been reported to be negatively correlated with cancer metastasis. In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to decreased cancer cell invasiveness.

In an in vivo model using severe combined immunodeficient mice, subcutaneous tumors were generated by inoculating the animals with cells from human non-small cell lung carcinoma cell lines.[22] Tumor growth was inhibited by 60% in THC-treated mice compared with vehicle-treated control mice. Tumor specimens revealed that THC had antiangiogenic and antiproliferative effects. However, research with immunocompetent murine tumor models has demonstrated immunosuppression and enhanced tumor growth in mice treated with THC.[23,24]

In addition, both plant-derived and endogenous cannabinoids have been studied for anti-inflammatory effects. A mouse study demonstrated that endogenous cannabinoid system signaling is likely to provide intrinsic protection against colonic inflammation.[25] As a result, a hypothesis that phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids may be useful in the risk reduction and treatment of colorectal cancer has been developed.[26-29]

CBD may also enhance uptake of cytotoxic drugs into malignant cells. Activation of the transient receptor potential vanilloid type 2 (TRPV2) has been shown to inhibit proliferation of human glioblastoma multiforme cells and overcome resistance to the chemotherapy agent carmustine.[30] In an in vitro model, CBD increased TRPV2 activation and increased uptake of cytotoxic drugs, leading to apoptosis of glioma cells without affecting normal human astrocytes. This suggests that coadministration of CBD with cytotoxic agents may increase drug uptake and potentiate cell death in human glioma cells.

Appetite Stimulation
Many animal studies have previously demonstrated that delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids have a stimulatory effect on appetite and increase food intake. It is believed that the endogenous cannabinoid system may serve as a regulator of feeding behavior. The endogenous cannabinoid anandamide potently enhances appetite in mice.[31] Moreover, CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus may be involved in the motivational or reward aspects of eating.[32]

Analgesia
Understanding the mechanism of cannabinoid-induced analgesia has been increased through the study of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and synthetic agonists and antagonists. The CB1 receptor is found in both the central nervous system (CNS) and in peripheral nerve terminals. Similar to opioid receptors, increased levels of the CB1 receptor are found in regions of the brain that regulate nociceptive processing.[33] CB2 receptors, located predominantly in peripheral tissue, exist at very low levels in the CNS. With the development of receptor-specific antagonists, additional information about the roles of the receptors and endogenous cannabinoids in the modulation of pain has been obtained.[34,35]

Cannabinoids may also contribute to pain modulation through an anti-inflammatory mechanism; a CB2 effect with cannabinoids acting on mast cell receptors to attenuate the release of inflammatory agents, such as histamine and serotonin, and on keratinocytes to enhance the release of analgesic opioids has been described.[36-38] One study reported that the efficacy of synthetic CB1- and CB2-receptor agonists were comparable with the efficacy of morphine in a murine model of tumor pain.[39]

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#1458506 --- 09/05/14 02:42 PM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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I have had disabling sciatica for 25 years. I have exhausted all prescription pain pills that just don't work as good as they used to. Finally using a morphine patch they give to people who are dying with pain. Well guess what? It's aging me faster into the grave. To keep a weed plant out of my use in order to replace what modern medicine can't do for me is inhumane.
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#1458559 --- 09/05/14 10:23 PM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: WilllOWisp]
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#1458582 --- 09/06/14 08:46 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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#1458896 --- 09/10/14 03:14 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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I have degenerative disc disease and have had 2 back surgeries and waiting on a 3rd. The Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Darvacet they try to pawn off on you doesn't come close to touching the pain and does NOTHING but tear up your stomach, kill your liver, and constipate you! Whereas a nice *fatty* can at least make the pain tolerable as well as NOT tear up your stomach, kill your liver, or constipate you!

In China and London they are doing studies using marijuana to help traumatic brain injury patients and cancer patients regain their sense of taste.

My father 3 years ago had throat cancer and even with pre chemo radiation care and the shot they gave him before each radiation treatment to save his salivary glands and taste buds DID NOT WORK! By the grace of God he is now *cancer free* however he lost his sense of taste and can no longer taste anything sweet. Even though he is retired Rochester Police Officer of 28 years and always been against marijuana, he is at wits end and he said if Florida passes Medical Marijuana he is willing to try it to see if it helps. He has *tried* everything else....why not this.

It's great he *beat cancer*, but how are you supposed to maintain a healthy weight and have a quality of life when you can no longer enjoy you favorite foods! Sweets he cannot taste at all and regular foods taste like metal frown
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#1458915 --- 09/10/14 03:32 PM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: teedoff27]
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I have degenerative disc disease and have had 2 back surgeries and waiting on a 3rd. The Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Darvacet they try to pawn off on you doesn't come close to touching the pain and does NOTHING but tear up your stomach, kill your liver, and constipate you! Whereas a nice *fatty* can at least make the pain tolerable as well as NOT tear up your stomach, kill your liver, or constipate you!

In China and London they are doing studies using marijuana to help traumatic brain injury patients and cancer patients regain their sense of taste.

My father 3 years ago had throat cancer and even with pre chemo radiation care and the shot they gave him before each radiation treatment to save his salivary glands and taste buds DID NOT WORK! By the grace of God he is now *cancer free* however he lost his sense of taste and can no longer taste anything sweet. Even though he is retired Rochester Police Officer of 28 years and always been against marijuana, he is at wits end and he said if Florida passes Medical Marijuana he is willing to try it to see if it helps. He has *tried* everything else....why not this.

It's great he *beat cancer*, but how are you supposed to maintain a healthy weight and have a quality of life when you can no longer enjoy you favorite foods! Sweets he cannot taste at all and regular foods taste like metal frown


Here you go. No longer an issue.

New York legalizes medical marijuana
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#1458940 --- 09/11/14 06:16 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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I am well aware of the Compaasionate Care Act and followed it extensively in the paper as well as watching the Albany live stream of the arguing and the vote.

I also have Multiple Sclerosis, so I will be participating once it gets *ironed out* and goes into effect, but it still doesn't help my Father who lives in Florida.

NYS medical marijuana is only allowing pill form and oils(vaporize). I will be interested to see how well it works considering the *leafy* kind is still illegal and not a part of the Compassionate Care Act.

If it doesn't work as good I will just continue doing what I have always done. Also consider changing our vacation *hot spot* from The Outer Banks of North Carolina to somewhere in Colorado or Washington State. wink grin
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#1458952 --- 09/11/14 10:49 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: teedoff27]
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Also consider changing our vacation *hot spot* from The Outer Banks of North Carolina to somewhere in Colorado or Washington State. wink grin


Yes, avoid the goose-stepping statist thugs whenever you can.
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#1458958 --- 09/11/14 11:58 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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wow guess he thinks this is a fix for his stupid Safe Act Law
that surely damaged his ability of getting elected again.
Damaged is done and this is no fix either way because you can not trust the man.
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#1458984 --- 09/12/14 01:26 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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Sadly Astorino is a BIGGER crook than Cuomo..... So Cuomo is guaranteed a win in November. Even if he doesn't win we will be in WORSE shape with Astorino!
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#1459077 --- 09/13/14 07:55 PM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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Cuomo is a damn communist dictator. You can not get any worse than that. Just does as he feels. Could of made Obomer a great VP
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#1459187 --- 09/16/14 07:59 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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I have chimed in before...I find it appalling you can buy alcohol any time but sick people need to wait for this to be legal. I take so many pills it is scary when I bet a little pot is all I need.
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#1459254 --- 09/17/14 05:23 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: Della]
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NYC senator pushes for legalization of marijuana for recreational use

http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=1097177#.VBlhDhbwpMk



NEW YORK -- A New York Senator is pushing for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Senator Liz Kreuger, (D) Manhattan, will introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana for general use, and hopes that the legalization of medical marijuana this year will give her bill momentum.

“I will push for taxation and regulation of marijuana,” she told The Wall Street Journal. “I continue to work with experts around the country and to evaluate laws and regulations being put into place now.”

Senator Kreuger already presented a bill that would legalize marijuana for general use, but it was shot down by a Republican-controlled State Senate. This time around, she hopes elections and the decision of a break-away group of Democrats who rejoined the party will help push the bill through.

“I see more hope in a Democratic majority for… pieces of legislation that weren’t going anywhere,” Ms. Krueger said.

She has also changed the bill based on what she has seen in other states that have legalized marijuana.

“I knew we needed to move medical marijuana into law before people would focus on the bigger question – tax and regulation,” she said. “So I think my legislative proposal fits in very nicely with what the state has already committed to move forward with.”
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#1459300 --- 09/17/14 01:13 PM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: teedoff27]
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Originally Posted By: teedoff27
NYC senator pushes for legalization of marijuana for recreational use




So it doesn't matter that people need it for medical purposes.

It was all about getting high in the first place, wink HMMMMM
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#1459378 --- 09/18/14 09:29 PM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: Della]
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I think a lot of people get medical benefits from cannabis now in N.Y State without worrying if it's "legal" or not. Though legalization would make it exponentially easier for some if not most to obtain it. Frankly I find it hard to believe N.Y. State wasn't the first State in the Nation to legalize it so they can tax it, they tax pretty much everything else.
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#1471845 --- 06/04/15 09:49 AM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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Medical Marijuana Patients Applaud House Reauthorization Of Rohrabacher-Farr CJS Amendment
House Vote Would Continue Prohibition on Federal Interference in State-Level Medical Marijuana Programs in 39 States



For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Americans for Safe Access


WASHINGTON - The United States House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr medical cannabis (marijuana) amendment to the Commerce, Science, and Justice (CJS) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015 by a margin of 242 to 186. The Rohrabacher-Farr medical cannabis amendment bans the Department of Justice from spending money to prevent the implementation of state-level medical cannabis programs, removing funding for federal medical cannabis raids, arrests and prosecutions in states where medical cannabis is legal. With the addition of seven states in the last year the Rohrabacher-Farr medical cannabis amendment now covers 39 states and protects access to medical cannabis programs for 275 million citizens in those states.

“The Rohrabacher-Farr medical cannabis amendment offers crucial protection for medical cannabis patients and the people that provide them with access to much needed medicine,” said Steph Sherer Americans for Safe Access Executive Director. “Having reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to not interfere with state medical cannabis programs it’s now time to move forward and create a framework for federal and state cooperation in medical cannabis by passing the CARERS Act."

Last year the House of Representatives passed the Rohrabacher-Farr medical cannabis amendment by a margin of 219-189 with a strong bipartisan show of support. Lead by the support of Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) the Rohrabacher-Farr medical cannabis amendment remained in the CRomnibus bill that President Obama signed into law. Its passage marked the first time Congress approved a medical cannabis reform since designating cannabis in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Today approximately 2.4 million Americans currently utilize medical cannabis programs.

“With the recent addition of Texas the vast majority of the country is now living in a state with at least some legal use of medical cannabis,” said Mike Liszewski Americans for Safe Access Government Affairs Director. “This vote shows the growing recognition that the only responsible course of action is for the federal government to leave state medical cannabis programs alone and let them provide their citizens with this much needed medical option.”

The Rohrabacher-Farr medical cannabis amendment was co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of six Republicans and six Democratic members including Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Reid Ribble (R-WI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Joe Heck (R-NV), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Don Young (R-AK) Jared Polis (D-CO), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Dina Titus (D-NV).


Americans for Safe Access is the nation's largest organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.


For further information: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/
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#1493213 --- 12/11/16 07:37 PM Re: Cannabis is beneficial [Re: VM Smith]
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With over 60 peer-reviewed studies on medical applications, cannabis continues to be nonsensically classified by the DEA as a Schedule I drug for nearly 50 years.

"We are tethered to science and bound by statute," - Current DEA spokesman Rusty Payne.

Time to commit to re-doubling studies on the federal level- right Mr. President-elect?


Baby boomers on dope: Recreational marijuana use is on the rise among adults over 50
Study seeks to understand prevalence of use in older adults


Science Daily
December 5, 2016

New York University

Summary:

There is a common misperception that widespread marijuana use is limited to younger generations. However, the Baby Boomer generation has reported higher rates of substance use than any preceding generation.

The recent legalization of recreational marijuana (cannabis) use in California, Colorado, and Washington reflect the sweeping changes in the attitudes and perceptions towards marijuana use in the United States. Eight states have voted in favor of legal recreational marijuana and 26 states in total allow medicinal marijuana.

There is a common misperception that widespread marijuana use is limited to younger generations. However, the Baby Boomer generation has reported higher rates of substance use than any preceding generation.

Read on: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161205091216.htm

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