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The Anti-Science Streak in Federal Marijuana Policy

 
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The classification of cannabis as a schedule one narcotic is among the least defensible aspects of prohibition.


Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UC San Diego, recently helped run a study that provided multiple sclerosis patients with either a marijuana joint or a placebo that looked, smelled, and tasted like marijuana. After smoking whichever substance they were given, patients were tested to see if it reduced their muscle spasticity -- an affliction, common to MS patients, that causes painful, uncontrollable spasms of the extremities. Spasticity was unaffected among the placebo patients but dropped 30 percent on average among the patients given real marijuana. The side effects? "Smoking caused fatigue and dizziness in some users," says Reuters, "and slowed down people's mental skills soon after they used marijuana."

The UC San Diego study is just the latest to suggest that marijuana has some medical benefits. Sixteen states, thousands of doctors, and tens of thousands of sick people concur in that judgment. It is dramatized by the personal testimony of sick people who are offered much more powerful drugs, but nevertheless insist that consuming marijuana was most effective at helping them. (Don't miss the video at the top of this post, as powerful a testimonial for medical marijuana as you'll find.)

Marijuana is nevertheless classified under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule One drug. Under the law, drugs placed in that category must meet all of the following criteria (emphasis added):

* The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

* The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

* There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

Critics of the Obama Administration's drug policy, myself included, have focused on the president's broken promise about federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in jurisdictions where they're legal. But an even less defensible aspect of Obama's drug policy is how marijuana is scheduled.

The rest of the article can be found here...

[link to www.theatlantic.com]

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I tried to embed the video with the article... it is not happening for some reason. I apologize.


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The classification of cannabis as a schedule one narcotic is among the least defensible aspects of prohibition.


Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UC San Diego, recently helped run a study that provided multiple sclerosis patients with either a marijuana joint or a placebo that looked, smelled, and tasted like marijuana. After smoking whichever substance they were given, patients were tested to see if it reduced their muscle spasticity -- an affliction, common to MS patients, that causes painful, uncontrollable spasms of the extremities. Spasticity was unaffected among the placebo patients but dropped 30 percent on average among the patients given real marijuana. The side effects? "Smoking caused fatigue and dizziness in some users," says Reuters, "and slowed down people's mental skills soon after they used marijuana."

The UC San Diego study is just the latest to suggest that marijuana has some medical benefits. Sixteen states, thousands of doctors, and tens of thousands of sick people concur in that judgment. It is dramatized by the personal testimony of sick people who are offered much more powerful drugs, but nevertheless insist that consuming marijuana was most effective at helping them. (Don't miss the video at the top of this post, as powerful a testimonial for medical marijuana as you'll find.)

Marijuana is nevertheless classified under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule One drug. Under the law, drugs placed in that category must meet all of the following criteria (emphasis added):

* The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

* The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

* There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

Critics of the Obama Administration's drug policy, myself included, have focused on the president's broken promise about federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in jurisdictions where they're legal. But an even less defensible aspect of Obama's drug policy is how marijuana is scheduled.

The rest of the article can be found here...

[link to www.theatlantic.com]
 Quoting: A Friend


One word answer for the highlight, Sativex, so no known medicinal benefit, bollocks no way of making a profit they mean
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why make it legal...

it's too easy to grow, to easy to distribute, has too many medicinal and industrial uses... it's a threat to the tabacco, alchohol and timber industreis.

when someone smokes pot, they typically do not do as much work either, they don't drink as much and they certainly do not perform as much 'labor'..

contrary, alchohol and tabacco make you work harder to compensate and also tobacco is a thinking smoke... so it's obvious that it's illegal becuase of big corporate insistance and drug cartels that make loads of black capital and kill peopel by the thousands in mexico... toke up.
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The classification of cannabis as a schedule one narcotic is among the least defensible aspects of prohibition.


Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UC San Diego, recently helped run a study that provided multiple sclerosis patients with either a marijuana joint or a placebo that looked, smelled, and tasted like marijuana. After smoking whichever substance they were given, patients were tested to see if it reduced their muscle spasticity -- an affliction, common to MS patients, that causes painful, uncontrollable spasms of the extremities. Spasticity was unaffected among the placebo patients but dropped 30 percent on average among the patients given real marijuana. The side effects? "Smoking caused fatigue and dizziness in some users," says Reuters, "and slowed down people's mental skills soon after they used marijuana."

The UC San Diego study is just the latest to suggest that marijuana has some medical benefits. Sixteen states, thousands of doctors, and tens of thousands of sick people concur in that judgment. It is dramatized by the personal testimony of sick people who are offered much more powerful drugs, but nevertheless insist that consuming marijuana was most effective at helping them. (Don't miss the video at the top of this post, as powerful a testimonial for medical marijuana as you'll find.)

Marijuana is nevertheless classified under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule One drug. Under the law, drugs placed in that category must meet all of the following criteria (emphasis added):

* The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

* The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

* There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

Critics of the Obama Administration's drug policy, myself included, have focused on the president's broken promise about federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in jurisdictions where they're legal. But an even less defensible aspect of Obama's drug policy is how marijuana is scheduled.

The rest of the article can be found here...

[link to www.theatlantic.com]
 Quoting: A Friend


One word answer for the highlight, Sativex, so no known medicinal benefit, bollocks no way of making a profit they mean
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You are right. That is reason that I posted this article. The Federal policy is basically just an ostrich with it's head in the sand that comes out every so often to arrest people who are benefiting from the medicinal properties.
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why make it legal...

it's too easy to grow, to easy to distribute, has too many medicinal and industrial uses... it's a threat to the tabacco, alchohol and timber industreis.

when someone smokes pot, they typically do not do as much work either, they don't drink as much and they certainly do not perform as much 'labor'..

contrary, alchohol and tabacco make you work harder to compensate and also tobacco is a thinking smoke... so it's obvious that it's illegal becuase of big corporate insistance and drug cartels that make loads of black capital and kill peopel by the thousands in mexico... toke up.
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Funny, it actually helps me concentrate so i achieve more than not stoned
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why make it legal...

it's too easy to grow, to easy to distribute, has too many medicinal and industrial uses... it's a threat to the tabacco, alchohol and timber industreis.

when someone smokes pot, they typically do not do as much work either, they don't drink as much and they certainly do not perform as much 'labor'..

contrary, alchohol and tabacco make you work harder to compensate and also tobacco is a thinking smoke... so it's obvious that it's illegal becuase of big corporate insistance and drug cartels that make loads of black capital and kill peopel by the thousands in mexico... toke up.
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why make it legal...

it's too easy to grow, to easy to distribute, has too many medicinal and industrial uses... it's a threat to the tabacco, alchohol and timber industreis.

when someone smokes pot, they typically do not do as much work either, they don't drink as much and they certainly do not perform as much 'labor'..

contrary, alchohol and tabacco make you work harder to compensate and also tobacco is a thinking smoke... so it's obvious that it's illegal becuase of big corporate insistance and drug cartels that make loads of black capital and kill peopel by the thousands in mexico... toke up.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1368672


Funny, it actually helps me concentrate so i achieve more than not stoned
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It seems many people don't know that the different strains react differently on our bodies by using either Sativa or Indica and their various combinations.

Last Edited by A Friend on 05/16/2012 07:25 AM
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There, I seem to be able to embed videos now.

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I dunno, I kinda like being an outlaw. I'm legal in my state and the feds aren't really an issue if you keep your head down.
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Just "overgrow"

Grow everywhere.

They cannot deny you Natural Law, and the Earth.

They cannot deny you anything that you feel benefits yourself.

The only one that can is yourself. By consent to the rules that only apply to officials, statue citizens, and federal employees.

Stop being a slave. Just grow. Just smoke. Just put into your body what you want, especially if it makes you feel good.

How can someone who is equal to you, tell you that these actions you cannot do when you have hurt no one and no others property?

No other can stop you, or tell you otherwise, unless you voluntarily, and without duress, submit to their will.
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I dunno, I kinda like being an outlaw. I'm legal in my state and the feds aren't really an issue if you keep your head down.
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I've moved to a state which is not legal. I have a young son. When there is a possibility that I could get arrested and possibly do jail time, to me, that's a serious problem.

You know what makes me really mad though? I can go to the local gas station and buy synthetic stuff which harms me.

The cannabis plant does no harm but the ramifications for their war on drugs does more harm to our lives and families than marijuana could ever, ever do.

OK I'm done ranting for a bit. Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.

Last Edited by A Friend on 05/17/2012 12:31 AM
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Just "overgrow"

Grow everywhere.

They cannot deny you Natural Law, and the Earth.

They cannot deny you anything that you feel benefits yourself.

The only one that can is yourself. By consent to the rules that only apply to officials, statue citizens, and federal employees.

Stop being a slave. Just grow. Just smoke. Just put into your body what you want, especially if it makes you feel good.

How can someone who is equal to you, tell you that these actions you cannot do when you have hurt no one and no others property?

No other can stop you, or tell you otherwise, unless you voluntarily, and without duress, submit to their will.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7709473


I have a teenage son who no longer speaks to me because he found out I smoked. He's been taught through the school system's "dare" program that "drugs" are bad.

His father has told him drugs are bad even though his best friend smokes. He also used my smoking as a way to fight me in court during our divorce even though I actually asked his permission since he knew I smoked before we were married.

I love your attitude and I wish I could have it but my losses have been so great that I am too afraid to be and act free. It's very sad really when we are talking about something which hurts no one.

It's just a wonderful plant which God Himself gave to us.

Peace.
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Yes.
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why make it legal...

it's too easy to grow, to easy to distribute, has too many medicinal and industrial uses... it's a threat to the tabacco, alchohol and timber industreis.

when someone smokes pot, they typically do not do as much work either, they don't drink as much and they certainly do not perform as much 'labor'..

contrary, alchohol and tabacco make you work harder to compensate and also tobacco is a thinking smoke... so it's obvious that it's illegal becuase of big corporate insistance and drug cartels that make loads of black capital and kill peopel by the thousands in mexico... toke up.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1368672


Funny, it actually helps me concentrate so i achieve more than not stoned
 Quoting: F F S


It seems many people don't know that the different strains react differently on our bodies by using either Sativa or Indica and their various combinations.
 Quoting: A Friend


Doesn't make a difference which strain, i still concentrate better with than without and achieve much more, i seem to be too eassily distracted straight..ooh look..squirrel

Last Edited by F F S on 05/18/2012 06:43 AM
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Re: The Anti-Science Streak in Federal Marijuana Policy
why make it legal...

it's too easy to grow, to easy to distribute, has too many medicinal and industrial uses... it's a threat to the tabacco, alchohol and timber industreis.

when someone smokes pot, they typically do not do as much work either, they don't drink as much and they certainly do not perform as much 'labor'..

contrary, alchohol and tabacco make you work harder to compensate and also tobacco is a thinking smoke... so it's obvious that it's illegal becuase of big corporate insistance and drug cartels that make loads of black capital and kill peopel by the thousands in mexico... toke up.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1368672


That's actually BS propaganda.


You have it backwards.

But you know what?

Placebo is a hell of a drug.

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