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Outrageous Anti-Pot Lies: Media Uses Disgraceful Cancer Scare Tactics

 
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Outrageous Anti-Pot Lies: Media Uses Disgraceful Cancer Scare Tactics

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet. Posted March 10, 2008.
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Headlines suggested a study proved pot is a greater cancer risk than tobacco -- but the media didn't even wait for the report to be released.

On Tuesday, January 29 -- three days prior to the publication of a forthcoming study assessing marijuana use and cancer -- Reuters News Wire published a story under the headline: "Cannabis Bigger Cancer Risk Than Cigarettes." Mainstream media outlets across the globe immediately followed suit. "Smoking One Joint is Equivalent to 20 Cigarettes, Study Says," Fox News declared, while Australia's ABC broadcast network pronounced, "Experts Warn of Cannabis Cancer 'Epidemic.'"

If those headlines weren't attention-grabbing enough, one only had to scan the stories' inflammatory copy -- much of which was lifted directly from press statements provided by the study's lead author in advance of its publication.

"While our study covers a relatively small group, it shows clearly that long-term cannabis smoking increases lung-cancer risk," chief investigator Richard Beasley declared. Beasley went on to speculate that pot "could already be responsible for one in 20 lung cancers diagnosed in New Zealand" before warning: "In the near future we may see an 'epidemic' of lung cancers connected with this new carcinogen."

The mainstream press, always on the look out for a good pot scare story, ran blindly with Beasley's remarks. Apparently not a scribe among them felt any need to confirm whether Beasley's study -- which remained embargoed at the same time it was making worldwide headlines -- actually said what was claimed.

It didn't.

For those who actually bothered to read the study's full text, which appeared in the European Respiratory Journal days after the global feeding frenzy had ended, they would have learned the following. Among the 79 lung cancer subjects who participated in the trial, 70 of them smoked tobacco. These individuals, not surprisingly, experienced a seven-times greater risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer compared to tobacco-free controls. As for the subjects in the study who reported having used cannabis, they -- on average -- experienced no statistically significant increased cancer risk compared to non-using controls.

So how'd the press get the story so wrong? There are several reasons. First, beat writers based their stories on a press release rather than the study itself. Unfortunately, this is a common practice used by the mainstream media when writing about cannabis-related science. More often than not, media outlets strive to publish their reports prior to a study's publication -- a desire that all but forces reporters to write about data they have never seen. (Likewise, as a marijuana law reform advocate I'm also frequently asked by the press to comment on studies that are not yet public, though I typically choose not to.)

Second, the media chose to selectively highlight data implicating cannabis's dangers while ignoring data implicating its relative safety. In this case, the study's authors (and, by default, the worldwide press) chose only to emphasize one small subgroup of marijuana smokers (those who reported smoking at least one joint per day for more than ten years). These subjects did in fact, experience an elevated risk of lung cancer compared to non-using controls. (Although contrary to what the press reported, even the study's heaviest pot smokers never experienced an elevated comparable to those subjects who reported having "ever used" tobacco.) By contrast, cannabis consumers in the study who reported light or moderate pot use actually experienced a decreased cancer risk compared to non-using controls. (Bottom line, the sample size in all three subgroups is far too small to draw any sound conclusions.)

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It's a friendly world for those predisposed to caffeine/nicotine/alcohol.

You'll find those in bars, at sports events, at weddings, at parties and in people's homes.

Choose something different like Cannabis nonviolently though, and its okay to rob, kidnap, and imprison you.
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It's a friendly world for those predisposed to caffeine/nicotine/alcohol.

You'll find those in bars, at sports events, at weddings, at parties and in people's homes.

Choose something different like Cannabis nonviolently though, and its okay to rob, kidnap, and imprison you.
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Yes, it's astounding isn't it.
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the truth is just the opposite, this plant known for 5000 years as 'panacea' (heal all) heals many diseases including cancer!
















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THE WORLDWIDE INTERNET PROTEST
TO STOP RESTRICTING HEMP'S USE IN MEDICINE.


We at Phoenix Tears are asking you to join with us in this worldwide internet protest.
Our aim is to bring hemp, man's oldest known and safest medication, back into widespread medicinal use.

Our research, backed by hundreds of other studies done worldwide, has proven properly made hemp medicine provides relief or cures many diseases, even cancer. Throughout thousands of years of medicinal use hemp has been known as a panacea, which means cure-all and not without good reason. We have provided hemp medicine to hundreds of people with various medical conditions and the results speak for themselves.

Governments and corporations have used the word "marijuana" to demonize hemp to the public. Marijuana is one of over 400 slang terms used worldwide to describe the cannabis hemp plant. The public has been told that hemp is a dangerous and addictive drug while scientific studies have proven that this is not true. The essential oil made from the bud of the female hemp plant is the most therapeutically active substance known to man. Millions of people enjoy smoking hemp, but this is the least effective way to use the plant medicinally. The real medical miracles occur when the oil is ingested or used topically on skin infections or diseases - then watch what happens! Hemp is real medicine straight from Mother Nature, not some concoction of chemicals and poisons produced in a pill factory somewhere.
Our aim is to produce hemp medicine on a large scale and make it available to the public on a donation basis. Whether you have the money or not, as long as you have the medical condition you get the medicine, no one has the right to put a price tag on your health.

Our history is littered with corruption, ignorance, wars, diseases and death. How many wars must be fought before the human race realizes that war is senseless and is humanity at its worst. Restricting the use of the most medicinal plant on earth is also mankind at our self-destructive worst. Why are so many people willing to believe a pack of lies about hemp without even looking into the truth of the matter for themselves? One would think everyone should be concerned when in the end for most of us; our very lives will depend on this medicine being available.

Big money and the governments they control, for many decades have told us that hemp is dangerous, we say prove it, and forget the double talk. We are more than willing to produce our evidence to the public. The people who have been restricting hemp's use should do the same.

In Canada, people with serious medical conditions are put through a bureaucratic hell called the Marijuana Access Program. Approximately 2000 people in Canada have been given a license to possess hemp. Imagine, 2000 out of a population of over thirty million. People with this license can then purchase hemp from the government at a 1500% markup. The government pays $328.00 for a kilogram of hemp and then they sell it to licensees for about $6000.00 kg. Isn't it gratifying to know the government has such compassion for poor and suffering medicinal users.

The Marijuana Access Program was put in place so the government could pretend to be helping people, while they make huge profits from medicinal users. Any one can buy a kilogram of much higher quality hemp from growers for less than the government charges, which leaves the question, who are the drug dealers? Even people who have been granted a license to possess hemp are not allowed to collect the resin or produce the essential oils. The resin and the oils produced from it are the real medicine. You can smoke hemp joints until the cows come home but it will not cure your cancer and the government knows it.

Opinion polls tell us that over ninety percent (90%) of people in Canada want hemp legalized for medicinal use. Why is our government not doing what their citizens want? Government and all they control must see the error of their ways. Practically all of our Canadian institutions are being controlled by government. Our medical system, legal and policing systems, the Royal Canadian Legion, even the "free press" and other news media are all controlled by government corruption and there are many others. We are not advocating retribution or violence against anyone, what we are demanding is change. The real truth about hemp and its medicinal value must be told to end this insanity of hemp's medicinal restriction.

If the human race and this planet ever needed hemp, it is now. The earth has been poisoned by rampant capitalism and the immune systems of humans and other species have been compromised. People today are dying of diseases that were practically unknown forty years ago. Even the food we eat in many cases is not fit for human consumption.
We are in the middle of a cancer epidemic while the "powers that be" restrict the use of a natural drug that can put an end to much of this needless suffering and death. When hemp's restriction is lifted, it will provide tens of thousands of jobs and it will put many farmers back on the land where they belong. Hemp can also solve all our energy requirements while it detoxifies the land it is planted in.
In reality, there is no downside for the human race or this planet if hemp is grown everywhere. Just harvesting seed from the hemp plant and providing it to the people in need will help put an end to starvation on this earth. No more of those horrible images of children starving to death. Growing hemp on a grand scale would also take the criminal element out of this wonder plant. When hemp is grown like corn what does it cost to produce it? What is a pound of corn worth? That should answer the question.

The corruption that is the law put in place against hemp is also what fuels the criminal element. If this law is changed hemp becomes of very little value, hence it is no longer of any criminal interest. When last I checked, somewhere to the tune of 80% of drug related deaths from the use of street drugs are attributed to pharmaceutical medications. How many people do you know of that have died from using hemp?
Within our medical system there are doctors that will prescribe hemp, but they are few and far between and I have yet to find one. If your doctor is like the ones I have come in contact with they will say things like; hemp is still under study, when indeed they know a lot more than they are telling you. Doctors who refuse to prescribe hemp are not healers; they are nothing but drug dealers for the pharmaceutical firms.

Take a look at all these organizations like the Cancer Society etc. Now ask yourself where all the money they have collected has gone? Do you really believe any of these organizations want to cure any thing? The bottom line is, if they did, they would be out of work! If indeed the public would like to donate money to a real cause, your support will be appreciated by everyone. Please send donations to Phoenix Tears, c/o Rick Simpson, 344 Little Forks Rd., G.D. Springhill, NS B0M 1X0. We already have the cure, all we need is the right to produce it.

I wish I could say otherwise but our legal system is no better than our medical system. Do you think that lawyers don't know that the law against hemp is based on corruption? Of course they do, they just don't want to give up the income they are making supposedly defending people facing hemp charges. It seems that most professionals are willing to sell their souls to go along with the system and thicken their wallets.

This is our watch. It is time to bring this dark chapter in man's history to an end. Is the human race to stand by and let big corporations kill our loved ones and ruin the planet we live on? As I have said many times, the people are the real power in any country, all we have to do is stand as one and this nightmare is brought to an end. The power that created the human race did not intend for us to destroy ourselves through ignorance and corruption. If something is not done right now there is no future for mankind, I urge everyone out there to educate themselves about hemp. Help bring hemp's restriction to an end. Stand up and be counted.

On February 8, 2008, I am to be sentenced for providing hemp medicine to the public. Since I did not profit from this I guess my crime is easing human suffering and saving lives. Does this not want to make you jump up and sing Oh Canada? Anyone who has ever been punished by our system over a hemp charge is not a criminal, people who have been jailed or restricted over hemp are political prisoners not criminals. The law against hemp is not real or just.

According to the news, Marc Emery will be doing five years in a Canadian prison to please the American government. Mr. Emery committed the horrible crime of selling seeds from the most medicinal plant on earth to Americans. Even though it is legal in Canada to sell hemp seeds the Canadian governments in their never-ending quest to please Uncle Sam have agreed to lock Mr. Emery up. If anyone should be locked up over hemp we think it is safe to say that it should be Mr. Bush and Mr. Harper. The policies of these two men toward hemp medicine continue the government sanctioned euthanasia that has been going on against the people of North America for decades. As for Mr. Emery, we say keep your head held high, we all know that you have done nothing wrong. Hopefully, in the next federal election the Canadian people will show Mr. Harper what we truly think of his policies.

Recently we received an email from the Maui Cannabis club in Hawaii. You can find them at www.mauicannabis.com - email: info@mauicannabis.com. These good people have been supporting Phoenix Tears and have been spreading the word about the medicinal use of the hemp pant. Of course, the US DEA did not much care for this and raided this compassion club on December 18, 2007. This has cost the club about $10,000.00. Like most folks trying to bring the medicine to the people they have little or no money to operate on since the raid. So if you can lend them any support I am sure it would be appreciated.

Now let us band together to ensure a future for ourselves and coming generations, let us all work together to create a better world. Time is running out for the human race and this planet if we do not act now.

Rick Simpson,
Phoenix Tears.

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SUPPORT MEDICAL RESEARCH AND SAVE LIVES.



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[link to www.phoenixtears.ca]

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anyone can make the cure for cancer from this magic/god plant, so big pharma mafia will loose a lot of big money... and that is the reason why it is demonized so much!!!...
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get a job, get a girlfriend, and move out of your parents' basement you lazy dope smoking hippie bum.
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get a job, get a girlfriend, and move out of your parents' basement you lazy dope smoking hippie bum.
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I do not believe this!... so many retards here!...

lmao
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get a job, get a girlfriend, and move out of your parents' basement you lazy dope smoking hippie bum.
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So why are we violating those Cannabis smokers who

1) Have a job
2) Have a great relationship or are married
3) Own their own home
4) Have no debt at all, credit card or such
5) Stuck with a real steady mortgage, instead of going for the ARMs that taxpayers are going to have to bail out
6) Are extremely valuable at their place of employment, shouldering a bigger burden of the work than others
7) Have a perfectly clean criminal record [no assaults, no violence, no traffic accidents, no fraud, no theft, no ANYTHING]

Why?

Yet this is still happening today.

This is why crime MUST STICK TO PRINCIPLE.

Crime must NOT be legislated out of THIN AIR.

No violated body or property, no responsible party for the violation of anyones body and property, means NO CRIME AND NO CORRUPTIVE POWER GIVEN TO ANY JUDICIARY TO VIOLATE THE CITIZEN.

You have just proved yourself to be narrowminded, because you think ALL Cannabis users are like this.

Sure, some are like this.. but NOT ALL. Just as I can show you the abusive drunk, the drunk drivers that have killed several people already, the cancer smokers and obese overeaters that overburden insurance carriers.
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get a job, get a girlfriend, and move out of your parents' basement you lazy dope smoking hippie bum.


So why are we violating those Cannabis smokers who

1) Have a job
2) Have a great relationship or are married
3) Own their own home
4) Have no debt at all, credit card or such
5) Stuck with a real steady mortgage, instead of going for the ARMs that taxpayers are going to have to bail out
6) Are extremely valuable at their place of employment, shouldering a bigger burden of the work than others
7) Have a perfectly clean criminal record [no assaults, no violence, no traffic accidents, no fraud, no theft, no ANYTHING]

Why?

Yet this is still happening today.

This is why crime MUST STICK TO PRINCIPLE.

Crime must NOT be legislated out of THIN AIR.

No violated body or property, no responsible party for the violation of anyones body and property, means NO CRIME AND NO CORRUPTIVE POWER GIVEN TO ANY JUDICIARY TO VIOLATE THE CITIZEN.

You have just proved yourself to be narrowminded, because you think ALL Cannabis users are like this.

Sure, some are like this.. but NOT ALL. Just as I can show you the abusive drunk, the drunk drivers that have killed several people already, the cancer smokers and obese overeaters that overburden insurance carriers.
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Hemp is illegal because the medical uses for which it has been well known through out the ages are so effective it would seriously diminish Big Pharma's profits.
Have you seen Rick Simpson "RUN FROM THE CURE" ?
Please watch this [link to www.geocities.com] you will understand why they have criminalized a highly beneficial crop that would alleviate the suffering of millions: MONEY.
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