Pot Petition Case Evidence Solid

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When the Federal Appeals Court for the DC District begins taking evidence on October 16th in the appeal of the denial of a petition to reschedule marijuana from schedule I ( dangerous and having no medical value), to schedule II (dangerous but having medical value), one of the most important pieces of evidence to be presented will be the work of Dr. Igor Grant. Dr. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and is the Director of the state funded Center For Medical Cannabis Research at the University of California San Diego. The Center has completed 13 studies on medical marijuana and has found that smoked and vaporized medical cannabis is effective and beneficial for patients suffering from cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis and particularly chronic pain from a variety of conditions. These gold standard double blind studies also concluded that although there is some potential for abuse of medical marijuana, marijuana more closely resembles drugs in schedule III. Generally, adverse effects from marijuana use are mild to moderate and they decline over time. There have been no reports of overdose causing fatality from medical marijuana use.

Additional evidence likely to be used is the work of Dr. Donald Tashkin. His study of the possible connection between lung cancer and smoked cannabis resulted in some startling conclusions. As reported in Scientific American, the study of more than 2000 participants found no increase in the risk of developing lung cancer in people who use smoked marijuana. Those interviewed for the study included 611 cancer patients, 601 patients with head and neck cancer and 1,040 patients as controls. All participants were under 60. Additionally 80% of those with lung cancer and 70% of those with head and neck cancer had smoked tobacco while half of them smoked marijuana. As has been shown in many studies more tobacco smoking resulted in more cancers.

When researchers controlled for tobacco, alcohol and other drug use, smoking marijuana seemed not to have an effect. No link was found between smoking marijuana and developing head, neck, and lung cancer. The researchers concluded that marijuana seemed to have an anti cancer aspect to it and indeed other recent research has born this out. Research world wide supports the fact that marijuana is a relatively safe medicine effective for a number of conditions.

When the evidence is tallied up the Court will be left with only one conclusion. Marijuana is a safe and effective medicine and it should be rescheduled to more accurately reflect the facts regarding it’s use. This was the conclusion of the Administrative Law Judge for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Francis L. Young in his 1988 decision, “The evidence clearly shows that marijuana is capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people and doing so with safety under medical supervision… it would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the Drug Enforcement Administration to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance”. In that case the DEA got a appeals court to overturn the ruling, this time, with the DEA’s back against the wall, reformers will be waiting anxiously to see how the DEA will respond to the courts ruling should it not be in their favor, panic can make for some interesting outcomes.

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  • A pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/marijuana-and-cancer_n_1898208.html ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ "It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited," said Pierre Desprez, one of the scientists behind the discovery, to The Huffington Post. "We want to get started with trials as soon as possible. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................How does Mitt Romney feel about this? Typical prohibitionist response...because people that he talks to in his state cling to the debunked 1960's notion that marijuana is a gateway drug? Really!: "I would not legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, and the reasons are straightforward: As I talk to people in my state and at the federal government level about marijuana and its role in society, they are convinced that the entry way into a drug culture for our young people is marijuana. Marijuana is the starter drug....The idea of medical marijuana is designed to get marijuana out in the public marketplace and ultimately lead to the legalization of marijuana overall. And in my view, that's the wrong way to go. I know that other people have differing views. If you'd like to get someone who is in favor of marijuana, I know there are some on the Democratic side of the aisle who will be happy to get in your campaign. But I'm opposed to it, and if you elect me president, you're not going to see legalized marijuana. I'm going to fight it tooth and nail."

  • Retired police officer and anti-drug war activist, Howard Wooldridge, explains how lobbyist profit from prohibition. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ http://www.republicreport.org/2012/police-marijuana-cpac/

  • Retired police officer and anti-drug war activist, Howard Wooldridge, explains how lobbyist profit from prohibition. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................http://www.republicreport.org/2012/police-marijuana-cpac/

  • Last year, over 850,000 people in America were arrested for marijuana-related crimes. Despite public opinion, the medical community, and human rights experts all moving in favor of relaxing marijuana prohibition laws, little has changed in terms of policy. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ There have been many great books and articles detailing the history of the drug war. Part of America’s fixation with keeping the leafy green plant illegal is rooted in cultural and political clashes from the past. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ However, we at Republic Report think it’s worth showing that there are entrenched interest groups that are spending large sums of money to keep our broken drug laws on the books: 1.) Police Unions: Police departments across the country have become dependent on federal drug war grants to finance their budget. In March, we published a story revealing that a police union lobbyist in California coordinated the effort to defeat Prop 19, a ballot measure in 2010 to legalize marijuana, while helping his police department clients collect tens of millions in federal marijuana-eradication grants. And it’s not just in California. Federal lobbying disclosures show that other police union lobbyists have pushed for stiffer penalties for marijuana-related crimes nationwide. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 2.) Private Prisons Corporations: Private prison corporations make millions by incarcerating people who have been imprisoned for drug crimes, including marijuana. As Republic Report’s Matt Stoller noted last year, Corrections Corporation of America, one of the largest for-profit prison companies, revealed in a regulatory filing that continuing the drug war is part in parcel to their business strategy. Prison companies have spent millions bankrolling pro-drug war politicians and have used secretive front groups, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, to pass harsh sentencing requirements for drug crimes. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3.) Alcohol and Beer Companies: Fearing competition for the dollars Americans spend on leisure, alcohol and tobacco interests have lobbied to keep marijuana out of reach. For instance, the California Beer & Beverage Distributors contributed campaign contributions to a committee set up to prevent marijuana from being legalized and taxed. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 4.) Pharmaceutical Corporations: Like the sin industries listed above, pharmaceutical interests would like to keep marijuana illegal so American don’t have the option of cheap medical alternatives to their products. Howard Wooldridge, a retired police officer who now lobbies the government to relax marijuana prohibition laws, told Republic Report that next to police unions, the “second biggest opponent on Capitol Hill is big PhRMA” because marijuana can replace “everything from Advil to Vicodin and other expensive pills.” ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 5.) Prison Guard Unions: Prison guard unions have a vested interest in keeping people behind bars just like for-profit prison companies. In 2008, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association spent a whopping $1 million to defeat a measure that would have “reduced sentences and parole times for nonviolent drug offenders while emphasizing drug treatment over prison.” ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Why Can’t You Smoke Pot? Because Lobbyists Are Getting Rich Off of the War on Drugs

  • The American Cancer Institute has just come out with new results of studies with canabis oil.In a nut shell they are saying this stuff is better than chemo and radiation treatments.Cannabis oil kills all the cancer in your whole body.They are using targeted chemo treatments.The caner will be growing in another part of your body while they are treating another part of your body.The cannabis oil works on the whole body at the same time and harming none of it.There isa guy that has mutipal videos on ou tube about how cancer is cured by the use of cannabis oil and the views on the site are very low like 600 or so.Their are close to a hundred thousand patients on medical marijuana in Michigan that have viewed these videos and this is just one state.This stuff has to work becausethe government has patient on it and has since the seventies.If this stuff does do the job of killing cancer it would explain why we don't see a big number of politicians dieing of cancer since this stuff has no side affects.You be the judge.What kind of a human being would keep such a thing a secret.Dont these people who work for the DEA have family.You would think they would want the best for them.

  • Well bjos, we do have a different President now than we did in 1988, for sure. So, if Obama is unencumbered by the need for re-election, there may be a slim chance. However, if Romney gets in he will be worse than Reagan/BushOne on this issue. Romney/Ryan will take us back to the last century on ANY social issue, a la Teabagger Taliban style.

  • Left with only one conclusion? Perhaps. But will that mean it will be legalized? No. If that were the case, why wasn't it legalized in 1988 when Francis L Young came to the same conclusion?

  • Stop trying to confuse us with the facts!