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  • Denver's 2015 post-marijuana legalization crime wave intensifies

    12/19/2015 7:08:57 AM PST · by rktman · 40 replies ^ | 12/19/2015 | Sierra Rayne
    As another month goes by in Colorado's marijuana legalization experiment, Denver's 2015 crime wave cranks up yet another notch. November's crime data is out for the city, and it doesn't tell a pretty story. There were another eight murders in Denver during November, bringing the year-to-date total to 50, which is more than 72 percent higher than last year's numbers. Across the board, other violent crime in Denver is also skyrocketing this year. The number of rapes has increased 16 percent, robberies are up 13 percent, and aggravated assaults are up 14 percent based on the UCR standards and up...
  • Skunk Weed Cannabis Can Seriously Damage Vital Nerve Fibers In The Brain

    11/27/2015 7:39:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    techtimes ^ | Alyssa Navarro,
    Dazzan said that when they looked at the corpus callosum of those who smoke high-strength cannabis, they found that there was a significant difference in the white matter compared to people who have never tried the drug, and people who smoke low-strength cannabis. The THC chemical acts on cannabinoid receptors which the corpus callosum contains. The team utilized two scanning methods to examine the corpus callosum in the brains of 56 patients who reportedly experienced a first episode of psychosis, and 43 healthy participants from the local community. One method required the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) while the...
  • Nevada Bill Would Allow Sick Pets to Use Medical Marijuana

    03/18/2015 10:16:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 17, 2015 | MICHELLE RINDELS
    <p>CARSON CITY, Nev. — Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.</p>
  • Halloweed? Police warn of pot-spiked candy

    10/19/2014 8:48:44 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    FOX ^ | 10/20/2014 | FOX
    Colorado parents are being told to be on the lookout this Halloween for marijuana-laced candy, NBC News reported. The Facebook page of the Denver Police Department is warning that mass-produced candy can by sprayed with hash oil, and once the spray dries, there is no way to tell that the candy has been infused. The station reported that the Denver PD Facebook page features Patrick Johnson, owner of marijuana shop Urban Dispensary. In the film, Johnson urges parents to inspect any candy their children bring home after trick-or-treating on Halloween to make sure it hasn’t been tampered with..
  • Retired Supreme Court justice says marijuana should be legalized

    04/25/2014 11:11:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana. The 94-year-old retired justice tells NPR that public opinion has changed on the issue. Stevens also says that there isn't much distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages.
  • Colo. lawmakers get blunt, move to tighten marijuana rules after two deaths

    04/22/2014 5:54:36 AM PDT · by catnipman · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/21/14 | Valerie Richardson
    The Mile High City was jammed with pot revelers Sunday for the annual 4/20 festival, but the mood was far from celebratory Monday as state legislators moved to tighten rules on marijuana products in the wake of two tragic deaths. The Colorado House passed unanimously bills to set possession limits for concentrated forms of marijuana such as hash oil, and to make cookies, candy and other foods infused with pot more easily identifiable. ... But industry officials aren’t thrilled with the edibles bill, which will require the state Department of Revenue to adopt rules by Jan. 1, 2016, that require...
  • Observatory Park man charged in wife's murder; pot shop pulls edibles (legal dope/slow cops=murder)

    04/19/2014 8:40:57 AM PDT · by catnipman · 51 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 04/18/2014 | Jordan Steffen
    Prosecutors have filed a first-degree murder charge against a 47-year-old Observatory Park man accused of killing his wife while she pleaded for help on a call with a 911 operator. Richard Kirk purchased marijuana candy about 6:40 p.m. Monday and is accused of shooting his wife to death about three hours later. ... The 44-year-old woman spent 13 minutes on the phone with the 911 operator. According to dispatch recordings, it took officers more than 15 minutes to arrive at the brick Tudor home. ...
  • Denver mom shot to death after husband allegedly consumed marijuana edibles, began hallucinating

    04/16/2014 2:57:27 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 74 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 04-16-2014 | Nina Golgowski
    A Denver woman was allegedly shot to death by her own husband while on the phone with police after he consumed marijuana edibles and began hallucinating. Kristine A. Kirk clung to her phone with a 911 dispatcher for nearly 15 minutes before her final scream was accompanied by a piercing gunshot late Monday night, NBC reported. When officers arrived at the 44-year-old's home they reported finding the mother of three dead at the scene after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.
  • "The Five" are for legalizing Marijuana

    03/12/2014 3:19:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 165 replies
    March 13, 2014
    Was just watching the show and they played a clip of Rick Perry saying that Texas has lowered fines for first time offense for marijuana use. So far he has not said he would legalize it. So the members went around the table and all but Beckel (recovering addict) said they were for legalizing marijuana. Dana Pirino said Texas might as well legalize it because Texans are coming into Colorado to legally smoke the stuff. She also said that if a republican wants to get a hand in an audience full of hipsters all they have to say is they...
  • Marijuana to be BIG in the News Tomorrow

    07/22/2012 6:51:16 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 116 replies
    Self | July 22, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    The subject of marijuana will be in the news tomorrow. HUGE. And it will involve a prominent former member of the Choom Gang. Watch the news tomorrow and you will see just how right I am about this marijuana prophecy.
  • Marijuana Myths

    02/03/2012 10:57:07 AM PST · by gabriellah · 330 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 02/03/2012 | Alan Groves
    In 2011, Gallup reported that 62% of 18-29 year olds and 50% of the general public supports the legalization of marijuana; 69% of liberals and even 34% of conservatives also support such measures. Obviously the pro-pot movement has taken root in the American populace and especially in the minds of Millennials (even managing to infiltrate the minds of the most conservative among us). Myth #1: Legalization Would bring in Enormous Tax Revenues The Heritage Foundation’s Charles Stimson published an extensive legal memorandum urging for the failure of the RCTC Act of 2010, which would have legalized pot in California. This...
  • Michael Douglas Caught Smoking Again after Beating Throat Cancer

    07/30/2011 7:31:27 AM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 130 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/29/11 | Nancy Dillon
    Actor Michael Douglas was photographed smoking on a yacht last week - less than a year after "beating" stage IV throat cancer. The Oscar winner appears on the new cover of Star Magazine and in photos inside puffing on what appears to be a hand-rolled cigarette July 21. He looks tanned and relaxed in the exclusive Star photos, leaning on the yacht's railing while traveling with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones along the Italian Riviera. "Are you calling about the photos, because we have no comment," a rep for Douglas' spokesman Allen Burry told the Daily News. The Hollywood icon, 66,...
  • RiffTrax Brings "Reefer Madness" Back to Theaters on August 19 ( MST3K treatment of a cult classic )

    08/17/2010 9:44:15 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Associated ^ | August 17, 2010 | Steven Bryan
    For years, the stars of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" found the funny in films that were never intended to be comedies. A poorly-written B-grade science fiction film like "This Island Earth" was, for instance, perfect fodder for the MST3K guys. On August 19, Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy will be back in theaters for live RiffTrax presentation of "Reefer Madness." A notorious propaganda film from the 1930's, this over-the-top movie shows the horrors that come with smoking marijuana.
  • Studies on Spiders show the dangers of Drugs Like Marijuana (Very cool Video)

    05/22/2010 11:45:56 AM PDT · by OneVike · 75 replies · 1,851+ views
    ChicoER Gate | 5/22/10 | Chuck Wolk
    As I told you a few weeks ago, this November the voters of California will decide whether or not marijuana should be legalized or not. In the article, Legalizing Marijuana, So Politicians Can Spend More Money, I gave my reasons for being against the initiative. After all, the last thing we need to do in California is feed the drug habit of politicians by giving them another product to tax millions of dollars on for their already failed programs. That's right, tax dollars is just as addictive to politicians as crack cocaine is to those caught in it's web...
  • Durango bike star crashes with marijuana bust in N.Y (For you die hard mountain bikers out there)

    07/18/2009 9:11:22 AM PDT · by MAD-AS-HELL · 20 replies · 2,086+ views
    Missy Giove lived her life astounding those around her. The iconic mountain biker, who resided in Durango for more than a decade, won 14 national titles and was the world champion downhill racer in 1994. She screamed down slopes on the edge of control, landing in either an ambulance or on the podium. Her persona — she dangled a dried piranha around her neck and tucked her dead dog's ashes in her bra when she raced — and talent made her mountain biking's highest-paid athlete, earning her well over $2 million. Then last month, six years after she formally retired...
  • What's the story with that Drudge photo of Obama?

    12/17/2008 10:03:55 AM PST · by dascallie · 100 replies · 5,973+ views
    Hip, younger Obama smoking a joint... Good Lord. Great example for the kids---moral erosion right before our eyes...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Pot dispensaries closing under threat of feds

    02/07/2008 8:02:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 69 replies · 191+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/7/8 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Medical marijuana in San Francisco may be going up in smoke. In late December, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sent letters to landlords of buildings that housed medical cannabis dispensaries in the city, telling them they face the loss of their property and possibly prison if the businesses stay open. Now, less than two months later, seven of the city's 28 dispensaries have closed or are on the verge of closing, according to medical marijuana supporters and activists. They fear more will follow. "It's like a dagger in the heart," said Wayne Justmann, a medical marijuana advocate. "We're barely holding...
  • UK: Abuse of cannabis puts 500 a week in hospital

    01/10/2008 3:34:16 PM PST · by knighthawk · 72 replies · 220+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 10 2008 | James Kirkup and Richard Edwards
    The public health impact of the Government's decision to downgrade cannabis is disclosed today in official figures showing a 50 per cent rise in the number of people requiring medical treatment after using the drug. Since cannabis was downgraded from a Class B to a Class C drug, the number of adults being treated in hospitals and clinics in England for its effects has risen to more than 16,500 a year. In addition, the number of children needing medical attention after smoking the drug has risen to more than 9,200. Almost 500 adults and children are treated in hospitals and...
  • Caption the attempted Ron Paul push here at Free Republic

    11/11/2007 9:33:22 AM PST · by april15Bendovr · 143 replies · 154+ views ^ | 10/11/07
  • Illegal Arizona Family Deported After Son Found With Pot at School

    11/10/2007 10:57:38 AM PST · by cowboy_code · 61 replies · 120+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 6, 2007
    TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson high school student and his family were deported after the teen was found with marijuana at school and police called the U.S. Border Patrol after learning he and his family were illegal immigrants. The incident raised concern among immigrants rights activists, but Tucson police said the officer acted appropriately by calling immigration agents. Police were called to Catalina High Magnet School Thursday after school officials found a small amount of marijuana in the backpack of a ninth-grader who appeared to be under the influence, said Chyrl Hill Lander, a spokeswoman for the Tucson Unified School...
  • (Ron) Paul Happy With Western Trip

    09/16/2007 8:48:25 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 142 replies · 224+ views
    Paul Happy With Western Trip Ron Paul Western Trip a Huge Success FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jesse Benton September 15, 2007 202-246-6363 ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul today concluded a four-day western tour. Beginning Wednesday, September 12, Dr. Paul visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake in City in successive days. Highlights of the very successful trip included: * High dollar fundraisers that brought in over $350,000. * Substantial earned media from top outlets in each host city. * A speech at the University of Southern California to 800 students. * An impromptu walk...
  • Drug czar gives warning (Pot growers "dangerous terrorists")

    07/13/2007 6:25:51 PM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 127 replies · 1,837+ views
    Record Searchlight ^ | July 13, 2007 | Dylan Darling
    The nation's top anti-drug official said people need to overcome their "reefer blindness" and see that illicit marijuana gardens are a terrorist threat to the public's health and safety, as well as to the environment. John P. Walters, President Bush's drug czar, said the people who plant and tend the gardens are terrorists who wouldn't hesitate to help other terrorists get into the country with the aim of causing mass casualties. Walters made the comments at a Thursday press conference that provided an update on the "Operation Alesia" marijuana-eradication effort. "Don't buy drugs. They fund violence and terror," he said....
  • Student suspended for speaking out against drug teachings

    06/24/2007 9:34:42 AM PDT · by starzed_ · 65 replies · 1,694+ views
    Smells like teen spirit Ottawa Citizen Editorial Published: Friday, June 22, 2007 Teenagers are good at seeing through lies and half-truths. That's why baseless propaganda, like the old movie Reefer Madness, doesn't work. Why would anyone take advice from someone who doesn't know what drugs actually do? The adults of Wawota Parkland School in Saskatchewan are acting like insecure children, because they feel threatened by the actions of one bright, principled, inquisitive teenager. This year, the school gave a presentation to students about the dangers of drugs. Kieran King, 15, didn't react as the teachers expected. He started questioning, out...
  • Burger King sued over marijuana in police officers' burgers

    11/09/2006 3:45:45 AM PST · by ActionNewsBill · 19 replies · 619+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Nov. 6, 2006 | Associated Press
    Two police officers have sued Burger King Corp., alleging personal injury, negligence, battery and violation of fair practices after they were served hamburgers that had been sprinkled with marijuana. "It gives a whole new meaning to the word 'Whopper,'" plaintiffs attorney Sam Bregman said Monday. "The idea that these hoodlums would put marijuana into a hamburger and therefore attempt to impair law enforcement officers trying to do their jobs is outrageous." The civil lawsuit was filed Friday in state District Court in Bernalillo County by Mark Landavazo and Henry Gabaldon, officers for the Isleta Pueblo tribal police. Officials at Miami-based...
  • Soldier killed [the father of a friend] after psychotic reaction to cannabis

    10/09/2006 1:08:07 PM PDT · by aculeus · 79 replies · 4,356+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | October 10, 2006 | Unsigned
    A soldier who killed the father of a life-long friend in a frenzied attack after suffering a psychotic reaction to home grown cannabis has been jailed for 10 years. Paratrooper Laurie Draper, 31, bludgeoned 53-year-old schoolteacher Paul Butterworth with a pair of garden shears after smoking the drug at his victim's home on March 7 this year. Draper was jailed at St Alban's Crown Court today after admitting manslaughter on the grounds that his mental state had been affected by Mr Butterworth's home grown, high strength drug. advertisementThe court heard that the Iraq War veteran, originally from Leicester but based...
  • Son Gets Marijuana for Doing Homework

    09/12/2006 11:14:43 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 167 replies · 2,689+ views ^ | 9 12 06 | Associated Press
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. - A woman admitted to smoking marijuana daily with her 13-year-old son to reward him for completing his homework. Amanda Lynn Livelsberger, 30, pleaded guilty to several charges Monday and will be sentenced Nov. 27. Livelsberger, of Conewago Township, admitted in Adams County court that she had been smoking marijuana with her son since he was 11, and that she often gave it to him as a reward. The boy told police that he was required to do his homework as soon as he got home from school, and then was allowed to smoke marijuana with his mother,...
  • Willie Nelson cited for marijuana in Louisiana

    09/18/2006 3:32:28 PM PDT · by KingKongCobra · 140 replies · 3,456+ views
    Houston Chroniclw ^ | Sept. 18, 2006, 3:14PM | REX C. CURRY: Associatd Press
    Sept. 18, 2006, 3:14PM Willie Nelson cited for marijuana in Louisiana Associated Press LAFAYETTE, La. — Willie Nelson and four others were issued misdemeanor citations for possession of narcotic mushrooms and marijuana after a traffic stop this morning on a Louisiana highway, state police said. The citations were issued after a commercial vehicle inspection of the country music star's tour bus, state police said in a news release. "When the door was opened and the trooper began to speak to the driver, he smelled the strong odor of marijuana," the news release said. A search of the bus produced 1...
  • Soldier killed friend's dad while having 'cannabis-induced delusions' - cannabis-induced psychotic

    08/30/2006 9:27:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 97 replies · 1,975+ views
    The Mail ^ | Last updated at 18:30pm on 29th August 2006 | NEIL SEARS
    Cannabis-induced delusions drove a soldier to hack his best friend's father to death with a pair of garden shears, a court heard today. Laurie Draper, 31, wept as he blamed puffs on just a couple of pipes of the drug for the sudden outburst of frenzied violence which killed popular teacher Paul Butterworth, 53. The lance corporal, who had served in Iraq, admitted manslaughter, and also admitted assaulting his friend, Mr Butterworth's son Ashley, 33. Prosecutors accepted shaven-headed Draper's plea of not guilty to murder after medical tests found he was suffering from 'cannabis-induced delusions' and hypomania. Hypomania is a...
  • "COLD CASE" - TWA FLIGHT 800 Movement in D.C. on FBI cover-up

    08/21/2006 8:19:46 PM PDT · by AnimalLover · 137 replies · 2,669+ views
    World Net ^ | August 17, 2006 | Jack Cashill
    Serious movement in D.C. – and if I hadn't been there, I would not have believed it. For several months Joan Wire and her daughter have been trying to secure an appointment with a highly effective government official we'll simply call Mr. Washington. Joan Wire is the stalwart wife of Mike Wire. Mike is the storied "man on the bridge," the single most critical eyewitness in the saga of TWA Flight 800, the 747 that was inexplicably blown out of the sky on the night of July 17, 1996. The CIA built its notorious zoom-climb animation around Mike's position on...
  • The FDA's Marijuana Problem

    08/18/2006 9:09:14 AM PDT · by cryptical · 21 replies · 662+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | August 18th, 2006 | Charles L. Hooper
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a marijuana problem. On April 20 of this year, the FDA rejected marijuana for medical uses. The FDA said, "no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use." This conclusion contradicts a lot of other scientific research and expert conclusions, including that of the National Academy of Sciences and the FDA itself. In 1985, the FDA was so convinced of marijuana's medical benefits that it approved Marinol and Cesamet, both...
  • Reefer is Worth Getting Mad About

    08/06/2006 6:04:24 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 581 replies · 6,908+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | August 5, 2006 | Antonio Maria Costa
    Reefer is Worth Getting Mad About Vienna -- Supporters of the legalization of cannabis would have us believe that it is a gentle, harmless substance that gives you little more than a sense of mellow euphoria. Sellers of the world's most popular illicit drug know better. Trawl through websites offering cannabis seeds for sale and you will find brand names such as Armageddon, AK-47 and White Widow. "This will put you in pieces, then reduce you to rubble -- maybe quicksand if you go too far," one seller boasts. This is much closer to the truth. In Canada, as in...
  • Iced marijuana tea to debut in British health food shop (Barf Alert!)

    06/26/2006 10:06:08 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 20 replies · 663+ views via Drudgerepor ^ | Jun 26 2:16 PM US/Eastern | Staff
    British health food shops will soon be offering customers iced cannabis tea, its Swiss distributor said. Sold under the label "C-Ice Swiss Cannabis Ice Tea", the beverage contains five percent of hemp flower syrup and a tiny (0.0015 percent) quantity of THC, the active ingredient of marijuana. Any ingredient that could put it in the drugs category has been removed and the tea will not lead to dependency. But British anti-drug campaigners say that selling the tea is dangerous because it will give young people the impression that cannabis is commonplace. The product was launched in Switzerland in 2003...
  • Study finds no link between pot, cancer

    05/27/2006 6:44:18 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 33 replies · 643+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Fri, May. 26, 2006 | BY MARC KAUFMAN
    The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer. The new findings ''were against our expectations,'' said Donald Tashkin, of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years. ''We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use,'' he said. ``What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.'' Federal health and drug enforcement officials...
  • Marijuana Does Not Raise Lung Cancer Risk / Mary Jane Trumps Joe Camel

    05/24/2006 10:40:07 AM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 50 replies · 2,664+ views
    Mary Jane Trumps Joe Camel By Mary BeckmanScienceNOW Daily News23 May 2006 It seems logical that inhaling enough smoke will give you lung cancer. But a new study of Los Angeles residents suggests that smoking marijuana--even more than 22,000 joints in a lifetime--doesn't increase cancer risk. The results surprise many researchers, who point out marijuana has other ill health effects. Decades of research have shown that cigarette smoking dramatically increases the risk of certain cancers. But controversy surrounds the risk of smoking weed. A 1999 study of blood donors suggested a link between marijuana and head and neck cancer,...
  • Police fight ‘death marijuana’ distribution

    05/23/2006 10:13:53 AM PDT · by Alouette · 73 replies · 1,754+ views
    YNet ^ | May 23, 2006 | Raanan Ben-Zur
    Hydro, more potent and more expensive than regular grass, is sold mostly to the affluent, but police fear rise in violence, crime if youth start using Israel Police have waged a war on the distribution of Hydro, a more potent and more expensive type of marijuana that is sweeping the local drug market. Dubbed by police as “death grass,” Hydro goes for about NIS 500 (USD 110) per 10 grams (0.35 ounces), compared with regular marijuana which is sold for NIS 600 (USD 133) per kilo. The high price of Hydro is mainly due to the high cost of growing...
  • Teens Busted When Bong Falls At Trooper's Feet

    05/20/2006 9:25:25 PM PDT · by DuckFan4ever · 117 replies · 5,181+ views
    KOIN News6 ^ | 5/19/2006 | KOIN
    Psilyclbin Mushrooms, Bags Of Marijuana Also In CarGREEN, Ore. -- Three California youths had their road trip interrupted when a bong fell from their car at the feet of a policeman during a traffic stop. An Oregon State trooper pulled the car over Thursday near the Douglas County town of Green. Police said the large drug pipe fell out as 18-year-old Benjamin Breiner of Berkeley, Calif., opened the car door. The trooper said he found a bag of psilycybin mushrooms and several bags of marijuana. One occupant, 19-year-old Michael Fox of Oakland, Calif., told the officer he had a California...
  • The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition

    04/24/2006 12:33:31 PM PDT · by davesdude · 475 replies · 3,012+ views
    Harvard University ^ | June 2005 | Jeffrey A. Miron
    Executive Summary Government prohibition of marijuana is the subject of ongoing debate. One issue in this debate is the effect of marijuana prohibition on government budgets. Prohibition entails direct enforcement costs and prevents taxation of marijuana production and sale. This report examines the budgetary implications of legalizing marijuana – taxing and regulating it like other goods – in all fifty states and at the federal level. The report estimates that legalizing marijuana would save $7.7 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. $5.3 billion of this savings would accrue to state and local governments, while $2.4 billion...
  • F.D.A. Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana

    04/21/2006 10:00:12 AM PDT · by mslee · 119 replies · 1,688+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 21, 2006 | GARDINER HARRIS
    WASHINGTON, April 20 — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that "no sound scientific studies" supported the medical use of marijuana, contradicting a 1999 review by a panel of highly regarded scientists. The announcement inserts the health agency into yet another fierce political fight. Susan Bro, an agency spokeswoman, said Thursday's statement resulted from a past combined review by federal drug enforcement, regulatory and research agencies that concluded "smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States and is not an approved medical treatment."
  • Alaska: Marijuana Bill Fails in Legislature

    02/15/2006 3:49:23 AM PST · by Wolfie · 22 replies · 530+ views
    Northern Light ^ | Feb. 14, 2006
    Marijuana Bill Fails in Legislature Alaska -- A House bill in the Alaska State Legislature aimed at curbing methamphetamine production was struck down by a 23-15 vote after merging with a marijuana bill in the Senate Feb. 1. House Bill 149 was a bipartisan attempt to address the growing problems of meth production through tougher penalties and regulation of the selling of pseudoephedrine, a major ingredient in meth that is found in many over-the-counter cold medications. Had the bill passed, it would have nullified a 1975 Raven decision, which made it legal for adults to possess marijuana in their homes...
  • Child Killer Was a Pothead

    12/14/2005 9:27:54 PM PST · by Mojave · 469 replies · 4,452+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 15, 2005 | Cliff Kincaid
    The George Soros-funded campaign to legalize marijuana has run into a problem. Joseph Smith, convicted and sentenced to death for the abduction, rape and murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, has been exposed as a pothead. In an unsuccessful ploy to spare his life, his attorneys argued that he was a drug addict, used drugs on the occasion of the Brucia murder, and began his involvement with drugs by smoking marijuana. It looks like marijuana didn't have many "medical benefits" in this case.
  • THE BLUNT TRUTH ABOUT MARIJUANA: Five Facts Parents Must Know

    09/30/2005 11:33:57 AM PDT · by A CA Guy · 895 replies · 9,443+ views
    Black Entertainment EURweb ^ | September 30, 2005 | National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
    Every day 4,700 kids try marijuana for the first time. In fact, marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug among America's youth. Unfortunately, a lot of American teens, and their parents, continue to see marijuana as harmless. QUESTION 1: Ecstasy is more popular than marijuana among kids today. True or False? False. Far more youth use marijuana than any other drug. Among kids who use drugs, approximately 60 percent use marijuana only. QUESTION 2: Marijuana is not addictive. True or False? False. Research shows that marijuana is addictive. In fact, more teens enter treatment with a primary diagnosis of...
  • Call for Public Health Campaign on Cannabis

    09/28/2005 1:50:35 AM PDT · by A CA Guy · 77 replies · 856+ views
    RxPG News (news channels for medical professionals) ^ | Sep 28, 2005 | By Rethink, The mental healthy charity
    “Cannabis is still seen as a risk-free drug despite mounting evidence that it can lead to serious mental health problems, particularly amongst young teenagers, people with a family history of severe mental illness and in long-term users.” The charity called for the money to be spent on a massive public education campaign to inform users and potential users of the well-founded mental health dangers of using cannabis at a young age and over a long period of time. Rethink chief executive Cliff Prior told the committee: “Cannabis is still seen as a risk-free drug despite mounting evidence that it can...
  • Canadian pot activist, wanted by U.S., gets bail

    08/02/2005 4:40:38 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 24 replies · 683+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Aug 2nd, 05 | Allan Dowd
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A judge rejected a U.S. request that a Canadian marijuana activist be held without bail on Tuesday in a case that is likely to ignite debate over the countries' diverging drug policies. U.S. officials say Marc Emery illegally sold millions of dollars worth of marijuana seeds, but Emery's supporters say his business activities were well known for years and tolerated by groups that included Canada's federal health ministry. Emery is a founder of the pro-legalization B.C. Marijuana Party and his arrest comes as the Canadian government is pushing a measure to decriminalize possession of small...
  • White House Drug Czar Says Medical Marijuana Is 'dying Out'

    07/31/2005 7:53:25 AM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 40 replies · 983+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-07-29-05 2239EDT
    White House Drug Czar Says Medical Marijuana Is 'dying Out'By Audrey McAvoy Associated Press Writer Published: Jul 29, 2005 HONOLULU (AP) - The White House drug czar said Friday that medical marijuana is "dying out" after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that federal authorities may prosecute sick people whose doctors prescribe pot to ease pain. John Walters, the national drug policy director, said state legislative efforts to expand medical marijuana programs have stalled in the two months since the high court's ruling overrode laws in Hawaii and nine other states. "I think it's dying out," Walters told reporters...
  • This War Is Worth Fighting

    06/16/2005 8:53:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies · 884+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2005 | George F. Will
    Exasperated by pessimism about the "war on drugs," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, says: Washington is awash with lobbyists hired by businesses worried that government may, intentionally or inadvertently, make them unprofitable. So why assume that trade in illicit drugs is the one business that government, try as it might, cannot seriously injure? Here is why: When Pat Moynihan was an adviser to President Richard Nixon, he persuaded the French government to break the "French connection" by which heroin came to America. Moynihan explained his achievement to Labor Secretary George Shultz, who...
  • One Reporter's Opinion – Never Legalize Pot!

    06/10/2005 2:32:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 377 replies · 3,034+ views
    Newmax ^ | Friday, June 10, 2005 | Gearge Putnam
    It is this reporter's opinion that each generation in turn takes a new look at the marijuana question. Now it's this generation's turn. In a 6-to-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal anti-marijuana statutes overrule the laws in ten states that allow the use of marijuana plants to ease pain or nausea. Fifty years ago, as a much younger television reporter, I did a series of interviews with Dr. Hardin B. Jones, Professor of Medical Physics and Physiology at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Jones, in his thorough study, raised disturbing questions about marijuana's effects on the...
  • Marijuana Becomes Focus of Drug War; Less Emphasis on Heroin and Cocaine

    05/03/2005 11:04:37 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 63 replies · 1,230+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2005 | Dan Eggen
    The focus of the drug war in the United States has shifted significantly over the past decade from hard drugs to marijuana, which now accounts for nearly half of all drug arrests nationwide, according to an analysis of federal crime statistics released yesterday. The study of FBI data by a Washington-based think tank, the Sentencing Project, found that the proportion of heroin and cocaine cases plummeted from 55 percent of all drug arrests in 1992 to less than 30 percent 10 years later. During the same period, marijuana arrests rose from 28 percent of the total to 45 percent. Coming...
  • Gov't: Marijuana May Cause Mental Illness

    05/03/2005 9:30:09 PM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 268 replies · 2,787+ views
    Fox News and WebMD ^ | May 03, 2005 | Todd Zwillich
    Gov't: Marijuana May Cause Mental Illness Tuesday, May 03, 2005 By Todd Zwillich Children who use marijuana before age 12 are twice as likely to later develop serious mental illness as those who don't try the drug until they're 18, according to a federal report released Tuesday. Bush administration officials pointed to the study as growing evidence that smoking marijuana may cause mental illnesses — including depression, schizophrenia, and suicide attempts — in some people.
  • Police seize drug items, switchblades

    04/27/2005 10:38:06 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 20 replies · 1,923+ views ^ | 4 26 05 | Marshall King
    ELKHART -- Police confiscated items used to take drugs and 19 switchblades from a local convenience store last week. On April 18, the Elkhart County Prosecutor's office got a search warrant for the BP gas station at 935 N. Nappanee St., near Memorial High School and the Elkhart Area Career Center. The prosecutor's office has been leading an effort to make sure businesses are operating legally, said Bill Wargo, chief investigator. "We're visiting a number of legitimate businesses, verifying licenses and ownership," he said. Officers from the Elkhart Police Department and Elkhart County Sheriff's Department helped raid the convenience store...
  • Marijuana: The Myths Are Killing Us

    04/27/2005 3:39:23 AM PDT · by seacapn · 565 replies · 7,678+ views
    US Drug Enforcement Administration ^ | April 26, 2005 | Karen P. Tandy
    APR 26--When 14-year-old Irma Perez of Belmont, California, took a single ecstasy pill one evening last April, she had no idea she would become one of the 26,000 people who die every year from drugs.1 Irma took ecstasy with two of her 14-year-old friends in her home. Soon after taking the tiny blue pill, Irma complained of feeling awful and said she felt like she was "going to die." Instead of seeking medical care, her friends called the 17-year-old dealer who supplied the pills and asked for advice. The friends tried to get Irma to smoke marijuana, but when she...