DEA Finally Admits Marijuana is Medicine

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If you thought they were going to issue a formal apology after decades of flagrant dishonesty, you would be mistaken. But the DEA is at long last conceding marijuana's incredible medical value…by giving pharmaceutical companies exclusive permission to make pills out of it.

"[M]arijuana has no scientifically proven medical value." So stated the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on page six of a July 2010 agency white paper, titled "DEA Position on Marijuana."

Yet only four months after the agency committed its "no medical pot" stance to print, it announced its intent to allow for the regulation and marketing of pharmaceutical products containing plant-derived THC -- the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. (Alternet)

DEA can try to frame this any way they like, but the bottom line remains that authorizing cultivation for pharmaceutical companies is the end of the debate. Over. Done. Whatever nuanced distinctions the enemies of medical marijuana seek to advance from this point forward will be devastated by the simple fact that new medicines are being made out of marijuana with the blessing of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Conspiracy theories will abound, of course, regarding the potential for a widespread campaign to shut down state-level medical marijuana programs and instead shove expensive pills down the throats of patients, while arresting providers and cultivators who refuse to comply. That isn't going to happen. As much as the DEA and their corporate co-conspirators might fantasize about it, a full-scale assault on the medical cannabis industry is simply impossible from both a practical and political standpoint. These laws were put in place by the people and they won't be done away with over our objections.

On the contrary, the emergence of cannabis-based pharmaceuticals has real potential to vest corporate interests with a stake in the drug's overall reputation. Rather than distancing themselves from the origins of their products, manufacturers of THC-based medications will recognize that associating their product with marijuana is in fact a shrewd marketing ploy. Marinol has already done exactly that. People love pot and that's going to be the key to selling these pills. As a result, we could soon be witnessing a seemingly impossible scenario in which pharmaceutical companies actually share our frustration when some drug war idiot comes along claiming THC causes schizophrenia.

Obviously, it's unlikely that our goals will ever align perfectly with those of the pharmaceutical industry, but they're clearly better at working with the DEA than we'll ever be. Rather than viewing the situation as a threat to our continued progress, I think we need to recognize that various forms of industrialization will be the inevitable result of our hard work to de-stigmatize the drug. As that process unfolds, we'll encounter numerous new and interesting opportunities to reframe the conversation about the dangers of marijuana. Even if this latest move by DEA is nothing more than a cynical attempt to thwart our progress somehow, I imagine it will backfire just as surely as every other tactic they've deployed in the drug war debate thus far.

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Having just watched the movie

Having just watched the movie "Sister Kenny" and seeing how long it took doctors to recognize that polio victims need therapy, I can understand the reluctance of recognizng marijuana has medical benefits. Of course this cuts into drug companies' profits. DEA agents need to justify their jobs.

 

I worked at Geigy Chemical for a year. Chemists were researching herbal and folk brews. They found that for the most part, they worked. Marijuana is one of these.

Much as I'd like to believe . . .

The masters kindly allow a certain number of us to relieve chronic pain with opiates, but people still go to prison for using heroin.  The masters allow children to be dosed with Ritalin and Adderal, but people still go to prison for using cocaine and speed.  In fact, I have in my possession a prescription for Welbutrin, which is "chemically related" to amphetamines, proving that the masters admit that amphetamines are an effective treatment for depression, but choosing to use the real McCoy will still leave me one traffic stop away from a metal cage.

"People love pot" -- true enough, I suppose.  If they loved freedom half as much, the DEA would cease to exist.  

Rita

Truer words were never spoken.  Very well said!

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Great story!

Great story, made perfect sense! Too bad the government does not agree!

If you think

...that the DEA is going to be allowed to just slink off into the shadows of "government immunity" for a whole list of serious CONSTITUTIONAL violations, crimes, tortures, murders, false imprisonments, and other torts then YOU are mistaken.  Too many people know too much now, and got too injured by DEA maliciousness and criminality to back down now.

my daughter murdered by Iowa paxil in 1998

Go see Manke v Iowa. I am her father. I was also overdosed on paxil that year. I was given 400mg BID tagamet along with 20mg of paxil. This is a lethal combination!

 

GlaxoSmithKlineBeecham warns us to not take several medications with paxil. Where is the warning about taking paxil with tagamet???

 

tagamet makes GSKB 1,200 million dollars a year and it is an old, defective drug that is killing people when it blocks up the liver from cleaning out the blood from things like paxil even as the tagamet blocks the production of hydrocholoric acid, which is why we take the hellish stuff.

 

I was diagnosed with cancer and put on paxil. I was already on the tagamet. I got in a traffic wreck and killed someone. the state of Iowa forced my daughter to take the paxil while I was fighting for my life and it made her far worse.

government oversight is a fraud. this is very very well known to the corporation! they KNOW already

Where are the warnings on the tagamet packages GSKB? you are in deliberate conspiracy to murder for your dirty money!

Put the warnings on the packages that tell more truth, you butchers!

bob manke

How can a plants most active

How can a plants most active ingredient be less dangerous than the plant it came from......?......weird

It's way that DEA can still keep their jobs while legalizing mj

As long as these drugs are listed as pharmaceuticals, they all fall under the jurisdiction of the DEA. Of course, as long as they are more strictly regulated they compete less with big alcohol and tobacco, which are not scheduled drugs.
 

Pharmaceutical regulation...

...is overseen by the FDA *not* the DEA.

Believe me, DEA employees are in NO danger of "losing their jobs" -- they are busy little bees and are active in all sorts of dirty business... worldwide, not just in the US.

If they want the pills to

If they want the pills to sell they ought to put some cbd in them too, and some other cannabinoids. Pure thc will freak people out; you need some cbd to mellow it down. Plus, for medicinal purposes, as far as i've heard, the synergistic effect of many different cannabinoids is the most effective. Marinol was never a real substitute for marijuana because it didn't have any other cannabinoids. And hopefully these new pills will be cheaper than marinol, too. 

An interesting aspect of this news is that the pharmaceutical companies are now (i guess) going to be allowed to grow weed in order to extract the thc, and in gigantic farms, approved by the federal government, and maybe even in states that don't have medical marijuana!!. Wow what money can do. All of us with all the reason and logic in the world, and with the support of about 60 percent (or more) of the population cannot get medical marijuana legalized at the federal level, let alone permission to grow it in big quantities. Then the pharmaceutical companies decide they want in, and they get the red carpet rolled out for them immediately. Unbelievable.... 

marijuana pills

I agree. Pills are like processed cheese, compared to pot, the real thing. The plant itself is perfect. Smoking Marijuana for those so inclined, is perfect. You see, the oils in cannabis which may visually mimic tar are actually a lung surfactant, something everyone has naturally, which is why pot is the best time based medication there is releasing with each breath. Diabetics inject insulin because the digestive tract has already been compromised by something which is somewhat outside of it. Marijuana may be helping treat the cause of many problems which are easily reached through lung treatment, or block the problems lungs have from being affected by many modern toxins such as car exhaust or oil refining.  I think enough pharmaceutical- 'farmaceutical- jobs will be made from the real thing but I think that is a fear the pharmaceutical companies form a backlash with. I would not substitute vitamins for salad, not just for the words 'fiber' or 'flavor'. I feel it is something natural and enjoyable, with complexities bordering on Divine, I would not give it up. Same with smoking the whole plant, except its' seeds, which are smoked in some cultures. I have found smoking the stems seems to improve circulation. I personally get ill from all pills, and cigarettes are the only smoke I have encountered which makes me feel sick. However I would be willing to enclose my pot smoke in public to protect those negatively affected, and I can appreciate this as a limitation. Protect all rights from infringement. Perhaps the pharmaceutical companies could make little asthma-inhaler type smoke dispensers or something, but do not destroy the medicine we want marketed.

If they want the pills...

Very well said TrebleBass!  Mississippi isn't one of the states that has medical marijuana, but yet it also has a very little-known secret....the University of Mississippi aka Ole Miss, grows marijuana for an elite few that have moved to MS from states that are approved for medical marijuana.  These patients are given 300 rolled joints each month.  I hope I live to see MS become a state with medical marijuana for patients such as myself.  I'm living proof that it does work for soooo many illnesses.  Maybe I can be a tester when they do finally come around (hopefully soon, real soon!), lol!

Cannabis 4 Autism

If those guys at the DEA don't already know, they need to approve cannabis for autism real quick or we're going to meltdown >_<

 

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But Can the DEA Make the Connection?

Okay, the DEA is officially allowing THC in pills and other products.  Those savvy about pot know you can’t necessarily rely on just one cannabinoid to produce a specific medical effect; but there’s a coexisting, huge mental disconnect in the DEA’s ability recognize that a chemical is a chemical, regardless of where it comes from; that that’s it.  End of story. 

One problem is that the DEA has as it’s modus operandi a primitive tribal paradigm.  Consequently, the insular and isolated DEA tribal unit has experienced a very different and dehumanized type of social evolution compared to society at large. 

Prohibitionists live in a fantasy world.  They conduct themselves within their profession and personal lives as if their mythical world actually exists.  Drug free societies and totalitarian zero tolerance are considered realistic goals and glorious solutions to all of society’s problems.  The typical prohibitionist believes whatever bit of information demonizes the devil-drug du jour.  Facts and information mean nothing.  The consequences of ONDCP/DEA activity does not possess a feedback loop that would prevent the prohibitionists from making the same mistakes over and over again. Instead, they champion a perverse ideology.

This toxic DEA ideology chooses to strike an uneasy balance between corporatists, class war, and culture war witch hunters.  Without these pathetically bigoted allies, the DEA has nothing to justify its survival to the public.

Giordano

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We Need Firm Grasps of the Obvious...

<B>DEA Finally Admits Marijuana is Medicine?</B>

Not hard to be a psychic in the Ganjawar. When Barthwell went to GW to bring Sativex sublingual spray cannabis extract to the states. Another trifecta was in the making. Some of us saw it, outside of the media. Still hasn't really caught on in the status weirdness of the American people concerning cannabis. DEA finally admits? Ha. First cannabis smoking is still falsely demonized. Besides the logic of thousands of years of smoking, around camp fires. No damage has been reported. To the contrary that cannabis actually prevents the harmful effects of camp fires, traffic jams or smoke stacks. Or the falsely demonized tobacco smoke. Again, thousands of years and hundreds of cultures smoking organic tobacco with no incidence of harm. Not until "cigarettes" were invented for your pleasure as Ronald Reagan advertised. Adding hundreds of adulteration chemicals and with them came the disease and cancers. The fertilizers and curing agents are still kept in the dark. Creating another billion dollar black market. Raising prices sending low income smokers to generic brands with more chemicals. Cigarettes are the comparison used for cannabis. Now its more than clear why.

Barthwell goes to Canada. The DEA patents cannabinoids. Has a monopoly on cannabis growing, also rolling and distribution. DEA is mandated to demonize cannabis as medicine and now just the smoke. In time for Barthwell to swoop in with the sublingual spray. (under the tongue). Now it seems as predicted if the US lowers the scheduling of cannabis bud for extracts to a 3 or even sxhedule#2. So making it the same as merdinol would open more markets for milder applications. This would keep in in Big Pharma and Keep prohibition alive and perpetuating as intended. Thirdly it would keep Hemp as a schedule #1 narcotic and 98% (if you can believe souder) of the eradications. Peace-mil work. But in a lesser evil anti-capitalist free market way it would provide a safer Pharmaceutical than the present white powders. It would also keep the factions divided. The Ganjawar only profits if it perpetuates. Not zero tolerance or legalized. Pharma only profits on treatments, not cures or prevention. 40 years ago all I wanted to do was smoke a joint, listen to some tunes and kick back after work. Who'd thunk it was sooo complicated and corrupt? Jobs, homegrown medicine and chemical free, non aborting food, fuel and fiber would bypass Wall St. It's always been a rigged game. Truth to the people was always the leveler.<I>~ DdC</>

<a href="http://forums.cannabisculture.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1165066">Con Flicts of Interest Bush Barthwell & Bayer</A>

US investors piled into GW Pharmaceuticals yesterday amid excitement over the prospects for an American launch of its revolutionary cannabis-based treatment for multiple sclerosis. Health regulators have sent an uncompromising message that smoked cannabis will not be approved for use by MS sufferers, leaving the way open for GW's under-the-tongue spray version of the drug.

Former Deputy Drug Czar Andrea Barthwell is the new spokesperson for getting GW Pharmaceuticals' Sativex approved for use in the United States

<B>21 May 2003 - Bayer and GW Pharmaceuticals</B>
announce marketing agreement on pioneering new cannabis-based treatment

<B>US Government Patents Medical Pot</B>
http://blog.norml.org/2008/07/03/us-government-patents-medical-pot/
The extent of the federal government’s hypocrisy on the issue of medicinal cannabis truly knows no bounds. Don’t believe me?

<a href="https://www.greenpassion.org/index.php?/topic/23575-new-420-page-grannys-mmj-list-july-2010/">Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List</A> - July 2010

<B>One-third of drug safety advisers in U.S. show conflicts of interest</B>
Of the nearly 3,000 panellists appointed based on their drug expertise, 28 per cent disclosed a financial relationship with the company making the drug under review or a competitor, the consumer group reports in Wednesday's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

<B>Andrea Barthwell is a former Deputy Director of the O.N.D.C.P.</B>(Office of National Drug Control Policy), where her job was to oppose medical marijuana, regardless of the facts. The function of the ONDCP as charged by Congress was one of propaganda. In fact, the GAO said as much (pdf) in a reply to Representative Ron Paul who was complaining about incorrect information being disseminated by another Deputy Director:

<I>"... while the Deputy Director's statements pertaining to marijuana may be disputed by some with different viewpoints, they were made within the context of ONDCP's statutory responsibilities, which include taking such actions as necessary to oppose efforts to legalize certain controlled substances such as marijuana. ..."</I>

Given this role, we do not see a need to examine the accuracy of the Deputy Director's individual statements in detail."

<B>Government Bias Prevents Gains in Cannabis Research June 12, 2002</B>
Rosenfeld, who has more than 200 bone tumors from a rare disease, said his doctor makes annual progress reports to federal officials. The marijuana dulls his pain, relaxes muscles and reduces inflammation, he said.

<I>"Each year my doctor filled out elaborate forms," Rosenfeld said. "The first time it took three hours. Three months later he asked, `What does the government think about that report?' I said, `What are you talking about? They buried it.' The next year, he took a red magic marker and put on each page: `It's Working.' We never heard back."</I>

<B>FDA's counsel accused of being too close to drug industry</B>

<a href="http://blogs.salon.com/0002762/stories/2005/02/13/andreaBarthwellCaughtRedha.html">Andrea Barthwell, caught red-handed</A>
Not only has Andrea Barthwell been touring Illinois misleading people about the facts about medical marijuana, she has also claiming that her Illinois Marijuana Lectures were sponsored by Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GLATTC), an organization that "promotes state-of-the-art addiction science" and is funded through federal taxpayer dollars (through SAMHSA) and partners with such agencies as the Illinois Department of Human Services.

<a href="http://drugstoremuseum.com/images/level_imgs/54984984erg938g449874563.jpg">Parke, Davis & Co.Cannabis extract 1910.jpg</A>
<I><B>CANNABIS INDICA. U. S., Br., INDIAN CANNABIS [Indian Hemp]</B>
" The dried flowering tops of the pistillate plants of Cannabis sativa Linne (Fain. Moracece), grown in the East Indies and gathered while the fruits are yet undeveloped, and carrying the whole of their natural resin." U. S. " The dried flowering or fruiting tops of the female plant of Cannabis sativa, Linn., grown in India; from which the resin has not been removed."</I>

cannabis pharmaceuticals

http://www.gwpharm.com/default.aspx 

"In the UK, Sativex has just been approved and launched as a prescription medicine as a treatment for spasticity due to multiple sclerosis.

In Canada, Sativex is approved under Health Canada’s Notice of Compliance with Conditions (NOC/c) policy for the relief of neuropathic pain and advanced cancer pain.

In Spain, Sativex is expected to be approved shortly and launched in H2 2010. Further submissions will be made to additional European countries in H2 2010 under the mutual recognition procedure and we anticipate approvals in other European countries in H1 2011. In certain other countries, Sativex® is available on prescription on a named patient basis. In total, Sativex has been exported to 28 countries either for named patient prescription use or for clinical trials purposes.

In the US, Sativex® is an investigational drug being developed as an adjunctive (additive) analgesic treatment for patients with advanced cancer whose persistent pain has not been adequately relieved by optimized treatment with strong opioids. The FDA has not approved Sativex® and the product is not available in the United States other than for use in FDA approved clinical trials. "" ""

but like hilary clinton said recently.... theres "too much money in it",

how would all the drug warriors get along without all that loot to steal from folks and if they actually had to chase down REAL CRIMINALS that rape ,murder, steal.... puts a picture in my mind of my cat chasing his tail trying to catch himself, lol .... if they were to look at themselves and see that they are the true criminals in many cases.    so legalize cannabis/hemp, like jack herer said,  it could save our world... but let just start by saving our country first, and then hopefully lead by example, and not and the business end of a war machine

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Sativex?

I wonder if the drug in question is Sativex? In the UK Sativex recently was approved as a medicine: http://www.gwpharm.com/sativex.aspx

As I recall it's a precise mix of 50 percent THC and 50 percent CBD that are in fact extracted and separated from the plant material.


 

The advent of cannabinoid medicine

TrebleBass, GW Pharmaceuticals is in fact using a combination of THC and CBD in Sativex. GWP has developed and patented several strains of cannabis despite the claims of those who ignorantly say that you can't patent a plant.
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Will patients experience a ‘high’ with Sativex®?

There is no evidence to suggest that Sativex® produces a ‘high’ comparable to recreational cannabis.

One of the cannabinoids in Sativex is THC whereas the other principal cannabinoid is CBD, a non-psychoactive molecule. Evidence suggests that CBD may modulate many of the unwanted effects of THC. Hence, through the incorporation of CBD and the utilization of an oromucosal spray delivery system which is administered through careful self-titration (dose adjustment) and which keeps THC from entering the blood too rapidly, patients are able to obtain symptom relief without experiencing a 'high'. Patients emphasise that they seek to obtain the medical benefits without intoxication and, when taking Sativex, are able to adjust their dose to achieve symptom improvement with the minimum of unwanted effects.

http://www.gwpharm.com/sativex-faqs.aspx
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I find it stunning that in 2011 there are still people who think that big pharma has no interest in cannabinoid medicine at best, or at worst is actively working to keep cannabinoid medicine suppressed. Nothing could be farther from the truth today. Recently I did a search of the USPTO data base for the keyword "cannabinoid" and had 4,917 items returned. If you consider lawyer's fees and patent maintenance fees that's $150 million worth of patents, without even considering R&D costs to get to the point of filing for a patent.

Utilizing cannabinoid medicines to manipulate, enhance, and exploit the endo-cannabinoid system in human beings is going to be the next major breakthrough in the practice of human medicine. Perhaps as big (bigger?) as the invention of penicillin.

I doubt I'll even be able to fathom why there are so many people that are against the system of medical delivery that's utilized in this country. Literally somewhere between 2 and 3 out of 10 reading this post would have been dead before the age of 1 had it not been for breakthroughs made by people and companies who "only cared about the money." I suppose that I'm a bit prejudiced because I know for a fact that I would either never have existed without the advent of penicillin, or would have been dead at age 5 if mom had lucked out. You see mom got very sick while carrying my older sister and was told if the penicillin didn't work she was going to need a therapeutic abortion and a radical hysterectomy. This was in 1949 so we know the recommendation for a therapeutic abortion was a very serious matter.

Of course we know that if things were different, they just wouldn't be the same. Mom was a devout catholic so I sincerely doubt she would have had the abortion. The point was moot because of an antibiotic developed by "big pharma" who cared only about "making money." Then there's the fact I was extremely ill when I was 5 years old. Mom and Dad may have exaggerated there, I'll never know because I was too young to understand. But I did have rheumatic fever and that killed a lot of children through the ages.

My motto is if you can't beat them, then join them. Right now there are very few people who understand the magnitude of the impact that cannabinoid medicine is going to have vis a vis human beings and the stocks of these companies are dirt cheap. Buy some, get on the bandwagon. Heck, even if you just hate people making money buy some stock. That will at least keep some Goldman smart ass from taking that profit using government bailout money. Take the money out and burn it afterward if you really can't stand the idea of making a profit from improving people's lives. Choose any charity, give it to the poor. But it just doesn't matter how you feel, this way that the mainstreaming of cannabinoid medicine going to happen.

We can be proud of ourselves because it was the potheads bringing the awareness of the medical benefits of cannabinoid that is what got the pharmas interested in the subject. As always, we'll get no acknowledgment from the mainstream press that it was us that jump started the process but regardless, we know it's the truth.

Like it or not this is how medicine is delivered in our society. There is no doubt that a super majority of patients consider getting high on medicine as an undesirable side effect. I take medicine to stop being sick, not to get high. I believe my attitude is shared by a solid majority of people.

 

Penicillin /= "Big Pharma"

You sir are either misinformed or lying. Penicillin was NOT a product of "big pharma" research, it was discovered by accident in the basement of a London hospital. Whatever other points you may or may not have, you are factually incorrect regarding the origin of the drug that saved your life.

Big Pharma can sell it, but try and grow our meds free, JAIL!

This is just another example of how our government knows the truth about cannabis yet refuses to legalize publicly due to very old alliances with big companies ranging from Big Oil, Dupont/petrochemicals, Big Paper and Timber all the way to Big Pharma. These companies have a vested interest in cannabis and hemp remaining illegal, its not because they want to keep kids or citizens safe but to Make PROFITS, and we all know it! If they think this will fly and we will be like, OK, we will buy your pill for $100 bucks and stop using raw plant matter for our meds, they are sadly mistaken. If anything like so many other things will show the public that cannabis is medicine and thats a step they havent taken. That alone will show the citizens so fearful of this plant that it really is medicine. Then once the American public realizes they have been scammed, its over, they will not go for it any longer. To then say you cant grow your own for free, just like getting pills cheap from Canada, it will become very normal to grow it yourself.

 

They are going to destroy everything themselves and thats fine, because the last little tidbit will be the straw that stops this drug war. Pee tests, what will they do now as for pee tests. Thats right one of the biggest reasons its still illegal is the huge profits from drug testing, but now they wont be able to tell the difference in a medical and non medical pee test, so they will have to do away with them and once they do, things will slowly get better and better. They cant control it and the amount of folks that will get a doctor to write them for these new Pharma pills, they will be covered for any future drug test too.

 

They dont even realize it but by doing this they will in turn legalize marijuana and destroy this drug war in one blow. This will finally prove to so many that marijuana is medicine and that its simply harmless and thats the biggest reason out of all that its still illegal today public perception and they will change that for us, thank you DEA! But no thank you Big Pharma I will still be growing my own thank you. Americans though should be fighting this policy anyhow due to the personal freedoms and rights we have last but we should have in this nation. That alone is the main reason these drugs should be legalized and controled not just throw out to real criminals to profit from, its not working and hasnt ever worked that way, we learned the hard way in the 30s when Capone was shooting up cities and the public feared the gangsters. We learned and ended it real soon after we started it, however with this cannabis prohibition its been going on for 74yrs, I think its time to finally stop it, how about you?  

When they start to provide

When they start to provide the essential oil made by the Rick Simpson method, I'll start to call it - a cure. Untill then, it's a scam.

Why Cannabis is Illegal

There are a number of reasons cannabis remains illegal...amongst them, I highly doubt, are any of the above.

The real reason that cannabis remains illegal is threefold.

Firstly, it is the persecution of a minority group that can be gotten away with precisely because only a minority group uses the drug - like all other drugs. Alcohol is in significant contrast comparatively. If only ten percent of the population had used alcohol recreationally, or regularly, during prohibition, you can imagine it would almost certainly be illegal today. When there aren't enough voices and people suffering as a result of laws, there is absolutely no real reason for a government to go about changing them. The prosecution and persecution of cannabis users is tantamount to government-supported racism/segregation. Any minority group that suffers at the hands of a power structure will have a very difficult time changing the laws which allow it to be persecuted in the first place. We have a country that, generally, believes in majority rule. . .policies that protect minorities are not at all as common as we might be led to believe.

 

Secondly, the illegality of cannabis both INCREASES jobs in particular industries, and FREES UP jobs in all others. What more could a lawmaker, or politician, ask for? The mandate to legally destroy the lives of people. . .take them away from their jobs and steal their property. . .and ultimately free those jobs up for someone else who DOESN'T use the drug. . .is a wet dream, no doubt. You decrease the unemployment rate because inmates are not considered unemployed, and simultaneously you increase the employment rate in law enforcement, correctional facilities, and drug testing agencies as there becomes more need in those places to support said laws.

 

It does not remain illegal because it is dangerous. . .we have mounting scientific evidence to the contrary. It does not remain illegal because it can not be taxed. . .it can be taxed, and if it were legalized, it would be. It does not remain illegal because of actual racism, in the sense of the days of when the laws were first enacted. . .nor does it remain illegal because of the timber industry, which is no longer the industry it once was, not by a long shot. It remains illegal because laws create jobs, both as a result of people losing them, and more people being needed to keep the legal system running smoothly. It remains illegal because you can bet those in the DEA who control policy have vested financial interests in the continued illegality of cannabis - their biggest source of income, being that it is the most widely used drug - not to mention held stocks in drug testing, correctional facilities, and related industries.

 

The DEA recently passed into motion the inability for anyone to trade K2 in the United States. They performed this operation without any kind of democratic due-process. None of the individuals within the DEA are put into their positions as a result of a democratic process. Congress is not involved in what they do, either. It should be noted that laws passed outside of the legislative branch are examples of TYRANNY not DEMOCRACY or representation.

 

Take heed, the DEA are tyrants hell bent on making as much money from your suffering as possible. They are held accountable to no one in this era. If we don't all stand together, regardless of what drugs we use, or whether we use them at all, we will never have the right to freely experiment and use safely without fear of persecution.

legalize already

great job, very well said!

Marijuana has always been "medicine"!

As the truthful information about the remarkable medicinal properties of the cannabis plant becomes more widespread, these numbers will go even much higher! Cannabis prohibition is doomed to failure, as it is based on a series of total "un-realities", which no amount of repression can make "real". Cannabis is NOT physically addictive as it lacks a documented physical withdrawal syndrome, the so-called "gateway drug theory discredited as invalid, much touted by the DEA drug Marinol is not at all the same as medicinal cannabis, smoking Cannabis does not increase the risk of lung cancer, and cannabis use suppresses violent behavior. These are REALITIES! To further say that Cannabis plant does not have medicinal properties is simply delusional and is a complete "break" with "reality". If anti-Cannabis repression by the DEA and its allies were to be intensified, the rate of alcohol, cocaine, opiates, other hard drugs, alcohol, and dangerous prescription drugs would increase sharply. Neither the DEA, not its minions can make people perceive Cannabis as "unsafe", where is in reality it is quite safe, much safer than alcohol and other alternatives. With the rise of the use of alcohol/hard drugs, the amount of violence and mayhem in this society will also rise, something that every mother and wife should consider. In these hard economic times our so-called "representatives" do not even dare talking about cutting the bloated DEA budget, especially its so-called "marijuana" enforcement, while they are willing to discuss cutting everything else. This is because the DEA and its minions are very good with attaching labels, and no one wants to risk being "labeled" as "soft on drugs"! The employment drug tests have a potential of "screening out" "Picassos", and Lady GaGa's, and Willie Nelsons, but letting people like Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson slip through (if the employers are "lucky"). And to say that Cannabis Plant does not have medicinal properties is simply delusional! Cannabis prohibition, as based on glaring scientific and philosophical "un-realities" and can never succeed in the long run!

Legalize Cannabis/Medicinal Cannabis ASAP!

As the truthful information about the remarkable medicinal properties of the cannabis plant becomes more widespread, these numbers will go even much higher! Cannabis prohibition is doomed to failure, as it is based on a series of total "un-realities", which no amount of repression can make "real". Cannabis is NOT physically addictive as it lacks a documented physical withdrawal syndrome, the so-called "gateway drug theory discredited as invalid, much touted by the DEA drug Marinol is not at all the same as medicinal cannabis, smoking Cannabis does not increase the risk of lung cancer, and cannabis use suppresses violent behavior. These are REALITIES! To further say that Cannabis plant does not have medicinal properties is simply delusional and is a complete "break" with "reality". If anti-Cannabis repression by the DEA and its allies were to be intensified, the rate of alcohol, cocaine, opiates, other hard drugs, alcohol, and dangerous prescription drugs would increase sharply. Neither the DEA, not its minions can make people perceive Cannabis as "unsafe", where is in reality it is quite safe, much safer than alcohol and other alternatives. With the rise of the use of alcohol/hard drugs, the amount of violence and mayhem in this society will also rise, something that every mother and wife should consider. In these hard economic times our so-called "representatives" do not even dare talking about cutting the bloated DEA budget, especially its so-called "marijuana" enforcement, while they are willing to discuss cutting everything else. This is because the DEA and its minions are very good with attaching labels, and no one wants to risk being "labeled" as "soft on drugs"! The employment drug tests have a potential of "screening out" "Picassos", and Lady GaGa's, and Willie Nelsons, but letting people like Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson slip through (if the employers are "lucky"). And to say that Cannabis Plant does not have medicinal properties is simply delusional! Cannabis prohibition, as based on glaring scientific and philosophical "un-realities" and can never succeed in the long run!

MARIJUANA AS MEDICINE???

Good Day!!!

Yes, you are totally right, I just read an article regarding DEA that I got in 

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/23/dea-to-legalize-marijuana-only-for-big-pharma-group-claims/

explaining the reason regarding with the marijuna,

"Marijuana plants and THC extracts would remain illegal under the proposal, but companies would be able to purchase THC from a government-licensed provider to develop pharmaceutical products."

This means that marijuna is not legal for all the people it can use for cure as what they said:

"Rather the DEA appears content to try to walk a political and semantic tightrope that alleges: 'pot is bad,' but 'pot-derived pharmaceuticals are good.'"

Marijuna is very useful plant but if you didn't manage it very well it can became a harmful to all of us. as what DEA pin points to there messages.

How will it lead to "more

How will it lead to "more crime" if it is no longer considered a crime anymore?

Marijuana use does not cause crime, violent crimes happen from drug gangs selling it and having territory disputes and things of that nature, it's pretty much proven that making something illicit just makes a new market niche for Fat Tony

How?

Are you retarded?

Marijuana should never be put on par with alcohol, and it's common knowledge that what causes the vast amounts of crime is the prohibition itself, not the legalization of the drug. We saw this with the prohibition of alcohol. And anyway, the legalization of marijuana would more than likely decrease the amount of users. What is making it illegal doing now? People are still smoking excessively, some every day or in the range of. Legalizing it would just make it acceptable to do this without getting yourself thrown in jail for growing your own medicine instead of putting it directly into the pockets of the DEA that want to market the product for the benefit of themselves and not the people.

Nope

Pharmaceutical companies are the main benefactors of the criminalisation of Pot, because keeping Pot out of the way means they can sell patended and more profitable synthetic drugs, which is good for them, but bad for everyone else.

 

Permission to make drugs ONLY for Pharmaceutical industries is wrong because it is a natural plant anybody should have access to use for themselves, so they are trying to have an early monopolisation just in case weed comes back, it seems to take control of Cannabis supplies early.

great point

Too bad the government does not agree!

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Top Priority

We must have as our #1 Priority to get Marijuana off the schedule I list. No progress will be made until this happens. As an aside: Did you hear about the guy who OD'd on pot? That is because it has not happened!

It's called "fraud" and "misprision of treason"

The Ten Year Lie

 

It's called "fraud." 

 

News Release 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2001

DEA Clarifies Status of Hemp in the Federal Register

 

http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr100901.html

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced rules to clarify the legal status of “hemp” products. “Hemp” is part of the cannabis plant, which is also known as marijuana. {Not true} The rules published in today’s edition of the Federal Register explain the circumstances under which “hemp” products are subject to control under federal law.

photo of marijuana leaves“Hemp” and marijuana are actually separate parts of the species of plant known as cannabis. {Not true} Under federal law, Congress defined marijuana to focus on those parts of the cannabis plant that are the source of tetrahydrocannabinols (THC). THC is the hallucinogenic substance{Not true} in marijuana that causes the psychoactive effect or “high.” The marijuana portions of the cannabis plant include the flowering tops (buds), the leaves, and the resin of the cannabis plant. The remainder of the plant — stalks and sterilized seeds — is what some people refer to as “hemp.”{Not true} However, “hemp” is not a term that is found in federal law.{Not true}

DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson stated that “many Americans do not know that hemp and marijuana are both parts of the same plant and that hemp cannot be produced without producing marijuana.” {Not true}

While most of the THC in cannabis plants is concentrated in the marijuana, all parts of the plant, including hemp, have been found to contain THC. {Not true} The existence of THC in hemp is significant because THC, like marijuana, is a schedule I controlled substance. Federal law prohibits human consumption and possession of schedule I controlled substances. In addition, they are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medical use. {who's fault is that?}

 

The rules that DEA is publishing today explain which hemp products are legal and which are not. This will depend on whether the product causes THC to enter the human body. {Not true.} If the product does cause THC to enter the human body, it is an illegal substance that may not be manufactured, sold, or consumed in the United States. Such products include “hemp” foods and beverages that contain THC.

#

 

Weigh this against historical assessment of the true value of hemp: 

 

 

 

“The greatest service which can be rendered any country 

is to add a useful plant to its culture.”

a

"Hemp is of first necessity 

to the wealth & protection of the country." 

 

Thomas Jefferson 

3rd President of the United States, inventor, 

Cannabis farmer

 

 

 

 It is a "misprision of treason" to fail to act in the interest of national security.

 

A class action lawsuit for misprision of treason needs to be brought against the DEA before the spring planting season passes or we will be truly poor in the Fall.

"How bad do things have to get before all solutions are considered?"

The REAL Question...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edZw3hXkGJo

Cannabis is both unique and essential, an herb bearing seed of Strategic necessity to the wealth and protection of the country and the integrity of the ecosystem. We don't need permission to grow it, we need help getting enough seed.

 

Cannabs is the best choice as the basis for a sustainable energy production model for the greatest number of people. Expanding the arable base is critical to our survival, and Cannabis is the best choice for pioneering soils repair, both phytoremediation and remineralization.

Cannabis inclusive economics reintroduces spirit to money. 


Shastashares

http://www.shastashares.com/ShastasharesBrochure.pdf

 

The reason Roger Christie is about to be vindicated in Hawaii is because the truth WILL be told before and during his trial -- if it ever comes to that!

The Last Marijuana Trial

http://the-last-marijuana-trial.com/

 

PvH

It's called "fraud" and "misprision of treason"

The Ten Year Lie

 

It's called "fraud." 

 

News Release 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2001

DEA Clarifies Status of Hemp in the Federal Register

 

http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr100901.html

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced rules to clarify the legal status of “hemp” products. “Hemp” is part of the cannabis plant, which is also known as marijuana. {Not true} The rules published in today’s edition of the Federal Register explain the circumstances under which “hemp” products are subject to control under federal law.

photo of marijuana leaves“Hemp” and marijuana are actually separate parts of the species of plant known as cannabis. {Not true} Under federal law, Congress defined marijuana to focus on those parts of the cannabis plant that are the source of tetrahydrocannabinols (THC). THC is the hallucinogenic substance{Not true} in marijuana that causes the psychoactive effect or “high.” The marijuana portions of the cannabis plant include the flowering tops (buds), the leaves, and the resin of the cannabis plant. The remainder of the plant — stalks and sterilized seeds — is what some people refer to as “hemp.”{Not true} However, “hemp” is not a term that is found in federal law.{Not true}

DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson stated that “many Americans do not know that hemp and marijuana are both parts of the same plant and that hemp cannot be produced without producing marijuana.” {Not true}

While most of the THC in cannabis plants is concentrated in the marijuana, all parts of the plant, including hemp, have been found to contain THC. {Not true} The existence of THC in hemp is significant because THC, like marijuana, is a schedule I controlled substance. Federal law prohibits human consumption and possession of schedule I controlled substances. In addition, they are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medical use. {who's fault is that?}

 

The rules that DEA is publishing today explain which hemp products are legal and which are not. This will depend on whether the product causes THC to enter the human body. {Not true.} If the product does cause THC to enter the human body, it is an illegal substance that may not be manufactured, sold, or consumed in the United States. Such products include “hemp” foods and beverages that contain THC.

#

 

Weigh this against historical assessment of the true value of hemp: 

 

 

 

“The greatest service which can be rendered any country 

is to add a useful plant to its culture.”

a

"Hemp is of first necessity 

to the wealth & protection of the country." 

 

Thomas Jefferson 

3rd President of the United States, inventor, 

Cannabis farmer

 

 

 

 It is a "misprision of treason" to fail to act in the interest of national security.

 

A class action lawsuit for misprision of treason needs to be brought against the DEA before the spring planting season passes or we will be truly poor in the Fall.

"How bad do things have to get before all solutions are considered?"

The REAL Question...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edZw3hXkGJo

Cannabis is both unique and essential, an herb bearing seed of Strategic necessity to the wealth and protection of the country and the integrity of the ecosystem. We don't need permission to grow it, we need help getting enough seed.

 

Cannabs is the best choice as the basis for a sustainable energy production model for the greatest number of people. Expanding the arable base is critical to our survival, and Cannabis is the best choice for pioneering soils repair, both phytoremediation and remineralization.

Cannabis inclusive economics reintroduces spirit to money. 


Shastashares

http://www.shastashares.com/ShastasharesBrochure.pdf

 

The reason Roger Christie is about to be vindicated in Hawaii is because the truth WILL be told before and during his trial -- if it ever comes to that!

The Last Marijuana Trial

http://the-last-marijuana-trial.com/

 

PvH

Saying marijuana is better in

Saying marijuana is better in pill form than the marijuana itself is like saying it's better to eat salad in a pill than to eat salad itself.

Important correction

The article says 'plant-derived' but what they rescheduled was dronabinol (synthetically-prepared THC) http://www.fdalawblog.net/fda_law_blog_hyman_phelps/2010/11/redefining-d... That's an extremely important distinction. The DEA won't even agree to "Big Pharma's" request to save money by extracting THC from plants rather than doing the expensive synthesis. That's how bullheaded the DEA is. They even sat on the request for 10 years before being forced to give an answer: NO! (The fake 'science' DEA uses to justify their insane decisions on cannabis originate with HHS, but both are run by presidential appointees and have weak congressional oversight.)

none

every day I have migraines after I have been slammed on my head in the Army's combative tournament and my   thinking has not been the same, before my injury i wasn't suicidal i didn't use drugs. I've been clear from most drugs but marijuana and what the VA gives me for my arthritis, stomach complications, and mental problems. When I was using other drugs I was using cocaine, oxicottin, xanax, spice, opium, mushrooms, and alcohol. My family are the only ones that helped my clean-out before I would have killed myself.  By smoking cannabis I had less migraines and my arthritis is more manageable. IM not saying its a cure all drug and everyone should have it its just that it helps with my day to day complications.

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