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By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 8, 2012
If your strategy to legalize the use of plant cannabis by all people for any reason is to preach “All use is medical/wellness”, cannabinoid pharmaceuticals is where you’ll end up. There exists a paradigm for the medical / wellness use of substances, and it lies in the realm of doctors and pharmacists and prescriptions and manufactured drugs. However, there also exists a paradigm for the recreational use of substances, and it lies in the realm of taverns and bartenders and DUI laws and ID checks and home brewing.
Posted in SCIENCE | Tagged All Use is Medical, Austria, belgium, Big Pharma, british, Canada, cannabidiol, CBD, Czech Republic, Denmark, Europe, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Marinol, medical marijuana, multiple sclerosis, netherlands, New Zealand, pharmaceuticals, Poland, Portugal, Sativex, Spain, sweden, synthetic THC, The Netherlands, UK, Wellness | 23 Responses
By "Radical" Russ Belville on May 26, 2011
The Drug Enforcement Administration told Legalization Nation in an e-mail last week that 55 unnamed companies now hold licenses to grow cannabis in the United States, a fact that contradicts the widespread belief that there is only one legal pot farm in America, operated under the DEA for research purposes.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on April 4, 2010
Fact 1: We have made significant progress in fighting drug use and drug trafficking in America. Now is not the time to abandon our efforts.
The Legalization Lobby claims that the fight against drugs cannot be won. However, overall drug use is down by more than a third in the last twenty years, while cocaine use has dropped by an astounding 70 percent. Ninety-five percent of Americans do not use drugs. This is success by any standards.
Posted in ABNORML NEWS, ACTIVISM, FAMILIES, GOVERNMENT, LAW ENFORCEMENT, LEGISLATION, SCIENCE, SOCIETY | Tagged addiction, Alaska, Allen St. Pierre, american medical association, asset forfeiture, California, cocaine, David Letterman, DEA, Drug Czar, drug enforcement administration, drug legalization, Drugged Driving, drunk driving, EMCDDA, Europe, gateway theory, inhalants, Legalization, Marijuana Unicorns, Marinol, NSDUH, ONDCP, SAMHSA, schedule i, schedule ii, schedule iii, TaxCannabis2010, The Netherlands, tobacco, West Coast | 12 Responses
By "Radical" Russ Belville on March 15, 2010
Sorry to have to defend Wal-Mart, but they are no different in this regard than hundreds or even thousands of employers in the fourteen medical marijuana states. Your recommendation for medical marijuana is just words – it’s not a prescription – so you aren’t protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act for your medical marijuana use. You are not protected against discrimination for your medical marijuana use. An employer may refuse to hire you and an employer may terminate you if you fail a workplace urine screening for marijuana metabolites.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on February 20, 2010
If other medications work better than marijuana, so what? Suppose medical science succeeds in creating an inhaler that delivers all the medicinal benefits of cannabis without the side effects of dry mouth, red eyes, and that pesky “high”. Suppose the inhaler is even proven to be superior to natural vaporized cannabis. So what? If my choicesbetween two safe and effective medications are the $50 / month inhaler I get at CVS or the pot plant I grow in my closet, what justification is there for arresting me for the latter, aside from protecting the sales of the former? It would be like arresting people for planting willow trees because aspirin in pill form is superior to chewing willow bark for the acetylsalicylic acid.
By "Radical" Russ Belville on December 2, 2009
Plymouth, United Kingdom–(ENEWSPF)–December 2, 2009. The administration of Sativex, an oral spray consisting of natural cannabis extracts (primarily THC and cannabidiol aka CBD), significantly reduces cancer pain compared to placebo or THC alone, according to clinical trial data published online in the Journal of Pain Management. Authors concluded, “The results of this study show that [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on August 6, 2009
NORML’s Paul Armentano has already done a stellar job taking on the latest reefer madess on ABC News. This is another one of what seem to be an increasing number of stories (NY Times, Dr. Drew, The Tenneseean, CNN, TransWorldNews, Christian Science Monitor) that bring up the idea of “marijuana addiction” by telling the personal [...]
Posted in ABNORML NEWS, ACTIVISM, SCIENCE | Tagged ABC News, addiction, Dr. Nora Volkow, lithium, Marinol, national institute on drug abuse, Paul Armentano, rehab, Roger Roffman, SAFER, Woodstock Weed | 10 Responses
By "Radical" Russ Belville on June 23, 2009
“The reason the that federal government has it outlawed is because they say there’s no medicinal value in it, even though we have a quarter of the country’s population now living under medical marijuana law, the federal government says there’s no medicinal benefit, it’s the most dangerous drug in a Schedule 1 controlled substance with [...]
By "Radical" Russ Belville on March 4, 2009
First, the good news, something the migraine/cluster headache medical marijuana patient for whom I am a caregiver could’ve told you without any scientific studies: Cluster Attacks Responsive to Recreational Cannabis and Dronabinol Pharmacological preparations of cannabinoid compounds have a variety of therapeutic uses in medicine, including different pain syndromes, but have not been previously reported [...]
By MrSpof on February 25, 2009
[Welcome to the Stash the prolific MrSpof, who will be dishing out some of that Fresh Stash right here on the Main Page. This is an experiment that may end at any time, but I really want to expand the Stash, on a model somewhat like "DailyKos", where there will be additional front page contributors. [...]
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