How Weed Can Protect Us From Cancer and Alzheimer’s

Hardly the harmful intoxicant that many once thought it was,  cannabis is a nourishing plant that actually improves and prolongs life.

The following is an excerpt from MARIJUANA: GATEWAY TO HEALTH—How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.

For thousands of years cannabis has been used as a medicine for a remarkably broad range of ailments. Opponents of medical marijuana have claimed that nothing works on so many diverse illnesses and that the only relief offered was one of stupor from being stoned. But in 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was discovered and since then researchers have learned that there are two types of cannabinoid receptors which are distributed throughout our bodies and that we make chemicals within our bodies—endocannabinoids—that are similar to the cannabinoids made by the cannabis plant. Both plant and human cannabinoids bind to and influence these receptors in order to discourage the rise… Continue reading

3 States Mull MJ Legalization Experts Warn: Beware

Legalizing marijuana in even a single state could drive down prices dramatically across the country, encouraging more people to smoke the drug, a panel of experts said at a briefing Tuesday. Last week, Oregon became the third state that will vote this November on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana, joining Colorado and Washington.

“Legalization is unprecedented – not even the Netherlands has done it – it is entirely possible it will happen this year,” said Jonathan Caulkins, co-author of “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

“The effects will be enormous,” said Caulkins, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, during an event at the American Enterprise Institute.

The Obama administration opposes legalizing marijuana and has taken action to shut down some medical marijuana dispensaries in California and Colorado.

Caulkins said one of the main reasons for outlawing the drug is to make it riskier to produce and sell, driving up… Continue reading

Reps. Ron Paul, Barney Frank join forces to back bipartisan medical

By Pete Kasperowicz

A bipartisan group of House members has proposed legislation that would make it easier for people to defend themselves in federal cases for possessing marijuana, if they can show that they are using marijuana for medical purposes in line with relevant state laws.

The Truth in Trials Act, H.R. 6134, was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), along with an eclectic mix of 15 House Democrats such as Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), and three Republicans, including GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (Texas).

The bill would give people facing federal prosecution for marijuana possession the right to “introduce evidence demonstrating that the marijuana-related activities for which the person stands accused were performed in compliance with state law regarding the medical use of marijuana.” It would also create an affirmative defense under federal law for marijuana possession.

“It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution or… Continue reading

NORML call on 2500 to take Court action

NORML call on 2500 to take Court action

NORML New Zealand is calling on all 2500 people charged for cannabis in Operation National to enter Not Guilty or No Plea at every court appearance to clog the court system.

NORML vice-president Abe Gray said that if the 2500 people refused to plead guilty, cannabis prohibition would become unworkable immediately.

“By pleading Not Guilty they will have a greater chance of avoiding jail and challenging the validity of police searches,” he said.

“The public is waking up to the evils of prohibition and the fact that growing a plant is never a real crime.”

NORML are calling on Juries made up of their peers to nullify these charges.

“Nullification is an ancient common-law right for the public to deal with unjust laws,” Mr Gray said.

“If the authorities can ban one medical plant they can ban any medical plant, it’s a… Continue reading

Poll watching is a civic duty

We are encouraging our members, regardless of party affiliations, to come out with us and protect the purity of the electoral process. We all want free and fair elections, so come out and help us. There is a two hour class that is required to be credentialized and available the next two Saturday mornings and we are asking for four hours of your time on election day.

You will learn about absentee ballots, residency requirements, voter challenges, and voter assistance. We will be participating with other organization i.e., the League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Tennessee Citizen Action, and Vanderbilt Law School.

For more information there is an article in The Tennessean.

Saturday, October 27, 9 am – 11 am, TN Citizen Action, 50 Vantage Way, Suite 250

Saturday, October 27, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, TN Citizen Action, 50 Vantage Way, Suite 250

Saturday,… Continue reading

Report: HSBC allowed money laundering that likely funded terror, drugs

By NBCNews.com’s Alastair Jamieson and news services

A “pervasively polluted” culture at HSBC allowed the bank to act as financier to clients moving shadowy funds from the world’s most dangerous and secretive corners, including Mexico, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria, according to a scathing U.S. Senate report issued on Monday.

The report [link to PDF here] which comes ahead of a Senate hearing on Tuesday, said large amounts of Mexican drug money was likely to have passed through the bank.

HSBC’s U.S. division provided money and banking services to some banks in Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh believed to have helped fund al-Qaida and other terrorist groups, according to an Al-Jazeera story on the report.

While the big British bank’s problems have been known for nearly a decade, the Senate probe detailed just how sweeping the problems have been, both at the bank and at the Office… Continue reading

1 in 8 with Fibromyalgia Uses Medicinal Cannabis

Medical Cannabis

One in eight people with the painful condition fibromyalgia self-medicate with pot and other cannabis products, according to a new Canadian study.

“That is not unusual behavior, in general, for people with chronic medical illnesses for which we don’t have great treatments,” said Dr. Igor Grant, who heads the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California and was not involved in the study.

“People start looking around, they look for other types of remedies, because they need the help,” he told Reuters Health.

The question is if self-medicating with cannabis is really helpful for people with fibromyalgia, researchers say.

Marijuana has been shown to ease certain types of pain in patients with HIV and other conditions. But Grant said he doesn’t know of any research showing the drug can relieve the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

And the question of whether it helps fibromyalgia sufferers regain… Continue reading