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  • Greetings:

    My question is simply this: Why do we not read the following reports in our daily newspapers and magazines? They tell the real story of cannabis …….

    British India[edit]
    Main article: Indian Hemp Drugs Commission
    In 1894, the British Indian government completed a wide-ranging study of cannabis in India. The report’s findings stated:

    Viewing the subject generally, it may be added that the moderate use of these drugs is the rule, and that the excessive use is comparatively exceptional. The moderate use practically produces no ill effects. In all but the most exceptional cases, the injury from habitual moderate use is not appreciable. The excessive use may certainly be accepted as very injurious, though it must be admitted that in many excessive consumers the injury is not clearly marked. The injury done by the excessive use is, however, confined almost exclusively to the consumer himself; the effect on society is rarely appreciable. It has been the most striking feature in this inquiry to find how little the effects of hemp drugs have
    obtruded themselves on observation.

    — Report of the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission, 1894-1895[10]


    Marihuana, A Signal of Misunderstanding
    The Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse
    Chapter V
    marihuana and social policy
    A Final Comment
    In this Chapter, we have carefully considered the spectrum of social and legal policy alternatives. On the basis of our findings, discussed in previous Chapters, we have concluded that society should seek to discourage use, while concentrating its attention on the prevention and treatment of heavy and very heavy use. The Commission feels that the criminalization of possession of marihuana for personal is socially self-defeating as a means of achieving this objective. We have attempted to balance individual freedom on one hand and the obligation of the state to consider the wider social good on the other. We believe our recommended scheme will permit society to exercise its control and influence in ways most useful and efficient, meanwhile reserving to the individual American his sense of privacy, his sense of individuality, and, within the context of ail interacting and interdependent society, his options to select his own life style, values, goals and opportunities.
    The Commission sincerely hopes that the tone of cautious restraint sounded in this Report will be perpetuated in the debate which will follow it. For those who feel we have not proceeded far enough, we are reminded of Thomas Jefferson’s advice to George Washington that “Delay is preferable to error.” For those who argue we have gone too far, we note Roscoe Pound’s statement, “The law must be stable, but it must not stand still.”
    We have carefully analyzed the interrelationship between marihuana the drug, marihuana use as a behavior, and marihuana as a social problem. Recognizing the extensive degree of misinformation about marihuana as a drug, we have tried to demythologize it. Viewing the use of marihuana in its wider social context, we have tried to desymbolize it.
    Considering the range of social concerns in contemporary America, marihuana does not, in our considered judgment, rank very high. We would deemphasize marihuana as a problem.
    The existing social and legal policy is out of proportion to the individual and social harm engendered by the use of the drug. To replace it, we have attempted to design a suitable social policy, which we believe is fair, cautious and attuned to the social realities of our time.


    From the LaGuardia Report, NYC, 1930:
    In this sampling the records of 1,500 offenders, or 25 per cent of the 6,000, were examined. Of these, 135 were charged in connection with marihuana. From this fact it was estimated that about 540 offenders, or 9 per cent of all drug offenders coming to the Court of Special Sessions in six years, were users of marihuana. In analyzing this sample of 135 cases, it was found that 93 offenders had no previous record, the previous charges or charges of 8 concerned only drugs, 5 had records including drug charges and 29 had records not including drug charges. Among those with longer records, that is, from four to seven previous arrests, none showed progression from the use of drugs to other crimes.
    As measured by the succession of arrests and convictions in the Court of General Sessions (the only method of estimation) it can be said that drugs generally do not initiate criminal careers. Similarly, in the Court of Special Sessions, only 8 per cent of the offenders had previous charges of using drugs and 3.7 per cent had previous charges of drugs and other petty crimes. In the vast majority of cases in this group of 135, then, the earlier use of marihuana apparently did not predispose to crime, even that of using other drugs. Whether the first offenders charged with the use of marihuana go on to major crime is a matter of speculation. The expectancy of major crimes following the use of cannabis in New York County is small, according to these experiences.(4)

  • Four months ago I posted this and no response! What to say? I’ll submit this now to bring it up somewhere else maybe…. What will it take to make Tennessee free from these silly laws, telling us every single thing to do and not do in our daily lives….. good grief how insane. What if americans were to learn that the English and Australians are using Kudzu weed to help with alcohol withdrawal, would they outlaw it to keep people on booze? I’ll bet they would……

  • And yet another month passes by……. It’s now May 27th, 2017 and still no legal medicinal cannabis in Tennessee. Maybe I’m upset because I’ll be turning 80 years old in a few months, and my 57 years of cannabis use has finally made me insane. My time is short, but could someone please tell me what is wrong with our legislators? Why do I continually think it has something to do with money? Will there not be enough tax receipts from cannabis to support our legislators? Is that the problem?

    • Hi sr . I too am in need of legalization of MJ in Tenn . Just wanted you to know we hear you loud and clear . 80 years old , nice testimony Sr . and Loved your whit about how long you have been using . I too wish to know whats going on .. Hope this msg reaches you in time to say . hey ..I saw somewhere that Tenn legalized . Hope your still around to enjoy the longevity legalization will give you as we all know Stress kills . As I like to say Do it like its legal . I cant support archaic laws . It would be un adult like. I’m a life toker too . wlo @AmeriCannaBlunt

      • When you read the history of the cannabis plant it leaves no doubt why this plant should be legal and everyone should grow their own medicine. It occurs to me that that is how it was done for thousands of years until recently, when politicians got into the act to decide what you and I should have in the way of medicine. And how to get their cut from the ensuing business. Do read the ICAM which I mentioned below, for all the latest uses of cannabis as medicine. And I learned that over 70 disqualifies one for being a medicinal test subject……. hmmmm……. but……

  • Greetings to all,

    I don’t know where else to post this…… I hope, but actually doubt, many of you read the IACM, the International Association of Cannabinoid Medicine publications from Holland, but you should, as they are an excellent organization, and you can reference all the cannabis research work there. Here is something just recent, proof, with references, that cannabinoids are medicine, i.e. cannabis is medicine…… How can anyone say cannabis is not medicine when it works just like medicine……..

    IACM-Bulletin of 28 May 2017

    Science/Human: Cannabidiol effective against epilepsy in Dravet syndrome
    Science/Human: Cannabis is used as a substitute for prescription drugs according to a large survey
    USA: The State of Washington allows self-cultivation of cannabis by patients
    Uruguay: Foundation of the Uruguayan Society of Endocannabinology
    Chile: Citizens increasingly grow their own medical cannabis
    News in brief
    A glimpse @ the past

    Science/Human: Cannabidiol effective against epilepsy in Dravet syndrome

    A clinical study with 120 children and young adults suffering from Dravet syndrome, which shows that CBD (cannabidiol) is effective in symptom control, was now published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Several centres across the USA participated in the placebo-controlled trial of 14 weeks of treatment.

    The median frequency of convulsive seizures per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9 with CBD, as compared with a decrease from 14.9 to 14.1 with placebo. The percentage of patients who had at least a 50% reduction in convulsive-seizure frequency was 43% with CBD and 27% with placebo. The patient’s overall condition improved by at least one category on a standard scale in 62% of the CBD group as compared with 34% of the placebo group.

    Devinsky O, Cross JH, Laux L, Marsh E, Miller I, Nabbout R, Scheffer IE, Thiele EA, Wright S; Cannabidiol in Dravet Syndrome Study Group. Trial of Cannabidiol for Drug-Resistant Seizures in the Dravet Syndrome. N Engl J Med. 2017;376(21):2011-2020.


  • What does marijuana do? Here is the response from

    “As an ethnographer working with young drug users in person and on the internet, as well as having read widely on the subject, these are the effects I have most often found credibly attributed to marijuana:

    Increased appetite, change in the perception of time, relief from pain, intensified awareness (both inside and outside the body), relaxation, euphoria, increased heart rate, lower blood pressure, emotional release, increased vigor, lethargy, inhibited memory, increased creativity, intense introspection, reveries, flights of fancy, lower body temperature, increased sexual pleasure, reduced sexual desire, relief from nausea, greater aesthetic appreciation, magical thinking, heightened interest in spiritual phenomena, and both increased and decreased anxiety (presumably different types of anxiety).

    Reported medically relevant effects of marijuana also include bronchodilation, decreased intracranial and intraocular pressure, glucagon release, reduction in insulin tolerance, lymphocyte suppression, antimicrobial, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, psychotomimetic, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, antinociceptive and anticarcinogenic effects.

    Occasionally marijuana causes many strange and idiosyncratic effects not here described. Some of these may sometimes be labelled as psychotic or spiritual, but these effects are typically short-lived; they do not last and often cannot be produced reliably or consistently, making them difficult, if fascinating, to study.”

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