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2,400 Year Old Mummy Had Breast Cancer Used Cannabis. Photo: Via Wikimedia Commons.

2,400 Year Old Mummy Had Breast Cancer Used Cannabis

A 2,400-year-old "Siberian Ice Maiden" apparently knew something that not all US lawmakers do: Cannabis is a perfect palliative for cancer. Discovered in 1993 by archaeologist Natalia Polosmak, the mummified remains of this woman, also known as the "Princess of Ukok," were recently examined by a team of Russian scientists. They found that the woman, who was heavily tattooed and died when she was between 20 and 30 years old, suffered from and ultimately succumbed to breast cancer.

Terminal Cancer Patient Guilty In Marijuana Trial. A terminal cancer patient who says he grew marijuana to treat his tumors was found guilty of drug charges Wednesday by an Iowa jury that wasn't allowed to hear his defense.

Terminal Cancer Patient Guilty In Marijuana Trial

Benton Mackenzie, 48, was convicted in Iowa district court jury of marijuana manufacturing and conspiracy, along with his wife, Loretta, 43, the Quad-City Times' Brian Wellner first reported. Their son Cody, 22, was found guilty of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Benton Mackenzie, who had been barred by Judge Henry Latham from a defense that explains he grew cannabis to relieve his aggressive and rare cancer of the blood vessels, faces a minimum of three years in prison when he is sentenced later. His family said they intend to appeal the verdicts. Mackenzie said prison may kill him as his health worsens. Cannabis smoking and lung cancer risk: Pooled analysis in the International Lung Cancer Consortium - Zhang - International Journal of Cancer. 34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer. There’s still a lot of confusion across the nation about whether or not marijuana is effective for cancer patients.

34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer

Odds are you’ve heard something about it but weren’t sure whether the information was reliable or definitive. So, in order to help clear things up, here is a list of 34 studies showing that marijuana cures cancer, categorized by the type of cancers being cured in each study. As you sort through the articles, note that the consistent theme between them is that cannabis shrinks tumors and selectively targets cancer cells. Dear Media: This Is What People Who Use Marijuana Look Like  Global political and business leaders are talking seriously about ending marijuana prohibition everywhere from D.C. to Davos.

Dear Media: This Is What People Who Use Marijuana Look Like 

Recent polls say a majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana -- and not just in the states you'd expect but even in Missouri, Indiana, Texas, Florida and Louisiana. In Washington State, Colorado and the country of Uruguay, marijuana is now legally regulated -- not to mention the twenty states and D.C. that have implemented medical marijuana laws since 1996. It would seem that marijuana has finally entered the mainstream of U.S. and international politics. However, someone has neglected to tell the many news outlets that continue to recycle the same old "Cheech & Chong" images that should have been retired decades ago. After all, half of American adults have tried marijuana and they can't possibly all look like stoner stereotypes.

Driving Under the Influence, of Marijuana. Photo If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving, the police officer is likely to ask you to complete three tasks: Follow a pen with your eyes while the officer moves it back and forth; get out of the car and walk nine steps, heel to toe, turn on one foot and go back; and stand on one leg for 30 seconds.

Driving Under the Influence, of Marijuana

Score well on all three of these Olympic events, and there’s a very good chance that you are not drunk. This so-called standard field sobriety test has been shown to catch 88 percent of drivers under the influence of alcohol. But it is nowhere near as good at spotting a stoned driver. Here's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose. Could You Lose Your Job for Smoking Legal Pot? The Lone Star State has led a surprisingly progressive overhaul of its incarceration system.

Could You Lose Your Job for Smoking Legal Pot?

The story behind the bipartisan push that GOP contenders may be extolling come 2016. It appears Rick Perry is going to run for president again in 2016. Perry, 65, will leave the governor’s office next January after serving for 14 years, beginning in 2000, when George W. Here Are All The People Who Have Died From A Marijuana Overdose. Infographic - Why Are Pot Smokers Skinny? New Research on Weight & Marijuana. As seen at Number 1 on Visual.ly!

Infographic - Why Are Pot Smokers Skinny? New Research on Weight & Marijuana

Embed This Graphic! More than 4,600 people participated in the study. Waist circumference and other weight-related factors were assessed in those who currently are marijuana users, those who used but don’t anymore, and those who never used. Katrina vanden Heuvel: Time to end the war on drugs. But on November 6, citizens in Colorado and Washington became the first to approve ballot initiatives legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Time to end the war on drugs

Their success illustrates growing tolerance and, indeed, support for a smarter approach that could change, and even save, countless lives. Now, the question is how the federal government will respond to these new state laws, since they directly conflict with existing federal restrictions on drugs. Brits Want Marijuana Reforms, Drug Policy Review. According to a new Ipsos Mori poll, a majority of Britons favor either decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana and two-thirds support a comprehensive review of all the options for controlling drugs, from legalization to tougher enforcement.

Brits Want Marijuana Reforms, Drug Policy Review

The poll found that 53% of those surveyed supported either decriminalization or one form or another of legalization. Legalization, whether under "strict," "moderate," or "minimal" control, was supported by 41%, and decriminalization by 12%. Only 35% favored the status quo (21%) or harsher treatment of marijuana (14%). Eight percent had no opinion and 4% said "I have never heard of this drug. " Britain down-scheduled marijuana from a Class B to a Class C drug in 2004, but reversed course in 2008, placing it back on the more serious Class B amid rising fears of the dangers of "skunk" marijuana, Britain's generic term for high-potency, domestically-produced weed.

Americans Overwhelmingly Want Feds to Let States Move Forward With Marijuana Legalization. Homegrown.

Americans Overwhelmingly Want Feds to Let States Move Forward With Marijuana Legalization

While the Obama administration is deliberating how to handle the newly approved marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington State, one thing they will likely pay attention to is popular opinion. Regular Americans overwhelmingly see marijuana legalization as a states’ rights issue and do not want the federal government to interfere with the will of the electorate in either state. A new Reason-Rupe Public Opinion poll found a majority of Americans do not want federal resources used to inhibit any aspects of the new legal marijuana system in these two states. The poll found 72 percent don’t want the federal government to arrest people for using marijuana in these states, while only 24 percent want federal law enforcement deployment. Molly Davies: A Letter to the President: My Husband Is Not the "Bigger Fish to Fry" in Your Drug War.

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: Washington state lights up as smoking marijuana becomes legal. Maria Santos Gorrostieta 'executed' after surviving two assassination attempts. Maria Santos Gorrostieta had been stabbed, beaten and burnedShe defied Mexico's powerful drug gangs, who twice tried to gun her downShe was kidnapped in broad daylight in front of her terrified daughter The former mayor leaves behind three children By Sam Webb Published: 11:15 GMT, 26 November 2012 | Updated: 21:23 GMT, 26 November 2012 Brave: Dr Maria Santos Gorrostieta has been found beaten to death at the side of a road.

‘The Fight Over Medical Marijuana’ OIG releases an audit of DEA adoptive seizure process and equitable sharing requests. The Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an audit of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) adoptive seizure process and equitable sharing requests. A couple of quick notes: 1.) Of instances involving federal adoption of assets seized, 65% of reported samples [41 of the 63 examined samples] required DEA headquarter approval to adopt the seizure because the instance lacked all of the following criteria:

Without a Card to Play, Texas Grandma Sentenced to Life Without Parole for First-Time Drug Offense. Texans can sleep more soundly at night knowing that Elisa Castillo, a grandmother and nonviolent first-time drug offender, is serving a life without parole sentence in Fort Worth. Yes, you read that right — the latest casualty of our War on Drugs is a grandmother who never even touched the drugs that sent her to prison. Though she may not look like public enemy No. 1, our persistently illogical criminal justice system has determined that this harsh punishment fits her crime. The truth, though, is that her fate was sealed, in large part because she didn't have a card to play when negotiating her sentence. Convicted in a drug-smuggling conspiracy, 56-year-old Castillo maintains that she didn't know she was being used as a pawn in a cocaine trafficking operation between Mexico and Houston. Residual Effects of Cannabis Use on... [Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2012.

Feds raid four reservation smoke shops. TONAWANDA RESERVATION (WIVB) - Agents seized thousands of dollars in merchandise in Thursday's early morning raids at the Tonawanda Seneca Reservation. Cigarettes in bags, counterfeit purses, and synthetic drugs all were seized from four smoke shops on the reservation. We tried finding information out from The Rez smoke shop, but as soon as we pulled in, the general manager walked out and said, "Yes, they were here, the ATF was here, but right now we're not speaking, if you want to leave your card. " Fderal agents served search warrants on The Rez, ArrowHawk, Sacajawea, and Smoke Rings. From all four, DEA agents took away what they believe to be synthetic drugs. Resident DEA agent Dale Kasprzyk said, "The brand names are K-2, Spice, White Rhino, there's a variety of trademark names that they use.

"The House I Live In": New Documentary Exposes Economic, Moral Failure of U.S. War on Drugs. The Neuroscience of Pot: Researchers Explain Why Marijuana May Bring Serenity Or Psychosis. Light Pot Smoking Easy On Lungs. Parents’ Minor Marijuana Arrests Lead to Child Neglect Cases. Gary Johnson: Yes, It Is time for Pot Legalization, Mr. President. Legalizing Marijuana Could Save Thousands of Lives - Megan McArdle - Business. Mexican crook: Gangsters arrange fights to death for entertainment. Global war on drugs 'has failed' say former leaders. Olbermann Departs: Extreme Right 3, American People 0.

David Henry Sterry: Mexican Drug Lord Officially Thanks American Lawmakers for Keeping Drugs Illegal. Harm reduction: Fighting drugs through jujitsu. News & Information : Press Releases. Former surgeon general calls for marijuana legalization. LA Sheriff Pledges to Bust People for Pot Even If Marijuana Is Legalized in California.