Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana. Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.
The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana. Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations.
Legal Marijuana Should Cost $4.44 A Pound - Beyond Chronic. Just Say No to DARE. Heres a news flash: "Just Say No" is not an effective anti-drug message.
And neither are Barney-style self-esteem mantras. While most Americans wont be stunned by these revelations, theyve apparently taken a few DARE officials by surprise. According to the New York Times, after years of ignoring stubbornly low success rates, coordinators of the 18-year-old Drug Abuse Resistance Education program are finally coming around to the news that their plan to keep kids off drugs just isnt working. What is the war on drugs? - Everything you need to know about the war on drugs. If lawmakers decided to stop the war on drugs tomorrow, a major hurdle could be international agreements that require restrictions and regulations on certain drugs.
There are three major treaties: the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Drugs of 1971, and the UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988. Combined, the treaties require participants to limit and even criminalize the possession, use, trade, and distribution of drugs outside of medical and scientific purposes, and work together to stop international drug trafficking. Where Americans Smoke and Grow Marijuana (Maps) Marijuana's popularity has fluctuated throughout history and across the globe.
But in the United States, this drug is becoming ever more mainstream. In two states, recreational use of pot has been legal since 2012, and some type of use of the drug is now allowed in almost half of the country. Yesterday (Nov. 4) people in Oregon and Alaska voted to legalize recreational pot use, as well as make it legal to set up retail pot shops similar to those operating in Washington and Colorado. In the District of Columbia, people voted to allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 2 ounces (57 grams) of cannabis, and to grow a limited number of marijuana plants at home, but selling marijuana is still not allowed. In Florida, although the majority voted in favor of allowing medical use of marijuana, the measure needed 60 percent support in order to pass, and it fell short.
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.
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. Smell the Truth » War on marijuana unconstitutional? Federal judge reviews evidence. Federal on war on marijuana (pictured above) up for review in District Court in California.
In a surprise case with far-reaching ramifications and global symbolism, a federal judge in California will review evidence this week as part of a defense motion to declare the government’s 40 year-old war on marijuana unconstitutional. U.S. 2,400 Year Old Mummy Had Breast Cancer Used Cannabis. Photo: Via Wikimedia Commons.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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! 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.
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. 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. 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.
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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.